Afterword: Feb 20 2017

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This week began with the stunning (but not altogether unexpected) news that President Trump’s National Security Adviser, General Michael Flynn, had resigned over being less than fully candid about his conversations with the Russian Ambassador. In America’s politically-overheated climate, this added more fuel to concerns about the administration’s connections to Russia. It was soon followed by Labor Secretary nominee, Andrew Puzder, withdrawing his nomination over concerns about his historically anti-Labor positions and practices.

Pundits and critics were quick to infer that the young administration was in chaos, but at a long-awaited press conference on Thursday, the President insisted that, “…it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine, despite the fact that I can’t get my cabinet approved.” He also used the press conference to admonish agency officials and the media for leaking classified information, stating it was illegal and could jeopardize national security.

In other U.S. political news:

  • An undocumented immigrant, a mother of four, sought refuge in a Denver church. Her story illustrates how complex America’s immigration challenges are.
  • President Trump signed a bill undoing the Stream Protection Rule, a regulation to protect waterways from coal mining waste.  It reflects the tension between environmentally-friendly regulations that are costly to implement and lead to job losses across the sector, which is already suffering from a market-driven downturn in demand for its product. (My big-picture thoughts on this in the ‘peace & purpose’ section below.)

In international affairs:

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Maya Mathias

Maya Mathias is a global leadership veteran, with a life and career spanning 3 continents and 5 job transitions. She is a peaceful leadership advocate and mentor, bringing her unique blend of East & West to her leadership development and innovation management practice. Maya’s life began with a lower-middle class upbringing in Asia, surrounded by poultry & vegetable farms and the ‘simple life’. She doesn’t forget her humble roots, and her body of work seeks to bring more equality, justice and personal purpose in troubling times. Learn more about Maya here.

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