Archive for March, 2015
Wikipedia – The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is an international financial institution proposed by the government of China. The purpose of the multilateral development bank is to provide finance to infrastructure projects in the Asia region. AIIB is regarded by some as a rival for the IMF, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which are regarded as dominated by developed countries like the United States. Read the rest of this entry »
In hot, dry areas of the world, collecting enough rainwater to grow crops can be difficult. Another potential source of water for collection, however, can be dew. Roots Up has designed a greenhouse to collect dew in Gondar, Ethiopia, as part of a scheme to help local farmers with low-tech solutions (read more here).
The conflagration in the Middle East continues like a musical chair. The chair of destruction moved from Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Syria and now into Yemen. Located at the heel of the Arabian boot, Yemen commands a strategic chokepoint for access into the Red Sea, thus the Suez Canal. Yemen has a long history of tribal conflicts. Yemen became a republic and President Ali Abdullah Saleh was the first elected President in reunified Yemen in 1999. The country is plagued by corruption, scoring 164 out of 182 countries surveyed in the 2009 international corruption Perception Index by Transparency International. Read the rest of this entry »
What would you do when someone threatens to destroy you? It would be inconceivable to expect you to smile to the threats and counter propose providing arms concession to him so as to appease him. Sounds illogical but that is exactly what we are witnessing in the US-Iran “deal” that is in the making. “Iran’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei called for ‘Death to America’ on Saturday, a day after President Barack Obama appealed to Iran to seize a “historic opportunity” for a nuclear deal and a better future, and as US Secretary of State John Kerry claimed substantial progress toward an accord.” – Business Insider. Read the rest of this entry »
For many years, USA had been acting like the world’s de facto protector and governor. It uses a two-pronged military cum financial hegemony to hold the world hostage. During the days of Gorbachev in th 1980s, perestroika (Russian: перестро́йка; IPA: [pʲɪrʲɪˈstrojkə] brought Russia out of the Cold War and into “acceptance” by the western world. Until then, Russia was the military counter-balance against US’s “military interests”. After perestroika, USA gained greater military omniscience with the melting of the Cold War. Read the rest of this entry »
Over in the tropical paradise Singapore, news went viral on 18 March 2015 that the founding patriarch, Lee Kuan Yew had died. The news was reported in major newspapers, such as CNN and major Chinese newspapers. Pictures of journalists piling up in front of the Singapore General Hospital started circulating all over the media were further confirmation that Lee had died. Having been warded since 5 February for severe pneumonia, the passing of the 91-year-old Lee was no surprise. But news took a turn. The Prime Minister’s Office denied the stories and posted the official news that Lee was in a critical condition, but he was still alive. The efficient police quickly arrested 16-year-old student suspected of posting the fake news. Read the rest of this entry »
News.com.au – ACCORDING to a Kremlin propaganda media outlet, Russia plans to be able to deploy its army anywhere in the world within seven hours. It’s a future that involves a fleet of huge heavy transport aircraft that will be capable of moving around 400 Armata tanks, with ammunition anywhere in the world.
According to the Military-Industrial Commission in Moscow, a new aircraft, named the PAK TA, will be capable of flying supersonic speeds (up to 1235km/h), can carry up to 200 tonnes and have a range of at least 7,000 kilometres. Or roughly the distance between Sydney and Hong Kong.
Russia is supposedly hopeful to build 80 of the new PAK TA cargo aircraft by 2024.