And the question is: what will Americans do about it?
RUSSIA INSIDER – It is a virtual certainty that the American establishment will resort to election fraud to help Hillary Clinton. They simply do not know what to do about Donald Trump. America’s election system was not designed to handle a phenomenon like him, a non-politician, a man with some genuinely fresh anti-establishment views, who quickly rides a wave of popularity to do a hostile take-over, as it were, of a major old-line party.
America’s election system is designed to give the theater of democracy with virtually none of the substance, but even in the face of that reality, election fraud in America still has a long history. Even though we are usually talking about two establishment candidates representing two establishment parties, the competitive instincts of the two rival gangs, each eagerly seeking power and privileges and appointed offices for themselves and their adherents, have often resulted in vote fraud. How much greater is the impulse now in that direction to defend against a candidate who actually wants to change something?
Despite an unprecedented spectacle of the press acting as a national public disinformation system united in one goal, to discredit Trump, including even polls deliberately engineered with sampling errors to give a false view of what is happening, and a massive effort to build Hillary up into something she is not, a decent human being, the momentum for Trump continues.
Even if you don’t have reliable numbers, you can just feel it from the very desperation of the establishment. The President spends much of his time flying around making insipid speeches for his party, the newspapers leap to publish every unconfirmed negative report about Trump or such absolute trivia as this or that movie star or pop star saying what an awful man Trump is. And you have to ask where all these voices were during decades of business deals in the great cities of America and other places which saw successful projects springing up all over with fanfare and publicity.
No, it is only now that the establishment actually feels of the hot breath of popular revolt against much of what it has done over the last two decades – its uniquely poisonous policy brew of constant war and completely ignoring most Americans – that we get this explosion of rumors, unproved accusations, and Joseph McCarthy-style innuendo. Before that, Trump was a highly productive member of society welcome at public events of every kind. After all, wealth and celebrity are always welcome in America. It is only change that is not.
Critics are right about a lot of unpleasant things in America, and their voices are simply not heard in its tight little press oligopoly. Is America’s establishment right about Syria? About Libya? About Yemen? About Israel? About NATO? About Russia? China? Being right in America today can be quite lonely.
America invented marketing. It is one of its few truly original contributions to culture. And the arts of marketing are intensely at work in politics there, to the extent there is often almost no substance despite all the carefully-packaged words. The immediate period after an American election resembles the experience of a person who has purchased a new product which quickly proves to work nothing like the advertising promises said it would.
American elections closely resemble a marketing battle between two oligopolistic corporations, as between Coke and Pepsi or McDonald’s and Burger King. There are only two parties and that situation is controlled through countless institutional and regulatory gimmicks put into place by the two parties themselves.
America’s campaign financing system is a deliberate and effective method to discourage the birth or growth of any new parties. It is what economists call a barrier to entry into a market, the kind of thing which keeps non-political oligopolistic markets from becoming more competitive. The little ones are allowed to just struggle along on the margins for appearances and owing to the disproportionately high cost of eliminating them too.
Most of the noise and intensity of American elections are just hollow, but it is the kind of stuff to which Americans are exposed in their economic life, day-in or day-out, so for ordinary people without the time to be well-informed, nothing could sound more normal.
That is what is so different about Trump. Despite his flaws and distasteful tendency to be a bigmouth, on some really important matters, matters of life and death, he is speaking truth and speaking it plainly. There is a kind of revolutionary quality in parts of his message. Of course, this in part reflects the fact that he has never before been a politician, only a successful, hard-nosed actor in the economic sphere.
That is something new in American elections, and the establishment is rather shaken by it. Therefore, the American press has created and sustained an unparalleled campaign of highly biased and even vicious reporting and commentary.
People abroad do not realize that about 90% of what Americans hear comes from just six big companies, none of whom, you may be sure, is interested in change and especially anything even slightly revolutionary. National broadcasting and national press have been so consolidated through years of massive mergers that there is no real alternative voice reaching most Americans.
And those huge news corporations – intimate members of the establishment, always supporting the government of the day in its imperial wars and projects – have made a concerted effort to diminish and demean Trump. Equally, they have universally praised and supported Clinton, despite her dark record of unethical personal behavior and violent public acts, despite having been responsible for the deaths of thousands of women and their families.
Never mind Trump’s private off-color remarks, here is a woman married for decades to a genuine sexual predator, a man who was having sex with a young intern right in the Oval Office. And she wants to bring him back into affairs in Washington, having promised to give him responsibility for economy?
Why did she tolerate decades of his disgraceful and even criminal behavior? Because it gave her serious leverage over him in office, whether as Governor of Arkansas or President of the United States. We have a hundred voices telling us of her violent temper and demands and the central role she would assume even though elected to no office.
She has always been about one thing only, and that is to enjoy power over others which she has exercised with brutal intensity, all while maintaining a bug-eyed, laughing face in public. She is without question a genuine sociopath.
Even when we see fascinating revelations about her inside political maneuvering and dishonesty from leaks on the Internet, the national press manages largely to ignore them or to diminish them. They do not catch fire. The techniques of public relations and damage control – outgrowths of marketing principles and psychological manipulation techniques – are employed to suffocate any fires.
We do see signs that the Internet is starting to have some real impact with the general population, and to the extent that is true, we also see the establishment working towards suppressing alternate and independent voices on the Internet by a variety of means.
America uses an awkward expression, “controlling the narrative,” to describe what the establishment is quietly undertaking, always trying not to assume the open appearance of old Soviet-style suppression of information or the promotion of heavy-handed disinformation while in fact assuming the substance of their purpose.
In the longer term, I am not convinced they can succeed. The Internet is an almost uncontrollable force, that is unless you actually suppress and control aspects of the Internet itself, something recent remarks by Obama – a man who is a strict disciple of secrecy and inner-sanctum privilege – suggest in vague and politically-correct language, there may well be efforts underway towards that goal.
This fact only adds to the importance of this election. If Trump loses, there can be no doubt, the secretive, manipulative, and ruthless Hillary Clinton will commission whatever efforts are required for information suppression. After all, a person ruthlessly pursuing war and secretive manipulation of world affairs can never be a friend to openness and truth, which are literally enemies of such goals.
The entire business of terror and fighting terror offers a great deal of latitude this way, suppression in the name of fighting terror, the great irony, of course, for America being that it does not consistently fight terror, it frequently employs it as a tool of statecraft. We’ve seen that in my lifetime in everything from the long covert battle against Castro and the hideous, pointless war in Vietnam to the employment of jihadists in Afghanistan, Libya, or Syria.
For some genuine history of American vote fraud, readers should see my lengthy comment on Obama’s recent speech, in which he told Trump to “stop whining”:
MISES INSTITUTE – The world monetary order is changing. Slowly but steadily, global trade and currency markets are becoming less dollar-centric. Formerly marginal currencies such as the Chinese yuan now stand to become serious competitors to U.S. dollar dominance.
Could gold also begin to emerge as a leading currency in world trade? Over time, it certainly could. But the more immediate implications for gold’s monetary role center on its increasing accumulation by central banks such as China’s.
THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE – It sure seems like an odd time to be provoking a war with Russia. As I write this, we stand just a little bit more than three weeks away from one of the most pivotal elections in U.S. history, and Barack Obama has chosen this moment to strongly threaten the Russians. As I wrote about on Friday, Reuters is reporting that Obama is contemplating “direct U.S. military action” against Syrian military targets, and the Russians have already indicated that any assault on Syrian forces would be considered an attack on themselves. The rapidly deteriorating crisis in Syria has already caused tensions with Russia to rise to the highest level since the end of the Cold War, but now Obama is adding fuel to the fire by publicly considering “an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia”. Apparently Obama believes that Russian hackers are interfering in the election and so he wants payback. The following comes from an NBC News article entitled “CIA Prepping for Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia”.
YNET – His golden hair twists into smelly, fly-infested excrement. In other cartoons, his trademark locks are shaped into a tongue or a wall. His silhouette also serves as Adolf Hitler’s mustache. Donald Trump has been such a well of inspiration for cartoonists that a gallery is dedicated to the Republican presidential candidate at Mexico City’s Caricature Museum.
The exhibit’s title takes aim at Trump’s threat to make Mexico pay for a giant barrier across the border: “Trump: A Wall of Cartoons.
By calling Mexican migrants criminals and rapists, and vowing to deport millions back to their homeland, he has inspired a plethora of cartoonists from Mexico and other nations who contributed to the exhibit.
Other Mexicans have vented their anger by bashing pinatas of his likeness orburning his effigy.
Among the cartoonists, there are some recurring themes: the bouffant hair, brick walls, fresh feces and Nazi symbols.
One by the Mexican artist Antonio Rodriguez Garcia shows the Republican Party’s symbol—a red and blue elephant—defecating dung shaped like Trump’s unmistakable hairdo.
Another signed Rodriguez shows Trump as Uncle Sam pointing his finger, with the phrase “I hate you” instead of the famous “I want you” message of the military recruitment poster.
In a similar far-right vein, the Spanish cartoonist Jose Rubio Malagon drew Trump’s hair into the shape of a hand doing a fascist salute.
Belgium’s Luc Descheemaeker, or O-Sekoer, drew Hitler’s own distinctive haircut and small mustache, which, if you look closer, is Trump’s silhouette.
Others were less subtle, depicting Trump as a gorilla wearing a swastika armband or as a Hitler figure with blond hair.
‘Involuntary comic character’
The cartoonist behind the exhibit is Arturo Kemchs, who as president of the Ibero-American Union of Graphic Humorists had requested contributions from his peers for a book on Trump a few months ago.
He received hundreds of cartoons and fit 350 of them in the book, of which 2,000 copies were sold. The idea for the exhibit, which began October 13, came after the book.
“It’s a character who made our work easier,” Kemchs, 57, told AFP. “He’s an involuntarily comical character.”
“This character has taken over spaces in the sense that some cartoonists no longer do caricatures of Mexican politicians. They go with the Donald Trump theme because he gives us a lot of material,” he said
Kemchs shows two of his Trump cartoons: one with a brick wall replacing Trump’s hair, the other with his crest shaped like a tongue.
“I picked the tongue precisely because of his ability to talk and talk nonsense,” he said.
‘You build it’
The exhibit will go on tour in two other Mexican cities, Chicago, New York, Panama and Colombia. Meanwhile in Mexico City, locals and tourists marveled at the cartoons this week.
Saki Kameo, a 21-year-old woman from Kobe, Japan who is studying Spanish in Mexico, had her favorite: a Russian nesting doll of Trump over Hitler, North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un and Italy’s Benito Mussolini.
“There is a historic base for racism and that’s why now there’s Trump. It’s not accidental that he has appeared,” Kameo said
Luis Antonio Engfui Amaya, a Mexican cashier at a sushi restaurant, liked a cartoon of a Mexican imagining himself whipping Trump as the real estate tycoon applies cement to a brick wall.
“It’s as if the Mexican citizen is telling him, ‘you want your wall, you build it,'” Engfui said with a smile.
YNET – Putin-themed 2017 calendars hit the shelves in Russia allowing fans to enjoy the president every day of the year.
January: “For Christmas I wish the Orthodox Christians joy, peace and success in their good deeds! This holiday brings us joy and raises our thoughts and feelings to happiness!”
February: “It is important that parents devote their lives to their children, to give their children a part of their soul.”
March: “My kitten and I loved each other instantly. I love animals and there is no doubt they feel it!”
April: “I spent the day walking. I walked almost nine kilometers in the mountains and I still hurt all over!”
May: “It is our duty to cherish the memories of the fallen of the Great Patriotic War and to care for the warriors who survived.”
June: “Going on vacation in Russia should be something comfortable, interesting and inexpensive!”
July: “Humanity would be interested to know that we have such natural treasures! I think people will come from all over the world!”
August: “You cannot live without bread. It is right to say, bread is the source of life. That is how it was, how it is now, and certainly how it will always be.”
September: “The feeling is very interesting and the adrenaline is flowing! The birds were following me left and right, they are beautiful!”
October: “To inspire people to love Russia. In this sentence there is the desire to discover the beauty and diversity, and to present it to the Russian people and the entire world.”
November: “The challenge is to create an army capable of guarding Russia’s sovereignty, its alliances and lasting peace.”
December: “Dear friends! Soon we will have a new year. This magnificent point between the past and future is known to us since childhood. We wait for it with happiness, hope and excitement!”
AL JAZEERA – “Since the [water] crisis started in June, the municipality has been able to supply water for only one hour twice a week,” Taha told Al Jazeera. “I am checking the weather forecast every day; they announced rain three weeks ago, but it has not come yet. The only thing I can do is to pray to God.” CONTINUE READING
JERUSALEM POST – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday the choice offered to voters in the US presidential election was between “bad and worse” and that harsh exchanges in the debates pointed to a lack of morality in America, Tehran’s arch adversary.
“America claims it has more than 200 years of democracy, and they have had 50 presidential elections, but there is no morality in that country,” Rouhani said in a speech, carried live by state television.
“You saw the presidential debates, how they talk…, how they accuse and mock (each other),” Rouhani told a crowd gathered at a stadium during his visit to the central city of Arak.
Rouhani said a head of state had asked him during his visit to the United Nations in September about who he preferred between Republican candidate Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
“I said should I prefer bad over worse or worse over bad?,” said Rouhani, a pragmatist politician and cleric who may run for reelection in Iran’s presidential polls in May 2017.
He did not say to which candidate his descriptions referred.
JERUSALEM POST – Egyptians losing patience with Sisi – A cartoon which appeared on social media shows a drowning Egyptian, only his hand protruding from the depths, waving for help. The next strips show President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi diving in, taking the drowning man’s watch and turning away.
The cartoon captures the mood of desperation and anger among Egyptians clobbered by tax rises, soaring food price inflation and cuts in state subsidies. Some fear a repeat of the mass street protests that drove Sisi’s two immediate predecessors from power.
Core inflation is at seven-year-highs, near 14 percent, as a foreign exchange shortage and a hike in customs duties bite hard in a country that imports everything from sugar to luxury cars.
The government raised electricity prices by 25-40 percent in August and is phasing in a 13 percent value-added tax approved by parliament in the same month.
As part of reforms aimed at clinching a $12 billion IMF loan needed to plug its gaping budget deficit, the government is also expected to cut petrol subsidies and devalue the Egyptian pound, prompting a further cycle of inflation in Egypt, where tens of millions rely on state-subsidized bread.
“Prices are rising daily, not monthly,” said Gamal Darwish, a civil servant, as he queued to buy subsidized sugar in Cairo.
“This situation will push people to do bad things. It could slip out of hand and the government will not be able to control it because if the poorest cannot get enough to eat they will steal. If someone has children to feed, what will he do?”
The government has tried to win public support for the austerity measures with a billboard campaign and media blitz and has also sought to expand social security schemes to shield the poorest from the effects of the rising prices.
But many Egyptians who would not qualify for such schemes complain they can no longer afford meat, while sugar shortages have driven fears of an impending food crisis.
Social justice was one of the key demands made by protesters during the 2011 revolt that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.
In 2013 Egyptians again filled the streets to protest against Mohammed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood official who was democratically elected after the uprising but presided over a year of power cuts, petrol shortages and economic turmoil.
Three years after Sisi, an army general, ousted Mursi and seized power, his promise to restore stability is wearing thin.
The arrival of sugar in a government van caused a frenzy in the working class district of Sayyida Zeinab on Tuesday, as people jostled, 10-pound-notes in hand, for 2-kilo rations.
“After two revolutions, the Egyptian people are going backwards not forwards,” said Abdel Hasib Ahmed Mohamed, a middle-aged court employee watching the sugar scrum. “We are heading for an explosion and this time it won’t be peaceful.”
NO EASY ANSWERS
For the government, the case for economic reforms and the need to seal a planned three-year lending program with the International Monetary Fund is clear.
Egypt’s economy is likely to grow 3.5 percent in the 2016/17 fiscal year, a Reuters poll showed on Thursday, missing the government’s target of about 5 percent and dipping below last year’s growth rate.
The budget deficit is near 10 percent of national output. The foreign currency shortage has made it hard for firms to import and foreign investors to repatriate profit. Some have shut shop after nearly two years of capital and import controls.
Dollar rationing at banks has driven businesses toward the black market where the dollar is now selling for more than 15.5 pounds – a huge mark-up from the official rate of about 8.8.
Egypt’s IMF program has yet to win the lender’s final approval because the government must first muster $6 billion in bilateral financing, giving it the cash buffer it needs to devalue and ditch its fixed exchange rate. The IMF has said it is helping Egypt to secure the necessary funds.
The government said this week it had secured 60 percent of the bilateral funds, boosting foreign reserves to $19.6 billion in September.
Central Bank Governor Tarek Amer has said he would consider floating the pound once reserves hit $25 billion.
But the rising prices and periodic shortages in state-subsidized food have forced the government to increase its purchases, burning rapidly through those newfound dollars when it is meant to be cutting spending.
The pound’s continued depreciation on the black market since the IMF deal was announced in August also poses a big challenge.
If the central bank makes a meager adjustment in the exchange rate, economists say, downward pressure will continue to mount on the pound. But if it makes a 6-8 pound adjustment, the political and social impact could be explosive.
Although the black market rate is already priced in across much of the private sector, a steep devaluation would prove costly for the government, which imports thousands of tonnes a month of vital commodities including wheat and oil for its food subsidy program as well as gas for its power stations.
Rumors have spread that Nov. 11 will be a day of protest over economic conditions. Police have already detained about 70 people for inciting protests, accusing many of loyalty to the Muslim Brotherhood. Under Sisi the Islamist group has been banned as a terrorist organization – a charge it rejects.
“Food price inflation in Egypt …. fell a bit year-on-year in September, but for the poor it is still for me at a level that is politically toxic,” said Angus Blair, Chief Operating Officer at Pharos Holding, a Cairo-based investment bank. “It is a worry, especially with calls for a demo on Nov. 11.”
In his speeches, Sisi has sought to persuade Egyptians that a collective sacrifice is necessary to save the country from financial ruin, even urging people to donate fakka, or spare change, in comments that drew online derision.
But Sisi, who has crushed the Brotherhood and jailed secular dissenters, has also warned that the army could be deployed within six hours in case of trouble on the streets.
There has been no sign so far of the mass protests of 2011 or 2013, though anger over an increase in social housing costs turned into a street demonstration by hundreds last week in Port Said, near the mouth of the strategic Suez Canal.
Fear for the future is not limited to poorer Egyptians, and businessmen who struggle daily with the dollar crisis are among the most concerned.
“The dollar crunch is so bad that things have been piling up at the port for a long time and you cannot get them out. Dollars are not available… and the situation is deteriorating,” said Ashraf Morcos, who runs an import-export company.
Some new policies seem at odds with the government’s reform drive. For example, the Supply Minister said this week the state would increase, not cut, subsidies on food smart cards, which give Egyptians points to claim against bread and other items.
“This government has no vision, it is not transparent about its policies,” said Morcos. “At this point, the country doesn’t need rhetoric. People need their basic necessities, to eat and drink…”
ED Noor: Read Trump’s Contract with the American Voter, definitely a lot of wonderful promises but all on the right track. Needless to say, even the President has to jump through hoops to do a lot of the things promised so keep your hopes in check but this is a good start. But then, that is the opposite of “thinking big” isn’t it? Also included is an article on Trump as the messenger which resounds with his Contract, reprinted below in full.
Today, in historic Gettysburg, PA, Donald J. Trump presented a game-changing plan for his first 100 days in office. This revolutionary “Contract with the American Voter” will ensure that America’s economy is revitalized and citizens are protected.
“I’m not a politician, and have never wanted to be one. But when I saw the trouble our country was in, I knew I couldn’t stand by and watch any longer. Our country has been so good to me, I love our country, I felt I had to act,” said Mr. Trump in his address.
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PRAVDA – If the United States of America was a country that minded its own business, sorted out its own problems and did not stick its nose in to the internal affairs of other sovereign nations, if it did not remove politicians and governments democratically elected by their own people, November 2016 would be a domestic affair for the citizens of the USA, and them alone. But that is not the case.
Sabba – No, that is not the case and it is something fundamentally wrong that the choice of the next POTUS affects so many other countries, affects the lives of billions of people from Europe, to Africa to Asia – to the great joy of most American people who do not seem to mind and who thus see their belief that USA! USA! USA! is ‘number one’.
Because whoever gets elected in the White House will affect the lives of billions of people throughout the world, I, as a non-American, believe that the entire world should be allowed to vote in the US elections, starting with the Arabic/Middle Eastern/Muslim countries. Without us, non-Americans, willing, the US elections have become our business too and so we should all have a word to say, we should all be allowed to say who we want to see sitting in the Oval Office. That would be only fair.
PRAVDA – If the United States of America was a country that minded its own business, sorted out its own problems and did not stick its nose in to the internal affairs of other sovereign nations, if it did not remove politicians and governments democratically elected by their own people, November 2016 would be a domestic affair for the citizens of the USA, and them alone. But that is not the case.
If the United States of America had not supported Fasicst and terrorist groups historically, and still today, in Central America, in Latin America, in Southern Africa, in Central Africa, in North Africa, in the Middle East, in the Far East, then the election in November 2016 would be none of our business. But that is not the case.
The American taxpayer wastes 150 billion USD a year on military camps
Today the American taxpayer funds the use of, or running of, US military assets in Afghanistan, Bahrain, British Indian Ocean Territory,Cuba (the torture and concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay), Djibouti, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Serbia (in the Republic of Kosovo), Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom. These are the tip of the iceberg. There are 154 countries with United States troops, 63 of which with manned military bases.
The American taxpayer funds these bases with one hundred and fifty billion USD annually, each and every year and the collective budget of NATO is one point two thousand billion dollars each and every year, enough to eradicate poverty worldwide three times over.
1.2 trillion Dollars a year keeping the elite in power
The reason for this is because the Government of the United States of America is not conducted by American citizens alone, it is conducted by the super-rich elite based both in the USA and also abroad, which kowtow to the lobbies (banking, arms, energy, finance, food, pharmaceuticals), namely the industrial-military complex which perpetuates its wealth through the control of finance and energy flows worldwide. That is why the USA keeps the bases, which are information gathering centers and foci of interference in the internal affairs of the countries where they are located. If it is understood that the hard-earned dollars of US taxpayers should fund terrorist groups to destabilize a country, then so be it. They are always the last to know as the elitists spend their money to feather their nests.
The result of this is that if someone wants healthcare in the USA, they have to bargain for it in a humiliating theatrical cap-in-hand charade with an insurance company. The result is that there is no money for social projects in some States, the result is streets overrun with marauding gangs of drug addicts at night, no-go areas after dark and swarms of immigrants taking American jobs, manning American hospitals and taking over the country. Everyone knows someone in difficulty, the social fabric is breaking down in some places.
Hillary, like Obama, does not represent Change
Eight years ago, an imposter managed to get himself elected for the first time of two by promising Change. He was soon awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as everyone, including myself, fell for the fraud who turned out to be a huge disappointment with a negative political epitaph, zero success at home and the destruction of societies abroad, the feather in the cap of the Obama/Clinton years being the turning of Libya from the African country with the highest human development index to a failed state crawling with terrorists – that, and the advent of Islamic State which grew up under their noses.
Hillary Clinton was and is part of this industrial-military complex, she was and is part of AIPAC, she was and is part of the US administration which has pushed the world nearer to the worst crisis in international relations since the Second World War and which has forged a wedge between formerly friendly relations with Russia, which today are strained to say the least. She has experience but she is incompetent – just look at her record.
So if the people of the United States of America do not want change, if they want things to continue as they are at home and to worsen abroad to the situation where two blocks of countries are increasingly looking at each other down the barrel of a gun and any flashpoint could spark off a war which will end civilization as we know it, they know who to vote for.
If they want someone different, with his defects, but someone straight, honest, up-front and not devious, not underhanded and not a barefaced liar, if they want someone who can put together a team to handle and deal with issues rather than cronies to keep the Old Boys in power and on the road, if they want someone who has promised dialogue abroad and to use part of that wasted money on jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs at home, then they have a candidate.
One last point. Voting for Hillary Clinton just because she is a woman is as invalid and sexist as not voting for Donald Trump just because he isn’t.
ed note–the author is 1000% correct about everything–No matter who gets elected, the ship is going to sink. Israel and her supporters–itching to see Rome pay for the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD have waited too long and worked too hard to see and they are not about to allow their plans to evaporate as a result of one Donald J. Trump.
The entire Trump phenomenon is an attempt on the part of a minority within the power elite who have just gotten the bad news from the doctor that the empire is dying and who now are attempting to reverse decades of bad behavior in the attempt at eeking out a few more years of life, but it doesn’t matter. If Trump gets elected, he will have a Congress that is 1000% in the hands of organized Jewish interests who will stymie him at every step of the way. In fact, if indeed he does get in, there are all sorts of ‘Plan B’ contingencies thst OJI will employ outside of open war with Russia such as a complete economic meltdown which they will blame on all the ‘insane policies’ and ‘instability’ caused by the Trump administration. The only way there is a chance of holding it together is if Trump utilizes his powers as Commander in Chief to round up and throw into prison every goddamned traitor within both the government and civilian sectors under his emergency powers.
The only thing absent from the author’s analysis is that it is not just America that is about to be plunged into chaos, but indeed the entire world except for Israel, of course.
TIMES OF ISRAEL – Former US President Bill Clinton went on the stump Sunday, seeking to mobilize Florida Jews to vote for his wife and recognize the dangers posed by her Republican opponent Donald Trump.
“This is about more than party,” he said. “If there is any group of people in this country that should understand the threat to the fundamental character of the nation and the future of our children and grandchildren posed by the choice in this election, it should be members of the Jewish community. No one should sit it out.”
Addressing a crowd of more than 100 people at the Century Pines Jewish Center in South Florida’s Broward County, Clinton emphasized the need for Jewish Americans to “participate in this election,” arguing that this year’s campaign season has crossed the normal partisan divide.
He described an “us-vs.-them” mentality that has manifested across the globe since the financial crisis of 2008, including through the rise of xenophobic political parties in Europe. In that climate, he indicated, an unconventional candidate like Trump had been able to make headway.
Clinton further warned voters against “the consequences of any ideology that says our differences are more important than our common humanity.”
Speaking just a few days after the real estate mogul began sending shockwaves through the US political system by suggesting he may not accept the outcome of the election, Clinton encouraged Americans to handle their political disputes in a manner similar to Israelis.
“Disagree the way Israelis do: Fight like the devil over the things we disagree with, but in the end have this process by which we come together and we get the show on the road and move into the future and go on and remain a beacon of hope and freedom to the rest of the world,” he said. “That’s more important than any specific issue.”
Clinton invoked his friendship with former Israeli prime minister and president Shimon Peres, who he recently eulogized in Jerusalem, and the latest recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, saying Israel’s elder statesmen exemplified the meaning of one of Bob Dylan’s famed songs “Forever Young,” which includes the lyrics, “May you build a ladder to the stars / And climb on every rung.”
“Why am I telling you this?” Clinton then asked those in attendance. “Because America is now the longest-lasting free democracy in human history, and it’s because we were given this mission by the founders to form a more perfect union, which is an eternal mission. Our job is to do better.”
“This is about tikkun olam,” he added, referring to the Jewish concept of acting with kindness and seeking to repair the world. “We have bridges in our country. We have to repair them.”
Clinton’s visit to Florida was no accident. The battleground state, which is roughly five percent Jewish, is critical to the general election, and could potentially hold the power to shift the balance of electoral college votes.
Two months ago, the National Jewish Democratic Council launched a super PAC, Jews for Progress, to target Jewish voters in swing states — like Colorado, Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania — where “a shift in the Jewish vote could turn the tide in the presidential election.”
Most polls show Clinton ahead overall in the Sunshine State, but not by much. The latest Real Clear Politics Average has her leading by 4 points there.
An August poll showed her with 66 percent of Jewish support in Florida, whereas her Republican counterpart had 23 percent.
JERUSALEM POST – In his first interview with Palestinian media, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told Al-Qudsthat should another war break out between Israel and Hamas in Gaza it would be the last.
The full interview was set to be published on Monday.
Liberman also discussed his vision for the future including a two-state solution that would feature an exchange of territory, with Israel keeping large settlement blocs.
Similarly, in September, during a wide-ranging policy talk with students at Ariel University., Liberman had called for a peace deal with the Palestinians that is based on population and land swaps.
“The principle of land for peace has failed,” Liberman said.
He promoted what has long been both his diplomatic plan and that of the Yisrael Beytenu party. It calls for the borders of the two-state solution to be drawn in such a way as to exclude the maximum amount of Palestinians and to include as many Israelis as possible.
The best path forward, he said, “is an exchange of territories and population.”
Such a plan would put the settlement blocs within Israel’s final borders, but exclude some Israeli-Arab areas of Israel.
“Why should the Triangle and Umm al-Fahm be part of Israel?” Liberman asked. “Why should I subsidize [Islamic movement leader Raed] Salah and pay [MK] Hanin Zoabi [Joint List]?”
However, he cautioned, such a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would have to be part and parcel of a larger comprehensive agreement with the Arab world.
Legally, he said, there is precedence for this. When he was Foreign Minister, he said he had asked the office’s legal advisors for an opinion on the matter and had received an affirmative response in writing.
RT – Initial reports on the attack came on Friday, with AFP citing local officials and medics as saying that 15 women were killed and 50 more injured.
Konashenkov noted that such incidents bear the mark of war crimes. “These deadly attacks on civilian areas, which have all the marks of war crimes, are becoming almost a daily routine for the international coalition.”
The spokesman also noted that civilians and civilian infrastructure are increasingly finding themselves in the crosshairs of the coalition bombardment. “Too often weddings, funerals, hospitals, police stations, and humanitarian convoys are being hit by the coalition warplanes,”Konashenkov said. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova also weighed in, slamming the coalition’s action. CONTINUE READING
GULF NEWS – There is no doubt that Israel is stoking the fire of the ‘habbah’, by escalating punitive measures, drawing from a premise that blood breeds blood, while insisting on a security solution. This is a notion also supported by Israeli political analyst Eitan Haber who conceded that since former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon and Rafael Eitan, a former Israeli general, came out with a military solution, Israel has fought big and small wars that have left thousands dead and wounded, Palestinians arrested, hundreds of homes demolished, a blockade and isolation imposed, and yet no military solution was found. He said there were periods of lull that lasted years, but the volcano would again erupt. CONTINUE READING
Sabba – The article quotes a police officer complaining having to do things which have nothing to do with police work like “guarding theaters and synagogues and churches”.
Fearing the judeophobic accusation, that police officer had to include churches in the list despite it being a lie, except for places such as Notre Dame de Paris which are more valued as a touristic attractions than places of worship.
I have it from very good sources that while the Police have been ordered not to care in the least about Churches, they have been acting as security guards to synagogues, jewish companies, jewish museums, jewish schools all over the territory for years, long long before the state of emergency had been put in place. CONTINUE READING
RT – Foreign travelers to the US that are eligible for a visa waiver may be asked to provide their social media accounts, according to the Department of Homeland Security, which maintains that visitors won’t be profiled over any “social media identifiers.”
The plan, first revealed in June and currently under cost evaluation by the Office of Management and Budget, would allow US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to ask certain foreign travelers to the US to provide their social media accounts on customs documents to help “enhance the existing investigative process and provide DHS greater clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity and connections,” the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says. CONTINUE READING
Frustrated with nominee, top donor placing financial emphasis on battle for control of Senate, CNN reports
ed note–As we said at the time when many–including here on this website, unfortunately–were engaging in the ‘NUH HUH…NUH HUH…TOLD YA’ THAT THE JEWS WANTED TRUMP’ business, don’t jump to such conclusions so quickly. Our position was that Adelson’s ‘support’ for Trump was more than likely a ruse meant to confuse and distract people, the most obvious proof of which was that Adelson only forked over 10% of the $100 MILLION that he gave to Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2012.
What this little vignette with Adelson shows is that if Trump were truly the ‘candidate for Israel’ that some ‘experts’ in this ‘movement’ have claimed, the red carpet–along with all the hundreds of millions of dollars needed to get him elected–would have been laid at his feet from the beginning, along with a completely compliant JMSM that would make sure to celebrate a Trump presidency with the same vim and vigor with which they are working to get Hillary Clinton elected.
Times of Israel
Jewish philanthropist and top Republican donor Sheldon Adelson’s reported impatience with Donald Trump is reflected in the emphasis Adelson is placing on the battle for control of the Senate, CNN reported on Friday.
Adelson has given at least $40 million to super PACs focused solely on the fight for Congress, while the $10 million he dedicated to a pro-Trump super PAC is only advertising in states with competitive Senate races.
CNN and other outlets, citing unnamed figures close to Adelson, reported that Adelson — who has contributed up to $25 million to the Republican nominee’s presidential bid — regrets Trump’s “lack of focus” and misdirected attacks at fellow Republicans like House Speaker Paul Ryan as missed opportunities.
“Sheldon’s got to protect the House and the Senate, and Trump’s going after [fellow Republicans] isn’t helpful,” a source told CNN. “He’s really upset with the way Trump’s been running his campaign.”
Adelson and his wife, Miriam, were also reported to have attended a lunch with Trump and his family and other Trump allies prior to Wednesday’s presidential debate in Las Vegas. Fox Business reported that day, citing an unnamed “associate” of Adelson, that the donor sent an email to Trump urging him to stop attacking fellow Republicans and launching “counter-productive attacks” on the media.
The third and final debate came after a week in which Trump fended off charges by more than 10 women that he had initiated inappropriate contact with them in years past, and in which various Republican elected officials further distanced themselves from the candidate. Trump’s performance at the third debate was largely seen as a disappointment by Republicans and appeared to do little to improve his position behind Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in most polls.
Adelson is a prominent donor to Jewish causes and a staunch supporter of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In May, Adelson bucked a substantial number of Republican Jews who opposed Trump, even though by that time it was clear he would be the party’s presidential nominee. Adelson endorsed the pugnacious real estate magnate and reality TV star and appealed to other top Republican Jewish donors to follow suit.
The New York Times reported at the time that Adelson was prepared to spend up to $100 million to elect Trump.
ed note–No other country in the world gets away with this except–drum role please–the Jewish state. If any other country around the world were to engage in such activity, why the JMSM would be screeching up a storm, throwing into the discussion terms such as ‘human rights’ and ‘compassion’ and–last but not least–making comparisons between such activity and how the mean ol’ Nazis did this to the po’ persecuted lil’ Jews when they were in prison camps during WWII.
Those who have been seduced and stupfied into a state of total delusion by the sweet nothings whispered into their ears by those out to paint a pretty face on Judaism will counter by saying–drum role please–that such behavior runs counter to ‘Judaic ethics’. The facts however are another reality altogether, as these parrots simply don’t know what they are talking about. The behavior described in this story is a natural to Jewish behavior as killing sheep is to wolves. The Jews–by virtue of their religion and the various ‘great minds’ who have been the interpreters of that ‘religion’–hold fast to the notion that only they are ‘humans’ in the eyes of their god Yahweh, and that all other persons are mere actors in a screenplay written only for them.
And for those who take a relaxed view of the kind of barbaric behavior described in this piece, remember something–the only thing differentiating the Palestinians form you is geography, and as soon as the beast rampaging through the Levant has finished in devouring everything there is to eat there, it is your turn.
ed note–please keep in mind that the person writing this is not a ‘peacenik’ or someone who is operating from a position of poorly compiled facts and flawed conclusions. Having known/worked with Phil Giraldi many times over the years and having met him personally over lunch in D.C., I can tell you that as a former intelligence officer whose job was to look at the situation and assess what it is and where it is going, his analysis of what is headed our way needs to be taken seriously to the point that all other issues of lesser importance need to take a back seat.
Once again, a lot of editorial cartoons on matters political. I think the entire world will be glad when the American elections, dominating the headlines everywhere, are over and we can focus on other matters, matters that you can be sure are being pushed hard behind the scenes while all attention is intently focused upon Trump and Clinton…..
Tagged: Cartoons, Donald trump, Hillary Clinton, Palestine, political satire
ED Noor: This development is, indeed, historical. There is now evidence that the `victims` of violence by Trump supporters were well-paid agitators with direct connections to the Clinton campaign, sent to create situations to discredit Donald Trump and his base.
When Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign over a year ago, the media barely batted an eye. They all believed he was only trying to boost his business.
As time went on, he began to win debate after debate and state after state as he received the most votes in Republican primary history while battling sixteen other candidates. The liberal media and Clinton campaign quickly went from thinking he was a joke to fearing him.
As Trump began to take this country by storm, the media and Clintons tried everything in their power to destroy him. They tried desperately to accuse Donald Trump of inciting violence at his rallies.
Tagged: American Elections, crimes, Donald trump, Hillary Clinton
YNET – Op-ed: British Prime Minister Theresa May used her first day in office to eat dinner at the Chief Rabbi of Britian’s house, and has a proven track record of turning MI6’s connection with Israeli intelligence agencies into a strategic asset; May: ‘without its Jews, Britain would not be Britain.’
Three months ago, in her first day on the job as the prime minister of Britain, Theresa May decided to go on a dinner scheduled months prior. In the early evening hours, the prime minister and her husband Philip left 10 Downing Street with their motorcade and made their way to a house in north London to dine with Britain’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.
Only hours earlier, May was kissing hands at Buckingham Palace, becoming the second female prime minister in Britain’s history and the talk of the day. But a commitment must be kept, and May, known as a lady of her word, was sending a message that despite her new high-ranked job—she has no plans of changing.
In the presence of a handful of participants, the May couple had a strictly kosher dinner at the home of Rabbi Mirvis, with whom May has warm relations.
The dinner was scheduled three months prior, when May was still the Home Secretary. No one could have imagined that one referendum could cause such a storm in Britain, leading to the resignation of the prime minister and the appointment of a woman considered a not particularly distinguished minister to one of the most important jobs in the world.
For a few hours, May put aside the arduous and complicated task of forming her government in favor of that dinner.
“The fact she made it to dinner at the height of the preparations and before taking the reins of such an important job, reflects her great desire to maintain her commitments to and appreciation of Britain’s Jewish community,” Rabbi Mirvis said.
May’s close ties with the Jewish community in Britain are not new. In her six years as the Home Secretary—a position that tasks her with the responsibility of Britain’s internal security—May was personally involved in the security of Jewish institutions in the kingdom, particularly in light of the country’s rising anti-Semitism.
May becoming prime minister is very good news for Israel. In fact, there are already some in Britain who have dubbed her the most pro-Israeli prime minister 10 Downing Street has ever seen.
Even if May won’t support the expansion of settlements or break away from the international position on Israel’s presence in the disputed territories, it is safe to assume that she would continue taking a pro-Israeli stance and defend Israel whenever an occasion for such statements arises.
May knows Israel well. Two years ago, shortly before Operation Protective Edge, she visited Israel as Home Secretary. She spoke of her impressions from that visit at an Independence Day event organized by Bnei Akiva UK youth group, where she was the guest of honor.
At the party, she took the stage and made an impassioned speech, praising Israel. “It is an honor to be with you this evening to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut,” she began, using the Hebrew words for ‘Independence Day.’
“Israel’s Independence Day, which is of course preceded by Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day), when we remember the sacrifice of those who fought to achieve and protect that independence,” she said. “Israel is at once an ancient and a young nation. The modern State of Israel is the fulfillment of many generations of struggle.”
May spoke about Operation Protective Edge and mentioned the “brave soldiers who paid the ultimate price to defend their fellow citizens from indiscriminate terrorist attacks and existential threats.”
Recounting her visit to Israel, May talked about her meetings with cyber security experts and seeing for herself the progress Israel has made in combating human trafficking.
“In those respects, my visit was really very useful,” she continued, “but it was also overshadowed by the terrible news which emerged during my stay about the murder of three Israeli teenagers near Halhul.”
May also spoke about an issue that she was tasked with as the Interior Minister—the allocation of GBP 11 million for the defense of British Jewish institutions, while attempting to defeat anti-Semitism in the UK.
She said to those present that “The safety of the Jewish people can never be taken for granted… I know that many Jewish people in this country are feeling vulnerable and fearful, that you’re anxious for you families, your children, and yourselves. I never thought I would see the day that members of the Jewish community in the United Kingdom would say that they are fearful of remaining here in our country. That means that we must all redouble our efforts to wipe out anti-Semitism here in Britain.”
“Jewish people have long been an integral part of this country, and we cherish the enormous contribution you make, not just in the past, but today and every day… without its Jews, Britain would not be Britain.”
Foreign Ministry officials have said that May’s support of Israel only grew after she served as the Home Secretary. During her tenure, she began to understand how complicated it is to deal with the sophisticated and growing threat terrorism poses to the world, and the importance of cooperating and coordinating with intelligence agencies.
May focused on intelligence cooperation with Israel during her tenure, and turned the connection between MI6 and Israeli intelligence agencies into a strategic asset.
JERUSALEM POST – Lebanon former prime minister Saad al-Hariri announced his support for his political foe, Hezbollah ally Michel Aoun, to become president in a televised news conference on Thursday, a step that may help resolve the country’s political deadlock.
“This decision comes from the need to protect Lebanon and the state and the people … but it is a decision that depends on agreement,” he said, describing Aoun as “the only option left.
Lebanon has endured a protracted political crisis since parliament failed to elect a new president two years ago, paralyzing government, causing a breakdown in many basic services and reviving fears of a slide back towards civil war.
The endorsement by Hariri, Lebanon’s leading Sunni Muslim politician who has long opposed Aoun’s Shi’ite ally Hezbollah, could break the prolonged standoff between Lebanon’s political leaders.
However, Aoun will still face big obstacles towards his election as president by the country’s parliament, including opposition from parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri, leader of the Shi’ite Amal movement which is also an ally of Hezbollah.
Hariri hopes to become prime minister again if Aoun becomes president. Hezbollah, Lebanon’s most powerful political player, has not yet declared its position in detail, but had previously described Aoun – a Christian – as its preferred candidate
SOTT – Pictures emerge showing men caught fleeing Mosul in dresses as ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi orders men’s wives and girlfriends to flee. Cowardly ISIS fighters dressed in women’s clothes are fleeing Mosul while the group’s commanders have ordered their WAGs to escape before the city is encircled. Their desperate last-ditch orders come as Kurdish forces and elite Iraqi counter-terror troops began a lightning advance on the city. CONTINUE READING
QUDS DAYS – A new academic study in the peer-reviewed medical journal ‘Reproductive Health Matters’ has revealed dozens of cases of “alleged sexual torture or ill-treatment” of Palestinian male prisoners detained by Israel. The study’s findings “show that sexual ill-treatment is systemic”, with 60 testimonies identified over the period 2005-2012. According to the article, “Israeli authorities are systemically involved with torture and ill-treatment of a sexual nature.” CONTINUE READING
AL MONITOR – Some Palestinians fear they’ve been jilted by Jordan, which seems to be cozying up to Israel rather quickly. This courtship is clearly reflected in several recent events. CONTINUE READING
Sabba – In the meanwhile, Vietnam who did not learn anything from History, just came out with statements supporting US interventions in Asia Pacific to promote ‘peace and prosperity’