The nation of Brunei is again banning the celebration of Christmas, as its sultan has reissued an edict first put into effect last year that prohibits any public display of Christmas decorations and even the wearing of Santa hats.
Angry words continue to be exchanged between Turkish and Russian leaders following the shooting down of a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M jet on November 24 after it very briefly overflew Turkish airspace.
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit, held earlier this month in Manila, Philippines, reaffirmed its member-states' commitment to the proposed Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) through the implementation of regional "trade" schemes, specifically naming the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
The Obama administration is showering U.S. military support on Kurdish forces across Syria and Iraq, including backing for militant communist factions officially designated as terrorist organizations and their close allies. All of it is taking place under the guise of battling the Islamic State, a savage terror group that top U.S. officials and declassified documents have revealed was largely created by Obama's supposed “anti-ISIS” coalition. One major problem for the administration is that, like its well-documented support for self-declared al-Qaeda forces in Syria and Libya, it is a serious crime under U.S. law to provide aid to organizations designated by the U.S. government as terrorists. But it is hardly the first time Washington, D.C., has been caught supporting both Islamist and communist terror groups in the region in recent years.
Although currently not a negotiating member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Russia may reap the benefits of TPP because of separate trade deals between various TPP member-states and the Eurasian Economic Union.
The Chinese Communist Party newspaper Study Times advocated Communist China's eventual participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
After the pro-transparency group WikiLeaks released the intellectual property chapter of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “trade” regime, the outcry around the world and across the political spectrum was swift and brutal. Among the many problems highlighted by critics of the scheme: the assault on national sovereignty and self-government; the threat to free expression, privacy, whistleblowers, and freedom of information; the generous handouts to Big Business cronies in everything from pharmaceuticals to Hollywood; conscripting Internet Service Providers (ISPs) into serving as agents of the transnational TPP regime; and much more.
The bombing of the hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 3 is but the latest tragic unintended consequence of a war that no longer has any strategic purpose.
With Russia now involved in the Syrian War — the first act of overseas intervention by any power other than the United States or its immediate allies since the Cold War — the Middle Eastern quagmire threatens to become an abyss. How steep a price will America have to pay for decades of meddling in Middle Eastern wars?