jeudi 27 avril 2017

Dossier Michael Flynn: c'est la faute d'Obama...


Oui, vous avez bien lu, le scandale entourant Michael Flynn est imputable à l'administration Obama. Donald Trump s'est contenté de le nommer conseiller après tout...

 "White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Thursday that he thinks it is "appropriate" for the Defense Department inspector general to look into Flynn "if they think there is wrongdoing."

Spicer, in defense of the way Flynn was vetted, stood behind the fact that his clearances were approved under the Obama administration, not acknowledging that Trump was the one who decided to bring him into the administration.

Shortly after the briefing, President Donald Trump himself was asked by a reporter during a memorandum signing if he had any regrets about Michael Flynn."

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/27/politics/michael-flynn-foreign-payments-investigation/index.html

Caricature la grande muraille de Trump

Caricature de Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com

Caricature Trump publie son bulletin des 100 jours

Caricature de R.J. Matson, Roll Call

Caricature Macron "Un pour tous et tous pour un"

Caricature de Petar Pismestrovic, Cagle Cartoons

Le Pentagone enquêtera aussi sur Michael Flynn


L'étau se resserre encore plus cette semaine autour de l'ancien conseiller de Donald Trump. Un dossier dont l'administration préférerait sûrement oublier...

 "The intelligence agency informed President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser in a letter that, as a retired military officer, he was still subject to the Constitution’s emoluments clause, which bars government officials from accepting gifts or payments from foreign governments.

Flynn was notified in the letter that he was prohibited from the "receipt of consulting fees, gifts, travel expenses, honoraria, or salary ... from a foreign government unless congressional consent is first obtained.""

 http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/27/michael-flynn-investigation-pentagon-inspector-general-237686

Richard Nixon utile en 2017?


J'ai souvent affirmé que si on m'offrait l'opportunité de rencontrer un ancien président, je choisirais probablement Nixon. Pourquoi? Bien sûr pour le Watergate et la gestion de la Maison-Blanche, mais surtout pour sa gestion de la politique étrangère. Il va de soi que le scandale qui a provoqué sa chute le suivra à jamais dans l'histoire, mais on a tendance à oublier qu'on a eu recours à ses conseils longtemps après son départ. Un héritage politique est souvent bien nuancé et il est bon de le rappeler.

 "Today’s leaders can also learn to think in terms of national interest, versus becoming a prisoner to ideology. Of course Nixon was a partisan, and few possessed such seasoned political antennae as he did. But above all, he was a pragmatist, not an ideologue.

 When Nixon took office in 1969, America was divided and distressed, not totally unlike today. He was the first president in 120 years—since Zachary Taylor—to be sworn in with both houses of Congress controlled by the opposition party. Yet he worked with Democrats to transform the country and responded to the cries of the time by reaching across the aisle and accomplishing legislative victories with dramatic legacies."

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/27/washington-could-use-a-man-like-nixon-again-215076

Theodore Roosevelt doit se retourner dans sa tombe: un héritage menacé par Donald Trump


Il existe une tradition centenaire aux États-Unis qui veut que chaque président puisse désigner des zones qu'il souhaite protéger pour les générations future. Jusqu'à maintenant tous les présidents américains ont respecté les choix de leurs prédécesseurs. Tout ça pourrait changer sous Donald Trump. Osera-t-il remettre en cause une tradition lancée par un autre président républicain, Theodore Roosevelt?

 "More than 100 years ago a Republican president worried that America wasn’t doing enough to protect its most treasured wild and sacred places from over-development, mining and drilling. So Congress passed and President Teddy Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act of 1906, giving presidents the authority to preserve imperiled mountains, forests, cultural treasures and other public lands. Roosevelt condemned the “land grabbers” and “great special interests” who threatened the national lands he protected. “The rights of the public to the [nation’s] natural resources outweigh private rights and must be given its first consideration,” Roosevelt proclaimed. “Our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever.”"

  http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/27/trump-executive-order-national-monuments-215078

Hillary et le 100 jours: et si ...


Et si Hillary avait gagné? Un "paradis" pour les Démocrates? Un exercice à la limite de la futilité puisqu'on ne saura jamais, mais la situation aurait été particulièrement complexe au Congrès et le clan Clinton avait ses propres squelettes dans le placard...

 Voici un des exemples du "scénario" imaginé par l'auteur de cet article:

 "Day 100:

WikiLeaks releases transcripts of Bill Clinton’s speeches before private industry groups in which he says, “I’m basically a Republican these days” and mocks a single-payer heath care plan similar to one his wife now champions. WikiLeaks also discloses an email from White House chief of staff John Podesta, which seems to indicate that the former president believed his wife’s campaign was “a slow-motion train wreck.” Former presidential candidate Trump tells reporters he “probably” will seek the White House in 2020 and says he’s not sure whether Hillary Clinton is the “legitimate” president. Widespread outcry ensues in the mainstream media."

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/26/hillarys-first-100-days-an-alternate-history-215075

mardi 25 avril 2017

Trump et les 100 jours selon Stephen Colbert


Michelle Obama: une fresque sème la discorde


L'artiste Chris Devins voulait rendre hommage à Michelle Obama en créant une fresque sur le mur d'un édifice de Chicago. Pourquoi cette oeuvre est-elle controversée? Pour des motifs politiques ou pour la représentation de l'ancienne First lady? Non, il s'agit bêtement d'un cas de plagiat.

 "Devins said he got the idea for the mural from an image he found on Pinterest that depicted the former first lady as an Egyptian queen. He said he didn't know where it had originated.

Devins, who calls himself an urban planner as well as an artist, is known for painting large outdoor murals and installations around Chicago. He said he chose the mural's location -- across the street from an elementary school Michelle Obama once attended on the city's South Side -- because "I wanted a mural that would serve as an inspiration for the young ladies on Chicago's South Side and young ladies everywhere."

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/25/us/michelle-obama-mural-chicago-trnd/index.html

Caricature Macron Le Pen dans le dernier droit

Caricature de PARESH NATH, THE KHALEEJ TIMES, UAE

Caricature agenda Trump

Caricature de DAVE GRANLUND, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM

Caricature Trump "I want you"

Caricature de RJ MATSON, ROLL CALL

Chronique dans "Québec aujourd'hui" sur les ondes de BLVD 102,1


La chronique de ce matin dans la section "Réécouter" du 25 avril:

http://blvd.fm/emissions/3-quebec-aujourd-hui

lundi 24 avril 2017

Caricature centre d'achat et commerce en ligne

Caricature de DAVID FITZSIMMONS, THE ARIZONA STAR

Caricature budget, "shutdown" et services essentiels aux États-Unis

Caricature de JIMMY MARGULIES, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM

Caricature présidentielle française 2017: l'union fait la force?

Caricature de PETAR PISMESTROVIC, KLEINE ZEITUNG, AUSTRIA

Caricature Trump et les 100 jours: décompte...

Caricature de BOB ENGLEHART, CAGLECARTOONS.COM

Caricature Trump et les 100 jours: documentaire...

Caricature de DAVID FITZSIMMONS, THE ARIZONA STAR

Caricature Nouvelle-Orléans et retrait de statues de confédérés

Caricature de DAVE GRANLUND, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM 

 Depuis la nuit dernière on procède au retrait de quatre statues dont celles de Robert Lee, Pierre Gustave Toutant de Beauregard et Jefferson Davis. On passe à l'action alors qu'en Louisiane et au Mississippi on célèbre le "Condederate Memorial Day". Hasard?

Chronique dans "Radio-Canada cet après-midi": les 100 jours de Donald Trump, le retour d'Obama et controverse sur fond de guerre de Sécession


La chronique à 17h45 sur l'audio fil du 24 avril:
  http://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/emissions/radio-canada-cet-apres-midi

Caricature "Land of the free"

Caricature de TREVOR IRVIN, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM

Caricature cuisine française et élections

Caricature de TOM JANSSEN, THE NETHERLANDS

Caricature la France après le premier tour

Caricature de RAINER HACHFELD, NEUES DEUTSCHLAND, GERMANY

Trump vs Kim Jong Un à la manière de John Oliver


dimanche 23 avril 2017

Et si les Américains votaient comme les Français?


C'est le titre de cet article qui a d'abord attiré mon attention, mais le petit exercice de réflexion auquel se livre l'auteur n'est pas dénué d'intérêt.

 "These systems might sound strange to us, but then our own Electoral College system looks downright exotic, not to say mystifying, to most other democracies. If you measure these overseas examples against our system of nominating and electing presidents, you can see just how much the rules of the game matter. This even extends to primaries: Had the Republicans been operating by the Democratic Party’s rules—no winner-take-all contests, hundreds more unbound “superdelegates”—Trump’s path to the nomination would have been much harder. And if we allocated electoral votes by congressional district, the 2012 race would have been much closer; Mitt Romney won 226 districts to Obama’s 209.

It’s a lesson at the heart of politics, one as clear as it is overlooked in so much political analysis: the rules of the road are often the most critical factor in determining who wins. Presidents who trumpet their victories and claim a mandate should be careful what they’re claiming: Often it’s the rules, as much as the people, that put them there."

  http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/22/what-if-america-voted-like-france-215062

Marche pour la science: collection de slogans!


Ils ont été nombreux hier à marcher pour la science. POLITICO a regroupé quelques slogans intéressants. Je vous laisse le lien:

  http://www.politico.com/gallery/2017/04/22/march-for-science-best-protest-signs-photos-002423?slide=6

Caricature marche pour la cience

Caricature de STEVE SACK, THE MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUN

Caricature France et élection présidentielle: aux armes citoyens?

Caricature de JOS COLLIGNON, CAGLECARTOONS.COM

Caricature Jeff Sessions et Hawaii: un cours de géographie avec ça?

Caricature de DAVE GRANLUND, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM 

 Un peu plus tôt cette semaine Jeff Sessions a affirmé qu'il ne comprenait pas qu'un juge d'une île au milieu du Pacifique puisse bloquer le décret migratoire de Donald Trump. La réaction fut vive et immédiate et ils furent nombreux à lui rappeler que cette île est un état américain où on trouve Pearl Harbor...

Caricature élections et boîte de Pandore...

Caricature de PARESH NATH, THE KHALEEJ TIMES, UAE

Caricature la France à la croisée des chemins

Caricature de PARESH NATH, THE KHALEEJ TIMES, UAE

Caricature élections en France...

Caricature de MARTIN SUTOVEC, SLOVAKIA

lundi 17 avril 2017

Chronique dans "Radio-Canada cet après-midi": peine de mort, politique étrangère et... Course aux oeufs de Pâques!

 
La chronique débute à 17h14 sur l'audio fil du 17 avril:
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/emissions/radio-canada-cet-apres-midi

John Oliver supplie la France de ne pas répéter l'erreur américaine!!

 

Mélenchon le spectre qui hante l'Europe (Washington Post)


Le premier tour de la présidentielle approche et les journaux américains s'intéressent de plus en plus à la campagne. Ici c'est le Washington Post qui consacre un article à la progression de Mélenchon dans les sondages.

 "The reality is that “big change” is likely to come with or without Mélenchon: For the first time in the history of the Fifth Republic, neither the Socialists nor the Republicans — the vaguely center-left and center-right parties, respectively, that have governed France since 1958 — are likely to triumph at the ballot box. The contest will probably be a face-off between political outsiders: the independent Macron, the far-right Le Pen and, possibly, the communist Mélenchon.

Despite their ideological opposition, there are certain similarities between the platforms of Le Pen and Mélenchon. Both favor versions of economic protectionism to bolster a strong French state, and both would ultimately like to see France exit the E.U. — albeit for different reasons. Le Pen sees Europe as a threat to France’s sovereignty and national identity; Mélenchon views Europe as an oppressive neoliberal regime that has forgotten the poorest members of society."

  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/against-all-odds-a-communist-soars-in-french-election-polls/2017/04/16/245a5efe-1ef4-11e7-bb59-a74ccaf1d02f_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_francemelenchon-735pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.eeea4809ee94

samedi 15 avril 2017

Caricature Jared Kushner omniprésent dans l'entourage de Trump

Caricature de Matt Wuerker, POLITICO

Exécutions suspendues en Arkansas


Les partisans de la peine de mort sont confrontés à un écueil important depuis qu'on remet en question le recours à de nouveaux produits dans l'exécution de la peine. Si la peine de mort relève des états, il est bon de rappeler que le "Bill of rights" américain proscrit les "châtiments cruels et inhabituels".  Doit-on garantir qu'on ne souffrira pas du tout?

" In a 101-page order on Saturday, Judge Baker embraced arguments by the eight prisoners whose executions had been scheduled, plus one other death row inmate, that Arkansas’s reliance on midazolam, a sedative, as an execution drug posed a risk to their constitutional rights.

“The threat of irreparable harm to the plaintiffs is significant: If midazolam does not adequately anesthetize plaintiffs, or if their executions are ‘botched,’ they will suffer severe pain before they die,” Judge Baker, an appointee of President Barack Obama, wrote. She added that the men had “shown a significant possibility that they will succeed on the merits of their method of execution claims based on midazolam.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/15/us/arkansas-executions.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

Caricature Trump et la Corée du Nord

Caricature de PARESH NATH, THE KHALEEJ TIMES, UAE

Quel est l'objectif de Trump en Syrie?


Une semaine après les frappes, difficile de dégager une politique ou un objectif...

 "The fact that Trump chose the least aggressive option available suggests that the principal audience for the strikes was not in Damascus or Moscow, but in the United States. In this reading, the missile strike was an ideal means for the commander in chief to avoid the opprobrium that his predecessor experienced for opting not to strike in 2013 after Assad’s first chemical weapons attack and instead work with Russia to remove Syrian chemical weapons stocks. Given Trump’s compulsive need for adulation and his desire to criticize former President Barack Obama and contrast himself with the 44th president, the strike may have been a foregone conclusion, whatever Trump had said earlier about staying out of Syria.

So was the strike political kabuki, nonproliferation norm enforcement on the cheap, both or something more? As the days passed, figuring out what the attack meant became more and more difficult as administration spokesmen put out confusing and often contradictory messages, sometimes even multiple times a day."

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/just-what-is-trump-trying-to-do-in-syria-215032

La Corée du Nord parade ses missiles


La tension monte et la Corée du Nord montre son arsenal militaire...

 "Trump administration officials describe the situation as more dangerous than in the past, because of the progress North Korea has made in its nuclear weapon and missile programs and because of the hostility on both sides. But U.S. officials said no decision has been made about how to respond to any new test — nuclear or ballistic — by North Korea.

While officials do not rule out other actions, they also stress their desire to ensure that the situation does not escalate out of control. Pentagon officials denied recent media reports that the Trump administration is ready to launch a preemptive strike if North Korea appears to be about to conduct a nuclear test."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/north-korea-shows-off-new-missiles-in-huge-military-parade-but-doesnt-test-nuclear-weapon/2017/04/15/ba8b447c-212b-11e7-bb59-a74ccaf1d02f_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_nkorea0416-753am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.772ec1a6cf09

Caricature Afghanistan et la paix

Caricature de PARESH NATH, THE KHALEEJ TIMES, UAE

Caricature Trump largue la plus grosse bombe: bonne cible?

Caricature de NATE BEELER, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Caricature Obama, Trump et les "lignes rouges"

Caricature de PARESH NATH, THE KHALEEJ TIMES, UAE

Caricature Macron pour sauver la France?

Caricature de PARESH NATH, THE KHALEEJ TIMES, UAE

Caricature menteur en chef

Caricature de BILL DAY, CAGLE CARTOONS

vendredi 14 avril 2017

Caricature difficile d'être président des États-Unis...

Caricature de BILL DAY, CAGLE CARTOONS

Caricature ère de glace: Trump face à Poutine

Caricature de PETAR PISMESTROVIC, KLEINE ZEITUNG, AUSTRIA

Caricature Pâques et les interrogatoires renforcées...

Caricature de TREVOR IRVIN, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM 

 Irvin touche un sujet particulièrement délicat, mais la réflexion est là...

Museum of the American Revolution: une autre raison de vous rendre à Philadelphie


Un tout nouveau musée vient tout juste d'ouvrir ses portes et il présente une vision de on semble y présentée un récit moins patriotique et plus appuyé sur le fruit de la recherche de spécialistes. J'enseigne chaque année cette période de l'histoire américaine en expliquant la complexité de la situation et les significations différentes pour les nombreux intervenants. L'indépendance américaine ne résulte pas d'un mouvement populaire qui rejoint tous les coloniaux et les débats qui ont animé les débuts de la jeune nation peuvent éclairer les débats actuels. Je suis déjà bien curieux et j'ai hâte d'aller constater le résultat des travaux qui ont nécessité 150 millions de dollars, essentiellement des investissements du privé.

 "That event, on July 9, 1776, has been cleaned up in memory. Nineteenth-century images of it depict festive crowds (including women in hoop skirts), but in reality it was “a bunch of soldiers and sailors,” Mr. Stephenson said, led by an artillery officer, Capt. Oliver Brown, who was so embarrassed it took him decades to admit it. “We tend to think there was a script we were all speaking from, but the reality was messy,” Mr. Stephenson said. “I guess we might be considered a little bit critical of originalism in that sense.”

The museum, which grew out of the collection of the Valley Forge Historical Society, displays about 500 objects, from the expected muskets, military uniforms and teapots to more touchingly human ones, like a pair of baby shoes made from a British redcoat that a soldier in the Continental Army brought home after the war — beating swords into footwear, if you will."

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/13/arts/design/a-new-museum-of-the-american-revolution-warts-and-all.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=photo-spot-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0