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Investigators Conclude Flight MH-17 Shot Down By Missile Brought Into Ukraine From Russia

Malaysia Air Flight 17 Crash Scene

A new report concludes that Malaysia Air Flight 17 was brought down by a missile brought into Ukraine from Russia.

French Court Strikes Down Burkini Ban

Bikini Burkini

A high-level French Court has struck down the ban on the so-called ‘burkini’ adopted by many towns along the French Riviera.

French ‘Burkini’ Ban Provokes Backlash

Bikini Burkini

For largely irrational reasons, French police are arresting women on the beach for wearing swimsuits that are compatible with their faith.

Dozens Dead, Dozens More Injured, As Truck Rams Bastille Day Crowd In Nice

Nice, France Truck Attack

A night of terror mars Bastille Day celebrations in France.

Boris Johnson UK’s New Foreign Secretary?!


In her first official act as prime minister, Teresa May has appointed known nutjob Boris Johnson to run the UK’s foreign policy.   Let’s just say I was not expecting that.

Theresa May Set To Become Next British Prime Minister On Wednesday

Theresa May

A quick succession of events this morning means that Theresa May will become Britain’s Prime Minister far sooner than anticipated.

Leadsom Withdraws from UK PM Race


Or, more accurately, she withdrew from the race to be leader of the Conservative Party, which would have lead to her being PM had she won. The BBC reports:  Theresa May set to be UK PM after Andrea Leadsom quits In a speech earlier on Monday setting out her leadership campaign platform, Mrs May – […]

Tories Set To Pick Between Two Women To Replace David Cameron

British Houses Of Parliament

Regardless of the outcome of the Conservative Party’s leadership race, the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom will be a woman.

EU Leaders Must Keep Calm and Carry On

Brexit Puzzle Pieces

Early panic over the Brexit referendum was an overreaction. It’s time for statesmanship.

Farange Makes his own Exit


Another Brexit leader is making their own exit (via the BBC):  UKIP leader Nigel Farage stands down. So, Boris Johnson will not stand for the Prime Ministership and now Farange is quitting as leader of UKIP.  On the one hand, I can’t say that the UK is worse for either move, but it is striking […]

Post-Brexit, Both Of Great Britain’s Major Parties Are In Crisis Mode

Brexit Puzzle Pieces

One week after the Brexit vote, both the Conservative and Labour parties find themselves in chaos.

At Least 41 Dead In Terror Attack On Istanbul Airport

Istanbul Airport Attack

A massive attack hits Istanbul’s airport.

British Labour Party Leader Loses No Confidence Vote

Brexit Puzzle Pieces

In the latest example of the political backlash growing out of last week’s Brexit vote, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, lost a no-confidence vote among Labour’s Members of Parliament, but he says he will not leave office even as his position seems to become more and more precarious: LONDON — Britain’s […]

Turkey Apologizes To Russia For Downing Jet

Turkey Russia Flags

Turkey has issued a formal apology to Russia over the November 2015 downing of a Russian jet that had briefly strayed into Turkish airspace.

Why Didn’t The Brexit Vote Require A Supermajority For ‘Leave’ To Win?

Brexit Puzzle Pieces

Given the consequences of a Brexit, one wonders why the referendum didn’t require more than just a simple majority to pass.

Brexit Vote Setting Off Infighting In Britain’s Labour Party

British Houses Of Parliament

The outcome of the Brexit vote continues to reverberate throughout British politics. Already, of course, we’ve seen the outcome of the vote bring an abrupt and somewhat unexpected end to David Cameron’s time as Prime Minister, a move that could sweep pro-Brexit MP Boris Johnson into Downing Street. Now, there are signs that the vote […]

Scotland and the Aftermath of the Brexit Vote

Scotland and UK flags

Is Scotland next?

What’s Next with the Brexit?

Brexit Puzzle Pieces

A British political scientist lays out some of the political and institutional factors that will be relevant going forward.

Britain Votes To Leave European Union, Cameron Resigns As Prime Minister

Brexit Puzzle Pieces

By a narrow margin, British voters have chosen to send their nation, themselves, and indeed all of Europe into uncharted waters.

With The Future In The Balance, British Voters Head To The Polls In ‘Brexit’ Vote

British European Flags

Voters in the United Kingdom are headed to the polls in a vote that will have widespread consequences.

Murder Of Jo Cox, MP Looking Increasingly Like It Was Politically Motivated

Jo Cox

The murder of Jo Cox, MP is looking more and more like a politically motivated assassination, and that’s causing some in Great Britain to look inward.

Jo Cox, Member Of British Parliament, Murdered In Northern England, Possible ‘Brexit’ Connection

Jo Cox

A freshman Member of Parliament was murdered today, and there may have been a political motive.

‘Leave’ Takes The Lead In Latest ‘Brexit’ Polling

British European Flags

With just over a week to go, the latest polling shows voters in the United Kingdom leaning toward leaving the European Union.

Plagiarism Plague in Russia


Via Slate:  The Craziest Black Market in Russia.  Apparently, a lot of Russians are paying for dissertations: In the past few years alone, there have been credible allegations of dissertation plagiarism made against Russia’s minister of culture, the governor of St. Petersburg, and the head of the country’s top federal investigating authority. Just in the past […]

United Kingdom Sets ‘Brexit’ Referendum Vote For June 23rd

British European Flags

Britons will go to the polls in June to decide the future of their country’s relationship with the rest of Europe.

A Primer on the Brexit Debate


Via The Economist: A background guide to “Brexit” from the European Union

Polling Errors in the UK Elections


Some may recall that the polling for the House of Commons elections in 2015 did a pretty poor job of predicting the final outcome.  A piece in the Guardian discusses some studies as to why that may have been the case:  Why opinion pollsters failed to predict overall majority for David Cameron. Analysis undertaken by polling […]

France’s National Front Suffers Setbacks In 2nd Round Voting, But Still Seems Likely To Rise

Marine Le Pen

Marine Le Pen suffered setbacks in the second round of regional voting on Sunday, but the party still seems likely to become more popular in the coming years.

National Front Makes Major Gains In French Regional Elections

Eiffel Tower French Tricolor

Europe’s anti-immigrant, xenophobic far right scored major victories in France yesterday.

NATO Admitting Montenegro As Full Member For Some Reason


NATO is extending full membership to the tiny nation of Montenegro, and there doesn’t seem to be a good reason why they’re doing it.

German Parliament Approves Expansion Of Involvement In Anti-ISIS Campaign

German Flag

The German Parliament has approved expansion of the nation’s involvement in the campaign against ISIS, but that doesn’t make the current campaign any less incoherent.

British Parliament Approves Airstrikes Against ISIS In Syria


The British Parliament has approved expansion of that countries airstrikes into Syria, but it’s unclear just how much of an impact that will have on the ground.

The Vote Could Be As Much As Two Years Away, But Support For A ‘Brexit’ Seems To Be Growing

British European Flags

A vote is still as much as two years away, and support for staying in the E.U. still has the most support, but support for the idea of a British exit from the European Union has grown in the past several months.

Is Portugal Europe’s Next Greece?

EUropean Portugese Flags

The election of an anti-austerity government in Portugal is raising some concerns.

Francois Hollande’s Quest For A United Front Against ISIS May Be Doomed To Fail

Hollande Putin

France’s President has spent the week trying to forge and agreement on an anti-ISIS policy, but the two nations that matter the most also disagree the most.

Tensions Between Russia And Turkey Remain High In Wake Of Russian Jet Incident

Turkey Russia Flags

Tensions between Russia and Turkey remain high in the wake of yesterday’s incident, but there are some signs that things are starting to cool down.

Turkey Downs Russian Jet

Turkey Russia Flags

A potentially big complication in an already complicated situation.

Brussels On ‘High Alert’ Over Fears Of Paris-Style Attack

Another European capital is on edge over fears of a terror attack.

Chief Suspect In Paris Attacks Killed In Police Raid, French Authorities Report

Paris Attack November 13-2

French officials have confirmed that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the man believed to be the plotter of last Friday’s attacks in Paris, was killed in a police raid early Wednesday morning. This doesn’t mean authorities in France or elsewhere in Europe are any less concerned about future attacks, though.

Thanks To Pandering And Fearmongering, Syrian Refugees Are Now Pawns In American Politics

Syrian Refugees Coming Ashore In Greece

Syrian refugees have quickly become political footballs in the United States in the wake of the Paris attacks, and it’s become an exceedingly shameful display of pandering and fearmongering by a group of largely Republican politicians.

Russia Confirms Metrojet 9268 Brought Down By Bomb

Metrojet A321 Wreckage

Confirming speculation that had already been all but confirmed, we now know that it was a bomb that brought down a Russian passenger jet on October 31st.

France Strikes ISIS As Investigation Into Paris Attacks Continues

Paris Attack November 13-2

France launched its first attacks against ISIS even as the investigation into Friday’s attacks continues, but it’s not clear that the retaliation really accomplished anything.

Attack on France Is an Attack on the United States

A man holds up a sign which reads, "Je Suis Paris" ("I Am Paris") during a rally of solidarity outside the Consulate of France in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, to show his support to victims of the Paris attacks. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

We are legally, morally, and practically obligated to respond. Let’s not do so stupidly.

Something to Consider Going Forward


We can draw a rather direct line from the Iraq war to the rise of ISIS.

French President Blames ISIS For Paris’s Night Of Terror, Vows French Response

Paris Attack November 13-2

France’s President blames ISIS, vows response, as death toll from Paris terror attacks stands at at least 127.

Legislators In Catalonia Push Measure For Independence From Spain

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

Legislators in Spain’s Catalonia region took a step toward independence, but Madrid apparently wants nothing to do with it.

Consensus Continues To Grow That Russian Airliner Was Taken Out By A Bomb

Metrojet A321 Wreckage

The investigation continues, but the consensus seems to be growing that Metrojet 9268 was taken out by a bomb.

America’s ‘Alliance’ Against ISIS Exists Mostly On Paper, Not In Reality

Obama ISIS

America’s much touted international coalition against ISIS is, essentially a Coalition In Name Only.

Malaysian Air Flight 17 Inquiry Finds Plane Most Likely Taken Down By Russian Missile

Malaysia Air Flight 17 Crash Scene

A Dutch inquiry has largely confirmed what was widely believed about the fate of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

Neither The United States Nor Russia Have A Coherent Policy In Syria

Obama and Putin

With Russia now launching its own airstrikes in Syria, it’s become obvious that U.S. policy in the Syrian Civil War is irrational and contradictory. And Russia’s policy isn’t any better.

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