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A Rush To Judgement Day

by Oui Sun Jan 17th, 2021 at 06:55:35 AM EST

Just like Texas governor George W. Bush and his AG Alberto Gonzales ... an indelible legacy.

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Dutch Government Collapse

by Oui Sat Jan 16th, 2021 at 09:28:13 PM EST

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Israel and A Presidential Election

by Oui Thu Jan 14th, 2021 at 09:17:39 PM EST

Offering President Joe Biden another metro station in East-Jerusalem and a new settlement on occupied Palestinian land?

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U.S. Capitol Trump Insurrection - Act 2

by Oui Wed Jan 13th, 2021 at 06:12:24 PM EST

Added to Wikipedia ... social unrest revolution to overthrow the elected government ..

2021 storming of the United States Capitol, on January 6, 2021, rioters supporting United States President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

In my Opinion, the Maidan Revolt had many Hallmarks of last week's attempt to change the results of an election. In 2014 there were foreign powers interfering and supporting the rioters. This was not the case in Washington, the rioters were a cross-section of the nation and came from many, many States.

Ukraine was divided in two large blocks ... the pro-West group with many rightwingers and anti-semites and the Russian speaking group which was represented by a lawful elected president. Corruption was everywhere and still exists today.

Many months of violence by both sides let to the outburst of Februari 2014 and the overthrow of the government.

The US Law Enforcement forces, National Guard, FBI and DOJ prosecutors are working 24/7 in a counter-terrorism mode to prevent a new attack of terror on Inauguration Day.

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Pence Lacked Courage, Succumbed Under Pressure

by Oui Mon Jan 11th, 2021 at 01:05:23 PM EST

The "yes" man for four years was confronted with a constitutional dilemma: he needed to stand up and once say a crucial "no" to his boss.

Pence stayed silent and wished he could stay loyal to Trumpism and dogma. Too many reasonable advisers had left or got booted out by a madman and tyrant. Key politicians in the Republican party too were cowards and hid behind the cape of a delusional, but powerful person in the highest Office of the US Government.

Many Presidents before him too failed the test of leadership and courage in a moment of crisis. A tyrant will always fall short in a position where decisions need thorough vetting and support of his Cabinet and NSC.

Trump blew it and Pence failed to stand up and be counted. Even under attack, Republicans stayed loyal to its leader.

It's difficult to find a good analysis how the deterioration between Trump and Pence unfolded. Undoubtedly a journalist will be succesful and write a bestsellers over the last days of Trump's presidency that shook American trust in democracy.

A poor man's choice "Quid pro Quo"

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The Making of A Rebellion

by Oui Sun Jan 10th, 2021 at 09:07:52 AM EST

Trump a master manipulator exploiting the ills of society, using hate to build a support group to "stand back and stand-by".

Hidden in that mob are the militants with an agenda!!

That's how revolutions are made ... 😠

Bio Lawrence Pintak - an award winning journalist and PhD Islamic Studies

Author of The Al Jazeera Revolution - 2011

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Calls to Remove Trump

by Oui Thu Jan 7th, 2021 at 06:26:16 PM EST

Indictment for impeachment in a Senate resolution ... Yer OUT ⁉️

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Georgia Turns Blue, Insurrection @Capitol

by Oui Wed Jan 6th, 2021 at 07:01:58 AM EST

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Mitch As Minority Leader US Senate?

The Georgia Runoff Election too close to call ...

Live Updates: CBS News projects Warnock wins; other race too close to call | CBS News |

My posts of the past hours:

FiveThirtyEight Georgia Senate Race

A Dead Heat ... we're hoping for a Blue sweep of course .. hopefully Trump made the difference ... GOTV today will be decisive ... taking down his own (?) GOP ... on the way out.

by Oui on Tue Jan 5th, 2021 at 12:58:48 PM PDT  

Re: FiveThirtyEight Georgia Senate Race

Watching US News outlets on the Georgia runoff Senate election. Coverage on the ground and exit polling of voter intent makes me quite optimistic. It's an uphill battle because the Republicans have never lost in a runoff. Georgia needs to turn Blue ... let's do it!

by Oui on Tue Jan 5th, 2021 08:52:05 PM PDT

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EU-China Strike Investment Deal

by Oui Thu Dec 31st, 2020 at 07:04:24 AM EST

After long years of Brexit negotiations, four years of American intransigence under Donald Trump, sanctions imposed on NATO allies, ambassadors with a political agenda w/o experience in diplomacy from the School of Pompeo, flaunting International Law, choice for MAGA and ending policy of multilateralism ... even the election of Democrat Joe Biden will be insufficient to believe American ways will change bound by a destructive U.S. Congress.

After the recent trade deal with Japan, the EU again sets a priority in Asia with this EU-China deal. The lame duck president is AWOL spending most of his time on the Mar-a-lago golfcourse. His Twitter feed is filled with election fraud garbage.

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Acts of Patriots Not Domestic Terror

by Oui Mon Dec 28th, 2020 at 12:17:14 PM EST

I wondered why the FBI refrained from calling the Christmas bombing in Nashville an Act of Domestic Terror ...

During four years of the Trump presidency, his powerbase was energized by fringe rightwing groups and outright white supremacists across the nation. In addition, Trump and his GOP gang in US Congress embraced the Confederacy as a clarion call for revolt. Turning back the clock to the days of Abraham Lincoln and the election of 1860. The Long Winter Transition fueled rapid secessions from the Union and the bloody Civil War: brothers killing brothers.

    Fewer than four in 10 Americans voted for Abraham Lincoln in November 1860 -- he wasn't even on the ballot in nine Southern states -- but it was enough to win.  Lincoln carried eighteen of thirty-three states, sweeping Northern population centers, and won 180 of the 303 electoral votes.  His election outraged the South and triggered the Secession Winter.

Will the U.S. Constitution stand strong in the onslaught by the GOP and Donald Trump and will the traces of democracy survive in America? What will the role be of the US Supreme Court during the Biden presidency. And will US foreign policy continue on a Quid Pro Quo basis instead of a leadership role based on fundamental, liberal rights gained in the aftermath of the French Revolution: separation of Church and State. Liberté, égalité, fraternité.

In recent years the domestic terror groups did not have priority by the FBI and local law enforcement agencies. The 1st and 2nd Amendments dominated ...

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Fisheries To Be Sacrificed for A Deal

by Oui Wed Dec 23rd, 2020 at 06:25:55 PM EST

Gossip from journalists in Brussels ... there will be a deal today ... negotiators Michel Barnier and Lord Frost are finalizing deal which will be presented in a call between Johnson and Von der Leyen this evening.

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The Boomerang In Cyber Warfare

by Oui Sat Dec 19th, 2020 at 10:17:23 AM EST

Meanwhile inside the White House, candles are burning late ...

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Transition In America

by Oui Thu Nov 26th, 2020 at 09:36:59 AM EST

Cultural exchange inside America 🇺🇸 ... let youth from Blue states and Red states meet!  

Healing a dysfunctional society and political system ... where to start when conversation has been replaced by guns, more guns and violence.


Serving 50 million Americans today 😢

More to come ... use this as an open thread analyzing Trump’s four years legacy and damage done to a flawed World Leadership.

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Lebanon, the Pearl of the Middle East

by Oui Wed Aug 5th, 2020 at 09:15:43 AM EST

Divide and Conquer ... how de-colonialization and faction infighting destroyed a beautiful nation. Democracy never took hold and foreign interference led to total corruption.

The economic crisis, corona pandemic, lack of political leadership and now an apocalyptic explosion and obliteration of the port and neighbourhoods has put Lebanon on its knees.

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How Trump Will Be Remembered

by Oui Tue Aug 4th, 2020 at 11:02:42 AM EST

A petulant Baby ...

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A Peacemaker Remembered

by Oui Mon Aug 3rd, 2020 at 01:18:39 PM EST

John Hume: Origin of a Derry Icon 1960-1974

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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Under Joe Biden the Same Old ME Policy

by Oui Sat Aug 1st, 2020 at 07:40:19 AM EST

Was never in doubt with Clinton voices more prevalent amongst delegates than Sanders'.

Palestinian-Americans sidelined during DNC platform debate | Mondoweiss |

According to a document shared with Mondoweiss, DNC delegates expressed their outrage at the exclusion of Palestinian-American voices from the platform drafting process while pro-Israel lobbyists openly bragged about their efforts to strip out language critical of Israel.

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A Dictator: Trump Calls to Delay 2020 Election

by Oui Thu Jul 30th, 2020 at 02:05:46 PM EST

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Trump's GDP Makes Record Plunge

by Oui Thu Jul 30th, 2020 at 12:48:47 PM EST

Only prior double digit GDP plunge was in 1958 when Chevy introduced the Impala ... memories as our family had arrived in America one year earlier.

America puts the economy first ... Europe puts the health of its people first... look at the strength of the Euro vs. the US dollar ...

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Fascist Propaganda: Symbolism of Frankenstein

by Oui Sat Jul 25th, 2020 at 08:44:40 AM EST

Calling the kettle black ... say hallo to the new Cold War vs. the Communist Party of China. Someone needs to call ping-pong diplomacy of war criminal Henry Kissinger in the Nixon years a GRAVE ERROR!!

Pompeo calls on nations to 'induce' change on 'Frankenstein' China

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took fresh aim at China on Thursday and said Washington and its allies must use "more creative and assertive ways" to press the Chinese Communist Party to change its ways, calling it the "mission of our time."

Speaking at the Nixon Library in President Richard Nixon's birthplace in Yorba Linda, California, Pompeo said the former US leader's worry about what he had done by opening the world to China's Communist Party in the 1970s had been prophetic.

"President Nixon once said he feared he had created a 'Frankenstein' by opening the world to the CCP," Pompeo said. "And here we are."

Nixon, who died in 1994 and was president from 1969-74, opened the way for the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with Communist China in 1979 through a series of contacts, including a visit to Beijing in 1972.

Pompeo delivered this speech after Washington's surprise order this week for China to close its Houston consulate.

Henry Kissinger is of course the darling of Democrats on their foreign policy joined by Albright, Brzezinski, Mrs. Clinton and Barack Obama.

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