Cash is replacing other forms of aid, even in conflict zones

IN 2011 WAR and drought plunged Somalia into famine. Aid was held at the border, for fear of it being stolen. A few NGOs decided to try something different: giving people cash instead of bringing in sacks of food. They used hawala networks—a traditional Muslim form of money transfer—to get cash to aid workers, who […]

Google drops out of contention for a $10 billion defense contract because it could conflict with its corporate values (GOOG, GOOGL)

Kim White/MSNBC Google has dropped out of a bidding war with Amazon and other cloud computing companies for Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), a $ 10 billion contract from the Pentagon. Google chose to withdraw because the contract may conflict with its corporate values, and its principles over the ethical use of AI.  This decision […]

All You Need to Know About Dealing with Conflict in INTJ Relationships

Have you ever had a family member who is extremely smart, but not the greatest at emotionally connecting with you?Or do you have a friend that questions everything you do and loves to ask the question “why?”Or maybe you have a very intelligent boss who is capable of solving complicated problems, but he never listens […]

Sexual violence, child soldiers & war crimes: UN report slams all sides of Yemen conflict

UN investigators said Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the Houthis may all have committed war crimes, including sexual violence and recruiting child soldiers, in a damning report detailing atrocities in the Yemen conflict. The UN’s Group of Regional and International Eminent Experts on Yemen found all parties in the conflict have committed substantial human rights […]

Putin reportedly proposed holding a referendum to solve the conflict in Ukraine in his closed-door meeting with Trump

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly proposed solving the conflict in eastern Ukraine with a referendum during his one-on-one meeting with President Donald Trump.  Putin discussed the proposal in a closed-door speech on Thursday, sources in attendance told Bloomberg.  Residents in pro-Russian separatist territories would vote on whether to separate, but similar separation referendums […]

Conflict Management: How to Turn Any Conflicts into Opportunities

There’s a lot out there written on conflict from how to ask what you really want and how to understand what the other side really wants. But what I have seen from those materials is that most of them have been written in bubbles using armchair philosophy with almost zero empirical evidence and applicability in […]

‘We were close to direct conflict between Russia & US inside Syria’ – Bashar Assad

Syrian President Bashar Assad says Moscow deterred the West from launching a devastating country-wide air strike last month, and believes that Damascus has nearly won the seven-year war, despite continued US “interference.” “With every move forward for the Syrian Army, and for the political process, and for the whole situation, our enemies and our opponents, […]