Brian F. Bridgeforth

Understanding the World

The World

Robert Mugabe
Africa

The End of Robert Mugabe’s Reign

November 21, 2017

Last week Zimbabwe’s military moved to oust the country’s president, Robert Mugabe.  A week before, the 93-year-old Mugabe had decided his wife, Grace, would succeed him when his presidency ended.  Zimbabwe’s military did not approve

Slavery in India
Asia

The Problem of Slavery in India

November 15, 2017

India’s rapid economic growth over the past few decades has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.  In 1993 an estimated 45 percent of its more than 870 million people lived in poverty. 

History

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

Muhammad Mossadegh
History

The Overthrow of Muhammad Mossadegh

September 12, 2017

Muhammad Mossadegh was born in Tehran, Iran in 1882 to an upper class family which allowed him to live a financially comfortable life and for him to be educated in Paris and Switzerland.  He recieved

The Monroe Doctrine
History

Remembering the Monroe Doctrine

August 8, 2017

Until the Monroe Doctrine was proclaimed, America had chosen to stay clear of the power struggles between the nations of Europe with what amounted to an isolationist foreign policy.  Content in not involving itself with

Forty-Five

Robert Mueller
Forty-Five

Special Counsel Mueller’s Tightening Noose

October 30, 2017

Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort has been indicted with money laundering, tax evasion, conspiracy against the United States, and lying to federal investigators by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  The indictment is the latest dramatic

Trump's White Supremacist Problem
Forty-Five

Trump’s White Supremacist Problem

August 12, 2017

Quite literally within eyesight of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson who wrote the soaring words that “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence, a racially motivated protest broke down into violence.

Transgender Soldiers
Forty-Five

Trump’s Ban on Transgender Soldiers

July 26, 2017

One year ago then Defense Secretary Ash Carter lifted the ban barring transgender people from serving in the military.  The United States was one of 19 countries in the world whose military allowed transgender soldiers

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