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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ffidel Bennett Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 April 2017 at 3:56pm
Roy - you don't even need to be in the past tense, although the US supported the apartheid regime openly at first and then covertly until the end. Many people describe the Israeli regime in Palestine  as worse than apartheid and this regime receives a huge amount of military and economic aid from the US to say nothing of help in developing their nukes. But the classic indisputable example of  example of despots ruling without a hint of humanity in a feudal background are Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states -supporters of al Qaeda, ISIS and whatever butchers they can find to destroy other less primitive more humane states. And who is their chief protector and backer. Well none other than the freedom loving, humanitarian govt of the USA who will not even gently rebuke them.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dafen Boy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 April 2017 at 4:20pm
Originally posted by roy munster roy munster wrote:

Originally posted by Once a monkey Once a monkey wrote:

I will take your word for that Roy, but can't understand it after what he has proposed on the border and what he said generally about Mexicans
It appears the majority of Mexican immigrants in America want to keep the other Mexicans out.

As someone who lives here, that is true, and they want people who are here illegally deported, especially second generation Mexican families who have worked hard for 20-30 years
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Originally posted by roy munster roy munster wrote:

Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

I seriously cannot understand why successive western political leaders continue to believe that enforced regime change in distant countries is their decision to make. In addition the conceipt of the USA in attempting to dictate who can have a nuclear arsenal is beyond belief. If I was Theresa May I would be distancing myself from the USA regime as quickly as possible. 

Strange how no one did anything about mugabe and a whole load of other despots

 
If there were oil or gold there, or even rare earth metals, you might find a different attitude/response?
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Donald Trump is nothing more than a pampered opportunist, bigot and clown.  The fact he is in charge of the world's most powerful country is extremely dangerous, worrying and a sad indictment of a large minority of the US electorate.  (Hillary actually won three million more votes). And of course US foreign policy is extremely hypocritical and self-interested, especially regarding the Middle East but also Latin America too - criticising and sabotaging Chavez in Venezuela while supporting Uribe in Colombia, when the two were just as vile and authoritarian as each other, just at different ends of the ideological spectrum.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote roy munster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 April 2017 at 7:54am
Originally posted by najbritcol najbritcol wrote:

Donald Trump is nothing more than a pampered opportunist, bigot and clown.  The fact he is in charge of the world's most powerful country is extremely dangerous, worrying and a sad indictment of a large minority of the US electorate.  (Hillary actually won three million more votes). And of course US foreign policy is extremely hypocritical and self-interested, especially regarding the Middle East but also Latin America too - criticising and sabotaging Chavez in Venezuela while supporting Uribe in Colombia, when the two were just as vile and authoritarian as each other, just at different ends of the ideological spectrum.
The rise of a political amateur like trump simply underlines the total disillusionment of millions at the system and the failure to find a leader that represents the masses. 
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Originally posted by najbritcol najbritcol wrote:

Donald Trump is nothing more than a pampered opportunist, bigot and clown.  The fact he is in charge of the world's most powerful country is extremely dangerous, worrying and a sad indictment of a large minority of the US electorate.  (Hillary actually won three million more votes). And of course US foreign policy is extremely hypocritical and self-interested, especially regarding the Middle East but also Latin America too - criticising and sabotaging Chavez in Venezuela while supporting Uribe in Colombia, when the two were just as vile and authoritarian as each other, just at different ends of the ideological spectrum.

I would argue he's not, President Xi Jinping is. 

World's most dangerous country I would agree as they have an unsettling combination of high military investment along with religious fanaticism and a self-righteous aggressive foreign-policy.
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Originally posted by dr_martinov dr_martinov wrote:

Originally posted by najbritcol najbritcol wrote:

Donald Trump is nothing more than a pampered opportunist, bigot and clown.  The fact he is in charge of the world's most powerful country is extremely dangerous, worrying and a sad indictment of a large minority of the US electorate.  (Hillary actually won three million more votes). And of course US foreign policy is extremely hypocritical and self-interested, especially regarding the Middle East but also Latin America too - criticising and sabotaging Chavez in Venezuela while supporting Uribe in Colombia, when the two were just as vile and authoritarian as each other, just at different ends of the ideological spectrum.


I would argue he's not, President Xi Jinping is. 

World's most dangerous country I would agree as they have an unsettling combination of high military investment along with religious fanaticism and a self-righteous aggressive foreign-policy.


For now, the US is still a bigger economic and possibly military power than China, for better or for worse.
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The following article on military spending and debt in America shows it's getting ever more desperate, and dangerous.
 If the hyper-link isn't working  you may have to click onto this weekends' Information Clearing House website and look for - "Beware the Dogs of War : Is the American Empire on the verge of collapse?
 
 


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China can call in US debt anytime it wants.
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Originally posted by najbritcol najbritcol wrote:

China can call in US debt anytime it wants.
 
But the US pays no heed to International Law in a whole range of fields, so what makes you think that  they won't use their self imposed "exceptional" status and find some excuse for not repaying?
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https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/23/when-nigel-farage-met-julian-assange

An interesting article here. Ffidel, do you know anything about this?

P.S. Sorry my iPad doesn't seem to insert links properly.

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Originally posted by roy munster roy munster wrote:

Originally posted by najbritcol najbritcol wrote:

Donald Trump is nothing more than a pampered opportunist, bigot and clown.  The fact he is in charge of the world's most powerful country is extremely dangerous, worrying and a sad indictment of a large minority of the US electorate.  (Hillary actually won three million more votes). And of course US foreign policy is extremely hypocritical and self-interested, especially regarding the Middle East but also Latin America too - criticising and sabotaging Chavez in Venezuela while supporting Uribe in Colombia, when the two were just as vile and authoritarian as each other, just at different ends of the ideological spectrum.
The rise of a political amateur like trump simply underlines the total disillusionment of millions at the system and the failure to find a leader that represents the masses. 

True - but it also underlines the ability of pressure groups to game the system by flooding the internet with fake news, which is consumed and unfortunately believed by a lot of gullible people.

We really needed that march in support of Science yesterday, and can only hope it has some effect.
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Originally posted by totallybiasedscarlet totallybiasedscarlet wrote:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/23/when-nigel-farage-met-julian-assange

An interesting article here. Ffidel, do you know anything about this?

P.S. Sorry my iPad doesn't seem to insert links properly.
 
I don't really and can't find the article, but on foreign affairs there is a certain overlap between right and left with both believing that countries need to sort out their own before interfering in others. This was one of Trump's messages before being elected, but he was quickly turned into a typical regime change president by the deep state once in office. 
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'83% of major editorial boards supported Trump's Syria strikes, 15% were ambiguous and 2% - or one publication - opposed.'


The Essential Narrative Is A Sham

Unreported by almost all 'MSM', there has been credible, expert dissent challenging the US-UK view of what happened in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib.

Hans Blix, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, who served as the head of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission in Iraq, commented:

'I don't know whether in Washington they presented any evidence, but I did not see that in the Security Council. Merely pictures of victims that were held up, that the whole world can see with horror, such pictures are not necessarily evidence of who did it.'

Blix said it was natural to jump to the conclusion that the regime was far more likely than the rebels to have the means to carry out an attack of such a magnitude, but that it was far from proven that it did so:

'If you had a murder and you strongly suspect one fellow, do you go to judgment and execution straight away? Three days after the murder?'

Former chief UN weapons inspector, Scott Ritter – who defied a false political and media consensus by accurately claiming Iraq had been disarmed of 90-95% of its WMD by December 1998 - wrote:

'Early on, the anti-Assad opposition media outlets were labeling the Khan Sheikhoun incident as a "Sarin nerve agent" attack; one doctor affiliated with Al Qaeda sent out images and commentary via social media that documented symptoms, such as dilated pupils, that he diagnosed as stemming from exposure to Sarin nerve agent. Sarin, however, is an odorless, colorless material, dispersed as either a liquid or vapor; eyewitnesses speak of a "pungent odor" and "blue-yellow" clouds, more indicative of chlorine gas.'

Indeed, in a much-discussed article, Guardian reporter Kareem Shaheen wrote:

'All that remains of the attack on the town in rebel-held Idlib province is a faint stench that tingles the nostrils and a small green fragment from the rocket.'

But as the BBC reports:

'Sarin is almost impossible to detect because it is a clear, colourless and tasteless liquid that has no odour in its purest form.'

Ritter continued:

'The lack of viable protective clothing worn by the "White Helmet" personnel while handling victims is another indication that the chemical in question was not military grade Sarin; if it were, the rescuers would themselves have become victims (some accounts speak of just this phenomena, but this occurred at the site of the attack, where the rescuers were overcome by a "pungent smelling" chemical – again, Sarin is odorless.)'

Ritter concluded:

'Mainstream American media outlets have willingly and openly embraced a narrative provided by Al Qaeda affiliates whose record of using chemical weapons in Syria and distorting and manufacturing "evidence" to promote anti-Assad policies in the west, including regime change, is well documented.

'History will show that Donald Trump, his advisors and the American media were little more than willing dupes for Al Qaeda and its affiliates, whose manipulation of the Syrian narrative resulted in a major policy shift that furthers their objectives.'

Philip Giraldi, a CIA counterterrorism official from 1976 to 1992, who has an impressive track record in exposing fake government claims, commented:

'I am hearing from sources on the ground, in the Middle East, the people who are intimately familiar with the intelligence available are saying that the essential narrative we are all hearing about the Syrian government or the Russians using chemical weapons on innocent civilians is a sham. The intelligence confirms pretty much the account the Russians have been giving since last night which is that they hit a warehouse where al Qaida rebels were storing chemicals of their own and it basically caused an explosion that resulted in the casualties.

'Apparently the intelligence on this is very clear, and people both in the Agency and in the military who are aware of the intelligence are freaking out about this because essentially Trump completely misrepresented what he should already have known - but maybe didn't - and they're afraid this is moving towards a situation that could easily turn into an armed conflict.'

Giraldi added:

'These are essentially sources that are right on top of the issue right in the Middle East. They're people who are stationed there with the military and the Intelligence agencies that are aware and have seen the intelligence. And, as I say, they are coming back to contacts over here in the US essentially that they astonished at how this is being played by the administration and by the media and in some cases people are considering going public to stop it. They're that concerned about it, that upset by what's going on.'

Giraldi concluded:

'There was an attack but it was with conventional weapons - a bomb - and the bomb ignited the chemicals that were already in place that had been put in there. Now bear in mind, Assad had no motive for doing this. If anything, he had a negative motive. Trump said there was no longer any reason to remove him from office, well, this was a big win for him [Assad]. To turn around and use chemical weapons 48 hours later, does not fit any reasonable scenario, although I've seen some floated out there, but they are quite ridiculous.'

Our search of the Lexis press database found no mentions of Blix, Giraldi or Ritter in any UK newspaper since the alleged attack in Syria.

 

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that is one very very impressive report
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ffidel Bennett Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 April 2017 at 11:45am
There's a brilliant article in today's Counterpunch 25/04/2017 by David Swanson with the title "The F-35 and the Incinerating Ski Slope" -sorry I can't get the hyperlink to work.
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