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BASF to divest from two China joint ventures over allegations of Xinjiang human rights abuses
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BASF to divest from two China joint ventures over allegations of Xinjiang human rights abuses

German chemical giant BASF will divest from two joint ventures in China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, following reports that its business partners were involved in human rights abuses. “Recently published reports related to the joint-venture partner contain serious allegations that indicate activities inconsistent with BASF’s values. Consequently, BASF will accelerate the ongoing process to divest its shares,” read...

How China is winning the Middle East
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How China is winning the Middle East

How China is winning the Middle East. China is working to present itself as a responsible alternative to the U.S. in the Middle East, just as many are questioning Washington’s long-term commitment to the region. Amid the recent catastrophes in the Middle East—the renewed Israel-Hamas war; widening violence in Lebanon, Iraq, the Persian Gulf, and...

Downing Street publishes Lord Cameron’s links to UAE
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Downing Street publishes Lord Cameron’s links to UAE

The Foreign Secretary spent three weeks in January lecturing in politics at NYU Abu Dhabi which is bankrolled by the Emirates. Downing Street has published details of Lord Cameron’s links to the United Arab Emirateswhich could have a “bearing on” his role as Foreign Secretary. Rishi Sunak’s ethics adviser included the former prime minister’s role...

The Hotspots of Modern Slavery
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The Hotspots of Modern Slavery

Approximately 10.5 percent of North Korea‘s population, including migrant workers and human trafficking victims, are categorized as modern slaves, according to data by the Walk Free Foundation. While this only amounts to roughly five percent of the total of estimated modern slaves worldwide, our chart shows that only one other country comes close to this population...

Inside U.S. Efforts to Untangle an A.I. Giant’s Ties to China
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Inside U.S. Efforts to Untangle an A.I. Giant’s Ties to China

American spy agencies have warned about the Emirati firm G42 and its work with large Chinese companies that U.S. officials consider security threats. By Mark Mazzetti and Edward Wong Mark Mazzetti, an investigative reporter focusing on global intelligence, and Edward Wong, a diplomatic correspondent and former Beijing bureau chief, have reported together on Middle East...

Al Gore Calls Out the Bankers ‘Profiting Hugely’ From Big Oil
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Al Gore Calls Out the Bankers ‘Profiting Hugely’ From Big Oil

Al Gore, the former US vice president turned climate crusader, says Big Oil and the banks backing it still have huge financial incentives to stick with fossil fuels, even though their decision to do so is the leading cause of the climate crisis. Bankers “are profiting hugely” from their role as lenders and advisers to...

Russia, Iran, and the Territorial Dispute with the UAE
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Russia, Iran, and the Territorial Dispute with the UAE

Russia, Iran, and the Territorial Dispute with the UAE. Under President Ebrahim Raisi, Iran has carved out an overseas agenda that is a patent departure from the country’s 1979 Revolution-era notion of “neither East nor West,” reflected in a seemingly irreversible estrangement from Europe. It had alarmed tensions with the United States, and a disproportionate...

Can COP28 really try to ignore fossil fuels?
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Can COP28 really try to ignore fossil fuels?

Can COP28 really try to ignore fossil fuels? Every summer, the Scottish city of Edinburgh holds a high-profile theater and comedy festival that is famous for its drama and laughter. This year’s event, however, will also feature an act that is too serious to be humorous: John Kerry, the US climate envoy,will speak on the...

China, UAE to hold first-ever joint military drill, likely a ‘message’ to US: Analysts
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China, UAE to hold first-ever joint military drill, likely a ‘message’ to US: Analysts

Though few details of the exercise are known, analysts said the emirates could be sending a signal to Washington about security “options” in the region. BEIRUT — Chinese armed forces will hold the first ever military drills with United Arab Emirates in China this month, in a move that raised eyebrows for analysts as Washington and Beijing...