US midterm elections brought sweeping Republican wins. No one is sure whether it is a true referendum on the Democrats’ policies, rejection of the current administration, or just a lack of turnout for the Democrats. Either way, a Republican Congress and a Democrat in the White House have served to break gridlock in the past so here’s to “change”. The first hot topic is the President’s assertion he’s considering executive action on immigration which could mean partial amnesty for up to 5 million illegal immigrants.
The Burmese conversion to democracy may have stalled indefinitely. Republicans tout this as an example of failed foreign policy for both Obama and Hillary Clinton who both played a role in starting the transition.
Russia invaded Ukraine…again, but this time it’s bigger, faster, harder. (Foreign Policy)
Palestinians are firing on Israel…again, who is developing more land in the contested region of Jerusalem…again.
The Missouri governor declared a state of emergency before the results of the trial of the police officer who killed Michael brown were announced in Ferguson. Officials anticipate riots and the tension is extremely high.
There are no active Ebola cases being tracked in the us right now but the outbreak has spread to Mali in recent weeks.
We send our sincere sympathy to the latest families who lost their sons to ISIS…one of whom was beheaded on video this week. The group threatened an attack on US soil is coming.
The US sent 1500 more troops to Iraq.
Several state supreme courts ruled on either side of legislation concerning gay marriage. Looks like the supreme court isn’t getting out of this one.
Multiple states joined the trend to legalize Marijuana use. Alaska, Washington D.C., Florida and Oregon.
Three US sailors were attacked by Turkish nationalists in Istanbul as anti-US sentiment may be on the rise (Foreign Policy)
Pro democracy protests are continuing into their 8th week in Hong Kong.
Japan is officially in a recession. Some suspect the recent tax hikes are to blame so the government has announced it will postpone plans to raise them further.