SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUNDS: SYMPOSIUM FEBRUARY 4 2008

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Center on Japanese Economy and

Business (CJEB)

Columbia Business School

REMINDER: [CJEB] Feb. 4:

“Sovereign Wealth Funds: Policy

Challenges and Market

Implications”

Sovereign wealth funds have replaced private equity funds as the new source of global liquidity. According to a Morgan Stanley report, total assets of the SWFs of Asia and the Middle East amount to nearly 3 trillion and may quadruple by 2015.

Olayon, Jennifer (jo2147@columbia.edu)

Thu 1/31/08

jo2147@columbia.edu

Panelists

Don Hanna, Managing Director; Head of Emerging Market Economic and Market Analysis, Citigroup Global Markets

Curtis J. Milhaupt, Fuyo Professor of Japanese Law; Albert E. Cinelli Enterprise Professor of Law; Director, Center for Japanese Legal Studies, Columbia Law School

Moderator

Alicia Ogawa, Director, Program on Alternative Investments; Associate Director for Program Development, Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Columbia Business School

Agenda

5:30 p.m.- 5:45 p.m. Registration

5:45 p.m.- 7:15 p.m. Symposium

7:15pm-8:15 p.m. Reception

Sovereign wealth funds have replaced private equity funds as the new source of global liquidity. According to a Morgan Stanley report, total assets of the SWFs of Asia and the Middle East amount to nearly 3 trillion and may quadruple by 2015. Japan’s official reserves are over $946 billion, and the pros and cons of using a portion of these reserves to establish a SWF for Japan are just beginning to be debated. Don Hanna and Curtis J. Milhaupt will discuss the implications for policymakers as well as potential market impacts growing size and global reach of SWFs. Alicia Ogawa will serve as moderator.

Advance registration required.

Please register at: http://www0.gsb.columbia.edu/japan/mitsui

Co-sponsored by the Mitsui USA Foundation and the Program on Alternative Investments of the Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Columbia Business School

Center on Japanese Economy and Business (CJEB)

Columbia Business School

REMINDER: [CJEB] Feb. 4:

“Sovereign Wealth Funds: Policy Challenges and Market Implications”

Olayon, Jennifer (jo2147@columbia.edu)

Thu 1/31/08

CHINA AND INDIA BOOK BY TARUN KHANNA

January 31, 2008 on 6:43 am | In Books, China, Economics, Financial, Globalization, History, India, Research | No Comments

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Billions of Entrepreneurs:

How China and India Are

Reshaping Their Futures–and

Yours

Tarun Khanna (Author)

Editorial Reviews

Review

Well worth reading…The eye of this business-school professor for interesting stories is sharp and he offers illuminating explanations of why India and China work in the ways that they do. —The Economist, January 24, 2008

Product Description

China and India are home to one-third of the world’s population. And they’re undergoing social and economic revolutions that are capturing the best minds–and money–of Western business. In Billions of Entrepreneurs, Tarun Khanna examines the entrepreneurial forces driving China’s and India’s trajectories of development. He shows where these trajectories overlap and complement one another–and where they diverge and compete. He also reveals how Western companies can participate in this development.

Through intriguing comparisons, the author probes important differences between China and India in areas such as information and transparency, the roles of capital markets and talent, public and private property rights, social constraints on market forces, attitudes toward expatriates abroad and foreigners at home, entrepreneurial and corporate opportunities, and the importance of urban and rural communities. He explains how these differences will influence China’s and India’s future development, what the two countries can learn from each other, and how they will ultimately reshape business, politics, and society in the world around them.

Engaging and incisive, this book is a critical resource for anyone working in China or India or planning to do business in these two countries.

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Product Details:

Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: Harvard Business School Press

January 21, 2008

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1422103838

ISBN-13: 978-1422103838

Billions of Entrepreneurs:

How China and India Are Reshaping Their Futures–and Yours

Tarun Khanna (Author)

TRANSMISSION SUMMIT: MARCH 5 2008 ARLINGTON

January 31, 2008 on 12:07 am | In Economics, Financial, Research, Science & Technology, USA | No Comments

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Transmission Summit

2008 March 5-7 Arlington, VA

Wed 1/30/08

Transmission Summit 2008

March 6-7, 2008 / Arlington, VA

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Power Industry Megatrends—Implications for Transmission Strategies

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Preconference Executive Forum:

Power Industry Megatrends—Implications for Transmission Strategies

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BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS BIS REVIEW NO. 12 2008: MONETARY POLICY

January 30, 2008 on 6:25 pm | In Economics, Financial, Globalization, Research | No Comments

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BIS Review

Bank for International Settlements

BIS Review No 12 available

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Wed 1/30/08

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Please find BIS Review No 12 attached as an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file.

Alternatively, you can access this BIS Review on the Bank for International Settlements’ website by clicking on http://www.bis.org/review/index.htm.

What’s included?

BIS Review No 12 (30 January 2008)

Amando M Tetangco, Jr: Breakthroughs and break through

Yves Mersch: Society forming changes and their impact on information needs

Ewart S Williams: Trinidad and Tobago’s secondary market for government securities

Svante Öberg: Monetary policy and productivity

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CARBON CONFERENCE: 10 MARCH 2008 COPENHAGEN

January 30, 2008 on 3:12 pm | In Economics, Financial, Globalization, Oil & Gas, Research, Science & Technology | No Comments

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Annual Conference Carbon Market

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10-13 March 2008.

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GOLD REPORT: LONDON

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Société Générale Official Sector

Activity in Gold – Full Year 2007

Tue 1/29/08

Dear Sir / Madam,

We are pleased to inform you that the inaugural report on official sector activity in gold, GFMS have prepared for Société Générale is now available (please download a copy):

Société Générale Official Sector

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Key Points

* Net official sector sales in the course of 2007 amounted to 488 tonnes.

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* Elsewhere, coutries outside the group were net purchasers of gold, albeit at the margin.

* On September 26th, the third year of the current CBGA ended, with sales from the group totalling 476 tonnes.

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PALESTINE OPINION POLL: AN-NAJAH NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

January 30, 2008 on 9:26 am | In Arabs, Globalization, Islam, Israel, Middle East, Palestine, Research | No Comments

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An-Najah National University

Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies

Tel: (972) (9) 2345113 Fax: (972)(9) 2345982

Nablus – Palestinian: P.O.Box 7, 707

Email: Polls@najah.edu hussein596@yahoo.com

 

Results of Palestinian Public Opinion Poll

No. 32

26-28 January 2008

 

Background

 

After President Bush’s visit to Ramallah which set in motion the permanent status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis, Israel escalated military operations against the Gaza Strip and closed all crossings banning the entrance of fuel and food except in very limited amounts raising danger in the Strip to the level of a human catastrophe that the United Nations agencies warned against.

In the same context the Palestinian Authority warned that the Israeli escalation will jeopardize the negotiations and eventually will stop them. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have called upon President Abu Mazen to stop negotiations dismissing them as useless and absurd.

On the other side of the scene, the Palestinian internal crisis is still going on without any imminent breakthrough; the PA insists on its demand of Hamas to back up from their coup as a precondition for a dialogue while Hamas expresses willingness to conduct a debate without conditions.

 

The Results

Following are the results of the Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No. 32 conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University during the period from 26-28 January 2008. The University sponsors all polls conducted by its Center.

Palestinian public opinion poll no. 32 undertakes the current political realities especially the incidents that took place in Gaza, the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip by Israel, the visit of the US President to the West Bank in addition to political affiliations.

The sample included 1360 persons whose age group is 18 and above and who have the right to vote. The enclosed questionnaire was distributed on 860 persons from the West Bank and 500 persons from the Gaza Strip. The sample was drawn randomly and the margin of error is about ±3%; still 2.7% of the members of the sample refused to answer the questionnaire.

 

_____________________________________________________________________

The opinions represented in the results reflect those of the study; they do not, by any means, represent the opinion of An-Najah National University.

 

The General Results:

  • 73.9% of respondents supported handing in the responsibilities of the Gaza Strip crossings to the Palestinian Presidency.

  • 54.8% of respondents rejected firing rockets against Israel from the Gaza Strip while 43.7% supported that.

  • 43.4% of respondents thought that firing rockets from the Gaza Strip hurts the Palestinian cause while 33.9% thought that they serve the Palestinian cause in a positive way.

  • 69.9% of respondents are in favor of giving up firing rockets from the Gaza Strip in return for lifting up the siege.

  • 50.7% of respondents believed that if Hamas backs up from its domination over the Gaza Strip, the siege will end.

  • 42.7% of respondents rejected attempts of some of Hamas members to storm Rafah Crossing; 52.8% supported.

  • 70.7% supported the tendency of the people of Gaza to shop in Rafah and Al-Arish.

  • Respondents assessed the reactions of the following bodies to the siege of Gaza as “Good” :

–The Palestinian Authority 46.5%

–The Arab League 27.1%

–Egypt 57.5%

–The Quartet 17%

  • From the point of view of respondents the side that contributed to the decision of supplying fuel to Gaza was:

– President Mahmoud Abbas 55.5%

– Egypt 54.8%

– President Abbas and Egypt 60%

– Pure Israeli decision 36.1%

  • 24.1% of respondents welcomed US President’s visit to the West Bank while 71.3% rejected it.

  • 11.4% of respondents saw that the US President was sincere in his promise to help in the creation of a Palestinian state by the end of this year; 80.3% saw the opposite.

  • 65.1% of respondents believed that the visit of the US President deepened the internal Palestinian conflict.

  • 43.9% of respondents believed that it is possible in the present time to form a national unity government.

  • 52.4% of respondents supported dissolving the PLC.

  • 65.1% of respondents supported conducting early Palestinian Presidential elections.

  • 50.4% of respondents were content with the performance of President Abu Mazen since his election.

  • 80.9% of respondents said that they will participate in the coming presidential elections. From among those who said they will participate, 39.5% said that they will give their votes to Fateh’s candidate; 16.9% said they will give their votes to Hamas‘ candidate.

  • 81.1% of respondents said that they will participate in the coming legislative elections. From among those who said they will participate, 41.7% said that they will give their votes to Fateh’s candidates; 17.7% said they will give their votes to Hamas‘ candidates.

  • If PLC elections are to be conducted, 47% of respondents expected the winning of Fateh movement; 18% expected the winning of Hamas.

  • Regardless of legitimacy or illegitimacy, 46.5% supported the general policy of the government of Salam Fayyad.

  • Regardless of legitimacy or illegitimacy, 29.3% supported the general policy of the dissolved government of Ismael Haniyeh.

  • 20.7% of respondents believed that the security conditions in the Gaza Strip after the domination of Hamas are improving; 61.9% said they are deteriorating.

  • 55.7% of respondents considered what Hamas did as a coup against Palestinian legitimacy.

  • 58.4% of respondents believed that Hamas is endeavoring to create an entity of its own in the Gaza Strip in isolation from the West Bank; 34.5% believed the contrary.

  • 28.3% of respondents believed that Hamas is capable of managing the life affairs of the citizens of the Gaza Strip.

  • The personal priorities of respondents at the present time were as follows:

  • Restoring control over the Gaza Strip 67.1%

  • Restraining security chaos in the West Bank 81.6%

  • Restoring dialogue between Fateh and Hamas 77.8%

  • Improving the economic conditions 86.6%

  • Securing funds for the salaries of employees 85.8%

  • 71.5% of respondents supported the notion that Palestinian arms must only be in the hands of the Palestinian security apparatuses.

  • 56.9% of respondents expressed fear for their lives under the present circumstances.

  • 61.3% of respondents said that they are pessimistic of the general Palestinian situation at this stage.

  • 78.1% of respondents said that they neither feel safe for themselves nor for their families and properties under the current circumstances.

As for political affiliation respondents gave the following results:

 

People’s Party

1.0%

Democratic Front

2.1%

Islamic Jihad

2.8%

Fateh

37.9%

Hamas

15.7%

Fida

0.4%

Popular Front

3.5%

Palestinian National Initiative

0.7%

I am an independent nationalist

6.5%

I am an independent Islamist

3.1%

None of the above

24.4%

Others

1.9%

 

  • Now that six months elapsed the formation of Salam Fayyad’s Government, respondents assessed the performance of the following institutions as “good” and “more than good” with the indicated percentages:

Palestinian Presidency

62.0%

Palestinian Government

60.3%

Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC)

42.6%

Judicial system

48.2%

Financial and Administrative Control Bureau

37.2%

Security apparatuses

57.6%

Palestinian factions

47.9%

Civil society organizations

61.3%

Palestinian universities

76.9%

Municipalities and village councils

60.3%

Ministry of Health

66.2%

Ministry of Social Affairs

62.1%

– Ministry of Education and Higher Education

72.0%

Ministry of Finance

50.5%

Ministry of Prisoner’s Affairs

56.8%

Ministry of Interior Affairs

55.4%

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

42.6%

Employees Bureau

41.8%

Institutions of the private sector

52.9%

Palestinian Investment Fund

34.6%

 

 

The General Results of the Poll

There is a suggestion to hand in the responsibilities of the crossings in the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Presidency. Do you support or reject this suggestion?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

I support

73.9

75.6

71.0

I reject

19.1

17.9

21.2

No opinion/I do not know

7.0

6.5

7.8

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Do you support or reject firing rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israel by Palestinian factions?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

I strongly support

20.8

18.1

25.4

I support

22.9

26.3

17.0

I reject

38.5

40.3

35.2

I strongly reject

14.2

11.0

19.6

No opinion/I do not know

3.7

4.2

2.8

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Do you think that firing rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israel will serve or hurt the Palestinian cause?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

It will serve

 

 

 

It will hurt

 

 

 

It is useless

 

 

 

No opinion/I do not know

 

 

 

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Are you in favor of stopping rockets in return for lifting up the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

69.9

73.6

63.4

No

25.4

22.6

30.2

No opinion/I do not know

4.8

3.8

6.4

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

Do you believe that the siege will end if Hamas backs up from its domination over the Strip?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

50.7

47.0

57.2

No

40.3

45.6

31.2

No opinion/I do not know

9.0

7.4

11.6

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

Do you support or reject the attempt by some members of Hamas to open Rafah Crossing by force?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

I support

52.8

55.2

48.6

I reject

42.7

41.3

45.2

No opinion/I do not know

4.5

3.5

6.2

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Do you support or reject the tendency of the people of Gaza to shop in Rafah and Al-Arish?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

I support

70.7

79.3

55.8

I reject

24.0

16.9

36.4

No opinion/I do not know

5.3

3.8

7.8

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

8 How do you assess the reactions of the following to the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip?

 

Total

Good

Bad

No opinion

/ I do not know

Total

The Palestinian Authority

46.5

46.5

7.1

100.0

The Arab League

27.1

59.5

13.5

100.0

Egypt

57.5

36.0

6.5

100.0

The Quartet

17.0

61.6

21.4

100.0

 

West Bank

Good

Bad

No opinion

/ I do not know

Total

The Palestinian Authority

40.1

51.7

8.1

100.0

The Arab League

18.6

68.1

13.3

100.0

Egypt

54.7

38.5

6.9

100.0

The Quartet

12.2

67.8

20.0

100.0

 

Gaza Strip

Good

Bad

No opinion

/ I do not know

Total

The Palestinian Authority

57.4

37.4

5.2

100.0

The Arab League

41.6

44.6

13.8

100.0

Egypt

62.4

31.8

5.8

100.0

The Quartet

25.2

51.0

23.8

100.0

 

In your opinion, away from what the media undertake with reference to providing Gaza with fuel, who do you think contributed to taking the decision? (Please, give a score on a 0-10 scale)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

President Mahmoud Abbas

5.5544

5.0105

6.4900

Egypt

5.4794

5.0872

6.1540

President Abbas and Egypt

5.9846

5.4698

6.8700

It was solely an Israeli decision

3.6059

3.5640

3.6780

 

There are those who welcomed the visit of the US President to the West Bank and there are those who rejected it. Do you support or reject the visit?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

I support

24.1

15.5

39.0

I reject

71.3

82.3

52.4

No opinion/I do not know

4.6

2.2

8.6

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Do you think that the US President is faithful in his promise to help in the creation of a Palestinian state by the end of this year?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

11.4

5.7

21.2

No

80.3

90.5

62.8

No opinion/I do not know

8.3

3.8

16.0

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Do you think that the visit of the US President intensified the internal Palestinian conflict?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

65.1

74.1

49.8

No

26.3

20.7

35.8

No opinion/I do not know

8.6

5.2

14.4

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Do you think that it is possible in the present time to form a unity government?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

43.9

45.1

41.8

No

48.3

50.3

44.8

No opinion/I do not know

7.8

4.5

13.4

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

 

Do you support or reject dissolving the PLC?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

I support

52.4

52.8

51.6

I reject

35.7

37.6

32.4

No opinion/I do not know

12.0

9.7

16.0

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Do you support or reject conducting early Presidential elections?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

I support

65.1

67.4

61.2

I reject

27.3

26.6

28.4

No opinion/I do not know

7.6

5.9

10.4

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Are you content with the performance of President Mahmoud Abbas since his election as President of the PA?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

I am content

50.4

51.2

49.2

I am not content

44.6

44.8

44.4

No opinion/I do not know

4.9

4.1

6.4

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

If presidential elections are held in the present time, to whom from among the following do you give your vote?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

An independent candidate

10.0

10.6

9.0

A candidate from the left

3.8

2.4

6.2

A candidate from Hamas

13.7

11.4

17.6

A candidate from Fateh

31.9

28.8

37.2

A national independent candidate

5.6

6.2

4.6

An Islamic independent candidate

3.6

4.2

2.6

I will not participate in the elections

19.1

22.8

12.8

I have not decided yet

12.3

13.6

10.0

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

 

 

If new PLC elections are conducted, whom do you vote for?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

An independent ticket

8.3

9.0

7.2

A ticket from the left

3.6

2.7

5.2

A ticket from Hamas

14.3

12.3

17.8

A ticket from Fateh

33.8

30.1

40.2

A national independent ticket

5.3

5.8

4.4

An Islamic independent ticket

3.8

4.3

3.0

I will not participate in the elections

18.9

22.2

13.2

I have not decided yet

11.9

13.6

9.0

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

If new legislative elections were to be held today, which of the following would win?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Independent Islamists bloc

3.0

2.7

3.6

Independent Nationalist bloc

7.8

7.3

8.6

Fateh bloc

47.0

46.7

47.4

Hamas bloc

18.0

17.7

18.6

A bloc from leftist organizations

2.1

2.1

2.2

No opinion/I do not know

22.1

23.5

19.6

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Regardless of its legitimacy or illegitimacy, do you support or reject the general policy of the Palestinian government led by Salam Fayyad?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

I support

46.5

43.5

51.6

I reject

42.9

45.8

38.0

No opinion/I do not know

10.6

10.7

10.4

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Regardless of its legitimacy or illegitimacy, do you support or reject the general policy of the dissolved government of Ismael Haniyeh?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

I support

29.3

31.9

24.8

I reject

60.2

58.1

63.8

No opinion/I do not know

10.5

10.0

11.4

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

 

Do you think that the security conditions in the Gaza Strip after the dominance of Hamas are —–?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

improving

20.7

18.8

24.0

deteriorating

61.9

62.2

61.4

the same

13.8

15.7

10.6

No opinion/I do not know

3.5

3.3

4.0

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Do you think what Hamas did was a coup against the Palestinian legitimacy?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

55.7

51.9

62.4

No

33.9

37.1

28.4

No opinion/I do not know

10.4

11.0

9.2

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

There are those who say that Hamas is endeavoring to create an entity for itself in the Gaza Strip in isolation from the West Bank. What do you think?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

True

35.7

31.4

43.2

May be

22.6

20.6

26.2

Not true

34.5

41.0

23.2

No opinion/I do not know

7.1

7.0

7.4

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Do you think that Hamas is capable off managing the affairs of people in the Gaza Strip?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

28.3

31.4

23.0

No

63.5

61.5

66.8

No opinion/I do not know

8.2

7.1

10.2

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

What are your priorities at the present time? (State your opinion on a 0-10 scale)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Extending its control over the Strip

6.7081

6.4163

7.2100

Restraining the chaotic security situation in the West Bank

8.1559

8.3058

7.8980

Restoring dialogue between Fateh and Hamas

7.7801

8.0826

7.2600

Improving the economic conditions

8.6566

8.6291

8.7040

Securing funds for salaries

8.5772

8.4721

8.7580

 

 

Do you support or reject the notion that Palestinian arms should be in the hands of Palestinian security apparatuses, and that any other arms in the hands of other Palestinian men will be considered arms for racketeering business?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

I support

71.5

76.2

63.4

I reject

25.5

21.7

32.0

No opinion/I do not know

3.0

2.1

4.6

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Are you worried about your life under the present circumstances?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

56.9

52.7

64.2

No

40.7

46.4

31.0

No opinion/I do not know

2.4

0.9

4.8

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Are you pessimistic or optimistic towards the general Palestinian situation at this stage?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Optimistic

34.0

33.8

34.2

Pessimistic

61.3

63.4

57.8

No opinion/I do not know

4.7

2.8

8.0

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Under the present circumstances, do you feel that you, your family and your properties are safe?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

20.5

19.4

22.4

May be

32.7

33.8

30.8

No

45.4

46.6

43.4

No opinion/I do not know

1.3

0.1

3.4

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

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Which of the following political affiliations do you support?

PARTY

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

People’s Party

1.0

0.3

2.0

Democratic Front

2.1

1.0

4.0

Islamic Jihad

2.8

1.5

5.0

Fateh

37.9

37.0

36.6

Hamas

15.7

15.3

16.4

Fida

0.4

0.1

0.8

Popular Front

3.5

3.3

4.0

Palestinian National Initiative

0.7

0.7

0.6

I am an independent nationalist

6.5

6.6

6.2

I am an independent Islamist

3.1

3.4

2.6

None of the above

24.4

29.7

15.4

Others

1.9

1.0

3.4

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

In general and six months after the formation of Salam Fayyad’s Government, how do you assess the performance of the following Palestinian institutions?

Total

 

Very Good

Good

Bad

Very Bad

No opinion /I do not know

Total

Palestinian Presidency

22.9

39.0

21.4

12.4

4.2

100.0

Palestinian Government

18.3

42.0

22.4

13.4

4.0

100.0

Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC)

11.3

31.4

33.5

14.3

9.5

100.0

Judicial system

11.4

36.8

25.7

11.7

14.4

100.0

Financial and Administrative Control Bureau

9.1

28.1

28.0

12.1

22.6

100.0

Security apparatuses

18.1

39.5

24.2

13.5

4.8

100.0

Palestinian factions

11.9

36.0

33.8

11.2

7.1

100.0

Civil society organizations

14.6

46.7

20.4

5.6

12.7

100.0

Palestinian universities

27.2

49.7

10.8

5.4

6.9

100.0

Municipalities and village councils

16.2

44.1

22.7

10.6

6.4

100.0

Ministry of Health

18.2

47.9

19.6

9.5

4.7

100.0

Ministry of Social Affairs

18.1

44.0

19.7

7.5

10.7

100.0

Ministry of Education and Higher Education

22.4

49.6

15.0

7.9

5.1

100.0

Ministry Finance

14.3

36.3

26.2

9.7

13.6

100.0

Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs

16.5

40.3

20.4

8.3

14.5

100.0

Ministry of Interior Affairs

14.0

41.4

22.0

9.1

13.5

100.0

Ministry Foreign Affairs

10.1

32.6

23.7

10.2

23.5

100.0

Employees Bureau

9.1

32.7

21.5

12.1

24.6

100.0

Institutions of the Private Sector

13.3

39.6

19.8

7.4

19.9

100.0

Palestinian Investment Fund

8.8

25.7

20.2

8.8

36.4

100.0

West Bank

 

Very Good

Good

Bad

Very Bad

No opinion /I do not know

Total

Palestinian Presidency

14.0

46.5

24.9

10.2

4.4

100.0

Palestinian Government

12.1

49.5

25.1

9.2

4.1

100.0

Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC)

5.8

35.5

37.4

10.0

11.3

100.0

Judicial system

7.6

44.0

25.5

7.9

15.1

100.0

Financial and Administrative Control Bureau

5.0

28.6

30.0

8.0

28.4

100.0

Security apparatuses

15.2

46.4

25.3

8.7

4.3

100.0

Palestinian factions

7.1

38.7

38.5

7.4

8.3

100.0

Civil society organizations

11.9

52.0

19.9

2.4

13.8

100.0

Palestinian universities

27.8

53.4

9.8

2.2

6.9

100.0

Municipalities and village councils

16.7

50.7

21.3

6.2

5.1

100.0

Ministry of Health

16.6

55.6

19.0

4.2

4.7

100.0

Ministry of Social Affairs

12.8

50.5

18.8

4.1

13.8

100.0

Ministry of Education and Higher Education

19.5

55.1

14.2

5.9

5.2

100.0

Ministry Finance

9.0

40.2

25.7

7.2

17.9

100.0

Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs

13.0

43.3

19.3

5.3

19.1

100.0

Ministry of Interior Affairs

10.7

48.5

20.0

4.2

16.6

100.0

Ministry Foreign Affairs

5.1

34.5

22.7

6.2

31.5

100.0

Employees Bureau

4.5

36.7

20.5

6.0

31.4

100.0

Institutions of the Private Sector

10.3

45.7

18.0

3.5

22.4

100.0

Palestinian Investment Fund

4.0

27.6

19.5

4.5

44.4

100.0

Gaza Strip

 

Very Good

Good

Bad

Very Bad

No opinion /I do not know

Total

Palestinian Presidency

38.4

26.2

15.4

16.2

3.8

100.0

Palestinian Government

29.0

29.0

17.6

20.6

3.8

100.0

Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC)

20.6

24.4

26.8

21.8

6.4

100.0

Judicial system

18.0

24.6

26.0

18.2

13.2

100.0

Financial and Administrative Control Bureau

16.2

27.2

24.6

19.2

12.8

100.0

Security apparatuses

23.0

27.6

22.2

21.6

5.6

100.0

Palestinian factions

20.2

21.4

25.6

17.6

5.2

100.0

Civil society organizations

19.2

37.6

21.4

11.0

10.8

100.0

Palestinian universities

26.2

43.4

12.6

10.8

7.0

100.0

Municipalities and village councils

15.2

32.8

25.2

18.2

8.6

100.0

Ministry of Health

21.0

34.8

20.8

18.6

4.8

100.0

Ministry of Social Affairs

27.2

32.8

21.2

13.4

5.4

100.0

Ministry of Education and Higher Education

27.4

40.0

16.4

11.2

5.0

100.0

Ministry Finance

23.4

29.4

27.0

14.0

6.2

100.0

Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs

22.6

35.2

22.2

13.4

6.6

100.0

Ministry of Interior Affairs

19.8

29.2

25.4

17.6

8.0

100.0

Ministry Foreign Affairs

18.6

29.2

25.4

17.2

9.6

100.0

Employees Bureau

17.0

24.4

23.2

22.6

12.8

100.0

Institutions of the Private Sector

18.4

29.2

22.8

14.2

15.4

100.0

Palestinian Investment Fund

17.2

22.6

21.4

16.2

22.6

100.0

 

Hello;

 

Enclosed please find the major results of the 32 Public Opinion Poll conducted between January 26-28 by the Center of Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University.

Palestinian public opinion poll no. 32 undertakes the current political realities especially the incidents that took place in Gaza, the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip by Israel, the visit of the US President to the West Bank in addition to political affiliations. We hope that you will be able to benefit from these results and let us know of your observations, comments and advice.Your response will be very much appreciated.

 

Thanks

Dr. Hussein Ahmad Director,

Opinion Polls and Survey Study Center

An-Najah National University

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Vermeer’s Hat:

The Seventeenth Century and the

Dawn of the Global World

Timothy Brook (Author)

Editorial Reviews

Review

“Brook…accomplishes his task…with authority and economy. “-Booklist

“…effective and illuminating….A magic-carpet conducted by a genial, learned host.”–Kirkus

“For those who think they have mastered all the ins and outs of the seventeenth century Netherlands and particularly the country portrayed by the marvelously stay-at-home Dutch painters, Timothy Brook’s fine book provides a shock. By way of Vermeer’s pictures, he takes us through doorways into a suddenly wider universe, in which tobacco, slaves, spices, beaver pelts, China bowls, and South American silver are wrenching together hitherto well-insulated peoples. We hear behind the willow-pattern calm the crash of waves and cannon. A common humanity with a shared history comes about, with handshakes and treaties, shipwrecks and massacres, as trade expands and the world shrinks.”- Anthony Bailey, author of Vermeer: A View of Delft

“Vermeer’s Hat is a deftly eclectic book, in which Timothy Brook uses details drawn from the great painter’s work as a series of entry points to the widest circles of world trade and cultural exchange in the seventeenth century. From the epicenter of Delft, Brook takes his readers on a journey that encompasses Chinese porcelain and beaver pelts, global temperatures and firearms, shipwrecked sailors and their companions, silver mines and Manila galleons. It is a book full of surprising pleasures.”- Jonathan Spence, author of The Death of Woman Wang, In Search of Modern China, and The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci

“[Vermeer’s Hat] is an absolutely wonderful idea, beautifully executed (and I wish I’d thought of it). In Timothy Brook’s hands, Vermeer’s paintings really do become windows on the past, illuminating a fascinating period in which the world was being remade by global trade.- Tom Standage, author of A History of the World in Six Glasses

“Thanks to Brook’s roving and insatiably curious gaze, Vermeer’s small scenes widen onto the broad panorama of world history: everything from shipwrecks and massacres to global weather patterns and the history of tobacco. The result is like one of Vermeer’s trademark reflective pearls that magically reveals a world beyond itself. A more entertaining guide to world history – and to Vermeer – is difficult to imagine.”- Ross King, author of Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling and Brunelleschi’s Dome

Book Description

In the hands of an award-winning historian, Vermeer’s dazzling paintings become windows that reveal how daily life and thought—from Delft to Beijing—were transformed in the seventeenth century, when the world first became global.

A painting shows a military officer in a Dutch sitting room, talking to a laughing girl. In another, a woman at a window weighs pieces of silver. Vermeer’s images captivate us with their beauty and mystery: What stories lie behind these stunningly rendered moments? As Timothy Brook shows us, these pictures, which seem so intimate, actually offer a remarkable view of a rapidly expanding world. The officer’s dashing hat is made of beaver fur, which European explorers got from Native Americans in exchange for weapons. Those beaver pelts, in turn, financed the voyages of sailors seeking new routes to China. There—with silver mined in Peru—Europeans would purchase, by the thousands, the porcelains so often shown in Dutch paintings of this time. Moving outward from Vermeer’s studio, Brook traces the web of trade that was spreading across the globe.

The wharves of Holland, wrote a French visitor, were “an inventory of the possible.” Vermeer’s Hat shows just how rich this inventory was, and how the urge to acquire the goods of distant lands was refashioning the world more powerfully than we have yet understood.

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Product Details:

Hardcover: 288 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Press

December 26, 2007

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1596914440

ISBN-13: 978-1596914445

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