Foreign Policy

Where U.S. troops are stationed around the world

There were about 1.3 million active duty military personnel at the end of June this year, according to the Department of Defense's Defense Manpower …

War

Justin Trudeau, unlike Trump, is taking NAFTA renegotiation really seriously

The self-proclaimed master dealmaker is likely to get taken to the cleaners.<p>While the United States spent most of last week embroiled in a controversy over whether some neo-Nazis are “fine people” and whether launching an armed rebellion against the federal government to preserve slavery is worth …

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Fact check: At Phoenix rally, Trump revises history, exaggerates accomplishments and makes false claims

President Trump delivered a raucous, error-filled speech in Arizona on Aug. 22, just days after he was uniformly criticized for blaming “both sides” for the deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.<p>The president gave a revisionist account of his remarks about …

News (U.S.)

Trump's shutdown threat raises stakes for lawmakers in looming funding battle

Congressional Democrats are holding their ground in opposition to President Donald Trump's proposed border wall after Trump threatened to "close down the government" if lawmakers do not provide money for the project when they return from August recess.<p>On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Charles …

Politics

Trump's 'America first' policy has limits, Merkel says

An "America first" attitude, as President Trump is promoting, may hurt the United States in the long run, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Wednesday.<p>Speaking at a forum sponsored by German newspaper Handelsblatt, Merkel said she understands that such an attitude help get Trump elected, but …

International Relations

Terminating NAFTA would push USA backward

Focus on China trade imbalance, not Mexico and Canada: Our view<p>When the United States, Canada and Mexico began talks this month to rewrite NAFTA,the Trump administration was full of its usual bluster.<p>U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer lectured his counterparts in public. In private, he …

NAFTA

Trump's Trade Agenda Divides the Nation's Cities

The administration has inserted a wedge between the large metropolitan areas known for top-notch services and the small and mid-sized metros focused on manufacturing.<p>Shifting patterns in how American companies sell to the world are opening a new line of conflict between the Trump administration and …

Politics

Trump bashes NAFTA in midst of talks to revamp trade deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just a week into talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, President Donald Trump is already threatening to abandon the 23-year-old pact with Canada and Mexico.<p>At a high-profile campaign-style rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night, Trump predicted that the United …

World Politics

U.N. Panel Condemns Trump’s Response to Charlottesville Violence

President Trump’s seesawing response to the deadly racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., has been rebuked by countless politicians, business executives, community groups and religious leaders.<p>The leaders of Britain and Germany spoke about the need to condemn such violence.<p>Now the United Nations …

World Politics

Russia readies for huge military exercises as tensions with west simmer

Display of power involving up to 100,000 people in Belarus, Kaliningrad and Russia itself comes against backdrop of strained relations with west<p>‘We know how to live next to Russia’: Lithuania builds border fence with Kaliningrad<p>Russia is preparing to mount what could be one of its biggest military …

Russia

Three personas in three speeches, but the same president

In the span of 48 hours this week, President Donald Trump has boomeranged among three roles: the commander in chief, the divider and the uniter.<p>Like a contestant on one of his reality TV shows, Trump has taken on contrasting personas, showcasing divergent traits with flourishes seemingly to survive …

Politics

Trump preaches unity to vets after fiery political speech

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A day after a searing speech tearing into the media and members of his own political party, President Donald Trump returned to calls for unity and love as he spoke to veterans Wednesday at an American Legion conference.<p>"We are here to hold you up as an example of strength, courage …

Donald Trump

Top U.S. general in Afghanistan says Trump's plan means long-term U.S. commitment

KABUL (Reuters) - The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan said on Thursday President Donald Trump's new strategy is a sign of a long-term commitment to what is already America's longest war and called on Taliban insurgents to agree to peace talks.<p>"The Taliban cannot win on the battlefield, …

War

News Brief: Transgender People In The Military, Mattis In Middle East

The White House is expected to issue guidance soon about President Trump's ban on transgender people in the military. Also, Defense Secretary James Mattis is traveling in the Middle East.

World Politics

There are 3,500 troops in Afghanistan the Pentagon didn't tell you about

There are currently more than 12,000 U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan — 3,500 of them the Pentagon failed to publicly disclose, the Wall Street …

War

Cambodia calls US democracy 'bloody and brutal' as charity row escalates

Phnom Penh accuses Washington of interference after lobby group is expelled, and blames it for aiding the rise of the Khmer Rouge<p>Cambodia has hit back at criticism over its decision to expel a US-funded pro-democracy group, accusing Washington of political interference and describing American …

World Politics

Trump's Arizona Visit Reminds GOP of His Agenda---and Baggage

Good morning. Here's Joshua Jamerson's analysis of President Donald Trump's trip to Arizona and a summary of top news. Contact Josh at Joshua.Jamerson@wsj.com and follow him @joshjame . Click here to get the Capital Journal Daybreak newsletter delivered to your inbox.<p>Trump’s Arizona Visit Reminds …

Politics

Haitians Are Crossing From The U.S. To Canada

As thousands of Haitian asylum-seekers cross illegally from the U.S. into Canada, CBC reporter Ainslie MacLellan tells NPR's David Greene how the Canadian government is reacting.

News (U.S.)

Kosovo election winners fail to elect parliament speaker | Miami Herald

The nomination of Kosovo's new prime minister has been delayed after the winners of the June 11 election failed to gather enough votes to elect the …

News (U.S.)

Breitbart's war on Trump's top national security aide, explained

Breitbart News, perhaps the most important pro-Trump media outlet in America, didn’t make much effort to hide its disdain for the president’s decision to step up the war in Afghanistan.<p>In a splash headline, the hard-right nationalist site blasted Trump’s primetime speech Monday night announcing …

World Politics

Can Trump’s Ex-Lawyer Jason Greenblatt Achieve Middle East Peace?

LONDON — President Donald Trump said shortly after taking office that he wants to broker "the ultimate deal" — peace in the Middle East.<p>Helping him to achieve the holy grail of diplomacy — alongside son-in-law, Jared Kushner — is his long-time lawyer, Jason Greenblatt.<p>All eyes will be on the pair …

Israel

Swiss indict woman for 'jihadi traveling'

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss federal prosecutors have indicted a 30-year-old Swiss woman from the Zurich area suspected of trying to join up with jihadist militants in Syria, they said on Thursday.<p>The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) said it had proof that the woman in December 2015 traveled …

World News

Malaysian Leader in Billion-Dollar Scandal Is Invited to White House

WASHINGTON — President Trump has invited Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia to visit the White House in September despite Mr. Najib’s involvement in a billion-dollar corruption scandal.<p>The White House said in a statement on Wednesday that the visit was intended to “strengthen and broaden our …

News (U.S.)

US general vows to annihilate IS in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The top U.S. general in Afghanistan is vowing to annihilate the Islamic State group affiliate in the country, crush remnants of al-Qaida and urge the Taliban to pursue diplomacy, telling them they cannot win on the battlefield.<p>Gen. John Nicholson, in a tough-talking …

World News

Time Is Up on Rex Tillerson

Having proven a failure at every aspect of being Secretary of State, he should do the country a favor and resign.<p>With U.S. President Donald Trump …

Rex Tillerson

How the U.S. Can Pressure Pakistan

Can anything stop the South Asian nation’s support for militants?<p>President Trump announced Monday a new strategic review for the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. He offered tough words for Pakistan, which supports militants inside Afghanistan, but gave few details of how the U.S. could persuade it to …

Pakistan

Ten reasons why true free trade is key to making Brexit a success

Economists for Free Trade was re-launched this week by 16 of Britain’s leading economists to promote the case for true free trade, with zero tariff …

Free Trade

Der Spiegel: “Germany Must Abandon Its Military Reluctance and Lead … the era of total dependence on the U.S. military is over”

COGwriter A reader tipped me off from the following in the German publication Der Spiegel: Germany Must Abandon Its Military Reluctance and Lead …

Geopolitics

Mysterious signs urging unity appear in Thai capital on eve of Yingluck verdict

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Dozens of big signs with the message "no disunity, no fracture" appeared in the Thai capital on Thursday, a day before a much-anticipated court ruling in a case against ousted, former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.<p>Police said they had no idea who put up the signs or why, …

World News

The Retreat Of Democracy In Thailand

The Thai military seized power three years ago after months of political turmoil promising a swift return to democratic rule. But the military seems to be digging in for the long haul.

World News