In the last 70 years, technology gaps in defence have increased hugely. US and Russia are far ahead from rest of the world in making arms and armaments.
- Japan sends jets after Russian planes (cnn.com)
- 70 years later, a WWII pilot soars once more in a Flying Fortress (warhistoryonline.com)
- F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Singapore’s Next-Generation Fighter? – Analysis (eurasiareview.com)
- WWII Bombers Fly In To Tallahassee Airport (wctv.tv)
- Canada unsure what will replace Hornets (upi.com)
- Campaigns in Maya (behind2ndlook.wordpress.com)
- Pearls of Wisdom: US Economist On Indian Education (quicktake.wordpress.com)
- Debts of Gratitude (behind2ndlook.wordpress.com)
- Snapshot of Bengal Partition (quicktake.wordpress.com)
Examining governance records of selected ten premiere post-WWII governments across the world could throw up some surprises.
Seems like in India, too
- The British Salt Tax. How Damaging? (quicktake.wordpress.com)
- Desi Nostalgia For British Raj (quicktake.wordpress.com)
- Gold Standard: Forty Years Gone – And Good Riddance (blogs.wsj.com)
- Tendu leaves – How Maoist-Govt Cabal loot Adivasis (quicktake.wordpress.com)
Fat and lazy
Between 1875-1935, Britain was dependent on India for gunpowder, on USA and Iran for oil, on Malaya and India for rubber. British economy had grown fat and uncompetitive – unlike Italian, German and Japanese economies.
Even though Britain won WWII, their economy was a lost cause. Though Germany, Italy and Japan were losers, with their economy in shambles, they could make a brilliant recovery and vastly out-compete Britain.
The story of Middle East oil is similar for USA and West. The Welfare State, built on a diet of cheap oil, easy dollars, is now too expensive for the West to sustain. The above book extract gives an excellent snapshot of the oil industry in the 20th century.
And the shadow of oil on the 21st century.
- Onward, American Soldiers! Another million await death. (quicktake.wordpress.com)
- Out with the old? (bbc.co.uk)
- UK economy trailing (thesun.co.uk)
- Skidding Oil Prices: A Blip or a Trend? (green.blogs.nytimes.com)