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European Union specialist to give talk on Brexit and its aftermath

For more information on the talk, or to learn more about the WWAC, visit www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org.

BRATTLEBORO—The Windham World Affairs Council opens its 2018 season of talks and presentations with Dr. Edward Cameron, who will speak on “Brexit and The European Union” on Friday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m., at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St.

This talk is free and open to the public, and attendees are invited to come at 6:30 p.m. for coffee, tea, and conversation before the talk, according to a news release.

For 60 years, the European Union was a central force underpinning peace, prosperity, and integration in Europe. Expanding from a pioneering group of six nations in 1957, membership in the European Union grew to 28 nations by the summer of 2016, with a list of additional countries looking to join or sign partnership agreements. No country had left the EU in its long history.

This all changed in June 2016 when the United Kingdom voted to exit the EU. The so-called “Brexit” vote triggered an unprecedented crisis within the EU, initiated a complex negotiation between the U.K. and EU, and is considered the single greatest challenge to the U.K. government since World War II.

Cameron, who spent 10 years working for the EU in Brussels and was a participant in the Paris Climate Accord, will examine the causes of the Brexit vote, assess the current negotiations, and explore the potential consequences for both the U.K. and the EU.

Now living in Manchester, Vt., with his wife and young son, Cameron is a specialist in public policy and climate change. He designs climate strategies for companies and shapes climate policies with governments and the U.N. family.

As a specialist in European Union affairs with a focus on regional policy and the EU’s enlargement into central and eastern Europe, Cameron has taught courses on European integration to postgraduate students in Belgium, Finland, and the Netherlands.

He has earned degrees in Ireland, Belgium, and Finland and holds a doctorate in business, economics, and social sciences from Abo Akademi University in Finland.

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Tamara Stenn (Brattleboro, Vermont, US) says...

Thanks for writing this Elayne. I was thinking the same thing myself. The silence we received from the hospital is quite deafening. Unfortunately we\'ve had to continue working with the hospital as other (minor) heath issues come up.

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Judith Skillman (Newcastle, US) says...

Excellent and informative writing about the media and about the state of our nation. We must support the press speak truth to power, now more than ever before.

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We are also obliged to criticize the press when they merely echo the lies of the powerful. In this case, much of the press has taken a side, not just against the policies of the President, but against the election itself on behalf of the parties of war and Wall St. Just as the US has in the past agitated in other countries for coups against democratic outcomes they don’t like, much of the press, including this editorial, is now agitating for a coup here at home.

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Nailed it - Thank you.

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TB Smith (Ba, Oklahoma, US) says...

The divisiveness brought on by this shamefully poor excuse for a president has been once again, borne out by this article, and the responses to it .. his most devoted followers are the most gullible and easily swayed sheeple since the \"Kool-Aid party in Jonestown\" ... those who stand up the most fervently to this dictator \"wanabe\", will , inthe end, see him and the fellow purveyors of his garbage rhetoric like FOX News, Alex Jones, Breitbart, etc., crumble and be dumped like stale crackers (pardon the pun) .. we must impeach this tyrant before too much damage is done, either from within or outside our borders.

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So it’s OK that access to outlets that simply recognize Trump as President is indeed being shut down? But isn’t that exactly what this editorial is against? Should outlets that cheered on Obama’s wars and love of Wall St have likewise been shut down? Only John Birch Society–inspired screeds against Trump indicate the “legitimate” press?

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TB Smith’s comment in apparent support of the us-vs-them tone of this editorial illustrates why so many people distrust so much of the press (although, again, it appears to be only pro-Trump and anti-imperialist outlets that are actually being shut down): They are promulgating hysterical claims about fascism, Russians, and “crackers” not in the interest of the people, but wholly on behalf of the neoliberal/neoconservative program of Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama to deny Trump the Presidency and even remove him from office – not democratically, but by coup if necessary. That makes the press rather anti-democratic and, indeed, against the people.

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Amelia Stone (E Dummerston, Vermont, US) says...

Kudos to the Boston Globe for encouraging newspapers across the country to remind us all of the value of a free press, and to the Commons for hearing that call. The NYTimes article, A Free Press Needs You, concludes with the following: \"If you haven’t already, please subscribe to your local papers. Praise them when you think they’ve done a good job and criticize them when you think they could do better. We’re all in this together.\" Today I plan to subscribe.

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Dr. Edward Cameron

Originally published in The Commons issue #446 (Wednesday, February 14, 2018). This story appeared on page A6.

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