Trump’s brazen hypocrisy and his duplicitous relationship with facts: it never ceases to amaze or dismay.

Please watch the answer Sean Spicer gave when asked why Trump only accepts government job statistics when they appear favourable to Trump.

 

The Clip is in the Vox article by the always insightful Matt Yglesias.

 

The MOST shocking thing is that this blatant insincerity and selective approach to the truth espoused Trump … it hardly breaks into the news cycle.

 

http://www.vox.com/2017/3/10/14887006/sean-spicer-jobs-report

Will Trump run America like a business? Comparing Trump to Lee Kuan Yew’s ‘Singapore Inc.’

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President-elect of the US, Donald Trump. Photo Credit: http://www.hayatimagazine.com

According to the New York City Board of Elections, Trump has changed his party affiliation five times since registering as a Republican in 1987 (including a protracted period registered as a Democrat from 2001 to 2009. His rhetoric has proven to be inconsistent during his campaign and his views on issues have at times been in direct opposition with previous statements he made over the years.

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Can Israel reconcile the paradox of being both a Jewish state and a democratic country?

In the 2009 elections for Israel’s 18th parliamentary elections, the unapologetically nationalist party Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel is our Home) won an additional four seats in the Knesset (Israeli parliament), bringing its total number to 15 and making it the third largest party in the Knesset.

Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu sits next to Foreign Minister Lieberman after delivering a statement in Jerusalem
Avigdor Lieberman (left) and Benjamin Netanyahu (right) Photo credit: http://www.haaretz.com

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The puzzle of economic sanctions: Why do Western states impose sanctions when they rarely achieve the goal of democratising authoritarian states?

G7 Leaders Meet To Discuss Ukraine During Nuclear Summit

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In 1989, the Soviet Empire was revealing itself to be a failure and crumbled in front of the eyes of the world. In this year, an article entitled “The End of History?” was published. Its author, Francis Fukuyama, announced that the great ideological battles between east and west were over, and that western liberal democracy had triumphed. Since the end of the Cold War, many “triumphant” democratic countries, especially in the West, have increased their pressure on authoritarian regimes to democratise, and coerce them to find “enlightenment”.

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Why has the Kashmir dispute been so intractable?

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Line of Control, de facto border between India-administered Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir

Before the sun had risen on the morning of September 18 2016, eighteen Indian soldiers and army personnel were killed by insurgent militants at an Indian army base near the Line of Control (LOC) in Indian-administered Kashmir, the de facto – although not internationally recognised – border between Indian-controlled Kashmir and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir. This ambush attack  was deemed the deadliest on India’s military in over a decade.

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