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Fighting With One Arm Tied Behind Yr Back

by Oui Tue Jun 26th, 2018 at 09:09:13 PM EST

Opinion analysis: Divided court upholds Trump travel ban

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Brexit Scam: Faulty Exit Poll and Hedge Fund Insiders

by Oui Mon Jun 25th, 2018 at 09:32:43 PM EST

The Brexit Short: How Hedge Funds Used Private Polls to Make Millions

The private exit poll that appears to have had the most clients was conducted by Farage's favorite pollster and friend, Damian Lyons-Lowe, whose company is called Survation. It was sold to multiple clients and correctly predicted Leave, according to Farage and other sources familiar with the results. In an interview with Bloomberg, Farage said he learned of Survation's results before making at least one of two public concessions that night, meaning there was a good chance he was feeding specious sentiment into markets.

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The Deep State and Lisa Pease's Contribution

by Oui Mon Jun 25th, 2018 at 07:22:04 PM EST

[Due to a technical "Time-Out" @BooMan I will publish this diary here - Oui]

From the days the blog community was NOT an echo chamber and independent thought was a prerequisite to be part of a lively debate at the Pond. Fascism hasn't just crept into Washington DC politics bot also how people deal with one another. What a fu**ing shame.

From one of the best bloggers participating @BooMan ... Real History Lisa. Still appreciate her contribution, she is second to none and the Pond has seen many excellent contributors move on.

Video of Jim Douglass, Oliver Stone, Robert Ellsberg and Lisa Pease

Tim Weiner's "history" of the CIA cross-posted @BooMan

I just finished listening on C-SPAN to Tim Weiner being interviewed by David Ignatius re his new book on the CIA. Weiner is remarkably misleading about the CIA's record, especially in relation to the Kennedys. This is not surprising, however, since Weiner has been a favored reporter of the CIA's for years now.

Weiner's point he most wants to convey is that -- far from being the "rogue elephant" that Frank Church called it -- the CIA has always been ultraresponsive to Presidents. But that is provable untrue.

I'm shocked he would open with a quote from Richard Helms, and then return to him on the subject of Kennedy's assassination, given Helms' willingness to lie under oath (he was charged with perjury for denying the CIA's role in the Chilean operations).

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EU In a Political Crisis, Not a Migrant Crisis

by Oui Sun Jun 24th, 2018 at 03:56:03 PM EST

When the Syrian people fled their war torn country in 2015, the Xenophobia and Islamophobia grew to unexpected heights and become a political item across Europe by populist party "leaders".

The Refugee Crisis: One Million People Fled to Europe in 2015

The British got their Brexit, EU countries got an increase in right-wing extremism, anti-Muslim legislation was introduced and last but not least the right-wing of the Republican party got their leader chose as President. Making any sense of it all? What are the numbers as time passed by and the jihadist terror in Syria has diminished? The latest stats from UNHCR ...

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Trump to Pentagon: Hands Off Syria

by Oui Sun Jun 24th, 2018 at 08:32:21 AM EST

You're on your own, US tells Syrian rebels, as Assad goes on offensive | The Guardian |

The US has warned Syrian rebels in the south-west of the country they should not expect military support to help them resist a major government offensive. The message from Washington comes as Russian jets struck an opposition-held town on Sunday in the first air cover provided by Moscow to an expanding Syrian army offensive in the strategic area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The US message sent to heads of the Free Syrian Army said Washington wanted to make clear that "you should not base your decisions on the assumption or expectation of a military intervention by us".

The Syrian army began ramping up its assault last week in order to recapture the area.

Washington had warned the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, and his Russian allies that violations of a "de-escalation" zone agreed by the US and Russia last year would have "serious repercussions" and pledged "firm and appropriate measures".

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said on Friday the Syrian military escalation "unambiguously violates" the de-escalation arrangement. "Russia will ultimately bear responsibility for any further escalations in Syria," Haley said in a statement.  

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US Navy Plans Boer War Style Concentration Camps

by Oui Sat Jun 23rd, 2018 at 11:25:32 AM EST

See what I have written over de last decade and some of my recent analysis ...

New Fascist Pariah States America and Israel Lashing Out
Xenophobia and Islamophobia Roots of Today's Triad of Evil

America's 21st century calls them "Austerity Camps" ... nice term for the wealthiest of nations to call housing for poor people who have missed out on the profits of the financial crisis and belong to the migrants looking for a better life. Often away from drugs and corruption in their home country.  

Not his finest hour: The dark side of Winston Churchill | The Guardian - Oct. 28, 2010 |

Winston Churchill is rightly remembered for leading Britain through her finest hour - but what if he also led the country through her most shameful hour? What if, in addition to rousing a nation to save the world from the Nazis, he fought for a raw white supremacism and a concentration camp network of his own? This question burns through Richard Toye's new history, Churchill's Empire, and is even seeping into the Oval Office.

George W Bush left a bust of Churchill near his desk in the White House, in an attempt to associate himself with the war leader's heroic stand against fascism. Barack Obama had it returned to Britain. It's not hard to guess why: his Kenyan grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was imprisoned without trial for two years and was tortured on Churchill's watch, for resisting Churchill's empire.

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Corbyn Visits the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan

by Oui Fri Jun 22nd, 2018 at 07:27:17 PM EST

Jeromy Corbyn visited the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan today and promised recognition of a Palestinian State under his administration. In a UNHCR refugee camp, Corbyn will not have met any Palestinian refugees who fled the dramatic sectarian war of Syria. Jordan blocks Palestinian refugees from entering its territory ... its UNWRA's problem.

Zaatari Camp Organization

    Since the eruption of the brutal conflict in Syria in 2011, more than 2.5 million refugees have fled their homes in search of peace, safety, and normalcy. While a vast majority of these people are seeking refuge in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt, the Zaatari (مخيم الزعتري) refugee camp, a three-square-mile piece of land located in the desolate Jordanian desert, has quickly become a semi-permanent home for tens of thousands of refugees, most originating in the Da'ara Governorate in Syria's Southwest.

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Who gives a damn about Ireland?

by Frank Schnittger Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 09:06:10 PM EST

Leave voters prefer hard border to staying in customs union - poll

Two out of three British voters who backed Brexit would prefer to see a hard border in Ireland than for Britain to remain in the EU customs union, according to a new poll.

Only one in three British voters said they could not accept a different status for Northern Ireland after Brexit and six out of 10 Leave voters said that leaving the EU was more important than keeping the United Kingdom together.

The poll by Conservative peer Michael Ashcroft found that, given a straight choice between a hard border and remaining in the customs union, 41 per cent of all voters would choose a hard border compared to 32 per cent who would remain in the customs union. Leave voters would choose a hard border by 66 per cent to 10 per cent and Conservative voters would make the same choice by 67 per cent to 14 per cent.

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Global Community Gathers in Russia

by Oui Thu Jun 14th, 2018 at 06:19:38 PM EST

Breaking News: Russia wins opening World
Cup match against Saudi Arabia, 5-0

Greatest event in sports to unite nations for a fortnight. The Netherlands and the United States failed in their bid to qualify. The football minded supporters in the Netherlands will find ways to join in the festival by supporting fans and teams of other nations. For Holland it will be Morocco in the metropolitan areas, in the south bordering Belgium, the support will be for the Red Devils. As usual, bordering the east it will stay quiet. Due to the German atrocities during 1939-1945 there will be no festival for the German team. Fraternizing in sports has in't own rules and there are ... borders after all!

Big victory for president Donald Trump

After failing to qualify for 2018, the U.S. federation got exactly the win it needed with the United Bid winning the hosting rights for 2026. The only U.S. Soccer team competing in Russia this month won the game it had to win, a game American soccer couldn't afford to lose. Oops, not going alone but with our NAFTA partners. Putting up walls ... ehhh US delegation in Moscow? How shameful!!

At least security assured, Trump won't be president in 2026.

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Lobbyist Podesta Group Shutters - Corruption and Ukraine

by Oui Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 12:06:25 PM EST

Tony Podesta, key Democratic lobbyist, resigns from firm amid Mueller inquiry | The Guardian  - Oct. 30, 2017 |

Brother of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman faces investigation over work for Ukrainian not-for-profit group tied to Paul Manafort.

The most prominent Democratic lobbyist in Washington, whose brother served as campaign chairman to Hillary Clinton, has stepped down from the firm he created after being ensnared by the Russia-Trump investigation led by Robert Mueller.

Tony Podesta, who has donated millions of dollars to the Democratic party and lawmakers on Capitol Hill and worked as a link between corporate America and the Democratic establishment, has reportedly stepped down from his lobbying firm after it emerged that the US special counsel was investigating his work for a Ukrainian not-for-profit group linked to Paul Manafort.

Podesta's brother, John Podesta, served as Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman and was a victim in the hacking attack against the Democratic candidate's campaign.

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New Fascist Pariah States America and Israel Lashing Out

by Oui Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 07:43:09 AM EST

During the Clinton administration Al Qaeda grew into a menace for the Global Order by their terror attacks on the WTC in 1993, the twin bombing of U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 and the attack on the USS Cole anchored with lowered defenses near Aden in Yemen. How the attacks of 9/11 has changed not only the face of the world by wars and millions of victims and a record number of refugees and displaced persons from North Africa, the Middle East and in the AfPak region. None of the imperial military campaign by the mightiest sword of America has done much good, much more evil has come from it. The effort after the Great War of 1939-1945 to maintain International Law and Human Rights has been undone. The latest move by the United States in regards to the United Nations must hve come from the playbook of John Bolton. Bolton is a monster not of Trump's making but has roamed the fringes of the Republican Party until the fringe became mainstream in tte 21st American Century. Bolton played a role in the 2000 election fraud in Florida and counting the votes. America a state based on corporate fraud, deception and trillions of wealth stashed outside US territory to avoid paying a fair share of taxes which now places a burden on ordinary citizens. Capitalism trumps a decent wage for the working class who are doomed on health issues because a fair Heath Care is lacking. I am quite fortunate to be residing in Western Europe, a Social Democratic nation. The Third Way bull shit has shifted politics from the left to the right and the WOT did the rest.

Xenophobia and Islamophobia Roots of Today's Triad of Evil

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US/Korea to Suspend 'Costly War Games'

by Oui Tue Jun 19th, 2018 at 07:46:28 AM EST

[Minor edits and links added to article are mine - Oui]

US, South Korea suspend upcoming military exercises | DW |

Donald Trump appears to have come good on his promise to North Korea's Kim Jong Un by calling off an upcoming military drill with Seoul. Trump had called for an end to the "expensive and provocative war games."

Costly 'war games'?

Last year's Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises went on for 11 days in August and involved some 17,500 US and over 50,000 South Korean troops. However, those exercises mostly focused on computerized simulations as opposed to field exercises with live firearms, tanks or aircrafts. Also participating were nations that deployed troops during the 1950-53 Korean War, such as Australia, the UK, Canada and Colombia.

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Capitalists don't Collude, but Co-opt and Bribe

by Oui Tue Jun 19th, 2018 at 05:53:27 AM EST

The U.S. Suprme Court decision on Citizen United was an excellent starting shot to undermine the People's Vote and the essence of Democracy. By the People and For the People. Sounds neatly as a form of Social Democracy similar to what Europe set out to be after WWII. The attacks of 9/11 and the violence that spread across the globe gave a clear edge to right-wing nationalists and populists based on Xenophobia and Islamophobia. Catering to the Jewish State of Israel and the Atlantic Conservatives who shaped politics towards Brexit and the Victory of self-made "politician" Donald Trump, the Outsider to be crowned in the U.S. Capitol. It won't stop there as the storm of the conservative movement gathers speed across the Western world underpinned by an excuberant Wall Street. Until the banks and financial institutions fail again. So be forewarned!

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What We Don't Talk about When We Talk about Russian Hacking

American politics have rarely presented a more disheartening spectacle. The repellent and dangerous antics of Donald Trump are troubling enough, but so is the Democratic Party leadership's failure to take in the significance of the 2016 election campaign. Bernie Sanders's challenge to Hillary Clinton, combined with Trump's triumph, revealed the breadth of popular anger at politics as usual - the blend of neoliberal domestic policy and interventionist foreign policy that constitutes consensus in Washington. Neoliberals celebrate market utility as the sole criterion of worth; interventionists exalt military adventure abroad as a means of fighting evil in order to secure global progress.

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Xenophobia and Islamophobia Roots of Today's Triad of Evil

by Oui Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 06:13:17 PM EST

The direct result of 9/11 and the failure of leadership not to broaden the terror from inside Afgnaistan. The war crimes resulted from the Iraq War based on lies of Tony Blair and George Bush.

Compounded by misguided policy to ride the wave of economic austerity leading to the Arab Spring and by abuse of the revolution to initiate regime change in Libya and Syria with the support and funding form Qatar ad the Wahhabist Sunni terror regimes of the Gulf States: Saudi Arabia, Einted Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

Tweet Trump about separation of parents and their children

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Geopolitics Oil & Gas: As US Sanctions on Iran Kick In

by Oui Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 11:01:16 AM EST

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Mubarak Ramadan! Eid Al Fitr

by Oui Fri Jun 15th, 2018 at 03:21:38 PM EST

Crescent moon was sighted yesterday afternoon in the UAE.

Mohammad Bin Rashid receives Eid well-wishers | Gulf News |

Accepting the greeting alongside Shaikh Mohammad were Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Shaikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. Shaikh Mohammed also received Eid greetings from tribesmen, ministers, citizens and residents.

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed exchanged greetings on the occasion with a number of Shaikhs, ministers, senior government and private institution officials, senior armed forces commanders, security officials, as well as citizens and residents.

The well-wishers expressed their congratulations to His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,

President of the UAE, on the occasion, wishing him good health and continuous success in leading the march of development.

They also expressed congratulations to Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed on the occasion, praying for further progress and prosperity for the UAE.

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Mogg the Moggie

by Frank Schnittger Fri Jun 15th, 2018 at 07:30:38 AM EST

moggie ˈmɒɡi/; noun British informal; noun: moggy
- a cat, typically one that does not have a pedigree or is otherwise unremarkable.

Brexit: `call Ireland's bluff' on Border, Rees-Mogg tells May

The European Union could ignore its own rules if it wants to avoid a hard border in Ireland after Brexit and simply agree not to create one in any circumstances, the leading backbench Conservative Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has said.

Mr Rees-Mogg, who chairs the European Research Group of pro-Brexit Tory MPs, said Theresa May should call Ireland's bluff rather than allow the Border issue to hold Brexit to ransom.

"Will the Irish put up a border? Will a government that has always believed there should be a single government across the whole island of Ireland suddenly put up a wall? Is it going to be a Trump-like wall built by Mr Varadkar?

The British government has repeatedly said it will not impose a border, so it is entirely up to Mr Varadkar, " he told The Irish Times.

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Expensive Photo-Op Singapore Kim + Donald

by Oui Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 07:06:55 AM EST

Even George Bush must be under the impression - USS Abraham Lincoln - 1th May 2003

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FOB Pentagon Big Loser In Korea

by Oui Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 05:14:45 PM EST

Trump makes his deal with the last hardline Communist regime to end 27th July 1953 Armistice in the Koreas. Comparable deal  with Russia in the offing on Ukraine?

Trump says U.S. to stop war games with S. Korea | Xinhua News |

The United States will stop conducting war games with South Korea, U.S. President Donald Trump said here Tuesday after a historic summit with Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Answering questions at a press conference at the Capella Hotel in Singapore's resort island of Sentosa, where his meeting with Kim took place, Trump said it is not part of the equation now to bring home the U.S. soldiers stationed in South Korea.

But "we will be stopping the war games ... unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should," he said. He added that such military drills are "very expensive" and "very provocative."

The DPRK has consistently denounced the military drills as a dress rehearsal for northward invasion.

Trump said South Korea contributed to the "expensive" war games, adding that if the war games stop, significant costs could be saved.

The annual South Korea-U.S. military drills are carried out twice in spring and fall. This year, the springtime war games were conducted in April, delayed due to South Korea hosting the Winter Olympics. The autumn military drills were scheduled for August.

What's next for US troops in S. Korea? A look at possible scenarios | Stars & Stripes |

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Allegation Arron Banks as a Russian Stooge - Propaganda

by Oui Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 02:00:04 PM EST

[The diary in full has been posted earlier @BooMan and is more fitting for American politics - some parts do cross the pond for your interest - Oui]

Nothing new under the sun, a concerted force behind a renewed surge of McCarthyism that hit America under the Bush, Obama administrations and firmly established itself under progressives [?] after the Clinton loss in 2016 - Putin did it. As it rumbles on, the Amerian Red States population are riding high with their Hollywood candidate of the extreme right-wing of conservative policy. The Brexit vote in the UK was initiated by the Tory Conservatives. The Tory Conservatives have a strong allegiance to Israel and the Middle East. The Tory Conservatives founded Cambridge Analytica and formed an alliance with Mark Zuckerberg''s Facebook to tilt the American vote by some 15 percentage points towards candidate Donald Trump.

Europe is facing up to a New America under Trump as was displayed at the G6 plus 1 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec.

The G7 summit looked like it was going okay. Then Trump got mad on Twitter.
Mis-Chief In the White House - A Debacle
'Special place in hell': Trump advisers blast Trudeau for comments at G7 summit

The irony of it all, seeking to blame America's deep structured faults on foreign agents ... as old as the battles in Greece before Western "civilization" took root. The rot is from within as history shows when the empire fails. It will take decades, if not beyond the "New American Century."

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