Leafing through the New York Times of 08/07/2020
After years of mistreatment within the family and deception on the will of her grandfather (father of Donald Trump and brother Fred), Trump's granddaughter Mary L. Trump, daughter of his brother, will publish next week, after two sentences in favor of publication in lawsuits promoted by the family, a memoir whose title speaks for itself: “Too much and never enough: how my family created the most dangerous man in the world”. The newspaper had a copy in advance and devotes an entire page to quotes from the book. I pass only two of the beginning of the book, but I highly recommend reading it as soon as it is available where you will find the real public and private gems. For those who think like me, it will be an absolute delight. Before: Young Donald had someone else take the SAT, the standard college admission test, a move that all students consider humiliatingly serious. Second: Trump's sister, a federal judge, considered him a clown who had no principles.
- The clash ferments as the law in Hong Kong squeezes the American data technology giants. The state of freedom that reigned in Hong Kong has dramatically changed with the arrival of the new law from China. Now the Hong K government is creating tight controls on the web to satisfy the most prolific censor in the world, the Chinese Communist Party. And the changes are likely to inflame tensions between China and the United States even more, as technology is the main means by which the two superpowers try to extend their influence on the world.
- Brazil's leader tests positive for the virus. He had wiped out the threat like "miserable cold". President Bolsonaro had campaigned against social distance and had repeatedly underestimated the danger of coronavirus in a country that has become the second in the world as the spread of the infection.
- By minimizing the risks, Trump lobbies for the reopening of schools. Without concrete proposals. Critics see us gambling on health in an effort to revive the economy. Trump and his collaborators argue that the psychological and educational costs of keeping young people at home would be worse than the virus itself. But they have offered no concrete plans to help states struggling to refurbish academic equipment and programs that make pupils better protected from contagion.
- Sweden has remained open to defend its economy. It failed. The only one in Europe to remain completely open, it now has more sick and dead than its neighbors, and the economy has not gone better than in other countries.
- Artists and intellectuals warn against a "climate of intolerance". A letter entitled "Justice and Open Debate", signed by 150 artists and intellectuals, begins by recognizing the changes brought about by "powerful protests for racial and social justice", but then goes on to warn against a climate of intolerance that is stifling culture, citing the vogue for public humiliation and the tendency to dissolve complex political problems into blinding moral certainties.
- Medicine manufacturer, never before tested, gets a contract. The government agreed to pay Novavax, which never brought a product on the market, 1,6 billion to develop a vaccine.
- The United States leaves the WHO (the World Health Organization). The exit, just during an epidemic, following Trump's threats, was universally condemned.
- Milestone of the “Black lives matter” movement (black lives matter). Research suggests that recent protests constitute the largest movement in the history of the United States.
- Statues fall, but ideas persist. While the United States is grappling with protests, a post-Soviet Russia offers a history of caution in tearing down monuments. The article occupies an entire page, with three photos, and says among other things: "In a country where Stalin's statues became scarce after his death, the tyrant is now viewed in a largely positive way."
- Preparing for a United States - Mexico meeting. Many Mexicans are affected by the attitude of their president Lopez Obrador to always bow to Trump's will.
- Impact of a Biden victory. Large investors begin to wonder what a Biden win might mean for the markets.
- Deutsche Bank has reached an agreement on the Epstein case, with the payment of $ 150 million for neglecting many warning signs from Epstein's accounts.