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  • Jerusalem, etc.: How US global leadership has changed under Trump

    The scene at the United Nations Security Council last week was reminiscent of the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, when the international community balked at President George W. Bush’s “with us or against us” message to the world body concerning the coming war. This time the impetus for the emergency Security Council meeting was President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – a move in opposition to decades of US-backed council resolutions on the holy city’s status – and neither friend nor foe of the United States was having anything to do with it. Recommended: What do you know about Donald Trump?

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:30:30 -0500
  • Kremlin's four-hour presser leaves key question unanswered: after Putin, what next?

    In just under four hours Mr. Putin answered scores of questions, some of them quite minute and detailed, about domestic and foreign policy. It’s a familiar format for Russians, who see Putin onstage taking questions twice a year: once in a meet-the-media presser like today, and once in a marathon electronic town hall spectacle in which he interfaces with people around the country. Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about Russia? Opinion surveys suggest that he will walk to victory in presidential polls slated for March – not much of a cliffhanger, since he faces no serious opponent – and be duly ensconced in the Kremlin for another six-year term.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:17:53 -0500
  • Hope for US-North Korea talks?

    As it has done many times, the United Nations Security Council will again take up the issue of North Korea’s nuclear threat on Dec. 15. The meeting comes less than three weeks after North Korea fired a rocket that seems capable of striking the mainland United States. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hinted at such a possibility a few days ago by saying the US is open to unconditional talks.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:34:48 -0500
  • In post-election limbo, Hondurans foresee next challenge: rebuilding trust

    When protests first exploded here in the days following Honduras’ hotly contested presidential vote, residents like Luis Carlos Hernández were swept up in the action. The young lawyer’s home is just a block away from the national vote-counting center, at the heart of the at times violent demonstrations. Amid volleys of rocks and tear gas outside his front door, Mr. Hernández ushered his 11-year-old brother and four-year-old nephew into the bathroom, covering their faces with vinegar-soaked rags to protect them from the chemicals seeping in from the street.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:19:31 -0500
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