U.S. energy chief concerned about China’s critical minerals dominance

Construction workers install equipment at a construction site of a lithium battery project on April 6, 2023 in Renshou County, Meishan City, Sichuan Province of China. Vcg | Visual China Group | Getty Images U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Wednesday said the country is “very concerned” about China’s grip on the global supply chain … Read more

Funding pauses for UNRWA, United Nations agency for Palestinians, come at critical moment

You’re reading an excerpt from the Today’s WorldView newsletter. Sign up to get the rest free, including news from around the globe and interesting ideas and opinions to know, sent to your inbox every weekday. The United States and its allies are suspending funding to a U.N. agency at a critical moment for Gaza. Before … Read more

Rock band critical of Putin is detained in Thailand, fearful of deportation to Russia

BANGKOK — Members of a rock band that has been critical of Moscow’s war in Ukraine remained locked up Tuesday in a Thai immigration jail, fearful that they could be deported to Russia as a reported plan to let them fly to safety in Israel was apparently suspended. The progressive rock band Bi-2 said on … Read more

Critical 2024 AI policy blueprint: Unlocking potential and safeguarding against workplace risks

Richard Marcus Contributor Richard Marcus is the head of information security at AuditBoard. Many have described 2023 as the year of AI, and the term made several “word of the year” lists. While it has positively impacted productivity and efficiency in the workplace, AI has also presented a number of emerging risks for businesses. For … Read more

Qatar, a key mediator in sensitive Israel-Hamas talks, lashes out at Netanyahu over critical remarks

RAFAH, Gaza Strip — Qatar said it was appalled Wednesday by leaked remarks made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he criticized the country’s mediation efforts with Hamas, complicating already arduous negotiations meant to halt the hostilities in exchange for a hostage release. In a meeting with families of hostages held by Hamas, … Read more

‘Home Alone’ Actor Devin Ratray Hospitalized In ‘Critical Condition’

‘Home Alone’ star Devin Ratray has been hospitalized and was “in critical condition,” which has led to his domestic assault trial being delayed. The actor is best known for portraying Buzz McCallister in both ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Home Alone 2’. Buzz is the older brother of Kevin McCallister, famously played by Macaulay Culkin. As you … Read more

Top Dentist Raises Critical Issue With Kanye West’s Titanium Teeth

Kanye West‘s new titanium teeth, rumored to cost a staggering $850,000, have come under scrutiny from a leading dental expert who raised significant problems with the rapper’s dental makeover. Australian dentist Dr. Sam Koh raised concerns about the rapper’s ability to clean his new mouth guard, noting that he may be at risk of a … Read more

Critical Infrastructure Is Sinking Along the US East Coast

Below is New York’s JFK Airport—notice the red hotspots of high subsidence against the teal of more mild elevation change. The airport’s average subsidence rate is 1.7 millimeters a year (similar to the LaGuardia and Newark airports), but across JFK that varies between 0.8 and 2.8 millimeters a year, depending on the exact spot. Courtesy … Read more

SpaceX charged with illegally firing workers critical of Elon Musk

Elon Musk — the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX and owner of X, formerly Twitter — speaks during the New York Times annual DealBook summit in New York City, Nov. 29, 2023. Michael M. Santiago | Getty Images The U.S. National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against SpaceX, alleging that Elon Musk’s defense … Read more

SpaceX charged with unlawfully firing employees critical of Elon Musk

In June 2022, SpaceX fired several employees who had distributed an open letter condemning the behaviour of its founder and CEO Elon Musk. This Wednesday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed a complaint and notice of hearing charging SpaceX with unfair labour practices and unlawful dismissal. The former SpaceX employees first brought their complaint … Read more