Jacob Bilskie

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China May Be Adding a ‘Nuclear Element’ to the South China Sea, the Pentagon Warns

The Pentagon sounded a warning over China’s plans to introduce floating nuclear power plants on disputed islands and reefs in the South China Sea, …

China

US dollar on its way out as world's lead currency?

Tumbling emerging market currencies, including the Russian ruble, have caused Moscow to publicly wish for the "demise" of the greenback from global …

International Monetary Fund

Nord Stream 2: Is Germany ‘Captive’ to Russian Energy?

President Trump has targeted Germany over its supposed dependence on Russian natural gas, and the proposed Nord Stream 2 is dividing the EU. What’s …

Nord Stream

Hospitals scrap surgeries, Venezuelans forgo showers as taps run dry

CARACAS (Reuters) - At one of Caracas' biggest public hospitals, most bathrooms are closed. Patients fill jugs from a tiny tap on the ground floor that sometimes has a trickle of water. Operations are postponed or canceled.<p>The Central Venezuelan University hospital, once a Latin American leader, is …

Venezuela

Mystery Russian satellite's behaviour raises alarm in US

<b>A mysterious Russian satellite displaying "very abnormal behaviour" has raised alarm in the US, according to a State Department official.</b><p>"We don't know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it," said assistant secretary Yleem Poblete at a conference in Switzerland on 14 August.<p>She …

Armed Forces

A new report says traces of Monsanto pesticide found in many popular, oat-based breakfast foods

While it’s not printed anywhere on their ingredients list, some of America’s most popular breakfast foods contain pesticides. On Wednesday, the …

Pesticides

Japan activated an elite marine unit for the first time since World War II to counter China — and it's getting ready for its first naval exercise

Just a few months after activating its elite Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade for the first time since World War II, Japan plans to send the crisis-response force modeled off the US Marine Corps on its first naval exercise before the end of the year.<p>Japan disbanded its military after World War …

Military

China threatens foreign ships and planes 'daily' in the South China Sea, but no one is yielding any ground

China is threatening foreign ships and planes operating in the South China Sea on a "daily" basis, according to the chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.<p>"It's a daily occurrence," General Carlito Galvez Jr. told the press Monday, the Inquirer reported. "Our pilots just reply, 'We are just …

China

Did Russia Really Dump Its U.S. Debt?

“Russia dumped 84% of its American debt,” blared a July CNN headline. Russian central-bank head Elvira Nabiullina said the sales were just part of …

Central Banks

'What happens in Turkey won't stay in Turkey': Why this debt crisis could be different

The markets have seen much of this movie before: a heavily indebted country finds itself in crisis, the currency plunges and talk quickly turns to …

Stock Markets

One Million Muslim Uighurs Have Been Detained by China, the U.N. Says. Where’s the Global Outrage?

It was on September 16, 2001, five days after the 9/11 attacks, that President George W. Bush declared his now-infamous “war on terrorism.” Other …

China

The world's first 3Dcolor X-rays

The Mars Spectral CT scanner shows us never-before-seen images of inside the human body.The Mars Spectral CT scanner shows us never-before-seen images of inside the human body.

X-rays

The reason Turkey's economic collapse is so scary is that Iran, Russia, and Syria are waiting in the wings

What if Turkey collapses?<p>It's not outside the realm of possibility. Turkey's currency is in free fall. Inflation is at 15% and climbing. The Turkish economy could enter a recession. The US has imposed economic sanctions on the country because President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refuses to hand over an …

Middle East

The 4th Industrial Revolution Is Here - Are You Ready?

We’re on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0. It’s quite different than the three Industrial Revolutions that preceded it—steam and water power, electricity and assembly lines, and computerization—because it will even challenge our ideas about what it means to be</b> …

Manufacturing

The dollar’s days as the world’s most important currency are numbered

For at least 70 years, the US dollar has been the world’s dominant currency. Central banks around the world hold a large portion of their reserves in the US currency, while private companies use it for international transactions. The trade in US Treasury bonds is the world’s deepest, most liquid …

Central Banks

Russia and 4 Other Nations Settle Decades-long Dispute Over Caspian Sea

MOSCOW — The five countries with shorelines on the Caspian Sea agreed on Sunday to a formula for dividing up the world’s largest inland body of water and its potentially vast oil and gas resources.<p>The leaders of Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan signed the Convention on the …

Russia

The US Would Need a Mega-Constellation to Counter China's Hypersonic Weapons

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Pentagon admittedly is already five to 10 years behind in the development of an anti-missile system to thwart advanced …

Military

Religion must obey Chinese law, paper says of mosque protest

WEIZHOU, China (AP) — A newspaper of the ruling Communist Party said Saturday that no religion is above the law in China, urging officials to stay firm while dealing with a rare protest over the planned demolition of a massive mosque in the northwest.<p>The Global Times said that local officials in …

China

Futile US bid to pit Russia against a rising China

Henry Kissinger Photo: IC<p>The Helsinki summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump presented the possibility of a …

Russia

U.S. military warns Iran over naval activity in the Strait of Hormuz

The United States is closely monitoring Iranian naval activity to ensure no disruptions occur to global shipping, a top U.S. general said Wednesday, as tensions with Tehran intensify over renewed economic pressure from the Trump administration.<p>Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, said a …

South Asia

Here's the real reason Saudi Arabia is freaking out at Canada

While Saudi Arabia is genuinely angry with Canada, the central reason that it is freaking out at Ottawa is domestic in nature. Namely, Saudi crown …

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia halts all medical treatment for citizens in Canada

Riyadh's move comes after Ottawa denounced a crackdown on human rights activists in the kingdom.<p>Saudi Arabia barred all citizens from receiving medical treatment in Canada as a diplomatic dispute over criticism of its human rights record intensifies.<p>Riyadh also announced it is coordinating the …

Human Rights

AI Vs. God: Who Stays And Who Leaves?

Intolerance, crusades, national differences, terrorism and interpersonal disagreements – all those to some extent resulted from conflicting religious views.<p>What about the lack of a religious belief? A major emergent trend of the last century came not from religious teachings but from the Scientific …

Artificial Intelligence

Imran Khan's flip-flop makes India wonder if he can be relied on

There was drama and flourish when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, the flamboyant cricketer-turned-politician, pledged to match every …

India

How to End Japan’s Deflation? Abolish Cash

Monetary medicine in Japan is keeping the economy alive, but with nasty side effects. The search for a new cure should begin with a simple question: What if the Bank of Japan were to throw out its money-printing presses?<p>Instead of pushing more yen into an economy that has already absorbed a …

Bank of Japan

Dubai to Hong Kong, follow the money (laundering) | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

To the believers, the glittering towers and man-made islands that characterise the Dubai real estate market are proof of an economic miracle.<p>A …

Hong Kong

Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro survives apparent assassination attempt

Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has survived an apparent assassination attempt after what officials described as drones armed with explosives detonated overhead during a speech he was making at a military event.<p>The drones were flown towards Maduro as he addressed soldiers in Caracas on …

Venezuela

Academics created a periodic table of mind-blowing tech, and it's a handy guide to how the world will change forever

Academics at Imperial Tech Foresight (ITF), an offshoot of Imperial College London, have been working to bring to life nebulous and intangible technological advances in a way you've never seen before.<p>They have created a table of disruptive tech, taking inspiration from the periodic table of …

Imperial College London

Pentagon redoing space defenses, but will Trump demand more?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wants a Space Force, a new military service he says is needed to ensure American dominance in space. But the idea is gaining little traction at the Pentagon, where the president's defense chief, Jim Mattis, says it would add burdensome bureaucracy and …

Military

China rejects US demand to reduce Iran oil imports: report

Bloomberg cites officials as saying that Beijing turned down a Washington request to cut imports from Iran.<p>China has rejected a demand by the United States to cut Iranian oil imports, according to Bloomberg news agency, which cited two officials familiar with the negotiations.<p>Beijing, however, …

South Asia