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Compromised: Henry Kissinger’s China Syndrome

Gordon G. Chang Share| On China Henry Kissinger (New York: Penguin, 2011) In his sweeping new book, On China, Henry Kissinger seeks “to explain the conceptual way the Chinese think about problems of peace and war and international order.” To do so, he surveys China’s history from ancient times to the present, analyzes the country’s troubled relations with foreigners, admires the strategies of its policymakers, and expresses hopes for America’s ties with Beijing. When Kissinger writes about China’s past, he displays a subtle understanding of the country. When he relays his conversations with the endlessly fascinating Mao Zedong, he dazzles us. When he considers the future, however, he flounders. Read On Around Asia Gordon G. Chang Follow the inside track on China, North Korea, and other Asian nations every week with Gordon Chang'sWorld Affairs blog. And On China is, in reality, all about

Emergency Money : Clamshell When the nation's banks closed during the Depression, Leiter's Pharmacy in Pismo Beach, California, issued this clamshell as change. The 1929 stock market crash triggered banking panics, as people rushed to withdraw their savings before they were lost. In March 1933, President Roosevelt ordered a four-day bank holiday to prevent further withdrawals. To compensate for the currency shortage, communities created emergency money, or scrip. This clamshell was signed as it changed hands and redeemed when cash became available again.

US regrets inconvenience to Indian diplomats at airports

PTI | Sep 2, 2011, 10.34AM IST WASHINGTON: The US has regretted the inconvenience caused to high level Indian diplomats due to screenings at its airports, but said it is committed to meet security standards. "But, you know, we do have specific security requirements, and we're committed to ensuring that those are met, but obviously recognizing these individuals' importance and rank and significant," State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, told reporters. We addressed our and in fact shared our regret over some of these incidents involving high-level Indian diplomats here within the United States , he said in response to a question about some news reports appearing in this regard in the Indian media. "I'm not aware of the reports that you're talking about. I'll have to look into them," he said. Last year, Indian Ambassador Meera Shankar was pulled out of an airport security line and patted down by an American security agent in

Qaddafi Out, Imam Musa Returns,.Imam.Musa.Returns.html Qaddafi Out, Imam Musa Returns As Colonel Qaddafi desperately clings to power in his hometown of Sirte, Tehran and Beirut seek a ray of hope-- wishing to hear credible news about the fate of the popular figure Imam Musa Sadr, the Iran-born Shi’a cleric and savior of the once underprivileged Shi’as of Lebanon. Iranian Diplomacy interviewed Masoud Edrisi, Iran’s former ambassador to Lebanon, on the significance of Musa Sadr’s fate for Tehran and Beirut. IRD: The mystery of Imam Musa Sadr’s fate has come to the fore following the liberation of Tripoli by anti-Qaddafi forces. Why hasn’t the heated saga of this Iranian-born cleric subsided in thirty-three years? ME: Imam Musa Sadr was the de facto and de jure leader of the Shi’a community in Lebanon. But more important than his stature among the Lebanese Shi’as was his advocacy of unity among the diverse sects of the country. Mr. Sadr’s charisma and doc

Industrialist Mullapudi Harischandra Prasad passes away Mullapudi Harischandra Prasad, the doyen of industry in Andhra Pradesh, passed away today at the age of 91. He was the Chairman and Managing Director of Andhra Sugars, which he founded in August 1947. Andhra Sugars, located in the coastal rich town of Tanuku in West Godavari district also contributed to India's space programme. Driven by the passion of self-reliance espoused by Mr Harishchandra Prasad, the company developed the propellant fuel for the rocket boosters of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) . Mr Harischandra Prasad also started Andhra Petrochemicals Limited, which was amongst the first in the chemical sector. Known for his employee friendly management and fostering entrepreneurship among people, Mr Harischandra Prasad served as the President of the Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI). Known for his philanthropy and help for the people in the d

A smaller America could be a stronger America

By Nader Mousavizadeh The opinions expressed are his own. Last week, China quietly launched the aircraft carrier Varyag from the port of Dalian. The ship is expected to be deployed to Hainan province in close proximity to the strategic regions of Taiwan and the South China Sea. Amidst an atmosphere of existential gloom triggered by the debt-ceiling debacle and the deeper economic crisis, the reaction in the United States was dominated by the fear of a rising, militarist China challenging America’s global superiority. What few in the United States bothered to mention, however, is that the new Chinese carrier was built from an unfinished Ukrainian hull purchased in 1998 – and is the first and only aircraft carrier China has ever had. The United States, meanwhile, has eleven. The real problem with the U.S. response was not, however, that it exaggerated the Chinese threat. It is that it

Disappointing U.S. Employment Report Raises Pressure on Policymakers Published: 9/2/2011 The August employment report showed no jobs created (although employment would have risen 45,000 but for the effect of a telecoms strike). The unemployment rate was steady at 9.1%. Firings do not seem to have jumped, but private-sector hiring is weak and government cutbacks are continuing. . . We had not expected much from the August employment report, and we got even less—zero net jobs created. The outcome is not quite as miserable after extracting the temporary effect of the Verizon strike, but perhaps the worst news is that the August report is not that much different from the previous three. Without the effect of the Verizon strike, payrolls would have risen 45,000 last month. The average payroll gain over the previous three months was 53,000. Excluding the Verizon effect, the last three months (including August) show average job creation of 50,000, with private-sector job

RoK’s Jeju Island Naval Base

Rajaram Panda September 1, 2011 SOURCE: IDSA The Republic of Korea’s (RoK) plan to develop a naval base in the Jeju Island has led to controversy both within the country as well as in the region. The plan is intended to serve two objectives: to protect the country from possible missile attacks from North Korea and to allow the United States to station Aegis class destroyers outfitted with missile defence systems. Suspicions about the base being intended as part of a military containment strategy against China are unwarranted given that the US ballistic missile defence architecture in Asia is not designed to shield Japan, Taiwan, or any other country in the region from China’s vast missile ballistic arsenal. Besides, it is within RoK’s sovereign right to secure its territory from possible external attack, especially from its hostile northern neighbour. Moreover, the new naval base appears to be part of a broader strategy to enhance the RoK’s maritime presence. Download Issue Brief


By B.Raman Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari has been in Urumqi, the capital of the Chinese-controlled Xinjiang province, with a high-power ministerial and official delegation since August 30,2011. He has gone to Urumqi to attend the inauguration of the China-Eurasia Expo being held there from September 1 to 5. This is Zardari’s seventh visit to China since taking over as the President in 2008 to study the economic development of different regions of China. 2. Miss Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari and Miss Aseefa Bhutto Zardari are also accompanying the President. Bilawal Bhutto, Zardari’s son, who is the President of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), is separately travelling to China later this week to attend an international political conference. 3. Among others accompanying him are Foreign Minister Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Defence Minister Ch. Ahmed Mukhtar, Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Dr. Asim Hussain, Chief Minister Gilgi

Classical moves in Kiev

VLADIMIR RADYUHIN Ukraine's capital is home to a thriving school of Indian classical dance, thanks to the efforts of Ganna Smirnova. Ukraine is not exactly an India-centric country and its capital Kiev is a patently European city. It is therefore remarkable that Kiev is home to a thriving school of Indian classical dance. It is even more remarkable that it came about through the efforts of a lone Ukrainian enthusiast of Bharatnatyam, the South Indian ancient temple dance. Over the past eight years, the Indian Theatre Nakshatra has given countless performances, organised Indian art festivals and trained scores of Ukrainians in the art of Indian classical dance. Nakshatra's founder Ganna Smirnova, praised by Indian art critics as an accomplished performer of Bharatnatyam, is not only its artistic director and main teacher but also the soul and moving spirit of the theatre. She had her first glimpse of Indian

Libya poses policy challenge to Asian giants

JAMES M. DORSEY Change by any possible means is the name of the game in the Middle East and North Africa. An offer to assist Libya with its post-Qadhafi reconstruction and rehabilitation coupled with India's remaining days as president of the United Nations Security Council and an invitation to attend this week's Friends of Libya conference in Paris enable India to turn the page in its somewhat troubled relations with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)-backed rebels poised to form the North African country's new government. The opportunity arises as India alongside China, Russia, Brazil and South Africa – the five Security Council members that did not support the imposition last March of a no-fly zone in Libya and NATO's bombing campaign — finds itself forced to rethink its approach towards embattled Arab autocratic leaders in the wake of the rebels' takeover of the Libyan capital of Trip

Physical Sciences and Scientific Temper as described in Vedas

(a) Modern Physics is an exemplification and a refinement of old Hindu wisdom- contained in Vedas (Julius R Oppenheimer- Father of Atom bomb) (b) After the study of Indian philosophy (derived from Vedas), some of the ideas of Quantum physics that seemed so crazy, suddenly made much more sense (father of Quantum Physics Werner Heisenberg). © Science in the most advanced stage now is closer to Vedanta than ever before. (Alfred North Whitehead) Modern science has yet to comprehend, Vedic spiritual and physical sciences. Rtam, Satyam, Dharmam” (Rig Veda)- Cosmic laws of social, moral and physical order are eternal truths and following these laws (Rta) is Vedic Dharma. All human beings can discover these laws (Rta) by developing   Scientific Temper . Subject: Vedic Physical Sciences and Scientific Temper Dear Seekers of Vedic Knowledge, What our ancient heritage scriptures Vedas say about physical sciences, role of scientists ( ashvinaus ) and scientific temper, a brief not


B.RAMAN ( Written at the request of the “Times of India”) The soon-to-be 10-year war against Al Qaeda and its affiliates waged by the international community under US leadership has been partly successful and partly not so. Its successes have been in eliminating Osama bin Laden and a number of other high value targets of Al Qaeda and its affiliates in the Af-Pak region, Yemen and Iraq and in repeatedly thwarting their attempts to mount another 9/11 style catastrophic terrorist strike in the US Homeland. The international community has also been able to prevent so far any major threat of maritime and weapons of mass destruction terrorism from materializing. These successes could be attributed to the strengthening of physical security through improved national capabilities and international co-operation, modernization of counter-terrorism capabilities and techniques, improvement in the collection of human and technical intelligence and follow-up action thereon