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Russia’s authoritarianism and political crackdown could get worse after weekend vote, experts say

CNBC – For more and to sign up click here A bus drives past a United Russia campaign poster put up ahead of the elections to the Russian State Duma of the 8th convocation scheduled for September 17-19. Vladimir Smirnov | TASS | Getty Images Russia will hold elections to......

Phone blackout imposed on Nigerian state amid crackdown on kidnappers

Security forces patrol as people wait for the arrival of the rescued schoolgirls in Jangebe, Zamfara, Nigeria March 3, 2021. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/File Photo MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Mobile telephone networks were shut down in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara, residents said on Monday, after authorities ordered a......

Covid: Watchdog launches new crackdown on PCR test firms

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58439049?at_medium=RSS&at_campaign=KARANGA Andrea Coscelli, chief executive of the CMA, said: “Millions of people have to buy PCR tests in order to travel. If we find that firms have been misleading customers and failing to provide the service that people have paid for, we stand ready to take action. BBC – For......

China to rein in stars’ salaries in media crackdown

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58394906?at_medium=RSS&at_campaign=KARANGA Earlier this month, at a meeting of the Chinese Communist party’s Central Financial and Economic Affairs Commission, state media reported that while in the early years of China’s reform some were enabled to “get rich first”, now the government wanted to invoke prosperity “for all”. The committee pledged to......

Morgan Stanley thinks Chinese education companies have a way forward despite the crackdown

CNBC – For more and to sign up click here This photo taken on December 18, 2018 shows university students preparing for the upcoming National Entrance Examination for Postgraduate (NEEP) at a library of Shenyang Agricultural University in China’s northeastern Liaoning province. STR | AFP | Getty Images BEIJING —......

College Football Changes: More 2-Point Tries and a Crackdown on Stadium Gamesmanship

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Alan Blinder With all of the changes around college sports this year — players making money off their fame, new policies on transferring and an eased-up approach to the coronavirus pandemic — perhaps it seemed impossible to squeeze more tweaks into 2021. Better check football’s rule book. This year is......

Tencent ends all exclusive music deals after regulator crackdown

A Tencent sign is seen at the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song SHANGHAI, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Tencent Holdings (0700.HK) has ended all exclusive music copyright agreements after Chinese regulators barred it from such deals last month, the company said on......

Chinese A.I. firm SenseTime files for Hong Kong IPO despite tech crackdown and U.S. blacklist

CNBC – For more and to sign up click here SenseTime, a Chinese artificial intelligence company, has filed to go public in Hong Kong. The move comes as China continues to tighten regulation on the country’s technology giants. Pavlo Gonchar | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images GUANGZHOU, China......

China’s regulatory crackdown has wiped billions off tech stocks — here are the risks ahead

CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Five-starred red flags line the Nanjing Road pedestrian street in Shanghai, China, on June 22, 2021. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China. Costfoto | Barcroft Media | Getty Images GUANGZHOU, China — Chinese authorities......

China’s after-school crackdown wipes out many jobs overnight

CNBC – For more and to sign up click here A man looks at an advertisement for Chinese online education startup Zuoyebang in the street on December 26, 2020 in Shanghai, China. VCG | Visual China Group | Getty Images BEIJING — For hundreds of thousands of Chinese people, Beijing’s......

Ray Dalio is wrong about China’s tech crackdown, economist says

CNBC – For more and to sign up click here China expert George Magnus disagrees with Bridgewater Associates’ Ray Dalio on Beijing’s tech crackdown. In a LinkedIn post this month, Dalio said investors were misconstruing a clampdown by China on sectors including fintech, online tutoring and food delivery as “anti-capitalist.”......

Russian Journalists Meet a Crackdown With Dark Humor, and Subscribers

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here RIGA, Latvia — There’s a certain kind of American podcast where two young journalists investigate their own medium-size problems, laugh a lot, interview their moms. Sonya Groysman, a 27-year old journalist in Moscow working for the independent news......

Myanmar arrests two more journalists as post-coup media crackdown continues

Soldiers stand next to military vehicles as people gather to protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, February 15, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo Aug 21 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military government has arrested two more local journalists, the army-owned television reported on Saturday, in the latest in a sweeping crackdown on......

‘We felt free’: Cubans remain defiant in face of protest crackdown

“In that moment, saying whatever you wanted to say, you felt free. It was an experience I would recommend to everyone of my generation”, says independent journalist Alfredo Martínez, who participated in the protest outside the Capitolio building, one of the most iconic buildings in Havana. BBC – For more......

China’s crackdown likely won’t force U.S. investors out of its markets, market analyst says

CNBC – For more and to sign up click here China’s regulatory crackdown on some of its largest companies likely won’t deter U.S. investment in its markets, according to ETF Trends CEO Tom Lydon. “There’s no way that we’re going to separate the capital markets of China and the U.S.......

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