Peter H.Salus, Author at Liberal Resistance

Posts by Peter H.Salus

Section 8

I admit that I live in Canada. But I went to school in New York. I can recall reading the US Constitution. So, when Mr. Trump said last week that he was going to impose a tariff on steel and aluminum imports, I was puzzled. I just looked. Section 8 reads: “1: The Congress shall…

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Trade Balance

By Peter H. Salus Donald Trump is dedicated to “Making America Great Again.”  To renegotiating “unfair” trade agreements.  To reducing taxes and increasing take-home pay. Or that’s what he says. Yet I read: “The US trade deficit grew 12.1 per cent to its highest level since 2008 in Donald Trump’s first year in office, suggesting…

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Latest News From Malta

Map of Malta

Malta is comprised of a small group of islands with a disproportional number of crooks and grafters and a rather weak sense of morals and rectitude.  Here are a few of the most recent irregularities I have noticed: 1. Janice Bartolo, the partner of Justice Minister Owen Bonnici, has landed a senior managerial job at…

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Emma Lazarus

While folks appear to enjoy tallying the “truthy-ness” of Trump’s “alternate facts,” those of the vile Stephen Miller, Trump’s policy adviser, seem to have slipped under the door. In reference to the US welcoming the “tempest tossed” to the country, he noted that the poem (“The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus [1849-1887]) was only appended…

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A Modest Proposal

Peter H. Salus Jonathan Swift’s Juvenalian satire “Modest Proposal” was first published in London in 1729.  What follows is my notion on a possible solution to an Iberian, not a Hibernian problem.  This Iberian problem arose in the Franco period, but re-surfaced barely a decade ago. My version of Catalonian political history begins in 1979,…

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Trump “first”?

By Peter H. Salus I keep track of things.  I read a lot.  I have a good memory. So … when I read Trump’s tweet that he was elected “President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!” on…

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Homage to Catalonia

By Peter H. Salus No, this isn’t about George Orwell, though the situation is Orwellian. Concerning Catalonia (according to Eurostat and the Bank of Spain): 16% of Spain’s population live in Catalonia, and it produces: 25.6% of Spain’s exports , 19% of Spain’s GDP, and receives 20.7% of Spain’s foreign investment. So, in 2010 (at…

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Malta, Yet Again

By Peter H. Salus While I have been most attentive to Catalonia, much has transpired in Malta. According to Reuters:  “The bomb used to kill Maltese anti-corruption blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia was probably triggered by a call from a boat off Malta, an investigator said on Tuesday, laying out initial evidence against three suspects.  ……

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Panama Papers – More on Malta

By Peter Salus Recently, Liberal Resistance writer Peter Salus has been covering corruption in the Mediterranean island of Malta. Today he sends us this piece from the Maltese “Times.” To summarize, David Casa, seemingly one of the few anti-corruption politicians in the country, has come into possession of what he claims is a fully finished…

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Panama Papers – Malta, Part II

Peter H. Salus  [Editor’s Note: Liberal Resistance writer Peter Salus recently published a piece on an under-reported story from October, when Maltese journalist and noted anti-corruption campaigner Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered by car bomb. Caruana Galizia was a vocal critic of the government of Malta, a small island nation near Sicily.] In under 24…

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