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Curb your enthusiasm: Macron is beginning of new fight for France and Europe

Curb your enthusiasm: Macron is beginning of new fight for France and Europe

Let’s not get carried away. It’s great that Marine Le Pen, whose National Front party with deep racist roots that go back to French collaborators during the Nazi occupation, was defeated by a large margin of the votes cast. On the other hand, her 34% of the vote was about twice that of her father in 2002, who ran against the conservative Jacques Chirac.

Vive la France!

Vive la France!

In the presidential election in France this Sunday, by almost 2 to 1, voters emphatically rejected the politics of ultra-right, xenophobic nationalism. Emmanuel Macron, virtually unknown to the world and even to the French people as late as a year ago, beat Marie Le Pen, the candidate of the ultra-right National Front party

Viglacera to form joint venture with Cuba

Viglacera to form joint venture with Cuba

The Việt Nam Glass and Ceramics for Construction Corporation (Viglacera)’s annual shareholder meeting this past week was highlighted by revelation of the company’s business plan to implement investment activities in Cuba.

The emigrants

The emigrants

Letter written in 1905 by Friedrich Trump, Donald Trump’s grandfather, to Luitpold, prince regent of Bavaria. Trump had been ordered to leave Bavaria for failing to complete mandatory military service and to register his initial emigration to the United States twenty years earlier. The prince rejected Trump’s request for repatriation

Trump-Netanyahu: Bully’s ball

Trump-Netanyahu: Bully’s ball

When Donald Trump met with Benjamin Netanyahu last week, it was a love fest. Any online dating site could have picked up the great affinity between the two men. They are hands down the two most obnoxious, arrogant leaders of any country that calls itself a democracy.

Trump policies spark global backlash

Trump policies spark global backlash

In less than a month, the Trump administration’s actions have unleashed a widespread wave of outrage and protest. Trump’s crusade against immigrants and refugees met with a harsh response. Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine depicted Trump holding the decapitated head of the Statue of Liberty in one hand and a sword in the other.

The Ugly American[i] on his throne

The Ugly American[i] on his throne

Last week Donald Trump launched his version of the Manhattan Project against the U.S. Constitution. This week he went after allies. His stupidity lies in the fact that both the Mexican president and the Australian PM represent the side of the political spectrum in both Australia and Mexico that favors a cozy relationship with the U.S.

Shame on you, Jared Kushner

Shame on you, Jared Kushner

Since it was Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, himself who brought his family’s Holocaust legacy into the political fray, it feels fair to force him to confront the way in which he is now party to inflicting his grandmother’s suffering on others.

Russian expert applauds Cuban coal exports but decries domestic policies

Russian expert applauds Cuban coal exports but decries domestic policies

The export of Cuban charcoal to the United States is a welcome development, says a Russian expert on energy, but the island government has a long way to go before maintaining a steady trade in consumer products with its neighbor to the north.

Two cheers for Obama’s UN vote on Israeli settlements

Two cheers for Obama’s UN vote on Israeli settlements

The Obama administration, with its recent United Nations vote, broke with another longstanding, unjustifiable element of U.S. foreign policy: automatic, unconditional diplomatic protection of Israel at the UN. The question is whether the change in policy is too little and comes too late into the Obama administration to be sustainable.

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