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Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA): Adam Schiff Is Running The House Judiciary Committee More Than Chairman Jerry Nadler

Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, joined Brian Kilmeade to discuss the letter Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler sent President Trump telling the President that he and his legal team are welcome to participate in the public impeachment hearings in the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, December 4. Collins said he is so disappointed in Chairman Nadler for convening next week's public hearing he can hardly put it into words. Collins does not yet know who the Republicans or Democrats plan on calling as witnesses at the hearing and believes nobody would fault President Trump if he does not send anyone on his behalf to participate in the hearing. When asked if his opinion has changed after recent reports that President Trump only released the aid to Ukraine after he was informed about the whistleblower, Collins said no because the President did not do anything wrong. Plus, Congressman Collins on being humbled by President Trump's support for him to be appointed to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Senator Johnny Isakson and reports that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) prefers Atlanta businesswoman and co-owner of the Atlanta Dream, Kelly Loeffler. Watch here: Full transcript below: Brian Kilmeade: Last week, I asked the ranking member, "Do you know what's going on with impeachment?" He said, "I don't know." I said, "Did you ask Jerry Nadler?" He said, "Yeah, he doesn't know." Now he knows. Joining us now, Congressman Doug Collins off the treadmill. Hi, Congressman. Doug Collins: Hi, Brian. How are you, bud? Brian Kilmeade: You were running this morning doing our show, right? Doug Collins: I did. I was out there running, get me through it. Got me through about three miles or so. Got to work off this Thanksgiving potbelly, here. Brian Kilmeade: Yeah. You have like zero percent body fat, but -- Doug Collins: Brian Kilmeade: -- now you're the ranking member. Can you tell our audience, Congressman, what we're going to be looking at next week? Doug Collins: Next week? I am so disappointed in Chairman Nadler; I can't even properly put words to it. But what we're going to see next week is the judiciary, where the Democrats promise would be a fair process for the president, for everybody involved, and to sort of handle the Schiff-show fiasco, is we're going to have next week, a made for television event in which you're going to have academics who are media commentators on other more liberal networks, typically, who are going to come on, and they're going to tell us, "Oh, well, this is possibly an impeachable offense.". Really, this is an affront to the American people. We've been waiting for what their determination as to what the president did wrong. We found nothing. And now we're going to use our valuable time to have academics tell us what they think an impeachable offense is. Why don't we actually have Adam Schiff? How do we have -- you have a fact witness who dealt with a whistleblower, his staff or others, coming under -- and testify under oath to what they actually knew and what they actually didn't know. This is a disgrace. But this is the way -- I mean, the whole thing is it is a smoke and mirrors because they have nothing on the president. Brian Kilmeade: So, Congressman, who you guys calling? Doug Collins: It looks like right now -- we're filming the final debate, but we've got one, I'll be able to -- we haven't announced yet, but I'll announce it later. But we have one more that's coming. Brian Kilmeade: Do you know who they are calling? Doug Collins: No. We haven't found out yet. But will if -- this is an interesting thing, Brian, do you realize that this is a rerun of the same basically hearing we had in June. Brian Kilmeade: No. Doug Collins: We've had this hearing before. We've had this hearing before, and, you know, but there's a difference here. And I think it's interesting to note and I sort of made this -- I made this, you know, discussion before. But what we saw with Mr. Goldman last week, what we see with, you know, Norm Eisen and Barry and the embassy in our committee, that paid consultants, what I call "Bring a Donor to Workday" and get to ask questions. If you're a large enough donor to the Democratic Party, you get to ask questions in a committee hearing. What we thought last week, and then we're going to see this week, it didn't allow their counsels to ask these questions, you know, and make it look like this formal proceeding to get to the president. But actually, I have a question. How is having academics talk about impeachment actually giving the president any way to question those who have accused him? It doesn't. And so, I think this is the problem we're having in this whole show is they don't know what to do. And it's almost as bad as last week when Jerry Nadler didn't know what he was doing. Now we know what he's doing, and he might as well just not have had anything. Brian Kilmeade: So, a letter from Nadler, here's an excerpt. "I'm hopeful that you and your counsel" -- meaning the president -- "will opt to participate in the committee hearing consistent with the rules of decorum and with the solemn nature of the work before us." So, they're asking the president to go. Should he? Doug Collins: I think that if the president wants to, he's more than welcome to come to this sideshow that we're going to have next week. If he doesn't send an attorney or someone from his legal counsel, I don't think anybody would fault him, because this is a farce. This is something that anybody could put -- even if you believe everything Adam Schiff has told you, even if you believe everything from the Democrats to come into this, to say this -- and believe me, Brian, behind the scenes, Democratic members of Congress have come to me, and they have said that they would hope that the Judiciary Committee would actually be a place where, you know, they could actually make a case and have due process and everything that follows, because they know the substance -- of the substance that he's done nothing wrong is out there. But they came to me and said, "If this is the way it's going to be," then they're struggling with it, and they're going to be put in a bad position by the speaker and by Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler on something. So, we'll see where it goes from here. We've sent several letters giving Chairman Nadler the opportunity to fix it. We give him every opportunity to make it right, to have a true hearing, if this is what you want to do. And so far, we've gotten back absolutely zero. I don't know the is not working or what. But they -- have shows, not the answer. Brian Kilmeade: And then, what you would have is this and then that's it. Or then -- so Schiff walks over, delivers his articles of impeachment, then you just vote on it? Or you guys go debate his articles of impeachment? Doug Collins: No, well see, he's not going to bring us articles. He's going to bring us the findings of his committee. They leave it up to the Judiciary Committee. I'm assuming a with Schiff, because Schiff, frankly, seems to be running our committee more than Chairman Nadler is. They'll come over, and they'll work on the articles over the next couple of weeks, if that's what they're looking to do. And then, my hope is that we actually have some facts or witnesses. We're going to send over, you know, this discussion. We'll have this discussion about what witnesses we get. I think Adam Schiff, who's made himself out on several occasions to be the, quote, "Special counsel with the investigator." If that be true, and he writes a report, then there's no reason in the world that he should not be put under oath in front of our committee, answer questions from both Republicans and Democrats and the president's council -- just like, if he compared himself to Ken Starr, Ken Starr did during the Clinton impeachment. He needs to make it -- but I don't think he'll have the -- I don't think without the gavel in his hand and ability to make up his testimony, he'll be willing to do that. But I'm challenging him right now. If you believe this president has does something wrong, you should have the temerity to come and tell us what and answer questions from everyone, including your own contact, or your staff's contact, with the whistleblower. Brian Kilmeade: If they stop short and just go for censure, would you be okay with that? Doug Collins: No, because the president has done nothing wrong. I think this is the bottom line. I mean, they're now trying to find a way out of what the American people now see, for real, is a farce and a sideshow. The president did nothing wrong in that call. I mean, when you look at it from over time, that is the factual basis of what they're discussing. In fact, think they knew that this discussion was working when they had to go out and poll test what words can make the American people upset about what the president did? And then they couldn't prove it. So, no, I think they just need to -- if they want to do this, drop it. They'll pass you at 68. They'll actually pass the -- American -- legislation. Go actually pass something. If they can go out the American people, say, "Sorry, we wasted eleven months of taxpayer dollars, but we now are trying to get something done for you. Would you vote for us again?" Brian Kilmeade: Congressman Collins is with us now from Georgia. Congressman, there's two revelations that popped up in The New York Times today that Donald Trump knew of the whistleblower complaint when did he release the aid to the Ukraine. And number two is when the aid was withheld, two OMB directors resigned, workers resigned because they were upset about it. Does that change your point of view? Doug Collins: No, not really. I mean, this is what we've seen so far in this investigation. You've seen government workers who believe that they are above -- that are the policy writers, and that they're the ones who ought to be listened to. I mean, whether it be OMB or what we saw with Kent and Taylor, which -- the first day of public hearings when you had the two of them talk about how they're 30 plus years of government service, they should be the ones making and helping the president decide? You know, forgets that the president is the one who makes actual the policy. And if you if you're resigning over policy differences, then that's what you should be doing because you shouldn't be working, where -- somewhere where you can't agree with policy. I think the other issue is the president never felt he did anything wrong on the call of whether a whistleblower said he did or didn't. And when you look at the facts of the case, they didn't -- he didn't do anything wrong. So, I don't think it makes any difference. This is a last gasp attempt by the -- and it's been going around. If you looked in the Democratic media for the last little bit, this has been out there, and now they're just trying to bring it forward, to life now because they failed in the public hearings, and now they're trying to bring it up before it gets the judiciary. Brian Kilmeade: I was surprised. Yesterday, the president talked to Bill O'Reilly, and he said this about Rudy Giuliani. Cut one. Brian Kilmeade: What was Rudy Giuliani doing in Ukraine on your behalf? President Trump: Well, you have to ask that to Rudy. But Rudy, I don't even know. I know he was going to go to Ukraine, and I think he canceled a trip. But, you know, Rudy has other clients other than me. Brian Kilmeade: So, you didn't direct him to go there on your behalf, you didn't -- President Trump: No, but you have to understand, Rudy is a great corruption fighter. Brian Kilmeade: Giuliani is your personal lawyer. So, you didn't direct -- President Trump: Yeah. Brian Kilmeade: him to go to Ukraine or do anything -- President Trump: No, I didn't direct him. Brian Kilmeade:-- or put any heat on him? President Trump: But he is a warrior. Brian Kilmeade: So, does that surprise you? Because I thought the president had directed him, this was with Gordon Sondland said. Gordon Sondland: Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker, and I worked with Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the president of the United States. Brian Kilmeade: So, what's going on here? Do you know? Doug Collins: No, not really. I mean, I think what you look at, though, is you go back Mr. Sondland's comment. This is also the same guy who started the line and train of the quid pro quo. And then when directly questioned, he said, "Well, that was my presumption." And now he makes this flat-out statement? I mean, I'll have to let the president -- you know -- I would trust the president's recollection better than I would Ambassador Sondland. But I mean, that's something for the president -- you know, again, it goes back to why you're having hearings and why you're not. And, you know, at this point in time, you know, the issue is, is the president can choose to dictate on how he wants to do foreign policy. Any way he wants to do it, that's given to him in the Constitution. So, yeah, his foreign policy being in the power of the executive. So, I would defer to him, and, you know, let him stand with that statement, and Sondland's already had enough issues. Brian Kilmeade: All right. I want to bring something to you personally. The president's a big fan of yours, and you've been so impressive, I think, that both sides look at Jim Jordan, you, and John Radcliffe as people pretty formidable, who actually understand the issues, are able to react in real time. And you've impressed the president enough that he evidently sat down with your governor and said, "If someone's going to replace Congress -- Senator Isakson, it should really be" you. And Kemp comes back and says, "I want it to be Kelly Loeffler, who I don't know. But evidently, he's a fan of Romney, not Trump." What could you tell us about this? Doug Collins: Well, I just -- I'll tell you this. We have put in -- the governor who's been over the last almost hundred days trying to figure out what he want from -- this pick it -- the governors and the governors alone. We feel like we have a very strong rhythm. We ask for a portal to be open. We actually submitted our as resume in the portal. I've not heard from the governor. But I know he has heard from the president and others. And we would be honored to have that pick. We could work. We believe that not only working for nominee and -- this -- with the administration on what we've been doing, but for the state of Georgia. We hope he would make that pick, but we're just sitting back waiting, and then we can make a determination of what we need to do, you know, after he makes his pick. But right now, it's sort of in a holding pattern, if you would. Brian Kilmeade: Did you know how the president felt? Doug Collins: The president told me. And he's been very supportive when he first heard about it. And again, we've just been quiet because we have a job to do in D.C. and we're going to continue to do that job. We feel like our resume could speak for itself, and then we've been very humbled by the president, his board, and others who have come to say that they would like to see if we feel humbled by that. Well, hopefully the governor will be a part of that. But we'll see how it works out. Brian Kilmeade: Do you have an opinion on Kelly Loeffler? Doug Collins: Don't know her that well. I mean, I know there's been a lot of issues, you know, coming up. She's never been in public office, so we'll just -- you know, that that's for the governor to decide. Brian Kilmeade: Do you worry about Georgia? They say Georgia is no longer a layup for Republicans. Is it changing? Doug Collins: Georgia is a state that is changing, but it is silly. It is still a conservative state. And I think that's what most people miss when they come into our state and they talk about it. Look, Stacey Abrams did everything she possibly could last year, including lie about the current governor trying to suppress votes, and she's still not governor. And what we've got to do is we've got to be able to continue to reach into the suburbs where the demographic is changing. But, Brian, for me, not only, you know, supporting the president, working for conservative values, but I've also, over the last couple of months have been awarded a bipartisanship award from the Javits Foundation in New York and from Allegheny College, because we worked on criminal justice reform, a bipartisan thing. Brian Kilmeade: Yeah. Doug Collins: It helps people in suburbs and inner cities. That was our bill. That was something the president took on and he's championed it. It's been amazing. We did music. We've done data privacy. So, I know how to work across the aisle. I know how to work with folks who don't agree with me all the time. We all play roles, but we've also played that role of actually helping people in the state of Georgia and the country. And I think that's the way you win voters, you go convince them from the hearts and minds. And I think that's what you do when you actually, you know, communicate with people. So, Georgia's -- I don't think it's in play as liberals would like you to believe it's in play. And -- but we need a strong force from our base and from a reaching out perspective to keep it. Brian Kilmeade: And just to bring it all home, and I know you got to get going, and I hope it breaks your way. But I have a book signing December 15th at the Books-A-Million in Lawrenceville, Georgia, right outside Atlanta. Start time's 1:00 o'clock. I'm not saying it's mandatory to come but would certainly help your grade. Doug Collins: All right. One of those -- I'm sure I'll talk with you before that. But Lawrenceville, I've got aunts who live in Lawrenceville. Well, I look forward, if I can. I'll look forward to seeing you. Brian Kilmeade: All right. Same to you from the Alamo Avengers. Congressman, thanks so much. Appreciate it. Back in a moment.

Senator Lindsey Graham Doesn’t Recall People in 2008 Criticizing Biden When He Attacked McCain

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke with Brian Kilmeade about the impact on his friendship with former Vice President Joe Biden by requesting documents related to contacts between Vice President Biden, his son Hunter Biden & Ukrainian President Poroshenko. Senator Graham believes Biden is a decent fellow but believes we cannot have a country where only republicans are investigated. Graham explained, "My friendship with Joe Biden, if it can't withstand me doing my job, it's not the friendship I thought we had." Graham added, "I don't remember Joe Biden being asked, 'Well, you such good friends with John McCain. Why are you saying all these things about McCain's candidacy for president?' Nobody in their right mind would suggest that Joe Biden, because of his friendship with John McCain, could not make a case against John McCain being president and for Barack Obama. He did. He did it effectively. They tore the bark off John McCain." Graham also responded to Senator Chris Coons saying he is abandoning his friendship with Biden by doing 'Trump's dirty work'. Graham said, "Chris Coons is a friend. I'm disappointed in him. He wants to play the game where I work with him to make sure Trump gets investigated, but all of a sudden, when I ask questions ...I mean, every American wants to know the answer to, all of a sudden I'm the bad guy? That's not going to work with me." Watch here for the full interview: Watch here: Full transcript Joe Biden: We're asking, Lindsey Graham. They have him under they're thumb right now. They know he knows if he comes out against Trump, he's got a real tough road for reelection. Number one, I am disappointed. And quite frankly, I'm angered by the fact he knows me. He knows my son. He knows there's nothing to this. Lindsey is about to go down in a way that I think he's going to regret his whole life. Male Speaker: What do you say to him? Joe Biden: I say -- Lindsey, I just -- I'm just embarrassed by what you're doing. Are you? I mean, my Lord? Brian Kilmeade: My Lord. That's how he ended it. And from the minute I saw that on another network, I wanted to find out what Senator Graham thought about that, who said in the past, "I like Joe Biden," and more. But he's going to investigate Hunter Biden, and he wants to investigate what was going on in the Ukraine in 2014 and 2016. Senator Graham, well, welcome back. What's your response to that? Lindsey Graham: Well, number one, I do like Joe Biden. He's -- I've traveled the world with him. I like him, I think he's a very decent fellow. He's had a lot of tragedy in his life. But I'm not going to create a country where only Republicans get investigated. There's a lot of corruption in the Ukraine. They're an important ally. I thought Mueller would end this, but Adam Schiff is created a process in the house that's un-American, dangerous to the Presidency. And we're going to ask questions of Hunter Biden's role and getting the prosecutor fired. He served on a company, Burisma, as a board member. He received $50,000 a month. For what? I don't know. After the investigation of the company was opened by the prosecutor general's office in the Ukraine. Hunter Biden called his friends in the State Department, Joe Biden called the president, the Ukraine, Persico , three times in10 days. Went to the Ukraine in March. The investigation began February the 4th. The prosecutor was fired. I want to know the transcripts of the phone call between the Vice President and the President of the Ukraine. I want to know what Hunter Biden was doing talking to the State Department. His business partners and blue strategies also contacted at the State Department. The question is, did Hunter Biden use his political influence to stop the investigation of a gas company he was sitting on a as a board member? The president of Burisma was Zlochevsky, the former environmental minister in the Yanukovich administration, who was identified by the U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine in 2015 as being one of the most corrupt people in the Ukraine. The question is, did one of the most corrupt people in the Ukraine hired Joe -- Hunter Biden to be a board member on a gas company and Hunter Biden knows nothing about the gas business, as an insurance policy to protect his company in situations like this. I don't know what happened. I do know this. We're not going to allow the House to investigate Trump endlessly and not ask questions about all corruption in the Ukraine. Was there a corrupt motive behind Hunter Biden's interference contacting of the State Department after the gas company was being investigated? Nothing to do with friendship. When Joe Biden was the vice presidential nominee in 2008, he tore the bark off John McCain and Sarah Palin, nobody asked him, hey, will that hurt your friendship. It hurt my relationship because that's the job he was assigned. My job is to make sure that people I represent in South Carolina, that their voice is heard. Nobody in the media really gives a damn that Hunter Biden was sitting on this board receiving $50,000 a month. Nobody in the media really gives a damn that Hunter Biden weighed in with the State Department after the company came under investigation. They tell me political fat looked at this. What a joke. There has been no investigation regarding the role of the Vice President, Hunter Biden and getting the Ukrainian prosecutor fired after the investigation of Permisa -- Burisma, whatever the name of the company is. I'm going to make sure that those questions are asked. And finally, why am I doing this? When House Republicans tried to ask these questions about the role of Hunter Biden in the investigation of the gas company, they were shut down. So, I'm going to ask. If it were up me, we would have ended this a long time ago on both sides. Brian Kilmeade: Senator, well said. You have some legitimate questions and you put your job over your friendship. So, he says that you're being held hostage basically by Donald Trump, that if you go against Trump, you're not going to get reelected. What's your response to that? Lindsey Graham: It's not going to work. It's not going to work with me. I supported legislation which Chris Coons to make sure that Mueller could not be fired without cause. I didn't think the President was going to fire Mueller, but he said some things that bothered me. I didn't know what the Trump campaign did regarding Russia. I supported the idea that Mueller would be a fair guy to look. I trusted Mueller. He spent two years and $25 million. He found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. And he made no recommendations for prosecution based on obstruction of justice allegations. I thought that would end it. What Schiff is doing is dangerous to the Presidency. He's not allowing Republicans to call witnesses. The President's counsel can't participate in the Intel Committee hearings. You can't ask any questions about whether or not Hunter Biden interfered in an investigation at the gas company where he received $50,000 a month as a board member. I want to know what Joe Biden asked of the Ukrainian government after the raid on Burisma. I hope there's nothing there. Reveal the transcripts. Trump released the transcripts. All I'm asking is that somebody look at this line of inquiry. It does look very suspicious to me. The conflict of interest is obvious with Hunter Biden being on that board. So Checci was named the most corrupt person in the Ukraine by the U.S. ambassador in 2015. They hired Hunter Biden by 2014. Burmese -- Burisma did. Was that an insurance policy to protect them against investigations? I don't know. Blue Strategies weighed in with the State Department after the raid on the gas company. Who did they talk to and what did they ask? Hunter Biden's business partner met directly with John Kerry. What was that all about? I don't believe political factors is the end of the inquiry. Somebody needs to look at this. The House is not allowing these questions to be asked. I will make sure they're asking the Senate. Brian Kilmeade: Well, we know this. He knows nothing about what he was doing over there, but he was golfing with Archer, his partner over there in the Hamptons. Lindsey Graham: When did he know it? What did he do? And he's a friend. I mean, you know, it's up to him if he wants the friendship to continue. I hope it will continue. But don't expect me -- you know, Chris Coons, I work with a lot. You know, I work with you to protect Mueller. You're going to rally around Joe Biden's campaign. I understand that politically. But I can promise you that when Joe Biden was doing his job as the Democratic nominee for vice president, going after McCain and Palin. Nobody ask him about is the friendship in question. So it is obvious to me that Hunter Biden did some things that need to be looked at to stop the investigation of a company. He was receiving $50,000 a month from in the Ukraine. And the president that company was one of the most corrupt people in the entire country, according to the U.S. government. Brian Kilmeade: So Joe Biden called out Lindsey Graham said basically he feels bad for many, is angered by his action. Lindsey Graham said -- Lindsey Graham: Don't feel bad about me. Don't worry about me. I am fine, Joe. You're a good man. You lived a very consequential life. You're running for president. You're sitting on the sidelines as the Democratic Party takes a sledgehammer to Trump and his family and his life in 2014. George can't contact the Biden team to raise the conflict of interest his son had being on the board with a Burisma and they said nothing. They basically -- Joe was grieving and I understand that. But the conflict -- Brian Kilmeade: Senator, we actually pulled -- I got his chair -- two things, Chris Coons said this about you, I guess this is what you're referring to. Delaware senator took Joe Biden's spot when he went to become vice president. Senator Coons, Lindsey Graham is abandoning his friendship with Biden by doing Trump's dirty work. Do you want to respond to that specifically? Lindsey Graham: Yeah. Chris, you're a good man. I like working with you, but we're not going to have it. We're not going to play the game like you want to play. You asked me to join with you to protect Mueller from an investigation that I thought needed to be had. Now you're shutting down legitimate questions about the role of Hunter Biden regarding a prosecution of a company he served on. You're asking us to ignore an obvious conflict of interest. It's not going to work that way. My friendship with these people are not going to keep me from asking questions that somebody needs to ask. I represent the people of South Carolina. Every time I go out in the community, people wanting to know when we're going to look at what happened with the. Here's what the allegation basically is against the Bidens. Hunter Biden served on a board owned by the most corrupt person in the Ukraine receiving $50,000 a month. And he knows nothing about the gas business. And when the company was being investigated in the president's house was being graded, Hunter Biden started calling the State Department. Joe Biden made three phone calls in 10 days to the president of the Ukraine, went over in March to meet with the president of Ukraine and they fired the guy investigating Hunter Biden's company. We're not going to give them a pass on this. They opened up this can of worms about corruption in the Ukraine. They're alleging the president denied aid to the Ukraine cause he wanted the Bidens investigated a political opponent. There was a quid pro quo for it. I don't see that. I don't see that being proven. Brian Kilmeade: I want you to hear Lindsey Graham talk in July 2015 with The Huffington Post about Joe Biden. Lindsey Graham: I think in it, Meyer Joe Biden as a person. There's probably you've got a problem that you need to do some self-evaluation. Because what's not to like? I called them after Beau died and he basically said, well, Beau was my soul for a long time. He came to my ceremony. He said some of the most incredibly heartfelt things that anybody could ever say to me, and he is the nicest person that I've ever met in politics. Male Speaker: Is that right: Lindsey Graham: He is as good a man as God ever created. And we don't agree on much. Brian Kilmeade: So that that's what he was contrasting risk. Lindsey Graham: Yeah. So everything I said was about Joe Biden the first -- I've traveled the world with him. He lost his son, Beau, who I knew. I don't think I've ever talked to Hunger Biden. If I have I don't remember it. The bottom line here is I'm the senator from South Carolina. I don't remember Joe Biden being asked, why if you're such good friends with John McCain, why are you saying all these things about McCain candidacy for president? Nobody in their right mind would suggest that Joe Biden, because of his friendship with John McCain, could not make a case against John McCain being president and for Barack Obama. He did. He did it effectively. They tore the bark off John McCain. Now, here's where I find myself. Your son is serving on a gas company in the Ukraine, making $50,000 a month. An obvious conflict of interest. That gas company gets investigated for corruption. Did your son weigh in and use his political influence to stop that investigation? President Trump wants to find out about corruption in the Ukraine. And if there's nothing there. Fine. I hope there's not. I want the transcripts of the phone calls between Biden and the president of the Ukraine. I want somebody other than political fact, look at whether or not Hunter Biden used his influence to stop the investigation of a company he receiving $50,000 a month compensation in the Ukraine based on the gas business, which you knew nothing about. Brian Kilmeade: Senator, are you acting as the chairman of Judiciary or are you doing President Trump's dirty work or does the president intimidate you into doing what he wants you to do? Lindsey Graham: I'm doing this because somebody needs to do it. When I supported legislation to make sure Mueller could be fired, the Trump world didn't like that much. I was okay with what I did because I thought somebody outside of politics needs to look at the Trump campaign's interaction with Russia, if any. There was one person that could clear Trump or find him guilty of wrongdoing. To me, that was Mueller. I supported that investigation and I was the hero of the town. Standing up for the rule of law. Good old, Lindsey. Now they're playing on a friendship. They're trying to intimidate me from asking questions that somebody should ask. Ukraine is a corrupt country. I get that. Why Hunger Biden was on his board. I don't know. If Joe Biden didn't know, I find it hard to believe. What did he know and when did you know it? Did his son, Hunter Biden use his influence with the State Department in the Obama administration to call off the dogs investigating a company that he was serving on in the Ukraine? The president this company was known to be one of the most corrupt people in the country. Why were you on his board to begin if Joe Biden's job was to clean up corrupt. Brian Kilmeade: There's legitimate questions that nobody's asking. They always press. They preface every question with there's no corruption there. And then they go on and move on. So you're asking those questions because you're doing your job. Lindsey Graham: My friendship with Joe Biden, if they can't withstand me doing my job is not the friendship I thought we had. Everything I said about him in 2015 is true. I admire him as a person. I think he's always trying to do right by the country. I think that -- I think he's made a lot of bad policy choices. But as a person, I like him. He spoke at Senator Thurmond's funeral. I have. I have stood up for him against allegations he was a racist. That's absurd. But we're not going to allow a system in America where only one side gets looked at. These are legitimate questions. What did Hunter Biden do in February the 4th? Brian, this is important. The prosecutor general announces an investigation of Burisma, the gas company. And that's when Hunter Biden started contacting the State Department. And after that contact, Joe Biden made three phone calls in 10 days about the prosecutor. Now, I want to know what they were talking about. Brian Kilmeade: That's it. Senator, you had to sit there for two days and take personal attacks from Joe Biden and all his supporters and you just sounded off. And I think you -- Lindsey Graham: I'm disappointed in him. He wants to play the game where I work with him to make sure Trump gets investigated, but all of a sudden, when I ask questions that are just -- a lot of Republicans want to know the answer to, I think every American will know the answer to, all that and the bad guy. That's not going to work with me. Brian Kilmeade: Senator Graham, I get it. I agree. Thanks so much for using this vehicle to get your side of the story out. Back in a moment.

Bloomberg News Under Fire for Curtailing Coverage of Founder

Howie Kurtz on Bloomberg News announcing they won't be investigating its owner during campaign, Rep. Nunes dodges questions about meeting with Ukraine prosecutor and Navy Sec. fired over handling of Seal case. Follow Howie on Twitter: @HowardKurtz For more #MediaBuzz click here

Thomas W. Muther Jr.: Lack of empathy terrible attribute for president

In his 2016 campaign and early in Trump's presidency, his advisers often spoke of his difficulties with empathy, broaching the subject as if it were a minor quirk — like left-handedness or an imperceptible limp.Events over these past three years, however, have shown it to be anything but minor. His inability to empathize has had real and dire consequences for human beings all across the planet. We have seen him toy with Ukraine, holding back desperately needed aid for political [...]

«Инволюция» правосеков: Под знаменем Бандеры на свалку истории


Боевики на майдане почуяли вкус крови. Их лидеры не боялись, что страна утонет в крови. И с той поры, в том числе при помощи «Правого сектора», она будет тонуть в крови постоянно, каждый день.

Stantinko botnet’s monetization strategy shifts to cryptomining


The versatile Stantinko botnet that’s been targeting former Soviet nations since at least 2012 has added a Monero cryptomining module to its arsenal. Stantinko historically has perpetrated click fraud, ad injections, social network fraud and brute-force password stealing attacks, primarily targeting Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. But this latest module, discovered by researchers at ESET,…

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Sen. Kennedy reverses course, says Russia, not Ukraine hacked DNC


Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., Monday walked back claims he made during an on-air interview that Ukrainians could have been behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton campaign during the 2016 presidential election cycle. “I was wrong. The only evidence I have and I think it overwhelming is that it was Russia…

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Wednesday Reads

Even Kenneth Starr says Trump may wind up and  quit under Senate pressure thanks to today's events.

Lots of places are live blogging the impeachment hearings or whatever you want to call them.

Today is Joseph Biden's 77th birthday, and he will be celebrating it by debating the other candidates tonight.


It is going to be very, very difficult to change attitudes about sex roles.  Men still don't do shit around the house, and women still tolerate it.

Those crayon-looking notes were for real.

The livestream of the Democratic Debate on NBC/MSNBC is here.


The end of Prince Andrew is pretty much official thanks to this interview:



Optimistic forecasts by Storm International regarding the gambling business development in Ukraine


The new government plans to return the gambling business to Ukraine. They started talking about this at the end of…

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The Takeaway From the Impeachment Hearings: Our Constitution Has Failed


When the House Intelligence Committee began holding hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, some media coverage suggested the proceedings lacked enough “pizzazz … to capture public attention.” It turned out that hearings produced more than their share of bombshells—from EU ambassador and Trump megadonor Gordon Sondland’s admission that there was a “quid pro quo,” to State Department official David Holmes’s testimony about  overhearing a phone call in which Sondland assured Trump that Ukraine would move ahead with the investigations Trump had requested, to former National Security Council official Fiona Hill’s conclusion that Sondland was carrying out a “domestic political errand” for the president that diverged from the U.S. national interest. When the Committee concluded its hearings, the evidence was damning and largely uncontested: Trump appeared to have been part of a scheme to extort a foreign country into sabotaging the US presidential election to his benefit.

Yet, even with the evidence on public display, it remains next to impossible to imagine Republicans taking meaningful action. Even Republicans seen as most likely to break from their party are signaling support for Trump. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), a member of the Intelligence Committee who is retiring from Congress and has at times criticized the president, said that, while the president’s actions had been “inappropriate, misguided foreign policy,” he did not see evidence of an impeachable offense. Hurd’s statement can reasonably be seen as an indication that few (if any) Republicans in Congress will vote to impeach or remove the president from office.

Some observers describe what we are seeing as a crisis. In fact, what we are living through is constitutional failure. The system created by the framers is not doing the job it was designed to do, particularly in the current circumstances: We are faced with a corrupt president who rejects the very idea of legal limits on his power.

Our constitutional democracy is based on free and fair elections, individual rights, independent courts, and the rule of law—the idea that no one is above the law. Trump rejects all of these bedrock principles. He has tried to undermine free and fair elections (most recently demonstrated in the Ukraine scandal.) He threatens his critics with prosecution and lawsuits, disdaining the notion of First Amendment speech and press protections. He seeks to delegitimize judges who rule against his policies. He rejects the idea that ordinary rules and laws apply to him and his allies, declaring (erroneously) that under Article II of the Constitution, “I have the right to do whatever I want as president.”

Trump poses an existential threat to our system of government—and yet he remains in office. In a functioning system, Republicans would have already joined Democrats in taking action to remove Trump from office—just as Republicans stood against Nixon in 1974. In our failed system we are reduced to waiting to see how far Trump will go before congressional Republicans will act—if they ever do.

Every system needs a way to protect itself, and our constitutional system provides (in theory) all the tools needed to deal with the direct threat Trump poses. Congress is fully empowered to remove a corrupt president from office. But congressional Republicans, by refusing to act, render those tools useless. 

James Madison believed that the constitutional system would prevent the accumulation of too much power in any one branch of government. If one branch exceeded the limits of its power, it would be reined in by the others. In order for this to work, Madison famously wrote, “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.” In other words, if the president engaged in a power grab, members of Congress would use constitutionally available tools to check him or her —not out of moral rectitude but because legislators would be worried about ceding their own power to an ambitious president.

The system is failing because Republicans are placing partisan concerns—their own loyalty to Trump or fear of the political costs of defying him—ahead of their constitutional responsibilities. The system Madison helped design cannot function properly under these circumstances.

It is important to forthrightly describe the reality of constitutional failure for two reasons. 

First, it emphasizes the emergency we face. If he does not face consequences, Trump will feel emboldened to do precisely as he chooses, without regard to ethical or legal limits. We’re seeing this, for instance, with Trump’s moves to undermine the rule of law within the U.S. military by pardoning the Navy SEAL convicted of taking a “selfie” with the corpse of a teenage boy who fought for ISIS.

We can’t count on his removal from office by election as a foolproof safeguard, especially when Trump’s misconduct in the Ukraine scandal was focused squarely on an illicit attempt to tilt the electoral scales in his favor.

Second, describing what has occurred as failure points out that we need a new constitution, one that will be designed to strengthen our democracy against future existential threats. No system is guaranteed to succeed, but a failed one demands replacement. 

Today’s Republican Party is an anti-democratic, authoritarian party that seeks to gain—and has gained—power without winning a majority of votes. To this end, it pushes voter suppression measures and takes advantage of structural defects in our system. Gerrymandered districts can allow the GOP to win a minority of the votes and still control the House. The Electoral College gave Trump the presidency 2016, even though he lost the popular vote—a feat he stands a realistic chance of repeating in 2020. And though deeply unpopular, he enjoys majority support in a Senate that does not reflect political preferences of the majority of Americans, but instead allows a  minority in sparsely populated states to wield power. 

Making the electoral system more majoritarian could force the Republican Party to abandon its anti-democratic approach if it wishes to win. There is no guaranteed way to prevent would-be authoritarians from gaining power. After all, a very popular authoritarian could easily win the popular vote. But clearly, the authoritarianism of our current president is not popular with Americans: Trump’s approval ratings are consistently in the low 40s. Constitutional change would strengthen liberal democracy against an authoritarian party. It is worth trying.

With this goal in mind, a new constitution could address some of the anti-democratic features of our current system, including:

  • ending the Electoral College.

  • reforming or replacing a Senate that gives the 435,000 voting-age people in Wyoming as many votes as the 17,524,000 in Texas.

  • eliminating partisan gerrymandering.

  • protecting the right to vote against voter suppression efforts.

  • dealing with the corrupting influence of our current campaign finance system.

A new constitution could also be aimed at shoring up the rule of law, including by protecting the independence of the Department of Justice and replacing the current impeachment process with something capable of actually holding a lawless president to account. One idea to explore would be expressly giving the DOJ independent prosecutorial authority over the president. Another would be providing a process for triggering new presidential elections—say, based on a three-fifths vote in the House and Senate. 

Obviously, these kinds of changes are not politically plausible at the moment, but they need to be on our agenda—unless we are willing to risk another attack on the system from a future president. We need to begin talking about how to create the conditions needed for a new constitution, one giving us better odds of warding off the next authoritarian threat—assuming we survive the one posed by Trump.


RECOMMANDATION sur le projet de décision du Conseil relative à la conclusion, au nom de l’Union, de l’accord sous forme d’échange de lettres entre l’Union européenne et l’Ukraine modifiant les préférences commerciales applicables aux viandes de volaille et aux préparations à base de viandes de volaille prévues dans l’accord d’association entre l’Union européenne et la Communauté européenne de l’énergie atomique et leurs États membres, d’une part, et l’Ukraine,

RECOMMANDATION sur le projet de décision du Conseil relative à la conclusion, au nom de l’Union, de l’accord sous forme d’échange de lettres entre l’Union européenne et l’Ukraine modifiant les préférences commerciales applicables aux viandes de volaille et aux préparations à base de viandes de volaille prévues dans l’accord d’association entre l’Union européenne et la Communauté européenne de l’énergie atomique et leurs États membres, d’une part, et l’Ukraine, d’autre part
Commission du commerce international
Enikő Győri

Source : © Union européenne, 2019 - PE

Fox Host Wrings His Hands Over 'Jerry-Rigged' Impeachment Hearings


The Impeachment (Hearings) of Donald Trump are picking up steam. After a month of closed door hearings and then two weeks of open, televised testimony, the Impeachment process is moving to the House Judiciary Committee beginning this Wednesday, December 4th. The New York Times is reporting that the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler, sent a letter to Donald Trump on Friday requesting that he notify the committee if he plans to mount a defense (aka, due process) by this Friday, December 6th.

Trump has until 5:00pm to respond. He has been given the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses. The letter specifically said:

“Please provide the committee with notice of whether your counsel intends to participate, specifying which of the privileges your counsel seeks to exercise."

The letter further goes on to state that in addition to the Ukraine bribery, the committee has also been investigating accusations of possible impeachable offenses and crimes raised in the Mueller Report.

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Ruth Marcus To GOP: If Trump Scandal Doesn't Meet 'The Framers' Conception Of Bribery, What Does?'


Longtime columnist Ruth Marcus on Sunday dared Republican lawmakers to argue that President Donald Trump did not "bribe" Ukraine as the term was defined by the Framers of the U.S. Constitution.

Marcus was joined on CBS's Face the Nation by veteran reporters and presidential historians.

Host John Dickerson noted that the impeachment debate touched on "bedrock American values."

Historian Jon Meachum explained that the Framers of the Constitution expected future Americans to "screw everything up."

"And we've done everything we can since then to prove them right," he said. "Therefore, sovereignty had to be divided. Power cannot be given to one person in the republican -- lowercase 'r' -- contract. Impeachment was a very important element there."

According to Meachum, the central question is whether House lawmakers "are going to follow the facts or are they... going to reflexively be partisan and interpret reality, not as they see it, but as they wish to see it."

Dickerson noted that Marcus is an expert on so-called originalism, the idea that the Constitution's meaning does not change with the culture. It is an idea that is popular with many conservatives.

"It is really a political question that is up to the political branch," she remarked. "But, yes, the Framers were entirely worried about precisely the kind of event we're talking about here, foreign influence, the misuse of presidential power for public gain and political advantage -- rather than for the public good."

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Chuck Todd Whacks GOP Sen. Kennedy For Peddling Russian Propaganda


After backtracking and admitting he was wrong for pushing the Russian propaganda that it was Ukraine who hacked the DNC server and interfered in the 2016 election, Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy was back at it again on this Sunday's Meet the Press.

As The Daily Beast explained this morning, Kennedy left Meet the Press host Chuck Todd gobsmacked when he claimed that the ex-Ukrainian president "actively worked for Hillary Clinton" and that he was not concerned that he was being duped by the Russians and "selling the same argument as Putin."

At the top of their interview on Sunday, Todd brought up Kennedy’s eventual walk-back of his DNC remarks, asking the Louisiana lawmaker why he backtracked.

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Chris Wallace Jabs Doug Collins After He Says Schiff Must Be First Witness: 'You Obviously Had Some Turkey'


Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) on Sunday called for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) to be the first witness in the Judiciary Committee's hearing on impeachment.

Collins made the remarks to FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace.

According to Collins, Republicans are not being allowed to see the Intelligence Committee's report on impeachment -- which he referred to as the "Schiff report" -- until later this week.

"First and foremost is the first person that needs to testify is Adam Schiff," Collins insisted before arguing that Schiff has taken on the role of special counsel in the investigation of President Donald Trump's alleged bribery of Ukraine.

"So you want to bring him in before the committee, not just to present a report, but to take questions from Democrats and to be cross-examined, if you will, by the Republicans?" Wallace clarified.

"He needs to be," Collins insisted. "He's put himself into that position. If he chooses not to, I really question his veracity and what he's putting in his report. I question the motives of, you know, why he's doing it."

"I have a question, why are they hiding this stuff from us?" he continued. "Give us all the materials and don't let Jerry Nadler write a crazy letter that says, on the 6th, let us know who your witnesses are. We don't even have the information from the Intel Committee yet. This is why this is a problematic exercise."

Wallace noted that the White House has been asked to send attorneys to the hearing to defend the president.

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Fox Guest Lies About Ukraine Aid Block, Accuses Dems Of Impeachment For 'Thought Crimes'


National Review writer Victor Davis Hanson made an appearance on this Friday's The Story with Martha MacCallum on Fox News, and his defense of Trump was so ridiculous that even guest host Ed Henry (who usually goes out of his way to carry water for Trump) corrected him on the fact that the aid to Ukraine was indeed delayed. Of course Henry failed to tell his audience that the aid was only released after the administration learned about the whistle-blower.

After Henry pointed out that the aid was indeed delayed, Hanson just turned on a dime and told Henry that Trump had every right to delay the aid, which he doesn't. Henry couldn't be bothered to fact-check Hanson on that lie either.

Here's more on the exchange from Mediaite: Victor Davis Hanson Accuses Dems of Trying to Impeach Trump for ‘Thought Crimes,’ Because Ukraine Aid Was Delayed But Not Canceled

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A quickly spreading ransomware attack is hitting countries across the world including France, Russia, Spain, Ukraine and the United States, just weeks after a ransomware attack known as WannaCry.

GOP senator repeats debunked Ukraine election meddling hoax

Sen. John Neely Kennedy made the debunked argument Sunday morning on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ that Ukraine was involved in interfering with the 2016 elections, a hoax promoted by Russia, the actual, sole culprit. Joy Reid and her panel discuss this and more

Sen. Kennedy claims former Ukraine leader 'actively' worked with Hillary Clinton in 2016

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., on Sunday walked back an erroneous comment he made last weekend touting the debunked theory that Ukraine hacked the Democratic National Committee's emails in 2016, but then quickly followed that up with another unproven theory accusing former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of actively working for Hillary Clinton in her 2016 president run.

House Intel Committee to review draft Ukraine report this week

Members of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday will review a report on the panel’s investigation into whether President Trump committed an impeachable act, specifically by allegedly withholding military aid to Ukraine until the country investigated former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Fox News has confirmed.

House Panel to Vote on Ukraine Report as Trump Mulls Defense

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White House Says President Trump Won't Participate In Wednesday Impeachment Hearing

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: State Dept. ruined relations


George Kent, deputy assistant secretary at the State Department, alledgedly overheard a July 26 phone call between President Trump and Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, in which the two discussed investigations that President Trump wanted Ukraine to pursue. Mr. Kent also said Mr. Trump told Mr. Sondland that ...


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Trump, not Obama, gave real aid


Democrats keep focusing on the negative effects of the Trump delay in providing aid to Ukraine, but they forgot that first, when Russia invaded the Crimea region, then President Obama did not offer any real assistance to Ukraine.

In 1994 the United States, U.K., Russia and Ukraine signed the Budapest ...




Ισραηλινή εφημερίδα : H πρόταση μομφής εναντίον του Τραμπ καθοδηγείται από λυσσαλέους Ρωσοφοβικούς Εβραίους   Ινφογνώμων

                                   ΙΑΚΩΒ  ΣΙΦ,  (Jacob Schiff)

Israel Shamir - Russia Insider - Μετάφραση Wan Wert 
Η φάρσα με την πρόταση μομφής εναντίον του Τραμπ είναι βασικά υπόθεση των Εβραίων, ανέφερε η Ισραηλινή εφημερίδα Haaretz. Η ψυχή και η μηχανή της μομφής είναι ο Adam Schiff, "Shifty Schiff" κατά την γλαφυρή έκφραση του Τραμπ. Το όνομά του φέρνει στο μυαλό τον Εβραϊκό τραπεζικό οίκο Σιφ, την κορυφαία Εβραϊκή οικογένεια αριστοκρατίας πλούτου και ΜΜΕ.

Ο δεύτερος άντρας είναι ο αδηφάγος Goldman, ή αλλιώς Daniel Sachs Goldman, ο οποίος είναι ο επικεφαλής ανακριτής στις ακροάσεις μομφής. Sachs Goldman ή Goldman Sachs, άλλο ένα κορυφαίο εβραϊκό όνομα και τράπεζα. Ο τρίτος Εβραίος στην καρδιά της πρότασης μομφής είναι ο διαβόητος Τζορτζ Σόρος.
Daniel Goldman (L) during testimonies in front of the House Intelligence Committee, Washington, November 13, 2019. Adam Schiff is on the right.Alex Brandon,AP

Η Haaretz θα μπορούσε να προσθέσει ότι οι κορυφαίοι μάρτυρες για την πρόταση μομφής είναι επίσης Εβραίοι, όπως ο παράξενος Gordon Sondland" αυτός που είπε στον Τραμπ ο Ουκρανός πρόεδρος Zelensky αγαπάει τον κώλο σας", Sondland ή ο Vindman ο κατάσκοπος. Ο Τραμπ δεν θα τολμούσε ποτέ να παρατηρήσει αυτή την αξιοσημείωτη σύμπτωση, καταλήγει η Haaretz. Μόνο οι αντισημίτες θα μπορούσαν.

Αντί να καταδείξει αυτή την ανοιχτή συνωμοσία και να καλέσει τους Αμερικανούς να σώσουν τη Δημοκρατία, ο Πρόεδρος Τραμπ έκανε έκκληση στην εβραϊκή αίσθηση ευγνωμοσύνης. Έδωσε τώρα το τρίτο θαυμάσιο δώρο του στο εβραϊκό κράτος, δηλαδή την αναγνώριση των εποικισμών μόνο για τους Εβραίους στα κλεμμένα παλαιστινιακά εδάφη, μετά την αναγνώριση της Ιερουσαλήμ και των υψιπέδων του Γκολάν.

Ή ίσως το τέταρτο, αν μετρήσετε την αποχώρησή του από τη συμφωνία του Ιράν. Νομιμοποίησε τους οικισμούς με τη μονομερή απόφαση της υπερδύναμης, κάτι που οι ισραηλινές κυβερνήσεις δεν μπορούσαν ή δεν τόλμησαν ποτέ. Εάν οι "ΗΠΑ ήταν τόσο παντοδύναμες όσο ήταν πριν από είκοσι χρόνια, αυτό θα ήταν το τέλος των συμφωνιών του Όσλο και της Γενεύης, και πρακτικά το τέλος των προσπαθειών δημιουργίας ενός παλαιστινιακού κράτους παράλληλα με το Ισραήλ, κάτι που ήθελαν εξαρχής οι ισραηλινοί εθνικιστές.

Η εμπλοκή των "ΗΠΑ στον ψυχρό εμφύλιο πόλεμο, θα μπορούσε να οδηγήσει σε από νομιμοποίηση των "ΗΠΑ ή σε κατάρρευση του προτύπου των δύο κρατών. Είναι προφανώς ένα τεράστιο δώρο για το εβραϊκό κράτος.

Ο Τραμπ πίστευε ότι η γενναιοδωρία του θα έλιωνε τις καρδιές των Εβραίων και θα τον άφηναν να κυβερνά ειρηνικά. Αλλά όχι, οι Εβραίοι αποδέχονται κάθε δώρο ως οφειλόμενο. Η απουσία ενός δώρου είναι που προκαλεί έκπληξη και είναι ενοχλητική, πιθανόν δε να οφείλεται στον αντισημιτισμό. Είπαν ότι η αναγνώρισή του Τραμπ θα ενοχλήσει τους Δημοκράτες, και θα τους την πάρουν όταν ανακτήσουν τον Λευκό Οίκο.

Πιθανώς αυτή η αντίδραση είναι ακριβώς αυτό στο οποίο βασίστηκε ο Τραμπ, διότι δεν ενδιαφέρεται για την Παλαιστίνη ή το Ισραήλ. Το κοινό-στόχος του είναι ο Αμερικανός Εβραίος. Ο Τραμπ ελπίζει ότι οι Εβραίοι που νοιάζονται για το Ισραήλ περισσότερο από ό,τι νοιάζονται για τις ΗΠΑ θα αλλάξουν πίστη και θα τον στηρίξουν, ώστε οι Δημοκρατικοί να μην κερδίσουν τις επόμενες εκλογές και να αποτρέψουν την αναγνώριση. Κρίνοντας από προηγούμενη εμπειρία, οι Εβραίοι θα κερδίσουν από αυτόν τον ανταγωνισμό , ενώ οι ΗΠΑ θα χάσουν, όπως και ο Τραμπ.

Αξίζει τον κόπο να δούμε ποιοι είναι οι Εβραίοι στις διαδικασίες μομφής. Ο Adam Schiff, είτε είναι ένας μακρινός συγγενής με τον τραπεζίτη Jacob Schiff είτε απλά συνωνυμία , θα μπορούσε να είναι μετενσάρκωση του γέρου,γιατί κληρονόμησε την αγάπη του για τη μαζική μετανάστευση και το μίσος προς τη Ρωσία. Πριν από την εποχή του Jacob Schiff , οι Εβραίοι των ΗΠΑ ήταν μια μικρή κοινότητα. Πλούσια μεν, αλλά πολύ μικρή.

Ο Jacob Schiff, ο οποίος έφτασε στην αμερικανική ακτή στα μέσα του 19ου αιώνα, κατάλαβε ότι χρειαζόταν αριθμούς, μάζες, δημογραφία στο πλευρό του αν ήθελαν οι Εβραίοι να γίνουν σημαντικός παίκτης. Οργάνωσε μαζική μετανάστευση Ρώσων και Πολωνών Εβραίων στις ΗΠΑ. "Άσκησε πιέσεις στο Κογκρέσο και στον Πρόεδρο Γκρόβερ Κλίβελαντ για να αποτρέψουν την ψήφιση νομοθεσίας η οποία θα είχε αποτρέψει το μαζικό κύμα Ρώσων Εβραίων μεταναστών από τους οποίους κατάγονται σήμερα οι περισσότεροι Εβραίοι της Νέας Υόρκης", αναφέρει Εβραϊκή πηγή.

Εκατομμύρια Εβραίοι έφτασαν και τελικά άλλαξαν τις ΗΠΑ κατά τα πρότυπα τους . Τώρα ο Adam Schiff θέλει να εισάγει εκατομμύρια μεταναστών του Τρίτου Κόσμου για να παγιώσει την αλλαγή που ξεκίνησε ο Jacob .

Το μίσος του Jacob Schiff για τη Ρωσία ήταν αρκετά εκπληκτικό, ακόμη και με βάση τα πρότυπα της εποχής εκείνης. Διακεκριμένος τραπεζίτης, έδωσε πολεμικό δάνειο στην Ιαπωνία για να κατασκευάσει το στόλο της για να πολεμήσει τη Ρωσία. Συμπτωματικά , ο στόλος που οικοδομήθηκε με τα χρήματα του Schiff επιτέθηκε στο Περλ Χάρμπορ μερικά χρόνια αργότερα, έτσι κάθε θύμα του πολέμου του Ειρηνικού και οι απόγονοί του μπορούν να μηνύσουν τους Schiffs για τη συμβολή τους.

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NED ο Jacob Schiff έπαιξε το παιχνίδι αλλαγής καθεστώτος στη Ρωσία, χρηματοδοτώντας τους επαναστάτες. (Συνέβαλε στην επανάσταση του Φεβρουαρίου του 1917, το φιλελεύθερο φιλοδυτικό πραξικόπημα, αλλά οι Ρώσοι τον πούλησαν κάνοντας άλλο ένα πραξικόπημα τον Νοέμβριο του 2017 και εγκαθιστώντας τους μπολσεβίκους. Οι πράκτορες του έπρεπε να φύγουν και η Ρωσία ανέκτησε την ανεξαρτησία της, ενώ ο Schiff είχε χάσει την επένδυσή του.)

Ο Adam Schiff έχει την ίδια λύσσα εναντίον της Ρωσίας όπως ο Jacob . Ονειρεύεται μια αλλαγή καθεστώτος στη Μόσχα όπως έκανε ο Jacob . Ισχυρίστηκε ότι η ρωσική συνωμοσία έφερε τον Τραμπ στο Λευκό Οίκο. Αρνήθηκε να αποδεχθεί τα αποτελέσματα της έρευνας του Mueller και εξακολουθεί να επιμένει ότι οι Ρώσοι παρενέβησαν στις εκλογές των ΗΠΑ. Τα λόγια του για "καταδικαστικές αποδείξεις" συμπαιγνίας με τη Ρωσία, "κάτι περισσότερο από περιστασιακά", ένα σκάνδαλο μεγέθους "πέρα από το Watergate" δηλητηρίασαν τις ρωσο-αμερικανικές σχέσεις και έκαναν την προεδρία Τραμπ μια κουτσή πάπια από την πρώτη στιγμή.

Ο Adam Schiff είναι τόσο ανέντιμος και άδικος που ακόμα και η WSJ επεσήμανε την καινοτομία του στη νομοθεσία. "Είναι αδιαμφισβήτητο αδίκημα για έναν πρόεδρο να αντιστέκεται στην μομφή; Ο Πρόεδρος της Υπηρεσίας Πληροφοριών Οίκου, Adam Schiff, δήλωσε στο CNN την προηγούμενη βδομάδα ότι η άρνηση αξιωματούχων του Λευκού Οίκου να καταθέσουν στην έρευνα μομφής της επιτροπής του μπορεί να οδηγήσει σε "παρακώλυση του Κογκρέσου" εναντίον του Προέδρου Τραμπ."

Ίσως, τελικά, ο Adam Schiff είναι συγγενής με έναν άλλο απατεώνα, τον Irwin Schiff, ο οποίος πέθανε σε ομοσπονδιακή φυλακή το 2015, ενώ εκτίει ποινή 13 ετών για φοροδιαφυγή. (Πιθανότατα είναι αντισημιτικό να αναφέρουμε την παλιά φράση ότι κάποιοι Εβραίοι μπορεί να είναι απατεώνες, αλλά θα το τολμούσαμε ούτως ή άλλως).
Ο επικεφαλής ανακριτής Daniel Sachs Goldman έχει εξαιρετική γενεαλογία για έναν εβραίο (έμπορο οχηματων ). Πήγε στο ίδιο σχολείο που πήγαν οι κόρες του Προέδρου Μπαράκ Ομπάμα, Σάσα και Μαλία, καθώς επίσης η Τσέλσι Κλίντον, τα εγγόνια του πρώην Αντιπροέδρου Τζο Μπάιντεν, η κόρη του Ρίτσαρντ Νίξον Τρίσια και ο γιος του Θεόδωρου Ρούσβελτ, Άρτσιμπαλντ".
Η σύζυγός του είναι Αντιπρόεδρος της Goldman Sachs Bank, "το μεγάλο βαμπίρ καλαμάρι τυλιγμένο γύρω από το πρόσωπο της ανθρωπότητας", με τα διάσημα λόγια του Matt Taibbi. Η οικογένειά του είχε δημιουργήσει ένα ειδικό πρόγραμμα που ονομάζεται The Born-Taglit. Το όνομα υποδηλώνει ότι κάθε Εβραίος έχει εκ γενετής δικαίωμα στη γη της Παλαιστίνης, σε αντίθεση με τους ιθαγενείς της.

Το πρόγραμμα επιτρέπει σε Αμερικανούς Εβραίους νέους να κάνουν ένα δωρεάν (ευγενική προσφορά του Αμερικανού φορολογούμενου) ταξίδι στο Ισραήλ, να συναντήσουν άλλους Εβραίους νέους άνδρες και κορίτσια και να ψάξουν για το γάμο τους μέσα στη φυλή. Σωστά, σε σας απαγορεύεται να εγκρίνετε τέτοια ρατσιστικά μέτρα, αλλά οι Εβραίοι επιτρέπεται να τα διαχειρίζονται ως φιλανθρωπία απαλλαγμένη από φόρους.

Η οικογένεια του Daniel Sachs Goldman είναι επίσης ιδρυτής του New Israel Fund, ενός άλλου φορολογικού ταμείου, το οποίο κατευθύνει χρήματα που εξοικονομούνται από τις φορολογικές αρχές των ΗΠΑ (όπου θα μπορούσαν να φθάσουν στην κυβέρνηση) προς σκοπούς μόνο για τους Εβραίους.

Ο George Soros είναι ένας ακόμα εξέχων Εβραίος συμμετέχων στις διαδικασίες μομφής. Το παλιό αυτό ερπετό είναι τόσο άσχημο που η ψυχή μας (όπως θα έλεγε και ο Oscar Wilde ) αισθάνεται και αυτή ανήθικη. Τα πραγματικά περιστατικά επιβεβαιώνουν την άποψη αυτή. Αν η Ουκρανία έχει μετατραπεί από μια χώρα της Ανατολικής Ευρώπης σε μια χλωμή ζοφερή κατεστραμμένη περιοχή καταστροφών, είναι εν μέρει υπεύθυνος.

Ενώ η μομφή αφορά την φερόμενη παρέμβαση του Τραμπ στην Ουκρανία, η υπόθεση των εχθρών του Τραμπ στην Ουκρανία είναι εύκολοαποδειχτη. Παρενέβησαν τόσο σκληρά στις συναλλαγές του φαινομενικά κυρίαρχου κράτους, που έλεγαν ένα αστείο μεταξύ τους: "Η Συνθήκη της Βιέννης είναι προαιρετική για το προσωπικό του Κιέβου". Η Σύμβαση της Βιέννης είναι η διεθνής συμφωνία που απαγορεύει στους διπλωμάτες να παρεμβαίνουν στις εσωτερικές υποθέσεις του κράτους στο οποίο είναι τοποθετημένοι.

Ένα μέρος αυτής της ανάμειξης είχε γίνει από και για τον Joe Biden, ο οποίος λήστεψε άφθονους πόρους από το ουκρανικό κράτος. Ο George Soros ήταν ένας άλλος δικαιούχος της δραστηριότητας του Στέιτ Ντιπάρτμεντ.

Έχει μερικές ΜΚΟ εκεί, και η Πρεσβεία των ΗΠΑ υπό την Πρέσβειρα Μαρί Γιοβάνοβιτς Yovanovitch (άλλη μια κατήγορος του Τραμπ) δρούσε ενεργά γι' αυτές. Ο Τζον Σόλομον ανακάλυψε ότι ένας από τους μάρτυρες της δίωξης στις ακροάσεις για την πρόταση μομφής, ο τότε πρεσβευτής Επιτετραμμένος George Kent (τώρα έχει αναρριχηθεί στην ευγενή θέση του υφυπουργού) ζήτησε από τις ουκρανικές αρχές να σταματήσουν την έρευνα για την ΜΚΟ του Soros, με το όνομα Κέντρο Δράσης για την Καταπολέμηση της Διαφθοράς (AntAC).

Επιπλέον, στις 5 Μαρτίου 2019,η Πρέσβειρα Yovanovitch είχε εκφωνήσει μια ομιλία ζητώντας την απομάκρυνση του ειδικού εισαγγελέα της Ουκρανίας κατά της διαφθοράς." Και αυτή η γυναίκα τολμά να μιλήσει για την παρέμβαση του Τραμπ!

Ο George Soros είχε τακτική πρόσβαση στο ουκρανικό γραφείο του Στέιτ Ντιπάρτμεντ, στην υφυπουργό Επικρατείας Victoria ("F*ck EU") Nuland. Είναι δύσκολο να γίνει διαχωρισμός μεταξύ των δυο , καθώς η AntAC είχε χρηματοδοτηθεί από κοινού από το Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών και τον George Soros. Αλλά ο Τζορτζ Σόρος είναι στο απυρόβλητο, καθώς ο Πρόεδρος της ADL Τζόναθαν Γκρίνμπλατ έχει ήδη αποφασίσει ότι " δίωξη του Σόρος… θα ισοδυναμούσε με τα χειρότερα αντισημιτικά τρόπαια".

Ένας πρώην Ομοσπονδιακός Εισαγγελέας της Περιφέρειας της Columbia, ο Joe DiGenova, διέπραξε αυτό το σοβαρό έγκλημα, όταν είπε στο ειδησεογραφικό πρακτορείο Fox ότι ο George Soros είχε την ευκαιρία να πει στο Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών μέσω της Victoria Nuland τι να κάνει στην Ουκρανία. "Ο Σόρος έτρεξε την δουλειά. Διέφθειρε αξιωματούχος του FBI, Διέφθειρε αξιωματικούς των ξένων υπηρεσιών.Ο Τζορτζ Σόρος θέλει να διοικεί την Ουκρανία και κάνει ό,τι μπορεί για να χρησιμοποιήσει κάθε μοχλό της κυβέρνησης των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών για να το κάνει αυτό." Ο Joe DiGenova δεν ανέφερε την Εβραϊκότητα του Σόρος ή της φίλης του Νούλαντ. Δεν ήταν απαραίτητο. Μια επίθεση στον Τζορτζ Σόρος είναι μια επίθεση κατά των Εβραίων σε όλο τον κόσμο, ολοκλήρωσε ένας γνώριμος παρατηρητής.

Ο Joe DiGenova είναι όντως ένοχος, αλλά είναι λίγο μετριοπαθής. Ο Τζορτζ Σόρος επιθυμεί να ηγηθεί την Ουκρανία, ανέφερε. Η Ουκρανία είναι ένα μικρό, αλλά επικερδές μέρος του κόσμου που ο Σόρος και οι σύντροφοι του θέλουν να διοικήσουν . Οι "ΗΠΑ είναι πιο σημαντικό κομμάτι, και ελέγχοντας τις , μπορούν να πάρουν την Ουκρανία αντί πινακίου φακής.

Η μομφή έγινε πράγματι μια σημαντική υπόθεση, όχι μόνο ως απειλή για τον Πρόεδρο Τραμπ, αλλά επειδή αποκάλυψε τον τρόπο λειτουργίας των φιλελεύθερων Εβραίων. Θα ήταν καλύτερα, αντί για τον Ντόναλντ Τραμπ, ο αντίπαλός τους να ήταν ένας λευκός ιππότης. Αλλά έχουμε αυτό που έχουμε. Αυτοί οι τύποι πρέπει να σταματήσουν, και αν ο Τραμπ το κάνει, ευλογήστε τον.

Η τακτική του να δωροδοκεί Εβραίους με πλούσια δώρα της προγονικής παλαιστινιακής γης είναι ανήθικη, και αμφιβάλλω αν θα είναι αποτελεσματική. Ίσως αν ζητούσε δικαιοσύνη και ισότητα για την Παλαιστίνη θα είχε την ευκαιρία να πετάξει μια χιονόμπαλα στην κόλαση. Διαιρώντας τους εχθρούς του, μεταξύ Σιωνιστών και Φιλελευθέρων, βελτιώνει τις πιθανότητές του, ή έτσι σκέφτεται.

Για τους ανθρώπους που λατρεύουν και εκτιμούν την Παλαιστίνη όπως εγώ, αυτή είναι μια δύσκολη επιλογή. Οι Φιλελεύθεροι Εβραίοι ακούγονται πιο καλοί. Μιλούν κατά των εβραϊκών οικισμών στα κατεχόμενα εδάφη. Καταδικάζουν τον ισραηλινό βομβαρδισμό της Γάζας και της Συρίας.

Αλλά είχαμε μια μακρά εμπειρία της ανόδου τους: δεν κάνουν απολύτως τίποτα για την Παλαιστίνη και επιτρέπουν στο Ισραήλ να διαπράξει όλα τα πιθανά εγκλήματα. Μια καταδίκη δεν είναι αρκετά καλή αν δεν επηρεαστεί η ροή των όπλων και των οικονομικών.

Οι Εβραίοι έχουν συνηθίσει να παίζουν και για τις δύο ομάδες και να κερδίζουν δύο φορές. Αυτό το παιχνίδι μπορεί να αλλάξει πηγαίνοντας σε μια απολύτως απαγορευμένη περιοχή σκέψης, βλέποντας την ομάδα μομφής ως Εβραϊκή ομάδα,. Αν και όταν το Καπιτώλιο θα είναι ελεύθερο από την κατοχή, θα έρθει επίσης η ώρα για την ελευθερία της Ιερουσαλήμ.

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When capitalist politicians use terms like “national security” they are invariably referring to the interests of US imperialism. Withholding military aid to Ukraine was a violation of US imperialism’s interests, but not the interests of US workers.

The interests of US imperialism in Ukraine are both economic and political.

Ukraine is rich in natural resources, especially its fertile “black soil” agricultural lands and natural gas. It was a prized possession of the Russian Tsarist empire. It was known as the Soviet Union’s “bread basket”. German imperialism sought to capture these resources in both World War I and II.

Following the overthrow of the Soviet Union by its bureaucratic caste led by the misnamed Communist Party, and the return to capitalism, Ukraine sought relations with the US-led West as well as with capitalist Russia.

Ukraine has two main ethnic groups — Ukrainian-speakers and Russian-speakers. The former are mainly in western Ukraine and the latter in the east and south. At times Ukrainian-speakers occupied the presidency, and before 2014, the president was a Russian-speaker. 

This equilibrium was upset in 2014 when the Russian-speaking president was overthrown. A more right-wing government was installed that began to restrict democratic rights, especially of Russian-speakers. Russian, which had been one of the officially recognised national languages, was stripped of that status. A civil war ensued between the east and west, with Russia supporting the Russian-speakers and the West the government in Kiev.

US in Ukraine

This provided an opening for the US to move in, reducing Ukraine to a subordinate country dependent on Washington, with two areas in the east forming their own governments.

Contrary to US promises made at the time of the overthrow of the Soviet Union, the US brought a number of East European countries formerly in the Soviet orbit into NATO, as well as some former Soviet republics. If Ukraine was to become part of NATO, that would bring the US-sponsored military alliance to the Russian border.

In 2014, it appeared that the new Ukraine would join NATO. That provides a possible explanation of why Russian President Vladimir Putin backed the breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine.

It would also explain why Russia then re-annexed Crimea.

A bit of history of Crimea is useful. Russia, under Catherine the Great, took Crimea from the Ottoman Empire in 1783. In 1853, Britain and its allies invaded Crimea but the war exhausted Britain. When the war finally ended in 1856, Crimea was once again Russian, but with the proviso that Russian warships would not be stationed at the Sevastopol port.

After the Russian Revolution in 1917 and the subsequent establishment of the USSR, Ukraine became a separate Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR) under the Bolshevik’s policy of national self-determination for nations under the former Tsarist empire. Crimea became part of the Russian Soviet Socialist Republic because of its mainly Russian population.

In 1954, the Soviet government under Nikita Khrushchev made Crimea part of the Ukrainian SSR, largely for administrative reasons. This was hardly noticed internationally as it was still part of the USSR. No one claimed that Ukraine had “stolen” Crimea from Russia.

When Ukraine became independent in 1991, various agreements were made between it and Russia. One was that Russia would have control over the former Soviet naval base in Sevastopol. If Ukraine became part of NATO, that base, the only Russian warm water port, would fall into NATO and US hands, which Russia could not tolerate.

The US still wants to get the Sevastopol naval base, which is why it is pushing for Crimea to be a part of Ukraine.

The Democrats are the champions of these “interests” today. Trump, with the Republicans dutifully in tow, is claiming that it was the Ukrainians, not the Russians, who “meddled” in the 2016 US elections to help Hillary Clinton. The Democrats claim the opposite — that the Russians meddled, giving the victory to Trump.

In fact, every government that has the technology to do so “meddles” in other countries’ politics, with Washington being the Meddler-in-Chief.

At times, when elections in other countries do not go the way the US wants, it “meddles” by overthrowing the government of the offending country.

Trump is a US phenomenon, not a Russian or Ukrainian one.

A basic feature of modern monopoly capitalism and imperialism has been the increasing centralisation of power in the hands of the executive at the expense of the legislative and judicial branches. This has been true in the US beginning in the early 20th century under both Democratic and Republican administrations.

However, the growth of executive power is not without its own perils to the ruling class. If a dictator, or would-be dictator, starts to put their personal interests above those of the capitalist class as a whole, which is what Trump has done, by withholding military aid and by attacking Ukraine while going soft on Putin, then that executive is truly harming the “national interest” of US imperialism.

Trump should be impeached on the charge of attempting to force Ukraine to further his electoral ambitions, not for harming the “national interest” of dominating Ukraine, which is not in the interests of US workers.

All this is only one aspect of the deep divisions in the ruling class concerning Trump. How this plays out in conjunction with other issues in the upcoming election campaign remains to be seen.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and US President Donald Trump in New York in September.


На РАЕС ознайомились зі стратегією мінімізації ризиків виробничого травматизму Vision Zero

На Рівненській АЕС відбувся бенчмаркінг з питань безпеки та гігієни праці на тему: «Сприяння сталому розвитку української економіки шляхом зниження кількості аварій, нещасних випадків та професійних захворювань на підприємствах України» та впровадження стратегії «Vision Zero in Ukraine».

1989 – Jetzt! | Die Gunst der Stunde

Das vereinte Europa hätte seinerzeit zum Global Player aufsteigen können, scheitert dann aber an sich selbst
Die Gunst der Stunde

Die heißen Versprechen klingen wie Schwüre. Aber sicher doch, die deutsche Einheit kann nur ein vereintes Europa rahmen, heißt es 1989/90 allenthalben bei west- und ostdeutschen Politikern. Auch wenn uns die Geschichte übermannt – wann tat sie das nicht in Deutschland, sobald es ernst wurde? –, bedarf der Ereignisstrom befestigter Ufer. Und das können nur die Gestade Europas sein. Frankreich und Großbritannien sind es, die mit Skepsis antworten. Präsident Mitterrand fliegt Ende 1989 zum offiziellen Besuch nach Ostberlin, trifft Ministerpräsident Modrow und ein DDR-Staatsoberhaupt, das ihm protokollarisch angemessen, aber politisch nicht gewachsen und daher geeignet ist, den provokanten Zweck der Reise zu unterstreichen.

Manfred Gerlach, damals Vorstand der ostdeutschen Liberaldemokraten, hat den glücklosen Egon Krenz im Vorsitz des Staatsrates beerbt und wird gemeinhin als Übergangslösung empfunden. Mitterrand hilft das Understatement beim Gastgeber, um in Ostberlin ein Statement loszuwerden, das speziell für Kanzler Kohl gedacht scheint: Vorläufig schreiben wir die DDR noch nicht ab. Nach derart klarem Bescheid steht der britischen Premierministerin Thatcher nicht der Sinn, doch kann auch sie dem Abschied von deutscher Zweistaatlichkeit nur wenig abgewinnen. Monate später wird ein konzilianter, die DDR freigebender Michail Gorbatschow Kohls Kronzeuge für die Gunst der Stunde. Wer jetzt noch bremst, dem sitzt „das deutsche Volk“ im Nacken. Kohl spricht das nie aus, aber es liegt in der Luft wie eine Erpressung. Umso mehr gilt: Fürchtet man in Paris, London oder anderswo, ein um die DDR aufgestocktes Deutschland könne zu mächtig, zu unberechenbar, zu sehr sich selbst überlassen sein, wird das Auffangbecken Europa gebraucht.

Der Europäischen Gemeinschaft (EG, ab 1992 EU) widerfährt eine Aufwertung von Rang. Bis dahin Gegenspieler des Ostblocks wie die NATO ist sie als Gegner weniger exponiert als die Militärallianz, folglich besser geeignet, die deutsche Einheit zu flankieren und Brücken von West- nach Osteuropa zu schlagen. Die Annahme lautet: War einst die EWG dazu gedacht, die westdeutsche BRD einzuhegen, warum sollte dies der EU nicht für eine gesamtdeutsche BRD gelingen? Und geht die nicht mit dem Vertrag von Maastricht (1992) so weit, ihr Einheitsvehikel DM für das Gemeinschaftsgeld Euro zu opfern? Der EU beschert das den nächsten Bedeutungsgewinn, denn nun rückt gar die Finalität europäischer Integration in den Blick, der Aufstieg von der Freihandelszone über die Wirtschafts- und Währungs- zur Politischen Union – von der Regionalmacht zum Global Player.

Dass es so weit nie kommt, hat ebenfalls der Euro zu verantworten. Er treibt auseinander, was wegen abweichender ökonomischer Tatkraft so eng dann doch nicht zusammengehört. Der Staatenbund ist mehr ein Staatenbündel. Ein Offenbarungseid, den es früher oder später ohne den Epochenbruch von 89/90 vermutlich genauso gegeben hätte, nur beschleunigt der ihn ungemein.

2009 schließlich erklärt das Bundesverfassungsgericht in einem Urteil zum Lissabon-Vertrag, dass der deutsche Nationalstaat als Teil Europas keinen Souveränitätsverzicht hinnehmen müsse. Als die Eurokrise ausbricht, kann sich davon ein von Kanzlerin Merkel dominiertes Krisenmanagement legitimiert fühlen. Vorübergehend lässt es an Souveränität der Krisenländer nur zu, was deutschem Interesse nicht schadet. Wie sich zeigt, fehlt dem vereinten Europa in schlechten Zeiten das Transnationale, um jenseits von nationalem Begehren und europäischer Vertragspflicht das Gemeinschaftliche als Solidarität zu pflegen. „Jetzt auf einmal wird in Europa Deutsch gesprochen“, verkündet im November 2011 der CDU-Politiker und Merkel-Vertraute Volker Kauder. Ein von Hochmut getränkter Bescheid, dem zu entnehmen ist, dass es doch etwas wurde mit dem deutschen Europa, wenn die 1990 beschworene Geschäftsgrundlage der deutschen Einheit auf die Macht des Faktischen stößt. Bleibt dadurch das vereinte Europa wirklich „unter seinen Möglichkeiten“, wie gern beklagt wird? Ist es nicht eher auf der Höhe derselben, wenn sich ein auf oben und unten gegründetes Beziehungsgefüge Geltung verschafft?

Erscheint es daher ratsam, die 1990 vergebene Bestallungsurkunde zurückzugeben und den gescheiterten Global Player zu entpflichten? Die Vorteile lägen auf der Hand. Die dissidenten Osteuropäer hätten die Chance, wieder mehr unter sich zu sein. Man könnte sich die Schimäre einer gemeinsamen Außenpolitik ersparen, die in Syrien so wenig greift wie beim Ukraine-Konflikt, woran Deutschland – so realitätsfern und ideologiebeflissen es zuweilen agiert – einen Anteil hat. Es würde auch nicht weiter auffallen, dass beim Brexit zänkische Vereinskultur vorherrscht, die dem Abtrünnigen nichts schenkt, statt ihn ziehen zu lassen. Leider reicht die eher bescheidene Vernunft des Westens nicht so weit, klarsichtig einzugestehen, was längst vorgezeichnet ist. Mitterrand und Thatcher indes könnten aufatmen, würden sie noch leben. Das vereinte Europa hat das vereinte Deutschland zwar nicht domestiziert, doch neutralisiert haben sich beide schon.


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EU | Warum nur?

Die neue Kommissionspräsidentin von der Leyen will das Nachzügler-Dasein der EU beenden, wenn es ums geopolitische Ranking geht, und eine „Sprache der Macht“ pflegen
Warum nur?

Ursula von der Leyen, ab 1. Dezember im Amt, will in Brüssel eine „wahrhaft geopolitische Kommission“ führen, war zuletzt mehrfach zu hören. Europa müsse „die Sprache der Macht“ lernen. Was in der Konsequenz nur heißen kann: Wird die beherrscht, ist davon Gebrauch zu machen. Zu welchem Zweck und wo überall? Und nicht zuletzt – wie? Durch die extensive Machtprojektion einer EU-Militärunion und unter der Voraussetzung, dass geopolitisches Großmachtdenken nun auch für die EU mehr denn je gilt? Ein wenig inspirierter – um nicht zu sagen: restaurativer Ansatz –, der auf Muster zurückgreift, von denen sich die USA im Nahen Osten gerade befreien. Sollte von der Leyen diesen Ansatz verfolgen, wäre weiter zu fragen: Kennt die neue Kommissionspräsidentin den Zustand der EU? Ist der geeignet, sie als Global Player über ihre Wirtschafts- und Handelsmacht hinaus in Szene zu setzen?

Dritter Weg, dritte Kraft?

Seit geraumer Zeit bereits ist der 27-Staaten-Bund alles andere als ein monolithischer Machtblock, mit dem geostrategische Ambitionen bedient werden könnten. Ein unerledigter Brexit ist nicht nur Dauerthema, sondern taugt zur Dauerkrise. Erst jüngst hat der Dissens über eine mögliche EU-Aufnahme Albaniens und Nordmazedoniens gegensätzliche Positionen zu einer fortgesetzten Osterweiterung offenbart. Schließlich setzen Frankreich und Deutschland als EU-Kernstaaten voneinander abweichende sicherheitspolitische Prioritäten, wenn es um die künftige Ausrichtung der EU geht. Präsident Macron will, dass Frankreich als europäische Macht geopolitisch wirksam wird, indem es sich auf europäische Militärmacht – vorrangig eine EU-Verteidigungsunion – stützt. Die soll sich von transatlantischen Zwängen emanzipieren und weitgehend unabhängig von der NATO agieren. Deutschland hingegen ist als europäische Führungsmacht auf geopolitische Relevanz bedacht, ohne sich von der NATO abzusetzen. Im Gegenteil, Kanzlerin Merkel betrachtet – wohl auch als Antwort an Macron – die transatlantische Verankerung mehr denn je als Geschäftsgrundlage deutscher Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik. Sie hat sich dazu am 27. November vor dem Bundestag absolut bekenntnishaft geäußert

Wo will sich von der Leyen bei solcher Polarisierung mit ihrer „Sprache der Macht“ einsortieren? Auf einem dritten Weg als dritte Kraft? Zweifel sind angebracht, dass die Kommission in Gänze ihren Ehrgeiz teilt.

Nach oben offene Eskalationsskala

Die neue Kommissionspräsidentin verfolgt offenkundig vor allem ein Ziel: das Nachzügler-Dasein der EU zu beenden. Sie soll fortan in der Lage sein, um Pfründe und Einflusssphären mitzubieten, im Nahen und Mittleren Osten ebenso wie in der Asiatisch-Pazifischen Region. Verteidigungsministerin Kramp-Karrenbauer hat bekanntlich im Blick auf Deutschland Ähnliches empfohlen. Man solle sich in die aufgeheizte Systemrivalität zwischen den USA und China einklinken. Bleibt zu hoffen – sollte von der Leyen mit ihrer „wahrhaft geopolitischen Kommission“ ebenfalls darauf aus sein –, dass in Brüssel darüber Klarheit herrscht, was das bedeutet – worauf man sich einlässt. Die EU würde nicht als neutraler Akteur in indopazifischen Raum Präsenz zeigen, sondern als Partner der USA, als Partei in einem Konflikt mit einer nach oben offenen Eskalationsskala.

Wieder einmal zeigt sich, was für von der Leyens Begriff von Geopolitik schon als Verteidigungsministerin prägend war. Sie gibt einer räumlichen Dimension den Vorzug, der Suche nach Eingreif- und Einsatzgebieten für ein vor allem militärisches Engagement weltweit. Man denke an ihren Auftritt vor der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz Ende Januar 2014, als es hieß, Deutschland müsse bereit sein, sich außen- und sicherheitspolitisch früher, entschiedener und substanzieller einzubringen als bisher. Augenscheinlich soll das nun auch für eine EU gelten, die der Maxime gehorcht: Mehr Geopolitik wagen, heißt machtpolitisch wirksam sein.

Nur ein Aufguss

Warum nicht nach all den Erfahrungen, die es mit Geopolitik im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert gegeben hat, einmal einen Ansatz vorziehen, der frei von Herrschaftswillen und machtpolitischem Kalkül ist? Warum nicht angesichts der gescheiterten Syrien-Politik des Westens als EU ein Wiederaufbauprogramm für Syrien auflegen, das keine Vorbedingungen kennt und allein den Menschen in diesem Land zugute kommt? Wo man doch sonst menschenrechtlich unschlagbar sein will.

Weshalb nicht eine Friedensinitiative für den Jemen anstoßen, die Saudi-Arabien in die Schranken weist und sich der Konfliktmoderation durch die Vereinten Nationen anschließt. Warum nicht EU-Aufnahmeverhandlungen mit Albanien und Nordmazedonien ausnahmsweise einmal nicht mit der machtpolitischen Begründung versehen, dass sich sonst Russland und China dieser Länder annehmen?

Statt von einer „Sprache der Macht“ zu schwadronieren, könnte von der Leyen einen anderen Ton anschlagen. Wie wäre es mit einem Bewusstsein dafür, was „geopolitischen Denken“ von Großmächten bis in die Gegenwart hinein alles angerichtet hat – in Indochina, im Irak, in Afghanistan, in Libyen, in Syrien, auf dem Balkan, in Korea, in der Ukraine.

Von Emmanuel Macrons Idee einer „Neugründung Europas“ ist von der Leyen weit entfernt. Was ihr vorschwebt, ist der (wievielte?) Aufguss geopolitischen Denkens. Eine Politik der westlichen Restauration, die von der Realitäten – auch denen innerhalb der EU – schon bald korrigiert werden dürfte.

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Rudy Giuliani Implicated In ANOTHER Quid Pro Quo Scheme


Rudy Giuliani is the biggest liability that Donald Trump has right now. Instead of working to prove Trump’s innocence in the Ukraine scandal, Giuliani is getting himself implicated in even more activity that could land him in prison. According to an indicted Ukrainian, Giuliani offered to help with his “legal problems” if he was willing […]

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White House “Finds” Paper Trail Leading Directly To Trump To Justify Withholding Ukraine Aid


A White House review has revealed that a paper trail exists from Giuliani to Trump to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with regards to the ongoing Ukraine scandal. The White House counsel’s office is not happy with this information because they deemed it “unflattering,” but that’s what happens when your entire administration is one giant […]

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Judo-Szene soll Seisenbacher nach Flucht geholfen haben

Unterstützer in Österreich sollen für den Judo-Olympiasieger, dem Missbrauch von Mädchen vorgeworfen wird, Geld gesammelt und ihn in der Ukraine besucht haben.

No, The President of the United States Cannot Be Granted A Presumption of Innocence

During the break in today’s hearings on Capital Hill regarding Trump’s alleged extortion of President Zelensky of Ukraine, Republican operative David Urban expressed the opinion […]

White House Says President Trump Won't Participate In Wednesday Impeachment Hearing

The inquiry into Trump's dealing with Ukraine is moving from fact-gathering to considerations of law. House Republicans are knocking the process as rushed, unfair and guided by anti-Trump fervor.

New phase of impeachment probe hangs over Trump’s Nato trip

House inquiry findings into claims of Ukraine ‘quid pro quo’ to be presented next week

'We want to know who told him': Rep. Lee Zeldin gives three reasons why the 'whistleblower' should testify

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-New York) believes the Trump/Ukraine whistleblower should testify and presents three problems with Democrats' refusal to allow that person to speak.

Did the whistleblower pull the 'fire alarm' with bad intentions?

What exactly was Adam Schiff's (and his team) interaction with the whistleblower?

And did the whistleblower actually see a]]


Watch Chuck Todd Challenge Sen. Kennedy as He Doubles Down on Ukraine Interference Claim

The Republican senator says he believes both Russia and Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election.

2 White House Officials Resigned Over Concerns About Frozen Ukraine Aid

Employees of the White House's Office of Management and Budget had failed to receive an answer on why the military assistance was being withheld.

Trump Was Aware Of Whistleblower Complaint Before He Unfroze Ukraine Aid: Report

White House lawyers told Trump he had been accused of wrongdoing several weeks before he released nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine.

Trump Denies Directing Rudy Giuliani To Conduct Ukraine Shadow Diplomacy

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Globalist Climate Candidate Michael Bloomberg and the Humanitarian Hoax of Climate Change


Michael Bloomberg became a multi-billionaire by understanding global markets. He analyzed the 2020 U.S. presidential political marketplace and concluded three things:

● None of the hysterical, radically leftist Democrat candidates can beat President Trump in 2020.

● Joe Biden’s political corruption exposed in the Ukraine is irreversible and focuses unwelcome attention on the [...]


Pays-Bas : Koeman se méfie de l'Ukraine

La sélection néerlandaise est tombée dans le groupe de l'Ukraine, de l'Autriche et d'un barragiste, à l'Euro 2020. ...

Kern’s rich Rachmaninoff a highlight in Ukraine orchestra’s mixed Kravis stand

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine has embarked on a tour […]

Vitauct / Crepuscular Entity – Vitauct / Crepuscular Entity

Basement Corner Emissions – 28th June 2019 Christopher Nosnibor For those outside Ukraine, and those who aren’t completely immersed in the most underground of underground scenes, few are probably aware of the fact there’s some seriously good noise shit emerging from Ukraine right now. And Portland, Oregon, US, too, on the strength of this release. […]

Trump Faces Two Deadlines As U.S. Congress Ramps Up Impeachment Focus


WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – U.S. faced two deadlines in Congress this week as prepared to shift the focus of their impeachment inquiry from fact-finding to the consideration of possible charges of misconduct over his dealings with Ukraine. The Democratic-led House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, tasked with considering charges known as articles of impeachment, has […]

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Akin to a Starr Report, here is a synthesized narrative of the Ukraine affair based on what we know so far.

Akin to a Starr Report, here is a synthesized narrative of the Ukraine affair based on what we know so far.

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AT LARGE: If Trump is impeached, but cleared, what then?

After 10 days and a dozen witnesses in the impeachment hearings before Congress, the truth of what President Donald Trump did was inescapable: He withheld both a meeting with the new president of Ukraine and vitally needed military aid until the president agreed to announce an investigation into the 2016 election and the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.Those charges first emerged in the so-called whistleblower’s account of a phone call between Trump and Ukraine President [...]

Irregular Channels: Unpacking the Ukraine Affair

A. Trevor Thrall, John Glaser, Jim Goldgeier

Jim Goldgeier, former dean of the School of International Service at American University and resident scholar at the Brookings Institution, joins Trevor Thrall and guest host John Glaser to discuss President Trump’s use of irregular channels of foreign policy making in Ukraine.


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British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford / Norwich, Norfolk. PhD title Calling in the wilderness: the use of Passive Acoustic Monitoring in biodiversity surveys (NEWSONUBTO20ARIES) Thetford (BTO headquarters) / Norwich (University of East Anglia)Full time or part time By 2020, the BTO will be in its second year of an exciting 5-year landscape restoration program in Belarus and Ukraine – ‘Wilderness without borders: creating one of the largest natural landscapes in Europe’. The project aims to designate new, and u...

S o T o S p e a k | Ep. 314 | Tucker Carlson is a Traitor!

Blue checkmark twitter tries to get tucker carlson fired from fox news for asking why Ukraine should be supported over Russia
“Tucker Carlson is a traitor!!!” …according to the same blue checkmark Twitter that wants to abolish our national borders and

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Radical Agenda S05E085 – Doolittle’s Return

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We had Curt Doolittle on as our guest for Radical Agenda Stage 5 Episode 15. With Ukraine in the news,

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100 States Support Norway’s Initiative to Protect Schools | Dagsavisen - Human Rights Watch

The news this week that Ukraine has become the 100th country to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration—a Norwegian initiative to make schools safer even during war—has me thinking about two schools at almost opposite ends of Europe by Bede Sheppard, deputy director in the Children's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch

Damaged school in Nikishine. Rebel fighters deployed inside the school between September 2014 and February 2015 and exchanged intense fire with Ukrainian forces. © 2015
Photo: Yulia Gorbunova/Human Rights Watch
They are united by a common fate, yet separated by more than 70 years: Oslo’s Sagene Primary School and “School Number 4” in Krasnohorivka, Ukraine.

School Number 4 sits in eastern Ukraine, in a town close to the front line dividing government-controlled territory and the parts of the country controlled by Russia-backed armed groups. I was shown around the school in November 2015 by a group of teachers who recounted how during the summer holidays of the previous year, anti-government fighters broke down the school’s front gate and camped inside for a week. After they left, Ukrainian army soldiers entered the school, and again used it as a base, this time for more than a year.

Students were barred from the school during its occupation, and most shifted to a distance learning program. The teachers showed me the staff room with the word “Crow” painted in red on the door, presumably some soldier’s nom de guerre. The teachers listed all the property that had been looted, but most striking was that the only school desks I could see were in the two classrooms where they were bolted to the floor...

I first learned about the occupation of Sagene school from a student’s drawing from 1944. It depicts a soldier with a swastika on his helmet, standing straight, rifle slung over his shoulder, in front of a barrier of barbed wire at the school gate. I found the picture in the Oslo city archives. If the governments that have joined the Safe Schools Declaration have their way, that’s exactly how the practice of using schools for military purposes should be treated: as a piece of history, ready to be buried in the archives.

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Apple Starts Showing Annexed Crimea as Russia on Apps, Ukraine Denounces Move

Apple has complied with Moscow's demands to show Crimea, annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as Russian territory on its apps, lawmakers said Wednesday.

Donald Trump wants full trial in impeachment investigation.

BBC — The president says he’ll welcome the chance to defend himself in the Senate against the allegations that he tried to coerce Ukraine into investigating his political rival Joe Biden. Also: India says more than 30,000 of its citizens have died while working in the Persian Gulf in recent years. And a woman makes a surreptitious call to the police, while pretending to order a pizza.

Prince Andrew stepping back from royal duties

BBC — The Duke of York says he is stepping back from royal duties because the Jeffrey Epstein scandal has become a "major disruption" to the Royal Family. Also: US diplomat says Trump directed Ukraine pressure, and what is the best passport to own in the world?

Viral Headlines Wrongly Report Indictment in Ukraine


Ukrainian prosecutors said they have expanded their investigation involving Mykola Zlochevsky, the owner of Burisma, a gas company in Ukraine. But no "indictment" has been announced, as false headlines circulating on social media claim.

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Online social change: easy to organize, hard to win | Zeynep Tufekci

Today, a single email can launch a worldwide movement. But as sociologist Zeynep Tufekci suggests, even though online activism is easy to grow, it often doesn't last. Why? She compares modern movements -- Gezi, Ukraine, Hong Kong -- to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and uncovers a surprising benefit of organizing protest movements the way it happened before Twitter.

Politician lashes out at Apple over Apple Maps’ Crimea alteration


Ukraine’s Minister for Foreign Affairs has lashed out at Apple over its decision to depict the disputed peninsula of Crimea as belonging to Russia — when Apple Maps is viewed by users in Russia. In a tweet, Vadym Prystaiko said that Apple should stick to “high-tech and entertainment. Global politics is not your strong side”. […]

(via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


Apple tweaks Maps app to make Crimea part of Russia


Apple has agreed to handover Crimea to Russia after talks with a miffed government over how the disputed territory is displayed on Apple Maps. Apple Maps now shows Crimea, which the Russians annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as a part of Russian territory. But the change is reflected only in the app inside Russia, the […]

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27 листопада 2019 року Навчально-методичним центром професійно-технічної освіти у Миколаївській області на базі Вищого професійного училища №21 м. Миколаєва проведено І етап Всеукраїнського конкурсу професійної майстерності «WORLDSKILLS UKRAINE» у Миколаївській області за компетенцією «Електромонтажні роботи». Участь у даному конкурсі взяв учень нашого ліцею Степанок Валентин (третій курс, група №30-е).

Protecting users from government-backed hacking and disinformation


Google's Threat Analysis Group (TAG) works to counter targeted and government-backed hacking against Google and our users. This is an area we have invested in deeply for over a decade. Our daily work involves detecting and defeating threats, and warning targeted users and customers about the world’s most sophisticated adversaries, spanning the full range of Google products including Gmail, Drive and YouTube.

In the past, we’ve posted on issues like phishing campaigns, vulnerabilities and disinformation. Going forward, we’ll share more technical details and data about the threats we detect and how we counter them to advance the broader digital security discussion.

TAG tracks more than 270 targeted or government-backed groups from more than 50 countries. These groups have many goals including intelligence collection, stealing intellectual property, targeting dissidents and activists, destructive cyber attacks, or spreading coordinated disinformation. We use the intelligence we gather to protect Google infrastructure as well as users targeted with malware or phishing.


We’ve had a long-standing policy to send users warnings if we detect that they are the subject of state-sponsored phishing attempts, and have posted periodically about these before. From July to September 2019, we sent more than 12,000 warnings to users in 149 countries that they were targeted by government-backed attackers. This is consistent (+/-10%) with the number of warnings sent in the same period of 2018 and 2017.

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Distribution of government-backed phishing targets in Q3 (Jul-Sep 2019)

Over 90 percent of these users were targeted via “credential phishing emails” similar to the example below. These are usually attempts to obtain the target’s password or other account credentials to hijack their account. We encourage high-risk users—like journalists, human rights activists, and political campaigns—to enroll in our Advanced Protection Program (APP), which utilizes hardware security keys and provides the strongest protections available against phishing and account hijackings. APP is designed specifically for the highest-risk accounts.

In the simple phishing example below, an attacker has sent a phishing email with a security alert lure from “Goolge” suggesting the user secure their account. The user clicks the link, enters their password, and may also get asked for a security code if they have two-factor authentication enabled, allowing the attacker to access their account.

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Sample lure used to phish Gmail users

Threat detection

Last week at CyberwarCon, we presented analysis about previously undisclosed campaigns from a Russia-nexus threat group called “Sandworm” (also known as “Iridium”). It’s a useful example of the type of detailed threat detection work that TAG does. Although much of Sandworm’s activity targeting Ukraine and their attacks against the 2018 Winter Olympics have been covered publicly, some campaigns have not been reported. 

In December 2017, TAG discovered a series of campaigns from Sandworm attempting to deploy Android malware. The first campaign targeted users in South Korea, where Sandworm was modifying legitimate Android applications with malware. They then uploaded these modified apps to the Play Store using their own attacker-controlled developer accounts. During this campaign, Sandworm uploaded eight different apps to the Play Store, each with fewer than 10 total installs. 

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Malicious apps targeting users in South Korea

We also identified an earlier September 2017 Android campaign from Sandworm where they used similar tactics and deployed a fake version of the email app on the Play Store. This application had approximately 1,000 total installs. We worked with our colleagues on the Google Play Protect Team to write detections for this malware family, and eliminate it.

In November 2018, we saw evidence that Sandworm shifted from using attacker-controlled accounts to try and upload malicious apps to compromising legitimate developers. Throughout November, Sandworm targeted software and mobile app developers in Ukraine via spear phishing emails with malicious attachments. In at least one case, they compromised an app developer with several published Play Store apps—one with more than 200,000 installs. 

After compromising the developer, Sandworm built a backdoor in one of the legitimate apps and attempted to publish it on the Play Store. They did this by adding their implant code into the application package, signing the package with the compromised developer’s key, and then uploading it to the Play Store. However, the Google Play Protect team caught the attempt at the time of upload. As a result, no users were infected and we were able to re-secure the developer’s account.


TAG is one part of Google and YouTube’s broader efforts to tackle coordinated influence operations that attempt to game our services. We share relevant threat information on these campaigns with law enforcement and other tech companies. Here are some examples that have been reported recently that TAG worked on:

  • TAG recently took action against Russia-affiliated influence operations targeting several nations in Africa. The operations use inauthentic news outlets to disseminate messages promoting Russian interests in Africa. We have observed the use of local accounts and people to contribute to the operation, a tactic likely intended to make the content appear more genuine. Targeted countries included the Central African Republic, Sudan, Madagascar, and South Africa, and languages used included English, French, and Arabic. Activity on Google services was limited, but we enforced across our products swiftly. We terminated the associated Google accounts and 15 YouTube channels, and we continue to monitor this space. This discovery was consistent with recent observations and actions announced by Facebook. 

  • Consistent with a recent Bellingcat report, TAG identified a campaign targeting the Indonesian provinces Papua and West Papua with messaging in opposition to the Free Papua Movement. Google terminated one advertising account and 28 YouTube channels.


TAG works closely with other technology companies—including platforms and specialized security firms—to share intelligence and best practices. We also share threat information with law enforcement. And of course there are multiple teams at Google at work on these issues with whom we coordinate. 

Going forward, our goal is to give more updates on the attacks that TAG detects and stops. Our hope is that shining more light on these actors will be helpful to the security community, deter future attacks, and lead to better awareness and protections among high-risk targets.


AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s Ukraine defense at odds with facts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s defense of his actions with Ukraine collides with the known facts and the testimony of witnesses on multiple fronts as the impeachment inquiry moves into a new phase this week. In recent days, Trump and his allies, including Rep. Doug Collins, the ... Reported by Seattle Times 4 minutes ago.

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Xi Jinping bất lực _ Đành phủ phục trước quái kiệt Donald Trump

Biết trước tiền vận không mấy sáng sủa nếu tỷ phú Donald Trump hạ gục chính trị gà nòi Hillary Clinton. Obama và Tập Cận Bình đã liên thủ công phá Donald Trump theo cách "giữ gà từ xa".

Trong chuyến công du tới Bắc Kinh lần cuối trên cương vị tổng thống, Obama và Tập Cận Bình đã diễn tuồng rất sâu để Nước Mỹ và thế giới nhìn vào họ tưởng rằng giữa Obama và Tập Cận Bình là hai thái cực. Tuồng diễn để chứng minh mình ngoại phạm đó chính là việc Tập Cận Bình cho Obama đi cửa hậu máy bay.

Đồng thời, Obama đã cho thân tín theo dõi, nghe lén Tháp Trump để tìm chứng cứ lật đổ ứng viên tổng thống Trump rồi sau đó lại dựng chuyện cho rằng Donald Trump thông đồng với Nga để thắng Hillary Clinton rồi sau đó tiến hành cuộc săn phù thủy hòng phế truất tổng thống Trump. Nay thì lại diễn trò hề cáo buộc tổng thống Trump đã mặc cả với Ukraine để điều tra Joe Biden rồi lấy đó làm lý cớ điều tra luận tội ông Trump.

Riêng về phía Tập Cận Bình, do được thừa hưởng thuyết giáo Khổng Khâu và binh pháp Tôn Tử nên những đòn tấn công mà họ Tập tung về phía ông Trump sẽ là những đòn vô chiêu và hữu chiêu phối hợp. 

Vô chiêu mà Tập Cận Bình tung về phía ông Trump đó là cách xúi Đông, khích Tây để dụ Donald Trump sa lầy mà không còn tay chân, tâm trí đâu tập trung vào Tàu cộng. Cụ thể:

1. Xúi Kim Jong Un thi gan và độ ngông với Donald Trump bằng cách Bắc Hàn liên tục thử vũ khí hạch tâm, hỏa tiễn tầm xa khi ông Trump chưa ngồi ấm chỗ ở Bạch Cung. Nếu Donald Trump bộp chộp như Bush, Obama thì thế giới đã chứng kiến một đại huyết chiến vào cuối năm 2017 khi cả hai là Donald Trump và Kim Jong Un đều đe dọa xóa sổ nhau.

2. Xúi tổng thống Poroshenko của Ukraine gia tăng xung đột với Nga ở eo biển Kerch vào tháng 11/2018 với sự vụ Nga nổ súng bắt giữ 3 tàu của Ukraine. Nếu Donald Trump bộp chộp như Obama thì sự vụ ở eo biển Kerch sẽ thổi bùng ngọn lửa chiến tranh giữa Mỹ với Nga, hai hổ đánh nhau ắt sẽ lưỡng bại câu thương;

3. Xúi Pakistan gia tăng xung đột với Ấn Độ tại Kashmir, Pakistan là đồng minh cũ của Mỹ, Ấn Độ là đồng minh mới của Mỹ trong chiến lược Ấn Độ Dương - Thái Bình Dương. Nếu ông Trump bộp chộp, thích lấy tiếng như Obama thì Mỹ hoặc sẽ binh vực Pakistan hoặc binh vực Ấn Độ, đàng nào cũng bất lợi cho Mỹ và một cuộc chiến tranh giữa Ấn Độ và Pakistan sẽ nổ ra mà Mỹ không thể đứng ngoài, lúc này Tàu cộng lại chiễm chệ tọa sơn quan hổ đấu.

4. Xúi Iran gia tăng xung đột ở eo biển Hormuz bằng việc tấn công UAV của Mỹ để tạo cớ chiến lược và sau đó lại cùng khủng bố Houthi tấn công cơ sở lọc dầu của Arab Saudi cũng chỉ để dụ Mỹ lao vào cuộc chiến tranh với Iran hòng tiêu hao sinh lực Nước Mỹ và rối rắm tay chân của ông Trump.

Nhưng trước những trò xúi Đông, khích Tây của Tàu cộng hòa điệu với sự dè bỉu của đảng Dân chủ và Fake News hùng hậu rằng Donald Trump không biết làm chính trị, Donald Trump hèn nhát, Donald Trump hoang tưởng,... thì Donald Trump vẫn kệ mẹ tụi nó, mặc bay nói ngả nói nghiêng, lòng tao vẫn vững như kiền bốn chân. Cái ông Trump cần làm là đánh cho kinh tế Tàu cộng què quặt, la lếch rồi chết queo chớ không phải đi làm ba cái chuyện bao đồng, vặt vãnh kia. 

Vậy là Donald Trump đã biến Kim Jong Un từ kẻ thù thành bạn, nhân loại đã không bị mất đi 100 triệu người vì chiến tranh Mỹ - Hàn cộng. Donald Trump cũng stop lệnh tấn công Iran vào phút 89 mặc cho Iran, Fake News, never Trump dè bỉu, lêu lêu. Cái ông Trump cần để trị Iran là kinh tế, đánh cho mày bò lếch, hết tiền thì dân của mày đại loạn, rõ chưa.

Thêm một chữ NHẪN siêu đẳng nữa của ông Trump thể hiện ở Venezuela, mặc dù ông cố vấn an ninh quốc gia John Bolton nhất mực phải xua quân lật đổ độc tài bịnh hoạn Maduro nhưng ông Trump trước say no, sau vẫn say no. Bởi vì nếu xua quân lật đổ Maduro thì sẽ vấp phải sự chống lưng của Nga, Tàu cộng và dù cho chắc chắn là Maduro sẽ bị tiêu diệt nếu Mỹ can thiệp quân sự nhưng với sự thiếu chín chắn của tổng thống lâm thời Guaido thì hậu độc tài Maduro, Venezuela chắc chắn sẽ cũng Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Venezuela sẽ chìm đắm trong phân qua, các cứ, nội chiến. Điều này thật tồi tệ cho nhân dân Venezuela và Nước Mỹ vì Nước Mỹ sẽ không tránh khỏi trách nhiệm liên đới.

Hữu chiêu mà Tập Cận Bình tung về phía ông Trump đó là cách mua chuộc ông Trump bằng việc tiếp đón và thết đãi đặc biệt trong chuyến công du tới Bắc Kinh lần đầu tiên của ông Trump vào tháng 11/2017 sau đó lừa ông Trump rằng sẽ san bằng thâm hụt thương mại qua việc ký kết các hợp đồng nguyên tắc có giá trị hơn 250 tỷ Mỹ kim. 

Nhưng Donald Trump là Donald Trump chớ không phải là Obama, vì vậy Tàu cộng không thể tiếp tục "ký thì ký mà mua hàng Mỹ thì không".

Khi lòng kiên nhẫn của Donald Trump bị thách thức, hàng loạt gói thuế quan tàn khốc đã được Donald Trump nện lên đầu Tàu cộng. Vậy nhưng "đánh chết cái nết không chừa". Tàu cộng lại liên tục tung ra những đòn thâm hiểm hơn về phía Donald Trump. Cụ thể những đòn thâm hiểm của Tàu cộng như thế nào xin phép được viết tiếp ở hồi sau.


Sẽ không còn nghi ngờ gì nữa trước những tiên đoán vững chắc của ông Peter Navarrro tại quyển sách "Death by China - Chết bởi Trung cộng" và nhận định của ông Cựu Chủ tịch hạ viện Mỹ Newt Gingriich về việc "Tàu cộng muốn thay thế Mỹ trở thành siêu cường toàn cầu - Đây là những gì chúng ta phải học" cùng nhiều học giả khác. Tất cả các tác giả này đều có chung một nhận định là "Tàu cộng sẽ không từ bỏ khát vọng bá chủ thế giới". 

Vì vậy, nếu ông Donald Trump vẫn theo lối mòn của ông Ronald Reagan là chỉ cần đánh sập nền kinh tế của Tàu cộng như Liên Sô đã bị dính đòn thì sẽ hoàn thành tâm nguyện "xổ số CNXH quái thai" là điều không thể nếu như nước Mỹ không đối đầu quân sự trực tiếp với Tàu cộng. Bởi vì giữa Liên Sô và Tàu cộng tuy giống nhau về ý thức hệ cộng sản nhưng lại khác nhau về văn hóa, đặc trưng sắc tộc.

Liên Sô là một liên bang hình thành từ 15 nước cộng hòa Sô viết là Nga, Ukraine, Gruzia, Belorussia, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Latvia, Litva, và Estonia. Trong 15 nước hợp thành Liên bang Sô viết thì có 70% là người Đông Slav, 12% là người Turk, 18% là người dân tộc khác. Nhìn chung, tuy người dân Liên Sô sống trong chế độ cộng sản cai trị nhưng văn hóa phương Tây vẫn là văn hóa chủ đạo, vì vậy việc đánh sập chế độ cộng sản ở Liên Sô thời ông Ronald Reagan sẽ không khó khăn, phức tạp như việc đánh sập chế độ cộng sản ở Tàu cộng thời ông Donald Trump.

Bởi vì, với dân số trên trên 1,405 tỉ người, trong đó người Hán chiếm tới 91,51%, tức hết 1,286 tỉ người Hán, còn lại có 8,49% là dân tộc khác, tức khoảng 119 triệu người. Nhưng trong 119 triệu người này lại do 55 dân tộc thiểu số hợp thành. Điều này hoàn toàn khác biệt với cơ cấu tỉ trọng giữa dân số và sắc tộc của Liên Sô trước đây.


Mặt khác, thuyết giáo Khổng Tử vốn đã được Hán tộc xem là hồn cốt, máu thịt. Người Hán luôn tôn sùng thuyết giáo về “Lễ Nhạc” của  Khổng Tử, ra sức bảo vệ, phát huy “Thuyết Thiên mệnh, Thuyết Huyết thống, Thuyết Tôn pháp, Thuyết Nhân trị, Thuyết  Cực quyền, Thuyết  Chuyên chế” mà Khổng Tử triệt để bảo vệ. Tức người Hán vẫn bảo vệ cái tư tưởng “Quan bản vị” của chế độ phong kiến. Người Hán hiện nay vẫn tôn thờ "truyền thống văn hóa”, “truyền thống chính trị”, “truyền thống kinh tế” của Khổng Tử. Họ vẫn sống trong toàn bộ “truyền thống” lịch sử đó vì vậy người Hán hiện nay vẫn bộc lộ bốn điều nổi bật là:

·        Về văn hóa là: Nói dối;
·        Về ngoại trị là: Bá quyền - thâu tóm - tiệt diệt ngoại bang;
·        Về nội trị là: Cấm tiệt quyền dân chủ, bình đẳng;
·        Về kinh tế là: Bóc lột - ăn cắp và lừa bịp;

Thử hỏi với một đặc thù như trên, với một tư tưởng cổ hủ "quân xử thần tử, phụ xử tử vong" của Khổng Tử thì làm sao có được cái gọi là "dân chủ - tự do - nhân văn,..." ở đất nước độc đảng gần 1,5 tỉ người này? Thời phong kiến thì người Hán nhất nhất "quân xử thần tử", thời nay thì răm rắp nghe theo đảng cộng sản bởi đảng cộng sản là ông vua tập thể, đảng nói chết là dân phải chết, dân không chết là bất trung. Vì vậy nếu ông Trump có đánh cho nền kinh tế của Tàu cộng sụp đổ, gây ra nạn đói kém, nạn thất nghiệp tràn lan nhưng vẫn chưa thắng lợi trong việc "mưu phạt tâm công", tức vẫn chưa làm sụp đổ "hình tượng Mao Trạch Đông - Tập Cận Bình - hào quang giả tạo của đảng cộng sản" thì xem ra vẫn chưa hề hấn gì.

Cuộc chiến đánh sập nền kinh tế của Tàu cộng là một cuộc chiến trường kỳ, hơn nữa nếu trong hai nhiệm kỳ tổng thống của ông Trump đã làm sụp đổ nền kinh tế của Tàu cộng nhưng chưa chắc đã làm cho đảng cộng sản của nó sụp đổ ngay sau đó như Liên Sô. Điều này chắc chắn bản thân ông Trump và các cộng sự của ông đều rõ. Vì vậy, theo suy nghĩ của cá nhân, trong nhiệm kỳ tổng thống đầu tiên của mình, ông Donald Trump sẽ dốc sức đánh cho nền kinh tế của Tàu cộng nhũn ra như bột gặp nước. Sau đó ông sẽ kích hoạt cho Tàu cộng bộc lộ rõ bản chất tiểu nhân, lưu manh, côn đồ để có cớ cho Mỹ và Đồng Minh hô quân tấn công quân sự. Trước khi hô quân tấn công quân sự trực diện vào Tàu cộng, ông Trump phải khoanh vùng, cô lập Tàu cộng, ngăn không cho nó liên quân, liên thủ với đám côn đồ khác như Nga nô, Bắc Hàn,... Đồng thời ông Trump phải hoàn tất sớm việc "đóng chặt" các van tiếp máu cho Tàu cộng như Venezuela, Iran, các nước Châu Phi, Trung Cận Đông khác,... 

Theo Tiến sĩ David Lai, hiện là giáo sư nghiên cứu về An ninh Châu Á tại Viện Nghiên cứu Chiến lược của Đại học Chiến tranh Quân đội Mỹ thì "cách tiếp cận chiến lược của Tàu cộng được phản ánh trong môn cờ vây. Cách tiếp cận của người Mỹ đối với tư duy chiến lược được phản ánh trong môn cờ vua". 

Cờ vây - Wei qi là một trò chơi gồm 2 người chơi, một người có 180 quân cờ màu trắng và một người có 181 quận cờ màu đen, bàn cờ là tấm ván có 19 hàng ngang và 19 hàng dọc. Người chơi lần lượt đặt những quân cờ của họ lên bảng một lần trên các giao điểm của các vạch kẻ. Mục tiêu của trò chơi là chiếm được nhiều lãnh thổ nhất bằng cách bao vây các khoảng trống hoặc các quân cờ của đối thủ trên bàn cờ. Người chơi có nhiều lãnh thổ nhất sau khi tất cả các quân cờ đã được chơi, hoặc sau khi cả hai người chơi vượt qua lượt của mình, đều thắng.

Wei qi nghĩa là Vi kỳ, tiếng Việt là cờ vây, tiếng Nhật igo là một trò chơi dài đòi hỏi người chơi phải tận dụng những chiến thắng ngắn hạn - nhưng không bao giờ đánh mất chiến lược dài hạn. Ngược lại, trong môn cờ vua, những quân cờ mạnh hơn những quân cờ khác được triển khai với mục tiêu bắt vua của đối thủ. Mọi động thái đều hướng đến việc bảo vệ vị vua của riêng bạn và chiếm lấy đối thủ của bạn. Theo cách này, cờ vua được tập trung hẹp.

Vì vậy, nếu ông Trump vẫn tiếp tục dùng chiến lược của môn cờ vua để đối kháng với sách lược theo môn "cờ vây" của Tàu cộng sẽ là "rất nguy hiểm" vì sẽ rơi vào tình huống "không hiểu và không nhìn thấy toàn bộ và bề rộng chiến lược của Tàu cộng". Theo tiến sĩ David Lai thì hiện nay Tàu cộng đã đặt nhiều quân cờ Wei qi lên bàn như "thiết bị Huawei 5G giá thấp giả tạo - các khoản vay của chánh phủ cho các quốc gia trong bẫy nợ Vành đai và Con đường - GIA TĂNG ĐỘC CHIẾM & XÂY DỰNG TRÁI PHÉP CÁC ĐẢO NHÂN TẠO Ở BIỂN ĐÔNG -  chuyển giao công nghệ,...". Những quân cờ Wei qi này phối hợp với nhau để theo đuổi các hoạt động mua lại lãnh thổ khác nhau, sẽ hợp tác với các loại cờ Wei qi khác mang lại sự thống trị 5G, KIỂM SOÁT BIỂN ĐÔNG và ưu thế về kinh tế.

Còn theo ông Cựu chủ tịch Hạ viện Newt Gingriich thì nỗ lực cơ sở hạ tầng trong dự án Vành đai Con đường - BRI chỉ là một phần trong "kế hoạch của Tàu cộng nhằm thay thế Mỹ trở thành siêu cường toàn cầu thống trị trong vòng ba thập kỷ tới." Ngoài BRI, Tàu cộng còn sử dụng các chiến thuật mạnh mẽ được sử dụng trong cuộc đua tới 5G, QUÂN SỰ HÓA BIỂN ĐÔNG, trộm cắp tài sản trí tuệ và các hoạt động kinh doanh phân biệt đối xử để cùng nhau phát triển ảnh hưởng kinh tế, quân sự và chính trị.

Nhưng sẽ đen đủi cho Tàu cộng và khối CNXH quái thai bởi sách lược chơi cờ vây của Tàu cộng đã bị các chuyên gia chiến lược của Mỹ đoán định, bắt bài, tay ngang như tôi cũng biết thì không lẽ những chú diều hâu sát thủ như John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, Peter Navarro, Patrick Shanahan,... Phó tổng thống Mike Pence và đại bàng chúa Donald Trump không biết. Biết hết và vì đã biết hết nên ông Trump sẽ dồn ép Tàu cộng về Biển Đông để châm ngòi cuộc chiến tranh quân sự để chia năm xẻ bảy Tàu cộng ra, xóa sạch CNXH quái thai trên bản đồ thế giới. Bởi chỉ có chiến tranh quân sự mới phá được thế cờ Wei qi trường kỳ của Tàu cộng trong khi nhiệm kỳ của tổng thống Mỹ chỉ vỏn vẹn có bốn năm thôi.

Tran Hung


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Cử tri Mỹ ngày càng không thiết tha với vụ phế truất TT Trump

Một số nghị sĩ Đảng Dân chủ đã công khai phản đối tiếp tục cuộc điều tra phế truất Tổng thống Donald Trump, một số khác thì lung lay trong khi công luận Mỹ chuyển từ ủng hộ sang phản đối khi mà Hạ viện Mỹ kết thúc 2 tuần điều trần công khai, với hàng chục giờ đồng hồ khai chứng được truyền hình trực tiếp và một kết quả chưa ngã ngũ. 


Dân biểu Brenda Lawrence thuộc Đảng Dân chủ, một người từng mạnh mẽ ủng hộ cuộc điều tra phế truất Tổng thống Trump, hôm Chủ nhật đột ngột thông báo rằng bà không còn thấy “giá trị” trong việc theo đuổi mục tiêu này và kêu gọi các thành viên khác trong Đảng chấm dứt việc này bằng một nghị quyết “khiển trách” mang tính biểu tượng.

Khảo sát công luận gần đây cho thấy Đảng Dân chủ đang mất dần sự ủng hộ đối với việc luận tội Tổng thống Trump. Một cuộc thăm dò dư luận của ba hãng NPR, PBS mà Marist tiến hành từ  11-15 tháng 11 cho kết quả 50% cử tri không ủng hộ luận tội và phế bỏ Tổng thống Trump khỏi vị trí Tổng thống Mỹ; 42% cử tri vẫn ủng hộ việc này. Đây là sự sụt giảm đáng kể nếu so với dữ liệu từ khảo sát này vào hồi đầu tháng 10, khi con số ủng hộ là 45%.

Khảo sát của Gallup vào 2 tuần đầu của tháng 11 cũng cho kết quả tương tự, 53% cử tri độc lập phản đối phế truất Tổng thống Trump, trong khi chỉ có 45% ủng hộ. Hồi tháng 10, Gallup cũng tiến hành khảo sát và kết quả là 53% người muốn phế bỏ Tổng thống Trump trong khi chỉ có 44% không muốn.

Sự đổi chiều dư luận này có thể đã khiến một số dân biểu Đảng Dân chủ lung lay, đặc biệt là khi họ phải trả lời các câu hỏi của những cử tri độc lập trong khu vực mà họ đại diện về những gì mà đảng này đã phải trì hoãn khi theo đuổi vụ điều tra phế truất Tổng thống Trump.

“Chúng ta đang quá gần cuộc bầu cử”, dân biểu Lawrence nói trên đài Radio tại bang Michigan, thừa nhận rằng có rất ít cơ hội Thượng viện do Đảng Cộng hòa kiểm soát sẽ đồng ý phế truất Trump.

“Khi ngồi ở đây và thấy đất nước chia rẽ đến mức nào, tôi không thấy giá trị trong việc loại bỏ ông ta khỏi chức vụ. Nhưng tôi thấy giá trị trong việc đưa ra một tuyên bố đánh dấu nói rằng hành vi của ông ta là không chấp nhận được. Nó vi phạm lời thề nhậm chức của một tổng thống Mỹ và chúng ta phải nói rõ rằng bạn không thể sử dụng quyền lực trên ghế tổng thống để giữ lại tài trợ để bắt một nước khác điều tra công dân Mỹ nhằm đạt lợi ích cá nhân”.

Bà Lawrence tiếp tục: “Tôi muốn ông ta bị khiển trách. Tôi muốn có hồ sơ ghi lại rằng Hạ viện đã làm đúng vai trò của mình, là nói với tổng thống hiện nay và bất cứ vị tổng thống nào sau ông ta rằng hành vi này là không chấp nhận được dưới Hiến pháp và chúng ta sẽ không cho phép điều đó. … Tôi là một thành viên Đảng Dân chủ, nhưng tôi cũng là một công dân Hoa Kỳ độc lập”. 

Theo Fox News, bà Lawrence đại diện cho một quận trung thành với Đảng Dân chủ và việc bà chuyển sang phản đối tiếp tục cuộc điều tra luận tội cho thấy các đảng viên lập trường ôn hòa tại các quận dễ thay đổi khác cũng có thể đang lung lay sau khi toàn bộ các phiên điều trần được lên lịch tại Hạ viện đã kết thúc vào tuần qua.

“Sự ủng hộ đối với vụ luận tội đang rớt như một hòn đá, xuống khoảng 20% trong một số khảo sát. Đảng Dân chủ nên trở lại làm việc và chuẩn thuận USMCA (Thỏa thuận thương mại Mỹ-Canada-Mexico), và nhiều việc nữa”, Tổng thống Trump viết trên Twitter.

Có các dấu hiệu ở khu vực Detroit, nơi bà Lawrence đại diện cho rằng Đảng Dân chủ nên cân nhắc việc kết thúc cuộc điều tra luận tội của mình. Trong bài xã luận tuần trước, trang Detroit News lưu ý rằng Hạ viện nên “khiển trách chứ không nên phế truất” Tổng thống Trump.

“Đảng Dân chủ vẫn chưa có những bằng chứng mạnh mẽ mà họ đang tìm kiếm để bào chữa cho việc phế truất Tổng thống Trump. Việc khiển trách tương đương với việc bị chỉ trích trước công luận, nhưng nó cũng công nhận rằng vi phạm của ông ấy không xứng đáng bị phế truất. Điều đó có vẻ hợp lý nếu xem xét các lời khai chưa thuyết phục từ trước tới nay“, tờ báo viết.

Trước đó, hồi đầu tháng này, một dân biểu khác của Đảng Dân chủ là Elissa Slotkin đã nói với Fox News rằng bà đang cân nhắc một cách chưa chắc chắn tất cả các bằng chứng.

“Cử tri của tôi kỳ vọng tôi ra một quyết định khách quan chứ không phải dựa vào một giờ khai chứng“, bà Slotkin nói.

Adam Schiff, Chủ tịch Ủy ban Tình báo Hạ viện, người chủ tọa các phiên điều trần công khai này, khẳng định việc ông Trump phạm tội “chắc như đinh đóng cột”, nhưng không nói ông ta có khởi động tiến trình phế truất Trump hay không. Tiếp theo, Ủy ban Tình báo có thể sẽ soạn thảo báo cáo gửi tới Ủy ban Tư pháp Hạ viện (mà Đảng Dân chủ cũng nắm giữ) để tiếp tục các cuộc điều trần mới, hoặc soạn ra cáo trạng phế truất Tổng thống. Fox News dẫn nguồn tin của mình cho hay Đảng Dân chủ có thể đã soạn cáo trạng 4 tội có thể phế truất Tổng thống Trump, bao gồm: Lạm dụng quyền lực; hối lộ; khinh thường Quốc hội và ngăn cản công lý.

Nếu Hạ viện thông qua cáo trạng phế truất, Thượng viện sẽ tổ chức một phiên tòa để xét xử vụ việc. Đây chính là lúc mà nhiều thành viên trong Đảng Dân chủ lo ngại.

Không những Đảng Cộng hòa nắm đa số ghế tại Thượng viện và chưa có nghị sĩ nào của đảng này tỏ ra đồng ý với cuộc điều tra luận tội của Đảng Dân chủ, Đảng Cộng hòa có thể dùng phiên xử này để làm mất uy tín các chính trị gia của Đảng Dân chủ. Với quyền kiểm soát việc gọi nhân chứng, Đảng Cộng hòa có thể cho công chúng thấy rõ những mờ ám trong vụ bê bối của bố con nhà Biden ở Ukraine, và chứng minh cáo buộc của chính quyền Trump rằng vụ phế truất chỉ là một vở kịch chính trị, được ấp ủ từ lâu bởi Đảng Dân chủ để bôi nhọ và tước đoạt quyền lực của một Tổng thống dân bầu.

Tuy nhiên, các nhân vật chủ chốt trong Đảng Dân chủ vẫn tỏ ra kiên quyết với cuộc điều tra. Ông Schiff tuyên bố các bằng chứng chống lại tổng thống Trump là “tràn ngập, không thể bác bỏ và đáng phê phán”. Ông này nói công tác điều tra sẽ tiếp tục sau kỳ nghỉ Giáng sinh, tuy nhiên không khẳng định sẽ tiến hành phế truất  Tổng thống Trump hay đưa ra nghị quyết khiển trách.

Nghị quyết khiển trách chỉ tương tự như một tuyên bố lên án về hành động mà không có hậu quả thực sự nào đối với vị tổng thống đương nhiệm. Nghị quyết này có thể được tổ chức bỏ phiếu thông qua ở cả Hạ viện và Thượng viện.

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Sở dĩ nhiều người Mỹ bỏ phiếu cho ông Trump và tự nguyện trở thành "kẻ cuồng Trump" như giọng điệu của lực lượng anti Trump là vì họ có niềm tin tuyệt đối vào quyết tâm xóa sổ CNXH quái thai của ông Trump.

Bởi vì kể từ sau khi cộng sản Liên Sô bị xóa sổ tới hết nhiệm kỳ của tổng thống Obama, họ chưa chứng kiến và tin tưởng vào một ứng viên tổng thống nào có quyết tâm trừng trị Tàu cộng trong chiến dịch tranh cử như ông tỷ phú Donald Trump mặc dù Tàu cộng là một trong những nơi còn sót lại thứ chủ nghĩa quái thai với những tội ác tày trời như thảm sát Thiên An Môn, đàn áp các sắc tộc, tôn giáo ở Tân Cương, Tây Tạng,... xâm lược lãnh thổ của các nước lân bang và ăn cướp công ăn việc làm của Nước Mỹ,...

Sở dĩ họ tin tưởng tuyệt đối vào quyết tâm của tổng thống Donald Trump hòng hủy diệt nền kinh tế Tàu cộng để đi đến cái đích cuối cùng là xóa sổ CNXH quái thai là vì ông Trump có đủ phẩm chất để gánh vác trọng trách này do ông Trump là một doanh nhân tài ba, đầy kinh nghiệm trên thương trường, thừa bản lãnh để hủy diệt nền kinh tế của Tàu cộng.

Tàu cộng lớn mạnh như hôm nay ngoài việc biết giấu mình chờ thời, biết giương Đông kích Tây, biết thao túng chính trị toàn cầu,... thì có một yếu tố quan trọng giúp Tàu cộng có được ngày hôm nay đó là sự dung túng, dễ dãi của các tiền nhiệm tổng thống Mỹ. Nhờ vào sự dễ dãi, dung túng của giới chức Mỹ mà con rắn Tàu cộng đã lớn mạnh thành còn rồng quái vật nguy hiểm tới mức Obama phải thốt lên "nếu Tàu cộng suy yếu sẽ là mối họa không riêng gì của toàn cầu mà còn là đại họa cho Nước Mỹ". Theo quan điểm của Obama thì Tàu cộng đã trở thành khối u ác tính trong cơ thể của Nước Mỹ buộc Nước Mỹ phải cộng sinh với Tàu cộng chớ nếu phẫu thuật cắt bỏ nó đi thì Nước Mỹ cũng sẽ giãy chết.

Trước khi tỷ phú Donald Trump xuất hiện trên chính trường Nước Mỹ thì Obama với lực lượng truyền thông Fake News hùng hậu và những lời có cánh của đảng Dân chủ đã thổi phồng anh ta lên ngôi vị tinh hoa số 1 của Nước Mỹ. Tuy nhiên, kể từ khi tỷ phú Donald Trump gác lại chuyện làm giàu cho gia đình để lao vào con đường chính trị thì hình tượng của Obama trở nên lố bịch, thậm chí còn có dấu hiệu phản bội lại Nước Mỹ vĩ đại.

Donald Trump không khó nhận ra sở trường cũng như sở đoản của Tàu cộng. Sở trường của Tàu cộng là thói bắt nạt và khả năng "nín thở qua sông" và đây cũng là sở đoản của Tàu cộng nếu biết áp dụng nguyên lý "nhu thắng cương, nhược thắng cường, cương cường cương tất thắng". Ngay từ khi ông Trump vừa nhậm chức tổng thống Mỹ, Tàu cộng đã giậtt dây cho đảng Dân chủ tìm cách phế truất ông ta qua trò săn phù thủy của Robert Muller, trước đó là việc Tàu cộng ép Kim Jong Un ra mặt thách thức, thử gan Donald Trump bằng hành động phóng hỏa tiễn liên tục khiến Nam Hàn, Nhật Bản và Nước Mỹ luôn thấp thỏm, âu lo.

Trước trò thử gan của Kim Jong Un, Donald Trump đã phủ đầu bằng việc dọa chú Ủn là "tao có chìa khóa hạch tâm to và hiện đại hơn mày gấp ngàn lần, mày lộn xộn tao nhấn nút là cả Bắc Hàn sẽ thành tro bụi", đồng thời Donald Trump đã ép Nga, Tàu cộng phải đồng thuận ký vào lệnh trừng phạt Bắc Hàn do Liên Hợp quốc đưa ra. Căn cứ vào lệnh trừng phạt của Liên Hợp quốc, Donald Trump quay qua đập thẳng mặt Tàu cộng thông qua lệnh trừng phạt ZTE, Huawei.

Phải nói Tàu cộng quá gian manh trong nghệ thuật mua chuộc lòng người, mặc dù Donald Trump tung ra những tuyên bố đanh đá nhắm vào Tàu cộng nhưng Tập Cận Bình vẫn tìm cách mò qua nhà riêng của Donald Trump và đã chiêu đãi yến tiệc theo nghi thức thượng khách để lấy lại lòng của Donald Trump cũng như cam kết sẽ mua hàng hóa của Mỹ với các hợp đồng trị giá 250 tỷ Mỹ kim. Tuy nhiên sau đó bị Donald Trump bắt bài, làm tới nên Tập Cận Bình tỏ ra cứng rắn để lên dây cót tinh thần cho đồng đội với tuyên bố "nếu người Phương Tây bị tát vào má trái họ sẽ đưa má phải còn lại ra cho đối phương tát tiếp còn người Tàu cộng sẽ đánh trả lại kẻ đã đánh mình".

Trong suốt quá trình thương chiến, Tàu cộng luôn khẳng định sẽ không chấp nhận kiểu đàm phán "dí súng vào đầu" của Donald Trump. Tàu cộng khè Mỹ rằng sẽ nếm mùi cay đắng bởi những đòn trả đũa tàn khốc của Tàu cộng. Tuy nhiên Tàu cộng đã gặp phải cao thủ Donald Trump, một người biết "mềm sẽ nắn, rắn sẽ đập cho nát luôn". Một mặt ông Trump tha thiết với Tàu cộng hãy ký vào bản thỏa thuận thương mại do ông Trump đưa ra, một mặt ông dọa sẽ nghiền nát nền kinh tế Tàu cộng như nghiền quả trứng. Hàng loạt giải pháp nghiền nát nền kinh tế Tàu cộng được ông Trump tuyên bố như sẽ kích hoạt các Đạo luật lúc khẩn cấp để biến Tàu cộng trở thành kẻ thù của Nước Mỹ. Sẽ giúp các trái chủ Mỹ đòi món nợ ngàn tỷ Mỹ kim từ thời nhà Thanh,... Nguy cơ nhứt vẫn là giải pháp đánh sập chuỗi cung ứng của Tàu cộng thông qua các Hiệp định thương mại như USMCA, Hiệp định thương mại song phương với Nhật Bổn, Ấn Độ,...

Cũng như hai kiếm sĩ luận kiếm phân cao thấp, không cần chờ tới lúc đối thủ xuất chiêu mà chỉ cần hiểu nhau qua "kiếm ý" thì đủ biết thắng bại. Tập Cận Bình đã thi triển hết khả năng để Donald Trump từ bỏ quyết tâm ép Tàu cộng nuốt nhục quy hàng, chấp nhận cái chết từ từ là ký vào bản thỏa thuận thương mại do Donald Trump soạn thảo với tất cả những điều khoản áp đặt theo hướng có lợi cho nước Mỹ nhưng mọi nỗ lực của Tập Cận Bình đều tỏ ra vô vọng. Xúi Iran gây hấn với Mỹ không xong, xúi Putin làm căng với Ukraine để Mỹ nhảy vào giúp Ukraine cũng thất bại, xúi Kim Jong Un chọc tức Donald Trump thì nhận lại kết cục là Donald Trump xô ghế đứng dậy rời khỏi Hà Nội nhưng sau đó lại tay bắt mặt mừng với Kim Jong Un ở Bàn Môn Điếm.

Chiêu bài cuối cùng của Tàu cộng là ép đảng Dân chủ phải luận tội tổng thống Trump bởi trò mèo của Nancy Pelosi và Adam Schiff và thổi phồng việc ông Trump quyết định rút quân đội khỏi Syria nhưng cũng thất bại thảm hại khi Donald Trump kết liễu trùm khủng bố ISIS là Baghdadi, và việc Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ cùng người Kurd, Nga, Assad đã thống nhất giải pháp hòa bình cho người Kurd ở miền Bắc Syria.

Bị Donald Trump đọc vị, bắt bài, Tập Cận Bình đành chọn kế 36 là "tẩu vi thượng sách". Trời đã hại Tàu cộng nhưng trời cũng giúp Tập Cận Bình thoát hiểm ngoạn mục khi có cớ để nuốt nhục quy hàng Donald Trump. Nạn dịch heo bùng phát cộng với việc Tàu cộng ngưng nhập cảng nông sản Mỹ trước đó đã đẩy Tàu cộng rơi vào khủng hoảng thịt heo. Cuộc khủng hoảng thịt heo là phép thử khả năng chịu đựng của dân Tàu cộng, qua phép thử của cuộc khủng hoảng thịt heo, Tập Cận Bình chỉ tay vào cảnh dân Tàu cộng giành giựt thịt heo như đồ chết đói lâu năm mà phán rằng "chỉ vì miếng thịt heo mà dân mình đã đối xử với nhau bất nhẫn như vậy thì làm sao ta có thể tiến hành một cuộc Vạn Lý Trường Chinh đây hả các đồng chí ?". Vậy là Tập Cận Bình có lý do chính đáng để bay qua Iowa ký thỏa thuận thương mại với lão Trump càng sớm càng tốt vì nếu chậm là tết nay hổng có tàu hũ, thịt heo để dân ăn tết và trên hết là để dân có đủ năng lượng chống lại cái rét buốt của mùa Đông.

Biết rõ Tàu cộng đã ngấm đòn khi hầu hết các địa phương của Tàu cộng đều không hoàn thành chỉ tiêu phát triển khi năm kế hoạch sắp kết thúc vào cuối tháng 11 này. Biết rõ Tàu cộng đang thiếu thịt heo, thiếu tàu hũ khi Đông sang, Xuân tới. Một lần nữa Donald Trump lại chơi xấc Tập Cận Bình khi yêu cầu Tập phải bay qua Iowa ký kết thỏa thuận thương mại. Iowa là bang chiến trường của đảng Dân chủ vì đã hai lần ủng hộ Obama vào năm 2008 và 2012 nhưng đã bị Donald Trump lật đổ Hillary Clinton vào năm 2016 khi Iowa đã tặng cho Donald Trump tới 6 phiếu Đại cử tri. Tiểu bang Iowa là thủ phủ của ngành nông nghiệp Nước Mỹ, nơi mà thời còn trai tráng Tập Cận Bình đã qua ăn nhờ ở đậu để học hỏi kinh nghiệm sản xuất nông nghiệp và cũng là nơi bị thiệt hại nặng nề do Tập Cận Bình trả đũa thuế quan. Lôi Tập Cận Bình qua Iowa ký thỏa thuận thương mại để mua tới 50 tỷ Mỹ kim nông sản Mỹ, một con số lớn gấp hai năm thời Obama làm tổng thống Mỹ thì đâu phải là trò đùa. Đây là nghệ thuật "công tâm" tuyệt đỉnh công phu của quái kiệt Donald Trump.

Việc triệu hồi Tập Cận Bình qua Iowa để ký thỏa thuận thương mại với Mỹ là một thắng lợi to lớn về vật chất lẫn tinh thần cho cá nhân tổng thống Donald Trump và cho Nước Mỹ. Nhưng nó cũng là một thất bại cay đắng cho Tàu cộng, bởi vì Tàu cộng luôn thị uy các tiểu quốc lân bang, các chính khách gan thỏ bằng lối ứng xử kẻ cả, chúa tôi. Bằng chứng là Tập Cận Bình đã cho Obama đi cửa hậu máy bay và giở trò cho sĩ quan giựt vali hạch tâm trong chuyến công du của tổng thống Donald Trump tới Bắc Kinh vào tháng 11/2017 nhưng đã bị đặc vụ của Mật vụ Mỹ (U.S. Secret Service) quật ngã sấp mặt. Nhưng khi Tập Cận Bình phải nhượng bộ Donald Trump khi phải bay qua Iowa ký thỏa thuận thương mại thì cái uy dũng giả tạo của Tàu cộng bấy lâu nay đã trở thành lố bịch, hèn kém.

Có thể cộng sản Ba Đình cho là bình thường nhưng với dạng khí khái như Nga, Iran, Bắc Hàn thì hành động Tập Cận Bình qua Iowa ký thỏa thuận thương mại là một nổi nhục nhã ê chề và sự phản bội khủng khiếp đối với họ. Hành động lần này của Tập Cận Bình đã lột tả hết bản chất "miệng hùm gan sứa" của Tàu cộng. Nếu trước đây đám cuồng cộng sỉ vả, chửi rủa ông Gorbachev khi cho rằng chính thái độ mềm yếu của ông Gorbachev với quyết định rút quân đội khỏi Afghanistan và tuyên bố không can thiệp quân sự vào Đông Đức, Đông Âu, các nước trong Liên bang Sô viết khi phong trào ly khai trỗi dậy thì nay thái độ của Tập Cận Bình phủ phục trước uy vũ của Donald Trump còn tệ hại hơn tỷ lần ông Gorbachev.

Tóm lại, KÝ THỎA THUẬN THƯƠNG MẠI VỚI MỸ, MỘT QUYẾT ĐỊNH ĐAU ĐỚN CỦA TÀU CỘNG LÀM RÚNG ĐỘNG KHỐI CNXH QUÁI THAI tuy nhiên Tập Cận Bình không còn sự lựa chọn nào khác hơn khi nền kinh tế của Tàu cộng đang ngập ngụa trong gam màu tối. 

Ký thỏa thuận thương mại với Mỹ là chỉ dấu rõ ràng của sự suy vong nơi Tàu cộng. Lẽ dĩ nhiên với những kẻ thức thời như Putin, Kim Jong Un, Assad, tổng thống Iran,... sẽ quyết định rất nhanh trong mối quan hệ với Tàu cộng và Mỹ theo lý trí "phò thịnh không phò suy". Chỉ có những con chó trung thành với Tàu cộng như đám cộng sản Ba Đình, chột mắt Hun Sen, thần kinh Duterte mới trung thành phò suy ôm mông Tàu cộng để chết nhục với nỗi nhục ngàn năm.

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In the news

With an election on the horizon, a coalition of 29 women and human rights organisation has published a manifesto for women and girls. Their stated goals are to “end violence against women and girls”; “secure women’s equal representation in politics”; “promote equality in the workplace and in the home”; “invest in public services”; and “lift women and children out of poverty”. To achieve these goals, they propose measures including a new ‘Violence Against Women and Girls’ bill to lay before Parliament; funding for high-quality sex and relationships education; improvements to the criminal justice system regarding allegations of rape and sexual assault; equal pay; increased maternity pay and maternity allowances; an end to pregnancy discrimination; and a strengthening of the law on sexual harassment at work, creating a duty on employers to prevent harassment from occurring. The manifesto is available here.

The backlash against internet intermediaries and ‘surveillance capitalism’ continues this week. Amnesty International have released a report entitled ‘Surveillance Giants’, which analyses in detail the human rights threats posed by Facebook, Google, and other technology corporations. The report is available here. Meanwhile, in the courts, Singh LJ granted Ed Bridges permission to appeal the facial recognition judicial review which he lost in September, noting that Mr Bridges’ appeal had a reasonable prospect of success.

Parents in Oxford have won the right for a secular alternative to traditional religious worship in schools, in a legal battle funded by Humanists UK against the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust, the Guardian reports. The parents say that other schools will follow suit, while the Oxford trust insists this was a pragmatic decision to avoid excessive costs. The Department of Education has emphasised that this was only a settlement between the parents and the school, and has no implications for the law more widely.

Finally, in the midst of the various parties’ passionate electoral pledges about the NHS, a report was leaked this week detailing catastrophic failings at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust. The findings have been described as ‘the largest known maternity scandal in the UK, by far’, stretching over 40 years. It appears that the trust was guilty of countless avoidable deaths, as well as long-term failures in respect of informed consent for mothers, a lack of transparency and communication with bereaved families, and a lack of kindness and respect to parents and families. The report was obtained by the Independent, and is discussed in detail here.

In the courts

This week saw two important human rights decisions. These concerned assisted suicide and the life sentence regime for foreign prisoners:
Newby, R (on the application of) v The Secretary of State for Justice: Philippe Newby, a longtime sufferer from motor neurone disease, wants to end his life. He applied for a declaration of incompatibility under s.4 HRA 1998 in respect of the law on assisted suicide in s.2(1) Suicide Act 1961. He argued that it was incompatible with Articles 2 and 8 ECHR; a blanket ban was disproportionate. In rejecting the application, the court reiterated the position reached in Nicklinson, Conway, and T that it is ‘institutionally inappropriate’ for the court to rule on a matter such this. In light of the ECtHR’s approval of UK law in Pretty v UK (2002) and Nicklinson v UK (2015), it is for Parliament to change the law on assisted suicide. As Irwin LJ and May J explained, “there is no consensus to be gleaned from evidence…the private views of judges on such moral and political questions are irrelevant, and spring from no identifiable legal principle.” Considering Parliament’s rejection of any change to the law, in the form of the Assisted Dying (No. 2) Bill 2015, the court was bound to refuse Mr Newby’s application.
Akbar, R (on the application of) v The Secretary of State for Justice: this case related to the sentencing and parole regime for life sentence prisoners subject to deportation orders in respect of which they are ‘appeal rights exhausted’ (ARE). For ordinary life sentence prisoners, the SSJ has the power to move them from higher to lower security condition prisons, until they eventually reach ‘open conditions’. However, this power was abolished by the SSJ in respect of ARE prisoners in 2014, in the form of the new rule 7(1A) of the Prison Rules 1999. The claimant, an ARE prisoner, challenged this change to the law on the grounds that (i) it violated Article 14 ECHR, being discriminatory in respect of Articles 5 and 8, and (ii) it was irrational. The court rejected his claim on both grounds. Rule 7(1A) had a legitimate aim, was rationally connected to that aim, and could not be achieved by a less intrusive measure. A different rule would deprioritise domestic prisoners, and lead to an increased risk of ARE prisoners absconding. As such, the rule was rational, and did not violate Article 14.

There were also appeals relating to deportation of foreign criminals and deprivation of citizenship:
Secretary of State for the Home Department v KF (Nigeria): a deportation order in respect of KF, a Nigerian citizen convicted of burglary and robbery, had been overturned by the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal on the basis of s.117C(5) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act and Rule 399 of the Immigration Rules. KF had children based in the UK, and the lower courts considered this amounted to a ‘genuine and subsisting relationship’ in respect of which it would be unduly harsh to deport KF to Nigeria. The High Court overruled the lower courts. In so doing, the court echoed the very recent case of SSHD v PG (Jamaica), stressing that the harshness required under s.117C(5) must be beyond what would necessarily be involved for the children of a foreign criminal – i.e. mere deprivation of shared parental support would not be enough. However strict it might seem, the will of Parliament must be respected, per Hickinbottom LJ in PG.
CI (Nigeria) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department: CI is a Nigerian national, who was seriously abused by his mother, and taken into care at 15. He had committed a series of thefts and robberies, and was diagnosed with a serious ‘depressive disorder’ with ‘some post-traumatic traits’. The Upper Tribunal had upheld the Secretary of State’s deportation order. The High Court overruled this decision. In so doing, the court considered the criteria for ‘Exception 1’ under s.117C(4) of the NIAA 2002. Although CI probably had not on balance been lawfully resident for ‘most of his life’, the court noted that he had been ‘socially and culturally integrated’, on the basis that his social and cultural identity was formed almost entirely in the UK, and he had maintained some academic success and romantic and family relationships; and that there were ‘very significant obstacles to reintegration’ in Nigeria, as he would be too psychiatrically unwell to access mental health care in Nigeria. Accordingly, the UT could reasonably have decided that there were very compelling circumstances such as to outweigh the public interest in deporting CI, under s.117C(6). The case was therefore remitted to the UT for a re-hearing.
The Secretary of State for the Home Department v E3 & Anor: The Secretary of State (SS) appealed a decision by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) to overrule her orders depriving two individuals of citizenship under s.40(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981. Both individuals were Bangladeshi citizens who had turned to Islamic extremism. The court was asked to consider whether the SS had been precluded from making the orders, on the basis that she was making the two stateless (under s.40(4)). The crucial piece of evidence for the SS was a ‘note verbale’ received from the Bangladeshi Ministry of Defence regarding the practice of Bangladeshi law, which appeared to indicate the two might not become stateless. In overruling SIAC’s decision, the court noted that SIAC had had a confused and inconsistent approach to the burden of proof, confusing the legal and evidential burdens. It was for the Secretary of State to prove that she was ‘satisfied’ that the individuals would not become stateless, and the burden then shifted to those individuals to prove otherwise. Further, SIAC had ‘mischaracterised’ the note verbale as ‘extra-official’, and it should have been given greater weight. The case was remitted to a differently constituted SIAC to be re-decided.

In the ECtHR
Razvozzhayev v Russia and Ukraine and Ukraine and Udaltsov v Russia : this case related to protests in Moscow in 2012, led by the supporters of opposition leaders Boris Nemtsov and Alexei Navalny, and actions taken against the applicants in the aftermath, including house arrest, abduction from asylum in Ukraine, and transfer to a penal colony in Krasnoyarsk. The court found an array of violations of Articles 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, and Article 1 Protocol 1 in respect of these actions by Russia and Ukraine.
Nejdet Atalay v Turkey: a Turkish citizen was involved in a demonstration at a funeral for four members of the PKK (Workers’ Party of Kurdistan), a terrorist organisation. As a result, he was sentenced to ten months’ imprisonment under the Turkish criminal code. The court held that this was a violation of his rights to freedom of expression under Article 10 ECHR, and was neither proportionate nor necessary in a democratic society.
Yurtdas and Soylemez v Turkey: two Turkish citizens were given a suspended sentence of two years imprisonment for chanting pro-Kurdish slogans. The court held that this was a violation of their rights to freedom of expression under Article 10 ECHR, and was neither proportionate nor necessary in a democratic society.
Obote v Russia: a small group of people held a flash mob in front of a government office in Moscow, sticking blank sheets of paper to their mouth with sticky tape. When asked to disperse, the applicant asked the police why; he was then escorted to the police station, and subsequently convicted of an administrative offence under the Russian Public Events Act. The court held that this was disproportionate, given the quasi-criminal nature of the sanction, when the group had done nothing capable of causing disorder or disruption to ordinary life. There had therefore been a violation of the right to peaceful assembly under Article 11.
TK and SR v Russia: this case considered in detail the human rights implications of extraditing ethnic Uzbeks to Kyrgyzstan for violent crimes. After a review of the reports and research available on the human rights situation in Kyrgyzstan, the court concluded that Uzbeks no longer constitute a vulnerable group such as to face risks of persecution solely based on ethnic origin in Kyrgyzstan. There was therefore no violation of the right against inhumane or degrading treatment under Article 3 in extraditing the applicants.
Znakovas v Lithuania: a police officer used an electroshock weapon against a domestic violence suspect who was unarmed and handcuffed; there was no subsequent investigation into his conduct. The court held that this constituted a violation of the right against inhumane or degrading treatment under Article 3 in both its substantive and procedural limbs.
KO and VM v Norway: the applicants were parents with a history of post-traumatic stress disorder and attention deficit disorder and psychiatric ill-health and drug abuse respectively. A number of anonymous notifications of concern were sent to child welfare services, resulting in an intervention which led to restrictions on contact between parents and daughter to a maximum of four visits a year. The court found that this was a violation of the right to family life under Article 8, because such infrequent contact amounted to child welfare services implicitly giving up the aim of reunification at a very early stage, without full justification of why this was considered appropriate.

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Megan McArdle column: How can Republicans defend Trump? Because of the Clintons.

Of all the desperate defenses that Republicans were forced to try as the impeachment hearings wore on, the strangest was that President Donald Trump was just doing his job fighting corruption in Ukraine. Even his supporters have to concede that Trump's interest in corruption began -- and ended -- with one Ukrainian company.After all, if Trump cared about family members using their connections to the presidency for personal enrichment, he'd have been investigating son-in-law Jared [...]

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Trump did indeed act on the quid pro quo. Where have you been? He did not "think" a quid pro quo. The White House "transcript" of the phone call with the president of Ukraine admits and proves Trump did indeed tell Zelinsky he needed a "favor, though" in response to Zelinsky telling Trump how important and necessary were the defense arms. Attempted bribery isn't a "thought", it is crime and a quid pro quo, whether or not it is carried out... you, like attempted murder is a crime, or attempted robbery. (Attempted rape is also a crime, but it is not punishable if you are a white male with connections.) Attempt to bribe a foreign government is an impeachable offense-- according to our Constitution. And there is enough corroborating evidence tht this is exactly what your guy did from actual honorable people, (not Guiliani, not Trump) who prove the quid pro quo and were witness to it. And then of course there is the cover-up of the crime, the obstruction of justice. The only reason the money for Ukraine was released, after being fully approved, was because after Trump withheld it in his attempt at bribery, the WH was informed that there was a whistle blower on this impeachable crime. The WH knew there was solid evidence of a quid pro quo, so the money was released to Ukraine. Duh, nice try, Andrew. Making up garbage about "thought" of a crime should be beneath people who support a corrupt liar, but apparently nothing that is abhorrent and disgusting, illegal, immoral, and wrong about the corrupt "chosen one" is unacceptable. And as long as you're off-topic about chickens in Moscow, no need to leave the Vineyard to get scammed for a lousy, overpriced chicken. From Aquinnah, you have to go 10 miles, one way, to the nearest grocer to pay too much for a chicken, while being told (fooled into believing) you're getting a deal at 20% off the price (a price that was raised by 25% on an already expensive bird). And, you only get that "deal" if you agree to tell the owner and all his employees your source of income and hope it's okay with him! Makes Moscow chickens look downright appealing. Viva capitalism, viva captive markets.

Moscow Theater Targeted by Law Enforcement Authorities


Theater Doc on the first night of the “Bolotnaya Case” production about politically motivated prosecutions of protesters, Moscow 2015

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This month, police in Moscow launched an audit of Theater Doc, an independent theater in Moscow known for productions focusing on pressing societal issues in contemporary Russia. Authorities say they are looking for signs of promotion of terrorism, drugs, and “gay-propaganda” in three Theater Doc productions. 

One production, Coming Out, is about the challenges gay people in Russia face. Another, War is Near, tells a complex story of the war in Eastern Ukraine, government propaganda, and the case of Oleg Sentsov, Crimean filmmaker who spent five years behind bars in Russia on bogus terrorism charges. The third, Rave 228, deals with the stigmatization of drug-users in Russian society, fabrication of criminal cases against them, and brutal treatment methods. The productions were advertised with an 18+ age marker. The head of Theater Doc, Alexander Rodionov, who was interviewed by police this week, and his lawyer, told me authorities asked questions about the contents of the productions and demanded to see the scripts. 

According to media reports, the audit stems from a complaint by an MP who leads the Committee on Culture of the Russian State Duma and is a conservative theater critic. Rodionov said he’s “particularly wounded” that “the denunciation [was] made by a person of the theater.” Apparently in response to his online remarks and outraged comments by other theater personalities and aficionados, the MP wrote on Facebook that she “never filed any statements or requests to audit the theater with either the police or the prosecutor’s office” but the Committee on Culture received “an appeal from concerned citizens” and “sent [it] to “competent agencies for their consideration.”  

Russian authorities increasingly crackdown on artistic expression, in many cases supposedly in response to complaints by members of the public. They ban theater productionsfilms, and exhibits they deem out of line with so called traditional values and patriotic sentiment. They interfere with performances of rappers and other musicians popular with younger audiences, supposedly with the aim of protecting children from promotion of suicide, narcotics, and propaganda of “non-traditional sexual relations.” Their acquiescence, enables radical thugs to violently disrupt film screenings and art and photography shows.

Faced with governmental interference in its work, Theater Doc needs international support and solidarity. Russia should end its attacks on artistic freedom. 





Ukraine’s Maidan Victims Still Await Justice


A man lays flowers to the memorial of dead Maidan activists during the anniversary in Kyiv

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A lawyer who represents families of activists killed during Maidan protests in Kyiv in the winter of 2013 to 2014 has gone on a hunger strike. Evgeniya Zakrevskaya is protesting what many Ukrainian activists fear may be a collapse of investigations into Maidan-related abuses.

Six years ago, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Kyiv and other cities across Ukraine following the government’s unexpected decision, announced on November 21, 2013, to suspend plans to enter into a political and trade deal with the European Union that would have advanced Ukraine’s integration into the EU.

Marches and rallies continued peacefully until, on the night of November 30, riot police violently dispersed peaceful protesters in Kyiv’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) using excessive force. After that, tens of thousands of people joined the protests. In January and February, violent clashes between protesters and law enforcement in Kyiv killed more than 120 people, including over 100 protesters, and injured hundreds.

Justice for the abuses, including the killing of protesters, have remained elusive and marred by constant procedural delays.

As of last week, all ongoing cases into those crimes were effectively suspended when most Maidan-related investigations were passed from the Prosecutor General’s Office to another body, the State Bureau of Investigations. This transfer of pretrial investigations was part of a broader overhaul of the prosecutor’s office, which retains its oversight function.

In their appeal to senior government officials, activists and lawyers representing Maidan victims expressed concerns about this development because no specific unit within the bureau has been tasked with dealing with the Maidan investigations. The removal of investigators who have for years worked on the colossal volume of evidence in these cases would mean a great loss of continuity, knowledge, and understanding. Activists have warned of the cases’ “imminent collapse.”

Ukrainian authorities should take steps to ensure that the investigations continue and none of the work already done on Maidan-related cases is lost. The government should establish procedures to allow investigators who had been working on these cases to stay involved.

Families of victims of Maidan-related crimes should not have to wait this long for justice only to have it jeopardized by bureaucracy.


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Delfi: Литовская полька Ивона Пузино - профессиональный боец армии Литвы

Глядя со стороны на Ивону, сложно предположить, что эта хрупкая девушка служит в армии не первый год. Более того, из разряда добровольцев она уже перешагнула на следующую ступень - профессиональной службы. Что будет дальше, Ивона загадывать пока не спешит и открыто рассказывает о своем выборе, разнице между службой и гражданкой, своем отношении к мужчинам, не испытавшим свои силы в армии.

История Добровольческих сил армии постсоветской Литвы берет свое начало с 1991 года. Именно тогда после попытки Советского Союза силой свергнуть законную власть Верховный Совет Литвы принял соответствующий закон. Однако по мере укрепления независимости молодой республики необходимость в мобилизации населения для защиты территории стала уменьшаться, и в 2008 году в стране был отменен военный призыв, а в Добровольческие силы в основном шли любители "милитари", оружия и искатели новых ощущений.

С новыми геополитическими вызовами страна столкнулась после 2014 года, когда Россией был аннексирован Крым. В 2015 году Литва, опасаясь непредсказуемых действий соседней России, возвращает призыв на срочную военную службу и начинает популяризацию армии и Добровольческих сил при ней. Результаты не заставили себя долго ждать - за считанные годы увеличилось количество молодых людей, которые пошли служить как в регулярную армию, так и в добровольцы. Так, по крайней мере, считает героиня нашей статьи Ивона Пузино. Она уже полгода как является профессиональным военным, но начинала свой путь 3 года назад с Добровольческих сил армии Литвы.

Ивона Пузино родилась в Вильнюсе. Родные и друзья живут в Литве. Девушку из польской семьи отправили в литовскую школу в Вильнюсском районе, где она и закончила 12 классов. Ивона росла с двумя братьями. Воспитывал детей отец. Этим фактом она объясняет свою тягу к профессиям, еще совсем недавно считавшимися совсем не женскими.

"После школы я хотела пойти учиться на пограничника, но опоздала с поступлением. Потом подумала, что пойду в полицию, но туда меня не приняли, потому что я не имела 9 месяцев стажа водительских прав", - вспоминает Ивона. В такой ситуации деваться школьной выпускнице было некуда и она поступает на кондитера, однако с самых первых месяцев понимает, что это всё не её. Тем не менее, девушка закончила учебу и получила соответствующий диплом.

"Хотела посмотреть своими глазами на службу изнутри"

На этом девушка решила не останавливаться и планировала освоить еще одну профессию. Однако в этот момент происходит судьбоносное обстоятельство, оказавшее большое влияние на всю ее последующую жизнь до сегодняшних дней - как и в случае с поступлением на пограничника, она не успела вовремя подать документы. Это во многом и стало причиной того, что в 2016 году Ивона записалась в Добровольческие силы.

"В то время, когда я пошла служить в добровольческие войска, я не успела поступить на другую профессию. А во второе место, куда я пробовала поступить, меня не приняли из-за определенных нюансов. Тогда я подруге предложила пойти в добровольческие войска - испытать свои силы, посмотреть своими глазами, как все происходит, и что они там делают. Ну мы записались и прошли трехнедельный подготовительный курс. Ну, а вернувшись домой, мы поняли, что как-то нас зацепило, мы остались и начали служить. В результате это все так затянулось, что я уже более трех лет служу в военной части", - говорит она.

На выбор Ивоны, связанный с военным поприщем, также повлияла знакомая, на тот момент уже состоявшая в добровольцах.

Девушки в армии Литвы

"Она на тот момент уже служила. Мы как-то с ней пообщались, я посмотрела видеоролики в интернете и мне показалось все это немного надуманным и приукрашенным. Поэтому я решила своими глазами посмотреть, действительно ли все так происходит", - рассказывает девушка в беседе с журналистом DELFI.

Сейчас Ивона вспоминает, что поначалу было нелегко, неоднократно возникали мысли том, что она вообще тут делает, может, все это не для неё и нужно все бросить. Адаптационный период длился около полугода.

"Когда мы проходили первичный трехнедельный курс, было очень много теории. Затем мы на несколько дней вышли в лес. Выполняли там задания и там же ночевали. Причем не в палатке, а под деревьями. На улице было минус 10, выпал снег. В общем было так тяжело, и инструктора нас "мучили" с той целью, чтобы мы могли понять, как все будет происходить, если это будет настоящая война. Ну и порой я сидела и думала про себя: ну что я тут делаю? зачем я это выбрала для себя? зачем я сюда пришла?". Когда закончился этот подготовительный курс, я приехала домой и поняла, что все же это было классно. Правда, на следующих учениях в Пабраде, Рукле и других местах у меня вновь возникли сомнения: холодно, дождь льет, простуда. Но по приезде домой мнение снова меняется", - говорит она.

По словам Ивоны, гендерный и национальный вопросы в общении с сослуживцами, выстраивании взаимоотношений не имеет никакого значения: "Не было никаких недопониманий. Там не особо и важно, поляк ты или литовец. Все принимали тебя таким человеком, какой ты есть".

"Отец гордился моим выбором, а друзья относились по-разному"

Однако на первом этапе не все друзья одобрили такой необычный выбор. Тем не менее, они старались не высказывать своего отношения и со временем пришли к выводу, что это дело самой Ивоны, и если ей это по душей, то пусть так оно и будет.

"Друзья, с одной стороны, меня поддержали, а с другой - им это не совсем по душе. Они говорили, что этой мой выбор, мне с этим жить, но если мне это нравится, то они за меня будут только рады", - описывает она ситуацию.

Реакция отца, напротив, была абсолютно противоположной. Ивона не скрывает, что он был очень горд и радовался сделанным выбором: "Отец не очень удивился, потому что он знал, что я росла в семье с двумя братьями, и я не из той серии, чтобы пироги печь или еще что-то. Он был рад, что я выбрала такую профессию, и говорил об этом всем своим друзьям и родным. Хотя, у нас в семье я единственная, кто служит".

Несмотря на разную реакцию, именно друзья и родные Ивоны остаются для нее самыми дорогими в этой жизни. Ведь именно с ними она старается проводить то немногое свободное время, которое у нее есть. Они помогают ей расслабиться и восстановить силы после изнурительных учений и тренировок, проходящих и в снег и в зной.

"Всегда после учений у меня бывает один свободный день. Я стараюсь встретиться с друзьями, с родными. Ну когда с родными встречаюсь, сидим беседуем за столом и чай пьем, рассказываем друг другу как провели свое время в выходные, чем занимались с момента последней нашей встречи. А с друзьями гуляем по городу, болтаем, можем пойти посидеть в какое-нибудь кафе, иногда ходим в кино. Как-то так проводим время", - рассказала Ивона.

"После зимних учений мои лучшие друзья - кровать и горячий чай"

Многие люди, чья деятельность связана с физическими нагрузками, например, военные и спортсмены, вырабатывают для себя индивидуальную методику восстановления сил после тяжелых и порой утомительных учений и тренировок. Кто-то пьет витамины, кто-то делает это с помощью бани и массажа, другим помогает смена обстановки, просмотр фильмов и так далее. У Ивоны нет какой-то своей специальной методики. Набраться сил ей помогают и встречи с друзьями, и прогулки, и путешествия, и просмотр фильмов вкупе с чтением книг, и другие прелести гражданской жизни. При этом в зимний период "лучшими друзьями" после учений являются теплая постель и горячий чай, не скрывая улыбки, говорит она.

В жизни Ивоны примерно поровну людей из гражданской и военной сферы. При этом сама она за воротами части заметно отличается по характеру.

"В гражданской жизни ты смотришь на все по-другому. А там у тебя появляется больше ответственности. Да, бывает такое, что один надоедает, второй надоедает, ты сидишь злая, у тебя что-то не получается, еще кто-то сбоку что-то скажет не то. В гражданской жизни мой характер помягче. А на службе я более строгая, и многие мне говорят: ну как же твой муж с тобой будет жить?. Но служба есть служба, а гражданская жизнь есть гражданская жизнь", - подытоживает она.

Литовская армия: дамы прекрасно чувствуют себя в мужском коллективе

Развлечения и забавы "на гражданке"

Служба в армии - это образ жизни, но свободное время хоть и немного, но есть. "Несмотря на то, что я военная, фильмы я смотрю разные - комедии, про любовь, конечно же, про войну (Вторую мировую), много российских фильмов смотрю. А книги… В последнее время читаю две книги и обе - на военную тематику, про события в Украине в 2014 году. Одна из них называется "Ilovaisko dienoraštis" (Иловайский дневник - DELFI), вторая - "Karių atsiminimai"(Воспоминания военных - DELFI). Эти книги основаны на реальных событиях. Вот сейчас начала читать третью книгу на эту же тему. Она называется "Karo dienoraštis" (Дневник войны - DELFI). Ну и вообще я в целом люблю книги, основанные на документальных подтверждениях, даже если они не про войну", - говорит Ивона.

В ее play-листе также есть место и для российских исполнителей. Сама Ивона говорит, что это скорее всего общая тенденция в среде молодежи: "Ну я все-таки еще молодежь, поэтому слушаю в основном то, что и они. Много слушаю русской музыки, также литовскую. Если говорить об исполнителях, то это Егор Крид, Дима Билан, RASA, DAVA, ну и прочие современные молодежные группы".

Ночная клубная жизнь Вильнюса также не проходит мимо нашей собеседницы. Хотя она отдает предпочтение домашнему спокойному отдыху, но все же изредка с подругами может сходить и в клуб потанцевать, и в бар чего-нибудь выпить.

"Мы - молодые, все время надо чем-то увлекаться, куда-то ходить. Тут нечего скрывать. Да, мы иногда с подругами идем в клуб, в бары. Но это у меня бывает 1 раз в 4 месяца/в полгода. Ну максимум 2 раза за этот промежуток, не более. Я больше люблю быть дома, посидеть где-то с друзьями и выпить кофе, погулять, чем каждые выходные в клубе тусить", - рассказывает девушка.

На мое предположение, что возможно это связано со службой, отнимающей много сил, она не соглашается, говоря, что не настолько уж и сильно устает.

Из добровольцев в профессиональные военные

Три года назад, когда Ивона только вступала в ряды добровольцев, она не могла предположить, что свяжет свою жизнь с военной профессиональной карьерой. Однако около полугода назад она перешла на новый для себя уровень - стала профессиональным военным. И опять же, это решение, как и предыдущее о записи в Добровольческие силы, было принято под влиянием совокупности факторов, часть из которых были случайными.

"Когда я отслужила ровно три года в добровольческих войсках, я работала с сфере логистики. Как раз тогда компания объявила о банкротстве, и мне нужно было искать другую работу. В один из тех дней я находилась на службе как доброволец, и ко мне подошел один человек из армии, который предложил пойти работать к ним и дал неделю на раздумье. Поразмыслив, я решила, что надо попробовать, так как все равно необходимо искать новую работу. Ну и я прошла комиссию и сдала все документы", - вспоминает Ивона.

Ивона Пузино
Ивона Пузино

Теперь Ивона не сомневается, что, скорее всего, с этой сферой будут связаны ее ближайшие годы, и поговорка о солдате, который мечтает стать генералом, для нее не пустой звук, но до офицерского звания еще долгий путь.

"Я уже связала себя с армией. Полгода состою на профессиональной службе. Я обычно всегда говорю, что не могу сказать даже, что будет завтра или послезавтра, и не знаю, что может случиться через месяц. Но на данный момент я говорю, что да, я готова и думаю связать свою жизнь с военной службой. Что касается офицерства, я, может, и хотела бы когда-нибудь дослужиться, но для этого нужно иметь высшее образование. Хотя, никогда не поздно его получить и еще все впереди", - рассуждает она.

О сегодняшней Литовской армии девушка сказала, что в ней заметны положительные изменения. Например, почти полностью удалось избавиться от "дедовщины".

"Нет, такого сейчас нет. Я, конечно, не знаю, что происходит в частях, где служат призывники. Я там не служила и не могу ответить за них. Но у нас точно нет такого. Никто никого не заставляет. Да, если есть какие-то учения или что-то нужно делать внутри части, то тут уже действует обычная система иерархии воинских званий, но не более того", - говорит Ивона.

Возможно, это является одной из причин, почему служба становится более популярной. По крайней мере, такую тенденцию, находясь внутри армии, наблюдает Ивона.

"И на призывную службу, и к нам в добровольцы приходит очень много людей. К нам (в добровольцы - DELFI) в основном идет молодежь 18-20 лет, чтобы получить освобождение от призывной службы. Потому что им не нравится на девять месяцев быть отлученными от семьи и от дома. Но есть и другая категория людей - те, кто осознанно идет на девять месяцев службы. В последнее время туда стало идти также очень много людей. Одна из последних тенденций - увеличивающееся количество девушек, которые идут служить. В общем и туда, и к нам идет большое количество людей как из города, так и из села", - говорит она.

Ивона хоть и не имеет ничего против не служивших в армии мужчин, тем не менее посоветовала бы всем проверить себя и испытать свои силы в армии. По мнению девушки, это очень многих "отрезвляет", заставляет по-другому смотреть на мир и гораздо больше ценить те мелочи, которые мы обычно не замечаем в повседневной жизни.

"Да, я бы посоветовала молодому поколению идти служить. Когда ты находишься на службе, твоя семья находится где-то далеко, и ты начинаешь ценить то, что имеешь. Это во-первых. Во-вторых, я думаю, что многие должны испытать, что значит служить в военной части, чтобы понять, чем отличаются служба и гражданская жизнь. В-третьих, многие, посмотрев видеоролики и фотографии, думают, как и я раньше, что на самом деле там занимаются не тем. Очень многие люди говорят неправду про службу, но при этом ни разу не побывав там. Я думаю, они должны сами идти и прослужить хотя бы эти девять месяцев срочной службы, чтобы увидеть все своими глазами", - убеждена она.

Прошло пятнадцать лет с момента вступления Литвы в ряды НАТО. По этому случаю мы решили рассказать о русских и поляках в рядах вооруженных сил Литвы. Что русские и поляки думают о военной службе, как к ним относятся сослуживцы, на что они готовы для защиты родной страны - смотрите в нашем эксклюзивном материале.


Голос Америки: Украина и Донбасс: два подхода к мирному процессу


В преддверии саммита «Нормандской четверки» население Донбасса подвергается массированной анти-украинской пропаганде

ДОНБАСС. - 9 декабря в Париже должна состояться встреча в «Нормандском формате» –много раз откладывавшийся саммит лидеров Украины, России, Франции и Германии по мирному урегулированию войны на Донбассе.

О встрече «Нормандской четверки» украинское руководство говорит с августа, в конце октября Украина провела в самом большом городе подконтрольной части Донбасса – полумиллионном Мариуполе, – Международный инвестиционный форум с прицелом на будущее восстановление оккупированных территорий, который назывался «RETHINK: Invest in Ukraine». Переосмыслить ситуацию пытались на второй, гуманитарной части форума – она называлась «Единство». Там же было продемонстрировано лицо этого будущего процесса объединения Донбасса и Украины – на форуме впервые выступил новый советник главы РНБО Украины, известный участник еще советского телевизионного развлекательного шоу КВН дончанин Сергей Сивохо. Популярный в Донецке комик Сивохо ранее выступал в поддержку бывшего президента Украины Виктора Януковича, сотрудничал с «Партией регионов» и точно не имеет друзей в украинской армии и связанных с ней добровольческих структурах. Зато он имеет родственников на неподконтрольных Украине территориях и в недавнем интервью призвал всех попросить прощения друг у друга и у мирных жителей Донецка в связи с тем, что происходило в ходе конфликта.

Одновременно правительство Украины с 20 ноября резко упростила правила пересечения линии соприкосновения для детей и подростков, а также провоз личных вещей – убрала из инструкции для пограничников понятие «ручная кладь». Правительство Украины собирается максимально либерализовать режим пересечения блокпостов на Донбассе, облегчить получение украинских пенсий пожилым людям на неподконтрольных территориях, и заявило о планах выделения более 400 миллионов гривен (16 млн долларов) на создание уже в следующем году отдельного телеканала, который будет вещать на русском и украинском языках на «временно оккупированные территории».

Корреспондент Русской службы “Голоса Америки” изучил на месте как реагируют на приближение даты саммита “Нормандской четверки” и наметившееся гуманитарное наступление Украины на тех самых «временно оккупированных территориях» – в самопровозглашенной «ДНР».

«Находимся на передовой «Русского мира»

Если в Киеве и Мариуполе к появлению комика Сергея Сивохо на гуманитарном фронте войны на Донбассе патриотически настроенные граждане относятся с нескрываемой настороженностью, то власти «ДНР» его просто ненавидят, а любую новую гуманитарную инициативу украинской власти принимают как диверсионную гибридную операцию, действенного противоядия которой пока не найдено.

С первых дней появления «ДНР» этим формированием руководили работники сферы политического маркетинга – первый присланный из Москвы в Донецк премьер-министр Александр Бородай был отнюдь не экономистом или военным. И первое, что появилось в «ДНР» свое (задолго до собственного банка, работающего пенсионного фонда и упорядоченных вооруженных формирований) – сувенирные киоски с отлично выполненным полным комплектом брелоков, магнитов, флажков и прочих ярких памятных символов цветов флага так называемой «Донецкой народной республики».

Кроме того, на каждый украинский государственный праздник идеологический блок самопровозглашенной республики старался ответить каким-то ярким шоу в Донецке. Каждую четвертую субботу ноября в украинский День памяти жертв голодоморов, например, устраивались показательные продовольственные ярмарки на центральных площадях городов. В субботу, 23 ноября 2019 года эту «традицию» скорректировали – все пять кинотеатров «республики» работали бесплатно в рамках дня показа патриотического кино. Кроме советских военных фильмов было современное кино – документальный фильм «Русский реактор», режиссёром которого объявлен лидер байкерского клуба «Ночные волки» Александр Залдостанов (Хирург). «Хирург» и Денис Пушилин посетили премьеру фильма в «ДНР», из чего здесь сделали знаковое идеологическое мероприятие.

«Сейчас настал тот этап, когда вновь собираются русские земли. А мы – я не скрывал и не скрываю этого – ощущаем себя русскими. Мы русские и есть. И это все – Русский мир! Поэтому для нас это близко, понятно. И мы испытываем радость от того, что этот этап созидания начался и мы в нем принимаем самое активное участие, потому что находимся на передовой Русского мира» – распространили слова «главы ДНР» Дениса Пушилина все местные СМИ. Примерно те же слова Пушилин повторял на прошлой неделе в Москве на специальной встрече с журналистами.

Рефрен «мы русские, мы будем в России» – главный сейчас в идеологической программе самопровозглашенных республик. Участившиеся в последнее время появления президента Украины на линии соприкосновения, успешный развод войск под Петровским и Золотым – для местных официальных СМИ показатель «агрессии Украины». В качестве резонанса от посещения Владимира Зеленского поселка Золотое разбирается только нашивка на рукаве его куртки военного образца – там была накануне подаренная президенту Украины эмблема 72 отдельной механизированной бригады ВСУ имени Черных Запорожцев. В «ДНР» населения пытаются разъяснить, что на плече украинского президента якобы была эмблема дивизии СС «Галичина» или, по крайней мере, часть этой эмблемы.

Документ для отдельного «народа Донбасса»

Особым образом отрабатывается «внутренний материал» самопровозглашенных республик – две недели назад в местных СМИ было обнародовано якобы официальное письмо украинского РНБО (Совет национальной безопасности и обороны - укр. аббревиатура) на имя президента, премьер-министра и главы СБУ о «депортации народа Донбасса». Согласно документу, нелояльное Украине население неподконтрольных частей Луганской и Донецкой области должно быть якобы переселено в Россию и центральные и западные области Украины. При этом при переселении в Россию будет платиться компенсация и браться подписка о «невозвращении в течении 50-ти лет», выселение в сторону Украины очевидно должно происходить бесплатно и без подписки. Документ датирован 29 октября – то есть, по задумке людей его «нашедших», готовился он одновременно с украинским «Форумом единства» в Мариуполе и изготовлен на бланке РНБО с адресом на улице имени красного командарма Каменева. После принятия в Украине закона о декоммунизации такой улицы в Киеве нет, с 2015 года проспект, где стоит здание СНБО, носит имя Петра Болбочана (военный деятель УНР, командовавший дивизией, которая в апреле 1918 года взяла Симферополь).

Возможно поэтому этот «документ», который, судя по всему, является фальшивкой спецслужб, остался незамеченным как в России, так и в Украине. Тем не менее, он интенсивно «отрабатывается» в «ЛДНР» – информационные поводы для этого системно создаются каждый день уже две недели подряд.

Так, отдельные заявления выпустили главы «ДНР» и «ЛНР», специально выступали МВД каждой самопровозглашенной республики, депутаты народного совета, по поводу фальшивки проводятся «аналитические передачи» на местных телеканалах.

Пока, все происходящее в «ДНР» говорит скорее о том, что Парижский саммит в «Нормандском формате» прорыва в мирном процессе не принесет. Или, по крайней мере, такого прорыва уж точно не ждут в Донецке.


Proxify is hiring an UX/UI designer in Ukraine



White House will not take part in impeachment hearing, says Donald Trump’s attorney - Hindustan Times

  1. White House will not take part in impeachment hearing, says Donald Trump’s attorney  Hindustan Times
  2. Donald Trump faces two impeachment deadlines as inquiry shifts focus  Times of India
  3. 'Unsure of Fair Process': White House to Skip Judiciary Committee Hearing in Trump Impeachment Probe  News18
  4. Trump won't lose his job – but the impeachment inquiry is still essential  The Guardian
  5. Trump faces two impeachment deadlines as inquiry shifts focus from fact-finding to Ukraine dealings  The Hindu
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Welcome to the global realm of wedding on the market.


Welcome to the global realm of wedding on the market. right Here come the mail-order brides: as much as 15,000 women can be going into the U.S. off their nations by means of worldwide dating agencies, based on quotes. KIEV, Ukraine—I push on the buzzer beside the sign up the shabby building and am told […]

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A Little Help – A.F. Branco Cartoon


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Dems and the media complain Trump didn’t do enough for Ukraine though he sent Weapons but said nothing when Obama sent only blankets. Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019. See more Branco toons HERE

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Trump allies, from Tucker Carlson to Sen. Kennedy, keep inadvertently defending Russia


Trump allies, from Tucker Carlson to Sen. Kennedy, keep inadvertently defending RussiaFrom Sen. Kennedy to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, a pattern has emerged over Republican statements on Russia and Ukraine.


S novoj pensyej y den'hamy: čeho ždat' ukrayncam v dekabre


S 1 dekabrya vstupajut v sylu ryad zakonodatel'nыx novovvedenyj v razlyčnыx sferax žyzny ukrayncev. Važnejšye yzmenenyja ožydajut v socyal'noj sfere y эkonomyke.

Peresčytajut mynymal'nuju pensyju

S 1 dekabrya povыsyat mynymal'nuju pensyju. Ona sostavyt 1638 hrn. K эtomu vremeny vыplačyvaly 1564 hrn. Maksymal'nuju pensyju povыsyat do 16 380 hrn. Vыplatы peresčytajut yz-za rosta prožytočnoho mynymuma.

Vыplatы s 1 dekabrya ne perečyslyat postradavšym ot Černobыl'skoj katastrofы y rabotajuščym pensyoneram. Polučyt' bol'še smohut posle osvoboždenyja.

Detyam vojnы prybavyat 66,13 hrn. Kto žyvet v hornыx rajonax razmer pensyy povыsyat na 20 procentov. Ukrayncы, podverhšyxsya polytyčeskym repressyjam y reabylytyrovannыm vыplatyat na 54 hrn bol'še.

Vozrastet prožytočnыj mynymum

Prožytočnыj mynymum na odnoho čeloveka sostavyt - 2027 hryven. Эtot razmer budet dejstvovat' do 1 yjulya 2020 hoda. Sootvetstvenno vozrastet ne tol'ko pensyja, no y summa oplatы truda, kotoruju yndeksyrujut. Takže uvelyčat maksymal'nыj razmer posobyja po bezrabotyce. On budet sostavlyat' 8408 hrn. Vozrastet mynymal'nыj razmer alymentov dlya detej do 6 let na 40 hrn y budet sostavlyat' 889,5 hryven, a dlya detej ot 6 do 18 let - 1109 hrn.

Vodytel'skye prava v smartfone

V seredyne dekabrya v mobyl'nom pryloženyy "Dejstvye" vvedut dve usluhy "cyfrovыe vodytel'skye prava" y "texpasport avtomobylya". Ukrayncы smohut proveryt' real'nost' dokumentov druh druha. Vposledstvyy v pryloženyy pojavyatsya druhye dokumentы: studenčeskyj bylet, nalohovыj nomer y pasport. Эto proyzojdet v sledujuščem hodu.

"Faktyčesky, vodytely budut so svoeho smartfona pokazыvat' dokumentы patrul'noj polycyy, polycejskye s pomošč'ju QR-koda na pravax proveryat v reestre, čto mašyna prynadležyt vodytelyu y u neho est' prava", - obъjasnyaet pervыj zamestytel' hlavы Mynysterstva cyfrovoj transformacyy Aleksej Vyskub.

ČYTAJTE TAKŽE: Bumažnoj byurokratyy konec. Propyska, prava, svydetel'stva y druhye dokumentы perenesut v smartfon

Čtobы vыexat' za hranycu nužno ymet' oryhynal'nыe vodytel'skye prava. Patrul'nыm po vsej Ukrayne možno yx predjavlyat' čerez smartfon.

Pojavyatsya novыe den'hy

S 20 dekabrya pojavyatsya obnovlennыe banknotы nomynalom 50 hrn. Kupyurы ymejut usoveršenstvovannuju systemu zaščytы y poxožy po dyzajnu na banknotы nomynalamy 20, 100, 500 y 1000 hrn. Takže v oborot zapustyat novuju monetu nomynalom 5 hryven.

"Specyal'no yzыmat' bumažnыe banknotы ne budem. Prosto prekratym pečat' y perestanem ymy popolnyat' denežnыj oborot. Novыe monetы budut dejstvovat' parallel'no s bumažnыmy hryvnamy staroho obrazca do tex por, poka kupyurы samy ne vыjdut yz oborota, - hovoryt dyrektor departamenta denežnoho obraščenyja NBU Vyktor Zajvenko. - Monetы mohut služyt' do 20 let, a bumažnыe v srednem okolo hoda. Эto pomožet sэkonomyt' do 1 mlrd hrn na yx pečat'.

Yzmenyly hrafyk na kontrol'nыx punktax vъezda y vыezda na lynyy razghranyčenyja na Donbasse

S 1 dekabrya vse kontrol'nыe punktы vъezda y vыezda na lynyy razghranyčenyja v Donbasse perejdut na zymnyj hrafyk rabotы. Voennыe budut propuskat' lyudej y transportnыe sredstva ežednevno s 8 časov utra do 17 večera. Čtobы ne voznykalo skoplenyja lyudej, prosyat planyrovat' poezdky. Osen'ju lynyju razghranyčenyja peresekly bolee 3,2 mln čelovek y 389 tыs. mašyn.

Stroytel'stvo mnohoэtažnыx domov bez radyotoček

S dekabrya razrešyly stroyt' doma bez radyotočky v každoj kvartyre. Эtu ustarevšuju sovetskuju normu ysklyučyly yz hosudarstvennыx stroytel'nыx norm. Teper' yx budut montyrovat' v odnoj komnate dežurnoho personala-konsyerža y texnolohyčeskyx služb.

- Po starыm normam radyotočky predusmatryvalys' v každoj komnate y na kuxne. Vryad ly yx sejčas yspol'zujut. U vsex est' Ynternet. Poэtomu эto necelesoobrazno, - soobščyl zamestytel' Mynystra rehyonal'noho razvytyja, stroytel'stva y žylyščno-kommunal'noho xozyajstva Ukraynы Lev Parcxaladze, 48 let.

Testyrujut 5G

V Ukrayne kompanyja-proyzvodytel' telekommunykacyonnoho oborudovanyja yz Švecyy y operator lifecell protestyrujut 5G.

Эksperyment planyrujut realyzovat' v šesty horodax - Kyeve, Odesse, Dnepre, Xar'kove, Čerkassax y L'vove.

Nackomyssyja po rehulyrovanyju svyazy y ynformacyy uže sohlasovala merы bezopasnosty dlya yspыtanyj ynterneta pyatoho pokolenyja, čtobы yzbežat' ryska dlya zdorov'ja lyudej y žyvotnыx. Testyrovanye budet provodyt'sya do 31 maja 2020 hoda.

ČYTAJTE TAKŽE: Pervыj mesyac zymы budet teplыj

Vыborы v OTH

V 96 obъedynennыx terrytoryal'nыx obščynax v dekabre projdut pervыe mestnыe vыborы. Ešče 23 OTH ožydajut rešenyja Centryzbyrkoma o naznačenyy na yx terrytoryy pervыx mestnыx vыborov. 43 OTH obrazovalys' s centramy v horodax oblastnoho značenyja. Vseho v Ukrayne uže sozdano 1002 OTH. 24 rajona v Ukraynu polnost'ju pokrыtы OTH.

Poezda v Evropu

S 15 dekabrya poezd №89 L'vov-Peremыšl' budet kursyrovat' ežednevno. K эtomu vremeny exal po voskresen'jam y v nekotorыe dopolnytel'nыe dny. Эto budet udobno tem, kto xočet peresest' na nočnoj poezd v Berlyn. Vremya peresadky sostavyt 1 č. 9 myn. V obratnom napravlenyy poezd s nemeckoj stolyce vыezžat' v 18:43 y prybыvat' v Peremыšl' v 8:38, a poezd vo L'vov budet otpravlyat'sya yz pol'skoho horoda v 10.18. To est' vremya peresadky sostavyt 1 čas 40 mynut.

S 10 dekabrya načnet kursyrovat' novыj poezd po maršrutu Kyev-L'vov-Budapešt-Vena. Vseho poezdka Kyev-Vena zajmet 22 časa. Yz Kyeva poezd budet otpravlyat'sya v 14:07.

ČYTAJTE TAKŽE: V Krakov za 3,5 časa: Ukrzalyznыcya sobyraetsya stroyt' evrokoleju

Ustanavlyvajut novohodnye elky

Po vsem horodam stranы ustanovyat novohodnyuju elku. Hlavnuju elku Ukraynы tradycyonno razmestyat na Sofyjskoj ploščady Kyeva, montyrovat' ee načnut 5 dekabrya a otkrojut - na Den' svyatoho Nykolaja 19 dekabrya. Zaveršyt' rabotы dolžnы 12 dekabrya.

"Na эtot raz ona očen' složnaja, poэtomu prydetsya rabotat' v try yly četыre smenы. Vыsota - 30 metrov. Stoymost' yhrušek y yllyumynacyj - 2 myllyona 700 tыsyač hryven. Temoj prazdnyčnыx meropryjatyj pomymo tradycyonnoj ukraynskoj budet skazka Ščelkunčyk. V эtom hodu u nas dve tematyky - Opošnya, Poltavskaja yhruška. Vtoraja tema - evropejskaja, klassyčeskaja, ystoryja o Ščelkunčyke", - skazal osnovatel' proekta Folk Ukraine Yhor' Dobruckyj.

Elku soberut yz vetok sosnы y pyxtы, kotorыe pryvezut yz Vynnyckoj y Žytomyrskoj oblasty, rubyt' bol'šoe derevo ne budut. Yhrušek budet okolo tыsyačy.

Vыxodnыe v dekabre

V dekabre budet 21 rabočyj den'. Vыxodnыm budet Roždestvo 25 dekabrya, 30 y 31. Dny nužno budet otrabotat' 21 y 28 dekabrya, postanovylo pravytel'stvo. Novohodnye kanykulы prodlyatsya s 29 dekabrya po 1 janvarya.

Prezydent Vladymyr Zelenskyj podpysal zakon ob yzmenenyjax v ustavы Vooružennыx syl y ryada zakonov, rehulyrujuščyx poryadok vыpolnenyja voynskoho dolha hraždanamy.

Otmenyajutsya voynskye zvanyja "praporščyk, staršyj praporščyk" (myčman, staršyj myčman) y vvodyatsya novыe zvanyja "rekrut", "štab-seržant" (štab-staršyna), "master-seržant" y "hlavnыj master-seržant" (korabel'nыe - " staršyj master-staršyna "," hlavnыj master-staršyna").


November 27, 2019 - PBS NewsHour full episode

Wednesday on the NewsHour, another set of revelations in the inquiry into President Trump's Ukraine dealings. Plus: How Americans across the country feel about impeachment, shipping speed vs. employee safety at Amazon warehouses, how food growers are striving to reduce wasted product, rising sea levels threaten a small Alaskan town and actress Adrienne C. Moore on her life's characters.

Apple's Maps and Weather apps now show Crimea as Russian territory


Russia occupied and annexed Crimea in 2014, but most nations still recognize it as part of Ukraine. Now, the peninsula is listed as Russian territory, though only when searched for with the apps within Russia. In other countries, Crimea is not shown as part of any country.

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They’ve Been Sucking Big Money From Ukraine For Years Now – But It’s Never Been Reported, Hmm.


Second Schiff Staffer Linked To ‘Think Tank,’ Burisma, and Whistlblower


Although it probably won’t come as a surprise, a second staffer for Adam Schiff has been linked to the leftist think tank that partners with Burisma Holdings, the Ukraine company that is at the center of Joe Biden’s extortion scandal. Breitbart News reported: Sean Misko has been described as “close friends” with Eric Ciaramella, whom... View Article

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Liberal Group’s Attack On Giuliani Backfires Big Time! Biden Ukraine Corruption Released


In a huge development, a liberal group’s attempted attack on Rudy Giuliani has backfired and blown up in their faces. A Freedom of Information Act request resulted in the State Department releasing detailed accusations concerning the Biden’s corruption. Zero Hedge reported: Responding to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from the group American Oversight, the... View Article

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Finally! Senate Demands Records Of DNC’s “Sabotage” Of Trump’s Campaign In 2016


The Obama administration, according to previous reports, actually gave the Ukraine a list of people not to investigate during the 2016 presidential race. The American people also know that Obama’s Ukrainian ambassador monitored all journalists in the country… and there’s all that stuff with the Biden’s and Burisma. But, one aspect of the democrat election... View Article

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Hill Explains Russian Interference, Says Ukraine Betting On Clinton Win


Fiona Hill testified before the House impeachment committee yesterday and explained that while the Russian election interference was intended to simply sow discord between the parties and make one candidate appear illegitimate, the Ukraine was desperately trying to curry favor with Clinton, expecting her to win the election. So… the so-called Russian meddling in the... View Article

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Do you really think the current crop is smarter than JFK or FDR?

It was good enough for FDR.  It was good enough for JFK.

  1. Seeing this shook me. I was 5 yrs old when JFK gave this speech. 57 years later, we're still fighting for . Dem establishment is telling us we're "too far left" & warning us about purity tests for our candidates. is the only candidate willing to fight for it.

But Joe Biden, Tiny Pete and so many others just know better, right?

Does anyone really think Joe and Tiny Pete are smarter than FDR?  Or JFK?

They're not.  They're just money grubbers who will deny We The People what we need so that corporations will toss more money at them.

Be for Bernie.  Be for Elizabeth.  Or Dario Hunter or Howie Hawkins.  But don't support any piece of trash who tells you we can't have Medicare For All.

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Monday, November 25, 2019.  Protests continue in Iraq amid rumors of a coup while, in the US, Joe Biden's campaign continues to struggle.

Starting in the United States where the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination continues.  Nate Poole (MAINE CAMPUS) observes:

The fifth installment of the Democratic debate series took place on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Atlanta, and Joe Biden was recorded on stage with his foot more firmly secured in his mouth than Americans have yet seen this election cycle. As disheartening as it is to admit it, image is vital in politics, and Biden appears to be hell-bent on constructing himself as befuddled and out of touch with his own party. The most recent debate seemed to make one thing very clear; Biden is not sharp enough to compete on the debate stage. The fact of the matter is that the former vice president may simply be too old to keep up. 
Throughout the majority of the previous debates, Biden has been the preferred target of nearly all the other candidates as he has been leading in many polls since launching his campaign. One might think that two previous runs at the presidency in 1988 and 2008, along with decades of experience in politics, might have prepared Biden for these attacks, but unfortunately, his greatest challenge on the debate stage is himself. Biden’s first major stumble occurred when he was discussing how to prevent sexual assault and violence against women from happening on college campuses by repeating “we’re gonna keep punching at it,” resulting in audible scoffs from the audience. 

Joe was the press favorite.  They excused him, they ignored and minimized his mistakes.  They thought they could carry him over the finish line.  That was then.  Carl Golden (THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT) notes how Joe's abilities are being questioned:

The establishment nervousness is two-fold:
• Despite his lead, Biden is in danger of losing the nomination to either Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts or Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, both of whom share far left fringe positions which will doom their chances of defeating President Donald Trump.
• Even if Biden secures the nomination, his campaign has been marked by gaffes and stumbles, raising serious doubts about his ability to compete with Trump. Lurking in the background is the alleged conflict of interest posed by his son’s accepting a $50,000 per month position on the board of directors of Burisma, a Ukraine energy company, while his father served in the White House.

Life's a lot harder for Joe these days.  Steve Ahlquist (UPRISE RI) reports:

As former Vice President and current Presidential candidate Joe Biden left his car in the pouring rain to enter the East Side Providence home of Sally Lapides and Arthur Solomon for an exclusive fundraiser, he was approached by climate activist Michael Kearney. At first Biden seemed to welcome Kearney, but when Kearney, a 22 year old Providence resident, brought up the subject of climate change, Biden brushed him off.
“Why are you putting the fossil fuel industry over us?” yelled Kearney, as Biden left reporters and protesters alike outside in the rain. “You said you wouldn’t take Super PAC money and now you take Super PAC money!”
“I’m really scared for my family who’re in California and suffering the worst effects of wild fires,” said Kearney to reporters. “Every day I am afraid for their lives and their homes. I’m scared for those of us in Rhode Island, because we’re facing the worsening effects of more severe weather events.

Last week, Joe Biden told an immigration activist Carlos Rojas to vote for Donald Trump.  Eric Blanc interviews Carlos for JACOBIN:

People across the country have been sharing the video of your action last night. Can you explain why you decided to challenge Joe Biden?
There’s a presidential election unfolding right now where immigration has received a lot of attention.
And the immigration crisis is felt deeply by many people, not only immigrants. We’ve seen record numbers of allies mobilize to express their outrage about children in cages, family separation, and deaths at the border. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets when Trump declared his “zero tolerance” policy.
But sometimes it feels like the American public thinks Trump started this crisis. So we wanted to take this opportunity to remind voters that even under the Obama administration — with Biden as VP — we had a daily immigration crisis, with an average of over a thousand deportations every single day, 3 million in total.
And yesterday was not first time Biden has been asked about this. It’s really concerning to me that Biden continues to embrace Obama as someone who was supposedly a friend of immigrants. I’m terrified when I hear presidential candidates talk only about rolling back Trump’s policies. Just going back to the Obama status quo is completely unacceptable; it would be a betrayal of the immigrant community.

One of the things Silvia Morreno told Biden was that, given Obama’s broken promises, “it is hard for me to trust you.” Can you speak more about this distrust?

Yes, as I mentioned last night, I had been a volunteer for Obama in 2008. I remember hearing Obama sit down with Jorge Ramos from Univision and promise to legalize the undocumented. And I bought into that — it gave me hope. I believed. A lot of people did.
You know, Obama in 2008, and 2012, depended on immigrant voters — Latino, Asian, African — to win. We carried him to victory in states like Florida, Wisconsin, and Michigan. And one of the reasons we did that is because he promised to pass immigration reform.
But the rest is history; Obama didn’t meet his promises. Not only did he never prioritize immigration, he ended up deporting 3 million of the same people he had promised to help.
We’ve been down this road before. We’re used to presidential candidates adopting positive rhetoric on immigration only when it’s convenient for them. We’ve experienced broken promises leading to family separations. That’s why we’re really focused on this demand that all presidential candidates pledge on day one of taking office to pass a moratorium on deportations through executive order.
Given the magnitude of the crisis, this is the minimum. The mistrust is deep; many immigrants right now are skeptical that either party could be a vehicle for change. Clearly Trump is terrible and he has scapegoated us, but the Obama legacy is still strong. It was not long ago; immigrants remember what happened. So supporting an immediate moratorium on deportations is a critical litmus test — it will take that level of commitment to even begin to restore trust.
We know that Congress is the only body that can pass full legalization, but it would leave candidates off the hook if we only called for a pathway to citizenship. We can’t rely only on Congress. Presidents have executive power to protect immigrants — and they need to use it.

Joe Biden is a nightmare who voted for the Iraq War.  The destruction in Iraq continues.  Brian Bienkowski (ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH NEWS) reports:

Iraqi children living near a U.S. army base have elevated levels of dangerous metals in their bodies and are more likely to suffer from birth defects, according to a new study.
These disorders at birth can be severe and debilitating — including deformed limbs, congenital heart defects, and brain defects such as spina bifida.
The study, though small, adds to growing evidence that toxics from war — dispensed bombs, bullets, detonation of chemical and conventional weapons, and burn-pit emissions—pollute the environment and local people long after the battles are over, leaving a toxic legacy from U.S. occupation.
"The past decade of war in the Middle East evinces that overwhelming amounts of toxic metals have been injected into the Iraqi environment through thousands of bombings and millions of expended bullets," the authors wrote in the study published today in Environmental Pollution.
The researchers went to Bint Al-Huda Maternal and Child Teaching Hospital in the Nasiriyah region of Iraq and examined 19 children lived near a U.S. Army Base— Tallil Air Base—and 10 children who lived away from the base, comparing the kids' contaminant levels and health problems. The U.S. targeted Nasiriyah both in the early 1990s and 2003, and, according to the Department of Defense, open air burn pits have been used at Tallil Air Base starting in 2003.
"The U.S. maintains stockpiles of radioactive material at bases, and also stockpiles ammunition that has these things in it," lead author, Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, an independent environmental toxicologist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, told EHN.
They found that the most severe birth defects and the highest levels of thorium—a radioactive byproduct of depleted uranium—were found in children living closest to the United States' Tallil Air Base.

Meanwhile, the protests continue.

A total of 11 protesters have been killed and 289 others injured from Nov. 21 to 24 in the protests in Iraq

Talia Kaplan (FOX NEWS) reports:

At least 13 anti-government protesters were killed Sunday by Iraqi security forces in one of the “worst” days of violence in the country's south amid widespread ongoing demonstrations against corruption, officials said.
Since the anti-government protests broke out in early October, at least 342 people have been killed and thousands more wounded in Baghdad and various southern provinces.
Demonstrators have taken to the streets by the tens of thousands over what they’ve called widespread corruption, a lack of job opportunities and poor basic services, despite the country’s oil wealth.

  1.      Велика подяка спеціалізованій школі № 23 м. Мелітополь за теплу зустріч із креативною, розумною та вiдкритою людиною - Natalia Kidalova, яка цього року перемогла у Global Teacher Prize Ukraine та стала найкращим вчителем України-2019. Зустріч організована Зоєю Мовчан - головою профспілки працівників освіти м. Пологи


White House Says President Trump Won't Participate In Wednesday Impeachment Hearing

The inquiry into Trump's dealing with Ukraine is moving from fact-gathering to considerations of law. House Republicans are knocking the process as rushed, unfair and guided by anti-Trump fervor.

NBU vs Kolomoisky heats up but investors undeterred

The National Bank of Ukraine has accused Ihor Kolomoisky, former owner of Privatbank, of orchestrating a sustained campaign of violence and intimidation in an attempt to put pressure on the central bank, but international investors remain largely unfazed.

Sondland denies allegations of sexual misconduct, retaliation


Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the EU, denied Wednesday multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and workplace retaliation that were reported earlier in the day by ProPublica and Oregon's Portland Monthly. Three women alleged that Sondland made unwanted sexual advances toward them in business settings. One alleged that Sondland exposed himself to her, and all three said he retaliated against them professionally after they rejected his advances. The incidents allegedly took place over a seven-year period when Sondland was a hotel owner and philanthropist. In a statement Wednesday, Sondland called the allegations "untrue" and "concocted," and claimed they were "coordinated for political purposes." Sondland has become a key figure in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, and testified last week that Trump had explicitly sought "quid pro quo" in his dealings with Ukraine.

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Giuliani was in talks to be paid by Ukraine prosecutor as they sought info on Democrats: report


President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani negotiated earlier this year to represent Ukraine's top prosecutor for at least $200,000 during the same month Giuliani was working with the prosecutor to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Citing people familiar with the discussions, the Post said Giuliani started negotiations with Yuri Lutsenko about a possible agreement in February. The Post said there's no indication that Giuliani was ultimately paid by Lutsenko or other Ukrainian officials. An attorney for Giuliani declined to comment on the negotiations, the Post said.

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Trump knew about whistleblower complaint when he freed Ukraine aid: report


President Donald Trump knew about the whistleblower complaint against him when he finally released $391 million in security aid to Ukraine, the New York Times reported late Tuesday. Citing two sources familiar with the matter, the Times reported that Trump had been briefed in August about the whistleblower's letter regarding his dealings with Ukraine; Trump stopped blocking the congressionally approved aid package in early September, and around the same time told Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland that there was "no quid pro quo." Trump was also facing pressure from Congress to release the aid. The report could help clarify the timeline of Trump's actions, including what he knew, and when.

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"How Dare You!" Greta Thunberg, Fiona Hill, Joe Biden, and the Politics of Authoritarianism


Chairman Schiff's impeachment inquiry is just one more example of "How Dare You!" politics. In this case: How dare you investigate allegations of corruption by VP Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine!

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Giuliani says his life is in danger for investigations into Biden & Clinton corruption in Ukraine



Hat Russland den Donbass okkupiert? Was die Donezker dazu sagen (Video)

Preview Der Konflikt um die abtrünnige Region in der Ostukraine – die selbsternannten Donbass-Volksrepubliken – ist seit fünf Jahren festgefahren: Die Ukraine erkennt die örtlichen Behörden nicht an und bezichtigt Russland der "Okkupation", was auch in Deutschland oft verbreitet wird.

Emily Bloom & Alya "Long Live Ukraine"

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The City of Norfolk continues to chase the idea of having a casino on the riverfront. But, since approving a land sale to the Pamunkey Indian Tribe, a group of citizens hasn't given up their fight to petition and overturn that decision. "People felt like this was just happening to them. They were not a part of the process," said Jackie Glass, one of the petitioners with the group "Citizens for an Informed Norfolk". Together, the group has gathered more than 3,000 signatures to block the deal. Based on a city charter, they only needed 1,200. "There are people who really want to see this happen. There are people who really don't want to see this happen. But the one thing that they have in common is that they want more information so the abundance of signatures is indicative of people wanting to know more," said Glass.


stories of national interest

Beaufort County (South Carolina) government, which had insisted The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette pay $655 for a public records request, agreed Friday to provide the records to the newspapers for free — halting a dispute between the newspaper and the county over the high cost of public information. County Administrator Ashley Jacobs, who released the documents, said she will waive fees for all public information requests from the media as long as the requests are not “burdensome to staff.” On Nov. 9, the newspaper wrote about the county’s ambiguous prices and exorbitant fees related to Freedom of Information Act requests. The paper cited examples in which the county charged residents hundreds, and in one case thousands, of dollars to access public records. The county was charging the paper hundreds of dollars for information that, according to its website, should have been online and available for free.
The Island Packet

A federal judge on Monday ordered two federal agencies to hand over records to a news organization regarding the Trump administration's withholding of military aid to Ukraine, a focal point in the presidential impeachment inquiry. Under the ruling, the Department of Defense and the Office of Management and Budget are bound by a tight deadline for handing over nonexempt documents to the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) after the nonprofit news outlet issued a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the records. Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, a district judge for the District Court for the District of Columbia and Clinton appointee, noted that such rulings are generally rare in a FOIA context, but suggested that the impeachment inquiry against President Trump changed the calculus.
The Hill

A lawyer representing CNN in a battle for access to sealed records from the Mueller investigation told a federal judge in Washington on Monday that the Justice Department is intentionally delaying production of the documents. “News delayed is news denied,” attorney Charles Tobin with Ballard Spahr told Senior U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton. The first document production by the Justice Department in response to a Freedom of Information Act request was delivered Nov. 2 to the CNN office in D.C., the same day as the parade celebrating the Washington Nationals winning the World Series, the attorney told the judge. Tobin argued the government’s delivery method violated the judge’s order to begin producing documents, including records of FBI interviews from the special counsel’s investigation, known as 302s, by the first of the month on a rolling basis.
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Miss World: The rules banning mums taking part are ‘discriminatory’


Image copyright Brighton Pictures Image caption Veronika Didusenko has a five-year-old son “The entry requirements for Miss World are discriminatory… there is no place for them in the 21st Century.” Model Veronika Didusenko, 24, was crowned Miss Ukraine 2018 – but she had her title taken away when organisers found out she was a mum. […]

Crimée : Apple assume mais va examiner ses procédures pour Plans

Apple va revoir de façon « approfondie » la manière dont elle gère, pour ses services impliquant des cartes et données géographiques, les conflits frontaliers. Une déclaration faite après qu'il a été constaté que la République de Crimée était désormais rattachée à la Russie lorsqu'on tape le nom de sa capitale dans Plans ou dans l'app Météo. Mais tout dépend d'où l'on fait ces requêtes, c'est là qu'est la subtilité (lire aussi Apple cède : la Crimée appartient désormais à la Russie). Quand on utilise un iPhone en Russie, l'app Météo affiche bien Symferopol, la capitale de la Crimée, en Russie En Russie ce changement est visible, mais depuis l'extérieur du pays (ne serait-ce qu'en Ukraine), si vous tapez Symferopol dans Météo, aucun lien à la Russie n'est indiqué, ni à l'Ukraine. La capitale de la Crimée est dans ce flou qui préside depuis l'annexion de ce territoire par la Russie il y a 5 ans. La même requête faite hors de Russie Quant à cette adaptation de l'... Lire la suite sur MacGeneration

Trump was Aware of Whistle-Blower Complaint When He Released Aid to Ukraine: Report

US President Donald Trump had already been briefed regarding a whistle-blower’s complaint about his dealings with Ukraine when he unfroze military aid for that country in September, according to two people familiar with the matter, reported The New York Times. In a new twist to the impeachment saga, lawyers from the White House counsel’s office ...

Trump Conduct Worse than Nixon’s: Democratic Impeachment Head

Donald Trump’s conduct with Ukraine was far worse than the behavior that led to Richard Nixon’s downfall, the head of the congressional impeachment probe said Thursday as he summed up the case for the US president’s removal. Lawmakers investigating whether Trump abused his office by bullying Ukraine into assisting his reelection efforts have spent three ...

Trump’s ‘3 amigos’ ride into impeachment inquiry

WASHINGTON – The “three amigos” used to stand for one thing in Washington – the pack of globe-trotting senators led by John McCain who brought American idealism to the world’s trouble spots.

Now it refers to another trio, the Trump envoys who pushed Ukraine to pursue investigations of Democrats and former Vice President Joe Biden.

The shift represents more than the appropriation of a name. It also marks a departure from efforts by the late Arizona senator to build bipartisan alliances and further broad foreign policy ideals pursued by Republican presidents from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush. That approach is unrecognizable today as the GOP has become the party of Donald Trump and his “America First” approach.

“I knew the ‘three amigos’ and believe me, these are not three amigos like we were,” said Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic, then independent senator from Connecticut who was part of the original group with Republicans McCain and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Lieberman said he believes McCain, his longtime friend, would be “really upset about what’s happening in Ukraine now.”

The House impeachment inquiry has detailed how the self-described “three amigos” – European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland, outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry and former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker – operated an “irregular” foreign policy channel that was pushing Ukraine to announce the investigations Trump wanted. In return, the White House would release $400 million in military aid the Eastern European ally needed to counter Russian aggression and would arrange a coveted Oval Office visit with Ukraine’s newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Led by Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, the trio assembled as a loose contingent of envoys whose activities were initially unseen by others in the administration specializing in Ukraine issues. But as their actions became known, the “amigos’’ set off alarms among diplomats and officials who described them as pursuing the president’s political agenda over U.S. national security interests.

Fiona Hill, a former Russia adviser to the White House, testified before the impeachment inquiry that at one point she confronted Sondland to ask on whose authority he was operating in Ukraine.

The president, Sondland responded, according to Hill.

State Department official David Holmes testified that Sondland, Perry and Volker “styled themselves as the three amigos and made clear they would take the lead on coordinating our policy and engagement with the Zelenskiy administration.”

Holmes said that “over the following months, it became apparent that Mr. Giuliani was having a direct influence on the foreign policy agenda that the three amigos were executing on the ground in Ukraine.”

Presidents have often used back channels to facilitate foreign policy and leverage U.S. resources to achieve their policy goals, experts say. The difference is that Trump’s approach, as outlined in the impeachment inquiry, appears to be mobilizing U.S. policy and resource for personal political gain.

The Ukrainian matter is but one way the foreign policy landscape has shifted dramatically in the Trump era. As the White House pursues an “America First” agenda, the U.S. is seen as retreating from its traditional role of international engagement and democracy building and Trump is aligning himself with some of the world’s more autocratic leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Volker, who recently stepped down from his position at the McCain Institute at Arizona State University, distanced himself from his new title as one of Trump’s amigos.

“Much has been made of the term ‘three amigos’ in reference to Secretary Perry, Ambassador Sondland and myself,” Volker said in opening remarks before the impeachment inquiry.

“I never used that term – and frankly cringe when I hear it because for me, the ‘three amigos’ will always refer to Sen. John McCain, Sen. Joseph Lieberman and Sen. Lindsey Graham, in reference to their work to support the surge in Iraq.”

Brian Katulis, a national security expert at the Center for American Progress, said McCain’s “amigos” are all but gone in the Trump era.

“They stood for a certain vision of America’s role in the world – one that was more predictable and reliable – and one we don’t have today,” he said.

“That was certainly McCain’s legacy,” he said. “Like a lot of things in the GOP, it’s so far gone because Trump has obliterated a lot of the ideals.”


Impeachment’s influence hazy as issue in congressional races

WASHINGTON – Republicans aim to use the House drive toward impeaching President Donald Trump to whittle down Democrats’ majority by dislodging vulnerable incumbents from swing districts loaded with moderate voters.

It could work, especially in Democratic-held districts Trump carried in 2016 with throngs of independent voters who polls shows are closely divided over his removal. Or it could flop, in an era when news zooms by so swiftly that today’s concerns may be eclipsed in 11 months and many people are more focused on pocketbook issues such as health care costs.

“It will be part of the mosaic, but hardly the overriding issue,” GOP pollster Whit Ayres predicted about impeachment’s impact next November. “It will have faded by then and it will also have simply reinforced the preexisting attitudes and made them more intense.”

What’s clear is that for now, Republicans are wielding impeachment mostly as an offensive weapon and Democrats are generally playing defense or changing the subject as 2020 congressional races rev up. House Democrats will be defending their 233-197 majority, with four vacancies. Republicans will try preserving their 53-47 Senate control.

Since late September, Republicans and their allies have spent $8 million on impeachment-related TV ads aimed at House members, according to Advertising Analytics, a nonpartisan firm that examines political spending. That’s triple the sum spent by Democrats and their supporters.

The American Action Network, closely aligned with House GOP leaders, has produced TV and digital ads attacking 30 Democrats, mostly freshmen. Spots also “thank” seven Republicans for opposing impeachment, a tactic often used to pressure lawmakers to stand firm.

In one, the announcer accuses Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., of abandoning health care and other issues to back impeachment and says, “Tell Congressman Cunningham, ‘Let the voters decide elections.’” The announcer speaks amid images of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., liberal Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who’s led the impeachment inquiry.

GOP groups regularly blast impeachment-themed fundraising emails. Relatively obscure Republicans such as Rep. Elise Stefanik of upstate New York have reaped campaign contribution bonanzas by taking high-profile roles defending Trump.

“This process they’re embarking on is going to cost them their majority next fall,” said Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., who heads his party’s House campaign committee. He said Democrats have “an obsession” with impeachment, adding, “It’s just getting worse for them.”

While Democrats are favored to retain House control, the early blitz of GOP attacks has prompted them to protect their targeted members.

House Majority Forward, an outside group tied to top House Democrats, has spent about $2 million defending 14 Democratic incumbents. All but three are freshmen from Trump-won districts.

“Forget the noise. Haley Stevens is focused on Michigan,” said an ad citing the first-term Michigan Democrat.

Pro-impeachment groups have run ads attacking GOP lawmakers for supporting Trump. That included liberal groups MoveOn and Need to Impeach, which put billboard trucks in eight House Republicans’ districts from Nevada to New York that carried signs saying, “Defend democracy. Impeach Trump.”

Stefanik’s step into the spotlight has had decidedly mixed results. Her little-known Democratic opponent, Tedra Cobb, announced she had raised more than $1 million soon after Stefanik stepped into the impeachment spotlight. Cobb has been bolstered by celebrities such as “Star Wars’’ actor Mark Hamill, who urged his 3.4 million Twitter followers to back Cobb and help Stefanik “spend more time being a #TrumpToady on Fox ‘News.’”

Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., who leads House Democrats’ campaign committee, said Emmer is “precisely wrong” about her party.

“When we are not out in Washington, we are home, in our districts and we are listening to people every day, and we are hyper-focused on local issues,” she said.

After an initial uptick in support for ousting Trump over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to seek dirt on his Democratic political rivals, voters’ views have jelled.

About 9 in 10 Democrats support removing Trump and similar shares of Republicans back him, while independents are roughly evenly divided. Trump seems certain to be impeached, or found worthy of removal, by the Democratic-led House but likely acquitted by the GOP-majority Senate and kept in office.

Last fall’s elections left Democrats in control of 31 seats in districts Trump carried in 2016. GOP lawmakers hold just three seats in districts Democrat Hillary Clinton won. Democrats also outnumber Republicans 62-30 among freshmen, who are often more vulnerable targets.

Many competitive Democratic seats are in suburbs, where centrist voters have abandoned the GOP in recent elections over Trump’s coarse behavior and conservative policies. Republicans will have to guard against impeachment accelerating those defections, while Democrats must watch for signs suburban voters think they’re overreacting.

For moderate Democrats, “the smart response is to keep doing their job, be in the district, meet with constituents, listen to what they’re saying,” said centrist Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., a leader of Democrats’ efforts to defend endangered incumbents.

Democratic pollster John Anzalone said his party’s candidates should focus on issues that helped clinch their 2018 House takeover.

“I will take any day being able talk about health care and education and the environment and wages if they’re talking about impeachment,” Anzalone said.

The reverse dynamic is true in the Senate, where perhaps two Democrats and five Republicans face competitive reelections. Those in the trickiest spots on impeachment include Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of staunchly pro-Trump Alabama and GOP Sen. Cory Gardner in Democratic-leaning Colorado.

GOP pollster Glen Bolger said while it was unpredictable how powerful a factor impeachment will be in 2020, swing state Republican senators have little choice from a purely political standpoint.

“You can’t vote for removal,” Bolger said. “You’ll have just totally collapsed your base, your ability to raise money, to get volunteers.”


Trump to decide if he wants lawyers at impeachment hearings

WASHINGTON – The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee asked President Donald Trump on Friday to say whether he’ll send his attorneys to participate in impeachment proceedings before the panel.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler also is asking Republicans on his committee which witnesses they plan to ask permission to subpoena.

The letters from the New York Democrat came as the House impeachment probe enters a new phase with a hearing next week on whether Trump’s actions might constitute impeachable offenses.

Two weeks of Intelligence Committee hearings produced a mountain of testimony but didn’t seem to move the needle on Capitol Hill, where not a single House Republican supported establishing the chamber’s impeachment process.

Nadler instructed Trump and top panel Republican Doug Collins of Georgia to respond by the end of next week. The Judiciary Committee meets Wednesday in an informational hearing to examine the “constitutional grounds for presidential impeachment” and could move some time after that to hearings where witnesses testify about Trump’s actions with Ukraine.

Trump has labeled the proceeding by House Democrats a sham, in part because he could not have his lawyers cross-examine intelligence committee witnesses during hearings and depositions.

The intelligence panel is slated to issue a report of its findings next week that are intended to form the basis of hearings at the Judiciary Committee, which would be responsible for drafting any articles of impeachment for a vote by the full House.

The panel can also seek further testimony. Nadler can deny witnesses sought by Republicans, who are likely to want subpoenas compelling testimony from Hunter Biden and the anonymous intelligence community whistleblower whose complaint sparked the impeachment proceedings.

At issue in the impeachment probe is whether Trump abused his office by pressing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens and baseless allegations that Ukraine interfered with the 2016 election.

Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company when his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, had some responsibility for the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy.

Earlier scrutiny by Ukrainians uncovered no wrongdoing by the Bidens, but Trump, in July, asked Zelenskiy for an investigation as a “favor,” while holding up military aid to that country for several months.


Cook County man receives jail time for impersonating attorney

A Chicago man has been sentenced to jail after an investigation by the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission revealed he had been acting as a lawyer for more than four years despite never receiving a law license.

Hiran Y. Patel, of the 100 block of South Wacker Drive, admitted Tuesday to allegations that he falsely purported to be a lawyer and provided legal advice and services to paying clients without a law license.

The investigation stemmed from one particular case, during which Patel charged and later refunded a Lake in the Hills woman whose husband, a citizen of Ukraine, was involved in an ongoing immigration matter.

While serving as his immigration attorney, Patel then acted as the woman’s attorney when she chose to divorce her husband, and the pair began seeing each other romantically shortly thereafter, according to a petition that ARDC lawyer Scott Kozlov filed on behalf of the ARDC in August.

Patel, 34, was found in direct criminal contempt Tuesday in a McHenry County courtroom and sentenced to nine months in jail. He’s currently serving a two-year prison sentence for theft and false impersonation of a peace officer stemming from a 2016 criminal case out of Cook County, records show.

He is scheduled to be released from prison Feb. 13, at which point he will be returned to the McHenry County Jail to finish his contempt sentence.

Patel filed the divorce petition in the McHenry County Circuit Clerk’s Office on Sept. 27, 2018, and gave an email address listed as Having successfully registered the Patel Law Group as a corporation June 12, 2014, Patel is listed as the president of the corporation, which was involuntarily dissolved Nov. 8, according to the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.

The ARDC began its investigation in October 2018, when a McHenry County judge reported her suspicions about Patel’s qualifications after he presented himself as a lawyer during a divorce proceeding.

It was Oct. 1, 2018, that Patel appeared on the woman’s behalf before Judge Mary Nader in case No. 2018 DV 000803.

He “approached the bench when the case was called, and identified himself as [the woman’s] attorney,” Kozlov wrote.

In August 2018, the Lake in the Hills woman was seeking a lawyer to represent her husband in an immigration petition before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. She was referred by an acquaintance to Patel, who agreed to meet with the woman at an office in Northbrook.

During the meeting, Patel told the woman he was a lawyer and agreed to represent her husband on the immigration matter in exchange for $2,500 as an advance on his attorney’s fees.

About a month later, the woman called Patel to say she wanted to divorce her husband.

Patel agreed to handle both the immigration and the divorce matters for the previously charged $2,500 one-time fee, according to the ARDC’s petition.

Patel and the woman began dating about the same time the divorce case was filed, according to the ARDC’s petition. Patel refunded the woman’s $2,500 and withdrew as her husband’s attorney on the immigration matter.

Continuing to represent the woman in her divorce proceedings, however, Patel made an Oct. 1, 2018, appearance in McHenry County Circuit Court before Nader. At that time, the woman’s husband had not been properly served with the divorce papers, and Patel asked for a default judgment to be entered, according to the ARDC’s petition.

Nader struck the case from her call and told Patel that he needed to prepare a motion before she would address any issues.

“Following the Oct. 1, 2018, court date ... Judge Nader contacted the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission and determined [Patel] was not authorized to practice law in Illinois,” Kozlov wrote in his August petition. “She then submitted a report to the ARDC regarding [Patel’s] conduct in holding himself out as an attorney and engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.”

Shortly after, Patel met with a McHenry County Sheriff’s detective and again claimed that he was a lawyer authorized to practice in Illinois. He later came clean to the investigator, however.

“Upon further questioning, [Patel] admitted to Detective [Edwin] Maldonado that he was not an attorney,” Kozlov wrote.

The woman, who was present in court Tuesday, declined to comment after the hearing. McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Richard Behof briefly was appointed to represent Patel in court Tuesday. Neither Behof nor Kozlov could be reached for comment.

McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge on Tuesday ordered Patel to get rid of any signage, websites, business cards or letterheads that identify him as a lawyer.


Destitution: Trump décline une invitation à se défendre devant le Congrès


Dénonçant une enquête "injuste", la Maison Blanche a refusé dimanche soir de participer à une audition au Congrès, qui marque le début d'une nouvelle phase dans la procédure en destitution ouverte contre Donald Trump.

Après deux mois d'enquête, la Chambre des représentants, contrôlée par les démocrates, entame cette semaine le débat juridique pour savoir si les faits reprochés au président sont suffisamment graves pour justifier sa mise en accusation ("impeachment").

Sa commission judiciaire doit donner le coup d'envoi à cette réflexion mercredi lors d'une audition avec des spécialistes de la Constitution. Elle avait invité Donald Trump à y "participer" soit en personne, soit par l'entremise de ses avocats ou en posant des questions écrites aux témoins.

Dimanche soir, elle a essuyé un refus.

"Concernant l'audition du 4 décembre, on ne peut légitimement attendre que nous y participions, alors que les noms des témoins n'ont pas été rendus publics et qu'il reste douteux que la commission judiciaire offre une procédure équitable", lui a écrit l'avocat de la Maison Blanche, Pat Cipollone.

"Mais si vous êtes vraiment décidé à superviser une procédure équitable à l'avenir, nous pourrions envisager de prendre part" à la suite de vos travaux, ajoute l'avocat.

- "Crimes et délits majeurs" -

Donald Trump est dans la tourmente parce qu'il a demandé à l'Ukraine d'enquêter sur Joe Biden, un de ses adversaires potentiels à la présidentielle de 2020, dont le fils a longtemps siégé au conseil d'administration d'un groupe gazier de ce pays.

Le milliardaire républicain assure avoir été dans son bon droit en soulevant une possible affaire de "corruption" et jure n'avoir exercé aucune pression sur Kiev.

Mais l'opposition démocrate est convaincue qu'il a abusé de ses pouvoirs pour favoriser sa campagne de réélection, notamment en gelant une aide militaire de près de 400 millions de dollars destinée à ce pays en guerre avec la Russie.

Pendant deux mois, la commission judiciaire de la Chambre des représentants a mené l'enquête. Malgré le refus de la Maison Blanche de coopérer, elle a entendu une quinzaine de témoins qui ont fourni des éléments gênants pour le président.

Elle doit transmettre mardi son rapport d'enquête à la commission judiciaire, qui est elle chargée de qualifier juridiquement les faits reprochés au chef de l'Etat.

"La question est de savoir s'ils constituent un acte de +trahison, corruption ou autres crimes et délits majeurs+", a relevé l'élue démocrate Zoe Lofgren, en référence aux motifs de destitution cités dans la Constitution des Etats-Unis.

- "Arrêter de se plaindre" -

Tenu à l'écart de la phase d'enquête, Donald Trump a été invité à se défendre dans cette nouvelle étape.

Jerry Nadler, le président de la commission judiciaire lui avait laissé jusqu'au vendredi 6 pour faire connaître ses intentions sur la suite de ses travaux.

"Le président doit faire un choix: il peut saisir cette opportunité d'être représenté dans les auditions ou il peut arrêter de se plaindre", avait ajouté l'élu de New York, un adversaire de longue date du magnat de l'immobilier.

Même dans les rangs républicains, l'idée séduisait. "Je pense que ça servirait le président d'avoir ses avocats", déclarait dimanche le représentant Tom McClintock.

- "Spectacle sans substance" -

La commission judiciaire devrait débattre d'au moins quatre chefs d'accusations: abus de pouvoir, corruption, entrave à la bonne marche du Congrès et entrave à la Justice.

Les républicains semblent prêts à tous les balayer. "Soyez prêts pour un spectacle sans substance" a estimé Doug Collins, l'élu chargé de mener la contre-attaque. Pour lui, le président "n'a rien fait de mal".

Une fois rédigés, les articles seront soumis à un vote en séance plénière à la chambre basse du Congrès, peut-être avant Noël.

Compte tenu de la majorité démocrate dans cette enceinte, Donald Trump devrait entrer dans les livres d'histoire comme le troisième président américain mis en accusation, après Andrew Johnson en 1868 et Bill Clinton en 1998, tous deux acquittés par la suite. Richard Nixon avait démissionné avant cette étape, en 1974.

Le Sénat sera ensuite chargé de juger le président, et il faudrait une majorité des deux tiers pour le destituer, ce qui paraît très improbable. Les républicains sont en effet majoritaires et, pour l'instant, ils font bloc autour de leur président.


WH: Trump And Lawyers Will NOT Participate in Impeachment Hearings


The White House said Sunday it will not participate in the House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing on Wednesday but left open the possibility that it may take part in future proceedings.

In a letter to committee chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., White House Counsel Pat Cipollone called the hearing, which will explore the “historical and constitutional basis of impeachment,” unfair.

"An academic discussion cannot retroactively fix an irretrievably broken process," Cipollone said.

He added that it wasn’t clear who was expected to attend the hearing and that President Donald Trump would be in London that day attending a NATO meeting.

The letter asserted that “all” of Trump’s due process rights had been violated by the House impeachment inquiry into the president's dealings with Ukraine. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the inquiry in September.


Democratic congresswoman says it doesn’t matter if Trump quid pro quo didn’t happen Florida Rep. Val Demings maintained that President Trump should be impeached even if the alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine never took place. Washington Examiner 2 hours ago

Democratic congresswoman says it doesn’t matter if Trump quid pro quo didn’t happen



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NBC's Chuck Todd was flabbergasted by a Republican senator's claim that the former Ukrainian president worked for Hillary Clinton


Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) came under fire last week for touting a baseless theory that Ukraine was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee's server in 2016. He eventually walked it back, he said, because he was "wrong." But despite Kennedy's apparent change of heart, the senator still doesn't seem quite ready to let go of every Ukraine-based theory.

He told host Chuck Todd during a Sunday appearance on NBC's Meet the Press, without evidence, that former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko "actively worked" for Hillary Clinton, President Trump's opponent in the 2016 general election.

Todd was incredulous and went on to ask if Kennedy had been duped. "You have done exactly what the Russian operation is trying to get American politicians to do," Todd said.

Kennedy, unsurprisingly, does not think he's been duped, telling Todd to "read the articles."


House Intelligence Committee impeachment report ready for review, vote


As promised, President Trump's impeachment inquiry will pick up right where it left off this week.

Members of the House Intelligence Committee will reportedly begin reviewing a report on the panel's probe into Trump's alleged efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rivals Monday.

The committee members will reportedly have a 24-hour window to sift through the report before it goes to a vote Tuesday. The vote is mainly a formality and is expected to be split along party lines, which means it will likely be approved and then passed along to the House Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee will then begin its own proceedings Wednesday.

President Trump's counsel has been invited to attend and participate in the initial hearing, but there is no indication that will happen. Trump, for his part, seemingly made it clear he won't be involved when he tweeted Saturday evening that he'll be in London on Wednesday for NATO business. Read more at NBC News and Politico.


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The House Intelligence Committee is moving forward with the impeachment inquiry. Members will reportedly begin reviewing a report on the panel's investigation into President Trump's alleged efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rivals Monday. They will reportedly have a 24-hour window to sift through the report before it goes to a vote Tuesday. The vote is mainly a formality and is expected to be split along party lines, which means it will likely be approved and then passed along to the House Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee will then begin its own proceedings Wednesday. President Trump's counsel have been invited to attend and participate in the initial hearing, but there is no indication that will happen. [NBC News, Politico]


Nine passengers were killed after a single engine plane crashed near Chamberlain, South Dakota, on Saturday. Among those killed were the pilot and two children. Three passengers survived and were taken to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The plane was headed to Idaho Falls, Idaho. Chamberlain was reportedly in the midst of a winter storm at the time of the crash, though the National Transportation Safety Board is considering weather as just one possible factor in its investigation of the incident; no cause has been determined yet, and a preliminary investigation report is expected to be released within two weeks. The model of plane reportedly can carry no more than one pilot and 10 passengers. [The Associated Press, NPR]


New Orleans Police said 11 people were shot early Sunday in the city's French Quarter, and two people are reportedly in critical condition. Initially, 10 people were taken to two different hospitals for treatment before another person walked into a hospital on their own. Police confirmed they were in the immediate area, just feet away from the shooting, since large crowds were gathered for the Bayou Classic football game between Southern and Grambling State. But the amount of people in the vicinity made it difficult to determine who fired the shots. One person was reportedly detained, but it isn't clear if the individual was involved in the shooting. The investigation is ongoing. [ABC News, NBC News]


Former Vice President Joe Biden launched an eight-day, 18-county bus tour in Iowa on Saturday, as he looks to make progress in the state before the Democratic presidential primary caucus in February. The tour, which has been named "No Malarkey," will reportedly allow Biden to meet face-to-face with Iowans, with a particular emphasis on the state's rural communities. Biden is aiming to appeal to people he meets by showing how his healthcare, agriculture, education, and climate change plans will benefit those communities, but he also reportedly wants to focus on their values, which he said were under attack from President Trump. [The Des Moines Register]


Tens of thousands of pro-democracy, anti-government protesters returned to the streets Sunday in Hong Kong. The latest march was approved by authorities and began peacefully, but eventually ended with police clearing the demonstrators, dispersing crowds with tear gas. Some protesters reportedly veered off the sanctioned paths and and hurled insults at police, whom they have accused of brutality, while carrying vulgar signs. After the march, some masked protesters in the city's Whampoa district damaged traffic lights, blocked roads, and vandalized shops and restaurants believed to have links to mainland China, prompting riot police to arrive at the scene. At least three people were were arrested in the area. [The South China Morning Post, The Washington Post]


A shootout Saturday in the town of Villa Union, a small town near the U.S. border, resulted in the deaths of 10 suspected cartel gunmen and four police officers. Six other police officers were reportedly injured. The governor of the northern state of Coahuila, Miguel Angel Riquelme, said the state acted "decisively" in response to the presence of the cartel members. The heavy fighting reportedly began around noon and lasted for more than an hour. Riquelme said authorities identified 14 vehicles involved in the attack and seized more than a dozen guns. The fighting took place following President Trump's announcement that he was preparing to designate the cartels as terrorist groups, which didn't sit well with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who hopes to avoid direct foreign intervention in Mexico. [The New York Times, Al Jazeera]


Black Friday shoppers reportedly spent $7.4 billion online, making Friday the second-largest online shopping day ever, trailing only last year's Cyber Monday event. Online sales rose by 19.6 percent from last year. Meanwhile, brick-and-mortar retail fell by 6.2 percent compared to last year, signaling a growing preference for online purchasing. The decline, though, may also be related to growing store traffic on Thursday evening, which increased by 2.3 percent. "There is no longer one way to shop on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday," said Brian Field, senior director of global retail consulting for ShopperTrak. Estimates for Cyber Monday are as high as $9.4 billion. [CNBC, Reuters]


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is leading a Democrat-only congressional delegation consisting of 13 House members and one senator to Madrid's COP25 summit. "One of the goals we have is to make sure that all of those who are in the Paris Accord know that the Democratic majority in the Congress of the American people are very concerned about the climate issue, understand that we have to set goals and have a plan on how to achieve them, and to talk about some of the things that we have done," Pelosi told Bloomberg Environment before departing for Spain. The Democrats attending reportedly range from members of Congress who support the Green New Deal to those who want to approach Washington's environmental policy more cautiously in the hopes of hammering out legislation alongside Republicans. [Bloomberg, CBS News]


Actor Leonardo DiCaprio denied accusations made by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that he was funding arson in the Amazon. Earlier this week, Bolsonaro alleged DiCaprio was donating money to non-governmental organizations that he alleges contributed to the forest fires that ravaged the rainforest earlier this year. In an Instagram post Saturday, DiCaprio denied Bolsonaro's claims and stated his support for Brazilian groups working to protect the Amazon, but he said he did not fund the groups targeted by the president. Additionally, two major environmental groups protecting the Amazon criticized Bolsonaro's accusations, calling them an attempt to "undermine environmental defenders and distract the general public from policies that directly lead to environmental disasters." [CNN, The Daily Beast]


Free-agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor reportedly was in critical condition following surgery after he was stabbed in the chest and shoulder at his apartment in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Friday evening, but he is expected to make a full recovery. An unidentified woman faces an attempted homicide charge, and Pryor also reportedly faces an unknown charge. Pittsburgh Police said they are investigating the incident. A male stabbing victim reportedly walked into the hospital at 4:30 a.m. E.T. on Saturday. Police didn't identify the man, but a source confirmed to ESPN that it was Pryor. The 30-year-old Ohio State alum began his NFL career in 2011 and suited up for the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, and New York Jets through 2018. He hasn't played this season after being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in September. [ESPN]


America's troubled alliance with Ukraine


How did the U.S. become so involved with this former Soviet republic? Here's everything you need to know:

How did modern Ukraine emerge?
Ukraine's history is intertwined with Russia's. Both cultures descend from the medieval Slavic empire Kievan Rus, founded by Vikings in the 9th century with a capital where Kyiv stands today. After the empire was overrun by Mongol invaders in the 13th century, the Rus leadership moved northeastward, to a small trading outpost called Moscow. The lands around Kyiv were carved up by competing powers, who prized the fertile plains and rich, dark soil that later earned Ukraine the nickname "the breadbasket of Europe." Poland and Lithuania dominated the country for hundreds of years, but by the end of the 18th century, the Russian Empire had taken the eastern lands, while the western were controlled by the Austro-Hungarian Empire — a division that resonates to this day. Both empires collapsed at the end of World War I, and in 1917 a Ukrainian state was declared, but it was quickly swallowed by the communist Soviet Union. It was only in 1991, after the Soviet Union dissolved, that the modern borders of Ukraine were established. Russia has never really accepted Ukraine's independence, and Ukraine has been careening between pro-Western and pro-Russian leaders ever since.

Why do Russians still see it as theirs?
The cultural and Orthodox religious ties between the two peoples go back centuries. But perhaps more importantly, Russia has no natural mountain or river borders to protect its western front, and it has long seen Ukraine as a vital strategic buffer. "Russia without Ukraine is a country," explains Daniel Drezner, an international politics professor at Tufts University. "Russia with Ukraine is an empire." Russian President Vladimir Putin wants at all costs to keep Ukraine out of the European Union and NATO, and he has used Ukraine's dependence on Russian natural gas as a weapon — cutting off supplies in 2006 as Ukrainians froze in the winter cold. Ukraine is bitterly divided between Ukrainian speakers in the west, who mostly want to align their country with the West, and Russian speakers in the east.

Why did the U.S. get involved?
Since 1991, the U.S. has sought to guarantee Ukraine's independence and security, seeing it as a key bridge between East and West. When the USSR dissolved, Ukraine inherited the third-largest nuclear arsenal in the world, with some 1,900 strategic nuclear weapons pointed at the United States. Keen to avoid a proliferation of nuclear powers, the U.S., U.K., and Russia in 1994 signed the Budapest Memorandum, which transferred the weapons to Russia in exchange for a commitment by Washington, Moscow, and London to "respect the independence and sovereignty and existing borders of Ukraine" and to "refrain from the threat or use of force" against it. Russia continued meddling in Ukrainian politics, though, and overtly broke the treaty in 2014.

What did Russia do?
Ukraine's 2004 election was a showdown between pro-Western Viktor Yushchenko and pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovych. During the campaign, Yushchenko was disfigured by dioxin poisoning widely attributed to Russia, and after the vote was rigged for Yanukovych, Ukrainians rose up in the Orange Revolution, which culminated in a revote and a victory for Yushchenko. In the 2010 election, though, Yanukovych came roaring back to win the presidency with the help of both Russia and American political consultant Paul Manafort. In 2013, Moscow forced Yanukovych to cancel the country's bid to move closer to the EU, leading to an uprising that forced Yanukovych out. In the tumult that ensued, Russia invaded and annexed Crimea and later sent troops into Ukraine's eastern regions to start a separatist war. The Obama administration punished Russia with sanctions, but chose not to send weapons to Ukraine out of fear of triggering a larger war.

How is the war going?
Armed by Russia and supported by Russian paramilitaries, two ­Russian-­speaking Ukrain­ian regions collectively called the Donbass declared independence in 2014 and have been fighting with Ukraine ever since. An estimated 13,000 people have been killed and some 1.5 million displaced. In 2018, then–­national security adviser H.R. McMaster and other aides persuaded a reluctant Pres­i­dent Trump to send $400 million in military aid to Kyiv, including counter-artillery radar systems and Javelin anti-tank missiles. Without that aid, Mariya Omelicheva of the Pen­ta­gon's Nation­al De­fense Uni­ver­si­ty told The Atlan­tic, the 300-mile-long front line in the eastern Don­bass region "would have been moved further west into Ukraine, and ­Russia-backed rebels would have controlled more Ukrain­ian territory." That's why the possibility of U.S. aid being held up — the subject of the impeachment ­inquiry — is so important to Ukraine. Ukraine's new president, Volody­myr Zelen­sky, finds himself caught in a struggle between Democrats and Trump — who has reportedly been echoing Vladimir Putin's claim that Ukraine is corrupt and "not a real country."

Americans cash in
As Ukraine emerged from communism and struggled to build a rule-of-law economy, politically connected Amer­i­cans saw ways to make money. Paul Mana­fort, President Trump's former campaign manager, earned at least $13 million — and possibly much more — ­working for pro-­Russian Ukrainian oligarchs. His consultancy for a pro-Russian party that tried to undermine the U.S. alliance with Ukraine was crucial to the triumph of Yanu­ko­vych in the 2010 election. Mana­fort is now serving 7½ years in prison for tax fraud over those earnings. Joe Biden's son Hunter joined the board of Buris­ma, a Ukrain­ian gas company, in 2014 at a reported salary of tens of thousands of dollars a month, although there is no indication that either Biden broke any laws. Rudy Giu­li­ani, meanwhile, the president's personal lawyer, had a 2017 ­security-­consulting contract with the Ukrain­ian city of Kharkiv, and in 2018 he began working with two Soviet-born Amer­i­can executives, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, Repub­li­can donors who wanted to sell gas to Ukraine. Federal prosecutors have indicted Par­nas and Fru­man for illegal campaign contributions and are now reportedly investigating whether Giu­li­ani "stood to profit personally from a Ukrain­ian natural-gas business" pushed by those two men.


God's gift to America?


On Sunday, outgoing Secretary of Energy Rick Perry told Fox News viewers about a recent conversation he'd had with Donald Trump in which he told the president he was "the chosen one" placed by God in the White House. Perry made sure to add that he had given Trump a "one pager" on the imperfect Old Testament kings who God had appointed to carry out his plans. "Don't get confused here, sir," Perry claims he said to the president. "This is not a reflection that you're perfect, but that God's using you."

As liberals predictably freaked out over Perry's words, other Trump backers quickly confirmed that, yes, Trump has been selected by God for the presidency, and Fox put replays of the discussion in heavy rotation. In an interview for the Christian Broadcasting Network, Nikki Haley also weighed in. "I think God sometimes places people for lessons and sometimes places people for change," she told CBN's David Brody.

On the one hand, the comments from Perry and others aren't that surprising. Invoking God's ordination has become boilerplate language for how many white evangelicals talk about the presidency. As the religious right activist Gary Bauer explained back during George W. Bush's administration, "Evangelicals believe that no leader rises without God allowing that leader to rise." In his Fox News interview, Perry contended that God's divine appointments to the White House are bipartisan. "You know, Barack Obama doesn't get to be the president of the United States without being ordained by God," he said.

On the other hand, what's happening now is far more than a generic theological statement about God's sovereignty over American politics. As with everything related to Trump, the religious rationalization of his presidency is hyperbolic and overblown. And it's operating on overdrive, repeated constantly since Trump's 2016 victory.

While many Americans rightly chalked up Trump's unlikely election to the technicalities of the Electoral College, Trump's religious backers saw the hand of Providence at work. By imagining Trump's win as miraculous, white evangelicals could self-justify their controversial support for the thrice-married casino magnate who openly bragged about sexual assault and once declared he'd never needed to ask for God's forgiveness. God picks imperfect people, after all — even those who don't realize their own imperfection.

That self-rationalization for voting for Trump, however, has given way to a sort of self-absolution for continuing to support him in light of his myriad imperfections in office, not least his debased character and rampant illegalities. That's why we're likely to hear a whole lot more of the "chosen by God" talk as the 2020 election nears. If God chose Trump, who are we to turn from him now?

Beyond the election, the divine defense of Trump shapes GOP politics more broadly, characterizing Trump not as a moral actor, but instead as a divinely-sanctioned despot who can do whatever he wants. Republicans' stunning abnegation of the law and the Constitution during the Trump presidency makes sense if that's the understanding of how he got into office and what he can do while there. Promoting Trump as God's choice to lead America helps normalize the outrageous insistence that Trump is above the law.

No question, Republican leaders will say anything to get Trump re-elected. And Trump's white evangelical base has shown they'll bend reality however they must to stay loyal to the cause. But it's also worth considering how the "chosen by God" message affects Trump's sense of himself and his actions as president.

In the right mind — and heart — the idea that one had been chosen by God for something like the presidency would prompt a state of sober self-reflection and a sense of humble obligation. But Trump is not in his right mind. And his heart is a twisted thicket of perceived slights, raging bigotries, and unquenchable narcissism. For a man as delusional and depraved as Trump, the idea that he has been chosen by God, at best, fuels his already strong impulse to think he can get away with anything. At worst, it could have potentially catastrophic, even apocalyptic, ends.

During the previous administration, conservatives loved to scoff that Democrats had a messiah complex when it came to Barack Obama. The Trump years, though, have demonstrated time and again that much of the conservative charges against liberals were really projections of their own inclinations. Last spring, for example, Trump's 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale rapturously tweeted about the president, "Only God could deliver such a savior to our nation."

If that's the kind of thing being said in public, one can only imagine the sort of nonsense Trump hears from the sycophants he's encircled around him in the White House. Many Americans may think this is all just crazy talk. But heaven help the nation whose madman president thinks he's God's gift to us all.

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Democrats are running into Trump's economic buzzsaw


Call it the Back-up Plan.

For the past couple of years, the potential for an economic downturn has kept jittery Democrats from getting too nervous about the 2020 presidential election. Even if Robert Mueller and his Russia investigation didn't get President Trump — and now the Ukraine impeachment investigation — then the American economy surely would. There was no way four years of Trump's trade wars and general incompetence wouldn't result in a nasty recession and a one-term Trump presidency, right?

Now it's looking more and more like the back-up plan might need a back-up plan. Wall Street economists and forecasting models don't see more than a one-in-three chance of an economic downturn next year. There's even a reasonable scenario of an economic upturn. In its outlook for next year, Goldman Sachs predicts economic growth accelerating from its current 2 percent pace to 2.5 percent, thanks to a quieting of the trade war and the lagging impact of Federal Reserve rate cuts. Recession odds: Just 20 percent, which is pretty standard in any given year.

But this is the part of the forecast that should really worry Democratic campaign strategists: "Solid growth should mean another year of above-trend job gains. We expect the unemployment rate to fall to levels last seen during the Korean War, bringing a further pickup in wage growth to 3.5 percent." So not only rising take-home pay with low inflation, but a jobless rate so historically low that even the oldest boomers have little memory of such a time. Look, if you're a president who promised to make America great again, and the unemployment rate falls to its lowest level since the early 1950s, it arguably looks like you're making American great again.

Of course, this is just one forecast. But even if next year is just pretty much like this year, not much better or worse, it would still mean an economy experiencing a record-long expansion that would be well into its 11th year by Election Day 2020. Not that 2020 Democratic nominees will lack a counter-argument. They will likely argue that most Americans aren't benefiting from the expansion. As South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said at the last Democratic debate, "In an economy where even when the Dow Jones is looking good, far too many Americans have to fight like hell just to hold on to what they've got."

The problem with such an approach is that even though Democrats are loathe to admit it, this is an expansion that's finally helping a broad swath of Americans. Wages are actually growing fastest at the bottom right now, not at the top, and that reality is playing a big role in keeping the expansion on track. Nor should Democrats dismiss the low jobless rate. It's not some phony number. For instance: Employment for prime-age workers has now completely recovered from the 2008 financial crisis even though many economists fretted it never would. To many Americans, the Trump economy is going to seem a lot better than the Obama economy.

Another option is to focus on specific issues that voters care about and where Democrats might have an edge, most notably health care. It sure seemed to work in the 2018 congressional midterms. But Democrats are blowing it this time around. Rather than push for an expansion of ObamaCare — which Americans favor 52 percent to 41 percent — leading candidates such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have pushed "Medicare-for-all." But the more people hear about the idea — the fiscal cost, the elimination of private health insurance, the lost health-care jobs — the less they seem to like it. A new Quinnipiac poll finds "Medicare-for-all has grown increasingly unpopular among all American voters, as 36 percent say it is a good idea and 52 percent say it is a bad idea." And while frontrunner Joe Biden supports adding a public option to ObamaCare, Trump can easily argue that the real Democratic goal is eventually getting to Medicare-for-all.

Maybe the best tact is to simply argue that Trump shouldn't get much credit for the boomlet. After all, the decent economic news looks like a steady continuation of trends begun during the Obama presidency. And any good the Trump tax cuts might have done may have been offset by the Trump trade war. So what did Trumponomics do, exactly? Yet voters still have a tendency to credit presidents for the good that happens on their watch, although not as much as they used to. Hoping voters simply ignore their pocketbooks and 401ks isn't much of a Plan C.

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Rudy Giuliani was reportedly in talks to represent and get paid by Ukraine's former prosecutor


Another day, another new report on Rudy Giuliani's interactions with Ukraine.

President Trump's personal lawyer reportedly negotiated to represent Ukraine's former lead prosecutor Yuri Lutsenko earlier this year for more than $200,000, The Washington Post reports. Lutsenko was simultaneously aiding Giuliani in his quest — which is now at the heart of Trump's impeachment inquiry — to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, as well as any information on the unfounded allegations that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 general election.

Lutsenko reportedly wanted Giuliani and two other Trump-allied lawyers, Victoria Toensing and Joe diGenova, to help recover money he says was stolen from the Ukrainian government.

An agreement would have had benefits for both men, the Post notes. Lutsenko would have had easy access to Trump's lawyer, which in turn could have provided him with an opening to other top U.S. officials. Giuliani, meanwhile, would have received a financial boon from the same person who was already supplying him with what he considered valuable information.

The negotiations reportedly went far enough that legal agreements were drafted, but there was never any resolution, and no evidence suggesting Giuliani was paid by Lutsenko exists, the Post reports. Read more at The Washington Post..


White House says Trump will not participate in the first House Judiciary impeachment hearing



  • The White House on Sunday said neither President Donald Trump nor his lawyers would participate in the House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing on Wednesday. 
  • In a 5-page letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote that the president would not be attending the upcoming hearing on the basis that it was "unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the President a fair process through additional hearings." 
  • The White House letter left open the possibility that Trump may participate in future hearings and said it would respond to a second Judiciary letter by a Friday deadline. 
  • The House impeachment inquiry will move this week from its fact-finding stage in the Intelligence Committee to considerations of possible misconduct charges over Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
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The White House on Sunday said neither President Donald Trump nor his lawyers would participate in the House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing on Wednesday. 

In a 5-page letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote that the president would not be attending the upcoming hearing on the basis that it was "unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the President a fair process through additional hearings." 

"As for the hearing scheduled for December 4, we cannot fairly be expected to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are yet to be named and while it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the President a fair process through additional hearings," Cipollone wrote.

The White House added that Nadler's November 26 query on whether Trump planned to participate in the upcoming hearings provided "little information" about the day's proceedings or possible witnesses. 

"More importantly, an invitation to an academic discussion with law professors does not begin to provide the President with any semblance of a fair process. Accordingly, under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing," Cipollone wrote. 

The White House also slammed the hearing as "baseless" and which violates "past historical precedent" and "fundamental fairness."

The House impeachment inquiry will move this week from its fact-finding stage in the Intelligence Committee to considerations of possible misconduct charges over Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

According to Politico, this means that Trump will likely rely on his GOP allies on the Judiciary Panel to mount a defense for him in a move intended to paint the impeachment proceedings as illegitimate and partisan. 

The Democratic-led Judiciary Committee gave The White House until Sunday night to respond to the Judiciary letter on whether Trump or his lawyers would be participating in Wednesday's hearing. The Committee also sent another letter on November 29 which asked whether the administration would attend additional unspecified hearings in the future and gave the White House until Friday to respond. 

The White House letter on Sunday left open the possibility that Trump may participate in future hearings and said it would respond to the second Judiciary letter by the intended Friday deadline. 

Wednesday's hearing will be the first in a series of expected proceedings which will hear testimony on the impeachment process from a panel of legal experts. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will make the final decision on whether or not to impeach Trump.

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“Everyone was in the loop” Gordon Sondland says, outlining Donald Trump’s quid pro quo with Ukraine

Everyone is talking about the absolutely devastating testimony offered by Gordon “everyone was in the loop” Sondland, Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, in front of the House Intelligence Committee today, so I won’t go too deep into it. I would, however, like to point out a few of the smaller things that may […]

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Why Emmanuel Macron's attempt to reset relations with Russia will alienate his allies and come unstuck over Nato


Why Emmanuel Macron's attempt to reset relations with Russia will alienate his allies and come unstuck over NatoEmmanuel Macron's bold - some might say hubristic - attempt to redefine the nature of Nato will go down like a lead balloon with most member states.  At a mundane level, it is perfectly true to say that Russia is not Nato's enemy. No Nato country wants to go to war with Russia, and Russia certainly does not want a war with Nato.  And there certainly are good reasons for all Nato members to to worry about other threats like terrorism and the deteriorating situation in the Sahel. But for Central European members who neighbour Russia,  Nato's old raison d'etre is as important now as ever before because - put bluntly - Russia is and remains their main security threat.  For them, being in an alliance that Russia does not want to risk a war with is the whole point.  Those members will be very guarded about any proposals from the French that look like an attempt to water that down. Besides coming across as an arrogant dismissal of the security concerns of several member states, there is something else bothersome  - if not frankly wearisome - about Mr Macron's recent pronouncements.  Royal Marines preparing for a Nato exercise in Denmark Credit: Paul Hall There is a well established tradition of bright young Western politicians thinking they can clear up "misunderstandings" with Russia with a "reset" of the mess made by their predecessors - only to get upset when Vladimir Putin continues to pursue his vision of Russian interests anyway.  Barack Obama tried it. So did David Cameron. Both found that Vladimir Putin simply has a different vision of how the world should be - and what is in his country's interests.  What Mr Macron is about to discover - if his foreign policy advisors have not already explained it to him - is that Russia views Nato as a fundamentally hostile alliance that poses a threat to its own national security and foreign policy interests.  The long term strategic vision in Moscow is for either a new European security space - in other words disbandment of Nato and its replacement with OSCE or something similar as the main forum for settling security questions on the continent - or, failing that, establishment of deterrence and respect for its "sphere of interests" - for example in Ukraine - with whatever means are effective.  So if  Mr Macron wants to clear up "misunderstandings" with Russia, he can either disband Nato entirely or sacrifice what many of its members believe to be their central security and foreign policy interests.  Good luck getting that past your allies.


It’s No Longer Just Donald Trump Questioning What NATO Does


It’s No Longer Just Donald Trump Questioning What NATO Does(Bloomberg) -- What was conceived as a celebration for one of the world’s most important military alliances risks becoming a show of disunity -- and this time it’s not because of anything Donald Trump has said or done.Meeting in London this week, leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have two other presidents to worry about: France’s Emmanuel Macron, who recently has openly questioned the collective defense clause at NATO’s heart, and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has troubled alliance members with his decisions to send troops into Syria and buy a Russian anti-missile system.To make matters worse, Macron and Erdogan are now trading insults in public.In fact, so much has changed since then-Prime Minister Theresa May offered to host the two-day commemoration of NATO’s 70th anniversary that her successor, Boris Johnson could be forgiven for wishing she hadn’t.“I will tell you again at NATO, first check your own brain death,” Erdogan said, addressing Macron in a speech from Istanbul on Friday. He was referring to an interview the French leader gave last month in which he not only criticized Turkey, but described the alliance as brain dead.With three significant member states bringing conflicting agendas to the table at a gathering that takes place in the closing stretch of a charged U.K. election campaign, the event risks fanning concern about NATO’s future, rather than celebrating what alliance officials and leaders routinely call the most successful military grouping in history.Why NATO, at 70, Is Facing New Doubt and CriticismOfficials from the U.S. and Britain were at pains last week to highlight NATO’s successes, including a renewed sense of purpose since Russia’s 2014 aggression in Ukraine. Defense spending is on the rise and NATO is expanding into counter-terrorism, cyber security, and now even space.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg pushed back against Macron’s portrayal of the alliance as ailing. The two met in Paris last week.And the alliance does continue to attract. North Macedonia, set to join next year, will bring the leaders at the table this week to 30, up from 15 when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.Such accomplishments however are being drowned out by the increasingly public dispute over what NATO should focus on, and what it should stand for. In an apparent attempt to contain the debate, Germany has proposed forming an expert group to report on the future political shape of the alliance.Macron drove Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel to make a spirited defense of the alliance last week, telling lawmakers in Berlin that “Europe cannot currently defend itself alone.” Long part of the glue that has solidified NATO, Merkel’s position is now under threat at home, however, after her center-left coalition partner elected a new, more radical leadership.Erdogan May Seek EU Money Even as He Trades Insults With MacronA senior U.S. official said on Friday that Trump would prioritize enlisting NATO to push back against China’s growing influence. The official said Trump would also press allies to increase defense spending and to exclude Chinese companies from the construction of 5G mobile networks, something many have been unwilling to do.Instead of containing China, Macron wants NATO to prioritize the fight against terrorism. Thirteen French soldiers died in Mali last week and a lone terrorist on Friday killed two people in London. A French official said Macron also plans to press for greater “operational” burden-sharing as a way of complementing Trump’s push for Europe to carry more of the alliance’s financial burden.Erdogan, meanwhile, is demanding acceptance of Turkish goals in northern Syria, including classifying as a terrorist threat the Kurdish militias that have fought Islamic State alongside other NATO allies. He also rubbed salt into another open wound in Turkey’s ties with Western allies, by unpacking and testing the NATO non-compatible S-400 air defense system he recently bought from Russia.NATO Foresees More Europe Defense Outlays as It Braces for TrumpAnd that’s all before Trump makes his first tweet at the event. The U.S. president will arrive distracted by pressures at home, where he is the subject of impeachment proceedings.“It will be a great tribute to how much all the NATO allies value the institution if we manage to get through this leaders meeting without President Trump, President Macron or President Erdogan doing something damaging to the alliance,” said Kori Schake, a former National Security Council official in the George W. Bush administration who is now deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.The shortened time frame –- formal sessions will take only about four hours -- may limit the potential for damage. Long term NATO watchers also caution against exaggerating the dangers of intra-alliance tensions, which aren’t new to an organization that includes countries with differing geographies and security priorities.Macron’s questioning of the collective defense commitment at NATO’s heart is dangerous, but in many ways he is simply reverting to France’s traditionally semi-detached status. President Charles De Gaulle pulled out of the organization’s military command structure in 1966, and France rejoined only in 2009.Macron Says NATO Should Shift Its Focus Away From Russia“It’s not a fashionable view, I know,” said Sir Adam Thomson, the U.K.’s envoy to NATO from 2014-2016, but NATO “has been pursuing a new vision since the end of the Cold War and, to some extent, it’s already got a lot of the material.”He cited three new roles since the Cold War: Crisis management in places like Afghanistan, keeping a lid on potential disputes between members in eastern Europe, and building partnerships with dozens of non-member countries.As the site of NATO’s first headquarters, London was a natural choice for this week’s anniversary. It was also supposed to make a statement on the global stature of a new post-Brexit Britain.Johnson Plans Major Review of U.K.’s Defense, Foreign PolicyBrexit, however, has since been delayed. Johnson also called a snap election for Dec. 12. With anti-Trump protests planned, the opposition Labour Party hopes to capitalize on the U.S. president’s unpopularity and friendship with Johnson.Were Johnson to lose to Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, that would give NATO yet another individual to worry about at its next summit, due in 2021.Over his career the socialist firebrand has called NATO “a danger to world peace and a danger to world security”. He has more recently fallen into line with party policy, which is for the U.K. to stay in the alliance, but he’d likely prove another awkward partner.The last time Britain hosted NATO leaders, in 2014, he told an anti-NATO rally the end of the Cold War “should have been the time for NATO to shut up shop, give up, go home and go away.”\--With assistance from Onur Ant, Geraldine Amiel and Justin Sink.To contact the reporters on this story: Marc Champion in London at;Jonathan Stearns in Brussels at jstearns2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Rosalind Mathieson at, Flavia Krause-JacksonFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Merkel’s Tenure on the Line as Coalition Partner Veers Left


Merkel’s Tenure on the Line as Coalition Partner Veers Left(Bloomberg) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government was thrown into crisis after Germany’s Social Democrats redrew the country’s political map by electing a new leadership seen as a threat to the survival of their coalition.Merkel’s SPD vice chancellor, Olaf Scholz, suffered a stinging defeat in his bid to lead the party as members voted to install Norbert Walter-Borjans and lawmaker Saskia Esken, who have been vocal in opposing the unloved alliance with Merkel. The terms of the new leadership will be determined at a three-day party conference starting Friday.In comments after the tandem’s victory Saturday evening, Walter-Borjans said there was no intention to abruptly bolt the coalition. The SPD is more likely to put forward a set of demands, such as abandoning Merkel’s cherished balanced-budget stance and raising Germany’s minimum wage. Some may be red lines for Merkel’s Christian Democratic-led bloc.“I never said we need to leave,” Walter-Borjans, a former finance minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state, said after the ballot’s result was announced. “We must improve the policies and perhaps loosen the black zero,” he said, referring to Merkel’s budget pledge.Scholz, Merkel’s finance minister who along with regional politician Klara Geywitz was defeated by a margin of 53% to 45%. He pledged to support his party’s new leadership and they, in turn, said they expect him to continue in his government position.The rebellion against the SPD establishment pushes Merkel a step closer to the exit after 14 years in power and leaves Europe’s biggest economy approaching a crossroads. Growth has faltered and populism is on the rise, while the chancellor has been overshadowed by French President Emmanuel Macron and caught between a hostile U.S. administration and an assertive China.The decision signals a prolonged phase of political uncertainty in Germany that could hamper the European Union’s efforts to chart a path forward after Brexit and to wield its influence on the global stage.Merkel said last year that she wouldn’t run again but intends to serve out her term ending in 2021. She’s due to meet Macron, President Donald Trump and other NATO leaders in London, followed by talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Paris on ending the conflict in Ukraine. Scholz is scheduled to be in Brussels on Wednesday to broker a plan to complete the European banking union.The Social Democrats’ leadership crisis was triggered in June when chairwoman Andrea Nahles resigned after the party’s beating in elections for the European Parliament. The succession contest reopened a party split between establishment figures and the left, which has longed to exit the coalition and re-establish the SPD’s credentials with its working-class base.After a tumultuous year in which the SPD and Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union both faced power struggles and the economy flirted with recession, Germany’s political and business elites had hoped for a period of calm and continuity. Merkel made an unusual plea to see the alliance through to 2021, saying there was still much to be done.But Walter-Borjans, who established a reputation for fighting tax cheats, and Esken, who has openly called for ending the coalition, tapped the dissatisfaction of Social Democrats who blame its decline in the polls on abandoning its roots .BreakupAny breakup may become a drawn out process. In addition to a straight vote on leaving the coalition, there will be proposals at the SPD convention setting out conditions for staying, potentially paving the way for prolonged negotiations.Merkel’s CDU said on Saturday that it expects the SPD to honor last year’s coalition agreement. CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told delegates at its convention in Leipzig last week that she would refuse to renegotiate it.“We want to govern Germany well, and for that we have a good basis,” CDU general secretary Paul Ziemiak said after the result. “Today’s decision hasn’t changed this basis.”The SPD leadership also has to weigh the merits of facing a possible early election when the party has slipped below 15% in some polls, compared with the 20.5% it took in the last election in 2017. The party is running neck-and-neck with the far-right Alternative for Germany, which elected a new co-chairman at a convention on Saturday.Tino Chrupalla, a 44-year-old tradesman from the ex-communist east -- a region where support for the anti-establishment party has surged -- gives the nationalists a leader from a region where the party is strong. Chrupalla enjoys support of the party’s extreme-right wing but took a moderate tone, saying the party didn’t need “drastic language” to win conservative voters who feel abandoned by Merkel’s bloc(Updates with Scholz to stay in fifth paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Birgit Jennen in Berlin at;Patrick Donahue in Berlin at pdonahue1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at, Andrew Davis, Tony CzuczkaFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


The U.S. Army’s Worst Tradition: Never Ready for the Next War


The U.S. Army’s Worst Tradition: Never Ready for the Next WarGettySince the end of the Cold War, the U.S. Army has been consistently ranked as the most capable land force on the globe by defense analysts of all stripes. So why are so many people in the American military community today worried about the Army’s ability to deter conflicts with likely adversaries or prevail against those adversaries in future wars?The short answer is that warfare, always a mysterious amalgam of art, science, and guts, has become an increasingly complicated and unpredictable enterprise. America’s leading potential adversaries, China and Russia, have shown no small measure of imagination and dexterity in identifying the U.S. armed forces’ vulnerabilities, and exploiting them through the development of subtle yet aggressive geopolitical strategies, and increasingly lethal armed forces.Both “near peer competitors” may well be ahead of the U.S. military in applying newly emerging technologies—artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous systems, hypersonic weapons, and nanotechnology—to the ancient military problems of constricting an adversary’s maneuver, neutralizing its offensive weapons, and disrupting its command and control.These cutting-edge technologies, writes Christian Brose, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, “will enable new battle networks of sensors and shooters to rapidly accelerate the process of detecting, targeting, and striking threats, what the military calls the ‘kill chain.’”Mattis: ‘No Enemy’ Has Done More Harm to Military Readiness Than CongressHow is it that “the most lethal land force in world history” finds itself in this unenviable position? While the Army exhausted itself fighting two frustrating and inconclusive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last 19 years, both Russia and China embarked on grand strategies of regional hegemony designed to undermine the rules-based international order that emerged after World War II under American leadership. Both of these rising powers have developed myriad ways to sew discord and dissent in America’s network of alliances and to expand their spheres of influence.Beijing presents its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as the best path for underdeveloped countries in Asia and Africa to gain access to modern infrastructure, capital, and prosperity. In practice, it’s plain that under the guise of building ports, roads, and communications infrastructure around the globe, China is engaged in predatory lending practices meant to gain political leverage and privileged access to foreign assets.In the South China Sea, Beijing has militarized seven hotly disputed islets, and is attempting to pinch the U.S. forces out of this strategically sensitive area entirely, even though international courts have declared China’s claims to these waters to be without foundation.Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin has run rings around the Obama and Trump administrations in the chess game of international politics. He successfully annexed the Crimea in 2014 from Ukraine, and interfered in the presidential election of 2016 via “active measures,” i.e., information warfare aimed at creating confusion and conflict in the American body politic. Moscow also successfully intervened on behalf of the brutal Assad regime in Syria, and Russia is now a major player in the Middle East.As demonstrated in the Ukraine, the Russians are the master practitioners of “hybrid warfare,” in which conventional military operations—and the threat of such operations—are closely integrated with propaganda, proxy campaigns, cyber warfare, coercive diplomacy, and economic threats.Both Russia and China have revitalized creaky and obsolete military establishments into first-class warfighting organizations. The consensus among Western military analysts is that in their respective spheres of influence, both countries have sufficiently sophisticated “anti-access area denial” (A2AD) capabilities to inflict severe punishment on American forces attempting to penetrate those spheres in order to challenge aggression or come to the aid of an ally. According to Army General Mark Milley, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both Russia and China are “deploying capabilities to fight the United States through multiple levels of standoff in all domains—space, cyber, air, sea, and land. The military problem we face is defeating multiple levels of standoff… in order to maintain the coherence of our operations.”Gen. Milley and the rest of the Army’s top brass are well aware that their service is currently a rusty instrument for carrying out high intensity operations warfare against either potential adversary. The Army Strategy, an 11-page, single-spaced document published in October 2018, provides a rough blueprint for the service’s plan to transform itself from a counterinsurgency-oriented organization into the leading practitioner of high intensity war by 2028.It won’t be easy. The Army Strategy calls for truly sweeping, even revolutionary, changes in doctrine, training, and organization of forces.For the first time since the Cold War, the Army has to reconfigure itself to be able to fight and win in a contested environment, where it will not have undisputed control over the air and sea. At the same time, it must prepare to engage potential adversaries more or less continuously in “gray zone conflict.” General Joseph Votel, the recently retired head of Special Operations Command, succinctly defines this concept as “conflicts characterized by intense political, economic, informational, and military competition more fervent in nature than normal diplomacy, yet short of conventional war.”The Army Strategy describes four lines of effort to reach the service’s chief objective by 2028, in this order of priority: Readiness, modernization, department reform, and building alliances and partnerships. The last two lines are more or less pro forma in every American military strategy document I’ve read over the last 30 years: reduce waste and inefficiency, and work with allies to insure military interoperability. The first two lines are worth a close look, for they illuminate the broad contours of the service’s quest to regain its pre-eminence in great power conflict. The quest to enhance readiness begins with plans to increase the size of the regular army to over half a million men from its current level of 476,000. In a departure from recent practice, all units earmarked for contingency operations and overseas deployments will be fully manned and given state of the art equipment before deploying. In order to increase the size of the service, the quality and quantity of recruiters and instructors will be increased.The focus of Army unit training will shift from counterinsurgency operations to high intensity fighting, where the adversary is assumed to have cutting edge A2AD, offensive weapons, and cyber systems.Deployments of Army units around the world will be less predictable and more rapid that they’ve been to date, as the Army and the other armed services begin to put the “Dynamic Force Deployment” concept to work. This concept is closely associated with former Secretary of Defense James Mattis. It’s also classified, and few details have been released for public consumption. But the core idea, as Mattis explained in 2018, is for the U.S. military to “stop telegraphing its punches.” Combat forces and their support units will be moving in and out of potential flashpoint areas more frequently and at unpredictable intervals in order to proactively shape the strategic environment.Improving readiness also involves important upgrades in the Army’s defensive missile systems to counter China and Russia’s formidable A2AD systems. A new lower-tier air and missile defense sensor project will enhance the ability of Patriot missiles to identify and track targets at long range by 2022. Beginning in 2021, Stryker light armored vehicles will be equipped with a new air defense system to protect mechanized battalions and brigades as they maneuver in harm’s way.Missile system upgrades, coupled with an entirely new generation of combat vehicles, both manned and unmanned, will allow the Army of the future to penetrate adversary defenses with an acceptable degree of loss.Ensuring readiness to fight is the top priority of the Army until 2022. After that date, the service plans to turn close attention to implementing entirely new operational concepts and “technologically mature” systems that are currently in the research and development phase.The overarching goal is to be able to conduct sustained “multi-domain operations” against either potential adversary, and win, by 2028. In the modernization phase, the Army plans to introduce a host of new long-range precision weapons, including hypersonic missiles that travel at more than five times the speed of sound. An entirely new generation of combat vehicles and vertical lift aircraft, i.e., new helicopters and aircraft with capabilities similar to those of the V-22 Osprey, both manned and unmanned, are currently in the works.The new Army Network will be an integrated system of hardware, software, and infrastructure capable of withstanding formidable cyber assaults.The leading war-fighting concept at the foundation of the Army’s modernization effort, though, is clearly “multi-domain operations (MDO).” The first thing to be said about the concept is that it’s very much inchoate. Discussions with several active-duty Army officers suggest even those “in the know” about this classified concept have only a hazy idea of how such operations will work in the field, for the simple reason that many of the systems such operations hope to integrate are still in the early stages of development.The Army has only one experimental MDO unit on active duty. It is deployed in the Indo-Pacific Command and built around a conventional rocket and missile brigade. The brigade contains a unique battalion devoted to intelligence, information, cyber, electronic warfare and space operations (I2CEWS). According to Sydney J. Freedberg Jr., an editor at Breaking Defense, the I2CEWS battalion “appears to not only pull together data from outside sources—satellites, drones, spy planes—to inform friendly forces of threats and targets, it also wages war in cyberspace and across the electronic spectrum, hacking and jamming the sensors and networks that tell the enemy where to shoot.”The commander of Army forces in the Indo-Pacific, Gen. Robert Brown, recently told reporters that his experimental brigade has performed brilliantly “in at least ten war games” against what are presumably Chinese and Russian forces. Before the advent of the new unit, American forces repeatedly failed to penetrate either rivals’ anti-access area denial systems with acceptable casualties in war games. Another experimental brigade is expected to enter service in Europe soon.The U.S. Army has a long and unenviable history of being ill-prepared to fight the next war. The French and British had to train U.S. Army units before they were deployed in World War I. The Army entered World War II as the 17th largest army in the world, with underpowered tanks, airplanes, and ancient rifles. The Army that went to Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan had trained long and hard to engage in conventional operations against nation states, but was ill-prepared, psychologically or organizationally, for counter-insurgency war. The Army’s ability to adapt to new developments has long been hampered by infighting and excessive conservatism in the upper reaches of the service’s hierarchy.To remedy this problem, in July 2018 the Army created the Futures Command (AFC). Its purpose is to unify the service-wide modernization effort under a single command, and oversee the development of new doctrine, equipment, organization, and training. According to Gen. John Murray, its head, the AFC “will conduct war-fighting and technology experimentation together, producing innovative, field-informed war-fighting concepts and working prototypes of systems that have a low risk of… being rejected by future war fighters. There are no game-changing technologies. There are only game-changing combinations of war-fighting concepts, technologies and organizations.”To say that General Murray has his work cut out for him is a massive understatement. He surely has one of the most difficult and important assignments in modern military history. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Russia cements role as gas 'kingpin' with three new pipelines


Russia cements role as gas 'kingpin' with three new pipelinesRussian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping launch Monday a gas pipeline that is the first of three ambitious projects intended to cement Moscow's role as top gas exporter. Putin and Xi are to inaugurate by video link-up the "Power of Siberia" pipeline, sending Siberian gas to China in a move that will strengthen their ties amid Moscow's confrontation with the West. Russia is also planning to soon launch two more gas pipelines that will ramp up supplies to Europe while bypassing Ukraine.


Trump White #House rejects Nadler invite to Wednesday impeachment hearing


The Trump administration rejected Chairman Jerry Nadler’s invitation to participate in Wednesday’s impeachment hearing as the Democrat-led Ukraine inquiry shifts from the House Intelligence Committee ...

Portugal, France and Germany in Euro 2020 super group

Germany coach Joachim Loew, Portugal coach Fernando Santos and France coach Didier Deschamps pose with the trophy after being drawn in group E.
Germany coach Joachim Loew, Portugal coach Fernando Santos and France coach Didier Deschamps pose with the trophy after being drawn in group E.

BUCHAREST, Saturday - Defending champions Portugal and the last two world champions, France and Germany, were thrown together in what German coach Joachim Loew described as the group of death following a lop-sided and complicated Euro 2020 draw on Saturday.

England were drawn against Croatia in a repeat of last year’s World Cup semi-final while other favourites were given a much easier ride in the 24-team tournament which will be played in 12 different countries across the region.

The clear pick of the six first round pools was Group F, to be played in Munich and Budapest, which pitted France, Portugal and Germany, plus the winners of either playoff A or D. However, the sting was slightly taken away by the format which allows four of the six third-placed teams to qualify for the round of 16, UEFA’s decision to rank the teams according to their result in the qualifiers, combined with Portugal’s performance in their group, meant they ended up among the third seeds while France were one of the second seeds.

“This is a group of death,” said Loew whose side will play all three games at home under competition rules. “The expectations will be quite high. For our young team, this will be huge challenge but also a big motivation.”

England and Croatia, who have met in the Nations League since Croatia’s 2-1 win in Moscow last year, will be joined in Group D by the Czech Republic and the winners of playoff C - either Scotland, Norway, Serbia or Israel.

The Group D winners will face the runners-up from Germany’s group in the round of 16 while the second-placed team will travel to Copenhagen to meet the Group E runners-up - potentially an easier match.

The Group will be played in London - host for the semi-finals and final - and Glasgow.

Other favourites were given a much easier-looking ride.

Italy, who won all 10 qualifying games as they bounced back from failing to make the last World Cup, will face Turkey, Wales and Switzerland in Group A, in Rome and Baku.

“We have a slight advantage by playing at home. Maybe some will think we are favourites but we need to confirm everything on the pitch, as always,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini said.

Euro 2008 and 2012 champions Spain, who will jointly host Group E in Bilbao with Dublin, play Sweden, Poland and playoff winner B - either Bosnia, Slovakia, Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Belgium’s opponents in Group B will be Denmark and Russia -who are both host nations - and Finland, who will be making their first appearance in a European Championship or World Cup. The Netherlands, who like Italy missed out on the last World Cup, were pitted against Ukraine, Austria and playoff winner A or D in Group C, which will be played in Amsterdam and Bucharest.

Under the complex rules, all host nations will play their group games at home, meaning a number of teams had been allocated their groups before the draw

“The rules are clear, they were accepted by everybody,” said UEFA deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti. “Portugal are in pot three because they didn’t win their group, and the winner of their group was Ukraine. And Ukraine, thanks to their results, are in pot one, and everybody accepts it because once again we have clear rules.” – Agencies 

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Opinion: Give thanks, Americans. You're back to work.

If you find your Thanksgiving table descending into a fight about whether President Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal rises to an impeachable offense, put down the mashed potatoes, tap your wine glass, gather your family's attention, and tell them that this holiday is reserved for gratitude. If they doubt that American public life offers anything to be thankful for, ask them to consider this: The American people are finally back to work.This year, the rate of employment for people [...]

Miss Universe 2019 Top 20 - Admin Edition

Morning guys.....
This my top 20 for Miss Universe 2019 november edition.
Here they are...

From Africa and Asia Pacific region

1. Indonesia Indonesia - Frederika Alexis Cull
2. Philippines Philippines - Gazini Ganados
3. Malaysia Malaysia - Shweta Sekhon
4. Thailand Thailand - Paweensuda Drouin
5. Namibia Namibia - Nadja Breytenbach

From Europe Region

1. Albania Albania - Cindy Marina
2. Germany Germany - Miriam Rautert
3. Kosovo Kosovo - Fatbardha Hoxha
4. Spain Spain - Natalie Ortega
5. Ukraine Ukraine - Anastasia Subbota

From Americas Region

1. United States United States - Cheslie Kryst 
2. Venezuela Venezuela - Thalía Olvino 
3. Mexico Mexico - Sofía Aragón 
4. Canada Canada - Alyssa Boston
5. Brazil Brazil - Julia Horta


1. Vietnam Vietnam - Hoang Thuy
2. Sweden Sweden - Lina Ljungberg
3. New Zealand New Zealand - Diamond Langi
4. Colombia Colombia - Gabriela Tafur
5.. Argentina Argentina - Mariana Varela

Final Night: 8 December 2019


Anastasia Subbota - Miss Universe Ukraine 2019


Anastasia Subbota hi pangatu sin hula niya Ukraine ha kontes Miss Universe 2019.

Miss Tourism International 2019 - Final Result

Hello ma kabagayan.... Yari ku piyos in result sin Miss Tourism International 2019 amun piya aun kabieh sin pitca 8 november 2019 ha Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ini in result niya.

Philippines Philippines - Cyrille Payumo

Indonesia Indonesia - Gabriella Patricia Mandolang
1st Runner Up 

Ukraine Ukraine - Katernya Kachashvili
2nd Runner Up

Poland Poland - Joanna Babynko
3rd Runner Up

Cambodia Cambodia - Chan Sotima 
4th Runner Up 

TOP 10
Thailand Thailand - Chompoonut Phungphon

India India -  Rhythm Singh Randhawa

Malaysia Malaysia - Cheryl Loo

Uganda Uganda - Kyeru Phiona
Estonia Estonia - Karolin Kippasto

Thailand Thailand - Chompoonut Phungphon
Miss South East Asia Tourism Ambassadress 2019/2020

Thailand Thailand - Chompoonut Phungphon

Thailand Thailand - Chompoonut Phungphon
Miss SOGO Trendsetter  

Indonesia Indonesia - Gabriella Patricia Mandolang
Miss AGAPE Wellness Beauty

Indonesia Indonesia - Gabriella Patricia Mandolang
Miss Popularity

Indonesia Indonesia - Gabriella Patricia Mandolang
Perak Tourism Ambassadress

Malaysia Malaysia - Cheryl Loo
Miss GINTELL Wellness

Malaysia Malaysia - Cheryl Loo
Miss Glamorous Carlo Rino

Malaysia Malaysia - Cheryl Loo
Miss Glorious Beautyful 

India India -  Rhythm Singh Randhawa
Best In Social Media 

India India -  Rhythm Singh Randhawa
Miss Legend Age Fascinating Lips 

Japan Japan - Kana Matsumura
Miss XMA Charm    

Philippines Philippines - Cyrille Payumo
Best National Costume

Bulgaria Bulgaria - Dzhenifar Ohanes Koyunian
Best In Talent

Australia Australia - Charli Kiarra Wookey
Miss Photogenic

Finland Finland - Daneila Kalvilainen
Miss Friendship

Ukraine Ukraine - Katernya Kachashvili
Miss Focus Point Dazzling


How much did Mike Pence know about pressure on Ukraine? Testimony suggests effort to flag concerns

When Mike Pence and Volodymyr Zelensky met in a windowless conference room, the stalled aid was the first issue the Ukraine president raised.


Apple taking 'deeper look' at disputed borders for its Maps


San Francisco: Apple which showed the controversial annexed Crimean peninsula as part of the Russian territory on its location-based apps has changed how Crimea is displayed in its Maps and Weather apps and will take a "deeper look" at how disputed borders are shown.

Ukraine criticised the Cupertino-based tech giant for showing Crimea as part of Russia's territory on its Maps and Weather apps.

The annexed region, which has a Russian-speaking majority, has now been removed from being shown as Russian territory on Apple Maps and its Weather app, reports

"We review international law as well as relevant US and other domestic laws before making a determination in labelling on our Maps and make changes if required by law," Apple said in a statement.

"We are taking a deeper look at how we handle disputed borders in our services and may make changes in the future as a result. Our intention is to make sure our customers can enjoy using Maps and other Apple services, everywhere in the world," it added.

The peninsula on the north side of the Black Sea was brought under the Russian control in March 2014 during political unrest there concerning Crimea's status within Ukraine.

According to a report in BBC, the State Duma, the Russian parliament's lower house, said in a statement: "Crimea and Sevastopol now appear on Apple devices as Russian territory."

Apple had been in talks with Russia for several months over what the State Duma described as "inaccuracy" in the way Crimea was labelled.

Search engine giant Google, in 2014, agreed to portray Crimea as part of Russia for users inside Russia. And now, users outside Russia will see Crimea's capital Simferopol without an accompanying country at all.


Reviews from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): Michael Novakhov from Michael_Novakhov (17 sites): Michael Novakhov - SharedNewsLinks℠: Is Barr's Justice Department allowing probes that threaten Trump?

Michael_Novakhov shared this story from Political stories from Newsday.

The unusual suspects

In William Barr, Donald Trump seemed to have gotten the protector he wanted in an attorney general.

Barr argues sweeping claims of executive privilege against congressional subpoenas for White House witnesses and the president's tax returns. He put a Trump-favoring prerelease spin on the Mueller report. He obliges Trump's demand to investigate the Russia investigators.

But the lengths to which Barr will go to defend and appease Trump may face an even tougher test. According to Politico, legal experts see signs that the Justice Department is laying the groundwork for a potential criminal probe into whether the president and his top advisers broke federal laws in the Ukraine scandal.

The FBI has already contacted an attorney for the whistleblower who first revealed the effort to leverage military aid and a White House audience for Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, in exchange for investigations Trump wanted of political rivals. In New York, federal prosecutors are expanding a probe into Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and have indicted two of Giuliani's associates who were deeply involved in Ukraine schemes.

When the whistleblower complaint surfaced in September, a Justice spokeswoman said Trump had been cleared of any campaign finance violations from his July 25 call with Zelensky. But a senior DOJ official said that didn't mean Justice wouldn't examine other issues. Legal experts and several Democratic lawmakers say those other issues could include a conspiracy to commit bribery and extortion by conditioning an official government act.

According to The Washington Post, when Trump wanted Barr to hold a news conference declaring that the commander in chief had broken no laws, the attorney general wouldn't do it. However, Barr has embraced the long-standing Justice opinion that a sitting president cannot be indicted while in office.

Despite the moves on several fronts by Justice prosecutors and FBI agents, Democrats say they have little confidence the department under Barr will follow the law no matter where it leads. "It’s Bill Barr protecting the president,” said Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. “The way to handle it would have been to appoint a special counsel to investigate all these matters.”

GOP: All's unfair

With impeachment proceedings moving to a new phase, Republicans signaled on the Sunday talk show circuit that their strategy will remain the same — attacking the process as unfair, even as they and Trump have been invited to mount a defense.

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), a Judiciary Committee member, said he thought it “would be to the president’s advantage” to have counsel participate in the panel's hearings, which open Wednesday. “But I can also understand how he is upset at the illegitimate process that we saw unfold in the Intelligence Committee,” he added.

The White House hasn't said whether it will send anyone.

Rep. Douglas A. Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on Judiciary, said the Democratic Intelligence Committee chairman, Adam Schiff, should be called to testify. "If he chooses not to, then I really question his veracity in what he’s putting in his report,” Collins said.

Janison: Serving up fantasy

Trump won't let go of the groundless and convoluted story about a Democratic National Committee computer server from 2016 that contains undefined secrets getting hidden away in Ukraine by a "Ukrainian company" called CrowdStrike, writes Newsday's Dan Janison.

As he rambled on about it during a live call-in to "Fox & Friends" last week, even host Steve Doocy sounded a note of skepticism. "Are you sure they did that? Are you sure they gave it to Ukraine?” he asked. “Well, that’s what the word is,” the president replied. 

There is no missing server. CrowdStrike, a California company that has worked for both parties, gleaned images from the hard drives and gave the information from the cloud-based backup to the FBI for the investigation of Russian hacking of the DNC. Former Trump homeland security adviser Tom Bossert has blamed Rudy Giuliani for stoking Trump's belief in the "completely debunked" story.

But current administration officials have tiptoed around his claims and indulged his demands for investigation.

Sex, lies and impeachment

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) the only House Democrat to have worked on both the Nixon and Clinton impeachment proceedings, said Trump's alleged misconduct is worse than either of those predecessors.

"Lying about sex does not disrupt the constitutional order. It does not threaten the national security," she said on CNN of the failed Republican-led impeachment against Bill Clinton. "We're not pursuing President Trump's lying about sex. His former lawyer [Michael Cohen] is in prison because he lied about the president's affairs."

In Richard Nixon's case, while he tried to "use the leverage" of the government to cover up the Watergate burglary, he did not involve other foreign nations, Lofgren said.

“If you take a look at what the Founding Fathers were concerned about, it was the interference by foreign governments in our political system that was one of their gravest concerns," she said. "Nixon's behavior didn't fall into that range. So, in that way, this conduct is more serious.”

Majority rues

Both Mitch McConnell's Senate Republicans and Nancy Pelosi's House Democrats face challenges in defending their majorities in the 2020 elections, according to analyses by Roll Call.

While Democrat Doug Jones of Alabama is rated the most vulnerable senator up for reelection, seven of the 10 senators on Roll Call's list are Republican. Jones won a special election in the deep red state in 2017 after his hard-right GOP opponent Roy Moore imploded over allegations of sexual misconduct with underage girls.

On the House side, eight of the 10 most vulnerable members are Democrats, including freshman Max Rose of Staten Island.

Donny, I hardly know ye

Trump is openly a fan of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has sent word to his admirer as U.K. elections approach: Don't help me.

Current plans call for them to avoid a one-on-one meeting at this week's NATO summit in London. Polls favor Johnson, and he doesn't want Trump's unpopularity in Britain to ruin it.

What else is happening:

  • Trump's intervention on behalf of a Navy SEAL tried for war crimes has left him more removed than ever from a disenchanted military command, The New York Times reports. A Pentagon hierarchy wedded to long-standing rules of combat and discipline faced a commander in chief with no military experience but a sense of grievance against authority
  • Joe Biden told an Iowa crowd that his mother would’ve said that Trump’s mouth should be washed out with soap. Biden has had his own suds-worthy moments at a hot mic.
  • Andrew Yang raised $750,000 on Nov. 30, his single best fundraising day to date of the Democratic hopeful's campaign, Politico reported.
  • Cory Booker, struggling to qualify for the next debate, said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that his campaign messaging is "working." He then conceded that "it's not translating to people choosing me in the polls." 
  • If you didn't know former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak was running for the Democratic nomination, no worries. He dropped out Sunday.
  • Trump has spoken favorably of a bipartisan Senate bill to lower prescription drug prices. But a GOP sponsor, Sen. Chuck Grassley, said the president hasn't leaned hard enough on McConnell to let it advance, according to Politico.

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The convicted terrorist who killed two people in a knife rampage at London Bridge was tackled by ex-offenders, including a murderer, who had been invited to a conference on rehabilitation. 
Usman Khan, 28, had previously participated in Cambridge University's Learning Together prisoner rehabilitation programme but, according to a source with knowledge of the programme, showed "no cause for concern". 
A number of former participants, including Khan, had been invited to Fishmongers Hall on Friday to take part in a conference for the programme's fifth anniversary. 


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The narwhal (Monodon monoceros), or narwhale, is a medium-sized toothed whale that possesses a large "tusk" from a protruding canine tooth. It lives year-round in the Arctic waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia. It is one of two living species of whale in the family Monodontidae, along with the beluga whale. The narwhal males are distinguished by a long, straight, helical tusk, which is an elongated upper left canine. The narwhal was one of many species described by Carl Linnaeus in his publication Systema Naturae in 1758. 

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Republicans backing Trump: This week in impeachment

Last week the House of Representatives ended its public presentation of the impeachment case. It included Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s bombshell testimony implicating everyone from the President to the Vice President to the Secretary of State in the effort to pressure Ukraine for a politically motivated investigation in return for military aid. They were merely “following…


What were Rudy Giuliani's business dealings in Ukraine?

It was another day of revelations in the saga of President Trump's dealings with Ukraine, which prompted the impeachment inquiry. What was Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, doing in that Eastern European country? What did the president know about the whistleblower complaint -- and when? Yamiche Alcindor joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest and put it into context.

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That's great, but using Trump as a savior is ignoring his moral and patriotism disaster over the past three years. We are lifetime Republicans who have been abandoned by our church and our party. To be duplicitous at a time of darkness and mayhem is contrary to anything I know about Catholicism. Just a few serious falsehoods of Trump... Spent 6 years trying to prove thet President Obama was not an American citizen. at a ralley he finally admitted Obama was a citizen and without an apology. Caters to and supports tyrants Putin, Kim and Xhi not knowing he is commits treason because we are at war with China and Russia. Defies his intelligence pros by insisting that Ukraine,. not Russia hacked our election for president. Trump lies so much that he has our allies and more importantly, our adversaries confused. He married his third wife Millennia who was pregnant with Barron while he was philandering with a whore. He targets Joe Biden as his political opponent and seeks to disparage him continually when Biden is not uet his nominated adversary. Like trying to shoot a running dear with a water pistol!! And on... and on.

The Oligarchs Who Lost Ukraine and Won Washington

The United States’ gravest constitutional crisis since Watergate is an episode in a broader geopolitical struggle between the defenders of democracy and the forces of oligarchic authoritarianism.

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PLAY FREEBIRD! Wonkagenda For Wed., Nov. 27, 2019


Morning Wonketariat! Most of us are preparing for the War on Thanksgiving, so things will be fairly quiet today, but here's some of the things we may be talking about!

The New York Times reports Trump was briefed about the Ukrainium One whistleblower complaint BEFORE he decided to unfreeze military aid to Ukraine. In theory, this negates the main GOP talking point that Trump unfroze the aid ("so what?") as it suggests Trump only released the aid AFTER he realized he was caught with his hand in the golden cookie jar.

Mark Sandy, the White House Office of Management and Budget official who came forward to spill his guts to the House impeachment inquiry, testified that two OMB officials quit their jobs in response to Trump's Ukrainium One scheme. A transcript from Sandy's Nov 16. testimony shows one official in OMB's legal division was concerned the White House was attempting to use a legally dubious back door to cancel congressionally approved military aide to Ukraine, violating the 1974 Impoundment Control Act, by simply blocking disbursement of the aid until Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. Roll Call notes livid Democrats on the House Budget and Appropriations committees are unlikely to hold more hearings in the last few legislative days of 2019 but are fuming at all the evidence OMB refused to cough up, pissed about the administration's numerous attempts to screw with foreign aid, and also threatening to put a leash on OMB's purse. An OMB spox said it was the "same old spin." [Transcript]

The House Judiciary Committee intends to push ahead with the impeachment inquiry, scheduling hearings for Dec. 4 of next week. AP reports the hearings will feature legal eagles squawking about constitutional powers, and that Trump and his TV lawyers have been invited to question witnesses. Democrats are still aiming to wrap impeachment proceedings up by the end of the year.

New polls show Rep. Adam Schiff's Impeach-a-Palooza helped swing some more people. A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows support for impeachment sitting at 47-40, while a CNN/SSRS poll shows support at 50-43 percent.

The House Oversight Committee is suing Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, trying to force them to comply with a subpoena as part of an investigation into the administration's attempt to add a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The administration has claimed it has super double-secret executive privilege and doesn't need to listen to Congress's request for documents; the suit argues, "Executive Privilege cannot shield documents and communications that reveal how and why the Commerce Department made numerous false and misleading statements to the public, Congress, and the courts about the genesis of the citizenship question."

Prosecutors and Mike Flynn's TV lawyer want to delay Flynn's sentencing until after Attorney General Bill Barr's stooge releases his investigation into the investigation of Trump-Russia fuckery in 2016. Last weekend multiple outlets reported that Barr's investigation into the investigation is expected to be a fool's errand that turned up doodly squat.

Fighting between top health officials in the Trump administration has led to a delay of a long proposed TrumpCare stuff. Politico reports infighting between Alex Azar and Seema Verma has created a Game of Thrones-like scenario with the two competing to undercut one another.

The New York Times has a heart breaking investigation into how FEMA aid to Puerto Rico has stalled when compared to our mainland states.

Texas Democrats got their hands on Republicans' 2020 strategy reports the Dallas Morning News. The document details how the GOP intends deal with the "polarizing nature" of Donald Trump, and try to flip 12 districts by spending a few hundred bucks to camp on various web domains. After the March 3 primary, Republicans would launch "microsites" overflowing with hatchet jobs against Democratic candidates.

Do you guys remember that time Democrat turned Republican turned Democrat Michael Bloomberg tried to play both sides by donating to Republicans so that Sen. Mitch McConnell could keep screwing with poor people? The FEC remembers! Bloomberg's campaign says that he only gave money to Republicans to "get things done," and he "doesn't share their values." Bonus: Politico has an accidentally funny story about how Bloomberg (and his lackeys) think the campaign can overcome the perfect storm they're sailing into.

Today is the deadline for candidates to appear on the California primary ballot, and I swear to Crom, I will make sure anyone who fucks up today's news cycle by announcing they're a Democratic candidate will spend the next six months washing turds off their tour bus.

Obama went to California and hurt the feefees of some super rich donors by saying they need cough up more cash. People paid between $10,000 to $355,000, and then in strolls B. Barry Bamz to say, "If you've got a lot of money, give some more money. You can afford it. I know, because I can afford it. And, I see you all at the restaurants and these places. You know, I've been in some of your houses. I see what's happening with your accountants. You can do more. So, if you can do more, do more."

New documents show the NRA was showering its suits with cash and perks while it simultaneously slashed spending for education and training, hunter services, volunteer services, and promotional events at gun shows. The NRA tells the Washington Post it "eliminated costly advertising," and its top priority is "investing in the projects and services that best serve our members and protect their Second Amendment freedoms."

Trump held a rally in Florida where he yelled the impeachment inquiry into his Ukrainium One scheme was "bullshit," and claimed Democrats are trying to kill Thanksgiving. #WarOnThanksgiving

Melania Trump was greeted by long, sustained boos and hissing in Baltimore upon taking the stage at the B'More Youth Summit for Opioid Awareness. The crowd of mostly high school and middle school students talked throughout her speech, and told reporters from the Washington Post that they felt Donald Trump was racist, and complained Melon had plagiarized former First Lady Michelle Obama's convention speech. #BeBest

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Tucker Carlson Just 'Joking' When He Said He's Serious About Rooting For Russia Like A Common Asset


Tucker Carlson has been called a "cheerleader" for Russia, and last night on his Fox News program, he busted out the pom-poms. During a discussion about impeachment with former Clinton adviser Richard Goodstein, Carlson fixated instead on the menace of Hunter Biden.

CARLSON: Here you have Joe Biden's ne'er-do-well son using his father's position to make a million dollars a year in a business he knows nothing about.

Yes, that is shocking. This is my shocked face, which you can't see because of how print works. Lindsey Graham claimed that Hunter Biden's employment with the Ukrainian gas company Burisma doesn't pass the "smell test." It's almost 2020, and conservatives have just awakened to the fact that the loser children of successful people often wind up with jobs for which they are in no way qualified. This is not just the daily reality of corporate America. It's also the ongoing reality of the Trump family. Jared Kushner might not receive a physical paycheck, but the American people pay a hefty price for his presence in the White House.

Carlson defended Donald Trump as someone who, for "all his sins," has never "taken close to a million dollars a year from a Ukrainian energy company to do nothing because his dad is the vice president." Yes, the president never literally did what Carlson described. Instead, he attempted to extort a "favor" from Ukraine. Goodstein reminded Carlson that Trump never used the word "corruption" during his shakedown call. He wanted an "announcement" of a sham investigation into his political rival. That would easily serve as an in-kind donation to his re-election campaign well in excess of the million dollars Hunter Biden earned to sharpen pencils.

CARLSON: Now, I know Hunter Biden, I actually like Hunter Biden, but that's totally corrupt and you know it. Why is it worse to ask about it than do it?

This, by the way, is a sneak preview of Republican rhetoric during a Biden presidency. They will drag Uncle Joe as much as they did Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton but they'll preface everything with how much they like Biden personally. Graham said he "loves" Joe Biden as person. He once wept over the loss of Biden's son, Beau, but he'll paint a target on the back of his remaining one because he's a common gangster. It's not personal. It's strictly business.

The president holding up military aid to an ally for his own personal benefit is the definition of an impeachable offense. It's not a senior shoplifting incident, where grandpa just forgot he had the funding in his bag and walked out of the store. This was a deliberate and malicious act. Goldstein tried to explain the real, human impact to his sociopathic host.

GOODSTEIN: [P]eople are dying on the front lines. You think it's a joke --

CARLSON: Why do I care? Why do I care what's going on in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia?

GOODSTEIN: Because, I'll tell you why -

CARLSON: And I'm serious. Like, why do I care? And why shouldn't I root for Russia? Which I am.

Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014. It's the aggressor. Even from the most self-centered "America first" perspective, only Vladimir Putin benefits if Russia parties like it's 1939. The US agreed to send $400 million in support to fight off Russia. It doesn't matter if Ukraine eventually received the funding (after Trump got caught). Using it as leverage over an already desperate nation is horrific. It's certainly not the big joke Carlson suggested it was at the end of his show.

CARLSON: Earlier in the show, I noted that I was rooting for Russia in the contest between Russia and the Ukraine. Of course, I'm joking. I'm only rooting for America.

The ghoul claimed he didn't care how badly Russia screwed Ukraine barely a half hour earlier. He even said, "I'm serious." Perhaps I'm too literal but that implies that someone is serious. This is is like when magicians say there's nothing up their sleeve, but there totally is something up their sleeve. Why do they even mention their sleeves if they're going to lie about them? Carlson wants to pretend when it's convenient that his nightly, white nationalist cabaret act is all a big joke, but this isn't "The Colbert Report," which had the benefit of airing on a network called Comedy Central. Carlson is paid $6 million a year to dismiss the deaths of 13,000 people with glib callousness. That's more corrupt than anything Hunter Biden's ever done.

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RCD HOTELS представил новинки, запланированные на 2020 год

RCD HOTELS представил новинки на 2020 год

Реновация Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, шоу цирка Du Soleil, открытие первого отеля цепочки Nobu Hotels в Мексике — эти и другие новинки, которые ожидают гостей отелей холдинга RCD HOTELS, представили в Москве.



Так, 26 ноября 2019 года в Hard Rock Cafe Moscow прошёл пресс-завтрак RCD HOTELS, в который входят отели брендов Hard Rock Hotels All-inclusive, UNICO 20 87 Hotel Riviera Maya, Eden Roc Miami Beach, а также Nobu Hotels в Майами-Бич, Лос-Кабос и Чикаго.

И тут важно отметить, что в 2020 году Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, первому отелю цепочки, исполняется 10 лет. Как рассказал менеджер по продвижению RCD HOTELS в России, Украине, странах СНГ и Северной Европы Роман Цаллагов, с 29 января 2020 года в Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana будет проходить новое шоу Bazaar от легендарного Cirque Du Soleil. Также в 2020 году ожидается около четырёх масштабных музыкальных концертов в течение всего года.

Помимо этого в свой юбилей отель проведет реновацию номерного фонда. Чтобы не мешать отдыху клиентов, корпуса будут закрываться один за другим, а дневные активности и анимация перераспределяться в те зоны комплекса, где не проходят ремонтные работы.

«Наши клиенты даже не заметят, что в отеле проходит реновация, так как всеми работами будет заниматься компания из США, которая специализируется на реновации номерного фонда отеля при полностью работающем комплексе» — уточнил Рамон Ромеро, руководитель отдела продаж Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana.

Отметим, что осенью этого года туроператор «ANEX Tour» запустил собственную чартерную полетную программу в Пунта-Кану, благодаря чему продажи отеля на российском рынке показали рост.

В свою очередь руководитель отдела продаж UNICO 20 87 Hotel Riviera Maya Ирма Йео сообщил, что отель недавно получил Five Diamond Award, которой награждаются немногие отели уровня 5* Deluxe, что ещё раз подтвердило высокий уровень сервиса и стандарты качества этого отеля и нахождение его в The Leading Hotels Of The World.

«Мы очень рады, что российский рынок в этом году вошёл в ТОП-5 по продажам UNICO 20 87 и уверены, что динамика продаж будет только нарастать. На Новый год мы подготовили программу Superbia, которая пройдёт в отеле с 27.12.2019 по 01.01.2020» — отметил он.

Ещё одним значимым событием для RCD HOTELS в 2019 году стало открытие по франшизе Nobu Hotel Los Cabos — первого отеля цепочки Nobu Hotels в Мексике. Официальный запуск отеля состоялся 13 ноября, на котором традиционно присутствовали шеф-повар Нобу Мацухиса и актёр Роберт-Де Ниро. Знаменитости со всего мира съехались в этот вечер в Кабо-Сан-Лукас, в том числе Леонардо Ди Каприо.

«Этот год для нас очень хорош! Мы уже прибавили в продажах12%, а средний чек за аналогичный период увеличился на 8%. Будем только наращивать показатели и проводить более гибкую тарификационную политику в 2020 году» — заключил Роман Цаллагов.

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Pro-Russian separatists lay claim to more land in Ukraine

Kiev (AFP) Nov 29, 2019
Pro-Russian separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine on Friday laid claim to territories under the control of Kiev, just days before a key December 9 summit aiming to end the hostilities. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic in the eastern Donetsk region announced that its parliament has set the official border with Kiev-controlled Ukraine along the pre-conflict boundary of Donetsk

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EN DIRECT - Procédure de destitution : Donald Trump refuse de venir s'expliquer devant le Congrès

ENQUÊTE - Une procédure d'impeachment a été lancée à l'encontre de Donald Trump, suspecté d'avoir fait pression sur l'Ukraine pour enquêter sur son potentiel adversaire à la présidentielle, Joe Biden. Après une série d'auditions publiques de témoins, le président est invité à s'expliquer devant les représentants. Suivez les dernières infos en direct.

Ukraine reagiert verärgert: Apple zeigt Krim nun als russisches Staatsgebiet

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Debate: Ukraine and Russia vying for new gas contracts

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Le Policy, C'est Moi!!--LtC Vindman

Apparently Vindman--who is a Lieutenant Colonel, just as John F'n Kerry served in Vietnam--has made an opening statement which was ........not immediately available.

Here's the core of it:

...Specifically, given my personal experience with Ukrainians of every gender, appearance, and persuasion, I play a very important role in developing the “interagency consensus” on Ukraine. That interagency consensus is the product of many memos written by a number of officials at the level of deputy assistant to the deputy undersecretary in the respective agencies, though most of them are not as important or as informed as I am. In fact, after many months of working with those deputy assistants to the deputy undersecretary, I have reached the conclusion that I am more knowledgeable about most things than they are.

In other words, when it comes to our policy in Ukraine, I am the policy. I collate the memos from the respective agencies after they finalized, and I decide what the interagency policy consensus on Ukraine should be, and then I interface with people responsible for implementation of my policies, to verify that the interagency policy consensus is implemented in a manner that I consider most effective....

There's plenty more at the link!!

Ukraine Wanted Hillary in 2016

.........and a US citizen Ukrainian "consultant", Alexandra Chalupa, did her very best to help Hillary get elected.

All that was published in a Politico article in January 2017--after Trump was elected.

Apparently this woman wanted (and still wants) US foreign policy to tilt heavily in favor of the Ukraine and against Russia, which raises the question:  who the Hell is THIS dame to push the US around?

But even more curious is this:  the Obama/Biden administration refused to send weapons to Ukraine; instead, they sent blankets and pillows and took a helluvalotta money for the Biden family and big-time Democrat donors/lawyers posing as "anti-corruption" hall monitors.

So this woman's "activism" to "save the Ukraine" was all about sending more blankets?

I don't think so.  

This babe is just another Democrat hack who refuses to accept the fact that Hillary and the Democrat platform lost the election.  She used her Ukrainian-origin story to suck a bunch of money from the Democrats and from the Ukraine.

In one word:  Grifter.


Daily Kos Elections Live Digest: 11/25


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Monday, Nov 25, 2019 · 4:39:49 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

Hempstead, NY Town Supervisor: On Thursday, Democratic incumbent Laura Gillen conceded defeat to Republican Donald Clavin. Gillen had been waiting for absentee and affidavit ballots to be counted from the Nov. 5 election, but they ended up increasing Clavin’s lead from 1,392 votes to 1,650. Gillen’s win two years ago gave Democrats control of Hempstead, a Long Island town with a population of 775,000, for the first time in over a century.  

Monday, Nov 25, 2019 · 4:43:04 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

NY-27: GOP Assemblyman David DiPietro has announced that he will not run in the upcoming special election for this seat.

Monday, Nov 25, 2019 · 5:49:54 PM +00:00 · David Nir

CA-25: Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who filed paperwork with the FEC late last month, kicked off his campaign for California's vacant 25th Congressional District on Monday—on Fox and Friends, of course. Papadopoulos, the son of Greek immigrants, declared his fealty to Donald Trump's racist worldview in announcing he'd pursue "an American First agenda," despite the fact that the district he's seeking to represent has moved sharply away from the GOP in the Trump era.

Aside from his questionable political instincts, Papadopoulous brings some serious baggage with him: He was sentenced to two weeks in prison last year after pleading guilty to lying to federal investigators about his contacts with the Russian government as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. He also does not appear to live in the 25th District, as the address on his FEC forms lists a residence in the 28th District (which is represented by none other than Adam Schiff). In fact, in his Fox appearance, Papadopoulous, who hails from Illinois, said he'd only been living in California for a year and a half.

He'll also be joining two other Republicans in the race who have much deeper ties to the area, former Rep. Steve Knight and Navy veteran Mike Garcia. Two Democrats are also running, Assemblywoman Christy Smith and political commentator Cenk Uygur. All candidates will run together on a single ballot on March 3 (the same day as California's Super Tuesday presidential primary); if no one wins a majority of the vote, a runoff will take place on May 12.

Monday, Nov 25, 2019 · 6:20:46 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

GA-07: Do you love to watch local TV in the wee hours of the morning but wish there were more 30-minute infomercials for Republican House candidates filling your screen? If you fit this very specific criteria and happen to live in the Atlanta area, then we have some incredible news for you. Businessman Mark Gonsalves, who we hadn’t previously mentioned, will be going up with a half-hour campaign ad on the local Fox, NBC, and CBS affiliates. If you don’t live in the Atlanta area but really want to watch this spot at 4:06 AM, you can find a link here.  

Monday, Nov 25, 2019 · 6:37:30 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

IA-Sen: Five local unions that represent a combined 12,000 Iowans have endorsed businesswoman Theresa Greenfield in the Democratic primary.

Monday, Nov 25, 2019 · 8:02:43 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

WA-Gov: Conservative activist Tim Eyman said last week that he didn’t currently have a party affiliation for his run for governor, and on Monday, he filed to run as an independent. Eyman is competing in the August top-two primary to take on Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee.

Republicans are hoping to win this office for the first time since the 1980 election, and right now, one of their candidates has considerably more money available than any of his intra-party rivals. Developer Joshua Freed, who is a former mayor of the Seattle suburb of Bothell, raised $115,000 from donors from early September through the end of October and self-funded an additional $500,000, and he ended last month with $533,000 in the bank. Two other Republicans, state Sen. Phil Fortunato and Republic police chief Loren Culp, had $40,000 and $10,000 to spend, respectively.

Inslee, who is seeking a third term, had $821,000 to spend at the end of October.

Monday, Nov 25, 2019 · 8:11:37 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

AR-Sen: On Monday, state Democratic Party chair Michael John Gray said that the party couldn’t find a “viable path” to get a new candidate on the ballot in the weeks since their only Senate contender, Josh Mahony, dropped out hours after the filing deadline. GOP Sen. Tom Cotton is currently running for re-election without a major-party opponent in what has become a very red state over the last decade.

Monday, Nov 25, 2019 · 8:40:57 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

IN-AG, IN-Gov: While former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel had been mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate for governor earlier this year, he recently told the Evansville Courier & Press that he was considering a 2020 bid for state attorney general instead.

Weinzapfel has often been named as a potential aspirant for higher office, but if he decides to go for it this time, he won’t face any opponents in a primary. Rather unusually, both parties in Indiana select nominees for attorney general at June conventions, and state Sen. Karen Tallian is already competing for the Democratic nod.

The picture for Republicans is also unsettled, though for far different reasons. That’s because the incumbent attorney general, Curtis Hill, is awaiting the outcome of disciplinary hearings that were held last month. In 2018, four women accused Hill of groping them at a party in March of that year, which prompted widespread calls from Hill’s fellow Republicans that he resign—calls he’s refused to heed.

That could change when former state Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby, who presided over Hill’s recent hearing, issues a report to the Indiana Supreme Court that could include a recommendation for his punishment. The court will eventually decide if the incumbent should face sanctions, which could lead to the loss of his law license—and thereby his job.

However, experts tell the Indianapolis Star they don’t think the court will disbar Hill, saying it’s much more likely that it will hand down some form of reprimand. It’s possible, though, that the court could issue a lengthy suspension that would force Hill to leave office since he’d be unable to perform his duties. It’s not clear when the Supreme Court will issue its ruling, though the paper says the process could take until the early spring.

Hill, however, is undeterred—and so are his critics. Earlier this month, Hill said that he’ll seek a second term, while a spokesperson for Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb quickly put out a statement saying, “The governor and lieutenant governor have been clear and consistent from the beginning: Curtis Hill should not be Attorney General of the State of Indiana.” Hill already faces a challenge for the nomination from attorney John Westercamp at the GOP’s convention next year.

Monday, Nov 25, 2019 · 8:49:18 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

FL-03: GOP Rep. Ted Yoho still hasn’t said if he’ll run for a fifth term despite his 2012 promise to only serve eight years, but a new poll says he wouldn’t have any trouble in a primary if he did.

The local firm Meer Research, which was assisted by the national GOP pollster Vox Populi, released a poll finding Yoho taking at least 71% of the vote in hypothetical matchups against 2018 opponent Judson Sapp, businesswoman Amy Pope Wells, and Clay County Commissioner Gavin Rollins. Meer tells us this survey was not done for a client.

Both Pope Wells and Sapp, who lost to Yoho 76-24 last year, are running, while Rollins says he would only consider if Yoho retired. Florida’s filing deadline isn’t until April, so Yoho can keep everyone guessing for a while longer. This North Florida seat, which includes Gainesville and Ocala, backed Donald Trump 56-40.

Monday, Nov 25, 2019 · 8:56:06 PM +00:00 · David Nir

East Baton Rouge Parish, LA: An effort to form a new city in Baton Rouge's mostly white southeastern suburbs faces an uncertain future after opponents filed a lawsuit earlier this month challenging its creation. The move follows an October election where residents of the proposed city of St. George, which would be the fifth-largest in Louisiana, voted to establish their own municipality by a 54-46 margin.

The suit, led by East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, charges that St. George’s backers have failed to explain how the new city, which is currently unincorporated and receives services from the parish government, would provide necessary services like sanitation and policing on its own.

It also argues that St. George's incorporation would have a "substantial adverse impact" on the city of Baton Rouge, as well as other unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish, by necessitating cuts to government operations. Though the initial filing doesn't delve into details, the St. George area is more affluent than Baton Rouge; if it became its own city, it would divert a sizable proportion of current sales tax revenues away from Baton Rouge's own operating budget.

In addition, the suit says the proposed incorporation would violate the parish's governing charter, which specifies, "No additional city, town or village shall be incorporated in East Baton Rouge Parish" beyond the four in existence when the charter was last amended in 2007. Opponents say a parishwide election to again amend the charter would therefore be necessary, though St. George supporters claim the provision in question runs afoul existing state law.

While the lawsuit's opening salvo covers a lot of ground, the issue at the heart of this incorporation drive goes unmentioned. St. George supporters have said their ultimate goal is to create their own school district, which opponents have slammed because it would effectively set up a segregated school system, since St. George's 86,000 residents are overwhelmingly white while Baton Rouge is more than half black. The suit does allude to this backdrop, though: It says that after an earlier effort to incorporate a larger version of St. George failed in 2015, organizers shrunk the city's proposed boundaries and, in so doing, reduced its "minority representation" from 23% to 12%.

For now, the establishment of St. George is on hold: The law under which plaintiffs have brought their challenge specifies that the courts must first sign off before a new municipality can be incorporated. Opponents are also encouraging residents who don't want to become a part of St. George to ask Baton Rouge to annex their property, a step several hundred have already reportedly taken.

Monday, Nov 25, 2019 · 9:01:22 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

TX-17: Three more Republicans have joined the March primary to succeed retiring GOP Rep. Bill Flores over the last few days. On Friday, Elianor Vessali announced that she would resign her seat on the College Station City Council to run here. Vessali was only elected last year, but she’s currently the only candidate in the race who has held local office in this district.

Another new GOP arrival is Todd Kent, who has worked for a number of universities. Kent has a doctorate from the local Texas A&M University, and he went on to serve as an assistant dean for their Qatar campus and recently finished a stint as head of the University of Utah’s Asia Campus. Real estate agent Kristen Alamo Rowin also kicked off her bid for the GOP nod in recent days.

On the Democratic side, Marine veteran David Anthony Jaramillo also joined the contest. Jaramillo served in Iraq and later became attached to the White House Military Office. Jaramillo joins 2018 nominee Rick Kennedy, who lost to Flores 57-41.

This seat, which includes College Station, Waco, and a slice of the Austin suburbs, supported Donald Trump by a wide 56-39 margin, but Republican Sen. Ted Cruz defeated Beto O'Rourke here last year by a narrower 54-45 spread. This district should remain in Republican hands, but it's possible the trends here could give Democrats an opening if they field a strong candidate.

Monday, Nov 25, 2019 · 9:11:46 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

TX-22: Republican Reddy Bangar, who is a former president of India Culture Center of Houston, filed candidacy paperwork with the state last week to run for this open seat. Bangar does not appear to have run for office before.

Monday, Nov 25, 2019 · 9:27:54 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

NY-21: GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik said Friday that she’d raised $500,000 in the two hours following her Fox News appearance the previous evening. Her announcement came days after Democrat Tedra Cobb said that her own campaign had raised $1 million during the previous weekend. Cobb also challenged Stefanik last year in this 54-40 Trump seat and lost by a similar 56-42 spread.

Stefanik infuriated progressives and delighted Trump fans nationwide with her antics during an impeachment hearing earlier this month. Stefanik sought to violate House Intelligence Committee rules by asking questions during time reserved for the committee's chair, Democrat Adam Schiff, and its top-ranking Republican, Devin Nunes. She then hopped on Twitter to lie about why she'd been cut off, falsely claiming that Schiff "REFUSES to let duly elected Members of Congress ask questions to the witness, simply because we are Republicans."

Monday, Nov 25, 2019 · 11:03:08 PM +00:00 · David Nir

CA-22: Republican Rep. Devin Nunes unsurprisingly became the latest Trump sycophant to find himself dragged into the impeachment story when CNN reported on Friday that Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani's, is prepared to tell Congress that that Nunes met with an ousted Ukrainian prosecutor last year in order to dredge up dirt on Joe Biden.

Parnas, along with another associate, Igor Fruman, had been sent to Ukraine late last year by Giuliani to unearth information that might damage Biden, a potential Trump opponent in next year’s elections. One of the people Parnas connected with was Ukraine's former top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who was dismissed by the country's parliament early in 2016 after an international pressure campaign to secure his ouster on the grounds that he'd thwarted efforts to fight corruption.

According to his attorney, Parnas says he also set up a meeting between Shokin and Nunes in Vienna last year, shortly after Republicans lost the midterm elections. Parnas’ attorney now says that Shokin told his client that Nunes had specifically sought the same thing Parnas had been looking for: muck that could be used to smear Biden.

Shokin has denied he met with Nunes, but in an appearance on Fox News on Sunday, Nunes refused to answer a direct question about whether such a meeting had taken place. Instead, he predictably called said CNN's reporting "fake news” and threatened to sue the network, as well as the Daily Beast, which published a related story.

Nunes also bizarrely claimed he'd pursue some sort of criminal complaint, saying "it is not okay to work with someone who has been indicted on serious federal crime to build a media narrative and dirty up a member of Congress," and arguing that the very normal reporting these media outlets have engaged in amounts to "likely conspiring to obstruct justice." (It doesn't, but this is the sort of legal analysis we can expect from a guy suing a cow.)

That bit about an indictment, by the way, is reference to the fact that Parnas was arrested last month (while attempting to leave the country with one-way plane ticket) on charges that he'd illegally sought "to funnel foreign money" to U.S. politicians in a bid to gain influence.

But while Parnas may have a newfound desire to cooperate with investigators as a prison sentence looms, Nunes could still face serious trouble. As the Washington Post's Amber Phillips put it, "If these allegations are true, it would mean a powerful member of Congress who is deciding whether to impeach Trump over pressuring Ukraine attempted to help Trump by working to further his political goals in Ukraine." At the very least, he could face an ethics investigation by the House, which one senior Democrat, Washington Rep. Adam Smith, called "quite likely."


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"Kensington Gore" by Arthur Temple Felix Clay 1921

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Debra Tate Sears, "Eevening Light"

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"Mine Worker" 1897. Nikolay Kasatkin (1859-1930)

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Promo video about Ukraine represented in Turkey

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Over 1.5 mln unemployed registered in Ukraine in H1 2019

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House panel to vote on Ukraine report as Trump mulls defense

The House impeachment inquiry enters a pivotal stage this week, with investigators planning a vote Tuesday to approve their report making the case for President Donald Trump's removal from office as he decides whether to mount a defense before a likely Senate trial.

AP Fact Check: Trump's Ukraine defense collides with facts

In recent days, President Trump has cried foul in ways angry and profane as Democrats set the stage for House Judiciary Committee hearings likely to produce articles of impeachment. A review of rhetoric on this and other matters over the past week:

Захарова спустила с небес разинувших рот на российскую землю украинцев


Дипломат напомнила о судьбе Крыма, вошедшего в 2014 году в состав России. "Одна "российская область" уже была в составе Украины, и ей там не понравилось", – цитирует Марию Захарову НСН.

Таки образом она спустила с небес на землю вице-премьера правительства Украины по вопросам европейской и евроатлантической интеграции Дмитрия Кулебу. Ранее в "Твиттере" он заявил о готовности "забрать" пару российских областей.

В публикации политик сообщил, что Украина не только не потеряла контроль над своими территориями, но и готова взять часть регионов нашей страны. По его словам, такое развитие событий позволит восторжествовать исторической справедливости.

Отметим, что Мария Захарова никогда за словом в карман не лезет. Она всегда достойно отвечает на нападки в адрес России. Напомним, что ранее официальный представитель МИД высмеяла украинские корабли. Она прокомментировала заявление властей Незалежной, которые поспешили обвинить нашу страну в краже унитазов.

Как писали "Дни.ру", президент Украины Владимир Зеленский заявил, что с судов, которые были задержаны в Керченском проливе, украли сантехнику, розетки и другие бытовые вещи. На одном из брифингов Мария Захарова полюбопытствовала, как сантехника влияет на боеспособность кораблей.


Besputin vs. Butaev and Cecilia Braekhus Fight Previews


By Rich Lopez

Boxing action will pick up right after Thanksgiving and DAZN will have a live card in store on Saturday. Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing will host a card at the Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, in Monaco, Monte Carlo. The fight card will feature a pair of undefeated welterweights fighting for a vacant title. In addition, the world’s best female fighter Cecilia Braekhus is back, Hughie Fury returns, and other undefeated prospects will be featured.

Photo Credit: WBA Boxing Twitter Account

The main event will be for the vacant WBA Welterweight title and it will be a battle of the undefeated Russians. Radzhab Butaev (12-0, 9 KO’s) will face off with Alexander Besputin (13-0, 9 KO’s). Radzhab “The Python” Butaev, who now fights out of Brooklyn, New York was an outstanding amateur with a reported record of 453-9. He started as a professional in 2016 and the 25 year old has climbed up the rankings rapidly. Within the last year, he has beaten fighters such as: Ramses Agaton, Lanardo Tyner, and Silverio Ortiz. Butaev has punching power and always looks for the knockout. His opponent, Alexander Besputin was an outstanding amateur as well with a reported record of 300-15. He started professional in 2015 and has been fighting out of Oxnard, California.

Besputin has climbed the rankings quick and has beaten fighters such as: Juan Carlos Abreu, Saul Corral, and Breidis Prescott. The 28 year old southpaw also has power and looks for the knockout. As you can see both fighters are nearly identical which makes for a good pick’em fight. Manny Pacquiao is the “Super” WBA World Welterweight Champion and the two Russians are fighting for the regular WBA Welterweight title. Yes the belt situation does not make any sense. However, we should look at the Butaev vs Besputin fight as an exciting fight between two upcoming stars in the welterweight division.

The co-feature will showcase the return of Cecilia “First Lady” Braekhus, who is considered the world’s best female fighter today. Why is she the best female fighter? Braekhus (35-0, 9 KO’s) of Norway, has been boxing professionally for twelve years and has been a world champion for ten of those years. She won the vacant WBC and WBA World Female Welterweight titles in 2009 by defeating Vinni Skovgaard. Then she won the WBO title in 2010 by defeating Victoria Cisneros. Later on she became the undisputed champion when she added the IBF title in 2014 by defeating Ivana Habazin. To sum it up, she has made 22 defenses of the WBA title, 23 defenses of the WBC title, 20 defenses of the WBO title, and 8 defenses of the IBF title. More than half of her pro fights were championship fights and she is not stopping yet. Braekhus is also considered one of the best technical fighters in women’s boxing. Braekhus has been off almost for a whole year since her last fight on HBO’s final telecast. The 38 year old will be taking on Victoria Noelia Bustos (19-5) of Argentina. Bustos will try to pull the upset but will be at a disadvantage as she is moving up from the super lightweight to the welterweight division. Bustos most recently lost to Katie Taylor last year but bounced back with a win back in December of 2018.
Also on the undercard will be undefeated Chinese heavyweight Zhilei “Big Bang” Zhang (20-0, 16 KO’s). Zhang has a good amateur background and was a silver medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the super heavyweight division. He also competed in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Zhang has been inactive and his last fight was in September of last year. He will be stepping up in competition as he faces late replacement Andriy Rudenko (32-4, 20 KO’s) of Ukraine. Zhang will need to be impressive if he wants to remain a force in the heavyweight division.

Also in the heavyweight division, Hughie Fury (23-3, 13 KO’s) of United Kingdom is back in action less than three months from his last fight. Like his cousin Tyson Fury, Hughie would like to make a name for himself in the heavyweight division. He has been a solid pro for six years but has come up short when stepping up in competition. In his last fight, he lost a unanimous decision against Alexander Povetkin. Fury will take on Pavel Sour (11-2, 6 KO’s) of the Czech Republic to stay busy and try to set himself up for another big fight.
Also on the card will be 2016 Olympian super featherweight Joe Cordina (10-0, 7 KO’s) of Wales. Since turning pro in 2017, Cordina has kept a busy schedule and will look to continue his winning ways. Cordina will face his biggest test up to date as he will face off with Mario Enrique Tinoco (18-5-4, 13 KO’s) of Mexico. Most notably, Tinoco stopped the British prospect Jordan Gill last year in an upset. They will battle for the vacant WBA Continental Super Featherweight title.

Also Olympian Thulasi “Tiger” Tharumalingam (6-0, 4 KO’s) of Germany, will be featured on the card. Thulasi was the first Qatari boxer to compete in the Olympic Games. The super welterweight fighter will look to shine and stay undefeated.

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[BLOG] Some Tuesday links


  • Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait shares a stunning photo taken by a friend of the Pleiades star cluster.

  • The Buzz, at the Toronto Public Library, shares a collection of books suitable for World Vegan Month, here.

  • Henry Farrell at Crooked Timber considers, with an eye towards China and the Uighurs, how panopticon attempts can stray badly on account of--among other things--false assumptions.

  • Gizmodo considers how antimatter could end up providing interesting information about the unseen universe.

  • Joe. My. God. reports from New York City, where new HIV cases are dropping sharply on account of PrEP.

  • JSTOR Daily shares a vintage early review of Darwin's Origin of Species.

  • Language Hat examines the origins of the semicolon, in Venice in 1494.

  • Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Guns and Money shares a critical report of the new Jill Lepore book These Truths.

  • The LRB Blog reports from the Museum of Corruption in Kyiv, devoted to the corruption of the ancient regime in Ukraine.

  • Marginal Revolution shares a new history of the Lakota.

  • The NYR Daily looks at the photography of Duane Michals.

  • The Russian Demographics Blog looks at population trends in Russia, still below 1991 totals in current frontiers.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel explains why some of the lightest elements, like lithium, are so rare.

  • Window on Eurasia shares the opinion of a Russian historian that Eastern Europe is back as a geopolitical zone.

  • Arnold Zwicky considers Jacques Transue in the light of other pop culture figures and trends.

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Cartographie : Apple promet d'étudier de manière approfondie la situation de la Crimée

Alors que l'Ukraine appelle au boycott des produits Apple, la firme s'est expliquée sur son choix de considérer la Crimée comme un territoire russe.

Trump and his lawyers will not attend 'unfair' impeachment hearing - Sky News

  1. Trump and his lawyers will not attend 'unfair' impeachment hearing  Sky News
  2. Trump will not participate in impeachment hearing, White House says  BBC News
  3. House Intelligence Committee will have 24 hours to approve Adam Schiff's draft report from Monday  Daily Mail
  4. Trump won't lose his job – but the impeachment inquiry is still essential  The Guardian
  5. Ukraine scandal: I know why Trump top dogs — Mulvaney, Pompeo, Perry & Bolton — won't bark  USA TODAY
  6. View full coverage on Google News


NBC's Chuck Todd grills Senator John Kennedy for echoing Putin's talking points and doing Trump's 'dirty work

During an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana accused former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of interfering with the 2016 election.Last week Kennedy walked back comments claiming that Ukraine might have been involved in the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee, but on "Meet the Press" Kennedy said both Russia and Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election.Critics of Kennedy's stance have accused GOP politicia

Good Morning, News: Trump's Impeachment Defense Destroyed, Oregon's Bomb Cyclone, and the "War on Thanksgiving"

by Wm. Steven Humphrey

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Liberals declare War on Thanksgiving apparently?
Liberals declare "War on Thanksgiving" apparently? KaselowGraphics / Getty

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Them old mistakes are gone, I won't do them no more. That's old news, there's new news, I done did that before. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

And the IMPEACHMENT NEWS just keeps rolling in: Though we already knew it in our hearts, the NYT now has proof that Trump released Ukraine's extortion money after learning the whistle blower had blown his/her whistle—in other words, after he was caught red-handed. Meanwhile a White House budget official testified that two of his aides were so alarmed by the president's shakedown scheme they quit rather than follow Trump's orders. (Psst! This severely undermines the Republicans' [and your Thanksgiving relatives'] defense that Trump was "fighting corruption.")

At one of Trump's idiot rallies yesterday, he floated the lie that liberals want to... rename Thanksgiving? Huh! That's news to me... and everyone else in the world.

Heartwarming headline of the day: Melania Trump booed at youth opioid summit in Baltimore.

A new CNN poll has Veep Joe Biden leading the Democratic presidential pack followed by Sanders, Warren (who's had a worrying drop), and Buttigieg (who's had a worrying climb).

Crazy weather is pummeling parts of the US—including an unprecedented "bomb cyclone" in Oregon and Northern California—just in time for Thanksgiving travel. If you're driving through southern part of the state, be on the alert and check weather updates!

Another reason to say "fuck Michael Bloomberg and his entrance into the presidential race": Though he's running as a Democrat, in the past he's endorsed George W. Bush and recently gave a fortune to Republican candidates.

The Supreme Court will have a lot of opportunities to prove they are not a bunch of partisan hacks when they face a number of Trump spawned lawsuits starting next month.

A very sweaty "Papa" John Schnatter—formerly of Papa John Pizza before he let his racism get the best of him—gave an interview in which he revealed he's learned ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. And he also admits to eating 40 pizzas in 30 days. This shit is crazy, team.

IN LOCAL NEWS: Here's more on that "bomb cyclone" that's hitting southern Oregon and producing blizzard-like conditions.

A man shot two people in a Vancouver-area elementary school parking lot yesterday before turning the gun on himself—no students or staff were injured as it was after school was dismissed. Police suspect the shooting was linked to domestic violence. Our Blair Stenvick has more on the story.

The Portland Diamond Project which hopes to bring major league baseball to the city have requested a six month extension to do a transportation study around the port property where they hope to build the stadium.

Now let's scan the skies for the WEATHER: Despite all the cyclone bombing, expect sunny skies and cool weather (in the low 40s) for most of the Thanksgiving weekend.

And finally, the #WarOnThanksgiving is REAL!!

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Wölferadio – Unterzahl, Unbändig, Ukraine

Ist der VfL Wolfsburg nach dem Sieg in Frankfurt wieder zurück in der Spur und was heißt die starke Leistung in Unterzahl bei der heimstarken Eintracht jetzt für die kommenden schweren Spiele? Lenny widmet sich der aktuellen Situation und geht insbesondere auch auf die Comebacks ein. Besonders bemerkenswert ist, wie Xaver Schlager sich so schnell […]

Trump repeats Ukraine conspiracy theory and more debunked lies on 53-minute “Fox & Friends” call

A day after Dr. Fiona Hill testified the CrowdStrike conspiracy theory is Russian propaganda and a "false narrative," Donald Trump called into Fox & Friends to repeat that Russian propaganda and false narrative during a completely bananas hour-long rant.

House panel to vote on Ukraine report as Trump mulls defense

The House Impeachment Inquiry is entering a pivotal new stage as the House Intelligence Committee is gearing up to vote on their findings on Tuesday.

Top Judiciary Committee Republican Wants Schiff To Testify In Impeachment Hearing


The post Top Judiciary Committee Republican Wants Schiff To Testify In Impeachment Hearing appeared first on I Love My Freedom.

This week marks phase two of the House Democrats’ crusade to reverse the 2016 election by impeaching President Trump with Adam Schiff ready to deliver his report to the Judiciary Committee. But shifty Schiff still has a lot of explaining to do over his secretive Soviet-style proceedings to oust the leader of the free world about the bogus claims of quid pro quo and bribery with the newly elected president of Ukraine. – The Best Collection Of Pro-Trump News On The Planet! If Rep. Doug Collins gets his way, the California Democrat will have to answer some serious questions

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Soros and Clinton Connections of Extreme Neocon Globalist Fascist Fiona Hill who committed Perjury..

Fiona Hill committed perjury by deliberately lying under oath to Congress that there was no Ukraine interference in the 2016 election, when this is a documented fact with multiple sources and witnesses. She should be immediately prosecuted for perjury and sentenced to the maximum sentence of 5 years in jail. She should also be prosecuted for failing to uphold her Oath of Office to protect the U.S. from all enemies, both foreign and domestic, of which she is undoubtedly one along with all of her close associates. Bribery by Foreign Despots such as the Saudis would certainly come under “working...

Live Thread - Impeachment Inquiry Hearings 11/21/2019

Fiona Hill, former National Security Council senior director for Europe and Russia, will testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, Nov. 21, in the impeachment probe into President Donald Trump. Hill told lawmakers in closed-door testimony last month that then-national security adviser John Bolton expressed concerns that the Trump administration was trying to pressure Ukrainian officials. The focus of the impeachment inquiry is a July 25 phone call in which Trump asked Ukraine's president to investigate 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden.

When The Deep State Bullied Reagan’s Foreign Policy Chief

Ted Galen Carpenter

The testimony of several witnesses during the current impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives highlighted one important and ominous point. Ambassador William B. Taylor, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George P. Kent, and others made it clear that they did not object merely to President Trump’s controversial phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump appeared to seek a quid pro quo. No, they saw Trump’s entire Ukraine policy as insufficiently hardline and therefore unacceptable.


Indeed, Taylor and Kent seemed to think it was improper for the president to change any aspect of a staunchly supportive U.S. policy toward Kiev and a correspondingly hostile policy toward Russia. Far from being loyal subordinates executing the White House’s vision, they opposed the president’s approach and anointed themselves as guardians of appropriate policy.

Unfortunately, such behavior on the part of foreign policy careerists is far from new; it has merely become more pervasive and brazen during the Trump years. This is indicative of what Trump’s supporters—and others—contend is a campaign by the “deep state,” meaning career officials in the foreign policy bureaucracy and the intelligence agencies, to undermine the president’s foreign policy. Defenders of Taylor, Kent, and other Trump opponents within the foreign policy apparatus either praise them as patriotic dissenters or scoff at the notion that a deep state even exists.

It is extraordinarily naïve to assert that powerful bureaucracies and their key personnel do not protect their institutional interests, push policies in directions they prefer, and attempt to dilute, delay, or defeat initiatives they oppose. Such behavior is a long-standing characteristic of entrenched institutions.

An episode from Ronald Reagan’s presidency illustrates how the CIA seeks to manipulate policy. The agency’s target was Secretary of State George Shultz, who was then applying the Reagan Doctrine and providing U.S. aid to anti-communist rebels in the Third World. Shultz was the chief intellectual architect of the Reagan Doctrine, which he presented in detail during a February 1985 speech to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. But that intellectual pedigree did not shield him from attempted policy sabotage.

Despite his overall enthusiasm for the Reagan Doctrine in places such as Afghanistan, Nicaragua, and Angola, Shultz drew the line at supporting some particularly unsavory alleged freedom fighters. He was especially wary of the anti-communist insurgency in Mozambique led by the Resistencia National Mozambicana, or RENAMO. Shultz recalled that when it came to implementing the Reagan Doctrine, “I took care to know who and what the United States was funding.” He stressed that “I steadfastly insisted that we refuse to give backing to the atrocity-prone RENAMO.”

Shultz fretted that “President Reagan could be led to agree with the proposition that all freedom fighters,” even RENAMO, “deserved unquestioned support.” CIA director William Casey and other hardliners within the Agency, the secretary of state lamented, were more than happy to lead the compliant president in that direction, even if it meant undermining Shultz and other senior policymakers who favored a more moderate approach. Indeed, the State Department found its diplomatic initiatives subjected to repeated bureaucratic subversion. Not only did proponents of aid to RENAMO within the CIA misrepresent the behavior and ideological nature of the insurgent force, they wildly exaggerated its battlefield successes and the extent of support it enjoyed from the people of Mozambique. Shultz noted that in late 1985, briefers from the CIA “were showing their audiences in the administration and Congress a map of Mozambique to indicate—falsely—that RENAMO controlled virtually the entire country.”

The CIA’s sabotage was not confined to policy regarding Mozambique. Later that decade, during delicate negotiations to achieve a ceasefire and subsequent accord between Angola’s government and insurgent leader Jonas Savimbi, Shultz fumed that (emphasis added) “right-wing staffers from Congress, fueled by information from the CIA, were meddling—visiting Savimbi, trying to convince him that [Assistant Secretary of State Chester] Crocker and I would sell him out.”

Such behavior should debunk the notion that the CIA and other bureaucratic careerists are merely obedient public servants dedicated to executing policies that elected officials and their high-level political appointees have adopted. Such operatives have their own policy preferences, and they are not shy about pushing them, nor do they hesitate to impede or undermine policies they dislike.

Perhaps even more troubling, deep state personnel in the CIA, Pentagon, and State Department seem to have a distinct bias in favor of highly activist policies. CIA analysts and briefers regarded even the principal architect of the Reagan Doctrine as insufficiently committed in southern Africa. There is a noticeable parallel to the current bureaucratic opposition to Trump’s handling of Ukraine and Russia. The allegation that Trump has abandoned Kiev and pursues an appeasement policy toward Russia is absurd. His support for Kiev has actually been far more substantial than the approach the Obama administration adopted. Yet even that harder line is apparently not hard enough for establishment career diplomats and their allies.


Treating such saboteurs as heroic patriots is both obscene and dangerous. The honorable course for subordinates who disagree with a president’s policies is to resign and then express criticism. Adopting a termite strategy while working in a presidential administration is profoundly unethical. For Congress and the media to praise bureaucratic subversion is horridly myopic. The last thing defenders of a democratic republic should do is to encourage unelected—and in the case of the intelligence agencies, deeply secretive—bureaucrats to pursue their own rogue policy agendas.


CHECKMATE! IT IS OVER!! Jim Jordan lights up the impeachment inquiry using simple common sense: Quid pro Quo didn't happen (video)

Jim Jordan lights up the impeachment inquiry using simple common sense: Quid pro Quo didn't happen.  Remember Ambassador Sondland is the only person who had direct contact with the President on Ukraine and foreign assistance.  The others are hearsay and hearsay evidence is not admissible in court.
“Ambas Gordon Sondland says what do you want from Ukraine I keep hearing all these different ideas and; theories. What do you want. It was a very short, abrupt conversation. He was not in a good mood. He just said 
I want nothingI want nothingI want no quid pro quo.Tell Zellinsky [sic] to do the right thing



photo Elina, 23 y.o. , Ukraine



photo Сьюзи, 33 y.o. , Ukraine



photo Юлия, 23 y.o. , Ukraine



photo Lyudmila, 34 y.o. , Ukraine


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Chris Dziadul Reports: Piracy in CEE

2019 has been another eventful year in the fight against piracy in Central and Eastern Europe. Although most coverage in Broadband TV News has focused on developments in Russia, Ukraine and the Baltics Republics, we have also looked at other markets in region including the Czech Republic. In Russia, the authorities stepped up their efforts […]

Tom Hanks portrays Mr. Rogers, Franklin Graham: Trump made America great again, 40 Hong Kong Christians threatened by phone


It’s Monday, November 25th, A.D. 2019. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at I’m Adam McManus.

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40 Hong Kong Christians threatened in eerie phone messages

More than 40 Hong Kong Christians who have been vocal in the ongoing protests have received threatening messages to their WhatsApp accounts, reports International Christian Concern.

According to the Hong Kong Christian Times, dozens of Christians from different churches and groups have seen intimidating messages from unknown sources in their cell phones, demanding that they stop voicing their opinion.

These messages came from a few callers, mostly pay-as-you-go SIM card users. They seem to have lots of personal information about the targeted individuals, and used derogatory comments and profanity against these Christians, with threats such as “if you don’t stop voicing your opinion, all the members of your family will die.”

Trump on Fox & Friends: “I want a trial!”

In a lengthy interview with Fox & Friends on Friday morning, the first since the impeachment inquiry hearings appear to have wrapped up, President Donald Trump proclaimed, “I want a trial,” in the matter of his alleged plot to seek domestic political help from Ukraine, reports Fox News.

Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmead seemed surprised.

KILMEADE: "You want a trial?”

Franklin Graham:  Trump has made America great again

Rev. Franklin Graham appeared on “The Eric Metaxas Show” last Thursday, reports The Daily Caller.

After urging listeners to consider sending a shoebox filled with toys and school supplies in the name of Christ to third world kids through Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan’s Purse, the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham spoke of one reason why he supports President Trump’s re-election.

GRAHAM: “If you look at what the President has done just just for our country, regardless of whether you're Republican or Democrat, the unemployment is at the lowest in 70 years.  More African-Americans are working, more Latinos are working, more Asians are working, more everybody is working. We have an economy that is just screaming forward.

“Here's what that does for churches are Christians. That means more people working, so there's more people tithing and giving to the churches. There's more money for missions. There's more money for your building programs. All of this is because Donald Trump said he was going to turn things around and make America great again.”

Christian leaders express outrage over Chick-fil-A’s announcement

The outrage by respected Christian leaders over Chick-fil-A’s decision to cave to the homosexual activists continues to grow by the day.

The list, among others, includes John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, and Christian talk show hosts Michael Brown and Eric Metaxas.

According to the Christian Post, Mat Staver, the Chairman of Liberty Counsel, noted that Chick-fil-A’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Tim Tassopoulos, continues to serve as an advisor to the Atlanta Boy Scouts.

This alone should raise a red flag considering the Boy Scouts also capitulated to the LGBT agenda.

Mr. Tassopoulos stated: “There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are.”

In 2014, Chick-fil-A decided to stop funding the