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Myanmar Coup: Aung San Suu Kyi Detained as Military Seizes Control
By admin February 1, 2021

As reported last night (via BBC): “Myanmar’s military has seized power after detaining Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratically elected leaders. Troops are patrolling streets in major cities and communications are limited. The top army commander is now in charge and a one-year state of emergency has been declared, army TV announced.” For the

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COVID-19 Case Study: How South Korea Contained COVID-19 & Conducted a National Election
By admin September 19, 2020

South Korea successfully held its general election on April 15 and provided some key lessons for how to conduct an election during COVID-19. This should come in handy for the U.S. presidential election in November: First, let’s look at how South Korea managed COVID-19: At the beginning of the pandemic, South Korea (51m pop.) had

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Japan’s New Prime Minister: Yoshihide Suga
By admin September 15, 2020

Photo by Kiyoshi Ota – Pool/Getty Images The new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will succeed Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving PM who resigned due to health complications. Suga was voted in as the new leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), securing about 70% of the votes, paving the way for the 71-year-old to

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FDI: What can the developing countries do differently?
By admin July 17, 2018

In the face of inadequate resources to finance infrastructure and long-term sustainable development in a significant number of the developing countries, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has assumed a prominent place as an integral part of an open and effective international economic system and a major catalyst for development. The World Bank defines FDI as a

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Inhumane Conditions in Makeshift Refugee Camps in Papua New Guinea
By admin November 10, 2017

Following a decision in mid-August to close a detention center in Papua New Guinea (PNG) there has been a severe humanitarian crisis regarding the relocation of the many hundreds of detainees who were held there as asylum seekers. Many fear leaving the detention camps because of violence in the surrounding areas and thus refuse to

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Will Oil Sanctions Against North Korea be Effective?
By admin September 21, 2017

After Kim Jong Un disregarded deterrence measures taken by Japan, the United States, and South Korea, the United Nations passed a new round of sanctions last week which targeted North Korean textile exports and capped oil imports, falling short of a full oil embargo advocated by the Trump administration. The United States has believed for

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The Philippine War on Drugs Escalates
By admin August 16, 2017

On August 15, a massive raid in the Bulacan Province in the Philippines led to the death of 32 individuals that were suspected drug offenders. The raid lasted 24 hours and involved dozens of police raids carried out in the province. Over a hundred people were arrested and drugs along with weapons cache were confiscated.

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Asia-Pacific’s Slow Progress on Development Goals
By admin July 12, 2017

A recent United Nations regional Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Baseline Report has come to the conclusion that the Asia-Pacific region needs to boost its development efforts in order to successfully meet the SDG set by the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs. The original target timeframe to achieve the listed goals is by 2030. According

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China is Winning the Asian Arms Race
By admin June 16, 2017

Described as “a ship which can fly and also an aircraft which can swim,” China’s newest military innovation is the world’s largest amphibious aircraft. The Jiaolong AG600 seaplane is comparable in size to a Boeing 737 at 37 meters long and a 38.8-meter wingspan. Designed by the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) for marine

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THE BASSIOUNI GROUP COMPLETES UNITED NATIONS PROJECT IN DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA (DPRK)
By admin April 19, 2017

  To understand the Situation of Children and Women in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), UNICEF contracted The Bassiouni Group (TBG) to explain the causes of, and linkages between, issues affecting women and children and how the country’s resources, institutions, and structures can contribute to solving these challenges. To meet this goal, TBG

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A Sanctuary for Jihadists
By admin February 14, 2017

The leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is facing worrisome future progressions in Syria and Iraq and is reverting to another area to “recruit, network, train and brainwash a new generation of recruits:” The Philippines. This Islamic ‘vilayet’ in Mindanao contains five predominantly Muslim provinces within the island. Specifically, Basilan, already holds a

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Promising Sustainable Investment in Asia
By admin January 26, 2017

Sustainable investment is an investment approach that considers environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in portfolio selection and management. Today many companies are expected to manage diverse social and environmental challenges such as climate change, human rights and education through their investments. Sustainable investment is a sector that has witnessed rapid growth in recent years.

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Religious Persecution in Burma
By admin January 17, 2017

Violence against the Rohingya Muslims has spun out of control, with the Burmese military and security behind these campaigns of violence. The Rohingya Muslims have been living amongst predominantly Buddhist people for generations, however no one seems to recognize them as citizens. These hate crimes are being acted out by the Buddhist majority in the

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THE BASSIOUNI GROUP SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH G2G AMERICAS
By admin August 3, 2016

Agreement Creates Framework for Collaboration in Global Trade and Trade Finance across South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and ASEAN New York, NY – August 03, 2016 – The Bassiouni Group / TBG (www.bassiounigroup.com), a leading Global Development firm specializing in International Consulting, Trade & Investment solutions for emerging/frontier markets, today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of

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2016: When Global Humanitarian Operations reach its Apex
By admin December 30, 2015

In what is deemed the strongest El Niño measured in recorded history, humanitarian organizations and government agencies are gearing up their efforts in what may be the most challenging year for global humanitarian operations.  The abnormally high temperatures in certain parts of the Pacific Ocean are forcing changes in normal weather patterns, with the impacts

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