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Al Jazeera EnglishVerified account @AJEnglish 16h16 hours ago

 

Mexicans are set to vote today in the country's biggest elections http://aje.io/jb7uw

"Millions of voters have headed to the polls in Mexico, in what is being billed as the largest election in the country's history. 

More than 3,400 posts are up for grabs on Sunday, including the presidency and all the seats in the two houses of Congress.....

Three issues have defined the landmark race: security, corruption and poverty. .......

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/mexico-elections-expect-180630154552690.html

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1 hour ago, mr6666 said:

Rudy Giuliani calls for Iran regime change at rally linked to extreme group

Trump lawyer speaks at Paris event staged by MeK, once listed as terrorist organisation and widely seen as a personality cult

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/30/rudy-giuliani-mek-iran-paris-rally?CMP=share_btn_tw

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And maybe Giuliani wants to bring back the Shah.

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1 hour ago, mr6666 said:

Al Jazeera EnglishVerified account @AJEnglish 16h16 hours ago

 

Mexicans are set to vote today in the country's biggest elections http://aje.io/jb7uw

"Millions of voters have headed to the polls in Mexico, in what is being billed as the largest election in the country's history. 

More than 3,400 posts are up for grabs on Sunday, including the presidency and all the seats in the two houses of Congress.....

Three issues have defined the landmark race: security, corruption and poverty. .......

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/mexico-elections-expect-180630154552690.html

 

What, no Russian involvement?

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Leftist Manuel López Obrador Poised For Landslide In Mexico's Presidential Vote

Leftist Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador — who campaigned partly on a platform of standing up to President Trump — appeared the victor in Sunday's polling following a concessions by his two main rivals. ......

The New York Times writes that the outcome of Sunday's election "represents a clear rejection of the status quo in the nation, which for the last quarter century has been defined by a centrist vision and an embrace of globalization that many Mexicans feel has not served them." ...

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/02/625227698/leftist-manuel-l-pez-obrador-poised-for-landslide-in-mexicos-presidential-vote

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"...,. López Obrador traveled through the U.S. after Trump was elected to advocate for Mexican immigrants living in the states and even published a book called "Oye, Trump" ("Listen Up, Trump") that condemns Trump’s plans to build a border wall and “his attempts to persecute migrant workers.” ...

López Obrador “answers to his domestic constituencies, especially as many feel that Peña Nieto has been like Trump’s doormat,” ..........

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/01/mexico-election-trump-populist-lopez-obrador-664243

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As the North Korean deal crumbles, Donald Trump’s foreign policy looks worse than ever

After getting hosed by Kim Jong Un in Singapore, Trump does Putin’s bidding ahead of their Helsinki summit

 

.... it appears that Kim sized up Trump as an inexperienced and uninformed buffoon who would allow him to carry on his nuclear program and simply tell the public that it wasn't happening rather than admit that his "deal" was a sham. (He didn't actually have to meet him to know that: After all, Trump is one of the only people in history who went bankrupt running casinos.) And that is exactly what's happening. ....

more than a dozen intelligence sources confirmed to them that "North Korea has increased its production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months — and that Kim Jong Un may try to hide those facilities as he seeks more concessions in nuclear talks with the Trump administration." .....

The Bartiromo interview also featured more of Trump's Euro-bashing, which seems to be ratcheting up in advance of the upcoming NATO meeting and his summit with Putin in Helsinki. .....

(Jphn Bolton) confirmed that Trump is seriously thinking of recognizing Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea. He did this in an especially weird way: .....

Trump responds positively to flattery from anyone but gives away the store to strongmen and treats allies like dirt. ............

Trump is also considering a unilateral withdrawal from the World Trade Organization. He's had draft legislation drawn up called the "United States Fair and Reciprocal Tariff Act," which "provides Trump a license to raise U.S. tariffs at will, without congressional consent and international rules be damned." ....

https://www.salon.com/2018/07/02/as-the-north-korean-deal-crumbles-donald-trumps-foreign-policy-looks-worse-than-ever/

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Not surprising that Trump would try to deal with other countries the same way he did contractors and view them as punching bags.

The Daily Chase: White House accuses Canada of 'escalating' tariff war

Noah Zivitz

The White House is accusing this country of “escalating” the cross-border tariff war after Canada’s retaliatory measures on $16.6 billion worth of American goods took effect over the weekend. “We’ve been very nice to Canada for many years and they’ve taken advantage of that,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in her daily briefing yesterday, while reiterating U.S. President Donald Trump recently suggested the two countries abandon all tariffs and trade barriers. “Escalating tariffs against the United States does nothing to help Canada.” That warning forces us to consider what the Americans’ next move will be. One thing is clear: Trump views auto tariffs as a sledgehammer. “That’s the big one,” he said in an interview with Fox on Sunday.

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“Catastrophic”: George Will predicts dire consequences for Trump-Putin summit

Look to how Trump only propped up North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, conservative columnist George Will argues

".... The most dangerous moment of the Trump presidency will arrive when he, who is constantly gnawed by insecurities and the fear of not seeming what he is not (“strong”), realizes how weak and childish he seems to all who cast a cool eye on Singapore’s aftermath. The danger is of him lashing out in wounded vanity.

Meanwhile, this innocent abroad is strutting toward a meeting with the cold-eyed Russian who is continuing to dismantle one of Europe’s largest nations, Ukraine. He is probably looking ahead to ratcheting up pressure on one of three small nations, Lithuania, Latvia or Estonia, each a member of the NATO alliance that, for the first time in its 69 years, is dealing with a U.S. president who evinces no admiration for what it has accomplished

or any understanding of its revived importance as the hard man in Moscow, who can sniff softness, relishes what Singapore revealed. ..."

https://www.salon.com/2018/07/05/catastrophic-george-will-predicts-dire-consequences-for-trump-putin-summit/

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Trump VS NATO............

Dan ShapiroVerified account @DanielBShapiro 23h23 hours ago

 

 Perhaps most damaging is that his rhetoric is building up hostility to NATO among his supporters. It's a huge breach in the consensus American support for the alliance that has undergirded Western security for 70 years, and it won't disappear when Trump does.

What's more, his passionate desire for friendship with Putin is emboldening Russia & risks doing further damage to European security. If he recognizes Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea, if he seeks to tone down sanctions on Russia over its aggression vs Ukraine, watch out.

If we get there, the implications are innumerable & terrifying: Russia pawing at Baltics &other E & C European states; breakdown of joint defense structures; withdrawal of US troops from Euro bases; less restrained German foreign policy; weaker US power projection to Eurasia.

  President doesn't know the history or strategy, doesn't listen to experts, personalizes everything & makes it transactional, & loves the drama of the outrageous move that dominates cable TV coverage. For him, pulling out of NATO is all gain, no cost.  
 
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1 hour ago, mr6666 said:

Trump VS NATO............

  President doesn't know the history or strategy, doesn't listen to experts, personalizes everything & makes it transactional, & loves the drama of the outrageous move that dominates cable TV coverage. For him, pulling out of NATO is all gain, no cost.  

 
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This is the true problem with Trump.  He is stupid and he refuses to surround himself with intelligent people or to listen to the few that slipped through the cracks.

He is the dumbest, worst president in US history.  He may well be the dumbest world leader int he 20th and 21st centuries.

The real tragedy for America and the world is the Republicans in office and the people in general who continue to support him.  God Save America.

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“Dear America, appreciate your allies,” European Council President Donald Tusk said Tuesday. “After all, you don’t have that many.” 

 

He also shared a similar sentiment in Trump’s favorite forum, Twitter:

Dear @realDonaldTrump. US doesn’t have and won’t have a better ally than EU. We spend on defense much more than Russia and as much as China. I hope you have no doubt this is an investment in our security, which cannot be said with confidence about Russian & Chinese spending ?

— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) July 10, 2018

Trump has slammed Europe on trade and criticized NATO partners for not paying enough for defense, targeting both Tuesday in a tweetstorm: 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-tusk-donald-trump-eu-nato_us_5b457fcae4b0c523e263ee99?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

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Fox News Politics Editor: Trump Will ‘**** All Over Everything’ In Europe

Chris Stirewalt said Trump will realign the United States with Russia instead of Europe.

 

Stirewalt told anchor Shannon Bream that Republicans in the U.S. Senate “will not stop Donald Trump from undermining NATO” nor will they be able to prevent the president “from realigning U.S. foreign policy to be more favorable towards Russia.”

“He is going to do it,” Stirewalt predicted.

 

In comments posted on Mediaite, he said: 

“And the Republicans who say, ‘Well, we have a broad foreign policy apparatus and we forced him to impose these sanctions, and we forced him to do these things.’ He’s going to fly into Brussels like a seagull. He is going to **** all over everything, squawk and fly away is what he’s going to do in Brussels. And the Europeans are going to continue to say to each other, ‘We don’t have a reliable partner in the U.S. government right now.’”

 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fox-news-chris-stirewalt-trump-****-europe_us_5b4587d7e4b07aea75454510

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'Why Germany?' Trump's strange fixation vexes experts

Trump's tirade at the NATO summit spotlights his growing anger towards one of America's closest longtime allies.

"..... it's impossible to mask the growing divide, one that Merkel herself may signaled days after the 2016 election with a pointed statement promising to work with Trump on the basis of “common values,” including “democracy, freedom, as well as respect for the rule of law and the dignity of each and every person, regardless of their origin, skin color.”

One theory about why Trump is willing to knife Merkel is linked to the fact that the German chancellor was one of Obama's favorite foreign leaders.

"Trump has made clear his distaste for anything that Obama did, and one of the things he did was he worked very closely with Angela Merkel," Smith said. "Perhaps part of Merkel's problem with Trump is that he associates her with his predecessor."

Smith also touched on a more sensitive theory: “Maybe there's some issue with her as a strong female leader. We don't know.”

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/11/trump-germany-russia-merkel-714066

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I would put forward the theory that Donny doesn't like Merkel because he is

insecure in knowing that she is more intelligent than he is, but that would

apply to most of the other European leaders too. 

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I doubt anyone with a brain would call her an open border globalist. Better

check under the bed tonight, there may be a NWO bogey man there.

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JGreen, M.P.A. @jgreenSTPA 12h12 hours ago

 
 

German official tells CNN, press conference was “frightening”

& Germans (for the first time since 1948) see the need for a strategy that treats the US as an adversary.

“ I served in Germany for years in the Army during the Cold War.

As a Veteran this feels like a slap in the face.

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World Wonders What Trump Has On United States That’s Forcing Nation To Keep Him In Power

"...... “There’s no way a truly proud and free nation would put up with this if Trump weren’t blackmailing them with something really, really bad—something so unspeakably heinous that it would destroy their country if anyone found out. Otherwise, why wouldn’t they nail this **** to a burning outhouse?”

At press time, the world was experiencing a sinking feeling that Trump may have compromising information on them as well. :

https://politics.theonion.com/world-wonders-what-trump-has-on-united-states-that-s-fo-1827666980?utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=SF&utm_source=Facebook&utm_content=Pol

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VoteVetsVerified account @votevets 7h7 hours ago

 

Donald Trump says it bothers him that under NATO Article 5, we would act militarily, if Montenegro is attacked.

Montenegro never had such qualms about doing that, when we were attacked.

And, in fact, almost 17 years later, they are STILL there, for us, and looking to do more!

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Entering a 1984 world, Trump-style-

Or implementing the Sino-Russian blueprint for a tripolar world order

"...Vladimir Putin and Hu Jintao, would,.... continue to build on that 1997 foundational document, issuing their own blueprint for a tripolar world in 2005.

Following a Kremlin meeting that July, the two would sign an updated “Joint Statement of the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation Regarding the International Order of the 21st Century.”  It was even more emphatic in its commitment to a world in which the United States would be obliged to negotiate on equal terms with Moscow and Beijing, stating:

“The international community should thoroughly renounce the mentality of confrontation and alignment, should not pursue the right to monopolize or dominate world affairs, and should not divide countries into a leading camp and a subordinate camp . . . World affairs should be decided through dialogue and consultation on a multilateral and collective basis.”

The principal aim of such a strategy was, and continues to be, to demolish a U.S.-dominated world — especially one in which that dominance was ensured by American reliance on its European allies and NATO.......

Trump’s world reflects that Sino-Russian plan

Although there’s no evidence that Donald Trump ever even knew about the Sino-Russian blueprint for establishing a tripolar global order, everything he’s done as president has had the affect of facilitating that world-altering project. This was stunningly evident at the recent Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki, where he repeatedly spoke of his desire to cooperate with Moscow in solving global problems.

“The disagreements between our two countries are well known and President Putin and I discussed them at length today,” he said at the press conference that followed their private conversation. “But if we’re going to solve many of the problems facing our world, then we’re going to have to find ways to cooperate in pursuit of shared interests.”.......

, this is, of course, the gist of the Sino-Russian tripolar model as embraced and embellished by Donald Trump.

It envisions a world of constant military and economic contention among three regional power centers, generating crises of various sorts, but not outright war. It assumes that the leaders of those three centers will cooperate on matters affecting them all, such as terrorism, and negotiate as necessary to prevent minor skirmishes from erupting into major battles. .......

One thing we can be reasonably sure of, however, regarding such a system is that smaller, weaker states, and minority peoples everywhere will be given even shorter shrift than at present when caught in any competitive jousting for influence among the three main competitors (and their proxies).

This is the crucial lesson to be drawn from the grim fighting still ongoing in Syria and eastern Ukraine: you are only worth something as long as you do the bidding of your superpower patron.  When your utility is exhausted — or you’re unfortunate enough to be trapped in a zone of contention — your life is worth nothing. No lasting peace is attainable in such an environment and so, just as in Orwell’s "1984," war — or preparing for war — will be a perpetual condition of life. "

https://www.salon.com/2018/07/26/entering-a-1984-world-trump-style_partner/

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1 hour ago, mr6666 said:

This is the crucial lesson to be drawn from the grim fighting still ongoing in Syria and eastern Ukraine: you are only worth something as long as you do the bidding of your superpower patron.  When your utility is exhausted — or you’re unfortunate enough to be trapped in a zone of contention — your life is worth nothing. No lasting peace is attainable in such an environment and so, just as in Orwell’s "1984," war — or preparing for war — will be a perpetual condition of life.

Isn't the above the basis of US foreign policy since WWII? 

 

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