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About Younghusband

Sir Francis Edward Younghusband (1863-1942) was a British explorer, army officer, military-political officer, and foreign correspondent born in India who led expeditions into Manchuria, Kashgar, and Tibet. He three times tried and failed to scale Mt. Everest and journeyed from China to India, crossing the Gobi desert and the Mustagh Pass (alt. c.19,000 ft/5,791 m) of the Karakoram mountain range in modern day Pakistan. Convinced of Russian designs on British interests in India, Younghusband proactively engaged in the nineteenth century spying and conflict over Central Asia between the British and the Russians known as the Great Game. "Younghusband" is a Canadian who has spent a number of years bouncing back and forth between his home country and Japan. Fluent in Japanese and English with experience in numerous other languages from Spanish to Georgian, Younghusband has travelled throughout Asia. He graduated with an MA from the War Studies Department at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he focussed on the Japanese oil industry and energy security issues. He has recently returned to Canada from Japan, and is working in the technology sector.

More questions on Wikileaks

There are many more issues surrounding Wikileaks other than the ones I pointed out earlier. Journo and internet historian John Naughton created a handy little mindmap as a guide. The topics are wide-ranging, and it has been an eventful couple … Continue reading

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The practical Chinese

Love this little tidbit from Jim Fallows at The Atlantic about Chinese companies building a railroad in Saudi Arabia: Some firms would have been put off by the fact that non-Muslims are barred from working in Mecca, so China simply … Continue reading

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2010 through Google’s eyes

The annual release of the Google’s Zeitgeist has been released. The Official Google Blog announced the release with a fancy video that gives a quick overview of the most searched terms over the past year; while simultaneously featuring many of … Continue reading

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Questions about WikiLeaks

I have been watching the WikiLeaks fallout, waiting with bated breath to see Robert Kaplan’s take. Turns out, nothing much. He side-stepped any true commentary to pine for a loss of empire. Personally, I have yet to come to a … Continue reading

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Video: Kaplan talks (and reads) Monsoon

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Indonesia and India vs China, and Obama

Robert Kaplan takes his message to the New York Times as President Obama takes his to South Asia. A quote: THE 20th century saw great, land-centric Army deployments to Europe. George W. Bush unwittingly continued this tendency with great, land-centric … Continue reading

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Four Lions: Terrorism and “the bunch of guys theory”

BoingBoing has an interview with Four Lions director Chris Morris that contains some excellent nuggets of real life terrorists being morons, serving thusly as inspiration for his comedy of (t)errors Four Lions. There are some brilliant episodes about asking for … Continue reading

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Watch Bob Woodward try and suss an iPad

The new Washington Post iPad app has dropped with a high production quality video featuring legendary American journo Bob Woodward, among other luminaries of US media. See the trailer: Trailers for apps are becoming a trend. For example see the … Continue reading

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Kaplan on On Point

Our Bob was on NPR’s On Point today talking for 45 minutes about his new book Monsoon. No way to embed so check it out over at Robert Kaplan: Monsoon Asia’s Rise or get the podcast from iTunes.

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Younghusband and Curzon in the NYT

The historical ones that is. The New York Times gives a short history of Sir Francis Younghusband’s expedition to open trade with Tibet, and the storming of Gyantse in 1904. The history comes from the usual source, but what is … Continue reading

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