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12.02.2019 - 16:33 [ Cato Institute ]

A Guide to Saudi Arabia’s Influence in Washington

(6.12.2018) The United States has long pursued a generally pro-Saudi policy in the Middle East, a legacy of the Cold War when the United States relied heavily on the Saudis to push back against Soviet influence. Saudi Arabia’s geopolitical importance-and its position as the world’s swing producer of oil-has often led U.S. policymakers to minimize criticism of Saudi Arabia. Even as fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were shown to be Saudi citizens, for example, the George W. Bush administration pushed to maintain the close U.S.-Saudi relationship while privately criticizing Saudi support for religious extremism. The Trump administration, however, has taken the United States’ selective vision on Saudi Arabia to new extremes.

12.02.2019 - 16:30 [ New York Times ]

Saudis and Extremism: ‘Both the Arsonists and the Firefighters’

(25.August 2016) Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump do not agree on much, but Saudi Arabia may be an exception. She has deplored Saudi Arabia’s support for “radical schools and mosques around the world that have set too many young people on a path towards extremism.” He has called the Saudis “the world’s biggest funders of terrorism.”

22.01.2019 - 19:12 [ Kyle Griffin, MSNBC's @TheLastWord / Twitter ]

Tim Kaine: „Democrats are not for the shutdown. Who said he would shut down the government? The president. Who said he would be proud of it? The president … Democrats are tying to get a vote to reopen government. Who’s blocking it? The Republican Senate Majority Leader.“ @MSNBC

20.01.2019 - 06:41 [ New York Times ]

Trump Offers Temporary Protections for ‘Dreamers’ in Exchange for Wall Funding

But the proposal, which Mr. Trump unveiled in a 13-minute address from the White House, appeared dead on arrival in the Capitol. Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected it even before Mr. Trump spoke, and Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, denounced the offer as “not a compromise but more hostage taking.”

With the shutdown entering its fifth week and polls showing a majority of the public blaming Mr. Trump, the president’s advisers have been searching for an exit strategy.

15.01.2019 - 06:06 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Theresa May will force SECOND vote on her Brexit deal despite facing huge defeat

She will tell her divided Cabinet when it meets for a fiery discussion on Plan B this morning that the German leader suggested the EU could grant extra concessions once the troubled agreement is shot down.

And that could include persuading Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to agree to an end date to the hated Irish backstop – which the DUP and dozens of Tory MPs have demanded as their price.

A senior Government figure said the PM and Mrs Merkel agreed there needs to be “a blood-letting moment” first.

15.01.2019 - 05:39 [ Ahmed J Versi ‏/ Twitter ]

PM @theresa_may only spoke to #German Chancellor Angela Merkel this weekend. They discussed about #Brexit and assurances yesterday morning. PM Spokesman did no elaborate on the assurances saying the discussion was private and that they would remain in contact. #Brexitvote

(14.1.2018)

09.01.2019 - 11:58 [ Washington Post ]

Trump won the night. Schumer and Pelosi lost.

President Trump did something Tuesday night that he has rarely done since taking office: He used the presidential bully pulpit to reach beyond his hardcore base of supporters to make his case to the American people as a whole.

Speaking from the Oval Office for the first time during his presidency, Trump embraced our country’s tradition as a nation of immigrants, declaring “America proudly welcomes millions of lawful immigrants who enrich our society and contribute to our nation.”

28.12.2018 - 16:36 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

EU planning to hit small businesses in UK with VAT bombshell after Brexit, MPs warn

Brussels is preparing to reduce the threshold at which businesses start paying VAT from a turnover of £85,000 to £76,700 in a bid to „harmonise“ tax systems.

MPs on the EU scrutiny committee warned Britain will have to accept the move if it comes into force after Brexit in March 2019 because it will lose its right to veto the plans.

28.12.2018 - 15:25 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn challenges Theresa May to recall parliament early over critical vote on deal

In an interview with The Independent, the Labour leader said he believed the prime minister and her allies were engaged in a “cynical manoeuvre” to run down the clock and offer MPs the “choice of the devil or the deep blue sea”.

His remarks come as the Commons prepares to vote on the UK-EU deal in the week beginning 14 January – in what is being billed as the most significant moment in parliament for a generation.

20.12.2018 - 15:49 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Shut Down, Reopen—Then What?

We don’t know how the government-shutdown fight will end. We only know that all the players will come out looking bad. So why are they battling?

21.11.2018 - 10:58 [ Dominic Raab / Telegraph.co.uk ]

We must be willing to walk away with no deal – taking our £39bn with us

Last week, I resigned as Brexit Secretary because I could not in good conscience support the proposed deal between the UK and the EU. There is still time to stand up to the bullying tactics from Brussels. But we must change course, or the flame of optimism and opportunity that sparked Brexit will be snuffed out.

21.11.2018 - 10:36 [ Jeremy Corbyn / Mirror.co.uk ]

Jeremy Corbyn: Theresa May has finally united the country on Brexit – everyone dislikes her deal

(19.11.2018) While claiming to take back control, the Government’s “backstop” risks locking Britain into an indefinite halfway house it cannot leave without the agreement of the EU.

This is an unparalleled and unacceptable loss of sovereignty, which Labour will not accept on behalf of our country.

21.11.2018 - 10:27 [ Washington Post ]

Bank of England preparing Brexit deal verdict next week

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney gave a guarded welcome to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal as he confirmed the bank would deliver its verdict on the agreement next week.

Addressing lawmakers Tuesday, Carney said the withdrawal agreement would eliminate some of the uncertainty that has surrounded the British economy since the country voted to leave the EU in June 2016. It would provide businesses the platform to plan and invest.

21.11.2018 - 10:19 [ Express.co.uk ]

Bank of England boss BACKS Theresa May’s Brexit deal, warns no deal would ‚SHOCK‘ economy

The Bank of England governor spoke to MPs on the Treasury Select Committee about the importance of there being a transition period for the UK’s divorce for the EU. Mr Carney warned that if there is no deal, then it could greatly harm the economy with the bank being unable to do much to rectify the damage. He told the committee:

19.11.2018 - 06:15 [ Times of Malta ]

Daphne murder mastermind suspects identified – investigators

Contacted on Sunday, Ms Caruana Galizia’s sister Corinne Vella said the family was not formally informed by the police that the suspected masterminds had been identified.
The sources would not give any indication of who these suspects were or whether they came from the criminal, business or political world.

18.11.2018 - 13:31 [ theGuardian.com ]

Theresa May to visit Brussels this week as she defends Brexit deal – Politics live

Sun 18 Nov 2018 11.02 GMT
First published on Sun 18 Nov 2018 08.39 GMT

PM says she will meet Juncker to discuss future relationships as she says as far as she knows the 48 letter limit for no confidence vote has not been reached

18.11.2018 - 11:46 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Brexit latest: Dominic Raab hits out at Theresa May and says it is time to stand up to ‚EU bullies‘

Amid ongoing talk of a plot to replace Mrs May through a confidence vote, one of her ministers said there is still time for „more to be done“ on the Brexit deal, despite an EU summit scheduled for November 25 to confirm it.

Andrea Leadsom, the Brexiteer Commons‘ leader, said she supports the Prime Minister but …

18.11.2018 - 11:42 [ Express.co.uk ]

Brexit news: EU countries including France want MORE concessions from Britain

FRANCE is looking to turn the screw on Theresa May by pressurising EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to demand Britain makes even more concessions in next week’s talks to discuss the draft withdrawal agreement.

18.11.2018 - 11:38 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron unite amid Brexit chaos

Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron are set to meet to bolster their alliance and promote European unity as the fallout from the Brexit deal continues.

The German Chancellor and the French President are understood to have made a breakthrough on a new budget for the eurozone ahead of the meeting in Berlin, where Mr Macron will address the Parliament.

18.11.2018 - 11:31 [ itv.com ]

No mercy from Merkel

(13.11.2018) Since the referendum Mrs Merkel has been remarkably strict.

Far from wanting to offer the UK concessions and an easy route to the exit door, she’s urged her fellow leaders to stand firm and, above all, protect the integrity of the EU’s single market and customs union.

She puts European unity way above any sympathy for her counterpart in Downing Street.

18.11.2018 - 11:31 [ Express.co.uk ]

BREXIT BOMBSHELL: May calls Merkel to HELP seal Brexit deal by CHRISTMAS

(8.11.2018) The whole package is likely then to go to an EU summit later this month or in December, and if approved Mrs May will put it to the House of Commons for a vote within days.
Prime Minster Mrs May will attend a working dinner in Belgium on Thursday hosted by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

17.11.2018 - 11:36 [ BrexitCentral.com ]

There are some nasty surprises in the smallprint of Theresa May’s Brexit deal

I’ve spent some hours scouting the text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement and Outline Political Declaration. As an initial review, it is of course impossible to delve into the minutiae of case law that apply to any single line and cross reference all of the cited directives, but as an exercise in reconnaissance at least you can over a few hours get a reasonable map picture of what is going on.

The problem is not singular, but a mosaic of issues.

16.11.2018 - 20:27 [ Express.co.uk ]

BREXIT BOMBSHELL: BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg REVEALS the REAL reason Dominic Raab resigned

In a special podcast, Laura Kuenssberg explained that she had visited Mr Raab at his south-west London home following his departure, and that the deal had been significantly changed without his knowledge. She said: “Here’s an intriguing thing – what’s been suggested to me is that there’s quite a big difference between the October draft of the withdrawal deal and the bit about the future relationship, and the bit that emerged yesterday.

15.11.2018 - 07:08 [ theHill.com ]

Bolton aide exits White House after high-profile clash with first lady

Ricardel remained at work on Tuesday as Bolton objected to her ouster and was reportedly at the office on Wednesday before her transition was announced.

Bolton brought Ricardel on board in May to serve as his No. 2 on the National Security Council. She earned a reputation as an enforcer and fierce bureaucratic infighter, clashing with White House chief of staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

15.11.2018 - 07:01 [ New York Times ]

Mira Ricardel, Aide Who Crossed Melania Trump, Is Removed From Her White House Role

Hours later, the White House said that Ms. Ricardel was indeed leaving her post but that she would still work in the administration — just not under the first lady’s roof.

“Mira Ricardel will continue to support the president as she departs the White House to transition to a new role within the administration,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said in a statement.

14.11.2018 - 05:49 [ Fox News ]

Melania Trump’s office calls for firing of top Bolton deputy

The paper added that the first lady’s office suspects Ricardel of leaking negative stories about the first lady and her staff.

The Journal also reported that Ricardel has sparred with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis over policy differences and staffing decisions. The Washington Post, citing three current and two former White House officials, reported that Ricardel had berated people in meetings and spread rumors about Mattis. The paper also reported that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has sought Ricardel’s ouster for months.

12.11.2018 - 10:33 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Jeremy Corbyn holds meeting with head of MI6 for the first time amid fears a collapse in Brexit negotiations could cause another snap election

(10.11.2018) According to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Younger invited Mr Corbyn to MI6’s headquarters in Vauxhall, south London for an ‚acquaintance session‘.

A Whitehall source told the paper: ‚The feeling was that the time had come for Mr Corbyn to become acquainted with the workings of the intelligence establishment.‘

12.11.2018 - 10:25 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Jeremy Corbyn meets head of MI6 for first time amid snap election fears

(9.11.2018) The Labour leader recently met with Alex Younger, the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, during which the importance of the agency’s work and the severity of the threats facing Britain were made clear to him.

A Whitehall official with knowledge of the meeting said: “The feeling was that the time had come for Mr Corbyn to become acquainted with the workings of the intelligence establishment.”

12.11.2018 - 10:15 [ Youtube ]

BBC The Andrew Marr Show 11/11/2018

Andrew’s guests are education secretary Damian Hinds MP, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry MP, chief of defence staff General Sir Nick Carter, director Danny Boyle and pianist Alexis Ffrench. Reviewing the papers are Sir Harold Evans from Reuters, The Guardian’s Anushka Asthana and The Sun columnist Jane Moore.

12.11.2018 - 10:05 [ Huffington Post ]

Sunday Shows Round-Up: Labour MPs On *That* Corbyn Brexit Interview And What No-Deal Means For The Military

But the Labour leader received backing from his shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, who appeared on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show to insist that the party would not be part of the “deeply anti-democratic forces out there”.

“If we have had a referendum and that is the result, then we ought to proceed on the basis of good faith and we will do our best to try and deliver a Brexit that is good for the country,” she said.

12.11.2018 - 10:01 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Brexit latest: More Labour chaos as Emily Thornberry says second referendum is still on table… days after Jeremy Corbyn said leaving EU could not be stopped

Labour created more confusion over its Brexit policy today as Emily Thornberry insisted the option of campaigning for a second referendum remains on the table just days after Jeremy Corbyn said leaving the EU “could not be stopped.”

12.11.2018 - 09:52 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Emily Thornberry contradicts Jeremy Corbyn and insists Labour could still back Final Say Brexit referendum

Mr Corbyn has angered Labour MPs and supporters by arguing Brexit cannot be stopped – and by going on to reject the growing calls for a fresh public vote.

But Ms Thornberry said: “If we don’t have a general election then, yes, of course all the options remain on the table and we would campaign for there to be a people’s vote – but there are several stages before we get that.”

12.11.2018 - 09:46 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Brexit: Jo Johnson insists Theresa May can be forced into Final Say referendum

Warning Britain “stands on the brink of the greatest crisis since the Second World War”, he became the ninth Conservative MP to demand she “give the public the final say”.

The call came after the number of signatures on The Independent’s petition for a Final Say referendum cleared one million in just over three months.

12.11.2018 - 08:18 [ Tass.com ]

Kremlin stays mum on comments by Blair-era MI6 chief ‘regretting helping Putin win power’

(1.10.2018) The Times’ Monday issue published an interview with Richard Dearlove, then chief of the Secret Intelligence Service in 1999-2004, who said he regretted that he had helped organize Tony Blair’s visit to Russia’s St. Petersburg where he attended a premier at the Mariinsky Theatre alongside Vladimir Putin just a few weeks before the presidential polls in Russia.

11.11.2018 - 18:28 [ Xinhua ]

Spotlight: China, U.S. highlight cooperation at new round of diplomatic, security dialogue

Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and also director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, co-chaired the second China-U.S. Diplomatic and Security Dialogue with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe also participated in the dialogue.

04.11.2018 - 15:23 [ Washington Post ]

Israel’s Netanyahu warns Europe of possible attacks by Iran

(1.11.2018) Speaking to reporters Thursday after talks with his Bulgarian counterpart, Netanyahu said radical Islam is a threat to the world, and that Israel has recently revealed a number of Iranian plots to carry out attacks on European soil.

04.11.2018 - 15:12 [ jewishpress.com ]

Netanyahu Thanks Trump as US Sanctions on Iran Set to ‘Snap Back’ in Full at Midnight Sunday

(today)

The Trump administration announced Friday that its powerful sanctions would snap back against Iran, effective Sunday, on banking, oil, shipping and other economic sectors where the penalties were lifted by the Obama administration in 2015 as part of the JCPOA nuclear deal.

04.11.2018 - 15:08 [ Times of Israel ]

Shin Bet head said to have met Abbas in bid to renew leadership ties

(today)

The report does not specify when the meeting took place, but says it came amid a series of meetings Argaman held with senior PA officials in recent months in which he stressed they would benefit from renewed contact between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

04.11.2018 - 14:51 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Dem Rep. Schakowsky on Netanyahu Speech: „An Effort To Stampede The U.S. Into War Again“

(3.März 2015) REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY: [Netanyahu] made the same argument over the Iraq War, that it was time for the United States to not pay attention to any world opinion, but just to go it alone. What I heard today, felt to me like an effort to stampede the United States into war once again.

04.11.2018 - 14:47 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Chris Matthews: „This Was A Takeover Attempt By Netanyahu With His Compliant American Partners“

(3.März 2015) MSNBC’s Chris Matthews reacts to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Minister’s speech to a joint session of Congress. Matthews said Netanyahu was trying to „take power away from the president.“

„This was a takeover attempt by Netanyahu with his complying American partners to take American foreign policy out of the hands of the president,“ Matthews said.

04.11.2018 - 14:44 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Dem Rep. Yarmuth: Netanyahu „Speech Was Straight Out Of Cheney Playbook,“ „Fearmongering At Its Ultimate“

(3.März 2015) „And I also resent the fact that he was telling us how to negotiate when the administration and their representatives have been at this for two years now with the cooperation, participation of five other major nations in the world. This speech was straight out of the Dick Cheney playbook. It was fearmongerring at its ultimate. Phrases like essentially saying nuclear war is inevitable if this deal were to be accepted, phrases like this would pave the way to Iran having a nuclear bomb, these are things that I think are, again, part of what Dick Cheney would have done and did. This has been the Prime Minister’s pattern. He’s gone to the U.N. and done the same thing. „

04.11.2018 - 14:01 [ Guardian ]

Israel planned for Lebanon war months in advance, PM says

(9. März 2007) After a final offensive in which Israel lost 33 soldiers, the government agreed a ceasefire without having achieved its objectives. In the fighting 1,200 Lebanese and 158 Israelis were killed. Of the dead almost 1,000 Lebanese and 41 Israelis were civilians.

Mr Olmert told the committee that he had ordered the final offensive to put pressure on the UN security council to improve the wording of the ceasefire in Israel’s favour.

04.11.2018 - 13:55 [ Reuters ]

Israeli PM says Lebanon war was pre-planned: report

(8. März 2007) Many Israelis view Olmert’s decision to go to war as a knee-jerk reaction by a leader with little security experience, unlike his predecessor, former general Ariel Sharon.

In testimony apparently aimed at dismissing any notion he acted recklessly, Olmert told the commission he asked army commanders in March 2006 if a contingency plan for military action existed in the event soldiers were abducted along the Lebanon frontier, Haaretz said.

04.11.2018 - 13:25 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Olmert: Send us ‘real soldiers, not pensioners’

(3.August 2006) The ground battle inLebanon is widening, but on the eve of a new United Nations Security Council decision on the Israeli- Hizbullah conflict, its days may be numbered. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is already dealing with “the day after,” the diplomatic arrangement that will install an international force north of the Blue Line to replace the Israeli army.

04.11.2018 - 12:57 [ LA Times ]

Secret Plan Outlines the Unthinkable

(10.März 2002) WASHINGTON — The Bush administration, in a secret policy review completed early this year, has ordered the Pentagon to draft contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons against at least seven countries, naming not only Russia and the „axis of evil“–Iraq, Iran, and North Korea–but also China, Libya and Syria.

In addition, the U.S. Defense Department has been told to prepare for the possibility that nuclear weapons may be required in some future Arab-Israeli crisis. And, it is to develop plans for using nuclear weapons to retaliate against chemical or biological attacks, as well as „surprising military developments“ of an unspecified nature.

04.11.2018 - 12:48 [ New York Times ]

A DAY OF TERROR: THE ISRAELIS; Spilled Blood Is Seen as Bond That Draws 2 Nations Closer

(12.September 2001) Asked tonight what the attack meant for relations between the United States and Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister, replied, “It’s very good.“ Then he edited himself: “Well, not very good, but it will generate immediate sympathy.“ He predicted that the attack would “strengthen the bond between our two peoples, because we’ve experienced terror over so many decades, but the United States has now experienced a massive hemorrhaging of terror.“

04.11.2018 - 12:41 [ Außenministerium von Israel ]

PM Netanyahu- Speech to US Congress- July 10- 1996

I have touched on the problem of the Middle East that is largely undemocratic, and part of it is strongly anti-democratic. Specifically, it is being radicalized and terrorized by a number of unreconstructed dictatorships whose governmental creed is based on tyranny and intimidation.

The most dangerous of these regimes is Iran, that has wed a cruel despotism to a fanatic militancy. If this regime, or its despotic neighbor Iraq, were to acquire nuclear weapons, this could presage catastrophic consequences, not only for my country, and not only for the Middle East, but for all mankind.

04.11.2018 - 12:07 [ Haaretz ]

23 Years After Yitzhak Rabin’s Assassination, Thousands Gather in Tel Aviv for Mass Memorial Rally

Meretz Chairwoman Tamar Zandberg, who was later added to the list of speakers, addressed the rally, saying Rabin’s assassination was „the best political assassination in history.“ If this evening doesn’t get us to act, then Yigal Amir will keep smiling for another year, she said in reference to Rabin’s murderer.

22.10.2018 - 18:01 [ Ruptly / Youtube ]

LIVE: US National Security Advisor John Bolton meets Lavrov in Moscow: arrivals at MFA

US National Security Advisor John Bolton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow on Monday, October 22. According to Bolton, the meeting comes with the aim of continuing the talks held at the Russia–United States summit in Helsinki earlier this year.

05.09.2018 - 17:49 [ Yonhap ]

Security command general arrested for alleged surveillance of civilians

A general military court issued an arrest warrant for Maj. Gen. So Gang-won, who served as the chief of staff of the Defense Security Command (DSC), for alleged involvement in monitoring the bereaved families of victims of the 2014 ferry disaster.

He is the first figure to be taken into custody since a military probe team investigating the wrongdoings of the now-disbanded DSC was launched in July.

14.08.2018 - 07:36 [ Peter Beinart / Forward.com ]

Peter Beinart: I Was Detained At Ben Gurion Airport Because Of My Beliefs

Then he told me that on my last trip to Israel I had participated in a protest, which is true. He asked where it occurred and I answered “Hebron.” He asked its purpose and I answered that we were protesting the fact that Palestinians in Hebron and across the West Bank lack basic rights. (I wrote about the protest at the time). He asked how I had become involved in the protest and I mentioned The Center for Jewish Nonviolence. He asked if the Center had incited violence, and I replied that, as its name suggests, it practices non-violence. My interrogator then replied that names could be misleading. The government of North Korea, he observed, calls itself a democracy but is not. I told him I didn’t think the Center for Jewish Nonviolence and the North Korean government have much in common.

09.08.2018 - 16:45 [ Yonhap ]

Defense ministry sends two controversial DSC officials back to Army base

The defense ministry on Thursday returned two controversial senior members of the scandal-ridden military intelligence command to their original Army base, in a disciplinary step aimed at reforming the unit long dogged by allegations of political interference.

The return of Maj. Gen. So Gang-won and Brigadier Gen. Gi Woo-jin is in line with President Moon Jae-in’s order to send all Defense Security Command (DSC) members suspected of any illegal activities back to their original bases.

25.07.2018 - 15:24 [ Yonhap ]

S. Korea eyes early war-ending declaration: minister

Speaking to lawmakers at the National Assembly, she said the U.N. General Assembly session, to be held in New York in September, can be a chance for the ceremony but added that no specific moves have yet been made.

If realized, it would be a „political declaration“ aimed at facilitating the denuclearization of Korea, Kang said.

05.07.2018 - 19:49 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent.com ]

How a Group of Jewish Terrorists Ended Up in Israel’s Halls of Power

A new documentary series about the Jewish Underground charts the movement’s terrorist activities in the 1980s and the influence its members now exert on modern politics. Director Shai Gal hopes his show serves as a wake-up call

25.06.2018 - 09:06 [ Malay Mail ]

No Malaysia Baru if only Malay Opposition left, analyst warns

“In the last election, PAS won by invoking the race and religious card, so they will be consistent on that narrative. Umno’s (stance), however, depends on who is going to win the party elections.

Hopefully, it will be Khairy who is more inclusive and willing to open the party to other races,” Faisal said.

“That should be the way forward, although we are heading towards Malaysia Baru and hopefully, racial- and religious-based politics will be moderated. That doesn’t mean these two types of politics will be wiped out. They will still be key features in Malaysian politics.

12.06.2018 - 14:48 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

Promote complete denuclearization of Korean Peninsula with further efforts

Is the result of this summit reliable? Since there is no expression such as „complete,“ „verifiable“ or „irreversible denuclearization“ in the joint statement, some people from the US and South Korea may think the declaration is „not thorough enough“ and still doubt whether North Korea would eventually abandon its nuclear program. But the correct response should be promoting the thorough implementation of the agreement through continuous efforts.

Did anyone dare to believe that such a summit can actually take place half a year ago? A certain force is pushing such seemingly impossible things toward becoming possible.

This force is the new logic of international politics in the 21st century.

24.05.2018 - 19:52 [ Daily Beast ]

John Bolton’s Wrecking Ball Takes Down North Korea Summit

There’s a clear line here: Bolton’s Libya talk sets expectations for Trump, who slips up and threatens North Korea with regime change, which leads to Pence defending Trump, which leads to North Korea lashing out, which leads to Trump canceling the summit. The dysfunction within this administration in the lead-up to this meeting ultimately brought the summit crashing down.

The North Koreans, in the meantime, have kept their position static and have been more than willing to communicate what they were willing to offer up; not once did any authoritative North Korean statement indicate any interest in denuclearization as the White House imagined it.

21.05.2018 - 16:32 [ Donald Trump, Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!

21.05.2018 - 14:22 [ James Petras / GlobalResearch.ca ]

An Empire Built on Fear at Home and Abroad. War Fever is Everywhere

Political leaders and the mass media deluge the public with a constant stream of frightening incidents caused by the enemy-of-the-week: nerve gas killing dozens of little babies in Syria, Russian-directed poison assassination attempts in England and terror incidents throughout Europe, requiring an increase in domestic police state surveillance and spying. Extensively monitored bank records, intrusive workplace controls, and all personal and, especially, political communications, are in the hands of state security officials or corporate security contractors.

Hundreds of prosecuting attorneys look forward to career-enhancing investigations in perpetuity, tracking the complex networks of extended personal and family links, including long forgotten acquaintances and the contents of casual conversations. Everyone may be subject to interrogations without warrant or explanation. And the ‘media’ cheers on the process.

Political trials and convictions in court and the media are rampant. Social, work-place and academic self censorship and blacklisting of dissident voices have become pervasive and accepted.

Elections and appointments are rigged by corporate and special interests to favor the most bellicose ideologues who manufacture the pretexts for war.

Political intimidation, trade wars and sanctions run amok .

20.05.2018 - 10:14 [ New York Times ]

Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation

(16.5.2017) The F.B.I.’s thinking crystallized by mid-August, after the C.I.A. director at the time, John O. Brennan, shared intelligence with Mr. Comey showing that the Russian government was behind an attack on the 2016 presidential election. Intelligence agencies began collaborating to investigate that operation. The Crossfire Hurricane team was part of that group but largely operated independently, three officials said.

11.05.2018 - 15:42 [ Bradley Burston / Haaretz ]

Dumping Iran Deal May Well Spur Regime Change. But It Could Be Trump’s Regime. Or Bibi’s

Here are two former salesmen backed by the same casino mogul, gambling their entire legacies and careers on one spin of an untested roulette wheel. Here are two men betting against the house, wagering that by bucking the entire world, they can land a jackpot as big as it gets: in one stroke, toppling the rulers of Iran, ruining and obliterating the hated memory of Barack Obama, and, most importantly, proving their detractors entirely and diametrically wrong.

Two men, that is, trying their best not to count the large number of roulette slots reading „War,“ „World Economic Crisis,“ and „Domestic Political Backlash.“

What happens, that is, if the bet goes south?

26.04.2018 - 11:04 [ Arutz Sheva 7 ]

Lapid wears a kippah and demonstrates in Berlin

„I came to Berlin as part of our concerted effort to get the EU to define Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and to stop the money earmarked for terror. The moment I heard that the head of the community here told Jews not to walk around with a kippah in the streets because of anti-Semitism, I went and bought the biggest kippah I could find in Berlin. I wore it and came to a demonstration against anti-Semitism with hundreds of Jews and non-Jews who all wore a kippah and told anti-Semites, ‚You will fear us, we will not fear you,'“ Lapid said.

09.04.2018 - 13:54 [ Conversation ]

German politicians invest in opera when seeking re-election – here’s why

(4.April) Sociologically speaking, highbrow culture consumers are what we call “high-multiplier” voters. Theatre and opera visitors are more likely to be consummate “political animals” themselves. Compared to other demographics, they are particularly likely to turn out to vote and to otherwise actively participate in politics.