How diplomacy in space can inspire cooperation on Earth | Dr Alice Bunn | TEDxLondonWomen

Did you know that Russia once sent two tortoises into space during the height of the Cold War? Cute flying reptiles aren’t the only surprises from our history with …

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Letters from the Great Kings (The Armarna Letters)

The Armarna Letters are a collection of diplomatic messages sent between the great rulers of the ancient Middle East, from 1350 to 1330 BC. The letters from the …

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Qatar diplomatic crisis

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Diplomacy in Action: Practicing Diplomacy from Early America to the Present

This exciting session will take you into the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the U.S. Department of State — 42 very special rooms that are used each day by the …

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Sinking the Trump Titanic: Lessons of History Series

During the presidential campaign of 2016, Donald Trump was called "Teflon Don" because the horrific things he said or did left his poll numbers undamaged. He even bragged that he could shoot someone in public and get away with it. During two years of the Trump presidency, he has become increasingly unrestrained, seemingly confident that living by "his gut" overpowers efforts to make him accountable.

A different picture is emerging as the summer of 2019 ends. The unsinkable Trump Titanic hit an iceberg called Robert Mueller whose damage didn't seem deadly because it was immediately visible, yet water is irresistibly pulling the ship down.

Hiring William Barr as damage control officer kept congressional Republicans from jumping in lifeboats, thus blowing their survival chances. The Mueller iceberg is also being amplified by the emergence of "Cool Hand" Nancy Pelosi whose team is ripping more gashes in the ship's structure and saving torpedoes for a dramatic end to a malignant presidency.

There are three important lessons of history that are in the process of becoming evident to media outlets that hastily devalued Mueller's work. Those lessons derive from Mueller's approach to the report, from Nancy Pelosi's leadership, and from the Nixonian Republicanism that produced Donald Trump.

Mueller Investigation and Report. The historical role of Robert Mueller and his outstanding team will be appreciated by our nation sooner than most expect. His work seemed disappointing at first because it was cautious and restricted. In short, he avoided many risks. There could have been recommended indictments of the president and members of his family and business.

How was Mueller risk-averse ? First, he did not follow the money. Trump set a "red line" at investigating his finances and Mueller did cross it, although cases have been referred to other investigators. Second, he did not extend the probe by issuing a subpoena to force Trump to testify in person. Two important findings were clear, so work of the Special Counsel was wrapped up in a way that gave no justification for Trump to fire him. Something that has gone unnoticed is that ending Mueller's investigation hasn't ended Trump's vulnerability in the areas that Mueller passed up.

Third, the finding that criminal conspiracy with Russia could not be proved is not conclusive. Mueller demonstrated unethical and illegal activity but lacked "evidence beyond a reasonable doubt" to present to a jury. Why? Because of Trump's success in obstructing the investigation even though Mueller was not fired. Mueller kept to what he could prove at this time. He did not find Trump and his campaign innocent. Obstruction will not always keep the truth from emerging – and anyone who bets on Trump's innocence is a very foolish gambler.

Why was Mueller risk-averse ? Presidential obstruction, increasingly aided by congressional Republicans, posed a daily threat to the investigation. Focusing on essentials and working quickly were clear defined that Mueller succeeded in carrying out. The fact is that Mueller was able to investigate a president who actively involved a hostile power in his campaign and, as president, favored that enemy over our allies and clear national interests. That is an astonishing fact, especially in light of the overwhelming cowardice of the Republican congressional majorities. This kind of investigation could not have been accomplished in Russia, China, or Turkey.

Impact of the Report. Presidential obstruction, aided by an Attorney General serving the president rather than the nation, appeared to blunt Mueller's effectiveness. Media outlets and many Americans were hoping for dramatic news – for torpedoes that would explode the Trump presidency. Events are in the process of demonstrating that icebergs are more effective. Torpedoes can miss, hit the wrong target, fail to explode, or misfire and sink those who shot them. Icebergs make it impossible to ignore self-inflicted damage.

Pelosi's Leadership. How is it that a relatively soft-spoken female is the most formidable opponent Trump has ever faced? I think, more than the difference in style and ability, the answer lies in authentic versus fraudulent American political values ​​based on lessons of the New Deal and World War II. New Deal values ​​seek to bring all parts of American society together, working to overcome historical divisions of geography, class, gender, and race. Worldwide emphasis on human rights since 1945 also extends New Deal values ​​internationally as essential to our national interests.

Tyranny versus Participation. Donald Trump ranks with Andrew Jackson and Richard Nixon as the worst bullies in presidential history. His idea of ​​strength is based on dominating supporters and opponents with exaggerated attacks that become more exaggerated when shown to be false. The result is strength by "dividing and conquering," gaining compliance among Republicans by intimidation and unloosing dangerous mob emotions among his voting base.

The makeup of the Democratic caucus in the current House of Representatives reflect a different America from the supporters of Trump. How is it possible to unite and lead such diverse and conflicting interests – which reflect so many of the tensions in our nation – through restraint and participation. Cool Hand Nancy has made her strategy clear and she sticks by it while staying open to shifting realities within the caucus. Firm leadership in setting direction is joined by restraint when criticized by factions in the caucus.

Let Trump Sink. I believe Pelosi's strategy is working. Don't waste torpedoes until you know they will wrap up the job. The strategy of having Mueller testify just before a long recess looked foolish to the media but may turn out to be brilliant. Representatives and Senators will meet with constituents in August. Expect September and October to bring awareness the Trump Titanic is beyond rescue.

Nixon's Legacy. In a recent interview, Jill Wine-Banks, a member of the Watergate prosecuting team, said that Trump would already have been impeached if not for FOX News. Her remark pointed to an unappreciated way in which Trump emerged from unregenerate supporters of Nixon's criminality.

The pending trial of Roger Stone should demonstrate how Trump embraced unrepentant supporters of Nixon and their determination to revive a form of Republicanism most Americans thought was dead. Examinations of the life of Roger Ailes are also making clear the extent to which Republicans have embraced overt propaganda as a political strategy in seeking revenge for Nixon. No wonder Trump sees Russian and White Nationalist propaganda as useful in combatting legitimate news reporting. In the next year, the resurgence of Nixonian criminality among Trump supporters may be revealed and could become one of the more important benefits of Mueller's iceberg.

Sinking the Trump Titanic will not take down all the corrupting influence of money and the politics of division. We will always need to be on guard against those who will inevitably want to resurrect and profit from the "sunken treasures" of the Trump Titanic.

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Alternate Future of Europe #1 – Diplomacy

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First Opium War – Gunboat Diplomacy – Extra History – #3

The British set up a blockade outside Canton, but one of their own private merchant ships tried to run through it. When the Chinese came to its defense, war …

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The Art and Science of American Diplomacy

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China’s panda diplomacy, explained

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Mayra Veronica – A Brief History And Her Career

Sometimes changing homes and migrations to popular countries or content become very lucky. Most of celebrities come form unpopular areas and they get famous in a very short time. They may belong to Arabic countries or South Asian but they get popular which makes them renowned all over the world. This is about Mayra Veronica who born in Cuba but shines as a model in USA. USA is the most popular place all around the world She is spending her life full of pleasure and happiness in USA where she dates, live, and be famous all around the globe.
Her little Biography

Mayra Verónica (born Mayra Verónica Aruca Rodríguez August 20, 1980 in Havana, Cuba), is a Cuban model and celebrity who was born in Cuba but acquired her fame in the United States. Artuto Aruca is his father and her mother is Mayra Rodríguez. She is younger than two other kids of both. Artuto Aruca belonged to a popular Cuban rock band "Los Dada". He was the musician and singer for the band. Mayra and her mother migrated to America when she was 4 and they lived a poor life without money and under shelter until her father came to America as well. Relation between her parents was worst so she has to pass her childhood in an awkward living. She struggled very hard and earned a Psychology degree and minor in theater from Florida International University.

Gil Dezer is the luckiest person with whom she dated and he happened to be Donald Trump's partner, in which the media criticized a lot.
Her career.

Univision's Don Francisco was the place where she started her career, she played a role of a model with a beautiful body, this is where Mayra first caught the attention of FHM magazine. Mayra Veronica did the cover of Smoke Magazine but she did 2004 FHM calendar before that and later she is added to FHM Collection book. She is the first Cuban face who appeared in Smoke Magazine.
Spanish Spoken TV Shows are the places where Mayra Veronica appeared most. She also managed to win over the audience, as she was voted to be their favorite cast member on "El Gorrdo y la Flaca". She also managed to get in some of the video clips of the modern music community, she joined Frankie J. in making the video "Pensando en Ti" also did a lot of commercials, and got really famous for doing them, she continued doing Don Francisco in which helped her make the 2005 calendar reach number one.

She did a solo album as well in 2006. Her album was rated in top 10 albums of 2006 so that is another part of her career. She was then interviewed by a lot of the E shows including Extra. It was said that when Mayra Veronica moans she makes Madonna's erotic sounds, sound like a little girl. In these days she is in a contract with multimillionaire recording company and she is at her peak of career.

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