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China on the Rise

China’s economy, since the late 1970s, has been often compared to a giant roller-coaster ride with many dips, swings and rises as it rapidly moves towards greater global prominence. Two major political engines, during this extraordinary period of growth, play… Continue Reading →

How policy gets implemented at the top in China?

According to Professor Zweig, the mantle of real power in Chinese politics rests on the ability of its new leader, the CCP’s general-secretary, to first garner and build meaningful support in the politburo’s standing committee, for any policy initiatives or… Continue Reading →

Streets without Names

Welcome to the maddening world of trying to get around a North African city like Tangiers. Belle and I took a self-directed tour of the ancient city the other day, and came away both enlightened and flabbergasted as to how… Continue Reading →

A Lesson from a Community Garden

I am currently enrolled in a course on helping to effect social good in society by enhancing the commons. This is the general area in any community open to the public for prescribed use such as walking, gardening, socializing, relaxing,… Continue Reading →

A Critique of Big Picture History

Big picture history is really a scientific-based narrative for us to use in determining how and where humans fit into the greater scheme of matter ‘evolving’ over time. Its main conclusion that the universe is a transitory phenomenon is based on a couple of key scientific criteria that… Continue Reading →

Still Lacking Clarity and Credibility After So Many Years

In the post-911 era, the United Nations, conceived originally in 1945 as a grand scheme and organization to ensure global peace and security, still struggles to remain relevant in its mission. While its founding principles remain undeniably noble, the UN… Continue Reading →

When diplomacy fails

Though a very refined process that usually employs well-tested strategies and strives for realistic goals, the undertaking of international diplomacy is never guaranteed any measure of intermediate or ultimate success. In the geopolitical matrix, too much can go wrong when… Continue Reading →

On the Job – Part 3

I am now in the fourth week of my job experiment, and I would be lying if I said it was a cakewalk. What really is happening is that I am learning to adjust my life to some new constraints… Continue Reading →

On the Job – Part 1

For the past five days I have been fitting mysel back into the workforce; this time as a lowly grocery clerk for a major food retail outlet in the city. At sixty-four I need to get more focused in my… Continue Reading →

Brushing up for an Exam

Next week I write, for the sixth year straight, the annual national basketball officials exam. Though I have no interest in officiating at the higher levels of the game – my age being the big prohibitive factor here – I… Continue Reading →

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