Posted By: Avita Sukhram
Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January – Hal Borlan
It’s been a pretty busy week across the globe considering it’s the unofficial last week of summer. Spinning our Google Earth (still very cool & fun), let’s get started in…
The Middle East: Feeling Mixed. While ISIL/ISIS continues to dominate headlines (based on the last few incidents, this is probably not even an exaggeration) and op-ed pages, there is still no plan for US intervention. Many can appreciate this if the US is simply taking their time to figure things out from all angles and then taking action, but what won’t resonate well with Americans is waiting for this whole thing to self-destruct and ‘blow over’. Meanwhile, Israel and Hamas have found peace (for now). With more than 2,000 deaths reported, reconstruction efforts can begin in the war-torn region with only the hope that this time it’s for real.
Europe: Russia is making a play for the Ukraine. After months of tension-filled rebellion, Putin is finally going all in with Europe’s largest army for moral support (allegedly). Not to take away from the severity of this situation and the many lives that have been lost, but who knew the Canadian delegation at NATO were comedians?? Better yet, we learned that Russia will not back down from a war… any war… even a Twitter war (they might as well have included the #sorrynotsorry).
North America: No longer can Americans make fun of Canadians (except Bieber, what was he thinking?) the sibling rivalry is over as Burger King acquires Tim Hortons (if you’ve never been, it’s pretty good stuff) and immortalizes the phrase “tax inversion” (this should be fun ahead of the midterm elections). In other news, former Presidents are still working, California’s Yes means Yes law, a few internet fake outs, US GDP rocks while Medicare costs are re-evaluated, and, finally, it was only a matter of time before scandal struck the ALS organization.
Even though summer does not officially end until September 22nd, it is always Labor Day weekend that prepares us for these last dog days of summer and, hopefully, a song to remember it by.
We hope you had a great week and have a great weekend ahead!
Other Interesting Links:
- Labor Day: By The Numbers
- Mercer Research Perspectives
- County Pride – Did yours make the list?
- Melting Point