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The gradual rise of the Pirate Party in Germany ....

A Short History Of The Pirate Party, Who Just Clobbered Merkel's Allies In German Elections
Sanya Khetani |

The Pirate Parties of Europe may still form a very small part of the political spectrum, but they are an extremely vocal section.

Slowly but surely, they seem to be becoming the party to watch in European politics. The German party recently won 7.4 percent of the votes in a state election last month, beating the FDP (the junior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition) by miles (they could only scrape together 1.2 percent of the votes, Spiegel Online reports).

Incredibly, one recent poll suggests that the party could enjoy a record 12 percent nationally.

Now armed with parliamentary seats, as well as a seat in the EU parliament, the Pirate Party has a better chance of making sure their voice is heard.

We take a look at how a group of people's dissatisfaction with internet legislation led to their creation.

The original Pirate Party was formed in Sweden in 200…

IGD Report on the World's largest Food & Grocery Markets ....

China's grocery market overtakes the US as biggest in the world 02/04/2012

China has overtaken the United States (US) as the world’s biggest food and grocery retail market, according to the latest research published today (Wednesday) by IGD.

According to the findings:

The Chinese grocery sector was worth £607bn at the end of 2011, while the US market came in at £572bn over the same period – the second largest in the world

By 2015, the Chinese market is forecast to be worth £918bn compared to a US value of £675bn

Between 2011 and 2015, the US grocery retail market should see growth accelerating to reach a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.2%, but China’s rate will be double this at 10.9% over the same period

All the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) nations will be in the top five grocery markets by 2015, with India displacing Japan as the world’s third largest grocery market by value

The UK grocery market will be the eighth largest in the world by 2015, worth £162bn, and achievi…

IMO BLOG (Mango World Magazine) pageviews @ 3:30pm on April 04, 2012

Top 10 Pageviews by Countries @3:30pm on Wednesday, April 04, 2012....

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STRATFOR COMMENTARY: America's Pacific Logic ...

April 4, 2012 | 0859 GMT

The Obama administration "pivot" to the Pacific, formally announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last November and reiterated more recently by the president himself, might appear like a reassertion of America's imperial tendencies just at the time when Washington should be concentrating on the domestic economy. 

But in fact, the pivot was almost inevitable.

When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, signaling communism's defeat in Europe, security experts talked about a shift in diplomatic and military energies to the Pacific. But Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990 led to a decadelong preoccupation with the Middle East, with the U.S. Army leading a land war against Iraq in 1991 and the Navy and Air Force operating no-fly zones for years thereafter. Then came 9/11, and the Bush administration's initiation of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as a response. Finally, the ending of both those conflicts is in sight, and the United States…

USAID to fund GLOBALGAP implementation in Pakistan ...

Agribusiness Fund to promote good agricultural practices
By Our Correspondent
Published: April 4, 2012

ASF, which started introducing good agricultural practices five years ago, has extended financial and technical support to growers and exporters of citrus and mango for acquiring GAP certification. PHOTO: APP

LAHORE: The Agribusiness Support Fund (ASF), under United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) agribusiness project, has established a value chain platform called the National Technical Working Group to promote Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in production of fruits and vegetables in Pakistan.

The group will work in close cooperation with the Global GAP Secretariat and committees and will support as well as facilitate implementation of good agricultural practices, says ASF in a press release. ASF intends to launch 20 such value chain platforms.

The platform, the direct link for the Global GAP Secretariat, will be used to harmonise certification and scope of a…