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Volodymyr Zelensky: the unlikely wartime hero



From a comedian turned wartime leader, Volodymyr Zelensky has become a beacon of resilience

Volodymyr Zelensky once played a president in the political satire ‘Servant of the People’.

Since then, Mr Zelensky has become an unlikely hero, as he steers his nation through war.

When Russian troops stormed into Ukrainian territory on 24 February, Mr Zelensky said he was “enemy number one”.

After the U.S. offered an evacuation mission for the leader, the 44-year-old said he “I need ammunition, not a ride.”

It signalled a shift from traditional wartime leaders and a new dawn of heroes. Mr Zelensky risked his own safety as he donned the camouflage attire and toured parts of his war-torn country.

In December, he was named TIME’s ‘Person of the Year’ for 2022.

Editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said the decision was the most “clear-cut in memory”.

“Whether the battle for Ukraine fills one with hope or with fear, Volodymyr Zelenskyy galvanised the world in a way we haven’t seen in decades,” he said.

The title meant Zelensky joined previous winners including Greta Thunberg, Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama.

“For proving that courage can be as contagious as fear, for stirring people and nations to come together in defence of freedom, for reminding the world of the fragility of democracy—and of peace—Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the spirit of Ukraine are Time’s 2022 Person of the Year,” Mr Felsenthal said.

Mr Zelensky has addressed allies around the world. From U.S. Congress, to Australian Parliament, he has pushed for more weaponry and assistance for his nation.

“Russia has attacked not just us, not just our land, not just our cities; it went on a brutal offensive against our values, basic human values,” he told a joint sitting of U.S. Congress in March.

“It threw tanks and planes against our freedom, against our right to live freely in our own country choosing our own future,” he explained.

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Victoria’s Secret criticized for trans woman’s apology



Victoria’s Secret is facing backlash after issuing an apology to a transgender woman who had a negative experience while trying on bras at one of their stores.

The incident has ignited a debate about inclusivity and sensitivity in the fashion industry.

The controversy began when the trans woman, who remains anonymous, visited a Victoria’s Secret store to shop for bras. She reported feeling uncomfortable and discriminated against by store staff.

In response to her complaint, Victoria’s Secret issued an apology, acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

However, the apology itself has come under fire from both supporters and critics.

Some argue that the brand’s apology is insincere and merely an attempt to save face, while others believe it is a step in the right direction towards a more inclusive shopping experience for all customers.

The incident raises important questions about how brands should handle situations involving discrimination and whether their apologies are genuine or performative.

It also highlights the ongoing challenges faced by transgender individuals when accessing spaces traditionally designed for cisgender customers.

As the fashion industry continues to evolve, many are calling for a deeper examination of inclusivity and sensitivity, not just in policies but in practice.

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Has the Australian Defence Force become top heavy?



Despite a decrease in overall personnel numbers, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has seen a notable increase in senior officers, leading to concerns about its top-heavy structure.

In recent years, the ADF has undergone significant downsizing efforts, resulting in a reduced total workforce.

However, a closer look at the numbers reveals a surprising trend – a growing number of senior officers within the organization.

The rise in senior officers has raised questions about the efficiency and effectiveness of the ADF’s hierarchy.

Critics argue that a top-heavy structure may hinder decision-making and resource allocation, potentially impacting the ADF’s operational capabilities.

Is the increase in senior officers a deliberate strategy, or is it the result of unintended consequences from downsizing efforts?

What implications does a top-heavy structure have on the ADF’s ability to respond to evolving security challenges?

Are there plans to rebalance the officer-to-enlisted personnel ratio within the ADF?

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India’s shift to coal amid declining hydro generation



India has been grappling with a significant challenge in its energy sector as hydroelectric power generation has experienced a sharp decline.

This shift in the energy landscape has forced the nation to increasingly turn to coal as an alternative source of power.

The dwindling water resources and changing weather patterns have led to a decrease in hydro generation, posing a pressing dilemma for the country’s energy sustainability.

With India’s growing population and expanding industries, a steady and reliable power supply is crucial.

However, the drop in hydroelectric power output due to factors like reduced rainfall and glacial melting has strained the nation’s electricity grid.

As a result, coal-fired power plants have become a more prevalent choice to bridge the energy gap, despite concerns about environmental impact and carbon emissions.

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