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  • Who says the most liveable city is in the west? Culture doesn’t just live in museums | Chibundu Onuzo | The Guardian

    Why do studies like this exist anyway? The people who actually live in Harare, Karachi and Algiers are still living there, no matter how “unliveable” the Economist Intelligence Unit judges their cities. In the report summary, the compilers state that their findings will help in “assigning a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages”. I’d just like to say that Lagos has enough expats. We see them, overpaid and overfed, establishing little colonies, disparaging the local culture, food and customs, and earning three times what they would at home.

    #urban_matter #culture #racisme #expats (perso je placerais Lagos loin devant Vienne ahahah)

  • Ici, on rend hommage à un « well-respected journalist » :

    Abdul Hamid Ahmad, editor in chief of Gulf News and executive director publications, said in a statement: “We are shocked and saddened at this tragedy. Francis was editor of the paper from 1995-2005.

    “He is a well-respected journalist, known for his keen insight into the Middle East. He was holding the position of editor at large at the time of the incident. Both Francis and Jane have played a very active role in the British expatriate community over the past 30 years.”

    Francis Matthew was one of the longest-serving expatriate journalists in the region and known among local and international journalists covering the UAE.
    A former student of Winchester College, he went on to read Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter.

    He worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit before serving as editor of Gulf News for a decade from 1995, according to his LinkedIn profile.

    Alors, contrairement à l’impression que pourrait donner le style hagiographique, « Francis » n’est pas décédé : il est accusé d’avoir tué sa femme à coups de marteaux. (Au sujet de la victime, en revanche, l’article ne croit pas utile de donner le moindre détail biographique en dehors de son âge.)

  • Mona Chalabi ( mona_chalabi) • Photos et vidéos Instagram


    I drew this for @womensmarch. I was proud to do it, partly because I’m in this #datasketch. I’m part of the 13.2% of Americans that are immigrants, the 38.7% that’s not white and the 50.8% that’s female. 🇺🇸 Happy 4th July everyone 🇺🇸
    Source: US Census Bureau 2016

    • Mona Chalabi

      Mona Chalabi is the Data Editor of Guardian US and has presented TV shows for the BBC, National Geographic, Channel 4 and VICE. Mona is also an illustrator - in 2016, her data sketches were commended by the Royal Statistical Society. The drawings, which are designed to make numbers more relatable, can be viewed on her Instagram account. 

      Before joining The Guardian US, Mona moved to New York to write for Nate Silver’s site FiveThirtyEight where she also presented a regular segment on American National Public Radio called “The Number Of The Week”. She began to write about statistics after analyzing large data sets in her roles at the Bank of England, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Transparency International and the International Organization for Migration.

  • Daily chart: Measuring the cost of living worldwide | The Economist

    SINGAPORE retains its title as the world’s most expensive city for a fourth consecutive year, according to the latest cost-of-living survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit, our sister company. The survey, which compares the prices of 160 goods and services in 133 cities around the world and is primarily used by human resources managers to calculate compensation packages for overseas postings, found that Singapore was 20% more expensive than New York and 5% pricier than Hong Kong, which lies in second place.

    #urban_matter #villes #agglomérations #mondes_urbains

  • Simply not credible: The extraordinary verdict against the body that hopes to run the internet

    In an extraordinary judgment, the organization that hopes to take over running the top level of the internet later this year has been slammed by an independent review as at best incompetent and at worst deliberately mendacious.

    The decision by ICANN’s Independent Review Panel (IRP) over the organization’s decision to refuse “community” status for three applications covering business suffixes has exposed a level of double-dealing that many suspected occurred in the non-profit organization but has been difficult to prove.

    The ICANN Board Governance Committee (BGC) in particular comes under fire for having repeatedly failed to carry out its duties.

    Despite serious allegations being made against ICANN’s staff and the “independent” evaluator it had selected – the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) – the panel found that the BGC did not carry out any investigation. Instead it had relied solely on material supplied by ICANN’s legal team – the very people at the center of the complaints.

    “The BGC failed to address any of these assertions,” the judgment reads. Later: “The BGC admittedly did not examine whether the EIU or ICANN staff engaged in unjustified discrimination or failed to fulfill transparency obligations.”

    ICANN hopes to take over functioning of the top level of the internet from the US government in October this year, after which it will be solely responsible for deciding how the internet’s numbering and naming systems are carried out.

    A key concern with that move is that ICANN is not sufficiently transparent or accountable. Despite two years of efforts to restructure the organization to make it more accountable, come October the ICANN board will retain complete control over the organization’s decisions and its staff will remain accountable only to the board.

    As such, the failure of the board to even look at allegations of staff misbehavior is alarming, given the enormous powers the organization will soon assume.

  • Big Oil Abandons $2.5 Billion in U.S. Arctic Drilling Rights - Bloomberg

    Drillers forfeit millions of acres amid slump in oil prices
    Royal Dutch Shell still holding on to one lease in Chukchi Sea

    After plunking down more than $2.5 billion for drilling rights in U.S. Arctic waters, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, ConocoPhillips and other companies have quietly relinquished claims they once hoped would net the next big oil discovery.

    The pullout comes as crude oil prices have plummeted to less than half their June 2014 levels, forcing oil companies to cut spending. For Shell and ConocoPhillips, the decision to abandon Arctic acreage was formalized just before a May 1 due date to pay the U.S. government millions of dollars in rent to keep holdings in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.

    The U.S. Arctic is estimated to hold 27 billion barrels of oil and 132 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, but energy companies have struggled to tap resources buried below icy waters at the top of the globe.

    Shell last year ended a nearly $8 billion, mishap-marred quest for Arctic crude after disappointing results from a test well in the Chukchi Sea. Shell decided the risk is not worth it for now, and other companies have likely come to the same conclusion, said Peter Kiernan, the lead energy analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit.
    Arctic exploration has been put back several years, given the low oil price environment, the significant cost involved in exploration and the environmental risks that it entails,” he said.

    All told, companies have relinquished 2.2 million acres of drilling rights in the Chukchi Sea — nearly 80 percent of the leases they bought from the U.S. government in a 2008 auction. Oil companies spent more than $2.6 billion snapping up 2.8 million acres in the Chukchi Sea during that sale, on top of previous purchases in the Beaufort Sea.

    Shell relinquished 274 Chukchi leases and others in the neighboring Beaufort Sea. In doing so, the company forfeits what it paid the U.S government for the rights to drill in those tracts — and the millions of dollars it spent on annual rent since then.

    These actions are consistent with our earlier decision not to explore offshore Alaska for the foreseeable future,” Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said by e-mail. The decision also reflects the high costs of operating off Alaska’s northern coast and evolving regulatory standards, Smith said.

    #Arctique #Mer_des_Tchouktches #Mer_de_Beaufort

  • IOM, Economist Intelligence Unit Launch “Migration Governance Index”

    As part of its contribution to supporting follow-up and review of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in September 2015, IOM and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) have published a Migration Governance Index (MGI).

    The index, the first of its kind, provides a framework for countries to measure their progress towards better migration governance. It comprises information that offers a means to compare migration policies in a systematic way. The aim is to raise awareness of what good migration governance might look like and it does not try to rank countries’ migration policies.

    #index #indice #migrations #gouvernance

  • Hamas slams detention of 3 Palestinians by PA as ’collaboration’ with Israel
    April 10, 2016 2:04 P.M. (Updated : April 10, 2016 3:22 P.M.)

    RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian security forces found and detained three Palestinians on Saturday who had been reported missing, in a move slammed by the Hamas movement as collaboration between PA and Israeli authorities to thwart a planned attack inside Israel.

    The Hamas movement responded to the incident, accusing the Palestinian security services of “cooperation with the Israeli occupation” in the detention of three “resistance fighters.”

    Sources from the Palestinian general intelligence said an intelligence officer noticed three Palestinians walking Saturday in a mountainous area known locally as Ein al-Leimoon in the village of Mazari al-Nubani near Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank.

    The officer reportedly thought the Palestinians were Israeli settlers, according to the sources, and notified his office who sent a joint force of Palestinian intelligence officers and police officers from the Arura police station.

    The Palestinians identified themselves to the forces as 33-year-old Basil Mahmoud al-Aaraj from al-Walaja village near Bethlehem, 23-year-old Muhammad Abdullah Harb from Jenin, and 19-year-old Haytham al-Sayyaj from Hebron.


    L’AP arrête les 3 jeunes disparus et déjoue “une attaque à grande échelle” contre les Israéliens

    Le trio a été retrouvé au nord de Ramallah avec des grenades et des armes semi-automatiques ; des sources sécuritaires palestiniennes affirment qu’ils sont membres du Hamas

    Avi Issacharoff 10 avril 2016, 12:41

    • Five Palestinians Detained and Tortured by the Palestinian Security Forces
      11 April 2016

      Ramallah - The Magistrate’s Court of the Palestinian Authority extended the detention of five young Palestinians for further interrogation. These extensions apply to the following detainees: Basil Al-Araj (33 years old), Mohammed Harb (23 years old), Haytham Siyaj (19 years old), Mohammed Al-Salamen (19 years old) and Ali Dar al Sheikh (22 years old). Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association’s attorney confirmed that the detainees were subjected to different forms of ill-treatment, including sitting in stress positions (Shabah), sleep deprivation, continued interrogation, beating all over the body, insults and denial of using bathroom – which they reported to an attorney during the court hearing. Since the arrest of the five young men, they have been denied access to attorney visits, despite having previous confirmation to the attorney that he would be able to enter. The Palestinian police forces have arrested three of them (Basil Al-Araj, Mohammed Harb and Haytham Siyaj) on Saturday night, near Ramallah, after which they were taken to Intelligence Unit in Ramallah. The other two young men were arrested a week before.

  • One Belt, One Road - The Economist Intelligence Unit

    Prospects and challenges on China’s ‘one belt, one road’: a risk assessment report

    Complete the registration form opposite to download a copy of Prospects and challenges on China’s ‘one belt, one road’: a risk assessment report

    In this report, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) unpacks China’s “one belt, one road” plan and explores the risks that will face companies seeking opportunities in the OBOR territories. It has been indicated that up to 60 countries may be included in OBOR with stops across three different continents. In addition to political objectives, OBOR brings a strategic focus which encourages Chinese firms to go abroad in search of new markets or investment opportunities. Led from the highest levels of the government the OBOR push is backed by substantial financial firepower, with the government has launching a US$50bn Silk Road Fund that will directly support the OBOR mission. While the strategy promises opportunities for domestic companies, the route is unlikely to be an even one. The proposed countries range from Singapore to Syria. The companies involved could be heading into territories that may be strategically important for China’s foreign relations, but challenging to navigate.

    #route_de_la_soie #one_belt_one_road

  • Daily chart: Gauging growth in 2015 | The Economist

    THE world economy will grow by 2.9% in 2015, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), our sister company. In 2014 world GDP was estimated to have increased by 2.5%. Global growth will be boosted by lower oil prices: a 10% fall is thought to add 0.2 percentage points to world GDP. America will be the best-performing rich-world economy in 2015, with growth forecast at 3.3%. But the world economy will be held back by weakness in the euro area and Japan, and by slower growth in emerging markets. China will see expansion slow to 7% in 2015.

    Excluding Japan, Asia and Australasia will be the world’s fastest-growing region in 2015. Papua New Guinea is predicted to be the zippiest economy of all, expanding by almost 15%, nearly twice as fast as any other country. At the other end of the spectrum, Russia’s economy will suffer from the dual blows of falling oil revenues and Western sanctions; and Macau’s GDP will shrink thanks to a slump in gambling revenues. But the worst-performing country of 2015 will be Sierra Leone, due to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa

  • Global Peace Index | Institute for Economics and Peace

    The Global Peace Index (GPI) is the world’s leading measure of national peacefulness. Now in its eighth year, it ranks 162 nations according to their ‘absence of violence’.

    The GPI is developed by IEP under the guidance of an international panel of independent experts with data partly collated and calculated by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
    It is composed of 22 indicators, ranging from a nation’s level of military expenditure to its relations with neighbouring countries and the percentage of prison population.

    #index #indice #pmp #peace_index #paix #guerre #visualisation

  • The Economist Insights – Expert Analysis and Events

    Is 75 the new 65?

    To explore some of the issues that senior executives will have to address as they seek to adapt their organisations to this new world, The Economist Intelligence Unit, on behalf of Towers Watson, surveyed 480 senior executives at companies across Europe. Almost three-quarters (71%) of them expect the proportion of their employees aged over 60 to increase by 2020, including 22% who expect it to increase significantly.

    Is 75 the new 65? Rising to the challenge of an #ageingworkforce - Towers Watson
    avec le pdf à télécharger.

    Key findings include:
    • Most companies know they have to change, but not all.
    • Adapting work so it suits older workers is good for all employees.
    • Employee priorities are shifting from money to lifestyle.
    • Managing talent will be a significant driver of change in 2020.

  • End the hypocrisy of European arms deals in the Middle East

    Not only the protection of human rights, but also the promotion of peace and European values are the reason for the very existence of the European Union "
    Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council

    As Egypt marks the third anniversary of the Arab Spring the situation is still unstable. 49 people were killed at protests to mark the anniversary, which comes at the same time as one former president goes on trial and a new one is to be elected. With this backdrop you would expect that the powers of Europe would be supporting the Egyptian people and promoting democratic reform in the region.

    Unfortunately you would be wrong. The latest EU arms exports report, which includes figures for 2012, shows that EU countries added to the instability by licensing a record €363,212,688 of sales to the Egyptian government, including €16,959,044 in ’weapon firing equipment’, €28,322,921 in ’exploding devices’ and €45,941,673 of ’military vehicles’.

    Unfortunately Egypt was not the only unstable country to see significant licenses. Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were also major customers buying over €2.2 billion and €1.5 billion worth of arms. In fact, of the 51 authoritarian governments listed in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index 2012, licences were awarded for military sales to 43 of them. Overall, a record €9.7 billion in arms licences were issued to the Middle East, representing a staggering 22% increase.

    The European Union is meant to be underpinned by a commitment to human rights and democracy, and this needs to be central to its foreign policy. The policies of member states haven’t just been unethical, they have also been extremely short-sighted. Nowhere is this clearer than in the case of Libya.

    In 2004 the EU arms embargo on Libya was lifted and almost immediately the member states courted Gaddafi for arms sales. In 2010 alone EU states licensed £294 million worth of arms exports, including ’weapon firing equipment’, ’ammunition’ and ’explosive devices’. This policy continued right up until the Arab Spring, when Gaddafi used European exports against pro-democracy campaigners. Following Gaddafi’s fall, sales to Libya continued, with almost €22 million of military export licenses having since been approved.

    Of course EU member states are far from the only countries to do this. In fact lots of countries export all sorts of weapons to oppressive governments. However, as we are always being told, Europe has a major global influence and should be using it to promote freedom and democracy instead of providing legitimacy to dictatorships and human rights abusers.

    Earlier this month DAPA, the South Korean export agency, announced that, following an international campaign supported by Campaign Against Arms Trade, they would cancel a shipment of 1.6 million gas canisters to Bahrain. This sets an important precedent which Europe should be following. Rather than providing a fig-leaf of respectability for tyrants, member states should be leading the way in calling for an immediate end to arms exports to all countries that abuse human rights.

    #droits_humains #armes #hypocrisie de l’#union_européenne

    • European arms sales to Middle East reach record level

      European Union countries licensed arms exports in 2012 valued at €39.9 billion, according to newly released figures. This included a record €9.7 billion in sales to the Middle East – a 22 percent increase on sales in the previous year.

      The statistics are revealed in the Fifteenth Annual Report on Control of Exports of Military Technology and Equipment.

      The European Network Against the Arms Trade (ENAA) says that the figures show ittle change in arms export policy, despite the Arab Spring and the violent suppression of protests in many of the countries concerned.

      Overall, 47,868 arms export licences were applied for in 2012 by all EU countries. Of these, only 459 were refused. While 4,705 licences were granted to sell arms to the Middle East, only 100 were refused.

      Of the 51 authoritarian governments listed in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index 2012, licenses were awarded for military sales to 43 of them.

      Saudi Arabia, which was the largest single customer for EU arms sales, obtained licences for over €3.5 billion worth of weapons. Their largest supplier was France, which accounted for almost €1.6 billion of that total.

  • Canada rises to 4th in world peace rankings - World - CBC News

    Canada has come in fourth on an annual ranking of world peacefulness, trailing only Iceland, Denmark and New Zealand.

    The 2012 Global Peace Index released Tuesday — the sixth produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, an Australia-U.S. think-tank, with data from the Economist Intelligence Unit — saw Canada move up three spots from the 2011 list

    The 2012 index ranks 158 nations using 23 indicators which gauge ongoing domestic and international conflict, societal safety and security, and militarization. The 2011 list included 153 countries