07 Apr 2022

An Assessment We Believe As Well: Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine Will Accelerate Climate, Energy, and Deep Technologies

We just read a very well articulated assessment by investor and strategic thinker Ramez Naam of Prime Movers Lab and wanted to point you to his analysis, which starts: By invading Ukraine, Vladimir Putin is accelerating the deployment of the very technologies that the world needs to wean itself off

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16 Feb 2022

Taiwan and Somaliland Build Closer Ties Amid Criticism from China

The National Interest reports that Taiwan and Somaliland, both de facto independent democratic states claimed by larger countries, are building closer ties: Essa Kayd Mohamoud, the foreign minister of the unrecognized state of Somaliland, accused the Chinese government of attempting to shape its foreign relations during a goodwill trip to

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16 Feb 2022

Fire erupts at Iranian military base, in latest in series of mishaps

As reported by the Times of Israel “A fire erupted at a military base in western Iran, state-linked media reported on Monday, the latest in a series of blazes and other mishaps affecting the country’s infrastructure in recent months. The fire broke out at a warehouse full of engine oil

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16 Feb 2022

Ukrainians wary of Russian claims of withdrawal

Russia’s defense ministry announced a planned reduction in troops on the Ukraine border and published footage of tanks returning to garrisons while Putin notes that he doesn’t “want war” as he repeats his security demands in negotiations with Ukraine and the West. Ukraine is skeptical on any claims regarding reduction

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23 Feb 2021

Nika Melia, Georgian opposition leader, is arrested at party HQ

Georgia’s main opposition leader, Nika Melia, has been arrested by police in a violent raid at his party’s headquarters. Melia’s supporters were dispersed with tear gas, and Mr Melia was brought out of the building in Tbilisi by riot police. The case against Melia is accusing him of inciting violent

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01 Feb 2021

Myanmar coup: Aung San Suu Kyi detained as military seizes control

Myanmar’s military detained Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratically elected leaders, allowing the military to seize power. A one-year state of emergency has been declared, communications are limited and troops are patrolling streets in major cities of Myanmar. The army claims Suu Kyi’s win in a landslide election was

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20 Jan 2021

Iran Sanctions President Trump in Parting Shot at Departing Administration

Iran put into effect sanctions against US President Donald Trump and nine other top US officials, claiming to be enforcing threats regarding US officials’ role in terrorist activities against Iran including last year’s killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq. The Trump administration has repeatedly placed sanctions on

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14 Jan 2021

Ugandans vote in contested presidential election

Ugandans moved to the polls on Thursday to vote in the presidential election as the 76-year old president runs for a sixth term. Bobi Wine, a 38-year old is considered to be the front-runner against Museveni. There has been no sign of violence in the capital, however, a delay in

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14 Jan 2021

North Korea stages military parade after rare party congress – Yonhap

On Thursday, international observers were able to closely watch a military parade staged in North Korea. The parade was staged after a ruling party congress and gave international watchers an opportunity to see signs of new military developments. The parade began between 6 and 7pm and continued past 8pm. The

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13 Jan 2021

Estonian opposition asked to step in after PM quits over scandal

Prime Minister Juri Ratas resigned after an inquiry into a property development, leading the president of Estonia to ask the leader of the opposition centre-right Reform Party to step in. On Wednesday, Kaja Kallas was asked to form the next government, but will need support from parliament for the nomination.

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