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by | May 4, 2019

Venezuela has become the next major front in the ongoing shadow war between the loosely aligned axis of autocracies and the U.S.-led coalition of democracies. From Ukraine to the South China Sea to Syria, the two blocs now vie for…

by | Apr 22, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Colombia to strike a Reaganesque pose when he called on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to open a bridge to allow entry of humanitarian aid. The effort fell flat. The bridge didn’t offer much…

by | Apr 19, 2019

The anticipated defeat of Ukraine’s incumbent president, Petro Poroshenko, on Easter Sunday is evidence that the Obama Administration’s interventionist schemes backfired as consistently as Bush era meddling failed. Comic actor and challenger Volodymyr Zelenskiy is so far ahead, even Ukraine’s…

by | Mar 22, 2019

During their recent meeting in the White House, Brazil’s new right-wing leader, Jair Bolsonaro, and President Donald J. Trump discussed the possibility of Brazil joining the NATO alliance. While I am an unapologetic fan of both Trump and Bolsonaro, this…

by | Mar 2, 2019

If you hadn’t noticed, the British government of Theresa May is setting records for incompetence. Nigeria put off its presidential election for a week; there probably is cheating afoot. In Congo government vote counters declared a minor opposition candidate the…

by | Feb 5, 2019

U.S. Treasury reports show that the amount the U.S. government finances to pay for its spending will top $1 trillion in 2019 for the second straight year. The Treasury issued debt of $1.34 trillion in 2018, a number that should…

by | Feb 1, 2019

I posted an article at The American Spectator on Wednesday, titled, “Bernie: Bolshevik Party Boy.” It relates to amazing footage of Bernie Sanders partying in a Soviet city north of Moscow on his honeymoon in June 1988. A shirtless, drunk Bernie…

by | Jan 25, 2019

Venezuela has imploded. The people are starving. The government under the dictatorship of the bus-driver-turned-tyrant, Nicolas Maduro, is inept and woefully corrupt. Anti-government protests abound. The region’s greatest powers, the United States, Brazil, and Colombia, have all aligned against Venezuela….

by | Dec 21, 2018

The ticket booth complex huddled below the lofty red brick walls of the Kremlin under an azure August sky. A sleek, modern construction of metal and glass, the ticket office formed a jarring juxtaposition beneath the ancient edifice of the…

by | Dec 4, 2018

Vladimir Nabokov in Context Edited by David M. Bethea and Siggy Frank (Cambridge University Press, 334 pages, $79.81) The late great Russian-born novelist Vladimir Nabokov amassed a range of critical comments during his 78 years, more than enough to qualify…

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