US Vice President Miami Herald, Editorial North Korea. Afghanistan. Venezuela, too, is on the list of troublesome countries President Trump seems poised to tackle head on. And many think time is of the essence. Last Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence appeared in Doral, where thousands of Venezuelans live in exile, to listen to their stories of why they left their homeland and assure them that the Trump administration will not stand by as Nicolás Maduro consolidates his Cuba-style dictatorship. That would threaten Americans, President Trump has said. Pence stayed away from speci ics, which likely means some action should be expected soon, if one is to believe Trump’s mantra that he will not signal his next move, giving up the power of surprise.
Late Libyan leader Explanation, Economist Recent weeks have seen an abrupt shift in the pattern of irregular migration in the Mediterranean . ... Italy then received the lion’s share of arrivals, with more than 100,000 people entering the EU in 2016 from the south, most having set off from Libya. Now that route appears to have been disrupted Since the fall of its late dictator, Muammar Gadda i, Libya has become a patchwork of territories controlled by murderously competitive armed bands. The ascendancy of the particular group said to be clamping down on the traf ickers may not last too.
Israeli Prime Minister Moscow Times, Seth J. Frantzman With at least eight public visits to the Kremlin in the last ive years, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has become a frequent guest in Moscow. Netanyahu’s meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Sochi last Wednesday over Syria and the Middle East comes within the context of the close relationship that Israel enjoys with Russia. One of Netanyahu’s key concerns is the recent cease- ire in southern Syria brokered by the United States, Russia and Jordan in July. Israel also wants to stress its concerns about Iranian involvement in Syria and Lebanon and Hezbollah’s growing power.