Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive into the role of peacekeepers since the Cold War, who have taken a more expansive view of their purpose in conflict zones.
Brazil outpaced the United States last year to become the largest soy-producing country in the world. Record exports are again expected this year. But, mass soy production is wreaking havoc on traditional farming methods.
El Salvador becomes first country to approve bitcoin as a legal currency. And, US President Joe Biden begins the first overseas trip of his term in the UK, hoping to repair relations with Europe. Also, Nicaragua's National Police continues arrests of potential challengers for the upcoming November presidential elections.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced a full lockdown for nearly three weeks as the country experiences a surge of COVID-19 infections and deaths. The lockdown comes as Muslims get ready to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan.
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