This will make you smile. Dr. Jane Goodall releases a rehabbed chimp back into wild -- but not before the chimp does something very special. Watch what happens with about 30 seconds remaining In the short (1 minute) video. Very sweet. t.co/z8xWubqSEI
Thoughts of Mei Mei Volume 7 : One of the deep wisdoms of living in contemporary America is that if you live in the household of a foreigner, even an Australian, its best just to do your best to just blend in. Qing Qing and I have been practicing camouflage techniques in the back yard. But here's the rub: if we go to Australia, we're buggered too because we won't pass Dutton's new Citizenship Test for non- Aryans like us. And advice would be appreciated. Signed : Distressed.
Some in the US Administration seem to be puzzled by the volume of global reaction to the decision to walk away from the #ParisAgreement on climate change. They don’t seem to understand that by its very nature, this decision is not just an American decision. It affects the entire planet. And that’s because the US is the world’s second largest polluter. That’s why people increasingly see diplomacy pushed to one side and the US position increasingly directly attacked by friends, allies and foes alike. In the meantime, the international community should unite around Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel's leadership on climate change. In the US, state governors, municipal leaders and corporate leaders should seize the initiative. Because if they don’t, ultimately shareholders and institutional investors will direct companies to change their investments in major greenhouse gas emitting industries as a matter of urgency. Watch my interview with Hala Gorani on CNN International here: http://snpy.tv/2qJ5665
Given US decision on climate, US state and city governments and corporations must now fill the gap. State governments with powers of regulation can do much. City governments in terms of public transport energy sources can do much. But the real kicker here lies with what shareholders and institutional investors now do with major American corporations enforcing sustained change in energy purchasing policies. Here's my interview on BBC News earlier today.
Those concerned about the possibility of a future US-China war need to read Graham Allison’s new book, “Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?”. I spent an hour this morning in conversation with Graham, former head of the Kennedy School, now head of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for International Relations. Graham has worked for previous US administrations, but he’s a first class scholar as well. His major work in 1971 on the Cuban Missile Crisis, "Essence of Decision", remains a classic of the era. It’s about how to manage great power relations at a time of extraordinary crisis. That’s why this new book that he’s put out is a must-read. It is not just a bit of exotica in the foreign policy debate. This is core stuff. Can these two thousand-pound gorillas actually find a way through when history seems to be stacked against them? So not just for the nerds among you, but for other folks as well, have a listen to this extraordinary guy in my discussion with him this morning here at the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York: http://asiasociety.org/new-york/events/china-and-us-destined-war
Thoughts of Mei Mei Volume 6. I have just looked at the flood maps for Manhattan in the NewYork Times in the event of the melting of the Antarctic ice cap. Sea levels up 6 metres. So I figured that the future of Manhattan real estate is not just location, location, location. It's elevation, elevation, elevation. And I'm not moving from my perch atop my scratching stand until Turnbull pulls his finger out on carbon pricing. MM
Thoughts of Mei Mei Volume V. It is now fashionable here in the United States to squash uncomfortable news stories as soon as they appear. Regrettably my twin sister Qing Qing tends to take these things quite literally. Not the sharpest tool in the shed our QingQing. But I didn't wish to offend a member of the family. So I just played along. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.... Ps. I wonder if either of us would have made it into Shorten's aryan add.......
So what about Trump’s First 100 days in Asia? Can Trump and the Chinese reach an agreement in North Korea? Can Trump and the Chinese reach a trade deal? What does the new South Korean president mean for Trump’s North Korea policy? Is ASEAN drifting in one of two directions—toward Beijing or Washington? How does India view Trump’s China policy? And what does the dismissal of the FBI Director mean for the Trump Administration as a whole? The Asia Society Policy Institute hosted Tom Donilon, former U.S. National Security Advisor, Vali Nasr, Dean of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies | SAIS, and Ian Bremmer, President of Eurasia Group, here last night for a discussion. Panel moderated by yours truly. It’s long. Only serious nerds should watch. http://asiasociety.org/video/asia-and-us-trumps-first-100-days-complete
Check out first flight of electric flying car with vertical liftoff, 36 engines, plans to be 'on demand' like Uber -- and autonomous! Think it will impact future transportation policy? http://bit.ly/2pXCwzW
The key question on North Korea is what specifically can China do to change NK behaviour? In this BBC World Service interview, I'm talking about what specific forms of leverage China may have. It's an open question whether China will ultimately use them. And further, whether they will have an effect. But it's far better to go through the process before people start reaching more radical conclusions about military courses of action. https://youtu.be/YMsNxpiHG80
#Flashback. Ten years ago I told Australia "My name's Kevin, I'm from Queensland, I'm here to help." I still am. That was my opening line of my address to the 2007 ALP National Conference in a speech about being the party of the future. 12 months later we were grappling with the GFC. The best laid plans..... But we avoided recession. Full speech: http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22media%2Fpressrel%2FK7WM6%22