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Friday, March 23, 2018

Capital Idea: Seize The Oligarchs’ Manhattan Penthouses

Finally, finally, there’s talk of hitting back at Putin where his filthy-rich cronies hurt — their mansions, Bentleys and other baubles of the posh life in Britain. A study released by Deutsche Bank in 2015 says that Russians were a major source of the $129 billion that had made its way into Britain through secret offshore dealings the previous nine years.

March 21, 2018

Fox Military Analyst Quits, Blasting Unpatriotic Programming

“Today, I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers,” Peters wrote in a Dear Colleagues email, as reported by BuzzFeed. “Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed.”

March 21, 2018

Trump’s Tariffs Are Self-Impoverishing

The official White House justification is that slapping new duties on these foreign metals is essential for our national security. Steel and aluminum are needed for military hardware, it argues, and we don’t want to be dependent on our potential enemies or other unreliable nations to supply them.

March 10, 2018
Trump is ripping us off

Trump Threatens Auto Industry That Obama Saved

Trump took to Twitter Saturday to threaten a trade war with the European Union after his proposal to hike tariffs on steel and aluminum was blasted by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and in multiple countries, as well as trade groups, economists, and major U.S. employers.

March 4, 2018

8 French Things Trump Should Emulate Instead Of A Military Parade

“It was one of the greatest parades I’ve ever seen,” Trump told reporters when he met with French President Emmanuel Macron in New York in September for the opening of the UN General Assembly. “It was two hours on the button, and it was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France. We’re going to have to try to top it.”

February 27, 2018

Norway vs USA: How The 2 Countries Stack Up On Health Care, Income And Life Expectancy

Trump took to Twitter Friday, denying that he referred to some countries in places such as Africa as “shithole” nations. “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough,” he tweeted, “but this was not the language used.” Still, many wondered why people would leave the Scandinavian nation for the U.S. in the first place.

January 13, 2018

Dutch Reporters Blast Lying US Ambassador

Trump’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, is proving to be just as cringe-inducing as many of this administration’s other appointees. You may remember Hoekstra from his viral humiliation in December, when he was caught on camera lying about racist and unfounded statements about the threat of radical Islam.

January 11, 2018

How Sweden Fights Back Against Fake News

In 2016, the story of a juvenile sex crime in an Idaho town swept through the national right-wing media ecosystem, picking up fabricated and lurid details along the way; several months later, the newly inaugurated President Donald Trump falsely suggested that a terrorist attack had recently taken place in Sweden, baffling the country.

December 27, 2017

Watch Dutch Journalist Own Trump’s Lying Ambassador

During an interview with Dutch reporter Wouter Zwart, Hoekstra was asked about past statements he’d made in 2015 about Muslims in the Netherlands setting fire to politicians and creating “no-go zones” within cities where Dutch police are too frightened to enter.

December 23, 2017
Trump 'not invited' to Paris climate summit

Trump ‘Not Invited’ To Paris Climate Summit

Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the historic 2015 Paris Agreement on limiting carbon emissions in June. The pact calls for capping global warming at “well under” two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, and 1.5 C if possible.

November 8, 2017
Nigel farage

On Radio, Trump Pal Farage Complains Of ‘Jewish Lobby’

“Nigel Farage’s comments about the role of a powerful ‘Jewish lobby’ in America plays into deep-seated anti-Semitic tropes about supposed Jewish control of government,” Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt told Newsweek. “This is fuel for white supremacists who exploit and spread conspiracy theories about ‘evil, controlling Jews.’”

November 3, 2017
Fake partisan news makes Facebook millions

Facebook Allowed Questionable Ads In German Election Despite Warnings

On Sept. 15, nine days before the elections in Germany, the Green party complained to Facebook about a popular series of attack ads deriding its stances on gender-neutral bathrooms, electric cars and other topics.

October 19, 2017

Catalan Leader: We Have Won The Right To Independence

At least 800 people were injured in the violent clashes over the weekend, with Spanish police attempting to prevent people from casting their votes with the use of force or by seizing their ballot papers, the BBC reported.

October 2, 2017

Protesters Chanting ‘Nazis Out’ Hit AfD Vote Party

Protests broke out in several German cities against the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany which became the first nationalist party to win dozens of seats in parliament since World War II.

September 25, 2017
climate accord

European Official Suggests Trump May Stay In Paris Climate Agreement

“There has been no change in the United States’ position on the Paris agreement,” said Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman. “As the president has made abundantly clear, the United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favorable to our country.”

September 17, 2017

Why Did ISIS Target Spain? The Answer May Lie In History

One, could be Spain’s involvement in the fight against the group in Syria and Iraq. Although Spain is not involved militarily in the fight against ISIS, it has provided logistical help and training for the Iraqi forces. Another reason goes further back in history, according to Mia Bloom, professor of communication at Georgia State University and author of “Dying to kill: The allure of suicide terror.”

August 20, 2017

NRA Double Standard On Terror On Display Following Barcelona, Charlottesville

The National Rifle Association’s live news show Stinchfield issued a “terror alert” following terrorist van attacks in Spain, in which ISIS supporters drove vans into crowds at two locations, killing 14 and injuring more than 100 people.

August 19, 2017

Did Macron Just Convince Trump To Reenter The Paris Agreement?

The friendship between the United States and France goes way back—all the way to 1775, when France secretly began sending supplies to the Americans during the Revolutionary War. In fact, France was the first ally of the new United States. (Of course, it helped that France was pretty angry at Great Britain over the territory it lost during the French and Indian War.)

July 19, 2017

Trump Left On The Outside Of G20 Photo

Unfortunately for Trump, he was unable to use the same tactics in Hamburg Friday as he posed for his first G20 photo. Instead, Trump was left on the outside looking in, to the far right of the group, only prevented from being on the very outer limits by French President Emmanuel Macron, who made a late move to stand next to the American leader.

July 9, 2017

China Wants To Step In As A Rift Between The US And Its European Allies Widens

“[Trump’s] rhetoric certainly leaves the road open for China. The question is: Is China ready to take it?,” said François Godement, director of the Asia and China program at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Some reports indicate that China could take a more prominent role, in partnership with Germany.

July 7, 2017

As Trump Visits, US Agrees To Sell Missile Defense To Poland

President Donald Trump opened his second visit to Europe at a Polish castle Thursday, welcomed by President Andrzej Duda and a vigorous handshake. The leaders then retreated to a room decorated with red walls for their private talks. Afterward, they spoke to reporters.

July 6, 2017
putin conference

Trump To Meet With Putin Next Week At Summit In Germany

McMaster would not say at a White House media briefing Thursday whether the two leaders will discuss Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election when they meet on the sidelines of the summit. “There is no specific agenda,” McMaster said, adding, “It’s whatever the president wants to talk about.”

July 1, 2017

Neo-Nazis Join With Pro-Russian Forces In Germany

So it’s no surprise that pro-Kremlin propaganda outlets and activists are trying to disrupt the German election in September; so-called “fake news” is considered such a threat there that the government is cracking down on it in law. But what is surprising, according to an analysis by the Atlantic Council, are the alarming new alliances being formed to distribute propaganda to German internet users.

June 24, 2017

France Leads The Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’

But French voters gave victory instead to a man of the radical middle, Emmanuel Macron. Not everyone loves Macon’s pro-business, pro-globalist program, but he is a mold breaker and definitely not crazy. And boy, do they love the young French president’s jabs at Donald Trump. Macron easily wields the weapon of mockery and delights in turning it on Trump.

June 15, 2017