Category: USA

Afghanistan war lies reveal a crisis of faith in democracy

An Afghan security policeman carries his injured daughter after an attack near the US Bagram Air Base in Kabul.

Yet the real reason the response has been so muted is that Americans have come to expect their government will lie to them about just about anything. It’s an expectation that has fundamentally remade American politics over the past 40 years, one that helped give rise to Trump and one that ensures political turmoil will continue long after he leaves the national stage.

Source: Afghanistan war lies reveal a crisis of faith in democracy

Lachlan Murdoch’s $150m Beverly Hillbillies mansion buy breaks record | US news | The Guardian

The mansion at 750 Bel Air Road in 1988, after it was bought by Jerry Perenchio from the family of Arnold Kirkeby.

The REAL President behind the FAKE President of the USA (ODT)

mansion built in the 1930s and seen in the credits for the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies has been sold for about $150m, the highest home price ever in California.

The buyer of the Chartwell estate is Lachlan Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch and co-chairman of publishing company News Corp, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.

via Lachlan Murdoch’s $150m Beverly Hillbillies mansion buy breaks record | US news | The Guardian

Why Have No Republicans Turned on Trump?

Why Have No Republicans Turned on Trump?

today’s Republican politicians are wholly owned agents of corporations and the billionaire class, stoking extreme anger over a few social issues (immigration, guns, God, gays, race) and using it to bring in the Fox rubes that the billionaire Murdochs kindly hand them.

Prior to this betrayal of America by the Supreme Court, politicians generally felt a need to respond to the wants and needs of their constituents. From Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s people-powered election in 1932 to Reagan’s inauguration in 1981, politicians’ proposed legislation and votes tended to reflect what the people in their districts or states wanted.

via Why Have No Republicans Turned on Trump?

CIA Installed Dictatorship Replaced Democracy in Bolivia – Stephen Lendman

Bolivian ex-President Evo Morales waves upon arrival at the Historic City Hall, where Mexico City's Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum will honor him as Distinguished Guest, on November 13, 2019 in Mexico City. - Morales arrived on the eve in Mexico -which granted him political asylum- after resigning amid growing unrest triggered by his controversial re-election to a fourth term. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP) (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)

In cahoots with Bolivian fascists, military and police, along with US imperial tool Organization of American states (OAS), CIA dark forces toppled Morales for not subordinating the country’s sovereign rights to US interests.

via CIA Installed Dictatorship Replaced Democracy in Bolivia – Stephen Lendman

Bolivia Coup Is Latest Blow for Latin American Socialism

Supporters of Bolivian ex-President Evo Morales demonstrate in La Paz on November 14, 2019. - Bolivia's exiled former president Evo Morales said Wednesday he was ready to return to "pacify" his country amid weeks of unrest that led to his resignation. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP) (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)

No such thing as “soft diplomacy” when it comes to American involvement in Bolivia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Yemen, etc etc (ODT)

U.S. President Donald Trump’s official statement, meanwhile, praised the military coup in Bolivia and noted that the events leading up Morales’s ouster “send a strong signal to the illegitimate regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua that democracy and the will of the people will always prevail.” What role the U.S. may have played in Bolivia is certainly less clear than the overt attempt at regime change in Venezuela early this year.

Bolivia Coup Is Latest Blow for Latin American Socialism

War is Good for Business & Organized Crime: Afghanistan’s Multibillion Dollar Opium Trade. Rising Heroin Addiction in the US – Collective Evolution

America protects its drug business in Aghanistan which began in the 70s could one imagine the profits made over that period. budget The global monetary value of the heroin market is of the same order of magnitude as the defense budget of the USA $717 billion .

Needless to say, the Pentagon not to mention the CIA which launched the opium economy in Afghanistan in the late 1970s are intent upon protecting this multibillion dollar industry. The proceeds of the Afghan drug trade were initially used to finance the recruitment of Al Qaeda Mujahideen mercenaries to fight in the Soviet-Afghan war.

War is Good for Business & Organized Crime: Afghanistan’s Multibillion Dollar Opium Trade. Rising Heroin Addiction in the US – Collective Evolution

Bill Barr, Grand Inquisitor, Crusades for an Anti-Secularist Christian State | The Smirking Chimp

They are changing America’s essence (ODT)

Bill Barr, Grand Inquisitor, Crusades for an Anti-Secularist Christian State | The Smirking Chimp

US military encircling Venezuela: Regime change preparations? — RT Op-ed

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This the role model nation that all nations are expected to follow(ODT)

US military has just recently returned to Guyana for the first time in a decade. The purpose of this detachment, according to Military.com, is to “shore up relationships amid growing tensions in neighboring Venezuela.”

“the United States has a clear objective in Venezuela: regime change and the restoration of democracy and the rule of law.” A basic understanding of the English language would require that this sentence poses an oxymoron, as US-enforced regime change could never ever amount to the implementation of democracy and the rule of law.

there are at least five US military bases and a number of US military advisers in Colombia, which a simple glance at a globe will tell you is on the other side of Venezuela. By “shoring up relationships” to the east of Venezuela in Guyana, the US military will almost have the Latin American rival completely surrounded. The south is covered by Brazil, which is another stalwart Washington ally.

It bears to remind oneself that as part of this foreign policy playbook, right-wing, nationalist and/or populist ideologies are almost never opposed or rejected by the US, but welcomed warmly with open arms.

According to the Nation, the US has over 800 formal military bases in 80 countries, “a number that could exceed 1,000 if you count troops stationed at embassies and missions and so-called ‘lily-pond’ bases, with some 138,000 soldiers stationed around the globe.”

Collectively, some other 11 countries including Russia, the United Kingdom, Turkey, China, France and India, have barely some 70 bases between them.

 

US military encircling Venezuela: Regime change preparations? — RT Op-ed

The Sinister New Nationalism of the Republican Party

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This new turn toward nationalism among American conservatives is troubling for reasons other than its implicit indictment of rootless cosmopolitanism. Right now Muslims, the LGBTQ community, and the undocumented are certainly more vulnerable to Trump’s attacks than American Jews. Trump is telling prominent people of color in Congress — not prominent Jewish politicians — to “go home.” The intended audiences for these messages can interpret the rhetoric according to their favorite intolerance: racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, xenophobia.

But the assault on globalists, on the elite, on financiers like George Soros all push in the same direction: against the internationalism that is in such short supply when it is needed the most.

via The Sinister New Nationalism of the Republican Party

US flags new missile test as arms treaty with Russia ends

The Russian nuclear submarine Yuri Dolgoruky test-fires the Bulava missiles from the White Sea in 2018.

Trump Demands the Nobel Peace Prize (ODT)

US officials said they are no longer hamstrung and could now develop weapons systems previously banned under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty with Russia, a Cold War-era agreement that both sides repeatedly accused the other of violating. The treaty was also criticised because it did not cover China or missile technology that did not exist a generation ago.

via US flags new missile test as arms treaty with Russia ends

Trump says he could win Afghan war ‘in a week … but I don’t want to kill 10m’ | US news | The Guardian

 

When world champion bullshitt-er meets world champion cricket-er Trump has to channeling the voice of Kim Jong-Un little rocketman to prove he has a big heart too. (ODT}

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via Trump says he could win Afghan war ‘in a week … but I don’t want to kill 10m’ | US news | The Guardian

Is America still the world’s only superpower or is China a real rival? Experts aren’t so sure anymore – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Close up shot of Donald Trump hugging an American flag on a pole

Key points:

A superpower has superior military might, and economic, diplomatic and cultural influence
The erosion of America’s global power may be accelerated by the US’ current foreign policy
China is considered an emerging superpower despite still calling itself a “developing” country

via Is America still the world’s only superpower or is China a real rival? Experts aren’t so sure anymore – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Elizabeth Warren is rivalling Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden as a threat to Donald Trump – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Elizabeth Warren wearing a powder blue cardigan, pointing one finger to the sky in front of a large US flag.

via Elizabeth Warren is rivalling Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden as a threat to Donald Trump – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Firearms are used to Murder 11,000 /yr in US; N. Zealand Banned Semi-Automatic Guns after 50 Killed

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The US gun industry is a $28 billion a year business.In comparison, the whole US film industry has only $42 billion in annual revenues.Most congressmen can be bought for a few thousand dollars, and the corrupt American political system allows them to be so bought. That is the difference between New Zealand and the US. New Zealand’s political system may have its problems, but most politicians who behaved there as they do in the US would go to jail for taking bribes. As Taito Phillip Field.

via Firearms are used to Murder 11,000 /yr in US; N. Zealand Banned Semi-Automatic Guns after 50 Killed

Bolton Is Spinning Israeli ‘Intelligence’ to Push for War Against Iran | The Smirking Chimp

America’s history of entering wars since Vietnam has been based on lies (ODT)

Bolton presented his threat and the deployments as a response to alleged intelligence about a possible Iranian attack on U.S. targets in the Middle East. But what has emerged indicates that the alleged intelligence does not actually reflect any dramatic new information or analysis from the U.S. intelligence community. Instead, it has all the hallmarks of a highly political case concocted by Bolton.

via Bolton Is Spinning Israeli ‘Intelligence’ to Push for War Against Iran | The Smirking Chimp

‘They’ll be paying’: Trump blasts China as US prepares to raise trade tariffs | US news | The Guardian

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Trump shoots himself in the foot declaring Chia will pay and wiping $1.2 trillion off the stock market. He also said higher tariffs don’t effectct Americans because China pays them? Since when and in what world do buyers no pay customs duties and taxes?  (ODT)

via ‘They’ll be paying’: Trump blasts China as US prepares to raise trade tariffs | US news | The Guardian

House Democrats vote to hold attorney general Barr in contempt of Congress | US news | The Guardian

William Barr speaks at a news conference on 18 April 2019.

Democrats have voiced frustration with Barr’s handling of the report, suggesting the attorney general’s actions were designed to protect the president.

Barr has on multiple occasions characterized the report in ways that appeared to absolve Trump of wrongdoing, even though a redacted version of the Mueller report released on 18 April showed nearly a dozen instances in which the president or his campaign sought to obstruct justice.

via House Democrats vote to hold attorney general Barr in contempt of Congress | US news | The Guardian

Trump sues Deutsche Bank and Capital One to block release of financial records | US news | The Guardian

Donald Trump

A representative of Deutsche Bank said in a statement: “We remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorised investigations and will abide by a court order regarding such investigations.”

Attorneys and representatives for the two sides were not immediately available for comment late on Monday.

via Trump sues Deutsche Bank and Capital One to block release of financial records | US news | The Guardian

Clashes in Caracas after Guaido stages coup against Maduro

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Violent clashes erupted in the Venezuelan capital on Tuesday after opposition leader Juan Guaidó launched what appeared to be a military-backed challenge to President Nicolás Maduro, summoning thousands of people to the streets to demonstrate against the socialist leader.

US Senator Marco Rubio, who has strongly backed Guaido, issued a call for the military to rise up: “This is the moment for those military officers in #Venezuela to fulfil their constitutional oath & defend the legitimate interim President @jguaido, in this effort to restore democracy,” he tweeted. “You can write history in the hours & days ahead.”

via Clashes in Caracas after Guaido stages coup against Maduro

White House Briefed On Findings Of Mueller Report Before Its Release: Reports | HuffPost Australia

So Fox News has the first opportunity to vet and revise the DOJ redacted Mueller Report. Did they use their or the DOJ’s Texta? (ODT)

ABC News and The New York Times report that White House officials have already been briefed on special counsel Robert Mueller’s highly anticipated report, which is expected to be made public on Thursday.

The news reports suggest the Justice Department gave the White House advance notice about the conclusions of the special counsel’s report on the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election.

ABC News reported that the White House received a “broad briefing” on the 400-page report that focused mostly on the “mechanics of the report itself.”

Trump’s advisers are concerned the report will reveal instances of possible obstruction of justice that aren’t already public, according to ABC News, which cited unnamed White House officials and sources close to the administration.

via White House Briefed On Findings Of Mueller Report Before Its Release: Reports | HuffPost Australia

One Hell of a Hangover: All the American Wars We haven’t remembered Fighting that are Still going On

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So, for the last few of us still here thinking about American wars, I would say that when it comes to off the charts, it’s possible that you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

via One Hell of a Hangover: All the American Wars We haven’t remembered Fighting that are Still going On

The Ilhan Omar Effect? 50% of Americans now favor a Palestinian State (Gallup)

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Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – A Gallup poll has found that for the first time in many years, 50% of Americans favor the establishment of a Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank.

I’m not sure what the other 50% think the Palestinians should do. Just stay stateless and without the rights of citizenship? You do understand that they live under foreign military occupation, right? That in the West Bank if they have a dispute, they have to go to an Israeli court; that Israeli squatters can come in and steal their property and water at will; that if you don’t have citizenship in a state, it is sort of like being in jail permanently.

What is remarkable is that the public has swung toward a Palestinian state even though it is not the project of the current president. Earlier high points in this position were reached when Bush and Obama, respectively, were trying to achieve a peace accord.

via The Ilhan Omar Effect? 50% of Americans now favor a Palestinian State (Gallup)

Livestream: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the New Left

The Intercept’s Senior Politics Editor Briahna Gray for a conversation with New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about identity, race and class, and how these debates are likely to play out in the years ahead.

via Livestream: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the New Left

GOING BACKWARDS: Trump To Slash Renewables Funding in New Budget

Trump Escalates War On Renewables, Slashes DOE Budget By 70%

Trump has taken 4 companies and applied his inventive policies to them and sent them bankrupt those companies greatest success was screwing the lives of the people who were involved with them. Trump merely walked away. Mind you I bet he took money out first and left the debt. Nothing has changed really. (ODT)

A senior Trump administration official has told Bloomberg News that the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy would see its $2.3 billion budget slashed by about 70 percent, to $700 million, under President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget request, which will be released on Monday.

Conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation have called for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, to be eliminated entirely, saying energy innovation is best left up to the private sector.

via GOING BACKWARDS: Trump To Slash Renewables Funding in New Budget