It has been a long shutdown - 47 days and counting! But finally, as America reels with the end/pause of the greatest partial US government shutdown in the history of humankind, we finally got around to reopening Sovereignty club!
We’ll be meeting this Wednesday, 6pm at the Sovereignty Lounge, BBB B101 to discuss… what has been up with the world for the past month and a half! (we were going to have a proper topic before I realized we’d probably spend the whole hour going over current events either way).
In case you were too busy living in your own little bubble, here’s some of what’s been happening (my coverage is biased so you should try to rectify that with your own links):
Venezuela had an election! Back in May. Guess who won! But 8 months after the fact the national assembly comes around to complain, then America says something, then Maduro gets pissed off and tells Americans to gtfo because he’s severing diplomatic ties, then Russia says something, and here we are with this hullabahoo. Yeah. If you’re unaware of what’s going on, the NYT wrote a Venezuela for dummies primer. But really the most visceral depiction of Venezuelan reality you could ask for is this Bloomberg article on how Venezuelans are resorting to farming gold in Runescape and Tibia for income.
Brazil had an election! Back in October. But it was only this month that Trumponaro took over. He did not disappoint, however - scandals began before he was even inaugurated. That was a great relief - for a few says after the election one might have had the impression the country had a semblance of institutional rule of law, which would spell trouble for future seasons of Netflix wonderful series The Mechanism.
Brexit continues to go nowhere! But I’m not sure that’s news.
I think that’s pretty much all that happened since last meeting. If you think I missed something please post below.