Brian F. Bridgeforth

Understanding the World

The World

Jair Bolsonaro
International

Brazil Under Jair Bolsonaro

December 7, 2018

Jair Bolsonaro will become Brazil’s next president on January 1 after he handily won October’s election and runoff. Bolsonaro, an ex-paratrooper, and who served 27 years in the Brazilian National Congress, is labeled as 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

Forty-Five

Trump White House
Forty-Five

A Coup in the Trump White House

September 8, 2018

Washington was shocked to its core this week after an anonymous New York Times op-ed was published by a “senior official in the Trump administration” stating that there is a group of people in the

Michael Cohen Implicates Trump
Forty-Five

Michael Cohen and Impeaching President Trump

August 24, 2018

With President Donald Trump implicated as a coconspirator in committing campaign finance violations by his lawyer Michael Cohen in court this week, his presidency enters a new and dire chapter.  Trump’s immediate reaction was to

Trump and Putin
Forty-Five

Russia First: Trump and His Shameful Performance in Helsinki

July 19, 2018

There were many strong words said about President Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin at a summit in Helsinki on Monday. “Disgraceful” and “disgusting” were among the most common words used, as President Trump accepted Putin’s

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