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Wariness Over a Deal Intended to Deliver More Pork to China – NYTimes.com

In an Orwellian turn of fate, in a surreal moment where life imitates art, the Chinese play the role of capitalist pigs as the US food market is sold to the three winds like pork bellies.

 

“If you dined on tilapia recently, chances are it came from China. And that artificial vanilla you just used to make cookies? It, too, may have made the same long journey to your …”

via Wariness Over a Deal Intended to Deliver More Pork to China – NYTimes.com.

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Most Muslims in Region Reject Violence Against Civilians – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

The Pew Forum on Religion continues to bring us facts and figures to enlighten our view of the religious world which is often clouded by a sensationalist media and the rose colored lenses of young ambitious journalists trying to move up the career ladder or older ones stuck in yesterday’s phobias and mired in a short and myopic view of a changing modern world where the acts of the few motivate and move the masses through the loud megaphone that is our entertainment driven media establishment…. Read the Pew article and tell us what you think…

“A new Pew Research Center survey report finds high levels of concern about religious extremism among Muslims in the North Caucasus area of Russia and the neighboring Central Asian countries of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The survey also finds that few Muslims across the region support the use of violence against civilians in the name of Islam, though there is somewhat more support for suicide bombing and similar violence among Muslims in Kyrgyzstan than in Russia or Kazakhstan.”

via Most Muslims in Region Reject Violence Against Civilians – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

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John Brennan: The debate over drones | The Economist

To kill or not to kill?  Seems to be the question for a post cold war America that struggles to find a useful venue and vehicle for its newly found monolithic world power status and the ways in which that lonely status make it an irresistible target for any group looking to be taken seriously and seeking a megaphone for its cause.

No one is raising the important issue of how simple and relatively inexpensive it might be to deploy this drone technology against the US and its allies.  It seems logical that drone technology would be simpler and cheaper to create and deploy than a nuclear weapon, or a so called “dirty bomb.”  So, what is really at stake here might be who is angry at the US and why?  How can the US justify unilaterally searching out its defined enemies and taking them out gangster style no matter national sovereignty or international law.

The London Economist tackles this issue in a straightforward way yet with a focus and a lens that seems a bit ideologically myopic and perhaps a bit nostalgic for the cowboy days of George W.  

You be the judge:

“T WAS so much simpler when George W. Bush was president. Outlining America’s plans for Osama bin Laden a few days after the September 11th attacks in 2001, Mr Bush declared: “there’s an old poster out West, I recall, that says, ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive.” For all those at home and abroad made uncomfortable by sweeping assertions of American power it was a moment of predictable provocation. Without surprise, they heard a swaggering Republican president vowing to make his country’s attackers pay, and seeming to pay no more heed to legal niceties than a cowboy bent on a lynching.

Yet 12 and a half years later, the cautious, lawyerly Barack Obama—a Democratic president with nothing of the…”

MORE via John Brennan: The debate over drones | The Economist.

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Europe’s Galileo GPS Plan Limps to Crossroads – NYTimes.com

Perhaps the most amazing thing about the internet, in the words of the famous Chicago Anthropologist, Clifford Geertz, is that it is providing an important medium, “web of significance” if you will, for world culture, politics and spirituality, to name a few, to commingle as people and organizations of all kinds connect in real time and for seemingly less than pennies…  The Europeans are working hard and putting down their cash, in these times of fiscal constraint and investment scarcity, to deliver an important variable in the world wide web equation: The Europeans promise to deliver a competing satellite system to the American system which, unlike the American’s, is purely a business and free enterprise system without the government restraints and military industrial complex implications of the American satellite venture.  The NYTs provides some light on the Euro project…

“With lofty dreams of European unity increasingly grounded by economic woe and the weight of narrow national interests, an array of computer screens here in central Italy blinks with faint signs that — far away in space, at least …”

via Europe’s Galileo GPS Plan Limps to Crossroads – NYTimes.com.

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George Packer: Hillary Clinton’s Diplomatic Legacy : The New Yorker

Amazing to see how young, vibrant and bubbly Hillary Clinton became a “Senior Statesman.”  Anything is possible in today’s world and now we await Hillary’s next big step….

“After four exhausting years, Hillary Clinton leaves the State Department with an impressive record of air miles logged, town-hall meetings held, important but neglected issues highlighted, international crises defused, gaffes avoided, citizens of the United States and the world wowed, and White House policies …”

MORE via George Packer: Hillary Clinton’s Diplomatic Legacy : The New Yorker.

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Mexico and the United States: The rise of Mexico | The Economist

The London Economist, like no one else can, gives us Americans a view of our neighborhood and the sleeping giant South of the Border…

“NEXT week the leaders of North America’s two most populous countries are due to meet for a neighbourly chat in Washington, DC. The re-elected Barack Obama and Mexico’s president-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto, have plenty to talk about: Mexico is changing in ways that will profoundly affect its big northern neighbour, and unless America rethinks its outdated picture of life across the border, both countries risk forgoing …”

More via Mexico and the United States: The rise of Mexico | The Economist.

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Taking Shelter in Tel Aviv : The New Yorker

One step forward, two steps back, it seems in the Middle East dilemma …  A humane look at the psychological trauma perpetuated by Israel’s families as they get caught between Israel’s military policy and palestinian desperation.

“When the sirens went off on Thursday evening in Tel Aviv advising residents to seek shelter, it took my friends and family a few minutes to understand what was …”

More via Taking Shelter in Tel Aviv : The New Yorker.

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