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“The real world is much smaller than the imaginary”
Friedrich Nietzsche

I have been, probably like some other million or let’s say billion people on this planet, watching the U.S. elections minutely. It is the first election I follow so closely, not just in terms of announcements made by politicians or high-profile figures, but also in terms of data, fueling my mind with constant information and communicating with people implicated in it. Some of my friends work for Republicans, others for Democrats. They shared with me their feelings, thoughts, and frustrations. …


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Photo by Kon Karampelas on Unsplash

China is winning the data war. The Chinese Communist party has access to all kinds of personal information which should be private, all over the world. For instance, car companies including Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, Ford and Nissan have been caught feeding data to Beijing about their customers — even outside China.

The US is leading the world in undermining China’s ability to run riot with privacy violations all over the world. It has taken drastic action which the rest of the western world should mirror. …


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On June 2020, more than 6.57 million cases of COVID-19 infections have been reported in more than 180 countries, which lead to 387,000 deaths. The Coronavirus pandemic is, however, more than a sanitary crisis since it unveiled the hidden Sino-American tensions that were already exacerbated by the trade war in 2019. In fact, it revealed China’s real motives, goals, lawfare practices, and information war that were put in place by China’s Communist Party (CCP) to not only challenge, but to eradicate U.S. global leadership.

The United State is considered by the CCP an imperialist and colonial power whose strategic competition…


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During the Cold War, the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union (USSR) was an inflection point. For the first time in our modern history, winning a technology competition meant also winning the war. The stakes were so high that the achievements of a bloc will either reinforce the strong conviction that the Western world and its capitalist system is the path of success, or will affirm the superiority of communism as a collectivist and marxist ideology. In fact, the success of the Sputnik Soviet mission in 1957, that became later on a real international crisis, made…


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The world is at war with coronavirus. All tools, means and available knowledge are being called upon to tackle the outbreak. The transmission of information is critical in keeping tabs on a pandemic. The coronavirus outbreak is unique in this sense; it is the first pandemic to occur with AI technologies so developed and advanced as they are now.

The debate around AI and whether it is a threat to humanity or a priceless opportunity to elevate our quality of life may take on a new dimension as countries are left with no choice but to throw everything at their…


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The world is at war against the Coronavirus, therefore, all tools, means, and available knowledge are used to tackle the outbreak, and to contain it to prevent any further contagion. The transmission of information is critical to track a pandemic. The Coronavirus outbreak is unique in this sense; it is the first time a pandemic occurs while the use of technologies, data, and Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) are massively developed.

The debate around the A.I., whether it is a threat to humanity or maybe a priceless opportunity to elevate our lives, will maybe take a new dimension since countries are left…


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“ Societies with access to every kind of information suddenly plunge into lethargy, into a kind of mass blindness, a kind of voluntary self deception.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Warning to the West

Years or even centuries from now, historians will look at the Coronavirus not just as an isolated public health accident that occurred in China, but as a pandemic that was mainly handled by one of the most powerful authoritarian regimes in the 21st Century. In 2010, a team of scientists and biologists found that all the great waves of “the Black Death” or “ the Great Plague” came from…


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In 2015, African UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These countries signed up to a total of 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) that aimed to combine ecological protections and socio-economic development.

Given the immense challenges low and middle-income African countries are facing, the restrictive and backwards-looking methods of tackling poverty and inequalities outlined in the SDGs often do more harm than good.

Africa is not in the same state as it was in the 1990s or even the early 2000s. Over the past decade, the poorest African countries have begun to flourish, thanks to huge numbers…


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Emperor Jiajing on his state barge

In 1816, Napoléon Bonaparte pronounced a prophetic statement :“When China awakes, the world will tremble.” The recent rise of China has proven that, China is shaking the world upside down in every angle. By taking a look into the bilateral agreements that unite China with some developing or emerging countries in Africa, Central Europe and Central Asia, one can have an insight on the influence and power China is seeking. For many years, U.S experts noticed how silent yet pugnacious and belligerent China can be when it comes to protecting its interests. Chinese loans to Africa went from 2b US…


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Source : CDC, University of Chicago (NORC), USDA

In 2017, the Mayor of Huntington in West Virginia stated in PBS NewsHour how much opioids damaged his community (1), making it difficult for businesses to flourish and even for workers to pass the drug screening tests. Today, the impact of opioids is measured and deeply studied, it is believed that the vicious cycle that opioid addiction can create for individuals had and is still having deleterious effects on a larger scale. But how far is it the case?

One of the first consequences of the opioid epidemic that comes to one’s mind is its negative impact on the labour…

Zineb Riboua

Twitter: @ZinebRiboua — Interests: IR, Political Econ & Phil. — Founder of the www.china-in-mena-project.com

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