Biden defends departure from Afghanistan

Addressing the nation, a defensive President Joe Biden on Tuesday called the U.S. military airlift to extract more than 120,000 Afghans, Americans and other allies to end a 20 year war an “extraordinary success,” though more than 100 Americans and thousands of Afghans looking to leave remain. Joe Biden Twenty-four hours after the departure of … Continue reading Biden defends departure from Afghanistan

Biden defends Afghanistan withdrawal amid rising chaos

In a Facebook post, Ghani Ashraf said he had left the country to avoid clashes with the Taliban that would endanger millions of Kabul residents. Some social media users branded Ghani, who did not disclose his location, a coward for leaving them in chaos. Joe Biden 'Failed experience' UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all parties … Continue reading Biden defends Afghanistan withdrawal amid rising chaos

World powers are watching the Taliban – Jacinda Ardern

Central Kabul streets were largely deserted early on a sunny Monday as waking residents pondered their future. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern "I'm in a complete state of shock," said Sherzad Karim Stanekzai, who spent the night in his carpet shop to guard it. "I know there will be no foreigners, no international people … Continue reading World powers are watching the Taliban – Jacinda Ardern

Taliban declare ‘war is over’ as Ghani, diplomats flee Kabul

The Taliban declared the war in Afghanistan over after taking control of the presidential palace in Kabul while Western nations scrambled on Monday to evacuate their citizens amid chaos at the airport as frantic Afghans searched for a way out. President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday as fighters from the group entered the … Continue reading Taliban declare ‘war is over’ as Ghani, diplomats flee Kabul

China frowns at United States relations with Taiwan

The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of 40 155mm howitzer artillery systems to Taiwan in a $750 million agreement, the Pentagon says. This follows last year's U.S. sales of drones and coastal missile defenses, meant to defend from a Chinese invasion. The Biden administration earlier approved other commercial sales of arms to Taiwan. … Continue reading China frowns at United States relations with Taiwan

The power of ethnic nationalism

My angry reaction earlier today on APC UK platform: Most of the Diasporans here living in Europe. Can you show me one multi-ethnic state in Europe where one group is positioned to dominate the rest that hasn't broken up? Brexit UK EU referendum concept with flag and handwriting text in, out, leave, remain is written … Continue reading The power of ethnic nationalism

WAR-TIME: Why UK aircraft carrier is heading to China

England: In sending Britain's flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, to Asia, the British government seeks to show the region's countries, including China, that Britain will enforce the international law of the sea, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said late last week. UK aircraft carrier "One of the things we'll be doing clearly is showing to … Continue reading WAR-TIME: Why UK aircraft carrier is heading to China

Violence in Gaza marks a shift in American politics

For decades, Democrats and Republicans alike have stood by Israel, almost unconditionally, insisting the country has a right to defend itself. President Biden did that throughout the recent conflict as Hamas militants fired thousands of rockets into Israel. Now, Biden has pledged to help replenish Israel's air defense system while promising humanitarian aid to Gaza, … Continue reading Violence in Gaza marks a shift in American politics

Bella Hadid and family angry with Israel for bombing Gaza

The state of Israel slammed supermodel Bella Hadid on Sunday after she took to the streets in Brooklyn to support Palestinians in Gaza — saying her advocacy amid the escalating conflict amounts to calling for the “elimination of the Jewish state.” “When celebrities like @BellaHadid advocate for throwing Jews into the sea, they are advocating for the … Continue reading Bella Hadid and family angry with Israel for bombing Gaza

Biden explains action near tombstones of US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

As President Joe Biden stood in the rain on Wednesday among the tombstones of U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan, thoughts of his late son Beau were not far from his mind as he explained his decision to begin America’s exit from its longest war. The president’s elder son earned the Bronze Star while serving in … Continue reading Biden explains action near tombstones of US soldiers killed in Afghanistan