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“THERE IS NOTHING TO MEDIATE”

A diplomatic row between Saudi Arabia and Canada was ignited last month by a tweet from Canada’s foreign ministry. Posted on August 3, the tweet said: “Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women’s rights activists in #SaudiArabia, including Samar Badawi. We urge the Saudi authorities…

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX

In April 2018, ahead of World Press Freedom Day on May 3,Reporters Without Borders (RWB) released its 2018 World Press Freedom Index. This year’s survey reflects what RWB believes to be a growing animosity towards the media being fuelled in part by political leaders. The 2018 World Press Freedom Index measures…

SUMMONING THE DEMON?

In an open letter released in November 2017, 116 of the world’s leading robotics and AI specialists from 26 countries called on the United Nations to take action against the weaponization of artificial intelligence. The open letter was issued following an announcement by the UN that a newly-formed group of governmental…

JOURNALISM AND TECHNOLOGY: 7 KEY THEMES IN 2018

In less than a year, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has gone from being viewed as a technology guru with presidential ambitions to being investigated by the United States congress and governments around the world. The investigations into Facebook’s alleged malpractices, widely reported in the news,will probably continue through 2018 and…

ENERGY, AMBITION AND VISION

After meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington D.C. on March 19, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman’s two-week tour of the United States took him to New York, Boston Houston, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles meeting along the way with some of the top political and…

QUARTERLY OIL MARKET UPDATE

Demand is stable The report says three countries are expected to contribute nearly 60 percent of increases in global oil demand in Q2 2018, with China contributing 28 percent, the United States 14 percent and India 15 percent. These three countries, says the report, will also be the main growth…