The World Factbook The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) is the single point of contact for all inquiries about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). We read every letter, fax, or e-mail we receive, and we will convey your comments to CIA officials outside OPA as appropriate. However, with limited staff and resources, we simply cannot respond to all who write to us. Contact Information Submit questions or comments online Digital Media in China - Digital Media Asia China Infographic China or also known as the People's Republic of China is the most populous country on the planet with an estimated 1.349 billion people. Located in East Asia, it is a single-party state governed by the Communist Party of China (CPC). In the early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the Communists under Mao Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of millions of people. In 1978, Mao's successor Deng Xiaoping focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled.
Independent Media Center West Papua: Neglected genocide - 29 Nov 2013 Indonesian police use Shootings, killings, beatings, arrests on West Papuan independence rallies Indonesian police have opened fire on peaceful protesters in Jayapura, with at least four gunshot wounds and one death. West Papuan activists and families have been forced to flee to the jungle for safety. China Electricity Council: Statistics of Power Industry 2009 China Electricity Council published the national statistics of power industry in 2009 recently. The social power consumption increased by 5.96% year-on-year, the installed power capacity totaled 874 million KW, with total power output reaching 3663.9 billion KWH. In 2009, China accomplished investment of 755.84 billion Yuan in power construction, increasing by 19.93% year-on-year. Infrastructure investment in nuclear power and wind power respectively increased by 74.91% and 43.90% year-on-year, while investment in thermal power dropped by 11.11%. The newly increased power capacity reached 89.7 million KW.
Surveillance & Identity I work on a number of ongoing projects for Trilateral. These currently include: ASSERT - Assessing Security Research: tools and methodologies to measure societal impact PRISMS - Privacy and Security MirrorsPHAEDRA - Improving Practical and Helpful cooperation bEtween Data pRotection AuthoritiesEU Privacy Seals Project (for the EC Joint Research Centre)Study on Cloud Certification (for DG CONNECT) I've also done some bits of work on: ETTIS - European Security Trends and Threats in Society IRISS - Increasing Resilience in Surveillance Societies Some other areas of personal research interest are detailed below
Chartres: Cathedral of Notre-Dame - Image Collection Chartres Cathedral is among the best preserved of the major French cathedrals, with extensive programmes of sculpture and stained glass. It was a major site of pilgrimage in honour of the Virgin Mary, to whom the cathedral is dedicated. This website provides access to a comprehensive collection of images and detailed descriptions of Chartres Cathedral. Please select from one of the following options to search or view images of Chartres Cathedral: Browse all images Search this collection
ALJAZEERA Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - The songs of the Yawanawa tribe have an honesty that seems to penetrate the soul. Adorned in impressive head dresses, the tribal leaders who arrived from Acre, in the Amazon rainforest, home to the world's richest ecosystems, ushered in the spirits to commence the tribe's annual festival. It is a rare occurrence to witness Yawanawa rituals in the modern metropolis of Rio, thousands of miles away from the home of the tribe - a parallel universe to the burgeoning metropolis. But over the final days of June, a few members of the remote community led the celebration in the outskirts of Rio on a piece of open land with rich foliage, which came close to resembling their ancestral home. Choosing to commemorate this unique gathering in an urban setting was thought to be one way of reviving cultural pride among the tribe's younger generations, in a bid to restore faith in a way of life that has faced repeated threats of extinction over the past 200 years.
Tangled Web It started with a media report in France and in a few days the story had gone around the world. Our private Facebook messages from 2007 and 2008 were being made public on our walls. The story was picked up on U.S. blogs and was rapidly spread through Facebook status updates and on Twitter. Facebook quickly issued a strong denial, tech journalists drilled deep, and the story was quickly debunked. Yet the message -- the cautionary status updates -- still spread, translated across Facebook's global communities. France in America / La France en Amérique About the Project Conceived in partnership with France’s national library, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, France in America /France en Amérique is a bilingual digital library made available by the Library of Congress. It explores the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the 16th century to the end of the 19th century.
Reading Room for Ordinary Old Books, National Library of China I have spent several weeks over each of the last few summers at the ‘Reading Room for Ordinary Old Books’ (普通古籍阅览室), the main access point for the National Library of China’s (国家图书馆) holdings of nineteenth and early twentieth century materials, pre-1949 local gazetteers and genealogies. Parts of the collection have been reproduced in collectanea widely available outside of China, but the Reading Room has a great deal of material that is unavailable or difficult to find elsewhere. In addition to gazetteers and genealogies, holdings include autobiographies and biographies, memorial collections, literary and poetry collections, official publications of the Qing and even a smattering of archival materials. In my own research, I have made use of training manuals, memoirs and other writings by and about military men in the nineteenth century. The Reading Room for Ordinary Old Books is located on the second floor of Wenjin Building (文津楼). Materials can be reproduced, though fees are stiff.
Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang By Jeremiah Owyang, from Silicon Valley In many respects, Silicon Valley sits atop the world. Its growth and influence has made it the globe’s top location for innovation, STEM jobs, IT patents, venture capital funding, and Internet and software growth, and Unicorn startups galore. And yet there’s also been a shift in the Valley’s culture. French in Action Due to licensing agreements, online viewing of the videos for this resource is restricted to network connections in the United States and Canada. Orientation An introduction to French in Action: its creation, its components, and its functioning. How to work with the video programs and how to integrate them with the audio and print components.
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution, With 12 Topical Essays, 250 Images, 350 Text Documents, 13 Songs, 13 Maps, a Timeline, and a Glossary. Explore Browse