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Omar al-Bashir, World’s Worst Dictator, Overthrown at Last

Back in 2006, I wrote a book called Tyrants: The World’s 20 Worst Living Dictators. I gave the dubious honor of first place to Omar al-Bashir of Sudan. Now, 13 years later, Bashir has finally been overthrown. Unfortunately, the man who led the military coup that overthrew Bashir is General Awad ibn Ouf, who, since 2006, has been financially sanctioned by the U.S. government for his role in the genocidal attacks carried out in the Darfur region of Sudan.   read more

Trump Cancels Sanctions Against Iran and Venezuela

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Bahram Ghasemi, explained the sudden change. “We offered Trump land to build a residential tower in Tehran and a second one in Isfahan with a promise that the tenants would not be allowed to change the buildings’ names from Trump Tower for ten years upon threat of death."   read more

Many Countries Recognize Nancy Pelosi as Interim U.S. President

“Why should we treat the United States differently than we do Venezuela?” asked German Chancellor Angela Merkel? She added that it was time for Trump to “do the right thing and call for new elections.” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez told reporters, “We are working for the return of full democracy in the United States: human rights, fair elections, and no more imprisonment of children.”   read more

Trump and Iran: The Big Winner is Vladimir Putin

As analysts try to determine who were the big winners and losers in President Donald Trump’s decision pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, most of them seem to have overlooked one of the biggest winners of all…Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin gained a triple victory.   read more

Oscars 2018: Foreign Language Films Part Three—The Best of the Non-Nominees

When someone asked what became of Ayla, director Can Ulkay said, “She’s right here,” and asked her to join him in front of the audience. I have been going to the movies since I was four years old, and I have never witnessed such a dramatic moment. As the audience members collectively gasped in surprise, a shy, elderly woman dressed in traditional Korean clothing walked to center stage.   read more

Oscars 2018: Foreign Language Films Part Two—The 5 Nominees

The winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, The Square is a fascinating compilation of set pieces that are held together through the life of Christian (Claes Bang), the curator of an art museum. The film was originally pitched as a satire of the art world, and this is certainly the crux of the plot. But on a more personal level, the message is that you can be intelligent, handsome, sophisticated and well-respected, and still make really stupid decisions—frequently.   read more

Oscars 2018: Foreign Language Films Part One—Bad Films and Obscenities

This year a record 92 countries entered films in the foreign language category of the Academy Awards. I saw 90 of these films. Give credit to the Motion Picture Academy for allowing the entry of films that are not allowed to be shown in their country of origin. The two most notable examples come from Venezuela and Syria.   read more

Which Countries have been Killing Americans? The Trump 7 vs. the Rest of the World

These are the seven countries from which President Donald Trump halted entry to the United States: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Including all terrorist acts committed by terrorists who were foreign-born or whose parents were born abroad, the total number of Americans killed by terrorists from the Trump 7 is…zero. On the other hand, terrorists from other countries have killed 2, 689 Americans. Here are some examples.   read more

Trump Proceeds with Development of Luxury Resorts Tied to Powerful Indonesian Political Figures

Even as Trump says he'll end foreign business deals, he's taking on projects involving powerful political figures. They include a politician accused of trying to extort billions of dollars from a U.S. mining company, a top shareholder in that company, and a billionaire running for national office. “You could have two world leaders that are business partners,” said a Bush lawyer. “It makes it almost impossible to conduct diplomacy in an evenhanded manner." Said Trump: "It's not a big deal."   read more

U.S. Program to seize Assets Stolen by Corrupt Foreign Leaders May be undermined by Trump’s Global Business Interests

It's been a 6-year U.S. effort to seize $3 billion in assets of foreign officials who use their countries’ wealth to enrich themselves. If Trump doesn't separate his business from politics, it will be tougher for the Justice Dept to criticize foreign leaders who have gained wealth based on their government ties. "It reduces U.S. leverage because of the perceived hypocrisy. The moral case is drastically undermined,” said prof. Stephenson.   read more

Nation’s Top Climate-Change Fighter, California, is ready to roll up Sleeves and Go It Alone

Trump has packed his Cabinet with nominees who dispute climate change. He said he'll withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and belittled global warming. But California — a state that has for 50 years been a leader in environmental advocacy — is about to step into the breach. In a show of defiance, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders said they'll work directly with other nations and states to defend and strengthen the most aggressive policies to fight climate change in the nation.   read more

Growing Number of Americans Opt to Retire Outside of United States

Just under 400,000 American retirees are now living abroad, according to the Social Security Administration. The countries they have chosen most often: Canada, Japan, Mexico, Germany and the United Kingdom. Retirees most often cite the cost of living as the reason for moving elsewhere, said PSC's Mitchell. "I think that many people retire when they are in good health and they are interested in stretching their dollars and seeing the world," Mitchell said.   read more

England Sends Its Banned Weed Killer Paraquat to U.S, Where Demand is high in Spite of Parkinson’s Link

Paraquat has long been controversial because of its use in suicides, since drinking one sip can be lethal. But now U.S. regulators are grappling with research linking paraquat to Parkinson’s disease. Many of the nations that ban paraquat still allow it to be manufactured as long as it is exported. As Europe and China move away from paraquat, its use is rebounding in the U.S. “It’s a poison, and we really shouldn’t be using this as an herbicide in the way we do,” said Dr. Ritz.   read more

Kuwait Moves Annual Washington Party to Trump’s Hotel, Underscoring Ongoing Trump Business Conflicts

Salem Al Sabah, Kuwait's ambassador to the U.S., switched the event from the Four Seasons. The move to Trump's $200-million renovation of the Old Post Office Pavilion could reinforce questions raised about the incoming president's possible conflicts of interest. House Democrats already have warned that they'll make the splashy hotel a headache for Trump if he doesn't dump his ownership stake before taking office Jan. 20. Trump has a six-decade lease on the property.   read more

America's Wonder Woman Handed Pink Slip by U.N. after Protests of Over Her Ambassadorship

The comic book heroine was abruptly fired from her ambassador job at the U.N. following protests from both inside and outside the world organization that a white, skimpily dressed American prone to violence wasn't the best role model for girls. Critics said the appointment was tone deaf at a time when real women are fighting against sexual exploitation and abuse, and that there were plenty of real heroines that could be the face for gender equality.   read more

First-Ever U.S. Court Hearing Granted to Surviving Civilian Victim of U.S. Killer Drone

“The [United] States can invest there in other ways that can actually promote other ideology among the people over there,”Ali Jaber said. “These drones are actually really helping al-Qaida attract people because they are saying, ‘look – the [United] States are killing you. Come join us so we can kill them.'” Ali Jaber said people in his area “do not know anything about the [United] States but the drones.” He says the strikes constitute extrajudicial killings in violation of international law.   read more
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U.S. and the World

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Omar al-Bashir, World’s Worst Dictator, Overthrown at Last

Back in 2006, I wrote a book called Tyrants: The World’s 20 Worst Living Dictators. I gave the dubious honor of first place to Omar al-Bashir of Sudan. Now, 13 years later, Bashir has finally been overthrown. Unfortunately, the man who led the military coup that overthrew Bashir is General Awad ibn Ouf, who, since 2006, has been financially sanctioned by the U.S. government for his role in the genocidal attacks carried out in the Darfur region of Sudan.   read more

Trump Cancels Sanctions Against Iran and Venezuela

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Bahram Ghasemi, explained the sudden change. “We offered Trump land to build a residential tower in Tehran and a second one in Isfahan with a promise that the tenants would not be allowed to change the buildings’ names from Trump Tower for ten years upon threat of death."   read more

Many Countries Recognize Nancy Pelosi as Interim U.S. President

“Why should we treat the United States differently than we do Venezuela?” asked German Chancellor Angela Merkel? She added that it was time for Trump to “do the right thing and call for new elections.” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez told reporters, “We are working for the return of full democracy in the United States: human rights, fair elections, and no more imprisonment of children.”   read more

Trump and Iran: The Big Winner is Vladimir Putin

As analysts try to determine who were the big winners and losers in President Donald Trump’s decision pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, most of them seem to have overlooked one of the biggest winners of all…Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin gained a triple victory.   read more

Oscars 2018: Foreign Language Films Part Three—The Best of the Non-Nominees

When someone asked what became of Ayla, director Can Ulkay said, “She’s right here,” and asked her to join him in front of the audience. I have been going to the movies since I was four years old, and I have never witnessed such a dramatic moment. As the audience members collectively gasped in surprise, a shy, elderly woman dressed in traditional Korean clothing walked to center stage.   read more

Oscars 2018: Foreign Language Films Part Two—The 5 Nominees

The winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, The Square is a fascinating compilation of set pieces that are held together through the life of Christian (Claes Bang), the curator of an art museum. The film was originally pitched as a satire of the art world, and this is certainly the crux of the plot. But on a more personal level, the message is that you can be intelligent, handsome, sophisticated and well-respected, and still make really stupid decisions—frequently.   read more

Oscars 2018: Foreign Language Films Part One—Bad Films and Obscenities

This year a record 92 countries entered films in the foreign language category of the Academy Awards. I saw 90 of these films. Give credit to the Motion Picture Academy for allowing the entry of films that are not allowed to be shown in their country of origin. The two most notable examples come from Venezuela and Syria.   read more

Which Countries have been Killing Americans? The Trump 7 vs. the Rest of the World

These are the seven countries from which President Donald Trump halted entry to the United States: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Including all terrorist acts committed by terrorists who were foreign-born or whose parents were born abroad, the total number of Americans killed by terrorists from the Trump 7 is…zero. On the other hand, terrorists from other countries have killed 2, 689 Americans. Here are some examples.   read more

Trump Proceeds with Development of Luxury Resorts Tied to Powerful Indonesian Political Figures

Even as Trump says he'll end foreign business deals, he's taking on projects involving powerful political figures. They include a politician accused of trying to extort billions of dollars from a U.S. mining company, a top shareholder in that company, and a billionaire running for national office. “You could have two world leaders that are business partners,” said a Bush lawyer. “It makes it almost impossible to conduct diplomacy in an evenhanded manner." Said Trump: "It's not a big deal."   read more

U.S. Program to seize Assets Stolen by Corrupt Foreign Leaders May be undermined by Trump’s Global Business Interests

It's been a 6-year U.S. effort to seize $3 billion in assets of foreign officials who use their countries’ wealth to enrich themselves. If Trump doesn't separate his business from politics, it will be tougher for the Justice Dept to criticize foreign leaders who have gained wealth based on their government ties. "It reduces U.S. leverage because of the perceived hypocrisy. The moral case is drastically undermined,” said prof. Stephenson.   read more

Nation’s Top Climate-Change Fighter, California, is ready to roll up Sleeves and Go It Alone

Trump has packed his Cabinet with nominees who dispute climate change. He said he'll withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and belittled global warming. But California — a state that has for 50 years been a leader in environmental advocacy — is about to step into the breach. In a show of defiance, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders said they'll work directly with other nations and states to defend and strengthen the most aggressive policies to fight climate change in the nation.   read more

Growing Number of Americans Opt to Retire Outside of United States

Just under 400,000 American retirees are now living abroad, according to the Social Security Administration. The countries they have chosen most often: Canada, Japan, Mexico, Germany and the United Kingdom. Retirees most often cite the cost of living as the reason for moving elsewhere, said PSC's Mitchell. "I think that many people retire when they are in good health and they are interested in stretching their dollars and seeing the world," Mitchell said.   read more

England Sends Its Banned Weed Killer Paraquat to U.S, Where Demand is high in Spite of Parkinson’s Link

Paraquat has long been controversial because of its use in suicides, since drinking one sip can be lethal. But now U.S. regulators are grappling with research linking paraquat to Parkinson’s disease. Many of the nations that ban paraquat still allow it to be manufactured as long as it is exported. As Europe and China move away from paraquat, its use is rebounding in the U.S. “It’s a poison, and we really shouldn’t be using this as an herbicide in the way we do,” said Dr. Ritz.   read more

Kuwait Moves Annual Washington Party to Trump’s Hotel, Underscoring Ongoing Trump Business Conflicts

Salem Al Sabah, Kuwait's ambassador to the U.S., switched the event from the Four Seasons. The move to Trump's $200-million renovation of the Old Post Office Pavilion could reinforce questions raised about the incoming president's possible conflicts of interest. House Democrats already have warned that they'll make the splashy hotel a headache for Trump if he doesn't dump his ownership stake before taking office Jan. 20. Trump has a six-decade lease on the property.   read more

America's Wonder Woman Handed Pink Slip by U.N. after Protests of Over Her Ambassadorship

The comic book heroine was abruptly fired from her ambassador job at the U.N. following protests from both inside and outside the world organization that a white, skimpily dressed American prone to violence wasn't the best role model for girls. Critics said the appointment was tone deaf at a time when real women are fighting against sexual exploitation and abuse, and that there were plenty of real heroines that could be the face for gender equality.   read more

First-Ever U.S. Court Hearing Granted to Surviving Civilian Victim of U.S. Killer Drone

“The [United] States can invest there in other ways that can actually promote other ideology among the people over there,”Ali Jaber said. “These drones are actually really helping al-Qaida attract people because they are saying, ‘look – the [United] States are killing you. Come join us so we can kill them.'” Ali Jaber said people in his area “do not know anything about the [United] States but the drones.” He says the strikes constitute extrajudicial killings in violation of international law.   read more
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