#news and #comments #digest (@robertolofaro) for 2014-12-16

NEWS ITEMS OF THE DAY

#China – #expanding the #international #role of the #RMB with the new #SCO #bank hosted in #Beijing http://kommersant.ru/doc/2634265 #diplomacy #economy #Astana

#interview with #Meshkov about #OSCE and its role with #NATO and #Russia http://kommersant.ru/doc/2634372 #security #diplomacy

#Turkey and #EU – a wall of ice is building http://kommersant.ru/doc/2634089 #diplomacy

#Israel and #Palestine – toward a vote on Wednesday at #UN – a softer French compromise ? http://kommersant.ru/doc/2634279 #UNSC #diplomacy

what’s next for #Greece and potential impacts in relationships with #Russia http://kommersant.ru/doc/2634291 #diplomacy

#Greenland – the #receding #ice http://elpais.com/elpais/2014/12/15/ciencia/1418637263_757097.html #environment #global #warming

#Germany – #xenophobic #organization #expands http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2014/12/15/actualidad/1418674724_799338.html #PEGIDA #AfD #EU

#Australia – #Sydney – the #lone #wolf #terrorist wasn’t an unknown entity http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2014/12/15/actualidad/1418657275_856392.html #profile http://www.lemonde.fr/asie-pacifique/article/2014/12/16/pourquoi-man-haron-monis-n-etait-il-pas-sous-surveillance_4541041_3216.html #politics #security

#UK – #BT to buy #EE instead of #O2 http://economia.elpais.com/economia/2014/12/15/actualidad/1418667057_865542.html #telco #business #Telefonica #Orange #Deutsche #Telekom

#Spain – #Amazon makes agreement with #Correos for #in #shop #delivery http://economia.elpais.com/economia/2014/12/15/actualidad/1418661635_483551.html #business #ecommerce

#EU offers help to #UN to negotiate #truce in #Syria with #Assad http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2014/12/15/actualidad/1418676193_583954.html #security #diplomacy #ISIS

The Bank has today announced the results of the first concurrent stress testing exercise of the UK banking system http://ow.ly/FTkQ3

#Russia – #rouble tumbles, #interest #rate #defensive #measure http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2014/12/16/riposte-de-la-banque-centrale-russe-apres-la-chute-du-rouble_4541037_3214.html #details http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/wirtschaftspolitik/russlands-zentralbank-erhoeht-leitzins-auf-17-prozent-13324103.html #economy

the #Arctic #cold #war – #Denmark joins the fray http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/europa/konkurrenz-fuer-russland-daenemark-will-den-nordpol-13323850.html #diplomacy

#Germany – the #gentrification of #Berlin http://www.faz.net/aktuell/gesellschaft/in-kreuzberg-soll-ein-schandfleck-zum-luxusobjekt-werden-13323348.html?printPagedArticle=true#pageIndex_2 #society #economy

#genetics vs #chemistry – roles in #heart #attacks http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wissen/medizin/genetik-contra-pille-was-das-herz-gesund-haelt-13310113.html #health


1. the #Arctic #cold #war – #Denmark joins the fray

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/europa/konkurrenz-fuer-russland-daenemark-will-den-nordpol-13323850.html #diplomacy

personally: I think that, as the Antarctic and, in the future, the Moon and Mars, the Arctic should be a “global common”, jointly managed (and the same applies to international waters)

2. #Imperial #Starport #Frankfurt

πŸ˜€ I did not know that our timeline converged with that of Star Wars- but there must be some (worm)hole somewhere in that theory πŸ˜‰

3. #RADAR and #carrots πŸ™‚

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2014/12/15/no-carrots-dont-make-your-eyesight-better/?tid=sm_fb

4. the #demise of the #Hippocratic #Oath – the #CIA #torture #case

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/12/psychologists_role_in_the_cia_s_torture_why_these_medical_professionals.html?wpsrc=fol_fb

5. #importing the #Winter of #Discontent

as in Italy #reforms since the late 1970s seems to be inspired (with a timelag) by foreign events, we are importing something else from UK: the #Winter of #Discontent

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_of_Discontent

but no Thatcher is in sight (also because our neglected infrastructure would not be able to withstand the side-effects of the deep cuts- whose results I still saw decades later while first studying, then living in UK)

6. the #difference between #making #strategy and #strategizing

“Deliberate, decide, act: that’s a short definition of strategy.” and “It’s not all about bureaucratic wiring diagrams. It’s about instilling good habits.”

as somebody from a country that decades ago (I was just a teenager) started renaming “strategy” what elsewhere is “tactics” just due to the inability of considering the difference between strategizing and making strategies (to say nothing about applying them), I concur- but it shouldn’t be limited to considerations about strategy and strategic choices for the Navy πŸ˜‰

http://thediplomat.com/2014/12/strategy-is-a-habit/

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