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Rise of the East

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What a sad state of affairs: If we just had to knock out one member of the Axis of Evil, it should've been North Korea. With a presumed average IQ around 106, possibly depressed a few points from nutritional deficiencies, what prevents it from becoming a smaller version of South Korea a generation or two... Read More
++Addition++Pat Buchanan's recent article on the same subject is here. He raises the interesting question of how democratic capitalism will fare going forward against its most potent rival, autocratic capitalism.---At Parapundit, Randall Parker has recently been churning out several posts dealing with the continued rise of China. As US exceptionalism fades away and the world's... Read More
India is concerned about a free trade agreement further increasing the deficit it is already running with China: Bilateral trade between the two gargantuans amounted to $39 billion last year, with India receiving $10 billion more in goods and services than it exported to China. Even though India is poorer (with $3,100 in PPP to... Read More
The question over which country, India or China, will rise faster, is one of the most internationally important that will be answered in the 21st Century. GNXP's Godless has, equipped with a human biodiversity perspective, dealt with it in the past. He places his bet on China, for four major reasons: In contrast, India is... Read More
The worst societies with regards to Western views on women's rights can arguably be said to exist in the Islamic world or possibly in sub-Saharan Africa. On animal rights, though, China is about as reprehensible as it gets (beware the link as it contains some grizzly pictures): The smiling children giggled as they patted the... Read More
The protests in Burma continue, with the Shwe military government giving little indication that it will bow to international pressure and back down in the face tens of thousands of religiously-led, democratic oppositional forces. Instead, the government has increased its martial presence, with armed soldiers on the steps of pagodas as the sun came up... Read More
Several subprime lenders have recently gone under. Many alternate A lenders are teetering (an alt-A loan is one made to a person with good credit, but who lacks other qualifications for prime lending, like proof of income over some threshold). The stock market has been given the shakes as a result. So this doesn't come... Read More
While the US government shows its disdain for the bulk of its own citizenry, the Chinese government attempts to prevent any perceived slander against its own: Chow Yun-Fat's role as Sao Feng in the movie hardly constitutes a becoming portrayal of a Chinaman. The CPC's censorship may seem petty, but it illustrates an important distinction... Read More
Marketplace, almost anomalous at NPR in its balanced presentation, has an interesting report on the Sudanese economy. A few thousand blue helmets are being sent to Sudan as peacekeepers. It's being hailed as a partial victory among some nations in the UN. Western powers are attempting to shame and isolate the Sudanese government in response... Read More