The real loser in Barack Obama’s worldview? David Cameron. – The Washington Post

English: US President Barack Obama and British...

English: US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron trade bottles of beer to settle a bet they made on the U.S. vs. England World Cup Soccer game (which ended in a tie), during a bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada, Saturday, June 26, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article from the Washington Post is an important read. It examines Jeffrey Goldberg‘s interviews of President Obama, published in the Atlantic.

It suggests that Obama’s view of his British counterpart is remarkably bleak.

Although I am politically conservative (open this link for an analysis of my political views), I have never been a great supporter of David Cameron. He’s made lots of mistakes but to be fair to him, he has improved.

In my view, the deterioration in UK/US relations is down much more to Obama. Obama came to office with prejudiced views and had no place for the UK. History will soon be written about Obama and I personally believe it will be highly critical of Obama foreign policy.

Let’s face it, Obama has probably been America’s weakest president for a hundred years.


Opinion – Cyprus lauded on exit from €10bn bailout – – John Gelmini

Map of Cyprus showing Greek Cypriot Part of th...

Map of Cyprus showing Greek Cypriot Part of the Famagusta district. The green areas are the UK Sovereign Base Areas, the blue area is the UN buffer zone. Areas north of the buffer zone are controlled by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, areas south are controlled by the Greek Cypriot government. Nederlands: Kaart van Cyprus met het district Famagusta. Português: Localização do distrito de Famagusta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an interesting FT article brought to us via Dr Alf ,who’s currently visiting Cambodia and concentrating more on travel blogs at the moment.

This is very good news and an excellent antidote to the gloom and doom of Syria and the Greek debt crisis, the unnecessary migrant crisis and the furore about BREXIT in the UK and amongst frightened pensioner expatriates in Spain.

Cyprus should be able to attract wealthy foreign investors and persuade the Russian oligarchs, who withdrew their money in the nick of time before the Cypriot “Bail-in” and “haircut”, to once again invest in Cyprus.

The discovery of offshore oil will also help, especially once oil prices firm up over the next 2 years.

John Gelmini