Trump, Gorbachev, And The Fall Of The American Empire

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08-11-18 08:53:00,

Authored by Raja Murthy via The Asia Times,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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05-11-18 09:02:00,

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

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

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

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

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Trump’s War on the Fed

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03-11-18 08:26:00,

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

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

Why the Frontal Attack?

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

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

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

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02-11-18 02:05:00,

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

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

Dit is een vreemd verhaal

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

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

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

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

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

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01-11-18 07:22:00,

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

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

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

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

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

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Ron Paul: Trump Is Right, The Fed Is Crazy

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29-10-18 10:05:00,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trump Is Right: The Fed Is A Big Problem

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29-10-18 07:48:00,

Authored by Thorstein Polleit via The Mises Institute,

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

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

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

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

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

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

26-10-18 10:05:00,

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,

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

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

Yet, by Thursday morning, there was heartening news.

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

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

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

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

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

What was going on here?

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

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

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

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

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

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Trump drijft China en Japan in elkaars armen

Trump drijft China en Japan in elkaars armen

26-10-18 04:34:00,

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

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

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

Tweede en derde grootste wereldeconomie

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

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

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

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

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Mail bomb campaign against Trump critics too perfectly orchestrated

Mail bomb campaign against Trump critics too perfectly orchestrated

25-10-18 08:19:00,

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

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

RT reported this on the 22nd and noted that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vesti News also carried the report in updated form here:

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

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

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

25-10-18 07:27:00,

Nominee Would Be Unprecedented as Most Unqualified in Agency History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21-10-18 09:21:00,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18-10-18 10:47:00,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17-10-18 09:01:00,

Authored by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market.com,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17-10-18 12:38:00,

Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Context for Trump’s Tripler Alliance

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

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

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

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

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

Khashoggi

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

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‘Trump Wants To Have Me Killed’, Says Venezuela’s Maduro

‘Trump Wants To Have Me Killed’, Says Venezuela’s Maduro

13-10-18 07:51:00,

As the US continues to send not-so-subtle signals that it could be open to a military invasion of Venezuela after a US-supported coup plot involving Venezuelan military officers fizzled, Nicolas Maduro – who only a few months ago evaded a bizarre assassination attempt involving C4-laden drones – has accused the Trump Administration of conspiring to have him assassinated.

When approached for a response to Maduro’s comments, a White House spokesman did little to rebut his claims, saying only that the US’s “policy preference” is “for a peaceful, orderly return to democracy in Venezuela.” Given Venezuela’s ailing energy infrastructure, and US sanctions that have made it difficult for the Maduro regime to sell its oil or tap capital markets for funding, the government has been forced to rely on China and, to a lesser extent, Russia to keep it afloat.

Venezuela

But China’s latest money for oil deal hasn’t been enough to plug the gaping hole in the socialist country’s budget, and the country’s frenzied money printing has stoked expectations that the country’s inflation rate will surge to 1.37 million percent by the end of next year. Meanwhile, the IMF earlier this week reaffirmed its forecast that Venezuela’s GDP will shrink by 18% during 2018.

Nearly 2 million Venezuelans have fled since 2015 as the economic mismanagement under Maduro left the oil rich nation with crippling shortages of food and medicine. In response, Maduro has authorized violent crackdowns on street protests and dissent. Earlier this week, the US accused Maduro of ordering the death of a jailed opposition leader who died in police custody. They say he killed himself.

But in a televised broadcast, Maduro accused Colombia and the US of conspiring to kill him. The president has long claimed that he has been the target of an “economic war” orchestrated by Washington that has been the true cause of Venezuela’s societal collapse.

“They have given the order from the White House that Maduro be killed,” said Maduro, flanked by workers. He vowed that “they will not even touch a single hair of mine.”

As usual, Maduro didn’t provide any evidence to back up his claims. But in a country where even a cup of coffee is an unaffordable luxury,

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Google Vs. Trump: “The Good Censor” On Collision Course With The Patriot President

Google Vs. Trump: “The Good Censor” On Collision Course With The Patriot President

13-10-18 07:50:00,

Authored by ‘Washington Watcher’ via VDare.com,

The leaked internal Google briefing “The Good Censor” [PDF] has received suspiciously little attention from the Main Stream Media, but it represents the crassest statement yet of the Tech oligopolies’ intention to impose Silicon Valley Political Correctness on the U.S.

As American Thinker Editor Thomas Lifson puts it:

“I congratulate Breitbart.com for the scoop, and I urge everyone -I am looking at you, President Trump and Congress – to read and ponder the fate of the Republic unless this company is defanged, most likely by antitrust action, but possibly also via civil courts.” [Stunning 85-page Google memo ‘The Good Censor’ leaked to BreitbartOctober 10, 2018]

What are Trump’s options? He’s certainly thinking about the issue.

The Washington Post reported recently that the White House was backing off a proposed executive order that would have required federal agencies to “investigate and/or prosecute” tech giants for bias. Administration officials told WaPo:

“Although the White House is concerned about the conduct of online platforms and their impact on society, this document is not the result of an official White House policymaking process.” [White House distances itself from reports that Trump could target Facebook, Google and Twitter with a new executive order, by Tony Romm and Josh Dawsey, September 22, 2018]

WaPo reported Trump has demanded an executive order on this matter for some time, but all of the drafts have been deemed “unworkable.” Sources tell the Watcher that the fallout from the leak deterred the President but he still considers the issue a top priority for his base and he wants it addressed.

Of course, first, we have to shoot down True Conservative notions that it’s not the government’s job to resolve tech censorship. Dogmatic Conservatism Incers insist the free market will magically fix the problem and government intervention would somehow be worse than suppression of right-wing views. Some—such as The Weekly Standard’sJonathan Last—have even celebrated this censorship as a necessary measure against “repugnant” voices.

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Trump Has Put America on Path to War with Iran While Nobody Is Paying Attention – Global Research

Trump Has Put America on Path to War with Iran While Nobody Is Paying Attention – Global Research

12-10-18 10:57:00,

Sixteen years ago this week, 77 U.S. senators and 296 members of the House of Representatives gave President George W. Bush the authority to wage war in Iraq.

That monumental vote enabled what is arguably the biggest strategic foreign policy blunder in American history, needlessly killing hundreds of thousands and costing trillions of dollars. To this day, the United States is still militarily engaged in Iraq and Syria, dealing with the continued fallout of Bush’s decision to invade back in 2003. For decades to come, the United States will spend tens, if not hundreds, of billions of dollars caring for American service members wounded both mentally and physically in that conflict.

If you think the U.S. government learned its lesson from this tragedy, think again. 

Kent Conrad (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Amanda N. Stencil)

Former Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) was one of just 29 senators—all Democrats—who voted against the Iraq war authorization in October 2002. Last year, he issued a stark warning:

If an administration again pounds the drums for war and the media reacted as they did [during the run-up to the Iraq war], without serious thought, with just a visceral emotional response rather than thinking critically and seriously and responsibly, I don’t think what happened in Iraq will unfortunately matter very much. I wish I could say to you something else.

Well it just so happens that an administration is pounding the war drums again, and the media is playing right along.

Trump’s Approach to Iran

Team Trump showed its hand in the early days of the administration when then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn randomly stormed into the White House press room to put Iran “on notice” (for what, it was unclear, but in any event, Iran was on notice). Soon after, the Trump administration began its quest to dismantle the Obama administration’s legacy of working through differences with Iran diplomatically and to put the United States back on the path to war.

While Trump began signaling his desire to leave the historic nuclear deal, administration officials started dialing up the bellicose rhetoric. Later that year, then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo pushed the baseless narrative that Iran is in cahoots with al-Qaeda.

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Trump Says Blocking Saudi Arms Sales Would Be “Hurting Us” When Asked About Khashoggi

Trump Says Blocking Saudi Arms Sales Would Be “Hurting Us” When Asked About Khashoggi

11-10-18 03:19:00,

It’s not exactly a shocker, but does still serve to confirm just what interests actually drive American foreign policy and no it has nothing to do with “sticking up for human rights” or “punishing rogue regimes”.

In fact a regime can literally lure a prominent journalist to its embassy, murder him and chop him up into pieces, and then cart the body out of a foreign country — as the fast mounting evidence increasingly confirms in the case of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi — and the US may not so much as bat and eyelash. 

President Trump told “Fox News Night” on Wednesday that he wants to know what happened to Khashoggi but expressed reluctance when it comes to blocking arms sales to the kingdom.

 “I think that would be hurting us,” Trump said.

“We have jobs, we have a lot of things happening in this country. We have a country that’s doing probably better economically than it’s ever done before.”

Ironically this all comes a mere days after on Trump last Sunday said the Saudi king wouldn’t last “two weeks” without American support. The statements also come just as a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders are demanding a federal probe into Khashoggi’s disappearance and alleged murder that could lead to sanctions on the longtime close US ally.  

The president continued: “Part of that is what we’re doing with our defense systems and everybody’s wanting them. And frankly I think that that would be a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country. I mean, you’re affecting us and, you know, they’re always quick to jump that way.”

Trump’s surprisingly frank assessment came after earlier on Wednesday Republican Sen. Bob Corker, who as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee cited US intelligence on the case, saying “there was Saudi involvement” and “everything points to them.” Corker noted in statements that the killing likely happened the moment Khashoggi walked into the consulate. 

President Donald Trump says he is “certainly concerned” that missing Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, but says he hopes he’s not.

“I have to find out who did it,”

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Trump’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad National Security Team

Trump’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad National Security Team

08-10-18 06:04:00,

“There’s every indication that Trump’s heart is in the right place but he hasn’t got either the awareness of his own vast Executive authority”

Gareth Porter paints a dismal picture. Time and again, President Donald Trump indicates he wants to do the right thing: get out Afghanistan, get out of Syria, get out of South Korea.

Every time, his national security team – the people he appointed – sends him to “the tank” and hotboxes him with all the reasons he’s wrong and why the US needs to “stay the course” in multiple wars and absurd deployments.

If the account of Bob Woodward is to be believed, Trump’s flailing against his own appointees is nothing less than pathetic, that of a pitiable Gulliver roped down by Lilliputians of his own installation. As described by Tom Engelhardt:

‘After all, from National Security Advisor John Bolton (the invasion of Iraq) and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (a longtime regime-change advocate) to CIA Director Gina Haspel (black sites and torture), Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis (former Marine general and CENTCOM commander), and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (former Marine general and a commander in Iraq), those adolts [sic] and so many like them remain deeply implicated in the path the country took in those years of geopolitical dreaming. They were especially responsible for the decision to invest in the U.S. military (and little else), as well as in endless wars, in the years before Donald Trump came to power. And worse yet, they seem to have learned absolutely nothing from the process. [ . . .  ]

‘In his book, Woodward describes a National Security Council meeting in August 2017, in which the adolts [sic] in the room saved the president from his worst impulses. He describes how an impatient Donald Trump “exploded, most particularly at his generals. You guys have created this situation. It’s been a disaster. You’re the architects of this mess in Afghanistan… You’re smart guys, but I have to tell you, you’re part of the problem. And you haven’t been able to fix it,

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Trump To Saudi King: “You Wouldn’t Last Two Weeks Without Us”

Trump To Saudi King: “You Wouldn’t Last Two Weeks Without Us”

03-10-18 07:21:00,

One week after President Trump accused Saudi Arabia of deliberately conspiring to drive up oil prices during his speech before the United Nations General Assembly, the president stepped up his rhetoric against America’s most important strategic ally in the Middle East during a rally in Southaven Mississippi Tuesday night, implying that the US could withdraw the military protection it provides to the kingdom and warning that the Saudi regime that it wouldn’t survive for “two weeks” without US support.

Trump

In a rebuke that may have been inspired by OPEC’s refusal to raise production at the September meeting in Algiers (though Saudi officials have said both on the record and in several reported leaks that they’re looking into unilateral cuts) Trump told the crowd that he had warned Saudi Arabia’s King Salman that he “might not be there for two weeks without us,” adding “you have to pay for your military.” Trump’s remarks triggered uproarious applause.

“We protect Saudi Arabia. Would you say they’re rich. And I love the King, King Salman. But I said ‘King – we’re protecting you – you might not be there for two weeks without us – you have to pay for your military.’”

Last week’s remarks at the UN were only the latest example of Trump’s demands that Saudi Arabia, the de facto leader of OPEC, act to suppress oil prices since they started breaking higher earlier this year. Most of those warnings have come via twitter. At one point, Trump said that Saudi Arabia had agreed as early as June to do more to push oil prices lower.

We protect the countries of the Middle East, they would not be safe for very long without us, and yet they continue to push for higher and higher oil prices! We will remember. The OPEC monopoly must get prices down now!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2018

Just spoke to King Salman of Saudi Arabia and explained to him that, because of the turmoil & disfunction in Iran and Venezuela, I am asking that Saudi Arabia increase oil production, maybe up to 2,000,000 barrels, to make up the difference…Prices to high! He has agreed!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30,

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This Is What Donald Trump Must Do To Battle The Deep State And Win

This Is What Donald Trump Must Do To Battle The Deep State And Win

02-10-18 07:23:00,

Via TargetLiberty.com,

The below essay by long-time political operative Roger Stone is the most important essay I have come across detailing how the Deep State has run counter-operations against Donald Trump, before he was elected president and since. In the essay, Stone also provides suggestions on how Trump should battle the DS.

The lesson here for libertarians is how government Deep State operatives often use laws created “to protect us”  to instead protect sectors of central power. The only way to stop these power plays is to eliminate the power centers by shrinking government.
RW 

By Roger Stone

During the Presidential Campaign for the 2016 election, then Candidate Trump responded to the anguished cries of The People when he promised to “Drain the Swamp”.  While Donald J. Trump knew instinctively that there was rampant corruption in Washington, D.C., it is entirely possible that he was surprised by the levels of vindictiveness and wrath he would eventually encounter.

In a prescient and possibly complicit statement, on January 3, 2017, mere days from Trump’s inauguration, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned the soon-to-be sworn-in President Elect. Schumer said that Donald Trump was being ”really dumb” to question US intelligence agency officials in their handling of the alleged “Russian Hacking” fabrications.  Schumer warned: “Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community – they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,”.  With the benefit of hindsight, we see that the Obama corrupted FBI with assistance from the Obama corrupted CIA tried more than six different ways, and are still trying even now.

The Russian Collusion Delusion is a fairly complicated bit of political machinery.  That was by design.  It doesn’t take very much complexity to make most people’s eyes glaze over, which is why we have specialists for almost all complicated endeavors.  Engineers, programmers, chemists, doctors, and a multitude of others makes the fabric of our complex society.  It simply isn’t possible for anyone to become an expert in everything, and this is the principle upon which the Deep State’s coup d’état relies upon.  In order to comprehend what they have done,

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Plots is Trump voorstander van de Palestijnse staat die hij fanatiek ondermijnt – The Rights Forum

Plots is Trump voorstander van de Palestijnse staat die hij fanatiek ondermijnt – The Rights Forum

28-09-18 05:16:00,

Nieuws

Circus Trump

Jared Kushner Algemene Vergadering Mahmud Abbas vredesproces tweestatenoplossing Oost-Jeruzalem Trump

Circus Trump / Plots is Trump voorstander van de Palestijnse staat die hij fanatiek ondermijnt

Tot ieders verbazing sprak de Amerikaanse president zich in New York uit voor de tweestatenoplossing. Tot dusver waren zijn inspanningen juist gericht op het voorkomen daarvan. Van een koerswijziging in het Amerikaanse beleid blijkt echter geen sprake.

President Trump en premier Netanyahu in New York, afgelopen woensdagForward 

De Amerikaanse president Trump blijft voor verwarring zorgen. Met zijn kritiekloze houding tegenover Israëls ‘nederzettingenpolitiek’ in bezet Palestijns gebied, zijn erkenning van Jeruzalem als hoofdstad van Israël en zijn andere tegen de Palestijnen gerichte maatregelen, leek hij er alles aan te doen een Palestijnse staat, en daarmee de tweestatenoplossing, onmogelijk te maken. Maar tijdens een gesprek met de Israëlische premier Benjamin Netanyahu en enkele journalisten, in de marge van de bijeenkomst van de Algemene Vergadering van de Verenigde Naties in New York, sprak hij plots zijn voorkeur uit voor die oplossing. Zoals vaker was zijn mening niet gestoeld op argumenten, maar op een ‘gevoel’:

I like the two-state solution. That’s what I think works best. I don’t even have to speak to anybody, that’s my feeling.

Netanyahu, die juist een lofzang op Trump en de ‘Amerikaans-Israëlische alliantie’ had afgerond, deed er het zwijgen toe, ook toen Trump, naar hem wijzend, vervolgde: ‘Misschien denk jij er anders over, ik denk het niet, maar dit is mijn opvatting.’

Maar één staat mag ook

Opwinding maakte zich van de aanwezige journalisten meester. Betekende dit een omslag in het Amerikaanse denken? Had dit gevolgen voor het vredesplan waaraan onder leiding van Trumps schoonzoon Jared Kushner al ruim anderhalf jaar wordt gesleuteld? Nee, zo bleek tijdens een hectische persconferentie later op de avond. Zeker, Trump is tot het inzicht gekomen dat de tweestatenoplossing waaraan de internationale gemeenschap zich al 25 jaar committeert eigenlijk de beste is. Maar dat betekent niet dat hij een andere oplossing afwijst,

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Trump: An Assessment – PaulCraigRoberts.org

Trump: An Assessment – PaulCraigRoberts.org

27-09-18 07:49:00,

Trump: An Assessment

Trump the Great?

Paul Craig Roberts

I supported Trump for president for three reasons:

Trump was the only candidate who recognized the need to normalize relations with Russia and bring a halt to the reckless orchestration of conflict with a major nuclear power.

Trump was the only candidate who recognized the need to restore high productivity, high value added jobs to the American workforce.

Trump was the only candidate who spoke to the American people instead of to the organized interest groups of the ruling elite.

My concern was that Trump did not know Washington and did not know who to appoint to help him achieve these goals.

Trump was unaware of the extent of the threat that his agenda posed to the military/security complex, US global corporations, and the ruling oligarchy. Normalizing relations with Russia would put in question the $1,000 billion annual budget, and the power that goes with it, of the military/security complex. Bringing home the offshored jobs would raise the labor cost of US global corporations and cut the “performance bonuses” of the executive class. Speaking directly to the American people raised the specter of a populist revolt against the ruling oligarchy. These are too many enemies for a president who did not know how to staff his administration, and Trump has paid the price.

The fake charges that comprise “Russiagate,” orchestrated by CIA director John Brennan, implemented by highly partisan Democratic operatives in the FBI and by Trump’s own Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, and ridden hard by the Democrats and the presstitutes, prevented Trump from normalizing relations with Russia.

Bad economic advice, whether innocent or intentional, misfocused Trump’s attention from the problem of jobs offshoring to tarrifs, with the consequence that he has a trade war and rising prices for Americans in place of the return of their jobs.

The ruling oligarchs have decided to make an example of Trump so that no future presidential candidate makes the mistake of speaking directly to the American people.

Trump was our last chance, and it appears that he is going down.

Trump’s Middle Eastern policy is in the hands of Trump’s Zionist son-in-law and Netanyahu.

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Trump, der Welthandel und die Geisterfahrer der EU

Trump, der Welthandel und die Geisterfahrer der EU

24-09-18 09:28:00,

  1. Trump, der Welthandel und die Geisterfahrer der EU

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Während der US-Präsident Sand ins Getriebe der weltweiten Ausbeutungsketten streut, versucht die EU, die Risse im westlichen Machtbündnis durch einen gemeinsamen Feind zu kitten

Jahrzehntelang waren die USA und die EU ein unschlagbares Team, wenn es darum ging, die wirtschaftliche Globalisierung voranzutreiben, eine internationale Freihandelsordnung durchzusetzen, Zugänge zu den Märkten, den Bodenschätzen, dem fruchtbaren Land und den billigen Arbeitskräften in aller Welt zu “öffnen”, notfalls auch mit wirtschaftlichem Druck oder militärischer Gewalt.

Dass diese Zeiten vorbei sind, hat US-Präsident Donald Trump kürzlich auf seine undiplomatische Art in zwei Worten deutlich gemacht. Er habe soeben “Europa geöffnet”, prahlte er kurz nach seinem Treffen mit EU-Kommissionspräsident Claude Juncker Ende Juli, bei dem über die US-Strafzollpolitik gegen europäische Produkte gesprochen wurde. Juncker hatte ihm zugesagt, dass die EU in Zukunft mehr Sojabohnen und verflüssigtes Frackinggas (LNG) importieren werde. Und tatsächlich, wenige Wochen später war Bundeswirtschaftsminister Peter Altmaier bereits auf der Suche nach einem geeigneten Standort für ein LNG-Terminal in Deutschland.

Trumps Konfliktstrategie hat die EU-Handelspolitiker kalt erwischt. Dass die US-Regierung europäischen Stahl und Aluminium mit Zöllen belegt, und dann auch noch mit Strafzöllen auf Autos und Autoteile drohen würde – damit hatten sie offenbar nicht gerechnet. Cecilia Malmström, die EU-Handelskommissarin, zeigte sich empört. Man werde nicht “mit der Pistole auf der Brust” in Verhandlungen gehen, erklärte sie.

Doch genau das wird nun geschehen. Nach Junckers Treffen mit Trump war klar, dass die EU sich auf dessen erpresserische Strategie einlässt. Die US-Zölle auf Stahl und Aluminium bleiben in Kraft, und die Drohung mit Autozöllen steht weiterhin im Raum, für den Fall, dass man sich in Verhandlungen nicht einig wird.

Für die Handelspolitiker der EU ist das ein unerwarteter Rollenwechsel. Denn bisher haben sie gern anderen die Pistole auf die Brust gesetzt. Afrikanische Staaten wurden in diesem Stil gezwungen, Freihandelsverträge mit der EU zu unterzeichnen, gegen die sie sich mit aller Kraft gewehrt haben. Als beispielsweise Kenia sich weigerte,

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UK Begged Trump Not To Declassify Russia Docs; Cited “Grave Concerns” Over Steele Involvement

UK Begged Trump Not To Declassify Russia Docs; Cited “Grave Concerns” Over Steele Involvement

23-09-18 07:48:00,

The British government “expressed grave concerns” to the US government over the declassification and release of material related to the Trump-Russia investigation, according to the New York Times. President Trump ordered a wide swath of materials “immediately” declassified “without redaction” on Monday, only to change his mind later in the week by allowing the DOJ Inspector General to review the materials first. 

The Times reports that the UK’s concern was over material which “includes direct references to conversations between American law enforcement officials and Christopher Steele,” the former MI6 agent who compiled the infamous “Steele Dossier.” The UK’s objection, according to former US and British officials, was over revealing Steele’s identity in an official document, “regardless of whether he had been named in press reports.” 

We would note, however, that Steele’s name was contained within the Nunes Memo the House Intelligence Committee’s majority opinion in the Trump-Russia case.

Steele also had extensive contacts with DOJ official Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie, who – along with Steele – was paid by opposition research firm Fusion GPS in the anti-Trump campaign. Trump called for the declassification of FBI notes of interviews with Ohr, which would ostensibly reveal more about his relationship with Steele. Ohr was demoted twice within the Department of Justice for lying about his contacts with Fusion GPS. 

Perhaps the Brits are also concerned since much of the espionage performed on the Trump campaign was conducted on UK soil throughout 2016. Recall that Trump aid George Papadopoulos was lured to London in March, 2016, where Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud fed him the rumor that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton. It was later at a London bar that Papadopoulos would drunkenly pass the rumor to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer (who Strzok flew to London to meet with). 

Also recall that CIA/FBI “informant” (spy) Stefan Halper met with both Carter Page and Papadopoulos in London. 

Halper, a veteran of four Republican administrations, reached out to Trump aide George Papadopoulos in September 2016 with an offer to fly to London to write an academic paper on energy exploration in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Pat Buchanan: Is Trump Going Neocon In Syria?

Pat Buchanan: Is Trump Going Neocon In Syria?

11-09-18 09:58:00,

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org:

Is President Donald Trump about to intervene militarily in the Syrian civil war? For that is what he and his advisers seem to be signaling.

Last week, Trump said of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s campaign to recapture the last stronghold of the rebellion, Idlib province: “If it’s a slaughter, the world is going to get very, very angry. And the United States is going to get very angry, too.”

In a front-page story Monday, “Assad is Planning Chlorine Attack, U.S. Says,” The Wall Street Journal reports that, during a recent meeting, “President Trump threatened to conduct a massive attack against Mr. Assad if he carries out a massacre in Idlib.”

Idlib contains three million civilians and refugees and 70,000 rebels, 10,000 of whom are al-Qaida.

Friday, The Washington Post reported that Trump is changing U.S. policy. America will not be leaving Syria any time soon.

The 2,200 U.S. troops in Syria will remain until we see “the exit of all Iranian military and proxy forces and the establishment of a stable, non-threatening government acceptable to all Syrians.”

“We are not in a hurry to go,” said James Jeffrey, the retired Foreign Service officer brought back to handle the Syria account. “The new policy is we’re no longer pulling out by the end of the year.”

President Obama had a red line against Syria’s use of poison gas, which Trump enforced with bombing runs. Now we have a new red line. Said Jeffrey, the U.S. “will not tolerate an attack. Period.”

In an editorial Friday, the Post goaded Trump, calling his response to Assad’s ruthless recapture of his country “pathetically weak.” To stand by and let the Syrian army annihilate the rebels in Idlib, said the Post, would be “another damaging abdication of U.S. leadership.”

What Trump seems to be signaling, the Post demanding, and Jeffrey suggesting, is that, rather than allow a bloody battle for the recapture of Idlib province to play out, the United States should engage Russian and Syrian forces militarily and force them to back off.

On Friday, near the U.S. garrison at Tanf in southern Syria, close to Iraq, U.S. Marines conducted a live-fire exercise.

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Why Trump is Trying to Crush Turkey | New Eastern Outlook

Why Trump is Trying to Crush Turkey | New Eastern Outlook

01-09-18 09:19:00,

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The United States and Turkey, as of the second week of August 2018, are ready to break off diplomatic relations as a result of broad US sanctions on Turkey. However, not only is Turkey a full NATO member, an organization whose charter legally prohibits President Trump’s actions under its “mutual assistance” tenets, but Turkey also hosts US forces as well.

Trump “tweeted” his opening attack on Turkey as follows, obviously unaware of the thousands of American troops in and around Turkey, dependent on that nation’s cooperation and good will:

“I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar! Aluminum will now be 20% and Steel 50%. Relations with Turkey and the United States are not good at this time.”

These forces may well be expelled from Turkey at any time. Among those forces is a nuclear weapons command with an estimated 84 B61 nuclear weapons and two dozen specially modified F16 aircraft capable of supporting thermonuclear warfare against targets in the Middle East from Turkish soil.

Additionally, the US keeps a Rapid Deployment Corps near Istanbul, maintains a base in Izmir, one in Kurecik and another in Diyarbakir. There are also Patriot missile batteries and supporting radar stationed in Turkey to support American military action, allegedly against ISIS.

Beyond that, the US maintains a massive CIA presence in Turkey including thousands of CIA and State Department contractors in Hatay Province who support “moderate opposition” commands in Syria’s Idlib Province but are also alleged to support both ISIS and al Qaeda forces as well, according to Russia’s Ministries of Defense and Foreign Ministry.

Beyond that, America supplies its military forces inside Syria and Iraq through Turkey. All the while, the US has supported Kurdish organizations inside Syria, the longstanding conflict between the Kurdish peoples and Turkey has created a backdrop for US “mischief making” against Turkey, part of what Turkey’s President Erdogan sees as an America/Israel move to castrate and balkanize Turkey.

On August 8, 2018, the United States, or rather President Trump, announced a doubling of tariffs on Turkey steel and aluminum. With the Turkish lira at record lows against the dollar,

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Trump and Understanding the Root Causes of Violence in Palestine/Israel | New Eastern Outlook

Trump and Understanding the Root Causes of Violence in Palestine/Israel | New Eastern Outlook

01-09-18 07:28:00,

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Conflict is like everything else – people get labels assigned to them based on their supposed political party, even though those parties do not represent the best interests of their base. Therefore, in the light of the meltdown over Palestine, and the number of Jewish-loving born again Christians, especially in the United States, it is high time to take a closer look at what the roots of the current violence is—not an easy undertaking.

Most pundits and politicians are so involved in discussing the political and funding side of the Arab-Israeli conflict that they are unwilling to accept that its root cause is land and not religion. It is like beating a drum—and Trump claims that he has merely accepted what was already a reality, as Jerusalem is functionally the capital of Israel.

Not so simple

I am reminded of one of my former graduate students in academic writing, who wanted to write a paper on the Arab-Israeli Conflict and was surprised when I told her that the topic was too large. I explained that it would keep her busy for the rest of her life, and how she needed to find something more focused to get her assignment done.

Naively, the young girl, from a country with its own rich history of Jewish culture and community, asked me… “then what are they fighting about.”

I told her the conflict was not about religion, as Jews, Arabs and Christians were all able to live side-by-side, as it was part of [our] religion to get along. It was not until the UN decided to decant the remnant of Jews in Europe to an artificial state it had set up itself, based on the mess the British had left in their Palestine Mandate, that the trouble had begun. “It is all over land and who has the most right to it.”

This view may be an oversimplification, but it gets to the crux of the matter. Alan Dowty, Professor of Government and International Studies and Fellow of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, confirms this: “The core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the claim of two peoples to the same piece of land.”

However,

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Trump Orders Pay-Freeze For All Non-Military Federal Employees In 2019

Trump Orders Pay-Freeze For All Non-Military Federal Employees In 2019

30-08-18 05:24:00,

Are you suggesting that federal workers should pay into a pension fund without getting it? Are you suggesting that that would put them on a level playing field with the dual-earner, family-friendly / absenteeism-friendly crony parents who inhabit most of the decent-paying jobs in the corporate world—the only ones with extra money to sock away in 401ks?  

The dual-earner parents are the only ones who do not have to use their 401k money to cover rent between churn jobs since they have spousal income. 

I don’t see the difference between the highly paid federal employees and the highly paid, womb-privileged corporate employees.

It is as easy to maintain a 401k over time if you are an above-firing crony parent in a corporate job, with ample spousal income, as it is to hold a job in a situation where you can take off frequent mornings, days, afternoons and weeks beyond PTO and preggie leave without meeting quotas.

Do those corporate employees pay into 401ks without getting anything out of it?

I don’t think so. I see them covering posh zip-code houses, mortgages on second homes, private schools for the kiddos, fine dining out every week and 9 two-week vavations for busy-working parents per year, plus PTO and pregnancy leave, while contributing to their 401ks without missing a small or large luxury. 

Or, are you comparing apples and oranges?

Are you comparing dual-earner crony parents, who will have dual SS streams and other dual retirement income streams after they turn 65, to the MAJORITY, including the womb-productive citizens and noncitizens at the low end of the wage scale.

At the back end of life, they do not have the extra pension money from .gov, but their major household bills are paid by .gov all through their childbearing years. This is noncontributory, other than the sex and birthing that they give .gov. 

They get free groceries, subsidized rent, monthly cash assistance, free electricity, nearly free daycare so that the single-breadwinner mommas can work part time to stay under the income limits for welfare program—plus yearly, sex-and-reproduction, tax-cash rewards from the US Treasury Department called refundable child tax credits up to $6,431. 

Those mommas with .gov-financed monthly bills often spend their child-tax-credit cash,

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Are Trump Regime Hardliners Sabotaging US -North Korea Talks? | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Are Trump Regime Hardliners Sabotaging US -North Korea Talks? | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

30-08-18 02:23:00,

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Washington can never be trusted. Its promises are consistently broken. Accepting US pledges at face value is hazardous.  Washington has been in a state of undeclared war on the DPRK since adoption of the uneasy 1953 armistice. 

What’s going on post-mid-June Kim Jong-Un/Trump summit talks is reminiscent of how US/DPRK relations unravelled earlier.

In 1994, US/North Korean talks were held. An Agreed Framework was signed.

Pyongyang agreed to replace its nuclear power plant program with a light water nuclear reactor, along with steps toward normalizing relations with Washington.

The Clinton regime agreed to build two light-water reactors by 2003. It promised to supply Pyongyang with 500,000 tons of heavy fuel annually.

US sanctions would be lifted. The DPRK would no longer be designated a state sponsor of terrorism.

Both countries agreed to provide “formal assurances” against threatened or actual use of nuclear weapons.

Pyongyang agreed to allow Washington to monitor its nuclear sites. The deal collapsed after GW Bush called North Korea part of an axis of evil in his first State of the Union address.

The DPRK upheld its part of the deal. Washington systematically breached it, reneging on its word. North Korea responded by resuming plutonium enrichment.

In August 2003, six-party talks were initiated, involving North and South Korea, China, Russia, America and Japan.

In 2005, Pyongyang pledged to abandon “all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs.” In 2009, talks broke down following disagreements over verification, along with international condemnation of a DPRK ballistic missile test – what many other countries do without criticism of their programs.

Hostility and betrayal defined US policy toward North Korea throughout its post-WW II history.

Washington breached earlier agreements, not Pyongyang – eager for rapprochement and normalized relations, what the US consistently rejected.

Is this time different with the most extremist/belligerent ever US regime in power?

Since Kim/Trump summit talks in mid-June, US relations toward North Korea deteriorated. Trump regime hardliners demand everything in return for empty promises.

Russia is furious about a leaked confidential UN report on the DPRK – prior to discussion by the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee members on North Korea,

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Trump Moves to Open 1.6 Million Acres of California Public Lands to Fracking

Trump Moves to Open 1.6 Million Acres of California Public Lands to Fracking

27-08-18 04:03:00,

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The Trump administration took the first steps on Wednesday towards opening up 1.6 million acres of public land in California to fracking and oil drilling, The Sacramento Bee reported.

In a notice of intent published on the Federal Register Wednesday, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) said it would prepare an environmental impact statement on the use of fracking on 400,000 acres of public land and 1.2 million acres of mineral estate overseen by BLM in California counties including Fresno, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, The Hill reported.

Concerned citizens have 30 days from Wednesday to comment on the proposal.

The move would lift a five-year moratorium on leasing federal land in California to oil companies, The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) said in a statement.

It also comes less than a week after the Trump administration proposed revoking California’s waiver to set its own vehicle emissions standards under the Clean Air Act and just days after Trump blamed the state’s environmental policies for the record-breaking wildfires it is currently battling.

“It’s a coordinated attack on California by the Trump administration,” CBD senior attorney Clare Lakewood told The Hill.

No federal lands in the state have been leased to oil companies since 2013, when a federal judge found that the BLM had leased land in Monterey County without fully considering the environmental impact of fracking.

Environmentalists are concerned that fracking can increase the risk of earthquakes and contaminate groundwater, The Sacramento Bee reported.

The later risk is increased in California, a 2015 report from the California Council on Science and Technology found, because fracking in the state happens in areas with shallow depths close to groundwater and uses an especially high amount of toxic chemicals, The CBD reported.

Residents of San Luis Obispo are even considering a ballot measure this November that would ban new fracking operations and oil wells in parts of the county that are unincorporated, though it would have no impact on what happens on federal land,

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Trump Regime Planning Another Chemical Weapons Attack False Flag in Syria | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Trump Regime Planning Another Chemical Weapons Attack False Flag in Syria | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

27-08-18 03:59:00,

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The Syrian Arab News Agency reported on an impending false flag CW incident in Idlib province to be wrongfully blamed on government forces.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said a false flag attack is coming to “imped(e) a normal settlement of the…fight against terrorism in Idlib.”

On Saturday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov explained what’s coming, what happened several times before, most recently last April in the Douma – a fake US/UK false flag incident, wrongfully blamed on Damascus, followed by US/UK/French warplanes terror-bombing Syrian targets, naked aggression based on a Big Lie.

Konashenkov said another provocation is imminent with “active participation of (US and UK) foreign specialists…to serve as a new pretext for missile and bomb strikes by the United States, Great Britain and France against Syria’s government and economic facilities,” adding:

Ahead of the US/UK-orchestrated false flag, Pentagon warships were deployed in the Persian Gulf, carrying cruise missiles, along with a B-1B strategic bomber sent from Udei airbase in Qatar, armed with AGM-158 JASSM air-to-surface missiles.

Hostile statements by senior US, UK and French officials warned of “their intention to respond in the most resolute way to the alleged chemical weapons use by the Syrian government” – signaling they intend terror-bombing Syrian targets in response to their planned false flag, complicit with al-Nusra and White Helmets terrorists they support on the ground.

These countries intend “another dramatic escalation of the situation in the Middle East, (aimed) at disrupting the peace process on the territory of Syria,” said Konashenkov, adding:

“According to information confirmed…by several independent sources,” US-supported al-Nusra terrorists intend conducting a false flag CW attack, wrongfully blamed on government forces.

Large amounts of chlorine gas delivered to the town of Jisr ash-Shugur in Idlib province apparently is the CW of choice for the latest planned incident.

According to AMN News, Russian warships were deployed off Syria’s coast ahead of likely US, UK, French terror-bombing following an expected CW false flag incident, wrongfully blamed on Damascus.

“This latest move by the Russian Navy comes just 24 hours after they sent three ships en route to the Port of Tartous in western Syria,” AMN News reported.

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