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Exclusive: Saudi offers Russia deal to scale back Assad support - sources

Exclusive: Saudi offers Russia deal to scale back Assad support - sources | Global Issues, Local Insights | Scoop.it
AMMAN/DOHA (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has offered Russia economic incentives including a major arms deal and a pledge not to challenge Russian gas sales if Moscow scales back support for Syrian President...
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And now come the influence of petro dollars. As mentioned in the article Russia wouldn't outright drop Assad. As it views the Syria issue more strategically than financially. But never say never.

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Twitter / NelsonMandela: "The most powerful weapon is ...

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"The most powerful weapon is not violence but it is talking to people"
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You Aren’t Hearing About Yemen’s Biggest Problems – Al Qaeda In Yemen - FRONTLINE

You Aren’t Hearing About Yemen’s Biggest Problems – Al Qaeda In Yemen - FRONTLINE | Global Issues, Local Insights | Scoop.it
Every day headlines highlight Yemen's growing Al Qaeda threat, but some of the biggest threats to the country are largely absent from Western media.
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The root of the problem clearly identified here. As stated it is the poorest Arab country. The current strategy of only tackling the issues seem to be exacerbating the problem even further. 

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Snowden's Wake: German Firms Scramble to Boost Data Protection - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Snowden's Wake: German Firms Scramble to Boost Data Protection - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Global Issues, Local Insights | Scoop.it
German companies have long suspected China and Russia of trying to steal their secrets. But the NSA scandal has turned their attention west, forcing them to worry about prying American eyes and to rapidly bolster security measures.
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To what extent though is the question. Is it better to start from a basis that everything is being track. And then working from that level. I would think that it is. But emergence of more localised and soveriegn data centres is definetely on the up

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Punks Break Burma’s Silence on Religious Attacks

Punks Break Burma’s Silence on Religious Attacks | Global Issues, Local Insights | Scoop.it
Burma’s punks prove willing to speak out against Buddhist monks instigating violence against Muslims while others in the country remain silent.
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North Korea's summer camp for children

North Korea's summer camp for children | Global Issues, Local Insights | Scoop.it
When it comes to choosing a summer camp to send your children to, North Korea may not be top of the list. But for decades, the Songdowon camp has entertained children from around the world.
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BBC World Service has always been one of my most favourite and reliable sources of interesting knowledge from around the world. This article is another great example. There seem to be more and more insights coming out of North Korea. Particularly I've seen more images via Instagram for instance. Does this mean there is a detente in the situation, are we seeing more opening up. Hard to say at the moment. 

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BAO 包

BAO 包 | Global Issues, Local Insights | Scoop.it
We serve a selection of XIAO CHI / Small Eats in London, specialising in the Taiwanese Street Food, Gua Bao - a steamed pork bun.
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So glad I discovered these guys last year. Absolutely amazing food. Given that I already ave a soft spot for all things Taiwanese. Finally get to visit their Bao Bar on Saturday with a Swedish friend. Am I excited yes! These guys combine food and design so well. And very high standards on both ends.

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Exclusive: Syria seeks to tap frozen bank accounts for food supplies

Exclusive: Syria seeks to tap frozen bank accounts for food supplies | Global Issues, Local Insights | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - Syria is trying to tap frozen funds in foreign bank accounts to step up purchases of food stocks including wheat, as civil war and a deepening humanitarian crisis push President Bashar...
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Sanctions seem to be hurting the ability of the population to eat. Hard to negotiate right and wrong.

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NIGHTVISION

http://www.lshep.com http://www.facebook.com/lukedoesthings Nightvision is a celebration of the brilliance and diversity of architecture found across Europe.…
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I am constantky amazed by the different perspectives within which architecture can be viewed. This is another amazing example. Particularly fond of the London appearance.

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Jeff Bezos And Donald Graham Did The Washington Post Deal At Allen & Co.'s Sun Valley Conference

Jeff Bezos And Donald Graham Did The Washington Post Deal At Allen & Co.'s Sun Valley Conference | Global Issues, Local Insights | Scoop.it
"I named a price and Jeff agreed to pay it." ;
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Came as shock to most industry insiders it seems. But given the recent purchase of the Boston Globe wonder if this will be the way forward. Newspapers definetely need to adapt to the digital age. And WaPo's foreign correspondence is an aspect that I admire greatly. Hope it continues well into the future.

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The Lions of Street Food

The Lions of Street Food | Global Issues, Local Insights | Scoop.it
Eating through Singapore, Bangkok and Saigon, in search of the soul of street food
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Street food is a cultural entry point for me. It gives me insights in an immediate sense that no other platform can in my opinion. Although I can proudly say that I've ate my way around Asia. There is still so much room to explore.

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