Undercover of helping immigrant agricultural workers who have long needed a break in America, the American technology sector - lead by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg - has seen fit to heavily lobby Congress to increase H1-B and other worker visa permits, vastly increasing H1-B visas at a time when very good research shows that there is no shortage of tech workers in America. Zuckerberg has so far succeeded, in the Senate. What is motivating the claim for more H1-B visas?
One of many examples of what goes on behind closed doors: an immigration attorney and his consultants teaching corporations how to manipulate foreign-worker immigration law to replace qualified American workers.
Professor Norman Matloff's extremely well documented studies on the H1-B and foreign worker visa problem. Matloff claims that Hi-B abuse has cost Americans $10Trillion dollars, since 1975. Inc. Magazine weights in Professor Matloff's Webpage
Mother Jones weighs in:How H1-B visa abuse is hurting American tech workers
Indian government officials are not happy that the universities that they collude with might have some limitations placed on the abuses that have enabled them to "sell" their product to the American IT sector.
China has always been controlled from the center. In past eras, China has had technological and exploration advantages over the West that were wiped out by intrusion and isolation commanded from China's locus of concentrated power - whether via emperors, or the current regime.
Long run (maybe, even near-long-term) this does not bode well for China's prospects, because when one is sealed off from outside ideas and innovation, one will ultimately fall behind and adapt only in suboptimal ways. What results is a waste of social and intellectual capital.
This will put a crimp in Putin's attempt to make a "New Russia" with a more sizable sphere of influence. Putin is a very smart guy; definitely a sociopath; and, ex-KGB (which means that he *remains* KGB, at heart.
What saddens me is that after the Berlin Wall fell, Western powers didn't do everything they could to help democratize Russia, or at leastinvest in a way that started to create a serious economic infrastructure that more Russians could participate in. Instead, KGB and high level Soviet cronies bought out Russia's infrastructure for a song; the mafia got more involved; the West disengaged. Sad, really sad. Now, Russia and Russians are in for another generation or more of killers like Putin and his cronies.