NATO Recoils from Trump Spending Salvos

When US President Donald Trump addressed the opening of the NATO summit last week, it was an embarrassing display of American bullying. As Trump lectured the other leaders of the military alliance about laggardly financial commitments, there was much shuffling of feet and grimacing of faces. There were also contemptuous smirks as the president spoke. …

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The Great White Father Comes to Saudi Arabia

The Great White Father came to Saudi Arabia last week to harangue some 50 Arab and African despots on the glories of Trumpism, democracy and the need to fight what the Americans call terrorism. Having covered the Mideast for many decades, I cannot think of a more bizarre or comical spectacle. Here was Saudi Arabia, …

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NATO Summit: President Trump Has His Way to Promote ‘America First’ Agenda

NATO formally joins the anti-Islamic (IS) coalition in Syria and Iraq. The decision was taken at the May 25 summit bringing together President Trump and his European allies. The alliance also pledged more troops on non-combat missions in Afghanistan. Finally, this event will go down in history as the first NATO summit when a US president failed to …

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Down the Memory Hole: Living in Trump’s United States of Amnesia

The Trump administration seems intent on tossing recent history down the memory hole. Admittedly, Americans have never been known for their strong grasp of facts about their past. Still, as we struggle to keep up with the constantly shifting explanations and pronouncements of the new administration, it becomes ever harder to remember the events of …

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Donald Trump’s Unhappy NATO Visit as US and Europe Drift Apart

European leaders annoyed by Trump's calls to increase defence spending, making NATO look too obviously like a protection racket. Having been showered with compliments in Saudi Arabia and Israel, Donald Trump’s visit to Europe where he has met the US’s formal allies in the NATO and G7 formats, have gone unhappily. Despite efforts on both …

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Trump Threatens to Ban ‘Very Bad’ Germans from Selling Cars in US

US President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser acknowledged that the president said Germany is "very bad" when it comes to flooding the U.S. with cars, but insisted it wasn’t an attack on one of America’s most-important allies. “He said, ‘They’re very bad on trade,’ but he doesn’t have a problem with Germany," Gary Cohn, director …

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The Donald Meets the Pope, But Don’t Bank on World Peace

What do you do after you’ve agreed to sell $110 billion worth of weaponry to the Saudis, (who are currently bombing Yemen), threatened Iran, and attacked Syria? Answer: You go to the Vatican and pose as Mahatma Gandhi. That’s what US President Donald Trump has done this week. If anything you’ve got to admire the …

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