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“[Trump] ist eine Herausforderung für die Erwachsenen im Raum”

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Deutsche Welle: Merkel: Europe can no longer rely on US and Britain. “The German chancellor’s comments came after contentious meetings with US President Donald Trump at NATO and G7 summit meetings. Trump clashed with America’s allies over global warming, mutual defense and trade.”

“US President Donald Trump, who campaigned as a global-warming denier – calling it a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese – refused to go along with his six counterparts in reaffirming their support for the 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit the rise in global temperatures.

“For that reason,” Merkel continued, “I can only say: We Europeans really have to take our fates in our own hands.”

Of course, that must be done in a spirit of friendship with the United States and Britain, she said, “But we have to wage our own fight for our future, as Europeans, for our fate.””

Deutsche Welle: Merkel nach G7-Gipfel: USA kein verlässlicher Partner mehr. “Der G7-Gipfel auf Sizilien hat offenbar Spuren hinterlassen: Kanzlerin Merkel zeigte sich bei einer Rede in München enttäuscht. Sie setzt auf den Zusammenhalt der Europäer und hofft dabei vor allem auf Frankreich.”

“Beim Gipfel der sieben großen Industrienationen in Italien hatten die Staats- und Regierungschef am Freitag und Samstag kaum Fortschritte erzielt. Der US-Präsident hatte die G7 mit seinem Konfrontationskurs in eine tiefe Krise gestürzt. Der Versuch, Trump ein Bekenntnis zum Pariser Klimaschutzvertrag abzuringen, war kläglich gescheitert. Eine endgültige Entscheidung dazu will er nächste Woche treffen. Kaum gesichtswahrende Formulierungen fanden die G7 in letzter Minute zum Thema Handel.”

Kommentar von Barbara Wesel: Warten auf bessere Zeiten. “Dieses G7-Treffen hätte das Ende des Bündnisses bringen können. Doch es gelang sechs Gipfelteilnehmern, den siebten zu bändigen: Donald Trump. Dennoch war die Veranstaltung äußerst peinlich, meint Barbara Wesel.”

““For almost all of them, marriage means rape on their wedding night and thereafter.””

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

The New York Times: 11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida.

“Johnson, the former 11-year-old unwitting bride who is now fighting for Florida to set a minimum marriage age (there is none now), says […] she was raped by both a minister and a parishioner and gave birth to a daughter when she was just 10 (the birth certificate confirms that). A judge approved the marriage to end the rape investigation, she says, telling her, “What we want is for you to get married.”
“It was a terrible life,” Johnson recalls, recounting her years as a child raising children. She missed school and remembers spending her days changing diapers, arguing with her husband and struggling to pay expenses. She ended up with pregnancy after pregnancy — nine children in all — while her husband periodically abandoned her.

“They took the handcuffs from handcuffing him,” she says, referring to the risk he faced of arrest for rape, “to handcuffing me, by marrying me without me knowing what I was doing.””

Link via MetaFilter.

“I now actually have something in common with Donald Trump because I, too, preferred my previous life before he became president.”

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Stupid Watergate. (YouTube, 24min) In which John Oliver answers the questions “What the fuck is going on? How big a deal is this? Where do we go from here? Is this real life?”

Link via MetaFilter: It has been _0_ days since the last Trump disaster.

“Could it be Rick?”

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

The Atlantic: In the Land of Missing Persons. “Two families, two bodies, and a wilderness of secrets.” By Alex Tizon.

“They found what was left of him in the spring of 2014. Firefighters battling a huge blaze on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula first spotted a boot in the dirt. Then they noticed some bones scattered across a wide grassy area. Fire crews in Alaska are used to seeing the bones of moose, caribou, bears, and other large creatures that live and die in these woods. So it wasn’t until crew members found a human skull that they stopped to consider that the pieces might go together. The skull was resting on its side, the face angled toward the ground. A few blackened molars clung to the upper jaw. The lower jaw was missing.”

Six headlines in twelve hours

Friday, May 19th, 2017

The Washington Post: The White House’s absolutely brutal night, in 6 headlines.

“For any president, one of these headlines would be very bad news. For President Trump, they all came in a span of 12 hours:
So here’s a quick summary of why each of these stories is significant, and what it means going forward.”