As U.S. President Donald Trump's foreign and economic affairs spiral out of control, it's not hard to see why, with the volcano of diplomatic faux pas he's accumulated in just a year and a half in office. On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu pointed to the state of "confusion" within the Trump administration, stating: "No one knows who is doing what… In general there is chaos in management." Trump has ramped up his diplomatic rampage in recent months, alienating his closest economic and political allies with rhetorical and economic warmongering that has sent the global economy into flux. Politico magazine on Monday published a report citing diplomatic sources with knowledge of happenings inside the White House, detailing the U.S. president's "diplomatic learning curve" – ranging from understanding time zones to pronouncing country's names. Trump's "impulsive" personality and love for talking on the phone means he tries calling world leaders … [Read more...] about From time zones to country names, Trump’s global illiteracy fuels ‘chaos’
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There is something that ties together nationalist leaders the world over: from US President Donald Trump to the new Italian interior minister, Matteo Salvini, from India's PM Narendra Modi to Hungary's PM Viktor Orban. Yes, they all share a penchant for authoritarian government and a general contempt of liberal democracy. And yes, they are on the whole xenophobes who scapegoat minorities to justify political failure. But there is something far more disturbing than that: What if they were the only visionaries around? Let's take a step back. Few expressions have more effectively captured the hubris of a historical epoch than Francis Fukuyama's famous 1989 essay on "the end of history". For three decades that expression seemed to hold true. The world was on a slow course to convergence, a contradictory, bumpy path, but one whose direction appeared clear. However long it would take for Chinese peasants to transform into a middle class and demand democratic reform and however long … [Read more...] about The far-right has a utopia. What’s ours?
Samanth Subramanian reports on the Mumbai bank jobNirav Modi didn’t seem like the kind of person who needed to rob $2bn (€1.7bn) from a bank. He’s a short man, 47 years old and losing hair, the pocket square in his jacket always arranged to fussy perfection.His daintiness befitted a jeweller to the stars. Kate Winslet wore a Modi bracelet and Modi earrings to the Oscars. Dakota Johnson wore a similar set to the Golden Globes.Priyanka Chopra gazed out of Modi advertisements. Naomi Watts attended the opening, in 2015, of his emporium on Madison Avenue. Christie’s once put his Golconda Lotus necklace on the cover of its catalogue and auctioned it for over $3m.His stores — in Las Vegas, Macau, Singapore, Beijing, London — were boutiques of bling, where white light bounced off the arrayed gold and diamonds. He told people he wanted 100 shops by 2025. Last year, Forbes estimated his worth at $1.8bn.A good casting director would have marked him for the role … [Read more...] about Did a jeweller to the stars commit India’s biggest bank fraud?
New Delhi (Sputnik) – The Indian government is seeking help from software companies and social media executives to predict and reply/neutralize a media blitzkrieg by India's adversaries and to give a positive slant for India on social media and internet news/discussions. The software should be able to power the "New Media Command Room" which should monitor Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Internet forums and even email in order to analyze sentiments, disseminate information on behalf of the government and inject news and social media posts with a "positive slant for India," the tender document further reads. © AP Photo / Mahesh Kumar AIndia Reiterates it will Not Allow Data Mining for Political PurposesThe Indian government aims to scrutinize conversations in languages like English, Chinese, German, French, and Arabic in addition to Indian languages like Hindi, Urdu, Telugu, … [Read more...] about Indian Gov’t Seeks Software to Scrutinize Citizens’ Online Activities
US & Canada 17 January 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39732845 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel One year ago, the US elected a man who prefers plain speaking to the language of diplomacy. Find out what President Donald Trump has said about your country, which foreign leaders he has met or called since taking … [Read more...] about What has Trump said about your country?