Tag Archives: Countries


OPINION: Are cryptocurrencies the new digital ‘blood diamonds’ of Africa?

Pete Howson is a senior lecturer in the department of geography and environmental sciences at Northumbria University, Newcastle.

Monday, 9 May 2022 09:30 GMT (THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION ) – The Central African Republic (CAR) has become the latest country to adopt bitcoin as a national currency. The move follows last year’s adoption by El Salvador. But CAR’s sudden embrace of crypto is confusing. Afterall, El Salvador’s bitcoin adoption isn’t going well. Besides warnings by the International Monetary Fund and fears of default, a recent survey found 86% of Salvadoran businesses have never carried out a bitcoin transaction.

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Ukraine: Nato and the US aim to destroy the Russian military – it looks as if they may have the means to do it

Frank Ledwidge, University of Portsmouth

Nothing like a coherent strategy emerged from 20 years of Nato’s war in Afghanistan; at best there were long lists of aspirations with no clear objectives or assessments of the resources needed to achieve them. But, two months after the Russian invasion, it looks very much as if the US and Nato are beginning to develop a coherent plan for Ukraine. Military strategy has been described as a synthesis of ends, ways and means. Last week, senior US and UK officials clarified the objectives – the ends.

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Hisense L9G Laser TV Unveiled at the World Cup Final Draw, #PerfectMatch World Cup Global Marketing Campaign Officially Launched

The Final Draw for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ was held in Doha on April 1st, FIFA, Qatar Government, Hisense and many organizations attended the event. As the official global sponsor for two consecutive FIFA World Cup tournaments, Hisense showcased its widely praised L9G TriChroma Laser TV at the event and announced the upcoming #PerfectMatch World Cup Global Marketing Campaign. Continue reading


Five ways the monarchy has benefited from colonialism and slavery

Laura Clancy, Lancaster University

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of the Caribbean for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has been criticised over the royals’ connection to colonialism and slavery.

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The cost of war: how Russia’s economy will struggle to pay the price of invading Ukraine

Renaud Foucart, Lancaster University

The invasion of Ukraine has placed Russia on the verge of bankruptcy. Interest rates have doubled, the stock market has closed, and the rouble has fallen to its lowest level ever.

The military costs of war have been exacerbated by an unprecedented level of international sanctions, sustained by a large coalition of countries. Russian citizens, now unable to spend at IKEA, McDonald’s or Starbucks, are not allowed to convert any of the money they do have into foreign currency.

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Arab women entrepreneurs defy odds with leap into sportswear

– In conservative MENA region, women find activewear niche

– From Lebanon to Saudi Arabia, female-led firms spring up

– Economic vageries, pandemic test fledgling businesses

BEIRUT, March 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Nathaly Daou zigzags through an underground fabric store in Beirut, pulling out bolts of neon Lycra and patterned polyester before settling on a roll of white cotton. Continue reading


Foreign students fleeing Ukraine battle racism, extortion

Thousands of foreign students trapped in Ukraine

Many turn to family and friends to fund evacuation

Charities, individuals rally to support students

March 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – With the sound of shelling over overhead, Nigerian medical student John Adebisi has been trapped for nine days in a basement in the north-east Ukrainian town of Sumy, wracked by fear and without enough money or means to escape. Continue reading