The Indian government said that an Indian company would be building the infrastructure for the port at a cost of over 85 million USD. The move marks another major step by New Delhi to increase ties between India and Afghanistan, which are already enjoying closer relations than ever before.
Since March 2014, the Russian “dispatch of troops to Crimea”, and the contested referendum in Crimea followed by its incorporation into the Russian Federation, “The West”* rhetoric is that Russia is isolated, and that the U.S. and its allies will work to further isolate it (e.g. Zeke J Miller, “Isolated Russia, Ukraine, NATO, Poroshenko, Obama, Hollande Obama: U.S. Working To ‘Isolate Russia’“, Time, 3 March 2014).
China’s surging economic power has been matched by increasing military might including investments in an aircraft carrier, anti-ship ballistic missiles, satellites, modern weapon systems and other hardware. In contrast, a decade of neglect of the Indian Military has widened the capability gap vis-à-vis PLA exponentially. With the new government in power headed by a dynamic Prime Minister, there is speculation of a new era in India-China relations. However, it would be prudent to remember that it is the capabilities that matter even if intentions change overnight.
China is slowly but surely tightening its grip on Tibet. The latest sign is the ‘upgradation’ of the status of the Tibet Armed Police’s Political Commissar. The Global Times yesterday announced : “China’s Central Military Commission upgraded the political status of the political commissar of the Armed Police Corps of the Tibet Autonomous Region, indicating the central government’s determination to safeguard regional stability”.
Cyber crime is grabbing the headlines these days, but the largest criminal gangs are still making most of their money from drugs, sex, and extortion. It’s tough to go even a few months without seeing the effects of organized crime on the economy and everyday life. The most salient example these days is the rash of thefts of credit card data from big-name retail chains like Home Depot and Target.
Fears are intensifying that the emirate has become a global centre for terror funding, money-laundering, drug money and mafia cash.
Jennifer Lee’s 2007 Mercyhurst thesis contains three experiments that suggest an efficient way for teaching a Bayesian reasoning technique to intelligence analysts and indicate that using natural frequencies when modeling a problem increases forecasting accuracy compared to modeling a problem using conditional probabilities when solving intelligence-related Bayesian problems.