World Politics

Meet the horsemen of our environmental apocalypse

These Trump appointees are destroying life on Earth for us and for our children<p>Consolidation of power by the oil and coal barons began immediately after the election; president-elect Trump’s transition advisors emerged as an oil industry dream team. Despite the initial antipathy between Trump and …

Climate

Where Trump Zigs, Tillerson Zags, Putting Him at Odds With White House

WASHINGTON — When Rex W. Tillerson, the former chief executive of Exxon Mobil, arrived in Washington five months ago to become the secretary of state, his boosters said he brought two valuable assets to a job that had usually gone to someone steeped in government and diplomacy: a long history …

Foreign Policy

Trump allies push White House to consider regime change in Tehran

As the new administration conducts a routine review of its Iran policy, senior officials are hinting that they're open to toppling the country's clerical regime.<p>As the White House formulates its official policy on Iran, senior officials and key allies of President Donald Trump are calling for the …

Iran

Israel strikes targets in Syria for 2nd day

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Sunday said it attacked a series of targets belonging to the Syrian military, after several projectiles from neighboring Syria landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights for a second day.<p>The military said it targeted two Syrian artillery positions and an …

Israel

White House Pushes Military Might Over Humanitarian Aid in Africa

MUA MISSION, Malawi — If ever there was an example of American and African military bonhomie, it was at a recent summit here over glasses of South African Pinotage and expectations of Pentagon largess<p>Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, vice chief of staff of the United States Army, gave the African generals …

War

What Is the United States Doing in Syria These Days?

On Tuesday, a United States F-15 fighter jet shot down an Iranian-made armed drone near al-Tanf, an area in southeastern Syria that meets the borders …

Syria

64 years later, the CIA finally released details of the coup in Iran

Declassified documents released last week shed light on the Central Intelligence Agency’s central role in the 1953 coup that brought down Iranian Prime Minister Muhammad Mossadegh, fueling a surge of nationalism which culminated in the 1979 Iranian Revolution and poisoning U.S.-Iran relations into …

Foreign Policy

War and waste: cautionary tales as US ponders Afghan boost

WASHINGTON (AP) — One shirt, one pair of pants.<p>Those are the basics for outfitting an Afghan soldier. But in that simple uniform combination are the threads of two troubling stories — one about the waste of millions in American taxpayer dollars, the other about the perils of propping up a partner …

War

Can an Ancient Greek Win America's Wars?

A Q&A with Fred and Kimberly Kagan on the hottest book in the Trump inner circle: Thucydides' "History of the Peloponnesian War."<p>It’s been a scorching week in Washington, what with daily revelations about Russian hacking, the Senate stumbling its way to an Obamacare substitute, and both parties …

Foreign Policy

Japan 'poised to begin informal trade talks with UK'

Japan is poised to begin informal trade talks with the UK to secure a swift trade deal after Brexit.<p>Shinzo Abe’s government has signalled an intention to open a dialogue with the UK while it remains in the EU, even though formal bilateral negotiations cannot begin until it has left the bloc, …

Brexit

Pondering How to Live Together

A question for the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival: In a country of diverse ideologies, how will Americans coexist in peace and prosperity?<p>Last year, while preparing to cover the Aspen Ideas Festival, I chose a question to pose to invited speakers, whose areas of expertise span so many different fields, …

Foreign Policy

Under Trump, fate of Asia rebalance a question

<b>(CNN) —</b> As President Trump prepares to welcome Prime Minister Modi of India and President Moon of South Korea to Washington, he should strongly consider clearly telling both of them that President Obama's Asia rebalance strategy is alive and well.<p>But two key questions also need to be answered for …

North Korea

Cotton: US policy should be regime change in Iran

Sen. Tom CottonTom CottonCotton: US policy should be regime change in Iran Only Congress can enable drone technology to reach its full potential …

Iran

In Modi, Trump has a partner who can make US-India relations a win-win

During his six day, four nation tour of Europe last month, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi injected energy and enthusiasm in India’s relations with Germany, Spain, Russia, and France. The high-profile tour garnered great attention and praise in India and Europe. The prime minister’s visit to …

International Relations

Trump’s major foreign policy challenges heat up

Col. Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell, explains to Joy Reid how many of Trump’s recent actions could be …

Foreign Policy

With wider search for soldiers, Canada’s military broadens horizons

Canada’s military is going all out to erase its reputation for intolerance and misogyny, aiming to recast itself instead as welcoming to Canadians of all races, religions and sexual orientations.<p>The effort – driven by several factors, including a need to bolster its dwindling numbers – includes a …

War

Ohio Air Force base recognized for bee conservation

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Air Force base has been recognized for its efforts to save bee populations.<p>The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2sVB0k9 ) Wright-Patterson Air Force Base received the Bee City USA designation from a national program that helps strengthen ecosystems for bees, …

Armed Conflict

2017 Pride Month: Istanbul Activists Gather to March In Defiance of Ban

LONDON — Activists gathered for a gay Pride march in Istanbul Sunday in defiance of a ban imposed by the city governor’s office.<p>Organizers of the 2017 Istanbul LGBTI Pride gathered near Taksim Square shortly before 5 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET) watched by large numbers of police officers.<p>“We are …

Foreign Policy

The Coming War Between Saudi Arabia And Iran Will Make American Frackers Very Rich

Saudi Arabia and Iran are moving closer to a direct military confrontation that has the potential to disrupt Middle East oil supplies and push crude oil prices back towards the $60, even $100, level.<p>That’s a dream scenario for American frackers who will have to pump oil as fast as they can to make …

Oil

Erdogan says Arab demands on Qatar are ‘against international law’

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday dismissed calls for the closure of a Turkish military base in Qatar.<p>It is on a list of demands made by four Arab states in return for lifting sanctions on the Gulf emirate which they accuse of supporting terrorism.<p>Qatar denies this, calling the ultimatum …

Middle East

That jeering sound you can hear is Europe laughing at Britain

For years we mocked our neighbours’ ‘unstable’ governments. Now, with Brexit upon us, the joke is on this country<p>A cartoon in a Dutch newspaper depicts Mrs May whacking herself over the head with a mallet. Another Dutch publication has the prime minister entering the Brexit negotiations with her …

Foreign Policy

UK's Jeremy Corbyn gets rockstar welcome at Glastonbury music festival

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn got a rapturous welcome from tens of thousands of revellers at the Glastonbury music festival on Saturday.<p>The Labour leader took to the stage just before the Kaiser Chiefs at a festival that took a political turn this year, two weeks after a general …

Referendums

EU, Mexico continue trade talks

A fresh round of trade talks between the EU and Mexico will kick off tomorrow, as officials attempt to update a free trade pact dating from 2000.<p>A …

Trade Agreements

Iran mocks reports its Syria missile strikes fell short

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran said Sunday the two-stage missiles it fired at Islamic State targets in Syria broke apart over the Iraqi desert as planned, mocking reports that some of the projectiles fell short.<p>State TV's website quoted the airspace division chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Gen. Amir Ali …

Iran

HHS Secretary Defies Trump on Ebola Travel Ban

Trump advocated shutting infected Americans out of the country during the 2014 outbreak. But Tom Price praised Obama’s response and said the U.S. has a moral responsibility to care for its health volunteers abroad.<p>At the height of the Ebola outbreak in 2014, days before the World Health …

News

Is This 28-Year-Old Hungary's Next Great Hope?

The basement is filled with tables, mismatched chairs and a worn sofa. This former hair salon near Budapest’s main train station lacks flair, except …

Culture

U.S. urges Arab states to reach resolution in dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday that Qatar and the four Arab states that imposed a boycott on their tiny but wealthy neighbor should sit down together in order to try to reach a resolution.<p>"A productive next step would be for each of the countries to sit …

Middle East

Religion and World Politics part 18 - Stephen Chan

It’s an emo­tive term, a value-laden term, every time we men­tion Zionism. In fact, as a mod­ern doctrine—and that’s what it is, quite a mod­ern …

Geopolitics

David Petraeus on US policy under Donald Trump, the generational war against Islamist terrorism, and dealing with China

Retired United States general David Petraeus was a commander of international forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Later he headed the CIA, before …

Foreign Policy

David Davis not certain he’ll be able to get a free trade deal

<b>David Davis has said he is not certain he’ll be able to get a free trade deal before Britain withdraws from the EU.</b><p>The Brexit Secretary said he was …

Brexit