War in the Caribbean?

December saw a unique turn of events in Guyana’s government. A quick party switch by one MP in a no-confidence vote brought down the entire government (Judicial Watch, February 6, 2019). Allegations of corruption and bribery are flying, and the MP responsible fled to Canada after attempting to purchase $1,000,000 worth of gold. Guyana is […]

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“Once in a Century” Flooding in Australia

Queensland in northeastern Australia is experiencing devastating flooding. More than 20,000 homes are at risk of inundation as floodwaters engulf neighborhoods—even bringing displaced saltwater crocodiles! Although the rainy season typically brings much rain to this tropical state, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk noted that experiencing such a tremendous amount of rain in such a short period […]

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Russia, India, Iran, and China

Strategic Culture recently published a sobering article titled “Russia, China, India and Iran: The Magic Quadrant That Is Changing the World” (January 25, 2019). The article states that the relationship between these four Eurasian nations has developed as a reaction to the global decisions and actions of the United States and other Western nations. The […]

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Severe Drought Hits Australia

In the South Australian summer, extreme heat is normal. But  The Guardian reports that the heat this summer has been far more severe than usual—recently reaching a record-breaking 49.5° Celsius (120° F) just north of Adelaide (AFP, January 24, 2019). Rivers that historically continue to flow even in dry, hot summers are drying up, killing […]

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“The Year of Populism”

Right-wing candidates have been growing in favor and popularity throughout Europe due to the European immigration and budget crises. According to one source, “Right-wing populist parties in Europe have been gaining strength for years. Now, they hope to use European Parliament elections in May as a springboard for gaining greater influence in the EU… [and […]

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Screen Time Harms Children’s Health!

The Telegraph reports that research continues to document the hazards of children spending time in front of electronic screens. In a review of 80 published studies, “the World Cancer Research Fund [WCRF] found increasing exposure to smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles in childhood is driving long-term weight gain—identified as one of the key causes of […]

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Europe and the Pre-Trump Relationship

A recent BBC article laments the changing relationship between the United States, Britain, and the rest of Europe (January 14, 2019). The author reflects nostalgically on the former close ties between the U.S. and Europe—a relationship that grew closer under American presidents following the Cold War. In the author’s view, and that of many Europeans, […]

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