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Star Tribune (March 31)

2021/ 04/ 01 by jd in Global News

Chile “appears poised to be among the first in the world to reach herd immunity. But experts say the country’s speedy and efficient vaccination drive—only Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Seychelles have vaccinated a larger share of their populations—gave Chileans a false sense of security and contributed to a sharp spike in new infections and deaths that is overloading the health care system.”


Chicago Tribune (June 2)

2020/ 06/ 04 by jd in Global News

“What do you say to a city whose residents, livelihoods and sense of security have been pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic and then civil unrest and mass looting? You say that Chicago is up to the challenge and must move forward. You say: Reopen and rebuild…. This resilient city will recover again.”


Wall Street Journal (January 15)

2020/ 01/ 16 by jd in Global News

Encryption and security protections “have significant social and public benefits.” These are becoming “more important as individuals store and transmit more personal information on their phones—including bank accounts and health records—amid increasing cyber-espionage.” The U.S. Attorney General wants Apple to provide law enforcement with a backdoor. It won’t and it shouldn’t. “Any special key that Apple created for the U.S. government to unlock iPhones would also be exploitable by bad actors.”


The Economist (April 28)

2018/ 05/ 01 by jd in Global News

“There is no consensus on what a crypto-asset is. Even within countries, authorities disagree on how to classify them. Are they a commodity, a currency, a security or their own, peculiar asset class?” The Swiss regulator, FINMA, took what may become a popular approach. FINMA’s treatment of crypto-assets will be based “on their actual function—ie, whether they are used for payments; as a utility token that gives its holder access to a specific service; or as an investment. This also means a token’s classification can change over time.”


The Straits Times (February 20)

2018/ 02/ 21 by jd in Global News

“In spite of a substantial budget surplus,” Singapore is planning to raise taxes to meet “the challenges that lie ahead—in the form of financing healthcare in an ageing society, meeting infrastructure needs and ensuring security.” This approach starkly contrasts with the U.S., which has cut taxes despite running an enormous budget deficit, but fiscal sustainability has been “a mainstay of Singapore’s economic planning since independence.”


Institutional Investor (July 18)

2016/ 07/ 19 by jd in Global News

Following a tumultuous weekend with a failed coup, another police officer shooting in the U.S., and continuing Brexit worries, investors may want to consider “whether security and geopolitical threats to stability will undermine the impact of aggressive easing actions of the world’s central banks. A recovery in the Turkish lira and global equity indices and a retreat in gold prices, seemingly fueled by the coup’s failure, suggests that at least some parts of the market believe central bank policymakers still trump security threats when it comes to financial asset valuation.”


Time (July 15)

2016/ 07/ 17 by jd in Global News

First there was the Charlie Hebdo attack that killed 17 people. “Then came the Paris attacks—a devastating blow, from which the country had only just begun to shake off the anxiety and grief.” And now the deadly tragedy in Nice. All within a year and a half. “For France, the attack on Thursday night is likely to be deeply distressing—and to raise the question about how the country can possible avoid further attacks, given the extraordinary security measures already in place.”


Dallas Morning News (July 8)

2016/ 07/ 09 by jd in Global News

“Our hearts are broken. For the dead and wounded Dallas officers. For their loved ones, friends and colleagues.” Snipers shot 11 officers, killing five. “These were police officers who had earlier posed for photos with the demonstrators, shaken their hands and provided security for their rally. Throughout the evening, mutual respect was visible between the two groups.” The unfathomable has happened. “Dallas must awake from this nightmare united.”


Washington Post (June 29)

2016/ 06/ 30 by jd in Global News

Saudi deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) “has the potential to rebuild Saudi Arabia into a more dynamic country that’s much more able to protect its security and that of its neighbors.” Unfortunately, he is “also capable of driving his country off a cliff with his headstrong, sometimes reckless behavior. The stakes for the United States are enormous.”


Institutional Investor (March 21)

2016/ 03/ 23 by jd in Global News

“The Internet and all its mixed blessings are currently in full flower with the Internet of Things (IoT).” Connected things are forecast to grow by 30% this year and by 2020, there will probably be over 20 billion things connected to the Internet. “The pressing question: Is the IoT floor too far along for security to be, as technologists like to say, baked in?” To hackers, the IoT represents the ultimate honeypot” and already a significant share of botnet attacks are taking place not on PCs, but from connected things. “Welcome to the insecurity of things.”


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