Welcome to The Economist’s Technological Idealism

Jan 19, 2021

Every publication has a worldview. Each cultivates a style of thought, ideology or philosophy designed to comfort the expectations of its readers and to confirm a shared way of perceiving the world around them. Even Fair Observer has a worldview, in which, thanks to the diversity of its...

Regulating the Fast-Changing Fintech Landscape
Jan 19, 2021

Regulating the Fast-Changing Fintech Landscape

What If Humans Really Could Fly?
Jan 15, 2021

What If Humans Really Could Fly?

The Line: Mohammed bin Salman’s Green Blockbuster
Jan 14, 2021

The Line: Mohammed bin Salman’s Green Blockbuster

Brexit Trade Deal Brings Temporary, If Not Lasting, Relief

Brexit Trade Deal Brings Temporary, If Not Lasting, Relief

Jan 13, 2021

“What we call the beginning is often the end / And to make an end is to make a beginning.” So said Ursula van der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, announcing the completion of Brexit negotiations on Christmas Eve, quoting from T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding,” the final...

In China’s Net City, Opportunity Comes at Uncertain Costs

In China’s Net City, Opportunity Comes at Uncertain Costs

Jan 12, 2021

The one thing the city of Shenzhen — whose nearly 13 million people comprise the industrial engine of China’s Guangdong province — seems unwilling to reimagine is its name. The name Shenzhen, which loosely translates to “irrigation ditch” or “drainage dump,” is the only piece of the...

What Should Business Expect From Bolivia’s New President?

What Should Business Expect From Bolivia’s New President?

Dec 21, 2020

On October 18, the Bolivian public went to the polls and elected Luis Arce Catacora as the country’s 67th president in a surprise result that returned the socialist party of former President Evo Morales to power. Morales had previously ruled Bolivia as the leader of the Movement Toward...

Learning to Become the World’s Second-Richest Man

Learning to Become the World’s Second-Richest Man

Dec 16, 2020

After officially eclipsing Bill Gates to reach the rank of the second-richest person on the planet, Elon Musk clearly deserved a lengthy video interview with the Wall Street Journal. It could probe into how Musk managed to become the world’s wealthiest and most admired innovator. The Journal...

Five Tools We Need to Fight Disinformation

Five Tools We Need to Fight Disinformation

Dec 14, 2020

According to the GLOBSEC Trends 2020 report, across Central and Eastern Europe, 34% believe that COVID-19 is a hoax designed to manipulate populations. With hundreds of deaths around the world occurring as a result of disinformation related to the coronavirus, the pandemic has demonstrated the...

In Trusts We Trust

In Trusts We Trust

Dec 11, 2020

Jack Welch, the legendary CEO of General Electric, still considered by many to be the ultimate business guru, offered his simple formula for success: “Number one, cash is king… number two, communicate… number three, buy or bury the competition.” Pressure has been building for years to...

Who Owns Intellectual Property?

Who Owns Intellectual Property?

Dec 10, 2020

John Bolton has done many things in his past, including serving as US ambassador to the United Nations and as national security adviser to President Donald Trump. Wikipedia calls him a “diplomat” because of the posts he has occupied, but both his discourse and his actions in the world of...

Oman Has Much to Offer the EU

Oman Has Much to Offer the EU

Dec 10, 2020

Oman and the European Union share common interests in a number of political, economic, commercial and security fields. Oman’s strategic location and links to key international trade routes are of great importance to European interests in the region. In September 2018, Brussels and Muscat signed...

Facebook Sees WhatsApp as a Weapon of Conquest

Facebook Sees WhatsApp as a Weapon of Conquest

Dec 03, 2020

New York Times tech journalist Shira Ovide offers a fascinating glimpse of what’s going on in the back offices of Facebook concerning the future of the popular messaging app, WhatsApp. Changes are afoot, she tells us. Ovide whets the reader’s appetite with this intriguing teaser: “the...

The Opioid Scandal: When Evil Gets an MBA

The Opioid Scandal: When Evil Gets an MBA

Dec 02, 2020

The New York Times managed a particularly convincing scoop this week when it exposed a story of collusion with some pretty dramatic consequences, including the loss of thousands of innocent lives, all for the sake of corporate profit. This one is based on fact rather than the musing of the...

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