The tensions in Armenia continue to escalate. This week people took to the streets with many demanding the Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to resign. There is a possibility of the military coup in Armenia. Earlier this week, Pashinyan fired one of the military leaders, which resulted in the large protests.
The Israeli–Palestinian conflict is the ongoing struggle between Israelis and Palestinians that began in the mid-20th century amidst the greater Arab–Israeli conflict. Various attempts have been made to resolve the conflict as part of the Israeli–Palestinian peace process. Most Recently by Donald J Trump resulting in the historic .
The Joe Biden administration is planning to review the dealings between the US and Saudi Arabia. In fact, On February 27th, Biden stated there will be a new announcement coming on Monday pertaining the US- Saudi relations, which could lead to the US-Saudi crisis. It is unknown, if there would be sanctions laid against the Saudis.
The outcome of the Minsk talks will be war. This week the situation deteriorated in the Donbass region. The Minsk Protocol is essentially a tool to stop the open confrontation between Donbass and Ukraine. However, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) is preparing for war and clearly Russia will be backing the endeavor.
The Russian army is working on the antidote for the electronic warfare systems. According to the Russian defense experts, the technology is one of a kind and thus far only Russia has it. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian army lost the completive edge with the US.
The battle for 6G is already intensifying, although this communication standard remains purely theoretical, but it highlights how geopolitics is fueling the technological rivalry, especially between the US and China. However, it is highly likely the 6G technology will not be available until 2030.
The change of leadership in the US has caused a dramatic change in the US – Israeli relationship dynamics. The dynamics between US president Donald Trump, and the Israeli government led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Joe Biden couldn’t be more opposite.
Griddy, a Texas electricity supplier has blamed the Public Utility Commission (PUC) for raising the maximum capped rate for electricity, a decision that led to skyrocketing electricity bills for its customers since January. According to the company statement, the previous tariff was capped at $1,200 per megawatt-hour but was, later on, hiked to $9,000 per megawatt hour.
Alibaba and Pinduoduo are pushing innovation in China’s agriculture industry as they strive to dominate the food distribution market. The current competition was triggered by the food distribution crisis that emerged last year following the onset of the corona virus crisis.
Alibaba’s operations as well as those of its subsidiaries have come under intense scrutiny in recent months as Chinese authorities seek to rein in their dominance in the country. According to a new report, MYBank, an Ant Group subsidiary is set to take part in a government-backed Yuan digital currency program.
US February Chicago Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) reported 59.5, lower than market expectations of 61.1, and also lower than the two-year high of 63.8 in January. The index is above 50, reflecting the expansion of business activities in the Chicago area.
News sources reported that Yannis Stournaras, a member of the European Central Bank Management Committee and Governor of the Central Bank of Greece, said that the European Central Bank should increase its debt purchases to cope with rising borrowing costs.
Amazon has recently decided to remove the book written by Ryan T. Anderson, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment,” from its website. As of this writing, the book is no longer available for sale on Amazon. The reason for the book being removed is an inflammatory case against transgender people.
Amazon has acquired one of the most popular independent film producers in the entertainment industry, producing and distributing movies. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said that he saw the acquisition as an opportunity for the company to cash in on the independent film revolution.
Foreign media quoted news reports that Robinhood, a US stock trading platform, plans to secretly submit an IPO application as early as next month and negotiate with the underwriters in the past week. In last year’s round of financing, the company was valued at $11.7 billion. It is reported that Robinhood started planning for an IPO this year at least last year.
Black employees at Amazon say that they are the targets of racial slurs and disrespect. Amazon is one of the most admired brands in the world, so the world thinks that all their employees would be excited about going there to work. But apparently not, because many of them say that they are afraid to go because of the hostile climate at work.
Amazon is putting cameras in its delivery trucks. It has been using them for quite a while now, according to CNN. Many more small and large businesses are implementing similar technology on their trucks now. These include post offices, pizza shops, retailers, and even convenience store franchises.
A woman has been rescued after being trapped in debris in her backyard for more than ten hours. According to authorities, an awning collapsed after being weighed down by heavy ice and snow. The woman is said to be in stable condition. The incident occurred in Schiller Park, Illinois, a suburb community in northwest Chicago.
Moscow has one of the worst gridlock problems in the world. The air taxi is the answer. Russian startup Hover is doing just that. Nevertheless, there is also the EHang company out of China. The Hover startup solves multiple issues with their product. Last December, during the next round of investments, the project was estimated at $30 million.
The US House will hold hearings on the topic of the role of traditional media in spreading disinformation and extremism. The hearings will include experts from the US intelligence community and the TV providers. The main goal of the hearings is for members of Congress to understand the conditions of the broadcasts being provided.
Russia proudly announced that the T-14 Armata tank fire control system, for the first time in the history of tanks, demonstrated the ability to recognize and escort targets on the battlefield without the participation of the crew. Hence, the tank shows great capabilities as an unmanned vehicle.
The US believes that Russia remains a threat to the existence of the United States and Europe despite the economic sanctions. The statement was made by the Head of the European Command of the US Armed Forces, Gen. Tod D. Wolters, at the Air Force Association forum. The forum takes place from February 24 to February 26.
The Saudi assassination squad that traveled to Istanbul and killed and dismembered journalist Jamal Khashoggi arrived in Turkey using two private planes that belong to the Saudi monarchy. The information is courtesy of top secret documents obtained by CNN, as part of a Canadian civil lawsuit.
Israel a small nation of no more than 10 million people in a world of much larger nations considers diplomacy of utmost importance to its existence. It is faced with a crisis concerning relations with its neighboring states Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria about the future of a Palestinian state. It has also danger from Iran who is interested in being the major power in the Middle East when it will complete its project to make nuclear weapons. The world is seeking a peaceful solution to the Middle East crisis, stabilization of the region. America has interest in maintaining peaceful relations with Israel and in stabilization of the region.
Facebook on Wednesday promised to invest “at least” $1 billion (€822 million) in the next three years in news content in the Australian media industry. The promise follows the high level of criticism that Facebook received after it blocked press articles in Australia, in protest of a law that required technology companies to pay the local Australian media.
American President Joe Biden ordered an urgent overhaul of the supply chains for semiconductor chips, advanced batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals, and other strategic products. The lack of these things is causing damage to the country’s industry.
Australia’s Parliament adopted a law Thursday that obliges Google and Facebook to pay Australian media for publishing their news content. The law is the world’s first such legislation. The Australian government introduced a series of changes to the bill on Tuesday (introduced in December), a week after Facebook blocked news in that country.
Russia and China are ready to sign an historic deal to build the first lunar base. The two countries will cooperate in creating an international lunar structure that China developed. The information was released on the Russian government’s official site. The lunar base can be seen as part of a second space race against America.
This week, European Union High Representative Josep Borrell spoke at the conference organized by the US. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the conference was held in the online format. Recently, Mr. Borrell visited Russia and the topic of Alexey Navalny came up. It should be noted that Mr. Borrell did not meet with Mr. Navalny during his visit.
This year could end up being one of the worst years for women in Russia. Perhaps it couldn’t get worse for women than when domestic violence was decriminalized in Russia, in June of 2016, making it an administrative offense, punishable by a fine or detention. Many fines imposed as a result of domestic violence are nominal.
The White House announced that President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, will travel to Houston on Friday, where they are expected to meet with local leaders to discuss the ongoing recovery from last week’s winter storm. Most businesses and homes across the state were affected since many of them were left without power and clean water for days.
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the sales of new homes in the United States increased by 4.3% month-on-month in January, at an annual rate of 923,000 units. This is from an upwardly revised 855,000 units. The median sales price rose 5.3%, and most financial experts are predicting that US housing prices are set to rise further.
Taiwan’s Hon Hai (also known as Foxconn) and electric vehicle manufacturer Fisker signed a memorandum of cooperation, it was reported on Wednesday. The two parties will work together to build an electric vehicle under the Fisker brand, which is expected to be mass-produced in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Amazon continues to try all possible means to stop its Alabama workers from unionizing. It is alleged that the company has violated its social distancing policy by forcing the workers to attend an anti-union meeting. Reports also indicate that the workers have received threatening text messages stating that joining the union could lead to closure of the warehouse.
The Mexican drug trafficking scene is interspersed with infamous drug kingpins, with the most notable among them being incarcerated drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Widely regarded as the most influential kingpin at his peak, his narco-trafficking syndicate, the Sinaloa Cartel, is presently run by his sons.
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has rejected former President Donald Trump’s request to stop the delivery of his tax returns to New York state authorities. The ex-president had been withholding his tax returns for eight years, an unprecedented situation in the modern history of American presidents.
Russia announced that the new Gremlin (GZUR) air-launched hypersonic missile testing is scheduled for 2023. The Gremlin will be considerably smaller in comparison to the previously-adopted X-47M2 Dagger. Furthermore, due to the smaller size of the Gremlin, it will not limit the use with the heavy bombers and MiG-31 interceptors.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned about the unfolding US–Iranian nuclear-talk developments. According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister, Israel remains committed to deterring Iran from having nuclear weapons. This is despite talks with the US.
Chinese authorities have, in recent months, clamped down on Alibaba Group, which is arguably the biggest e-commerce B2B platform in the country. The move came after founder Jack Ma’s controversial utterances about Chinese regulators stifling growth by implementing unfavorable rules.
The European Union on Monday approved new sanctions against Venezuela and added 19 officials in the government of President Nicolás Maduro to its list of people subject to restrictive measures for their role in “acts and decisions that threaten democracy” in the country after the fraudulent elections held in December.
The kid that looks like Jack Ma is finally back home. On February 19, Fan Xiaoqin’s father, Fan Jiafa, told journalists that his youngest son, after four years of fame, would come back to continue the 4th grade at a local primary school. The man that hired Xiaoqin, Liu Changjiang, terminated the contract earlier this year.
HSBC Holdings will announce its 2020 annual results on Tuesday, and the investment community is concerned about the results of its strategic review. The British Financial Times quoted a person familiar with the matter as saying that HSBC will revisit its “pivot to Asia” business strategy and withdraw from retail banking in the United States.
The president of Russia Vladimir Putin and the president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko will hold the talks in Sochi this week. The talks are on the eve of the February 23rd, which traditionally is the holiday that honors men in Russia. Lukashenko arrived in Sochi well an advance and this is the first time, Lukashenko left Belarus after the beginning of the protests.
S&P Global Ratings upgraded New Zealand’s foreign currency and local currency sovereign credit ratings by one notch to AA+ and AAA, saying that New Zealand is recovering from the impact of the new crown epidemic faster than most advanced economies.
The Boeing Company of the United States said that it is recommended that airlines suspend flights and all 777-type aircraft that use the same engine as the United Airlines aircraft that occurred recently. Previously, the Japanese aviation regulatory agency had requested domestic airlines to suspend the service of aircraft of the same model with the same engine.
Since the imprisonment of the provocative Spanish rapper Pablo Hasél on February 16, violent street protests have been going on every night across Spain despite the Covid-19 nightly curfew imposed by the Spanish government. For his “lyrics and tweets that compared Spanish judges to Nazis and called former King Juan Carlos a mafia boss,” among other accusations, Pablo was given a nine-month prison sentence.