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Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé accused of complicity in illegal rainforest destruction | Environment | The Guardian
Palm oil plantations on illegally deforested land in Sumatra – home to elephants, orangutans and tigers – have allegedly been used to supply scores of household brands, says new report
palm  oil  deforestation  soil  erosion  climate  change  global  warming  climatechange  globalwarming  drought  Brazil  Amazon  rain  forest  rainforest  Sumatra  Congo  Afrika  Asia  Amazonas  profit  maximisation  sustainability  sustainable  mass  extinction 
yesterday by asterisk2a
LOST IN TRANSLATION? U.S. Defense Innovation and Northeast Asia
July 2017 Stimson Center report
To assist leaders of the U.S.’s strategic relationships with these critical tasks, this report examines Northeast Asian perceptions of the risks posed by disruptive technologies in the military sphere and recommends a series of policy steps to minimize these risks. The views of U.S. allies and partners are shaped in part by the debate in the United States about future defense technology and concepts, a debate that is more thinking-aloud than substantial policy. Taking these perceptions into consideration, the report suggests ways to link the conversation across the Pacific.
stimson  asia  innovation  technology  military 
2 days ago by strohps
On the measuring and mis-measuring of Chinese growth | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal
Unofficial indicators of Chinese GDP often suggest that Beijing’s growth figures are exaggerated. This column uses nighttime light as a proxy to estimate Chinese GDP growth. Since 2012, the authors’ estimate is never appreciably lower, and is in many years higher, than the GDP growth rate reported in the official statistics. While not ruling out the risk of future turmoil, the analysis presents few immediate indications that Chinese growth is being systematically overestimated.
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3 days ago by nhaliday
Seven charts that show how the developed world is losing its edge
Savings China’s gross savings (at market exchange rates) are nearly as large as those of the US and EU combined. China saves almost half of its national income. This extraordinarily high share is likely to fall but that decline is set to be gradual, since Chinese households are likely to remain frugal and the share of profits in national income is likely to remain high.

80% of the US had no real increase in income 2005 to 2012-2014
news  org:rec  org:anglo  org:biz  data  analysis  visualization  let-me-see  world  developing-world  china  asia  sinosphere  convergence  europe  usa  the-great-west-whale  economics  growth-econ  econ-metrics  econ-productivity  stagnation  populism  wealth-of-nations  wealth  time-preference  temperance  demographics  population  internet  compensation  britain  germanic  gallic  nordic  mediterranean  EU  patience 
3 days ago by nhaliday
In junta-ruled Thailand, critics turn to comedy
"Dissent has been muted by Thailand's ruling generals since a 2014 coup. But there is one area where critical voices still have some space: humor.

With political activity banned, internet censorship in force and activists and dissidents detained or summoned for 'attitude adjustment', public discontent is being manifested in widely shared cartoons, internet memes, and parody music videos." - Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Patpicha Tanakasempipat, Reuters
otf  thailand  asia  southeastasia  censorship  satire  foe  speech  access 
3 days ago by dmcdev
How Badly Is China’s Great Firewall Hurting the Country’s Economy?
"Beijing’s strict control over the internet doesn’t come cheap. The Chinese government created its censorship regime, bulwarked by the “Great Firewall,” to keep pernicious political ideas out of the country. To the extent that discussions of color revolutions, the Tiananmen massacre, and domestic political intrigue are almost universally blocked, its overseers might consider it a success. But the economic ramifications of policing the internet are as important as the political ones.

It’s not just that, by some accounts, Beijing employs some 2 million people to police the imperfectly socialist thoughts of the public. The regulatory and policy whims of Beijing create constant dilemmas for Chinese business: Nobody knows where the line is or when they might cross it. China’s ability to innovate in the digital age is thus held hostage to a government that’s paranoid about the possibilities of change." - Christopher Balding, Foreign Policy
otf  china  asia  gfw  censorship  access  business  economics 
3 days ago by dmcdev
This standoff is China telling India to accept changing realities | South China Morning Post
As technology kills the distance between the two Asian giants, the current Himalayan standoff is Beijing’s way of warning New Delhi not to trample too egregiously on China’s interests, or else...
InternationalRelations  Asia  IndianOcean  India  China  SouthChinaMorningPost  2017 
4 days ago by inspiral
China Censors Winnie-the-Pooh on Social Media
ICYMI: "The Chinese government routinely censors discussion of weighty issues like Tibet, Taiwan and human rights abuses.

Now it is being accused of going after a far softer target: Winnie-the-Pooh.

Internet users in China have in recent days reported problems posting references to the warmhearted bear of A.A. Milne’s children’s books on social media sites. The apparent reason? Some commenters are using images of Winnie-the-Pooh to suggest that he shows a resemblance to President Xi Jinping." - Javier C. Hernandez, New York Times
otf  china  social  winniethepooh  censorship  access  foe  speech  asia  gfw 
4 days ago by dmcdev

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