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French President Emmanuel Macron marking his third anniversary in office
As French President Emmanuel Macron marks the third anniversary of his election, he faces widespread criticism for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, economic reform, and social unrest. Despite his ambitious plans to modernize the French economy and strengthen the EU, Macron’s popularity has taken a hit due to the government’s perceived mishandling of the crisis, rising unemployment, and a perception that he is out of touch with ordinary citizens.
In an attempt to revive his image, Macron has promised a big «new project» for the country. Some speculate that he may target the green economy in an effort to address climate change and create jobs. Macron also faces a crucial test in the upcoming local elections, where his party is expected to suffer significant losses.
Taiwan’s dwindling list of international allies
Taiwan, which is officially known as the Republic of China, has enjoyed diplomatic relations with a shrinking number of countries. Currently, just 15 countries recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state, as China has overtaken Taiwan in economic and military power, and claims the self-governing island as part of its territory.
Recently, two of Taiwan’s remaining allies, the Solomon Islands and Kiribati, switched their recognition from Taiwan to China, citing financial incentives from Beijing. This has left Taiwan with only 15 remaining allies, mostly small Pacific Island nations, and its status as an independent nation remains controversial.
Despite the diplomatic setbacks, Taiwan has managed to maintain strong economic and cultural ties with many countries, including the United States, Japan, and European nations. Taiwan also enjoys a vibrant democracy, and has become a model for other Asian countries seeking greater political freedom.
Russia’s drone warfare in Syria
Russia’s military intervention in Syria has been marked by the extensive use of drones to gather intelligence, conduct surveillance, and strike targets. Moscow has deployed a range of drones in Syria, including fixed-wing models, rotary-wing drones, and loitering munitions.
Russia’s drone technology has been critical in allowing Moscow to project its military power beyond its borders, and has proven effective in targeting opposition fighters, terrorist groups, and civilian infrastructure. Russian drones have been involved in multiple strikes in Syria, some of which have caused significant civilian casualties.
The use of drones in armed conflict is a rapidly evolving and controversial issue, as they raise questions about accountability, legality, and the loss of human control over warfare. Russia’s drone warfare in Syria highlights the need for greater regulation and international norms around the use of armed drones in military operations.