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From Obama To Uber, The New Digital Face Of American Arrogance

A hard European retort to an attitude that extends from Silicon Valley to the White House, which says that the United States' dominance in new technology should give it free license abroad.

Barack Obama and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
Barack Obama and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
David Barroux

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PARIS Barack Obama, who is launching a charm offensive in Silicon Valley, has decided to make some friends by accusing Europe of protectionism. The American president passionately declared that “in defense of Google and Facebook, sometimes the European response here is more commercially-driven than anything else. We have owned the Internet. Our companies have created it, expanded it, perfected it in ways that they can’t compete.”

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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