China is blocking Wikipedia in every language

It’s coming ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown.

China has blocked Wikipedia to varying degrees over the years, but now that censorship appears to be farther-reaching. A recent Open Observatory of Network Interference report has shown that China started blocking Wikipedia in all languages sometime in April, not just the Chinese-language version as has been the case since 2015. The Wikimedia Foundation told AFP that it hadn’t received any notices regarding the block.


Bitcoin nears $8,000 benchmark as massive cryptocurrency price spike prompts some head-scratching

Bitcoin nears $8,000 benchmark as massive cryptocurrency price spike prompts some head-scratching

After an extensive slump since the end of last year, Bitcoin prices have now spiked to a nine-month high of almost $8,000, leaving analysts and enthusiasts questioning what might have caused the sudden uptick.
Sitting at around $5,000 at the beginning of May, prices had surged by nearly 40 percent within a single week as of Monday. Despite slight corrective fluctuations, Bitcoin appears to be on course to break the $8,000 limit, having already surpassed the current yearly highs.

Oil may hold the secret to ending the trade war

Oil may hold the secret to ending the trade war

As the US ramps up pressure on China to end the trade war, crude oil might actually end up being the common ground the two countries need to find a solution.
On Wednesday, US president Donald Trump crushed any hopes of a trade deal with China when he announced that China “broke the deal” and that, as a consequence, the US will enforce even higher tariffs on some imports from China starting on Friday, May 10.

China & South Africa to back India’s WTO proposal for protecting developing nations confronted by US

China & South Africa to back India’s WTO proposal for protecting developing nations confronted by US

India’s proposal to safeguard the right of special provisions for emerging economies that have been challenged by Washington will be supported by Chinese and South African authorities, according to the Economic Times.
The Indian government is currently seeking to amend regulations on unilateral action by members on trade issues. The topic is set to be discussed during a two-day ministerial meeting kicking off in New Delhi on Monday.

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.

What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.