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Author Archives: Russell Murphy
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.
“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
PetroChina shale gas talks collapse via FT.com / Companies / Oil & Gas – PetroChina shale gas talks collapse.
Vale reroutes China-bound iron cargo to Italy via RPT-UPDATE 2-Vale reroutes China-bound iron cargo to Italy | Metals & Mining | Reuters.
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
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
“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
“…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
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.
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