Saturday, November 18, 2017

Republican Albatross

Donald Trump meeting with the Freedom Caucus. Photo by: White House.
New York, USA (VIAnews) - The lead character of Samuel Tayler Coleridge’s ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ wore an albatross hung around his neck. It served as a symbol of his hubris, which led to utter failure. This could well describe the Republican Party as it is weighed down by a small Republican faction: the Freedom Caucus. The Caucus...
Facebook headquarters entrance sign in Menlo-Park-vianews.
Facebook might know more about you than your wife. In a recent article, a man reported that Facebook uncovered a long-withheld piece of information from within the family annals of that family and began tailoring advertisements towards it. This is not the first instance to be seen of Facebook seeming to understand and deduce interests that, while possibly true, are...
Theresa May.
The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, is heading into deep water as she faces making two speeches on Brexit which will require very sensitive handling. Firstly, she will speak to the European Union itself in an attempt to get negotiations back on track. Then, at the Tory Party Conference at the beginning of October, a very different audience will be...
EU and UK flag.
On the 23rd of June 2016, the British public walked down to their local polling stations and cast their vote in a simple question: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” The final result of the referendum was close, with 51.9% of voters voting in favour of leaving the European...
Great Hall of the People. Photo by: Thomas Fanghaenel.
For years, China has had a famously tight grasp on the value of its currency. In 1994, the Chinese government pegged the yuan to an $8.28 exchange with the US dollar and have since allowed this fixed exchange rate to appreciate by 2.1% each year. In doing this, China eliminates a variable when conducting its monetary policy and also...
Amuay oil refinery in Venezuela
Caracas, Venezuela (VIAnews) - One of the first things that come to mind when thinking about Venezuela is its natural resources, but more specifically it’s oil. The indigenous communities knew well enough how to use this powerful resource before the arrival of the Spaniards, in fact, oil was used as a medicine to cure some diseases. Two years after the...
Douglas County Democratic Party headquarters. Photo by: Democratic Headquarters - Downtown Roseburg, Oregon.
All eyes are on Washington DC as Donald Trump rampages through the Republican Party like the proverbial bull in a china shop. Weekly scandals, many of which would bring down any other politician, has the country on the edge of its seat waiting for the next episode--or the end of this presidency. The chaos threatens to change the Republican...
Chavista allegedly by Guarimberos.
Caracas, Venezuela (VIANEWS) - On the 18th of August, United States President, Donald Trump, threatened to impose sanctions against several members of President Nicolás Maduro’s office. In 2016, his predecessor, President Barack Obama, had issued an executive order in which Venezuela “constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the National Security and Foreign Policy of the United States,” and...
United Kingdom and Euro flag.
The Daily Mail praised it as a “historic” referendum, which frees “Britain from the chains that have bound us to an unelected, unaccountable Brussels for 45 years”, in February of this year. Allister Heath, from The Telegraph, in turn, called on the British government to “believe passionately” in Brexit, saying that the “Battle for Brexit must begin now”....

Latest

Interview

Europe

New York protest "Holding hands for Catalan independence". Photo by: Liz Castro.

Europe’s Separatist Movements: What brings them together and what holds them apart – Spain,...

London, United Kingdom (ViaNews) - “The Catalan crisis poses a threat to the European order” warned the Financial Times on October 6, following the state’s independence referendum a few days before. 3 years ago...
Founder of JustEnjoy, Luis Caixado, at the Web Summit.

JustEnjoy Founder talks about the relation between his tourism related startup and Canopy Lisbon

At the Web Summit, we met with the founder of JustEnjoy, Luis Caixado. He's also Community Manager at the coworking and incubation community for entrepreneurs, Canopy Lisbon. Luis Caixado explained how he's now working...
Anthony Zador interview at the Web Summit.

Leading neuroscientist explains where Artificial Intelligence and neuroscience meet, and the dangers ahead

Anthony Zador is Chair in Neuroscience and Professor of Biology at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, wherein 1953, Watson made the first public presentation of DNA's double-helix structure. Mr. Zador went to this year’s...
Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, at the Web Summit. Photo by: Miguel Salvado.

Web Summit: UN chief Guterres appealed to “a serious discussion on the impacts of...

Antonio Guterres' speech at the Web Summit was about unity. His intentions were clear, he wants to bring all the main players and technology together for the "common good of the societies of tomorrow". Following...
Zeynep Tufekci. Photo by: J.D. Lasica.

Techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci: The problem is “how people in power will use AI to...

Istanbul, Turkey (ViaNews) - Zeynep Tufekci is a Turkish writer and a self-described "Techno-sociologist" writing about the influence of technology on politics and society. In April this year, the Yale University Press published her book...
BBC Television Centre. Photo by: Mike Fleming.

BBC Must Adapt To Thrive

London, UK (VIAnews) - The future of BBC programming is becoming increasingly uncertain as viewers change their watching habits in the light of increases for on-demand programming. Tony Hall, the Head of the BBC, spoke...

Politics

Donald Trump meeting with the Freedom Caucus. Photo by: White House.

Republican Albatross

New York, USA (VIAnews) - The lead character of Samuel Tayler Coleridge’s ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ wore an albatross hung around his neck. It served as a symbol of his hubris, which...
RSI Office in Paris, france.

President Macron Cuddles the Self-Employed

After many years of a love/hate relationship, millions of French entrepreneurs are on the verge of witnessing a reformed RSI, the social regime of the self-employed. National widespread debate continues about the impact of...
From left to right: Branislav Nedimovic, Ana Brnabic, Igor Mirovic. Photo by:mediaportal.vojvodina.gov.rs.

Is Serbian First Female Premier a Disappointment?

Two months ago, newly elected Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic appointed Ana Brnabic to succeed him as Prime Minister. Many were surprised, and some had great expectations. Serbia got its first female PM in post-communist...
Chavista allegedly by Guarimberos.

Understanding Venezuela Today: From US Best Provider to National Threat

Caracas, Venezuela (VIANEWS) - On the 18th of August, United States President, Donald Trump, threatened to impose sanctions against several members of President Nicolás Maduro’s office. In 2016, his predecessor, President Barack Obama, had...
Kenyatta wins Kenyan elections.

Wave of uncertainty as President Kenyatta wins heated Kenyan elections

Nairobi, Kenya (ViaNews) - There has been widespread unrest in some parts of Kenya following the announcement of the presidential election results, by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which essentially granted Uhuru...
Nawaz Sharif

Prime Minister of Pakistan Ousted From Office Based on Corruption Charges

The 18th Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, resigned, following a decision from the supreme court disqualifying him from office. Mr. Sharif was just a few months away from becoming the first Prime Minister...

Business

Founder of JustEnjoy, Luis Caixado, at the Web Summit.

JustEnjoy Founder talks about the relation between his tourism related startup and Canopy Lisbon

At the Web Summit, we met with the founder of JustEnjoy, Luis Caixado. He's also Community Manager at the coworking and incubation community for entrepreneurs, Canopy Lisbon. Luis Caixado explained how he's now working...
Independence square in Kiev, Ukraine.

The growing IT-Sector in Kyiv, Ukraine

For the last decade, the IT industry in Ukraine reached its heyday. Currently, 100 000 IT specialists are employed in Ukraine, and 13 national IT companies were included in the list of TOP-100 best...
RSI Office in Paris, france.

President Macron Cuddles the Self-Employed

After many years of a love/hate relationship, millions of French entrepreneurs are on the verge of witnessing a reformed RSI, the social regime of the self-employed. National widespread debate continues about the impact of...
Great Hall of the People. Photo by: Thomas Fanghaenel.

Blockchain Loses a Link: What the Chinese Crackdown Means for Cryptocurrencies and ICOs

For years, China has had a famously tight grasp on the value of its currency. In 1994, the Chinese government pegged the yuan to an $8.28 exchange with the US dollar and have since...
Kenya election riots.

Business Slow After Elections in Kenya

This year's elections have been peaceful, but there are claims and counter claims regarding the results. From the day leading up to elections, companies reduced operations or shut down temporarily to allow staff to go...
Brett King Via.news interview

“Does Banking have a Future?” Brett King, CEO of Moven, explains

Brett King hosts one of the most popular FinTech Radio Show in the world, "Breaking Banks," and founded the New-York based start-up called "Moven" with its concept of a downloadable bank account. Mr. King...