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America in Retreat, Europe en Marche

Sylvie Kauffmann, New York TimesAs British conservatives licked their wounds a week ago, and French voters were electing hundreds of rookies to Parliament to strengthen the hand of President Emmanuel Macron, Ukrainians at last had a reason to celebrate — and they did, partying by the thousands in Kiev. For them, June 11 was the dawn of the long-awaited era of visa-free travel to Europe. One local magazine called it “Ukraine’s Berlin Wall moment.” … Read the referenced story here: America in Retreat, Europe en Marche

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Amazon & the New Masters of the Universe Plunder America

Joel Kotkin, Daily Beast“We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” —Justice Louis Brandeis With his $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made clear his determination to dominate every facet of mass retailing, likely at the cost of massive layoffs in the $800 billion supermarket sector. … Read the referenced story here: Amazon & the New Masters of the Universe Plunder America

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