Whoever Wins in November, The Cuban Embargo Must End Immediately

President_Obama_Meets_with_President_Castro.pngHillary Clinton and Donald Trump have both sided with Obama’s opening toward Cuba, even though with different degree of enthusiasm. Regardless of who will sit in the Oval Office, and despite the possible antagonism of the Congress, the embargo has to end as soon as possible, unless the US wants to live in the past forever. 

Both Hillary Clinton and Donal Trump have paid only cursory attention to Cuba in the last months. Since President Obama reopened the channel of communication with Raul Castro, it seems a no-brain that whoever is elected to the White House will continue the “unfreezing” of the mutual relations.

Donald Trump has been more cryptic than Clinton, though. He agreed with Obama’s opening but wished the US could have had a better deal, and complained about the lack of respect shown, in his mind, by Raul Castro. Castro did not go personally to welcome Obama during his visit to Cuba, and in Trump’s view, this is a disrespectful attitude.

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Brazil Away From the Olympics

When Brazil won the bid to host the Olympic Games, it was a flourishing country. It was 2009, Lula da Silva led the country with a solid consensus, the economy was blossoming and the poverty rate declining. The Olympics were meant to be the celebration of a fast developing country, which had finally found its place among the biggest players in the political arena. Yet, in less than 7 years the Games are just a shining veil over a collapsing nation.

The Olympic Games are in full swing now. Records are broken, medals assigned, athletes are crying or laughing as we speak.

But underneath the surface, Brazil’s problems soars.

When Brazil won the bid to host the Olympic Games, it was a flourishing country. It was 2009, Lula da Silva led the country with a solid consensus, the economy was blossoming and the poverty rate declining. The Olympics were meant to be the celebration of a fast developing country, which had finally found its place among the biggest players in the political arena.

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Trump: ‘If We Are Attacked, Japan Can Sit Home And Watch Sony Television’ (VIDEO)

Trump has been insulting so many groups that it is impossible to keep tabs. Women, Muslims, Mexican, immigrants both illegal and now legal. And now it is Japan’s turn. Talking at one of his rallies he said, You know we have a treaty with Japan, where if Japan is attacked, we have to use the full…

Barbie is Running for President – Because Girls Can be Anything they Want.

Barbie is running for president, and for the first time she is doing so in an all-female ticket. Mattel has just released the new President and Vice President dolls, created with the support of She Should Run, a non-partisan organization that aims to inspire girls and women to explore their leadership potential.

The new dolls are part of a larger effort to portray Barbie in fields largely dominated by men.

Erin Loos Cutraro, co-founder, and CEO of She Should Run told LadyFreethinker, “There are over 500.000 elected offices across the country and we need to be grooming more women to run for them”.

A report by the United Nations shows a global political environment still dominated by men. In August 2015, out of 195 nations, there were 11 women heads of state and 10 heads of government. Women occupied only 17% of the government minister. At the Parliament level, the situation was slightly better with 22% of women MPs. Yet, this is still far below the benchmark for valuable representation (30%).

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‘A**hole’: Denis Leary And James Corden’s New Anti-Trump Song You Will Not Stop Singing (VIDEO)

If you are on a quest for the next summer hit, look no further. James Corden, host of “The Late Late Show”, teamed up with Denis Leary and revisited the 90’s song “A**hole” in a special anti-Trump edition. In fairness, it has a go at Hillary too, but the song (which will get into your head,… (more…)

Europe Facing Turkey: ideals versus realpolitik.

Recep-tayyip-erdogan.jpgDoes Europe need Turkey more than Turkey needs Europe?

Since the aftermath of the failed coup of July 15 Recep Erdogan has been purging the military and the civil society alike, in his quest to “cleanse the country from viruses”.

And Europe is struggling to find its position toward Turkey shift toward an authoritarianism regime.

Cleaning the viruses.

The viruses Erdogan refers to are the supporters of Fethullah Gülen. Gülen, a former imam, and politologist, used to be one of Erdogan’s closest aides until their alliance fell apart in 2013 over the corruption charges brought against the President

Since then, Gülen has been living in the U.S in a self-imposed exile, but the movement named after his remains very active in Turkey. They own media, run schools, professional associations, and business activities. They represent the strongest opposition to Erdogan and his party.

Already in 2014 and 2015 Erdogan had tried to silence the movement, by arresting more than 20 journalists linked to Gülen. But he had to eventually back down after both the US and the EU cautioned him not to overstep the boundaries of democracy. Now, the failed coup has given him the perfect chance to complete the unfinished business of 2015.

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