28th Mar 2023


Lithuania raises army alert level after Russia's military call-up

Lithuania on Wednesday increased alert levels of its army "to prevent any provocations from Russia," the country's defence minister Arvydas Anusauskas wrote on Facebook, after Moscow announced on the same day a partial military mobilisation for the war in Ukraine. "As Russia's military mobilisation will also be carried out in the Kaliningrad region, our neighbourhood, Lithuania cannot merely watch," he said, asking that support for Ukraine be increased.

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Biden's 'democracy summit' poses questions for EU identity

From the perspective of international relations, the EU is a rare bird indeed. Theoretically speaking it cannot even exist. The charter of the United Nations, which underlies the current system of global governance, distinguishes between states and organisations of states.


EU's new critical raw materials act could be a recipe for conflict

Solar panels, wind-turbines, electric vehicle batteries and other green technologies require minerals including aluminium, cobalt and lithium — which are mined in some of the most conflict-riven nations on earth, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, and Kazakhstan.


Okay, alright, AI might be useful after all

Large Language Models could give the powers trained data-journalists wield, to regular boring journalists like me — who don't know how to use Python. And that makes me tremendously excited, to be honest.

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