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Why the Russian elections are in fact a very, very, very bad thing

Why the Russian elections are in fact a very, very, very bad thing | Foreign Affairs | Scoop.it

Russians replaced half of their corrupt parliament with 30% old style communists and 20% brown-red nationalists... And some call this progress... This excellent The Economist analysis say it as it is: Russia is stuck between the past and the present, its only belief being money, power, and bureaucracy.

 

"In particular, the intelligentsia—the engine of Soviet collapse—was caught unprepared. When their “hopeless cause” became reality, it quickly transpired that the country lacked a responsible elite able and willing to create new institutions. The Soviet past and its institutions were never properly examined; instead, everything Soviet became a subject of ridicule. The very word “Soviet” was shortened to sovok, which in Russian means “dustpan”. In fact, says Mr Gudkov of Levada, this self-mockery was not a reasoned rejection of the Soviet system; it was playful and flippant. Sidelined by years of state paternalism and excluded from politics, most people did not want to take responsibility for the country’s affairs."

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Michael Watts's curator insight, April 24, 2014 2:35 AM

Relates to the government by talking about the elections in Russia

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Read Write Web Legal Analysis of SOPA / PROTECT-IP concludes this is not censorship

The Stop Online Privacy Act would block traffic from sites that stream and disseminate on a mass scale pirated content. Many say that this an attempt to censor what people see and share online. Others say, however, that this is the least it can be done to prevent massive pirated content mills, some located abroad, from making money. Read Write Web asked a practicing attorney, Hillel I. Parness, to provide some insights about the most contentious provisions of the act. He concluded that blocking traffic will involve a warrant system, that willful intent should be demonstrated, and that compliance with the DMCA safe harbor practices still apply. 

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Facebook Friend Request From Your Future Son is in fact condom ad campaign

Facebook Friend Request From Your Future Son is in fact condom ad campaign | Foreign Affairs | Scoop.it

Is this the smartest ad campagin ever, or what? via Mashable

 

"Olla Condoms' campaign, which sends unsolicited friend requests from their yet-to-be-born sons, is a violation of Facebook policy."

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Ponzi Scheme Unleashed: Euro Central Banks May Provide $270B Through IMF

Ponzi Scheme Unleashed: Euro Central Banks May Provide $270B Through IMF | Foreign Affairs | Scoop.it

It goes like this: private banks borrow from governments, governments borrow from FMI, FMI gets its money from governments, banks buy tresasury bonds... In a more truthful world, this would be called a Ponzi scheme (rough translation of of a great stus status update....)

 

 

"A European proposal to channel central bank loans through the International Monetary Fund may deliver as much as 200 billion euros ($270 billion) to fight the debt crisis, two people familiar with the negotiations said."

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Online Interaction and Community Building | LinkedIn Group

Online Interaction and Community Building | LinkedIn Group | Foreign Affairs | Scoop.it
Let us talk about the best tools, books, tricks and ideas for building online communities and fostering online interaction that is meaningful for people everywhere.
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World Blog - How assassin used ruse to kill Karzai brother

World Blog - How assassin used ruse to kill Karzai brother | Foreign Affairs | Scoop.it
Ahmed Wali Karzai, brother of the Afghan President Hamid Karzai, is assassinated by a close security guard and member of the family. The Taliban claimed responsibility and the Pakistanis have reasons to rejoice.

"Tuesday morning, AWK was in a meeting in his home with Afghan elders. AWK held similar meetings almost every day. Afghan sources say that Mohammad entered the meeting. Mohammad said he had an urgent matter that he needed to discuss with AWK.
The implication was that it was a personal issue that couldn’t be discussed in front of the others in the room. Mohammad said he needed to talk to AWK for “just two minutes” and asked if AWK could excuse himself so they could talk. Very few people would have been able to walk into a meeting with AWK, interrupt it, and ask him to break away for a few minutes. Only a trusted few had that kind of clout. Mohammad was one of them.
Mohammad was also carrying a file in his hands. The assassin’s gun was apparently hidden in or behind the file. AWK excused himself from his meeting. The two men walked into a nearby room. Once inside, Mohammad pulled out his gun and shot AWK in the head and chest."
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Michael Watts's curator insight, April 24, 2014 2:51 AM

Related to government because the assassination will cause chaos in  the Afghan goernment  

Madison Blazing's comment, April 27, 2014 2:52 AM
This article provides insight into the secluded world of government officials and their personal lives. It is very unfortunate that someone the family trusted to protect their lives actually ended up killing the person he served as a security guard for during a lengthy period of time. Hopefully this betrayal will make people in authoritative positions in the government more careful and cautious but won't prevent them from focusing on the citizen they are elected to serve.
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China military tells Vietnam to cool tempers over sea | The China Military Security and Intelligence Blog 中国保卫情报博客 - ChinaSecurityBlog.com

article found via yahoo.coms news searchBEIJING - A senior Chinese military officer urged Vietnam to cool public ire and avoid escalating tension between the (China military tells Vietnam to cool tempers over sea dispute http://t.co/XcCRBaP...)...
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Deadly Church Bombing in Nigeria: Police Blame ‘Militant Islamist’ Group

Deadly Church Bombing in Nigeria: Police Blame ‘Militant Islamist’ Group | Foreign Affairs | Scoop.it
The Christian community has been targeted before.
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New Fears on Italy Jolt Europe

New Fears on Italy Jolt Europe | Foreign Affairs | Scoop.it
If Italy loses its footing, Europe will come tumbling down. Things are not looking good at all.

"Italy, long a bystander to the euro-zone's debt woes, was thrust into the maelstrom Monday, as investors fled the country's bonds and Europe's leaders struggled to keep the crisis from infecting the Continent's third-largest economy.

Fears over Italy's solvency and political stability were compounded by market frustration that Europe's leaders haven't yet come up with a solution to Greece's deepening debt problems: The gap between the yields on Italy's 10-year sovereign bonds and safer German Bunds jumped by more than 100 basis points, or a whole percentage point, to a record high of 285.6, compared to a week ago."
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US' China dreams may now be a chimera

US' China dreams may now be a chimera | Foreign Affairs | Scoop.it

The first 10 years of Chinese membership in WTO and of trade with the US at almost no import/export tarrifs:

 

Chinese rural poverty rate declined from 10 to 3%

US familiesc could spend an extra $600 a year on cheaper goods

US factory jobs declined by 25%

US manufacturing wages have stagnated

US trade defficit with China $273 billion

 

On the other hand, most of the major manufacturing operations in China serves US companies and buyers. A good portion of the profit made in China comes back to America, while the hard currency earned by Chinese companies and individual ends up invested by the Chinese government in (among other things) US treasury bonds.

 

There are also the worrying aspects of this Chin-American economy. A good portion of American intellectual property is being stolen and huge profits are being made by Chinese business off pirated content.

 

In 2008 China decided that certain industries are "lifeline" sectors, which need to be dominated by the government and protected from competition by preferential treatment. For example, for political and economic reasons, the Chinese government would not allow any other Internet social networking or search companies than the ones it controls and favors to serve the Chinese public.

 

In effect, China is drifting away from the ideal of a world without borders, in which governments do not choose favorites.

 

 

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Michael Sigrist's curator insight, April 24, 2014 9:41 AM

This is a good article because it talks a lot about the trade s that we have made with China.

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Earth-like planet discovered in 'habitable' zone

Earth-like planet discovered in 'habitable' zone | Foreign Affairs | Scoop.it

Astronomers report the discovery of an Earth-like planet about 600 light years from our solar system. It is probably several times greater than earth. Its year is 290 days long and it could be a balmy 72 degrees.

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Margaret Silhasek's comment, April 27, 2014 4:05 AM
This is really cool! kinda wonder how scientists have missed it all these years. kinda crazy to think that in 200 years people could actually be living on that planet too!
Hope Schuster's comment, April 27, 2014 8:37 AM
This discovery was just really cool in general. It is a big step for NASA because they have been searching for planets with the ability to be able to sustain life for a very long time.
Kenna Johnson's comment, April 27, 2014 9:17 AM
This is really cool! It surprises me that they just recently found it, I mean,why now? Why not years ago?
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Andrew Wilson, “Belarus: The Last European Dictatorship” (Yale UP, 2011)

Andrew Wilson, “Belarus: The Last European Dictatorship” (Yale UP, 2011) | Foreign Affairs | Scoop.it

Of note....

 

"Andrew Wilson‘s book, Belarus: The Last European Dictatorship (Yale University Press, 2011), is timely. Some are predicting that Lukashenka’s time is finally coming to an end, and eyes in Minsk and Brest are nervously following economic troubles within the EU and the fallout of Vladimir Putin’s comeback over in Moscow. The economy of Belarus is clearly feeling the strain – the $5 in roubles that I took out of a cash point paid for dinner and beers, with enough left over to visit the museum in the staggering Brest Fortress. It feels like some sort of change may be in the air."

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World Blog - Myanmar's new capital: a vast, empty city

World Blog - Myanmar's new capital: a vast, empty city | Foreign Affairs | Scoop.it

Myanmar's spooky capital.

 

 

"NAYPYITAW, Myanmar – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could be forgiven for believing she's visiting two different countries – one called Naypyitaw, the other Myanmar."

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China's effort to muzzle news of train crash sparks outcry

China's effort to muzzle news of train crash sparks outcry | Foreign Affairs | Scoop.it
"Government directives demanding journalists not question official accounts of a deadly high-speed train crash in eastern China are fueling public anger and suspicion about conflicting details of the accident, such as the death toll. " Source MSNBC
http://matei.org/url/chinacrashmuzzle
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Michael Sigrist's curator insight, April 24, 2014 9:37 AM

This is crazy that they would even think about holding back on letting people know about something like this. Millions of people use these high-speed trains everyday in china.

Hope Schuster's comment, April 25, 2014 10:40 AM
This breaks my heart to see how many people were affected by this awful tragedy.
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China ramps up military use of space with new satellites-report

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING, July 12 (Reuters) - China is developingcutting-edge satellites that will allow it to project power farbeyond its shores and deter the United States from usingaircraft carriers (China ramps up military use of space with...
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Michael Watts's curator insight, April 24, 2014 2:39 AM

Related to government because China is catching up to the US in the military section 

Madison Blazing's comment, April 27, 2014 2:56 AM
Lately I feel like I have heard a lot about China and it's up and coming military and military resources. I find it scary to think that a large country may have more power and influence on military operations I'm the world than the United States. Hopefully China withholds the use of these weapons and other countries are able to compete with them for similar advancements.
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India speeds past China in Q1 vehicle growth

India speeds past China in Q1 vehicle growth | Foreign Affairs | Scoop.it
News - Auto sales may be slowing in India, but compared with many other developed markets, the growth rate in the country is still worth fighting over.
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Mexico captures US-born Tijuana drug lieutenant - Yahoo! News

Federal police have captured a U.S.-born drug lieutenant who joined the Tijuana cartel after a crackdown on the notorious Arellano Felix brothers caused the group to splinter and emerge with a younger leadership, officials said Monday.
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