Haiti fires its top cop, taps ex-OAS diplomat and police chief to head national police
A Haitian diplomat who last headed his country’s beleaguered national police force 15 years ago, has been given back his old job as the country’s top cop.Léon Charles, Haiti’s permanent representative to the Organization of American States who also served as chargé d’affaires in its Washington Embassy, was installed Monday after being named interim director general of the Haiti National Police in a presidential decree. Charles replaces fired chief Rameau Normil, who was named interim director of the U.S.-backed Haiti National Police 15 months ago by President Jovenel Moise.Normil has struggled...
Editorial: A diplomatic surge is needed in Azerbaijan
A complicated conflict in a faraway foreign land isn’t likely to compete for attention with the frenzied presidential election and unabated coronavirus crisis gripping this nation. But American citizens — and especially American policymakers — should focus on the spiraling violence in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.Most profoundly, for humanitarian reasons: The fighting is the fiercest since initial post-Soviet era war broke out in the 1990s, when the dispute erupted in the ethnic Armenia enclave in western Azerbaijan.Today, the enmity is just as intense, but the weaponry i...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Ford taps Jon Huntsman Jr., former diplomat to Russia, for board of directors
Jon Huntsman Jr., who ran against Mitt Romney in 2012 for the GOP presidential nomination, has rejoined the board of directors at Ford Motor Co., the company announced Thursday.Huntsman, 60, was first elected to be a Ford director in 2012. He stepped off the board in September 2017 to become a senior diplomat to Russia for two years under President DonaldTrump. Huntsman had served as U.S. ambassador to China from 2009-2011 under then-President Barack Obama, and previously ambassador to Singapore under presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.Huntsman is widely praised by industry observer...
Detroit Free Press
Commentary: Trump's profound weakness on national security: Why this former administration official is voting for Joe Biden
There are as many words for green in the Irish language as reasons President Donald Trump does not deserve a second term. Foremost to me, as an appointee of his administration, are his weak security policies.Trump voters are patriots who oppose our adversaries and support our military. They might ask whether they made a good-faith mistake four years ago. To take one example, look at our failed, schizophrenic North Korea policy.Trump first threatened Pyongyang with the “fire and fury” of nuclear war. Then, he nearly began a Second Korean War accidentally, with a tweet, a war Trump admits could ...
New York Daily News
The Week Ahead: Fiscal stimulus diplomacy
Jerome Powell needs to be an ambassador as much as he is a central banker when he appears on Capitol Hill in the week ahead.He is scheduled to testify before the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on Wednesday. This will be the first time this group has heard from the Federal Reserve chairman. And his appearance comes a week after the central bank indicated it expects to keep its key interest rate at zero for at least two more years.Powell didn’t come right out and say that, though. Instead, the interest rate-setting committee said it would keep rates where they are until inflation ...
In Jerusalem, Pompeo continues pattern of mingling official duties and party politics
TOPEKA, Kan. — When Mike Pompeo addresses the Republican National Convention for the very first time Tuesday night, the backdrop will be legendary: the Old City of Jerusalem, heart of three major religions and a century of conflict that has challenged secretaries of State for generations.But his debut convention speech, which aides say will highlight the Trump administration’s commitment to Israel and Middle East peace, will also mark yet another moment when the possible 2024 Republican presidential contender has chosen to mix duty and politics.The speech comes at a delicate diplomatic moment ...
The Kansas City Star