Volcanoes are erupting in The Philippines, but on-fire Australia received some welcome rain. The Iran war cries have been called off and The Donald’s military powers are about to be hamstrung by the Senate. Meanwhile, his impeachment trial is starting, and we’re all on Twitter for a front-row seat.
With the number of populist leaders down to a 20-year low, and much of what has been called “democratic backsliding” corrected through the electoral process, are reports of democracy’s decline exaggerated?
By now you’ve heard and read plenty about the Chinese spy balloon that floated across the continental United States last week before it was shot down off the coast of South Carolina on Feb. 4, so I’ll spare you the details.
China is no longer the world’s most populous nation, as of this month, which sparked a narrative in the world press about its long-term decline. What was missed, however, is that India has not only overtaken China demographically but its economic growth and future prospects are considerably brighter.
Davos is back with a bang. After returning to in-person meetings with a belated, pared-down version last May, this week the World Economic Forum’s annual conference has been packed with attendees trying to learn more about the world in 2023.
Authoritarianism is about having the power to get away with crime, and waging a genocidal war against another country without other countries intervening in ways that force a cessation of conflict counts as a big win in the autocrat world.