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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Not Just Russia: Why Trump’s Diplomatic Chaos Is So Dangerous

How to make sense of Donald Trump’s foreign policy? Is Trump an “America First” Jacksonian nationalist? An isolationist? A neoconservative? A conventional captive of the DC foreign policy establishment? A Russian puppet? An unhinged warmonger? At any given moment he might appear to be any of these.

June 12, 2017
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Britain’s Conservatives Plunged Into Civil War

At least two members of her Cabinet — foreign minister Boris Johnson and the minister overseeing Brexit negotiations, David Davis — are already taking soundings to see if they have enough backing now to oust her, if she resists mounting calls for her to set a timetable for departure.

June 11, 2017
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Tory May In Talks With Far-Right Northern Ireland Party

Now Mrs May is having to seek support from outside her party in order to form a government, with the anti-abortion, and anti-gay marriage DUP being just about her only option. To add to the leader’s woes, Saturday saw two of her closest aides quit, taking the blame for her disastrous electoral campaign.

June 11, 2017

In Striking Global Trend, Youth In U.S., Britain, France And Holland Moving Left

Following the results of the general election in Britain, it is clear that Theresa May overestimated her and the Conservative Party’s chances at securing a majority. At the same time, she and many other British political pundits underestimated the support garnered by Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party—gaining 31 seats for a total of 261. A large part of Corbyn’s success: swelling support from young voters.

June 10, 2017
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The Donald Trump Apology Tour

While greatly admiring Obama’s polish on the world stage, I did find these we’re-not-perfect flourishes to be mildly irritating. We’re all flawed nations talking to other flawed nations. No need to publicly admit one’s faults. This is not couples therapy.

June 9, 2017
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Trump’s Climate Decision Weakens America On The World Stage

That means America has abandoned a role it has held since the end of World War II as the unquestioned leader of the free world, the widely respected force for global good, the premier defender of human rights. There is, after all, no human right more basic than the right to clean air and water, the right to live on a planet that provides basic resources, the right to an Earth that is a friendly host to the human species.

June 6, 2017
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Britain’s Election Has Pollsters Nervous

Before the attack, several opinion polls suggested a shift in public sentiment. Prime Minister Theresa May, who called the post-Brexit snap election for June 8, had been tipped to win in a landslide, but the polls have tightened.

June 5, 2017
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Trump: World Needs To Stop Being ‘Politically Correct’ In Fighting Terrorism

U.S. President Donald Trump says the world needs to stop being “politically correct” in fighting terrorism and used the deadly London attack to renew his call for courts to authorize his ban on travel to the U.S. from six majority-Muslim countries.

June 4, 2017

At Least Six People Confirmed Dead As Authorities Declare Multiple London Attacks A Terrorist Incident

Authorities have declared the attacks in London an official, organized “terrorist incident,” and BBC reports at least six people have died from vehicle and stabbing attacks.

June 4, 2017
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Did Trump Dump Paris Accord Because Macron Crushed His Handshake?

According to the Washington Post, the reasons Trump decided to pull out of the climate accord were many, though actual climate science was missing from the list.

June 3, 2017
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Leading Right-Wing Christian Figure Calls For A ‘More Violent Christianity’

Religious Right activist “Coach” Dave Daubenmire declared on his “Pass The Salt Live” webcast this morning that America needs “a more violent Christianity.” He cited President Trump and Greg Gianforte as examples of violent men who are properly “walking in authority.”

May 31, 2017
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Sweden Is Far Right Gateway Into Europe

Sweden is known as a bastion of progressive values and policies, but underneath the dominant ideology, there is a motivated, well-connected nativist movement that has existed for decades and is now re-emerging, armed with fake news.

May 30, 2017
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Trump’s Awkward Overseas Moments Came With Democratically Elected Leaders

Trump lectured the European leaders about defense spending and refused to go along with their statement supporting the Paris agreement on climate change. He said he’d announce later whether the U.S. would remain part of the voluntary accord.

May 30, 2017

German Foreign Minister Says Trump “Weakened” The West

Germany unleashed a volley of criticism against US President Donald Trump, slamming his “short-sighted” policies that have “weakened the West” and hurt European interests.

May 30, 2017

Sunday Shows Ignore Angela Merkel Saying Europe Can No Longer Rely On The United States

Before today’s cable and broadcast network Sunday political talk shows aired, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced in a speech that President Donald Trump’s visit to the NATO and G7 summits showed that Europe no longer sees the United States as a reliable ally.

May 29, 2017
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8 Embarrassing Things Trump Did On His European Tour

He labeled Germany (where he doesn’t have business interests) “very bad” after saying nary a critical word in Saudi Arabia (where he does have business interests). He chastised our partners in NATO while revealing he doesn’t actually understand how it all works.

May 28, 2017