Archives

The archives contain political, social, and economic commentaries posted between January 2001 to December 2014. For more recent articles, visit Strategic Updates.

A New War

We examine the War on Terrorism in all its implications: political, cultural and how it will affect our personal liberties. Is the U.S. doomed? We doubt it, but wonder what kind of America will emerge from the current engagement.

They’re at it again, but this time with far greater coordination than ever before. Governments around the world are determined to stamp out the last shreds of privacy. Moreover, they’re increasingly acting in concert, forging treaties and sharing information. Some initiatives target the few remaining ways of holding cash, others the internet. Let’s hope they fail.

Japan’s Loss, China’s Gain

China spends with the intent to transform itself; Japan spends so it can resist change. A shift in existing trans-Pacific ties is ahead and how things play out is largely up to corporate America.
They’re at it again, but this time with far greater coordination than ever before. Governments around the world are determined to stamp out the last shreds of privacy. Moreover, they’re increasingly acting in concert, forging treaties and sharing information. Some initiatives target the few remaining ways of holding cash, others the internet. Let’s hope they fail.

Where are Corporate Ethics?

What is truth and what constitutes a lie changes from culture to culture. Languages like Russian, Japanese and Chinese, dozens of words exist for what we simply call “a lie”. Some lies are perfectly tolerated, others are justifiable under certain circumstances, while yet others breach morality. Today, we have another culture that provides a study material: the corporate one. As it turns out, lying as we once understood it is no longer offensive.

All About Bhutan

A travelogue focusing on the remote and pristine Himalayan Kingdom. Is its economic and political system really arranged around the idea of a Gross Happiness Product, as the New York Times recently reported? The situation is considerably more complex, reports Peter Cavelti after having visited both the country’s capital and trekking through its largely unexplored North East.