It’s been a few days since the United States, Britain and France launched strikes against Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Now that we’ve had a chance to hear the reports and the reactions, here are a few thoughts and what it all means and what to expect going forward. Continue reading “On Syria and Air Strikes”
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”
The passing of an American icon, Russia gets a hard slap on the hand, the latest update on sanctuary cities and states, kids can now legally be kids and other news of note that you will want to read to keep informed:
Passing Of An American Hero
Yesterday Linda Brown, the central figure in the historic Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case that ended separate but equal, passed away.
To the family of Ms. Brown, may your personal memories sustain you and may the knowledge that Linda Brown fought injustice and forever changed our country in a positive way be a remembrance of a life that made a difference to millions of people.
Thank you Ms. Brown and may you rest in peace. We are better for you living your life as you did.
A Coordinated Response To Russia
In an unusually widespread, coordinated response to Russian actions, at least 20 countries have expelled Russian diplomats in response to the March 4 poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England (A British law enforcement officer was also affected).
British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that an investigation into the incident had revealed Russian involvement, which was actually very similar to another incident involving a former Russian living in the UK a number of years ago. The UK then expelled a number of Russian diplomats who, the Prime Minister said were using diplomatic passports to spy. In support of the British and as a reaction to the Russian attempt to commit murder on another country’s soil, the United States expelled 60 Russian diplomats which was more than any in history. Expulsion announcements on the same day included almost all members of NATO and the European Union, along with a number of other countries. Continue reading “Updates and Quick Takes”
A year later and Russia still dominates the news around US elections. Investigations and political maneuvering over Russian influence in the last presidential continue at full tilt. The partisan wrangling, as tragically is often the case, makes it hard to get to the real heart and findings of the problem. But what we should be doing is just that—trying to find out exactly what happened. That means that we should search for the truth, regardless of where that takes the search and who is involved. If you are one that doesn’t agree then you can stop reading-justice is not the priority to you and you won’t agree with anything else. Continue reading “The Russians Are Still Coming”
The leader of the kingdom of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, brought in the new year by announcing in a new year’s televised address that “The United States should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table.”
So 2018 starts with the Trump Administration facing same problem that previous administrations have faced regarding the nuclear ambitions of the rogue North Korean regime. Continue reading “New Year, Same North Korea…Or Can It Change?”
In 2015, President Obama announced an agreement with Iran on their expanding nuclear program. The President considered it his crowning achievement but there was much controversy over the terms. So much so that the President declared that it wasn’t a ‘treaty’ and therefore didn’t have to go to the Senate for approval as the Constitution says must happen with all treaties.
Years later, and almost a year since President Obama left office, we are still discovering the price we had to pay. Continue reading “The Register is Still Ringing Up the Cost of the Iran Nuclear Deal”
Internationalists, those who think the best way to world peace is by giving up our national rights and decision-making to international organizations, had another reason to be ashamed last week. And we all had another reason to be leery of international groups that ‘support peace and cooperation’. Continue reading “Sometimes Things That Sound Good Are Dangerous”