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  • Stacey Abrams speech was this week.  She followed some old guy wallowing in bitterness and self-pity.



  • Virginia is for lovers… of blackface.  When things change, sometimes they change fast.  See “Dan Rostenkowski”
 
  • Deficits don’t matter.  Again. Yay! Per Mick Mulvaney & Dick Cheney

  • Today on his radio show, Hugh Hewitt called the Green New Deal "communism, it is fascism, it is despotism" and compared Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to dictators who "end up murdering millions".  

  • Howard Shultz continues to buy his way into the spotlight …  and bomb when he opens his mouth.

  • Oversight hearings.  Jerry Nadler don’t play.  Neither does Hakeem Jefferies.  Today all the president’s stooges we’re lined to up to wave their arms and make Loud Noises.  Jim Jordan. Louis Gohmert. Doug Collins. Yesterday it was Matt Gaetz who reminded us that Florida really needs to be sent to juvie.   



  • Russian Doll is terrific.  And Has a Dune reference! (H/T Bill W.)

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this right here is what drives me absolutely bonkers.

you proceed from a false premise:
that "wealth" translates to being less corruptible.

blindly ignoring what wealth actual not only IS,but what it represents to the elite class in America.

power.

so could we please STOP with how much trump is actually worth,as if it has any inherent meaning in terms of power?


i do not understand wasting time with an ideologue,or dissecting his obviously conflicting comments as somehow expressing a clear and definable philosophy.these people play in the realm of cult of personality,spectacle and magical thinking.

their adoration for a particular public figure is cultish,and has very little to do with reality but more how their idol represents an ideal that they feel very strongly about.

so are we really surprised that bob will give Alexandria ocasio cortez a nod for exposing how easy it is to corrupt the system,but then conveniently excuse his idol and give him a pass based on the flimsiest of reasons:wealth.

when it was Alexandria ocasio cortez's lightning round that exposed how it is actually EASIER for the executive branch and the president to sell their influence for money.

but to bob,and how he sees things,the very idea that trump would ever engage in a breach of morality,and break his promise to the American people...is preposterous,...because trump already has money,why would he sell his integrity?

because BOB has integrity.
because BOB would never break a promise.
this is basic projection of ones morality onto a figure they admire.
we can apply the exact same metric to those who voted for Obama.same thing.same results.

you will never get bob to admonish his hero,because that hero represents the IDEA of what bob is projecting,not the actual reality.

fundamentalists engage in the exact same magical thinking.

so how can i get mad for bob,and the other trumpsters of the world?
i pity them.
because delusional dreams always crash on the shores of the real eventually.

and that is going to be a sad day for bob.
- enoch
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Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 9 2019

Compiled 9 Feb. 12:01 am EST by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery, Author, “Twenty Two Faces.” Articles on a CIA/Vatican Ninth Circle Child Sacrifice Cult: http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/pages/243/590/stories.html

Below is a summary of information from the Internet. It would be up to the individual reader to do their own research and decide whether or not it was valid. A Special Thank You to Martha for her untiring research efforts in discerning the Truth, Dale who keeps me in line and Ken who uncovers almost unlimited intel on pedophiles to help us Save the Children. Patience is a Virtue. Having Virtue is a sign of a good moral being. Good moral beings have the power to overcome evil and change the world.

Judy Note: The RV was said to have begun on Feb. 5 with the Chinese New Year. Some have reported being paid out and were liquid. Bank Front Screen Rates were rising, so being first may not always be the best thing. Zim redemption would begin anytime between now and Feb. 15. If the US was GESARA compliant (US Border crisis resolved) currency exchanges would take place after Feb. 15. At any time HSBC could send out notices to set exchange/ redemption appointments. Some say by Mon. Feb. 11.

A. Rumored Timeline:

Zim redemption would begin anytime between now and Feb. 15. If the US was GESARA compliant (US Border crisis resolved) currency exchanges would take place after Feb. 15. Some say by Mon. Feb. 11.

Feb. 15 was also the deadline for funding the U.S. government.

On Feb. 15 President Trump and Queen Elizabeth were to formally collapse the British (with Brexit) and American (Federal Reserve, IRS) Cabal financial system, along with implementing Martial Law in both the US and UK.

If the Border Wall wasn’t funded by Feb. 15 Trump said he would declare Martial Law.

Certain major announcements would be made over the following long weekend to Feb. 18, which celebrated Washington’s (a new nation functioning within the original Constitution) and Lincoln’s (freedom from slavery) birthdays.

B. Feb. 8 2019 10:56 am EST Intel Alert: Operation Disclosure: GCR/RV Intel Alert for February 8, 2019 Operation Disclosure (Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on intelligence leaks received from several sources which may or may not be accurate. Other confirmed sources may also be included in this overview.)

1. All sovereign nation must be GESARA compliant or be locked out of the new quantum financial system.

2. The Cabal has been attempting to overthrow/control governments to disrupt GESARA. This is why there was an attempted coup in Zimbabwe last month.

3. The Cabal were attempting to derail GESARA by not passing Brexit and not giving border wall funding for Trump.

4. Brexit was the UK's GESARA compliance. The UK is the last sovereign nation to be non-compliant with GESARA.

5. The Brexit vote is on the 15th. The UST runs out of funding on the 15th. If Brexit is not passed, martial law will be declared in the UK. If border wall funding is not received, a national emergency will be declared in the US. Both may occur simultaneously.

6. The declaration of martial law in the UK and a national emergency in the US will mark the end for the Cabal. GESARA will be enforced via military intervention. Mass indictments, arrests and tribunals will occur in the US. The UK will break up starting with Northern Ireland and Scotland. The Cabal will be totally wiped out worldwide.

7. This would cause the financial markets to crash, which would pave the way for a sudden surge of funds via the RV/GCR. Something historical might happen this month.

8. The RV may begin either before or after these events. Watch the 15th.

C. Feb. 8 2019 9:46 pm EST Draining the Swamp Steele, X22 Report (video): X22 Report w/ Robert David Steele: Swamp Draining, Fed Takeover, and More https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6wA1qaID20&feature=share

D. Feb. 8 2019 11:05 pm EST Intel: Shadow Super Exopolitical Intel Report -- February 8, 2019

E. Feb. 8 2019 Wells Fargo, Chase, US Bank Down: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=k3g18zL5vjQ&app=desktop+Attachments+area+Preview+YouTube+video+WELLS+FARGO%2C+Chase%2C+US+Bank+ALL+Down%21+Spectrum%2C+AT&T%2C+Verizon+and+Cox+ALL+Down%21=

F. Feb. 8 2019 New Border Wall Building, Fox News: https://www.foxnews.com/us/construction-for-new-border-wall-to-begin-in-rio-grande-valley-in-a-few-days-as-lawmakers-grapple-with-border-funding

G. Feb. 8 2019 2:35 am ESTMueller Before FISA Court FBI Cheated on 75 Warrants (video): (Video) Black Conservative Patriot -- Mueller Hauled Before Secret FISA Court Because the FBI Cheated on 75 Warrants

H. Feb. 8 2019 Message from HSBC Official, Tilton: email from HSBC official; New Dinar Rate Published in Gazette, Rates are pulsing on Bank Screen

http://dinaresgurus.blogspot.com/2019/02/philip-tilton-update-rates-are-pulsing.html

News Hong Kong: funds launched.

News Europe: funds are liquid.
News Reno: Starts on Mon. Feb. 11: All activities will start from Mon. Feb. 11 of next week and the payments, as well as the release of the contracts, will be completed without fail from 11 Feb.

I. Feb. 8 2019 Trump Planning Mass Arrests Of VIP ‘Deep State’ Traitors, Anon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRuppXLzGU8&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0RV9kx6EFp9_LBKwf1bJiuE1rZLw461dlPl3wUurB_2m4XDytN-UvX5mk

J. Feb. 7 2019 10:02 pm EST Mueller, (video), Sather: (Video) Destroying the Illusion -- [2.7] Censorship Uptick | Mueller News | Mysterious BOOM's | Pole Shift | 5G | Vaccines

https://www.dylanlouismonroe.com/

Mueller hauled before secret FISA court to address FBI abuses in 2002, Congress told - https://bit.ly/2t9KbMo

Senate Investigating Mueller FBI's Prosecution Of "Orgy Island Billionaire" Jeffrey Epstein - https://bit.ly/2Sv9hU6

Military exercises rattling nerves around LA - https://bit.ly/2WOqqHF

Magnetic north just changed. Here's what that means. - https://on.natgeo.com/2GspnXY

When Secrecy is Better than Official Disclosure of Extraterrestrial Life - https://bit.ly/2DYmhcA

Killer 5G warning: Expert warns superfast broadband could cause CANCER in humans - https://bit.ly/2ScFtfL

Ketamine Could Be the Key to Reversing America’s Rising Suicide Rate - https://bloom.bg/2MPSKEZ

K. Feb. 7 2019 Q BOOMS, Sierra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkLyxIo8Cqo

Jordan Sather's latest video has an interesting connection between four booms recently heard around USA - and the Q clock. It seems to confirm that Q knew AHEAD of time about the BOOMS. Future proves past. Watch the video from 12' 40' - 17' 40"

L. Feb. 7 2019 10:00 pm EST (video), X22 Report: (Video) X22 Report -- Episode 1786: Doc Dump Discovers [CB] Used as Weapons | It’s Time, Investigations Begin

The EU is now in a deep panic, they thought they were controlling the situation but now they realize the people are in control, they don't want a no-deal BREXIT because it would expose them. EU commission slashes forecast economic growth is slowing. The [CB] economy in the US is hitting a tipping point, the entire system is ripping itself apart. Wikileaks dumps docs showing the DS used the CB system to weaponize their attacks on other nations. The CB are not independent they are the problem.

More proof the DNC was not hacked. Schiff pushes his agenda, wants to look at Trump's business dealing, this has nothing to do with Russian collusion anymore. Schiff says he will release the House Intelligence docs, the only problem Nunes already did this. Whitaker pushes back on the house and says the will talk to the committee as long as it kept non political. Rand Paul makes the call, sets up a Senate committee to investigate those individuals who lied to congress. Senate opens up investigation into Epstein Island, the Senate was the key. The Neocons are pushing their agenda in Venezuela, it seems like there are two operations happening in Venezuela, one run by the neocons the MSM and other by the patriots. Melania sends a message about RBG.

M. International Child Sex Trafficking Ring:

DeNiro a Client of Underage Prostitution Ring: https://hongkong.asiaxpat.com/forums/eds-must-reads/threads/a2bba547-c0cf-49f4-9c1a-3500b49ead1a/de-niro-was-a-client-of-prostitution-ring-with-underage-girls-but-there's-more

US Arrests Jewish Extremist Sect for Kidnapping Children: https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/americas/191979-181229-us-arrests-extremist-jewish-sect-members-for-kidnapping-children

70,000 Elite Pedo Ring Busted by Police, 30 countries involved By alexmark

An Internet pedophile ring with up to 70,000 members — thought to be the world’s largest —has been uncovered by police, a security official said Wednesday.

The European police agency Europol said in a statement that “Operation Rescue” had identified 670 suspects and that 230 abused children in 30 countries had been taken to safety. More children are expected to be found, Europol said.

It said that so far 184 people had been arrested and investigations in some countries were continuing. Most of those detained are suspected of direct involvement in sexually abusing children.

They include teachers, police officers and scout leaders, AP reported. One Spaniard who worked at summer youth camps is suspected of abusing some 100 children over five years.

Europol director Rob Wainwright said Wednesday the ring, which communicated using an Internet forum, was “probably the largest online pedophile network in the world.”

Cori Bassett, a public affairs officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an email that there had been five arrests and four convictions in connection with Operation Rescue in the U.S.

“Arrests so far have been made in Georgia and Connecticut. ICE continues to pursue the leads provided by Europol,” she added.

The website was shut down following the three-year investigation, Europol said.

N. History:

Between Oct. 1 2017 and March 31 2018 the US Mint and Gold Reserves were audited by the Office of Inspector General. Many were served federal indictments, arrested and found guilty of illegally confiscating public funds. Audits you haven’t heard about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9Rc4h2OiF0

Sat. Jan. 2 Military Tribunals: For around two years there would be Military Tribunals litigating charges on political elites including Bush, Clintons, Obama, Biden and Soros, whom were believed now residing at, or on their way to GITMO.

Mon. Jan. 21 early morning: the Cabal-owned USA Inc. rule over national and international monetary systems ended. US Taxpayers were no longer funding the IRS, Federal Reserve, Bank of London, Vatican Bank and Central Banks across the globe, but sending US tax monies directly to the new US Treasury in Reno. There was a restoration of the US Republic while We The People returned to the original Constitution. Power over political and monetary affairs had been taken away from political elites in Washington DC and given back to The People in their local State-run governments.

Tues. Jan. 29: The Gold Standard was announced as President Trump tweeted: “Our economy, right now, is the Gold Standard throughout the world.”

Tues. Feb. 5: The first phase of the RV was said to have begun after Mon. midnight or 12:01 am Tues. Feb. 5.

O. Redemption/Exchanges:

Zim redemption appointments would be made through emergency text, or email with the number to call. Currency exchange appointments would use 800#s sent out through websites or email. If you were a Zim redeemer and called an 800 number you would be steered to a redemption center in your area, or be given another number to call to obtain your redemption appointment. Global Markets were set to crash in order to hide the huge influx of monies from the Global Currency Reset.

P. Resources:

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

Military Tribunals, complete transcripts: https://c-vine.com/

C-VINE International News Network Facebook for Military Tribunals: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CvineNewsTalk/

Trump Twitter: https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump?langen Donald J. Trump ‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump

Trump’s Email: whitehouse.gov@gmail.com

Q Posts: https://qanon.pub/ https://qntmpkts.keybase.pub/

GCR: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1glxmux6R9WG72LLGbD4Ux6b6VCMc818-/view

GESARA Law: https://inteldinarchronicles.blogspot.com/2016/11/20-answers-gesara-update-thursday.html

Martial Law: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/10/2808

Updates for the week prior:

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 8, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 7, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 6, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 5, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 4, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 3, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 2, 2019
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Che ci vuoi fare Catilina, il problema è il "comunista" Maduro, meglio invece "l'Obama sbiancato".
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I never dreamed this would be happening in my lifetime. This is horrible. It's part of our cultural DNA as well as Christian belief to be protective of Israel in the U.S.. Obama did all he could to help Israel's enemies and our enemies It shocks me that these two Muslim bwitches, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. are being embraced for their Jew hatred, Christian hatred and anti-American sentiment. They are practically rolling out the red carpet for them and the media loves them! The Bible says in the last days <b>all </b>the nations on earth will turn against Israel. It's not so hard to visualize this happening. It's being set up. I hope Jared in not successful with a "peace" treaty with Israel and Palestine. It will never work or last. Three and a half years into it, the treaty will be broken. I don't want to see that as part of Trump's legacy. That impossible "peace treaty" would be an undeniable marker for the end of days.
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I agree, Felix; Obama's, hardcore anti-Semite/Israel mandate, was handed to Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. I, however, believe that the Democrats' anti-Semitism/Israel goes beyond the Muslim faction. The Democrats are of the same Jew-Hating mindset as the above; if not, these two you know what would face censuring from the Party.
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Former Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who holds the record for the longest service in Congress, died Thursday at the age of 92. Dingell was elected to his first term in 1955 during Dwight Eisenhower’s presidency, and he retired in 2015 when Barack Obama was in the White House. During his long tenure, Dingell rose to become one of the most powerful committee chairs in congressional history, though he would end up losing his gavel on the Energy and Commerce Committee twice. In his last years, Dingell became known for his entertaining tweets, where he mocked Donald Trump, celebrities, the poor performance of his favorite Michigan sports teams, and himself.

Dingell was the son of John Dingell Sr., who narrowly won a Detroit-based House seat in the 1932 Democratic landslide ushered in by Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Depression. The younger Dingell followed his father to Washington a few years later when he became a House page in 1938. He was even on the floor on Congress on Dec. 8, 1941, when Roosevelt gave his “Day of Infamy” speech that called for a declaration of war against Japan in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor the previous day.

Dingell remained a page for a few more years, but in 1944, after he turned 18, he was drafted into the Army. The future congressman recounted in a 2006 interview that he “did an array of unimportant things in the military,” but that he was supposed to be among the first American soldiers to take part in the planned invasion of Japan in 1945. Dingell said that he “had my orders to go when [President Harry] Truman dropped the bomb on the Japanese, and that ended World War II.”

Dingell was discharged the following year and attended college at Georgetown. During those years, Dingell returned to Congress, where he supervised elevator operators. He went on to get his law degree, also at Georgetown, and clerked for federal Judge Theodore Levin, an uncle of Dingell’s future Michigan congressional colleagues, Sen. Carl Levin and Rep. Sandy Levin.


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Дональд Трамп заявил о позитивных переменах в экономике США за время его президентства. Об этом он написал в своем Twitter-аккаунте.

По его мнению, в США «прекрасная экономика», она остается сильной, несмотря на политику администрации экс-президента Барака Обамы. Трамп отметил, что Обама принимал неверные решения в экономической сфере.

«Если бы подобное мышление преобладало во время выборов 2016 года, США переживали бы депрессию прямо сейчас», — заявил Трамп.


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The Democrat and longtime champion of LGBTQ people has officially announced her 2020 presidential campaign.

UpdatedFebruary 09 2019 3:15 PM ESTElectionPoliticiansDemocratic PartyElizabeth WarrenTrudy Ring

With U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts officially announcing her 2020 presidential campaign Saturday, pundits are starting to debate whether this progressive Democrat is electable. There’s little to debate, however, about her support for LGBTQ rights— she has been a persistent champion.

Warren, a former Harvard Law School professor who helped establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has a long record of speaking out and working for all those who are underdogs — women, people of color, the economically disadvantaged — and LGBTQ people have definitely figured in her activism, which has an intersectional nature.

The senator, who began her second term this year, received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard for her first term, which began in 2013. That reflects such positions as her cosponsorship of the Equality Act and other antidiscrimination bills, and her opposition to Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominees — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — as well as other anti-LGBTQ Trump nominees.

In 2017, the confirmation hearings on Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, produced one of Warren’s signature moments. Sessions, a longtime U.S. senator and, before that, an Alabama state official, has a long history of homophobia and has also been accused of racism. To highlight the latter point, Warren started reading the Senate a letter written to the body in 1986 by civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, urging senators to reject Sessions’s nomination as a federal judge because of his history of suppressing and intimidating black voters.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to cut her off, but, as he famously said, “Nevertheless, she persisted.” McConnell finally invoked a rule that forced Warren to stop, but the hashtag #ShePersisted became widely used in Warren’s honor. Sessions did get confirmed as attorney general (he had been rejected for the federal judgeship in 1986, by the way), but he’s now been ousted by Trump, who apparently considered him insufficiently loyal.

Warren has been persisting on social justice issues, including LGBTQ rights, for many years. In 2011, when she was beginning her first Senate campaign, she came out strongly for marriage equality, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (predecessor to the Equality Act), and measures to combat bullying in schools. “No one — no one — should be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or religion,” she said at the time.

In March 2012, when President Obama was still “evolving” in his views on marriage equality, Warren said it was time for him to become fully evolved. “I want to see the president evolve because I believe that is right; marriage equality is morally right,” Warren told the Washington Blade. Two months later, the president expressed unequivocal support for marriage equality. He went on to be reelected in November, when Warren was elected to her first Senate term, beating Republican incumbent Scott Brown.

The 2012 campaign also featured an exception to Warren's pro-LGBTQ record, when she said that the court-ordered gender-confirmation surgery for a transgender prisoner was not a good use of tax dollars. Granted, the order was highly controversial, partly because the inmate was a convicted murderer. Three years later, in 2015, she was declining to say if her views had changed. Still, she has otherwise expressed strong support for the rights of trans people.

Her first year in office was marked by a speech to fellow senators urging them to pass ENDA, which would have banned workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. “This week we have a chance to vote on a law that is a measure of who we are as a people and what kind of world we want to build,” she said. “I believe in a world where equal means equal, and that is why I will be voting  to outlaw employment discrimination against my neighbors and my friends.” The Senate passed ENDA that year, but the bill never came to a vote in the House. The now-pending Equality Act includes the employment provisions of ENDA as well as bans on discrimination in housing, credit, and other areas.

Warren’s outspokenness on LGBTQ rights continued. In the summer of 2015, she wrote a commentary piece for Time magazine praising the Supreme Court’s recent marriage equality ruling. When looking at this equal marriage decision, Chief Justice John Roberts asserts that the Constitution ‘had nothing to do with it,’” she wrote. “He’s wrong. Our Constitution had everything to do with it — with the liberty of two adults to have their love treated the same as that of any other couple. And it is because of the tireless work of jurists, lawyers, husbands like Jim Obergefell, and countless other LGBT Americans who stepped forward to speak out, that our nation will no longer look away from what our Constitution requires.”

More recently, she has denounced Trump’s attempts to bar transgender people from the military, supported efforts to classify conversion therapy as fraud, and called for an end to discrimination against gay and bisexual men who wish to donate blood. When she announced earlier this year that she was forming the exploratory committee, making her the first Democrat to do so in this election cycle, she released a video that highlighted LGBTQ concerns and featured same-sex couples.

In January, she gave her first post-announcement interview to out MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow. The lengthy conversation dealt primarily with economic issues, the corruption of Trump's administration, and foreign policy. Watch it in three parts below.

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  • Amazon and Hulu continue to host and algorithmically suggest conspiracy films.
  • This comes as platforms like Roku and YouTube are removing conspiratorial accounts or preventing their search and recommendation algorithms from surfacing them.
  • Experts warn that hosting this type of conspiratorial content could spread misinformation, and even encourage people to commit violence.

"There is a sinister and secret group of people who roam the globe," an omniscient narrator says. "They control everything from banks to the media. They own the world."

That claim invoking the New World Order conspiracy theory comes from a film called "A Conspiracy To Rule: The Illuminati," available for streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.

Both Amazon Prime Video and Hulu categorize the film as a "documentary." Hulu put it in the site's "conspiracy" section, which is mostly populated by films about aliens.

The willingness to stream such material, and the fact that the companies have made no public moves against conspiracy content, stands in contrast to the torrent of tech companies that have made efforts to reject certain conspiracy-oriented and misleading content, and shows a rift in how they treat misinformation published on their platforms.

Broadly, companies like Facebook, YouTube, and Apple have claimed to have made efforts to suppress misinformation on their platforms following the revelation that Russia had weaponized such content in an effort to influence the 2016 election. Amazon Prime Video, despite hosting user-submitted content, has made no public moves against misinformation. Nor has Hulu.

Last year Roku, Facebook, Apple, Spotify, and YouTube kicked notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his InfoWars show off their platforms.

Apple said it did so because the company "does not tolerate hate speech." Facebook said Jones had violated its policies on hate speech and graphic violence by "glorifying violence" and "using dehumanizing language."

But Amazon Prime Video's algorithm still recommends conspiracy films, including Jones' own, to streamers. The 9/11 conspiracy film "Loose Change," which baselessly claims that the 2001 tragedy was a false flag operation, is a recommended "documentary" on Prime Video, despite presenting a thesis that most experts have contradicted.

Those who study misinformation warn that the consequences of offering conspiracy films could be serious, ranging from the spread of hate to enabling nefarious state actors to promote their own agenda.

Neither Amazon nor Hulu responded to INSIDER's requests for comment.

Read more: Amazon removed a bunch of products featuring Nazi and white supremacist insignia from its site

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On the front page of Amazon Prime Video, "Loose Change" appears as a "recommended Documentary Movie" for some users.

The 9/11 conspiracy film fits into the larger "puppet master" theme found in most conspiracy media, and generally spreads assertions based on pseudoscience that have been largely discredited.

According to the anti-Semitism watchdog Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the film "draws from the American Free Press, a wellspring of anti-Semitic 9/11 propaganda, as well as the work of anti-Semitic writer Christopher Bollyn, as sources to bolster its claims about the alleged government cover-up of the 9/11 attacks."

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The conspiracy films available on the streaming platforms go beyond kooky tales about alien abductions (though they have those too), and present arguments framed as truth that have largely been debunked as misinformation or even been shown to be derived from hateful ideology.

"Zeitgeist: The Movie", which proposes that 9/11 was a conspiracy orchestrated by bankers to better leverage control over the masses, is also available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, and is labeled a "documentary."

In 2011, Tablet Magazine described the film as "steeped in far-right, isolationist, and covertly anti-Semitic conspiracy theories." ABC News interviewed a former friend of Gabrielle Giffords' shooter Jared Loughner who said the film had "a profound impact on Jared Loughner's mindset and how he views the world that he lives in."

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"A Conspiracy To Rule: The Illuminati," which is featured on Amazon and Hulu, traces the roots of a supposed global, elite conspiracy to control the world through coded messages.

Andre Oboler, law lecturer and CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute, told INSIDER that streaming services offering such films boosts interest in the conspiracy theories they promote.

"The underlying antisemitic conspiracy theory at play here is that of Jewish power, be it accusations about controlling governments, banks and financial markets, news and media, or international events," he said.

And such ideas can have real-world consequences. A similar anti-Semitic conspiracy theory appeared to be the driving force in the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.

Robert Bowers, who reportedly shouted "all Jews must die" before killing 11 people, seemingly made numerous posts on social media about a Jewish conspiracy to bring immigrants into the country as part of the migrant caravan. In the weeks before the shooting, he posted conspiratorial gifs and videos from Zionist Report, a publication that makes content that supposedly "questions the prerogative of the Zionist movement" by posting numerous conspiracy theories involving Jews and Israel.

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"A Conspiracy To Rule," which traces a vague conspiracy that supposedly continues to this day, finds the origins of the conspiracy in "system of Jewish philosophy," Jewish mysticism, and Kabala.

"There haven't been any Illuminati for over 200 years, any suggestion that any Illuminati existed after the mid-1780s is absurd, and if there is such a suggestion, then we're talking about fantasy," Michael Barkun, an expert on conspiracy theories at Syracuse University, told INSIDER.

"It's always dangerous when false ideas are presented as fact," Barkun added. He said the biggest risk associated conspiracy theories is "people taking action on the basis of false and dangerous beliefs."

Amazon Prime Video streams numerous other documentaries connecting Jewish history and the Rothschilds to world domination, including "One World Agenda: The Illuminati" and "Illuminati: The Grand Illusion."

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ADL extremist expert Mark Pitcavage told INSIDER that while movies such as "A Conspiracy To Rule" may not be explicitly anti-Semitic, they still pose a danger.

"Conspiracy theories lure in the credulous and can sometimes make them not merely believe but act on their beliefs," he said. "Over the years we have seen a number of violent incidents ... that were the result of people being motivated to take violent action as a result of conspiracy theories."

Barkun also noted a more subtle risk of conspiracy theory media — disillusionment.

"People may draw the conclusion that conventional politics is meaningless. If they genuinely believe that what happens in the world is a result of the hidden hand of some mysterious elite, then presumably ordinary political activity is meaningless as are the decisions of lawmakers and officeholders," he said. "This kind of material may alienate people from the political process and political participation."

Amazon and Hulu stand apart as platforms that have continued to feature conspiracy theories

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Amazon and Hulu's hosting and recommendation of conspiracy theory media are becoming increasingly unique.

In January, YouTube announced that it would work to prevent conspiracy theory videos or those containing misinformation from being included in its recommended videos, to avoid serving users conspiracy content users weren't seeking out. They continue to host plenty of conspiracy content, however. 

The makers of "Loose Change" said in September that they had to remove the film from YouTube, but that it was still available on Amazon Prime Video and Google Play.

Amazon shows the potential echo chamber that recommendation algorithms can create.

Alongside "Loose Change," a series of other 9/11 conspiracy films are promoted for streaming, including "Conspiracy of Lies: Flight 3370 to 911", and "9/11: Ten Years of Deception."

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Hulu similarly suggests its conspiracy offerings after you consume any film in the category. 

In August 2018, numerous tech companies took a step toward clamping down on conspiracy content, effectively removing the accounts of InfoWars and Alex Jones, who was one of the most popular conspiracy theorists on the internet.

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Apple, Spotify, and others moved to remove Jones' accounts from their platforms in quick succession, with many saying his content violated their hate speech policies.

Amazon, on the other hand, continues to host numerous videos from Jones that it classifies as documentaries, including "The Obama Deception," and "Police State 4: The Rise of FEMA."

Conspiracy films could violate Amazon's hate speech policy

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Out of the major streaming platforms, Amazon appears to recommend the most conspiracy material. A cursory search of "Illuminati," "New World Order," and "9/11" yielded over 35 results that suggested conspiracy, compared to 14 films in Hulu's conspiracy section, and 4 Netflix films that focus on aliens and the moon landing. Amazon's issue could be due in part to its Prime Video Direct service, which allows content creators to directly upload content.

Amazon, like many platforms, has a loose set of guidelines dictating what users are allowed to upload to its platform. "Graphic sexually explicit or violent acts" and content featuring "gratuitous nudity and/or erotic themes" is not allowed.

The company also has a hate speech policy that could potentially be applied to certain conspiracy films. "Content that promotes hate speech, incites racial or gender hatred, or promotes groups or organizations that support such beliefs," is not eligible according to Amazon.

Hulu does not have a publicly accessible policy against hate speech.

When Alex Jones and InfoWars were kicked off of numerous platforms, Apple, Facebook, and YouTube referenced similar hate speech policies as their basis for doing so.

Read more: Apple, Facebook, Spotify, and YouTube shut down Infowars' Alex Jones

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Amazon has faced scrutiny in the past for lax enforcement of rules on Prime Video and on its general site, and for allowing users to sell items like neo-Nazi children's books and swastika pendants on its marketplace before they were removed.

"Unfortunately, platforms tend to be reluctant to remove such content or to accept that it is a breach of their hate speech policies," Oboler said. "The bottom line is that such content attracts eyeballs, which translates into revenue."

Jennifer Grygiel, a communications professor at Syracuse University who specializes in emerging media and corporate social responsibility, told INSIDER the user-driven nature of Prime Video makes it dangerous, especially if users design content that is "at the edge" of the policy.

"Some viewers might be viewing this through Prime not realizing that it's another user, and they might give it more weight as a documentary than if it were on YouTube. It could actually give the air of more legitimacy if they assume it's being produced by an actual studio," Grygiel said. "There's potential even for state actors to go in and create this stuff — this could become targeted."

Grygiel said that without proper moderation, conspiracy theories and the latent hate within them could spread.

"They're tapping into memetic frameworks. As they're shared, they get strengthened over time," said Grygiel. "Not engaging in moderation makes it worse. It will grow and spread and become problematic."

SEE ALSO: Amazon is hawking bizarre conspiracy-theory films by the likes of David Icke and Alex Jones

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Five Years Ago

This week in 2014, the Snowden revelations continued with information like the NSA and FBI getting access to 40,000 Yahoo and Google accounts in the first half of 2013, and the GCHQ trying to hit Anonymous with a DDoS attack, while some new FOIA documents got us a closer look at how surveillance info is laundered via "parallel construction". Germany's Chaos Computer Club filed a criminal complaint against the German government over mass surveillance, while a Belgian prosecutor began looking into reports that the NSA and GCHQ hacked a well-known Belgian cryptographer. Meanwhile, Mike Rogers was trying to argue that Glenn Greenwald should be prosecuted for 'selling stolen material', Benjkamin Wittes was arguing that it's okay for the agency to deny spying on Americans, even if it does, and the DOJ was admitting that the NSA's phone record collection probably included congress.

Ten Years Ago

This week in 2009, a researcher predicted that technology was going to render copyright completely obsolete within a year or so. This did not, of course, come true — but it's easy to see where it came from, even just given the copyright absurdity happening that very week. The EU was considering a draconian copyright proposal not unlike today's reform directive, the RIAA hired a new litigation boss with a history of 'misstating facts' in court while the DOJ was packing its ranks with entertainment and software industry lawyers, there was a proposal for new ACTA provisions that would criminalize non-commercial infringement, Blizzard successfully abused copyright to go after World Of Warcraft bots, and the Associated Press began demanding money for the photo that was the basis of Shepard Fairey's famous Obama poster.

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Speaking at her campaign launch event in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on Saturday, Warren vowed to "fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone."

"I am in that fight all the way," she told supporters. "And that is why I stand here today: to declare that I am a candidate for President of the United States of America."

To no surprise, Warren drew sharp contrasts between herself and President Donald Trump, painting the president as a cancerous disease, while promoting her progressive agenda as the anecdote America desperately needs.

"It won't be enough to just undo the terrible acts of this administration. We can't afford to just tinker around the edges — a tax credit here, a regulation there. Our fight is for big, structural change. This is the fight of our lives," she said, according to CNN.

Warren's announcement comes on the heels of two other major candidates announcing their presidential campaigns. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced her campaign last month, while Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.Y.) announced his candidacy this week. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) are also expected to announce campaigns in the coming months. In all, the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination may be the most crowded field in U.S. history.

What issues will Warren's campaign focus on?

Vox.com explains:

Warren's platform will focus on many of the same issues she's worked on since she was a Harvard Law School professor who helped President Barack Obama create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after the 2008 recession: cracking down on big banks, making corporations more accountable to workers, and expanding health care and housing for the middle class and low-income Americans.

Who endorsed Warren?

Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass.) — the grandson of former Attorney General Robert Kennedy and grand-nephew to former president John F. Kennedy and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) — introduced Warren Saturday and revealed his endorsement of Warren.

The Boston Globe first reported Kennedy's endorsement on Friday.


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Trang mạng worldpoliticsreview.com gần đây đăng tải bài viết có tựa đề "Tổng thống Trump đã sai: IS vẫn chưa bị đánh bại," nội dung như sau:

Trong chiến dịch tranh cử năm 2016, ứng cứ viên Donald Trump khi đó đã không nói nhiều và cụ thể về chính sách an ninh quốc gia và chính sách đối ngoại, ngoại trừ một điều: Cam kết đánh bại tổ chức Nhà nước Hồi giáo (IS) tự xưng.

Sau khi thắng cử, Tổng thống Trump tăng cường cuộc chiến chống IS, cuộc chiến mà cựu Tổng thống Obama đã phát động và gia tăng hậu thuẫn cho các nhóm vũ trang địa phương tại Syria, bao gồm các nhóm dân binh người Kurd và các lực lượng an ninh tại Iraq.

Cuối cùng, chính sách này đã thu được kết quả. Thông qua chiến dịch quân sự do các nhóm dân binh và người Iraq tiến hành trên thực địa, IS đã mất phần lớn lãnh thổ mà tổ chức này kiểm soát tại cả Iraq và Syria.

Hơn một tháng trước, Tổng thống Trump tuyên bố chiến thắng: "Chúng ta đã đánh bại IS tại Syria, lý do duy nhất chúng ta hiện diện ở đó trong nhiệm kỳ của tôi," ông tuyên bố trên trang mạng cá nhân Tweeter, đồng thời ám chỉ ý định rút các lực lượng Mỹ khỏi Syria.

Vừa qua, từ Diễn đàn kinh tế thế giới Davos, Ngoại trưởng Mỹ Mike Pompeo tái khẳng định thắng lợi đối với IS, cho rằng Mỹ đã "đánh bại IS tại Syria và Iraq cùng với hơn 60 nước khác trong liên minh quốc tế chống khủng bố trên toàn cầu."

Nhiều chuyên gia an ninh đã phản đối tuyên bố của Chính quyền Trump, cho rằng IS tuy bị suy yếu nhưng chưa bị đánh bại hoàn toàn. Giống như các tổ chức phiến quân, IS một lần nữa thay đổi phương thức hoạt động.

Tổ chức này bắt đầu phân tán, chuyển sang hoạt động bí mật và dựa vào phương thức tấn công khủng bố và cách đánh du kích. IS chuyển sang phương thức khủng bố truyền thống. IS đang trở lại phương thức khủng bố ban đầu của tổ chức này.



Mặc dù IS còn kiểm soát một phần nhỏ lãnh thổ tại Syria, nhưng IS vẫn còn khoảng 30.000 tay súng. Số này đang di chuyển đến các khu vực khác trên thế giới, đánh nhau với các lực lượng chính phủ từ Nigeria tới Afghanistan tới Phillipines, trong khi chiến thuật đánh du kích và tấn công khủng bố vẫn được duy trì tại Iraq.

"Sự lạc quan về việc đã đánh bại hoàn toàn IS, mặc dù chỉ là để làm hài lòng dư luận, cũng là quá sớm," Ilan Berman, thành viên Hội đồng chính sách đối ngoại Mỹ, cảnh báo.

Lịch sử sẽ cho thấy điều gì sẽ xảy ra tiếp theo như trước đây. Trong quá khứ, việc đánh bại một kẻ thù dựa trên tư tưởng đòi hỏi 3 yếu tố: Thứ nhất, kẻ thù phải biến mất trên chiến trường và trên lãnh thổ mà họ kiểm soát. Đối với Mỹ, do có quân đội hùng mạnh nên đây là việc dễ dàng.

Thứ hai, tư tưởng, nguồn gốc đã làm nên sức mạnh của kẻ thù phải bị triệt tiêu. Đây là việc hết sức khó khăn, nhất là tư tưởng của kẻ thù bắt nguồn từ tôn giáo.

Thứ ba, các nhân tố về chính trị, kinh tế và xã hội đã cho phép kẻ thù hình thành và phát triển vào thời kỳ khởi điểm phải được thay đổi để ngăn chặn nguy cơ tái trỗi dậy.

Trong chiến tranh thế giới thứ hai, Mỹ đã thực hiện được cả ba nhân tố trên. Đức Quốc xã và Đế quốc Nhật đã bị đánh bại về mặt quân sự và bị chiếm đóng. Điều này cho phép các lực lượng chiếm đóng loại bỏ và vô hiệu hóa các chủ nghĩa bành trướng và tái xây dựng hệ thống chính trị Đức và Nhật để ngăn chặn chúng trở lại.

Mỹ đã định nghĩa cuộc chiến với IS không phải là chiến tranh nơi mà lối thoát là một chiến thắng quyết định, thay vào đó là việc quản lý đe dọa trong dài hạn.

Tuy nhiên, việc chống nổi dậy là hoàn toàn khác. Mỹ không hoàn toàn kiểm soát trên thực địa và không thể bảo đảm cả ba yếu tố nêu trên được thực hiện đầy đủ. Mỹ có thể đánh bại các lực lượng quân sự kẻ thù nhưng không đủ sức để triệt tiêu được chủ nghĩa cực đoan hay thay đổi các điều kiện đã sinh ra chủ nghĩa cực đoan này.

Đó chính xác là tình hình tại Iraq và Syria hiện nay: Bước một cơ bản đã hoàn thành, nhưng bước hai và bước ba là chưa.

Ngay lúc này Mỹ phải quyết định liệu việc nước này tuyên bố đã đánh bại IS có gây ra vấn đề cho tương lai hay không? Liệu việc Mỹ đã phá hủy và làm suy yếu IS có đủ để làm tổ chức này không thể hồi sinh hay không? Nếu Mỹ không đưa ra được câu trả lời chính xác, có thể sẽ phải chịu hậu quả.

Trong khi các phương thức tấn công khủng bố tàn bạo của IS đã tạo cảm hứng cho một số công dân Mỹ làm theo thì logic chiến lược can dự của Mỹ là dựa vào niềm tin rằng nếu IS vẫn còn giữ được lãnh thổ nhà nước tự xưng, IS sẽ mạnh lên và kích động thêm chủ nghĩa khủng bố, một số vụ tấn công khủng bố sẽ nhằm vào các mục tiêu của Mỹ ở nước ngoài hoặc thậm chí bên trong nước Mỹ.

Như cựu Tổng thống George W. Bush đã khẳng định khi đánh giá về cuộc xâm lược Iraq năm 2003: "Chúng ta sẽ đánh chúng ở đó để không phải đối mặt với chúng tại Mỹ."

Thậm chí nếu lời khẳng định này là sự thật, mặc dù vẫn là câu hỏi còn bỏ ngỏ, thì nó cũng không còn tồn tại nữa. Các lực lượng địa phương tại Trung Đông, kể cả các lực lượng chính phủ và các nhóm dân binh như Các lực lượng dân chủ Syria được Mỹ hậu thuẫn, không đủ khả năng ngăn cản IS tái trỗi dậy.

Các lực lượng này cũng không đủ khả năng ngăn chặn IS tấn công các mục tiêu của Mỹ. Mỹ không thể tuyên bố đã đánh bại IS để rồi phải chịu những hậu quả chiến lược.

Đó là lý do Mỹ không nên xem cuộc chiến chống IS như một cuộc chiến thông thường, tức thắng lợi quân sự đơn thuần đã đánh bại hoàn toàn kẻ thù, thay vào đó Mỹ phải có chính sách quản lý thách thức trong dài hạn.

Mỹ nên tiếp tục hậu thuẫn các đối tác chống khủng bố là nhà nước và các nhóm dân binh trên thực địa, bảo đảm rằng các lực lượng này hoàn toàn vượt trội về quân sự so với các lực lượng khủng bố.

Mỹ nên yêu cầu các đối tác giải quyết các vấn đề kinh tế, chính trị và xã hội đang tạo điều kiện cho IS phát triển, trong khi ngăn chặn các đối tác này chuyển đổi sang hệ thống có lợi cho IS. Nhưng rộng hơn, Trump đã sai: IS chưa bị đánh bại. Các thách thức vẫn đang diễn ra.

Can dự lâu dài của Mỹ tại Iraq từ năm 2003 và hiện nay là tại Syria cho thấy Washington không thể thay đổi căn bản hệ thống sinh thái của chủ nghĩa cực đoan. IS hoặc các tổ chức tương tự sẽ sống sót.

Lý tưởng cực đoan của chúng sẽ tiếp tục sống và tìm cách phát triển khi có khoảng trống quyền lực và trong các góc khuất của Internet, chúng tiếp tục kích động tấn công khủng bố mà không phụ thuộc vào tình hình tại Syria và Iraq, không phụ thuộc vào bất kỳ điều gì mà Mỹ "đã làm ở đó"./.

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by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author)

Get over it: Asia rulesGet over it: Asia rules

New book helps explain why the 21st Century will be the Asian Century
The greatest merit of Parag Khanna’s new book, The Future is Asian, is to accessibly tell the story of a historical inevitability – with the extra bonus of an Asian point of view. This is not only a very good public service, it also blows out of the water countless tomes by Western “experts” pontificating about Asia from an air-con cubicle in Washington.
Asia hands from the West tend to be extremely protective of their extra-territoriality. In my case, I moved to Asia in 1994, and Singapore was my first base. In time I found out – along with some of my colleagues at Asia Times – nothing would ever compare to following the ever-developing, larger than life Asian miracle on the spot.
Khanna has always been in the thick of the action. Born in India, he then moved to the UAE, the West, and is now a resident in Singapore. Years ago we spent a jolly good time in New York swapping Asia on-the-road stories; he’s a cool conversationalist. His Connectography is a must read.
Khanna found a very special niche to “sell” Asia to the Western establishment as a strategic adviser – and is very careful not to ruffle feathers. Barack Obama, for instance, is only guilty of “half-heartedness”. When you get praise from Graham Allison, who passes for a Thucydides authority in the US but would have major trouble understanding Italian master Luciano Canfora’s Tucidide: La Menzogna, La Colpa, L’Esilio, you know that Khanna has done his homework.
Of course, there are a few problems. It’s a bit problematic to coin Singapore “the unofficial capital of Asia”. There’s no better place to strategically follow China than Hong Kong. And as a melting pot, Bangkok, now truly cosmopolitan, is way more dynamic, creative and, let’s face it, funkier.
In 1997 I published a book in Brazil titled 21st: The Asian Century, based on three years of non-stop on-the-road reporting. It came out only a few days before the Hong Kong handover and the collapse of the baht that sparked the Asian financial crisis – so the book’s argument might have been seen as passé. Not really; once the crisis was over, the development push by the Asian tigers was overtaken by China. And 10 years later, slightly before the Western-made global financial crisis, the road to the Asian Century was more than self-evident.
Khanna hits all the right tones and multiple overtones stating the case that the Asian century “will…” begin when Asia crystallizes into a whole greater than the sum of its many parts”. It’s already happening, and it’s a wise choice to set the point of no return towards an Asia-led new world order at the first Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) summit in May 2017 in Beijing.
Yet throughout the book Khanna feels the need to take immense pain showing frightened Anglo-American readers that China won’t lead the Asian future; there will be no “Chinese tianxia, or harmonious global system guided by Chinese Confucian principles”. And that offers room for references to the push by the US and its allies to “deter China”, or the push by “Japan, India, Australia and Vietnam” to “counter China aggression”. Not to mention credit to the pathetic notion of “clash of civilizations”. But, on a whole, Khanna nails it. “By joining BRI, other Asian countries have tacitly recognized China as a global power – but the bar for hegemony is very high.”

No East and West

Within the scope of an article, and not a book, it’s possible to show that this epic story is not about hegemony, but connectivity.
First of all, there’s no East and West; as Edward Said has shown, this is essentially inherited from Eurocentrism and colonialism, starting way back when the Ancient Greeks situated the western borders of Asia in the eastern Mediterranean.
Asia, the term, comes from the ancient Assyrian assu – which means rising sun. A clear distinction between East and West was stamped by the end of the 3rd century, at the time of Diocletian, when the Roman empire was cut in half following a meridian from Dalmatia to Cyrenaica, a partition confirmed at the death of Theodosius 1 in 395 AD.
The East then organized itself around Constantinople while the West was divided and regarded as Europe, a distinct unity under Charlemagne (800 AD). What’s interesting is that in contrast with China – self-defined as the center of the world – neither the Roman Empire nor Islam saw themselves as such, admitting the existence of other quite populated worlds: China and India.
The notion of a “continent” only came up in the 16th century, based on the tri-partition Europe-Asia-Africa made by the Greeks in the Eastern Mediterranean, adopted by Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and ratified by the “discovery” of the New World: the Americas. So once again, “continent” is a Western invention.
Eurasia is essentially a giant, elliptical, unified space. Crack geographers tend to see it to the north – from Central Asia up to the northwest of India – as the realm of caravan routes, Silk Roads, cosmopolitan oases, steppes and deserts crisscrossed by nomads.
To the south, it’s a sort of monsoon “shawl” draped over a unique ocean; maritime routes through straits; and cosmopolitan ports and warehouses.
Southeast Asia enjoys a unique status, squeezed in a historical and cultural pincer movement between two major forces, constituted in an independent manner from one another as two major civilizations; India to the west and China to the northeast.
The inner logic of all this immense space is mutation, trade exchanges, and migrations. So Eurasia is essentially unified as two major “on the move” spaces; continental and steppe (on horseback), plus maritime (via navigation). Historically, between these two corridors, we find the creative hubs of civilizations and more durable empires: China, the Indian world, Persia/Iran, the Arab world, the Byzantine-Ottoman empire.

Hard node of history

In one of his exceptional books, French geographer Christian Grataloup conclusively shows how Eurasia is a geo-historic entity – exhibiting a “system of inter-relations from one end to another”. Yes, it’s all about connectivity, as the Chinese are stressing with the New Silk Roads or BRI.
Already by the 15th century, every society in Eurasia exhibited the same presence of cities, writing, monetary exchange. So it’s possible to conceive a common history, from the Mediterranean to Japan, for over two millennia. Grataloup’s intuition is breathtaking. “This is the hard node of world history”.
Historically, it’s all about the confluence of eastern routes in the north, the Silk Roads at the center, and southern routes, mostly the Spice Route. In the central segment of the major axis, decisive innovations occurred; the first villages, the first forms of agriculture, writing, the birth of the State. As the great Mongol caravan empire, built around the Silk Roads in the 13th century, fractured, while societies in the extremities of Eurasia developed maritime power.
Khanna offers myriad details on the key fact; that the Eurasian space is finally being rearranged, rebuilt via economic development, along transversal axes configured as economic corridors; the result of a modernization process that started in Japan in the second half of the 19th century to expand to all of East and Southeast Asia, then China, and finally India. The genius of the BRI project is to make it happen.
The Chinese ambition to be the economic leader of the Eurasia ensemble – by land and by sea – is a unique development in the region’s history, combining the continental approach of the Mongol empire of the steppes, or the Russia empire, with the maritime approach of the West, especially via the British Empire.
But contrary to Western imperialism, it’s all based on economy and culture. So, China will have a lot of work mastering the art of soft power. Time though is on the BRI side; the horizon is 2049 – not profits in the next quarter. Maritime routes in the north like the Arctic Silk Road, and via the South China Sea and Indian Ocean to the south, will envelop Eurasia, which will articulate itself in the center over high-speed rail and highway corridors of the New Silk Roads and the upgraded Trans-Siberian links.
They call it Euro-Asia in Beijing, and they call it Greater Eurasia in Moscow. The whole process is historically inexorable, already forging the future – call it Asian or Eurasian.

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Kamala Harris is really destroying her own image with this vanity run for president.  Most people didn't know about her past.  Now they're learning and it's not at all pretty.

In other bad news, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER notes:

 Under the former CEO's separation agreement in September, CBS is supposed to pay for an office for Moonves, and is presumably footing the bill for Moon Rise.

Les Moonves, fired by CBS over claims of sexual misconduct, has created three new companies under the banner "Moon Rise," according to a filing with the California Secretary of State.

The filing says that Moon Rise Unlimited, Moon Rise Technologies and Moon Rise Productions have been registered since Oct. 30, and the presumed parent company lists Moonves as the lone manager.

Who is going to work with that creep?  I can't believe that.  I thought both he and his trashy wife would be humiliated enough to just live in the shadows.  Instead, he's setting up shot and she's back to hosting BIG BROTHER. 


Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"


Friday, February 8, 2019.  Joe Biden contemplates a run as the press attacks Tulsi Gabbard.

Starting with US politics, Aime Parnes (THE HILL) observes:


Former Vice President Joe Biden's words and policy positions on the Iraq War could come back to haunt him if he enters the race for the White House.
Biden is popular with Democrats, polls show he leads most of his competitors in the 2020 field and a survey this week found more than 60 percent want him in the race. He routinely leads polls of Democrats asked to pick their favored presidential candidate.
But his words on Iraq from nearly two decades ago sound out-of-step with the increasingly left-leaning party he would be seeking to lead. 
Biden backed the resolution giving President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq, and he also praised the president in a Senate floor speech at the time for his handling of the case for war.


Joe did not have the problems that Hillary Clinton or John Edwards had when it came to Iraq.  As the late Elizabeth Edwards noted, John Edwards came clean on Iraq and apologized for it but Hillary refused to take accountability for her support for the Iraq War (saying she was tricked by Bully Boy Bush is not taking accountability, it is saying "I"m so stupid even an idiot can fool me").

Parnes notes 2008 in one sentence but never addresses why it wasn't an issue for Joe when he last attempted to be the Democratic Party nominee.

There are several reasons.  First among them, the Iraq War wasn't his focus, he was focused on partitioning Iraq or creating a federalist system.  He repeatedly denied this was partitioning Iraq.  Many Iraqis disagreed.  During his brief 2007 and January 2008 campaign for the nomination, he was repeatedly on the defense about this issue.  Seeking votes in Iowa in the last stages of his campaign, he was still having to face the issue and clarify or expand on his previous remarks.

It is true that CODEPINK was bird-dogging Hillary Clinton over her vote and support for the Iraq War at this time (and only bird-dogging her) but Joe's mess at that time was being the face of US imperialism announcing that Iraq should be three different government under a federalist system.  This was not what Iraqis were calling for at the time and here was this non-Iraqi from a country that started the war now insisting what would be done next.

Beau Biden is another factor.  Beau served in Iraq.  Chelsea Clinton did not serve in Iraq (though she did support the Iraq War, a reality she tries to lie about today).  With a son in Iraq, the hypocrite label was a little harder to hang on Joe.

There's also the fact that no one really thought Joe Biden stood a chance at the nomination.  He was gaffe prone.  He infamously 'borrowed' from another for a big speech in a previous run.  He wasn't seen as a viable candidate by the press.

What's different now?

Sexism will be called out.  I'm not just referring to Anita Hill (Parnes covers that).  I'm also referring to the media itself.  In New Hampshire, speaking publicly, Hillary's eyes well.  She does not cry, she does not sob.  But Bill Moyers, Jesse Jackson Jr. and countless others mocked her for that, ridiculed her for that, etc.  Months later, Joe Biden, then on the ticket as Barack Obama's running mate, starts crying on stage in the middle of a speech.  It's not even one day's coverage, let alone the weeks of coverage Hillary endured.

Things have changed and they won't help Joe.  Most of all, his Iraq-free card won't exist this time, not after he shamed himself by publicly praising Bully Boy Bush at an awards ceremony last year.  Joe's popularity is as an idea.  As an actual person?  If he runs, his popularity will plummet.

We heard attacks from warmongers in politics/media before. Those opposed to Iraq/Libya/Syria regime change wars are called “dicatator-lovers” or “cozy” with evil regimes. Rather than defend their position, they resort to name-calling & smears. American people wont fall for this.





US House Rep Tulsi Gabbard is running for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination and you know she makes some tremble by the vicious media attacks she's already enduring.




Last Saturday, she officially launched her campaign.




Tulsi Gabbard officially announced her candidacy for President of the United States and kicked off her campaign on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Hawaii. She was introduced by Ryan Soon, a fellow member of the Hawaii National Guard who served with her in Iraq and Kuwait. Tulsi's friends, family, and supporters gathered to hear her vision for the future of our nation. More than 3,500 private and public watch parties across the country were coordinated by grassroots supporters to take part in the live-streamed event.
In her remarks, Tulsi Gabbard said, "When we raise our right hand and volunteer to serve, we set aside our own interests—to serve our country and to fight for ALL Americans. We serve as one—indivisible and unbreakable, united by this bond of  love for each other and love for our country. It is this principle of putting service above self, that is at the heart of every soldier, every service member. And it is in this spirit that today I announce my candidacy for President of the United States of America.


"I will bring a soldier's values and principles to the White House—restoring the values of dignity, honor, and respect to the presidency. And above all, love for our people and love of country. I ask you to join me, in this spirit of putting service before self, to stand up against the forces of greed and corruption."

Possibly some of the press attacks stem from the press fear that Tulsi will bring Iraq into the conversation.  Parnes, for example, is convinced that Iraq's not an issue in 2020.

Really?


Senator Elizabeth Warren's running for the nomination and she's contributed a major paper to COFR's FOREIGN AFFAIRS:




A foreign policy that works for all Americans must also be driven by honest assessments of the full costs and risks associated with going to war. All three of my brothers served in the military, and I know our service members and their families are smart, tough, and resourceful. But having a strong military doesn’t mean we need to constantly use it. An effective deterrent also means showing the good judgment to exercise appropriate restraint. 
Over the past two decades, the United States has been mired in a series of wars that have sapped its strength. The human cost of these wars has been staggering: more than 6,900 killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, another 52,000 wounded, and many more who live every day with the invisible scars of war. By financing these conflicts while cutting taxes, the country has essentially charged the costs of war to a collective credit card for future generations to pay, diverting money that could have been invested in critical domestic priorities. This burden will create a drag on the economy that will last for generations. 
The costs have been extraordinarily high, but these wars have not succeeded even on their own terms. We’ve “turned the corner” in Afghanistan so many times that it seems we’re now going in circles. After years of constant war, Afghanistan hardly resembles a functioning state, and both poppy production and the Taliban are again on the rise. The invasion of Iraq destabilized and fragmented the Middle East, creating enormous suffering and precipitating the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. The region remains a tangled mess—the promise of the Arab Spring crushed, Iran emboldened, Syria devastated, the Islamic State (or ISIS) and its offshoots stubbornly resilient, and a massive refugee crisis threatening to destabilize Europe. Neither military nor civilian policymakers seem capable of defining success, but surely this is not it.
A singular focus on counterterrorism, meanwhile, has dangerously distorted U.S. policies. Here at home, we have allowed an imperial presidency to stretch the Constitution beyond recognition to justify the use of force, with little oversight from Congress. The government has at times defended tactics, such as torture, that are antithetical to American values. Washington has partnered with countries that share neither its goals nor its ideals. Counterterrorism efforts have often undermined other foreign policy priorities, such as reinforcing civilian governance, the rule of law, and human rights abroad. And in some cases, as with U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s proxy war in Yemen, U.S. policies risk generating even more extremism.
As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I have seen up close how 17 years of conflict have degraded equipment, sapped forces’ readiness, and forced the postponement of investment in critical military capabilities. It has distracted Washington from growing dangers in other parts of the world: a long-term struggle for power in Asia, a revanchist Russia that threatens Europe, and looming unrest in the Western Hemisphere, including a collapsing state in Venezuela that threatens to disrupt its neighbors. Would-be rivals, for their part, have watched and learned, and they are hard at work developing technologies and tactics to leapfrog the United States, investing heavily in such areas as robotics, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and quantum computing. China is making massive bets in these and other areas in an effort to surpass the United States as a global technological power. Whether the United States will maintain its edge and harness these technologies for good remains an open question. 
It is the job of the U.S. government to do what is necessary to protect Americans, but it is long past time to start asking what truly makes the country safer—and what does not. Military efforts alone will never fully succeed at ending terrorism, because it is not possible to fight one’s way out of extremism. Some challenges, such as cyberattacks and nuclear proliferation, require much more than a strong military to combat. And other dangers, such as climate change and the spread of infectious diseases, cannot be solved through military action at all. The United States will spend more than $700 billion on defense in the 2018–19 fiscal year alone. That is more in real terms than was spent under President Ronald Reagan during the Cold War and more than all the rest of the country’s discretionary budget put together. But even as Washington spends more and more, U.S. military leaders point out that funding a muscular military without robust diplomacy, economic statecraft, support for civil society, and development assistance only hamstrings American national power and undercuts any military gains. 
As a candidate, Trump promised to bring U.S. troops home. As president, he has sent more troops into Afghanistan. On the campaign trail, Trump claimed he did not want to police the world. As president, he has expanded the United States’ military footprint around the globe, from doubling the number of U.S. air strikes in Somalia to establishing a drone base in Niger. As a candidate, Trump promised to rebuild the military, but as president, he has gutted the diplomatic corps on which the Pentagon relies. He promised to reduce the threat of nuclear proliferation, but he has undermined a successful nuclear deal with Iran, has failed to roll back the North Korean nuclear program, and seems intent on spurring a new nuclear arms race with Russia. 

These actions do not make Americans safer. It’s time to seriously review the country’s military commitments overseas, and that includes bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq. They have fought with honor, but additional American blood spilled will not halt the violence or result in a functioning democratic government in either place. 


We've noted that several times before.  We've also noted that foreign policy will be an issue in the 2020 election.  How much of an issue, I don't know.  Even I was shocked by (see Wednesday's snapshot) the "CBS NEWS poll showed that the most pressing topic on the mind of Americans was foreign policy and national security.  Respondents ranked that the number one issue (93%) with jobs and economy second (92%) and healthcare third (80%)."

In Iraq, a death continues to garner attention.

So sad, so tragic. The well-known and award-winning Iraqi novelist Alaa Mashthob Abboud was shot dead on 2 February. We strongly condemn this henious assasination.


: Writer and novelist Dr. Alaa Mashthob Abboud assassinated


activist and novelist, Alaa Mashthob, assassinated in Karbala


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Det amerikanske marerittet (Thor Steinhovden) * Hoàng Thủy Ngữ (Danlambao) - Nhiều nhà bình luận quả quyết rằng sự sỉ nhục trong bữa tiệc báo chí năm 2011 đã thúc đẩy Trump ra ứng cử tổng thống trước cuộc bầu cử năm 2016. Tôi không nghĩ đó là lý do chính để Trump quyết tâm tìm cách hạ gục đối thủ kiêu ngạo Obama. Donald Trump đã có ý muốn ứng cử tổng thống suốt gần 30 năm. Trước cuộc bầu cử năm 1988, ông đã thăm dò lần đầu cơ hội ứng cử với tư cách là ứng cử viên đảng Cộng Hòa. Tiếng đồn đã lan rộng nhiều tháng trước khi Trump bay đến New Hamsphire, tiểu bang đang tổ chức đề cử vòng 2 trong cuộc bầu cử sơ bộ, chỉ với mục đích phủ nhận mình là ứng cử viên thực thụ. Sự hưởng ứng ông nhận được ở tiểu bang cũng đủ là niềm vui khi 500 người đổ xô đến nghe ông nói.

Ngay vào thời điểm đó, nhà tỷ phú bất động sản đầy quyền uy này đang gây dựng một thương hiệu nổi tiếng thế giới. Ông đã hoàn thành tòa nhà biểu tượng Trump Tower ở New York, sở hữu nhiều khách sạn, một sòng bài ở Atlantic City và có riêng một đội bóng đá Mỹ. Chiếc du thuyền sang trọng của ông lớn và nổi tiếng đến mức được sử dụng làm bối cảnh cho trụ sở chính của nhân vật phản diện trong một bộ phim James Bond, và nhà tỷ phú bay khắp nơi trong nước bằng máy bay trực thăng mua riêng. Ông cũng đã nhờ người viết và xuất bản một quyển sách có tên Nghệ Thuật Đàm Phán, trình bày bí quyết thành công của mình. Một số lời khuyên của ông: Nghĩ lớn, Tạo hoàn cảnh lớn hơn, gây sự chú ý và chống trả lại. Nhìn chung đó là các quan điểm triết lý đã giúp ông trở thành tổng thống sau này. 

Trump ở khắp mọi nơi: trên trang nhất các tuần báo, trên các kênh truyền hình, trong các chương trình talkshow. Năm 1989, lần đầu tiên ông xuất hiện trên trang nhất của tạp chí Time với dòng chữ: This may turn your green with envy – or just turn you off. Flaunting it is the game, and Trump is the name. Thông điệp chính của bài viết là một Trump giàu có, can đảm và rất nhiều tham vọng. Cũng vào khoảng thời gian đó, ông được nữ hoàng talkshow Oprah Winfrey phỏng vấn. Bà muốn biết suy nghĩ của nhà tỷ phú về tham vọng làm tổng thống của ông. Trump tự tin trả lời: "Tôi không có ý định ra ứng cử nhưng rất chán nản vì nhìn thấy các sai lầm ở đất nước này. Nếu mọi sự trở nên thật tồi tệ, tôi sẽ không bỏ qua. Chúng ta có thể tạo điều kiện cho mọi người sống như ông hoàng nhưng lại không chịu thực hiện". Ngay từ khi đó Trump đã đưa những ý tưởng làm nền tảng cho sự thành công của chiến dịch vận động bầu cử năm 2016. Trump đã bỏ ra những khoản tiền lớn mua quảng cáo đăng tải ý kiến của mình: Trong nhiều thập niên, Nhật và các quốc gia khác đã lợi dụng chúng ta. Thế giới cười vào mũi các chính trị gia Hoa Kỳ trong khi chúng ta bảo vệ các chuyến tầu thủy chở dầu mà chúng ta không cần. Hãy để Nhật, Ả Rập Saudi và các quốc gia khác trả tiền cho sự bảo vệ của Hoa Kỳ. Hãy chấm dứt khoản nợ khổng lồ của quốc gia, cắt giảm thuế và để nền kinh tế Mỹ phát triển tự do mà không phải mang gánh nặng bảo vệ những người có thể trả tiền cho chúng ta một cách dễ dàng để chúng ta bảo đảm nền tự do cho họ. Đừng để quốc gia tươi đẹp này bị chế nhạo nữa. 

Thông điệp này khá giống với những gì ông áp dụng sau này, chỉ thiếu khoản di dân. Nó được tóm tắt trong khẩu hiệu “Make America Great Again” mà Ronald Reagan cũng đã từng đưa ra trong cuộc bầu cử năm 1980. 

Sau lần thăm dò vào năm 1988, mười một năm sau, ông thử lại nghiêm túc hơn. Các mũi tên lại đã bắt đầu chỉ hướng lên cho “The Donald” sau 10 năm xuống dốc và nhiều lần phá sản. Giờ đây, ông tự quảng cáo mình như một “comeback-man” và đánh hơi thấy các tình huống cũng đủ thuận lợi để lao vào cuộc tranh cử tổng thống. Kết quả bầu cử ở Minnesota vốn làm nhiều người nhạc nhiên tạo ra niềm lạc quan. Trước đó vào những năm 1990, một cựu đô vật và diễn viên Jesse “The Body” Ventura đã dành được chiến thắng rất bất ngờ trong cuộc bầu cử thống đốc tiểu bang Minnesota. Ventura đại diện cho đảng Cải Cách (Reform Party) rất ít người biết đến. Chiến dịch vận động bầu cử vượt ra ngoài truyền thống và chiến thắng bất ngờ của ông đã khiến cho giới tinh hoa chính trị bị sốc nặng. Giờ đây Ventura khuyến khích người bạn Trump của mình ra làm ứng cử viên tổng thống của đảng Cộng Hòa trong cuộc bầu cử sắp tới. Nhà bất động sản rời bỏ đảng Cộng Hòa để thử nghiệm cách riêng của mình. Vài năm trước, Ross Perot, ứng cử viên tổng thống độc lập, thuộc đảng thứ ba cũng gặt hái khá nhiều thành công trong cuộc bầu cử tổng thống. Liên kết sự kiện này với chiến thắng của Ventura, Trump hy vọng, với tư cách một ứng cử viên ngoài truyền thống như mình, sẽ thắng trong cuộc bầu cử toàn quốc. Trump ném mình vào thế giới talkshow, giả định mình là tổng thống. Thậm chí ông còn thành lập ủy ban vận động bầu cử, phóng ra ý tưởng đề cử Oprah Winfrey làm ứng cử viên phó tổng thống.

Và rồi cũng chỉ để nói. Thống đốc Jesse Ventura rời bỏ đảng Cải Cách. Ít lâu sau, đảng này cũng giải thể. Trump rút lui nhưng nói rằng sẽ thử lại lần nữa vào dịp khác. Nhà tỷ phú khẳng định là ông sẽ không ra ứng cử trừ khi biết mình sẽ thắng. Nhiều người tin rằng "đợt sau" sẽ đến vào năm 2012. 

Sau lần thử nghiệm chính trị với đảng Cải Cách thất bại, Trump có được những năm tháng tuyệt vời. Thương hiệu của ông mạnh hơn bao giờ hết, phần lớn nhờ vào vai chính trong loạt phim truyền hình thực tế “The Apprentice”. Đề tài TV này là hai đội cạnh tranh nhau để giành được vị trí lãnh đạo trong tập đoàn Trump. "The Donald" quyết định ai được phép đi tiếp và ai bị sa thải. “You’re fired” trở thành thuật ngữ quen thuộc đối với nhiều người. Trump ăn mặc như ông chủ độc đoán và được yêu thích. Số lượng người xem trong đợt chung kết mùa đầu tiên được so sánh với lần đầu Trump đọc bài diễn văn The State of the Union trước quốc hội năm 2017. 20 triệu người Mỹ xem The Apprentice mỗi tuần. Mặc dù dần dần đề tài này không còn được ưa chuộng, Trump vẫn đóng trọn vai một ông sếp nghiêm khắc suốt sáu mùa. Người Mỹ thậm chí còn có thói quen gắn liền tên của Trump với sự thành công.

Bằng cách kết hợp phong trào birther với sự nổi tiếng của mình, Trump đưa ra thông điệp chính trị. Tuy nhiên, thêm một lần nữa, ông không chọn tham gia vào quá trình đề cử của đảng Cộng Hòa mặc dù ông đã dẫn đầu trong các cuộc thăm dò dư luận trước đó. Có lẽ ông hiểu rằng trong nội bộ đảng đang có những chuyển biến.

Năm 2007, hai đảng Dân Chủ và Cộng Hòa có tỷ lệ cử tri da trắng ngang nhau. Chiến thắng của Obama đã thay đổi bức tranh đó. Theo một tài liệu nghiên cứu của The Democracy Fund, trong khoảng thời gian 2009 – 2015, một số lượng lớn cử tri da trắng không có trình độ học vấn cao đã từ bỏ đảng Dân Chủ sang gia nhập đảng Cộng Hòa. “Cuộc đào tẩu da trắng” hầu như chỉ gồm những cử tri không có học vấn cao và phần lớn là các cử tri có quan điểm tiêu cực về người Mỹ da đen. Tuần báo The Economic viết: "Nhiều người ủng hộ Trump đã gia nhập đảng Cộng Hòa trước Trump".

Những cử tri này đã đến với một đảng chính trị có số lượng cử tri tỏ ra e ngại người Mỹ da đen lớn hơn đảng Dân Chủ. Quá nửa số người Cộng Hòa cho rằng người Mỹ da đen nghèo hơn người da trắng vì họ thiếu động lực để cải thiện cuộc sống. Trong một cuộc thăm dò khác, chỉ 14% người Cộng Hòa tin rằng sự phân biệt chủng tộc là lý do chính khiến người da đen không có cuộc sống sung túc như người da trắng. Chỉ một nửa số người Cộng Hòa cũng như Dân Chủ cho rằng nước Mỹ cần phải tiếp tục thay đổi để người Mỹ da đen có được những quyền lợi tốt hơn. Phải chăng những cử tri này bị phong trào birther của Trump lôi cuốn rồi sau này ủng hộ thông điệp của Trump về vấn đề di dân? Điều chúng ta biết chắc là nhiều cử tri Cộng Hòa không muốn đảng có một chính sách di dân cởi mở. Họ hưởng ứng thông điệp của Trump: người da trắng đang bị người Mỹ da đen và dân nhập cư đàn áp. Nói khác, những hỗn loạn xảy ra từ trước đã tạo ra Trump - chứ không phải ngược lại. Nhưng điều này không có nghĩa là Trump vô tội, bởi lẽ ông cũng góp phần làm sự phân cực trong các cuộc tranh luận xã hội càng lúc càng trở nên trầm trọng thêm.


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          INFURIATING - OBAMA PREYED ON VETERANS!      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Black Virginia voters feel betrayed, left in no-win scenario      Cache   Translate Page      

Black Virginia voters feel betrayed, left in no-win scenarioRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Eva Siakam's choice to campaign for Ralph Northam in 2017 was a simple one: He was a Democrat and endorsed by Barack Obama, America's first black president.



          Re: Immigration Dispute Leads Feds to Withhold $2 Million in Grants From Vermont Police      Cache   Translate Page      
I dont understand why it is so hard to follow the rules. We are expected as citizens to follow the rules and do what the state and federal government tells us, like not drinking and driving for example. The consequences for citizens is possibly losing our licenses. What is the difference? I completely understand they are 2 different things but the theory is exactly the same; if you cannot follow the rules then you cant reap the benefits. The Obama administration has everyone believe that it is an entitlement to receive funds, healthcare, etc that they now feel the federal government is doing a dis justice but not providing funds they are used to be getting whether they followed the rules or not. Granted opioids are a huge problem, but if states like Vermont would wake up and understand that these types of things are not entitlements and that you have to have documentation to prove you are doing what you said you would things would be so much different. The entitlement era needs to end! The state of Vermont has a surplus of money, according to past articles made in different local papers, and they were trying to figure out what to do with it in 2018. How about we put that money to good use rather than demanding more. How about we stop giving our state politicians in Montpelier free money for lunch and hotels for the time they are in session or giving them cars to drive around for personal use, how much money would that save? They dont do anything anyway, just speak to local people in Montpelier that can see it.
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RICHMOND, Va. >> Eva Siakam’s choice to campaign for Ralph Northam in 2017 was a simple one: He was a Democrat and endorsed by Barack Obama, America’s first black president.


          Re: Also before city board: Cooperating with feds on illegal immigration      Cache   Translate Page      
Lets see name calling, and zero knowledge, Juvenile comments....a nest of Democrats/socialists LOL...and angry too. That is what usually happens when you can't refute the points.

Lots and lots of dislikes, unmitigated bullshit?....too much to ask to prove it Gomer? seriously collectively not one of you could challenge even one point? Please someone supply the correct numbers for the services listed in the content of my post...unless you feel all the services are free? since they're incorrect. Of course I know you cant coz the numbers and crimes are real.

Jim, jim, jim?..... Citations are listed, how blind are you?

Arky what does Sandy Hook have to do with illegal aliens? pathetic attempt to justify illegal aliens crime Arky. (a favorite of leftist) & why no tears for your fellow American citizens & their families victimized by illegal aliens? acceptable to you I'm sure since they're citizens.

All in all,you are one bunch of of dumb democrats/socialists/progressives. You know I get it you hate President Trump. I hated Obama. BUT you must know Republican or Democrat; your taxes are being inhaled by illegals and Democrats also are victims of illegal aliens....so were both getting screwed.

The only difference is Republicans want it to stop, Democrats like it and want it to continue LOL
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          Após acidente, príncipe Philip decide entregar sua carteira de motorista aos 97 anos      Cache   Translate Page      

LONDRES - Aos 97 anos de idade, o príncipe Philip, marido da rainha Elizabeth II, do Reino Unido, entregou sua carteira de motorista neste sábado, após se envolver no mês passado em um acidente de trânsito. O Palácio de Buckingham salientou que o príncipe consorte, que tem o título de duque de Edimburgo, tomou essa decisão por vontade própria.

"Após cuidadosa reflexão, o duque de Edimburgo tomou a decisão de entregar voluntariamente sua carteira de motorista", disse o comunicado.

81032116_FILE PHOTO Britain's Prince Philip is driven away from Papworth Hospital in southern En.jpgO acidente ocorreu em 17 de janeiro perto da residência real de Sandringham, onde Elizabeth II e Philip residem durante grande parte do inverno.

LINKS PHILIP 09/02/2019O poderoso Land Rover Freelander que Philip dirigia colidiu com um carro Kia no momento em que o príncipe saía de uma rua para pegar a estrada. O príncipe não se machucou do acidente, mas a motorista do Kia sofreu cortes em um dos joelhos, e outra mulher que estava no banco do carona quebrou o pulso. Em contraste, o bebê que estava no banco de trás não foi ferido.

O príncipe disse o sol atrapalhou a sua visão no momento do acidente. O incidente provocou críticas na mídia, que destacou que o príncipe demorou pedir desculpas às mulheres afetadas. Dois dias depois ele recebeu uma multa por dirigir sem o cinto de segurança.

Não há idade limite no Reino Unido para dirigir, mas motoristas com mais de 70 anos devem renovar a carteira a cada três. O duque de Edimburgo se retirou oficialmente da vida pública em 2017, quando tinha 95 anos.

Em 2016, Philip levou em seu carro Barack Obama para almoçar no Castelo de Windsor, durante a visita do então presidente americano ao Reino Unido. O passeio levou Obama a comentar:

— Eu nunca havia andado num carro dirigido por um duque antes. Devo dizer que foi uma viagem bem tranquila.

Dizem que a rainha, que dirigiu caminhões durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial, chocou o falecido rei Abdullah, da Arábia Saudita, então príncipe herdeiro, ao se sentar na poltrona do motorista e levá-lo para um passeio ao redor de sua propriedade durante uma visita do monarca à Inglaterra em 1998. Só recentemente foi permitido às mulheres dirigirem na Arábia Saudita.


          Cory Booker pitches unity to Iowa voters, reminding some voters of Obama      Cache   Translate Page      

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Senator Cory Booker crisscrossed the state of Iowa for first time as a presidential candidate on

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2009, Obama set up Green Energy Loan Program.

-Solyndra
-Abound Solar
-Beacon Power
-Fisker Automotive

Those firms received hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars. ALL went bankrupt.


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Michelle Obama and Professor Green were among the other winners at the Visionary Honours Awards.
          Comment on That was a helluva speech.  by morganB      Cache   Translate Page      
Your blind support of this man is appalling when you say....."President Trump delivered one of the best speeches of his presidency last night". FALSE! His speech was riddled with lies. He is so hell bent on his WALL that he lies when he says the rapists and MS13 are foraging the Rio Grande in hordes. He further lies about his definition of seriousness and calls it critical. He lied about Brach Obama with his 6 year tirade called birtherism. Trump is a prophetic liar to the point of being a security danger by confusing our allies and our foes. You should have waited until the Mueller report is sent to another liar... Matt Whitaker. Lately, the Catholic Church seems to never fail to sleep with the devil. He is a divider not a uniter.
          What are the Prospects for a US War with China?      Cache   Translate Page      
Was Barack Obama’s “pivot to Asia” the signal for a coming US war on China? Is the current clash between the US and China a confrontation between an empire in decline and an empire on the rise? Does China entertain imperial ambitions? Is China really a “threat to peace”? What would be some of the […]
          02/09 Links: Bret Stephens: The Progressive Assault on Israel; Why Palestinians Oppose an Anti-Iran Coalition; Bernie Sanders Has His Own Ben Rhodes      Cache   Translate Page      
From Ian:

Bret Stephens: The Progressive Assault on Israel
To say, as progressives sometimes do, that Jews are “colonizers” in Israel is anti-Semitic because it advances the lie that there is no ancestral or historic Jewish tie to the land. To claim that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza, when manifestly it is not, is anti-Semitic because it’s an attempt to Nazify the Jewish state. To insist that the only state in the world that has forfeited the moral right to exist just happens to be the Jewish state is anti-Semitic, too: Are Israel’s purported crimes really worse than those of, say, Zimbabwe or China, whose rights to exist are never called into question?

But the most toxic assumption is that Jews, whether in Israel or the U.S., can never really be thought of as victims or even as a minority because they are white, wealthy, powerful and “privileged.” This relies on a simplistic concept of power that collapses on a moment’s inspection.

Jews in Germany were economically and even politically powerful in the 1920s. And then they were in Buchenwald. Israel appears powerful vis-à-vis the Palestinians, but considerably less so in the context of a broader Middle East saturated with genocidal anti-Semitism. American Jews are comparatively wealthy. But wealth without political power, as Hannah Arendt understood, is a recipe for hatred. The Jews of the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh are almost surely “privileged” according to various socio-economic measures. But privilege didn’t save the congregants of the Tree of Life synagogue last year.

Nor can the racial politics of the United States or any other country be projected onto the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as some have desperately sought to do. Nearly half of all Jewish Israelis have Middle Eastern roots; some, in fact, are black. Martin Luther King Jr. preached nonviolent resistance; Yasir Arafat practiced terrorism. The civil rights movement was about getting America to live up its founding ideals; anti-Zionism is about destroying Israel’s founding ideals.

As for the oft-cited apartheid analogy, black South Africans did not have a place in the old regime’s Parliament, as Israeli Arabs have in the Knesset; nor were they admitted to white universities, as Israeli Arabs are to Israeli universities. Israel can do more to advance the rights of its Arab citizens (just as the United States, France, Britain and other countries can for their own minorities). And Israel can also do more to ease the lives of Palestinians who are not citizens. But the comparison of Israel to apartheid South Africa is unfair to the former and an insult to the victims of the latter. (h/t Elder of Lobby)
Khaled Abu Toameh: Why Palestinians Oppose an Anti-Iran Coalition
Osama Qawassmeh, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's ruling Fatah faction, also lashed out at Iran:

"Iran has not provided anything for the Palestinian people. It is shameful that some think that the economic crisis in Iran is because of its support for the Palestinians. We never heard that Iran helped build a school or hospital or university or any other developmental project."

Iran's support for Hamas and Islamic Jihad, he explained, does not mean that it supports the Palestinian people. "This is a huge misconception and mistake," he said.

In addition, Abbas loyalists have accused Iran of supporting Hamas's violent takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007. One official claimed that the Hamas terrorists who staged a coup against the Palestinian Authority back then had received military training in Iran and "some Arab countries."

Another sign that the Arab countries have turned their backs on the Palestinians was provided by the recent convening of Arab foreign ministers in Jordan to build a consensus among Arab states on regional security issues. The Palestinians were not invited.

The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank city of Ramallah should ask itself why is everyone disparaging the Palestinian cause," said Palestinian political analyst Fayez Abu Shamaleh. "Why is the Palestinian cause no longer at the center of the attention of Arabs and Jews? Even the candidates running in the Israeli election have ignored the Palestinian issue."

The Palestinian fears do not seem unjustified. Several Arab countries appear completely fed up with the Palestinians, particularly the continued bickering between Fatah and Hamas. Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab countries have tried in the past decade to help the two rival parties resolve their differences, to no avail. Egyptian intelligence officials have devoted years trying to convince Hamas and Fatah to work together for the benefit of the Palestinians.

Instead of doing so, however, Palestinian leaders are preoccupied with blocking Arab participation in a conference that could see the creation of a coalition against Iran -- the same country that Abbas and his loyalists hold responsible for the ongoing divisions among the Palestinians. Might it be possible that the Arab countries are finally rousing themselves from their long slumber and beginning to seek better lives for themselves and their neighbors?
Michael Lumish: "Palestinians" and BDS
Note the use of "Palestinian" in quotes by the creator of the image below.

The reason for this is because he understands that the Arabs who live in the Land of Israel -- which is to say, the land of the Jewish people -- only came into recognizable existence around the time that Paul McCartney was writing "Yesterday."

The people who we call "Palestinians" come from throughout the entire Arab world and that world is a world of conquest by Arabs against non-Arabs. This is not a matter of debate. It is a matter of fact.

It is a matter of known historical knowledge.

Were Israel to be the twenty-third Arab-Muslim state, rather than the lone, sole Jewish state, it would be hailed as the most enlightened country throughout the Middle East. It is only hated by Arabs and their western-left allies because it is the single Jewish state.

Thus, many of us who favor the ongoing well-being of the Jewish people in an entirely hostile world often put the word "Palestinian" in quotes.



Bernie Sanders Has His Own Ben Rhodes
A master's degree in creative writing, followed by a stint writing reports and speeches for an ex-congressman heading a think tank, is generally considered inadequate experience to then serve as the president's deputy national security adviser. Yet that is the path that Ben Rhodes walked to become who writer David Samuels once described as "the single most influential voice shaping American foreign policy," aside from Barack Obama. Perhaps it is because of that unconventional route that Rhodes developed visceral contempt for the foreign-policy establishment, which he called "the Blob" and whose ideas he sought to buck—primarily because of the chaotic landscape in the Middle East and, relatedly, an obsessive disgust with the Iraq War.

As Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), who is expected to announce a 2020 presidential run, makes foreign policy one of his principal focuses, in part to counter critics who considered him ignorant of international issues during the 2016 campaign, he has acquired his own Ben Rhodes. Weeks after Donald Trump was elected president, Sanders hired Matt Duss as his foreign-policy adviser. It is no coincidence that, since then, Sanders has been more vocal about foreign affairs, articulating a progressive vision for America's role in the world.

Duss also shares Rhodes's deep contempt for the so-called Blob, as Klion's title suggests. Most notably, while working at the Center for American Progress, or CAP, from 2008 to 2014, Duss waged a campaign against the pro-Israel community in Washington. He called out the Washington Free Beacon among other media outlets and organizations that were critical of his misleading and outrageous claims about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

That brings us to the policy positions that Duss and Rhodes share: disgust with the Iraq War, support for the Iran nuclear deal and an American tilt toward the Islamic Republic, deep hostility toward Israel—in Duss's case bordering on anti-Semitism because of his fallacious demonization of the Jewish state—and Saudi Arabia, and a general aversion to deploying American soldiers abroad, among others.

"Rhodes … is the most obvious example of the kind of role that Duss might be expected to play in a Sanders administration," Klion writes.

But as far to the left as Rhodes is, Duss is further out there, a true believer who drank every drop of the progressive Kool Aid. Duss "does identify as a man of the left," Klion notes, "a strong social democrat perfectly at home with Sanders's political program."
GOP leader promises ‘action’ against Democrats accused of anti-Semitism
The Republican leader in the US House of Representatives said he would take action against two Democrats who have sharply criticized Israel if the Democratic majority did not do so.

“If they do not take action I think you’ll see action from myself,” Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, said according to Capitol Hill reporters writing for a number of newspapers. “This cannot sustain itself. It’s unacceptable in this country.”

McCarthy noted that he had recently taken action to isolate Republican Representative Steve King of Iowa, who has long associated with white supremacists. The precipitating event for McCarthy was when King wondered in an interview why terms like “white supremacy” were stigmatized.

Statements by freshmen Democrats Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were equal to King’s and “more so,” McCarthy said. He did not say what action he might initiate against them.

It’s not clear what statements McCarthy particularly found offensive, but both lawmakers embrace the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel, and both have been accused of tweets that cross the line to anti-Semitism: Tlaib in January when she appeared to accuse senators of dual loyalty for advancing a bill that would protect states penalizing commercial Israel boycotts; and Omar in 2012 when she said Israel was “hypnotizing” the world. Omar has in recent days apologized multiple times for that tweet.
The Spin Room Panel: Israeli Votes on the Palestinian Topic
THE SPIN ROOM | What are the Israeli elections about? For years, they've been mostly about security and the Palestinian conflict. How can Israel solve it? Former Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick and Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy debate. (h/t Elder of Lobby)


Palestinians Reject Invitation to Attend US Mideast Meeting in Poland
Palestinian officials have been invited to a US conference on the Middle East hosted by Poland next week, a senior American official said on Friday, but top Palestinian officials said they would not attend.

The senior administration official told reporters White House senior adviser Jared Kushner would discuss plans for peace between the Palestinians and Israelis at the event.

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has called on the US to reverse its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel‘s capital and cuts in aid to the Palestinians, saying these had undermined efforts to reach a two-state solution to the longstanding conflict.

“As noted we have asked the Palestinian Authority to send representatives to this event,” the US official said.

Kushner, who is US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, “will discuss the administration’s efforts to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians and also take questions from the audience,” the official noted.

“We would very much welcome the Palestinian Authority’s perspectives during the discussion, but I do want to emphasize this is not a negotiation but a discussion, and we look forward to fostering a constructive conversation in Warsaw,” he added.

Chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat quickly rejected the invitation, writing on Twitter: “Regarding statements that we have been invited, we can say that only today there was some contact from the Polish side.

“Our position remains clear: We are not going to attend this conference and reiterate that we have not mandated anyone to talk on behalf of Palestine.”
Palestinian Authority calls on Arabs to boycott U.S. conference in Warsaw
PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said in response to the US invitation that the Warsaw conference “is an attempt at bypassing the Arab Peace Initiative and destroying the Palestinian national project.” Erekat said the Palestinians will not attend the conference and have “not mandated anyone to talk on behalf of Palestine.”

Another PA official, Hussein al-Sheikh, also rejected the invitation, and said the PLO was the only party mandated to represent or talk on behalf of the Palestinians. Fatah spokesman Osama Qawassmeh warned that any Palestinian or Arab who accepts Trump’s “deal of the century” would be accused of betraying Jerusalem and Islamic and Christian holy sites. He too emphasized that the PLO was the only party which has the authority to speak on behalf of the Palestinians.

The PA, which has been boycotting the Trump administration since December 2017, has expressed fear that the Warsaw conference’s main goal would be to promote normalization between Israel and some Arab countries.

In the past two weeks, several PA officials have called on the Arab countries to boycott the upcoming conference and to remain committed to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, which calls for normalizing ties between Israel and the Arab countries only after a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines.

Qawassmeh warned on Saturday that any Arab leader who meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Warsaw conference would be “stabbing Jerusalem and our Palestinian people.” The Palestinians, he added, are opposed to any form of normalization “with the Israeli occupation entity because that would be a free gift to Tel Aviv.”
Foreign Ministry said to see little chance of breakthrough in Israeli-Saudi ties
Saudi Arabia will not normalize ties with Israel or support the Trump administration’s peace plan without significant Israeli concessions to the Palestinians, according to a classified Foreign Ministry document reported by Israeli television Friday.

Israel in recent years has worked to improve ties with Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which, despite having no diplomatic relations with Jerusalem, share a common foe in Iran.

Though Saudi Arabia has stated it will not establish ties with Jerusalem in the absence of a Palestinian state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said improved relations with the Arab world could better the chances of reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Citing an unnamed Foreign Ministry official familiar with the document, Channel 13 news reported that the memo, drawn up in mid-December, contradicts Netanyahu’s position, arguing the chances of such an “inside-out” formula resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were remote.
Palestinians Approach UN Seeking ‘Top Billing’ in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (satire)
A delegation representing the Palestinian Authority has appeared before UN leadership requesting the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict to be renamed. As PA representative Mahmoud Said told the UN, “For too long, we’ve been told that we don’t deserve top billing in this conflict. For too long, our children have grown up in a world where they are billed second to the Zionists. Don’t they deserve to live in a world where their biggest problem is the ‘Palestinian-Israeli Conflict?’”

According to Said, the request has less to do with the Palestinian or Israeli contributions to the decades-old conflict, and more with the self esteem of the Palestinian people. “Our children are already told they are second-class citizens, why should they also be branded as coming second in the name of the struggle with Israel when we’re equal shareholders?”

Israel has also sent a delegation to the UN with the expressed goal of retaining top billing. “We’ve worked hard to establish ourselves as the leading name in this ongoing war. We won’t sit idly by and let the Palestinians use bureaucratic trickery to ruin all that we’ve worked for,” commented Israeli Government representative Avigdor Benrimon. “‘Palestinian-Israeli Conflict’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it, why should anyone care about a conflict without a snappy name? The Balochistan Conflict has been going on as long as ours, but no one’s ever heard of them. You know why? The name is terrible. They should fire whatever PR person thought of it.”
Praising Hezbollah, Russian envoy claims US could spark new Israel-Lebanon war
Russia’s ambassador in Beirut said US policies toward Iran could set off a fresh war between Israel and Lebanon, while championing the country’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group.

Though he said renewed fighting between the sides remained uncertain, Alexander Zasypkin accused the United States of inciting “new conflicts” that he said could draw in countries and actors throughout the Middle East.

“As for a conflict between Israel and Lebanon, nothing can be predicted with certainty because the region is at a crossroads. Peoples are demanding the settlement of existing crises, the return to a peaceful life, the development of cooperation,” Zasypkin told the state-owned Sputnik news agency in an interview published Saturday.

“A negative alternative to this is the incitement of new conflicts by the Americans, which could involve many countries as well as ethnic and religious forces,” he added.

Zaspykin also claimed the US stance toward Iran and Hezbollah was further destabilizing the region.
Suspect in the murder of Ori Ansbacher arrested near Ramallah
IDF and police forces have arrested a Palestinian suspected in committing the brutal murder of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher, according to the police spokesperson's unit.

The suspect was been arrested near Ramallah, and was reported to be living in Hebron.

"The joint investigation of the Israel Police and the General Security Service led the Border Police unit of the Border Police, the Shin Bet security forces and the IDF to carry out operations in Ramallah, in the framework of which a suspect was arrested in the murder of Ori Ansbacher in Jerusalem," the Border Police spokesperson said in a released statement.

"From the moment that the body of Ori Ansbacher, 19, was found in the Ein Yael area of ​​Jerusalem, a joint investigation team of the Israel Police and the General Security Service to work together to locate every piece of information and evidence that could lead to the identity of the suspect."

"The suspect was arrested in Ramallah, and the suspect, a resident of Hebron, was interrogated by the GSS. There is a gag order on every detail of the investigation, except for what is written in this notice," the statement concluded. (h/t Elder of Lobby)
Police: Forensics at scene led to Palestinian suspect in murder of Israeli teen
Israeli police investigating the brutal murder of Israeli teen Ori Ansbacher in Jerusalem said on Saturday that forensic evidence unearthed at the scene of the crime led forces to the arrest of a Palestinian suspect Friday night.

Ansbacher, 19, was found dead in the woods at Ein Yael in south Jerusalem late Thursday, with what police said were “signs of violence,” after she was reported missing earlier in the day.

Israeli security forces arrested the Palestinian suspect in Ramallah late Friday for the murder of Ansbacher, who Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said was killed with “shocking brutality,” and police sources were quoted as saying had been stabbed multiple times in the upper torso.

Police said the forensic evidence at the scene tied the suspect to the murder “without question” and that there would be no need for a confession, according to a Channel 13 report Saturday. The arrest of the suspect was “very quiet,” the police added.

Ansbacher’s family was notified of the arrest over the course of Saturday.

The suspect, a Palestinian resident of Hebron, was taken for questioning by the Shin Bet security services after a raid in the West Bank’s Ramallah/el-Bireh area on Friday night.

According to PA news outlet Wafa, IDF troops searched two residential buildings and the Jamal Abdel-Nasser Mosque, where a 30-year-old employee was arrested. The report said the Israeli troops confiscated security camera footage from the neighborhood, as well as from the mosque.

The raid sparked clashes with some local residents, who hurled rocks at the troops. The Palestinian Red Crescent said two Palestinians were treated for light injuries at hospitals in Ramallah.
Danon to UNSC President: Condemn PA's terror in light of Ansbacher's death
"Condemn the barbaric murder and act firmly against the PA's culture of terror" Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon demanded of the UN Security Council President on Friday.

Following the brutal murder of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher, whose body was found in Ein Yael in Jerusalem on Thursday, Danon called for an urgent meeting with Anatolio Ndong Mba, the Equatorial Guinea ambassador to the United Nations, currently serving as the president of the Security Council, and demanded that the Council publicly condemn the terrorist attack in Jerusalem.

"The Security Council's silence will not help in this fight against terrorism, and will only allow the waves of hatred to grow unchecked," said Danon, adding that "while this silence continues, the PA maintains its policy of paying salaries for terrorists and educating its youth with incitement, and a 19-year-old girl was brutally murdered in Israel.

"The Security Council has the responsibility and moral duty to make a clear condemnation of this barbaric murder and to act firmly against the culture of terror in the Palestinian Authority, the very culture that undermines stability in the region and destroys innocent lives," Danon concluded.
Police urge public to stop spreading ‘horrific’ rumors about Jerusalem murder
Police on Friday urged the public to stop spreading “horrific” and baseless rumors on social media surrounding the murder of a teenager whose body was discovered on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

Ori Ansbacher, a 19-year-old from the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, was found dead Thursday with what police said were “signs of violence” after she was reported missing earlier in the day. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Ansbacher had been killed with “shocking brutality,” and police sources were quoted saying she had been stabbed multiple times in the upper torso.

“Since the murder that took place yesterday, there have been different publications and reports, especially on social media, regarding the circumstances of the case, including horrific descriptions that are irresponsible,” police said in a rare statement.

“We are clarifying that these publications are baseless and hurt the honor of the victim and her family while misleading the public,” police added.

Police stressed they were doing everything in their power to track the perpetrator(s).

“We call on the public not to spread false rumors or disinformation from unauthorized sources,” police said.
IDF Troops Face Off Against 8,000 Palestinian Rioters in Latest Gaza Border Unrest
IDF troops faced off against around 8,000 Palestinian rioters on the Israel-Gaza Strip border on Friday, as weekly Hamas-orchestrated unrest continued.

According to Palestinian health officials, two rioters died in the latest clashes.

The Israeli military said it had opened fire in response to explosives and rocks hurled at the border fence.

More than 220 Gazans have been killed in border violence since last March.

Last July, an IDF soldier was shot dead by a sniper on the frontier with the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave.

An Israeli military spokesperson said soldiers on Friday used riot dispersal equipment and opened fired “in accordance with standard operating procedures.”

The IDF tweeted about Friday’s events, “What prevented 8,000 violent rioters in Gaza from infiltrating into Israel? Some barbed wire & brave IDF soldiers. As rioters threw grenades + explosives into Israel today, our troops stood guard, ensuring innocent Israelis living minutes away stayed safe.”


Hezbollah terror chief chides Israelis for not recycling, in mock ad campaign
An Israeli recycling company has chosen an unlikely star for its environmental ad campaign, Hezbollah terror group chief Hassan Nasrallah.

The terror leader’s face appeared on a towering billboard on the Ayalon Highway in Tel Aviv Wednesday and in a video put out by the ELA Recycling Corporation, encouraging Israelis to recycle plastic bottles.

In the ad, an animated Nasrallah says “I don’t recycle bottles,” with text stating that he has been stuck in a bunker for 12 years, and asking Israelis, “What’s your excuse?”

In the mock video, Nasrallah is speaking Arabic, accompanied by Hebrew subtitles. He introduces himself as a “Youtuber” and public figure.

“Let’s talk for a second about our shared future, Israel. I haven’t recycled in 12 years, but what about you? What am I investing in tunnels for?” he says.

“If only I could leave [my bunker] to recycle bottles,” he laments.

The ELA Recycling Corporation is a nonprofit promoting recycling in Israel.


BDS's binding ties with terrorists
The ugly face of the anti-Israel BDS movement just got uglier. Or, to put it another way, a study of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement removed its mask to reveal some very nasty characters.

According to an 80-page report published this week by the Strategic Affairs Ministry, there are more than 100 different connections linking terrorists groups to organizations that promote anti-Israel boycotts, including “the employment of 30 current and ‘retired’ terror operatives.”

The report sports the catchy title “Terrorists in Suits,” and, as I suspected, beyond BDS’s useful idiots – Roger Waters and his ilk – lies an even darker layer of BDS-ers who are terrorists all dressed up. Connecting the dots, you can trace a line from “terrorists in suits” to terrorists in suicide vests. The lines crisscross through organizations professing to deal in human rights, spreading across continents.

This goes way beyond attempts to shoot down Tel Aviv as the host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. This is about shooting down Israel, period.

As Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan put it: “Terrorist groups and the anti-Israel boycott campaign have united in their goal of wiping Israel off the map. Terrorist groups view boycotts as a complementary tactic to terror attacks.”

The report shows how Hamas and the PFLP (the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) have ties to at least 13 anti-Israel NGOs. This includes 20 members now occupying senior positions in NGOs who have previously sat in jail, some for murder. The report “shows how boycott organizations and terrorist designated organizations raise finances together, share the same personnel, and showcases that contrary to popular belief, these officials have not abandoned their support for terrorism, but instead, continue to maintain organizational, financial and active ties with terrorist groups.”

Follow the money trail and you’ll find the BDS organizations have received millions of euros in funding from European countries and philanthropic foundations, in addition to funds raised through crowdfunding, banks and other means.

Search for the femme fatale and you’ll find Leila Khaled, one of the stars of the study.
BBC World Affairs editor misleads on women’s rights in Iran
In contrast, here is an excerpt from an article by the BBC’s world affairs editor John Simpson which appeared in the ‘features’ section of BBC News website’s Middle East page on February 1st under the title “The plane journey that set Iran’s revolution in motion”.

“Today, Iran is a lot more easy-going than most outsiders imagine.

The rules about women’s dress are sometimes enforced harshly, but the Islamic Republic has never clamped down on women’s rights in the way you see routinely in Saudi Arabia.

Iranian women run businesses, own property, drive cars and play an important part in politics.

The present government is probably more liberal than any other since the revolution.”


The World Economic Forum publishes an annual ‘Global Gender Gap Report’ which ranks countries in terms of women’s economic participation, educational attainment, health, and political empowerment. The 2018 report put Iran in slot 142 out of 149, with Saudi Arabia one place higher. Despite Simpson’s claim that “Iranian women…play an important part in politics”, the WEF’s sub-index on political empowerment ranks Iran 141 out of 149. Saudi Arabia is ranked 127th.
BBC ignores developments in story it reported in 2014
BBC audiences have not seen any follow-up reporting on that story despite the fact that following a 2015 change in government policy, 1,300 Falash Mura immigrated to Israel in 2017. In October 2018 the Israeli cabinet authorised a plan to bring a further 1,000 members of the community to Israel and the first group arrived this week.

“The first 83 immigrants from Ethiopia, out of a total of some 1,000 approved last year for entry into Israel, arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on Monday night after waiting in Gondar for an average of 15 years.

In October, the government approved for immigration 1,000 members of the Falash Mura community in Ethiopia who have children currently living in Israel. […]

The immigrants were welcomed by Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog and Aliyah and Integration Minister Yoav Galant, as well as by several well-wishers, including a delegation from the Jewish Federation of Chicago.”


The BBC has to date not found those developments in the story it reported in 2014 worth covering.
Texas museum stands by ownership of painting; Jewish family claims it’s looted
A Houston museum said Friday it “stands by its ownership” of a painting on loan to an exhibition in Germany which is being claimed as Nazi-looted art.

Henri Edmond Cross’ “Regatta in Venice” was loaned by Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts for a show on the French artist at the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, just outside Berlin. Heirs of Jewish French collector Gaston Levy say it was stolen from their family by the Nazis and have filed a legal request for its return.

The Texas museum said it made a legal filing in Potsdam on Thursday. It said in a statement that “based on the facts of the provenance research, the museum stands by its ownership of ‘Regatta in Venice.'”

It said in its filing that no proof has been presented that the plaintiffs are Levy’s rightful heirs, and that Levy didn’t claim compensation for the piece in 1956 when he filed claims for other pieces in his collection, among them other pieces by Cross.

A lawyer for the heirs, Christoph Partsch, said last week that the painting was confiscated by the Nazis in 1940. He said his clients had found out only now about the existence of the missing painting and were demanding its return. He said the family lives in Europe, but didn’t want to further identify them.
21 iconic Israeli movies that you must watch
A melting pot of many different peoples, Israeli culture can be hard to grasp fully through anything but movies.

From classics films that paint a picture of what life was like for Jewish immigrants in the 1950s and ’60s, to portraits of communities often left out of the mainstream, movies let you immerse yourself in Israeli life, if only for a short while.

This list has it all: film series immortalized in Israeli pop culture; cult comedies; wartime movies; films about religious Jews, Soviet immigrants, and Bedouin tribes; and Israeli films that have received international acclaim.

Watch and enjoy as you learn a little bit more about the complicated society that is Israel. We’ve included websites where you can find the movie with English subtitles.
Spray painting a pro-Israeli message with Artists 4 Israel
Graffiti artists are disgusted by the antisemitic and racist graffiti springing up across college and university campuses in the United States, and have formed a rapid response team to combat the problem through art.

Despite the recent surge in BDS efforts, Artists 4 Israel (A4I) has grown exponentially over the last 10 years showing that Israel’s support of the arts and free speech is recognized and having a significant impact. Artists 4 Israel now represents more than 8,000 artists from 26 different countries who are united to overcome bigotry against Israel, the Jews or any other persecuted group. The recent rash of scrawled hate speech and depictions of swastikas is particularly upsetting to urban artists.

“Hate has no place in graffiti and I refuse to let anyone disrespect my chosen art form for such terrible purposes” says Shayne Tuthill, an artist who joined A4I on a mission painting memorials to slain IDF soldiers in Israel. Shayne and others under the coordination of Artists 4 Israel have offered to reclaim the name of street art and defend against the bigots and vandals.

Swastikas and other hateful symbols have been found most recently on the American Federation of Teachers building. This follows incidents at Columbia University, Duke University, Goucher, Cornell, Pomona, UC Davis and far too many other colleges and universities.

Graffiti and street art can and should unite people and beautify communities. Since its inception, Artists 4 Israel has found that to be a core value of most graffiti artists. Originally focusing only on advocacy initiatives in New York City, it was the artists themselves who suggested traveling to Israel to paint over the bomb shelters in Sderot. There, artists from around the world gathered to heroically dodge rockets and defy a war to create murals across the city. When finished, bomb shelters, those distressing reminders of danger, were transformed into an outdoor art gallery that soothed the populace and has become a tourist site that lasts to this day. The artists received the Key to the City of Sderot for their efforts as well as thousands of hugs, kisses and heartfelt thanks from the local community.
How a curious love triangle spurred UK’s cabinet to pass the Balfour Declaration
There was only one Jewish member among the British Cabinet when it debated Chaim Weizmann’s request that it back the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine during the summer and autumn of 1917.

But Edwin Montagu, who was born 140 years ago this month, was not, as might have been expected, the strongest advocate of what soon became known as the Balfour Declaration. Actually, he was its most bitter adversary.

He railed against the “mischievous political creed” of Zionism, attacked the very notion that Jews were a nation, and ridiculed the idea that, in such a state, Jews “drawn from all quarters of the globe” would even be capable of communicating with one another.

In an angry memo to his fellow Cabinet members in August 1917 he went so far as to declare that the proposal before the government would be “anti-Semitic in result [and] will prove a rallying ground for anti-Semites in every country in the world.”

As the historian Jonathan Schneer wrote: “Ironically, a Jew represented the greatest remaining obstacle to Cabinet acceptance of the Balfour Declaration.”

Inadvertently, however, Montagu would play a possibly critical part in the realization of the Zionists’ dreams. That role had nothing to do with high politics or great principles. Rather, it resulted from the fallout of a bizarre love affair involving Montagu’s political mentor, prime minister Henry Herbert Asquith, and his future wife, Venetia Stanley.



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The Iranian publisher of a translated version of “Becoming”, an autobiographical memoir by former First Lady of the US Michelle Obama, says it has released the 17th print run of the book in less than one month.

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US Ramps Up Air Strikes Against Somalia Islamist Group
Rise in al-Shabaab fatalities is doing little to stem the group’s influence

Tom Wilson in Nairobi
Financial Times

US air strikes killed more than 100 militants in Somalia in January — one of the deadliest months since Washington’s air offensive against al-Shabaab, the Islamist extremist group, began in 2007.

The casualties reflect a dramatic escalation in the use air strikes against the Somali extremist group since President Donald Trump took office. The air offensive is part of one of Washington’s most active — and least discussed — military campaigns anywhere in the world.

In 2018 the US staged 47 air strikes against al-Shabaab targets — almost one a week — killing at least 326 suspected militants, according to figures compiled from statements made by US Africa Command, also known as Africom. So far this year, Africom has executed 12 strikes, killing another 115 al-Shabaab fighters, according to the statements.

The surge in US air attacks, which are in support of the Somali national army, is the result of a 2017 policy change by the Trump administration that gave the Department of Defence greater latitude to authorise strikes. Previously, under guidelines established by President Barack Obama, air strikes outside of active US conflict zones needed to be vetted by multiple agencies and could only be approved if the target posed a “continuing, imminent threat” to the US. The shift has taken an unprecedented toll on al-Shabaab’s rank and file, leaving more than 500 fighters dead in the past two years.

But despite its losses, the Islamist group continues to stage attacks against military, government and civilian targets inside and outside of Somalia, raising doubts over whether the US strategy can ultimately help stabilise the troubled nation.

After 24 militants were killed in a January air strike on an al-Shabaab training camp north of the capital, Mogadishu, the group claimed responsibility for two separate bombings in quick succession: an attack on an Ethiopian military base in southern Somalia, and another on a shopping mall in Mogadishu that killed 11 people.

“The tempo is higher, but nobody looks like they are losing” said Hussein Sheikh-Ali, a former security adviser to the Somali government and founder of the Hiraal Institute, a security think-tank in Mogadisghu.

Under President Obama, the US staged fewer air strikes that targeted senior al-Shabaab officials, according Mr Sheikh-Ali. The Trump administration’s campaign, under the direct control of the Pentagon, appears to be targeting foot soldiers, he said.

“It seems [al Shabaab] is losing low-level soldiers, who are easily replaceable with two to three months training.”

Major Karl Wiest, a spokesperson for Africom, said the air strikes targeted personnel, fighting positions, infrastructure and equipment, as part of wider counter-terrorism operations aimed at reducing al-Shabaab’s ability to recruit, train and plot attacks in Somalia and the region.

“There has been measurable progress in Somalia over time, but there is certainly more work to be done” Mr Wiest said.

Formed in 2004 by a small circle of Islamist militants, al-Shabaab has sought to topple the internationally backed government in Somalia for the past decade. As recently as 2010, it controlled vast swaths of the country, including parts of the capital. Al-Shabaab lost formal control of Mogadishu in 2011 to an African Union force, but maintains influence in the city and continues to run large tracts of the rural south and centre of the country, with at least 5,000 fighters, according to Mr Sheikh-Ali’s Hiraal Institute.

“The air strikes might slow them but are not stopping or halting Shabaab,” said Mr Sheikh-Ali. “In fact they are getting bolder and in terms of influence they are expanding.”

Al-Shabaab has established its own tax systems and sharia courts in many parts of the country, while the current Somali government, which was created in 2012, has struggled to bring unity amid a decades-long civil war.

“Their governance is stretching and reaching farther and farther,” Mr Sheikh-Ali said. “They are taxing areas that they never taxed, their judiciary system is reaching areas it never reached.”

The resilience of al-Shabaab’s political and social apparatus means that air strikes alone are a dead-end, according to Rashid Abdi, Horn of Africa program director at the International Crisis Group.

“Somalia’s problem is essentially political,” he said. “It is a society that is deeply divided, and as long as you have a deadly organisation like al-Shabaab able to feed on these social divisions, you will continue to have problems.”

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Why Are Millennials Burned Out? Capitalism.
Author Malcolm Harris on why millennials need a revolution.

By Sean Illing@seanillingsean.illing@vox.com 
Feb 4, 2019, 8:20am EST

“If Millennials are different, it’s not because we’re more or less evolved than our parents or grandparents, it’s because they’ve changed the world in ways that have produced people like us.”

That’s how Malcolm Harris, an editor at the online magazine the New Inquiry, begins his book Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials. It’s a smart, contrarian look at the social and economic problems plaguing millennials — defined as people born between 1980 and 2000.

But it’s not a typical defense of millennials. Harris, who is a millennial (as am I), makes no attempt to undercut the complaints of baby boomers — namely, that millennials are anxious, spoiled, and narcissistic.

Instead, he asks: What made millennials the way they are? Why are they so burned out? Why are they having fewer kids? Why are they getting married later? Why are they obsessed with efficiency and technology?

And his answer, in so many words, is the economy. Millennials, he argues, are bearing the brunt of the economic damage wrought by late-20th-century capitalism. All these insecurities — and the material conditions that produced them — have thrown millennials into a state of perpetual panic. If “generations are characterized by crises,” as Harris argues, then ours is the crisis of extreme capitalism.

I spoke to Harris about the case he lays out in the book, and why he thinks millennials will have to overthrow the system and rewrite the social contract if they want to meaningfully improves their lives — and the lives of future generations.

A lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows.

Sean Illing
The core thesis of your book is that millennials were made, not born. So what are the major forces or institutions that made millennials what they are?

Malcolm Harris
Well, I take a very Marxist perspective on the world, so I’m looking at the dynamics of the labor market, the relationship between employers and the employed, basically the entire economic environment — these are the dominant forces shaping life in my view.

What I focused on is millennials as workers and the changing relationship between labor and capital during the time we all came of age and developed into people. If we want to understand why millennials are the way they are, then we have to look at the increased competition between workers, the increased isolation of workers from each other, the extreme individualism of modern American society, and the widespread problems of debt and economic security facing this generation.

Sean Illing
The key variable you emphasize in the book is the divergence between productivity and compensation — or the fact that people are working harder while wages aren’t going up. Why is this such an important data point for you? And how has it altered the day-to-day life of millennials?

Malcolm Harris
I think it’s crucial. Marxists would refer to this as an increase in the rate of exploitation, meaning workers are working longer, harder, and more efficiently but are receiving less and less in return. I reference Marxism here (even though his name never appears in the book) because conventional American economists don’t really have a term for this — it’s not something they like to talk about because they don’t recognize that capitalism is built on exploitation.

But it is a defining shift in our society, and millennials have been forced to grow up and enter the labor market under these dynamics, and we’ve internalized this drive to produce as much as we can for as little as possible. That means we take on the costs of training ourselves (including student debt), we take on the costs of managing ourselves as freelancers or contract workers, because that’s what capital is looking for.

And because wages are stagnant and exploitation is up, competition among workers is up too. As individuals, the best thing we can do for ourselves is work harder, learn to code, etc. But we’re not individuals, not as far as bosses are concerned. The vast majority of us are (replaceable) workers, and by working harder for less, we’re undermining ourselves as a class. It’s a vicious cycle.

Sean Illing
Class exploitation is hardly new, right? That’s as old as capitalism. What is it about this moment that seems different to you?

Malcolm Harris
It’s a matter of scale, right? The levels of inequality we’re seeing now are pretty extraordinary. One of the big things I allude to in the book is this question of human capital. The burdens of capital production have been shifted more and more onto workers and their families — they get fewer benefits and less support. The state helped with many of these things in the 1960s and ’70s, and before that, corporations actually picked up a lot of the slack.

But now you have individual workers, individual students, taking on this burden of making themselves into the workers the economy needs them to be and taking on all the expenses of that. Which is why so many millennials are drowning in so much student debt, while at the same time their educations are becoming less valuable in the market, which is hyper-competitive, heavily pro-business, and constantly changing.

Sean Illing
Part of what you’re saying is that modern capitalism (often referred to as “neoliberalism”) has created a world in which everything is about competition and self-interest and productivity, and as a result, corporations are squeezing more out of workers and making it harder for individuals to even think of themselves as part of a community.

Is that more or less the picture you’re painting?

Malcolm Harris
I mean, that’s what neoliberalism is, right? We’re all individuals, not members of a class or a community. We’re all economic agents pursuing our self-interest. This is the basis of our whole society right now, and both Republicans and Democrats have signed on to it.

In the book, I talk about an Obama-era education policy that basically seeded this idea that education was all about job preparation. There was no other real justification for it. That puts you on a really dangerous course because that’s all about human capital production, and then you have a system where the schools set out to produce skills in children based on what people who own companies say they want those kids to have, what skills they’ll need from their workers.

So our entire lives are framed around becoming cheaper and more efficient economic instruments for capital. That, taken to an extreme, has pretty corrosive effects on society, particularly young people.

Sean Illing
You talk a lot in the book about how millennials are burned out, that we’ve been conditioned to worship productivity and efficiency. Is that just a function of living in the cutthroat, hyper-competitive world you’re describing?

Malcolm Harris
I think that’s part of it. When I went into this project, I thought I was going to be very critical of helicopter parents, but then I realized that the parents doing this are doing it for pretty understandable reasons.

Most of these are working-class parents who are looking at an economy where the gap between the haves and the have-nots, between workers and capitalists, is growing bigger and bigger every day, and where the middle class is basically disappearing. So they feel like they have to give their kids the best shot they possibly can, just so they can catch up and not fall even further behind.

Sean Illing
I’ll offer a little pushback here: One could read your book as saying that millennials were promised a version of the American dream and simply didn’t get it. Or someone might read this and say that you’re assuming a certain level of material comfort is a kind of birthright for Americans, when in reality that’s never been the case, particularly for nonwhite Americans.

Malcolm Harris
Well, the promise that hard work will lead to a better life was definitely not just sold to white Americans. That has been sold to black Americans, to Hispanic Americans, to everyone. The American dream is not a product that is only sold to white people.

I’m not interested in arguing that millennials didn’t get what they were promised. It’s a question of exploitation. This is a fundamentally capitalist story. Workers have always been exploited, but that rate of exploitation — measured by the productivity wage gap we talked about earlier — is increasing exponentially for millennials.

Sean Illing
Do you think millennials are at all complicit in their own fate? After all, many of the economic forces — I’m thinking of Silicon Valley in particular — that are undermining our own happiness and security have been engineered by millennials.

Malcolm Harris
Oh, absolutely. They’re exploiters like any other. They might even be better at it, in fact. When I talk about millennials, it’s not, like, a metaphor whereby millennials are the working class and boomers are the ruling class or something. The capitalist millennials are going to be just as bad, if not worse, than their predecessors, because they’ve inherited this exploitative system.

Sean Illing
You write at the end of the book that history asks different things of different generations. What will it ask of millennials?

Malcolm Harris
That’s a great question, and one I’ve been thinking about a lot. I wish I had an answer at the end of the book, but I honestly didn’t — at least not a good one.

Sean Illing
Well, to the extent that you’re right, I’d say we have to get out of this frame of generational conflict and think much bigger, but that opens up a whole new set of challenges.

Malcolm Harris
I totally agree. The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that the historical task confronting us may be larger than we ever imagined. It may well be that America dies or the world dies, or that this global economic order dies or our problems just get worse.

Sean Illing
So I want to make sure I’m clear on what you’re saying here. You’re essentially arguing that the system is fundamentally flawed and thus there is no ultimate solution short of overthrowing it. In other words, the only solution is revolution. But that’s a very difficult thing to control or predict.

Malcolm Harris
It is. A much smarter Malcolm than I, Malcolm X, said you don’t have revolutions without bloodshed, and he was probably right. But we’re in a situation now where the ruling class feels so powerful and I’m not sure what it will take to change things.

I mean, we have thousands of Americans dead in Puerto Rico, and that’s an attack by the ruling class. You had all these vulture funds that swooped into Puerto Rico, threw them even deeper into debt, and eviscerated the public services, and people died because of it. That’s an attack by any definition.

Sean Illing
It’s hard to read your book and not walk away with a sense of fatalism about our situation. Do you see no value in pushing for meaningful social change within the system? Do you see any value in political movements that are seeking practical policy shifts that won’t overturn capitalism but might nevertheless reduce suffering?

Malcolm Harris
I definitely have a sense of fatalism about this system. I don’t think capitalism can last forever (or even much longer), and I think if you asked a bunch of ecologists, they’d agree with me. That doesn’t mean what comes next will necessarily be better, but if by “within this system” you mean liberal capitalist democracy, then no, I don’t see any real strategic possibilities there.

That said, I’m not committed to only doing the most correct things. I voted for Hillary Clinton, I volunteer with groups in my neighborhood that are focused on harm reduction, etc. I’ve even helped put on a training for the DSA [Democratic Socialists of America].

Revolution is hard, and that’s not an excuse not to participate in your community. But we have to be realistic about the possible near- and medium-term outcomes for this system, and there aren’t any good ones. We have to deal with capitalism soon, or it will deal with us.

Sean Illing
The very last thing you say in the book is that millennials will have to become either fascists or revolutionaries. Is the choice really that binary? Are you convinced revolution is the only answer, knowing all that that implies?

Malcolm Harris
Yes, is the very simple answer. It’s not for me to say what must be done, but people can look at the world and decide for themselves. What I can tell you now is that we appear to be running out of options for reform.

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NAACP President: Dehumanizing African-Americans with Blackface Has Real Consequences
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Words and images have meaning. They have weight. And they have consequences.

In America, the most powerful and dangerous of these words and images were born in times of intense oppression and hatred. These racialized depictions and icons of speech litter our current political landscape in the form of seemingly innocuous rhetoric such as "build a wall" to yearbook photographs of figures in blackface.

Though Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, and now Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, are at the center of this latest controversy, the true problem does not begin or end with these two men. It did not begin or end with Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile or the litany of other black lives. It did not begin or end with the tacit endorsements of white supremacist violence from our nation’s highest office. None of these events caused the racially charged violence plaguing our country.

Instead, they are the consequence of our nation’s collective unwillingness to recognize that 400 years of dehumanizing language and imagery have a cultural impact that expresses itself through explicit and implicit bias.

One can reach back to imperialism, slavery, segregation or the Jim Crow era, but it is not necessary. Flashpoints exist as recent as President Ronald Reagan and his words in Neshoba County, Mississippi. His callback to "states' rights" — an assertion historically associated with the perpetuation of slavery — made in a former Confederate state with a close and continuing relationship with terrorism and lynching, was an ill-thought, inconsiderate choice of words at best and a calculated, intentional threat at worst.

This racialized imagery resurfaced in the late 1980s during George H. W. Bush's campaign against Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis in an ad featuring an intentionally menacing portrait of Willie Horton. The image was to tap into the cultural fears that previous depictions had established within the public’s mind: thatbBlack people are inhumane criminals.

President Bill Clinton fueled the fires of bias in the cultural collective with his 1994 crime bill. Ostensibly presented to keep communities safe from the “superpredator,” the bill, with its incentives for harsher punishments and its three-strikes mandatory sentencing, once again correlated criminal behavior with African-Americans.

Clinton's words and actions built on previous "war on drugs" legislation, the already growing trend of mass incarceration and the criminalization of being born with black or brown skin.

'Tough on crime' targeted Blacks; The cold numbers bare this truth out

The 1980s' "Tough on Crime" era resulted in dramatic growth in incarceration. Of those incarcerated, African-Americans are sentenced to correctional facilities at more than five times the rate of whites. The "war on drugs" only enhanced the effect as, from years 1980 through 2007, African-Americans were arrested on drug charges at rates that were 2.8 to 5.5 times higher than whites.

As a result of the deliberate act to criminal people of color, by 2016, African-Americans represented only 12 percent of the U.S. adult population but accounted for 33 percent of the prison population, while whites accounted for 64 percent of the population but only 30 percent of its prisoners.

This criminalization phenomenon is not a partisan issue. The fact that Reagan's and Clinton’s words and Bush’s imagery encountered little resistance, and even less self-reflection, enabled others to act upon their racial bias with approval of the nation. It is today’s climate of acceptance for racialized words and images that empowered George Zimmerman to gun down Trayvon Martin with both impunity grounded in the repeated correlation of blacks and criminality.

The cultural consequences of racialized language and imagery have manifested as a zeitgeist that is devastating the African-American community and fueling the need for movements and organizations such as Black Lives Matter, Dream Defenders, BYP100 and United We Dream.

Obama election a bright light

That is not to say that there have not been some bright lights in this darkness.

 The election of the nation’s first African-American president, Barack Obama, was a significant step toward a truly inclusive democracy. Similarly, the FIRST STEP Act, too, will hopefully live up to its name and pave the way for more criminal justice reform.

This forward movement toward the promise America has always held is a welcomed and imminently laudable accomplishment, but it does not banish the shadows of racism and intolerance that lurk in this country’s corners. Indeed, their light makes these shadows darker by contrast.

The darkness implicit in uncontested racialized speech and images carries consequences that reach all people of color. Trump’s many statements and tweets calling a caravan of immigrants “stone cold criminals,” his policies separating immigrant families and placing children in detention centers, and his repeated calls to "build a wall" are all a continuation of America’s embrace of racialized words and images. It is a doubling down on the dehumanization of people of color in the media.

Words and images do not exist in a vacuum. They have power, and they can and have been used to threaten the livelihoods of communities of color.

Derrick Johnson is president and CEO of the NAACP. 

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La Prensa

Lawrence, Estados Unidos.

Con su denuncia de las desigualdades y del accionar de Wall Street, la senadora demócrata Elizabeth Warren oficializó el sábado su candidatura para las presidenciales estadounidenses de 2020, desafiando, con un mensaje claramente de izquierda, la controversia sobre sus lejanos orígenes amerindios.

"El estrangulamiento de la clase media es real y millones de familias apenas pueden respirar", dijo la legisladora a sus entusiastas partidarios reunidos en Lawrence, el antiguo corazón de la industria textil del noreste de Estados Unidos.

Al publicar los resultados de una prueba de ADN en octubre, la exprofesora de derecho en Harvard pretendió detener las burlas del presidente republicano Donald Trump, quien durante mucho tiempo la ha llamado "Pocahontas" en alusión a sus presuntos orígenes amerindios.

&lt;amp-img src="https://imageshack.

com/a/img922/2759/dmARM9.

jpg" alt="Warren" width="380" height="250" layout="responsive"&gt;&lt;/amp-img&gt;El examen, que confirmó que Warren tiene lejanos ancestros nativos, indignó a las tribus indígenas estadounidenses, para las cuales el parentesco es principalmente cultural y no puramente genético.

El Washington Post publicó esta semana un documento oficial que data de la década de 1980 en el que Warren se define a sí misma como "nativa americana", lo cual reavivó las acusaciones de los republicanos, que le reprochan usar sus orígenes para avanzar en su carrera.

Ella lo niega categóricamente.

"Los estadounidenses rechazarán su campaña deshonesta y sus ideas socialistas", escribió en un comunicado Brad Parscale, jefe de la campaña de Trump para las presidenciales de 2020, en las cuales el magnate aspirará a un segundo mandato.

Lea más: Trump, en "muy buena salud", según su médico tras superar la revisión anual"Hay mucha gente rica y poderosa, así como ejércitos de lobistas y abogados, que tratarán de impedir que nuestros planteamientos de soluciones sean una realidad", respondió la demócrata desde su tribuna en Lawrence.

De 69 años y senadora de Masssachusetts desde 2013, Warren atacó a Trump sin nombrarlo, al aludir a "la intolerancia" que no debería "tener lugar en el Salón Oval".

- "Un sistema engañoso" -Más allá de la polémica sobre sus orígenes, la legisladora propuso en su discurso un sistema de salud universal, invertir en educación, aumentar el salario mínimo.

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Aludió también a la historia emblemática de Lawrence, sitio de una famosa huelga llevada a cabo por obreros inmigrantes en 1912.

Hoy, la ciudad se hunde en la pobreza como consecuencia de la crisis del sector manufacturero.

&lt;amp-img src="https://imageshack.

com/a/img923/6320/qCikHL.

jpg" alt="Candidatura EEUU" width="380" height="250" layout="responsive"&gt;&lt;/amp-img&gt;"El hombre de la Casa Blanca no es la causa de lo que se ha roto, sino sólo el último, y más extremo síntoma de lo que no funciona en Estados Unidos.

Es el producto de un sistema engañoso que hace que los ricos y los poderosos ganen y cubran a los demás de basura", dijo.

"Cuando se vaya no podremos hacer como si nada hubiera pasado", dijo, antes de declararse "candidata a ser presidenta de Estados Unidos de América".

En Lawrence, la senadora intentó dejar atrás su imagen rígida, multiplicando las anécdotas familiares y recurriendo a sus orígenes modestos para deplorar la erosión del "sueño americano", sobre todo para las minorías.

Lea más: Fiscalía investiga a National Enquirer por supuesto chantaje a Bezos, según CNNTrump incluyó a Lawrence, cuya población es en 80% de origen hispano, entre las "ciudades santuario" para los inmigrantes, pues sus autoridades municipales se muestran renuentes a cooperar con los agentes federales encargados de detener a los extranjeros indocumentados.

Warren deberá competir con varios aspirantes a la candidatura demócrata.

Ya se han anunciado diez precandidaturas y se espera aún la decisión del exvicepresidente de Barack Obama, Joe Biden, del izquierdista Bernie Sanders (derrotado por la exprimera dama Hillary Clinton en 2016) o el magnate y exalcalde de Nueva York Michael Bloomberg.

El domingo se anunciaría igualmente la precandidatura de otra senadora demócrata, Amy Klobuchar.


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La Prensa

Washington, Estados Unidos.

El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, tiene "muy buena salud", según afirmó este viernes el médico de la Casa Blanca, Sean Conley, que lo examinó durante cuatro horas con otros once especialistas.

"Mientras finalizamos los informes y las recomendaciones, estoy feliz de anunciar que el presidente de Estados Unidos tiene muy buena salud y de anticipar que seguirá así por el resto de su Presidencia, y más allá", dijo en un comunicado Conley.

La de este viernes fue la segunda revisión anual de rutina a la que se somete Trump desde que llegó a la Casa Blanca y tuvo lugar en el centro médico militar Walter Reed National, ubicado en Bethesda (Maryland), en las afueras de la capital estadounidense.

Lea más: Fiscalía investiga a National Enquirer por supuesto chantaje a Bezos, según CNNConley detalló que el presidente, de 72 años, no se sometió a ningún procedimiento que requiriese sedación o anestesia.

La revisión del año pasado indicó que Trump gozaba de una salud "excelente" aunque tenía sobrepeso y rozaba la categoría de obeso, con un índice de masa corporal de 29,9, dado que pesaba 108,4 kilos y medía 1,92 metros.

El entonces médico presidencial, Ronny Jackson, que también supervisó la salud del exmandatario Barack Obama desde 2013 (2009-2017), dijo que desarrollaría un plan de dieta y ejercicio para que Trump perdiese peso.

Lea más: Bezos, el hombre más rico del mundo, muestra que no se le puede torear"A él le entusiasma más la parte de la dieta que la del ejercicio, pero vamos a hacer las dos cosas", indicó el doctor, quien indicó que planeaba desarrollar un plan de ejercicio aeróbico "de bajo impacto, que no dañe sus articulaciones".

Jackson también examinó la salud cognitiva del presidente para acallar los rumores que hace un año cuestionaban su estabilidad mental y subrayó que "su mente es muy aguda, está intacta".

"Está en forma para ejercer su deber (de presidente), durante el resto de su mandato e incluso durante el resto de otro mandato si fuera elegido", concluyó el médico.


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Compiled 10 Feb. 12:01 am EST by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery, Author, “Twenty Two Faces.” Articles on a CIA/Vatican Ninth Circle Child Sacrifice Cult: http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/pages/243/590/stories.html

Below is a summary of information from the Internet. It would be up to the individual reader to do their own research and decide whether or not it was valid. A Special Thank You to Martha for her untiring research efforts in discerning the Truth, Dale who keeps me in line and Ken who uncovers almost unlimited intel on pedophiles to help us Save the Children. Patience is a Virtue. Having Virtue is a sign of a good moral being. Good moral beings have the power to overcome evil and change the world.

Judy Note: The RV was said to have begun on Feb. 5. Zimbabwe (which was backing the Global Currency Reset) was expected to announce their new gold/asset-backed currency at the upcoming African Union Summit Sun-Mon Feb. 10-11. Tony tweeted that England was exchanging on Feb. 10. Zim redemption was expected at any time, with currency exchanges after Feb. 15. Sources said that HSBC would send out notices to set exchange/ redemption appointments, some say on or before Mon. Feb. 11.

A. Rumored Timeline:

Sun.-Mon. Feb. 10-11: Zim Bond redemption believed set to begin after Zimbabwe announces their asset-backed Zim Currency at the African Union Summit.

Fri. Feb. 15:

Zim redemption complete.

Currency exchanges begin.

Deadline for funding the U.S. government.

President Trump and Queen Elizabeth collapse the British (with Brexit) and American (Federal Reserve, IRS) Cabal financial system, along with possibility of implementing Martial Law in both the US and UK.

Weekend of Feb. 15 to 18: Major announcements made which celebrated Washington’s (a new nation functioning within the original Constitution) and Lincoln’s (freedom from slavery) birthdays.

B. Feb 9 2019 11:44 am EST Intel Alert: Operation Disclosure: GCR/RV Intel Alert for February 9, 2019 Operation Disclosure (Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on intelligence leaks received from several sources which may or may not be accurate. Other confirmed sources may also be included in this overview.)

1. Sources claimed that the QFS has been operational since Feb. 5, which was the Chinese New Year.

2. GESARA was a global ideal treaty, protocol and law brought into reality by BRICS that would not be announced, but implemented worldwide over time to make it seem “natural” to the public. Sovereign nations could not simply sign GESARA into law, but would have their own GESARA compliant laws. Any nation that refused to follow GESARA would be punished.

3. Trump's US Space Force was part of GESARA. All Cabal black/dark project technologies and secret Space Programs were being merged with that Space Force, which would disclose space-related technologies.

4. Mnangagwa was expected to announce Zimbabwe's new currency at the upcoming African Union Summit Feb. 10-11 and the RV could occur anytime between then and the upcoming Brexit vote on Feb. 14.

5. Roger Stone has incriminating evidence on multiple officials that would be revealed in court.

6. Shocking information would be dropped in the coming weeks.

C. Feb. 9 2019 Tony Tweet, Tilton: Tony just tweet that they started to exchange in England today Feb. 9.

D. International Child Sex Trafficking Ring:

Feb. 9 2019 Nun’s Rape Case Against Bishop Shakes a Catholic Bastion in India: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/09/world/asia/nun-rape-india-bishop.html

Pope Francis addressed on Tuesday for the first time after decades of silence from the Vatican. He acknowledged that sexual abuse of nuns by clerics is a continuing problem in the church.

Feb. 9 2019 11:31 am EST Queen Elizabeth, Pope Francis, Canadian Gov. Investigated for Mass Genocide of Native Families, Byington: Queen Elizabeth, Pope Francis, Canadian Gov. Investigated for Mass Genocide of Native Families

https://beforeitsnews.com/v3/politics/2019/3060612.html

High Level Satanic Cabal Pedophiles Headed to GITMO, Zublick (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIMpc9rQQAo

1. March 1 Executive Order signed by Trump allows tribunals at GITMO.

2. Deep State formed own shadow government.

3. 10,000 sealed indictments on high profile pedophiles

4. Dec. 26 2017 high level pedophiles started arriving at GITMO

5. Several grand juries active right now in Washington DC.

6. Special Forces going to foreign countries to make arrests.

FBI Raids Hillary Clinton “Death Factory” As More “Deep State” Trump Attacks Exposed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STWUHAGWxjI

Obama at Gitmo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI1Pc3Mcaik&t=901s

CIA Agent Blows The Whistle We Supply Elite Pedophiles With Children (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w32jpS67Jek&t=51s

E. Redemption/Exchanges:

Zim redemption appointments would be made through emergency text, or email with the number to call. Currency exchange appointments would use 800#s sent out through websites or email. If you were a Zim redeemer and called an 800 number you would be steered to a redemption center in your area, or be given another number to call to obtain your redemption appointment. Global Markets were set to crash in order to hide the huge influx of monies from the Global Currency Reset.

F. Resources:

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

Military Tribunals, complete transcripts: https://c-vine.com/

C-VINE International News Network Facebook for Military Tribunals: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CvineNewsTalk/

Trump Twitter: https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump?langen Donald J. Trump ‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump

Trump’s Email: whitehouse.gov@gmail.com

Q Posts: https://qanon.pub/ https://qntmpkts.keybase.pub/

GCR: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1glxmux6R9WG72LLGbD4Ux6b6VCMc818-/view

GESARA Law: https://inteldinarchronicles.blogspot.com/2016/11/20-answers-gesara-update-thursday.html

Martial Law: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/10/2808

Updates for the week prior:

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 9, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 8, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 7, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 6, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 5, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 4, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 3, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 2, 2019
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[0:00:35] ... it and have the votes on Friday. And over the weekend. Senator Bernie Sanders who's now an independent he's left the democratic parties and independent Bernie Sanders. Cities going to push his plan for a single Payer health care plan through like they have in countries like Canada and lot of countries in Europe England and and so forth France's they'll have this. He says it's time for the United States. To do this as well. He says that quote we have got to have the guts to take on the insurance companies and the drug companies and move forward toward a Medicare for all single Payer program. He said this on MSNBC's. All in with Chris Hayes. Last ...
[0:01:58] ... house now. He's done this before this isn't the first time that Bernie Sanders has tried this in fact. He's tried to get this legislation through similar legislation twice before he introduced. The Sanders American health ...
[0:02:45] ... saying it's time to try to get now. He's also says that Obama care. Is costing us too much. So senator Sanders is agreeing obamacare is not working. That it's going to fail and implode upon ...
[0:03:46] ... real would he reach that far across the aisle. All the data Bernie Sanders. Should be. Do you think it's a good thing. Would it be cheaper for America. Then Obama care or to go back to the private health care system or any other system that we could come up with. Is it ...

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[0:00:50] ... corner join us in the noon hour. Coming up the next hour. Bernie Sanders said he is going to push his plan for that single Payer health care plan light. Europe Canada other countries have. He's as a obamacare is costing us too much the GOP can't get their bill together to correct the problems so he thinks this is finally the time. To push through his option that he's tried twice before. Would it be cheaper for American then Obama care would it be better for America will. As some of the experts on health care about that coming up in the next ...
[0:01:42] ... here in the United States coupled states have. Colorado hasn't believe. The Washington Oregon. Which one which one. But. Our guest will probably that was your moment but Canada is planning on doing it proposing it ...
[0:26:39] ... there will bill. Disease 4000 people he would not from mark disease lung cancer. Smoking can cause blindness of some people treat blood vessels up it did this affect that it is devastating. And so remember. ...

          Think Tank 1110am Obamacare      Cache   Translate Page      
Can you and your family afford to live with Obamacare? And, do you have faith that Republicans with a majority in the House & Senate & a sitting President will pass other reforms like tax reform & infrastructure bills? This hours guest: Ron Faucheaux - Political Analyst & President of Clarus Research Group Dr. Ed Chervenak - UNO Political Science Professor

[0:05:07] ... Obama people. Wanted to do admit there their room big minuses. And Obama care. And we wanna go back in the mock applause and picked some we're going to read peel and rule wastes. Obamacare. Sports ...
[0:10:18] ... them with. I would go back it up with passed there repeal Obama care. It clean bill. They've done that. Have voted on that over sixty call. The repeal Obama care who do it again appeal that could break the effective date a year from now. And then over the next year proposed ...
[0:12:07] ... solves that problem because if you repeal obamacare. Is to clean repeal Obama care. In the most of these guys are voting that anyway so so there's popping new. In in terms of political risk there. ...
[0:13:03] ... you know. If there on the Democrats at that point because because Obama care if they don't do anything about it is going to be repealed. And and that way they get it obviously keep their ...

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毎日新聞社常務の妻を逮捕 覚醒剤使用疑い a.msn.com/01/ja-jp/BBTiL…

— 田中_jack 新生日本情報局 (@jacknikurausu) 2019年2月8日 - 04:26

【外交安保取材】日本版GPSに米国の監視装置搭載へ 宇宙でも抑止力強化  special.sankei.com/f/politics/art… @Sankei_newsさんから

— 田中_jack 新生日本情報局 (@jacknikurausu) 2019年2月8日 - 04:30

大地震後のエベレスト再測量で、みちびき活用の可能性を探る|ニュース/アーカイブ|みちびき(準天頂衛星システム:QZSS)公式サイト - 内閣府 qzss.go.jp/news/archive/e…

— 田中_jack 新生日本情報局 (@jacknikurausu) 2019年2月8日 - 05:04

BBCニュース - ローマ法王、司祭が修道女を性奴隷にしていたと認める bbc.com/japanese/47140…

— 田中_jack 新生日本情報局 (@jacknikurausu) 2019年2月8日 - 05:45

日本「サハリン、北方領土急襲も」 元ロ軍高官主張、主要メディア一斉に報道(47NEWS) - Yahoo!ニュース headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20190131-… @YahooNewsTopics

— 田中_jack 新生日本情報局 (@jacknikurausu) 2019年2月8日 - 05:47

和田政宗『結論ありきの報道ならば、いつか大誤報に』
ameblo.jp/wada-masamune/… #アメブロ @ameba_officialさんから

— 田中_jack 新生日本情報局 (@jacknikurausu) 2019年2月8日 - 05:56

出版物引き写し、朝日新聞社記者を処分 停職2カ月(朝日新聞デジタル) - Yahoo!ニュース headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20190207-… @YahooNewsTopics

— 田中_jack 新生日本情報局 (@jacknikurausu) 2019年2月8日 - 05:56

山本一太『山本一太下仁田後援会、他の地区に先駆けて知事選対組織の骨格を固める〜ここでは絶対に負けたくない!』
ameblo.jp/ichita-y/entry… #アメブロ @ameba_officialさんから

— 田中_jack 新生日本情報局 (@jacknikurausu) 2019年2月8日 - 05:58

同時に、辻元清美を参考人招致したらいい。 twitter.com/cdp_kokkai/sta…

— 足立康史 (@adachiyasushi) 2019年2月7日 - 14:42

辻元清美、韓国人からの献金(違法)を後援会費扱いにする巧みな会計処理で事無きを得る(得ていない)
テレ朝・朝日新聞、返金してないのに「すでに返金した」と嘘報道
ヤフーニュースコメント速さランキング1位だったのにニューストップ画面に… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— くつざわ亮治NHKから国民を守る党 (@mk00350) 2019年2月7日 - 20:47

賛同です。もし「国民の代表」という覚悟がおありなら、誤報によって国益を毀損した場合、応分の責任を負わなければなりません。しかし朝日新聞などは読者へのお詫びしか表明しませんでした。国民全体に謝っていない。都合のいい時だけ「国民」を使… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 黒田成彦 (@naruhiko_kuroda) 2019年2月7日 - 10:37

It was an honor to be joined by our inspiring guests at this year’s #SOTU. Each of them has a remarkable story to… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) 2019年2月7日 - 05:13

やはり、何度見てもブルーインパルスの練度は高い。皆さん、是非、見てください。 twitter.com/JASDF_PAO/stat…

— 佐藤まさひさ(正久) (@SatoMasahisa) 2019年2月7日 - 22:16

辰巳孝太郎「私の質問は終わります。次回、森友をやります!」

捨て台詞で森友をやる宣言をし去ってく共産党…
いつまでやるの?
それ以外にやることないの?
#kokkai pic.twitter.com/mvMZkInUBO

— DAPPI (@take_off_dress) 2019年2月7日 - 16:26

ほらね!韓国籍の宮本忠こと全忠(47)と妻で中国籍の無職・田新(36)を窃盗罪で逮捕!セルフレジ通さず(河北新報)日本社会は「日本人の高いモラル」を前提にできている。そこにモラルのない民族が入りこめばこうなるのは必然だよね。kahoku.co.jp/tohokunews/201…

— 日本を守り隊 (@no_payochin) 2019年2月6日 - 17:57

【辻元清美が困る、具体的な戦法】韓国籍弁護士から献金【通名の禁止を求める人はシェア】 samurai20.jp/2019/02/tsujim…

公民権停止は、難しい。
ポイントは、立憲民主を巻き込んで炎上させること。
参院選・統一地方選を… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 小坪慎也@トレンド1位 (@kotsubo48) 2019年2月7日 - 01:44

英からの輸入品足止めも=「合意なき離脱」日本も影響 a.msn.com/01/ja-jp/BBTjA…

— 田中_jack 新生日本情報局 (@jacknikurausu) 2019年2月8日 - 20:11

韓国の囲碁・仲邑菫ちゃんフィーバーに見る、“天才の育て方”日韓の違い a.msn.com/01/ja-jp/BBTjg…

— 田中_jack 新生日本情報局 (@jacknikurausu) 2019年2月8日 - 20:12

関東 雪の時間と強さ 都心は最高気温2度 a.msn.com/01/ja-jp/BBTk4…

— 田中_jack 新生日本情報局 (@jacknikurausu) 2019年2月8日 - 20:15

日韓往来1000万人突破を歓迎 河野太郎外相「関係厳しいのに」 sankei.com/politics/news/… @Sankei_newsさんから

— 田中_jack 新生日本情報局 (@jacknikurausu) 2019年2月8日 - 20:17

日活が新井浩文容疑者主演映画の公開中止 sankei.com/entertainments… @Sankei_newsさんから

— 田中_jack 新生日本情報局 (@jacknikurausu) 2019年2月8日 - 20:19

pic.twitter.com/tUDYZrc6w0

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 2019年2月7日 - 07:14

So now Congressman Adam Schiff announces, after having found zero Russian Collusion, that he is going to be looking… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 2019年2月7日 - 20:13

....The Dems and their committees are going “nuts.” The Republicans never did this to President Obama, there would… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 2019年2月7日 - 20:26

Democrats at the top are killing the Great State of Virginia. If the three failing pols were Republicans, far stron… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 2019年2月7日 - 21:35

PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT! It should never be allowed to happen again!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 2019年2月7日 - 21:37

2019 National Prayer Breakfast pscp.tv/w/byxD4TFvTlFs…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 2019年2月8日 - 00:20

Today, it was my great honor to sign a Presidential Memorandum launching the Women’s Global Development and Prosper… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 2019年2月8日 - 08:43

Each year, America pauses to remember its fallen astronaut heroes and the great accomplishments for which they stri… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 2019年2月8日 - 09:01

So nice how well my State of the Union speech was received. Thank you to all!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 2019年2月8日 - 09:02
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          Think Tank 1110am healthcare plan      Cache   Translate Page      
Bernie Sanders said he’s going to push his plan for a single-payer healthcare plan like Europe.  He says Obamacare is costing us too much and the GOP can’t get their bill together to correct the problems. This hours guest: Michael Cannon - Director of Health Policy @ Cato Institute

[0:00:35] ... it and have the votes on Friday. And over the weekend. Senator Bernie Sanders who's now an independent he's left the democratic parties and independent Bernie Sanders. Cities going to push his plan for a single Payer health care plan through like they have in countries like Canada and lot of countries in Europe England and and so forth France's they'll have this. He says it's time for the United States. To do this as well. He says that quote we have got to have the guts to take on the insurance companies and the drug companies and move forward toward a Medicare for all single Payer program. He said this on MSNBC's. All in with Chris Hayes. Last ...
[0:01:58] ... house now. He's done this before this isn't the first time that Bernie Sanders has tried this in fact. He's tried to get this legislation through similar legislation twice before he introduced. The Sanders American health ...
[0:02:45] ... saying it's time to try to get now. He's also says that Obama care. Is costing us too much. So senator Sanders is agreeing obamacare is not working. That it's going to fail and implode upon ...
[0:03:46] ... real would he reach that far across the aisle. All the data Bernie Sanders. Should be. Do you think it's a good thing. Would it be cheaper for America. Then Obama care or to go back to the private health care system or any other system that we could come up with. Is it ...

          Think Tank 1010am recreational marijuana      Cache   Translate Page      
OH CANADA!  Could Canada be the next country to legalize recreational marijuana? Canada is proposing legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana by 2018.  This hours guest: Chief Larry Kirk - Retired Chief ( Old Monroe Police Department, Missouri & member of LEAP (Law Enforcement Action Partnership)

[0:00:50] ... corner join us in the noon hour. Coming up the next hour. Bernie Sanders said he is going to push his plan for that single Payer health care plan light. Europe Canada other countries have. He's as a obamacare is costing us too much the GOP can't get their bill together to correct the problems so he thinks this is finally the time. To push through his option that he's tried twice before. Would it be cheaper for American then Obama care would it be better for America will. As some of the experts on health care about that coming up in the next ...
[0:01:42] ... here in the United States coupled states have. Colorado hasn't believe. The Washington Oregon. Which one which one. But. Our guest will probably that was your moment but Canada is planning on doing it proposing it ...
[0:26:39] ... there will bill. Disease 4000 people he would not from mark disease lung cancer. Smoking can cause blindness of some people treat blood vessels up it did this affect that it is devastating. And so remember. ...

          Think Tank 1110am Obamacare      Cache   Translate Page      
Can you and your family afford to live with Obamacare? And, do you have faith that Republicans with a majority in the House & Senate & a sitting President will pass other reforms like tax reform & infrastructure bills? This hours guest: Ron Faucheaux - Political Analyst & President of Clarus Research Group Dr. Ed Chervenak - UNO Political Science Professor

[0:05:07] ... Obama people. Wanted to do admit there their room big minuses. And Obama care. And we wanna go back in the mock applause and picked some we're going to read peel and rule wastes. Obamacare. Sports ...
[0:10:18] ... them with. I would go back it up with passed there repeal Obama care. It clean bill. They've done that. Have voted on that over sixty call. The repeal Obama care who do it again appeal that could break the effective date a year from now. And then over the next year proposed ...
[0:12:07] ... solves that problem because if you repeal obamacare. Is to clean repeal Obama care. In the most of these guys are voting that anyway so so there's popping new. In in terms of political risk there. ...
[0:13:03] ... you know. If there on the Democrats at that point because because Obama care if they don't do anything about it is going to be repealed. And and that way they get it obviously keep their ...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Eva Siakam's choice to campaign for Ralph Northam in 2017 was a simple one: He was a Democrat and endorsed by Barack Obama, America's first black president.

But sitting in a stylist's chair at Supreme Hair Styling Boutique in Richmond on Friday, she shook her head ...

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          Comment on A Voice for the Houseless: Not Entirely to Blame by Brian      Cache   Translate Page      
Let's be honest. Bush 43 inherited Enron and a dot.com bubble burst. Then 9/11. Obama inherited the collapse of a fraudulent housing bubble system that went worldwide. Trump inherited rising employment numbers at the get go.
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Ein junger Afroamerikaner wird nach einer Auseinandersetzung in der S-Bahn von der Polizei aufgegriffen. Die Situation eskaliert zu einem Fall tödlicher Polizeigewalt. "Nächster Halt: Fruitvale Station" erzählt die letzten 24 Stunden im Leben von Oscar Grant. Der Film basiert auf einem realen Fall. Nachdem er eine Haftstrafe wegen Drogenhandels abgesessen hat, wendet sich das Leben von Oscar Grant wieder zum Besseren. Der junge Afroamerikaner aus der kalifornischen Bay Area nahe San Francisco verspricht seiner Freundin Sophina ein treuer Partner und seiner vierjährigen Tochter Tatiana ein besserer Vater zu sein. Auch mit seiner Mutter, dem ruhenden Pol und Zentrum seiner Familie, hat Oscar sich ausgesöhnt. Der junge Mann bemüht sich redlich: Er kippt ein Päckchen Drogen ins Meer, anstatt sie zu verkaufen. Er kümmert sich um einen verletzen Hund, der auf der Straße angefahren wurde. Seine Mitmenschen behandelt er zuvorkommend und mit spontaner Hilfsbereitschaft. Selbst ein kleiner Rückschlag scheint ihn nicht mehr aus der Bahn zu werfen: Wegen wiederholter Unpünktlichkeit in der Vergangenheit verliert Oscar seinen Job im Supermarkt. In der Silvesternacht 2008 wird der charismatische junge Mann von seiner Vergangenheit eingeholt: Oscar fährt mit Sophina und seinen Freunden nach San Francisco, um das Feuerwerk zu besuchen. Auf Anraten seiner Mutter mit der S-Bahn unterwegs, wird Oscar auf der Rückfahrt im Zug von einem alten Rivalen erkannt. Eine Schlägerei bricht aus, der Zug stoppt. Die anrückende Polizei nimmt lediglich Oscar und ein paar seiner Freunde ins Visier und hält sie auf dem Bahnsteig der "Fruitvale Station" fest. Die Handy-Kameras zahlreicher S-Bahn-Passagiere sind auf das Geschehen gerichtet. Kurz darauf fallen Schüsse. Oscar Grant stirbt noch in der gleichen Nacht im Krankenhaus, er wird 22 Jahre alt. Das Kinodebüt von Regisseur Ryan Coogler feierte seine Weltpremiere 2013 auf Robert Redfords "Sundance Filmfestival" im amerikanischen Utah und wurde dort nicht nur mit dem Großen Preis der Jury, sondern auch mit dem begehrten Publikumspreis ausgezeichnet. Anschließend gewann der von Oscar-Gewinner Forest Whitaker produzierte Film weltweit 37 weitere Preise, darunter in Cannes den "Prix de l'Avenir" in der Sektion "Un certain regard" und zwei Preise der New Yorker Filmkritiker. "Nächster Halt: Fruitvale Station", mit Michael B. Jordan in der Hauptrolle des Oscar Grant glänzend besetzt, enthält auch einige der Handy-Bilder, die in den frühen Morgenstunden des 1. Januar 2009 an der Fruitvale Station entstanden sind. Die Tötung von Oscar Grant am diesem Tag hat eine besondere Symbolkraft: Nur zwei Monate zuvor hatte Barack Obama seinen historischen Wahlsieg als erster afroamerikanischer Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten errungen. Drei Wochen nach Oscar Grants Tod wurde Obama offiziell ins Amt eingeführt. Für den erst 30-jährigen Filmemacher Ryan Coogler war "Nächster Halt: Fruitvale Station" der Beginn einer vielversprechenden Hollywood-Karriere. Nach seiner Regie bei dem "Rocky"-Sequel "Creed" mit Sylvester Stallone inszenierte er die Verfilmung des Marvel-Comics "Black Panther" (2018).
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Eva Siakam’s choice to campaign for Ralph Northam in 2017 was a simple one: He was a Democrat and endorsed by Barack Obama, America’s first black president. But sitting in a stylist’s chair at Supreme Hair Styling Boutique in Richmond on Friday, she shook her head in disgust when asked about revelations that Northam wore…

The post Black Virginia Voters Feel Betrayed, Wonder What’s Next appeared first on The Western Journal.


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Authored by Jeff Charles via Liberty Nation,

The social media giant has a disturbing number of former Obama officials in key positions of authority over content...

Imagine for a moment what it would look like if the federal government launched its own social media network. Every day, Americans could freely use the platform to express their views on everything from economic theory to the best tips for baking peanut butter cookies. They could even discuss their political views and debate the important issues of the day.

But what if the government were empowered to determine which political views are appropriate and which are too obscene for the American public? Well, it looks like this is already happening. Of course, the state has not created a social media network; they didn’t have to. It appears the government is using Facebook – the world’s largest social media company – to sway public opinion.

The Government’s Fingers In Facebook

The Free Thought Project recently published a report revealing that Facebook has some troubling ties to the federal government and that this connection could be enabling former state officials to influence the content displayed. The social media provider has partnered with various think tanks which receive state funding, while hiring an alarming number of individuals who have held prominent positions in the federal government.

Facebook recently announced their partnership with the Atlantic Council – which is partly funded by tax dollars – to ensure that users are presented with quality news stories. And by “quality,” it seems that they mean “progressive.” The council is well known for promoting far-left news sources, including the Xinhua News Agency, which was founded by the Communist Party of China. Well, that’s reassuring. What red-blooded American capitalist doesn’t want to get the news from a communist regime?

But there one aspect of this story is even more troubling: the government-to-Facebook pipeline. The company has employed a significant number of former officials in positions that grant them influence over what content is allowed on the platform.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s Head of Cybersecurity Policy, prosecuted cybercrimes at the Department of Justice under President Obama. Now, he is responsible for determining who gets banned or suspended from the network. But that’s not the worst of it. He also spearheaded the company’s initiative to scrub anti-war content and “protest” movements. In a blog post, Gleicher wrote: “Some of the Pages frequently posted about topics like anti-NATO sentiment, protest movements, and anti-corruption.” He continued, “We are constantly working to detect and stop this type of activity because we don’t want our services to be used to manipulate people.”

The company has also hired others who served in key positions in the Obama administration. Some of these include:

  • Aneesh Raman: Former speechwriter

  • Joel Benenson: Top adviser

  • Meredith Carden: Office of the First Lady

To make things more interesting, Facebook has also hired neocons to help them determine the type of content that is being published. So if you happen to be a conservative that isn’t too crazy about interventionism, your views are not as welcome on the network as others. After all, how many times have you heard of people being banned for posting pro-war or socialist propaganda?

Are Private Companies Truly Private?

The notion that government officials could be using positions of power in the private industry to advance a statist agenda is disturbing, but the fact that most Americans are unaware of this is far worse. It would be inaccurate to argue that the government is controlling Facebook’s content, but the level of the state’s involvement in the world’s biggest social media company is a disturbing development.

This is not the only case of state officials becoming involved with certain industries. This trend is rampant in the certain industries in which individuals move back and forth between private organizations and the FDA. For example, Monsanto, an agricultural and agrochemical company, has been under scrutiny for its ties to the federal government.

It is not clear if there is anything that can be done to counteract inappropriate relations between the government and certain companies – especially organizations with the level of influence enjoyed by the likes of Facebook. But it essential that the public is made aware of these relations, otherwise the state will continue to exert influence over society – with Americans none the wiser.


          Elizabeth Warren Victory Spells Return to Obama Mid-East Policies, Especially with Gantz as PM      Cache   Translate Page      
The Democratic party of 2019 is radically different from the same party only ten years ago, and ions away from the party in the 1970s and '80s.
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09/02/2019

Vì sao Donald Trump - người mà cho đến nay đã nổi lên như một trong những tổng thống Mỹ chống chủ nghĩa xã hội cuồng nhiệt nhất, lại dễ dàng được Nguyễn Phú Trọng - một đồ đệ trung thành và thậm chí còn có phần cuồng tín của lý thuyết chủ nghĩa này - mời mọc đến Việt Nam mà nơi đó Trump sẽ có cuộc đàm phán lần thứ hai với nhân vật lãnh đạo số một của Bắc Triều Tiên là Kim Jong Un vào cuối tháng 2 năm 2019?

Và vì sao triết thuyết chống chủ nghĩa xã hội của Trump không chỉ là lời nói mà còn đang trở thành một hành động thực tế và ngày càng gần tính thực chất vào đầu năm 2019 - loại bỏ chế độ xã hội chủ nghĩa của Maduro ở Venezuela, trong khi chính thể này lại được đảng của Nguyễn Phú Trọng xem là ‘sát cánh’ và ‘cùng nắm tay nhau tiến lên chủ nghĩa xã hội’, lại không bị Trọng phản ứng theo đúng cái logic phải có của vấn đề này?

Nhưng dấu hỏi trên chỉ là những bí mật của lịch sử quan hệ Việt - Mỹ hay sẽ được giải mật chỉ trong một sớm một chiều bằng vào lý lẽ đơn giản ‘ai cần ai hơn’?

Tiền đề để đi Mỹ?
Ngày 5/2/2019, Trump đã chính thức thông báo cuộc gặp thượng đỉnh lần 2 giữa ông và Kim Jong Un sẽ diễn ra tại Việt Nam trong hai ngày 27 và 28/2 năm 2019. Thông báo này mang tính khẳng định và pháp lý khi được lồng trong thông điệp liên bang mà Trump đọc tại Quốc hội Hoa Kỳ. Hầu như ngay sau đó, Bộ Ngoại giao Việt Nam đã họp báo và ‘hoan nghênh’ cuộc gặp này.

Bộ Ngoại giao Việt Nam lại là cơ quan tỏ ra nhiệt tình nhất trong một chiến dịch vận động quốc tế để cuộc gặp thượng định Trump - Kim lần một diễn ra ở Việt Nam, thay vì ở Singapore trong năm 2018. Từ trước giữa năm 2018, báo chí Việt Nam bất ngờ đánh tiếng việc Việt Nam sẵn sàng đứng ra đăng cai cho cuộc gặp thượng đỉnh này. Có vẻ khá kỳ lạ là sau đó sự vận động này vẫn được tiến hành miệt mài và đôn đáo mà không có dấu hiệu nào cho thấy nó bị chững lại bởi tình cảm bị tự ái hay bị xúc phạm, trùng với thời gian Trump kêu gọi chống chủ nghĩa xã hội tại Đại hội đồng Liên hiệp quốc.

Cũng vào thời gian trên và đặc biệt ngay sau biến cố Trần Đại Quang chết đột ngột cùng việc Nguyễn Phú Trọng chính thức trở thành ‘tổng chủ’ ở Việt Nam, đã xuất hiện một số thông tin về một chuyến thăm Mỹ của ông Trọng vào cuối năm 2018 với tư cách là chủ tịch nước chứ không còn là tổng bí thư của một chính đảng mà giới nguyên thủ quốc gia trên thế giới, và nhất là Trump, chẳng mấy quan tâm đến vị thế ‘ngoài vòng pháp luật’ của đảng này tại Việt Nam.

Nếu chuyến công du trên trở nên hiện thực, Nguyễn Phú Trọng sẽ có thể một lần nữa thốt lên ‘Mình phải như thế nào người ta mới tiếp như thế chứ!’ - hàm ý khơi gợi lại lời tán thán quá sức thỏa mãn sau khi ông ta được Tổng thống Mỹ Barak Obama tiếp đón trọng thị ngay tại Phòng Bầu dục vào tháng 7 năm 2015 như một ngoại lệ và rất đặc cách.

Nhưng khoảng thời gian cuối năm 2018 đã chẳng diễn hình ảnh nào về chiếc chuyên cơ mang Chủ tịch nước Nguyễn Phú Trọng đáp xuống phi trường quân sự Andrews ở Washington DC. Có thể Trump đã quá bận rộn khi còn phải căng đầu đối phó với những cuộc tấn công của đảng Dân Chủ nhắm vào ông ta. Trong lúc đó, vẫn râm ran dư luận về việc Bộ Ngoại giao Việt Nam vẫn đang cố gắng vận động Bộ Ngoại giao Mỹ cho chuyến đi ấy, hoặc ít nhất là một tiền đề cực kỳ quan trọng của chuyến đi ấy - làm thế nào để Trump chấp nhận gặp Kim Jong Un ngay tại Việt Nam mà không phải nơi nào khác.

Còn bây giờ, tiền đề ấy đã trở thành hiện thực và có lẽ văn phòng chủ tịch nước của ông Trọng đang tràn ngập hy vọng là hiện thực sẽ được nối tiếp bởi tương lai gần, để Nguyễn Phú Trọng sẽ lần thứ hai được nhón chân vào Phòng Bầu dục với tư cách chính thức chủ tịch nước Cộng hòa xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam.

Ai cần ai hơn?
Như một quy luật cuộc đời và muôn đời, lợi ích của một chế độ và những quan chức cao cấp trong chế độ đó luôn cao vượt hơn mọi tình bạn quốc tế được tuyên bố là keo sơn hai môi răng của nó. Rất có thể, đó là nguồn cơn mà ngay vào thời điểm Trump hùng hổ sắp tuyên bố về can thiệp quân sự vào Venezuela là một trong những phương án, trong khi một lực lượng quân đội Mỹ đã có mặt ở Colombia sát biên giới với Venezuela, cái cách đọc bài “Việt Nam luôn quan tâm, theo dõi và mong muốn Venezuela hòa bình, ổn định” của Người Phát ngôn Bộ Ngoại giao Lê Thị Thu Hằng đã cho thấy một cách sống động, thậm chí còn là một bằng chứng hùng hồn về việc ông Trọng và Bộ Chính trị của ông ta có thể đang nung nấu ý chí ‘bán họ hàng xa, mua láng giềng gần’ như cái cách mà tục ngữ Việt Nam dạy dỗ.

Nếu ý chí trên được xảy ra trọn vẹn, không phải Venezuela mà chính là Mỹ mới là ‘láng giềng gần’ của Việt Nam. Dù rằng Việt Nam đã đầu tư vài tỷ USD vào Venezuela thông qua Tập đoàn dầu khí Việt Nam (PVN) và đã gặt hái kết quả từ lỗ đến lỗ.

Cách tuyên bố nước đôi hoặc ‘đi hàng hai’ của Bộ Ngoại giao Việt Nam về cuộc khủng hoảng chính trị Venezuela không còn giống như cách đu dây của Việt Nam giữa Mỹ và Trung Quốc liên quan đến Biển Đông hay những va chạm quốc tế khác. Phản ứng quá sức chung chung và như thể ‘nói cho nó lành’ của Bộ Ngoại giao Việt Nam gần như là một biểu hiện của tâm thế bối rối, hơn thế nữa là hoang mang cao độ của Nguyễn Phú Trọng và Bộ Chính trị đảng của ông ta trước tương lai chủ nghĩa xã hội chỉ còn là ốc đảo hoang dại trên đại dương bao la.

Bỏ qua người đồng chí dầu mỏ đã từng một thời thân thiết là Venezuela, lợi ích sống còn trước mắt của chính thể độc trị ở Việt Nam là những mỏ dầu mà Bắc Kinh - như một kẻ cướp hung hãn - nhảy xổ vào nhà và đòi chia bôi với chủ nhà đến 60% tài sản của cái nhà đó: cái đường lưỡi bò ‘chết tiệt’ của Trung Quốc vừa được vẽ lại vào năm 2018 đã liếm qua toàn bộ các mỏ dầu khí đang khai thác và sẽ khai thác của Việt Nam ở Biển Đông, bao gồm mỏ Cá Rồng Đỏ liên doanh với Repsol của Tây Ban Nha, mỏ Lan Đỏ liên doanh với Rosneft của Nga và mỏ Cá Voi Xanh liên doanh với Exxonmobil của Mỹ.

Sau vụ giàn khoan Hải Dương 981, từ năm 2014 đến nay Việt Nam đã phải tìm cách dựa vào Mỹ.

Biểu cảm gần như lấy lòng Mỹ trong chiến dịch vận động để cuộc gặp Trump - Kim diễn ra ở Việt Nam còn giúp giải quyết một vấn đề sống còn ngay trước mắt: làm thế nào để Trump, trong một trạng thái vui vẻ và dễ dãi, gật đầu cho Việt Nam’ qua đò’ tiếp một năm 2019 với giá trị xuất siêu vào thị trường Mỹ duy trì được con số 35 tỷ USD như năm 2018, mà không bị vị tổng thống Mỹ này xem là ‘kẻ thù kinh tế’ và tìm cách áp dụng nguyên tắc ‘công bằng và đối ứng’ để giảm thiểu số xuất siêu của Việt Nam.

Gần như chắc chắn, một chuyến đi Mỹ của Nguyễn Phú Trọng, nếu có xảy ra sau khi Trump gặp Kim tại Việt Nam, sẽ là một biểu cảm ‘năn nỉ’ về cán cân đối ứng thương mại giữa hai nước, song song với vấn đề Biển Đông và việc liệu cái chính thể quá quỵ lụy với ‘bạn vàng’ Trung Quốc còn muốn duy trì chính sách ‘ba không’ không còn hợp thời hợp thế hay không.

Nhưng vẫn chưa phải hết. Cuộc gặp Trump - Kim tại Việt Nam sẽ mang lại ‘uy tín Việt Nam không ngừng nâng cao trên trường quốc tế’ theo cách tuyên truyền một chiều chẳng bao giờ biết liêm sỉ của Hà Nội, nhất là trong bối cảnh ‘vụ ‘bắt cóc Trịnh Xuân Thanh’ đã làm cho cả châu Âu phải giương mục kỉnh vào nhất cử nhất động của giới công an nói riêng và quan chức Việt Nam nói chung, lồng trong bầu không khí uy tín của ‘đảng và nhà nước ta’ lao dốc hơn bao giờ hết trên trường thế giới.



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08/02/2019

Phó Phát ngôn viên Bộ Ngoại giao Mỹ Robert Palladino hôm 7/2 ca ngợi Việt Nam khi thông tin thêm về cuộc gặp diễn ra vào cuối tháng này giữa Tổng thống Donald Trump và Chủ tịch Triều Tiên Kim Jong Un.

“Việt Nam là một đối tác và là người bạn thân thiết của Mỹ, và chúng tôi cám ơn chính phủ Việt Nam vì sự hào phóng khi đăng cai hội nghị thượng đỉnh lần thứ hai này”, ông Palladino nói tại trụ sở Bộ Ngoại giao Mỹ tại thủ đô Washington D.C.

Người phát ngôn này nói thêm rằng hiện hai bên đang xúc tiến các cuộc gặp để chuẩn bị cho hội nghị thượng đỉnh lần hai giữa lãnh đạo Mỹ và Bắc Hàn, trong đó có cuộc thảo luận giữa đặc sứ Mỹ về Triều tiên Stephen Biegun và đối tác Kim Hyok-chol ở Bình Nhưỡng.


Khi được hỏi thêm về nơi Tổng thống Trump sẽ gặp lãnh tụ Kim ở Việt Nam vào ngày 27 và 28/2, ông Palladino nói rằng điều đó “sẽ được công bố” khi mọi chuyện sẵn sàng, và hiện ông chưa có thông tin gì thêm.

“Chúng tôi ngay lúc này đang làm việc về các chi tiết, và chúng tôi nóng lòng đón chờ một hội nghị thượng đỉnh hết sức tốt đẹp”, Phó Phát ngôn viên Bộ Ngoại giao Mỹ cho biết tiếp.
Trước đó, có tin nói rằng ông Trump thích thành phố Đà Nẵng, nơi nguyên thủ Mỹ từng tới dự Hội nghị Thượng đỉnh Diễn đàn hợp tác kinh tế châu Á – Thái Bình Dương, nhưng ông Kim Jong Un lại muốn tới Hà Nội.

Quan chức Mỹ lâu nay vẫn coi Việt Nam là một hình mẫu mà Bắc Hàn có thể học hỏi trong mối quan hệ với Hoa Kỳ.


Chính phủ Hàn Quốc hôm 6/2 nhận xét rằng việc chọn Việt Nam là nơi tổ chức cuộc gặp thượng đỉnh lần hai giữa Tổng thống Donald Trump và lãnh tụ Kim Jong Un “mang tính biểu tượng quan trọng”, cho thấy rằng vẫn có thể thiết lập mối quan hệ bạn hữu với Mỹ sau một thời gian dài thù nghịch.

Phó Phát ngôn viên Bộ Ngoại giao Mỹ Robert Palladino dường như cũng nhắc tới điều này khi đề cập tới chuyện hai nước cựu thù “vượt qua xung đột và chia rẽ” để có được mối “quan hệ đối tác thịnh vượng” như hiện nay.

Trên Twitter, phát ngôn viên Bộ Ngoại giao Việt Nam Lê Thị Thu Hằng hôm 6/2 viết rằng Hà Nội “mạnh mẽ ủng hộ các cuộc đối thoại nhằm duy trì hòa bình, an ninh và ổn định trên bán đảo Triều Tiên” và “sẵn sáng tích cực đóng góp và hợp tác với các bên liên quan để bảo đảm thành công của hội nghị thượng đỉnh lần hai”.







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·         Tầm quan trọng của vũ khí Nga đối với Việt Nam (RFA) - Việc Mỹ cung cấp vũ khí cho Việt Nam sau khi lệnh cấm vận vũ khí đối với Việt Nam được Tổng thống Obama dỡ bỏ, có nhiều những chi tiết kỹ thuật chứ không đơn giản.
·         Ý kiến nói Tây Sơn 'giải phóng nông dân' chỉ là huyền thoại (BBC) - Đọc lại tư liệu của sử gia George Dutton về huyền thoại 'giải phóng nông dân' của phong trào Tây Sơn.
·         Ngày Tết, nghĩ về một nhà báo vừa bị “mất tích”! (RFABLOG) - Song Chi - Những ngày giáp Tết, tin tức về nhà báo Trương Duy Nhất bị mất tích sau khi tới Cao ủy Liên Hiệp Quốc về người tị nạn (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, viết tắt UNHCR) tại Bangkok xin tị nạn chính trị, khiến nhiều người bàng hoàng. Thông tin anh bị bắt cũng đã kịp thời xuất hiện trên một số báo, đài nước ngoài, cả trên trang web của Tổ chức Phóng viên Không Biên giới.
·         Thái Lan điều tra vụ blogger Trương Duy Nhất mất tích (RFI) - Chính quyền Thái Lan, ngày 07/02/2019 cho biết sẽ điều tra về vụ nhà báo Việt Nam Trương Duy Nhất, một nhà báo và blogger bất đồng chính kiến, bị tình nghi là đã mất tích ở Bangkok khi đến thủ đô Thái Lan nộp đơn xin tị nạn với Liên Hiệp Quốc.
·         Một Trịnh Xuân Thanh thứ hai? (VOA) - Chỉ mong rằng nhà báo, blogger Trương Duy Nhất không dính sâu vào bí mật thâm cung bí sử, nếu dính tới Vũ Nhôm thì may ra anh còn thấy ánh sáng bên trong song sắt nhà tù, bằng ngược lại người ta sẽ...
·         Trump - Kim tại Việt Nam: Trọng được gì? (VOA) - Nhưng vẫn chưa phải hết. Cuộc gặp Trump - Kim tại Việt Nam sẽ mang lại ‘uy tín Việt Nam không ngừng nâng cao trên trường quốc tế’ theo cách tuyên truyền một chiều chẳng bao giờ biết liêm sỉ của Hà Nội, nhất là trong bối cảnh ‘vụ ‘bắt cóc Trịnh Xuân Thanh’...
·         Mỹ cám ơn ‘bạn thân’ Việt Nam về cuộc gặp với Chủ tịch Kim (VOA) - Phó Phát ngôn viên Bộ Ngoại giao Mỹ Robert Palladino hôm 7/2 ca ngợi Việt Nam khi thông tin thêm về cuộc gặp diễn ra vào cuối tháng này giữa Tổng thống Donald Trump và Chủ tịch Triều Tiên Kim Jong Un.
·         Về quê ăn tết “không nói chuyện chính trị” (RFABLOG) - NGUYỄN TƯỜNG THỤY - Nhiều từ liên quan đến chữ ăn chẳng còn mấy ý nghĩa nhưng vẫn được sử dụng đến bây giờ, có lẽ do người Việt ta đã trải qua nhiều thời kỳ đói kém nên việc ăn là quan trọng nhất. Bây giờ nó không phải là ăn tết mà là đón xuân vì cái sự ăn nó không quan trọng nữa.
·         Việt-Nga khai thác mỏ dầu mới tại Biển Đông (VOA) - Một liên doanh Việt-Nga bắt đầu sản xuất dầu thô tại một địa điểm mới ở Biển Đông. Dự án này hy vọng sẽ mang lại hơn 1 tỉ đô la cho Hà Nội trước năm 2032, theo Nikkei Asian Review.
·         27 tấn cá trèn nhập từ VN bán trên thị trường Mỹ bị thu hồi (VOA) - Công ty Maxfield Seafood đang thu hồi hơn 55,000 pound cá trèn nhập từ Việt Nam vì sản phẩm chưa được xuất trình để tái kiểm định nhập khẩu vào Mỹ, theo một thông báo của Cục An toàn Thực phẩm thuộc Bộ Nông nghiệp Hoa Kỳ (FSIS).
·         Mỹ thu hồi cá nhập khẩu từ Việt Nam do không qua kiểm định (RFA) - 27 tấn cá da trơn trèn kết (còn có tên gọi khác là cá trèn răng) từ Việt Nam xuất khẩu sang Mỹ vừa bị tịch thu, do không qua khâu kiểm dịch ở cửa khẩu biên giới.
·         135 người chết vì tai nạn giao thông ở VN trong 7 ngày Tết (VOA) - Thông báo hôm 8/2 của Ủy ban An toàn giao thông Quốc gia Việt Nam nói trong 7 ngày nghỉ Tết Nguyên đán Kỷ Hợi 2019 cả nước xảy ra 214 vụ tai nạn giao thông, làm chết 135 người, bị thương 189 người.
·         Ba người Việt thiệt mạng trong vụ cháy nhà kho ở Đài Loan (VOA) - Một vụ hỏa hoạn xảy ra tại nhà kho của công ty Kerry TJ Logistics ở Đài Loan hôm Thứ Tư vừa rồi đã giết chết 3 lao động Việt Nam. Một người khác đang trong tình trạng nguy kịch.
·         Nhu cầu lao động ngành điện tử dự kiến tăng mạnh năm 2019 (RFA) - Thực tế nhiều công ty sản xuất hàng điện tử tiêu dùng được dự kiến sẽ chuyển từ Trung Quốc sang Việt Nam trong năm 2019, sẽ có thể khiến nhu cầu lao động tại Việt Nam trong thời gian tới tăng mạnh.
·         Xếp hạng FIFA: Việt Nam tiếp tục dẫn đầu bóng đá Đông Nam Á (RFA) - Bóng đá Việt Nam tiếp tục giữ vị trí số 1 Đông Nam Á trong bảng xếp hạng của Liên đoàn bóng đá Thế giới (FIFA) vừa công bố vào ngày 7 tháng 2 năm 2019.
·         Voi rừng giẫm đạp làm một người chết ở Hà Tĩnh (VOA) - Hôm 7/2, ông Trần Thanh Lâm, 52 tuổi, một nông dân ở huyện Hương Sơn, Hà Tĩnh, nghi bị voi rừng giẫm đạp cho đến chết khi ông lên núi Khe Mốc cách nhà khoảng 2 km tìm con bò đi lạc.
·         TIN ĐỌC NHANH (RFI) -
·         Chứng khoán Châu Á giảm khi TT Trump nói chưa có kế hoạch gặp ông Tập (RFA) - Chứng khoán châu Á sụt giảm ngay sau khi Tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump cho biết không có kế hoạch gặp Chủ tịch Trung Quốc Tập Cận Bình trước khi thỏa thuận tạm dừng áp thuế quan mới kết thúc vào đầu tháng 3/2019.
·         Donald Trump bác khả năng gặp Tập Cận Bình trước tháng Ba (RFI) - Sau nhiều ngày có tin đồn, tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump hôm qua 07/02/2019 khẳng định với giới báo chí là "không" có khả năng gặp lãnh đạo Trung Quốc trước ngày 01/03, thời hạn chót để ký kết thỏa thuận thương mại tránh việc Mỹ áp thuế quan cao hơn đối với hàng hóa Trung Quốc.
·         Đức không muốn gạt tập đoàn Hoa Vi khỏi mạng 5G (RFI) - Chính phủ Đức không muốn gạt bỏ các thiết bị viễn thông của tập đoàn Trung Quốc Hoa Vi khi triển khai mạng điện thoại di động 5G. Nhật báo kinh tế Handelsblatt của Đức ngày 07/02/2019 dẫn các nguồn tin chính phủ tiết lộ như trên.
·         Úc xóa tư cách định cư của tỷ phú Hoàng Hướng Mặc (BBC) - Dù đã bỏ hàng tỷ Úc kim vào Úc, tỷ phú TQ Hoàng Hướng Mặc vẫn bị Úc xoá thường trú nhân, cấm không cho nhập cảnh.
·         Tỷ phú Trung Quốc bị tước quyền cư trú: ‘Quyết định của Úc chỉ dựa trên đồn đoán’(VOA) - Tỷ phú Hoàng Hướng Mặc đã không thể quay trở lại Úc sau khi chính phủ nước này từ chối đơn xin nhập tịch và thu hồi visa của ông trong lúc ông đang ở nước ngoài
·         Diên Hy Công Lược: Vì sao TQ quay lưng lại với phim cổ trang ăn khách nhất? (BBC) - Diên Hy Công Lược được stream 15 tỷ lần, rồi đột nhiên nhà nước TQ nói phim có ảnh hưởng xấu tới công chúng.
·         Hòa bình cho bán đảo Triều Tiên sẽ đến từ chiến trường xưa Việt Nam ? (RFI) - Nhật báo La Croix hôm nay 08/02/2019 nhận định « Thượng đỉnh Trump-Kim tại Việt Nam, cả một biểu tượng ». Việt Nam về mặt lịch sử, ý thức hệ và ngoại giao là một thỏa hiệp tuyệt vời đối với Bắc Triều Tiên và Hoa Kỳ.
·         Đặc phái viên Mỹ trở lại Hàn Quốc sau chuyến thăm Triều Tiên (VOA) - Đặc phái viên hàng đầu của Mỹ về vấn đề Triều Tiên đã quay trở lại Hàn Quốc hôm 8/2 sau ba ngày hội đàm tại Bình Nhưỡng
·         Thái Lan : Chị gái nhà Vua và lãnh đạo tập đoàn quân sự tranh cử thủ tướng (RFI) - Ngày 08/02/2019, công chúa Ubolratana, chị cả của nhà vua Thái Lan bất ngờ thông báo sẽ ra ứng cử chức thủ tướng Thái Lan sau cuộc bầu cử Quốc Hội vào tháng 3 tới dưới màu cờ của đảng Thai Raksa Chart, thân với các cựu thủ tướng Thaksin và Yingluck Shinawatra bị lật đổ hiện đang sống lưu vong.
·         Vua Thái không tán thành cho chị ruột ra tranh cử (BBC) - Nhà Vua Thái Lan ra thông báo chính thức bác việc chị gái ra tranh cử Thủ tướng ở nước này.
·         Philippines: Dịch sởi bùng phát, dân lo ngại biến chứng vaccine (BBC) - Người dân Philippines miễn cưỡng cho con đi tiêm chủng tại các trung tâm y tế sau khi xảy ra các vụ biến chứng vaccine.
·         Phe Cộng hòa muốn Tổng thống Đài Loan tới Quốc hội Mỹ (VOA) - Trong bối cảnh căng thẳng quan hệ giữa Mỹ và Trung Quốc, một nhóm các thượng nghị sĩ Hoa Kỳ đã đề nghị Chủ tịch Hạ viện, bà Nancy Pelosi, mời Tổng thống Đài Loan Thái Anh Văn tới phát biểu tại cuộc họp lưỡng viện của Quốc hội Mỹ.
·         Phi công Đài Loan đình công ngay dịp Tết, gây hỗn loạn sân bay (VOA) - Các phi công của hãng hàng không Đài Loan China Airlines đã đình công vào ngày 8/2 giữa thời điểm khách đi du lịch đông đúc vào dịp Tết Nguyên đán, dẫn đến ít nhất 18 chuyến bay buộc phải hủy bỏ
·         Hoa Kỳ hủy visa quan chức còn Venezuela chặn xe viện trợ Mỹ (BBC) - Hoa Kỳ nói sẽ hủy visa của quan chức chính quyền Maduro trong lúc có tin đoàn xe cứu trợ của Mỹ bị Venezuela chặn ở biên giới.
·         Công ty dầu lửa Citgo, « mỏ vàng » ở Bắc Mỹ của Venezuela (RFI) - Trong cuộc chiến tranh giành quyền lực hiện nay tại Venezuela, giữa tổng thống Nicolas Maduro và tổng thống tự phong Juan Guaido, bên cạnh việc phải có sự ủng hộ cần thiết của quân đội, nguồn thu từ dầu lửa cũng là một yếu tố có vai trò gần như quyết định với tâm điểm là Citgo có trụ sở ở Houston, Hoa Kỳ.
·         Hầu hết khách hàng mua dầu Venezuela đã dừng hợp đồng năm ngoái (VOA) - Ngoại trừ Rosneft, tất cả các khách hàng Nga mua dầu của Venezuela, đã bắt đầu đình chỉ hoặc thanh lý hợp đồng trong khoảng từ giữa đến cuối năm 2018
·         Thêm Rumani ủng hộ ông Guaido làm tổng thống lâm thời Venezuela (VOA) - Tổng thống Rumani tuyên bố hôm 8/2 rằng nước ông vừa chính thức công nhận lãnh đạo phe đối lập Juan Guaido là tổng thống lâm thời hợp pháp của Venezuela
·         Nhà đầu tư ở Cuba lo ngại tác động từ Venezuela (VOA) - Một số nhà đầu tư nước ngoài ở Cuba đang gấp rút tìm cách bảo vệ các quyền lợi của mình, trong khi những người khác lo ngại các nguy cơ có thể xảy ra, trong bối cảnh chính quyền của Tổng thống Trump tăng cường gây áp lực lên Venezuela và Cuba, theo Reuters.
·         Brexit : Bruxelles thảo luận tiếp với Luân Đôn, nhưng không đàm phán lại (RFI) - Ủy Ban Châu Âu ngày 07/02/2019 chấp thuận tiếp tục các cuộc thảo luận với chính phủ nước Anh để tìm lối thoát cho cuộc khủng hoảng Brexit, nhưng nhấn mạnh sẽ không đàm phán lại.
·         Báo chí Ý náo động bởi quan hệ Roma – Paris căng thẳng (RFI) - Ngày 07/02/2019, Pháp bất ngờ triệu hồi đại sứ tại Ý về nước sau một loạt các tuyên bố được Paris đánh giá là « quá khích » của các quan chức chính phủ Ý.
·         Nga ‘sẵn sàng thảo luận’ với Hà Lan về chuyến bay MH17 bị bắn hạ (VOA) - MH17 đã bị bắn hạ trên lãnh thổ do phe ly khai thân Nga ở miền đông Ukraine nắm giữ, giết chết toàn bộ 298 người trên máy bay, khoảng hai phần ba trong số đó là người Hà Lan
·         Hoa Kỳ nhắm rút quân ra khỏi Syria vào tháng 4 (VOA) - Hoa Kỳ đang chuẩn bị rút binh sĩ ra khỏi Syria vào cuối tháng 4, và một phần đáng kể trong số này sẽ được rút ra vào giữa tháng 3
·         Iran: 'Mỹ chết đi!' nhắm vào ông Trump, không phải dân Mỹ (VOA) - Lãnh đạo tối cao của Iran nói khẩu hiệu “Mỹ chết đi!” nhắm vào Tổng thống Donald Trump và các lãnh đạo Hoa Kỳ, chứ không phải người dân Mỹ
·         Du học sinh tới Mỹ giảm hai năm liên tiếp (VOA) - Thị trường quốc tế của lĩnh vực giáo dục hậu đại học tại Mỹ giảm sút.
·         Sự bất lợi của các ngôi nhà nhỏ (BBC) - Những ngôi nhà nhỏ trông thật kỳ diệu, nhưng có một mặt khuất không xuất hiện trên quảng cáo tiếp thị.







          Comment on Pussy John Bolton and His Codpiece Mustache, by Fred Reed      Cache   Translate Page      
Well, as I wrote at another site.... This can be argued ad infinitum, but Trump's behavior during campaign was openly flirting with & tolerating WN main points & behavior. That's why multicultists & most Jews got so irrational. I don't buy that he knows about race question, but thinks it is of secondary importance. In my opinion, there are a few options. a) he knows its centrality, but cannot do much about it. He's not a "traitor", but they- deep state, if you wish- are more powerful b) he understands this is a marathon, not a steeplechase. So, he remains strategically sound, but has to make tactical concessions c) he knows that US is unsustainable in the long run, so he zig-zags to ensure the best position for hwhites when it comes to Brazil-style near-collapse (complete dissolution is not realistic, I think) d) he has no grand vision at all; he just reacts. He probably believes in the traditional US culture (democracy, order, capitalism), but he has achieved so much after the Obama years torture that he knows that despite culture war against him, he did fulfill many of his promises. As for re-vitalization of the rust-belt, he knows it is, considering everything, mission impossible (at least to the degree many voters had expected). It is like going back to stagecoach after railways. And, tentatively- maybe, just maybe, he has come to the conclusion that Hispanics are not such a threat for any society where hwhites are the majority, or even a substantial minority. Blacks are.
          Who's For Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's Green New Deal Resolution?      Cache   Translate Page      

I spoke with a member of Congress today about the paucity of original co-sponsors for the Green New Deal resolution-- it's a non-binding resolution laying out some ideas to work towards, not a proposed law. I asked the member why so few House members (65) signed on. The member told me several things:
more will sign on after they read it more carefully
AOC needs to go down on the floor and ask members to sign on
some members don't like AOC and they're not signing on because of how they feel about her (or are jealous of the notoriety she's gotten)
some of the members are in swing or even red-leaning districts and fear being associated with the Green New Deal
some of the members like some-- or even-- most of the ideas in the resolution but have a problem with just one or two (like, for example, high speed rail eventually replacing air transport
I also asked if Pelosi is pressuring members to back away from the Green New Deal (and Medicare-For-All) and I was told that my suspicions are unfounded, although members "are aware" that Pelosi doesn't like the approaches, especially to the Green New Deal and that she's still angry because activists occupied her office and insinuated that she bears some of the responsibility for Climate Change not moving along as urgently as it should.



All the Senate presidential hopefuls also signed on-- even Amy Klobuchar, albeit after the others already had. Republicans and right-of-center establishment Beltway journalists claim that's playing right into Trump's hands. Josh Kraushaar: "What’s so remarkable about this rapid leftward shift is that it’s working against the party’s best interests-- both for the individual candidates and their chances of defeating Trump next year. So many candidates are trying to fill the most progressive lane of the party that they’re splitting that share of the vote evenly. At the same time, there’s plenty of evidence that many rank-and-file Democrats are looking for a pragmatist who can actually win the presidency... At the same time, it underscores the self-destructive approach that the two leading nonwhite candidates (Harris and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey) are pursuing. By virtue of their compelling biographies, Harris and Booker could easily run to the middle and win over both nonwhite liberals and the majority of Democratic moderates who aren’t blue-collar whites. It’s a broad, potent constituency. Instead, by pandering to the activist Left, they’re creating an opening for someone like Biden or Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota to run a more mainstream campaign-- and make a popular pitch for electability. The Democratic march leftward is reminiscent of the nihilistic tea-party lurch after Barack Obama’s election. The grassroots energy helped Republicans win back the House but hobbled the GOP’s attempts at a united front against Obama in his 2012 reelection. Democrats are now worried they are facing a similarly destructive dynamic-- and their leading presidential candidates are all too eagerly following suit."



This afternoon, Bernie sent his supporters an e-mail explaining the urgency of working to pass the Green New Deal:
Climate change is real, it is caused by human activity and it is already causing devastating harm to the United States and countries around the world.

Yet, incredibly, we have a president who not only believes that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese government, but is pursuing policies which makes a frightening situation even worse. Further, we have a major political party, the Republican Party, that marches in lockstep behind the ignorance of the president.

The debate is over. The scientific community has spoken in a virtually unanimous voice in telling us that if we do not act boldly in transforming our energy system away from fossil fuel and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy, the planet we leave to our children and grandchildren will become increasingly unhealthy and uninhabitable.

Let's be clear. Failure to act decisively will mean more drought, more famine, more rising sea levels, more floods, more ocean acidification, more extreme weather disturbances, more disease and more human suffering.

We cannot allow that to happen.

The good news is that we now have the knowledge and technology to address climate change, and it starts with taking on the extraordinary power of the fossil fuel industry and creating an international energy system that is clean, efficient and sustainable

We must reach zero percent in greenhouse gas emissions.

We must eliminate carbon emissions in all major parts of the economy.

We must invest in weatherizing homes and buildings, and make investments in climate-friendly infrastructure.

We must make certain that those communities economically impacted by the transformation of our energy system are fully protected.

We must ensure that communities of color do not bear the brunt of the effects of climate change.

And when we do that, we can create millions of good paying jobs in every part of our country. In other words, transforming our energy system not only helps save the planet, it strengthens our economy.

The U.S. is the most powerful economy on earth and we must lead the world in the fight against climate change. We can do that by passing the Green New Deal to save the planet and create millions of new jobs.

...When it comes to taking on the imminent threat of climate change, we cannot think small. We must enact bold solutions to save our planet from its disastrous effects.

The fossil fuel industry is one of the most powerful political forces in the country. They spend hundreds of millions of dollars on campaigns and lobbying every election cycle to protect their interests, while they continue to lie and deny the realities of climate change.

They make billions in profits by continuing to pump, refine and burn oil, while future generations will be forced to deal with the catastrophic consequences of climate change.

That’s why it’s critical that we pass the Green New Deal to not only help shift our country toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy but also create millions of jobs.

The only way this legislation will be successful is if the American people stand up to the fossil fuel industry and make their voices heard on this issue.

Goal ThermometerWhen we talk about our responsibilities as human beings and as parents, there is nothing more important than leaving this country and the entire planet in a way that is habitable for our kids and grandchildren.

We have an opportunity for the U.S. to be a leader in the global fight against climate change. Thank you for being a part of this fight.
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  • In 2018, the Swedish academy awarded the Nobel Prize to economists William Nordhaus and Paul Romer for showing that carbon taxation is the most effective way to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
  • There's an eight in the middle of the eight of diamonds!
  • Supertramp almost always charted higher in Canada than in the US.
  • Amazon may have up to 100 delivery jets by 2025.
  • Many beaches on the Mediterranean are overrun by jellyfish because the bigger fish that eat them have been over-fished.
  • Apple reportedly replaced 11 million iPhone batteries after that performance slow-down debacle.
  • More coal-fired power plants were retired during Trump's first 2 years than all of Obama's first 4 year term.
  • "The coal industry in the US employs fewer people than Arby's. You wouldn't destroy the planet to save Arby's..." ~Kate Marvel

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U.S President Donald Trump attends the 2019 National Prayer Breakfast on February 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. In his speech Trump assured that his administration will protect religious liberties.

Donald Trump’s health has been a topic of some consternation both for his supporters and detractors. Trump had often attacked the health of his 2016 presidential foe, Hillary Clinton, as not being in the condition required for carrying out a President’s strenuous schedules. In response, health professionals had mocked Trump’s mental health, which was further exacerbated when Michael Wolff published a damaging account in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

In the book, Wolff had painted a picture of Trump not being of a sound mind, which was corroborated by insiders who anonymously claimed that he was unfit to be the U.S. President, as reported by Vox. But Trump has repeatedly claimed that not only he is fit to be President, but that he is in the prime of his health.

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Feb. 04–A Columbus jailbait is one of two Georgia aerial academy acceptance alleged to accept a $10,000 academy scholarship and represent the accompaniment in a civic affairs that teaches adolescent leaders about backroom and inspires them to assignment in accessible service.

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Patrick Chappel, a Columbus Aerial Academy senior, is amid the 104 acceptance in the 2019 United States Senate Youth Program. Each accompaniment has two representatives, additional two from the District of Columbia and two from U.S. Department of Defense schools.

In the program’s 57-year history, Patrick is alone the sixth agent from the Muscogee County Academy District and the aboriginal in 25 years.

“I was abashed because I had been attractive at this affairs aback apprentice year,” Patrick said in an account with the Ledger-Enquirer. “It’s affectionate of the acme of all these things that a political alarmist like me could like.”

Patrick is administrator of the Aerial Academy Democrats of Georgia, admiral of the Muscogee County Adolescent Democrats and accustomed the Muscogee County Democratic Committee’s Youth Leadership Award. As admiral of the Columbus Aerial Academy Adolescent Democrats, he grew the associates from bristles to 70 and registered added than 100 acceptance to vote.

Patrick’s “dedication to his beliefs, his assignment belief and his admiration to advice others” accept afflicted Columbus Aerial AP macroeconomics abecedary Ken Broda, in his 27th year as an educator.

Broda alleged Patrick “probably the best politically alive apprentice I accept anytime taught, and I accept accomplished a apprentice that was a agent to the 2016 civic GOP assemblage (Tanner Goldsmith) and accession that was an alternating to the 2016 civic DRC assemblage (David Smith).”

In accession to the scholarship, USSYP assembly appear a weeklong appointment in Washington, D.C., (March 2-9 this year), area they accommodated senators, associates of the U.S. House of Representatives, aldermanic staff, a Supreme Court justice, leaders of federal agencies, an agent to the United States and chief reporters who awning civic politics.

“I’ve been affectionate of amorous with D.C. and our government for so long,” he said. “… So accepting to be a allotment of that, it’s absolutely alarming for me.”

USSYP assembly additionally accommodated the president.

“Even admitting I accept my anxiety about our accustomed president,” Patrick said, “I’m aflame about accepting to see the admiral itself, the abstraction of the office, accepting to bout the White House is article I can’t accord up.”

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If he has the chance, Patrick said, he would ask Admiral Donald Trump, “How do you accept the appointment of the admiral can be acclimated to arch the bisect amid the two parties? I absolutely anticipate that’s the better affair at this point, because both abandon see aggregate in agreement of backroom and annihilation in agreement of government.”

And he would acquaint the president, “Remember the adolescent people. . . . Adolescent bodies accept issues that are important to them, whether it’s altitude change or academy affordability, and I anticipate it’s time for our adopted assembly to alpha acquainted that we can accept a voice.”

But he is best attractive advanced to affair a affiliate of the Supreme Court and accepting his scholarship in the able-bodied of the Senate.

“I’ve watched the Senate for so long, from filibusters to account bills,” he said. “I mean, I apperceive every detail of the Senate chamber, bottomward to the abject carpet, so accepting to be there, it’s so surreal. … That’s such an agitative moment for me.”

Patrick has been a political aficionado as continued as he can remember. His mother, Patty Chappel, the authoritative abettor in the History and Geography Department at Columbus Accompaniment University, brought him into her voting berth for every acclamation aback the 2002 midterms, aback he was a 1-year-old.

“The abstraction that voting is important has been basic to my apprenticeship from my mother,” he said.

His father, James Chappel, additionally works at CSU, as a technology affiliation architecture architect. Patrick’s benevolent grandfather, Jim Chappel was an English assistant at CSU.

“He would consistently allocution to me, alike at the ages of 6 or 7, as an adult, as an intellectual, and ask me about policies,” Patrick said.

The aboriginal recording Patrick downloaded on the iPod he got in third brand was Admiral Barack Obama’s 2009 countdown address. He watches C-SPAN and Senate livestreams for fun.

Patrick formed as a advance on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Her defeat “really was adamantine for me,” he said, “because I was idealistic. . . . I went through a aeon area I was saying, ‘Well, maybe backroom isn’t appropriate for me.'”

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Then he abounding the Women’s March in Washington and recharged his activism.

“I aloof affectionate of acquainted like alike admitting I may accept lost, I still begin article that was allusive to me, and I capital to accumulate going,” he said.

So he formed as a advance on Stacey Abrams’ 2018 attack in the Georgia governor’s race. Although he afresh was on the accident side, he reacted with added optimism.

“It wasn’t the aftereffect we were acquisitive for, but I wasn’t as abject or sad,” he said. “I accustomed that every acclamation I am alive on is a adventitious to change my community. Whether we win or not, we accept an impact. And I anticipate that’s what has taken me some time to learn. But already I accept abstruse it, I anticipate it’s aloof affectionate of been a aisle against success.”

That aisle has led to the USSYP.

He apprehend about the affairs on the Georgia Department of Education’s website, as able-bodied as on Sen. Johnny Isakson’s website, but he didn’t administer until September, aback he saw an email bang to Columbus Aerial acceptance from advice administrator Christopher Porch.

Patrick activated and was called as one of the four finalists who took a government and civics analysis to actuate the school’s nominee. After appointment accession application, he was alleged as the district’s winner. At the accompaniment level, he took accession government and civics test, which included essays on Georgia’s baptize altercation with Florida and the voting admission altercation in Randolph County, a true/false quiz about American history and analogous quotes with accessible officials. Again he was alleged for the accompaniment finalist interviews with an official at the Georgia Department of Education.

“It’s a continued process,” Patrick said, “but I anticipate it was able-bodied account it.”

The USSYP alumni includes accustomed senators Susan Collins of Maine and Cory Gardner of Colorado, above New Jersey governor Chris Christie and above presidential admiral Mack McLarty and Karl Rove.

“Now, I’m abutting that history,” Patrick said. “I achievement to maybe see my name on the acclaimed alumni account at some point.”

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Patrick affairs to above in political science and become a civilian rights lawyer. He has been accustomed into the University of Georgia, but he is cat-and-mouse to apprehend aback from Yale and Georgetown.

“I appetite to appulse change on a ample scale,” he said, “and I anticipate the best way to do that is through the acknowledged avenue.”

Ultimately, he wants to be admiral of the United States. He already is targeting the 2048 election. Before that, he hopes to be a U.S. congressman, again a senator.

“My ambition is to be a articulation for added people,” he said, “and I anticipate my accomplishment set makes it best for me to do that in accessible office.”

But if he doesn’t run for election, Patrick said, “working in the government or in some way area I can change communities is area I appetite to be.”

Patrick abstracts the training he has accustomed through the Springer Theatre Academy and the Columbus Aerial ball affairs will advice him attain accessible office. He had the advance role on the school’s comedy comedy Class AAAA accompaniment championship aggregation and won the accolade for best actor.

“Politics is aloof amphitheater with a little bit of amusing studies,” he said with a laugh.

Mark Rice, 706-576-6272, @MarkRiceLE.

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USA presidendi Twitteri konto avakülg.

Seda pole tahtnud keegi välja öelda, aga ma ütlen: ajakirjandus on surnud. Jah, surnud. See, mida praegu ajakirjandusena esitletakse on hale vari, parimal juhul surnud kassi põrge.

Miks? Selgitan.

Kõigepealt on ajakirjandus kaasaja tähenduses olnud alati seotud poliitikaga. Ajakirjandus, või ajakirjanikud on paika pannud presidente ja muid juhte, ning neid maha võtnud. Sellest tulevad terminid neljas võim, ühiskonna valvekoer jne.

Tänaseks on see kõik kadunud. Maailma kõige edumeelsemas riigis USA-s, kust kõik trendid alguse saavad, ei tähenda ajakirjandus enam midagi. Viimane ajakirjanduse poolt paika pandud president oli Barack Obama. Tänane president Donald Trump oli ajakirjanduse poolt kõige vihatum kandidaat, seda üle terve maailma, ometi sai temast maailma kõige mõjuvõimsama riigi juht. Juba see fakt näitab, et ajakirjandus on surnud, temast ei sõltu enam midagi. Trumpist tegi presidendi sotsiaalmeedia, mitte ajakirjandus. Nagu öeldud, ajakirjandus oli Trumpi vastu, üle terve maailma, sellele vaatamata valisid ameeriklased presidendiks Trumpi.

Sama on kordumas kõikjal üle maailma, kaasa arvatud Eestis. Määrab see, kuidas sa oled esil sotsiaalmeedias, mitte ajakirjanduses. Hea näide on EKRE, mis on tõusnud praktiliselt nullist 20-protsendilise toetuseni, kuigi meedia on EKRE-t kogu aeg peksnud. Aga EKRE trump on sotsiaalmeedia. Mida rohkem ajakirjandus EKRE-t peksab, seda populaarsem see erakond on. Uskumatu, aga tõsi!

Isegi sotsid, SDE on läinud üle sotsiaalmeediale. Reklaamikampaania on üle kandunud sotsiaalmeediasse, seda teevad kõik erakonnad, kõige rohkem sotsid.

Eesti suurim, mõjukaim ja sõltumatum väljaanne pole enam tükk aega Postimees ega Ekspress, vaid Facebook. Samuti on Facebookil Eestis kõige rohkem lugejaid, ligi 600 000 ja seal liigub kõige rohkem infot, enamus otse allikast, ilma vahendajata. Ajakirjandust kui sellist pole enam vaja ja inimesed on sellest aru saanud. Ajakirjandusele on jäänud vaid surmakuulutuste avaldamise roll, kui aus olla. Inimesed on harjunud surmakuulutisi lehest lugema. Muud rolli ajakirjandusel pole. Isegi kõik muud kuulutused peale surmakuulutuste on ammu veebis, põhiliselt Facebookis. Sisuliselt on ajakirjandus kui selline surnud.

Alguse juurde tagasi tulles, siis on ajakirjandus olnud kogu aeg see, kes paneb paika presidente ja võtab neid maha. USA kui ajakirjanduse lipulaeva tähtsaim sündmus oli see, kui võeti maha president Richard Nixon, Washington Postis avaldatud kirjutistega seoses, nn Watergate'i afäär. Täna avaldab Washington Post ühe paljastuse teise järel, sadu Watergate'i afääre Trumpi kohta, aga see ei lähe kellelegi korda. Sest Trump suhtleb inimestega otse sotsiaalmeedia kaudu. Ta ütleb ajakiranduse kohta „fake news” - valeuudised - ja inimesed usuvad seda. Trumpil on ainuüksi Twitteris ligi 60 miljonit jälgijat. Tal pole enam mingit ajakirjandust vaja, seetõttu ta saadab ajakirjanikke järjest pikalt, irvitab nende üle. Mida rohkem irvitab, seda suurem on tema toetus. Ajakirjandusest on saanud USA-s täielik naljanumber, üleüldine naerualune.

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Cuts to Regulation Are Bringing Back Jobs

The points below are from an analysis of the SOTU speech

Compared to previous speeches, President Donald Trump did not outline new regulatory reform goals. However, he did briefly note that the “administration has cut more regulations in a short time than any other administration during its entire tenure.”

As a result, he added, “Companies are coming back to our country in large numbers.”

The administration has indeed taken important steps to rein in agencies’ rulemaking. It issued 65 percent fewer “economically significant” rules—those with costs to the private sector that exceed $100 million a year—than the Obama administration, and 51 percent fewer than the Bush administration, after 22 months in office.

The White House is also pursuing rollbacks of the Obama administration’s costliest and unwarranted rules. But regulatory repeal is a laborious process that may take years—especially given the never-ending legal challenges pursued by regulatory proponents.

The No. 1 thing the administration must do is stop internet regulation. Further innovation is key to economic growth and national security, and both will be stymied if the statists get a regulatory foothold. If Trump pursues no other regulatory reform, preventing internet regulations would be enough.

The second priority would be to demand that any new regulatory statute has a hard expiration deadline. That’s needed to halt the cumulative regulatory burden and force agencies (and Congress) to review the necessity for regulations.

The White House cannot accomplish all the necessary reforms unilaterally. Congress must do much more to eliminate unnecessary regulation and curtail agency overreach.

Congress could do a great deal more to advance reform by exercising a bit of political will, including eliminating funding for regulatory programs that lack actual statutory authority or those that have failed to achieve the intended results. Lawmakers must also institute expiration dates for funding of regulatory initiatives to reduce the cumulative burden of regulation.

The 50-member staff of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs who review agency rulemaking is badly outnumbered by the hundreds of thousands of regulators who labor daily crafting rules. Congress should expand the resources of the office to improve regulatory oversight, as well as assert more of its own authority over runaway regulation.

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FTC is helping China and shafting Americans

Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Federal Trade Commission to immediately settle a lawsuit against Qualcomm over the collection of agreed upon fees for use of its intellectual property:

“It is ironic that the Trump Administration has staked out the protection of intellectual property as a primary concern in our trade relations with China, yet, the Federal Trade Commission is suing San Diego based Qualcomm to break its licensing agreements for intellectual property that Apple has tired of paying for, even though they continue to benefit from that technology.  It is shocking however, that the FTC has used the Chinese megafirm Huawei as one of its key witnesses opposing Qualcomm’s licenses.  Apparently, the FTC does not realize or care that the licensing agreements for past technological innovations are what pays for Qualcomm’s research in creating the chips for the 5G future, and that Huawei is their number one competitor.  The FTC suit would effectively cripple the only U.S. company who is competing in developing the Internet of Things to the lasting detriment of the interests of the United States.

“While the FTC is an independent government body, their case is a disaster for American interests and they need to settle it now before more harm is done.  Policy makers from across the political spectrum need to understand that the race for the future of the connected world is at stake and Chinese control of every aspect of the Internet of Things is extremely dangerous.  All Qualcomm seems to be asking is that they be allowed to collect fees which were agreed upon by business partners which wanted to use innovations which they developed.  This is the essence of intellectual property. It is also how U.S. businesses should run, relying upon their own ingenuity and productivity to profit rather than relying upon government handouts and lawfare.

“The FTC is reportedly in long overdue settlement talks with Qualcomm.  The FTC should settle this lawsuit immediately and end its attack on the only company positioned to prevent the Chinese from running roughshod over the Internet of the future.”

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How Trump can curb government over-reach

Families and small businesses would benefit from transparency by federal regulators

Our nation alone was founded on the proposition that We the People should govern ourselves. That is why conservatives object to unelected bureaucrats enacting rules without the consent of the people. Fortunately, with the simple stroke of a pen, President Trump has the ability to restore power to citizens and make the regulatory morass less economically burdensome.

By signing an executive order to force federal agencies to be transparent with their studies and data, he could add to his excellent deregulatory legacy and unshackle manufacturers and industries so they can contribute more to our nation’s economic growth.

The cost of federal regulations is obnoxiously high and directly impacts the pocketbooks of all Americans to the tune of almost $2 trillion a year — nearly a tenth of America’s gross domestic product. The highly respected Mercatus Center has shown that these costs also result in a massive drag on economic growth, further harming jobs and families.

Huge drivers of these costs are bad rules based on questionable — and concealed — evidence. Unsound or unreproducible scientific research hidden from policymakers, the public and scientific peers has been used by regulators with personal agendas to promulgate unsupported environmental and other rules that harm the economy and impede progress.

Members of both parties agree: Better government is built on sound and open data. This is one way to empower citizens and ensure that new rules meet their needs without unnecessary costs.

A bipartisan Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (CEP) was formed to implement a bipartisan bill increasing policymakers’ access to data. And Mr. Trump — who has implemented far-reaching regulatory reform efforts — has also weighed in on data transparency with an executive order requiring agencies to identify existing regulations that “rely in whole or in part on data, information, or methods that are not publicly available or that are insufficiently transparent to meet the standard of reproducibility.”

But to ensure truly responsible and transparent standards for all regulation, we need access to scientific data for newly proposed regulations as well as for those regulations not yet finalized. That’s why the American Conservative Union is leading an effort — supported by many other conservative organizations and business groups — seeking a further executive order to provide for CLEAR Data — which stands for “Clarifying the Law on Evidentiary Access for Regulation.”

If Congress is too slow to restore citizen government to promote innovation and individual freedom, the president should use his authority through executive order. It is abundantly clear that Democrats in the House are not willing to work with this president. So with the stroke of a pen, the president could make transparency uniform across government.

A piecemeal approach with each agency pursuing its own agenda would produce terrible results. An even worse outcome is certain if career bureaucrats are allowed to work in secret to keep their pet regulations hidden from an agency process intended to address CLEAR Data initiatives.

The executive order should apply to scientific data key accountability principles included in CEP’s recommendations:

Transparency. CEP concluded: “Those engaged in generating and using data and evidence should (provide) meaningful channels for public input and comment and ensure that evidence produced is made publicly available.” Our proposed effort would call for data used to justify regulation to be identified and made sufficiently available to test, authenticate and reproduce the findings. And, importantly, it should apply to all regulations currently in the pipeline and under review.

Rigor. “Evidence should be developed using well-designed and well-implemented methods tailored to the questions being asked.” We would call for science-based regulation to be based on peer-reviewed studies — the standard in probity and reliability.

Privacy. “Individual privacy and confidentiality must be respected in the generation and use of data and evidence.” We want to ensure that agencies avoid unauthorized disclosure of personal data and trade secrets while allowing other researchers to judge the validity of the conclusions evidence is cited to support.

Humility. CEP suggested that “Care should be taken not to over-generalize from findings that may be specific to a particular study or context.” The ultimate form of humility is accountability — best advanced through an executive order whose provisions on disclosure of research and underlying data.

We couldn’t agree more with the commission’s exhortation: “Whether deciding on funding allocations (or) assessing proposed regulations evidence should play an important role in key decisions made by government officials . to make sure our government’s decision-making process is among the best in the world.”

In other words: To ensure better decision-making and more accountable regulation — at a time when the economic stakes couldn’t be higher for small businesses and working families — we need CLEAR Data that is fully disclosed, high-quality and reproducible, with means in place to protect privacy.

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92,000 Federal Bureaucrats Earn More Than...

Democrats want raises for all government workers. But do they already make too much? 

The House voted recently to provide a 2.6% across-the-board pay raise for federal workers. Speaking in favor of the legislation, Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA) argued, “Our federal civil servants are like any other workforce. More than 900,000 of those federal employees earn less than $60,000 a year. They are not rich. They are not living high on the hog. They deserve and need this adjustment, especially after the longest, most reckless shutdown of the government in American history.”

What Connolly said of federal workers is often true. But it’s also often not. Pushing back against Connolly’s assertion, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) noted the obvious irony: “Think about what this bill says. All of those hard-working taxpayers in the private sector, hey, you are already making less, but now you are going to have more of your tax dollars go to pay people — who are already making more money than you — to get a raise. How is that fair?”

Backing Jordan’s argument are last year’s federal workers’ salary numbers, provided by the Congressional Research Service. One statistic that is quite illuminating shows that 92,000 federal bureaucrats earn as much of more than the governor of the state where they work. For example, 1,000 clerical workers in Alabama made $120,000 in salary; in Ohio, 333 made nearly $149,000; in Maryland 3,561 made at least $170,000. And the list goes on.

Adam Andrzejewski, CEO and founder of the government accountability website OpenTheBooks.com, pointedly asks, “When public affairs staffers in Alabama are out-earning their governor, it’s time for Congress to hold hearings regarding the proper pay levels for federal employees. How can [thousands of] general administrators, clerks and office service staffers make as much as a governor?”

The House voted 259-161 in approving the salary raises, with 29 Republicans siding with every Democrat.

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San Francisco’s Liberal Policies Have Made It a Slum

San Francisco is one of the richest cities it the world. It’s given us music, technology, and elegant architecture. Now it gives us filthy homeless encampments.

One urban planner told me, “I just returned from the Tenderloin [a section of San Francisco]. It’s worse than slums of India, Haiti, Africa!”

So I went to San Francisco to make a video about that. I’ve never seen slums in Africa, but I’ve seen them in Haiti and India.

What I saw in San Francisco looked similar. As one local resident put it, “There’s s— everywhere. It’s just a mess out here.”

There’s also lots of mental illness. One man told us, “Vampires are real. I’m paranoid as hell.” San Francisco authorities mostly leave the mentally ill to fend for themselves on the street.

Other vagrants complain about them. “They make it bad for people like us that hang out with a sign,” one beggar told us.

San Francisco is a pretty good place to “hang out with a sign.” People are rarely arrested for vagrancy, aggressive panhandling, or going to the bathroom in front of people’s homes. In 2015, there were 60,491 complaints to police, but only 125 people were arrested.

Public drug use is generally ignored. One woman told us, “It’s nasty seeing people shoot up—right in front of you. Police don’t do anything about it! They’ll get somebody for drinking a beer but walk right past people using needles.”

Each day in San Francisco, an average of 85 cars are broken into.  “Inside Edition” ran a test to see how long stereo equipment would last in a parked car. Its test car was quickly broken into. Then the camera crew discovered that its own car had been busted into as well.

Some store owners hire private police to protect their stores. But San Francisco’s police union has complained about the competition. Now there are only a dozen private cops left, and street people dominate neighborhoods.

We followed one private cop, who asked street people, “Do you need any type of homeless outreach services?” Most say no. “They love the freedom of not having to follow the rules,” said the cop.

And San Francisco is generous. It offers street people food stamps, free shelter, train tickets, and $70 a month in cash.  “They’re always offering resources,” one man dressed as Santa told us. “San Francisco’s just a good place to hang out.” So every week, new people arrive.

Some residents want the city to get tougher with people living on the streets. “Get them to the point where they have to make a decision between jail and rehab,” one told us. “Other cities do it, but for some reason, San Francisco doesn’t have the political will.”

For decades, San Francisco’s politicians promised to fix the homeless problem. When Sen. Dianne Feinstein was mayor, she proudly announced that she was putting the homeless in hotels: “A thousand units, right here in the Tenderloin!”

When California Gov. Gavin Newsom was mayor of San Francisco, he bragged, “We have already moved 6,860 human beings.” Last year, former Mayor Mark Farrell said, “We need to fund programs like Homeward Bound.”

But the extra funding hasn’t worked. One reason is that even if someone did want to get off the street and rent an apartment, there aren’t many available.

San Francisco is filled with two- and three-story buildings, and in most neighborhoods, putting up a taller building is illegal. Even where zoning laws allow it, California regulations make construction so difficult that many builders won’t even try.

For years, developer John Dennis has been trying to convert an old meatpacking plant into an apartment building—but it has taken him four years just to get permission to build.

“And all that time, we’re paying property taxes and paying for maintenance,” says Dennis. “I will do no more projects in San Francisco.”

People in San Francisco often claim to be concerned about helping the poor. But their many laws make life much tougher for the poor.

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          US: Republican thinks former vice President Biden can beat Trump      Cache   Translate Page      

Former New Jersey governor Chris Christies on Saturday said that former United States vice president Joe Biden has the best chance of beating President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

“I think the one that the President would be most afraid of if he can stay in his lane is Biden. And the reason why Biden could go to Ohio and Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and Michigan and appeal to white working-class voters. And if he does that, he only has to peel off 7,000-10,000 votes in each one of those states, and he only has to win two of them,” said Christies during HBO's Real Time with Bill Mahar.

The Republican leader made these remarks while appearing on the HBO's Real Time with Bill Mahar show for the promotion of his recently launched book 'Let Me Speak'.

According to a poll surveying 689 Democratic and independent voters conducted by USA Today and Suffolk University, Obama-era vice president Biden, 76, is now the most popular option to be the next presidential candidate for the Democrats, as fifty-three per cent of voters said they felt excited about Biden running, while only seven per cent expressed the same enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton, reported Sputnik.

The former governor also heaped praise on the three-term independent senator Bernie Sanders by saying that Sanders has an outlook. "I think Bernie has a little bit of that. You know, Bernie doesn’t back down to anybody and when Bernie’s got a point of view, he’s gonna say it and he doesn’t really sugarcoat anything. So I think Sanders is one of those people,” he said.

However, Sanders has not yet announced a run for the White House, though he has said he will “probably run” for president in 2020.

When asked about President Trump's "not so good" presidency, the former governor said, "We had a lot of President in the history who had a questionable moral code." (ANI)


          Obama Health Officials Blast Donald Trump’s Physical Exam Results For Predicting His Future Health      Cache   Translate Page      

U.S President Donald Trump attends the 2019 National Prayer Breakfast on February 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. In his speech Trump assured that his administration will protect religious liberties.

Donald Trump’s health has been a topic of some consternation both for his supporters and detractors. Trump had often attacked the health of his 2016 presidential foe, Hillary Clinton, as not being in the condition required for carrying out a President’s strenuous schedules. In response, health professionals had mocked Trump’s mental health, which was further exacerbated when Michael Wolff published a damaging account in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

In the book, Wolff had painted a picture of Trump not being of a sound mind, which was corroborated by insiders who anonymously claimed that he was unfit to be the U.S. President, as reported by Vox. But Trump has repeatedly claimed that not only he is fit to be President, but that he is in the prime of his health.

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          Putins Geheimauftrag: Agent verrät, wie Russland an Raketen gelangte, die Europa auslöschen könnten      Cache   Translate Page      

Wladimir Putin soll schon 2005 entschieden haben, landgestützte Mittelstreckenraketen zu entwickeln.

Es mutet an wie ein Stück Kalter Krieg, was die „Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung“ da schildert. Es treten ja auch dieselben Protagonisten auf: Moskau, diesmal zugegebenermaßen ohne Warschauer Pakt im Rücken, und Washington. Es geht um Anschuldigungen, die kein Journalist einfach so unabhängig bestätigen kann. Es geht um streng Geheimes. Es geht um Raketen, die eigentlich verboten sind, auch weil sie ganz Europa ins Visier nehmen könnten. Und dann spricht ein hoher westlicher Geheimdienstbeamter, der dazu befugt sei, „wenngleich Name und Funktion nicht genannt werden dürfen“, wie die „FAS“ geheimnisvoll schreibt. Ein Krimi.

Es ist nichts Neues, dass die USA und Russland sich immer misstrauischer beäugen. Neu ist, dass beide Weltmächte einen Grundpfeiler europäischer Sicherheit abgerissen haben. Der sogenannte INF-Vertrag, der landgestützte Mittelstreckenraketen aus Europa praktisch verbannte, unterzeichnet 1987 von US-Präsident Ronald Reagan und dem sowjetischen Staatschef Michail Gorbatschow, eine Sternstunde der Diplomatie, steht vor dem Aus. Beide Länder haben Anfang Februar verkündet, aus dem Vertrag aussteigen zu wollen.

9M729: Putin soll von Anfang an mit involviert gewesen sein

Streitpunkt war von Anfang an ein Raketensystem, das in russischen Militärkreisen unter dem Namen 9M729 bekannt ist, vom westlichen Verteidigungsbündnis Nato dagegen SSC-8 genannt wird. Die Nato ist sich sicher: Dahinter verbirgt sich eine jener Mittelstreckenraketen, die laut INF-Vertrag verboten sind. Schließlich könne sie bis zu 2000 Kilometer weit fliegen. Erlaubt sind höchstens 500 Kilometer. Russland weist die Anschuldigungen zurück. Doch was stimmt jetzt? Und wie kam es dazu? Der Geheimdienstbeamte erzählt.

Demnach habe Russland schon 2005 beschlossen, einen landgestützten Marschflugkörper zu bauen. „Diese Entscheidung fiel an höchster Stelle“, schreibt die „FAS“. „Sie war nicht umstritten.“ Heißt: Kein Geringerer als der damalige und jetzige Präsident Wladimir Putin war von Anfang an mit involviert. Wie es so ist, bekamen die Amerikaner von den Plänen Wind. Vor sechs Jahren hätten sie die Russen erstmals mit ihren Erkenntnissen konfrontiert. Russland zeigte sich unbeeindruckt und trieb sein Projekt voran. Deshalb wandte sich der damalige US-Präsident Barack Obama im Juli 2014 an die Öffentlichkeit und beschuldigte Russland, den INF-Vertrag verletzt zu haben.

INF-Vertrag: Weder USA noch Russland zu Gesprächen bereit

Inzwischen soll Russland über 64 9M729-Raketen verfügen, schreibt die „FAS“. Die seien auf vier Standorte im Inneren Russlands verteilt, könnten jedoch im Krisenfall rasch nach Westen verlegt werden. „Im äußersten Fall würde es sämtliche europäische Staaten mit Ausnahme Portugals treffen“, heißt es in der Zeitung.

Lest auch: Die Wechselstuben sind schuld: Russlands Währung schwächelt — jetzt greift Putin zu fragwürdigen Mitteln

Noch ist nicht klar, wie dieser Krimi enden wird. Weder die USA noch Russland scheinen aktuell bereit zu sein, aufeinander zuzugehen und den INF-Vertrag irgendwie doch noch zu retten. Dazu passt, dass die Nato nun offensichtlich konventionelle Marschflugkörper entwickeln und in Europa stationieren will. Die Betonung liegt auf konventionell. Heißt keine Atomraketen. Das ließe sich aber wohl leicht ändern, wie die „FAS“ anmerkt: „Die meisten Systeme können ebenso Atombomben transportieren.“ Es bleibt spannend.

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          Comment on California Constituent: Sen. Kamala Harris Not a Natural Born Citizen by Nikita's_UN_Shoe      Cache   Translate Page      
No U.S. presidential qualification article is complete unless the following mini-dissertation is plastered in the Reply Section. I previously placed this opinion in a different U.S. presidential article, but I figured misery needs company. Hope I don't get charged-by-the-word. To wit: Prelude: The U.S. Senate pulled the wool over the eyes of the electorate to enable two ineligible presidential candidates to run for the office of the POTUS during the 2008 presidential election - Obama and yes, McCain. All of the U.S. Senate who were in session in 2008 conspired to influence the 2008 presidential election through an apparently innocuous bill known as Senate Resolution (SR) 511 by referencing a repealed immigration document from the year 1790 to legitimize an otherwise illegitimate John S. McCain, III for the office of the president of the United States and at the same time, used horse blinders to willfully obfuscate and overlook aka Barry HUSSEIN Obama's own unconstitutional status as a presidential contender for the 2008 presidential election. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/sres511/text Background: Before any person of any political party decides that they want to be a candidate for the president of the United States of America, they must have been born in the U.S.A. to two U.S. citizen parents, one female mother and one male father. Hence the term "natural born Citizen" as cited in the U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Clause 5. Previous attempts to modify the U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 requirement wording from “natural born Citizen’ to simply “born citizen” certainly met with resistance, obfuscation, and confusion. The UniParty realized this change to the U.S. Constitution was unattainable through the Amendment process so they distorted the meaning of natural born Citizen behind the scenes by tickling the electorate with a feather using the ‘technical’ term “natural born Citizen” found in the U.S.A.’s first naturalization law. The SR 511 process was kept low-profile, albeit low-key, and was designed to deceive the public. The actual votes rendered for SR 511 attained 99 Yea votes from the UniParty on this bill. Only U.S. Senator John McCain did not vote for it. His recusal helped with the ‘integrity’ deception. Details: On April 10, 2008, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D) MO, introduced a simple resolution that stated: “S.Res. 511 — 110th Congress: A resolution recognizing that John Sidney McCain, III, is a natural born citizen.” A handful of other U.S. Senators joined-in on the resolution that same day. Those co-sponsors were: Hillary Clinton, [D-NY], Thomas Coburn [R-OK], Patrick Leahy [D-], Barack HUSSEIN Obama [D-IL], and Jim Webb [D-VA]. According to U.S. Senate protocol, SR 511 then went to the “Ordered Reported” status on April 24, 2008 that indicates that the committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee. Finally, on April 30, 2008, the SR 511 bill was advanced to the “Agreed To” status where SR 511 resolution was passed in a 99 Yea vote in the U.S. Senate. Audacity: It’s insulting to even fathom that the Democrat Party, in either chamber, would initiate any action item that would politically favor or financially benefit the opposition, as this resolution appeared to be on its face value. What it did do is create a phony bi-partisan endeavor by having select members on both side of the aisle show their support for it, both in the “Introduced” phase and then again in the final “Agreed To” phase with a near-unanimous 99 Yea vote. There had to be a reason why, all of a sudden, the Senate chamber became so cooperative on this issue. This is the UniParty in action. Further Thought: Corporate managers like to hire ‘results-oriented’ individuals. Well, the desired results of this SR 511 were achieved by the UniParty who underhandedly defined the meaning of a natural born citizen as any person who is born in the United States of America without regard to the citizenship of the person’s parents. That’s why they spent the time and energy to focus on McCain’s presidential eligibility - which he isn’t. By focusing on McCain, the implied eligibility was that anyone born in the United States is eligible for the office of the presidency. Otherwise, Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s own eligibility would have been scrutinized with a separate resolution. This behind-the-scenes unwritten definition was instilled into the documentation of the Congressional Research Service. That same “born in the U.S.A.” became a talking point boilerplate canned response for all of the Congressional Members who had to answer their constituents when questioned about Obama’s presidential eligibility. SR 511 text obfuscation: SR 511 stated in-part: “Whereas such limitations would be inconsistent with the purpose and intent of the natural born Citizen clause of the Constitution of the United States, as evidenced by the First Congress’ own statute (stop right there on “statute” and let that sink in) defining the term natural born Citizen;” Moving along - This writer believes that SR 511 focused not so much on the TWO parent factor, but rather focused on the born overseas factor to either one or two U.S. citizens parents. Nonetheless, there’s no doubt in my military mind that the SR 511 text was alluding to the first Naturalization Act (1790) whereby it stated that: [Excerpt] “And the children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond Sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural born Citizens:…so-on and so-forth…” Obfuscation by Omission: One hundred U.S. Senators definitely pulled the wool over the eyes of the electorate in 2008. Among other things, they did not consider telling the electorate that the first Naturalization Act (1790) was effectively nullified by the following corrective text found in the follow-on Naturalization Act (1795) that repealed the 1790 Act. The Naturalization Act (1795) now stated: “….and the children of citizens of the United States, born out of the limits and jurisdiction of the United States, shall be considered as citizens of the United States:….” Naturalization Act (1795) further stated: “SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That the Act intituled, “An act to establish an uniform rule of naturalization,” passed the twenty-sixth day of March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety, be, and the same is hereby repealed.” It’s the Law: John S. McCain’s parents were required by law to document and to declare John III a U.S. citizen upon his first entry into continental U.S. If it takes a law to declare someone a U.S. citizen, they are not a natural born (U.S.) Citizen, instead they are a statutory U.S. citizen. My nephew, born in England to two U.S. citizen parents (husband USAF enlisted), also needed immigration documentation to declare U.S. citizenship for their son. Congress cannot make any person a natural born (U.S.) Citizen through a law; that is why SR 511 was a sham. Actually, Congress made John McCain a statutory U.S. citizen by enacting a law that states that certain persons born outside the limits of the U.S.A. are indeed, U.S. citizens, but not a natural born Citizen. See 8 U.S. Code § 1403. Persons born in the Canal Zone or Republic of Panama on or after February 26, 1904 at: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/1403 Summary: People are natural born (U.S.) Citizens by the act of nature (born in the U.S.A. to two U.S. citizen parents), otherwise known as natural law. Congress can only grant statutory (positive laws) U.S. citizenship. Repeated: Only those persons born in the U.S.A. to two U.S. citizen parents are natural born (U.S.) Citizens; all others that do not meet the natural born (U.S.) Citizen specification are statutory citizens and are only eligible for the U.S. Congress or for the U.S. Supreme Court. The authors and signers of SR 511 positively deceived through criminal trickery. Immigration laws are made to proclaim and lawfully make a person a U.S. citizen through positive law. No immigration law can make anyone a natural born Citizen. A natural born Citizen is a U.S. citizen through no laws enacted by Congress. A natural born Citizen is a U.S. Citizen by the law of nature - born on U.S. soil to two U.S. citizen parents. No positive law can do that. It is my opinion that everyone that voted for either McCain or Obama in the 2008 election and again Obama in 2012, voted for an ineligible presidential candidate.
           Comment on Obama Is Not a Socialist by The Unworkable Paradox of Voluntary Socialism | International Liberty       Cache   Translate Page      
[…] an economic system for a nation, socialism is a miserable failure. Especially real socialism (government ownership of the means of productions, government-dictated prices, […]
          Comment on Netflix reportedly paid $10M for campaign documentary featuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by Blake Kirpes      Cache   Translate Page      
False. All liberals believe in Capitalism. The only difference is they believe we need more social programs and less corporate welfare. Acting as if people who identify as Democrats or Democratic Socialist actually want some kind of radical full-on socialism that would "halve the economy", is like saying anyone who identifies as a Capitalist, wants to destroy the US Military, the VA, public schools, sports stadiums, police/fire departments, because they are all "socialistic" collective tax based entities, and not pure capitalism. I remember when Obama was supposedly going to "halve the economy" and instead, there were more jobs created than by any president in history, a recovery of the US financial system, a bail out that was completely paid back, and a stock market that hit all time records over 50+ times
          Chavez fu ucciso, ma ora è Maduro a uccidere il Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
Angiuli: Chavez fu assassinato, ma ora è Maduro a condannare il Venezuela. Pesano gli errori del chavismo, che pure aiutò il popolo.
Hugo Chavez è stato assassinato: la notizia è pressoché certa. Poi ci ha pensato l’indegno Maduro, a “terminare” il Venezuela. Ma non da solo: è stato aiutato, nell’opera di devastazione del paese, dai vizi capitali del “bolivarismo” venezuelano. La giusta crociata contro il latifondo ha finito per affidare le terre a cooperative gestite da incapaci, scelti per la loro fedeltà politica. Idem le imprese, simbolo dell’odiata borghesia “coloniale” e parassitaria, alleata dagli Usa: troppe aziende sono state consegnate ai militari, che le hanno fatte fallire. Risultato: il Pil è franato, togliendo al paese la capacità di produrre beni diversi dal petrolio. E quando il prezzo del greggio è crollato, si è spalancato il baratro. La tragedia? Ad affrontarla non c’era più il popolarissimo Chavez, ma l’incolore Maduro. Che poi, di fronte alle proteste, non ha trovato di meglio che forzare la Costituzione, sospendere la democrazia e far sparare sulla folla, salvo poi accusare gli yankee di aver strangolato il Venezuela. Chi oggi si ostina a difendere Maduro – scrive Giuseppe Angiuli, su “L’Intellettuale Dissidente” – dimostra la stessa cecità del potere imperiale neoliberista che ha fatto la guerra a Chavez fin dal primo giorno, cercando anche di deporlo con il golpe del 2002, neutralizzato dal popolo venezuelano che si strinse attorno al suo leader – l’unico che in tanti anni abbia davvero lavorato, giorno e notte, per il benessere della sua gente.
Rifiutarsi di leggere con lucidità la storia recente del Venezuela, scrive Angiuli nella sua accurata ricostruzione, significa innanzitutto fare un torto ai venezuelani, oggi alla fame. Un affronto alla memoria dello stesso Chavez, strenuo difensore del suo popolo. E’ stato grande, Chavez, ma inevitabilmente imperfetto: proprio i suoi errori ottici, secondo Angiuli, hanno creato le premesse di una crisi spaventosa, che oggi – senza più il carisma e l’onestà di fondo del leader – stanno mettendo in pericolo il Venezuela. Il paese perde milioni di cittadini, ridotti a profughi. Mancano cibo e medicinali, e c’è anche il rischio concreto che le sue frontiere vengano violate da un intervento militare ispirato dagli Usa e condotto da paesi come la Colombia e l’inquietante Brasile di Bolsonaro. La domanda che sfugge, nel derby delle opposte tifoserie italiane ed europee, è la seguente: com’è possibile che sia finito nella disperazione di massa uno dei paesi virtualmente più ricchi del mondo? Quella del Venezuela è considerata la prima riserva petrolifera del pianeta: e da parte degli Usa, certamente ostili al regime chiavista, non c’è però mai stato nessun embargo del greggio venezuelano. Al contrario: proprio grazie all’export dell’oro nero, a Caracas negli ultimi vent’anni sono circolati fiumi di petrodollari. Che fine hanno fatto?
All’inizio, miliardi di dollari sono serviti a finanziare il grandioso welfare ideato da Chavez per allievare le storiche sofferenze dei poveri. Ma non un soldo è stato investito nell’economia non-petrolifera. In compenso, grazie al controllo centralizzato della gestione dei cambi, è fiorito il contrabbando di valuta estera. E oggi si mangia acquistando alla borsa nera i generi alimentari che i gerarchi di Maduro – che controllano i petrodollari – fanno sparire all’ingresso del paese, prima che possano raggiungere i supermercati, dove i prezzi sarebbero calmierati per legge. Ma l’attuale tragedia del Venezuela – umanitaria, sociale, politica – non può impedire di guardare col necessario distacco (e col rispetto che merita) a quello che è stato il più clamoroso fenomeno sudamericano degli ultimi decenni: la “rivoluzione bolivariana” di Chavez, per 14 anni alla guida del paese caraibico. Un quasi-capolavoro, fondato su una scommessa di tipo socialista: nazionalizzare il petrolio per finanziare grandiosi programmi di assistenza e liberare la popolazione della piaga cronica della povertà, generata dallo spietato sfruttamento delle multinazionali occidentali.
Nella sua meticolosa ricostruzione sulla crisi venezuelana pubblicata da “L’Intellettuale Dissidente”, Angiuli scrive che la morte di Chavez, nel marzo 2013, è «quasi certamente avvenuta per avvelenamento radioattivo, messo in atto da non ben identificati servizi segreti di qualche paese nemico». Magari gli Usa, che a Chavez non avevano mai perdonato il coraggio e l’indipendenza politica. O qualche entità sudamericana allineata alla Dottrina Monroe, secondo cui l’America Latina deve restare sottomessa a Washington. Il Venezuela di Chavez – poi letteralmente tradito da Maduro – ha rappresentato una grande speranza per tutto il Sud del mondo. Ma sarebbe sbagliato trasformarlo in un culto, osserva Angiuli: perché Chavez ha commesso l’errore (fatale) di basare il riscatto economico nazionale solo sul petrolio, mortificando l’industria e l’agricoltura. Ancora oggi, ridotto alla fame, il Venezuela continua a dividere: da una parte le destre neoliberiste che hanno sempre criminalizzato il chavismo fin dall’inizio, e dall’altra la vecchia sinistra terzomondista, che arriva a perdonare un dittatore come Maduro pur di non ammettere i gravi errori della politica venezuelana, che hanno messo nei guai il paese ben prima che scattasse l’accerchiamento geopolitico neoliberista che ha isolato il governo di Caracas.
Il pensiero unico mainstream «tende a demonizzare alla radice l’intera vicenda del socialismo venezuelano, relegandola nell’ambito del caudillismo alla sudamericana». Per contro, gli epigoni delle residuali correnti marxiste-leniniste si erano illusi di poter finalmente riscattare, in Venezuela, «la tragica sconfitta del comunismo novecentesco», seppellito dalle macerie del Muro di Berlino. All’intera vicenda del “socialismo bolivariano” inaugurato da Hugo Chavez, Angiuli ammette di essersi accostato con emozione, sperando di trovarvi «un nuovo laboratorio politico capace di ripensare l’idea stessa e la pratica del socialismo». Angiuli è stato spesso in Venezuela, a stretto contatto con la società e con gli ambienti filogovernativi. Dopo l’entusiasmo, però, è subentrata l’amara disillusione. Beninteso: a prescindere dall’orrendo regime militare di Maduro, «resta in ogni caso intangibile – precisa Angiuli, a scanso di equivoci – il diritto del popolo venezuelano di costruire il suo futuro in condizioni di libertà, sovranità e autonomia rispetto a qualsiasi intervento di destabilizzazione esterna, a cominciare dalle esplicite minacce di invasione che ultimamente provengono dai governi dell’ultradestra insediatisi al potere delle nazioni vicine, con lo scontato supporto degli Usa che da sempre considerano quella parte del mondo come il proprio cortile di casa».
Detto questo, ammette Angiuli, «è triste giungere alla conclusione di dover affermare che il socialismo venezuelano ha purtroppo tradito una buona parte dei suoi propositi, e oggi non può più costituire un modello positivo di giustizia e di benessere per i popoli oppressi di tutto il mondo». Cionondimeno, il “bolivarismo” di Chavez era partito con le migliori intenzioni. Analizzarne i difetti è indispensabile: provare a capire «cosa non ha funzionato in Venezuela» è fondamentale, per tentare di spiegarsi la drammatica situazione in cui oggi versa il paese che dette i natali al “libertador” Simon Bolivar, «un personaggio passato alla storia quale nemico giurato del colonialismo ispanico». Anche Hugo Chavez ha fatto la storia: la sua presa del potere a Caracas, a cavallo tra il 1998 e il 1999, ha simboleggiato per l’intero continente di Neruda e Garcia Marquez «la più grande sfida di discontinuità storico-politica rispetto alla lunga notte neoliberista, vissuta per alcuni decenni dall’America Latina». Micidiali le dittature militari filo-Usa degli anni Cinquanta, Sessanta e Settanta. Per questo, è naturale che il chavismo abbia suscitato «una grande ondata di legittime speranze fra tutti i popoli».
Ex ufficiale paracadutista dell’esercito venezuelano, tradizionalmente “popolare” anche nei suoi ranghi più alti, Hugo Chavez – autore di un fallito tentativo di colpo di Stato del 1992 ai danni dell’allora presidente in carica Carlos Andres Perez – era riuscito in pochi anni a far coagulare attorno a sé «i migliori sentimenti e le aspirazioni di riscatto delle fasce sociali medio-basse del suo paese, fino a quel momento escluse dal godimento dei profitti della “Venezuela Saudita”». L’ideologia di Chavez? Un mix originale e composito, «che attinge tanto al panamericanismo di Simon Bolivar quanto all’umanesimo socialista di ispirazione massonica caro a Giuseppe Garibaldi e a Salvador Allende». Innegabili le influenze esercitate dal pensiero di Antonio Gramsci e dalla prassi rivoluzionaria di Ernesto Che Guevara e Fidel Castro. «Cuba rivoluzionaria, la piccola isola che da decenni resiste ad un crudele embargo degli Usa, per Chavez costituiva un esempio di dignità e un prototipo da emulare, soprattutto sotto il profilo dell’indipendenza nazionale e della lotta all’imperialismo a stelle e strisce». E proprio a partire dagli accordi di mutua assistenza con la Cuba di Fidel – petrolio in cambio di medici – Hugo Chavez, appena insediatosi alla presidenza, iniziò a «costruire sapientemente il suo modello di integrazione politica latinoamericana attorno ai principi generali di cooperazione, equità e solidarietà».
Lo stesso Che Guevara, nei suoi scritti, aveva ben individuato la “maledizione” dei paesi dell’America Latina, «storicamente condannati a programmare le loro economie non in base ai propri bisogni interni, bensì in rapporto agli appetiti famelici dei loro paesi dominanti». Fin dall’epoca del colonialismo ispano-portoghese, gli europei avevano imposto a quei territori un modello “rentista” o monoculturale, «tutto basato sull’estrazione a costo zero di materie prime»: un “prelievo forzoso” grazie a cui sarebbero state edificate le basi dell’impero industriale e capitalistico dell’Occidente. A partire dal suo esordio, ricorda Angiuli, «uno dei principali meriti politici di Hugo Chavez è stato quello di sottrarre il controllo dell’oro nero del Venezuela a quella ristretta borghesia “compradora” fortemente compromessa col capitalismo a stelle e strisce». Una borghesia che «per decenni, dopo essersi appropriata della rendita petrolifera, era stata abituata a delocalizzare sistematicamente i suoi profitti a Miami, umiliando il paese estrattore con delle infime royalties e con dei contratti-capestro». Fino a quel momento, gli immensi giacimenti petroliferi non avevano mai consentito al Venezuela di trarre risorse per investimenti sociali. A questo ha provveduto proprio Chavez, all’inizio del suo mandato, con una nossa clamorosa: nazionalizzare la compagnia petrolifera Pdvsa, per poi tenere alto il prezzo del greggio premendo sull’Opec – insieme all’Iraq di Saddam e alla Libia di Gheddafi – al fine di contenere i volumi di estrazione.
Destinare la rendita petrolifera alla spesa assistenziale finalizzata ad appianare le gravi diseguaglianze sociali del suo popolo – prosegue Angiuli – ha costituito indubbiamente l’atto più rivoluzionario compiuto da Hugo Chavez. Interventi imponenti, per garantire servizi sanitari anche nei “barrios” più poveri e alfabetizzare milioni di venezuelani, compresi i gruppi indigeni. Diritti: la nuova Costituzione varata da Chavez nel 1999 «contiene sulla carta alcuni principi inediti che possono fare da insegnamento anche alle democrazie più avanzate». E’ fondata su una netta separazione fra i poteri e contempla molteplici strumenti di democrazia diretta: c’è anche l’istituto del “referendum revocatorio”, che consente perfino di far dimettere il presidente a metà mandato, mediante una consultazione popolare indetta dal basso. La nuova Carta, poi, decreta l’intangibilità di Madre Natura quale soggetto titolare di diritti. E in più tutela l’identità etnoculturale delle comunità dei nativi amerindi, «facendosi così portatrice di un generale messaggio di rinascita dell’orgoglio indigeno», dopo secoli di sottomissione ai “conquistadores” e ai “gringos”.
Il primo decennio del chavismo, riconosce Giuseppe Angiuli, è stato contrassegnato «da un risveglio delle coscienze del popolo venezuelano e da una straordinaria voglia di partecipare a riscrivere la storia del proprio paese da parte di milioni di persone, fino ad allora del tutto escluse dalla scena politica e incapaci perfino di intendere lo stesso concetto di cittadinanza». Solo gli osservatori più prevenuti, sottolinea l’analista, possono avere finto di non accorgersi della reale genuinità che ha connotato i primi anni del processo politico “bolivariano”, contraddistinti da un fermento rivoluzionario autentico, addirittura emozionante. E contro l’imperialismo mercantile “yankee”, Chavez s’è mosso anche a livello geopolitico: ha dato vita all’Alba (Alianza Bolivariana para los pueblos de nuestra America), reclutando Cuba, la Bolivia del leader sindacale Evo Morales, l’Ecuador dell’economista Rafael Correa, il Nicaragua sandinista, l’Honduras di Manuel Zelaya e vari piccoli Stati insulari caraibici. Checché ne dicessero i media occidentali, sottolinea Angiuli, il governo di Chavez – fino alla sua rielezione nel 2012 – è sempre stato largamente supportato dal popolo venezuelano. Ma oggi, ribadisce, il Venezuela non sarebbe in crisi nera, se lo stesso Chavez non avesse commesso clamorose ingenuità sul piano economico.
Dopo aver distribuito soldi a pioggia per «contrastare la povertà più estrema di una parte significativa della popolazione», il chavismo ha mancato l’appuntamento con lo sviluppo, nonostante la felice congiuntura petrolifera, col prezzo del barile rimasto sopra gli 80 dollari fino al novembre 2014. Nonostante il fiume di valuta forte, piovuto su Caracas per almeno un decennio, il governo «non ha mai messo in campo alcuna seria misura per provare a debellare il vero cancro comune a tutti quei paesi la cui economia, come quella del Venezuela, si basa su un modello “rentista”», ovvero: «La dipendenza dalla estrazione della materia prima quale unica risorsa del proprio modello di sviluppo». Nonostante i tanti proclami, non è mai riuscito a diversificare le attività produttive: anzi, i governi chavisti hanno attuato «una massiccia politica di disincentivo al lavoro delle piccole e medie imprese», determinando così una contrazione drammatica del Pil, in quei settori, «con la conseguenza che la classe media è progressivamente scomparsa». Paradossale: «Oggi i venezuelani conducono in media un tenore di vita clamorosamente più basso di quello che si ricordi anche negli anni più bui della notte neoliberista dell’America Latina». E scontano «una diffusa scarsità di prodotti di prima necessità che oggi forse non si riscontra nemmeno a Cuba, paese ininterrottamente sotto embargo da più di mezzo secolo».
Pessimo il bilancio dall’agricoltura: buona l’idea di una riforma agraria per smantellare i latifondi improduttivi. Ma poi è subentrata «una deriva ideologica di tipo estremistico velleitario, che ha condotto ad una espropriazione generalizzata delle terre anche di media dimensione». Terre assegnate «a improvvisate cooperative di lavoratori che non si sono mai realmente dimostrate all’altezza del loro compito», e con incarichi direzionali «troppo spesso affidati obbedendo unicamente a meri criteri di fedeltà politica». Risultato: la produzione agricola è crollata, ricorda Angiuli, persino per i più tipici prodotti alla base della dieta venezuelana: riso e farina di mais, frutta e verdura, polli d’allevamento, uova e caffè. Stessa sorte ha colpito l’industria: «Una analoga degenerazione demagogica del chavismo, nel segno del collettivismo spinto – scrive Angiuli – ha condotto negli anni a una diffusa e capillare occupazione delle fabbriche», da parte di «settori disinvolti delle forze armate». I militari, «arrogandosi il diritto di agire sempre e comunque nell’interesse del “pueblo” e contro l’odiata borghesia nazionale», si sono spesso impadroniti «con modalità arbitrarie e violente» dei mezzi di produzione, «lasciandoli cadere quasi sempre e molto presto in malora e facendo così crollare la produzione anche in quei settori nei quali – prima del chavismo – il Venezuela riusciva tranquillamente a soddisfare il suo fabbisogno interno, raggiungendo perfino l’obiettivo di esportare una discreta quantità di merci all’estero: ferro, acciaio, automobili, caffè».
L’aspetto più inquietante di questo fallimento economico di dimensioni catastrofiche, scrive Angiuli, non risiede neppure nella pianificazione centralistica stile Urss e Cina maoista: il paradosso sta nella pessima gestione dell’oceano di petrodollari. Fino al 2013, il petrolio rappresentava ancora il 95% dell’export. Anziché sfruttare quell’enorme massa di denaro per rendere il Venezuela più autonomo economicamente, i governi socialisti «hanno finito per accentuare oltre ogni limite il tradizionale carattere “rentista” dell’economia venezuelana, legandone le sorti in modo irreversibile alla ciclicità dell’andamento del prezzo degli idrocarburi». Gli effetti di questa politica sono esplosi a partire dal 2015, con il crollo della quotazione del greggio: di colpo, il Venezuela ha incassato meno soldi, sia per il welfare che per pagare l’enorme volume di importazioni, cresciuto negli anni col progressivo calo della produzione interna di beni primari. Risultato: «La scarsità di prodotti sugli scaffali dei supermercati si è manifestata in modo crescente e irrimediabile». Ecco perché, osserva Angiuli, sta semplicemente mentendo, Maduro, quando si sforza ogni giorno di attribuire l’odierna crisi alla guerra economica orchestrata dall’odiato imperialismo yankee. Le sanzioni americane – varate da Obama e inasprite da Trump – non bastano a spiegare la catastrofica penuria di generi di prima necessità.
Le stesse sanzioni, peraltro, non hanno impedito alle grandi banche d’affari statunitensi, prima fra tutte la Goldman Sachs, di investire copiose somme nell’acquisto di buoni obbligazionari emessi dalla compagnia petrolifera Pdvsa: «Un elemento che smaschera tanto l’ipocrisia del capitalismo a stelle e strisce quanto quella della retorica antimperialista così tanto sbandierata dal governo di Caracas». Inoltre, sebbene Trump abbia proibito nel 2018 l’acquisto di titoli del colosso petrolifero venezuelano, «nessun embargo commerciale petrolifero è mai stato decretato da Washington verso Caracas». Lo confermano i numeri delle esportazioni, che ora – non a caso – Maduro ha addirittura proibito di diffondere, roprio per non compromettere il suo vittimismo retorico che attribuisce al nemico imperialista la causa di ogni male. L’altra verità che Maduro nasconde, continua Angiuli, è che il suo Venezuela ha affidato a una ristretta oligarchia – società riconducibili all’establishment militare – l’intera gestione del cambio dei dollari necessari per accedere al mercato delle importazioni di beni dall’estero. Sono questi privilegiati ad accedere ai dollari, e in modo truffaldino, cioè con un cambio alterato sopravvalutando il bolivar: se la moneta venezuelana era stimata 1.000 a 1, rispetto al dollaro, l’élite governativa monopolista ha invece intascato 10 bolivar per ogni dollaro destinato ad acquistare beni dall’estero.
Una volta che gli importatori della ristretta cerchia governativa hanno acquisito i dollari ad un cambio preferenziale e privilegiato, quella valuta forte, «ufficialmente necessaria per pagare le merci che si dovrebbero importare dall’estero», ha finito in realtà per alimentare «un circuito vorticoso e perverso, con cui gli stessi importatori filogovernativi sono troppo spesso riusciti ad occultare clandestinamente sia la valuta che le stesse merci importate». Una colossale frode valutaria, insomma, «che ogni giorno sottrae ricchezza al paese caraibico», e oggi costringe i venezuelani a lasciare le loro case. Elementare: «Se la moneta venezuelana viene scambiata sui mercati ad un valore reale spesso anche di 100 volte inferiore a quello con cui viene scambiata dagli organismi governativi, tutti coloro i quali sono nelle condizioni di mettere le mani sulla rendita petrolifera, una volta ottenuti i dollari col sistema del cambio preferenziale, ne investono effettivamente solo una parte nell’attività di importazione». E al contempo, aiutandosi con sovrafatturazioni fittizie (di merci mai effettivamente acquistate) occultano facilmente grandi quantità di valuta forte, trasferendole dei paradisi fiscali, «ovvero alimentando il mercato nero del dollaro all’interno degli stessi confini del Venezuela». Lo si capisce già all’aeroporto, appena si sbarca a Caracas: si viene assaliti da “agenti del cambio in nero” che offrono disinvoltamente i bolivar in cambio di dollari (o euro) secondo un rapporto di cambio molto distante da quello ufficiale.
Per questo, aggiunge Angiuli, da quando si è diffusa la pratica governativa di sopravvalutare artificiosamente il bolivar, «il traffico di valuta è diventato di gran lunga il business più redditizio per chiunque riesca a venire in possesso di una certa quota della rendita petrolifera incamerata dal Venezuela». Negli anni, il fenomeno ha acquisito dimensioni impressionanti e incontrollabili. E il suo principale effetto nefasto sull’economia del paese è il generale disincentivo verso l’avvio di qualsiasi genere di attività produttiva. L’ex ministro per la pianificazione economica Jorge Giordani, grande amico di Chavez (dimessosi nel 2014 da ogni incarico governativo in polemica con Maduro) ha pubblicamente denunciato il furto, attraverso questo meccanismo fraudolento, di qualcosa come 25 miliardi di dollari dall’organismo governativo addetto alle operazioni di cambio su larga scala. E oltre al mercato nero di valuta, c’è anche la piaga che colpisce gli approvvigionamenti: il cibo, i medicinali e i prodotti manifatturieri che dovrebbero entrare in Venezuela a prezzo calmierato vengono in gran parte intercettati e rivenduti clandestinamente. Borsa nera: «Un formidabile, gigantesco contrabbando di merci vendute al mercato nero a prezzi molto più alti di quelli che il governo si sforza inutilmente di imporre nelle catene dei supermercati popolari», nei quali ormai scarseggia di tutto, dallo shampoo al dentifricio, dal sapone alla carta igienica.
Giuseppe Angiuli lo descrive come «il disastro di una economia nazionale ormai strutturalmente e capillarmente fondata sul malaffare, sulla frode valutaria e sulla speculazione parassitaria, con un sistema di complicità e protezioni che purtroppo investe anche le sfere più alte del potere centrale». A questo si aggiunge l’iper-inflazione scatenata irresponsabilmente dalla banca centrale del Venezuela, «ricorsa in questi anni in misura sempre più massiccia alla stampa di cartamoneta priva di ogni copertura e valore reale». Tra il 1999 e il 2016, la massa monetaria circolante nel paese è cresciuta di circa il 33.000%. Inflazione folle: nel 2017 si è attestata al’830%, per poi raggiungere l’anno seguente il 4.684,3 percento, vero e proprio record mondiale. Secondo il Fmi, si viaggia ormai verso il “milione per cento” su base annua. Una catastrofe: paralisi economico-produttiva, l’iper-inflazione, crollo del valore reale dei salari. Generale impossibilità di procurarsi da vivere lavorando. Collasso del sistema sanitario nazionale, scarsità di viveri e medicinali, drammatico aumento della mortalità neonatale e della denutrizione infantile. Tutto questo sta oggi facendo vivere al Venezuela «un esodo di proporzioni bibliche dei suoi cittadini verso l’estero, come non si era mai visto nella storia recente del paese».
Un fallimento così apocalittico, osserva Angiuli, avrebbe dovuto obbligare da tempo il governo Maduro ad adottare misure radicali, in forte discontinuità rispetto alle politiche suicide fin qui condotte. Di fronte all’esperazione popolare, sfociata in drammatiche proteste, Maduro ha risposto violando la Costituzione, truccando le elezioni e ordinando all’esercito di sparare sulla folla. Hugo Chavez non l’avrebbe mai fatto. Anzi: il “comandante” accettò lealmente il verdetto del referendum perduto, attraverso cui i venezuelani avevano bocciato la sua proposta di riforma costituzionale in senso presidenzialista. Maduro è solo, spelleggiato esclusivamente dai militari. Diversi dirigenti chavisti storici della prima ora – come l’ex ministro dell’ambiente Ana Elisa Osorio, l’ex ministro dell’economia Jorge Giordani, lo storico presidente della Pdvsa Rafael Ramirez e l’ex procuratrice generale Luisa Ortega Diaz – sono stati delegittimati ed emarginati. Qualcuno è riparato all’estero «per sottrarsi alla furia vendicatrice della cricca di potere vicina a Maduro».
Non sappiamo quale futuro attende il Venezuela, conclude Angiuli, ma dopo vent’anni di chavismo «i risultati dell’economia del paese parlano un linguaggio implacabile, che non ammette repliche». Un fallimento di dimensioni così catastrofiche dimostra «l’evidente sconfitta politica del gruppo dirigente cresciuto all’ombra di Chavez, che non si è dimostrato all’altezza dei propri compiti storici». I meriti dell’azione ispiratrice dei primi anni del chavismo «andrebbero rivalorizzati e recuperati», ripensando le radici dottrinali del socialismo “bolivariano”, «che andrebbero rinforzate e vivificate». Attenzione: a livello geopolitico, il Venezuela resta «un attore decisivo per la possibile formazione di un nuovo mondo multipolare». E infatti, sottolinea Angiuli, «attorno alla tenuta dell’indipendenza del paese da eventuali aggressioni militari esterne si gioca gran parte del suo futuro». Certo, la catastrofe sociale potrebbe sfociare in esiti terribili. E se il Venezuela «dovesse progressivamente subire delle aggressioni militari da parte degli Usa o di paesi vicini governati dall’ultradestra, come la Colombia o il Brasile», secondo Angiuli occorrerà battersi «a difesa della sacrosanta intangibilità dei suoi confini e della sua legittima sovranità». Quello che non serve, per aiutare il Venezuela a uscire dall’incubo, è continuare a «fornire un sostegno acritico e fideistico al governo di Maduro». Meglio rileggere con onestà la grande storia di Hugo Chavez e anche i suoi limiti, onde avviare al più presto «quegli interventi indifferibili e vitali che il popolo venezuelano si attende, e di cui oggi non può più fare a meno».

Hugo Chavez è stato assassinato: la notizia è pressoché certa. Poi ci ha pensato l’indegno Maduro, a “terminare” il Venezuela. Ma non da solo: è stato aiutato, nell’opera di devastazione del paese, dai vizi capitali del “bolivarismo” venezuelano. La giusta crociata contro il latifondo ha finito per affidare le terre a cooperative gestite da incapaci, scelti per la loro fedeltà politica. Idem le imprese, simbolo dell’odiata borghesia “coloniale” e parassitaria, alleata dagli Usa: troppe aziende sono state consegnate ai militari, che le hanno fatte fallire. Risultato: il paese ha perso la capacità di produrre beni diversi dal petrolio. E quando il prezzo del greggio è crollato, si è spalancato il baratro. La tragedia? Ad affrontarla non c’era più il popolarissimo Chavez, ma l’incolore Maduro. Che poi, di fronte alle proteste, non ha trovato di meglio che forzare la Costituzione, sospendere la democrazia e far sparare sulla folla, salvo poi accusare gli yankee di aver strangolato il Venezuela. Chi oggi si ostina a difendere Maduro – scrive Giuseppe Angiuli, su “L’Intellettuale Dissidente” – dimostra la stessa cecità del potere imperiale neoliberista che ha fatto la guerra a Chavez fin dal primo giorno, cercando anche di deporlo con il golpe del 2002, neutralizzato dal popolo venezuelano che si strinse attorno al suo leader – l’unico che in tanti anni abbia davvero lavorato, giorno e notte, per il benessere della sua gente.


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Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Cold War 2.0 has hit South America with a bang – pitting the US and expected minions against the four key pillars of in-progress Eurasia integration: Russia, China, Iran and Turkey.

It’s the oil, stupid. But there’s way more than meets the (oily) eye.

Caracas has committed the ultimate cardinal sin in the eyes of Exceptionalistan; oil trading bypassing the US dollar or US-controlled exchanges.

Remember Iraq. Remember Libya. Yet Iran is also doing it. Turkey is doing it. Russia is – partially – on the way. And China will eventually trade all its energy in petroyuan.

With Venezuela adopting the petro crypto-currency and the sovereign bolivar, already last year the Trump administration had sanctioned Caracas off the international financial system.

No wonder Caracas is supported by China, Russia and Iran. They are the real hardcore troika – not psycho-killer John Bolton’s cartoonish “troika of tyranny” – fighting against the Trump administration’s energy dominance strategy, which consists essentially in aiming at the total lock down of oil trading in petrodollars, forever.

Venezuela is a key cog in the machine. Psycho killer Bolton admitted it on the record; “It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.” It’s not a matter of just letting ExxonMobil take over Venezuela’s massive oil reserves – the largest on the planet. The key is to monopolize their exploitation in US dollars, benefitting a few Big Oil billionaires.

Once again, the curse of natural resources is in play. Venezuela must not be allowed to profit from its wealth on its own terms; thus, Exceptionalistan has ruled that the Venezuelan state must be shattered.

In the end, this is all about economic war. Cue to the US Treasury Department imposing new sanctions on PDVSA that amount to a de facto oil embargo against Venezuela.

Economic war redux

By now it’s firmly established what happened in Caracas was not a color revolution but an old-school US-promoted regime change coup using local comprador elites, installing as “interim president” an unknown quantity, Juan Guaido, with his Obama choirboy looks masking extreme right-wing credentials.

Everyone remembers “Assad must go”. The first stage in the Syrian color revolution was the instigation of civil war, followed by a war by proxy via multinational jihadi mercenaries. As Thierry Meyssan has noted, the role of the Arab League then is performed by the OAS now. And the role of Friends of Syria – now lying in the dustbin of history – is now performed by the Lima group, the club of Washington’s vassals. Instead of al-Nusra “moderate rebels”, we may have Colombian – or assorted Emirati-trained – “moderate rebel” mercenaries.

Contrary to Western corporate media fake news, the latest elections in Venezuela were absolutely legitimate. There was no way to tamper with the made in Taiwan electronic voting machines. The ruling Socialist Party got 70 percent of the votes; the opposition, with many parties boycotting it, got 30 percent. A serious delegation of the Latin American Council of Electoral Experts (CEELA) was adamant; the election reflected “peacefully and without problems, the will of Venezuelan citizens”.

The American embargo may be vicious. In parallel, Maduro’s government may have been supremely incompetent in not diversifying the economy and investing in food self-sufficiency. Major food importers, speculating like there’s no tomorrow, are making a killing. Still, reliable sources in Caracas tell that the barrios – the popular neighborhoods – remain largely peaceful.

In a country where a full tank of gas still costs less than a can of Coke, there’s no question the chronic shortages of food and medicines in local clinics have forced at least two million people to leave Venezuela. But the key enforcing factor is the US embargo.

The UN rapporteur to Venezuela, expert on international law, and former secretary of the UN Human Rights Council, Alfred de Zayas, goes straight to the point; much more than engaging in the proverbial demonization of Maduro, Washington is waging “economic war” against a whole nation.

It’s enlightening to see how the “Venezuelan people” see the charade. In a poll conducted by Hinterlaces even before the Trump administration coup/regime change wet dream, 86% of Venezuelans said they were against any sort of US intervention, military or not, 

And 81% of Venezuelans said they were against US sanctions. So much for “benign” foreign interference on behalf of “democracy” and “human rights”.

The Russia-China factor

Analyses by informed observers such as Eva Golinger and most of all, the Mision Verdad collective are extremely helpful. What’s certain, in true Empire of Chaos mode, is that the American playbook, beyond the embargo and sabotage, is to foment civil war.

Dodgy “armed groups” have been active in the Caracas barrios, acting in the dead of night and amplifying “social unrest” on social media. Still, Guaido holds absolutely no power inside the country. His only chance of success is if he manages to install a parallel government – cashing in on the oil revenue and having Washington arrest government members on trumped-up charges.

Irrespective of neocon wet dreams, adults at the Pentagon should know that an invasion of Venezuela may indeed metastasize into a tropical Vietnam quagmire. The Brazilian strongman in waiting, vice-president and retired general Hamilton Mourao, already said there will be no military intervention.

Psycho killer Bolton’s by now infamous notepad stunt about “5,000 troops to Colombia”, is a joke; these would have no chance against the arguably 15,000 Cubans who are in charge of security for the Maduro government; Cubans have demonstrated historically they are not in the business of handing over power.

It all comes back to what China and Russia may do. China is Venezuela’s largest creditor. Maduro was received by Xi Jinping last year in Beijing, getting an extra $5 billion in loans and signing at least 20 bilateral agreements.

President Putin offered his full support to Maduro over the phone, diplomatically stressing that “destructive interference from abroad blatantly violates basic norms of international law.”

By January 2016, oil was as low as $35 a barrel; a disaster to Venezuela’s coffers. Maduro then decided to transfer 49.9% of the state ownership in PDVSA’s US subsidiary, Citgo, to Russian Rosneft for a mere $1.5 billion loan. This had to send a wave of red lights across the Beltway; those “evil” Russians were now part owners of Venezuela’s prime asset.

Late last year, still in need of more funds, Maduro opened gold mining in Venezuela to Russian mining companies. And there’s more; nickel, diamonds, iron ore, aluminum, bauxite, all coveted by Russia, China – and the US. As for $1.3 billion of Venezuela’s own gold, forget about repatriating it from the Bank of England.

And then, last December, came the straw that broke the Deep State’s back; the friendship flight of two Russian nuclear-capable Tu-160 bombers. How dare they? In our own backyard?

The Trump administration’s energy masterplan may be indeed to annex Venezuela to a parallel “North American-South American Petroleum Exporting Countries” (NASAPEC) cartel, capable of rivaling the OPEC+ love story between Russia and the House of Saud.

But even if that came to fruition, and adding a possible, joint US-Qatar LNG alliance, there’s no guarantee that would be enough to assure petrodollar – and petrogas – preeminence in the long run.

Eurasia energy integration will mostly bypass the petrodollar; this is at the very heart of both the BRICS and SCO strategy. From Nord Stream 2 to Turk Stream, Russia is locking down a long-term energy partnership with Europe. And petroyuan dominance is just a matter of time. Moscow knows it. Tehran knows it. Ankara knows it. Riyadh knows it.

So what about plan B, neocons? Ready for your tropical Vietnam?


          Venezuela-Mundo: Después de Venezuela, ¿Cuba? .....Peter Kornbluh*       Cache   Translate Page      


En noviembre pasado, pocos días después de las elecciones intermedias en Estados Unudos, el consejero nacional de Seguridad, John Bolton, viajó al bastión anticastrista de Miami para dar su discurso sobre la troika de la tiranía: un ataque retrógrado, estilo guerra fría, contra Cuba, Venezuela y Nicaragua. La troika se derrumbará, predijo Bolton con audacia. Sabemos que le aguarda el día de rendir cuentas. Estados Unidos espera ver caer cada esquina del triángulo: en La Habana, en Caracas, en Managua.

En su momento, pocos percibieron en el discurso algo más que un posicionamiento político para atraer el voto de la derecha en Florida. Visto en retrospectiva, en cambio, lo que hizo Bolton fue anunciar la determinación del gobierno de restaurar la hegemonía estadunidense en América Latina. Está claro que promover el mantra de Trump, Hacer grande a Estados Unidos otra vez (MAGA, por sus siglas en inglés), requiere ejercitar el músculo intervencionista en Venezuela y reafirmar la voluntad de Washington en la región.

Pero, mientras Estados Unidos suma esfuerzos para derrocar el gobierno del presidente Nicolás Maduro, presenciamos lo que el Miami Herald ha llamado la cubanización de la política hacia Venezuela. En una grave distorsión de la historia, funcionarios estadunidenses acusan al gobierno cubano de ser el verdadero imperialista del hemisferio occidental y aseguran que ha llegado el momento de liberar a Venezuela de Cuba, según el vicepresidente Mike Pence. Expulsar a Maduro del poder sin duda envalentonaría a quienes favorecen el cambio de régimen en otras partes de la región. De hecho, el juego final del gobierno parece ser Cuba, la nación isleña que ha desafiado el poderío hemisférico de Washington desde el triunfo antimperialista de la revolución encabezada por Fidel Castro hace 60 años.

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La crisis en Venezuela ha aportado el fruto maduro, en palabras del periodista Jon Lee Anderson, y creado la oportunidad para resucitar la era remota de la diplomacia de las cañoneras, cuando Washington podía dictar el destino de los gobiernos latinoamericanos. En el pasado, la mayoría de las naciones latinoamericanas se habrían opuesto a la intervención imperial de Washington, como hicieron en 2002 con fuerza México y otros países, cuando el gobierno de George W. Bush apoyó en un principio un intento de golpe de Estado contra Hugo Chávez que tuvo corta duración. Pero los abusos de poder de Maduro han llevado la miseria a vastos sectores de una nación alguna vez próspera, que en tiempos de Chávez parecía en camino de suplantar la influencia económica y política de Washington en la región. Gran número de gobiernos latinoamericanos y europeos aceptan que el pueblo venezolano tiene todas las razones –y todo el derecho– para exigir poner fin a un gobierno represor e incompetente que ha transformado su nación rica en petróleo en un Estado fallido.

Sin embargo, Trump ha tenido el cambio de régimen en Venezuela en su agenda política desde el inicio de su presidencia, como un paso hacia el cumplimiento de su promesa de campaña de poner fin al acuerdo que hizo Obama con Raúl Castro para una histórica coexistencia pacífica con Cuba. Apenas en su segundo día en la Casa Blanca, Trump pidió un informe sobre Venezuela, declaró en fecha reciente un antiguo funcionario del gobierno al Wall Street Journal, para explorar cómo dar marcha atrás a las políticas de la era de Obama hacia Cuba. Entre las opciones para deshacerse de Maduro y terminar con la alianza Venezuela-Cuba estaban cortar los miles de millones de dólares que Estados Unidos paga al país sudamericano por importaciones petroleras, importante y efectiva sanción que el gobierno de Trump impuso hace poco.

En su discurso en Miami, Bolton anunció sanciones adicionales contra Cuba, y prometió que vendrá todavía más. De hecho, como parte de lo que funcionarios estadunidenses describen como un enfoque más amplio y agresivo en la región, se filtran detalles a los medios sobre próximas medidas para revertir la política de la era Obama de una participación positiva con La Habana.

Una de las primeras es volver a clasificar a Cuba como patrocinadora del terrorismo internacional. En 1982, entre las sangrientas campañas estadunidenses de contrainsurgencia en Centroamérica, el gobierno de Ronald Reagan colocó a Cuba en la lista del Departamento de Estado de estados patrocinadores del terrorismo, esfuerzo flagrante por presentar el apoyo de La Habana a la revolución como un apoyo al terrorismo internacional. Pese a la falta de cualquier prueba de que Cuba respaldaba el terrorismo y a la abundante evidencia de que en cambio era blanco de tales actividades, un gobierno tras otro mantuvo a Cuba en la lista. Por fin Obama la retiró en 2015, como parte de las negociaciones para restaurar vínculos diplomáticos normales. Funcionarios estadunidenses han indicado que pueden citar la alianza de Cuba con el gobierno venezolano para justificar esta reinserción.

En las próximas semanas, la Casa Blanca también planea anunciar que los estadunidenses pueden presentar demandas en tribunales de su país para recuperar bienes en Cuba que fueron expropiados después de la revolución, norma punitiva contenida en la Ley Helms-Burton de 1996, que todos los presidentes estadunidenses de Clinton en adelante han desechado para evitar el caos de litigar contra empresas de naciones aliadas que tienen inversiones en Cuba.

Ambos cambios de políticas detendrán inversiones extranjeras que mucha falta hacen en Cuba, entre ellas de firmas mexicanas que probablemente han invertido en propiedades que ahora podrían entrar en disputa.La economía se pondrá mucho peor de lo que ya está debido a la crisis en Venezuela, declaró un agregado comercial europeo en La Habana a la agencia Reuters esta semana, y las nuevas amenazas de Trump ya están alejando a algunas personas.

Sin embargo, en lo inmediato la reinserción de Cuba en la lista de estados terroristas amedrentará a los turistas estadunidenses, cuyos dólares son esenciales para el crecimiento del incipiente sector privado cubano. En la Oficina de Control de Activos en el Extranjero del Departamento del Tesoro, que supervisa y aplica las reglamentaciones sobre los viajes a Cuba, los funcionarios han dado fuertes indicios de que pronto se anunciarán nuevas restricciones a los viajeros.

De interés mucho más inmediato para los cubanos, y para la comunidad latinoamericana, es la amenaza del gobierno de Trump de una intervención abierta en Venezuela, y el potencial efecto de derrame que tendría en su cada vez más agresiva política hacia Cuba. En público y en privado, Trump ha planteado en repetidas ocasiones la opción de enviar a los marines a derrocar a Maduro. En una conferencia de prensa el 28 de enero, Bolton llevaba un pegote amarillo con las palabras 5000 efectivos a Colombia que los periodistas pudieron ver… y reportar. Nicolás Maduro haría bien en no poner a prueba la resolución de Estados Unidos, amenazó dos días después el vicepresidente Pence. Venezuela merece ser libre, gritó ante un público favorable a la intervención, que coreaba Iu-es-ey, Iu-es-ey. Y en la Casa Blanca, con este presidente, prometió, ¡siempre será que viva Cuba libre (en español)!

Tales amenazas podrían ser fanfarronadas, pero detrás de un presidente que se precia de ser un prepotente bravucón hay un equipo curtido en cambios de régimen: el senador Marco Rubio, que ahora actúa como secretario de Estado en la sombra para América Latina y para quien revertir la revolución cubana es alta prioridad; Mauricio Claver-Carona, el principal cabildero cubano-estadunidense de línea dura contra la política de participación de Obama y actual asistente especial del presidente, así como presidente y director de la división de asuntos del hemisferio occidental del Consejo Nacional de Seguridad; Elliott Abrams, secretario auxiliar de Estado en tiempos de Reagan y tristemente célebre por propiciar y encubrir crímenes de lesa humanidad en El Salvador y Guatemala, y convicto (pero perdonado) por crímenes relacionados con el escándalo Irán- contras, y Bolton, quien como embajador de George W Bush en Naciones Unidas diseminó el infundio de que los programas cubanos de investigación médica eran una pantalla para la producción de armas biológicas.

Este grupo formidable tiene una obsesión como la del Capitán Ahab con el cambio de régimen en Cuba, de acuerdo con Benjamin Gedan, ex funcionario de la Agencia Nacional de Seguridad. Para Bolton y compañía, Cuba es la ballena blanca de la política exterior.

He dejado en claro que Estados Unidos no tiene la capacidad ni la intención de imponer el cambio en Cuba, declaró el ex presidente Obama durante su histórico discurso en el Gran Teatro Alicia Alonso de La Habana, en marzo de 2016. Quiero que sepan, reiteró, mirando a través del auditorio al entonces presidente Raúl Castro, que mi visita aquí demuestra que no necesitan temer una amenaza de Estados Unidos.

Apenas tres años después, esas seguridades ya no son válidas.

*Peter Kornbluh dirige el Proyecto de Documentación sobre Cuba del Archivo Nacional de Seguridad, organización no gubernamental de la Universidad George Washington en Washington, EU.

Traducción: Jorge Anaya



vía:
https://www.jornada.com.mx/2019/02/09/opinion/022a1mun

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President Donald Trump took a few swipes at Democrats and former President Barack Obama in a Saturday morning tweetstorm. President Trump bragged about his record economy and slammed former President Obama for his failed results. President Trump: We have a great economy DESPITE the Obama Administration and all of its job killing Regulations and Roadblocks. […]

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When Dickinson Grammar School, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, was charted as a college it was a week after the official formation of the United States in 1783. It's founders signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The student newspaper, The Dickinsonian was founded in 1872. Last week the paper published an OpEd by Leda Fisher, Should White Boys Still Be Allowed to Talk? You can probably imagine Breitbart's reaction. But first Fisher's article:
When you ask a question at a lecture, is it secretly just your opinion ending with the phrase “do you agree?” If so, your name is something like Jake, or Chad, or Alex, and you were taught that your voice is the most important in every room. Somewhere along your academic journey, you decided your search for intellectual validation was more important than the actual exchange of information. Now how do you expect to actually learn anything?

American society tells men, but especially white men, that their opinions have merit and that their voice is valuable, but after four years of listening to white boys in college, I am not so convinced. In my time at Dickinson I have listened to probably hundreds of white boys talk. It feels incessant. From classes and lectures, to the news and politics, there is an endless line of white boys waiting to share their opinions on the state of feminism in America, whether the LGBTQ+ population finally has enough rights, the merits of capitalism, etc. The list of what white boys think they are qualified to talk about is endless. Something very few of them seem to understand is that their (ill-informed, uncritical) opinions do not constitute truth. In fact, most often their opinions aren’t even original. White boys spout the narrative of dominant ideologies and pretend they’re hot takes instead of the same misleading garbage shoved down our throats by American institutions from birth.

I am so g****mned tired of listening to white boys. I cannot describe to you how frustrating it is to be forced to listen to a white boy explain his take on the Black experience in the Obama-era. Hey Brian, I’m an actual Black woman alive right now with a brain. In what world would your understanding of my life carry more weight than my understanding? Unfortunately, it is this world, where white men debate the pain of other people for fun and then take away their rights. The second thing most white boys seem not to understand is that they do not exist separate from the rest of the world. You do not speak alone, you speak with the weight of every other white man who has spoken over a woman, erased the contributions of queer people from history, or denigrated “broken English” as unintelligent. You speak with the weight of policies and laws meant to forever define intelligence by how it measures up to the bros of America.

So, should white boys still be allowed to share their “opinions”? Should we be forced to listen? In honor of Black History Month, I’m gonna go with a hell no. Go find someone whose perspective has been buried or ignored and listen to them, raise up their voice. To all the Chrises, Ryans, Olivers, and Seans out there, I encourage you to critically examine where your viewpoints come from, read a text that challenges you without looking for reasons to dismiss it, and maybe try listening from now on.
And before heading over to Breitbart, the first response from a Dickinsonian, Scout Waverly:
It’s not often that racist and sexist thoughts are married so well on the page, so kudos to the writer for creating this perfect storm of hate. Who will get space next on the editorial pages of The Dickinsonian? A Klansman? A gleeful misogynist?

Is it meant to be a discussion piece? It’s not. Is it meant to be social commentary? It’s not. It’s a racially motivated attack, one that should be condemned widely across campus as if it were in fact written by a Klansman. And if we went through and replaced “white boys” with “black girls” and published it, there would be immediate protests on Britton Plaza and statements from the President’s Office condemning intolerance.

The piece is poorly thought out, full of presumptions cast as fact (clearly the writer hasn’t taken any logic classes), and raging with stereotypes. You say of white boys “most often their opinions aren’t even original.” None of your opinions here are original either. Ignorant people have held them forever.

Has the writer heard of the dangers of condemning all members of a group en masse? I’ll make an assumption of my own: She has probably been fighting that kind of thing her whole life. Now here she is embracing it in what can be only read as a racist rant that herds an entire group under an umbrella of hate.

I’m frankly disappointed in Dickinson that a senior would write this.
The second response was from a young woman, Erika Hvolbeck:
his article is inherently and horrifically racist. If I, a young white woman wrote the same article but changed “white” with “black”, I would probably have unmatched consequences. This article is horribly written, sounds appallingly uneducated, and has no merit. You are lumping a group of men together and racially stereotyping them. WHO has the right to judge ANYONE based on the color of their skin? White or black. It’s 2019, and we should respect everyone despite their race, ethnicity, class, or sexuality. To list “white names” like that was terribly racist. Imagine if I said people like Deshawn, Laquisha and Dayvon shouldn’t be listened to because they have “ghetto accents”, or because their opinions were “unoriginal”? Frankly, this article was horrible to read, and I’d feel like that if it was about Latino-Americans, African Americans, or Asian-Americans. No one’s voice can or should be silenced based on their skin color. You argue that these white college boys only want to search for intellectual validation rather than exchanging new information. This claim could not be more false. I must debunk your assertion that is is true, because the main reason why many people go to college in the first place is to have their views and ideas challenged and to expand their knowledge. I doubt a white boy who only wanted to have his belies reaffirmed would go to a liberal arts college. You also touch on the fact that American society tells only white men that their opinions are valid. First off, everyone in America is entitled to their own opinion. What makes America so great is our freedom of speech, whether that speech may go against common morals and values, we are all able to state our opinions in this country without persecution from the law. Overall, your article is absolutely one of the most ignorant, unscholarly, and remarkably racist articles I have ever had the displeasure of reading.
Followed by a little irony from Jonathan Murray, an alum: "This piece succeeded in its desired objective: as a 'white boy', it left me utterly speechless." Hundreds of comments, most negative, but not uniformly so. A couple of days after the OpEd was published comments were still coming in. Yesterday David Smith wrote that he's "an ‘82 Dickinson grad. As I see it, the opinion writer’s basic point is that, in her experience, white males at Dickinson tend not to understand or really listen to the opinions and perspectives of students from different racial backgrounds. Apparently that’s been her experience. Is it racist for her to say that? I don’t think so. Most of the comments here miss her basic point. Yes, she uses in your face language, which is clearly intended to provoke, and it goes overboard in a few places-- the title in particular. But at root she’s simply pointing a finger at white male privilege. You’d be hard pressed to say that doesn’t exist at Dickinson, as at many schools. Which isn’t to say that white male students at Dickinson are bad people or need to feel guilty about who they are. I was one. But there are societal and institutional structures in place that benefit white males. And it is incumbent on us to be conscious of those advantages and to seek to 'spread the wealth.' Not listening to and learning from people of other races/backgrounds/genders/sexual orientations, etc. is ignorant and inconsistent with Dickinson’s purpose. The bottom line is you may disagree with her opinion and the language she used, but you can’t take away her experience. Maybe that’s not your experience, but that’s how she sees it. The statement on this matter by D’son’s president hit the mark perfectly, I thought. She seems great."




Zadie Smith is an award-winning English author from London who currently teaches creative writing at NYU. Her parents are a mixed-race couple. Her younger brothers are rapper and stand up comedian Doc Brown and rapper Luc Skyz. She's a graduate of King's College, Cambridge. This is an interview she did last year:



Last week, at the Hay Cartegena festival in Colombia, Smith addressed the political correctness and identity politics plaguing the literary world. [That's right-- it isn't just fucking up electoral politics, Broadway and cooking shows.] Claire Armistead wrote that "Smith laid into identity politics in a headline session at the 14th Hay Cartagena festival, insisting novelists had not only a right, but a duty to be free.
Asked how she felt about cultural appropriation, she told an audience of nearly 2,000 at the festival in Colombia on Friday: “If someone says to me: ‘A black girl would never say that,’ I’m saying: ‘How can you possibly know?’ The problem with that argument is it assumes the possibility of total knowledge of humans. The only thing that identifies people in their entirety is their name: I’m a Zadie.”

She conceded that the assertion of a collective identity was sometimes necessary “to demand rights,” but cited the dismay of her husband-- the poet and novelist Nick Laird-- at finding himself increasingly categorised. “He turned to me and said: ‘I used to be myself and I’m now white guy, white guy.’ I said: ‘Finally, you understand.’ But the lesson of that is that identity is a huge pain in the arse. The strange thing to me is the assumption [of white people] that their identity is the right to freedom.”

She went on to question the role of social media in policing personal development. “We are being asked to be consistent as humans over great swathes of time. People are searching through social media. But everyone is changing all the time.”

In an essay in her collection, Feel Free, she investigated one such change in herself, when she fell in love with the music of Joni Mitchell, a singer she had despised when she was a mixed-race teenager growing up on a London housing estate. “The reason for hating Joni Mitchell was that I didn’t listen to classical or ‘white’ music,” said Smith. “Then I had an epiphany, and suddenly realised that her voice was beautiful. It’s a responsibility to be as open as you possibly can to the world as an aesthetic object.”

Returning to the issue of political correctness, she reflected on her debut novel White Teeth, which had depicted characters from many backgrounds but, she said, had been given an easy ride by the white critics because “[its characters] were mostly brown. It had all sorts of mistakes I’m sure but if I didn’t take a chance I’d only ever be able to write novels about mixed-race girls growing up in Willesden.”

Speaking in the home city of Gabriel García Márquez, Smith admitted that she was not a great fan of magic realism, preferring to deal in more concrete realities.

She ended by citing Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary as an example of the power of the reprobate imagination. “Women have felt very close to these fake, pretend women invented by men. It makes us feel uncomfortable in real life. This is not real life. It’s perverse, but it’s what’s possible in fiction. There’s no excuse for its irresponsibility, but fiction is fundamentally irresponsible.”
The urban dictionary-- I never knew it was so political!




Wikipedia is far more... timid:
Cultural appropriation, at times also phrased cultural misappropriation, is the adoption of elements of one culture by members of another culture. This can be controversial when members of a dominant culture appropriate from disadvantaged minority cultures. Because of the presence of power imbalances that are a byproduct of colonialism and oppression, cultural appropriation is distinct from equal cultural exchange.

Cultural appropriation is often considered harmful, and to be a violation of the collective intellectual property rights of the originating, minority cultures, notably indigenous cultures and those living under colonial rule. Often unavoidable when multiple cultures come together, cultural appropriation can include using other cultures' cultural and religious traditions, fashion, symbols, language, and music.

According to critics of the practice, cultural appropriation differs from acculturation, assimilation, or cultural exchange in that this appropriation is a form of colonialism: cultural elements are copied from a minority culture by members of a dominant culture, and these elements are used outside of their original cultural context-- sometimes even against the expressly stated wishes of members of the originating culture.

Often, the original meaning of these cultural elements is lost or distorted, and such displays are often viewed as disrespectful, or even as a form of desecration, by members of the originating culture. Cultural elements which may have deep meaning to the original culture may be reduced to "exotic" fashion or toys by those from the dominant culture. Kjerstin Johnson has written that, when this is done, the imitator, "who does not experience that oppression is able to 'play', temporarily, an 'exotic' other, without experiencing any of the daily discriminations faced by other cultures." The African-American academic, musician and journalist Greg Tate argues that appropriation and the "fetishizing" of cultures, in fact, alienates those whose culture is being appropriated.

The concept of cultural appropriation has also been widely criticised. Some writers on the topic note that the concept is often misunderstood or misapplied by the general public, and that charges of "cultural appropriation" are at times misapplied to situations such as eating food from a variety of cultures, or learning about different cultures. Commentators who criticize the concept believe that the act of cultural appropriation does not meaningfully constitute a social harm, or that the term lacks conceptual coherence. Some argue that the term sets arbitrary limits on intellectual freedom and artists' self-expression, reinforces group divisions, or itself promotes a feeling of enmity or grievance, rather than liberation.



And, yes, yes... I'll get to more about Virginia later this morning, I promise.

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Definite war criminal. Just like his son, Obama, Clinton etc etc etc


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Fighting lies and the lying liars

by Tom Sullivan


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A study published this month finds that roughly "one third of all subjects are dishonest" if others in their group are too. "Having only one dishonest group member makes the vast majority of these conditional liars switch from being honest to being dishonest," conclude researchers from the University of Cologne. The study on how dishonesty spreads in business settings finds "other people's dishonesty is the key factor for one's own decision whether to be dishonest." Moreover, for both conditional liars and always liars, "the size of a lie increases with the number of dishonest group members that one faces."

Discuss among yourselves the name-brand family business now under federal investigation and what the one-third figure suggests about its associates, its fans, and the sitting president's poll numbers.

In testimony last week before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee, Rudy Mehrbani, Spitzer Fellow and Senior Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice told members, “We have long assumed that all presidential administrations would follow longstanding ethics practices and ideals that aren’t required by law,” said Mehrbani. “Unfortunately, these commonsense practices that presidents from both parties followed for decades can no longer be taken for granted. This means that new laws are needed to compel a commitment to ethics and ensure accountability.”

Mehrbani was testifying on H.R. 1, or the For the People Act, a 571-page voting rights and anti-corruption bill introduced as the first piece of legislation from the new Democrat-led House. Key provisions of that bill address voting rights many Americans have never been able to take for granted.

"Let's be clear. Voter suppression is real," former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said in the Democrats' State of the Union response. "From making it harder to register and staying on the rolls, to moving and closing polling places, to rejecting lawful ballots, we can no longer ignore these threats to democracy."

To that end, H.R. 1 includes a host of provisions to strengthen voting rights, writes Rick Hasen:

Among the provisions affecting voting and voting rights are those requiring online voter registration, automatic voter registration, and same-day registration for voting in federal elections; a requirement to use independent redistricting commissions to draw congressional districts in each state; limitations on voter purges; an end to felon disenfranchisement for federal elections; protection against intimidation and false information surrounding elections; improved access to voting by persons with disabilities; a set of improved cybersecurity standards around voting and voting systems, including a requirement that all voting systems produce a paper trail for auditing and checking results; and a ban on a state’s chief election officer engaging in political activities connected to federal offices.
In this post-truth, post-ethics administration, as much as it once seemed superfluous, it is now incumbent upon Congress to spell out in law rules of common decency we once took for granted people learned to abide by at their parents' knees, if not from replica stone tablets the religious right insists be installed in courthouses.

The New Yorker's Jelani Cobb observes that a president renowned for lying has not only assaulted the free press, the judiciary, and the U.S. intelligence communities, but basic mathematics. Roughly three million more voters cast ballots in 2016 for his female opponent, the same number of non-citizens the sitting president alleges without evidence voted illegally. Nearly two million fewer African-Americans voted in 2016 than in 2012, Cobb notes, perhaps because Barack Obama was not on the ballot. But it also could be those two million went missing because of an assortment of voter suppression measures passed in states since the Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder voided portions of the Voting Rights Act. "The equation here is: reality minus delusion equals three million," Cobb concludes.

How many assert the delusion because the boss does?


          Has our country's MSM gone mad?      Cache   Translate Page      
Real Donald Trump Tweets
@realDonaldTrump tweeted:
Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas joined the race for President. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!

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“Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas joined the race for President. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!”
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Thomas Williams - We haven't encountered so many American citizens who truly want to be socialist, or pure communist these days?
Because now these socialist are getting up on a political platform preaching socialism in a serious way wanting us to vote for them?  Wow, I can not do that cuz it would be like kissing another man in a sexual way, something I really don't want to do. 
I just don't do that.
So why in the world would they think I might do that and where did these Democrats get that impression from? Was it that free medicare political fad that Obama care started?
That they are so emboldened to think that socialism is a winning political formula now after watching that young latino woman from New Jersey Ocasio-Cortez Democratic victory.  That our country's MSM is carrying what these same socialist are saying in public without criticism is something that I haven't seen here in American before.
Has our country's MSM gone mad?
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BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX   -- THE KOOL AID TABLE


DISGRACED FORMER EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES JILL ABRAMSON IS NEWLY DISGRACED AS A RESULT OF PLAGIARIZING THROUGHOUT HER NEW BOOK 'MERCHANTS OF TRUTH.'  ATTEMPTING TO DIG HERSELF OUT OF HER HOLE, JILL IS INSISTING THAT SHE DIDN'T PLAGIARIZE, SHE JUST HAD A "CITATION ERROR."


MEANWHILE, 28-YEAR-OLD STEPHEN LYNCH -- OF CONNECTICUT'S 'NOTORIOUS' LOS SOLIDOS GANG -- DENIED LAST MONTH THAT HE ROBBED THE MASCOMA BANK BRANCH IN WHITE RIVER JUNCTION. 

FEBRUARY 12TH, HIS ATTORNEY NIKKI SOUTH WILL ARGUE HIS CASE IN COURT.  REACHED FOR COMMENT, SHE DID NOT RULE OUT TAKING A PAGE FROM JILL ABRAMSON'S BOOK AND ARGUING THAT STEPHEN LYNCH'S ACTIONS WERE ALSO ACTUALLY A "CITATION ERROR."


FROM THE TCI WIRE:


Starting with US politics, Aime Parnes (THE HILL) observes:


Former Vice President Joe Biden's words and policy positions on the Iraq War could come back to haunt him if he enters the race for the White House.
Biden is popular with Democrats, polls show he leads most of his competitors in the 2020 field and a survey this week found more than 60 percent want him in the race. He routinely leads polls of Democrats asked to pick their favored presidential candidate.
But his words on Iraq from nearly two decades ago sound out-of-step with the increasingly left-leaning party he would be seeking to lead. 
Biden backed the resolution giving President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq, and he also praised the president in a Senate floor speech at the time for his handling of the case for war.


Joe did not have the problems that Hillary Clinton or John Edwards had when it came to Iraq.  As the late Elizabeth Edwards noted, John Edwards came clean on Iraq and apologized for it but Hillary refused to take accountability for her support for the Iraq War (saying she was tricked by Bully Boy Bush is not taking accountability, it is saying "I"m so stupid even an idiot can fool me").

Parnes notes 2008 in one sentence but never addresses why it wasn't an issue for Joe when he last attempted to be the Democratic Party nominee.

There are several reasons.  First among them, the Iraq War wasn't his focus, he was focused on partitioning Iraq or creating a federalist system.  He repeatedly denied this was partitioning Iraq.  Many Iraqis disagreed.  During his brief 2007 and January 2008 campaign for the nomination, he was repeatedly on the defense about this issue.  Seeking votes in Iowa in the last stages of his campaign, he was still having to face the issue and clarify or expand on his previous remarks.

It is true that CODEPINK was bird-dogging Hillary Clinton over her vote and support for the Iraq War at this time (and only bird-dogging her) but Joe's mess at that time was being the face of US imperialism announcing that Iraq should be three different government under a federalist system.  This was not what Iraqis were calling for at the time and here was this non-Iraqi from a country that started the war now insisting what would be done next.

Beau Biden is another factor.  Beau served in Iraq.  Chelsea Clinton did not serve in Iraq (though she did support the Iraq War, a reality she tries to lie about today).  With a son in Iraq, the hypocrite label was a little harder to hang on Joe.

There's also the fact that no one really thought Joe Biden stood a chance at the nomination.  He was gaffe prone.  He infamously 'borrowed' from another for a big speech in a previous run.  He wasn't seen as a viable candidate by the press.

What's different now?

Sexism will be called out.  I'm not just referring to Anita Hill (Parnes covers that).  I'm also referring to the media itself.  In New Hampshire, speaking publicly, Hillary's eyes well.  She does not cry, she does not sob.  But Bill Moyers, Jesse Jackson Jr. and countless others mocked her for that, ridiculed her for that, etc.  Months later, Joe Biden, then on the ticket as Barack Obama's running mate, starts crying on stage in the middle of a speech.  It's not even one day's coverage, let alone the weeks of coverage Hillary endured.

Things have changed and they won't help Joe.  Most of all, his Iraq-free card won't exist this time, not after he shamed himself by publicly praising Bully Boy Bush at an awards ceremony last year.  Joe's popularity is as an idea.  As an actual person?  If he runs, his popularity will plummet.


We heard attacks from warmongers in politics/media before. Those opposed to Iraq/Libya/Syria regime change wars are called “dicatator-lovers” or “cozy” with evil regimes. Rather than defend their position, they resort to name-calling & smears. American people wont fall for this.





US House Rep Tulsi Gabbard is running for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination and you know she makes some tremble by the vicious media attacks she's already enduring.




Last Saturday, she officially launched her campaign.




Tulsi Gabbard officially announced her candidacy for President of the United States and kicked off her campaign on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Hawaii. She was introduced by Ryan Soon, a fellow member of the Hawaii National Guard who served with her in Iraq and Kuwait. Tulsi's friends, family, and supporters gathered to hear her vision for the future of our nation. More than 3,500 private and public watch parties across the country were coordinated by grassroots supporters to take part in the live-streamed event.
In her remarks, Tulsi Gabbard said, "When we raise our right hand and volunteer to serve, we set aside our own interests—to serve our country and to fight for ALL Americans. We serve as one—indivisible and unbreakable, united by this bond of  love for each other and love for our country. It is this principle of putting service above self, that is at the heart of every soldier, every service member. And it is in this spirit that today I announce my candidacy for President of the United States of America.


"I will bring a soldier's values and principles to the White House—restoring the values of dignity, honor, and respect to the presidency. And above all, love for our people and love of country. I ask you to join me, in this spirit of putting service before self, to stand up against the forces of greed and corruption."

Possibly some of the press attacks stem from the press fear that Tulsi will bring Iraq into the conversation.  Parnes, for example, is convinced that Iraq's not an issue in 2020.

Really?


Senator Elizabeth Warren's running for the nomination and she's contributed a major paper to COFR's FOREIGN AFFAIRS:




A foreign policy that works for all Americans must also be driven by honest assessments of the full costs and risks associated with going to war. All three of my brothers served in the military, and I know our service members and their families are smart, tough, and resourceful. But having a strong military doesn’t mean we need to constantly use it. An effective deterrent also means showing the good judgment to exercise appropriate restraint. 
Over the past two decades, the United States has been mired in a series of wars that have sapped its strength. The human cost of these wars has been staggering: more than 6,900 killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, another 52,000 wounded, and many more who live every day with the invisible scars of war. By financing these conflicts while cutting taxes, the country has essentially charged the costs of war to a collective credit card for future generations to pay, diverting money that could have been invested in critical domestic priorities. This burden will create a drag on the economy that will last for generations. 
The costs have been extraordinarily high, but these wars have not succeeded even on their own terms. We’ve “turned the corner” in Afghanistan so many times that it seems we’re now going in circles. After years of constant war, Afghanistan hardly resembles a functioning state, and both poppy production and the Taliban are again on the rise. The invasion of Iraq destabilized and fragmented the Middle East, creating enormous suffering and precipitating the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. The region remains a tangled mess—the promise of the Arab Spring crushed, Iran emboldened, Syria devastated, the Islamic State (or ISIS) and its offshoots stubbornly resilient, and a massive refugee crisis threatening to destabilize Europe. Neither military nor civilian policymakers seem capable of defining success, but surely this is not it.
A singular focus on counterterrorism, meanwhile, has dangerously distorted U.S. policies. Here at home, we have allowed an imperial presidency to stretch the Constitution beyond recognition to justify the use of force, with little oversight from Congress. The government has at times defended tactics, such as torture, that are antithetical to American values. Washington has partnered with countries that share neither its goals nor its ideals. Counterterrorism efforts have often undermined other foreign policy priorities, such as reinforcing civilian governance, the rule of law, and human rights abroad. And in some cases, as with U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s proxy war in Yemen, U.S. policies risk generating even more extremism.
As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I have seen up close how 17 years of conflict have degraded equipment, sapped forces’ readiness, and forced the postponement of investment in critical military capabilities. It has distracted Washington from growing dangers in other parts of the world: a long-term struggle for power in Asia, a revanchist Russia that threatens Europe, and looming unrest in the Western Hemisphere, including a collapsing state in Venezuela that threatens to disrupt its neighbors. Would-be rivals, for their part, have watched and learned, and they are hard at work developing technologies and tactics to leapfrog the United States, investing heavily in such areas as robotics, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and quantum computing. China is making massive bets in these and other areas in an effort to surpass the United States as a global technological power. Whether the United States will maintain its edge and harness these technologies for good remains an open question. 
It is the job of the U.S. government to do what is necessary to protect Americans, but it is long past time to start asking what truly makes the country safer—and what does not. Military efforts alone will never fully succeed at ending terrorism, because it is not possible to fight one’s way out of extremism. Some challenges, such as cyberattacks and nuclear proliferation, require much more than a strong military to combat. And other dangers, such as climate change and the spread of infectious diseases, cannot be solved through military action at all. The United States will spend more than $700 billion on defense in the 2018–19 fiscal year alone. That is more in real terms than was spent under President Ronald Reagan during the Cold War and more than all the rest of the country’s discretionary budget put together. But even as Washington spends more and more, U.S. military leaders point out that funding a muscular military without robust diplomacy, economic statecraft, support for civil society, and development assistance only hamstrings American national power and undercuts any military gains. 
As a candidate, Trump promised to bring U.S. troops home. As president, he has sent more troops into Afghanistan. On the campaign trail, Trump claimed he did not want to police the world. As president, he has expanded the United States’ military footprint around the globe, from doubling the number of U.S. air strikes in Somalia to establishing a drone base in Niger. As a candidate, Trump promised to rebuild the military, but as president, he has gutted the diplomatic corps on which the Pentagon relies. He promised to reduce the threat of nuclear proliferation, but he has undermined a successful nuclear deal with Iran, has failed to roll back the North Korean nuclear program, and seems intent on spurring a new nuclear arms race with Russia. 

These actions do not make Americans safer. It’s time to seriously review the country’s military commitments overseas, and that includes bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq. They have fought with honor, but additional American blood spilled will not halt the violence or result in a functioning democratic government in either place. 


We've noted that several times before.  We've also noted that foreign policy will be an issue in the 2020 election.  How much of an issue, I don't know.  Even I was shocked by (see Wednesday's snapshot) the "CBS NEWS poll showed that the most pressing topic on the mind of Americans was foreign policy and national security.  Respondents ranked that the number one issue (93%) with jobs and economy second (92%) and healthcare third (80%)."



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          Urgent Prophetic Dream: God Says, 'Let My Babies Go'      Cache   Translate Page      

The night after President Obama was re-elected in November of 2012, God spoke to me in a series of prophetic dreams and specifically revealed to me five key areas that were upon His heart. The Father spoke to me and said, "Jeremiah, the primary area that is upon my heart in this hour is the issue of abortion."

I immediately found myself walking down a dirt road, and the Father again spoke to me and said, "I want to show you the cries that come before My throne day and night."

I walked up to a huge factory where a line of men and women filled the street. The factory was dark, and the hair on my body was standing straight up. The women in line trying to get into the factory were pregnant. As I made my way to the front of the line, I heard screams coming from the inside, blood-curling screams. There was an inscription on the top of the door that read, "House of Horror."

As I walked inside, I realized that this factory was an enormous abortion clinic, and I began to weep. There were thousands of cribs in this factory, and the floor was about as big as a football field. As I began to look inside the cribs, I saw very small fetuses with snakes wrapped around them. It was terrifying. I moved from crib to crib watching these snakes choke and kill these babies. I noticed that the women who had come for the abortions were totally dejected and overwhelmed.

All of a sudden, the House of Horror began to shake. It felt like a tremendous earthquake was unearthing the foundation of the factory. Then came a booming, loud, and fatherly voice that said, "Let My babies go!"

At the sound of God's voice, I cried out violently and said, "Father, what is this House of Horror?" He said to me, "This House of Horror and houses like this are what have my full attention in this hour. The snakes that you see are the spirits of murder that are killing off the next generation."

I left the factory weeping. I was inconsolable. I began saying to the Father, "But I just want to see your house, Papa! I want to see inside your factory!"

He said to me, "So have you asked, so shall I show you." I immediately turned down a dirt road, and there before me was a glowing factory. It was made of gold and pearls. There were angelic hosts guarding it day and night. There was also a line of people out in front of this factory, just like the House of Horror.

As I approached the entrance to the glowing factory, the Father's factory, before me was a beautiful and radiant inscription that read, "House of Hope." When I walked into this factory, I heard laughing, hysterical laughter. I began to look around inside the Hope Factory and realized that the sound was coming from the cribs. I said to the Father, "These babies are too young to laugh like this." He said to me, "Jeremiah, this is the laugh of the redeemed that no man can contain or deny."

I began to pay special attention to the babies. I wanted to make sure that there were no snakes in the cribs. As I looked down into all the cribs in the Hope Factory, I noticed that in each and every one of them, there was an inscription woven into the crib bed where the babies were lying. The inscriptions read, "Isaiah 66:9, 'Shall I bring to the point of birth and not give delivery?' says the Lord."

Shouts of joy erupted from my mouth in the Hope Factory. I sang and danced over these little ones and spoke life into the atmosphere. This is what the Spirit of God spoke through me in the dream, "I am championing a spirit of adoption in this hour," says God. "I am sovereignly placing the murder of innocent babies on the doorstep of the hearts of My people. As houses of horror rise in the earth, know that I hear the cries of the unborn and I will not turn My eyes and ears away from them. Watch the White House in the years ahead. My people will gather there to fight for hope. There will be a tremendous movement to adopt in the church in the years to come."

When the Father finished speaking to me, I began to walk out of the House of Hope and shake hands with those waiting in line. To my great surprise, I began to notice women even in their 50s, 60s, and 70s standing in line. I said, "Father, them too?" He said to me, "Yes, Jeremiah! You will witness many women who have already birthed and raised children who will be struck to the core to adopt and do it again." I walked away from the Hope Factory rejoicing, but also filled with sadness, remembering what I experienced in the House of Horror. {eoa}

Jeremiah Johnson is a gifted teacher, prophet and author of multiple books. He travels extensively throughout the United States and abroad as a conference and guest speaker. Jeremiah has been a guest on Christian television and radio shows including The Jim Bakker Show, Sid Roth's It's Supernatural and "Ask Dr. Brown," as well as on networks such as Daystar, TBN, and GodTV. For more information please visit jeremiahjohnson.tv. or check out the fivefold full-time school of ministry Jeremiah leads in Lakeland, Florida, called "Maranatha School of Ministry" at maranatha.school. Purchase your copy today of his new book called "Trump, 2019, and Beyond" at jeremiahjohnson.tv/trump-2019-beyond.


          How the Deep State Has Evolved—and What Christians Can Do About It      Cache   Translate Page      

President Trump's State of the Union address was a doozy. Much to the chagrin of the religious left, he demonstrated why the evangelicals are still with him.

To New York and Virginia governors and legislators attempting to impose the killing of 9-month-old preborn and already born children, he said:

There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days. Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments before birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world. And then, we had the case of the governor of Virginia, where he basically stated he would execute a baby after birth.

Among the outlandish reactions by Democratic legislators, Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's faltering response held barely any connection with the President's message:

The State of the Union speech felt like it was, as someone described it, "the most pedestrian speech," um, we probably have ever heard. It didn't feel like a presidential speech. It also didn't address any of the critical issues we have. There was no talk of climate change, there was no acknowledgment of the federal employees, that he just disrupted, um, for 35 days for no reason ...

Secular politicians have reached a point where they are living in a universe that is an alternate one to that of the American electorate. Unlike a "parallel universe," which would be completely separate in space and time, their "alternative universe" takes place in the same universe, but is lived with "altered" facts and conclusions.

Representative Omar needs to look at the CBS poll of those who watched the president's State of the Union speech: "Just over three-quarters [76 percent] of those who watched President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech approved of what he said."

Are we missing something? Self-absorbed and blindly caught up in their own "articles of faith"—political correctness, multiculturalism and secular humanism—Democrats seem hell-bent on destroying what the Founding Fathers intended.

As evangelical and pro-life Catholic Christians begin to play the long game—to resurrect the biblically-based culture—whole new skill sets will have to be developed.

To make it plain, the 45th president of the United States inherited on Jan. 20, 2017, a secular, weaponized governmental bureaucracy from, at least, the last three U.S. presidents: William J. Clinton (42nd), George W. Bush (43rd) and Barack H. Obama (44th).

It should be remembered that government bureaucrats are not elected. Though merely functionaries, they have taken on themselves the power to make very important decisions that are rightly the duty of our elected representatives.

The "deep state," the clandestine nefarious network set up by seemingly omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent government bureaucrats, has evolved over the last century. It is now beginning to mirror the famed and corrupt Roman Praetorian Guard of ancient Rome. Over time, the Praetorian Guard developed into a type of bureaucracy, a group of powerful kingmakers, a kind of secret police force that, ultimately, possessed power even over the emperor himself. As the Roman Empire grew, so did the Guard's corruption, machinations and its manipulation of Roman politics. The essence of secular bureaucrats never changes; "the one who has no fear of God before his eyes, has no genuine respect for the rights of his neighbor." (A.W. Pink, Gleanings in Genesis)

Over the next 30 years, the fight for cultural renewal in America will be won by bringing exclusively biblical values to the public square. For that to happen, a drastic revision of the mindset and philosophy of the role of the church in America will need to happen. The church must move from the meetinghouse to the marketplace, to what is called the ekklesia. The shift of Christians from "church house" to public square for civil engagement will cause a profound realignment.

Rejuvenation of the culture will require a different model than any now being used. The church must begin again to influence the categorical imperatives of the culture. There must appear a new type of leader, different from those often presently operating, perpetually preoccupied with social justice, the distribution of wealth, budgets, buildings, additional privileges and rights. Focusing in these areas has been tried and found ephemeral. The Word must be the centerpiece, both in the church and in the culture (Ed Silvoso, ekklesia).

This new type of leader will not be in the same mold as we conventionally envision a leader: a single person in front of a crowd of followers. For the leaders of the new paradigm, think of Gideons and Rahabs. Each individual can and must be a leader so that we have a nation full of them. They will all have experienced intimacy with God; holiness will be their sole desire. Through knowledge of His Word, they will be able to stand against the deluge of secularism, which has ravaged American culture. These saints, called to walk point, may appear "a little bit angry with the world" (A.W. Tozer, Of God and Men), and with what secularism has done to the country. In all likelihood, however, they will have learned to think spiritually and speak in the secular. In their education, they will have acquired the knowledge to make the most effective use of political currency, which will include the mustering and marshaling of Christians to the public square.

Gideons and Rahabs are now beginning to stand.


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