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This Happened — June 9: Donald Trump At The G7

On this day in 2018, the G7 summit was held in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. It brought together Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The European Union was also represented at the summit. And Donald Trump's stubbornness would steal the show.

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What were the main topics discussed during the G7 summit in 2018?

Several topics were discussed during the G7 summit in 2018. These included global economic growth, trade, climate change, gender equality, and security issues. The summit also focused on issues such as the Iran nuclear deal, Russian aggression, and the North Korean nuclear program.

What were the major points of contention at the 2018 G7 summit?

There was significant controversy and disagreement during the G7 summit in 2018. The United States, under President Donald Trump, clashed with the other G7 members on trade issues, particularly regarding tariffs on steel and aluminum. President Trump criticized what he perceived as unfair trade practices and called for the removal of trade barriers, leading to tense discussions and disagreements among the participants.

Why was the G7 summit in 2018 significant?

The G7 summit in 2018 was significant due to the disagreements and tensions that arose, particularly between the United States and its traditional allies. The summit highlighted the increasing divisions on trade and other policy issues, which signaled a departure from the previously cohesive approach of the G7.

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Shame On The García Márquez Heirs — Cashing In On The "Scraps" Of A Legend

A decision to publish a sketchy manuscript as a posthumous novel by the late Gabriel García Márquez would have horrified Colombia's Nobel laureate, given his painstaking devotion to the precision of the written word.

Photo of a window with a sticker of the face of Gabriel Garcia Marquez with butterfly notes at Guadalajara's International Book Fair.

Poster of Gabriel Garcia Marquez at Guadalajara's International Book Fair.

Juan David Torres Duarte


BOGOTÁ — When a writer dies, there are several ways of administering the literary estate, depending on the ambitions of the heirs. One is to exercise a millimetric check on any use or edition of the author's works, in the manner of James Joyce's nephew, Stephen, who inherited his literary rights. He refused to let even academic papers quote from Joyce's landmark novel, Ulysses.

Or, you continue to publish the works, making small additions to their corpus, as with Italo Calvino, Samuel Beckett and Clarice Lispector, or none at all, which will probably happen with Milan Kundera and Cormac McCarthy.

Another way is to seek out every scrap of paper the author left and every little word that was jotted down — on a piece of cloth, say — and drip-feed them to publishers every two to three years with great pomp and publicity, to revive the writer's renown.

This has happened with the Argentine Julio Cortázar (who seems to have sold more books dead than alive), the French author Albert Camus (now with 200 volumes of personal and unfinished works) and with the Chilean author Roberto Bolaño. The latter's posthumous oeuvre is so abundant I am starting to wonder if his heirs haven't hired a ghost writer — typing and smoking away in some bedsit in Barcelona — to churn out "newly discovered" works.

Which group, I wonder, will our late, great novelist Gabriel García Márquez fit into?

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