hunger

foodVenezuela’s stores close, people starve and opposition in exile

Venezuela is on the brink of ruin. The former mayor of Caracas dared to challenge President Nicolas Maduro’s authoritarian regime—and was made a public enemy. The x-mayor is living in exile in Spain. In Venezuela, as many as 15.5 percent …

deathsTrump bans US from buying oil backed Venezuelan Cryptocurrency

Trump issued an order on Monday prohibiting U.S. citizens from engaging in transactions using the oil-backed currency, called the Petro. He authorized Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to issue any necessary regulations to enforce his order. Maduro created the currency to …

deathsMore expect Venezuela will collapse and have regime change within 12 months

The consensus view among the participants of the Emerging Markets Trade Association and Siobhan Morden, a managing director for Nomura Securities in New York, is that Venezuela’s leader Madura will be out within 12 months. Nextbigfuture published on March 4, …

deathsVenezuelan oil production might drop to 1.35 million barrels per day in 2018 or even 1 million

Barclays analysts predicts that Venezuela’s oil production will average 1.43 million barrels per day (mb/d) in 2018. This would be a decline of roughly 700,000 bpd from the 2017 average. In the second half of 2018, output averages just 1.35 …

deathsScientific basis for Venezuela’s increasing risk of a military coup

The mass desperation of the Venezuelan people coup is making military coup attempts in 2018 inevitable. Brian Wang at Nextbigfuture bases this prediction on Venezuela’s terrible economy, higher estimates of infant mortality, estimates of children starving to death and recent …

deathsVenezuela oil workers are dying of hunger – a military coup in 2018 seems inevitable

Starving Venezuelan oil workers are growing too weak for heavy labor. They are too fatigued to act quickly which leads to more fatal accidents. Crude oil makes up about 95% of Venezuela’s exports. The country has no other source of …

agricultureSalt water resistant rice can boost harvest by nearly 20 per cent

Rice grown on a commercial scale in diluted seawater has, for the first time, made it into the rice bowls of ordinary Chinese people after a breakthrough in food production following more than four decades of efforts by farmers, researchers, …

economic impact12-17 years old Venezuelans work at Brothels to pay for food

The Guardian UK describes how a 16 year old began working at a brothel two years ago to pay for food. She earns 400,000 bolivares a month, around four times the minimum wage, but at a time of hyperinflation that …

economic impactDiamonds as the ultimate semiconductors for superior sensors and power devices

Professor Mutsuko Hatano joined Tokyo Tech with the goal of developing diamond-based semiconductors for use in power electronics and sensors. “While we think of diamonds as very expensive jewelry, they can actually be made using methane and hydrogen. Diamonds are …

geopoliticalChina should have a dozen J-20 stealth fighters declared combat ready by the end of the year

China’s J-20 stealth fighter should be made operational for some combat roles as early as the end of this year. Andreas Rupprecht, an aviation expert and the author of several books about Chinese warplanes, wrote that he now expects …