Israel and Gaza reached a temporary ceasefire after dozens were killed. Egypt has brokered a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian extremist group Islamic Jihad after the worst exchange of cross-border fire in months, the Guardian reports.
A suspected American ISIS member will be sent to the US. NBC News reports Turkey deported the American citizen to Greece, where they were rejected and left stranded in a no-man's land between the two countries. Istanbul states the individual will be returned to the US soon.
The world in 50 years
Will our world be more equal or less equal? Hung Huang, the Chinese TV host and producer, predicts: “It will be worse before it gets better.
Will we have ventured to other planets? Anousheh Ansari, the CEO of XPRIZE, is confident we’ll have traveled quite far in the next half-century: “Yes, we will be in the initial stages of building habitats on other planets or, better yet, on the moons of some planets that are more hospitable for life.”
Women are assets
Startups founded by women are getting more funding. Firms with at least one female founder received $46 billion in venture capital in 2018, up from $21.9 billion in 2017. That is still far from ideal—it represents just 18% of the money invested in startups in 2018.
Socialist countries hire more women in STEM fields. A Soviet-era blueprint introduced gender quotas, parental leave, and state-subsidized kindergarten, leading to more females in math and science fields. Western capitalist states could learn from it.
How we’ll move
The year is 2045. Do you recognize public transport? Hope you’re not too attached to your car. Shared shuttled, mobility packages, connected corridors, and driverless pods are the right road to successful people-movement.
China's business of control
Alibaba says censorship is simply bad for business. Weeding out rule-breaking restricted items from its online marketplace while also monitoring forbidden user content makes China’s restrictions more costly than ever.
A day-long mobile money shutdown will test the effectiveness of Zimbabwe’s new bank notes. Zimbabwe is desperately trying to stem inflation but also has a mobile money shutdown problem.
Africa’s top phone maker has launched an online payments service. PalmPay’s entry into the payments space, particularly in Nigeria, sets it up for a face-off with another China-backed payments service, OPay.
Motorola launches a new “razr.” The mid-2000s classic is now a folding, all-screen smartphone, with the old name in lower case. It’s not clear if Von Dutch hats are also coming back.
The original RAZR was a design icon. The new one has a lot to live up to, and after playing around with the device, I’m not sure it will. The foldable screen seems very fragile, and I’m not sure if it has enough going for it to warrant the $1,500 price tag. But nostalgia is a powerful drug, and Motorola
The original RAZR was a design icon. The new one has a lot to live up to, and after playing around with the device, I’m not sure it will. The foldable screen seems very fragile, and I’m not sure if it has enough going for it to warrant the $1,500 price tag. But nostalgia is a powerful drug, and Motorola told me this is just the start of a new direction for the company, so we’ll see!
The American anti-abortion movement is reverberating abroad. The United Nations says abortion is a sovereignty issue, yet US domestic politics is being felt at the largest and most important global summit on reproductive rights.
Online learning can’t paper over the cracks in Indian education. Coursera, the US-based edtech platform, has 4.8 million users in India. But only 2 million Indians attend higher ed institutions, so the government has to do much more to encourage in-person learning.
Online education, as he rightly says here, can only be a bridge. India has many first-gen internet users and sometimes even digital tools need handholding. Online tools can advance and update the classroom experience in India, which institutions are sorely missing.
Even Nordic dads don’t take enough parental leave. Although these northern European countries are rightly hailed as some of the best places to raise children, the problem of encouraging fathers to play a substantial role in babies’ early lives is also prevalent.
Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark consistently score the highest across a broad range of social welfare indicators, and nowhere is this more obvious than family-friendly policies. The assumption that these countries are the best place to have and raise children is so entrenched that it might
Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark consistently score the highest across a broad range of social welfare indicators, and nowhere is this more obvious than family-friendly policies. The assumption that these countries are the best place to have and raise children is so entrenched that it might almost be boring to write about. But a new report adds some nuance to the discussion by showing that, even in these progressive havens, fathers avail of relatively little parental leave.
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