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”:http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1071251758649&p=1045050946495 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”:http://www.merck.com/newsroom/executive_speeches/120150.html: 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)”:http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1071251721435&p=1012571727102 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”:http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1071251729127&p=1045050946495 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”:http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1071251729101&p=1045050946495 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 […]