Israeli Semiconductors and the US-China Tech War
As the United States and China find themselves locked in a battle for technological superiority, Israel’s semiconductor industry could become the next “chip” on Washington’s shoulder.

Semiconductors, the building blocks of modern digital technologies, hold the key to achieving breakthroughs in everything from artificial intelligence (AI) and big data to robotics and virtual reality. Concerned that advances in Chinese semiconductor technology benefit the People’s Liberation Army, and seeking to maintain America’s technological edge over the People’s Republic of China, Washington has gone on the offensive.

The Clock is TikTok-ing down for China’s Food Security
President Xi Jinping's first thoughts when he wakes up each morning, revolve around his responsibility to feed China's 1.4 billion citizens. Bearing the Mandate of Heaven, Xi's main objective is to sustain the Chinese people's confidence in the ruling Communist Party of China. Amid a global pandemic, unprecedented rainfall, and contaminated crops, China's leader's mission is easier said than done. Meanwhile, roughly 6,316 km West of Beijing is the tiny State of Israel, with unparalleled agricultural research and technology and well-positioned to help satiate Chinese hunger for agricultural solutions. But has Israel’s food tech industry been paying attention to its potential as a solution to Chairman Xi’s predicament?

Just last year, when Israelis were remembering the 10 plagues inflicted on Egypt, a modern-day plague was afflicting China. In April 2019, the Middle Kingdom lost over 200 million pigs to African swine flu. Considering that pork is the meat-staple of the Chinese diet (the average Chinese person consuming roughly 120 pounds per year), it’s perhaps not surprising that Beijing kept the news of the disease quiet to prevent domestic unrest. One result of this policy was that pig wholesalers were able to buy infected pigs for pennies on the dollar and resell them across China. The disease spread far and wide, upending the global meat industry. Pork imports rose 86% this year, causing a price spike of 69%

Reimagining Governance after Covid-19
What will it take to rescue the global economy in the wake of COVID-19? Are adjustments, improvements, or amendments enough? Haven’t we done this before? Maybe it’s time to rethink this with a mindset, not of ‘starting again’ which would tend to invite ‘again’ thinking, but instead to begin with a completely blank slate – no preconceptions – just goals.

I suggested a new paradigm, a total reset.

Creation Amidst the Chaos: How Israel is Building Cultural Bridges During a Global Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has pillaged the global community; none have been left unaffected. In Israel, the disturbing side effects of the virus trickle down through all aspects of society. Even so, Israelis, deeply ingrained with a sense of resiliency - remnant of a past encompassed by existential threat  - have refused to wallow their despair. Instead of hiding under an isolating blanket of self-preservation, individuals and institutions alike are erecting platforms upon which unlikely partnerships can flourish. Although obscured by the virus's destruction, new paths in Israeli society have been cleared, bound towards relationship-building and reconciliation between historic adversaries.  

The Pakistan-Israel diplomatic relationship has always been precarious. For religious reasons, Pakistan adamantly opposed UN Resolution 181 in 1947. Although evidence of economic cooperation has since been discovered, Pakistan's official government policy remains opposed to Israeli sovereignty. Antagonism between the two ideologically-opposed states intensified in the 1980s when Israel was suspected of collaborating with India to preemptively strike the Kahuta nuclear facility. During this period of heightened tension, the International Relations scholar Tajwar Ali was born.

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