Could China’s New Transport Corridor Be Used For Defense Purposes?

China has opened a new transport corridor to Uzbekistan bypassing Kazakhstan. It will be the first part of an international corridor from China to Europe without transit through Kazakhstan and Russia. Currently, the future of the relations between China and Russia are unclear. There have been calls by a Russian oligarch to investigate China not only for the coronavirus, but also for their environment violations.

Facebook To Install Underwater Cable Around Africa – Is it Possible Security Threat to the West?

Facebook is planning to start a project dubbed “2 Africa.” Interestingly, Facebook is going to work with China mobile, MTN from South Africa, French Orange and Vodafone. It also plans to engage local African providers.  Alcatel Submarine Networks will provide the underwater cable system. Alcatel Submarine Networks is a part of the Nokia group.

Coronavirus and Your DNA

It is clear in many countries the peak of the coronavirus passed. Nevertheless, the spread of the coronavirus remains a concern and it is possible a second wave of COVID-19 could emerge. Many scientists internationally are racing to create a viable vaccine and to decipher the virus mutations in order to create proper protocol purely tailored to coronavirus treatment.

Race to Mars – Who Will Be the Winner?

Currently, there is is a space race. Earlier this month NASA announced space exploration agenda. NASA plans to build a mobile habitable platform. The platform will accommodate voyages lasting up to 45 days.

It is expected the lunar base should become a springboard for the preparation of the landing on Mars. It will not only become a springboard for the study of the celestial body itself, but also for the development of technologies that ensure maximum autonomy of the base. Thus, specialists will have to create and perfect methods for obtaining water, oxygen and fuel from local resources. In addition, astronauts will have the opportunity to test advanced robotics.

The New Oil Deal – Is Putin Playing Chess and Will Deal Fall Through?

Under the new Saudi- Russo oil deal, Saudi Arabia and Russia lead the record for oil cuts as part of the agreement committed by 23 countries to withhold 9.7 million barrels a day from markets. Western publications, including The New Yorker, ran articles this week with headlines such as “How the Russian-Saudi Oil War Went Awry—for Putin Most of All.”

So Far There Are 3 Types of Coronavirus Pandemic Roaring Around the Globe

Coronavirus continues to dominate all the news. As April 10th, the number of infected around the world surpassed 1.6 million and the death toll reached over 100,000. The pandemic continues to cripple global economies and quarantines around the world continue. There are also disturbing cases of possible reinfection with the virus in South Korea. However, a new research paper believes there are three types of Coronavirus around the world, so it could be plausible people are getting “reinfected” with a different strain.

April 10 – One and Only BepiColombo Visible Flyby – (Tonight in Western Hemisphere)

BepiColombo a joint project between the European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) aimed to exploring the Mercury planet will have its one and only flyby on April 10, 2020. The spacecraft is going to Mercury on a research mission.  BepiColombo is Europe’s first mission to Mercury. Launched on October 20, 2018, it is on a seven year journey to the smallest and least explored terrestrial planet in our Solar System.

Coronavirus Impact on European Union Member States

Coronavirus continues to be a serious  issue in Europe. At this time Europe is one of the hardest hit continents due to this pandemic. The European Commission has actually announced that it intends to postpone the entry into force of Regulations on Medical Devices (MDR) and In Vitro Devices (IVDR) until 2021. The European Union’s (EU) Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR), originally published on May 5, 2017 by the EU Parliament, sets forth new and important requirements for medical device and in vitro diagnostic manufacturers that distribute products in the EU.

Coronavirus: Vaccine Trial Starts, Louis Vuitton Mobilizes

The United States is scheduled to test a possible coronavirus vaccine with 45 volunteers. The trial of the coronavirus vaccine on 45 healthy, young volunteers will be carried out in Seattle, Washington on Monday, as reported by news sources. This trial is funded by the US government, and volunteers will receive various doses of the vaccine without being infected. The vaccine itself does not contain part of the actual coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Trump Bans European Travel, Latin American Countries Take Precautions

On the same day that the World Health Organization officially announced the new coronavirus epidemic entered a “global pandemic”, US President Donald Trump announced a 30-day ban on all European and American travel, except the UK. In addition, he also criticized the European Union for not trying to control the epidemic as quickly as possible, saying that the case of community infection in the United States was caused by Europe.

Turkey Opens the Gates to Europe After Syrian Attack in Idlib

Senior Turkish officials say Turkey will no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike in northwestern Syria’s Idlib area. The opening of the border may lead to a repeat of the immigration crisis in 2015-2016, when more than one million people will reach Greece by sea and walk across the Balkans, until Turkey and Iran close the border after reaching an agreement.

Why is Russia Opposing the Creation of the International Tribunal to Prosecute Terrorists? What is the Kremlin’s Agenda?

Russia opposes the creation of an International Tribunal to prosecute foreign terrorist fighters (FTF) operating in Syria and Iraq. The official statement was made by Vladimir Tarabrin, Director of the Department for new challenges and threats of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The timing of the statement is due to the conference that was held in Vienna, Austria this week at the OSCE headquarters titled “Foreign terrorist fighters – responding to modern challenges.”

What Brexit Supporters Expect after Leaving the European Union

After a series of lengthy debates at the European Union level, and in the British House of Commons, a whole series of votes and early elections, Brexit is now in its transition period, which will last another eleven months. On the night of January 31, the treaty came into effect, and Britain exited the E.U. as a member state. There is a lot of discussion and speculation about the changes to expect, and the possible adverse effects. But what advantages do Brexit supporters see?

The European Dividend Aristocrats: A Global Income Solution

Announcing Durig’s latest addition to its portfolio of income solutions, the European Dividend Aristocrats Portfolio. This one of a kind portfolio targets 20 high yielding blue-chip stocks* (the actual securities held in the portfolio are American Depository Receipts and trade just like stocks) listed on various European exchanges for investment and was designed to produce high levels of dividend income and even the potential for growth of income over time. The idea is to invest only in the stocks of companies with a current high dividend and a long history of continuous annual dividend increases. Focusing investment on companies that increase their dividends annually should position the portfolio to consistently capture to the “cream of the crop” of higher dividend companies of a variety of  European exchanges.

Dogs of Europe: A One of a Kind Income Solution

We are thrilled to introduce the latest addition to Durig’s portfolio of investment solutions, the Dogs of Europe.  Designed to capture the high quality dividends of European Blue Chips with the potential to grow income over time, this new portfolio strategy allows investors to participate in European equity trends with the help and support of a registered investment advisor in the United States.

Putin’s Post Soviet Russia – A New Level of Propaganda – Fictional Movie Portrays Putin as Czar – What’s Next?

Recently, a fictional movie about Putin has been completed. The budget for the film was 800 million Rubles ($13.1 million)  The movie has a historic theme and Vladimir Putin is portrayed as Czar Nikolas I and the whole plot is about how the emperor is always right. The epoch is early 1800s.  It is not a surprise, with the movie budget alone, to believe the film is social engineering propaganda in the post Russian space. Of course, along the golden Russian tradition, the film has already been leaked on purpose. That way it will reach a wider audience everywhere versus people having to go to a Russian movie theater to see it. It is a prelude.

Astonishing New 3D Printing Technology – Applications for Defense and Civilian World

Research pertaining to synthetic DNA creation technology was published on December 9 by the ETH Zurich research team and an Israeli scientist. Every human being has unique DNA made up of molecules (nucleotides). Each nucleotide contains a phosphate group, a sugar group and a nitrogen base. The four types of nitrogen bases are adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G) and cytosine (C). The order of these bases is what determines DNA’s instructions, or genetic code. Human DNA has around three billion bases, and more than 99% of those bases are the same in all people. This is according to the US National Library of Medicine.

Normandy Talks – A Breakdown of Each Nation’s Geopolitical Interests

The Normandy Format talks started on December 9, 2019 in Paris. The countries present are Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France. The main goal is to resolve the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. The group was created in 2014 but the talks have been stalled until now. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky stated peace with Russia is his top priority.

Trump Calls Macron’s NATO Statement “Highly Offensive”

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump described French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement that NATO was “brain dead” as “very offensive.” In an interview with The Economist in November, Macron stated that NATO is in a “brain dead” state, due to a lack of strategic coordination between European allies on the one hand, and the United States and Turkey on the other.

European Space Agency’s Largest Budget Ever – Here Comes Future Moon Mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced a budget increase to $15.866 billion. The expansion of the budget was finalized on November 28. The ESA is an intergovernmental organization of 22 member states dedicated to the exploration of space. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris. The national bodies who sit on ESA’s governing council are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Erdogan Repeats Threats to “Open the Gates” to Refugees

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdоgаn thrеаtеnеd оn Thurѕdау tо “ореn the gates” to Europe fоr refugees ѕееkіng asylum if hіѕ соuntrу dіd nоt rесеіvе mоrе іntеrnаtіоnаl support, especially frоm thе Eurореаn Unіоn. Mоrе thаn 3.6 mіllіоn Sуrіаn rеfugееѕ rеѕіdе іn Turkey, which recently саllеd fоr a “ѕаfе zone” in northeastern Sуrіа, whеrе rеfugееѕ саn return.

Berlin Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Wall’s Collapse

One оf thе mоѕt ѕtrіkіng events of the 20th century was thе fall of the Berlin Wаll, which shocked thе wоrld 30 years ago. Thе соllарѕе of thе Bеrlіn Wаll trіggеrеd a ѕеrіеѕ of radical сhаngеѕ thаt еvеntuаllу collapsed thе fаltеrіng fоrmеr Soviet blос and ushered in thе bіrth оf a nеw world оrdеr аnd a nеw раttеrn. Thаt wаѕ Nоvеmbеr 9, 1989. Abоut 500,000 реорlе gathered іn thе central ѕԛuаrе оf Eаѕt Berlin fоr a fіvе-dау protest rаllу, аnd thе Bеrlіn Wаll, whісh dіvіdеd thе East аnd Wеѕt Germany, соllарѕеd.

Russian Hacking and Spoofing Threat to NATO Members

The Belgian army will stop using a GPS system due to a heightened risk of Russia’s disruption of the GPS signal. The Global Positioning System, originally NAVSTAR GPS, is a satellite-based radionavigation system owned by the United States government and operated by the US Air Force. The Belgian military will revert to the use of topographic maps and old fashioned compasses.

Med Hurricane “Medicane” in Greece Leaves Dozens with Injuries

Six tourists died and more than 30 were injured during a small hurricane, which unexpectedly struck late on Wednesday at Halkidiki resorts in northern Greece, near Thessaloniki. Powerful wind gusts, rain, and storm tore the roofs off buildings, overturned cars and caused flooding in hotels. Authorities declared an emergency with more than 100 rescue workers at the disaster’s site.