Formally known as Mara Salvatrucha (the gang of Salvadoran guys), the criminal group is made up of immigrants, mostly young teenagers from Salvador. According to the FBI estimates, the group’s strength is 6,000 in the US and 30,000 internationally. At least 46 states and Washington, D.C., have reported the infiltration of their «cliques» — typically linked to drug trafficking, low-level extortion, rape and even murder. Trump blamed open border policies implemented by former President Barack Obama for the spread of the gang in the US.
In my long experience in Washington, vice presidents did not make major foreign policy announcements or threaten other countries with war. Not even Dick Cheney stole this role from the weak president George W. Bush.
The New York Times and other major media have ruled out any further skepticism toward the U.S. government’s claim that Syrian President Assad dropped a sarin bomb on a town in Idlib province, reports Robert Parry.
On April 15 th , Zero Hedge bannered «Doomsday Bunker Sales Soar After Trump's Military Strikes», but this growth in the market for nuclear-proof bunkers is hardly new; it started during the Obama Administration, in Obama’s second term, specifically after the Russia-friendly government of Ukraine, next-door to Russia, got taken over in 2014 by a rabidly anti-Russian government that’s backed by the U.S. government.
Lauren Windsor's April 15 Huffington Post article «Maxine Waters: Tension In Syria 'Phony', A Ruse To Lift Oil Sanctions On Russia», gives a misleading impression on what constitutes the political left and right. Especially in this day and age, these categories alone don't tell the whole story. Concerning numerous issues, a good number of folks on the left and right find some agreement that disagree with others on the left and right...
Give President Donald Trump credit: he put North Korea front and center in talks with China. In doing so, he’s created an opportunity for the two nations to cooperate to more effectively press the North to freeze, if not end, its nuclear program.
President Donald Trump has signed off on Montenegro's upcoming accession into NATO, helping pave the way for the military alliance's expansion in the Balkans. The Senate ratified the entry last month. All 28 NATO members have already ratified the Montenegro's accession. The US was among the last to do so. The final decision on membership will be made official at the next NATO summit on May 25. What will it lead to?
The pattern of the Trump presidency can be reasonably described as alarmingly erratic, but the one loosely consistent thread appears to be his belief that in some fashion there will be benefits from prolonged warfare. He will learn that the beneficiaries will be few but there will be countless victims.
Moscow has good working relations with the United States’ closest ally, which views as enemies Russia’s friends in Syria. The divisions are deep, but the relations are close. It can be achieved. Israel has done what the US has so far failed to do despite the fact that America is led by a president whose stated goal during the election campaign was to heal the relationship with Moscow. Now, why does not Washington take a page out of Israel’s book? Syria is the right place to start...
Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has emerged as a significant influence within the policy-making apparatus of the White House. After a rather public imbroglio with Trump’s strategic policy adviser Stephen Bannon over the U.S. cruise missile attack on the Shayrat airbase in Syria, Kushner is «in», as they often say in Washington, and Bannon is «out.» In any case, the anti-globalist faction, which is led by Bannon, has received verbal «thumbs down» on several fronts from Trump.