Global Markets: OPEC Meeting Could End Without Decision —

Back in 2011, when OPEC met to discuss raising oil production to offset the drop in Libya, resulting from the civil war, Saudi Arabia’s Ali al-Naimi called it “one of the worst meetings ever.” That meeting ended without consensus and this is likely to happen again this week, when the cartel meets to discuss another […]

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Những cây cầu của dân, do dân


NĐT –  12:40 | Thứ sáu, 06/04/2018 0

Không quá nhiều người biết, rằng tại Việt Nam từ 2016 – 2021 có một dự án đường và cầu triển khai trên 51 tỉnh thành từ nguồn vốn 6.000 tỉ đồng do Ngân hàng Thế giới cung cấp. Người điều phối dự án là Bộ Giao thông Vận tải. Riêng về hợp phần cầu trong dự án này do Tổng cục Đường bộ làm chủ đầu tư, chỉ tiêu đặt ra là làm 2.300 cầu dân sinh tại 51 tỉnh.

Việc tìm các báo cáo về quy trình và số liệu phân bổ nguồn vốn từ nhà điều phối cũng như chủ đầu tư dự án làm cầu dân sinh từ 2016 đến nay là chuyện không dễ và cần nhiều thời gian, công sức. Chúng tôi chọn cách dễ hơn để kể câu chuyện về những chiếc cầu dân sinh…

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Friday Finds: ‘If Gaza Were a Story’


Twenty-two-year-old Doaa Mohaisen has an essay in the latest issue of PEN Transmissions: “If Gaza Were a Story.” Mohaisen grew up in Gaza and is now doing a Master’s program in Qatar:

In this issue of PEN Transmissionsthey asked four writers to reflect on “different aspects of how they write the past: from personal history to a country’s official (or unofficial) past, from heroic narratives to fragmented memories, how do we incorporate the past into our writing?”

In her essay, Mohaisen writes about the hero-narrative projected onto Gazans:

Attributing heroism to Gazans reinforces the representation of difference by portraying an image of the Palestinian as one born with special capabilities to bear the unbearable. As I was growing up in the Gaza Strip, I was, like other Palestinians, fed with the narrative claiming that the Palestinian cause is central to the Muslim Ummah (community), that Palestine…

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In China, universities seek to plant ‘Xi Thought’ in minds of students

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“Classes on Marxism and Mao might not create true believers, but they create the sense that in order to get ahead you have to speak the language, you have to participate in the shared make-believe.”

Armed with interactive online courses, generous funding and new dedicated research institutes, China’s universities are on the frontlines of an effort to promote the thinking of President Xi Jinping to China and the world.

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China’s President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China June 14, 2018. Fred Dufour/Pool via REUTERS

Since October, many universities across China have placed “Xi Thought” at the core of their curricula – the first time since the era of Mao Zedong that a Chinese leader has been accorded similar academic stature.

Mandatory ideology classes have been updated by the universities in response to instruction from…

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Asian Stocks End Ugly Week With China On The Edge of a Bear Market

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Regional markets continue their divergence from the rest of the world

Performers celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival in Shanghai June 18. Tensions between the Chinese and U.S. governments are hitting Asian markets.
Performers celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival in Shanghai June 18. Tensions between the Chinese and U.S. governments are hitting Asian markets. PHOTO: FANG ZHE/ZUMA PRESS

Asian stock markets were mixed Friday, following a fall in U.S. equities the day before, with the impact of trade tensions between the American and Chinese governments worrying investors. Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 1.1% despite better-than-expected Japanese manufacturing data. China’s Shanghai Composite Index rose by 0.3%, recovering slightly after losses in early trading.

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It’s been an ugly end to an ugly week for Asian markets, which have continued their divergence from the rest of the world.

What’s Happening

China’s Shanghai Composite Index is down by more than 19% from its January peak, hovering on the edge of bear market territory during intraday…

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US’ Bombing Spree in Afghanistan Reaches Record Levels

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US’ Bombing Spree in Afghanistan Reaches Record Levels

The United States’ military’s air assault campaign in Afghanistan is reaching heights not seen since at least 2009 – as far back as available data goes – according to a new report from Air Force Central Command.

The uptick in payloads delivered comes 17 years since the US invaded the country in an effort to oust the Taliban from power. Just last November, America’s top general in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, said that the war was in a “stalemate.”

As of May 2018, the US has already dropped 2,339 weapons from the Afghan skies since the start of the year. May saw the deployment of some 591 munitions in Operation Freedom Sentinel, more than any month since October 2017.

Number of weapons released by aircraft under Combined Forces Air Component commander control in Afghanistan between 2013 and May 2018.
Number of weapons released by aircraft under Combined Forces Air Component commander control in Afghanistan between 2013 and May 2018.

Weapon deployment data for them Air Force Central Command is only available dating…

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U.S. Military Aircraft Targeted by Lasers Over Pacific

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Pilots of American military aircraft flying over the western Pacific Ocean in areas frequented by the Chinese military have been targeted with lasers more than 20 times in recent months, The Wall Street Journal reports. Pentagon officials stopped short of accusing the Chinese military of involvement in the attacks but confirmed to the Journal that the incidents occurred in and around the East China Sea, an area where Beijing has bolstered its military presence amid a long-running dispute with Japan over a chain of islands. The lasers appeared to come from fishing boats, some of which were Chinese-flagged, and from shore, officials said. Chinese personnel were accused of using military-grade lasers to target U.S. pilots in East Africa earlier this year, though in the more recent East China Sea attacks, officials said commercial-grade lasers were used. The beams from such lasers have been known to temporarily blind pilots and can cause…

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