Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is facing the biggest challenge of his twenty-year rule as his invasion of Ukraine spirals into a multidimensional crisis for the Russian regime and ruling class.
At least fifteen refugees imprisoned in Melbourne’s Park Hotel have tested positive to COVID. One has been taken to hospital. Forty-five men are held in cramped, unsafe conditions in the hotel, and no attempts have been made to evacuate or effectively quarantine any of them.
The administration of US President Joe Biden will spend more than $750 billion on the US military next year, about 40 percent of the global total and more than the next largest ten countries’ military budgets combined.
The Biden administration’s announcement that all its troops and those of its allies will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks marks the end of a brutal and bloody war that has laid waste to the country for twenty years.