On March 16, North Korea's Supreme Court sentenced Otto Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, to 15 years of hard labor on March 16 for committing a “hostile act” against the state.
A statement issued by the White House noted that “significant regulatory changes” have been announced by the Departments of the Treasury and Commerce to “make it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba, expand access to U.S. financial institutions and the U.S. dollar from Cuba, and expand the ability for Cubans living in the U.S. to earn a salary.”
In an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic published in the magazine’s April issue, (in a section headed “How France and Great Britain contributed to the mess in Libya”) President Obama criticized U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron for being too distracted to prevent Libya from becoming “a mess.”
On March 7, at least 150 people were killed in an airstrike conducted by the U.S. armed forces in Somalia. The evidence of the victims' threat to the United States has not been produced.
Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 1, Air Force General Philip Breedlove said that the security situation in Europe has grown “more serious and more complicated” over the past months.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Cuba on March 21 and 22, notes a February 18 White House press release. During the visit, the statement continues, the president "will work to build on the progress we have made toward normalization of relations with Cuba."
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a speech in Ankara to provincial officials last week, strongly criticized the United States for its support of Syrian Kurdish PYD rebels.
More information about the detainment of 10 U.S. sailors by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards from January 12 through 13 is being made public, including an Iranian video that surfaced on the day of their release that shows a sailor apologizing to Iranian interrogators.
A U.S. Hellfire air-to-surface missile that disappeared after being sent to Europe for a NATO training exercise has turned up in Cuba. While no one has been able to determine exactly how this happened, it may have been an inadvertent mistake on the part of freight handlers.
Incredibly, a State Department spokesman recently announced that among the department’s major accomplishments in 2015 was “bringing peace” to war-torn Syria.
When are “boots on the ground” not “boots on the ground”? When they are worn by Special Operations troops, if we are to take President Obama at his word.