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Twitter Ambassador Trump’s Terrifying Tweets And The Bad New World

Mr Jack Dorsey might have his political views and Mr Donald Trump might have many twigs to pick with Twitter, but there should not be any argument over who’s the best ambassador and brand builder for the social media platform.

Read Here – ThisDayAndThat

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The Middle East Comes To Sri Lanka

No one who has been paying attention to the rise of jihadist terrorism in Sri Lanka was surprised by the Easter Sunday suicide bombings. The Middle East has come to this Asian island nation.  Or, as Samuel Huntington might put it, Islam’s “bloody borders” are moving eastward.

Read Here – The Hill

Richard Holbrooke and the Decline Of American Power

One of the most celebrated diplomats of his generation, Richard Holbrooke helped normalise U.S. relations with China; served as U.S. ambassador to a newly reunified Germany and then to the United Nations; and, most famously, negotiated the 1995 Dayton peace agreement that ended the war in Bosnia. But he began and ended his career struggling with how to resolve two American wars: first in Vietnam, then in Afghanistan.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Inside The Chaos Surrounding Britain’s Brexit Boondoggle

Britain’s departure from the European Union and the forging of a new cross-Channel relationship was supposed to be one of the “easiest” deals “in human history.” It has, instead, turned out to be a national nightmare and an international embarrassment.

Read Here – The National Interest

Also read: The Brexit Wreckers

Cohen Testimony On Trump: ‘He Is A racist. He Is A Conman. He Is A cheat.’

Photo courtesy: White House

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, will provide documents to the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday that he says prove Trump committed “illicit” acts, according to prepared congressional testimony… “I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump’s illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience,” Cohen will say. “I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is.” Cohen adds: “He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat.”

Read Here – Politico

Many Around the World Are Disengaged From Politics

An engaged citizenry is often considered a sign of a healthy democracy. High levels of political and civic participation increase the likelihood that the voices of ordinary citizens will be heard in important debates, and they confer a degree of legitimacy on democratic institutions. However, in many nations around the world, much of the public is disengaged from politics.

Read Here – Pew Research

Why Is Trump’s State Department Stealing Ideas From Old Spice Commercials?

Replete with a composite photo of William Shakespeare, Gen. George S. Patton and Pompeo…and a PhotoShopped State Department seal now ringed by the words DEPARTMENT OF SWAGGER, the not-so-soft relaunch is the diplomatic version of New Coke. Put aside the fact that the department’s catchphrase sounds more like a product line of Old Spice deodorant than a label for a venerated institution that’s been led by American icons from Thomas Jefferson to Dean Acheson.

Read Here – Politico

The Global Economy’s Uncertain Future

At this time last year, the global economy was experiencing strong, widespread growth, with even the long-stagnant European Union staging a robust recovery. But with key indicators of trade and investment now weakening, a new crisis – not least a global trade war – could quickly bring the global upturn to a halt.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

‘How Empires Begin.’ China Has Made Its Global Move. This Is Australia’s Response

As Beijing lays down the fibres and sinews that are setting Chinese standards on infrastructure from the south Pacific to eastern Europe, Australia is grappling with two huge questions: How does it buy into this global construction boom itself in a way that doesn’t play into China’s clear strategic ambitions?

Read Here – The Sydney Morning Herald

Putin Vows To Boost Russian Economy As He Begins 4th Term

Vladimir Putin after taking oath for his fourth term as president of Russia. Photo/Official website

Vladimir Putin launched his fourth term as president with an ambitious call to vault Russia into the top five global economies by developing its technological products and agricultural exports. Putin, who has sought to restore Russia’s military and diplomatic prominence on the world stage, focused almost entirely on domestic issues in his speech after taking the oath of office in a vast, vaulted Kremlin hall glittering with gold leaf.

Read Here – Associated Press

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