Holiday Week Quick Takes

An idea worth implementing from a socialist member of Congress, an update on progress of the Paris Climate Agreement and other news of note on this week between Christmas and New Year.

Socialist in Favor of Not Paying Congress

Newly elected socialist Representative from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had an idea that should be worth considering, if only Congress didn’t make its own rules. Continue reading “Holiday Week Quick Takes”

Trump Thinks Russian Summit Was Not Bad Enough

President Trump’s recent remarks following a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where he said he believed Putin more than his own intelligence staff when Putin said that did nothing to meddle in US elections, were roundly and rightfully criticized from people across the political spectrum. Few more astonishing remarks have been made in the history of US foreign policy. Yet President Trump was not done. Continue reading “Trump Thinks Russian Summit Was Not Bad Enough”

Trump Travels Overseas and Says His Appointees Are Wrong

Following the annual NATO summit of leaders, President Trump flew to Helsinki to meet with Russian President / dictator Vladimir Putin. In the joint press conference that followed, there were some statements that were….well, quite amazing. Continue reading “Trump Travels Overseas and Says His Appointees Are Wrong”

Optimism On Korea Fades As Trump Cancels Summit

President Trump announced today that the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un scheduled for June 12 is cancelled.

Hope for the summit was sky high, and even more so after a dramatic thaw in relations between North and South Korea this year. Banned from the Olympics, North Korea accepted South Korea’s offer to include a handful of their athletes as part of a ‘Korean’ team for the Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea. And only last month, the leaders of South and North Korea met face-to-face and reached agreements to work jointly on several issues of mutual interest.

All that was followed by an agreement for Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, to meet with President Trump next month. Continue reading “Optimism On Korea Fades As Trump Cancels Summit”

Trump and the Iran Deal

President Trump announced yesterday that the United States was going to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Iran, the United States and five other nations (Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China) had negotiated an agreement in 2015 that would limit Iran’s nuclear program for ten years in return for removing sanctions that had been imposed and releasing billions of dollars in Iranian assets that had been frozen. Continue reading “Trump and the Iran Deal”

Syria’s Crimes Against Humanity Repeated

In the last few days, there have been reports of chemical weapons attacks in Syria.  Though not enough time has elapsed to have a full investigation, eye witness accounts tell of the Syrian government attacking rebel-held areas with chlorine gas.  Given that we know that the forces of Syrian dictator Bashir al Assad have used chemical weapons on several occasions in the civil war in Syria, with investigation and confirmation of their use by several international organizations, there is little doubt that the government has used chemical weapons on its own people again. Continue reading “Syria’s Crimes Against Humanity Repeated”