North Korea Fake Denuclearization: How Good is Kim in Fooling Trump

North Korea is moving ahead with its ballistic missile program at 16 hidden bases that have been identified in new commercial satellite images, a network long known to American intelligence agencies but left undiscussed as President Trump claims to have neutralized the North’s nuclear threat. The satellite images suggest that the North has been engaged […]

Killer Politicians

Americans are rightly horrified at Jamal Khashoggi’s brutal murder, yet most fail to recognize that their own leaders’ murderous ways may be little different than those who ordered Khashoggi’s death. The pervasiveness of state-sponsored killings is no excuse for treating murder as acceptable, ever. by Jeffrey D. Sachs NEW YORK – “Will no one rid […]

The AI Cold War That Could Doom Us All

IN THE SPRING of 2016, an artificial intelligence system called AlphaGo defeated a world champion Go player in a match at the Four Seasons hotel in Seoul. In the US, this momentous news required some unpacking. Most Americans were unfamiliar with Go, an ancient Asian game that involves placing black and white stones on a wooden […]

Euro will not survive if Italy fails

US policy-makers and world financial markets are surprisingly calm about the deepening Italian economic crisis. Italy’s economy is 10 times larger than Greece’s. If it fails, the euro cannot survive. It would also be too costly for its European partners to save. Unlike Greece, Italy has a populist government in place that is flouting the […]

Nikki Haley flips the script on Trump

The United Nations ambassador managed to resign on her own terms and get a glowing sendoff from the president along the way. Rumors circulated for months that President Donald Trump was poised to fire his secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, before he finally did so in March. The same was true of national security adviser […]

Two Princes: How a secret meeting signaled the UAE’s pull in Trump’s D.C.

A meeting in the Seychelles between the Blackwater founder and a Putin ally has drawn scrutiny. It also indicated another backchannel to the White House. On January 11, 2017, a week before Trump’s inauguration, two powerful men huddled together at the bar of the Four Seasons Hotel in the Seychelles, off the coast of east […]

Iran nuclear deal: Plan put forward to dodge US sanctions

The remaining members in the Iranian nuclear deal say they will set up a new payment system to maintain business with Iran and bypass US sanctions. The system would facilitate oil companies and businesses to continue trading, without relying on the US-led global market and dollar. Exactly how the system would work is still being […]

Anonymous top US cabinet says Administration considered removing Trump

Opinion article published in the New York Times claims top people in the White House are working to thwart the president. According to Bob Woodward new book, WH staff defines him as a “fifth- or sixth-grader” and an idiot. Members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet discussed using a constitutional measure to remove him from office […]

Will Saudi Arabia’s Geopolitical Strategy Backfire?

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Friday that Vladimir Putin is preparing to visit Saudi Arabia. The statement comes after the Russian president received an invitation from Saudi King Salman at an unspecified time, according to reports. Bogdanov added that the visit is pending on Putin’s schedule. King Salman became the first Saudi monarch to […]