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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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How Much Longer Can The Russian Economy Survive Sanctions?

The head of the Kremlin boasted at the recent forum in St. Petersburg International Economic Forum about Russia’s economic resilience against Western sanctions. But behind the scenes, Russian business leaders tell a different story.

At a Veshki distribution center for the food retailer VkusVill, a chain of online Russian grocery stores.

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MOSCOW — "The most effective sanction to weaken the Kremlin? Not to target us and punish us, but to give us visas instead ... to abandon the sinking the ship!" This businessman's iconoclastic perspective embodies the anxiety one could detect percolating just below the surface at the "Russian Davos" Forum in St. Petersburg last week.

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Officially called the "International" Economic Forum, the annual event organized by Vladimir Putin is meant to attract foreign investors — but this year, the elite of the national business community were cut off from the rest of the world. "Just among Russians... And forced to line up behind the regime and its economic strategies that lead us to a dead end," says the same source, a Russian manager in one of the main state-owned companies.

Like so many others, this man in his 40s, a typical representative of the new upper middle class, with a foreign passport in hand, educated in the West, liberal and multilingual, discovered his name on the lists of Western sanctions. Directly or indirectly, a large part of the Russian business world has been caught up in the European and U.S. sanctions against Moscow.

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