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Asian ports: Pitfalls of China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative

James Dorsey | Posted 02.28.2017 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Troubled ports in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, envisioned as part of China’s string of pearls linking the Eurasian heartland to the Mi...

Memories of Aleppo

Marla Mossman | Posted 12.07.2016 | World
Marla Mossman

Old City Street Aleppo, Syria The Turkish taxi driver pulled over as he frantically waved to the passing car to park on the gravel shoulder of the Ki...

Why India Is Wary of China's Silk Road Initiative

Peter Cai | Posted 09.07.2016 | World
Peter Cai

The current strategic mistrust between Delhi and Beijing will make it very difficult for Indian policymakers to accept the "One Belt, One Road" initiative in its present form.

Key Player In Silk Road Sentenced To 8 Years Prison

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 06.04.2016 | Technology

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - A Washington state man was sentenced on Friday to eight years in prison for his role in helping the management of the succ...

A Journey To The Future Via The Past - China's New Silk Road Is High-Speed

April Rudin | Posted 06.02.2016 | World
April Rudin

Everyone knows that I love to travel. Life on the road is exhilarating and educational. After too much time in airports, hotels and taxis, however, it...

How Inspired Architecture Can Connect Billions of People in Asia

April Rudin | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
April Rudin

Just a few weeks ago, I traveled to Hong Kong, a major hub of business connectivity in Asia, for the second time in two years. I had been invited to p...

Reviving the Silk Road and Stimulating World Economy

Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business
Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar

Despite the fact that the Silk Road dates back to circa 300 BC, this international commercial line still figures prominently in discussions among economists and governments on stimulating the global economy through reviving historically proven initiatives.

Tor Founder: Your Medical Records Are The Next Big Target For Hackers

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 05.13.2016 | Technology

NEW YORK -- You just don't hear this every day: "I invented the 'dark web.'" For Paul Syverson, co-creator of the Tor web browser, the claim is true. ...

Weekend Roundup: As the West Bickers, the East Builds a New Silk Road

Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.16.2017 | World
Nathan Gardels

While the passions of internal discord have stalled the once-confident global march of the West, the East, led by China, is looking ahead with a decades-long strategy to revive the ancient Silk Road through Eurasia as the core of the world's economy and civilization. As Oxford historian Peter Frankopan, author of "The Silk Roads: A New History of the World," writes: "The age of the West is all but at an end when it comes to taking the lead and planning for the future." (continued)

Asia's Silk Road Revival Shows the Age of the West Is Coming to an End

Peter Frankopan | Posted 04.15.2017 | World
Peter Frankopan

Looking at the present day through the lens of the recent past provides food for thought, if not grounds for pessimism. Hope for what tomorrow will bring has evaporated in many places in the West. But it's still very much alive and well in the East, where the web of routes once known as the Silk Roads are now rising again.

'Mosque Alert' in Chicago

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 04.04.2017 | Chicago
Roxane Assaf Lynn

n playwright Jamil Khoury's characteristically ethnographic way, "Mosque Alert" at Silk Road Rising offers a matrix of possibilities, each raising questions and offering contrasting responses.

The Silk Road's Dark-Web Dream Is Dead

Wired | Damon Beres | Posted 01.14.2016 | Technology

Not so long ago, the Silk Road was not only a bustling black market for drugs but a living representation of every cryptoanarchist’s dream: a truste...

Within You Without You: George Harrison and a Popular Dialogue among Civilizations

Hirad Abtahi | Posted 11.04.2016 | Arts
Hirad Abtahi

Mid-late 1960s: West goes East. While it was John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Canada that initiated Rock n' Roll Diplomacy, George Harrison was the first to apply that concept to music.

Why China's Belt and Road Plan Is the Best Way to Lift the Global Economy

He Yafei | Posted 10.21.2016 | World
He Yafei

BEIJING -- It is clear that China will be one of the major economic engines in the first half of 21st century with projected outward investments of 500 billion dollars and outbound tourists of over 500 million for the next five years. "Made in China," Chinese capital, China's market and Chinese consumers will be hallmarks in the new round of economic growth of the world.

Former Federal Agent Sentenced To 6 Years For Stealing Silk Road Bitcoins

Reuters | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 10.20.2015 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -- A former U.S. federal agent was sentenced to 78 months in prison on Monday for stealing bitcoins during the government's in...

The European Union And China On The New Silk Roads

David Gosset | Posted 10.15.2016 | World
David Gosset

The complex but irreversible integration of the European continent and the renaissance of the Chinese civilization arguably constitute the most significant factors of change of our time, the wise articulation of these two processes can only be mutually enriching and a source of growth and stability for our global village.

What Every Parent Should Know About the 'Dark Web'

Common Sense Media | Posted 08.28.2016 | Parents
Common Sense Media

If your kid downloads Tor or knows other kids who are on it, it's important to talk about the implications. The Deep Web isn't a safe place to hang out.

What You Should Know About The 'Dark Web,' An Anonymous Haven For Hackers

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 08.20.2015 | Technology

ISIS uses it. The Ashley Madison hackers used it. But chances are, you're not so familiar with the so-called "dark web," a hidden network of websites ...

China's New Silk Road Promises Prosperity Across Eurasia

Fu Ying | Posted 07.31.2016 | World
Fu Ying

SINGAPORE -- By developing more arteries for connectivity, we should be able to build new blood vessels of development for disadvantaged economies in Asia's hinterlands to create prosperity and opportunities and improve the competitiveness of the whole region.

China Muscles Way Into the Indian Ocean Through Its Silk Road Link With Pakistan

Dilip Hiro | Posted 07.31.2016 | World
Dilip Hiro

LONDON -- Twice in the fall of 2014, the Chinese attacked submarines docked at Sri Lanka's newly opened, $500 million Colombo South Container Terminal, built and majority-owned by the state-run China Merchant Holdings. This ran counter to the core of Xi's speech to the Indonesian parliament in October 2014 when he presented China's nationalist project as building a "maritime Silk Road" to increase trade and cultural exchanges in the sprawling region.

Here's an Idea - Don't Be a Jerk

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 07.23.2016 | Entertainment
Tiziana Dearing

People will validate all kinds of behavior with their attention, their "clicks," their dollars, and sometimes even their votes. That doesn't make said behavior OK. We each are supposed to have an internal moral compass.

Why Everybody Cares About the Blockchain

Techonomy | Posted 07.13.2016 | Technology
Techonomy

The blockchain is a key part of the system that underlies recordkeeping and transactions for Bitcoin, the virtual currency. But there are much bigger opportunities ahead for this decentralized recordkeeping system.

The New Silk Road: For the Riches or the Wretches?

Shohini Kundu | Posted 06.29.2016 | College
Shohini Kundu

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. -Sun Tzu When China announced its $46 billion investment to develop a "silk road" thr...

Will the 13th Century Pax Mongolica Return With China's New Silk Road?

Robert Skidelsky | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Robert Skidelsky

LONDON -- Eurasia is an idea whose time, it is said, has come around again. Recent historical research has rescued the old Silk Road from historical oblivion. The late American sociologist Janet Abu-Lughod identified eight overlapping "circuits of trade" between northwest Europe and China that, under the aegis of a Pax Mongolica, flourished between the 13th and 14th centuries.

China's New World Order: Sharing Global Prosperity Through Connectivity of the Silk Route Countries

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Nake M. Kamrany

In sharp contrast to the current hegemonic intrigue by the U.S./NATO in the Middle East/ Afghanistan and the Russian Federation militarism and conquest in Eastern Europe, China is offering to the world an alternative to wars. It is China's New World Order for global peace and prosperity.