Reconsidering Nixon’s China Trip in Light of Damage Done

By SEAN DURNS, Special to the Sun
February 21, 2022

President Nixon landed in Beijing 50 years ago, beginning the opening of relations between communist China and America. The move was heralded — both at the time and since — as a “master stroke” of diplomacy. Half a century later, though, its legacy…

Belarus on Verge of Pointing Russian Nuclear Weapons at Ukraine, NATO

By CALEB LARSON, Special to the Sun
February 20, 2022

A referendum in Belarus this week will bind the country more firmly to Russia and ensure President Lukashenko’s reign for the foreseeable future, barring any unforeseen circumstances in a country where elections are neither free nor fair. Less…

Queen Tests Positive for COVID; Mild Symptoms Reported

By Associated Press
February 20, 2022

LONDON (AP) — Elizabeth tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday and is experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms, Buckingham Palace said, adding that the 95-year-old monarch would carry on working. The palace said the queen would continue with “light”…

Our New Man in Seoul Will Enter a Delicate Situation

By DONALD KIRK, Special to the Sun
February 18, 2022

SEOUL — After having had no ambassador to South Korea for more than a year, President Biden has tapped Philip Goldberg, whose job more than 10 years ago was to get the United Nations to enforce sanctions on North Korea. Mr. Goldberg has a long…

In the Ukraine Crisis, the West Emerges Without a Policy

By ANTONIO MARTINO, Special to the Sun
February 18, 2022

Even without a Russian invasion, Ukraine is becoming a serious international problem. I want to deal with some secondary aspects of the quagmire. Let’s start with our side of the equation, the West. On the one hand we have Europe, divided into…

Tories Are in a Tight Spot Over Fate of Boris Johnson

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
February 17, 2022

“No boasting like a fool,” Macbeth reprimands himself, “This deed I’ll do before this purpose cool.” Conservative members of parliament might consider whether such derring-do is to their advantage, as they contemplate forcing a vote of confidence in…

A South Korean Conservative’s Rise Could Overturn Seoul’s Stance on North

By DONALD KIRK, Special to the Sun
February 17, 2022

SEOUL – South Korea’s liberal government next month faces its most crucial test since the Candlelight Revolution that between 2016 and 2017 resulted in the ouster and jailing of the president’s conservative predecessor, Park Geun-hye. Under South…

What Putin Has Already Gained From Biden

By CLAUDIA ROSETT, Special to the Sun
February 17, 2022

While President Biden warns President Putin that invading Ukraine would bring drastic sanctions in some misty tomorrow, the Russian dictator is leveraging the current crisis to humiliate and shake down the West today. Whatever Putin’s next move, it’s…

Ukraine Crisis Fallout Spreads, Vaccine Passports Contract

What We’re Seeing in the Foreign Press

By ANTHONY GRANT, Staff Reporter of the Sun
February 17, 2022

London is one of the many capitals where the crisis in Ukraine is reverberating. The Guardian reports that “amid Russia concerns,” U.K. ministers plan to scrap a so-called golden visa program that allows people with at least 2 million pounds in…

Watch for Kim Jong-un’s Next Play Once the Athletes Leave Beijing

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
February 16, 2022

Communist North Korea is eyeing its next provocation — likely to come as soon as next week, once the Beijing Olympics end — even as it breathlessly celebrates the birthday of one of its late leaders today. The most celebrated dates on the country’s…

Israeli Valentine’s Visit to Bahrain Part of Saudi Courtship?

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
February 14, 2022

Beyond being a historic first, Prime Minister Bennett’s Bahrain visit today may well signal that the Abraham Accords’ ultimate goal — a formal Israeli peace deal with Bahrain’s patron, Saudi Arabia — is within reach. Mr. Bennett was received in…

United Against Putin, Ex-Soviet Jews in Brooklyn Struggle With Ukrainian Identity 

By RAINA WEINSTEIN, Special to the Sun
February 14, 2022

With Russian troops massed along the Ukrainian border, Ukrainians in America are mobilizing in solidarity with Ukraine, standing against the Russian threat to Ukrainian sovereignty. Yet while a large segment of New York’s Ukrainian immigrants…

Canada’s Response to Truckers Emerges as a Disgraceful Failure of Leadership

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
February 12, 2022

The official response to the truckers protesting Covid restrictions is one of the most disgraceful political episodes in the history of Canada as an autonomous country. The prime minister’s statement that the truckers were probably homophobic…

Signs of Thawing Seen in Turkish-Israeli Relations

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
February 11, 2022

The latest indication that Ankara is warming up to Jerusalem arrived Friday via a scoop in the Turkish newspaper Sabah, which detailed an extraordinary Turkish-Israeli intelligence operation to prevent an Iranian assassination of an Israeli…

War Clouds Are Scudding Over the Falklands, and This Time It Could Be Far More Dangerous

By ALEKSANDRA GADZALA TIRZIU, Special to the Sun
February 11, 2022

In the shadow of the Winter Games, President Xi of China and President Fernández of Argentina have inked a joint statement supporting Argentine claims to the Falkland Islands. “We firmly support Argentina’s claim to full sovereignty over the Malvinas…

Alarm Grows in Senate Over Pending Pact Twixt Biden, Iran

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
February 9, 2022

A bipartisan group of senators, as well as leaders at America’s top Mideast allies, are struggling to stop President Biden’s race to re-enter the 2015 Iran deal. Can they? “It’s clear from this morning’s briefing that Joe Biden and his…

‘Where Is Justin Trudeau?’ That’s the Question as Truckers Go Into High Gear

By ANTHONY GRANT, Special to the Sun
February 8, 2022

While plenty of journalists in the U.S. have come out swinging liberally against the Canadian truckers protesting vaccine mandates, Canada’s National Post asked, “Where is Justin Trudeau?” The accompanying article from the New Democratic Party…

Tale of Two Alliances Is Glimpsed in Washington and Beijing

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
February 7, 2022

Two appearances — one in Beijing over the weekend, and a joint press conference today at Washington — show which side of the global new equation is on the march. China’s Communist Party chairman, Xi Jinping, met Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin…