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Trump versus the Media

Written by Mike Minehan on .

It seems that the new President of the United States is happiest when he has an enemy to attack. His fans also love this pugilism, perhaps because this is the feeling of being in the thick of it together, us against them.

 'Them' in this case is the mainstream media in America, mainly the big outlets such as the New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN.

It suits Trump to berate the media, because mainstream news was quick to point out his inaccuracies, contradictions and falsehoods during his election campaign.

Almost all of Trump's rallies were an opportunity to attack the media. "I would never kill them, but I do hate them. And some of them are such lying, disgusting people." This was Trump's opinion about journalists at one of his campaign rallies.

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Sport of Trump Watching

Written by Mike Minehan on .

Trump watching has now become one of the world's major sports, as everyone from world leaders to ordinary people, try to figure out what the President-Elect will do next. 

Perhaps nobody is enjoying this sport more than Trump himself. The Washing post reports that Trump's world is "a never-ending drama in which the star lives in the moment and careens from controversy to controversy with a dizzying flood of tweets and off-the-cuff remarks to the media. This could become Washington's new normal, as a billionarie who thrives on impulse, defies protocol and lives to entertain, prepares to move into the White House."

Trump's previous crowning achievement, apart from the creation of his multi-billion dollar real estate empire, was starring in his reality TV show, The Apprentice, in which contestants would compete to become Trump's assistant, or apprentice. Famously, Trump would fire contestants who didn't perform well.

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45th President of the USA

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The American people have spoken, and Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States. Trump's victory is being described as the biggest upset ever in US Presidential history. Hiliary Clinton didn't just lose the Presidential race, she was swept away, even in her own Democratic heartlands.

Not unsurprisingly, Trump's election is causing some concern in the rest of the world. Curriencies around the world initiatlly dropped when the Trump victory was announced. The value of the US dollar, the Euro, pound sterling and the yen fell, the  DOW Futures were down 800, and the value of the Mexican peso hit an all time low. 

There were anti-Trump riots across America, following Trump's election win:

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Ripoffs Incorporated

Written by Mike Minehan on .

The USA needs to drastically revise its response to irresponsible corporate behaviour.

Corporate irresponsibility was highlighted this week by the retirement payout to Michael Pearson, the former CEO of the drug company, Valeant. CEO Pearson received a golden parachute of nine million dollars payout, including a further $83,333 per month as an on-going consultant until the end of 2016, and then $15,000 per month thereafter whilst providing services.

This was despite a catastrophic drop in the Valeant share price under Pearson’s watch, and other questionable practices, as explained in this video:

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Three-Way Race for Presidency

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A third contender for the American Presidency has emerged. It’s the media.

The usual role for the meia is the passenger, or commentator in politics. But in the 2016 American presidential campaign, the media itself has emerged as a contender.

This is because in the USA, in particular, the media has largely taken a stand against the divisive politics of the Republican contender, Donald Trump. The following commentary is from the US political website, The Hill.

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World's Latest Flashpoint

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The Network of ASEAN Defense and Security meets in Vientiane, Laos, on Thursday, 24 March. Delegates will have a lot to talk about, particularly China’s miltarization of the Paracel and Spratley Islands in the South China Sea.

This militarization has launched a new arms race, as well as strategic jockeying between the USA and its allies, ASEAN members and Japan.

 
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Politics of Showbiz

Written by Mike Minehan on .

The Donald Trump campaign for the US Presidency has now added violence to its mix of confrontation and division.

Trump’s campaign rallies recently included a bloody stop in St Louis, and chaos in Chicago. And far from trying to contain the violence, Trump is exacerbating it further by threatening protestors with comments such as “I’d like to punch him right in the face,” and saying “that’s what we need a little bit more of.”

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US Presidential Elections

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It's interesting to try to get a fix on America in the lead up to the 2016 Presidential elections.

The first impression is the importance of celebrity. The Donald Trump run at the Presidential nomination is surely more about showbiz than substance. The Donald seems to be ahead in the Republican sweepstakes more on the basis of his celebrity, rather than rational arguments or proof of policy analysis.

The following is a showbiz analysis of the showbiz appeal of Donald Trump:

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Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East

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 A number of uncertainties remain about the question of Iran and nuclear weapons.

Iran claims that it doesn't intend to develop nuclear weapons, but it has hidden its nuclear research facilities in the past, and has been duplicitous about its nuclear research and development. Fox News claims that Iran is already cheating on the nuclear deal recently negotiated with the six nations, led by the USA. Admittedly Fox News is anti-President Obama, and is pro-republican, but the following analyais is still food for thought: