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China’s New Global Leadership [Jeffrey Sachs / Project Syndicate]

Brief article on China’s position in the world, contrasted to the US, with some interesting comments.

link:

http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/china-global-leadership-by-jeffrey-d-sachs-2014-11

US Media “Group-Think” on Syria, Russia [Robert Parry / consortium news]

Official Washington’s “group think” on Syria and Ukraine is so delusional that it is putting the whole world in danger, but – as with the Iraq War – the mainstream U.S. news media is part of the problem, not part of any solution, writes Robert Parry.

Link to article:

http://consortiumnews.com/2014/11/20/delusional-us-group-think-on-syria-ukraine/

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“Myth of AI” [Jaron Lanier / edge.org]

Via Phil Ebersole:

Here an interesting 39 minute video by computer scientist (and writer etc) Jaron Lanier, that touches on the mixed feelings and confusion so many of us have about google/apple/facebook/amazon taking over such economic power — the feeling that something seems a little strange about the “new economy” where the best and brightest are all off to make cel phone apps, etc. I think he presents a lot of great analytical distinctions & insights.

link (full video is embedded about 10 paragraphs into it):

http://edge.org/conversation/the-myth-of-ai

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Hungary to start South Stream construction in 2015 despite western pressure

peteybee:

folks, this is going to be the next “Mistral” project . . .

Originally posted on Aletho News:

RT | November 19, 2014

Hungary plans to break ground next year on its stretch of the South Stream pipeline to send natural gas from Russia to Europe. It is in defiance of EU and US calls to halt the project over frosty relations with Moscow.

One major reason Hungary has thrown its support into South Stream is the lack of a better option since the EU-backed Nabucco pipeline, which was supposed to deliver gas from Azerbaijan to Europe, failed.

“Nabucco will not be built and after nearly 10 years of hesitation, and especially in light of the Ukraine situation, we need to act. This is a necessity,” Hungarian Energy Minister Andras Aradszki told Reuters.

Earlier Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that Washington is putting pressure on Budapest for cooperating with Russia over energy.

Gazprom’s $45 billion South Stream project will deliver about 64 billion cubic meters of…

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