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Reuters (March 16)

2018/ 03/ 18 by jd in Global News

“Simmering fears of a global trade war. An embarrassing political scandal in Japan. Rapid job-turnover inside the White House and the threat of faster interest rate hikes in the United States….” Yet somehow “markets have brushed aside risks and recurring bad news on geopolitics to stay focused on positive macro-economic cues.”


USA Today (March 8)

2018/ 03/ 11 by jd in Global News

“Chances are slim that anything has changed, but Trump is right to agree to meet. We have to talk.” Still, “most of this seems to be too good to be true…. Trump is to be credited for his effective international sanctions campaign against North Korea, but it is very hard to believe that it has brought Pyongyang to its knees so quickly. Nor is it credible that Kim has turned into a nice guy so fast.”


New York Times (March 4)

2018/ 03/ 06 by jd in Global News

“There can be little doubt now.” President Donald Trump “truly sees no danger in Mr. Xi’s ‘great’ decision to extend his own rule until death. That craven reaction is in line with Mr. Trump’s consistent support and even admiration for men ruling with increasing brutal and autocratic methods—Vladimir Putin of Russia, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, to name a few.”


Wall Street Journal (March 1)

2018/ 03/ 03 by jd in Global News

“Donald Trump made the biggest policy blunder of his Presidency Thursday by announcing that next week he’ll impose tariffs of 25% on imported steel and 10% on aluminum. This tax increase will punish American workers, invite retaliation that will harm U.S. exports, divide his political coalition at home, anger allies abroad, and undermine his tax and regulatory reforms. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.7% on the news, as investors absorbed the self-inflicted folly.”


New Matilda (March 1)

2018/ 03/ 02 by jd in Global News

As America’s ally. Australia “must enter the American gun control debate. We not only have a right to do so, we also have a responsibility…. Now more than ever, Australia is relevant as a voice for gun control in American politics.” Prime Minister Turnbull “must affirm our successes and call out America for their failures. To do anything less would be a betrayal to both the Australian and the American people.”


Fortune (February Issue)

2018/ 03/ 01 by jd in Global News

With the rise of streaming services, traditional TV is losing ground to cord cutting and this is driving a change in advertising. “Last year, for the first time, global ad spending on digital platforms exceeded the dollars spent on TV—by a solid $31 billion margin. The U.S. hit that milestone in 2016, and the spread is widening.”


US News & World Report (February 27)

2018/ 02/ 28 by jd in Global News

“New Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell delivered a message Tuesday that wasn’t quite what Wall Street had expected: The U.S. economy is doing well, maybe even better than he thought late last year.”


The Straits Times (February 20)

2018/ 02/ 21 by jd in Global News

“In spite of a substantial budget surplus,” Singapore is planning to raise taxes to meet “the challenges that lie ahead—in the form of financing healthcare in an ageing society, meeting infrastructure needs and ensuring security.” This approach starkly contrasts with the U.S., which has cut taxes despite running an enormous budget deficit, but fiscal sustainability has been “a mainstay of Singapore’s economic planning since independence.”


Washington Post (February 18)

2018/ 02/ 20 by jd in Global News

While it could simply be Trump’s infinite vanity, “the more sinister hypothesis is that he has something to hide and, having benefited from Russia’s assistance once, hopes for more aid in 2018 and 2020. Either way, we are at war without a commander in chief.”


New York Times (February 17)

2018/ 02/ 19 by jd in Global News

“The question is whether Mr. Trump will at last accept the fact of Russian interference and take aggressive measures to protect American democracy. For starters, he could impose the sanctions on Russia that Congress overwhelmingly passed, and that he signed into law, last summer. Of course, this would require him to overcome his mysterious resistance to acting against Russia and to focus on protecting his own country.”


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