Articles of Interest

Below are a number of links to articles from various media sources that our visitors may find interesting.

 

Our intent is to post links to articles that span a variety of topics, where the underlying theme has business applications, implications, or identifies risks, such as political, operational, or financial, that may be pertinent to where you live, your society, work and/or business.

In Shape

November 23, 2020: Doctors Target “Hunger” Hormone In Parkinson’s Research

 

Doctors have reported that one of the hormones responsible for making us feel hungry has two different variants: one that increases the formation of new nerve cells, such as brain cells, and another that blocks the formation of new nerve cells. Their findings suggest that the ratio between these two hormone variants may be one of the determinants in the cause of Parkinson’s disease and dementia.   

Via: Futurism

 

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November 16, 2020: The Politics of Water: Can The Failure of Mega-Dam Negotiations Lead To Armed Conflict?

 

Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan have not yet reached an agreement on a water conflict negotiation stemming from the development and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

 

It is estimated that about 85% of the Nile River waters originate in Ethiopia, raising questions and concerns about the manner in which the dam will be filled, and its impact downstream.

 

Complicating the situation is Turkey’s recent interest in Ethiopian domestic affairs, as it attempts to use its growing influence with Ethiopia, encouraging the country to potentially cut off Nile water flow and impose its political agenda on East Africa and Egypt, which you can read about here.

Via: VOA News

 

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Molecules Security

November 8, 2020: Have You Experienced Blocked Websites? A VPN May Help

 

If you have ever experienced being blocked from a website due to your geographic location, one possible solution to consider may be a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which helps make you more anonymous online.

 

A VPN can hide your IP address, change your apparent online location, and add an additional layer of encryption to your online browsing.

 

The attached article talks more in detail about how and why some online users may wish to use a virtual private network as part of their cybersecurity strategy, along with some of its drawbacks.

Via: PCMag

 

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PLEASE DONATE: JOIN US IN OUR HELPING BEIRUT HOSPITALS INITIATIVE

 

As soon as it was reported that the Beirut port explosion had caused massive damage to several nearby hospitals, the Global Order of Middle Eastern Christians began reaching out to our local Lebanese Embassy, the Red Cross, the World Health Organization (WHO), and multiple media sources to gather information on the extent of the damage, and where best we could direct our efforts, helping to return quality healthcare to the people of Beirut, Lebanon.

Please consider donating here, and join us in supporting, and sharing this initiative with your social media network. 100% of the net proceeds will be distributed to severely damaged hospitals.

Donations even as low as $5 can help get the most severely damaged hospitals back on their feet and providing quality healthcare to Beirut residents.

 

Donate $100, or more, and the Global Order of Middle Eastern Christians will give you or your company a one year listing in our business directory for FREE!

Charity Drive

November 2, 2020: Applying the Power of Humility to Succeed in Business

 

Humility is an incredibly important trait in both our personal and business lives. Occasionally, confidence can be misinterpreted as arrogance, but it is absolutely possible to be both confident, especially in charting a strategic course, making decisions, and taking actions, while also expressing the emotionally intelligent trait of humility.

 

In the attached article, we learn how one CEO used both his confidence in implementing a strategic four point restructuring plan, and humility to help turn around a multi-billion dollar enterprise after the Global Financial Crisis. These same principles can be applied to businesses of all sizes.

Via: Multibriefs

 

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Chess Pieces

October 25, 2020: Are Turkey And Its Allies Preparing To Destabilize Lebanon?

 

Increasingly, reports are emerging of Turkey allegedly sending large amounts of weapons into northern Lebanon.

 

The attached article discusses those claims, where arms are supposedly ending up, and who in Lebanon may be lending political support for such initiatives.

Via: Middle East Forum

 

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Rig Maintenance

October 21, 2020: Will Maritime Border Negotiations Lead To Normalization Talks Between Lebanon and Israel?

 

Next week, representatives from Lebanon and Israel are expected to meet again to continue technical negotiations regarding a shared maritime border. Mediterranean energy resources and the potential economic benefits they represent have been a hot topic lately.

 

Hosted by the United Nations and mediated by a team from the United States, there is a lot of speculation about whether this non-security related talk can serve as a platform to normalizing relations between the two neighbors.

 

The following article provides some history of the details leading to the talks and what is at stake economically.

Via: The New Arab

 

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October 11, 2020: Making Sense Of The Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict

 

In an effort to make sense of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, the following article provides a comprehensive synopsis of the current conflict being fought on the ground, a brief history of the Nagorno-Karabakh region, and the influence being exercised by third party countries, Russia and Turkey.

 

Via: Wall Street Journal

 

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Covid-19 Screening

October 04, 2020: Did Manaus Brazil Just Reach Covid-19 Herd Immunity?

 

Manaus, Brazil, which experienced a very large number of covid-19 cases back in spring, and possibly prior to any mask wearing or social distancing initiatives, is reporting that they may have reached HERD IMMUNITY, and that over 60% of the population may have already been infected, since the beginning of the outbreak.

 

Via: Popular Science

 

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September 28, 2020: Egypt On Path To Energy Independence

 

Egypt has been developing a plan to put itself on the path to energy independence within three years. If successful, the country could see its economy become a natural gas and electricity export hub, while restructuring the design of energy architecture that could affect the continents of Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

 

Via: Italian Institute For International Political Studies

 

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September 20, 2020: The Politics of Ministries

 

This week, Lebanon saw the debate about meritorious hiring make headlines, as the formation of a new government has been paralyzed by an ideology over how to allocate ministries.

 

Meritocracy, pure and simple, is the meritorious hiring or appointing of individuals based on the pertinence of their credentials, breadth of experience, and history of achieving results.

 

Considering that Western governments have imposed sanctions on divisions of certain political groups affiliated with foreign interests, choosing the wrong candidate to lead the Finance ministry may lead to an extension of those sanctions to the entire country exactly when it needs a financial restructuring and foreign financial help the most.

 

Via: Reuters

 

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Kids for Peace

September 15, 2020: Today’s Peace Deals May Be Precursor To Tomorrow’s Economic Expansion

The United States Trump administration has changed the course of history with the signing of peace agreements that normalize relations between Israel and two more Arab states, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, respectively.

 

In 1979, Egypt normalized relations with Israel, followed by Jordan in 1994.

 

Other Middle Eastern governments have begun testing their citizens’ reaction to these peace deals in order to gauge whether the political will exists for their own countries to follow suit. President Trump has been quoted as suggesting there may be as many as five or six additional Middle Eastern countries, whose names have yet to be announced, that are in various degrees of progress towards signing their own peace deals with Israel. There is a strong suggestion that Oman may be next.

 

The more Middle Eastern countries join the peace initiative, the faster the region could create the conditions and develop the framework for regional free trade, similar to a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), or African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

 

This is history in the making, happening in real time…

 

​Via: Reuters

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September 14, 2020: Exploring How Innovative Technology Like 3D Printing Can Be Used To Build Cost Effective Housing In Record Time

Using 3D printing, additive manufacturing, and robotics, innovative construction companies have begun breaking ground in the 3D printed housing industry, producing buildings in record time and saving money in the process.

 

Construction companies can already print homes between 650 to 2,000 square feet in as little as 3 days, with some additional time needed for the finishings.

 

The demand for the 3D printing technology is growing in industrial manufacturing, healthcare, and construction, with some estimating the industry compound annual growth rate to be as high as 33%, between now and 2027.

 

Could new technologies, such as 3D printed buildings, be part of the rebuilding solution in a country such as Lebanon, challenged with a history of corrupt infrastructure contracts?

 

​Via: Tech Bullion

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August 29, 2020: The Geopolitical Landscape In The Middle East Is In Motion: How Will Your Country Be Aligned?

The geopolitical landscape in the Middle East is being restructured, with old positions being challenged and new alliances created. 

 

The recent announcement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates sets a new path for other nations in the region to follow. 

 

Many Middle Eastern observers have recognized the U.A.E. as being the low hanging fruit in an Arab rapprochement with Israel. 

 

Facilitating this recent development is not only the U.A.E progressive development and economic expansion, but also the fact that both it and Israel enjoy joint security and intelligence operations with Western interests. 

 

Now, the biggest banks in both Dubai and Israel are seeking to enhance their collaboration, as well. Key to this development is something few are talking openly about: the Middle East is the only major region without its own financial hub. North America has New York; Europe has London; and Asia has Singapore; and in each case, English is the underlying operating language of money and finance.

 

The financial world is eagerly waiting to see which Middle Eastern country wins the prize to become the region’s crown jewel and financial hub.

 

​Via: Bloomberg

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European Restaurant

August 26, 2020: How To Start Fresh From A Debt Burdened Business

 

Some business owners are so hard hit by the global economic shutdown imposed on them by their governments that their debt levels have become unmanageable, forcing them to consider closing their businesses, selling, or declaring bankruptcy.

 

The attached article discusses some options and recommendations for those entrepreneurs forced to walk away from businesses overburdened with debt, including a suggested analysis to conduct to maximize your best outcome, and also some pitfalls to avoid.

 

This second article, which you can access here, discusses some of the steps to consider when selling your business.

 

​Via: Kiplinger

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DNA

August 17, 2020: Experimental Gene Therapy Helps Boy Walk Again

 

There has been a lot of excitement in the scientific community lately about the research being conducted using CRISPER, and other gene therapies, to treat a variety of illnesses from high cholesterol to cancer.

 

The attached article reports how one such experimental gene therapy, which used billions of viruses to deliver a missing gene to the patient’s cells, was used to treat a boy diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy.

 

The patient’s mother described how her son went from barely being able to climb only a few steps, to running up the entire flight of stairs within three weeks of the therapy.

 

​Via: Futurism.com

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Insurance Agent

August 2, 2020: Factors To Consider When Filing Insurance Claims Due To Business Losses Arising From Covid-19

 

Did you know that many business insurance policies may provide coverage, due to business losses resulting from Covid-19, even if those policies don’t explicitly state that pandemic events are covered?

 

Businesses may be covered for a claim if their policy includes “business interruption coverage.” Some policies may even explicitly provide coverage, while others may explicitly deny it, using “events of force majeure”, or other such exceptions.

 

The attached article discusses the points every business owner should consider, when determining whether to file a business insurance claim, due to Covid-19 related losses.

 

​Via: Forbes.com

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Modern Chicago Skyline

July 25, 2020: Pros And Cons Of Working Remotely, And Factors Facing Commercial Real Estate

The attached article discusses the emerging pros and cons observed by employers about transitioning their staff to a remote working environment.

One factor seldom discussed is the impact on office lease rates and the potential correction to commercial real estate valuations that may result. The Real Estate News Exchange conducted a study, which you can access here, discussing the potential risks facing the commercial real estate market that investors may wish to keep on their radar.

 

​Via: Global Trade; and Real Estate News Exchange

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Open Sign

July 11, 2020: Will The Mismanagement Of The Covid-19 Incident Lead To A Pandemic Of Corporate Bankruptcies?

The Covid-19 incident saw governments force a wave of businesses to temporarily close, sending their employees home. This action may have ensured that some of those businesses will never open again.

The full repercussions of Covid-19 on both businesses and individuals, due to the loss of production, income, and wealth, has yet to be fully realized. The attached article discusses some of the details particular to the U.S. economy, and how the bankruptcy and restructuring process may pose additional challenges.

 

​Via: Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

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Presentation

June 29, 2020: Presentations: How To Deliver An Effective Power Talk

From your marketing statement, to a client sales presentation, or a business plan pitch to creditors or investors, business is all about delivering presentations.

 

Attached is an insightful article that can help you improve your presentation skills and deliver the perfect power talk to prospects, clients, and stakeholders.

 

​Via: Getpocket.com

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June 20, 2020: How To: International Container Shipping And Ocean Freight

Have you ever wondered about, or wanted to learn more about international container shipping and ocean freight, but felt that the process is too intimidating, or you didn’t know where to begin?

 

Attached is an easy to read article and link to a video that explains the basics of international container shipping and ocean freight that will help give you a simple understanding of the process and clues to where you should look next, if you decide you’d like to learn more.

 

​Via: Ecomcrew.com

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Smiling Businessman

June 16, 2020: New Techniques In Regenerative Medicine May Soon Cure Baldness

Human stem cells have now been used to regenerate hair follicles; however, the new treatment developed by researchers needs to be optimized before making it to the local clinic. The process takes around 140 days before grafts are ready for transplant, which may sound like a long time, but the procedure could also have the possibility of helping those with wounds, scars, or genetic skin diseases.

 

​Via: Nature.com

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Greenhouse

June 7, 2020: Aeroponics: A Growing Agricultural Trend In Times Of Food Insecurity

Aeroponics, which is a way of growing crops without using soil, is a growing trend. In this process, water and nutrients are transferred to the plant using a fine mist that is sprayed at its roots. This method of growing plants is becoming popular because it allows the grower to control for the environmental factors, such as temperature and humidity, while protecting the crops from weeds and pests.

Attached is an article discussing the steps to consider when setting up your own aeroponics growing system to help maximize success and secure your food supply.

 

​Via: PRNewswire.com

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May 30, 2020: Egypt Introducing New Economic Stimulus Package

The Egyptian government is introducing a new 50 billion Egyptian pounds ($3 billion) economic stimulus package to support the country's tourism industry. The new proposal includes a six month real estate tax abatement for hotels and an eight percent reduction in interest rates across the tourist industry, which is in addition to the previously announced lowering of energy prices.

 

​Via: Arab News

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May 24, 2020: Is Lebanon's Middle Class Collapsing?

 

The attached discusses some of the challenges facing Lebanon's middle class, including the rise in poverty levels, due to the economic contraction caused by government mismanagement and corruption, financial capital controls, currency devaluation, household debt, the country's trade imbalance, and foreign restrictions on food exports, due to the recent Covid-19 incident. 

 

​Via: ForeignPolicy.com

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Crowd with Masks

May 11, 2020: Steps To Consider When Planning The Reopening Of Your Business After Covid-19

 

From a phased in relaxation of the economic lockdown, to the differences in ramping up operations in both an office and manufacturing business, the attached article discusses some of the necessary steps entrepreneurs should consider when developing their re-start strategy.

 

​Via: The Economic Times

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May 3, 2020: Bad News For Regular Marijuana Smokers

 

Bad news for regular marijuana smokers: "a massive new study has linked frequent weed smoking to an increased risk of testicular cancer."

 

If you're a weed smoker and you belong to the cohort studied in this analysis, you may be at a 36% increased risk of contracting testicular cancer.

 

​Via: Futurism.com

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Seductive Bite

April 29, 2020: How Not To Rebrand Your Company

 

The attached article describes the challenges one company faced when rebranding their company, which cost them tens of millions of dollars in both marketing costs and lost sales.

 

There are many lessons applicable to both small and medium sized businesses that every entrepreneur should be aware of.

 

​Via: Medium.com

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Combination Lock Safe

April 27, 2020: How To Protect Trade Secrets When Everyone Is Working From Home?

 

With so many working from home and practicing social distancing, we seem to be communicating more online and through other electronic means than ever before. This presents some challenges in protecting company secrets and other intellectual property, especially when security questions are raised about some of the software we use for Voice over IP (VOIP), net meetings and online video conferencing. The attached is an article discussing different ways and strategies that companies and entrepreneurs can use for protecting their trade secrets.

 

​Via: American City Business Journals

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Sustainable Energy

April 26, 2020: Will Covid-19 Strike A Mortal Wound To Clean Energy Jobs?

 

Hundreds of thousands of clean energy jobs may be lost due to the Covid-19 economic shutdown. Some are calling for a massive industry bailout, while others are pointing out that if the recent collapse in oil prices continues to trend downward, it may be a very long time before the clean energy industry becomes economically competitive.

 

​Via: Wired

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Church

April 18, 2020: How Imminent Is The Reunification Of The Catholic And Orthodox Churches?

 

The reunification of the Catholic and Orthodox churches is a recurring topic that is periodically raised and debated by regular church goers, some clergy, and members of the religious media.

 

Although the attached article is written in promotion of reunification, our reason for posting is to inspire readers to ponder the issue and contemplate the reasons for the distinctive branches. Is the reunification of the Catholic and Orthodox churches imminent, or are the distinctive characteristics of each sufficiently significant to warrant their continued independence?

 

​Via: The Trumpet

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Varieties of Grain

April 5, 2020: How The Coronavirus Is Affecting Food Supply Chains

 

The attached is a discussion of how the coronavirus has been affecting global food supply chains, and some of the measures grain and cereal exporting countries have taken that could affect you and your family.

 

​Via: The National Interest

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Science Lab Student

March 30, 2020: Fountain Of Youth: Making Old Cells Young Again

 

Researchers at Stanford University have reported that they can reprogram older cells, making them "young" again.

 

The Stanford team describes their findings as a significant step to reversing the characteristics of cellular aging, returning cells to their youthful state.

​Via: Nature.com

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Family Shopping

March 25, 2020: A Brief Guide To Preparing A Business For Continuity Planning

 

The attached is a brief guide on handling panicked customers, interrupted supply chains, a business environment changing by the hour, and much more.

 

​Via: Inc.com

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March 16, 2020: Is This The End Of the Lebanese Pound Peg?

 

The Lebanese government is discussing the possibility of allowing holders of dollar accounts to withdraw their deposits in pounds, but at a weaker rate. Also discussed, was the possibility of allowing some money transfers abroad.

The government, however, has been very slow in announcing any comprehensive measures to reduce its budgetary costs and internal corruption.

 

​Via: Bloomberg

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Pumping Services

March 12, 2020: This Week's Oil Shock And The Power of Deflation

 

If inflation is a form of double taxation, and deflation the equivalent of a tax cut, perhaps it’s time central banks amend their inflation control target to include some moderate amount of deflation as one of the policy tool options to stimulate the economy?

 

The attached article discusses some of the challenges with inflation, and how one country’s policy calculus allowed it to influence this week’s drop in oil prices, along with its implications going forward.

Via: Zero Hedge

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Job Interview

March 6, 2020: Exploring Alternatives To Job Fairs When Recruiting New Staff

 

This article describes some of the common challenges and shortcomings of job fairs, and then explores some interesting and potentially superior alternatives being employed by innovative recruiters.

Via: ERE Recruiting Intelligence

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Cheers

March 1, 2020: Winning Corporate Culture Begins By Hiring People Who Actually Want To Have A Beer Together

 

Good insight in this interview with the CEO of a billion dollar business who believes that every company needs a bench, a farm, and a path, and the right way to build a corporate culture is to hire people who actually enjoy having a beer together.

Via: Inc.com

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Dermatologist at Work

February 22, 2020: New Medical Device Can "Print" Skin Directly Onto Wounds

 

Scientists have achieved encouraging results with a handheld device that can print artificial skin like a tissue tape directly onto wounds of burn victims.

Via: Futurism

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Chess Pieces

February 15, 2020: Is Syria Back On The Road To Recovery?

 

The attached is a well written assessment of the current dynamic in Idlib, Syria.

Via: Asia Times

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Programming

February 12, 2020: Looking For An Edge To Make Your Company More Innovative?

 

Are you or your company looking to stay one step ahead of the competition? Find out what one company did to become more innovative!

 

If you or your company use MS Excel, you too may find this easy to acquire and beneficial to staying ahead of the game.

Via: Sifted

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February 2, 2020: Lebanon Rolls Out Its Financial Rescue Plan Complete With “Painful Steps”, But Painful For Whom?

 

The new Lebanese government rolled out the draft of its financial rescue proposal today with the steps it hopes will help the country avoid a financial collapse. The proposal includes reducing interest payments on deposits, new licensing for oil and gas exploration, the appointment of a new electricity sector regulator, and increased taxes and collection.

 

So far, few details on how the government plans on reducing expenses or corruption.

Via: The Daily Star

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January 30, 2020: Palestinian Prime Minister Defending Position on Peace Plan

Attached is the link to Palestinian Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh's interview with the BBC, where he discusses his administration's position on the recently released peace plan (3:05 min video).

The latest Israeli/Palestinian peace plan released by the White House has received mixed reviews. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be in favour of the plan, while Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas has come out against. Many Gulf Arab states commend the effort made by President Trump's administration, while stopping short of endorsing the plan, itself.

Although the plan includes potentially interesting investment opportunities, it is challenging to envisage stakeholder buy-in by all parties, when not all of the stakeholders were included in negotiating its details.

Jerusalem Post published an article by Ron Kampeas, discussing who gains and loses in the deal, which you can read here.

Haaretz published an article by Nir Hasson, who discusses some of the contradictions in the plan and then concludes by postulating a very noble method of measuring the success of this, or any other peace plan, which you can read here.

 

Can this plan be used as a basis for further negotiations and build on its positive elements to iron out pain points by an administration that prides itself on its negotiating skills and ability to successfully achieve complex deals, or will it be remembered as one more failed Middle East peace initiative?

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January 25, 2020: Booming Business Of Livestock Imports In The Middle East

Water shortages, population growth, rising middle class, and expanding diets are driving big increases in live animal imports into the Middle East. Many countries find it cheaper to import livestock, rather than to raise it from birth. Are you capitalizing on this trend?

Via: Guardian News & Media

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January 22, 2020: Can Lebanon Avoid Becoming a Failed State?

 

Securing new financing alone will not be enough to get Lebanon back on track. Good policies and internal controls are part of the formula that returns electorate and international lender confidence.

 

The gov’t needs a comprehensive plan that it can sell in order to return confidence; not simply saying “we don’t want to be a failed country, but we want others to pay for it”.

Via: Reuters News

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Surgery

January 20, 2020: New Technology May Help Keep Organs Alive Longer For Transplant

 

The University of Zurich in Switzerland has developed a machine that may help keep livers alive for up to 7 days, a significant improvement from the current 24 hours.

Via: MIT Technology Review

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January 12, 2020: Is The West's Obsession With The Climate Causing 2 Billion People Globally To Remain Without Electricity?

 

Carbon capture technology could be the key to finding middle ground between fossil fuels and renewable energy.

Via: The National Interest

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January 11, 2020: Should Egypt Be Concerned About Debt Trap Diplomacy?

 

Chinese investments in Egypt surged more than 60 percent in 2019. The 2019 trade volume between the two reached over $11 billion and is expected to increase by more than 24% in 2020.

Via: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the People's Republic of China

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Networking

January 7, 2020: Does Your Job or Career Depend On Networking?

 

Five Tips to Better Networking (#3 is our favourite: “Focus on learning about them, not talking about you”)

Via: Forbes

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January 1, 2020: 4 Steps To Creating And Implementing Influencer Marketing

 

"Influencer marketing builds a great rapport with your audience, overcomes the annoying problems of competition and significantly boosts your reach."

Via: Forbes

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December 28, 2019: Can 3-D Printed Houses Change the World?

 

After building its first 3-D printed house, this company said it received over one million requests for new units. Around 3-minute video.

Via: Inc.com

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December 19, 2019: Higher Fuel and Shipping Prices Are Coming

 

Around 90% of global trade is carried out by seas. When governments impose stricter regulations than technology can keep up with, it is always the consumer that suffers with higher prices and reduced utility.

Via: Bloomberg

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December 12, 2019: U.S. Senate passes Armenian genocide bill

 

The U.S. Senate passes the Armenian genocide resolution, which provides "official recognition and remembrance" of the 1915 Armenian genocide of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks, and rejects Turkey's denials of genocide against Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, and others.

Via: The Hill

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Go Team

December 8, 2019: Is the employee ownership model the business structure of the future?

 

Article highlights some of the challenges and successes private equity company KKR & Co. has had in implementing its employee engagement and ownership model. Is this the future of successful business?

Via: Wall Street Journal

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December 7, 2019: Impact on shipping and cost of goods if Europe unilaterally regulates shipping carbon emissions

 

Several options are being proposed to reduce shipping emissions, but the cost of shipping increases in every case. Depending on whose cost it is that will increase, the best options don’t always win consensus, and none will change the weather.

 

Via: Freight Waves

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December 1, 2019: The nuclear weapon ambitions of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is starting to raise international concerns

 

Erdogan has been quoted as saying: "Some countries have missiles with nuclear warheads, not one or two. I, however, am not supposed to have missiles with nuclear warheads. This, I cannot accept".

 

There is growing international concern about the Turkish relationship with Pakistan and the potential to transfer nuclear weapon technology.

 

 

Via: Middle East Forum

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December 1, 2019: When does a partnership agreement make sense, and when does it handcuff side opportunities?

 

We all know someone who is a consummate entrepreneur; that kind of person who, at any point in time, has a thousand new and great business ideas bouncing around in their head. These are successful people who have more business ideas than time to explore them all.

 

If you ever find yourself partnering in business with someone like this, ask yourself if a partnership agreement is right for your relationship? The attached article touches on some of the questions to ask if you ever find yourself in such a partnership.

 

 

Via: Ottawa Business Journal

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Sustainable Energy

Nov 25, 2019: China, India and Brazil reverse course on renewable energy projects as the cost effectiveness of fossil fuel proves difficult to challenge

 

According to BloombergNEF’s annual survey of more than 100 emerging markets, investment in renewable energy fell last year, lead by China, which expanded its coal fleet by 43 gigawatts and has almost 150 gigawatts under construction.

 

 

Via: MIT Technology Review

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Horse

Nov 23, 2019: President Donald Trump's national security advisor Robert O'Brien likens the inclusion of Huawei infrastructure into future 5G networks to a "Trojan Horse"

 

U.S. national security advisor Robert O'Brien warns that every health record, financial record, or social media comment could be at risk. If true, does the potential loss of privacy worry you?

 

 

Via: Global News

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Discussing the Numbers

Nov 21, 2019: When the economic environment becomes more unpredictable and credit markets tighten, entrepreneurs seek financing alternatives

 

One entrepreneur's story of how her company was able to capitalize on convertible debt as a form of alternative financing.

 

 

Via: Business Insider

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