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"A number of countries have stepped up to take in people escaping from the chaos in Afghanistan."

Where are fleeing Afghans finding refuge?

By: EBR | Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Afghans have left their country in large numbers for the last four decades, fleeing a communist coup, a destabilizing Soviet invasion that led to the Taliban’s repressive theocracy, and the tumult that followed “Operation Enduring Freedom”

"Governments’ use of AI technology in relation to migration has been on the rise, notably with the deployment of hard tracking technologies such as autonomous surveillance drones and thermal cameras beyond borders to spot people travelling across expanses of land and sea. "

Afghan crisis accelerates automated controls at EU borders

By: EBR | Monday, August 30, 2021

EU and national authorities are increasingly deploying high-tech surveillance systems at the bloc’s external borders, a trend that could accelerate as some countries seek to block refugees arriving from Afghanistan, raising questions about the ethical implications of these technologies

"Making the pressure on Rwanda through politics and media so great that at a certain moment they can’t help but release him."

Man who saved 1,268 lives in Rwanda faces life sentence

By: EBR | Monday, August 30, 2021

’His conviction was pre-determined’

"Policies should be developed for improving people’s lives worldwide. For instance, to combat poverty and disease in developing countries, provide them with low-priced agricultural machinery and fair-trade conditions."

Quo Vadis, America?

By: EBR | Monday, August 30, 2021

Enmeshing itself in unnecessary wars has weakened the United States considerably, both materially and in terms of international prestige

"If we want to really confront – as opposed to just talk about — climate change, we should first, get rid of extreme hypocrisy (as this one), and second, design policies that would be acceptable to people."

Is Norway the New East India Company?

By: EBR | Friday, August 27, 2021

A tale of gas and oil, opium and hypocrisy: If climate activists are unable to convince the richest country in the world of the benefits of climate control, how do they plan to convince Mexico, Nigeria or Russia?

"Blue hydrogen uses carbon capture and storage (CCS) to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and features highly among the oil and gas industry’s answers to climate change."

Summer controversy illustrates polarisation of hydrogen debate

By: EBR | Friday, August 27, 2021

An August research paper by two US scholars, Robert Howarth and Mark Jacobson, cast doubt over the environmental merits of ‘blue’ hydrogen made from fossil gas with carbon capture technology, triggering fierce reactions from commentators and the industry

"Women have borne the brunt of the recession, widely dubbed the ’shecession’, largely because they work in sectors that were most impacted, such as retail and hospitality."

Gender gap: This is how we can build an equal economic recovery

By: EBR | Thursday, August 26, 2021

Progress on reaching gender parity has stalled and even gone backwards in the COVID-19 pandemic

"Unless the U.S. can accept a more modest role in a multipolar world, more Afghanistan-type misadventures are inevitable."

US and Afghanistan: War Lost, Empire Prevailing?

By: EBR | Thursday, August 26, 2021

Yes, America’s pull-out from Afghanistan was ignominious and clumsy. So it is not a surprise that it has generated a sandstorm of domestic recrimination and handwringing over why the war was “lost”

"The expansion of fintech has made it easier for consumers to access banking services that can help during periods of high inflation."

Digital tools can protect consumers from inflation

By: EBR | Wednesday, August 25, 2021

A visit to the grocery store confirms an economic phenomenon that is on the minds of households across the US and just about every investor in the world: inflation is back after a long hiatus

"In Europe, the debate over NATO contributions will light a fire under the strategic autonomy debate."

Transatlantic Relations After the Afghanistan Debacle

By: EBR | Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Reflections on the need to guard against the false prophets of making hay out of the current situation by effectively doing China’s bidding inside Europe, especially inside Germany

Research shows that the proportion of the global population which is exposed to floods has grown by 24% since the beginning of the 21st century; the equivalent of 86 million people.

86 million people are now exposed to floods – how can satellite data help?

By: EBR | Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The proportion of the population exposed to floods has grown by 24% globally since the turn of the century, find researchers

"Τhe two decades in Afghanistan did not inculcate a European strategic culture at EU or NATO level."

What Afghanistan Should Mean for Europe

By: EBR | Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban lays bare Europe’s lack of strategic foresight and dangerous dependence on the United States. The EU must address its shortcomings or risk losing the ability to defend its values and interests

"Several US allies have asked Washington to delay this departure, as NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg confirmed, as without the protection of the 6,000 US troops deployed at the airport, European operations may have to cease."

Borrell: EU should prepare for the next crises – Iraq, Sahel

By: EBR | Monday, August 23, 2021

The fall of Kabul to the Taliban and the chaotic international evacuation effort shows that Europe needs to develop its own military capacity independent of the United States, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell argues

"Reporting of online harms increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Only a global response can tackle the rise of online harms. Here’s why

By: EBR | Friday, August 6, 2021

The “new normal” of working, learning, and socialising from home during COVID-19 saw the significant rise of online harms being reported

"The IMF has detailed a strategy to resolve this with three key elements: carbon pricing, a green investment plan and measures for a fair transition."

Can we reach net-zero by 2050? These 3 focus-points will help

By: EBR | Thursday, August 5, 2021

Climate action is gaining momentum. Since the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries have intensified climate action

"In a sign of how seriously Moscow views the potential threat from Afghanistan, it said it would send a much bigger military contingent to Tajikistan for separate trilateral exercises."

Russian and Uzbek militaries begin joint Afghan border drills

By: EBR | Thursday, August 5, 2021

Troops from Russia and Uzbekistan began joint military drills on Monday (2 August) near the Afghan border, amid fears in both countries that a worsening security situation in Afghanistan could spill over into Central Asia

"The Chinese economy is already nearly 30% larger than that of the United States. Because China is also growing much faster, that means the United States will continue to shrink on a relative basis."

The United States as Number 2?

By: EBR | Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The Republican Party is utterly unprepared for the hard realities of relative U.S. decline vis-a-vis China

President Biden argued the minimum effective rate would “arrest the race to the bottom that’s been going on among nations attracting corporate investment at the expense of priorities like protecting our workers and investing in infrastructure.”

Can President Biden deliver on global tax reform?

By: EBR | Friday, July 30, 2021

On global tax reform, the key question is whether US President Joe Biden will be able to persuade Congress to support the changes needed to implement a global plan to tax multinationals more fairly

"By some estimates, all flights of less than 2,500 miles, representing today more than 50% of CO2 emissions of aviation, could be electrified or powered by hydrogen."

Creating zero-emission aviation with hydrogen and electric power

By: EBR | Friday, July 30, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has sharpened the public’s understanding of the role that flying plays in our lives

"The IMF’s latest global growth forecast has identified a growing gap between advanced economies and many emerging market and developing economies."

How can we close inequality gaps in the global COVID-19 recovery?

By: EBR | Thursday, July 29, 2021

The global economic recovery continues, but with a widening gap between advanced economies and many emerging market and developing economies

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