Although Trump's invitation to Brazil to join NATO is based on Trump's overall stupidity, there is undoubtedly interest by his national security adviser, John Bolton, and "special envoy" for regime change in Venezuela.
NATO is an anti-Russian alliance. Whether this is good or bad is up to the reader but the fact is that it was born for this purpose and continues to exist primarily for this purpose today.
Whatever the outcome, the eventual winner will face the same intractable problems that have stymied Poroshenko, above all the sputtering conflict in Donbass, high prices, a weak currency, and a struggling economy.
Empire is inconsistent with democracy. It always has been. It always will be. It cannot not be. This is the most fundamental, the most basic, belief of progressivism.
On Venezuela, Russia is having to remind the criminal American rulers – again – about international law and respect for national sovereignty, as Moscow earlier did with regard to Syria.
The event has manifested a point of principle on which Russia is not backing down from. Crimea, Syria, Venezuela are proof of Russia’s international principled policy.
Even if everyone in Germany, Japan and South Korea in their subconscious knows they are basically occupied by US forces it is much harder to take action, than if the “lord” directly demands yearly tribute.
Government regulation combined with corporate social media self-censorship means that the user of the service will not know what he or she is missing because it will not be there.