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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

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...

Global Geopolitics Series

Australia demands apology from China over 'repugnant' slur on Twitter

Dec 01, 2020 09:15 am UTC| Politics

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has demanded China apologise for and Twitter remove a highly offensive tweet depicting an Australian soldier with a knife to the throat of a child. Morrison described the tweet as...

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Economy

EU consumes more electricity from renewable sources than fossil fuel for first time in 2020

Europeans got 38 percent of their electricity from renewable sources last year, surpassing fossil fuels, which accounted for 37 percent, for the first time. According to an annual report from Ember and Agora...

China's Huawei reportedly selling premium smartphone brands P and Mate - sources

Huawei Technologies is in talks to sell its premium smartphone brands P and Mate to a group led by Shanghai government-backed investment firms, which could signal the start of the companys exit from high-end...

Taiwan's TSMC vows to prioritize auto chip production amid global shortage

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) vowed to increase auto chip production capacity and make the process more efficient, amid a global shortage that has hampered car production. According to TSMC, its...

South Korea: Beauty stores struggle to survive as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pounce

South Korea is a well-known region for cosmetics, and in fact, it can be considered as the center for beauty products. The countrys K-beauty industry blossomed, and franchises from the leading local cosmetic companies have...

South Korea: Lotte and Shilla are withdrawing operations at the Incheon Airport

Lotte and Shilla are two of South Koreas leading major duty-free operators. Both have opened outlets inside the Incheon Airport Terminal 1, but they will be vacating the area next month, according to the reports. The...

Politics

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner reportedly want 'clean break' after serving in Trump administration

White House adviser Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner are looking to Florida as their next stop after their time in Washington DC. The couple is reportedly looking to take a break after serving in the Trump...

Joe Biden reaffirms US-UK ties in phone call with Prime Minister Boris Johnson

One of the things Joe Biden has sought to do as president was to restore the US ties with its allies, among them being the United Kingdom. Biden recently spoke to the UKs Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the two leaders...

Donald Trump revelation: Ex-POTUS reportedly planned to fire acting AG in bid to overturn election

Donald Trump may no longer be able to claim voter fraud or a stolen election now but recent reports revealed how desperate the former president was to overturn results. Reports have emerged that Trump was planning to fire...

Donald Trump election loss: Mar-a-Lago members reportedly quit in an effort to distance from ex-POTUS

Donald Trump has reverted back to being a private citizen as of last week, yet he still faces legal battles on the way. However, that may not be all he is currently facing as his own Mar-a-Lago resort is also experiencing...

Science

What to feed ducks – according to science

The simple things in life sometimes bring the greatest joy like feeding the ducks at your local pond. The next time you pay your feathered friends a visit, consider introducing some variety into the food you give them....

Yellowstone volcano: USGS warns of possible eruption

Many scientists are keeping watch over the activity occurring in the Yellowstone volcano because of its potential to inflict large-scale damage in the United States. Now, scientists at the USGS have now warned of a...

Mars mission: NASA scientist says Martians can help humans live on Red Planet

Being able to live on Mars is one of the goals that space agencies all over the world have when it comes to exploring the red planet in future Mars missions. Although it may take a while to figure out how we may be able to...

Black holes: Albert Einstein's theory may save Earth from wandering black holes

Black holes are one of the most mysterious objects in the universe and were first brought up by renowned scientist Albert Einstein. With the possibility of wandering black holes being able to consume our own planet, the...

Asteroid alert: 16-meter space rock to pass by Earth on New Year weekend

With days to go until the Earth completes another year around the Sun, it appears that the universe also has plans to celebrate the new year along with us. An asteroid is set to pass by our planet a few days after the new...

Technology

‘Dying Light 2’ Collector’s Edition leak suggests bundle comes with UV flashlight, secret location map

The update that fans of Techlands survival horror title have been looking for may have recently emerged in the form of an information leak. A Collectors Edition of Dying Light 2 was reportedly listed on a retailers website...

‘Among Us’ Nintendo Switch edition reportedly sold 3.2 million copies in December 2020

It should no longer come as a surprise that the first console launch of Among Us turned out to be a massive success. The multiplayer games Nintendo Switch edition has reportedly sold millions just weeks after it was...

‘Diablo 2’ remake’s development now involves Vicarious Visions, report says

A reliable gaming industry insider reported that the highly requested Diablo 2 remake is in the making. Activisions recent reorganization is also said to be directly related to the ongoing project making Vicarious Visions...

Xbox Live Gold no longer required for free-to-play multiplayer ‘in the coming months’

Microsoft has officially canceled its previously announced Xbox Live Gold price hike. To make peace with disgruntled gamers, the company also announced a massive change in its policy regarding free-to-play multiplayer...

iPhone 12 should be kept at a 'safe distance' from medical devices, Apple says

Apple has updated its support page specifically for iPhone 12 owners who also use medical devices. The company says there is no known severe risk in having them around simultaneously but still advises people to keep a safe...
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