Carayannis and Weiss Promote Matrix of Human Rights Governance Networks

February 24, 2021

Carayannis and Weiss promote a new matrix of Human Rights Governance Networks as they examine a possible « Third » UN to strengthen multilateralism post-Covid that would include intellectuals, think tanks, NGOs, and the media.

Scott: Australia’s Stand-off with Big Tech is Only The Beginning

February 24, 2021

Mark Scott writes for Politico that following Australia’s stand-off with Facebook, a new standard has been set that will have a significant impact as various countries worldwide attempt to define what the internet should resemble going forward.

EU Begins Legal Action for Hungary Ignoring ECJ

February 24, 2021

The EU Commission launched legal action over Hungary's failure to implement a judgement from the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which ruled that the Transparency Act adopted in 2017 which restricts foreign-funding of NGOs was against EU rules.

National Interest: OIC Countries Prioritize China’s Money

February 24, 2021

Leading voices in the 57-member-state Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) declared “unwavering support” for Muslim self-determination movements in Central and South Asia, yet accept millions of dollars in Chinese monies for economic bailouts and infrastructure development through China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

 

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  • Brookings: Create an Office of Subnational Diplomacy at State Department

    February 24, 2021

    The Brookings Institution is promoting the creation of a new office of subnational diplomacy within the State Department that will place State Department diplomats within local governments following U.S. President Joe Biden’s pledge for new partnerships between local and federal governments.

     
  • US Officially Rejoins Paris Climate Agreement

    February 23, 2021

    The U.S. officially rejoined the Paris Agreement after President Biden, on his first day of office, signed an executive order to rejoin the global accord following former President Trump’s withdrawal.

     
  • Blinken: U.S. to Pay WHO $200 million

    February 23, 2021

    As the United States rejoins the World Health Organization, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the U.S. will pay more than $200 million to the WHO by the end of the month.

     
 
  • Scott: Australia’s Stand-off with Big Tech is Only The Beginning

    February 24, 2021

    Mark Scott writes for Politico that following Australia’s stand-off with Facebook, a new standard has been set that will have a significant impact as various countries worldwide attempt to define what the internet should resemble going forward.

     
  • Democrats Question TV Carriers' that Host Certain News Networks

    February 24, 2021

    U.S. House Democrats questioned a mix of media providers about their decisions to carry Fox News, One America News Network and Newsmax, accusing the right-leaning outlets of serving as   "misinformation rumor mills".

     
  • Facebook Faces Criticism in Australia for News Ban

    February 22, 2021

    Politico reports that in a move quickly gaining international reactions, Facebook has created new rules blocking news content  amid a dispute with the Australian government over a planned law leaving Australian users unable to view and share local and international news.

     
 
  • Civil Rights Coalition Petitions EU to Ban Biometric Surveillance

    February 24, 2021

    As the EU plans to announce new laws on artificial intelligence this year, a coalition made up of civil and digital rights groups has launched a petition to pressure the European Union into banning biometric mass surveillance due to systemic abuses of people’s biometric data.

     
  • China’s Eastern Europe Strategy Takes a Hit

    February 24, 2021

    Politico reports that the “17+1” platform created by Beijing in 2012 to build ties with 17 Central and Eastern European countries took a hit when half of the 12 EU national leaders invited did not show.

     
  • Ukraine Takes Russia To ECtHR Over 'Targeted Assassinations'

    February 24, 2021

    Ukraine has filed a complaint at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) accusing Russia of the "targeted assassinations" of "perceived opponents"  which Kyiv says is in a violation of the « right to life » stipulated in Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

     
 
  • Turkeys Maps Underscore Geopolitics of Islamist Expansionism

    February 22, 2021

    A well-known media and construction conglomerate connected to Turkey's Islamist government has circulated maps outlining Turkey’s geopolitical sphere of influence extending from the Caucasus into Europe and North Africa.

     
  • National Interest: OIC Countries Prioritize China’s Money

    February 19, 2021

    Leading voices in the 57-member-state Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) declared “unwavering support” for Muslim self-determination movements in Central and South Asia, yet accept millions of dollars in Chinese monies for economic bailouts and infrastructure development through China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

     
  • Millenials to Drive 21st Century Islamic Finance Growth

    February 19, 2021

    Arabian Business reports that British experts assess that millennials will be the key drivers of global expansion in Sharia-based/compatible financial products and profits, catalyzed by demands ethical finance in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as innovations in Islamic financial technology (fintech).