March 2017

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‘Up to Their Asses in Alligators’: Trump White House on Defensive Amid Russia Probe

Revelations about the investigations of Trump’s Russia ties distract the administration at a key moment for the neophyte president.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) shakes hands on January 14, 2015 with US State Secretary John Kerry in Geneva. Zarif said on January 14 that his meeting with his US counterpart was vital for progress on talks on Tehran's contested nuclear drive. Under an interim deal agreed in November 2013, Iran's stock of fissile material has been diluted from 20 percent enriched uranium to five percent, in exchange for limited sanctions relief.   AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICK WILKING        (Photo credit should read RICK WILKING/AFP/Getty Images)

Dear Senators: Push Back Against Iran, but Not at the Expense of the Nuclear Deal

Members of Congress considering new Iran sanctions legislation should have open eyes regarding the Trump administration's attitude toward the nuclear deal.

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Trump Hits China on Trade Ahead of Xi Meeting

The president called out China for the U.S. trade deficit and American job losses.

BEIJING, CHINA - JULY 06: Chinese Hui Muslim men pray during Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the historic Niujie Mosque on July 6, 2016 in Beijing, China. Islam in China dates back to the 10th century as the legacy of Arab traders who ventured from the Middle East along the ancient Silk Road.  Of an estimated 23 million Muslims in China, roughly half are Hui, who are ethnically Chinese and speak Mandarin.  China's constitution provides for Islam as one of five 'approved' religions in the officially atheist country though the government enforces severe limits.  Worship is permitted only at state-sanctioned mosques and proselytizing in public is illegal.  The Hui, one of 55 ethnic minorities in China (along with the Han majority), have long nurtured a coexistence with the Communist Party and is among the minority groups with political representation at various levels of government. The Hui Muslim population fast from dawn until dusk during Ramadan and it is believed there are more than 20 million members of the community in the country. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

When Marx Meets Islam

A Chinese regulation would prohibit online insults based on religion. Some decry it as antithetical to Communist values.

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You Think Your Week Sucks? Try Being Theresa May

She’s facing the EU’s guidelines for Brexit, and a request for a second Scottish independence referendum. How’s your Friday?

Iraqi families who were displaced by the ongoing operation by Iraqi forces against jihadists of the Islamic State group to retake the city of Mosul, are seen near Qayyarah, south of Mosul, on October 29, 2016.
Iraqi paramilitary forces launched an operation to cut the Islamic State group's supply lines between its Mosul bastion and neighbouring Syria, opening a new front in the nearly two-week-old offensive. / AFP / BULENT KILIC        (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Bombed in Their Homes, Civilians in Mosul Blame Reckless Coalition Forces

As the war to retake the city from the Islamic State intensifies, a terrified population fears the worst.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) invites for talks Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic (L) during their meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, on July 8, 2014. Russia and Serbia are ready to start procedures of signing an agreement on the South Stream gas pipeline in the next few days, the Itar-TASS news agency quoted Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as saying yesterday after his talks with Vucic. The 16-billion-euro ($21.8 billion) South Stream pipeline would stretch nearly 2,500 kilometres (1,500 miles) from Russia under the Black Sea to Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Slovenia before reaching a terminal in Italy. It is an attempt to reduce Moscow's reliance on Ukraine as a transit country for its natural gas following disputes with Kiev in 2006 and 2009 that led to interruptions of gas supplies to Europe. AFP PHOTO / POOL/ MAXIM SHIPENKOV        (Photo credit should read MAXIM SHIPENKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Serbia’s (Likely) Next President Flirting With Moscow, or Still With Europe?

Serbia’s pro-EU prime minister will likely be its next president. Why is he making arms deals with Moscow?

TOPSHOT - A policeman walks in front of a graffiti against US President Donald Trump in Mexico City during his inauguration on January 20, 2017.
Billionaire outsider Donald Trump was sworn in on Friday as the 45th president of the United States and announced that he will shield the country's borders against immigrants and protect it from the "ravages" of free trade. / AFP / RONALDO SCHEMIDT        (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico Can Handle Trump Just Fine

The country’s greatest obstacles are close to home, not north of the border.

Leftist Front de Gauche (FG) leader Jean-Luc Melenchon takes part in a demonstration in support of the Greek people on February 15, 2015 in Paris. At least 2,000 people marched through the streets of Paris on February 15 heeding the call from unions and far-left organisations to voice their support for Greece and its new leftist anti-austerity government. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE / AFP / LOIC VENANCE        (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

France’s Socialists Are Losing to a Communist

Jean-Luc Mélenchon preaches 32-hour workweeks, rages against finance, and is reminding the French of what they once loved about hard-left politics.

A scene from 'In the Clutches of the Gang', a Keystone Cops silent comedy directed by George Nichols and Mack Sennett. Left to right : Ford Sterling (on phone), Edgar Kennedy, George Jeskey, Al St John, Hank Mann, Rube Miller, and Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle (1887 - 1933).   (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Flynn’s big flip: The general doesn’t know much but the move increases pressures

The news that Michael Flynn has asked for immunity in exchange for testifying before Congress is interesting, but there may be less to it than meets the eye.

MARINE AIR-GROUND TASK FORCE TRAINING CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – Marine Working Dog Sgt. Linda, a patrol explosion detection dog with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, rests after a long day of kicking tail and barking names in a heloborn raid conducted by the Battalion Landing Team during Realistic Urban Training, March 12, 2017. RUT is a land-based exercise that provides an opportunity to integrate unique skills and develop the MEU’s collective proficiency in challenging and unfamiliar environments. The MEU maintains a high level of readiness to be where needed, when needed, and the units undergo demanding unit-level certification cycles to be proficient in every critical mission area

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Her name is Linda, and she’s a Marine bomb dog.

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Egypt’s Coming Revolt of the Poor

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's regime has exploited an IMF agreement to squeeze the lower classes and enrich a small clique of former generals.

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Ukraine’s Underground AIDS-Treatment Railroad

For HIV-positive eastern Ukrainians, the struggle against Russian-backed separatists isn't just about dignity — it's about their right to stay alive.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Retired Army Lt. General Michael Flynn arrives for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump at the US Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Flynn is appointed National Security Advisor to Trump. Donald J. Trump will become the 45th president of the United States today.  (Photo by Saul Loeb - Pool/Getty Images)

SitRep: Flynn Wants Immunity; Three White House Officials Spoke with Nunes; Trump Opens New War Front

ISIS Numbers in Mosul; U.S. Not Interested in Ousting Assad; Putin Getting Impatient About Trump Meeting; USAF, Marines, Looking at Lasers

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: (AFP-OUT)  Nikki Haley raises her right hand while being sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations January 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. Haley was formerly the Governor of South Carolina.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Nikki Haley Threatened to Withhold Backing for U.N.’s Congo Mission, Then Blinked

In search of savings, the Trump administration targets the U.N.’s largest and costliest peacekeeping missions for cuts.

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Russian Interference Went Far Beyond DNC Hack, Senate Panel Hears

Experts tell congressional investigators of hacks to Clinton’s and Rubio’s email, bot swarms of false information, and the prospect of ‘information nukes’ still lurking in Russian hands.

Yogi Adityanath (C), Uttar Pradesh's new chief minister, attends his swearing-in ceremony in Lucknow on March 19, 2017.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right-wing party on March 18 picked a controversial firebrand leader to head India's most populous state, where it won a landslide victory last week. After an hours-long meeting with local BJP legislators, senior party leader M. Venkaiah Naidu announced 44-year-old Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh's next chief minister.
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‘If They Kill Even One Hindu, We Will Kill 100!’

Meet Yogi Adityanath, the fire-breathing Hindu nationalist monk who’s leading India’s largest state on a warpath against Muslims.

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Trump Treasury Nominees Aren’t Partial To IMF Bailouts

That doesn’t bode well for Greece, which appears to be hurtling toward another default.

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This Russian Lawyer’s Goal? “Get Rid of Putin’s Regime.”

Mark Feygin is working at the intersection of international relations and high profile legal cases to try to put pressure on Putin.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives on the podium prior to his speech in front of the National Museum of Budapest on March 15, 2017, during the official commemoration of the 169th anniversary of the 1848-1849 Hungarian revolution and independence war.
The revolution in the kingdom of Hungary grew into a war for independence from the Habsburg rule. / AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK        (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Stand Up for Free Speech and the CEU

Hungary’s nationalist prime minister is intent on shutting down the country's Central European University. We must not let it happen.

UNSPECIFIED, PERSIAN GULF REGION - JANUARY 07:  A U.S. Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), (R), returns from a mission to an air base in the Persian Gulf region on January 7, 2016. The U.S. military and coalition forces use the base, located in an undisclosed location, to launch drone airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria, as well as to transport cargo and and troops supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Predators at the base are operated and maintained by the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, currently attached to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Trump Expands War Authorities to Target Militants in Somalia

Under a new authorization, U.S. forces are given more ability to launch attacks on al Shabab in the East African country

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 27:  British Prime Minister Theresa May with U.S. President Donald Trump walk along The Colonnade at The White House on January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. British Prime Minister Theresa May is on a two-day visit to the United States and will be the first world leader to meet with President Donald Trump.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

This Is How Five Eyes Dies

Looking back from 2019, the collapse of Western intelligence sharing under Trump was inevitable.

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

Nice Doing Business With You, Moscow

That Trump campaign members may have colluded with Kremlin officials is a huge problem. But that the U.S. president may still have substantial interests in Russia is an even bigger issue.

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State Department Official Took ‘Tens of Thousands’ in Gifts From Chinese Spies

Candace Marie Claiborne alleged received tens of thousands of dollars worth of gifts from Chinese agents she knew to be spies.

HEMPSTEAD, NY - SEPTEMBER 26:  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump waves after the Presidential Debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York.  The first of four debates for the 2016 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by NBC's Lester Holt.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Five Books for a President Who Doesn’t Read

From a nonfiction book about ethics and values to a Mark Twain classic, here’s a handful of suggestions for Donald Trump’s night table.

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A Yemeni man looks at a burning vehicle following a reported suicide car bombing in Huta, the capital of the southern province of Lahj, a bastion of Al-Qaeda jihadists, on March 27, 2017.
Ten jihadists, including a suicide bomber, perished when they attacked a government building in southern Yemen, killing six soldiers and four civilians, officials said.  / AFP PHOTO / SALEH AL-OBEIDI        (Photo credit should read SALEH AL-OBEIDI/AFP/Getty Images)

Yemen Lashes Out At D.C. Briefing By Human Rights Activists

The Yemeni embassy seeks to discredit civil society advocates holding an event on Capitol Hill. What are they afraid of?

Syrians walk amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following reported air strikes by regime forces in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on August 30, 2015. More than 240,000 people have been killed since Syria's conflict began in March 2011, and half of the country's population has been displaced by the war. AFP PHOTO / ABD DOUMANY / AFP / ABD DOUMANY        (Photo credit should read ABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images)

There Are No Real ‘Safe Zones’ and There Never Have Been

Recent history shows that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s plan to create “interim zones of stability” in Syria won’t actually help save civilian lives.

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The Real Russian Threat to Central Eastern Europe

Neo-fascism. Russian disinformation. State-sponsored ethno-nationalism. And all around unwillingness to do much about any of it — yet.

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If you want to have a decent military 10 years from now, support education now

we can expect the slashes to the education budget to halt the little educational momentum we have achieved in the last couple of decades.

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More academic news: Now you can get a master’s degree in military ethics

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Military Ethics program formalizes a field of study that contends with questions of how advancing military technologies relate to the common humanity of both enemy and ally.

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Lidio Javier’s Long Journey Home

Tracing the steps of one young Mexican who died in the Arizona desert suggests Trump’s wall won’t do much to deter migrants — and could kill more like him.

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Netherlans' F-35C Lightning II joint striker fighter aircraft fly in formation with F16 Fighting Falcon aircrafts during the Dutch Air Force Days at Leeuwarden Air Base in Leeuwarden on June 10, 2016. 
A Swiss fighter crashed and burst into flames in the Netherlands June 9 after hitting another jet during a training session before an air show, officials said. The pilot from the aerobatics team of the Swiss air force ejected to safety, Dutch and Swiss officials said.
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SitRep: U.S. Sells More Weapons to Gulf Kingdoms; General Warns of More Civ. Casualties; Trump Out-Drones Obama

Yemen Active on Capitol Hill; Day After Mosul; U.S. Balks at U.N. Peacekeeping; Saudi’s Nascent defense Industry; China’s Spy at State

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Bush’s Former CIA and NSA Director Slams Trump For ‘Delegitimizing’ Facts

Gen. Michael Hayden said Trump’s attempts to sow distrust in government would come back to bite him.

Iraqis displaced from the Nablous neighbourhood due to the ongoing fighting against Islamic State (IS) group fighters, flee to the Al-Sumoud neighbourhood on March 22, 2017, as an ongoing offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the city of Mosul from the jihadists continues.
Iraqi forces launched a major operation to recapture west Mosul -- the most-populated urban area still held by IS -- on February 19, and have retaken a series of neighbourhoods from the jihadists. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Generals Warn of More Civilian Casualties, As ISIS Wages Desperate Fight in Mosul

American military commanders are warning that more civilians will likely be put at risk during the fight to dislodge the Islamic State from Mosul, underscoring a harsh truth of urban warfare.

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Senate Investigators: ‘We Will Get the Facts on Trump’s Russia Ties’

In contrast to the rancorous House Intelligence panel and its near-frozen investigation, lawmakers in the Senate vow to remain free of White House interference.

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To Save Peacekeeping From Trump’s Budget Ax, Will the U.N. Embrace Fighting Terrorism?

The U.N. mission in Mali is Turtle Bay’s most controversial. But will its counterterrorism remit be just what saves it from the chopping block?

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20:  President-elect Donald Trump, left, and President Barack Obama arrive for Trump's inauguration ceremony at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Trump, a real estate mogul and reality television star who upended American politics and energized voters angry with Washington, will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, putting Republicans in control of the White House for the first time in eight years.  (Photo by  Scott Applewhite - Pool/Getty Images)

Obama’s Dream of a Nuclear-Free World Is Becoming a Nightmare

The last president wanted an end to nukes, but did nothing to achieve it. Trump won’t even talk about nonproliferation. The result is chaos.

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A Turkish Banker’s Arrest Puts Spotlight on Erdogan’s Circle at Awkward Time

The U.S. arrested the Turkish executive and charged him with colluding in a multimillion-dollar scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

Has Moscow Already Taken Down the Trump Administration?

Donald Trump can’t seem to get ahead of the wave of Russia news stories, no matter how hard he tries.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) shakes hands with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) outside Moscow in Novo-Ogarevo on March 19, 2010. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and used the occasion to bemoan Moscow's stalled WTO application and the state of bilateral trade. Russia, the world's largest economy outside the global trade body, has repeatedly accused Washington of hindering its efforts to join the World Trade Organization in talks that have dragged on since 1993. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / POOL / ALEXEY NIKOLSKY (Photo credit should read ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Silence on Russia’s Corruption Protests Shows Just How Big Putin Won

Taking down Hillary Clinton wasn't personal animus. It was an attack on core U.S. values.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he delivers a speech on stage, on March 5, 2017 in Istanbul during a pro-government women meeting.
Some 12,000 women filled on March 5 an Istanbul arena in support of a "Yes" vote in an April referendum whether to boost Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers. Erdogan lashed out at Germany for blocking several rallies there ahead of an April vote in Turkey on boosting his powers as head of state, likening them to Nazi practices. "Your practices are not different from the Nazi practices of the past," Erdogan told a women's rally in Istanbul as Turks vote on April 16 whether to approve changes to the constitution expanding presidential powers.
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Turkey Is a Dictatorship Masquerading as a NATO Democracy

Recep Erdogan's slow-motion plan to abandon democracy — and buy the West's silence — is almost complete.

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Democracy Is Drowning in the Maldives

The islands' first democratically elected president is planning a return - but home may not be welcoming.

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An old salt picks his 4 favorite American admirals—and explains why (Part I)

The four flag officers on my personal list of great American naval leaders have, in addition to the usual attributes, two odd things in common.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 08:  A little boy inspects a billboard showing a winking Russian President Vladimir Putin and a bear as well as a t-shirt that reads: "I'm a friend of Putin" at Victory Park ahead of celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany and the end of World War II on May 8, 2015 in Moscow, Russia. The city of Moscow will celebrate the anniversary on May 9 with a Victory Day international military parade and other events that most European leaders are snubbing because they accuse Russia of involvement in the war in eastern Ukraine.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

How Russia stumbled into a winning strategy to undermine the West

As the Kremlin’s strategists look across the globe, they have reason to rejoice.

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Hats off to ARMY magazine

It is good to see a military magazine running on all cylinders.

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Can the Brexit Denial Finally Stop Now?

It's time for wonks to accept that a country might willingly make itself economically worse off -- and that it doesn't mean voters were hoodwinked.

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‘Carlos the Jackal’ Receives Third Sentence to Life in Prison

The final chapter in a legal battle against the man who was once the world’s most wanted fugitive.

Surrounded by miners from Rosebud Mining, US President Donald Trump (C) applauds after signing the Energy Independence Executive Order at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Headquarters in Washington, DC, March 28, 2017.
President Donald Trump claimed an end to the "war on coal" Tuesday, as he moved to roll back climate protections enacted by predecessor Barack Obama. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the Paris Climate Agreement Dead?

Trump’s new enviro-rollback seeks to undermine the landmark accord, but an America First energy plan might not mean pulling out entirely.

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Brazen Murder in Kiev Chills Russia’s Dissidents in Ukraine

The assassination of Putin critic Denis Voronenkov has Russian exiles wondering who's next on the Kremlin’s hit list.

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Kremlin: Child Protesters Were Paid

Russian officials trot out an old tactic to minimize protests

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Trump’s Russian Headaches Continue With Congressional Allies Under Fire

Allegations that the White House may have squelched testimony from former acting Attorney General Sally Yates ratchet up pressure on Rep. Devin Nunes.

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‘Mission Accomplished’ Will Never Come in Afghanistan

Will the Trump administration put American interests first, or the president’s own obsession with "winning"?

TOPSHOT - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (L) and US presidential candidate Donald Trump shake hands after a meeting in Mexico City on August 31, 2016.
Donald Trump was expected in Mexico Wednesday to meet its president, in a move aimed at showing that despite the Republican White House hopeful's hardline opposition to illegal immigration he is no close-minded xenophobe. Trump stunned the political establishment when he announced late Tuesday that he was making the surprise trip south of the border to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto, a sharp Trump critic.
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Fact Checking Trump’s ‘Alternative Facts’ About Mexico

Trump’s Mexico policy inventions could rupture ties and thus undermine vital U.S. national interests.

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Take A Wild Ride on The Oil Price Roller Coaster

No wonder OPEC has been feeling so nauseous lately.

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Book excerpt: Defense Secretary Mattis discusses his favorite books, and why

General James Mattis has accumulated perhaps one of the largest personal libraries of an active-duty military officer ever known in the modern world.

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Do NCOs need to write better?: Hell no, says former enlisted guy who is a writer

If I were preparing my future NCO Corps for anything, it would be advanced math and computer skills.

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Balkan Conspiracy Theories Come to Capitol Hill

A group of GOP senators is spreading false allegations from a shadowy organization and supporting the region’s corrupt and undemocratic forces.

Country music star Craig Morgan, with band and guest musician U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, perform a song during a USO show at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 25, 2017. Gen. Selva, along with USO entertainers, visited service members who are stationed outside the continental U.S. at various locations across the globe.  This year’s entertainers included mixed-martial artist Dominick Cruz, chef Robert Irvine, U.S. Olympic Swimmer Katie Meili, and mentalist Jim Karol. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

You know your band is doing well

When you afford to have a four-star on rhythm guitar.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23:  Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is seen during the Men's Four-Man Bobsleigh on Day 16 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

The Most Hated Man in Russia

This weekend's protests proved one thing: From Vladivostok to Kaliningrad, everyone hates Dmitry Medvedev.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31:  U.S. President Donald Trump (R) delivers remarks at the beginning of a meeting with his son-in-law and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and government cyber security experts in the Roosevelt Room at the White House January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. Citing the hack of computers at the Democratic National Committee by Russia, Trump said that the private and public sectors must do more to prevent and protect against cyber attacks.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Russia Scandal Has Reached the Trump Family

And only a special counsel can find out how deep the rot goes.

TOPSHOT - Smoke plumes rise after an airstrike in west Mosul on March 10, 2017 as Iraqi forces advance in the city during the ongoing battle to seize it from the jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS        (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

As U.S. Airstrikes Rise, So Do Allegations of Civilian Deaths

A massive bombing in Mosul that may have killed as many as 200 people tops a growing list of sites where the U.S. is accused of bombing civilians.

US President Donald Trump prepares to sign several executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, January 23, 2017.
Trump on Monday signed three orders on withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, freezing the hiring of federal workers and hitting foreign NGOs that help with abortion. / AFP / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

3 Strategies U.S. Trade Partners Should Pursue Post-TPP

One might be tempted to preach patience, but it is worth remembering that the Obama administration dragged out its trade negotiations for a very long time before ultimately failing

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The Apprentice, But for Real: How Some Companies Close the Skills Gap

Facing a shortfall of skilled labor for advanced manufacturing, some U.S. companies are stealing a page from the European playbook.

Demonstrators gather near The White House to protest President Donald Trump's travel ban on six Muslim countries on March 11, 2017 in Washington, DC.  / AFP PHOTO / Tasos Katopodis        (Photo credit should read TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Heightened Scrutiny of Iranians Shows Trump Administration ‘Extreme Vetting’ in Action

Iranians, frequent U.S. visa applicants, are facing more hurdles getting approval.

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Justin Trudeau To Legalize Weed in Canada

Time to start buying stock in Tim Horton’s.

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Who Is the Russian Banker Who Met With Jared Kushner?

He trained at the FSB academy and runs a bank that boasts the Russian prime minister as a supervisory board member.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21:  House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks to the media after after a House Republican closed party conference attended by U.S. President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill, on March 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump urged House Republicans to support his American Health Care Act.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Dangerous National Security Implications of Trump’s Obamacare Fiasco

Trump is the biggest loser in the Republican failure to bring Obamacare repeal to a vote.

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Should NCOs be required to write better?

An Australian regimental sergeant major thinks they should up their literary game.

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You so smart? Then this job is for you.

I actually think lots of Best Defense readers would enjoy this gig.

COLOGNE, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 23: The central mosque of DITIB, the Turkish Islamic union that runs Turkish mosques across Germany, stands at twilight on February 23, 2017 in Cologne, Germany. German authorities have launched investigations into the activities of DITIB imams and other employees over allegations of spying against Turks in Germany whom the Turkish state suspects of having ties to the Gulen movement. DITIB is the religious arm of the Turkish state. Its imams are schooled in Turkey and their salaries paid by the Turkish government. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched a massive attack against the movement of his rival Fethullah Gulen, arresting thousands of people Erdogan accuses of supporting Gulen and playing a role in the 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey. Gulen has a strong following among Turks in Germany and the movement runs a network of schools and other institutions. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Erdogan’s International Network of Muslim Cleric Spies

The hidden backstory to the latest diplomatic blowup between Turkey and Europe.

A man carries fake nuclear barrels during a demonstration to demand the closure of Fessenheim nuclear power plant on March 12, 2017 in Fessenheim, eastern France. 
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Cutting Funding to the IAEA Is a Horrible Idea

If you care about national security or the war on terrorism, why would you cut the nuclear nonproliferation budget?

A Yemenis man walks past flames rising from the ruins of buildings destroyed in an air-strike by the Saudi-led coalition on February 10, 2016 in the capital Sanaa. / AFP / MOHAMMED HUWAIS        (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Happy Anniversary to America’s Shameful Travesty of a War in Yemen

After two years and thousands of civilian casualties, the Trump administration needs to realize it can’t win a war that has no point.

Yemeni loyalist forces patrol a highway near the Red Sea port town of Mocha on January 20, 2017. / AFP / SALEH AL-OBEIDI        (Photo credit should read SALEH AL-OBEIDI/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: Sources: Pentagon’s New Look at Yemen Effort; Mattis’ Letter to White House; Generals Want More in Somalia

Mosul Air Strike Blowback; U.S. Troops Blend into Mosul Fight; NATO Worried about Russia in Libya as U.S. Keeps Troops There; And Lots More

Jet fighters of the Saudi Royal air force performs during the graduation ceremony of the 83rd batch of King Faisal Air Academy (KFAA) students that was attended by Saudi Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz (not pictured) held at the Riyadh military airport, on January 1, 2013, in Riyadh.     AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE        (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Pentagon Weighs More Support for Saudi-led War in Yemen

As the administration debates how to confront Iran, some in the Pentagon favor ratcheting up support for Saudi Arabia’s campaign against Tehran-backed Houthi rebels.

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Trump’s Former National Security Adviser Discussed Booting Gulen Back to Turkey

Mike Flynn was a paid lobbyist for Turkey when he attended a meeting with Turkish officials touching on ways to remove the controversial cleric from the U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 23:  U.S. President Donald Trump holds a listening session on health care with truckers and CEOs from the American Trucking Associations in the Cabinet Room at the White House on March 23, 2017 in Washington, DC.. (Photo by Molly Riley-Pool/Getty Images)

The Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole of the Trump Presidency

While we endlessly watch for the latest blunder or scandal, America is being pulled dangerously off course.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JUNE 28: President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite attends a European Council Meeting at the Council of the European Union on June 28, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. British Prime Minister David Cameron will hold talks with other EU leaders in what will likely be his final scheduled meeting with the full European Council before he stands down as Prime Minister. The meetings come at a time of economic and political uncertainty following the referendum result last week which saw the UK vote to leave the European Union. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

‘Russia Is a Threat … to All of Europe’

Lithuania’s president talks to Foreign Policy about Vladimir Putin's "little green men" and whether Donald Trump really believes in NATO.

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Oil Companies Cool on Arctic Drilling. Trump Wants It Anyway.

It’s hard to lure Big Oil to the Big Freeze when crude is at $50 a barrel.

A pro-democracy protester holds up placards featuring (L) Hong Kong's Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam and Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying during a rally in Hong Kong on December 11, 2016, against a crackdown on pro-democracy lawmakers and an electoral system skewed towards Beijing ahead of elections for a new city leader. 
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Heads, Beijing Wins. Tails, Hong Kong Loses.

The 2017 race for Chief Executive was supposed to be a watershed exercise in democracy. Instead, it may be a coronation.

Displaced Iraqis, who fled their homes following an offensive led by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, collect boxes of food donated by the World Food Program (WFP) in the southern city of Basra on October 2, 2014.  United Nations agencies are running out of funding to help the 1.8 million people displaced by violence in Iraq, UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said.  AFP PHOTO/HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI        (Photo credit should read HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. to Put Trump Appointee at Head of World Food Programme to Help Stave Off U.S. Cuts

U.N. officials hope former South Carolina Governor David Beasley can persuade his D.C. friends to spare the food agency from the White House budget axe.

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Schiff: White House ‘Pushing Back’ on House Intel Investigation into Russia Ties

The chairman and ranking member of the intelligence committee are again at loggerheads, reinforcing calls for an independent investigation.

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Goodbye, Islamic State. Hello, Anarchy.

The forces liberating Mosul are fighting each other, and opening the door to an Islamic State resurgence.

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Pessimism Is Europe’s Only Hope

On its 60th anniversary, a troubled EU should take inspiration from one of its greatest inheritances: gloomy German philosophy.

Brigadier-General Guy Chapdelaine (left)  and Iman of  the Islamic Quebec Cultural Center (IQCC) socialize during Operation Solidarity at the IQCC on February 24, 2017.

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The Canadian military’s chief chaplain explains why he visited a mosque

I wondered what the Royal Canadian Chaplain Service could do as a gesture of solidarity for Muslims who had experienced the death of six of their own.

TOPSHOT - A general view shows a destroyed street as the Iraqi counter-terrorism service (CTS) advance towards the Yabasat neighbourhood on March 23, 2017 during their ongoing offensive to push Islamic State (IS) jihadists out of Mosul. 
About 600,000 people remain in the areas of west Mosul held by the Islamic State group, including 400,000 who are "trapped" in the Old City under siege-like conditions, the UN said. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: White House Looking at U.N. Cuts; General Warns of Russian Ties to Taliban; North Korea Readies Nuke Tests

Hill Wants New Iran Sanctions; Mosul Air Assault Numbers; China’s Island Weapons Don’t Mean Anything; Saudi and China Get Together on Drones

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 23:  U.S. President Donald Trump holds a listening session on health care with truckers and CEOs from the American Trucking Associations in the Cabinet Room at the White House on March 23, 2017 in Washington, DC.. (Photo by Molly Riley-Pool/Getty Images)

Further Revelations on Trump-Russia Ties Build Pressure For Independent Inquiry

New reports rattle the White House, as congressional and FBI investigations gain momentum -- but can institutions survive the stress test?

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The Next Must-Watch TV Show Is Russia’s Version of ‘The Americans’

If you really want to understand how Moscow sees U.S. intelligence, turn off the congressional hearings and start watching “Adaptation.”

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The Greek God of Populism

Artemis Sorras is a self-professed trillionaire, former NBA player, and aerospace genius who is persuading Greeks he can save their country. One small problem: He’s on the lam.

FAMAGUSTA, CYPRUS - MARCH 06:  Former, decaying hotel buildings stand beyond a makeshift barrier and a Turkish military sign inside the "Forbidden Zone" of Varosha district on March 6, 2017 in Famagusta, Cyprus. Hundrds of buildings inside Varosha district, which was once a prime Cypriot resort, stand abandoned and decaying in a zone the Turkish military has sealed off ever since Varosha residents fled in the 1974 war. Cyprus has been divided into a Greek south and Turkish north ever since the brief but devastating war of 1974. Since then United Nations peacekeepers have maintained a buffer zone that runs through the capital city of Nicosia and across the entire island to keep the factions apart. In the south the Greek-dominated Republic of Cyprus is internationally-recognized and a member of the European Union, while in the north the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) is recognized only by Turkey, which also has tens of thousands of troops stationed there. Negotiations over possible reunification have made strident progress over the last few years, though they have stalled in recent months.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Here’s a Win-Win Deal for Trump: Cyprus

There's a short window to make peace in this long-running feud.

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‘Last Dictator of Europe’ Earns His Title, Cracks Down on Protests

Lukashenko has long played Russia and the West off each other. But this time he’s trying to play Belarus.

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How Trump Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the (Climate) Bomb

The president is ready to scrap Obama’s climate change measures.

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Former Russian MP Shot Dead in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Poroshenko blames state terrorism by Russia; Kremlin spokesperson Peskov says that’s “absurd.”

DUCZE, CYPRUS - MARCH 06:  A United Nations metal flag with a bullet hole in it stands on a U.N. peacekeepers' viewing platform near a militarized zone of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) next to the British Soverign Base Area on March 6, 2017 near Duzce, Cyprus. Cyprus has been divided into a Greek south and Turkish north ever since the brief but devastating war of 1974. Since then United Nations peacekeepers have maintained a buffer zone that runs through the capital city of Nicosia and across the entire island to keep the factions apart. In the south the Greek-dominated Republic of Cyprus is internationally-recognized and a member of the European Union, while in the north the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) is recognized only by Turkey, which also has tens of thousands of troops stationed there. Negotiations over possible reunification have made strident progress over the last few years, though they have stalled in recent months. Britain maintains two military bases on the southern part of the island that it controls as soverign territory.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Eyes $1 Billion in Cuts to U.N. Peacekeeping

The White House also targets hundreds of millions in funding for U.N. programs for children and the poor.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) shakes hands with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after reviewing the honor guard at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran on January 10, 2015. Maduro arrived in the Iranian capital the previous day for a 24-hour visit during which he will meet officials from fellow OPEC member Iran to discuss plunging oil prices, state television said. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE        (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

In Venezuela’s Toxic Brew, Failed Narco-State Meets Iran-Backed Terrorism

Venezuela has become a rabidly anti-American failed state that appears to be incubating the convergence of narco-trafficking and jihadism in America’s own backyard.

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

Book Talk, Part II: “Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf”

From inspiring young women leaders to forging relationships with the hardest hitters on the international stage, how will Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s legacy live on?

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Islamic State Claims Credit for British-Born London Attacker

Politicians nevertheless still found a way to blame immigration.

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Israel Detains U.S.-Israeli Teen Over Jewish Center Bomb Threats

Amid a wave of anti-semitic threats across the United States.

A man carries two children away from the scene of an explosion in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, early on August 7, 2013. UN weapons inspectors tasked with looking into claims of chemical weapons use in Syria are "completing their preparations" in The Hague before heading to Damascus, the United Nations said. AFP PHOTO/ABDULLAH AL-SHAM        (Photo credit should read ABDULLAH AL-SHAM/AFP/Getty Images)

Civilians still in Raqqa are still civilians

The presence of the US 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Syria to take part in the campaign to capture Raqqa marks a significant shift in U.S. policy in the Middle East, and heralds an unknown future for the city’s civilians.

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Libya Can’t Save Itself

As fighting heats up between rival armed groups and Russia increases its involvement, a power vacuum threatens to tear the country apart.

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An interesting 19th century Navy officer

Uriah P. Levy helped end flogging in the Navy, suffered from anti-Semitic attacks, and was court-martialed six times (he disliked being insulted).

A fighter of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, looks with binoculars as he sits next to anti-tank weapons in the village of Sabah al-Khayr on the northern outskirts of Deir Ezzor as they drive to encircle the Islamic State (IS) group bastion of Raqa on February 21, 2017.
The SDF made a major incursion into the oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor as part of their push for Raqa, field commander Dejwar Khabat said. 



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SitRep: New Allegations, New Fights in Trump-Russia Probe; U.S., Allies, Push on Raqqa; Taliban Seize Key District

Tillerson Wants Safe Zones; Mattis Wants New War Authorization; Navy Wants $150 Billion; And Lots More

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Wary of Protectionism, U.S. Agriculture Wages Charm Offensive to Save Mexican Exports

With talk of a trade war, tariffs, and reprisals, Mexico is looking for new suppliers of food.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson takes his seat for a meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (not in picture) on the sidelines of a gathering of Foreign Ministers of the G20 leading and developing economies at the World Conference Center in Bonn, western Germany, February 17, 2017. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Did Rex Tillerson Misspeak or Intentionally Kowtow to China?

During his visit to Beijing last weekend, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a strange move — adopting Chinese verbiage to characterize the U.S.-China relationship.

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The Power Struggle for the Throne and the Saudi ‘Reset’ With Trump

Intrigue and war could complicate the budding romance between Saudi Arabia and the Trump administration.

Nunes: Intel Community Collected Information on Individuals Involved in Trump Transition

It’s not clear in what context officials were speaking with foreign officials under surveillance.

FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 17:  Tear gas rains down on a woman kneeling in the street with her hands in the air after a demonstration over the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police was attacked by police August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Despite the Brown family's continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his August 9, death.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Revolution Will Not Be Philosophized

If you choose not to condemn political violence, is that an expression of humility, or elitism?

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Welcome to Wimberg: Population 1,800 (+300 Refugees)

Two years after the height of the migration crisis, Germany is learning that newcomers fare best in tiny villages, not big cities.

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Breaking: Four Dead, At Least 10 Injured in Suspected Terror Attack in London

Details are still emerging of the suspected terrorist incident in London. Here's what we know so far.

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Army chief: Time to prepare for urban war

The U.S. Army needs to better prepare to fight in megacities, said Gen. Mark Milley, the service’s chief of staff, on Tuesday.

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A classic book revisited: Acheson’s ‘Present at the Creation’ reminds us of how our government should work

Dean Gooderham Acheson, the son of Canadian immigrants, graduate of Groton, Yale, and Harvard Law, was probably the most consequential American diplomat of the twentieth century.

A man unloads a bag of food delivered by USAID, the United States federal government agency primarily reponsible for administering civilian foreign aid, at the Christian refugee camp in Bossangoa on December 19, 2013. The United States today announced $15 million in additional humanitarian aid for the Central African Republic, as a top US envoy was visiting Bangui to press for an end to sectarian bloodshed. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR        (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s America First Budget Puts Africa Last

Slash-and-burn cuts to the State Department and USAID would deepen the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 2: (AFP OUT) (L to R) President Donald Trump, Commerce Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross and senior advisor Jared Kushner attend a meeting with Senate and House legislators, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, February 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Lawmakers included in the meeting were Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA). (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

SitRep: Exclusive: Kushner Leaning on Allies; Ex-Trumper Manafort’s Plans for Putin; Tillerson Didn’t Want SecState

ISIS Summit Hits D.C.; North Korea Launches Another Missile; Russians Down in Syria; Israel prepares for Evacuations; And Lots More

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NSA Official Suggests North Korea Was Culprit in Bangladesh Bank Heist

The deputy director of the NSA says he believes states have entered the bank-robbing business.

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Tillerson Plan to Skip NATO Meeting Baffles Former Officials

Lawmakers, former officials denounce the move as 'disgraceful.'

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 26:  Hartaj Singh, originally of India, stands for the U.S. national anthem before becoming an American citizen on July 26, 2013 in New York City. Eighty immigrants from 47 countries became Americans at a naturalization ceremony held by the USCIS at the New York Historical Society.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Trump Is Scaring Indians

The immigration ban and visa restrictions has both New Delhi and America’s Indian community deeply afraid.

China's President Xi Jinping (L) meets US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 19, 2017.
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What Just Happened in Beijing?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson surprised many by parroting Chinese talking points, but it's unlikely to signal a policy shift.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 7:  (AFP OUT) Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, listens during a county sheriff listening session with U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Trump administration will return to court Tuesday to argue it has broad authority over national security and to demand reinstatement of a travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries that stranded refugees and triggered protests. (Photo by Andrew Harrer - Pool/Getty Images)

Jared Kushner Struck Out in His First Foray Into Middle East Diplomacy

But Trump’s son-in-law succeeded in coaxing the U.K., America’s closest ally, into thwarting the Obama administration.

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Rouhani, the Deceiver

Make no mistake: the Iranian president is no moderate. He's a wolf in sheep's clothing — and the Trump administration needs to bring him down.

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What Does Yogi Adityanath Mean for Indian Politics?

BJP won India’s biggest state. Then they put a Hindu nationalist in power.

NEW YORK - JULY 01:  Water flows down Denmark-born artist Olafur Eliasson's newly unveiled public art installation 'The New York City Waterfalls' at the Brooklyn Bridge July 1, 2008 in New York City. Four massive waterfalls using water pumped from the river have been installed along the East River through mid-October 2008.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Justice Department Moves to Revoke U.S. Citizenship From Man Convicted in 2003 Terror Plot

Prosecutors say the Pakistani-American’s citizenship can be stripped because he lied in the immigration process and was affiliated with a terrorist group.

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For 2 Hours, Europe’s Parliament Was Run by the People

The event, more symbolic than substantive, marked the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - MARCH 20:  (L-R) James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency, testify during a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing concerning Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election, on Capitol Hill, March 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. While both the Senate and House Intelligence committees have received private intelligence briefings in recent months, Monday's hearing is the first public hearing on alleged Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 election. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

At Comey Hearing, Mental Gymnastics on Display

If mental gymnastics were an Olympic event, yesterday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing represented a qualifying round full of strong showings from a large number of competitors both inside and outside the room.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31: A view of the Supreme Court at dusk, January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump will announce his nominee for the Supreme Court on Tuesday night. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

This Is What It Looks Like When Courts Don’t Trust the Commander in Chief

Why Donald Trump has an unprecedentedly short legal leash on national security.

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

Book Talk: “Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf”

Can Liberia’s rock-star president lead her country to another leader?

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The Race to Raqqa Could Cost Trump Turkey

The anti-Islamic State fight could devolve into a war between the Kurds and Ankara and disrupt the plan to take back the terrorist group’s de facto capital.

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D.J. Skelton’s wild night of adventures

So....let me tell you about last night...which will go down as the GREATEST NIGHT I'VE EXPERIENCED in a long time!

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Ukrainian elder statesman: How Russian hybrid war is changing the world order

Volodymyr Horbulin is one of Ukraine’s most accomplished elder statesmen.

ANNAPOLIS, MD - JULY 01:  Incoming U.S. Navy plebes, or freshmen, are taught how to salute on their first day at the U.S. Naval Academy July 1, 2015 in Annapolis, Maryland. Over 1,193 Plebes will be processed through various stations that will culminate with the Oath of Office ceremony to become members of the Naval Academy's Class of 2019.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Trump’s Big Defense Buildup Should Include a National Cyber Academy

If the United States wants to remain ahead of the forthcoming cyberwars, it’s going to need a new generation of leaders.

BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 19:  Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) at the Great Hall of the People on March 19, 2017 in Beijing, China. Tillerson is on his first visit to Asia as Secretary of State.   (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

China and America Need a One-Korea Policy

The only way to stop North Korea is by guaranteeing the peninsula will eventually be united — and non-aligned.

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Trump’s Worst Enemy Is His Own Big, Lying Mouth

The FBI, NSA, Germany, Britain, Australia: Is there anybody America's dissembler-in-chief can't alienate?

FBI Director James Comey (L) speaks as National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers listens during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign on March 20, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. 

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‘Benghazi on Steroids’ Russia Investigation Needs an Independent Commission

Donald Trump may hate the thought of it, but it's something he should want, too.

PYEONGTAEK, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 06:  In this handout photo provided by U.S. Forces Korea, trucks are seen carrying parts required to set up the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system that had arrived at the Osan Air Base on March 6, 2017 in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.  (Photo by United States Forces Korea via Getty Images)

China’s Fear of U.S. Missile Defense Is Disingenuous

Beijing knows that THAAD in South Korea doesn’t pose a military threat to China. Its objects are entirely political.

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Undocumented Immigrants May Not Find Warm Welcome in Canada

A new poll shows nearly half of Canadians want border-crossers sent back to the United States.

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Will Trump Scuttle the Success of Retaking Mosul?

As President Donald Trump welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to the White House on Monday, both leaders will certainly take a moment to savor the momentum on the battlefield. But considering the challenges ahead, the Trump administration may look back on this phase as the easy part.

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These Are the World’s 10 Happiest Countries

Norway beats out three-time champion Denmark as the world’s happiest country.

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Comey: Yes, We’re Investigating Possible Ties Between Trump and Russia

In a rare admission, the FBI said that it has been looking into Russian meddling in the U.S. election since last summer.

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Europe Has a New Defender in Italy

Italy’s foreign minister launched a new pro-European Union party over the weekend.

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Watch Live: House Intel Committee Digs Into Trump-Russia Ties

Watch the Congressional inquiry on alleged ties between Trump's inner circle and the Kremlin.

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In future ground war, light infantry will be alone and unsupported on the battlefield

So argue two Marine officers in an interesting article in the March issue of the Marine Corps Gazette.

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The Refugee Puppeteer

Inside Zaatari Camp, one volunteer is on a mission to help war-weary children overcome their disabilities and fears with theater.

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The Multibillion-Dollar U.S. Spy Agency You Haven’t Heard of

How President Trump might turn an all-seeing spy apparatus on innocent American citizens.

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The Syrian Refugees Coming Home to Armenia

A century ago, they fled to escape the genocide in the collapsing Ottoman Empire. Now these ethnically Armenian Syrians are trying to make a new home in their old country.

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Advice From Pussy Riot: How to Defy Putin and Trump

What the Russian and U.S. presidents have in common and how to defeat “all those other assholes just like them.”

Thousands of women Pro-Choice protesters on Debnicki Square, in Krakow, during a 'Black protest'. Women nationwide strike took place all around the country and it is the response against the proposed tightening of the law on abortion in Poland. Polish women are demanding respect for their right to free choice and the freedom to decide about their own bodies and lives.
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Can Women Really Revolutionize Politics With Protest?

From Poland’s “Black Monday” strike to women shedding the compulsory hijab on social media, there is power in sisterhood and solidarity.

Nuria Gollo, the head of the Women Advocacy and Development Organization in Marsabit, poses for a portrait on her community's sacred land in northern Kenya. Research shows that over 90% of women in Marsabit county have suffered female genital mutiliation. Despite the practice being outlawed in 2008, it is still carried out in secret among many local communities.

Guardian of the Girl-Child

In a Kenyan town, one woman seeks justice for victims of sexual violence neglected by an inept government and overburdened police force. To those in her community she is a meddler, avenger, and last resort. For the women she helps, she is nothing less than a savior.

MANDO, Ghana: Students stand in front of a chalkboard where a diagram has been drawn showing how to use a female condom. At the local Methodist high school in Mando, a sexual health club meets weekly, and students are grilled on how to use a condom, the difference between short-acting contraceptives like pills and long-acting ones like IUDs, and why abstinence is the only 100 percent way to prevent pregnancy. 

The past decade has brought significant progress in making abortion safer and more accessible across Ghana, coming hand in hand with a marked uptick in contraception use and easier access to family planning measures than ever before. Abortion remains stigmatized, taboo, and often clandestine, but in big cities, if not quite yet in the country’s more rural reaches, it is slowly being talked about more openly, and women are better able to get safe procedures. But that progress may have just hit a wall, in the form of an American president bowing to domestic anti-abortion forces and implementing restrictive policies that will cut off U.S. aid to any foreign organization that so much as talks about abortion. This new policy, an executive memorandum known alternately as the Global Gag Rule or the Mexico City Policy and signed by President Donald Trump on his fourth day in office, yanks any foreign aid whatsoever -- including money that pays for contraception, safe pregnancy and delivery, childhood vaccinations, and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, Ebola, or other infectious diseases -- from organizations abroad that offer abortions with their own non-U.S. money, refer their clients for safe, legal abortions, or advocate for abortion rights in their own countries. (Photo by Nichole Sobecki)

The Global Gag Rule: America’s Deadly Export

The policy that plucks U.S. dollars from any international health care initiative tied to abortion has been reinstated by President Trump — and a lot of African women are going to die as a result.

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Nevertheless, Her Majesty Persisted

An oppressive era and the demands of motherhood never kept Queen Victoria from embracing public power and enjoying private satisfaction.

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Gender Hack

The dearth of women in the tech world is cultural — and therefore entirely reversible.

Students at a Brooklyn middle school have a 'duck and cover' practice drill in preparation for a nuclear attack; silver print, 1962. From the New York World-Telegram archive. (Photo by GraphicaArtis/Getty Images)

A Blow to the Soul

A generation of innocents is going to grow up traumatized because of America’s immigration laws.

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The Other Women’s Movement

They voted for Donald Trump. Their European sisters are supporting nationalist movements of their own. And they’re not who you think they are.

COLOGNE, GERMANY - JANUARY 09:  A flashmob gather in front of Hauptbahnhof main railway station to protest against the New Year's Eve sex attacks on January 9, 2016 in Cologne, Germany. Over 100 women have filed charges of sexual molestation, robbery and in two cases, rape, stemming from aggressive groping and other behavior by gangs of drunken men described as Arab or North African at Hauptbahnhof on New Year's Eve. Police have recently stated that at least some of the men identified so far are refugees, which is feeding the propaganda of right-wing groups opposed to Germany's open-door refugee policy. Germany took in approximately 1.1 million migrants and refugees in 2015.  (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)

The Rapist’s Loophole: Marriage

Where — and how — legal systems around the world permit violence against women.

BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 18:  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (2nd-L) meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (2nd-R) at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on March 18, 2017 in Beijing, China. Tillerson is on his first visit to Asia as Secretary of State. (Photo by Lintao Zhang -Pool/Getty Images)

SitRep: Tillerson on Japanese Nukes; WH Hands Off on Troop Deployments; Abadi to Washington

Israel and Russia Talk Syria Strikes; USAF Reduces Nuke Stockpile; Germany Pushes Back on Trump’s NATO Comments; And Lots More

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 24:  Deputy assistant to President Trump Sebastian Gorka participates in a discussion during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center February 24, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland. Hosted by the American Conservative Union, CPAC is an annual gathering of right wing politicians, commentators and their supporters.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Sebastian Gorka May Be a Far-Right Nativist, but for Sure He’s a Terrible Scholar

A closer look at the doctoral dissertation of President Trump’s expert on “radical Islamist terrorism.”

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At White House, Trump Campaigns While Merkel Champions Western Order

One person praised NATO, the Marshall Plan, immigration, and trade. And it wasn't the president of the United States.

Members of the Iraqi forces drive their Humvees in the streets of west Mosul on March 17, 2017 as they advance in the offensive against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS        (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

What Should Trump Do After the Islamic State Is Defeated?

The defeat of ISIS will create new dilemmas for the Trump administration.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: A trader wearing a 'Trump' hat works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), March 10, 2017 in New York City.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy added 235,000 jobs in February and the jobless rate is now at 4.7 percent. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Democrats Need a Strong Alternative to Trump’s ‘Economic Nationalism’

Trump’s narrative is simple: Foreigners have been taking advantage of the United States and its workers.

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Apache Helicopter Guns Down Boat Full of Somali Refugees Fleeing Yemen

The incident adds to horrific civilian death toll in Yemen's conflict.

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives two thumbs up to the crowd during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A Little Advice to Europe, From Your Best Friend

Trump’s America isn’t out to undo the European Union. It just wants to update the relationship.

TOPSHOT - Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, dig through the rubble of a mosque following a reported airstrike on a mosque in the village of Al-Jineh in Aleppo province late on March 16, 2017.
The US military says it carried out an air strike in northern Syria against an Al-Qaeda target, but denies deliberately targeting a mosque where dozens were killed according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadour        (Photo credit should read OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Says Airstrike In Syria Did Not Hit Mosque

Videos emerged of a bombed-out mosque and dozens dead after an airstrike in northern Syria, but U.S. officials say they hit al Qaeda.

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America’s Nuclear Weapons Infrastructure Is Crumbling

Leaky roofs, faulty ventilation, and encounters with snakes and rodents are par for the course at U.S. nuclear weapon facilities.

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