It's been a momentous week for Russian President Vladimir Putin. While the major media focused on his trip to Brazil to accept the handover for the next FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in Russia as well as his participation in the Summit of the BRIC economic powers, the real story was the largely overlooked wraparound of his Latin American charm offensive. Here's the background.
A 22 year old Florida man sets off a suicide bomb in Syria. Seven Dutch jihadis are killed in combat with Syrian army units.
Set to the backdrop of continuing violence, growing narcotics production and fear about the future following the pullout of international forces, the recent round of Afghanistan's presidential elections have become all the more crucial to produce a climate of needed stability in a land that knows only chaos.
Finally some good global news!
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.