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US approves Russia sanctions, Moscow says they are a blow to normalizing ties

 07/26/2017 - 06:13
Sergei Ryabkov at a press conference in Damascus, Syria on June 28, 2014. EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI

Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov has responded to news that a package of further punitive measures for Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US elections and its 2014 annexation of the Crimea was voted through the House of Representatives.

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[OP-ED]: Trump’s trade trap

 07/11/2017 - 15:30
Trump may believe that trade and environmental issues can be kept separate from geopolitical matters, such as North Korea’s nuclear program. On the contrary, history suggests that trade and geopolitics go hand in hand. EFE

Donald Trump’s foreign policy, such as it is, rests on a massive and apparently indestructible contradiction. Trump wants the United States to remain the “essential” nation, the best embodiment of Western ideals of freedom and democracy, while at the same time deliberately alienating many of our traditional “allies,” whose support the United States desperately needs. American leadership becomes difficult, if not impossible.

[OP-ED]: The messy reality of global warming

 06/07/2017 - 10:10
Based on present technology and knowledge, we don’t know how to solve global warming. There is no obvious way to eliminate our pervasive dependence on fossil fuels without plunging the world into a prolonged depression and inviting widespread civil strife. 

There was no need for President Trump to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement to achieve his goal of overturning the Obama administration’s global warming policy. This had already occurred through court rulings and executive orders, which effectively halted higher vehicle fuel economy standards (up to 54.5 miles per gallon) and ended the Clean Power Plan program, which pushed electric utilities to shift away from coal.

You Are not Welcome: London Mayor says Trump Should Cancel State Visit

 06/06/2017 - 03:27
People take part in a vigil for victims of the London Bridge terror attacks by the City Hall in London, Britain, 05 June 2017. EPA/ANDY RAIN

London mayor Sadiq Khan said Donald Trump should cancel state visit after a series of tweets in which he mocked at the mayor's "soft" words after London Bridge terrorist attack last Saturday. The deadly terrorist attack is the third occurred in Britain in less than 3 months, adding pressure on the government of prime minister Theresa May, which is calling for general elections on Thursday. 

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The challenge of the new French president will be to negotiate a European remodeling, in a continental political model dominated by Germany. In the photo: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) greets French President Emmanuel Macron (L) upon his arrival at the German Chancellery in Berlin, Germany on May 15, 2017. EFE / Carsten Koall

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