User Profile: Kristin Dale
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His presidency is an inferno that now threatens the country’s constitutional order. [Read more]
The erratic president’s qualms shouldn’t distress the Democrats. [Read more]
[Trump's] decision to officially recognize Juan Guaido ... made a big difference for the thousands of Venezuelans who descended into the streets on Wednesday.
The status quo is untenable and 2019 will likely be decisive.
The very unpredictability for which the president takes responsibility has spread through his administration like leprosy. [Read more]
Seeing as Trump is no longer the worst, there’s a good reason to ease off the supervision and to listen to less of him. [Read more]
In the country that created the first constitution that formally sanctioned the separation of powers, the head of state doesn’t believe in it. [Read more]
The embers of American democracy have been smoldering with racial hate for a long time. [Read more]
[T]he crisis of American democracy is not a consequence of Trump’s arrival in the White House. ...[It] precedes the election and largely explains the result.
Canadian negotiators shouldn’t let themselves be intimidated. Their country’s best interests should guide them, not the interests of the American president and his sidekicks. [Read more]
King Louis XIV of France once said, 'I am the State!' Nearly 400 years later, the Republican president seems arrogant and egocentric enough to think the same thing. [Read more]
[Now] that the White House is finished with Mexico, it is Canada who is called into the parlor. [Read more]
Erdogan immediately ... called for his supporters to back him in this “national battle” in the name of Allah against the dollar. [Read more]
<i>On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence announced the creation of a “space force,” separate from the Air Force.</i>
Thirty-five years after Ronald Reagan and his “Star Wars” plan, Donald Trump has put space back into the heart of America’s strategic concerns. “It is not enough to merely have an [Read more]
[T]he recent increase in the number of the president’s escapades seems to have disheartened voters. [Read more]
The tone has changed, and that is a good thing. [Read more]
Hearing the former Democratic president plea for more solidarity and humanity was inspiring. Reassuring, too. But it was also … frustrating. [Read more]
[N]othing strengthens Putin like seeing a president of the United States weaken the Atlantic alliance. [Read more]
The zero tolerance flaunted by the president is a disgrace in that, contrary to his predecessors, it doesn’t plan to undertake any means to solve the broader issue of regularization. [Read more]
Donald Trump wants his wall, at any cost. We know this. Now we realize that he is ready to sell his soul to obtain it. [Read more]
Trump’s objective is to upend the world order, as he has convinced himself he’ll come out the winner. [Read more]
Beijing wants to profit from the power balance that Pyongyang has established with Washington. [Read more]
President Trump’s controversial and non-mainstream policies weigh uncertainly on an event anticipated by the entire world. Will money take precedence over financial fair play and the athletes that FIFA so celebrates? [Read more]
The Trump administration’s trade strategy is losing because the unilateral imposition of tariffs to reduce the trade deficit is a poor response to a fake problem. [Read more]
[T]his crisis will not be resolved by firing several dozen missiles once a year, only to then stand idly by with crossed arms.
<i>After having feared the worst, Wall Street has grown accustomed to the American president’s blaring declarations, economist Jean-Paul Betbeze explains in a Le Monde column.</i>
Is Wall Street beginning to understand Donald Trump? It looks that way! In fact, it’s on the rise again after having feared the [Read more]
He promised, and he delivered: America First. [Read more]
Will the multiplying massacres begin to act on Americans’ conscience? [Read more]
Their battle is a long-term fight, in a country that counts practically as many guns in circulation as inhabitants. [Read more]
Trump practices anti-Keynesianism: he advocates for austerity during crisis and stimulates demand during times of growth. [Read more]
[Rex Tillerson's] track record shows perfectly the advanced state of deterioration in which the State Department has stagnated for at least a quarter of a century. [Read more]
Does the man in the White House realize that he, himself, is in the process of liquidating the historic leadership of the United States? [Read more]
At the end of his tour of Asia, Trump will appear to be the leader of a marginalized power. At least, that is how Chinese propaganda will exploit it. It won’t be wrong. [Read more]
Trump’s approach in this matter ... is also based upon a boorish ignorance of diplomacy, of the text’s content, and of the real goal of the signed agreement. [Read more]
If Trump manages to convince Congress to overturn this agreement by voting for sanctions against Tehran ... it would be the end of this century’s greatest success in multilateral negotiations. [Read more]
Since the New Deal, presidential power in the United States has been based on the almost plebiscitary connection established with public opinion. Donald Trump is the first to play on the country’s divisions to reinforce his support. [Read more]
Donald Trump’s decision is wrong, self-defeating − deportation of 'Dreamers' would deprive the economy of $460 billion over 10 years, according to an analysis − and cruel. [Read more]
These are in fact war crimes committed by a pontificating imperialism. [Read more]
An Algerian virus? For the first time in the history of the United States, a candidate for the White House, Donald Trump, is accusing his country of organizing rigged elections. Trump is crying to anyone who will listen that, if he loses to Hillary Clinton, it will be because of voter fraud. His own party is asking him [Read more]
Bordered by the waters of the Illinois River, the city of Peoria, headquarters for Caterpillar, has for decades been America’s barometer. “Will it play in Peoria?” asked political communications advisors before launching their new “products” on the American market.
Today, the region of Peoria is no longer [Read more]
Current cost to public funds of these operations: U.S. $8.4 billion. And with what results? [Read more]
It is the whole of the American system ... that is marred by suspicion of being under the influence of elitist sponsors, whether they be big business, large fortunes or foreign states. [Read more]
<i>The Federal Reserve is currently constrained by the rest of the world, which is preventing the Fed from raising interest rates. The result: Its monetary policy will no longer be able to make use, in the end, of the classic weapon of lowering rates. It will only survive using unconventional policy. The risks that the [Read more]
We see that Clint Eastwood understands Donald Trump, and that if he had to choose between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, he wouldn’t choose Hillary. [Read more]
Mr. Trump is public enemy number one. His election would be a catastrophe. [Read more]
Although race relations continue to evolve positively, the balance remains fragile. [Read more]
An appeal for the eradication of weapons of mass destruction is easy and yet promises nothing, particularly when such a plea comes from a potential nuclear arms proliferator that isn’t ready to make the gesture that would convince us of its good faith, namely by reducing an arsenal capable of destroying the planet 100 times over. [Read more]
Everything seemed to be settled in advance.
Donald Trump was so erratic that he would inevitably crash in the race to the Republican nomination. And Hillary Clinton was so competent that she would obtain the Democratic nomination without the least bit of a problem.
Those who said otherwise were joking. Any other [Read more]
Never, even during the Bush administration, has an American government gone so far in its disregard for European interests. [Read more]
The proportion of Latino voters who are casting ballots has grown in the last ten years, but remains distinctly inferior to that of whites, and to that of blacks. Could that change during the next presidential election? [Read more]
Tomorrow, the Wisconsin primaries will determine Donald Trump’s resiliency, which has been hurt by new slip-ups over the past few days. It’s a test for the Republican establishment and anti-Trump voters, who see this electoral landscape as an important opportunity to block the path for the billionaire outsider in [Read more]
Finding an alternative solution to Donald Trump is the equivalent of trying to cure an all-consuming cancer with a box of band-aids. [Read more]
If the American economy appears today as a guarantee of relative stability, it is because Barack Obama was able to inspire a wind of optimism that has in part reinvented the country. [Read more]
<b>Decoding the Situation</b>
John Kerry will raise the star spangled banner this Friday over the embassy in Havana. The U.S. secretary of state sanctions this mutual thaw in relations, which doesn’t, however, solve questions of trade or political repression.
On Thursday, the undying Fidel Castro celebrated his [Read more]
<i>With the first anniversary of the riots in Ferguson turning to violence and a state of emergency, the social issues continue to revolve primarily around questions of police reform. But this ignores the fact that racial segregation is concretely engrained in the way American cities are developed.</i>
This should please the political right, but their ideological blindness — and their defense of sacrosanct profit margins — prevents them from assessing it properly. [Read more]
Even though [Obama's] speeches are beautiful, they end up getting on your nerves due to the distance that separates practice from declarations of principle. [Read more]
<i>Following the massacre of nine African-Americans perpetrated by a 21-year-old white man within the walls of a house of worship steeped in history, the aptly named church, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina, United States, onlookers are left perplexed by the survival of such hateful and [Read more]
For a president of the United States, nothing is more malleable and less formidable than a French Socialist. [Read more]
Contempt. There is no other word to define the American government’s attitude regarding its allies, and France in particular. By spying over the course of at least six years and three French presidents, against all rules of good conduct between friendly countries, the United States treated France as an infantile [Read more]
Just as with oil sales, arms sales play a dominant role in the political orientations of the Middle East’s major powers. These sales greatly influence their respective positions in this region of the world and help explain some of the current realignments.
From 1965 to 1989, arms purchases were made within the [Read more]
Protests against an American base have increased tension between Okinawa and the Japanese government. Under the surface, there has turned out to be two contrasting visions of America on the archipelago: one of being an object of consumerism, and the other of military violence.
Some 35,000 people gathered for the [Read more]
Multinational companies like Coca-Cola and McDonald’s find difficulties in adapting. [Read more]
To be firm when facing their authoritarian rivals, the United States should be demanding regarding their democratic allies who pose a problem, as in the case of Japan. It’s a matter of credibility. [Read more]
A turning point: The United States has, once again, warned Israel that it will lose its support in the U.N. if it persists in its refusal of a “two-state” solution. U.S. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman announced the warning last Monday before an audience of American Jewish dignitaries. Before her on March 19, [Read more]
The warming of relations between Cuba and the United States is taking shape. Barack Obama wishes to remove Cuba from the black list of state sponsors of terrorism. This could lead to the reopening of embassies in the two countries.
On Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama accepted removing Cuba from America’s black [Read more]
The Summit of the Americas, which opened Friday April 10 in Panama, falls first of all under the category of international policy. The United States will have the opportunity to evaluate the influence they have left on a continent which they have long dominated and where their influence will be from this point forward [Read more]
What has happened in the past few weeks between the Americans and Israelis is quite enlightening. Public sparring – unheard of in the “special” American-Israeli relationship – between the leaders of the two countries, even if it doesn’t result in separation, nevertheless illustrates the distinctive [Read more]
The White House did not appreciate the fact that, last week, the United Kingdom decided to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), initiated by China, “without consulting the United States.”* It clearly concerns a breach regarding the “special relationship” between the United Kingdom and the [Read more]
<i>Washington wanted to isolate Beijing in its banking development plans. A serious mistake.</i>
It’s a solid thrashing for the United States. To believe that Barack Obama, who swears by the Pacific, has not yet well understood what has happened there, completely underestimates the Chinese economic magnet’s [Read more]
Since June, the dollar has gained 24 percent. It is at its highest level in over 11 years. It’s the price that the American economy pays for its good health.
“We would have preferred that another central bank, like the American Federal Reserve, give it a try before us,” a Genevan banker let slip a few days [Read more]
“In an interconnected world, there are no global problems that can be solved without the United States, and few that can be solved by the United States alone.” [Read more]