More suspects arrested over Istanbul attack

More suspects arrested over Istanbul attack

At least 50 suspects have been arrested in connection with the Istanbul bombing that killed six people and wounded dozens of others on Sunday.  Have the perpetrators been identified?  The outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and associated Syrian Kurdish factions were named by Turkish authorities as the perpetrators. Several hours after the explosion, police conducted…

US-China relations; Biden and Xi meet, promise to manage differences

US-China relations; Biden and Xi meet, promise to manage differences

Two years after becoming president of the United States, President Joe Biden met for the first time with his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping for a face-to-face talk on the sidelines of the G20 summit held in Bali, Indonesia. What did both discuss? Nothing really substantial. Both leaders of the world’s two largest economies greeted…

What’s the buzz about FTX?
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What’s the buzz about FTX?

Building wealth may be an extremely difficult endeavor, but losing it can happen almost effortlessly. Sam Bankman-Fried, previously celebrated CEO of crypto exchange FTX and crypto trading firm Alameda Research, is a prime example of how wealth can easily be gone with the wind.  What’s his story?  Once described as the “Next Warren Buffett,” and…

China partially eases Covid-19 restrictions to mitigate its impact on the economy.
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China partially eases Covid-19 restrictions to mitigate its impact on the economy.

As China continues to battle its worst wave of the Covid-19 crisis and its attendant negative impact on its economy, the Chinese health authority has announced the easing of its “Zero-Covid policy”, even as it continues to witness a record number of Covid-19 cases. Three Chinese cities of Beijing, Guangzhou, and Zhengzhou have seen a…

Unwelcomed asylum seekers caught between France, Italy feud

Unwelcomed asylum seekers caught between France, Italy feud

A feud between France and Italy has left the fate of asylum seekers in the European continent hanging in the balance.  What’s the feud about?  France has shown displeasure over Italy’s recent refusal to take in migrants seeking entry into the country through unconventional means. The issue came to a head when Italy’s new right-wing…

UK nurses demand pay rise, to go on strike
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UK nurses demand pay rise, to go on strike

For the first time in history, nurses under the United Kingdom National Health Service will embark on industrial action to press home their demand for better pay amidst the rising cost of living and soaring energy bills. About 300,000 registered nurses of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), who are mostly employees of the state-run…

Strength In The Face Of Growing Crisis? 

Strength In The Face Of Growing Crisis? 

Amidst growing anti-government protests across the country, Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched a new satellite-carrying rocket on Saturday.  Is this linked to the protests?  While the announcement came seven weeks after the protests began, following the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, there’s little or no link between both developments. Iranian state television broadcast…

Unwholesale Trade

Unwholesale Trade

 A London court on Thursday ordered the UK unit of the mining and commodity trading group Glencore to pay £281m in fines and confiscated profit.  What’s the company’s crime?  Bribery of officials in several African countries. According to the ruling by Judge Peter Fraser, the actions of Glencore’s UK subsidiary indicated “corporate corruption on a…

Collapsed bridge in India, third crowd-related disaster in Asia

Collapsed bridge in India, third crowd-related disaster in Asia

A 143-year-old suspension bridge in the western Indian state of Gujarat collapsed Sunday, just days after it was reopened to the public. Official details about the cause are still sketchy, but early reports suggest that the bridge gave way under a weight beyond its capacity. The accident involved hundreds of pedestrians, with 134 killed and…

Retired US General Taking Saudi Crown Pay Checks
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Retired US General Taking Saudi Crown Pay Checks

According to a Washington Post investigation, over 500 retired U.S. military personnel have found contracting positions with foreign governments known for their human rights abuses and political repression. Aren’t they allowed to work after retirement?While the U.S. allows former military members to work for foreign governments with approval from the military and the State Department,…