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David Boddiger David Boddiger Aug 26, 2019. 24 comments

At G7, Trump Shows Astounding Lack of Clarity About U.S. Policy Goals

At G7, Trump Shows Astounding Lack of Clarity About U.S. Policy Goals

Media reports coming out of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, are pretty striking in terms of the nearly constant shift of focus by President Donald Trump. Allied leaders and journalists alike seem to be having a hard time following along with Trump’s constant stream of contradictory thoughts and statements.

Unlike at past G7 meetings, the leaders of member countries at this weekend’s summit...

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David Boddiger David Boddiger Aug 26, 2019. 5 comments

France Opens Investigation of Epstein Rape Allegations

France Opens Investigation of Epstein Rape Allegations

With world leaders, including Donald Trump, gathered in southern France for a G7 summit this weekend , the timing of this announcement by French authorities is interesting. On Friday, authorities said they had started a rape investigation of the late pedophile and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and those associated with him.

According to the Associated Press, Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz...

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David Boddiger David Boddiger Aug 25, 2019. 24 comments

Everyone Is on Edge at the G7 As Trump Disrupts Global Trade

Everyone Is on Edge at the G7 As Trump Disrupts Global Trade

The “Great Disrupter” Donald Trump certainly is ensuring he gets the attention he so desperately craves as this weekend’s Group of 7 summit gets underway in southern France.

Trump on Friday launched into a tirade against China, announcing more tariffs on Chinese goods after China had announced similar, albeit less severe, measures on U.S. exports. Trump said he plans to raise tariffs from 25%...

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Naomi LaChance Naomi LaChance Jul 24, 2019. 18 comments

Stop Saying ‘Apocalypse Guru’ Like It’s a Bad Thing

Stop Saying ‘Apocalypse Guru’ Like It’s a Bad Thing

Adults tend to be very threatened by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has led students around the world on massive school strikes for environmental policy change. In a speech on Tuesday to French lawmakers, Thunberg addressed the far-right politicians who boycotted her speech and crowned her an “apocalypse guru.”

“Some people have chosen not to come here today, some...

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David Boddiger David Boddiger Jun 30, 2019. 24 comments

Ivanka Trump Is a National Embarrassment

Ivanka Trump Is a National Embarrassment

French President Emmanuel Macron’s office just trolled Ivanka Trump in a big way, and the unspoken message was: “Please get this person out of here.”

For some reason (kleptocracy), Donald Trump’s daughter joined the official U.S. delegation, along with her husband, Jared Kushner, at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, this week. Then, the two accompanied President Trump to the Korean...

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Samantha Grasso Samantha Grasso Jun 12, 2019. 11 comments

Tree Dead, Long Live Tree

Tree Dead, Long Live Tree

Tree dead . Tree...live.

Tree Dead

The tree is dead. Which tree? This tree.

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A tree planted by President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron on the White House lawn last year has died . But from its ashes rises a newer, healthier tree, with which Macron is replacing the formerly sad, sick oak, its death suffered alone, in quarantine.

According to Reuters, Macron...

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Rafi Schwartz Rafi Schwartz Jun 07, 2019. 19 comments

Trump Uses Soldiers’ Graves as Backdrop for Shit-Talking Fox News Interview

Trump Uses Soldiers’ Graves as Backdrop for Shit-Talking Fox News Interview

President Donald Trump visited Normandy on Thursday, where he read a prepared speech commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day and thrilled cable TV pundits with his ability to say the nice words in the right order.

This isn’t to say the president’s visit was completely embarrassment-free. Because, despite the solemnity of the occasion, Trump prefaced his speech by trashing both House...

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Rafi Schwartz Rafi Schwartz Jun 06, 2019. 22 comments

Cable News Talking Heads Embarrass Themselves Gushing Over Trump's D-Day Speech

Cable News Talking Heads Embarrass Themselves Gushing Over Trump's D-Day Speech

Donald Trump was in Normandy on Thursday to participate in one of the easiest things an American president can do: praise the United States for fighting Nazi Germany—the sort of perfunctory, no-brainer sentiment that, for any other commander-in-chief, would be a walk in the park.

Trump’s speech, in which he lauded World War II veterans as the “glory of our republic,” was a fairly solemn...

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Rafi Schwartz Rafi Schwartz Nov 13, 2018. 20 comments

And Now, Some Thoughts on France from the President of the United States

And Now, Some Thoughts on France from the President of the United States

For nearly two early morning hours on Tuesday, President Donald Trump focused on one of the most vexing problems America faces on the 12-dimensional geopolitical chess board: Just what in the heck are we gonna do about those wine-sipping weirdos in France?

First, the President of the United States—who was just in France for a World War I ceremony and one long subtweet by French president...

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David Boddiger David Boddiger Nov 12, 2018. 23 comments

With Trump in the Audience, Macron Warns That ‘Old Demons Are Rising Again’

With Trump in the Audience, Macron
Warns That ‘Old Demons Are Rising Again’

On a day to honor the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a message that isolationist Donald Trump needed to hear: The type of dangerous nationalism that people like Trump embrace leads to “chaos and death.”

As Trump sat stone-faced during Macron’s Armistice Day speech at Paris’ Arc de Triomphe, the French president warned, “The old demons...

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Jan 21, 2017.

Here's how the world is protesting Donald Trump's inauguration

Here's how the world is protesting Donald Trump's inauguration

Donald Trump has only been in office for a few hours now. But around the world, thousands of people have already taken to the streets to protest his inauguration.

In the Philippines, some 300 people held "dump Trump" signs outside the U.S. embassy in Manila. The crowd included a smattering of feminist groups and leftist organizations, according to the AFP.

"It´s horrible to think that an...

Nov 09, 2016.

This is how the world's best cartoonists are reacting to Trump's victory

This is how the world's best cartoonists are reacting to Trump's victory

With a mix of angry humor, barbed irony, and total disbelief, political cartoonists around the world are sharpening their pencils to illustrate something that can't be explained in words: President-elect Donald Trump.

While some cartoonists are focusing on Trump's misogyny, others are using their skills to highlight the racism and nativism that ran through his campaign. In most cases, the...

Jack Mirkinson Jack Mirkinson Nov 14, 2015.

Photos show Paris grieving for the dead the morning after attacks

Photos show Paris grieving for the dead the morning after attacks

Paris woke up in a state of shock and grief on Saturday morning following the horrific attacks which struck the city on Friday night.

At least 127 people were killed in the attacks, which struck multiple restaurants, a concert hall and a stadium. Hundreds more were reported injured. In a statement, ISIS claimed responsibility for the bloodshed.

Photojournalist Maya-Anaïs Yataghène went out on...

Jack Mirkinson Jack Mirkinson Nov 14, 2015.

#StrandedInUS: America and the world open their doors to the French

#StrandedInUS: America and the world open their doors to the French

As Parisians sought to give each other safety and shelter in the hours following Friday's attacks, many around the world opened their arms to French citizens who could not return to their home country.

In a mirror image of the #PorteOuverte hashtag which people in Paris used to tell each other where those who had been left stranded by the attacks could find a place to stay, hashtags like...

Sep 10, 2015.

For an open Europe

For an open Europe

Editor's note: This originally appeared as a column in French in the newspaper Liberation. It has been translated to English by Manu Saadia.

The plight of the refugees is an opportunity for Europeans to jump-start the continent’s economy. Germany’s attitude is a model to follow.

As belated as it may be, these last weeks’ surge of solidarity in favor of refugees has at least the merit to remind...

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