Category: Foreign Policy

Calls to label Mexican cartels as terror groups as they grow stronger, more violent

The homicide rate in Mexico is rising at record-setting pace this year, with more than 30,000 murders in the first seven months.
It’s on target to hit almost 51,500 deaths by year’s end—about 1,000 more than in 2018 and 6,000 more than in 2017. That’s not accounting for the huge number of disappearances.

Cartel wars are causing bloodshed at the border, as well as in large port areas and major drug production areas.

Tom Cotton: The US should buy Greenland to fend off China

The United States should purchase Greenland from Denmark because China “understands not only Greenland’s geographic importance but also its economic potential,” Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said Monday.

“Greenland is rich in a wide array of mineral deposits, including rare-earth minerals, resources critical to our high-tech and defense industries,” Cotton said in an op-ed in The New York Times.

Surprise! Macron hosts Iran’s Zarif for side talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif flew into Biarritz in southern France for the G7 summit on Sunday in an unexpected and dramatic attempt to break a diplomatic deadlock over Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme.

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Zarif’s presence had not been announced and represented an attempt by French host Emmanuel Macron to find a way to soothe spiralling tensions between Iran and the United States.

China vows to ‘fight to the end’ against ‘barbaric tariffs’ and ‘have the last laugh

Sure enough, in response China said it would continue fighting the trade war with the US “until the end” as tit-for-tat escalation is now virtually assured with no end in sight.

On Saturday, China’s commerce ministry issued a statement calling on Washington not to “misjudge the situation and underestimate the determination of Chinese people” after US President Donald Trump announced new tariffs on Chinese imports.

“The US should immediately stop its wrong action, or it will have to bear all consequences,” the statement said.

Iran launches ‘massive’ war games, unveils homemade Russian missile system

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ ground forces kicked off a “massive” set of war drills Thursday as the country unveiled its own homemade version of Russia’s advanced S-300 missile defense system in yet another showing of Tehran’s growing readiness for a possible war.

US Military blasted for lacking ‘environmentally conscious minds’ unprepared for climate change

A new government-funded study takes an indirect jab at President Trump for pulling out of a costly and dubious global climate accord signed by Obama and chastises the U.S. military for not possessing an “environmentally conscious mindset.” It also claims the Department of Defense (DOD) is “precariously underprepared” for the national security implications of climate change. A lengthy report published by the United States Army War College essentially blasts the DOD—and the president—for ignoring the threats that climate change poses to national security.

Video: Watch how everyday Americans shoulder the burden of the immigration crisis

Immigrants seeking asylum have been flooding the southern border, particularly throughout the EL Paso, TX, sector. The unprecedented number of families that have inundated border facilities and the partisan fighting in Washington, D.C. means that asylum seekers are being pushed into border town communities.

The Daily Caller Explains explores how local residents have volunteered their time, energy and funds to contend with the migrant crisis that Washington has failed to address

Israel bans Rashida Tlaib and Ihlan Omar

Israel officially decided Thursday to bar Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) from entering the country, according to a statement by Tipi Hotovely, the country’s deputy foreign minister.

Reuters, quoting Hotovely on Israel’s Reshet Radio, said: “The decision has been made, the decision is not to allow them to enter.”

Riot police storm Hong Kong airport as protestors force second day of flight cancellations

The clashes appeared to represent an escalation 10 weeks after the protest’s massive, peaceful beginnings in early June, when hundreds of thousands marched in the semi-autonomous city against a now-suspended extradition bill. A Chinese official said Tuesday that protesters “have begun to show signs of terrorism,” and China appeared to be weighing a crackdown on the democratic movement.

Bolstered by anger over the crackdown by Hong Kong police, the protests has grown more confrontational in recent weeks and reached new levels last Monday with a city-wide strike that disrupting traffic and hundreds of flights.

Hong Kong protestors wave American Flag, sing National Anthem

Hong Kong seem to be heading to a ‘Tianenmen-like’ situation with thousands of protesters thronging the streets. Chinese media had already warned of potential terrorism rising in the country and even accused the US of supporting the riots. A video posted on twitter shows pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong waving the American flag adding to the fury of the Beijing-backed government.