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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.





Czech member of Parliament to Cuba: Add cigars to shipment of rum

Czech member of Parliament to Cuba: Add cigars to shipment of rum

In a novel way to settle a foreign debt, Cuba has offered to pay the Czech Republic with 276 million dollars worth of rum and pharmaceutical drugs, Czech deputy finance minister Lenka Dupakova announced Thursday in Prague.





Economist’s advice to Czechs: Take the Cuban rum and sell it

Economist’s advice to Czechs: Take the Cuban rum and sell it

PROBLEM: What should the Czech government do with the 23 million bottles of rum that Cuba is offering as payment for its $276-million debt? There’s an easy answer…




An Asian cautionary tale for Cuba and the United States

An Asian cautionary tale for Cuba and the United States

As Cuba increasingly welcomes foreign investment, some worry whether the nation’s relatively sophisticated system of environmental laws and regulations and its natural land and marine preserves will prove robust enough to protect the nation’s natural treasures.




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