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The hot new thing in global shipping is ice-cold

Intrepid sailors, like Henry Hudson before them, are trying to make commercial Arctic shipping a thing. 

Driving the news: Drought in the Panama Canal and Houthi rebel attacks on cargo ships trying to pass through the Suez Canal have sent cargo deliveries plummeting and shipping costs skyrocketing. All of this turmoil has led to renewed interest in Arctic shipping routes

Sweden is one step closer to NATO membership

Accepting a new pal into your friend group can sometimes be a weird process. Sweden and Turkey know this from experience.   

What happened: Turkey has voted to approve Sweden’s NATO bid after playing hardball for about 20 months over the presence of Turkish separatist groups that are operating in the country. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to sign the decision into law this week.

China does the population drop… again

Much like our in-laws sending us passive-aggressive Facebook posts, China is hassling its population to have kids. And also like our in-laws, China’s efforts have been ignored.

What happened: China’s population declined for the second straight year, shrinking by 2.08 million people last year, a greater decline than the previous year’s loss of 850,000. 

As the tides rise, cities look to seawalls

As Jakarta becomes the world’s fastest-sinking megacity, Indonesian officials are reviving a decade-old plan to save the capital by building a giant seawall. 

Driving the news: Floods are a common occurrence in the world’s largest island country, but the effects of rising sea levels are getting worse alongside more frequent extreme weather events.

Everything you need to know about Taiwan’s election

Today’s presidential election in Taiwan is shaping up to be a turning point for the tiny, but increasingly important, island nation.

Driving the news: As of writing, polls are showing no definite front-runner in the race to replace current Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen, who has reached her two-term limit. 

A breathless recap of Trump’s trial troubles

It’s time for our quarterly check-in on the long-running soap opera The Legal Adventures of Donald J. Trump

What happened: The New York civil fraud trial against Donald Trump has come to a close.

China ascends to car export dominance

China is now the world’s top car dealer… no checkered sport coat or wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tubemen required.

Driving the news: China is officially the world’s top car exporter, shipping out a record ~5.26 million China-made automobiles last year and beating runner-up Japan by ~1 million cars. 

Five big stories you may have missed over the holidays

If you spent the last week actively avoiding the news in favour of more celebratory activities, fear not because we’ve got you covered. Here are the big stories you may have missed while merry-making.

It’s a bad time to be a cargo ship

In recent days, the Red Sea has become like the mall during the holidays: a place better kept at a safe distance.

What happened: British oil and gas giant BP has paused all of its shipments through the Red Sea as Yemen’s Houthi rebels continue to attack cargo ships. The move comes after 5 of the 6 world’s largest shipping companies have stopped sailing in the Red Sea altogether.

Ukraine’s war future is uncertain

Since January 2022, Ukraine has been able to keep the fight against Russia going thanks to nearly US$350 billion in aid that’s been sent over mostly by Western nations. But as money runs out, securing the next $115 billion has become complicated.

What happened: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban blocked a European Union aid package for Ukraine worth $54 billion, a situation that underscores how new, complex political dynamics are casting uncertainty around the funding of Ukraine’s war efforts.