Opinion – President Trump flunks a moral test – Lexington – Economist

Here’s a damning and brilliantly incisive article from the Economist. It highlights that Donald Trump, a man of strong views, proves oddly ambivalent—once again—about white supremacist violence.

Source: President Trump flunks a moral test

The Economist article is rightly very critical of Trump’s failure to condemn the ‘white supremacists. The world’s media is beginning to wake up to the reality of a Far Right US president in power.

For example, the NYT Twitter headline highlights, ‘Trump is often seized by caution when addressing the violence and vitriol of white nationalists and neo-Nazis‘.

The inference is that Trump’s power base includes white nationalists and neo-Nazis and by protecting his power base, Trump leaves us questioning whether he’s simply a white nationalists and neo-Nazi himself?

The Economist’s moral test is important but more importantly it questions Trump’s judgement, leadership and fundamentally why’s he still running the US?

Liberals in North America and around the world will start to question whether Trump’s America has simply become a fascist state?


Refugees Are Welcome in Germany But For How Long? – Juan Moreno – SPIEGEL ONLINE

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This is an outstanding, must-read article by Juan Moreno, published in Spiegel Online.

Source: Refugees Are Welcome in Germany But For How Long? – SPIEGEL ONLINE

For me, this article illustrates why liberal Spiegel is one of the world’s top newspapers and should be seen as a gold-standard for newspapers around the world. By comparison, media in the UK is too strong on political bias and less robust in the quality of reporting – this has been a deteriorating trend.

The author shares his own experience, plus those of his immigrant parents, and interviews with two of Germany’s top experts on immigration. The article is balanced, reflective, citing both objective data like statistics and recounting subjective case studies. The conclusion is up to each individual reader.

I wish that left-wing biased newspapers in the UK, like the Guardian and the BBC, would benchmark their quality standards on Spiegel.

Apart from reflections on Germany, the material is this article is transferable to other countries. This leads to an open question:

Are refugees really more welcome in Germany than say the UK, France, Spain, Italy or Hungary?