Does Trump care about human rights? The president says his foreign policy is based on “principled realism”. Will Trump’s “principled realism” let autocrats off the hook? President Trump’s foreign policy is a “dangerous farce”. Trump’s foreign policy is incoherent: From Syria to Russia, the administration doesn’t seem to agree on its messaging — or who should deliver it. Don’t lose sight of how strange and dangerous the Trump administration’s anti-Islam worldview is. Donald Trump killed the “indispensable nation” — good, what might countries accomplish now that they can’t rely on America? People outside the U.S. hate Trump — will they punish their leaders for working with him?

Trump’s European trip was a watershed moment: A split has emerged between the U.S. and its European allies — and there’s probably no going back. Emmanuel Macron says Donald Trump is like Putin and Erdogan. French President Emmanuel Macron just went after Russia — to Putin’s face. Former NATO envoy: “This seems to be the end of an era”. Trump is already guilty of aiding Putin’s attack on America. Trump just handed the reins of global leadership to Russia and China. Donald Trump deals away America’s prestige, and his own position. How Republicans are helping Trump destroy the U.S.’s global credibility.


Marquis Bey (Cornell): The Trans-ness of Blackness, the Blackness of Trans-ness. At Chinese factory where Ivanka Trump shoes are made, an activist is detained. Gay son of Indian immigrant Leo Varadkar likely to be Ireland’s next leader. This is what an honest account of history looks like: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu destroyed all justifications for having Confederate monuments in his city. Jesse Singal on how the self-esteem craze took over America — and why the hype was irresistible. Katie Fitzpatrick on heartlessness as an intellectual style. Tim Parks on the pleasures of pessimism. Emily Parker writes in praise of echo chambers. From Magculture, Jeremy Leslie interviews Matt Kelly of The New European.

Democrats warn Trump against pre-emptive attack on North Korea. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says military solution to North Korea would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale”. Hawaii is preparing a new nuclear contingency plan because of North Korea. What would the government do after a WMD attack? We have no idea. US successfully intercepts ICBM in historic test. North Korean hackers are scarier than North Korean nukes.


Putin’s defender: American Russia scholar Stephen Cohen on why he doesn’t believe the New York Times, doesn’t think the DNC was hacked, and just wants the U.S. and Russia to get along. Russians think Trump might be a Russian asset, and they might be right: The most innocent explanations of Donald Trump’s shadowy relationship with Russia have grown increasingly fanciful, while the most paranoid interpretations have grown increasingly more plausible. With Kushner revelations, the worst case scenario comes into view. Meet Marc Kasowitz, the hard-charging lawyer Trump tapped to defend him in Russia probe. The Senate Intelligence Committee is showing courage.

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