• 17 December 2018

Analysis & Assessment

  • COP24 Winds Down Without Resolution
    Environment

    COP24 Winds Down Without Resolution

    Amid impassioned pleas for progress, negotiators at the UN climate talks in Poland faced the final day with many issues’ undecided. Countries are struggling to complete the complex rulebook of the Paris climate agreement, and are under pressure to boost their promises to cut carbon. COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention...

The cost of Trump’s technology tariffs World

The cost of Trump’s technology tariffs

U.S. companies paid $1 billion more in tariffs on technology products imported from China in October than a year earlier, as new duties imposed by the Trump administration took effect. President Trump’s protectionist trade policies seem to overlook the economic history of the country....

‘New African Strategy’ to counter Russia, China Geopolitics

‘New African Strategy’ to counter Russia, China

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton accused Russia and China of “predatory practices” in Africa in a speech on Thursday announcing a new American strategy for the continent that will direct American aid to key countries. US President Donald Trump is a polarising figure in world...

7mn Facebook users’ photos exposed Cyber Security

7mn Facebook users’ photos exposed

Facebook has revealed that due to a software bug, nearly 7 million Facebook users’ photos were exposed to a much wider audience than intended. These pictures also included the ones that were hidden or not posted.Facebook, a social media and social networking site, was launched by Mark...

Lessons from the Gilets Jaunes World

Lessons from the Gilets Jaunes

As Paris experiences its fifth consecutive week of anti-government protests, the two main concerns that remain unresolved is the lack of protection for the poor from green taxes and the absence of leadership among the protestors. We highlight the lessons learned. The price of diesel, the most commonly used fuel...

May threatens EU over deal Geopolitics

May threatens EU over deal

The British PM threatened to crash the Brexit deal crafted by the UK and EU over the past two years. She will not accept the deal unless fellow European leaders agreed to discuss changes to the withdrawal package to help her convince the British Parliament. On June 23rd, 2016, Britain narrowly voted to leave...

Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Geopolitics

Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Australia has decided to formally recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but won't move its embassy or recognize East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital until there is a peace settlement between Israel and Palestine. The country will establish a defence and trade office...

Affordable Healthcare Act Repealed General Interest

Affordable Healthcare Act Repealed

A federal judge in Texas said on 14 December ruled that the Affordable Care Act's individual coverage mandate is unconstitutional and that the rest of the law, therefore, cannot stand. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), often shortened to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or nicknamed Obamacare...

Former President Yameen under investigation World

Former President Yameen under investigation

Aljazeera reported that a court in the Maldives had frozen the bank accounts of their former President Abdulla Yameen as part of an investigation into allegations of financial fraud. The Maldives is an Islamic republic which lies off the Indian sub-continent. It is made up of a chain of nearly...

Hackers target private emails Cyber Security

Hackers target private emails

Iran-linked hackers known as Charming Kitty targeted private emails of individuals who are involved in economic and military sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran as well as politicians, civil and human rights activists and journalists around the world. Cyberspying, or cyber espionage, is the act or practice of...

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Technology

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

The accelerated development of artificial intelligence (AI) has brought it into the hands of the masses for everyday uses. AI-connected speakers alone are forecasted to be in 55 per cent of U.S. homes by 2022. Other smart home products sales in 2018 - like door locks, televisions and bathroom mirrors..

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