After its futile attempt in Afghanistan in the 80s, Syria is the next major country outside its region where Russia has got involved in military conflict, ostensibly to protect Russian interests. So what is the Russian endgame here? With international prices of crude oil at record low levels, coupled with economic sanctions imposed on it on account of its intervention in Crimea and Ukraine, Russia can ill afford to get embroiled in yet another costly [...]

The various sources of energy being used these days can be broken up into two major groups – the conventional sources of energy and the alternative sources of energy. The conventional sources of energy are the traditional ones such as the various fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas, and even wood to a certain extent. The alternative sources of energy are solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, hydrogen energy, tidal energy, wave energy, [...]

Greetings are the first thing that we exchange with people from other cultures such as ones who do not speak our language or ones who are from a different country or perhaps a different part of the same country itself. It is the pleasant demeanor and a smiling face that helps us strike a conversation with people we know nothing about and, if it is meant to be, create a relationship that can stand the [...]

Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) has emerged as a serious global concern with direct impact on human health and environment. The definition of municipal solid waste differs as countries classify according to their own interpretation. As per World Bank, it includes all non-hazardous waste generated from residences, commercial businesses and institutions, along with non-hazardous industrial waste, agricultural waste produce, and sludge produced from sewage. Type of wastes Domestic waste generated from households include food waste, fabric, [...]

At the present moment the U.S. is perhaps the only country in the world in a favorable economic position. In fact, the conditions are such that a hike in interest rates could become possible come December. However, the world economy in general is in a far from healthy state according to Mark Weinberger, the CEO and Global Chairman of EY. He has also said that there is no definite possibility that the interest rates will [...]

November 18, 2015

Human beings have an exceptionally strong survival instinct, they say. We are able to make do with strange and unusual foods when it comes to survival. But here is our list of 10 foods that are the worst that can be consumed, and yet are “delicacies” to the local folks. 10. Eascamoles Country: Mexico Escamoles is a traditional favorite in Mexico, eaten since the days of the Aztecs. It tastes buttery with hints of nuts [...]

Urban legends are stories, often horrifying or scary tales that are told and retold, often with some variations. They are often purported to be real incidents, having happened to friends of friends or to distant acquaintances. In the days of the Internet these urban legends are written about in many boards and circulated as e-mails, often with superstitious warnings. Here are 10 very popular urban legends from different parts of the world. 10. Monkey Man [...]

The U.S. is the global leader when it comes to military might. It has an astronomical defense budget of $612 billion. In recent times a number of factors such as spending cuts and sequestration have contributed to bringing down its defense expenditure. However, this figure is still more than the combined amount spent by the next 10 countries. It has a fleet of 19 aircraft carriers, which can be regarded as its major edge as [...]

October 30, 2015

The South China Sea has two chains of islands, Paracels and Spratlys, which is claimed by several sovereign states of the region including the People’s Republic of China, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, and Taiwan. The dispute involves territorial and maritime claims and is behind growing tension in the region. South China Sea Dispute Summary The dispute has China claiming historical jurisdiction over both Paracels and Spratly chain of islands, and has been claiming maritime [...]

China is the biggest economy in Asia, a region which also has other economies such as India, Japan, South Korea, etc. that are doing reasonably well. However, its recent slowdown has had some major effect on the overall economy of the country. This is borne out by the reducing profits of the various companies and the rate of people without jobs remains the same as ever. As things stand now, the future does not look [...]

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