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Tariffs Are Never a Good Idea. Those on Aluminum Are Especially Bad. Aluminum prices are up 59% from a year ago, and America’s 10% tariffs on the metal are not relieving any headaches at manufacturers (Patrick Tyrrell, Anthony B. Kim, Heritage Foundation)

Aluminum prices are up 59% from a year ago, and America’s 10% tariffs on the metal are not relieving any headaches at beer and non-alcoholic beverage manufacturers.

The tariffs were originally put in place in 2018, ostensibly to protect domestic aluminum producers. The theory was that China and other foreign producers were “dumping” aluminum into the U.S. at low prices below cost, to capture market share and supposedly drive American producers of aluminum out of business.

Tariffs Are Never a Good Idea. Those on Aluminum Are Especially Bad. | The Heritage Foundation

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Ensuring the ADF can make a rapid transition to war (Emily Chapman, The Strategist)

In 2019, Exercise Talisman Sabre ended with an airdrop of 26 tonnes of humanitarian assistance into Shoalwater Bay Training Area. In 2021, the same location was used to open the biennial exercise with a multi-domain firepower demonstration, highlighting the Australian Defence Force’s ability to transition from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to warfighting. Helping uphold the rules-based international order and protecting Australia from all threats will require the ADF to rapidly switch between such operations.

Ensuring the ADF can make a rapid transition to war | The Strategist (aspistrategist.org.au)

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FATF. Organised Environmental Crime: Dissecting the FATF Approach (RUSI)

In June 2020, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) urged countries to increase the use of financial investigations into illegal wildlife trade cases.

A year on, in July 2021, it published a further analysis on mineral, waste and timber trafficking. In advance of the FATF’s upcoming October plenary, Tom Keatinge and Alexandria Reid take a deep dive into the thornier aspects of the FATF’s current approach to environmental crime.

Episode 22: Organised Environmental Crime: Dissecting the FATF Approach | Royal United Services Institute (rusi.org)

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Defense. Royal Navy vows closer working ties with industry amid shipbuilding changes (Vivienne Machi, Defense News)

People line the shore to watch as tug boats maneuver the 65,000-tonne British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth into Portsmouth Harbour in Portsmouth, southern England, in August 2017, as it arrives at for the first time in her home port. (Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images)

The British Royal Navy wants to make it easier for industry to help the service develop “battle-winning, relevant, and affordable” capabilities by developing more transparent requirements and technology priorities.

The service is establishing streamlined points of contact, and setting up new workshops and demonstration days as tools to bring industry more in step with what the service needs for future wars, said Capt. Sarah Oakley, head of force development for the Royal Navy’s develop directorate.

Royal Navy vows closer working ties with industry amid shipbuilding changes (defensenews.com)

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Space. BAE Systems eyes new space business with acquisition of In-Space (Andrew Chuter, Defense News)

BAE Systems has taken a step into the satellite sector in the UK with the acquisition of low earth orbit spacecraft builder In-Space Missions. (BlackJack3D/Getty Images)

 BAE Systems has taken a step into the satellite sector in the UK with the acquisition of low earth orbit spacecraft builder In-Space Missions.

Acquisition of the Alton, England-based company was announced by the two companies as the DSEI defense show opened at the Excel Centre east London. No price for the transaction was given.

BAE Systems eyes new space business with acquisition of In-Space (defensenews.com)

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China. President Xi stresses low-carbon development path for energy industry (Global Times)

Aerial photo taken on Dec. 3, 2020 shows a view of the Mahuangliang Loess Geopark after snow in Yulin City, northwest China's Shaanxi Province.Photo:Xinhua

Aerial photo taken on Dec. 3, 2020 shows a view of the Mahuangliang Loess Geopark after snow in Yulin City, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.Photo:Xinhua

Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed a green and low-carbon development path for the country’s energy industry during an inspection tour to a major clean coal production base in Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province on Monday.

Xi made the remarks while visiting a chemical enterprise under the China Energy Investment Corp in Yulin city, Shaanxi Province, according to the Xinhua News Agency. Continued efforts should be made to boost the energy industry so as to underpin the modernization of the country, while the development of the coal industry should be transformed and upgraded, following a green and low-carbon path, he said.

President Xi stresses low-carbon development path for energy industry – Global Times

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China/Afghanistan. Investment in Afghan mineral sector faces risks (Zhu Yongbiao, Global Times)

File photo: Xinhua

File photo: Xinhua

The Afghan Taliban has established a new interim government. The next test for them is how to lead war-torn Afghanistan out of economic difficulties and diplomatic isolation. Can Afghanistan’s rich mineral resources help the Taliban rebuild the country?

Investment in Afghan mineral sector faces risks – Global Times

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TechInnovation/China. Hebei cracks down on cryptocurrency mining, trading (Global Times)

Representation of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency Illustration: VCG

Representation of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency Illustration: VCG

Local authorities in North China’s Hebei Province have introduced special rectification for mining and trading of cryptocurrency, the latest step taken by Chinese authorities to regulate the sector.

Hebei cracks down on cryptocurrency mining, trading – Global Times

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TechInnovation. Far-Right Fundraising on Telegram (Ariel Bogle, GNET)

The Australian far-right is using a diverse range of online tools to fundraise and solicit donations. In this ecosystem, the messaging app Telegram plays a significant role — providing an entry point into a broader content and financial network, and facilitating international connections.

In a recent report for ASPI, I examined a sample of nine Australian Telegram channels that share right-wing extremist (RWE) content and found they were connected to more than 20 different funding mechanisms, platforms and tools. This preliminary map included live-streaming platforms such as DLive and Entropy that allow ‘tipping’ and other support. Financial opportunities were promoted by the sale of merchandise and subscription platforms such as Patreon and SubscribeStar. Donation requests via Buy Me a Coffee and PayPal, or via various cryptocurrency wallets, were also posted in the channels for purposes ranging from legal fees to general support for content creation.

Far-Right Fundraising on Telegram – GNET (gnet-research.org)

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