WTO IS TRUMP DOING NOW?

What Happened? President Donald J. Trump has threatened to leave the WTO according to reasons that include unfair treatment by the international body. This comes as no surprise – after all, his protectionist trade policies often contradict the open-trade ethos of the WTO. In…

LIAR LIAR PANTS-ED BY MUELLER

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller has officially submitted a recommendation to the courts, proposing a sentence of not more than six months for George Papadopoulos, who has been charged with lying to federal investigators. According to a memorandum submitted to the judge by the…

Google China?

The Intercept has reported that high level executives in Google are planning to release a version of the popular search engine, specially catered to the (censorship) needs of the world’s largest country. To be fair, Google has not been too shy about whiting out…

IAAF MAINTAINS BAN ON RUSSIAN ATHLETES

The International Association of Athletes Federation (IAAF) has decided to maintain its position on suspending Russia’s participation in international athletics, despite having recognized progress in the country’s cooperation in ongoing investigations. It seems that getting off the hook will require more effort as Russian…

Malay Rights Matter

Kuala Lumpur was packed with close to 2000 protestors at a rally held in Kampung Baru on Saturday (28 July). According to organizers, the rally was held as a result of diminishing interests of the Malay Muslim majority in the country. Ever since seizing…

TRUMP PUTIN HIS PLACE

What Happened? President Donald J. Trump is making headlines again on the back of his recent summit in Helsinki with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The crux of the issue? Well, history repeated itself as during a press conference following the summit, the 45th US President…

THE FRENCH HAVE NS TOO

Exciting times are ahead for our young French counterparts as the French government has just recently announced the re-introduction of national service for all 16-year-olds in the country. Initially mooted by President Macron, the final iteration of the plan that is dubbed “Universal National…

EU BETTER NOT TRY US

What Happened? In response to global tariffs on steel and aluminum set by the Trump Administration in June this year, tariffs on €2.8bn worth of American products such as bourbon whiskey and orange juice have finally been administered by the European Union (EU). In…

WORLD WAR TRADE

What Happened? The possibility of a trade war between the US and China seems all the more likely following the Trump administration’s announcement of fresh tariffs on US$50 billion (S$67.3 billion) in Chinese goods. According to the US Trade Representative (USTR), the first wave…