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

Poland Protests
Europe

The European Commission Goes After Poland

December 26, 2017

Last week the European Commission triggered Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty against Poland citing the country’s breach of common values and rule of law.  The European Commission’s patience has been tried over the past

The World in 2017
International

The Most Notable World Events of 2017

December 19, 2017

Twenty-seventeen was a year that to many may have passed as unremarkable, but if one looks deeper there were significant events that are changing the global balance of power.  There has been welcome change in

Mahmoud Abbas
International

The Waning Leadership of Mahmoud Abbas

December 5, 2017

Time appears to be running out for Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah as Hamas looks to gain complete control of the Palestinian Authority once Abbas is no longer in power.  The chances of a new major

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.