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Angela Merkel knows how to insert a dagger – Meanwhile in America



The gap in Trump-European relations turned into a cliff
Trump, as well as Jair Bolsonaro from Brazil and Vladimir Putin from Russia, must have felt his ears burning when the German Chancellor was destroyed their approach to coronavirus in Thursday’s speech. “As we have experienced firsthand, you cannot fight a pandemic with lies and disinformation like you can fight it with hatred or incitement to hatred,” Merkel said. “The limits of populism and denial of basic truths are being set aside.”
Merkel and Trump are destined to clash. A former scientist, he is cool, careful, independent, fact oriented and quiet despite his toughness. Trump is … none of that. At the end of 2016, the forthcoming US President, whom Merkel sometimes referred to as “Liebe (dear) Barack,” flew to Berlin on a mission – to convince him to run for another term. Once Trump was in the Oval Office, Obama reasoned, Merkel needed to lead the liberal international order.

Since then, he has continued to walk on eggshells with a new President who scoffs at many values ​​that Merkel – who grew up in Communist East Germany – has always been seen as an example of America. One confrontation, in Canada, was captured in a direct icon photo. And Carl Bernstein of CNN wrote recently that Trump has a habit of harassing Merkel, even calling him “stupid” on the phone. He was reportedly against his harsh words with facts.

Merkel does not always fulfill her obligations as a moral bastion of the West. As the most powerful EU leader, he shares responsibility for the European project wobble while Covid-19’s struggling members behind closed borders. And Germany’s complicated history and limited defense budget – which infuriated Trump – means it cannot fill the security vacuum left by the US.

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But Merkel, who does not plan to run for the fifth term next year, can read the poll. And even though he might never say it, he wants to beat Trump.

Updating Fifth Avenue

“I can stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and I will not lose voters,” Trump claimed in 2016.

In a deliberate sign of changing times, the Manhattan Fifth Avenue icon has now been painted with the words “Black Lives Matter” – right in front of the entrance of 90s era gold tones to Trump Tower.

Trump asked the police not to let “this symbol of hatred be posted on New York’s greatest street.” But even the mayor of the city, Democrat Bill de Blasio, took a roll of paint with civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton on Thursday.

‘Since the early days of the Republic,’ everyone ‘including the President of the United States’

Sometimes you can win by losing, Trump has learned in two important Supreme Court decisions about trying to summon his financial records.

At 7-2, the court rejected Trump’s claim that he was immune from investigations as President. The ruling justified the New York prosecutor who examined the President on suspicion of a silent money scheme.

“In our justice system, ‘the public has the right to evidence everyone,'” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. “Since the early days of the Republic, ‘everyone’ including the President of the United States. “

In a separate case, the court also ruled that Congress – which wanted financial records from Trump’s bankers and accountants – had the right to investigate a President. But with the same 7-2 division, it is stated that such requests must be limited. Thus the judges found a solution that elegantly affirmed constitutional principles – and saved their court from a political shootout.

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Both cases will now return to lower courts for months more litigation. Trump was unhappy with the results, which made him have considerable legal and political exposure – but they ensured that prosecutors and House Democrats would not get their taxes and financial records until after the election. Because one of the goals of the challenge of the Supreme Court is to kick cases through November, the President’s lawyers do their work.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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