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.

Ukrainegate – Trump to Corrupt Ukrainian Oligarchy: “I’m In”

As a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times covering the aftermath of the coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, I was in Kiev on August 24, 1991, when Ukraine declared independence. No one expected the transformation to be overnight. But neither did anyone envision the tortured path the nation has tread for almost three decades.

Dem Debate: A House Divided?

With so many threats to American security and democracy that every one of the 10 candidates was able to plant his or her flag on a vital issue.

Dem Debates: Down To The Big Three? Please, No!

Axios on Monday heralded “a steady and indisputable trend: The Democratic 2020 race is a three-way brawl between 70-somethings.” Not so fast.

Gut Trumps Bolton – Why John Bolton Had To Go

John Bolton's departure as National Security Advisor shows Trump trusts his gut more than any advisor's advice.

CNN’s Climate Crisis Marathon: So Many Good Plans, So Little Status Quo Sanity

It was uplifting to hear such passionate and detailed plans for averting the obliteration of Planet Earth from all 10 leading Democratic presidential candidates at the CNN climate forum Wednesday night.

The Inslee Distraction Behind Us, Candidates (At All Levels) Can Get On With It

Credit Inslee with early recognition that he is not the candidate to beat Trump. Now his supporters can redirect their energies and contributions to one of the...

This Debate Stopped At The Border: Nothing To Say About Our Place In The World?

Apparently, for all 20 Democrats jockeying for the U.S. presidency in 2020, the world begins with sunrise on the Eastern Seaboard and ends with dusk on the California Coast.

Clamoring For Attention

A quick take on the second 10: My overriding takeaway tonight is that the NBC interviewers did a terrible job of keeping the discourse orderly and respectful. They need to...

No Big Winners, No Big Surprises

My take on tonight's 10, in roughly descending order of performance: 1 - Elizabeth Warren -- met the high expectations of tonight's front runner. Great on gun control, green energy, healthcare and spreading...