Monthly Archives: December 2003

A birth and a birthday

meta-cre­a­tion_­­date: 31/12/2003 10:00:00 Two events on 1 Jan­u­ary point to a decade of tur­bu­lent changes in the glob­al trad­ing sys­tem. *First*, a birth: Hong Kong and Chi­na form a free-trade area, bring­ing the wealthy ter­ri­to­ry into an eco­mom­ic union with Chi­na more than a cen­tu­ry and half after­it was claimed by Britain dur­ing the colo­nial […]

What you don’t want for Christmas

Reports”: of a _presumed_ case of BSE (“_Mad Cow Disease_”)in Wash­ing­ton state. bq. Ann Ven­e­man, agri­cul­ture sec­re­tary, said a sin­gle Hol­stein cow from a farm in Wash­ing­ton state test­ed “pre­sump­tive pos­i­tive” after it went to slaugh­ter as a “down­er”, an ani­mal too sick to walk. Results are await­ed from a sam­ple sent by a US […]

Not altruism, but customer focus

George W Merck”: a com­mence­ment day speech at Rich­mond, Vir­ginia, Decem­ber 1, 1950 bq. We try to remem­ber that med­i­cine is for the patient. We try nev­er to for­get that med­i­cine is for the peo­ple. It is not for the prof­its. The prof­its fol­low, and if we have remem­bered that, they have nev­er failed to […]

China moves to protect private property

One of the most chal­leng­ing aspects of China’s inte­gra­tion into the world econ­o­my is the weak appli­ca­tion of the rule of law to inter­ac­tions between pri­vate and pub­lic spheres (as well as among indi­vid­u­als). It “appears(link to Finan­cial Times story)”: that this may be about to change bq. China’s Com­mu­nist par­ty on Mon­day for­mal­ly called […]

A union of indifference

meta-cre­a­tion_­­date: 23 Decem­ber, 2003 While gush­ing praise for Blair’s “state­man­ship”, “Dominique Moisi”: aims a well-craft­ed brick­bat at his EU peers: bq. “What unites the cur­rent lead­ers of Europe is their com­mon indif­fer­ence to the fate of the Union. Each has con­tributed his own shov­el­ful of earth to the grave of Europe, from the incom­pe­tence of […]

Energy and security

meta-cre­a­tion_­­date: 23 Decem­ber, 2003 Jef­frey Sachs “argues”: in the Finan­cial Times [sub­scrip­tion] that US mid­dle east poli­cies are dis­tort­ed by erro­neous caclu­a­tions of US ener­gy vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty. bq. “… his [Vice-Pres­i­­dent Cheney’s] long-stand­ing vision of using mil­i­tary might to secure US ener­gy needs has been as erro­neous as his assump­tions about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruc­tion. […]

The wasteful debate on the “digital divide”

As-sala­­mat alaikum. It’s 5.15 am: still dark in sleepy Chit­tagong. The muezzin has decid­ed, how­ev­er, that we all need to get up now. The hol­low howl of pub­lic address sys­tems all over this part of the city make sure every­one hears the call—Allahu-akhbar. Accord­ing to The Dai­ly Life[⇒related sto­ry] news­pa­per, the Bangladesh PM, Begum Khale­da […]