Brian F. Bridgeforth

Understanding the World

The World

International

Lula da Silva’s Constitutional Showdown

January 30, 2018

For the past four years Brazil has been the center of massive internal corruption probes.  The largest probe, Operacao Lava Jato (Operation Car Wash), has led to prison sentences of top business executives and politicians,

Pakistan Continues to Support Terrorism Despite U.S. Objections
Asia

Pushing Pakistan to Crackdown on Terrorism

January 9, 2018

Pakistan has for years been accused by the United States of not doing enough to stop terrorism and the attacks on American troops in Afghanistan.  President Trump wants Pakistan to change its ways, and his

History

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
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

Forty-Five

Forty-Five

Mueller Indicts 13 Russians for Interfering in U.S. Elections

February 16, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian individuals and 3 organizations with interfering with U.S. elections, including the 2016 presidential election, on Friday.  The 37-page indictment states that the Russian individuals and organizations have conspired

Guantánamo
Forty-Five

Guantánamo: Back in Business

February 6, 2018

President Trump in his State of the Union address last week announced he was re-opening the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba to new enemy combatants.  In his address he stated, “Terrorists who do things like

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