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Vernuccio’s View: The Kurds Are The West’s Neglected Ally

The Trump Administration’s plans to draw down U.S. forces in Syria has re-opened the question of western support for the Kurdish people. The Kurds have been pro-western, and scrupulous in their protection of human rights. They treat females as equals, […]

by · January 8, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
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The Dangerous and Crowded Arctic

The North Pole is getting crowded, and dangerous. The Coast Guard and the Pentagon are stressing that China and Russia, America’s great-power competitors, are increasing their presence in the Arctic Ocean, as are many other nations. According to Coast Guard Commandant Adm. […]

by · January 6, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: China Expands Tyranny, Exports Idea

Vernuccio’s View: China Expands Tyranny, Exports Idea

China is adopting a concept that would oversee most facets of an individuals’ life, and use the information to decide a person’s worth.  That disturbingly totalitarian concept may be coming to the west. The American Civil Liberties Unions’ Jay Stanley reports that […]

by · January 4, 2019 · News, Opinion, Vernuccio's View
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Vernucciio’s View: Hezbollah Uses Illegal Drug Trade to Threaten America

The frightening extent of Iran’s’ terrorist reach into the Western Hemisphere is becoming more clear, as law enforcement officials across the globe move to curb Hezbollah. The Hill reports that Argentinian officials have frozen the assets of 14 people tied to […]

by · January 2, 2019 · News, Opinion, Vernuccio's View
Cross made out of palm fronds.

Religious Persecution Continues to Grow

Largely ignored by most of the media, persecution of religious believers has reached dramatic levels in the past several years.  From genocide against Christians in Africa to concentration camps for Uyghur Moslems in China and Iranian crackdowns on minority faiths […]

by · December 23, 2018 · Vernuccio's View
Ukrainian Army tanks mass in the  Zhytomyr region to counter threats from Russia. (Source: https://www.president.gov.ua/en/news)

Russia’s Continuous Assault on Ukraine

Moscow has again demonstrated both its overtly aggressive agenda, and its blindness (or lack of care) to global perspectives on its addiction to tyranny and belligerence of the worst kind. Russian naval vessels attacked several Ukrainian vessels and captured three […]

by · December 22, 2018 · Vernuccio's View

Vernuccio’s View: Philippines Move Closer to China

China’s President Xi Jinpings’ November visit to the Philippines should concern the U.S. and its allies. Xinghua,  the official government news agency of China, reports that “China and the Philippines agreed … to upgrade their ties to comprehensive strategic cooperation… […]

by · November 28, 2018 · Vernuccio's View

Vernuccio’s View: Japan Rises to its Defense

Japan is increasingly threatened by an expansionist China and an aggressive Russia, even as North Korea suspends its missile testing program. A Japanese Government document describes how Tokyo envisions threats to the nation: “In the area surrounding Japan, there is a concentration […]

by · November 21, 2018 · Vernuccio's View

A Greater Threat than 9/11

As Americans paused this month in remembrance of the 9/11/01 attacks, a far greater threat is rapidly maturing. Russia and China have extensively ramped up their military development in recent years. Moscow now has, for the first time, a lead […]

by · October 15, 2018 · Vernuccio's View
Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken issue with NATO.

No Illusions About Putin

The fundamental underpinnings of the contentious relationship between Moscow and Washington will not change anytime soon. The Bolshevik takeover of the Russian Revolution resulted in a government that saw human rights, the central concept of the West, as a serious […]

by · September 12, 2018 · Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: NASA’s Next Big Project

Vernuccio’s View: NASA’s Next Big Project

  The United States is on the verge of a renaissance in space, with ambitious goals to have astronauts develop a lunar base and explore Mars, as well as accomplishing new science goals using robotic spacecraft. Vice President Pence, who leads […]

by · September 6, 2018 · Vernuccio's View
Slavery in the 21st Century

Slavery in the 21st Century

The 2018 Global Slavery Index  has been released. The focus of the study highlights the connection between modern slavery and two major factors: highly totalitarian regimes, in which populations are put to work to prop up the government, and conflict […]

by · August 29, 2018 · Vernuccio's View
Russia, China, Military Moving Rapidly Ahead

Russia, China, Military Moving Rapidly Ahead

In most of the world’s freely elected governments, officials explain their defense budgets almost apologetically. There is a media inclination to frame spending on military needs as an unwanted diversion of funds from civilian programs. It is startling when one reads […]

by · August 26, 2018 · Opinion, Vernuccio's View
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Vernuccio’s View: Google, China, and Censorship

It’s odd that you don’t see much anger expressed online about how social media giants have helped dictatorships.  Is that because those comments have been intentionally censored? An Intercept article by Ryan Gallagher recently reported that “Google is planning to launch a censored […]

India's Foreign Minister Manmohan Singh and China's Xi Jinping.
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Vernuccio’s View: India, Unacknowledged

India is the world’s most populous democracy, an important US trading partner, and a key counterweight to China.  Despite all that, there is little discussion or acknowledgement of India’s increasingly vital role in geopolitics. That may soon change. The Center for […]

by · August 12, 2018 · Vernuccio's View