Is Sudan Descending Into Chaos?

Is Sudan descending into chaos?

Nickelback has no clue. My view is yeah of course it is because the transition that the military wants is an Egypt-style Arab Spring where Bashir is gone but they stay. Having now descended into serious violence the people not happy with that. They want to at least see those responsible for the violence also gone. It's getting dicier.

Can Japan be a broker between Iran and the US?

Premier Abe is doing a pretty good job in carrying some water for President Trump. They were supposed to go to Iran last year. He actually canceled on the trip because the relationship was getting pretty broken. Now he's going, not to improve direct bilateral relations, but instead to try to see if he can get Trump and the Iranian Supreme Leader to actually meet. I'd be interested to see if Trump were to meet with the Iranians would be the Supreme Leader or the Iranian president? No one really talked about that but Abe is certain it's going to look good from both countries perspective as a consequence they're going.

How serious are the protests in Hong Kong?

Pretty serious. The protests say a million people on the streets even the Government admits it's almost half that. Biggest we've seen since the Umbrella Revolution maybe since the handover over 25 years ago. The Chinese government in Beijing says push ahead on this extradition law which means any Hong Konger on the streets can be moved and tried in China. The people very unhappy about that, the government get really squeezed. But ultimately mainland China has a lot more influence today over Hong Kong, than it did 5, 10, 20 years ago.

The Business and Market Fair that recently took place in Sanzule, Ghana featured local crops, livestock and manufactured goods, thanks in part to the Livelihood Restoration Plan (LRP), one of Eni's initiatives to diversify the local economy. The LRP program provided training and support to start new businesses to approximately 1,400 people from 205 households, invigorating entrepreneurship in the community.

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Are we seeing the creation of a parallel universe for US and Chinese tech industries?

I think the answer is yes. In the past, US has dominated the world in technologies from P.C. operating systems, semiconductors, to servers, and even Internet. But ever since the rise of mobile technologies, China has really leveraged the large market with a huge amount of data and now is beginning to innovate and build great mobile apps on which there's a large amount of data being collected.

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It's been two months since President Trump abruptly ordered the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria, paving the way for a bloody Turkish offensive in that region. (See our earlier coverage here.) What's happened since? A guide for the puzzled:

No "end date" for US troops in Syria – US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said this week that the United States has completed its military pullback in northeastern Syria. Back in October, President Trump pledged to withdraw the roughly 1,000 American troops deployed there. Since then, some American troops have left Syria altogether, while others were redeployed to defend nearby oil fields from ISIS, as well as from Syrian government troops and Russia. Now, there are roughly 600 American troops dispersed around Syria, and the remainder have been deployed in Iraq to stave off a potential ISIS resurgence. It's not clear if any troops have returned to the US. When asked about the chaotic comings and goings of US troops in Syria in recent months, the commander of US Central Command said frankly: there's no "end date" for American troops stationed there.

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Turkey's government has captured many thousands of ISIS fighters as a result of its operations in northern Syria. Many of these prisoners have already been deported to some of the more than 100 countries they come from, and Ankara says it intends to send more. There are also more than 10,000 women and children – family members of ISIS fighters – still living in camps inside Syria.

These facts create a dilemma for the governments of countries where the ISIS detainees are still citizens: Should these terrorist fighters and their families be allowed to return, in many cases to face trial back home? Or should countries refuse to allow them back?

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