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Amazon’s Cloud Services for Everyone has a Catch

We all know what large technology companies do with people’s data: They use it to their advantage, they sell it to the highest bidder, they use to spy on users. As most readers already know, there is no free lunch when it comes to using social media or ‘free’ cloud services. Even paid cloud or email services come at a high cost for users. Somehow, however, Amazon is in ...Read full article...

Obesity epidemic hits children as young as 3 years old

The US Department of Health has published its new recommendations on physical exercise and for the first time in history it includes the youngest members. The new document advises that children between three and six years do at least three hours of daily physical activity. It is not the first time that these recommendations are issued in the world. Although it is the first time they are issued as ...Read full article...

Costa Rica’s Fiscal Death Trap

By Sofía Guillén Economist In July, Labor Unions in Costa Rica presented the President a proposal for an alternative fiscal reform. The first contact was held at the Presidential House. I was there and helped build the delivered text. They were initiatives to start the dialogue. The proposal had 2 parts: PART 1. Changes on tax evasion and tax fraud, suggestions to fight corruption, tax reform that would help ...Read full article...

Assange’s asylum is gravely threatened

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno earlier said Julian Assange must eventually leave the country’s London embassy – at the time indicating it would be through dialogue. According to an Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling, asylum granted to anyone is irrevocable under international law. Nations are obliged to uphold asylum rights, including the right of safe passage to the country granting it. Rule of law principles never stand in the ...Read full article...

El mes Negro Costarricense: Recuento del Combo Fiscal

Por Sofía Guillén Economista En Julio de este año, el Movimiento Social Sindical le presentó al Presidente de la República una propuesta de Reforma Fiscal Alternativa. Fue en Casa Presidencial. Yo estaba ahí y ayudé a construir el texto entregado. Eran iniciativas para empezar el diálogo. La propuesta tenía 2 bloques: PARTE 1. Capítulos anti-fraude fiscal, anti-corrupción, reforma al impuesto de renta para hacerlo más progresivo, combatir contrabando en ...Read full article...

China’s Silk Road to becoming a Global Empire

The President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, has devised a renewed trade route by land and sea that reaches Mongolia and Russia; Central Asia and Pakistan; Myanmar, Bangladesh and India; To South-East Asia, but also to South Korea and Japan; The Persian Gulf, the Middle East, North Africa and the European Union. The new Silk Road is already presumed to be “the first source of infrastructural ...Read full article...

Did US Intelligence have Prior Knowledge about Khashoggi’s Murder?

Who ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi? “The CIA and the White House are at odds over who’s responsible for what happened.” According to media reports, Langley is pointing its finger at Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman(MBS). Prior to the official release of the CIA report, the Washington Post (16 November) reported that “The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in ...Read full article...

Secession from the European Union

The way in which Germany and France are refusing the right of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union demonstrates the fact that the EU is not simply a straight-jacket -. It also goes to show that the Europeans still care as little about their neighbours as they did during the two World Wars. Manifestly, they have forgotten that governing a country means more than simply defending its ...Read full article...

Pobreza atinge 50% nas áreas rurais da América Latina

A pobreza não entende de localização geográfica. As pessoas pobres vivem em países desenvolvidos, bem como em países subdesenvolvidos e em desenvolvimento. Há pessoas pobres em favelas, perto das cidades bem como em áreas rurais. Mas a pobreza parece mostrar uma tendência crescente nas zonas rurais da América Latina. Quase a metade das pessoas que vivem no campo na América Latina e no Caribe são pobres. Há 59 milhões ...Read full article...

Data Management is a double-edged Sword

Data management has become a social debate; unnecessarily so. Data belongs to users and that should be obvious. Companies should get it, governments should get it. No one should be able to do anything with private data unless it was first informed to the user and data exchanges should only happen with expressed user approval. The Facebook scandal has uncovered errors and attitudes of dubious morality, such as gathering ...Read full article...

Poverty reaches 50% in rural areas of Latin America

Poverty does not care about geographical location. Poor people live in developed nations as well as in underdeveloped and developing countries. There are poor people in city squallers as there are in rural areas. But poverty seems to show a growing trend in rural Latin America. Almost half of the people living in the countryside in Latin America and the Caribbean are poor. There are 59 million people who ...Read full article...

Spain depleting African fishing reserves

Despite its overwhelming poverty, Africa possesses more resources than most people imagine. One of those resources is fish. Tens of ships sail from Europe to the African continent to extract tons of fresh fish every day. Most European nations including France and Spain join China and Japan in their search for fresh fish near African coastlines where they capture all kinds of sea life, including Bigeye Tuna, a species ...Read full article...

Secesión en la Unión Europea

La manera misma cómo Alemania y Francia niegan al ‎Reino Unido el derecho a salir de la Unión Europea demuestra que esa “unión” es algo ‎más que un yugo. Esa actitud también permite comprobar que los europeos de hoy ‎muestran por los intereses de sus vecinos el mismo desprecio que sentían en tiempos ‎de las dos guerras mundiales. Es evidente que los europeos han perdido la capacidad ‎de gobernar sus países, lo cual no es sólo defender los intereses nacionales a ...Read full article...

African status as the world’s technological dump threatens human health

One of the largest open-air dumps for technology products is located in Ghana, where people’s blood is contaminated with poisonous residues. There are people, including minors, who work there burning trash all the time to recover valuable materials or objects that could be reused. That high tech dump is not the only one that exists in developing countries, as reports and journalistic works claim. Most of the waste that ...Read full article...

Donald Trump quiets down Chris Wallace’s rumors and insinuations

In an exclusive interview for Fox News Sunday, US President, Donald Trump was patient enough to hear and answer Wallace’s mischaracterizations of the President, instead of using valuable time to ask real, in-depth questions about the state of the economy, immigration, the next two years in office, or any other relevant topic. Mr. Trump once again had to clarify, in multiple occassions, who the fake news media are and ...Read full article...