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Trump doesn't rule out backing Senate candidate Moore Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is surrounded by supporters during an address at the state judicial building in Montgomery, USA, Aug. 25, 2003. EPA-EFE FILE/JAMIE MARTIN
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday did not rule out backing the Senate candidacy of Republican Roy Moore, who in recent days has been accused of sexual harassment by eight women, saying that any option is better than the presence of another "liberal" in the upper house.

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Losing Sleep

 12/09/2016 - 05:37

Cuban academic and political opponent Manuel Cuesta Morúa received the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award 2016 at the Wilson Center, a research center in Washington DC, in recognition for his democratic ideas. 

The award recognizes Cuesta Morúa's "extensive work on democratic reforms in Cuba" and grants him a one-month scholarship at the center to work with Washington's academic and policy-making communities.

Of Generals and Ideologists

 12/09/2016 - 04:30

President-Elect Donald Trump is surrounding himself with high-rank generals, orthodox conservatives and millionaire businessmen. He hasn't picked up yet his Secretary of State to complete his Cabinet, one of the most atypical governments in the history of the United States, according to Marc Bassets, chief correspondent in Washington for Spain leading newspaper El País. 

Spartan Diet

 12/09/2016 - 03:24

While president-elect, Donald Trump, wants to cancel an order to build a new model of the Air Force One, arguing that it would cost more than $4,000 milion, a small Latin-American country like Uruguay is debating if it really needs a presidential plane:  

For the last two years, Uruguay’s President Tabaré Vázquez has been trying to acquire a presidential plane to travel abroad, but the Audit Court has recently rejected the purchase process because only one company submitted a bid.

Fuel friendly

 12/08/2016 - 05:53

President-elect Donald J. Trump once called Climate Change "a Chinese Hoax". He has promised to boost the national mining industry and help coal to come back again, despite pollution and environmental hazards it may cause. And he has threatened to dismantle President Obama's effort to counter climate change.

So, it felt normal yesterday when he announced that he has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to run the Environmental Protection Agency, or the E.P.A.

"Out There"

 12/08/2016 - 05:32

James Fallows, a veteran political analyst and former correspondent in China for The Atlantic, says that through all this time, he has been personally and professionally, and increasingly, an American optimist. However, he views Trump’s election as the most grievous blow that the American idea has suffered in my lifetime:

Rebellious Child

 12/08/2016 - 03:34

Amid Trump’s promises to save thousands of jobs of being outsourced to Mexico and China, Walmart has announced its intention to carry on an investment of 1,300 million dollars in Mexico. The biggest American supermarket chain forecasts to double its sales in Mexico for 2025.

The investment will bring 10,000 new jobs into the country, where Walmart already employs over 200,000 people.

"Tora, Tora, Tora!"

 12/07/2016 - 05:04

On December 7, 1941 - that is, 75 years ago-  Japanese torpedoes attacked by surprise the US military base in Pearl Harbor, Hawai. “Tora, tora, tora! (Tiger, tiger, tiger), Japanese soldiers ordered in the radio.

The Japanese attack provoked the involvement of the US in the Second World War, leading to disastrous events like the atomic bombs over Hiroshima and the killings of thousands of prisoners under general Tojo.

Dark Times

 12/06/2016 - 05:26

It is not clear yet what is going to be the fate of millions of undocumented migrant workers after Donald Trump’s formal ascension to presidency – massive deportations? Religious and social tests? – but immigration attorneys are getting ready for the worst case scenarios. And they are getting anxious trying to deal with uncertainty. 

Guess Who

 12/06/2016 - 05:00

Who is going to be the new US secretary of state?

President-elect Donald Trump is meeting with a broadened range of candidates to become America's top diplomat, including John R. Bolton, an ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush; Jon M. Huntsman Jr., the former Utah governor and ambassador to China under President Obama; Rex W. Tillerson, the president and chief executive of Exxon Mobil; and Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia.

Bad Manners

 12/05/2016 - 05:02
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen having a phone conversation with US President-elect Donald Trump late evening in Taipei, Taiwan, 02 December 2016. According to reports, the two presidents' phone conversation was an historic happening as the United States and Taiwan cut off diplomatic ties in 1979. Trump and Tsai discussed economic, political, and security ties, media added. EFE/EPA/OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF TAIWAN 

Last Friday, President-elect Donald Trump irritated China by having a direct phone conversation with Taiwan’s President. Under the One-China-Policy, Taiwan is not officially a state (the UN doesn’t recognize Taiwan as an independent country), although in reality the island benefits from a certain political status quo and the Military protection from the US. 

Doomsday

 12/02/2016 - 06:03
Dakota Access Pipeline Native American protest site, on Highway 1806 near Cannonball, North Dakota, August 15th, 2016. NODAPL!. Photo: Shane Balkowitsch. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

If you are following the news about the Dakota Pipeline and youd’d like to catch up on what’s happening in Standing Rock, you need to read more about the historical underpinnings of the conflict and go back to the Founding Fathers, which sounds boring, but it’s not.

Mad Dog

 12/02/2016 - 05:46
President-elect Donald Trump poses with former general James Mattis after a meeting in Bedminster, New Jersey. EFE/AUDE GUERRUCCI/POOL

President-elect Donald J. Trump has announced that he has chosen General James Mattis, 66, to serve as his Secretary of Defense. “We are going to appoint Mad Dog Mattis as our secretary of defense,”  Trump told the Ohio crowd, yesterday.  Who is General Mattis and why is a four-star general like him called ‘Mad Dog”? 

Greed is Good

 12/02/2016 - 05:36
President-elect, Donald Trump, during the USA Thank You Tour 2016, celebrated at the US Bank Arena, Cincinati, Ohio, on Dec 1. EFE/Mark Lyons

The new president-Elect, a former showman and Real Estate tycoon, is surrounding himself with millionaires, investment bankers and venture capitalists, in the most brazen embrace of big money since the 1980s era of Ronald Reagan. Does it make any good to the common Americans?

The Lyon King

 12/01/2016 - 06:35
On Fidel Castro's Death, Cuba's Outsized Influence In Africa. Photo: Africapedia

While the West discusses whether Fidel Castro’s legacy was positive or negative, in Africa they feel like if they have lost a national hero. For many Africans, history has absolved Fidel Castro when it comes to Cuba’s foreign policy:

My ex used to be cool

 12/01/2016 - 05:56
Fidel Castro arrives MATS Terminal, Washington, D.C. April 1959. Photo: WIKI COMMONS

On April 1959, Fidel Castro arrived in Washington for an 11 day tour around the US. In the airport, before meeting Richard Nixon, he was welcomed by more than 1500 fans. In every city, he was treated like a celebrity.

One year later, he had become the opposite of an icon. He had ordered the nationalisation of American companies in the island, he restricted free trade, he made friends with the USSR. In the US, he was not a celebrity anymore.

The Twitter Morning Post

 12/01/2016 - 05:36
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President-elect Donald Trump likes to Tweet a couple of posts before going to bed, but are these Tweets really worthy to be published by media outlets the day after? The New York Times opens a debate about which Tweets should be considered news, and what should be considered just a propaganda weapon or provocative statements.

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