12 February 2023

Weekly Newsletter

Military & Armed Conflict

US lawmakers introduced legislation to repeal the 1991 and 2002 "Authorizations for the Use of Military Force,"the US shot down a "high altitude object" over Alaska,a report alleged that Ukraine uses coordinates provided by Washington to launch strikes using US-provided weapons,Moscow and Tehran reportedly advanced plans to construct a drone facility,Japan and the Philippines agreed to boost their defense ties,North Korea promised "expanded and intensified" military drillsand displayed new missiles during a military parade,and Iran revealed a new underground air force base.Meanwhile, a Seoul court ruled that South Korea must compensate a Vietnam war victim,eight civilians died in clashes with a UN convoy in the Democratic Republic of Congo,the UN found that unemployment is driving people to join armed groups in sub-Saharan Africa,and Israeli forces killed five Palestinians in a raid in Jericho


On Monday, Germany announced that it expects to have the necessary commitments from other European nations to supply Ukraine with the promised Leopard-2 tanks shortly.On Tuesday, the Ukrainian governor of the Luhansk region claimed that tens of thousands of Russian reinforcements were sent to eastern Ukraine, warning of a potential offensive planned for later this month.Reports later in the week supported this, claiming that Russia is preparing an attack in the Donbas region to coincide with the anniversary of the invasion.Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Ukrainian Pres. Volodymyr Zelenskyy made his first visit to the UK since the start of the war, commending its military assistance.Zelenskyy echoed this on Thursday at an EU summit, thanking nations for their aid and urging for more weapons.Meanwhile, amid reports of the circulation of a UN draft resolution, Russia re-issued calls for negotiations on Saturday

World Politics

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh accused the US of bombing the Nord Stream pipeline last year,Beijing accused Washington of "indiscriminate use of force" after it shot down a balloonthat it alleged is part of a Chinese global surveillance program,Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Mali in a sign of deepening ties,Poland closed its main border checkpoint with Belarus,and after the EU banned Russian diesel and oil,Moscow announced plans to cut oil production by 500k barrels per day.Meanwhile, Elián González was nominated to serve in Cuba's National Assembly,Kamala Harris unveiled $4.2B in Central American investments,former Pakistan Pres. Pervez Musharraf died at 79,and India encouraged citizens to mark Valentine's Day as "Cow Hug Day" to promote Hindu values

US Politics

US Pres. Joe Biden delivered his second State of the Union address,conservative group Americans for Prosperity announced plans to oppose Donald Trump in 2024,and polls showed low enthusiasm for Biden's 2024 campaign,as House Republicans requested documents for the Biden family probe,and as former Twitter execs testified over the social media's temporary suppression of a New York Post story regarding Hunter Biden's laptop.Meanwhile, Mike Pence was subpoenaed by the Special Counsel overseeing a probe into Trump,as the FBI found another classified document at the former VP's home,Mayor Eric Adams confirmed that New York City is providing migrants with tickets to go elsewhere,and Florida passed a bill to relocate undocumented immigrants from anywhere in the country

Crime & Justice

An independent complaint review board recommended punishment for dozens of NYPD officers for their response to the 2020 BLM protests,an Argentinean court found eight amateur rugby players guilty of murder,and two were killed in a car-ramming attack in Jerusalem

Civil Liberties

The Church of England approved blessings of same-sex marriages and unionsand announced plans to explore a gender-neutral God,UK MPs accused HSBC of being complicit in human rights abuses by denying Hong Kong expats access to their pensions,and a trial of 16 Hong Kong activists charged under China's national security law began.Meanwhile, Uganda decided not to renew a mandate of the UN human rights office,Amnesty reported that Thai children may face prison for participating in the nation's 2020 protests,Pakistan restored access to Wikipedia three days after implementing a ban,and the EU reprimanded Twitter for its allegedly incomplete content-moderation report.In the US, Missouri dismissed a ban on minors carrying guns without adult supervision,and a judge ruled that a law barring marijuana users from owning guns is unconstitutional

Money & Economy

The US Federal Reserve warned that its inflation fight may last "quite a bit of time,"a survey found that half of Americans are financially worse off now than they were a year ago,French oil giant TotalEnergies reported a record adjusted net profit of $36.2B in 2022,and British Petroleum's profits soared to a record $28B last year.Meanwhile, Pres. Ranil Wickremesinghe said that Sri Lanka's economy may return to growth by the end of the year,Japan confirmed that it intervened three times in 2022 to counter the yen's fall,South Africa declared a state of disaster over its energy crisis,and Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund failed to reach a deal on the release of financial aid, but talks are set to continue


Tabloid newspaper the National Enquirer was sold,shares of Alphabet Inc. dove following issues with the launch of Google's ChatGPT rival called Bard,CVS Health Corp. agreed to buy Oak Street Health,India's multinational conglomerate Adani lost over $110B,and a Kenyan judge ruled that Meta can be sued by a former content moderator.Meanwhile, Disney announced plans to lay off 7k employees,Zoom revealed that it will lay off 15% of its staff,Dell said it will slash over 6K jobs,and Yahoo announced that it will decrease its workforce by 20%

Weather & Environment

In the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria on Monday,the US issued sanctions relief for Syria to widen its access to aid,and Syria approved the delivery of aid to the rebel-held northwest region.Meanwhile, environmental disclosure platform CDP reported that fewer than 1% of companies have credible climate plans,a study found that 15M people across the globe are threatened by glacial flooding,and a report said that more than a third of US plants and animals are at risk of extinction


An Australian study found a protein produced in the lungs in response to COVID may prevent infection,a report forecast that the use of antibiotics in animal farming will climb by 8% between 2020 and 2030,and Elon Musk's brain-implant company Neuralink was accused of illegally transporting hazardous pathogens


The American Gaming Association projected that Super Bowl betting will hit a record of $16B,and Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay submitted a joint 2030 FIFA World Cup bid

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