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Wall Street Journal (May 17)

2018/ 05/ 20 by jd in Global News

“American women are having children at the lowest rate on record, with the number of babies born in the U.S. last year dropping to a 30-year low…. The figures suggest that a number of women who put off having babies after the 2007-09 recession are forgoing them altogether.” This could spell trouble as America’s aging population is already “creating a funding imbalance that strains the social safety net that supports the elderly.”

 

Institutional Investor (May 17)

2018/ 05/ 19 by jd in Global News

“Having witnessed the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook disaster…. Asset managers are getting behind a new set of voluntary best practices in using data that includes personally identifiable information, or PII.” This January, the Investment Data Standards Organization was launched with members including “data vendors and users, such as hedge funds. It has published a set of standards that it views as a work-in-progress, meant to govern and adapt to the fund industry’s early and exploding use of alternative data.”

 

Popular Mechanics (May 16)

2018/ 05/ 18 by jd in Global News

“Scientists have confirmed that plastic bags litter the very depths of the Earth’s oceans inside the Mariana Trench. The findings highlight a polluted region of the ocean often ignored: the very bottom.” While disturbing, the knowledge could prove a source of hope.  “The better understanding of the damage being down there, the better chance there is of correcting the damage.”

 

LA Times (May 15)

2018/ 05/ 17 by jd in Global News

“There is a lesson for Trump in the North’s sudden change of tune….  Kim remains an unpredictable figure, and it is way too soon for Trump to boast about his succeeding where his predecessors have failed. And don’t rush to make room in the Oval Office for that Nobel Peace Prize.”

 

CNN (May 15)

2018/ 05/ 17 by jd in Global News

“The dream of ‘peace in our time’ in the Middle East died on Monday.”

 

New Yorker (May 14)

2018/ 05/ 16 by jd in Global News

National Security Adviser John Bolton said moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem was “merely ‘a recognition of reality,’ but it was actually a suspension of disbelief.” Though dignitaries at the opening ceremony were exuberant, “none of this alleviated the sinking feeling that young Gazans had gained the world’s attention, and sympathy, through their deaths” as Turkey and South Africa recalled their ambassadors to Israel while other countries lodged condemnations.

 

The Star (May 13)

2018/ 05/ 15 by jd in Global News

“The message from Malaysians, cutting across all races, has not merely been clear, but deafening, too. For the first time in the nation’s history, the people voted single-mindedly. Race and religion…were no longer attractive propositions to the electorate….  The massive defeat of the Barisan couldn’t have happened without the bulk of Malay and Muslim voters pushing for this historic change.”

 

The Guardian (May 13)

2018/ 05/ 14 by jd in Global News

“The American president has thrown into confusion old alliances and imperilled Middle Eastern peace.” His “stark rejection of the multilateral 2015 nuclear deal with Iran poses complex and momentous challenges for Europe, and the UK in particular. This reckless US action upsets the geopolitical furniture in troubling ways. The European democracies now find themselves at odds with their principal ally on an issue of fundamental importance to their security and to peace in the Middle East. By insisting they will uphold the Iran deal… European countries have embarked on a collision course with Washington.”

 

The Economist (May 12)

2018/ 05/ 14 by jd in Global News

SoftBank’s founder Masayoshi Son is now a contender for “the most influential person in technology.” His $100 billion Vision Fund is “gobbling up stakes in the world’s most exciting young companies…. disrupting both the industries in which it invests and other suppliers of capital…. Even if the fund ends up flopping, it will have several lasting effects on technology investing.”

 

Washington Post (May 11)

2018/ 05/ 13 by jd in Global News

“Lord save the world…. President Trump is making rash and risky moves that promise either brilliant success or catastrophic failure. The odds aren’t great, “given that it’s Trump we’re dealing with.”

 

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