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The Remarkable Mr China

Peter Day's World of Business , BBC DOWNLOAD PODCAST Peter Day is back in the Far East where he meets the Irishman he calls “The Remarkable Mr China’. Producer: Richard Berenger Editor: Stephen Chilcott A look inside the world’s manufacturing center shows that America should welcome China’s rise—for now. by James Fallows Source: Atlantic Online China Makes, The World Takes CONTAINERS READY FOR SHIPMENT from the port of Shenzhen Photos by Michael Christopher Brown From Atlantic Unbound: Slideshow: "Made in China" James Fallows narrates photos from the heart of the Chinese manufacturing dynamo. Half the time I have spent in China I have spent in factories. At least that’s how it feels—and it’s a feeling I sought. The factories where more than 100 million Chinese men and women toil, and from which cameras, clothes, and every other sort of ware flow out to the world, are to me the most startling and intense aspect of today’s China. For now, they are a

UK agents 'colluded with torture in Pakistan'

• Intelligence sources 'confirm abuse' • Extent of Mohamed injuries revealed Mark Townsend The Observer, Sunday 22 February 2009 Article historyA shocking new report alleges widespread complicity between British security agents and their Pakistani counterparts who have routinely engaged in the torture of suspects. In the study, which will be published next month by the civil liberties group Human Rights Watch, at least 10 Britons are identified who have been allegedly tortured in Pakistan and subsequently questioned by UK intelligence officials. It warns that more British cases may surface and that the issue of Pakistani terrorism suspects interrogated by British agents is likely to "run much deeper". The report will further embarrass the foreign secretary, David Miliband, who has repeatedly said the UK does not condone torture. He has been under fire for refusing to disclose US documents re

Ready to Lead? Rethinking America's Role in a Changed World

Chatham House Report Dr Robin Niblett, February 2009 Download Paper here Download executive summary This report by Director of Chatham House Dr Robin Niblett draws on Chatham House's international expertise and contacts to offer an in-depth analysis of President Obama administration's ambitions to renew US leadership in the world. The report explores how the Obama administration can promote US global leadership at a time when many of the pillars of its international role have been weakened. Looking at how the US will need to craft new ways of using its unique power and capacity to influence others, the report's key conclusions are as follows: America needs to change how it uses its power by sharing leadership where partners have as much - or more - to offer. America needs to focus less on its 'opponents' and more on supporting its friends and allies in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. America needs to place less emphasis on individual l


B.RAMAN Tibetan youth organizations in Tibet and other Tibetan-inhabited areas of China have kept up their campaign for the observance of the Tibetan New Year’s Day (Losar) on February 25,2009, as a day of mourning in homage to those killed by the Chinese security forces in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics of August,2008, and March 10,2009, as a day of the Tibetan resistance struggle to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the flight of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from Tibet and the completion of what they describe as the occupation of Tibet by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). 2. Appeals have been issued to Tibetan youth all over the world to express their solidarity with the people of Tibet by observing these anniversaries in the manner indicated by them. While the Tibetan youth organizations in China as well as outside have been repeatedly saying that the observance of these two anniversaries will be peaceful and dignified, one cannot rule out the possibil


B.RAMAN "The LTTE must be trying hard for mounting kamikazee type attacks on military---particularly Air Force ---targets in Colombo similar to its raid on the SLAF base in Anuradhapura. The fact that it has not succeeded so far would indicate that the physical security for such establishments is strong and that the LTTE is facing shortages of the required materials for such attacks. One notices that the LTTE has not yet used all the weapons in its arsenal. It has apparently retained for itself an element of ultimate surprise." ---- Extract from my comments of January 1,2009, in response to a query from a Sinhalese journalist. According to web accounts of pro-LTTE websites, two so-called Black Air Tigers of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) carried out kamikazee style suicide 'dives" into the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Headquarters on the Slave Island in Colombo and into the SLAF base at Katunayaka between 9-20 and 9-45 PM on February 20,2009


During the first French summer university of competitive intelligence (October 2 -3 2008 at the military academy of Paris), Abdelmalek Alaoui , ( see Picture ) an African CI consultant ( Global Intelligence Partners ) said this shining formula: “we must monitor like Chinese, analyze like French and act like Americans”. Guy Gweth

Particularisms of the competitive intelligence (CI) profession in France

Competitive Intelligence in Central africa In France, very few CI graduates write “competitive intelligence”, “strategic intelligence” or “economic intelligence” on their resume or CV to find a job. The great majority invents all kinds of formulations around the word “information”. The CI profession is stil young (not more than 15 years old here) but its police records are full. In this jungle where gray and black informations are used as weapons against the adversaries, the efforts of the main CI associations (Fepie and Scip France) to stop the haemorrhage failed. For the French State, it is time to take the bull by the horns. Desperate ills… Here are three cases to illustrate the drifts of the profession: 1- March 13, 2008, a police superintendent, chief of the brigade of frauds on means of payment(BFMP) at the financial judicial police of Paris is arrested. During his interrogation, the policeman admits that he sold confidential informations aiming Total to a private competitiv

French way to deal with terror offers crucial lessons to India

Mihir Srivastava New Delhi, February 17, 2009 India Today expert view on French way to deal with terror offers crucial lessons to India No country in the world is free of terror, in this age of high-tech jihad. France too is confronting Islamic extremism, primarily from its former colonies in North Africa, particularly Algeria, that experienced widespread violence on religious lines and a prolonged war before France agreed to Algeria's independence. It is also true for France as much as for Britain that many from the former colonies have settled in these countries in the suburbs forming ghettos. They are on the lookout for a better life and livelihood. But, as many studies say, they experience racial discrimination in subtle ways in all walks of life. Recent terror attacks and unearthing of terror plots reveal that in Britain, the second generation youth from the former colonies who live with a sense of being wronged, are the target groups for carrying out terror strikes. Br

Letter from Najaf: Shia Stalingrad

Conversations with a Mahdi Army foot soldier in Iraq's holy city of Najaf shed light on the martyrdom and the reasons behind the popularity of the al-Sadr movement, ISN Security Watch's Kamal Nazer Yasin writes from the Valley of Peace. By Kamal Nazer Yasin in Najaf for ISN Security Watch They call it Wadi us-Salam or the Valley of Peace. It is the largest cemetery in the Muslim world, perhaps in the entire world. It is every devout Shia's dream to be buried here; on Judgment Day, it is believed, they may be raised from the dead with Imam Ali. Occupying several square miles of the southern Iraqi city of Najaf, Wadi us-Salam is adjacent to the great Imam Ali shrine with its resplendent golden dome and sprawling complex of seminaries and prayer chambers. Not far from Wadi us-Salam, on its eastern flank, is a much smaller patch of land which contains no more than 1,000 graves. Hundreds of flapping banners and flags decorate the graves, which bear religious or pol