Set to the tempo of escalating violence, widespread human rights violations, and spreading regional conflict, Syria's civil war continues into its fourth year. But beyond the increasingly grisly statistics, a U.N. panel has concluded the crisis has reached a “tipping point” threatening the entire region. Tellingly, both sides to the conflict, the Assad family regime and the gaggle of Islamic fundamentalist rebel groups share blame for the bloodletting.
Like a swirling and malevolent desert sandstorm, an Islamic jihadi terrorist movement is sweeping across northern Iraq.
A firestorm of criticism has erupted in the wake of the Obama Administration's politically ham-handed prisoner swap with the Afghan Taliban. The initial good news about the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in Taliban captivity for five years, soon soured after the terms of the deal were announced. We were taken!
Given his drifting and buffeted foreign policy, U.S. President Barack Obama had to hit a political home run in his long awaited policy address at the West Point commencement ceremonies. Instead, amid the majestic setting of the Military Academy graduation, the President presented a measured and lawyerly foreign policy lecture with a few good sound bites, few surprises, and fewer specific initiatives.
An expected, if still extraordinary, political tsunami has swept across India as voters elected a nationalist and pro-business political party to lead this country of over a billion people.
The Security Council has reaffirmed its tough stance against nuclear weapons proliferation and especially the transfer of the technical components among “non-state actors,” namely terrorist groups.
John Paul II, the Pope from Poland, has been declared a Catholic Saint. According to Catholic canon law, the Pope performed the requisite miracles and was thus then canonized by the Vatican. Yet, one unspoken miracle of John Paul was playing a pivotal role in the ending of the Cold War.
There's an old Washington adage that, if there's bad news or no news, announce it late on a Friday afternoon. And if that afternoon happens to be Good Friday, you are assured virtually no one will notice. This was the game plan for the Obama Administration's yet again stalling a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. But many noticed.
The fate of Ukraine, one of Eastern Europe's largest countries, hangs in the balance. On the one hand, “spontaneous” political demonstrations and government building seizures by pro-Russian separatists, are bringing an air of deliberately planned disorder to the country's eastern regions bordering Russia.
Syria's harrowing civil war has taken a new turn as the beleaguered Mid East country now faces a widening drought and food crisis in the midst of a widening conflict. U.N. relief agencies warn that the deepening drought may cut food production thus adding to the country's woes.