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When you throw pebbles in a pond, you get splashes and ripples, but drop a huge rock, you create a mini Tsunami. Similarly Geo-political turmoil, are potent enough to create tsunamis in financial markets, even if its for the short run. It has in the past, and it will in the future. De-stabilised Middle East, rise of new power in Saudi Arabia, aggressive China, Russia-US tensions, Turkey-Russia escalation, rise of autocratic but nationalists leaders such as Modi in India, Trump in United States, bin-Salman in Middle East, the Geo-Political unease hasn't been this tense in decades, so as a market participant you can never care less than ever.

Global Geopolitics Series

Arab Spring: when the US needed to step up, it stood back – now, all eyes are on Biden

Feb 12, 2021 07:48 am UTC| Insights & Views

The tenth anniversary of the Arab Spring has been an opportunity for some to declare the protests a failure not least in the face of ongoing conflict in Syria, Libya, and Yemen. Looking back on those turbulent events, its...

Global Geopolitics Series

The nuclear weapons ban treaty is groundbreaking, even if the nuclear powers haven't signed

Jan 22, 2021 07:27 am UTC| Law

Today, many around the world will celebrate the first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty to enter into force in 50 years. The UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was adopted at the United Nations...

Global Geopolitics Series

Dan Tehan's daunting new role: restoring trade with China in a hostile political environment

Jan 19, 2021 04:42 am UTC| Politics

The new trade minister, Dan Tehan, has been handed one of the Morrison governments most demanding roles. Despite a lot of chest-thumping in government circles about the need to stand up to Chinese bullying, Tehans task...

Global Geopolitics Series

Debate: A geopolitical reading of fear

Jan 19, 2021 02:59 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

In his 2009 book The Geopolitics of Emotion, Dominique Mosi divided the world into three emotional regions: the territory of hope (emergent countries), the territory of humiliation (the world of Islam), and the territory...

Global Geopolitics Series

Are the US and Iran headed for a military showdown before Trump leaves office?

Jan 06, 2021 04:24 am UTC| Politics

Tensions are running high in the Middle East in the waning days of the Trump administration. Over the weekend, Irans foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, claimed Israeli agents were planning to attack US forces in...

Global Geopolitics Series

US identifies Chinese and Russian firms with military ties in new list

Dec 22, 2020 23:33 pm UTC| Politics

The Trump administration identified 58 Chinese and 45 Russian companies with alleged military ties that restrict them from buying a wide range of US goods and technology. The final list with 103 entities appears on the...

Global Geopolitics Series

As China's trade war with Australia shows, New Zealand must be careful to balance its own economic priorities

Dec 17, 2020 11:23 am UTC| Economy

New Zealand and China are being pushed toward further regional economic integration as part of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) signed last month. On the face of it, the RCEP is a positive step for...

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Economy

Japan leans on Asian LNG production to lower purchase costs

Japan will support Asian countries liquefied natural gas (LNG) production for use in power generation in the hope of reducing procurement costs for the energy source. The efforts to lower purchasing costs and ensure...

Biden addressing computer chip shortage via executive order

US President Joe Biden will sign an executive order addressing a global semiconductor chip shortage that has forced US automakers and other manufacturers to cut production. Biden will also discuss the chip shortage...

Best Buy: Employees to get pandemic-related bonuses ahead of the layoffs

Best Buy will be giving out bonuses or extra pay to its workers, and this was revealed this week. The American multinational consumer electronics retailer will pay pandemic-related benefits to employees with hourly...

Facebook reached a deal with Australia after code amendments and will restore news pages

Facebook announced it would be restoring the Australian news pages that it blocked on Monday, Feb.22. The decision resulted from the talks between Mark Zuckerberg and the Australian officials. Australians revised the...

Toshiba to collaborate with GE in producing wind power equipment

Toshiba Corp is in talks with US-based General Electric Co to jointly produce offshore wind power generation equipment, with a tie-up expected to be reached next month. The negotiations focused on the joint production...

Politics

Kamala Harris to reportedly prioritize cybersecurity and global health in foreign policy platform

Vice President Kamala Harris is slowly working on her foreign policy portfolio in her calls to world leaders and officials. Officials have revealed that Harris plans to put cybersecurity and global health at the forefront...

Nancy Pelosi speaks with Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu about two-state solution

There may have been some possible tension between President Joe Biden and Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but Netanyahus recent conversation with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was more on the optimistic side....

Joe Biden nominates three experts to USPS governing board

Among the setbacks that were experienced during the campaign season in 2020 was the delay in the mail by USPS. President Joe Biden recently nominated three people to serve in the agencys governing board in a move to...

Joe Biden overturns Donald Trump's orders against 'anarchist' cities

Shortly after his inauguration, President Joe Biden has done a series of reversals of the policies imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump. Biden has recently made another reversal of Trump-era policies in the form of...

Science

Transparent wood is coming, and it could make an energy-efficient alternative to glass

Wood is an ancient material humans have been using for millions of years, for the construction of housing, ships and as a source of fuel for burning. Its also a renewable source, and one way to capture excess carbon...

Pigs can play video games, scientists discover

Pigs might not be able to fly, but they can play video games. In a new study, researchers from Purdue University in Indiana, US have shown that pigs can use a digital screen and joystick, operated by their snout, to move a...

Einsteinium: 100 years after Einstein's Nobel Prize, researchers reveal chemical secrets of element that bears his name

A century ago, an upstart German physicist by the name of Albert Einstein turned the scientific world on its head with his discovery of the photoelectric effect, which proved light to be both a particle and a wave. Awarded...

New CRISPR technology could revolutionise gene therapy, offering new hope to people with genetic diseases

The day a muddled mob stormed the US Capitol building, a team of American researchers published a paper in Nature that signified a landmark in gene therapy. The head of the US National Institutes of Health, Francis...

In the rush for coronavirus information, unreviewed scientific papers are being publicized

COVID-19 has not only upended our personal lives, it has dramatically changed scientific research. In response to the rapid spread of the virus, scientists around the world have had to find new ways to collaborate and...

Technology

‘Watch Dogs Legion’ TU 3.1 update prepares the game for online multiplayer mode

Watch Dogs Legion players can now patch the game with the Title Update 3.1 as it delivers several bug fixes. It is also packed with important data that will prepare the game for the release of the much-awaited online...

Microsoft fixes Xbox Live outage after several hours

Xbox Live is one of the most important features to anyone using Xbox One and Xbox Live Series X/S consoles. However, many users found out on Thursday that they were unable to log in to their accounts. Xbox Live outage:...

‘Final Fantasy 16’ has several modes for action-oriented and story-focused gameplay

Many details about Final Fantasy 16 are still under wraps, but producer Naoki Yoshida had recently shared how the upcoming title is different than its predecessors. The developer also hinted at the game having something to...

‘Doom Eternal’ director says he already thought about adding a female Slayer

The Doom franchise has introduced many well-loved playable characters over the years, but id Software has yet to add a female Slayer. However, one of the developers recently revealed that they have considered the idea and...
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