Category Archives: International News

Poland Wants The US Military Presence To Be Permanent And Is Ready To Pay

Warsaw plans to host a permanent US military presence on its territory. That deployment would breach the Russia-NATO Founding Act (1997), in which NATO pledged not to seek “additional permanent stationing of substantial combat forces” inside Russia’s neighbors “in the current and foreseeable security environment.” But, Poland wants a US armored division permanently deployed on its soil and is willing to pay $2 billion to help construct the installation.

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“No Longer Reversible”: China’s Low Fertility Rate And Birth Restrictions Set Stage For Disaster

Thanks to their longstanding birth restrictions, shrinking fertility rate and exploding elderly population, China’s workforce is shrinking and the population is rapidly aging. By 2050, there will be 1.3 workers for each retiree, according to official estimates, compared with 2.8 now. “They should have lifted all birth restrictions before 2010,” says Baochang. “Whatever steps they take now, China’s low-fertility trend is no longer reversible.”

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China Deploys “SkyNet” Facial Recognition, Can Compare 3 Billion Faces Per Second

“The system is able to identify 40 facial features, regardless of angles and lighting, at an accuracy rate of 99.8 percent,” “It can also scan faces and compare them with its database of criminal suspects at large at a speed of 3 billion times a second, indicating that all Chinese people can be compared in the system within only one second.”

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Venezuela’s 4,000% Hyperinflation ‘Breaks’ Cash-Weighing Scales

How bad is it in Venezuela? Well, it’s hard to tell because their government refuses to publish basic statistics. So, Bloomberg created their own gauge to measure one of the most important of all the missing figures – inflation (or hyperinflation in this case). It tracks just one item: a cup of coffee served piping hot at a bakery in eastern Caracas. Its price has jumped to 75,000 bolivars from 1,800 bolivars over the past 12 months, an increase of 4,067%.

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