UPDATES: Three of the articles (***) require a bit of reading, and they are very interesting.
In yet another Wall Street giveaway, President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon took executive action to chip away at Dodd-Frank financial regulations and roll back rules aimed at reducing corporate tax avoidance.
Jean-Pierre Thomas, former adviser to Nicolas Sarkozy
The result of this election in France from my point of view is not good news for France, for Europe and for Russia. Mr. Macron, everybody forgets this thing, because the result, the campaign, the marketing, but the fact is [he] is the baby of Mr. [Francois] Hollande. So it will be exactly the same policy… When he was the minister of the economy he didn’t make any good reforms; it’s only a marketing baby of Mr. Hollande.
Europe needs big, big reforms. The majority of the people in France more and more are against Europe. It’s a pity. So we have to reform Europe. I don’t think he is on the way to do it…
“Since February 28, we conducted more than 80 precision strikes against AQAP militants, infrastructure, fighting positions and equipment in Yemen.”
“The three ideological fundamentalisms are currently as follows: an Islamist, personified by Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL]; a pseudo-communist, manifested by the DPRK [North Korea]; and the liberal-globalizing represented by certain elites of the West.
“These threats are, of course, unequal in scope and ideological roots, but they have much in common: each resorts to blackmail and threats, as well as use of force, visual and media effects, relying on zombie activists ready for everything for the sake of an idea,” Kosachev, the head of Russia’s upper house Committee for International Relations, wrote in an opinion piece published in Izvestia daily on Monday.
These threats have come from where they were least expected – from within, Kosashev notes.
“The peoples of Western countries have begun to show discontent with the ruling elite becoming increasingly out of touch with the population. However, instead of a preemptive transformation of the system, it reacted with a completely authoritarian scheme: first, by seeing in the goings-on some ‘intrigues of the enemies’ from the outside. Second, by extremely demonizing those who oppose the system, exposing them as ‘new dictators’. And third, by accusing the people of allegedly being fond of populism. Although what they call populism is in fact an attempt by politicians to respond to the voice of the people, not the elite.” . . .
*** Partitioning the Middle East: A Roadmap to US-Israeli Hegemony, by Bas Spliet, Newsbud
We are often told that the invasion and occupation of Iraq and the war in Syria are disastrous failures of Western foreign policy. This article, however, argues that the architects of these wars were, and are, well aware of the destabilising consequences of their military efforts, and in fact, had always regarded the breakup of Iraq and Syria along sectarian lines as a desirable outcome. The millions of deaths and injuries resulting from these horrific wars, as well as the displacement of several more millions, then, are nothing more than “collateral damage” to achieve US-Israeli hegemony in the region. Viewed from this perspective, post-9/11 Western Middle East policy in retrospect is not a failure, but a success.
Part I: Partition, the only solution? . . .
According to Bloomberg, Vladimir Putin is “quietly” annexing the Donbass region into Mother Russia. Meanwhile, NATO is holding a parliamentary assembly in the middle of icebound nowhere. Here in Germany the geniuses in charge of the government have created a “Ministry of Truth” in order to suppress deadly populism. Terror still grips us, North Korea is set to start Armageddon, and America’s Rex Tillerson has an Exxon plan for Syria. In short, Trump changed nothing. Here we are, still caught in Alice’s Wonderland.
Blooming Icebergs of Fake News and BS . . .
Central Asia is strategically important for Russia in terms of security. It plays the role of a sort of buffer between Russia and countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan etc., where the threat of terrorism is strong. Therefore, good relations with the countries of the region, their peace and prosperity are among Russia’s most important interests. Cooperation in the oil and gas industry is a powerful means to achieve this.
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31% of Americans view Russia as ‘greatest danger’ to US, highest rate in 3 decades – poll . . . soon, Americans may learn that ignorance is not bliss!
Our school system makes it clear why we are ignorant:
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Before the NYPD can bring a case against Anthony Weiner and others, based on the contents of the latter’s computer, it appears that they need to clean up their own house. At least this convicted pedophile was no longer on the force.
15-year NYPD veteran, sergeant Alberto Randazzo supervised police officers by day but directed infant porn videos over his computer by night, telling moms he met online to molest their children. The victims were babies only a few months old.
Three of the women Randazzo solicited have also been charged in the Eastern District of New York. Two have pleaded guilty, one of whom was sentenced to five years imprisonment, one of whom is awaiting sentencing, and another is awaiting trial.
. . . and how about this man’s story?
. . . and another story . . .
Navy SEAL faces felony charges of molesting girl on camera, raping a woman and keeping stash of child porn
Russia’s support for E Ukraine ‘obstacle’ in Washington-Moscow ties . . . well, it’s now more than obvious that no matter what Russia does, it isn’t going to win with the United States. Instead, it is finally regarded by most of the world as an ‘honest broker’ and can openly speak its mind. How refreshing!
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Russia’s “actions” in eastern Ukraine serve as an “obstacle” in ties between the administration of US President Donald Trump and the Kremlin.
China’s Xi urges restraint during Trump call as ‘USS Carl Vinson’ heads for N. Korean waters . . . Yes, the rest of the world must continue to work to restrain the US in order to avoid war. How long must we watch this game being played? Better still, how many more must die until this comes to an end?
The majority of those who voted for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the US 2016 presidential election still voice support for the two, a poll shows.
The News/Washington Post poll was released early Sunday as President Trump was approaching his 100th day mark in office. 🙂 🙂 🙂
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Steve makes some interesting points; nevertheless, psychiatrists no longer impress me. My experience is that unless people deal with their feelings, intellectual understandings alone can’t heal. It’s the fears and terrors, often acquired in childhood and misunderstood and suppressed, that we must bring into alignment with reality. This will open our hearts to clarity. Do you see clarity in Steve?