Seizing Russian assets

Some Western countries are looking to play Robin Hood by taking Russia’s money and giving it to Ukraine, but it’s not as simple as swooping in with a crossbow and green tights.  

Catch up quick after the holidays

If you’ve been avoiding the news for the past ten days, don’t stress—that’s what the holidays are for. We’re here to get you caught up on the big stories you might have missed while spending your time on more festive matters. 

The next World Cup will look a bit different

If it didn’t feel quite right cracking a beer at 10 am to enjoy with your World Cup viewing this year, here’s some good news: The 2026 tournament will be in a more familiar timezone, with Canada, Mexico, and the US splitting hosting duties—and it’s going to look a lot different than what we just saw in Qatar.

Driving the news: The next World Cup will expand to include a record 48 teams, up from the 32 that competed in Qatar. 

China’s deepening Covid crisis

In the week since China drastically rolled back its draconian Covid restrictions in response to nationwide protests, the virus has torn through the nation with reckless abandon.

Starting at Covid Zero

For the first time, China’s President Xi Jinping has publicly acknowledged the protests that have erupted across the country in response to the government’s strict anti-Covid measures. 

Mexico comes up north

In the face of rising crime rates in Mexico, more Mexicans are looking to pack their bags and head north of the border… aaaand north of that border. 

Trouble brewing in China as protests sweep country

China’s government is facing a rare eruption of nationwide protests as frustration mounts over the country’s strict COVID restrictions. 

What happened: Videos posted on social media showed demonstrators calling for an end to the government’s zero-COVID policies and clashing with police in cities across China.

The World Cup of Controversy

Just a few days into the 2022 World Cup, feats of athleticism from the world’s best soccer players have been largely overshadowed by controversies and bold acts of defiance.  

Why the World Cup matters

Qatar spent ~US$300 million (roughly 6.8 Twitters) on World Cup 2022, making it the most expensive FIFA contest ever

But it all comes with a catch: That spending big will pay off in international clout.