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Italy 150

1861-2011: Anniversary of the Unity of Italy - 150 years of Italian pride.

Tribute

6 ottobre 2011

Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005.

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories. Leggi tutto…

Wangari Maathai, in the name of dignity

26 settembre 2011
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Maathai is gone. It’s up to the rest of us to heed her call

Off topic on my blog. Sometimes, it is needed to tribute honors to some special people. This woman has been a symbol of commitment and bore a strong witness of exellence. In the name of the environment, in the name of people, in the name of dignity.

Some readings:

How the Haqqani Network is Expanding From Waziristan

23 settembre 2011

The Pakistani-Based Militant Group Needs a War In Afghanistan to Survive

Michael Semple – Foreign Affairs
MICHAEL SEMPLE, who has been working in Afghanistan for more than two decades, is a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.The recent spate of spectacular attacks in Kabul reveals as much about the struggle for supremacy within the Af-Pak insurgency [1] itself as it does about the war between the insurgents and NATO. In the span of a single week, Afghans witnessed, first, the closing down of the center of the capital during a 20-hour siege on the U.S. Embassy, and then, exactly a week later, this past Tuesday, a political assassination: a suicide bomber packed his turban full of explosives and killed the chief of the High Peace Council, Burhanuddin Rabbani, a former president of Afghanistan. Leggi tutto…

NATO: ISAF Commander sets his priorities for successful Transition in Afghanistan

5 settembre 2011

General John Allen is six weeks into his command of ISAF and US troops in Afghanistan: “We will prevail in this campaign because the forces are well entrained and [we have] the right combination to do that.”

His confidence comes despite that

     fact August saw the highest number of American fatalities since the war began in 2001. In the past six weeks, the Taliban have downed a Chinook helicopter, attacked a couple of governor’s compounds, hit the British Council in Kabul, killed twelve police officers in Lashkar Gah and claim to have assassinated the Mayor of Kandahar.

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Looking forward: Israel, Turkey and Middle East after Flotilla

2 settembre 2011

Palmer report: Gaza blockade legal, IDF force excessive

Summarizing: the report on Freedom Flotilla has been released by the UN dedicated panel. Turkey and Israel reactions are not in the right way to solve the issue, that now can escalate.

Following some reading to depict the current situation:

Following the Panel findings summary:  Leggi tutto…

The Top 6 Skills For Entry-level Intelligence Analysts

31 agosto 2011

Interesting post from the website “Sources and methods”, by , Associate Professor of intelligence studies at Mercyhurst College.

See here the post: http://sourcesandmethods.blogspot.com/2011/08/top-6-skills-for-entry-level.html

He also mentions the Analysis of Competing Hypotheses (ACH) methodology… further details and a tool here: http://competinghypotheses.org/

A checklist for Europe in Asia

27 luglio 2011
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by Hans Haekkerup

Whether Europe will find itself largely sidelined in this ‘Asian Century’ is very much up to the Europeans themselves, says Hans Haekkerup. He sets out a to-do list for European policymakers

The world has been changing dramatically, and its centre of gravity is shifting from Europe and North America to Asia – and to China first and foremost. This has been going on for quite some time, but the global economic crisis has made it much more visible.

The rise of China has been most striking of all economically. The country has now enjoyed more than 30 years of a type of economic growth never before seen in history, and it looks like that growth is going to continue for at least the next 10 years, so transforming China into the biggest economy in the world. Leggi tutto…

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