Biden Administration Urges Ukraine to Stay Quiet on Russian Pipeline

July 21, 2021

As U.S. officials have signaled that they will no longer stop the Nord Stream 2, a controversial Russia-to-Germany pipeline, the Biden administration is asking Ukraine to stay quiet about its staunch opposition during negotiations with Berlin.

JD Supra: Hogan Lowells explains ESG

July 21, 2021

In an article posted on JD Supra, Hogan Lowells explains Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) standards in detail including its history, potential for sustainability, as well as short and long term effects of its influence on business.

Internal Fissures Widen as EU Unveils Rule-of-Law Report

July 21, 2021

The European Commission presented its second-annual rule-of-law report which praised reform efforts in various member states including Malta, Slovakia, and Romania as well as expressed concerns about what the Commission considers democratic backsliding in Poland and Hungary.

Pakistan's Islamic Conservatives Block Bill to Criminalize Wife-Beating

July 21, 2021

Conservative Islamic clerics and societal groups in Pakistan have succeeded in pressuring the country's Parliament to revise the proposed Domestic Violence (Protection and Prevention) Bill 2021, which criminalizes domestic violence against women and girls, with opponents claiming that the proposed legislation controvenes Quranic permissions for "light" wife-beating.

 

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  • U.S. Government Issues Hong Kong Business Advisory

    July 27, 2021

    The U.S. Government has issued a new advisory highlighting the growing risks associated with doing business in Hong Kong including potential regulatory, financial, and legal exposure following the changes to Hong Kong’s laws imposed by the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in June 2020, eroding Hong Kong’s autonomy. 

     
  • Biden Administration Urges Ukraine to Stay Quiet on Russian Pipeline

    July 21, 2021

    As U.S. officials have signaled that they will no longer stop the Nord Stream 2, a controversial Russia-to-Germany pipeline, the Biden administration is asking Ukraine to stay quiet about its staunch opposition during negotiations with Berlin.

     
  • CNET: What to know about Pegasus Spyware

    July 21, 2021

    CNET explains how security researchers found evidence of installation of Pegasus Spyware, a software made by the Israeli cybersecurity company NSO group, on 37 phones of activists, journalists and businesspeople, showing how vulnerable personal information is to digital prying.

     
 
  • UK Proposes New Climate-related Disclosure Rules for Standard Listed Companies

    July 28, 2021

    In 2020, the UK government began it’s mission towards mandatory climate-related disclosures, publishing a roadmap to align with the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and recently has taken it a step further with the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) proposing to extend this regime to all issuers of standard listed equity shares.

     
  • JD Supra Blog: Is Tax Transparency the New ESG Disclosure Demand?

    July 21, 2021

    Cooley LLP in the JD Supra Blog analyses an article published in Bloomberg reporting that tax transparency has become a growing “under-the-radar” element of ESG disclosure and explores the debate between investors on the subject.

     
  • Twitter Takes Action on Record Number of Accounts for Hate Speech

    July 19, 2021

    During the second half of 2020, Twitter Inc., in an effort to take action on their expansion of Hate Speech rules, penalized 1,126,990 different accounts, a 77% increase in a six month period, for violating the company’s hate speech policies.

     
 
  • Politico: Merkel and Nord Stream 2

    July 27, 2021

    Matthew Karnitschnig writing in Politico analyses why Angela Merkel is ignoring protests from Eastern Europe, to strike a deal on Nord Stream 2, a gas pipeline under the Baltic that will strengthen the influence of Russia over Europe’s energy security.

     
  • Ukraine Responds to Biden Administration’s Pressure over Nord Stream 2

    July 27, 2021

    Ukraine has responded to recent pressure given by the Biden administration to go along with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany with Mikhail Podolyak, an adviser to the chief of the Ukrainian presidential administration repeating Ukraine’s fierce criticism of the Nord Stream 2 project and insistence that Washington prevent its completion.

     
  • Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine Unite on Pro-EU Path

    July 21, 2021

    At the annual Batumi Conference, on Georgia’s Black Sea coast, the presidents of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, standing with European Council President Charles Michel, jointly proclaimed their commitment to a European future, citing their common past and challenges to their sovereignty and security.

     
 
  • Iran's Focus on Afghanistan Volatility Reflects Competing Islamist Geopolitics

    July 27, 2021

    According to Washingtonintitute.org, the political and military leadership of Iran's Islamic Republic has been active in diplomatic engagement with both the Taliban and the Afghan government, as well as making significant military deployments to the Iran-Afghan border, signaling a policy of increasing the possibility of a full Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.

     
  • Germany Foreign Intel Chief Raises Alert on Growing Strength of IS

    July 27, 2021

    The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency (BND) is warning that the Islamic State (IS) is exponentially expanding its capacity for Islamist recruitment and radicalization and terrorist activities, based on a redesigned, decentralized command model.

     
  • OIC and Jihadist Groups Condemn Israeli Government & Settlers for Al-Aqsa Changes

    July 27, 2021

    The 57 member-states comprising the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) joined with Islamist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad in condemnation of the Israeli government and Israeli settler groups for imposing forces to allow for settlers to pray on the al-Aqsa mosque complex in Jerusalem, calling Israel's actions a violation of international law.