Archive for the ‘Person’ Category

The Heretic


(The Independent) – Andy Martin:

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of the most forceful and provocative feminist critics challenging Islam today. She is also in hiding. Andy Martin meets her in an undisclosed location and finds a woman on a mission, a woman who found the power to say No and the freedom it gave her. …

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

4-Year-Olds Don’t Act Like Trump


(NYTimes Opinion) – Alison Gopnik:

The analogy is pervasive among his critics: Donald Trump is like a child. Making him the president was like making a 4-year-old the leader of the free world.

But the analogy is profoundly wrong, and it’s unfair to children. The scientific developmental research of the past 30 years shows that Mr. Trump is utterly unlike a 4-year-old. …

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Donald Trump at the White House Easter egg roll 2017

Better Call Bob!


(The Intercept) – Trevor Aaronson:

When Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, he called on Washington’s consummate clean-up man. …

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Robert S. Mueller iii

Is Trump Suffering from Dementia?


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

The allegation of Trump having loose lips brings back to the fore the increasingly discussed question of whether Trump is losing control of his cognitive faculties or is ‘merely’ suffering from narcissistic personality disorder.

Kali Holloway thinks that there are signs of a real problem of the first kind.

David Pakman also marshals the evidence in favor of the first possibility (cognitive decline) and against the second one (NPD). …

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clueless Donald Trump

My Family’s Slave


(Atlantic) – Alex Tizon:

She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was. …

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Eudocia Tomas Pulido

Led by a Child


(NYTimes Opinion) – David Brooks:

We’ve got this perverse situation in which the vast analytic powers of the entire world are being spent trying to understand a guy whose thoughts are often just six fireflies beeping randomly in a jar.

“We badly want to understand Trump, to grasp him,” David Roberts writes in Vox. “It might give us some sense of control, or at least an ability to predict what he will do next. But what if there’s nothing to understand? What if there is no there there?” …

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Chelsea Manning Prepares for Freedom


(Guardian) –  Ed Pilkington:

On Wednesday, after seven years, Chelsea Manning will walk out of military prison a free woman. Edward Snowden leads the tributes, and tells the Guardian how Manning ‘left behind the safety of silence to speak a truth that saved lives’ …

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Chelsea Manning



(FTB) – Mano Singham:

On Friday I saw the new film Risk produced and directed by award-winning documentarian Laura Poitras, who won the Academy Award for Citizenfour, the film about Edward Snowden and his leaks. The focus this time is Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and unlike the earlier one, the narrative structure of this film is, to say the least, a bit confused. But that is not due to the lack of skill of Poitras but due to the fact that after she started filming it, the story went off in many directions and she too became part of it. …

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Risk (2016 film)

Paranoid and Delusional


(Independent) – May Bulman:

Donald Trump has ‘dangerous mental illness’, say psychiatry experts at Yale conference. …

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The Most Powerful Man in Berlin


(Economist::Kaffeeklatsch) – J.C.:

Who is Peter Altmaier and why does he matter? …

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Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel and Kanzleramtsminister Peter Altmaier