POLITICS

The use of digital currencies has surged in Afghanistan as the Taliban takeover engenders economic uncertainty.
Cryptocurrency Use in Afghanistan Rises, Taliban May Take Advantage to Outwit Western Sanctions
The use of cryptocurrencies in Afghanistan has reportedly spiked amidst the Taliban takeover. The country’s financial system is in a disarray, encouraging many to adopt digital currencies. Some Afghans see cryptocurrencies as safe assets to...
UK government is looking at whether to mandate vaccinations for NHS staff members.
UK Government Launches Consultation on Making Vaccination Compulsory for NHS Workforce
The UK government is considering making full COVID-19 vaccination a requirement for employment at the National Health Service (NHS). Last week, the government launched a consultation on the issue, exploring mandatory vaccination for all frontline...
In this photo illustration ABC News reports on Facebook's news ban on Australian and International content on February 18, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Facebook has banned publishers and users in Australia from posting it sharing news content as the Australian government prepares to pass laws that will require social media companies to pay news publishers for sharing using content on their platforms. On Sept. 8, additional restrictions have been imposed on Facebook and other media companies.
Australian Online Free Speech in Danger as High Court Rules Social Media Sites Liable for Malicious Content
On Sept. 8, a court ruling by Australia’s High Court determined that media companies and other account holders are legally responsible for any comments on posts made by users. This includes Facebook posts made by...
The Chinese real estate group, Evergrande, is facing issues with debt repayments.
China’s Evergrande Conglomerate Reels Under Payment Issues, Threatening Chinese Economy
China’s real estate giant, Evergrande, is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, unable to service its debts. One of the most indebted private conglomerates in China, the company’s shares, listed in Hong Kong, have crashed...
At least 10 vaccination centers in Greece have come under investigation after issuing fake certificates.
Health Centers in Greece Suspected of Issuing Bogus Certificates, Unvaccinated Medical Workers Protest in Athens
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has continued to appear on headlines from media outlets around the world. Vaccine passports and mandates are increasingly being implemented for travel and work. However, millions of people have...
After Fall of Afghanistan, Indonesia on Guard for al-Qaeda-linked Activity, Arrests Key Leader
According to Indonesia's National Intelligence Agency spokesman Wawan Hari Purwanto, following the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, Indonesian officials have stepped up their counter-terrorism efforts "particularly toward terrorist groups that have links to the Taliban's ideology...
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Why a Black Swan in Beijing Got People Speculating About Chinese Politics
The “visit” by a black swan to Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in the morning of Sept. 5 was quickly hushed by Chinese police at the scene, who drove away onlookers as wildlife protection staff caught the...
China has responded to U.S. actions in the South China Sea by threatening to send PLA Navy warships into U.S. territorial waters.
‘Taste of Its Own Medicine’: China Threatening to Send Warships Into US Territorial Waters
China, through its state-run media mouthpiece Global Times, issued a threat to the U.S. by calling on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy to move warships into American territorial waters. The media outlet made the...
The communist state of Kerala has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in India.
Kerala, the Indian Communist State Where COVID-19 Refuses to Subside
Kerala, a small state in southern India governed by a communist party, has the highest number of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country. In the week ending Sept. 4, Kerala was responsible for...