“That is just so stupid, and so much stupidity makes you want to cry.”
It's been a momentous week for Russian President Vladimir Putin. While the major media focused on his trip to Brazil to accept the handover for the next FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in Russia as well as his participation in the Summit of the BRIC economic powers, the real story was the largely overlooked wraparound of his Latin American charm offensive. Here's the background.
The global crisis is essentially a dollar crisis, which might have a spill-over effect into the next world war. In an interview with USA Watchdog, Egon von Greyerz, founder of Matterhorn Asset Management, says another world war seems inevitable. “That's been the rule whenever an empire is collapsing. The actions they take are they start wars everywhere, because then you can frighten people and you can borrow more money. Of course, to some extent, the United States has done that ...
Like being tortured all over again. This must be how it feels for the tens of thousands of survivors required to relive the nightmare of their incarceration and abuse during Ferdinand Marcos' dictatorship, to be able to qualify for a share of the compensation set aside for them.
The appalling rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl on a Bangkok-bound train last week generated widespread discussion in the social and mainstream media about possible solutions to Thailand's rampant sexual violence. The many factors contributing to the problem have been scrutinized in detail, but let's face the cruel truth: we must first acknowledge our sexist culture and then try and dismantle it.
Another week, another feather. In an upward revision of its outlook for Pakistan's credit rating, Moody's has served up a hat trick for the government.
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The political track of the United States-China strategic and economic dialogue held last week in Beijing was beset by bickering, such as that over China's maritime disputes and charges and countercharges over cyber espionage, with little of substance achieved. Things were different, however, on the economic track, where there was movement on negotiating a high-quality bilateral investment treaty and reduction of government intervention in the value of the Chinese currency.
With the rise of Internet, the world has seen transnational communication, exchanges and commerce surge. The Internet has become a vital conduit for economic and social transactions.
Streams of Thai investment in canned sea food, paper and petrochemicals in recent years to France have contributed to the well being of the French people and improved their country's stuttering economy. In Correze, 382 kilometers outside Paris, it was Yothin Dumnernchanvanit's determination that eventually turned a dying French paper company, Alizay Paper Mill, into a lively enterprise, saving hundreds of jobs for the supporters of President Francois Hollande, who was elected in this constituency.
An alternate history: Bhanu was a great poet but others too have helped enrich Nepal's cultural life