Ukrainian Instability, Russian Initiative

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

One of the winter's main news stories involved the unrest in Ukraine brought about by that nation's bipolar tendencies: One part of the country desires closer ties with Europe, while the other prefers Russia. Richard Ritenbaugh reviews the events of what is now called the Euromaidan protests, perceiving that, during them, …


Cold War Redux?

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Most people think the Cold War is over—in fact, won by the overwhelming power of the United States' economic and strategic might. But could it be on its way back to life? Richard Ritenbaugh argues that Vladimir Putin's leadership has brought Russia back into play as a world power, and nearby nations are once again bracing …


NATO: In Search of a Mission

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was a bastion of Western democracy during the Cold War, but since then, it has lacked a clear purpose. David Grabbe argues that, having failed to keep the Russians out and the Germans down, NATO is struggling to remain relevant in a changing world.


Franco-German Divergence

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

World news, events, and trends highlighting biblical prophecy for March-April 2005: "Franco-German Divergence"


A Battle Group for Eastern Europe

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

A little-known town in Eastern Europe has given its name to a newly formed battle group consisting of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Richard Ritenbaugh wonders if this military alliance signifies increased instability for Europe and possibly the initial stages of the "feet and toes" of the final manifestation …


Germany Ascendant

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Many who believe Germany to be modern Assyria have waited a long time for Germany to rise again. Signs in Europe and on the world scene point in that direction.


Down But Not Out!

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Russia seems like a nation—an empire—in deep decline. But is it? We would be wise to keep an eye on the Russian bear!


The Awakening Bear

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

For several decades, Russia has been in decline, plagued by internal problems and frustrated by the breakaway nations of its "near-abroad." David Grabbe points out, however, that Russian President Vladimir Putin is turning his nation's interests outward—and that does not bode well for international relations.


A Threat in Central Asia

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We would be wise to keep an eye on the Shanghai Cooperation Organization over the next few years.


A Strengthening Germany

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

More than 65 years have passed since the end of World War II, yet the nations of Europe are still wary of a strong, unified Germany. Richard Ritenbaugh writes that, despite Germany's amicable relationships with its neighbors for two generations, signs of Berlin's growing influence are causing anxiety across Europe and around the …


Population Trends in Asia (Part One): Charting Ups and Downs

CGG Weekly by Charles Whitaker (1944-2021)

Three events are taking place in Asia with an intensity never before witnessed in human history—at least not since the Flood. How might they affect us?


The Rise (Again) of Nations

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The last few decades have seen the rise of globalism as a prime factor in international relations. The present economic crisis, along with the changing political scene, is making some nations rethink their globalist tendencies. Richard Ritenbaugh argues that the pendulum may be swinging back toward nationalism.


Anti-Americanism Abroad

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God prophesies that Israel will be conquered in the end time. Could anti-American sentiment, especially in Europe, be the beginning of the end for modern Israel?


A Perfect Storm of National Cycles

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

The societal and generational cycles of America, Europe, and Russia are converging, and the result will prove to be devastating.


Outlook 2000 (Part One)

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

What will the first decade of the new millennium bring? The outlook for 2000 and beyond hinges on how America handles its role as sole superpower.


Germany's Dilemma

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

Germany is in a bind. It is an industrial powerhouse, the richest economy in Europe, but it must prop up several poor-performing economies throughout the rest of the European Union. Berlin cannot continue this practice lest they drag it down with them. David Grabbe warns that Germany's decisions on these matters could have …


The Geopolitics of Israel

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The land of Israel has a unique geography that limits its responses to international events, and the same factors that constrain it today also did so in biblical times. Richard Ritenbaugh describes how its position at the crossroads of three continents makes the Holy Land strategically valuable to the great powers around it.


Rudderless Leadership in U.S. Foreign Affairs

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

With one look at American activity on the world scene, an observer is struck by the lack of coherence of this administration's foreign policy. Richard Ritenbaugh offers three examples of major foreign policy blunders over the past five years, asserting that they point to the diminished quality of leadership in high …


Age of Empires

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

It was not all that long ago that news outlets and pundits wrestled with the fact that the United States was the world's superpower and policeman. Today, however, due to the Obama administration's policies, new powers are rising to fill the power vacuum created by America's retreat. Richard Ritenbaugh discusses five emerging …


Population Trends in Asia (Part Two): The Graying of Asia

CGG Weekly by Charles Whitaker (1944-2021)

Only a catastrophe of biblical proportions could forestall the tendency for Asia's populations to age substantially between now and 2025.


The Zeitgeist of Suicide (Part One): Weeping for the Children Who Are Not

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

It seems counter-intuitive to think that the world's population is shrinking, but trend lines show the possibility of a 95% reduction in population ahead.


Birthrates in Decline

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Statistics show that the birth rate for the Western nations has dropped below the replacement rate of 2.1 children per woman, sometimes significantly so.


Peace and Safety?

'Prophecy Watch' by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

With the end of the Cold War, are we entering a time of peace? Hardly, says Earl Henn. Human nature remains the same, so war is never far off!


Blood and Soil: The Persistence of Anti-Semitism

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

Why has anti-Semitism remained a part of this world's way of thinking? Charles Whitaker shows from recent history that anti-Semitism has merely morphed into new expressions of the old evil.


Demography Is Destiny

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that demography is destiny. Population trends become reliable trends of future national consequences. Population declines in Russia have lead President Vladimir Putin to propose stipends to couples for having children. Japan's population has declined so drastically that 50% of the productive force will …


Evil Is Real (Part One)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Liberalism rarely considers actual outcomes—that is, it often promotes a course of action without studying how such actions has worked out in the past.


The Handwriting Is on the Wall (1995)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Because restraints that once held human nature in check have been removed, the US has grown increasingly more corrupt, approaching conditions before the Flood.