Jake Pfeifer, Forum News Service
It seems like an awful long time ago that one of the most prominent threats most Europeans feared was an increasingly aggressive Russia and an unstable Ukraine. To be fair, the concern of terrorist attacks, as well as the refugee crisis was well underway before the turmoil on its eastern borders, but those were treated as basically a second-rate problem at the time. Fast-forward a few years and the situation has more or less flip-flopped. Although that will change for a moment in July as Europe debates the extension of sanctions on Russia.
Brazil may be concerned about the run-up to hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but it has far more pressing issues to deal with. Last week more than a million Brazilians joined anti-government rallies across the country, challenging impeachment for embattled president Dilma Rousseff. The majority of Brazilians believe she should resign, which shouldn’t be unexpected given her popularity rating is currently at a horrendous 7.7 percent.
In recent weeks the notion of Britain leaving the European Union (EU) has been getting some media attention. The so called ‘Brexit’ is no doubt a monumental issue facing Europe as a whole. However, the potential impact a Brexit could entail for the U.S. largely goes unnoticed.
In the past couple of years it has become apparent that President Obama’s administration has sought to repair broken ties with countries around the world. Cuba and Iran are two prominent examples. With the recent elections in Venezuela, it’s not all that outlandish to assume that Venezuela is next on the president’s checklist. It might be necessary to first give a brief overview of recent U.S.-Venezuelan relations to see how they got to where they are currently. In 1998, Hugo Chávez came to power in Venezuela with the backing of his Socialist Party.
By JAKE PFIEFER Forum News Service
While much of the world was focused on the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, a visit to the United States by General Raheel Sharif of Pakistan had largely gone under the radar. This makes the second high-ranking official to visit Washington in the past month as Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (no-relation) had visited just three weeks prior. The importance of these meetings shouldn’t be overlooked as U.S. concerns with Pakistan’s nuclear capability, its fight against terrorism, and hostilities with India still remain flash points.
The terrorist attack on Nov. 13 in Paris has brought on a flood of emotion for the people in Europe. In the United States, it brought back memories of the 9/11 attacks. However, if we look back on the Western response to the 9/11 attacks and what we are dealing with now in Iraq and Syria, it’s important that we act with our heads, not our hearts. One area where the West has seemingly jumped straight into rash action is dealing with the migrant crisis.