14 Dec 2017

Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52.4bn

“Walt Disney has agreed to buy 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets for a total $52.4bn (£39bn). The deal includes Fox’s 39% stake in satellite broadcaster Sky, and the 20th Century Fox film studio, Disney announced. Fox’s remaining assets, including Fox News and Sports, will form a new company. The deal

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14 Dec 2017

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa calls for end to Western sanctions

“Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday called for the removal of Western sanctions on his government during a speech to ruling party officials and said elections due in 2018 were nearer than ‘you expect’.” Source: Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa calls for end to Western sanctions

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13 Dec 2017

Potential ‘harm’ to economy now a factor in all Canada defense competitions

“In a major policy shift, Canada will now determine the winning firms for its defense equipment projects not only based on the benefits a company can provide but also the ‘harm’ individual corporations have on the Canadian economy.” Source: Potential ‘harm’ to economy now a factor in all Canada defense

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12 Dec 2017

SIPRI: Weapons sales up again worldwide

“Arms sales are increasing around the world. The current report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) shows that the main beneficiaries are armaments groups in the US and Western Europe.” Source: SIPRI: Weapons sales up again worldwide | World | DW | 11.12.2017

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12 Dec 2017

One Chart Showing Every Military and Civilian Pay Raise Since 1984

“Since 2000, military pay raises have been either higher than or equal to civilian ones. As feds anticipate an official White House announcement on the 2018 civilian pay raise, perhaps it is time to look back on pay boosts through the years for both military and civilian federal employees.” Source: One

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11 Dec 2017

Could Bitcoin’s “Whales” Manipulate the Market?

“Bitcoin has captured the public imagination this year — or at least, as its price skyrocketed, tapped into public greed. But bitcoin was built by a tight-knit community of technology buffs and entrepreneurs, and a relatively small number of them own an outsized share of the cryptocurrency. As smaller investors

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11 Dec 2017

Zimbabwe unveils post-Mugabe economic order

“Zimbabwe’s government, under newly inaugurated President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has announced ‘a new economic order’ that signals a potentially significant change from the previous era of former President Robert Mugabe.” Source: Zimbabwe unveils post-Mugabe economic order | News | Al Jazeera

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08 Dec 2017

Brexit: ‘Breakthrough’ deal paves way for future trade talks

“PM Theresa May has struck a last-minute deal with the EU in a bid to move Brexit talks on to the next phase.” Source: Brexit: ‘Breakthrough’ deal paves way for future trade talks – BBC News

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05 Dec 2017

Venezuela Will Create New ‘Petro’ Cryptocurrency, President Maduro Says

“Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says his country will create a cryptocurrency system called the ‘petro,’ backed by oil reserves and other natural resources, in his latest attempt to cope with an abysmal national economy and multiple rounds of U.S. sanctions.” Source: Venezuela Will Create New ‘Petro’ Cryptocurrency, President Maduro Says

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01 Dec 2017

Thousands Apply to Trump’s Drone Pilot Program

“President Donald Trump issued a mandate last month that would roll back some ‘overly burdensome’ Federal Aviation Administration regulations on drone use. The new initiative proposes to set up ‘innovation zones’ in certain state and local jurisdictions where drone operators could test the technology outside the visual line of sight,

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