Trump Parties in Davos While Ordinary Americans Struggle to Make Ends Meet – Global Research

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23-01-20 03:52:00,

The annual Davos billionaire’s ball — aka World Economic Forum — continues until Friday.

Once a year, prominent movers and shakers gather together in Switzerland to plot their next moves for greater self-enrichment at the expense of exploited masses.

They’ve never had things better, but it’s never enough, using money to make more of it, indifferent to the real world of ordinary people, uncaring about their daily struggle to get by.

On Tuesday, Trump addressed the forum, his usual display of bombast, bravado, Big Lies and deception featured, wrapped in the American flag — likely fooling his faithful back home, his public remarks and tweets intended for them.

The “great American comeback” he trumpeted about (pun intended) exists only for the privileged few, no others.

His claim about an “economic boom the likes of which the world has never seen before (sic)” fooled no one in Davos or anyone back home struggling daily to make ends meet, including millions of hungry/food insecure Americans, the unemployed and underemployed.

Inside his White House, Mar-a-Lago, and Davos bubbles, it’s paradise. Outside for most Americans, it’s dystopian hell or bordering it.

Countless millions of US households face unacceptable choices between paying rent or servicing mortgages, seeking high-cost medical care when needed, heating homes in winter, feeding family members, and juggling other expenses — a disturbing reality far removed from Trump’s luxury lifestyle.

A massive disconnect exists between soaring equity prices and dismal economic conditions for most Americans.

Economist David Rosenberg believes there’s an 80% chance for recession this year, largely because high household debt, adding:

The US has “the mother of all credit bubbles…on corporate balance sheets.”

“I thing people will be surprised at how weak the economy is” this year.

Economist John Williams said risks exist for a “major financial crisis.” His recession forecast is unchanged, saying:

His “broad outlook in the weeks and months ahead remains in place for: (1) a continued intensifying US economic downturn in meaningful underlying series such as production and retail sales, reflected in (2) mounting selling pressure on the US dollar, against currencies such as the Swiss Franc,

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Opposition parties score big wins in closely-watched Moscow elections

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09-09-19 01:39:00,

The ruling United Russia party suffered a blow from three opposition parties whose candidates claimed nearly half of Moscow City Council’s seats during a contentious vote in the metropolis of 12 million people.

With all the votes counted, United Russia managed to retain a slim majority in the 45-member city council, but its share dropped to 25. The Communists, their longtime competitors, came second and won a remarkable 13 seats, up from just five in 2014.

Yabloko, Russia’s oldest liberal party, took four seats while the center-left Fair Russia won three. United Russia, whose candidates were formally running as independents, lost nearly a third of districts to their opposition rivals. The voter turnout was slightly above 21 percent.

The Moscow vote follows opposition rallies which sprang up after election officials disqualified numerous liberal candidates, citing failure to collect enough signatures of genuine voters.Almost every weekend, since late July, tens of thousands joined authorized and unauthorized protests, some of which ended up in scuffles with police.

In the run-up to the vote, Alexey Navalny, a vocal Kremlin critic and anti-corruption activist, urged Muscovites to cast their ballots for United Russia’s strongest opponents. He claimed that this strategy, called “smart voting,” would help outplay the ruling party in their constituencies.

Consequently, an array of high-ranked figures lost their seats in the council, among them Andrey Metelsky, the head of United Russia’s branch in Moscow. His popularity shrank on the back of allegations of running a large business and owning properties overseas.

Moscow’s mayor Sergey Sobyanin welcomed the results, calling the race “the most emotional and genuinely competitive one in recent history,” and pointing out that “political diversity” will benefit the city council.

The voting day ran smoothly even though Moscow police had been put on alert. No significant complaints were reported throughout Sunday, according to election authorities. There were reports on social media about violations by various activists which can’t be independently verified.

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Conservative EU Parties Joining Together into Anti-Globalist Powerhouse

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08-03-19 08:37:00,

Italy’s ethno-populist party Fratelli d’Italia is the latest to join the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE). The aim of the growing political alliance is to form a lobby powerful enough to decimate the globalist liberal-left following the May elections.

The aim of Fratelli d’Italia is also to convince the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) to ditch its coalition with the EU parliament’s socialists and liberals and reform to join the upcoming anti-globalist alliance.

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Giorgia Meloni

Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) made its official debut as a new party in the European conservative family on February 22 at the ACRE congress in Rome. It expressed its intention to join the European Conservative and Reformist parliamentary group in the Parliament’s next legislature.

ACRE President and ECR’s spitzenkandidat Jan Zahradil welcomed FDI into the conservative family, saying that it is an ideal partner and that electoral success will give the ECR the strength to change the EU and give greater power to the member states.

Polish MEP Ryszard Legutko, co-chairman of the parliamentary group, said that FDI is moving positively towards the future, stressing the need for a return to common sense in Brussels and for a European Union that does less, but better.

FDI political leader Giorgia Meloni says, “We will work with all the conservative groups to bridge the divide between the EPP centre-right parties and the populists, thereby relegating the left and Macron to the side-lines of European politics.”

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During Friday’s event in Rome, Meloni said that conservatives could help out to overcome the “nefarious pact” between Christian Democrats and socialists thanks to a broad right-wing alliance covering the Europe People’s Party and populists. Meloni also added that, in the event of a rift between EPP and Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, “we would embrace him full arms, ECR is Fidesz’ ideal home.”

In past declarations, Meloni said she considered Orbán as a model for Italy’s right-wing, saying he “serves the interests of its people, defends the Christian identity of Europe saying no to the process of forced Islamisation, and is not afraid to fight against financial speculation.”

The FDI, created in 2012 following a split in Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom (PdL) coalition.

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