Saudi Arabia Plans To Starve Yemen’s Houthis Into Submission

From Reuters: Global food crises worsened significantly in 2016 and conditions look set to deteriorate further this year in some areas with an increasing risk of famine, a report said on Friday. "There is a high risk of famine in some areas of north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen because of armed conflict, drought … Continue reading Saudi Arabia Plans To Starve Yemen’s Houthis Into Submission

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How Climate Change Will Be the Biggest Geopolitical Crisis of the 21st Century

America is out of the environmental protection businesses; so says the haughty god-emperor Trump, whose word is apparently law. Too bad even god-emperors cannot change facts.  Too bad, especially, for the billions who are almost certain to be disrupted, displaced, and decimated by the looming geopolitical effects of climate change. That basic truth is denied … Continue reading How Climate Change Will Be the Biggest Geopolitical Crisis of the 21st Century

Is Putin’s Rule Cracking Up? Protests Rile Moscow

From Reuters:  Police detained hundreds of protesters across Russia on Sunday, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after thousands took to the streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Moscow has been the scene of multiple protests throughout Russia's bitter winter.  This in and of itself is nothing new: … Continue reading Is Putin’s Rule Cracking Up? Protests Rile Moscow

The next French intervention in Africa will be in Mauritania before 2020

(This post originally appeared on Young-Diplomats.com and is written by David Allouche). Why is Mauritania next? France has been efficiently defending its interests in those countries through cultural and economic power, coupled with dozens of covert actions to overthrow leaders that refused to preserve France’s interests. France has used mercenaries, the most famous being Bob Denard, … Continue reading The next French intervention in Africa will be in Mauritania before 2020

The Forces Shaping the Critical French Election: Populism, Pride, and Prejudice

And why is it so critical?  Nothing less than the European Union is at stake - and with it, the geopolitical contract that has bound Germany and France together since World War II. After the defeat of anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders early this month in the Netherlands, it is reasonable to ask if populism as … Continue reading The Forces Shaping the Critical French Election: Populism, Pride, and Prejudice

Marine Le Pen’s Play to Destroy the European Union

From Reuters: French far-right leader Marine Le Pen stole a line from pro-Brexit campaigners in a televised debate on Monday, castigating other presidential candidates who criticized her plans to leave the euro as resorting to "project fear". The National Front is the template of much of the Alt-Right, both intellectually and politically.  Marine Le Pen … Continue reading Marine Le Pen’s Play to Destroy the European Union

Germany Pushes Back on Trump

From Reuters: German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that Germany owes NATO and the United States "vast sums" of money for defense. "There is no debt account at NATO," von der Leyen said in a statement, adding that it was wrong to link the alliance's target … Continue reading Germany Pushes Back on Trump