It’s The Sanctions, Stupid
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It’s The Sanctions, Stupid

In a public attempt at damage control, Donald Trump Jr.’s appearance last week with Fox News’ Sean Hannity may have provided more evidence of the campaign’s collusion with Russia during the election. His exclusive interview to discuss his meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya came only one day after Trump Jr. released copies of his ...
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 ...
Why Trump’s Strike On Syria Is A Disaster
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Why Trump’s Strike On Syria Is A Disaster

Photo by Voice of America News: Scott Bobb Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22023821 There has never been a strategy for US involvement in Syria, and there isn’t one now. President Obama came into the foreign policy responsibilities of the Oval Office a lot like Jimmy Carter did; primarily focused on the need to address domestic issues, on the ...
An Overview of U.S. – Russia Relations Leading to the 2016 Election
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An Overview of U.S. – Russia Relations Leading to the 2016 Election

To understand the relevance of Russian involvement in the 2016 election, we have to begin with the underlying dynamics between Russia, the United States, and NATO, among others. These relationships are shaped by historical events, national political identity and ideology, and political interests which intersect and influence the behavior of decision makers. The United States has ...
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 ...