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          Sudan’s Feared Intelligence Chief Resigns in Another Victory for Protesters - The New York Times      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Sudan’s Feared Intelligence Chief Resigns in Another Victory for Protesters  The New York Times
  2. Protesters hold Friday prayers in Sudan after military takeover  Daily Mail
  3. Protesters still on the streets in Sudan after president's ouster  CBS News
  4. Why women led the uprising in Sudan  Washington Post
  5. My Father Died Before He Could See al-Bashir Fall  The New York Times
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          Lost and Alone: What Should She Do?      Comment   Translate Page      

So, a woman who is alone and isolated writes to Carolyn Hax, Washington Post advice columnist. You would imagine that this woman would do well to take it up with a therapist, but, alas, she already has.

Does it not strike you, as it strikes me, that therapy is not helping this woman? Oughtn’t we to be asking about the value of therapy? Unfortunately, we do not. Hax is not at fault for offering yet another piece of mental gymnastics to help her out, but, for someone who is lost in her mind and isolated from the world, she does not need more introspection.

Anyway, here is the letter, in its entirety:

I liked your answer about finding one's purpose in life, but what you said about it being something to hang on to when life is overwhelming is the problem. I have nothing to hang on to in those situations, which are too frequent. I have absolutely not found a job/career that works well for me, at which I am good and which I also enjoy. I am not a parent, I am no one's best friend or spouse, I don't have a truly meaningful hobby or volunteer work. So, when life becomes difficult, I go to a dark place — why the hell am I even here?

Yes, I am in therapy and on meds, but those only go so far.

In truth, it is good for life to have a purpose. In fact, a megaselling book, called The Purpose Driven Life has already set down the message. We note that Pastor Rick Warren’s book does not come to us from the therapy world. It comes from religion.

The letter writer paints herself as alone and bereft, lost and floudering. We do not know whether she has family or friends. We do not want to say that she needs to have a best friend, but her glass-half-empty thinking has merely isolated her more. The issue is: does she have friends? At all.

We do not know how old she is, what job she has, whether or not her relationships with her colleagues are interesting or not. We do not know. Because therapy has taught her to think like an isolated human monad, someone who can solve it all with a mental exercise or two. She would do better to get a pet, a cat or a dog. As the old saying goes, if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. Anything to extract her from her self-pity.

As Ludwig Mies van der Rohe once said: “God is in the details.” Without knowing the details, without knowing anything more about her, without her being able to see her life in terms of details, there is no way she is going to get to God. And there is no way out of a morass of her own and her therapist’s making. True enough, therapy and medication can only do so much, but they have set this woman up for calamity. It’s not good news.

So, if she and Hax and company like Pastor Warren’s advice, the conclusion will be that she should start attending religious services. The psycho professions know that attending such services is beneficial to one’s mental health. Belonging to a community, engaging in community activities, participating in rituals and ceremonies, making new friends… all of these are clearly antidotal for someone who feels like she has no purpose in life.

          Comment on Assange is in the dock, but it’s investigative journalism on trial by klewso      Comment   Translate Page      
Then, in a state of incredulity, she then launched into talking over Barnes' refererence to the "deep state" Washington Post? The paper that went to print on a leak from Richard Armitage about Valerie Plame - putting her life in danger - because her husband was publicly contradicting the "US government" line on Saddam and his WMDs - causing them no end of embarrassment, shown in their iniquity? An attempt to shut her husband up : to tow the official Bush-Cheney-Wolfowitz-Rumsfeld-Perle-Feith White House/(Blair-Howard-Murdoch) Coalition of the Willing line, along with Powell and the CIA over "Reasons we should invade Iraq"?.
          Stratolaunch, plane dreamed up by Paul Allen, just became the world's largest airplane ever to fly - [Sepe.gr]      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Beijing's decade-old airport is at capacity. So China is building a giant second one. - [Sepe.gr]      Comment   Translate Page      
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          The mob-boss presidency      Comment   Translate Page      
Jennifer Rubin (a Republican columnist for the Washington Post) writes: A normal president confronted with a news story suggesting he ordered underlings to illegally transport asylum seekers to so-called sanctuary cities in order to retaliate against political enemies would deny knowledge of such a heinous plot. If need be, he’d make light of it, portray it as […]
          White House considered releasing detained migrants in sanctuary cities: Washington Post      Comment   Translate Page      

White House considered releasing detained migrants in sanctuary cities: Washington PostWhite House officials have tried to pressure U.S. immigration authorities to release migrants detained at the border into so-called sanctuary cities such as San Francisco to retaliate against President Donald Trump's political adversaries, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. The Post, which reviewed emails on the issue and spoke to unnamed officials at the Department of Homeland Security, said the White House proposed the measure at least twice in the past six months.



          House Democrats give the IRS just TEN DAYS to hand over Trump's tax returns - Daily Mail      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. House Democrats give the IRS just TEN DAYS to hand over Trump's tax returns  Daily Mail
  2. Here's who's winning under Trump's tax law  CNN
  3. House Democrats give IRS hard deadline of April 23 to turn over Trump tax returns, say administration’s concerns ‘lack merit’  The Washington Post
  4. Trump's odd behavior is reason enough to compel disclosure of his tax returns  Los Angeles Times
  5. Jenny Beth Martin: Trump is right to withhold his tax returns from Democrats  Fox News
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          2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #15      Comment   Translate Page      
A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Apr 7 through Sat, Apr 13, 2019

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The world could transition entirely to cheap, safe renewable energy before 2050: Finnish study

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A study from the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and the Energy Watch Group (EWG) from Germany says a global transition to the exclusive use of renewable energy is possible before 2050. (iStock) 

A global transition to the exclusive use of renewable energy sources is not only possible but also cheaper and safer than reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear energy, according to a new study from the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and the Energy Watch Group (EWG) from Germany.

The study claims that the rapid development of renewable energy sources and energy storage technology will likely make it possible for the entire planet to reduce its CO2 emissions to zero even earlier than the current 2050 deadline.

The report is the first of its kind to suggest a cost-effective, all-inclusive, global roadmap to keep average global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius. It is also the first planet-wide climate change resistance plan that suggests not using carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) techniques to mechanically remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

According to the model, in 2050 some 69 percent of the world’s energy would come from solar panels, 18 percent from wind power, 3 percent from hydropower systems and 6 percent from bioenergy.

Fossil fuels and nuclear power would not be needed at all. Cars, planes and ships would run on carbon-neutral synthetic fuels produced from hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

The world could transition entirely to cheap, safe renewable energy before 2050: Finnish study, Yle News (Finland), Apr 12, 2019 


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          Man accused of throwing child from mall balcony had been banned - WSYM-TV      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Man accused of throwing child from mall balcony had been banned  WSYM-TV
  2. 5-year-old allegedly thrown off balcony at Mall of America being treated: Police  ABC News
  3. A mother took her child to Mall of America — then a stranger threw him from a balcony  The Washington Post
  4. Mall of America suspect faces attempted homicide charge in boy’s near-fatal fall  Fox News
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          In Japan, Catholic Church plans to investigate sex abuse      Comment   Translate Page      

Tokyo, Japan, Apr 13, 2019 / 06:01 am (CNA).- Catholic bishops in Japan have said they will investigate reports of clergy sex abuse of minors dating back at least as far as 20 years, and they believe many victims might still be reluctant to come forward.

Committees have been established in all 16 dioceses to receive claims and consultations about abuse, the Japanese bishops' conference said April 8, announcing the decision of the conference standing committee. The specifics of an inquiry are not yet decided, but it will revisit previous reports for an “in-depth investigation,” the Japan Times reports.

The bishops are considering seeking help from external bodies.

In 2002 an internal survey made inquiries with the leading priest in each diocese. This resulted in two reported cases of sex abuse.

A 2012 survey aimed to be a reference point in a manual for internal use. It did not aim to investigate facts or to resolve sex abuse. Five sex abuse cases were reported then.

These surveys’ results will now be investigated to examine whether accused abusers faced punishment and how bishops responded to the victims, the Washington Post reports.

A 2004 survey on sexual harassment found 17 cases of “coercive physical contacts,” mostly by priests. The victims included minors. That survey had 110 respondents.

“Many of the alleged cases such as coercive physical contacts were forced by priests,” said the bishops’ conference. “We believe there are still a significant number of people who cannot speak up even today, 15 years since the survey.”

A 62-year-old man came forward alleging sexual abuse by a priest when he was at a Catholic boys’ school in Tokyo. Other Catholic schools have faced sex abuse allegations as well.

The Japanese Times in 2014 reported on alleged abuse of minors at St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo beginning in 1965. At least one case was later investigated by police.

There are about 440,000 Catholics in Japan, making up 0.3% of the population.

Pope Francis is set to visit Japan in November. In February he held an unprecedented meeting with the world’s Catholic bishops on sex abuse of minors in the Church.

“Let it be clear that before these abominations the Church will spare no effort to do all that is necessary to bring to justice whosoever has committed such crimes. The Church will never seek to hush up or not take seriously any case,” the Pope said in his December 21, 2018 annual Christmas speech to the Roman Curia.

The Pope’s own handling of sexual abuse cases came into focus especially in Chile, where he initially defended bishops accused of sex abuse coverup. He later asked for all the country’s bishops to offer their resignations.

In the United States, clergy sex abuse of minors in the Church peaked in the early 1970s, according to reports from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Though the scandal led to some news reports and internal church investigations in later decades, it did not become a nationwide focus until news reports in 2002 exposed scandal and coverup in Boston and across the country.

The sex abuse scandal again was inflamed in 2018 with the announcements of credible allegations of sex abuse of a minor against the deeply influential then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, followed by accusations that he sexually abused young adult seminarians.


          Plane with the largest wingspan in the world takes flight - BBC News      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Plane with the largest wingspan in the world takes flight  BBC News
  2. The world's largest plane just flew for the first time  CNN
  3. Stratolaunch, world's largest-ever airplane, takes first flight  USA TODAY
  4. Stratolaunch, plane dreamed up by Paul Allen, just became the world’s largest airplane ever to fly  The Washington Post
  5. Stratolaunch’s gigantic twin-bodied plane takes its first flight  Los Angeles Times
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          Why Aren’t Wages Rising at the Bottom?      Comment   Translate Page      
One way in which I could critique the editors of the Washington Post’s most recent editorial in favor of unlimited immigration of unskilled workers from Mexico and Central America would be to point out the logical fallacies it contains, all aligned in the same direction. Tertium non datur, non sequitur, and appeal to unnamed authority […]
          In America, talk turns to something not spoken of for 150 years: Civil war      Comment   Translate Page      
By Greg Jaffe and Jenna Johnson Washington Post At a moment when the country has never seemed angrier, two political commentators from opposite sides of the divide concurred recently on one point that was once nearly unthinkable: The country is on the verge of “civil war.” First came former U.S. attorney Joseph diGenova, a Fox News regular and ally of President Trump’s. “We are in a civil war,” he said. “The suggestion that there’s ever going to be civil discourse in this country for the foreseeable future is over. . . . It’s going to be total More…
          Short on electricity, food and water, Venezuelans return to religion      Comment   Translate Page      


Arelis R. Hernández and Mariana Zuñiga, The Washington Post

Published 10:01 am CDT, Saturday, April 13, 2019





El Guayanés prays to José Gregorio Hernández. The Venezuelan physician, who died in 1919, is a folk hero across Latin America. 
Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Andrea Hernandez




Mary Mendoza holds the New Testament as she waits for a service at an evangelical Christian church in the Caracas slum of Petare. 
Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Andrea Hernandez 


 
CARACAS, Venezuela - The lights in Petare had gone dark. Again.
The people of Venezuela's largest slum were used to the blackouts that halt the flow of water, exhaust their supplies of expensive candles and fray their already thin patience.
But this would not be like any other lightless night in the hillside barrio. Amid the darkened alleyways, a strange, joyful sound emerged between the zinc-roofed homes. Tambourines jingled, maracas rattled, drums throbbed. Voices called all who could hear to salvation.

"Cristo sana y salva . . ." 10 members of the Restoring Hearts church sang against the darkness. "Christ heals and saves. . . ."

Buffeted by political and humanitarian crises, one of Latin America's least religious countries is turning to faith. As the political stalemate between President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó grinds into another month, and shortages of electricity, food and water reduce life to a daily struggle to survive, leaders across religious traditions are reporting a flood of worshippers, lapsed and new, searching for comfort and answers.

"All my masses are full, which has never happened before," said the Rev. Jesús Godoy, a Catholic priest at the Good Shepherd parish in the Chacao district of Caracas. He says he's seeing more than 2,000 people each weekend.

"They beg for help," Godoy said. "They want God to give them the tools to live in crisis."

In this deeply polarized country, analysts are watching for signs that this growing faithful could emerge as a political force.



Already there are indications: Clergy members hold forth on the country's woes in homilies and sermons. Churches, synagogues and mosques increase their services to the poor. Priests and nuns attend rallies for Guaidó in their clerical dress.

"To be a spiritual actor in Venezuela today is to express solidarity with people that are suffering and feeling powerless," said Geoff Ramsey, assistant director for Venezuela for the Washington Office on Latin America. "That in of itself is a political act."

But an organized, faith-based movement in response to the political impasse between Maduro and Guaidó has yet to emerge. Analysts say they see no evidence Maduro is more concerned about religious leaders or groups than he is by the general opposition to his rule.


Venezuela's socialist government has a complicated history with faith.

Hugo Chávez, who launched the revolution two decades ago, saw potential in using Christianity as a tool of the state, and invoked its imagery as part of his public appeal.

Early on, some religious leaders were open to his promise to improve the lives of the poor. Now, many are critical.

The Pentecostal televangelist Javier Bertucci, who leads a 16,000-member megachurch in the city of Valencia, ran for president last year as an alternative to both Maduro and the opposition - and managed nearly 1 million votes.

Venezuela's Catholic Church, the largest and most powerful faith group here, has been vocal in opposing Maduro.

Godoy helps connect people on the streets with jobs, housing, food, social workers and psychologists. He sees his ministry as an essentially political project.

"We comfort them, but we also must denounce evil when we see it," he said. "We cannot be an accomplice to injustice."

Pentecostal pastor Carlos Vielma has watched attendance in his Caracas congregation explode in the past 18 months to nearly 3,000 at three services each week. He preaches regularly about discernment to combat disinformation and propaganda.

"It's impossible not to talk about the situation from the pulpit," Vielma said. "We are all living the same thing. We can't avoid it, but we are encouraging, empowering and comforting them in the process."

Maduro has taken note. In an unusual service broadcast on state television in January, he called himself a "true Christian leader," and asked Venezuelans to pray for him.

Jaime Palacios, a professor of philosophy at Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas, says churches, synagogues and mosques are plugged into the social and economic challenges of the communities they serve, and can be organizing bodies for political action.

In this South American country of 30 million, signs of collapse are everywhere. Children and adults pick food out of rotting garbage heaps. Hospitals ask patients to buy and bring their own IV bags and gloves to surgery. Teenagers have been shot to death in their homes by masked men.

The country is divided and deadlocked. Maduro claimed victory in elections last year widely viewed as fraudulent. Guaidó declared himself interim president in January.

Leidy Villegas says her Christian faith helps her confront reality. She can barely afford food for her family, and can't find clean water every day. But the idea that there is something bigger and more powerful than her country's crisis drove her to sing with her church in Petare.

"We found happiness for a few hours and went home joyful," the 34-year-old mother of four said. "We even forgot about the blackout for a while.

"We know worse days are coming our way, but just like we did that day, we always find refuge in God's glory," she said.

As measured by commitments such as attending weekly services and prayer, Venezuela is one of the least religious countries in Latin America, according to polling data from the Pew Research Center. Few Venezuelans would say they were atheist or agnostic; instead, they express belief in spiritual rather than religious terms.

No one keeps national attendance numbers. But leaders across Venezuela's faith traditions - Catholic, evangelical Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Buddhists - say they've seen crowds at services jump in recent months. Several estimated a spike of at least 30 percent. They say newcomers have taken the place of the millions who have left the country.

"It's something new to me, to see so many people coming down from their homes on Sundays," said the Rev. Manuel Zapata, a Jesuit priest. "People have a huge spiritual need this year."

David Smilde, a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America, said the return to religion makes sense.

"Not having water, not knowing if you have anything to eat - these are existential challenges," he said. "That's precisely when religion starts to seem interesting."

The Rev. Alfredo Infante, a Jesuit priest in Caracas, is glad people are rediscovering their faith. But he worries for the country.

"It concerns me that during the prayers of the faithful, the things children are asking of God are changing," Infante said. "Instead of praying for toys or to win their soccer match, childish things, they are scared of not eating and having to emigrate.

"It's awful. We are in danger of children losing their childhoods."

Brother Guayanés has seen a dramatic increase in visits to Petare's Callejón de los Brujos.

Here in Sorcerors' Alley, Guayanés, whose birth name is Carlos Márquez, and six other spirit healers charge cash for a date with the divine.

Guayanés says he sees 300 to 400 people a week seeking healing from his idiosyncratic mix of Santería, Catholic, indigenous and New Age ritual.

A young couple brought their 3-year-old daughter to the silk-robed healer. She has asthma, and her parents can't afford her medicine.

The family has always believed in his power to heal, said Giovanni García, the girl's father. But now the ritual is indispensable to their precarious lives.

The family sat before an altar of saints, melted wax and the bust of an indigenous cacique, an indigenous tribal chief.

"In the name of the Father, of the Son . . ." Guayanés began, bathing them in smoke from his cigar.

The sobs of a sick baby echoed in the shabby reception area, where at least five others were waiting for the healer.

"Everyone comes here with a different problem," Guayanés said. "But lately, people are suffering from nerves, anxiety and depression. There's an imbalance in the spirit."

Guayanés took a swig of local liquor in front of a statue of Simon Bolívar and Changó, a deity of the Yoruba religion.

"We are a boat adrift. There is no captain," he said. "Here, we peddle hope."

In the Andean city of Mérida, the Buddhist Center offers a different approach.

"We will never get away from suffering completely," said center director Vajranatha, who goes by one name. "So instead of trying to escape from it, we turn toward it and accept that suffering."

Attendance there is growing, too. Through meditation and study, center leader Carlos Luis says, Buddhists old and new are learning to transcend and liberate themselves from Venezuela's misery.

At Restoring Hearts church in Petare, the Rev. Felix Uribe shepherds a small pantry of items donated by congregants: Threadbare clothes, a wheelchair, crutches, a few bottles of medicine.

The evangelical minister supplements this modest store with Bible verses about God's promises to bring a lasting resolution to their country's earthly anguish.

"These are the final days," he said. "The Bible is full of stories of suffering and loss, but there is a promise. And that is eternal life. This will all pass away."

Villegas holds on to one particular promise: God will provide.

Eight months ago she was pregnant with her fourth child, but complications required a risky early delivery. With shortages in medical supplies at hospitals, her doctors told her to buy pricey, hard-to-find drugs she could not afford.

She burst into tears. Her faith waned.

Then she started to pray. Within minutes, someone donated what she needed to deliver her son, Diogber.

She thumbed the yellowed pages of her worn Bible and pointed to Psalm 91.

"Here God promises me that he will be with me in times of anguish," she said.

Villegas and others here say they don't waste time blaming any political figure for Venezuela's turmoil.

Gladys Torres, 73, had never been to a spiritualist. The lifelong Catholic said she invokes God now more than ever before. But it had been six months since the diabetic has taken insulin or the hypertension pills she needs to keep her blood pressure under control.

She's losing weight. She's been feeling weak and hopeless. Her neighbor suggested she visit Guayanés.

Torres says she prays regularly.

"¿Dios mío, hasta cuándo, hasta cuándo?" she said. "Oh Lord, until when?" 





          Amber Heard detalla los horrores que vivió con Johnny Depp: "Me abofeteó y me arrastró"      Comment   Translate Page      

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Redacción.

Amber Heard, exesposa de Johnny Depp, detalló ante una corte los abusos que sufrió mientras estaba casada con el protagonista de "Piratas del Caribe".

El actor de 55 años presentó una demanda judicial meses atrás por difamación contra la actriz de 32, y le reclamó 50 millones de euros, después de que ella escribiera un artículo de opinión para el Washington Post, asegurando ser una víctima de violencia doméstica, sin mencionar a Depp.

Heard compareció ante el juzgado de Virginia en respuesta a la demanda de Depp, y afirmó que él se convertía en un "monstruo" cuando estaba bajo la influencia de las drogas y el alcohol, según documentos judiciales obtenidos por la revista People.

Lea más: Laura Bozzo se muestra en bikini y provoca controversia, ¿se operó los senos?Heard afirmó que Depp la golpeó , la arrastró y le arrancó el cabello en varias ocasiones.

Además, el intérprete intentó ahogarla y asfixiarla.

Uno de los hechos relatados según People, fue en un vuelo de Boston a Los Ángeles en 2014, "Depp comenzó a lanzarme objetos por haber filmado una escena romántica con James Franco", aseguró Heard.

"En lugar de reaccionar a su comportamiento, simplemente me moví unos asientos", contó.

"Eso no lo detuvo.

Me lanzó una silla, me gritó y se burló de mí gritando el nombre James Franco".

Lea más: Video: Revelan nueva evidencia del caso contra el actor Pablo LyleOtro de los casos relatados, fue el de 2015, cuando la pareja tuvo una pelea en su apartamento de Los Ángeles, y el actor le lanzó una garrafa a la actriz, botó al suelo varias cosas de la habitación y golpeó una pared.

"Me abofeteó con fuerza, me agarró del pelo y me arrastró por la casa", dijo Amber.

Según el relato de Heard, le comunicó a Depp que quería dejarlo "y que llamaría a la policía" si alguna vez la tocaba otra vez.

El actor, según ella, respondió con un empujón y "un cabezazo en la cara".

El actor ha negado las acusaciones de su exesposa, de quien se separó en agosto de 2016, después de haberse casado en 2015.


          Hollywood writers and agencies go past the brink; mass firings begin - [Sepe.gr]      Comment   Translate Page      
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With rhetoric high and no deal reached, Hollywood writers have begun saying goodbye to their agents. Δείτε περισσότερα: The Washington Post


          Beijing's decade-old airport is at capacity. So a giant second one is coming soon. - [Sepe.gr]      Comment   Translate Page      
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          How the dream of cheap streaming television became a pricey, complicated mess - [Sepe.gr]      Comment   Translate Page      
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With streaming services piling up and costs rising (you can now add Disney+ to your list of monthly bills), the original promise has lost its luster. Δείτε περισσότερα: The Washington Post


          Trump Threat      Comment   Translate Page      
In Defying the Odds, we discuss Trump's dishonesty and his record of disregarding the rule of law. The update -- just published --includes a chapter on the 2018 midterms.

Rachel Bade and Nick Miroff at WP:
White House officials have tried to pressure U.S. immigration authorities to release detainees onto the streets of “sanctuary cities” to retaliate against President Trump’s political adversaries, according to Department of Homeland Security officials and email messages reviewed by The Washington Post
Trump administration officials have proposed transporting detained immigrants to sanctuary cities at least twice in the past six months — once in November, as a migrant caravan approached the U.S. southern border, and again in February, amid a standoff with Democrats over funding for Trump’s border wall.
Senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller discussed the proposal with ICE, according to two DHS officials. Matthew Albence, who is ICE’s acting deputy director, immediately questioned the proposal in November.
From February 2018:
President Trump said Thursday he is considering pulling U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from California, warning that the nation’s most populous state would turn into a “crime nest” without the federal agents.

Trump said heavily Democratic California, which gave Hillary Clinton a resounding victory in the 2016 presidential race, was “doing a lousy management job.” He pointed to “a disgrace, the sanctuary city situation” and lamented the “protection of these horrible criminals.”
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“Frankly, if I wanted to pull our people from California, you would have a crime nest like you’ve never seen in California. All I’d have to do is say is, ‘ICE and Border Patrol, let California alone,’ you’d be inundated. You would see crime like nobody has ever seen crime in this country.”

He added: “If we ever pulled our ICE out, and we ever said, ‘Hey, let California alone, let them figure it out for themselves,’ in two months they’d be begging for us to come back. They would be begging. And you know what, I’m thinking about doing it.”

          Stratolaunch, World's Largest-Ever Plane by Wingspan, Successfully Takes Off on Maiden Flight      Comment   Translate Page      

Stratolaunch, the world’s largest plane by wingspan and the brainchild of late Silicon Valley billionaire Paul Allen, finally took off at around 10:00 a.m. local time on Saturday for a two and a half hour inaugural flight, the Washington Post reported.

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          5-year-old thrown off Mall of America balcony - KSBY San Luis Obispo News      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. 5-year-old thrown off Mall of America balcony  KSBY San Luis Obispo News
  2. An apparent stranger threw a 5-year-old boy nearly 40 feet from a mall balcony, police say  USA TODAY
  3. Chief: Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony being treated  Yahoo News
  4. A mother took her child to Mall of America — then a stranger threw him from a balcony  The Washington Post
  5. Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony fighting for his lif...  Grand Forks Herald
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          Sen. Booker's campaign launch speech disrupted by protesters - AOL      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Sen. Booker's campaign launch speech disrupted by protesters  AOL
  2. Sen. Cory Booker formally joins presidential race with an echo of Martin Luther King Jr.: “We can’t wait.”  The Washington Post
  3. Cory Booker promises to 'bring a fight to the NRA’ at launch of national campaign tour  Fox News
  4. Sen. Cory Booker kicks off 2020 campaign tour in Newark  CBS News
  5. Cory Booker kicks off national campaign tour in Newark Saturday  NJ.com
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          Paraguay tells Pompeo: 'We have to combat' Maduro - Washington Examiner      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Paraguay tells Pompeo: 'We have to combat' Maduro  Washington Examiner
  2. Pompeo: China financing of Maduro prolongs Venezuela crisis  Fox News
  3. Can US sanctions on Venezuela work? | Al Jazeera Englih  Al Jazeera English
  4. Short of electricity, food and water, Venezuelans return to religion  The Washington Post
  5. Pompeo prioritizes Venezuela crisis on Latin American tour  Fox News
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          Ray McGovern: Unaccountable media is faced with dilemma in next phase of Deep State-gate      Comment   Translate Page      
Now that the media has been exposed for wrongly siding with the intelligence agencies, how will it handle Devin Nunes's criminal referrals in Deep State-gate?, asks Ray McGovern. Readers of The Washington Post on Monday were treated to more of the same from editorial page chief Fred Hiatt. Hiatt, who won his spurs by promoting misleading "intelligence" about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and suffered no consequences, is at it again. This time he is trying to adjust to the fading prospect of a Deus ex Mueller to lessen Hiatt's disgrace for being among the most shameless in promoting the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. He is not giving up. When you are confident you will not lose your job so long as you adhere to the agenda of the growing Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think-Tank complex (MICIMATT if you will), you need not worry about being a vanguard for the corporate media. It is almost as though Hiatt is a tenured professor in an endowed...
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Donald Trump has said he is considering releasing “illegal immigrants” in Democratic strongholds to punish his opponents for inaction on border security. The President’s remarks came just hours after White House and Homeland Security officials insisted the idea had been rejected as fast as it had been proposed. “Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” Mr Trump tweeted. He added: “The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!” He told reporters later on Friday he was “strongly looking at” the idea. “They’re always saying they have open arms. Let’s see if they have open arms,” he said. His comments, which appeared to catch officials at the Department of Homeland Security off guard, came as critics condemned news that the White House had at least twice considered a plan to release detained immigrants into so-called sanctuary cities as an effort to use migrants as pawns to go after political opponents. “Sanctuary cities” are places where local authorities do not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, denying information or resources that would help ICE round up for deportation people living in the country illegally. They include New York City and San Francisco, home city of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who on Friday called the idea “unworthy of the presidency of the United States and disrespectful of the challenges that we face as a country, as a people, to address who we are — a nation of immigrants”. The idea of pressing immigration authorities to embrace the plan was discussed in November and then again in February as the Trump administration struggled with a surge of migrants at the border, according to sources. Homeland Security and ICE lawyers quickly rejected the proposal, the sources said, and it was dropped on the grounds that it was complicated, too expensive and a misuse of funds. Earlier on Friday, both the Department of Homeland Security and a White House official insisted, in nearly identical statements, that the plan was dead on arrival. “This was just a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion,” the White House official said. The plan, which was first reported by the Washington Post, is one of many ideas considered by an increasingly frustrated White House in recent months as Mr Trump has railed against the growing number of Central American migrant families crossing the southern border. Officials say they are running out of options, and have proposed and recycled numerous ideas that have never come to fruition. Mr Trump in recent weeks has discussed the idea of renewing his administration’s controversial family separation policy. And he and aides are weighing forcing asylum-seeking families to choose between being detained together as their cases make their way through the courts or sending their children to government-run shelters.

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          Press Releases: Remarks With Peruvian Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio      Comment   Translate Page      
Remarks
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Palacio de Gobierno
Lima, Peru
April 13, 2019


MODERATOR: (Via translation) Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. With the presence of the Secretary of State of the United States of America, Mr. Michael Pompeo, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru, Ambassador Nestor Popolizio Bardales, we will begin with a statement to the media. Next, remarks by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru, Ambassador Nestor Popolizio.

FOREIGN MINISTER POPOLIZIO: (Via translation) Good afternoon, Mr. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, friends of the press, and distinguished delegation. We just finished an extremely fruitful and cordial work meeting with my President Mr. Martin Vizcarra. And it was preceded by a meeting in the Peruvian Foreign Ministry to discuss topics of the bilateral relationship. The President of the Republic Martin Vizcarra as well as the Secretary of State Pompeo highlighted the good level of bilateral relations. Firstly, we are countries that have a positive agenda and we have innumerable coincidences and really there are indications that [inaudible] we can continue cooperating. Mention was made of the very important significance that the Free Trade Agreement has had and now, in February, with ten years in force and how this has spurred an important increase of trade between the two countries.

(Via interpreter) Peru, after 10 years since this free trade agreement entered into force, exports 50 percent more to the United States where nontraditional exports are the most important. The United States is our first destination for these types of products, and it is our second trade partner worldwide. It is an important investment partner in Peru, and it is a permanent ally in all areas of cooperation that we get from the United States on a number of issues.

Within this context, the Secretary of State complimented President Martin Vizcarra for his leadership in the fight against corruption, and this fight against corruption is obviously not only a fight that Peru is waging alone. He mentioned the output of the eighth Summit of the Americas held in Lima last year as well as the Lima commitment, where the United States and Peru are allies to combat corruption at all levels, particularly internationally.

Also we talked about the fight against drug trafficking. This is of the utmost importance and a priority for the Government of Peru, and we have agreed that the cooperation of the United States is very important for this fight to be more efficient in a context in which we can provide comprehensive and overarching approach the Government of Peru is implementing to develop alternative development interdiction as well as eradication of coca plantations. This comprehensive approach is accompanied by shared responsibilities that some countries have in fighting against drug trafficking.

In addition to that, President Martin Vizcarra gave information on the actions Peru has taken against illegal mining, particularly in the area of La Pampa in the region of Madre de Dios. this is a task that Peru has undertaken to reaffirm the principle of authority and for us to implement development projects in this area that we are recovering. We count with the cooperation of the United States in this effort.

We also discussed a topic that is of the utmost importance for our two countries and for the region as well, the defense of democracy in the region. This means all the areas in which we agree upon to support the people of Venezuela in recovering their democracy. And recovering democracy means supporting fully the president in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, so that he can consolidate his position as a transition government and so that free, fair, and democratic elections can be held in Venezuela. This obviously means that the illegitimate government of the dictator Nicolas Maduro has to exit. This we are working with the other countries of the Lima Group to further all international pressure to isolate the illegitimate government of Maduro and that we can soon see a change in Venezuela to support the Venezuelan people.

And within this context we are trying to help better the peoples of Venezuela through humanitarian aid so that it will help them in overcoming the huge difficulties they have experienced recently that have been implemented by this illegitimate government of dictator Maduro which creates a political, social, and humanitarian crisis that has become even more serious because of the blackouts and lack of water in certain parts of the country. So here we too are allies in the region to defend democracy, human rights, because in Venezuela human rights are constantly being violated, as well as the freedoms. So we’re going to continue working under the scope of the Lima Group as well as with other countries to continue to isolate the illegitimate government of dictator Nicolas Maduro.

Once again, I would like to thank the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his visit to Peru and highlight the great level of relationships at bilateral level and the huge area in which we continue to build our relationships in trade, cooperation, and investment.

Thank you very much, Mike. Welcome to Peru.

MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Next we are going to hear the remarks by the Secretary of State of the United States of America, Mr. Michael Pompeo.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Buenos tardes. It is terrific to be here in Lima’s historic city center, a stone’s throw from the house where Ricardo Palma, the great historian and short story writer, was born. It is a beautiful place. It is an honor for me to be here.

Thank you to the Peruvian people for hosting me. This is the first time I’ve had the chance to come here as Secretary of State. Sorry that it took me so long to get here.

Now, today I had the privilege to meet with President Vizcarra as well as my foreign minister counterpart, Popolizio, to talk about the areas of cooperation between our two countries, and they are many. We had a very warm, productive discussion, and I know that we will continue to do so.

We, of course, covered the topic of Venezuela. Peru has felt firsthand the effects of the disastrous Nicolas Maduro and the pain that he has brought to the Venezuelan people. Peru has shown enormous leadership in responding to this challenge. They – the people of Peru – generously host almost three quarters of a million refugees from Venezuela. Now, they fled their home country to escape the breakdown of health services, the limited water supply, the bare bread shelves, rolling blackouts, and hyperinflation – part of the reason that the United States has provided more than $30 million in humanitarian aid to Peru, complementing your government’s efforts to provide protection to these Venezuelans. The United States commends Peru for its generosity, and we want to ensure that all – we want to ensure all Peruvians that you are not shouldering this burden alone. The international community – including, of course, the United States – stands with you.

I would also like to thank my Peruvian counterparts for their work in the Lima Group and at the UN Security Council to support Juan Guaido as the leader of the interim government during this very difficult time of transition. The United States is pleased to support this week Peru’s hosting of the health ministerial this month that will focus on improving healthcare coordination among nations that are hosting large numbers of displaced Venezuelans.

Despite the gravity of the situation in Venezuela, it did not monopolize our discussions. We talked about many things. We talked, for example, about how Peru has been fighting public corruption as one of its top priorities. We saw this commitment last year during the Summit of the Americas and the signing of the Lima commitment.

Too often, we see China’s predatory lending and debt diplomacy reverse positive advances in this area. Our shared goal, our shared goal to be to resist Chinese overtures and promote transparency.

President Vizcarra deserves high praise for creating a government entity exclusively focused on safeguarding public integrity. The Peruvian Government also now requires that high-level officials report conflicts of interest. These are steps in exactly the right direction.

On a separate front, Peru has also been relentless in the fight against the production and distribution of narcotics. Last year, the Peruvian National Police and Military eradicated more than 25,000 hectares of illicit coca crops, surpassing their annual goal, seized more than 55 metric tons of illicit substances, and destroyed more than 350 drug laboratories. The United States applauds these steps by Peruvian authorities and encourages Peru to go even further.

Finally, when it comes to trade, the United States and Peru continue to reach even greater heights. As the foreign minister said, this year marks the 10th anniversary of our bilateral trade partnership agreement – trade promotion agreement, which eliminated tariffs that were hindering each of our respective economies. Since the agreement came into effect in 2009, trade between the United States and Peru has virtually doubled. In the days ahead, we look forward to spurring additional private investment under our America Crece Initiative.

In closing, I want to thank the Peruvian Government and the people of Peru for their fine hospitality. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for our great nation in these areas and more as we move forward together. Thank you.

MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Next, there are two media that will ask questions to the Secretary of State and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru. The first question will be asked by Mr. Carlos Alfredo Viguria Chavez from Newspaper 21.

QUESTION: (Via interpreter) Good afternoon, Mr. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. My question is more addressed on the current status of the extradition process of former President Alejandro Toledo. Where does it stand? And this process has been in place for several years now in your country, and has this been discussed in your meeting with President Vizcarra, considering that last year the fight against corruption was addressed in the Summit of the Americas? Thank you very much.

SECRETARY POMPEO: I appreciate the question. When it comes to judicial processes in our country, I can’t say much. We’ve discussed this. We know the priority your country places on this.

MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) The second question, John Hudson from The Washington Post.

QUESTION: Thanks very much, gentlemen.

For Foreign Minister Popolizio, what if this Western campaign that is joined by many allies around the world of economic sanctions against Maduro begins exacerbating the humanitarian crisis and creating more refugees in Peru? Will your country consider changing strategies and other diplomatic tactics, potentially engaging with Maduro, or are you set in the policy and confident of the way forward?

And Secretary Pompeo, as you just stated, Peru has carried the burden of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Venezuela, and so have other countries on your visit. At the same time, President Trump has been urging countries to block migrants from crossing borders and even suggested dropping illegal migrants in the districts of domestic political opponents. What’s your message about how countries should be treating refugees and migrants in Latin America? Should they follow President Trump’s lead?

And just lastly, following the summit in Hanoi, you and Ambassador Bolton were specifically called out in a colorful statement by the North Korean diplomat, saying you created hostility in the summit. If there is a third summit, do you expect to change tactics or demeanor in any way? Thank you.

FOREIGN MINISTER POPOLIZIO: (Via interpreter) Thank you very much for the first question you have addressed. I have to emphasize that Peru, under the Lima Group as well as the OAS and the Security Council, has made a number of activities that focus on supplementing the measures that the United States and other countries of the European Union have already taken in economic terms, financial terms, in order to isolate the illegitimate government of Maduro.

That framework that we have in place will continue to be deepened. On Monday, we have a meeting in Santiago, Chile of the Lima Group. We are going to highlight the importance of working more intensively within the OAS. You have seen a key change in the OAS. Today, the OAS has a representative of Juan Guaido sitting in the desk of Venezuela. This is a significant change. We’re going to continue working so that we continue to press the regime, not only the Maduro regime but also the military group that is supporting him, so that we may continue with this international pressure together with the domestic pressure of the Venezuelan people that’s out on the street so that we can help them to recover democracy as soon as possible.

As for the second part of your question, this is related to the exodus of a magnitude that has never been seen before in Latin America. Since 2015, over 3 million – 3.5 million – Venezuelans have left to different countries, other countries. In the case of South America, there are two countries that have received the most of them are Colombia and Peru. In the case of Peru, we have received about 750,000 Venezuelans that have arrived to our country and all in all have a strong impact in the labor market, in the health system, in the education system, that has made us take a number of initiatives not only within the Andean community but also within the region and at a multilateral level so that all the countries know that this is an issue that is not regional exclusively but world, and all of us have to come together so that the host countries of Venezuelan migrants may have greater cooperation so that they can properly serve this migration that has never been seen before. We’re going to continue working with these subjects within the OAS, the Group of Lima, and the Security Council of the United Nations.

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I want to echo what the foreign minister just said. Your question showed an incredible lack of understanding to have suggested that somehow the policies that Peru has taken or that the Lima Group has taken or that the United States has taken have driven these refugees. You shouldn’t ask questions like that. The responsibility for these refugees lies squarely with Nicolas Maduro, not any policies that any democratic nation has taken with our deep intent to make lives better for the Venezuelan people. A hundred percent of the refugee challenge that is faced by Peru and Colombia is the direct result of the Russians, the Cubans, and Nicolas Maduro.

Second, you asked about how the American policy with respect to immigration is consistent. We in each case have exactly the same objective. Our objective is to allow people to stay in their home countries. This is President Trump’s desire. We want to create conditions in these countries where they can stay in their own country and they don’t have the need to migrate somewhere else from Venezuela.

It is our deep hope that we can achieve our objectives quickly, timely, so that these individuals will return to their home countries. It’s what they want. I think it’s what the people of Peru and Colombia and the other countries that are graciously, generously hosting and educating these people today. We want to create the conditions in every country so this migration, these refugees, don’t need to travel to these places.

And with respect to North Korea, we made real progress in Hanoi. I am confident that the leadership in America will continue to make progress to solve this challenge of the nuclear threat that is posed to the world. There remain in place today the world’s strongest sanctions, UN Security Council resolutions which make clear the objective: the denuclearization of North Korea. I am very confident we’ll continue to move down the path of achieving that outcome.

So thank you very much for your questions.

MODERATOR: (Via interpreter.) Ladies and gentlemen, the press conference has come to an end. We would like to thank the media for being here today. Thank you very much.


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Trump and the fascist GOP drink the Democratic weakness like an authoritarian elixir that gives them dictatorial strength. 

Rep. Nadler talked really tough about there being a hard deadline to turn over the Mueller report:

Nadler declined to say whether he intended to subpoena the Justice Department for the report, but said that he considered April 2 a “hard deadline” and that “we mean it.”

Trump and Barr laughed at him and told him metaphorically to go suck eggs.  What did Nadler do?  He folded with his tail between his legs and Barr was so emboldened that last week he started talking about investigating the investigators.

Adam Schiff was sworn into office more than 3 months ago promising tough oversight.  He hasn’t held a single public hearing with Trump’s treasonous crime syndicate to inform the people of what had happened and to prepare them for Mueller’s findings.

And now we have House Ways and Means committee chairman Richard Neal being played like a folding accordion  by Mnuchin as he goes in front of another committee and publicly humiliates Neal.

Washington Post

House Democrats are giving the Trump administration a hard-deadline of April 23 to turn over President Trump’s tax returns, pushing back against Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s skepticism over their request for the presidents’ private records.

House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) on Saturday sent a two-page letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig rebuffing Mnuchin’s statement earlier this week that Treasury would miss House Democrats’ initial April 10 deadline for the returns.

You’ve got to be kidding!  Apparently the Democrat strategy is to make the fascists laugh so hard at their fake deadlines that they’ll start dribbling out useless documents just to humiliate the Democrats.

These Democratic delaying tactics are not a bug, they are a feature.  Pelosi wants all the investigations swept under the rug so Democrats can run on “other things” next year.  Over 3 months and of all the committees supposedly doing oversight, they’ve interviewed ONE important witness, and haven’t issued a single subpoena.

I’ve been warning since January that there was a deliberate attempt to sweep the most dangerous internal threat to our democracy since the civil war under the rug.  That holding your finger to the political wind (putting party over country) while ignoring a moral imperative to our constitution was dangerous.

It’s been 27 days and the Democrats can’t call a single person to a public hearing about Russia’s attack on our election system, Trump’s and possibly other Republicans complicity in that attack, and the Republican cover-up and stonewalling an investigation in Congress into the attack?  

We keep hearing that Oh, we have to wait for Mueller.  Wait for Mueller?!

 Soon to be Attorney General Barr has said he might edit or not even release a report by Mueller

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Democrats don’t have to call Flynn, or Manafort, or Donny Jr. as the first witnesses, but how about a Papadopoulos, or Comey, or Hope Hicks, or Spicer, or Carter page, or the network people from the DNC that can describe the hack…  Get somebody in front of the Public so people can understand what happened.

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Nobody is saying that impeachment hearings have to start tomorrow, in fact that’s not the way to do it.  But standing house committees should have started public hearings informing and preparing the public as to what happened.

We are gambling our democracy on the belief that we can win more votes next year by showing weakness and sweeping an historic and existential internal attack on our democracy under the rug.  I have faith that by holding public hearings that inform the public and fighting tooth and nail to get every witness to testify and every document out in the public, people will have FAR more respect for us than continuing the current deception.

Nobody is asking that our presidential candidates run on impeaching Trump, in fact they should continue to talk about the issues they are now talking about.  When a reporter asks them about the house investigations, a simple and truthful response might be, “the house has a constitutional obligation to oversee the actions of the executive branch and I can’t say anything that might interfere in any investigation”.  But NO questionable campaign strategy should be implemented at the expense of doing everything we can to fight a fascist attack on our democracy.

We just found out that Trump offered a pardon to someone if they would break the law for him.  Anyone who thinks they’re going to get free and fair elections next year, or that thinks this cornered dictator is going to respect the results of those elections if he loses, had better come back to reality.

Fortunately, there is a NEW resistance rising.  A resistance that is demanding action from our Democrats, not just tweets and empty threats.  Yesterday Adam Schiff tweeted about Trump’s willingness to abuse the pardon power to get people to break the law.  It wasn’t his tweet that I found interesting, but many of the comments demanding action.

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You're preaching to the choir, Sir, but what can we do? You're the only ones who have the power to stop this. Please start playing hardball.

Then please, put off your break and subpoena people, the Mueller report, all of it and everyone. Enough is enough.

THEN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

Why won’t you uphold your obligation to impeach a president who violates the constitution and the law?

I’m sorry, but this is such a lame response. Why are you talking about the GOP? You’re in the majority, you do something. The rule of law is withering away because YOU are DOING nothing.

You’re in the majority. Do something about it!

Please subpoena and impeach!

Impeachment should be on the table.

We knew the @GOP wasn’t going to curb Trump, that’s why we voted for Democrats to take the house.A lot of people are starting to lose patience with you guys though. A lot of talk on tv and not a lot of action against Trump in Congress.

It's the DEMS that are doing nothing but sending letters... DO SOMETHING!

These responses are VERY representative of the top 30 responses he got for his tweet.

I’m a Democrat, I’ve always been a Democrat, I’ve never voted for a Republican and never will because for more than 40 years I’ve viewed most of them as somewhere on a fascist spectrum.  I will not only vote for who ever the Democratic nominee is up and down the ballot, I will work for them.  But I will also speak up loudly when our Democrats risk our very democracy over some highly questionable campaign strategy.

The new resistance is rising, and you can be part of the fight to save our democracy by calling your Democratic representative and demanding that we have people who will fight against and not simply fold to the demands of Republican authoritarianism.

RESIST!


          Indignado: Detona caso Assange intenso debate sobre futuro de la libertad de prensa y expresión...David Brooks      Comment   Translate Page      
Periódico La Jornada



Nueva York. El arresto y pedido de extradición de Julian Assange detonó, una vez más, un intenso debate sobre la libertad de la prensa en Estados Unidos y en torno al controvertido fundador de Wikileaks, lo cual definirá el futuro de una de las supuestas libertades civiles sagradas en el orden democrático de este país.

Tal vez lo más sorprendente es que algunos grandes medios –incluyendo el New York Times y el Washington Post (el cual argumentó que Assange no es un héroe de la libertad de prensa y que merece enfrentar la justicia estadunidense sin necesariamente impactar las libertades civiles)– periodistas y columnistas influyentes y hasta algunas organizaciones de defensa de libertades de expresión dieron el beneficio de la duda al Departamento de Justicia de que su acusación no era un ataque inmediato a la libertad de prensa. Expresaron alivio de que el cargo criminal formulado contra Assange se centra sólo en una conspiración para lograr una intrusión ilícita a computadoras del Pentágono para obtener información clasificada. O sea, no es un cargo que criminaliza las actividades periodísticas tradicionales como algunos temían.

Pero para otros, el cargo formulado de esa manera es una envoltura justo para evitar denuncias del atropello de la libertad de expresión, pero que su objetivo obviamente es nada menos que castigar a alguien que se atrevió a obtener, publicar y difundir documentos oficiales secretos que implicaron al gobierno estadunidense en violaciones de derechos humanos, maniobras diplomáticas intervencionistas, y hasta posibles crímenes de guerra.

El régimen de Donald Trump, quien repetidamente declara que los medios son enemigos del pueblo, no ocultó su deseo de perseguir a Assange. En abril de 2017, cuando el actual secretario de Estado Mike Pompeo era el jefe de la CIA, afirmó: “Tenemos que reconocer que ya no podemos permitir más a Assange y a sus colegas la actitud de usar los valores de la libre expresión en contra de nosotros… Eso se acaba ahora”, recuerda The Intercept.

Por su parte, la cúpula demócrata, en un ejemplo inusual de bipartidismo, también festejó el arresto de Assange junto con los republicanos ya que aún no le perdona al fundadsor de Wikileaks la divulgación de correos electrónicos jaqueados del Comité Demócrata Nacional durante la contienda de 2016. Hillary Clinton expresó que Assange ahora tiene que responder por lo que ha hecho y afirmó que los cargos no estaban relacionados con la libertad de prensa, mientras el líder de la fracción demócrata del Senado, Chuck Schumer, declaró que espera que Assange pronto rendirá cuentas por su intromisión en nuevas elecciones a nombre de Putin y el gobierno ruso.

Sin embargo, varios periodistas y defensores de libertades civiles denunciaron que obviamente el objetivo del arresto y extradición es castigar no sólo a los filtradores de información secreta –lo cual hizo el gobierno de Barack Obama a escala sin precedente–, sino ahora con Assange, a los periodistas que difunden y publican la información.

Daniel Ellsberg, el famoso filtrador de los Papeles del Pentágono, consideró que el arresto de Assange es un intento claro para rescindir la libertad de la prensa. Señalo que este es el primer caso de una acusación contra un periodista y editor, y si es exitosa, no será la última, comentó en entrevista con The Real News Network. Advirtió que si esto avanza “la libertad de la prensa no está a salvo, se acaba, y nuestra república está en sus últimos días….”.


La acusación contra Assange implica amenazas graves a las libertades de prensa, no sólo en Estados Unidos, sino alrededor del mundo, escribe el periodista Glenn Greenwald de The Intercept –uno de los reporteros que colaboró con Edward Snowden– y advirtió que con ello se busca criminalizar varias actividades al centro del periodismo de investigación. [https://theintercept.com/2019/04/11/the-u-s-governments-indictment-of-julian-assange-poses-grave-threats-to-press-freedoms/

Concluye que en el caso de Assange, figura controvertida en Estados Unidos ya que hay un consenso bipartidista en su contra, más importante que los sentimientos personales sobre Assange es el enorme paso que esta acusación representa para la meta explícitamente declarada del gobierno de Trump de criminalizar el periodismo que incluye reportar sobre información clasificada. Oponerse a esa meta amenazante no requiere de admiración o afecto para Assange. Sencillamente requiere creer en la importancia crítica de una prensa libre en una democracia.

Matt Taibbi, el gran reportero político de Rolling Stone, coincide con Greenwald en ese punto, y escribió: la acusación actual es la extension de un esfuerzo de años, antes de Trump, de construir un argumento legal contra alguien que divulgó secretos vergonzosos.

Bruce Shapiro, director del Dart Center for Journalism, escribió en The Nation que en la acusación se afirma que hubo una conspiración para filtrar información filtrada, y subraya que eso es algo que hacen los reporteros constantemente. Afirma que esta acusación en este contexto es una persecución políticamente motivada, que tiene serias implicaciones sobre la libertad de expresión constitucional.

Este es un caso de libertad de prensa. Punto. Assange está siendo castigado por hacer valientemente su trabajo como un periodista, ahora sujeto de una de las cacerías de brujas más peligrosas en la historia de Estados Unidos, justo porque reveló información que el público estadunidense tenía un derecho de conocer sobre crímenes de guerra del gobierno estadunidense, declaró el veterano periodista Robert Scheer, ahora director de Truthdig.

Varios activistas y comentaristas resaltaron que Assange, Chelsea Manning, y Edward Snowden –como Ellsberg hace medio siglo– revelaron al público mundial crímenes de guerra y violaciones a derechos civiles y humanos por las autoridades, pero ellos son los acusados de ser criminales.


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The Implosion of Jeremy Corbyn
According to polling by The Jewish Chronicle, 85 percent of British Jews now think that Corbyn is anti-Semitic. And that was before this week’s bombshell: documents obtained by The Sunday Times showing that Labour failed to investigate hundreds of anti-Semitism complaints, and let hundreds more slide. The documents show not only that Labour’s procedures for investigating anti-Semitic incidents were—despite public assurances to the contrary—dismally subpar, but also that members of Corbyn’s office directly intervened in more than one in 10 investigations, despite having claimed that they were impartial.

A council candidate who said that Jewish members of Parliament were “Zionist infiltrators” was allowed to continue his campaign. Out of 863 alleged incidents detailed in the files, only 29 resulted in a party member being expelled; 145 resulted in a “formal warning”—which is largely meaningless—and 191 cases were resolved as requiring no action. The rest, the Times reports, are unresolved, including 249 that haven’t even been opened.

A Labour spokesperson said that the report “does not reflect the full details … and is not up to date,” a non-denial that did nothing to stem the bleeding. That evening, the Jewish Labour Movement—one of the party’s oldest affiliates, linked to Labour since 1903—passed a vote of no confidence in Corbyn.

A year earlier, in March 2018, the story broke that Corbyn had been a member of three secret Facebook groups in which virulent anti-Semitic memes were sometimes shared. Understandable, perhaps, in radical campaign circles. My enemy’s enemy is my friend, right? We’re protesting an occupation, not forming a government. There’s nothing anti-Semitic about deploring Israel Defense Forces violence in Gaza, but if Palestine is your cause, sometimes you’re going to meet people who really just hate Jews—just like if Israel is your cause, sometimes you’re going to meet people who really just hate Muslims.

In one of the groups, Corbyn wrote supportively to the artist of a mural in London. It wouldn’t have been so bad—just a throwaway comment—except the mural depicted anti-Semitic tropes so blatant you could see them from space, hook noses and all. Corbyn trying to apologize was an agonizing sight. “I sincerely regret that I did not look more closely at the image I was commenting on,” he said. “I am sincerely sorry for the pain which has been caused.” It was as if, in a lifetime of fighting for causes—framing the world as good versus evil—he never really learned how to say sorry.

Abe Greenwald: Ilhan Omar, Con Artist
You see? She’s just an all-loving, rage-filled, anti-Semitic victim of prejudice.

If you set aside the canned baby talk of her speeches and articles, her actions don’t reveal much in the way of understanding and compassion. Or was she “showing up with love” when she claimed that Americans who support Israel are guilty of “allegiance to a foreign country” and that pro-Israel American leaders are somehow being paid off to support the Jewish state, and that—lest we forget—“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel?” Are all these examples of what she sees as a “mission as humans to love one another”?

Whenever Omar gets called out for her anti-Semitism or anti-Americanism, she makes a steady retreat back to the faux-compassion and understanding, simultaneously vowing to “learn” from her actions and claiming innocent victimhood. It’s then that her liberal supporters seize on her sunny rhetoric and denounce all the criticism that’s come her way. That’s precisely what’s been happening since she was caught describing 9/11 as a null event.

The con artist will thrive as long her marks are willing to be conned. Which is to say, Ilhan Omar has a bright future in the Democratic Party.
Seeking Israel From the Left
Israel has always been a Rorschach test for the left, Susie Linfield argues in her new book about intellectuals' writings on the first decades of the Jewish home state. And she's right, if not quite in the way she may have intended the metaphor.

Yes, Israel is like a Rorschach test, in the sense that many people over the 70 years of the country's existence have seen in its abstract representation some strange specificity wrought by their own fervid imagination. But Israel is like a Rorschach test in another and more important way. Something disturbing is revealed when the symmetrical inkblots of a Rorschach test provoke descriptions of violence and hatred. And something just as disturbing is revealed when the image of Israel provokes ferocious anger and unrelenting hostility.

Which it does, for a large percentage of the left these days. In her introduction and conclusion, Linfield points out that Israel was created by people who were often socialists, and it enjoyed considerable support among leftists in the West into the 1960s. But somehow, these days, Israel faces a violent antipathy from the left. An important task for historians lies in exploring how that reversal came about.

Linfield, a journalism professor at NYU, is a self-proclaimed leftist worried about the ways in which anti-Zionism has led to a surge of anti-Semitism. And yet, despite her interest in the question of why the left has rejected Israel, she attempts something different in The Lions' Den. In essence, she attacks the premise. Examining the work of prior generations of prominent intellectuals and journalists, The Lions' Den suggests that Israel has always provoked strange notions in intellectuals.

The figures Linfield takes up are a gallery of prominent Jewish left-leaning thinkers from the 1940s on—especially in her chapters on Hannah Arendt, Arthur Koestler, Isaac Deutscher, Maxime Rodinson, I.F. Stone, and Noam Chomsky. She focuses as well on two further figures: Fred Halliday (the only gentile writer she takes up) and Albert Memmi (the Tunisian writer and only non-Westerner in the book). All of them were sometime Zionists, and all of them indulged anti-Zionism. By describing their intellectual journeys—and their intellectual peculiarities—Linfield hopes to illuminate the left's odd
relation to Israel.



Pompeo says PM’s West Bank sovereignty vow won’t hurt Trump peace plan
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said he did not believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s talk of extending Israeli sovereignty to West Bank settlements would hurt the Trump administration’s long-gestating peace plan.

His comments would appear to indicate that the US plan does not provide for Palestinian statehood, or even for Palestinian control of substantive contiguous territory in the West Bank.

Asked during a CNN interview by anchor Jake Tapper whether he thought Netanyahu “vowing to annex the West Bank” could hurt the US proposal, Pompeo answered “I don’t.”

“I think that the vision that we’ll lay out is going to represent a significant change from the model that’s been used,” he added.

“We’ve had a lot of ideas for 40 years. They did not deliver peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” he said. “Our idea is to put forward a vision that has ideas that are new, that are different, that are unique, that tries to reframe and reshape what’s been an intractable problem.”

He said the Trump administration wanted “a better life” for both Israelis and Palestinians.

In interviews days before the elections, Netanyahu said he intended to gradually apply Israeli law to all settlements, and that he hoped he could do so with the agreement of the United States.
Trump says Netanyahu election win means a ‘better chance for peace’
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday congratulated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his win in the Israeli election, and said it would improve the chances of success for his administration’s much-anticipated peace plan.

“I think we have a better chance now that Bibi has won,” Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn before heading to Texas, using Netanyahu’s nickname. “The fact that Bibi has won, I think we’ll see some pretty good actions in terms of peace.”

“Everybody said you can’t have peace in the Middle East with Israel and Palestinians. I think we have a chance and I think we now have a better chance,” the US president added.

The White House has said it would release its peace proposal following the elections in Israel, though a report on Israeli television earlier this week said the exact timing would be dependent on the outcome of the vote.

With over 97 percent of ballots counted, and his Likud party and fellow right-wing and religious parties poised to secure a clear majority of Knesset seats, Netanyahu emerged from Tuesday’s elections in the best position to muster a coalition.

“I’d like to congratulate Bibi Netanyahu. It looks like that race has been won by him. It may be a little early but I’m hearing he’s won it and won it in good fashion,” Trump said.
Algemeiner Editor-in-Chief: Trump Peace Plan Likely to Be Very Different From Previous Initiatives
President Donald Trump’s upcoming peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will likely be very different from previous such attempts, said Algemeiner editor-in-chief Dovid Efune on Thursday.

Speaking to i24 News, Efune said of the Trump plan, “We’ve suspected for a long time that it’s going to be quite different from what people are expecting. When we’ve spoken about peace plans in the past, typically there’s this land-for-peace equation, there’s a two-state solution, there is a framework which we’ve come to expect over decades. I’d be very surprised if its going to be along those lines.”

“I think we’re going to see a regional initiative,” he added. “We’ve had assurances time and time again from different members of the Trump administration that they would not be looking to predetermine the outcome. They won’t be coming to the table and saying, ‘Here’s what the results should be.’”

“It’s about creating a framework,” said Efune. “It’s about empowering, creating incentives, and trying to broaden the issue to regional peace and not just the Israeli-Palestinian discussion.”


Bill Clinton: Netanyahu ‘knows how to hit people where they’re tender’
Former US President Bill Clinton hailed the political prowess of newly re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying the “highly intelligent” Israeli leader should never be underestimated, but adding a back-handed compliment.

“You should never underestimate him, he’s highly intelligent, he understands his electorate,” Clinton said on stage Thursday at an event in New York City, as final vote counts in Israel confirmed that Netanyahu is heading for a fifth term as prime minister.

Then Clinton added: “He’s smart and able and he knows how to hit people where they’re tender.”

Clinton was speaking at an event at the Beacon Theater alongside his wife, former US secretary of state and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“There’s lots of minority parties in Israel, and more of them are aligned with the settler movement or religious fundamentalism than secularism or wanting peace,” he said. “Israel is a vital democracy, and they are having these debates and they will work it out.”

“There has to be some approach to reconciling the security needs of the Israelis with the need for greater autonomy and governance by the Palestinians,” Clinton said.


Boycotting Israel is Anti-Semitic, Says Newly-Sworn In Envoy Elan Carr
The United States swore in Elan Carr as the new Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism on Thursday after the position had been left vacant since January 20, 2017.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo administered the oath of office. The secretary remarked that Carr, a Jewish-American Army veteran and the grandson of Holocaust survivors, was chosen for the “fierceness and vigor that he’ll bring to combating anti-Semitism.”

The envoy’s position was established by the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004. On his first day in the congressionally mandated post, Carr vowed to fight the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and described the organized boycott of Israel as anti-Semitic.

“An individual has a right to buy or not buy what they please. However, if there is an organized movement to economically strangle the state of Israel, that is anti-Semitic,” Carr said. “We are going to focus relentlessly on eradicating this false distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.”




Pete Buttigieg calls Mike Pence a ‘Pharisee.’ Here’s why that angers Jews
Pete Buttigieg has a word he likes to use to describe Vice President Mike Pence: “Pharisee.”

Jewish scholars would like him to stop doing that.

Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is running a dark horse campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, has advanced the idea of liberal candidates using religious language to express their values.

The flip side of that, Buttigieg says, is that Republican leaders don’t practice the religious values they preach. He takes particular aim at Pence, who often speaks of his own conservative Christian values while serving under President Donald Trump. Buttigieg has criticized Trump for paying off an adult film actress with whom he allegedly had an affair.

Buttigieg believes that reeks of hypocrisy, so he uses an age-old Christian metaphor for hypocrites: the Pharisees.

“There’s an awful lot about Pharisees in there,” Buttigieg told The Washington Post this week, referring to the New Testament while discussing Pence. “And when you see someone, especially somebody who has such a dogmatic take on faith that they bring it into public life, being willing to attach themselves to this administration for the purposes of gaining power, it is alarmingly resonant with some New Testament themes, and not in a good way.”

The Pharisees were one of several Jewish sects during the first century, the time of Jesus. They also included the rabbis of the Talmud and the creators of Rabbinic Judaism, the ideological ancestor of mainstream Jewish practice today.

But in Christian discourse, the Pharisees have taken on the role of “hypocrites, fools and a brood of vipers, full of extortion, greed, and iniquity,” wrote Amy-Jill Levine, a professor at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School, in an article in Sojourners magazine. That’s because the New Testament Gospels say Pharisee leaders criticized Jesus and lambaste them for hypocrisy.
Rivlin rebukes Bolsonaro: ‘No one will order forgiveness of the Jewish people’
President Reuven Rivlin on Saturday rebuked his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro for saying this week that the crimes of the Holocaust can be forgiven, though not forgotten.

“No one will order the forgiveness of the Jewish people, and it can never be bought in the name of interests,” he said.

“What [the Nazis] did to us is etched into our memory, the memory of an ancient people,” Rivlin wrote on Twitter.

“We will never cooperate with those who deny the truth or try to erase it from memory — not by individuals and groups, not by party leaders and not by heads of state,” he wrote, the last being in apparent reference to Bolsonaro.

“We will never forgive and never forget. No one will order the forgiveness of the Jewish people, and it can never be bought in the name of interests.”

Rivlin said the Jewish people would “always fight against anti-Semitism and xenophobia,” while calling on politicians not to wade into historically fraught matters. “Political leaders are responsible for shaping the future. Historians describe the past and research what happened. Neither should stray into the territory of the other,” he said.
Yad Vashem slams Bolsonaro after Holocaust comments
President Reuven Rivlin and Yad Vashem took Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to task on Saturday for saying the crimes of the Holocaust can be forgiven, though not forgotten.

“We can forgive, but we cannot forget,” said Bolsonaro – a strong supporter of Israel who has reversed his country’s previously negative positions regarding Israel – at a meeting with Evangelical pastors in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.
“Those that forget their past are sentenced not to have a future. We need to act so that the Holocaust will not repeat itself,” the Brazilian leader said.
Iranian forces said killed in reported Israel airstrike on Syria missile factory
A number of Iranian forces were reportedly killed in an airstrike on a Syrian military position near the city of Masyaf in western Hama province overnight Friday-Saturday. Syrian state media said Israeli jets carried out the raid in the middle of the night, firing missiles while flying in Lebanese airspace.

Syria’s official state news agency SANA said Israel targeted a military site in the area, but that Syrian air defenses intercepted the attack, downing some of the missiles fired. The regime mouthpiece said the interception resulted in the destruction of several buildings and the wounding of three “fighters.” The area is known to house Iranian forces and their Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah.

According to a report by the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in Arabic, Iranian “elements” and pro-Iranian militants were killed in the alleged attack, and 17 people were injured.

Israel does not regularly comment on alleged strikes in Syria, though it has acknowledged some operations.

The Observatory said Saturday that the strike targeted a Syrian military college in the town and two buildings used by Iranian forces in nearby villages — a development center for medium-range missiles in Zawi and a training camp in Sheikh Ghadban.
Abbas swears in new PA government led by his Fatah ally, Mohammad Shtayyeh
A new Palestinian Authority government was sworn in by PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, a month after he tapped longtime ally Mohammad Shtayyeh, a member of his Fatah party, as the next premier.

The 61-year-old Shtayyeh is replacing Rami Hamdallah, who served as prime minister of the Palestinian government since 2013. He is seen as being critical of the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers, as well as a proponent of continuing peace talks with Israel.

The new 21-member cabinet includes some fresh faces, but senior officials, such as Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki and Finance Minister Shukri Bishara, are keeping their positions.

Novelist Atef Abu Seif of Gaza, who was recently badly beaten during Hamas’s crackdown on protesters in the Strip, will become culture minister.

Shtayyeh’s government replaces a technocratic administration, which had the nominal backing of Hamas and all other Palestinian factions.
Thousands protest along Gaza border, 15-year-old shot dead - report
A 15-year-old boy was shot in the stomach during clashes with IDF forces east of the Jabaliya refugee camp, according to the Hamas Health Ministry on Friday.

According to the report, two other people were injured by gunfire in clashes with IDF forces east of Gaza City, when 9,000 demonstrators protested in five locations along the Gaza border.

A Palestinian was arrested after cutting the fence into Israel, waving a Palestinian flag.

The border protests began on March 30th and has seen over half a million people violently demonstrating along the security fence with Israel demanding an end to the 12-year long blockade, congregating at points along the border range between several thousand to 45,000 each day.

The one year anniversary of the border riots last week saw some 40,000 Palestinians demonstrate along the border fence and saw three Palestinians killed by IDF fire.

The cross-border violence immediately played into Israel's election campaign, which concluded earlier this week with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heading toward a record fifth term in office.

But Egyptian mediators intervened to avoid further escalation by persuading Israel to lift restrictions on the movement of goods and people in and out of Gaza and expand the breadth of Mediterranean waters where Gazans can fish.
EU's Collusion with Iran
The main purpose of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) is to ensure that Europe -- and potentially third countries -- can continue doing business with the mullahs in Iran without risking US penalties for contravening US sanctions.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini seems strongly committed to ensuring that Iran -- and Europe -- continue receiving economic benefits from the illegal, unsigned, and unratified Iran nuclear deal. Mogherini insisted that Iran is complying with the JCPOA. It is not. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, referring to documents seized by Israel, stated that the nuclear deal was "built on lies" .

No amount of human rights abuses, however atrocious -- or terrorism, even against its own citizens; or cheating to acquire deliverable nuclear capability to unleash on Israel, the US and eventually threaten the entire West -- will, it seems, deter the EU from its criminal collusion with Iran. Europe seems determined to wade into its own destruction with its eyes wide open.
The IAEA’s Blind Spots on Iran’s Nuclear Program
On April 9, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani boasted that “today and throughout the past year, we have launched 114 new technologies via the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. This is the message to the world: You have not succeeded, and you will not succeed in preventing the progress and development of the Iranian people and their nuclear program. If yesterday you feared our IR-1 centrifuges, well, here you go!”

He has reason to boast. The 2015 Iranian nuclear deal brokered by former President Barack Obama was extremely weak, but yet, given its weaknesses, the agency that was expected to monitor Iran’s compliance has been exceedingly lax.

On April 4, The Wall Street Journal reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspected a warehouse in Tehran that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year said housed nuclear equipment and materials.

When negotiating the Iranian nuclear deal, President Obama promised “anytime, anywhere inspections.” Yet six months elapsed from Netanyahu’s speech until the inspection. The question is what took the IAEA so long?


WaPo Rushes to Defend Ilhan Omar’s 9/11 Remarks, Fails Spectacularly
The Washington Post, in full white knight mode, rushed to Omar’s defense in publishing a piece in which they claimed context was needed.

After quoting several lines from her speech (which did not change what she said), “fact checker” Glenn Kessler wrote:

We will leave it to readers to determine whether Omar should have referred to “terrorists” or if the context for “some people” is clear from the speech.

When we listened to the whole speech, we were reminded of President George W. Bush’s phrasing in two famous moments after the Sept. 11 attacks.

“I can hear you! I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people — and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!” – Bullhorn address to Ground Zero rescue workers, Sept. 14, 2001


The other one was an Islamic Center speech in which President Bush defended Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11.

Kessler suggests that Bush’s bullhorn comments and the ones he made defending Muslims were no different than Omar’s speech.

In reality, the context surrounding Bush’s speeches meant everything after the terrorist attacks. He was by no means downplaying what happened. In the coming weeks and months, his administration would respond forcefully to the attacks.

On the other hand, the context the Post provided for Omar’s speech didn’t do her any justice. In fact, the context provided by the full video made her “some people did something” quote even worse.

Making things worse still is Omar’s widely-known reputation for repeating anti-Semitic tropes, which is a significant context for drawing conclusions about what Omar says all on its own.
Group Planning NY Rally Urging Schumer To Get Ilhan Omar Off Foreign Affairs Committee
A group called The Coalition to Get Ilhan Omar off the Foreign Affairs Committee is holding a rally on May 19 titled “Operation: Schumer’s Doorstep.”

The group states: “The Coalition seeks to mobilize Americans of all political, ethnic and religious backgrounds who are concerned about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s continuing presence on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The Coalition’s first goal is to enlist (through all reasonable means of persuasion granted by the Constitution) Senator Schumer in the cause. The event will be part peaceful protest, prayer vigil, and press conference.”

The rally will be held outside Schumer’s building by Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

The group counsels, “We’d like people of faith to lead a prayer calling for Schumer to gain the courage of his convictions so that from this moment on, the senator will fight with every fiber of his being to drive Omar off the committee. We pray for him to become the Shomer he has always said he is.”



Dems to Redefine Hate Crime as ‘Disagreeing with Ilhan Omar About Anything’ (satire)

Claiming that existing language did not go far enough to protect victims of racism and Islamophobia, House Democrats have passed a bill redefining the term “hate crime” to include “any criticism of, or disagreement with, Representative Ilhan Omar.”

The bill comes after Omar’s description of the September 11 attacks as “some people did something” sparked outrage and led to criticism that she showed a lack of sensitivity towards victims of the attacks. Her defenders, however, said these criticisms led to death threats against the Congresswoman.

“Clearly, there could only be one reason that someone would criticize an elected member of Congress, and that is sheer bigotry,” Representative Ro Khanna said on the House floor. “No criticism of Congresswoman Omar’s religious beliefs, her actions, or her political views will be tolerated.”

After initially resisting, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to bring the bill to the floor after several progressive party members threatened to lock themselves in their rooms until she agreed to do so. For some freshman lawmakers, however, the bill does not go far enough.
University of North Carolina Condemns ‘Disturbing, Hateful Language’ After Palestinian Rapper Performs Self-Described ‘Antisemitic Song’
The interim chancellor of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill has rebuked a recent campus performance by a Palestinian rapper who sang a self-described “antisemitic song” and asked audience members to invoke Mel Gibson when participating.

Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar of the hip hop group DAM performed at UNC on the evening of March 22, as part of a 3-day academic conference on the Gaza Strip. The conference was sponsored by the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies and Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, and co-sponsored by multiple departments.

“This is my antisemitic song,” Nafar was recorded saying in a clip shared by filmmaker Ami Horowitz.

“Let’s try it together,” the rapper said while encouraging audience members to join him. “I need your help, I cannot be antisemitic alone.”


New York Times Suggests “Terrorist” Label for Israel
These contorted paragraphs are a prime example of how the newspaper’s preoccupation with casting Israel in a negative light comes at the expense of a well-informed public. Straightforward coverage of the U.S. decision about the Revolutionary Guard would leave readers with a clear understanding of the American criteria for designating Foreign Terrorist Organizations, would forthrightly describe the U.S. justification for applying the designation to Iran, and would not mislead about the State Department’s policy direction.

CAMERA’s billboard outside the New York Times building calls out the newspaper’s biased and inflammatory coverage.

What’s the actual criteria for designating a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), if not use of violence by intelligence services? The Foundation for Defense of Democracies explains that
U.S. law defines “terrorism” as “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.” To be designated as an FTO under U.S. law, a foreign organization must engage in terrorism or terrorist activities that “threatens the security of United States nationals or the national security of the United States.”

That’s easy enough. And easy enough for a Times reporter to research. The passages in quotes come directly from the US Code. Similar language appears on the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organizations web page, which notes that in order to be listed, an organization must engage in “terrorist activity or terrorism” and “must threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security … of the United States.”

That’s why use of violence by, for example, a French intelligence agency doesn’t put that agency at risk for being designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The U.S. didn’t view their use of force as terrorism, and doesn’t regard their ally’s actions as threatening American security. The same goes for Israeli intelligence — which works closely with American intelligence agencies.
Jewish Canadian mayor: ban on wearing religious symbols 'ethnic cleansing'
The Jewish mayor of a Canadian town compared a proposed bill that would bar religious symbols on some public workers to “ethnic cleansing.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked William Steinberg, mayor since 2005 of the affluent town of Hampstead in Montreal’s west end, to apologize for the remark.

“We shouldn’t use words like that,” Trudeau, who opposes the bill, told reporters in Ottawa last Friday. “We don’t need to go to extremes.”

Steinberg instead defended using the term, saying he meant “ethnic cleansing” only in a “non-violent” sense.

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, B’nai Brith and human rights groups have denounced the proposed law as discriminatory and contrary to Canadian human rights charters, but polls consistently show most Quebecers supporting it by a healthy majority.
SpaceIL chief: ‘Beresheet 2 starts tomorrow, we’ll put our flag on the moon’
Following the Israeli spacecraft Beresheet’s failure to land safely on the moon this week, SpaceIL chairman Morris Kahn on Saturday announced he was launching project Beresheet 2, effective immediately, adding: “We started something and we need to finish it. We’ll put our flag on the moon.”

The small spacecraft, the world’s first privately funded moon lander, crashed into the lunar surface Thursday night during an attempted landing, apparently due to a technical glitch that caused its main engine to stop mid-landing.

Appearing on Channel 12’s “Meet the Press,” South African-born billionaire Kahn said work on the successor to Beresheet would start Sunday.

“The response we’ve gotten has been amazing. The amount of thank yous and letters is amazing,” he said. “Over the weekend I’ve had time to think about what happened, and the truth is seeing all the encouragement and support from people all over the world is amazing.

“It gave me time to think and I thought it would be a shame to leave things like that. I’ve come to announce a new project: Beresheet 2. We started something and we need to finish it. We’ll put our flag on the moon.”

He added that “Project Beresheet 2 begins tomorrow… A mission team will be meeting tomorrow to start work.”


Space Industry Leaders Praise Israel’s SpaceIL for Beresheet Moon Mission
Astronauts and scientists at the US space agency NASA commended the Israeli non-profit organization SpaceIL for its efforts after its spacecraft “Beresheet” failed to land safely on the moon on Thursday.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, “While NASA regrets the end of the SpaceIL mission without a successful lunar landing of the Beresheet lander, we congratulate SpaceIL, the Israel Aerospace Industries and the state of Israel on the incredible accomplishment of sending the first privately funded mission into lunar orbit.”

“Every attempt to reach new milestones holds opportunities for us to learn, adjust and progress,” he added. “I have no doubt that Israel and SpaceIL will continue to explore and I look forward to celebrating their future achievements.”

Famed Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, wrote in a Twitter message to SpaceIL, “Never lose hope – your hard work, teamwork, and innovation is inspiring to all!” European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake expressed disappointment over Beresheet’s failed moon landing but said SpaceIL has “much to be proud of.”

Beresheet lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Feb. 22 and succeeded in entering the moon’s orbit, a feat only seven countries have accomplished. It is assumed that the aircraft crashed into the surface of the moon.
The forgotten female WWII-era spy who stayed silent under gruesome Nazi torture
Despite unimaginable torture by the Nazis, imprisonment in concentration camps and uncertainty over the fate of her lover and fellow spy, Allied agent Odette Sansom never betrayed the clandestine ring she was part of in occupied France during World War II.

While operating under the code name “Lise,” the French-born, British-residing Sansom helped aid the resistance in her homeland. Her actual name — which changed after the war during her several marriages — would be honored in the annals of espionage when she received the George Cross after the war. She was the first woman who had faced enemy fire to receive the honor, the second-highest award in the UK.

A posthumous UK postage stamp honoring her for her wartime service lists her as Odette Hallowes, the surname of her third husband.

While her exploits made her a celebrity in ensuing years, Sansom has become largely forgotten. A recently published book, “Code Name Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy,” by Larry Loftis, aims to set the record straight.

“It’s a story of a particular heroine whom 99 percent of people — 99 percent of WWII historians — probably don’t know who she is,” Loftis told The Times of Israel. “Her family is thrilled I wrote about her life.”
Scottish Rescuer of Jewish Children From Holocaust to Be Honored in Budapest
A church missionary from Scotland who traveled to Hungary to help Jewish schoolchildren during the Second World War will be commemorated this weekend at a special ceremony in Budapest.

Jane Haining, a native of Dumfriesshire, was captured by the Nazi authorities, who deported her to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland where she later perished.

Haining was arrested by the Gestapo in 1944 for harboring more than 400 children, the majority Jewish orphans, at the Scottish Mission School in Budapest.

When WWII began, Haining refused to return home to Scotland, choosing to stay with the children. She wrote: “If these children need me in days of sunshine, how much more do they need me in days of darkness?”

In 2010, she was posthumously awarded a Hero of the Holocaust medal by the British government. Photographs, a video, letters, a copy of her handwritten last will and testament and her Hero of the Holocaust Medal are on display at the church in her hometown of Dunscore.

Haining is also the only Scot to be honored as “righteous among the nations” – the term used for non-Jews who risked their lives to protect Jews from extermination – by Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem.



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Megan McArdle, "Irish cultural pride gives this cosmopolitan second thoughts," Washington Post (April 12, 2019):
For one thing, if we want to keep more than colorful costumes and a few place-names, the affirmative kind of groupishness will be doing the main work of preserving the cultural and linguistic diversity we're all supposedly celebrating. And for another, that sort of groupishness is much more common than homo liberalus, that rootless cultural and intellectual polyamorist whom political scientist Patrick Deneen has dubbed the "self-made and self-making."

Indeed, I question whether homo liberalus exists at all, or can, this self-creating self-sprung full-blown from the head of John Stuart Mill on the day before yesterday. True self-authorship seems no more possible than the perpetual motion machine; the greatest engine in the world still draws its motive power from outside.
I, too, "question whether homo liberalus exists at all," because there is no such Latin word as liberalus. It should be liberalis.
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The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years.

That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for “democratic” societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this clear in the legal ruling of its Working Party on Arbitrary Detention.

But to hell with that. Let the thugs go in. Directed by the quasi-fascists in Trump’s Washington, in league with Ecuador’s Lenin Moreno, a Latin American Judas and liar seeking to disguise his rancid regime, the British elite abandoned its last imperial myth: that of fairness and justice.

Imagine Tony Blair dragged from his multi-million pound Georgian home in Connaught Square, London, in handcuffs, for onward dispatch to the dock in The Hague. By the standard of Nuremberg, Blair’s “paramount crime” is the deaths of a million Iraqis. Assange’s crime is journalism: holding the rapacious to account, exposing their lies and empowering people all over the world with truth.

The shocking arrest of Assange carries a warning for all who, as Oscar Wilde wrote, “sew the seeds of discontent [without which] there would be no advance towards civilization.” The warning is explicit towards journalists. What happened to the founder and editor of WikiLeaks can happen to you on a newspaper, you in a TV studio, you on radio, you running a podcast.

Assange’s principal media tormentor, The Guardian, a collaborator with the secret state, displayed its nervousness this week with an editorial that scaled new weasel heights. The Guardian has exploited the work of Assange and WikiLeaks in what its previous editor called “the greatest scoop of the last 30 years.” The paper creamed off WikiLeaks’ revelations and claimed the accolades and riches that came with them.

With not a penny going to Julian Assange or to WikiLeaks, a hyped Guardian book led to a lucrative Hollywood movie. The book’s authors, Luke Harding and David Leigh, turned on their source, abused him and disclosed the secret password Assange had given the paper in confidence, which was designed to protect a digital file containing leaked US embassy cables.

Revealing Homicidal Colonial Wars

When Assange was still trapped in the Ecuadorian embassy, Harding joined police outside and gloated on his blog that “Scotland Yard may get the last laugh.” The Guardian then published a series of falsehoods about Assange, not least a discredited claim that a group of Russians and Trump’s man, Paul Manafort, had visited Assange in the embassy. The meetings never happened; it was fake.

But the tone has now changed. “The Assange case is a morally tangled web,” the paper opined. “He (Assange) believes in publishing things that should not be published …. But he has always shone a light on things that should never have been hidden.”

These “things” are the truth about the homicidal way America conducts its colonial wars, the lies of the British Foreign Office in its denial of rights to vulnerable people, such as the Chagos Islanders, the exposé of Hillary Clinton as a backer and beneficiary of jihadism in the Middle East, the detailed description of American ambassadors of how the governments in Syria and Venezuela might be overthrown, and much more. It is all available on the WikiLeaks site.

The Guardian is understandably nervous. Secret policemen have already visited the newspaper and demanded and got the ritual destruction of a hard drive. On this, the paper has form. In 1983, a Foreign Office clerk, Sarah Tisdall, leaked British Government documents showing when American cruise nuclear weapons would arrive in Europe. The Guardian was showered with praise.

When a court order demanded to know the source, instead of the editor going to prison on a fundamental principle of protecting a source, Tisdall was betrayed, prosecuted and served six months.

If Assange is extradited to America for publishing what The Guardian calls truthful “things,” what is to stop the current editor, Katherine Viner, following him, or the previous editor, Alan Rusbridger, or the prolific propagandist Luke Harding?

What is to stop the editors of The New York Times and The Washington Post, who also published morsels of the truth that originated with WikiLeaks, and the editor of El Pais in Spain, and Der Spiegel in Germany and The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia. The list is long.

David McCraw, lead lawyer of The New York Times, wrote: “I think the prosecution [of Assange] would be a very, very bad precedent for publishers … from everything I know, he’s sort of in a classic publisher’s position and the law would have a very hard time distinguishing between The New York Times and WikiLeaks.”

Even if journalists who published WikiLeaks’ leaks are not summoned by an American grand jury, the intimidation of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning will be enough. Real journalism is being criminalized by thugs in plain sight. Dissent has become an indulgence.

In Australia, the current America-besotted government is prosecuting two whistle-blowers who revealed that Canberra’s spooks bugged the cabinet meetings of the new government of East Timor for the express purpose of cheating the tiny, impoverished nation out of its proper share of the oil and gas resources in the Timor Sea. Their trial will be held in secret. The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, is infamous for his part in setting up concentration camps for refugees on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus, where children self harm and suicide. In 2014, Morrison proposed mass detention camps for 30,000 people.

Journalism: a Major Threat

Real journalism is the enemy of these disgraces. A decade ago, the Ministry of Defense in London produced a secret document which described the “principal threats” to public order as threefold: terrorists, Russian spies and investigative journalists. The latter was designated the major threat.

The document was duly leaked to WikiLeaks, which published it. “We had no choice,” Assange told me. “It’s very simple. People have a right to know and a right to question and challenge power. That’s true democracy.”

What if Assange and Manning and others in their wake — if there are others — are silenced and “the right to know and question and challenge” is taken away?

In the 1970s, I met Leni Reifenstahl, close friend of Adolf Hitler, whose films helped cast the Nazi spell over Germany.

She told me that the message in her films, the propaganda, was dependent not on “orders from above” but on what she called the “submissive void” of the public.

“Did this submissive void include the liberal, educated bourgeoisie?” I asked her.

“Of course,” she said, “especially the intelligentsia …. When people no longer ask serious questions, they are submissive and malleable. Anything can happen.”

And did. The rest, she might have added, is history.

*  *  *

John Pilger is an Australian-British journalist and filmmaker based in London. Pilger’s Web site is: www.johnpilger.com. In 2017, the British Library announced a John Pilger Archive of all his written and filmed work. The British Film Institute includes his 1979 film, “Year Zero: the Silent Death of Cambodia,” among the 10 most important documentaries of the 20thcentury. Some of his previous contributions to Consortium News can be found here


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 Hugh Hefner’s son Cooper leaves top Playboy gig to start news and adult content site called HefPost

24-year-old man charged for tossing 5-year-old child from third floor of Mall of America



“There’s someone for everyone” — Molly

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The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years.

That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for “democratic” societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this clear in the legal ruling of its Working Party on Arbitrary Detention.

But to hell with that. Let the thugs go in. Directed by the quasi-fascists in Trump’s Washington, in league with Ecuador’s Lenin Moreno, a Latin American Judas and liar seeking to disguise his rancid regime, the British elite abandoned its last imperial myth: that of fairness and justice.

Imagine Tony Blair dragged from his multi-million pound Georgian home in Connaught Square, London, in handcuffs, for onward dispatch to the dock in The Hague. By the standard of Nuremberg, Blair’s “paramount crime” is the deaths of a million Iraqis. Assange’s crime is journalism: holding the rapacious to account, exposing their lies and empowering people all over the world with truth.

The shocking arrest of Assange carries a warning for all who, as Oscar Wilde wrote, “sew the seeds of discontent [without which] there would be no advance towards civilization.” The warning is explicit towards journalists. What happened to the founder and editor of WikiLeaks can happen to you on a newspaper, you in a TV studio, you on radio, you running a podcast.

Assange’s principal media tormentor, The Guardian, a collaborator with the secret state, displayed its nervousness this week with an editorial that scaled new weasel heights. The Guardian has exploited the work of Assange and WikiLeaks in what its previous editor called “the greatest scoop of the last 30 years.” The paper creamed off WikiLeaks’ revelations and claimed the accolades and riches that came with them.

With not a penny going to Julian Assange or to WikiLeaks, a hyped Guardian book led to a lucrative Hollywood movie. The book’s authors, Luke Harding and David Leigh, turned on their source, abused him and disclosed the secret password Assange had given the paper in confidence, which was designed to protect a digital file containing leaked US embassy cables.

Revealing Homicidal Colonial Wars

When Assange was still trapped in the Ecuadorian embassy, Harding joined police outside and gloated on his blog that “Scotland Yard may get the last laugh.” The Guardian then published a series of falsehoods about Assange, not least a discredited claim that a group of Russians and Trump’s man, Paul Manafort, had visited Assange in the embassy. The meetings never happened; it was fake.

But the tone has now changed. “The Assange case is a morally tangled web,” the paper opined. “He (Assange) believes in publishing things that should not be published …. But he has always shone a light on things that should never have been hidden.”

These “things” are the truth about the homicidal way America conducts its colonial wars, the lies of the British Foreign Office in its denial of rights to vulnerable people, such as the Chagos Islanders, the exposé of Hillary Clinton as a backer and beneficiary of jihadism in the Middle East, the detailed description of American ambassadors of how the governments in Syria and Venezuela might be overthrown, and much more. It is all available on the WikiLeaks site.

The Guardian is understandably nervous. Secret policemen have already visited the newspaper and demanded and got the ritual destruction of a hard drive. On this, the paper has form. In 1983, a Foreign Office clerk, Sarah Tisdall, leaked British Government documents showing when American cruise nuclear weapons would arrive in Europe. The Guardian was showered with praise.

When a court order demanded to know the source, instead of the editor going to prison on a fundamental principle of protecting a source, Tisdall was betrayed, prosecuted and served six months.

If Assange is extradited to America for publishing what The Guardian calls truthful “things,” what is to stop the current editor, Katherine Viner, following him, or the previous editor, Alan Rusbridger, or the prolific propagandist Luke Harding?

What is to stop the editors of The New York Times and The Washington Post, who also published morsels of the truth that originated with WikiLeaks, and the editor of El Pais in Spain, and Der Spiegel in Germany and The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia. The list is long.

David McCraw, lead lawyer of The New York Times, wrote: “I think the prosecution [of Assange] would be a very, very bad precedent for publishers … from everything I know, he’s sort of in a classic publisher’s position and the law would have a very hard time distinguishing between The New York Times and WikiLeaks.”

Even if journalists who published WikiLeaks’ leaks are not summoned by an American grand jury, the intimidation of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning will be enough. Real journalism is being criminalized by thugs in plain sight. Dissent has become an indulgence.

In Australia, the current America-besotted government is prosecuting two whistle-blowers who revealed that Canberra’s spooks bugged the cabinet meetings of the new government of East Timor for the express purpose of cheating the tiny, impoverished nation out of its proper share of the oil and gas resources in the Timor Sea. Their trial will be held in secret. The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, is infamous for his part in setting up concentration camps for refugees on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus, where children self harm and suicide. In 2014, Morrison proposed mass detention camps for 30,000 people.

Journalism: a Major Threat

Real journalism is the enemy of these disgraces. A decade ago, the Ministry of Defense in London produced a secret document which described the “principal threats” to public order as threefold: terrorists, Russian spies and investigative journalists. The latter was designated the major threat.

The document was duly leaked to WikiLeaks, which published it. “We had no choice,” Assange told me. “It’s very simple. People have a right to know and a right to question and challenge power. That’s true democracy.”

What if Assange and Manning and others in their wake — if there are others — are silenced and “the right to know and question and challenge” is taken away?

In the 1970s, I met Leni Reifenstahl, close friend of Adolf Hitler, whose films helped cast the Nazi spell over Germany.

She told me that the message in her films, the propaganda, was dependent not on “orders from above” but on what she called the “submissive void” of the public.

“Did this submissive void include the liberal, educated bourgeoisie?” I asked her.

“Of course,” she said, “especially the intelligentsia …. When people no longer ask serious questions, they are submissive and malleable. Anything can happen.”

And did. The rest, she might have added, is history.

*  *  *

John Pilger is an Australian-British journalist and filmmaker based in London. Pilger’s Web site is: www.johnpilger.com. In 2017, the British Library announced a John Pilger Archive of all his written and filmed work. The British Film Institute includes his 1979 film, “Year Zero: the Silent Death of Cambodia,” among the 10 most important documentaries of the 20thcentury. Some of his previous contributions to Consortium News can be found here


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I’m Jumping Off the Trump Train: Assange Was the Last Straw

I’m Jumping Off the Trump Train: Assange Was the Last Straw


On March 6, 2016, this Deplorable issued a statement formally endorsing Donald J. Trump for the presidency of the United State.
I now hereby withdraw that endorsement.
No doubt this declaration from your Working Boy will be greeted with the same deafening indifference as my earlier less than earth-shattering announcement of support.
Keep calm. The planet will continue to spin on its axis at a 23.44 degree tilt.
As I tweeted on April 4, when it appeared that Ecuadorian President Lenín [sic] Moreno was going to cough up Julian Assange:
“If this comes to pass & #JulianAssange is brought to #US in chains like a Gaulish chieftain in a Roman triumph can we definitively declare that any possible #Trump revolution is over & the #DeepState won?”
A quick perusal of social media since Assange’s arrest shows that many others have reached a similar conclusion.
But why? To be sure, there have been other betrayals. The two strikes on Syria on phony chemical warfare accusations come immediately to mind. Or Trump’s failure to build the Mexican wall, coupled with repeated humiliating defeats in Congress with the predictability of Charlie Brown’s getting suckered by Lucy into trying to kick the football.
At the same time there were excuses. On Syria, maybe the President was fed false intelligence. Or maybe Ivanka was upsetDaaaddyyy, you have to dooo something! Or maybe Trump knew the CW accusations against Damascus were fake but felt he had to act (an ominous sign in itself) to deflect charges of being Putin’s puppet, hence what could be deemed deliberately pinprick pro forma strikes. On the wall, well you can’t trust lawyers’ advice, he just doesn’t understand his legal authority well enough, or maybe he…
But the Assange arrest and his upcoming renditi– – oops! – extradition to the United States are different.  There’s no nuance. No excuse. No false intel report. No poor legal advice.
It’s plain and simple. The same entities (Deep State, permanent government, the oligarchy, the Borg, whatever term you like) that targeted Trump with the phony Russia collusion narrative  want Assange’s scalp nailed to the wall. It’s one thing for favored outlets like the Washington Post and CNN to disseminate classified information that favors the Deep State, quite another to reveal information contrary to its interests. As the premier dispenser of embarrassing secrets that facilitates online dissidence from the established narrative (also under attack by governments and their tech giant accomplices) an example must be made of Assange pour encourager les autres. He can count on being sentenced to rotting for decades in a nasty Office Space federal prison (the US will gladly waive the death penalty to spare the Brits’ prissy Euro-consciences) but may very well die soon enough of natural causes, perhaps like Slobodan Milošević.
An essential role in Assange’s betrayal by Moreno was played by Trump’s Veep Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Former President Rafael Correa says a direct condition of Moreno’s getting a $4.2 billion IMF loan was Assange’s head on a platter. That’s a lot more plausible than establishment media reports that Assange was ejected for transgressing the Ecuadorians’ fastidious hygiene standards, which (whether based in fact or not) are just cynical defamations to justify his upcoming lynching.
It’s irrelevant whether Trump – who theoretically is the boss of all US agency operatives working with their Brit colleagues to get their mitts on Assange – let the nab go forward because he was unwilling to order his minions to stand down or was powerless to do so. In that regard, it’s similar to pointlessly asking why he has the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad national security team he does. Is it because of “Javanka”? Is it because he’s beholden to a gaggle of oligarchs? (Supposedly his being a self-financed billionaire made him immune from such influences.)  Is it areflection of a personality disorder?
In the end it doesn’t matter why, all that matters is what is. With Assange’s arrest Trump is now exposed as the wholly owned subsidiary of the Swamp he ran against.  He’s now just a wheel fixed to an axle. All he can do now is it spin.
In my 2016 endorsement I asked the questions – only questions, not predictions – of what Trump might hopefully accomplish:
‘Can we trust Trump? Will he build his wall and secure our borders? Renovate our deteriorating infrastructure? Restore our manufacturing base? Audit the Federal Reserve and defenestrate the banksters? Restore the GOP’s long-lost reputation (now hardly remembered by anyone) as the “Peace Party” that got us out of wars the Democrats started? Sign a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, as long as they continue to perform abortions (which they will)? Exclude actual or potential Islamic terroristsDump our freeloading so-called “allies”? Cease the PC trashing of every tradition in which Americans once took pride? Reunite a nation sundered by Barack Obama and the GOP mandarins, with their divide et impera Punch and Judy show of class and racial discord?
‘Can Trump really “Make America Great Again”? Or at least slow our decline and give our country another chance?
‘I don’t know.  But I do know that none of the more mannerly politicians served up by the oligarchy will.
“Trust not in princes…” (Ps. 146:3) Neither Trump nor any other politician should be accepted on blind faith. Who really can say if Trump can win or if he does how he would govern. Who can say what’s really in his mind and heart or if, in God’s eyes, he’s a good man or a bad one. But given the dire warning from the likes of Mitt Romney, I like the odds with Trump better than with any of the available alternatives. When the character of his enemies is considered – particularly Warfare State neoconservatives (some of whom at least have the honesty to defect openly to Hillary) – my willingness to gamble on him only increases.’
Even in retrospect it was then a gamble worth taking, indeed the only responsible choice given the horrifying alternative. More, given what Trump promised that departed from the usual nonsense served up by the GOP, the fact that Trump got the nomination instead of the NPCs on the shelf was itself perhaps a sign of that the historic American nation still had a fighting chance.
As for what we hoped he might deliver to “Make America Great Again,” we can see now that the answers to all of the above questions are and will remain an emphatic No. Sure, we got a marginally better tax bill passed, something that any Republican White House and Congress would have done. He may have made minor progress on trade.  If we are really lucky, he’ll get another Supreme Court pick and Roe v. Wade will be overturned – marvelous to be sure, but it won’t same this country.
Trump has utterly failed to control the border, much less deal with related issues like remittances, birthright citizenship, and aliens illegally voting. As retired Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor observes: “Surely, Trump should have concluded by now that without an Executive Order that commits the U.S. Army to the defense of the southern border and limits cross-border traffic to legitimate commercial activity, mass illegal immigration will not stop… In a word, Trump refuses to take command and match rhetoric with action, then he will join the pantheon of failed presidents that promised the world only, this time, the American Republic’s existence hangs in the balance.”
Unfortunately, Trump’s appointees – uniformly neoconservatives, Bush-era warmongers, and GOP apparatchiki – have better things for our military to do than defending our own country, to which they are at best indifferent. We can be thankful that Trump hasn’t started any new wars, yet, but his underlings’ dogged commitment to regime change in Venezuela and Iran may change that. His outreach to North Korea hangs by a thread in the face of blatant attempts to sabotage it.
One hopes that at least some animal-level gut instinct will preclude Trump’s crossing that dark river and ruining what’s left of his presidency as George W. Bush did in Iraq. If his lunatics are reckless enough to stumble us into a war with Russia, Trump’s reelection will be the least of anyone’s concerns.
Even without a war his remaining time in office will not be the revival of America that he promised. Let’s keep in mind that for many decades now transformative Democratic presidents have not left this country the same way they found it: FDR, LBJ, Clinton, Obama. By contrast, Republican presidents’ tenures have been at best plateaus along our decline (Eisenhower, Reagan) or positively contributed (Nixon, the two Bushes) to the march of what the Left regards as “Progress” toward their abolition of the historic America and birth of a dystopian Cultural Marxist dictatorship of victims: a borderless, multiethnic, multilingual, multireligious, multisexual, ahistorical, fake country.
Perhaps the saddest thing is that even if he survives in office until the 2020 vote (and he might not) Trump still will almost certainly be the lesser of two evils, in the manner to which we have become accustomed. Despite his no longer representing a threat to the Swamp, the critters will continue to hate him anyway as an avatar of the America they seek to destroy: European ethnicity, Christian (culturally if not spiritually or morally), English-speaking, toxically masculine. He might even win, given the Wall Street and Democratic Socialist Democrats’ ripping each others’ guts out and the solid 35 to 40 percent of the folks who think from Trump’s tweets and stump speeches he’s actually delivering on his promises.
Either way, though, the outcome will be the same. The man who had what is almost certainly to have been the last peaceful, political chance save what’s left of the American republic will thrash around for a few more years, having become little more than a catalyst for our nation’s demise and perhaps its dissolution.
This is not to say that there is no hope. Maybe tomorrow Trump will pardon Assange. Maybe he’ll decide to militarize the Mexican border. Maybe he’ll fire his whole national security team and, for good measure, pull us out of Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq – and NATO. Maybe Barr really will hold the FISA miscreants to account. Maybe…
…maybe there will be an outpouring of miracles that match the one that occurred when Trump improbably was elected in the first place. But as is the case with miracles, the odds are not good.

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March 31, 2019 (Gunnar Ulson – NEO) – In the dead of Christmas night last year, to evade possibly being shot down, US President Donald Trump made a surprise, whirlwind visit to US troops in Iraq.
He visited Al Asad Air Base about 100 miles west of Baghdad in Al Anbar province, or about halfway between Baghdad and the Syrian border where US forces are also operating. Between Al Asad and Baghdad are the notorious cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, hotbeds of resistance after the 2003 US invasion, and since then, hotbeds of extremism fueling the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq.
The base is home to about 5,000 US service members.
As in Syria, America’s presence in Iraq seems to be clinging to areas where extremism and separatism are greatest. In many instances, it is the US openly and deliberately encouraging both, especially in Kurdish territory stretching over both nations, but also in areas dominated by Sunni Muslims where extremist fronts like Al Qaeda and IS believe they can find support.
The fact that President Trump visited American forces in the dead of night, meeting no one from the actual Iraqi military or government, helps illustrate the increasingly isolated position the US holds in Iraq.
While the US claims it is fighting extremists from Syria to Iraq and beyond, with Syrian, Russian, Iranian and Iraqi forces clearing these extremists out of virtually all corners of Syria and Iraq except where US forces occupy, it seems the US isn’t fighting extremism, it is cultivating it.
Enter Iran
Several months later, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made his first official visit to Iraq. His trip brought him to the center of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. There he met with top representatives of the Iraqi government including Iraqi President Barham Salih. He also travelled through the city to visit Al-Kadhimiya Mosque, a particularly important pilgrimage site for Shia’a Muslims.
President Rouhani had previously commented on Trump’s swooping in at night and his failure to meet with any actual Iraqis in an open and official capacity. The Washington Post would quote President Rouhani as also stating:
“You have to walk in the streets of Baghdad … to find out how people will welcome you.”
In addition to meeting Iraqi representatives and leaders, and travelling through Baghdad, President Rouhani also signed agreements involving “oil and gas, land transport, railways, agriculture, industry, health and regarding the central bank,” the Washington Post would report.
French news portal France24 would note in their article, “Iraq attempts balancing act as Iran’s Rouhani arrives for first official visit,” that:
Last year, Iran’s exports to Iraq amounted to nearly $9 billion. Tehran hopes to increase the roughly $13 billion volume in trade between the two neighbouring countries to $20 billion. Also, some 5 million religious tourists bring in nearly $5 billion a year as Iraqis and Iranians visit Shiite holy sites in the two countries.
The article would note the growing ties between the two nations and the growing influence Iran has over Iraq in contrast to America’s ebbing presence there.
Iraq-Iran Ties are Built on Mutual Interests – US Ties are Built on Fabricated Threats 
The Trump-Rouhani visits and the stark contrast between the two illustrates another very important point.
President Trump would openly admit the US was in Iraq to “to watch Iran,” the New York Times would report.
The New York Times would also report:
Mr. Trump’s comments come as the United States has quietly been negotiating with Iraq for weeks to allow perhaps hundreds of American commandos and support troops now operating in Syria to shift to bases in Iraq and strike the Islamic State from there. Military leaders are seeking to maintain pressure on the militant group as the president fundamentally reorders policy toward Syria and toward Afghanistan, where peace talks with the Taliban are underway.
Yet there are serious problems with this claim. President Rouhani’s visit highlights Iran as a key ally for Iraq.
In terms of security, Iranian-backed militias helped rid Iraq as well as neighboring Syria of Al Qaeda, its affiliates and IS.
And as just pointed out, Iran is also a key economic partner for Iraq.
The US on the other hand has little to offer in terms of security or economics. Its presence in Iraq to allegedly fight extremists it and its regional allies themselves helped fund and arm in the first place, only adds to Iraq’s many security challenges.
In terms of economics, while the US provides Iraq a large export market, it is a market still dwarfed by China and India. It is also smaller than the combined export market of Iraq’s major European trade partners. The geographical proximity of Iraq and Iran to one another means deeper and more practical economic ties can be developed than anything on offer by the US, if economic partnership was actually one of Washington’s goals.
By President Trump’s own admission, the US is in Iraq not to assist it in any way, but to use it for Washington’s own self-serving agenda regarding neighboring Iran. Since the United States and its Persian Gulf allies have nothing of significant value to offer Iraq in terms of real security or economics, it is instead playing a diplomatic balancing act where it associates with and radicalizes Sunni communities, then poses as combating the terrorism that predictably results.
It is a balancing act that is hardly sustainable, especially opposite the significant security and economic benefits Iran can counter-offer Baghdad.
It is not hard to see why Iran’s influence in the Middle East continues to flow, despite being targeted by the US through an array of subversive measures, while US influence in the region ebbs despite having a clear advantage in terms of resources and military might.
It is also not hard to see the significance of remaining US bases in Iraq being in Kurdish areas or regions where extremism still persists. The US presence in Al Anbar, as pointed out as far back as 2017, along with supposed reconstruction aid offered by Washington’s Persian Gulf allies, all seems to point toward a strategy of growing an extremist threat to serve as a counterweight or spoiler against Iran’s constructive contributions to Iraq’s security situation and economic growth.
It is a strategy that will only further exhaust US credibility and resources, as well as those of its regional partners, all while forcing it opponents to expand further and dig in deeper, as Iran has been doing.
Despite claims that the biggest threats to US interests and national security are extremists in the Middle East, or even revisionist states like Russia and China, in truth, the United States’ biggest enemy is its own unsustainable foreign policy and the exhausting aggression that underpins it. Its ebbing influence in Iraq despite the trillions in dollars and many years invested there, serves as “exhibit A.”
Gunnar UIson, a New York-based geopolitical analyst and writer especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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特朗普上台之后的各种行为在世界上产生了很大的影响,特别是对于欧洲和美国的联盟、或是对跨大西洋联盟而言。特朗普对于美国和欧洲之间事务的"不受控制"和"随心所欲",对于跨大西洋联盟的稳固产生了恶劣影响,而这让欧洲和欧洲各国领导人非常不安。虽然特朗普能否连任前景还不明朗,欧洲人也倾向于"等待"而不是"改变"。但是在欧洲,也逐渐开始有更多人认为,欧洲应该不再依赖美国,而是单独行动,即实践"后大西洋世界"的概念。华盛顿邮报的专栏记者丹·巴尔兹(Dan Balz)和吉夫·威特(Giff Witte)于2019年2月4日在《华盛顿邮报》(The Washington Post)上发表了《欧洲人担心特朗普会对跨大西洋联盟和联盟的状态产生威胁》(Europeans fear Trump may threaten not just the transatlantic bond, but the state of their union)一文,对于欧洲和美国关系的现状以及欧洲已经采取和可能将会采取的对策进行了分析。



欧洲人担心特朗普会摧毁跨大西洋联盟和欧盟

作者:丹·巴尔兹(Dan Balz); 吉夫·威特(Giff Witte)

译者:池芷欣


随着美国总统特朗普(Trump)准备发表他的第二次国情咨文演讲,美国在欧洲最亲密的盟友——德国的领导人充满了焦虑。


他们并不确定在美国能和谁交谈。他们无法判断特朗普将他们视为朋友还是敌人。他们只能通过特朗普的推特(Twitter)来确认这位总统是打算毁灭欧盟和北约,还是仅仅只是想要对欧洲大陆的核心机构产生不良影响。


官员认为,无论特朗普有意还是无意,他都已经严重地削弱了历任美国总统花费了近七十年的时间培养起来的跨大西洋关系的基础。正如美国前外交部长西格玛•加布里尔(Sigmar Gabriel)所说的那样:"他已经造成了苏联人梦寐以求的破坏。"


欧洲领导人担心,在接下来的两年内,由于特朗普的胆大妄为,可能会有更多不稳定情况的发生。并且他们对特朗普可能连任充满恐惧。这种情况使得欧洲大陆面临了一个没有人能破解的战略悖论。


"我们不能和特朗普共存",加布里尔说:"但是我们不能没有美国。"


在来自伦敦、巴黎和柏林——西方联盟核心的三个欧洲首都——的二十多次的采访中,政府官员、前政府官员和独立分析家都认为,欧洲和美国的伙伴关系虽然在某些层面上仍然在平稳地运行,但是在其他方面已经变得非常不正常。

埃马纽埃尔·马克龙(Emmanuel Macron)听取了特朗普总统在2018年在白宫草坪上讲话的消息。(Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg News)。

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德国总理安吉拉·默克尔(Angela Merkel)、英国首相特蕾莎·梅(Theresa May)和法国总统埃马纽埃尔·马克龙(Emmanuel Macron)已经尝试了不同的策略,努力和特朗普发展一致可靠的关系。由于没有更好的选择,欧洲的主导策略是等待特朗普下台,并尽量保证损失不要扩大。


在这三个首都中,都有人认为,如果有必要的话,欧洲应该在某种程度上尝试单独行动,规划欧洲未来的路线。在慕尼黑一个啤酒馆中,默克尔直言不讳地表达了欧洲必须"将命运掌握在自己手里"的观点。


从两年前的这个春天开始,欧洲就在这个方向上采取了谨慎的策略,关于建立一个欧洲军队的提案就是例子。尽管整个欧洲的国防开支略有增加,但是美国在北约成员国的军费开支仍然占三分之二以上。在没有美国支持的情况下,欧洲很难维持着大规模的多边倡议。


虽然存在恐惧和挫折,但是欧洲官员仍然在尽力维持和美国总统以及美国政府之间的关系。


"我们能应付。"一位资深的欧洲政治家说,他和政府中其他人一样要求匿名,以便自由地讨论现在敏感的关系,"通过推特进行统治和通过外交接触进行统治不同。这是不同的过程。但这是我们在接受和适应的东西。我不认为我们每天受到的惊吓会比他自己政府受到的惊吓更大。"


其他人,通常是那些不再担任政府职务的人,表达了一种不太乐观的看法。他们看到一位总统在履行他的竞选承诺,并且不安地注意到欧洲在很多事情上都站在了错误一边。


"在一开始,我们认为'他在参与竞选,这个职位会改变他。'但反而是他改变了总统这个职位。"加布里尔说,"我感到震惊的是,在如此短的时候时间内,他已经成功地破坏了花了几十年时间才建立的关系。"


正如欧洲人看到的那样,在残骸中散落的包括:几乎已经破产的伊朗核协议、针锋相对的关税措施、一项没有世界最大经济体参与的全球气候协议、因为关键性核条约的作废而可能引发的军备竞赛,以及美国甚至没有礼貌性地告知战友情况下就单方面地从叙利亚撤军。


但是,比任何问题都重要的是,特朗普和欧洲从根本上存在分歧。


"他开启了回归民族主义、主权主义本能的大门。但至少在欧洲大陆,特别是欧盟,这两类观点已经和主流观点背道而驰。" 伦敦智库英国皇家国际事务研究所(Chatham House)主任罗宾•尼布莱特(Robin Niblett)表示,"欧盟站在特朗普主义的(Trumpist)世界观的对立面."

德国总理安吉拉·默克尔在布宜诺斯艾利斯举行的20国集团峰会晚宴上与特朗普会谈。 (Guido Bergmann / Bundesregierung / Getty Images)

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连特朗普本人也强调了这种差异。当特朗普在七月的采访中被问到了美国目前最大的敌人的名字的时候,他将欧洲集团列在俄罗斯和中国之前。而他这么认为的理由是他认为欧洲在防务和不公平贸易中搭便车的行为。


"他不明白什么是联盟。"巴黎国际战略研究所高级研究员弗朗索瓦·海斯堡(François Heisbourg)指出,"联盟是一个永恒的宽广范围。特朗普对世界的理解中不存在无条件的联盟这样的概念。"


官员们说,在幕后,两国关系往往并不比公众言论暗示的要好多少。"在一些问题上,我们试图说服他相信欧洲是美国的重要伙伴。"一位法国的高级官员说,"但他会说,'我不需要你们',以及'欧洲比中国更糟'。"


跨大西洋关系的恶化之际,欧洲正面临一连串其他挑战。英国、法国和德国的领导人都被国内的骚乱所影响。欧洲核心的外部——尤其是欧洲的东部边缘——自由民主面临的挑战非常普遍,特朗普式的民族主义也是如此。而英国则陷于留在欧盟还是脱离欧盟的辩论中。


由于这么多问题的影响,欧洲和美国的关系一直不是讨论的前沿和核心。但是一旦问题出现,往往呈现出根本性分歧,最终让欧洲回想起自身的弱点。


"几十年来,你们美国就是解决方案," 巴黎法国国际关系研究所的高级顾问多米尼克•莫伊西(Dominique Moïsi)告诉两位来访的美国人,"而现在,美国成了另一个问题。但我们还没有足够的力量来对抗你们。"


在欧洲人看来,和以往冲突的很大区别在于,特朗普对欧洲大陆的联合充满敌意,并且他表现出这种敌意的方式很像弗拉基米尔·普京(Vladimir Putin)的俄罗斯或者其他西方的对手。特朗普为英国退出欧盟感到高兴,并且质问马克龙为何法国不也离开欧盟。


"我们不习惯看到美国对欧洲项目的威胁。"德国外交部副部长尼尔斯·安纳(Niels Annen)说。


如果特朗普在未来两年内或者未来六年内加大攻击力度,欧洲可能会脆弱到足以崩溃。这个塑造了欧洲统一以及有史以来这片大陆最长和平记录的国家,可能成为它的毁灭者。


"在美国人试图分裂欧洲的那一刻,它就要分裂了。"柏林的德国马歇尔基金会主任托马斯·克莱恩-布罗克霍夫(Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff)说,"这是一个建立在美国保证基础上的脆弱结构。"

特朗普在2017年布鲁塞尔北约峰会期间与马克龙握手。 (Jasper Juinen /彭博新闻)

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有关特朗普的反对意见



虽然所有人都对特朗普已经并且可能继续会对跨大西洋关系造成的损害感到震惊和绝望,但是也有人承认,特朗普有时候会提出合理问题,并且引发必要的讨论。


"他拿起了一包卡片,然后把它们全部丢到了桌上,桌面上一片混乱。然后他说,让我们重新开始吧。"英国皇家国际事务研究所的尼布利特(Niblett)说,"然后我们在努力地说服他说,不,不,等等,规则就是这样,你不能打乱桌上的牌。但是他没有离开,起码我们还没有看到他这么做。我们看到的是,他创造了一种环境,在这个环境中,他通过令人难以想象的威胁方式来制造优势。"


通过扩大美国和欧洲的动荡,特凯普正在迫使人们就全球化、移民和经济不平等问题的影响这些方面进行更广泛的讨论。统治阶级和那些喋喋不休的人承认特朗普已经引发了一场重要的辩论——尽管他们认为特朗普没有建设性的办法来解决他所发现的问题。


欧洲领导人还将2016年特朗普出人意料的胜利视为一种提醒,即他们也在管理不稳定的选民,帮助特朗普的力量和情况也在扰乱他们的国家。

特朗普在2018年北约峰会期间与英国首相特蕾莎·梅合影。(Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images)

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美国长期以来要求要求其他北约伙伴增加国防预算,特朗普在这方面取得了一些成果。巴拉克·奥巴马(Barack Obama)在担任总统的期间做了同样的事情,但是收效更为有限。尽管如此,欧洲国家仍然没有达到特朗普的要求。


一位政策分析家表示,那些强烈反对特朗普的风格和方法的人"有一点尴尬"。因为这位总统提出的一些令人不安的问题是正确的。其他人则表示,特朗普对欧洲的警醒,实际上有利于迫使领导人在美国已经开始逐步退出的世界中更多地考虑自身安全和利益。


虽然特朗普发出威胁,但是对于总统是否真的会采取让美国退出北约这样戏剧化的措施,还存在激烈的争论。有人认为这是不可思议的,在他们看来,如果特朗普这么做,会受到国会和公众舆论的阻挠。但是有些人担心会出现这种情况。"这不是一时冲动。"一位英国政府高级官员说。


欧洲人说,北约是建立在硬件和软件结合的基础上的。硬件是这个联盟的军事实力。有关官员说,在美国全面合作的情况下,北约军事力量仍然保持良好状态。软件则是信任和自信。"特朗普关于美国退出北约的推文比美国在东翼数十亿美元的投资还要严重。" 柏林的欧洲对外关系委员会联席主席约瑟夫·詹宁(Josef Janning)说。


欧洲官员还认为,特朗普在贸易和其他问题上早就应该对中国采取强硬态度,尽管他们希望特朗普能够在这种对峙中视欧洲为盟友。


"世界的演变和美国的演变之间存在着重大的分歧。"法国的政策分析家莫伊西(Moïsi)说,"这是完全矛盾的。"


尽管存在普遍担忧,但是一些直接和美国政府打交道的官员说,欧洲领导人试图把特朗普诋毁为某种卡通人物的行为犯了一个错误。"夸张的描述总统是欧洲的一个非常容易并且懒惰的比喻。"这位英国的高级官员表示,"这低估了这个人的严肃性,低估了他和他的团队对问题的分析,并且也低估了特朗普本人。"


特朗普和三位领袖



要怎么样和特朗普建立关系?这是默克尔、马克龙和梅面临的问题。对这个问题,他们三个人选择了不同的道路。但是事实证明,没有一条特别有效。


在这三个人中,默克尔最保守,并且最不愿意为可能的成功结果而孤注一掷。


她也是特朗普的怒火最合适的目标:在2015年,默克尔决定不对难民关闭德国边境,并且她对自由国际秩序的大力支持使得她成为了最方便的陪衬。"默克尔对德国的所作所为是一种耻辱。是一种可悲的耻辱。"特朗普在竞选活动中这么说道,此后也多次重复这句话。


在特朗普当选后的第二天早晨,默克尔发表了一份比起欢迎更像是警告的声明。在这个声明中,默克尔声称她只会在"共同的价值观——民主、自由以及尊重法治和每个人的尊严"的基础上和新总统合作。


在他们早期的会面中,默克尔试图扮演她曾经和奥巴马以及其他世界新领导人所扮演的角色,即向导和导师。这位勤奋好学的的德国化学家带上了地图和图标,使用这些形象的辅助工具来向特朗普传达面对复仇主义的俄罗斯,美欧合作的重要性。


"在一开始,她试图向特朗普解释事情之间是怎么联系的,以及它们之间的关联。" 阿尔穆特·莫勒(Almut Möller)说,他和詹宁(Janning)一起领导欧洲对外关系委员会的柏林办事处,"她希望能够和理性的另一边伙伴打交道。"

特朗普去年在巴黎凯旋门举行的仪式上与默克尔握手,这是1918年11月11日100周年纪念第一次世界大战结束的活动的一部分。(Ludovic Marin / AFP / Getty Images)

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在2017年7月汉堡举行的20国集团峰会上,默克尔曾经试图让美国不要退出《巴黎气候协定》,但以失败告终。在这个过程中,默克尔意识到了,特朗普对科学的蔑视并不只是他在竞选活动上的表演。从此之后,默克尔试图让自己接受这样一个事实:特朗普将会做他喜欢做的事情,而自己几乎没有机会影响他。


"默克尔在这个问题上变得越来越被动。"詹宁说,"她已经转向损害控制。"


该战略中主要和忽视特朗普的挑衅有关。不像其他会回应特朗普对他们的嘲讽的世界领导人,默克尔基本在避免上钩。


德国的经济部长,并且也是默克尔最亲密的顾问之一彼得·阿尔特迈尔(Peter Altmaier)在一次采访中拒绝对特朗普提出任何直接批评,并且故意对"任何一个人都可以对跨越几代人的伙伴关系造成严重损害"的观点轻描淡写。


"跨大西洋关系并不依赖于美国、德国或者是欧洲的哪个政府,"他说,"70多年来的合作对于有关各方而言都是一个成功的故事。"


但是,其他的德国官员则直接地承认了这些难题的存在。


默克尔的跨大西洋协调员彼得·拜尔(Peter Beyer)表示,在很多可靠的对话者已经离开或者即将离开的政府中,他很难知道该和谁交流。他说,现在德国正在努力使其和美国的接触多样化,在美国国会、美国各州和城市之间建立关系。


"我们必须提醒自己说美国并不是只有总统,"拜尔说,"在过去,我们过分地关注华盛顿了。"


马克龙和特朗普之间的关系有一个男性化风格强烈的开端。在马克龙当选不久后的2017年5月,在布鲁塞尔举行的北约会议上,他和特朗普这两位领导人似乎无休止握手的画面被镜头捕获。


当特朗普到巴黎参加法国国庆节的庆祝活动,并且被法国军队在游行中的表演所吸引的时候,这段2017年夏天的兄弟情可能达到了顶峰。他非常喜欢法国国庆节这样的庆祝活动,他希望能够在华盛顿举行类似的游行。但是这个游行从来没有实现过。


特朗普已经让美国退出了《巴黎气候协定》,并且也正在退出伊朗核协议。马克龙反对这些行为的劝说并没有改变特朗普的立场。

在马克龙4月份的国事访问期间,特朗普在白宫的新闻发布会上和马克龙握手。 (Andrew Harrer /彭博新闻)

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今年四月,马克龙和他的妻子布丽吉特(Brigitte)抵达华盛顿进行国事访问。马克龙是第一位受到特朗普总统如此尊敬的外国领导人,但是这次访问成为了他们关系的转折点。


在上图那张照片的拍照期间,特朗普从马克龙的肩膀上弹掉了什么东西。这个小动作被马克龙的盟友们进行了广泛解读。他们认为,这是用特朗普式的表达对公开捍卫气候协议和伊朗协议,并且支持欧洲的多边联盟的人贬低。


在国会联席会议上,马克龙发表的讲话间接斥责了特朗普,但是他仍然空着手离开了华盛顿。一位朋友在马克龙回到巴黎之后见到了他。"我问马克龙进展如何,而他告诉我这非常、非常艰难。"这个人说。


去年11月,特朗普飞往巴黎参加纪念第一次世界大战结束100周年的纪念活动。对于在这场冲突中损失惨重的欧洲国家来说,这次聚会极为重要,这些国家在。在前往巴黎的途中,特朗普抨击了马克龙关于欧洲军队的提议。在巴黎,他似乎对所有事漠不关心,周末的大部分时间里他的情绪都很糟糕,包括和马克龙的会面。


在这次访问之前,特朗普宣称自己是一个"民族主义者",这个词在欧洲大陆上有着黑暗的内涵。特朗普访问的周末,在世界领导人面前马克龙发表了一个演讲,谴责民族主义是"对爱国主义的背叛。"而特朗普一回到华盛顿,特朗普就再一次通过推特将矛头对准马克龙,这进一步加剧了他们之间的紧张关系。


马克龙试图继续担任欧洲联盟的首席捍卫者,但是他在政治上受到了国内动乱的威胁。他试图改变法国的努力遭遇了从去年年底开始的每周抗议活动,即众所周知的"黄背心"运动。抗议活动让马克龙变得虚弱、懊悔并且专注于重建他在国内受损的形象。他被迫向内看,这影响了他反对特朗普的声音的能力。


在2017年1月就职之后,英国首相特雷莎·梅是第一位在华盛顿访问特朗普的世界领导人,这表明这两个盟友之间的"特殊关系"仍然完好无损。


相关官员表示,私人之间的谈话进行地很顺利。但是这次旅行并不是很好——她和总统在斜坡上拍照,并且她帮他稳住了斜坡——而在她离开之后的第二天,特朗普政府就推动了对几个穆斯林占多数的国家的旅行禁令,这个禁令在英国比在美国更具有争议性。


随心所欲的总统和保持克制的首相之间的个性对比表明,他们之间的私人关系总是很难维持。


英国的官员一直在努力与特朗普身边不断变换的顾问建立关系,但是他们被迫重建他们在华盛顿进行外交的方式。他们远远超越了政府内部的传统资源,以深入了解特朗普的思想法和可能行动,以及他们对总统的影响。


从表面上看,去年夏天特朗普对英国的访问似乎是对英国首相的羞辱。在接受英国一家报纸采访的时候,总统对梅关于英国脱欧的辩论的处理方式不屑一顾,并且赞扬了鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson),后者刚刚辞去了英国外交部长的职务,以抗议首相采取的脱欧政策。特朗普认为,梅的政治对手约翰逊,将会成为"一个伟大的首相。"


在特朗普和梅正在吃饭的时候,采访的新闻爆发了,并且立刻成为访问的决定性新闻。英国官员说特朗普为这个采访得到的关注而感到懊恼。第二天,在联合新闻发布会上,他对首相表示了高度的赞扬。一位英国官员说:"他不喜欢道歉,但是这个习惯却面临前所未有的挑战。"


英国人战略性地策划了特朗普的这次访问。他们在温斯顿·丘吉尔(Winston Churchill)的出生地布莱尼姆宫(Blenheim Palace)举行了盛大的仪式。这样的表演是总统所喜欢的,并且这个表演旨在将两国融合在一起。"这个编排中包含了很多的想法,"一位英国高级官员说,"这次旅行并不是为了个人关系,而是为了国家关系,而国家关系的化学反应非常良好。"


官员们表示,两位领导人之间的会晤比公众认为的更加顺利和具有实质性。"当他心情很好的时候,他就会参与其中,认真对待并且听取她提出的问题。"


但是在大的问题上,梅仍然没有能够实质性地改变特朗普的想法。


同时,梅和马克龙一样,必须要把她的注意力集中在国内的事务上,因为在3月29日英国脱离欧盟的最后期限之前,英国脱欧的辩论仍然没有能够结束。在这件事情上,特朗普还是一个不可靠的盟友。特朗普批评梅的消极立场,并且质疑英国如果不再是欧盟的一部分,英国是否还能够和美国快速达成贸易协定。特朗普这样的观点对梅产生了不利的影响。


宣布独立



如果欧洲对美国如此不满,为什么它不单独行动?


在欧洲大陆的外交政治圈中,有一个概念经常被提出,即"后大西洋世界"这个概念。在这个概念中,欧洲不再为了安全而依赖于美国。这个概念对欧洲大陆非常具有吸引力,因为现在承担对欧洲大陆的保护责任的总统对这个责任感到非常痛苦。


即使是坚定的大西洋主义者默克尔,也在2017年的5月中提出某种独立的观点,即欧洲应该"将我们的命运握在自己手里"。但是随着时间的推移,这个一开始就含糊不清的说法变得更加模糊。"她已经把这句话重复了一百万次,"欧洲对外关系委员会的詹宁说,"但是我们并不知道这意味着什么。"


在这些言辞背后的是谨慎的行动。欧洲已经承诺努力保证伊朗核协议的存在——甚至创造了金融交易工具来帮助那些企业避免受到美国制裁。但是,这片大陆是否有政治或者经济实力来维持没有美国参与的协议,目前仍不清楚。《巴黎气候协议》的前景更加乐观,但是美国的缺席也可以被敏锐感受到。


在国防方面,德国的军事实力增长并不显著,该国延续了二战后的传统,试图避免军队参与到国际冲突中。


去年年底,特朗普宣布从叙利亚撤军的时候,德国官员严厉地批评了特朗普的行为。但是德国政府一再拒绝直接参与叙利亚战争,他们更愿意发挥支持作用。法国在这件事情上则更具有侵略性。法国会加入,有时候甚至是领导对叙利亚的国际行动。


最近,马克龙和默克尔在德国的边境城市亚琛(Aachen)签署了一项友好协议,两国都宣称有必要将两国命运更紧密地联系在一起,而在历史上,这两个国家更多时间处于敌对状态。但是欧洲大陆上的卓越大国在自立之前,仍然有很长的路要走。


"马克龙和默克尔都谈到了欧洲需要,有能力实现战略自治,而不是依赖美国保障安全。但是只要德国在国防上开支依然这么少,只要德国的战略文化和法国如此不同,这一目标就不可能实现。"欧洲改革中心的主任查尔斯·格兰特(Charles Grant)指出,"但他们应该要言出必行。"


一些人越来越不耐烦于等待这种情况发生,他们试图敦促欧洲加快行动。"我们必须长大。我们必须成熟。"德国议会中的外交事务委员会主席诺伯特·罗特根(Norbert Röttgen)说,"我们必须要学会成为国际关系中的成年人。"


很少人会不同意这样的观点。但是总是有一些事情成为阻碍:欧盟内部的不团结、英国脱欧、经济增长缓慢和普遍认为欧洲可以和世界问题保持距离,虽然有充分的证据证明事实并非如此。


随着国际关系越来越像过去的大国竞争——美国、中国和俄罗斯在争夺势力范围——而欧洲则很不舒服地单独站在一边。


"我们是充满肉食动物的世界上的最后一位素食主义者,"德国前外交部长加布里尔说,"如果英国离开欧盟,我们将成为一个严格的素食主义者。"


四年还是八年



在特朗普当选仅两年后,暂时没有办法就特朗普任期最终对欧洲和美国的关系意味着什么得出结论。但至少,这是一个过渡时期,不过究竟会过渡成什么样子则是一个问题。


"这是一个历史犹豫不决的时期,"莫伊西说,"但是你不知道历史最终会走向何方。"


这位法国学者认为,欧洲日益严重的民粹主义运动几乎不可避免。和这片大陆上的其他人一样,他担心在五月份的欧洲议会选举将为民粹主义政党成员带来潜在的巨大胜利。


"我认为美国有很多人都觉得欧洲已经失败,觉得欧洲必然会走上这条路。"他补充说,"我说,好吧,情况可能是这样。精英阶层对不良领导人的接连出现和不负责任的行为负主要责任。但是同时,你可以说这种情况并不是完全不可避免。马克龙可能在欧洲选举中表现出色。特朗普可能被击败。英国脱欧导致的混乱可能会再次促使人们回归理性。这就是为什么我说我们正处于转折点,为什么说历史在犹豫不决。"

去年,马克龙,梅和默克尔在保加利亚举行欧盟领导人峰会之前。 (Jasper Juinen /彭博新闻)

图片来源为网站文章截图。


第二次世界大战结束以来,和美国最亲密的三个国家都感觉,2020年的总统选举会、或者可能会成为历史走向何方的分界线。在欧洲看来,美国选举被视为能够决定未来的大事。


"他已经造成了很大伤害。"一位英国前政府官员谈到特朗普时说,"但是,到目前为止,我们还很难确定他到底是破坏者还是毁灭者。这很大程度上取决于特朗普是否会连任。"

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          America deserved better than Nancy Pelosi      Comment   Translate Page      
A number of us knew Nancy Pelosi was not the Speaker of the House the country needed -- or deserved.  Some didn't want to get honest about that.  Can they get honest now?  Whoopi, Cher, all of you who don't really follow reality, you still standing by your support for Nancy?


Have no fear insurance, pharma and medical conglomerates, will eviscerate and destroy , you own her and most of ⁦⁩.



John Stauber is highlighting this SLUDGE article that notes:

A top hospital lobbyist told a room of health care executives this week not to worry about “Medicare for All” and suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) won’t let the idea come up for a vote during the current Congress.
Tom Nickels, the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) executive vice president for government relations, spoke at the organization’s annual conference on Monday, a day before Pelosi addressed the same Washington, D.C. ballroom.
Although Nickels said that President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate would never support the idea of a government-run universal health care system, he predicted Pelosi also will work to block Medicare for All legislation, in hopes of protecting moderate Democrats in swing districts.
Again, we deserved better than Nancy.  She's not going to fight for what America needs.  She's 'left' only to those who don't know better or who are centrists.


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

 
Friday, April 12, 2019.  Lie about Iraq and get promoted or hired (Kevin Drum got hired by MOTHER JONES), tell the truth and get arrested like Julian Assange.


Yesterday, the founder and publisher of WIKILEAKS, Julian Assange, was arrested in London.  Why?

That's a multi-answer.  Some have cried "treason!"  Julian Assange is an Australian citizen, as such he cannot commit treason against the United States.  He is a publisher and the news he publishes makes the powerful uncomfortable.


For the US government, the first extreme bit of discomfort came on Monday April 5, 2010, when WIKILEAKS released  military video of a July 12, 2007 assault in Iraq. 12 people were killed in the assault including two REUTERS journalists Namie Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh.  Not only was the US government responsible for that attack, they were responsible for the lies and the coverup that followed.  When WIKILEAKS published the video, the truth was known.


Legal scholar Jonathan Turley (USA TODAY) explains:

He is our property.” Those celebratory words of Sen. Joe Manchin (D, W.V.) came on CNN soon after the news of the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. It was a sentiment shared by virtually everyone in Washington from Congress to the intelligence services. Assange committed the unpardonable sins of embarrassing the establishment — from members of Congress to intelligence officials to the media. And he will now be punished for our sins. Despite having significant constitutional arguments to be made, it is likely that he will be stripped of those defenses and even barred from raising the overall context of his actions in federal court. What could be the most important free speech and free press case in our history could well be reduced to the scope and substance of an unauthorized computer access case.

Moreover, he was doing something that is usually heralded in the media. He disclosed a massive and arguably unconstitutional surveillance program by the United States impacting virtually every citizen. He later published emails that showed that the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of Hillary Clinton lied in various statements to the public, including the rigging of the primary for her nomination. No one has argued that any of these emails were false. They were embarrassing. Of course, there is not crime of embarrassing the establishment but that is merely a technicality.


WSWS observes:

For its part, the establishment media, which functions as an arm of the state, has jumped in to support the attack on Assange.
On Thursday evening, the editorial boards of the New York Times and the Washington Post issued statements supporting Assange’s extradition. “The government charged Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, not with publishing classified government information, but with stealing it,” declared the New York Times, adding, “The administration has begun well by charging Mr. Assange with an indisputable crime.”
The Washington Post was even more open in its support of the Trump administration’s campaign against Assange, declaring “Mr. Assange’s case could conclude as a victory for the rule of law, not the defeat for civil liberties of which his defenders mistakenly warn.”
“Mr. Assange is not a free-press hero,” declares the Post. “Unlike real journalists, WikiLeaks dumped material into the public domain.” By the Post’s definition, the only “real journalists” are those that self-censor at the behest of the Pentagon.

These newspapers, which once published the Pentagon Papers, are nothing but apologists for US imperialism. One can only imagine the howls of outrage that would issue from the media if it was the Russian government that had carried out the forcible seizure and arrest of a journalist and critic of its foreign policy!



US House Rep Tulsi Gabbard, who is seeking the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, Tweeted the following:


Assange Arrest: The message is clear. To journalists and all Americans, if you try to take away our power, you will pay a high price.
 
 
The purpose of arresting is to send a message to the people, especially journalists, to be quiet and don’t get out of line. If we, the people, allow the government to control us through fear, we are no longer free, we are no longer America.
 
 
The arrest of is meant to send a message to all Americans and journalists: be quiet, behave, toe the line. Or you will pay the price.
 
 


In their daily brief this morning, Human Rights Watch notes:



The extradition of Julian Assange fr
          5-year-old allegedly thrown off balcony at Mall of America being treated: Police - KABC-TV      Comment   Translate Page      
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  4. A mother took her child to Mall of America — then a stranger threw him from a balcony  The Washington Post
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          UBS Expects 75,000 US Store Closures In Coming 'Retail Cleansing'      Comment   Translate Page      

UBS Expects 75,000 US Store Closures In Coming 'Retail Cleansing'

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 18:25

Goldman Sachs and the clients who took the bank's 'big short' trade recommendation last month will be pleased to read a research note out of UBS that has received some coverage in the mainstream press on Wednesday. Though traders who are short Amazon or long CMBX might want to avert their eyes.

According to the story about the note published by the Washington Post, UBS now expects some 75,000 stores that sell clothing, electronics and furniture to close by 2026, when online shopping is expected to make up 25% of retail sales, according to UBS. Right now, roughly 16% overall sales are made online.

Retail

The closures will be broad-based, but UBS expects some 21,000 apparel stores, 8,000 home furnishing stores and 10,000 consumer electronics stores - among thousands of others - to close.

To be sure, the US retail sector has already been hard hit by the Amazon-inspired "retail apocalypse" (though other factors, like the overbuilding of retail space during the pre-crisis years, have also contributed to the wave of bankruptcies). Since 2016, 35 major retail chains, and countless smaller ones, have filed for Chapter 11. And a host of names not listed here have filed since the beginning of the year, including Diesel USA, Charlotte Russe and Shopko (meanwhile, Payless and Gymboree have filed for a second time).

Retailers

Even retailers that have somehow managed to avoid bankruptcy, like Sears, are still closing stores. The chain has already closed some 1,300 KMart and Sears stores, and is expected to close 80 more before the end of the year. Other retailers, like GAP, for example, have warned that more closures are on the horizon.

But just like how a fire helps purify the soil, allowing healthy trees to survive and thrive, retail analysts believe this purge of uncompetitive stores will ultimately be a good thing for the industry. One called it a "healthy cleansing."

"This is a healthy cleansing for the retail industry," said John D. Morris, senior brand apparel analyst for financial services firm D.A. Davidson. "We’re in the middle of a multiyear retail purge. Companies are finding that when it comes to stores, less is more."

"Retailers have been hanging on too long to their bricks-and-mortar stores," Morris said.

Looking ahead, the team from UBS said that although same-store sales ticked up last year after a decade of steady decline for the industry, investors shouldn't interpret this as a long-term bullish indicator. Rather, if anything, it should be attributed to the temporary sugar high of the Trump tax cuts, and should be expected to reverse this year.

Analysts said in-store sales ticked up in 2018, in part because of tax cuts for some Americans. But those gains are likely to be reversed this year, said UBS analysts Jay Sole and Michael Lasser.

“This pace of store productivity improvement is unlikely to be sustained in 2019 as the boost from fiscal stimulus fades,” they wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday. “This will likely lead to an acceleration in physical store closures in the upcoming year.”

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  1. Can US sanctions on Venezuela work? | Al Jazeera Englih  Al Jazeera English
  2. Paraguay tells Pompeo: 'We have to combat' Maduro  Washington Examiner
  3. Venezuela's Maduro orders militia expansion as Guaido tours blackout-ravaged state  Reuters
  4. Short of electricity, food and water, Venezuelans return to religion  The Washington Post
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  1. Chief: Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony being treated  WTHR
  2. 5-year-old allegedly thrown off balcony at Mall of America being treated for life-threatening injuries: Police  Yahoo News
  3. An apparent stranger threw a 5-year-old boy nearly 40 feet from a mall balcony, police say  USA TODAY
  4. A mother took her child to Mall of America — then a stranger threw him from a balcony  The Washington Post
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  1. Timing Has Changed for Sunday Storms | Weather Blog  WDRB
  2. The South braces for severe weather and possible strong tornadoes through Saturday evening  Washington Post
  3. Severe weather moving into Georgia on Sunday  11Alive
  4. Southern states brace for severe weather; tornado warnings issued  Fox News
  5. Very serious threat of strong, long-lasting tornadoes in southern U.S.  CBS News
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          Hugarfóstur Allens hófst á loft      Comment   Translate Page      
Flugvél sem skartar stærsta vænghafi heims tók á loft frá Mojave flugstöðinni í Kaliforníu í dag. Jómfrúarflugið stóð yfir í um tvær og hálfa klukkustund og steig hún upp í hálfan fimmta kílómetra og náði mest 274 kílómetra hraða á klukkustund. Flugvélinni er ætlað að vera nokkurs konar fljúgandi skotpallur fyrir gervihnetti. Hugmyndin er að hún fari upp í tíu kílómetra hæð áður en hún sleppir gervihnöttum á braut um jörðu. Ef vel tekst til á það eftir að lækka kostnaðinn við að koma gervihnöttum á braut um jörðu verulega.  Vélin er knúin af sex þotuhreyflum, og bilið á milli ystu vængoddanna er 117 metrar. BBC hefur eftir flugstjóranum Evan Thomas að upplifunin hafi verið frábær og vélin hafi að mestu leyti flogið ein sog búist var við. Today the #Stratolaunch aircraft flew for 2.5 hours over the Mojave Desert, reaching a top speed of 189 mph. Check out the historic flight here: #StratoFirstFlight pic.twitter.com/x29KifphNz — Stratolaunch (@Stratolaunch) April 13, 2019 Stratolaunch var stofnað af Paul Allen heitnum, öðrum stofnanda Microsoft. Jean Floyd, framkvæmdastjóri Stratolaunch, sagði við blaðamenn í dag að það væri hvetjandi að sjá draum Allens verða að veruleika. Draumur Allens náði raunar lengra, en hann vonaðist til að flugvélin gæti komið gervihnöttum og jafnvel fólki út í geim á ódýrari og einfaldari máta.  Eftir að Allen lést í október var bæði framtíð flugvélarinnar og Stratolaunch í mikilli óvissu. Stjórnendur fyrirtækisins vildu ekki tala um framtíð fyrirtækisins við blaðamenn að sögn Washington Post. Það dró þó verulega saman seglin eftir lát Allens og sagði upp tugum starfsmanna.
          Ellen Nakashima: Julian Assange's extradition case could take several years      Comment   Translate Page      
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London late last week, with the US charging him with conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer in the Pentagon. His arrest came after Ecuador revoked the political asylum that has seen him remain in place at the embassy for nearly seven years. Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Ellen Nakashima, who is the National Security Correspondent for The Washington Post joins the show to look at Assange's arrest and what will possibly happen next.
           Comment on Daniel Ellsberg On Assange Arrest: The Beginning of the End For Press Freedom by The Rev Kev       Comment   Translate Page      
Not sure if I can agree with your definition of journalism. As an example about document dumping which you complain about - remember the Panama papers? That made a big hit when they came out and a team of journalist were organized to go through them for release. Well that was several years ago and they seemed to have dropped down a memory hole. When they came out, they took care the splash the photo of a man that was never in that list at all, that of Putin. Modern journalism isn't a source. It's a bottleneck. I seem to recall that Wikileaks offered to consult with Washington to go through any files released to redact any sensitive information. They not only refused Wikileaks but doubled down on them to hunt them down. And I remember Peter Greste. He actually had support from the Australian government to help him. But for him to claim that Wikileaks is not a news organization is only special pleading. Is the Washington Post a news organization? The New York Times? The Australian? Whatever those papers are doing it is not journalism. They are not your friend. And do not accept any journalistic chocolate sandwiches from them. It will not be chocolate.
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          "Empire State of Mind" with author Zack O'Malley Greenberg      Comment   Translate Page      
I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can -Jay Z Some people think Jay-Z is just another rapper.  Others see him as just another celebrity/mega-star.  The reality is, no matter what you think Jay-Z is, he is first and foremost a business. You can slip into his Rocawear clothing - official sponsor of the New York Yankees - wake up to the local radio station playing Jay-Z's latest hit, spritz yourself with his 9IX cologne, lace up your Reebok S. Carter sneakers, catch a Nets basketball game in the afternoon, and grab dinner at The Spotted Pig before heading to an evening performance of the Jay-Z-backed Broadway musical “Fela!” and a nightcap at his 40/40 Club.  He'll profit at every turn of your day. But despite Jay-Z's success, there are still many Americans whose impressions of him are foggy, outdated, or downright incorrect.  Surprisingly to many, he honed his business philosophy not at a fancy B school, but on the streets of Brooklyn and beyond as a drug dealer in the 1980s. “Empire State of Mind” tells the story behind Jay-Z's rise to the top as told by the people who lived it with him.  This book explains just how Jay-Z propelled himself from the bleak streets of Brooklyn to the heights of the business world. Join Zack O'Malley Greenberg, live from the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse... Zack O'Malley Greenburg is a Forbes staff writer and author of the Jay-Z biography Empire State of Mind.  He pens The Beat Report at Forbes, where he's covered finance and music since 2005, profiling the likes of Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber, Richard Branson and 50 Cent.  Along the way, Zack's stories have taken him from Omaha's rail yards to the diamond mines of Sierra Leone.  He has also written for The Washington Post, Vibe, McSweeney's, Sports Illustrated and others.  He has served as a guest lecturer at Yale, Berklee School of Music, Georgetown and Harvard, and has appeared as an expert source for BBC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, E!, MTV, Reuters and other outlets.
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          Before Rappler, there was PCIJ: A foreign-funded media weapon of the Yellows      Comment   Translate Page      
BY RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO       APRIL 12, 2019

COME to think of it, the Yellows most probably used the misnamed Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) as its template for Rappler, and improved on it by having daily new reportage and by spending millions of pesos for technology to expand its internet reach.

While both viewed themselves as God’s gift to Philippine journalism, with PCIJ indeed producing to its credit about two dozen good investigative reports in its 29 years of existence, it has since degenerated into a tool of the Yellow forces and, recently, of US foreign policy.

This is not my opinion but the indisputable conclusion from facts, which anyone can verify by simply going to the PCIJ website and poring over its articles since 1999.

There is no PCIJ article critical of the second Yellow regime of Fidel Ramos posted in its website.

But it produced dozens of articles against Ramos’ successor Joseph Estrada, especially on his wealth, so that its executive editor then boasted that it was PCIJ that brought that presidency down just as the Washington Post’s Wood-Bernstein duo toppled the Nixon administration. (In our case though, I was told, ‘Deep Throat’ was the top intelligence man of Fidel Ramos, who allegedly went all out to topple Estrada who was then going to prosecute him for the corrupt Amari deal.)

Vociferousness
Right after the Yellows broke away from President Gloria Arroyo’s administration, PCIJ, with the same intensity as the Philippine Daily Inquirer, posted scores of articles vehemently critical of her, her family and her administration. The articles’ vociferousness was such that it was as if it expected to repeat its alleged feat with Estrada.

Many of the articles bordered on tabloid sensationalism. An article titled “Shame and Scandal in the Family,” simply listed the allegations raised by the Yellows against the Arroyo family, all of which — despite the Benigno Aquino administration’s efforts in six years to pin them down on these accusations — have been proven false.

Balanced investigations?

The anti-Arroyo articles were a mockery of investigative journalism. These simply cited some data and spun them as conclusive of Arroyo’s corruption such as the articles titled “Arroyo’s mysterious millions,”“Obscure firms bag DPWH deals,” and “Mike Arroyo claim stalls land reform in Negros.”

But not only that. PCIJ ran puff-pieces on anti-Arroyo personalities, such as Jim Paredes (titled “We should awaken memory”), or had them write articles in its site, such as those by Vicente Romano and Chito Gascon. Even communist demagogue Jose Maria Sison wrote a lengthy article in its defunct magazine, titled “A Stronger Revolution.”

PCIJ together with the Philippine Daily Inquirer during the Arroyo administration was the tandem that was the Yellow’s propaganda weapon. Even months after Arroyo stepped down from power, the PCIJ was still producing articles hounding not just Arroyo but even her children.

And during President Aquino 3rd”s regime, how many articles were there that were critical of him?

Not a single one.

P-Noy
There was a seemingly critical article titled “The Wealth of P-Noy,” which reported that his wealth had grown nearly three times, or from only P15 million as of December 2009 to P55 million as of December 2010. But the article turned out to only preempt criticism on the astonishing increase in Aquino’s wealth after a year in power. It claimed that the increase was “likely” due to inheritance from his mother’s estate.

The PCIJ in fact did not conceal its admiration for Aquino, as in its September 2016 article titled “P-NOY’S POVERTY CHALLENGE: Bold blows vs corruption, cautious steps vs poverty” (caps in original):

“Aquino 3rd became the Philippines’ 15th president on June 30, 2010, triggering a contagion of hopefulness among Filipinos. He wooed and won votes with a slogan that was simple, yet catchy — ”Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.” Without corruption, there’d be no poverty.

The second Aquino presidency has spread a virus of hope that finds sole parallel in the tide of goodwill that Filipinos bestowed on his late mother and democracy icon Corazon ‘Cory’ C. Aquino after the 1986 EDSA People Power revolt.”

Did the PCIJ investigate how Aquino’s Transportation department made daily commute a hell for Filipinos because of its corrupt handling of the MRT 3? No. That department’s corruption in handing over its maintenance to Yellow cronies? No. The Interior department’s overpriced purchase of 300 Indian-made utility vehicles that broke down after three months, with no parts available? No.

Incompetence
Did it report Aquino’s total incompetence in preparing the Eastern Visayas region for the Yolanda super-typhoon that led to the horrific drowning of thousands, and the area’s rehabilitation after the disaster? Not a word.

The loss of Scarborough Shoal because of Aquino and his Foreign Affairs secretary Albert del Rosario’s bungling? The massacre of 47 elite police troops in Mamasapano in Mindanao? The Aquino administration’s “midnight” purchase of P3 billion worth of the Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine that turned out to be defective that it has led to the deaths of about 150 children? How Aquino funneled billions of pesos to his home province and to other Liberal Party bastions in the scheme called the Disbursement Acceleration Program?

The absence of any article on these crimes of the Aquino administration is enough proof that the PCIJ had become a tool, an effective one, of the Yellow Cult.

Not only that, the PCIJ was even a part of the propaganda against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez and Chief Justice Renato Corona, whom Aquino strived — successfully — to remove in his agenda to control all branches of government. Toward the May 2016 elections, the PCIJ focused on that other Aquino target: Jejomar Binay.

Hibernation
From its six-years hibernation in “investigating” government corruption during the Aquino regime, the PCIJ energetically devoted its resources in portraying Duterte’s as the “presidency bathed in blood,” as its former executive director titled her article.

Its propaganda thrusts in its 50 or so articles are exactly those of the Yellows’: that Duterte’s anti-drug war killed thousands of innocents; that Marawi City hasn’t been rehabilitated; and that administration’s cases filed against Rappler’s CEO for tax evasion are all about suppression of the press.

Its most notorious, or hilarious, “investigation” was its “exclusive” publication of former Davao City police Arthur Lascañas’ alleged diary relating the “bloody exploits of Duterte’s Davao Death Squad.” The diary was so obviously fake, with its terms like political Waterloo and “The Divine Trap” (the title of a 2014 novel by a Belgian banker) so beyond the police sergeant’s bank of knowledge. PCIJ was simply used by Antonio Trillanes 4th in his project then to get the International Court of Justice to try Duterte for human rights violations.

PCIJ shares with Rappler another feature: It has relied on foreign funding, mostly from US entities. In Rappler’ case, the Securities and Exchange Commission ruled this as in violation of the Constitution’s ban on any foreign participation in media.

It was the Asia Foundation that funded PCIJ in its early years. For the years 2015 to 2016, the Washington-based National Endowment for Democracy, an entity said to be a conduit for the Central Intelligence Agency’s propaganda activities, gave it $106,000. (NED has also been funding two media entities critical of Duterte: Vera Files, $70,000, and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, $278,000. )

I have asked PCIJ’s executive director, citing my right to Freedom of Information, to furnish me with a report on how much funding from foreign entities it has received so far, including details. I hope it adheres to the same transparency principles it has been demanding of government officials.

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https://www.manilatimes.net/before-rappler-there-was-pcij-a-foreign-funded-media-weapon-of-the-yellows/539043/

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Here are a few odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention while mine is focused elsewhere:

Hurricane Harvey aftermath still affecting Harris County
The Houston Chronicle reports on long delays and an uncertain future for Harris County criminal courts. Commenters are blaming the new county judge, but this is a crisis she inherited. Meanwhile, terms of the county's bail settlement proffer has been announced; more on that development once your correspondent has time to digest it and talk to a few folks.

Twin Peaks prosecutions petered out
The last of the Twin Peaks biker shooting cases were dismissed. What a disaster! After all that hoopla - arresting many dozens for no good reason - not one person will be prosecuted for anything in the whole mess. Grits was told by a defense attorney whose seen the discovery that there may be a not-completely-unacceptable reason for that: The people involved in the shooting were all killed by one another or police during the event, and nearly everyone who was arrested were just innocent people who happened to be there. The few remaining cases finally dropped were ancillary to the event and the statute of limitations has now run out on all of them. Grits can't think of many recent competitors for examples of more egregious prosecutorial overreach. Abel Reyna screwed the pooch on the day of the shootings, substituting his own judgment and investigative approach for police commanders, and the community has been paying a steep-and-getting-steeper price ever since.

Panhandler gets $12K bail for stealing $1 at a food truck
An aggressive panhandler snatched a dollar bill - maybe two, it's a disputed account - from a food-truck customer in Austin last week and the courts gave her a $12,000 bail amount. What kind of jackassery is this? Are they TRYING to give bail reformers a poster child? Good Lord!

Fighting for police accountability via their union contract
Chas Moore and Sukyi McMahon from the Austin Justice Coalition had an op ed in the New York Times about their group's fight to reform the local police-union contract and improve civilian oversight of the Austin Police Department. For more background, check out this interview with Moore and two police-union negotiators in the aftermath of the contract agreement, reflecting on the year-and-a-half long fight.

Grand jury declines indictments for guards accused of falsifying disciplinary cases
Hard to get District Attorneys in small counties with sizable prison-guard populations to get real enthusiastic about prosecuting corruption, so one shouldn't be completely surprised that a grand jury declined to indict guards who allegedly falsified disciplinary cases against inmates. But it certainly contributes to an ongoing perception that the agency benefits from insular, rural settings and that external oversight is needed.

Texas still leader in exonerations/false convictions
Texas tied with New York for the most exonerations last years, according to the national registry. That's primarily because of exonerations based on plea deals based on flawed drug field tests, which have caused hundreds of false convictions in Harris County, and probably other jurisdictions where they haven't been uncovered because no one ever looked.

When prosecutors are too jaded to make a proper argument and too lazy to go farther than their Twitter feed to find an improper one
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered a new trial after a prosecutor used a viral video of a lion trying to get at a baby on the other side of a glass partition at a zoo to say that a defendant was a dangerous predator.

Is asset-forfeiture reform ready for its close-up?
Monday is civil-asset forfeiture reform day in the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

For the reading list
Finally, here are a few disparate items for the reading list:

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Right wing media organizations openly propagandize on behalf of right wing politicians. What else is new?

by digby



To my mind this piece from 2017 proves that Wikileaks behaved exactly like Breitbart and Fox News, advising their preferred candidate about strategy, running derogatory stories about his rival and covering for his crimes and corruption. Recall that Trump hired Steve Bannon directly from the Breitbart editor's job to formally run his campaign.

The difference, of course, is that Breitbart and Fox don't pretend to be a "radical transparency" organization devoted to exposing government power wherever they find it. They have no problem owning the fact that they are cheap, partisan whores who are working for the advancement of an authoritarian scumbag largely in order to own the libs. That's what Julian Assange did during the 2016 election. He's just less honest about it:

Just before the stroke of midnight on September 20, 2016, at the height of last year’s presidential election, the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent a private direct message to Donald Trump Jr., the Republican nominee’s oldest son and campaign surrogate. “A PAC run anti-Trump site putintrump.org is about to launch,” WikiLeaks wrote. “The PAC is a recycled pro-Iraq war PAC. We have guessed the password. It is ‘putintrump.’ See ‘About’ for who is behind it. Any comments?” (The site, which has since become a joint project with Mother Jones, was founded by Rob Glaser, a tech entrepreneur, and was funded by Progress for USA Political Action Committee.)

The next morning, about 12 hours later, Trump Jr. responded to WikiLeaks. “Off the record I don’t know who that is, but I’ll ask around,” he wrote on September 21, 2016. “Thanks.”

The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were also turned over by Trump Jr.’s lawyers to congressional investigators. They are part of a long—and largely one-sided—correspondence between WikiLeaks and the president’s son that continued until at least July 2017. The messages show WikiLeaks, a radical transparency organization that the American intelligence community believes was chosen by the Russian government to disseminate the information it had hacked, actively soliciting Trump Jr.’s cooperation. WikiLeaks made a series of increasingly bold requests, including asking for Trump’s tax returns, urging the Trump campaign on Election Day to reject the results of the election as rigged, and requesting that the president-elect tell Australia to appoint Julian Assange ambassador to the United States.
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Though Trump Jr. mostly ignored the frequent messages from WikiLeaks, he at times appears to have acted on its requests. When WikiLeaks first reached out to Trump Jr. about putintrump.org, for instance, Trump Jr. followed up on his promise to “ask around.” According to a source familiar with the congressional investigations into Russian interference with the 2016 campaign, who requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, on the same day that Trump Jr. received the first message from WikiLeaks, he emailed other senior officials with the Trump campaign, including Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Brad Parscale, and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, telling them WikiLeaks had made contact. Kushner then forwarded the email to campaign communications staffer Hope Hicks. At no point during the 10-month correspondence does Trump Jr. rebuff WikiLeaks, which had published stolen documents and was already observed to be releasing information that benefited Russian interests.

WikiLeaks played a pivotal role in the presidential campaign. In July 2016, on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, WikiLeaks released emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee's servers that spring. The emails showed DNC officials denigrating Bernie Sanders, renewing tensions on the eve of Clinton’s acceptance of the nomination. On October 7, less than an hour after the Washington Post released the Access Hollywood tape, in which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women, Wikileaks released emails that hackers had pilfered from the personal email account of Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta.

On October 3, 2016, WikiLeaks wrote again. “Hiya, it’d be great if you guys could comment on/push this story,” WikiLeaks suggested, attaching a quote from then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton about wanting to “just drone” WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.

“Already did that earlier today,” Trump Jr. responded an hour-and-a-half later. “It’s amazing what she can get away with.”

Two minutes later, Trump Jr. wrote again, asking, “What’s behind this Wednesday leak I keep reading about?” The day before, Roger Stone, an informal advisor to Donald Trump, had tweeted, “Wednesday@HillaryClinton is done. #WikiLeaks.”

WikiLeaks didn’t respond to that message, but on October 12, 2016, the account again messaged Trump Jr. “Hey Donald, great to see you and your dad talking about our publications,” WikiLeaks wrote. (At a rally on October 10, Donald Trump had proclaimed, “I love WikiLeaks!”)

“Strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us,” WikiLeaks went on, pointing Trump Jr. to the link wlsearch.tk, which it said would help Trump’s followers dig through the trove of stolen documents and find stories. “There’s many great stories the press are missing and we’re sure some of your follows [sic] will find it,” WikiLeaks went on. “Btw we just released Podesta Emails Part 4.”

Trump Jr. did not respond to this message. But just 15 minutes after it was sent, as The Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau pointed out, Donald Trump himself tweeted, “Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!”

Two days later, on October 14, 2016, Trump Jr. tweeted out the link WikiLeaks had provided him. “For those who have the time to read about all the corruption and hypocrisy all the @wikileaks emails are right here: http://wlsearch.tk/,” he wrote.

After this point, Trump Jr. ceased to respond to WikiLeaks’s direct messages, but WikiLeaks escalated its requests.

“Hey Don. We have an unusual idea,” WikiLeaks wrote on October 21, 2016. “Leak us one or more of your father’s tax returns.” WikiLeaks then laid out three reasons why this would benefit both the Trumps and WikiLeaks. One, The New York Times had already published a fragment of Trump’s tax returns on October 1; two, the rest could come out any time “through the most biased source (e.g. NYT/MSNBC).”

It is the third reason, though, WikiLeaks wrote, that “is the real kicker.” “If we publish them it will dramatically improve the perception of our impartiality,” WikiLeaks explained. “That means that the vast amount of stuff that we are publishing on Clinton will have much higher impact, because it won’t be perceived as coming from a ‘pro-Trump’ ‘pro-Russia’ source.” It then provided an email address and link where the Trump campaign could send the tax returns, and adds, “The same for any other negative stuff (documents, recordings) that you think has a decent chance of coming out. Let us put it out.”

Trump Jr. did not respond to this message.

WikiLeaks didn’t write again until Election Day, November 8, 2016. “Hi Don if your father ‘loses’ we think it is much more interesting if he DOES NOT conceed [sic] and spends time CHALLENGING the media and other types of rigging that occurred—as he has implied that he might do,” WikiLeaks wrote at 6:35pm, when the idea that Clinton would win was still the prevailing conventional wisdom. (As late as 7:00pm that night, FiveThirtyEight, a trusted prognosticator of the election, gave Clinton a 71 percent chance of winning the presidency.) WikiLeaks insisted that contesting the election results would be good for Trump’s rumored plans to start a media network should he lose the presidency. “The discussion can be transformative as it exposes media corruption, primary corruption, PAC corruption, etc.,” WikiLeaks wrote.

Shortly after midnight that day, when it was clear that Trump had beaten all expectations and won the presidency, WikiLeaks sent him a simple message: “Wow.”

Trump Jr. did not respond to these messages either, but WikiLeaks was undeterred. “Hi Don. Hope you’re doing well!” WikiLeaks wrote on December 16 to Trump Jr., who was by then the son of the president-elect. “In relation to Mr. Assange: Obama/Clinton placed pressure on Sweden, UK and Australia (his home country) to illicitly go after Mr. Assange. It would be real easy and helpful for your dad to suggest that Australia appoint Assange ambassador to [Washington,] DC.”

WikiLeaks even imagined how Trump might put it: “‘That’s a real smart tough guy and the most famous australian [sic] you have!’ or something similar,” WikiLeaks wrote. “They won’t do it but it will send the right signals to Australia, UK + Sweden to start following the law and stop bending it to ingratiate themselves with the Clintons.” (On December 7, Assange, proclaiming his innocence, had released his testimony in front of London investigators looking into accusations that he had committed alleged sexual assault.)

In the winter and spring, WikiLeaks went largely silent, only occasionally sending Trump Jr. links. But on July 11, 2017, three days after The New York Times broke the story about Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with connections to Russia’s powerful prosecutor general, WikiLeaks got in touch again.

“Hi Don. Sorry to hear about your problems,” WikiLeaks wrote. “We have an idea that may help a little. We are VERY interested in confidentially obtaining and publishing a copy of the email(s) cited in the New York Times today,” citing a reference in the paper to emails Trump Jr had exchanged with Rob Goldstone, a publicist who had helped set up the meeting. “We think this is strongly in your interest,” WikiLeaks went on. It then reprised many of the same arguments it made in trying to convince Trump Jr. to turn over his father’s tax returns, including the argument that Trump’s enemies in the press were using the emails to spin an unfavorable narrative of the meeting. “Us publishing not only deprives them of this ability but is beautifully confounding.”

The message was sent at 9:29 am on July 11. Trump Jr. did not respond, but just hours later, he posted the emails himself, on his own Twitter feed.

Some time after 2011 or so, Wikileaks morphed into plain old partisan yellow journalism worthy of no more respect as a journalistic organization than Newsmax or Glenn Beck's The Blaze. It's protected under the First Amendment but you can't blame liberals for being reluctant to energetically take up the cause after what he did. The ACLU will do it, no doubt, as will other defenders of free speech. But you can bet the right wingers like Trump and Hannity will run as fast as they can now that Assange is in custody and can no longer help them out.No one should ever expect the right wing to defend free speech unless it directly benefits them.

This is a good rundown of the civil liberties and press freedom concerns about the Assange charges. Even miscreant yellow journalists have a right to publish and protect their sources.




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Assange is a Rothschild-Israeli Operative 



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by Brabantian
(henrymakow.com)


This past week, Britain got the perfect media distraction from its massive betrayal of Brexit voters - the 'arrest' of Julian Assange in the London Ecuador Embassy, a month after Ecuador received $4.2 billion in funding from the USA-dominated IMF.  Ecuador is also lined up for a new USA trade 'deal'.

We all tend to be too eager for a 'hero' against the establishment, so we don't recognize that sometimes, a fake 'hero' is supplied by the CIA's own favoured media outlets.

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(Thought only Popes do this sign) 

And indeed, there is evidence that anti-9-11-truth Assange, is a Mossad - CIA fraud, with a long history tied to the world's wealthiest family, the Israel-devoted Rothschilds. We need to see what every major government knows, there is nothing real about either Julian Assange or Edward Snowden.

The 'Assange living in the Ecuador embassy for 7 years' story, is apparently a fairy tale, an easy hoax to pull off, with Assange only there for photos and meetings. The IMF - USA cash & trade deal for Ecuador, not only rewards the staging the 'arrest' of Assange, but also the cover-up of the fact he was never really living there.

Assange was easily moved in & out to Rothschild friends' homes, using wig, fake glasses & moustache, workman's uniforms etc; London police on 24 / 7 watch, helping under national security orders; Ecuador embassy staff perhaps bribed, and facing career destruction or worse, plus no media support, if they say anything.

To fill out the details, one can start by noting the very friendly, mutual-praise relationship between Julian Assange and Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, documented on Veterans Today.


Haaretz even reports Turkish leading figures close to Erdogan talking about the evidence of Wikileaks as an Israeli-supported operation, the Turks saying: "Israel is very pleased. Israel has been making statements for days, even before the release of these [Wikileaks] documents. Documents were released and they immediately said, Israel will not suffer from this. How did they know that?"

Veterans Today reports they learned of Israeli media quoting Bibi Netanyahu saying, "Assange is talking to us and nothing will be released that will hurt us", VT adding: "Wikileaks is a unit of Israeli intelligence ... as early as 2011, Julian Assange admitted that all Wikileaks material was submitted to Israel before publishing, with some of that editing and reviewing done at New York Times offices by staff from the Israeli consulate in New York. We have on the spot confirmation of this. "
 
Assange's childhood in Australia was enmeshed with a CIA-tied mind-control cult abusing children, called 'The Family'
http://aanirfan.blogspot.com/2019/04/assange-false-flag.html


THE BAER BANK EPISODE 

One of Julian Assange's early 'Wikileaks' campaigns, was to greatly damage the 1800s-vintage Swiss Bank Julius Baer (Julius Bär), the great rival to the Rothschild Bank in Switzerland.

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At age 52, wealthy Julius Baer CEO Alex Widmer was found 'mysteriously dead', allegedly 'suicide'. Assange provided 'leaks' about Julius Baer and its clients, Assange claiming to be concerned about 'tax evasion', striking fear into the bank's customers, and eventually sinking the bank's share value 60%.

Julius Baer went to court in the USA where Wikileaks was hosted, to stop Wikileaks revealing client data ... the Fox Rothschild law firm represented Wikileaks, won, and got Wikileaks back dishing dirt on the Rothschild bank rival, permanently damaging it.

Another Julian Assange lawyer has been Mark Stephens of Finers Stephens Innocent, legal advisors to Rothschild Waddesdon Trust.

A person who has posted bail for Assange, is UK socialite Jemima Khan née Goldsmith (Goldschmidt), a sister in law of the Rothschilds, her brother Ben wed Kate Rothschild, her father James Goldsmith a Rothschild cousin.
The Rothschild-backed and supervised 'The Economist' touted Julian as a great 'hero' for his Swiss bank leaking that helped the Rothschild bank trounce its competitor.

The UK Guardian news site, major early promoter of Assange, has had 'Scott Trust' board supervision from Paul Myners of Rothschild Ltd & Sons, and Anthony Salz of Investment Bank Rothschild.

Assange has stayed at the country mansion of Vaughan Smith, owner of media organisation Frontline Trust, where Assange has been a speaker, 'Frontline' funded by George Soros ... Soros is a partner of Rothschild cousin Goldsmith, and Richard Katz of Rothschild & Sons has been director of the Soros Open Society Institute, with other Rothschild bank employees also on Soros boards.

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The pumper of Edward Snowden, Glen Greenwald has been a Rothschild family employee too, brought in after they realised it was too ridiculous to sell Snowden via the Washington Post reporter Snowden first 'leaked' to, Bart Gellman, who is the biographer & friend of USA Vice President & warmonger Dick Cheney ... Now, Greenwald is funded by CIA-Ukraine meddling billionaire Pierre Omidyar.

Notice that despite 'USA federal criminal indictment' etc, there is no seizure of Wikileaks funds etc. or deplatforming of its touts - Wikileaks successfully shilling for donations even now ... whilst many other people, have been de-platformed, banned, blocked from fundraising etc, for mere slightly dissident opinion, without even an accusation of crime.

At age 82, US longtime CIA adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski admitted on 29 November 2010 on USA television, the PBS News Hour, that Wikileaks were clearly intel-agency seeded and selected.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAca9RdGl98

Aside from Wikileaks material on countries targeted by the US-Nato or Israel - such as the 'Arab Spring' incitement material - 'Wikileaks' regarding the USA were 'nothing dramatically new' (US foreign torture etc); 'control file' material (Hillary-bashing, to hold over her head in case she won); and overall designed to 'rat trap' - lure, identify & destroy - real dissidents lured into contacting Wikileaks.

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At least two people who contacted Assange have turned up dead - Seth Rich & Peter W Smith. Assange pretends to be 'concerned' about the former; he denies receiving the latter's files. Others are jailed.

Tho they claim to fear extradition, Assange and Snowden, like good CIA assets, refuse to use the devastating files on USA Virginia federal judge bribery which have stopped other extraditions, even though those judges are the exact ones who would allegedly put Assange & Snowden on trial. It is all been a fraud with these 'fake heroes', and the Satanists are having a good laugh over it.

WHY THE ARREST NOW?

Why was Assange 'arrested' now? The 'seven years living in a tiny room in the London Ecuador Embassy' story, was obviously getting long in the tooth, harder to believe the longer it continued. Assange and Snowden are creations of the Obama CIA, and shortly after Trump took office, moves were made toward winding down the Assange hoax, with Sweden even dropping their dodgy 'rape charges' against Assange in early 2017. The timing at the moment was chosen to distract from the British Brexit debacle, now tearing apart British society with the betrayal of 17 million UK Brexit voters.

There is also the fact that the ongoing travails of a supposed 'dissident hero', with a popular 'personality', distracts from many things, such as Israel's latest bombing attack on Syria, or on Gaza. Every week for a while there can be some new 'Assange story' twist and turn.

We may have news-headline 'Assange updates' ahead for months or even years, perhaps ending finally in some fake 'people's victory' for Assange, or perhaps even a fake 'trial' and a fake 'imprisonment', as people suspect take place for some of these unlikely purported 'lone wolf attackers' who are presented to us in various suspicious 'killing events'.

THE ASSANGE-ROTHSCHILD CONNECTION

What is the basis of the deep bond between Julian Assange and the Rothschilds? The Rothschilds with their estimated 400 billion (at least) fortune, and passion for Israel, naturally have a great interest in media control, taking a direct role on boards supervising leading global media such as the UK Guardian and The Economist.

But in order to really control media, one needs to control the 'opposition' media as well, and to channel the energies of potential dissidents. During the Obama era, it was decided to give the world two fake 'dissident heroes', pumped by Rothschild and CIA partner media, who would deceive the entire world. These two fake dissidents, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, perhaps exceeded expectations in how they duped the public, despite their obvious Rothschild and CIA-establishment connections, and despite obvious trouble signs such as indulging Israel and aggressively opposing 9-11 truth.

Assange and Snowden provided many side benefits for the global NWO cabal, such as de-legitimising real dissidents, with many people saying things like, 'Well, if it was true, wouldn't Assange and Snowden, and their 'brave' media, be telling us about it?' The tragic unknowable is how many dissidents were crushed and silenced, even killed, after being lured into the 'rat trap' of Snowden & Assange and their media.
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Democrats’ Foolishness SweepstakesThe Democrats' presidential aspirants seem determined to prove that their party's 2016 achievement -- the election of the current president -- was not a fluke that cannot be repeated. But the Republican party, whose last remaining raison d'être is to frustrate Democrats, seems to be thinking: We are determined to lose the 2020 election in order to foil Democrats' attempts to lose it.The Democratic aspirants radiate unseriousness about things they discuss with notable solemnity. By their words of endorsement, many of them said that the Green New Deal is a matter of life and death -- for the planet, no less. But their actions -- zero Senate votes for the GND -- say something else.Among the reasons these aspirants give for promising to abolish the Electoral College is one reason that virtually guarantees that it will not be abolished: Because each state gets two electoral votes for its senators, the system advantages the least populous states. Opposition by 13 states will extinguish any constitutional amendment. If the legislatures of any of the 13 least-populous states (Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Rhode Island, Montana, Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Idaho, West Virginia) fail to oppose an amendment abolishing the electoral-vote system, other legislatures -- those of, for example, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, Utah, Mississippi -- probably will ensure defeat.Competition in the Democrats' frivolity sweepstakes is intense. Beto O'Rourke contemplates amending the Constitution "to show that corporations are not people." Conceivably, he has not thought through why corporate personhood has been in Anglo-American law for centuries: For-profit and nonprofit (including almost all progressive advocacy groups) corporations are accorded rights as "artificial persons" (William Blackstone's phrase) to enable them to have lives, identities, and missions that span generations and produce a robust civil society of freely cooperating citizens.Donald Trump must secretly admire Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren's thoroughly Trumpian proposal -- made where pandering is perfected: Iowa -- to ban foreigners from buying U.S. farmland. Lest diabolical foreigners take our loam home? No, Warren says foreigners threaten "food security," hence "national security," too. Warren and Trump -- he who sees a national-security threat from imported Audis -- are together at last."I wore my Planned Parenthood pink!" exclaimed Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar at a recent Washington cattle call for Democratic candidates. She, who is supposed to represent the sensibility of flyover country in her disproportionately coastal party, told the conclave that a "major priority" for her, one that she would emphasize in her presidency's first 100 days, is statehood for the District of Columbia, a peculiar promise to facilitate retaking Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Julian Castro -- former mayor of San Antonio, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development -- said that when he is the 46th president, he will favor making Congress subject to the Freedom of Information Act. This is perhaps a good goal but not uppermost in the electorate's mind.The Financial Times notes that in 2018, exit polls showed that a plurality of voters – 41 percent -- ranked health care as their foremost concern. That was the year when it became obligatory for all candidates to promise that health insurance shall not be denied because of a person's preexisting health problems. But Trump ("Nobody knew health care could be so complicated") evidently is going to seek reelection saying: Trust me, there will be "a really great" Republican health-care plan -- after the election, and after my administration has convinced a court to overturn the entire Affordable Care Act (including guaranteed insurance coverage for those with preexisting conditions), which now enjoys the support of a narrow majority.Voters might wonder why the coming health plan's greatness will not be unveiled as an election asset. And voters might remember that in 1968 Richard Nixon said: Trust me, I have a plan to end the Vietnam War. When, seven years later, in April 1975, the last helicopter lifted off the roof of the besieged U.S. Embassy in Saigon, more than 21,000 Americans had died in combat since Nixon's inauguration -- approximately 37 percent of those killed in the war since the early 1960s.The eventual Democratic nominee is probably among the many already running. So the party, with its mosaic of factions to placate (affluent progressives, faculty-club socialists, suburban women, African Americans, Hispanics, climate worriers, identity-politics warriors, etc.) and its aversion to winner-take-all primaries, should remember 1972 or 1984. Its nominees, George McGovern and Walter Mondale won 25 percent and 38 percent, respectively, of the nominating electorate's votes. In the two general elections, they lost 98 states.© 2019, Washington Post Writers Group



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Во всём мире здравомыслящие люди справедливо осудили произведённый по указке США арест Джулиана Ассанжа. Однако мало кто обратил внимание, насколько хорошо это вписывается в стандартное американское лицемерие по отношению к журналистам.

Прошло чуть больше шести месяцев с тех пор, как Джамаль Хашукджи был убит и разрублен на части, предположительно, агентами Саудовской Аравии в стамбульском посольстве королевства. Журналист, который вёл колонку в The Washington Post и когда-то работал директором канала Al-Arab, был известен своей ярой критикой неправомерного вторжения в Йемен, проводимого Саудовской Аравией при поддержке США.

Согласно заключению ЦРУ, Хашукджи был жестоко убит по приказу наследного принца Мухаммеда бен Сальмана, однако президент США Дональд Трамп всё равно поддержал своего союзника и никаких серьёзных штрафов или санкций против Эр-Рияда не последовало.

Да и Турция остаётся членом НАТО и тесным партнёром США, пусть и держит в заключении больше журналистов, чем любая другая страна в мире. К концу прошлого года в турецких застенках находились около четверти всех лишённых свободы журналистов — 68 из 251.

Обвинения Ассанжу призваны криминализировать самые неотъемлемые элементы журналистской деятельности. Например, сохранение анонимности источников и удаление записей разговоров. Кроме того, это похоже на нарушение Первой поправки к американской же Конституции.

Джулиан Ассанж попал в прицел Вашингтона после обнародования доказательств зверских преступлений американских военных в Ираке и Афганистане. Как следствие, ему пришлось искать убежище в посольстве Эквадора в Лондоне.

Последовавшее за этим невероятное давление на Эквадор с требованием лишить основателя WikiLeaks предоставленного убежища в итоге закончилось арестом Ассанжа.

Если бы такое презрение к прессе ограничивалось стенами Белого дома, американский истеблишмент мог бы и дальше гнуть свою линию, виня Трампа во всех бедах. Но другая партия ничуть не лучше. Вот, например, главный демократ Вашингтона Чак Шумер восторгается в Twitter задержанием Ассанжа: «Джулиана Ассанжа арестовали, и я надеюсь, что вскоре он ответит за вмешательство в наши выборы по указке Путина и российского правительства».

Доктрина, которой нет

Учитывая это, можно сказать, что упадок моральных норм и подлая лживость широко распространились среди американского правящего класса. Например, на этой неделе на вопрос о том, почему Вашингтон поддерживает оккупацию Израилем Голанских высот, но вводит санкции против России в связи с возвращением Крыма, госсекретарь Майк Помпео ответил сенаторам, что существует некая «доктрина международного права», о которой будет рассказано позже. Естественно, оказалось, что никакой доктрины нет.

Начальник Помпео тоже не всегда в ладах с правдой. В четверг Дональд Трамп заявил: «Я ничего не знаю о WikiLeaks. Это не моя тема». Хотя ещё в 2016 году назвал издание «настоящей сокровищницей», добавив: «Я обожаю WikiLeaks».

Неусыпное внимание Америки к Ассанжу и решительный настрой его поймать — это признаки растущего неуважения к журналистам в стране, которая прежде гордилась своими «ценностями». В наши же дни президент США клеймит журналистов «врагами народа», а ряд представителей СМИ радуются аресту своего коллеги.

И всё-таки почему Ассанжа так сильно ненавидят люди разных политических убеждений и идеологий? Быть может, потому, что он показал Америку не такой, какой ей хочется казаться, а такой, какая она на самом деле.


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A prisão de Assange é um aviso da história



Desenho por Nathaniel St. Clair
O vislumbre de Julian Assange sendo arrastado da embaixada equatoriana em Londres é um emblema dos tempos. Pode contra a direita. Muscle contra a lei. Indecência contra a coragem. Seis policiais maltrataram um jornalista doente, seus olhos estremecendo contra sua primeira luz natural em quase sete anos.
Que esse ultraje aconteceu no coração de Londres, na terra da Magna Carta, deveria envergonhar e irritar todos os que temem por sociedades “democráticas”. Assange é um refugiado político protegido pelo direito internacional, o destinatário do asilo sob um estrito pacto ao qual a Grã-Bretanha é signatária. As Nações Unidas deixaram isso claro na decisão legal de seu Grupo de Trabalho sobre Detenção Arbitrária.
Mas para o inferno com isso. Deixem os bandidos entrar. Dirigido pelos quase fascistas em Trump's Washington, em aliança com o equatoriano Lenin Moreno, um judas latino-americano e mentiroso procurando disfarçar seu regime rançoso, a elite britânica abandonou seu último mito imperial: o da justiça e da justiça.
Imagine Tony Blair arrastado de sua casa georgiana de vários milhões de libras em Connaught Square, Londres, algemado, para ser enviado para a doca em Haia. Pelo padrão de Nuremberg, o "crime supremo" de Blair é a morte de um milhão de iraquianos. O crime de Assange é o jornalismo: responsabilizar os vorazes, expor suas mentiras e capacitar as pessoas em todo o mundo com a verdade.
A prisão chocante de Assange carrega um aviso para todos os que, como Oscar Wilde escreveu, “costuram as sementes do descontentamento [sem as quais] não haveria avanço para a civilização”. O aviso é explícito para os jornalistas. O que aconteceu com o fundador e editor do WikiLeaks pode acontecer com você em um jornal, você em um estúdio de TV, você no rádio, você está executando um podcast.
O principal atormentador de mídia de Assange, o Guardian, um colaborador do Estado secreto, mostrou seu nervosismo esta semana com um editorial que escalou novas alturas de doninhas. O The Guardian explorou o trabalho de Assange e do WikiLeaks no que seu editor anterior chamou de “o maior furo dos últimos 30 anos”. O jornal contornou as revelações do WikiLeaks e reivindicou os elogios e riquezas que vieram com eles.
Com nem um centavo indo para Julian Assange ou para o WikiLeaks, um livro do Guardian levou a um lucrativo filme de Hollywood. Os autores do livro, Luke Harding e David Leigh, ligaram sua fonte, abusaram dele e revelaram a senha secreta que Assange havia dado ao jornal em sigilo, que foi projetado para proteger um arquivo digital contendo cabos vazados da embaixada americana.
Com Assange agora preso na embaixada equatoriana, Harding se juntou à polícia do lado de fora e se regozijou em seu blog que “a Scotland Yard pode rir por último”. O Guardian desde então publicou uma série de falsidades sobre Assange, e não menos uma alegação desacreditada de que um grupo de russos e o homem de Trump, Paul Manafort, visitaram Assange na embaixada. As reuniões nunca aconteceram; era falso.
Mas o tom mudou agora. "O caso de Assange é uma teia moralmente emaranhada", opinou o jornal. “Ele (Assange) acredita em publicar coisas que não deveriam ser publicadas… Mas ele sempre iluminou coisas que nunca deveriam ter sido escondidas.
Essas "coisas" são a verdade sobre o modo homicida como a América conduz suas guerras coloniais, as mentiras do Ministério das Relações Exteriores britânico em sua negação de direitos a pessoas vulneráveis, como os habitantes de Chagos, a exposição de Hillary Clinton como apoiadora e beneficiária de o jihadismo no Oriente Médio, a descrição detalhada dos embaixadores americanos sobre como os governos da Síria e da Venezuela poderiam ser derrubados e muito mais. Está tudo disponível no site do WikiLeaks.
O Guardião está compreensivelmente nervoso. Policiais secretos já visitaram o jornal e exigiram e conseguiram a destruição ritual de um disco rígido. Sobre isso, o papel tem forma. Em 1983, uma funcionária do Ministério do Exterior, Sarah Tisdall, vazou documentos do governo britânico que mostravam quando as armas nucleares americanas chegariam à Europa. O Guardião foi regado de elogios.
Quando uma ordem judicial exigia conhecer a fonte, em vez de o editor ser preso por um princípio fundamental de proteção de uma fonte, Tisdall foi traído, processado e cumprido seis meses.
Se Assange for extraditado para a América por publicar o que o Guardião chama de “coisas” verdadeiras, o que impedirá o atual editor, Katherine Viner, de segui-lo, ou o editor anterior, Alan Rusbridger, ou o prolífico propagandista Luke Harding?
O que deve impedir os editores do New York Times e do Washington Post, que também publicaram pedaços da verdade que se originou com o WikiLeaks, e o editor do El Pais na Espanha, e o Der Spiegel na Alemanha e o Sydney Morning Herald na Austrália. A lista é longa.
David McCraw, advogado principal do New York Times, escreveu: “Eu acho que a acusação [de Assange] seria um precedente muito ruim para os editores… de tudo o que eu sei, ele está na posição de uma editora clássica e a lei seria temos muita dificuldade em distinguir entre o New York Times e o WilLeaks. ”
Mesmo que os jornalistas que publicaram os vazamentos do WikiLeaks não sejam convocados por um júri americano, a intimidação de Julian Assange e Chelsea Manning será suficiente. O jornalismo real está sendo criminalizado por bandidos à vista. A dissidência se tornou uma indulgência.
Na Austrália, o atual governo fascinado pelos Estados Unidos está processando dois informantes que revelaram que os espiões de Canberra grampearam as reuniões de gabinete do novo governo de Timor-Leste com o propósito expresso de enganar a pequena e empobrecida nação fora de sua própria parcela do petróleo. e recursos de gás no Mar de Timor. Seu julgamento será realizado em segredo. O primeiro-ministro australiano, Scott Morrison, é famoso por sua participação na criação de campos de concentração para refugiados nas ilhas do Pacífico de Nauru e Manus, onde crianças se machucam e se suicidam. Em 2014, Morrison propôs campos de detenção em massa para 30.000 pessoas.
O jornalismo real é o inimigo dessas desgraças. Uma década atrás, o Ministério da Defesa em Londres produziu um documento secreto que descrevia as três principais ameaças à ordem pública: terroristas, espiões russos e jornalistas investigativos. Este último foi designado como a maior ameaça.
O documento foi vazado para o WikiLeaks, que o publicou. "Não tivemos escolha", disse-me Assange. "É muito simples. As pessoas têm o direito de saber e o direito de questionar e desafiar o poder. Isso é democracia verdadeira.
E se Assange, Manning e outros no seu caminho - se houver outros - forem silenciados e “o direito de saber, questionar e desafiar” for retirado?
Na década de 1970, conheci Leni Reifenstahl, amiga íntima de Adolf Hitler, cujos filmes ajudaram a lançar o feitiço nazista sobre a Alemanha.
Ela me disse que a mensagem em seus filmes, a propaganda, não dependia de "ordens de cima", mas do que ela chamava de "vazio submisso" do público.
“Esse vazio submisso incluiu a burguesia liberal e educada?” Perguntei a ela.
“É claro”, ela disse, “especialmente a intelligentsia…. Quando as pessoas não fazem mais perguntas sérias, elas são submissas e maleáveis. Nada pode acontecer."
E fez.
O resto, ela poderia ter acrescentado, é história.
 tradução literal via computador.
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Ilhan Omar has become the target of a dangerous hate campaignFox News, New York Post and Donald Trump are contributing to a climate of vigilantism that threatens every Muslim in America today Omar’s detractors misrepresent her words, accusing her of saying things she didn’t say or condemning her for things that have been said before, even by Republicans themselves. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Here’s a question for you. Which American politician publicly referred to the terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks as “those folks who committed this act,” seemingly downplaying its horrors? Was it Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar? No. Try George W Bush. Here’s another one. Which American politician publicly called Benjamin Netanyahu “your prime minister” while addressing a crowd of Jewish American supporters. Since the statement assumes Jewish Americans carry a dual loyalty to both Israel and the United States, you might assume it was Ilhan Omar, based on all we’ve been told about her. In fact, it was Donald Trump. Or how about this. Who said that “the Stephen Miller approach to immigration has no viability”, adding that “Mr Miller is well known…for having views that are outside the mainstream,” suggesting Miller is in reality a political extremist who doesn’t belong in government? Was it Ilhan Omar? Wrong again. It was the Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. Over and over again, Ilhan Omar’s detractors misrepresent her words and intentions, accusing her of saying things she didn’t say or condemning her for things that have been said before, even by Republicans themselves. But the attacks continue. That’s why you could be forgiven for thinking that Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women ever elected to Congress, has said these – or even much worse – things. By now, she is accused so often of various speech and thought crimes that she almost seems like a figure in the Two Minutes Hate, the daily ritual used to whip party members into a frenzy in George Orwell’s novel 1984. In Orwell’s dystopia, the enemy of the people was the very Jewish-sounding Emmanuel Goldstein. If you believe some pundits, today’s enemy of the people is the very Muslim-looking Ilhan Omar. Think I’m exaggerating? Consider how Ronna McDaniel, the head of the Republican National Committee, recently labeled Omar as “anti-American” on Twitter. Or then there’s Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade, who questioned Omar’s loyalty, saying “You have to wonder if she’s an American first.” (Kilmeade has since walked back his statement a tad.) A few weeks earlier and also on Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, Jeanine Pirro questioned not just Omar’s loyalty to her country but really any hijab-observing woman’s allegiance to the United States. “Omar wears a hijab,” Pirro said, accusingly. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States constitution?” The allegations are baseless, but the attacks continue. The latest manufactured outrage derives from a speech Omar gave last month to the Los Angeles branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. As the Washington Post noted, Omar’s 23 March speech was broadcast live (including on Fox News Online), but became controversial only days ago. In one phrase of her 20-minute talk, which was focused on Muslim Americans and civil rights, Omar says “some people did something” when referring to the September 11 attacks. It’s abundantly clear by the context of the talk that Omar was saying that the actions of a few have distressingly enabled the threat to the civil rights of so many. To allege that Omar was minimizing the horrors of September 11 is to deliberately misconstrue the point of her comments. But that didn’t stop the New York Post from accusing Omar of precisely that. The cover of the Murdoch-owned tabloid had a picture of the Twin Towers in flames with the words “Here’s your something. 2,977 people dead by terrorism” plastered across the page, as if Omar herself is responsible for those deaths. Appallingly, Donald Trump has now furthered the smear, tweeting a video linking Omar and the 9/11 attacks to his millions of followers. This near daily vilification of Omar and distortion of her positions is not just politically problematic. It’s also dangerous. In February, authorities arrested the United States coast guard Lieutenant Christopher Hasson, an alleged rightwing extremist who, reports say, had placed Omar (among others) on a hit list. The West Virginia Republican party was criticized last month after a poster was displayed in the capitol rotunda that also linked Omar with 9/11. And just last week, a man from western New York was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill the Minnesota congresswoman. In scoring their cheap political points, Fox News and the New York Post and the president of the United States himself are directly contributing to a perilous climate of vigilantism that threatens not only Omar but really every Muslim in America today. On one level, it’s clear why Omar is subject to these attacks. Omar is black, a woman, an immigrant, a refugee and a Muslim. The fact that racism, sexism and bigotry drive a double-standard where Omar faces criticism while others received little to no scrutiny for the same comments is self-evident. But that’s also not the full explanation. This double standard that is applied to Omar is meant to keep us from listening to what she is actually saying and doing. To call Stephen Miller a white nationalist, as Omar did, is to state an obvious truth. Omar added that “the fact that he still has influence on policy and political appointments is an outrage.” Rather than paying attention to her words, Omar was again caricatured as an anti-Semite. “Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has a well-documented history of antisemitic comments, social media posts and relationships,” the White House said, “so it’s not surprising that she would wildly attack a Jewish member of the administration.” In fact, we should be paying all kinds of attention to Omar’s words and actions. She is principled and outspoken against all types of human rights abuses, having criticized Saudi Arabia for its war in Yemen, spoken out against Chinese repression of the Uighur population, stood with the Sudanese people in their uprising, opposed American intervention in Venezuela, grilled Elliott Abrams about his atrocious human rights record, and more. She is a cosponsor of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, and has already introduced the Protect Against Unlawful Lobbying Act of 2019, and the Federal Worker Childcare Protection Act of 2019. Most recently, she cosponsored a bi-cameral bill to end Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. And she only began her job in January. It’s no wonder that so many people, some from her own party, want to shut Ilhan Omar up. She has a lot to say and she says it. I for one will be listening closely. Moustafa Bayoumi is the author of How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America



          Re: 4 Myths About Julian Assange      Comment   Translate Page      

From the article on Henry Makow's site in Canada, 'Arrest of Julian Assange is Just Theatre':

This past week, Britain got the perfect media distraction from its massive betrayal of Brexit voters - the 'arrest' of Julian Assange in the London Ecuador Embassy, a month after Ecuador received $4.2 billion in funding from the USA-dominated IMF, and with Ecuador now lined up for a new USA trade 'deal'.

We all tend to be too eager for a 'hero' against the establishment, so we don't notice that sometimes, a fake 'hero' is supplied by the CIA's own favoured media outlets.

And indeed, there is evidence that anti-9-11-truth Assange, is a Mossad - CIA fraud, with a long history tied to the world's wealthiest family, the Israel-devoted Rothschilds. We need to see what every major government knows, there is nothing real about either Julian Assange or Edward Snowden.

A helpful history is gathered in, 'Wikileaks is a Rothschild operation: Rothschilds use Wikileaks to wound rival bank, Julian Assange’s bail posted by Rothschild sister-in-law' [details below about Julian Assange helping the Rothschild bank to wreck a rival]

The 'Assange living in the Ecuador embassy for 7 years' story, is apparently a fairy tale, an easy hoax to pull off, with Assange only there for photos and meetings. The IMF - USA cash & trade deal for Ecuador, not only rewards staging the 'arrest' of Assange, but also the cover-up of the fact he was never really living there.

Assange was easily moved in & out to Rothschild friends' homes, using wig, fake glasses & moustache, workman's uniforms etc; London police on 24 / 7 watch, helping under national security orders; Ecuador embassy staff perhaps bribed, and facing career destruction or worse, plus no media support, if they say anything.

To fill the details, one can start by noting the very friendly, mutual-praise relationship between Julian Assange and Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, documented on Veterans Today. and on Israel's major news website Ha'aretz

Ha'aretz even reports Turkish leading figures close to Erdogan talking about the evidence of Wikileaks as an Israeli-supported operation, the Turks complaining: "Israel is very pleased. Israel has been making statements for days, even before the release of these [Wikileaks] documents. Documents were released and they immediately said, Israel will not suffer from this. How did they know that?"

Veterans Today reports they learned of Israeli media quoting Bibi Netanyahu saying, "Assange is talking to us and nothing will be released that will hurt us", VT adding: "Wikileaks is a unit of Israeli intelligence ... as early as 2011, Julian Assange admitted that all Wikileaks material was submitted to Israel before publishing, with some of that editing and reviewing done at New York Times offices by staff from the Israeli consulate in New York. We have on the spot confirmation of this. "

Assange's childhood in Australia was enmeshed with a CIA-tied mind-control cult abusing children, called 'The Family'

One of Julian Assange's early 'Wikileaks' campaigns, was to greatly damage the 1800s-vintage Swiss Bank Julius Baer (Julius Bär), the great rival to the Rothschild Bank in Switzerland.

At age 52, wealthy Julius Baer CEO Alex Widmer was found 'mysteriously dead', allegedly 'suicide'. Assange provided 'leaks' about Julius Baer and its clients, Assange claiming to be concerned about 'tax evasion', striking fear into the bank's customers, and eventually sinking the bank's share value 60%.

Julius Baer went to court in the USA where Wikileaks was hosted, to stop Wikileaks revealing client data ... the Fox Rothschild law firm represented Wikileaks, won, and got Wikileaks back dishing dirt on the Rothschild bank rival, permanently damaging it.

Another Julian Assange lawyer has been Mark Stephens of Finers Stephens Innocent, legal advisors to Rothschild Waddesdon Trust.

A person who has posted bail for Assange, is UK socialite Jemima Khan née Goldsmith (Goldschmidt), a sister in law of the Rothschilds, her brother Ben wed Kate Rothschild, her father James Goldsmith a Ro

The Rothschild-backed and supervised 'The Economist' touted Julian as a great 'hero' for his Swiss bank leaking that helped the Rothschild bank trounce its competitor.

The UK Guardian news site, major early promoter of Assange, has had 'Scott Trust' board supervision from Paul Myners of Rothschild Ltd & Sons, and Anthony Salz of Investment Bank Rothschild.

Assange has stayed at the country mansion of Vaughan Smith, owner of media organisation Frontline Trust, where Assange has been a speaker, 'Frontline' funded by George Soros ... Soros is a partner of Rothschild cousin Goldsmith, and Richard Katz of Rothschild & Sons has been director of the Soros Open Society Institute, with other Rothschild bank employees also on Soros boards.

The pumper of Edward Snowden, Gleen Greenwald has been a Rothschild family employee too, brought in after they realised it was too ridiculous to sell Snowden via the Washington Post reporter Snowden first 'leaked' to, Bart Gellman, who is the biographer & friend of USA Vice President & warmonger Dick Cheney ... Now, Greenwald is funded by CIA-Ukraine meddling billionaire Pierre Omidyar.

Notice that despite 'USA federal criminal indictment' etc, there is no seizure of Wikileaks funds etc, or deplatforming of its touts - Wikileaks successfully shilling for donations even now ... whilst many other people, have been de-platformed, banned, blocked from fundraising etc, for mere slightly dissident opinion, without even an accusation of crime.

At age 82, US longtime CIA adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski admitted on 29 November 2010 on USA television, the PBS News Hour, that Wikileaks were clearly intel-agency seeded and selected.
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Aside from Wikileaks material on countries targeted by the US-Nato or Israel - such as the 'Arab Spring' incitement material - 'Wikileaks' regarding the USA were 'nothing dramatically new' (US foreign torture etc); 'control file' material (Hillary-bashing, to hold over her head in case she won); and overall designed to 'rat trap' - lure, identify & destroy - real dissidents lured into contacting Wikileaks.

At least two people who contacted Assange have turned up dead - Seth Rich & Peter W Smith. Assange pretends to be 'concerned' about the former; he denies receiving the latter's files. Others are jailed.

Tho they claim to fear extradition, Assange and Snowden, like good CIA assets, refuse to use the devastating files on USA Virginia federal judge bribery which have stopped other extraditions, even tho those judges are the exact ones who would allegedly put Assange & Snowden on trial. It is all been a fraud with these 'fake heroes', and the satanists are having a good laugh over it.

Why was Assange 'arrested' now? The 'seven years living in a tiny room in the London Ecuador Embassy' story, was obviously getting long in the tooth, harder to believe the longer it continued. Assange and Snowden are creations of the Obama CIA, and shortly after Trump took office, moves were made toward winding down the Assange hoax, with Sweden even dropping their dodgy 'rape charges' against Assange in early 2017. The timing at the moment, was chosen to distract from the British Brexit debacle, now tearing apart British society with the betrayal of 17 million UK Brexit voters.

There is also the fact that the ongoing travails of a supposed 'dissident hero', with a popular 'personality', distracts from many things, such as Israel's latest bombing attack on Syria, or on Gaza. Every week for a while there can be some new 'Assange story' twist and turn.

We may have news-headline 'Assange updates' ahead for months or even years, perhaps ending finally in some fake 'people's victory' for Assange, or perhaps even a fake 'trial' and a fake 'imprisonment', as people suspect take place for some of these unlikely purported 'lone wolf attackers' who are presented to us in various suspicious 'killing events'.

What is the basis of the deep bond between Julian Assange and the Rothschilds? The Rothschilds with their estimated 400 billion (at least) fortune, and passion for Israel, naturally have a great interest in media control, taking a direct role on boards supervising leading global media such as the UK Guardian and The Economist.

But in order to really control media, one needs to control the 'opposition' media as well, and to channel the energies of potential dissidents. During the Obama era, it was decided to give the world two fake 'dissident heroes', pumped by Rothschild and CIA partner media, who would deceive the entire world. These two fake dissidents, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, perhaps exceeded expectations in how they duped the public, despite their obvious Rothschild and CIA-establishment connections, and despite obvious trouble signs such as indulging Israel and aggressively opposing 9-11 truth.

Assange and Snowden provided many side benefits for the global NWO cabal, such as de-legitimising real dissidents, with many people saying things like, 'Well, if it was true, wouldn't Assange and Snowden, and their 'brave' media, be telling us about it?' The tragic unknowable, is how many dissidents were crushed and silenced, even killed, after being lured into the 'rat trap' of Snowden & Assange and their media.

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          Apps permitem que empresas espionem gravidez de suas funcionárias      Comment   Translate Page      

A ascensão dos apps de saúde se tornaram uma mão na roda para médicos e pacientes, com softwares desse tipo permitindo a inclusão e monitoramento de dados, facilitando a localização de problemas e dificuldades. A questão é que esse tipo de informação também pode estar sendo repassada a empregadores e responsáveis por planos de saúde, como revelado em uma reportagem publicada pelo jornal The Washington Post.

No centro da questão está o Ovia, um dos principais apps para monitoramento de gestação, mas que também tem soluções voltadas para o acompanhamento de períodos férteis e planejamento parental. O software é pago para uso individual, mas a empresa também fornece planos empresariais para que o aplicativo seja fornecido às funcionárias como um benefício extra durante a gravidez. O problema é que os dados registrados por ela também podem ser acessados por seus superiores.

A distribuidora de jogos Activision Blizzard é apontada pela reportagem como uma das principais adeptas desse tipo de prática. Mais do que isso, a empresa estaria entregando às funcionárias outros benefícios, como cartões presente de US$ 1 a cada dia de utilização do Ovia, de forma a incentivá-las a incluir todos os dados regularmente. O que é citado por uma fonte do noticiário como reforço positivo, entretanto, também abre as portas para espionagem e obtenção de dados bastante privados.

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Por meio do aplicativo, os empregadores estariam tendo acesso a detalhes pessoais da vida das gestantes, como períodos férteis, libido, possíveis gestações de risco e a possibilidade de partos prematuros. Termos médicos pesquisados pelas grávidas, assim como planejamentos relacionados a licenças e retorno ao trabalho também seriam compartilhados com os empregadores.

Tudo isso é parte de uma versão do Ovia exclusiva para empresas. De acordo com a desenvolvedora do app, os dados são disponibilizados aos gestores de forma anônima e agregada, dando apenas uma visão geral da situação e não específica. Entretanto, companhias de todos os tipos podem adotar o sistema, enquanto os dados e o fato de o número de mulheres grávidas em uma corporação geralmente ser baixo facilitar a localização das pessoas, configurando uma grave brecha na privacidade.

Conjunto de apps da Ovia inclui monitoramento de fertilidade, gestação e planejamento, mas também permitem que empregadores tenham acesso a dados (Imagem: Divulgação/Ovia)

Ainda, foi levantada como problemática a exibição de anúncios direcionados durante a utilização do Ovia. Essa seria mais uma maneira de a empresa monetizar seus serviços, com as propagandas exibindo empresas de fertilização, produtos médicos, seguros, roupas e até propagandas de hospitais de acordo com o andamento da gestação e as pesquisas realizadas pelas usuárias.

Falando em sua defesa, a Ovia diz estar de acordo com leis de privacidade dos países em que atua. Além de entregar os dados a empregadores de forma conjunta, a empresa também disponibiliza termos de uso às usuárias, que estão cientes desse compartilhamento antes de começarem a usar a aplicação. A desenvolvedora ainda ressalta os fatores positivos da questão, já que a disponibilização desse tipo de solução mostra uma preocupação das companhias com suas colaboradoras gestantes.

Sobre a questão dos anúncios, a Ovia negou que vende os dados de suas usuários para fins de publicidade. Entretanto, em seus termos de uso, a companhia diz precisar de acesso aos dados anônimos para fins de pesquisas externas e marketing, enquanto cita, também, o direito a repassar as informações a terceiros.

Já Milt Ezzard, vice-presidente de benefícios globais da Activision Blizzard, disse que a disponibilização do Ovia para as funcionárias da empresa é parte de uma mudança de postura, voltada para auxiliar as mulheres. O executivo afirmou que a entrega de dados é feita de forma voluntária e também faz parte dessa alteração de visão, além de gerar prêmios internos e um melhor planejamento e apoio às gestantes.

O temor dos partidários da privacidade e da responsabilidade no uso de dados tem a ver com o mau uso das informações, com empresas levando em conta tentativas de engravidar, por exemplo, para adiar promoções, modificar salários ou mudar o status empregatício de suas funcionárias. Além disso, o compartilhamento com empresas de seguro saúde, grandes clientes da Ovia, também pode servir para manipulação de preços de convênios caso uma nova cliente esteja tentando ter filhos, por exemplo.

A Ovia foi fundada nos Estados Unidos em 2012, mas entrou no mercado de aplicativos médicos apenas em 2016. Hoje, ela conta com mais de 10 milhões de usuários, com as soluções voltadas para acompanhamento de gestação estando entre seus principais serviços, também atraindo milhões de dólares em investimentos.

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          Barr’s spy talk emboldens Trump’s allies ahead of Mueller report’s release - The Washington Post      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Barr’s spy talk emboldens Trump’s allies ahead of Mueller report’s release  The Washington Post
  2. Trump White House braces for full Mueller report  POLITICO
  3. Will Democrats be happy with a redacted Mueller report?  Fox News
  4. William Barr shows he's Trump's attorney general, not the country's  Los Angeles Times
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          How Julian Assange And WikiLeaks Changed Journalism      Comment   Translate Page      

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For press-freedom advocates, Julian Assange has long been a polarizing figure.

And his arrest Thursday in London once again ignited the seemingly endless debate:

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          Oakland's liberal mayor attacks Trump over immigration policies. Trump swings back with defiant challenge.      Comment   Translate Page      


President Donald Trump and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (D) traded barbs on social media Saturday over the president's controversial immigration policies.

What's the background?

Last week, the Washington Post revealed top White House aides once considered releasing detained migrants in "sanctuary cities," which are almost exclusively Democratic-led progressive cities. Trump later confirmed he is considering enacting the policy.

In fact, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told Fox News' Jeanine Pirro Saturday that the administration is actively working with Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to begin sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities.

"They have said they wanted all of these illegal aliens into their communities," Gidley said. "We're working with DHS, we're working with ICE, to try and make sure that happens because after all, it's what they want. They should not say 'This is retribution politically,' they should say, 'This is an olive branch.'"

What happened between Trump and Schaaf?

After the Washington Post revealed the proposed policy, Schaaf, in an interview with KTVU-TV, called the policy idea an "outrageous abuse of power," characterized it as un-American, and said the Trump administration essentially proposed using human beings as "instruments of political payback."

In a separate interview with CNN, Schaaf similarly denounced the proposed policy, but added that she is "proud to be the mayor of a sanctuary city."

Trump hit back at Schaaf on Saturday, questioning why non-sanctuary cities should be forced to carry the burden of caring for illegal immigrants when sanctuary cities already welcome them.

Schaaf swung back, accusing the president of "fanning hate and division."

About 30 minutes later, Trump responded by declaring the legal right to release illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities while demanding, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, that California, a liberal safe haven, accept them.

Schaaf did not respond to Trump's last tweet.


          Crime Prevention Research Center: Uncovering A Fraud On Mass Public Shootings      Comment   Translate Page      

For years after Adam Lankford's study was released to the media in 2015, the New York Times and Washington Post regularly cited his flawed claims and biased data.

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          Democrats wrong on Trump tax returns      Comment   Translate Page      
The Washington Post reports: House Democrats are giving the Trump administration a hard deadline of April 23 to turn over the president’s tax returns, pushing back against Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s skepticism over their request for the private records. I’m a Never Trumper but on this issue the Democrats are the bad players. Trump decided not […]
          God’s Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America      Comment   Translate Page      

Author(s): Hanna Rosin Publisher: Mariner Books Price: $1.99 Behind the scenes at Patrick Henry College: “A deft and honest narrative of evangelical education . . . historical background, close observation, and skeptical wit” (Publishers Weekly). One of the Christian Science Monitor’s annual “Books We Liked Best” Take a walk down the halls and into the dorms and hearts of tiny Patrick Henry College, a Christian school just outside the nation’s capital, where ambitious young evangelicals are groomed to become tomorrow’s conservative elite. The future front lines of politics, entertainment, and science will be commanded by these idealistic graduates, who plan to lead the battle in reclaiming a godless nation. God’s Harvard reveals the evangelical movement at a moment of crisis and climax, its future leaders struggling to resist the temptations of modern life even as they try to remake the world in their image. This is a vibrant, insightful look at kids who may very well be in charge of our country one day. “A rare accomplishment for many reasons—perhaps most of all because Rosin is a journalist who not only reports but also observes deeply.” —San Francisco Chronicle “Rosin is at her best when chronicling sympathetically the lives of these young evangelicals, as ambitious as their secular peers but single-minded in their focus on politics.” —Chicago Tribune “Nuanced and highly readable . . . With her feisty, richly detailed prose.” —The Washington Post


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          The South braces for severe weather and possible strong tornadoes through Saturday evening - Washington Post      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. The South braces for severe weather and possible strong tornadoes through Saturday evening  Washington Post
  2. Severe weather threat to aim for eastern US into Sunday night  AccuWeather.com
  3. Southern states brace for severe weather; tornado warnings issued  Fox News
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          Veterans public suicides undercounted      Comment   Translate Page      
When will reporters stop skipping other veterans? Wounded Times Kathie Costos April 14, 2019 When the article on The Washington Post went viral, most people thought that it was horrible, but they...

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          Twice failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tells Dems how they should campaign to beat Trump      Comment   Translate Page      


Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state who ran two failed presidential campaigns, recently offered Democrats running for president advice on how to best campaign against President Donald Trump.

Clinton's advice came despite her loss to Trump in 2016.

What did Clinton say?

Speaking with CNN's Fareed Zakaria at Tina Brown's Women in the World summit Friday, Clinton offered Democrats running for president two pieces of advice.

"You really have to do two things simultaneously — and it's challenging," Clinton said.

"You do have to present what you want to do," she explained. "What is your vision? What is your hope for our country? How do you see the future? What are you going to propose that will make a difference in the lives of Americans and maintain the values, the ideas of America in a very complex world?"

"So, you bare that responsibility. At the same time," Clinton continued, "you have to be able to counter and ignore where possible, respond where necessary, to the diversion and distraction that we see working, unfortunately, by the current incumbent in the White House."

Zakaria also asked Clinton to respond to comments from South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is running for the Democratic nomination and recently told Washington Post magazine about Trump, "at least he didn't go around saying that America was already great, like Hillary did."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Clinton responded: "I don't want to comment on any of the candidates. Like I said, I think they have a lot to contribute not only to the Democratic party, but to the country. And it will be up to voters to decide who our nominee is."

However, she later went on to criticize Bernie Sanders' Medicare-for-All proposal, which would reportedly cover illegal immigrants.

"The specifics, though, matter," Clinton said. "What are the details? How do we pay for it? Who is going to get what they need? There are a lot of complicated questions."


          Cleveland to take on Kansas City on the road - Washington Post      Comment   Translate Page      
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          What I Did This Summer      Comment   Translate Page      
It's Squirrel Week at The Washington Post, which signifies two things: John Kelly gets paid a lot of good American dollars to make shit up, and the venerable WaPo should be the paper of record for our nation.

I guess it signifies a third thing, as well. Around these parts, Squirrel Week also means that we get cheap content ideas. For that we're grateful.

If you're looking for me this summer, you'll need to cast your gaze northward. Specifically, to the Yukon, where the Kluane Red Squirrel Project is based. A collaboration between the University of Alberta, McGill University, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Guelph and the University of Michigan, the KRSP tracks the mating, eating, breeding, social, and geographical behaviors of a population of red squirrels.

According to the University of Michigan's Ben Dantzer, who's hiring for this year's crop of Squirrel Camp staffers (Squirrel Camp being the summer researchers who staff the project), "Red squirrels are kind of like the badasses of Sciuridae." Indeed, the scrappy little bastards have been known to kill and eat baby snowshoe hares.

The first rule of Squirrel Camp is: You must catch a lot of squirrels.

Squirrel Campers must live in northern Canada without electricity or running water for the balance of the summer. Which seems like an inconvenience until you realize they get to spend their days hanging out with squirrels. Paradise, wouldn't you say?

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          Sarah Huckabee Sanders says busing immigrants to 'sanctuary cities' is 'not our first choice,' but 'the president likes the idea'      Comment   Translate Page      

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  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said busing migrants to so-called "sanctuary cities" wouldn't be the administration's "first choice," but that President Donald Trump likes the idea.
  • Reports emerged last week that Trump had weighed the option as a way to punish Democratic lawmakers.
  • Homeland Security officials had reportedly pushed back against the plan, arguing it was inappropriate and legally dubious.
  • But Sanders argued Sunday that the plan would help alleviate the burden on border communities.
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday that the Trump administration is doing a "full and thorough and extensive review" to see if it's possible to begin busing immigrants to so-called "sanctuary cities."

The Washington Post reported last week that the White House had weighed the option as a way to punish Democratic lawmakers. The Post reported that the Trump administration shelved the idea after Homeland Security officials pushed back, arguing it was inappropriate and legally dubious.

But after the report emerged, President Donald Trump doubled down on the idea and tweeted that he was still strongly considering the plan and that it should make Democrats "very happy!"

"That was brought up at a staff level, and it was determined at that time that logistically there were a lot of challenges and it probably didn't make sense to move forward, and the idea did not go further," Sanders told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

But she added that moving immigrants to sanctuary cities was "not the ideal situation," as Trump wants to prevent them from entering the country in the first place. A number of US mayors have pushed back against the insinuation that immigrants are dangerous criminals, and said immigrants are welcome in their cities.

Read more: Trump confirms he wants to release detained migrants into sanctuary cities as punishment for Democrats: 'This should make them very happy!'

 

"The president likes the idea, and Democrats have said they want these individuals into their communities. So let's see if it works and everybody gets a win out of it," she said. "Certainly this wouldn't be our first choice because, ideally, we wouldn't be dealing with a massive influx of illegal immigrants coming across the border."

Sanders added that bussing the migrants to such cities would also alleviate the burden on border communities and more evenly spread out the responsibility.

"Democrats have stated time and time again they support open borders, they support sanctuary cities," she said. "So let's spread out some of that burden and let's put it in some of those other locations if that's what they want to see happen and are refusing to actually help fix the problem."

The term "sanctuary cities" broadly refers to jurisdictions that limit their police departments' cooperation with federal immigration agents. The Trump administration has previously attempted to crack down on such areas by withholding federal grants, but courts have struck down those measures.

The Trump administration has faced backlash in recent weeks over reports that he tried to pressure his Homeland Security officials to violate the law in an effort to address the soaring numbers of migrant border-crossings in recent months.

CNN reported last week the Trump had told Border Patrol agents to block migrants from entering the US and seeking asylum, which they are legally entitled to do, and that he had told his then-Customs and Border Protection commissioner, Kevin McAleenan, that he would pardon McAleenan if he were jailed over preventing migrants from entering.

Sanders shot down such rumors on Sunday, saying Trump respects US laws.

"We're a country of laws and we have a president who supports that," Sanders said. "No one's trying to skirt the law."

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          'SNL' brings Avenatti, Assange and Loughlin together in jail - AOL      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. 'SNL' brings Avenatti, Assange and Loughlin together in jail  AOL
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          Comment on Florida Enacted Gun Control Laws After Parkland Because the Legislature Was In Session by Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR      Comment   Translate Page      
From the article : "Nationally, there are also signs that the momentum on gun safety is waning, even among Democrats. Guns have slid to the backburner among 2020 presidential candidates. A Washington Post analysis of social media content by 15 contenders found that, of all the issues studied, gun control ranked near the bottom in terms of discussion in the month of March despite the horrific shooting in New Zealand." At least it stays on our radar for longer than it does their's. Something with the attention span of a gnat is still annoying, though...
          Reading ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ in Baghdad: What Vonnegut Taught Me About What Comes After War      Comment   Translate Page      
Reading ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ in Baghdad: What Vonnegut Taught Me About What Comes After War

Reading ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ in Baghdad: What Vonnegut Taught Me About What Comes After War by Alex Horton – Washington Post

It was Spring 2006. I was leaving for Iraq soon, and I had a big problem.

 

There was no one to receive my romantic letters, but killing and romantic letters are the chief concerns in a war, if I understood films correctly. I found Lauren on Myspace. It got romantic.

 

Handwritten notes crisscrossed vast oceans, and one of them asked if I had ever read a particular novel. It was by Kurt Vonnegut. He wrote about war and time travel, and how the past isn’t really the past.

 

Never, I wrote back. But please send books, I asked her, because I had learned that the third chief concern of war is killing time.

 

A package traveled across vast oceans. It had various books, beef jerky, a romantic note and a new copy of “Slaughterhouse-Five.”

 

I tucked it into my cargo pocket and read it, cover to cover, as fast I could, and I read it again. It came with me to guard posts in Baghdad and primitive outposts in the Diyala River valley. I passed it among my platoon mates to read under a red lens at night.

 

The war wasn’t going to last forever, we foolishly thought, and someday we needed to figure out what it all meant…

Read on.

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By Karen Tumulty The Washington Post Richard Nixon once offered Bill and Hillary Clinton some unsolicited advice on how married couples should conduct themselves if one of them happens to be running for president.
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Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was arrested Friday night in Washington D.C. following an altercation with Washington Wizards player Devin Robinson, reports Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press (via the Washington Post). The two athletes were charged with disorderly affray, which Fendrich describes as fighting in a public place. According to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post, the two engaged in a verbal altercation that escalated into a fight on the sidewalk. Robinson was transported to a hospital following the fight, and he was eventually released before being taken department’s 2nd District station. That will the same location where Mills was ultimately detained. Mills joined the Eagles as a seventh-round pick back in 2016, and he started throughout the team’s 2017 Super Bowl run. This past season, Mills appeared in only eight games after suffering a foot injury. The 25-year-old finished the season with 36 tackles and nine passes defended. Mills is projected to start the season as the team’s third co
          Democrats condemn Trump plan to send migrants to sanctuary cities as 'cruelty'      Comment   Translate Page      

Democrats condemn Trump plan to send migrants to sanctuary cities as 'cruelty'President also criticized over reports he urged CBP chief to close Mexico border, offering a pardon if he broke the lawMigrants from Central America are seen inside an enclosure, where they are being held by Customs and Border Protection El Paso, Texas, on 29 March. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/ReutersDemocrats have accused Donald Trump’s administration of “cruelty” and using people as political pawns in the wake of reports that presidential aides considered a plan to release migrants in sanctuary cities.At least twice in the past six months, the White House weighed a plan to pressure US immigration authorities to release people detained at the border in these cities, which limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities, according to the Washington Post.Trump confirmed that his White House was considering such a plan on Friday afternoon, contradicting his own Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which told reporters it had rejected the plan.Trump tweeted: “Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only.... The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!”In an earlier statement, DHS said: “This was a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion.”Democrats said the proposal was another example of the Trump administration’s extreme measures to curb legal and illegal immigration.They also highlighted that viewing such a move as punishment was unusual, since it would affect cities that already welcome more immigrants than the rest of the country, such as Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.“It takes a truly warped mind to think that releasing families who sought asylum at the border in Sanctuary Cities would be a ‘punishment’,” said New York City’s comptroller, Scott Stringer, on Twitter. “These families are just seeking a better life, and Sanctuary Cities exist because we *want them here*.”Trump also faced criticism over fresh reports that he had urged his soon-to-be acting homeland security secretary to close the southern border, and said that he would pardon the official if he were to run afoul of the law.Two people familiar with the private conversation told the Associated Press the conversation with Kevin McAleenan, then the Customs and Border Protection commissioner, came during the president’s trip last week to Calexico, California.The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss what was said.It was not clear whether the president was joking or why McAleenan would find himself in personal legal jeopardy. But the comments came just a day after Trump told reporters that he was delaying his threat to close the border because Mexico appeared to be stepping up its efforts.“At no time has the president indicated, asked, directed or pressured the acting secretary to do anything illegal,” a DHS spokesman said.The government has said the US-Mexico border is at a “breaking point” because of the crowds of Central American families seeking asylum there, though its policies have so far focused on deterrence, instead of responding to the factors driving people to flee Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.“The cruelty of this administration never seems to end,” said Julián Castro, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president ahead of the 2020 election.Speaking at a CNN town hall event on Thursday night, Castro compared the sanctuary cities proposal to family separation, which failed to deter people from coming to the border.“Now they are talking about bussing families to particular cities to target political opponents,” Castro said. “These folks want us to choose cruelty as a weapon against people and against political opponents.”Another Democratic presidential hopeful, Amy Klobuchar, said Trump was “literally using human beings as pawns in a political game”.“Instead of passing comprehensive immigration reform he does this: White House proposed releasing immigrant detainees in sanctuary cities, targeting political foes,” Klobuchar said on Twitter.In January 2017, the Trump administration instructed the US attorney general to withhold funding for sanctuary cities, but the decision was quickly challenged in court. In November 2018, a federal judge ruled the crackdown was unconstitutional.



          On Earth Day, Turn Your Jog Into a "Plog" by Picking Up Trash Along the Way      Comment   Translate Page      

Young Woman Collecting Litter on Seashore

We typically think about workouts in terms of what they can do for our bodies. With Earth Day upon us, though, it might be time to switch that up. Exercising is good for you, sure - but what if it could help the planet, too?

Allow us to introduce plogging. This Swedish-born trend is simple: put on your running shoes, grab a trash bag, and go for a jog, picking up litter as you go. The name "plogging" is actually an amalgamation of "jogging" and "plocka upp," which is Swedish for "pick up."

Simple, right? And effective - which might be why plogging has slowly grown into a global movement. A quick scroll through the #plogging hashtag on Instagram shows ploggers in Russia, India, Japan, and Italy, to name just a few, and the trend is making its way to the US, too. Laura Lindberg, a runner from New Jersey, told The Washington Post that once she heard about plogging, "It was a no-brainer. I knew I could incorporate it into my runs." She said she even felt a little guilty for not starting it sooner, because of how easy it was: "All you need is a bag."

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The environmental and community service benefits of plogging are plain to see, but what about the fitness aspect? Plogging is essentially running combined with intermittent squats, so you're adding more of a muscle-building burn to what's usually just a cardio exercise. (With that in mind, if you're giving plogging a try, make sure to start with a dynamic warmup to your prerun routine, if you haven't already.) The fitness app Lifesum allows you to actually track plogging as an exercise, and according to the app, plogging does in fact burn more calories than a regular jog: 288 calories for 30 minutes of plogging, compared to 235 from jogging.

And if running isn't your thing, there might be another benefit to plogging: it gives you a goal to focus on, one that's not related to your body, weight loss, or the actual exercise. Hate the lung and leg burn of a long run? Scouring the streets and paths for trash can keep you distracted and make your run feel like a success, no matter how fast or slow it was.

Related: 8 Ways Anyone Can Make Running Feel Easier

Before you head out for a plog, grab a couple of trash bags and pull on a pair of plastic or gardening gloves for safety. Keep an eye out for small pieces of litter, like cigarette butts, bottle caps, and pieces of styrofoam, alongside bigger items like plastic bottles. Grab whatever trash you see and feel comfortable picking up - it's OK to skip things like syringes, for example - then empty your bags in public trash cans along the way or save them until you get home.

The trend might sound strange at first, but it's a simple and effective way to get outside and clean up your community. What better time to try it than right now?


          Cory Booker Admits Releasing Migrants In Sanctuary Cities Would "Make Us Less Safe"      Comment   Translate Page      

Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker says that Americans would be "less safe" if illegal immigrants were released from locked detention centers into migrant-friendly American cities - a plan which President Trump has threatened to explore. 

When asked by Face the Nation's Margaret Brennan whether Trump's threat was an empty one, or if he was simply trying to create friction, Booker replied: "You say 'friction' -- I say he's trying to pit Americans against each other and make us less safe.

Following reports that the White House had discussed releasing a flood if migrants into Democratic-controlled, undocumented-friendly sanctuary cities, President Trump on Friday said that he was "giving strong considerations" to the idea. 

Earlier Friday, the Washington Post and ABC News reported that the Trump administration had twiced pushed for transferring migrants to sanctuary cities, citing anonymous senior government officials familiar with the matter. 

In response to taking detained migrants and placing them in the care of cities which have pledged to protect them, Democrats lashed out. 

"The extent of this Administration’s cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated," said Nancy Pelosi's spokeswoman Ashley Etienne in a Friday statement. "Using human beings—including little children—as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants is despicable, and in some cases, criminal."

Noting safety concerns, Pelosi's aide added: "The American people have resoundingly rejected this Administration’s toxic anti-immigrant policies, and Democrats will continue to advance immigration policies that keep us safe and honor our values."

On Saturday night, President Trump said over Twitter that "The USA has the absolute legal right to have apprehended illegal immigrants transferred to Sanctuary Cities," and demanded that "they be taken care of at the highest level, especially by the State of California, which is well known or its poor management & high taxes!"

On Sunday Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) - chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said that he doesn't "see a legal way" to release undocumented immigrants into sanctuary cities. 

"More importantly, this is again his manufactured chaos he's created over the last two years on the border," said Thompson. "Before Donald Trump took office, we had a situation that was manageable. We had spikes, but it also went down, but what we have now is a constant pushing of the system so that it doesn't work.

House Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)

Thompson added that transferring the migrants to sanctuary cities was "not about keeping the country safe, but about partisan politics and wantonly inflicting cruelty." 

Perhaps Thompson could explain how taking migrants out of locked facilities and placing them in the care of sanctuary cities constitutes cruelty?

California Governor Gavin Newsom called the idea "asinine" - adding that it is "unserious," "illegal," and "sophomoric." 

"It really is the sophistry of adolescence. It's not serious. It lacks any rationale. It's insulting to the American people and to the intelligence of the American people. It's un-American. It's illegal. It's immoral. It's rather pathetic. I don't know what more I can say," said Newsom. 


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          Donald Trump ignores his own administration, renews racist threats to asylum seekers      Comment   Translate Page      
Late last week, Donald Trump publicly floated the idea of releasing asylum seekers into sanctuary cities, purportedly as punishment for their refusal to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. His remarks came less than a day after the Washington Post reported on leaked communications from DHS discussing the idea as far back as last […]
          Saudi Prosecutor Says 5 Suspects Should Be Executed In Khashoggi Case      Comment   Translate Page      
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Treasury Department announced today it's imposing sanctions on 17 senior Saudi Arabian officials for their role in the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Among them is a senior royal court adviser. A move that comes after Saudi prosecutors said they were seeking the death penalty for five people which prosecutors say are responsible for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death. He's a Washington Post contributor - or he was. He was last seen walking into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. And NPR's Jackie Northam is covering this story. Hi there, Jackie. JACKIE NORTHAM, BYLINE: Hi there, Steve. INSKEEP: OK. So who are the people sanctioned? NORTHAM: As you say, there are 17 of them. And there are some notable names on the list. Among them is Saoud al-Qahtani. Now, he is a royal court adviser. And he's also the communications chief for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. So he's high up within the royal court.
          Justices and Their Audiences      Comment   Translate Page      
For the symposium on Neal Devins and Lawrence Baum's new book, The Company They Keep: How Partisan Divisions Came to the Supreme Court (Oxford University Press, 2019).


Neal Devins and Larry Baum

Thanks to Jack Balkin for organizing and writing for this symposium; thanks too to all the participants for working so carefully through the ideas and evidence in the book and offering such insightful comments. In this post, we will discuss the factors that shape the Justices’ choices as decision-makers.  While The Company We Keep does not offer a comprehensive theory of decision making, we take positions on some basic questions about these factors, primarily as they relate to the influence of the Court’s environment on the Justices.  And the participants’ comments, especially their points of disagreement with us, are largely about what affects the Justices’ choices.  All the participants made important points about these factors and, in so doing, provided interesting angles from which to think through the central arguments made in our book. 

            1. Our central and most distinctive claim is that the Justices are influenced to a significant degree by the elite world around them.  This claim is rooted in the belief that Supreme Court Justices care a great deal about their reputation, particularly their reputation among those legal and social elites they interface with.  This seemingly common-sense claim is a departure from standard conceptions of the Court in both law and political science, and we are pleased that the participants see merit in our argument.  Their discussions of this influence illuminate and extend our argument in useful ways, especially by emphasizing the impact of ideologically defined segments of elites on Justices’ own thinking.  These contributions are exemplified by several insightful passages:  Rick Hasen’s observation that we live in a “post-fact society” where conservative and liberal Justices get their news from different ideologically-driven news outlets than conservative Justices (Linda Greenhouse also points to this phenomenon, noting Justice Antonin Scalia’s  depiction of the Washington Post as “shrilly liberal” and not worth reading);  Sandy Levinson’s related observation that “there is no longer a common culture” in the legal community, so that (among other effects) the most visible legal scholarship is now seen as simply part of the larger culture wars and dismissed by those who disagree with its policy consequences; and Frank Pasquale’s distinction between elites who care only about power (Schmittian leftists and rightists) and process-oriented elites who “believe that politics revolves around meaningful dialogue.” 

            Rick Pildes’s observations about Justices Hugo Black and Sandra Day O’Connor underline the reality that Justices do not automatically take the positions that would win the most approval from their most salient audiences.  Black and O’Connor are also examples of Justices who were part of multiple elite circles, in part because of their backgrounds in electoral politics.  In contrast, none of today’s Justices have held elected office, and the liberal or conservative social networks they are a part of are typically more homogeneous than those of many Justices in past eras. 


            2. Political scientists emphasize the impact of Justices’ policy preferences on their choices, most strongly in the attitudinal model.  We agree on the importance of those preferences, and the impact of appointments by presidents who are careful in their selection of Justices indicates that importance.  Along these lines, Frank Pasquale is right to note that conservatives will see our discussion of the ascendancy of the elite conservative legal network as “a balm, not a curse,” while liberals will bemoan this effort “to remake our judiciary.” We also think Rick Hasen makes an important point about how the influence of ideologically defined segments of the elite can make the Court look more attitudinal than it is.

Also important is Mark Graber’s discussion of the need to avoid an assumption of ideological symmetry on the Court.  Mark usefully explains that the partisan divide on today’s Court does not simply mimic the larger ideological divide among liberal Democratic and conservative Republican elites—where each side is more extreme in its ideological leanings than ever before.  On today’s Court, Democratic appointees are moderate liberals and Republican appointees overall are strong conservatives.  This claim finds support in our book; we discuss the greater role of ideology in recent Republican appointments and use political scientist Michael Bailey’s ideological scores for Justices to show that the increasing divergence between Republican and Democratic appointees results primarily from a movement toward greater conservatism among the Republican appointees.  We also discuss important differences between the more ideological Republican party and the more constituent-driven Democratic party; these differences are critical in understanding Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese’s transformative role in shaping legal policy through his embrace of the then-fledgling Federalist Society (an observation that is prominently featured in Sandy Levinson’s and Jack Balkin’s posts).

            3. The impact of legal considerations doesn’t play a big role in our argument, because those considerations aren’t a source of growing polarization.  Thus John McGinnis is right in saying that our discussion of the impact of law is thin. John is also correct in explaining how a Justice’s commitment to one or another legal theory (most notably originalism) explains both why a Justice typically but does not always reach legal policy outcomes that match the policy views of the president/party that appoints her.   We make a related point in the book, that we think the Justices’ orientation toward the law is a counterweight against polarization; our emphasis is the commitment of Justices to norms of judicial independence and collegiality. (Indeed, we hope to develop this further in ongoing research comparing the norms/incentives of the Court with Congress.)  We are not convinced, however, that John is correct in emphasizing the importance of legal considerations in the development of conservative positions on legal policy.  We think ideology was the driving force of Attorney General Meese’s embrace of originalism; that is, Meese came to embrace originalism because he was in search of an interpretive framework that was perceived to favor conservative results.  Once established, originalism—as John thoughtfully observes—has some independent force as does any other interpretive framework.  Justice Scalia, for example, did not always advance conservative legal policy outcomes through his application of originalism.  But we think this independent force is relatively limited in strength; for Scalia, like other Justices who are committed to a particular approach to legal interpretation, that approach typically led to results that were consistent with his policy preferences.

            Rick Pildes raises the related and important question of what legal elites care about, and he points out that the concern of these elites with the legal integrity of decision-making can lead Justices to take legal integrity into account.  We agree with him, and this claim lies at the heart of our ongoing research.  The difficult question is whether that consideration substantially affects the positions that Justices take as decision makers.  We think it does, but we are not confident in that judgment.  The ability of Justices to convince themselves that they are acting on a legal basis even when their judgments are heavily colored by their policy preferences may reduce the independent impact of legal integrity as a consideration.  Indeed, the emphasis on interpretive methods in the conservative legal movement that John McGinnis appropriately points to makes it easier for conservative Justices to take positions that win praise from a salient audience for taking positions that embody both good law and good policy.

            4.  Social movements arguably play an important but underappreciated role in our story.  This is the point Jack Balkin makes in his illuminating post regarding the role of the broader conservative movement in triggering the rise of the elite conservative legal network. We agree that social movements may be a driving force for changes in elite opinion and ultimately the Justices’ views.  To that extent, Jack makes a useful addition to our framework by extending the causality back an important step: a full explanation of the course of policy in the Supreme Court must take the impact of social movements into account.  But we would not give as much emphasis to social movements as Jack does.  The founding of the Federalist Society, its nurturing within the Meese Justice Department, and its growth to become an important political force are a classic example of important developments that occurred almost entirely in the elite world.  As John McGinnis puts it in his post: “Elites determine which movement’s ideas turn into Supreme Court doctrine.”

            5.   The Company They Keep is principally a book about why it is that today’s Court is now divided along partisan lines; the book notes that these ideological/partisan divides are likely to persist but spends little time talking about the future. In their posts, Linda Greenhouse and Sandy Levinson provide important insights about the future. We think Sandy is correct in noting that groups like the Federalist Society and American Constitution Society are manifestations of an ideological divide that simply did not exist when the elite legal establishment was largely homogeneous; correspondingly, we agree that today’s ideological divisions are likely to widen before they narrow.  We likewise agree with Linda Greenhouse’s important observation that “what’s new” about our book is its insight that today’s elites are polarized--a polarization that is likely to continue.  Before the rise of the conservative legal network, legal elites were overwhelmingly center-left and Court decision-making reflected the dominance of center-left elites.  The leftward shift of Justice Harry Blackmun, for example, was a product of its times just as the hardening of conservative and liberal positions on the Robert’s Court is tied to today’s era of elite polarization. Relatedly, we agree with Linda about the nexus between the Court’s partisan divide and the Court’s legitimacy, that is, its ability to be seen as a court of law and not another partisan branch.  As far as external perceptions of the Court are concerned, it may not matter whether or not today’s Justices formally play to their political base or take steps to demonstrate their independence, collegiality, and legitimacy.  Presidential candidates, Senators, and the public increasingly see the courts as comprised of Obama and Trump judges.  This is not likely to change: our book makes clear that political affiliation is highly salient in predicting the ideological position of the Justices, and that fact will stand out for observers of the Court as a central reality about the Court.  Consequently, it may not matter to the public, political establishment, or media that the Justices take steps to demonstrate their collegiality and independence. 



Neal Devins is Sandra Day O'Connor Professor of Law, Cabell Research Professor, Professor of Government, and Director, Institute of Bill of Rights Law at the College of William and Mary. You can reach him by e-mail at nealdevins at gmail.com
Lawrence Baum is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Ohio State University. You can reach him by e-mail at baum.4 at polisci.osu.edu

 
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Severe weather that moved across the southern U.S. on Saturday left at least three people dead and ravaged numerous homes in its path.

Two children, ages 3 and 8, were killed in eastern Texas when a tree fell on the car in which they were traveling. Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said in a statement that the children, who were in the car with their parents during the storm, were pronounced dead on the scene.

"They were at the wrong place at the wrong time," Capt. Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office told The New York Times. "The tree fell just as they were going under it."

In central Texas, approximately a dozen people were injured in Franklin where a tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service, according to The Dallas Morning News.

In a preliminary damage report, the National Weather Service assigned the tornado an EF-3 rating, saying peak winds reached around 140 mph in Franklin.

Video from the area showed damage to houses with roofs ripped off.

In North Texas, The Dallas Morning News reported hail, ranging from pea-sized to baseball-sized, falling throughout the region.

As the storm moved east, at least one man was killed by a tornado in the northern Mississippi, according to Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley.

During a press conference, Monroe County Road Manager Sonny Clay said the man died when a tree fell on his trailer in Hamilton, Miss. At least 19 others were injured and taken to hospitals for treatment, the AP reports.

In Alabama, a possible tornado damaged some buildings, power lines and trees in the southeastern part of the state Sunday morning, according to the AP, but no injuries were reported.

In preparation for the inclement weather reaching Georgia, the Augusta National announced it would move up the start time on Sunday for Round 4 of the Masters in hope that play would finish before thunderstorms reached the golf course, according to CBS.

The severe weather is expected to continue into late Sunday evening. According to AccuWeather, regions from Ohio to Pennsylvania and southern New York to northern Florida are at risk of damaging winds and flash flooding.

According to The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang, the potential for isolated tornadoes also exists and could affect the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Special thanks to all of our amazing users reporting issues via https://help.radiopublic.com/ it really helps us to improve the app for everyone.
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Take a deep breath (two, if you’re not super into change): this is a big update. It’s time for RadioPublic 2.0.
Highlights of some of our new listener-requested features:
It’s now easier for you to curate your podcasts on your Home screen.
Discover and sample new podcasts with any of our one-touch podcast stations.
A completely refreshed Explore experience for all our hand-curated picks.
Podcast chapter support makes it easy to jump to a specific moment in an episode..
We also improved design consistency throughout the app including all-new Now Playing and queue management.
AND introducing for the first time anywhere and only on RadioPublic - HearMarks™. HearMarks help you capture and return to interesting moments you’ve heard in episodes. Tap tap tap (like you’re trying to get to the sweet rising sap of a maple tree during this early spring thaw) on your headphones’ play/pause button or the HearMark™ button in the app to begin marking up your podcast listening. Enjoy!

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          Scandal-plagued National Enquirer is up for sale      Comment   Translate Page      
Sarah Ellison, the Washington Post writer who broke the news about American Media selling the National Enquirer, explains how legal headaches and pressure from a hedge fund played a part in the pending sale.

          Sarah Sanders: Lawmakers not 'smart enough' to read Trump's tax returns - Washington Examiner      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Sarah Sanders: Lawmakers not 'smart enough' to read Trump's tax returns  Washington Examiner
  2. Sarah Sanders: Trump not wishing 'violence toward anyone' with 9/11 tweet | TheHill  The Hill
  3. Sarah Sanders: Sanctuary cities plan would 'spread out' immigration 'burden'  POLITICO
  4. Congress is not ‘smart enough’ to examine Trump’s tax returns, Sarah Sanders says  The Washington Post
  5. WH spokesman: We're working with DHS, ICE to try to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities | TheHill  The Hill
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          Pete Buttigieg officially announces 2020 presidential campaign - NBC News      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Pete Buttigieg officially announces 2020 presidential campaign  NBC News
  2. Pete Buttigieg holds campaign rally  Washington Post
  3. How Mayor Pete Started to Look Presidential  POLITICO
  4. Rob Smith: I’m gay and support Mike Pence – don’t believe Pete Buttigieg’s claim that Pence is anti-gay  Fox News
  5. An early spotter of 'Mayor Pete's' rising star  Los Angeles Times
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          Why women led the uprising in Sudan - The Washington Post      Comment   Translate Page      
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Women had borne the brunt of the former president's policies and were able to draw on Sudanese traditions to be heard.
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@sivavaid: Why women led the uprising in Sudan “Courageous, defiant and determined to participate in protests in large numbers, Sudanese women are in fact continuing to assume roles they have historically played in their communities and country.” washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/0…
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@abuaardvark: Why women led the uprising in Sudan “Courageous, defiant and determined to participate in protests in large numbers, Sudanese women are in fact continuing to assume roles they have historically played in their communities and country.” washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/0…
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          UK pet owner investigated after dog kills 9-year-old boy - Washington Post      Comment   Translate Page      
UK pet owner investigated after dog kills 9-year-old boy  Washington Post

A dog owner is being investigated for manslaughter after her pet mauled to death a 9-year-old boy at an English vacation park.


          Emboldened by His Attorney General, Trump Confronts Mueller Report Head-On - The New York Times      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Emboldened by His Attorney General, Trump Confronts Mueller Report Head-On  The New York Times
  2. Barr’s spy talk emboldens Trump’s allies ahead of Mueller report’s release  The Washington Post
  3. Trump White House braces for full Mueller report  POLITICO
  4. William Barr is right to investigate FBI actions during 2016 campaign | TheHill  The Hill
  5. William Barr shows he's Trump's attorney general, not the country's  Los Angeles Times
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          Pete Buttigieg formally announces 2020 presidential run - Fox News      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Pete Buttigieg formally announces 2020 presidential run  Fox News
  2. Pete Buttigieg holds campaign rally  Washington Post
  3. How Mayor Pete Started to Look Presidential  POLITICO
  4. Rob Smith: I’m gay and support Mike Pence – don’t believe Pete Buttigieg’s claim that Pence is anti-gay  Fox News
  5. An early spotter of 'Mayor Pete's' rising star  Los Angeles Times
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          THANKS, DONALD!      Comment   Translate Page      
Health-care law more popular despite Trump's repeated attempts to destroy it (Paige Winfield Cunningham April 13, 2019, Washington Post)

[T]rump and Republicans face a major problem: The 2010 law known as Obamacare has become more popular and enmeshed in the country's health-care system over time. Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid -- including more than a dozen run by Republicans -- and 25 million more Americans are insured, with millions more enjoying coverage that is more comprehensive because of the law.

Even Republicans who furiously fought the creation of the law and won elections with the mantra of repeal and replace speak favorably of President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.

"Quite obviously, more people have health insurance than would otherwise have it, so you got to look at it as positive," Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said in a recent interview.

Ten years ago, Grassley was at the forefront of GOP opposition to the law, ominously pushing the debunked claim that it would allow the government to "pull the plug on grandma" by creating "death panels."

Today, Grassley is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, the panel that would be responsible for drafting a new health-care law, and he has shown little enthusiasm for Trump's call for congressional Republicans to produce a replacement for the ACA.

Republicans from states that embraced the law's Medicaid expansion also concede that it has benefited large portions of the low-income population, many of whom were previously uninsured.

           Comment on Federal Judge Attacks Trump As Adopting The Same Rhetoric and Tactics As The KKK by Allan       Comment   Translate Page      
It's time they integrated into our society if they wish. The problem is the Washington Post will point to illegals or people that want nothing to do with the rest of the world. This is a BS excuse. Let us hear the ages of these people without identification.
          ‘Ejército venezolano decepciona a EEUU con su apoyo a Maduro’      Comment   Translate Page      


Un nuevo artículo revela que el Ejército venezolano decepcionó a EE.UU. al respaldar al presidente legítimo de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro.

En una información publicada el sábado por el diario estadounidense The Washington Post se dio a conocer que, cuando el Gobierno de EE.UU., presidido por Donald Trump, exigió por primera vez en enero que el mandatario venezolano se hiciera a un lado y permitiera que la oposición asumiera el poder, se anidaban grandes esperanzas de que el Ejército venezolano cambiara de bando rápidamente e hiciera esto realidad.

“Las Fuerzas Armadas fueron el eje de la estrategia de la Administración” estadounidense, enfatizó el reporte, que indicó, además, que algunos funcionarios de EE.UU. predijeron que el Ejército venezolano se opondría al legítimo Gobierno en unos días.

A pesar de la presión estadounidense contra el país bolivariano, las “Fuerzas Armadas más importantes de Venezuela permanecen en gran parte intactas bajo el régimen del presidente Nicolás Maduro”, señaló The Washington Post.

Las Fuerzas Armadas (de Venezuela) fueron el eje de la estrategia de la Administración” estadounidense, indica un artículo publicado por el diario estadounidense The Washington Post.

A su vez, un exfuncionario estadounidense de alto rango que trabajó en la política de Venezuela de Trump expresó, bajo condición de anonimato, que “la esperanza no es un plan”. “Creo que la Administración, así como la oposición, pusieron demasiadas esperanzas en que los militares se alzaran”, añadió.

Asimismo, un funcionario latinoamericano destacó que EE.UU. y sus aliados no han “podido ponerlas en contra (Fuerzas Armadas de Venezuela)”.

El funcionario latinoamericano, que habló también bajo condición anonimato, dijo que la oposición, cuyo líder es ahora Juan Guaidó, jefe de la Asamblea Nacional (AN) venezolana —en desacato desde 2016—, quien el 23 de enero se autoproclamó “presidente encargado” de manera inconstitucional, “debería haber tenido un plan (para los militares)”.

En este contexto, el pasado mes de marzo, el vicecanciller de Venezuela, Rubén Darío Molina, subrayó la determinación de las Fuerzas Armadas venezolanas a defender a su país ante un posible ataque por parte de EE.UU. y sus aliados, y enfatizó que el Ejército bolivariano se mantuvo firme en virtud de la Constitución y seguirá apoyando a Maduro.

https://www.hispantv.com/noticias/venezuela/425993/ejercito-apoya-maduro-eeuu-oposicion
          THANKS, DONALD!      Comment   Translate Page      
Health-care law more popular despite Trump's repeated attempts to destroy it (Paige Winfield Cunningham April 13, 2019, Washington Post)

[T]rump and Republicans face a major problem: The 2010 law known as Obamacare has become more popular and enmeshed in the country's health-care system over time. Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid -- including more than a dozen run by Republicans -- and 25 million more Americans are insured, with millions more enjoying coverage that is more comprehensive because of the law.

Even Republicans who furiously fought the creation of the law and won elections with the mantra of repeal and replace speak favorably of President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.

"Quite obviously, more people have health insurance than would otherwise have it, so you got to look at it as positive," Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said in a recent interview.

Ten years ago, Grassley was at the forefront of GOP opposition to the law, ominously pushing the debunked claim that it would allow the government to "pull the plug on grandma" by creating "death panels."

Today, Grassley is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, the panel that would be responsible for drafting a new health-care law, and he has shown little enthusiasm for Trump's call for congressional Republicans to produce a replacement for the ACA.

Republicans from states that embraced the law's Medicaid expansion also concede that it has benefited large portions of the low-income population, many of whom were previously uninsured.

          What took ya so long?      Comment   Translate Page      
Just do it. A story broke yesterday in which the White House apparently discussed sending illegal aliens to sanctuary cities twice in the last six months. This was described as Trump “targeting political foes” by The Washington Post. No link to the WaPo from me, sorry. Let...