What we're watching: Jan 16 to Jan 22, 2017

♦ An important political week in the United States with more Senate hearings and some confirmations of Cabinet nominees, culminating in Donald Trump's swearing in as the next President on Friday, Jan 20.
♦ In the UK, Prime Minister Theresa May will outline her government's strategy for achieving Brexit, i.e. Britain's exit from the European Union. Brexit is arguably one of the most important developments in modern European history since the Treaty of Rome in 1957 which launched the European Economic Community.
♦ There was another blockbuster international conference on the Middle East held in Paris over the weekend, and there may be some fall-out from it. This one had 70 nations attend but not the Israelis or the Palestinians. The "final statement" included the same one-sided condemnation of Israel as last month's UN Security Counciil resolution. No wonder the "peace process" is all political theatre and no substance.


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