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From Trade War To Tech War

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, February 4, 2019

Are the United States and China heading for a new Cold War? And if they are, what should we call it? These may seem strange questions to ask just four days after President Trump appeared to raise hopes of an end to the trade war he started against China last year.

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Atomic Scientists: Humanity Flirting With Annihilation

quoting Herbert Lin, William J. Perryvia Tribune Star (IN)
Sunday, February 3, 2019

Some scientists say the world is, figuratively, two minutes away from the end. Citing rising threats of nuclear war and a lack of world action against climate change, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has kept the hands of the symbolic Doomsday Clock as close to annihilation as it has ever been since 1953 at the height of the Cold War.

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Disparities Divide People, States And The Country

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia Tehelka
Sunday, February 3, 2019

More than seven decades have passed since India’s Independence on August 15, 1947. The country has gradually become the world’s sixth-largest economy in terms of nominal GDP and the third-largest in purchasing power parity. After the 1991 economic liberalisation, India achieved 6-7 per cent average GDP growth annually. The country, according to former Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan, is likely to become bigger than China in the long run.

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Russia Secretly Offered North Korea A Denuclearization Deal Last Year

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia Citizen Truth
Friday, February 1, 2019

A secret offer between Russia and North Korea is being viewed by analysts as a move by Russia to assert its influence on the world stage.

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Will Trump's China Trade Deal Amount To More Than A Hill Of Beans?

quoting Martin Feldsteinvia Fortune
Saturday, February 2, 2019

In Data Sheet last month, I predicted Donald Trump and Xi Jinping would agree on a trade deal this year—and that it would do little to ease long-term tensions in the US-China relationship. In the wake of Trump’s White House meeting Thursday with Chinese vice-premier Liu He, that seems like a pretty safe bet.

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Can The Government Make Cyber Cool For College Grads?

quoting Amy Zegartvia Fifth Domain
Friday, February 1, 2019

One by one, six intelligence officers made a pitch for tech-savvy college graduates to join their ranks. “There is nothing more rewarding than protecting the American people,” FBI Director Chris Wray said when asked by Senator Richard Burr, R-N.C., how the government can draw in engineers and ingenuity to help secure the nation in the face of big data-driven adversaries.

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Khomeini's Return To Iran: Broken Promises And Breaking Alliances

quoting Abbas Milanivia Radio Farda
Friday, February 1, 2019

On February 1, 1979 Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini returned to Iran after 15 years in exile as the leader of a revolution that had sent Iran's last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi to exile.

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Will Venezuela’s Military Back — Or Abandon — Maduro? Here Are The 4 Things It Will Consider.

quoting Bruce Bueno de Mesquitavia Washington Post
Friday, February 1, 2019

Can Nicolás Maduro hold on to power in Venezuela? That may turn largely on whether the military will stand by him. At Slate, political scientists Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith argue the Venezuelan military will remain loyal as long as Maduro “can credibly promise to continue to pay his generals.”

Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
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Stalin Gets Another Hollywood Pass

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Friday, February 1, 2019

A film on the Gulag receives an Oscar snub.

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Brexit Aside, Poland And Italy Are Europe’s Latest Troublemakers

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Poland is free because of a pope, the Vatican and a European dream. Not that long ago, Soviet-dominated Warsaw created a spiritual alliance and common cause with a church-dominated Rome and its dream of an expansive pan-European political union.

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