PARIS — It’s too easy to point fingers at U.S. President Donald Trump and his rhetoric about the election having been “stolen” from him as the reason that an angry mob physically breached the nucleus of governance of the most powerful nation on Earth. Indeed, it wouldn’t have taken much to rile up protesters who suddenly found ...Read more
PARIS — Now that we’re nearly a year down the road from the first reported instances of COVID-19 in the Western world, you’d think that governments would have had ample time to get a grip on the situation. Otherwise, what good are they at all?
Some of us have never put much faith in the state to save or protect us from anything. Imagine ...Read more
PARIS — While many Americans were struggling to put gifts under the tree at the end of a year filled with COVID-19 restrictions and economic loss, President Donald Trump and Congress were busy haggling over whether Americans should be getting a government handout of either $600 or $2,000 via new legislation. Meanwhile, the same piece of ...Read more
PARIS — Terrorism couldn’t do it. Social tensions weren’t enough. Neither was the migrant crisis born of the regime change wars sparked by Western interests in the Middle East and Africa. But now, the COVID-19 panic has managed to achieve what Western leaders have tried to make us all believe was beneath our advanced state of societal ...Read more
PARIS — It’s one thing for the U.S. to sanction another country or its economic and political elites when that country threatens American interests. But now high-level amateur athletes around the world are being turned into geopolitical pawns.
Earlier this month, U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act, ...Read more
PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron has decided to tackle France’s “separatism” problem. That such a thing even exists may come as a surprise to you. Heck, it came as a surprise to me, and I’ve been living in France for the past dozen years.
When the French thought about separatism in the past, they usually thought about regional...Read more
PARIS — When U.S. President Donald Trump recently requested from his national security advisers a series of options for targeting Iran’s main nuclear site, Natanz, his advisers reportedly deterred him from ordering a conventional missile strike. But a question loomed: What option did Trump choose instead?
It appears that we now have the ...Read more
PARIS — Mainstream media outlets have spilled copious amounts of ink dismissing the “Great Reset” — the notion that the global COVID-19 pandemic is being exploited by global decisionmakers to usher in a self-serving agenda — as little more than a figment of active imaginations. The New York Times, BBC, Canada’s CBC, France’s Le ...Read more
PARIS — For someone who can’t keep himself from firing up his Twitter account in reaction to even the smallest media-reported details that he considers to be “fake news,” U.S. President Donald Trump has been conspicuously silent about the shocking New York Times report that he requested military options last week for attacking Iran in ...Read more
PARIS — A lot has happened over the past four years while Donald Trump was president. If President-elect Joe Biden thinks he’s going to just waltz into the White House in January and reset everything back to the way it was, he’s in for a rude awakening. The world isn’t what it was four years ago. Biden and his team had better wake up to ...Read more
PARIS — France went back into lockdown last week. The contours of the new lockdown are different from the more strict two-month confinement in March to avoid obliterating what’s left of the French economy. Schools are remaining open, and those unable to work remotely can obtain permission to continue their daily commute. But there’s ...Read more
PARIS — Islamic fighters trained by the CIA and Pentagon are at least partly responsible for escalating tensions between Turkey and France. Sounds like another big win for U.S. foreign policy and its many unintended consequences.
Not since Operation Cyclone, a CIA program supporting the mujahideen in Afghanistan against the former Soviet ...Read more
PARIS — Two signs on the glass front door of a municipal swimming pool in the Parisian suburb of Mantes-la-Jolie the morning of Oct. 17 perfectly captured the current times in Western civilization. One sign detailed new COVID-19 sanitary provisions. The other featured the triangular red “Alerte Vigipirate” symbol conveying the current ...Read more