Daily Archives: October 15, 2017

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Watch “Fischer/Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64/Myung Whun Chung/Festival de Saint Denis.” on YouTube


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France 24 :  Since Trump took office in January, the world has seen a raft of US foreign policy measures that have not only stunned many members of the international community


http://m.france24.com/en/20171013-trump-foreign-policy-america-first-alienates-us-internationally-former-ambassador

Since Trump took office in January, the world has seen a raft of US foreign policy measures that have not only stunned many members of the international community, but appear to indicate that the new US president prefers to go at it alone, in particular when it comes to already forged international agreements, alliances and organisations.
FRANCE 24 spoke to Pierre Vimont, a former French ambassador to the United States and a senior fellow at foreign policy think-tank, Carnegie Endowment Europe, about Trump applying his “America first” policy to both domestic and foreign affairs.
Is Trump really going at it alone, in terms of foreign policy?
It’s certainly one of the trends we’ve been seeing since the beginning of his mandate. Trump is not a multilateralist, and he doesn’t favour organisations or alliances that are multilateral. You saw it at the NATO summit this summer, where he at first wasn’t forthcoming with article 5 and then getting out of the Paris climate agreement and now we have UNESCO and the Iran nuclear deal.
Trump’s definitely someone that fights for “America first”, and he doesn’t feel that America’s best interest is promoted inside a multilateral organisation or alliances. But you should keep in mind that his predecessor, [Barack] Obama, also felt that a multipolar world was making it complicated for America to lead, but he was still trying to find solutions inside a multilateral framework.
Trump is totally different, moving in a different direction, on his own.
Where will this ‘America first’ attitude leave the US in terms of its relations with its allies?
Aside from geopolitics, there is also this whole economic perspective. Trump has already abandoned the TTP deal [the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership], he is renegotiating NAFTA [the North-American Free Trade Agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico], and he’s quite ready to scrap it altogether if he cannot agree with these two partners. You don’t hear Trump talk much about the overall good. It’s an American leadership that is moving forward on its own, and it is becoming more and more isolated.
What I think will happen is that its allies will slowly try to find other ways to move ahead, without America. With the Iran nuclear deal for example: If America steps aside, the European Union will instead work with China and Russia on it in the future. It will be the same with climate and trade. So the question then is: How is America still going to exert [world] leadership if it’s all on its own?
Does Trump’s foreign policy put the US at risk of losing its place as a world power?
It still has a lot of power. If you look at the current crises in the world, take Syria for example, America still has a lot of military clout, but politically it is Russia which has taken the lead on the search for a political solution there. One could say the same about Ukraine, Libya or Yemen, the Trump administration seems ready to stay in the back seat and abandon its traditional leadership.
Is this position sustainable?
At some point, I think the Trump administration may have to change this attitude, because it will not benefit the business community on many economic issues. The option of American isolation internationally may reach its limits and Trump may have to reach out to his allies again.
The voters who elected Trump are calling for an American administration that defends all those who have been left behind by the present economic world order. Trump is translating that mood into his foreign policy. And so it doesn’t only have to do with Trump’s personality. It is a more profound trend.
What can we expect in the future, will the US quit more international collaborations?
Trump has been very critical of the UN global management and has called the UN to reduce its expenditure when it comes to peace-keeping forces and the length of some peace-keeping operations. One may doubt Trump will pull out, but he will keep on putting pressure on the UN.
Many are now watching whether America will retire its representation at the UN Human Rights Council. Recently, America’s UN Ambassador Nikki Haley complained about it a lot, and asked it to reform itself otherwise America may decide to leave it.
What is Trump’s overall aim with this protectionist foreign policy strategy?
I think his slogan, “Make America Great Again”, sums it up pretty well. But this “America first” policy – in the greater international perspective – will probably also mean that America will find itself more on its own. The vision of “Making America Great Again” is very much linked to a past that is now gone. The world today is one of many power nations whose presence, action and influence must be taken into consideration. It is not only Russia. We now also have a strong China, an influential India, Japan and many other partners including European nations. Their reactions to President Trump’s decision on the Iranian nuclear deal is a clear illustration of the limits today of the US leadership.

Today’s Holiday: World Food Day


Today’s Holiday:
World Food Day

Proclaimed in 1979 by the conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, World Food Day is designed to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and to promote cooperation in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. October 16 is the anniversary of the founding of the FAO in Rome, Italy, in 1945. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Eugene Gladstone O’Neill (1888)


Today’s Birthday:
Eugene Gladstone O’Neill (1888)

One of America’s greatest playwrights, O’Neill spent his youth as a heavy-drinking, itinerant seaman, then began writing plays while recovering from tuberculosis in 1912. Within a decade, he had won his first of four Pulitzer Prizes. Extremely prolific, he wrote passionate works about tortured family relationships and spiritual conflict, including Long Day’s Journey into Night and The Iceman Cometh. Both of his sons committed suicide, and he disowned his daughter for marrying whom? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Olympic Medalists Create Furor with Black Power Salute (1968)


This Day in History:
Olympic Medalists Create Furor with Black Power Salute (1968)

The silent protest of two black American athletes at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City was an iconic and controversial statement. Sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos received their medals shoeless to draw attention to black poverty in America, and they performed the Black Power salute as their national anthem played. They were booed by the crowd and were later expelled from the staunchly apolitical games. Smith saluted with his right hand. Why was Carlos forced to salute with his left? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Jane Austen


Quote of the Day:
Jane Austen

Give a girl an education, and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Madeline La Framboise


Article of the Day:
Madeline La Framboise

Though 19th-century women were expected to be homemakers, La Framboise engaged in the dangerous occupation of fur trading. She had great success in the territory of present-day Michigan, where she owned many trading posts with her husband. While an experienced fur trader at the time earned about $1,000 per year, La Framboise collected $5,000 to $10,000 annually. She managed the family trading business—and further expanded it while raising two children—after what happened to her husband? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: like (one’s) life depends on it


Idiom of the Day:
like (one’s) life depends on it

With maximum, possibly desperate, effort or energy (i.e., as if one is at risk of losing one’s life if one fails). Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: monitory


Word of the Day:
monitory

Definition: (adjective) Conveying an admonition or a warning.
Synonyms: admonitory, cautionary, exemplary, warning
Usage: She shot him a monitory glance and he quickly changed the subject to one less controversial.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Wa-Kan-Ta-I-Shni or Wancan-Ya-Kea or Wakan-Tanin-Sni (Lost Medicine). Hunkpapa Lakota. Possibly printed by Jackson. Photo by Alexander Gardner. 1872. Source – National Anthropological Archives.


Wa-Kan-Ta-I-Shni or Wancan-Ya-Kea or Wakan-Tanin-Sni (Lost Medicine).  Hunkpapa Lakota. Possibly printed by Jackson. Photo by Alexander Gardner. 1872. Source - National Anthropological Archives.

Wa-Kan-Ta-I-Shni or Wancan-Ya-Kea or Wakan-Tanin-Sni (Lost Medicine). Hunkpapa Lakota. Possibly printed by Jackson. Photo by Alexander Gardner. 1872. Source – National Anthropological Archives.

The magnificent Palazzo Pitti, #Florence.


The magnificent Palazzo Pitti, #Florence.

The magnificent Palazzo Pitti, #Florence.

Thanks to @mirconfuso for sharing this beautiful shot with us on Instagram!

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Everliving music: Watch “Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3 – Sir Neville Marriner, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra” on YouTube


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Watch “The Oldest Known Melody (Hurrian Hymn no.6 – c.1400 B.C.)” on YouTube


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Chi possiede dolcezza e tenerezza nel proprio cuore non sarà mai povero. Cit.


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St. Peter’s Basilica Vatican


St. Peter's Basilica Vatican

St. Peter’s Basilica Vatican