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By Readings on 1 Nov 2012 | From the channel/s: 

Sometimes a little fun is worth a ton of authority

here is a new version of Air New Zerand's safety instructions

(those you always disregard when you fly to another destination

(I hope the link works)

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By Readings on 26 Oct 2012 | From the channel/s: 

A Snapshot in Foreign Affairs [1]  provides a good summary of the current state of international “hydro-politics” around the world. Here the main results:

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By Aldo Matteucci on 26 Oct 2012 | From the channel/s: 

Before the UN General Assembly PM Benyamin NETANYAHU has argued that the UN should “red-line” Iran. The country should face the foreseeable threat of foreign military intervention, should its nuclear capability reach inadmissible levels. Is this a sensible diplomatic tactic?

 

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By Readings on 24 Oct 2012 | From the channel/s: 

The “command and control” (or “principal – agent”) approach is built on the assumption that by achieving “information dominance” a government can shape events to suits one’s purposes.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 22 Oct 2012 | From the channel/s: 

Our hunter/gatherer ancestors had say 300 SKU (stock keeping units) – the managerial term for kinds of worldly goods. In New York City alone the SKU is well over 10 billion nowadays[1].

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By Aldo Matteucci on 19 Oct 2012 | From the channel/s: 

The Peace of Augsburg 1555, and then the Peace of Westphalia (1648) marked the end of common rules that would apply across emergent national states in Europe. Henceforth each state was autocratic within and autonomous without.

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By Readings on 12 Oct 2012 | From the channel/s: 

The Chinese world is creating interesting on-line newspapers. Ciaxin online - out of Beijing – is one of them. I now have an opportunity to introduce you to it.

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By Readings on 12 Oct 2012 | From the channel/s: 

Essentially we are landlubbers. For us the oceans are a strange place. Sure we can navigate them, but we do not understand how they function, or the life that’s in it (we are still at the "hunter/gatherer" stage, as far as the oceans are concerned (we do some farming along the coasts).

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By Readings on 6 Oct 2012 | From the channel/s: 

Retired ambassadors used to write poetry (Claudel, St. John Perse) and then memoirs: either of a negotiation they took part in (e.g. Oliver LONG) or autobiographies (the classical: been there, done that).

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By Readings on 3 Oct 2012 | From the channel/s: 

Better than I could ever do so this blog by Amanda Glassman from the Center for Global Development http://bit.ly/Szq4Pn discusses the pitfalls of distributing scarce medical resour

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