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.

“… there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”--William Shakespeare

L
ately, in the world of intelligence and geopolitics, there is much talk about triangulation, what used to go by the name of Finlandization, now considered an obscene word in the world of diplomacy. “Velvet occupation” seems to be preferred.

I
f one surveys Putin’s official pronouncements of the last few years on Russia’s historical role in the 21st century, one may soon notice that the language of ideological fanaticism, so prevalent during the Soviet era, has slowly evolved in that of values, character, spiritual identity, tradition and historical heritage.

S
ince last summer, when Trump was a presidential candidate, the FBI has been secretly monitoring the communications of one of his advisers for possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign. To spy on American citizens a court order is mandated by law. The FBI did in fact obtain from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge.

A
s part of his so called tax reform agenda Trump has put on the table a proposal which is quite revealing of his true intentions: elimination of the payroll tax which funds Social Security and part of Medicare, or at the very least cut it drastically. It’s nothing short but a back-door way of cutting Social Security benefits.

D
espite his recent popular bellicose foreign policy initiative in Syria Donald Trump’s approval ratings continue to slide. A Democratic Atlanta newcomer from the Millennial generation, Jon Ossoff, is politically positioning himself to take advantage of the situation. He is a former congressional aide and a film maker by profession.

This is an effort by the Obama administration to undermine the Trump administration.”-Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie “We’re up against a permanent bureaucratic structure defending itself and quite willing to break the law to do so” -Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich “The Deep State that we talk about, they’re out for blood.”-Sean Hannity

L
ately we’ve heard much about “Deep State” in the media, even in this very magazine. It seems to be a rather popular conspiracy theory among assorted supporters of President Trump.

P
resident Donald Trump has recently signed a repeal of internet privacy rules despite criticism that it threatens to undermine online safety as well as to enable unconstitutional mass surveillances.

A scathing first of four parts editorial on President Trump has appeared in the Los Angeles Times. It said, among other things, that “It was no secret during the campaign that Donald Trump was a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American voters.

A Cambridge City Council is slated to vote on a resolution calling for the U.S. House of Representatives to begin impeachment procedure based on alleged conflicts of interests. Other city councils who have also initiated such a procedure are Richmond, Virginia, Berkeley, California, and Alameda, California.

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devious way for Trump to divert Congress from the investigation of Russia’s role in the 2016 US election and any links between Moscow and the Trump campaign, is that of shifting the focus to the possibility of illegal leaks of classified information and whether Trump and his associates with ties to Russia were caught up in incidental collection by surveillance targeting foreigners.

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