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Carol J Williams

Carol J. Williams is a retired foreign correspondent with 30 years' reporting abroad for the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press. She has reported from more than 80 countries, with a focus on USSR/Russia and Eastern Europe.

Why Russia Needs Four More Years of Trump

“Thanks to his disdainful attitude and his failures, our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us” -- National Security Leaders for Biden

Truncheon and Syringe: Can Soviet-Era Tactics Keep Putin and Lukashenko in Power?

"It looks increasingly as if Mr. Putin is running out of tricks, and as if Alexander Lukashenko, his troublesome ally in Minsk, is running out of road. That is why, despite the Kremlin’s denials, they are falling back on the truncheon and the syringe." -- The Economist, Aug. 28, 2020

Success of US-Brokered Middle East Plan Depends on Dubious Expectations

“Instead of making peace between Israel and the Palestinians, (Trump) is making peace around the Palestinians.” -- former State Department policy planning director Anne-Marie Slaughter on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS Sunday.

Back in the USSR: Trump’s Putin KGB Playbook

Images of armed agents in riot gear lobbing tear gas and stun grenades loom large in Trump’s latest campaign ads pressing his message of “law and order” and warning that Americans won’t be safe unless he is re-elected in November.

Election 2020: A Pandemic of Foreign Policy Ailments in Need of Urgent Care

Trump’s abdication of traditional U.S. leadership in NATO and alliances to tackle global problems, like climate change and nuclear proliferation, worries the foreign policy establishment.

High Stakes: Amid COVID-19, Trump and Xi Escalate Disputes

“The world should stand with Hong Kong because it belongs to the world, and if Hong Kong burns, the world gets burned too.” -- Ching Kwan Lee, UCLA sociology professor and chairwoman of Society for Hong Kong Studies

Sweden Sees Alarming Rise in Covid-19 Death Rate After Relying on Public “Common Sense” to Halt Its Spread

Sweden’s percentage of confirmed cases leading to death is dramatically higher than its neighbors, with 12% of patients in Sweden succumbing to the virus, 2.6% in Norway, 4% in Finland, 4.7% in Denmark and 3.6% in Germany.

Winning Friends: As US Abdicates International Leadership, China and Russia Happily Offer Pandemic Aid

“European solidarity does not exist. Only China can help,” Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in announcing emergency powers last month.

Elsewhere: Paris Cafe Culture Reinvents Itself at Home

With people confined to their homes, unable to dine out, one result has been a boom in home cooking. Supermarkets are out of flour – baking is suddenly in.

When One Headline-Grabbing Scandal at the Pentagon Just Isn’t Enough…

The Pentagon last week issued an order to defense installations prohibiting them from public disclosure of coronavirus infections among their ranks. That has stirred fear in civilian and military communities in places like Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Joint Base Lewis McChord

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Washingtonians are Highly Educated. So Why Don’t We Have the Colleges To Match?

The last time Washington added a new university, Evergreen State College, the state’s population was less than half of what it is today.

The Return of Byrne

It’s likely that many reading this piece were not among the audiences that made Stop Making Sense on of the most successful concert films of all time. I can only hope that they take advantage of the opportunity while it lasts.

What It Was Like Being A Volunteer For A Coronavirus Test-Vaccine

During the month after each shot I recorded information about my reactions and every week walked the two miles to the research office and had copious quantities of blood extracted for research. I experienced three periods of side effects (muscle aches, mild temperature spikes, etc.).

Big Political Shifts in the Fight for Police Accountability

Seattle reformers have lost patience with city hall and now are shifting their energies to Olympia. The reason is the long sidelining of true accountability reforms by Seattle politicians.

Why Russia Needs Four More Years of Trump

“Thanks to his disdainful attitude and his failures, our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us” -- National Security Leaders for Biden