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11 January 2011 09:52

  • The decline of Pakistan, as told through its cricket team.
  • To make the tracks for high-speed rail line, you need a coal by-product called 'fly ash'. But the amount of rail being laid down in China right now far outpaces production of high quality fly ash. Poor quality substitutes could have fatal consequences. (Thanks Malcolm.)
  • Demography as destiny: Japan has done better than you might imagine, given its ageing population, and China has a demographic timebomb to deal with.
  • India is strangling microcredit with red tape.
  • Last week I recommended a Martin Wolf essay on 'the great convergence' between developed and developing economies. I should have reminded you that Lowy's own Mark Thirlwell has done extensive work on this topic.
  • A world of tweets: lovely graphic depiction of where in the world Twitter is booming. (Thanks Kate.)
  • When a government cuts its order of a particular weapon system (say, 100 planes rather than 120), the cost of each individual unit goes up. This encourages further government cuts, and so on. It's called a death spiral, and it might be overtaking the F-35, potentially Australia's biggest ever defence contract.

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