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US Imposes Visa Ban For International Criminal Court Staff
Foreign Affairs
US Imposes Visa Ban For International Criminal Court Staff
2019-03-15 22:44:42
by Dan McCue

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court officials who attempt to investigate or prosecute alleged abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan. "We are determined to protect... Read More

Trump Says He’ll Nominate Kelly Craft as UN Ambassador
Foreign Affairs
Trump Says He’ll Nominate Kelly Craft as UN Ambassador

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he intends to nominate Kelly Craft to be his ambassador to the United Nations, filling a marquee diplomatic post that’s been vacant since the end of 2018. Read More

Is Europe Turning Its Back on Trump’s America?
Foreign Affairs
Is Europe Turning Its Back on Trump’s America?
2019-02-23 00:27:56
by HJ Mai

The historical alliance between the United States and Western Europe has resulted in an unprecedented period of peace and prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic, but U.S. President Donald Trump’s foreign policy is causing a rift. Tensions at the... Read More

US Hosts Mideast Peace Conference in Poland, But Palestinians Are a No-Show
Foreign Affairs
US Hosts Mideast Peace Conference in Poland, But Palestinians Are a No-Show

WASHINGTON — The United States on Wednesday opened a highly promoted international conference on peace in the Middle East, but some central players, the Palestinians, were a no-show. Read More

Venezuela – Trump’s Foreign Policy Excursion
Venezuela
Venezuela – Trump’s Foreign Policy Excursion
2019-02-13 00:16:03
by HJ Mai

In his first two years as the leader of the free world, U.S. President Donald Trump aggressively pushed his “America First” agenda and selectively disengaged the United States from the international stage. He also publicly questioned America’s traditional alliances and... Read More

The Rubio Doctrine: US Recognition of New Venezuelan Leader Is Florida Senator’s Work
Foreign Affairs
The Rubio Doctrine: US Recognition of New Venezuelan Leader Is Florida Senator’s Work

Marco Rubio’s efforts to increase international pressure on Nicolas Maduro’s regime, and to push the Trump administration to take a tough stance on Venezuela, has paid off big. President Donald Trump on Wednesday... Read More

Did CIA Director Gina Haspel Run a Black Site at Guantanamo?
Cuba
Did CIA Director Gina Haspel Run a Black Site at Guantanamo?

An attorney for the accused architect of the Sept. 11 attacks told a judge in a secret session last year that CIA Director Gina Haspel ran a secret agency outpost at Guantanamo, an apparent reference to a post-9/11 black site... Read More

A Trial on Whether Trump Has the Right to End TPS for Haiti Ends
In The News
A Trial on Whether Trump Has the Right to End TPS for Haiti Ends

A federal trial in New York challenging the Trump administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for thousands of Haitians, concluded Thursday with internal government emails showing that the... Read More

Amid Chaos Over Trump’s Foreign Policy, Pompeo Heads to Middle East With Some Explaining to Do
Foreign Affairs
Amid Chaos Over Trump’s Foreign Policy, Pompeo Heads to Middle East With Some Explaining to Do

For America’s top diplomat, it will be a mission like no other: seeking to build a coalition among U.S. allies against Iran, while also defending a potentially historic disengagement of Washington from the Middle East. Read More

Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Bill
National Security
Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Bill
2019-01-04 20:42:02
by TWN Staff

On Friday, bipartisan legislation was introduced by Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Committee member Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to combat tech-specific threats to national security posed by foreign actors like ... Read More

Russia Detains American Accused of Spying
Foreign Affairs
Russia Detains American Accused of Spying

A U.S. citizen’s detention in Moscow on suspicion of espionage could be the opening gambit in a Cold War-style spy drama — one overshadowed by a young Russian woman’s pending sentencing in the United States... Read More

Cell Signal Puts Cohen Outside Prague Around Time of Purported Russian Meeting
Foreign Affairs
Cell Signal Puts Cohen Outside Prague Around Time of Purported Russian Meeting

A mobile phone traced to President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen briefly sent signals ricocheting off cell towers in the Prague area in late summer 2016, at the height of the presidential campaign... Read More

Senators Send Bipartisan Letter Calling on Administration to Respond to Allegations of Chinese Government Election Interference
Foreign Affairs
Senators Send Bipartisan Letter Calling on Administration to Respond to Allegations of Chinese Government Election Interference
2018-12-18 23:42:00
by TWN Staff

Led by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a bipartisan group of Senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other national security leaders in the Trump Administration expressing concern about ongoing Chinese Communist Party (CCP) attempts to ... Read More

Travel Ban Could Keep Yemeni Woman From Saying Goodbye to Sick 2-Year-Old Son in US
In The News
Travel Ban Could Keep Yemeni Woman From Saying Goodbye to Sick 2-Year-Old Son in US

The mother of a 2-year-old boy on life support in an Oakland, Calif., hospital may not receive a travel ban waiver in time to say goodbye to her son, the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Monday. At a news conference... Read More

In Honduras, Crime Is Down but Life Is Hard and Jobs Are Few
Featured
In Honduras, Crime Is Down but Life Is Hard and Jobs Are Few

Less than a decade ago, when Honduras was the homicide capital of the world and this industrial city was the homicide capital of Honduras, the neighborhood of Rivera Hernandez was usually deserted after dark. Read More

Foreign Affairs
Khashoggi’s Friends Are Being Watched. The US Can Do Little About It

For years, Ali Al-Ahmed felt grateful to be in the United States, enjoying a safe life, much like his friend, the slain writer Jamal Khashoggi did. Now the dissident Saudi says he is “freaked out.” Al-Ahmed feels hounded even in ... Read More

Pena Nieto Leaves Office As First Mexican Leader in Decades Not to Get a US State Visit
Mexico
Pena Nieto Leaves Office As First Mexican Leader in Decades Not to Get a US State Visit

Standing in front of both nations’ flags, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto stood shoulder-to-shoulder with President Donald Trump, smiling for the cameras and shaking hands before sitting down to sign a new North American... Read More

Bob Corker’s Quieter Foreign Policy Legacy
Foreign Affairs
Bob Corker’s Quieter Foreign Policy Legacy

As Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker prepares to yield his gavel and leave the Senate, he has advice for newly elected senators: gain expertise and actually listen to your colleagues. “Some of these people obviously are coming in with large ... Read More

Trump and Leaders of Mexico and Canada Sign New Trade Pact to Revise NAFTA, But Uncertainty Remains
Trade
Trump and Leaders of Mexico and Canada Sign New Trade Pact to Revise NAFTA, But Uncertainty Remains

President Donald Trump and the leaders of Canada and Mexico signed a revision of the quarter-century-old North American Free Trade Agreement early Friday, but their ceremony did not disguise the tensions remaining or... Read More

When Mexico’s New President Hits the Ground Running, He’ll Smack Into Trump
Foreign Affairs
When Mexico’s New President Hits the Ground Running, He’ll Smack Into Trump

The honeymoon for incoming President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who will be sworn in Saturday, will be sweet and short, if it happens at all. Awaiting him are a host of urgent issues, from a growing number of Central... Read More

Senate Defies Trump on Saudi Arabia, Advances Yemen Measure
Foreign Affairs
Senate Defies Trump on Saudi Arabia, Advances Yemen Measure

In a rebuke to the White House, the Senate cast a procedural vote Wednesday to advance a resolution that would cut off most U.S. military aid to Saudi Arabia’s war operations in Yemen. The Senate voted 63-37 to ... Read More

Trump Thanks Saudis for Low Oil Prices Amid Uproar Over Journalist’s Killing
Foreign Affairs
Trump Thanks Saudis for Low Oil Prices Amid Uproar Over Journalist’s Killing

President Donald Trump thanked Saudi Arabia for lower oil prices one day after announcing the U.S. won’t let the murder of a journalist jeopardize relations with the kingdom. “Oil prices getting lower. Great!” Trump said on... Read More

China ‘Has Taken the Gloves Off’ in Its Thefts of US Technology Secrets
China
China ‘Has Taken the Gloves Off’ in Its Thefts of US Technology Secrets

It was the great microchip heist — a stunning Chinese-backed effort that pilfered as much as $8.75 billion in patented American technology. U.S. officials say the theft took a year to pull off and involved commercial spies, a... Read More

Trump is Reluctant to Accept US Intelligence Reportedly Linking Saudi Crown Prince to Journalist’s Killing
Saudi Arabia
Trump is Reluctant to Accept US Intelligence Reportedly Linking Saudi Crown Prince to Journalist’s Killing

President Donald Trump, under increasing pressure from lawmakers to punish Saudi Arabia in the killing of prominent journalist-critic Jamal Khashoggi, sided Sunday with the kingdom’s de facto ruler, distancing himself from... Read More

A Fourth Wave of Central Americans Arrive, And Tijuana Steps Up
Foreign Affairs
A Fourth Wave of Central Americans Arrive, And Tijuana Steps Up

Piles of blankets, mattresses, backpacks, tents, toys and baby strollers covered the grounds of a municipal sports complex on Thursday, where hundreds of Central Americans have sought shelter after a month on the road to reach the U.S. border. ... Read More

Trump Picks Retired Gen. John Abizaid as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Foreign Affairs
Trump Picks Retired Gen. John Abizaid as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

President Donald Trump intends to nominate John Abizaid, a retired Army general, to be the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, the White House said Tuesday night. Abizaid’s career included tours as a commandant of the U.S. Military ... Read More

Trump Leaves World War I Commemorations Isolated Among Allies
Foreign Affairs
Trump Leaves World War I Commemorations Isolated Among Allies

For President Donald Trump, attending a ceremony in France to commemorate the end of a war that showed value of allies and dangers of nationalism, was never going to be easy. By the time he flew home Sunday he appeared ... Read More

Iran Defiant as US Sanctions Start Without Largest Oil Importers
Foreign Affairs
Iran Defiant as US Sanctions Start Without Largest Oil Importers

The Trump administration slapped tough U.S. sanctions on Iran’s energy, banking and shipping industries Monday but granted waivers to the six largest importers of Iranian oil, leaving gaping holes in the White House effort... Read More

Pompeo Defends Temporary Waivers Granted to Buy Iranian Oil
Foreign Affairs
Pompeo Defends Temporary Waivers Granted to Buy Iranian Oil

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo Sunday defended the temporary waivers granted to eight countries to continue buying Iranian crude oil for now against critics who say the U.S. is being too lenient on the Islamic Republic. Read More

Far-right Jair Bolsonaro Wins Brazil’s Runoff for President
In The News
Far-right Jair Bolsonaro Wins Brazil’s Runoff for President

Brazil’s far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro won Sunday’s presidential runoff, according to a nearly complete count of the vote published by electoral authorities. Bolsonaro got 55.5 percent of the votes followed by Workers’ Party... Read More

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