PRT Weekly Nov 16/2017

PRT Weekly Nov 16/2017

On this week’s episode of PRT Weekly we start by discussing why anti-blasphemy protesters are creating a blockade in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. From there, we move on to the unfolding political changes occurring in Zimbabwe, where the rule of Robert Mugabe appears to be coming to an end, and discuss another resignation from UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s beleaguered government. Finally, we sign off with a quintessentially Japanese story about a train leaving 20 second earlier than scheduled. 

PRT Weekly Nov 9/2017

PRT Weekly Nov 9/2017

On this week’s episode of PRT Weekly we start by discussing the Canadian government's ambitious goal of legalising marijuana by July 1, 2018. After that we move over to Venezuela's restructuring of foreign debt followed by a discussion of the recent signing of Syria onto the Paris Climate Accord, leaving the US as the only country in the world that is not part of the agreement.  Ending on a lighter note, we finish with a discussion of one of the latest trends in the green sector.

PRT Weekly Oct 26/2017

PRT Weekly Oct 26/2017

On this week’s episode of PRT Weekly we start by discussing Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power in China as the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. We then move on to a discussion about the devastating suicide bombing on October 14th in the Somali capital of Mogadishu before touching on developments in the recent tensions in Spain over Catalan independence. Finally, we finish on the perhaps not so happy note of a butter shortage affecting croissant production in France.

PRT Weekly Oct 14/2017

PRT Weekly Oct 14/2017

On this week’s episode of PRT Weekly we start with a discussion of the ongoing NAFTA talks between Canada, the US and Mexico for which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau travelled to Washington this week. From there we move on to the recent announcement of a UK-Canada alliance to end coal power that will be officially launched at COP23 in Bonn, Germany in November. After touching on developments in the Catalan independence movement in Spain and the introduction of paragliders to North Korea’s military arsenal, we end on the relatively positive note of Elon Musk’s assertion that Tesla can build a solar electricity grid to reconnect Puerto Rico to power within 100 days. 

PRT Weekly Feb 10/2017

PRT Weekly Feb 10/2017

This week’s episode touches on the questionable conviction of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, a police strike in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo that has erupted into chaos and violence, as well as the retroactive approval of settlements in the West Bank by the Israeli government. To lighten things up a bit, we finish with a policy in Xi’an, China, that seeks to improve the welfare of drivers in the city.