The ‘debt-trap diplomacy’ narrative: A look at the other side

A case study of a controversial Sri Lankan port deal and other Chinese lending practices

The ‘debt trap diplomacy’ narrative has become a defining account of Chinese overseas financing since it was first uttered by the Trump administration. However, as with all ubiquitous narratives, it is worth probing and looking into this claim to understand its validity, what it means, and whom it serves. Let us backtrack and take a

Oil prices go negative, how can we see the light at the end of the tunnel?

Ups and downs, wars about market shares, power, and now a big bang virus, coronavirus?! Oil below zero is getting us crazy!

Oil has been the most important source of energy since the mid-1950s. Its products underpin modern society, especially supplying energy to the power industry, heat homes, and provide fuel for vehicles and airplanes to carry goods and people all over the world. Most than half of the petroleum is used for road transportation, we use

Quantum Banking

How it can change everything we know about money and digital security

In recent news, Google has allegedly achieved ‘quantum supremacy’. Specifically, the tech giant claims to have built the first quantum computer, a state-of-the-art device capable of outperforming even the most powerful supercomputers. Named after an American species of tree, the Sycamore quantum processor was able to perform a set of calculations in 200 seconds. At

High up in the sky

The Skyscraper Fad of the 1920s

     With the start of the 20th century, America became one of the most powerful economies in the world. With an abundance of steel, iron, money and modern construction techniques, it seemed natural that the course of action was to build massive structures that would show the newly accumulated wealth.      Starting in Chicago in