US elections: The world is watching If anything, the whole world is closely watching the political discourse in the US, with prospective candidates from the Democratic party gearing up this early in challenging Donald Trump for the 2020 presidential elections. This is without doubt going to be the most highly contested race judging from the record number of Democrats – 20 as of last count – gunning for the right to become party standard bearer. The close international attention being paid on these political developments just goes to show the kind of impact that America has on global affairs (despite a Pentagon white paper titled “Strategic Multilayer Assessment”suggesting that the US is losing the race for global influence due to – among others – polarization, thereby creating a “narrative problem”). During the televised second set of Democratic debates held earlier at the Fox Theater in Detroit, … [Read more...] about US elections: The world is watching
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JAMESTOWN, United States (AFP) - President Donald Trump denounced the "horrors" of slavery in a speech on Tuesday (July 30) marking the birth of US democracy, but an interruption by a heckler accusing him of "hate" underlined how many Americans now see him as openly racist. A political firestorm over race has engulfed the Republican leader over the last week and the ugly controversy followed him to Jamestown, Virginia, where 400 years ago English colonists established their first local legislature. Black Virginia state lawmakers boycotted the event, saying it had been "tarnished" by Trump. "It is impossible to ignore the emblem of hate and disdain that the President represents," the African-American lawmakers said in a statement, accusing Trump of using "racist and xenophobic rhetoric." In his speech, Trump paid tribute to the 1619 creation of the Jamestown assembly, set up to rule the nascent English colony - a forerunner of the democratic US state. He also noted that along with the … [Read more...] about Racism storm follows Donald Trump to historic US settlement
LONDON • Thousands gathered at London's Trafalgar Square and nearby Parliament Square yesterday to protest against United States President Donald Trump's policies, on the second day of his state visit to Britain. By 9am, a small crowd had gathered at Parliament Square in Westminster to watch as a giant balloon, depicting Mr Trump as a pouting baby in a diaper, was inflated with helium. It was first seen last July on Mr Trump's working visit to London. Known as the Trump Baby Blimp, the 6m-tall balloon took flight for two hours from 10am (5pm Singapore time), hovering a few metres above the ground - high enough for anyone in the area to see, including the US delegation that was en route to No. 10 Downing Street. Strong winds on a gloomy day meant that the crowd-funded inflatable balloon could not fly as high as first envisioned. More onlookers and protesters trickled into Parliament Square by mid-morning, while many more had gathered at Trafalgar Square. Still, the numbers seemed … [Read more...] about Thousands protest on second day of Trump visit
SAN FRANCISCO: US Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday called on California Democrats to unite against President Donald Trump, kicking the 2020 presidential campaign into high gear. He called Mr Trump "a racist, a sexist, a homophobe and a religious bigot" in a speech capping off a state Democratic convention that drew 14 of the 24 candidates. "Together we are going to defeat a president who has the most corrupt administration in history," Mr Sanders said, "and a president who knows nothing about real American values." The party's left-leaning delegates greeted Mr Sanders and liberal US Senator Elizabeth Warren like rock stars. BOOS Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper drew boos when he said socialist policies would not propel the party to victory, and other moderates were booed for rejecting the idea of a universal public health care system. Former vice-president Joe Biden, who leads Mr Sanders in polls for the Democratic nomination, did not attend the convention. Mr Sanders noted … [Read more...] about Sanders kicks fight against Trump into high gear
By Brian Lee Crowley Justin Mohammed Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 Are the federal Liberals right to make it more difficult for immigrants and refugees to enter Canada from the United States? Brian Lee Crowley, managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, argues Yes, while Justin Mohammed, a human rights law and policy campaigner at Amnesty International, argues No. Yes, Canada would be right to tighten its borders, particularly with respect to those who have been entering Canada illegally. Unfortunately, while the government is making noises that it wants to do so, there is little evidence that those measures will be effective. Let’s begin with why it would make sense to toughen border controls. Canada’s highly successful postwar immigration policy, supported by an all-party political consensus and public opinion, has never been laissez-faire about who gets in. On the contrary. That admirable policy has always been premised on the idea that … [Read more...] about Is Canada right to tighten its border?