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Asian Jihad

Written by Dan Steinbock, Difference Group

As the Islamic State is collapsing in the Middle East, it needs wins elsewhere. Southeast Asia is Jihadi terror's new battlefront. In order to contain the terror and sustain the Asian Century, new kind of cooperation is needed between the ASEAN, the US, China, and other major powers in the region and the Middle East.


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If Trump Is Bluffing On North Korea, The Results Could Be Catastrophic

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by James Johnson, University of Leicester

According to a US Defense Intelligence Agency report, Pyongyang's nuclear capabilities and conventional long range missile programmes are gathering momentum at a rapid clip. The report indicated that North Korea has successfully manufactured a miniaturised nuclear warhead that can fit onto its ballistic missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). The report added that the reclusive state has as many as 60 nuclear weapons, well surpassing previous estimates.

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Climate Change Has Changed The Way I Think About Science. Here's Why

from The Conversation

- this post authored Sophie Lewis, Australian National University

I've wanted to be a scientist since I was five years old.

My idea of a scientist was someone in a lab, making hypotheses and testing theories. We often think of science only as a linear, objective process. This is also the way that science is presented in peer reviewed journal articles - a study begins with a research question or hypothesis, followed by methods, results and conclusions.

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Phantom Of The Financial Opera

Written by Carmine Gorga, The Somist Institute

There are warnings in the airwaves about a collapse of the Stock Market in 2017 - or any time in the future.

What to do then?


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Trump Is On The Warpath - Trade Wars

Written by Dan Steinbock, Difference Group

As the White House is about to escalate trade frictions along with nuclear risks, global economic prospects will turn more clouded and markets more volatile.

Last Friday, President Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping and told him that he is preparing to order an investigation into Chinese trade practices.


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What The Google Gender 'manifesto' Really Says About Silicon Valley

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Marie Hicks, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Five years ago, Silicon Valley was rocked by a wave of "brogrammer" bad behavior, when overfunded, highly entitled, mostly white and male startup founders did things that were juvenile, out of line and just plain stupid.

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Here's Why It's So Hard To Say Whether Inequality Is Going Up Or Down

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Peter Whiteford, Australian National University

Is inequality rising or falling? The answer, if recent public debate is anything to go by, may appear at first to depend on who you ask.

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Terrorism In Mindanao

Written by Dan Steinbock, Difference Group

The Ramawi terror did not come out of the blue. It is a result of decades of economic polarization, political exclusion, neglect of terrorism by the Aquino administration, and ISIL's collapse in Syria and Iraq. If the stabilization fails now, terror will spread beyond Mindanao.


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The Rule Of Reciprocity

Written by Michael Bret Hood

An Investigator's Guide To Ethics, Part 5

If you can, try to remember the last time someone gave you an unexpected gift as well as the emotions that followed it. Do you remember some combination of being surprised, happy and/or thankful? How long did those feelings last before a stronger urge replaced those initial emotions?


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