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  1. The politics of food, and a lesson for China and India

    Posted Sep 12th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... supply back at the centre of international politics. The first is short-term disruptions such as a severe drought in Russia and eastern Europe, and weather damage to Australia's crop. ... Russia extends its export ban on grain for 12 months. Food riots break out in Mozambique, leaving 13 dead and hundreds injured. Prices of cereals soar to new highs. Scary headlines like ...

  2. Time to turn the screw on Myanmar's leaders

    Posted Aug 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... round to this realisation. China, India and Russia must also be convinced to change their ways. Asean's shift was prompted by the cyclone three months ago that devastated Myanmar's ... call. Asean also now realises that for the junta to live up to pledges to free political prisoners, including pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, will need more than the unconditional ...

  3. BRICS will become a force to be reckoned with, say researchers

    Posted Mar 25th 2011, 12:00am by Ed Zhang

    ... Ed Zhang and Ng Tze-wei in Beijing Government researchers say the BRICS countries- a grouping that represents the economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa- will grow ... vice-president of the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), said the group's political agenda was 'the interests and the space for development'. That will be to help developing ...

  4. Wild Swans author sets out to explode the myth of Mao

    Posted Jun 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Alister McMillan

    ... scoured archives around the world, particularly in Russia. Among the targets in the $375 book is the Long March, 'the most enduring myth in modern Chinese history, and one of the biggest ... in the hope of securing the release of his son, who was being held in Russia. The Nationalists even left a truck with food and maps for the communists, the book claims. The 1935 crossing of the Dadu ...

  5. History-makers Part 3: Joseph Stalin- Man of Steel

    Posted Sep 16th 2009, 12:00am by Ellen Whyte

    ... to be a priest but Stalin was interested in politics. Stalin believed in communism? a system where all property is shared among the people. The communists fought against the tsar, the king who ruled Russia. Stalin organised strikes and riots. He was arrested six times but nothing stopped him. He changed his name to Stalin, meaning?steel?, and continued making trouble. When the tsar was killed ...

  6. Break in the clouds over North Korea

    Posted Jun 30th 2004, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... to negotiate bilaterally with North Korea, insisting on a multilateral format. The original hope was that North Korea, at the same table as China, Russia, Japan, South Korea and the US, would realise ... at the Athens Olympics. With Russia supporting North Korea in the talks, the US was in serious danger of being isolated. That undoubtedly is an important reason why Washington finally came out with its ...

  7. 'Spoiled child' strains relations

    Posted Dec 12th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... unveiling uranium enrichment facilities and killing South Korean soldiers and civilians. But North Korea isn't an island. It shares a long border with China and a short one with Russia ... 'Politically, Chinese officials and intellectuals don't like North Korea as they see that North Korea today is what China was yesterday,' said Professor Liu Ming, deputy director ...

  8. China's power play

    Posted Mar 12th 2009, 12:00am by Mark Godfrey

    ... Mark Godfrey The decision by Kyrgyzstan to close a small but significant US military post in the Central Asian republic has been portrayed as a classic cold war chess move, with Russia ... neighbour is betting on selling to Beijing the surplus power from the US$2 billion Kambarata hydropower station which Russia is financing- a condition of Moscow's loan being the Manas shutdown. ...

  9. A patriot determined to fight for political reform until he dies

    Posted Jan 15th 2011, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu Du Daozheng was just 14 when he joined the Communist Party as an underground member. Now 87, he is the publisher of a political magazine that is seen as a thorn in the side ... to introduce political reforms and democratisation. Du was not always a liberal. He admits he used to be a blind follower of government policies that ended in catastrophe. That led to his conviction ...

  10. 'Rose revolution' showing signs of wilting

    Posted Aug 01st 2004, 12:00am by Christian Henderson

    ... regime with Moscow. Analysts have talked of a new cold war in the South Caucauses as Russia seeks to counter the influence of the Americans. Georgia under Mr Saakashvili is pro-American. Tbilisi ...




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