24 Jan 2019

Iran discovers oil in Abadan region: minister

The Iranian Oil Minister has announced the discovery of oil deposits in its southwestern province bordering Iraq for the first time. The estimated size of the deposit has not been shared, but it comes at a time of U.S. sanctions that have created difficulties for Iranian oil exports. The U.S.

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24 Jan 2019

As more Africans reach for the web, more leaders reach for ‘off’ switch

Even as connectivity increases, governments across Africa, and especially its autocratic leaders, have increasingly used control over the internet as a tool of repression, often with the claim to be combatting fake news or violent protests. These internet shutdowns, however, have costs that reach beyond politics. In 2018, 21 full

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22 Jan 2019

Despite policy changes, China’s birth rate falls to lowest in 70 years

Although the one-child policy has been gone for several years and subsequent policies are working to encourage couples to have more children, China’s birthrate continues to drop, sparking bleak economic forecasts in subsequent decades for itself and other countries with similar numbers. Recently, one of the country’s advisory bodies argued

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18 Jan 2019

‘Tens of Thousands’ of Government Contractors Laid Off Due to Shutdown

While the country’s unemployment rates are at a low, the next report could reflect some side effects of the shutdown: namely “tens of thousands” of layoffs by contractors who are losing around $1.5 billion per week. With 9,000 federal employees furloughed, employment is but one of the economic areas seeing

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17 Jan 2019

Trump considering oil embargo, recognition of Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate President

President Trump is reportedly considering the possibility of recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly and leader of the political opposition bloc as the country’s legitimate president, according to several sources. President Trump is also reportedly considering a full embargo against Venezuelan oil, which would increase US gas prices by

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11 Jan 2019

Poll: Nearly 3 in 4 Tech Workers in DC Would Consider Leaving Their Employer for Amazon

A recent survey highlights many of the problems facing the government tech sector, showing that 71% of the technology employees in the Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland, and Washington, D.C. areas would consider leaving their current job for a position at Amazon. The new Amazon location is expected to hire up

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10 Jan 2019

How Venezuela’s crisis developed and drove out millions of people

With Maduro’s inauguration to another 6-year term, the entrenched problems in the Venezuelan economy and political system show no sign of radical adjustments. The hyperinflation, shortages, and declining oil production have been thrown around as signs and symptoms, but understanding how the crisis began and how it is continuing require

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08 Jan 2019

Pamex adjusts logistics to combat $3 billion/yr in stolen fuel; shortages occur across Mexico

In an effort to reduce gasoline theft, State oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pamex) has changed their distribution methods, resulting in shortages and long lines at refueling stations across 6 states. Fuel theft in the country had risen from around $500,000 USD per year in the early 2000s to around $3

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07 Jan 2019

China boosting economic, athletic ties with Jamaica

China is boosting economic and relationship-building investments with the Caribbean island of Jamaica, according to the counsellor for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Chinese Embassy. “The investments keep growing each month. The two-way trade has more than surpassed what it was in 2017. International development cooperation has reached a

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04 Jan 2019

China’s population growth likely to enter negative territory in 2030

China’s population is projected to reach a high of 1.442 billion in 2029, at which time the population will begin to decline due to fertility rates of only 1.6. If the rate does not increase in the next years, China’s population will begin to contract in 2027. According to the

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