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Tag Archives: Diplomacy & Conflict

Book Review: It’s worth “Demystifying Shariah” instead of continuing with our ignorant prejudices

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Demystifying Shariah: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It's Not Taking Over Our Country by Sumbul Ali-Karamali.
Written by:David A Johnson
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Views & Reviews, World Commmunity
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The Taliban’s reascendance is regrettable, but there were no good options for concluding the U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan

Excerpt: We can all wish that our withdrawal had been smoother, better executed, and not so inconsiderate of the Afghans who risked so much to help us. But again, there's no such thing as a war that ends well, and all wars are messy.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, National Defense, World Commmunity
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Canada gets its first Indigenous Governor General, weeks ahead of expected snap election call by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Excerpt: Mary Simon, an Inuit leader, will be the first in the job to come from Canada’s Aboriginal First Nations peoples.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, World Commmunity
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From chaos to coherence: President Joe Biden’s worldview comes into focus

Excerpt: When he says that he is fighting to save our democracy against all threats, foreign and domestic, natural or manmade, believe him. This is a politician who means what he says and says what he means. That’s what coherence sounds like.
Written by:Gael Tarleton
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Netanyahu dislodged: Israel finally gets a new government and a new prime minister

Excerpt: Netanyahu's ouster is an important moment for Israel. It demonstrates that, even though it may be in danger, just like U.S. democracy is, Israeli democracy remains alive.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, World Commmunity
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Diplomacy finally front and center again with extension of U.S.-Russia New START Treaty

Excerpt: Read founding NPI boardmember Gael Tarleton's analysis of the United States' extension of the New START Treaty with the Russian Federation.
Written by:Gael Tarleton
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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The bonding of Washington State and British Columbia: Even with our border closed, we share a gorgeous corner of the world

Excerpt: While the U.S.-Canada border remains closed to non-essential traffic, neither the pandemic shutdown nor the 49th Parallel and Strait of Juan de Fuca have obstructed the bonding between Washington and British Columbia.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment, World Commmunity
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Britain and the European Union have finally reached a “Brexit” implementation deal

Excerpt: Ursula von der Leyen and Boris Johnson say they've agreed on terms that will govern how the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on December 31st, 2020.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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America’s allies in the world community joyfully welcome historic Biden-Harris victory

Excerpt: The governments of countries like the United Kingdom, France, New Zealand, Germany, Australia, and India are all eager to move past the Trump error.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, World Commmunity
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What drove Donald Trump’s decision to kill Iranian General Qasem Suleimani?

Excerpt: The death of Iran's top military strategist has already sent shock waves around the Middle East and may put American soldiers and civilians in harm's way.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Categories:Breaking News, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, National Defense
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Republican-controlled U.S. Senate votes to rebuke Donald Trump over Yemen war

Excerpt: On March 13th, 2019, the U.S. Senate behaved like the legislative body it's supposed to be instead of a bureau of the Trump White House.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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BREAKTHROUGH: U.S. House votes to stop abetting Saudi Arabia’s Yemen war

Excerpt: The success of House Joint Resolution 37 is a rare use of the War Powers Act approved by Congress in 1973 and passed into law over Nixon's veto.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Obama administration strikes back at Putin regime for interfering in 2016 U.S. elections

Excerpt: It’s a start: Pres­i­dent Oba­ma struck back at Rus­sia on Thurs­day for its efforts to influ­ence the 2016 elec­tion, eject­ing 35 sus­pect­ed Russ­ian intel­li­gence oper­a­tives from the Unit­ed States and impos­ing sanc­tions on Russia’s two lead­ing intel­li­gence services. The admin­is­tra­tion also penal­ized four top offi­cers of one of those ser­vices, the pow­er­ful mil­i­tary intel­li­gence unit […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology, World Commmunity
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Mitch “Filibuster” McConnell furious after Senate Democrats thwart vote on Iran

Excerpt: The shoe is on the oth­er foot now, and it hurts: Repub­li­can efforts to stop the nuclear deal with Iran end­ed in fail­ure Thurs­day, thwart­ed by unflinch­ing Demo­c­ra­t­ic sup­port for Pres­i­dent Oba­ma’s land­mark accord and famil­iar GOP infighting. With no clear strat­e­gy remain­ing to pre­vent the inter­na­tion­al­ly backed deal, Repub­li­can lead­ers in Con­gress were left […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, National Defense, World Commmunity
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