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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:28 am    Post subject: The world's forceful response to Trump Reply with quote

The world's forceful response to the Trump administration's foreign policy moves

https://youtu.be/NqLiMOwrvXk


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:13 am    Post subject: Macron says he told Trump about Jerusalem Reply with quote

Macron says he told Trump Jerusalem decision would be "a mistake"

https://youtu.be/YSsTd26DIjc


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:58 pm    Post subject: Wind of Madness Blows Over Franco-American Relations Reply with quote

De Gaulle would have blasted ce connard ...

A Wind of Madness Blows Over Franco-American Relations
France-Amérique
Donald Trump has shocked France. The American president laments the disappearance of an eternal Paris, while U.S. immigration officers detain French researchers at the border.

It all started when Donald Trump declared that Americans should not visit France. The Potus said his (probably non-existent) friend, “Jim,” had told him he would no longer be visiting the French capital because “Paris wasn’t Paris anymore.” The message is little more than common prejudice. The perfect Paris dreamed up by Jim (A.K.A. Donald) is supposedly filled with “born-and-bred” French people — a favorite term used by the Front National to avoid saying “white” — all sporting berets, moustaches and baguettes. This timeless Paris is a well-rooted ideal held by Americans who know little or nothing about France. Woody Allen represents this Paris in his films, but freely admits he never strays out of the 8th and 16th arrondissements. This fantasy city is also the subject of works by “writers” such as Pamela Druckerman (Bringing up Bébé) and Mireille Guiliano (French Women Don’t Get Fat).

Apparently, these authors have never set foot in the north or the east of the capital, whose neighborhoods are now as cosmopolitan as New York.

I remember watching Laurent Cantet’s film The Class in Manhattan. The movie tells the true story of a philosophy teacher in a Parisian high school in the 20th arrondissement. A large number of his students come from Africa, and have difficulty speaking French and mastering the vocabulary of Descartes. Americans in the audience asked me if the film was really set in Paris. Upon hearing that it indeed was, they exclaimed: “So Paris is just like the Bronx!” Perhaps Jim was in the theater that evening. Paris has become a globalized, cosmopolitan city, which makes it even livelier and less traditional. It’s safe to say that Jim — just like Donald and certain French people — don’t like immigrants of color ruining their little fantasy.

These anecdotes take a more serious turn with the misfortune of Henry Rousso. The French historian and Holocaust expert is renowned in our two countries, and was invited to a conference at Texas A&M University. But on his way to the event, he was detained at Houston airport on February 22. Immigration officers revented him from entering the country for ten hours, on the pretext that Henry only had a tourist visa, despite coming to talk at a conference. In this case, they claimed, he should have had a work visa. This argument has no legal grounding, and if it were true it would prevent any academic dialogue and university conferences between France and America. The president of the university and a team of lawyers had to intervene to obtain Henry’s freedom. The immigration department put the mistake down to the “inexperience” of one of their officers.

It was Henry’s birthplace, in Cairo, which set off his interrogation. “How could he be both French and born in Cairo?” And this is not an isolated case. The vice-president of the pharmaceutical laboratory Novartis was recently detained at Kennedy Airport, where he had to explain why he was French but born in Algeria. Donald and Jim should understand that you can be French and born elsewhere. You can even be black or Arabic. But perhaps Donald and Jim prefer “alternative facts” to the truth.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:10 am    Post subject: Trump may not be welcome in the UK, BUT Reply with quote

UK government begs Prince Harry, Meghan Markle not to invite Obamas to avoid offending Trump
Prince Harry and his American fiancée Meghan Markle reportedly want to invite former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama to their wedding in May, but government officials in the United Kingdom are worried such a move could anger the current U.S. president.

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/12/26/prince-harry-meghan-markle-obama-trump-wedding-invite/23317026/

I think this is ridiculous. Trump's already miffed at the Brits, and anyway who cares if he's offended? Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:27 am    Post subject: Russia warns U.S. over decision to arm Ukraine Reply with quote

Russia warns U.S. over decision to arm Ukraine

The stern warning came after a new ceasefire deal between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels went into effect before the holidays. Both sides claiming ceasefire violations »

https://www.yahoo.com/news/moscow-warns-us-decision-arm-ukraine-encourages-bloodshed-131345120.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_14
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:10 am    Post subject: Royal Wedding Reply with quote

Re the wedding fiasco.... The wedding isn’t a state wedding but a private one at Windsor Castle so really the couple getting married should be able to invite anyone they want and stuff Maybot and the Tories.... most of The UK would love to see Trump throwing a tantrum for not being invited and Harry is friends with Obama and Meghan despises Trump.... I hope the Obamas do get invited.... super grin
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:39 pm    Post subject: Trump Exposed Ignorance During Trade Talk Reply with quote

Trump Exposed Ignorance During Trade Talk With Merkel, Leaving White House Aides Humiliated: Report
By Greg Price

President Donald Trump appeared to know little, if anything, about international trade deals during an exchange with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in March this year. White House officials reportedly characterized the talk as “humiliating.”

The Republican Trump asked Merkel about creating a new, bilateral trade deal between Germany and the U.S., even though, as a member of the European Union, Germany cannot strike such a deal without the other 27 members of the union, according to The New York Times.

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http://www.newsweek.com/trump-merkel-embarrass-trade-germany-763913
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:45 pm    Post subject: The Year America Abandoned Its Leadership of the World Reply with quote

2017: The Year America Abandoned Its Leadership of the World
by Stewart M. Patrick and Anne Shannon

After President Donald J. Trump’s election last fall, many experts predicted that 2017 would be a tumultuous year for international cooperation.

During his campaign, Trump promised to “make America great again” by renegotiating or renouncing “bad” and “unfair” international agreements, and questioned the value of international institutions.

Since January, Trump’s “America First” policies have seen the United States abdicate its global leadership role.

Yet, contrary to expectations, multilateral cooperation on pressing issues like climate change and migration has continued, as other states have stepped up to lead.

Despite all the tumult, the world has recorded several important achievements for multilateralism alongside the setbacks.

Climate Change
Trump’s largest blow to international cooperation came in June when he announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.

Early reactions suggested that other countries might respond in kind, reneging on their commitments and stalling overall progress on environmental governance. Nevertheless, this November’s climate conference in Bonn, aimed at finalizing aspects of the Paris Agreement, was a success.

Participating states secured additional funding for climate initiatives and agreed to several objectives in the fields of agriculture, indigenous rights, and gender equality in climate governance.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who has made combatting climate change a signature policy, hosted a separate global climate conference this December, raising additional funds to meet Paris commitments.

And while the Trump administration signaled its intent to abandon the agreement, many U.S. states, cities, and companies have stepped into the void, pledging commitments of their own.

The successes in Bonn and Paris, combined with near-unanimous international support for the Paris Accords, indicate that multilateral cooperation on climate change will continue without U.S. leadership, even if the politics look challenging.

Global Trade
Trump’s protectionist campaign positions suggested that global trade would take a beating in 2017. Experts warned of trade wars, predicting that a downward spiral of tit-for-tat measures could strangle economic growth.

In fact, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), global trade in goods and services increased, growing 4.2 percent in 2017, almost twice the growth registered in 2016. Despite Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and threats to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), neither deal is dead yet.

The remaining TPP members revived the idea of trans-pacific trade at the Asia-Pacific Economic Partnership (APEC) summit in November, making significant progress without the United States toward what is now known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Even as extreme U.S. demands stall NAFTA renegotiations, U.S. public support for NAFTA increased in 2017, pressuring the Trump administration not to withdraw from the agreement.

While the United States has abdicated global trade leadership, the European Union (EU) has made progress on several important agreements of its own, notably one with Japan, encompassing countries that account for over 30 percent of the world’s GDP.

The EU-Japan agreement will reduce the ability of the United States to set world product standards and other regulations —disadvantaging U.S. exports in the process. In exercising his America First strategy, President Trump could actually hurt U.S. businesses.

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http://www.newsweek.com/2017-year-america-abandoned-its-leadership-world-766333
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:56 pm    Post subject: Trump's Insane China Comments Reply with quote

Trump's Insane China Comments

https://youtu.be/4fIKqfKwuDU


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:59 am    Post subject: Trump resigned US as world's leader Reply with quote

Fareed Zakaria: Trump resigned US as world's leader
Fareed Zakaria weighs on President Trump's first year in office and the effect it has had on the world.

https://youtu.be/WR_fUbjGELQ


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