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Vietnam’s Trashageddon: The Unsuspecting Impact of Global Waste Disposal in Southeast Asia

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One of Vietnam’s largest and most internationally accessible ports, Hiep Phuoc port in Ho Chi Minh City, is currently experiencing a surge in import deliveries, causing serious congestion and week-long shipment delays. Cat Lai, a port located in southern Vietnam, is suffering from a similar phenomenon where they are importing 120% over their handling capacity, causing tremendous setbacks and serious delays in export operations. Over the past few months, ports throughout Vietnam have been exposed to similar difficulties by dangerously exceeding their capacity limits, leading to slower output and direct stoppages in supply chain procedures.

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All Eyes on Duque as Santos Fails to Clinch ELN Peace Deal

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Last week, delegates from the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) walked away empty-handed from the negotiating table in Havana, Cuba, after the sixth round of peace talks, dashing President Juan Manuel Santos’s hopes of finalizing a peace deal with the guerrilla group before his successor Iván Duque steps into power on August 7.

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There’s a Flood of Road Problems in Kenya, but Financing To Fix Them is Drying Up

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Farmers face a myriad of problems in growing their crops: floods, droughts, pests, disease, and more. But a farmer’s livelihood can depreciate in value most when crops leave the field and rot on the way to market. For highly perishable crops like tea leaves effective transport networks are vital to the health of the supply chain. A country like Kenya, which accounts for nearly a quarter of the global demand for black tea (a 14 trillion Kenyan shilling business), investment in road networks is a key investment in agricultural supply chains.

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Indicator Tracking Can Lead To More Positive Outcomes

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In addition to tracking real-time disruption events, groundTruth Global tracks industry-specific indicator events that often precede disruptions. For example, poor working conditions and rising negative sentiment can often precede strikes that cause disruption to factory operations. By tracking indicators, groundTruth can help businesses understand and address the issues that drive such disruptions before they become a problem, allowing companies to ensure that their operations continue to run smoothly while improving the livelihoods of ordinary people. Thus, what is good for business can also be good for peace.

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Electricity Price Hikes Spark Violence in South Africa, Resulting Protests Indicate Deeper Problems

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On July 12th, our analysts at groundTruth Global reported ongoing violent protests over electricity price hikes and local government corruption in Kimberley, South Africa. The unrest resulted in the looting of shops, burning of buildings, and the use of stun grenades, rubber bullets, and tear gas by the responding police officers. At groundTruth Global, we recognize this not only as an immediate threat to public security and local businesses but also as a potential persistent threat to business continuity in the country due to the rising trend of protests related to service provision and housing issues. Reports indicate that nearly all businesses in the city shut down as a result of the unrest.

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How a Hidden Worker’s Rights Movement is Disrupting China

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Over the past month, truck drivers in more than a dozen regions of China have staged protests against increased gas prices and stagnant wages. Chinese truck drivers throughout the nation have banded together via social media to fight the monopolistic dominance of Yun Man Man, a trucking company known for its extremely low pay. Since April, workers from nearly every transportation industry have held protests, representing a large-scale societal shift happening in the country.    

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Under the Radar: Increasing Migration and the Future of Europe

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Over the past month, groundTruth Global has been monitoring an increasing trend of migration through the Moroccan coastal areas of Tarfaya and Boujdour and Western Sahara’s Dakhla and the northern cities to Spain and the wider European Union. Along with Moroccans, the majority of migrants come from sub-Saharan Africa to evade economic scarcity and flee civil and sectarian wars.

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Milking the (Pipeline) System in Mexico: Pemex and the Growing Costs of Fuel Theft

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As Mexico prepares to head to the polls this Sunday, July 1, to elect its next president, groundTruth Global has been tracking several issues likely on voters’ minds, including the ramifications of increasing organized crime violence. One way that criminal organizations fund and perpetuate violence is by illegally tapping - or “milking,” as the process is known locally - the oil pipelines of Mexican petroleum company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and selling the fuel on the black market. The company loses 30 bn pesos (US$1.65 bn) a year due to fuel theft, and the number of incidents is only growing.

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A Tightening of Nigeria’s Middle Belt: How Farmer Casualties Affect Nigeria’s Food Supply

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In the past week, groundTruth Global has been monitoring a number of disruptions involving farmers from the Tiv ethnic group being killed by herdsmen, largely Fulani, in Nasarawa state. These attacks often occur when the farmers are headed to the fields. The federal government of Nigeria faces challenges not only in its inability to control this violence, but in the second level effects that this conflict will have on the agriculture of the Middle Belt and the domestic economy.

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Peacetech is Good for Business

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Disruptions and regional unrest in today’s world have far-reaching implications. Increasingly, it is becoming clear that peace is not just a social ideal, but a necessary condition for international commerce. Dr. Rohini Srihari is Chief Data Scientist at PeaceTech Lab, housed at the United States Institute of Peace. Her work has spanned the areas of artificial intelligence, multimedia information retrieval, computational linguistics and text mining. Dr. Srihari spoke with us regarding a multi-purpose technological solution she has developed that delivers critical data for international business and peacebuilding. This technology is called groundTruth, and it provides not only real-time monitoring of disruptive risks across the world, but also historical trends and predictive forecasting across a multitude of factors.

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