Category: World

We Regret to Inform You That Russia Is (Probably) At it Again

Earlier this month, Facebook announced it had detected and shut down more than 30 Russia-linked fake pages created as part of a campaign to influence the U.S. midterm elections. In case there was any doubt, Russia’s effort to influence American politics continues. The Russian government has one overriding objective with regard to the United States: to weaken America so that…

Steve Bannon May Be Too Late to the Populist Party

It’s no secret Steve Bannon has his sights set on Europe. The former White House chief strategist announced last month that he would be moving to Brussels to start a new movement—a think tank called The Movement—to support Europe’s right-wing populist parties ahead of the European Parliament’s elections next spring. His goal, Bannon told the Daily Beast at the time,…

China Is Going to Outrageous Lengths to Surveil Its Own Citizens

China has reportedly begun deploying flocks of drones disguised as birds to surveil its citizens. The drones have wings that flap so realistically they’re difficult to distinguish from actual birds. In fact, animals on the ground often can’t make the distinction, and even real birds in the sky sometimes fly alongside the drones. The robotic birds can mimic 90 percent…

The U.S. Must Engage With Russia

On my recent trip to Russia, I spent an hour with Mikhail Gorbachev. I told him that in the West we are grateful that he and President Ronald Reagan defied Cold War orthodoxy to significantly reduce our countries’ nuclear arms. And I asked him whether there was a moment in his life when he’d realized that he might shape history.…

The Meaning of Assad’s ‘Death Notices’

CHTAURA, Lebanon—Sitting on a bench in the shade of giant fir trees at a monastery in Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley, Yasmin, a 30-year-old Syrian refugee from the town of Daraya, recalled what her father told her back in the spring of 2011 when protests against the regime of Bashar al-Assad began. “Why should we use force when we have brains? Let’s…

The Elusive ‘Better Deal’ With China

These days in U.S.-China trade relations, confrontation is the governing principle. In an effort to challenge China’s growing global economic clout, the Trump administration has, to date, levied around $37 billion in tariffs on Chinese products, and threatened to expand these measures to cover all $504 billion in U.S. imports from China. While the measures may help to reduce the…

U.K. Police Are Investigating a Crash Near Parliament as Terrorism

A car plowed into the gates of U.K.’s Parliament Tuesday, injuring two people in what London’s Metropolitan Police are investigating as a possible act of terrorism. It’s at least the fourth vehicular attack since March 2017, and the second outside the U.K.’s Houses of Parliament since March 2017. “Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method, and…