The blame for soaring prices is laid squarely on Russia and President Putin's invasion of Ukraine. Soaring costs of food production — which drive inflation both in the developed and developing world — have now made famine a reality in a sizable portion of Africa. Furthermore, speculation by financial traders on food prices also drives prices up further, and climate change is yet another problem. With multiple problems already stretching resources thin, food supplies will not be safe until Russia ends its invasion.
The West is being deceitful about the cause of the global food crisis. The problem is not Russia’s invasion of Ukraine but rather the West’s attempt to cripple Russia’s economy as punishment. By doing so, the price of grain, cooking oil, fertilizer, and energy are soaring, hurting global growth. Western sanctions also tipped agricultural markets towards the edge of the abyss by disrupting payment systems, shipping, and insurance, preventing Russian exports of food and fertilizer to the Global South.
Putin's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine was launched on the pretext of multiple lies, including that Russian speakers in Donetsk were facing a "genocide" and that NATO expansion was threatening Moscow. America and the West must continue to push back against these falsehoods and protect Ukraine's sovereignty from Putin's anti-democratic aspirations.
Numerous diplomats through the years have warned that bringing Ukraine into the NATO sphere of influence was an unacceptable prospect for Russia and that it would lead to a conflict with disastrous consequences. Russia's concerns must be listened to if we're ever going to reach a negotiated settlement for this tragic conflict.
There is a 1% chance that Ukraine will join NATO before 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.
The international community has offered many words on justice for the Rohingya and the accountability of the Myanmar military. The refugees need more than words, they need action. Every day that they suffer under the weight of hunger, malnutrition and the dangers of the camps creates long-lasting and generational consequences that could be avoided. Governments worldwide need to step up and fund this urgent appeal.
Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and others in a small group of the world's most wealthy could solve the world's hunger problem. $6B is needed to change the hunger crisis for 42M people. Musk alone is worth $289B and just 2% of his accumulated wealth could save the lives of people who will die without aid. This abject humanitarian catastrophe could be addressed if the "1%" stepped up to the plate.
TikTok has had to work hard to meet European regulation standards, but it has not taken their demands lightly and is in the final stages of security measure implementation. With over 5K workers continent-wide, the platform is growing the EU economy while simultaneously prioritizing user privacy.
TikTok should not just be regulated, but completely banned from countries that wish to protect their youth from the prying eyes of the PRC. At the very least, as the app's main demographic is 16 to year-olds, parents should be blocking their children from using this dangerous and unnecessary platform. The safety and security of nations in the West are at stake here.
There's a 21% chance that the US will ban TikTok before 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.
Although the joint military drills are being portrayed as a defensive response to alleged North Korean military threats, they need to be called out for what they really are – large-scale provocations. Rather than trying to de-escalate the situation with North Korea, the US has once again deliberately inflamed tensions in the region.
Joint drills between the US and South Korea won't be stopped just because North Korea throws a fit. The US is steadfast in its commitment to defending South Korea, and Kim's threats of military action — and increasingly worrisome nuclear tests — are unacceptable. The US and South Korea are rightly committed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
There's a 95% chance Kim Jong-un will remain the de facto leader of North Korea until at least January 1, 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.
Even Kevin Roose, who used to balk at the idea of AI becoming sentient, has now admitted that he worries about the potential power of these chatbots. And there are a number of reasons to be mindful from the very real concern of disinformation to the more far-fetched worry of these human-like computers one day assuming their "shadow" identities, we can't trust the assurances of these innovators that their code isn't risky.
These interactions may be unsettling, but only to those who don't understand how AI models work. Bing's chatbot analyzes and absorbs vast amounts of internet data, and — while convincing — its answers are merely replicating the human text available to it and aren't evidence of a sentient being. On the contrary, what it produces is more telling of humans than anything else.
The walls keep caving in on Musk and his electric-vehicle company. This is the widest recall yet, and the biggest sign that the technology is not on the path he promised. Combine this with the ongoing Justice Department investigation of the company and the major hit its stock took in 2022, and it all adds up to a world of headaches for Musk, who also has to navigate being the new CEO of Twitter.
Regulators are exaggerating this issue by calling it a recall when it's actually a software update. Tesla has been responsive to the NHTSA recommendations and can easily fix the issue. As the name FSD Beta suggests, the system is still being tested, and eventually, the testing will lead to fully autonomous vehicles.
While this is good news for anyone who may contract the original COVID variant in the future, this doesn't mean people should refuse the vaccine. The study didn't account for every new variant, and, for some of the variants it did account for, natural immunity was not as protective. These findings should be used to design future vaccine distribution plans rather than dissuade people from getting inoculated.
This study shows that Big Pharma and its government lackeys lied through their teeth for power and profit. Science is never settled, yet debate on natural immunity was stifled and vaccine mandates were pushed around the globe. Meanwhile, those who were vaccine injured or affected by the mandates can't even sue, as the government gave the pharma companies legal immunity. Vaccines may have had an important role in fighting the pandemic, but vaccination should always have been a personal choice.
As with George Floyd, Freddie Gray, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, the original police report failed to include Nichols' injuries from the taser, pepper spray, and multiple baton strikes to his body. When it comes to unarmed black victims, the police have a pattern of lying about the threat the so-called suspects posed and then continuing to lie after the fact. This is clearly part of a far larger and deadly pattern in policing in the US.
According to some of the nation's most influential newspapers, the reason behind Tyre Nichols' death is racism — an erroneous and senseless diagnosis that promotes dangerous solutions, such as the abolition of police. Those responsible should undoubtedly be held accountable, but the justice system should be left to do this without media extortion that peddles further division.
This unsealed filing shows that Fox, all the way to the top of its corporate ladder, knew better. Yet it still promoted dangerous conspiracy theories and provided a platform to dangerous bad actors so it could keep its viewers engaged and spark more division and outrage in the country. Dominion’s attempt to prove “actual malice” just got a little easier.
These messages are being overblown by the mainstream media. They’re actually consistent with what many of the Fox News personalities have said for years. In the weeks following the 2020 election, Carlson even asked Powell to provide evidence on his show and publicly doubted her claims of fraud. How is that inconsistent with his private messages?