According to Walter J. Zimmerman Jr., the chief technical analyst at United-ICAP in New Jersey, commodities may slip 43% over the next 16 months. He says, "The Blob, or the collective mood of the consumer, has eaten the independence of key commodities." All this talks about, the unwillingness to take a big position on the upside.
Sarah Rose in her book 'For All the Tea in China', talks about tea forged historical relations between China, India, and the West. In 1848, the British East India Company sends botanist Robert Fortune to China with a purpose to steal the secret of tea production from China. The Company intends to harvests its own tea in colonial India thereby eliminating China's tea trade.
Thomas Barfield, an anthropologist at Boston University, points out, till 1840 Afghanistan was called the 'highway of conquest'. Unfortunately, popular views of the place today are influenced by the past three decades of seemingly unceasing warfare rather than substantive knowledge of the country's history.