A few interesting links.
Republicans may say they oppose Putin, but they keep siding with the Russian dictator over Democrats and democracy
Amanda Marcotte explains very well why the Putin Wing of the Republican Party is almost the whole party, and that the only time that most Republicans will speak out against Russia and Putin is when they are forced to by public opinion, or, more likely, when they can use it against President Biden in one way or another.
Preparing for Defeat by Francis Fukuyama
I’m writing this from Skopje, North Macedonia, where I’ve been for the last week teaching one of our Leadership Academy for Development courses. Following the Ukraine war is no different here in terms of available information, except that I’m in an adjacent time zone, and the fact that there is more support for Putin in the Balkans than in other parts of Europe. A lot of the latter is due to Serbia, and Serbia’s hosting of Sputnik.
As a general rule, don’t expect me to link to stuff by Fukuyama, but this was an interesting list of predictions by him – even if some of predictions would be better characterized as wishful thinking.
An international team of scientists discovered a new species of mesophotic coral reef-dwelling fish in the Indian Ocean
It’s always interesting when new species are discovered, and it is great that science is getting decolonized.