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ne of the first signs by which the Praetorian guards began to suspect that emperor Caligula was deranged was that of the nomination of his horse to Senator of the Roman Republic. Another one was that of his insistence that they kneel before him not as the undisputed emperor of the Empire, but as a god of sorts. We see the same in the fictional story of a future American Pope, Pius XIII who thinks of himself as above God and demands the confessions of his cardinals from the Vatican’s father confessor.

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ecently I had a robust discussion with a colleague on the predicament of American democracy. I was told that I should desist from my obsessing with President Trump and focus instead on the damage already done. Trump is merely filling the vacuum created by such damage. He kept reminding me that it is not him who is crazy, it is us who are crazy for electing him.

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hat may be some of the necessary qualities needed to be a president of a democratic republic, independent of party affiliation and ideological leanings?

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ecently, general Michael Flynn, National Security Advisor to Donald Trump, has resigned over the revelation that he discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador before Trump’s installation as president. Meanwhile the Russians keep denying that such conversations ever took place.

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s already mentioned in my last column, some political science and intelligence experts continue to deny any importance to the Trump-Russia Steele Dossier, branding it as gossip or amateurish propaganda tool devised by those who wish to console themselves for losing an election. Yet, they have provided few clues as to the whereabouts of five men connected with said dossier.

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ere is the very latest on the Caligula presidency. CNN has learned from federal investigators that at least some elements of the mysterious 35 page British spy’s dossier on Donald Trump’s Russian hijinks are true and legitimate. That mysterious 35 page British spy's dossier on Donald Trump's Russian hijinks are legitimate. The dossier includes salacious details of unusual sexual conduct with Russian sex workers.

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here is a Russian bear roaming around the White House. It just will not go away. The alarm inside the house is palpable and growing. He keeps poking his nose at the windows, seems to know quite well some of the people inside, and wants to gain access at any cost and become part of the dream team.

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e are three weeks into the administration of the 45th President of the United States and we already observe signs of the beginning of the end.

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uring his presidential campaign Donald Trump declared that once he became president his behavior would be different. He would become more presidential. Lately, one of his admirers and former advisor was asked what ever happened to that promised transformation. His terse answer was “well, it’s a work in progress.” Indeed.

I had, in a previous career. a diplomatic post where I helped bring down the Soviet Union. So maybe there’s another union that needs a little taming,” -Ted Malloch (Proposed US ambassador to the EU, in a BBC interview)

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he above outrageous statement was uttered by the candidate interviewed by President Trump as a possible ambassador to the EU. He is a businessman, as it was to be expected from a president who treats everything in life as a commercial transaction.

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