EU Countries Condemned for their Role in ‘Extraordinary Rendition’ by EU Parliament Committee
November 29, 2006, 12:15 pm
Filed under: Covert, Strategic, Surveillance

Sarah Ludford, a Liberal Democrat MEP and vice-chair of the EU Temporary Committee on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transport and illegal detention of prisoners has passed damning comment on the UK’s role in the affair. Continue reading


China & India GDP to Exceed G7’s by 2050
November 28, 2006, 3:18 pm
Filed under: Economic, Strategic

Former World Bank president, James Wolfensohn, has warned that western countries are not prepared for the change in the balance of world power as the Chinese and Indian economies develop [Source:Yahoo News].

Anshe Chung Worth $1 Million?
November 28, 2006, 2:27 pm
Filed under: Metaverse, Strategic

It was reported last weekend that Second Life avatar entrepreneur, Anshe Chung’s virtual property business is now worth $1 million. Continue reading

How Gazprom sees its Place in the World
November 28, 2006, 1:46 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Energy, Environment, Strategic

Gazprom are commissioning architecture for their capital, Gazprom City, in St. Petersburg. Needless to say, if any of these designs are built in St. Petersburg it will tell us all rather a lot about power in modern Russia. Continue reading

Threat to Chinese Economy From Climate Change
November 24, 2006, 9:15 am
Filed under: Environment, Strategic

A report from a Hong Kong based think-tank decribes the threat to industry on the Pearl River Delta and in Hong Kong posed by increases in flooding and typhoons associated with climate change. The report also highlights the knock-on effects of damage to this region for global trade. [source:BBC]

We could yet see the Chinese government volunteering cuts in Greenhouse gas emissions and thereby removing the biggest bar to emissions restrictions for the largest liberal economies. If the perception of immediate risk from climate change overwhelms debates about fair competition then the current bars to international cooperation could be removed.

“Rods From God” Anti-Satellite Weapons Update
November 23, 2006, 3:09 pm
Filed under: Space, Strategic

Jane’s Defence Weekly reported on 16th October that command Sergeant Major David Lady of the Joint Functional Combat Command for Integrated Missile Defense had confirmed the detection of anti – US satellite lasers over China: Continue reading

India test-fires battlefield nuclear-capable missile
November 19, 2006, 12:13 pm
Filed under: Strategic

The indian Defence Research and Development Organization have test fired a battlefield nuclear capable missile shortly after a similar test by Pakistan. The Prithvi II should take 300 seconds to travel 150 km (90 miles) to target. [Source:Reuters] Continue reading