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Global Issues: From the Stability Pact Reform to the Gaza Hostage Crisis

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Quadri Adejumo
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Global Issues: From the Stability Pact Reform to the Gaza Hostage Crisis

As tensions rise between France and Germany over the reform of the Stability Pact governing economic coordination and fiscal rules in the European Union, the French government is stepping up demands on messaging services, likely in pursuit of greater control and oversight. The transition to green hydrogen, a crucial component of the global climate strategy, is expected to rely heavily on state subsidies for a prolonged period.

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Rethinking the Paradigm of Science Funding

As we enter an era where artificial intelligence (AI), trained on past scientific data, is showing promising results, questions are being raised about the validity of traditional science funding. The AI revolution is challenging the conventional wisdom of pouring resources into research and development, suggesting a potential shift in scientific paradigms.

Dubai: The Money Laundering Haven

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Recent investigations have drawn attention to Dubai as a preferred destination for money laundering, with the capacity to cleanse as much as fifty million dollars. This revelation, featured in the third episode of a video series exploring the narco-business, has sent shockwaves through the international community.

Fossil Fuel Actors Undermine COP28 Agreements

In the recently concluded COP28, fossil fuel actors were seen trying to sabotage an agreement on phasing out fossil fuels, highlighting the powerful vested interests that continue to resist the global transition to clean energy.

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A Glimpse into Gaza's Pre-War Condition

Even before the ravages of war, Gaza's living conditions were described as 'agonizing'. The current conflict, with Al Shifa Hospital identified as a Hamas command center and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights describing the situation as a 'total horror', has only amplified the humanitarian crisis. The hostage situation in Gaza has escalated, with the International Committee of the Red Cross facing criticism for failing to locate and access the hostages.

Israel-Hamas: A Prisoner Exchange and Its Aftermath

A recent prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas, brokered by Qatar, resulted in the release of 105 people in return for 240 Palestinian prisoners. However, with 138 hostages still held in Gaza and Hamas refusing further releases without a permanent ceasefire, the situation remains tense and volatile.

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