Putin joins Trump as Nobel Peace Prize candidate, report says
Russian leader Vladimir Putin has reportedly joined President Donald Trump as a dark horse candidate for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.According to Newsweek, the state-owned Russian news agency Tass made the announcement and insisted the Russian government wasn’t responsible for nominating its own strongman.A collective of Russian public figures including writer Sergey Komkov were reportedly behind Putin’s nomination. It’s unclear what the former KGB agent — who annexed a neighboring country, is credibly accused of tampering in U.S. elections and has seen his adversaries poisoned — was nominated ...
New York Daily News
Trudy Rubin: Trump's use of 'the big lie' with COVID-19 echoes autocrats past and present
In the 1920s Adolf Hitler coined the term “the big lie,” meaning the use of a falsehood so huge no one would believe a leader could dare promote it were it not true.From then on the phrase “the big lie” became a standard description of the prime propaganda technique used by strongmen in undemocratic regimes.Last week, Donald Trump’s mastery of the big lie was on full display when he gave himself an A+ for his handling of COVID-19.“We’ve done a phenomenal job,” he insisted baldly, rating his performance as “an A+”, even as America’s death toll soared beyond 200,000 and continued to rise at clos...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Haiti's public works minister is accused of intimidating the country's watchdog agency
Haiti’s public works minister showed up at the offices of the government’s watchdog agency Wednesday. But it wasn’t an ordinary visit.Joiseus Nader was accompanied by heavily armed men dressed in ski masks and black clothing. While they stood guard, civilians accompanying them snapped photos and took videos of some of the 300 employees and sensitive documents that are part of an ongoing corruption probe.Now Nader is being accused of intimidation.“When you come into an institution with a group of heavily armed men who have their faces covered and dressed in black, and whom we can’t even identif...
Emotional, teary-eyed Suarez proud to have shone alongside Messi as he heads to rivals Atletico
For a man not known to be soft-hearted on the pitch and who had demonstrated behavior to the contrary and vergin on the psychotic on more than one occasion, Luis Suarez was barely able to hold back the tears as he proudly highlighted his close friendship with Lionel Messi in bidding a teary farewell to Barcelona on Thursday ahead of his move to La Liga title rivals, Atletico Madrid.It is noteworthy that despite it being a known fact that Messi had not been able to dovetail with other top strikers such as Samuel Eto’o, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Villa but took no time at all to gel extraordin...
Football Tribe Asia
Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappé in UEFA’s Top 10 Players of the Year
Paris Saint-Germain forwards Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappé both feature in UEFA’s Top 10 Players of the Year, in fourth and seventh places respectively..For this award, players of any nationality playing in Europe were judged on their performances throughout the season, in all competitions – national and international – for club and country.The final list of players was decided by 80 club coaches taking part in the UEFA Champions League 2019-2020 (32) and UEFA Europa League (48), as well as 55 journalists chosen by European Sports Media from each of the UEFA member states. Each jury member could...
Football Tribe Asia
Cruise lines plan to ban passengers from freely roaming port cities
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Forget the tequila shots, straw markets and jewelry stores.If cruise lines are allowed to resume operations anytime soon, passengers won’t be permitted to roam freely around port cities.Proposals to limit the spread of COVID-19 call for allowing passengers to disembark only if they are signed up for an excursion sponsored by the cruise line, one of a series of health protocols developed by an industry eager to resume operations after a six-month COVID-19 shutdown.Will passengers be eager to board ships that they won’t be allowed to leave unless they pay for an excursion...
Dahleen Glanton: Justice in Breonna Taylor's death fell victim to 'law and order' politics
There will be no justice for Breonna Taylor. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron made sure of that.He failed to make the case that Taylor’s life mattered. So a grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky, did what panels in the police shootings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York did — give killer cops a pass.It is more than a miscarriage of justice. It is a blatant disregard for human life.One of the officers who burst into Taylor’s apartment and began firing wildly was indicted Wednesday on three counts of wanton endangerment — but not for killing Taylor. He is be...
Captain Comics: Exclusive look at new Muhammad Ali graphic novel
He’s still the greatest.I’m talking about Muhammad Ali, of course, who was a heavyweight boxing champion, activist, poet, philanthropist, philosopher and, above all, a professor of “the Sweet Science.” He’s also the star of a new graphic novel from Titan Comics, due in February.I should note this isn’t the first time Ali has been the star of a graphic novel. He’s headlined several others already, including one in 1978 where he fought Superman. And won. Because of course he did.But what Titan has planned should put all those previous efforts in the shade. (Except maybe the Superman one, whose s...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Trump's UN (campaign) address
President Donald Trump gave a Tuesday campaign speech that blasted Beijing’s COVID-19 culpability, lauded his administration’s response to the pandemic and celebrated America’s abdication of the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal.No, Trump wasn’t rallying supporters in a swing state. His address, delivered remotely, was to the United Nations General Assembly. But to both ally and adversary alike, it was clear that Trump’s rhetoric was for domestic political purposes rather than diplomatic outreach.Trump began in the U.N. spirit when he said, “We are once again engaged in a great gl...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Commentary: Most Americans want more global engagement
The novel coronavirus is a deadly reminder that in our interconnected world, grave dangers originating beyond our shores can prove devastating at home. In little more than six months, the virus has killed about 200,000 Americans, and the death toll keep rising.One might have expected Americans to respond to this plague by turning inward, focusing on addressing the health crisis that has befallen the country and putting people back to work — to reduce our vulnerabilities around the world by staying out of world affairs.That, indeed, has been the inclination of the Trump administration — which m...