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Algeria ranked lowest in MENA for economic freedom

Algeria is one of the worst countries in the world for economic freedom according the latest ranking issued in the Economic Freedom of the World: 2017 Annual Report. The figures, compiled by Canadian think tank the Fraser Institute, rank countries according to access to a free market, free trade and entrepreneurial freedom. These criteria are grouped into five main groups: size of government (expenditure, size of state controlled enterprises, taxation, etc.), legal system and property rights, inflation, freedom of trade at the international level and regulation of credit, labour and business. The five criteria have a total of 42 distinct variables, each scored on a scale from 0 to 10 points. Algeria ranked 156 out of 159 countries in the list […]

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Top Secret: Microsoft Upgrades Azure Blockchain for Government Use

Government secrets on a blockchain? Following recent security upgrades, Microsoft has launched a platform specifically for that purpose.The post Top Secret: Microsoft Upgrades Azure Blockchain for Government Use appeared first on bitcoinmining.shop.
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Suspected US airstrikes pound southern Somalia

A suspected United States aircraft targeted Somalia yesterday, Somali Press Online reported. The airstrikes targeted a key Al-Shabaab controlled town in Somalia’s southern Lower Shabelle region, residents told Somali Press Online. It is not confirmed whether it was a military aircraft or an unmanned drone. An Al-Shabaab convoy travelling in the outskirts of the region was targeted. The number of casualties as a result of the strike is unknown. The United States Department of Defence has not released an official statement however it regularly conducts drone strikes in Somalia, killing scores of people. President Donald Trump has given the Central Intelligence Agency and the US Military broader authority to target inside Somalia, considering parts of the country “temporary battlefield”. The […]

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Was Hamas weak to make many concessions to Fatah?

The Palestinian Islamic Movement Hamas and the Palestinian Secular Movement Fatah signed last week a landmark reconciliation agreement that ended an 11-year rift between the two factions. They agreed on three main issues and postponed talks on the controversial issues that might have undermined the agreement. Brokered by Egypt, the reconciliation included an agreement on the government, employees and the Gaza crossings with Egypt and Israel. For this Hamas made significant concessions it refused to make during several previous agreements. Hamas conceded its control over the Gaza Strip by cancelling the administrative committee which ran the ministries. It also agreed that the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority (PA) would send 3,000 security staff to control, among other things in the Strip, the […]

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US politicians propose resolution against UNESCO

Two Republican politicians have submitted a resolution to Congress condemning UNESCO, days after the US announced that it would be withdrawing from the organisation over its “anti-Israel bias”, according to the Times of Israel. Senator Ted Cruz and Republican Matt Gaetz authored the resolution last Friday which condemns UNESCO for trying to delegitimise the Jewish state and “recognises and affirms the historical connection of the Jewish people to the ancient and sacred city of Jerusalem”. Last year, UNESCO voted in favour of a resolution that denied any connection between Al-Aqsa Mosque and Judaism; Israel relies on such a claim in recognising the Muslim holy site as the “Temple Mount”. “The Jewish people, and the people of Israel, have a deep and ancient […]

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NEO Price Rises to $28 As Upward Momentum Returns

The past month has been rather interesting for holders of the NEO currency. With the NEO price rising from sub-$20 to just over $36 in quick succession, a market correction would occur sooner or later. It seems that the correction is finally finding a ...

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Israel telecoms giant warned over UN settlements database

The CEO of Israeli telecommunications giant Bezeq has shared a letter from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), as the Geneva-based body prepares for the publication of a database of companies complicit in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). Stella Handler published the letter on her Facebook account, along with an attack on the UNHRC and its mandate. The post was subsequently deleted, reportedly at the request of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The letter, dated 22 September, summarises the UNHRC’s findings regarding Bezeq’s involvement with settlements in the oPt, including “40 real estate properties in the West Bank used for telecommunication infrastructure”, as well as various antennas. Bezeq “provides landline, cellular, internet and cable TV […]

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