View from Paris: Let’s Make OUR Planet GREAT again!
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View from Paris: Let’s Make OUR Planet GREAT again!

June 2017: France to progressive America: “Merci for your advice during our election. Now, we have some advice for you. Be careful what you wish for.” The impeachment of President Trump will mean a misère ouvert for America: riots & rebellion, a dented democracy, an emboldened Establishment, Republicans riding roughshod, and President Pence! Not that the French have ...
Syria – and Trump’s Instincts
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Syria – and Trump’s Instincts

President Trump’s missile strike on Syria last week seems to have been based on instinct rather than reason. This is worrying.   Well, he finally got something right.   Following the attack on April 4, apparently with chemical weapons, on the Syrian rebel-held town of Khan Shaykhun, President Trump responded on April 7 by ordering ...
View from Paris: The Fog of Trump
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View from Paris: The Fog of Trump

This series is called the “View from Paris” and asks Les Franciliens for their reactions to current affairs in the USA. These are the opinions not the facts (fake or otherwise). March 2017: I’m looking at an election poster of Obama but here in France! It’s a joke but some French people would prefer Obama over the crop of politicians ...
Why Populism is so Popular
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Why Populism is so Popular

The election of Donald Trump as US president is the most spectacular example of the success which political populism has been enjoying worldwide in the past years. But the simple solutions populists put forward do not offer serious strategies for dealing with any of the challenges facing our globalised, networked, post-industrial societies. At the beginning ...