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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Yemen: Amid Famine And Cholera, Can A Ceasefire Take Hold?

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On the verge of famine, the main warriors in Yemen agreed on steps to ameliorate their disastrous war, but few claim that aerial bombings by Saudi Arabia and ground attacks by the rival Houthis will eventually stop the slaughter.

In a town near Stockholm, Sweden, the combatants met for the first time for talks (December 6 to 13), led by Briton Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy for Yemen. They promised a cease-fire on the Red Sea ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa, prisoner exchanges and a promise to look into turbulence in the city of Taiz.…

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World Leaders: Yes, We Were Laughing At Trump

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Before he was elected president, Donald Trump frequently said the world was laughing at the United States — and he promised he could change that. But on Tuesday, that hope was dashed as the United Nations General Assembly burst into laughter at his ridiculous boasting about his presidency in a speech.

It was widely interpreted as an expression of derision and disrespect for the president — and a new report from BuzzFeed News confirms this view.

Multiple foreign diplomats in attendance told the new outlet explicitly that they were laughing at, not with, Trump:

“Sometimes, when we see a behavior or listen to arguments or notions that seem so far-fetched, unreasonable, or insane, there is almost natural reaction of laughing,” one Latin American diplomat said, speaking off the record so he could speak freely.

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Trump Insists He Aimed For Laughs In UN Speech

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Attempting to explain away the embarrassing spectacle of the world’s assembled leaders laughing in his face, Trump is now claiming his United Nations speech was intentionally humorous.

It isn’t true.

In his Tuesday address, Trump delivered, with a perfectly straight face, his by-now cliché self-congratulatory hyperbole.

“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” he said. Then the audience burst into laughter.

“I wasn’t expecting that reaction,” he said, “but that’s OK.”

Hours later, Trump apparently decided to do some damage control and came up with an entirely new version of what happened.…

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