FACEBOOK AS AN ELECTION WEAPON – FROM OBAMA TO TRUMP

The use of Facebook data to target voters has triggered global outrage with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. But the concept is nothing new: Barack Obama made extensive use of the social network in 2008 and stepped up “micro-targeting” in his 2012 re-election effort. The unauthorized gathering of data on 50 million Facebook users by a […]

TRUMP PREPARED TO HIT CHINA WITH $60 BILLION IN ANNUAL TARIFFS

President Trump is preparing to impose a package of $60 billion in annual tariffs against China, following through on a long-time threat that he says will punish China for intellectual property infringement and create more American jobs. The tariff package, which Trump plans to unveil by Friday, was confirmed by four senior administration officials. Senior […]

CHINA READY FOR A TRADE WAR WITH US & IT COULD HURT AMERICANS

China is prepared for a trade war with the United States, but the U.S should consider the costs of starting one, an expert on U.S.-China relations said Thursday.   Robert Ross, a professor of political science at Boston College, told CNBC: “The Chinese have made it clear: ‘You want a trade war? We’re prepared.’ And […]

THE MAN BEHIND THE NORTH KOREA NEGOTIATIONS

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have taken center stage—but it was South Korea’s president directing the drama. MOON JAE THE CHARIOTEER    Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump are the volatile, captivating stars of North Korea’s nuclear drama—including the shocking twist last week in which Trump said he would accept Kim’s reported offer of […]

ESTONIAN DISTRICT HAVE CHOSEN CANNABIS LEAF AS THEIR NEW FLAG

Estonia, a country in Northern Europe, borders the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland. Including more than 1,500 islands, its diverse terrain spans rocky beaches, old-growth forest and many lakes. Formerly part of the Soviet Union, it’s dotted with castles, churches and hilltop fortresses. The capital, Tallinn, is known for its preserved Old Town, museums […]

IS NORTH KOREA’S LEADER DESPERATE OR CONFIDENT?

Were they the smiles of an authoritarian leader under pressure, a man desperately trying to smooth talk his way out of sanctions that threaten the stability of his regime? A man increasingly alarmed that the unpredictable U.S. president might be serious about military strikes? Or were they the smiles of an authoritarian leader who feels […]

KIM JONG UN CALLS FOR A NEW HISTORY

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told a high-ranking South Korean government delegation that he wants to “write a new history of national reunification,” during an unprecedented meeting between the two sides in Pyongyang Monday.   North Korean state media released images and comments from Kim’s dinner meeting with the South Korean officials, who included […]

CHINA MOVES TO LET Xi EXTEND RULE

EPA Xi Jinping became Chinese president in 2013 and is currently due to step down in 2023 China’s governing Communist Party has proposed removing a clause in the constitution which limits presidencies to two five-year terms. The move would allow the current President Xi Jinping to remain as leader after he is due to step […]

US TO IMPOSE LARGEST EVER N KOREA SANCTIONS

The United States is imposing a fresh set of sanctions on North Korea – the “largest ever”, President Trump says. The measures target more than 50 ships and maritime transport companies in North Korea, but also China and Taiwan. North Korea is already under a range of international and US sanctions over its nuclear programme […]