Covid-19 will belong in history as one of the most seminal events to shock the world. Like WWII and the fall of the Berlin wall they had a monumental effect on the world in the 20th century. The Covid-19 pandemic is the third major shock in the 21st century that followed the 9/11 attacks and the 2008 financial crisis.
The GAFAM (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft) have created an empire, within the European Market, through patents. Their data collection and processing power are the cause of their success. Though, the expertise and funding of such companies does not completely explain why they succeeded where European companies didn’t. What they came up with could have been replicated, but it didn’t, and that’s because of patents.
War has raged in Yemen since 2014, and with particular intensity since the involvement of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. With the new US administration withdrawing the country’s blank cheque support of the Saudi and Emirati bombing campaigns, there may be scope for a negotiated end to the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet today.
The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has become a problem for the government in recent weeks. With the Dail vote delayed in December to allow for further debate due to the opposition posed by several Green Party TD’s. Since this delay this trade agreement between the EU and Canada has created a storm of opposition, in the form of TD’s resignations, social media campaigns and of course songs. This deal is detailed and complex with the policy document spanning up to thirty chapters but what does CETA really mean?
Two years ago, a German man was arrested, charged and convicted on fraud related offences for which he was found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison. What he had done was deceive and conjure people into giving him access to their PC’s while he installed Bitcoin mining software on them which were sent to a virtual wallet to only which he had control.
Over 240,000 people have been displaced in the Central African Republic since December, according to a new report.