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ISIS Strikes Brussels: Is This The ‘New Normal’?

»Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in ? White space ¿ | Commentaires fermés sur ISIS Strikes Brussels: Is This The ‘New Normal’?

The terrorist attacks in Brussels represent a collective failure of Western intelligence, underscore the challenges radicalized young Muslims pose to Europe and the United States, but most of all are emblematic of what the Atlantic Council’s Barry Pavel describes as a “new normal.” The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the March 22 attacks—at Brussels’ main international airport and a subway station near the European Union’s headquarters—that left at least thirty-six people dead. These attacks are “yet another tragic milestone of the ‘new normal’ that Europe, the United States, and their Mideast partners must endure,” said Pavel, Vice President, Arnold Kanter Chair, and Director of the Atlantic Council’s...

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Veganism : meat-free diet to save Earth and Humanity ?

»Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in ? White space ¿ | Commentaires fermés sur Veganism : meat-free diet to save Earth and Humanity ?

The food system is responsible for more than a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions while unhealthy diets and high body weight are among the greatest contributors to premature mortality. Our study provides a comparative analysis of the health and climate change benefits of global dietary changes for all major world regions. We project that health and climate change benefits will both be greater the lower the fraction of animal-sourced foods in our diets. Three quarters of all benefits occur in developing countries although the per capita impacts of dietary change would be greatest in developed countries. The monetized value of health improvements could be comparable with, and possibly larger than, the environmental benefits of the avoided damages from climate...

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Credit Suisse, CIA-Funded Palantir to Target Rogue Bankers

»Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in ? White space ¿ | Commentaires fermés sur Credit Suisse, CIA-Funded Palantir to Target Rogue Bankers

Credit Suisse Group AG founded a venture with Silicon Valley’s Palantir Technologies Inc. that aims to catch rogue employees before they can harm the bank, employing the expertise of a firm seed-funded by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency that’s better known for identifying terrorists. Source : Credit Suisse, CIA-Funded Palantir to Target Rogue...

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China’s debt bubble threatens global economy- Nikkei Asian Review

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China’s debt bubble threatens global economy- Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO — Excessive debt held by Chinese companies and households is highlighting a grave reality behind the country’s economy. In a sign that this debt is being regarded as a risk to the global economy, it became a topic of discussion at a meeting of G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors held in February. China even appears to be taking steps similar to Japan’s moves in its own post-bubble era. Source : China’s debt bubble threatens global economy- Nikkei Asian...

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Predicting Online Protest Participation of Social Media Users

»Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in ? White space ¿ | Commentaires fermés sur Predicting Online Protest Participation of Social Media Users

Social media has emerged to be a popular platform for people to express their viewpoints on political protests like the Arab Spring. Millions of people use social media to com- municate and mobilize their viewpoints on protests. Hence, it is a valuable tool for organizing social movements. However, the mechanisms by which protest affects the population is not known, making it difficult to estimate the number of protestors. In this paper, we are inspired by sociological theories of protest participation and propose a framework to predict from the user’s past status messages and interactions whether the next post of the user will be a declaration of protest. Drawing concepts from these theories, we model the interplay between the user’s status messages and...

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Automation may mean a post-work society but we shouldn’t be afraid

»Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in ? White space ¿ | Commentaires fermés sur Automation may mean a post-work society but we shouldn’t be afraid

To benefit from the automation revolution we need a universal basic income, the slashing of working hours and a redefinition of ourselves without work Source : Automation may mean a post-work society but we shouldn’t be...

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ICRC and EPFL launch Humanitarian Tech Hub

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ICRC and EPFL launch Humanitarian Tech Hub

Geneva (ICRC / EPFL) – The Humanitarian Tech Hub is an ambitious research and development programme that is being launched by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). The plans were unveiled today during ICRC President Peter Maurer’s visit to the EPFL campus in Lausanne. The agreement between the two institutions sets out a four-year programme whose goal is to foster collaboration between the humanitarian and scientific sectors, as well as specialists in other fields, to develop technologies to tackle the humanitarian challenges facing the world today. There is no shortage of avenues to explore: energy, water, construction, logistics, the environment, information and...

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These 25 Companies Are More Powerful Than Many Countries

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These 25 Companies Are More Powerful Than Many Countries

At first glance, the story of Accenture reads like the archetype of the American dream. One of the world’s biggest consulting companies, which commands tens… Source : These 25 Companies Are More Powerful Than Many Countries    

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China faces rising risks from labor unrest : 16 times more strikes in 2015 vs 2011

»Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in ? White space ¿ | Commentaires fermés sur China faces rising risks from labor unrest : 16 times more strikes in 2015 vs 2011

China faces rising risks from labor unrest : 16 times more strikes in 2015 vs 2011

Labor unrest is on the rise in China, driven by its economic slowdown and rising expectations for wages and labor rights, and exacerbated by problems in both local governance and China’s social safety net.  Risks for businesses – both those with operations in China and those whose supply chains depend on Chinese manufacturing – are proving increasingly problematic. Incidents of labor unrest in China are increasing.  According to the China Labor Bulletin (CLB), Chinese workers engaged in around 185 strikes in 2011.  In 2015, the CLB reported 2944 strikes – 16 times as many.  Better reporting and data collection may account for some of this growth – but even taking this into consideration, the increase in the frequency of labor protests is...

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Une utilisation correcte des médicaments pour réduire la résistance aux antibiotiques

»Posted by on Mar 12, 2016 in ? White space ¿ | Commentaires fermés sur Une utilisation correcte des médicaments pour réduire la résistance aux antibiotiques

Différentes mesures ont été adoptées pour améliorer l’utilisation de médicaments vétérinaires afin de prévenir et de lutter contre le développement et la propagation de la résistance aux antibiotiques. Le Conseil fédéral a décidé de mettre en vigueur au 1er avril 2016 l’ordonnance sur les médicaments vétérinaires partiellement révisée. L’ordonnance sur la publicité pour les médicaments sera également adaptée : l’autorisation accordée par Swissmedic pour un médicament pourra désormais servir d’élément publicitaire. Source : www.news.admin.ch – Une utilisation correcte des médicaments pour réduire la résistance aux...

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