Saturday, November 18, 2017
India is opposing China's OBOR initiative.
New Delhi, India (VIAnews) - For centuries, the majority of the world’s trade has been under the influence of India and China in the Eastern world, and Europe to the west. Back in the 16th century, the maritime technology power of the Europeans and trade supremacy lead to an eventual colonization of the east. Going forward a few centuries, today's...
Turkey: Human rights activists protest on 25 October 2017. Photo by: Lefteris Pitarakis, AP.
Istanbul, Turkey (VIAnews) - On Wednesday, nearly 200 human rights activists gathered outside the courthouse in Istanbul to protest against the lack of press freedom in Turkey. The activists were holding signs saying "Free rights defenders", "Freedom for journalists", and "Independent press cannot be silenced." According to the Turkish Journalists’ Association, around 160 journalists are currently in jail in the...
Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. with Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo. Photo by: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro.
Jakarta, Indonesia (VIAnews) - Most Indonesians keep wondering about the reasons behind the U.S. ban on Indonesia’s Military Head. General Gatot Nurmantyo was denied entry to the United States a week ago and the U.S administration has already issued a formal apology. Despite that, lingering questions persist regarding the sudden decision to refuse entry to the general. General Nurmantyo was...
Taj Mahal, India
New Delhi, India (VIAnews)- Indian Supreme Court banned fireworks in Delhi during this year’s Diwali celebration. Diwali is the foremost festive season of the city, and most of the country for that matter, for which bursting of crackers and lighting of streets formed the major axis of celebration. There were frowns from various people who considered this as a violation...
Islamabad, Pakistan. Faisal mosque. Photo by: Abdul Baqi.Islamabad, Pakistan. Faisal mosque. Photo by: Abdul Baqi.
Islamabad, Pakistan (VIAnews) - President Trump delivered a speech on August 21 at Fort Myer military base, near Washington, about the Strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia. He singled Pakistan out for particular criticism of their alleged role in giving sanctuary to insurgents operating from Pakistan against the USA. "Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence,...
People's Liberation Army
New Delhi, India (VIAnews) – Border disputes between India and China, somehow, has always been tripartite. Most of the post-independence disputes can be traced back to the diplomacy of ‘great game’ and cartographic chessboard strategies between Great Britain and Russia, with China dictating trade agreements through Tibet and the Empire, much to the former’s fury. With the defeat at Japanese...
Cherry blossom. Photo by: Forests and Environment Department of Meghalaya.
Shimla, India (VIAnews) - Of many exotic attractions Japan offers, the poetic image of pink cherry blossom flower of Springtime stands out. Among many other things, Cherry Blossom appreciation now has another world-class offer. Japan and Korea, has gotten a near western cousin joining them in this spectacle, Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, India. Prunus cerasoides, or the Wild Himalayan cherry...
Obese Indian Couple.
New Delhi, India (VIAnews) - “The frustrating thing about India is that whatever you can rightly say about India, the opposite is also true.” Wise words by Cambridge economist Joan Robinson still holds germane to Indian society. Though the first reaction would be to attribute this quote with rising economic inequality, it is true in almost all other sectors,...
New York city Philippines Consulate drug war protest
Manila, Philippines (VIAnews) – Statistics on the number of casualties in the Philippines’ war on drugs continue to grossly escalate. Its implementers, the country’s national police, are at the lead of once again convoluting public opinion, critics say, with its recent claim that there are no extrajudicial killings in the country. “All recent administrations have denied the existence of State-sanctioned...
India's FIFA under 17 soccer tournament.
New Delhi, India (VIAnews) - The official slogan for the first-ever FIFA event to be held in India is ‘Football Takes Over’. Set to take place from October 6th-28th, the Under-17 World Cup will occur in six cities throughout the country. With 24 teams fighting for the trophy, what is about to unfold will certainly be one of the...
IndianOil service station in Pipili, Odisha, India. Photo by: Bernard Gagnon.
New Delhi, India (VIAnews) - Globally, crude oil prices have almost halved over the past 3 years to hover around $50 a barrel. Driven by the shale oil boom in the United States combined with consistent production by OPEC nations, low crude prices have led to a boom in several economies overseas. However, the story in India is quite the...
Multi-Level parking in Baguio opposed.
Baguio: Locals gathered early morning on September 13 at Burnham Park to protest the proposed construction of several multi-level podium parking within the heart of Philippines’ Summer Capital. Burnham Park was named as a cultural heritage considering that it is more than 50 years old. It is located at the center of Baguio City, which is a top tourist attraction...

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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...