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A Trump supporter in Tampa on June 11
A Trump supporter in Tampa on June 11
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The worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history has proven to be a litmus test for the two top candidates in the race to the White House. When a gunman pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group opened fire at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and wounding 53 last weekend, the two presumptive presidential nominees, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, were quick to issue statements. While Clinton appealed for "clear, rational discussion," Trump sought to capitalize on the threat of Islamist terror by reviving his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. While the events in Orlando seemed to give the Republican a small boost in the polls at home, his reaction set off a new wave of foreign concerns about the prospect of a Trump presidency.

As the Clinton-Trump head-to-head takes shape, Worldcrunch continues to follow foreign coverage of the U.S. presidential campaign, from all languages and corners of the globe.

Writing in Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, Ali Sirmen argues that hate-filled speeches such as those spouted by Trump fuel terror. Sirmen compares Trump to Mustafa Askar, a Turkish academic who has been quoted as saying, "People who don't pray are animals."

"It doesn't matter where they are. Those who use expressions of hate are comrades in the same path. In light of this truth, we see that Donald Trump and Mustafa Askar are not that different. The fact that one of them uses the jargon of zealotry, and the other, that of imperialism, doesn't change this truth," writes Sirmen.

At the end of the day, they have the same mindset as the Islamic State terrorist group, Sirmen concludes.

Carlo Rovelli, writing for Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, declared that reading Adolf Hitler's autobiography Mein Kampf helped him better understand the rightwing mindset, which he argues is not born out of a desire to acquire power but out of a fear of losing it. "Those who feel weak are scared, don't trust others and hunker down with their own group, based on the pretense of identity," Rovelli writes. "Those who are strong are not scared and don't seek conflict."

Nilgun Cerrahoglu, another writer for Cumhuriyet, draws parallels between Rovelli's comments on Mein Kampf and Trump's speech after the Orlando shooting: "The Republican candidate based his speech on pure fear and the United States' loss of power like the way Hitler did in Mein Kampf."

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End Of Roe v. Wade, The World Is Watching

As the Supreme Court decides to overturn the 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion rights, many fear an imminent threat to abortion rights in the U.S. But in other countries, the global fight for sexual and reproductive rights is going in different directions.

"Don't abort my right" At 2019 pro-choice march In Toulouse, France.

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PARIS — Nearly 50 years after it ensured the right to abortion to Americans, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case, meaning that millions of women in the U.S. may lose their constitutional right to abortion.

The groundbreaking decision is likely to set off a range of restrictions on abortion access in multiple states in the U.S., half of which are expected to implement new bans on the procedure. Thirteen have already passed "trigger laws" that will automatically make abortion illegal.

U.S. President Joe Biden called the ruling "a tragic error" and urged individual states to enact laws to allow the procedure.

In a country divided on such a polarizing topic, the decision is likely to cause major shifts in American law and undoubtedly spark outrage among the country’s pro-choice groups. Yet the impact of such a momentous shift, like others in the United States, is also likely to reverberate around the world — and perhaps, eventually, back again in the 50 States.

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