Financiering WHO –Trump haakt af, Nederland doet er een schepje (belastinggeld) bovenop | Stichting Vaccin Vrij

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25-05-20 10:33:00,

Half mei 2020 heeft president Trump een brief geschreven naar de WHO. Kennelijk heeft hij zijn buik vol van deze instantie. Op 19-05-20 twitterde hij:

“Dit is de brief die is gestuurd naar Dr. Tedros van de wereldgezondheidsorganisatie. Hij spreekt voor zich.”1

Kritiek op de WHO

Het is ongebruikelijk om kritiek te hebben op de WHO. Politici, journalisten en artsen lopen braaf anderhalve meter achter de WHO aan. Wie van hen controleert deze instantie? Wie van hen onderzoekt wie de WHO financiert? Wie van hen stelt vragen over de noodzaak van het uitroepen van een pandemie, en de afhandeling ervan?

In zijn brief naar de directeur van de WHO – dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – uit president Trump stevige kritiek op de WHO. De volledige brief is vier pagina’s lang en u kunt hem hier lezen. Voor velen is het inmiddels glashelder dat het géén integere en onafhankelijke organisatie betreft, maar een zieke, corrupte instantie. Banden tussen de WHO en China; banden tussen de WHO en Bill Gates; banden tussen Bill Gates en de farmaceutische industrie; banden tussen de directeur van de WHO en China, en uiteindelijk banden tussen de WHO een de rest van de wereld en banden tussen de WHO en de Nederlandse overheid.

Belastinggeld van de Amerikaanse bevolking

Trump legt zijn brief de vinger op de zere plek. De vraag is welke belangen de WHO dient. Die van het bedrijfsleven of die van de wereldbevolking. De president sluit zijn brief af met de volgende woorden: “I cannot allow American taxpayer dollars to continue to finance an organization that, in its present state, is so clearly not serving America’s interests.”

Het volgende filmpje van onafhankelijk onderzoeksjournalist Chris Chappel geeft opheldering over de dubieuze manier waarop de WHO de “corona-crisis” heeft aangepakt.

Het belastinggeld van de Nederlandse bevolking

De reactie van de Nederlandse overheid was veelzeggend. Trump heeft aangegeven dat hij onderzoek wil naar het functioneren van de WHO. De aanbevelingen van de WHO hebben de wereldbevolking miljarden gekost en in een economische en sociale crisis gestort waarvan de gevolgen niet te overzien zijn. De Nederlandse politici hebben de brief kennelijk niet gelezen, en vinden het zelfs niet de moeite waard om het onderzoek af te wachten.

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Will Trump really start two wars instead of ‘just’ one?

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20-05-20 07:09:00,

Amidst the worldwide pandemic induced scare most of us have probably lost track of all the other potential dangers which still threaten international peace and stability. Allow me to list just a few headlines which, I strongly believe, deserve much more attention than what they got so far. Here we go:

  • Military Times: “5 Iran tankers sailing to Venezuela amid US pressure tactics“
  • Time: “5 Iranian Tankers Head to Venezuela Amid Heightened Tensions Between U.S. and Tehran“
  • FoxNews: “Iran tankers sailing to Venezuela in effort to undermine US sanctions“

Notice that Military Times speaks of “US pressure tactics”, Time of “tensions” and FoxNews of “efforts to undermined US sanctions”?

I don’t think that this is a coincidence. Folks in the US military are much more in touch with reality than the flag-waving prostitutes which some people call “reporters” or “journalists”.

Furthermore, the US has embarked on a new policy to justify its acts of piracy on the high seas with something called Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) all under the pretext of the war on drugs. To get a better understanding of the context of these developments I asked a specialist of Maritime issues of our community, NatSouth, who replied the following: (stress added)

If a ship does not comply with the request to be boarded, it is usual that the pursuing authorities must gain the permission of the ‘flag’ state prior to boarding, on the high seas and the pursuit has to have started in the coastal state’s jurisdictional waters. The caveat here is that in the Caribbean – Caribbean Regional Maritime Agreement (CRA) – (long name: Agreement Concerning Co-operation in Suppressing Illicit Maritime and Air Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances in the Caribbean Area). So, there is an agreement with participating coastal states on boardings and pursuits in EEZs and the like. You can find more on the legal aspects of boardings at sea here: https://scholarlycommons.law.hofstra.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2344&context=hlr and more info on so-called “consensual boardings” here: https://www.lawteacher.net/free-law-essays/international-law/the-legal-implications-of-consensual-boarding-international-law-essay.php

The anti-drug/ counterterrorism angle allows the U.S. Navy and the USCG to carry out interdictions on the high seas. Important point to note whether this approach will be taken to interdict the tankers,

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Trump Bombs Syrian Wheat Fields while Fighting COVID ‘Enemy’ at Home | Syria News

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17-05-20 09:58:00,

Fake pious Trump blasphemed the Christian sabbath, when his illegals set fire to Syrian wheat fields on Sunday 17 May.

US President Donald J. Trump took time from his domestic fight of battling COVID-19 single-handedly and with one arm tied behind his back to set fire to Syrian wheat fields in Hasaka governate. He performed the ritual of the double-war crime — torching farmland and illegal bombing of a foreign nation — on the Christian sabbath.

Deuteronomy 20:19 prohibits the destruction of that which yields food, even during times of war.

War against Syria has not been declared; Trump has engaged in a secular war crime and has spat upon a biblical commandment.

The Trump regime American illegals in the SAR dropped several incendiary bombs on the wheat farmlands “in the countryside of Shaddadi, south of Hasaka,” destroying more than 200 dunams (around 50 acres) of Syrian wheat crops.

An illicit US Apache helicopter “flying close to the ground” dropped several thermal balloons onto the wheat fields. Despite its cute name, these are small bombs, equipped to function as large Molotov cocktails (those watching the success of Operation Mockingbird may notice that the joy of children playing with balloons has been put on the list of fun things to be expunged, because of environmental issues, yet those with their minds in chains do not notice demonic bombs used to destroy the sustenance of life — wheat fields — merrily get to use the word, “balloon.”

American Apache helicopter. Imagine a foreign military using their helicopters to destroy food. [Photo credit Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway.]

Trump illegals in their military aircraft have also engaged in psychological warfare operations against Syrian civilians and farmers in this region, sadistically and war criminally approaching people’s homes and farmlands, terrifying Syrian children, as part of a Satanic plot to ethnically cleanse this area of Syria, and replace indigenous Syrians with an assortment of Madman Erdogan mercenary terrorists, and Obama-created and Trump accelerated cannon fodder traitor separatists re-marketed as the SDF. The NATO klansmen running the United Nations — and their House Servants — are 100% on board with this ethnic cleansing,

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Trump Appoints Big Pharma Exec Connected to Bill Gates to Head Vaccine Developments – Activist Post

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16-05-20 09:54:00,

By Derrick Broze, The Last American Vagabond

On Friday, Donald Trump announced his appointment of Moncef Slaoui, a former executive with vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline, to lead “Operation Warp Speed”, Trump’s plan to fast track the development of vaccines for COVID-19. Slaoui will serve in a volunteer position, assisted by Army Gen. Gustave Perna, the commander of United States Army Materiel Command.

According to the Trump administration, the Operation Warp Speed program is focusing on four vaccines, with the hopes of testing and producing 100 million doses by October 2020, 200 million by December, and 300 million doses by January. At Friday’s press conference, Slaoui said he believes the goal of vaccines by January 2021 is a “credible goal”. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper was more adamant, stating that, “winning matters and we will deliver, by the end of this year, a vaccine”.

Operation Warp Speed and the calls for public-private partnerships mimic the National Institutes of Health’s recent call for bringing together pharmaceutical companies to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. The NIH plan, Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) partnership, emphasizes “a collaborative framework for prioritizing vaccine and drug candidates, streamlining clinical trials, coordinating regulatory processes and/or leveraging assets among all partners to rapidly respond to the COVID-19 and future pandemics.”

The appointment of Slaoui follows previous statements regarding Trump’s desire to have vaccines available to Americans by the fall. “I think we’re going to have a vaccine by the end of the year, and I think distribution will take place almost simultaneously because we’ve geared up the military,” Trump said Thursday afternoon. Trump also told the Fox Business Network that because of the “massive job to give this vaccine” the military is now being mobilized. “We’re going to be able to give it to a lot of people very, very rapidly,” Trump concluded.

At Friday’s press conference Trump said his team has been working 24 hours a day to develop treatments for COVID-19. Despite the heavy focus on vaccines, Trump did state that his administration is working on other treatments, including “therapeutics”. “It’s not solely vaccine based, other things have never had a vaccine and they go away.

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Cold War of Trump/Navarro vs. China – More Dangerous than Covid-19

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30-04-20 08:53:00,

It is getting ugly, extremely ugly.

It is increasingly looking like a war – at least a new ‘cold’, ideological war.

But in the shadow of COVID-19, it goes almost unnoticed.

The blind horseman, who hates China intuitively, without knowing hardly anything about it, is leading the pack, pushing his president into a confrontation with the most populous country on Earth. His name is Peter Navarro.

Not that the president is ‘innocent’. Under him, the White House has become a haven of bigotry, of anti-Chinese racist sentiments. Here, not only China, but also Iran, Venezuela, Cuba and Russia are hated. It was already converted into the global headquarters of the combat against the much more logical and humane, socialist, systems.

Red warning lights are blinking. All indicators are pointing downwards; economic ones, social ones, as well as medical. More disastrous is domestic policy of the Empire, more aggressively it behaves towards the world. U.S. warships are repeatedly being deployed, near Taiwan and the South China Sea. They are right near the territorial waters of Iran and Venezuela.

And the insults, terrible insults, are flying.

Trump and Navarro are abusing China publicly, with no shame. There is no diplomacy, and no restrains. Nation which just a few months ago stood alone, facing an unknown enemy, battling and at great cost but rapidly defeated the pandemic, all over its vast territory, is now smeared day after day.

All this is being done shamelessly and arrogantly.

The world is watching. Part of it in disbelief and outrage, and the other part lethargically and submissively, as always.

On April 19, 2020, the New York Post reported:

“White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Sunday called on China to prove that a Wuhan laboratory played no role in the coronavirus pandemic — and accused the nation of hoarding personal protective equipment and profiting off the outbreak.

Navarro took aim at China on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” accusing the country of taking several actions that worsened the ongoing crisis and “led to the deaths of many people worldwide.”

“First of all, the virus was spawned in China. Second of all, they hid the virus behind the shield of the World Health Organization.

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Trump setzt Fleischindustrie mit Waffenbauern gleich

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29-04-20 01:22:00,

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US-Präsident Donald Trump hat die Fleischfabriken des Landes am Mittwoch per Dekret mit den Rüstungsunternehmen gleichgesetzt. Das macht möglich, dass die Fleischproduktion trotz der Corona-Krise weiterläuft.

Große Fleischproduzenten in den Vereinigten Staaten, die wegen der Ausbreitung des Coronavirus unter ihren Beschäftigten ihre Fabriken schließen mussten, von einem Fleischmangel gewarnt.

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„Es ist wichtig, dass die Produzenten von Rindfleisch, Schweinefleisch und Geflügel weiter in der Versorgungskette arbeiten, um eine reibungslose Versorgung der Amerikaner mit Proteinen sicherzustellen“, heißt es in Trumps Dekret.  

Zuletzt musste der führende Fleischproduzent Smithfield Foods auf Druck der Behörden seine Fabrik im Bundesstaat Illinois dicht machen. Hormel Foods schloss zwei Putenfleischfabriken in Minnesota. Im US-Bundesstaat Indiana stellte ein wichtiger Schweine-Schlachthof den Betrieb ein.

Im US-Großhandel haben die Fleischpreise inzwischen ein Rekordniveau erreicht. Schweinefleisch verteuerte sich in einer Woche um 30 Prozent.

Die USA sind am schlimmsten von dem Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 betroffen, das erstmals im Dezember 2019 in China entdeckt worden war. Nach Angaben der Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore gab es in den Vereinigten Staaten bis Mittwochvormittag mehr als eine Million Infektions- und 58.000 Todesfälle. Weltweit zählt die JHU, die sich in ihren Erhebungen nicht nur auf Behördenangaben, sondern auch auf Medien stützt, bereits mehr als 3,1 Millionen Infektionen und 217.000 Tote.

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Trump Invokes Defense Production Act: Who Will Be Forced To Work At Meat Plants?

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29-04-20 07:40:00,

Submitted by Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper

Over the past few weeks, nearly a dozen large meat processing plants have closed their doors due to widespread coronavirus among employees. Thousands of workers have become infected and at the time of publication, at least 20 have died. As a result, President Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act and just signed an executive order keeping meat processing plants open during the coronavirus outbreak.

What is the Defense Production Act?

The act, which was officially passed in the 1950s, give the government power over private industries.

The Act gives the federal government broad authority to direct private companies to meet the needs of the national defense.

Over the decades, the law’s powers have been understood to encompass not only times of war but also domestic emergency preparedness and recovery from terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

The act authorizes the president to require companies to prioritize government contracts and orders seen as necessary for the national defense, with the goal of ensuring that the private sector is producing enough goods needed to meet a war effort or other national emergency.

It also authorizes the president to use loans, direct purchases and other incentives to boost the production of critical goods and essential materials.

Other provisions authorize the federal government to establish voluntary agreements with private industry and to block foreign mergers and acquisitions seen as harmful to national security. (source)

Reports say that President Trump, who refers to himself as a wartime president, is invoking the act over deep concerns about our supply chain.

What does this mean?

According to Bloomberg, the President will order the facilities will remain open due to a quickly evolving breakdown of our food supply chain.

President Donald Trump plans to order meat-processing plants to remain open as the nation confronts growing food-supply disruptions from the coronavirus outbreak, a person familiar with the matter said.

Trump plans to use the Defense Production Act to order the companies to stay open as critical infrastructure, and the government will provide additional protective gear for employees as well as guidance,

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Trump past Amerikaanse energiestrategie aan, door Thierry Meyssan

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28-04-20 11:01:00,

Terwijl de aandacht van de meeste mensen in beslag wordt door de tijdspreidende maatregelen van de epidemie, stellen de Saudies de macht van hun Amerikaanse beschermer ter discussie. Een krachtmeting tussen Riyad en Washington, die de wereldeconomie al voor de verspreiding van Covid-19 ontwrichtte. President Trump overwoog om de controle over de Saudische en Venezolaanse olie over te nemen, wat hem blijkbaar aanspoorde tot het aangaan van nieuwe allianties.

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Voor President Trump is het moment van de waarheid aangebroken…

De afgelopen drie jaar hebben president Trump en zijn CIA-directeur en toenmalig staatssecretaris Mike Pompeo geprobeerd het imperialisme van hun land op te geven en te vervangen door een economische strategie. Dit veronderstelt dat Washington nog steeds de wereldleider kan zijn, mits het een krachtig leger en energieautonomie heeft.

Donald Trump heeft toestemming gegeven voor de exploitatie van beschermde gebieden, heeft de aanleg van pijpleidingen weer op gang gebracht en heeft het schalieolie-avontuur voortgezet, ook al is het van nature kortzichtig. De politieke evolutie van Saoedi-Arabië met de grootheidswaanzin van kroonprins Mohamed ben Salman werd eerst gevoerd door zoveel mogelijk geld af te persen bij elk van zijn dwazen, waarna hij in botsing kwam. Uiteindelijk heeft MBS een olieoorlog geopend, niet tegen Rusland, maar tegen de Amerikaanse schalie-industrie. Hij heeft er bewust voor gezorgd dat de prijs is gedaald van 70 dollar per vat naar minder dan 30 dollar. Deze confrontatie viel echter onverwacht samen met de Covid-19 epidemie en de duizelingwekkende daling van het wereldwijde energieverbruik. De epidemie treft ook de Verenigde Staten, waar een aantal van de hoge officieren van plan zijn een striktere staat van beleg af te kondigen en een einde te maken aan het Trump-experiment.

Deze drie realiteiten (de economische strategie van president Trump, de Saudische rebellie en de coronavirusepidemie) botsen met elkaar. Om ze te analyseren zullen we ze willekeurig van elkaar loskoppelen, waarbij we niet uit het oog mogen verliezen dat elke logica abrupt door de andere twee kan worden verstoord.

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Het Portugese spionageschip RCGS Resolute. Het liet een schip van de Venezolaanse kustwacht met zijn ijsbrekerboeg zinken in de Caribische Zee, wat op zijn zachtst gezegd ongebruikelijk is.

Economische strategie

Tegenover de ineenstorting van de olieprijzen was president Trump van mening dat hij geen andere oplossing had dan de belangrijkste reserves van de wereld,

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Trump Regime Immunity Certificates for Mass Vaxxing and Population Control – Global Research

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16-04-20 02:54:00,

Orwellian control over the lives and welfare of ordinary people would pose the greatest threat to free and open societies. 

They’d no longer exist if the worst of it was imposed, notably by manipulating the public mind to accept the unacceptable for our own good.

Its modus operandi would include mass deception, mass surveillance, tracking our movements, controlling the message, tolerating no dissent, mass subjection to toxic vaxxing, and instituting draconian totalitarian control as the new normal.

Truth-telling would become a criminal offensive, only state approved views permitted. Life as it once was no longer would exist.

Is all of the above where the US, the West overall, and other nations are heading?

Are so-called COVID-19 immunity certificates part of the scheme? Will they be mandated to travel and interact with others in public?

Will schools, airports, rail and bus terminals, stores, theaters, stadiums, other public places where people gather, even doctors’ offices, refuse entry to individuals without them?

Will harmful to human health toxic vaccinations, along with antibody testing be required to get one?

With the rarest of rare exceptions, no one elected or appointed to public office should be trusted as a guardian of our rights and welfare, notably not in the West.

Instead of serving public health and welfare, along with fostering free and open societies, policies of US-led Western officials are polar opposite — exploiting and otherwise harming ordinary people so privileged ones can benefit, no matter the human toll.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Anthony Fauci is a front man for steering the US public to mass toxic vaccinations.

Last week he said the Trump regime is considering issuance of COVID-19 immunity certificates for individuals infected by and recovered from the virus.

“The proposal is contingent upon the widespread deployment of antibody tests which the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration are in the process of validating in the US,” he said, adding:

“Although coronavirus testing thus far has been able to determine if an individual has an active infection, antibody tests report whether an asymptomatic person was previously infected but has since recovered (and immune),

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Trump adapts US energy strategy, by Thierry Meyssan

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14-04-20 03:15:00,

While most people are absorbed by the time-distribution measures of the epidemic, the Saudis are questioning the power of their American protector. A showdown between Riyadh and Washington, which was already disrupting the world economy before the spread of Covid-19. President Trump considered taking control of Saudi and Venezuelan oil, which apparently led him to forge new alliances.

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For President Trump, the Moment of Truth has Arrived…

For the past three years, President Trump and his CIA director and then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been trying to abandon their country’s imperialism and replace it with an economic strategy. This supposes that Washington can still be the world leader provided it has a powerful army and energy autonomy.

Donald Trump has authorized the exploitation of protected areas, has relaunched the construction of pipelines and has continued the shale adventure even though it is by nature ephemeral. The political evolution of Saudi Arabia with the megalomania of Crown Prince Mohamed ben Salmane was first managed by extorting as much money as possible from him at each of his follies, then turned to clash. Finally, MBS opened an oil war, not against Russia, but against the US shale industry. It deliberately caused the price to plummet from $70 a barrel to under $30. However, this showdown unexpectedly coincided with the Covid-19 epidemic and the dizzying drop in global energy consumption. The epidemic is also affecting the United States, where some of the senior officers intend to proclaim improved martial law and put an end to the Trump experiment.

These three realities (President Trump’s economic strategy, the Saudi rebellion and the coronavirus epidemic) are colliding. To analyse them, we will arbitrarily dissociate them while keeping in mind that each logic can suddenly be disrupted by the other two.

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The Portuguese spy ship RCGS Resolute. It sank a Venezuelan Coast Guard ship with its icebreaking bow, unusual, to say the least, in the Caribbean Sea.

Economic Strategy

Faced with the collapse of oil prices, President Trump considered that he had no other solution than to take over the world’s main reserves, those of Venezuela. For several years, the CIA and SouthCom have been destabilizing this country in preparation for the Rumsfeld/Cebrowski plan to destroy the state structures of the Caribbean Basin.

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Putin & Trump Versus The New World Order: The Final Battle

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03-04-20 07:39:00,

Authored by Sylvain LaForest via OrientalReview.org,

We live in exciting times.

The unknown that lays ahead for all of us is both exhilarating and scary. Exhilarating in the long term, but rather scary in the short term. All empires eventually die and we’re in the terminal phase of the New World Order that will not recover from the Russian roulette game it has been playing, for Vladimir Putin handed it a loaded gun and it pulled the trigger.

The last few weeks put everything in place for the last battle. There are so many different facts and events, left and right, and I will try to do my best to remain methodical in this complicated expose. Bare with me, I’ve been struggling for three weeks with this article because of the insane amount of additional details that each day provides. It might have been a wrong time to quit smoking, but I enjoy a good challenge.

Dropping dollars

A little context is required. The New World Order concept is simply the wish of a handful of international bankers that want to economically and politically rule the whole planet as one happy family. It started in 1773 and if it went through important changes over the years, but the concept and objective haven’t changed an iota. Unfortunately for them, international banks that have been looting the planet through the US dollar since 1944 are now threatened by hyperinflation, as their printing machine has been rotating for years to cover their absurd spendings to sustain oil and resource wars that they’ve all ultimately lost. In order to prevent this upcoming hyperinflation, they generated a virus attack on four countries (China, Iran, Italy and now the United States) to spread panic in the population, with the precious help of their ignominious medias. Even though this corona virus isn’t different from any new viruses that attack humans every year, the media scare pushed people to voluntarily isolate themselves through fear and terror. Some lost their jobs, companies are going bankrupt, the panic created a stock exchange crash that emptied wallets and dried assets, resulting in a few trillion virtual dollars off the market to release pressure off the currency.

So far,

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Trump Signs Corporate Bailout Bill: A Measure That Will Live in Infamy – Global Research

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28-03-20 04:52:00,

Congress, the Trump regime, and Wall Street owned and operated Fed conspired to hand monied interests trillions of dollars of free money.

Ordinary people are getting crumbs when millions are being laid off at a time of growing economic duress along with a public health emergency. 

They need substantial help, including medical care, but aren’t getting it from Washington’s criminal class.

Both of its right wings are indifferent toward ordinary people at all times, including when help is most needed.

This week, Congress rammed through an economic stimulus package that features bailouts for corporate America and large investors, ordinary people getting short shrift.

The measure was unanimously passed by the Senate, the House by voice vote, in both chambers with minimal debate.

According to Americans for Tax Fairness, the bill largely benefits business, saying:

It’s “ill-focused and unnecessarily costly, spending a lot of taxpayer dollars to aid companies that may not be particularly impacted by the economic emergency.”

The Tax Policy Center explained that “payments to as many as 150 million households” may take “months” to arrive when help is needed now.

Self-styled progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed the measure during House debate, but did nothing to stall the measure by demanding a roll call vote to improve it for ordinary Americans.

Nor did other House and Senate progressives in name only, notably Bernie Sanders.

He failed to demand greater help for Americans in need instead of a “no-strings-attached bailout to corporate CEOs and bankers on Wall Street” he rhetorically opposed, then voted to hand them hundreds of billions of dollars of free money.

Right-wing Republican Thomas Massie alone tried and failed to force a voice vote. Trump called him a “third rate grandstander.”

“Throw Massie out” of the party, he tweeted. The ghost of John Kerry reappeared, slamming Massie via Twitter as follows:

“Breaking news: Congressman Massie has tested positive for being an a..hole. He must be quarantined to prevent the spread of his massive stupidity (sic).”

“He’s given new meaning to the term #Masshole. (Finally, something the president and I can agree on!)”

Both right wings of the one-party state support privileged interests at the expense of peace,

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

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28-03-20 08:51:00,

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

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

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

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US passes 100,000 CASES of Covid-19 after becoming world epicenter for virus – Johns Hopkins University

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

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

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‘Open your STUPIDLY abandoned plant’: Trump lashes out at GM & Ford over ventilator delay

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

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

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25-03-20 02:40:00,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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18-03-20 04:33:00,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trump’s Betrayal of Julian Assange

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24-02-20 03:21:00,

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

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

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

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

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

    Then Trump got elected.

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

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

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

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    16-02-20 07:45:00,

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

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

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

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

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

    — Justin Amash (@justinamash) February 14, 2020

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

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

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

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    14-02-20 02:59:00,

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

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

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

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

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

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

    At the time, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    13-02-20 07:56:00,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    06-02-20 09:09:00,

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

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

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

    Angelsaksische electorale wiskunde

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

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

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

    — Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc) February 4, 2020

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

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    Trump: “Die Feinde Amerikas sind auf der Flucht”

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    05-02-20 02:42:00,

    Screenshot des Videos der Rede zur Lage der Nation, 04.02.2020. Quelle: Weißes Haus

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

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

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

    100-prozentig Trump: Authentische Lügen

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

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

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

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

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

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    How the FBI Sabotaged Trump Foreign Policy – Global Research

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    30-01-20 09:30:00,

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Let’s examine how the FBI eliminated Flynn:

    In August,

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

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    30-01-20 08:58:00,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The scheme prevents regional peace and stability,

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

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    29-01-20 09:43:00,

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

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

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

    Oslo revisited

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

    Welke belangen dient het plan?

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

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

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

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

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    27-01-20 08:08:00,

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

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

    Hunter Biden in Oekraïne

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

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

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

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

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

    Business as usual

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

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

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

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    23-01-20 03:52:00,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    20-01-20 09:33:00,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    14-01-20 08:33:00,


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

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

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

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

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

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    07-01-20 10:26:00,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Trump’s Mass Deception on Iran – Global Research

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    06-01-20 10:51:00,

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1. a declared war;

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

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

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

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

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

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

    On Friday, Trump tweeted the following:

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

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

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

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    Trump will Krieg

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    03-01-20 03:30:00,

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

    Dieser Beitrag ist auch als Audio-Podcast verfügbar.

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

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

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

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

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

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    03-01-20 03:30:00,

    Erich Gysling / 03. Jan 2020 –

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

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

    Irak in der Zwickmühle zwischen den USA und Iran

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

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

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

    Von Iran unterstützte Milizen sind Teil der irakischen Armee

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

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    Trump steekt de lont aan | Uitpers

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    03-01-20 03:04:00,

    Aan de Iraaks-Syrische grens (tehrantimes)

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

    Bagdad

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

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

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

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

    Goed gemikt

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

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