Month: January 2013

Hollande & Erdogan

What a delectable collection of links, thank you. Francois Hollande… I do think a President Sarkozy would have decided to follow the exact same course. French intelligence in West Africa is solid, as events in Mali have demonstrated. Yet despite reassurances it was Hollande’s call to make and he made it. The world ought to …

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Egypt Abyss

In 2010, Egypt imported 40% of is food and 60% of its wheat. It is the largest importer of the latter. Egypt recognises the problem and is trying to dramatically improve wheat production but the methods employed may not be environmentally sustainable and make matters worse. At any rate, with a population growth of 1.7% …

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Davos Too Provincial

I found there’s a huge obstacle for many who could attend Davos. The mannerisms at Davos are so refined that many do feel uncomfortable attending, fearing their lack of European etiquette will make them look boorish. Having battled up the Chinese Communist Party educating oneself in the finer points of being a well behaved Chinese …

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The Cordon Sanitaire on Cyber Security

In response to: Break a wall of silence on cyber attacks Gillian you must read this: http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2011/09/chinese-hacking-201109 It is fiercely difficult for world class companies to protect against cyber attacks, a cadre of highly specialized professionals is absolutely required. These are very difficult to recruit, difficult to maintain and even more difficult to manage. An important …

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Hostile Sony

My response to Why no one’s listening to a Walkman The open hostility of Sony towards mostly young consumers is what destroyed its brand. They were so hostile in fact that in 2005 Sony BMG included a rootkit on some of its CDs that installed on and interfered with computers running Microsoft Windows, see http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/963aaecc-7bb1-11da-ab8e-0000779e2340.html Bad …

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