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Bhaskar Menon
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INTERESTING DEVELOPMENTS

23 May 2017
Denver Post on China laying foundation for long term success
2017 Inter-Agency report on financing for development (download)
Facebook facing massive problem regulating explicit sexual content
China detains 6 Japanese for spying,defends killing of CIA spies
​New Orleans Mayor: why 4 statues of Confederate leaders were removed
Instagram continues to copy Snapchat features
Clarence Thomas votes with liberals on racial gerrymandering
​$4 billion fund for Madoff swindle victims has only paid lawyers so far
Audio: Chinese journalists sell content directly to readers, become rich
​Unified tax structure to create Indian market larger than US+EU+Japan
China as Hollywood's holy grail and headache
​Biodiversity Hotspot India fights to save four endangered species
How 3D printing is going to disrupt the airline industry -- just in time
Computer beats China's champion GO player
Africa-India trade increased 4-fold in decade, set for new high
China is loving the Trump presidency and it is building bases abroad
Those who excel in school are not the uber successful in life
3D Printing: Beginner's Guide

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22 May 2017
Small town India poured $48 billion into mutual, equity funds in March
Could WTO Assembly derail Georgia candidate for Secretary-General?
Brit, Ethiopian, Pakistani candidates in secret poll to be next WHO Head
​India-US collaborate on $1.5 billion imaging satellite to go up in 2021
Bloomberg: China farms the world to avoid food crisis
​Forbes: When US Chinese business biggies disagree, take deep breath
Trump visit helps get Saudi business for Boeing, Lockheed, Raytheon
China chagrin at India-Singapore naval drill in S.C. Sea
​Kashmir party gags members after one admits Pakistani funding on TV
Melting permafrost has flooded global seedbank in Norway
​141 killed as Libyan unity government attacks airport held by renegade
​China's ambitions a worry as 42 Antarctic Treaty members meet
​Jokes, puzzlement as China Propagandists send Marx statue to Germany
North Korea missile launch complicates life for new South Korean Prez
The tallest show-women in Hollywood
Guardian claims to have discovered Facebook internal rulebook
Uniondale, NY: Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey Circus closes for good

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INTERESTING DEVELOPMENTS

20 May 2017
Syria Talks in Geneva conclude 6th Round with new expert component
ECOSOC Financial Forum draft outcome reminds of Kurt Vonnegut novel
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300,000 children migrated alone in 2015-2016, at mercy of traffickers
WMO releases first ever list of deadliest weather incidents
US convenes Security Council consultations on Venezuela
​Health News: Cholera, Ebola, Zika, smart bangles aid maternal health
Vice President Pence registers PAC to fund Congressional Republicans
New South Sudan Army Chief pledges cooperation with UN Force
African Union Security Council: Lord's Resistance Army is weakened
Apple said to be developing glucose monitoring technology
US taxpayers are spending $38 to collect $1 of unpaid student debt
​Basquiat painting bought for $19,000 in 1984 sells for over $110 million
2017 Financing for Dev Forum (download outcome) see our comment
​Stranger than cult classic Twin Peaks: town where it was filmed
India to push Solar Alliance at African Dev Bank meeting in Gandhinagar
​Charles Darwin was quite a racist Also: Indo-Brit relations & racism
This star 1400 light years away has got astronomers buzzing
Cloud Computing wins Preakness at 13:1 after skipping Kentucky Derby 

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A TRALFAMADORIAN TAKE ON HIGH-LEVEL FORUM ON FINANCING DEVELOPMENT

20 May 2017: Reading the draft Outcome document of the second High-Level ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development (25-26 May) brings to mind Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five. Both are essentially tragic but shot through with the dark comedy of cant, myopia and insanity. Commenting on it makes me feel like a Tralfamadorian trying vainly to communicate impending danger to a bar filled with merry drunks. (For those who have forgotten or have never read the book, a Tralfamadorian is a two-foot alien shaped like a toilet brush and able to see the future.)

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DISMAY AT AFRICAN DISUNITY AFTER WTO PICKS GEORGIAN TO BE NEXT HEAD

19 May 2017: The choice of Zurab Pololikashvili of Georgia to be the next head of the World Tourism Organization despite charges of vote buying (see left column), is causing considerable dismay. Members of the African Union in particular, are concerned at the lack of group unity. Even though the AU fielded an official candidate, Walter Mzembi of Zimbabwe and Alain St.Ange from the Seychelles dropped out at the last minute, the European candidate won.


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INTERESTING DEVELOPMENTS
19 May 2017

UN says 114 civilians killed in South Sudan as peacekeepers trickle in
China and ASEAN to talk on S,China Sea code of conduct
Miles of Antarctic ice sheet collapsing into sea
Powerful alliance of Tech giants to ensure AI benefits people and society
Lightweight US howitzers arrive for new Indian mountain strike force
Singapore, Thaliand and Brunei leaders were not invited to OBOR-fest
Biodiversity Finance Initiative topic of South-South UN Belize meeting
Namibia researchers teach mutation breeding for drought resistance
GM bails on India as part of broad international withdrawal
57% of Chinese advertising money in 2017 to be on Internet
Roger Ailes who built US Fox News empire dead at 77
International Court stays Pakistan execution of alleged Indian spy
National Geographic: Very rare T-Rex Ant found in Singapore
Apple begins making I-phone in India
NYT Opinion: little response to Chinese aggression in S.C Sea
Japan Times Opinion: China seeks regional empire with Silk Road
Wrestling movie from India a hit in China
China wages war on law, wives of torture victims tell US Congress
Japan's Softbank invests $1.4 billion in India's Paytm
Cobalt surges 150% as electric car plans boom
Variety: US film industry sees new rules as shadow over Chinese market
Brazil stock market tanks as tape surfaces of Temer OK of hush money
China to ban dog meat sales at dog meat festival
French aerospace company Thales to 3D print large space vehicle parts
France: 11 women in Macron's 22-member cabinet
What would happen if you you didn't have a space suit in outer space?

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A PRETTY USELESS REPORT ON IMPROVING UN HUMANITARIAN COORDINATION

17 May 2017: When ECOSOC meets in July it will have before it a report (E/2017/58) that claims to provide “an overview of current efforts to improve humanitarian coordination” and of “major humanitarian trends, challenges and thematic issues.” What it does provide is a summary of the current dismal humanitarian situation, followed by thumbnail descriptions of specific situations, references to various agendas, conferences and meetings deemed “opportunities” to improve humanitarian action, and a long shaggy dog section of indeterminate purpose. There is also a set of 25 recommendations. 

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INTERESTING DEVELOPMENTS
18 May 2017

Leaked Chinese document: Pakistan's democracy, diversity are problems
Ransom hacker group claims to have data on N. Korean nukes
Families of hunger striking prisoners in Israel shut down UN office
US to fall short as India, China on early track for 2030 climate goals
China unveils draft of new intelligence law targeting locals, foreigners
CNBC: China tops Wall Street worry list Also: US companies target India
UN Chief meets French President, no public statement afterwards
West Africa worries about spillover from Cote d'Ivoire military mutiny
China collects DNA from its people for national searchable database
NYT: Google, not US government, is building the future
Africa-focused Tullow Oil makes 750 million barrel find in Kenya
Facebook has opened up its chatbots to input from the world
As big retailers skid towards oblivion boutiques prosper
Vodafone India merger with Idea Cellular is not helping profitability
25 best paid hedge-fund managers made $11 billion last year
Hewlett Packard prototype Big Data computer uses new kind of memory
Hong Kong expels asylum seekers who helped Snowden evade capture
Japan's Emperor to lose oldest grand-daughter to a commoner
South and East Asia epicenter of global e-commerce boom
3D printing news: tiny jet engineand ovaries that produce healthy mice
The ongoing revolution of the Jalada Collective to unite African literature
Stunning photographs of Iran
More on the HP computer that can process 4096 Yottabytes of data
NYT heir apparent A.G. Sulzberger given charge of Opinions Section
Russian company develops electron beam 3D metal printer
Hackers steal new Disney movie, want ransom not to publish on Internet
On show in NY: Bendels Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944)
A pretty useless report on improving UN humanitarian coordination

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REPORT ON UN HUMANITARIAN COORDINATION SAYS ALMOST NOTHING ABOUT IT

17 May 2017: When ECOSOC meets in July it will have before it a report (E/2017/58) that claims to provide “an overview of current efforts to improve humanitarian coordination” and of “major humanitarian trends, challenges and thematic issues.” What it does provide is a summary of the current dismal humanitarian situation, followed by thumbnail descriptions of specific situations, references to various agendas, conferences and meetings deemed “opportunities” to improve humanitarian action, and a long shaggy dog section of indeterminate purpose. There is also a set of 25 recommendations.

Overview
The document provides the following summary information of current humanitarian need and outrage:

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INTERESTING DEVELOPMENTS

17 May 2017
WaPo: Syria crematorium in prison hid daily executions by government
NYT: Addicted to bootleg software, China reels from ransomware
CNBC: Imports of Chinese rail stock could imperil 65,ooo US jobs
​Israel "prefers status quo" in Palestine says The Guardian long read
Singapore to get German-made submarines
India, working to set up gold exchange and make all its cars electric
​Myanmar navigates tricky internal scene as it considers China's OBOR
German hate speech legislation targets US social media
Ransomware impact varied : India, China, UK, US, Russia, Europe
National Interest: Chinese OBOR initiative based on security agenda
​Indian teen builds lightest satellite with 3D printing
African nations launch regional police organization Afripol
​UPI: Russian US envoy Kislyak could be next UN anti-terror chief
Recent 3D printing company financials:Organovo, Stratsys, Robo3D
African Union denies Haiti will become a member
New lectures added to UN Audiovisual Library of International Law
How a parody about Russian electronic capability became world news
Cheri Samba of Congo clear winner of Sothebys auction of African art
Emily Post's Guide to Etiquette ​19th edition is 674 pages, email aware
Iran's election (first round Friday) now a 2-man race, offering clear choice

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