21 january 2021

The United Nations Association of the United States of America has announced a Case Competition on Zero Hunger. Teams must “critically examine major issues related to food insecurity, climate change, and agriculture in Southeast Asia and to understand its root causes and prospects for the future. … Teams should evaluate local projects that address the issue in that country, and share the local projects’ strengths and weaknesses, as well as make their own recommendations to address SDG 2 that are sustainable and resilient. Furthermore, teams should consider connections to other Sustainable Development Goals.”

On the Global Dispatches podcast, UN Dispatch’s Mark Leon Goldberg spoke with former German Ambassador to the United States Klaus Scharioth about the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Goldberg writes, “We spoke last in April 2018, around the time of Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election,” when Scharioth expressed his hope that the U.S. “would somehow right itself in response to the Trump presidency. … I wanted to learn if he still held that view and also learn what he believes are some of the broader implications to US foreign policy of the insurrection.”

The Schiller Institute‘s David Dobrodt notes that Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador “used his daily morning press briefing on Jan. 8 to warn the world that the censorship taking place in the U.S. is a danger for the world, a new ‘Holy Inquisition’ designed to ‘create a world government with the power to control social networks, a world media power.'”

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