Of Obama’s Legacy, Merkel, Europe, Libya & Extreme Vetting Of Muslims [Nov 21]

BY Edit Platter Desk | PUBLISHED: 21 November 2016

As I See It | Here’s our Editor-in-Chief Sanjeev Srivastava’s take on day’s top international stories.

US President Barack Obama has called upon the people to give President-elect Donald Trump a chance and not prejudge him, according to Fox News. However, at the same time Obama said he reserves the right to speak out if Trump or his policies breach certain “values or ideals.”

Another piece in New Yorker shows Obama considering his legacy and the country’s future under Trump. A couple of days after Trump was elected president of the United States, Obama told David Ramnick of New Yorker, “I don’t believe in apocalyptic—until the apocalypse comes. I think nothing is the end of the world until the end of the world.”

Germany’s centre-right Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced that she will run for a fourth term in office and that she expected her toughest campaign to date, and vowed to “fight for our values and our way of life”.

In France, ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been knocked out of a primary to choose the presidential candidate of the centre-right Republican party. Sarkozy has admitted defeat and endorsed Francois Fillon, a moderate who finished first in Sunday’s first round.

AFP reports that with the rise of far-right nationalist parties and protectionism in Europe and the US, analysts say Asia-Pacific economies are likely to strike more trade deals among themselves, warning the West will lose out as the dynamic region powers ahead.

Al Jazeera reports that days of deadly tribal clashes have erupted in southern Libya after a pet monkey attacked a high school girl. Abdel-Rahman Areish, the head of Sabha city hospital, told The Associated Press 20 people have been killed and 50 injured. Our editor is of the view it is perhaps a lesson for the world that sometimes for countries like Libya dictatorship works better than democracy.

Our editor points out towards a piece in The Independent by Sean O’Grady wherein he writes how a pardon by President Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton might do Donald Trump a huge favour – by relieving the Republican of a clear campaign commitment to appoint a special prosecutor to go after her. Now that Trump has bigger things to worry about, it might suit him to have Hillary cleared away.

Charles Swift writes in Al Jazeera that US President-elect Donald Trump will be surprised to find that his idea of extreme vetting of Muslim immigrants has already been implemented by the Obama administration, but when it comes to Obama’s extreme vetting of Muslims, Trump and his supporters’ ignorance is more forgivable.

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Source - Sanjeev Srivastava / Edit Platter