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.

W
hen I was in college in the 60s I took a required course in American Government. It had chapters on Federalism, the Constitution, Checks and Balances, the Three Equal Branches of Government, the demarcation, separation and balancing of power.

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elow are the latest revelations on the Russia-Trump Affair which have surfaced in the Media. It seems that the media is for a narcissist like the original mirror (or lake) of the original Narcissus. Without a mirror there is no Narcissus. Without the media there is no Trump. All his life he has had an indispensable relation with the Media, beginning with the times when he would call anonymously disguised as a public relation man to promote himself. The media is Trump’s necessary mirror.

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ately there have appeared in the media a plethora of columns and cartoons attempting a daunting task: to explain rationally what is almost by definition unexplainable: i.e., the irrational psychotic behavior of someone who lives in an alternate reality punctuated by inveterate lying. I am referring to President Donald Trump, of course. There is one such daily column in the on-line publication Modern Diplomacy dubbed “The Caligula Presidency.” That title ought to suggest its scope to the reader.

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rump has been shadowed by questions about potential ties to Russia since winning the election. U.S. intelligence agencies have also concluded that Russia did indeed meddle in the campaign to help Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.

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t has become apparent that the Republicans in the House, under White House pressure, are now dragging their feet on the investigation of Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. Consequently the liberal Center for American Progress Action Fund, in an attempt to hold their feet to the fire, has launched an independent “Moscow Project” which will promote and advocate the creation of a truly independent investigation.

Either we hang together or we will surely hang separately”--Benjamin Franklyn to the Colonial Congress I don’t really care whether Europe is separate or together”--Donald Trump

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or a while now, at least a dozen years, the European Union has been going through an identity crisis. I have often analyzed the causes of such a crisis, arguing that to recover its identity the EU needs to re-examine the origins of its birth and the purposes of its union.

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ouse Republicans are getting ready to derail a Democratic resolution by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), named a “resolution of inquiry,” which would have forced a disclosure of President Trump’s potential ties with Russia and any business conflicts of interest. They are sending it to the House Judiciary Committee for a panel vote on Tuesday 28 of February, when it will be killed. It will never see a floor vote.

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few days ago, on February 20, in Brussels, Belgium, the capital of the EU, vice-president Mike Pence reassured the NATO- EU allies of the US commitment to the Atlantic Alliance.

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e still hear die-hard protestations of “fake news!” by assorted politicians (including President Trump, of course), journalists, and political pundits on the Flynn-Russia affair. They seem to have that denial ready-made for anything they don’t particularly like to hear, but the denial is no longer so credible and the story is fast gaining legs.

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U policy makers are increasingly feeling as if they are trapped in a Hollywood horror story as they watch horrified an American administration govern with a split psychotic personality. One personality is sociable and even reasonable, represented by Mike Pence, the other is impulsive and redolent of the monster Frankenstein, represented by Donald Trump. Or is it Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Hard to tell.

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