Suu Kyi back to work
Just two days after her release from house arrest, democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi meets members of her political party.
Bomb kills two in northern Pakistan
A bomb near northern Pakistan's Peshawar city kills two and injures three others.
Treating trauma of volcano victims
Psychiatric hospitals in Central Java, Indonesia report an increase in patients following the deadly eruptions of Mount Merapi volcano.
More good news for retailers
Summary of business headlines: U.S. October retail sales show surprise strength; BHP scraps hostile $39 billion Potash bid.
Antarctica as an Educational Resource
As an educational resource, Antarctica is extremely broad in scope with the potential to contribute to a number of study areas, from the sciences to history, sociology, and politics. Authored by molecular biologist Clive Evans at the University of Auckland, this Web site provides a convenient resource for introducing Antarctica into the classroom and could be adapted for a range of grade levels. Luckily for life science educators, the site focuses primarily on Antarctic biology, adaptation, huma
Spiceland Field Day Pole Climbing Event
A crowd is gathered in a large field watching a man climb a pole at a Spiceland Field Day event.
Polymeric Materials in Everyday Life
In this Podcast, Steven Howdle, Professor of Chemistry, talks about his current research into Polymeric materials and how a career in Chemistry doesn't always mean wearing a white coat or working in a laboratory with test tubes.
Paul Bulcke GLS 2010 interview
Paul Bulcke, CEO, Nestle S.A., on what we can learn from emerging markets
What’s Behind Microsoft’s $8.5 Billion Takeover of Skype?
Rumors that Facebook or Cisco would buy Skype were proven wrong on Tuesday when Microsoft struck an $8.5 billion deal to acquire the online voice and video chat service. Most analysts welcomed the takeover as a shrewd move on the grounds that it positions Microsoft in a commanding position in the emerging markets of video content and online telephony. Still, considering that Skype's previous acquisition by eBay ended in a $1.4 billion write-down, questions remain. Will there be a good cultural f
Utopian Hope and Apocalyptic Religion
Editor's note: The original event recording started slightly after the beginning of the introduction by Professor Lord Meghnad Desai. Where does the utopian impulse in politics originate, and does it have a future? John Gray argues that though they often claimed to be rooted in a scientific analysis of history and society the revolutionary political movements of the past were informed by a utopian vision which derives from religion. Is the age of secular utopianism over, and if so how will relig
Financial Reform in China: what next?
Three of China's big four banks are now quoted on the Hong Kong exchange. Full World Trade Organisation membership is around the corner but some in China are now calling for a halt in the reform programme. What can we expect in the next year?
Which way China? Will the world's most populous country embrace sustainable development? Is Dongtan
Dongtan Eco-City, has been widely publicised and is regarded as a flagship model for sustainable urban development. But as China continues to urbanise with amazing rapidity, will such projects become mainstream? Can China avoid ever more national and global environmental damage in the all-out rush to grow its cities and its economy?
The China Challenge as Myth and Reality
Few countries have experienced changes as dramatic as did China in the past century - and the past quarter century in particular. From a "revolutionary country" to a "status quo power," and from an "outsider" to an "insider" of the existing international system, the realities of the grand transformation in China's state, society and international outlook have often been obscured by all kinds of myths. For the purpose of highlighting the realities and deconstructing the myths, Professor Chen disc
China and Financial Reform
Howard Davies sits on the International advisory councils of the China banking and securities regulatory commissions. In the fourth lecture of an annual series he reviews the progress of reform in china's financial markets, and the implications for the rest of the world. Howard Davies is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Prior to this, from 1997-2003 he was Chairman of the Financial Services Authority, the single regulator for the UK financial sector, which
In Sickness and In Power
The course of world history has been critically shaped by the physical and mental illnesses of heads of state, sometimes in the public eye but usually in secrecy. Long fascinated with the inter-relationship between politics and medicine, David Owen uses his deep knowledge of both to undertake a unique study of illness in Heads of Government during the last 100 years. Owen expertly scrutinises such diverse political personalities as Sir Anthony Eden at the time of Suez in 1956; John F. Kennedy an
Imagining a Humanist Europe
Francois Bayrou will address the theme of humanism. He will outline how he believes that Europe needs a new set of values and specially humanism after the failures of capitalism. Francois Bayrou is the leader of the French centre party called Mouvement Democrate (Democratic Mouvement) and former presidential candidate. Mr Bayrou entered politics in the early 1980s and joined the centre right party called UDF. He served as education minister in centre-right governments between 1993 and 1997. He r
Rising Asia in the World Crisis
Asia's rise has brought about profound changes to the international system and the current world crisis presents the continent with both opportunities and challenges. The initiatives and responses by Asian countries, China and India in particular, have the potential to define the world's path of development now and in the future.
The role of the West in Rwanda's Genocide
Linda Melvern is an investigative journalist and author. A world expert on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, she was a consultant to the prosecution team at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in the military one case. She is an Honorary Professor of the Department of International Politics (University of Wales - Aberystwyth).
Is America in Decline?
The rise of China and the global economic crisis have led many observers to speculate about whether the decline of American power, often predicted in the past, has now finally begun. The picture is more complex; a survey of world conditions suggests that while the American role is changing, the U.S. will continue to be a unique force in the international arena.