By JOSH FRIEDMAN Following a Brexit-dominated 2016, the European Union is seeking to shore up its image in 2017. Existential challenges lie ahead, but EU officials are proposing deeper integration of member states as a way to repair a fragmenting union. Europa building To start the year, some EU officials are moving
By Josh Friedman 2016 was a year of backlash. Western ruling elites took a beating. Here is a look back at what happened: Events of the year 10. Fidel Castro Death Numerous celebrity deaths grabbed international headlines in 2016, but none of those figures significantly impacted millions of people’s lives the way Cuba’s longtime communist
A billboard in the heart of Banja Luka showing Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik urging Bosnian Serbs to vote in the state holiday referendum The following is the second post of a hopefully regularly published blog on the Balkans. Read the first post here. By JOSH FRIEDMAN More than a month into a
Josh Friedman in front of the Republika Srpska presidency in Banja Luka, Bosnia Report on the Republika Srpska referendum: The following is the first post of a hopefully regularly published blog on the Balkans. By JOSH FRIEDMAN Summer has ended, but tensions are simmering in the Balkans. Talk of war has erupted for
By JOSH FRIEDMAN Seven countries issue passports that provide more visa-free travel options than the U.S. passport, according to recently released rankings. German citizens have the world's top travel document. Henley & Partners (H&P), a residence and citizenship planning firm, ranks passports based on the number of countries and territories to which they provide visa-free access.
By ARNOLD FRIEDMAN Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, two staunch critics of America's political establishment on the right and left, scored decisive victories in the first national primary election of this year's contest for president of the United States. Trump's 19-point win over his nearest challenger in the New England state of New Hampshire removed
Court of Public Opinion Fails to hold “American Sniper” Accountable for Fatal Blunder By ARNOLD FRIEDMAN Most Americans recognize the need to keep guns away from dangerously troubled people. Chris Kyle, however, was different than most Americans. As a member of the elite Navy SEALs, Kyle survived four combat tours in Iraq while amassing a
By ARNOLD FRIEDMAN Donald Trump figured he could have it both ways with the American news media in the preliminary round's first vote for president of the United States. It didn't work. Trump's novice campaign has dominated the presidential news coverage, but his risky decision to skip last week's debate with other Republican party candidates