The Daily Populous

Friday April 22nd, 2022 day edition

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The Pentagon says Ukraine now has more functional tanks on the ground than Russia due to shipments from countries including the Czech Republic.

Biden promised to continue sending arms “without interruption” and told Americans they should be proud that U.S. arms and intelligence were helping Ukraine "beat back Putin's savagery.".

In contrast, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is under pressure from Kyiv, EU allies and his own government for refusing to provide certain heavy weaponry, like tanks or other military vehicles.

There’s also a growing debate about what a realistic outcome in the Donbas might look like.

Some experts argue that, with enough Western support, Ukraine could actually defeat Russia, which the Pentagon says has lost 25% of its combat power in eight weeks of war.

If the war does drag on, Russia will be contending with dwindling stockpiles, and sanctions could impact future production of some weapons systems.

Yes, but: It's not entirely clear what a military victory for Ukraine would look like, as outright surrender from Putin appears unlikely. »

More than one million African children protected by first malaria vaccine

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Geneva (AFP) – More than a million children in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi have now received at least one dose of the first anti-malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

More than $155 million (143 million euros) have been secured by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance for the delivery of the vaccines, the statement added.

Around 90 percent of the world's malaria cases are recorded in Africa, where 260,000 children die from the disease each year. »

Zelenskyy gets John F. Kennedy award for defending democracy

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BOSTON (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is among five people named Thursday as recipients of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for acting to protect democracy.

Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, will present the awards May 22 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.

“There is no more important issue facing our country, and the world, today than the fight for democracy,” Kennedy said in a statement. »

The Return of Statecraft

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In the previous era, the United States was strong enough to get away with less-than-perfect implementation of its big ideas.

Others have proposed “retrenchment,” a realpolitik-driven acceptance of decline and a diminished role for the United States on the world stage.

He was relentlessly curious about the world in which he operated, reading in foreign languages and traveling widely. »