User Profile: Laura Napoli
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AMLO has a single six-year term in which to make himself useful. In any case, his election announces a reconfiguration of power that opens the door to a Mexican societal evolution. [Read more]
As Washington bawls, withdraws and complains about everything, China is cleverly playing its pawns. [Read more]
This primal cry for demagogic leaders today has many echoes, both contemporary and in sync with the American shock wave. [Read more]
If American policy is a train, it’s derailing... and the president is the locomotive. [Read more]
Thanks to its Republican majority, the United States Senate confirmed the appointment of conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, in spite of the opinion of at least 2,400 law professors. The professors felt that, regardless of the sexual assault allegations against him, the judge should not be seated [Read more]
Contrary to what Prime Minister Trudeau says repeatedly, the USMCA is not a win-win agreement. We saved the furniture, nothing more. [Read more]
Fear is ... what Trump uses to try to hold onto his power ... But it is not certain that this fear can rally the troops to vote in favor of pro-Trump candidates. [Read more]
"Raw tensions over race, gender and personal identity are shaping battleground contests." [Read more]
[H]is book’s excerpts confirm what several journalists have been reporting for months and from different media outlets. [Read more]
[I]t seems clear that Trump’s “divide and conquer” strategy has prevailed and that Mexico has effectively dropped Canada in order to conclude a separate agreement with the United States. [Read more]
Trump’s behavior requires the media to be more rigorous than ever ... since this is part of a wider attempt to deconstruct freedoms and social progress. [Read more]
Now, regime hard-liners are gleefully rubbing their hands — Trump has put them back in the saddle. [Read more]
It is almost as if President Trump was enthusiastically and deliberately destroying his bespoke suit, to then proudly display his rags. [Read more]
At 34 years old, the dictator will obtain the tremendous symbolic victory that his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, and then his father, could never accomplish. [Read more]
[C]hina has every interest in assuming a decisive role at a time when difficult negotiations are being conducted with the United States in the commercial sphere. [Read more]
How can Republicans continue to demonize Mueller without suffering losses within their own electorate? [Read more]
A few absurd minutes were all it took for President Orange to destroy an edifice patiently constructed by all, for the good of all. [Read more]
Clearly, the White House is wrong to stick to its demand for the 'complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization' of North Korea. [Read more]
Unlike the situation in Iraq in 2003, an attack against Syria today carries serious risk of a war among the world powers. [Read more]
By appointing John Bolton, Trump knowingly adds a “hawk,” a staunch defender of preventive wars, to his team. [Read more]
[S]o much of the absurd defense of the Second Amendment to the Constitution has become a matter of big money. [Read more]
The NPR is the product of a giant with clay feet whose military superiority supposedly remains unchallenged. [Read more]
This environmental demolition is unprecedented. [Read more]
"This shooting is different from the other ones," a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School told The New York Times. "I just have a gut feeling — something is going to change."
For now, that "something" boils down to President Donald Trump's very vague, very insufficient promise to ban "bump stocks," [Read more]
A few days ago I watched, with a bit of nostalgia, Steven Spielberg's movie “The Post.” It tells the story of the publication by first The New York Times, then The Washington Post, of the Pentagon Papers, the secret documents revealing the lies of successive U.S. governments regarding the country's engagement in [Read more]
[S]ince Donald Trump’s arrival in the White House, Vietnamese leaders seem less certain about betting on their relationship with Washington. [Read more]
Mr. Trump’s performance on a screening tool makes it likely that there is no significant cognitive impairment, but it does not rule out the possibility of a neuropsychological problem or answer the question asked in the media about whether he does or does not have the cognitive abilities to be president of the United States. [Read more]
<i>Studies show that the majority of Africans coming to the United States are better educated than the average American.</i>
In the United States, “shithole gate” hasn’t stopped provoking outraged reactions. According to The Washington Post, "shithole," which set off the controversy on Thursday, is the word [Read more]
What if he is the mirror that reflects back to us a terrifying image of our society? [Read more]
[T]he law passed by Congress ... does not reform anything at all. It just further polarizes a country already divided in half. [Read more]
Nothing prevents [his presidency] from surviving, even if it is a government that shows a particularly dangerous contempt for the rule of law. [Read more]
It is not crazy to think that Washington will decide to launch targeted traditional strikes against North Korea. [Read more]
Strategic thinking appears largely non-existent within the White House. [Read more]
Among Republican voters, Trump still has wind in his sails. His ideas, as aberrant as they are, continue to please. [Read more]
Nature abhors a vacuum, so the American disengagement in Asia, as well as on the global stage, leaves the field open to Beijing. [Read more]
Because the key element of national security is the reliability and credibility of the actors involved, Trump, through his erratic actions, is increasingly a threat to global security. [Read more]
President Trump has shown only limited interest and an incomplete, but imaginative, knowledge of Africa. [Read more]
When one speaks to America's leading trade policymakers ... it seems like the population that they’re trying to please consists of only one person: President Trump. [Read more]
This meeting of the minds is a sign that Trump quickly regretted having repealed, just 10 days ago, the decree by which former President Barack Obama made these “Dreamers” immune from deportation and allowed them to live, work and study legally in the United States. [Read more]
To proclaim themselves exceptional and indispensable is not enough. So, how can they remain paramount despite all of the signs to the contrary? [Read more]
To make matters worse, his reputation as an impulsive, angry president, unpredictable and devoid of all moral authority, sticks to his skin like a too-small Halloween costume. [Read more]
Trump’s wall plan ... buries the image of the United States as a land of welcome. [Read more]
Trump may hold the power, but it is the LGBTQ community that has the courage. [Read more]
This failure is just a new illustration of the deep divisions that have for years been splitting the Republican Party. [Read more]
The biggest unknown remains Donald Trump himself, and his total unpredictability. [Read more]
The progression of the campaign against the Islamic State risks plunging the United States into a complex regional conflict. [Read more]
Trump provides amusing entertainment. His personal fate is, however, just a diversion, and one we would be better to look past.
There are apparently no limits to this billionaire’s cruelty.
Did he act out of gross incompetence or was he compromised by the Kremlin? [Read more]
At the highest echelons of power, a calculated plan exists to prevent facts from coming to light. [Read more]
It’s the end of “minor adjustments,” reassuring words perceived to be spoken by Donald Trump after Justin Trudeau’s visit to Washington in February. It’s also the end of the “model” trade relationship a Trump emissary boasted of during a Cabinet meeting in Calgary a few weeks earlier.
Although North Korea may celebrate the 105th anniversary of its founder Kim Il Sung on April 15 by conducting a nuclear or missile test, President Donald Trump has ordered the deployment of a naval battle group to the Korean Peninsula. The warning to the Pyongyang regime is clear. It can also be seen as a sign of [Read more]
<i>The summit meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping highlights China’s advancement and the U.S.’s retreat</i>
The choice of meeting place certainly benefits the American side, which, due to its status as the greatest world power, continues to take the initiative in arranging initial meetings. On that [Read more]
Trump has nothing to offer ... He dances in front of the crowds by playing up his testosterone-charged charisma. And the crowds follow.
<i>The fight against terrorism, the issue of NATO, and relations with Russia will be at the heart of discussions on Tuesday between the German chancellor and the U.S. president, animated by very different values. The Trump administration recently attacked Germany for its $65 billion trade surplus.*</i>
At bottom, Trump's speech was still steeped in salvation by protectionism. [Read more]
It is as if a kind of contagion is spreading from one country to another, challenging the pillars that have long made up the greatness of the Western democratic system. [Read more]
With the decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco, the U.S. president will eventually realize that his omnipotence has limits. [Read more]
Neil Gorsuch, who espouses a literal reading of the Constitution, and who is not nearly as incompetent as Mr. Trump, will follow in Antonin Scalia’s footsteps. [Read more]
<i>By reducing the sentence of former soldier Manning who sent documents to WikiLeaks, the outgoing president took a rare step in favor of whistleblowers.</i>
By announcing on Tuesday, Jan. 17 that he had commuted the prison sentence of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, Barack Obama achieved a tour de force, eliciting [Read more]
The U.S. is fully reinforcing its already colossal military power and working to disarm all other countries on the planet. [Read more]
<i>As secretary of state, the Democrat used a private server for work matters and ignored her employees’ security advice.</i>
She may have lost the last five caucuses to her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, but Hillary Clinton still seems to be well positioned to lock up the Democratic nomination. As for facing [Read more]
A new front is opening in the war between Democrats and Republicans in this election year. By choosing Merrick Garland, a centrist judge on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, for the Supreme Court, President Barack Obama is playing right into it.
Having decided that they must await the outcome of the [Read more]
When Mitt Romney was beaten by Barack Obama in 2012, the defeat was so bad that Republicans decided to do an “autopsy.” They were desperate to find ways to avoid the debacle this coming November. They published an important report, which, though nearly 100 pages long, can be summed up in two sentences:
The early stages of the U.S. presidential campaign have revealed the blatant loss of confidence many Americans have in their traditional political leaders. [Read more]
Here is the promise of a beautiful rat race, in a year that is already full of them.
Steve Hunt stands proudly, chest out, between two tables at Generals Sports Bar and Grill in Weare, a town in the New Hampshire hills. He made his T-shirt himself, decorated with a “no” symbol in which a picture of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was placed. Words over the symbol read: “Anybody but [Read more]
Daniel Yepsen, a former political columnist for The Des Moines Register, emphasizes that an initial victory can help to change the hierarchy in the two camps. [Read more]
Critical minds and opposing voices are playing their role in post-attack France, much more so than they did in America after 9/11. This is rather healthy and somehow reassuring. [Read more]
They seem at their best in the photo. Donald Trump, the great lord in his tuxedo and white bow tie, “young” and married at 59 years old. Melania, his third wife, in a strapless cream gown. In the middle, beaming as anyone would at a friend’s wedding: Bill and Hillary Clinton. The former first lady, wearing a [Read more]
Rarely has a monetary decision been so anticipated. After months of delays, the Federal Reserve finally raised rates by a quarter of a point on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Although this was the first fiscal tightening the U.S. has seen for nine and a half years, the central bank’s movement is not really a surprise. Its [Read more]
“Sixteen shots,” thousands of demonstrators in Chicago chanted this week. They have been angry since the release of a video showing Laquan McDonald riddled with 16 bullets.
They could have just as well cried: “17 years.” That was the age of this black teen when he was killed by a white police officer.
“Why would you disable my personal account? My real name is Isis Anchalee!” This user is rightfully upset. Despite three attempts to re-activate her Facebook page from its suspension after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, the social network has still not granted her request.
And for good reason — her first name, [Read more]
Boom! The Pre-COP 21 (Pre-Conference of Parties 21), in which some 70 officials from around the world met in Paris, has just concluded on a positive note rather than with the resounding cackle which has already been heard. The latter issued from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday. The agreement, which will [Read more]
'Many of the baby boom generation are the first to find, in midlife, that they will not be better off than were their parents.' [Read more]
This angry and begrudging America is not interested in the nostalgia that might be embodied in Joe Biden. [Read more]
A tea party member musing that a Democratic challenger uses taxpayer money to “give Viagra to pedophiles and rapists”; a Democratic presidential contender accused of obtaining Vietnam War decorations on the basis of lies; a candidate for governor who wanted to create “gas chambers” for the “mass euthanasia” [Read more]
For months now, Boehner has faced guerrilla forces from the Republican Party’s right wing, which opposed the compromises the speaker had struck with the Democrats. [Read more]
On Sunday, Sept. 20 on NBC, Ben Carson, candidate for the Republican nomination, expressed his opposition to the prospect of electing a Muslim president in the United States. A conservative Christian, Mr. Carson was asked the question of whether the faith of a candidate in the presidential election was important. The [Read more]
The United States is taking its turn in the migrant crisis that has shaken Europe. Anxious to help European nations provide aid to Syrian refugees, Barack Obama has announced that the U.S. is prepared to welcome at least 10,000 Syrian refugees next year, according to the White House.
According to the American [Read more]
Will someone who began as a joke finish by bowling over the U.S. Republican Party camp a few months before the 2016 presidential election? Several times already, Donald Trump’s candidacy has been judged unlikely, particularly because the federal election commission requires him to be transparent about his fortune. [Read more]
When it comes to women in combat roles — including the most exposed — the U.S. Army, which just awarded two elite women fighters Rangers status, is in the process of formalizing an evolution that began long ago in the field.
The fact that two women demonstrated that they were capable of successfully completing [Read more]
A heated exchange with a Fox news journalist about allegations of sexism, the cancellation of an appearance at a meeting of conservatives, the departure of his top political adviser; for any other candidate, these elements would mark a campaign nosedive. Not for Donald Trump. After having captured the public’s [Read more]
The real theme of the historic visit to his father’s homeland was Barack Obama’s promise on Saturday to strengthen cooperation between Kenya and the United States in the fight against terrorism, and to provide greater logistical and financial support to Kenyan security forces.
The American president visited the [Read more]
The Vienna accord is a limited transaction, not the beginning of a profound transformation. [Read more]
Negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program are coming to a close in Vienna. The deadline: today. In Iran, the business community eagerly waits for a compromise that would open their country’s immense wealth to investors. That’s the story from Tehran, where executives and economists have vehemently criticized the [Read more]
<i>When the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, Americans notably celebrated the news by adorning the White House with the colors of the rainbow. For its part, France did not celebrate equal rights in 2013.</i>
Suddenly, the White House was adorned with the rainbow flag. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple: [Read more]
Did the perpetrator of the massacre on Wednesday, June 17 in Charleston, South Carolina know that he was taking aim at a symbol? [Read more]
The think tank ... argues that the NSA’s surveillance programs will cost far more than $35 billion to businesses. [Read more]
Having reached the age limit, Lindsey Graham announced on May 28 his departure from the U.S. Air Force Reserves, where he had obtained the rank of colonel. On June 1, the South Carolina senator declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential election, counting on his years of service on [Read more]
Was this year for nothing? That is the harsh question which the Islamic State jihadis’ conquest of the symbolic city of Palmyra, Syria, three days after capturing Ramadi, Iraq, begs to be addressed. Less than one year after the fall of Mosul, one of Iraq’s largest cities, the Islamic State group has reaffirmed its [Read more]
After a week of rumors, the spokesperson of the Army’s Special Operations Command Mark Lastoria took pains on March 21 to denounce any intention of invading Texas. [Read more]
Unlike George Bush, who during his presidency said he had vaguely heard of “rumors on the Internets,” Barack Obama (or at least his speechwriters) doesn’t miss a chance to remind us of his knowledge of the Web. On Tuesday, the U.S. president received Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on an official visit to the [Read more]
“Hello Iowa, I’m back!” After announcing her candidacy on Sunday, Hillary Clinton began the marathon that could lead to the U.S. presidency in 2016, in the very place where she lost all hope in 2008. Although she had a 20 percent lead in the polls, she was beaten in the Iowa state caucus, which traditionally [Read more]
“It have been so dry you can make a powderhouse out of the world,” sang the bluesman Son House in 1930. That was neither the first nor the last American drought. But even if droughts occur cyclically, the one that has afflicted California for the past four years is exceptional. According to NASA’s calculations, [Read more]
[A] report concludes that Bergdahl had no intention of leaving the Army permanently. His motives, however, remain unclear.
Rarely have diplomatic negotiations been so long and complex. Rarely, however, have the issues been so important: Avoid nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, one of the most volatile regions in the world. The tortuous talks, which began in 2003, are on the home stretch. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his [Read more]
So what conclusions can we draw from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s noisy speech to the U.S. Congress? That diplomatic dialogue and negotiating an international nuclear agreement with Iran are necessary.
Over 20 years ago, “Bibi” Netanyahu declared that Tehran should not acquire nuclear weapons. [Read more]
Iran has agreed to international control over its nuclear program in exchange for the U.N. and the West lifting the sanctions that have damaged its economy. That is the gist of the interim agreement made public on Thursday, April 2 in Lausanne. The text of the joint statement is quite succinct, and it will take at [Read more]
The systematic violation of European citizens’ private data by a foreign power, especially by an ally, is simply unacceptable. [Read more]
Three years to defeat Islamic State: That is the deadline Barack Obama submitted in a proposal to the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, which will authorize him to use military force against the rampant Islamist threat in the Middle East.
Known by the acronym AUMF — authorization for use of military force — this White [Read more]
With every passing day, pro-Russian Ukrainian militants, flanked on the field by the Russian army, cut up a little more of the unhappy country that is Ukraine. They grow the pseudo-state that they have carved out in the eastern part of the country. Without mincing words, we must describe this reality for what it is: [Read more]
The video commentary of President Obama’s State of the Union address, posted the previous day by Republican John Boehner, speaker of the House of Representatives, has some minor cuts, apparently with the aim of removing the passages on climate. [Read more]
[The Keystone XL pipeline] leads to an unappealing de facto alliance between the Conservative government and the American Republicans. [Read more]
By playing with fire, Americans and Europeans risk getting burned. [Read more]
To fight against the dangers of terrorism, democracies, in the name of the values they claim to represent, must resist the temptation to use the same degrading methods as those whom they are fighting against. [Read more]
The Ferguson tragedy, where an altercation between a white policeman and a black teen ended, on August 9, with the shooting death of the latter – in addition to the decision of a grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri, on November 24, not to prosecute the killer, who testified that he acted in self-defense – have [Read more]
The Keystone XL will have to wait. On Nov. 18, the Senate blocked the bill for the giant pipeline, linking oil from Alberta, Canada, to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The text, which the House of Representatives adopted on Friday, Nov. 14, did not get the requisite vote of 60 senators that would have forced President Barack [Read more]
Four billion dollars have been spent in the battle, making these midterm elections the most expensive in history.
A few weeks before the U.S. midterm elections, many elected Democrats are trying to keep their distance from Barack Obama. Too intellectual, and with little talent for empathy, the president has disappointed.
In the state of Kentucky, Democratic candidate Alison Grimes, who is running against Republican Senate [Read more]
The aerial strikes have slowed, but failed to stop, the progression of jihadi in Kobane. [Read more]
Barack Obama has tried everything to avoid getting here. In fact, his desire to extract the United States from the Middle East is one of the main causes of the catastrophe that is forcing him to act now. Like his predecessors, he can’t escape it. Whatever its politics, America seems doomed to fight a war in the Arab [Read more]
The dimension that the Ukrainian crisis has taken, marked by U.S.-Russian firepower, brings no shortage of worry in a world given to excess. This escalation toward the worst is actually due to the fact that imperialist dreamers in the West are likely thinking that it’s time to impose Western dictates on other [Read more]
We can’t feign innocence in the face of the resurgence of racial conflict in the U.S., where riots in the small town of Ferguson, a St. Louis, Missouri, suburb, are currently taking center stage. Over the last few years, a series of incidents involving the authorities have revived the sense of injustice felt by the [Read more]
Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine: Four political and military crises, four fronts where the complexity of the situations makes finding solutions difficult, four terrains where the U.S. is being asked to take the lead in political or military interventions. But Barack Obama refuses to cede to these demands, preferring [Read more]
The European Parliament adopted yesterday a final text on bonus caps for bankers. At first glance, this is good news: the issue of bonuses for traders and bankers (additional pay and variable pay) shows that Europe, which is often said to be unmoving, is advancing. But it also indicates that good intentions can have [Read more]
Europe versus the United States? This is the new weekend match. The G20 countries are deeply divided on the issue of a global banking tax, on the propriety of adopting fiscal austerity measures now while the recovery remains fragile and on the extent of measures to take to restore the balance in public finance. [Read more]
In France, judges are appointed by the government. In the United States, the President nominates them, and Congress approves. Congress alone decides whether to approve the White House’s choice and whether to confirm the judge to the Supreme Court.
At this time, the White House and the Senate are preparing for [Read more]
Will China become for the Asian continent what the USSR was for Western Europe, the cement to its unity [against] America? [Read more]
Two years after his triumphant election and the hopes it nourished, even though his record is far from negligible, Barack Obama has just suffered a defeat for which he is partly—and only partly—responsible: despite his oratory and “communication” skills, he who promised change has failed to convince Americans [Read more]
The WikiLeaks leaks only confirm what many journalists discovered while covering the aftermath of the American war in Iraq: the lack of transparency in everything concerning the toll of the conflict on victims and the extent of the torture practiced by American soldiers and their Iraqi allies, particularly in prisons. [Read more]
Carly Fiorina and Christine O’Donnell have the same political godmother: Sarah Palin, who has “endorsed” them for the midterm senatorial elections. Today, the blows rained down. Their political advertising is inappropriate. Should Mama Grizzly, the expert in this field, give her protégées a communications [Read more]
<b>Should the Chinese president’s state visit to Washington be seen as a sign of better cooperation between China and the United States, or does it hide the opposite reality of an increasingly intense competition?</b>
Rarely has a visit by a head of state to the U.S. so divided observers, and even within the Obama [Read more]
In 2004, George Bush established a “Constitution Day,” Sept. 17, the anniversary of the signing of the document in 1787. [Read more]
The scenario of this policy’s possible boomerang effect in turn evokes Libyan terrorism, the “Somaliazation” of Libya, and the discrediting of Western governments at the altar of the rule of double standards. [Read more]
While in France the political theater is in full swing with its numerous candidates from both the right and left, the U.S., in contrast, is in the opposite situation. We’re looking in vain right now for someone who will compete next year against Barack Obama. In nine months, the Iowa primaries will begin, the first [Read more]
The dollar has lost ground against all major currencies (except the New Zealand dollar) since Jan. 24, the beginning of the revolution in Egypt. In February, gold rebounded to 57 percent. The Swiss franc, the yen, the pound sterling and the euro have all benefited from events affecting the dollar.
Nevertheless, Europe [Read more]
A Michelle Obama with fat on her arms and a double chin, seated in front of a plate of a dozen hamburgers? Apparently, the American First Lady’s campaign to fight obesity in America hasn’t convinced everyone.
The ultra-conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart chose to post this mini-comic on his website, [Read more]
The country led by Mubarak is the linchpin of American diplomacy in the Middle East. Washington wants to avoid chaos at all costs. [Read more]
They say that DSK’s staggering indictment blows up our presidential competition. If only that were all! Alas, it paralyzes the entire nation. Indignity and humiliation grow by the hour. In the cafes, they generalize about the “black holes” of human nature. They dabble on the follies of men made dizzy by power. On [Read more]
The only good issue ever raised by the dead terrorist, Osama bin Laden was the idea that without a Palestinian state, the world cannot know peace.
Released by al-Qaida Sunday, May 8, bin Laden’s posthumous message to Barack Obama and the Americans, appears likely, after the death of its author, to be understood as [Read more]
There is a tradition of self-deprecation that is overplayed by American presidents, and Barack Obama is no exception. In a fundraising visit to Facebook’s headquarters in California, he began his speech by saying: “I’m the guy who got Mark to wear a jacket and tie.” “Second time,” Mark shyly replied [Read more]
With his considerable fortune, is Donald Trump a dangerous mad man? [Read more]
“Be careful what you wish for because it might come true,” the proverb goes. The compromise proposed yesterday by six senators to reduce the medium and long-term budget deficit has changed the tone of the debate, but it is too early to say whether it will be the starting point for the solution required by the [Read more]
1992-2012: For Bill Clinton, it’s been 20 years since his ascension to the country’s top political post. And he has no desire to abandon his role as a star senior consultant. He travels the country and gives his very personal opinions on … everything. It’s also a way for him to be the Robert Redford — the [Read more]
In announcing on Wednesday, June 22, the withdrawal of one-third of American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the summer of 2012, when the presidential campaign is in full swing in the United States, Barack Obama responds for the first time to a domestic political imperative.
This decision, which will clear up [Read more]
The two sides of the Atlantic had significantly different reactions to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair. [Read more]
Without the tea party taking the Treasury hostage, nothing would have happened. We would still be without a solution for the debt ceiling. [Read more]
No waffling. She draws on her own life experiences to make decisive arguments. [Read more]
On Oct. 10, 2011, World Day Against the Death Penalty, the United States, the world’s largest democracy, holds a strange record. By itself, it has one quarter of the world’s prison population, and it ranks fifth in the number of executions; behind China, Iran, North Korea and Yemen.
Since its reintroduction in [Read more]
The Republicans’ campaign is a good example of the worst politics has to offer. When he was governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney introduced a health insurance law similar to that which Barack Obama succeeded in passing in Congress in 2010. But now, Romney, who Republican voters have yet to appreciate, is against [Read more]
Please don’t tell the Obama administration that the U.S. president and his advisers don’t care about Europe: They have already heard that argument many times, and they have a response at the ready (“The president has spoken extensively about the importance we attach to our partnership with Europe,” Caitlin [Read more]
Is a robber baron hiding behind the Mormon with a pure and brave heart? [Read more]
Suddenly, the financial world is in the spotlight because of the campaign, and this light is much more brutal than newspapers’ business pages. [Read more]
“It’s about the economy, stupid,” stated Bill Clinton’s adviser, John Carville, after George Bush Sr., was chased out of the White House by voters in a shattering electoral defeat, despite his victory in the first Gulf War. Political science experts are now using the phrase to assert that the state of the U.S. [Read more]
Capitalism and inequality in America continue to breed innovation, and to create wealth and jobs. In France, we have employment contracts, unions and a 35-hour workweek. But where is the French Mark Zuckerberg? [Read more]
At least Mitt Romney’s troops were reassured. In spite of those doomsday prophets who saw Illinois Republicans veering further and further to the right and erring on the side of ultra-conservative Rick Santorum, the former Massachusetts governor won the GOP primary in the state of Obama.
And took the opportunity to [Read more]
Money has always played an important role in American politics. But a change in campaign finance law now allows a handful of billionaires to give substantial amounts of money to their favorite candidates. Without their help, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich would probably not be able to participate in further elections [Read more]
To the great disappointment of television “pundits,” Mitt Romney has survived. Commentators had an equally disappointed tone Tuesday evening upon being deprived of a spectacular “speech” from the native son deprived of his victory in Michigan - a defeat that would be followed by an earthquake in the Republican [Read more]
Who will be Mitt Romney’s Sarah Palin?
In fact, knowing his cautious temperament, the former Massachusetts governor will probably avoid following the example of John McCain, who in 2008 chose a risky and controversial number two for his presidential “ticket.”
But the search for a running mate officially began [Read more]
On April 11, 2007, New Century Financial, the number two “subprime” mortgage lender, went bankrupt. Almost no one remembers, yet this failure launched the crisis of the century. It also revealed, on a larger scale, the disastrous consequences of shortcomings in the American financial regulatory system, which could [Read more]
President Obama has recently begun speaking more personally in public. He didn’t hesitate to use fatherly language when commenting on the case of Trayvon Martin, the black Florida teen who was killed by a vigilante last month. He spoke of his sick mother in the film, “The Road We’ve Traveled,” which officially [Read more]
We know the pollsters are wrong sometimes, but the latest New York Times/CBS poll set off a panic in the White House. It’s a little hard to believe that the pollster didn’t mess up the numbers. According to the survey, Barack Obama is preferred by 44 percent of female voters and Mitt Romney is preferred by 46 [Read more]
In his first remarks on the French election during his daily briefing Monday, Jay Carney, Barack Obama’s spokesman — whose role is to be as uninformative as possible — did not fail in his mission. [Read more]
Every time he opens his mouth, Mitt Romney loses an opportunity to shut up. He makes a faux pas each time, like his speech last week encouraging students to borrow money from their parents to finance their education, as if all of the students were from rich families who could invest $200,000 in school. Paul Krugman [Read more]
It was a beautiful day on Wednesday in the White House’s Rose Garden, when Barack Obama, accompanied by his two daughters, left the Oval Office to perform a well-oiled ritual: “pardoning” two turkeys, on the eve of the national Thanksgiving holiday, during which each year Americans eat nearly 45 million birds [Read more]
It seems like the American press was looking for an opportunity to distract America from the somewhat daunting budget discussions for the last few weeks of the year.
For four days now, the press has found what it wanted: a beautiful and juicy CIA scandal, worthy of the best afternoon soap operas, complete with [Read more]
... young voters, Latinos and women largely contributed to Obama’s success in this marathon election ... [Read more]
On October 18 the two presidential candidates, in accordance with tradition, attended a black tie charity dinner organized by the Archdiocese of New York. That evening, displaying his typically American habit of self-deprecation, Barack Obama acknowledged with a deadpan laugh: “I had a lot more energy in our second [Read more]
Americans have often identified a president with a doctrine that bears his name; thus we speak of the “Obama Doctrine.” But this title doesn’t reflect reality. Obama is first and foremost a pragmatist who doesn’t want to be tied down in any way. His foreign policies eloquently attest to this. Let’s take the [Read more]
For the first time in their history, Americans will be able to send a Mormon to the White House. This aspect of Mitt Romney’s candidacy hasn’t failed to arouse the press’s curiosity. The “Mormon factor” sheds light on the complexity and the implications of religious issues in an election where religion plays [Read more]
In May and June of 1972, thieves paid by Richard Nixon illegally entered the Democratic Party offices in the Watergate building. Their mission: to wiretap the private telephone conversations of Lawrence O’Brien, chairman of the Democratic National Convention and his deputy, R. Spencer Oliver, Jr. We know how that [Read more]
Obama vs. Romney: This is the eighth presidential campaign since I’ve come to the United States. On the eve of the Democratic Convention, nothing is in play.
There are at least four statements that my Democrat friends cannot say this year, and I sense that that makes them sick.
1. “Mitt Romney is an idiot” [Read more]
Suddenly, Voltaire — yes, yes, our own Voltaire — has made his entrance into the U.S. presidential campaign.
This happened incidentally, when the conservative intellectual Paul Ryan, recently thrown into the spotlight after announcing his candidacy for vice president on Mitt Romney’s ticket, confided in People [Read more]
With this choice, Mitt Romney wages war on Obama’s weakness – the fight against deficits. [Read more]
Obama’s broken promises number in the dozens. [Read more]
The collapse of the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, began a remarkable acceleration of things, notably in the United States. Each thing accounts for a sharper regression of liberties under the pretext of protecting “liberties.” The attack against New York led to the emergence, [Read more]
One day, President Richard Nixon, a deceitful and dishonest man, decided to make peace with one of the most implacable enemies of the United States: China. This was during the Cold War. Mao’s China had vowed to humiliate the American paper tiger at least as much as the USSR did, and the Great Helmsman, as they called [Read more]
After a bad slump in his re-election campaign, Barack Obama has changed tack and begun to work hard for Latino voters, who could decide the 2012 presidential race in many American swing states. [Read more]
It’s been a funny week for Barack Obama. The president, known for his oratory talents that led him to the White House, made a misstep last week; one that created a buzz on the Internet and which Mitt Romney’s team, quite fairly, has exploited.
At a press conference, the forty-fourth U.S. president threw out the [Read more]
The employment figures aren’t good: 69,000 new jobs were created in May, boosting unemployment to 8.2%. This is not so good for Barack Obama. These bad numbers have given Mitt Romney, the least inspiring, least inspired candidate for 2012, some crazy ideas.
Last Tuesday, in Las Vegas, not only did Romney appear [Read more]
There isn’t any relation between the DSK affair at the New York Sofitel and the likely closing of the Goodyear plant in Amiens for lack of buyers. But allow me to nevertheless make a connection.
Today, we’re dragging an American CEO through the mud, exactly as we previously dragged the New York police and the [Read more]
One probably has to be a Washington journalist to believe that the president’s annual speech on the State of the Union is supremely important. Within 48 hours, this speech, like its predecessors, will be largely forgotten. It will also be clear that Obama did not propose realistic and concrete solutions to today’s [Read more]
Back in 2000, we found it hard to swallow the theft of the White House by George W. Bush, aided in his coup by the Supreme Court, led by the very conservative William Rehnquist, who stopped the recount of votes in Florida to announce the historic win of the son of the man who had nominated him for Chief Justice. [Read more]
It’s a safe bet that he will favor the route of making more or less small gestures and financial aid offers over the negotiation of treaties and military intervention. He will probably do this because he understands and recognizes the limits of American influence.
The Detroit Auto Show has just begun. This is the time for U.S. manufacturers to declare victory and confirm that the crisis is behind them. But how have the Big Three — General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler — bounced back? [Read more]
Perhaps the fiscal cliff will only be a hill, but the negotiations between Republicans and Democrats will do little to solve the U.S.’s number one problem: health care funding, which is justly presented as the main fiscal issue in the coming years. Rising medical costs also affect the private sector. [Read more]
In terms of scandals, we are accustomed to the gritty humor of “Charlie Hebdo,” the big bad Islamist reviewed and corrected by L’Express or Le Point. But all that seems silly when compared with the New York Post.
The U.S. tabloid published a pretty incredible, yet difficult to view, photo: a man who has fallen [Read more]
In September 2001, George W. Bush launched a “crusade against terror,” the highlight of which was a disastrous and illegitimate war in Iraq that lasted 10 years. No doubt looking to celebrate this glorious episode, today he invites visitors to his all-new presidential library to play an interactive game on the [Read more]
<i>At age 69, African-American activist Angela Davis is the star of a documentary that tells her story. It’s a story about a miscarriage of justice that, in the 1970s, nearly sent her to the electric chair.</i>
Not everyone has the distinction of being considered a public enemy by the likes of the occupant of the [Read more]
America has certainly changed … but to what extent? [Read more]
For this first trip to the Holy Land since his election, the U.S. president simply came to tell Israelis what they wanted to hear. [Read more]
The United States has always been characterized by its defense of the free market and discouragement of government intervention in business. Yet, new global activity and massive developments in the industrial activities of emerging countries are changing this attitude. At the request of Congress, ad hoc academic [Read more]
While Congress debates the third iteration of the fiscal psychodrama, last Wednesday a matter of much greater importance for millions of minorities was before the Supreme Court. Depending on the decision of nine justices, the voting rights of blacks, which had been trampled for over 100 years, could once again be [Read more]
The intervention that the U.S. and its French and British allies are considering is morally and politically justified. [Read more]
Republicans are all for liberty and the free market, but only when their opponents have their hands tied. [Read more]
So, Hillary Clinton has had a Twitter account since June 10! Her first tweet was re-tweeted 11,031 times. Within a few days, the former “SecState” amassed over 614,000 followers, which she gained more rapidly than either Pope Francis or Bill Clinton. The most interesting thing is the way that she described herself: [Read more]
Barely a week after the military coup that removed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi from power, we know a little more about the chain of events that led the army to take action Wednesday evening in Cairo. According to The New York Times, two key elements brought about the events: Mohamed Morsi’s incredible [Read more]
The news surrounding the flight of Edward Snowden, the American computer scientist responsible for leaks about the cybersurveillance program PRISM, gives us a glimpse into a latent new Cold War about to make its debut on the world stage.
The hype surrounding his fate in Russian and Chinese propaganda signals a new [Read more]
Michael Bloomberg is just annoying. The billionaire founder of the financial information firm that bears his name and mayor of New York has decided to make the four Democratic senators who voted against the proposed bill on gun control — and therefore contributed to its failure in Congress — pay; an interesting [Read more]
<i>According to economist Christine Rifflart, United States specialist at the OFCE [French Economic Observatory], the U.S. job market is taking risks in its path to continued economic recovery. Still, the excellent health of the housing market could stimulate growth.</i>
<b>Increasing growth, lower deficits, lower [Read more]
Did [Obama's] legal-moral reflections on the merits of the war on terror and selective assassination represent a change in U.S. policy? Nothing is less certain. [Read more]
Although nuclear weapons discussions took place this Thursday in Geneva between Iranians and representatives from the major world powers, other negotiations have taken place in secret over the past few weeks, this time between U.S. and Iranian diplomats.
These discussions are focused on four topics, a source in the [Read more]
The late president’s daughter leaves for Tokyo on Thursday. Although she isn’t an expert on Japan, the 55-year-old lawyer has Obama’s ear. [Read more]
The Republican Party has only one program to conceal behind its incessant guerilla tactics against Barack Obama: the war against the poorest. During the 2012 campaign, Mitt Romney hinted at his party’s thoughts when speaking of the 47 percent of those pariah Americans who would always support the 44th [president] [Read more]
In reading Andre Cicolella’s most recent and exciting book, Toxic Planet, we encounter some staggering numbers. It’s all part of his attempt to counter the mantra that “everything is fine, because life expectancy continues to increase.” It’s important to remember that the concept of life expectancy is based [Read more]
How ungrateful these Republican representatives are! Wall Street spent millions of dollars to finance their campaigns, ensuring their election, and look how they are repaid. They are out of bounds! The fury of the financial world is such that some organizations representing the industry are threatening to bankroll [Read more]
As if the economic situation was not bad enough! The return of petty political calculations, which we have seen these days on both sides of the Atlantic, creates at best misunderstanding and at worst a sense of exasperation. These little games among friends threaten nothing less than the United States’ fragile return [Read more]
Aaron Sorkin’s dramatic series, nominated for a 2013 Golden Globe, depicts the lives of an editorial television newscast team. Between the drama and its reflections on journalism, in just two seasons “The Newsroom” seems already to be a television masterpiece.
The newscast environment is not simply a modern [Read more]
“To taper.” In other words, “to unravel,” “to decrease gradually.” Ever since Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, used this term, investors haven’t talked of anything else. How will the Fed go about its “tapering?” Clearly, the rate at which it will reduce its asset purchases — [Read more]
In Washington, the suspense is heavy over the way that Congress will deal with the agonizing dilemma brought to them by Obama, who is betting his presidency on the Syrian affair.
To strike or not to strike? The debate rages on in a city transformed into a pressure cooker, where opinions clash and accumulate, without [Read more]
The American media paid him little attention. [Read more]
Israel finds itself confronted with a 'soft power' problem. [Read more]
Politics is a machine that never stops running. The announcement this week that the most powerful super PAC [Editor’s note: stands for Political Action Committee] in America is organizing a campaign to support Hillary Clinton is the most striking example. Priorities USA Action has decided to support the former [Read more]
It’s time for novelty, not executives. At the Detroit Auto Show, the Big Three automakers did not let their product strategy be polluted by discussions of current developments with their management. Mary Barra, who officially succeeds Dan Akerson today as the head of General Motors, told journalists: “The focus [Read more]
House by house, street by street, the Marines fought Sunni insurgents in Fallujah during two particularly bloody episodes in 2004 and 2007. The ruined city, now renamed the “Verdun” or the Iraqi “Stalingrad” by exhausted GIs, was finally conquered, but the victory was a Pyrrhic one for the U.S. Army. The pill [Read more]
It was an old mystery from nearly 10 years ago. Former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in 2007 on the Iranian island of Kish, was in fact a novice sent by CIA agents who did not receive approval from their higher-ups — a “has-been” who fooled the CIA paper-pushers in a very bad business. [Read more]
<i> After 12 years of war against the Taliban and al-Qaida, the restoration of stoning is one more sign of the failure of Karzai and the West.</i>
If, before the end of December, President Hamid Karzai has not signed the long-term security agreement put forward by Barack Obama, the last 75,000 soldiers, mostly [Read more]
The White House’s error could cost him his job. In an email to reporters traveling with Barack Obama during a surprise visit to Kabul on Sunday, Washington erroneously revealed the name of the top CIA representative in Afghanistan.
His name appeared on a list of people attending a briefing for President Obama, [Read more]
His defenders were down to their last resort. Robert Campbell, 41, was to be executed by lethal injection on the evening of Tuesday, May 13, at a prison in Huntsville, Texas. But the execution was postponed at the last minute by a federal court. Campbell’s lawyers argued that Campbell risked suffering the same fate [Read more]
After another botched execution in Oklahoma, the problematic nature of lethal injections is becoming undeniable. This “medicalized” death — without doctors — is a dangerous operation for states that still think they have found the ideal solution for continuing executions in America.
Lethal injection was [Read more]
Devising an appropriate response to Russia is a huge challenge because neither America nor Europe saw Putin’s attack coming, despite the fact that it had apparently been planned for a long time. [Read more]
The Supreme Court released a decision of considerable importance on Wednesday, April 2: From now on, citizens have the right to give as much money as they want to the candidates of their choice. For 10 years, Congress has imposed limits to control the influence of the richest Americans and businesses in politics. Until [Read more]
According to the New York Times and Der Spiegel, the NSA has been spying on the Chinese company Huawei, one of the world’s major telecommunications equipment manufacturers.
Huawei primarily makes routers and equipment for cell phone towers. The company is known throughout the world for its product performance and [Read more]
John McCain is an unusual Republican, in the sense that he has remained independent from the toxic lobbies that have polluted the American right. He may not know how many houses he owns — see his 2008 campaign against Obama — but in matters of foreign policy, he is usually right. While the bulk of the GOP has [Read more]
For his part, Obama’s position is made even more difficult by the fact that his adversary is a 'political animal' located in a mental universe light years away from his own. [Read more]
Four months ago on CNN, John McCain stated that he would support the exchange of five Taliban members for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. “I would support. Obviously I’d have to know the details, but I would support ways of bringing him home and if exchange was one of them, I think that would be something I think we should [Read more]
American officials are trying to hit the National Security Agency in the wallet. In a vote of 293 to 123 during the night of June 19-20, the House of Representatives voted to pass an amendment that strongly and symbolically limits the NSA’s surveillance capabilities.
The amendment, included as part of a 2015 army [Read more]
If she decides to try for the White House, Hillary would do well to study Mitt Romney’s campaign. That would help her avoid many disappointments. [Read more]
This recourse to economic sanctions is a common form of coercive diplomacy that the U.S. uses at the whim of its current political and economic interests. [Read more]
The case is closed. For whom? Barack Obama. In his mind, there is no doubt, absolutely none, that Vladimir Putin is the chief architect of the rising violence in Ukraine, and is thus responsible for the downed plane. What about Europeans? For now, they are behaving as they usually do—keeping a low profile. [Read more]
The extent of the sanctions imposed on Russia simultaneously by the United States and the European Union suggests a more painful economic future for all stakeholders. But we’ll take it.
The range of measures levied by the European leaders and their U.S. counterparts belong to the so-called Level 3 category. To [Read more]