In rural areas in Japan, one of the traditional dishes are noodles and dumplings with insects, but when the restaurant Nagi in Tokyo put in an offer of this type of food, people were waiting in line to try it.

Recent events have sparked renewed interest in an explosive speech given by Vladimir Putin at the final plenary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club On September 19, 2013, addressing a number of challenges faced by contemporary Russia. In doing so, he also took aim at the moral degradation creeping through Europe and the West, in a rare – by normal political standards – display of candour.

Vault 7 has been the subject of a curious and cryptic set of tweets from Wikileaks over the course of the past month or so. Now we know why. In bombshell news, in the greatest leak in Wikileaks history, in the greatest leak in CIA history, a total of 8,761 documents has been released in a series that has been dubbed Vault 7. Even for seasoned conspiracy researchers, the documents are fascinating and horrible at the same time. It confirms the suspicions and knowledge of many investigators. Now we have the proof to substantiate our hunches and intuition.

China’s premier has warned the world is entering a period of profound political and economic upheaval. China looks to its neighbors as Washington becomes more hostile. Speaking in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Li Keqiang, Premier of the China's State Council, opened the annual national people’s congress with the following remarks:

A recent report by Oxfam International highlights the dramatic rise in income equality by noting that the combined wealth of the world’s top 8 individual billionaires is more than the lower half of the world’s population, some 3.6 billion people. The intention of the report was to bring awareness to the unfairness and injustice inherent in our global economic system. “It calls for a fundamental change in the way we manage our economies so that they work for all people, and not just a fortunate few.” Listed below are the 8 billionaires along with their estimated wealth, which combined equals $426.2 billion.

Gold is appealing to Russia and China because it shields them from the US government's ability to control the value of their holdings. It's no secret that Russia and China both share a growing appetite for gold. But how excited are they about U.S. Treasuries, the most boring but "safe" investment which basically translates into "we believe that everything will basically stay the same"? From the looks of it, Moscow and Beijing no longer think T-bonds are a safe bet or in their national interests.