The Sunday Subject – November 20, 2022

Donald Trump announced he will run for president again in 2024.

In a speech at Mar-a-Lago, Trump promised America would become “a great nation again,” stating that “the decline of America is being forced on us by Joe Biden and the radical left lunatics.” The announcement comes just a week after midterm elections that many have viewed as the third consecutive electoral repudiation of Trump. 

Republicans have narrowly regained control of the House.

While Democrats held on to the Senate and Republicans had the worst midterm performance in 20 years by a party out of power, the latter’s slim margin in the House will allow them to stall much of President Biden’s agenda. 

Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Indonesia announced plans to work together to conserve their rainforests.

The three countries, who made the pledge in Bali ahead of the G20 summit, collectively host more than half the world’s rainforests. The announcement came just as a historic deal was struck at the COP27 summit in Egypt, in which nearly 200 nations agreed to establish a fund to help poor countries pay for the impacts of climate change.

Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of NATO, stated it was likely that the missile that landed in Poland this week was fired by Ukraine.

The missile, which landed in a Polish city about 10 miles from the Polish-Ukrainian border, killed two Polish workers. Polish President Andrzej Duda called the incident “a tragic accident,” while Stoltenberg stated it was “not Ukraine’s fault,” as the country was defending itself against Russian missile attacks. The incident occurred the same day Russian forces fired 90 missiles into Ukraine, affecting power systems and residential buildings. Relatedly, almost half of the Ukraine’s power grid has been disabled by Russian missile strikes, leaving large swathes of the country without electricity.