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12-12-18 08:04:00,

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Präsident Donald Trump hat lange gesagt, er will die Regierungsarbeit einstellen, um die Demokraten zu zwingen, die Grenzmauer zu finanzieren, die er ursprünglich versprochen hatte, und dass Mexiko diese bezahlt.

“Wenn wir unsere Regierungsarbeit einstellen müssen, bauen wir diese Mauer”, sagte er im Juli 2017.

Bis jetzt hat er sich zurückgehalten. Der Präsident ist jedoch nun bereit, seinen eigenen Wunsch zu erfüllen, da die Tätigkeitserlaubnis für mehrere Bundesbehörden am 21. Dezember ausläuft.

Nachdem Trump die Reporter zu einem heiklen Austausch bei seinem ersten Treffen seit mehr als einem Jahr mit dem Minderheitenführer des Senats Chuck Schumer und der Minderheitenanführerin des Kongress Nancy Pelosi am Dienstag eingeladen hatte, gaben ihm die Demokraten die Schuld oder die Verantwortung, wenn [die Regierung] ohne Geld da steht und die Regierungsarbeit eingestellt werden muss.

Pelosi, eine kalifornische Demokratin, die voraussichtlich im Januar Kongresssprecherin wird, verwies in der Sitzung auf eine teilweise Schließung der Regierung als einen “Trump-Stillstand”.

(President Donald Trump has long said that he wants to shut the government down as a means to force Democrats to fund the border wall he initially promised would be paid for by Mexico.

“If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” he said in July 2017.

Until now, he has held off. But with operating authority for several federal agencies due to expire Dec. 21, the president is finally ready to grant his own wish.

After Trump invited reporters to sit in for a testy exchange at his first meeting in more than a year with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, the Democrats teed him up to shoulder the credit or blame if the money runs out and the government is forced to close down.

Pelosi, a California Democrat who is expected to become House speaker in January, referred in the meeting to a partial government closure as the “Trump shutdown.”)

Wieder steht einmal die Finanzierung der Regierungsgeschäfte der USA im Mittelpunkt. Wieder einmal geht den USA das Geld in Teilbereichen aus. Und wieder einmal wird das Ganze dazu genutzt,

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Trump Regime Arming and Training Ukrainian Forces for War. Should Donbass Join Russia? – Global Research

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10-12-18 07:17:00,

The Ukraine Freedom Support Act (UFSA) of 2014 authorized US lethal and non-lethal aid to Kiev. 

The US and other NATO countries supply its forces with heavy and other weapons, along with training to use them. The only external threats its regime faces are invented one. No real ones exist.

A state of war initiated by Ukraine exists between the US-installed puppet regime and Donbass freedom fighters – breaking away from Kiev over wanting democratic governance, rejecting illegitimate fascist rule.

In April 2014, less than two months after the Obama regime’s coup, replacing democratic governance with Nazi-infested putschists, Ukrainian forces attacked the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR) in Donbass.

US orchestrated war continues intermittently. Washington and Kiev willfully undermined Minsk I and II conflict resolution agreements, wanting war, not peace, near Russia’s border.

Full scale war could resume any time. Last week, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the Ukrainian Poroshenko regime is “ready to do anything, even unleash a new blitzkrieg in southeastern Ukraine” (the Donbass region), adding:

“(W)e have been hearing about ongoing preparations for possible military actions by the Ukrainian armed forces in Donbass.”

“(T)he Kiev regime is trying to use the cover of information noise to direct the international community’s attention to its own provocation in the Kerch Strait which it tries to pass off as aggressive actions taken by Russia.”

“Substantial offensive forces are being redeployed in that region and dispersed along the contact line. (P)hotos of tank units redeployed to Mariupol were posted on social media.”

“(A)irborne assault and mechanized brigades of the Ukrainian armed forces are being redeployed in the conflict zone. In November, the personnel of these brigades underwent training at the training ranges in the Zhytomyr and Lvov regions overseen by the US, Canadian and British instructors.”

“(M)artial law is (a pretext), conceal(ing) plans to stage another provocation in Donbass,” portrayed as “Russian aggression.”

The Trump and Theresa May regimes appear to be planning more aggression in Donbass by Ukrainian forces – to be launched whenever the US and Britain order their Kiev proxies to attack.

Resumption of full-scale war could come any time,

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Trump Can’t Drain the Swamp and Support the Empire – They Are the Same Thing

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10-12-18 07:02:00,

“It is the vasty deep of that $500 billion larder which gives rise to the forces that thwart the Donald’s desire to drain the Swamp.”

The author is a prominent American politician, businessman, publicist and author. He was Ronald Reagan’s Budget Director, and a congressman from Michigan. He is a frequent commentator on the major financial TV networks on the state of the economy. You could describe him as America’s financial conscience and scold – and he’s been doing it for 40 years, he famously broke with Reagan over his budget-busting ways.

He writes frequently about the perversity of US policy towards Russia, and we reproduce his work here when he does. See the full archive of his articles on RI here.

You can’t build the Empire and drain the Swamp at the same time. That’s because the Swamp is largely the fruit of Empire. And it’s also the reason that the Donald is being rapidly undone.

Indeed, it is the Empire’s $800 billion national security budget which feeds Washington’s vast complex of weapons suppliers, intelligence contractors, national security bureaucrats, NGOs, think tanks, K-street lobbies, so-called “law” firms and all-purpose racketeers. It’s what accounts for the Imperial City’s unseemly and ill-gotten prosperity.

It goes without saying that the number one priority of these denizens of Empire is to keep the gravy train rolling. That is accomplished by inventing and exaggerating threats to America’s homeland security and by formulating far-flung and misbegotten missions designed to extend and reinforce Washington’s global hegemony.

As we demonstrate elsewhere, a true homeland security defense budget would consist of the strategic nuclear triad and modest conventional forces to defend the nation’s shoreline and air space; it would cost about $250 billion per year plus a few $10 billion more for a State Department which minded its own business.

So the $500 billion difference is the fiscal cost of Empire, which is pushing the US toward an immense generational fiscal crisis. But it’s also a measure of the giant larder that fills the Swamp with the projects and busywork of Washington’s global hegemony.

In fact, it is the vasty deep of that $500 billion larder which gives rise to the forces that not only thwart the Donald’s desire to drain the Swamp,

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Trump Has Been Broken by the Military/Security Complex – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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09-12-18 04:34:00,

Trump Has Been Broken by the Military/Security Complex

Paul Craig Roberts

In order to protect himself from the military/security complex, President Trump has abandoned his intention of normalizing relations with Russia. Just as the neoconservative ideology needs US hegemony, the military/security complex needs an enemy to justify the $1,000 billion annual budget. The Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes have crafted Russia into that enemy. Trump intended to change that, but he has been prevented.

Russiagate is the orchestration used to force President Trump into submission.

As Stephen Cohen, a few others and I have emphasized, the risk of nuclear war from the orchestrated confrontation with Russia is the highest ever with the situation today being more dangerous than during the Cold War. During the Cold War, both Washington and Moscow worked to reduce tensions and to build trust, but in the 21st century Washington has destroyed trust.

The Russians have been very patient and have avoided belligerence in response to Washington’s insults and provocations, but now they announce “Russian patience is at an end.”

Andrey Kortunov blames Trump, but the problem is the neoconservatives, the military/security complex, and presstitute media, a combination that has proved itself to be too powerful of a combination for a mere president. The Democratic Party and the liberal/progressive/left are complicit in the tragedy. They have permitted their hate to subvert judgment with the consequence that nuclear war again threatens life on earth.

One Snub Too Many: Kremlin Ready to Turn Against Trump as Patience Coming to an End

https://russia-insider.com/en/one-snub-too-many-kremlin-ready-turn-against-trump-patience-coming-end/ri25615

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Trump Administration to Auction Off 900,000 Acres for Fracking in Nevada – Global Research

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04-12-18 04:20:00,

The Trump administration plans to auction more than 900,000 acres for oil and gas extraction on the doorstep of Nevada’s only national park and other protected public lands. It would be the largest single lease sale of public lands in the lower 48 states in at least a decade.

“The Trump administration is doubling down on its reckless ‘drill-anywhere’ strategy,” said Patrick Donnelly, Nevada state director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Nevadans cherish our national park and wildlife refuges. It’s disgusting that Trump officials are willing to permanently defile these spectacular places to appease the oil industry.”

The Bureau of Land Management lease sale, scheduled for March 12, 2019, will auction off public land next to Great Basin National Park and Ruby Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, an internationally known migratory waterfowl stopover cherished by birders and hunters.

One parcel comes within a half-mile of South Ruby Lake, where a spill of fracking fluids or a well failure could contaminate one of the Great Basin’s most vibrant aquatic ecosystems.

Great Basin National Park has been designated an International Dark Sky Park in recognition of its remoteness. The area surrounding the park is undisturbed except for a few multigenerational ranches.

The plan threatens imperiled wildlife, including greater sage grouse, since the massive lease sale includes hundreds of thousands of acres of important grouse habitat. The sale also covers tens of thousands of acres of designated critical habitat for the federally protected desert tortoise and parcels adjacent to springs harboring rare native fish, including the threatened Railroad Valley springfish.

“Every time the BLM invites the oil and gas industry to drill and frack sage-grouse habitat, the grouse moves closer to extinction,” said Kelly Fuller, energy and mining campaign director for Western Watersheds Project. “The BLM needs to stop leasing sage-grouse habitat, period.”

The BLM deferred roughly 400,000 acres of sage-grouse habitat from an October auction to the March sale in response to a federal court order, stemming from a lawsuit filed by the Center, Western Watersheds and Advocates for the West.

“The BLM is doing the absolute minimum to claim it’s complying with the court order,” Donnelly said. “Meanwhile the agency is rushing ahead with the illegal action that prompted the lawsuit in the first place,

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Trump Foreign Policy: Doing the Same Thing and Expecting a Different Result – Global Research

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04-12-18 04:19:00,

After a week of insisting that a meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Argentina was going to happen, President Trump at the last minute sent out a Tweet explaining that due to a Russia/Ukraine dispute in the Sea of Azov he would no longer be willing to meet his Russian counterpart.

According to Trump, the meeting had to be cancelled because the Russians seized three Ukrainian naval vessels in Russian waters that refused to follow instructions from the Russian military. But as Pat Buchanan wrote in a recent column: how is this little dispute thousands of miles away any of our business?

Unfortunately it is “our business” because of President Obama’s foolish idea to overthrow a democratically-elected, pro-Russia government in Ukraine in favor of what his Administration believed would be a “pro-Western” and “pro-NATO” replacement. In short, the Obama Administration did openly to Ukraine what his Democratic Party claims without proof the Russians did to the United States: meddled in a vote.

US interventionism in Ukraine led to the 2014 coup and many dead Ukrainians. Crimea’s majority-Russian population held a referendum and decided to re-join Russia rather than remain in a “pro-West” Ukraine that immediately began discriminating against them. Why would anyone object to people opting out of abusive relationships?

What is most disappointing about President Trump’s foreign policy is that it didn’t have to be this way. He ran on a platform of America first, ending foreign wars, NATO skepticism, and better relations with Russia. Americans voted for this policy. He had a mandate, a rejection of Obama’s destructive interventionism.

But he lost his nerve.

Instead of being the president who ships lethal weapons to the Ukrainian regime, instead of being the president who insists that Crimea remain in Ukraine, instead of being the president who continues policies the American people clearly rejected at the ballot box, Trump could have blamed the Ukraine/Russia mess on the failed Obama foreign policy and charted a very different course. What flag flies over Crimea is none of our business. We are not the policemen of the world and candidate Trump seemed to have understood that.

But now Trump’s in a trap. He was foolish enough to believe that Beltway foreign policy “experts” have a clue about what really is American national interest.

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Trump Administration Approves Harmful Airgun Blasting in Atlantic – Global Research

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02-12-18 03:01:00,

The Trump administration today approved five permits that allow harm to whales, dolphins and other animals so companies can search for oil off the Atlantic Coast using loud seismic airgun blasts. Allowing these exploration activities from Delaware to Florida is the first step toward opening the Atlantic to new oil drilling, as the administration proposed in January. 

“The Trump administration is giving the oil industry permission to launch a brutal sonic assault on North Atlantic right whales and other wildlife,” said Kristen Monsell, ocean program legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “These airgun blasts will injure and kill marine animals, and are the gateway to opening the East Coast to offshore drilling and toxic oil spills. We’ll fight to protect endangered right whales from these deafening blasts and the drilling and spilling that could come next.”

The announcement comes following the death of at least 20 endangered North Atlantic right whales since April 2017, and years of population decline. Scientists estimate that the population now contains only 411 animals.

The permits allow the firing of seismic airguns from ships every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for weeks at a time, at a noise level that would rupture a human eardrum. More than 220 municipalities along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts have formally opposed oil and gas drilling and seismic airgun blasting.

Shortly before leaving office, the Obama administration denied these seismic applications, partly because of their harmful impact on right whales and other marine mammals. But in May 2017, the Trump administration revoked that denial and announced it was reconsidering the permits.

“It’s just so sad to see whales and dolphins acoustically attacked in the search for oil we shouldn’t be drilling anyway,” Monsell said. “We need to protect the Atlantic, not let industry destroy it.”

In 2015, 75 scientists found that opening the Atlantic Ocean to seismic airgun exploration “poses an unacceptable risk of serious harm to marine life.” The scientists also warned of “significant, long-lasting, and widespread” harm to fish and marine mammal populations should the blasting proceed.

The seismic blasts, which can reach more than 250 decibels, can cause hearing loss in marine mammals, disturb essential behaviors such as feeding and breeding over vast distances,

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Trump en China: koude of warme oorlog?

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30-11-18 11:37:00,

Op het eerste zicht draait het dispuut tussen de VS en China om oneerlijke concurrentie en diefstal van intellectuele eigendommen. Bij nader toezien gaat het om iets veel fundamenteler, namelijk verwoede pogingen van Washington voor het behoud van de alleenheerschappij over deze planeet. Komt het tot een clash tussen de twee titanen? Tekst en uitleg door China-watcher Marc Vandepitte.

De VS kwam als grote overwinnaar uit de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Alle oude en opkomende grootmachten zaten compleet aan de grond. In Washington droomden ze van een nieuwe wereldorde waarin alleen zij het voor zeggen hebben. Helaas dwarsboomden de snelle heropbouw van de Sovjet-Unie en het doorbreken van het nucleaire monopolie die plannen.

Een halve eeuw later werd die droom dan toch waar met de val van de Berlijnse Muur en de implosie van de Sovjet-Unie. Voortaan waren er geen belemmeringen meer voor de alleenheerschappij. De VS werd eindelijk de onbetwiste leider van de wereldpolitiek en wil dat ook zo houden. Het Pentagon in 1992: “Ons eerste objectief is het verhinderen dat er een nieuwe rivaal op het wereldtoneel verschijnt. We moeten de potentiële concurrenten er van afhouden om zelfs maar te streven naar een grotere rol op regionaal of wereldvlak.” (onze cursivering)

Op dat moment vormde China (nog) geen bedreiging. De economie was onderontwikkeld en het bnp was maar een derde van dat van de VS. Militair stelde het land niets voor. China werd vooral gezien als een interessant economisch wingewest: het heeft een reusachtig contingent van goedkope, gedisciplineerde arbeidskrachten en op termijn vormt het met een vijfde van de wereldbevolking een aantrekkelijke afzetmarkt voor Westerse producten. Omgekeerd mikte China op buitenlandse investeringen en op de wereldmarkt om zich snel te kunnen ontwikkelen.

In het Westen koesterde men de illusie dat met de economische ‘opening’ in China het kapitalisme onomkeerbaar zal binnensijpelen en het op termijn zal overnemen van het communistisch regime. Twee vliegen in een klap dus: economisch gunstige perspectieven voor de multinationals enerzijds en de uitschakeling van een ideologische rivaal anderzijds. Dat is de reden waarom China in 2001 wordt toegelaten tot de Wereldhandelsorganisatie.

De toetreding tot de WTO is in elk geval een ware boost voor de Chinese economie. In 1995 stond het land nog op de elfde plaats op de lijst van uitvoerders van goederen.

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Steun Trump voor Saoedi-Arabië is identiek aan Obama en hun voorgangers

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22-11-18 05:35:00,

De Amerikaanse mainstream pers doet heel verontwaardigd over de steun die president Trump blijft geven aan de Saoedische kroonprins. Dat heeft alles te maken met hun afkeer van Trump, niet met Saoedi-Arabië, dat ze tot voor kort altijd ruim hebben verdedigd als een “sterke bondgenoot”. Trump reproduceert getrouw het beleid van alle vorige presidenten voor hem.

Onafhankelijk journalist Glenn Greenwald is categoriek. Zijn reactie op de recente verklaring van president Trump vat hij zo samen: “Trumps amorele Saoedi-verklaring is een tientallen jaren oude, loepzuivere uitdrukking van ‘Amerikaanse waarden’ en een traditionele weergave van het Amerikaanse buitenlandse beleid” (zie Trump’s Amoral Saudi Statement Is a Pure Expression of Decades-Old “U.S. Values” and Foreign Policy Orthodoxies).

“Stabiele partner”

In zijn reeds enige tijd verwachte verklaring over de Amerikaanse betrekkingen met Saoedi-Arabië naar aanleiding van de gruwelijke moord op Jamal Khashoggi zei president Trump onder meer: “De VS willen een stabiele partner van Saoedi-Arabië blijven om de belangen van ons land, Israël en andere partners in de regio te verzekeren.”

En verder: “Saoedi-Arabië is de grootste olieproducerende natie in de wereld. Van de 450 miljard dollar (394 miljard euro, die Saoedi-Arabië heeft beloofd voor bestellingen bij Amerikaanse bedrijven, nvdr) zal 110 miljard gaan naar aankoop van militair materiaal bij Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon en vele ander grote wapenfabrikanten in de VS.”

In de Amerikaanse pers werd op die verklaring met grote verontwaardiging gereageerd (Zie de volledige verklaring van president Trump in Trump’s statement smearing Jamal Khashoggi and giving Saudi Arabia a pass, annotated).


Greenwald herleidt die voorgewende boosheid tot zijn ware dimensie: “Zijn verklaring veroorzaakte onmiddellijk en heel voorspelbaar pompeuze afkeuringen die het voorstelden alsof de houding van Trump een afwijking zou zijn, een smartelijke verkrachting van aloude Amerikaanse waarden en buitenlands beleid, eerder dan wat zijn beleid in feite écht is: een perfect voorbeeld – misschien een beetje platter en openhartiger uitgedrukt dan gewoonlijk – van hoe de VS zichzelf gedraagt en heeft gedragen in de wereld, minstens sinds het einde van de Tweede Wereldoorlog.”

Het sprookje van vrijheid en democratie

“De reactie (op de verklaring van Trump) was zo intens omdat het sprookje van de VS als verdediger van vrijheid en mensenrechten in de wereld een van de meest doordringende en krachtige slagzwaarden is van de westerse propaganda.

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Trump Claims He Knows “Nothing” About the Julian Assange He Cited Hundreds of Times in His Campaign – Global Research

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22-11-18 04:06:00,

President Donald Trump told a reporter outside the White House on Tuesday that he doesn’t “know anything” about WikiLeaks founder and former editor Julian Assange, whose political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London is believed to be under threat largely from pressure by the U.S. government.

Trump’s statements have been widely criticized as hypocritical, given that he heavily promoted WikiLeaks’ release of emails from the Democratic National Committee and former Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta in the months and weeks prior to the October 2016 presidential election.

Trump claimed to know very little about Assange or his increasingly precarious situation when a reporter had asked him “Should Julian Assange go free?”

The question was a likely response to the recent news that the Department of Justice was set to indict Assange with the intent of immediately prompting his extradition, as well as the apparently accidental revelation that the DOJ has a sealed indictment waiting for Assange should he ever be extradited to the United States.

President Trump is asked, “Should Julian Assange go free?”
Trump: “I don’t know anything about him. Really. I don’t know much about him. I really don’t.” pic.twitter.com/3RT12rAaB9

— Andrew Blake (@apblake) November 20, 2018

I don’t know the guy, I just used him to get elected

In response to a question on whether Assange should be prosecuted or not, Trump responded that

“I don’t know anything about him. Really. I don’t know much about him. I really don’t.”

However, footage of Trump mentioning WikiLeaks and its releases over 140 times in October 2016 alone has since resurfaced, suggesting that Trump’s recent claims of ignorance in regard to Assange and WikiLeaks are insincere at best.

While Trump heavily promoted WikiLeaks prior to winning the 2016 election, his administration has since taken an aggressive stance towards WikiLeaks and Assange as well as towards government whistleblowers and leakers.

For example, Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general who was forced to resign earlier this month, had stated last year that Assange’s arrest was a “priority.” The Trump administration’s aggressive pursuit of Assange has also been revealed by statements made by top administration officials such as current Secretary of State and former CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence as well as several U.S.

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Trump äussert sich zum Fall Khashoggi

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22-11-18 09:18:00,

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Trump’s Amoral Saudi Statement is a Pure and Honest Expression of Decades-Old “U.S. Values” and Foreign Policy Orthodoxies

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21-11-18 03:13:00,

Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a statement proclaiming that, notwithstanding the anger toward the Saudi Crown Prince over the gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, “the United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region.” To justify his decision, Trump cited the fact that “Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producing nation in the world” and claimed that “of the $450 billion [the Saudis plan to spend with U.S. companies], $110 billion will be spent on the purchase of military equipment from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and many other great U.S. defense contractors.”

This statement instantly and predictably produced pompous denunciations pretending that Trump’s posture was a deviation from, a grievous violation of, long-standing U.S. values and foreign policy rather than what it actually and obviously is: a perfect example – perhaps stated a little more bluntly and candidly than usual – of how the U.S. has conducted itself in the world since at least the end of World War II.

The reaction was so intense because the fairy tale about the U.S. standing up for freedom and human rights in the world is one of the most pervasive and powerful prongs of western propaganda, the one relied upon by U.S. political and media elites to convince not just the U.S. population but also themselves of their own righteousness, even as they spend decades lavishing the world’s worst tyrants and despots with weapons, money, intelligence and diplomatic protection to carry out atrocities of historic proportions.

After all, if you have worked in high-level foreign policy positions in Washington, or at the think thanks and academic institutions that support those policies, or in the corporate media outlets that venerate those who rise to the top of those precincts (and which increasingly hire those security state officials as news analysts), how do you justify to yourself that you’re still a good person even though you arm, prop up, empower and enable the world’s worst monsters, genocides, and tyrannies?

Simple: by pretending that you don’t do any of that, that such acts are contrary to your system of values, that you actually work to oppose rather than protect such atrocities,

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Trump Quietly Orders Elimination of Assange

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18-11-18 04:43:00,

Authored by James George Jatras via Strategic Culture:

Was $25 million in American tax dollars allocated for a payoff to stir up religious turmoil and violence in Ukraine? Did Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (unsuccessfully) attempt to divert most of it into his own pocket?

Last month the worldwide Orthodox Christian communion was plunged into crisis by the decision of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Constantinople to recognize as legitimate schismatic pseudo-bishops anathematized by the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which is an autonomous part of the Russian Orthodox Church. In so doing not only has Patriarch Bartholomew besmirched the global witness of Orthodoxy’s two-millennia old Apostolic faith, he has set the stage for religious strife in Ukraine and fratricidal violence – which has already begun.

Starting in July, when few were paying attention, this analyst warned about the impending dispute and how it facilitated the anti-Christian moral agenda of certain marginal “Orthodox” voices like “Orthodoxy in Dialogue,” Fordham University’s “Orthodox Christian Studies Center,” and The Wheel. These “self-professed teachers presume to challenge the moral teachings of the faith” (in the words of Fr. John Parker) and “prowl around, wolves in sheep’s clothing, forming and shaping false ideas about the reality of our life in Christ.” Unsurprisingly such groups have embraced Constantinople’s neopapal self-aggrandizement and support for the Ukrainian schismatics.

No one – and certainly not this analyst – would accuse Patriarch Bartholomew, most Ukrainian politicians, or even the Ukrainian schismatics of sympathizing with advocacy of such anti-Orthodox values. And yet these advocates know they cannot advance their goals if the conciliar and traditional structure of Orthodoxy remains intact. Thus they welcome efforts by Constantinople to centralize power while throwing the Church into discord, especially the Russian Church, which is vilified in some Western circles precisely because it is a global beacon of traditional Christian moral witness.

This aspect points to another reason for Western governments to support Ukrainian autocephaly as a spiritual offensive against Russia and Orthodoxy. The post-Maidan leadership harp on the “European choice” the people of Ukraine supposedly made in 2014,

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Trump, Pence, Bolton and Kushner Won’t be Posted Overseas or Drafted into the Military: It’ll be Your Husband and Your Sons! – Global Research

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The US National Archives contains the records of 58,220 U.S. military fatal casualties of the Vietnam War. These were American casualties, men from families just like yours and mine.

The human costs of the long conflict were harsh for all involved. Not until 1995 did Vietnam release its official estimate of war dead: as many as 2 million civilians on both sides and some 1.1 million North Vietnamese and Viet Cong fighters. The U.S. military has estimated that between 200,000 and 250,000 South Vietnamese soldiers died in the war. In 1982 the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., inscribed with the names of 57,939 members of U.S. armed forces who had died or were missing as a result of the war. Over the following years, additions to the list have brought the total past 58,200.

As you read this, Donald Trump, his son-in-law and their coterie of advisors are currently planning an attack on Iran, in conjunction with Saudi Arabia and Israel, after first deliberately and openly bankrupting the Iranian oil industry by the imposition of crippling trading sanctions. All this in direct violation of the will of the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, Russia and China etc..

That conflict will require American troops, probably over 100,000, to invade and then install an army of occupation in Tehran. Hundreds of thousands will likely die on either side as the US-Saudi-Israeli armed forces attack an innocent nation of over 80,000 civilians in a likely precursor to WW3.

It won’t be until the funeral caskets start to arrive back at US air bases in Glendale, Tampa, Great Falls and Montgomery that the nation will wake up to the horrendous disaster that the Trump family White House will have initiated at the behest of the odious Saudi-Israel alliance against Iran.

But it will, by then, be far too late for the American and Iranian bereaved and grieving families in Illinois, Teheran, Ohio, Isfahan, Alaska, Mashhad and Arizona.

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Tagesdosis 13.11.2018 – Gibt Trump den Hanf frei? | KenFM.de

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13-11-18 11:53:00,

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Mit dem Ergebnis der Halbzeitwahlen in den USA können sich beide Seiten als Gewinner fühlen: die Demokraten haben wieder eine Mehrheit im Parlament und die Republikaner haben ihre Mehrheit im Senat ausgebaut, was Trump als großen Sieg feiert. Ansonsten wird sich im US-amerikanischen Einparteiensystem mit zwei rechten Flügeln nicht viel ändern – im Wahlkampf waren die permanente Aufrüstung und die Kriege in aller Welt kein Thema. Daran wird wohl auch die Tatsache nichts ändern, dass jetzt so viele Frauen wie nie zuvor ins Repräsentantenhaus gewählt wurden –  denn #me too gilt ja nun leider auch für den Drohnenkrieg und die Bombardements in aller Welt. Die werden also weiter gehen, während an der “Heimatfront” wegen der neuen Mehrheiten noch ein wenig mehr politisches Theater in Sachen “russian collusion” veranstaltet wird, allerdings weiter ohne Ergebnis, denn für ein “impeachment”  Trumps bräuchte es eine 2/3-Mehrheit im Senat. Donald wird also weiter über “fake news” twittern, die liberalen Medien werden weiter beweisen, dass er nur lügt und betrügt… während das imperiale Kriegsgeschäft weiter läuft as usual.

Auf einem Nebenkriegsschauplatz – dem “War on Drugs” – könnten sich allerdings einige positive Entwicklungen abzeichnen: mit dem Staat Michigan hat bei der Wahl der neunte Bundesstaat für die vollständige Re-Legalisierung von Cannabis gestimmt. Im sehr konservativen Utah und in Missouri wurde die medizinische Verwendung legalisiert, die nunmehr in 33 der 50 US-Staaten wieder möglich ist. Weder die Regierung Obamas noch Trump konnten sich bisher dazu durchringen, die Hanf-Prohibition auch auf Bundesebene endlich zu beenden und hier könnte sich nach den Midterms jetzt etwas tun. Zum einen hat Trump mit Jeff Sessions gerade einen Justizminister gefeuert, der in der Vergangenheit stets als Prohibitionist der übelsten Sorte aufgetreten ist – und zum anderen hat im Senat  eine parteiübergreifende Initiative ein neues Gesetz eingebracht, dass die Cannabis-Industrie in den Staaten vor strafrechtlicher Verfolgung auf Bundesebene schützen soll.

Nun hat Trump seinen Minister zwar nicht wegen dessen reaktionären Ansichten zu Marihuana entlassen, sondern wegen seines Handlings des “Russiagate”-Sonderermittlers Mueller. Dass es aber kaum Nachfolger geben wird,

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Trump ‘Trade War’ Hides Military Industrial Agenda | New Eastern Outlook

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13-11-18 09:02:00,

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In geopolitics events are rarely what they seem to be. This is especially true when we look more closely at the otherwise bizarre “war” launched this spring under the guise of trade war, supposedly redressing America’s huge annual balance of trade deficits, the most extreme being that with China. The true driver behind Washington’s otherwise inexplicable tariff war attacks on especially China make sense when we view them through the prism of a new Administration report on the defense industrial base of the United States.

In early October a US Government inter-agency Task Force, headed by the Department of Defense (DoD) released the unclassified part of a year-long study on the domestic industrial base required to provide vital components and raw materials for the US military. Titled “Report Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States,” the Interagency Task Force document was commissioned a year ago in a little-noted Executive Order 13806 of the US President.

The report is the first such detailed analysis of the adequacy or lack of, of the industrial supply chain that feeds vital components to the US Military in recent years.

The 300 Gaps

The declassified version of the report is shocking enough. It cites a laundry list of 300 “gaps” or vulnerabilities in the US military industrial base.  What it reveals in stark detail is a national economy no longer able to support the most basic essentials of a national defense, a direct consequence of the economies of globalization and offshore outsourcing. It details dramatic shortages of skilled workers in areas such as machine tooling, welding, engineering. Vital machinery such as numerically-controlled machine tools must be imported, most from Germany, which has not the best relations with Washington at present. Many of the small, specialized suppliers of key sub-components are single-source suppliers many on the brink of insolvency owing to US Budget uncertainties in recent years. And the US defense industry is dependent on China for virtually all its rare earth metals. Since the 1980’s US domestic mining of the metals has virtually collapsed for economic reasons as suppliers turned to China for far cheaper sources. Today 81% of world rare earth metals needed in military equipment,

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Ron Paul: President Trump’s Iran Policy – Is It ‘Normal’?

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13-11-18 08:33:00,

Authored by Jeremiah Johnson (nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces ) via SHTFplan.com:

Before the 2016 Presidential Election, and both before and after the inauguration, I wrote specifically about how important the midterm election would be, and the results if the President should lose even one House of Congress.  That happened: the Republicans just lost the House of Representatives. Now that the Democrats control it, not one piece of legislation will pass that is on the President’s agenda. In the supreme act of denial, the Republican party claims the “Blue Wave” was not successful; even the President declared a “victory” with the midterms.

Nothing could be further from the truth, on either count.

The Democrats intend to mount a non-stopping offensive against the President. First, they are going to demand that Mueller go on the attack again. They are already demanding the President’s tax returns. On Thursday, 11-8-18, thousands of people marched in Times Square in New York City in protest of Jeff Sessions’ departure from the White House…although Sessions was the one who tendered a letter of resignation. The mob of protesters carried mass-produced “No one is above the law” placards and signs.

Not one of those Marxists carried those signs when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton resigned after Benghazi, where a U.S. Consular Outpost of the United States was destroyed, and the U.S. Ambassador and four of his staff murdered.

“Happy Veterans’ Day” is coming up, with the cliché eternal: “Thank you for your service.”

Nobody really cares about it, except the vets. Those who have to work receive time and a half for their pay, and Hallmark makes about another $50 million or so on the cards and gifts…about $10 million of that for the Government to “re-ingest” with the taxes….another day on the endless cycle:

The cycle of spending of disposable income, an indispensable part of the economy and all of the governmental employees on paid federal holiday, solemnly dispensed of at the expense of (to paraphrase Metallica) the government’s “disposable heroes.”

Where were the protests in the streets after Benghazi? Everybody was hidden, because at the time we were under Obama. When Donald Trump was elected President,

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Trump blames Obama ‘regime’ for giving Crimea to Russia

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08-11-18 08:58:00,

President Trump has blamed his predecessor for Ukraine’s loss of Crimea to Russia, apparently unaware that the transfer was the result of a referendum and that Ukraine is a sovereign nation.

When a reporter suggested instead that “it was President Putin who annexed Crimea,” Trump insisted, “That was President Obama’s regime. That was during President Obama. Right? It was President Obama that allowed that to happen.” Other countries have always suspected the US of believing nothing happens without its approval, but Trump’s remarks raise the bar for American exceptionalism.

Trump did not elaborate on how he felt Obama should have acted to prevent Crimeans from voting in a referendum to join Russia.

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The Crimean Bridge across the Kerch Strait © Sputnik / Aleksandr Polegenko

The exchange took place at a press conference on Wednesday during which reporters asked the usual questions about the president’s relationship with Russia. When Trump met with Putin in Helsinki in July, Democrats and Republicans found something to agree upon, haranguing the president for not being tougher on his Russian counterpart for “meddling” in the 2016 election – allegations that have yet to be proven.

Trump told reporters he planned to meet with Putin during the G20 summit in Argentina this month but repeated he will not be meeting with the Russian president in Paris during the Armistice Day ceremonies commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The two nations mutually agreed not to hold a summit during the event to avoid causing a distraction.

The US and other western countries imposed harsh sanctions following Russia’s March 2014 reunification with Crimea, which they portrayed as an act of Russian aggression despite the decision of the majority of Crimea’s inhabitants. The vote followed on the heels of the overthrow of democratically-elected Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych after a series of violent protests in Kiev’s Maidan Square and the rise of a coalition backed by the US and NATO.

This isn’t the first time Trump has blamed Obama for the situation in Crimea. The president made similar remarks in June while discussing his plans to meet with Putin, suggesting that the “loss” of Crimea happened “

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Trump, Gorbachev, And The Fall Of The American Empire

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08-11-18 08:53:00,

Authored by Raja Murthy via The Asia Times,

“The only wealth you keep is wealth you have given away,” said Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD), last of the great Roman emperors. US President Donald Trump might know of another Italian, Mario Puzo’s Don Vito Corleone, and his memorable mumble: “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

Forgetting such Aurelian and godfather codes is propelling the decline and fall of the American empire.

Trump is making offers the world can refuse – by reshaping trade deals, dispensing with American sops and forcing powerful corporations to return home, the US is regaining economic wealth but relinquishing global power.

As the last leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika (restructuring) led to the breakup of its vast territory(22 million square kilometers). Gorbachev’s failed policies led to the dissolution of the USSR into Russia and independent countries, and the end of a superpower.

Ironically, the success of Trump’s policies will hasten the demise of the American empire: the US regaining economic health but losing its insidious hold over the world.

This diminishing influence was highlighted when India and seven other countries geared up to defy Washington’s re-imposition of its unilateral, illegal sanctions against Iran, starting Monday.

The US State Department granting “permission” on the weekend to the eight countries to buy Iranian oil was akin to waving the green flag at a train that has already left the station

The US State Department granting “permission” on the weekend to the eight countries to buy Iranian oil was akin to waving the green flag at a train that has already left the station.

The law of cause and effect unavoidably delivers. The Roman Empire fell after wars of greed and orgies of consumption. A similar nemesis, the genie of Gorbachev, stalks Pennsylvania Avenue, with Trump unwittingly writing the last chapter of World War II: the epilogue of the two rival superpowers that emerged from humanity’s most terrible conflict.

The maverick 45th president of the United States may succeed at being an economic messiah to his country, which has racked up a $21.6 trillion debt,

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Donald Trump Welcomes In the Age of “Usable” Nuclear Weapons

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05-11-18 09:02:00,

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It was only an announcement, but think of it as the beginning of a journey into hell. Last month, President Donald Trump made public his decision to abrogate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a 1987 agreement with the Soviet Union. National Security Advisor John Bolton, a Cold Warrior in a post-Cold War world, promptly flaunted that announcement on a trip to Vladimir Putin’s Moscow. To grasp the import of that decision, however, quite another kind of voyage is necessary, a trip down memory lane.

That 1987 pact between Moscow and Washington was no small thing in a world that, during the Cuban Missile Crisis only 25 years earlier, had reached the edge of nuclear Armageddon. The INF Treaty led to the elimination of thousands of nuclear weapons, but its significance went far beyond that. As a start, it closed the books on the nightmare of a Europe caught between the world-ending strategies of the two superpowers, since most of those “intermediate-range” missiles were targeting that very continent. No wonder, last week, a European Union spokesperson, responding to Trump, fervently defended the treaty as a permanent “pillar” of international order.

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To take that trip back three decades in time and remember how the INF came about should be an instant reminder of just how President Trump is playing havoc with something essential to human survival.

In October 1986 in Reykjavik, Iceland, the leaders of the United States and the Soviet Union,

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Trump’s War on the Fed

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03-11-18 08:26:00,

October was a brutal month for the stock market. After the Federal Reserve’s eighth interest rate hike, on Sept. 26, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 2,000 points, and the NASDAQ had its worst month in nearly 10 years. After the Dow lost more than 800 points on Oct. 10 and the S&P 500 suffered its first weeklong losing streak since Trump’s election, the president said, “I think the Fed is making a mistake. They are so tight. I think the Fed has gone crazy.” In a later interview on Fox News, he called the Fed’s rate hikes “loco.” And in a Wall Street Journal interview published on Oct. 24, Trump said he thought the biggest risk to the economy was the Federal Reserve, because “interest rates are being raised too quickly.” He also criticized the Fed and its chairman in July and August.

Trump’s criticisms are worrisome to some commentators, who fear he is attempting to manipulate the Fed and its chairman for political gain. Ever since the 1970s, the Fed has declared its independence from government, and presidents are supposed to avoid influencing its decisions. But other Fed watchers think politicians should be allowed to criticize the market manipulations of an apparently out-of-control central bank.

Why the Frontal Attack?

Even if the president’s challenges are a needed check on the Fed, some question whether he is going about it in the right way. Challenging the central bank in public forces it to stick to its guns, because it must maintain its credibility with the markets by showing that its decisions are based on sound economic principles rather than on political influence. If the president really wants the Fed to back off on interest rates, it has been argued, he should do it with a nod and a nudge, not a frontal attack on the Fed’s sanity.

True, but perhaps the president’s goal is not to subtly affect Fed behavior so much as to make it patently obvious who is to blame when the next Great Recession hits. And recession is fairly certain to hit, because higher interest rates almost always trigger recessions. The Fed’s current policy of “quantitative tightening”—tightening or contracting the money supply—is the very definition of recession,

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Trump, verkiezingen, Kavanaugh, komende crash en afgewende militaire staatsgreep – Lang Leve Europa!

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02-11-18 02:05:00,

Trump is niet populair in het reguliere mediacircuit en in grote delen van het alternatieve mediacircuit. Het lijkt er echter veel op dat Trump wordt ingezet als alternatief voor een militaire staatsgreep. En dat is uiteraard wel een analyse waard.

Onderstaande de visie van Lang Leve Europa! als het gaat over recente en aanstaande ontwikkelingen in de VS. In dit bericht: Waarom Trump nodig was/is, hoe hij wordt ingezet, het belang van de midterm verkiezingen nu in de VS, alle gekkigheid rondom Brett Kavanaugh en waarom Hillary Clinton haar volgers onlangs opriep tot ongeciviliseerd en brutaal gedrag. Als altijd, oordeel zelf.

Dit is een vreemd verhaal

Onderstaande video is vreemd en raar en klinkt totaal onrealistisch maar is vermoedelijk wel waar. Criminele partijen hebben de macht gegrepen in de VS. (En trouwens niet alleen in de VS!) Velen traceren dit terug tot de verkiezing van George H.W. Bush (Bush Sr.) tot president. George H.W. Bush is zoon van Prescott Bush, een Nazi-financier en -sympathisant. En met George H.W. Bush (een CIA-topman) kwam een crimineel kartel aan de macht welke zonder enige onderbreking hun slopende, criminele beleid doorzette met de Clintons en Obama’s.

Klik op afbeelding voor bekijken Youtube video. (Video niet heel vrolijk.)

De Clintons zijn in werkelijkheid (naar verluidt) cocaïne dealers, vastgoed fraudeurs en wapenhandelaren en plegen grootschalig corruptie, dan kijken we nog maar niet naar hun beweerde praktijken met kinderen (pedogate/pizzagate) en hun praktijken in o.a. Haïti: hulpverlening, maar dan totaal anders. Mensen die zich inzetten tegen de criminaliteit van de Clintons hebben echter geen lang leven, onderzoek de Clinton body count (het Clinton dodental) eens. Vergis je niet, Hillary is waarschijnlijk de drijvende kracht achter al deze criminaliteit.

George W. Bush (Bush Jr.) kwam uiteraard met de 9/11 aanval en de sloop van mensenrechten onder o.a. de Patriot Act georganiseerd onder leiding van de zogenaamde neoconservatieven. En dan hebben we het nog niet over de grootschalige criminele activiteiten van partijen in de inlichtingendiensten als CIA en NSA. Luister naar het betoog van oud NSA-Topman William Binney en het betoog van NSA klokkenluider Edward Snowden.

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Trump’s Curious Problem with the Media | New Eastern Outlook

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01-11-18 07:22:00,

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One of the strangest things about the Trump Presidency is that he excoriates the media for mocking him, claiming that the press is ‘the enemy of the people’, while for progressives, the press is still not going its job by failing to call out the slide toward fascism

The fact that ‘the left’ broadly speaking is still seen as the devil incarnate by much of the political class smooths the way for the president to accuse the media of representing a ‘socialist mob’, when in reality it still keeps its distance from anything smacking of socialism. With the country still struggling to consider health care as a right rather than something that money buys, the perennial requirement that candidates reject anything that can be considered ‘left-wing’ is exacerbated.

The health system concocted by Republicans to replace the very imperfect one devised by Obama focuses more on creating opportunities for private health insurers than on inching toward government responsibility for the well-being of its citizens. This starts with thousands of dollars being spent by insurance companies to showcase their systems, competing with each other to appear to offer the most advantages for the least cost. The ‘healthcare market’ has become so complicated that recently one company published a fascicule titled “This is Medicare that Everyone Can Understand!

Instead of one overarching system, Medicare is only for seniors and only pays 80% of costs. It is dispensed through private ensurers, each type of ‘service’ either free or requiring a ‘copay’, with a dozen different companies vying to appear the most advantageous. But Medicare only pays for 80% of medical costs, so when people reach retirement age, at which are entitled to it, they must shop around for a ‘supplemental insurance’ that picks up ‘most’ of the other twenty percent. Given that the first objective is to maximize the bottom lines of insurance companies, for ‘consumers’, it’s a lottery, even after spending an entire day comparing plans and figuring out which is likely to provide the most ‘health’ for the fewest dollars.

It boggles the mind that American politicians fail to realize the efficiency of 100% government funded health care: in Europe, to take the most obvious example, every person at birth is enrolled in health insurance,

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Ron Paul: Trump Is Right, The Fed Is Crazy

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29-10-18 10:05:00,

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

President Trump recently called the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes crazy. Leaving aside President Trump’s specific complaint, which is likely motivated by the belief that low rates will help him win reelection, he is right that “crazy” is a good way to describe the Federal Reserve.

When not forced to use a government-created currency, individuals have historically chosen to use a precious metal such as gold or silver as money. The reasons include that precious metals are durable and their value tends to remain relatively stable over time. A stable currency ensures that prices accurately convey the true value of goods and services.

A main value of a precious metal is it accurately conveys the true price of money, which is the Interest rate. If the interest rate reflects the manipulation of central bankers and not true market conditions, individuals will be unable to properly allocate resources between savings and current consumption.

In contrast to market money, government-created fiat currency is anything but stable. Central banks constantly increase and decrease the money supply in an attempt to control the economy by controlling the interest rates. This causes individuals to misread market conditions, leading to a misallocation of resources. This can create an illusion of prosperity. But eventually reality catches up to the Federal Reserve-created fantasies. When that happens, there is a recession or worse, leading the Fed to start the whole boom-and-bust cycle over again.

When central banks create money, those who first get the new money enjoy an increase in purchasing power before the new money causes a real increase in prices. Those who receive the money first are members of the banking and financial elite. By the time the new money reaches the middle class and working class, inflation has set in, so any gain in purchasing power is more than offset by the increase in inflation. Thus, central banking causes income inequality.

Since the Federal Reserve’s creation in 1913, the dollar has lost most of its value. The steady erosion of the dollar’s value punishes savers and rewards those who seek instant gratification even if it requires piling up massive debts.

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Trump Is Right: The Fed Is A Big Problem

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29-10-18 07:48:00,

Authored by Thorstein Polleit via The Mises Institute,

President Donald J. Trump has taken on the Federal Reserve (Fed), saying that Fed chairman Jerome H. Powell is threatening US economic growth by further raising interest rates. Mainstream economists, the financial press and even some politicians react with indignation: the president’s comments undermine the Fed’s political independence, potentially endangering the confidence in the US dollar. Such a public reaction is, at first glance, understandable – as mainstream economists have declared the political independence of the central bank a “golden calf” issue.

Monetary theorists argue that a politically independent central bank is best for the currency and the economy. As a result, most central banks around the world, including the Fed, have been made politically independent. But is this so? Well, if the economy thrives, politicians leave the Fed alone. If the economy stumbles, or if the Fed pursues unpopular measures, it runs the risk that Congress or the president may revise the Federal Reserve At of 1913, stripping it of its power. In fact, the Fed’s monetary policy cannot deviate too much from the Congress’ and the president’s political agenda.

Granted: In good times, the Fed is more or less protected from the demands of political parties. But what about the influence from ‘special interest groups’ such as the banking industry on Fed policymaking? There should hardly be any doubt that the Fed caters, first and foremost, to the needs of commercial and investment banks. As the monopoly producer of the US dollar, it creates – in close cooperation with the banking community – new Greenbacks mostly via credit expansion out of thin air. In this sense, the Fed and private banks represents a cartel.

This cartel produces inflation, leading to increases not only of consumer prices but also of the prices of assets such as stocks, housing and real estate. This, in turn, debases the purchasing power of the US dollar and benefits some at the expense of many. The Fed-banker cartel, which keeps issuing ever more quantities of US dollar, also causes economic disturbances, speculative bubbles, and boom-and-bust cycles; and it tempts consumers, firms, and the government to run into ever more debt. Especially so as the Fed sets the interest rate for bank credit,

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Pat Buchanan Asks “Did Trump Goad And Guide The Pipe Bomber?”

Pat Buchanan Asks “Did Trump Goad And Guide The Pipe Bomber?”

26-10-18 10:05:00,

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,

By Thursday, the targets of the mailed pipe bombs had risen to nine: George Soros, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Maxine Waters, John Brennan, Eric Holder, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Joe Biden and Robert De Niro.

That list contains four of the highest-ranking officials of Barack Obama’s administration: the president himself, his vice president, his secretary of state and his attorney general.

Yet, by Thursday morning, there was heartening news.

Not one of the mailed bombs had reached its target. Not one handler of a mailed bomb had been injured. Not one bomb had exploded.

Several of the bombs were said to be deficient. While they contained elements of pipe bombs, with shards of glass and powder, there was no trigger to ignite an explosion.

Were these devices simply poorly made, or did the bomber intend not to wound or kill, but simply to cause a panic?

As of this writing, we don’t know. Moreover there is this oddity: All of the bombs had the same return address — that of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who was ousted as leader of the DNC when hacked DNC emails revealed she had tilted the party machinery to defeat Hillary Clinton’s principal rival in the primaries, Bernie Sanders.

Was putting Wasserman Schultz’s return address on all the bomb packages some kind of joke?

What was going on here?

Beltway residents, however, did not need to look far to learn who inspired and motivated the would-be mass-murderer of our liberal elite. In a front-page story headlined, “Subjects of Trump’s ire in bomb-maker’s sights,” The Washington Post identified the suspect:

“(A) common theme among the targets was unmistakable. Each has been a recurring subject of Trump attacks.”

The Post elaborated. Trump has called Democrats “evil.” Trump has denounced Obama’s presidency. Trump has “demonized Hillary Clinton, inspiring chants of ‘Lock her up!’” Trump has “used his bully pulpit to taunt Maxine Waters … as a ‘low IQ individual.’”

Trump has impugned ex-CIA Director John Brennan and fanned “conspiracy theories about George Soros.” Trump has called the news media “the enemy of the people.” Trump has singled out CNN’s reporting as “fake news.”

What the Post was implying was that Trump at his rallies had done the target acquisition for the bomber who intended to maim or murder the leading lights of liberalism and enemies of Trumpism.

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Trump drijft China en Japan in elkaars armen

Trump drijft China en Japan in elkaars armen

26-10-18 04:34:00,

Met een indrukwekkende troepenschouwing op het Tiananmenplein is de Japanse premier Shinzo Abe ontvangen in Peking. Het is voor het eerst in zeven jaar dat een Japanse premier naar buurland China reist. Het zijn koele minnaars, maar Abe is er om nieuwe zakendeals te sluiten en het ziet er naar uit dat de relatie tussen China en Japan aan een nieuw hoofdstuk begonnen is.

China en Japan hebben een lange geschiedenis van grensconflicten. De relatie bereikte een absoluut dieptepunt in 2012 toen Japan de Senkaku-eilanden opeiste. Dat zijn onbewoonde eilanden in de Oost-Chinese Zee die ook door China geclaimd worden. De eilanden, die in het Chinees trouwens ‘Diaoyu’ genoemd worden, bevatten namelijk grote oliereserves. 

De kwestie lokte in China hevige protesten uit, waarbij Japanse winkels vernield werden. Een foto uit 2014 spreekt boekdelen: in de marge van een internationale top schudden Abe en de Chinese president Xi Jinping elkaar de hand, maar de twee heren kijken wel erg koel in de lens van de camera. 

Tweede en derde grootste wereldeconomie

Het is vreemd genoeg de Amerikaanse president Donald Trump die de twee, onbedoeld wellicht, weer dichter bij elkaar brengt. De protectionistische maatregelen die Washington genomen heeft, treffen vooral China. Maar de ‘America first’-politiek heeft ook gevolgen voor Tokio. Na de uitspraak van Trump over een importheffing op auto’s uit het buitenland, eerder dit jaar, zakten de aandelen van grote Japanse autoconstructeurs als Toyota, Honda en Mazda.

Geconfronteerd met eenzelfde tegenstander komen China en Japan, de tweede en derde economie ter wereld, opnieuw aan tafel te zitten. ‘Bien étonnés de se retrouver ensemble’, heet dat dan. De landen willen vermijden dat Trump de agenda gaat bepalen. 

“De VS hebben wel een grote invloed op de banden tussen China en Japan, maar het effect is beperkt”, zo schreef de Chinese nationalistische krant Global Times in een opiniestuk. “Als Peking en Tokio hun toekomstige bilaterale relatie zullen baseren op de houding van Washington, kunnen ze er alleen maar bij verliezen”. 

En dus kijken de twee nu vooral naar Azië. Japan wil een steviger positie op de grote Chinese markt. China is geïnteresseerd in de Japanse technologische know-how. En samen willen ze investeren in landen zoals Indonesië of de Filipijnen.

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Mail bomb campaign against Trump critics too perfectly orchestrated

Mail bomb campaign against Trump critics too perfectly orchestrated

25-10-18 08:19:00,

Since February 2014, Ukraine has imposed sanctions against nearly 1,700 entities in Russia. This is something that has been happening since the conclusion of the EuroMaidan revolution, which overthrew the elected government in Ukraine and replaced it with a very pro-Western, anti-Russian regime.

On 22 October, President Putin decided enough was enough, and signed a decree imposing sanctions against companies and individuals in Ukraine.

RT reported this on the 22nd and noted that:

The decree was issued as “a response to unfriendly actions of Ukraine” related to the introduction of sanctions against citizens and legal entities of Russia, as well as “in order to protect national interests,” according to the website.

The Russian government was ordered to “determine the lists of individuals and legal entities in respect of which special economic measures are applied”, and “identify special economic measures applicable to individuals and legal entities.”

In 2017, Ukraine also imposed sanctions on Russian internet and media companies including Mail.ru Group, Yandex, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, as well as antivirus software manufacturers Kaspersky Lab and Doctor Web.

Kiev first imposed sanctions against Moscow four years ago over Russia’s reunification with the Crimea. Ukraine also accused Russia of supporting an armed uprising in eastern Ukraine following the Maidan protests that led to the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovich. The Kremlin has denied involvement in the conflict.

So, once again, as in the West itself, sanctions against Russia have built up from Ukraine based on the same model: Make up an allegation and then act on it like it is a proven fact.

The point that the fact is not proven at all is besides the point, because this is just a piece of a calculated and deliberate plan to isolate the Russian Federation from the rest of the world, since it refuses to capitulate to Western “rules”, and globalism.

Vesti News also carried the report in updated form here:

This news comes amid some churning reports from Russia and the United States about the intention of the US to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Missile Treaty (INF). While the media fuss surrounded this move by the American government,

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Trump Nominates Pesticide Industry Insider to Run U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Global Research

Trump Nominates Pesticide Industry Insider to Run U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Global Research

25-10-18 07:27:00,

Nominee Would Be Unprecedented as Most Unqualified in Agency History

The Trump administration has nominated a former Monsanto employee to run the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Aurelia Skipwith has been at the Department of the Interior since April 2017 and has helped oversee virtually every effort to dismantle protections for wildlife, national parks and monuments.

“Aurelia Skipwith has been working in the Trump administration all along to end protections for billions of migratory birds, gut endangered species safeguards and eviscerate national monuments,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Skipwith will always put the interests of her old boss Monsanto and other polluters ahead of America’s wildlife and help the most anti-environmental administration in history do even more damage.”

Under current U.S. law, the president cannot appoint a person to run the Fish and Wildlife Service unless the person is “by reason of scientific education and experience, knowledgeable in the principles of fisheries and wildlife management.” Skipwith’s nomination breaks with decades of tradition from presidential administrations of both parties in that she has neither education nor experience in fisheries and wildlife management.

“Skipwith is utterly unqualified to run the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” said Hartl. “Putting unqualified ideological fanatics into positions of power continues to be the Trump administration’s game plan. These people have utterly no compunction or shame about destroying the very agencies they’re being appointed to lead.”

During Skipwith’s tenure the Fish and Wildlife Service has repeatedly put the interests of the pesticide industry ahead of imperiled wildlife. In the spring of 2017, the Service scrapped the first nationwide biological reviews that assessed the impacts of pesticides on endangered species. In August it reversed a 2014 decision prohibiting bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides and genetically modified, pesticide-resistant crops on national wildlife refuges.

Skipwith has also overseen the national park system in her current position and was instrumental in the agency’s sham review of the national monument system that enabled Trump to illegally eliminate Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

“The Senate should ask Skipwith hard questions about her tenure at the Service, because confirming her would be a travesty for our nation’s wildlife,” said Hartl.

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Trump To Pull U.S. Out Of 1987 Nuclear Weapons Treaty With Russia

Trump To Pull U.S. Out Of 1987 Nuclear Weapons Treaty With Russia

21-10-18 09:21:00,

As Russia continues to outmaneuver the US by developing new ballistic missiles like the 9M729 ground-launched cruise missile, as well as hypersonic weapons capable of carrying a nuclear payload, President Trump said Saturday that he plans to abandon a 1987 arms-control treaty that has (on paper, at least) prohibited the US and Russia from deploying intermediate-range nuclear missiles as Russia has continued to “repeatedly violate” its terms according to the president, the Associated Press reports.

“We’re not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement,” Trump said Saturday after a campaign rally in Elko, Nevada. “We’re going to terminate the agreement.”

In a report that undoubtedly further complicated John Bolton’s weekend trip to Moscow, the Guardian revealed on Friday that the national security advisor – in what some described as an overreach of the position’s typical role – had been pushing Trump to abandon the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

The announcement comes after the U.S. had been warning Russia it could resort to strong countermeasures unless Moscow complies with international commitments to arms reduction under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a pact struck in the 1980s.

When first signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev following their historic 1986 meeting, the INF was touted as an important deescalation of tensions between the two superpowers. But it has since become a flashpoint in the increasingly strained relationship between the US and Russia, as both sides have accused the other of violating its terms.

But for the US, Russia is only part of the problem.

The New York Times reported that the pact has limited the US from deploying weapons to counter the burgeoning military threat posed by China in the Western Pacific, where the country has ignored claims of sovereignty in the South China Sea and transformed reefs into military bases. And since China was never a party to the treaty, Beijing can hardly cry foul when the US decides to withdrawal, especially because Russia is already openly using the treaty as toilet paper.

Speaking at a rally in Elko Nevada, President Trump accused Russia of violating the agreement and said he didn’t want to leave the US in a position where Russia would be free to “go out and do weapons and we’re not allowed to.”

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Trump vs. Federal Reserve: Wer wird der Schuldige sein, wenn die Märkte zusammenbrechen? | www.konjunktion.info

Trump vs. Federal Reserve: Wer wird der Schuldige sein, wenn die Märkte zusammenbrechen? | www.konjunktion.info

18-10-18 10:47:00,

Leider ist es so, dass Geschichte nicht nur die Geschichte der Sieger ist. Nein, sie wird auch sonst meist verklärt dargestellt. Jeder, der ehrlich und objektiv gerade auf die jüngere Geschichte blickt, kommt nicht umhin zu realisieren, dass das meiste, was uns vom Mainstream erzählt wird, nicht der Wahrheit entspricht. Wir lernen, dass vieles in der “Geschichte” gefärbt und mit Halbwahrheiten gespickt ist. Das heißt, was wir zu wissen glauben, ist tatsächlich maximal Halbwissen und sind oft sogar reine Lügen.

Unglücklicherweise können diese Lügen sehr komplex sein. Bis zu dem Punkt, an dem selbst viele alternative Forscher auf ihre eigenen Vorurteile hereinfallen und den Weg der Realität verlassen. Natürlich wollen Propaganda und auch die von mir mehrfach beschriebene 4. Generation der Kriegsführung genau das erreichen. Sie sind die Filter, die die Wahrheitssuchenden überwinden und umgehen müssen. Diejenigen, die diese Filter erkennen und umgehen, haben die größeren Chancen das große Bild zu erkennen. Aber selbst dann gibt es nur wenig, die dies mit diesen neuen Erkenntnissen erreichen können.

Komplizierte propagandistische Narrative haben gewöhnlich ihre Wurzeln in archetypischen Memen, die mit der “Gedankenwelt” eines Durchschnittsmenschen in Resonanz sind. Wir müssen daher historische Ereignisse, die im Mainstream transportiert werden, mehr als ein Drehbuch verstehen, das einem bestimmten Muster folgt. Und dass die Intention der Menschen, die dieses Drehbuch geschrieben haben, die ist, dass die Öffentlichkeit als Publikum mit geringer Aufmerksamkeitsspanne agiert. Der Sinn unseres Daseins scheint nur noch darin zu liegen, dass wir solange mit unserer Arbeitsleistung den Schmierstoff erschaffen, den die Maschine (aka das System) benötigt, bis wir und unsere Arbeitsleistung nicht mehr gebraucht werden.

Kabuki - Bildquelle: Wikipedia / Torii Tadakiyo (Hasegawa Kanbee XIV); gemeinfreiKabuki - Bildquelle: Wikipedia / Torii Tadakiyo (Hasegawa Kanbee XIV); gemeinfrei

Kabuki – Bildquelle: Wikipedia / Torii Tadakiyo (Hasegawa Kanbee XIV); gemeinfrei

In unserer heutigen Welt gibt es zahlreiche Schauspieler, die ihre Rolle in diesem Kabuki-Theater spielen und mit ihrem Spiel die Massen emotional manipulieren. Diese Schauspieler spielen die Rollen von Politikern und Staatslenkern. Sie sind Bankenmogule und Unternehmenschefs. Sie sind die medialen Torwächter und gesteuerte Prominente. Immer dann, wenn eine Person scheinbar aus einer Position der Macht heraus handelt, dann sind solche Menschen selten das, was sie vorgeben zu sein.

Ich habe diese schwierige Einleitung für diesen heutigen Artikel gezielt so gewählt, weil viele Kritiker behaupten, dass diese Dinge doch offensichtlich sind (Stichwort Politdarsteller).

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Trump Vs. The Fed: When Markets Crash, Who Is To Blame?

Trump Vs. The Fed: When Markets Crash, Who Is To Blame?

17-10-18 09:01:00,

Authored by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market.com,

After a certain length of time examining history in-depth, anyone who is honest and relatively objective comes to understand that most of what we are told about our past in the mainstream is completely fabricated. We learn that much of “history” is not about posterity or heritage and more about a continuous set of false narratives peppered with half-truths. That is to say, what we thought we knew is actually lies.

Unfortunately, these lies can be complex, to the point that even many alternative researchers get caught up in their own biases to the point that they lose track of reality. Of course, this is what propaganda and 4th generation warfare is meant to accomplish; it creates a series of filters that thin out the crowd of truth seekers a little at a time. Those few who make it through to the other side might discover the bigger picture, but when they turn around to explain what they have seen there’s hardly anyone left to listen.

Intricate propaganda narratives are actually rooted in simple archetypal memes that resonate with the average person’s sense of story. Think of mainstream historical events as more of a screenplay with a well-practiced set of beats, and the people who draft this screenplay intend we the public to act as an audience with limited participation. Our jobs are merely to continue providing fuel for the machine with our labor until the machine no longer needs us, and to continue perpetuating the fantasies that the machine conjures up as news feed fodder.

There are many actors that read lines from the historic screenplay and act out elaborate scenes meant to emotionally manipulate the masses. These actors play the roles of politicians and leaders of state. They are banking moguls and corporate heads. They are media gatekeepers and manufactured celebrities. If a person sits in what appears to be a position of power, they are seldom what they seem on the surface.

I’m explaining this conundrum because a lot of people out there claim such things are obvious, yet they continue to fall for the same Kabuki theater over and over again. I am also explaining it because the subject matter of this article is a perfect example of the 4th generation warfare narrative in action.

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Trump’s Alliance with Body-Choppers, Death Squads and Child Killers: Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Israel – Global Research

Trump’s Alliance with Body-Choppers, Death Squads and Child Killers: Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Israel – Global Research

17-10-18 12:38:00,

Introduction

In recent weeks the White House has embraced the contemporary version of the world’s most murderous regimes.  President Trump has embraced the Saudi Arabian “Prince of Death” Mohammad bin Salman who has graduated from chopping hands and heads in public plazas to dismembering bodies in overseas consulates – the case of Jamal Khashoggi.

The White House warmly greeted the electoral success of Brazilian Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, ardent champion of torturers, military dictators, death squads and free marketers.

President Trump grovels, grunts and glories before Israel, as his spiritual guide Benjamin Netanyahu celebrates the Sabbath with the weekly murders and maiming of hundreds of unarmed Palestinians, especially youngsters.

These are President Trump’s ‘natural allies’.  They share his values and interests while each retains their particular method of disposing of the cadavers of adversaries and dissenters.

We will proceed to discuss the larger political-economic context in which the trio of monsters operate.  We will analyze the benefits and advantages which lead President Trump to ignore and even praise, actions which violate America’s democratic values and sensibilities.

In conclusion, we will examine the consequences and risks which result from Trump’s embrace of the trio. 

The Context for Trump’s Tripler Alliance

President Trump’s intimate ties with the world’s most unsavory regimes flows from several strategic interests.  In the case of Saudi Arabia, it includes military bases; the financing of international mercenaries and terrorists; multi-billion-dollar arms sales; oil profits; and covert alliances with Israel against Iran, Syria and Yemen.

In order to secure these Saudi assets, the White House is more than willing to assume certain socio-political costs.

The US eagerly sells weapons and provides advisers to Saudi’s genocidal invasion, murder and starvation of millions of Yeminis.  The White House alliance against Yemen has few monetary rewards or political advantages as well as negative propaganda value.

However, with few other client states in the region, Washington makes do with Prince Salman ‘the salami slicer’.

The US ignores Saudi financing of Islamic terrorists against US allies in Asia (the Philippines) and Afghanistan as well as rival thugs in Syria and Libya.

Khashoggi

Alas when a pro-US collaborator like Washington Post journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated,

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