President Trump returns home from an Asian trip that wasn’t exactly impressive.
President Trump returns home from an Asian trip that wasn’t exactly impressive.
A preemptive attack on North Korea would be illegal, immoral and, most importantly, insane.
Even during an overseas trip, President Trump continues to try to undermine the Russia investigation.
Things are heating up very quickly in Catalonia.
At least some portion of the British public appears to be having some second thoughts about Brexit.
While the President of the United States continues to create chaos, Xi Jinping consolidates his power in China.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to call a snap election pays off big time.
Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy has said he will act to remove Catalonia’s pro-independence leadership from power.
The standoff between Madrid and Barcelona over Catalan independence appears to be ready to come to an end.
Iraqi military forces begin to crack down against Iraqi Kurds after last month’s independence referendum.
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.
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 […]
Reports are indicating that President Trump will decertify the nuclear weapons deal with Iran. This would be a foolish and potentially dangerous mistake.
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.
Donald Trump is undermining his own Secretary of State’s efforts on North Korea, and he doesn’t seem to care.
Catalonia voted overwhelmingly for independence from Spain, but it’s not at all clear that the vote will amount to anything.
The U.S is joining the rest of the world in refusing to recognize the independence referendum conducted by Iraqi Kurds.
Catalonia’s independence referendum is one day away, and nobody seems to know what to expect.
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 […]
Progress in Saudi Arabia, but there’s still a long way for this backward, discriminatory society to go.
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 was re-elected to a fourth term as German Chancellor as expected, but voters also sent a warning.
As the date for Catalonia’s disputed independence referendum nears, tensions are rising between Madrid and Barcelona.
In a marked departure from previous American Presidents, Donald Trump delivered a highly belligerent speech to the U.N. General Assembly.
The London subway was hit by a bomb during the morning rush hour. Authorities are treating it as a terrorist attack.
The Trump Administration’s effort to impose sanctions against North Korea suffered a significant defeat in the United Nations Security Council.
Absent significant changes, expecting normal diplomatic relationships with the DPRK is a pipe dream.
In less than a month, voters in the Catalan region of Spain will be voting whether to remain part of Spain or assert independence.
Via the BBC: ‘Narco-pigeon’ shot by Argentina police Police in Argentina have shot a carrier pigeon that was delivering drugs to a jail, prison authorities say. I have to admit, this is a new one to me. I am aware of numerous types of narco-subs, human mules, and catapults used to deliver drugs, among other […]
Via WaPo, Colombia signs cease-fire deal with last guerrilla group: The deal struck in Quito, Ecuador, where talks with the National Liberation Army, or ELN, have been taking place since February, goes into effect Oct. 1. It runs through Jan. 12 and can be renewed if both sides agree. Under the cease-fire, the rebels agree to suspend […]
A key step in the Colombian peace process.
The following from Foreign Policy is worth a read: There Is No War in Afghanistan. Ever since the Taliban government was toppled in late 2001, the heart of the strategic problem that has confronted the United States and its allies in Afghanistan has been the definition of victory: How does this end? We would all be better […]
Via the Seattle Times comes a piece worth a read: UW professor: The information war is real, and we’re losing it Starbird argues in a new paper, set to be presented at a computational social-science conference in May, that these “strange clusters” of wild conspiracy talk, when mapped, point to an emerging alternative media ecosystem on the web […]
More provocative action from North Korea, and another reminder that there are no easy answers to the problems represented by the Kim regime.
Via Politco: Far-right German candidate promises to get rid of Arabic numerals Otfried Best, who is hoping to become mayor of Völklingen, near the French border, was asked by a member of Die Partei, a satirical party, during a debate earlier this week what he thought of Arabic numerals used in the town, Stern magazine reported. ”Mr. Best … […]
At least thirteen dead in an apparent terrorist attack in Spain.
The people who would most immediately be impacted by a war on the Korean peninsula don’t seem quite so concerned. Perhaps we should take a cue from them.
Via CNN: Trump says he won’t rule out military option in Venezuela Asked about the possibility of a military intervention in response to the mounting crisis in the country, the President said that is something the United States “certainly could pursue.” “We have many options for Venezuela. And by the way, I am not going […]
Vice-President Pence is advocating the admission of Georgia into NATO. That would be a bad idea.
Via an opinion column by Masha Gessen in the NYT: Trump Gave Putin Exactly What He Wanted Mr. Putin has for years — 17 years, to be exact, for this is how long he has been in power — been clear about what he wanted from his relationship with the United States president: He wants to […]
Here is a brief Reuters report on the recent developments in the Colombian governement’s talks with the ELN that I mentioned in a previous post: Colombia and ELN rebels move peace talks toward ceasefire. Pablo Beltran, leader of the ELN negotiating team in Quito, Ecuador, said the rebels would like to see a ceasefire in […]
To go along with my post on the Colombian peace process, here is an interview (in English) with President Juan Manual Santos that is worth watching if one is interested in the current situation. (And from about 7 minutes on, watch Santos try to be diplomatic about the current US administration).
The German Parliament has approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the country, a somewhat surprising move ahead of Federal elections in this fall: BERLIN — When Sarah Kermer proposed to her girlfriend in March, she knew she was in love, but she did not know when, if ever, Germany would allow them to marry. The […]
Via the BBC: Conservatives agree pact with DUP to support May government Under the so-called “confidence and supply” arrangement, the DUP will line up behind the government in key votes, such as on the Queen’s Speech and Budgets, which would threaten the government’s survival if they were lost. They will also back Theresa May on […]