Emanuel L. Paparella, Ph.D.

Emanuel L. Paparella, Ph.D.

Professor Paparella has earned a Ph.D. in Italian Humanism, with a dissertation on the philosopher of history Giambattista Vico, from Yale University. He is a scholar interested in current relevant philosophical, political and cultural issues; the author of numerous essays and books on the EU cultural identity among which A New Europe in search of its Soul, and Europa: An Idea and a Journey. Presently he teaches philosophy and humanities at Barry University, Miami, Florida. He is a prolific writer and has written hundreds of essays for both traditional academic and on-line magazines among which Metanexus and Ovi. One of his current works in progress is a book dealing with the issue of cultural identity within the phenomenon of “the neo-immigrant” exhibited by an international global economy strong on positivism and utilitarianism and weak on humanism and ideals.

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fter President Trump’s evidence-free assertion that, just before the election, his phones were wiretapped by former President Barack Obama, Former Central Intelligence director Michael Hayden has suggested that Trump, during his week-end flurry at his home Mar-a-Lago, Florida, forgot something, namely that he was President.

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t did not take very long before ancient Romans began to realize that the Caligula reign (which lasted some five years) represented a veritable threat to the Roman Republic and indeed the whole of the Roman Empire.

O
nce again, the public was treated to the spectacle of a psychotic episode in the White House: an unseemly display of anger. As an ABC source put it: “he went ballistic.” He was displeased with the latest news reports connecting Russia with the new administration, specifically the decision of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from its investigation.

C
ertainly the Russians have to be chortling about the success of their efforts to sow dissension in this country” James Clapper, who for six years served as President Obama’s director of National intelligence, told Chuch Todd of NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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rump’s visits to Russia date back to 1987, the times of Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika reform program, when he paid three visits to the country in search of real estate deals. Those deals never materialized.

F
or five weeks now we all have been observing, mystified and incredulous, the spectacle of a deranged president and his administration, whom I have dubbed “The Caligula Presidency,” ready to “deconstruct” the world structure that has governed the Western world for seventy years or so after World War II. The very survival of democracy seems at stake. Perhaps it’s time to make a preliminary assessment and ask ourselves what do we really know for sure by now.

“What is Truth?--Pontius Pilate

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e live in an Orwellian world of “post-truth” and “alternative facts” wherein the famous question of Pilate to Christ is repeatedly heard: “what is truth?” In effect it means that we no longer believe in truth and consequently we no longer believe in metaphysics, which is essentially a belief in, and a search for truth, as difficult as that may be.

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t is quite puzzling to reflect on the fact that both in Moscow and Washington the reaction to ambassador Kislyak’s imbroglios are exactly the same, at least at first sight. Both governments are both trying to minimize the importance of the revelations: it is a witch hunt fueled by fake news. It is all motivated by resentful Democrats and the liberal media who have not resigned themselves to having lost an election, they claim.

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he latest scandal within the Trump Administration is that of the double meetings of the Attorney General Jeff Sessions with the Russian ambassador during the election while he was a campaign surrogate for Donald Trump. He failed to disclose those meetings to Congress during his confirmation hearing.

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s it was to be expected, President Trump has characterized the first military aid he ordered, which turned deadly for a US seal Ryan Owens, and resulted in injury to a number of other Americans and a number of Yemen civilians, including children, as “a great success.”

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