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Posts Tagged ‘LookAhead News’

Observations of an Expat: Macronian Clouds on the Horizon

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms All Hail Macron! All Hail Macron! The new French President is the latest international political darling, man of the hour and flavour of—well at least a month.

Observations of an Expat: The God Story

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms God is infallible. Although you could argue that he made a big mistake when He (or She?) scooped up a mess of Middle Eastern mud and sculpted Adam. The first Chinese is reported to have enjoyed a similar creation, although the river was the Yangtze. As for India’s Hindus, […]

Observations of an Expat: The Korean Solution

AP photo   By Tom Arms I have a solution to Korea. It is…

Observations of an Expat: China at the Crossroads

AFP photo   By Tom Arms China is at a political crossroads with a nuclear-tipped Mack truck driven by a suicidal North Korean juvenile threatening to plough into its side with disastrous consequences for Beijing and the rest of the world.

Observations of an Expat: May U-Turn

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms The Lady turned—big time.

Observations of an Expat: Syria, Russia and Trump

Kirill Kudryavtsev/Reuters   By Tom Arms What now in Syria? Will Russia drop its support For Assad? Will the US intervene? Will Assad stay in power? Will Russia come out on top?

Observations of an Expat: Hungary v George Soros

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms As far as the proverbial man in the street is concerned, there is very little that separates the extreme right from the extreme left.

Observations of an Expat: Brexit Goes Nuclear—Chapter Two

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms She’s done it. Mrs May has gone and linked Britain’s nuclear deterrent to Brexit trade negotiations. I can honestly stick out my chest, jut out my chin and proclaim: “I told you so. And I told you exclusively.”

Observations of an Expat: Brexit Goes Nuclear

PA photo   By Tom Arms The EU is worried about losing their American nuclear umbrella. The UK is worried about losing their European market and their seat at the European top table. Britain has nuclear weapons. The EU has markets. Is there a fit?

Observations of an Expat: Going Dutch

AFP photo   By Tom Arms Trump lost on Wednesday. I am not talking about the court ruling on version two of his travel ban. Neither am I talking about the mounting incredulity over his wiretapping claims and tax returns. I am talking about an event that took place 3,843 miles away from the White […]

Observations of an Expat: The Brexit Elephant

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms There was a massive elephant in the British House of Commons on Wednesday. It was rampaging back and forth across the chamber, overturning tables, loudly trumpeting and waving his trunk from side to side. Its name was Brexit.

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: Mind The Gap

AP photo   By Tom Arms Mind the Gap. Three very familiar monosyllabic words for anyone who has travelled on the London Underground. The taped announcement is a warning to beware of the potentially dangerous space between the railway carriages and the platform. But it has a political meaning too.

Observations of an Expat: Trump’s Aim

Joe Raedle/AFP   By Tom Arms   What is Trump’s Aim?

Observations of an Expat: I am a Liberal

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters   By Tom Arms The Brexiteering Trump supporter narrowed his eyes, curled his upper lip, glared at me and sneeringly stuttered: “You…you…LIBERAL.”

Observations of an Expat: The Extra Special Relationship

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms The Anglo-American Special Relationship is becoming the EXTRA Special Relationship–and not for the right reasons.

Observations of an Expat: The Hip Thigh Bone Theory of the World

Yuya Shino/AFP   By Tom Arms It is time to explain my hip thigh bone theory of the world.

Observations of an Expat: And So It Begins

Drew Angerer/AFP   By Tom Arms And so it begins. Or at least it will on Friday January 20th when Donald Trump stands on the steps of the US Capitol building, places his hand on The Bible and swears to protect and uphold the constitution of the United States.

Observations of an Expat: Tough for Trump

Mike Pont/Sasha Mordovets/AFP   By Tom Arms Donald Trump is in a no-win situation as regards Russian hacking vs. American intelligence agencies vs. Donald Trump.

Observations of an Expat: Disastrous Middle East Victory

Nicole Tung   By Tom Arms It looks as if the fighting in Iraq and Syria will draw to a close in 2017. We won and lost.

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.

Observations of an Expat: Populism reaches its zenith

AFP photo   By Tom Arms The populist right is riding high—for now. Unfortunately for them, world demographics are stacked against them. And demographics—like the tides of history—are unstoppable.

Observations of an Expat: The End of Reason

AP/AFP photo   By Tom Arms The philosophical foundations of the word are shifting. Fact, evidence; they are becoming irrelevant even though they have governed our decision-making processes for nearly 350 years. And they have been a good 350 years for the Euro-centric Western world.

Observations of an Expat: Trump’s First Major Diplomatic Faux Pas

AFP photo   By Tom Arms It didn’t take long. Fortunately Donald Trump’s first diplomatic faux pas involved America’s closest and most forgiving ally. But Donald Trump’s tweet that Britain appoint UKIP leader Nigel Farage as British ambassador to Washington won’t be forgotten.

Observations of an Expat: Post-truth Awards

AFP photo   By Tom Arms Backgrounder: This week the world’s premier lexicon—The Oxford English Dictionary—named post-truth as word of the year. This article imagines the Hollywood-style awards ceremony.

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.

Observations of an Expat: The New Cold War—Authoritarianism vs Representative Democracy

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters   By Tom Arms There is a new Cold War. It has nothing to do with the twentieth century philosophical war cries of communism, socialism, capitalism or free enterprise.

Observations of an Expat: Haiti—Land of Extremes

Dieu Nalio Cherry/AP   By Tom Arms Haiti is a land of extremes. Unfortunately they are all the worst kind. It is extremely poor, extremely corrupt, extremely violent and now—extremely devastated.

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.

Observations of an Expat: The Refuge of the Failed Politician

By Tom Arms It’s as if Brexit was a loose thread in the complex political tapestry of the European Union. The Eurosceptics worked Britain loose and are now pulling with all their might on the rest of the fabric.