The dark truth about conspiracy theories: They’re everywhere! Can they be stopped?

Conspiracy theories take can bewildering forms, as has become especially clear in the current era, when a recently deposed U.S. president became instrumental in spreading and popularizing an entire interlocking universe of demonstrably false conspiratorial narratives. But the historical development of conspiracy theories is becoming clearer, thanks to research across multiple disciplines, synthesized for a […]

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Saudi prince sidelined as US prepares to publish Khashoggi report

US President Joe Biden said Wednesday he has already seen a soon-to-be released intelligence report detailing the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. “Yes I have,” he told reporters when asked if he’d read the intelligence assessment. Earlier, the White House said the unclassified report would be out “soon.” Press […]

Canada rejects argument Trump ‘poisoned’ Chinese exec’s extradition case

Canadian government lawyers said in court documents obtained Friday that Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s allegations that former US president Donald Trump “poisoned” her extradition trial are “moot” now that he has left office. And they have asked a Canadian judge not to even hear those arguments about Trump when the proceedings resume next month. Meng’s […]

The truth about Russia’s role in pushing the QAnon canon of conspiracies

The cult of QAnon is at a crossroads. Adherents of the conspiracy theory/new religious movement convinced themselves that Donald Trump was poised to purge the cannibal pedophile cabal and its traitorous enablers in a cleansing burst of political violence. But with Joe Biden in the White House, and Capitol rioters facing charges for their insurrection […]

Trump impeachment after leaving office is nothing – in 9th-century Rome they put a pope’s corpse on trial

Having been impeached for the second time, former US president Donald Trump will be tried by the Senate in February 2021, the first time a US president has been impeached twice for “high crimes and misdemeanours”. A single article of impeachment will be passed to the Senate on January 25, accusing Trump of “inciting insurrection” […]

Roney – Get ’em Gone Lyrics

[Chorus] Youngin push up on ’em We don’t need a warning I just need a M I don’t need a foreign I ball like Aaron Gordon I chip that work they snort it All my shit’s imported All my bitch imported I’m a shooting star See me shoot from far Need a AR Send that […]

Trump ​handbag designer ambassador to South Africa ordered lavish second residence: report

Former president Donald Trump’s ambassador to South Africa pushed the State Department to spend some $1 million to renovate a second residence for her that she never occupied, a report said. Lana Marks, a designer of expensive handbags who was an early member of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, wanted a second official residence in […]

Israeli artist paints 120 shades of Trump

The face is obscure and grim, but the blonde comb-over and tie leave no doubt that the image carpeting the studio of Israeli painter Iddo Markus is that of Donald Trump. “Let’s start by saying that I don’t like him,” the voluble artist stressed. Markus, with his short beard and piercing black eyes, said he […]

Macklemore – Trump’s Over Freestyle Lyrics

Play this song [Intro] (Ha, ha, that’s enough, that’s enough, that’s enough!) Fifty grand I get this all in one take, ayy (Turn it up!) [Verse 1] Now, all you high-fiving MAGA white boys drinking White Claws Care about your taxes more than human rights, sign off You no mask-wearing, big truck-driving “Blue lives matter,” […]

As the end of the president’s reign draws near, Trumpland gets whackier and whackier

Even for Donald Trump and the Republican Tabernacle Choir of the Senate, this weekend was an all-star level of crazy-making – another in which the White House could ignore a pandemic killing 3,000 Americans a day, widespread misery and an attack on the nation while discussing the possibility of martial law over Trump’s election loss. […]

President Hassan Rouhani says Iran ‘very happy’ Trump leaving

President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran was “very happy” over the looming departure from office of US counterpart Donald Trump, who led a campaign of “maximum pressure” against the Islamic republic. President-elect Joe Biden, who defeated Trump at the ballot box in November, has signalled a willingness to return to diplomacy with Iran after […]

Biden team to face immediate decisions on global hotspots

US President-elect Joe Biden’s foreign policy team has entered the stage with calls to return to international cooperation and democratic values after Donald Trump’s chaotic four years. The incoming administration has made clear that its top priority will be fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, but it will also face immediate decisions on several global hotspots: – […]

Joe Biden speaks to two right-wing Trump allies as world leaders increasingly accept the president’s defeat

US President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday held his first talks since his victory with the prime ministers of Israel and India, allies of Donald Trump who has not conceded defeat. Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had a notoriously rocky relationship with the last Democratic president, Barack Obama, that he was determined “to […]

Foreign affairs veteran Joe Biden is ‘Kennedy-era internationalist’ – and ‘an adult’

US foreign policy is poised for a stark change in January, when Donald Trump – who took office in 2017 as an undiplomatic dilettante on world affairs – finally passes the torch to Joe Biden, the former vice president and longtime Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair. Biden brings experience and a steadier pair of hands, […]

‘Back at the head of the table’: A look at Biden’s foreign policy agenda

US president-elect Joe Biden’s approach to diplomacy is diametrically opposed to that of the outgoing Donald Trump, known as he was to levy undiplomatic salvos at foreign leaders via social media. But one shouldn’t expect a wholesale revamp in substance when the veteran Democrat takes office in January. FRANCE 24 takes a closer look at […]

Sparing no words for Trump, Merkel vows cooperation with Biden

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday warmly offered to cooperate closely with Joe Biden after his election as America’s next president, a sharp contrast to her stern warning to Donald Trump four years ago. Underlining the President-elect’s “decades of experience in foreign policy” and recalling “good encounters and talks with him”, Merkel vowed to “stand […]

‘God Bless America’: World media react to Biden win

With headlines like ‘God Bless America’, powerful media outlets around the world welcomed the defeat of Donald Trump but warned president-elect Joe Biden faced enormous challenges in healing the United States. The international press also focused on the feat of Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate who will become the United States’ first female black vice […]

Russian state media furious with Trump after loss to Biden: ‘Nothing will ever be the same’

According to the Daily Beast’s Russian media expert, news that Donald Trump failed to secure another four years in the Oval Office was not well received by commentators on Kremlin-backed media outlets with one commentator wailing, “Nothing will ever be the same.” While the president had insisted that he did not have the backing of […]

EU-US alliance ‘on life support’ after four years of Trump

Back in 2016, German Chancellor Angela Merkel greeted Donald Trump’s victory with an extraordinary warning: that she would work with the US president on the condition that he respect democratic values. Things did not improve from there. Four years later, Trump’s abrasive foreign policy moves, often unveiled in all-caps tweets, have alienated not just Germany […]