The race for the Arctic is gaining pace as more countries seek to expand their presence there. Is the world’s coldest place turning into a major hotspot? We asked Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, Iceland’s former president and founder of the Arctic Circle. SS: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has actually said that Washington needs to be engaged in the Arctic, because otherwise, Russia and China's growing domination in the region is, quote, a threat to freedom-loving nations, like Iceland and the United States. Do you feel like your country is somehow being threatened? OG: No, we don't. Quite frankly, Iceland now enjoys the most peaceful cooperation and position that we have had for decades. Don't forget that the United States had a military base in Iceland for more than half a century. And then, during the George W. Bush administration, they closed it down. So, paradoxically, while Washington was telling the rest of the world that it was now such a dangerous place, that … [Read more...] about The future of the Arctic will be defined in Asia – Iceland’s ex-president
Trade ex canada
Business 18 September 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44529600 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Donald Trump campaigned for election on a promise to make trade fairer for the US, and his push to do so has him fighting with some of … [Read more...] about US-China trade row: What has happened so far?
THE US government last night charged Chinese tech giant Huawei with stealing trade secrets - including trying to nick a ROBOT named "Tappy" used to test smartphones. Justice Department chiefs also charged one of the company's top executives and several subsidiaries - claiming the business violated US sanctions and misled banks. The charges were announced just before a crucial two-day round of talks between the United States and China are set to begin in Washington amid fears of an impending trade war between the superpowers. Trade analysts say they could seriously diminish prospects for a breakthrough. The sweeping indictments accuse the company of using extreme efforts to steal trade secrets from American businesses. This including trying to take a piece of a robot from a T-Mobile lab. The executive charged is Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou - who was arrested in Canada last month. American officials are seeking to extradite her - alleging she committed fraud by … [Read more...] about US government accuses Chinese tech giant Huawei with stealing trade secrets… including trying to nick a smartphone-testing ROBOT named ‘Tappy’
Over the space of nearly three months, a New York jury has heard 54 witnesses deliver dramatic evidence against accused Mexican drug boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Former associates, ex-employees and a onetime mistress, most of them now inmates in American prisons, have drawn a blood-soaked picture of the Sinaloa cartel -- of which El Chapo was co-leader for 25 years -- confirming that violent TV series like "Narcos" about notorious drug trafficker Pablo Escobar have not strayed far from the truth. According to the witnesses, the Sinaloa cartel flooded the United States with cocaine with the blessing of countless police, military officers and Mexican officials -- going all the way up to the president -- who turned their heads in exchange for bribes worth millions. The prosecution lawyers in New York, having shone a stark spotlight on the powerful cartel, are close to wrapping up their case. The question now is whether the defense can introduce sufficient doubt to save El Chapo from … [Read more...] about ‘El Chapo’ trial: a three-month plunge into the bloody ways of the drug trade
The arguments of senior Brexiteers would "make snake oil salesmen blush" and their "dishonesty is breathtaking," according to the U.K.'s former ambassador to the EU. Delivering a sobering lecture on the state of the Brexit process, Ivan Rogers, who resigned from the civil service in January 2017 blaming "muddled thinking" in government, warned that "denialism is pretty universal" on all sides of the Brexit debate. "I believe the risks are appreciably higher than either the markets or the commentariat believe," he said, adding that "it is now genuinely urgent that we get beyond the myth-making." Rogers' lecture contains criticisms for Theresa May's deal; Remainers seeking a "People's vote;" and Brussels negotiators alike. But his harshest words are reserved for the Brexiteers who he said "avoid having to say anything serious or precise about what their destination means and how it works." He said that former Brexiteer Cabinet ministers Boris Johnson, David Davis and Dominic Raab were … [Read more...] about UK’s ex-EU ambassador: Brexiteers like ‘snake oil salesmen’