12 Feb 2019

Venezuela hopes to create non-dollar trading bloc

Venezuela is seeking to build a trade bloc that conducts transactions outside the U.S. dollar, allowing it to finalize oil sales beyond the reach of U.S. sanctions. China, Russia, and India are Venezuela’s prospects for the bloc. “We can all build one economy and that economy does not necessarily have

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12 Feb 2019

Climate Change Still Seen as the Top Global Threat, but Cyberattacks a Rising Concern

A new Pew Research Center survey conducted in 26 counties across the globe, highlights climate change, ISIS terrorism and cyberattacks as the biggest global threats. While respondents from 13 countries identified climate change as the biggest threat, ISIS was considered the main concern in 8 countries, including France, Italy, Russia, Indonesia

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12 Feb 2019

AI & Data: Avoiding The Gotchas

Research on artificial intelligence has highlighted the importance of quality data: a machine learning device is “only as smart as the data it’s allowed to cull through,” after all. So, how do you mitigate the risks posed to AI development by bad data? Forbes offers a couple of strategies. First,

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12 Feb 2019

Report: North Korea may have made more nuclear bombs, but threat reduced

While the country has suspended nuclear and missile testing since 2017, it has continued to produce bomb fuel, expanding its number of nuclear weapons by between 5-7 and bringing the total to as many as 37. These numbers come from a report out of the Stanford University’s Center for International

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12 Feb 2019

Pentagon review calls for changes to how US investigates, reports civilian war casualties

Counting and estimating civilian casualties is an important process in U.S. military operations and in international relations, as these estimates form an important aspect of military planning and can be the basis of major international outrage. Estimates between the U.S., other governments, and various NGOs often differ widely, leading to

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11 Feb 2019

40 years later, the many legacies of Iran’s revolution

Today, the Iranian government in Tehran completes their formal 40th anniversary celebration of the revolution that launched the current Islamic Republic. The celebration came with continued anti-American sentiment for the U.S. support of the Shah, although the country’s supreme leader noted that “death to America” chants do not mean “death

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11 Feb 2019

U.S. cargo plane ensnared in weapons scheme to Venezuela

The Venezuelan government has accused the U.S. of financing arms deliveries to “terrorist” groups in the country, after showcasing a crate delivered by a U.S.-owned air freight company that allegedly contained 19 assault weapons, ammunition, military-grade radio antennas, and other items. “This material was destined for criminal groups and terrorist

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11 Feb 2019

Ebola death toll in DR Congo passes 500, vaccinations proving successful

Although the number of cases continues to grow and the number of deaths have passed 500, the vaccination program against the ongoing ebola outbreak in the North Kivu province of the DRC is proving successful, according to health workers. 76,525 people have reportedly been vaccinated, preventing what the government health

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11 Feb 2019

The military wants many information systems to share one language

The U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force have signed a memorandum for the establishment of common standards across future weapon information systems. The purpose of such common standards is to improve battlefield coordination through streamlined information flow. “Victory in future conflict will in part be determined by our ability to

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11 Feb 2019

Here’s how Russia could still sabotage Macedonia’s plans to join NATO

Nearly thirty years after the collapse of the USSR and the end of the Cold War, many countries caught up in Russia’s regional influence are still struggling to “pick a side.” In North Macedonia (until recently, just “Macedonia”), politicians have been working towards NATO membership for many years, an effort

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