SENATOR BOB CORKER STATEMENT ON TRUMP

Republican Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Rotary Club Meeting in Chattanooga, Tennessee 16 August 2017)

“ Trump has not shown the competence that is needed to lead the nation. The President has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence, that he needs to demonstrate in order for him to be successful and our nation and our world needs for him to be successful, whether you are Republican or Democrat.

TOP US CEOs BREAK WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP

CEOs who were part of a Strategic Council to Trump agreed to disband the group and condemn Trump's confrontational response to a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Strategic and Policy Forum featured:

RICHEST AND POOREST EU COUNTRIES

Source IMF

Based on IMF data for per capita GDP, adjusted for purchasing power parity (PPP). GDP-PPP makes for a better comparison of living standards, because PPP takes into account cost of living and inflation rates, rather than just exchange rates, which may distort the real differences in income.

Values are expressed in current international dollars, to the nearest whole dollar, reflecting a single year's (2016) currency exchange rates and PPP adjustments.

RICHEST EU COUNTRIES

NORTH KOREAN THREAT ON GUAM

A North Korean plan to fire four missiles near the US Pacific territory of Guam will be ready for Kim Jong Un’s consideration in days, state media has reported, as an unprecedented exchange between Washington and Pyongyang intensifies. Guam hosts 7,000 U.S. military personnel on two main bases and has a population of 160,000.

NORTH KOREA: PURSUING THE ACCEPTANCE OPTION

Author: Mark Bowden, Atlantic national correspondent.

Every option the United States has for dealing with North Korea is bad. But accepting it as a nuclear power may be the least bad.

Unless Kim Jong Un is killed and replaced by someone better, or some miracle of diplomacy occurs, or some shattering peninsular conflict intervenes, North Korea will eventually build ICBMs armed with nuclear warheads. It’s a done deal.

PRINCIPLES OF JOURNALISM REVISITED IN THE AGE OF FAKE NEWS

Source: American Press Association

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LA POLITIQUE RUSSE DE LA FRANCE

Janvier 2016 : Alors Ministre de l’Economie de François Hollande, Emmanuel Macron plaide lors d'une visite à Moscou pour une levée rapide des sanctions imposées par les Occidentaux à la Russie, en lien avec la crise ukrainienne.

Début 2017 :  Emmanuel Macron fait valoir sa volonté d'établir un «dialogue souverain» avec les Russes, non dicté par Washington, et de préciser :  «[Parler avec la Russie], ça ne veut pas dire être fasciné par elle, ni oublier que [la France] ne partage pas les mêmes valeurs.»

FRANCE: LOI SUR LA CONFIANCE DANS LA VIE POLITIQUE

  1. Interdiction des Emplois Familiaux : Cette interdiction vaut pour les ministres, parlementaires et élus locaux.

UKRAINE’S VIOLATIONS OF THE MINSK-2 ACCORD

From 17 March 2015, Kiev has been in violation of no less than seven articles and nine obligations it signed on under the Minsk-2 accord.

FUTURE EU-RUSSIA RELATIONS

  1. EU Russian sanctions should be gradually phased out in return for progress on the implementation of the Minsk 2 agreements. The focus should be on the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and on motivating Russia for a constructive cooperation. But Russia is not the only participant of the Minsk process, and the future of sanctions needs to be assessed against the performance of other parties, most importantly Ukraine. The continued Russian possession of the Crime must not prevent an easing of tensions and removal of sanctions.

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