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A New Dawn In America

by Oui Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 10:55:32 AM EST

Inauguration Day - Jan. 6, 2021 @12:00 hrs

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Burying Trumpism ...

France's Macron congratulates Biden in first phone call to US president-elect

    United Kingdom May ... Europe certainly wonít miss Trump and his mob of racist supporters ...

    In five posts sent on the same day that French officials marked the anniversary of the 2015 terrorist attacks that killed 130 people in Paris, Trump blasted the key US ally over its near defeat to Germany in two world wars, its wine industry and Macronís approval ratings.

A move for Peace and care of Our Planet First!

Detente and major efforts for peace are needed ... and a sustainable deal to Save the Planet with science and investment.

More words from a conservative leader on topic ...

British, French and German Publics Give Biden High Marks After U.S. Election | Pew Research - Jan. 19, 2021 |

🤡 🔥 🤣

Steve Bannon pardoned, the clown Remains ...

by Oui on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 11:48:37 AM EST
by Oui on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 11:55:08 AM EST
Oil will still be pumped, but now China will get it instead.

100,000 American jobs lost.

sapere aude

by Number 6 on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 12:05:03 PM EST
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Fossil fuels are no longer the driver of a high tech economy.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 05:31:56 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 12:02:00 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 12:06:45 PM EST
Yes, unity. But first we must close down all conservative news outlets, and punish anyone who voted for Trump. Forever.

Unity, I say!

sapere aude

by Number 6 on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 12:06:06 PM EST
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FFS grow up

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 05:33:57 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 02:33:09 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 02:50:28 PM EST

No other photo-op possible as his predecessor has fled Washington DC in disgrace ...

by Oui on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 03:02:32 PM EST
... Over the course of my life, I've been a lot of places. I've traveled all around the world - more than a million miles on Air Force Two alone. I've been honored to have held a lot of titles. But I have always been and will always be the son of Kitty Finnegan. The grandson of Geraldine Finnegan from St. Paul's Parish in Scranton; a proud descendant of the Finnegans of Ireland's County Louth. The great-grandson of a man named Edward Francis Blewitt, whose roots stem from Ballina, a small town in Ireland's County Mayo - sister city to my hometown in Scranton, Pennsylvania. An engineer with a poet's heart. Months after my mother passed away, I found an old box of his poems in my attic.

[A son of Delaware with Irish roots - President-Elect Joe Biden is deeply proud of his Irish roots

by Oui on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 03:27:11 PM EST
We haven  new president ... Joe Biden.

Thank God!

by Oui on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 04:51:18 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 04:40:36 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 04:44:47 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 04:50:38 PM EST
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Oathing of Vice President follows prayer, presumably vetted to comply with strict separation of church and state, presentation of military colours to remind all of the violence of democracy, and nationalistic singing of national anthem and reciting of allegiance pledge.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 05:44:19 PM EST
World leaders react to Joe Biden's inauguration | ABC News |

by Oui on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 06:05:14 PM EST
by Oui on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 08:22:58 PM EST
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"Historic": Dutch PM congratulates new U.S. Pres. Biden, VP Harris

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte issued a brief statement on Wednesday evening offering to work more closely with newly-inaugurated U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. The two were sworn in during a ceremony in Washington D.C. moments earlier.

"The Netherlands and the United States have long been close allies," Rutte said. "On behalf of the Dutch government, I would like to congratulate them on their historic inauguration."

Everyone's friend ... Mark Rutte

Don't criticize Trump -- we need him, Dutch prime minister says | WEF Davis - 2018 |

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte -- who told CNBC that the president could be a catalyst for much-needed reforms.
"The U.S. has voted and Trump is the president and maybe he will be re-elected ... So we have to work with him, and I think he is an opportunity," Rutte told CNBC's Geoff Cutmore at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

by Oui on Fri Jan 22nd, 2021 at 11:50:55 PM EST
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The big story of the inauguration is Bernie Sander's mittens.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 03:09:57 AM EST
And the Twitterverse is blowing up with him photoshopped.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 03:14:49 AM EST
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Warmth in seating arrangement radiates from the central heat of power and influence ... 🤣

by Oui on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 07:17:36 AM EST
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The first US president to be obviously afraid of his own troops. A milestone!

sapere aude
by Number 6 on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 12:08:07 PM EST

by Oui on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 08:15:12 PM EST

Britain braces for not-so-special relationship with Biden | Politico - Dec. 31, 2020 |

Johnson allies fear his courtship of Donald Trump is now a liability in a Democratic Washington, along with his advocacy for a break with the EU against the advice of Trump's predecessor. And while Biden's tight-lipped transition team won't reveal its plans for the U.K., interviews with 16 officials and former officials on both sides of the Atlantic make clear that Brexit has changed the dynamic.

Will Cummings ... ehh ... Boris Johnson send Nigel Farage as special envoy to Washington DC to warm relations ⁉️ 🤣

by Oui on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 10:32:24 PM EST

Removing old colonial statues ...
there should be a law to protect our past.

It's not 'censorship' to question the statues in our public spaces

by Oui on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 10:57:56 PM EST
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Words do matter 😅

Boris Johnson has no regrets over Obama 'part-Kenyan' remarks | The Guardian - May 11, 2016 |

Johnson was accused of racist undertones by an opposition Labour politician over the opening paragraphs of an article he wrote in the Sun newspaper criticizing Obama's stance on the EU. In the passage, Johnson speculated about the reasons for the removal of a bust of Churchill from the Oval Office in 2009, during the early days of Obama's presidency. "Some said it was a snub to Britain. Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan president's ancestral dislike of the British Empire, of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender."

by Oui on Fri Jan 22nd, 2021 at 11:14:35 AM EST
Uncovering the brutal truth about the British empire | The Guardian - Aug. 2016 |

Elkins had come to prominence in 2005 with a book that exhumed one of the nastiest chapters of British imperial history: the suppression of Kenya's Mau Mau rebellion. Her study, Britain's Gulag, chronicled how the British had battled this anticolonial uprising by confining some 1.5 million Kenyans to a network of detention camps and heavily patrolled villages. It was a tale of systematic violence and high-level cover-ups.

It was also an unconventional first book for a junior scholar. Elkins framed the story as a personal journey of discovery. Her prose seethed with outrage. Britain's Gulag, titled Imperial Reckoning in the US, earned Elkins a great deal of attention and a Pulitzer prize. But the book polarised scholars. Some praised Elkins for breaking the "code of silence" that had squelched discussion of British imperial violence.

by Oui on Fri Jan 22nd, 2021 at 11:26:41 AM EST
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"History will be kind to me as I intend to write it myself."
[Quote Winston Churchill]

The role of Roosevelt to end colonialism and direct call on Churchill te end the British Empire.

The United Nations and Decolonization - The The Atlantic Charter of August 1941

Churchill at the White House | The Atlantic |

"After my husband's death, I was lunching one day with Mr. and Mrs. Churchill at their home in London, and sitting by me, he suddenly turned to me and said, 'You never have really approved of me, have you?'"

Franklin Roosevelt: "That Hell-hole of Yours"

by Oui on Sun Jan 24th, 2021 at 08:11:16 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri Jan 22nd, 2021 at 01:54:26 PM EST
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Trump allies dismissed at VOA as Biden administration names new leadership | NBC News |

In its first full day in office, the Biden administration dismissed the director of Voice of America, Robert Reilly, and his deputy, Elizabeth Robbins, and replaced them with experienced journalists with long careers at VOA and other government-funded networks.

Reilly, a conservative commentator, is the author of such books as "Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything."

Even after Joe Biden was sworn in as president on Wednesday, Robbins and another former Trump administration political appointee at the agency, John Jaggers, continued efforts to try to fire several employees on Thursday.

Shortly after midnight early on Thursday, four employees received a letter from Jaggers telling them that they were being removed "as of the date of this letter," Seide said, who shared excerpts of the document with NBC News.

When Robbins was told by the new management that she was being fired, she responded that such a move would be illegal, citing recently adopted legislation on VOA's governance.

by Oui on Fri Jan 22nd, 2021 at 05:48:04 PM EST
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Reversing the political decision by former president Trump in July.

by Oui on Fri Jan 22nd, 2021 at 06:19:02 PM EST
by Oui on Fri Jan 22nd, 2021 at 07:17:53 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri Jan 22nd, 2021 at 11:00:25 PM EST
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Like so many, infected by the Trump virus and feel of power near the White House ... a useless tool or should I say fool.

Trump COVID task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx says she "always" considered quitting

... She told Brennan she plans to retire "within the next four to six weeks" from her current role at the CDC, capping a four-decade-long career in public service as an Army officer, administrator of PEPFAR AIDS research, and finally a tumultuous run as one of the top U.S. officials guiding the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

More than 400,000 Americans have since died from the virus, and millions have lost their jobs as a result of the economic fallout.

by Oui on Fri Jan 22nd, 2021 at 11:17:46 PM EST
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Records of Military Agencies Relating to African Americans from the Post-World War I Period to the Korean War, Reference Information Paper 105 (2006), 171 pp

U.S. Army Center of Military History, WWII, Ch.11, Negro Troops' Morale

Executive Order 9981: Desegregation of the Armed Forces, July 26, 1948 , signed Harry S. Truman

Long-withheld Pentagon survey shows widespread racial discrimination, harassment, 14 Jan 2021

The Pentagon's release of the data followed a Reuters article last month disclosing how the Defense Department sat on the 2017 survey data during President Donald Trump's administration, even last month denying a Reuters Freedom of Information Act Request.

Senator Kirsten "d'Oh Laureate" Gillibrand, a senior member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, condemned the Pentagon's failure to disclose the data sooner. A Gillibrand aide noted that the senator's office had been seeking the data for MONTHS.

First fired. < wipes tears > Last hired.
President-elect Joe Biden underscored the importance of diversity at the Pentagon when he announced his pick last month to lead it: retired Army General Lloyd "Raytheon" Austin, who would be the first Black U.S. defense secretary, if approved by Congress.

"More than 40% of our active-duty forces are people of color. It's long past time that the department's leadership reflects that diversity," Biden said.

by Cat on Sun Jan 24th, 2021 at 02:47:06 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri Jan 22nd, 2021 at 07:14:11 PM EST

A Start to Renew Talks and Diplomacy ...

Moscow welcomes news Biden admin wants to renew key nuclear treaty

by Oui on Fri Jan 22nd, 2021 at 07:59:20 PM EST
G7 2021 summit coming to Carbis Bay, Cornwall

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also invited Australia, India and South Korea to attend as guests, as he seeks to promote a green recovery from the crisis.

UK plans early G7 virtual meeting and presses ahead with switch to D10

by Oui on Fri Jan 22nd, 2021 at 08:10:23 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sat Jan 23rd, 2021 at 01:01:38 PM EST
The Biden win before he fell ill.

The Trump Covid-19 virus caught up with Larry - RIP.

Larry King Dead at 87 | RollingStone |

by Oui on Sat Jan 23rd, 2021 at 01:24:54 PM EST
by Oui on Mon Jan 25th, 2021 at 12:18:00 AM EST
Can Trump's Pardons Be Reversed? | Washington Monthly |

President Ulysses S. Grant did it, and George W. Bush, and the Constitution would seem to encourage it.

Checks on the king's ability to pardon corrupt ministers had been included, for instance, in the Settlement Act of 1701, which became an essential part of the (unwritten) English constitution. The Framers were also aware of abuses committed by colonial governors.

Edmund Randolph said at the Constitutional Convention that allowing a president to pardon for even for acts of treason "was too great a trust. The president may himself be guilty. The Traytors may be his own instruments." James Wilson, a delegate for Pennsylvania and later one of the most important interpreters of American law, asserted that if the president "be himself a party to the guilt he can be impeached and prosecuted." The question of treason is no longer a theoretical one. The House's Jan. 13 impeachment resolution accuses Trump of committing treason by "inciting violence against the government of the United States."

The founders were hardly perfect, and many of their original plans have required amendments in the name of justice. But they absolutely understood the potential for corruption, including and especially in whichever person was chosen president.

by Oui on Tue Jan 26th, 2021 at 08:01:20 AM EST

As filibuster clash paralyzes Senate, Democratic frustration grows

by Oui on Tue Jan 26th, 2021 at 10:38:58 AM EST
Kremlin accuses U.S. of meddling in affairs, but says ready to talk | Reuters - 2 days ago |

No readout yet from Kremlin sources ...

The relationship with Russia deteriorated severely during the Obama administration ... 16 years of calling Russia a provincial power and urge to expand NATO to the border with Russia. No love lost between Putin and Democrats. To the contrary, New Europe and the Ukraine are showing extreme loyalty to the US above the union and principles of the EU.

by Oui on Tue Jan 26th, 2021 at 08:08:11 PM EST
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British National Omar Saeed Sheikh

Omar Saeed Sheikh -- from rowdy student to terror convict

A son of a cloth merchant, Sheikh was born in England in 1974, where he attended a private school. His family moved to Lahore in 1987 and he enrolled at the renowned Aitchison College, from where he was expelled for rowdy behaviour.

He returned to the United Kingdom and joined the Forest School in Snaresbrook, according to a report by the BBC.

Sheikh was admitted to the London School of Economics in 1992 and, according to The Guardian, was also a member of the UK arm wrestling team. He only remained at LSE for a short time, however.

According to reports, he went to Bosnia as an aid worker during the war in 1992 and never returned to university to complete his degree.


Sheikh's first real brush with terrorism occurred when he joined the Harkatul Ansar -- rechristened Harkat-ul-Mujahideen after the US banned the group in the mid-1990s -- and became one of the key infiltrators into occupied Kashmir where he was arrested by the Indian security forces in 1997 during a sting operation. He remained incarcerated until December 1999, when the hijackers of an Indian airliner in Kandahar demanded his release along with Jaish-e-Mohammed's Masood Azhar.

Pakistan's anti-terrorism court issues arrest warrant for Jaish chief Masood Azhar

Pakistan loses four spots in corruption perceptions ranking: report

by Oui on Thu Jan 28th, 2021 at 11:40:17 AM EST
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Was murdered at the hands of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of 9/11. Daniel Pearl's key murder suspect in US custody and yet to face trial.

by Oui on Fri Jan 29th, 2021 at 12:06:12 PM EST
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Adding Xenophobia and Islamophobia ... America became a powder keg ready to explode in civil strife, perhaps a war.

Don't swerve the culture war - that's the lesson from Joe Biden to UK progressives | The Guardian - Opinion |

Culture war" used to be a term inextricably linked with the maelstrom of US politics. Popularised by American sociologist James Davison Hunter in his 1991 book Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America, it described how socially progressive and conservative coalitions were locked in a seemingly eternal conflict.

    Culture Wars presents a riveting account of how Christian fundamentalist, Orthodox Jews, and conservative Catholics have joined forces in a fierce battle against their progressive counterparts-secularist, reform Jews, liberal Catholics and Protestants-as each side struggles to gain control over such fields of conflict as the family, art, education, law, and politics. Not since the Civil War has there been such fundamental disagreement over basic assumptions about truth, freedom, and our national identity.

Yet culture wars continue not simply to shape politics on both sides of the Atlantic, but to define it. According to the Financial Times, just as Joe Biden swept the rust-belt states, Keir Starmer believes he can win back Labour's lost red wall by copying the US president's "emphasis on `family, community and security' ... and avoiding endless arguments about `culture war' issues such as trans rights and the destruction of historic statues".

Yet this is a curious lesson to draw from the US.

Take trans rights, which has become one of today's totemic "culture war" issues. Harris has her pronouns in her Twitter bio; Biden campaigned promising trans people, "We see you, we support you, and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure you are affirmed and accepted just as you are." He became the first president-elect to thank trans people in his victory speech, issued an order expanding LGBTQ protections and repealed the ban on trans military personnel.

There were, of course, howls of outrage: one Republican senator questioned "Another `unifying' move by the new Administration?" But according to the polling, it was indeed unifying: more than seven in 10 Americans support trans people serving in the military. Here is an instructive example. Rightwingers often push back at moves to secure rights for minorities on the grounds that they are "divisive": yet, though noisy and obsessed, they are also unrepresentative.

As it does in the US, polling in Britain consistently shows women and younger people are most supportive of trans rights, with older men least supportive. There is a complication here: while support for trans rights is a given in US feminist, "centrist" and progressive circles, transphobia is a permissible prejudice across the political spectrum in Britain. This week the SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon, condemned transphobia in her party's ranks after it had led to an exodus of younger members. But while anti-trans activists are vocal, for the majority of people it's not an issue on their radar. As the Democrats underlined, what is needed is leadership - or a vacuum will be filled by increasingly emboldened bigotry.

Transphobia across the EU Visegrad Four - Lessons Four Freedoms

Republicans in America know where to find their strong supporters ... and electorate.

From the diaries ... embryonic rise of Mark Rutte as party leader ...

The Hague in turmoil: Ayaan versus "Iron" Rita by Nomad on May 16, 2006

by Oui on Fri Jan 29th, 2021 at 02:53:12 PM EST
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Vaccine distribution has been `seamless' under Biden: Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) | ABC News |

I was delighted that we had a ... 14% increase in vaccine supply last week. This is going to be very, very important for us.

"Thank goodness we have that partnership which is good with the federal government. And President Biden and his team is -- is working to assure that partnership and not tear it apart, which I'm very grateful for."

Passing coronavirus relief more important than bipartisanship: Sen. Bernie Sanders

by Oui on Sun Jan 31st, 2021 at 04:02:03 PM EST

Senate approves budget resolution to pass Biden's COVID-19 relief package

The Senate approved a budget resolution early Friday that would allow for the passage of Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package without Republican support.

Harris broke a 50-50 tie in the Senate by casting a vote in favor of the Democratic measure.

by Oui on Fri Feb 5th, 2021 at 11:53:04 AM EST

by Oui on Fri Feb 5th, 2021 at 11:53:59 AM EST
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And how many support the $2.000 payments that Biden originally promised?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Feb 5th, 2021 at 02:46:37 PM EST
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U.K. Conservatives seek to repeal ban on executions ...

Tory members back death penalty, believe Islam is a threat and think Trump would make a good PM, poll finds | The Independent - July 2019 |

The Trump virus is quite contagious... need for eradication ... vote Yes for impeachment.

by Oui on Fri Feb 5th, 2021 at 07:23:50 PM EST

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