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Landmark Financial Sector Overhaul Clears Final Hurdle in U.S. 16 Jul 10 With three Republicans joining the Democrats, the Senate finally passed bold financial regulation reforms yesterday that promise to reshape the sector and hopefully prevent a re-run of the 2008/09 crisis. IHS Global Insight Perspective Significance The Senate vote was the last hurdle before President Barack Obama signs the reforms into law, and came only after agonising brinkmanship. Implications The reforms give the government considerable new powers over the sector and will adjust the business models of many players. Consumers are also afforded greater protection against unscrupulous players with the establishment of a new agency. Outlook In general, the design of the reforms appears sensible, but their full impact will not be known until the detailed rules are written and the new system is tested in practice. Congress Gives Green Light After months of bargaining and brinkmanship, Democrats have managed to squeeze

MI Trends 2015 – The Future of Market Intelligence The intelligence industry towards 2015 is heading to more sophistication, integration to business processes, impact to decision making, and visibility. This GIA White Paper looks into the trends and anticipated developments of the industry to help companies develop their MI programs accordingly. The findings are based on an MI trends survey conducted by GIA among 146 executives and intelligence professionals globally during May 2010. Market Intelligence by the very definition is about looking into the future and providing actionable insights. However what does the future hold in store for Market Intelligence itself as a discipline and profession? The GIA survey provoked lots of commentary and insights around the anticipated future developments of corporate intelligence programs. The survey results and the related discussion in this White Paper have been built around the Key Success Factors of MI as presented in the GIA World Class MI Framework. Some

Capturing customer experience entirely from the customer perspective

Synovate launches True Customer View, the first research system that captures the customer experience entirely from the customer perspective 16 June 2010 LONDON — Global market research firm Synovate today announced that it has launched a new customer relationship system that offers companies the first comprehensive and customer-driven approach to understanding customer experiences, attitudes and behaviours. The new research approach, called True Customer View, was developed to help companies better understand the multiple factors that impact their customers' behaviour, including what the competition is doing as well as any barriers customers may have in buying their products or services. It is the only customer experience research system in the marketplace that considers these multiple influences. It is also unique in that it puts the customer in control during the research process, allowing them to select the brands, attributes and experiences that matter to them, rather tha

IKA condemns killing of senior Baloch leader, Habib Jalib

The assassination of Baloch leaders Habib Jalib, Secretary General of Baluchistan National party, former Senator, and Supreme Court lawyer, and Muala Bakhsh Dashi National Party central leader and former Nazim reflect the genocidal mindset of State authorities in Pakistan. This brutal act is clearly pushing Baloch moderates and progressives voices to the wall, and endorsed the claims of Baloch militant organizations that Islamabad doesn’t recognize the Baloch rights on their soil. If Pakistani Sate has not spared the Leader like Habib Jalib how they would be treating rest of the population. This act is highly cowardice and condemnable but it can’t stop Baloch people from seeking their rights and freedom. Violence always begets violence, and guns always force people to defend themselves. Islamabad State terrorism has forced Baloch people to defend their rights, identity and resources which are denied, threatened and exploited by Islamabad. Baluchistan grievances and sufferings were neve

ANALYSIS - Iran bombs send rebels' message of survival

By William Maclean, Security Correspondent LONDON (Reuters) - An Iranian rebel group has sent Tehran a defiant message of survival after the execution of its leader, carrying out a deadly double bombing that is likely to deepen strains in a region already unsettled by the Afghan war. Although small, the ethnic Baluch insurgent group Jundollah draws international attention as it is active on the borders between Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, a destabilised region of sectarian tensions, banditry and drug trafficking that poses security risks for all three neighbours. The group is also periodically a factor in Iran's stormy ties to the United States, most recently strained by the mystery of an Iranian nuclear scientist who reappeared in Iran saying he had been kidnapped by the CIA, a charge Washington dismissed. Iranian officials have often said Jundollah is a tool of U.S. intelligence -- another accusation denied by Washington -- in an apparent attempt to show to a domestic audi

A de facto partition for Afghanistan

By: Robert D. Blackwill July 7, 2010 04:53 AM EDT The Obama administration’s counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan seems headed for failure. Given the alternatives, de facto partition of Afghanistan is the best policy option available to the United States and its allies. After the administration’s December Afghanistan review, the U.S. polity should stop talking about timelines and exit strategies and accept that the Taliban will inevitably control most of its historic stronghold in the Pashtun south. But Washington could ensure that north and west Afghanistan do not succumb to jihadi extremism, using U.S. air power and special forces along with the Afghan army and like-minded nations. Enthusiasts for the administration’s counterinsurgency strategy, or COIN, are likely to reject this way forward in Afghanistan. They will rightly point out the many complexities in implementing de facto partition. De facto partition is clearly not the best outcome one can imagine for the United S


The issues involved in China’s sale of two more nuclear reactors need to be better understood. Arguments that India, as a non-NPT state, has itself secured a nuclear deal with the US and therefore has little ground to oppose a China-Pakistan nuclear deal, or that two additional reactors for Pakistan is not going to enhance the nuclear threat to India, miss the point. That Pakistan has acute energy shortage and needs to tap nuclear energy as a source, more so as it is environmentally cleaner, is not sufficient reason to justify the Sino-Pakistan deal in the way it is being considered at present. The argument that China and Pakistan will in any case go ahead and therefore it makes little sense for India to oppose the deal is a defeatist position. A further one that, given this reality, it might be better to engage China and Pakistan diplomatically on this question in a conciliatory mode does not take into account the deeper strategic and political intentions behind China’s nuclear cooper

Quantum Surveillance and ‘Shared Secrets’

By Juliet Lodge Justice and Home Affairs CEPS Liberty and Security in Europe It is no longer sensible to regard biometrics as having neutral socio-economic, legal and political impacts. Newer generation biometrics are fluid and include behavioural and emotional data that can be combined with other data. Therefore, a range of issues needs to be reviewed in light of the increasing privatisation of ‘security’ that escapes effective, democratic parliamentary and regulatory control and oversight at national, international and EU levels, argues Juliet Lodge, Professor and co-Director of the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence at the University of Leeds, UK. Free download (pdf, 259.1 Kb)

Al-Shabaab’s Regionalization Strategy While Uganda has paid a bitter price at home for its military engagement in Somalia, al-Shabaab’s recent attacks will likely foster a more interventionist agenda in East Africa and play into the hands of insurgents, Georg-Sebastian Holzer writes for ISN Security Watch. By Georg-Sebastian Holzer for ISN Security Watch It was the biggest militant attack in sub-Saharan Africa since the infamous 1998 al-Qaida bombings of the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. The two coordinated bombings in Uganda’s capital Kampala killed 74 people and wounded dozens of others watching the World Cup final on 11 July. For al-Shabaab it was a successful attack against the country that forms the backbone of the 6,000-strong African Union force in Mogadishu. The movement previously threatened both Uganda and Burundi, the second major troop-supplier to the AMISOM mission, which secures the survival of the Transitiona

Oil in Venezuela: The Lesser of Two Evils

Jul 13th 2010 , by Anthony W. Persaud Oil, that ever prevalent word in the lexicon of global politics; that black gold that continues to fuel the capitalist vehicle as it gains speed and runs down everything in its path. What happens then, when the largest source of remaining oil on earth is found deep in the heart of the self-declared enemy of unfettered capitalism? In October of 2009, a U.S. geological survey released a report estimating the amount of technically recoverable oil in the Orinoco belt of Venezuela at 513 billion barrels.(1) This amount exceeds the most liberal estimates of recoverable oil in both Canada and Saudi Arabia, making it by far the largest source of hydrocarbons in the world. Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela, has said that the amount of oil in Venezuela will allow the nation to continue extracting the resource for the next two hundred years. This realization, along with the deepening socialist revolution ongoing for 11 years now, puts Venezuela and