All posts on January, 2017


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Chaos at airports as America introduces a travel ban

BARELY a week into his presidency, Donald Trump has thrown global travel into tumult with his executive order barring travellers from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States. A fellow Gulliver has posted about the potential long-term implications of the ban for the travel industry. But in the short run, one thing is already clear: President Trump’s action has sown chaos in American airports.

Clear to everyone but Mr Trump himself, that is. In a series of tweets, he denied that his action had caused any disruption at airports, instead blaming a Delta Air Lines computer glitch, protesters, and Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer, whom he accused of producing “fake tears” in support of people denied entry to the country.

Only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning. Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage,…..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30,…Continue reading

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Business and financeGulliver

How Donald Trump’s immigration edict will affect American tourism

THERE are many ways to look at Donald Trump’s decision to ban travellers from seven countries with predominantly Muslim populations. Whether Mr Trump’s order is legal, moral or self-defeating has been discussed at length elsewhere on this site. Here on Gulliver, however, we are mostly concerned with what the move means for the future of travel to America.

The executive order which the president signed on January 27th restricts immigration from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Mr Trump says the aim of the edict is to thwart terrorism. It affects travellers on all types of visas (other than diplomatic and UN ones) and refugees and will be in force for 90 days (indefinitely in the case of Syrian refugees). It is still unclear exactly what it means for dual nationals or those with green cards, although Reince…Continue reading

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BlackBerry, Microsoft and the Ever-Smarter Connected Car

BlackBerry last week announced that its turnaround was finished, and Microsoft finally provided some information on its new connected car deliverables. One strange thing was that after CEO John Chen excitedly pointed out that BlackBerry had displaced Microsoft in Ford, he then announced a strategic initiative to work more closely with Microsoft on BlackBerry’s own market-leading QNX car OS.

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