Brewing crisis with China

China has been extending itself beyond its territorial waters in the South China Sea.  Japan and Vietnam have been affected, but the expansion is mostly at the expense of the Philippines.  China has gone so far as to build an artificial island in Philippine waters.  In doing so, it destroyed a coral reef, disrupted the Philippine’s fishing industry, and is interfering with its oil operations.

So the Philippines filed a complaint with an international tribunal.  China lost its case.  But it is refusing to comply with the ruling and is rattling its saber, blaming interference by the United States.

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On Britain’s “Independence Day”

Though the stock markets are reeling and Scotland and Northern Ireland–and maybe even London!— are considering leaving Great Britain, turning it into “Little Britain,” others are congratulating the United Kingdom for achieving “Independence” from the European Union.  Five more countries–France, Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Finland–are now considering their own exits.  UPDATE:  Also Italy, Poland, and Slovakia.  After the jump, thoughts supporting Britain’s action from ex-Republican George Will. [Read more…]

Great Britain votes to leave the European Union

Great Britain voted to leave the European Union, 52%-48%.  Prime Minister David Cameron, who led the “Remain” effort despite bitter opposition in his party, has resigned.  He said that the formal exit would have to be worked out by the new leadership, which may take several months.  Meanwhile, the pound has collapsed.  Global markets are plunging.

Questions now that remain to be seen:

  • Will other countries likewise leave the EU?  Does the departure of one of its most important members mean the end of the European Union?
  • Does this herald the end of globalism and the end of multi-culturalism?
  • Does this mean Donald Trump, whose issues–anti-immigration, nationalism, economic protectionism–are similar to those of the “Leave” faction, is riding the wave of history?

What others come to mind?  What do you think will happen?  Please weigh in with your comments. [Read more…]

Britain votes today on whether to stay in the European Union

Today is the day that Great Britain votes on whether or not to stay in the European Union.  Last minute polls have the outcome too close to call.

What do you think will happen?  Do you think the “Brexit” movement (British exit) is of a piece with the rise of Donald Trump, as many are saying, since advocates of both are populists, nationalists, and dislike so much immigration?   [Read more…]

Those religious-extremist Anglicans

Yes, American foreign policy is a laughing-stock abroad, but that means at least some of the reaction is funny.  British commentator Douglas Murray discusses the new American counter-terrorism strategy, which, in its written form, never mentions “Islam.”  Terrorist-inspiring religious extremism is a problem, says Secretary of State John Kerry, for all religions.  Which has Mr. Murray worried about what’s going on with those Anglicans. [Read more…]

Trump’s foreign policy address

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump gave a major foreign policy address.  OUT:  nation building; military interventions; protecting other countries at our expense; globalism; international trade agreements.  IN:  our relationship with Russia; Americans’ economic interests.

Sound pretty good?  Or not?

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