An estimated 1.7 million mostly peaceful protesters took over the streets of Hong Kong during Sunday’s rally for freedom from the Chinese government’s “one country, two systems” control. Many of them were waving the American flag and holding signs demanding a future governing system that is officially democratic rather than a proxy “self government” under […]
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Sheena Hutchison is a political and media analyst with nearly a decade of experience specializing in providing media and policy articulation on domestic and national security issues.
By now, you’ve heard the news: an anti-Muslim racist lunatic in gun control haven New Zealand got his hands on a firearm and proceeded with a premeditated plot that culminated in the livestream of a mass murder of at least 49 Muslims at Friday prayer. More individuals died in this single attack in Christchurch than […]
While the U.S. has been battling terrorists, a new “generation” of gray zone warfare has been manifesting in all the shades between technical peace and the declaration of war between states. In this hybrid battlespace (cyber, political, social or otherwise), the state operates in the shadows and embraces strategic influence to gain leverage against another […]
Last month, South African native Lara Logan made headlines across the Internet, and at least on “rightwing” primetime like Fox, for what amounts to speaking truth to power when it comes to the media. In a #MikeDrop podcast interview with retired Navy SEAL Mike Ritland, Logan described the American mainstream media (MSM) as “absurdly left-leaning” […]
The Right was previously beside itself over the threat of the President’s emergency powers under Barack Obama; and here we are hearing the alarm from the Left of the threat we face under President Donald Trump. For instance, The Atlantic subtitles its “The Alarming Scope of the President’s Emergency Powers” article thus: “From seizing control […]
The Left’s moderate-to-heretic focus on reframing climate change as a national security concern is going nowhere in the New Year. In fact, in the run up to taking charge of the lower chamber, House Democrats are forming a Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, something anticipated House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says is “critical […]
China has a proven track record of strategic economic and environmental exploitation around the world. In 2010, for example, Beijing cut off exports critical to Japan’s hybrid car and missiles manufacturing to obtain the release of its fishing vessel being held by Tokyo. It played pricing wars with coal in Angola and Kenya. Now it’s […]
We are being told that America is in the clutches of an aspiring authoritarian determined to suppress the First Amendment. Or at least that the video released over Twitter by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to justify revoking CNN journalist Jim Acosta’s press pass is a manipulated fraud and that this is just […]
In a recent Washington Examiner article, “New poll shows why Trump’s ‘enemy of the people’ attacks on the media work,” Philip Klein broke down the results of a Morning Consult/Politico poll taken in the aftermath of the bombs being mailed to more than a dozen of President Donald Trump’s liberal critics and the Pittsburgh synagogue […]
Russia is waging a hybrid war to maintain political control of Ukraine. The West (the US, NATO or the EU, or specific European nations) is reluctant to become a proactive ally of Ukraine and thus an overt enemy of Russia, even in the defense of Eastern Ukraine with areas glaringly under Russian military occupation under […]
President Donald Trump on Thursday issued a pointed letter cancelling the June 12 Singapore nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following what he called displays of “tremendous anger and open hostility” by the hermit nation. As The New York Times astutely notes, President Trump emphasizes that the possibility for a meeting is still […]
The Senate voted 57-42 confirming CIA Director Mike Pompeo as the 70th Secretary of State on Thursday. In the committee vote precursor earlier this week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was the decisive vote only casting his ballot in support of Pompeo after further foreign policy discussions with the former U.S. Representative from Kansas and President […]
The arguably megalomaniac Vladimir Putin has long adopted an “escalate to de-escalate” nuclear weapons policy. If these new capability claims are actually un-credible, it could be part of an questionable effort to deter the increase in U.S. missile sales to prevent provocation. It could also be a bold effort to score cheap political points at […]
FBI Director Christopher Wray warns of broad Chinese infiltration and influence attempts in its efforts to replace the U.S. as the leading world power.
According to a Business Insider report, Wray warned at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that China is attempting to assert its influence in atypical and pervasive fashion from physically on college campuses to its presence and efforts in the cyber realm.
“One of the things we’re trying to do is view the China threat as not just a whole-of-government threat, but a whole-of-society threat on their end,” Wray said. “And I think it’s going to take a whole-of-society response by us.”
Steyer by all accounts is paying—and playing—to win; the coveted prize, however, is not yet clear. If you’ve watched the evening news since Election 2016, then you’ve probably seen ads featuring billionaire Tom Steyer. The purported goal: to fulfill the “need to impeach” Donald Trump. But is Tom Steyer really running to win the White […]
“America is in the game and America is going to win.” President Donald Trump on Monday announced his new hawkish “America first” national security strategy, saying “America is in the game and America is going to win.” He specifically warns of competition from China and Russia, calling them “rival powers.” This marks an obvious principled […]
“Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital for 3,000 years.” President Donald Trump has informed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah of his intention to make good on a contentious campaign promise: to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi and Saudi King Salman […]
Coinciding with the bloody terror attack on an Egyptian mosque killing 300 people during prayers, officials from 40 Muslim countries gathered in late November as part of the first meeting of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT), alternatively translated as the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC).
Nov. 27 may be the day Republican Roy Moore’s bid for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session’s abdicated Alabama U.S. Senate seat died. Because retired Marine Col. Lee Busby launched a last ditch write-in campaign in one of the most partisan and scandal-ridden tickets in recent memory.
Bowe Bergdahl’s active duty desertion during a 2009 deployment in Afghanistan not only resulted in his capture and five years as a Taliban hostage, but the lives of six soldiers sent to rescue him before his intentional desertion became clear. It also resulted in the Obama administration’s exchange of no less than five “high risk” Taliban terrorists from Guantanamo Bay for him despite the high recidivism rate of return to the battlefield.
Former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, Paul Manafort is facing 12 charges NOT related to the presidential campaign or any Russian conspiracy on Election 2016, according to a report by BBC News. Instead, they are the result of Manafort’s pre-campaign business dealings with Ukraine as part of his work for pro-Russian politicians up to 2016. The charges include but are not limited to: conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money in the millions and tax fraud. Manafort was fired from the campaign by Trump in August 2016 when details of his Ukraine ties emerged.
As intended, the Trump administration has lifted the court-challenged temporary June ban on the U.S. accepting refugees from all countries for 120 days as new vetting procedures are put in place.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, those from 11 targeted countries of concern will be subject to new additional vetting rules and procedure are put in place to screen applicants. The new protocol includes the collection of expanded biographical data as well as social media mining. More effort will also be made to cross reference data collected with the individual’s interview and public pronouncements, such as social media posts. New guidance and fraud detection training is also in store for government officials who do the screening and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency.