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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Putin To Trump: Mind Your Own Business On Venezuela; Russian Troops Will Stay “As Long As Needed”

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01-04-19 08:27:00,

Days after Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded that Russia “cease its unconstructive behavior” by landing a transport plane full of Russian troops in Caracas last Saturday, the Kremlin has responded – essentially telling Washington to pound sand – and that their troops will remain in Venezuela “for as long as needed” according to the Independent

In the latest indication the crisis in Venezuela is taking on elements of a proxy battle between the former Cold War rivals, a spokeswoman for Russia’s foreign ministry said the troops had been dispatched to fulfil “military contracts”.

“They are involved in the implementation of agreements in the sphere of military and technical cooperation,” said Maria Zakharova, according to the AFP, adding that the troops would stay there “for as long as needed”.

“Russia is not changing the balance of power in the region, Russia is not threatening anyone,” she said. –Independent

Last week we also noted that new satellite images reveal a major deployment of S-300 air defense missile systems to a key air base south of Caracas shortly after Russia arrived. 

On Wednesday while meeting with the wife of opposition leader Juan Guaidó, President Trump called on Russia to pull its troops out of Venezuela, warning that “all options” were on the table to make that happen. 

When asked by a reporter about the Russian troops, Trump said “Russia has to get out. What’s your next question.” When asked if that sentiment had been conveyed to the Kremlin, Trump replied: “They know. They know very well.”

President Trump, aka Putin’s puppet, on Venezuela: “Russia has to get out.” | pic.twitter.com/dIUgw2xdKO

— Mike (@Doranimated) March 27, 2019

The United States, UK and other Western nations claim that last year’s elections in Venezuela were unfair, while President Maduro and his supporters have pointed to the testimony of independent election observers who say it was legitimate. Guaidó declared himself president in January, finding the immediate support of 50 nations led by the United States. 

Maduro, meanwhile, has refused to accept Western aid – suspecting it will be used as a guise to smuggle weapons to the opposition. 

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Trump wrecked summit with Kim by suggesting N. Korea give all its nukes to US – report

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30-03-19 09:56:00,

US President Donald Trump reportedly proposed that North Korea transfer all its nuclear weapons to the US, a denuclearization template borrowed from Libya before the NATO intervention and brutal murder of its leader.

The second summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in February wrapped up early, ending with a big question mark over the future of the talks and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. In the wake of the Vietnam meeting, Pyongyang and Washington offered different accounts of what actually transpired, with the White House alleging that North Korea demanded all sanctions be lifted from it. Pyongyang insisted that it was talking only about partial relief. The essence of the talks was kept under a veil of secrecy.

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US wants N Korea to take ‘irreversible’ steps to de-nuke, similar to Libya’s denuclearisation

Reuters reported on Friday that it got access to a secretive plan that, in Washington’s view, would potentially lead to a breakthrough in the stalled talks. The agency reported that the plan was similar to the one touted by US National Security Advisor John Bolton and was modelled after Libya.

READ MORE: After what happened to Libya, should North Korea think twice about ditching nukes?

Trump reportedly handed over copies of the plan, in English and in Korean, to Kim during their meeting on February 28. The North Korean side has never commented on the content of the bargain, but it apparently did not sit well with Kim, and the working lunch scheduled for the same day was cancelled.

The plan as outlined by Reuters envisions a complete dismantling of Pyongyang’s “nuclear infrastructure, chemical and biological warfare program” as well as “related dual-use capabilities.” Had North Korea given in to the US’ demands, it would also have to destroy “ballistic missiles, launchers, and associated facilities.” The US demanded that Pyongyang agree to give full account of its nuclear program and provide unimpeded access for international inspectors to the sites. Building new nuclear-related facilities would be prohibited and all scientists working at the old nuclear facilities would be assigned to the commercial sector.

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Trump says ‘Libya model’ not in store for North Korea… provided it makes deal with US

After the summit ended with no deal,

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„Wie Trump auf dem Völkerrecht herumtrampelt“ US-Außenpolitik als Instrument Israels?

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29-03-19 08:38:00,

Völkerrechtler und Politologen verurteilen die Anerkennung der Golanhöhen durch die USA als israelisches Staatsgebiet. Sie warnen vor gravierenden Folgen.

Während des Sechstagekrieges 1967 hatte Israel Teile der syrischen Golanhöhen erobert und später annektiert. Seitdem gelten die Golanhöhen laut der Uno als von Israel völkerrechtswidrig besetzt. Nun hat US-Präsident Donald Trump am Montag die besetzten Gebiete in einer entsprechenden Proklamation anerkannt. Mit diesem Schritt verstoßen die USA gegen die UN-Sicherheitsratsresolution, die sie selbst mit verabschiedet hatten. Einstimmig hatte das höchste UN-Gremium die israelische Annexion damals für „null und nichtig“ erklärt.

Golanhöhen: Anerkennung durch USA ist Demonstration des Alles-erlaubt-seins – LawrowMehr zum Thema: USA sollen Israel zwei Bundesstaaten schenken – Syrischer UN-Botschafter

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Trump’s Golan green light paves way to Israel’s annexation of West Bank

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26-03-19 02:19:00,

When President Donald Trump moved the US embassy to occupied Jerusalem last year, effectively sabotaging any hope of establishing a viable Palestinian state, he tore up the international rulebook.

Last week, he trampled all over its remaining tattered pages. He did so, of course, via Twitter.

Referring to a large piece of territory Israel seized from Syria in 1967, Trump wrote: “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability.”

Israel expelled 130,000 Syrians from the Golan Heights in 1967, under cover of the Six Day War, and then annexed the territory 14 years later – in violation of international law. A small population of Syrian Druze are the only survivors of that ethnic cleansing operation.

Replicating its illegal acts in the occupied Palestinian territories, Israel immediately moved Jewish settlers and businesses into the Golan.

Until now, no country had recognised Israel’s act of plunder. In 1981, UN member states, including the US, declared Israeli efforts to change the Golan’s status “null and void”.

But in recent months, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu began stepping up efforts to smash that long-standing consensus and win over the world’s only superpower to his side.

He was spurred into action when the Bashar Al Assad – aided by Russia – began to decisively reverse the territorial losses the Syrian government had suffered during the nation’s eight-year war.

The fighting dragged in a host of other actors. Israel itself used the Golan as a base from which to launch covert operations to help Assad’s opponents in southern Syria, including Islamic State fighters. Iran and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, meanwhile, tried to limit Israel’s room for manoeuvre on the Syrian leader’s behalf.

Iran’s presence close by was how Netanyahu publicly justified the need for Israel to take permanent possession of the Golan, calling it a vital buffer against Iranian efforts to “use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel”.

Before that, when Assad was losing ground to his enemies, the Israeli leader made a different case. Then, he argued that Syria was breaking apart and its president would never be in a position to reclaim the Golan.

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Now We Will Find Out If Trump Is Really The President Or Merely A Figurehead – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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25-03-19 05:23:00,

Now We Will Find Out If Trump Is Really The President Or Merely A Figurehead

Paul Craig Roberts

What can we conclude from the utter and total failure of the Russiagate “investigation” to find any evidence of “Russian collusion”?

We can conclude that it was a hoax cooked up by an utterly corrupt and immoral military/security complex determined to protect its $1,000 billion annual budget and the power that goes with it from the loss of its Russian enemy to normalized relations.

We can conclude that Hillary’s DNC was partner to this crime and that scum like Jarrold Nadler and Adam Schiff have destroyed the reputation and credibility of the Democratic Party.

We can conclude that the US media is devoid of all integrity, morality, and truthfulness and has forever discredited itself as a source of objective and accurate information.

We can conclude that a corrupt military/security complex and Democratic Party were so determined to serve their own narrow self-interests that they were willing to subject the entirety of the world to a higher risk of nuclear war.

We can conclude that the fact that such filth as Mueller, Brennan, Comey, Rosenstein, and Clapper were at the top of US intelligence and criminal investigation is conclusive proof that the US government is a criminal organization.

Keep in mind, as Tucker Carlson reminds us, that Mueller’s “investigation” was not a well-intentioned investigation conducted by open-minded people who turned out to be wrong.  It was an organized witch-hunting event determined to destroy the President of the United States.  https://www.infowars.com/tucker-calls-for-roger-stone-pardon-thinks-adam-schiff-and-eric-swalwell-should-resign-in-disgrace/ 

What will be the consequences of this failed act of high treason on the part of the Democratic Party, military/security complex, and presstitute media to falsely convict the duly elected President of the United States and remove him from office?  Will President Trump be content with his enemies’ failure and move on, or will he hold them responsible for their criminal actions?  Keep in mind that Mueller’s “investigation” was based on spy warrants obtained by deceiving the FISA court, which is a felony.  Keep in mind that Mueller’s indictments of Manafort and Stone are far outside the designated scope of his investigation and have nothing whatsoever to do with Russiagate. 

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Pompeo: God Sent Trump to Invade Iran – Global Research

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25-03-19 11:17:00,

Reading recent remarks made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, it is obvious we have crossed over from light to dark into the twilight zone.

This must be the Old Testament God, because it has nothing to do with Christ, the Sermon of the Mount, and Christ’s teaching that one should turn the other cheek. 

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Pompeo: It’s “possible” God planned Trump to save Jewish peoplehttps://t.co/IHdVuIuJ85 pic.twitter.com/pD5E0fLrL0

— The Hill (@thehill) March 22, 2019

Indeed, the Old Testament, taken from the Jewish Tanakh, is chock full of violence, revenge, genocide, and acts of terrible punishment and cruelty:  slaughter of the Sodomites, eradicating the Canaanites with leprosy, sending a plague into Egypt, …  and make slaves out of neighboring tribes. There are dozens of other references in the Old Testament to horrific acts of violence, most of it retributive. 

Pompeo made his remarks on Purim, the celebration of the Jewish exodus from the ancient Achaemenid Persian Empire, today known as Iran. 

From the BBC:

[Pompeo] was asked if “President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from an Iranian menace.”

The former tank commander declared,

“I am confident that the Lord is at work here.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed with a suggestion posed in an interview that it’s possible God raised Donald Trump to be President to protect Israel from Iran https://t.co/OV0vXN7UcR pic.twitter.com/L9JiyPZKVU

— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 22, 2019

For America’s top diplomat to say God has sent Trump to save the Jews (who are not threatened by Iran) is a new milestone in absurdity for the “indispensable nation.” It demonstrates apocalyptic Christian Zionists like Pompeo have undue influence on a largely clueless president. 

For Christian Zionists, the return of the Jews to the Holy Land and the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 followed biblical prophecy envisioning the return of Christ as King of the Earth. They believe in a dispensationalist view of the Bible,

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Trump Regime Anti-Government Paramilitary Plot Uncovered in Venezuela – Global Research

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25-03-19 11:14:00,

On Saturday, Venezuelan President Maduro announced the capture of a Colombian paramilitary head of a (Trump regime) plot to oust him by brute force. More on this below.

So far, everything Trump regime hardliners threw at Venezuela to topple its democratically elected government failed.

It notably includes continued efforts to turn the country’s military against President Maduro and Bolivarian governance – by pressure, false promises, perhaps threats and bribes.

It aims for gaining overwhelming popular opposition to Maduro, for acceptance of Guaido to replace him as interim president – despite nothing in Venezuela’s Constitution permitting the scheme.

Two false flags failed – notably the February 23 Trojan horse “humanitarian aid” PR stunt, fooling no one but establishment media, portraying out-of-date/unsafe to use food and meds as Trump regime concern for the welfare of ordinary Venezuelans it doesn’t give a hoot about.

The US March 7 cyberattack on the nation’s electricity grid, causing blackout in most of the country, failed to arouse public anger against Maduro as planned.

Plan C apparently involves using armed anti-government mercenaries to stoke violence in Caracas and other parts of the country, including likely attempts to assassinate Maduro – a plot similar to the 1980s Contra war.

Trump regime point man for transforming Venezuela into a US vassal state, Elliot Abrams, headed what went on in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala – responsible for over 300,000 deaths, countless thousands more brutally tortured, and millions forced into exile.

In June 1986, an International Tribunal on Genocide in Central America called the period a time of intense violence – made in the USA by Abrams and his co-conspirators, saying:

Things “verg(ed) on a near total break-down of the state institutions and open warfare between state governments, competing rebel forces challenging state authorities and indigenous” peoples.

“In the course of resurgent violence, acts of genocide and ethnocide (were) committed against indigenous groups.”

Accusations “of state sponsored and rebel force sponsored genocide against indigenous peoples (were) repeatedly made throughout the course of …” the decade, including massacres, torture, forced military service, land seizures, arbitrary arrests and imprisonments, population relocations, and attacks amounting to genocide under the UN Convention.

“That there is sufficient evidence to warrant the convening of a (genocide) tribunal goes without question.”

Abrams was likely brought on by Trump regime hardliners for an encore – for something similar to what went on in the 1980s against Venezuela.

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Trump und der Golan: Tweet mit globalen Folgen

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25-03-19 08:21:00,

Erich Gysling

Erich Gysling / 25. Mär 2019 –

Trumps Twitter-Ankündigung, die Golanhöhen als israelisch anzuerkennen, ist nicht nur für die arabische Welt gefährlich.

Eigentlich geht es beim Golan nur um ein Gebiet von rund 1200 Quadratkilometer, das ist eine kleinere Fläche als der Kanton Aargau. In der Region leben seit bald fünfzig Jahren nur Israeli (ca. 20’000) und Drusen (etwas mehr als 20’000), im Gebiet gibt es keine religiös begründbare Streitigkeiten. Die syrischen Araber, die vor dem Sechstage- und dem Yom-Kippur-Krieg (1967 resp. 1973) dort gelebt haben, sind nicht mehr da. Unter Druck sind sie weggezogen ins Gebiet des heutigen Syrien.

Also gibt es doch eigentlich keinen Grund, die Twitter-Ankündigung Trumps (Anerkennung der Annexion des Golan durch Israel) als katastrophale Weichenstellung zu werten?

Verstoss gegen UNO-Charta

Doch, diesen Grund gibt es, und zwar gleich mehrfach: Wenn ein Staat eine in einem Krieg eingenommene Region annektiert, setzt er sich über geltendes internationales Recht hinweg. Mit Verweis auf dieses Prinzip verurteilte die UNO 1982 die Inbesitznahme der britischen Falkland-Inseln durch Argentinien und gab damit grünes Licht für die gewaltsame Rückeroberung durch Grossbritannien. Ähnlich war es in den Jahren 1990/91, als Irak Kuwait besetzte, und mit fast gleichlautenden Argumenten verurteilte die internationale Gemeinschaft die Einnahme Südossetiens durch Russland im Jahr 2008 und 2014 die Annexion der Krim. In all diesen Fällen verwies die UNO darauf, dass die Eroberung des Territoriums eines anderen Staates illegal sei – egal, ob dies durch einen defensiv oder offensiv geführten Konflikt geschah –, und dass keine Annexion geduldet werden dürfe. Was erobert oder annektiert wurde, müsse auf friedlichem Weg in Verhandlungen zurückerstattet werden.

Wie, das ist eine Kernfrage, wollen die USA nach einer Anerkennung der Golan-Annexion durch Israel künftig noch gegen Russlands Annexion der Krim argumentieren? Was wollen sie einwenden, sollte Russland Abchasien oder Südossetien formell annektieren? Und was gegen die Ausdehnung Chinas im südchinesischen Meer? Mit Trumps Ankündigungs-Twitter zum kleinen Golan fällt global ein ganzes Kartenhaus von Argumentarien in sich zusammen.

Regionale Konsequenzen

Unmittelbar handfester sind die regionalen Konsequenzen. Donald Trump kündigt ja schon seit langem einen «grossartigen» Friedensplan für den Nahen Osten an, einen Plan, der allen in der Region etwas bringen werde. Es braucht keinen Propheten, um zu erkennen, wie das Puzzle am Ende aussehen wird: Zumindest all das,

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Trump Tower on Temple Mount? Pompeo video tour omits mosque on holy site, includes “Third Temple”

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23-03-19 11:55:00,

While Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s video tour from Jerusalem omits Muslim sites, Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, it does include a model of the Third Temple some Jewish groups want in place of it.

The iconic mosque and shrine are located on Temple Mount, one of the holiest sites in the world for Muslims, Christians and Jews. The video posted by the State Department shows Pompeo visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall, followed by a model of the Third Temple, which some groups want to erect on Temple Mount triggering concerns that Muslim sites would be affected.

The Third Temple plays an important eschatological role in Judaism and is associated with the era of the Jewish Messiah. While most Jewish-Orthodox scholars believe the Messiah will ultimately rebuild the Temple, some hardline religious organizations call for an immediate construction of it in the present times.

Trump Tower on Temple Mount?
🤯🤯🤯

— Southern Fried Infidel (@SFriedInfidel) 22 марта 2019 г.

In the video the model is accompanied by the words of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking about the Golan heights, calling it “hard-fought” real estate.

His visit to the tunnels underneath the Wall and Temple Mount are a not subtle dog whistle to the fringe extremist movement that wants to retake the Temple Mount, blow up Al Aqsa mosque, rebuild the temple and institute a theocracy. It’s despicable. And he should be removed.

— Holtby For President (@FrenettMarco) 22 марта 2019 г.

Alright, the Jews get their land back! Time to take back the Temple Mount!

— Kana’i (@wailaupoint) 22 марта 2019 г.

Why wouldn’t you show Al Aqsa Mosque or the Golden Dome in your video? Are you denying the existence of The Muslim Palestinians? Was that a new 4 Seasons Hotel you are promoting?

— mak (@mkhatib0) 22 марта 2019 г.

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Trump Demands Tribute from NATO Vassals

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21-03-19 11:50:00,

Trump Demands Tribute from NATO Vassals

Regardless of whether one loves or hates President Trump at least we can say that his presidency has a unique flavor and is full of surprises. Bush and Obama were horribly dull by comparison. Trump as a non-politician from the world of big (real estate) business and media has a different take on many issues including NATO.

Many, especially in Russia were hoping that “The Donald’s” campaign criticism of NATO would move towards finally putting an end to this anti-Russian alliance, which, after the fall of Communism really has no purpose, as any real traditional military threats to Europe have faded into history. However, Trump as President of the United States has to engage in the “realpolitik” of 21st century America and try to survive and since Trump seems rather willing to lie to get what he wants, who can really say which promises from his campaign were a shoot and which were a work.

So as it stands now Trump’s recent decision to maintain and build US/NATO bases across the world “and make country X pay for it” could mean anything from him trying to keep his campaign promises in some sort of skewed way, to an utter abandonment of them and submission to the swamp. Perhaps it could simply be his business instincts taking over in the face of “wasteful spending”. Making allies have to pay to have US/NATO forces on their territory is a massive policy shift that one could only predict coming from the unpredictable 45th President.

The one thing that we should all understand, and which Trump perfectly and clearly understands, is that the members of NATO (and other “allies”) are a captive audience, especially Germany, Japan and South Korea, which “coincidentally” are the first set of countries that will have to pay the “cost + 50%” to keep bases and US soldiers on their soil. Japan’s constitution, written primarily by American occupation forces forbids them from having a real military which is convenient for Trump’s plan. South Korea, although a very advanced and wealthy nation has no choice but to hide behind the US might because if it were to disappear overnight, then Gangnam would be filled with pictures of the Kim family within a few weeks.

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USA vs. Europa: Trump droht mit weiteren Strafzöllen – Eskalation voraus? | www.konjunktion.info

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19-03-19 08:56:00,

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Autos – Bildquelle: Pixabay / niekverlaan; Pixabay License

Seit mehreren Monaten schreibe ich davon, dass der Handelskrieg kein Ende finden und unvermindert fortgesetzt werden wird. Die Gespräche mit China wurden gefühlt bereits zum Hundertsten Mal vertagt und im Falle Europa hat sich eine “neue Entwicklung” ergeben: Trump will die Strafzölle verschärfen.

Der US-Präsident und seine Streitigkeiten mit den ehemals wichtigsten Vebündeten sowie mit China sind das perfekte Ablenkunsmanöver, um die Machenschaften der Fed zu verschleiern. Dass mittes der Bilanzrückführungen den Märkten die wichtigste, noch vorhandene “Unterstützung” entzogen wird, habe ich in zig Artikeln dargelegt. Trotz der Behauptungen (oder war es der Wunsch, Träumereien oder Hoffnungen?) der Hochleistungspresse und leider auch vieler alternativer Medien, dass die Fed “zu Beginn diesen Jahres aufgrund der Marktgegebenheiten kapitulieren” und wieder “den Kurs der Straffungspolitik verlassen” wird , hat sich an der Politik der Fed kein Yota geändert.

Die Fed hat allein im Februar 65 Milliarden US-Dollar an Vermögenswerten auf den Markt gepumpt. Bislang sieht die Politik der Fed vor, diese Straffungsmaßnahmen bis zum Ende des Jahres fortzusetzen. Ich denke auch nicht, dass die Fed diese Straffungspolitik länger verfolgen muss als bis zum Ende diesen Jahres, um ihr erwünschtes Eregbnis zu erhalten.

Präsident Donald Trump drohte der Europäischen Union mit mehr Zöllen, wenn der Block kein Handelsabkommen mit den USA aushandelt, und will ein Veto gegen ein Gesetz, das der Senat verabschiedet hatte und der seine Erklärung zum Ausrufen des Notstandes aufgrund des Baues einer Mauer an der Südgrenze blockieren soll, einlegen.

Während sich die USA und die EU bemühen, ihre Handelsunterschiede glatt zu ziehen, sagte Trump: “Sie sind bereit, mit uns zu reden, und wenn sie nicht mit uns sprechen, werden wir etwas tun, das wirtschaftlich ziemlich ernst ist. Wir werden viele ihrer Produkte mit Zöllen belegen.” Der Präsident bezog sich mit großer Wahrscheinlichkeither auf die Importe von Autos aus der EU, eine Drohung, die er in der Vergangenheit bereits gemacht hat.

Trump äußerte sich gegenüber Reportern, als er sich mit dem irischen Premierminister Leo Varadkar im Oval Office traf. Trump sagte auch auf Twitter,

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Trump fordert erneut Rekordausgaben für das Militär

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18-03-19 10:14:00,

Das Pentagon propagiert zum Haushaltsentwurf ausgerechnet das kaum vorangekommene Falcon-Darpa-Projekt eines Hyperschallflugkörpers. Bild: DoD

Trotz aller Aufregung um die Militärausgaben der Nato-Länder und die “russische Aggression” rückt für Washington China und der asiatisch-pazifische Raum in den Vordergrund

Nach dem National Priorities Project des Institute for Policy Studies haben die USA seit 2001 mehr als 4,7 Billionen US-Dollar für die Kriege und Auslandseinsätze, die Aufrüstung und die Innere Sicherheit ausgegeben. Zugrunde gelegt werden die Zahlen des Projekts Costs of War des Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs an der Brown University. Das kommt unter Einbeziehung der künftig entstehenden Kosten wie Schuldenbelastung, Veteranen etc. auf mehr als 5,6 Billionen. Für die vom Pentagon entstandenen Kosten, die schon unter George W. Bush trotz Steuervergünstigungen für die Reichen auf Pump finanziert wurden, wurden allein an Zinsen über 660 Millionen US-Dollar bezahlt. Das wird explodieren, wenn die Zinsen weiter steigen.

Donald Trump, der sich selbst einmal als “König der Schulden” bezeichnete, weil er angeblich so gut damit umgehen kann, hat nun dem Kongress noch einmal einen Pentagon-Haushaltsentwurf in Rekordhöhe vorgelegt. Zuvor war schon mal gemunkelt worden, Trump wolle wegen der galoppierenden Verschuldung das 2018 um mehr als 10 Prozent und auch 2019 weiter gestiegene Budget wieder auf 700 Milliarden herunterfahren. Aber es war auch die Rede davon, dass es im anstehenden Haushaltsjahr 2020 noch einmal um weitere 16 Milliarden steigen soll.

Als “verrückt hoch” hatte Trump Ende Dezember die Militärkosten bezeichnet, womit er auch wieder mit dem Finger auf die Alliierten zeigte, die mehr Geld für die Rüstung ausgeben sollen, während man im Hintergrund überlegte, das Militär zur Dienstleistung machen zu wollen, für den die Staaten, in denen Truppen stationiert sind, dafür auch zahlen müssen, inklusive Aufschlag nach der Formel “costs plus 50”.

In der Nato strengt man sich an, den USA nachzueifern, wo “vorbildlich” ins Militär 3,36 Prozent vom BIP fließen. Um 4 Prozent sind nach dem letzte Woche veröffentlichten Nato-Bericht die Militärausgaben der europäischen Staaten und Kanada von 2017 auf 2018 gestiegen, was durchschnittlich 1,48 Prozent vom BIP ergibt. Abgesehen von Polen, das sich als Musterland präsentiert, mehr als 2 Prozent des BIP für das Militär ausgibt und Washington für einen permanenten US-Stützpunkt 2 Milliarden US-Dollar anbietet,

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The Trump Mysteries: Inconsistent Inconsistencies

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18-03-19 10:07:00,

The Trump Mysteries: Inconsistent Inconsistencies

Unlike the American Democratic Party, the Western news media and most of my neighbours, I do not fully understand Trump. Although, unlike all of them, I thought from the start he had a good chance of winning and, as time went on, became more confident and finally bet he would win.

One of the consistent themes of Trump’s campaign was that foreign entanglements were not to the country’s advantage and the wars were a waste of resources; bad for business, as it were. Now, I’m not so simple-minded as to believe campaigning politicians. Bush promised a quieter foreign policy and Obama was going to close Guantánamo; but what made me pay attention to Trump’s statements was that they weren’t just the disconnected laundry list of focus-groups handed out by most politicians, they had an internal consistency. (And consistent over quite some time: watch this interview from 1987.)

That consistency could be found in his slogan Make America Great Again. It was the “again” that was the clue. Shattered tells us that Bill Clinton tried to get his wife to perceive the dissatisfaction in the USA, Sanders tapped into some of it but Trump saw and understood it early and based his campaign on it; Clinton never understood. Again, that’s the clue. I concluded that Trump saw a connection between the loss of “greatness” and the foreign entanglements: the “six trillion dollars” spent in the Middle East would have been better spent on infrastructure“. Of course he was right: there is a direct connection. But to stop that drain, Trump, now President, has to break the entanglements and that will not be easy. Last year I formed the theory that he would try to get the allies to break these entanglements and updated the idea recently. (It was written just before we heard that Trump is considering to charging allies 150% for the cost of US bases – something that is sure to cause a lot of re-thinking and disentangling.)

So I expected a Trump Administration to cut entanglements and not create any more. But here we come to the inconsistencies. There have been three actions inconsistent with this view: important inconsistencies.

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Poland’s “Fort Trump” A Reality: “Serious Offer” For “Permanent” US Base Negotiated

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15-03-19 09:16:00,

Poland’s push to house a major permanent US military base dubbed last year by Polish President Andrzej Duda as “Fort Trump” is a big step closer to becoming a reality this week after top US defense officials met with Polish counterparts in Warsaw to negotiate an offer. US Defense Undersecretary for Policy John Rood led a delegation to the former Soviet satellite country and longtime east European defense ally on Wednesday to discuss the US “robust offer” to establish a permanent facility on Polish soil. 

The Poles previously vowed to pay $2 billion for a base that could host a division-sized installment of US forces, which the US has called “very generous” — though likely to fall short of the total cost for such a base. “We have come forward with what we think is a very serious robust offer and we’re working out some of the technicalities this very week, when we hope to have a solid foundation to work from having coming out of this meeting,” a spokesperson for Rood’s office informed the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.

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Though the idea of a permanent US base in Poland has been floated for years, especially after the Russian-Ukraine conflict grew hot, last September’s official visit between Presidents Duda and Trump at the White House gave it real momentum. 

Duda had dropped the surprising proposal during a press briefing, suggesting it could be called “Fort Trump” — to which Trump grinned and appeared to nod in approval. 

“I invite you to post more American military troops in Poland,” Duda said, describing US presence in Poland as a “guarantor of security.” 

And Trump responded at the time as follows:

“We’re looking at it very seriously, I know Poland likes the idea very much, and it’s something that we are considering, yes,” Trump told reporters during the Sept. 19 press conference, according to CNN.

Duda’s remarks, clearly designed at the time to play on the US president’s ego, came amidst joint statements wherein both leaders agreed that Moscow has “acted aggressively” in the region. Trump said that he shared concerns about Russian encroachment into former Soviet satellite countries. 

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Trump 2020 Budget Raises Military Spending, Cuts Everything Else

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11-03-19 08:28:00,

President Trump’s 2020 budget isn’t just an outline of his government’s priorities, Democrats have interpreted it as a declaration of war.

Putting forth a budget that the Washington Post said would almost certainly result in another shutdown (and possibly a debt-ceiling crisis) later this year, Trump proposed deep cuts to federal agencies and social welfare services, while once again boosting spending for the military, and appropriating $8.6 billion for his wall.

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The budget, which is expected to become a major issue in the 2020 race, calls for a $17 billion reduction in food stamps, and a $22 billion reduction in welfare programs. It would cut foreign aid by $13 billion, while raising total defense spending by 4% to $750 billion. Over a decade, the budget would cut $1.9 trillion from mandatory spending over a decade.

In total, Trump’s budget calls for $4.75 trillion in federal spending for 2020, up 5% from what’s expected in 2019.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • 5% domestic spending cut
  • 31% cut to the EPA
  • Budget would establish a new Energy Star fee to raise $46 million in fiscal 2020, plus offsetting fees for chemical and oil facilities that could raise $20 million and $10 million
  • 11% cut to the Energy Department
  • 22% cut to Department of Transportation
  • 12% cut to Department of Health and Human Services
  • Foreign aid reduced by $13 billion
  • Defense spending increased by 4% to $750 billion
  • Budget projects $200 billion increase in annual defense spending by 2029, including money for Space Force
  • While raising overall defense budget, Trump projects cuts to war spending beginning in 2022, when Oversea Contingency Fund would be cut to $20 billion
  • Budget for 2020 calls for $174 billion in war spending, including $9 billion in emergency funds
  • Budget claims path to balance in 15 years
  • $8.6 billion for the border wall (enough for 722 miles)
  • New tax on e-cigarettes and vapes
  • Proposes major overhaul of Medicaid by turning more power over to states and cut $241 billion over 10 years.
  • The budget projects $1.1 trillion deficit in 2019,

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Trump Regime Electricity War in Venezuela More Serious Than First Believed

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11-03-19 02:33:00,

Trump Regime Electricity War in Venezuela More Serious Than First Believed

Stephen LENDMAN 

On Thursday, Venezuela’s Guri dam hydroelectric power plant was cyberattacked at 5:00 PM during the late afternoon rush hour to cause maximum disruption.

Up to 80% of the country was affected, damage done more severe than initially thought. Weeks or months of planning likely preceded what happened – US dark forces almost certainly behind it, considerable expertise needed to pull it off. 

On Friday, another cyberattack occurred, followed by a third one on Saturday, affecting parts of the country where power was restored, further complicating resolution of the problem, Maduro saying:

After power was restored to about 70% of the country, “we received another attack, of a cybernetic nature, at midday…that disturbed the reconnection process and knocked out everything that had been achieved until noon,” adding:

“(O)ne of the sources of generation that was working perfectly” was sabotaged again…infiltrators…attacking the electric company from the inside.”

Power is being restored “manually,” efforts continuing to learn precisely why computerized systems failed – things further complicated after a Bolivar state substation transformer exploded and burned, suggesting more sabotage.

What’s happening in Venezuela is similar to infecting Iran’s Bushehr and Natanz nuclear power facilities with a Stuxnet malware computer virus in 2010, a likely joint US/Israeli intelligence operation. Edward Snowden blamed them for what happened.

At the time, operations were halted indefinitely. Iran called the incident a hostile act. General Gholam-Reza Jalali said if the affected facilities went online infected, Iran’s entire electrical power grid could have been shut down. 

It took months to fully resolve the problem. Following the summer 2010 attack, the malware continued to infect the facilities’ centrifuges, requiring their replacement.

An Institute for Science and International Security analysis said “(a)ssuming Iran exercises caution, Stuxnet is unlikely to destroy more centrifuges at the (affected plants).” 

“Iran likely cleaned the malware from its control systems. To prevent re-infection, Iran will have to exercise special caution since so many computers in Iran contain Stuxnet,” adding:

“Although Stuxnet appears to be designed to destroy centrifuges at (Iranian nuclear facilities), destruction was by no means total.”

“Stuxnet did not lower the production of low-enriched uranium (LEU) during 2010.

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Trump Looks To Nationalize 5G

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06-03-19 04:02:00,

Authored by Michael Kern via Safehaven.com,

Trump apparently wants to control 5G in a ‘state-run’ socialist twist to American capitalism – and now there are indications that it could become part of the 2020 election campaign.

Over the weekend, President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign team renewed its controversial pitch on nationalizing the country’s 5G network. In other words, the government would have control of 5G airwaves and lease access to private wireless providers.  

Kayleigh McEnany, a Trump 2020 campaign spokeswoman, told Politico that a wholesale 5G market would drive down costs and provide access to millions of Americans who are currently underserved.

“This is in line with President Trump’s agenda to benefit all Americans, regardless of geography,” McEnany said. Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, has been also pushing for a plan that would involve a nationwide 5G network.

Last month, President Trump himself wrote on social media about 5G, saying that “American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind.”

“I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible. It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard,” he tweeted. (We’ll let the fact that there is no such thing as 6G technology slide for the sake of election campaigning). 

Not everyone’s on board the nationalization train, though. There are some in the White House who would prefer the industry lead this game. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, for one, believes wireless companies should manage the build-out of 5G. Feeling the heat over this talk of nationalization, even McEnany and Parscale later walked back their calls for government control of 5G, saying they were expressing their own personal opinions—not Trump’s.

The idea of a wholesale network is being pushed by little known wireless company Rivada Networks. However, it should be noted that Peter Thiel and Karl Rove, who both have close ties to the Republican party and are strong President Trump supporters, have invested in Rivada.

While this new campaign is ostensibly aimed at reducing costs and providing rural residents with fast internet,

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Trump and Democrats unite to smear Ilhan Omar

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05-03-19 06:21:00,

A woman faces straight ahead

President Donald Trump is promoting a letter against Ilhan Omar signed by anti-Muslim hate groups.

Alex Edelman
CNP

Ilhan Omar has come under renewed attack for speaking about the outsize influence of the Israel lobby, and simply for being a Black Muslim woman.

A poster that appeared in the West Virginia state capitol, for instance, implicitly blamed Omar, who came to the US as a refugee from Somalia, for the 9/11 attacks.

But instead of defending the Minnesota congresswoman, her own Democratic colleagues are piling on – continuing to falsely accuse her of anti-Semitism for legitimate comments about the Israel lobby.

“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” Omar said at a town hall meeting last week.

As if to prove Omar’s point, her Democratic colleague Congressman Juan Vargas declared in response that “questioning support for the US-Israel relationship is unacceptable.” In other words, Vargas – who like Omar sits on the foreign affairs committee – clearly insists on unquestioning allegiance to Israel.

It is disturbing that Rep. Omar continues to perpetuate hurtful anti-Semitic stereotypes that misrepresent our Jewish community. Additionally, questioning support for the U.S.-Israel relationship is unacceptable. (1/2)

— Rep. Juan Vargas (@RepJuanVargas) March 4, 2019

And just as she did before, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a top Democrat who is [content to use Omar in photo-ops, is leading the charge against her.

.@SpeakerPelosi is happy to use @IlhanMN for self-serving “diversity” propaganda but not prepared to defend her against the Israel lobby’s racist, Islamophobic defamation that Omar is “anti-Semitic.” In fact Pelosi joined in the smear campaign. Vile! https://t.co/kFPcOI6DJA

— Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) March 3, 2019

Politico reported Monday that Democratic leaders are planning to bring a resolution in the House condemning anti-Semitism.

Although the draft text does not name Omar, it is seen as a direct rebuke and public shaming.

Moreover, the draft cites the so-called IHRA definition of anti-Semitism.

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If Trump wanted to help people, he’d open Mexico border & give US homeless places to live – Maduro

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26-02-19 03:46:00,

If US President Donald Trump actually cared about humanitarian issues, he would open the border with Mexico and fund programs to fight poverty in America itself, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro said.

Last weekend, the Venezuelan opposition led by self-proclaimed “interim president” Juan Guaido attempted to force the delivery of US-provided aid cargo into Venezuela. Maduro was harshly criticized by US politicians and media for stopping the truck. When asked by a US journalist whether he is putting his pride ahead of the suffering of his people, the Venezuelan leader said Washington’s motives for interfering in Venezuela were anything but humanitarian.

“If [Donald Trump] cared a lot about the people of Latin America he should open the border’s doors to the Mexicans, Hondurans, Guatemalans and Colombians that he chases from the border. He should give them workers’ permits, working visas and the permanent visa to the millions of now-Americans that come from our Latin American communities,” Maduro said.

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A central part of the Trump administration’s policies is border security, and building a wall along the US border with Mexico. The authorities have been criticized for family separation practices, as well as sending the military to the border amid a “humanitarian crisis.”

Trump is no humanitarian, Maduro believes. The US president doesn’t care about struggling people in Venezuela or, for that matter, struggling people in the US itself, as evidenced by the wealth inequality and rampant homelessness, he told ABC’s Tom Llamas.

“You can go to the streets of Los Angeles or its suburbs and you would see thousands of people, Tom, in Miami, living in the streets, freezing,” he said, responding to the claim that journalists have seen people “eating out of the trash in Caracas.” He added that the same media which amplifies the US narrative about the suffering of Venezuelans and their urgent need for aid overlook similar problems in the US.

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“The United States has 40 million poor people,

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Trump *Is* a Peace President, but It’s Simply Not Enough

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26-02-19 08:47:00,

‘To carry through on Trump’s promise of realignment in American grand strategy will require a class, or counter-elite, to help him or future presidents like him’

“Merchants of death” was a sobriquet once applied to the arms industry, notably by the journalists F.C. Hanighen and H.C. Engelbrecht in the title of a book they published in 1934. Today the real merchants of death are not the arms dealers but those who sell the idea of war within America’s policy elite, both inside and outside of government. They possess a monopoly on respectability, and politicians who thirst for respect from the real governing class need little incentive to adopt the ideas of the smart set. Those who don’t play along get the treatment meted out to Ron Paul or Tulsi Gabbard—or Donald Trump.

Trump does not crave respectability. He supplies whatever desire for approval he feels from his own reservoir of self-esteem. This makes him seem arrogant and perversely proud of his ignorance, so far as his enemies see it, but in fact it means he is largely immune to the ideological virus to which virtually all other politicians are susceptible. Trump knows that the foreign policy establishment is bankrupt. And that’s what makes him a president who can actually give peace a chance.

Expert opinion holds that the U.S. should be deeply involved in Syria, even to the point of fighting a two-front war with Bashar al-Assad and groups like the Islamic State. The same experts believe that the U.S. should not plan to leave Afghanistan any time soon. On the contrary, in moments of candor, many a general and think-tank apparatchik will remind you that the U.S. has happily had forces in Germany and Japan for about 70 years, so why not Afghanistan, too? Toward Russia, our policy must be one of renewed Cold War. NATO should expand indefinitely. War with Iran is inevitable, at least as far as the Republican part of the foreign policy establishment is concerned. Saudi Arabia’s wars are our wars, too. And North Korea should cause us all to lose sleep at night.

Trump dissents from almost all of this, with the regrettable exception of his support for Mohammed bin Salman’s war in Yemen. He would like to get out of Syria and Afghanistan.

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Trump Threatens a Second Embargo of Cuba

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24-02-19 04:43:00,

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The Trump administration is threatening to unleash a flood of lawsuits involving Cuba, which no U.S. president has ever done. It has set a deadline of March 2 to announce whether it will create, in the words of the National Lawyers Guild, “a second embargo” of Cuba — “one that would be very difficult to dismantle in the future.”

Trump may give current U.S. citizens standing to sue in U.S. courts even if they were Cuban citizens when the Cuban government nationalized their property after the 1959 Revolution. They would be able to bring lawsuits against U.S. and foreign companies that allegedly profit from the nationalized properties.

In accordance with international law, the Cuban government had offered compensation to U.S. nationals for the taking of their property, as I explain below. If Trump permits myriad new lawsuits to proceed, it would unleash a tsunami of litigation that would harm U.S. companies and punish the Cuban people even more.

For 59 years, the United States has maintained a cruel embargo against Cuba. “The embargo on Cuba is the most comprehensive set of U.S. sanctions on any country, including the other countries designated by the U.S. government to be state sponsors of terrorism — Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria,” according to the U.S. government.

In 1960, the Eisenhower administration declared a partial embargo on trade with Cuba in an attempt to pressure Cuba to change its form of government. The embargo was prompted by a secret State Department memorandum that proposed “a line of action which, while as adroit and inconspicuous as possible, makes the greatest inroads in denying money and supplies to Cuba, to decrease monetary and real wages, to bring about hunger,

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Trump’s Syria military pullout, not under John Bolton’s watch (Video)

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23-02-19 03:42:00,

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his yearly State of the Nation speech on February 20th, 2019. Last year’s speech, given March 1, was a real topic of amazement for both Russia and the West, as the president revealed the new hypersonic weaponry that the Russian Federation has been developing, as well as other extremely sophisticated means of defense for the nation. At first the West mocked these claims, but time proved Mr. Putin correct.

This year’s speech appears to be quite different in its focus, though of course the President had to discuss the matters of the defense of his nation and its response to pressure from the Western powers, most notably the United States and Great Britain. While the main focus of his speech, and indeed, this last presidential term, is on domestic issues within Russia, he had to still discuss military matters, which is what the Western media reacted to. Here is that section of the speech. We have reprinted it in full, but the emphases and comments that break the segment of the speech are ours:

Colleagues, Russia has been and always will be a sovereign and independent state. This is a given. It will either be that, or will simply cease to exist. We must clearly understand this. Without sovereignty, Russia cannot be a state. Some countries can do this, but not Russia.

Sound familiar, America?

Building relations with Russia means working together to find solutions to the most complex matters instead of trying to impose solutions. We make no secret of our foreign policy priorities. These include strengthening trust, countering global threats, promoting cooperation in the economy and trade, education, culture, science and technology, as well as facilitating people-to-people contact. These tenets underpin our work within the UN, the Commonwealth of Independent States, as well as within the Group of 20, BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

We believe in the importance of promoting closer cooperation within the Union State of Russia and Belarus, including close foreign policy and economic coordination. Together with our integration partners within the Eurasian Economic Union, we will continue creating common markets and outreach efforts. This includes implementing the decisions to coordinate the activities of the EAEU with China’s Belt and Road initiative on the way to a greater Eurasian partnership.

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