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Trump abandons bid to include citizenship question on census

By Jill Colvin on Friday, July 12, 2019

Just a week after insisting that he was “absolutely moving forward,” President Donald Trump abandoned his effort to insert a citizenship question into next year’s census. He directed federal agencies to try to compile the information using existing databases instead. “It is essential that we have a clear breakdown of the number of citizens and non-citizens that make up the U.S. populations,” Trump declared in a Rose Garden announcement, insisting…

Russia-NATO deportment – feel the difference

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, July 11, 2019

A special resolution was adopted in PACE on 26 of June. According to this document full powers were returned to the Russian delegation. The participants in the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) approved a resolution that confirms the authority of the Russian delegation in full. Russia remains in PACE without any restrictions. A robust, responsible, pro-European position has prevailed, however not in all…

In ‘The Farewell,’ a family drama straddling East and West

By Jake Koyle on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Film director Lulu Wang knew her pitch for “The Farewell” was unconventional. She wanted to make an autobiographical drama about the time when, in 2013, her family learned that her grandmother in China, affectionately called Nai Nai, had stage 4 lung cancer and was given three months to live. The grim diagnosis was kept from Nai Nai, a somewhat common approach to death and dying in China. Wang, whose family…

The Baltic States are on the brink of destruction

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, July 5, 2019

Why does the United States need the Baltics and what threatens these countries with an increasing of the American military presence? So, the United States have opposed Russia in one form or another in this region since the 1940s, when the Baltic States were not recognized as part of the USSR. This region has always been in the focus of American attention. The United States believed that it was more…

Trump and Kim’s DMZ meeting mixes show and substance

By Zeke Miller on Monday, July 1, 2019

With those words, a deliberate step and a pat on the arm of Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump became the first sitting American leader to step into North Korea on Sunday as the two made history at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone. The made-for-television moment was unthinkable just two years ago, when the men were trading base insults and grim threats. Trump’s three-hour stop at the DMZ — of…

The Baltics buy gas from Russia, despite Washington’s discontent

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, June 28, 2019

The European Union has decided to extend the economic sanctions imposed on Russia until January 31, 2020.According to the EU Council, it was decided on 27 of June to extend the economic sanctions imposed on Russia in certain sectors until the end of January next year. Moreover, all the deputies from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 25 of June opposed the…

Putin uses G-20 to strengthen alliances, soothe tensions

By Vladimir Isachenkov on Friday, June 28, 2019

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin used a series of talks with global leaders at the Group of 20 summit on Friday to strengthen old alliances and try to soothe tensions with rivals. Putin used his meetings with the leaders of China and India to find common ground on issues such as opposing protectionism, while his long-delayed talks with the American and British leaders likelier touched on thornier issues. Putin’s meeting with…

Italy’s ‘cannabis light’ creates buzz even if the pot won’t

By Colleen Barry on Thursday, June 27, 2019

It’s been called the Italian “green gold rush.” Mild, barely there marijuana dubbed “cannabis light” has put Italy on the international weed map, producing hundreds of stores that sell pot by the pouch and attention from investors banking the legalization of stronger stuff will follow. The flourishing retail industry around cannabis light – weed so non-buzzy, it’s essentially the decaf coffee of marijuana – surfaced as an unintended by-product of…

President Trump breaks out 2016 playbook in 2020 campaign kickoff

By Benjamin Siegel on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

President Donald Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida, with a sprawling, intense, fiery speech that nearly lasted an hour and a half. But in listening to the president’s words, you’d swear you were right back in 2015 watching the billionaire businessman descend down that golden escalator in Trump tower. Throughout the president’s speech in front of a packed Amway Center, he heavily echoed many…

The EU’s own army will make the Baltic States alone

By Kovas Azbis on Thursday, June 13, 2019

As history proves, even the most powerful unions and military alliances fall apart sooner or later. Political scientists estimate the life cycle of NATO at about ten years. It will be replaced by a new “European Army”. European countries began to think about the need for their own security system and the strengthening of relations with Russia. The U.S. is losing its influence on Europe and is trying to prevent…