In an open letter, MIT President Rafael Reif writes (from the opening paragraph):
Yesterday, the White House took the position that the Paris climate agreement – a landmark effort to combat global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions – was a bad deal for America. Other nations have made clear that the deal is not open to renegotiation. And unfortunately, there is no negotiating with the scientific facts.
In March, Reif questioned planned federal spending cuts. And in January, he condemned Trump’s immigration restrictions.
The Mexican Peso has been recovering ever since Donald Trump assumed office. Its value has climbed back to nearly where it was at the time of the US election.
Time series as reported by xe.
In an open letter, L. Rafael Reif, President of MIT, encourages Americans to oppose the White House’s budget plans.
Sweden’s tabloid Aftonbladet (in English) about what happened on Friday, 17 February 2017 in Sweden (nothing extraordinary).
Topics discussed in the report include:
- Support for a “strong leader” as opposed to checks and balances has increased in many countries.
- The share of households with flat or falling market incomes during the 2005-14 period has been around 65% in advanced economies, and 97% in Italy. In the preceding decade, it had been negligible.
- The Eurasia Group’s top ten risks for 2017:
- Independent America
- China overreacts
- A weaker Merkel
- No reform
- Technology and the Middle East
- Central banks get political
- The White House vs. Silicon Valley
- North Korea
- South Africa
- More than 60 percent of Americans want to keep or increase US commitments to NATO.
- “Europe” could save 30% of its defense investments by cooperating more closely.
- “Europe” operates many more weapon systems than the US.
- In 2016, 94%, 73%, and 20% of US-led, Turkish, and Russian airstrikes in Syria targeted Daesh/ISIS.
- China and Russia have strongly increased the number of their cultural institutes abroad.
- Wikileaks has strongly gained support among Republican voters.
- Most attacks on health care infrastructure are deliberate.
L. Rafael Reif, President of MIT, in an open letter to the MIT community:
The Executive Order on Friday appeared to me a stunning violation of our deepest American values, the values of a nation of immigrants: fairness, equality, openness, generosity, courage. The Statue of Liberty is the “Mother of Exiles”; how can we slam the door on desperate refugees? Religious liberty is a founding American value; how can our government discriminate against people of any religion? In a nation made rich by immigrants, why would we signal to the world that we no longer welcome new talent? In a nation of laws, how can we reject students and others who have established legal rights to be here? And if we accept this injustice, where will it end? Which group will be singled out for suspicion tomorrow? …
Yet I would like us to think seriously about the fact that both within the MIT community and the nation at large, there are people of goodwill who see the measures in the Executive Order as a reasonable path to make the country safer. We would all like our nation to be safe. I am convinced that the Executive Order will make us less safe. Yet all of us, across the spectrum of opinion, are Americans.
In this heated moment, I urge every one of us to avoid with all our might the forces that are driving America into two camps. If we love America, and if we believe in America, we cannot allow those divisions to grow worse. We need to imagine a shared future together, if we hope to have one. I am certain our community can help work on this great problem, too, by starting right here at home.
In the Tagesanzeiger, Felix Schaad offers a caricature with the title: “Donald Trump rejects the notion that he could be blackmailed.”
Luigi Zingales argues that this is the underlying reason for the Brexit vote and the rise of Donald Trump.