Trump Defends His Decision to Pull Troops Out of Syria: An Endless War

President Trump’s decision earlier this month to withdraw approximately 1,000 US troops from Syria has been attacked from both sides of the aisle. Both Democrats and Republicans alike have criticized the decision on the basis that it is unfair to the Kurds, an Iranian ethnic group and ally of the United States. The argument centers on the fact that a US withdrawal puts the Kurds at risk, specifically from Turkey, who has vocally threatened violence against the Kurdish fighters, who they consider to be terrorists.

Botswana Election Wednesday a Test for Democracy

This is the miracle of Africa. Botswana has been hailed as Africa’s biggest diamond producer and among the most economically stable countries on the continent. However, it remains the world’s third most unequal country, with the richest 20% of the population owning a 65% share of the national income, while the poorest 20% only scant 2.8 percent share of the national economy.

Turkish Offensive Analysis in Syria

Russian military officials are voicing concerns over the humanitarian crisis in Syria due to Turkish involvement. Turkey started an operation against the Kurds on October 9, 2019 under the guise of “counterterrorism.” The Kurdish population of Syria is that country’s largest ethnic minority, comprising between 7% and 10% of the population.  Kurds are one of the indigenous peoples of the Mesopotamian plains and the highlands in what is now south-eastern Turkey, north-eastern Syria, northern Iraq, north-western Iran and south-western Armenia.

Signed! India and Bangladesh in Memorandums on Water, Gas

On the third day of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to Delhi Sunday, Hasina inaugurated a drinking water project which will be supplied to Sabruma town in Tripura from Feni river water. However, the issues that many have been pressing in Bangladesh— such as India’s greater support for the Teesta river water sharing or Rohingya repatriation— have not seen signs of significant progress.

Is Russia Ready for the XXI Revolution?

Recently, discussion has increased in Russia about creating an anti-Putin coalition. The real politics is the fight for power. The Kremlin is in control, allowing some opposition. Once the opposing individual becomes inconvenient, the raids come in tow. The prime example would be recent raids of Alexei Navalny’s party offices across Russia under the guise of a “money laundering” investigation. As it stands there is no true opposition in Russia. None of the protests on the weekends matter and elections are a sham.

Putin’s Defense Ambitions – Import Increase of Molybdenum

In 2019, the import of Molybdenum to Russia reached 28 tonnes, 77% higher vs 2018 according to the metallurgy bulletin data. The volume of exports from China reached over 12 tonnes. German exports of Molybdenum doubled to over 14 tonnes.

Molybdenum is essential for the aviation and defense industries due to its properties: the high-temperature stability, density and tensile strength, excellent material machinability, and radiation protection. It is a refractory metallic element that readily forms hard, stable carbides, enhancing hardenability, strength, toughness and resistance to wear and corrosion.

Russia’s Geopolitical Appetite in Latin America

Russia is trying to re-establish allies from the Soviet Era in Latin America. The current focus on Nicaragua is largely due to the president  José Daniel Ortega Saavedra. He has been a Nicaraguan leader since 2007. Ortega is serving his third consecutive term as president. The constitution had to be changed to allow Ortega to run for the past two terms. Ortega was also the president of Nicaragua during the Soviet Era from 1985 to 1990.

Russian Election Analysis: Perhaps Its Time for a New Opposition Leader

Recent Russian elections show stable results for Putin. All of Putin’s governors won but the St. Petersburg race was a tough one to win for his party. The Moscow City Duma (Russian regional parliament) is a puppet entity, and unlike other cities does not even pass its own budget. This year pro Navalny supporters entered races on the municipal level. Alexey Navlany is an opposition leader and has fled Russia. Russian state security services have carried out nationwide raids on the Kremlin critic’s regional headquarters four days after the elections claiming they’re investigating “money laundering.” Navalny got lucky and used a drone to keep the sensitive hard drive information safe from the Russian State forces.

Has China Reached Dangerous Levels of Pro-Russian Propaganda Against the US?

China continues its anti-US propaganda using media, including the topic of the possibility of a US-Russia war and a blatant overstatement of Russian defense arsenal superiority in comparison to the US. In an article posted on SOHU (one of the largest internet companies in China) they claim Russia can overpower the US in the defense sector and that Russia is the only country globally who can successfully rebuff the US.

China and Russia Have a Sinister Plan for Hong Kong and the Demonstrators

Russian media continues to run pro-China propaganda and justifications for the use of force against demonstrators in Hong Kong. The unrest in the former British colony has been ongoing for the past four months. Demonstrators wearing black face masks became the new heroes and modern day revolutionaries, protesting against China’s brutal arrest and prosecution system.

Sanders Looks to Increase the Scope of his Already Costly Healthcare Plan

Senator Bernie Sanders, the self-described Democratic Socialist, has been constantly and consistently attacking the American medical industry. The Presidential hopeful has long championed Medicare for all and has criticized the healthcare industry as being “insane and cruel.” Many economists fear that the staggering cost of Sanders’ single payer healthcare plan could cripple the economy.

Developments in the Trade War – Can China Compromise?

Up to this point the Trump presidency has been marked with controversy, uncertainty, disapproval, and excitement. Of All of the president’s policies none embody these characteristics as well as his tariffing of Chinese imports, and the subsequent trade-war with China. This trade war has caused volatility in the stock market, increased costs to American manufacturers, and has threatened US imports into China. It has also has also helped to protect American industry and to give the US leverage against China to renegotiate trade agreements.

Is Russia’s FSB Responsible for the Latest Murder in Germany – Skripal 2.0 Perhaps?

Last Friday, August 23, the murder of a Georgian national occurred in Germany’s Kleiner Tiergarten Park. The central district of Tiergarten is known for many public attractions, including the Berlin Zoo. The shooting took place at approximately 12 p.m. and the shots were fired at close range. Witnesses described an assailant shooting a victim twice in the head from behind before fleeing on a bicycle.

Ex-Con YouTube Star Predicted Epstein ‘Suicide’ – Was It Really A Hit?

In an incredible twist on the Jeffrey Epstein mystery, the host of a YouTube channel predicted his death one week before it actually happened. In the video, it was speculated that Epstein would be murdered in jail and the crime would be covered up to look like a suicide.

Shaun Attwood, a former wealthy UK financier who got tangled up in the Arizona drug culture of the 1990’s, hosts a demonitized YouTube channel which has still managed to attract more than 200,000 subscribers and totals more than 40 million views.

Hong Kong Protests – Can Chinese Economy Survive?

Hong Kong is presently experiencing a political crisis. Large scale use of law enforcement and military is being used to disperse the protesters. However, the system itself is failing and it will lead to additional protests. Historically, an achievement of the Freudo-Marxists was the quantum leap through the rationalistic outlook which had dominated in the Marxist tradition. Furthermore, the escalation of the crisis in Hong Kong is inevitable due to the bygone times and political reality of the Chinese territory.

Putin’s Russia: What Will It Take to Change the Regime?

Russia has been having ongoing protests every weekend pertaining to the unfair candidate registration in the upcoming Moscow Duma elections. The police crackdown has been occurring every weekend. Unofficial leader of Russian opposition Alexei Navalny was arrested during one of the peaceful protests. In police custody, he reportedly had an ‘allergic reaction’ to an identified substance. Navalny was housed in the cell with five other inmates and none suffered allergic reactions.

Operation Ghost Stories: The True Story of the Russian Illegals Portrayed in FX’s The Americans

Russian state sponsored television aired a spook program this week. Russia (the government’s official channel) televised an exclusive interview with retired Colonel Elena Vavilova (aka Tracey Foley) and her husband Andrey Bezrukov (aka Donald Hattfield). These two agents were arrested by the FBI on June 27, 2010 at their residence in Massachusetts and charged with espionage.

Biden in Trouble – Floats Idea of a Female VP

For a while it seemed like Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders were going to be the two Democrats to duke it out for the party’s presidential nomination, but that may no longer be the case. Senator Kamala Harris has become a major contender for the nomination almost overnight. She was able to go toe to toe with the older and more experienced politicians during the last debate, and most pundits concluded that she won the debate.

Chicago Mayor and Illinois Governor Refuse to Cooperate with Trump; They Have No Problem Taking His Money

It’s no secret that Chicago is proud of their sanctuary city status and their lack of cooperation with the Trump Administration. With the election of Lori Lightfoot as mayor, it became clear that Chicago will continue down the path of presidential defiance and migrant protection.

Lightfoot recently addressed the issue of illegal immigration, saying that the Chicago Police Department would not cooperate with President’s Trump’s planned ICE raids that will target over 2,000 families in 10 cities.

Does Racism Still Exist? Do We Still Need Affirmative Action?

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines racism as “racial prejudice or discrimination.” There are thousands of scholarships available exclusively for African-Americans, Latino Americans, or Arab Americans. And while it is true that every few years someone attempts to start a very minor scholarship for Caucasians only, these scholarships often become defunct and quickly fall under intense scrutiny for being racist or for promoting white supremacy.

“Are You an American Citizen?” How a Simple Question Can Cause so Much Controversy

“Are you an American citizen?” Although this question seems simple, it is surrounded by controversy. The most recent of which comes from a Supreme Court case involving adding an additional question to the Census. This question would ask American residents if they are citizens. Despite the conservative lean of the court, they delayed the president’s action, perhaps long enough to keep it off the 2020 Census. The court claimed that the White House’s explanation for adding the question was insufficient. They felt that President’s reason was “more of a distraction” than an explanation.

Is Trump Taking a Cue from Nixon on Foreign Policy? He Should

Last December President Trump announced that he will be withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria, although he later decided to leave 400 troops in Syria. This hopefully signifies a changing policy for the region. President Trump’s decision reminds me of a similar decision made 50 years ago in 1969. This decision was the beginning of the end of U.S. involvement in an unwinnable war that had been raging on for nearly 20 years. This decision was President Richard Nixon’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Vietnam. It is impossible not to draw a plethora of similarities between the Vietnam War and the current War on Terror.

The Future of Abortion in America

For centuries abortion has been a topic of discussion and debate. Over the years the act of aborting a fetus has been labeled many things, a mortal sin, a basic right, an act of murder, a woman’s choice.

In the 1970’s we reached a crossroads as a country regarding abortion, and in 1973 the debate over abortion made its way to the Supreme Court of the United States. The case originated when Norma McCorvey, identified as Jane Roe for her protection, instituted a federal action against the district attorney of Dallas County, Texas, regarding a set of Texas statutes that, in most cases, criminalized abortion.

Trump Campaign Update: More Talk Than Action on His Big 3 Issues

Trump has been focusing on three major issues during the last few days: immigration, tariffs, and infrastructure. Of those issues, infrastructure is the one that seems at least a bit refreshing. The last time Trump really made infrastructure a major focus was during his 2016 campaign.

During that campaign Trump compared U.S. infrastructure to that of “a third world country.” His promise to rebuild and reinvest in the country’s infrastructure was something that excited and pleased many Americans.

Trump’s 2020 Campaign Update: The $30 Million Man

Trump has proved to be one of the most effective campaigners the country has seen in a while. Trump’s aggressive and slightly unorthodox campaign strategy netted him the election in 2016, and as candidates begin collecting donations and holding rallies for their 2020 run against him, Trump’s proving he is as effective as ever.

The Trump campaign has raised more money than any other candidate (over $30 million), dominated the news cycle, and energized hundreds of thousands of voters at rallies.

Vaccines: The Most Powerful Weapon is Fear

Currently moving through the Oregon legislature is HB 3063, which aims to increase the already high vaccination rates in Oregon schools by removing religious and philosophical exemptions, leaving only the very narrow medical exemption (your child would need to have a severe reaction to a vaccine before an exemption is granted for that single vaccine). As written, this bill would require all children attending ANY school (public, private, charter, etc) to be fully vaccinated by Aug 2020, or they will be excluded from receiving an education. Homeschool or online school would be the only options.

The News Media is Eroding American Democracy

The media, specifically the news media, is the cornerstone of a strong democracy. Not only does the media keep voters informed, but it also keeps elected officials and bureaucrats accountable. However the media must be held to an incredibly high standard, because if the media succumbs to sensationalism or bias, it becomes a danger to democracy.

It is sad to say that the American media seems to be headed down that path. The Cable News Network (CNN), once a symbol of journalistic integrity, seems to have now become, in the eyes of many, a symbol of partisan reporting. A recent Harvard study found that CNN’s coverage of the Trump administration was 93 percent negative.