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Deep Sea Mining: Prospects and Challenges

The deep sea mining industry is poised for rapid growth over the next half-decade as companies, countries, and institutions react to changes in international demand for various minerals. Deep sea mineral deposits often hold reserves that are denser than those found on land ...

Sanctions and Protests in Zimbabwe: A Closer Look

On October 25, 2019, thousands of demonstrators gathered in Harare to protest what they referred to as “evil” Western sanctions against Zimbabwe. The rally was sponsored and organized by the Zimbabwean government, however, leaving many onlookers to question if the demonstrations were intended to deflect blame for the country’s economic troubles away from the government ...

Financial Implications of Argentina’s Return to Peronism

The long-awaited results from Argentina’s elections on October 27, 2019, have significant implications both for the future of Argentina and the international community. Peronist candidate Alberto Fernandez defeated incumbent Mauricio Macri in the election, with Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, President Macri’s predecessor, as his running mate ...

Thomas Cook’s Insolvency and EU Law

On September 23, 2019, the British Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced that one of the most well-known travel companies, Thomas Cook, had declared bankruptcy. This event drew attention to both the rights and the risks of the roughly 600,000 Thomas Cook customers who were stranded abroad ...

Risks Affecting Germany’s Electricity Grid Expansion

Germany has backed international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decelerate climate change, yet its energy transition (Energiewende) initiative must clear a number of hurdles before substantial progress can be achieved. Germany’s energy transition includes the expansion of the country’s electricity grid and a shift from fossil fuels and nuclear power to renewable energy sources like solar and wind power ...

Canada’s Trudeau Wins Second Term, Loses Majority

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party has retained power in the Canadian federal elections; however, he failed to maintain the majority that he won in 2015. Heading into the vote on October 21, 2019, the polls projected a tight race between Trudeau and his Conservative Party challenger and opposition leader, Andrew Scheer ...