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Can Trump unravel the Iranian and North Korean nuclear threats? Many believe the Iran nuclear deal is the more dangerous, writes Nehad Ismail. Critics of it are now blaming ex-President Barack Obama and his Secretary of State John Kerry.

Writing in the National Review on 28th August 2017 John R. Bolton, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said:

"Trump can and should free America from this execrable deal at the earliest opportunity".

Joseph E. Fallon reports

While there have been some positive developments, over all the military and political situation in Libya continues to deteriorate. The victories that have been achieved against Islamic Extremism in Libya have been more tactical then strategic, more temporary then permanent.

For instance, the main al-Qaeda affiliate in Libya, Ansar al Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law), which at the height of its power in 2012, was "viewed as the most disciplined and feared" with an estimated 4,500-5,000 fighters , formally disbanded in May after suffering military defeats and decimation of its leadership.

However, the end of Ansar al Shariah is not the end of al-Qaeda's presence in Libya. Libya is a conservative country and the most tribal in the Middle East. "The problem with connecting too many "dots," however, is that virtually everyone in Libyan politics is just three or four degrees of separation from al-Qaeda."

Can the demise of Belize be averted? Its continued existence -- politically, culturally, demographically, linguistically, and ecologically -- is in jeopardy, threatened from without and from within, writesJoseph E. Fallon, who explores existential threats in this article.
 
Belize, which achieved its independence from the U.K. in 1981, is the only English-speaking country in Central America. With a population of 468,310 (2015 estimate), the country is a multi-racial society characterized by political stability and racial tolerance. Conditions historically lacking in the neighboring states. Belize is a parliamentary democracy; a member of the Commonwealth with Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State. Located on the eastern side of the Yucatan peninsula; washed by the waters of the Caribbean Sea, Belize is bordered by Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the south and west. Encompassing 8,867 square miles, and extending 174 miles from north to south and expanding 68 miles from east to west, Belize is roughly the size of the State of Massachusetts and larger than El Salvador, Israel, or Slovenia. Add to this its offshore territorial waters extending 12 miles and the size of the country more than doubles to 18,000 square miles. Because of the natural beauty of its territory, both on land and sea, tourism is a major part of the Belizean economy.

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