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Trump and May
Trump and May
Roy Greenburgh

— Analysis —

To be clear from the start: No, he is not Ronald Reagan and she is not Margaret Thatcher — and this certainly is not 1981. Still, any false analogies aside, today's White House meeting between brand new U.S. President Donald Trump and newish British Prime Minister Theresa May is charged with the kind of high stakes that tend to evoke the ghosts of history.

Much will no doubt be said about the Anglo-American "special relationship," which helps explain why May will be the first foreign leader to meet Trump since last Friday's inauguration. There will also be common ground claimed on fighting terrorism and reviving economic growth. Indeed, the vote for Brexit — which May is now administering — as well as Trump's election, have both prompted positive news from markets.

But there is much that divides the two new leaders, both in style and substance. May is a career establishment politician known for her caution and understatement. Trump is Trump. The American leader has spent the first week in office making it very clear that his overturn-these-tables campaign promises, both at home and abroad, were for real. Already, what was supposed to be his next big White House welcome, of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, has been canceled following the bombastic back-and-forth about Trump's plans to build a wall on the U.S. southern border, and make Mexico pay for it.

Back on the other side of the Atlantic, May has not only made it clear that she disagrees with Trump's declaration that NATO is "obsolete," but that she suggests a much different stance on Russia from the apparent coziness of the new U.S. president. May described her approach yesterday as "engage but beware."

Tim Bale, a politics professor at Queen Mary University of London, told The Washington Post that the Trump-May relationship is bound to be different than the Reagan-Thatcher duo. "The problem is that Ronnie and Maggie had a common enemy in the Soviet Union and world communism." It's worth noting that after bidding adieu to May, next on Trump's agenda is a Saturday telephone call with Vladimir Putin.

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"Better If They Shot Me" — New Details Revealed Of Russian Torture Of Civilians

Testimonies have been gathered from victims who had been detained by the Russian military near Kyiv in the early weeks of the war. Some were held in a pit, others had their hands beaten with hammer, others with an axe and rifle butt. Some never made it out alive.

Fresh graves of servicemen who died defending Ukraine from Russian invaders at the cemetery of Bucha, Kyiv Region.

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KYIV — In the early days of the invasion of Ukraine, the Russian military moved quickly to the outskirts of Kyiv and began conducting searches and arrests there. Residents of three settlements — Dymera, Kozarovichi, and Katyuzhanka — have recounted to human rights activists in recent months how they had been detained, beaten, and tortured during the occupation.

These testimonies have formed the basis of the report "Unlawful Confinement and Torture in Dymer, Kozarovychi, and Katyuzhanka in Ukraine," released together by three human rights organizations, the International Partnership for Human Rights, Truth Hounds, and Global Diligence.

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Russian-language media Vazhnyye Istorii reports some of the most heinous parts of the findings (the names of the victims have been changed).

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