Geopolitics

China Approves Hong Kong Security Legislation, Defying Trump
Geopolitics
China Approves Hong Kong Security Legislation, Defying Trump

Chinese lawmakers approved a proposal for sweeping new national security legislation in Hong Kong, defying a threat by President Donald Trump to respond strongly to a measure that democracy advocates say will curb essential freedoms in the city. The National... Read More

Pompeo Says US No Longer Considers Hong Kong Autonomous from China
Geopolitics
Pompeo Says US No Longer Considers Hong Kong Autonomous from China
2020-05-27 19:03:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that he's informed Congress the State Department no longer considers Hong Kong to have significant autonomy under Chinese rule, a move seen as foreshadowing the end of some or all of... Read More

A Battle Over Billions in Stolen Venezuelan Funds Is Heating Up in Miami Federal Court
Courts
A Battle Over Billions in Stolen Venezuelan Funds Is Heating Up in Miami Federal Court

MIAMI — The fate of billions of dollars squirreled away in the bank accounts, luxury properties and exotic cars of convicted Venezuelan officials and their business cronies has become entangled in a colossal legal battle in Miami federal court. On... Read More

Trump to Withdraw From ‘Open Skies’ Arms Control Treaty With Russia
Geopolitics
Trump to Withdraw From ‘Open Skies’ Arms Control Treaty With Russia
2020-05-22 12:47:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Thursday that he 's decided to withdraw from yet another arms control accord, the third he's walked away from in the past two years. The Open Skies Treaty, negotiated three decades ago, allows nations... Read More

Ted Cruz Takes Aim at China, Accusing Hollywood of Bowing to Its Censors
Geopolitics
Ted Cruz Takes Aim at China, Accusing Hollywood of Bowing to Its Censors
2020-05-21 20:36:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday introduced a bill on the floor of the Senate that could have a profound effect on American movie studios as it aims to stop Chinese censorship of Hollywood films. American studios have long... Read More

Pompeo Says ‘Enormous Evidence’ Links Virus to Wuhan Laboratory
Geopolitics
Pompeo Says ‘Enormous Evidence’ Links Virus to Wuhan Laboratory

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said “enormous evidence” shows the novel coronavirus outbreak began in a laboratory in Wuhan, China, and that Beijing has refused to give international scientists access to learn what happened. “I can tell... Read More

House‌ ‌Democrats‌ ‌Say‌ ‌Freezing‌ ‌WHO‌ ‌Funding‌ ‌Could‌ ‌Harm‌ ‌Venezuelans‌
Health
House‌ ‌Democrats‌ ‌Say‌ ‌Freezing‌ ‌WHO‌ ‌Funding‌ ‌Could‌ ‌Harm‌ ‌Venezuelans‌
2020-05-04 13:00:58
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON‌ ‌-‌ ‌House‌ ‌Democrats‌ ‌urged‌ ‌the‌ ‌Trump‌ ‌administration‌ ‌on‌ ‌Friday‌ ‌to‌ ‌resume‌ ‌funding‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌Pan‌ ‌American‌ ‌Health‌ ‌Organization,‌ ‌a‌ ‌regional‌ ‌branch‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌World‌ ‌Health Organization‌ ‌that‌ ‌operates‌ ‌in‌ ‌Latin‌ ‌America.‌ ‌ In‌ ‌a‌ ‌letter‌ ‌to‌ ‌Secretary‌ ‌of‌ ‌State‌... Read More

China’s New ‘Rule of Law’ in Hong Kong Sets Stage for New Protests
China
China’s New ‘Rule of Law’ in Hong Kong Sets Stage for New Protests

BEIJING — The novel coronavirus ground the world to a halt, and restive Hong Kong was no exception. Protests dwindled, social distancing took hold, and the city’s tear-gassed streets and incendiary politics seemed to fade from the world’s attention. In... Read More

Hope Turns to Doubt, Then Gunfire, As New Saudi Megacity Emerges
Saudi Arabia
Hope Turns to Doubt, Then Gunfire, As New Saudi Megacity Emerges

When Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled plans for Neom, a futuristic megacity on the Red Sea coast, residents rejoiced. Jobs and investment would surely accompany the $500 billion development at the center of the young leader’s plan... Read More

Class Actions Against China Grow Despite Foreign Policy Obstacles
Litigation
Class Actions Against China Grow Despite Foreign Policy Obstacles
2020-04-23 20:42:44
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Law firms and their clients who are joining the growing list of plaintiffs against the Chinese government over the coronavirus outbreak are running up against a foreign policy that could rule out any successful lawsuits. About a half-dozen... Read More

Trump Suspends US Funding for World Health Organization
In The News
Trump Suspends US Funding for World Health Organization

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is suspending U.S. funding for the World Health Organization pending an administration review of its early response to the coronavirus outbreak in China. The suspension threatens to undermine the WHO, the... Read More

Coronavirus Becomes a Weapon of Disinformation in Middle East Battle for Influence
Geopolitics
Coronavirus Becomes a Weapon of Disinformation in Middle East Battle for Influence

BEIRUT — The coronavirus had struck the emir of Qatar, said one bogus headline. His wife was infected too, claimed another. Authorities in Qatar, one online video indicated, were to blame for allowing “Turks and Iranians to bring corona to... Read More

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