Geopolitics

US Punishes Syria With Sanctions — But Allies Like Jordan Also Pay a Price Syria
US Punishes Syria With Sanctions — But Allies Like Jordan Also Pay a Price

AMMAN, Jordan — Hamdi Tabaa, 83, a Jordanian business leader who once served as the nation’s trade minister, walked into a meeting called by U.S. Embassy officials in Amman. It was early March, and Tabaa and his colleagues at the... Read More

She Fled North Korea for a Better Life. How Her Lonely, Impoverished Death Became Political North Korea
She Fled North Korea for a Better Life. How Her Lonely, Impoverished Death Became Political

SEOUL, South Korea — When they heard the news about Han Sung-ok, they gathered from all corners of the capital and other South Korean cities near and far. Most had never met the 42-year-old single mother, who long ago had... Read More

How Anti-Vaxxers Are Helping Polio Make a Comeback in Pakistan Pakistan
How Anti-Vaxxers Are Helping Polio Make a Comeback in Pakistan

BANNU, Pakistan — An anti-vaccination movement rooted in suspicions of modern medicine. Unsubstantiated rumors fueled by social media. Children infected with a disease that had been all but wiped out. Polio is making a troubling comeback in Pakistan, and it... Read More

Trump’s Planned Camp David Retreat With The Taliban Draws Flak From All Sides Foreign Affairs
Trump’s Planned Camp David Retreat With The Taliban Draws Flak From All Sides

WASHINGTON — Did the Taliban ever intend to come to Camp David this weekend, as President Trump claimed? Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo insisted Sunday that the president had called off secretly planned talks at the presidential retreat in... Read More

Amid Trade Disputes and Reform Demands: WTO Stands at a Crossroads Foreign Affairs
Amid Trade Disputes and Reform Demands: WTO Stands at a Crossroads
2019-09-06 21:51:07
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - International trade disputes have dominated the newscycle in 2019. Whether it’s the United States and China, the U.S. and the European Union or the EU and China, a functioning world economy needs a fair and regulated trade system. ... Read More

Death Made in Mexico: Traffickers Embrace Fentanyl Mexico
Death Made in Mexico: Traffickers Embrace Fentanyl

BUCKEYE, Ariz. — Melissa and Daryl McKinsey first heard about “Mexican Oxy” last year when their 19-year-old son Parker called in tears. “I need to go to rehab,” he said. Several months earlier, a friend had given Parker a baby-blue... Read More

China Tariff Fight May Sound a Sour Note for Student Musicians Trade
China Tariff Fight May Sound a Sour Note for Student Musicians

SEATTLE — For many young Seattle musicians, September means selecting their instrument for the new school year at Bischofberger Violins, where violins, violas and cellos for rent line the walls of rosin-scented rooms. But soon, parents of aspiring virtuosos may... Read More

Majority of  Democrats Want Immigration Policy Reform, Not Open Borders Immigration
Majority of Democrats Want Immigration Policy Reform, Not Open Borders
2019-09-05 20:49:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - When it comes to opposition talking points, the myth that Democrats advocate for "open borders" is both the most preposterous -- and persistent -- assertion of the still-young 2020 campaign season. Even Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a self-described... Read More

China, US to Hold Trade Talks As Tariff Escalation Continue Trade
China, US to Hold Trade Talks As Tariff Escalation Continue

BEIJING — China announced that its trade officials will travel to Washington early next month for talks with U.S. counterparts, potentially restarting stalled negotiations after weeks of uncertainty and escalation. Vice Premier Liu He agreed to the visit in a... Read More

Latest Round of Trump’s Tariffs on China Takes Effect On Many Consumer Goods Trade
Latest Round of Trump’s Tariffs on China Takes Effect On Many Consumer Goods

WASHINGTON — The first big wave of U.S. tariffs on consumer goods made in China took effect Sunday, and it won’t be long before Americans are paying more for many everyday purchases. The tariff list includes 90 types of boots,... Read More

An Afghan Balancing Act: Ending America’s Longest War vs. Guaranteeing Safety Foreign Affairs
An Afghan Balancing Act: Ending America’s Longest War vs. Guaranteeing Safety
2019-08-30 19:11:22
by HJ Mai

The longest war in the history of the United States could soon come to an end after reports that the peace negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban have hit the final stretch.  But concerns about the Taliban’s ability to... Read More

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Suspends Parliament to Further Brexit Foreign Affairs
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Suspends Parliament to Further Brexit

LONDON — A scant nine weeks before Britain is due to exit the European Union, Boris Johnson has made his first big power play as prime minister — one that heightens the prospects of a chaotic departure, a bruising general... Read More

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