Fake wine: What's in your cellar?
Economy
Wine is one of the world's oldest luxury products; a product that has been in continual demand. Because of its allure, it has been a target for fraudsters of all kinds. Some sources suggest that between 10-20 percent of all wine has been tampered with.
Red vs. Blue: How do political rallies influence the midterm elections?
International politics
Saying that the United States' political system is complicated is probably an understatement. Midterms, rallies, senators, governors, and varying tenures are only a part of the confusing repertoire broadcasted all over social media and the news. So how exactly do the midterms work?
Do governments truly have influence over the economy?
Economy
Being an economic policymaker is in many ways like sailing a boat. That is, the government is able to tack or trim with greater or lesser skill, but ultimately it cannot change the direction of the wind.
Silvio Berlusconi: The Italian Sinner
Business
Berlusconi is not a well-read man, but he instinctively understands what is required to win a fight. A true conquistador and an inpatient optimist. A fascinating and complex character whose immense talents have constantly been underestimated by the people around him.
Inside the billion-dollar counterfeit drug industry
Global affairs
The sale of counterfeit drugs is lucrative for criminal groups and can, according to reports, be more profitable in certain areas than the trade in hard drugs. At the same time, the risk of being prosecuted is small because it is difficult to trace the goods back through complex supply chains.
Vertical farming: Striking a green home run is never too late
Technology
All over the planet a picture is emerging of our rapid and relentless human activity, through our destructive power we have put ourselves first, and now the consequences are beginning to appear all over our blue planet. We are headed for potential disaster with all life as we know it.
Communism 2.0: China’s rising political and economic dominance
China
While Communism 1.0, the philosophy that governed China for most of the 20th century, was based on heavy industry, artificial intelligence and technology is at the core of Communism 2.0, providing a largely bloodless method of extending total control over the population.
Is Macron on the wrong side of history?
International politics
Or look at his recent trip to Ukraine, where his first-class acting skills were on display, smiling a bit too much for the occasion and waving profusely to the crowds as some political hopeful returning to the provinces to secure votes.
God's bankers: The realpolitik of the Vatican state
History
The sale of indulgences generated so much money in the 15th and 16th centuries that it alone financed the opulent Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. However, the path to riches has been bumpy, and the church has repeatedly been on the verge of bankruptcy.
Turgenev and the Russian enigma
Russia
The Stalin-esque censorship witnessed today deprives the Russians of using art as a means to spur political change. But it also makes it impossible for us looking in from the outside to grasp the current state of the Russian people.
The end of The Everything Bubble
Economy
The stimulating effects of quantitative easing and sustained low interest rates created two shaky pillars under the economy, synthetically pumping securities and distorting the risk associated. Effectively creating the everything bubble, where prices are driven by easy money instead of fundamentals.
Boris and the return of liberalism
International politics
It may be that the sight of bloodshed on the European continent touches upon something instinctually in us, recognizing that for all the tumult this last decade, the West still has precious to offer in democracy, free speech, rule of law, and pluralism.
The dawn of the commercial space age: an ever expanding industry
Technology
An expanding universe filled with scarce resources builds a financially lucrative case for commercial exploitation of space. And now we are witnessing a revival of the space industry due to high levels of private funding, advances in technology and growing public-sector interest.
The French Revolution of finance
Finance
The rising influence of individual investors in the market came to light in early 2021. A combination of costless data and costless trading mixed with strong digital communities resulted in a cocktail that Wall Street had not tasted before.

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