China Cuts Diplomatic Talks with Australia

May 12, 2021

Following recent clashes over various issues including a private probe into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and the banning of Huawei’s 5G network, China has cut off a channel for diplomatic and trade talks with Australia.

Deloitte’s New Policy Prohibits Employees From ‘Illegal Speech’ In Private Conversations

May 12, 2021

Deloitte has unveiled new guidelines for employees stating that they cannot “condone, engage, or assist in illegal conduct or speech” regardless of whether they are at work or in private online conversation.

ECtHR Intervenes with Polish Tribunal

May 12, 2021

AP reports that in what some regard as a controversial move, The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has said that Poland’s top court violated a local company’s right to fair trial due to an irregularly appointed judge.

Robust Growth Projected for Islamic Finance Industry

May 12, 2021

Standard & Poor (S&P) projects that the Islamic finance industry will show robust 10-12% annual growth rates over the next two years, reaching $3.8 trillion in total assets worldwide by 2023, expanding sharia-compliant/compatible products and services in Muslim-majority and Western countries.

 

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  • Barnes: The WHO Failed its One Main Job

    May 17, 2021

    Terry Barnes writes in The Spectator that the World Health Organization (WHO) has failed its one main job, saving lives and livelihoods from global devastation, citing the review of the initial response to the Wuhan virus by an independent panel, co-chaired by former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark, highlighting that the WHO was too slow in declaring a public health emergency in January 2020 when the coronavirus could have been contained in regional China.

     
  • Shalin: Hofstadter’s Warning of University Decline Has Been Ignored

    May 13, 2021

    Director of Policy Analysis at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, Jay Schalin analyses Historian Richard Hofstadter’s unheeded warnings in the 1960’s to academia to be wary of politicizing the university, which Schalin highlights has led to today’s « woke » campus.

     
  • States Limit use of Facial Recognition by Police

    May 10, 2021

    At least seven states and nearly two dozen cities have limited the use of facial recognition technology to solve crimes, like human trafficking, as concerns are rising over civil rights violations, racial bias and invasion of privacy.

     
 
  • Facebook Oversight Board: International Human Rights Tribunal?

    May 17, 2021

    While commentators insist that the Facebook Oversight Board is not a domestic court, following the Trump decision, many similarities have been revealed between the Oversight Board to an international human rights tribunal, such as the European Court of Human Rights, potentially impacting set standards and due diligence for social media companies in the future.

     
  • Court Gives Green light to Irish Regulator with FB Data Flow Inquiry

    May 17, 2021

    Despite Facebook’s request to block an inquiry potentially halting Facebook's data flows from the European Union to the United States, Ireland's High Court has allowed the Irish regulator to proceed with the inquiry.

     
  • Brooks: Foundations of Corporate America are Crumbling

    May 12, 2021

    Writing in the National Review, Robert Brooks argues that 'Stakeholder capitalism' is undermining the foundational values of a free society.

     
 
  • Italy Fines Google $123 million for Blocking an App from Android Auto

    May 17, 2021

    Italy's competition regulator has ordered Google to pay over €100 million ($123 million) for abuse of its dominant position, citing that Google has shut out an electric vehicle recharging app from its Android Auto infotainment platform for cars for over two years.

     
  • Biedermann: The Decline of European Social Democracies

    May 17, 2021

    Ferry Biedermann writing in The New European analyses the gradual death of European social democracies despite the fact that left leaning parties have headed governments at most about one third of the time since 1945.

     
  • Amazon Wins Appeal over €250m EU Tax Bill

    May 13, 2021

    In a blow to the EU’s fight against big multinational tech companies avoiding taxes, Amazon has won a court battle over allegations that the US technology company received €250m in “illegal state aid” tax benefits from Luxembourg, overturning the 2017 decision.

     
 
  • Islamist Internet Celebrations for Lag BaOmer Disaster in Israel

    May 12, 2021

    According to analysis by Washington, DC-based think tank Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI), jihadist groups has been using a full range of social media platforms and applications to celebrate the loss of life and casualties in Israel consequent to the crowd rush at the annual pilgrimage the Lag BaOmer pilgrimage holiday.

     
  • Changing Field of Islamist Parties in Pakistan

    May 12, 2021

    Pakistan's crowded field of Islamist parties has come to be dominated by the Tehrik Labaik Pakistan (TLP), a neo-fundamentalist party whose rapid rise to influence is built on uncompromising commitment to punitive application of Islamic blasphemy laws.

     
  • Robust Growth Projected for Islamic Finance Industry

    May 12, 2021

    Standard & Poor (S & P) global credit ratings giant projects that the Islamic finance industry will show robust 10-12% annual growth rates over the next two years, reaching $3.8 trillion in total assets worldwide by 2023, expanding sharia-compliant/compatible products and services in Muslim-majority and Western countries.