CSIS: AMTI Brief – January 15, 2016

Airstrips Near Completion

In early September 2015, AMTI released images showing that China had effectively completed construction of its first Spratly Islands airstrip on Fiery Cross Reef, was continuing work on its second at Subi Reef, and was preparing to begin work on a third at Mischief Reef. Four months later, China has not only landed three civilian test flights on Fiery Cross, but is progressing even faster than expected with its work at Subi and especially Mischief. Construction of the Fiery Cross airstrip took at least seven months from the start of grading, which was visible by February 2015. Tiếp tục đọc “CSIS: AMTI Brief – January 15, 2016”

Meet China’s Killer Drones


Meet China’s Killer Drones

Meet China’s Killer Drones

Iraqi officials revealed last weekend that one of their armed drones carried out an airstrike which mistakenly killed nine members of a Shiite militia near Tikrit in a friendly fire incident. The news came as a surprise, mostly because many people didn’t know Iraq had armed drones.

Iraq, for the record, very much does. And so do a number of countries, especially in the Middle East, thanks to the rise of China as a prolific developer and no-questions-asked exporter of armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Chinese exports are now helping to loosen the door policy of the once-exclusive club of countries with drones capable of destroying targets on the ground. Unmanned Chinese aircraft like the armed Caihong, or “Rainbow,” series of drones are fast becoming the Kalashnikovs of the drone world — entry-level alternatives for countries eager to achieve a basic unmanned strike capability quickly and cheaply. Tiếp tục đọc “Meet China’s Killer Drones”

Health care in Vietnam Limping along

Ordinary folk are sick and tired of their public hospitals

Full to overflowing

economist – WAS the tumour malignant? Nguyen Thi Hoat’s doctors could not tell because their public hospital lacks brain-scanners. Ms Hoat’s only option was to travel 130km (80 miles), on the back of her sister’s motorbike, from her village to a crowded public hospital in the capital. Yet her state insurance policy covers just 30% of any medical expenses incurred outside her home province. The $150 that Ms Hoat, a rice farmer, put towards blood tests and a brain scan is equal, for her, to a month’s earnings.

It is the job of the authorities to look after health care. The Communist Party of Vietnam first pledged health-sector reform as early as the 1920s, well before it declared the country independent in 1945. It developed a publicly financed health-care system even as it was fighting wars against France and then America. The provision of health care is supposed to be one of the pillars on which the party’s legitimacy is based.
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Finnish education guru Pasi Sahlberg: treat primary school teachers like doctors

Finnish education leader Pasi Sahlberg discusses what works and what doesn’t in education. pasisahlberg.com

The Finnish education system is one of the best performing and most equitable in the OECD.

theconversation – With Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s promise to make Australia one of the best five performing countries for education in the world, what can we learn from the Scandinavians?

One answer might be more simple than we think: elevate teachers to the same social and professional status we hold doctors and other people with whom we trust with vital aspects of our health and well-being.

Today The Conversation presents a discussion between two of the world’s leading education experts on how Australia can learn from others and improve its educational outcomes.

Pasi Sahlberg is Director General of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation (CIMO) in the Ministry of Education in Finland. He has worked as a teacher, teacher-educator, policy advisor and director, and for the World Bank and European Commission.

Professor John Hattie is director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. His influential 2008 book Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement is believed to be the world’s largest evidence-based study into the factors which improve student learning. Tiếp tục đọc “Finnish education guru Pasi Sahlberg: treat primary school teachers like doctors”

Joseph Stiglitz: The Trans-Pacific Partnership may turn out to be the worst trade agreement in decades


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The Guardian
Sunday 10 January 2016

In 2016, let’s hope for better trade agreements – and the death of TPP


Joseph Stiglitz
The Trans-Pacific Partnership may turn out to be the worst trade agreement in decades

Last year was a memorable one for the global economy. Not only was overall performance disappointing, but profound changes – both for better and for worse – occurred in the global economic system.

Most notable was the Paris climate agreement reached last month. By itself, the agreement is far from enough to limit the increase in global warming to the target of 2ºC above the pre-industrial level. But it did put everyone on notice: the world is moving, inexorably, toward a green economy. One day not too far off, fossil fuels will be largely a thing of the past. So anyone who invests in coal now does so at his or her peril. With more green investments coming to the fore, those financing them will, we should hope, counterbalance powerful lobbying by the coal industry, which is willing to put the world at risk to advance its shortsighted interests. Tiếp tục đọc “Joseph Stiglitz: The Trans-Pacific Partnership may turn out to be the worst trade agreement in decades”