Trade Wars Redux: King Cotton Always Wins

Today, the US is once again entangled in the politics and economics of cotton. The United States has announced that it is prepared to ban cotton and tomato imports from China’s Xinjiang over allegations of forced labor. The irony lies in that the world’s once largest economy, built on forced labor in cotton production, is…

Re-Start: Waking the Lion: Africa’s Reentry into the Market

In recent years African states have begun a concerted pivot toward agriculture and renewed interest in farming and aggro-processing.  Undoubtedly, the ability for African nations to produce and process its own food—ready for consumption and export would create new opportunities, but also guard against unforeseen humanitarian disasters like Covid-19. For African states, its greatest hit…

A New Manifest Destiny

Despite the ravages of the Corona-virus, the US trade and tech war and its challenges in Hong Kong and Taiwan, China saw positive growth in Q2 of 2020 according to a report from the Asia Times.  Even India’s economy expanded 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2020 despite the prowess of the pandemic. Could…

Repackaging the Developing World

Nations around the globe are mulling over how to restart and rescue flagging economies brought on by the worldwide COVID-19 Pandemic. Among those seeking a solution to economic woes are the world’s “developing economies,” many that often have GDPs lower than many Western multinationals. These nations must not only determine how to solve the new…

COVID-19: Beyond Economics, Bio-Defense and Finance (Part II)

As COVID-19 continues its path throughout the world, it is clear that China has been the worst hit. According to a recent China Caixin report and various manufacturing indexes, mainland factory activity has hit a record low. Before COVID-19, China forged ahead united in the face of a vicious trade war, massive Hong Kong protests,…

Who Chooses the World’s Economic Winners and Losers?

A late January 2020 report by Transparency International was released, grading national corruption across the globe. The report more than rankled a few feathers despite being overshadowed by the coverage of the Wuhan Flu which hit Asia earlier this year. Nigeria was among those nations whose rankings had slipped, even under the aggressive anti-corruption policies…

On Entropy: The Shifting World

As children, sometimes the most asinine things earn our attention.  At least in the old days they did, back when children played with toys that didn’t talk back or require a lithium battery to operate. One of those old affects was the proverbial spinning top. An awkward space-ship looking toy that, with the right torque…

Saving Your Self: Social Media

The US has the highest social media penetration of any country. but the U.S is not alone, now more than ever, people around the world are logging on.

Plan of Attack: Making Social Media, social again.

Your Social Brand: Consider your social media interactions as a part of your personal brand. Ask a friend or relative look through your social media and tell you their impressions. This will help you understand better how you come across on social media. Having your social media appraised annually by a friend, family member or professional is a good idea.

EdCheck: The Value of a College Education

Every year millions of youth around the world graduate from college or matriculate to an institution of higher learning. According to the NCES figures, there are close to 8000 universities and institutions of higher learning in the US, we can guess that number goes up decidedly throughout the world. However, the value of that education…

Australia Focuses On Northern Region for Growth

In April, Australia held its second Ministerial Forum on Northern Development to continue firming plans to create new commercial and private opportunities in Northern Australia.  Since it’s inception in 2016, the initiative has accomplished 34 of its 51 commitments outlined in the “Developing Northern Australia White Paper.” “Our $700 million Northern Australia Roads Program and…