• 22 February 2019

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China’s Role in East Asia Geopolitics

China’s Role in East Asia

China’s growing role in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region raises concerns for other APAC countries, as well as for its trade partners. Its growing tensions with the U.S. and increasing flexing of its military prowess do not bode well for China’s neighbours. The United States and China are two of the largest economies in the world. According to forecasts, China’s GDP growth is slated..

IL&FS and the Indian Economy Indian Economics

IL&FS and the Indian Economy

The infrastructure lender IL&FS has raised concerns about the risk of loan defaults, causing a sharp drop in the benchmark Nifty index. As a major player in India’s non-banking financial sector, IL&FS’s difficulties in repaying its debts has significant..

Will the Gig Economy Dominate? World

Will the Gig Economy Dominate?

With the growth of app-based companies like Uber has come the rise of the gig-economy, bringing with it a sundry of concerns and challenges. However, despite public perception, it need not be wholly problematic for nations. Adjustments to the new labor market will smoothen transitional challenges and allow..

Are Ethical Investments Actually Ethical? World

Are Ethical Investments Actually Ethical?

The increasing interest in ethical investments has caused the rise of environmental, social and governance (ESG) screens on funds offering global stock portfolios, making it easier to create an ethical investment strategy. However, this strategy raises concern about the true nature of its ethical impact as critics..

Can democracy survive in the information age? General Interest

Can democracy survive in the information age?

Since the 1970-s, the contemporary world has been experiencing the Digital Revolution, the change from mechanical and electronic technologies to high tech, digital technologies. States have always used a combination of diplomatic, military, economic, and informational measures to advance..

Big Four Breakup Business

Big Four Breakup

After much speculation, the Big Four Accounting firms - Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst and Young, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers – are finally being investigated for anti-competitive practices. Despite ardent protests, the companies are now facing a much-needed inquiry, giving hope to the demands for structural change..

Escalating Waste Generation Requires Drastic Action General Interest

Escalating Waste Generation Requires Drastic Action

Global waste generation is expected to double by 2050 given the current system in many regions. As the damaging effects of waste become more apparent, many countries and communities are taking active steps to mitigate the situation and change the global trend. The world’s waste management problem..

Tickets to Space: On sale now Technology

Tickets to Space: On sale now

In May, Blue Origin (and Amazon) CEO Jeff Bezos told GeekWire the company was still trying to figure out what to charge for New Shepard tickets. Commercial space travel may become a reality as Blue Origin claims tickets will go on sale in 2019