In November 2015, Donald Trump sat down for
an interview with Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of the Breitbart
News Network, a far-right news and opinion site. In the course of the
conversation, Bannon made the startling assertion that Silicon Valley
has far too many Asian CEOs. An ominous portent of things to come? It
certainly seems so today.
On June 30, Donald J. Trump became the first US president to set foot in
North Korea. Trump made history when stepped across a low concrete
marker accompanied by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and walked a few
steps into the North. The two leaders agreed to have their negotiators
resume an effort to reach what has so far been an elusive nuclear deal.
US President Donald J. Trump, accompanied by North Korean leader Kim
Jong-un, stepped into North Korea at the border village of Panmunjom on
June 30. Trump is the first sitting US president to set foot in North
Korea. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)
While governments around the world are anxious to emerge from their
pandemic lockdowns for the sake of their economies, the pressure to do
so is more acute in countries like Pakistan where there were already
high levels of poverty and a significant part of the population is
engaged in the informal economy.