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Down with the U.S. Dollar; Misreading Africa; Weltpolitikfähigkeit

Down with the U.S. Dollar European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker is not the first, but he is the most significant world leader to propose shedding the use of the U.S. dollar in financial transactions. Donald Trump is not the first U.S. president to use the USD’s dominance in transactions as foreign policy leverage, but he is the first to do so in such a unilateral fashion as he is in the case of Iran. Going to this leverage well too often and so narcissistically is why other major countries are seeking to bypass use of the U.S. dollar when they can. Trump is proving that he has not only defamed the nation but its currency as well. There is a benefit in being the dominant reserve currency, although things like seemingly unlimit...

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