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U.S. President Donald Trump made an about-face demarche last Thursday as we had predicted on this page many a time long before his inauguration.
In less than a month, the White House under U.S. President Donald Trump has managed to get into arguments with American mainstream media, members of the opposition party and his own party, world leaders such as the prime minister of Australia, a U.S. federal court, a number of U.S. top companies, Meryl Streep and pretty much anyone who disagrees with him.
The world has entered an alternate reality after the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. This is not a premature assessment by critics of the reality-star-turned-president, but a statement affirmed by the Trump team itself.
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This weekend was meaningful in many ways. One could look back and reflect how the world was connected and unified through social demonstrations: The Women's March on Washington expanded to similar events around the world, with many rallies held in conjunction with the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.
At long last, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was able to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture on Dec. 14. Abe first met Putin at Moscow in 2013. The second Abe-Putin meeting took place in the resort city of Sochi near the Black Sea last May.
Last week, Taiwan found itself ranked third in an unlikely list -- the 2016 Index of Ignorance. The index, released by Ipsos MORI, a United Kingdom-based market research company, ranked the alleged "most ignorant places in the world" by asking respondents from 40 countries questions about their own countries.
Later this month, Shinzo Abe will become the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor. He will be in Honolulu on Dec. 26 and Dec. 27 to visit the site of the surprise Japanese attack, which took place on Dec. 7, 1941 and began what Emperor Hirohito called the Great East Asia War.
Donald Trump is at it again. He has now applied his habit of speaking off the cuff and letting others pick up the pieces to the "One China" policy -- a cornerstone principle, (whether we like it or not,) that has shaped the so-called status quo across the Taiwan Strait.
Beppe Grillo, the Italian comedian-turned-politician and the founder of the populist Five Star Movement, summed up the ideology behind the global rise of anti-establishment movements with his message for the "No" campaign of a referendum on constitutional reform in Italy: "Vote with your gut, not with your brain."
The world is looking desperately for answers after Republican candidate Donald Trump's shocking election last week. What will happen when Trump assumes office? How did everyone get the polling so wrong and predict his defeat?
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