"Make America Great Again!", Donald Trump's campaign slogan, would make you erroneously believe that America's best days are all behind it and that the country is fast becoming one of those has-been global powers like the Great Britain.
Well, like all empires before it, the U.S will fall someday too, but not in my lifetime, I am sure. Far from from the limping weakling that some believe the U.S has turned in to in recent days, America is still the greatest nation on Earth.
“We consider that any attempts to flirt with terrorists, let alone arm them, are short-sighted and extremely dangerous.” During the 20 minute speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin some journalists showed total confusion, some were smiling. “People laughed during his speech in Assembly. These are declarations. He didn't say anything new,”said Iurii Sergeev, Ukraine's permanent representative to the UN, one day later. Yes, reaction was different. But everyone – no matter supportive or critical – listened.
American tv channels had been obsessing with the Pope for a few days already when we landed in Chicago. At airports we would watch mute tv screens showing live coverage of places he was about to arrive to or had just left from. In studio the anchor would have the usual number of pundits (three) but now one of them was priest.
It’s no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence. It’s either non-violence or non-existence—Martin Luther King Jr.
But aren’t we steeped in violence today? With massacres taking place with predictable frequency, might displayed in order to address perceived injustices or a threat to our own interests abroad, mindless gun violence, mass incarceration or even the inability to rid ourselves of the death penalty, clearly our responses to violence in the world is typically more violence.
A print article could really have a huge impact at the beginning of 20th century. It was a Polish journalist Jan Karski who published eyewitness reports of the Holocaust, sending the story to Allied leaders, the media and even Hollywood during World War II. Besides printing his reportage on the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, he also met the world leaders to open their eyes to the crimes against the Jews. While disbelief or cynicism led to little tangible response, the truth came out.
I arrived in the United States for the WPI fellowship on the day of the reopening of the USA embassy in Havana. It was on August 14 and I was at the Houston airport waiting for my flight to the Twin Cities. CNN was broadcasting live this historical event, but nobody in the airport seemed to be very interested in the formal establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, even those who were all bored waiting two hours to catch a flight.
In Minnesota it was seven o’clock in the morning on August 26th when I woke up to see an unexpected message in Facebook. “Stay safe” my colleague and friend from BTV News Yavor Nikolov had warned me. In Sofia it was three in the afternoon. It was my second week in the WPI fellowship and it was difficult for me to follow through everything newsworthy in Bulgaria. Why should I be safe, I wrote back anxiously. His reply was a BBC news link. It was a post about the killing of Alison Parker and Adam Ward.