Is Merkel Right on Greece?

October 11, 2011 by

The doom mongers are out in force. The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has dramatically stated that European authorities have “just a matter of weeks” to avert economic disaster. Likewise, the mouthpiece of conventional financial “wisdom”, the Financial Times, argues that 3 steps must be taken immediately to solve the euro crisis.

Military Secrecy Undermines China’s Future

October 11, 2011 by

My mother said it. Your mother said it. All of our mothers said it at some point (hopefully): “Honesty is the best policy.” And for the most part, that pithy phrase calling for candor has guided us well throughout life. As with people, governments worldwide have also found that honesty regarding their defense budgets and military doctrines serves them well.

The U.N. Security Council’s Biggest Hypocrites

October 11, 2011 by

While much attention has rightfully been given to the Russian and Chinese veto of a very timid U.N. Security Council resolution on the brutal crackdown by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime against pro-democracy protesters, little has been said of the Council’s biggest hypocrites –those countries that chose to abstain. Though the Syrian people and the international community can be – in the words of Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. – “outraged” at Russia and China, their vote comes as no surprise.

Steve Jobs as a Genius, Visionary, and a Saint: But what about Apple’s Chinese Suicide Jumpers?

October 11, 2011 by

America’s response to the death of Steve Jobs was an outpouring of grief, and love, similar to the behavior people show at the death of a beloved rock star - like John Lennon (one of Jobs’ favorite performers). But what of the rest of world? Specifically, what of Asia? China, where Jobs’ brilliant inventions were manufactured and where millions paid the supreme tribute by buying, either the real thing, or millions of Apple knock offs?