On November 20, during a summit meeting at Phnom Penh where President Obama intended to push a Trans-Pacific partnership excluding China, the tables were turned and China, India, Japan, South Korea, and others announced a partnership that excludes the U.S. This new group is being formed by the Association of Southeast Asia Nations, and Barack Obama is persona non-grata. The Asia Times says of the news, "3 billion Asians becoming prosperous, while interest fades in the prospective contribution of 300 million Americans." Obama had touted the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a great opportunity
Comments: When 0bama took off recently to get the "sampeah" while in Cambodia, it looks like all his other "leader -friends" don´t want him in their "club." Will 0bama cry racism?
Do you think he´ll ever figure out you don´t negotiate with (read, "bully") really smart people?
I wish the Republicans would do this to him and his "my way or the highway" snark over the economy. Just why are they going to be on every newscast with their talking points just like the dems? I am so sick of no IO campaign.
Rational. Is the world starting to realize that the USA has turned its back on common sense and economic responsibility? The reaction to Our Lord and Savior´s reelection a few weeks ago was notably muted...
Why should they include us? No one wants to hang around losers and right now that is exactly what the US is. Seriously, what do we have to offer them? We are the largest debtor nation in the world. We decimated our manufacturing sector and priced ourselves out of the market. We have shown the world that all our leaders, both Republicans and Democrats, are complete worthless lying idiots. The majority of our population is functionally illiterate and care only about reality TV, sports, and cellphones; and 98% of all Americans couldn´t tell you the names of the leaders of any of these contries. IF you do not know look it up yourself. So yes, good for China, India and the rest for not inviting America. It shows that they can recognize a blowhard sponger when they see one.
As much as my comments might sting and offend this is America´s new realty, and it sucks!
Are you kidding? Who is taking this gay dude seriously anyway!@ Do you think that his stupidity is not known around the world and not immediately apparent when he visits! The world is laughing at us when this creep who has burdened the country with so much debt shows up trying to impress with his incessant travel on Air Force One!
My sympathies, #11,12,13. I posted some Japanese script the other day on YouTube and it came out fine. I was replying to a Japanese speaker. Surprised me it came out ok, mixed English and Kanji.
Thinking people around the world have been saying "what the heck" under their breath since November 6. They are, and rightly so, fearful for our future. They know that the economic health of this country is intertwined with the rest of the world and they really do want to see the end of this episode of the economic doldrums. I hate to break it to them but it ain´t going to improve until Obama leaves. I think the Pacific Rim Countries are doing the right thing by showing that they are not going to wait for our ship to right itself. Four more years is too long.
We haven´t seen anything yet. China a net seller of US debt? Japan bought the last offered and they aren´t in the best of shape either since the Earthquake and Tsunami.
36,516 Americans died freeing South Koreans from Chinese and North Korean invaders. This is South Korea´s thanks for their sacrifice. Remember this next time you see a South Korean product made by Samsung, LG, Hyundai, Kia (the irony), etc. They made their choice. Now make yours.
#17, The US doesn´t need anyone to buy it´s debt anymore. We just have the Fed buy it with future I.O.U.s and then they ´release´ more dollars into the money supply. We can do this forever and that´s why we should let Obama have complete freedom to raise the debt ceiling.
All of you who saved money and invested dollars, prepare to see it all destroyed.
Lemme see, #21- The first group listed(Asia,Russia and India) aren´t exactly famous for their belief in or practice of, diversity and dialogue. That second group really doesn´t stand a chance in battle.
Montevideo - Uruguay´s Senate is expected to pass a law on Tuesday making the small South American nation the world´s first to allow its citizens to grow, buy and smoke marijuana. The pioneering government-sponsored bill establishes state regulation of the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana and is aimed at wresting the business from criminals. Cannabis consumers would be allowed to buy a maximum of 40 grams (1.4 ounces) each month from state-regulated pharmacies as long as they are over the age of 18 and registered on a government database that will monitor their monthly purchases.
The political temperature in the Arctic rose on Tuesday when Vladimir Putin vowed to step up Russia´s military presence in the region in response to a claim by Canada to the north pole. In typically trenchant style, Putin told his defence chiefs to concentrate on building up infrastructure and military units in the Arctic. He said the region was again key to Russia´s national and strategic interests, following a retreat in the post-Soviet period. His comments were a direct and rapid riposte to Canada, a rival Arctic power. John Baird, said his government had asked scientists to work on a submission to the UN arguing
The phone call came from a charming woman with a bright, engaging voice to the cell phone of a TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer. She wanted to offer a deal on health insurance, but something was fishy. When Scherer asked point blank if she was a real person, or a computer-operated robot voice, she replied enthusiastically that she was real, with a charming laugh. But then she failed several other tests. When asked “What vegetable is found in tomato soup?” she said she did not understand the question. When asked multiple times what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained repeatedly of a bad connection.
A porn performer who tested positive for HIV in Los Angeles is asking for privacy as the industry tries to determine the scope of the problem. "The performer deserves privacy and dignity at this difficult time, and we ask that our colleagues and the media respect the performer’s wishes for privacy unless he or she wishes to speak," the Free Speech Coalition, a porn industry trade group, said in a statement. The Free Speech Coalition said it was working to identify anyone who had sex with the infected performer. “We take the health of our performers very seriously and felt
In China on Thursday, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. spoke plainly about the role of a free press in a democratic society. “Innovation thrives where people breathe freely, speak freely, are able to challenge orthodoxy, where newspapers can report the truth without fear of consequences,” he said in an address to American businesspeople living and working there. He was speaking against the backdrop of China’s restrictive policies on reporting by foreign news organizations; the Chinese government has so far declined to renew the visas of nearly two dozen reporters from The New York Times and Bloomberg News as a consequence
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided not to attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela this week because it is too expensive to travel to South Africa, Israeli media reported on Sunday. Netanyahu had notified the South African authorities that he would fly in but cancelled his plans at the last minute due to the costs involved -- around 7.0 million shekels ($2 million) for his transport and security alone, pubic radio and the Haaretz daily reported. "The decision was made in light of the high transportation costs resulting from the short notice of the trip and the security required for the prime minister
New Orleans - Things traditionally get started a little late down here, an inclination that runs from mealtimes to political races. But with nearly a year to go before the 2014 election, it is already open season on Senator Mary L. Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana. (Snip) As Democrats look across the rest of the South, the outlook does not get much better. Ms. Landrieu, along with Senators Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Kay Hagan of North Carolina, is pretty much all that is left of Southern Democrats in the Senate. All three are up for re-election next year. And the outcome of their races could determine whether the Southern Democrat,
On his way to the podium at the memorial ceremony for former South African president Nelson Mandela, President Obama walked down the line of dignitaries, greeting other leaders there to pay their respects. Among the hands shaken: that of Cuban leader Raul Castro. Obama neither made a special effort to shake Castro’s hand nor to avoid him. A snub might have been awkward: In his speech, Obama praised Mandela’s “greatest gift” as “his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by
A “presidential selfie” featuring President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service began making the rounds this morning, but it’s the person not included in the frame who caught everyone’s attention: As anyone with two eyes and a Twitter account has noticed, Michelle Obama does not appear amused. Of course, though a picture says a thousand words, not all of those words are necessarily true. FLOTUS might not have even known the photo was taking place. Or she could disapprove of funeral selfies. Either way.
A black fashion student says he was brutally attacked by a gang of Hasidic men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking through Williamsburg after a night of partying, the Daily News has learned. Taj Patterson, 22, was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when he says more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox Jewish men began assaulting him on Flushing Ave. and yelling, “Stay down, f----t!”
The Obama State Department has finally released a second round of photos revealing the harrowing devastation wrought by a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. The new photographs depict rampant damage to the consulate. They show charred walls, smoldering fires, Arabic graffiti defacing exterior walls, and scattered debris throughout. The extent of the damage would lead any reasonably serious person to conclude that this was a cold, calculated attack, carefully coordinated to mark the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Unfortunately for the American people, the Obama-Clinton-Rice cabal that led to the Benghazi cover-up was
Just how much do many Hollywood liberals hate conservatives? In an interview with Playboy, Ben Affleck said, "When I watch a guy [on film] I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn’t like this person if I met him": PLAYBOY: You developed a political profile campaigning for presidential candidates Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama. How did that come about? AFFLECK: I grew up in a house with a mother who was a teacher and a Freedom Rider—very left-wing Democrats living in a heterogeneous working-class neighborhood. I picked up a lot of those values there, and I
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry opened her program over the weekend with a commentary about the Affordable Care Act’s colloquial moniker: “Obamacare.” She said that the word was originally created as a “derogatory term,” designed by white men as a way to delegitimize President Barack Obama and his achievement. However, she said that the term will soon be synonymous with all of Obama’s accomplishments and she urged her audience to use the term with pride. “I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years, and like it or not, it’s indelibly
President Obama, former president George W. Bush and their wives departed Washington Monday morning on Air Force One on their way to a memorial service in South Africa for Nelson Mandela. The president and first lady Michelle Obama are being accompanied by Mr. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the flight to Johannesburg. A four-hour memorial service will be held on Tuesday for South Africa’s first black president. Mr. Mandela, the anti-apartheid revolutionary, died on Thursday at age 95. Former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea are traveling separately to South Africa. Former President