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At U.N. Parley Pompeo Blinks on Iran Snapback

Security Council Seems To Reckon End of Trump Presidency Is Nigh

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
June 30, 2020

For the Trump presidency, the end is nigh. Or at least that’s what America’s “partners” believe as they consider the question of Iran. On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council convened to contemplate that question, but rather than Iran it…

In Clangorous Era Press Is Ignoring Overseas Story

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
June 19, 2020

In the clangorous pre-electoral atmosphere created by the Covid 19 crisis and its economic consequences and the disorders that have followed the apparent murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, some important foreign policy developments have been…

70 Years Later History Beckons From Korea War

By PAUL ATKINSON, Special to the Sun
June 17, 2020

What a tumler, that Kim Jong Un, or, as President Trump once called him, “Rocketman.” The North Korean dictator is threatening to send troops into the demilitarized zone that separates communist tyranny from the free Korean republic to the sout…

‘Snapback’ Time On Iran Sanctions Is Already Here

United Nations Is Asleep at the Switch

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
June 12, 2020

America’s diplomacy aimed at globalizing its “maximum pressure” Iran policy appears increasingly likely to flounder in the United Nations. Better strike a decisive blow to the nuclear deal instead. That’s the outlook in the wake of a new report by…

Plot Against Flynn Aimed To Cripple Trump’s Moves In The Middle East

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
May 27, 2020

As Attorney General Barr and General Michael Flynn battle in court to rescind the general's guilty plea, a deeper look deserves to be taken at the phone conversations that underlay the controversy. The calls were, in part, meant to protect the…

Role of China In Corona Crisis Invites Response

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
May 22, 2020

In the immense and multifaceted controversy over the coronavirus pandemic, and in the midst of tumultuous pre-electoral events in the United States, the role of the Chinese government in inflicting this economic and public health disaster on the world…

Foes of Israel Misread Outlook For Annexing Judea, Samaria

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
May 15, 2020

Relax everyone. It turns out that Israel’s annexation of Judea and Samaria isn’t around the corner. Even as Jerusalem edges toward concluding the two-year political crisis that deprived the country of an elected government, the entire world is agha…

Houseparty Soars Even as U.S. Gets Set To Decouple From China

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
May 11, 2020

For all the attention paid to the boom in use of the videoconferencing app Zoom, the big winner of the coronavirus lockdown so far may be a less work-oriented, more social Zoom competitor called Houseparty. Bloomberg News reports that Houseparty has…

Germany’s Course Could Signal End Of Clamor Over Climate Change

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
May 8, 2020

The coronavirus has had, at least, the unanticipated benefit of obscuring and diminishing the tedious public clamoring about climate change. It is a slightly redeeming virtue of crises that they tend to supersede and diminish previous crises; if a…

Deadline Looms On Iran Deal Just Before Election

Snapback of Sanctions Is Being Eyed

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
April 28, 2020

It’s time to end the awkward legal endorsement of the Iran nuclear deal. That’s because the first so-called sunset clause built into the Obama-era Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action kicks in this Fall. That’s per the United Nations Security Coun…

Will Free China Save Season for Big League Ball?

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
April 17, 2020

Why doesn’t America test like South Korea? Keep the economy partially open like Sweden? Control behavior like Singapore? Keep tabs on everybody’s cellphones like Communist China? Nah. If we want to learn from others’ response to the pandemic, our b…

UN’s Irrelevance in Corona Crisis Invites a Rethink of the World Body

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
April 9, 2020

“If there were no United Nations we’d have to invent one” is an overused Turtle Bay cliche worth examining now, as the UN is MIA in the face of the worst global crisis since its founding 75 years ago. As a pandemic threatens the globe with loss…

UN Will Need More Than Corona Crisis To Ignite Peacemaking

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
April 3, 2020

Secretary General Antonio Guterres of the United Nations is appealing countries of the world to unite under a global ceasefire to beat the coronavirus. It would be nice, wouldn’t it? “Today I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corne…

Trump’s Best Bet In Corona Crisis Is Free Markets

He Has a Chance To Turn Tables on China

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
March 30, 2020

President Trump has an opportunity both to defeat the novel coronavirus and to gain advantage for the United States in the competition with China for global influence, which predates both the coronavirus crisis and the Trump administration. It flared…

Pandemic Panic Is the Diagnosis

The View From Canada

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
March 28, 2020

The Canadian government’s management of the coronavirus crisis, if judged by what it does and its leaders say, is completely inadequate. Their relief bill is probably not sufficient in quantum or in efficiency for those unemployed or under-employed a…

History Won’t Wait For Gantz To Bow To Israel’s Voters

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
March 20, 2020

The third Israeli general election in a year has produced a clearer advantage for the principal party, but has been ambiguous in the more important issue of which party will lead the government. The ostensible leader of the opposition, General…

Germany, France Need To End Euro-Shilly-Shallying

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
March 6, 2020

For a perfect illustration of Europe’s collapse as a serious political force, one could do no better than to read a February 27 article by the former German vice-chancellor and foreign minister, Joschka Fischer. In “The West’s Final Countdown,”…

Showdown Brews As U.N. Court Targets U.S. GIs

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
March 6, 2020

An international prosecutor, Fatou Bensuda, was advised Thursday by a panel at Hague that she should go ahead and investigate alleged war crimes committed by Americans in Afghanistan. It’s a shocking development. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calle…