Afghan Taliban and US Talk Inches Forward; “Talks Will Continue”

OCT 14, 2018: In a landmark development, Afghanistan’s Taliban have announced they met with Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, in Doha, Qatar, before he arrived in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday — Khalilzad’s Doha trip came back-to-back with visits to Riyadh and Islamabad. In a short statement on Saturday, the Afghan Taliban […]

Why is Trump Accusing China of Mid-Term Election Interference?

SEP 28, 2018: Trump’s accusation that China is interfering in US mid-term elections has added yet more fuel to the fire of US-China relations. A report by Ryan Hass on the Brookings Institute website says there’s a growing possibility that leaders in Beijing and Washington may come to view each other no longer as acute […]

UN Speech: Trump Rejects Globalism; Names ‘Good’ and ‘Not So Good’ Places

SEP 25, 2018: US President Donald Trump today spoke at the UN General Assembly in New York and mentioned good places according to him being: India, Saudi Arabia and Poland. Not Good places according to Trump were: Iran, friends of Iran, Nicaragua, Germany, China, OPEC countries, Syria, countries that don’t respect America. Places Trump did […]

Bob Woodward´s Trump Book ‘Fear’ Sells 1.1 Million Copies in First Week

“Fear” is currently in its 10th reprint, according to Simon & Schuster, which will bring the total number of sales to 1.2 million SEP 19, 2018: Investigative journalist Bob Woodward´s incendiary “Fear: Trump in the White House” has become the fastest selling book in Simon and Schuster´s 94-year history, the publisher said Tuesday, shifting 1.1 […]

Turkey’s S-400 Purchase ‘National Decision’: NATO Chief

SEP 15, 2018: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenburg said Friday that Turkey’s purchase of a missile defense system from Russia was Ankara’s own “national decision.” “It is a challenge and is well known that there is a disagreement between Turkey and especially United States on this issue,” Stoltenburg said at the conservative Heritage Foundation think […]

Pompeo Finds Pak Leaders on One Page on Pak-US Relations, Afghanistan

Pompeo upbeat on ‘reset’ with Pakistan after meeting new PM Khan, report Reuters SEP 5, 2018 (Updated): Senior US and Pakistani officials met in capital Islamabad today to reset bilateral relations which has seen a double down due to gaps in their views on Afghanistan peace and reconciliation process. This was the first high level […]

US to Counter China’s Growing Influence With Huge Investments Abroad

SEP 3, 2018 (BE2C2 Report): The United States is working to create a new agency with broad-based authority to compete with China in offering countries financing options for major infrastructure and development projects, according to a major American newspaper. In a report, The Wall Street Journal said the Congress was working to resolve the last […]

Pentagon Withdraws $300M in Coalition Support Fund For Pak Military’s Counterterror Efforts

SEP 2, 2018: The U.S. has suspended $300 million in military funding to Pakistan due to Islamabad’s lack of “decisive actions” in support of regional American strategy, the Pentagon said on Saturday. The announcement comes ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad scheduled for Wednesday. Pompeo will be […]

More Staff Expected to Depart from the White House

SEP 2, 2018: Increasingly convinced that the West Wing is wholly unprepared to handle the expected assault from Democrats if they win the House in November mid-term elections, President Donald Trump’s aides and allies are privately raising alarm as his circle of legal and communications advisers continues to shrink, the AP reports. “With vacancies abounding […]

Trump Revokes Ex-CIA Chief John Brennan’s Security Clearance

AUG 15, 2018: US President Donald Trump has pulled the security clearance of one of his harshest critics, former CIA Director John Brennan. The White House revoked Brennan’s security clearance on Wednesday, questioning his “insights.” Brennan stepped down as CIA director in January 2017. “Historically, former heads of intelligence and law enforcement agencies have been […]

More Than 600,000 Foreigners Overstayed U.S. Visas in 2017

AUG 8, 2018: More than 600,000 foreign travelers who legally entered the United States in 2017 overstayed their visas and remained in the country by the end of the year, according to Department of Homeland Security data released Tuesday. That figure represents only 1.15 percent of the more than 52 million foreigners who legally entered […]

Trump Privately Brooding and Publicly Roaring On Mueller’s Russia Probe

AUG 5, 2018: President Donald Trump has decamped to his New Jersey golf estate for an 11-day working vacation as he finds himself at a precarious moment in his presidency. The move comes at a critical juncture in the investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 campaign as the US President decides in coming days […]

US, Taliban Direct Talks Remain ‘Positive’, Another Round Expected Before Eid ul Azha

“We have held three meetings with the US and we reached a conclusion to continue talks for meaningful negotiations,” said a second Taliban official. JUL 30, 2018: A meeting between a senior US diplomat and Taliban representatives in Doha last week to discuss a possible ceasefire ended with “very positive signals” and a decision to […]

US Farmers Fear $12 Billion Aid Package a Sign of Extended Trade War

JUL 28, 2018: The Trump administration’s $12 billion farm aid package is a sign to many in the agricultural sector that the administration does not foresee an end to the escalating trade war with China this year. “You don’t create an aid package like this if you don’t think the damage is already done and […]

Hillary Clinton: ‘Putin’s Ultimate Goal is to Sow as Much Dissension, Instability Inside Democracies’

JUL 22, 2018: Former US secretary of state Hillary Cliton on Sunday described the recent summit with Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin as ‘deeply disturbing’ and alarming on many levels. The former Democratic presidential contender against Republican Donald Trump, who’s maintained a very public profile since her 2016 loss, spoke at an Ozy Festival […]

Intelligence Chief Dan Coats Refutes Trump, Says Russia Meddled in 2016

JUL 17, 2018: In a move not cleared by the White House, the top intelligence official in the United States has refuted President Donald Trump’s remarks in Helsinki — unequivocally affirming that the Russian government did act to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats issued a statement Monday. […]

Trump’s Mind on Unrelated Issues Before Putin Summit

US authorities on Friday said they have indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers for alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential elections, won by Republican Donald Trump. JUL 14, 2018: President Donald Trump is tweeting about golf, blaming his predecessor for election hacking and hate-watching CNN, two days before a high-stakes summit with Russia’s Vladimir […]