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US robotics company AeroEnvironment donates over 100 Quantix Recon Unmanned Aircraft Systems to Ukraine’s defense ministry. This is in addition to AeroEnvironment technology made available through the US Government, according to Ukraine sources.
The process of aiding Ukraine feels slow – and objectively is for the millions directly affected. There is cold comfort in the idea that even the most well-intentioned nations don’t have the luxury of hasty action with nuclear weapons in play. It is nevertheless heartening to see progress being made on logistical support.
Biden will host leaders from Southeast Asian nations in May. Post-Covid economic recovery and climate policy are on the agenda. Biden also plans to appeal the Trump-appointed federal judge’s ruling against a travel mask mandate.
A report finds that Google’s ad exchange is still serving ads on ‘Russia-linked’ sites. Google officially suspended ads in Russia in early March. Separately, the tech giant was credited with ‘unblurring’ satellite images of Russian military sites. However, Google’s spokesperson denies involvement.
In war-related energy news: Halliburton’s business is drilling, and business is good.
The fossil fuel industry faces a financial – if not moral – reckoning some day, but urgency and political expediency have put that on hold. There is evidence that green energy acceleration will result from the conflict. In the meantime, purely financial actors can be expected to exploit the geopolitical arbitrage.
Europe and Central Asia
Being officially disinvited from a Holocaust remembrance because your views are deemed ‘inconsistent’ with spirit of honoring Holocaust survivors speaks for itself. However, with the recent resurgence of the far-right in Austria, it’s nice to know there’s a threshold.
Japan pursues legislation to strip Russia of ‘most favored nation’ status. China’s fiscal revenue growth slows. A news station in Taiwan ‘accidentally’ broadcasts a fictional report of a Chinese invasion.
The Middle East and Africa
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