James Rigos

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Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency

On May 1, 2003, the day President George W. Bush landed on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln in front of the massive “Mission Accomplished” sign, I was in Baghdad performing what had become a daily ritual. I went to a gate on the side of the Republican Palace, in the Green Zone, where an American soldier …

Trump's Attack on Syria: Bad in Law, Worse in Geopolitics

At this stage it seems reasonable to wonder whether Syria was attacked by the United States and its allies because it <i>didn’t</i> use chemical weapons …

Geopolitics

I Knew the Cold War. This Is No Cold War.

A lot of smart people seem to think the United States and Russia are in a “new Cold War.” You can find articles on the subject in <i>Politico</i>, the <i>New</i> …

Life in Vladimir Putin's Russia explained in 10 charts

<b>Vladimir Putin has dominated Russian politics as its undisputed leader for almost two decades.</b><p>Over successive terms as president and prime minister he has overseen an economic boom, military expansion and the re-establishment of Russia as a major power.<p>Living standards for most Russians improved, …

Russia

The director of the FBI says the whole of Chinese society is a threat to the US — and American college campuses have been infiltrated

When Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Washington on Sept. 24, 2015 on a state visit, hundreds of Chinese students lined the streets for hours, carrying banners and flags to welcome him.<p>It was a remarkable display of seemingly spontaneous patriotism. Except it wasn't entirely spontaneous.<p>The …

China

The Best Joke George W. Bush Ever Told in Office

Most presidents understand that making fun of themselves is endearing. Barack Obama has a sharp sense of humor and much-lauded comic timing, but he …

George W. Bush

How Special Forces Bury the True Cost of America's Wars

When specialized (and glorified) units do the dirty work—and sustain the casualties—the normal political constraints on military power are lost.<p>Over the past 16 years, a profound transformation has been underway in how America wages war. Starting under George W. Bush after 9/11, and accelerating …

Greek Orthodox Church Sells Land In Israel, Worrying Both Israelis And Palestinians

Secretive real estate deals in the Holy Land are putting one of Jerusalem's most powerful and ancient churches in the spotlight.<p>The Greek Orthodox Church calls itself the second-largest landowner in Israel, after the Israeli government. It says it owns some 30 percent of Jerusalem's walled Old …

Israel

What if This Had Happened on the Day After 9/11?

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President Trump is finally restoring American credibility on Iran

Newly released documents from the 2011 Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden contain clear-cut evidence that Iran provided funds, staffers, and …

South Asia

The hotline to Moscow goes cold

Deep inside the Pentagon, in the National Military Command Center, is the so-called red phone that has connected the U.S. and Russian high commands since after the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.<p>First a teletype, then a fax, and now a secure email and chat link, the emergency hotline was designed to …

Middle East

The last 15 years of Saddam Hussein's regime are crucial to understanding ISIS

To devise an effective strategy involves understanding where ISIS came from, and that involves examining the Saddam Hussein regime.<p>Saddam is commonly regarded as the quintessential secularist, and he was initially. But the Saddam regime Islamized over its last 15 years, effectively creating a …

Middle East

Obama swipes at Putin, Cheney and Trump in U.N. address

UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama took repeated swipes at Vladimir Putin, Dick Cheney and even Donald Trump, without mentioning them by name, in an address to the United Nations on Monday, holding them up as examples of forces playing off fears and attempting to pull the country and world …

Russia