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  • Facing Criticism, Eric Trump Will Stop Actively Fundraising For His Foundation

    Published on:Dec 22, 2016Source:
    In the midst of multiple fundraising attempts that raised questions about whether the Trump family is selling the promise of personal access to the highest bidder, Eric Trump says he will stop directly raising money for his personal charity. "As unfortunate as it is, I understand the quagmire," Trump told the New York Times. "It's an extremely sad day when doing the right thing isn't the right thing," Trump told the Associated Press in a separate interview. The Eric Trump Foundation raises money for childhood cancer research and tr...[Read]
  • Why Europe should work with China

    Published on:Dec 16, 2016Source: China Daily
    In this period of ever-growing protectionism, will Europe grant Market Economy Status to China? In 2001, the signatory countries of the Doha Development Round agreed that in 2016, at the latest, China would be granted the status. To put it bluntly, that entails a lowering of tariff barriers for products coming to China. However, the European parliament has adopted a resolution against this project. Some unions and industrial lobbies have also argued it. What is at stake is the preservation of industrial sectors as well as three millions jobs in Europe, they claimed. Are they...[Read]
  • Ripples From the ‘How Low Can They Go’ Campaign

    Published on:Oct 16, 2016Source: New York Times
    In high school civics classes, the usual assignments about political parties and the Electoral College have given way to anguished venting about groping and sexual violence. In therapy sessions, patients feel triggered and even retraumatized by Donald J. Trump’s graphic remarks about women and his boasting about forcing himself on them and getting away with it. And in conversations before and after church services, the stench of moral decay has stirred discussions about Bill Clinton’s behavior with a White House intern in the 1990s, and whether his conduct w...[Read]
  • Haiti and Africa Projects Shed Light on Clinton’s Public-Private Web

    Published on:Oct 16, 2016Source: New York Times
    As chief of staff and counselor to Hillary Clinton at the State Department, Cheryl D. Mills worked ceaselessly to help a South Korean garment maker open a factory in Haiti, the centerpiece of United States government efforts to jump-start the island nation’s economy after the 2010 earthquake. Ms. Mills took the lead on smoothing the way for the company, Sae-A Trading, which secured millions of dollars in incentives to make its Haiti investment more attractive, despite criticism of its labor record elsewhere. When she presided over the project’s unveiling in September 2010, she...[Read]
  • Shock and denial in Bangladesh

    Published on:Jul 07, 2016Source: New York Times
    Bangladesh is still in shock and mourning after the brutal terrorist attack in the country’s capital, Dhaka, last Friday when five or more young jihadists burst into a restaurant and tortured and killed at least 20 people, mostly foreigners. On Thursday, a bombing at a prayer ground where tens of thousands of people gathered for Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that concludes the holy month of Ramadan, killed two police officers and a civilian. These attacks raise urgent questions about the ability of the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to deal with a risi...[Read]