August 15, 2016 |
Worldview columnist Trudy Rubin is on vacation.
August 1, 2016 |
Now that the presidential race is truly on, anyone who cares about America's foreign policy and national security has no option but to vote for Hillary Clinton. The most urgent reason is the need to prevent a mercurial, ill-informed hothead from ever having his hand on the nuclear button. The second reason is that Clinton has a particular skill set that suits these unstable times. Donald Trump has shown over and over that he doesn't have the temperament to be commander-in-chief.
July 29, 2016 |
You can't make this stuff up. No, you wouldn't want to make this stuff up about a presidential candidate who could wind up running this country. Donald Trump actually said yesterday that he hoped Russia had hacked into Hillary Clinton's email server and would now release 30,000 emails. In other words, the GOP candidate sanctioned cyber-spying by a foreign nation in order to influence an election in his favor. This just as U.S. intelligence agencies say they are highly confident - as are well-known cybersecurity firms - that it was Russian government spy agencies that hacked into the Democratic National Committee's emails, 20,000 of which were released the day before the convention with the clear intent of undercutting Clinton.
July 22, 2016 |
While most attention on night one of the GOP convention was focused on Melania Trump, something much more interesting got far less notice. At 11 p.m., after most of the TV audience and conventioneers had called it quits, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn addressed the dwindling crowd on national security. A close Trump adviser and a finalist for vice president, Flynn was as notable for what he didn't say as for what he did. The theme of the night was "Make America Safe Again. " But until Flynn, anyone naive enough to hope for concrete policy details was left hanging.
July 20, 2016 |
Could an old man in Pennsylvania really be responsible for an attempted coup that nearly unseated a NATO ally and threatens America's fight against ISIS? That's the claim of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is demanding that the United States extradite Fethullah Gulen, a 77-year-old Turkish cleric living on a 26-acre retreat in Saylorsburg, whom he blames for orchestrating the failed coup. Thanks to the Gulen uproar, Turkish media are filled with anti-American conspiracy theories charging Washington with endorsing the plot - a charge even some of Erdogan's cabinet ministers are making.
July 18, 2016 |
BRUSSELS - The terrorist who decimated a holiday crowd in Nice on Bastille Day was the latest incarnation of the nightmare confronting police in Brussels, Paris, Toulouse, Denmark, Orlando, and elsewhere. How do you prevent a lone wolf from wreaking havoc on a community when the police have no previous indication of his terrorist leanings? A team of security experts from Rutgers University, working with community leaders and police in Molenbeek, Brussels, thinks it has come up with an answer.
July 16, 2016 |
PARIS - When it comes to Western political leaders, we have definitely arrived at The Time of the Woman. Hillary Clinton is the first serious female candidate for U.S. president, Theresa May just took over as British prime minister, and Germany's Angela Merkel remains the most powerful European politician. Moreover, the nationalist Marine Le Pen will most likely make the final round for French president in 2017. So why not a woman to succeed Ban Ki-moon for secretary-general of the United Nations when he steps down later this year?