Alex Brandon/AP – Occupy Wall Street protests, which have spread nationwide, are the latest in a line of large-scale leaderless movements.
By Heather Gautney,
This piece is part of an On Leadership roundtable on the Occupy Wall Street protests.Occupy Wall Street has arrived. Facebook is all-aflutter, and Twitter is all-atweeter, as news of “occupations” and clashes with the powers-that-be spread like wildfire around the country.
Now entering its fourth week, the Wall Street occupation has become a national phenomenon. The president is interested, celebrities are popping by, and pizza shops are adding the OccuPie to their menus. There is even an Occupy video game in development. The movement has spawned hundreds of Occupy locales in a national Occupy Together network. And now there is talk of going global: Occupy the World.
I have read many articles on the politics and law of the South China Sea, some short and pithy and others long and complex. I now have read what I think of as the best introduction to the issue of conflict, politics and international law in the South China Sea. It is an article titled “Three Disputes and Tree Objectives: China and the South China Sea.” by Peter Dutton, director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the US Naval War College. Peter has written knowledgeably and well on maritime issues of southeast Asia before. In this article he provides a structure through which he lays out separate strands of the issues and then examines each on its own. While not a short article, I doubt there is a better one from which to gain an understanding of one of the ocean hot spots in which the Law of the Sea Convention plays a critical role in protecting interests of the US and our allies and in providing the mechanisms for avoiding direct maritime conflict. If you want to engage in informed debate on the maritime issues in the South China Sea (SCS), this is a great starting point.
Speaking of love, we oftentimes think of it as a one-sided action. We lend someone a helping hand, give someone a present and want nothing in return. It is true! However, the outcome of a humane deed is always reciprocal – that is, the recipient is happy, but it is also the giver who derives joy from performing such an action. Therefore, the truth is that when we give, we get something in return instantly.
The nature of positive action is like that – the gratification you get from spending a hundred dollars on a shirt cannot be compared to the satisfaction derived from giving a beggar just a few bucks. Positive action generates positive energy that keeps us in a constant state of peacefulness, cheerfulness and healthiness.
TĐH: A security expert at McAffee has discovered a massive cyberspying operation, that looks like a state-spondered operation, that attacks 72 major agencies of 14 countries for the last 5 years. And some experts suspect the attacking state is China.
McAfee says it has seen evidence of a huge cyberspying operation that took place over at least five years.
U.N., U.S. government agencies and global corporations targeted by cyberspies, McAfee says
Computer-security firm says attacks were possibly state-sponsored
Some experts doubt allegation and say the McAfee report offers nothing new
London (CNN) — U.S. government agencies, the United Nations, defense contractors and Olympic bodies have all been targeted by a single intruder in an “unprecedented” campaign of cyberspying, says a new report by a computer-security firm.
The operation, which targeted agencies and groups in 14 countries, bears the hallmarks of state-sponsored espionage, according to the report by security company McAfee. Other cybersecurity experts downplayed the report’s findings, however.
Today we will have a look at Richard St. John’s speech regarding the 8 secrets of success. Richard came up with these 8 causes after interviewing 500 highly successful people in the world. These are Passion, Hard work, Good, Focus, Push, Serve, Ideas, and Persistence. In the last part, which is about “Persistence”, Richard quoted Joe Kraus’s saying, “Persistence is the number one reason for our success”. I agree with this quote. If I have to retain only one and discharge the other seven causes, “Persistence” would be the one that I’ll keep. And that is exactly why I’m going to discuss with you a bit more about persistence in this entry.
Perhaps you have been a regular reader of the theme “positive thinking”, but have you ever played the part of a teacher on this topic? Did it ever occur to you that the best way to learn is to teach others?
When I was young I used to help my classmates by explaining to them again the concepts they were having a trouble understanding, and I would usually do that should any friend need help. There were times when I wasn’t entirely clear about the things I learned, but it was my responsibility to master the concepts in order to explain to my friends that obliged me to review the lessons, which in turn gave me a better grasp of them. The best way to learn is to teach, the best way to be a student is to be a teacher.
HONG KONG — Appropriately, the meeting straddled the anniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen massacre. Defense ministers and top brass from the United States, China and a host of lesser regional powers were in Singapore for meetings known as the Shangri-La Dialogue. Just as June 4 in Beijing ended many illusions about the nature of the Communist Party of China, so events of the past year have stripped away many illusions about the country’s “peaceful rise.”
No longer does the region assume that peace is a given and Chinese economic growth will not create other problems. Instead, the focus is on managing conflicts and attempting to allay mutual suspicions through dialogue.
International Institute for Security Studies (Shangri-La Dialogue)
As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, Saturday, June 04, 2011
Thank you, John, for that kind introduction.
And congratulations to the International Institute for Strategic Studies on reaching this important milestone with the tenth Shangri-La Security Dialogue. This conference, in that relatively short span of time, has become a vital forum for encouraging dialogue and understanding among the participant countries.
I’d also like to extend my thanks to the government of Singapore for hosting us once again, and to the Shangri-La hotel staff for all their hard work as well. Although the mix of weighty topics and senior governmental officials is clearly the main draw for attendees, I’ve long suspected that one of the key reasons people keep coming back to this event is the wonderful hospitality of this hotel and this city.
SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, Singapore – The U.S. and China are both striving to portray a warm bilateral relationship as they headline a huge international security conference in Singapore this weekend. Meanwhile, the U.S. side is preparing to unveil parts of its new approach to Southeast Asia, which will include more U.S. military ties to the region as a means of countering growing Chinese influence.
With a remarkable record of achievement, General Stanley McChrystal has been praised for creating a revolution in warfare that fused intelligence and operations. A four-star general, he is the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the military’s most sensitive forces. McChrystal’s leadership of JSOC is credited with the December 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the June 2006 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. McChrystal, a former Green Beret, is known for his candor.