Anja Merret

Foreign aid dished out for the purpose of buying weapons

A friend sent me a link to a site that discusses where US Foreign Aid goes to. And it was quite an eye-opener. But before I go there, I just want to share something I read a few years ago with respect to that little war in the Middle East called ‘Desert Storm‘. This little…

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Hollywood has moved to Wall Street

Watching financial and news TV channels this morning, it is incredible to note another change in the slant of the newscasts. It’s an ongoing changing scene and would be really entertaining to observe if it weren’t about such a bad situation. During the past months the media has been reporting that the USA and UK…

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Of fairy tales and other horror stories

Imagine this modern-day scenario. We can even start this off with: once upon a recent time, a very small bunch of clever big people set up a scheme that made them a huge amount of money over many years. Then, in their greed to make even more money than reasonably could be expected, they overextended…

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China looks forward to making its mark

As the date of the Beijing Olympics draws nearer, the buzz around the Games is increasing. Events of such magnitude will have some problems. As is the custom nowadays the media seems to be focusing predominantly on the controversial bits during the lead up to the sports festival. The IOC is meeting trying to address…

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On discovering Mongolian pop music

It is seldom that Mongolia makes the news headlines but it did at the beginning of July. A rare republic in their part of the woods with Russia and China as neighbours, Mongolia’s people protested against alleged vote rigging forcing the President to declare a state of emergency. I knew so little about Mongolia, I…

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Obama trips in Germany

The Obama road-show is building up to quite an event. It would come as no surprise if one were to discover that a Hollywood director had a hand in the staging of the show. A shot of the air force plane landing in Berlin, suitably adorned with Obama’s logo, made a statement; never mind the…

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The French trying to lift the veil

It’s a rare occasion when a news headlinee in the New York Times catches my eye. With so much coverage on the war on Iran (not a typo) or Obama’s road show which the Germans are not that happy with, ones eyes tend to glaze over. Then there are copious reports on McCain’s latest statements…

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Have you been flogging a dead horse lately?

This really funny bit of Western Wisdom popped up in one of my social bookmarking collections. It’s all about this old wisdom that says when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However, this article says that in business or in life generally we often try a myriad…

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Do marketers understand the power of the mobile phone?

Did you know that mobile is considered to be the seventh mass medium? In an excellent article on Communities-dominate, the argument is made emphatically. Here are some of the points. These are the current mass media:- print, music recordings, movies, radio, TV and computer based internet. The mobile phone, at number seven, has a huge…

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Social networking shows very high intellectual levels … or does it?

Should you ever wonder what the intellectual capacity of social-networking contributors and participants would be, then consider this. A picture of an anteater garnered 2 345 diggs, or votes, and 172 comments, within a matter of 23 hours and 24 minutes. In other words, the groundswell of opinion towards a picture of an anteater with a…

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