Political Cartoons – Wiley Toons http://wileytoons.com/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 11:07:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://wileytoons.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default1.png Political Cartoons – Wiley Toons http://wileytoons.com/ 32 32 European tour bans LIV golfers from Scottish Open | Sports News https://wileytoons.com/european-tour-bans-liv-golfers-from-scottish-open-sports-news/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 10:44:00 +0000 https://wileytoons.com/european-tour-bans-liv-golfers-from-scottish-open-sports-news/ MUNICH (AP) — The European Tour on Friday banned golfers who competed in the Saudi-backed LIV Series from three upcoming tournaments, including the Scottish Open, and fined them $120 $000. The tour said all players who took part in the inaugural LIV event in England this month would be suspended from the Scottish Open, Barbasol […]]]>

MUNICH (AP) — The European Tour on Friday banned golfers who competed in the Saudi-backed LIV Series from three upcoming tournaments, including the Scottish Open, and fined them $120 $000.

The tour said all players who took part in the inaugural LIV event in England this month would be suspended from the Scottish Open, Barbasol Championship and Barracuda Championship, and fined 100,000 pounds (123 $000). These three events are co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the PGA, which suspended players who participated in LIV.

There could be “further sanctions” if players continue to compete in LIV without permission, the European tour said.

“Many members I have spoken to in recent weeks have expressed the view that those who have chosen this path have not only disrespected them and our Tour, but also the meritocratic ecosystem of professional golf. which has been the foundation of our game for the past half a century and which will also be the foundation on which we will build for the next 50 years,” said European Tour General Manager Keith Pelley.

“Their actions are not fair to the majority of our members and undermine the Tour, which is why we are taking the action we announced today.”

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The European tour announcement came as some players signed to LIV were playing in one of its own events. Some of the best-known players from the European tour were on the course Friday at the BMW International Open, including big winners Louis Oosthuizen, Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer. They all played the first LIV event in England.

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Wisconsin Democrats face a tough road in the Senate and gubernatorial races | New Policies https://wileytoons.com/wisconsin-democrats-face-a-tough-road-in-the-senate-and-gubernatorial-races-new-policies/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 18:41:00 +0000 https://wileytoons.com/wisconsin-democrats-face-a-tough-road-in-the-senate-and-gubernatorial-races-new-policies/ By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Democrats gathering for their annual state convention this weekend are focused on re-electing Gov. Tony Evers and defeating Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, but also know history is against them at midterms as voters face high inflation, rising gas prices and growing fears of a recession. […]]]>

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Democrats gathering for their annual state convention this weekend are focused on re-electing Gov. Tony Evers and defeating Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, but also know history is against them at midterms as voters face high inflation, rising gas prices and growing fears of a recession.

Just how close the election could be was made clear Wednesday with the latest poll from Marquette University Law School. It showed Evers slightly ahead of his Republican opponents, while Johnson was roughly tied with every top Democrat running against him.

But the poll also showed Republicans are more enthusiastic than Democrats about voting, an important marker in a midterm election when turnout is lower than in a presidential year. Johnson’s prospect has improved and deteriorated for Evers, the lower the expected turnout in the ballot.

“Turnout matters in a game of inches in a state that has seen so many close elections in recent years,” said Marquette pollster Charles Franklin.

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And in a bad sign for incumbents, the majority of poll respondents said they felt the state was heading in the wrong direction.

Evers and Democrats know the road ahead is tough — the last time a Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate from the same party the president won was in 1990 — but they believe they can ride out headwinds.

“No matter what happens nationally, Wisconsin Democrats are united and vibrant,” said Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Ben Wikler. Still, the Marquette poll showed 67% of Republicans were very excited about voting, compared to 58% for Democrats.

“There’s this real feeling that the future of our state and the whole country is at stake and Democrats voting in 2022 could affect the rest of our lives,” Wikler said.

The Marquette poll showed President Joe Biden’s approval rating at 40%, with 57% disapproval, his lowest ratings in Wisconsin since taking office. Evers’ approval rating was better at 48% while 45% disapproved.

Evers shapes his argument for re-election by serving as a roadblock to Republicans who control the Legislature, halting their efforts to restrict access to abortion, overhaul the conduct of elections and relax gun control laws fire. On Wednesday, Republicans ignored a special session Evers called to repeal an 1849 law making abortions illegal that could go into effect if Roe v. Wade is canceled.

Republicans claim Evers’ tenure was a failure, saying he did not respond quickly or forcefully enough to the violent riots in Kenosha in the summer of 2021 that he takes credit for a tax cut that Republicans wrote in that didn’t do enough to help the economy.

The Republicans vying to face Evers will meet in less than two months in the Aug. 9 primary.

The Marquette poll showed a tight GOP primary race. Tim Michels, co-owner of a multimillion-dollar construction company that won Donald Trump’s endorsement, is at an impasse with former Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, who is the longest running GOP racer. Michels was 27% to 26% for Kleefisch, who led the field before Michels entered the race in April.

Business consultant Kevin Nicholson was at 10% while state Rep. Timothy Ramthun trailed at 3%. Nearly a third of respondents, 32%, say they are undecided.

In the Senate race, the poll showed Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes at 25% and Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry at 21%. State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski trailed at 9% while Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson was at 7%. Similar to the Republican primary poll, about a third of respondents, 36%, said they were undecided.

The poll of 803 registered voters was taken between June 14 and Monday and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points. For questions about the Republican primary, the margin of error was 6.3 percentage points and for the Democratic primary it was 6.2 percentage points.

Evers and the Senate candidates will all speak at the convention in La Crosse this weekend, as will U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Attorney General Josh Kaul and other office holders and candidates.

The Democratic convention is being held in western Wisconsin’s 3rd congressional district, which has a vacant seat this year due to the retirement of Democratic US Representative Ron Kind. Republicans are targeting this tightly divided district as one they can turn around.

Three Democratic primary candidates for that seat are scheduled to speak at the convention. The winner will advance to face Trump-endorsed Derrick Van Orden, who lost to Kind in 2020 and whose participation in the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising on the U.S. Capitol has faced criticism from Democrats.

Democrats, unlike Republicans in Wisconsin, do not vote to endorse candidates in contested primaries.

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Editorial Summary: Iowa | Iowa News https://wileytoons.com/editorial-summary-iowa-iowa-news/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 22:51:02 +0000 https://wileytoons.com/editorial-summary-iowa-iowa-news/ Des Moines Register. June 18, 2022. Editorial: With Abortion Rights Protection Collapsing, Iowans Must Act to Preserve Care; supporting girls and women Advocacy for just laws must be accompanied by preparations to help facilitate abortion rights despite the hostility of those who craft and interpret our laws. Everyone claims they want “something” done about the […]]]>

Des Moines Register. June 18, 2022.

Editorial: With Abortion Rights Protection Collapsing, Iowans Must Act to Preserve Care; supporting girls and women

Advocacy for just laws must be accompanied by preparations to help facilitate abortion rights despite the hostility of those who craft and interpret our laws.

Everyone claims they want “something” done about the circumstances that led to the shooting massacre of 19 school children and two educators in Texas last month.

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In a familiar pattern, “something” is not happening.

The massacre involved questions about safe entry to schools and the competence of the police, but much of the debate focused on this question: Can laws reduce the likelihood of dangerous people obtaining instruments of mass murder without compromising the Bill of Rights? The response from Congress for years has been a resounding “no”.

In Iowa, we have an opportunity this year to do “something” without the help of our government officials: At the polls in November, we can reject a proposed constitutional amendment that could thwart even broadly grassroots efforts to protect Iowans from gun violence. .

Even maintaining the status quo in this way would count as a victory for protecting lives. A “no” vote would indicate that most Iowans want to preserve at least the ability to limit access to lethal weapons and do not want to tie the hands of lawmakers and the judiciary.

Proponents pointed out that adding “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” to the Iowa constitution would bring us into line with nearly every other state by including a mirror of the second federal amendment in the state charter. It is very good.

But the amendment would do more, mandating that any restrictions on gun rights be subject to “strict control”. This legal term requires courts to evaluate laws with the utmost skepticism, declaring them unconstitutional unless they serve a “compelling governmental interest” and are “narrowly tailored” to achieve that goal.

This provision would complicate even modest regulations. For example, suppose lawmakers, in response to two executions outside a church in Ames, wish to make it less likely that those suspected or convicted of domestic violence will be able to shoot their victims. A tough business, to be sure – people who assault partners could very well ignore requests to surrender their weapons, and the accused still has a right to due process. But under tight scrutiny, even if the people’s elected representatives thoughtfully balance these competing interests and reach a solution in a bid to save lives, their efforts could be sidelined for failing to meet all the requirements of the test. judicial.

Of course, existing regulations could also be challenged.

Three other states – Alabama, Louisiana and Missouri – already require strict control of gun restrictions. Todd Pettys, a law professor at the University of Iowa, concluded in a 2019 law review essay that strict control changes turn out to be less meaningful than expected, with courts in those states sometimes finding that strict control protections did not apply in certain circumstances. In addition, courts in Louisiana and Missouri applied strict control and always upheld laws prohibiting criminals from owning firearms.

It’s a little reassuring. On the other hand, when the United States Supreme Court heard arguments last year about New York State’s discretionary gun licensing system, Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked a Justice Department lawyer about the restrictions on people with mental illness or convicted of crimes: “Can any of them pass strict scrutiny on their face?” “I don’t know,” replied acting solicitor general Brian Fletcher.

Iowa doesn’t need to risk the possibility of a dangerous outcome here.

There are limits to freedom of expression. There can and must be limits to the right to bear arms.

Over the past twelve years, the Legislative Assembly has progressively removed barriers to the acquisition, travel and use of weapons. Lawmakers stripped sheriffs of their discretion to deny gun permits and then removed permit requirements, and allowed the use of deadly force in more situations.

Iowans today are free to obtain, keep, and carry firearms and rifles. When children are slaughtered by guns – in Des Moines, Texas, across the country – it’s fair to wonder if a modest grant of that freedom could help avert tragedy.

We should not make this debate more difficult than it already is. The choice is ours. Vote no on this amendment.

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Georgia City official resigns after Confederate store reopens | USA News® https://wileytoons.com/georgia-city-official-resigns-after-confederate-store-reopens-usa-news/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 14:31:00 +0000 https://wileytoons.com/georgia-city-official-resigns-after-confederate-store-reopens-usa-news/ KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia city councilman has resigned in protest at the reopening of a Confederate gift shop that sells images with racial slurs and dolls and statues that caricature black people, media reported. Kennesaw Councilman James “Doc” Eaton said he didn’t want to be involved in the city’s decision to issue a […]]]>

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia city councilman has resigned in protest at the reopening of a Confederate gift shop that sells images with racial slurs and dolls and statues that caricature black people, media reported.

Kennesaw Councilman James “Doc” Eaton said he didn’t want to be involved in the city’s decision to issue a business license to the downtown store. His resignation is effective June 21.

“It breaks my heart to have to do this,” Eaton told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Eaton’s daughter, Cris Eaton Welsh, owns a chiropractic business opposite the gift shop and said she plans to move.

“There’s a difference between selling goods and spreading hate,” Eaton Welsh said.

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Wildman’s Civil War Surplus reopened on Tuesday after closing earlier this year following the death of its founder, Dent “Wildman” Myers, and the expiration of its business license, the AJC reported.

Marjorie Lyon, who worked with Myers for years, said reopening Wildman “wasn’t a decision.”

“It’s an honor,” she told AJC. Lyon identified herself as the store manager.

“I have no control over someone’s emotional reaction,” she said. “I heard all kinds of colorful things. And everyone is entitled to their opinion.

The store also carries Confederate memorabilia, antique weapons and Civil War books, the Marietta Daily Journal reported.

City officials said the store followed the required process for all businesses to obtain a license.

“The City of Kennesaw does not pick or choose or try to find reasons not to issue a business license when an applicant meets all of the criteria,” City Manager Jeff Drobney told WAGA-TV.

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Source AP: Tortorella hired as coach by Philadelphia Flyers | Sports News https://wileytoons.com/source-ap-tortorella-hired-as-coach-by-philadelphia-flyers-sports-news/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 22:13:00 +0000 https://wileytoons.com/source-ap-tortorella-hired-as-coach-by-philadelphia-flyers-sports-news/ By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Reporter PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have hired John Tortorella as their new coach, hoping the fiery veteran can help them win their first Stanley Cup championship since 1975. The hiring was confirmed Thursday by a person with direct knowledge of the decision who spoke to The Associated Press […]]]>

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Reporter

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have hired John Tortorella as their new coach, hoping the fiery veteran can help them win their first Stanley Cup championship since 1975.

The hiring was confirmed Thursday by a person with direct knowledge of the decision who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced. The official announcement was expected on Friday.

Tortorella, who turns 64 next week, coached Tampa Bay to a Stanley Cup title in 2004, and he also coached the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks. He was fired in May 2021 after six seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Tortorella is the Flyers’ sixth coach in the past 10 years and he will try to revitalize a dormant franchise that has won only one playoff series since 2012. The Flyers finished with a 25-46-11 record this season under Alain Vigneault and Mike Yeo and were last in the Metropolitan Division.

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The Blue Jackets went 227-166-54 under Tortorella, including a franchise-best 50-24-8 in 2016-17. But the wheels let go during a terrible 2020-21 season (18-26-12).

Tortorella is the second most successful American-born coach in NHL history. He’s known for his casual temper and demanding, no-nonsense style of coaching, and he’s clashed with his share of players over the years.

Flyers winger Cam Atkinson played under Tortorella in Columbus. He said that at the end of the season, the Flyers were “a pretty soft team” and that a coach like Tortorella could help strengthen any franchise.

“I think it all starts with practice. You practice playing,” Atkinson said in April. “Especially when I turned professional, I learned that from John Tortorella. He was brilliant in that aspect. … I think as we approach next year, we have to find a way to have more courage, a little more jam, more “F you” to our game, on both sides of the puck, in our territory, defending our goalkeeper and in their crease.

Flyers president David Scott said in January that he doesn’t think the franchise needs a lengthy annual rebuilding plan and that there is enough proven core to make the team a winner. Scott said he would give Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher “a blank check” to fix the Flyers.

The Flyers are pinning their hopes on Travis Konecny, Joel Farabee, Travis Sanheim and goaltender Carter Hart as key players moving forward. The Flyers last made the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010 and haven’t won a championship since back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975.

Tortorella is 673-541-37-132 over nearly 20 seasons and became the new coach among a slew of candidates including former Washington and Islanders coach Barry Trotz. Tortorella is just 56-64 in the playoffs with six first-round outings.

Tortorella worked this season for ESPN as part of his studio coverage.

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Craig Files as Write-In for Michigan GOP Governor Primary | New Policies https://wileytoons.com/craig-files-as-write-in-for-michigan-gop-governor-primary-new-policies/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 22:51:00 +0000 https://wileytoons.com/craig-files-as-write-in-for-michigan-gop-governor-primary-new-policies/ LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig filed a written candidacy for Michigan governor on Tuesday weeks after he was voted out of the Aug. 2 Republican primary ballot. Craig was among five Republican candidates deemed ineligible after the state election office determined they failed to collect the necessary number of valid […]]]>

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig filed a written candidacy for Michigan governor on Tuesday weeks after he was voted out of the Aug. 2 Republican primary ballot.

Craig was among five Republican candidates deemed ineligible after the state election office determined they failed to collect the necessary number of valid signatures. The elections office discovered last month that candidates had submitted fake signatures collected by paid petition distributors.

Craig and his campaign also filed a lawsuit Monday in Kent County Circuit Court against a company hired to collect signatures. The lawsuit, which alleges fraud and breach of contract, names In Field Strategies Inc. and about 20 hired circulators who “signed affidavits falsely swearing that they had obtained genuine signatures from among the thousands of voters who support Chief James Craig, the main Republican governor. candidate.”

The Associated Press left a voicemail and email late Tuesday afternoon seeking comment from In Field Strategies.

The elections office found that Craig had submitted 10,192 valid signatures – well below the 15,000 needed. He discarded 11,113 signatures, including 9,879 that were allegedly fraudulently collected by 18 paid circulators. The agency found evidence of consistent handwriting in all signatures on individual petition sheets and “roundtables,” where circulators would take turns signing a line on each sheet in an effort to vary the handwriting and to make the signatures appear as authentic.

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Craig, along with wealthy business consultant Perry Johnson, had been considered GOP favorites for governor.

Johnson turned in 13,800 valid signatures, according to election office staff. The office threw away 9,393, including 6,983 it said were fraudulent and were gathered by many of the same people who collected the signatures Craig submitted.

A vote by the Board of State Solicitors then prevented Craig, Johnson and three other candidates from voting.

A judge also refused to put Craig on the ballot, while Johnson failed in a federal lawsuit seeking to put his name on the ballot.

Five candidates remain in the Republican primary: Tudor Dixon, Kevin Rinke, Ryan Kelley, Garrett Soldano and Ralph Rebandt. The winner will face Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer in November.

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Latest Tonys | Michael R. Jackson reflects on his loop | Entertainment News https://wileytoons.com/latest-tonys-michael-r-jackson-reflects-on-his-loop-entertainment-news/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 22:46:00 +0000 https://wileytoons.com/latest-tonys-michael-r-jackson-reflects-on-his-loop-entertainment-news/ NEW YORK (AP) — The latest news on the Tony Awards (all local times): It took playwright Michael R. Jackson nearly two decades to bring his musical “A Strange Loop” to Broadway and he says the recognition is a kind of validation. “It’s wonderful. It feels like real validation of all the time, blood, sweat, […]]]>

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest news on the Tony Awards (all local times):

It took playwright Michael R. Jackson nearly two decades to bring his musical “A Strange Loop” to Broadway and he says the recognition is a kind of validation.

“It’s wonderful. It feels like real validation of all the time, blood, sweat, tears that we put into this piece. I worked on this musical for almost 20 years, and so to be here after sticking to my guns is like such validation,” Jackson said on Tony’s red carpet.

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In the musical, we meet the character Usher, an ill-fated playwright who breaks down as an usher in “The Lion King.” Usher is haunted by a chorus of Greek voices – his thoughts as well as homophobic family members – hammering, undermining and scolding him. Jackson said there was a little Usher in him.

“Usher is a character that I definitely created to deal with some things that I was thinking about. But he grew so much beyond that and I grew so much beyond that,” he said. “Watching every night is really exciting because I’m looking at a work of art that I started from as a really formative period, which kind of grew into something bigger than any kind of personal experience that I had.”

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– Tracy Letts on writing her play and the need to perform in it

Darren Criss’ favorite night of the year has arrived. It’s the Tony Awards. “I’m never silent about the Tonys. I love the Tonys,” he says.

Criss won’t just be watching the Tonys on Sunday, he’ll be working as well. He’s co-host with Julianne Hough of an hour-long pre-Tony celebration at Radio City Music Hall, and he even wrote an original song about the show he’ll be performing, revealing “a bit of my nerdy inclinations. “.

Criss and Hough will cast the Creative Arts Tonys on Paramount+, then hand over hosting duties to Ariana DeBose for the main three-hour CBS TV show from the same stage, live coast-to-coast for the first time.

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WTO seeks trade deals with its fate at stake | Economic news https://wileytoons.com/wto-seeks-trade-deals-with-its-fate-at-stake-economic-news/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 06:46:00 +0000 https://wileytoons.com/wto-seeks-trade-deals-with-its-fate-at-stake-economic-news/ By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization is facing one of its most dire moments, the culmination of years of slide into oblivion and ineffectiveness. Now may be a chance to turn the tide and reemerge as a champion of free and fair trade – or face an even more […]]]>

By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization is facing one of its most dire moments, the culmination of years of slide into oblivion and ineffectiveness. Now may be a chance to turn the tide and reemerge as a champion of free and fair trade – or face an even more uncertain future.

For the first time in 4.5 years, after a pandemic pause, government ministers from WTO countries will meet for four days from Sunday to tackle issues such as overfishing of the seas, vaccines COVID-19 for the developing world and food security at a time when Russia’s war in Ukraine has blocked the export of millions of tons of Ukrainian grain to developing countries.

Faced with a key test of her diplomatic skills since taking office 15 months ago, WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has in recent days expressed “cautious optimism” about the possibility of progress on at least one of four issues expected to dominate the meeting: fisheries subsidies, agriculture, pandemic response and organizational reform, spokesman Fernando Puchol said.

Diplomats and trade teams have been working ‘very long hours’ to come up with at least ‘clean text’ for a possible deal – which ministers can simply approve and not have to negotiate – on the one of those issues, Puchol told reporters on Friday.

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“It’s hard to predict an outcome right now,” he said.

The Geneva-based body, barely a quarter century old, brings together 164 countries to help ensure smooth and fair international trade and resolve trade disputes. Some outside experts expect few outcomes from the meeting, saying the main one may simply be bringing ministers to the table.

“The multilateral trading system is in bad shape. The situation in Ukraine is not helping,” said Clemens Boonekamp, ​​an independent trade policy analyst and former head of the WTO’s agriculture division. “But the mere fact that they come together is a sign of respect for the system.”

Alan Wolff, former deputy director-general of the WTO, expressed optimism that members could make at least some progress.

They could reach an agreement, he said, to help ease a looming global food crisis stemming from the war in Ukraine by ensuring the UN World Food Program receives a waiver from food export bans. imposed by WTO countries wishing to feed their own people.

Wolff, now a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, expressed confidence in Okonjo-Iweala, saying, “I’m not prepared to sell her short.”

He said members “appear to be making progress” on a deal to cut subsidies that encourage overfishing – something they’ve been trying to do for more than two decades.

“Are they wrapping up this time?” asked Wolff. “Not clear. It was a drama.”

One problem – among many – is that the WTO works by consensus, so any of its 164 member countries could block the work.

In short, the WTO has become a major diplomatic battleground between developed and developing countries, and some experts say reform is needed if it is ever to get things done.

The trade body, created in 1995 to succeed the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, has experienced a slow dismantling. It hasn’t produced a major trade deal in years. The last big success was a 2014 deal touted as a boost to low-income countries that cut red tape on clearing goods at borders.

Years ago, the United States began to crack down on the WTO appeals court, which in theory has the final say in trade disputes, such as a much-publicized dispute between the United States and the EU involving aircraft manufacturing giants Airbus and Boeing.

Then US President Donald Trump arrived, threatening to pull America out of the WTO for his insistence that it was unfair to the United States. In the end, it didn’t and simply circumvented the WTO – imposing sanctions on allies and enemies and ignoring the rules of the trade organization and the dispute settlement system.

Once champions of the WTO, the United States has lamented China’s admission and insists that Beijing has violated the rules of the trade body too much. The United States accuses China of excessively supporting state-owned enterprises and hampering free trade, among other things. China denies these allegations.

A generation ago, the WTO sparked huge offensive and even violent protests, especially from anti-globalizationists and anarchists who hated its behind-closed-doors secrecy and its image of elites who decide everything.

William Reinsch, a former US trade official, has warned that the WTO now risks becoming useless. The best way to show it still matters, he wrote this month, is to negotiate a deal, perhaps on fisheries, COVID-19 vaccines or a tougher issue: encouraging more free- trade in agriculture.

Reinsch, now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said the United States must do more — including making compromises — to ensure the WTO can reach agreement on contentious issues.

“The future of the WTO is in danger,” he said. “Failure would be bad for fish and farmers, but it would also be bad for a global economy built on the rule of law.”

AP Economics Writer Paul Wiseman contributed to this report from Washington.

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War rap: in Ukraine, an angry voice for a furious generation | Economic news https://wileytoons.com/war-rap-in-ukraine-an-angry-voice-for-a-furious-generation-economic-news/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 06:28:00 +0000 https://wileytoons.com/war-rap-in-ukraine-an-angry-voice-for-a-furious-generation-economic-news/ By JOHN LEICESTER, Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — From the battlefronts of Ukraine comes rap music — filled with the anger and outrage of a young generation who, once the fighting is over, will surely never forget and forgive maybe never. Ukrainian rapper-turned-volunteer-soldier Otoy puts the war into words and hits the baselines, typing […]]]>

By JOHN LEICESTER, Associated Press

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — From the battlefronts of Ukraine comes rap music — filled with the anger and outrage of a young generation who, once the fighting is over, will surely never forget and forgive maybe never.

Ukrainian rapper-turned-volunteer-soldier Otoy puts the war into words and hits the baselines, typing lyrics under Russian bombardment on his phone, the light dimmed to avoid becoming a target. It helps numb the nervous stress of combat.

“Russian soldiers drink vodka, we make music,” says the rapper, real name Viacheslav Drofa, a sad-eyed 23-year-old who didn’t know he could kill until he he had a Russian soldier in his sights and pulled the trigger in the first weeks of the war.

One of the ironies of the invasion launched on February 24 by Russian President Vladimir Putin is that by ordering the destruction of Ukrainian cities, he is fueling one of the very things he wanted to extinguish: a rising tide of Ukrainian nationalism. fierce, forged in the blood of tens of thousands of Ukrainian dead and the misery of millions who lost loved ones, homes, livelihoods and peace.

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Just as many people in France found it impossible to absolve Germany after two invasions a quarter of a century apart in World Wars I and II, young Ukrainians say more than three months of brutality filled them with burning hatred for Russia.

In France, the antipathy for all things German lasted a generation or more. It wasn’t until 1984 – four decades after Nazi Germany’s surrender – that French and German leaders Francois Mitterrand and Helmut Kohl were able to hold hands in reconciliation in front of a World War I monument. in France filled with the bones of the dead.

In Ukraine, the younger generation born after the country’s declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 also say they can’t imagine feeling anything but distaste for Russia for the duration of their lives. .

Otoy’s lyrics, with choice swear words directed at Russia and stark descriptions of Russian war dead, speak from the heart – he lost his elder brother, a soldier, in the siege of the steelworks of Azovstal in the devastated port city of Mariupol.

But they also give voice to the cold fury shared by many of his peers, which now spills over into song, art and tattoos, online in hashtags proclaiming “death to enemies” and memes targeting Putin, and in fundraising activism for the war effort.

In “Enemy,” one of four new tracks Otoy wrote between and during his stints on the battlefield delivering ammunition and weapons to front-line troops, he grumbles at Russian soldiers: “We don’t We are not afraid, but we are nauseous, because you feel stale even when your heart is still beating. The bullets are waiting for you, sinners.

He imagines a sly conversation with the widow of a dead Russian soldier, singing, “Well, Natasha, where is your husband? He is a layer in a swamp, face down. Natasha, he’s not coming home.”

Others laugh at war too.

In the furious heavy metal track “We will kill you all”, the band Surface Tension shouts: “We will dance on your bones. Your mother will not come for you.” The swear-filled track has racked up over 59,000 views since its April 5 release on Youtube.

Iryna Osypenko, 25, was among the spectators at a fundraising music festival last weekend in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, where Otoy gave a fiery performance. She broke down in tears as she explained how the growing reservations she had about Russia before the invasion turned into rage.

“I hate them and, I’m sorry, that will never change,” she said. “I’m going to explain it to my kids and I hope my kids explain it to their kids.”

Otoy says that if he has children, he will do the same, telling them: “The Russians were killing my family, killing my brothers, my sisters, bombing our theatres, our hospitals.

“It’s not just that I don’t like Russia, I hate this country and I hate Russians as much as I can,” he said in an interview at his apartment in Kyiv, where he records and stores his weapons and combat gear.

“If I had the ability to save the life of a dog or the ability to save the life of a Russian soldier, I would choose the dog.”

His older brother, Dmitry Lisen, is missing, believed dead in the bombed-out ruins of the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol. He was a fighter in the Azov regiment, among the units that stubbornly clung to the surrounded factory for almost three months, becoming an enduring symbol of Ukrainian resistance.

Otoy dedicated his song, “Find My Country”, to defenders of Azovstal – rapping in English in a bid, he says, to reach “people all over the world”.

“This is my land, you should leave,” he sings, holding a rifle and dressed in combat gear in the YouTube video for the track. .”

In recent times, he has notably helped in a military hospital to sort the bodies of Azovstal, handed over by the Russian forces during an exchange. His brother’s remains are still missing.

He is also working on his collection of songs largely written during repeated rounds of munitions being fired at troops in the east, where fighting has raged since Russian forces were pushed back during their initial assault on Kyiv.

Themes include life on the front lines and the camaraderie of soldiers, wartime life for civilians, enmity and the struggle for Ukrainian freedom. He says the mini-album reeks of “the smell of war dust”.

“I was actually lying on the ground under the airstrikes and shelling,” he said. “You can actually smell, you know, like bombs, corpses, dust, blood and stuff.”

“It’s the best way to show your hate, I think.”

Hanna Arhirova contributed to this report.

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The former king of Spain, victim of a scandal, postpones his second trip Home | Economic news https://wileytoons.com/the-former-king-of-spain-victim-of-a-scandal-postpones-his-second-trip-home-economic-news/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 15:07:00 +0000 https://wileytoons.com/the-former-king-of-spain-victim-of-a-scandal-postpones-his-second-trip-home-economic-news/ MADRID (AP) — The former king of Spain has decided to postpone a second visit to his country since taking up residence abroad after his reputation was tarnished by a financial scandal, l Spanish news agency EFE. Juan Carlos, 84, returned to his country last month for the first time in nearly two years to […]]]>

MADRID (AP) — The former king of Spain has decided to postpone a second visit to his country since taking up residence abroad after his reputation was tarnished by a financial scandal, l Spanish news agency EFE.

Juan Carlos, 84, returned to his country last month for the first time in nearly two years to attend a sailing event in northwestern Spain. At that time, the mayor of Sanxenxo said the ex-monach planned to return for another sailing event in the city this month.

But according to EFE and other Spanish media, Juan Carlos has decided not to return for the second time in as many months for “private reasons”. He resides in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Juan Carlos was once one of Spain’s most respected public figures for his role in the country’s return to democracy after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975. But scandals involving the Spanish royal family began to mount in the last years of his reign, leading Juan Carlos to abdicate in 2014 in favor of his son, Felipe VI.

Juan Carlos left Spain in August 2020 as Spanish and Swiss prosecutors investigate his involvement in alleged financial wrongdoing.

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Spanish prosecutors had to drop their case after concluding that the alleged misconduct, involving millions of euros in undeclared accounts, occurred when Juan Carlos enjoyed legal immunity as King of Spain .

His behavior is widely seen in Spain as a public embarrassment that tarnished the crown. Felipe renounced his inheritance from Juan Carlos and stripped him of his 2020 state-provided grant in a revolutionary move to distance himself from his father.

Juan Carlos is still facing possible legal issues in Britain, where a former lover who was allegedly involved in his opaque financial dealings has accused him of harassment.

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