Brian F. Bridgeforth

Understanding the World

The World

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un
Asia

The Singapore Summit: Trump Meets Kim Jong-un

June 12, 2018

The on-again, off-again meeting between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took place in Singapore on Tuesday.  Both leaders gave the appearance of being guarded in front of the cameras though remained friendly

Muqtada al-Sadr
International

The Return of Muqtada al-Sadr

May 29, 2018

Muqtada al-Sadr is best remembered for being a thorn in the side of the Americans during the occupation of Iraq after the 2003 invasion.  During that period he was able to mobilize Shiites in a

History

Leopold II
History

Leopold II and the Rape of the Congo

June 11, 2018

King Leopold II of Belgium is remembered in history as a monster.  His atrocities in the Congo committed in the name of greed are the darkest chapters of European colonialism.  Through the period from the

September 11, 2001
History

Remembering September 11, 2001

March 27, 2018

September 11, 2001 is one of those events that anyone who is old enough remembers exactly what they were doing when they heard the news that terrorists had flown planes into the World Trade Center

Simón Bolívar
History

The True Legacy of Simón Bolívar

January 23, 2018

When Hugo Chavez came to power in 1999 he set about changing the name of Venezuela to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela after the South American liberator, Simón Bolívar.  It was part of what Chavez

Forty-Five

John Bolton
Forty-Five

Trump’s Project for a New American Century

June 18, 2018

If you take a trip back to the days where the neoconservatives reigned supreme in the George W. Bush White House and advocated and got their war in Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein, you will

The Republican Party
Forty-Five

The Republican Party Under Trump

April 25, 2018

Republicans are dropping like flies and November’s midterm elections have not even arrived.  At last count 40 Republican members of Congress have announced their intention not to seek reelection—a record.  The party is hemorrhaging support

Forty-Five

The F.B.I. Raids on Michael Cohen are Bad News for Trump

April 16, 2018

In another twist to the ongoing investigations of Donald Trump and his interactions, the F.B.I. raided the office of Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, last week.  It is unclear what wrongdoing prosecutors were looking for,

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