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When you throw pebbles in a pond, you get splashes and ripples, but drop a huge rock, you create a mini Tsunami. Similarly Geo-political turmoil, are potent enough to create tsunamis in financial markets, even if its for the short run. It has in the past, and it will in the future. De-stabilised Middle East, rise of new power in Saudi Arabia, aggressive China, Russia-US tensions, Turkey-Russia escalation, rise of autocratic but nationalists leaders such as Modi in India, Trump in United States, bin-Salman in Middle East, the Geo-Political unease hasn't been this tense in decades, so as a market participant you can never care less than ever.

Global Geopolitics Series

Taiwan rejects China's peaceful 'reunification' claim

Sep 22, 2022 08:59 am UTC| Politics

The Taiwanese government has dismissed a pledge by a spokesperson for Beijing that China would make the utmost effort to ensure a peaceful reunification of the island nation with the mainland. Taipei maintained that only...

Global Geopolitics Series

Putin's mobilisation speech: what he said and what he meant

Sep 22, 2022 07:05 am UTC| Politics

When Vladimir Putin took to Russian television on September 21 he wanted to send three clear headline messages. The first is that the threat of nuclear war is credible and serious. The second is that partial...

Global Geopolitics Series

Putin plays the annexation card, pushing the war in Ukraine into a dangerous new phase

Sep 22, 2022 07:04 am UTC| Politics

A lot has changed since world leaders last met in person at the United Nations General Assembly: a global pandemic, a looming food crisis, economic stress, climate disasters and, of course, the Russian invasion of...

Global Geopolitics Series

Biden again indicates that US will defend Taiwan 'militarily' – does this constitute a change in policy?

Sep 20, 2022 06:19 am UTC| Politics

President Joe Biden has not for the first time suggested that the U.S. would intervene militarily should China attempt an invasion of Taiwan. What did Biden say and why was it significant? In an exchange on 60...

Global Geopolitics Series

Are the West's sanctions against Russia actually working?

Sep 20, 2022 06:15 am UTC| Insights & Views

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 2022, the United States, the European Union and other countries swiftly imposed a mix of wide-ranging diplomatic and economic sanctions. Russia was excluded from...

Global Geopolitics Series

Crimea: Ukraine uses new tactics to attempt to take back strategic territory from Russia

Aug 21, 2022 17:21 pm UTC| Politics

Russian president Vladimir Putin has reportedly replaced the commander of his Black Sea fleet just three days after an attack on the Russian Saki airbase in Crimea, as Ukraines military strategy shifts towards regaining...

Global Geopolitics Series

Why are nuclear weapons so hard to get rid of? Because they're tied up in nuclear countries' sense of right and wrong

Aug 08, 2022 05:46 am UTC| Insights & Views

Every five years, the nearly 200 member states of the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons meet to review their progress or lack thereof. After being postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the monthlong...

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Economy

China, the US, and India are expected to bear the brunt of the damage, with costs of $10 trillion, $2.5 trillion, and $850 billion.

Rising levels of obesity are set to cost the world economy 3.3 percent of GDP by 2060, slowing development in lower-income countries, according to a study published in BMJ Global Health. The conditions currently cost...

The acquisition of DSME, the world’s fourth-largest shipbuilder, boosts Hanwha’s key defense and green energy sectors.

Hanwha Group signed a conditional memorandum of understanding to acquire a 49.3 percent stake and managerial control of Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) The acquisition of DSME, the worlds...

Mubadala’s offer for BP Bunge Bioenergia could be worth over $1.7 billion.

Mubadala made the best offer for ethanol joint venture BP Bunge Bioenergia while revoking its tender offer to buy a controlling stake in Brazils Zamp SA, owner of the Burger King Brazil. The Valor Economico newspaper...

McDonald's Japan was forced to raise prices due to rising costs and weakening yen.

McDonalds is raising its menu prices in Japan, and this may affect about 60% of the restaurants offerings. It was reported that the increase is unavoidable due to the rising input costs and the exchange rates that are...

GSK appoints Julie Brown as its new CFO, and she is set to step down from her role in Burberry.

GSK, a British pharmaceutical and biotech firm that was formerly known as Glaxo Smith Kline plc, announced that it had hired Julie Brown to be its new chief financial officer. The company said on Monday, Sept. 26, that the...

Politics

Harris and Kishida stressed the importance of peace and stability in the contested waterway that China claims sovereignty over.

United States Vice President Kamala Harris and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida condemned China for its continued provocations in the contested Taiwan Strait. This comes as Harris is currently visiting the Asian...

A spokesperson for British PM Liz Truss said the government must control immigration in a way that also works for the country.

The spokesperson for British Prime Minister Liz Truss said this week that the government must control immigration in a way that works for the country. The comments come amidst reported calls by the interior minister for...

The EPA has launched the Office of Environmental Justice and Civil Rights aimed at helping minorities disproportionately affected by water and air pollution.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency unveiled its office for environmental justice over the weekend. The new office would be focused on the needs of minorities that have been heavily affected by...

The Moldovan government is considering revoking citizenship for Moldovans who hold dual citizenship that are joining Russian forces.

Moldovas pro-West president said Monday that the citizenship of its nationals who decide to fight for Russia in its war with Ukraine may be revoked. The move is being considered as part of the countrys sanctions for...

Science

Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone payments after successfully passing key stages of the development and approval cycle.

South Koreas Celltrion Inc. will jointly develop and work on the market release with Abpro Corp. of the US on a breast cancer treatment candidate ABP 10 Under the deal, Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone...

Current Canadian and American management efforts do not go far enough to decrease entanglement hazards and encourage the recovery of the North Atlantic right whale.

The Monterey Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch program added the American red lobster, caught in both US and Canada to its red list. Other species also added to the list are the snow crab, Atlantic rock crab, and others that...

The microscope unit, which also manufactures industrial endoscopes and x-ray analyzers, will be transferred to Bain on January 4, subject to antitrust regulatory approvals in Japan and elsewhere.

Olympus had agreed to sell its microscope unit to private equity firm Bain Capital for $3.1 billion as it speeds up the overhaul of its business portfolio to focus solely on medical technology The microscope unit, which...

The research team discovered that steamed mealworms emit a strong, corn-like odor, and when grilled or fried, they gave off a shrimp and frying oil-like scent.

South Korean researchers from Wonkwang University have developed a new process that uses edible insects to create meat-flavored seasoning. The research team came up with 98 volatile compounds with varying amounts of...

The resulting thermoplastic resin could be purified through a distillation process to make food-grade potassium lactate.

Wind turbine blades could eventually be recycled into gummies according to a Michigan State University professor, This was discussed during the American Chemical Societys fall conference, which kicked off in Chicago...

Technology

Report: Apple Pay Later feature could be delayed until spring 2023

Apple Pay users may have to wait longer than anticipated for the buy now, pay later feature. The new payment plan will be released as one of the new features in iOS 16, but a new report suggests the Apple Pay Later might...

A new MacBook Air with a larger 15-inch display is expected to be one of the new Apple devices to enter the market in 2023

Apple is expected to close this year with the announcement of new Mac devices next month. But reports on what products the tech giant plans to unveil in 2023 are already making the rounds online, and it might include an...

Google offers a closer look at Pixel Watch’s design ahead of October 6 event

There is only a little over a week left before Google launches a new slate of Pixel-branded devices, including the Pixel Watch. But thanks to a mix of early teasers and leaks, details about the smartwatchs design and...

Sony says a game’s 'premium release' should come first before it goes to a subscription service

Sony is adamant that subscription services like PlayStation Plus are not the best venue to launch new video games. A company executive said Sony prioritizes a new titles premium release but noted that PS Plus can serve an...
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