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Anti-immigrant rhetoric: is it an echo of the 1930s?

PARIS: Hardline rhetoric about immigration in Europe and the United States underlines a resurgence of nationalism and has some commentators comparing the current era to the 1930s. Is the parallel justified? From Donald Trump to Italy's Matteo Salvini, Hungary's Viktor Orban to Belgium's Theo Francken, politicians on both sides of the Atlantic have repeatedly demonised illegal immigrants in their public statements. Trump has warned they want to "pour into and infest our country", Orban says Africa "wants to kick down our…

US ban on sales to ZTE triggers patriotic rhetoric in China

HONG KONG: A US ban on sales of American components to ZTE has unleashed a patriotic backlash in China’s cyberspace, highlighting the growing tension between the world’s two largest economies. The United States this week imposed a ban on American companies selling parts and software to ZTE for seven years, saying it had broken a settlement agreement with repeated false statements - a move that threatens to cut off the Chinese firm’s supply chain. Sympathy for ZTE has swept Chinese social media while most domestic…

North Korea bolsters defenses after flight by US bombers as rhetoric escalates

SEOUL/BEIJING: North Korea has boosted defenses on its east coast, a South Korean lawmaker said on Tuesday, after the North said US President Donald Trump had declared war and that it would shoot down US bombers flying near the peninsula. Tensions have escalated since North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3, but the rhetoric has reached a new level in recent days with leaders on both sides exchanging threats and insults. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said Trump’s Twitter…

PTI labels Shahbaz as ‘Show-baaz Sharif’

LAHORE: Accusing him of failing to keep his words on resolving key public issues, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has dubbed Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif ‘Show-baaz Sharif’, ARY News reported Sunday. A sobriquet ‘Show-baaz’, which means boastful, was given to Shahbaz by PTI over his failure to resolve persisting load-shedding menace from Punjab, despite ‘promises to do so during election campaigns’. Addressing a press conference at a protest camp against load-shedding outside Punjab Assembly, the PTI leader Mian…