Instability continues to unfold in North Africa. Sudan’s long-standing leader, Omar al-Bashir, has been ousted. Iran wants strong ties with this nation in a bid to control the Red Sea, and could increase its efforts in Bashir’s absence.
Libya is on the brink of exploding, with 600,000 migrants trying to make their way toward Europe. So far, Europe’s response has been divided and weak.
Benjamin Netanyahu secured another term as Israel’s prime minister. Now we can expect the Trump administration to finally unveil its Middle East peace plan.
President Donald Trump is sanctioning Venezuelan oil exports to Cuba and trying to limit Russia’s influence. This could strengthen Europe’s influence on Venezuela.
We also talk about Russia and Germany’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, China’s alignment with Europe and friction with the Philippines, and Americans’ marijuana use at a 14-year high.