Some of you may be wondering where I’ve been the last few months. My last article was about presidential pardons and we now have a US president whose cabinet looks like they may need one in eight years. Possibly four if the DNC can stop kicking itself in the knees. I would like to say that I had been fulfilling that famed author trope of locking myself in a cabin somewhere and writing the next political thriller, but that just wouldn’t be true, my next book is going to be far different. But I had not planned to write...Read More
Author: Sergio Monteiro
What makes up a presidential legacy? Is it the sum of foreign and domestic policy or the president’s approval rating when leaving office? There has been a lot of talk about what President Obama’s legacy will be and in January we’re going to get an idea about what that may look like. A mere three months away from now, but a lot can happen in three months. Consider three months ago anyone who said Trump would win the 2016 Presidential election was made to feel like Copernicus telling everyone the world wasn’t flat – we all know how that...Read More
Last week, with just days to go before the US presidential, FBI director James Comey sent a letter to congress informing them that the FBI was re-opening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she served as Secretary of State – a position where security protocols for electronic communications are in place to protect US intelligence agents working in hostile environments. The announcement came after Clinton had been previously cleared of wrong-doing in an earlier investigation concluded in July. It appears though that something changed Director Comey’s mind. In July Comey had said, “Although...Read More
Violante Joao Sousa, 49, and her mother, sat with me in the lobby of the Macau Landmark – a luxury shopping center and office building in the middle of Macau’s finance district. Her skin was one of the shades of light brown and her eyes were slightly pinched on the outside, a feature common to folk from Santo Antao, where her father had been from. Her mother had hailed from another northern island, Sao Vicente. Cabo-Verdeanos from the northern islands are often referred to as Sanpajudos – while in the south the name is commonly Badius. Normally the differences...Read More
Long before the US and Russia stood on the precipice of all out war over the conflict in Syria; before Russia became the only world power backing the security forces of Syrian President, Bashar Al Assad’s regime; even before images of thousands of Syrian refugees taking to boats in the Mediterranean hoping to escape Syria’s dissension into lawlessness dominated the nightly news – long before any of this madness, Syria was a relatively quiet nation with a democratically elected leader. The seeds of the current conflict were born on the heels of the Arab spring in that time period just...Read More
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