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Ship Piracy – A Real Concern in the Modern World

Many of us thought up until recently stories of ship piracy belonged to the pages of history books or fairy tales. Piracy is a real problem however, with the International Maritime Bureau reporting that 78 ships were victims of piracy this year alone.

Does China’s Foreign Policy Lack Moral Grounding – Yes

It is well known amongst international foreign affair analysts that China does what is best for the Chinese, regardless of how it affects others in the world. Over the last decade they have been a little more cognizant of what is expected in the world and are a little more careful in not doing anything too drastic. Still, they trade with rogue nations, and problematic regimes that are involved in human rights violations.

The Business Case For Tram Schemes!

In Edinburgh, Scotland the town council have seen fit to build a tram that goes through the centre, but fails to connect with the Airport. Also they have failed to observe “Lessons Learned” from other tram schemes and make use of low traffic or old train routes through the city.

Dr A PJ Abdul Kalam – The People’s President and People’s Practitioner

“Blessed are the meek, for they inherit this world” claims Bible. Bharat Ratna Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, a humble soul, born at Rameswaram in Tamilnadu, rose to the president ship of Indian Union in 2002 at the age of 71. Though he was 71, he had an enthusiasm of a 17 year old boy.

What We Share With Ireland

My wife and I recently returned to New Hampshire from a ten day vacation to County Galway in Ireland. While there I wanted to get a sense of how the global economic decline was impacting the Irish. The news has been that they have been experiencing their own boom and bust story and I wanted to see how it may be similar or different from our own. I found that we share much that is troubling.

The French Also Live Abroad

A recent survey by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs found nearly 1.5 million French living abroad and registered with the local French consulate. However, as registration with the consulate is not mandatory, officials estimate that the true figure of those living abroad is around 2 million.

Who is Peter Varghese

A brief introduction of Peter Verghese who is Australian but of Indian Origin and has recently taken charge as the High commissioner of Australia to India.It is his first posting and he faces tough challenges in India, especially after the alleged racist attacks on Indian students in Sydney and Melbourne. Only time will tell how he manages the tight rope walk.

Dowries Are Still Enforced in India

Dowries have a long history in many parts of the world. Many Americans associate the idea of dowries with Shakespeare and his era. That’s a historical mistake. The custom of paying a dowry survives to this day in India.

Taliban – Modified Military Policies?

Taliban-Afghanistan, under the command of Mullah Omar, has issued a document laying down more than a code of conduct for its fighters: La’iha – da Afghanistan Islamii Imarat da Mujahidinu lparah or The Code of Conduct for the Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. It included also theological and ideological legitimatization of most of the military commands outlined.

‘We Pray For God to Protect Him’ (As Opposed to Shoe Throwing!)

In sharp contrast to the unwelcoming shoe hurled at President Bush in his last media conference in the Middle East, President Obama and his speech were very well-received in Egypt and the rest of the Muslim-majority world. The audience in Cairo University interrupted the speech 23 times by waves of applause (that is just slightly above average by Middle Eastern standards, especially when the cheering crowd is hand-picked by the Egyptian State Security Investigations).

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