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Trump's Pride Shot Out of the Air by Iran

by Oui Fri Jun 21st, 2019 at 06:41:00 AM EST

Clock ticking towards a US-Iran military confrontration in the Persian Gulf region ...

Coping with Iran: Confrontation, Containment, or Engagement? | RAND - 2007 |

Is Trump willing to risk destroying a civilization existing thousands of years before the journey of Columbus and the discovery of the Americas in 1492 AD?

This event on the same day the USA named as a rogue state ...

US joins four rogue countries seen as likely forces for bad, poll finds | The Guardian |

I have been writing this for a number of years now! The election of Trump tipped the scale towards a force of evil ...

Donald Trump Decided to Strike Iranian Missile System, Then Changed His Mind | Newsweek |

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As the Lights Go Out!

by Oui Sun Jun 16th, 2019 at 06:48:12 PM EST

Colombia stun dominant Argentina at 2019 Copa America

The big blackout across South America ...

I'm not sure whether to blame Messi - Putin - Israel - or US Cyber Command! Perhaps the Hand of God. Diego?

Apagón masivo: se cortó la luz en todo el país

El país entero amaneció en penumbras por un apagón masivo que también dejó sin servicio eléctrico a Uruguay, Brasil y Chile. Se estima que el corte afecta a unas 48 millones de personas en el conosur. De acuerdo a las distribuidoras Edenor y Edesur, se trata de una "falla masiva en el sistema de interconexión eléctrica", aunque no dieron más detalles. El secretario de Energía, Gustavo Lopetegui, brindará una conferencia de prensa a las 15 hs en el Palacio de Hacienda.

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The End of May, Her True Colors

by Oui Mon Jun 3rd, 2019 at 12:13:45 PM EST

[Update] Frank’s fp story - Trump's triumphant trolloping tirades

Inviting the U.S. potentate on a State Visit ... all along on a path of a no-deal Brexit. Let Nigel Farage do the talking in Brussels. WTF

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Globalization, Brexit and A Field Day for Vultures

by Oui Mon May 27th, 2019 at 09:41:19 AM EST

Is Scunthorpe the British version of Ohio's Youngstown?

Mix private equity, Brexit mania, state incompetence and what do you get? Scunthorpe | The Guardian Opinion |

Last week, as British Steel went into receivership, Scunthorpe was set to join them. Two thirds of its citizens voted for Brexit three years ago, and so unintentionally helped accelerate the insolvency and potential closure that duplicitous Leave politicians - including our expected next prime minister, Boris "fuck business" Johnson - said that Brexit would avert. Or it would, they argued, be only transitional pain before the sunlit uplands of immigrant-free, global free trade brought riches back to these threatened communities.


British Steel works, at Scunthorpe, England. The four foundries visible in this photo are named after four queens of England: Anne, Bess, Victoria and Mary.

In particular, what broke British Steel was £2.6bn of revenue it expected to receive under the EU's carbon trading scheme, now frozen because of a threatened Brexit.

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Europe Elects - Results

by Oui Thu May 23rd, 2019 at 07:51:17 PM EST

Complete surprise result in Dutch exit poll - LABOUR WINS - PvdA

>> See Update Dutch results below in posted comment. <<

The loss of three seats for PVV - Geert Wilders - go to new rightwing party Forum for Democracy - Thierry Baudet.

The last poll was completely off target – here.

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Magic of Thatcherism and Reagonomics

by Oui Thu May 23rd, 2019 at 08:56:34 AM EST

The offspring in name of Theresa May - Tories - and rightwing Donald Trump, the personification of American Capitalism ...

Amber Rudd to lodge complaint over UN's austerity report | The Guardian |

Rudd will argue that Alston is politically biased and did not do enough research. The minister is seeking guidance from the Foreign Office on the best way to respond after Alston compared her department's welfare policies to the creation of Victorian workhouses.

Alston quoted the 17th-century philosopher Thomas Hobbes to warn that unless austerity was ended and welfare cuts were reversed, millions of poorer Britons faced lives that would be "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short".

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Imminent: Trump's War In Persian Gulf Region

by Oui Wed May 15th, 2019 at 11:39:01 AM EST

As I have written in my recent diary about signs of war preparation beyond the typical warmongering of the neocons in the White House and on that shining hill in Washington DC ...

Pompeo Cancels Berlin Visit .. Flies East Out of Moscow

The U.S. won't shun using the "tiny" nuclear bombs to impress other nations of the (al)might of the Pentagon and U.S. military prowess. Donald Trump is set out on a course to perform "better" than any previous American president in history. Carter got bogged down in the Iranian desert with a failed rescue attempt of hostages. Reagan got clobbered in Southern Lebanon and suffered great losses. Clinton was a fool who couldn't keep his zipper up. Bush and Obama made flawed decisions to expand wars beyond a theater the Pentagon and its global allies could handle. Terror has expanded a hundredfold across the globe.

The European Union was founded on a premise of peace between nations. The enemy is inside one's self, there is no reason to start a new global war on any scale. The Persian theater has been and will be a grave of innocents led into war by megalomaniacs.

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The Whistleblower and Drone Assassinations

by Oui Fri May 10th, 2019 at 08:16:37 AM EST

Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept published an eight-part series titled "The Drone Papers" in 2015. Scahill is a hero investigative journalist whom I admire over the years.

Jeremy Scahill on Obama's Orwellian War in Iraq by Oui @BooMan on Oct. 9, 2014

US charges intelligence analyst for leaking information on drone program | DW |

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) charged Daniel Everette Hale, a former intelligence analyst, with the theft and disclosure of sensitive government information in Alexandria, Virginia on Thursday.

Hale, who was arrested in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday morning, faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted of leaking classified information on the targeted assassination of individuals in Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan.

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Europe Day - May 9th 2019

by Oui Thu May 9th, 2019 at 05:50:40 PM EST

Started as a response to a new member here @EuroTrib ... StillInTheWilderness

Nowadays I try te leave US politics and focus on the effect of its foreign policy on Europe, the Middle East and all other continents. Hopefully here @EuroTrib we can focus on the most urgent issues at hand for planet Earth - Gaia - and its living creatures.

Americans and their trauma of 2016 - h/t Cat

America in denial: Gabor Maté on the psychology of Russiagate | Grayzone |

Today I read an artikel about the US Ambassador to Germany ... why doesn't he get the boot from Berlin?

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Pompeo Cancels Berlin Visit .. Flies East Out of Moscow

by Oui Tue May 7th, 2019 at 07:47:22 PM EST

LATEST NEWS: see updates below ...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flies eastward out of Moscow ...

China vice-premier due in Washington for two days of trade talks ... Dow plunges nearly 600 points.

    "Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He will go to the United States on Thursday to continue trade negotiations, the Ministry of Commerce said. The trip, scheduled for two days, is shorter than expected. The South China Morning Post reported on Monday that Liu was preparing for the trip."

'No more concessions'. Why is China playing hardball in trade war talks with the United States? | SCMP |
China warns US after warships sail in disputed South China Sea | DW |

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The Jewish State and the Holocaust

by Oui Thu May 2nd, 2019 at 12:17:18 PM EST

All wars of choice are horrible episodes in terms of human suffering and devastation of lives lost.

The 20th century was one of the ugliest with many genocides and the first unleashing of massive destruction by use of the atom bomb.

The European Union was founded on the principle of the Four Freedoms and to build a union of peace, not accepting devastation of war. In the new century, the lessons of history seem to be lost as the production and spread of arms is seen as economic well being. I strongly disagree ... and will resist thru my writing and voice at the ballot box.

Raphael Lemkin (June 24, 1900-August 28, 1959) was a Polish lawyer of Jewish descent. Before World War II, Lemkin was interested in the Armenian genocide and campaigned in the League of Nations to ban what he called 'barbarity' and 'vandalism.' He is best known for his work against genocide, a word he coined in 1943 from the root words genos (Greek for 'family,' 'tribe,' or 'race') and -cide (Latin for 'killing'). He first used the word in print in Axis Rule in Occupied Europe: Laws of Occupation - Analysis of Government - Proposals for Redress (1944)

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The American Century - End of Exceptionalism

by Oui Sun Apr 28th, 2019 at 09:07:43 PM EST

Excellent diaries by Jeff Huber for a timely reread ...

Neocon Bunker Hunker (Continued)

Part I outlined the neocons' "resurgence" strategy.  Part II discusses how Barack Obama may be steering us toward a neo-neoconservativism.

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The Heiress

by Oui Sat Apr 27th, 2019 at 07:51:55 AM EST

So wondeful! The American Dream in reverse is still possible ... from the Ritz to Rikers Island. Hopefully the "heiress" has TV in her room so she can watch the Netflix serie in her name ...

Rubbing shoulders with the "greats" walking this planet!  Just like Hollywood ... mostly fake.

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Bashir's Savings for his Day In Court (ICC)

by Oui Sat Apr 20th, 2019 at 05:37:07 PM EST

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EU's Nuclear Option for Theresa May .. The End?

by Oui Tue Apr 9th, 2019 at 09:25:41 PM EST

LARGE UPDATE BELOW: EU Agrees extension until Oct. 30

President of the EU Council, Donald Tusk, urged EU leaders to offer a much longer extension. Tusk said the UK should be given up to a year to get Brexit sorted, claiming there was little chance of arrangements being made by 30 June. A draft EU Council document suggested such proposals were being drawn up. Labour has said it will back any "reasonable" delay beyond 30 June.

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True Character of Brexit and Its Backers Exposed

by Oui Thu Mar 28th, 2019 at 06:54:01 PM EST

My life's compass is to stay true to your principles of fraternity and equality ... we're all brothers and sisters in a social network to support those in need. Civilization will be destroyed by the selfishness of pure capitalism, wealth and inequality.

A choice in life between peace or war!

What has been exposed within a failed democracy called the House of Commons and its representatives on the conservative Tory side and the kabuki theater on the side of the opposition. The people not well served.

The Guardian offers opinion articles any author of suspense could build an empire on a nr. 1 seller on the list of fiction.

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Conspiracy by Democrats Falls Flat

by Oui Sun Mar 24th, 2019 at 10:06:57 PM EST

So after more than two years the Robert Mueller report exonerates president Trump from the primary accusation of collusion with the Russian government.

Tens of thousands of comments were written across the ocean at the pond. Multiple fp stories and diaries with the same conspiracy ... I have taken months of abuse for differing in opinion. Salem 21th century tarfeathered me and chased me off the blog after my contributions as a main diarist on foreign policy since the spring of 2005. Thx guys ... you've just fallen on your own sword.

AG March 24 2019 Letter to House and Senate Judiciary Committees

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Brexiteer Big Winner Dutch Upper House Election

by Oui Thu Mar 21st, 2019 at 07:54:28 PM EST

Stupidity cannot just be claimed by Trump voters or the British in support of ideas propagated by ERG extremists in the Brexit campaign ...

Yesterday the Dutch voters gave a majority in the senate to newcomer Thierry Baudet ... where did this shooting star originate from?

Forum for Democracy | Wikipedia |

Forum for Democracy was established as a think tank; its main feat was campaigning for the 2016 Dutch Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement referendum. In September 2016, it converted itself into a political party and announced its intention to take part in the 2017 Dutch general election. In joining the democratic system, they hope to change the system.


Thierry Baudet founder and leader of the party FvD (2016)

In the 2017 general election, the FvD ended up with 1.8% of the vote and 2 seats, entering parliament for the first time.

In January 2019 the FvD had approximately 30,000 members [citation needed] .. The bulk of the Forum's parliamental candidates did not have prior active experience in other political parties. In February 2018 the party suffered from internal issues with a number of prominent members leaving the party, because they felt the party had a lack of internal democracy.

In the 2018 municipal elections, the FvD won 3 seats at the Amsterdam city council.

During the 2019 provincial elections, Forum for Democracy won 86 seats spread across the 12 provinces of the Netherlands. In South Holland, North Holland and Flevoland, FvD became the largest party, winning 11, 9 and 8 seats respectively. In all other provinces, the party captured either the second or third spot in terms of the popular vote.

You British people recognize him?

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Brexit Fun: The John Bercow Show

by Oui Mon Mar 18th, 2019 at 06:31:52 PM EST

Throw away May's blue print - back to the drawing board ...

Constitutional chaos after third vote on Brexit deal blocked | The Guardian |

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Murderous Attack On Mosques in New Zealand

by Oui Fri Mar 15th, 2019 at 05:55:32 AM EST

[Update-1] Death toll now at 49 with many still in critical condition in hospitals. One person arrested and will be charged with murder. Two IEDs found on a single vehicle. There was no warning bij our security agencies. One person arrested was born in Australia.

< END OF UPDATE >

A sophisticated multiple terror attack was send out live-streaming via an Australian Facebook account ... up to 27 fatalities ... due to late arrival for Friday prayers, just saved the Bangladesh cricket team ... not a safe world we live in ...

Mushfiqur Rahim also tweeted about the attack and said the team was "extremely lucky" to be safe.

"Alhamdulillah Allah [saved] us today [during] shooting in Christchurch in the mosque... we are extremely lucky... never want to see this things happen again (sic)... pray for us," he said.

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