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https://phys.org/news/2019-12-country-green-stanford-paths-countries.html
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https://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/retirement/the-boomer-shift-how-canadas-economy-is-headed-for-majorchange/article27159892/
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The Globe and Mail
The dramatic greying of Canada’s population will reshape the economy, stifle growth and force governments to provide for a growing number of seniors with a shrinking pool of taxpayers
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/11/leaked-documents-reveal-russian-effort-to-exert-influence-in-africa
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The Guardian
Exclusive: Kremlin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin leading push to turn continent into strategic hub, documents show
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http://www.cadtm.org/Chinese-geopolitics-continuities-inflections-uncertainties
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CADTM
For Beijing, the era in which the European powers shaped the world was only a parenthesis before the story returns to its “normal”, Sinocentric course. China has become the second world power.…
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https://www.berkeleysquares.co.uk/2018/10/the-great-facade-of-foreign-aid/
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Berkeley Squares
Foreign aid from richer countries to poorer ones can remedy the crisis of poverty; however, there is a growing movement of economists that argue aid is actively encouraging poverty and decline. Are these claims founded in reality, or just protectionist myths?
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/beyond-catalonia-taking-stock-europes-separatist-movements
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Stratfor
The European Union is wary of the impact that the Catalan independence movement will have on the territorial integrity of its member states. But the crisis in the region by no means offers an easy roadmap for others to follow.
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https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/10/get-rid-borders-completely/409501/
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The Atlantic
No defensible moral framework regards foreigners as less deserving of rights than people born in the right place at the right time.
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/follow-digital-silk-road-5g-china-vietnam
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Stratfor
China’s tech prowess offers business opportunities – but also security concerns – for Southeast Asian nations. So how will the United States respond?
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https://resource.co/article/global-circular-economy-database-launched-coordinate-circular-innovation-12601
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Resource
The landmark database will showcase over 3,000 worldwide initiatives and aims to become a significant tool in improving coordination of future circular economy efforts.
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https://www.vox.com/2019/3/27/18175776/opioid-drug-war-legalization
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Vox
One day we’ll look back on the drug war as a catastrophic failure.
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/trade-disputes-are-heart-washingtons-new-diplomacy
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Stratfor
The trade war with China is the first of many such quarrels that define current U.S. foreign policy.
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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-nuclear-modernize-specialreport/special-report-in-modernizing-nuclear-arsenal-u-s-stokes-new-arms-race-idUSKBN1DL1AH
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Reuters
President Barack Obama rode into office in 2009 with promises to work toward a nuclear-free world. His vow helped win him the Nobel Peace Prize that year.
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/melting-arctic-heats-question-who-governs-northwest-passage-united-states-canada-climate-change
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Stratfor
For decades the U.S. and Canada have agreed to disagree about sovereignty over the far-north shipping lane. But what was once largely abstract is now becoming a practical reality.
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/moving-toward-geopolitical-marketplace
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Stratfor
Can some clever innovation bring us from zero-sum conflict to positive-sum exchange?
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/18/louisiana-climate-change-skeptics-donald-trump-support
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The Guardian
The small Louisiana town of Cameron could be the first in the US to be fully submerged by rising sea levels – and yet locals, 90% of whom voted for Trump, still aren’t convinced about climate change
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https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-11-27/latin-america-s-chaos-is-an-opportunity-for-the-u-s
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Bloomberg
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https://www.euractiv.com/section/africa/news/mogherini-europe-and-africa-can-change-global-politics-in-a-revolutionary-way/
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Euractiv
A new model of collaboration between the EU and Africa can change today’s dangerous turn of international relations, which have moved from “win-win” solutions and are now based on “zero-sum” games, EU's top diplomat Federica Mogherini said.
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/panama-papers-rude-awakening-worlds-wealthy
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Stratfor
Leaks reveal the extent of hidden wealth and could provide impetus to shut down tax havens.
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/rise-manufacturing-marks-fall-globalization
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Stratfor
Just as technology spurred globalization, so, too, will it revolutionize how countries do business with one another once again. Automation, advanced robotics and software-driven technologies are ushering in a new era that will leave fewer opportunities for the developing world.
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https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-05-23/oecd-artificial-intelligence-policy-runs-counter-to-china-s-use
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Bloomberg
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/when-money-doesnt-grow-trees-end-easy-cash
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Stratfor
The surging global economic growth underway signals an end to the era of quantitative easing. For financial markets around the world, that's an unsettling prospect.