The recent decision to rule out democratic elections for Hong Kong in 2017 was just the latest example of how Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s transformational reform agenda does not bode well for Hong Kong.
In the wake of a surface-to-air missile taking down a Malaysian airliner over Eastern Ukraine, everyone is pointing fingers. Kiev blames the pro-Russian “terrorists,” with Moscow responsible for providing them with intelligence and weapons. The separatists deny involvement and accuse Kiev of planning the attack, citing the Ukrainian military’s accidental shooting of a Siberian Airlines flight in 2001. Moscow blames the Ukrainian government for pushing the rebels into this violent situation ̵
One of the most telling geopolitical moments of the World Cup came during the Germany-U.S. game. As American fans chanted “U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!” the Germans countered with, “N-S-A! N-S-A! N-S-A!” In the weeks since, relations have crumbled.
Both Xi and Obama want to focus on pressing concerns at home -- but also have certain priorities that they’re willing to pursue unilaterally and aggressively abroad. This inconsistency gets them both in hot water.
Former head of U.S. Special Operations and retired U.S. Navy admiral William McRaven talks to Reuters Editor-at-Large, Sir Harold Evans about defending former CIA director John Brennan and the criticism that followed.
Retired Navy Admiral and former U.S. special operations chief William McRaven has no regrets about criticizing President Donald Trump, though he said on Wednesday that friends in the military faulted him for disparaging the commander-in-chief.