Category Archives: USA

Croatia | Big Lockheed Martin against small Croatia: the failure of purchasing aged Israeli F-16 jets

by Marko Knežević

The story of the Croatian procurement, more precisely a purchase attempt, of Israeli F-16 fighter jets has all the elements of a foreign-policy thriller, including intrigues, transnational interests, corruption, a plot twist, and the shocking ending when the main character realizes he has fallen into something bigger than him. Still, it is not a memorable blockbuster, only an everyday episode of the long-running sitcom set in the Government of Croatia. Already in April 2018, the BalkansPost reported about a high-level corruption behind the sale and cyber attacks against investigative journalists who published sensitive documents related to it, but the controversial story reached an unexpected twist over the last few weeks.

USA | Tens of thousands teachers walk off job in Los Angeles

By Daniella Silva

Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers went on strike Monday after negotiations in the nation’s second-largest school district collapsed.

USA | Bases, Bases, Everywhere … Except in the Pentagon’s Report

by Nick Turse

The U.S. military is finally withdrawing (or not) from its base at al-Tanf. You know, the place that the Syrian government long claimed was a training ground for Islamic State (ISIS) fighters; the land corridor just inside Syria, near both the Iraqi and Jordanian borders, that Russia has called a terrorist hotbed (while floating the idea of jointly administering it with the United States); the location of a camp where hundreds of U.S. Marines joined Special Operations forces last year; an outpost that U.S. officials claimed was the key not only to defeating ISIS, but also, according to General Joseph Votel, the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, to countering “the malign activities that Iran and their various proxies and surrogates would like to pursue.” You know, that al-Tanf.

China | China, U.S. Officials Meeting to Discuss Ending Trade War

With the 90-day countdown clock on the U.S.-China trade war “truce” winding down, negotiators for both countries sat down today for renewed talks aimed at ending the dispute between Washington and Beijing.

Although the talks so far have involved mid-level government officials from both sides, China sent Vice Premier Liu He, President Xi Jinping’s top economic adviser, to attend the first day’s meeting. This development strongly suggests Beijing is putting a high degree of importance on the talks.

Stocks have lost roughly $5 trillion in value since their 2018 peak

by Sue Chang

Stocks had their worst start to a new year in nearly two decades, one of the most iconic companies in the world lowered its revenue outlook and high-profile strategists are already cutting their S&P 500 targets.

And it’s only day three into 2019.