Tagesdosis 17.6.2019 – Iran: Trump zündelt, die Finanzelite lauert | KenFM.de

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17-06-19 05:10:00,

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Ein Kommentar von Ernst Wolff.

Donald Trump verdankt sein Amt als Präsident vor allem seinen Wahlversprechen, die USA aus dem Nahen Osten zurückzuziehen, sie aus weiteren Kriegen herauszuhalten und den Sumpf in Washington trockenzulegen.

Seit seiner Amtsübernahme vor zweieinhalb Jahren hat sich jedoch gezeigt, dass er die US-Öffentlichkeit bewusst getäuscht hat und in Wirklichkeit vollkommen andere Ziele verfolgt: Statt den Sumpf trockenzulegen, hat er sein Kabinett mit Wallstreet-Bankern, korrupten Unternehmern, hohen Militärs und notorischen Kriegsbefürwortern gespickt.

Gleich nach seiner Wahl hat er als Oberbefehlshaber der US-Armee die größte Bombe seit dem 2. Weltkrieg auf Afghanistan abwerfen lassen. Inzwischen hat er den Rüstungsetat auf 700 Mrd. Dollar erhöht und seine Streitkräfte angewiesen, die Militarisierung des Weltraumes voranzutreiben.

Statt die Beziehungen zu China zu verbessern, belegt er das Land mit immer neuen Zöllen und lässt seine Führung regelmäßig durch die US-Flotte im Südchinesischen Meer provozieren. Im Nahen Osten hat er nicht deeskaliert, sondern das Atomabkommen mit dem Iran gekündigt, die US-Botschaft in Israel von Tel Aviv nach Jerusalem verlegt und 1.500 weitere Soldaten in die Region entsandt.

In der vergangenen Woche hat Trump angekündigt, 2.000 Soldaten als „Schutz vor Russland“ nach Polen zu entsenden – eine weitere dreiste Provokation gegenüber dem Land, mit dem er nach dem Wahlkampf „gut auskommen“ wollte.

Innenpolitisch ignoriert Trump unterdessen den fortschreitenden gesellschaftlichen Verfall, fördert die Explosion der Einkommens-Ungleichheit und deckt sowohl die korrupten Machenschaften der Wallstreet als auch die der eigenen Familie. Um von diesen Verfehlungen abzulenken, wird er nicht müde, Flüchtlinge und Migranten für die Misere im Land verantwortlich zu machen und ständig selbstherrliche Erfolgsmeldungen über Twitter zu verbreiten.

Trotzdem wenden sich immer mehr US-Wähler von ihm ab, und das aus einem einfachen Grund: Ein Großteil seiner Anhänger ist bitter enttäuscht. Seine ländliche Basis zum Beispiel leidet unter den einbrechenden Exporten nach China und die städtischen Industriearbeiter, die auf ihn gesetzt hatten, warten nach wie vor vergebens auf die im Wahlkampf versprochenen Jobs. Gleichzeitig müssen sie zusehen, wie Börsenprofis an der Wall Street Milliarden-Profite einstreichen.

In den vor uns liegenden Monaten wird es noch schlimmer kommen: Die sich ankündigende Rezession wird die Einkommen der unteren Schichten weiter sinken lassen,

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Trump Regime Formally Requests Assange’s Extradition to the US – Global Research

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12-06-19 04:27:00,

A total of 18 charges against Assange, with reportedly more to come, are all about wanting truth-telling journalism the way it should be on vital domestic and geopolitical issues silenced.

Trump regime hardliners want information about US wrongdoing suppressed. They want the official narrative alone to be reported.

Establishment media are complicit by sticking to it, operating as press agents for wealth, power and privilege — especially when the US goes to war, plans one, or wages it by other means against nations on its target list for regime change like Iran and Venezuela.

Speech, media, and academic freedoms in the US and West are threatened by Trump regime actions against Assange, what totalitarian rule is all about.

Reportedly last Thursday, the Trump regime’s Justice Department formally requested Assange’s extradition from the UK to the US.

On June 14, his first extradition hearing will be held in a London court, a likely protracted battle against it to follow.

His lawyers vowed to contest handing him over to US authorities on trumped up charges and virtual certainty of being judged guilty by accusation in rubber-stamp judicial proceedings.

What’s at stake goes way beyond his fate. It’s whether truth-telling journalism can be criminalized in the US and West.

It’s whether fundamental US constitutional rights are enforced or rendered null and void, especially First Amendment ones,  all others threatened if lost.

Assange attorney Jen Robinson said his legal team will be “contesting and fighting” extradition to the US. If unsuccessful in UK courts, his case will likely be appealed to the European Court of Human Rights and/or European Court of Justice, the highest EU court.

If extradited to the US, he’s doomed. He’ll likely face torture and abuse, mistreatment similar to what Chelsea Manning endured for nearly seven years, more of the same ongoing for invoking her constitutional rights to stay silent.

According to WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, Trump’s Justice Department will present its so-called evidence against Assange during his extradition hearing in London, the first of more sessions to come for weeks or months.

Hrafnsson called his case a “watershed moment…in the attack on journalism.” Charges against Assange are politically motivated.

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Kurz eingeworfen: Trump verkündet “Einigung” mit Mexiko – Strafzölle ausgesetzt | www.konjunktion.info

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11-06-19 07:49:00,

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Kurz eingeworfen – Bildquelle: Wikipedia / 4028mdk09

Offiziell hat Donald Trump die Strafzölle vorerst ausgesetzt. Bleibt die Frage, wie lange dieser “Waffenstillstand” Bestand haben wird?

Betrachtet man die jüngere Geschichte US-amerikanischer Verhandlungsführung und die angeblichen “kurz bevorstehenden erfolgreichen Gespräche mit China im Handelskrieg” oder die nie stattgefundenen Einigungen mit Nord-Korea, denke ich derzeit, dass die “Lösung” mit Mexiko nicht von allzu langer Dauer sein wird – wenn sie überhaupt implementiert wird.

Wir sollten nicht überrascht sein, wenn wir in der Hochleistungspresse lesen müssen, dass die Strafzölle gegen Mexiko in den nächsten Monaten wieder auf das Tableau kommen.

Präsident Donald Trump sagte am Freitag, er werde doch keine Zölle gegen Mexiko erheben und erklärte sich bereit, neue Maßnahmen zu ergreifen, um den illegalen Zustrom von Migranten in die Vereinigten Staaten zu stoppen.

“Die von den USA am Montag gegen Mexiko geplanten Zölle werden hiermit auf unbestimmte Zeit ausgesetzt”, twitterte der Präsident.

Er fügte hinzu: “Mexiko hat seinerseits zugestimmt, strenge Maßnahmen zu ergreifen, um die Flut der Migration durch Mexiko und bis zu unserer südlichen Grenze einzudämmen.”

Mexikos Außenminister Marcelo Ebrard bestätigte in einem Tweet die Einigung. In einem separaten Tweet dankte er allen, die Mexiko bei seinen Verhandlungen mit den Vereinigten Staaten unterstützt haben.

(President Donald Trump said Friday he will not put tariffs on Mexico after all, saying it has agreed to take new measures to stop the illegal flow of migrants into the United States.

“The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended,” the president tweeted.

He added: “Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border.”

Mexico Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard in a tweet confirmed the agreement. In a separate tweet, he thanked all who supported Mexico through its negotiations with the United States.)

Quelle:
Trump pulls Mexico tariff threat while claiming deal over migrants reached

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Donald Trump Is The Most Honest US President Of All Time

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04-06-19 03:27:00,

I happened upon some pictures from Trump’s UK visit with Queen Elizabeth yesterday, which isn’t something I’d normally care about. The British royals are basically just oligarchs who rub your face in it, and the fluffy media publicity around a monarch of one murderous kleptocratic  imperialist regime meeting the leader of another murderous kleptocratic imperialist regime is something I’d usually try to avoid looking at or commenting on.

I’ve paid exactly zero attention to the stories about the visit itself, so if you want to know what kind of tea they drank or how Trump got along with Lord Hothalbotham and the Duchess of Yorksquire or whatever you’ve come to the wrong place. But I saw one photo from the visit that made me stop and realize something that is definitely worth noting: Donald Trump is the most honest US president of all time.

To be clear, I am not saying that Trump actually tells the truth with his words; he obviously does not. Trump is so comfortable with lying that he once tweeted the claim that he’d never urged House Republicans to vote for a particular immigration bill, three days after posting a tweet explicitly urging House Republicans to vote for that bill. He left both tweets up. I mean, that’s like one click away from literally looking someone in the eye while urinating on their leg and telling them it must be the rain.

No, when I say that Trump is the most honest US president of all time, what I mean is that he has a unique gift for exposing the face of the empire for exactly what it is, in all its depravity, all its deceitfulness, all its corruption, and in this case, all its jaw-dropping ridiculousness. I mean, look at this photo:

Really look at it. Have you ever seen anything so ridiculous? Who the fuck dressed him? And what’s going on with that freak in the red dress? And why are these rich assholes all walking in formation? Is it some kind of weird parade for people who’ve never bought their own groceries?

Obama could have made this look normal. Bush would have looked a little bit goofy, but nothing that would make you spit your coffee on your screen.

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“Fort Trump”: Permanent US Military Base in Poland – Global Research

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01-06-19 04:52:00,

Polish authorities appear to have become obsessed with establishing the “Fort Trump” permanent military base in Poland, but the US does appear to be in no hurry to make any such deployment.

Moreover, periodically there are reports that Washington has decided to place some requirements for its Polish ally, and only after fulfilling them may the base eventually be established.

Earlier in February of this year, Polish media reported that the US ambassador Georgette Mosbacher was pressuring the Polish authorities, demanding that the archives of the National Holocaust Memorial Institute in Poland be submitted to the United States for publication in exchange for the establishment of the US military base.

Despite the fact that the ambassador denied this information, this story made a lot of noise in the country and caused outrage in all Polish national-patriotic circles.

US outlet The Washington Free Beacon reported that the US Congress was considering a number of initiatives that would force the Trump administration to demand from Poland to resolve the issue of the property requests of some Jewish organizations before the United States builds a permanent military base on Polish territory.

It is worth recalling that about a year ago, Donald Trump signed Law No. 447 (“Justice for Survivors Left Without Compensation”) for returning property to Holocaust victims, giving US government support to such claims.

The Washington Free Beacon notes in its material that Polish-American negotiations are underway regarding the deployment of a permanent base of US forces in Poland, which will “counter the threat presented by Russia and Iran.”

However, in this context, the outlet notes that “many members of Congress and leading representatives of the Jewish community are lobbying behind the scenes to the Trump Administration and specifically Secretary of State Mike Pompeo” in order to link the issue of the Jewish claims with the base.

Poland is the only country in the EU that hasn’t passed the law “ordering restitution in favor of the aging Holocaust survivors and their families whose property was confiscated during World War II.”

At the same time, Poland protested against the demand, saying that its people were also victims of the Nazis, and especially the millions of Polish Jews sent to the death camps.

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Trump Declares Trade War On India, Imposes New Tariffs

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01-06-19 04:52:00,

President Trump has a victory present for newly re-elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi – and it’s the economic equivalent of a flaming bag of feces left on India’s doorstep.

In his latest act of protectionist aggression in what has already been an action-packed week, Trump late Friday announced that his administration was terminating India’s designation as a developing nation under a trade program that allowed Indian exporters to ship 2,000 products into the US duty free. The decision to revoke India’s preferential trade status, which mirrors Trump’s decision to revoke Turkey’s status under the program a few weeks back, comes one day after Modi was sworn in for a second term.

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Under the decades-old program – known as the Generalized System of Preferences – Indian companies were able to avoid some $5.7 billion in duties back in 2017.

The new standards will take effect June 5.

“I have determined that India has not assured the United States that India will provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets,” Trump said in a proclamation on Friday evening. “Accordingly, it is appropriate to terminate India’s designation as a beneficiary developing country effective June 5, 2019.”

The decision isn’t unexpected: The White House warned back in March that it could end India’s preferential treatment if India didn’t agree to certain reforms, but it decided to hold off so as to not hurt Modi politically during the run up to the election. According to Bloomberg, Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has become increasingly frustrated with India’s trade barriers and practices. The trade rep has taken issue with the country’s self-designation as a developing nation at the World Trade Organization.

The White House’s Friday proclamation also imposes tariffs on solar cells and washing machines from India and Turkey. Those tariffs had been imposed by Trump in 2018, but India and Turkey had been exempt because of their status as developing nations under the GSP.

One critic of Trump’s decision warned that ending the designation for India would cost American businesses hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

Dan Anthony, executive director of the Coalition for GSP, a trade group, said that the decision “will cost American businesses over $300 million in additional tariffs every year.”

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India’s “Trump” Wins Big

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01-06-19 04:06:00,

How fleeting is glory! Back in 1998, the South Asian Journalists Association proclaimed me ‘Journalist of the Year’ for a newspaper article I had written about India.

But the next year the award was angrily rescinded after I wrote that India should compromise with Pakistan over the festering Kashmir conflict. Prickly Indians didn’t like being criticized, even by an old friend like myself.

This week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition won a landslide electoral victory, gaining 302 of the 542 seats in parliament. The venerable Congress opposition party, that long led India, was crushed.

We should pay attention. India is more or less the world’s largest democracy and is expected to be the third largest economic power by 2020. It’s also an important nuclear state with land and sea-launched ICBM’s that can strike the United States and Canada, Europe, and its rival, China.

I’ve been writing for decades about the threat of accidental or planned nuclear war with Pakistan over Kashmir. My first book, ‘War at the Top of the World,’ deals with the potential of future war between India and China over the high Himalayas and Burma, as well as India and Pakistan over Kashmir.

India, energized by growing economic power and nuclear Viagra is feeling its national oats. Prime Minister Modi is a hard-line religious nationalist determined to press his concept of ‘Hindutva,’ or religious power. He has vowed to confront India’s largest minority, some 200 million Muslims, 15% of its estimated 1.3 billion people, and make India a great Hindu power again.

Modi has sometimes been called ‘India’s Trump.’ He was governor of India’s most business-oriented state, Gujarat. Modi is openly antagonistic to Muslims and Sikhs, and failed to halt the massacre of thousands of Muslims during his tenure. He commands wide public support for his Muslim-bashing and anti-Pakistan invective. Modi likes to wave the scimitar and vaunt his military muscle.

Last February, he sent Indian warplanes to attack Pakistan after Kashmir nationalists (‘terrorists’ to Indians) attacked an Indian military convoy. India humiliatingly lost one of its MiG’s to Pakistan’s crack air force. Worse, Modi ran a very dangerous and totally unnecessary risk by attacking nuclear-armed Pakistan. But Hindu nationalist mobs loved it.

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Handelskrieg: Trump belegt nun auch Mexiko mit Strafzöllen | www.konjunktion.info

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31-05-19 04:14:00,

Das Ablenkungsmanöver Handelskrieg hat die nächste Ebene erreicht. Die Trump-Administration hat gestern bekannt gegeben, dass man Güter aus Mexiko mit einem 5%-igen Strafzoll belegen will, der bis Oktober auf 25% ansteigen soll.

Diese neue Eskalation des US-Regimes fügt sich in eine Reihe von “Maßnahmen” ein, die die Internationalisten/Globalisten/Eliten (IGE) benötigen, um die US-Wirtschaft und Teile der Weltwirtschaft implodieren lassen zu können. Trump und die konservativen Kräfte wird man dann für die Folgen verantwortlich machen.

Ich möchte an dieser Stelle davor warnen, sich hinter die Pro-Handelskrieg-Rhetorik bestimmter Gruppierungen aus dem Dunstkreis um Donald Trump zu stellen. Trump ist nichts weiter als eine kontrollierte Opposition, ein Rattenfänger, der für die USA und die Welt “nichts Gutes im Gepäck hat”.

Was wir gerade erleben, ist die von mir – seit nunmehr mehreren Jahren – prophezeite kontrollierte und bewusst durchgeführte Demontage der US-Wirtschaft, um das Ziel der IGE der vollkommen Zentralisierung in allen Bereichen erreichen zu können!

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Tweet Trump Mexiko – Bildquelle: Screenshot-Ausschnitt Twitter

Am Donnerstag kündigte Präsident Trump ohne Vorwarnung neue 5-Prozent-Strafzölle für Mexiko an. Er sagte, die Abgabe werde “schrittweise erhöht”, bis der anhaltende Anstieg der illegalen Einwanderung an der Südgrenze “behoben” und illegale Migranten “GESTOPPT“ werden.

“Am 10. Juni werden die Vereinigten Staaten auf alle Waren, die aus Mexiko in unser Land kommen, einen Zoll von 5% erheben, bis die illegale Einwanderung durch Mexiko in unser Land zu einem STOP kommt”, schrieb Trump. “Die Strafzölle werden schrittweise erhöht, bis das Problem der illegalen Einwanderung behoben ist. Ab diesem Zeitpunkt werden die Zölle abgeschafft. Einzelheiten aus dem Weißen Haus folgen.”

Fox News wurde mitgeteilt, dass die Zölle für alle Waren auf dem Land-, See- und Luftweg aus Mexiko am 1. Juli auf 10 Prozent steigen und ab dann möglicherweise erheblich steigen werden.

(President Trump on Thursday abruptly announced a new 5 percent tariff on Mexico beginning in early June, saying the levy will “gradually increase” until the ongoing illegal immigration surge at the southern border is “remedied” and illegal migrants “STOP.”

“On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico,

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‘Stronger than ever’: Trump weighs in as Israel’s Netanyahu struggles to form government

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27-05-19 06:44:00,

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struggles to form a coalition government, his friend from across the Atlantic, President Donald Trump, has thrown his support with no scruples about meddling in Israeli politics.

“Hoping things will work out with Israel’s coalition formation and Bibi and I can continue to make the alliance between America and Israel stronger than ever,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “A lot more to do!”

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Israel’s political future in limbo as Netanyahu struggles to form coalition

Israel moved towards a new election on Monday, after parliament gave preliminary approval to a dissolution motion. Netanyahu’s efforts to form a coalition have thus far been hamstrung by divisions between his Likud party and a clutch of right-wing and orthodox Jewish parties who lent him their support in last month’s elections.

Such a motion would likely come after Wednesday, when Netanyahu’s deadline to announce a governing coalition expires.

Some Israeli media and politicians criticized the move as interference in the country’s domestic affairs. “Trump’s move is unprecedented because it is an intervention in coalition negotiations in a different country in order to help one the political players, and more so because it is done publicly,” tweeted Barak Ravid, senior correspondent with Channel 13.

BREAKING: A senior official in Israel’s main opposition party “Blue & White” tells me: “We are shocked by President Trump’s intervention in Israeli domestic politics” https://t.co/G8R97tFN8s

— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) May 27, 2019

Under Trump and Netanyahu, the US and Israel have solidified their already cosy alliance. Trump granted several high-profile wishes of his Israeli counterpart, including moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights region.

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Trump Regime Heightens Middle East Tensions – Global Research

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25-05-19 06:22:00,

Since WW II, the US waged wars of aggression against nations threatening no one, the highest of high crimes gone unpunished.

From North Korea in the early 1950s to what’s ongoing endlessly post-9/11, the US attacked nations unwilling to subordinate their sovereign rights affirmed under international law to its interests.

Longstanding US plans call for regime change in Iran and Syria for this reason, in a part of the world with around two-thirds known oil reserves — why it’s strategically important.

US war on the Syrian Arab Republic rages in its ninth year with no prospect for near-term resolution. US hostility toward the Islamic Republic makes anything possible ahead, including unthinkable war against a nation able to hit back hard if attacked.

In a Friday op-ed published by the Washington Post, Iran’s UN envoy Majid Takht-Ravanchi said Trump regime hardliners (meaning Pompeo, Bolton, and their subordinates) are pushing DJT for belligerence against the Islamic Republic based on “fake intelligence,” adding:

“The recent dispatching of a US naval armada (and nuclear-capable B-52 bombers) to the Persian Gulf (region) is a response to the same fake intelligence, supported not by members of Congress or US allies.”

“While Iran does not desire war in the region, neither with the United States nor with any other country, we will stand firmly against any act of aggression against our country.”

On Friday, the Trump regime heightened regional tensions further. Acting war secretary Patrick Shanahan issued a statement, saying his department “approved the deployment of about 1,500 service members and additional capabilities to the Middle East to deter (nonexistent) Iranian efforts to destabilize the region (sic).”

Sending more US troops and military hardware to a tinder box part of the world further destabilizes the region, heightening the risk of greater conflict.

Trump regime assistant war secretary for international security affairs Katie Wheelbarger turned truth on its head, claiming the troop deployment is in response to “credible intelligence we have received that Iran continues to plan for attacks by itself and its proxies against the United States, its forces and its allies in the region” — a bald-faced Big Lie.

No such intelligence exists!

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70+ US Army & Navy veterans urge Trump to stop Iran war-mongering, stick to diplomacy

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25-05-19 07:46:00,

An open letter signed by 76 retired generals, admirals, and ambassadors calls on US President Donald Trump to stop stoking fears of war with Iran and ditch “ineffective” sanctions and threats in favor of “aggressive diplomacy.”

In a letter published on Friday by ‘War on the Rocks’, which specializes in reports on national security and defense issues, former US military top brass made an urgent plea to Trump to avoid further escalation with Iran and turn to diplomacy, rather than setting the stage for confrontation with military reinforcements.

They argue that the ongoing exchange of harsh statements between Tehran and Washington as well as the deployment of a US carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the Middle East, along with claims that Iran is plotting an attack on Americans, are “highly concerning and make for a potentially deadly confrontation.”

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‘Patriots,’ fighter jets, spies & engineers: What US is sending to Mid East after hyping Iran threat

While Washington insists that its massive build-up in the region can be credited for deterring Iran from taking bold action, the veterans say that both countries are to blame for creating uncertainty by “taking actions the other views as dangerously provocative at best and the beginning of forceful action at worst.”

Instead of trading verbal blows with Iran and flexing military muscle, the US government should explore diplomatic means of breaking the deadlock rather than dragging the US into a shooting war with potentially disastrous consequences, they said.

A war with Iran, either by choice or miscalculation, would produce dramatic repercussions in an already destabilized Middle East and drag the United States into another armed conflict at immense financial, human, and geopolitical cost.

In advocating a peaceful resolution of the conflict, the signees pointed out that threats to use force and crippling economic sanctions, the two most favored tools in the Trump administration’s playbook on Iran, have been vastly “ineffective” and have so far only strengthened Tehran’s resolve.

READ MORE: Pompeo confirms $8.1bn arms sales to Arab nations without Congress approval to ‘deter Iran’

To avoid a disastrous all-out war,

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Trump: «Der militärisch-industrielle Komplex liebt Kriege»

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23-05-19 08:07:00,

Präsident Donald Trump im Interview vom 19. Mai 2019
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Präsident Donald Trump im Interview vom 19. Mai 2019

Red. / 23. Mai 2019 –

«Macht euch nichts vor», erklärte Trump in «Fox News». Er selber aber bevorzuge Wirtschaftskriege.

Kurz nach seinem Amtsantritt sei er zu einem Meeting mit Generälen des Pentagons gegangen. Sie hätten ihm 14 oder 15 Seiten über den Mittleren Osten gezeigt: Alle Seiten zeigten Militärs aus dem Iran oder vom Iran finanzierte Leute.

Schliesslich habe er das miserable Nuklearabkommen mit dem Iran gekündigt. Ihm ginge es ausschliesslich darum, dass Iran keine Atomwaffen entwickeln und die USA damit bedrohen könnten, behauptete Trump.

Doch «macht euch nichts vor», erklärte der US-Präsident in einem Interview mit «Fox News» am 19. Mai 2019: «Der militärisch-industrielle Komplex existiert.» Er wolle «überall Truppen hinschicken und nie welche zurückziehen». In Syrien würde der Komplex am liebsten Tausende US-Soldaten lassen, während er jetzt angeordnet habe, dass nur einige Hundert bleiben.

In Afghanistan habe er den Militärs ein Jahr Zeit gegeben, um ihre Ziele zu erreichen.

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Venezuela, Iran: Trump und der Deep State , von Thierry Meyssan

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21-05-19 09:24:00,

Die Ereignisse, die sich in Venezuela abgespielt haben, und die zunehmende Spannung zwischen Washington und Teheran werden von der US-Presse auf irreführende Weise präsentiert. In Hinblick auf die widersprüchlichen Aussagen von jedem Lager kann man nichts davon verstehen. Es ist wichtig, die Analyse zu verfeinern, indem man die Fakten überprüft und die Opposition zwischen den verschiedenen politischen Strömungen in diesen Ländern aufarbeitet.

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Der New Deal des Weißen Hauses und des Pentagon

Die Parlamentswahlen vom 6. November 2018 haben Präsident Trump seiner Mehrheit im Repräsentantenhaus beraubt. Die demokratische Partei betrachtet daher seine Amtsenthebung als unvermeidlich.

Natürlich hatte er nichts begangen, das sie rechtfertigt, aber eine hysterische Atmosphäre entstand zwischen den beiden Komponenten der Vereinigten Staaten, genau wie während des Bürgerkrieges [1]. Seit zwei Jahren verfolgten die Unterstützer der wirtschaftlichen Globalisierung die russische Spur und erwarteten, dass der Staatsanwalt Robert Mueller den Hochverrat von Präsident Trump beweist.

Robert Mueller hatte schon immer das Interesse des Landes vor die Wahrheit und das Recht gestellt. Er ist es, der anlässlich des Lockerbie-Attentats die libysche Spur erfunden hatte, die auf einem Beweis basierte, der später von der schottischen Justiz für ungültig erklärt wurde [2]. Er ist es auch, der nach den Anschlägen vom 11. September 2001 behauptete, dass drei Flugzuege von 19 muslimischen Flugzeugentführern gekapert wurden, von denen keiner auf der Passagier-Liste stand [3]. Seine Schlussfolgerungen über die russische Untersuchung waren schon bekannt, bevor er damit begonnen hatte.

Donald Trump handelte daher sein politisches Überleben mit dem Deep State aus [4]. Er hatte keine andere Wahl. Es wurde vereinbart, dass der Rumsfeld/Cebrowski Plan [5] umgesetzt würde, sofern er das Land nicht in einen großen Krieg verwickelt. Im Gegenzug machte Staatsanwalt Robert Mueller kehrt und erklärte Präsident Trump des Verrats für nicht schuldig [6].

In der Folge setzten die Falken die Rückkehr der Neokonservativen durch. Diese kleine trotzkistische Gruppe aus New York, rund um das American Jewish Committee (AJC), war von Ronald Reagan rekrutiert worden. Er hatte das Ideal der “Weltrevolution” in das des ” weltweiten US-Imperialismus” verwandelt. Seither nahm diese Gruppe an allen Verwaltungen teil, der der Republikaner oder der Demokraten, je nach der Farbe des amtierenden Präsidenten.

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Venezuela, Iran: Trump and the deep state, by Thierry Meyssan

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21-05-19 09:23:00,

The US Press is spreading a false narrative of the events in Venezuela and the rise of tension between Washington and Teheran. Given the contradictory declarations of both sides, it is almost impossible to discern the truth. After having checked the facts, we need to deepen our analysis and take into account the opposition between the different political currents in these countries.

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The new deal of the White House and the Pentagon

The parliamentary elections of 6 November 2018 deprived President Trump of his majority in the House of Representatives. The Democratic Party assumed that this would lead inevitably to his destitution.

Of course, he had done nothing to deserve it, but a flood of hysteria swamped the two camps of the United States, exactly as it had during the Civil War [1]. For the last two years, the partisans of economic globalisation had been pursuing the Russian trail, waiting for Prosecutor Robert Mueller to prove President Trump’s ’’high treason’’.

Robert Mueller has always given priority to the interests of the federal state over Truth and Law. During the Lockerbie attack, it was Mueller who invented the Libyan trail on the basis of ’’proof’’’ which was later invalidated by Scottish Justice [2]. It was Mueller, after the attacks of 11 September 2001, who claimed that three planes had been hijacked by 19 terrorists, none of whose names figured on the embarkation lists [3]. His conclusions concerning the Russian enquiry were known before the investigation had begun.

Donald Trump therefore negotiated his political survival with the deep state [4]. He had no choice. It was agreed that the Rumsfeld/Cebrowski plan [5] would be implemented on the condition that it would not drag the nation into a major war. In exchange, Prosecutor Robert Mueller changed sides and declared President Trump innocent of treason [6].

While they were at it, the hawks seized the opportunity to impose the return of the neo-conservatives. This New York Trotskyist groupuscule, built around the American Jewish Committee (AJC), had originally been recruited by Ronald Reagan. It transformed the ideal of a « world revolution » into that of « world US imperialism ».

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Trump Regime Escalates War on Whistleblowers – Global Research

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13-05-19 07:56:00,

When governments criminalize truth-telling, on the phony pretext of protecting national security, tyranny replaces freedom.

Revealing vital information in the public interest by whistleblowers and independent investigative journalists deserves high praise, not prosecution.

The 1989 US Whistleblower Protection Act protects federal employees who report misconduct — crimes of war and against humanity the highest of high wrongdoing.

By law, federal agencies (including the executive branch and Congress) are prohibited from retaliating against whistleblowers.

They’re obligated to report law or regulatory violations, gross mismanagement, waste, fraud and/or abuse, as well as actions endangering public health or safety.

The Office of Special Council is empowered to investigate whistleblower complaints. The Merit Systems Protection Board adjudicates them.

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is the only judicial body authorized to hear whistleblower case appeals.

Since the Whistleblower Protection Act’s 1994 revisions, it ruled on over 200 cases — only three times in favor of whistleblowers, the deck stacked against them, US law failing to protect them.

The 2012 Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) failed to protect government employees from reprisal for disclosing official misconduct, revealing it to co-workers or supervisors, or disclosing policy decision consequences — any or all of the above in relation to their jobs or duties.

The Obama regime prosecuted more whistleblowers and leakers involved in exposing US wrongdoing than all his predecessors combined, reportedly nine targeted individuals.

His Justice Department and the FBI illegally spied on reporters by monitoring their phone records and by other means, subpoenaing them and other reporters to reveal their sources and testify in criminal cases.

Trump is heading toward matching or exceeding his war on truth-telling — notably by his actions against Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange.

Former US air force/National Security intelligence officer Daniel Everett Hale is his regime’s latest target.

On Thursday, he was wrongfully arrested, detained, and indicted on five counts, four under the long-ago outdated 1917 Espionage Act — for revealing secret information “to a reporter” about illegal (Pentagon/CIA) drone wars US authorities want suppressed, part of the US war OF terror, not on it.

Reportedly,

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Trump Is Being Set-up for War with Iran – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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12-05-19 05:17:00,

Trump Is Being Set-up for War with Iran

Paul Craig Roberts

Trump destroyed his chance at being a successful president by the stupid appoinments he has made.  At the moment he is being set up by his national security advisor John Bolton and Israel for a war with Iran.

Using the same format of lies that was used against Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Venezuela, Bolton has accused Iran of “troubling and escalatory indications” of a forthcoming Iranian attack on American forces in the Middle East.  To help protect against the attack, Bolton has ordered Patriot missile batteries, an aircraft carrier strike group, and a bomber strike force to the region.

Even the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, pointed out that Bolton failed to identify the “troubling and escalatory” Iranian actions.  https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/u-s-sends-patriot-missiles-to-the-middle-east-to-counter-iranian-threats-1.7221997  No one else has seen any sign of them.

The reason for the Patriot missiles is not to deter Iran from an attack, but to prevent successful Iranian response to an attack on Iran.

This is the likely situation:  The deal between the Washington Ziocons and Netanyahu is that either Israel will attack an American ship or whatever is selected, and it will be blamed on Iran, thus forcing Trump to “defend America” and retaliate, or Israel using American disguise will attack Iran, thus provoking a response from Iran.  

Iran is already on hair trigger from having been provoked excessively by Washington withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear agreement, reimposing sanctions, and making endless false accusations against Iran, as Washington has done against Russia, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Venezuela, Yemen.  It wouldn’t take much more to set off Iranian emotions.  

Trump is clearly set-up.  If Bolton and Netanyahu want the US at war with Iran, it is their call.

And they do want the US at war with Iran.  Iran and Syria back Hezbollah, and Hezbollah prevents Israel’s annexation of southern Lebanon, which Israel has twice tried only to have its army, which is not good for anything except killing unarmed women and children in Gaza, quickly defeated by Hezbollah.  Thus, eliminating support for Hezbollah is a high priority for Israel and its neoconservative allies in Washington.

The neoconservatives have an additionall reason for delivering chaos to Iran. 

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Does Trump Have Control of His Government, or Is It His Government? – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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08-05-19 08:59:00,

Does Trump Have Control of His Government, or Is It His Government?

Paul Craig Roberts

I smell a rat.  John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser or, more correctly, Israel’s agent, has assembled a team consisting of himself, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Emirati crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed, and Saudi ruler Mohammed bin Salman. These men are Iran’s four worst enemies. 

The purpose of the team is to produce a false flag event that will provide an excuse for Washington to attack Iran.  As the Israelis are the most competent member of this team, the speculation is that Israel will shoot down an American aircraft or attack a US Navy vessel, and Washington will have the presstitute media blame it on Iran.  In other words, a revival of the Northwoods Project that the US Joint Chiefs presented to President Kennedy in hopes of setting up a US invasion of Cuba.

The plot seems already to have been set in motion. Both Bolton and acting Pentagon secretary Patrick Shanahan have announced their detection of a “credible threat by Iranian regime forces. We call on the Iranian regime to cease all provocation. We will hold the Iranian regime accountable for any attack on US forces or our interests.”  

To be clear, the “threat” and the “provocation” are not identified.  But they are somehow happening even though no news services and no governments anywhere in the world, excepting Washington, Israel and Saudi Arabia, are aware of the “escalatory action from the Iranians.”

Bolton has sent an aircraft carrier strike group and bomber taskforce to quell the unidentified “threat.”

It turns out that the Iranian threat to America was uncovered by—you guessed it—Israel.

The Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has denounced the false accusation against Iran as fake news to justify an attack on Iran.

Secretary of State Pompeo added his accusations against Iran: “It is absolutely the case that we’ve seen escalatory action from the Iranians, and it is equally the case that we will hold the Iranians accountable for attacks on American interests.”

CNN furthered the false flag event by quoting “unnamed officials” confirming that the US had “specific and credible” intelligence that Iranian forces were targeting US forces.

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Handelskrieg: Trump will Strafzölle gegen China bereits am Freitag erhöhen | www.konjunktion.info

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06-05-19 09:51:00,

Das Monate lange Kabuki-Theater, das die Trump-Administration und Pekings Führung veranstaltet haben und das zeigen sollte, dass eine Einigung im Handelskrieg “kurz bevor steht”, ist endgültig als solches entlarvt und damit vorbei. Letztlich so wie ich es seit mehreren Monaten vorweg genommen und immer wieder vor einem Ablenkungsmanöver geschrieben und gewarnt habe.

Zumindest erscheint es aktuell so zu sein. Die plötzliche Verschiebung der Rhetorik wird die Märkte sicherlich “belasten”. Denn erst letzte Woche wies Trump darauf hin, dass eine Einigung noch im Mai kommt. Jetzt ist der US-Präsident plötzlich willens, den Handelskrieg durch enorme zusätzliche Strafzölle und eine Beschleunigungen zu verschärfen, indem er die Zölle auf chinesische Waren auf 25% erhöht. Und das bereits zum KOMMENDEN FREITAG.

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Was hat sich aber ad hoc geändert? Es scheint, dass die globalistischen Strippenzieher hinter Trump bereit sind, die viermonatige Erholung nach dem Aktiencrash im Dezember auslaufen zu lassen. War es gar das Ziel, so viele unbedarfte Menschen wie möglich dazu zu bewegen, nahe der Höchststände zu investieren, bevor man erneut Hand anlegt? Wir werden abwarten müssen, wie sich die Märkte verhalten. Wir müssen auch abwarten, wie China auf diese letzte Ankündigung reagiert. Bedenken Sie bitte dabei, dass die Chinesen ebenso wie die USA an die BIZ und den IWF gebunden sind. Was bedeutet, dass sie von denselben Puppenspielern kontrolliert werden. Wenn die Globalisten den Absturz beschleunigen wollen, werden die Chinesen mit ihren eigenen Zollverschärfungen reagieren. Wenn die Globalisten den Absturz jedoch zeitlich verlängern wollen, wird sich China so verhalten, als würde es den Forderungen von Trump nachgeben…

Präsident Donald Trump hat am Sonntag den Druck auf China drastisch erhöht, ein Handelsabkommen zu erreichen, indem er ankündigte, er werde die US-Zölle auf chinesische Waren im Wert von 200 Milliarden US-Dollar anheben und bald hunderte Milliarden anvisieren.

Die Ankündigung über Twitter markiert einen bedeutenden Tonwechsel von Trump, der gute Fortschritte in den Gesprächen zitiert und seine Beziehung zum chinesischen Präsidenten Xi Jinping gelobt hat. Jedes Anzeichen für eine Eskalation im monatelangen Handelskrieg wird die Finanzmärkte sicherlich mitreißen, die auf die Entwicklungen in den Gesprächen zwischen den beiden größten Volkswirtschaften der Welt sensibel reagiert haben.

Trumps Ankündigung erfolgt vor einer weiteren Gesprächsrunde zwischen US-amerikanischen und chinesischen Beamten in Washington,

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Trump threatens Cuba with ‘full embargo and highest-level sanctions’ over Venezuela

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01-05-19 08:20:00,

US President Donald Trump has threatened Cuba with a “full and complete embargo, together with highest-level sanctions” if Havana does not stop its alleged support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government.

Trump tweeted his demands on Tuesday, after Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called for the military and police to take action against Maduro.

While Guaido declared himself president in January with the support of the US and has since gained the support of most of US-allied Latin America, the Venezuelan security forces remain largely loyal to Maduro, and Guaido’s call to arms appears to have been unsuccessful in sparking large-scale defections.

If Cuban Troops and Militia do not immediately CEASE military and other operations for the purpose of causing death and destruction to the Constitution of Venezuela, a full and complete….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2019

….embargo, together with highest-level sanctions, will be placed on the island of Cuba. Hopefully, all Cuban soldiers will promptly and peacefully return to their island!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2019

Struggling to explain the Venezuelan military’s reluctance to throw its support behind the US-backed politician, who was a largely unknown figure before he became head of the National Assembly in January, Trump’s administration has put forth the narrative that Venezuela is really under “Cuban occupation” and has sought to punish Havana for its purported role.

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Cuba is already subject to a US embargo, which was first imposed in 1958 and expanded in 1962 to include nearly all exported goods. While Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama sought to relax trade restrictions on Cuba, that effort was squelched when Trump assumed power. Trump has further attempted to squeeze Cuba by declaring American companies will be allowed to sue the Cuban government for properties confiscated during Castro’s revolution.

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Trump Has Murdered Over 40,000 Venezuelans With Sanctions

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26-04-19 06:45:00,

A new study from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) has found that tens of thousands of Venezuelans have died as a direct result of Trump administration sanctions put into effect in August 2017, and that tens of thousands more are expected to die as a result of additional sanctions put into place in January of this year.

Some noteworthy points:

  • The sanctions are “depriving Venezuelans of lifesaving medicines, medical equipment, food, and other essential imports.”
  • The sanctions “reduced the public’s caloric intake, increased disease and mortality (for both adults and infants), and displaced millions of Venezuelans who fled the country as a result of the worsening economic depression and hyperinflation.”
  • The sanctions “have inflicted, and continue to inflict, very serious harm to human life and health, including an estimated more than 40,000 deaths from 2017–2018.”
  • That means 2019 deaths haven’t been added to this estimate. The year’s nearly half over, and more aggressive sanctions went into effect this past January.
  • Because of the sanctions, “some 22,000 doctors — about one third of the total — have left the country.”
  • “The loss of so many billions of dollars of foreign exchange and government revenues was very likely the main shock that pushed the economy from its high inflation, when the August 2017 sanctions were implemented, into the hyperinflation that followed.”
  • The massive number of already highly at-risk Venezuelans hurting from the 2017 sanctions “virtually guarantee that the current sanctions, which are much more severe than those implemented before this year, are a death sentence for tens of thousands of Venezuelans. This is especially true if the projected 67 percent drop in oil revenue materializes in 2019.”
  • “The United Nations finds that the groups most vulnerable to the accelerating crisis include children and adolescents (including many who can no longer attend school); people who are in poverty or extreme poverty; pregnant and nursing women; older persons; indigenous people; people in need of protection; women and adolescent girls at risk; people with disabilities; and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex.”
  • The sanctions “would fit the definition of collective punishment of the civilian population as described in both the Geneva and Hague international conventions,

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The Conspiracy against Trump – Global Research

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23-04-19 07:23:00,

The real “deplorable” in today’s United States is the continuation of a foreign policy based on endless aggression to maintain Washington’s military dominance in parts of the world where Americans have no conceivable interest. Many voters backed Donald J. Trump because he committed himself to changing all that, but, unfortunately, he has reneged on his promise, instead heightening tension with major powers Russia and China while also threatening Iran and Venezuela on an almost daily basis. Now Cuba is in the crosshairs because it is allegedly assisting Venezuela. One might reasonably ask if America in its seemingly enduring role as the world’s most feared bully will ever cease and desist, but the more practical question might be “When will the psychopathic trio of John Bolton, Mike Pompeo and Elliott Abrams be fired so the United States can begin to behave like a normal nation?”

Trump, to be sure, is the heart of the problem as he has consistently made bad, overly belligerent decisions when better and less abrasive options were available, something that should not necessarily always be blamed on his poor choice of advisers. But one also should not discount the likelihood that the dysfunction in Trump is in part comprehensible, stemming from his belief that he has numerous powerful enemies who have been out do destroy him since before he was nominated as the GOP’s presidential candidate. This hatred of all things Trump has been manifested in the neoconservative “Nevertrump” forces led by Bill Kristol and by the “Trump Derangement Syndrome” prominent on the political left, regularly exhibited by Rachel Maddow.

And then there is the Deep State, which also worked with the Democratic Party and President Barack Obama to destroy the Trump presidency even before it began. One can define Deep State in a number of ways, ranging from a “soft” version which accepts that there is an Establishment that has certain self-serving objectives that it works collectively to promote to something harder, an actual infrastructure that meets together and connives to remove individuals and sabotage policies that it objects to. The Deep State in either version includes senior government officials, business leaders and, perhaps most importantly, the managed media, which promotes a corrupted version of “good governance” that in turn influences the public.

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Trump vindt doodsbedreiging tegen parlementslid geen probleem… en de wereld haalt de schouders op

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19-04-19 08:09:00,

President Trump heeft al veel morele bakens verzet, qua brutaal woordgebruik en extremistische beleidsbeslissingen. Na een van zijn tweets krijgt volksvertegenwoordiger Ilhan Omar dagelijks doodsbedreigingen van personen die zich door Trumps retoriek, verdraaiingen en leugens laten inspireren. Niet een beweerde samenspanning met ‘de Russen’ maar dit gedrag is hét schandaal van deze president.

Democratisch volksvertegenwoordiger Ilhan Omar gaf recent één week na de aanslagen in Nieuw-Zeeland een toespraak voor de organisatie CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations1). Eén korte zin uit die toespraak werd door mainstream en sociale media zonder context gereproduceerd om te suggereren dat zij de aanslagen van 9/11 zou minimaliseren. 

Citaat zonder context

Dit is wat ze toen zei (met het betreffend citaat in vette letters): “Hier is de waarheid. Voor veel te lang hebben wij (Amerikaanse moslims, nvdr) geleefd met het ongemak tweede klasse burgers te zijn. Ik ben dat eerlijk gezegd beu en zo zou elke moslim in dit land moeten denken. CAIR werd opgericht na 9/11 toen zij inzagen dat een bepaald aantal mensen iets deden (‘some people did something’) en dat wij allen als gevolg daarvan onze toegang begonnen te verliezen tot onze burgerlijke vrijheden. Je mag niet denken: “Wanneer vandaag iemand vreemd naar me staart ga ik mezelf voor hem behaaglijk gedragen”. Wat je moet doen is zeggen: “Deze persoon kijkt vreemd naar mij. Ik voel me daar ongemakkelijk bij. Ik ga met hem praten en vragen waarom hij zo naar me kijkt, want dat recht heb jij.”

Verder in haar toespraak lichtte ze toe hoe discriminerend het is dat miljoenen moslims in de VS met de vinger worden gewezen, zich constant moeten verantwoorden, worden benadeeld op het werk, op straat, in de huizenmarkt. Omar maakte daarbij één feitelijke vergissing – de enige, waarvoor ze niet eens werd aangevallen. CAIR werd niet opgericht na 9/11 maar reeds in 1983. Volgens haar woordvoerder was dat een onbedoelde verspreking. Ze zou eigenlijk zeggen dat de organisatie na 9/11 haar ledenaantal verdubbelde.

Verder zei Omar nog: “Veel mensen verwachten van onze gemeenschap dat wij iedere keer er iets gebeurt denken dat we ons horen te verbergen. We hebben hen echter al meermaals getoond dat wij niet weggedrukt, bedreigd of geterroriseerd zullen worden. Wij zijn sterk en standvastig.

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Trump Declares Economic War on Cuba – Global Research

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19-04-19 04:29:00,

The Trump administration has declared the most severe new sanctions against Cuba since President John F. Kennedy imposed an economic embargo banning all trade with the communist island in 1962.

Speaking in Miami on April 17, the anniversary of the United States’ failed 1961 invasion of Cuba’s Bay of Pigs, national security adviser John Bolton announced the end of virtually all non-family travel to Cuba and placed new limits on the money Cuban Americans can send to family on the island.

He also said the U.S. will now implement a 23-year-old law aimed at blocking both U.S. and foreign investment in Cuba, first passed by Congress in 1996 as part of a broader sanctions package against Cuba but put on hold because it triggered immense opposition among U.S. allies.

The harsh new sanctions reverse “the disastrous Obama-era policies, and finally end the glamorization of socialism and communism,” Bolton said.

A law too controversial to implement

Trump’s decision activates a long-suspended 1996 provision of U.S. Cuba sanctions that allows Cuban Americans to sue in U.S. courts any company that benefits from private property of theirs confiscated by Fidel Castro’s regime.

Image: National security adviser John Bolton announcing the Trump administration’s harsh new sanctions against Cuba, April 17, 2019. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

Normally, U.S. courts have no jurisdiction over property owned by non-citizens that is nationalized by a foreign government. For U.S. courts to sit in judgment of another government’s actions toward its own citizens in its own territory is a challenge to that government’s sovereignty.

U.S. allies who do business with Cuba vehemently oppose the move.

In 1996, when the U.S. law was first approved, the European Union filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization and adopted a law prohibiting EU members and their companies from complying with the U.S. legislation. Mexico, Canada and the United Kingdom soon passed similar legislation.

In response, President Bill Clinton suspended the lawsuit provision, which is called Title III, for six months, and in 1998 he signed an agreement with the EU that European companies who do business in Cuba would not be targeted.

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Trump Warns ICC Against Followup on American and Israeli War Crimes – Global Research

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15-04-19 02:26:00,

US President Donald Trump has warned the International Criminal Court (ICC) of “swift and vigorous response” if the Hague-based tribunal investigates Americans and Israelis for war crimes.

Trump issued the warning on Friday, after ICC judges rejected a request by the court’s prosecutor to probe atrocities committed by US forces in Afghanistan.

Trump hailed the unusual ruling as a “major international victory,” claiming that the Americans and Israelis should be immune from ICC prosecution.

“Since the creation of the ICC, the United States has consistently declined to join the court because of its broad, unaccountable prosecutorial powers; the threat it poses to American national sovereignty; and other deficiencies that render it illegitimate,” he said.

“Any attempt to target American, Israeli, or allied personnel for prosecution will be met with a swift and vigorous response,” he added.

Amnesty International denounced the ICC’s decision as a “shocking abandonment of victims” that would “weaken the court’s already questionable credibility.”

Biraj Patnaik, South Asia Director at Amnesty International, stressed that the ruling would be seen as a “craven capitulation to Washington’s bullying.”

Last month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US would withdraw or revoke visas for ICC staff who prosecute American troops in Afghanistan, as well as their allied personnel, including Israelis.

He also warned about potential economic sanctions “if the ICC does not change its course.”

US National Security Adviser John Bolton had also threatened to revoke the visas of ICC personnel if the court pursued charges against members of the US military over crimes in Afghanistan.

Earlier this month, the US revoked ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s visa as part of a crackdown on the ICC.

The ICC has been examining abuses committed by all parties in the Afghan war for more than a decade.

In November 2017, Bensouda sought authorization to open an inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, including in states where the CIA held prisoners.

The ICC is also investigating Israeli atrocities in the West Bank and Gaza, including the demolition of Palestinian property and eviction of the Palestinians from the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

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Trump Supporters Are Hurting Assange With Their 4-D Chess Talk

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14-04-19 10:05:00,

At a time when everyone should be out in the streets shaking the earth and protesting the Trump administration’s prosecution of Julian Assange for exposing US war crimes, those who continue to support this president have one message and one message only when it comes to the WikiLeaks founder: Don’t do anything. Relax, wait and see, trust Trump, and don’t do anything. Trump is about to save Assange, and save us all. Do nothing.

Who do you guys think this strategy benefits, exactly?

These are all people who say they support Assange and WikiLeaks, who say they support free speech and oppose the deep state, and yet what they are doing today hurts Assange and helps the unelected power establishment known as the deep state just as much as the hysterical Russiavape dupes who are overtly smearing Assange today.

To be clear, not everyone who voted for Trump is doing this; many are aggressively opposing this administration’s prosecution of Assange and vocally withdrawing all support for him. But the ones who are engaged in the behavior I’m describing are all helping to kill the loud and aggressive opposition to Assange’s imprisonment which is so desperately needed right now, and they’re helping everyone they claim to oppose. The pussyhat-wearing Assange haters and the MAGA hat-wearing Assange lovers are on the same side on this issue, mindlessly working toward the exact same agenda: the permanent imprisonment of a truth-telling journalist.

Every time President Trump advances a longstanding evil agenda of America’s permanent government, I see my social media notifications swarmed with Trump supporters telling me that it is actually a good thing, because it’s secretly a brilliant strategic chess move that the 45th president is taking against the deep state.

When I say that this happens every time, I’m not being hyperbolic to make a point. I mean it happens every single time, without a single, solitary exception, always. It happens with such clockwork reliability that I preemptively addressed it in the article I wrote when Julian Assange was arrested, saying, “I am going to have a zero tolerance policy for QAnon cultists who try to tell me that this is actually 5-D chess by Trump to overthrow the Deep State.

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Geopolitik des Erdöls in der Trump-Ära, von Thierry Meyssan

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10-04-19 12:22:00,

Die Vereinigten Staaten sind der weltweit größte Produzent von Kohlenwasserstoffen geworden. Sie nutzen nun ihre marktbeherrschende Stellung ausschließlich zur Maximierung ihrer Gewinne, ohne zu zögern, konkurrierende Großproduzenten zu beseitigen und ihre Völker ins Elend zu stürzen. Während in der Vergangenheit der Zugang zum Erdöl aus dem Nahen Osten für ihre Wirtschaft eine lebenswichtige Notwendigkeit war (Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr.), dann ein Markt wurde, den sie total beherrschten (Clinton), anschließend sogar ein ausgehender Rohstoff, zu dem sie den Zugang kontrollieren wollten (Bush Jr., Obama), sind die Kohlenwasserstoffe jetzt wieder das schwarze Gold geworden (Trump). Thierry Meyssan schildert die Entwicklung dieses blutigen Marktes.

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Die Wirtschaft hängt in erster Linie von der Energie ab, über die sie verfügt. Dieser Bedarf ist seit jeher eine der Hauptursachen für Kriege gewesen. In alten Zeiten ging es darum, Sklaven zu machen, die das Feld bestellen, und dann im neunzehnten Jahrhundert, Kohle zu gewinnen, die die Dampfmaschinen versorgen, und heute die Kohlenwasserstoffe (Öl und Gas) für die Motoren.

Um sich selbst über diese Logik hinwegzutäuschen, haben sich die Leute immer gute Gründe ausgedacht, um zu rechtfertigen, was sie tun. Daher glauben wir
- dass der Iran wegen seines militärischen Atomprogramms bestraft wird (das er aber im Jahr 1988 geschlossen hat);
- dass die Einrichtungen und Vermögen der PDVSA beschlagnahmt wurden, um die Vermögen des Diktators Maduro an das Team von Juan Guaido zu übertragen (obwohl ersterer und nicht der zweite, der verfassungsmäßig gewählte Präsident von Venezuela ist);
- oder auch, dass die Vereinigten Staaten Truppen in Syrien aufrechterhalten, um ihre verbündeten Kurden gegen den Diktator Al-Assad zu unterstützen (obwohl diese Kurden Söldner sind, die nicht ihr Volk repräsentieren, während Al-Assad demokratisch gewählt wurde).

Diese Geschichten entsprechen absolut nicht der Wirklichkeit und sind durch Tatsachen widerlegt. Wir glauben ihnen, weil wir hoffen, daraus Profit zu schlagen.

Der globale Markt

Die Kohlenwasserstoffe sind der erste Weltmarkt, noch vor dem der Nahrung, der Waffen, der Medikamente und der Drogen. Zunächst wurde er durch private Unternehmen betrieben, bis er, in den 1960er Jahren, ausschliesslich von den Staaten betrieben wurde. Mit der wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung kamen neue Spieler, und der Markt wurde immer unberechenbarer. Darüber hinaus ist dieser Markt vom Ende der UdSSR bis zur Rückkehr von Russland sehr spekulativ geworden, und der Preis nahm bis zu 400% zu.

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The geopolitics of oil in the Trump era, by Thierry Meyssan

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09-04-19 01:46:00,

The United States have become the leading world producer of hydrocarbons. As from now, they are using their dominant position exclusively to maximise their profits, and do not hesitate to eliminate their major rivals in oil production, plunging their citizens into misery. Although in the past, access to Middle East oil was a vital necessity for their economy (Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr.), then a market over which they presided (Clinton), and then again a failing ressouce whose supply they wanted to control (Bush Jr., Obama), hydrocarbons have now become black gold (Trump). Thierry Meyssan retraces the evolution of this bloody market.

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Economy depends primarily on the source of energy to which it has access. This need has always been one of the main causes of war. At one time, it was necessary to put slaves to work in the fields then, in the 19th century, to seize coal with which to feed machinery, and today we rely on hydrocarbons (oil and gas).

To avoid looking at this logic too closely, men have always invented good reasons to justify what they are doing.

Thus, today we believe
- that Iran is being sanctioned because of its military nuclear programme (which it closed down in 1988);
- that the installations and assets of the PDVSA (Venezuelan Oil) have been seized in order to transfer them from the dictator Maduro to Juan Guaido’s team (although it is the former and not the latter who was constitutionally elected President of Venezuela);
- or again that the United States maintains its military presence in Syria in order to support their Kurdish allies against the dictator el-Assad (while in fact the Kurds are mercenaries who do not represent their people, and el-Assad was democratically elected).

These narratives have no real basis in truth and are contradicted by the facts. We believe them because we think we can make a profit from them.

The world market

Hydrocarbons represent the major world market, more important than foodstuffs, weapons, medicine and drugs. At first, they were managed by private companies, before becoming, in the 1960’s, the private hunting ground of states. As the economy developed, new actors stepped in, and the market became increasingly unpredictable. Besides this, from the end of the USSR until the return of Russia,

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Trump listet mit den iranischen Revolutionsgarden erstmals eine Streitkraft als Terrororganisation

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09-04-19 06:10:00,

Iranische Revolutionsgardisten. Bild: Tasnim News/CC BY-SA-4.0

Washington eskaliert den Konflikt, Iran reagiert im vorgegebenen Tit-for-Tat-Spiel und bezeichnet Centcom als Terrororganisation und die US-Regierung als Terrorunterstützer

Im Weißen Haus überlegt man, ob man nicht die “Colectivos”, vielleicht auch das “Maduro-Regime”, als Terrororganisation listen soll. Das würde die Sanktionen noch weiter verschärfen, zumal die Einstufung einer Regierung oder einer staatlichen Organisation als Terrororganisation einen entsprechenden Imageschaden nach sich ziehen und bestätigen würde, dass ein Staat ein “Schurkenstaat” ist, der auf der Seite der Bösen steht und der mit allen möglichen Mitteln bekämpft werden muss.

Noch testet die US-Regierung ein solches Vorgehen im Fall von Venezuela, nachdem die Option einer militärischen Intervention in den Hintergrund trat und die Hoffnung auf die Mobilisierung von Menschenmassen durch Juan Guaidó geschwunden ist. Noch hat Guaidó die kritische Masse nicht hinter sich gebracht und vor allem das Militär, die Sicherheitskräfte, wozu auch die “Colectivos” gehören, und den öffentlichen Dienst nicht auf seine Seite ziehen können.

Sicherheitsberater John Bolton twitterte daher am Sonntag in Richtung Verteidigungsminister Wladimir Padrino, dass Maduro und Cabello, der Vorsitzende der Verfassungsgebenden Versammlung und Chef der “Colectivos”, die Streitkräfte durch Stärkung “dieser terroristischen Colectivos und ihrer ausländischen Komplizen” schwächen würden, was “die Verfassung und die Integrität Venezuelas” untergrabe. Wer die ausländischen Komplizen sein sollen, ist offen, aber es ist eine altbekannte Strategie, einen Einfluss vom Ausland zu beschwören, um die Gefährlichkeit zu demonstrieren. Allgemein dämonisiert die US-Regierung hier das kleine Kuba.

Maximaler Druck

Wahrscheinlich sind die Überlegungen bei der Planung entstanden, den Iran weiter unter Druck zu setzen. Hier wurde nun erstmals eine staatliche Streitkraft, nämlich die iranischen Revolutionsgarden, nach Anordnung von Trump auf die Liste der Terrororganisationen gesetzt – und damit ein gefährlicher Prozess eingeleitet, wechselseitig Streitkräfte zu Terroristen zu machen und diese entsprechend zu bekämpfen. Im Fall der Revolutionsgarden schreibt Bolton, dass deren Klassifizierung als Terrororganisation die Bereitschaft der USA demonstriere, “maximalen Druck auf das iranische Regime auszuüben, bis es aufhört, Terrorismus als staatliches Werkzeug einzusetzen. Die korrupten IRGC investieren in Terrorismus, während die Menschen Irans leiden.”

Vizepräsident Mike Pence überhöhte die Begründung noch als Tat des Guten gegen das Böse: “Der historische Schritt wird den führenden staatlichen Unterstützer des Terrors die finanziellen Mittel entziehen,

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Trump Sacks DHS Secretary Nielsen – Global Research

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08-04-19 08:32:00,

The USA Patriot Act was written months before 9/11, kept on the shelf, ready to be enacted into law following the mother of all false flags. 

Numerous other police state laws, executive orders, presidential and homeland security directives, congressional authorization for endless wars, the global war OF terror, not on it,  and other tyrannical measures followed – notably establishment of the Department of Homeland Security.

In November 2002, the Homeland Security Act created the DHS, joining the FBI, CIA and NSA in enforcing repressive policies.

These agencies have sweeping unconstitutional powers of repression on the phony pretext of preparing for, preventing, and responding to domestic emergencies.

Pre-9/11, that’s largely what other federal agencies, as well as existing state and local ones are all about, including police – able to fulfill their mandates at a time America’s only enemies are invented ones. No real ones exist.

The DHS and related federal agencies are all about centralizing unprecedented military and law enforcement powers in the executive branch.

Operating extrajudicially by breaching international and constitutional law protections, the DHS is repressive and insidious, encroaching on state and local authorities by “mandat(ing) federal supervision, funding, and coordination of ‘local first responders.’ ”

Weeks before creation of the DHS, the US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) was established in October 2002, an unprecedented move to militarize the mainland plus Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Gulf of Mexico and Straits of Florida.

For the first in the nation’s history, presidents may deploy Pentagon troops on US streets on the phony pretexts of countering illicit drugs, an insurrection, and protecting national security.

Sweeping DHS powers include establishment of the so-called Directorate of Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection – a Big Brother intelligence agency to spy on ordinary Americans, along with the FBI, CIA and NSA.

A wide-ranging intrusive public and private information database was created on virtually all Americans – including financial transactions and records, medical ones, emails, phone calls, purchases, books and publications read, organization memberships, as well as other personal habits or patterns.

The Patriot Act and HSA ended the distinction between foreign and domestic intelligence gathering. The firewall separating them no longer exists.

These and related measures transformed the US into a police state,

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Trump hult drone-operaties in geheimhouding

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08-04-19 08:31:00,

Tijdens de eerste 3 maanden van Trumps presidentschap werden er alleen al in Jemen ongeveer 70 mensen vermoord door gevechtsdrones, waaronder een dozijn kinderen en een 3 maanden oude baby.

De cijfers blijven suggereren dat het gebruik van gewapende onbemande vliegtuigen systematisch een zware tol aan burgerslachtoffers eist, hoewel ze al jarenlang aan de man gebracht worden als precisie-instrumenten.

Het leger en het Witte Huis geven zelden toe dat er burgers geraakt worden door drones en hebben het systematisch over “militanten” of “vijandelijke strijders”. In juli 2016 rapporteerde de Obama-regering dat Amerikaanse drone-aanvallen en gerelateerde anti-terrorismeoperaties in Jemen, Somalië, Pakistan en Libië, tussen januari 2009 en december 2015, 2581 individuen doodden. Het Witte Huis schatte zelf dat tussen de 64 en 116 van deze personen onschuldige burgers waren.

De afgelopen jaren hebben mensenrechtenorganisaties als Human Rights Watch en Amnesty International op het terrein echter tientallen aanvallen gedocumenteerd waarvan de burgerslachtoffers niet opgenomen werden in deze officiële Amerikaanse cijfers. Volgens de Britse ngo ‘Bureau of Investigative Journalism’ vielen er tijdens de periode van 2009 tot 2015, alleen al in Pakistan, tussen de 256 en 633 burgerdoden. Minstens 1 op 5 fatale drone-slachtoffers zou een onschuldige burger zijn. Maar zelfs deze cijfers zijn, volgens de ngo, waarschijnlijk een onderschatting, omdat het extreem moeilijk is om aan informatie te geraken uit bijvoorbeeld afgelegen gebieden in Jemen en Somalië.

Een intern Pentagon-onderzoek naar 21 luchtaanvallen in Afghanistan toonde aan dat in al deze aanvallen burgers vermoord of verwond werden, ondanks het feit dat de voorafgaande evaluatie via drone-camera’s in 19 van de 21 gevallen geen enkel potentieel burgerslachtoffer identificeerde. Het onderzoek concentreerde zich op de periode van een jaar (van midden 2010 tot midden 2011).

Drone-aanvallen veroorzaakten in diezelfde periode 10 maal meer burgerslachtoffers dan aanvallen door bemande gevechtsvliegtuigen. De resultaten van het interne onderzoek geraakten bekend in 2013 en spraken president Obama tegen die eerder dat jaar een toespraak hield aan de Nationale Defensie Universiteit waarin hij beweerde dat “conventionele luchtkracht of raketten veel minder precies zijn dan drones en stellig meer burgerslachtoffers en plaatselijke verontwaardiging veroorzaken.”

Technologie

De planning voor een Amerikaanse drone-aanval wordt gebaseerd op een analyse van data en inlichtingen. Deze informatie is afkomstig van meerdere bronnen en wordt verzameld voor, tijdens en na een aanval.

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Trump’s Neocons see Erdogan as their ticket to a region-wide M.E. War

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07-04-19 08:46:00,

Turkish troops and armored units are massed along Turkey’s southern border awaiting orders to invade northern Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to clear a ten mile-deep swath of land east of the Euphrates River in order to remove terrorist-linked militants (YPG) currently occupying the territory. The proposed offensive would put US Special Forces in the line of fire which significantly increases the likelihood of US casualties. If American troops are killed or wounded by the Turkish operation, Washington will respond in force leading to a potentially catastrophic face-off between the two NATO allies. The possibility of a violent clash between Turkey and the United States has never been greater than it is today.

On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Turkey that any unilateral action in Syria would have “devastating consequences.” Pompeo’s comments were intended to intimidate Erdogan who stated on Tuesday that the military offensive would begin shortly after last weekend’s elections. If Erdogan proceeds with his plan, Pompeo will undoubtedly give the military the go-ahead for retaliatory attacks on the Turkish Army. This will either lead to a speedy retreat by Turkey or asymmetrical strikes on US strategic assets across the region. In any event, the fracas with Turkey is bound to widen the chasm between the two former allies forcing Erdogan to reconsider his commitment to the western alliance. Any further deterioration in relations between the US and Turkey could result in a dramatic shift in the global balance of power.

Washington’s problems with Erdogan began years before the current dust-up. The Turkish leader has always steered an independent foreign policy which has been a constant source of frustration for the White House. During the war in Iraq, Erdogan refused to allow the US to use Turkish air bases to conduct their operations. (Erdogan did not support the war.) Presently he is purchasing air defense systems from Russia (S-400), (which VP Mike Pence has strongly condemned), he has attended summits in Sochi with Moscow and Tehran in order to find a political settlement for the war in Syria, he has signed contracts with Gazprom that will make his country the energy hub of southern Europe, and he has been harshly critical of US support for the its Kurdish proxies in east Syria (the SDF) which is an offshoot of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK),

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CNN And WaPo Demand That Trump Further Escalate Tensions With Russia

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02-04-19 12:49:00,

CNN has aired a segment in which pundit Fareed Zakaria tells the network’s audience that the US president has “been unwilling to confront Putin in any way on any issue” and asks “will Venezuela be the moment when Trump finally ends his appeasement?”

The segment is a near-verbatim reading of Zakaria’s Washington Post column from a couple of days prior, so that’s two massive prongs through which this false and pernicious narrative is being driven into mainstream consciousness claiming that the Trump administration has been far too dovish toward Moscow, rather than dangerously hawkish as is actually the case.

Zakaria begins his segment by describing the Trump administration’s (completely illegitimate) efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, then describing Russian efforts to counter this agenda as an attempt to “taunt the United States.” He then spends the rest of the segment asking if Trump will be brave and patriotic enough to further escalate tensions against a nuclear superpower. Zakaria concludes by implying that if Trump fails to increase world-threatening nuclear tensions to effect yet another US regime change intervention in yet another oil-rich country, it will be because he is a Kremlin agent.

“The big question for Washington is: Will it allow Moscow to make a mockery of another U.S. red line?” Zakaria said. “The United States and Russia have taken opposing, incompatible stands on this issue. And as with Syria, there is a danger that, if Washington does not back its words with deeds, a year from now, we will be watching the consolidation of the Maduro regime, supported with Russian arms and money.”

Yes Fareed, there is a real “danger” that if the Trump administration you liberal pundits claim to oppose doesn’t act like the reckless madman you claim he is and tempt hot war with a nuclear superpower in order to effect regime change in a sovereign nation, that regime change agenda will fail. Very, very dangerous to not flirt with nuclear war over US resource control agendas.

“The administration has been tough on Russian involvement in Venezuela,” said Zakaria. “Trump himself has even declared, ‘Russia has to get out.’ But that is an unusual statement from Trump,

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