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Dancing With The Beheaders

https://twitter.com/AWAKEALERT/status/866273191542439936

"Watch Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson do the war dance with ISIS promoters."

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Abu Trump Al Amriki   -  by Pepe Escobar

https://sptnkne.ws/ez4H

"Embattled at home in a do-or-die war  (or 'witch-hunt') against powerful factions of the deep state, President Trump, in the first stop of his first foreign trip, lands with pomp and circumstance in the ultimate totalitarian theocracy..."

'What's the Protocol?' : Trump Arrives in Israel to be Met By 'Friend' Netanyahu (and vid)

https://on.rt.com/8caz

"We love Israel and we respect Israel."

voice of the damned

Hm. I seem to recall Pepe writing something a year or so ago about how Saudi Arabia might be getting ready to ally with Russia, and this would be a big crushing blow to American power.

But now that that's not happening, I guess they're back to being "the ultiamate totalitarian theocracy".

NorthReport

Israeli Officers: You’re Doing ISIS Wrong

The United States is headed for disaster in Syria, some in Israel are warning.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/22/israeli-officers-to-tr...

NDPP

...One can only hope.

The Israeli-ISIS Accomodation and Other Inconvenient Realities

https://t.co/6iU4Qt2YXS

"...In reality, it seems there's some sort of accommodation between Israel and ISIS - and the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda, that has been studiously ignored in the US press. But the long-standing Israeli ambition of decimating the front line states - especially Syria and Iraq - seem to be playing out very smoothly. This is apparently also the goal of the US establishment, as well as selling arms (always a prime objective).

This is evident from Trump's travel itinerary: Going to Israel and Saudi Arabia which both benefit from the demise of secular Arab states (and buy lots of US weapons)."

NDPP

Trump Calls For $1.7 Trillion in Social Cuts

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/05/23/pers-m23.html

"...As the Democrats and the so-called 'liberal' media pursue their anti-Russia campaign, the Trump administration continues to advance its brutal domestic agenda."

NDPP

Can Trump Salvage His Presidency in Syria's War?   -   by Shamus Cooke

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/23/can-trump-salvage-his-presidency-...

"The only thing that can keep the Democrats from destroying Trump is if Trump destroys Syria. Yes, the US is already at war with the Syrian government for control of Syrian territory. If the Trump resistance movement in the United States doesn't quickly prioritize a real anti-war strategy, there will be little resistance left to speak of as we descend into war."

 

Talk Nation Radio:  Francis Boyle on How To Impeach Trump

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k1cQ_vLj3I

 

josh

lagatta4

I don't know whether Frankie or Melania looks more like he or she would rather be anywhere else... 

NDPP

'Together With Trump, We Can Make Right-Wing Peace'

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/230193

"Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) expressed optimism Thursday, following President Trump's visit to Israel earlier this week, saying that with the new administration, Israel and the US could pursue 'right-wing peace' based on strength, rather than continual concessions.

'The time has come for the 'peace of right-wingers, peace through strength, an economic peace. That is a peace that takes into account our mutual interests with the Gulf States - a peace [based] on stopping Iran. Not everything revolves around the Palestinians, continued Bennett..."

 

NDPP

The Activities Around Trump's Foreign Policy Are Scandalous - But the Media Won't Tell You Why

https://t.co/DP9LbtXP01

"...The scandal here is not Trump and not his advisors' contacts with Russian officials. The scandals are the leaks by 'officials' about confidential diplomacy, the sham FBI 'investigations' and the general undemocratic hostility and resistance of the foreign policy establishment, the security services and the media towards the president's chosen policies. This is completely independent of whether one likes those policies or not."

Rev Pesky

From the Moon of Alabama article posted above:

The people of the United States made their choice. It was Trump and his views of policies that were elected.

That's not strictly speaking true. Donald Trump won the election, he did not win the popular vote. The people of the United States chose Hilary Clinton, but Trump won the electoral college vote.

I'm not arguing with the election results. That's their system, and Trump won legitimately within that system. But one cannot say that he was the popular choice for president, because he wasn't.

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..captain self destructo strikes again

Angela Merkel: EU cannot completely rely on US and Britain any more

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The two-day G7 summit in Italy pitted the US president – whom Merkel did not mention by name – against the leaders of Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan on several issues.

The leaders vowed to fight protectionism, reiterating a “commitment to keep our markets open”; step up pressure on North Korea; cooperate more closely on terrorism; and look into placing tougher sanctions on Russia.

During his election campaign, Trump frequently questioned the value of the EU, welcomed Britain’s vote to leave the bloc and spoke positively of anti-EU politicians such as the French far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Merkel said the result of the G7 talks, which she described as “six against one”, was “very difficult, if not to say very unsatisfactory”. Trump was more positive on Twitter, saying: “Just returned from Europe. Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but big results!”

But while six of the seven renewed their commitment to the 2015 Paris accord on climate change, Trump said he needed more time to decide.

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Responding to Merkel’s plea for EU unity – potentially significant in view of Britain’s upcoming Brexit negotiations with the EU27 – the Liberal Democrats said they were the “inevitable outcome” of Theresa May’s decision to position herself closely with Trump.

“The prime minister has allied herself with Donald Trump and these comments are the inevitable outcome,” Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said. “It doesn’t have to be this way; a vote for the Liberal Democrats can change Britain’s future.”

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We need a new defence strategy – Donald Trump has hung Europe out to dry

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Behind the scenes, Trump’s diplomats signalled it is not just on defence that the multilateral order is under threat. Trump may, as early as this week, pull the US out of the Paris climate treaty. Even if he does not, his commitment to it will be seen as weak. And his aides refused to include a commitment to free trade in the G7 communique.

The true meaning of “America first” is clear. The Trump presidency will put the interests of American coal, oil and fracking companies first, before that of the planet’s ecosystem. It will place the interests of US-owned car manufacturers first, above those of Volkswagen and Mercedes. And if it comes to a military face-off with Putin’s Russia, America will fight last.

This rip in the global order may last only four years. Or it may snowball.

Either way, it is now rational for both the EU powers and the British government to design a new strategy, for a world where, every so often, the US electoral cycle produces a corrupt, deluded isolationist who can think only in monosyllables.

Merkel’s analysis, if followed to its logical conclusion, must trigger a big change in the economic, trade strategy and security policies of the EU. Her speech should lead Europe to consolidate around its core countries and its core values. If that means yellow-carding Hungary and Poland, whose infractions of democratic rights are now too large to be ignored, that’s fine. Likewise, if the result is a core/periphery arrangement, with the core becoming a fiscal and monetary union, the sooner the better.

josh
NDPP

CrossTalk: Transatlantic Divorce?

https://youtu.be/hLJLGQUk9Dw

"The German Chancellor Angela Merkel says: 'We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands,' adding 'we have to fight for our own destiny.' Is this the start of a transatlantic divorce?"

josh

The Trump administration is moving toward handing back to Russia two diplomatic compounds, near New York City and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, that its officials were ejected from in late December as punishment for Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

President Barack Obama said Dec. 29 that the compounds were being “used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes” and gave Russia 24 hours to vacate them. Separately, Obama expelled from the United States what he said were 35 Russian “intelligence operatives.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-administration-moves-to-return-russian-compounds-in-maryland-and-new-york/2017/05/31/3c4778d2-4616-11e7-98cd-af64b4fe2dfc_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.5fcf86fe481b

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Trump Administration To Cities And States: “The Bigger The Thing You Privatize, The More Money We’ll Give You.”

rump’s long-promised $1 trillion investment in America’s infrastructure turned out to be stealth privatization after all. His budget proposal, released on Tuesday, would cut existing infrastructure programs, privatize the nation’s air traffic control system—a very bad idea—and incentivize public-private partnerships.

But it actually goes further. The administration says it’s considering paying state and local governments to sell off public infrastructure.

In a process called “asset recycling,” cities, counties, and states would sell or lease assets like roads and water systems to private equity investors in exchange for cash to build new infrastructure. The federal government would pay a bonus to local governments that make the deal.

Gary Cohn, director of Trump’s National Economic Council and former president of Goldman Sachs, said, “The bigger the thing you privatize, the more money we’ll give you.”.....

quizzical

Trump just announced the US is withdrawing from the Paris climate pact

josh
Cody87

Oh this is gonna be good...

*grabs popcorn*

bekayne

NDPP

It Already Looks Like We're Going To Blow The New NAFTA Deal

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/already-looks-were-going-blow-180928323.html

"The big danger in the renegotiations is that the US asks for more concessions than the other nations can deliver..."

Never underestimate the capacity of Trudeau or Freeland to deliver such concessions.

Cody87

Comey's statement to congress is up on the senate committees website before his statement tomorrow.

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Bec.De.Corbin wrote:

kropotkin1951 wrote:

I think that Trump has gotten so bad that we should start bombing the American people to save them from him.

As long as your in the lead jet in the first wave Im down with that. (Oh and need I point out, again, you supported him in the election. So go fuck off.)

You are delusional if you think I have ever supported Trump. I may have pointed out that the Republicans running against him for the nomination were just as fucked up as he is. All his beliefs are main stream Tea Party and that is a large part of the Republican base.

If I lived in the States I likely would have voted for Stein. Its like being in Canada and hating both the Liberals and the Tories because they are the same old story.

josh

Cody87 wrote:

Comey's statement to congress is up on the senate committees website before his statement tomorrow.

Asking the head of the FBI to "let go" of its investigation of Flynn was an effort to impede the investigation of Flynn.  In legal terms, to obstruct justice.

Doug Woodard
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Doug Woodard wrote:

Trump's new new world order:

http://www.resilience.org/stories/2017-06-12/trump-launching-new-world-o...

And to think all this time I thought Trump was a merely a snatch and grab type of uber crook.  This article suggests he is actually Dr. Evil.

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Senate GOP Healthcare Bill Estimated to Kill 28,600 More in U.S. Each Year & Drop 22M from Insurance

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DR. STEFFIE WOOLHANDLER: Well, Trumpcare has no heart whatsoever. The House bill was going to throw 23 million people off insurance. The Senate bill is going to throw 22 million off in 10 years but then keep throwing more off. You know, they’re going to make health insurance worse for people with private coverage by getting rid of the rules about what has to be covered, so your private insurance will no longer have to cover maternity care. They’re actually robbing money from the Medicare trust fund. They’re taking $117 billion out of the Medicare trust fund, which pays for the health insurance when people turn 65. $117 billion is taken out of that trust fund to give tax cuts to the top 1 percent of taxpayers. That is not heart. That’s the opposite of heart.

SeekingAPolitic...

This is huge, if things progress as the article states.

https://www.axios.com/exclusive-trump-plots-trade-wars-2450764900.html

Things can get ugly real fast.  This would be a perfect trump reaction to the bad press from his tweet account.  Time to feed the base and change the channel. When the big animals stampede the smaller animals like Canada get trampled, watch out.

Sean in Ottawa

SeekingAPoliticalHome wrote:

This is huge, if things progress as the article states.

https://www.axios.com/exclusive-trump-plots-trade-wars-2450764900.html

Things can get ugly real fast.  This would be a perfect trump reaction to the bad press from his tweet account.  Time to feed the base and change the channel. When the big animals stampede the smaller animals like Canada get trampled, watch out.

I saw the same article this morning with the same concerns. Canada is in for a shock if this follows through.

This indicates that the strategy of the Liberals, the basket all our eggs are in, might not work.

The strategy of the Liberals is not to go direct to the Administration but to all the other interested US politicians and businesses. This would seem to be sound in normal time. Enough lower support can filter up in a functional administration.

Unfortunately, what this article also states is that Trump, with a cabinet that numbers about two dozen is prepared to over-rule all of them, so long as he pleases his base and a couple freakishly extreme and ignorant enablers (controlers?). This really diminishes and even potentially discards all but direct influence.

The reason Canada has this strategy seems to be due to a fear of provoking anger from a touchy, contradictory and vengeful administration: To fly under the radar. It may turn out that this is a gross miscalculation if the strategy Canada is employing cannot reach the administration and direct engagement while risky might have the only potential for benefit.

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Cleaning Toilets for Jesus

Inside the program teaching submission to capitalism as a divine duty.

Trump’s “taxpayer first” budget proposal, released last month, not only guts social welfare spending, but expands work requirements for low-income recipients of aid. “If you are on food stamps and you are able bodied, we need you to go to work,” declared budget director Mick Mulvaney.

Making low-income Americans work to qualify for aid has long been couched in the language of personal responsibility, dignity, and civic and moral duty. Mulvaney’s comments during the White House briefing were no exception: “There is a dignity to work,” he declared. “And there’s a necessity to work to help the country succeed.”

While work requirements are widely regarded as darlings of the conservative agenda, few recognize the role that faith-based organizations have played in lending these policies ideological and practical support. Geographer Jason Hackworth terms this phenomenon “religious neoliberalism,” the “ideational fusion” between free-market ideologues and religious conservatives. These two groups, Hackworth argues, are bound through a mutual “faith in the market, faith in the individual, and faith in a small (or nonexistent) government.”

Arguably nowhere is this ideological fusion more prominent than in the faith-based — or, rather, faith-saturated — job-readiness program called Jobs for Life (JFL). Founded in 1996 in Raleigh, North Carolina, JFL is a global nonprofit organization premised on the belief that the local church, given its capacity to mobilize the cant of volunteers, is the untapped and ideal “solution” to the enduring social crises of poverty and unemployment....

NDPP

#CNNBlackmail 

https://youtu.be/gWhGcJhfjE8

"Network accused of blackmailing Trump wrestling clip creator."

josh

Thanks for picking up that right-wing meme.

NDPP

"A multi-billion dollar TV network blackmailing a private citizen into not making funny videos about it is not journalism, CNN." - Julian Assange

josh

AAnd he's supposed to be the smart one?

Sean in Ottawa

NDPP wrote:

"A multi-billion dollar TV network blackmailing a private citizen into not making funny videos about it is not journalism, CNN." - Julian Assange

This is whay Assange should not be a judge and enforcer as he so often is. He clearly has no clue as to the meaning of blackmail. Blackmail is about demanding something unrelated that you are not otherwise entitled to in exchange for not sharing something compromising.

In this case, the demand is not for a benefit the outlet was not entitled to but a requirement that the person not continue something that was wrong. This is a huge distinction of the sort someone with the power and reach of Assange ought to understand.

As well the issues are connected. The media had every right to expose the person and still continue to. They have offered as a gesture to give up that right provided the person not continue the circumstances that lead that exposure to be in the public interest. The deal is about offering that if the culprit does what would be necessary to not make it a public interest and continuing story, it won't have to be.

It is rather pathetic of Assange to be unable to see the logical connections here, to recognize that what is being threatened is what the news outlet already had the right to do, in exchange for the person refriaing from doing what they had no right to do. Assange has it backwards.

In fact, by Assange's tortured logic any legitimate threat by anyone offering consequences for a persons' future wrong action would become blackmail. Assange should start with a dictionary.

Mobo2000

Sean, this has already been decided in the court of public opinion.   Number 1 trending twitter hashtag 2 days in a row was #CNNblackmail.   CNN could not have handled this worse than they did.    Coming shortly after having to retract stories about Trump, and admitting the consensus 17 intelligence agencies had that Russia hacked the election was BS, this is spectacularly bad timing.   The optics couldn't be worse.  

"In this case, the demand is not for a benefit the outlet was not entitled to but a requirement that the person not continue something that was wrong."

The person did not do anything wrong.   They made a shitlord troll video making fun of CNN.   Entirely within their rights.   CNN claiming that Trump's post was an incitement to violence was ridiculous.   They should have just ignored it.    Now they are reaping the whirlwind.   So many CNN troll videos on Youtube now its hard to find the funny cat videos.

josh
Mobo2000

""The partisan breakdown is stark: 89 percent of Republicans trust Trump more than CNN and 91 percent of Democrats have more trust in CNN. Among independents, the breakdown is 55 for CNN and 40 for Trump."

Not surprising, and fairly meaningless.   Poll is a few days old, and on Survey Monkey, so let's see those trend lines next week.  

I hope CNN pulls it together sometime soon, being Trump's punching bag is not good for anyone except Trump.   They should stop making it so easy.

 

NDPP

The Sun King and The American Friend   -   by Pepe Escobar

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47461.htm

"Donald Trump's Eiffel Tower chat with the French establishment's new golden boy President Emmanuel Macron, culminated in a political M&A..."

Everlasting Paris Handshake: Trump & Macron Bid Long Farewell (and vid)

https://on.rt.com/8hu5

bekayne

josh

Former Republican fundraiser and donor:

“It is demoralizing to me to see adults worshipping a false idol. I can’t continue to write checks for anyone,” he said. “I know what it’s like to lose a country.”

He called Trump an “abortion of a human being,” and hammered the New York developer in the harshest terms possible.

“If I was the doctor and knew what that baby would do, I’d have made sure it never would have seen the light of day,” he said of the president.

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/07/20/billionaire-gop-donor-out-of-politics-calls-trump-abortion-of-a-human-113528

bekayne

Sean Spicer has resigned. And last night two of Trump's lawyers quit.

Rikardo

I see on Antiwar.com that President Trump is putting an end to the CIA financing of Syrian rebels that Obama starting in 2011.  This is great, although ignored by the media and Trump haters.  Also Syria, via the UN, is demandingc recontruction by the USA.  I hope he won't be persuaded to bring

'democracy and human rights' to Iran.

 

NDPP

Canada has played a 'junior partner' role in the failed US' Syrian regime change project from the beginning when it imposed punishing anti-Syrian sanctions, bombed Syrian infrastructure in 'anti-ISIS' operations, and  was a member of the Fiends of Syria. Some of the bloodcurdling and venomous malevolence contained in various and sundry statements by babblers and Canadian pols, including the NDP has been preserved in the Syrian threads. Just so nobody later tries to claim 'Canada wasn't involved.' 

More here:

Trump Pulls Plug on CIA's Syrian 'Revolution'

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/07/22/pers-j22.html

josh

Rikardo wrote:

I see on Antiwar.com that President Trump is putting an end to the CIA financing of Syrian rebels that Obama starting in 2011.  This is great, although ignored by the media and Trump haters.  Also Syria, via the UN, is demandingc recontruction by the USA.  I hope he won't be persuaded to bring

'democracy and human rights' to Iran.

 

Context is everything.  It's obviously a quid pro quo for Russia's support in the election.

NDPP

Trump's Team Overseeing Wall Street Brings In More Goldman Sachs Alumni Docs Reveal: The Intercept

https://t.co/HbDbXkdR02

Bankster rule

 

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