Fantasy sports have managed to give the laws the slip by allowing sports betting to thrive in the Indian markets. Let’s weigh the pros and cons of legalizing this illegal market.

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Source: Fantasy Sports in India Blog

The gambling industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the global economy, with one of the most prominent areas being sports betting. In India, there is no regulation that renders online betting an unlawful practice, but it is legally illegal, and offshore betting firms obviously exploit this ‘loophole’ to encourage Indians to gamble on pretty much everything, particularly sports.

History

Sports betting has been around for a long time, although it is impossible to put a date on its beginning. However, one can trace its history to as back as 2,000 years ago, where the Greeks used to bet among…


From a Soviet territory to a proxy-Russian government to finally becoming a true “European” country — what Ukraine wanted came at the cost of bloodshed, braving the winter, and a Polish Foreign Minister.

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Source: EPA-EFE | ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE

In 1991, when the Soviet Union disintegrated into many, smaller countries, Ukraine was one such country that had its independence handed back to them. What makes Ukraine different from the rest, though, is its geography: awkwardly sandwiched between Russia and Europe, it is quite literally stuck between two starkly opposing schools of thought: dictatorship and democracy, realism and liberalism, right and left. Ukraine had to make a choice, one that would form the roots of the entire political ideology of the state, whether it wanted to be associated with Russia or the European Union.

And it did make a choice…


The world’s most popular sport has proven itself to be a useful tool for political actors all over the world. This article examines just how football has influenced the world — from money to populism.

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Source: FIFA

As the world’s most popular sport, it is perhaps of little surprise that football has become embroiled in international politics. However, as the money in football has grown exponentially over the last decade or so, so has political involvement. This article will explore just some of the areas that have seen increased levels of involvement and endeavors to answer the question: just why have international governments have been so keen to engage more in a world that at first, seems so disconnected from anything to do with politics?

Investing in Clubs Abroad

In 2016, Chinese companies purchased three popular football teams from the UK…


People all over the world continue to take to the streets and put their foot down to condemn various actions, even as COVID-19 is bedevilling the world with its pervasive and intense presence.

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Source: Getty Images | CNN

Camaraderie at its Finest?

When you form a mental picture of what a protest looks like, it is probably a large group with a common modus operandi, chanting slogans and the sphere of activity bursting at the seams. But what we don’t usually realise is the aftermath of the demonstration — they are more than an act of dissent and go beyond what is apparent. When things get messy, violence sweeps in with full force, often defying the whole purpose of why the protest was organised in the first place. …


Having gone through almost two dozen coups d’états, and clearly suffered, is Thailand currently bracing for another one?

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Gemunu Amarasinghe/Associated Press. Source: The New York Times

A coup d’état, or the sudden, violent overthrow of an existing government by a small group,” literally translates to “a blow against the state.” However, it is actually much more than just a blow; it is a dagger through the heart of the regime, which leaves the country bleeding for a very long time. A coup d’état is essentially when the military or any opposition party overthrows the existing government and proclaims themselves as the new one. And predictably, no, it is not legitimate. Coups tend to take place during times of inefficient governance, which led to dire situations in…


Ant Group’s massive IPO had been recently suspended following a meeting between the company’s billionaire co-founder Jack Ma and regulators in China.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal

Ant Group’s massive IPO had been recently suspended following a meeting between the company’s billionaire co-founder Jack Ma and regulators in China. The reasons for the same as stated by the Shanghai Stock Exchange were “major issues” that might cause it “not to meet the listing conditions or disclosure requirements.” Ant Group apologised in its official WeChat account to its investors for “any inconvenience caused by this development.” This listing would be the biggest share sale in history at a whopping $37b, beating the $29.4b record currently held by the Saudi state oil company Aramco.

The Journey Began with Alipay


The past few years have seen Turkey and its authoritarian leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, flex its muscles in an effort to establish itself as a regional power in countries in Eurasia and the Mediterranean.

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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey | Source: Financial Times

Soft Power: The ability to attract and co-opt, shaping the preferences of other political bodies through appeal, attraction and influence.

Hard Power: The use of military and economic means to coerce the behaviour or interests of other political bodies.

Syria

For centuries, Turkey and the Ottoman Empire that preceded it, have repressed minorities within its borders: from the Armenian genocide of 1914–1923 to the modern repression of the Kurdish people, approximately 18 million of whom reside in Turkey (1). It was this fear of minorities that led Turkey to invade and occupy Northern Syria in 2019.


The World Trade Organization (WTO) has been using the pandemic to promote their free trade agenda by proposing the removal of tariffs on varied goods.

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Source: FreePik

As the world suffers from the exponential spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is busy pushing forwards its expansionist free trade agenda as always. “Removing the impediments to trade in essential products to ensure their free-flow” was one of the five proposals made to the WTO’s Council for Trade in goods, as a measure to combat the pandemic. There have been several similar COVID-19 related proposals by over 25 countries, all of which seek to ensure supply chain connectivity; predictable trade in agricultural products and food; and declaration of trade in essential goods. Such proposals are…


Sprouted from the dark corners of the internet, the QAnon theory has now become important enough to be a part of political conversation, influencing the upcoming November elections.

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A QAnon Rally | Source: Associated Press via Financial Times

By nature, conspiracy theories are meant to be scandalous, attention-grabbing, out-of-the-ordinary pieces of information that appeal to our need to understand, to control the things happening around us. QAnon is no less. QAnon — short for QAnonymous — is a right-wing, pro-Trump conspiracy theory that proclaims Trump’s position as President is a strategic decision made by the military to topple over the “deep-state.” The deep state is thought to be a group of high-level government or military members, including high-profile Democrats and Hollywood celebrities, who are Satan-worshippers, pedophiles and sex-trafficking operators. The supporters believe that Mr. Trump is the only…


Everything you need to know about the upcoming American election: from statistics to candidates to polling, a complete guide.

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Source: Daniel Schneider | SimilarWeb

As the free world keeps turning, this saga has escalated to be the collision of pandemic politics, racial inequality, long-term Supreme Court Justice status quo, economic recession, and climate change science. Who will be the next leader of the free world? The two candidates could not differ more in opinion, policymaking, and leadership of the aforementioned monstrous issues, and the race could not be more hotly contentious. The result might even be the closest since the 537-vote split between George Bush and Al Gore in Florida that decided the 2000 Presidential election.

The Candidates

Donald Trump

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