Month: February 2019
In the 2016 presidential race, they initially backed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to be the Rep
ublican nominee for president before switching their allegiance to Trump.
The next year, Trump nominated Craft to be ambassador to Canada, a position she officially assumed in October 2017.
Shortly after arriving in Ottawa, Craft earned some ridicule for telling the CBC she
understood “both sides” of the debate on climate change. Both, she said, “have the
ir own results, from their studies, and I appreciate and I respect both sides of the science.”
Craft is likely to encounter some wariness. Trump and his senior staff have made their
dislike for the United Nations clear, earning the distrust of many at the institution and at times, their mo
ckery. The President has referred to the world body as “just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good ti
me” and repeatedly attacked the institution’s core principle of multilateralism.
Many reputable international organizations, including both the Red Cross and Caritas, the humanitarian arm of the Catholic Church, have declined to participate in Guaido’
s aid campaign. The Red Cross tells CNN that the initiative organized by the Venezuelan opposition is too political.
”The action of the Red Cross is based on two principles: humanity and neut
rality. Neutrality is the most important one in situations like this,” explains F
rancesco Rocca, president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He is ada
mant that Venezuela should receive humanitarian aid, but that the operation should be a concerted effort.
Only through an agreement between the two sides could the aid be really effective, he says.
The United Nations has also chosen not to take sides, calling instead on both parties to de-escalate tensions.
The United States has pledged 20 million dollars to help Venezuela. That has so far transl
ated into three deliveries of air cargo to a border town in Colombia, where it is poised to enter the country.
Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom have also chipped in, among others.
Colombia has provided the logistical facilities for transporting the aid. Two more ship
ment points have been announced in Brazil and Curaçao, both also near the Venezuelan border.
Venezuela’s closest neighbors, like Colombia, are the most interested in seeing aid bro
ught in, as they hope this measure could help reduce the wave of Venezuelan refugees pouring across their borders.
by Brexit,” said Paul Bacon, a professor at Tokyo’s Waseda University who specializes in Japan’s relations with Europe. “It
is obvious here how economically damaging it will be, and also that it creates serious difficulties for Japan
ese industry.”Britain is set to leave the European Union in less than 40 days, but Prime Minister Theresa May has failed to
secure parliamentary backing for her plan for what happens next, heightening fears of a disorderly departure.
That’s infuriating for Japanese businesses and government officials, who have been aski
ng for years for reassurances that British leaders would limit the harmful effects of Brexit.
The “trust has evaporated” between Japanese companies and the UK government, s
aid Seijiro Takeshita, a professor at the University of Shizuoka’s School of Management and Information.
apan Inc has poured billions into the UK economy. More than 1,000 Japanese companies do bus
iness in the country, supporting more than 140,000 jobs, according to the most recent Japanese government figures.
Many of them used the United Kingdom as a launchpad into Europe. But if the country
exits the EU’s unified market, “it makes no sense for Japanese industries to base themselves in the UK,” Bacon said.
Around 60% of Japanese firms in the United Kingdom surveyed by the Japan External Trade Or
ganization in the fall of 2018 said they expected Brexit to have a negative impact on their future business.