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Europe, au revoir offer for American tourists



The EU will reopen its borders - but maybe not to America
This step will highlight US efforts that failed to suppress the coronavirus pandemic: Diagram of new confirmed coronavirus cases on each side of the Atlantic moving exactly in the opposite direction. European openings can still have the same painful effects as they do in countries like Florida, Texas and Arizona. But European countries generally enforce it before, locking tighter than in the US, and wearing a mask is not a polarized problem like here.

If that happens, the European Union’s decision will be another personal shame for President Donald Trump over the failed pandemic management. The president often explodes with little thought. But because he simply ignored the Covid-19 crisis in the US, he might have let this one slide. Plus, as the White House has pointed out, Europe’s entry into the US has been suspended.

The absence of performances by US tourists will hurt the closed European tourism industry. Millions of people carry their dollars across the Atlantic every year, drawn by the history, cuisine and atmosphere of the continent. Italy, France, Germany and Spain welcome most Americans, according to EU data. But until the two-way flow between the Old World and the New World is restored, the murmurs of visitors who admire European cathedrals and museums will disappear that je ne sais quoi from the American clang heard before.

See you next year, hopefully.

“Dear God, don’t call”

What did Trump learn about state administration, after hundreds of “highly classified” telephone calls and negotiations with foreign leaders? Not much, according to reporting month for CNN by Washington veteran reporter Carl Bernstein, whose government sources say there is little evidence that Trump has become more competent with practice. Instead, staff said the President still refused to read the briefings before the call, raising him personally to strong men like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and insulting female leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel as “stupid” and weak.

Among the revelations: Erdogan’s time to call was so perfect that some staff wondered if he had access to Trump’s personal schedule. And Trump’s harassment of Merkel was “so unusual” that special measures had to be taken in Berlin to ensure that the specific contents of the summons remained confidential, according to a German official. No wonder staff gritted their teeth when the President’s fingers went to the telephone.

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A spy who likes the spotlight

For the intelligence service which was supposed to operate in the shadows, Russia’s GRU seems to attract a lot of headlines. GRU – officially known as the Main Directorate of General Staff – has been a long time accused by the West orchestrating insolent and illustrious attacks, including hacking of Democratic Party e-mail accounts during the 2016 US presidential election and 2018 nerve agent attacks in Salisbury, England.
Now spy agents are the center of international attention again, after reports that US intelligence concluded the GRU operation offering cash incentives to the Taliban to kill American and British troops in Afghanistan. But strangely, the alleged operation was potentially contrary to Russia’s own goal of bringing the warring parties to the table in Afghanistan.
Russia has fostered contacts with the Taliban and other warring parties in Afghanistan as a way to influence outcomes in what is seen as its strategic backyard. “It has long been known that there is Russian contact with the Taliban and at least a slight relationship with profits as a hedging technique,” said Laurel Miller, program director for Asia with the International Crisis Group.

However, he added, the operation to give gifts to US troops would be far more provocative and “different” from his general behavior. “That is contrary to what Russia’s official policies are,” he said. In other words, the alleged GRU operation targeting US and coalition forces could have a blowback: potentially damaging US support for withdrawal, or possibly pushing for new sanctions against Russia.

But the agency has a brash reputation – and has operated opportunistically or independently of previous official policies. Andrew Weiss, vice president for studies at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, showing that the GRU carried out aggressive operations which led to a diplomatic downfall.

Intelligence experts say Salisbury poisoning – leading to a Bellingcat investigation outlet that unmasks the GRU operation through open-source research – shows a clear pattern of carelessness and brutality, rather than a covert approach to spycraft. And it sends a message to GRU enemies.

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“That is a pattern we have often seen in Ukraine,” Weiss said, referring to Russian intelligence activities there. “The Kremlin is not a well oiled machine, but many times, Putin – either by denying Russia’s blatant mistakes or throwing a safety blanket over his security company – does not greatly improve Russia’s international image.” – Nathan Hodge from CNN wrote to Meanwhile from London

Trump said he was never briefed on the alleged GRU gift scheme. Asked about it by CNN’s Jake Tapper, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi replied, “If they have this intelligence, they should give direction to the President. Why not? Because they know it makes him very unhappy, and all the paths for him lead to Putin” – the phrase he used earlier about the scandal of the interference of the Trump and Ukraine elections.

The fact intelligence about a clear plot did appear in one of Trump’s early daily briefs this year, a US official with direct knowledge also told CNN on Monday – and it was taken seriously enough that National Security Council staff met to discuss “possible response options,” including sanctions, if intelligence was developed.

‘If I could build a wall around us … I would

Trump is not the only US leader who is itching to build a wall. Given the massive revival in coronavirus cases across the United States, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Monday that he would not object to a wall just for his territory. “We have lived in hell in this state to get to where we are now,” he said, referring to the New Jersey battle with Covid-19. “To be honest, I never thought I’d say these words, but if I could build a wall around us or around our area, I would do it. But we can’t, so we have to rely on personal responsibility and right behavior. , common sense for the common good. “Visitors outside the country quarantine must now be for 14 days after arriving in New Jersey.

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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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