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Three-quarters of world has little or no confidence in Trump, Pew study finds

Posted by hkarner - 28. Juni 2017

Date: 27-06-2017
Source: The Guardian

Support for US president now below that of George Bush following Iraq invasion
Israel and Russia have faith in Trump – not so European allies

More than three-quarters of the world has little or no confidence in Donald Trump’s global leadership and his signature policies, with support for the American presidency collapsing fastest among America’s traditional allies in Europe, according to new polling by the Pew Research Center.

In many countries, support for the US president is now below that of George Bush in 2004, following the Iraq invasion. Globally, two-thirds of respondents describe Trump as “arrogant and dangerous”.

The research conducted across 37 countries shows a median of 22% have some or a great deal of confidence in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs. Almost three-quarters (74%) have little to no confidence in the Republican leader.

By contrast, in the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency, a median of 64% expressed confidence in Trump’s predecessor to direct America’s role in the world. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Pure Class Warfare, With Extra Contempt

Posted by hkarner - 26. Juni 2017

In this sense – and in only this sense – what we’re seeing now is a departure from previous Republican practice.

In the past, laws that would take from the poor and working class while giving to the rich came with excuses. Tax cuts, their sponsors declared, would unleash market dynamism and make everyone more prosperous. Deregulation would increase efficiency and lower prices. It was all voodoo; the promises never came true. But at least there was some pretense of working for the common good.

Now we have none of this. This bill does nothing to reduce health care costs. It does nothing to improve the functioning of health insurance markets – in fact, it will send them into death spirals by reducing subsidies and eliminating the individual mandate. There is nothing at all in the bill that will make health care more affordable for those currently having trouble paying for it. And it will gradually squeeze Medicaid, eventually destroying any possibility of insurance for millions. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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We’ll Always Need Paris

Posted by hkarner - 24. Juni 2017

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Kann die Sonne Trumps Mauer zu Mexiko wirklich bezahlen?

Posted by hkarner - 22. Juni 2017

Der US-Präsident will den strittigen Grenzwall mit Solarpaneelen ausstatten und den Strom verkaufen, damit sich „die Mauer selbst zahlt“. Doch die Rechnung geht nicht auf.

Washington/Wien. Die Mauer zu Mexiko. Sie war eines jener umstrittenen Wahlversprechen, die Donald Trump das Präsidentenamt beschert haben. Doch das Multimilliarden-Dollar-Projekt kommt nicht so recht in die Gänge – weil niemand da ist, der es bezahlen will. Mexiko denkt nicht daran, auf Trumps Forderungen einzugehen und die Kosten für den Grenzwall selbst zu tragen. Auch der US-Kongress gibt keine oder nur minimale Mittel für den Bau frei. Nun soll die Sonne die Rechnung für die tausend Meilen (1609 km) lange Mauer begleichen. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Who Will Fill America’s Shoes?

Posted by hkarner - 22. Juni 2017

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The Russian-Roulette Presidency

Posted by hkarner - 22. Juni 2017

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Globalism’s Great French Hope

Posted by hkarner - 22. Juni 2017

Date: 21-06-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal by Greg Ip

French president Emmanuel Macron has exposed a hole in the nationalist agenda,

For global elites left dispirited by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump’s presidency?, France has provided a shot of adrenaline. Emmanuel Macron won the presidency last month on a proudly pro-European platform, and Sunday, French voters gave him a solid legislative majority.

It is premature to say the nationalist wave has crested. But after establishment victories in the Netherlands and Austria and a setback to Brexit champion Theresa May, it appears globalism—whether the European Union specifically or open borders more generally—is not as politically poisonous as feared.

Still, the message of the last few months is not that voters are in love with globalism again: Turnout in the French elections was historically low. Rather, it’s that nationalists have been far better at spurring anger at the status quo than offering a coherent replacement, as Britain’s Brexit confusion and Mr. Trump’s stalled agenda demonstrate. The public unhappiness that fueled their rise remains, although it increasingly is being felt on the left, not just the right. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Ökonom: „Als Individuen können wir die Welt nicht retten“

Posted by hkarner - 21. Juni 2017

InterviewNora Laufer, 21. Juni 2017, 11:00 derstandard.at

Graeme Maxton begrüßt den Ausstieg der USA aus dem Pariser Klimaabkommen

Grame Maxton, Generalsekretär des Club of Rome, fordert eine Ein-Kind-Politik in Europa und weniger Demokratie in Umweltfragen. Er spricht über sein Buch „Ein Prozent ist genug“, über Kapitalismus und wieso vegane Ernährung der Umwelt nicht unbedingt hilft.

STANDARD: Zugespitzt formuliert prognostiziert der Club of Rome seit 40 Jahren den Weltuntergang. Ist es bald so weit?

Maxton: Wir haben vorausgesagt, dass das wirtschaftliche und ökologische System in den 2030er- oder 2040er-Jahren kollabieren wird. Ich würde sagen, dass der Verfallsprozess vor zehn Jahren begonnen hat und sich in 20 Jahren zuspitzt. Es geht jetzt nicht mehr darum, den Klimawandel zu umgehen, sondern ihn zu managen.

STANDARD: Wie kann der Effekt abgeschwächt werden?

Maxton: Zuerst müssen wir aufhören, es schlimmer zu machen. Unser ökologischer Fußabdruck ist zu groß. Wir leben, als hätten wir eineinhalb Planeten. In Europa als hätten wir drei Planeten, in den USA fünf. Wir müssen weniger Ressourcen verwenden, weniger verschmutzen, vor allem was Treibhausgase betrifft. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Utterly Disgusting

Posted by hkarner - 18. Juni 2017

Date: 17-06-2017
Source: The Economist: Lexington
Subject: Donald Trump’s need for flattery is trashing reputations

This is not Shakespearean drama: the penalty for characters who stand up to the king is too small for that

AS A rule, it is not ideal for a presidential administration to remind onlookers of a feuding, villain-haunted Shakespearean tragedy. Yet that was a widely shared reaction when the first full meeting of President Donald Trump’s cabinet, on June 12th, began with an extended flattery contest.

Vice-President Mike Pence set the tone, confiding that serving a president “who’s keeping his word to the American people” is “the greatest privilege of my life”. As Mr Trump clenched his jaw, nodded and threw in an occasional “good job” of encouragement, his cabinet secretaries—who include former governors, retired four-star generals and more than one billionaire—mostly followed suit. They variously reported that his presidency has “thrilled” crime-fighters, excited the world with its “international flair” and inspired “love” in Mississippi. “My hat is off to you!” swooned the energy secretary, Rick Perry, who in 2015 called Mr Trump a “cancer on conservatism”. For as long as cameras whirred this surge of praise rolled round the room like a bureaucrats’ Mexican wave, peaking with a testimonial from Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff. Unabashed by speculation that he is to be sacked, Mr Priebus declared: “We thank you for the opportunity and the blessing to serve your agenda.” The verdict of a Twitter-user from Toronto, “This is actually the start of ‘King Lear’,” went viral, pinging around the political internet. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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