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Trump to U.N.: America ‘Among the Greatest Forces for Good in the History of the World’


The concluding passages of President Donald Trump’s address to the U.N. General Assembly sought to define and defend patriotism – not only for Americans, although naturally his focus was on the patriotic history of his own country. Trump called for a revival of patriotic spirit around the world, in the process delivering a backhanded slap to globalism without calling it out by name.

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Death Toll Reaches 225 in Mexico City Earthquake

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Rescue workers, military personnel, and volunteers continue to search for survivors in the rubble following a deadly 7.1 earthquake that claimed 225 lives so far.

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Watch: 7.1 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City


Residents in Mexico City and other central regions of the country are assessing the damages left by a 7.1 earthquake that struck on the 32nd anniversary of the country’s deadliest quake to date.

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Flynn: Emmys Insult the Audience and the Audience Predictably Tunes Out

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The most politicized Emmy Awards goes down in history as the lowest-rated Emmy Awards.

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Carlson: Emmys Showed Many of America’s Most Famous Artists Aren’t Artists — ‘Hacks,’ ‘Their Shows Are Dumb’


Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson offered his thoughts on the annual Primetime Emmy Awards held a night early, which had politics on display with its presentation and choice of award recipients. Carlson argued the Emmys demonstrated the contempt Hollywood and other elites have for those that voted for Trump and that it also showed that there was not much value in the so-called art they have produced. Partial transcript as follows: So celebrities are liberal. They don’t like Trump. Whatever. That’s fine. In fact, it’s normal. That is not what is striking here. Last night’s show wasn’t really about Trump. It was an expression of the contempt America’s ruling class has for the rest of this country, for the zip codes they don’t live in. The middle class elected Donald Trump last November. Last night Hollywood denounced them for doing it. But don’t kid yourself. You could have heard the exact same contempt for Middle America at any Google board meeting or Facebook employees for that matter, at any bar in Washington where fundraisers from both parties regularly gather. What we are watching now is no longer a debate between conservatives and liberals. It’s

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Pharrell Williams: The Real ‘Enemy’ Is On ‘This Side of the Wall’


Music super-producer Pharrell Williams delivered a political speech Monday at VH1’s 2017 Hip Hop Honors: The ’90s Game Changers, urging viewers to “open your eyes” to the racial unrest in America.

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Judge Roy Moore: We Removed God from Schools, Shootings and Death Filled the Void


U.S. Senate contender Roy Moore says we removed God from our schools and the result has been death in school after school after school.

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The greatest drama of the 21st century – The Manila Times

THE rise of China, international relations theorist John Ikenberry said, will undoubtedly be one of the great dramas of the twenty-first century. Chinas dramatic economic growth and increasing prominence in international politics propel its ascendance. Americas pre-eminence has now met its rival. And Uncle Sam can already feel on his nape the moist hot breath of this dragon.

The realist perspective represents best the pessimist view on Chinas rise. Realists pessimism stems from perspectives that go as far back as Thucydides who pointed out in The History of the Peloponessian War the danger that arises whenever the current superpower declines and a new one emerges. This view predicts that China, the emerging superpower, will be a potential troublemaker; or the US, the current one, would launch a preventive war against China to stem its ascendance before it becomes too powerful a menace to its interests.

Realist pessimists predict that Chinas economic rise would provoke its leaders to define their national interests more expansively. Offensive realist theorist John Mearsheimer argued in Better to Be Godzilla than Bambi that China cannot rise peacefully. It will be drawn to intense security competition with the US, and the more likely outcome of this confrontation is war. This sees the future relationship between them as a zero-sum game.

Several factors feed this perspective. Chief of them is the specter of aggressive nationalism and anti-West sentiment haunting China, which are laid down in two best selling Chinese books. The first is China Is Unhappy, a book popular among Chinese youth. Published in 2009, it provides a litany of reasons why China is unhappy with the way its being treated by the West. It advocates that, along with its economic might, China must beef up its military strength and become more assertive against Western provocations. The same message is echoed in China Dream, a book written by Liu Mingfu. Published in 2010, it departs from the official peaceful rise narrative. It prescribes a national grand goal for China to restore its glorious past, which Liu believes requires toppling the US. It recommends that China must rise both economically and militarily, and it must be ready to prevail by any means necessary over its strategic rival.

Moreover, there are already signs that China is trying to contest US hegemony. It has been using its financial power to expand its political and diplomatic influence and thereby hedging against the excesses of US global dominance. It has been building its influence and prestige in Africa, Central Asia, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Besides these material bases, China also has an ideational base for its hegemonic challenge: a potential Chinese world order based on 1) Chinese traditional belief in benign hierarchical relationships; 2) a non-Western developmental model, which appeals to a lot of developing countries; and 3) an economic order rooted on Chinese Confucian tradition of seeking a datong society, which emphasizes social welfare and collective goods.

However, the primary pitfall of the pessimist view on Chinas ascent is the tacit assumption that the current international system has been the same since Thucydides. Though an emerging power, China faces a different international order from that encountered by rising superpowers in the past. The current order is more integrated, accommodating, and rules-based. Furthermore, the aggressive and expansionist views contained in China Is Unhappy and China Dream hardly represent the intentions of China. In fact, China has kept on reaffirming its peaceful rise narrative. As Henry Kissinger argued in On China, peaceful development is the genuine and enduring policy of China because it is the policy that best serves Chinese interests and comports with the international strategic situation.

This doesnt mean that conflict between the US and China cannot happen. Taiwan remains to be an issue that can trigger a military conflict, but this can be avoided by both parties if they stick to their position in their three previous communiqus, which state their commitment to the peaceful resolution of the cross-straits issue. However, there are other potential flash points, such as in the East China Sea, in North Korea (if it collapses violently, and China decides to send troops to restore order there), and the South China Sea. The US may be drawn to war with China because of its security guarantees with its allies such as Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines. Escalation of these conflicts into a full-blown war can be prevented if the US would play the role of mediator rather than instigator by using its influence to promote peaceful negotiations of these disputes. More importantly, war can be avoided if both American and Chinese policymakers would always keep the assumption that armed conflict between them would not only be disastrous for both of them but for the rest of the world.

Ikenberry is right that Chinas rise and how the US would respond to it would be one of the greatest dramas of the 21st century. Ultimately, how that story will unfold depends on how China and the US perceive their rivalry. That rivalry would remain peaceful if they perceive each other more as friends who can sometimes disagree rather than enemies whose occasional agreement only serves as a tactic to a more sinister strategy: to cut each others head off.

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Turning a blind eye to extreme Right or Left anti-Semitism – Ynetnews

There was no need to wait for the neo-Nazi rally staged by white supremacists in Charlottesville to know that something is wrong with the parts of American society. There was no need to wait for the response of the US president, who blamed both sides, to know that these problematic elements have permeated the highest echelons of the US political system.

It must be pointed out however, in 2016 there was a decline in involvement of white racists in acts of murder. But their current prominence and development since the the ascent of Trump, and the neo-Nazi demonstrations in Charlottesville, is a cause for grave concern among Jews.

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Trump to U.N.: America ‘Among the Greatest Forces for Good in the History of the World’

The concluding passages of President Donald Trump’s address to the U.N. General Assembly sought to define and defend patriotism – not only for Americans, although naturally his focus was on the patriotic history of his own country. Trump called for a revival of patriotic spirit around the world, in the process delivering a backhanded slap to globalism without calling it out by name.

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Death Toll Reaches 225 in Mexico City Earthquake

Rescue workers, military personnel, and volunteers continue to search for survivors in the rubble following a deadly 7.1 earthquake that claimed 225 lives so far.

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Watch: 7.1 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City

Residents in Mexico City and other central regions of the country are assessing the damages left by a 7.1 earthquake that struck on the 32nd anniversary of the country’s deadliest quake to date.

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Flynn: Emmys Insult the Audience and the Audience Predictably Tunes Out

The most politicized Emmy Awards goes down in history as the lowest-rated Emmy Awards.

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Carlson: Emmys Showed Many of America’s Most Famous Artists Aren’t Artists — ‘Hacks,’ ‘Their Shows Are Dumb’

Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson offered his thoughts on the annual Primetime Emmy Awards held a night early, which had politics on display with its presentation and choice of award recipients. Carlson argued the Emmys demonstrated the contempt Hollywood and other elites have for those that voted for Trump and that it also showed that there was not much value in the so-called art they have produced. Partial transcript as follows: So celebrities are liberal. They don’t like Trump. Whatever. That’s fine. In fact, it’s normal. That is not what is striking here. Last night’s show wasn’t really about Trump. It was an expression of the contempt America’s ruling class has for the rest of this country, for the zip codes they don’t live in. The middle class elected Donald Trump last November. Last night Hollywood denounced them for doing it. But don’t kid yourself. You could have heard the exact same contempt for Middle America at any Google board meeting or Facebook employees for that matter, at any bar in Washington where fundraisers from both parties regularly gather. What we are watching now is no longer a debate between conservatives and liberals. It’s

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Pharrell Williams: The Real ‘Enemy’ Is On ‘This Side of the Wall’

Music super-producer Pharrell Williams delivered a political speech Monday at VH1’s 2017 Hip Hop Honors: The ’90s Game Changers, urging viewers to “open your eyes” to the racial unrest in America.

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Judge Roy Moore: We Removed God from Schools, Shootings and Death Filled the Void

U.S. Senate contender Roy Moore says we removed God from our schools and the result has been death in school after school after school.

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The greatest drama of the 21st century – The Manila Times

THE rise of China, international relations theorist John Ikenberry said, will undoubtedly be one of the great dramas of the twenty-first century. Chinas dramatic economic growth and increasing prominence in international politics propel its ascendance. Americas pre-eminence has now met its rival. And Uncle Sam can already feel on his nape the moist hot breath of this dragon. The realist perspective represents best the pessimist view on Chinas rise. Realists pessimism stems from perspectives that go as far back as Thucydides who pointed out in The History of the Peloponessian War the danger that arises whenever the current superpower declines and a new one emerges. This view predicts that China, the emerging superpower, will be a potential troublemaker; or the US, the current one, would launch a preventive war against China to stem its ascendance before it becomes too powerful a menace to its interests. Realist pessimists predict that Chinas economic rise would provoke its leaders to define their national interests more expansively. Offensive realist theorist John Mearsheimer argued in Better to Be Godzilla than Bambi that China cannot rise peacefully. It will be drawn to intense security competition with the US, and the more likely outcome of this confrontation is war. This sees the future relationship between them as a zero-sum game. Several factors feed this perspective. Chief of them is the specter of aggressive nationalism and anti-West sentiment haunting China, which are laid down in two best selling Chinese books. The first is China Is Unhappy, a book popular among Chinese youth. Published in 2009, it provides a litany of reasons why China is unhappy with the way its being treated by the West. It advocates that, along with its economic might, China must beef up its military strength and become more assertive against Western provocations. The same message is echoed in China Dream, a book written by Liu Mingfu. Published in 2010, it departs from the official peaceful rise narrative. It prescribes a national grand goal for China to restore its glorious past, which Liu believes requires toppling the US. It recommends that China must rise both economically and militarily, and it must be ready to prevail by any means necessary over its strategic rival. Moreover, there are already signs that China is trying to contest US hegemony. It has been using its financial power to expand its political and diplomatic influence and thereby hedging against the excesses of US global dominance. It has been building its influence and prestige in Africa, Central Asia, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Besides these material bases, China also has an ideational base for its hegemonic challenge: a potential Chinese world order based on 1) Chinese traditional belief in benign hierarchical relationships; 2) a non-Western developmental model, which appeals to a lot of developing countries; and 3) an economic order rooted on Chinese Confucian tradition of seeking a datong society, which emphasizes social welfare and collective goods. However, the primary pitfall of the pessimist view on Chinas ascent is the tacit assumption that the current international system has been the same since Thucydides. Though an emerging power, China faces a different international order from that encountered by rising superpowers in the past. The current order is more integrated, accommodating, and rules-based. Furthermore, the aggressive and expansionist views contained in China Is Unhappy and China Dream hardly represent the intentions of China. In fact, China has kept on reaffirming its peaceful rise narrative. As Henry Kissinger argued in On China, peaceful development is the genuine and enduring policy of China because it is the policy that best serves Chinese interests and comports with the international strategic situation. This doesnt mean that conflict between the US and China cannot happen. Taiwan remains to be an issue that can trigger a military conflict, but this can be avoided by both parties if they stick to their position in their three previous communiqus, which state their commitment to the peaceful resolution of the cross-straits issue. However, there are other potential flash points, such as in the East China Sea, in North Korea (if it collapses violently, and China decides to send troops to restore order there), and the South China Sea. The US may be drawn to war with China because of its security guarantees with its allies such as Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines. Escalation of these conflicts into a full-blown war can be prevented if the US would play the role of mediator rather than instigator by using its influence to promote peaceful negotiations of these disputes. More importantly, war can be avoided if both American and Chinese policymakers would always keep the assumption that armed conflict between them would not only be disastrous for both of them but for the rest of the world. Ikenberry is right that Chinas rise and how the US would respond to it would be one of the greatest dramas of the 21st century. Ultimately, how that story will unfold depends on how China and the US perceive their rivalry. That rivalry would remain peaceful if they perceive each other more as friends who can sometimes disagree rather than enemies whose occasional agreement only serves as a tactic to a more sinister strategy: to cut each others head off.

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Turning a blind eye to extreme Right or Left anti-Semitism – Ynetnews

There was no need to wait for the neo-Nazi rally staged by white supremacists in Charlottesville to know that something is wrong with the parts of American society. There was no need to wait for the response of the US president, who blamed both sides, to know that these problematic elements have permeated the highest echelons of the US political system. It must be pointed out however, in 2016 there was a decline in involvement of white racists in acts of murder. But their current prominence and development since the the ascent of Trump, and the neo-Nazi demonstrations in Charlottesville, is a cause for grave concern among Jews. Photo: Reuters US neo-Nazis

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