Category Archives: news

A Moment of Truth in Hong Kong

Here is the headline

Hong Kong protesters show no sign of backing down in the face of countless threats

Here is the story.

The old saying was that either China would swallow Hong Kong or Hong Kong would swallow China. As the current wave of protests persists, you can’t help but wonder which side will blink. And you can’t help but remember Tiananmen Square.

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Here We Go Again in Syria and Iraq?

Very bad news here

A report from the Pentagon Inspector General found that President Donald Trump’s decision to rapidly pull troops out of Syria and to divert attention from diplomacy in Iraq has inadvertently aided the Islamic State’s regrouping in Syria and Iraq.

Let’s hope that things don’t nuts again. But …I have a bad feeling about this.

Mueller Speaks – It Is Worth Listening To

The Mueller Report speaks volumes about the nasty stuff that happened during the 2016 campaign as Russians attempted to sway the election results, and about how the Trump Administration attempted to throttle the Mueller investigation again and again.

But apparently not many people have actually read the report

Instead, some have listened to what the president says — that he is totally exonerated and vindicated by the report.. Some have listened to Attorney General Barr who said that Mueller’s conclusions were not swayed by DOJ policy that prevents indictment of a sitting president, and that Mueller did not intend his report to be used by Congress. That it is the end of the story.

These comments are misleading. This prompted Mueller to make a public statement. His intention was clear – to clear the air. He spoke carefully. He spoke purposefully.  The key points (1) there WAS a concerted effort on the part of Russian Intelligence to sway the election, (2) his investigation did NOT exonerate Trump, (3) the investigation was constrained by DOJ policy that the president could not be indicted, and so it would be unfair to accuse him if he could not attempt to clear his name in court, and (4) the appropriate forum to decide what action is needed in light of the report is Congress.

You might find more in his comments. Here he is.

And Now, a Word from Estonian Populists

You may have heard. A populist party called “EKRE” won 19% of the vote in recent Estonian parliamentary elections. Other mainstream parties go more, and the Reform Party got the most votes. But through a rather surprising coalition deal, Reform was excluded from forming a coalition and EKRE was dealt in.

Voila. Estonia made news. Here is Bloomberg writing about the situation.

Of course, this is not great PR for Estonia within the European body politic. But it is a wake up call for Estonians. Do they really support folks with these sorts of positions? Anti-gay marriage? Send the blacks home?

And a visit from Marie LePen today is further stirring the pot. It is known, here, for example that LePen’s party receives financing from Russia. That is a major turn off for Estonians.

I will be delivering a speech on all of this today. It should be interesting. Stay tuned!