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Developing Countries Losing Out To Digital Giants

Developing Countries Losing Out To Digital Giants

October 19, 2018

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Anis Chowdhury / IPS News. KUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Oct 17 (IPS)  – A new United Nations report warns that the potential benefits to developing countries of digital technologies are likely to be lost to a small number of successful first movers who have established digital monopolies. According to the Trade…

Khashoggi crisis highlights why investment in Asia is more productive than in the Middle East

Khashoggi crisis highlights why investment in Asia is more productive than in the Middle East

October 19, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Growing Western political and corporate reluctance to be associated with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the suspected killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi spotlights fundamentally different investment strategies and environments in the bulk of…

who killed thousands in Indonesia: quake or misery?

What Killed Thousands of in Indonesia: Quake or Misery?

October 16, 2018

By Andre Vltchek As I was reading, on board an Air Canada flight from Mexico City to Vancouver, The Globe and Mail coverage of the horrors that have been unraveling for several days on the island of Sulawesi, I felt two powerful and contradictory emotions: I wanted to be there, immediately, ‘on the ground’, in…

Turkey plays Khashoggi crisis to its geopolitical advantage

Turkey plays Khashoggi crisis to its geopolitical advantage

October 16, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. With Turkish investigators asserting that they have found further evidence that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed when he visited the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago, Turkey appears to be leveraging the…

The US-Led Genocide and Destruction of Yemen

October 15, 2018

By David William Pear   [Photo: WhatsuPic, “Expanded War, Hunger, Disease, Death in Yemen. No Big Deal to US”.] [First published by The Greanville Post]   “Only God can save our children”, say Yemeni fathers and mothers as they can do nothing but watch their children die, try to comfort them in their final agonizing…

TOMORROW WILL BE TOO LATE TO DO WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE DONE A LONG TIME AGO: THE THIRTY-THIRD NEWSLETTER (2018).

October 12, 2018

By Vijay Prashad Panmao Zhai, the Secretary General of the Chinese Meteorological Society and the co-chair of the IPCC Working Group 1, said that ‘we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea-levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice’. One of these impacts is the ferocity of hurricanes…

Democrats: Boost, Knock, Enthuse

Democrats: Boost, Knock, Enthuse

October 12, 2018

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch. Hillary Clinton was supposed to trounce Donald Trump two years (or was it two centuries?) ago. She was a poor candidate on many levels, but he was too preposterous to win. The prevailing view, back then, was that when the campaign would finally be over, the demons Trump let loose…

Move Aside Lithium – Vanadium Is The New Super-Metal

Move Aside Lithium – Vanadium Is The New Super-Metal

October 11, 2018

By James Burgess / Oilprice. The lithium ride was a great one. Cobalt, too. All they needed was their Elon Musk moment, which came in the form of the Nevada battery gigafactory. The next Elon Musk moment won’t be about lithium at all—or even cobalt. It will be for an element that takes everything electric to…

Round Two of the Brazilian Election: Interview with Stedile of the MST

Round Two of the Brazilian Election: Interview with Stedile of the MST

October 11, 2018

Socialist Project. After votes were counted last Sunday and confirmed a second round between Brazilian presidential candidates Fernando Haddad (Workers’ Party – PT) and Jair Bolsonaro (Social Liberal Party – PSL), a member of the national board of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) João Pedro Stedile spoke with Brasil de Fato Radio about the next…

Jamal Khashoggi rejiggers the Middle East at potentially horribly cost

Jamal Khashoggi rejiggers the Middle East at potentially horribly cost

October 11, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. The fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, assuming that his disappearance was the work of Saudi security and military officials, threatens to upend the fundaments of fault lines in the Middle East. At…