Brian F. Bridgeforth

Understanding the World

The World

Uyghur Muslims are Detained by China
Asia

New Reports of China’s Oppression of Uyghur Muslims

September 12, 2018

China is being accused of serious human rights violations against Uyghur and other Muslim minorities in the far-west region of Xinjiang.  In a report released by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination,

Imran Khan
Asia

Imran Khan and Pakistan’s Debt Burden

August 30, 2018

Imran Khan has been elected and sworn in as Pakistan’s new leader.  His election on July 25, represents only the second time in Pakistan’s history there has been a peaceful transfer from one leader to

Global Warming
International

The Effects of Global Warming on Geopolitics

July 9, 2018

Too often the most consequential issue in world affairs gets pushed off to the backburner and ignored. We pay attention to forces such as a rising China, a nuclear North Korea, a nuclearizing Iran, or

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

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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