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Trump’s Loose Lips and America’s Intelligence Relationships

Trump’s Loose Lips and America’s Intelligence Relationships

May 19, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Kent Harrington ATLANTA – Telling someone a secret is an act of faith. Sharing intelligence with an ally is no different. By disclosing intelligence provided by a US ally to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in an Oval Office meeting last week, President Donald Trump indicated that he cannot safely be trusted – and...

The White House Crack-Up

The White House Crack-Up

May 18, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Elizabeth Drew WASHINGTON, DC – On both sides of the White House fence, near-nervous breakdowns abound. The White House staff is said to be in a state of near collapse – bouncing from one presidential crisis to another, trying all the while to hide from a screaming president. On the other side of the White House fence, much...

As Impeachment Talk Hits the Mainstream, Over a Dozen Nervous House Republicans Have Flipped on Trump

As Impeachment Talk Hits the Mainstream, Over a Dozen Nervous House Republicans Have Flipped on Trump

May 18, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. The Trump administration is spiraling. By Jefferson Morley / AlterNet The surprise appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as an independent counsel to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia came as Washington was already undergoing a sea-change in thinking about President Trump’s future....

Why Did Trump Accept Venezuela’s Money?

Why Did Trump Accept Venezuela’s Money?

May 5, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Keneth Rogoff CAMBRIDGE – There is a certain irony in recent news that Venezuela donated a half-million dollars to Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration through Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the state-owned oil company. Venezuela, of course, is a serial defaulter, having done so more times than almost any other country...

Three Months of Donald Trump: More of the Same

Three Months of Donald Trump: More of the Same

May 3, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Analysis by Marcelo Colussi* GUATEMALA CITY (IDN) – More than three months have passed since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the world’s leading capitalist power: the United States of America. Nothing has changed. If someone had thought that something could change with...

Redesigning NAFTA is not a bad idea if workers rather than vested interests win

Redesigning NAFTA is not a bad idea if workers rather than vested interests win

May 1, 2017

Rodrigo Zeidan, NYU Shanghai Late April saw an odd couple of days for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the 23-year-old deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico. At the start of Thursday April 27, President Donald Trump’s advisers were said to be working on an executive order withdrawing from the trade deal. During his election campaign,...

At UN, Rex Tillerson, Top US Diplomat, Delivers Stark Warnings to North Korea

At UN, Rex Tillerson, Top US Diplomat, Delivers Stark Warnings to North Korea

Apr 30, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Barbara Crossette   Rex Tillerson, US secretary of state, right, who presided over the UN Security Council session on North Korea’s nuclear threats, with Yun UNITED NATIONS, Apr 29 2017 (IPS) – Speaking to the United Nations Security Council at a meeting on North Korea held at the...

Korean Peninsula: Conflict Prevention ‘Our Collective Priority’ But ‘the Onus Is on the DPRK

Korean Peninsula: Conflict Prevention ‘Our Collective Priority’ But ‘the Onus Is on the DPRK

Apr 30, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By António Guterres Following are excerpts from UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council on Non-Proliferation/DPRK on April 28, 2017. – The Editor NEW YORK (IDN) – The situation on the Korean Peninsula is one of the longest-standing and most serious...

Too Late to Compensate Free Trade’s Losers

Too Late to Compensate Free Trade’s Losers

Apr 13, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Dani Rodrik CAMBRIDGE – It appears that a new consensus has taken hold these days among the world’s business and policy elites about how to address the anti-globalization backlash that populists such as Donald Trump have so ably exploited. Gone are the confident assertions that globalization benefits everyone: we must, the...

Nuclear Disarmament, Trump and the Nordic Countries

Nuclear Disarmament, Trump and the Nordic Countries

Mar 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Lowana Veal REYKJAVIK (IDN) – When asked what Sweden thought the Trump Administration should do by way of contributing to nuclear disarmament, the Swedish ambassador in Iceland, Bosse Hedberg, replied: “At this point in time, I am not aware of any common Nordic position being prepared in...

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