In The News

Tom Fawthrop January 26, 2004
One does not frequently hear of Cuba when discussing today's integrating global economy. Cuba appears isolated, politically and economically, mainly due to trade restrictions placed on it by the US in the 1960's. No wonder, says the author of this Straits Times article, the world is surprised to learn of Cuba's flourishing biotech industry which has contributed much to the field of...
Kristina Merkner January 16, 2004
Long known for its opposition to genetically modified organisms, Germany will soon allow the cultivation and sale of GM foods. The minister for consumer protection, food, and agriculture, herself a member of the pro-environment Green party, says the new laws will benefit farmers looking to grow GM crops but also give consumers a choice through mandatory labeling of all GM foods. Other anti-GM...
Joan Johnson-Freese January 13, 2004
As the White House prepares plans for a new US manned space initiative, President Bush might want to invite China to the drawing board. Joan Johnson-Freese, an expert in Chinese space technology at the US Naval War College, believes that China's recent successful manned space flight signifies that Beijing is committed to exploring space. Rather than ignore China's achievements and...
Pennapa Hongthong January 7, 2004
Genetically modified crops have been hailed as the great savior for farmers in their never-ending struggle to ward off pests and achieve higher productivity. But these claims should be taken with caution, says this commentary in Thailand's The Nation. Before Thai farmers jump on the bandwagon with GM crops, the author warns, they would be wise to learn from the experience of cotton grower...
Solana Larsen December 9, 2003
In Geneva, more than 130 of the world's governments are meeting in the first phase of the UN World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS), to discuss how to bridge the "digital divide" and bring more telephone and computer technology to poor countries. But the summit has already hit a roadblock, as civil society groups formed an alternate body and wrote an opposing declaration...
Ho Ka Wei December 4, 2003
The demand to be constantly connected is growing, and so is the market for wireless technology and other mobile applications. This trend, coupled with increased business spending on IT technology, has some analysts predicting a rebound in the sector. Singapore alone is expected to see a 5 percent growth in IT spending next year. And, globally, businesses are continuing to outsource IT services...
Garrett Glass December 2, 2003
A new class of freedom fighter has emerged in Cuba - the computer hacker. In a country where high prices and government censorship restrict access to the internet, an increasing number of Cubans are using creative methods to explore the internet unhindered. These "informaticos" acquire laptops from friends in foreign countries and modify the hardware and software to get around...