Archiv: nomenclatura (ruling classes / „political“ classes / „elites“ / oligarchies / guilds / etc)


18.11.2019 - 13:51 [ PressTV.com ]

US trying to hijack fuel hike protests in Iran: Analyst

He emphasized that people in Iran enjoy the right to protest, referring to remarks by President Hassan Rouhani’s chief of staff in which he stressed that all officials should be listening to the protesters’ views.

“Whenever there is some legitimate and legal protests, the United States, the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) as well as people outside the country, the opposition, the son of the past shah step forward in order to hijack the protests, in order to stage violent actions and sabotage,” he said.

18.11.2019 - 13:27 [ An-Nahar (Libanon) ]

Independent candidate Melhem Khalaf wins Beirut Bar Association elections

BEIRUT: Melhem Khalaf, a law professor at Saint Joseph university, has become the new head of the Beirut Bar Association after beating out the political ruling class‘ candidate.

Khalaf, an independent candidate, ran against Nader Gaspard, who was backed by the Free Patriotic Movement, Lebanese Forces, Future Movement and Progressive Socialist Party.

18.11.2019 - 13:24 [ Naharnet.com (Libanon) ]

Protest Movement-Backed Candidate Elected Head of Bar Association

A candidate backed by the protest movement that is sweeping the country was on Sunday elected as head of the Beirut Bar Association, scoring a precious win for the nascent movement over the country’s established political parties.

Lawyers who backed Melhem Khalaf erupted in joy and chanted “revolution, revolution” as the results were announced.

18.11.2019 - 12:43 [ ITV.com ]

CBI hears from party leaders as Tories, Labour and Lib Dems try to win business votes

In a bid to secure support from industry ahead of polling day on December 12, the leaders of the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats will each make a speech on stage at the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) Annual Conference at the InterContinental London – The O2.

18.11.2019 - 12:17 [ South China Morning Post ]

Why are Hongkongers so angry? Because their baby boomer leaders are living in a parallel universe

Hong Kong as a dispute resolution centre and Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung’s shocking confession that he did not know why people are so angry are typical of the arrogance, self-entitlement and ignorance of the baby boomer leaders

18.11.2019 - 05:54 [ theGuardian.com ]

Democratic candidates reject Obama’s warning of going too far left

“When I talk about health care being a human right and ending the embarrassment of America being the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care for every man, woman and child, that’s not tearing down the system,” he said, according to the New York Times. “That’s doing what we should have done 30 years ago.”

18.11.2019 - 05:51 [ BBC ]

US election 2020: Democrats respond to Obama’s warning

Answering questions on a forum aired by Univision, a Spanish-language TV network, he was asked whether Mr Obama was „right“ to say voters didn’t want systemic change.

Mr Sanders, who describes himself as a democratic socialist and progressive, laughed and said: „Well, it depends on what you mean by tear down the system.“

17.11.2019 - 10:04 [ New York Times ]

Too Far Left? Some Candidates Don’t Buy the Argument

Ms. Warren declined to address Mr. Obama’s implicit criticism, and instead praised the former president’s efforts on health care.

“I so admire what President Obama did. He is the one who led the way on health care and got health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans when nobody thought that was possible,” she said, speaking to reporters after a campaign event in Waverly, Iowa.

16.11.2019 - 23:31 [ Peter Daou, Former Clinton and Kerry adviser / Twitter ]

THANK YOU! 🙏🏽🙏🏽 The hashtag I launched this morning, #TooFarLeft, is #1 in America and #3 worldwide. The idea is to destroy the ludicrous mainstream talking point that wanting social, economic, racial, and environmental justice is a radical position.

16.11.2019 - 23:29 [ theHill.com ]

‚Too Far Left‘ hashtag trends on Twitter

The hashtag „TooFarLeft“ trended on Twitter on Saturday morning, in part because of comments made Friday by former President Obama.

Obama spoke at a fundraising meeting Friday evening and warned donors of the danger of the 2020 Democratic primary field moving too far to the left.

„Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision, we also have to be rooted in reality,“ Obama said. „The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.“

16.11.2019 - 23:25 [ Politico.com ]

Obama speaks out on 2020: Voters ‘don’t want to see crazy stuff’

“We also have to be rooted in reality and the fact that voters, including the Democratic voters and certainly persuadable independents or even moderate Republicans are not driven by the same views that are reflected on certain, you know, left-leaning Twitter feeds. Or the activist wing of our party,” Obama said.

16.11.2019 - 23:15 [ BBC ]

US election 2020: Obama issues warning to ‚revolutionary‘ Democrats

The comments, which come less than four months before the Democratic primaries, represent one of Mr Obama’s most pointed interventions in the race so far.

They may be seen as a critique of senators Sanders and Warren – widely seen as two of the most left-wing candidates in the field.

14.11.2019 - 18:01 [ Deval For All / Youtube ]

Deval Patrick Announcement Video

(today)

In a spirit of profound gratitude for all the country has given to me, with a determination to build a better, more sustainable, more inclusive American Dream for everyone:

I am today announcing my candidacy for President of the United States.

14.11.2019 - 17:49 [ New York Times ]

Deval Patrick Joins the 2020 Race: ‘This Won’t Be Easy, and It Shouldn’t Be’

(today)

Former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts officially entered the presidential race on Thursday, adding an 18th candidate and an 11th-hour twist to a turbulent Democratic primary with less than three months to go before the Iowa caucuses.

Mr. Patrick’s announcement, which he had signaled this week, came in the form of a video he released early Thursday morning. In it, he said he was running for people who “feel left out” and want a future “not built by somebody better than you, not built for you, but built with you.”

14.11.2019 - 17:32 [ Spectator ]

What Hillary Clinton doesn’t understand about Brexit

We’re not separating ourselves from Europe, Hillary. We’re separating ourselves from the EU. Europe is a vast continent that has existed for aeons; the EU is a bloated, bureaucratic nightmare that has only existed, in its current form, since 1993. We’ll be fine.

Also, speaking of ‘democracies’ — we voted to leave, and that’s why we’re leaving. That’s how democracy works: you lost the 2016 presidential election and your Euro-chums lost the 2016 EU referendum.

13.11.2019 - 08:05 [ MSNBC ]

Biden endorsed by 133 former national security officials from 7 different administrations

Former VP Joe Biden and his campaign are touting the endorsement of over 130 national security, foreign service and military officials who have served across seven different administrations.

12.11.2019 - 17:48 [ Vox.com ]

Poll: 65% of Republicans say Trump’s Ukraine scheme was normal presidential behavior

As part of our podcast, Impeachment, Explained, Vox partnered with PerryUndem and Ipsos on a poll exploring Americans’ beliefs about when presidential behavior is impeachable, when it’s simply wrong, and how partisanship is shaping those perceptions. The results were fascinating and unnerving.

11.11.2019 - 16:36 [ theHill.com ]

Gabbard lawyers demand retraction of Clinton’s ‚defamation‘

„Your statement is defamatory, and we demand that you retract it immediately,“ Gabbard’s lawyer wrote in a letter, demanding that Clinton „immediately“ verbally retract the comments, in addition to posting the retraction on Twitter.

The Hill has reached out to Clinton’s spokesman for comment.

02.11.2019 - 13:30 [ Maj. Danny Sjursen / Truthdig.com ]

In Defense of Tulsi Gabbard

Gabbard is the only Democratic hopeful to place foreign policy—specifically ending the absurd wars she was a part of herself—at the top of her campaign agenda. Love her or hate her, that is profound in post-9/11 America. She’s been an outspoken opponent of the U.S.-backed Saudi genocide in Yemen, repeatedly calls out the lie of an Iraq War that shattered the Middle East, and is almost alone in criticizing Obama’s repeatedly counterproductive actions that armed and fueled anti-American Islamists in Syria. These are vital truths in an age of obfuscation and foreign policy apathy.

29.10.2019 - 11:36 [ The Nation ]

Lebanon’s Protest Movement Is Local and Organic

The protesters are asserting the full meaning of their words. They don’t just want a single ruler gone, or a single party, or even the fall of the government. They want to rid themselves entirely of the whole regime: every single member of the ruling elite, regardless of their allegiance. “All of them means all of them,” as the protesters have been shouting nationwide.

26.10.2019 - 11:04 [ bywire.news ]

BREAKING: EU agrees to UK Brexit delay decision but refuses to set length – citing Britain’s election indecision

The European Union agreed to London’s request for a Brexit deadline extension on Friday but set no new departure date, giving Britain’s divided parliament time to decide on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s call for a snap election.

26.10.2019 - 02:20 [ The Guardian ]

Chilean congress evacuated as police use teargas on protesters

Most of the demonstrations over the high cost of medicine, water and other basic needs have been peaceful. But instances of arson, looting and alleged brutality by security forces have shocked many in a nation known for relative stability.

25.10.2019 - 16:28 [ Nate's Liver - Commentary ‏ / Twitter ]

I don’t get it. Why is Bernie even a Dem if he isn’t going to be a puppet for a handful of donors?

23.10.2019 - 19:49 [ Matt Taibbi ‏/ Twitter ]

Not the Onion: New York Times piece speculates Democratic Party insiders might try to lure John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Deval Patrick, Mike Bloomberg, or Eric Holder as “white knight” saviors in the presidential race.

23.10.2019 - 19:48 [ theHill.com ]

Clinton 2020 whisper campaign hits new heights

The New York Times also reported on Tuesday that Clinton and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg have told people in recent conversations that they would join the Democratic primary “if they thought they could win.” But they were “skeptical there would be an opening.”

Since losing the election in 2016, some Democrats have said there isn’t room for Clinton in a party that is trying to move forward after a stunning defeat.

23.10.2019 - 17:01 [ Spectator ]

Voters are likely to turn their frustration on Parliament’s Brexit-blockers

The Great British public can be a tricky bunch but they seem more likely to give Boris the benefit of the doubt than his parliamentary tormentors. The sooner we have a general election the easier it will be to test this hypothesis but, while Boris Johnson lost a vote tonight, he may have picked up seats along the way.

23.10.2019 - 10:33 [ Tulsi Gabbard ]

Hillary, Acknowledge the Damage You’ve Caused

Hillary, your foreign policy was a disaster for our country and the world—resulting in the deaths and injuries of so many of my brothers and sisters in uniform, devastating entire countries, millions of lives lost, refugee crises, our enemy al-Qaeda/ISIS strengthened, increased Iranian and Russian influence in the region, Turkey emboldened, and exacerbated the problem of nuclear proliferation by overthrowing Gadhafi in Libya. Yet despite the damage you have done to our country and the world, you want to continue your failed policies directly or indirectly through the Democratic nominee.

23.10.2019 - 08:23 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

.@HillaryClinton, your foreign policy was a disaster for our country and the world. It’s time for you to acknowledge the damage you have caused and step down from your throne.

23.10.2019 - 06:55 [ Washington Post ]

Anxiety rises among Democrats worried about party’s prospects in 2020

Party leaders and activists are citing weakness in all of the leading contenders, including former vice president Joe Biden, who has been forced on the defensive about his family’s ethics, performed haltingly in debates and set off alarms with his poor fundraising. They also fret that the two other top-ranking candidates, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), are too liberal to win a general election.

22.10.2019 - 06:59 [ theHill.com ]

Sanders: ‚Outrageous‘ to suggest Gabbard ‚is a foreign asset‘

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) lashed out Monday at critics of fellow 2020 presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) including Hillary Clinton, after Clinton and others suggested that Gabbard is a „foreign asset“ for Russia amid reports that Moscow’s online bots and trolls are supporting her campaign.

21.10.2019 - 17:39 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

If you’re sick of the new McCarthyism and warmongering by Hillary and her cohorts, then join our campaign. We need your support. Democrat, Republican, Independent — it doesn’t matter. We need to unite to usher in a govt which is of, by, and for the people!

21.10.2019 - 17:22 [ Daily Wire ]

WATCH: Buttigieg Pivots When Asked About Hillary Clinton’s ‘Russian Asset’ Remark

TAPPER: So when Donald Trump smears people, Democrats all stand up and say, you’re smearing someone. Stop it. Why don’t Democrats do that, to say that about Tulsi Gabbard? It seems like an obvious smear. I don’t see any evidence she’s a Russian asset. It seems like a wild accusation.

BUTTIGIEG: Yes, I think statements like that ought to be backed by evidence.

21.10.2019 - 07:23 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

Hillary & her gang of rich, powerful elite are going after me to send a msg to YOU: “Shut up, toe the line, or be destroyed.” But we, the people, will NOT be silenced. Join me in taking our Democratic Party back & leading a govt of, by & for the people!

21.10.2019 - 07:19 [ Newsweek ]

Tulsi Gabbard Says Clinton Attacked Her for Supporting Sanders in 2016, Calls for ‚New Democratic Party‘

„If they can falsely portray me as a traitor then they can do it to anyone,“ Gabbard continued. „And in fact, that’s exactly the message that they want to get across to you. That if you stand up against Hillary and the party power brokers, if you stand up to the rich and powerful elite and the war machine they will destroy you and discredit your message.“

20.10.2019 - 18:19 [ Daily Star ]

Hezbollah opposes resignation of government: Nasrallah

Hezbollah opposes the resignation of the government and supports the current cabinet “but with a new agenda and new spirit,” party leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Saturday.

20.10.2019 - 16:55 [ Caitlin Johnstone / Twitter ]

Both Gabbard’s haters and her supporters treat her foreign policy like it’s something wildly extraordinary, but it’s actually just the mainstream US foreign policy consensus that Americans considered normal before 9/11. Shows how far the Overton window has been moved since then.

20.10.2019 - 16:27 [ Robbie Jaeger / Medium.com ]

Tulsi Gabbard Has Enemies In High Places

The morning of February 28, 2016, Tulsi Gabbard was in a pretty good spot. She was the rising-star Congresswoman from Hawaii, the darling of the Democratic party, whose anti-regime change platform was breathing fresh life into a stagnating institution. She was their future. But the revelations — revealed by Wikileaks through troves of leaked internal emails — that the Democratic National Committee was actively conspiring against Bernie Sanders in order to ensure Hillary Clinton won the nomination at that years convention changed everything. That day, Tulsi Gabbard took a stand…

20.10.2019 - 16:02 [ @historyofarmani / Twitter ]

If Tulsi was a “ nobody” or “had no chance to win” like the other candidates & their media sycophants say, then this massive ploy to destroy her wouldn’t be in play. But the fact that they’re trying so hard to take her out shows what a threat she poses to their game! #Tulsi2020

20.10.2019 - 15:36 [ CBS News / Youtube ]

Tulsi Gabbard responds to Hillary Clinton: Clinton „knows she can’t control me“

Hillary Clinton implied Russians are „grooming“ Tulsi Gabbard to run as a third-party candidate to disrupt the election, a charge which Gabbard denies. In a live interview with CBSN, Gabbard responds to Clinton’s claims and says she will not run as a third-party candidate.

20.10.2019 - 15:32 [ CNN ]

‚I am not a Russian spy‘: Jill Stein slams Clinton’s accusations

„I am not a Russian spy,“ Stein said Saturday on CNN’s „Smerconish.“ „I think this is a completely unhinged conspiracy theory for which there is absolutely no basis in fact. Not for myself and not for Tulsi Gabbard. I think it’s really outrageous that Hillary Clinton is trying to promote this crazy idea.“
She added, „You know, you can’t just slander people. You have to present some basis and fact.“

20.10.2019 - 15:26 [ Truthdig.com ]

Democrats Have No Answer for Trump’s Anti-War Posture

What’s truly striking, though, and increasingly apparent, is that President Trump possesses—as a foreign policy autocrat, of sorts—the power to derail the Democrats and place 2020 hopefuls in an awkward position of defending U.S. forever wars. It’s already happening, at least among mainstream “liberal” media and political personalities who’ve flooded the networks with anti-Trump vitriol since the Syria withdrawal.

20.10.2019 - 12:59 [ theHill.com ]

Clinton fuels new ‚red scare‘ with political attacks against Gabbard

“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.” Journalist Edward Murrow said those words 65 years ago, responding to Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy and his accusations of Americans being “Russian stooges” and “fellow travelers.” Murrow declared that, despite the best efforts of political opportunists, “We will not walk in fear, one of another.”

Those words came to mind after former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused current Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard of being a “Russian asset” in the 2020 election.

19.10.2019 - 14:53 [ Nina Turner, US Senator / Twitter ]

Good morning Sister @TulsiGabbard. I’m just catching up with the foolery that’s going on. I’m SMDH hard. Four words: Keep. Your. Head. Up!??❤️

19.10.2019 - 14:24 [ Max Blumenthal ‏/ Twitter ]

By the way, guess who’s next in line to be smeared by corporatist Dem elites as a Russian agent? Hint: he’s a Jewish socialist who once visited the USSR and Nicaragua. This is just a pilot program.

19.10.2019 - 13:33 [ Rolling Stone ]

Green Party Torches Hillary Clinton For Claiming Jill Stein Is ‘Totally’ a Russian Asset

“Brazen Orwellian doublespeak” — that’s what the Green Party is saying in response to Hillary Clinton’s accusation that their 2016 candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, is “totally” a “Russian asset.”

“Clinton has spent her entire career as an asset of Wall Street, the police state and war — the real dangers to everyday people in the United States and around the world,” Green Party communications manager Michael O’Neil said in a statement to Rolling Stone on Friday.

19.10.2019 - 12:56 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain.

From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a …

.. concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know — it was always you, through your proxies and …

… powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose.

It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.

19.10.2019 - 12:49 [ New York Times ]

Tulsi Gabbard Lashes Back at Hillary Clinton After Claim of Russian Influence

Hillary Clinton waded into the Democratic primary on Friday by suggesting that Russia was backing Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii for president and that Republicans were “grooming” her as a third-party candidate.

In response, Ms. Gabbard lashed out late in the afternoon with an extraordinary series of tweets in which she called Mrs. Clinton “the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long.”

19.10.2019 - 12:42 [ theHill.com ]

Gabbard hits back at ‚queen of warmongers‘ Clinton

Gabbard, a member of the Hawaii National Guard and an Iraq War veteran, has faced ongoing concern from political observers that her campaign is being amplified by Russian bots and online trolls.

She has raised eyebrows with her anti-establishment foreign policy positions, especially her accusation that the U.S. engages in regime-change wars and her meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2017.