Trump greenlights call-up of one MILLION reservists to battle Covid-19

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28-03-20 08:51:00,

To help with the Covid-19 coronavirus emergency, US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order authorizing the call-up of up to a million reserve military personnel in the army, navy, air force and coast guard.

Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security – which is in charge of the Coast Guard units not subordinated to the Navy – are now authorized to order individual members and units of the Ready Reserve under their jurisdiction to “active duty not to exceed 24 consecutive months,” Trump noted in the executive order signed on Friday evening.

The number of mobilized reservists is “not to exceed 1,000,000 members on active duty at any one time.” The Pentagon and Homeland Security are supposed to ensure “appropriate consultation is undertaken with relevant state officials” about using National Guard reserves activated under this order.

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The call-up is part of a flurry of presidential actions aimed against the Covid-19 outbreak on Friday, including the signing of a $2.2 trillion stimulus and relief bill – widely criticized on both sides of the aisle in Congress, but passed anyway – and invoking the Defense Production Act to compel automakers to produce ventilators needed to treat severe coronavirus cases.

Trump has been reluctant to invoke the authority under the DPA for over a week, saying major corporations had offered to comply with federal supply requests voluntarily, only to blow up at General Motors and Ford in a series of angry tweets in the morning.

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The US shot to first place in the world in terms of the number of registered Covid-19 cases, ahead of Italy and China – where the contagion originated in December – with over 100,000 people testing positive, and more than 1,500 fatalities.

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Trump: US-Wirtschaft läuft bis Ostern wieder an | www.konjunktion.info

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25-03-20 02:40:00,

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Viele sehen nach wie vor Donald Trump als “Retter der konservativen Kräfte” an, während andere – vor allem aus dem linken Sektor – ihn als “Vollidioten” betrachten. Dass er “Teil des großen Spiels” ist, zeigt sich einmal mehr mit seiner gestern gemachten Anmerkung, dass die US-Wirtschaft bis Ostern “wieder öffnen könnte (might reopen by easter)”. Dies hat natürlich bei den Investoren und auch Trump-Fans für positive Stimmung gesorgt – andere halten ihn schlichtweg ob solcher Aussagen für verrückt.

Angesichts der politischen – nicht medizinischen – Entwicklung von Covid-19 ist davon auszugehen, dass wir wellenartige Bewegungen sehen werden, in denen in den kommenden Monaten die Wirtschaft immer wieder “geöffnet, dann wieder stillgelegt, dann wieder geöffnet” werden könnte. Die Zeitenwende ist da und Covid-19 als neues 9/11 wurde in Bewegung gesetzt; und es wird erst zu einem Halt kommen, wenn die Menschen dagegen aufbegehren, was angesichts der aktuellen Geschehnisse und des Verhaltens von 99% der Massen eher als unwahrscheinlich zu betrachten ist. Weder Trump noch irgendein anderer Staatschef wird die Weltwirtschaft retten. Insbesondere sitzt Trump deswegen im Oval Office, um den Kollaps der USA (wie in zigfachen Artikeln ausgeführt) als eine Art Insolvenzverwalter zu begleiten und damit seine konservativen Unterstützer und Souveränitätsbefürworter als wahnsinnig und gefährlich dargestellt werden können.

Die virtuelle Abschaltung der US-Wirtschaft ist kaum eine Woche alt, doch die Debatte über den Zeitpunkt eines Neustarts ist bereits in vollem Gange – selbst wenn die Fälle von Coronaerkrankungen zunehmen.

Die Coronavirus-Pandemie hat weltweit fast 400.000 Menschen infiziert. Mit über einem Dutzend US-Bundesstaaten, die den Bürgern befehlen, im Haus zu bleiben und Einrichtungen zu schließen, die als nicht wesentlich erachtet werden, glauben die Ökonomen, dass die größte Volkswirtschaft der Welt bereits in eine tiefe Rezession geraten ist.

Das in Washington ausgearbeitete Konjunkturpaket in Höhe von fast 2 Billionen US-Dollar soll dazu beitragen, das zunehmende wirtschaftliche Gemetzel abzuwehren. In den kommenden Wochen werden jedoch voraussichtlich noch Millionen von Arbeitsplätzen verloren gehen.

Der wirtschaftliche und politische Schaden hat eine zunehmende Debatte darüber ausgelöst, wann die USA zu einem Anschein von Normalität zurückkehren können. Präsident Donald Trump forderte am Dienstag eine Wiederaufnahme der Wirtschaft bis zum 12.

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Trump Invokes Defense Production Act In Coronavirus Response, Deploys FEMA In All Regions

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18-03-20 04:33:00,

President Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act in the US response to the Coronavirus pandemic, noting that HUD will suspend foreclosures through end of April, as work is underway to evaluate possibility of self-tests for virus.

The Defense Production Act (DPA) is the primary source of Presidential authorities to expedite and expand the supply of resources from the U.S. industrial base to support military, energy, space, and homeland security programs.  Homeland security programs eligible for DPA support include:

  • Efforts to counter terrorism within the United States;
  • Emergency preparedness activities conducted pursuant to title VI of the Stafford Act;
  • Protection and restoration of critical infrastructure; and
  • Continuity of Government.

LIVE: Press Briefing with Coronavirus Task Force https://t.co/3WQV4egsWc

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 18, 2020

Addressing the “Chinese virus”, Trump said that FEMA has been activated in “every region, at the highest level.”

The President also said that work is underway to evaluate whether a self-test is feasible. If possible, he says it would free up health professionals who are administering the test.

Perhaps most notably, Trump said HUD is “suspending all foreclosures and evictions until the end of April” as Mike Pence said what we already knew, namely that there are now cases in all 50 states.

Separately, pence reiterated that people who aren’t showing symptoms for Covid-19 shouldn’t be getting tested, and said that the administration is issuing a regulation today that will allow doctors and medical professionals to practice across state lines. This could allow health workers to move to hotspots and places that need more help.

Speaking at the same presser, Dr. Birx said that there are “concerning reports” coming out of France and Italy of young people being seriously ill.

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Trump’s Betrayal of Julian Assange

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24-02-20 03:21:00,

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    One thing we’ve learned from the Trump Presidency is that the “deep state” is not just some crazy conspiracy theory. For the past three years we’ve seen that deep state launch plot after plot to overturn the election.

    It all started with former CIA director John Brennan’s phony “Intelligence Assessment” of Russian involvement in the 2016 election. It was claimed that all 17 US intelligence agencies agreed that Putin put Trump in office, but we found out later that the report was cooked up by a handful of Brennan’s hand-picked agents.

    Donald Trump upset the Washington apple cart as presidential candidate and in so doing he set elements of the deep state in motion against him.

    One of the things candidate Donald Trump did to paint a deep state target on his back was his repeated praise of Wikileaks, the pro-transparency media organization headed up by Australian journalist Julian Assange. More than 100 times candidate Trump said “I love Wikileaks” on the campaign trail.

    Trump loved it when Wikileaks exposed the criminality of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party, as it cheated to deprive Bernie Sanders of the Democratic Party nomination. Wikileaks’ release of the DNC emails exposed the deep corruption at the heart of US politics, and as a candidate Trump loved the transparency.

    Then Trump got elected.

    The real tragedy of the Trump presidency is nowhere better demonstrated than in Trump’s 180 degree turn away from Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange. “I know nothing about Wikileaks,” he said as president. “It’s really not my thing.”

    US pressure and bribes to the Ecuadorian government ended Assange’s asylum and his seven years in a room at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. After his dramatic arrest by London’s Metropolitan Police last April, he has been effectively tortured in British jails at the behest of the US deep state.

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    Trump Supporters Are George W Bush Supporters LARPing As Ron Paul Supporters

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    16-02-20 07:45:00,

    The Trump administration has released its official statement to Congress justifying its drone assassination of Iran’s top military official Qassem Soleimani last month. Surprising exactly zero people, the formal notification makes no mention whatsoever of any imminent threat posed by Soleimani, a direct contradiction of this administration’s previous claims defending the assassination.

    “The Trump administration has been accused of lying after the publication of a new report that undermined its reasoning for assassinating Iranian General Qassem Soleimani last month,” reports Middle East Eye. “The chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Friday that President Donald Trump’s official notification to Congress defending the 3 January strike failed to specify an ‘imminent threat’ posed by Soleimani.”

    “This official report directly contradicts the president’s false assertion that he attacked Iran to prevent an imminent attack against United States personnel and embassies,” Democratic Representative Eliot Engel of New York said.

    “President Trump and top officials lied about the existence of an imminent threat to excuse his having engaged in an act of war without congressional approval,” tweeted independent Michigan Representative Justin Amash. “For Americans’ safety, the Constitution forbids unauthorized offensive actions regardless of the president’s justification.”

    Pres. Trump and top officials lied about the existence of an imminent threat to excuse his having engaged in an act of war without congressional approval. For Americans’ safety, the Constitution forbids unauthorized offensive actions regardless of the president’s justification. https://t.co/EQLT1T63iY

    — Justin Amash (@justinamash) February 14, 2020

    It has been obvious to many analysts for quite some time that the world was lied to about yet another act of war against yet another Middle Eastern nation by yet another US president; the Trump administration’s tacit admission just confirms it. Add this confirmation to the lies we were told about no US soldiers being injured by Iran’s missile retaliation against US military bases, as well as the revelation that the initial rocket strike which sparked the exchanges of violence in Iraq likely came from ISIS and not Iran-backed militias as claimed by the US.

    What this means legally is that Soleimani’s assassination was a war crime.

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    Venezuela to Sue Trump Regime in ICJ: Does It Matter? – Global Research

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    14-02-20 02:59:00,

    Is it possible for aggrieved nations to gain favorable international tribunal rulings against the US that force it to pay a price for its high crimes and other wrongdoing?

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) was established to settle disputes between nations, including complaints of international law breaches and/or other wrongdoing against one state by another.

    The ICJ’s rulings only matter if able to be enforced, clearly not the case when an aggrieved nation sues hegemon USA.

    In Nicaragua v. United States (1986), the ICJ ruled against Washington for breaching international law and violating Nicaraguan sovereignty by supporting Contra death squads in the country, along with mining its waters and operating illegally in its airspace.

    Washington rejected the ruling, refused to pay damages, falsely claiming the court had no “jurisdiction (or) competence” to render a judgment.

    In July 2018, Iran sued the Trump regime in the ICJ for violating provisions of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations and Consular Rights between both countries.

    At the time, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said

    “US sanctions are inconsistent with resolutions and their previous commitments, and it is Iran’s right to file a lawsuit against the United States in international judicial organs.”

    Sanctions by one nation against another breach the UN Charter. Article 41 empowers the Security Council alone to decide what actions may be used to enforce international law — including “complete or partial interruption of economic relations and…severance of diplomatic relations,” other than use of military force.

    When Article 41 steps don’t work, Article 42 authorizes Security Council members to “take such action by air, sea, or land forces as may be necessary to maintain or restore international peace and security” — by use of “demonstrations, blockade,” or military intervention.

    The Security Council alone may take these actions, including imposition of sanctions on offender nations — not presidents, prime ministers, lawmakers, or judicial bodies of individual countries.

    The US consistently and repeatedly ignores international, constitutional, and its own statute laws — operating solely by its own rules to serve its interests on the world stage.

    US regimes weaponized sanctions to wage war by other means on sovereign independent nations unwilling to bend to their will.

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    The Belief That Everything Will Be Fine Once Trump’s Gone Is More Dangerous Than Trump

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    13-02-20 07:56:00,

    The New Hampshire primary election, much like the Iowa caucuses, saw Bernie Sanders doing worse than polls anticipated and establishment favorite Pete Buttigieg doing much better than polls anticipated.

    Buttigieg closed at a tight second place behind Sanders and both were awarded the same number of delegates, which with the bizarre Iowa shenanigans means the former South Bend mayor is now leading the pack in total delegates despite receiving fewer votes than Sanders in both states.

    So of course “Buttigieg leads” is the information that the mainstream media is placing special emphasis on today.

    It is entirely possible that we’ll continue seeing strange electoral results combined with mass media manipulation result in Buttigieg riding a contested convention into a superdelegate-boosted nomination, even if Sanders has more votes overall. We have at this point in time seen no reason to believe that Sanders will be able to secure the number of delegates needed to prevent such an occurrence.

    Then you’ve got racist Republican oligarch Mike Bloomberg jumping on the ballot come Super Tuesday, with his $300 million+ ad campaign throwing more chaos into the mix. Billionaire Bloomberg’s unprecedented campaign spending power has enabled him to push up just shy of second place in a recent Quinnipiac national poll despite having no redeeming characteristics and no real goal agenda apart from stopping Sanders, which is as clear an illustration as you’ll ever see of the power of money in US politics.

    Whether it winds up being Buttigieg, Bloomberg, or one of their ideological alt-centrist clones like Amy Klobuchar or the floundering Joe Biden, the mainstream narrative will soon converge around one candidate in a very positive way, with the only important qualification being that they aren’t Bernie Sanders. Many powerful people will do everything they can to prevent a Sanders nomination, whose presidency they oppose more than Trump’s. As journalist Matt Taibbi recently pointed out, the Democratic establishment has “every incentive to play every conceivable card. Trillions at stake.”

    The primary argument used will be that defeating Trump is all that matters, even if it’s with another racist Republican plutocrat.

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    Pete Buttigieg doet een ‘Trump’: ‘winnen’ met minder stemmen dan Bernie Sanders – DeWereldMorgen.be

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    06-02-20 09:09:00,

    Met een dag vertraging verklaren alle media in de VS Pete Buttigieg tot ‘winnaar’ van de eerste Democratische voorverkiezing in Iowa, ook al zijn de volledige resultaten nog steeds niet bekend en is het verschil met Sanders zeer klein. Het campagneteam van Bernie Sanders had zich voorbereid op sabotage door de Democratische partijtop en de mainstream media, maar dat het zo snel zou gebeuren verraste hen.

    Met twee dagen vertraging is het resultaat van de eerste Democratische voorverkiezing in de deelstaat Iowa bekend – gedeeltelijk. Met 71 procent van de bekende resultaten behaalde Pete Buttigieg1 26,8 procent voor de toekenning van de delegates, Bernie Sanders 25,2, Elizabeth Warren 18,4, Joe Biden 15,4 en Amy Klobuchar 12,6.

    Deze procenten slaan op de globale resultaten voor de toewijzing van de delegates. Wanneer de individuele stemmen van alle reeds vermelde kiesdistricten worden geteld heeft Bernie Sanders nu reeds meer stemmen behaald dan Buttigieg, maar minder delegates. De volledige cijfers zijn nog altijd niet bekend (ongeveer 70 procent), maar de tendens is duidelijk. Sanders zal één of twee delegates minder halen dan Buttigieg.

    Angelsaksische electorale wiskunde

    Het is een van de bizarre effecten van de Angelsaksische electorale optellogica, die maakt dat presidenten Donald Trump en George W.Bush konden ‘winnen’ met minder stemmen dan hun tegenstanders. Dit is hetzelfde perverse telsysteem dat Boris Johnson met 42 procent van de Britse uitgebrachte stemmen een ruime parlementaire meerderheid van zetels gaf van 60 procent.

    Dit systeem werd niet voor niets ooit in de 19de eeuw uitgedacht door de Britse landelijke elite die er alles voor over had om de toenemende numerieke meerderheid van de bevolking in de steden en fabrieken van de macht te houden. Het is eveneens dit systeem dat maakt dat de huidige Republikeinse meerderheid in de federale Senaat zoals steeds gebaseerd is op minder dan de helft van alle uitgebrachte stemmen.

    Check out MSNBC try to make sense of how Bernie wins both the first and second rounds of voting yet is somehow supposedly trailing in delegates 🤔#BernieWon pic.twitter.com/WLk8sv56x7

    — Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc) February 4, 2020

    In de meer landelijke districten van Iowa wint Buttigieg nipt van Sanders en rijft daar de delegates binnen. In de meer stedelijke districten wint Sanders uitgesproken,

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    Trump: “Die Feinde Amerikas sind auf der Flucht”

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    05-02-20 02:42:00,

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    In den öffentlichen Schulen wird gebetet und ansonsten steht auch alles zum Besten im Land, dessen Wohlstand, Macht und Prestige unter ihm ein “großes Comeback” erleben – Die Rede zur Lage der Nation des US-Präsidenten als Bestseller-Autor

    Wer kann sich Trumps Wiederwahl erfolgreich in den Weg stellen? Das ist die Frage, die sich nach dessen Ansprache zur Lage der Union wieder einmal aufdrängt.

    Nachdem sich die Demokraten in Iowa schon bei der Auszählung einer Vorwahl blamiert haben und sich gegen den Spott über ihre Inkompetenz behaupten müssen, die dazu noch von Vermutungen begleitet werden, dass interne Konkurrenzkämpfe mit im Spiel waren, ist Trump in einer guten Position. Davon machte er in seiner Rede ausführlich Gebrauch.

    100-prozentig Trump: Authentische Lügen

    Es war eine Wahlkampfrede im staatsmännischen Gewand, die Demokratinnen im weißen Suffragetten-Gewand boten ihm stummes Dekor, mehr nicht. Trump holte sich aus dem Sitzungssaal des Kongresses dort platzierte Mitspieler aus der Bevölkerung, der Armee und des Grenzschutzes, um mit diesem bekannten Theatereffekt zu zeigen, dass er kein abgehobener Präsident ist, der sich über “deplorables” (bedauerliche “Abgehängte”, Hillary Clinton) hinwegsetzt, sondern ein Politiker in Kontakt mit der Bevölkerung.

    Dass er mit dieser Inszenierung auch gezielt Mitgliedern der afro-amerikanischen Bevölkerung huldigte, um Wählerstimmen zu gewinnen, fiel wohl nicht nur der New York Times auf.

    Geführt wurde die Rede entlang des Themas “the great american comeback”, was eigentlich inhaltlich schon alles besagt, aber Trump, der angeblich seine Reden “100-prozentig” selbst verfassen soll – “Er ist ein Bestseller-Autor und ein hochtalentierter Redner” heißt es aus seinem Stab – beherrscht eine Art der Narration, die Klappentexter für Abenteuerromane in Neid erblassen lassen. Und erst recht Politiker, die Erfolge bei Wählern haben wollen. Trump erstellt in Kurzform “blühende Landschaften”, deren beruhigende Wirkung so stark ist, dass kaum jemand gewillt scheint, die Illusion abzuschütteln.

    Er vermittelt so etwas wie authentische Lügen – jeder weiß, dass das so nicht stimmen kann, aber es ist halt Trump:

    Die Feinde Amerikas sind auf der Flucht … Der Niedergang ist vorbei … Wir wurden ausgenutzt, das ist vorbei … Macht und Prestige sind zurück … Wir haben das Downsizing verworfen und wir werden nie wieder in diesen Zustand zurückkehren … Wir haben die Grenzen geschlossen … die Familien blühen auf … unsere Lage ist besser als je zuvor.

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    How the FBI Sabotaged Trump Foreign Policy – Global Research

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    30-01-20 09:30:00,

    We now know that, before Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017, the FBI had the ouster of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the President’s National Security Adviser, in its sights. By February 13th, Flynn was out the door.  

    Think about it. Why was Flynn’s removal of the utmost importance to the FBI, more vital than removal of any other cabinet officer like the Pentagon or State Department.  So crucial was it that they created a specific strategy willing to embrace prosecutorial misconduct and agency malfeasance to take Flynn down. Prosecutorial misdeeds are nothing new to the FBI as they have a well founded history of corruption over the years with its warts now publicly displayed.

    It does not take a poli sci major to figure out that Flynn’s immediate removal from the Administration was essential to undermining Trump’s entire foreign policy initiatives including no new interventionist wars, peace with Russia and US withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan.  In retrospect, the entire fraudulent Russiagate conspiracy makes sense when viewed from the perspective of an effort to rein in Trump’s foreign policy goals of which Flynn would have been a necessary, integral part.

    The question is where did the first glimmer of setting up Flynn originate?  Who had the most to gain by disrupting Trump’s foreign policy agenda?  A number of suspects come to mind including the evil Brennan/Clapper twins, a bureaucratically well placed neocon, an interested foreign entity like Israel or somewhere deep within the dark bowels of the FBI, all of which are in sync with the Democratic leadership and its corporate media minions.

    At the time, the Washington Post, a favorite CIA organ, was reporting that Flynn had ‘hinted’ to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that Trump might be willing to ‘relax’ sanctions against Russia.  It was then claimed that Flynn had ‘misled’ VP Pence by denying that he had had a conversation regarding sanctions with Kislyak. None of it was true.

    With Flynn removed, Trump never regained his footing on foreign policy  – which no doubt was exactly as intended; thereby opening the door for the likes of Jared Kushner to assume the role of ‘trusted adviser.”

    Let’s examine how the FBI eliminated Flynn:

    In August,

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    Trump Regime’s Annexation Scheme of the Century Unveiled – Global Research

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    30-01-20 08:58:00,

    Nothing about the scheme surprised, an affront to millions of long-suffering Palestinians and international law — a document with no legitimacy.

    One observer compared Trump’s unveiling to a wedding attended by the bride, not the groom.

    Palestinians were excluded from drafting the scheme put together by the Trump and Netanyahu regimes — serving US/Israeli interests exclusively, ignoring fundamental Palestinian rights and the rule of law.

    Their representatives were absent from Tuesday’s unveiling. No self-respecting Palestinians would touch a scheme that legitimizes permanent bondage of their people under Israel’s repressive boot.

    The Trump/Netanyahu scheme recognizes illegal Israeli control over most of the Occupied Territories — including settlements, most Jordan Valley land, military bases, free-fire zones, commercial locations, tourist sites, nature reserves, no-go areas, Jews-only roads, checkpoints, the separation wall, and other exclusive Jewish areas — along with water, hydrocarbon reserves, and other resources rightfully belonging to Palestinians.

    The scheme of the century recognizes Israeli land theft, dispossession of its indigenous occupants, loss of their possessions, and Jewish state control over historic Palestine’s borders and airspace.

    It illegally legitimizes Israeli control over all valued parts of Judea and Samaria, including Jerusalem as an undivided Jewish state capital.

    Palestine’s “capital” is to be located “east and north of the existing security barrier, including Kafr Aqab, the eastern part of Shuafat and Abu Dis, and could be named” whatever its officials wish — a capital in name only.

    Democratically elected Hamas, Palestine’s legitimate government, is called “repressive.”

    Illegal Israeli blockade of the Strip was unmentioned in the Trump/Netanyahu scheme, demanding it be demilitarized, defenseless against Israeli rapaciousness, and controlled by a Palestinian entity recognized by Israel.

    Diaspora Palestinians are prohibited from returning to their homeland. No settlements will be uprooted. They’ll be mostly “incorporate(d) into contiguous Israeli territory (to) become part of the state of Israel” — in violation of international law, what the US and Israel disrespect and breach at their discretion.

    A dubious Palestinian state in name only is conditional on its leadership’s subservience to Israeli demands.

    They include renouncing the right of self-defense the US and Israel call terrorism, Jewish state aggression considered self-defense.

    The scheme prevents regional peace and stability,

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    Plan Trump, eerste indruk: eeuwige bezetting, met snoepjes – DocP

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    29-01-20 09:43:00,

    In een theaterachtige entourage wordt één ding duidelijk, Israël wordt steeds meer Amerikaanse binnenlandse politiek en Palestijnen spelen daarin geen rol.

    Het volledige plan beslaat 181 pagina’s. Een paar opvallende punten uit het opgeblazen pr-verhaal:

    1. Het plan is gemaakt “in de geest van” VN-resolutie 242. Dat is vaag. In feite zijn de grenzen van 1967 losgelaten.
    2. Palestijnen krijgen een versplinterd ministaatje, verbonden door tunnels, bruggen en wegen maar zonder de kenmerken van een zelfstandige staat. Geen controle bijvoorbeeld, over de eigen grenzen.
    3. Een groot deel van de Westelijke Jordaanoever gaat naar Israël. De nederzettingen worden deel van Israël.
    4. Er zijn economische beloften – 44 miljard dollar aan investeringen! – aan de Palestijnen. Het geld daarvoor moet vooral uit Arabische landen komen. De Palestijnen moeten dan wel instemmen met het plan. Dan worden ook eerdere strafmaatregelen door de VS ingetrokken.
    5. Israël heeft toestemming een deel van de Westelijke Jordaanoever in te lijven en kan daar al mee beginnen.
    6. Vluchtelingen krijgen geen recht op terugkeer.
    7. Prioriteit heeft “Israëls veiligheid”. Het ministaatje is volledig afhankelijk van Israël (goed nieuws voor de Palestijnse veiligheidsdiensten).
    8. Het plan is onduidelijk over wat de Palestijnen nu precies voor aanspraken krijgen in Jeruzalem (“… Palestine’s capital of “Al-Quds [including] areas of East Jerusalem.”).
    9. De Palestijnen krijgen vier jaar de tijd om over het plan na te denken (nb: komt overeen met de periode tot bijna het einde van een tweede termijn van Trump). In die vier jaar blijft de omvang van het ministaatje open.

    Oslo revisited

    De kans dat de Palestijnse Autoriteit dit plan aanvaard (en vervolgens ook nog overeind blijft tegenover de Palestijnse bevolking in de WJO en Gaza) is nul. Dit is Oslo revisited maar dan met meer open einden.

    Welke belangen dient het plan?

    De inhoud van Peace to Prosperity A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People en vooral de timing wekt de indruk dat het plan de volgende politieke functies moet dienen:

    1e De president moet zijn fundamentalistisch-christelijke achterban bedienen met het oog op de verkiezingen die al over negen maanden plaatsvinden.

    2e De Democratische Partij moet de komende maanden worden neergezet als een partij die vergeleken met de Republikeinse Partij wankelmoedig is rond steun aan de joodse staat.

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    Chantage Trump op Oekraïne om politiek rivaal te dwarsbomen niet origineel, Nixon en Reagan deden het hem voor – DeWereldMorgen.be

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    27-01-20 08:08:00,

    De Amerikaanse Senaat houdt hoorzittingen over de mogelijke afzetting van president Trump. Hij zou met druk op de president van Oekraïne gepoogd hebben presidentskandidaat Joe Biden te discrediteren. Niets origineels. President Ronald Reagan deed het met Iran, president Richard Nixon deed het met Vietnam. Trump wordt hiervoor bedreigd met afzetting, terwijl zijn talrijke andere veel ergere misdaden geen enkele aanleiding geven tot impeachment.

    President Trump heeft op 25 juli 2019 in een telefoongesprek de Oekraïense president Volodymyr Zelensky onder druk gezet om een gerechtelijk onderzoek te starten naar Hunter Biden, de zoon van Joe Biden, vice-president onder Barack Obama en kandidaat voor de komende presidentsverkiezingen. Deed hij dat niet, dan zou de reeds toegezegde economische en militaire hulp niet vertrekken.

    Hunter Biden in Oekraïne

    Hunter Biden, zoon van Democratisch politicus Joe Biden, was een aantal jaren lid van de raad van bestuur van Burisma Holdings, een Oekraïens aardgasbedrijf, eigendom van oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky.

    Tijdens een bezoek aan Oekraïne had toenmalig vice-president Joe Biden in een openbare verklaring het ontslag geëist van de volgens hem corrupte onderzoeksrechter Viktor Shokin, die betrokken was bij een gerechtelijk onderzoek naar corruptie in het bedrijf waar zijn zoon bij betrokken was.

    De Raad van bestuur van Burisma in 2015. Screenshot YouTube BBC

    Trump eiste dat president Zelensky een onderzoek zou starten naar mogelijke corruptie van Hunter Biden en naar de inmenging van Joe Biden om – volgens hem – een onderzoek van Burisma Holdings te stoppen. Joe Biden was op dat ogenblik reeds Democratisch presidentskandidaat.

    Hij werd toen nog algemeen aanzien als de grootste kanshebber om het tijdens de verkiezingen in 2020 tegen Trump op te nemen. Als Zelensky niet deed wat Trump eiste, zou Trump aanzienlijke (en reeds afgesproken) economische en militaire hulp aan Oekraïne tegenhouden.

    Business as usual

    Presidenten van machtige landen – en dus ook die van het machtigste land ter wereld – die andere regeringsleiders politiek, militair of economisch onder druk zetten, het is eerder routine in de diplomatieke geschiedenis. Meestal gebeurt het achter gesloten deuren, heel af en toe openlijk.

    Meerdere VS-ambassadeurs bij de VN hebben andere landen afgedreigd met economische sancties als ze in de VN-Veiligheidsraad niet stemden zoals de VS wilden.

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    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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    Trump Transforms the Middle East into NATO’s “Area of Responsibility” | New Eastern Outlook

    trump-transforms-the-middle-east-into-nato’s-“area-of-responsibility”-|-new-eastern-outlook

    20-01-20 09:33:00,

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    There’s been no shortage of cultural and political figures over the last couple of centuries who would show interest towards the incredibly rich history of the Middle East. Essentially, this region gave birth to economy as we know it, a handful of ancient civilizations on top of three of world’s major religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

    The United States started showing interest towards the Greater Middle East (that includes North Africa, Iran and Afghanistan on top of the Levant) as early as in the 19th century, when 20% of its maritime trade was with the Middle East.

    However, a lot has changed since those days, both in Washington’s assessment of the role that the Middle East plays in the global affairs and in the way it approaches individual players of this region.

    In the aftermath of WWII, in a bid to win trust of the people of Asia and Africa, Washington opposed attempts made to preserve the British Empire and ousted the UK from the Middle East. This resulted in the Arabs taking Washington’s peaceful intentions at face value, as they assumed that it would try to bring stability to the region. However, it didn’t take long for the United States to start subjugating Israel to its will, and then proceeding with attempts to push the USSR out of the Arab world, in spite of the latter remaining a principal advocate of the socio-economic transformation of a great many of Middle Eastern states.

    These days, with a grand total of 52 American bases scattered across the region, there’s no arguing that the United States is hell-bent to dominate the region and its policies, with the local governments being treated as obedient puppets that are only there to wilfully provide a resource base for the sole hegemone. This determination results in Washington finding itself unable to compromise on a number of objectives that can hardly be achieved independently, while one’s desire to secure them all at the same time can only be described as a dangerous delusion. Among those objectives are ensuring America’s control over the entirety of hydrocarbon production of the region, preserving Israel’s primacy in regional affairs, limiting Iran’s role and the influence it enjoys, ensuring that those wealthy regional players carry on buying American weapons in large quantities.

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    Mijn verontrusting over Iran en de rol van Trump..!

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    14-01-20 08:33:00,


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    Graag wil ik mijn verontrusting met je delen, naar aanleiding van de ontwikkelingen in Iran. Echt schokkend wat daar aan het gebeuren is. Waarom moest Soleimani met zijn mensen dood? Het lijkt wel weer het oude liedje met een vliegtuig dat is neergehaald, studenten die opgehitst worden (doet me weer denken aan George Soros) en Trump die ze steunt… We hebben nog wel heel veel ‘hobbels’ te gaan. En ik word er eerlijk gezegd, misselijk van..

    Het gedonder begon nadat Trump in zijn persconferentie bij 70-jaar NAVO in Londen had gezegd dat hij vrede met Rusland wil en een akkoord met Rusland sluiten over een stop op de nucleaire wapenwedloop. En hij was bezig met een nieuwe deal met China. Een paar dagen daarna staan Trump en Lavrov, de Russische minister van Buitenlandse Zaken, samen lachend op de foto. Dit is de laatste lachende foto van Trump die ik heb gezien… Wat is er sindsdien gebeurd? En dat is nog lang niet alles, wat daarvóór al gebeurde, geheel tegen zijn eerdere uitspraken in..

    Trump had beweerd dat hij ISIS had verslagen in Syrië door hun hoofdman, Al Baghdadi, te vermoorden. Maar was dat een toneelstukje? Net als Osama Bin Laden destijds? En Trump had gezegd dat hij de Amerikaanse troepen zou terugtrekken uit Syrië… en hij had eerder al gezegd dat olie uit het Midden Oosten voor de VS niet meer belangrijk was, omdat de VS nu helemaal self-supporting is…, zelfs de grootste olieproducent is geworden… Maar toch pikte hij (of staat toe) de olie met (Westerse) pijpleidingen van Syrië en wees de Syrische Golanhoogten met olie, pijpleidingen en waterbronnen officieel toe aan Israël; evenals de Israëlische nederzettingen in de Westbank. Hoe kan hij dit allemaal doen?

    Is Trump nu toch door de knieën gegaan voor de City of Londen?
    Is Trump nu toch door de knieën gegaan voor de City of Londen en (hun bezit) de staat Israël & hun vrienden? En werkt hij mee aan een ‘Land for Peace’-deal, wat de elite wil, een ‘groter’ Israël – het Yinon-plan, het hele omringende Arabische gebied opdelen in kleinere landjes: Lybië verdelen in 4 kleine landjes,

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    Trump as Cyrus: Has Yahweh Grasped Him By His Right Hand?

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    07-01-20 10:26:00,

    (Note: this article was originally written before the US assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani on January 2nd)

    Trump kept the promise he made to AIPAC in March 2016: “We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.” Its fulfillment gave a timely support to Netanyahu, whose popularity in Israel is entirely based on his capacity to manipulate the United States, of which he brags. Commenting in May 2018 on Trump’s decision, Netanyahu paid him this compliment:

    “This will be remembered the way we remember the Cyrus declaration of 2500 years ago, when he told the exiles of Babylon, ‘you can go back and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.’ This is a historical moment and we will always remember.”

    Cyrus is that Persian king whose spirit “Yahweh roused … to issue a proclamation” and “build him a temple in Jerusalem,” according to the Book of Ezra (1:1-2) A successor to Cyrus later appointed Ezra to oversee the building. For his decree, Cyrus is bestowed the title of Yahweh’s “Anointed” (Mashiah) by the prophet Isaiah:

    “Thus says Yahweh to his anointed one, to Cyrus whom, he says, I have grasped by his right hand, to make the nations bow before him and to disarm kings: […] It is for the sake of my servant Jacob and of Israel my chosen one, that I have called you by your name, have given you a title though you do not know me. […] Though you do not know me, I have armed you.” (Isaiah 45:1-5)[1]

    Yahweh, who “roused Cyrus’ spirit” and “grasped him by his right hand,” stands, of course, for “Jewish Power”.

    Netanyahu hailed Trump as a modern-day Cyrus on several occasions, and his enthusiasm was echoed on Fox News, when Jeanine Pirro declared: “Donald Trump recognizes history. He, like king Cyrus before him, fulfills the biblical prophecy…”

    Trump was like Cyrus again in March 2019, when he signed a decree recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights (top photo). It inspired Miriam Adelson, wife of Trump’s biggest donor, to comment that the President deserves his “Book of Trump” in the Bible.

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    Trump’s Mass Deception on Iran – Global Research

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    06-01-20 10:51:00,

    Virtually all politicians lie, none in memory more repeatedly and egregiously than Trump.

    It’s so excessively over the top it begs the question. Is he unable to distinguish between facts and fiction or is he inherently deceptive by nature?

    His Big Lies fool no one informed on what’s going on at home and abroad.

    The problem is they comprise a minority, not a majority of the public — and serial lying is a moral and ethical issue, not a criminal offense unless under oath.

    Make no mistake. DJT’s ordered airstrikes in Iraq, killing around 30 paramilitary fighters connected to its military, followed by the assassinations of Iranian General Soleimani and Iraqi deputy PMU leader Muhandis were US acts of war on both countries.

    According to US law, an act of war means any hostile act occurring in the course of:

    1. a declared war;

    2. an armed conflict, whether or not war has been declared, between two or more nations; or

    3. an armed conflict between military forces of any origin.

    Under international law it’s much the same, notably a preemptive attack by one nation on the territory of the other.

    It’s strictly prohibited by the UN Charter except in self-defense if attacked, clearly not the case in all US wars post-WW II, waged preemptively on nonbelligerent states — unjustifiably justified by Big Lies and deception.

    According to UN General Assembly Res. 3314, aggression is defined as “the use of armed force by a State against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of another State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Charter of the United Nations” — which prohibits a nation attacking another state preemptively.

    Included in the UN definition is “(b)ombardment by the armed forces of a State against the territory of another State or the use of any weapons by a State against the territory of another State.”

    On Friday, Trump tweeted the following:

    “General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more…but got caught (sic)!”

    “He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people (sic).”

    The above remarks apply to decades of US aggression — raping and destroying one country after another,

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    Trump will Krieg

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    03-01-20 03:30:00,

    Wer gehofft hat, dass 2020 ein friedliches Jahr werden würde, muss diese Hoffnung leider bereits kurz nach Jahresbeginn beerdigen. Mit dem von Präsident Trump befohlenen Attentat auf den berühmtesten iranischen General und mehrere ranghohe irakische Militärs nahe dem Flughafen der irakischen Hauptstadt Bagdad haben die USA eine rote Linie überschritten. Beobachter werten den Anschlag als Kriegserklärung gegen Iran. Was muss noch passieren, bis Europa aufwacht und sich von der kriegerischen US-Politik distanziert? Von Jens Berger

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    Stellen Sie sich einmal folgendes Szenario vor: Der Chef des US-Generalstabs Mike Milley trifft zu einem informellen Besuch in Kiew ein und Wladimir Putin befiehlt den russischen Streitkräften, die Wagenkolonne, in der Milley von ranghohen ukrainischen Militärs vom Flughafen der Stadt abgeholt wird, mit einem Luftangriff zu vernichten. Wenige Minuten später postet Putin dann auf Twitter die russische Flagge … ohne weiteren Kommentar. Was würde in einem solchen Fall passieren? Im Morgenmagazin würden sich deutsche Sicherheitspolitiker gegenseitig mit Anschuldigungen an die russische Seite übertreffen und diesen offenen Bruch des Völkerrechts vollkommen zu Recht verurteilen. Wie die USA diese „Kriegserklärung“ aufnehmen würden, ist der Phantasie der Leser überlassen. Zum Glück handelt es sich hierbei ja nur um ein hypothetisches Szenario.

    Der Raketenanschlag, mit dem die US-Streitkräfte auf Befehl ihres obersten Befehlshabers heute Nacht den iranischen General Ghassem Soleimani zusammen mit hochrangigen irakischen Befehlshabern in einer Fahrzeugkolonne in Bagdad töteten, ist hingegen leider sehr real. Um die Bedeutung dieses Angriffs zu verstehen, lohnt es, sich zu vergegenwärtigen, wer dieser General Soleimani eigentlich war.

    Ein Engel war der General mit Sicherheit nicht. Formell betrachtet war Soleimani der oberste Befehlshaber der „Quds-Brigaden“, einer von den Medien meist als „Elite“ der iranischen Revolutionsgarden bezeichneten Einheit. Präziser sind die „Quds-Brigaden“ eine sehr umstrittene Auslandseinheit des iranischen Militärs, die unter anderem in den Kriegen im Libanon, in Syrien und zuletzt auch im Irak aktiv war – in den beiden letzten Konflikten kämpften sie hauptsächlich gegen die radikalen sunnitischen Streitkräfte des IS.

    Ein Portrait der Asia Times beschreibt Soleimani als einen Mann, der von seinen Anhängern dafür gefeiert wurde, den (sunnitischen) Islamisten im Irak und Syrien die Stirn zu bieten und Irans Einfluss als Hegemonialmacht in der Region zu verteidigen.

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    USA, Irak, Iran: Trump dreht weiter an der Eskalations-Spirale

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    03-01-20 03:30:00,

    Erich Gysling / 03. Jan 2020 –

    Die Ermordung des iranischen Generals Soleimani ist eine beispiellose Eskalation im unerklärten Krieg zwischen den USA und Iran.

    Qassem Soleimani hatte innerhalb der Hierarchie faktisch die Rolle eines Verteidigungsministers. Er unterstand direkt dem obersten geistlichen Führer Irans und kommandierte die Auslandoperationen der so genannten al-Quds-Brigaden in Irak und Syrien mit einer geschätzten Stärke von 15’000 Mann. Weil er entscheidend an der Zerschlagung der Terror-Organisation des Islamischen Staats IS beteiligt war, erhielt er einst auch Lob aus den USA. Er brachte es dafür einmal sogar auf die Titelseite von «Newsweek». Aus den positiven Schlagzeilen fiel er allerdings bald wieder heraus, weil seine Truppen – das ist Teil der widersprüchlichen Strategie Irans in der Region – auch für den Sieg des syrischen Machthabers al-Assad über die Oppositionskräfte mit verantwortlich war.

    Irak in der Zwickmühle zwischen den USA und Iran

    Der Anschlag auf den Iraner Soleimani ereignete sich der Nähe von Iraks Hauptstadt Bagdad – ein verhängnisvolles Zeichen dafür, wie sehr Irak in den Stellvertreterkrieg zwischen den USA und Iran hineingezogen wird.

    Iraks Regierung versucht seit Jahren in einem eigentlich unmöglichen Balance-Akt, gute Beziehungen sowohl zu Washington als auch zu Teheran zu unterhalten. Mit den USA schloss sie Abkommen, welche u.a. die Stationierung von 5200 US-Soldaten betreffen. Dass die US-Streitkräfte dies als Freibrief für Luftangriffe gegen irgendwelche Milizen nutzen könnten, gehörte allerdings nicht ins Verständigungs-«Paket».

    Als die Amerikaner vor wenigen Tagen, als Vergeltung für die Attacke durch eine schiitische Miliz, aus der Luft 25 Iraker umbrachten und 50 weitere verletzten, schien für die provisorische Regierung in Bagdad eine «rote Linie» in Greifnähe: der Übergangs-Premier äusserte, er werde das Stationierungs-Abkommen mit den USA «überdenken». Dazu gedrängt wurde er auch von einem Teil des Parlaments, in dem verschiedene Milizen stark vertreten sind.

    Von Iran unterstützte Milizen sind Teil der irakischen Armee

    Die irakische Realität ist, das zeigen schon diese Ereignisse, hoch komplex. Es ist ja nicht so, dass von Iran geförderte Milizen im Irak ein isoliertes Eigenleben führen würden– nein, die meisten von ihnen, die sich unter dem Namen „hashd ash-Sha’bi“, „Volksmobilisations-Einheiten“ mehr oder weniger vereinigt haben, sind, wieder mehr oder weniger, in die normalen irakischen Streitkräfte integriert. Wie das? Nun, ungeachtet einer von den USA (16 Jahre lang!) mit hunderten Milliarden finanzierten Aufbauhilfe für die Armee Iraks sind die regulären Truppen nicht in der Lage,

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    Trump steekt de lont aan | Uitpers

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    03-01-20 03:04:00,

    Aan de Iraaks-Syrische grens (tehrantimes)

    Een aanslag met voorbedachten rade op de architect van Irans tussenkomsten in de regio en op een chef van de pro-Iraanse milities in Irak. Teheran kan de dood van Qassem Soleimani gewoon niet onbeantwoord laten, met hem treft VS-president Donald Trump het hart van het Iraanse regime, tevens iemand die in eigen land populairder is dan de meeste leiders van de Islamitische Republiek. En ook Bagdad kan niet anders dan hierop reageren; plots maakt het voorstel dat de VS-troepen het land moeten verlaten, kans in de Majlis, het Iraanse parlement.

    Bagdad

    Heeft Trump een domme zet gedaan om de dood van een VS-werknemer op een VS-basis in Irak zo te wreken? Het is onvoorstelbaar dat de weerslag van die aanslag niet zou berekend zijn. Trump heeft de lont aangestoken van een escalatie waarvan het verder verloop onvoorspelbaar is. De escalatie van het of zelfs een oorlog om en in Irak? Of in de ganse regio?

    Irak is als sinds de invasie van 2003 en de val van Saddam Hoessein inzet van rivaliteit tussen Washington en Teheran. VS-president Bush wou van het land een democratisch model voor de regio maken, en het minste wat hij daarbij kon doen was de sjiïtische meerderheid, die het niet goed had onder Saddam, aan de macht brengen.

    Maar sommige van die sjiïeten hebben nu eenmaal nauwe banden met de geloofsgenoten in de Islamitische Republiek Iran, Washington zat van in het begin met hen opgescheept. En dat die Iraakse leiders de soennitische Arabische minderheid discrimineerden, droeg bij tot het succes van Daesh (IS) in het westen en noorden van het land.

    De VS hadden daarop Iran en de Irangezinde Iraakse milities meer dan nodig om het kalifaat van Daesh te liquideren. En daarbij speelde generaal Soleimani een zeer grote rol. Het is een van de redenen voor de grote populariteit van de generaal in eigen land, al bleek bij de sociale onrust de voorbije twee jaar dat die interventies in Iran niet zo populair zijn.

    Goed gemikt

    Dat enkele van die milities in de soennitische gebieden na het verdrijven van Daesh de plak blijven zwaaien, ondermijnt Irak als ‘eenheidsstaat’. Veel soennieten en Koerden hebben liever dat de VS-troepen, ca 5200 manschappen plus “hulppersoneel” in de buurt blijven als tegengewicht.

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    Trump Wants to Keep the Oil: Syria Mulls Suing US in International Court over ‘Stealing’ Country’s Oil – Global Research

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    30-12-19 09:29:00,

    The US recently announced its intent to stay in the Arab Republic in order to “keep the oil” and channel revenues from it to the local Kurdish militia, despite protests from Damascus.

    Syria is considering filing an international suit against the American government over its actions in the eastern part of the country, Syrian presidential adviser Bouthaina Shaaban said in an interview with Al-Mayadeen TV.

    “Syria is looking into the possibility of filing an international lawsuit against the United States, due to the fact that they steal Syrian oil”, she said.

    Previously, Syrian Ambassador to UN Bashar al-Ja’afari accused the US of stealing the country’s national resources during one of the international body’s meetings, also slamming the UN’s lack of action on the matter.

    “The US occupies Syrian oil wells and plunders the Syrians’ revenues in the shadow of the UN Security Council’s silence”, the ambassador said.

    US President Donald Trump announced in October 2019 that the US will be withdrawing its forces from the Arab Republic, but eventually backtracked. He stated that a “small” US contingency would stay behind to “keep the oil”. POTUS also claimed that the revenues from the oil would go to fund the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces and their militia.

    The decision was harshly condemned by Damascus and Moscow, who accused Washington of illegally seizing the oil fields and stealing the country’s natural resources.

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    Pipeline No, NATO No. Trump bittet zum Austritt aus der NATO | KenFM.de

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    27-12-19 07:20:00,

    Von Uli Gellermann.

    Mit gewohnter Brutalität macht Donald Trump in diesen Tagen die Interessen der USA klar: Deutschland solle gefälligst das Nord Stream 2-Projekt stoppen und lässt ein US-Gesetz vom Stapel, dass er „Zum Schutz von Europas Energiesicherheit“ nennt. Auch politisch wenig Gebildete wissen, dass es um den Absatz der US-Fracking-Industrie geht und um die Konkurrenz der USA zu Russland und gegen die nationale Souveränität der Deutschen. Vor allem aber geht es um den dicken NATO-Knüppel: Denn es werden Schiffe des NATO-Partners USA sein, die im Zweifelsfall die maritime Verlegung der Pipeline verhindern. Spätestens jetzt wäre der NATO-Vertrag von den Deutschen zu kündigen, zumindestens wäre dieser Schritt in die nächsten Verhandlungen einzubringen.

    Immerhin tapfer äußert sich Dietmar Bartsch, Fraktionschef der Linken, und fordert Gegenmaßnahmen. Der Schritt der USA sei ein „völlig inakzeptabler Vorgang und ein Tiefpunkt in den transatlantischen Beziehungen“. Er erwarte, dass die Bundesregierung „diesen Wirtschaftskrieg“ nicht unbeantwortet lasse und Gegensanktionen auf den Weg bringe. Das Wort NATO kommt bei Bartsch nicht vor. Und so bleibt sein Protest eher eine Geste.

    Sogar die SPD in Auflösung findet ziemlich klare Worte: Der SPD-Fraktionschef Rolf Mützenich bezeichnet die Sanktionen als Eingriff in die energiepolitische Souveränität der Europäischen Union. Sie belasteten das transatlantische Verhältnis. „Die EU und Deutschland sind für Trump offenbar keine verbündeten Partner, sondern tributpflichtige Vasallen“, sagt er und bereitet den Weihnachtsurlaub vor. Von der NATO ist nicht die Rede.

    Den GRÜNEN fällt mit ihrem außenpolitischen Sprecher, Omid Nouripour, ein einerseits andererseits ein: „Genauso, wie ich Nord Stream falsch finde, finde ich die Freiheit Deutschlands, seine Geschäfte frei wählen zu dürfen, nicht verhandelbar.“ Nach dem grünen Einmarsch an der Seite der NATO in die Republik Jugoslawien war vom Fischer-Clan nun wirklich kein Ton zur NATO zu erwarten. Tatsächlich aber findet die Freiheit des deutschen Geschäfts seine Grenzen in den Geschäften der USA.

    Aber, so könnte man denken, die sich national und oppositionell gebärdende AfD, die könnte doch jetzt den Kampf um die nationale Souveränität aufnehmen. Doch die AfD bietet in diesen Tagen nationaler Not auf ihrer aktuellen Website nur Schlapphüte an: „Donald Trumps Politik ist berechenbar – Trumps Zugehen auf Russland ist aus deutscher Sicht zu begrüßen“,

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    Trump als gasverkoper | Uitpers

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    24-12-19 09:54:00,

    VS-president Donald Trump legt dus sancties op aan ondernemingen die meewerken aan Nordstream2. Want die aardgasleiding van Rusland naar Duitsland via de Baltische Zee, zou “Europa” teveel afhankelijk maken van Rusland”. Trump treedt hier vooral op als promotor van het VS-schaliegas dat dringend nieuwe markten moet aanboren.

    Nordstream2 is president-zakenman Trump een zware doorn in het oog. De energiesector heeft aan hem een goede beschermer en dat geldt zeker voor de grote en kleine ondernemingen in de ontginning van schaliegas, de ‘frackers’. Enkele jaren geleden leken ze wel goud aan te boren, de VS werden dank zij hem weer de grootste olie- en gasproducent van de wereld.

    Schalieboeren

    Er is wel, naast de grote milieuschade, nog een groot probleem. Dat “fracken’ is niet echt rendabel. Wanneer de olieprijzen op de wereldmarkt te fel zakken, is de ontginning verlieslatend. Experts uit de VS schatten dat de verliezen van de voorbije tien jaar al zijn opgelopen tot 300 miljard dollar. De nood om markten te veroveren is dus zeer groot. Deze olieboeren hopen vanaf volgend jaar op grote schaal aan Europa te verkopen; Uiteraard is voor hen die Nordstream2 zware concurrentie.

    Vandaar die sancties “om Europa tegen Russische beïnvloeding te beschermen”. Trump had een jaar eerder de Duitse kanselier Angela Merkel al bedreigd met sancties, onder meer in de vorm van hoge douanerechten op Duitse auto’s, iets waar Merkel en haar regering zeer gevoelig voor zijn. Begin dit jaar dreigde de VS-ambassadeur in Berlijn met sancties tegen bedrijven die aan het project meewerken. Berlijn zwichtte niet en dus komt Trump nu met sancties.

    Oekraïne

    Misschien wil hij na zijn Oekraïnegate ook iets goedmaken tegenover Oekraïne dat in die pijpleiding ook zware concurrentie ziet voor de leiding die vanuit Rusland via Oekraïne naar West-Europa gaan. Over de prijs daarvoor hebben Moskou en Kiev net een akkoord gesloten.

    Trump kan rekenen op volle Poolse steun, het vloeibaar gas uit de VS zou o.m. via ene Poolse terminal worden ingevoerd. Ook andere EU-landen, waaronder Frankrijk, zien Noordstream2 niet zitten. Niet uit bezorgdheid om afhankelijkheid van Rusland, maar omdat dit de invloed van Duitsland weer een beetje groter kan maken.

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    Trump Protesting Syrian – Russian Oil Agreements by Terrorist Attacks on Syrian Oil Facilities

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    21-12-19 08:01:00,

    Three main oil and gas facilities in the central province of Homs were targeted by terrorist attacks earlier this morning.

    The Syrian Ministry of Oil reported the incident on its social media pages and relayed by SANA. These attacks are occurring a couple of days after the Syrian Parliament approved 2 oil exploration contracts with Russian companies.

    Trump’s declaration of his interest in controlling the Syrian oil is translated by his forces occupying some of the main Syrian oil fields northeast of the country, and with his terrorists now bombing other oil facilities.

    Syrian oil facilities have been the main target of the US-sponsored terrorists dubbed ‘Peaceful Protesters’ since the early days of the US-led World War of Terror against Syria. Oil exploration and refinery machinery were stolen in broad daylight by al-Qaeda terrorists moving into Turkey with the help of Turkish forces.

    Systematic bombing of Syrian oil and gas pipelines was a main objective to harm the Syrian people, especially in winter seasons, and even a crew of the Pentagon’s propaganda news channel, the CNN, blew an oil pipeline themselves and filmed it on cameras and then blamed the Syrian army of it…!

    This latest attack targeted the main Syrian oil refinery in Homs, Central Syria, along with the South-Central Gas Plant, and Al-Rayyan Gas Plant, all in Homs province.

    The Syrian Ministry of Oil reported that the targeted plants and refinery sustained damage in some of its production facilities.

    Specialized technical workshops have been dispatched instantly to the site and are working on extinguishing the fires and repairing the damages, the ministry added.

    Meanwhile, Trump with the help of his joker Erdogan and ‘experts’ from the Al-Saud regime continue stealing Syrian oil from the fields occupied by terrorists loyal to the junta ruling the White House. The stolen Syrian oil is smuggled into Turkey then sold to Israel.

    Terrorists of ISIS, Nusra Front, FSA, and the separatist Kurdish SDF militia participated and continue to participate in this ugly theft, while humanitarian bastards at the United Nations Security Council try to pass a resolution to extend illegal across the borders supply routes for the terrorists from Turkey into northern Syria for an additional year and open the 5th crossing.

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    Trump Creates a New Nation – Global Research

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    18-12-19 04:23:00,

    The pandering by Donald Trump and those around him to Israel and to some conservative American Jews is apparently endless. Last Wednesday the president signed an executive order that is intended to address alleged anti-Semitism on college campuses by cutting off funds to those universities that do not prevent criticism of Israel. To provide a legal basis to defund, the administration is relying on title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits any discrimination based on race, color or national origin. Since the Act does not include religion, Trump’s order is declaring ipso facto that henceforth “Jewishness” is a nationality.

    The executive order does not mention Israel by name, but it does state that its assumptions are based on “the non-legally binding working definition of anti-Semitism adopted on May 26, 2016, by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which states, ‘Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities’; and (ii) the ‘Contemporary Examples of Anti-Semitism’ identified by the IHRA, to the extent that any examples might be useful as evidence of discriminatory intent.”

    The IHRA “contemporary examples” supplementing the basic description are important. They considerably broaden the definition of anti-Semitism, to include “Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations” and “claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.” The examples also included holding Israel to a higher standard than other nations when criticizing it, and IHRA offers no possible mitigation even if the accusations are, in the case of the behavior of some Jews and of Israel, accurate.

    Those who are confused because in the past expressions like “Italian” or “Irish” or “British” meant actual countries should recognize that Trump-speak never respects any connection with reality when there is political advantage just sitting out there waiting to be snatched and exploited. And that imperative is considerably multiplied when one is referring to either the state of Israel or of Jews in general, particularly as seen by the Trump White House,

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    Trump Has Given Israel Immunity To International Law – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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    18-12-19 01:49:00,

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    Trump Has Given Israel Immunity To International Law

    Paul Craig Roberts

    In Israel’s treatment of Occupied Palestine, Israel has been violating international law for decades. Under international law, an occupying power is not permitted to incorporate the occupied land into its own domain. However, Israel has persistently done so, evicting Palestinians from their homes, villages, and farm lands in order to build apartments for Jewish immigrants.

    As people learned of the fate suffered by Palestinians at Israel’s hands, criticism of Israel’s policy toward Palestinians by human rights activists grew, and boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movements arose.

    These developments are inconvenient for Israel. Israeli media have indicated that the Israeli government is ready to complete the annexation of Palestine by evicting the remaining Palestinians and incorporating the remaining Palestinian land into Israel. Prior to taking this step, Israel wants to silence critics and prevent BDS action.

    In the US the Israel Lobby has attempted to have the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, and the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act passed. However these acts clearly violate Constitutionally-protected free speech and protest, and Congress, although happy to please the Israel Lobby, doesn’t want to pass acts that the Supreme Court will obviously overturn. The ACLU opposes these acts on First Amendment grounds.

    So the Israel Lobby has turned to Donald Trump to achieve by executive order what they have not achieved by legislation.

    As the Israel Lobby has succeeded in equating criticism of Israeli government policies with anti-semitism or hatred of Jews, Trump’s executive order against anti-semitism permits the US government to cut off money to universities and organizations in which criticism of Israel is expressed in lectures, colloquiums, or debates.

    Trump’s executive order has initiated a debate whether Trump has in effect declared Jews to be a nationality. See, for example, https://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/trump-creates-a-new-nation/ and
    https://groups.google.com/forum/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=footer#!msg/newsfromunderground/IuhQIQZgu_w/3M3-kW-1BwAJ .

    This is the wrong debate. The issue is why should Israel be the only country among the approximately 200 on earth whose policies cannot be criticized? Why should Israel be the only country that cannot be sanctioned and boycotted?

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    Donald Trump und Wladimir Putin – einerlei Maß?

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    17-12-19 07:53:00,

    Donald Trump und Wladimir Putin – einerlei Maß?

    Kai-Ehlers-Kritisches-Netzwerk-

    Eine Frage trieb die westliche Propagandamaschine in den letzten Tagen wieder einmal auf Hochtouren: Hat Putin auf deutschem Boden einen georgischen Staatsbürger von seinen Geheimdiensten auf offener Straße ermorden lassen?

    Die diplomatischen und medialen Wellen, die aus dieser Frage hervorgingen, schäumten hoch und es drohten daraus neue Energien für die Bestärkung des Feindbildes Russland hervorzugehen, vor dessen Killern die Welt sich in Acht nehmen müsse. So etwa die Mehrheit der herrschenden Kommentare.  

    verleumde_3_nur_dreist_es_bleibt_immer_etwas_haengen_kritisches_netzwerk_audacter_calumniare_semper_aliquid_haeret_schmierenjournalismus_verhetzung_vorverurteilung_russophobie.png Zu beweisen war allerdings wieder einmal nichts. Auch Putins Statement, noch während des parallel zu den Ereignissen um den „Tiergarten-Mord“ soeben tagenden Ukraine-Gipfels vorgetragen, nämlich, dass

    • der Ermordete eine terroristische Vergangenheit als Islamist gehabt habe,

    • er in blutige Anschläge verstrickt gewesen sei,

    • er danach in kriminelle Milieus eingebunden gewesen sei,

    • er ein Bandit, ein blutrünstiger Charakter gewesen sei,

    war kein Eingeständnis. Es war schon gar kein Beweis irgendeiner wie auch entfernten Moskauer Mittäterschaft oder Urheberschaft an diesem Mord. Genauso wenig wie die Tatsache, dass der Mörder Sorokow alias Krassikow mit falschen Papieren reiste.

    Das Aufschaukeln der politischen und juristischen Spekulationen um diesen Fall und die sich daran hochrankenden diplomatischen Spielchen durfte man deshalb schon sehr schnell getrost in den Hyperraum der Spekulationen verweisen.

    Inzwischen hat „Moskau“ sich bereiterklärt, der Bundesanwaltschaft weitere Details zu liefern, die zur Aufklärung des Falles beitragen könnten. Damit ist der Fall schon wenige Tage nach der ersten Aufregung auf Spaltennotizen im Mediengeschehen abgesunken.

    ► Ein Zeichen für das geistige Klima

    Alles gut also? Russland einmal nicht am Pranger? Putin als Saubermann aus dieser Affäre unbeschadet hervorgegangen? Nein, leider nicht.

    Trotz der schnellen medialen Entsorgung der Aufregung bleibt eine ungute Botschaft aus dieser Affäre zurück, die über das diesmal schnell abgeklungene Putin-Bashing und seine notwendige Zurückweisung hinausgeht. Die Botschaft beunruhigt auch Menschen, die Putin nicht per se für einen Verbrecher und Russland nicht für eine prinzipielle Bedrohung Europas oder generell der westlichen Kultur halten.

    Zu sprechen ist von der Tatsache, dass Putin den Mord im Tiergarten nicht verurteilte, sondern ihn mit seinen Informationen, dass es sich bei dem Opfer um einen langesuchten Terroristen  gehandelt habe,

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    Trump Regime Breaching Mandated Judicial Procedures Against Assange – Global Research

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    16-12-19 08:09:00,

    According to the London Daily Mail, the Trump regime intends to use secret evidence against Assange — undisclosed to him and his legal team, wanting them prevented from preparing a proper defense.

    He faces 18 spurious charges under the long ago outdated 1917 Espionage Act, a WW I relic, pertaining solely to the war, used to persecute state victims for exposing dirty imperial secrets.

    Assange is a journalist, WikiLeaks a publisher, phony charges against him all about wanting truth-telling that conflicts with the official narrative silenced — the hallmark of totalitarian rule.

    According to a member of his defense team Gareth Peirce:

    “The summary case which we have prepared is a dense document.”

    “Mr. Assange has not been given what he must be given, and we are keen to go through this to the best of our abilities to keep with the requests of the court.”

    “It is predicated on the underlying evidence that Mr. Assange has not reviewed.”

    Britain in cahoots with the Trump regime wants Assange pronounced guilty by accusation.

    A rigged process wants him imprisoned longterm, likely never to be free again for publishing uncomfortable hard truths.

    What’s going on is a message to other investigative journalists that they risk a similar fate if reveal information the US wants suppressed.

    In the US and elsewhere, pre-trial judicial proceedings afford all parties the right to as much information as possible – nothing kept secret except for constitutional protection from self-incrimination.

    Defendants and their lawyers have the right to all relevant documents, witness depositions, questions and answers from interrogations, crime scene and other forensic evidence including toxicology results, police reports, “raw evidence,” arrest and search warrants, grand jury testimony, and other relevant data.

    The purpose of what’s called “discovery” is to assure judicial fairness.

    Prosecutors are prohibited from withholding relevant evidence and related materials from the defendant and counsel.

    Unlike film-portrayed crime dramas, actual ones rarely include surprise evidence by any party during proceedings, especially anything introduced near their conclusion.

    According to the law dictionary: “The theory of broad rights of discovery is that all parties will go to trial with as much knowledge as possible and that neither party should be able to keep secrets from the other” — to give one side an unfair advantage over the other.

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    Trump Wants Criticism of Israel Equated with Anti-Semitism – Global Research

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    13-12-19 02:29:00,

    Trump wants anti-Semitism redefined. An executive order perhaps already signed is all about stifling legitimate criticism of Israel.

    It’s about wanting the Jewish state absolved of occupation, colonialism, and apartheid crimes against humanity.

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) affirmed self-determination as an essential principle of international law.

    Colonial occupation is in clear violation. UN General Assembly Res. 151, the Declaration on Colonialism, condemns the practice “in all its forms and manifestations,” including illegal settlements.

    According to the Apartheid Convention (1973), the practice is  state-sponsored “inhuman” racism “committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them.”

    That’s what Israeli repression of the Palestinian people is all about — Gazans harmed most of all by suffocating siege, cross-border incursions, frequent terror-bombing incidents, and naked aggression at Israel’s discretion.

    Ignored by the Jewish state, the US and other Western countries is that self-determination is a universal right, affirmed by the UN Charter and other international law.

    The West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza are illegally occupied territories, Palestinians ruthlessly persecuted by Israel.

    Land seizures and dispossessing Palestinians are flagrant international law violations. So are breaches of Security Council resolutions, Israel guilty time and again, accountability never forthcoming.

    All of the above are relevant to Trump’s expected executive order. It’s notably all about wanting legitimate criticism of Israeli high crimes silenced, notably on college campuses by student activists for equity and justice — targeting them and others a flagrant First Amendment violation.

    According to the Constitution Center, presidential executive orders (EOs) have “much of the same power as federal law.”

    Congress can pass legislation to override an EO, a super-majority needed in case of a presidential veto.

    The Congressional Research Service explained that there is no direct “definition of executive orders, presidential memoranda, and proclamations in the US Constitution. There is, likewise, no specific provision authorizing their issuance.”

    Every US president since George Washington issued EOs. During WW II, Franklin Roosevelt authorized internment camps for Japanese Americans.

    In 1861 during the Civl War, Lincoln suspended habeas rights by this way.

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    Donald Trump and Israel: When Does a ‘Passionate Attachment’ Threaten National Security?

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    12-12-19 02:37:00,

    In his Farewell Address, of 1796 America’s first president George Washington famously warned his fellow citizens that “…a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification.”

    In today’s United States, there is no more “passionate attachment” than that which exists with Israel. The tie that binds is assiduously cultivated by the media and the politically ambitious, so much so that the Jewish state is frequently referred to hyperbolically as America’s best friend and closest ally. But Israel, with its own regional interests driving its policies, is in reality neither a friend nor an ally.

    Politicians mired in the past like Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer can see no light between Israel and the United States. Pelosi has declared astonishingly that “I have said to people when they ask me if this Capitol crumbled to the ground, the one thing that would remain is our commitment to our aid…and I don’t even call it aid…our cooperation with Israel. That’s fundamental to who we are.” Biden has repeatedly denounced any reduction in the ridiculously high level of military assistance given to Israel to convince it to modify its behavior as “bizarre,” while Schumer has identified himself as the Jewish state’s “shomer” or guardian in the US Senate.

    Many members of the Democratic Party base are no longer enchanted by Israel and one would like to know what politicians like Biden and Pelosi really think about the Jewish state, but it is unlikely that that will ever be revealed. It is nevertheless clear that the adhesion to Israel by Democrats has been far overshadowed by the constant pandering to the Jewish state that has been the hallmark of the current administration of Donald J. Trump. To be sure, the musical chairs line-up of neo-conservatives that has included John Bolton, Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo has been unstinting in its praise of the malignant Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but it is the president himself who has raised the level of adoration to heights previously not observed coming out of the White House.

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    Trump Designating Drug Cartels as Terrorist Organizations Is Aimed Against Mexican President – Global Research

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    01-12-19 07:24:00,

    Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a patriotic socialist, in his first year of government rejected a war against the powerful narcotic cartels. However, he now faces a dilemma in the face of Washington’s intentions to label the cartels as “terrorist” organizations. Obrador instead of taking the fight to the cartels, had chosen to focus his efforts on implementing his strategy, based on persuasion rather than confrontation, despite the high political cost.

    On November 26, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he intends to designate international drug cartels as terrorist organizations. This is highly problematic as the decision could give Trump, at least within the U.S. political structure, the legal tools to fight the narcotic cartels within Mexican territory without the Latin American country’s permission. Obrador must now consider the cost of his relations with the U.S., a policy that has been based on mutual respect, despite some differences and México’s increasing relations with China and Russia.

    The Mexican president said that he is open to seek concerted action, but stressed that he accepts “cooperation yes, intervention no.” For his part, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard proposed a “national unity diplomacy to defend sovereignty.”

    Trump’s announcement was forced by a request from the Mexican-American family LeBarón, the victims of the dreadful slaughter of nine of its family members, three women and six children, on November 4 by a narcotic cartel. The incident occurred after an ambush in a remote mountainous region of the Mexican state of Sonora on the U.S. border where the family had been living for several decades. The leaders of the Mormon fundamentalist family demanded Washington to fight against the narcotic cartels with the same mechanisms used to “justify” the illegal invasions and interventions in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, as these groups kill thousands every year through murder, assassinations and drug deaths.

    But the murder of the LeBarón family members is just one of the multiple cases of killings in México during the first year of Obrador’s government, who is attempting to resolve the issue with the cartels through peaceful means. According to official figures, Obrador inherited a country where more than 32,000 were killed or missing.

    The cost of this security strategy has been to generate a citizen perception of radicalization of violence that puts it at stake.

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