World update part 2: February 9-10 2019

Tonight's updates didn't really fit into any of my usual groupings, but they were too long for one post, so I mashed them together as best I could. OCEANIA AUSTRALIA Although Prime Minister Scott Morrison's approval rating is up and a plurality of Australians prefer him as PM over Labor Party leader Bill shorten, Labor is nevertheless ahead of Morrison's coalition in the latest head-to-head polling, 53 percent to 47 percent. Australia's next election is coming in May (for state … Continue reading World update part 2: February 9-10 2019

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Europe/Americas update: January 31 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE Full disclosure: I am not a climate scientist. With that said, this seems pretty bad in my layman's opinion: https://twitter.com/julian0liver/status/1091028901428711424 Again I'm not an expert! Maybe we don't need oxygen that much? But it kinds of seems like we do! EUROPE RUSSIA What seems like the longest and most anti-climactic arms control negotiation … Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 31 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 29 2019

EUROPE UKRAINE Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced Tuesday that he will run for reelection in March. The announcement was mostly a foregone conclusion, as is--probably--his eventual defeat. Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is considered the favorite according to polling. Poroshenko has of course failed to bring the war in eastern Ukraine to an end and … Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 29 2019