Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Tag: North America

President Xi Jinping has emphasized China’s commitment to improving the lives of its people and clarified its collaborative approach with other nations, entities such as APEC, and including superpowers like the United States, during a meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. […]
The United States (US) government raises concerns about the popular social media app, TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese company, ByteDance. Both the FBI and officials at the Federal Communications Commision considered TikTok as a potential national security threat due to its Chinese ownership and the possibility that the Chinese government could use the app to collect data on US […]
Bank Indonesia decided to maintain its interest rate despite recent benchmark rate increase carried out by the Federal Reserve. […]
The Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the former 16th largest bank in the United States, went bankrupt on March 10, 2023, marking one of the largest bank failures since the 2008 financial crisis. Within 48 hours, the bank collapsed after its stocks plummeted to 66%, as a result of The Federal Reserve’s (The Fed) aggressive interest rates in Q1 2023. […]
The Philippines and the United States are ramping up their military cooperation by doubling the number of troops in the joint exercises. This measure – which is done days after a spy balloon was spotted in the US sky – would give the superpower country a potential advantage in its efforts to thwart China’s attempt to take control of Taiwan. […]
The 2023 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, felt special since it was the first after the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak hit the world in 2020, which killed 6.74 million people. This year’s theme of “cooperation in a fragmented world” highlighted how countries would cope with the biggest issues such as the global recession and the Russia vs Ukraine war. […]
The death of longtime al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in late July in a U.S. drone strike in Kabul marked the end of an era. Zawahiri’s roots in the global jihad movement go back decades to his tenure with the Islamic Jihad in Egypt. He was one of the last veteran jihadists to work closely with Osama bin Laden. Zawahiri’s death […]
Afghanistan’s economy and people have suffered significant setbacks and hardships since the Taliban returned to power in August 2021. […]
The program, dubbed the “Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment” (PGII), aims to mobilize $600 billion by 2027 in investments for infrastructure in developing countries with an emphasis on sustainable and secure development. Neither President Biden nor the White House fact sheet explicitly mentioned China by name. Yet, it is generally understood that the PGII aims to provide an alternative […]
The leaders of Western industrialized nations have acknowledged that isolating Russia economically for its invasion of Ukraine has significant adverse consequences for their economies, including dramatic increases in the prices of oil and natural gas. Europe faces potential shortages of natural gas this winter, as Russia restricts its supplies in retaliation for European support for Ukraine. U.S. and European political […]
The deadline for U.S. troops to withdraw from Afghanistan is approaching fast, set for this May, despite high levels of violence. However, few believe the Biden administration will follow through, arguing that the Taliban has not held up its end of the deal to reduce violence. […]
After more than 40 years since the establishment of the Islamic Republic, no U.S. strategy has yet successfully addressed the broad range of threats posed by Iran. From the outset U.S.-Iran relations have been fraught with mistrust, animosity, threats, and occasional hostilities, interspersed with periods of negotiation and even tacit cooperation in selected circumstances. […]
Honorary titles become less and less popular. Being addressed with those titles is also seen as a snobbish act. The abolition of honorary titles has made interactions a lot simpler and avoiding embarrassment when the incorrect title was used. […]