International Political Developments

China Imposes New Tariffs on 128 U.S. Products

04/02/18: China’s government announced today that it’s imposing new tariffs on 128 U.S. products in retaliation to tariffs that President Trump said he plans to place on U.S. imports of steel and aluminum from China. According...

China Threatens Retaliatory Tariffs on Imports of U.S. Goods

03/22/18: China’s Secretary of Commerce, Zhong Shan, said today that his country’s government will consider placing $3 billion of tariffs on China’s imports of goods from the United States in the event that the U.S. were to move...

OPEC Agrees to Extend Oil Production Cuts

11/30/17: The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (“OPEC”) agreed today to extend their reduction of oil production by approximately 1.8 million barrels per day through the end of 2018. According to Saudi Arabia’s Oil...

North Korea Fires Another Missile Over Northern Japan

09/14/17: For the second time in the past 19 days, International news agencies reported that North Korea’s military fired a missile over northern Japan today. According to those agencies, the missile fell into the Pacific ocean...

North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan

08/28/17: Several international news agencies reported that North Korea’s military fired a missile over northern Japan today. That’s only the third time that North Korea has fired missiles over Japan, the others which were fired...

Fitch Ratings Upgrades Greece’s Sovereign Debt Rating

08/18/17: Fitch Ratings reported today that it upgraded Greece’s sovereign debt rating to B-, from CCC, with a positive outlook, stating that the country’s economy is gradually recovering and that its public finances are...

North Korea Threatens to Strike Guam

08/08/17: North Korea’s state-run news agency KCNA reported today that the country’s military is “carefully examining” a plan to fire medium-to-long-range ballistic missiles at areas around the United State’s military bases in...

Moody’s Upgrades Greece’s Sovereign Debt Rating

06/23/17: Moody’s Investors Service reported today that it upgraded Greece’s sovereign bond rating to Caa2 from Caa3 in response to improvements in Greece’s fiscal prospects and the country’s economy, and the release of an...

U.S. Aircraft Carrier Strike Group Headed toward Korean Peninsula

04/19/17: According to several media reports, Admiral Harry Harris, the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command ordered the USS Carl Vinson strike group to begin sailing today towards the Korean Peninsula in the Western Pacific Ocean in response to military threats against the United States made by North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un.

U.S. Drops Bomb on ISIS Tunnels in Afghanistan

04/13/17: The U.S. Air Force dropped the military’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb on a system of ISIS caves and tunnels in Afghanistan, at approximately 11:00 am U.S. Eastern time today (7:30 pm Afghanistan time), that members...

U.S. Navy Launches Missile Attack Against Syrian Air Base

04/07/17: The U.S. Navy launched a missile attack against a Syrian airbase at 8:40 pm U.S. Eastern yesterday evening (3:40 am Syrian Time) in response to the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons that killed dozens of the country’s citizens earlier this week.

Philippine President Orders Troops to South China Sea

04/06/17: Philippine President Duterte told reporters today in a televised interview that he ordered troops to occupy uninhabited islands and shoals that the country claims in the disputed South China Sea.

Secretary of State Tillerson Says “All Options are On the Table” Regarding North Korea’s Aggressive Actions

03/17/17: Responding to recent comments and actions by North Korea’s Dictator, Kim Jong Un, who said on January 1, ““We have reached the final stage in preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket,” U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said today “all options are on the table” if North Korea were to threaten South Korean and U.S. forces by continuing to test long-range ballistic missiles.

Philippines Allows U.S. to Upgrade Military Bases

01/26/16: Reuters reported today that, according to the Philippines’ Secretary of Defense, General Delfin Lorenzana, the country’s President Duterte will honor plans agreed to in the 2014 Enhanced Defense Co-operation Agreement...

China Steals U.S. Underwater Drone in South China Sea

12/15/16: International news agencies reported today that China’s navy stole a U.S. underwater drone approximately 40 miles west of the Philippines in the South China Sea. Click here and fill in the Free Weekly Commentary form...

Iran Threatens to Shoot Down U.S. Reconnaissance Planes

09/13/16: Fox News reported today that the Iranian government threatened this past weekend to shoot down two U.S. reconnaissance planes that were flying purposefully close to Iran’s borders in the Persian Gulf but that were...

Terrorist Attacks People at German Shopping Center

07/22/16: Munich police said at least eight people died and several others were injured in at least one shooting that they suspect was a terror attack at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping center in Munich today. According to...

Afghan Refugee Attacks Passengers on German Train

07/19/16: A 17-year aged Afgahn refugee, who had an ISIS flag in his home and shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) as he attacked passengers with an axe on a German train today, injured four people. Police shot...

FBI Director James Comey Disagrees with Gross Negligence Clause in 1917 Statute

07/07/16: The Director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), James Comey, said today in his testimony to the U.S. Congress regarding Hilary Clinton’s reckless handling of classified information when she was the United States’ Secretary of State that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring this case” against Ms. Clinton.

Suicide Bombers Attack Three Saudi Cities

07/04/16: Four suicide bombers attacked three Saudi Arabian cities today, killing .at least seven people. The Saudi Arabian attacks were the fourth attempt at mass killing of civilians by suspected ISIS-affiliated militants...

British Pass Referendum to Leave the European Union

06/24/16: A non-binding referendum regarding whether or not the United Kingdom would leave the European Union (“EU”) passed late yesterday in a vote of 17,410,742 yeas to 16,141,241 nays.

U.S. Ways and Means Chairman Disagrees with President Barrack Obama on New Tax Inversion Rules

04/15/16: U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady, who’s the Chairman of the primary tax-writing committee in the United States House of Representatives – the Committee on Ways and Means – commented today on new rules issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) on April 4 regarding tax inversion schemes. Those rules make tax inversions – the re-incorporations of U.S. corporations in countries that have lower corporate income-tax rates – more difficult.

North Korea Tests Nuclear Bomb

01/06/16: A state-sponsored news anchor person in Korea reported today that the country’s military tested a “miniaturized” hydrogen bomb, referring to the launch as a “perfect test” that elevated the North Korea’s “nuclear might to the next level” and provided it with a weapon to defend itself against the United States and other enemies.

Britain Launches Airstrikes Against ISIS

12/03/15: Britain’s air force began bombing ISIS-controlled areas in Syria today only hours after the country’s Parliament approved the measure.

House of Representatives Passes Bill to Halt Settlement of Syrian Refugees

11/19/15: By a vote of 289 yeas to 137 nays, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill today that would halt the settlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the United States and overall the screening process used to accept those refugees. 47 out of 188 House Democrats voted “yes” while all but 2 of House Republicans voted “yes” on the bill.

President Obama Vows to Accept Syrian Refugees

11/15/15: President Obama said today that in spite of the Paris Terrorist Attacks that killed more than 120 innocent civilians last Friday that his administration remains committed to accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States over the next year.

Iran Increasing Military Presence in Syria

10/28/15: Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reported today that Iran is increasing its military presence in Syria. Specifically, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, deputy commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, said Iran is increasing both the quality and quantity of its presence in Syria.

Syrian Army Begins Major Offensive Near Turkish Borders

10/13/15: Reuters reported today that Syria’s army will soon launch a ground attack with its Iranian and Hezbollah allies, supported by Russian air strikes, against Syrian rebels that oppose the country’s President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia Increases Air Strikes Against Opponents of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria

10/10/15: Russian government officials said today that the country’s military has increased its bombing campaign against ISIS militants in Syria after beginning its Syrian bombing campaign on September 30. Specifically, a Russian defense minister said Russia had intensified its campaign during the past 24 hours, with 64 sorties hitting 55 targets.

Obama Administration Ends the Training of Syrian Rebels to Combat ISIS

10/09/15: The Obama administration announced today that the U.S. military will no longer train rebel forces in Syria to combat ISIS and the country’s government regime. Instead, the U.S. government will provide money to equip rebel groups there with weapons and ammunition.