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Wednesday linkage


Sam Roggeveen


9 December 2009 10:54

  • Nice piece by Mark Colvin about Australia's eighth Prime Minister, Stanley Bruce, and his service to Australia overseas.
  • Afghanistan, graveyard of cliches. Thanks to Will for the link.
  • 'There is a persistent belief in Washington that the old, familiar ties with Japan's security policy community still matter.' More here.
  • Some guarded optimism on the future of China's troubled business magazine, Caijing.
  • Via Missile Monitor, a presentation and accompanying slideshow on Iran's ballistic missile development. Bottom line: 'Iran is concurrently advancing several missile and space programs at an almost feverish pace with some impressive achievements.'
  • To balance out my previous post, here's a Bjorn Lomborg oped arguing that carbon trading is too expensive, and that investing in technology is a far better approach.
  • The US Air Force has acknowledged the existence of a stealthy unmanned aircraft dubbed 'the beast of Kandahar'. The aircraft was developed as a result of the 2001 EP-3 splyplane incident with China.
  • Australia rejects visa applications from North Korean artists wanting to attend an exhibition in Brisbane. North Korea Economy Watch responds:

Unfortunately this is probably the outcome the North Korean government would have preferred. The Mansudae Art Studio gets exposure at an international art exhibition while the artists themselves stay nicely protected in Pyongyang and unable to expand their knowledge of and connections with artists from other countries.  Even if the North Korean government truly desired their artists to make an appearance at the exhibit, it is unlikely that denying artists entry visas to Australia is going to affect the DPRK’s foreign policy one little bit.