n.32 October 2010

More than half-a-century after Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq was forced from office after nationalizing British-run oil interests, historian Darioush Bayandor has written a book claiming that it was the Iranian clergy, and not the CIA and British intelligence, that exerted the strongest influence on the statesman’scontroversial ouster. Bungling Washington and London, he insists, were both caught by surprise.

According to an August report published in the "Guardian" newspaper, Nazi German-style ultra-nationalists in impoverished Mongolia are turning their rage toward China.

The military and political crisis besieging Afghanistan is helping to allow an unprecedented boom in the drug trafficking industry. Thousands of tons of heroin are shipped annually to Europe and Russia. Efforts to destroy poppy fields have merely drawn the ire of farmers, who depend on the crops for their livelihood. Now, the U.S. is shifting strategy. But will it be enough?

For decades, China has hinged growth to a willingness to produce at all costs, forcing its vast workforce to pay the price. At IT firm Foxconn, which produces popular Apple products, suicides havemarred day-to-day life.  Elsewhere,strikes and worker protests are growing. Beijing has responded with wage hikes and a demand that companies pay greater attention to worker rights. But these measures fail to take into account a harsher reality, namely that China must overhaul its development model if it wants to continue rapid growth.