Marco della Cava USA TODAY Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Aug 23, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO – On Saturday night, someone on California's foggy Monterey Peninsula could buy a used car for upward of $60 million. And they'll feel like they got a deal, even though the car is 56 years old. The vehicle in question is a 1962 Ferrari GTO. To call it a car, however, is a bit like calling Picasso’s “Guernica” a doodle. Only 36 GTOs were built, and today they represent the ne plus ultra of automobiledom, four-wheeled talismans from a time when cars didn’t drive themselves, noises were your diagnostic tool and danger rode shotgun. Hand built between 1962 and 1964, the GTO quickly rose to the top ranks of Ferrari's road-racing steeds and has never relinquished that perch. Ferrari GTO owners are an elite and by choice largely secretive group. Over time they have included the likes of fashion icon Ralph Lauren, Goldman Sachs’ Peter … [Read more...] about Monterey Car Show 2018: Ferrari GTO from 1962 could sell for $60 million
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Sputnik: Mr. Scalea, what is the Bilderberg Group? Who created it and to what purpose? Daniele Scalea: The Bilderberg Group is a sort of elite club which meets annually. It was founded in the 1950s, and gathered the representatives of the political, economic and social elite of North America and Europe. The initiative was part of the Atlanticist effort against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The founder of the group was exiled Polish politician Jozef Retinger, founder of the Council of Europe and the European Movement, acting with the approval of the White House and the patronage of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. CC BY 2.0 / Mark Taylor / Bilderberg protest Patching Up US-Europe Discord as Secretive Bilderberg Meeting Sets Agenda, Takes Place in TurinThe aim of maintaining the link between the US and Europe was not lost even after the dissolution of the USSR, … [Read more...] about Bilderberg Group: Elite Club or Secretive World Government?
Weekly Review Since World War II, German elites have retreated comfortably, and sometimes hypocritically, into a mindset that amounted to absenteeism in global diplomacy. This is no longer tenable. Published on January 12, 2018 3:53 pm It was a German journalist and politician, Ludwig von Rochau, who in 1853 — well before Germany was even unified — coined the term Realpolitik. He would feel completely estranged from his descendants today. That’s because Germany’s foreign-policy elite remains stubbornly stuck in the mental and moral asylum it sought after World War II and the Holocaust. This is a mindset unsuited to today’s world, in which America is forfeiting its traditional leadership role, China is asserting its claim to rival America, and Russia is playing willful spoiler. In this world, with crises festering from North Korea to Iran that could one day culminate in mushroom clouds, German elites are at a loss. The postwar German stance in … [Read more...] about In a dangerous world, Germans need to get real on foreign policy
Donald Trump has outlived the “axis of adults” that was supposed to guide and shape his foreign policy. He’s run through two national security advisers, innumerable lawyers and lower-level aides, an attorney general, an array of Cabinet secretaries and, any day now, the second of two White House chiefs of staff. He’s dumped the ideologist who helped elect him and never really clarified what his “America First” campaign slogan was all about anyways. But since we launched The Global Politico days after his inauguration, Trump has more than followed through on his election pledge to shake up the Washington establishment of both parties when it comes to America’s position in the world. Each week, we’ve watched as he’s reoriented — or tried to — U.S. policy toward everywhere from Iran to North Korea, Russia to our North American neighbors. In 67 episodes over the last year and 85 days, I’ve been privileged to host NATO … [Read more...] about Just how dangerous is Donald Trump?
Kilometres matter. If you’ve been anywhere near war, you will know that one kilometre away is better than 100 metres away. Two kilometres is much better than one. Ten kilometres away and your can smoke a shisha pipe while your shaking hands stroke the stray cats, who also understand the power of distance. Since the Iraq war, military strategists on all sides have reached for the safety of distance. If Britain joins US-led strikes on the Assad regime in response to the gas attack on Douma, it will probably fire Storm Shadow missiles, which can cruise to a target up to 560km away from the aircraft that releases them. On the ground in Syria, Russian bases will be protected by S-400 missiles, which can shoot down incoming missiles or aircraft at a range of 400km away, travelling at 5km per second. If this seems to you a long way from the images of retching children, writhing bodies and dead eyes you saw coming out of Douma on Twitter, that is no accident. Human war and machine … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Meet the trade unionist hoping to replace Paul Ryan: “I don’t blame him for running scared” Futile air strikes on Syria won’t defeat Assad and Putin