NYT fails in its attempt to ‘spin’ Trump’s Climate comments.

The ‘fake news’ that Trump had somehow moderated or changed his “global warming” views was not supported by the full transcript of the meeting.
Heartland Institute President Joe Bast had this to say about the full transcript of Trump’s meeting: “This is reassuring. The Left wants to drive wedges between Trump and his base by spinning anything he says as “retreating from campaign promises.” But expressing nuance and avoiding confrontation with determined foes who buy ink by the barrel is not retreating.” The Heartland Institute released their skeptical 2015 climate report featuring 4,000 peer-reviewed articles debunking the UN IPCC claims.


Continue reading

Brussels quakes as Dutch separatists threaten European dream

Geert Wilders is unlikely to enter the Dutch government after the rise of the new generation of Eurosceptics.

If the European dream is going to die, it may be The Netherlands that delivers the fatal blow. The Dutch general election in March is shaping up to be a defining moment for the European project.

The risk to the European Union doesn’t come from Geert Wilders, the leader of the anti-EU, anti-immigration Party for Freedom. He is well ahead in the polls and looks destined to benefit from many of the social and economic factors that paved the way for the Brexit and Trump revolts.
Continue reading

Italian electoral reform: EU faces another Itexit crisis

On December 4, Italy faces a referendum that could sink the present government and usher in a new populist era, an outcome made more probable by Donald Trump’s recent election victory in the U.S.

“The U.S. elections <http://time.com/4547342/italy-referendum-renzi-campaign-brexit-trump-populist/> have shown that a wind of change is blowing across both sides of the Atlantic and will soon wipe [Prime Minister] Renzi away. His time is over and Italy needs a new government,” said Massimiliano Fedriga, Lower House leader of the conservative Northern League party.


On Thursday, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, a self styled ‘hipster’ social democrat, in the Tony Blair mould,  renewed his vow to step down if the upcoming referendum <http://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/notizie/2016-11-17/renzi-se-vince-no-niente-governo-scopo-o-tecnico-083520.shtml?uuid=AD5zplwB&refresh_ce=1> fails to pass. “If the citizens vote no and want a decrepit system that does not work, I will not be the one to deal with other parties for a caretaker government,” Renzi said.

Continue reading

Implications for Central America of a Trump presidency and deportations?

‘The campaign promises made by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to step up deportations of immigrants who have entered the United States without permission have unnerved some Central American governments. On Nov. 16, El Salvador’s foreign minister, Hugo Martinez, said that the countries of Central America’s Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras) plan to cooperate with Mexico to fashion a coordinated regional response to any increased pace of deportations.


If the Trump administration fulfills the rhetoric, each of those countries could expect a significant number of returnees. Of Honduras’ 8 million citizens, more than 1 million currently reside in the United States. About 2 million of Guatamala’s 16 million nationals live in the United States. And almost half of El Salvador’s just more than 6 million people reside in the United States.

Continue reading

A Great Leap Backwards for China?

Over the past decade and a half China has become increasingly wealthy and apparently more ‘small ‘L’  liberal’, and the Western assumption that China would eventually morph into some sort of Asian Germany, was the popular belief. Alas those who believed this wishful thinking were falling for the greatest foible of analysis. They were  looking at a very different culture through the looking glass of Western cultural assumptions. A fatal error in many Western beliefs about the true and emerging reality of 21 st, Century China. “Understand the past and you will know the future“.


The blend of Western financial lust for an almost unlimited Chinese customer base, twined to a wilful ignorance for what truly drives China’s rise and rise, has caused Western projections of China’s advance to be fatally flawed. It’s been over a century since China’s descent into ‘cultural disgrace’ at the hands of the West and the Japanese, but the Chinese still hold the collective memory of the Middle Kingdom’s former greatness and pride. A century of massacres, wars, destitution and shame appeared to be lifting with the dawn of the 21st. Century.

Continue reading