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Posts Tagged ‘America’

The Truth about Trump’s Promises on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Job Creation

Reuters photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner The Trump administration’s promises to reform the Environmental Protection Agency, to scale back on environmental laws and regulations, and to exit the Paris Agreement on Climate Change omit any explanation of the legal processes involved.

Observations of an Expat: Guns, Butter and Bridges

AFP photo   By Tom Arms Donald Trump’s economic policy can best be described as guns, butter and bridges.

Observations of an Expat: Alliance 101

AFP photo   By Tom Arms The Western Alliance is in disarray. Americans are sick of picking up the tab for protecting a rich Europe from a communist threat which no longer exists. Europe is terrified at being abruptly left in the lurch facing a corrupt, authoritarian Russian threat which has replaced the communist one.

Fears at Munich: The Mattis Pitch on NATO

EPA photo   By Binoy Kampmark   “Ladies and gentlemen, the Transatlantic bond remains our strongest bulwark against instability and Russia.” US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, Feb 17, 2017

Thank You America

Bryan R Smith/AFP   By Sami Jamil Jadallah As an immigrant, the son of an immigrant and a US Army Veteran with four other brothers who honorably served our adopted country (2 Army, 2 Marine) and from far away Sweden (on a visit but not seeking asylum), I could not help but admire and be […]

President Trump: Two weeks in the White House

Kevin Dietsch/AFP   By Kanwal Abidi President Trump since 20th Jan 2017, 12 noon, inauguration – has not rested a moment and has moved unprecedented towards ‘Making American Great Again’!

Trump is the el-Sisi of America

AFP photo   By Ahmed Tharwat General el-Sisi, in one of his bizarre revelations, told the Egyptian people that he is blessed by a divine wisdom. Everyone laughed, social media exploding with jokes and satirical postings, but apparently, Donald Trump isn’t laughing. He agrees with what General el-Sisi says and does!

Trump’s immigration policy and the war within America

Justin Sullivan/AFP   By Ogunniyi Abayomi Immigration was born out of slavery, war and ethnic clashes, ensuing individuals to seek greener pastures across the border. Events and the tragedies of terror within Arab and African societies prompted the sympathetic movement of migrating to the west, absconding the horrendous atmosphere across their regions.

Trump’s legality – Now it is others whom he would consider protesteth too much

Richard Drew/AP   By Hazel Speed Voices are now officially challenging the legality of President elect Trump’s triumph by refusing to acknowledge his forthcoming inauguration due to the obvious relevancy of so-called/determined hacking, fabrication, and/or true material duly leaked by the Russians or perhaps domestic sources in an effort to secure a win in the […]

Observations of an Expat: And the Winner is…

By Tom Arms It’s official. The winner of the US presidential elections is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. I hear you. Putin’s name was nowhere near the ballot papers. It was Clinton versus Trump and a few also rans.

Reuniting America

Reuters photo   By Sami Jamil Jadallah President-Elect Donald Trump, on the day he won the election promised to be the president of All Americans and he continued to repeat the statement. All of America will hold him to his promise.

The Existential Threat

Francois Lenoir/Reuters   By Ricardo Swire Today’s global security environment is the most unpredictable in half a century. Wars are usually fought to change regimes, alter borders, acquire resources and impose ideologies, almost never to completely eliminate another State and its people.

The Southern Cone

By Ricardo Swire Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and the tip of Brazil make up the Southern Cone. Argentinian counter-narcotics teams battle South America’s second largest domestic cocaine market after Brazil.

Conservatives bristle as Trump backs off Clinton prosecution

Lucas Jackson/Reuters   By Curtis Skinner Some of Donald Trump’s strongest conservative supporters are voicing anger and disappointment at the president-elect’s comments on Tuesday that he might back off his campaign pledge of pursuing a prosecution of former rival Hillary Clinton.

Poetry

AFP photo   By Ron Larson

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Putin’s backing the Afghani Taliban

AFP photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner Many different radicalized extremist groups operate in Afghanistan, including the Afghan Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS. While ISIS and the Taliban share an ultraconservative interpretation of Islam with the avowed purpose of advancing radicalized Islam, the difference stops there. Whereas ISIS and al-Qaeda have adopted a global jihad against […]

Elder Orubebe, Trump and other stories

By Prince Charles Dickson   There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full  –  Henry A. Kissinger   A Professor was traveling from Accra to Tamale in Ghana, and somewhere between the Eastern and Ashanti Regions, one of the tyres in the front wheel of his car removed and went into […]

Observations of an Expat: Pax Americana—The End

AP photo   By Tom Arms It is the beginning of the end of Pax Americana. For 71 years the world has sheltered under the wings of the American eagle. The result has been one of the longest periods of prolonged peace, prosperity and political advancement in world history.

An Open Letter to President-Elect Donald Trump

Eric Thayer   By Sami Jamil Jadallah   Dear Mr. Trump, First, let me congratulate you on your election and I have to admit, for a non-politician you did a hell of job understanding and speaking the language of Main Street America, which sad to say has been neglected by America’s political elite, Democrats and […]

America now has its own brexit

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed An American friend once told me that their country considered the UK to be equivalent to their canary in the minefield.

Observations of an Expat: What if We Voted on the Issues?

David Becker/Nancy Wiechec/Reuters   By Tom Arms Sitting on the Eastern side of the Atlantic, the Trump/Clinton battle seems more like a race to the Senate dock than to the door of the White House.

America’s poor are getting the shaft

Timothy A Clary/AFP   By Sami Jamil Jadallah In a few days, the ugliest and most distasteful presidential election in US history will be over and we will see which candidate won to preside over the US as president, an election that is all about groping and emails, making us the laughing stock of the […]

Trump vs Clinton – Let him without sin throw the first stone

Saul Loeb/AFP   By Hazel Speed Unlike President Obama, I am not as an English/British person ‘poking my nose’ into American politics.

Observations of an Expat: Free Trade – Ups and Downs

Brian Snyder/Reuters   By Tom Arms Free Trade has its upside and its downside. It is also emerging as one of the top issues in the Trump-Clinton tussle. The Donald is ‘agin’ it and Hillary is ‘fer’ it.

Colin Kaepernick sat down to make all of us consider what we stand for

Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP   By Rupen Savoulian The quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick, refused to stand for the American national anthem prior to the commencement of an NFL game. Why should this small act of defiance generate so much controversy and debate?

Golfing with a Trump supporter

By Ahmed Tharwat I took up golfing right after I realized that as a Muslim I wanted to be assimilated, besides I couldn’t play soccer anymore, couldn’t run, so I took walking as a sport.

Healing America’s Racial Divide

By Cynthia M. Lardner Deep-seated hatreds, prejudices and inequities as to African-Americans have divided America since the days of slavery. The United States has never accepted responsibility and atoned for the vestiges of slavery, with prejudice and the disparate treatment of African Americans continuing to this very day despite civil rights legislation dating back to […]

Observations of an Expat: I am an Immigrant

By Tom Arms I am an immigrant. I emigrated from the United States to the United Kingdom on the 12th of December 1971.

“We Want To Go Home,” say “traumatized” African-Americans

By Joe Khamisi  When I arrived in the United States for the first time in the late 1960s, Richard Nixon was the President, Martin Luther King Jr. was dead, and American cities were embroiled in street riots by blacks angered by high levels of unemployment, poverty, and social discrimination.

Donald Trump should be careful what he wishes for!!

By Ahmed Tharwat The Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump should be careful what he wishes for. Vitriolic Trump claimed that Muslims in America don’t just assimilate enough, almost none he claimed. “Assimilation has been very hard. It’s almost, I won’t say nonexistent, but it gets to be pretty close. And I’m talking about second and […]