Foreign Fodder

  • 11/9. 9/11. 8/31. Three infamous international dates from the last 30 years: The Berlin Wall falls in 1989; America is attacked in 2001 and Hong Kong is confronted by a post-colonial turning point. On Aug. 31, 2014, China declared a state of limited democracy for Hong Kong. Locals have still not accepted it, and resistance, as we’ve been seeing daily, has turned violent.
  • As we know, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro remains in power despite sanctions, isolation and military-intervention threats by the Trump Administration. And his country continues apace toward economic collapse and humanitarian disaster. Now, however, the U.S. has softened its approach—promising not to seek punishment of Maduro if he would just voluntarily leave. “This is not a persecution,” stressed Elliott Abrams, the State Department’s special envoy for Venezuela. “We’re not after him. We want him to have a dignified exit and go.” Wonder what Stephen Miller and John Bolton think. Buena suerte.

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