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Russia-Ukraine Shipping Deal Crumbles

Russia has backed out of the Black Sea Deal, placing added strain on exports and the global food supply. Russia’s decision to back out of the deal on Saturday shook global markets, especially those of grain. Fortunately, Ukraine has not halted shipping quite yet as the country launched 12 ships carrying grain out of Black Sea ports on Monday.

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China Taiwan Conflict Heating Up

The tension between Taiwan and China has been heating up as some are beginning to believe that some form of military aggression towards the island may be in the near future and this could lead to serious economic disruption around the globe.

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China Suspends Trade with Taiwan Amid Escalating Tension

China has announced that it is suspending some trade with Taiwan in what appears to be retaliation for a visit by the US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island. Chinese media reported Wednesday that the country's General Administration of Customs had suspended imports of refrigerated large head hairtail and frozen Japanese horse mackerel from Taiwan due to repeated discovery of the COVID-19 virus on packaging materials. The agency previously imposed one-week bans in June on imports of the two fish varieties from Taiwan, citing the same reason. The customs bureau also said it suspended the import of citrus fruit from Taiwan due to the presence of citrus mealybug and excess residues of two types of pesticides, according to the reports.

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Ukraine Resumes Food Exports

Today Ukraine was able to launch its first shipment out of the Odesa port carrying 26,000 metric tons of corn headed down the Black Sea towards Tripoli.

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Weather and Geopolitical Conflict Putting Pressure On Food Supply

Rising inflation has been concerning everyone as rising pieces and the cost of living seem to continuously increase with no end in sight. One of the greatest concerns for many is the growing cost of food, and the situation may only become worse as

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Hot Summer Ahead

The world is in for a hot summer, not due to any particular forces of the weather or climate, but because energy prices are so high that it's cheaper to sweat and suffer than run the home AC all day or let the car idle in the Costco parking lot as you wait for

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European Countries Scramble to Cut Ties with Russia

Poland recently announced that the country will take steps to cut Russian oil imports by the end of next year, the prime minister stated Wednesday, as Germany triggered an early warning level for natural gas supplies and called on consumers to save energy amid Russia’s war in Ukraine

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United States Government to Boycott Beijing Winter Olympics

U.S. government officials will boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics in February due to “concerns” about “crimes against humanity” and other human rights abuses, said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, opening a new flashpoint between the world’s two biggest economies

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Disneyland Shanghai Locks 30,000 Visitors in Park

Disneyland in Shanghai was temporarily shut down on Sunday after a visitor was found to have tested positive for Covid-19. The sudden closure and lockdown forced nearly 34,000 visitors to remain inside the park until they were able to get tested. Everyone within the park tested negative and was able to return home but must quarantine for another 24 hours

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The Fall of Kabul

Today the world watched as the withdrawal of American military forces from Afghanistan concluded. The republic that was the result of a 20 yearlong conflict will now be confined to the pages of history and time. Afghanistan is now under the control of the Taliban shifting back to an orthodox Islamic theocracy

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Vaccine Requirements are Here

As the Delta variant of the Coronavirus continues to cause spikes in cases across the United States some businesses and corporations have begun instituting vaccine requirements for some or all of their employees

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Ending Modern Slavery

The manufacturing of products through forced labor has been a concern for the United States government for years, and a recent push to limit imports made from forced labor has resulted in millions of dollars’ worth of products being detained by Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

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The Crisis Threating an Already Struggling Global Economy

As the world decides to move forward new setbacks continue to present themselves. In a world inextricably linked through complex globalized supply chains finely balanced on the razors edge of the just in time economy we find ourselves dangerously vulnerable to disruption

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Clear Waters Ahead

The massive container ship that has been blocking the Suez Canal for nearly a week has finally been dislodged. The news is finally clearing the way for hundreds of ships that have been waiting to enter the critical trade artery

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Unknown American Automaker Now Has The World's Fastest Car

10.19.20 - The world has a new fastest car, and the French are not happy. On October 10th, the SSC Tuatara hypercar posted an average speed of 316.11 mph while driving on a seven mile stretch of two-lane highway 160 outside of Las Vegas. The result beat by a large margin the two high marks set last year by French automaker Bugatti’s pre-production Chiron prototype 304.77 mph and one that Koenigsegg Agera RS set for production cars in 2017

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EU Recovery Fund Talks Stall

07.20.20 - European Union leaders have failed to agree on a massive economic rescue package during tense talks over the weekend that were described as some of the most bitterly divided in years. The European Union is battling a recession triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the countries hit hardest (i.e. Italy and Spain) urgently need fresh economic relief worth hundreds of billions of dollars

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The New Cold War

07.13.20 - Nations and companies around the world are being drawn into a battle over the future of tech between the United States and China. The latest target of this ongoing battle is TikTok - a video app that is popular with teenagers. The app is owned by a Chinese company but run by an American born CEO

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Mining Company Destroys Sacred Aboriginal Caves

06.01.20 - Recently the mining giant Rio Tinto was forced to issue an apology for the destruction of a sacred indigenous site in its attempt to expand their iron ore mine in Australia. The site in question, Juukan Gorge, is over 46,000 years old and is in the resource-rich region of Pilbara in Western Australia

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Borris Aims to Get Britain Back to Work

05.11.20 - The UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, recently announced the first steps in lifting the lockdown in the UK and restarting the nation’s economy. The British premier aims to set out on creating a plan that will “get people back to work” while being able to also control the spread of the virus

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And Now For Something Completely Different

05.05.20 - Recently we’ve been offering a short break from all of the negative news continuously flooding into our lives in order to bring you a list of good and encouraging things happening around the world. As this pandemic continues to shake up our daily lives, and as uncertainty continues to loom over the whole planet, we will continue to spread good news to lift spirits. Here are some good things happening

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And Now For Something Completely Different

04.27.20 - Recently we’ve been offering a short break from all of the negative news continuously flooding into our lives in order to bring you a list of good and encouraging things happening around the world. As this pandemic continues to shake up our daily lives, and as uncertainty continues to loom over the whole planet, we will continue to spread good news to lift spirits. Here are some good things happening

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And Now For Something Completely Different

04.06.20 - Recently we’ve been offering a short break from all of the negative news continuously flooding into our lives in order to bring you a list of good and encouraging things happening around the world. As this pandemic continues to shake up our daily lives, and as uncertainty continues to loom over the whole planet, we will continue to spread good news to lift spirits. Here are some good things happening

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And Now For Something Completely Different

04.20.20 - Recently we’ve been offering a short break from all of the negative news continuously flooding into our lives in order to bring you a list of good and encouraging things happening around the world. As this pandemic continues to shake up our daily lives, and as uncertainty continues to loom over the whole planet, we will continue to spread good news to lift spirits. Here are some good things happening

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And Now For Something Completely Different

04.13.20 - Recently we’ve been offering a short break from all of the negative news continuously flooding into our lives in order to bring you a list of good and encouraging things happening around the world. As this pandemic continues to shake up our daily lives, and as uncertainty continues to loom over the whole planet, we will continue to spread good news to lift spirits. Here are some good things happening

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And Now For Something Completely Different

03.30.20 - Last week, we offered a short break from all of the negative news continuously flooding into our lives in order to bring you a list of good and encouraging things happening around the world. As this pandemic continues to shake up our daily lives, and as uncertainty continues to loom over the whole planet, we will continue to spread good news to lift spirits. Here are some good things happening

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And Now for Something Completely Different

03.23.20 - As the world continues to be hit hard from the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, more formally known as COVID-19, it is easy to look at the news and assume there’s nothing really good happening. If one were to look at the other articles in this newsletter for instance, they’re filled with discouraging and despairing topics such as taxes, economic downturns and global pandemics

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Italy Is On Lockdown: There's No Place Like Home

03.09.20 - The travel industry is one of the largest in the world and has been known for its resiliency in navigating uncertain times. The desire to travel globally often outweighs possible concerns from traveling. The industry alone brings in almost $6 trillion and employs over 300 million people worldwide, but nevertheless, the sector is more at risk than ever before due to the outbreak of the coronavirus

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Wuhan’s Coronavirus, Don't Drink Coronas

01.27.20 - The impeachment trial has quickly been displaced as the hottest topic of conversation. Dire speculation about the potential pandemic stemming from Wuhan in China’s Hubei province has spread through the media faster than it has tangibly infected the global population

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