A couple of weeks ago, the United States elected a Democratic majority to the U.S. Congress while the Republican party managed to hold on to the Senate. The election result is a set back for President Donald Trump but also a reminder of how the system is supposed to work. If one party or administration goes too far, the electorate will push them back towards the political center achieving what the founders of the country called checks and balances.
The response of President Trump to recent violence in the United States takes no responsibility for his own inflammatory language and its impact on deranged people. With the mid term elections just over a week away it is time for Americans to show their rejection by giving control of the House and Senate to the Democrats.
A special section published in the New York Times lays out the story of Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election but highlights the radically different viewpoints shared by readers of the paper and Trump loyalists.
A visit to South Africa during the elections in Zimbabwe show both the promise of Southern Africa and its ongoing challenges.
A few weeks ago, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel took the remarkable step of publishing a photograph of herself and Donald Trump at the June meeting of the G7 in Montreal. The image, in my view will go down as a singular icon in this very delicate moment in the modern history of the west.