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James Comey No Longer A Republican

by Oui Wed Jul 18th, 2018 at 06:05:02 AM EST

Comey Won't Vote for the Party of his Former Boss

Haha ... checks and balances ... with a loaded SCOTUS ... partisanship and a deadlocked legislature - political appointments across the states in the judiciary ... it's the American Way ... "Citizens United" ruling cemented US politics is for "We Corporate America"... forget the pursuit of happiness for the 99%. The United States of America a mix bag of oligarchy. Still pointing the finger - and guns - at other nations across the globe.

Justices, 5-4, Reject Corporate Spending Limit | NY times - Jan. 21, 2010 |

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Trump Meets Putin [Updated]

by Oui Mon Jul 16th, 2018 at 02:41:49 PM EST

Pundits have gone into a frenzy for days, weeks ...

Democrats called for the summit to be canceled ...

Putin should first send the 12 GRU hackers to stand trial in the US based on a Grand Jury decision ...

Putin stole the election to benefit Trump ...

More to follow as press conference is about to start ...

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Democratic Ideologues, Populism and Identity Politics

by Oui Sun Jul 15th, 2018 at 05:54:02 PM EST

Started as a comment to a post by Cat:
What crucial attribute divides populist and democratic political ideologies?

Searching for some literature I came across Frank Furedi, an article of his published in Nov. 2016 ...

Populism: a defence

I find his writing interesting, however I miss the populist in power who set out to destroy the democratic institutions. What we see as goal in the UK with Brexit: no jurisdiction of the ECJ. The Conservatives want to establish new rules for levels of pollution and all goods such as agriculture, pharmaceuticals and the financials in the City of course. In Turkey with Erdogan and creating an all powerful executive, setting the legislature and judiciary aside. Somewhat similar to Poland and Romania. The expansion of the EU is the cause of much turmoil and dissatisfaction by the earlier EU nations: migration, competition from laborers with low wages and minimum rights. This feeds into the narrative of populism in politics: the easy way out and not taking responsibility nor showing leadership. As a result the voters are in free fall, setting aside the established parties and creating a much larger swing vote making the outcome of an election unpredictable.

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Jewish Coalition, Islam and Obama Attack Ads

by Oui Sat Jul 14th, 2018 at 07:05:25 PM EST

Forming a coalition made in hell ...

Saudi 9/11 attack - Ariel Sharon - Bibi Natanyahu - Islamophobia - Funding by American Jews - NGOs such as Clarion Fund - political vehicles Dutch politicians Geert Wilders and Ayaan Hirsh Ali - right-wing support - white nationalists - Steve Bannon - Robert Mercer - Cambridge Analytica - Mark Zuckerberg - Intelligence Community giving cover - Black Cube - Erik Prince - a US President named Donald Trump!!

Possessing all of the evil elements that brought him into the world's most powerful office! No surprise to his unsophisticated message anti-Muslim - anti-women's rights - love for authoritarian regimes - a corporate guy selling pure capitalism - anti-socialist. let's such say anti-social period. Trump can't help it - a personal tragedy: Triad.

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Russia, Iran Prevail - Syrian Rebellion Ends

by Oui Sat Jul 14th, 2018 at 10:03:21 AM EST

I have blogged about the sectarian strife in Syria from its start in 2011 and the quick turn for the worse when the rebellion sparked outside parties to participate with weapons, logistic support and jihadist fighters. A harsh and ugly civil war ensued for a strategic nation to Western powers, Israel, Iraq and Iran.

The attempt to get Obama more deeply involved in August 2013 failed. In September 2015 Russia as ally to the Assad regime stepped in and this was a turning point in the civil war. The hordes of Sunni forces emboldened by ISIL coming in along the Euphrates from Iraq were about to overthrow the Assad regime. A slaughters of the Alawite and Orthodox Christian minority was feared as outcome.

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PR Moment Seehofer with Afghan Deportations

by Oui Wed Jul 11th, 2018 at 07:04:36 AM EST

Seehofer: 'Lovely, 69 on my birthday'

Seehofer is part of a ultra-conservative movement exploiting the issues of immigration for strengthening his own voter power base. Using Xenophobia and Islamophobia - how ugly politics has become.

Minister of Interior Seehofer jokes as Afghan migrants deported | BBC News |

The EU has vowed to step up deportations of failed asylum seekers - part of a complex and controversial drive against illegal migration.

A report from the German news agency DPA (in German) says Afghan officials were angry that Germany had sent such a large group, as an upper limit of 50 per flight had been agreed. Of the 69 migrants, 51 were deported from Bavaria, Mr Seehofer's home state.

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NATO Partnership Strenghtened to Offset Brexit

by Oui Wed Jul 11th, 2018 at 06:53:00 AM EST

Yep, making sure Europe's defense stays in the hands of US Generals, not politicians. Finance minister from the White House flying in to collect dues. Perhaps looking for cash payment to take back on Air Force One. About cash payment, Iran wants its money before the next sanctions by the US kicks in - huge Iran cash transfer request.

President Donald Tusk on EU-NATO cooperation

We have just signed a joint EU-NATO declaration, which brings the cooperation between the European Union and NATO to the next level. The aim is clear. We want to protect European citizens with all possible means available, and there is no better partner than NATO. That is why we have agreed today to strengthen EU-NATO ties in crucially important areas. They include improving the military mobility of troops and equipment, common preparedness for cyber and hybrid attacks, fighting terrorism and stopping migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean. The fullest possible involvement in our activities of EU Member States that are not NATO members will be encouraged and facilitated in an all-inclusive, non-discriminatory manner, without any artificial obstacles.

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Selling the City of London to Europe

by Oui Tue Jul 10th, 2018 at 10:37:39 AM EST

What would Brexit mean for the City of London? | FT - Feb. 23, 2016 |

Jamie Dimon, the outspoken JPMorgan chief executive, could not be clearer about the upheaval he thinks the City of London would suffer outside the EU.

Speaking to the Financial Times, Mr Dimon warns of a "massive dislocation" to the financial hub that would reverse decades of growth for international banks in London and scatter them across Europe and the rest of the world.

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US Fascism: Blackmail Smaller Nations on Breastfeeding

by Oui Mon Jul 9th, 2018 at 08:14:08 AM EST

On immigration and asylum seekers - utter xenophobia based on white supremacy. A frustrated, bigoted society where white men attempt to hold onto a dwindling majority ...

Global Xenophobia and Historical Amnesia

Migrant mum called 'animal' for breastfeeding - BBC News

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International Coalition to Defeat Democrats and Hillary in 2016

by Oui Mon Jul 9th, 2018 at 01:10:27 AM EST

During the past two years, I have written many diaries on all topics listed below. There was an overwhelming opposition to a liberal, progressive agenda. The Conservatives have built their alliance over decades from the 1964 loss of Barry Goldwater, the Reagan years and the "dreadful" Clinton years. In the election campaign of 2016 all those forces came together with all their might with a Trump presidency as a result. Special attention for Netanyahu and Israel. Their collusion remains for some in the shadow, for me it's as clear as blue skies: Netanyahu got his revenge on the Obama administration and the JCPOA deal with Iran. You will hear more about the "former" Mossad agents in the Black Cube intelligence enterprise. All attention of the Trump team has been to reward Israel for its support in getting him elected. Busy job for Jared Kushner and his corrupt financial backers with Israeli citizenship.

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British Media and the Headline OPCW Report

by Oui Sun Jul 8th, 2018 at 02:29:49 PM EST

Reuters and BBC first reported "chlorine" was found in Douma

The interim report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said "various chlorinated organic chemicals" had been found but there was no evidence of nerve agents.

Dozens of civilians were killed in the attack on the rebel-held town in the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus.

The Syrian government denies carrying out any chemical weapons attacks.

Following the Douma attack, US, British and French warplanes launched strikes against government military targets.

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Daraa Rebels Surrender Under Russia's Protection

by Oui Sun Jul 8th, 2018 at 08:50:42 AM EST

Daraa rebels agree ceasefire, as Syrian regime seizes border crossing

Syrian rebels in Daraa said on Friday a ceasefire deal had been reached with regime ally Russia. The deal allows both fighters and civilians in Daraa to settle their status with the regime under Russia's protection.

Rebels would if they chose be allowed to leave Daraa for another opposition stronghold in northwest Syria, rather than stay under Assad's rule.

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Free Trade Zone EU - Japan for 600 Million

by Oui Fri Jul 6th, 2018 at 07:26:32 PM EST

Rebuffing US Trade policy under GOP Congress and a Republican president ...

Commission welcomes Council green light for EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

    Today EU Member States in the Council authorised the signature
    of the trade agreement between the EU and Japan.

As a result EU and Japan leaders will sign the agreement at the EU-Japan summit that will take place on 11 July in Brussels. After next week's signature, the European Parliament is expected to vote upon it in the autumn. Once procedures are finalised both at the EU level and in Japan, the agreement will enter into force in early 2019.

Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström said:

    "I'm very pleased that EU member states have now given their formal backing. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement is the biggest and most advanced bilateral agreement ever negotiated by the European Union. It creates a free trade zone covering 600 million people and a third of global GDP. Together with our Japanese partners we are sending a strong signal to the world that we still believe in open trade and that protectionism is never the answer. The economic benefits of this agreement are clear. It will eliminate the vast majority of duties paid by our firms and simplify customs procedures across the board. The deal will open huge market opportunities for both sides. European agriculture also has something to celebrate, with access to the enormous Japanese market and protection for over 200 distinctive food and drinks, like Champagne and Parma ham. I now call on the European Parliament to approve this agreement quickly so that European firms, citizens and farmers can reap the benefits of this deal as soon as possible."

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Netanyahu Will Meet with Putin - World Cup Semi-finals

by Oui Fri Jul 6th, 2018 at 09:16:59 AM EST

Thanking Putin for the Trump presidency ...

Netanyahu, Putin pencil meeting next week in Russia | Ynet News |

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next Wednesday, the same day on which the semifinals of the World Cup are played in Moscow.

The meeting will be the second between the two leaders within two months, with their last tête-à-tête taking place on May 9.

Just over a week ago, it was reported that Putin had invited the Israeli premier to his country to watch the final game of the World Cup in mid July, but Netanyahu had not made a decision at the time. The invitation was also extended to other world leaders, including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Lines of communication between Netanyahu and Putin have experienced significant activity in recent years, with the two leaders holding a series of meetings in a bid to avoid an accidental clash between Russian and Israeli forces in Syria where the Kremlin is propping up Jerusalem's foe President Bashar Assad.

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EU Takes Measures to Protect Business with Iran

by Oui Thu Jul 5th, 2018 at 07:02:00 PM EST

Europe's national security will be decisive in protective measures in order to keep the JCPOA treaty standing with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Europe will not participate in another regime change initiated by the US in alliance with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. Creation of chaos has been a tough lesson for Europe where Islamophobia and Xenophobia give rise to populist right-wing parties. These undermine the long-time status quo between conservatives, centrists and socialist oriented political parties.

Europe and the US do not have an immigration/migration issue as such but a political attack from extreme right wing political groups supported by big money and corporate power. Destruction of the US Supreme Court and the same in Poland to make room for political appointees to change the cultural balance of a nation.

Brussels starts legal process against Polish judicial regime
Polish PM Morawiecki to EU: Don't lecture us

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FBI, FTC and SEC are Joining DOJ Inquiry Facebook Data

by Oui Wed Jul 4th, 2018 at 08:50:54 AM EST

Many persons believing in Justice have been barking up the wrong tree ...

The FBI, FTC and SEC are joining the Justice Department's inquiries into Facebook's Cambridge Analytica disclosures

An alphabet soup of federal agencies are now poring over Facebook's disclosures and the company's statements about its response to the improper use of its user information by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission have joined the Justice Department in examining how the personal information of 71 million Americans was distributed by Facebook and used by Cambridge Analytica, according to a Washington Post report released Monday.

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by Oui Tue Jul 3rd, 2018 at 05:33:31 PM EST

Weeping at the wall ...

Wah!!! Dershowitz shunned on Martha's Vineyard! | Mondoweiss |

Today everyone is talking about Alan Dershowitz's article in the Hill complaining that he has been socially banned on Martha's Vineyard because of his advocacy for Donald Trump.

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Battle Lines Are Drawn in the EU to Fight Islam

by Oui Tue Jul 3rd, 2018 at 08:19:22 AM EST

CDU/CSU Reach 'Compromise' | The Guardian | ; | Deutsche Welle | ; | Die Welt |
Early stage concentration located in Bavaria near Austrian border ... WTF! Will coalition partner SPD accept this correction on the agreed policy on asylum seekers and immigration? Merkel not out of the Bavarian woods yet ... Horst Seehofer satisfied for now with a promise for change to take effect at some future date?

Bavaria, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Albania leading the battle against Islamization of Europe. Just like the Middle Ages ... a crusade anyone? Not necessary, Western ally Israel has already occupied (East) Jerusalem ... a matter of time before the Third Temple is build.

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Leftist Obrador Wins Mexican Election by a Landslide

by Oui Mon Jul 2nd, 2018 at 01:39:15 PM EST

An inspiring first speech by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador addressing his supporters from his campaign headquarters in Mexico City:

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Munich: A Long Time Brewing ... [Update]

by Oui Mon Jul 2nd, 2018 at 07:24:32 AM EST

It's not about immigration or asylum seekers ... it's a ugly power struggle between CDU and CSU. No modern day Anschluss necessary ... open border between Austria and Bavaria in the political mindset and landscape. To the detriment of all of (Western) Europe. Germany and Austria closer to the Visegrad states?

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