USA Today calls Trump unfit to clean Obama’s toilets in scathing editorial

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Will Trump’s lows ever hit rock bottom?

With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favours for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office. Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday dismissed the president’s smear as a misunderstanding because he used similar language about men. Of course, words used about men and women are different. When candidate Trump said a journalist was bleeding from her “wherever,” he didn’t mean her nose.

via USA Today calls Trump unfit to clean Obama’s toilets in scathing editorial

WATCH: Israeli troops taking away 7 and 8-year-old Palestinian boys | +972 Magazine

The age of criminal culpability in Israel — and under Israeli military law, which applies to Palestinians in the West Bank — is 12. The arrest of a minor under the age of 12 is illegal.

WATCH: Israeli troops taking away 7 and 8-year-old Palestinian boys | +972 Magazine

The new ‘choice’ for asylum seekers: Deportation or prison | +972 Magazine

African asylum seekers protest on Saturday against the "Deposit Law", following which Eritreans and Sudanese are required to deposit fifth percent of their salary. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees expressed serious concern following the announcement of Israel’s latest plan last month. As it has been articulated so far, the plan “absolutely violates” the 1951 Refugee Convention to which Israel is a signatory, Rozen said.

Recent reports paint a grim picture of what awaits asylum seekers who choose to return to leave Israel for Rwanda or return to their home countries: torture, rape, mass and arbitrary imprisonment, forced labor. They are often denied status and prohibited from working. When Ben Dor visited Uganda, she found asylum seekers held “in cells with 30 people, no light no water, no beds.” She added, “in Israel, you wouldn’t keep animals in conditions like these.”

In the human rights community, the feeling is that there is no choice but to oppose the government’s plan. “We have an obligation and the desire to fight to make our country one that provides shelter to refugees,” Ben Dor said.

“I, personally, refuse to believe that the State of Israel will put victims of genocide and people who fled bloody dictatorships on a plane against their will to a country that is not capable of receiving them,” Rozen stressed. “And we’ll do everything we can to prevent this from happening.”

The new ‘choice’ for asylum seekers: Deportation or prison | +972 Magazine

The Fempire Strikes Back: #MeToo and the Man-Monsters | Informed Comment

Time magazine’s Person of the Year cover. “Time’s term ‘silence breakers’ is an interesting one, as many of the women profiled by the magazine had broken their silence many times in the past.”

We may find out. Time magazine passed over the president as its “person of the year” to name instead the “Silence Breakers” — the brave, outspoken women who inspired the #MeToo campaign. Pictured on the cover along with actress Ashley Judd and pop star Taylor Swift is a Mexican strawberry picker, using a pseudonym for her safety. Her presence and the arm of an unidentified hospital worker seated just out of the frame signal that we might yet learn how this cultural awakening is playing out in ordinary America for women working in the far less glamorous worlds of fast-food chains, nursing homes, hospitals, factories, restaurants, bars, hotels, truck stops, and yes, strawberry fields.

But since I’ve traveled this route before, you’ll have to excuse me for thinking that when this big train passes, it could leave behind a system — predators, enablers, silencers, spies, and thoroughly entrenched sex discrimination — not so very different from that of the 1970s. And if that happens, no doubt those lying dead on the tracks will prove, upon official examination, to be female.

The Fempire Strikes Back: #MeToo and the Man-Monsters | Informed Comment

With rapidly evaporating respect Mr Turnbull, that’s crap – » The Australian Independent Media Network

With rapidly evaporating respect Mr Turnbull, that’s crap. The rest of the world is moving to fibre whilst you have made us a communications backwater, ranking 50th in the world behind places like Thailand, Estonia, Bulgaria and Kenya. With rapidly evaporating respect Mr Turnbull, that’s crap – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Beyond Dastyari: Liberal Party ‘agents of influence’?

It looks like the Chinese Communist Party has spread its tentacles far and wide throughout Australian politics, just like other nations. Who is to say who is an agent of influence and who is not? Although maybe we should be a little more concerned about the ones who possess real influence rather than worrying about feeble little Opposition backbenchers overheard fretting about being overheard.

via Beyond Dastyari: Liberal Party ‘agents of influence’?

Mysterious Bennelong letter urges Chinese Australians to ‘take down’ the Turnbull government

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Bennelong Liberal candidate John ...

“But all Australians, whatever their background, expect their leaders to put Australia first. And that’s what I do. As Prime Minister, I’m always putting Australia’s interest first.”Turnbull

When our PM turns up Trump

Mysterious Bennelong letter urges Chinese Australians to ‘take down’ the Turnbull government

Exodus of Climate Scientists to France only the Beginning if GOP Guts Grad Education | Informed Comment|

Exodus of Climate Scientists to France only the Beginning if GOP Guts Grad Education

Trumps Investment in Space Science is a Cover for his Divestment in Climate Science. It tsake scientific attention away from  the planet. ( Old dog Thought )

Exodus of Climate Scientists to France only the Beginning if GOP Guts Grad Education | Informed Comment

Trump attacks senator and dismisses sexual harassment claims as Democratic conspiracy | US news | The Guardian

Kirsten Gillibrand has called on the president to resign.

“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump,” the president tweeted.

Liars always shout and make wild accusations to deflect attention – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Turnbull and his MPs have turned all their guns on Sam Dastyari and – aided by the mainstream media and the ABC – are producing a cacophony reminiscent of a 1950s “Reds under the Beds“ campaign, but totally ignoring the obvious influence the Chinese have on the LNP.

If anything, Mr Xu must be a ‘double agent’ working for the Liberals and China. Hmm, perhaps not … as they are both on the same side!

But like I said: Liars always shout and make wild accusations to deflect attention.

via Liars always shout and make wild accusations to deflect attention – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Law – » The Australian Independent Media Network

With the hounding down of Sam Dastyari today we saw the reality of a new political low in Australian culture. We witnessed for the first time in our political history the mainstream media (MSM) take control of political agenda and with the least assistance possible from the political opponents of the ALP, hunt down and destroy a member of the Senate of the Democratic state of Australia.

This throws a new light on the MSM and whose interests it is serving … in particular concerning the National Broadcaster – which is supposed to run neutral on political issues – yet we witnessed time and again a unilateral position taken on the cause of the Dastyari affair … while scant mention of the members of the Government receiving and even inviting donations of sometimes much greater figures from the very same source.

The Law – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia’s shopping centre king, Frank Lowy, hangs up in his crown

For more than 50 years, Lowy was the innovator in retail property.

Around 2009, the legendary investment adage went something along the lines of: if you invested $1000 dollars when Sir Frank floated Westfield in 1960, you would be worth about $148 million.

For more than 50 years, Lowy was the innovator in retail property.
For more than 50 years, Lowy was the innovator in retail property. Photo: Louie Douvis

But if you invested in Westfield 18 months ago, you would have lost money even if you accepted the $10-a-share offer now on the table.

Australia’s shopping centre king, Frank Lowy, hangs up in his crown

Parliament and the STC: What not to do about workplace sexual harassment

And when did we start assuming guilt on the basis of an anonymous and unsubstantiated complaint, while denying the alleged defendant any access to due process and natural justice?

This entire situation stinks like a dead cod left in the sun.

Or, as Shakespeare more eloquently put it:

‘Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides …’

~ King Lear, Act 1, Scene 1.

via Parliament and the STC: What not to do about workplace sexual harassment

Reports of Chinese influence on Australia ‘hysterical paranoia’, People’s Daily says | Australia news | The Guardian

People’s Daily said China had no intention of interfering in Australian politics or using financial contributions to curry influence.

China is Australia’s largest trading partner.

The two countries had no historical enmity or conflicts over each others’ basic interests and could absolutely forge good relations, it said.

China “urges the Australian government and media to cast aside political prejudice and bigotry and stick to the principle of using the facts in handling issues of relations with China”.

People’s Daily said China had no intention of interfering in Australian politics or using financial contributions to curry influence.

China is Australia’s largest trading partner.

The two countries had no historical enmity or conflicts over each others’ basic interests and could absolutely forge good relations, it said.

China “urges the Australian government and media to cast aside political prejudice and bigotry and stick to the principle of using the facts in handling issues of relations with China”. Reports of Chinese influence on Australia ‘hysterical paranoia’, People’s Daily says | Australia news | The Guardian

via Reports of Chinese influence on Australia ‘hysterical paranoia’, People’s Daily says | Australia news | The Guardian

Coalition risks its majority in rush to skewer Bill Shorten over Sam Dastyari

Malcolm Turnbull campaigns in Bennelong with Liberal candidate John Alexander ahead of the byelection.

So eager is the Turnbull government to increase Bill Shorten’s pain over Sam Dastyari’s China connections, that it has dialled to 11 its anti-Beijing espionage/influence warnings, potentially alienating swathes of voters in Bennelong this Saturday. Coalition risks its majority in rush to skewer Bill Shorten over Sam Dastyari

The surprising factors driving murder rates: income inequality and respect | US news | The Guardian

‘If your social reputation in that milieu is all you’ve got, you’ve got to defend it.’

Inequality predicts homicide rates “better than any other variable”, says Martin Daly, professor emeritus of psychology and neuroscience at McMaster University in Ontario and author of Killing the Competition: Economic Inequality and Homicide.The surprising factors driving murder rates: income inequality and respect | US news | The Guardian

Greens single out 13 companies that paid no tax yet donated to major parties | Australia news | The Guardian

Sarah Hanson-Young, Richard Di Natale and Adam Bandt

“This information exposes that simply cracking down on foreign donations will not end the influence of big money over our political system,” he said. “Until we reform our entire donations system, Labor and the Liberals are simply propping this broken system upGreens single out 13 companies that paid no tax yet donated to major parties | Australia news | The Guardian

For Turnbull, Dastyari is a gift that keeps on giving

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The issue we face isn’t Turnbull, Abbott Shorten or Sam Dastyari the problem is the paucity of media and it’s self indulgent approach to presenting only some  facts and carefully avoiding others as Tony Walker does here.

1) The LNP accepted donations from the same Chinese gentleman as the ALP

2) His Chinese staff member is currently working for John Alexander in Bennelong

3) Until busted the LNP accepted a swathe of Rolex watches as gifts valued at $250K from a Chinese developer “Tony Abbott returned a Rolex given to him by a Chinese billionaire …

4) The Chines government has every reason to be “pissed off “with the quality of the Australian Press which we have seen and Malcolm Turnbull’s use of it in the abuse of the China Australia  diplomatic relationship for simplistic and puerile political games that threaten an otherwise stable and mutually beneficial friendship between the two countries. Trump couldn’t have done better

One might well ask:

Why Main Stream media offers so little in the way of information? The media self indulgence can be seen clearly see here just read this article.  For what it’s worth the banner might as well have said:

For Shorten, Abbott is a gift that keeps on giving

 

For Turnbull, Dastyari is a gift that keeps on giving

Trump’s Jerusalem move a good thing… US pretense of ‘honest broker’ finally ends

  • Trump’s Jerusalem move a good thing… US pretense of ‘honest broker’ finally endsParadoxically, Trump’s rash intervention this week is potentially a good thing. Inadvertently, it allows for a more accurate, realistic framework in which to bring about a peaceful settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict. This conflict is at the root of the region’s never-ending tensions.

    The United States is no longer mistaken as a neutral mediator. Its role as a self-appointed honest broker is over.

    What’s needed now is an international, multilateral forum in which Palestinians are at last afforded real equality under international law. The Palestinian sovereign right for national status must be advocated in the context of an illegal occupation by Israeli forces. The full sanction of international law must be applied against Israeli transgressions going back to at least the 1967 war.

    American chicanery, as illustrated again this week by Trump, is part of the problem. It can never be part of the solution, and it is good that Washington’s

     

    Trump’s Jerusalem move a good thing… US pretense of ‘honest broker’ finally ends

‘Bibi to prison’: Thousands demand Netanyahu resignation over corruption in Israel

 

 

Israel’s settlements: 50 years of land theft explained | Illegal Israeli Settelemts in Palestine

Fifty years ago, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 242. The resolution is used as a framework for implementing the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

But since its adoption in 1967, Israel has violated the resolution by entrenching its occupation of the Palestinian territories through illegal settlements.
600,000 – 750,000
Illegal settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories
150
Settlements
119
Outposts
42%
Of West Bank land controlled by settlements
86%
Of East Jerusalem for Israeli state and settler use

The majority of settlements have been built either entirely or partially on private Palestinian property

Israel’s settlements: 50 years of land theft explained | Illegal Israeli Settelemts in Palestine

Israeli planes hit Gaza Strip as Donald Trump-driven violence ramps up

Palestinian protesters stand on a hill during clashes on the Israeli border following a protest against US President ...

The clashes came as Muslims took to the streets from the West Bank to Jakarta on Friday to protest US President Donald Trump’s move to recognise contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Violence associated with the “Day of Rage” called for in Palestinian territories intensified as the day wore  Israeli planes hit Gaza Strip as Donald Trump-driven violence ramps up

Saudi Crown Prince splashed $450 mn on Jesus painting .

Saudi Crown Prince splashed $450 mn on Jesus painting

Saudi Crown Prince splashed $450 mn on Jesus painting

Middle East Monitor | – – Mystery over the secret buyer of a record $450.3 million painting was solved after it was discovered that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman had used…

Jere Van Dyk: The Trade The author discusses his time in Afghanistan both as a reporter and as a hostage.

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Jere Van Dyk has reported on Afghanistan since the 1970s and has written extensively about the nation’s evolution from a hippie haven to a battleground for the war on terror. His most recent book is The Trade: My Journey into the Labyrinth of Political Kidnapping, which details his search for answers after being kidnapped by the Taliban in 2008. Van Dyk talks about his years in a surprisingly progressive Afghanistan in the early 1970s and the United States’ funding of the mujahideen in the 1970s and 1980s with the hopes of turning Afghanistan into the Soviet Union’s Vietnam. He also discusses harrowing experience of being held captive by the Taliban and explains why he returned to the country years later in spite of great personal risk.

Jere Van Dyk: The Trade | Scheer Intelligence | KCRW

Ian Plimer follows up Tony Abbott’s climate science denialism act in London

With Tony Abbott and Ian Plimer’s global activism, Australia appears to fast becoming the home of worldwide climate science denialism. Graham Readfearn reports.

AUSTRALIANS HAVE been keeping the London-based climate science denial group the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) busy in recent weeks, writes Graham Readfearn.

After former Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave the group’s annual lecture in October, it was the turn of one of Australia’s longest-serving deniers to empty another bucket of bunkum.

Professor Ian Plimer, an Australian director of multiple mining companies, is featured in a new interview with the GWPF to promote his latest subtly titled denial tome: Climate Change Delusion and the Great Energy Rip-off.

When it comes to climate change science, Plimer can be placed very firmly in the file marked “denial

Ian Plimer follows up Tony Abbott’s climate science denialism act in London

Stop the dumbing down of the ABC

Eleanor Hall of ABC Radio's The World Today.

flagship offerings on ABC Radio, they are unique in our broadcasting line-up and critical to our collective education. The World Today, the lunchtime wrap, and PM, in the evening, will run to just 30 minutes, down from one hour. One has to ask, where is the logic? Stop the dumbing down of the ABC

Carl Bernstein: Fox News and Republicans are “abetting a criminal cover-up” for the Trump team

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 Watergate Reporter

CARL BERNSTEIN: They are abetting a cover-up. Not just Fox News of whom it might be expected — particularly Hannity and some of the commentators — there are some real reporters at Fox I think that feel very uncomfortable about this abetting a cover-up which is what this network is doing at Fox at this moment. But the Republican Party is in danger of abetting a criminal cover-up, and this is going to have real consequences.

Carl Bernstein: Fox News and Republicans are “abetting a criminal cover-up” for the Trump team