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The UN’s annual climate conference ended in failure yesterday, with big decisions on how to slow the relentless rise of global temperatures pushed off to 2020 and beyond.
Why it matters: World leaders gathering at global forums like the UN often frame climate change in existential terms. But their views of what remedies are necessary and fair tend to be colored by their own national interests.
Zoom out: The sense of urgency is much more acute in some parts of the world.
Leaders from small island nations expressed dismay over the lack of progress.
Meanwhile, the defense ministers of Finland and Sweden described climate change as a top security concern on a joint visit to Washington last week.
What to watch: Meaningful progress on climate change will mean less burning of fossil fuels. That won't be easy.
The bottom line: 2019 saw a surge in activism around climate change, but not the results to match.
Thanathorn (waving) leads the protests in Bangkok. Photo: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP via Getty Images
1. Protests have raged across India over a law that would fast-track citizenship for non-Muslim immigrants from neighboring countries.
2. Demonstrations in Lebanon have intensified in anticipation of Saad Hariri — who resigned as prime minister amid an uprising against corruption and poor government services — being renamed to the post.
3. Thousands protested in Bangkok on Saturday in the biggest protests there since a 2014 military coup led by Prayuth Chan-ocha, Thailand’s current prime minister.
China's state broadcaster pulled a match between English soccer giants Arsenal and Manchester City yesterday after Arsenal's Mesut Özil criticized Beijing for its mass detention of Uighur Muslims.
Why it matters: China's returning to the playbook it used when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support to protesters in Hong Kong. As in that case, the team distanced itself from the statement in an attempt to appease Beijing.
What they're saying:
"Korans are being burnt. Mosques are being shut down. Muslim schools are being banned. Religious scholars are being killed one by one. Despite all this, Muslims stay quiet."— From Özil's statement
“As a football club, Arsenal has always followed the principle of not interfering in politics."— From Arsenal's response
"What Özil said has clearly hurt his Chinese fans and Chinese people in general. It is unacceptable.”— Chinese Football Association
Between the lines: Özil, a Turkish-German midfielder and global star, is right. It's not just sports teams but also countries that are refraining from criticizing China because they know Beijing will retaliate.
Protesters last month in Conakry, Guinea. Photo: Cellou Binani/AFP via Getty Images
1. The State Department and U.S. senators are framing the case of a journalist arrested this month in Nigeria “as a test of the democratic credentials of Africa’s largest economy and one of America’s top counterterrorism allies,” per WSJ.
2. Guinea has seen rolling protests in recent weeks over suspicions President Alpha Condé plans to change the West African state’s constitution to seek a third term.
3. Former Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir, 75, was sentenced to two years in a rehabilitation facility (Sudan doesn’t imprison people over 70) for corruption and money laundering on Saturday.
4. The wife of Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga was charged today with attempting to kill him, per Al Jazeera.
Trump and Zelensky at the UN in September. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
The first official visit to Washington from Ukraine's new government took place last week, but it did not include President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Driving the news: Deputy Prime Minister Dmytro Kuleba told reporters on Friday that Ukraine was still working to schedule a White House visit for Zelensky.
The big picture: The U.S. remains Ukraine's most important partner, but the relationship has been complicated by impeachment.
Zoom in: Kuleba's agenda in Washington included meetings on Capitol Hill and with members of the National Security Council and State Department.
Yuriy Lutsenko. Photo: STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Former Ukrainian prosecutor general Yuriy Lutsenko has been a source for Rudy Giuliani, a foe of former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, and one of the most-cited figures in the impeachment proceedings to date.
Zoom in: Lutsenko is generally viewed as "an unscrupulous politician prone to telling lies to further his personal ambitions," but it wasn't always that way.
Once in office, though, American officials began to view him as an enabler (and likely beneficiary) of corruption.
Evening in Doha, Qatar. Photo: FIFA via Getty Images
“I believed that I needed Yovanovitch out of the way. She was going to make the investigations difficult for everybody.”— Giuliani to Entous in the New Yorker piece. Go deeper.