One day, the group crossed 51 of these bridges in the lush - and hot - Mekong delta. Photograph by: Susan Riley, for Postmedia News
In March, my partner and I cycled from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Bangkok - a memorable two-week holiday that took us through three distinct countries in hot and humid South-East Asia. The trip was both more, and less, daunting than it sounds.
So don't stop reading. You can do it, too, if you are reasonably fit (if you can easily cover 60 kilometres in a day) and don't mind traipsing through strangers' chicken coops to get to the outhouse. You don't have to be a buff 30-year-old, in other words.
Nor did we cycle every single kilometre: we covered some distance in river boats, an air-conditioned backup van and even an antique "bamboo train." We also enjoyed regular rest days swimming in the hotel pool - when we weren't drinking icy beer at cheerful b…
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STRATFOR's Mexico Security Memo: Hotspots of criminal activity (Click to view this week's Interactive) Follow Mexico's drug cartel hotspots with our interactive map, updated weekly, of the pain points for the United States' struggling neighbor to the south. How critical is the state of Mexico's (failing) health?
Here are a few bullets from recent Mexico Security Interactives:Coastal ports: Highly valuable due to shipping and tourism (great for money-laundering), cities such as Acapulco and Manzanillo are seeing increased violence as several cartels vie for control. Interior transportation: Like every other hub city, Hermosillo is home to derecho de piso , a lucrative tollway extortion racket, while Monterrey's crossroads plaza fans highways in all directions, including a mainline up the heartland of the U.S. Border towns: Violence in Ciudad Juarez fell this year after 5 consecutive as the bloodiest city in the world, though this is not likely to last. Just 310 miles…
While there has been a reshuffling of alliances among Mexican drug cartels since our July cartel update, the trend discussed in the first two updates of the year continues.
That is the polarization of cartels and associated sub-groups toward the two largest drug-trafficking organizations, the Sinaloa Federation and Los Zetas. Meanwhile, the three primary conflicts in Mexico’s drug war remain cartel vs. cartel, cartel vs. government and cartel vs. civilians.
Operations launched by the military during the second quarter of 2011, primarily against Los Zetas and the Knights Templar, continued through the third quarter as well, and increasing violence in Guerrero, Durango, Veracruz, Coahuila and Jalisco states ha…
Japan urges more action on euro crisis By Mure Dickie in Tokyo
Japan’s new prime minister has signalled his country will contribute to the eurozone’s revamped bail-out fund, but called on EU leaders to make “even greater efforts” to resolve their sovereign debt turmoil.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Yoshihiko Noda, prime minister, on Friday welcomed what he called the “comprehensive agreement” on bank refinancing and Greek debt restructuring reached by European leaders this week.
But he made clear the world’s third-largest economy remained deeply concerned about possible contagion from the European crisis despite the deal, which analysts say left many important issues unresolved.
“Now we would like even greater efforts from within the EU and eurozone to ease c…
Photo shows Panama President and Panama Canal Authority Board members witnessing the first flow of water into new access channel, part of the Canal’s expansion. Courtesy of Panama Canal Authority.
The Panama Canal expansion has reached a new milestone with the filling of a segment of the new access channel that will allow the transit of vessels between the new Locks and the Culebra Cut.
Panama President Ricardo Martinelli activated the valves to fill the new channel that is located under the Centinnial Bridge. The dry excavation and dredging is being handled by Jan De Nul, a Belgian company, according to a Panama Canal Port Authority statement.
The entrance to the new channel is 1.6 kilometers long, 218 meters wide and 9.14 meters above sea level. It will take approximately three days to fill the area up to 12.5 meters of water and to reach the elevation of 21.64 feet above se…
Published by the Minnesota Beef CouncilOctober 2011Notable & Quotable Despite the fact that the USDA conducted decades of exhaustive tests on food irradiation and gave its approval for use for commercial applications of the technology, so far, there are only a few food irradiation plants in operation. Let's change that. Joe Jennings, Houston Chronicle As part of what the US Department of Agriculture considers the next step of ensuring the safety of the public from E. coli-related foodborne illness, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the addition of six serogroups of non-O157:H7 shiga-toxin producing E. coli (nSTEC) that will be considered adulterants, in non-intact raw beef, including ground beef and tenderized steaks. Source: USDA Press Release
Sales of California cantaloupes plummeted, even though their fruit was safe to eat. Farmers abandoned fields. Farmworkers lost jobs. "We can't sell the fruit. Retail stores are taking cantaloupes off the shelves, a…
October 24, 2011 4:40 pm Thai floods reach northern Bangkok
By Ben Bland in Hanoi
Thailand’s worst floods in half a century have reached the capital Bangkok, as officials struggle to control a torrent of water that is threatening to engulf the nation’s political and economic heart.
City officials ordered the evacuation of six northern districts as the floodwaters approached.
Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand’s recently elected prime minister, said on a visit to the government’s flood relief operations centre on Monday that she hoped the water level in the capital would not rise above one metre.
But, with Ms Yingluck having consistently taken a more optimistic tone than the governor of Bangkok, who represents the opposition Democrat party, residents said they were preparing for the worst and have been stocking up on food and water. Some supermarkets have run out of supplies.
At least 350 people have been killed, several million forced out of their homes and big industrial estates and key infrastr…