Friday, June 5, 2015 - 06:52
On Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico issued an “Emergency Message” warning U.S. citizens in the Mexican Southern State of Oaxaca to keep away from mass demonstrations and exercise caution in anticipation of Sunday’s volatile mid-term elections.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 06:44
In late 2014 and early 2015 Guerrero emerged as the epicenter of a protest movement against Mexico’s president. The governor’s race will be a showdown between the PRI and the PRD, the two parties with the strongest political machinery in Guerrero. Despite all of the controversy, independent candidates have not garnered much attention.
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 06:46
U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne used the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on May 3 to urge attention to what he called “alarming levels of impunity” in crimes against reporters in Mexico where, “We have yet to see a successful conviction at the federal level for crimes against journalists.”
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 07:29
In just over a year, Ukraine has seen a political revolution, two elections (one presidential, one parliamentary), an economic collapse and a Russian invasion resulting in a “hybrid war” that has ravaged the country. Its new western-leaning government has struggled to maintain sovereignty as well as stability.
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 07:17
Russian forces busily resupply for Ukraine ahead of a Spring offensive, according to numerous sources including a former head of NATO. According to my own sources in Ukraine, where I was two weeks ago, Russian military assets have spread broadly all along Ukraine’s eastern border formed up in three waves in order to stretch and overwhelm Ukrainian defenses across an entire front. While the world wrangles about Iran’s nuclear ambitions in the future, the one country that can physically obliterate the West in the present, the same sole country that openly threatens to use nukes, gets a free pass as it invades and occupies parts of Europe – repeatedly.
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 07:10
The spectre of the Islamic State, in particular, has caused angst in Central Asian capitals. The secular, post-Soviet Central Asian governments, fearful of political Islam, have reacted with a predictably heavy hand, liberally accusing numerous Muslim leaders and groups, many times on very flimsy or no evidence, of advocating “extremist” views that threaten the state and society.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 07:10
As head of the Sinaloa cartel, an international criminal organization with billions of dollars in revenues, El Chapo was the number one supplier to the U.S. of marijuana, cocaine, heroine and methamphetamines.
Friday, January 16, 2015 - 08:44
Since the emergence of the Guadalajara cartel in the 1980s as one of the country’s largest drug trafficking organizations, Mexican organized crime has continued to expand its reach up and down the global supply chains of illicit drugs.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 06:17
It is rare for a head of state, especially one fighting a hot war against, using Mitt Romney’s phrase, “America’s number one geopolitical enemy,” to be invited to address a joint session of Congress. Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko delivered an urgent plea on Thursday for American military support against Russia’s invasion. The passionate speech elicited standing ovations from both sides of the aisle.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 07:17
Argentina defaulted on its sovereign debt for the second time in 12 years, the holdout bond holders were left empty handed, and Federal Judge Thomas Griesa’s strategy to force Argentine to negotiate a settlement with the so-called venture funds failed.