Leadership

A tale of two handshakes — why France’s Macron works well with Trump and Germany’s Merkel doesn’t

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BERLIN — Ever since Donald Trump became president, European leaders have sought to read his mind on what he thinks about the old continent. Rick Noack The Washington Post While thousands of policy papers have been produced in the process, two handshakes may be more telling. The first one never happened. When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the Oval Office in March 2017, a visibly unenthusiastic Trump — deliberately or accidentally — ignored calls to shake her hand. Merkel sat through it, as she often does. Alert ... Read More »

Trump Picks ‘Dandruff’ Off Emmanuel Macron: ‘We Have To Make Him Perfect’

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The French president chuckled awkwardly during the bizarre moment. Jenna Amatulli HuffPost President Donald Trump brushed what he said was dandruff from the shoulder of French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday in the White House Oval Office. “We have a very special relationship, in fact I’ll get that little piece of dandruff off,” Trump declared to reporters as the two leaders posed for photos before a meeting. “We have to make him perfect. He is perfect,” added Trump, flicking his fingers across ... Read More »

“A Complete Disaster”: Noam Chomsky on Trump and the Future of US Politics

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Just how bad are things with Donald Trump in the White House? And what does having a racist, misogynist, xenophobic and erratic president who continues to enjoy unquestionable support from his base tell us about the state of US politics and the dangers to the future of democracy in the US and in the world on the whole? Noam Chomsky shares his thoughts on these and other related questions in an exclusive interview with C. J. Polychroniou for Truthout… “A ... Read More »

What You Need To Know About The Special Election In Arizona

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Democrat Hiral Tipirneni’s race against Republican Debbie Lesko has been surprisingly close. Daniel Marans HuffPost Tuesday is Election Day in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, where Democrats have mounted a serious bid to flip a GOP-held House seat in a district Donald Trump won by 21 percentage points. Democrat Hiral Tipirneni, a health care advocate and physician, is battling Republican Debbie Lesko, a conservative former state senator, for a seat representing an area that encompasses a swath of Phoenix’s western and northern ... Read More »

Why President Trump Should Recognize The Armenian Genocide

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Despite the passage of a century, the Turkish government seems to have grown more resistant to hearing that its Ottoman forebears had anything to do with the mass killings of Armenians. Stella Morabito The Federalist If President Trump recognizes the Armenian genocide by specifically using the word “genocide” in his April 24 proclamation, he would send a strong signal to the… He would be only the second president, after Ronald Reagan, to do so boldly and officially. Every year on ... Read More »

More Than 100 Retired Military Leaders Raise Concerns About CIA Nominee Gina Haspel

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Over 100 retired military leaders have joined the list of outside groups voicing concern about President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. Maya Rhodan Time In a letter to members of the U.S. Senate, 109 retired generals and admirals said they were “deeply troubled” by the prospect of Gina Haspel being named CIA director given her links to the former U.S. torture program. “We devoted our lives to the defense of our country. We know that fidelity ... Read More »

What Greek tragedy illuminates about James Comey

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Once upon a time, there was a prominent, powerful man in government who cared deeply about integrity and following the rules. Victoria Pagán The Conversation He said, “You cannot know a man completely, his character, his principles, sense of judgment, not till he’s shown his colors … Experience, there’s the test.” Leaders have a sacred obligation to those they rule, he said. “As I see it, whoever … refuses to adopt the soundest policies but fearing someone, keeps his lips ... Read More »

Colin Kaepernick Wins Amnesty International’s Highest Honor

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Colin Kaepernick may not have a job on the football field, but much of the world is still cheering for him. Sean Gregory Time Amnesty International, the global human rights organization, gave Kaepernick its highest honor — the 2018 Ambassador of Conscience Award — in Amsterdam on Saturday. Past winners of the award, which “celebrates individuals and groups who speak out for justice,” include former South Africa president Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, the education activist from Pakistan who survived an ... Read More »

Jacinda Ardern wears Māori cloak to Buckingham Palace

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New Zealand leader in Kahu huruhuru praised as proud moment for female leaders and Māori worldwide Eleanor Ainge Roy in Dunedin The Guardian New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has caused a stir with a striking image of her walking the halls of Buckingham Palace swathed in a traditional Māori cloak during this week’s Commonwealth heads of government meeting. The prime minister wore a Kahu huruhuru; a Māori cloak adorned with feathers and bestowed on chiefs and dignitaries to convey prestige, respect and ... Read More »

Trump-Russia investigation

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The key questions answered Everything you need to know about the inquiry into Russian hacking, alleged collusion and Donald Trump, plus the latest news By Tom McCarthy and Sam Morris The Guardian Bigger than Watergate? Or a transparent sham? Whatever else it may be, the story of Donald Trump and Russia comes down to this: a sitting president or his campaign is suspected of having coordinated with a foreign country behind the scenes of the… Trump strongly denies all wrongdoing ... Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Putin, Trump Will Never Allow US-Russia Armed Conflict, Lavrov Says

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gave his thoughts on the recent alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, the US strikes against this Arab country, the Skripal case, the upcoming Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un talks and Russia-US ties in an interview with Director General of… Sputnik: You said that Russia has irrefutable evidence — not highly likely, as London has its own ‘irrefutable’ allegations — that the so-called chemical weapons attack in Douma was staged by a country that has positioned itself as among the… This country was named ... Read More »

Judge rules against Trump administration in teen pregnancy prevention case

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A federal judge in D.C. ruled Thursday that the Trump administration’s cuts to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program were unlawful. The Hill Last summer, the administration notified 81 organizations that their five-year grants through the program would end in 2018, rather than in 2020, prompting multiple lawsuits. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruled in one of those cases Thursday, ordering the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to accept and… “We are disappointed… Judge rules against… Read More »

Cuba nominates Castro replacement Miguel Díaz-Canel

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Cuba’s parliament has picked Miguel Díaz-Canel as the sole candidate to succeed Raúl Castro, 86, bringing the family’s decades-long rule to an end. BBC Mr Castro took over as president from his ailing brother Fidel in 2006. The National Assembly, the country’s legislative body, will vote on the nomination but Mr Díaz-Canel is almost certain to be confirmed. Mr Castro is expected to remain a powerful influence in the communist state even after he steps down. He will stay on ... Read More »

Erdoğan seeks to expand Turkey’s influence in the Middle East through diplomacy – and force

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On our third trip to Istanbul, my wife and I visited the 19th century Dolmabahce Palace, once the administrative centre of the Ottoman Empire. Nicolai Due-Gundersen The Conversation As we toured the 285-room palace my wife was struck with not just how well preserved it was, but that it was one of at least five palaces from the Ottoman era in Turkey that are now museums open to the public. This is telling, because it is not something found across ... Read More »

Nobel laureate Jose Ramos-Horta blasts East Timor’s ‘total failure’ against extreme poverty

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‘If I had been a prime minister for 10 years, I would have focused all those 10 years on quality education, on rural development and that means water and sanitation for the… Associated Press South China Morning Post Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former East Timorese president Jose Ramos-Horta has waded back into the young country’s politics ahead of parliamentary elections next month, calling the government a total failure in the past decade in crucial areas such as reducing child ... Read More »

‘This is my country’: how a Melbourne suburb defied the far-right to welcome refugees

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The settlement of refugees in Eltham sparked far-right protests. But locals presented a different vision of Australia Denham Sadler The Guardian Οn a dreary Sunday afternoon in late March, the sort that provides a harsh lesson on what Melbourne weather is capable of, a Syrian refugee talks through an interpreter about her escape from the conflict that has torn her… Amena*, who along with about 100 other refugees from Syria and Iraq settled in the suburb of Eltham on the outskirts of north-east ... Read More »