You can now import your WhatsApp chat history into Signal thanks to various open-source utilities. With the masses now flocking out of Facebook’s gates, you don’t need to leave your data behind.

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1. Backup your WhatsApp messages on your phone

2. Transfer the .db backup file to your computer

The backup file should be found under Internal Storage/WhatsApp/Databases as .db.crypt## where ## refers to the numeric identifier of the encryption used. If your phone is rooted, you can directly get a copy of the “key” file as well from /data/data/com.whatsapp/files/key.

3. Use WhatsDump to decrypt the backup file

If your phone is rooted, and you were able to get the key file in the step above, you can use WhatsApp Viewer instead of WhatsDump. With…


Realities that will redefine our borders and economy

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We have let the illusion outlive its utility. We are not observing this world from behind glass panes. Last quarter, I described the seismic shifts sweeping through our world. As we start a new decade, we are already witnessing the changing paradigms.

Money talks, no more

The fall of the “untouchable” also means that there is no more a single language for business. Money talks, no more. As the world witnessed the spectacle of printing fiat currency out of thin air for COVID-19 stimulus packages, it is about time that it realizes that true wealth does not come in monetary units. Being able to…


How development paradigms on the Asian theatre are reshaping our global order

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This is not a story of politics, despite the latter being necessary for context. The recent Armenian concession of the Azerbaijani governance over Nagorno-Karabakh has ramifications beyond being an overcoming of an impasse in the EU’s plan to diversify its natural gas supply. The quick resolution of the decades old Caucasian crisis marks the trend of suprastates shaping the global order.

Turkey’s Ventures

Turkey carries a heritage of diversity, exhibiting Turkic, Germanic, Caucasian — including Armenian — Indian, Arabian and numerous other ethnicities amongst its citizens. …


Considering historical lessons for redesigning our governments

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In considering mesoeconomics, we have set the stage for purpose-driven businesses. In revisiting them and their thorough definition, we have established that such an economy built upon relational connections allows for defining diffuse borders. In essence, it presents the opportunity for a data-driven framework of designing interstate exchanges. We start by stating historic examples of isolationism.

Let us start by recalling that the model of self-sufficient country has proven to be ill-fated. 鎖国, meaning closed country, was phased out of imperial Japan, where the term is read as “Sakoku”, in the 19th century. …


A more rigorous definition of the overlooked scale

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If we were to reimagine states beyond the nation-state paradigm currently dominating — and we need to in order to avoid eminent crises — we should redefine the underlying systems of a state. I have introduced the risks inherent in the current currency markets, as well as the opportunity digital currencies present for achieving a true relation between transactions and money in the last two stories, “Burning a Nation’s Cash” and “National Currencies Need Not Be a Ponzi Scheme”.

I revisit the concept of macroeconomics to give it a more thorough definition. One characteristic of defining the economy with such…


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As the Lebanese cautiously rejoiced their national currency recovering more than 20% of its value against the United States Dollar, Harvard fellow and former banker Dan Azzi announced on Twitter that the Lira market is being manipulated with a massive, unnatural injection of the dollars.

Dan Azzi tweets “Lira market being manipulated with a massive, unnatural injection of $” following the sharp recovery of the LBP/USD exchange rate accompanying the reappointment of a former Prime Minister.

A back of envelope calculation made its way into the replies. Assuming a $7 million daily market, injecting $2 million dollars daily with the…


Arriving at an alternative monetary system

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A firefighter catches his breath in front of the burning shop in Beirut, Lebanon [2020]. Image by Annahar.

A Lebanese poultry shop most famous for its broiled chicken was caught in the flames less than a month ago. Rumors quickly surfaced that it had been a case of arson by competitors, as the shop had been able to tame its prices amidst a national currency devaluation. Hawa Chicken has indeed been able to keep its prices nearly 30% lower than other prominent poultry brands. To avoid creating a black market for its products, it has also enforced a cap on the quantities each customer purchased.

Wherever the initial spark came from, the line of thought of the public…


A strategy guide for a true socioeconomic ecosystem

How blockchain could help us build an operating system for a new Internet of value

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Born out of a defense project in the 60s, the Internet started to take the shape we’ve grown accustomed to in the 90s. The Tech bubble burst around the corner of the millennium, reshuffling the sector and opening it to popularize the achieved progress and innovation. This is after all the technology cycle I have described in my previous articles.

Nevertheless, we are still in the infancy of the Internet, akin to a language learner bragging about the new curse words he has learnt. …


The role of the government is to provide a trampoline, not a safety net.

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The role of the government is to provide a trampoline, not a safety net. Now the Senior Minister of Singapore, Tharman Shanmugaratnam was serving as the Deputy Prime Minister when he introduced the notion in an interview with BBC’s Sackur.

The discussion of social safety nets frequently gets the spotlight in Singaporean politics. However, this notion was intentional to counter the common understanding of the concept. While the notion has been criticized for its shortsightedness regarding the falling back of citizens, as in this Business Times article, it gets the point across. …

Wael Itani

I am an engineer based in Beirut. I write on multiscale, and I write with metaphors.

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