Brian F. Bridgeforth

Understanding the World

The World

Iran
International

Killing the Iran Nuclear Deal

May 9, 2018

Despite the lack of any approval from the other signatories of the Iran nuclear agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (J.C.P.O.A.), President Trump on Tuesday announced the United States is leaving

Kim Jong-un Shakes Hands with Moon Jae In
Asia

Kim Jong-un Makes History with South Korean Talks

April 27, 2018

Kim Jong-un made history this week when he met with South Korean President Moon Jae In for the Inter-Korean Summit.  The summit ceremonies began with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un crossing the demilitarized zone into

The End of the Castro Brothers in Cuba
International

The End of Castro Rule in Cuba

April 23, 2018

For the past 12 years the 86-year-old Raúl Castro has ruled Cuba after taking over the country from his brother, Fidel, in 2006.  The two have ruled the country since Fidel took over leadership in

History

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

Vichy France
Europe

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

Forty-Five

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,

Mike Pompeo
Forty-Five

Exit Tillerson, Enter Pompeo

March 19, 2018

Last week Donald Trump fired his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, in a move that was not necessarily a surprise as the relationship between the two has been outwardly strained for some time.  Tillerson, as

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