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China may have the planet's second largest economy. But the Chinese are not going to rule the world.

China Goes Global








By Peter Ford



Staff Writer / July 31, 2013








China Goes Global: The Partial Power, by David Shambaugh, Oxford University Press, 432 pages














There is a lot of money to be made writing books warning that we are all about to succumb to China’s thrall. The best seller in this genre is Martin Jacques’ "When China Rules the World."






But China is nowhere near to ruling the world, has shown no signs of wanting to rule the world, and would not know what to do with the world if it did rule it (which it never will.) 



It is a shame that for pointing this out in his new book China Goes Global, David Shambaugh will likely earn only a fraction of Jacques’ royalties.








The sub-title that Shambaugh chose for his latest book, “The Partial Power,” encapsulates his argument. And his meticulous exploration of the multiple ways in which China does not live up to its current reputation brings a breath of fresh and cooling air to an overheated topic. It’s about time. 





Because as Joseph Nye has…

ETHICAL TRADE ??? : PERU MANGOES ARE UNDER THE SPOT LIGHT ....

Peruvian mango production: not enough improvements



Jul 30, 2013








Poverty wages, extremely long working days, no permanent contracts and no trade union that can defend the interests of workers. 




That is the situation that SOMO found in 2011 among Peruvian mango producers supplying European supermarkets. 





More than two years later, Oxfam Germany went to the Peruvian mango fields and talked with mango pickers and packers of four companies. 





How are working conditions in the sector now?











For its research, Oxfam Germany interviewed workers of four companies: Camposol, Dominus, Peru Frut Tropical and Tropical Fruit Trading Peru. 




The findings of the study are similar to those of SOMO in 2011 (sector study and a Dutch case study). 



Wages are still below the subsistence level, working days are extremely long and employment is insecure. 


None of the workers interviewed is a member of a union. Workers who join a union run the risk of losing their job or not being hired again for the next harvest period. 






G…

The real truth about GMOs

Can We Trust Monsanto with Our Food?











By Nina Fedoroff












About 200 people joined the "March Against Monsanto" in Boulder, Colorado, one of 450 marches in 55 countries on 5/25/13. The worldwide actions were to protest Monsanto's production and use of GMO's, pesticides and herbicides used in farming, and genetically engineered seeds.Image: Flickr/Chris Goodwin











The World Food Prize laureates for 2013 were announced in June. They are Marc van Montagu, Mary-Dell Chilton and Rob Fraley. These scientists played seminal roles, together with the late Jeff Schell, in developing modern plant molecular modification techniques.





 Fraley is chief technology officer of Monsanto. 


Chilton is a Distinguished Science Fellow at Syngenta. 



Montagu founded Plant Genetic Systems (now part of Bayer CropScience) and CropDesign (today owned by BASF).







Scratch the blogosphere and you’ll be dumbfounded by this award. 



GMOs (genetically modified organisms) produced by big ag-biotech companies are responsibl…

GLOBAL ECONOMY : The world goes on vacation

Russians, Chinese, Brazilians, and others are traveling abroad as never before as the world's growing middle classes get itchy feet.












By Sara Miller Llana, Staff writer, Peter Ford, Staff writer, Fred Weir, Correspondent, Taylor Barnes, Correspondent, Steven Borowiec, Correspondent, Saba Imtiaz, Correspondent, Kenichi Serino, Correspondent / 





July 31, 2013








Russian tourists step off a flight in Sármellék, Hungary, heading for the spa town of Hévíz. Russian tourism is boosting the Hungarian economy.

Bernadett Szabo/Reuters/File





In Pictures The top 10 "friendliest to tourists" nations



PARIS; BEIJING; MOSCOW; RIO DE JANEIRO; SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA; KARACHI, PAKISTAN; AND JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA


It's the thick of summer, at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. And for many, that means it's time for the long-awaited annual vacation.











A Chinese tourist poses for a picture in front of the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Chinese tourists spent a globe-leading $102 bill…

IMO BLOG : ACCESS BY COUNTRY & TERRITORY SINCE MARCH 14, 2011

Google Analytics has confirmed that the IMO BLOG (Mango World Magazine) has been accessed at least once from 209 Countries or Territories around the World!






The numbers below were provided by Google Analytics and represent the number of times that the IMO BLOG (Mango World Magazine) was accessed by an individual in a country or Territory (See end of article for definition):





P.S.: Would love to know where #7 on the list is!




1. United States 
53,991 



2. India 
12,886 



3. United Kingdom 
6,982 


4. Canada 
5,773 


5. Philippines 
5,262 



6. Venezuela 
4,658 


7. (not set) 
4,638


8. Mexico 
3,733 


9. Australia 
3,693 


10. Pakistan 
3,502 



11. Germany 
3,041 



12. Peru 

2,511 




13. Netherlands 
2,341 



14. France 
2,085 


15. Spain 
1,977 



16. Colombia 
1,848



17. Japan 

1,435 


18. Singapore 
1,367 



19. United Arab Emirates 
1,091 



20. Malaysia 

1,077 



21. Thailand 

1,029 



22. Brazil 

1,009 



23. Ecuador 

970 



24. Italy 


903