BY HAL BRANDS America seems to be on the verge of declaring cold war on China, while simultaneously weakening its own ability to wage such a conflict. Across the ideological spectrum, US hostility to China has surged just as financial fallout of the pandemic threatens to harm the US defense budget for years to come. The US may thus be entering a period like the beginning of the … Continue reading Can a broke America fight a cold war with China?
Albany politicos are abuzz over an impending six-week ban on the sale of cigarettes, and some are speculating aloud that Big Tobacco — and their powerful Albany lobbyists — are, as we speak, in the process of squashing that policy initiative, which is expected to come Monday morning. There has been a debate raging behind the scenes this weekend inside Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s executive chambers … Continue reading Cuomo wants to slash prices on nicotine gum during six week ban on cigarette sales
For many weeks, it was observed that women in Italy are better able to overcome the virus than men. Italian doctors now believe that the statistical difference is attributable to smoking-related gender norms. Continue reading Cuomo likely to ban sale of cigarettes for six weeks, beginning Monday
President Donald Trump picked a horrible time to postpone designating Mexican drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO), a misguided decision made at the request of the divisive leader of a country with record-high crime and a failing economy. Days after declaring the cartels would finally be classified as FTOs by the U.S. Trump did an about-face to appease Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador, assuring that instead … Continue reading Trump prioritizes Mexican partnership, despite top cop being on a cartel’s payroll
It appears that no amount of documented fraud, waste or corruption in Haiti will deter the U.S. government from sending the poverty-stricken Caribbean island huge sums of money. After the 2010 earthquake Congress approved billions of dollars to help the country bounce back but that never materialized, and no one really knows what happened to the money. A costly initiative to build housing failed miserably … Continue reading U.S. gives Haiti $21 million to bear ‘socio-political impasse’ after billions in aid vanish