28.2.14

Successful, resourceful, Indians in the USA......Why can't they do the same in India?

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WIKIPEDIA:
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Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey, United States.
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Founded in 1746 in Elizabeth as the College of New Jersey, Princeton is one of the nine Colonial Colleges established before the American Revolution as well as the fourth chartered institution of higher education in the American colonies[5][a] The institution moved to Newark in 1747, then to the current site nine years later where it was renamed as a University in 1896.[10] The present-day College of New Jersey in nearby Ewing Township, New Jersey, is an unrelated institution. Princeton had close ties to the Presbyterian Church, but has never been affiliated with any denomination[11] and today imposes no religious requirements on its students.[b]
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Now, the University provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering.[13] It does not have schools of medicine, law, divinity, nor business, but it does offer professional degrees through the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of Architecture. The institute has ties with the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Westminster Choir College of Rider University.[c] Princeton has been associated with 35 Nobel laureates, 17 National Medal of Science winners, 2 Abel Prize winners, 5 Fields Medalists, and 3 National Humanities Medal recipients.

Motto Deī sub nūmine viget (Latin)
Motto in English Under God's Power She Flourishes[1]
Established 1746
Type Private
Endowment $18.2 billion (2013) [2]
President Christopher L. Eisgruber
Academic staff 1,172
Admin. staff 1,103
Students 8,010
Undergraduates 5,336[3]
Postgraduates 2,674
Location Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Campus Suburban, 500 acres (2.0 km2)
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Indian-origin professor named dean of Princeton University school

By Times of India.

An Indian-American has been appointed as the dean of the prestigious Princeton University Graduate School, becoming the latest addition to a long list of Indian-origin academicians assuming leadership roles at renowned global universities.
Sanjeev Kulkarni, professor of electrical engineering and director of the Keller Center, has been appointed as the next dean of the Princeton University Graduate School with effect from March 31, the Princeton University said in a statement.

His appointment was recommended by Princeton President Christopher L Eisgruber and approved by the Board of Trustees at their January 25 meeting, the statement said.


He succeeds William Russel, who has served as dean since 2002 and who announced in September that he would step down this year.

"Sanjeev Kulkarni will be a spectacular dean for Princeton's Graduate School," Eisgruber was quoted as saying.

"Sanj has a well-deserved reputation for excellence as an interdisciplinary scholar, a versatile administrator and a constructive colleague...I have no doubt that Sanj is the right person to build upon Bill Russel's many fine accomplishments as dean of the Graduate School," he said.

A search committee composed of faculty members and graduate students proposed the selection of Kulkarni, who joined the Princeton faculty in 1991.

Kulkarni said he appreciates the chance to serve the University and have an impact in a new role.

"Through more than 20 years as a faculty member and administrator, I have developed a very deep appreciation for Princeton," Kulkarni said.

"It is an honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to serve the University in this capacity. I look forward to working with President Eisgruber, Provost Lee, the trustees, and colleagues and students across campus to advance the mission of the Graduate School," he said.

Kulkarni, who also is an associated faculty member in the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering and in the Department of Philosophy, served as associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 2003 to 2005.

He was the master of Butler College, an undergraduate residential college, from 2004 to 2012 and since 2011 has been the director of the Keller Center.

The Graduate School enrolls about 2,600 students pursuing master's and doctoral degrees in 42 departments and programmes.

Kulkarni joins a host of other Indian-Americans who occupy top posts at reputed academic institutions.

22.2.14

More Indian Child geniuses


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I hope she heads to Silicon Valley soon and networks with like minded people.....along with parental guardians. She should be working for Google or Microsoft.
 
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Eleven-year-old Indian girl rated with highest IQ in the world -

By Perachi Kannan of the Sunday Indian. 

On the face of it, she is no different from other children her age – she loves riding her bicycle, watching cartoons and playing her favourite games. 
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But K. Vishalini of Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli isn’t your average 11-year-old. 
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Blessed with exceptional IQ, the Standard 8 student is an IT whiz kid who can come up with solutions to the trickiest of technical problems. Yes, she spends three hours a day learning about computers. But that is no big deal. Vishalini has the highest IQ in the world, but she will be eligible for an entry in the Guinness only after she turns 14. 
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Vishalini has just returned home from an international seminar held at the National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), Mangalore, where she was a special guest. Such invitations are pretty routine for her these days. Her syllabus has been wrapped up well in advance. So this child prodigy has the time to visit engineering colleges to deliver lectures to B.E. and B.Tech students on the intricacies of computer science. At seminars, many an IT expert has been foxed by this chit of a girl who has answers to complex questions. 
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Her amazing achievements include cracking the Microsoft Certified Professional and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) courses with ease. 
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Vishalini’s IQ is around 225.

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Great America and the folly of foreign entanglements......I is copying the EVIL British Empire. Yessa Massa Buwana!

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‘Good’ War, ‘Bad’ War
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By , at antiwar.com

Fifty years ago, E.P. Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class rescued the study of history from the powerful. Kings and queens, landowners, industrialists, politicians and imperialists had owned much of the public memory. In 1980, Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States also demonstrated that the freedoms and rights we enjoy precariously – free expression, free association, the jury system, the rights of minorities – were the achievements of ordinary people, not the gift of elites.
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Historians, like journalists, play their most honorable role when they myth-bust. Eduardo Galeano’s The Open Veins of Latin America (1971) achieved this for the people of a continent whose historical memory was colonized and mutated by the dominance of the United States.
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The “good” world war of 1939-45 provides a bottomless ethical bath in which the West’s “peacetime” conquests are cleansed. Demystifying historical investigation stands in the way. Richard Overy’s 1939: the countdown to war (2009) is a devastating explanation of why that cataclysm was not inevitable.
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We need such smokescreen-clearing now more than ever. The powerful would like us to believe that the likes of Thompson, Zinn and Galeano are no longer necessary: that we live, as Time magazine put it, “in an eternal present”, in which reflection is limited to Facebook and historical narrative is the preserve of Hollywood. This is a confidence trick. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell wrote: “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
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The people of Korea understand this well. The slaughter on their peninsula following the second world war is known as the “forgotten war”, whose significance for all humanity has long been suppressed in military histories of cold war good versus evil.
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I have just read The Korean War: A History by Bruce Cumings (2010), professor of history at the University of Chicago. I first saw Cumings interviewed in Regis Tremblay’s extraordinary film, The Ghosts of Jeju, which documents the uprising of the people of the southern Korean island of Jeju in 1948 and the campaign of the present-day islanders to stop the building of a base with American missiles aimed provocatively at China.
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Like most Koreans, the farmers and fishing families protested the senseless division of their nation between north and south in 1945 – a line drawn along the 38th Parallel by an American official, Dean Rusk, who had “consulted a map around midnight on the day after we obliterated Nagasaki with an atomic bomb,” wrote Cumings. The myth of a “good” Korea (the south) and a “bad” Korea (the north) was invented.
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In fact, Korea, north and south, has a remarkable people’s history of resistance to feudalism and foreign occupation, notably Japan’s in the 20th century. When the Americans defeated Japan in 1945, they occupied Korea and often branded those who had resisted the Japanese as “commies”. On Jeju island, as many as 80,000 people were massacred by militias supported, directed and, in some cases, commanded by American officers.
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This and other unreported atrocities were a “forgotten” prelude to the Korean War (1950-53) in which more people were killed than Japanese died during all of world war two. Cumings’ gives an astonishing tally of the degree of destruction of the cities of the north is astonishing: Pyongyang 75 per cent, Sariwon 95 per cent, Sinanju 100 per cent. Great dams in the north were bombed in order to unleash internal tsunamis. “Anti-personnel” weapons, such as Napalm, were tested on civilians. Cumings’ superb investigation helps us understand why today’s North Korea seems so strange: an anachronism sustained by an enduring mentality of siege.
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“The unhindered machinery of incendiary bombing was visited on the North for three years,” he wrote, “yielding a wasteland and a surviving mole people who had learned to love the shelter of caves, mountains, tunnels and redoubts, a subterranean world that became the basis for reconstructing a country and a memento for building a fierce hatred through the ranks of the population. Their truth is not cold, antiquarian, ineffectual knowledge.” Cumings quotes Virginia Wolf on how the trauma of this kind of war “confers memory.”
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The guerrilla leader Kim Il Sung had begun fighting the Japanese militarists in 1932. Every characteristic attached to the regime he founded – “communist, rogue state, evil enemy” – derives from a ruthless, brutal, heroic resistance: first to Japan, then the United States, which threatened to nuke the rubble its bombers had left. Cumings exposes as propaganda the notion that Kim IL Sung, leader of the “bad” Korea, was a stooge of Moscow. In contrast, the regime that Washington invented in the south, the “good” Korea, was run largely by those who had collaborated with Japan and America.
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The Korean War has an unrecognized distinction. It was in the smoldering ruins of the peninsula that the US turned itself into what Cumings calls “an archipelago of empire”. When the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, it was as if the whole planet was declared American – or else.
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But there is China now. The base currently being built on Cheju island will face the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai, less than 300 miles away, and the industrial heartland of the only country whose economic power is likely to surpass that of the US. “China,” says President Obama in a leaked briefing paper, “is our fast emerging strategic threat.” 
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By 2020, almost two thirds of all US naval forces in the world will be transferred to the Asia-Pacific region. In an arc extending from New Zealand to Persian Gulf and beyond, China will be ringed by US missiles and nuclear-weapons armed aircraft. Will this threat to all of us be “forgotten”, too?
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John Pilger’s film, Utopia, about Australia, is released in cinemas on 15 November and broadcast on ITV in December. It is released in Australia in January. www.johnpilger.com

The folly of Empire and foreign entanglements that George Washington warned against.....WHY CAN'T AMERICA LEARN FROM ITS PAST GREAT LEADERS? WHY HAS THE USA BECOME A BRITISH IMPERIALIST POWER, with Emperor George and Obama in power?

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Today’s Ridiculous Pro-Regime Change Propaganda – What’s Old is New Again

UPDATE: See the slick “I am a Ukrainian” video at the end of this article. It’s slightly better propaganda but just another KONY 2012 campaign. Again, nothing new.
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As the real economy continues to shrink with jobs becoming even more scarce, it would appear there is one sector of the economy that is literally “booming” and that would be the “Ridiculous Pro-Regime Change Propaganda” industry.
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With varying degrees of intensity, the regime change machine is up and running in some “unfriendly” nations which are all targets of our “freedom and democracy” agenda: 

Russia, North Korea, Syria, Thailand, the Ukraine and Venezuela........mostly through local traitors working through the State Department embassy/CIA for the Wall Street Globalist agenda.

In some cases it’s simply a matter of setting the ground work for future calls for another “humanitarian intervention”. In others, bombs are exploding and bullets are flying with the body-count climbing fast and furious.
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When sycophants get wind of a sea change, of a shift in the global tide of economic opportunism, they are rarely talented enough to generate the kinds of fresh ideas needed to set them apart from the gaggle of preening wannabees who surround them.
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Everyone at this point understands that they can get ahead by jumping on the globalization bandwagon with some eye-catching propaganda that might make headlines for a minute or two and help our Peace Prize “winning” president justify another humanitarian bombing. The trouble is, these  EGOTISTICAL GREEDY MEN by their own nature, aren’t the best and the brightest. They succeeded (if you wish to call it that) by COCK sucking up to whomever they could, positioning themselves as the perennial Yesmen to whatever power structure they encountered.
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Today, the lack of real creativity in this overstuffed field is evidenced by some rather stupid propaganda and stunt retreads being peddled out there as attempts to force regime change on several nations with the audacity to refuse to take part in our neoliberal for-profit central banking pyramid scheme known as “globalization”
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Here’s a brief rundown:
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Pussy Riot’s Silly Street Theater Performance
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Russia is still the biggest threat out there to our glorious leaders’ plan for complete world dominance. Not only are they getting in the way of their plans for Syria and the Ukraine, but their BRICS structure threatens to offer smaller nations other options when it comes to crippling IMF and World Bank “loans”
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So anything you can come up with that will help demonize the Russian government in the eyes of liberal Americans is worth your weight in gold to these propaganda producers, even if it is just plain stupid.
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To that end, today there is a story out about how Pussy Riot planned to stage a little video in front of a sign in Russia that promoted the Olympics and when they were getting set-up, along came the evil Russian police to spray them in the face with mace and beat them with whips.
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What’s obvious about the video is that the entire production was staged by regime change propagandists so it could be shown on CNN or other “news” sites. The Pussy Riot members didn’t even have a song prepared. One of them quickly tosses her stuff to the ground and grabs a mic with no amplification equipment anywhere in the area, and she says one word into it when along comes two cops to mace her ala the Occupy protesters sprayed in the face in Cali.
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Clearly the actors playing the roles of the cops were part of their group to start with. Also clear is the fact that this little performance was done quickly enough to let the group stage their little production and get back in their vans and get out of the area before real cops showed up. This is a critical part of performances like this one.
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There’s a lot of hair-pulling and some little love-taps with horse whips. The costume department deserves props for the police outfits but that’s pretty much the only aspect of this ridiculous production that deserves any credit at all. At one point the “cops” get a hold of a guitar and again, you see no amplification equipment anywhere even when the cameraman turns around and focuses on the area they apparently entered the chained off playground. No amps and an electric guitar and a microphone. How’s that supposed to work I wonder.
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For giggles, here’s the video.
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Stick Figure Drawings as UN “Evidence” Against North Korea
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This one made me laugh out loud when I saw it yesterday on CNN.
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Apparently a commission of globalists was formed back in May of 2013 ( Marzuki DarusmanSonja Biserko and Michael Kirby)  to find some evidence on North Korea that they could use to push the regime change agenda in the very near future. They concluded the current socialist regime in North Korea committed crimes against humanity with no equal in the modern world. An earlier CNN article made mention of the fact that the commission’s chair, Michael Kirby, made reference to Hitler, but that seems to have been removed.
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This tactic was used before by the ICC when their globalist prosecutor to bring charges against Gaddafi not that long ago. Anyone remember “Screwball” in Iraq? How about the Kuwait nurse and her “incubator babies” story? Ring any bells?
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But this story has legs apparently because it comes complete with stick figure drawings of various types of torture in North Korea. Unfortunately I’m not kidding.
Text: "The mice eat the eyes, nose, ears, and toes of the corpses."
That, according to their “witness”, is the dead being eaten by rats.
This, according to South Park, is Kenny being eaten by rats. It’s about as news worthy as the UN commission’s evidence. Unfortunately, CNN can’t tell the difference.

I can only hope that most Americans can still tell the difference but honestly I’m starting to wonder.
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Beauty Queen’s Bloodless Head-shot in Venezuela
Pick your precursor to this little propaganda effort. That chick in Iran during the Green Revolution or Malala…. either works.
.(Mullahs should not rule any country...they should stick to the mosque, so there is one revolution that I DO SUPPORT...EVEN IF ITS BACKED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT)
Like Syria, Egypt, Thailand and the Ukraine before it, lots of folks are getting killed in our color revolution in Venezuela. Don’t make any mistake. Regime change thugs are perched on rooftops firing into crowds of pro and anti -government protesters with equal zeal.
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But apparently our regime change publicists needed a PR win to serve as the poster child for the victims (since most have been pro-government citizens shot by regime change thugs) so they decided he had to be young, beautiful and female in order to appeal to the target market. And ‘poof’ we have the story of Genesis Carmona.
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Genesis was a beauty queen and up and coming Venezuelan Yuppie. Most of the protesters in that country just happen to be yuppies since they want to take advantage of the savage capitalist system they are trying to impose on the country. Genesis was supposedly at an anti-government rally when she was “shot in the head”
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But apparently beauty queens in Venezuela don’t bleed at all when shot in the head as is evidenced by this photo of her being carted off to the hospital (very dramatic photo, huh?) and others taken at said hospital when she arrived, bloodless, on a gurney.

Opposition supporter Genesis Carmona is evacuated on a motorcycle after being shot in the head during a protest against Nicolas Maduro's government in Valencia, some 100 miles (160 km)  from Caracas, February 18, 2014. A 22-year-old student from the central city of Valencia died on Wednesday after being shot in the head during an anti-government demonstration, her family said, the fifth victim of unrest in Venezuela. Genesis Carmona, who was studying tourism and was also a local beauty queen, was shot during a demonstration in Valencia on Tuesday, relatives told. Picture taken February 18, 2014.    REUTERS/Mauricio Centeno-Notitarde (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX194RY
You can enlarge the photo if you like. You won’t find any blood in her hair, pants, shirt, arms, shoes or pocketbook. All the news report her as being carted off “limp” to the hospital but as you can plainly see, her neck is stiff, she’s holding her head up as they ride along.
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I like how the guy who picked her up to rush the head-shot victim to the hospital made sure to bring her pocket book along for the ride.

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Well, there you have it. Some of the sillier propaganda making it’s way across the blog-o-sphere this morning. It would be funny if it wasn’t so goddamned sad.
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UPDATE: I am a Ukrainian
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Stop Corny 2012

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5.2.14

Minister Manu Sareen of Denmark

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India-born politician keeps powerful portfolios in new Danish cabinet


By Times of India.




Rahul Gandhi's first TV interview: Blunders abound, but don’t dismiss the positives

Rahul Gandhi's first TV interview: Blunders abound, but don’t dismiss the positives


India-born Danish politician Manu Sareen, 46, continues to hold some of the most powerful and sensitive portfolios in the new Danish cabinet announced by incumbent Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

Sareen is the first male minister in Denmark to hold the portfolios of social welfare, gender equality, church and Nordic cooperation affairs (duh!) since his induction into the cabinet in 2011.

A social-activist leader of the Danish left Social Liberal Party (the Radikale Venstre Partiet), he brings to the coalition of Thorning-Schmidt's Social Democrats and the Socialist People's Party great influence and much welcome electoral confidence, particularly among the divisive ethnic immigrant minorities in the country.

Although a smaller party, the Radikale Venstre is considered by the country's political pundits as the veritable cornerstone of the coalition.

The premier Danish daily, Tidnigen Berlinske has editorially bestowed a lot of praise and great hope on Sareen.

"There exists a direct bridge between the Social Democrats and the Dansk (Danish Liberal) Folkparti whereby the voters tend to vacillate -- albeit, mostly in one direction -- from left to right," says the prestigious paper's political editor, Bent Winther.

"However, with the integration affairs/policies in the capable hands of Manu Sareen, it can be safely left for many tumultuous flip-flops and conflicts between the two (major) government parties without fear of collapse," Winther stated.

Born in India May 16, 1967, Manu Sareen's family moved to Denmark in 1970, and settled in the Danish island of Amager, in the stait of Oresund that forms part of Denmark's capital Copenhagen.

A trained social worker and disputes mediator, Sareen is also a prolific author and much sought after lecturer.

Also active in numerous socio-political and cultural fields, Sareen was nominated for Politician of the Year in 2003, 2006 and 2007 by the National Association for Gays and Lesbians, a prestigious, respected and much loved lobby as well as a coveted political asset in liberal Denmark.

On Oct 3, 2011, he was appointed the first male minister for equality. Sareen is the first minister of Denmark with a non-European ethnic background.

Sareen is married to Anya Degn Sareen and the couple have three children. 

Rahul Gandhi's first TV interview: Blunders abound, but don’t dismiss the positives

Rahul Gandhi's first TV interview: Blunders abound, but don’t dismiss the positives

Rahul Gandhi's first TV interview: Blunders abound, but don’t dismiss the positives

Rising Star Ms. Anu Aiyengar

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From Wikipedia:

'JPMorgan Chase & Co. is an American multinational banking and financial services holding company. It is the largest bank in the United States, with total assets of US$2.509 trillion. It is a major provider of financial services, and according to Forbes magazine is the world's third largest public company based on a composite ranking.[4] The hedge fund unit of JPMorgan Chase is the second largest hedge fund in the United States.[5] The company was formed in 2000, when Chase Manhattan Corporation merged with J.P. Morgan & Co.[6]
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The J.P. Morgan brand, historically known as Morgan, is used by the investment banking, asset management, private banking, private wealth management and treasury & securities services divisions. Fiduciary activity within private banking and private wealth management is done under the aegis of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.—the actual trustee. The Chase brand is used for credit card services in the United States and Canada, the bank's retail banking activities in the United States, and commercial banking. The corporate headquarters are in 270 Park Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan, New York City, New York, and the retail and commercial bank is headquartered in Chase Tower, Chicago Loop, Chicago, Illinois, United States.[6] JPMorgan Chase & Co. is considered to be a universal bank.
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JPMorgan Chase is one of the Big Four banks of the United States with Bank of America, Citigroup and Wells Fargo.[7][8][9][10][11][12] According to Bloomberg, as of October 2011 JPMorgan Chase surpassed Bank of America as the largest U.S. bank by assets.[13] Its predecessor, the Bank of the Manhattan Company, was the 22nd oldest bank in the world.'

Revenue Increase US$ 97.03 billion (2012)
Operating income Increase US$ 28.91 billion (2012)
Net income Increase US$ 21.30 billion (2012)
Total assets Increase US$ 2.509 trillion (2012)
Total equity Increase US$ 204.1 billion (2012)
Employees 260,965 (2012)
Divisions J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Subsidiaries Chase, J.P. Morgan & Co., J.P. Morgan Cazenove, One Equity Partners




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Wrong gender, colour, country': India-born Anu Aiyengar, JPMorgan's rising star


By Reuters and Times of India.

Fifteen years ago, when Anu Aiyengar went for an interview to become a mergers and acquisitions banker at a major Wall Street firm, she got a stark, disappointing message.

"You have three strikes against you," Aiyengar, who was born in India, recalled the interviewer telling her. "How can I hire you? You are the wrong gender, wrong colour and wrong country."

Aiyengar, now a managing director at JPMorgan Chase & Co, is seen as one of the rising stars within the largest US bank's M&A group, advising clients in sectors ranging from retail to industrials. 


Over the past 15 years at JPMorgan, she has worked on around $200 billion worth of transactions.
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Last year, she advised on such deals as auto parts retailer Advance Auto Parts Inc's $2 billion purchase of General Parts International Inc, and office supply company Office Depot Inc's $1 billion acquisition of rival OfficeMax Inc.

JPMorgan was ranked No. 2 in M&A deals by value globally last year.


Being a woman, she said, has proven to be an advantage in connecting with clients, so much so that many become friends or mentors. "Maybe it's stereotypical, but I do feel that listening skills are pretty important," she said.

Former OfficeMax CEO Ravi Saligram said Aiyengar gained his trust with her analytical skills and because she spoke her mind.

"She's not afraid to push back," Saligram said. "She was not a 'yes' person."


Still, Aiyengar said she rarely comes across other women in her business, a reflection of how corporate America and Wall Street remain male-dominated, even if the kind of overt prejudice that she experienced fifteen years ago has receded.

Women made up 15.6% of top executives and managers at US investment banks in 2012, compared with 17.7% in 2007, according to annual studies published by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Aiyengar said she makes an effort to find that balance. Married for 18 years with no children, Aiyengar, who remains an Indian citizen, said she finds relaxation through Indian classical dance and tries to stay in touch with friends and family outside of banking. She also tries to mentor younger women bankers.

"I am very passionate about having more women in broader financial services, and especially banking, not just M&A," she said.

Aiyengar herself benefited from mentors such as Eric Stein, JPMorgan's head of investment banking coverage for North America, who helped her with everything from learning how to building deal models to the intricacies of American football.

"He spent six hours on a white board teaching me how to set up a model," she said. "My basic checking models are still set up the way he originally taught me."

Stein said it is rare to find a banker who can handle a wide range of deals, from financial services to retail. Teaching her American football, however, was another matter.

"There is no doubt teaching her football was more difficult, but part of the reason was I tried to convince her to join me in being a Buffalo Bills fan," Stein said. "I am proud to say she is getting there after close to 20 years, and much more quickly than I have picked up on cricket."

CEO Satya Nadella to lead Microsoft.

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From Wikipedia:
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'Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services. Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, Microsoft Office office suite, and Internet Explorer web browser. Its flagship hardware products are Xbox game console and the Microsoft Surface series of tablets. It is the world's largest software maker measured by revenues.[4] It is also one of the world's most valuable companies.[5]
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Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975 to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for Altair 8800. It rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by the Microsoft Windows. The company's 1986 initial public offering, and subsequent rise in its share price, created an estimated three billionaires and 12,000 millionaires from Microsoft employees. It is considered the third most successful startup company of all time by market capitalization, revenue, growth and cultural impact.[6] Since the 1990s, it has increasingly diversified from the operating system market and has made a number of corporate acquisitions. In May 2011, Microsoft acquired Skype Technologies for $8.5 billion in its largest acquisition to date.[7]
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As of 2013, Microsoft is market dominant in both the IBM PC-compatible operating system and office software suite markets (the latter with Microsoft Office). The company also produces a wide range of other software for desktops and servers, and is active in areas including internet search (with Bing), the video game industry (with the Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles), the digital services market (through MSN), and mobile phones (via the Windows Phone OS). In June 2012, Microsoft entered the personal computer production market for the first time, with the launch of the Microsoft Surface, a line of tablet computers.'

Revenue Increase US$ 77.85 billion (2013)[1]
Operating income Increase US$ 26.76 billion (2013)[1]
Net income Increase US$ 21.86 billion (2013)[1]
Total assets Increase US$ 142.43 billion (2013)[1]
Total equity Increase US$ 78.94 billion (2013)[1]
Employees 100,932 (December 2013)[2]
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Can Satya Nadella give Microsoft the edge it lacked during Steve Ballmer years? 
 
By Nick Wingfield and Times of India. 

Microsoft on Tuesday announced that Satya Nadella was its next leader, betting on a longtime engineering executive to help the company keep better pace with changes in technology.

The selection of Nadella to replace Steven A Ballmer, which was widely expected, was accompanied by news that Bill Gates, a company founder, had stepped down from his role as chairman and become a technology adviser to Nadella.

John W Thompson, 64, a member of the Microsoft board who oversaw its search for a new chief executive, became the company's chairman, replacing Gates.

"During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella," said Gates, who remains a member of Microsoft's board. "Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together."

In a statement, Nadella said, "Microsoft is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionized the world through technology, and I couldn't be more honored to have been chosen to lead the company."

In Nadella, Microsoft's directors selected both a company insider and an engineer, suggesting that they viewed technical skill and intimacy with Microsoft's sprawling businesses as critical for its next leader. It has often been noted that Microsoft was more successful under the leadership of Gates, a programmer and its first chief executive, than it was under Ballmer, who had a background in sales. Ballmer, 57, said in August that he was stepping down.

Nadella, 46, from Hyderabad, India, is only the third chief executive of Microsoft, an icon of American business that has struggled for position in big growth markets like mobile and internet search. The company has correctly anticipated many of the biggest changes in technology —- the rise of smartphones and tablet computers, to use two examples —- but it has often fumbled the execution of products developed to capitalize on those changes.

It remains to be seen whether Nadella's technical background, along with the closer involvement of Gates in product decisions, will give the company an edge it lacked during the Ballmer years. Microsoft said in a statement that Gates will "devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction."

Relinquishing his role as chairman will allow Gates to spend over a third of his time with product groups at Microsoft, "substantially increasing my time at the company," he said in a video made for the news of Nadella's selection. Gates said that Nadella asked him to make the change in his duties at Microsoft.

"I think he's the right person for the company right now," Frank Artale, a former Microsoft manager who works with Ignition Partners, a venture capital firm in the Seattle area, said of the selection of Nadella. "A strong technical leader is truly needed there."

Nadella is a contrast to Ballmer in other ways. Most recently the executive vice president of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise businesses, Nadella peppers his conversations and speeches with technical buzzwords that people outside the industry would most likely find impenetrable.

Nadella, who has been married for 22 years and has three children, counts cricket and poetry among his hobbies. In an email to Microsoft employees on Tuesday morning, he wrote that he is "defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning."

"I buy more books than I can finish," he wrote. "I sign up for more online courses than I can complete. I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things."

Nadella showed ambition early in his career. He received degrees in engineering and computer science, then earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business while working full time at Microsoft. He flew to Chicago from Seattle to attend classes on the weekend, according to Steven Kaplan, a professor at the school who taught Nadella in a course on entrepreneurial finance and private equity.

"He takes charge, smart, but in a likable way," Kaplan said, adding that Nadella received an A in the course.

Now, Nadella is known as a cerebral, collaborative leader with a low-key style that differs from Ballmer's bombastic manner. While many executives within Microsoft tend to be polarizing figures, Nadella appears to be well liked in much of the company. Still, those who know Satya Nadella say that he is not a pushover as a boss.

"Managers have to keep proving themselves every day," Artale said.

Nadella's star at Microsoft rose considerably in the past several years as he took charge of the company's cloud computing efforts, a business considered vital as more business customers choose to rent applications and other programmes in far-off data centers rather than run software themselves.

For years, Microsoft did not pay enough attention to how the cloud -— primarily through services offered by Amazon, its crosstown rival -— was attracting the creativity of a new generation of developers. When he got control of the division that included Microsoft's cloud initiatives, Nadella changed that. He began meeting with start-ups to hear more about what Microsoft needed to do to become more responsive to their needs.

"When you look at the most exciting things happening in tech, all the platform shifts happening and disruption — social, mobile, cloud — Microsoft has not even been part of the conversation until recently," said Brad Silverberg, a Seattle-area investor and a former Microsoft executive. "With Satya's leadership, Microsoft is doing interesting things in cloud."

As chief executive of the entire 100,000-person company, Nadella has to grapple with a much broader set of challenges in markets in which he has little experience, like mobile devices. He inherits a deal to acquire Nokia's mobile handset business, along with 33,000 employees, and a wide-ranging reorganization plan devised by Ballmer and still in progress.

In an interview in July, Nadella was supportive of the reorganization plan, which he predicted would allow Microsoft to adapt to changes in the market more quickly than in the past. "It's not like our old structure didn't allow us to do some of this," he said. "The question is whether you can amplify."

When Nadella joined Microsoft in 1992, it was still a scrappy, relatively small software company led by Gates that was just beginning its greatest years of growth. His familiarity with the company's history and culture was said to have been an important factor in Gates's comfort with Nadella as chief executive, according to someone briefed on the search for a new leader who asked for anonymity because the process was private.

But in an interview in April, he said the most important factor in Microsoft's ability to remain a growing business in the future was its ability to become a player in what he called new paradigms in computing, like cloud computing.

"That is, you could say, the existential issue for us," Nadella said.

"I think that with any new paradigm there will always be a couple of new players who come at it," he continued. "But to me the thing that is perhaps more interesting and challenging, and gets me excited, is, hey, how can we renew ourselves?"

In his statement Tuesday, Nadella said: "The opportunity ahead for Microsoft is vast, but to seize it, we must focus clearly, move faster and continue to transform. A big part of my job is to accelerate our ability to bring innovative products to our customers more quickly."

4.2.14

Tragic Ukraine.....and the disintegration of Europe?

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Will Mobocracy Triumph in Ukraine?

By Patrick Buchanan at antiwar.com

Despite our endless blather about democracy, we Americans seem to be able to put our devotion to democratic principles on the shelf, when they get in the way of our New World Order.
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Comes now the turn of Ukraine. 
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In 2010, Viktor Yanukovych, in what neutral observers called a free and fair election, was chosen president. His term ends in 2015. 
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Yet since November, protesters have occupied Maidan Square in Kiev, battling police, and howling for Yanukovych’s resignation. The United States appears now to be collaborating with Europe in bringing about the neutering or overthrow of that democratically elected government.
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Military coups, a la Cairo, and mob uprisings, at la Kiev – are these now legitimate weapons in the arsenal of democracy?
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What did Yanukovych do to deserve ouster by the street? He chose Russia over Europe.
.(More probably the Euro, and the EU doesn't look so great any more......as it did in the early 1990's, and Ukrainian politicians made a guess that they would be no worse off taking advantage of  Russian petro/gas generosity) 

In the competition between Vladimir Putin and the European Union over whose economic association to join, Yanukovych was betrothed to the EU. But after an offer of $15 billion from Putin, and a cut in fuel prices to his country, Yanukovych jilted the EU and ran off with Russia.
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Yanukovych felt he could not turn down Putin’s offer.
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Western Ukraine, which favors the EU, was enraged. So out came the protesters to bring down the president. And into Kiev flew John McCain to declare our solidarity with the demonstrators.
Kerry has now joined McCain in meddling in this matter that is none of America’s business, declaring in Munich that, “Nowhere is the fight for a democratic European future more important than today in Ukraine.”
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We “stand with the people of Ukraine,” said Kerry.
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But which people? The Ukrainians who elected Yanukovych and still support him or the crowds in Maidan Square that want him out and will not vacate their fortified encampments until he goes?
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Kerry is putting us on the side of mobs that want to bring down the president, force elections, and take power. Yet, Americans would never sit still should similar elements, with similar objectives, occupy our capital.
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Reportedly, we are now colluding with the Europeans to cobble together an aid package, should Yanukovych surrender, cut the knot with Russia, and sign on with the EU.
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While he rules a divided nation, Yanukovych has hardly been a tyrant. As the crowds grew violent, he dismissed his government, offered the prime ministry to a leader of the opposition, repealed the laws lately passed to crack down on demonstrations, and took sick for four days.
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But the street crowds, sensing he is breaking and smelling victory, are pressing ahead. There have now been several deaths among the protesters and police.
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Putin is incensed, but inhibited by the need to keep a friendly face for the Sochi Olympics. Yet he makes a valid point.
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How would Europeans have reacted if, in the bailout crisis, he, Putin, had flown to Athens and goaded rioters demanding that Greece default and pull out of the eurozone?
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How would the EU react if Putin were to hail the United Kingdom Independence Party, which wants out of the EU, or the Scottish National Party, which wants to secede from Great Britain?
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Ukraine was briefly independent at the end of World War I, and has been again since the breakup of the Soviet Union. Still the religious, ethnic, cultural and historic ties between Russia and Ukraine are centuries deep.
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Eight million Ukrainians are ethnic Russians. In east Ukraine and the Crimea, the majority speak Russian and cherish these ties. Western Ukraine looks to Europe. Indeed, parts belonged to the Habsburg Empire.
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Pushed too far and pressed too hard, Ukraine could disintegrate.
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Security police who have questioned jailed rioters seem to believe we Americans are behind what is going on. And given the National Endowment for Democracy’s clandestine role in the color-coded revolutions of a decade ago in Central and Eastern Europe, that suspicion is not unwarranted.
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Nor is Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov entirely wrong when he says, “a choice is being imposed” on Ukraine, and European politicians are fomenting protests and riots “by people who seize and hold government buildings, attack the police and use racist and anti-Semitic and Nazi slogans.”
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If, as a result of street mobs paralyzing a capital, a democratically elected Ukrainian government falls, we could not only have an enraged and revanchist Russia on our hands, but a second Cold War.
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And we will have set a precedent that could come to haunt Europe, as the rising and proliferating parties of the populist right, that wish to bring down the European Union, learn by our example.
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