How Do You Say Merry Christmas in European? 

By ALEKSANDRA GADZALA-TIRZIU, Special to the Sun
December 2, 2021

It looks like Christmas is back on for the long-suffering employees of the European Union. And they can again — at least for now — make reference to Joseph and Mary — not to mention Jesus. And wish their Jewish friends a happy Hanukkah. For the…

As Barbados Becomes a Republic, Our Diarist Doffs the Phrygian Cap

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
December 1, 2021

After 396 years under the British crown and 55 years of self-governing, Barbados will henceforth be a republic. Poignantly, the presumptive heir to the throne, Prince Charles, bore witness to the formalities marking the crown’s waning global…

Biden: Outside the Room Where It Will Have Happened

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
November 29, 2021

As world powers gather in Vienna to revive the old Iran deal, one party is pacing nervously in the room where it isn’t happening — America. And yes, we’re increasingly irrelevant in Iran diplomacy. Iran refuses to negotiate directly with the Big Satan…

America Could End Up the Wallflower, So To Speak, at the Pan-Africa Ball

By PHILIP LENCZYCKI, Special to the Sun
November 28, 2021

Beijing looks set yet again to upstage Secretary of State Blinken and the Biden administration’s foreign policy, this time in Africa. On Monday and Tuesday, all of the continent’s countries — save for the Kingdom of Eswatini, which recognizes Taiwan…

U.S., NATO Fail To Offer a Serious Response to Threats to Ukraine, Taiwan

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
November 27, 2021

The increasing shambles in post-Trump great power relations is best illustrated by the Russian threat against Ukraine and the Chinese threat against Taiwan. A profound reappraisal of the western alliance system will soon be required. The United States…

Can Europe Get Its Act Together Before It’s Too Late?

By ALEKSANDRA GADZALA-TIRZIU, Special to the Sun
November 23, 2021

As Europe teeters on the brink of a dangerous era of instability, the Germans are debating a possible withdrawal from NATO’s nuclear sharing arrangements, the British and French are squabbling over fish, and the EU is chastising the Poles, Lithuanians…

In Chinese Tennis ‘Crisis’ Straight Out of the Cold War, Biden Leads From Behind

By PHILIP LENCZYCKI, Special to the Sun
November 22, 2021

Some time in the next few weeks the world will discover whether “ping pong diplomacy” — which 50 years ago brokered America’s détente with Communist China — will, in turn, see women’s tennis usher in a new Cold War. Certainly the West now finds…

Biden’s Call With Xi Looks Like a Harbinger of Trouble

By ALEKSANDRA GADZALA-TIRZIU, Special to the Sun
November 19, 2021

On the campaign trail, candidate Joe Biden incredulously insisted that communist China is not an American competitor and would not “eat our lunch.” Less than a year into Mr. Biden’s presidency, it would appear that his words were a harbinger of a…

With Vienna Talks About To Resume, Biden Turns to Appeasement 101

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
November 19, 2021

With talks in Vienna about to resume next week, America is weakening its demands and Iran is toughening up. Can further appeasement be far behind? After months of leading American diplomats by the nose, Tehran finally agreed to return its diplomats…

Apres Elizabeth, Could It Be the Deluge Itself?

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
November 17, 2021

When Elizabeth II is alone, does she, like France’s Louis XV, reflect, “Après moi, le déluge”? No doubt — as Shakespeare marked with the bit about how uneasy is the head that wears the crown — that royal responsibility can be onerous, whether the…

After America Admits It Lacks for a Plan To Confront a Dual Offensive, Are Russia and China Starting To Coordinate?

By ALEKSANDRA GADZALA-TIRZIU, Special to the Sun
November 17, 2021

In testimony to Congress in April, the commander of America’s strategic forces, Admiral Charles Richard, warned that the United States might well face a two–front offensive if Russia were to make a move on Eastern Europe and Communist China were to…

Mexico Finds a UN Program Is Worse Than the Ills It Was Asked to Cure

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
November 15, 2021

What happens when a president asks the United Nations to take over a chunk of his country’s economy? Ask Mexicans who are dying while their government farms out the country’s pharma industry. As President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador returned Wednesday…

As Biden, Xi Meet for Virtual Summit, Exiled Uyghurs Press for a Hearing at International Criminal Court

By PHILIP LENCZYCKI, Special to the Sun
November 15, 2021

Could three times be the charm for the dream of the Uyghurs to get the International Criminal Court to take up their plight? They certainly seem game to try, even as President Biden and President Xi prepare to meet in a virtual “summit.” At a press…

Biden, Xi Set To Put the Gloss on the Failure of the Glasgow Climate Parley

By JAMES S. ROBBINS, Special to the Sun
November 12, 2021

The way to view the virtual summit taking place on Monday between President Biden and the Communist Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, is as a palliative following the failure of the 26th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on…

Prenez-Garde: As the World Looks Elsewhere, Communist China Is Making Moves on Its Border With India

By ALEKSANDRA GADZALA-TIRZIU, Special to the Sun
November 12, 2021

Could it be that the next territorial advance by Communist China is one to which few are paying attention? With the global spotlight on the growing Chinese threat against Taiwan, little notice is being given to intensifying military standoffs and…

Europe Is Making — Gingerly — an Opening to the Republic of China on Taiwan

By CALEB LARSON, Special to the Sun
November 12, 2021

BERLIN — Could Europe be in the midst of an opening to the Republic of China on Taiwan? That’s the question in the wake of two events that are no doubt being watched with alarm in the chancelleries of Communist China. Earlier this week, a…

UN Fires Whistleblower — Who Says Communist China Is in Charge at the World Body

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
November 10, 2021

The decision of the United Nations to fire a whistleblower at the Human Rights Commission is a shocking development that raises an increasingly serious question for President Biden and other Free World leaders — has Communist China taken over the…

Something’s Afoot in Poland — Could It Lead to an Exit From Europe?

By ALEKSANDRA GADZALA-TIRZIU, Special to the Sun
November 10, 2021

Could there be a Polish exit from the European Union? Surely something is afoot in the EU’s row with Poland that extends beyond the usual bureaucratic jostling over directives from Brussels to a sovereign nation. The story might take a while to…