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Asia and Europe must talk more about shared economic challenges
Shada Islam - 10/13/2013
Times change. Five years ago, as the Eurozone economies felt the first tremors of what turned out to be a long and painful financial and economic crisis, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso appealed for Asian support.
ASEM custom cooperation experts meet to boost trade
Shada Islam - 5/18/2013
European and Asian representatives will meet in Prague on May 15-17 to discuss ways of enhancing customs cooperation between the two regions.
The Olympics and Great Britain’s magic wand
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 8/30/2012
Take just an English and you have a dull person, take two English and you get two dull people, take three English and you get a great nation. That in part is the story of the successful Olympic Games we are currently witnessing in London.
Creative Vertigo: The Spin of the ICAAN Branding Revolution
Naseem Javed - 11/30/2011
The word GTLD has been added to the hardcore lexicon of global branding. Why is this new spin causing vertigo to some? Before you say anything else like 'what'? Just hold on. It makes no difference whether you already are an expert on GTLD or not. The fact is it's in your face and we all have to deal with it for a long time, so deal with it. On the internet today, from around the world, there are over 10,000 articles on ICANN's GTLD platform with a pro and con analysis ranging from 'marketing, branding, naming and global cyber image expansion issues' all the way to how it will 'destroy big brand management.' The sooner you can articulate the topic, the faster you will enjoy the ride.
Rise of the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation)
Sameer Jafri - 7/4/2011
Formed in 2001, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) presently accounts for 60% of the landmass of Eurasia and a quarter of the world’s population. Including observer states, which are potential members, its affiliates represent half of the humanity.
Czech List: Sometimes Even A Conference Can Teach Vivid Political Realities
Prof. Barry Rubin - 8/31/2010
I'm not a big fan of conferences. There's nothing more repetitive than sitting in a panel where the presentations have interesting titles but are otherwise disappointing. Or listening to a speaker who may be very good but says absolutely nothing you don't know already.
Is Wikipedia a Cult? Wikipedia strikes back
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 6/16/2010
In response to Dan Tynan's excellent article about Wikipedia (http://infoworld.com/d/adventures-in-it/faith-in-numbers-six-more-tech-cults-846?page=0,2), Wikipedia struck back, in an article typically riddled with blatant lies and not so subtle distortions (see the text below).
The G-20: Undemocratic and
Biniam Berhe Tewolde - 9/29/2009
Media pundits have hailed “historic” the agreements that emerged from the Summit of the Group of 20 (G-20) countries that was held at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania over the weekend. One of the outcomes of the Summit that has garnered praise is the decision to make the G-20 ‘the premier forum for international economic co-operation’ superseding the Group of 8 (G-8). It is claimed that the G-20 countries comprise 90% of the global gross domestic product (GDP) and two-third of the world population. Hence the leaders who met at Pittsburgh congratulated themselves for shaping a more representative and democratic forum of global economic governance. I disagree.
OPEC Regains Monopoly Power
Prof. Peter Morici - 6/1/2008
OPEC, lead by Saudi Arabia appears to have regained monopoly pricing power, and it is using that power to drive prices higher. In recent months, skyrocketing oil prices have been much attributed to surging demand in China, India and Asian economies, but oil supplied to markets has been falling too. Much of this results from falling output outside the Middle East, but Saudi Arabia and its Persian Gulf conspirators are exploiting the situation to great profit.
Mohammad Yunus image show in NYC
Sunita Paul - 5/2/2008
Controversial Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus has recently opened a branch of his Grameen Bank in New York's expensive Jackson Height area with the initial spending of a few million dollars. People will Bangladesh must have already heard the news of such grand opening, which once again, brought Yunus to media's focal point. But, they will for sure never know the behind stories as to how this 'banker for poor' spent unimaginable amount of money in organizing the posh office thus putting huge amount of capital to run the virtually 'Muhammad Yunus Image Show' in United States...
Balance of power: West v East
Seda Punkt - 4/12/2008
World dominant is in question. West, namely, US, EU, and Canada are on one side, East-namely, Russia, and China, are on the other front, where India is increasingly aligning itself with Russia.
Secession, National Sovereignty, and Territorial Integrity
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 3/9/2008
On February 17, 2008, Kosovo became a new state by seceding from Serbia. It was the second time in less than a decade that Kosovo declared its independence.
New Oil Reports Add Confusion To 'Peak Oil' Theory
Iqbal Latif - 7/17/2007
Proponents of "peak oil" -- the theory that global crude oil production has hit its zenith and is headed for a steep decline -- are upset with a U.S. oil industry group's findings that the world has plenty of oil. Next week the U.S. National Petroleum Council -- a board of high-level U.S. oil industry executives -- releases its study titled "Facing the Hard Truths about Energy," conducted at the behest of Energy Secretary Sam Bodman. According to the report's executive summary obtained by Reuters, the world is not running out of oil but there are "accumulating risks" to securing supply through...
Is ADL Serving Jewish or American Interests Well?
Matt Parrott - 5/16/2007
The ADL's raison d'etre is to be alarmed about anti-Semitism. That's where they receive their donations. That's where they get their volunteers. They have a very real interest in finding anti-Semitism - or manufacturing anti-Semitism, if necessary. The ADL, one of the plentitude of organizations that devotes time and money to educate people about the Holocaust, has devised a fundraising perpetual motion device. They educate Europeans and Americans about the horrors of the Holocaust - to the point that even compassionate and tolerant people believe that enough is enough. They then perform surveys that show nearly a majority of Europeans believe Jews talk too much about the Holocaust.
Proposal to build a South Asian Union (SAU)
Saulat Kamran - 12/16/2006
Proposal for future South Asian Union (SAU)
1. The mass people of this region want to abolish visa system for them selves in order to enjoy traveling facility freely and free trade among the regional countries like EU states. We can include Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Turkey, Cyprus, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, China, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan & Philippine.
What’s so noble about the Nobel peace prize?
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 12/13/2006
Nobel Peace Prize was founded in 1901.Thereafter, 94 exemplary figures and 19 humanitarian organizations have received the dazzling prize. But ironically, a person whose very life symbolizes peace never got the prized accolade. Isn’t this surprising? But yet, Mahatma Gandhi continues to shine as the beacon of love, peace and non-violent resistance all over the world. Why? Because he was a man, who proved that even the greatest of all conflicts could be resolved by the weapons of non violence and love.
International Classification of Diseases (ICD)
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 10/30/2006
The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is published by the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. It included mental health disorders for the first time in 1948, in its sixth edition. In 1959, following widespread criticism of its classificatory scheme, the WHO commissioned a global survey of taxonomies of mental health problems, which was conducted by Stengel. The survey uncovered great disparities and substantial disagreements as to what constituted mental illness and how it should be diagnosed (diagnostic criteria and differential diagnoses).
SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and the Aliens Conundrum - Part II
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 7/31/2006
(1) How can we tell the artificial from the natural? How can we be sure to distinguish Alien artifacts from naturally-occurring objects? How can we tell apart with certainty Alien languages from random noise or other natural signals?
SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and the Aliens Conundrum - Part I
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 7/30/2006
I. The Six Arguments against SETI
The various projects that comprise the 45-years old Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) raise two important issues:
Global Differential Pricing
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 11/20/2005
In April 2002, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, and the US-based Global Health Council held a 3-days workshop about "Pricing and Financing of Essential Drugs" in poor countries. Not surprisingly, the conclusion was:
OPEC's Swan Song?
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 3/20/2005
As oil prices shot past the $57 mark in the crude futures markets on both sides of the Atlantic, OPEC, in a meeting in March 2005, raised its combined output by 500,000 barrels per day (bpd), reversing a December 2004 decision to cut production by 1 million bpd. How times change! It is instructive to re-visit the incredibly very recent past. Just two years ago, OPEC was preoccupied with production cuts. Indonesia's then Energy Minister, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, was unhappy with the modest production cut of 2 million barrels per day, adopted by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in A...