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John Thornhill September 22, 2017
The artificial intelligence, or AI, field has experienced great advances, with recent innovations enabling robots to become increasingly autonomous. Many AI inventions, such as Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, are benefiting society and quickly become routine for users. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the potential for robot-induced destruction is emerging. In August, two Chinese chat bots...
Michael Herh September 21, 2017
More than 25 percent of South Korea’s exports went to China as the world’s second largest market in 2013. “However, when the THAAD Incident broke out, excessive dependence on China boomeranged against South Korean companies,” writes Michael Herh for BusinessKorea. China found South Korean products less desirable; for example, Hyundai Motor sales plummeted by 50 percent, and South Korea – despite...
September 21, 2017
In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, Islamist parties across the Middle East and North Africa have achieved mixed results. As the Economist notes, the legacy of the Muslim Brotherhood, which began as an anti-imperialist social and educational movement in Egypt under Hassan al-Banna in 1928, gave way to Islamist offshoots, each iteration borne out of its own historical particularities and social...
Julia Carrie Wong, Michael Safi and Shaikh Azizur Rahman September 20, 2017
Rohingya Muslims, long marginalized, have few resources to resist the Myanmar military and flee the nation by the thousands. Social media can be a lifeline during such chaos. Yet in the midst of humanitarian crisis, Facebook is retaining the Myanmar military’s page while putting the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army on its “most dangerous” list, prompting moderators to delete posts that praise the...
Shuaib Almosawa, Ben Hubbard and Troy Griggs September 20, 2017
Directors of UNICEF, WFP, and WHO visited Yemen in July and described the “world’s worst cholera outbreak in the midst of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.” Since the start of the conflict when the Houthis overthrew the government and gained control of Sana’a in 2014, Yemen has slowly collapsed. Frequent bombings have contributed to the deaths of more than 10,000 civilians and crippled the...
Laura Delle Femmine September 19, 2017
Some consumers take food for granted while others demand the utmost in safety and taste. Consumers in the latter group, joined by those who want to protect the environment, seek out organic products produced without chemical fertilizers, additives, antibiotics, pesticides and other unnatural treatments. The United States is the world’s leading organic market followed by Germany. Europe has had...
Mohamed A. El-Erian September 19, 2017
The current global economic order is under strain, and the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund could pursue reforms and take steps to adjust to new economic realities, preventing disintegration and disorder, argues Mohamed A. El-Erian for Project Syndicate. The current order is rooted in “an economic paradigm that aimed to promote win-win interactions among countries, emphasizing trade...

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