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The Minyanville.com take on news, commentary and opinion from around the world:

  • It is difficult or even impossible fully to monitor or regulate complex systems. This is true for atomic power plants, large enterprises operating in many countries and sectors, and the international financial system, writes Vito Tanzi, senior consultant to the Interamerican Development Bank and former director of the IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department, in the Financial Times. Systemic failures are inevitable consequences of the increasing complexity of modern life, he says. Plans for post-systemic failures should become common.
    Bottom Line: In case of systemic failure, a duplicate of this item appears at the bottom. Printing also highly recommended.

  • It used to be mainly Diesel jeans, Burberry scarves, Adidas shoes and Louis Vuitton bags. But now China is becoming adept at stealing much more technologically advanced products -- like passenger jets and magnetic railway systems. Der Spiegel Online asks, "Is this the beginning of an economy based on thievery?"
    Bottom Line: What's next? Minyuanville.com with Mao Tse Hu Fee and Deng Xiao Bu?

  • Based in Monaco, Christian Baha's Superfund boasts $1.7 billion under management and 370 employees in 19 offices around the world. Like hedge funds, it charges steep incentive fees while promising high returns regardless of broader market conditions, according to BusinessWeek. "You may not know about Superfund," Baha notes in Superfund television ads, but "regulations prevent me from describing it on television." Hence, the multi-million dollar television spots, we guess.
    Bottom Line: Too bad the "Superfund" link below was already taken.



  • After being caught out by China in Myanmar over securing gas supplies, India can't risk another setback by placing too much hope in stalled efforts to tap gas from Iran, the Asia Times says. Consequently, India has decided to join the US-backed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) pipeline, in part because of the geopolitical difficulties involved in the $7 billion Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) pipeline that Washington opposes.
    Bottom Line: Iran - No Nukes, No Pipelines, No Service.




  • It is difficult or even impossible fully to monitor or regulate complex systems. This is true for atomic power plants, large enterprises operating in many countries and sectors, and the international financial system, writes Vito Tanzi, senior consultant to the Interamerican Development Bank and former director of the IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department, in the Financial Times. Systemic failures are inevitable consequences of the increasing complexity of modern life, he says. Plans for post-systemic failures should become common.
    Bottom Line: In case of systemic failure, a duplicate of this item appears at the top. Printing also highly recommended.
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