Naruhito becomes the new emperor of Japan

After the abdication of 85-year-old Emperor Akihito, who ruled from 1989 to 2019, his son Naruhito became Japan‘s new Emperor at 59 on May 1, 2019. His accession to the throne marks the beginning of the Reiwa era, “era of beautiful harmony”, which succeeds the Heisei era, “era of the achievement of peace” of the…

Ukraine: Volodymyr Zelensky wins the presidential election

Volodymyr Zelensky has won the presidential election in Ukraine in the second round against incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, with 73.22% of the vote, against 24.5% to the second. At age 41, he becomes the youngest president of the country. He will take office on May 31st. Of Russian-speaking origin and deemed closer to Russia than…

Indonesia: Joko Widodo should win the elections

In Indonesia, one of the most populous countries in the world with nearly 270 million people, incumbent President Joko Widodo is expected to win the presidential elections on Wednesday, April 17th. Estimates give him about 55% of the vote, compared to 45% for his opponent Prabowo Subianto, a former military man supported by Islamist conservatives…

Sudan: The dictator al-Bashir overthrown by the army

The Sudanese army has just overthrown Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir in a coup. He was dismissed Thursday morning, 11 April, and arrested by the military before being detained in an undisclosed location. A military junta has taken control of the country’s institutions, and intends to retain power for at least two years. The new Transitional…

Catastrophic floods in Mozambique

Catastrophic floods have occurred in the Beira region, a large city of about 650,000 people in central Mozambique, after cyclone Idai. For the time being, entire regions are still under water, and relief efforts are finding it extremely difficult to access the affected areas as many roads and bridges are cut off. The UN estimates…

Nursultan Nazarbayev, President-dictator of Kazakhstan, resigns

To everyone’s surprise, Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned today, 19 March, as President of Kazakhstan. He had been in power since 1984 – when he was 44 – when he became President of the Council of Ministers of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic, before becoming the first secretary of the Kazakh Communist Party in 1989 – de…

February 2019 was one of the hottest in history in Europe

As we have seen hundreds of millions of Europeans, the month of February was one of the hottest in history. And the map of temperature anomalies above reveals the extent of the phenomenon, which affected all of Europe, as well as North Africa, northern West Asia and Central Asia. Temperatures were up to 12 °C…

Immigration in the world

International migration is a major component of the history of humanity. Since the dawn of time, humans migrate, move, evolve on the planet in freedom. Finally, until the strange concept of borders emerges. At first, there were more natural boundaries between territories, like mountains, rivers. Then came the effective control, mainly military, of a given…

The world is greening since 2000

NASA has published a map showing that since 2000, the world has generally been greening. With astonishing as it may seem, China and India are the main vectors of this greening. When we think that it is precisely those who pollute the most, and have been doing so for decades – a movement that is…