November 21, 2019

For startups in the Global South, is success simply surviving?

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By Catalina Albeanu From Reuters Community Economic survival is the main challenge for many media startups, followed by the political context in which they operate and physical safety risks, found the report “Fighting for Survival: Media Startups in the Global South” by Anya Schiffrin of Columbia University SIPA, published in January 2019. Many startups are dependant […]

Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Morsi dies during trial

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From BBC Egypt’s former President Mohammed Morsi, ousted by the military in 2013 after one year in office, has collapsed in a courtroom and died, officials say. A top figure in the now-banned Islamist movement Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi had just addressed the court from a cage at a hearing on charges of espionage. Morsi, who […]

Libya crisis: UN says thousands fleeing clashes

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From BBC At least 2,800 people have fled from the fighting near Libya’s capital, Tripoli, according to the UN. Other civilians are trapped by the clashes and are cut off from vital emergency services, it says. Forces under Gen Khalifa Haftar began an attack on the city last Thursday with the aim of wresting it […]

Cairo station fire: Train driver ‘left brakes off’

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From BBC The deadly fire at Cairo’s main railway station on Wednesday happened because the train driver left the cabin without putting the brakes on, Egypt’s public prosecutors believe. They say a preliminary investigation indicates the driver stepped off the train to argue with a colleague. But the driver, who has been arrested, blames corroded […]

Sudan under al-Bashir: Long history of turmoil, conflicts

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From Daily Journal CAIRO — Street protests against Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir show no sign of abating. A growing number of his former allies are clamoring for his departure. None of his friends in the region are stepping up to help. One of the Mideast’s longest autocrats may be on the way out. But if […]

Happy Hobbits

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From Stuck In Customs WALTER PRODUCTIONS Hey, I thought I would mention Walter Productions, which is the production company behind our Burning Man camp. They do events all over the USA, so if you ever want to have a major blowout event, be sure to contact them! PYRAMID THOUGHTS There’s a short 1-minute video that […]

Saudi Arabia might not be able to afford its multibillion dollar mega-projects

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By Irina Slav, OilPrice.com From Business Insider Saudi Arabia has invested in a flurry of multi-billion dollar projects. Most people think it is an extremely rich nation that can afford these projects, even without its oil giant Aramco. But that may be far from the reality — a list of challenges against the country’s budget […]

World’s biggest sports stadiums

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The 30 biggest sports stadiums in the world, ranked by crowd capacity Part 1 By Alan Dawson The world is home to some truly gigantic sports venues, covering much-loved sports like football, soccer, and rugby. To work out which non-racing stadium is king, we have collected official crowd capacity data from the venues to produce […]

Who profits from keeping Gaza on the brink of humanitarian catastrophe?

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By Shir Hever From Information Clearing House Keeping Gaza on the verge of collapse keeps international humanitarian aid money flowing to exactly where it benefits Israeli interests. March 09, 2018 “Information Clearing House” – “The Gaza Strip is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis.” Sound familiar? We’ve been hearing about the imminent collapse of […]

Gambling: From ancient Egypt to the 21st Century

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Excitement is an inherent attribute of a person and civilization is a whole. Mankind has been playing games where the profit depends on the chance for thousands of years. Some games replace others, but their essence doesn’t change. Games at the Dawn of Civilization Researchers found that the first game, in which the win was […]