Brian F. Bridgeforth

Understanding the World

The World


TPP Lives on Without Trump

March 13, 2018

When Donald Trump lived up to his campaign promise and pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, many thought the agreement was dead.  A year later the TPP has been brought back from

North Korea

Talking with North Korea

March 9, 2018

In a very significant development, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un invited U.S. President Donald Trump to a meeting.  Trump agreed to the meeting which the White House says will be held by May of this

Sergei Skripal

The Poisoning of Sergei Skripal

March 7, 2018

On Sunday March 4, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal were found slumped over on a shopping center bench in Salisbury, England.  They were rushed to the hospital where they currently remain in critical


Simón Bolívar

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

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

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



Trump’s Reckless Tariffs and Trade War

March 2, 2018

During the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump ran on a pledge to protect American products by imposing tariffs on imports.  His threats were alarming.  They would in all probability start global trade wars as countries


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: 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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