Calls For Greater Autonomy Stepped Up By Milan And Venice After Scotland And Then Catalonia

The latest bid by European regions too wrestle more power away from the establishment was marked as two of Italy’s wealthiest regions are poised to hold a referendum on greater autonomy Sunday. More control over their finances and administrations is being demanded and pushed for by Lombardy and Veneto, two northern regions home to about…

Human Rights Groups Shocked By Choice Of Mugabe As WHO Envoy

Human rights groups have severely denounced the appointment of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador of the World Health Organisation (WHO). At a high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Uruguay on Wednesday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the appointment of Mugabe. during his 37 years leading the country as either president…

Mitsubishi Corp partners with U.S. Digital Realty Trust for opening 10 data centres in Japan by 2022

Data centers are set to be key engines for growth in an increasingly digital world. On Saturday, the Nikkei, a Japanese news daily has reported, Mitsubishi Corp, a Japanese trading house, plans on setting up a joint venture with Digital Realty Trust, a U.S. data center operator, to bold 10 data centers in Japan by…

Major Kurdish Oil Pipeline To Be Taken Under Control By Russia’s Rosneft

The role of the Russian energy major Rosneft as the main international investor in the semi-autonomous region has been further boosted after the oil major agreed to take control of the main oil pipeline in Iraq’s Kurdistan. President Vladimir Putin has a strategy to ratchet up Moscow’s political and economic influence in the Middle East and the latest…

Authoritarian Cryptocurrencies Could Be Coming Soon

The question – Why is a technology threatening to decentralize money so attractive to highly centralized, authoritarian regimes? is ripe to be asked with Russia and China both embracing the idea of sovereign cryptocurrencies. President Vladimir Putin had ordered the swift launching of a “crypto-ruble”, Argumenti i Fakti, a pro-government newspaper, quoted Russian Communication Minister Nikolai Nikiforov as saying last weekend. The…