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WORLD WATCH - Now that Angela Merkel has departed the geopolitical arena, Vladimir Putin is by far its most experienced political operator, and it’s showing.

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ONLINE GAMING-There has been a big growth in the iGaming industry over the past several years. More than half the country has started legalizing betting, according to Forbes, either online or in person, resulting in states tapping into the more than $150 billion of revenue. Changes to legislation have opened the doors to online gaming, sports wagers, and online poker all seeing a resurgence over previous years.

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WORLD WATCH - As tensions began to rise over Ukraine, US media produced a stream of articles attempting to explain the situation with headlines like “Ukraine Explained” (New York Times12/8/21) and “What You Need to Know About Tensions Between Ukraine and Russia” (Washington Post, 11/26/21).

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END OF CIVILIZATION - The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists unveiled the resetting of the Doomsday Clock on January 20th 2022, electing to keep the clock’s setting at 100 seconds to midnight, same as 2021, which is not at all encouraging since that’s as bad as the setting has ever been. 

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NATIONAL SECURITY - A relative of mine, who works for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) compiling data on foreigners entering the United States, recently posted a curious logo on his Facebook profile: a white Roman numeral three on a black background surrounded by 13 white stars.

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OVERDUE PROCESS - The U.S. prison at Guantánamo Bay reached its shameful 20th anniversary this January. Its legacy is the detention of nearly 800 Muslim men and boys, most without charge or trial. Many have been tortured.

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CONFRONTING WHITE NATIONALISM - “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” — Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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