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  • alj US withdraws from UN Human Rights Council - The United States has withdrawn from the United Nations’ top human rights body accusing it of “chronic bias” against Israel, in a move that was criticised by human rights groups and described as regrettable by foreign leaders. The decision to pull out of the UN Human Rights Council was announced on Tuesday by Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN. “We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organisation that makes a mockery of human rights,” she said alongside US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, DC. Minutes later, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, called theannouncement by US President Donald Trump’s administration “disappointing, if not really surprising”… Read more : Aljazeera, 20.06.2018
  • reuters2 Saudi-led coalition seizes large areas of Yemen’s Hodeidah airport: UAE - Arab coalition troops stormed the airport in Yemen’s main port Hodeidah on Tuesday and captured large areas of the compound in battles with Iran-aligned Houthis, a Yemeni military source, the UAE news agency and local residents said. Residents of the strategic Red Sea city said battles were also raging on the coastal road leading to the densely populated city center from the airport, with Apache helicopter gunships of the Western-backed coalition providing close air support. Wresting the airport from the Houthis would be a significant step to a takeover of Hodeidah by coalition-backed forces. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged a swift assault to avoid disrupting aid deliveries to Yemen through the port. “We can hear the sounds of artillery, mortars and sporadic machinegun fire. The Houthis ... Leggete
  • reuters1 Labour could order biggest shakeup of Bank of England remit in decades - The Labour Party is considering asking the Bank of England to target productivity to help boost the economy if it wins power, in what would be the most radical change to the central bank’s remit in over two decades. Consultants commissioned by John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, recommended the bank should retain its independence, but that its mandate be expanded to include a productivity growth target of 3 percent. Currently the bank’s main economic focus is keeping inflation as close to 2 percent as possible. McDonnell will also say in a speech on Wednesday that commercial banks have distorted the economy and that the current financial system is not delivering investment across Britain. We “want to build the economy of the future, and to do that we will need to ... Leggete
  • cnbc GE booted from the Dow, to be replaced by Walgreens - Industrial giant General Electric is out of the Dow Jones industrial average and will be replaced by drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance. GE was one of the original components of the index of 30 stocks in 1896. It has been a continuous member since 1907, or 111 years. In the past year, its stock has been battered as the company overhauls its business. CEO John Flannery is in the midst of an extensive restructuring of the business that is likely to include the sale or spinoff of parts of the company’s portfolios. But investors have feared the value of its business is declining. “We are focused on executing against the plan we’ve laid out to improve GE’s performance,” the company said in a statement. “Today’s announcement does nothing to change those commitments ... Leggete
  • rfe;r Rohani To Visit Switzerland, Austria Amid Iran Nuclear Deal Dispute - Iranian President Hassan Rohani plans to visit Austria and Switzerland next month, the two European countries said on July 18, amid continued uncertainty over the future of the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers. Rohani’s planned European trip comes after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the nuclear deal and moved to reinstate economic sanctions against Tehran. The other parties to the agreement — Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany — said they remain committed to the deal so long as Iran is honoring it. Tehran earlier this month announced it had launched the process of increasing its capacity to enrich uranium in case the accord that curbed its nuclear program collapses… Read more : Radio Free Europe, 18.06.2018
  • business Microsoft buys a classroom video startup with 20 million users as it pushes against Google - Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Flipgrid, a Minneapolis-based educational software startup, as it pushes against Google and Apple in the classroom. If you’ve never heard of Flipgrid, there’s a pretty healthy chance that the kids in your life have: It has 20 million users all over the world, including teachers, students, and parents, from Pre-K all the way up to PhD candidates. In its three-year lifespan, Flipgrid had raised a modest $17 million in venture funding. For Flipgrid customers, the biggest change is that the service will now be completely free for schools, just like Microsoft’s own Office 365 for Education productivity suite. That’s down from its current price of $1,000 a year per school… REad more : Business Insider, 18.06.2018
  • koreas Koreas seek withdrawal of long-range artillery near border - South and North Korean army generals are set to discuss a matter of moving away their respective long-range artillery from the heavily fortified border in the upcoming high-level military talks as part of efforts to ease cross-border military tension, according to defense officials. The Ministry of National Defense has denied local media reports that said the two sides had already discussed the tension-defusing measure during the June 15 inter-Korean military talks at the truce village of Panmumjom in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas. Multiple ministry sources have acknowledged the relocation of artillery is among the agenda items for the follow-up talks slated for as early as later this month… Read more : Defensenews, 18.06.2018
  • scmp Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un sign ‘comprehensive’ agreement as landmark summit ends in Singapore - After months of hurling insults and threats at each other and even comparing the sizes of their “nuclear buttons”, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-unmet for the first time today and signed a “comprehensive” agreement. .. Read more : SCMP, 12.06.2018
  • bloomb May Scrambles for Brexit Compromise as Tory Tensions Rise - U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is in a frantic search for the perfect compromise. Her mission is clear: to find a way to unite the warring Brexit factions in her party before they derail the government. May’s officials started work Wednesday drafting a new clause in her key piece of Brexit legislation, after she narrowly avoided a defeat in Parliament by offering last-minute concessions to pro-EU lawmakers. The new text will probably reduce the chances of Britain tumbling out of the bloc without a deal — something businesses and investors fear as the worst case scenario. But as talks get going, May has two factions to please. The text needs to honor her pledge to pro-EU Tories that she’ll take account of their concerns about the possibility of leaving the ... Leggete
  • bloomb Merkel Calls Out Trump, Citing Services Surplus With Europe - Chancellor Angela Merkel said the U.S. runs a trade surplus with Europe when services are included, marshaling a rebuff to President Donald Trump’s sustained criticism of German manufacturing exports. In a speech in Berlin, Merkel said the topic was discussed at last week’s tumultuous Group of Seven summit, where a U.S.-Canadian trade dispute caused Trump to renege on his support for the leaders’ concluding statement. “Trade surpluses are still calculated in a pretty old-fashioned way, based only on goods,” Merkel told a business conference of her Christian Democratic Union party on Tuesday evening. “But if you include services in the trade balance, the U.S. has big surplus with Europe.” … Read more : Bloomberg, 12.06.2018
  • paki Pakistan and India vow to implement 2003 ceasefire agreement - Pakistan and India have agreed to curb cross-border violence to comply with a ceasefire agreement signed between the two nuclear-armed neighbours in 2003. The understanding was reached by Pakistani and Indian armies on Tuesday after reviewing a spike in violence along the Line of Control since September 2016. The Line of Control is a de facto border that divides the disputed Kashmir Valley between the two countries and the Working Boundary, which separates the two neighbours.  “Both director generals of military operations reviewed the prevailing situation along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary and mutually agreed to undertake sincere measures to improve the existing situation ensuring peace and avoidance of hardships to the civilians along the borders,” a statement from Pakistan army’s media wing said… Read more : Aljazeera, 29.05.2018
  • rgdp How GDPR Kills The Innovation Economy - It’s somehow fitting that today, May 25th, marks my return to writing here on Searchblog, after a long absence driven in large part by the launch of NewCo Shift as a publication on Medium more than two years ago. Since then Medium has deprecated its support for publications (and abandoned its original advertising model), and I’ve soured even more than usual on “platforms,” whether they be well intentioned (as I believe Medium is) or indifferent toward and fundamentally bad for publishing (as I believe Facebook to be). So when I finally sat down to write something today, an ingrained but rusty habit re-emerged. For the past two years I’ve opened a clean, white page in Medium to write an essay, but today I find myself once again coding sentences into the backend ... Leggete
  • putin Vladimir Poutine s’attend à ce que les sanctions économiques soient levées - Le président russe Vladimir Poutine s’attend à ce que les sanctions économiques émises à l’encontre de la Russie soient progressivement levées et que les liens avec les pays occidentaux se normalisent, a-t-il indiqué dans une interview accordée aux médias chinois. Les sanctions qui frappent actuellement la Russie “ne nous étonnent pas et ne nous font pas peur”, a-t-il dit au China Media Group. “Nous allons normaliser nos rapports avec tous nos partenaires, en ce y compris les Etats-Unis et leurs alliés qui nous imposent des sanctions”, a déclaré le président russe. Le nouveau Premier ministre italien Giuseppe Conte avait indiqué mardi qu’il allait réexaminer les sanctions à l’encontre de la Russie. Mardi, Vladimir Poutine s’est rendu en Autriche, sa première visite dans un pays européen depuis sa réélection. A Vienne, ... Leggete
  • raqqa Raqqa: Coalition forces violated international humanitarian law - The people and city of Raqqa in Syria have been left in ruins. That from a new report from Amnesty International. It says 30,000 artillery rounds were fired by US, British and French coalition forces and the Americans were responsible for more than 90% of the air strikes. It adds, the forces violated international humanitarian law and are potential war crimes. Benjamin Walsby, Amnesty International Middle East Researcher says: “We don’t see any security or military reason why they can’t tell us the locations, the targets, and explosive waste dropped and if it’s true, that these strikes are all in complete compliance with international humanitarian law, then they’ve got nothing to hide, so why are they hiding the information. We want transparency. We also want accountability in the form of ... Leggete
  • blyth Protectionism will lead to more intra-asia trade: Natalie Blyth - Natalie Blyth, head of trade finance division at HSBC, oversees more than $500 billion of global trade flowing through her bank, one of the last-standing international lenders, giving her a good view of world commerce. As rising protectionism and tariff wars threaten global trade, countries such as India will increasingly look within their own continent to sell their produce, Blyth told Joel Rebello in an interview… Read more : Economic Times, 01.06.2018
  • scmp More cooperation, not confrontation, needed in the South China Sea - The decision by France and Britain to join the United States in naval patrols of the disputed waters will only raise tensions with Beijing, and they would be advised to listen to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Britain and France have decided to join the United States in naval patrols of the South China Sea, an action they believe will help safeguard navigation. But the tones of their defence ministers in making the announcement at the Shangri-La Dialogue security gathering in Singapore was interpreted by many in China and Southeast Asia as nothing but provocation. China has never restricted movement of shipping in the contested waters and none of the three Western nations are claimants, so such an unwarranted foreign presence is bound to worry those seeking a peaceful resolution. Pragmatism ... Leggete
  • scmp China ‘offered to buy US$70 billion in American products to remove tariffs’ - China has offered to buy almost US$70 billion of US products in exchange for the removal of tariffs placed by the Trump administration against Chinese products, it was reported on Tuesday. Chinese vice-premier and lead negotiator Liu He told his Washington counterpart in the discussions, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, that Beijing would buy American agricultural and energy products including soybeans, corn, natural gas, crude oil and coal, The Wall Street Journal said. But Liu told US negotiators that offer would be rescinded if the Trump administration imposed US$50 billion in long-threatened tariffs, people briefed on the latest negotiations told the newspaper… Read more : SCMP, 06.06.2018
  • dw2 Germany wants answers on US ambassador’s remarks - The German Foreign Ministry says it wants clarity about controversial comments made by the new US ambassador, Richard Grenell. In an interview with Breitbart News he said he hopes to “empower” Europe’s conservatives. Germany’s Foreign Ministry, led by Heiko Maas, said on Monday it would address Grenell’s comments with the ambassador when he visits the ministry on Wednesday. Spokesperson Christofer Burger said Grenell’s inaugural visit would provide an opportunity to “explain how he wants his statements to be understood.” In the interview with the right-wing website, Grenell had said he was excited by the rising wave of conservatism within Europe, adding that he saw his task as “empowering” Europe’s right-wing governments and budding leaders. He told Breitbart … Read more : DW, 04.06.2018
  • bloomb Qatar’s Year of Solitude: A Gulf Embargo’s Impact in Six Charts - It’s been a year since shocked investors sold off Qatari assets after a Saudi Arabia-led group of nations severed economic and diplomatic ties with the gas-rich country. While the standoff shows no sign of ending, pressure on Qatari assets has eased. Bets against the nation’s long-held dollar peg have subsided and the government managed this year’s largest sovereign bond sale in the Middle East and Africa. Shares in Qatar’s biggest lender are higher than they were 12 months ago. Qatar’s stock market “has been buoyed by very strong demand from foreign investors, with net buying in excess of $600 million,” said Akber Khan, senior director of asset management at Al Rayan Investment in Doha. “Oil is now averaging more than $70 and, while there are areas of economic weakness, a ... Leggete
  • socge French bank SocGen agrees with US to pay $1 billion in penalties over bribery, manipulation - France’s second-biggest bank Societe Generale has agreed with the US to pay penalties exceeding $1 billion to settle allegations it bribed officials in Libya, and manipulated the Libor interest rate benchmark. In a statement issued by the US Department of Justice on Monday, French bank Societe Generale (SocGen) and one of its subsidiaries agreed to pay the penalties to settle the cases. It is also to plead guilty in a New York court on Tuesday in connection with the resolution of the Libyan bribery case. The bank reached a settlement with authorities in France relating to the Libya corruption scheme to pay a penalty otherwise payable to the US. It is the first coordinated resolution by US and French authorities in a foreign bribery case. Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan said ... Leggete
  • cnbc Mass protests in Jordan push out prime minister - Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki resigned from his government position Monday in the wake of several days of mass protests in the capital Amman — the country’s largest demonstrations in more than five years. The resignation, reported by Reuters quoting an official source, was said to have been brokered during a meeting with the country’s King Abdullah II, who called for “national dialogue” in the wake of public anger over tax increases. The hike on taxes and price increases on many basic goods were imposed as part of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) austerity package designed to reduce the Middle Eastern country’s debt. More than 3,000 protesters were gathered outside the prime minister’s office Sunday, according to various media reports, chanting slogans like “the ones raising prices want to burn the country” ... Leggete
  • scmp4 US will ‘compete vigorously’ in South China Sea, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis warns Beijing - The United States will “compete vigorously” with China’s actions in the South China Sea if needed, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday, but insisted Washington was still willing to work with Beijing on a “results-oriented” relationship. “China’s policy in the South China Sea stands in stark contrast to the openness our strategy promises, it calls into question China’s broader goals,” Mattis said at the International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. “The US will continue to pursue a constructive, results-oriented relationship with China, cooperating when possible and competing vigorously where we must … of course we recognise any sustainable Indo-Pacific order has a role for China. “Make no mistake: America is in the Indo-Pacific to stay. This is our priority theatre,” he said… Read more ” ... Leggete
  • alj2 Turkey slams Macron over Erdogan magazine cover support - Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has slammed French President Emmanuel Macron over his support for a French magazine’s cover calling President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a “dictator”. The Weekly French Magazine Le Point splashed a photo of the Turkish president on the cover of its May 24 edition with words that read: “The dictator. How far will Erdogan go?” Le Point said it had suffered harassment and intimidation by supporters of Erdogan after it labelled him “The dictator”. Macron waded into the debate, calling the harassment “totally unacceptable”… Read more : Aljazeera, 29.05.2018
  • scmp3 At Western-led summit, Chinese find controversy and a clash of cultures - A war of words between China and the United States at a regional security summit over the weekend has again highlighted the difficulty a rising China faces as it tries to navigate the international system and engage in dialogue with the West. Beijing’s low-level delegation found itself at the centre of controversy during the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore – an annual forum for Asia attended by defence ministers and other officials from more than 50 countries – when it hit back at US criticism over its increasingly assertive stance, particularly in the South China Sea… Read more : SCMP, 04.06.2018
  • alj How a letter by a Catholic archbishop incensed India’s BJP - A letter the Catholic Archbishop of Delhi sent to all parish priests working in India’s capital city has created a furore in the country’s already charged political scene. In the letter dated May 8, Archbishop Anil Coutorequested parish priests to start a year-long prayer campaign to save India from the “turbulent political atmosphere”, which “poses a threat to the democratic principles enshrined in our constitution and the secular fabric of our nation”. The ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) immediately jumped to criticise the letter, calling it a “divisive move” and saying it was akin to calling people to vote along communal lines. BJP President Amit Shah also condemned the letter and warned people not to mobilise masses on the basis of religion. Giriraj Singh, a senior minister of the BJP government who is known for his controversial statementsabout India’s minority ... Leggete
  • scmp1 France, Britain to sail warships in contested South China Sea to challenge Beijing - France and Britain will sail warships through the South China Sea to challenge Beijing’s expanding military presence in the disputed waters, their defence ministers said on Sunday. The two countries, both permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, made the remarks at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, echoing the latest US plan to ramp up its freedom of navigation operations to counter Beijing’s militarisation in the region and its stance that territorial disputes should be a matter between China and its Asian neighbours. A French maritime task group, together with British helicopters and ships, will visit Singapore next week and then sail “into certain areas” of the South China Sea, French armed forces minister Florence Parly told the annual defence forum. Without naming China, she suggested the warships will cross ... Leggete
  • Un G7 Finances sous hautes tensions commerciales - Le premier jour de cette réunion coïncide avec la fin de l’exemption des taxes de 25% sur l’acier et de 10% sur l’aluminium accordée temporairement à l’Union européenne (UE) par Washington. Les ministres des Finances du G7 se réunissent à partir de jeudi au Canada dans un contexte de vives tensions commerciales, le jour même où les Etats-Unis sont appelés à clarifier leur position sur l’imposition ou non de taxes sur les importations européennes d’acier et d’aluminium. La nervosité est d’autant plus palpable du côté européen que l’Italie traverse une crise politique sans précédent qui pourrait avoir des répercussions bien au-delà des frontières transalpines. Troisième économie de la zone euro, ce pays d’Europe du sud attend en effet toujours la formation d’un gouvernement. Et ce climat d’incertitudes tire les marchés ... Leggete
  • Dans les fabriques du pouvoir de l’Amérique, au sein des très fermés “Final Clubs” d’Harvard - Un diplôme de Harvard, la meilleure université du monde, ne suffit pas à faire partie de l’élite de l’élite. Pour y accéder, il faut encore être coopté par les ” Final Clubs ” du campus, des cénacles exclusivement réservés aux hommes qui entretiennent l’entre-soi – non sans sexisme. La direction veut en finir avec ces usines de reproduction sociale. Un combat difficile. Achaque rentrée, les étudiants d’Harvard surveillent fébrilement le plancher de leur chambre. Seule une poignée d’entre eux reçoivent en octobre une lettre cachetée à la cire, glissée sous leur porte par un messager anonyme… Lire la suite : Levif.be, 30.05.2018
  • trump L’art de la négociation selon Donald Trump - Le livre qui vous apprend comment Donald Trump négocie est désormais disponible en français, et vous apprend beaucoup sur le style du président américain. Il y a un peu plus de 30 ans, paraissait The Art of the Deal, un livre, mi-biographie, mi-guide de conseils en gestion, d’un quadragénaire new-yorkais, magnat de la promotion immobilière. Le livre, classé premier de la liste des meilleures ventes du New York Times pendant 13 semaines et présent sur ladite liste pendant 48 semaines au total, acheva d’établir le statut de célébrité nationale de son auteur aux États-Unis…. Lire la suite : Contrepoints, 24.04.2018
  • Microsoft Overtakes Google In Market Valuation - Software giant Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) on Tuesday surpassed Google-parent Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL,GOOG) to become the third-most valuable company with a market valuation of $753 billion. MSFT is currently trading at $98.84, up $0.88 or 0.85%, which gives it a market cap of $759.6 billion. Alphabet is currently trading at $1,067.80, up $7.48 or 0.71%, that gives it a valuation of $744.2 billion. Shares of Microsoft, which had been on a downward trend for years, has been rising since Satya Nadella took over from Steve Ballmer in 2014 and started focusing on cloud services… Read more : RTTNews, 30.05.2018
  • 2481135 Relations euro-russes : Vers une détente - La relance des dynamiques européennes, quelles qu’elles soient, dépend en grande partie de la remise en route des relations avec la Russie qui divise l’UE depuis 2014 et prouve combien cet édifice, sous sa forme précédente, n’est plus en mesure de servir les intérêts les plus évidents de notre continent, à commencer par maintenir de bonnes relations avec nos voisins mitoyens. Nous sommes très affirmatifs sur ce point, l’Europe, que l’on parle de l’UE ou de la zone euro, ne sortira pas de sa crise politique tant que des relations normalisées ne seront pas rétablies avec la Russie. Parmi les raisons qui militent en faveur d’un déblocage prochain, en voici une série rédigées en mars dernier pour un article qui n’a pas pu paraître dans le GEAB de ce mois-là ... Leggete
  • italy How radical is Italy’s Savona really? - Italy starts its working week by being thrown into a political crisis, as the two eurosceptic parties that wanted to form a government reached a standoff with Italy’s president. Over the weekend, president Sergio Mattarella rejected academic Paolo Savona to become a member of the new Italian government, reportedly because of his eurosceptic views. In response, Giuseppe Conte dropped his bid to become prime minister, while the Five Star Movement is calling for the impeachment of Mattarella. So how radical is Savona? According to Italy’s president, dangerously so. “The uncertainty about our position in the euro has alarmed Italian and foreign investors who have invested in our bonds and companies,” the president said according to agency Ansa… Read more : EUObserver, 28.05.2018
  • Guardian LA Times among US-based news sites blocking EU users due to GDPR - The general data protection regulation, which has come into effect, has prompted a number of prestigious US-based websites including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune to shut off access to internet users in the EU. Visitors to newspapers owned by Tronc Inc – formerly Tribune Publishing – which also includes the New York Daily News, the Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel and the San Diego Union-Tribune, are being redirected to a page with the message: “Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries… “We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market. We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism.” … Read more : The Guardian, 25.05.2018
  • colombie Présidentielle en Colombie : le candidat opposé aux accords de paix largement en tête - Ivan Duque a obtenu 39,14% des voix lors du premier tour de la présidentielle. Gustavo Petro (25,08%) et Sergio Fajardo (23,73%) obtiennent des scores historiques pour la gauche en Colombie. Un second tour opposera Ivan Duque et Gustavo Petro, le 17 juin prochain. Aucun candidat à l’élection présidentielle colombienne n’est parvenu à réunir plus de 50% des voix au premier tour organisé ce dimanche 27 mai. Un second tour aura donc lieu le 17 juin prochain. Ivan Duque est arrivé largement en tête, avec 39,14 % des voix. Il est suivi par Gustavo Petro (25,08%), Sergio Fajardo, (23,73%), German Vargas Lleras (7,28%), Humberto de la Calle (2,06%), Jorge Antonio Trujillo (0,39%)… Lire la suite : LeFigaro, 28.05.2018
  • colombia Election colombienne ? Ce que nous en disions le 15 mai dans notre “Calendrier trimestriel de l’avenir” - 17 juin : Deuxième tour de l’élection présidentielle en Colombie Le processus de paix avec les FARC est le grand sujet de cette présidentielle. L’accord de paix signé en novembre 2016 avec les FARC par l’actuel président, Juan Manuel Santos (inéligible pour un troisième mandat à la présidence), pose question depuis l’arrestation par les Etats-Unis d’un éminent membre des FARC très impliqué dans les négociations de paix, Seuxis Paucis Hernández Santrich, pour trafic de drogue. L’immunité relative accordée aux anciens combattants FARC dans le cadre de l’accord de Paix est ainsi remise en question de tous côtés. Pourtant l’accord a produit des effets très positifs sur la société colombienne. La population est donc divisée mais une part croissante des Colombiens est désormais tentée par les propositions d’annulation de l’accord émises par ... Leggete
  • opec OPEC Could “Relax” Production Cuts - It was only a few weeks ago that top officials from OPEC nations were issuing statements assuring the market that the group’s production cuts would remain in effect through the end of 2018, with the possibility of even extending them into next year. But now, with the Vienna meeting just a few weeks away, OPEC is suddenly warming up to the idea of lifting the production limits. The oil market is tighter than it has been in years. OECD oil inventories fell back to the five-year average in March, and because that is the latest month for which data is available, it is safe to assume that inventories are already below that average level. Brent prices have topped $80 per barrel for the first time since 2014 and the outages in Venezuela, ... Leggete
  • geab125 web-en The Global Europe Anticipation Bulletin is your crisis time companion - Unlock unlimited access to new content as well as archives for only 220 eur a year ! Pay once and read throughout the year all of our exclusive geopolitical analyses. The GEAB is a monthly, affordable, decision and analysis support tool intended for all those for whom the understanding of world developments examined from a truly European perspective constitutes a significant part of their work or project: advisors, consultants, financiers, economists, researchers, experts, heads of public institutions, research centres and international businesses, major NGOs … #geab.eu
  • trump Impeaching Trump: could a liberal fantasy become a nightmare? - Should members of Congress impeach Donald Trump? The billionaire Tom Steyer thinks so. He stars in TV ads calling for impeachment and has set up a “Need to Impeach” campaign to build national support for removing the president. The House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, doesn’t think so. She says talking about impeachment is “a gift to Republicans”. The former Senate majority leader Harry Reid also doesn’t think so. “I’ve been through impeachment,” he said, “and they’re not pleasant.” So who is right? … Read more : The Guardian, 22.05.2018
  • dw Russia-Crimea bridge opened by Vladimir Putin - The controversial Crimean Bridge was finished six months early and links Russia’s southern Krasnodar region with the Crimean city of Kerch. It’s hoped the bridge will help reduce Crimea’s reliance on sea transport. Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a 19-kilometer (12-mile) bridge connecting southern Russia to the Crimean peninsula on Tuesday. Putin, dressed in blue jeans, drove an orange heavy KAMAZ truck on the auto section of the road-and-rail bridge as part of the ceremony… Read more : Deutsche Welle, 15.05.2018
  • levif Le cimentier Lafarge accusé de crimes en Syrie - Deux ONG ayant porté plainte contre le cimentier Lafarge, accusé de financement de groupes armés en Syrie dont l’organisation Etat islamique (EI), ont demandé aux juges de mettre en examen la multinationale pour “complicité de crimes contre l’humanité”, a appris mardi l’AFP auprès de ces associations. Dans une note transmise récemment aux magistrats, l’association Sherpa et le Centre européen pour les droits constitutionnels et les droits de l’Homme (ECCHR) considèrent que Lafarge se serait rendu coupable de “complicité de crimes contre l’humanité” en finançant l’EI pour pouvoir maintenir l’activité de son usine syrienne de Jalabiya (nord), malgré les menaces sur la sécurité des employés locaux… Lire la suite sur : Levif.be, 15.05.2018
  • australia Australia Puts $50 Million Toward New Space Agency - Australia’s bid to join the rapidly growing space industry will receive a multimillion-dollar boost. Most developed countries, including New Zealand, have agencies dedicated to promoting industries in space. Australia has many space startups, some of which have struck deals with NASA and other international agencies. Australia is entering the race into space late compared to other developed nations. The National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. civilian space program, was set up in 1958, while the Canadian Space Agency was formed in 1989. The United Kingdom Space Agency aims to capture 10 percent of the global space market by 2030… Read more : VOANews, 06.05.2018
  • alj Lebanon re-elects its political status quo - Lebanon finally held a parliamentary election, nine years after the last one and following several false starts over the past five years, but the results have not brought change to the country’s political status quo. The same old political elites continue to dominate Lebanon’s political scene, winning the vast majority of seats. Turn out in this election was lower than in the previous one, standing at 49 percent. This signals a sense of popular ambivalence about the political process among most Lebanese, especially since the outgoing parliament renewed its own mandate twice unconstitutionally and since the elections that were meant to take place in 2013 kept being postponed under the pretext of lack of security. Parliament’s unconstitutional extensions have made a mockery of the concept of elections and reduced people’s faith in ... Leggete
  • bloom Italy’s Berlusconi Gives Green Light to a Populist Tie-Up - The chances of a populist government ruling Italy received a sizable boost from Silvio Berlusconi as he dropped his opposition to a tie-up. After more than two months of maneuvering between the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the anti-immigrant League, four-times premier Berlusconi yielded to pressure, including from his own lawmakers, and pledged that he is open to the two parties governing together. Italian bonds fell. President Sergio Mattarella has given the two populist forces until Thursday afternoon to decide whether they can forge a majority. Efforts so far had been thwarted by Five Star Leader Luigi Di Maio’s demand that League head Matteo Salvini drop his alliance with Berlusconi’s Forza Italia… Read more : Bloomberg, 10.05.2018
  • jpost Trump to ask Israel to withdraw from 4 east J’lem neighborhoods - The Trump administration will ask Israel to withdraw from four Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, which will likely become the capital of a future Palestinian state, US officials told Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman during his visit to Washington last week. The transfer of control over the neighborhoods – Jebl Mukabar, Isawiya, Shuafat and Abu Dis – was presented to Liberman as just one piece of the larger peace plan the administration has been working on over the last year. Israel, the officials indicated, would be expected to accept the plan once it is presented despite the potentially painful concessions… Read more : JPost, 04.05.2018
  • war Who Can Prevent a War Between Israel and Iran? Russia - The government of President Bashar al-Assad is resurgent in Syria, steadily retaking terrain lost to the rebels. This may bring to an end one set of conflicts, but it could spark newer, potentially more dangerous confrontations. The key to preventing the Syrian civil war from splintering into an even more chaotic and deadly phase will be Russia, whose September 2015 military intervention gave it control of Syrian airspace and placed it politically in the driver’s seat. But the United States, too, could still play an important role in preventing matters from getting worse. To understand how perilous the situation in Syria is, look at the map: In the northwest, in Idlib Province, a “de-escalation zone” that is monitored by the Turkish Army remains tenuous. The Assad government is keen to ... Leggete
  • euobs Germany and France lead EU budget concerns - Germany has voiced concern on fair burden-sharing in the next EU budget, while France is outraged by proposed cuts in farm aid. The bloc’s most powerful states joined other complaints from northern countries, after the European Commission unveiled its post-Brexit finance plan on Wednesday (2 May). “We are ready to take responsibility for strengthening the European Union – but this requires a fair burden-sharing of all member states,” the German foreign and finance ministers Heiko Mass and Olaf Scholz said in a joint statement in reaction to the proposals. The commission spending plan for 2021-2028 “would considerably increase the additional burden on Germany” by €10bn a year, they added. Germany, the biggest net contributor to the EU treasury, is also reluctant to use its wealth to pay for deeper monetary ... Leggete
  • capital Donald Trump : pourquoi sa réforme fiscale pourrait devenir notre cauchemar - Méfiance. Accueillies dans la joie par les entreprises américaines, les baisses d’impôts colossales que la Maison-Blanche vient de faire voter pourraient se transformer en cauchemar pour le monde entier. Ding ding ding ! Le milliardaire américain Warren Buffett a décroché le jackpot. Grâce à la réforme fiscale votée en décembre dernier à Washington, sa holding, Berkshire Hathaway, a vu sa feuille d’impôts réduite de 30 milliards de dollars, l’équivalent de notre budget annuel de la défense ! Un comble pour cet homme d’affaires aux sympathies ouvertement démocrates, qui a soutenu Hillary Clinton lors de la dernière élection présidentielle, et qui se plaint régulièrement… de ne pas payer assez de taxes ! Allez, Warren Buffett a beau faire sa mauvaise tête, la plupart des entreprises et des ménages qui ont tiré ... Leggete
  • iran L’Iran passe du dollar à l’euro pour ses échanges internationaux - L’Iran va commencer à utiliser l’euro à la place du dollar pour ses échanges commerciaux dans le cadre des efforts du pays pour réduire sa dépendance vis-à-vis de la devise américaine en raison des tensions politiques avec Washington, a rapporté mercredi l’agence officielle de presse Isna. La décision, prise en conseil des ministres, pourrait aussi encourager les organismes et les entreprises publiques à accroître leur utilisation de la monnaie unique européenne au détriment du billet vert. Le gouverneur de la banque centrale, Valiollah Seif, a déclaré la semaine dernière que le guide suprême, l’ayatollah Ali Khamenei, avait salué sa proposition de remplacer le dollar par l’euro dans le commerce extérieur, “le dollar n’ayant plus sa place dans nos transactions aujourd’hui”… Lire la suite : Challenges, 18.04.2018
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  • zone euro Teaser GEAB 124 – Towards a eurozone managed by intergovernmentalism - The construction of a federal structure for the eurozone got off to a bad start. The vision of the French government to strengthen the structure of the monetary union by creating new eurozone institutions, particularly a Ministry of Finance with its own budget and a convergence of business tax rates[1], already seemed like a somewhat limited ambition given what is at stake. That said, it was a first step towards building the infrastructure needed for the good functioning of the common currency. Germany puts a brake on the eurozone’s federalisation This little ambition appears to have been undermined already. In March, the unblocking of the German political situation, which was a pretext for maintaining the status quo, did not prove to be decisive at all. The European Council of 22nd ... Leggete