Russia is essentially an oligarchy, with the rich and powerful running the show. And America is increasingly becoming as centralized as Russia. Now, we are being drawn together.

A cursory look at world events, especially in Ukraine, suggests that Vladimir Putin is re-engaging the Cold War, but a closer look indicates that he is working with the West.

In a great role reversal, liberal-left activists and the mainstream media are attacking Russia and beating war drums, while many conservatives are hailing Putin as friend and ally. Are those our only options?

The aftermath of the elections has surprised many and encouraged others, especially those seeking independence.

French fighter jets struck and destroyed a logistics depot established by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on September 19, Iraqi and French officials announced.

 

Thanks in large part to a last-minute political "bribe" by English leaders, voters in Scotland decided to remain in the United Kingdom.

Without congressional or constitutional authorization, this week Obama announced a plan to send 3,000 U.S. troops to West Africa, supposedly to help African governments deal with the deadly Ebola virus by imposing what amounts to medical martial law. Among other controversial activities, American forces will be working with the Liberian military to quarantine entire villages as police and troops put the entire nation of Sierra Leone on lockdown. Obama is also helping to boost the powers and capabilities of dictator-dominated international organizations under the guise of fighting the disease. Critics, though, are expressing outrage over the machinations even as senior administration officials struggle to explain it all.

 

Outrage is still growing after a bipartisan coalition of U.S. lawmakers last month demanded an independent investigation of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), a UN outfit, over its controversial activities in the latest conflict between Israel and Hamas, the officially designated terrorist group that rules Gaza. Some former officials and critics of the international organization are even calling on Congress to entirely defund some of its agencies and “human rights” outfits. Instead, the Obama administration has pledged even more U.S. taxpayer funding.

ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and currently operating under its new brand, “The Islamic State,” is the new al-Qaeda. But one Canadian journalist believes that ISIS is not nearly so powerful as most Westerners think, and that because the groups has far more enemies than allies, it is unlikely to accomplish it objectives to gain control of a wide swath of the Middle East.

The world was shocked by reports of a British child-sex-trafficking ring that, owing to political correctness, was ignored by authorities. But now we're told that this case may just be the tip of the iceberg.

 

 

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