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Brazil is truly a nation in flux. The Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have unfolded fairly smoothly, though not without incidents and ongoing tensions. On Aug. 14, four swimmers from the United States reported being robbed, but that incident is now discounted.
 
"Spooked by Brexit, Mr. Bond?" That is the caption under a photograph of actor Daniel Craig, our current James Bond, pistol in hand, looking concerned.
 
Khizr Khan at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia spoke from the heart, on behalf of himself and his wife Ghazala Khan, regarding their son Capt. Humayun Khan of the United States Army. Capt.
 
Sustained North Korea threats, and nuclear weapon and missile tests, have led the Obama administration and President Park Geun-hye's government of South Korea to agree to deploy the Lockheed Martin THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Air Defense) anti-missile system.
 
The military coup attempted in Turkey reinforces already strong anxiety about the Middle East. The effort by elements of the armed forces to oust the elected civilian government has failed, in part because the military was not unified in support of removing current leadership.
 
The summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), held in Warsaw Poland July 8 and 9, has been generally overshadowed by other news. Competition for media attention regarding Europe has been dominated by the British referendum vote to leave the European Union (EU).
 
"Someone to talk to" is how McGeorge Bundy, national security adviser to U.S. President John F. Kennedy, summed up the special relationship between Great Britain and the United States, dating from the darkest period of World War II. The same term can be applied to Canada, and increasingly Mexico as well.
 
'The U.S. knows it could not ask for a better friend and ally than the United Kingdom.'
 
Disputes and confrontations over portions of the Pacific Ocean continue to grow.
 
"Fog in channel, Continent cut off," is a very old British joke about an alleged newspaper headline regarding weather over the waterway separating them from Europe.
 
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