Author Archives: Russell Murphy

Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu

Just watched an interview on Frost Over the World with Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu who recently assumed the position of prime minister of Romania…and there is something about Ungureanu that suggests the he will be an agent of change.

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Maersk pulls out of Iran – sanctions aim at shipping lifeline

“On June 30, the Danish shipping giant Maersk startled Iran’s trade officials by abruptly pulling out of the country’s three largest ports. Company officials said little about the decision, but the timing was striking: A week earlier, the Obama administration … Continue reading

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FT.com / Companies / Oil & Gas – PetroChina shale gas talks collapse

PetroChina shale gas talks collapse via FT.com / Companies / Oil & Gas – PetroChina shale gas talks collapse.

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RPT-UPDATE 2-Vale reroutes China-bound iron cargo to Italy | Metals & Mining | Reuters

Vale reroutes China-bound iron cargo to Italy via RPT-UPDATE 2-Vale reroutes China-bound iron cargo to Italy | Metals & Mining | Reuters.

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Argentina’s got to be happy to hear about China’s ‘knock-off’ high speed rail

The Chinese ruling party may have turned a blind eye to counterfeiting in the legacy of the ‘ends justify the means’ Great Leap Forward, but this bit of social engineering may come back to truly haunt them. What further trespass … Continue reading

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Chinese elite visa curbs next salvo in the ideological war with the US?

Washington’s outgoing ambassador to China, John Huntsman, made it clear in his farewell speech that relations were less than favorable between the world’s two superpowers. While curbing visas may be the next step in a game of diplomatic tit for … Continue reading

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#China Urges Respect for Burmese Junta’s Rebranding Effort #Burma #Myanmar

“China has praised Burma’s new government for promoting democracy. Beijing denounced other countries for criticizing its close neighbor’s new administration, which was sworn in this week.” China Urges Respect for New Burma Government | Southeast Asia | English VOA Burmese … Continue reading

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Geithner: inflexible currencies are biggest monetary problem | Reuters

“…Both French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Chinese officials have said it is time to consider bringing the yuan into the basket of currencies that constitutes the SDR, which is currently restricted to the dollar, euro, yen and pound. Geithner suggested … Continue reading

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A buildup of external pressure, combined with growing internal economic stress, makes Tajikistan a Central Asian state worth keeping an eye on

Tajikistan: Rahmon Facing Pressure on All Sides | EurasiaNet.org.

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Will Chinese ascendency set free speech back 50 years? #China

The following story reminded me of when I was a kid in the Bay Area during the growing free speech movement at Cal Berkeley. Peking University to Offer Consultations to Students with “Radical Thoughts” and Others | China Digital Times … Continue reading

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