A SECOND OPINION: A Year to Ponder

A SECOND OPINION: A Year to Ponder »

5 Jan, 2023
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Three Kings • Energy Independence • Migrants • Bail Reform •  Green Agenda • Ukraine • China • US Presidential Election • Blizzard

TOXIC FALLOUT FROM THE WORLD CUP

TOXIC FALLOUT FROM THE WORLD CUP »

27 Dec, 2022
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At the World Cup final, Argentina wrestled the magnificent $20 million, 18-carat solid gold World Cup trophy from France, the defending champion. Enthusiastic sports commentators raved about “the best supermatch of all time.” But when the dust of the desert has settled, there’s nothing left in Doha but the bitter taste of defeat – a defeat brought on by the failure of sportswashing to gloss over the Qatari image and present the Gulf state to the world as a liberal modern state. Among the debris from the Qatar fallout is the tarnished image of the European Parliament, some of whose MEPs, staff and lobbyists are accused of accepting succulent sportswashing bribes from Qatar. Upbraiding the suspects, EP President Roberta Metsola said, “Shame on you for violating the trust of the people of Europe.”

A Second Opinion: Fentanyl–A Deadly Drug from China/ Mary Foran

A Second Opinion: Fentanyl–A Deadly Drug from China/ Mary Foran »

27 Sep, 2022
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Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid developed for pain management treatment of cancer patients. Its potency means it is profitable for drug dealers as well as dangerous and deadly for those who use it, intentionally or unintentionally. Fentanyl began seeping into the illegal drug market a decade ago, chiefly supplied through the mail by China. But the Asian country won't cooperate in blocking shipments to the US in retaliation against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

STATESIDE STORIES: The China Threat –Taiwan the Focal Point

STATESIDE STORIES: The China Threat –Taiwan the Focal Point »

4 Aug, 2022
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Christopher Wray, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation: "China is engaged in a whole-of-state effort to become the world’s only superpower by any means necessary.” Nancy Pelosi: "Our delegation’s visit to Taiwan honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy.”

A SECOND OPINION: Biden’s War on Fossil Fuels

A SECOND OPINION: Biden’s War on Fossil Fuels »

11 Jul, 2022
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Biden desperately wants Americans to abandon gasoline-powered cars and adopt electric vehicles, conveniently forgetting that 80 percent of an EVs volts stem from natural gas (38.3%), nasty coal (21.8%), and glow-in-the-dark nuclear (18.9%). I don’t want to have to give up my compact car that gets 42 miles to the gallon any time soon. Prices are from $5.50 to $6.00 a gallon in this area. I know it’s more expensive in Spain, so I don’t like to complain.

NATO SUMMIT IN MADRID SETS THE ALLIANCE’S STRATEGY FOR THE NEXT DECADE

NATO SUMMIT IN MADRID SETS THE ALLIANCE’S STRATEGY FOR THE NEXT DECADE »

27 Jun, 2022
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"NATO Leaders are meeting in Madrid at a pivotal time for our security. Russia's war against Ukraine has shattered peace in Europe, caused far-reaching energy and food crises, and shaken the rules-based international order. NATO's response has been swift and united. . . At the Madrid Summit, the Alliance will address other challenges, like China’s coercive policies or the security consequences of climate change. It will continue to adapt to a changing world and keep its one billion people safe."

Stateside Stories: A Press Conference for the People

Stateside Stories: A Press Conference for the People »

2 Apr, 2021
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In his first formal news conference in 65 days of his new Administration, President Joe Biden tackled immigration, Covid-19, the Congressional filibuster, the China threat, and the war in Afghanistan. . .He said he expects to run for re-election with Kamala Harris as his running mate in 2024.

THE DESESCALADA: WE HAVE A FRACTION OF OUR FREEDOM BACK!

THE DESESCALADA: WE HAVE A FRACTION OF OUR FREEDOM BACK! »

4 May, 2020
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On 2 May, the Government of Spain has given us back a small fraction of our pre-COVID19 freedom. We were let out of our homes for a few hours. It was the beginning of the desescalada. The beginning of something that we don’t know for sure what. But it’s something that feels precious because somehow it smacks of rebirth. In the middle of all the uncertainty, there was one thing unequivocal: a deep sense of gratitude. We wouldn’t be here now, out on our first true taste of sunshine and the soft breeze of spring, without the healthcare workers who have put their own lives on the line so we could live. Their heroism is breathtaking. We’ve lived by the rules so that we all could live even though some of us hadn’t been able to make it. And we grieve for them.

THE CORONA CRISIS: MY TRANSOCEANIC ODYSSEY

THE CORONA CRISIS: MY TRANSOCEANIC ODYSSEY »

15 Apr, 2020
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‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’ is the theme song of my life. It was the few days before lockdown began in Spain that Monday in mid March. I knew I would enjoy the time for solitude that the lockdown would provide. I would have plenty of time to read, write and meditate upon what I want to do with my life as a 23-year-old recent college grad. But my parents preferred me to come home. Dear Spain, muchas gracias for the short time we had together. We’ll see each other soon, once the gods permit.

NONCHALANT NO MORE

NONCHALANT NO MORE »

27 Feb, 2020
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Spain has finally learned that where the notorious coronavirus is concerned, no country is an island. When northern Italy was hit by the virus, everyone felt it was just a matter of hours – not days – before the virus reared its ugly head here. Spanish Minister of Health Salvador Illa urges calm, common sense and trust in the public health system, Spain’s crown jewel. Fifteen people have tested positive and the number is likely to rise in the looming pandemia. People in Spain are caught between believing and blind panic.