America’s trade relations with its allies are extremely fragile

AFTER A TRIP to France for the centenary of the end of the first world war, President Donald Trump quickly turned his Twitter feed over to trade-related tirades. On November 12th he opined that “Trade must be FREE and FAIR!” The next day he complained about French tariffs on American wine, concluding “Not fair, must […]

Being America’s ally does not mean becoming a vassal state — Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he wasn’t offended by a slew of angry tweets directed at him earlier this week by Donald Trump, saying that he understood the US president was just playing to a domestic audience. Macron, who was speaking to reporters on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, said that respect was […]

A new commissioner at America’s main securities regulator causes a buzz

Not your regular regulator FOR ALL the talk about deregulation under President Donald Trump, when it comes to the financial industry the word used by many is “tailoring”—meaning trimming the loose threads of tangled rules, rather than unpicking them. An exception is Hester Peirce, who in January became one of the five commissioners at the […]

In praise of the storied Gold Rush saloons of America’s West

Over in the continental US, in Groveland, California, a small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills near Yosemite National Park, the memory of violence lingers at the Iron Door Saloon, with its granite walls, swinging cast-iron doors, walls adorned with taxidermy, and ceiling of hanging dollar bills. Saloons were “rough and tumble”, says Iron Door […]

Neil Armstrong’s fate after the moon landing reflects America’s declining trust in the government and interest in a space program

NASA via Getty Images Neil Armstrong‘s moon landing was a first in human history. Armstrong’s accomplishment briefly united a nation torn over the Vietnam war, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, and the riots of 1968. However, Armstrong’s fate after his “giant leap for all mankind” mirrored that of public interest in the […]

Checking In With Faraday Future, America’s Worst Automaker

Faraday Future’s summer fling with Chinese real estate group Evergrande, which invested $ 800 million into the company last June, appears to be over. The “automaker” is allegedly trying to back out of its arrangement after its CEO and founder, Jia Yueting, requested an additional $ 700 million in funding. The official deal calls for another $ 1.2 […]

A group of amputee-athletes are attempting to climb one of South America’s toughest peaks

Silverline Film A group of amputee-athletes are attempting to climb Cotopaxi, one of South America’s toughest peaks. They’re traveling with the Range of Motion Project, a nonprofit that helps amputees climb mountains around the world. The nonprofit is hoping to raise $ 100,000 to provide 100 prosthetic limbs to those need. On Saturday, a group […]