Daily Archives: November 11, 2016

The World Waits and Wonders About Donald Trump – The New York Times

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD  NOV. 11, 2016

Angela Merkel before her statement about President-elect Trump the day after the election. Credit Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The forces that brought Donald Trump to victory were largely American. The repercussions of his election, however, have rocked Western democracies accustomed to seeing the United States as a beacon for democracy, progress and stability. If the president-elect wants to take seriously his responsibilities as head of the free world, he should waste no time in making clear how much of his campaign bluster was just that.

The forces that brought Donald Trump to victory were largely American. The repercussions of his election, however, have rocked Western democracies accustomed to seeing the United States as a beacon for democracy, progress and stability. If the president-elect wants to take seriously his responsibilities as head of the free world, he should waste no time in making clear how much of his campaign bluster was just that.

In the immediate wake of the election, the chorus of excited reactions from Europe’s far right, which has made common cause with Mr. Trump’s anti-globalization, anti-immigration and anti-establishment messages, reflected a sense that its cause had been given a huge boost.

Marine Le Pen, head of France’s far-right National Front, saw in Mr. Trump’s election a “great movement across the world” to upend the status quo. In the Netherlands, Geert Wilders of the similar Party for Freedom declared the election “historic.” In Britain, Nigel Farage, whose U.K. Independence Party was a major force behind the vote to leave the European Union, declared he “couldn’t be happier.” Germany’s Alternative for Germany and Austria’s Freedom Party chimed in with similar cheers.

Beyond the threat of further advances by the far right in European electoral politics, mainstream European politicians and commentators were aghast at the potential of a Trump presidency to upend the political, economic and social order of the post-Communist world — much of it based on America’s deep and steadfast relationship with European democracies. Economic turmoil and the flood of refugees from a disintegrating Syria had already fired up the same sort of nativist sentiments that Mr. Trump rode to power. But nobody had really anticipated that the same passions were smoldering in that firm bulwark of Western values, the United States.

Now the entire structure of convictions and policies that were to underpin the Western world in the 21st century — the international trading regime, the united Western front against Russian revanchism, the security of NATO, the Paris accord on climate change — seems uncertain. In its stead are fears of costly trade wars, of new Russian pressures on countries from Estonia to Ukraine, of a steadily warming planet beset by drought, sea-level rise and human displacement.

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Josh Fox – Did Obama “Sell Out” On The “Standing Rock” Pipeline?


The Big Picture RT

Published on Nov 11, 2016
Big Picture Interview: Josh Fox, Gasland/Gasland II & How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change. So – is this the end of the road for the Standing Rock water protectors? Or has the real fight just begun?

Obama Betrays Standing Rock


The Big Picture RT

Published on Nov 11, 2016

Thom discusses Donald Trump’s “drain the swamp lie,” how Democrats will resist Republican control of the government, and the wave of hate that’s followed Trump’s election with Dave McCulloch and Richard Eskow. Thom also talks with filmmaker Josh Fox about Obama approving the Dakota Access Pipeline and the future of Standing Rock Protests.

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Should the world be worried by a President Trump? – UpFront

Outrage, Fear Fuel Ongoing Anti-Trump Protests

Climate Security Consensus Project Statement, The Center for Climate and Security


The Center for Climate and Security

Published on Nov 7, 2016

The Center for Climate and Security, Sept 14, 2016: A bipartisan group of national security and defense leaders discuss the newly-released “Climate Security Consensus Project” statement. The panel was held at the first annual Climate and National Security Forum at the Reserve Officers Association in Washington, DC. For the statement, see: www.climateandsecurity.org/consensus

Moderator of the presentation panel for the Climate Security Consensus Project Statement, the Honorable Sherri Goodman:Sherri-Goodman