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Xi Returns to China’s Socialist Roots

When Xi Jinping took command of the Communist Party in late 2012 and proclaimed “only socialism can save China”, it was largely ignored as the perfunctory mention of an antiquated slogan - not to be taken literally in a modern-day, market-powered economy. But sweeping...

Gaza Strip-Military Forces To Increase Security

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) will likely maintain a heightened security posture in the country's Southern District over the coming hours after it conducted airstrikes against militant targets in the Gaza Strip. The IDF reportedly carried out the airstrikes in...

Surety Bonds – Benefits and Types

Stening Simpson were recently asked the benefits and types of Surety Bonds. Below is a brief summary. Benefits of Surety Bonds Surety Bonds are widely accepted form of contract security and accepted by the private sector, federal, state and local municipalities. Are...

Afghanistan Country Report – Taliban

Afghanistan - Executive Summary The speed of the Taliban’s capture of Afghanistan during August 2021 has been driven in principle by the complete collapse of Afghan security forces. With no meaningful resistance from security forces, the Taliban leadership will likely...

Tunisia – Political Uncertainty to Persist Following Alleged Coup

All political power in Tunisia now rests with President Kais Saied as of July 27. Under Tunisia’s 2014 Constitution, executive power in the country lies with the president, prime minister, and parliament. On the evening of July 25, President Saied dismissed Prime...

Nigeria – Swiss National Kidnapped in Ogun State

Nigeria - Unidentified gunmen attacked a police-guarded vehicle convoy along the Ibese to Itori route in Ogun State. Following clashes between the gunmen and police, the assailants abducted a Swiss national and his driver. Two people were injured during the...

Protests are Spiking – Demand for Insurance Rising

The number of large protests and demonstrations – those with at least 100 participants – has spiked 36% since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in 2008-2009, from an average of 355 per year in the 10 years to 2009 to 483 per year in the decade following. This rise in...

UK Warns Businesses Over Rising Political Risks in Hong Kong

The UK highlighted increasing political risks in its latest guidance on conducting business in Hong Kong, pointedly dropping references to relations with its former colony as “positive” and “beneficial.” The UK government updated its  Tuesday for the business risk...

Ransom – Nigerians Are Being Kidnapped For

Infants, school children and now hospital workers are among the thousands of people being kidnapped for ransom in Nigeria. According to one analyst, more than 1,300 Nigerians were abducted in June. That's about 45 people a day. And ransom kidnappings by heavily armed...

Cyber – Ways To Protect Your Business From Attacks

As companies extend their commitment to remote workforces, they must also find ways to address their increasing exposure to cyber-related risks. The speed at which organisations have made the transition to a digital business environment has given rise to new and...

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