The week in review, focus on #Politics & #Economics

The ECB Podcast - Is it time for a digital euro?

What is a digital euro? What would its benefits be and how would it affect the way we make payments? When could it be ready?

All the good things a digital euro could do – and all the bad things it will

Few other documents has been sent to me as often as the recent deliberations of the European Central Bank (ECB) on a digital euro. There is obviously a great deal of suspicion with regard to plans of a digital euro. The following analysis will try to answer the question if this suspicion is justified.

Updates on China's Digital Yuan

Digital yuan gaining wider currency

China tech regulators try to avoid American trap

Country's Internet giants warned against stifling competition through monopolistic control of data

China scores victory as 15 Asian nations sign world’s biggest free-trade deal

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership accounts for about one-third of the world’s population and economy, but does not include the United States. Agreement paves the way for lower tariffs, less red tape and post-pandemic growth, observers say

RCEP set to supercharge the New Silk Roads

World's biggest free trade pact isn't about excluding the US or China's geopolitical ambitions but rather the natural evolution of Asian integration

Google Launches App That Lets Banks Remotely Lock Your Android Device

With the device locked, users will be able to access very limited functions in their smartphones. These include emergency calls, incoming and select outgoing calls, settings, and backup and restore service.

EU Governments plan to ban strong encryption

The Vienna terrorist attack is an opportunity for governments to expand surveillance. Online services should have to deposit duplicate keys with authorities.

Coronavirus has been circulating in Italy since September last year, researchers say

Findings ‘may reshape history of pandemic’, scientists say

GCHQ begins operation against Russian disinformation on COVID-19 vaccine

GCHQ is using tools that were originally developed to tackle ISIS recruitment in its fight against disinformation

The Covid “Pandemic”: Destroying People’s Lives. Engineered Economic Depression. Global “Coup d’Etat”?

It’s the destruction of people’s lives. It is the destabilization of civil society. And for What? The Lies are sustained by a massive media disinformation campaign. 24/7, Incessant and repetitive “Covid alerts” for the last ten months. … It is a process of social engineering.

Government of Canada Tender Notice: Programmable Hydraulic Guillotines

Statistics Canada (STATCAN) has a requirement for the purchase, delivery, off-loading and commissioning of 2 new Programmable Fully Hydraulic Guillotines

Announcement from the U.S. acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller

"We are not a people of perpetual war - it is the antithesis of everything for which we stand and for which our ancestors fought. All wars must end." <- No matter how disgusting and full of BS the trumpers are - such a statement the world has never heard from a leading US mil leader

Egypt announces the biggest archaeological discovery in 2020 at Saqqara Necropolis

'We have discovered only one percent of the antiquities buried in the Saqqara Necropolis,' Antiquities Minister El-Enany said, pointing out that many other discoveries will follow

Virtual Influencers Make Real Money While Covid Locks Down Human Stars

The pandemic isn’t a problem when you’re computer-generated.