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New boss at the North Pole

Big changes at Santa’s workshop, and not everyone’s happy about it.

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Hard Truths On Climate, Education & Poverty, From the UN’s Secretary-General | GZERO World

Hard truths on climate, education & poverty, from the UN’s Secretary-General

(Portions of this full interview have also been shown as part of the GZERO World with Ian Bremmer episode, "How A War-Distracted World Staves Off Irreversible Damage," available to view here.

Global political division, a culture of impunity and a vacuum of consequences ... Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine making climate change a “kind of second-order issue” (even as 50 million Pakistanis have been displaced by flooding, and more than 1,000 killed) - with "irreversible consequences" and "irreparable damage" coming "very soon" - "a world that is facing destruction everywhere" ... the threat that the world may not have enough food in 2023 due to fertilizer shortages ... there's a lot of bad news in the world, as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres discusses with Ian Bremmer on GZERO World.

Still, there are paths to solutions - as with the grain deal that Guterres helped to (discreetly) broker between Russia and Ukraine - if only the world's leaders will work together.

War in Ukraine looms large as world leaders meet at the United Nations

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War in Ukraine looms large as world leaders meet at the United Nations


World leaders are gathering this week in sunny New York City for the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, after more than two years of limited in-person attendance due to pandemic restrictions.

The mood is sure to be gloomy. From the war in Ukraine to growing food insecurity, the global energy crisis, and the devastating impacts of climate change, there is no shortage of problems to discuss.

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How A War-Distracted World Staves Off Irreversible Damage | GZERO World with Ian Bremmer

How a war-distracted world staves off irreversible damage

The UN's blueprint for making the world a better place is on life support. The pandemic wiped out years of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, and right now there's no way they'll be met by 2030.

Secretary-General António Guterres has a message for world leaders converging in New York for the annual UN General Assembly: We need to rescue the SDGs.

But Guterres (and the international community) still has a lot more on their plate. On GZERO World, he warns that we may run out of food next year if the deal to get Ukrainian grain shipments out is not extended to Russian fertilizer.

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The queen was a beacon of stability in an era of domestic and international upheaval.

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Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, dead at 96

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in the history of the United Kingdom and virtually in world history, has died at the age of 96 in Balmoral, Scotland. She is succeeded by her son Charles, 73, now King Charles III.

Queen Elizabeth’s reign spanned roughly one-third of America’s entire existence (and nearly half of Canada’s, if you’re keeping count). Fifteen different UK prime ministers served under her, starting with Winston Churchill and ending with Liz Truss. During this time, the United Kingdom went from global power and industrial powerhouse to a post-European middle power. She lived through and reigned over the colonial era, the end of the British Empire, and the UK’s exit from Europe.

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2021 in review: The year in world news

2021 in review: The year in world news

If you thought 2020, the annus horribilis par excellence that TIME Magazine crowned “The Worst Year Ever”, was rock bottom, 2021 was set to prove you wrong. Here’s my pick of the events that rocked the world beyond measure this year (in no particular order). Democracy was under siege

After a very bad, no good 2020, global democracy continued to erode in 2021, deepening a decades-long democratic recession. This decline was felt by entrenched autocracies, fledgling democracies, and long-standing democracies alike.
Most notably, the president of the United States incited a violent mob to storm the US Capitol and overturn the result of an election he lost fair and square. Although his effort ultimately failed, Trump and his allies in the Republican Party continue to undermine the very legitimacy of elections, and two-thirds of Republicans believe the 2020 election was stolen. In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro spent months subverting trust in the electoral system, attacking independent institutions like the Supreme Court, and laying the groundwork for a January 6-style insurrection should he lose the 2022 presidential contest—something that seems increasingly likely. While his ability to rig the election is limited, the president’s actions have already eroded Brazilian’s support for democracy, deepened partisan divisions, and weakened the social fabric, making the prospect of political violence in the world’s fourth-largest democracy more likely.
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China Agitating Taiwan To Demonstrate Power, Not To Start WWIII | World In :60 | GZERO Media

China agitating Taiwan to demonstrate power, not start WWIII

Ian Bremmer shares his insights on global politics this week with a look at Chinese warplanes, the Pandora Papers, and Facebook's major outage.

What is China signaling by sending warplanes into Taiwan's air defense identification zone?

Well, it's not their airspace. They've done this before. They do it a lot. In fact, on some days, a year ago, in the past, they've had over 20 incursions on a day. Over the last few days, it has been record levels, so clearly, they're agitated. They want to show that they're strong and assertive. Having said that, we are not on the brink of World War III. There is a greater chance of accidents happening, and that would be a really bad thing, but on balance, this doesn't cross any red lines between the two countries. I think the headlines are a little breathless on it.

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Ian Bremmer Explains: Does Alcohol Help Bring the World Together? | GZERO World

Does alcohol help bring the world together?

On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer takes a look at the yin and the yang of alcohol's role in high-level diplomacy and society at large. Alcohol can bring people together just as easily as it can tear them apart. From a 1995 Clinton/Yeltsin Summit where a drunk Yeltsin almost derailed Bosnian peace talks, to Obama's Beer Summit and the recent G7 Summit, booze plays a part in how world leaders interact. Globally, alcohol consumption has been steadily increasing, by over 70 percent between 1990 and 2017, according to one report. . Low and middle-income nations like Vietnam, India, and China are a driving force behind that trend, with drinking in Southeast Asia rising by over 34 percent between 2010 and 2017. And yet, amidst this global booze boom, the world has only grown more and more divided.

Watch the episode: The (political) power of alcohol

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