Several days ago, President Trump withdrew U.S. troops from Kurdistan in Northern Syria. He consequently endorsed Turkish military operations against the Kurdish forces. Since then, Turkey has announced they’d begin ground operations in Northern Syria. Turkish bombings and troop deployments in the region have already begun.
“We do not negotiate with Terrorists.” This one line is the reason attempts at peace talks with the Taliban have failed over the terms of two U.S. Presidents. President Trump attempted to arrange talks between himself and the Taliban at Camp David to reach a deal to end our longest war. Talks were canceled and made public information after a U.S. service member was killed in a suicide attack. Since then, the Taliban has threatened the U.S. with more casualties after the abrupt decision to cancel.
There is no doubt that the global geopolitical climate has changed significantly since 2016, thanks largely to the election of Donald Trump as the President of the U.S. One of the key manifestations of this is Trump’s uniquely protectionist approach, which has led to an ongoing trade war with China and other nations across the globe. Last year, the U.S. imposed three rounds of tariffs on more than $250 billion worth of Chinese goods, whilst the Asian nation’s government responded in kind by imposing similar tariffs ranging from 5% to 25% on $110 worth of American products.
We’ve also seen a high-profile row surrounding the rollout of 5G technology that has originated in China, and this shows no sign of ending anytime soon. But how will the U.S. ban on these Chinese tech companies affect the development and rollout of this technology?
With this year’s revision and destruction of famously libertarian Swiss gun laws, the world has started to look closer at the gun culture of Europe. Under threat of Schengen Area exclusion, the EU, which Switzerland is not a part of, changed their gun laws in order to fall more in line with barebones Union restrictions. Swiss gun laws are now stricter, requiring further background checks and more extensive licensing paperwork. However, they are still lawless in comparison to countries like the United Kingdom or Australia. But this investigation by those on the more libertarian side of the gun rights argument leads to the rediscovery of compulsory gun ownership both in Switzerland and in the United States.
Social change has always been a factor when it comes to the progression of media. Take Disney films from the early 20th century, for example, which reflected the dated racial outlooks of the time. Since then, they have removed many of these depictions from their cartoons entirely. The acceptance that these depictions of people of color were unacceptable is a clear positive change to mainstream media.
However, as time has progressed, people have become more and more expressive of what should be socially acceptable. Sometimes, the line becomes blurred, and people may get outraged over seemingly unimportant matters, having a damaging effect and imposing on the media. Artists often release their respective forms of media as a type of escapism. Although artists are also guilty of this, art should be separate from politics.