Brian F. Bridgeforth

Understanding the World

The World

Mahmoud Abbas
International

The Waning Leadership of Mahmoud Abbas

December 5, 2017

Time appears to be running out for Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah as Hamas looks to gain complete control of the Palestinian Authority once Abbas is no longer in power.  The chances of a new major

Robert Mugabe
Africa

The End of Robert Mugabe’s Reign

November 21, 2017

Last week Zimbabwe’s military moved to oust the country’s president, Robert Mugabe.  A week before, the 93-year-old Mugabe had decided his wife, Grace, would succeed him when his presidency ended.  Zimbabwe’s military did not approve

History

Vichy France
History

Vichy France and the Holocaust

November 28, 2017

After France was conquered by the Germans in World War II, the French government relocated to the small town of Vichy in the middle of the country.  In the hopes of at least keeping the

Osama bin Laden
History

Inside the Diary of Osama bin Laden

November 2, 2017

On November 1, the CIA released 470,000 documents that had been collected during the Navy SEALs raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound in Abbottabad in 2011.  Of those documents was bin Laden’s 228 page

Muhammad Mossadegh
History

The Overthrow of Muhammad Mossadegh

September 12, 2017

Muhammad Mossadegh was born in Tehran, Iran in 1882 to an upper class family which allowed him to live a financially comfortable life and for him to be educated in Paris and Switzerland.  He recieved

Forty-Five

Robert Mueller
Forty-Five

Special Counsel Mueller’s Tightening Noose

October 30, 2017

Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort has been indicted with money laundering, tax evasion, conspiracy against the United States, and lying to federal investigators by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  The indictment is the latest dramatic

Trump's White Supremacist Problem
Forty-Five

Trump’s White Supremacist Problem

August 12, 2017

Quite literally within eyesight of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson who wrote the soaring words that “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence, a racially motivated protest broke down into violence.

Transgender Soldiers
Forty-Five

Trump’s Ban on Transgender Soldiers

July 26, 2017

One year ago then Defense Secretary Ash Carter lifted the ban barring transgender people from serving in the military.  The United States was one of 19 countries in the world whose military allowed transgender soldiers

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