Despite Rhetoric From Washington, Americans’ Favorable Views of China Keep Climbing

Americans’ Positive Views of China Reach Near 30-Year High. As US politicians pump up the confrontational talk on trade and security issues related to China, the American public is warming to the image emanating from the Middle Kingdom. A Gallup poll released last week showed that more than 50% of Americans hold a favorable view […]

Automobiles Exceed Petroleum as World's Most Traded Good – $1.35 Trillion Each Year

Every day, massive quantities of goods and commodities or bulk goods get moved around on huge container ships from country to country. Included are common exports like crude oil, automobiles, iron ore, pharmaceuticals, and smartphones. But autos far exceed refined petroleum by  more than sixty percent (60%) . $1.35 trillion and $825 billion respectively. Adding […]

Russian Spy Poisoning: Britain Expels 23 Diplomats

Britain announced Wednesday it will expel almost two dozen Russian diplomats, sever high-level bilateral contacts with Moscow and take both open and covert action against Kremlin meddling after the poisoning of a former spy. According to BBC, some Labor MPs have signed a draft early day motion saying they “unequivocally” accept that Russia was to […]

Facebook Slammed by UN Over Hate Material Spread Against Rohingya

United Nations human rights experts have slammed the online social media platform Facebook for allowing the incitement of violence against Rohingya Muslims in the Buddhists-majority country of Myanmar. Buddhist mobs backed by Myanmar’s armed forces have launched a campaign of terror against Muslim families living in Rakhine State, killing and raping members of the minority […]

The Empty Chair: World Pays Tribute to 'Rare Genius' Stephen Hawking Dead at 76

Tributes have started to pour in for Stephen Hawking, the modern British physicist and author who has died aged 76. R.I.P Stephen Hawking 1942-2018. Hawking was considered a ‘rare genius’ and modern cosmology’s brightest star. Astronauts, scientists and celebrities celebrate the life of a ‘colossal mind and wonderful spirit’. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the […]

With $150Mln Assets, Veteran Actor, Politician Jaya Bachchan Could Be India's Richest MP

Veteran Indian actor and Samajwadi Party member Jaya Bachchan may well be India’s richest Member of Parliament (MP). With declared assets worth US$150 million (INR 10,000 million), Jaya’s estimated wealth exceeds that of upper house MP Ravindra Kishore Sinha who declared assets worth INR 8,000 million in 2014. Jaya is an SP candidate for the […]

UK Restaurant Investigates Racial Profiling Claim By Two Asians

A popular restaurant chain in London suburb is investigating after a British-Bangladeshi woman and a British-Pakistani man believe they were victims of “racial profiling” while being refused a table. Dr Fatima Rajina and Nasir Rahman wanted to have lunch at Cote Brasserie in Welwyn Garden City, near St Albans in the north of London, on […]

Examining Debt Implications of Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) hopes to deliver trillions of dollars in infrastructure financing to Asia, Europe, and Africa. If the initiative follows Chinese practices to date for infrastructure financing, then BRI raises the risk of debt distress in some borrower countries,