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The man who invented Trumpism

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Geert Wilders (Venlo, 6 september 1963) is een Nederlands politicus. Hij is partijleider van de Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV) en namens deze partij fractieleider in de Tweede Kamer. Gefotografeerd in het gebouw van de 2e Kamer.
Foto Roger Dohmen / Hollandse Hoogte

Long before Donald Trump upended the American political landscape, Geert Wilders was rewriting the electoral playbook in the Netherlands, stomping ruthlessly over convention and being rewarded with votes. Naomi O’Leary Politico Not only are the two men alike in their peculiar blond hairdos; they share a talent for using controversy to dominate the news cycle and a tendency to forgo a hefty party apparatus in favor of a skeleton team of campaign loyalists and… The man who… Read More »

Take It from a European: NATO Is Obsoletea

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The alliance’s members no longer share common goals or interests. Tom Sauer The National Interest The recent visit by Secretary of Defense James Mattis to NATO allies does not erase the fact that, as a presidential candidate and president-elect, Donald Trump stated on many occasions that NATO is obsolete. It is a bigger… Take It from… Read More »

After Slavery, Searching For Loved Ones In Wanted Ads

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In the waning years of the Civil War, advertisements like this began appearing in newspapers around the country: “INFORMATION WANTED By a mother concerning her children. Ari Shapiro npr “Mrs. Elizabeth Williams, who now resides in Marysville, California was formerly owned to-gether with her children, vis: Lydia, William, Allen, and Parker, by one John Petty, who lived about six miles from the town of Woodbury… After Slavery, Searching… Read More »

How America Can Avoid a War with China

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A blueprint for American policymakers to improve the U.S.-Chinese relationship. Joe Renouard The National Interest Sino-American relations seem to be at a crossroads, though exactly where the relationship is headed is anyone’s guess. President Trump’s scattershot… How America Can… Read More »

Our miserable 21st century

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On the morning of November 9, 2016, America’s elite—its talking and deciding classes—woke up to a country they did not know. Nicholas Eberstadt ΑΕΙ To most privileged and well-educated Americans, especially those living in its bicoastal bastions, the election of Donald Trump had been a thing almost impossible even to imagine. What sort of… Our miserable 21st… Read More »

How to fight climate change without Washington

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MASSACHUSETTS WAS ALREADY planning for a Trump presidency way back in 2008. It just didn’t know it yet. Boston Globe That year, the Commonwealth and neighboring states began readying a new plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks, which form a growing share of the state’s overall contribution to global climate… How to fight… Read More »

Trump and the cycle of dehumanisation

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People rarely respond well to being demeaned and humiliated. Nick Haslam The Conversation When they believe others see them as lesser beings, they react with anger, revenge and distrust. In doing so… Trump and the… Read More »

What would Banksy think of Toronto’s ‘new’ Banksy?

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A restored work by the famed street artist was used as part of a package of ‘community benefits’ to help ease restrictions on new downtown towers. Murray Whyte The Star Banksy, the still-anonymous British street-art prankster turned multi-million-dollar entertainment mogul, can add a new line to his impressive résumé: Toronto condominium facilitator. While technically not… What would Banksy… Read More »

The Fightback: Trumpism Gives Rise To The New Dissidents

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The upside of a Donald Trump White House is the millions world-wide who are now organising in protest, writes Dr Richard Hil. Dr Richard Hil New Matilda The high point of post-truth, populist conservatism is ushering in some ghastly new forms of repression. The roundup of… The Fightback: Trumpism… Read More »

Trump Can Learn From Morgenthau’s 6 Principles of Political Realism

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What might Morgenthau have to say about the administration’s emerging foreign policy? Nathan A. Sears The National Interest Hans Morgenthau was a leading postwar intellectual of political realism in the international relations discipline and, at times, an outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy. In his 1949… Trump Can Learn… Read More »

1 in 4 Canadians want Trump-style travel ban, poll suggests

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Majority of Canadians praise the government’s resettlement efforts, but 41% want intake to… Peter Zimonjic CBC News  A “significant segment” of Canadians say Canada’s 2017 refugee target of 40,000 is too high, while one in four Canadians wants the Liberal government to impose its own Trump-style travel… Those are just two of the… 1 in 4… Read More »

Same-sex marriage legalization linked to reduction in suicide attempts among teens

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Allowing same-sex marriage at state level estimated to reduce suicide attempts by 134,000 per year Johns Hopkins Eurek Alert The implementation of state laws legalizing same-sex marriage was associated with a significant reduction in the rate of suicide attempts among high school students – and an even greater reduction among gay, lesbian and bisexual… Same-sex marriage legalization… Read More »

Netanyahu Scuttled Secret 2016 Peace Push With Arab Leaders

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined a peace proposal presented by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a secret summit in 2016 with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in Aqaba, Jordan, according to a… Naomi Zeveloff  Forward The proposal included the recognition of Israel as a… Netanyahu Scuttled Secret… Read More »

‘Last Night in Sweden’? Trump’s Remark Baffles a Nation

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LONDON — Swedes reacted with confusion, anger and ridicule on Sunday to a vague remark by President Trump that suggested that something terrible had occurred in their… SEWELL CHAN  The New York Times During a campaign-style rally on Saturday in Florida, Mr. Trump issued a sharp if discursive attack on refugee policies in Europe, ticking off a list of places that have been hit by… ‘Last Night in… Read More »

In Times Square, Protesters Take To The Streets To Say ‘I Am Muslim Too’

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At a rally in New York City’s Times Square on Sunday, protesters filled three city blocks to express solidarity with Muslims. Kat Chow npr The crowd gathered to speak out against President Trump’s executive order — now on hold after a unanimous federal appeals court decision — banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Organized by the… In Times Square… Read More »

US carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea

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A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway and concerns it could become a flashpoint under the… Hurriyet Reuters China’s Foreign Ministry on Feb. 15 warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty in the… The U.S. navy said the… US carrier group… Read More »