US troops deploy in Poland & the Baltics

In a show of force to counter Russian expansionism in the Ukraine, American troops are deploying in the NATO-member nations of Eastern Europe.  Six hundred are now in Poland, and more will arrive in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on Monday.  The units will participate in war games and will be part of a regular rotation. [Read more...]

Secession movements

What with the European Union, globalization, the United Nations, and being a “citizen of the world,” the trend was supposed to be for the elimination of narrow nationalisms in favor of cosmopolitanism and ever-larger unions.  But now nationalism is back, and little countries are trying to break away from big countries.  After the jump, links to those efforts, including the upcoming vote in Scotland to secede from Great Britain.  How do you account for this phenomenon? [Read more...]

Battling Christianity’s “excessive” growth in China

Officials in still-Communist China have been  demolishing churches as a way to combat what one has called the “excessive” growth of Christianity.  In one city, thousands of Christians have surrounded their church building, occupying it around the clock to keep away the bulldozers. [Read more...]

Tripwire to World War III

Many Americans are wondering, what difference does Russia’s incursion into the Ukraine make for us?  Well, a number of observers are saying that Vladimir Putin might next go after the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania), bordering countries that used to be part of the USSR and that also have large Russian minorities with grievances.

Those Baltic states are now members of the European Union.  Moreover, they are members of NATO.  As are we.  And, as the article linked after the jump says, “NATO is a mutual defense organization, meaning that an attack on one nation is considered an attack on all.”  NATO is currently sending military forces to the Baltics, which will probably include American troops, some of whom are already headed to Poland. [Read more...]

More turmoil in Ukraine

Ethnic Russians in Ukraine–especially in the eastern regions where they are in greatest numbers (though not necessarily a majority) have seized public buildings, are arming themselves, and have declared a separatist republic.  All in the hopes of being annexed by Russia like the Crimea was.  Some say the uprisings are sponsored by Russia in the hopes of establishing a pretext for another invasion.  This time the Ukraine is gearing to defend itself. [Read more...]

Social conservatives rising in France

There is talk of a “French tea party,” as citizens alarmed at abortion, gay marriage, and other social issues are mobilizing politically and taking to the streets.  Something similar is happening in other European countries.  The movement is one of  social conservatism, not necessarily other kinds of conservatism, with the protesters often being fine with big government and controlled economics.  But still. . . [Read more...]


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