One Belt, One Road: China is Changing the World

One Belt, One Road: China is Changing the World

The ambitious multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by China could become a great opportunity for the Gulf nations, according to Bahrain’s Minister for Transportation and Telecommunications Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed. The Gulf region, which is a central location of the BRI, is a prime market for China and vice versa, he told the Gateway […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update There is no joy in Idaho, a California bill to protect patients’ employment rights advances, Utah Democrats endorse medical marijuana, and more. Arkansas Last Friday a week, justices agreed to expedite the medical marijuana licensing case. The state Supreme Court has agreed to speed up its review of a ruling that has […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update A Maryland medical marijuana expansion bill aimed at addressing racial inequities is on the governor’s desk, there will be no joy in Tennessee this year, the Mormon Church opposes a Utah medical marijuana initiative, and more. Maryland On Monday, the legislature gave final approval to a medical marijuana expansion bill. The Senate Monday […]

Pakistan a ‘Pothole’ in China’s New Silk Road Initiative

Pakistan a ‘Pothole’ in China’s New Silk Road Initiative

Pakistan a ‘Pothole’ in China’s New Silk Road Initiative China’s plan for a modern Silk Road of railways, ports and other facilities linking Asia with Europe hit a $14-B pothole in Pakistan. Pakistan’s relations with Beijing are so close that officials call China their “Iron Brother.” Despite that, plans for the Diamer-Bhasha Dam were thrown […]

China’s FDI Dives After PBOC Curbs

China’s FDI Dives After PBOC Curbs

China’s FDI Dives After PBOC Curbs China’s investment in other countries has taken a deep dive since Beijing tightened controls to cool surging spending on assets deemed unneeded for Chinese economic development. Outward investment, aka FDI (foriegn direct investment), in the 1st 8ht months of this year fell 41.8% rom a year earlier to $68.7-B, […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update NIH awards a grant to study marijuana and opioid addiction, the head of the NBA hints at a more relaxed approach to pot, Utah activists are ready to begin signature-gathering for a medical marijuana initiative, and more. NationalLast Wednesday, the NIH awarded a grant to study marijuana and opioid addiction. The National […]

Russia-China Cooperation Enhanced by Belt & Road Initiative

Russia-China Cooperation Enhanced by Belt & Road Initiative

Russia-China Cooperation Enhanced by Belt & Road Initiative Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he hopes the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative will start a new stage of cooperation in Eurasia and beyond. This initiative is unique and successful, said President Putin when answering a question raised by reporters after his annual “direct line” […]

Opportunities Abound in Belt and Road Initiative

Opportunities Abound in Belt and Road Initiative

Opportunities Abound in Belt and Road Initiative The Belt and Road is starting a new journey, with an international gathering earlier this month charting its future course. As a priority for the next stage, financial cooperation and connectivity are seen as a key to success. Looking into the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, […]

Inside the China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Inside the China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Inside the China’s Belt and Road Initiative More than two millennia ago the diligent and courageous people of Eurasia explored and opened up several routes of trade and cultural exchanges that linked the major civilizations of Asia, Europe and Africa, collectively called the Silk Road by later generations. For thousands of years, the Silk Road […]

Dubai Launchs UAE Food Bank

Dubai Launchs UAE Food Bank

Dubai Launchs UAE Food Bank The food bank will partner with food producers, volunteers and partners to store and distribute excess food for Zero waste Dubai is aiming to become the 1st city in the GCC to achieve Zero food waste with the launch of a new UAE Food Bank. The initiative was launched by […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update Montana’s dispensaries are coming back to life, Michigan’s medical marijuana fees have been funding aggressive anti-marijuana law enforcement, and more.  Arkansas On Monday, members of the state’s new medical marijuana commission were sworn in. In the first meeting of a commission established to create a state medical marijuana system after voters approved […]

The Election of Donald Trump Has ‘Killed’ Trans Pacific Partnership

The Election of Donald Trump Has ‘Killed’ Trans Pacific Partnership

The Election of Donald Trump Has ‘Killed’ Trans Pacific Partnership China’s position as a global leader on free trade will be enhanced by the death of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), experts told the Boao Forum for Asia in Melbourne Thursday. Deming Chen, President of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits and China’s […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update State lawmakers in Arkansas and Montana are grappling with the results of popular votes allowing medical marijuana, and an Arizona dispensary operator eyes a Y 2018 initiative. ArizonaOn Monday, a dispensary operator announced plans for a 2018 medical marijuana expansion initiative. The owners of the Wellness Center, an Apache Junction dispensary, are […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update With all eyes on the November elections, it is quiet on the medical marijuana front. Minors get admitted to the program in Connecticut, and, speaking of the elections, we have news from Florida.  Connecticut Last Thursday, minors became eligible to qualify for medical marijuana. Under changes in the state’s medical marijuana system […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update In Oklahoma and Ohio, medical marijuana half-measures are being challenged by initiative campaigns, Oakland tries to create some racial equity in the industry, Maryland initiative hits another delay, and more.  California On Tuesday, Oakland passed an ordinance designed to encourage minority participation in the industry. The city council unanimously approved a medical […]