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Conrad Black on COVID-19: Slanderous Contempt for Donald Trump is Unjustified

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It was disappointing to read Canada’s outrage at the treatment of 3M Corporation by the United States government, which halted exports of respiratory masks. At the time, scientific experts that President Donald Trump raised to the vice president’s emergency task force (to protect himself from the frenzied attacks of the democratic media and office-holders that he was a land philistine who opposed science in general), told him that the American healthcare system could collapse under the weight of the coronavirus. The Imperial College of Medicine in London had usefully predicted that it could kill more than two million Americans. The Governor of New York provided for a requirement of 20,000 ventilators, and the President had invoked the National Emergency Act. An American company appeared to be selling the items needed to save the lives of Americans to foreign countries. The administration’s response has been flawless and no other national government would have acted differently. Fortunately, the expected death toll has been significantly reduced.

The media and the holding Democrats want this crisis to seriously damage the president that he cannot win – this is their last chance to avoid Trump’s long unthinkable re-election and they are unleashed in all directions. Last week, Mike Brzezinski on MSNBC felt that Trump was pushing hydroxychloroquine as a possible remedy because there might be some financial interest. Even in the United States, where judicial interpretations of the Bill of Rights Guaranteeing Freedom of Expression made defamation cases almost impossible to win, it was probably criminal slander, if the President wanted to disturb.

On April 2, Trump prohibited 3M from fulfilling its contractual obligations as the sole Canadian supplier of essential N95 respirators.

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The American administration quickly authorized the export of the masks to Canada. But there had already been a lot of self-justified vaping in the Canadian media. The Globe and Mail of April 7 made discover to its readers an editorial with the famous line of Michelle Obama then Hillary Clinton: “When Trump goes down, we (must) go high”. It was not going low and it was not an appropriate source: the National Democratic Committee and the Clinton campaign, in 2016, funded the pastiche of lies and gossip known as the Steele dossier and corrupted the intelligence services Americans and the FBI to assist in the spread of it to try to defeat and then obstruct or eliminate Trump; that is to say, they have gone lower than anyone else in the history of American presidential politics. It was the closest that the United States had ever been tanks on the White House lawn.

The Globe editorial concludes: Americans “have been ashamed (of Trump) for more than four years. A gesture of generosity from Canada would remind people of goodwill on both sides of the border that this is not what the world is supposed to be. We are better than that. “We are certainly better than this pompous nonsense. Not only has the problem been quickly resolved, but the American political situation, as I have already mentioned here, is more complicated. Many Americans are embarrassed by Trump. He is a particular amalgam of Archie Bunker, John Wayne, George S. Patton and Leo Durocher (“Nice guys come last”), all recognizable American types, but none of them or all together represent the friendliest Americans. Foreigners like weak American presidents like Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, except when they need American force to protect them, as they did at the time of Franklin Roosevelt and intermittently since. And most of the United States’ allies were pioneers generously accepting a US military guarantee while completely failing to fulfill their commitments to contribute to the collective security of NATO, and the role of Canada in this regard for the past 25 years has been a shame. No less than most Europeans, we just think of the United States as a great Saint Bernard who will do the job and take the risks while we hold the leash, educate and scold. We are indeed “better than that”, just like the Globe and Mail. (I have known his publisher for many years and he is a charming and sensible man.)

President Donald Trump talks about the U.S. response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic during a speech to the nation at the White House Oval Office March 11, 2020.

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This theme was trumpeted in the Globe (and elsewhere) for several days; on April 6, John Ibbitson wrote that “Team Canada” was responsible for entering into a new trade agreement with the United States, lamented Trump’s “vandalism” and said that “Trump and those who support him are not friends of Canada or anyone in the world. “He proposed last week the unannounced 72nd anniversary of President Harry Truman’s signing of the Marshall Plan for the economic reconstruction of Europe. (Lamentably, few Canadians surrender account that Canada operated a parallel export credit program for Western Europe which was, for our size, equivalent to the American program.) If Ibbitson thinks that President Truman and General George Marshall (or Prime Ministers WL Mackenzie King and Louis Saint-Laurent) would have produced a penny of aid to Europe if it weren’t for the Soviet threat, he hallucinates. The relevant facts are that GDP growth pa r living in the United States went from 4.5% under President Ronald Reagan to 3.9% under President Bill Clinton, to 2% under President George W. Bush, to 1.5% under President Obama. . The elites, unaffected, did not notice it, but the people and Trump, populist billionaire, television star and impresario, noticed it. The 20 years before Trump were the worst period of presidential maladministration in the history of the country: an endless war in the Middle East to turn most of Iraq back to Iran and create a huge humanitarian catastrophe for the refugees, the world’s largest financial crisis since the Great Depression, almost entirely generated by the Clinton and Second Bush administrations, the constant loss of ground in the world to China, a flat “new normal” that results in no income growth real for more than half the population and, under Obama, higher poverty rates and violent crime and shrinking workforce.

Despite being charged with a two-year fraudulent investigation into the rigging of the elections with the Russians, followed by a completely untrue dismissal carnival (in which Trump was charged with blameless acts for which there were no evidence anyway), Trump had, until the current pandemic, the first most successful term in the history of the country with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Richard Nixon. He has kept his promises of tax cuts, deregulation, drastic reductions in illegal immigration, better trade deals, federal constitutional judges, renovating the military, crushing ISIL, reviving nuclear non-proliferation against Iran and North Korea (which had defrauded its predecessors), the elimination of unemployment and net oil imports, the reduction of poverty and violent crime and the expansion of the manufacturing sector and the workforce. Trump has effectively, if sometimes historically, managed the public health crisis and produced a package of economic aid that will quickly restore the prosperity of pre-coronaviruses. His drunken Democratic opponents, to avoid the appointment of a delusional Marxist, had to raise a scuffed wheel horse and they are headed for the last roundup.

Trump had the most successful first term in the history of the country until the current pandemic.

Conrad Black

Trump’s national enemies have the excuse of feeling Trump’s overwhelming defeat against them. We have no excuse in Canada for not recognizing the resurrection of the American force. Trump’s grievance did not concern Canada, but Mexico, for attracting American factories, exporting to the United States, encouraging the non-repatriation of profits of American companies from Mexico, and facilitating illegal entry into the United States. ” one million unskilled migrants per year. . He solved it all. And I can assure John Ibbitson that Trump is resolutely loyal to his friends. His public personality is an acquired taste, or not, although his showman talents, which are still important in the United States, are considerable. No one is talking about the upcoming rise of China to the rule of America. Canadians of all peoples should have noticed this, and thinking about the Chinese alternative, especially after its shameful performance in the coronavirus crisis, is a thought to think about. By reviving America, Trump takes the whole West with him. Our inability to perceive this is more disappointing than our ingratitude.

Note: My comment on coronavirus policy in the Netherlands two weeks ago was out of date. They have become quite restrictive and are not very effective.

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COVID-19 could infect 670,000 people in Lahore alone: ​​Pak report

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COVID-19 could infect 670,000 people in Lahore alone: ​​Pak report

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By Sajjad Hussain

Islamabad, June 1 (PTI) An estimated 670,000 people may be infected with coronavirus disease in the city of Lahore in eastern Pakistan alone, according to a report released Monday.

A detailed summary of an investigation report into the virus threat to Lahore was presented to Punjab chief minister Usman Buzdar last month.

Geo News said the document contained results of samples taken from hot spots, residences and offices in Lahore.

According to the summary, six percent of the total samples collected tested positive for COVID-19, said the news channel quoting Muhammad Usman, secretary of primary and secondary health care.

In some cities, the results indicate that 14.7% of the samples returned with positive results. The report said there was not a single area in Lahore or its surrounding areas where the infection did not reach.

Approximately 670,000 could be affected by COVID-19 in Lahore alone.

The members of the technical working group, who carried out the exercise in the city by collecting samples to assess the speed of spread of the disease, recommended imposing a complete lockdown in the city for four weeks and quarantining people over 50.

The group also advised the government to state that it is essential that people stay inside and do not venture unnecessarily.

The Punjab government has so far not responded to the reported document, which has surfaced as the number of reported casualties has risen sharply while Prime Minister Imran Khan has said more areas will be opened. PTI SH CPS

Disclaimer: – This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is automatically generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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How green are China, Europe, and the United States’ Covid-19 recovery packages? – The Organization for World Peace

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The release of China, the EU and the United States’ Covid-19 stimulus packages last week calls for a closer look at the intersection of the economy and the environment during a pandemic. Although China has authorized the construction of new coal-fired power plants, it has, according to the NYT, refrained from setting specific economic growth targets for the first time since 2002, thereby reducing the pressure on its industrial sector. Europe, despite an expected 7.4% drop in its economy, has proposed a package of $ 750 billion which encourages the production of carbon-free fuels (hydrogen) and the increase in employment thanks to the reuse of older buildings to become energy efficient. Meanwhile, the White House has not discussed the matter with the Environmental Protection Agency, having announced a relaxation of its environmental restrictions earlier in March. According to Ceres, more than 300 American companies have come together as part of the LEAD on Climate 2020 group to demand a better reconstruction strategy that recognizes the need for a clean and resilient energy economy.

It is imperative to analyze the impact of countries’ attempts to quickly resume operations as usual during the 2008 financial crisis. As the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. revealed, despite the immediate reduction in global emissions greenhouse gas emissions in 2009, in 2010, emissions reached a record level, in part because governments have implemented measures to stimulate economies, with little regard for environmental consequences. This question is particularly urgent because acting now or not doing so could determine whether the world meets or misses the 1.5C to 2C emission targets agreed in the Paris Agreement of 2015. As Mohamed Adow of Power Shift says Africa, it would be shameful if the rich countries reload their economies on the back of the vulnerable climate.

China has decided to move away from its previous economic model which was heavily dependent on an export-oriented, big in, big out strategy in favor of strengthening its domestic market. As its economy shrank 6.8% in the first quarter, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that, for the future, we must treat domestic demand as a starting point and gain a foothold as we accelerate the construction of a complete domestic consumption system and strongly promote innovation. in science, technology and other fields. President Xi Jinping had during the week beginning May 11 encouraged local officials and workers in Shaanxi Province to accelerate the diversification of the local economy to reduce dependence on traditional industries such as coal and coal. energy, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP). This emphasis on development may indicate that the objective of affluent society could, as the SCMP argues, be redefined using measures other than gross domestic product alone, offering a more comprehensive approach.

The potential political motivations of governments must be carefully monitored. As SOAS China Institute director Steve Tsang suggests, Xi Jinping’s provincial tours promote a new narrative of China in the post-Covid era, one of the constants of central leadership and superiority. State party to get China out of the crisis. Others fear that the Chinese government will choose to resume setting economic growth targets, with the support of a Chinese official involved in the drafting of the government’s work report. However, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang was quick to note that job protection, basic livelihoods and market entities all have a direct relationship to economic growth, taking advantage of the large excess debt. caused by their 4 trillion yuan stimulus package from 2008, that a shift from growth to development may be helpful. Although the country has in recent years used greener sources of energy, wind energy having multiplied by 173 according to the New Internationalist and the transition from coal to gas, it remains to be seen whether the environment will remain at at the heart of China’s development goals.

The European proposal, although substantial, should be watered down in the coming weeks and months according to the NYT, as it requires the unanimous support of 27 national leaders, who do not all agree on joint borrowing and distribution subsidies, even less on the speed of a green transition. The 750 billion will be divided in two, 500 billion being distributed among the countries in the form of a subsidy according to needs and 250 billion in the form of a loan. Lately, the European Central Bank has been supporting the economy by ensuring that money continues to flow into the financial recovery efforts. If agreed, this package would be, as the NYT explains, the first time the bloc has raised large amounts of joint debt on the capital markets, taking over the EU. one step closer to a shared budget, potentially paid by common taxes, while the collective debt resisted the richest nations in 2008. Some believe that this will strengthen economic ties between the EU. but experts warn that this is not a jump into shared debt.

In addition, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have recognized the possibility that the authorization of some EU. a faster recovery of the countries would worsen inequalities in the bloc, hampering its trade and internal operations. This could be further exacerbated by the growing tensions between China and the United States, with which the bloc trades a lot. To finance unemployment benefits, small businesses and the reconstruction of health systems, the European Commission released $ 540 billion earlier in the crisis. Since then, 17 European environment ministers, 79 members of the European Parliament, 37 CEOs and professional associations and 50 bank and insurance CEOs have signed a declaration urging governments to make the recovery of the EU a green deal , establishing a bridge between the fight against Covid-19, loss of biodiversity and climate change. While the bloc debates a law imposing carbon neutrality by 2050, it is imperative that they seize the opportunity to take concrete and lasting measures now that would allow them to achieve this goal.

Early US aid programs have not responded to calls to finance renewable energy, allowing many fossil fuel companies to share relief money. This is compounded by the relaxation of the environmental rules of March 26, 2020 by the Environmental Protection Agency, allowing power plants, factories and other facilities to determine whether they are able to meet or not legal requirements for reporting air and water pollution. While this has helped companies facing layoffs and staff cuts, among other challenges, it has given them an open license to pollute, according to Gina McCarthy, who headed the E.P.A. under the Obama administration. Some agency officials defended this decision, saying that the new policy relaxed compliance for monitoring and reporting only so that facilities could focus on ensuring their emission control equipment remained safe and operational.

With the presidential election looming, it is vital that the stimulus package does not become a problem divided along partisan lines, or between past, present and future administrations. Disapproving of the narrative that climate-friendly policies would dramatically reduce employment, a narrative often associated with Republicans, although they are not a monolith 300 companies announced on May 13 the largest call to action from the business world. They argue for investments in resilient infrastructure, immediate investments in the country’s transition to a zero net emissions economy and longer term solutions, including a carbon price. Although Democratic candidate Joe Biden has stressed his commitment to join the Paris agreement, action must be taken now, from all political walks of life. The vocalization of support for environment-friendly policies should not be used primarily for political purposes.

On May 28, the United Nations announced the postponement of the Glasgow climate talks until November 2021, but we are running out of time to avoid climate disasters. Without the pressure of the Glasgow talks, leaders should continue to participate actively in global conversations and reinvigorate international cooperation, resisting the urge of some nationalist leaders to become islanders. Many see this as a defining moment; we could either kill two birds with a stone put the global economy on the path to zero net emission or lockout [ourselves] in a fossil system from which it will be almost impossible to escape. It is only with this sense of urgency that our future, both environmental and socio-economic, will be assured.





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Burning flags: President Donald Trump calls on Supreme Court to reconsider flag laws

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Trump’s comments follow almost a week of protests across the country that sometimes turned violent after the death of Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man who died at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis. During demonstrations in some cities, people ransacked buildings and looters ransacked businesses. In Atlanta, protesters burned an American flag outside CNN headquarters and photographers have captured images of flag fires in Los Angeles and Washington state in recent days. Trump, who as a 2016 candidate proposed jail time or lost citizenship for burning the American flag, called the act “shame” on Monday and promised support for “anti-flag” status. burning”. “We have a different court and I think it’s time we reconsider this. Because when I see flags burning – they wanted to crawl masts in Washington and try to burn flags, but we stopped them,” said declared the president. governors, according to the audio of the call obtained by CNN. “They couldn’t have done it. They would have done it if we hadn’t arrested them. I think it’s time to reconsider this issue, I hope the Supreme Court will accept this.”

He continued: “If you wanted to try to pass a very powerful flag engraving law again – anti-flag engraving, I hope you will do it because we will support you 100% all the time. okay? I hope some of you do. ”

In 1989 the court divided 5-4 on the issue, finding that the protesters’ conviction for desecration of the flag was not in accordance with the First Amendment. The case involved a political demonstration at the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas.

The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, whom Trump has repeatedly praised, sided with the majority who ruled: “If there is a basic principle on which the First Amendment is based, it is that the government cannot ban the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or unpleasant. “

Scalia spoke about the issue in an interview with CNN in 2012, saying that while he does not approve of the burning of the flag, it is fundamentally protected by the Constitution and the efforts of the founding fathers to create an ungoverned government. by tyranny.

“If I were king, I would not allow people to burn the American flag. However, we have a first amendment, which says that the right to freedom of expression should not be abridged – and it is addressed especially critical government speeches, “said Scalia.

“It was the main type of speech that tyrants would seek to suppress.”

And Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, wrote a 2006 editorial for the Central Kentucky News entitled “The flag represents freedom, even to desecrate,” in which he defended the right to burn the flag. .

“No act of language is so odious that it deserves to falsify our first amendment. Our Constitution and our country are stronger than that,” he wrote. “In the end, people like that do little harm to our country. But tinkering with our first amendment could.”

However, the ban on burning flags has already attracted widespread support.

The Flag Protection Act of 1989 was supported at the time by President George HW Bush, before it was declared unconstitutional, and the Flag Protection Act, 2005, another unsuccessful attempt to criminalize the burning of flags, was co-sponsored by the then senator. Hillary Clinton.

CNN’s Arianne de Vogue, Paul LeBlanc and David Wright contributed to this report.



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