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How Paraguay dumps billions of illicit cigarettes on the global market

By Benoît Gomis

On Sep. 25, 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products entered into force. According to the WHO, illicit trade refers to any practice or conduct prohibited by law and...

Medium-scale farms are on the rise in Africa. Why this is good news

By Thomas Jayne Et Al

Driven by population growth and growing land scarcity, most African farm households are witnessing the gradual sub-division of their land. Over time farms are getting smaller and smaller. Today, over 80% of farms in...

Labor promises a comprehensive overhaul of federal environmental framework

By Michelle Grattan

Australia will get the biggest overhaul of its federal environment laws in two decades if a Labor government wins next years election. Labor would create a new Australian Environment Act and establish a federal...

Shorten's subsidy plan to boost affordable housing

By Michelle Grattan

Institutional investors would receive longterm subsidies to build new dwellings - on condition they rented them out below market rates - under an affordable housing program Bill Shorten is announcing on the first day of...

A 'lifetime income super-tax' offers a new way to tax wealth and fix inequality

By Nick O'Donovan

The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least amount of hissing. So said Jean-Baptiste Colbert, minister of finance to Frances 17th-century Sun King,...

Dreaming of a green Christmas? Here are five ways to make it more sustainable

By Sharon George

Moderation is the last thing on peoples minds at Christmas. Shopping, travelling and eating reach peak levels putting pressure on our planet. Even Santa poses a problem. If you dont believe in flying reindeers, that...

Brexit waiting game: the truth behind Theresa May's delay tactics

By Andrew Glencross

If theres one thing that unites supporters of Brexit and its opponents, the passionate and the apathetic, it is the plaintive question: when will it end? No one can deny that the process of leaving the EU has been...

How an app can help fight loneliness in old people at Christmas

By Niall Hayes

Loneliness, as a leading cause of depression and obesity, is believed to cost 6,000 per person in health and social care services. Loneliness is especially prevalent during the winter holidays, perhaps intensified by the...

The NRA's financial weakness, explained

By Brian Mittendorf

The National Rifle Associations political spending fell during the 2018 midterm elections. Theres talk of ending small perks like free coffee at its offices and even employee layoffs. These and other trends indicate...

What the US could learn from Thailand about health care coverage

By Joseph Harris

The open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) draws to a close on Dec. 15. Yet, recent assaults on the ACA by the Trump administration stand in marked contrast to efforts to expand access to health care and...

Nearly all sexual harassment at work goes unreported – and those who do report often see zero benefit

By Carly McCann Et Al

The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have brought renewed attention to workplace sexual harassment. However, the vast majority of allegations go unreported, and those who do report tend to face troubling outcomes. Our new...

Worry over kids' excessive smartphone use is more justified than ever before

By Jean Twenge

Parents who fear their kids are spending too much time in front of screens now have more reason for concern. New research funded by the National Institutes of Health found brain changes among kids using screens more...

May defiant, Macron contrite amid crises that threaten the EU's stability

By Helen Drake

By some freakish alignment of political firmaments, both Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron have lived the week from political hell. Both the British prime minister and French president face challenges to their very survival...

Young people suffering chronic pain battle isolation and stigma as they struggle to forge their identities

By Abbie Jordan

Adolescence can be a difficult but exciting time, when young people make discoveries and decisions about their futures, and develop a sense of who they are and their place in the world. But for young people with chronic...

Native cherries are a bit mysterious, and possibly inside-out

By Gregg Müller

People dont like parasites. But theres a local Aussie tree thats only a little bit parasitic: the native cherry, or cherry ballart. Its what we call hemiparasitic. It can photosynthesise, but gains extra nutrients by...

Women don't speak up over workplace harassment because no one hears them if they do

By Lisa Heap

There are good reasons why those experiencing sexual harassment particularly in the workplace dont report it at the time it occurs. To do so is likely to result in ostracism, exclusion, career suicide or a direct threat...

Some sharks have declined by 92% in the past half-century off Queensland's coast

By George Roff Et Al

There has been a striking decline in the number of large sharks caught off Queenslands coast over the past 50 years, suggesting that populations have declined dramatically. Our study, published today in the journal...

How to narrow the gap between Ardern's foreign policy aspirations and domestic debate

By Nina Hall Et Al

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stands out on the international stage. In an era of poisonous xenophobia and mean-spirited rhetoric, she has called for more compassion and kindness in politics and has stressed...

Cyntoia Brown needs support, not 51 years in prison

By Jerry Flores

The Tennessee Supreme Court recently confirmed that Cyntoia Brown must serve 51 years in prison for shooting and killing a man in 2004 when she was just 16. News stories and social media have widely reported and shared...

Ontario's new climate plan is far from conservative

By Jennifer Lynes Et Al

In late November, the Ontario government unveiled its game plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change by replacing the previous Liberal governments cap-and-trade program. The first few pages of the...

Role reversal: China cites human rights in spat with Canada

By David Webster

When Chinas government recently protested the arrest in Vancouver of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou, it used something rarely heard from Beijing the language of individual human rights. The detention...

Wonder and wisdom in a children's forest nature program

By Louise Zimanyi

On a windy autumn morning, children dressed in colourful woolly hats and mittens sing a greeting to the Earth near a towering 150-year-old willow tree. Children notice how the wind and sun play with the tree. They...

How to infuse your family with the spirit of generosity this holiday

By Sheri Madigan

Around this time each year, many children have made a Christmas wish list that includes items like toys, games, crafts and electronics. While children may express gratitude and joy in response to receiving gifts, the...

The contest for the worst air pollutant

By Laurent Alleman

In its report published on June 28, 2018, the French Agency for Health Safety (ANSES) presented a list of 13 new priority air pollutants to monitor. Several air pollutants that are harmful to human health are already...

Morrison’s health handout is bad policy (but might be good politics)

By Stephen Duckett

The A$1.25 billion Community Health and Hospitals Program Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this week should be awarded a big policy fail. The move sets back Commonwealth-state relations by decades and its...

How people seeking asylum in Australia access higher education, and the enormous barriers they face

By Lisa Hartley Et Al

Accessing higher education is critical for many people seeking asylum. Its not simply a means of acquiring the qualifications and skills necessary for employment. Its also essential to living a meaningful life Despite...

It's not so easy to gain the true measure of things

By Cris Brack

I teach measurement the quantification of things. Some people think this is the most objective of the sciences; just numbers and observations, or what many people call objective facts. Lord Kelvin, a famous British...

Monday's MYEFO will look good, but it will set the budget up for awful trouble down the track

By Warren Hogan

An appallingly perfect storm is brewing for the federal budget: a government with much more income than expected a federal election due within months a government well behind in the...

Vital Signs: No, Joe, America should not be copying Australia's 'asset recycling' misdirection

By Richard Holden

Anyone who has been to La Guardia airport in New York can attest the dire need in the United States for infrastructure spending. Its not just crumbling bridges, pot-holed roads and lousy airports that provide the...

Our cities fall short on sustainability, but planning innovations offer local solutions

By Sebastien Darchen Et Al

Thirty years after the landmark Brundtland report, the debate on urban sustainability continues. Urban planners are still grappling with the challenges of making our cities sustainable. Urban sustainability is an...

Looking for a high-tech gift for a young child? Think playgrounds, not playpens

By Marina Umaschi Bers

Shopping for a new high-tech gift for the child in your life this holiday season? Its easy to be overwhelmed by all the options. Bright boxes, colorful apps and cute plastic robots will promise that learning outcomes will...

Is Britain heading for Canada plus plus Brexit?

By Paul Whiteley

Theresa Mays successful defence of her leadership has left her weakened, particularly since she had to give an assurance that she would not stay on as leader after the negotiations with the EU are complete to convince some...

Why the new Arctic 'Cold War' is a dangerous myth

By Danita Catherine Burke

All too often the Arctic region is portrayed as an area on the cusp of military crisis. This is an easy narrative to sell; it harks back to the Cold War. Potent imagery persists of submarines trolling silently beneath the...

Italian Mafia activities are expanding abroad – and European police forces are still unprepared

By Felia Allum

Members of the Italian mafia like to travel abroad not necessarily for pleasure, but to make money. And the harm they are doing to European economies is often underplayed, trivialised or ignored. Organised crime groups...

Orangutans can communicate about the past just like humans, new research finds

By Adriano Reis e Lameira

The evolution of language converted a defenceless naked ape into a world-dominating force. It fundamentally transformed how humans transmit information and knowledge. A large and potent component of language is our ability...

Nature is a rich source of medicine – if we can protect it

By Ross Piper Et Al

The Pacific yew tree is a fairly small and slow growing conifer native to the Pacific Northwest. The Gila monster is a lizard with striking orange and black markings from the drylands of the Southwestern US and Mexico. Two...

Why football's festive fixture congestion is so bad for injuries

By Peter Francis Et Al

For many football fans, the festive football schedule is a highlight of the Christmas break. But for many clubs, the cold conditions and congestion around fixtures can lead to an increase in injuries. In fact, earlier in...

Watership Down: family-friendly BBC version risks losing the power of epic original

By Catherine Lester

Author Richard Adams may have thought it was just a story about rabbits, but for more than 40 years, Watership Down has functioned as a litmus test for what is and is not considered to be suitable content in childrens...

Hate Christmas? A psychologist's survival guide for Grinches

By Karen Rodham

Two years ago, I came into work on December 1 to find a bag on my desk labelled Karens Christmas Intervention. It contained many Christmas themed gifts and challenges such as watching a Christmas DVD and going to a carol...

Ebola in the DRC: expert sets out critical lessons learnt in Liberia

By Mosoka Fallah

Ebola in the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) has now spread to urban areas. The Conversation Africas Moina Spooner spoke to Mosoka Fallah who was head of case detection during Liberias ebola outbreak in 2014 and 2015 about...

How poor management of Nigerian forests led to exploitation by criminals

By Azeez Olaniyan

Nigerias forests cover about 96,043 square km thats about 10% of the countrys landmass. But the presence of authorities in these sanctuaries is either non-existent or, at best, sporadic. This has led to forest areas being...

Why South African community's win against mining company matters

By Sonwabile Mnwana

A South African High Court has passed an important judgment putting a stop to the pervasive practice by companies to mine ancestral lands in rural areas without the villagers consent. The case was brought by the...

Lessons from the massive Siemens corruption scandal one decade later

By Bertrand Venard

Ten years ago a colossal corruption scandal involving Siemens, one of the worlds largest electrical engineering companies, shocked the world. The scale of it marked it out as the biggest corruption case of the time. A...

Theresa May's mission to secure more Brexit guarantees from the EU is meaningless

By Paul James Cardwell1

After a dramatic day of watching the Conservative Party tear itself apart and try to put itself back together again, Theresa Mays immediate political future appears to be safe. The leadership challenge was only a partial...

Gypsy Christmas food bank challenge is just one of their many contributions to society

By Hazel Marsh

While out shopping with his baby daughter last month, Watson Harrop Jr. a Gypsy and professional harness racer from County Durham, UK sparked off a social media challenge that has since gone viral. Harrop filmed himself...

Why shaming your children on social media may make things worse

By Brian Edward Kinghorn

Matt Cox knew he would be criticized when he forced his 10-year-old daughter to walk 5 miles to school in 36-degree weather as her punishment for being suspended from the school bus twice for bullying. I know a lot of...

The key to our humanity isn't genetic, it's microbial

By Ian Myles

What if the key to perfecting the human species were actually … yogurt? The fantasy of trying to perfect humanity through genetics was recently reignited by the announcement of the Chinese scientist claiming to...

In 2019, women's rights are still not explicitly recognized in US Constitution

By Deana Rohlinger

Over nine decades, efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to recognize womens rights have faced major challenges. Congress finally passed such legislation, known as the Equal Rights Amendment, in 1972. The amendment...

No coups occurred in 2018. Will next year be so stable?

By Clayton Besaw

The past year may have felt politically tumultuous, between Saudi Arabias brazen killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, the resurgence of authoritarianism in Eastern Europe and Donald Trumps unorthodox approach...

What winter solstice rituals tell us about indigenous people

By Rosalyn R. LaPier

On the day of winter solstice, many Native American communities will hold religious ceremonies or community events. The winter solstice is the day of the year when the Northern Hemisphere has the fewest hours of...

How wireless recharging works – and doesn't, yet

Though the days of hardwired wall-mounted phones are ending and wireless internet connections are common at home and on the go, people are still dependent on cords to charge their mobile devices. My research, and that of...

Czech economic growth likely to reach around 3 pct in 2018 – Ertse Group Research

19:33 PM| Commentary

Czech economic growth was mainly driven by domestic demand and foreign demand in the third quarter. Household consumption had risen 3.1 percent year-on-year, while government consumption had risen 5.3 percent year-on-year...

U.S. private sector output grows strongly in December, service sector growth decelerates again

18:29 PM| Commentary

Private sector output in the U.S. continued to grow at a strong rate in December, but a deceleration in the service economy added to the softest overall growth for just one-and-a-half years. The flash Services PMI Business...

Euro area’s flash PMI index of service sector falls in December

14:32 PM| Commentary

Euro areas flash purchasing managers index for service sector dropped by 2 points to 51.4 in December, as compared with consensus expectations of 53.4. The main reason for the solid fall was the fall in the French index,...

Italian industrial turnover index falls sequentially in October, rises year-on-year

13:46 PM| Commentary

The seasonally adjusted industrial turnover index in Italy dropped 0.5 percent sequentially in October. The turnover index for domestic market came in at -0.7 percent and for non-domestic market it came in at -0.2 percent....

Italian headline inflation eases sequentially in November

13:03 PM| Commentary

Italian headline inflation eased on a sequential basis in November and rose on a year-on-year basis. Sequentially, the consumer price index fell 0.2 percent, whereas it rose 1.6 percent year-on-year. The flash estimate was...

Swedish home prices rise year-on-year in November, likely to remain stable going forward

12:26 PM| Commentary

Swedish home prices rose on a year-on-year basis in November. Prices rose 0.8 percent year-on-year in the month, whereas it was up 0.5 percent sequentially. Apartment prices in Stockholm rose 0.3 percent year-on-year and...

FxWirePro: Lingering Optimism of CBR Rate Hikes to intensify RUB – Strategic Options Structures to Hedge USD/RUB

12:09 PM| Research & Analysis Central Banks

The ruble has been the top performer among EM currencies over the past month, which is surprising given the lingering oil price and sanction risks weighing against it. A further rate hike by CBR today could further bolster...

FxWirePro: ECB hawks disappear – Place EUR/USD diagonal options strips on dovish rhetoric

11:59 AM| Research & Analysis Central Banks

ECBs Mario Draghis press conference yesterday did not help the euro. European central banks President modestly seemed too pessimistic for that: growth and inflation forecasts revised down, warnings of global risks. On the...

Top Stories

Blockchain Revolution Series

Blockchain media firm PUBLISH launches end-to-end publishing software ‘PUBLISHsoft’

06:33 AM| Digital Currency Technology

PUBLISH Inc., the company behind PUBLISH Protocol, has announced the launch of a blockchain-based end-to-end publishing system. Dubbed PUBLISHsoft, the solution combines state-of-the-art digital newsroom software and...

Spiking Numbers of Crypto-Users, Shrinking Numbers of Miners Amid Dipping Price Trend – Cambridge University Research

07:27 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

Cambridge Universitys research has recently shed some light on the vitality of crypto sphere with a keen attention at the entry of new users, mining as an activity. As per their findings, millions are driving into the...

Disappointment about gifts is good for kids who have enough

By Nikki Martyn Et Al - 10:26 AM| Insights & Views Life

Disappointment is a natural human emotion that occurs after a perceived failure. For our young children, this perceived failure can look like not getting the toy they wanted, not being invited to a classmates birthday...

Cryptocurrency trend in boom or gloom? A run through by Commerzbank

09:56 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

The depreciation of crypto currencies accelerated in 2018. After the realisation that cryptocurrencies are unsuitable as currencies it has now also become obvious that many are also unsuitable as a means of payment. 2018...

Are ETH futures on cards as US CFTC eyes on ethereum?

05:40 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

US CFTC is sensibly awaiting public commentaries and stances in order to update the Commissions empathetic approach on the emerging technology, mechanics and markets for cryptocurrencies beyond Bitcoin, namely Ether and...

Atomic Swaps: Are they even a reality? What problems do we need to overcome to implement the tech?

By Andrew Zimine - 11:58 AM| Digital Currency

Atomic swaps are an innovative technology that some speculate to be the future of crypto trading. This new technology, also known as atomic cross-chain trading, allows peer-to-peer trades between two cryptocurrencies from...

Torrent Latest News & Update: The Reason Why Popular Tracker Server is Shutting Down for Good

08:52 AM| Technology

While torrent sites like ThePiratebay are still up running today, governments across the world are busy putting up more and more restrictions that are slowly suffocating the piracy network. Its latest victim is the...

Japanese regulator to ease taxation norms to rejuvenate crypto-avenues

06:00 AM| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

The Japanese government, back in October,insinuated its intentionsto ease the taxation procedures in crypto investments to abstain from unviable and irrational taxation frameworks from destructively upsetting the domestic...

Econotimes Series

Economy

U.S. Treasuries climb on investors’ anxiety over global economic distress; Fed’s policy sentiments closely watched

The U.S. Treasuries climbed during late afternoon session Tuesday as investors sought safe-haven investments amid growing worries over a global economic slowdown as equities turned red towards the end of this year ahead of...

UK gilt yields face turmoil on concerns over slowdown in global economic growth; eyes on November CPI data

The United Kingdoms gilt yields came under pressure during Tuesdays afternoon session, as investors remained jolted by concerns over a global economic slowdown after equity markets took a hit worldwide ahead of Britains...

German bunds jump after December Ifo business climate index disappoints investors

The German bunds jumped during European session Tuesday after the countrys Ifo business climate index disappointed market investors, amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance. The...

USD/RUB likely to trade sideways at 67.00 by end of 2019, says Commerzbank

The USD/RUB currency pair is expected to trade sideways at 67.00 by the end of next year, according to the latest research report from Commerzbank. The Russian central bank hiked rates by 25bps on Friday, in line with...

Australia’s ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence remains barely changed; future financial conditions flat

ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence was essentially unchanged last week, rising just 0.1 percent. Current financial conditions were down 2 percent, while future financial conditions were flat for the...

Politics

Melania Trump 2018: FLOTUS Allegedly Worried Donald Trump’s Health Is Badly Affected by Stress

As the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump is expected to worry about many things concerning the initiatives and advocacies that her office supports. However, a recent report claims that she is also preoccupied...

WhatsApp skewed Brazilian election, proving social media's danger to democracy

Misinformation via social media was probably the main winner in Brazils October 2018 election, playing a troubling role in boosting far-right Congressman Jair Bolsonaro to presidency. Bolsonaro did not win 55 percent of...

Neoliberalism has led to a crisis in care – and we urgently need to solve it

Infant mortality is on the rise in the UK, while life expectancy for both men and women has stalled and is even dropping in some areas. In 2017, the number of homeless families and individuals placed in temporary...

Ramaphosa is missing an economic policy. What needs to be in it

As the entrails of the era under South Africas former president Jacob Zuma continue to be exposed each day before a commission set up to investigate corruption, so the country witnesses the consolidation of the political...

Law and order is no get-out-of-jail card for floundering politicians

With confidence in politicians at an all-time low, it would be easy to assume criminal law-making is only ever about law and order bidding and winning elections. For example, when it emerged that Hassan Khalif Shire Ali...

Science

Proteins reveal intricate details about life under the microscope

People have always been fascinated by life. We dream about revealing all its mysteries and are even searching other planets trying to find some forms of life there. Philosophies around the world have tried to define and...

How researchers assess whether medications work

This article is in the series This is research, where we ask academics to share and discuss open access articles that reveal important aspects of science. Todays piece explains how clinical trials assess drug...

These 'useless' quirks of evolution are actually evidence for the theory

Evolution is a fascinating field but can be rife with misunderstanding. One misconception is that evolution has some innate sense of direction or purpose. In reality, evolution is a mindless, plan-free phenomenon, driven...

Curious Kids: How does the Moon, being so far away, affect the tides on Earth?

This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. You can send your question to [email protected] You might also like the podcast Imagine This, a co-production between ABC KIDS listen and The...

Time travel is possible – but only if you have an object with infinite mass

The concept of time travel has always captured the imagination of physicists and laypersons alike. But is it really possible? Of course it is. Were doing it right now, arent we? We are all traveling into the future one...

Technology

‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ Release Date, Spoilers, Latest News & Updates: Alleged Theft Leads to Leaking of Gameplay Plot

Leaked images, plot, and all sorts of information have, unfortunately, become a common thing in the gaming industry. The latest victim is the upcoming title Kingdom Hearts 3 that still has more than a month left before its...

'GTA 6' Release Date, Latest News & Update: Possible Cities Where Sixth Installment Can Take Place

GTA 6 is still in development at the moment and it seems Rockstar Games are mapping out where exactly they want the narrative to take place. Right now, the studio hasnt announced anything about the title and that has been...

‘Final Fantasy VII: Remake’ Release Date, Latest News & Update: Reimagining to Come Out in December 2019?

Final Fantasy VII: Remake is speculated to hit the shelves sometime between 2020 and 2022. However, fans who have been religiously waiting for the title have been shocked that the game could very well come out as early as...

How Twitter got blindsided by India’s still-toxic caste system

Twitter chief Jack Dorseys first visit to India had been going so well. He got to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi (an avid Tweeter with 44.5 million followers), King of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan (36.8 million followers),...

What moves markets more, Twitter or traditional news?

Can a single tweet make a countrys currency depreciate by 16%? Apparently it did on August 10, when Donald Trump tweeted that US tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminium would rise sharply. Amid 36,100 retweets, and calls by...
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