Thiago Bittencourt

24 Added | 3 Magazines | 12 Likes | 13 Following | 1 Follower | @thimabi | IR undergraduate. Blogger. Translator (EN-PT). Aspiring diplomat. Currently at MITx. Researching into Globalisation, Human Rights and World Development.

Taiwan simulates attacks by political rival China

HSINCHU, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's military blasted shells into the ocean Thursday, one in a series of exercises this week to simulate attacks by political rival China after Beijing staged what appeared to be a mock strike against the presidential office in Taipei.<p>The exercises, larger this year than …

China

South Korea plans 'decapitation' strike against North's leadership if nuclear war is likely

Seoul plans pre-emptive attack on Kim Jong-un and senior leaders if Pyongyang makes moves towards nuclear launch<p>South Korea is drawing up plans to "decapitate" the top leadership in North Korea in the event that a new crisis between the two countries looks like it is descending into nuclear …

North Korea

Vaticano diz que não vai copatrocinar iniciativa palestina de hastear bandeira na ONU | Home Notícias | Reuters

Por Louis Charbonneau<p>NAÇÕES UNIDAS (Reuters) - O Vaticano pediu na terça-feira que a missão palestina na ONU remova todas as referências a esse país em um projeto de resolução preparado para a Assembleia-Geral, no qual farão um apelo para que as bandeiras da Palestina e da Santa Sé tremulem na …

Winners and losers - what the North Korean deal really means

Stephen Haggard takes a forensic look at agreement between Seoul and Pyongyang and considers what it might mean for diplomacy on the peninsula<p>Another whirl in the now familiar dance between the two Koreas has ended with Pyongyang expressing regrets over the wounding of South Korean soldiers, Seoul …

North Korea

Palestinians could raise flag at UN before pope visit

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a move likely to upset Israel's government, the Palestinians are seeking to raise their flag, along with the Vatican flag, at U.N. headquarters — just in time for Pope Francis' visit next month.<p>Supporters of the idea hope the U.N. General Assembly will adopt a resolution on …

Christianity

North Korea steps back from war footing after South halts border propaganda

Military postures to be rolled back by both sides and South Korea will halt loudspeaker broadcasts at the border, calming days of heightened tensions<p>North and South Korea reached agreement early on Tuesday to end a standoff involving an exchange of artillery fire that had pushed the divided …

North Korea

China Tests Most Dangerous Nuclear Weapon of All Time

<b>China conducted a flight test of its new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) this month.</b><p>This week, Bill Gertz reported that earlier this month, …

North Korea

Chinese media in Africa illustrate difference from western media

Constructive, rather than combative, journalism frames stories in a positive light<p>Over the past couple of years Chinese media organisations have been expanding in Africa. This has been characterised as part of the growth of China’s “soft power” on the continent.<p>A new analysis of the phenomenon by …

China

IMF official says 'premature' to speak of Chinese crisis | Reuters

RIMINI, Italy (Reuters) - China’s economic slowdown and a sharp fall in its stock market herald not a crisis but a “necessary” adjustment for the world’s second biggest economy, a senior International Monetary Fund official said on Saturday.<p>An investor looks up in front of an electronic board …

Economics

Your Guide to the Paris U.N. Climate Talks

As the preparations for the global climate change conference in Paris in December heat up in parallel with the planet, negotiators in the United …

Climate

Global currency wars: why China's devaluation is a peace offering misunderstood by the world

Renminbi shift is not the opening salvo in a 1930s-style cycle of "competitive easing"<p>China's biggest currency intervention for more than two decades has jolted financial markets out of their traditional August lull.<p>The Chinese central bank's (PBOC) surprise decision to tweak the renminbi’s peg to …

International Monetary Fund

Russia's Sanctions War Against the West Explained

Russia has taken on the United States and Europe in a sanctions war, which has recently spilled into some decidedly odd public stunts: bulldozed cheese, burned fruit, even euthanized ducklings.<p>NBC News' Moscow-based producer Alexey Eremenko explains what's behind the food crusade and looks at 10 …

Russia

Pressão militar sobre Ucrânia vai durar décadas, diz presidente | Home Notícias | Reuters

Por Natalia Zinets<p>KIEV (Reuters) - A pressão militar da Rússia e dos separatistas apoiados por Moscou sobre a Ucrânia deve durar décadas, e as gerações futuras terão de passar por treinamento militar, disse o presidente ucraniano, Petro Poroshenko, no sábado.<p>Poroshenko fez uma das previsões mais …

Hundreds of refugees breach Macedonia border

Hundreds of refugees in Greece have forced their way over the Macedonian border as police fired stun grenades in a failed bid to stop them breaking through.<p>For the second day in a row, police fired stun grenades and clashed with refugees trying to rush over the border between Greece and …

North Africa

Syria's Assad is unleashing 'a systematic campaign of attacks against hospitals'

According to doctors and NGOs on the ground in Syria, Assad has purposefully targeted hospitals cities that have been captured by rebels in an attempt to undermine their ability to provide services to civilians.<p>The attacks are a ghoulish attempt by Assad to indicate that his government is the only …

Middle East

O avesso da revolução: Egito vive clima de repressão maior do que na era Mubarak

CAIRO — No espaço de pouco mais de quatro anos, o Egito passou por dois levantes populares e teve três presidentes no poder. Após a rápida derrubada …

U.S. Told Ukraine to Stand Down as Putin Invaded

Moscow was emboldened when it got Crimea, not appeased.

Crimea

Former Nuclear Safeguards Official Says AP's Iran Deal Document Looks Fake

WASHINGTON -- A veteran international nuclear official questioned the authenticity of a document The Associated Press relied upon for its controversial report that Iran would be allowed to inspect Parchin, a site suspected of hosting illicit nuclear activity over a decade ago. He said the document …

Electric aircraft – the future of aviation or just wishful thinking?

Since the dawn of aviation, planes have primarily been powered by carbon-based fuels such as gasoline or kerosene. These contain a lot of energy for …

Aerospace

Polícia da Macedônia lança bombas de gás na fronteira para conter imigrantes e refugiados | Home Notícias | Reuters

GEVGELIJA, Macedônia (Reuters) - A polícia da Macedônia lançou bombas de gás lacrimogêneo nesta sexta-feira para dispersar milhares de imigrantes e refugiados que tentavam entrar no país dos Bálcãs, provenientes da Grécia, informou um repórter da Reuters que estava na fronteira.<p>Imigrantes e …

Turquia realizará eleição antecipada em 1º de novembro, diz presidente | Home Notícias | Reuters

ISTAMBUL (Reuters) - A Turquia irá realizar uma eleição antecipada em 1º de novembro e será formado um governo interino nesse meio tempo, caso seja necessário, com membros de fora do Parlamento, disse o presidente Tayyip Erdogan nesta sexta-feira.<p>Presidente da Turquia, Tayyip Erdogan. 31/07/2015 …

CORREÇÃO-IPCA-15 desacelera em agosto, mas em 12 meses tem maior patamar em 12 anos, a 9,57% | Home Notícias | Reuters

(Corrige o título para agosto, em lugar de julho)<p>SÃO PAULO (Reuters) - A prévia da inflação oficial brasileira desacelerou em agosto, diante da queda dos preços nos Transportes, mas em 12 meses ampliou a força e foi acima de 9,5 por cento, maior patamar em quase 12 anos, mesmo diante da economia em …

Moedas asiáticas ficam pressionadas com novos sinais de desaceleração da China

Alguns analistas avaliam que os problemas da China podem impedir o Fed de elevar seus juros básicos a partir da reunião de setembro<p>Temores gerados …