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Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a nation's
war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a "Star Wars"
defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make
the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an
application of science be successful? Is a militarized space
inevitable, necessary or impossible?
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- 07:22am May 5, 2002 EST (#2017
Press - Putin
Putin and his circle are convinced that reporting of military
actions should be controlled, because they believe that the
situation in Chechnya demands extremely harsh methods of waging
war which are far removed from contemporary European standards.
Press - Freedom
- 02:08pm May 5, 2002 EST (#2018
Would you like to study in America?
"Of course I would! Because if I go there, I can understand how
that world really thinks. Because until now I only read about it in
newspapers and only see it in TV."
See her viewpoint on -
Presidency / Al Gore / Jewish
She's deluded : Why would she think that going to the USA would
assit her in knowing
'how the world really thinks?'
One thing that struck me looking at the Newpapers of countries
such as Indonesia is .... they most often don't have a Foreign
- 02:17pm May 5, 2002 EST (#2019
"" Friedman a foot soldier for globalization
Jaffer, Contributor, Jakarta
It is not important to agree or disagree with Thomas Friedman,
but it is important to listen to him, simply because he seems to go
out of his way to listen to others.
Ever since the Sept. 11 attack on America, the 48-year-old
international affairs columnist for the New York Times is one of few
Americans to continuously travel all over the Muslim world to find
out why his country is so hated. Friedman, who was in Jakarta last
week for the launch of the Indonesian translation of his
best-seller The Lexus and the Olive Tree, keeps a diary and will
soon publish another book of his travels.
He realizes that a cowboy comment like either the world is
with America in its war against terrorism or is not has put all
moderate Muslims in a quandary. The vast majority of Muslims
dislike the Taliban but also disagree with the American government's
view of the world that is suspected of being saturated by
Even Friedman's tireless talk of peace and democracy makes many
wonder if his vision is not limited to creating a social order
around the world where free market capitalism is allowed to have a
field day without thought of the fate of the farmer in the bowels of
"The driving idea behind globalization is free market capitalism,
the more you let market forces rule and the more you open the
economy to free trade and competition, the more efficient and
flourishing your economy will be. Globalization means the spread of
free-market capitalism to every country in the world," Friedman
writes in The Lexus and the Olive Tree, a work on how globalization
has come to shape virtually everyone's domestic politics and
The book is as much a celebration of the end of the Cold War
years and system as a guidebook to the new era of globalization.
Asked to pinpoint any negative aspects of globalization, he says
that rapid economic development has to beware of devastating the
environment. Individual identities are threatened and cultural
The most important lesson that Friedman has learned after Sept.
11 is that new technologies have connected societies like never
before but the lack of understanding between cultures is
"The closer we get the less we seem to understand each other,"
Friedman worries, comparing the world to a big family where
everyone, including the crazy aunt, has the right to have her say.
He constantly talks of building a future together instead of
destroying it. The question is how can this be done without driving
sections of the world population to desperation?
Friedman is all ears even when he is told that some of his
theories especially on globalization are too naive. He waits for you
to have your say but then counter questions whether you have an
And while you talk he notes it all down on his personal computer
that is probably never unplugged. A cameraman accompanying
Friedman is recording his odyssey for American viewers
to eventually see what people around the world think of them and
expect of them as the sole remaining Superpower.
Friedman regrets that people with differences seem to
pierce the eardrums and refuse to listen to each other. The
result is that wars continue endlessly and differences remain
unresolved, he said at the Freedom Institute.
"It is still not clear to me what alternative the
anti-globalization lobby has in mind. What is clear now is not
whether we globalize but how we globalize."
The institute's director, Rizal Mallarangeng, later moderated a
discussion between members of the Indonesian intelligentsia, like
Goenawan Mohamad, and Friedman.
Friedman has said in the past that all the intellectual and
creative energies in the Arab-Muslim world that are as bounti
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