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Norway Poised To Decriminalize All Illegal Drugs

Illegal Drugs

Norway is poised to make some big changes to its drug laws.

European Allies Signal Trump On Iranian Nuclear Deal: We Don’t Support You

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America’s closest allies sent a strong signal that they do not agree with President Trump on the nuclear deal with Iran.

North And South Korea Reach Agreement On Olympic Delegation, Other Issues

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Some progress on easing tensions between North and South Korea.

2018 Latin American Elections

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For anyone interested in the 2018 electoral calendar in Latin America, ACE provides the following graphic:

The President’s Pakistan Tweet

Trump Twitter

POTUS decided to start the New Year by insulting Pakistan over Twitter.

Anti-Government Protests Spread In Iran

Iran Protests

Anti-government protests are spreading in Iran.

Protests in Iran

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Via the BBC:  Iran cities hit by anti-government protests. Anti-government demonstrations that began in one city on Thursday have now spread to several major cities in Iran. Large numbers are reported to have turned out in Rasht, in the north, and Kermanshar, in the west, with smaller protests in Shiraz, Isfahan and Hamadan. The protests began […]

Elections Coming in Italy

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Via the NYT:  Italy’s President Dissolves Parliament and Officially Opens Election Season. The countdown to Europe’s next pivotal election began on Thursday, when Italy’s president dissolved the Parliament and effectively opened the campaign for the first national elections in five years, scheduled for March 4. The move by President Sergio Mattarella now places Italy’s always tumultuous politics […]

Knicks Center Enes Katner To Be Tried In Abstentia For Criticizing President Of Turkey

Enes Kanter

New York Knicks Center Enes Katner is at the center of an international legal dispute for speaking out against the President of Turkey.

Catalan Voters Headed Back To The Polls

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Two months after a referendum that supported independence from Spain, Catalan voters head to the polls for a new round of parliamentary elections that remain up in the air.

What Comes After Putin?

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Vladimir Putin will easily win re-election, but some are beginning to wonder who or what comes after him.

U.S. Floats Idea Of Skipping 2018 Olympics Over Safety Concerns

2018 Winter Olympics PyeongChang

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is floating the idea that the U.S. might not take part in the Olympics due to safety concerns. This would be a foolish decision.

Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement Demonstrates Yet Again The Art Of The Bad Deal

Jerusalem

Donald Trump’s Jerusalem decision reveals yet again that he is an appallingly bad deal maker.

Russia Barred From 2018 Olympics

2018 Winter Olympics PyeongChang

Russia has been barred from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics after an investigation uncovered extensive evidence of cheating.

Australia Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

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After a long wait, gays and lesbians in Australia have achieved marriage equality.

Trump To Recognize Jerusalem As Israeli Capital, Breaking Decades Of U.S. Neutrality

Jerusalem

A foolish, and potentially dangerous, decision by President Trump.

Japanese Emperor Akihito To Abdicate Throne

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For the first time in history, the reigning Emperor of Japan will abdicate the throne in favor his eldest son rather than serving out the rest of his reign: HONG KONG — The emperor of Japan will step down on April 30, 2019, the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in two centuries, Prime Minister […]

North Korea Conducts Another Ballistic Missile Test

US North Korea Nuclear Missiles

North Korea tests another missile, and sends another message to the United States and its allies in Asia and the Pacific.

Hundreds Killed In Terrorist Attack On Mosque In Egypt

Egypt Mosque Attack

A horrible terror attack in Egypt.

Robert Mugabe Resigns As President Of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe could hold fresh elections in two years

After nearly four decades in power, Robert Mugabe has stepped down after a military coup. What happens next is another, more complicated, question.

On German Democracy

Angela Merkel

Negotiations over government formation is not a crisis.

Robert Mugabe Ignores Deadline For Resignation

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The next step in Zimbabwe seems entirely unclear as long-time dictator Robert Mugabe refuses to formally give up power.

A Peek Inside North Korea Paints A Grim Picture

North Korea

A recent defection from North Korea gives us a peek inside the DPRK, and it’s not pretty.

Mugabe Removed As Head Of Zimbabwe’s Ruling Party, Threatened With Impeachment

Zimbabwe Flags

After more than thirty years in power, Robert Mugabe is on his way out in Zimbabwe, but that doesn’t mean things will improve.

Signs Of Russian Meddling In Brexit Vote

Russian Hacking

It appears Russia attempted to influence last year’s Brexit vote in the same manner it did the 2016 election in the United States.

Australians Vote Overwhelmingly In Favor Of Marriage Equality In Non-Binding Referendum

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An overwhelming majority of Australians voted in favor of marriage equality in a non-binding referendum. The ball is now in the court of the nation’s legislature to move forward.

Trump’s Asian Trip Leaves Allies Wondering And Doubting

Donald Trump with Map of Asia

President Trump returns home from an Asian trip that wasn’t exactly impressive.

The Insanity Of Preemptive War Against North Korea

US North Korea Nuclear Missiles

A preemptive attack on North Korea would be illegal, immoral and, most importantly, insane.

Donald Trump Continues His Efforts To Undermine The Russia Investigation

Trump Russia

Even during an overseas trip, President Trump continues to try to undermine the Russia investigation.

Spain Moves To Take Over Catalonia In The Wake Of Independence Declaration

Catalonia Independence Protest

Things are heating up very quickly in Catalonia.

Bregrets, They’ve Had A Few: Brits Beginning To Regret Brexit?

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At least some portion of the British public appears to be having some second thoughts about Brexit.

Xi Jinping Consolidates Power In China

Xi Jinping

While the President of the United States continues to create chaos, Xi Jinping consolidates his power in China.

Japanese Voters Give Shinzo Abe A Big Win In Snap Elections

Shinzo Abe Japanese Flag

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to call a snap election pays off big time.

Spanish Prime Minister To Remove Catalonia’s Government From Power

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Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy has said he will act to remove Catalonia’s pro-independence leadership from power.

Spanish Government Threatening To Take Over Catalonian Government Over Independence Bid

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The standoff between Madrid and Barcelona over Catalan independence appears to be ready to come to an end.

Iraqi Army Moves Against Kurdish Oil Assets

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Iraqi military forces begin to crack down against Iraqi Kurds after last month’s independence referendum.

Trump Decertifies Iranian Compliance With Nuclear Weapons Agreement

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Despite the fact that everyone seems to agree that Iran is complying with the nuclear weapons deal, President Trump took steps that will undermine that agreement and do serious damage to American credibility around the world.

More on the Alleged Sonic Attacks in Cuba

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Via the NYT:  A ‘Sonic Attack’ on Diplomats in Cuba? These Scientists Doubt It. According to the State Department, nearly two dozen diplomats at the American Embassy in Havana have been stricken with a variety of mysterious medical symptoms, including hearing loss and cognitive difficulties. […] Experts in acoustics, however, say that’s a theory more appropriate […]

Decertifying The Iran Nuclear Deal Would Be A Foolish, Potentially Dangerous, Error

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

Reports are indicating that President Trump will decertify the nuclear weapons deal with Iran. This would be a foolish and potentially dangerous mistake.

Catalan Government May Declare Independence Next Week, But It Will Be Meaningless

After Sunday’s referendum, the government of Catalonia says it may declare independence from Spain as early as Monday. However, it’s likely to be a completely meaningless act.

Trump Undermines His Own Secretary Of State’s Efforts On North Korea

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Donald Trump is undermining his own Secretary of State’s efforts on North Korea, and he doesn’t seem to care.

Catalonia Votes For Independence In Chaotic Vote Marred By Police Violence

Catalonia voted overwhelmingly for independence from Spain, but it’s not at all clear that the vote will amount to anything.

U.S. Won’t Recognize Kurdish Independence Referendum

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The U.S is joining the rest of the world in refusing to recognize the independence referendum conducted by Iraqi Kurds.

Catalonia, And All Of Spain, On Edge As Independence Referendum Vote Nears

People hold "estelada" flags, Catalan separatist flags, during a gathering to mark the Calatalonia day "Diada" in central Barcelona

Catalonia’s independence referendum is one day away, and nobody seems to know what to expect.

Ceasefire with ELN Starts Sunday

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Via Reuters:  Colombia’s ELN rebel commander orders ceasefire beginning Sunday The commander of Colombia’s Marxist ELN rebels on Friday ordered his fighters to begin a ceasefire this weekend as the group struggles through complicated peace talks with the government aimed at ending five decades of war. Nicolas Rodriguez, known by his war alias Gabino, told […]

Saudi Arabia Will Finally Allow Women To Drive Alone

Saudi Woman Driving

Progress in Saudi Arabia, but there’s still a long way for this backward, discriminatory society to go.

Iraqi Kurds Vote Overwhelmingly For Independence, Prompting A Backlash

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Kurds in Iraq voted overwhelmingly for independence in a non-binding referendum, and the result is threatening to create a new conflict in the Middle East.

Angela Merkel Wins Fourth Term As German Chancellor, But Voters Also Send A Warning

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel was re-elected to a fourth term as German Chancellor as expected, but voters also sent a warning.

Tensions In Spain Rising As Catalan Independence Referendum Draws Near

People hold "estelada" flags, Catalan separatist flags, during a gathering to mark the Calatalonia day "Diada" in central Barcelona

As the date for Catalonia’s disputed independence referendum nears, tensions are rising between Madrid and Barcelona.

Donald Trump’s First General Assembly Address Strikes Belligerent Tone

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In a marked departure from previous American Presidents, Donald Trump delivered a highly belligerent speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

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