Sunday, 16 June 2013

From Bollywood dancer to classical dance teacher

Pivot To The Atlantic
YES, the United States is pivoting to Asia, one of the reasons for the tete-a-tete last week between Barack Obama and Xi Jinping. But behind the scenes, President Obama has actually been reorienting US diplomacy toward Europe. At the outset of his second term, Obama unfurled a bold initiative - the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, to facilitate free trade between the United States and the European Union. The president is headed to Berlin next week to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the euro crisis, the global economy, and defence and other issues. No doubt he will also sing the ...
How To Stop Hackers
WHEN we landed in China early this week, we hadn't realised that a long holiday, the Dragon Boat Festival, was about to begin. It took us a little while to figure out why traffic was so light in Beijing, and why the offices where we were meeting officials were so deserted. We were a handful of journalists on a three-city tour that included Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan, an industrial city in central China. (The trip was organised by the China-United States Exchange Foundation, which organises trips for Western journalists to China four or five times a year.) Because we had just come from the United States, the news about Edward Snowden was much on our minds. To us ...

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