By Raffaele Del Gatto

Asia’s rise doesn’t necessarily mean the West’s decline

The post-pandemic world is no simple seesaw game in which East Asia rises and the West falls…

The Japan Times

COVID-19 batters Asia’s already-struggling democracies

In Asia in particular, democratic or quasi-democratic governments have taken advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to strengthen their grips on power…

The Japan Times

mRNA vaccines could vanquish COVID-19 today, cancer tomorrow

Therein lies mRNA’s bigger promise: It can tell our cells to make whatever protein we want. That includes the antigens of many other diseases besides…

The Japan Times

Irish church and state apologise for callous mother and baby home institutions

Taoiseach accepts state responsibility for historic cruelty as Catholic primate acknowledges ‘painful truths’The Irish state and Ireland’s Catholic church have made landmark apologies for running and enabling a network of religious institutions that abused and shamed unmarried mothers an…

the Guardian

Biden names ex-US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power to lead international aid agency

President-elect also names Kurt Campbell to be White House coordinator for the Indo-Pacific regionJoe Biden on Wednesday named Samantha Power, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, as his choice to lead the US Agency for International Development (USAID), citing her deep experi…

the Guardian

Deadliest Israeli airstrikes on Syria in years kill 57, say observers

Raids on arms depots and military positions kill Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan fighters, says Observatory for Human RightsIsraeli airstrikes on east Syria killed 57 regime forces and allied Iran-backed fighters in the deadliest such strikes since the start of the conflict, a war monitoring gr…

the Guardian

UK coronavirus deaths pass 100,000 after 1,564 reported in one day

Experts condemn ‘phenomenal failure of policy and practice’ in handling of pandemicThe challenge of the UK’s epidemic of griefTributes to victims of the UK’s second waveMore than 100,000 people have died from coronavirus in the UK since the disease first appeared in the country almost a…

the Guardian

Swedish postage stamp celebrates work of Greta Thunberg

Illustration of activist is part of a series highlighting government’s environmental quality goalsThe environmental activist Greta Thunberg has been featured on a new Swedish postage stamp, in recognition of her work to “preserve Sweden’s unique nature for future generations”.Thunberg, w…

the Guardian

U.S. rescinds ‘Taiwan Guidelines’: What are the implications?

It would have been better if the rescinding of the guidelines had been taken earlier in the current administration, but better late than never…

The Japan Times

Europe after Brexit and COVID-19

But, Brexit aside, the EU is also divided internally over economic policy, the rule of law, and the separation of powers…

The Japan Times

Trump impeachment: House debates charge of ‘incitement of insurrection’ – live

House poised to charge Trump with inciting insurrectionCapitol attack could be a glimpse of violence to comeUS sees new record of 4,327 Covid deaths in a single dayKamala Harris: how will America’s next vice-president wield her power? Join the Guardian for a live conversation on 18 Janua…

the Guardian

From naked protests to challenging Museveni: Uganda’s ‘rudest feminist’ on the campaign trail

Stella Nyanzi is Uganda’s most outspoken, self-described radical queer feminist. She has been imprisoned for her activism and is known for her attention-grabbing naked protests and poetry. In an election campaign that has become increasingly violent, Nyanzi is standing to be the elected…

the Guardian

An abbey abseil and frozen bubbles: Wednesday’s best photos

The Guardian’s picture editors select photo highlights from around the world Continue reading…

the Guardian

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Hampton High School Among Best In The Country

Hampton High School was named the best high school in the Pittsburgh region and was among the country’s best in U.S. News & World Report…

CBS Pittsburgh

‘Lord of the Rings’ series to feature new lands from Tolkien’s world

There’s much more than Mordor The post ‘Lord of the Rings’ series to feature new lands from Tolkien’s world appeared first on NME | Music, Film, TV, Gaming & Pop Culture News…

NME

Ubisoft Massive Is Making An Open World Star Wars Game

Ubisoft is partnering with the the newly launched Lucasfilm Games to make an open world game based in the Star Wars universe, Wired reports. This apparently signals the end of EA’s previous exclusivity deal regarding the development of Star Wars video games.Read more…

Kotaku

Yoko Ono wins 70-kg gold, two more Japanese silver at Doha Masters

Yoko Ono defeated Russia’s Madina Taimazova in the women’s 70-kilogram final as Japan won medals in three of four weight classes contested Tuesday at the…

The Japan Times

‘First Goodbyes’ Director Mathilde Profit on Touring the World From Home With Her Directorial Debut

MyFrenchFilmFestival, organized by UniFrance, kicks off Friday, and among the shorts that have made their way through the festival circuit and to the online event is Mathilde Profit’s father-daughter road trip tale “First Goodbyes.” Her first solo directing venture, Profit also handled s…

Variety

How Donald Trump’s second impeachment will unfold

President Donald Trump is on the verge of becoming the first president to be impeached twice, as politicians move quickly to punish him over last week’s deadly US Capitol attack…

BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Inventory futures barely change as Wall Avenue battles for course

U.S. stock index futures were idle in premarket trading on Wednesday as the market battled for direction amid rising interest rates, political uncertainty, and a still-raging pandemic. Futures contracts linked to the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell around 10 points. S&P 500 futures and…

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Alexei Navalny to return to Russia following poisoning

Opposition leader says he plans to fly back from Germany on Sunday despite risk of jail termRussia’s opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has said he will return to the country five months after falling victim to a suspected FSB poisoning, risking his own freedom to issue a direct challeng…

the Guardian

You Will Be Assimilated: China’s Plan to Take Over the Global Economy

On China’s virtual empire, and their plans to transform the way we live…

National Review

Former HR manager and World Editor of International Business Times Italy (Newsweek media group). Now CEO and Founder of The Business Globalist and Jobs Into Media.

Raffaele Del Gatto is a geek person obsessed by innovation, interested in geopolitics, economics and management, passionate about trading and video games.