As Italy Gets Set To Choose a President, What Might Mrs. Thatcher Have Said?

By ANTONIO MARTINO, Special to the Sun
January 26, 2022

The Italian elections for the president of the republic are emblematic of the chaos that reigns in the country. First off, one can’t even call them presidential elections, as the electors are not the people but a small group of voters: senators…

Putin Is Winning, and He Has More in Store

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
January 26, 2022

President Putin is far from done, but Russia’s strongman can already list a string of victories related to the crisis he launched by amassing troops on Ukraine’s border. So why shouldn’t he extend the crisis a bit longer? Russia’s economy is mostly…

What a Settlement in Ukraine Might Look Like — In the Light of History

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
January 26, 2022

As usual, the press coverage on the Ukraine crisis is largely inadequate. Perversely, most of the aggressive left-wing media want to escalate the feud with President Putin to the point of driving Russia into the arms of China. This is the only way…

General Winter Is Sure Victor If Russia, Ukraine Square Off

By CALEB LARSON, Special to the Sun
January 25, 2022

BERLIN — If Russia and Ukraine go to war, the general commanding the battlefield in Ukraine will be one of the most experienced, unpredictable, remorseless commanders in the history of warfare — operating under his nom-de-guerre, Winter. Whichever…

Red China Readies Digital Currency — Starting With the Olympics

By CALEB LARSON, Special to the Sun
January 24, 2022

China’s new digital currency, called a digital renminbi or digital yuan, will be firmly controlled by the Chinese communist central bank and be used to spread its surveillance of the economy — starting with this year’s Winter Olympics. That’s the…

Assange Gets Chance To Take Extradition Case to U.K.’s Top Court

By REUTERS
January 24, 2022

(Reuters) - The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, on Monday was given the chance to challenge at Britain’s highest court a decision allowing him to be extradited to America to face 18 criminal charges including breaking a spying law. American…

What Might Awaken Americans to the War With Communist China?

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
January 24, 2022

Ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics that begin February 4, a debate is brewing over how America can constrain Communist China’s ambitions and influence. Peter Schweizer’s new book “Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win,” lays out…

A Self-Absorbed West Seems Too Feeble To Act in Ukraine

Did Biden Just Green-Light a ‘Minor’ Incursion?

By ALEKSANDRA GADZALA TIRZIU, Special to the Sun
January 20, 2022

There was a time when the West was bold, principled, and assertive in the face of injustice and evil. It was never perfect — politics never are — yet among western leaders there was an ostensible sense of virtue, of chutzpah, and of leadership.

China’s Alibaba Examined as Possible National Security Risk

By REUTERS
January 18, 2022

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration is reviewing e-commerce giant Alibaba’s cloud business to determine whether it poses a risk to U.S. national security, according to three people briefed on the matter, as the government ramps up…

Germany Signals It Could Halt Gas Pipeline If Russia Invades Ukraine

By REUTERS
January 18, 2022

BERLIN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Germany signaled on Tuesday that it could halt the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia if Moscow invades Ukraine, and Western nations rallied behind Kyiv over a Russian troop buildup that has stoked fears of war. Stepping…

Even If Netanyahu Agrees To Forgo Office, He Could Emerge as the Most Powerful of Pols

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
January 17, 2022

The talk of the town is a plea deal reportedly in the making for Benjamin Netanyahu, a pact that would do something that was once impossible to imagine — namely, force him to leave politics. If negotiations come to fruition, though, what would a…

Iran-Aligned Houthis Claim UAE Attack That Kills Three

By REUTERS
January 17, 2022

DUBAI (Reuters) - Three fuel trucks exploded, killing three people, and a fire broke out near Abu Dhabi airport on Monday in what Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group said was an attack deep inside the United Arab Emirates, the region’s commercial and…

German Foreign Minister Heads to Moscow and Could Decide Ukraine’s Fate

By CALEB LARSON, Special to the Sun
January 17, 2022

BERLIN – Germany's foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, will travel to Moscow on Tuesday and meet with her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, to attempt to de-escalate the growing tensions along the Ukraine-Russia border. One question looms heavily…

New North Korea Missile Launches Draw Condemnation

By REUTERS
January 16, 2022

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles from an airport in its capital city of Pyongyang on Monday, South Korea’s military reported, in the fourth test this month. Japan’s government also reported the launch…

Putin To Host Iranian President for Talks

By REUTERS
January 16, 2022

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Putin will host his Iranian counterpart, Ebrahim Raisi, for talks in Moscow next week as Russia tries to help salvage a nuclear deal between world powers and Tehran, state television channel Rossiya-1 reported on Sunday…

In the Face of Omicron, Cowering in Unnecessary Fear

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
January 15, 2022

It is time for practically every jurisdiction in the western world to acknowledge that they have dismally failed to manage the Covid crisis. We almost all failed to learn promptly from the unfolding facts of the illness. It seems now to be fairly…

The Fog of Appeasement

By ALEKSANDRA GADZALA TIRZIU, Special to the Sun
January 14, 2022

Lost in a haze of arrogance and naïveté, American and European attachés meeting with the Russians at Geneva this week appeared confounded by their immediate geopolitical reality — that the old rules of realist politics still apply. For the week of…

How a Russian Attack on Ukraine Could Play Out

By REUTERS
January 14, 2022

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's deployment of tens of thousands of troops to the north, east, and south of Ukraine is fueling fears in Kyiv and Western capitals that Moscow is planning a new attack. Russia denies any such plans. Western military analysts…