Donald Trump doesn’t just have a Russia problem, in the eyes of his critics. He also has a big — and related — Ukraine problem. His 2016 campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was forced to resign last August amid a flurry of media exposés about Manafort’s lobbying for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia following violent protests against his government in February 2014.
No one expected Trump to be a peace president, but he seems bent on taking us to the verge of World War III.
No one ever expected Donald Trump to be a peace-loving president. On the campaign trail, he endorsed torture, said he’d bomb the families of alleged terrorists, and spoke gleefully about the president’s power to launch nuclear weapons.
Author: Martin Berger
The recent strike launched by the US-led coalition some 20 miles to the west of al-Raqqah resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths, as the bombs hit a former school that served as shelter for refugees, as it’s been announced by the Turkish Anadolu news agency. It was added that the bombardment targeted more than 50 families who fled the towns of Hamas, Homs and al-Raqqah in a bid to save their lives. Local sources of the same agency have also reported yet another air strike launched in the in the area of Tabqa city, which has claimed at least 40 lives.
It is time that our society acknowledge a sad truth: America is currently fighting its Second Civil War. In fact, with the obvious and enormous exception of attitudes toward slavery, Americans are more divided morally, ideologically, and politically today than they were during the Civil War. For that reason, just as the Great War came to be known as the First World War once there was a Second World War, the Civil War will become known as the First Civil War when more Americans come to regard the current battle as the Second Civil War.
By Lauren Goodrich
Russia takes anniversaries seriously. Each year, the country commemorates its momentous dates in grand style, holding spectacular celebrations to honor events such as the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II or the beginning of Russia's post-Soviet reforms. But as the tumultuous events of 1917 reach their centennial anniversaries, Russian leaders are nonplussed. March 15 will mark 100 years since Czar Nicholas II abdicated his throne, ending the Romanov Dynasty's more than 300-year reign in Russia and, with it, the Russian Empire.
By Kevin Liptak
Munich: Aiming to calm European fears about US-Russia ties, Vice President Mike Pence told world leaders Saturday that the United States will stand firm against Moscow while also seeking avenues for cooperation. But Pence's posture was met abruptly by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who said at the same conference that the West's dominance of world affairs is ending.
By Joseph Jankowskim |
The “official” unemployment rate (U3) released each month is, to put it in the most straight-forward way possible, a completely misleading and politicized statistic. The U3 unemployment rate, which is one of 6 ways the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates the amount of people out of work, is defined as the “total unemployed, as a percent of the civilian labor force.”
Is international conflict really just a fight over oil? It sometimes seems that way. In Syria and Iraq, the militants of the so-called ‘Islamic State’ sell captured oil while battling to establish a puritanical Sunni theo-cracy. From Central Asia to Ukraine, Russia is contesting attempts (backed by the US) to minimise Europe’s dependence on Russian oil and natural gas. Meanwhile, Obama’s ‘pivot to Asia’ allows the US to threaten the choke points through which most of China’s oil imports must pass.
Yemen is on the verge of collapse as poverty and disease, exacerbated by war and a lack of resources, have ravaged the country. Save the Children warned on Tuesday that tens of thousands of children were dying with the healthcare system crumbling as a result of scarce resources and the flight of medical staff. At least 1,219 children have so far died as a direct result of the fighting between a Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels, but the lack of medical supplies and staff is currently causing an additional 10,000 preventable deaths per year.