One of the areas in Afghanistan that's seeing a resurgence of the Taliban recently is Kapisa, a small province about 20 miles northeast of Kabul. In the past few months alone, Taliban fighters have regrouped in Kapisa's district of Tagab and staged several attacks.
Readers of our special "Issues 2007" on energy shared diverse views. "The best collection of current topics!" praised one. But another criticized us: "Only a tiny mention of alternatives like solar power?" The Geopolitics of EnergyI'm a Californian living temporarily in Kiev, Ukraine.
When you think of technology visionaries, Hasso Plattner's name probably doesn't spring to mind. But it should. As the founder of the German company SAP, the world's third largest software maker after Microsoft and Oracle, Plattner has been every bit as influential as better-known peers like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.
When you think of technology visionaries, names like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs spring to mind. One that probably does not is Hasso Plattner. It should. As the founder of the German firm SAP, the world's third largest software maker, Plattner has been every bit as influential as his better-known peers, perhaps even more so.
Most readers of our March 6 cover story on the new India were full of lavish praise. "An excellent cover story," cheered one. "Informative, balanced and objective," said another, who found we "conveyed India's contrasts succinctly." A third huffed, "There was no mention of corruption."Fareed Zakaria's "India Rising" is the most wonderfully informative, balanced and objective report I have read on the subject (March 6).
Americans have been pouring record amounts of money into mutual funds that concentrate on companies abroad. In 2005, U.S. investors aimed 75 cents of every stock-fund dollar into a fund focused on international markets, and the pace accelerated this year, with roughly $3 billion a week heading overseas, according to AMG Data Services.
In the late 1990s Lahore-based businessman Iqbal Ahmed was depressed. Pakistan was isolated internationally and in the grip of a deep recession, and his modest, liquefied-petroleum-gas operation didn't seem to be going anywhere. "I used to get up and say, 'What the hell, it's another day'," he recalls. "Now I can't wait for the day to begin.
Readers of Claude Smadja's June 20 essay on Europe responded excitedly to his suggestion for a cultural revolution. "Brilliant," praised one. But, said another, "even if Brussels junked our labor codes and safety nets, workers here can never compete with the Chinese and the Indians."A New European Dream?I'd like to thank Claude Smadja for his brilliant article "A Last Chance for Europe" (June 20), which should be read all over Europe, especially in schools, to explain the European context.