15 December 2019/UK Elections Create Perfect Storm, Threatening United Kingdom of England, Scotland and Wales

UK Elections Create Potential For Perfect Storm, Threatening United Kingdom of England, Scotland and Wales  AP, Jill Lawless, 14 December 2019, Johnson’s win may deliver Brexit but could risk UK’s breakup Boris Johnson’s election victory may help him take Britain out of the European Union, although it only postpones Brexit until the end of 2020,…

15 December 2019/UK Elections:  A Warning To Democrats

UK Elections:  A Warning To Democrats National Interest, Alex Berezow, 13 December 2019, The UK Election Should Serve as a Warning to Democrats Extract/Summary:  The British Conservative prime minister, Boris Johnson, is a controversial figure with a penchant for self-aggrandizement, philandering, and telling flat-out lies. He has reshaped the Tory Party in his own image…

1 December 2019/Iraqi Protests:  Hong Kong 2.0?

Iraqi Protests:  Hong Kong 2.0? Iraq’s prime minister resigns as the death toll rises in anti-government protests:  Iraq’s prime minister just resigned, but there’s still a long way to go towards meeting protesters’ demands for political reform. Extract/Summary:  Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced plans to resign in the wake of a rapidly rising death toll…

27 November 2019/UK Elections & Possible Breakup Of The UK

UK Elections Pose Constitutional Issues, Including Possible Breakup Of The UK; UK, United In Name Only New Statesman, Michael Kenny, 27 November 2019, The English Question and Brexit In the coming years the people of these islands will be roiled by a succession of constitutional crises. Extract/Summary:  Not since the election held in December 1910…

27 November 2019/West Has Modi Problem, Indian Prime Minister Has Badly Tarnished India’s Human Rights Bona Fides

West Has Modi Problem, Indian Prime Minister Has Badly Tarnished India’s Human Rights Bona Fides FT, 11 November 2019, India’s Narendra Modi has had a free pass from the west for too long:  Threats to minority rights and democratic norms are ignored to preserve a comforting illusion Extract/Summary:  The world’s democracies are desperate to believe…

26 November 2019/Trump Crosses New Red Line

Trump Crosses New Red Line, Upending Code of Military Justice and Chain of Command, While Ignoring Military Counsel Politico, 26 November 2019, Trump’s strain with Pentagon inspires talk of more departures Extract/Summary:  Navy Secretary Richard Spencer’s ouster was just the latest collision between military leaders and the president, who has repeatedly ignored or overruled their…

26 November 2019/Hong Kong Gives Beijing Black Eye

Hong Kong Democrats Give Xi Jinping Black Eye.  Beijing Is Stunned, But Inalterably Opposed to Concessions  DW, Joseph Yu-shek Cheng 26 November 2019, Hong Kong: What’s the significance of the local election results? Extract/Summary:  Pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong scored a stunning victory in the district council elections held this weekend. Despite the outcome, Beijing…

Macron, Trump Both Berate NATO – Dangerous Divisions Remain

Macron, Trump Both Berate NATO – Dangerous Divisions Remain   Politico, 25 November 2019, NATO’s Next Threat: Its Own Leaders:  Political rifts are undermining military progress in the defense alliance.   Extract/Summary:  There are two NATOs. There’s the slick military machine that plans, trains and coordinates to adapt to new security threats to Europe and…

25 November 2019/Lech Walesa Laments “Pax Americana’s” Demise

Lech Walesa Laments “Pax Americana’s” Collapse, Demise of US as Defender of the Liberal Global Order, as Well as Champion of Freedom and Democracy Washington Times, 21 November 2019, Cold War hero Lech Walesa laments fall of America’s ‘good empire’ Extract/Summary:  Lech Walesa, the onetime Polish shipyard electrician and founder of Solidarity who helped ignite a…