Politico – David Cohen / Biden reaffirms support for Ukraine in phone call with president
- President Joe Biden on Sunday spoke by phone with President Volodymyr Zelensky, offering fresh support for Ukraine amid a high-stakes dispute with neighboring Russia.
- “President Biden made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine,“ according to a statement from White House press secretary Jen Psaki. “The leaders expressed support for diplomatic efforts.”
- Psaki’s statement also said of Biden: “He reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.“
- Zelensky tweeted about his conversation with Biden. “The first international talk of the year with @POTUS proves the special nature of our relations,” he said.
- The Atlantic – Anne Applebaum / The US is naïve about Russia. Ukraine can’t afford to be
The New York Times – Shane Goldmacher / Trump endorses Viktor Orban, Hungary’s far-right prime minister
- Former President Donald J. Trump endorsed Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, on Monday, formally pledging his “complete support” to a far-right foreign leader who has touted turning his country into an “illiberal state.”
- Mr. Orban and his party have steadily consolidated power in Hungary by weakening the country’s independent and democratic institutions — rewriting election laws to favor his Fidesz party, changing school textbooks, curbing press freedoms, overhauling the Constitution and changing the composition of the judiciary.
- The actions have caused consternation in the European Union, to which Hungary belongs, but also made Mr. Orban something of a cause célèbre in conservative American political circles, following years of an aggressive influence operation to bolster his image in the United States.
- Last fall, Tucker Carlson, the top-rated Fox News host, broadcast from Budapest for a week, calling the nation a place “with a lot of lessons for the rest of us.”
- Politico – Emma Anderson / European elections to watch in 2022
Bloomberg – Joel Rosenblatt and Joe Schneider / Elizabeth Holmes convicted of defrauding Theranos investors
- Elizabeth Holmes was found guilty of criminal fraud for her role building the blood-testing startup Theranos Inc. into a $9 billion company that collapsed in scandal.
- A jury in San Jose, California, returned the verdict after hearing three months of testimony that was often technical, heavily contested and, from Holmes herself, shocking.
- The 37-year-old faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, although she’ll probably get far less than that. Holmes will also likely appeal her conviction and any sentence she gets.
- Holmes, wearing a mask in the courtroom as everyone else did, stayed perfectly still and upright while the verdict was read. She looked directly at the jurors as they were polled by the judge to determine if the verdict matched their conclusions.
- The New York Times – David Streitfeld / The epic rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes
Financial Times – David Pilling / Sudan’s crisis deepens after resignation of prime minister
- First he was appointed, then arrested, and then reinstated. Now, barely six weeks after emerging from house arrest to be reinstalled as Sudan’s prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok has resigned, leaving the country’s generals confronting a constitutional crisis.
- For Muzan Alneel, a participant in the rolling mass street protests that have shaken the north-east African country of 44m people for years, Hamdok’s resignation on Sunday night was inevitable.
- “He was starting to be called the ‘secretary of the coup’,” she said, referring to Hamdok’s perceived role as a civilian “fig leaf” for a military dictatorship that has consistently shown its willingness to turn its guns on the people.
- At least 56 civilians have been killed and hundreds injured by security forces since October 25 when the military ousted Hamdok in what was effectively its second coup in three years and the 17th since Sudan became independent in 1956.
- Foreign Policy – Nosmot Gbadamosi / What’s in store for Africa in 2022
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- Euractiv – Mateusz Morawiecki / The EU ETS system driven by speculators must be reformed
- Foreign Affairs – Dmitri Trenin / What Putin really wants in Ukraine