25 May 2016

Cuba legalises small and medium private businesses

“Cuba’s government has announced that it is legalising small and medium-sized private businesses. It is the latest stage of reforms begun when President Raul Castro took over from his brother, Fidel in 2008.” Source: Cuba legalises small and medium private businesses – BBC News

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25 May 2016

43,000 ‘ghost workers’ uncovered in Nigerian security agencies

“The Head of the Continuous Audit team of the Federal Government, Mohammed Dikwa, on Tuesday said N50 billion was saved so far through the audit of security agencies payroll.” Source: 43,000 ‘ghost workers’ uncovered in Nigerian security agencies – Premium Times Nigeria

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24 May 2016

National Security Implications of Virtual Currency: Examining the Potential for Non-state Actor Deployment

“This report examines the feasibility for non-state actors, including terrorist and insurgent groups, to increase their political and/or economic power by deploying a virtual currency (VC) for use in regular economic transactions. A VC, such as Bitcoin, is a digital representation of value that can be transferred, stored, or traded

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24 May 2016

For Russia, US Lifting Vietnam Arms Embargo Will Not Affect Military Exports

“A Russian official thinks that the lifting of the arms embargo will not ‘affect the export of Russian weapons.’” Source: For Russia, US Lifting Vietnam Arms Embargo Will Not Affect Military Exports | The Diplomat

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23 May 2016

In historic move, U.S. lifts arms sales embargo to Vietnam

“The Obama administration announced Monday that the United States would fully lift a longstanding U.S. embargo on lethal arms sales to Vietnam, a decision that reflects growing concerns about China’s military clout and illustrates the warming bilateral ties between the former enemy nations.” Source: In historic move, U.S. lifts arms

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22 May 2016

ISIS war costing $11.7M per day

“The total U.S. cost of the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is $7.2 billion as of April 15, according to a new Pentagon estimate. That amount accounts for 617 days of military operations since the U.S. began its air campaign in Iraq on Aug. 8, 2014.

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20 May 2016

A third of cash is held by 5 U.S. companies

“The rising cash holdings of U.S. corporations are increasingly in the hands of a few U.S. companies, with just five tech firms having grabbed a third of it. And nearly three-quarters of cash held by non-financial U.S. companies is stashed overseas, outside the long arm of Uncle Sam.” Source: A third of cash is held by

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15 May 2016

Venezuela looters target chicken, flour amid worsening shortages

“Mobs in Venezuela have stolen flour, chicken and even underwear this week as looting increases across the crisis-hit OPEC nation where many basic products have run short.” Source: Venezuela looters target chicken, flour amid worsening shortages

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12 May 2016

US Kicks Off Asia’s Largest Annual Humanitarian Mission

“May 11 marks the launch of this year’s iteration of the Pacific Partnership.” Source: US Kicks Off Asia’s Largest Annual Humanitarian Mission | The Diplomat

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03 May 2016

Nigeria property boom follows Boko Haram retreat

“Property investors in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri are benefiting from a rise in property prices following the retreat of Boko Haram fighters. Maiduguri is the largest city in Borno state, once a stronghold of the fighters and a frequent target for its suicide bombers. The group claims to be

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