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  1. Friends indeed

    Posted Oct 20th 2009, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... dealings with. In keeping with Dunbar's thinking, he came up with a number of about 130 people with whom he is on good first-name terms. The internet has changed lives. For many of us, it has dramatically altered the way we work and do business. Through it, we have been able to trace old acquaintances and renew friendships. Some of us met lifelong partners through its chat rooms ...

  2. Fidel Ramos hints at a return to the political fray

    Posted Sep 24th 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... graduated from the US Military Academy, West Point, and with masters' degrees in business administration, national security administration and civil engineering from universities in the US ... to overthrow President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. 'Let us not panic,' he said, while denying links to military officers claimed to be planning to seize power from the much-criticised leader. ...

  3. Bush under pressure to offer Africa more than just promises

    Posted Jul 06th 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... of American military might, saying the US aimed to spread freedom and relieve suffering. 'The current generation of our military is meeting the threats of a new era and fighting new battles ... Africa and a day each in Botswana, Uganda and Nigeria before returning to Washington on Saturday. Delivering a policy speech on the continent to a gathering of American and African business ...

  4. It could have been worse

    Posted Mar 04th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... incompetence in the fight against Maoist rebels. For snatching away the democracy ushered in by constitutional reforms in 1990, he now faces sanctions from the US, Britain and other donor countries. I realise that global geopolitics is a complicated business. Equally, I appreciate that the black and white of politics is not always what it first appears. Of course, in Mr Tung's case, we ...

  5. Nuclear folly

    Posted Sep 12th 2008, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer peter.kamm@scmp.com Let's temporarily set aside talk of the US presidential race and reflect on the eight years in office of the incumbent, George W. Bush. There have ... Outraging Pakistan by attacking alleged militants without permission is barely a footnote in the book of Bush misdeeds. The one that could be the mother of them all, were the US Congress to approve ...

  6. Modern slavers know no borders

    Posted Feb 27th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... working in Cambodia, he estimated 80,000 Cambodians worked illegally in Thailand and a large number had been trafficked. 'Trafficking is a good business because you don't just get US ... 'But the people being caught are often the intermediaries- the ones who help people get across borders and the like. The ones in the brothels, factories, fishing businesses or plantations who ...

  7. China's spy wars

    Posted Jun 12th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... been updated frequently by officials. In February, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation's leader in spy-catching, David Szady, asked American companies to stop the theft of business ... counter-intelligence experts there is nothing unusual about the two men's stories. They have been warning since the mid-1990s of the activities of China's spies. The May 1999 report of the US House ...

  8. Old spheres of influence

    Posted Jul 29th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... was renamed Myanmar by its military rulers in 1989, but is still known by its British colonial-era name by the US, European Union and others seeking the junta's overthrow. That is despite ... American and European sanctions against Myanmar are having little effect because of the business the rest of the world does with the junta, but perhaps the name-calling is having an effect, ...

  9. Myanmar sanctions sour relations

    Posted Jun 16th 2004, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... but Asean and the European Union have also been at loggerheads over Asem's enlargement since the EU's expansion to 25 members. Also on Monday, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution renewing a one-year ban on all imports from Myanmar. An identical Senate resolution is expected to be voted on soon. The EU and the US already have other visa and trade embargoes against ...

  10. Foreign investment seen as vital to halt Philippine brain drain

    Posted Sep 19th 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... the previous poll. The chief economist with the Manila-based Wallace Business Forum, Bing Icamina, said the Philippines' sluggish economic growth could not be blamed on a single factor. ... will be less than half of an already low forecast of US$1.03 billion. Central Bank governor Rafael Buenaventura last month blamed regional and global developments, including Sars and the war in Iraq, ...




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