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Global Economic Power to Shift as BRIC Countries Demand More Power in IMF

We have Luxemburg, the Netherlands and Belgium that have more voting power than Brazil, China and India. This is completely absurd. So the BRICs have to start their pressure from the inside and that is – try to alter and ameliorate at least the Bretton Woods institutions and start to actually act as new emerging economic powers in the world.”

-Pepe Escobar


Cyber Threats Increasing

No April Fools joke.

The other day President Obama’s twitter account got hacked which just goes to show you how privacy is fading away, or at least getting more expensive. I saw the video below on 60 minutes a while back and meant to do a post on it but never got around to it. Where gonna see these type of incidents more and more. Some of you might already heard about google getting hacked in China.

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Micheal Pritchard Turns Filthy Water into Drinkable Water

Running Barefoot – A New Era of Exercise?

I saw this interesting discussion on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart last month about how Running Shoes are actually counterproductive because humans were really meant to run barefoot. This guy Christopher McDougal went to a remote cave in Mexico where he saw a tribe called the Tarahumara Indians who run hundreds of miles non stop- in sandals.

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This is the Vibram Five Fingers , a shoe designed to mimic running barefoot while still protecting your foot bottom.

Below is a short clip about the Tarahumara. The end shows them running. Read the rest of this entry »

China Pledges $10 billion in Cheap Loans to African Countries

via Al Jazeera

China is steadily and rapidly becoming a key player in the Global marketplace, especially in Africa.

Key Facts:

  • Africa’s combined GDP is worth approximately $1.2trn, equal to about one quarter of China’s $4.4trn economy.
  • Trade between China and Africa has risen by more than 33 per cent annually this decade.
  • Volume of two-way trade almost hit $107bn in 2008.
  • Africa has a market potential of 800 million people.
  • In the first nine months of 2009, Beijing invested more than $7.8bn in Africa.
  • China’s imports from Africa are dominated by oil and minerals to fuel its booming economy. Most come from Angola, Sudan, Nigeria, Zambia, the DR Congo and the Republic of the Congo.

Many western companies and organizations have been criticizing the Chinese for doing business with some African countries but as one Chinese representative put it, “Just because [US and European] companies are doing business here, does that mean they are supporting the military government?…So why, when Chinese companies do business here, is China accused of supporting the government?”. Some see the criticism as fear that the West’s strong role in Africa is steadily diminishing.

The West has had a monopoly on the buying of African resources for the past 20 years and the next decade should be interesting in how the relationships and economic strength of all three regions change with this new trade relationship. I doubt it will be bad for the Chinese or Africans.

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