Several days ago, President Trump withdrew U.S. troops from Kurdistan in Northern Syria. He consequently endorsed Turkish military operations against the Kurdish forces. Since then, Turkey has announced they’d begin ground operations in Northern Syria. Turkish bombings and troop deployments in the region have already begun.
J.D. Little | United States
Hong Kong was not ruled over by tyrants while Thomas Jefferson was alive. But in the name of some classical American sagacity, it may be worth it to find out what he would likely think about the riots gripping the city-state. Jefferson frequently referenced a so-called “Empire of Liberty” in many of his key letters.
Most critically, on the 6th of September, 1824, he wrote to William Ludlow, “where this progress will stop no-one can say. Barbarism has, in the meantime, been receding before the steady step of amelioration; and will in time, I trust, disappear from the earth”. It is the duty of free people to ensure freedom in the face of rampant oppression, be it by a State or by other entities.
“We do not negotiate with Terrorists.” This one line is the reason attempts at peace talks with the Taliban have failed over the terms of two U.S. Presidents. President Trump attempted to arrange talks between himself and the Taliban at Camp David to reach a deal to end our longest war. Talks were canceled and made public information after a U.S. service member was killed in a suicide attack. Since then, the Taliban has threatened the U.S. with more casualties after the abrupt decision to cancel.
There is no doubt that the global geopolitical climate has changed significantly since 2016, thanks largely to the election of Donald Trump as the President of the U.S. One of the key manifestations of this is Trump’s uniquely protectionist approach, which has led to an ongoing trade war with China and other nations across the globe. Last year, the U.S. imposed three rounds of tariffs on more than $250 billion worth of Chinese goods, whilst the Asian nation’s government responded in kind by imposing similar tariffs ranging from 5% to 25% on $110 worth of American products.
We’ve also seen a high-profile row surrounding the rollout of 5G technology that has originated in China, and this shows no sign of ending anytime soon. But how will the U.S. ban on these Chinese tech companies affect the development and rollout of this technology?
With this year’s revision and destruction of famously libertarian Swiss gun laws, the world has started to look closer at the gun culture of Europe. Under threat of Schengen Area exclusion, the EU, which Switzerland is not a part of, changed their gun laws in order to fall more in line with barebones Union restrictions. Swiss gun laws are now stricter, requiring further background checks and more extensive licensing paperwork. However, they are still lawless in comparison to countries like the United Kingdom or Australia. But this investigation by those on the more libertarian side of the gun rights argument leads to the rediscovery of compulsory gun ownership both in Switzerland and in the United States.