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Juncker: Tory Attack Is Getting Personal

by Oui Fri Dec 14th, 2018 at 12:17:49 PM EST

I listened to and watched the brief press conference late last night of Tusk and Juncker. There were some words of annoyance, a personal grievance. I estimate Juncker was irritated by UK media and Tory criticism of his person. In addition, I do think PM Theresa May has never understood the internal workings of the Brexit negotiations and the EU. Last summer May went around Michel Barnier to talk to heads of state. On het way to Brussels, May talked to Dutch PM Rutte and German chancellor Angela Merkel. In the UK negotiation tactics, Theresa May changed her team leader as often as a FA Club releases a manager. These are not good signs of a well thought out process to get to a clearly defined goal. At this late stage, the EU 27 are really fed up with the shenanigans of UK politics at Westminster. Time has run out. The no-deal contingency plans are rolled out in a manner there will be no possibility to get the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement through the House of Commons in time. May has not delivered. What she promised in her cabinet and in Parliament were no-go proposals for the EU. She should have known.

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Brexit Stop: 48 Letters Trigger No Confidence Vote

by Oui Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 08:04:33 AM EST

UK Government with PM Theresa May in shutdown due to hurdle brought by her own Tory party members.

No PMQ today in Parliament, no Minister's meeting to discuss her escape to the EU for one day and no meeting with DUP's Arlene Foster. UK and the EU heading for a no deal to be decided by the Tory party members tonight whether Theresa May survives or is set aside. Great dissatisfaction may trump the nation's interest and push May out!

Brexit in chaos as Tory MPs trigger vote of no confidence in May | The Guardian |

Conservative MPs have triggered a vote of no confidence in Theresa May, plunging the Brexit process into chaos as Tory colleagues indicated they no longer had faith in the prime minister to deliver the deal.

Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee, has received at least 48 letters from Conservative MPs calling for a vote of no confidence in May. Under party rules, a contest is triggered if 15% of Conservative MPs write to the chair of the committee of Tory backbenchers.

A ballot will be held on Wednesday evening between 6pm and 8pm, Brady said, with votes counted "immediately afterwards and an announcement will be made as soon as possible".

In a press release, he said: "The threshold of 15% of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative party has been exceeded."  

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After Brexit, Europe at a Crossroad

by Oui Sat Dec 8th, 2018 at 02:31:03 PM EST

"It took 15 years for the UK to be admitted because the French saw it was the English intention to compromise that plan."

[Comment by oldremainmer48]

To be specific, it were French president Charles de Gaulle and Dutch FM Joseph Luns (1956-1971) who kept the British out. They envisioned the British as troublemakers for the European Economic Community. Joseph Luns became NATO SG from 1971-1984.

    With authority and a keen sense of humour, Luns chaired Council meetings rather informally compared to his predecessors. He called Ambassadors by their first name and put on slippers during lengthy Council discussions. However, Luns could become rather confrontational with those he felt were not supportive of the American view. High-minded yet visionary, he made it clear that staunch Atlanticism and a united Europe were complementary and expected others to get on board.

1967: De Gaulle pulls France out of NATO's integrated military structure

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Rise of Populism Based on Terror and Islamophobia

by Oui Fri Dec 7th, 2018 at 09:24:42 PM EST

Currente headlines in news media and blogs expressing opinions and analysis I have done for many years.

Thanks to US billionaires supporting rightwing political causes in the Republican party and fusing with Israel's crime family headed by PM Netanyahu. In the meantime the Democrats were defeated by a common cause: the next war on Iran.

Just a few short headlines, for some this will make sense ... where to start?

Revealed: the hidden network behind Tommy Robinson| The Guardian |

The British far-right activist Tommy Robinson is receiving financial, political and moral support from a broad array of non-British groups and individuals, including US thinktanks, rightwing Australians and Russian trolls, a Guardian investigation has discovered.

Robinson, an anti-Islam campaigner who is leading a "Brexit betrayal" march in London on Sunday, has received funding from a US tech billionaire and a thinktank based in Philadelphia.

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Sharia: No Escape From Dubai - Authoritarian Sheikh

by Oui Tue Dec 4th, 2018 at 09:59:59 PM EST

In my lifetime I envisioned the Arab peninsula to become a modern state with equal rights for women. Instead we are witness to mass failure of Emirati leaders on human rights issues. Twice an Emirati princess attempted to escape from the authoritarian rule of their father and twice the women were abducted and returned to the Emirate. The world watches and does nothing ... selling your soul for a few bucks.

Human rights on the back burner as the Arab states slaughter the opposition rebels and civilian population in Yemen.

Not just the two principal Arab partners the United Kingdom and the United States of America are guilty of support in these war crimes.

Yemen: The devastating war waged with European weapons | DW |

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GHW Bush Passed Away

by Oui Sat Dec 1st, 2018 at 06:02:28 AM EST

No comment - a life in service of the CIA from the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961. A direct link to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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Poroshenko Doing a 'Gulf of Tonkin' Provocation

by Oui Mon Nov 26th, 2018 at 10:34:13 AM EST

See also fjallstrom’s new diary - Comedian frontrunner in Ukrainian presidential election.

Embattled president of Ukraine attempt to get in favor with the political leadership in the White House after two difficult years under Republican leadership and a surprise president Trump election in 2016. Could Poroshenko under guise of martial law postpone the next elections he is about to lose? Of course he is our [the Western alliance] culprit so the EU, US and NATO will stick with him and his cronies.

Crimea: Three Ukraine navy boats captured by Russian forces following firefight | The Independent |

Russia has seized three Ukrainian navy vessels following a shoot-out in the Black Sea near the Crimean peninsula, prompting the UN Security Council to call an emergency meeting.

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Dutch Gov't Hard Facts and Lies/Propaganda about Syria

by Oui Thu Nov 22nd, 2018 at 10:05:11 AM EST

Due to FOIA requests by media Nieuwsuur/Trouw, the Dutch government published documents on their website for a number of hours which contained top secret names of jihadists groups supported with supplies in military action and human rights abuse.

Foreign Ministry accidentally releases names of supported Syrian groups | Dutch News | [EN]

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Xenophobia, Israel, Alt-right and the Jewish Question

by Oui Wed Nov 21st, 2018 at 11:05:46 PM EST

There are multiple ways to theorize the growth of populist parties across the Western world, including the North Atlantic allied countries.

Yesterday I read an extensive article in The Guardian ...

Why is populism suddenly all the rage?

My take on the rise of populist parties. There have always been elements present in political parties based on nationalism, anti-immigration and so-called culture of the fatherland. By the turn of the century, I felt an restlessness in the community and in the Netherlands. After the 9/11 attacks on America and the following War on Terror by the Bush/Cheney administration there was an inevitable series of events. General hatred for Muslims became the discourse in the media and between political parties. Xenophobia reared its ugly head and turned into anti-immigration policy by leading nations. A right-wing movement had a rapid growth and with the financial crisis the populists gained votes by putting blame on "the establishment".

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by Oui Sat Nov 17th, 2018 at 06:44:34 AM EST

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PM Theresa May: Stirred not Shaken

by Oui Thu Nov 15th, 2018 at 09:39:56 AM EST

Utter failure in the negotiations with Michel Barnier and the EU in Brussels. Raab was left with the short straw, relay of bad news to the NI DUP leadership. Raab RESIGNS!!

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Jordan Peterson, Social Media and Rise of Alt-right

by Oui Tue Nov 13th, 2018 at 02:01:56 PM EST

I'll have to agree with generic on this one.

"psychological background"

No, Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor. From what I have read, that is where his professional knowledge and experience lies. The podcasts and crowdfunding in recent years deliver quite a few bucks to keep the envelop moving forward.

From personal experience over more than a decade I have seen too many professional psychologists and psychiatrists in the profession due to damage from early youth or in the family genealogy. Some persons use the study to help find oneself or explain major issues from their youth.

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Salman Offered Candidate Trump Assassination Program on Iran

by Oui Tue Nov 13th, 2018 at 09:46:15 AM EST

I have written regularly about this angle on Trump's impossible victory in the 2016 presidential U.S. Election. While the Hillary Democrats and the US intelligence community went after decoy Putin and Russia. Nice play Bibi Netanyahu.

[Links in article below are mine - Oui]

Saudis Close to Crown Prince Discussed Killing Other Enemies a Year Before Khashoggi's Death | NY Times |

Top Saudi intelligence officials close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman asked a small group of businessmen last year about using private companies to assassinate Iranian enemies of the kingdom, according to three people familiar with the discussions.

The Saudis inquired at a time when Prince Mohammed, then the deputy crown prince and defense minister, was consolidating power and directing his advisers to escalate military and intelligence operations outside the kingdom. Their discussions, more than a year before the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, indicate that top Saudi officials have considered assassinations since the beginning of Prince Mohammed's ascent.

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#MeToo - Former AG Schneiderman Won't Face Criminal Charges

by Oui Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 06:59:35 PM EST

Ex-NY AG Eric Schneiderman won't face criminal charges for abusing women | JPost |

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, the special prosecutor overseeing the investigation said that the women fully cooperated with the investigation.

Eric Schneiderman told CNN in a statement released by a spokeswoman that he accepts full responsibility for his actions.

"I recognize that District Attorney Singas' decision not to prosecute does not mean I have done nothing wrong," the statement said. "I accept full responsibility for my conduct in my relationships with my accusers, and for the impact it had on them.

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The Confederacy, American Civil Rights and Southern Baptists

by Oui Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 02:59:13 PM EST

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The American civil war didn't end. And Trump is a Confederate president | The Guardian Opinion by Rebecca Solnit

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Our Land - Brexit and a Separation Agreement

by Oui Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 02:32:54 PM EST

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Trump On the Ropes - Last Minute Attack Ad with LIES

by Oui Thu Nov 1st, 2018 at 03:12:26 PM EST

See also my previous diary - Digital Media and the Rise of Populist Right-Wing.

After getting a ferocious beating in the corner where it hurts, Trump and his PAC of dogs are intent on using the principle to quickly change the news headlines. Managing his own Twitter account, DT once again pushes the fear for immigrants narrative ... quite sickening and will white America fall for his bull shit in the election box for the mid-terms ... "Promises Kept". Even Wall Street has taken a beating this month with the expectation the monetary policy to keep the economy afloat before the high corporate debt and higher interest rates starts to bite next year and leads to a downturn and major recession in 2020. DT and his Republican henchmen buying time ... the mid-term election are just in time! Democrats GO - GOTV.

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Digital Media and the Rise of Populist Right-Wing

by Oui Wed Oct 31st, 2018 at 04:25:04 PM EST

Journalism and the Mainstream Media has defaulted on integrity, given rise to paid-for articles and trying to catch up to daily headlines initiated by social media and live reporting by citizens. In addition the Obama administration allowed government propaganda to creep into the news by undressing the Smith-Mundt Act.

[links added in next article are mine  - Oui]

Digital media and the rise of right-wing populism | JStor |

Studies of the internet and politics often focus on progressive politics - on the internet as a democratizing influence or on movements such as Occupy Wall Street in the United States. The other main area is the deviant internet hackers and mischief-makers like trolls. What gets far less attention are the retrogressive mainstream political forces such as right-wing populism, which, I will argue, have been the single most important political change in at least three of the countries examined here (in China they are the most important). To make the argument, this chapter compares four right-wing populist movements: Donald Trump, in America, Narendra Modi in India, the Sweden Democrats and Chinese nationalists. Digital media have been a necessary precondition for the success of all four, but in quite different ways, depending on the media system, including digital media, in each country. Common to all four, however, is the fact that digital media have bypassed traditional media gatekeepers.

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Saudi Murder Suspect Trained in Offensive Spying

by Oui Mon Oct 29th, 2018 at 08:04:50 PM EST

See also my previous diary - Pegasus: Saudi Tracking Software for Dissidents.

Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi murder suspect had spy training | BBC News |

Turkish media identified Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb as being part of a 15-member team of suspected Saudi agents who flew into and out of Istanbul on the day of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance from the city's Saudi consulate on 2 October.

He is said to have spent two years working in London, with a source describing him as a colonel in Saudi intelligence to US news network CNN. And now BBC Arabic can reveal he was trained how to use offensive spyware technology on behalf of the Saudi state.

The European surveillance expert described how Mr Mutreb spent two weeks on a course with him in 2011, learning how to use the technology his company was providing the Saudi government so that it could carry out targeted attacks on the phones and computers of its own citizens.

"The training involved things like infecting a computer from potential targets of interest for intelligence and extracting information, so digital evidence, information about this person of interest.

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Dutch Media In Anti-semitic Row

by Oui Wed Oct 24th, 2018 at 06:22:29 PM EST

Unbelievable ... Dutch public television NOS published an article about the influence of George Soros. In the content it paraphrases the ugly criticism spewed by Austrian sources and the alt-right aligned with the conservatives of the GOP, Steve Bannon and Donald Trump. Where is the sense of a moral compass? Journalism with a very ugly face ... just unbelievable!!

I do have criticism of George Soros and his support for the Colour Revolutions during the Clinton era, George Bush and the HRC/Obama administration. I do keep it on politics and policy, never about someone's race or ethnicity. I criticize the Jewish State of Israel and its policies, not the people living in the state founded in 1948.

George Soros: 'statesman without state' with a big finger in global politics | De Volkskrant |

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