Pyongyang: Angry at America

Pyongyang: Angry at America

North Korea has accused the Trump administration of being “more and more hell-bent on hostile acts,” just days after President Trump became the first U.S. president to enter the Hermit Kingdom. Trump last week made a surprise visit to the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea and stepped over Continue Reading

Moscow: Russia rewarded

Moscow: Russia rewarded

Ukraine reacted with fury this week after the Council of Europe voted to end Russia’s suspension from the organization, which is dedicated to upholding democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in its 47 member states. Russia was suspended from the council in 2014 after it annexed Crimea. Volodymyr Continue Reading

The rising threat of neo-Nazi terrorism

The rising threat of neo-Nazi terrorism

How many more people must die, asked Annette Ramelsberger in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, “before police, prosecutors, and domestic intelligence understand that the most dangerous enemy is not on the Left but on the Right?” The murder of Walter Lübcke, president of the Kassel regional council in central Germany, should be Continue Reading

Prague: Mass protest

Prague: Mass protest

An estimated 250,000 Czechs rallied in Prague’s Letna Park this week to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis, in the biggest show of public discontent since the 1989 Velvet Revolution that overthrew the Communist regime. Babis, the billionaire head of the anti- establishment ANO party, is facing a Continue Reading

Don’t engage with loony rumormongers

Don’t engage with loony rumormongers

The Al-Safar Mosque in West Java is not a shrine to the Antichrist, said M. Taufiqurrahman. But many Indonesians have now heard that absurd conspiracy theory, thanks to the province’s governor, Ridwan Kamil. The rumors were started by popular YouTube preacher Rahmat Baequni, who claimed that Al-Safar’s triangular motifs represent Continue Reading