27 June 2017   Leave a comment

The Pew Research Center has released a new poll showing that foreign publics have lost confidence in the US.  The report on the poll states:

“Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations. According to a new Pew Research Center survey spanning 37 nations, a median of just 22% has confidence in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs. This stands in contrast to the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency, when a median of 64% expressed confidence in Trump’s predecessor to direct America’s role in the world.”

The fall in confidence is dramatic.  Interestingly, the only leader mentioned in the poll who received favorable ratings was German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  The poll also has some very interesting insights on the views in specific countries.  US President Trump was viewed favorably in only Russia and Israel.

               

Prosecutors in Brazil have charged the country’s President with corruption.  President Michel Temer came into office just last year after the previous President, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached on corruption charges as well.  Temer has substantial support in the Brazilian Congress, but he is deeply unpopular with approval ratings in the single digits.  He has been trying to introduce stringent neoliberal reforms to a deeply troubled economy with an unemployment rate of almost 14%.  The scandal will make governing Brazil even more difficult.

The US President has released the following statement:

“The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.  The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack.

“As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.  If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.”

The press is reporting that these preparations are taking place at the same air base it bombed in April.  Unfortunately, there has been no media coverage of the report this blog covered yesterday that the “chemical attack” actually occurred.  The report that Syria is considering another chemical attack makes no sense.  Why would Syria invite US retaliation and the opprobrium of the world?  All the evidence suggests that Syrian President Assad is winning the civil war–a chemical weapons attack at this point would undermine his gains.  On the other hand, the US might be preparing the world for a serious air attack.

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Posted June 27, 2017 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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