January 16, 2018

Causes and Consequences of Plunge in Oil Prices

While volatility in oil markets will likely persist, prices are expected to remain soft over the next few years. The declining prices present a unique window of opportunity to reform inefficient fossil fuel subsidies everywhere, says a new World Bank estimate. Read More »

Five African Elections to Watch in 2015

With elections slated for 15 sub-Saharan African states in 2015, Africa Check looks ahead at the polls for executive leadership in five volatile states. Read More »

Climate Change: A Spark in Igniting Syria’s Civil War

A drought in Syria that was exacerbated by climate change helped fuel the unrest that led to the country's civil war. Read More »

EU Divided Over Radio Spectrum Allotment

Allotting spectrum is becoming more important as hyper-connectivity gathers pace. Europe is divided over apportionment of radio spectrum in the face of rising threats of its use by fundamentalists for recruitment. Read More »

A New Crackdown in Belarus

Ahead of elections later this year, the state once dubbed "Europe's Last Dictatorship" is launching a fierce new crackdown on journalists and human rights defenders. Read More »

Sri Lanka in Indian Ocean Games

Changes in Lankan leadership have precipitated a shift from a China-centric foreign policy towards a multilateral outlook. Read More »

The Mercury Level in Your Tuna is Getting Higher

An analysis of mercury levels in fish shows that mercury levels in yellowfin, or ahi, tuna are rising and the likely cause is air pollution. Read More »

Life Inside Libya’s Benghazi War Zone

A blogger shares the day-to-day struggles for a safer life in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city. The port city has been scene of intense fighting between Libya's rival militias since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. Read More »

South Asia’s Free Speech Conundrum

In a region where illiteracy is still widespread and internet usage is small but rapidly increasing, there is a growing need for education about how images and data can be manipulated to incite hatred, and a need to build public knowledge in understanding the malicious intent behind these actions. Read More »

The Power of Stones Used in Ottoman Jewelry

Could the Ottomans have known something that we didn’t about the stones and gems they used in their jewelry? Here is a look at the significance of the stones used in the making of these flamboyant pieces Read More »