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AssessmentsMay 23, 2019 | 09:30 GMT
A smartphone displays Qualcomm's company logo.
What Does the New Qualcomm Ruling Mean for 5G and the U.S.-China Tech War?
In what could become a landmark case, a U.S. district judge on May 21 sided with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission against Qualcomm over its licensing prices. Judge Lucy Koh said that the San Diego-based telecommunications innovator broke U.S. antitrust law by "strangling competition" in the semiconductor chip industry and using its position as a key patent holder to demand unreasonably high licensing fees. Qualcomm will almost certainly appeal the ruling to a higher court, but if it stands, Koh's decision will hit at the heart of Qualcomm's business model, weakening the company at a time when it is in a heated competition with Chinese tech developers.
Partner PerspectivesApr 24, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Containerships in Saudi Arabia's Jeddah Islamic Port on Dec. 13, 2007.
Year-on-Year Deficits Brewing in Gulf Economies
More spending, low growth and recurring deficits are not a recipe for long-term economic sustainability, but this concoction may be a necessary pill for Gulf states to swallow as the hard work of economic reform sets in.
Contributor PerspectivesJan 16, 2019 | 06:30 GMT
John Bercow, pictured outside Parliament in London on Dec. 12, 2018, is speaker of the House of Commons.
Brexit, Brexit Everywhere
I've just returned to Britain after many months away, and it's as if I never left. When Rip Van Winkle woke up from his 20-year slumber, he encountered a world altered beyond recognition. The United Kingdom, however, is mired in the same debate that has raged for years over how and whether to sever its ties to the European Union. The fracas that dominated the airwaves, newspapers and public discussion a year, even two years, ago has not budged. The crisis is no nearer resolution than it was when a slim majority voted to leave the European Union in the referendum of June 2016. Spokespeople for the Brexit faction are still demanding that Parliament implement the people's will, while their opponents warn that departure on any terms harms the country more than staying in. Both have a case, but nothing is moving.
On SecurityNov 13, 2018 | 10:00 GMT
An employee of Cathay Pacific Airways helps a customer at Hong Kong's international airport on Aug. 7, 2018.
Fines and Lawsuits Are Adding to the Cost of Corporate Data Breaches
Hackers around the world are constantly probing for network vulnerabilities and seem to score a major cyberattack almost weekly. In the past three weeks alone, HSBC Bank of London reported that its U.S.-based accounts were illegally accessed; hackers compromised an Australian military shipbuilder's personnel files; and Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific confirmed a breach that affected up to 9.4 million passengers. These criminal and state-backed groups are trying to get personal information such as names, phone numbers, addresses, Social Security numbers, and credit card and banking information. They can sell that data to others who exploit it for financial gain, or use it for more targeted attacks – a national security, as well as a corporate, concern. Now governments in Europe and North America are pushing companies harder to shore up their defenses and fining those that are lax. On top of that, those that lose customers' information are increasingly
AssessmentsJun 25, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa attends the official launch of his ruling Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party manifesto for the upcoming general elections. The first general elections since the ouster of longtime ruler Robert Mugabe are quickly approaching.
What the Upcoming Elections Mean for Zimbabwe
For Zimbabwe, these are heady times -- full of hints of opportunity but still overshadowed by decades of repression. The first general elections since the ouster of longtime ruler Robert Mugabe are quickly approaching, and interim President Emmerson Mnangagwa needs a strong mandate to push through his desired -- and likely painful -- reforms. But the opposition senses its best opportunity in years to make waves, and the people and party in power don't want to give up their profits and positions. So can Zimbabwe really pull off these elections without serious fraud and violence? If it can, the country could become an attractive market for Western investment and find itself on the path to a more prosperous future. Thus, the results of the elections and Western perceptions of their fairness will prove crucial.
Contributor PerspectivesJun 13, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Liu Xiaoming, China's ambassador to the United Kingdom, addresses a crowd gathered in London's Trafalgar Square for a Lunar New Year celebration on Feb. 16, 2018.
The U.S.-China Trade Dispute: Rehashing the First Opium War
In the United States, discussions of the current arguments over trade overwhelmingly present the issues purely from a U.S. perspective, apparently forgetting that the Chinese view is just as important. Western analysts above all often seem unaware that trade with the West is one of the most sensitive issues in modern Chinese identity. Every schoolchild learns that it was Western traders who shattered the Qing dynasty, China's last imperial government, ushering in the "Century of Humiliations" that only ended after Mao Zedong's victory in 1949. The view from Chengdu -- or any other of China's booming cities, for that matter -- is always suspicious that Westerners will try to bully China over trade. Contemporary arguments are merely the latest act in a longer drama, in which the West continues a tradition of exploiting China and denying it its rightful place in the sun. Chinese leaders cannot afford to take a
AssessmentsMay 4, 2018 | 10:00 GMT
In this 2007 photograph, office blocks and residential buildings tower over the notorious slum colony of Dharavi in Mumbai, India.
Why India's Options to Reduce Inequality Are Limited
In March, the whole of India tuned in to watch as 35,000 farmers -- many barefoot -- traipsed across the western state of Maharashtra for six days on the way to Mumbai, India's financial capital, to register their discontent about the hardships so many feel in the subcontinent's countryside. Aware of a nation's eyes upon it, a chastened state administration gave the marchers an obsequious welcome, rapidly caving into demands for financial concessions. Mollified, the marchers dispersed and returned to their farms, as the rest of the country returned to its daily life, awaiting the next conflict.
AssessmentsApr 25, 2018 | 12:00 GMT
The Suncor facility near Fort McMurray, Alberta, extracts bitumen from oil sands in Canada.
In Canada, a Trade War Emerges
Canada has a trade war on its hands -- and it is one entirely of its own making. For the past four months, two of its western provinces, Alberta and British Columbia, have been exchanging blows over an expansion to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, which transports diluted bitumen from Edmonton, Alberta, to Burnaby, British Columbia. On April 16, the Alberta government introduced the Preserving Canada's Economic Prosperity Act, which would give Edmonton the power to cut off all crude oil, natural gas and refined product exports to its neighbor. That move could force British Columbians to pay about 30 percent more for gasoline, among other secondary effects. The willingness of Alberta Premier Rachel Notley to attempt such extreme measures to protect her province's greatest resource highlights the significance of the spat to both provinces -- and to the rest of Canada, and even the United States.
Contributor PerspectivesApr 23, 2018 | 17:54 GMT
Seventeen-year-old schoolgirl Eri Yoshida became the first woman to play professional baseball with men in Japan when she took the mound at the weekend in a new independent league.
Women Claim Their Places in the World of Baseball
In 2018, the idea that a national baseball team from the Dominican Republic would be qualifying for the sport's largest international tournament for the first time in history might surprise those who know baseball well. After all, the Dominican Republic is home to a large number of Major League players and has enjoyed success in international competition. But in late March, this was the reality for the Dominican women's national team after their undefeated run through the Pan-Am qualifier handed them one of the 12 spots for the Women's Baseball World Cup (WBWC). The international profile of the tournament, which will be held in the United States for the first time this August, is sizable: The 2016 edition held in Korea drew fans from 198 countries. These fans, either online or in person, viewed at least some part of the competition, chalking up 6 million online views alone.
Editorial BoardFeb 2, 2018 | 21:57 GMT
Warren Hatch
Warren Hatch

Warren Hatch is president of Good Judgment Inc. Previously he was a portfolio manager at Catalpa Capital Advisors and at Morgan Stanley. Dr. Hatch, a CFA charterholder and Superforecaster, holds a Ph.D. in politics from Oxford University. 

SnapshotsFeb 2, 2018 | 17:43 GMT
Canada: Provinces Put up a Fight over Pipelines
Two Canadian provinces are engaged in a spat over pipeline politics. In a move tantamount to an attempt to obstruct a $6 billion project to expand Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta, British Columbia announced potential new oil shipment rules on Jan. 30. In response, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley declared Feb. 1 that her government would put a hold on electricity trade talks with British Columbia. The latter province, which has long imported cheaply priced electricity from Alberta at night to export at higher prices during the day, could lose as much as $500 million annually if the trade relationship is severed for a long period of time. And Notley has said this is just the first of many moves against British Columbia.
Partner PerspectivesSep 12, 2017 | 11:23 GMT
A telephone operator in London records the changes in New York's crashing stock market in 1929 as a few men look on with interest.
2,000 Years of Economic History in 1 Chart
Long before the invention of modern day maps or gunpowder, the planet's major powers were already duking it out for economic and geopolitical supremacy. Today's chart tells that story in the simplest terms possible. By showing the changing share of the global economy for each country from 1 AD until now, it compares economic productivity over a mind-boggling time period.
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