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  1. Gezza

     /  June 5, 2018

    Naval Academy Graduate (no bone spurs), Navy Pilot, former Federal Prosecutor and mother of four – Mikie Sherrill is running to represent New Jersey’s 11th District in Congress to fight back against Donald Trump and to fight for America’s future.

    • MaureenW

       /  June 5, 2018

      Has anyone else noticed that the Democrats anti-Trump obsession is not winning for them? Reminds me of the Labour Party’s anti-Key platform that failed them for 3 terms.
      All well and good to be running for better causes, but making your focus anti-the sitting president is a losing formula. Will they never learn?

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 5, 2018

      Trump job approval continues edging up towards 45%. Progressives suicidal. NY placing mattresses around tall buildings:
      https://www.cbsnews.com/news/commentary-can-president-donald-trump-pardon-himself-yes/

      • Gezza

         /  June 5, 2018

        She was a 10, Al. Her approval rating’s going up too.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 5, 2018

          She has to represent a small urban Democratic electorate. Trump has to represent America.

          • Gezza

             /  June 5, 2018

            She could get the US Military vote Al?
            You should see her in a black T-Shirt & Jeans.
            Then picture him in the same. 😕

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  June 5, 2018

              The Dems have already got Hollywood. Why do they need another actress?

            • Gezza

               /  June 5, 2018

              The GOP already had a raft of bullshit artists why did they need the world heavyweight bullshit champion?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  June 5, 2018

              Because unlike the others he actually does what he promised?

            • Gezza

               /  June 5, 2018

              When did he promise to bullshit? I think he tries to get everyone to believe his lies are true.

              What’s his disapproval rating? I could look it up but you probably already know.

        • Gezza

           /  June 5, 2018

          Who’s got it in for US Navy pilots with no bone spurs? 😡

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  June 5, 2018

        Good luck with the fall-out from that self-pardoning lark, Al. The fact you’re even talking about it is a measure of how far America has fallen under trump

  2. Gezza

     /  June 5, 2018

    The Naksa: How Israel occupied the whole of Palestine in 1967
    Palestinians are marking 51 years since the 1967 occupation of their remaining lands this week.

    In a war with Egypt, Jordan and Syria, known as the 1967 War, or the June War, Israel delivered what came to be known as the “Naksa”, meaning setback or defeat, to the armies of the neighbouring Arab countries, and to the Palestinians who lost all what remained of their homeland.

    The Naksa was a continuation of a prior central event that paved the way for the 1967 war. Nineteen years earlier, in 1948, the state of Israel came into being in a violent process that entailed the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

    Zionist forces, in their mission to create a “Jewish state”, expelled some 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland and destroyed their villages in the process. Shortly after Israel declared statehood, units of the neighbouring Arab country armies came in to fight for the Palestinian nation.

    The 1948 war ended with Israeli forces controlling approximately 78 percent of historical Palestine. The remaining 22 percent fell under the administration of Egypt and Jordan.

    Why did the war break out?
    The narrative of the war is highly polarised, as is common for many events in the Arab-Israeli conflict. There exists, however, a series of events that undeniably led to the outbreak of the war.

    Firstly, there were frequent clashes on the Israeli-Syrian and Israeli-Jordanian armistice lines after the 1948 war. Thousands of Palestinian refugees tried to cross the border searching for relatives, attempting to return to their homes and to recover their lost possessions.

    Between 1949 to 1956, it is estimated that Israeli forces shot dead between 2,000 to 5,000 people who tried to cross.

    In 1953, Israel committed the most notorious reprisal massacre in the West Bank against the village of Qibya, where 45 houses were blown up and at least 69 Palestinians were killed.

    A few years later, the Suez Crisis took place in 1956. Israel, along with France and Britain, invaded Eygpt with the hope of toppling then President Gamal Abdel Nasser after he nationalised the Suez Canal Company. The company was a joint British-French enterprise which controlled and operated the strategic waterway.
    More …
    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/06/50-years-israeli-occupation-longest-modern-history-170604111317533.html

  3. Gezza

     /  June 5, 2018

    What do the Iranian people want?
    Faced with a false choice between authoritarianism and imperialism, the Iranian people reject both.
    by Seyed Yasser Jebraily

    Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear agreement and the reinstatement of sanctions has presented political activism in Iran with a dilemma – one with which all Middle Eastern peoples have grappled for decades. The Iranian people stand between domestic authoritarianism and Western imperialism and neither force has their interest in mind.

    The Islamic Republic’s insistence to continue its nuclear programme and its reluctance to discuss the issue for years has contributed to comprehensive sanctions being imposed under the Bush and Obama administrations. These sanctions – a predictable consequence of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear pursuits – crippled Iran’s economy as well as the lives of ordinary Iranians.

    Besides, it has produced a mafia-like economy driven by a bewildering “neither war nor peace” situation. This atmosphere of uncertainty has given an opportunity to parasitic individuals and institutions to engage in massive-scale corruption and plunder of the country’s resources.

    They have built a kleptocratic regime which lacks long-term economic vision and which retains a full monopoly over the country’s economy. Its policies are as detrimental to the economy as US sanctions are. Its network of brokerage firms exporting raw materials and importing goods and services are as damaging to local production as US sanctions are.

    Allocating all levers of the economy to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps has put pressure on Iranian workers and farmers, as much as US sanctions have. The structural adjustment programmes imposed by both reformists and hardliners of the Islamic Republic are no less responsible for the high inflation and unemployment than US sanctions are.

    Iran’s interventionist policies – in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq – as the “Big Brother” of the region are as much to blame for the impoverishment of the Iranian people, as US sanctions are. When some of the sanctions were lifted, however, it was not the ordinary Iranians who benefited. It was again the ruling elite reaping the benefits of the nuclear deal. Trump’s decision to re-impose the sanctions will not affect their profits. Iran’s ruling families will continue to syphon the country’s wealth into Western banks.

    And the Iranian people – they have no say in all this; the electoral ritual of choosing every four years “between the lesser of two evils” does not really give them a voice. They haven’t been asked whether they support the official slogans of “death to America” or the nuclear programme. But neither Trump nor the Iranian regime actually care about “the popular will” in Iran.
    More…
    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/iranian-people-nuclear-deal-180604101300453.html

    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 5, 2018

      It appears the Iranian people tacitly accept both doesn’t it?
      There have to be sanctions, as the alternative I assume is moving to aggression.
      Trump has peace in mind more than the “Iranian people”. Terrorist sympathisers with nukes are not conducive to international harmony and good will.
      The article is a bit chicken and egg – as if the sanctions happened in a vacuum and then the Iranians got all weird.
      Strange article without much point, other than whatever happens the ruling elites do OK.

      • Blazer

         /  June 5, 2018

        What has Iran got to do with the U.S anyway?

        • High Flying Duck

           /  June 5, 2018

          Enough that US sanctions make a difference. It’s an interconnected world these days…

          • Gezza

             /  June 5, 2018

            Yeah but it is a good question. Why should the US even be involved there? They don’t flaming own the world. Why not just let the beggars sort out their Middle East geopolitics in their own. Once they interfere & that place starts blowing up we end up with Muslims pouring out of Muslim countries into non-Muslim countries & look at the mess that creates.

  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  June 5, 2018

    Breaking news: Manafort’s toast just got… toasted for witness tampering.

    He’s already facing up to 305 years in prison if found guilty of all his crimes.

    Under 18 U.S.C. § 1512, he’ll face up to 20 years for each act of tampering on top of what he already faces. Frickin’ ouch.

    In court documents, prosecutors working for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, said that Mr. Manafort tried to contact witnesses by phone and through an encrypted messaging program.

    Prosecutors said that was a violation of Mr. Manafort’s release while he awaits trial. They asked a federal judge to revise the terms of his release or revoke it entirely, which would send him to jail until trial.

    An F.B.I. agent, Brock W. Domin, wrote in court documents that at least one witness reported Mr. Manafort’s contact and said that he appeared to be trying to coach their story about Mr. Manafort’s lobbying practices.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 5, 2018

      You’ll be really peeved when Trump pardons him, won’t you, Joe?

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 5, 2018

        So you have given up hoping Manafort will spill dirt on Trump in return for clemency so Mueller can convict him? Then Trump will be cleared and he will certainly pardon Manafort from Mueller’s spiteful manipulation.

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  June 5, 2018

          It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if trump pardons Manafort.

          Only last week Sarah Sanders that there is “no discussion or consideration” of presidential pardons for former aides Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn.

          And Jay Sekulow has already said in a statement that during his time representing trump he had never “had any discussions of pardons of any individual involved in this inquiry.”

          So bearing that smokescreen of denial in mind, there’s quite possibly a trumpy pardon already waiting for Manafort.

          The only problem there is that trump can only pardon for federal offenses, but some of Manafort’s financial crimes are also state crimes. So Manafort’s pardoning will almost certainly trigger action by NY state attorney general Eric schneiderman.

          And if Manafort were pardoned it would also mean that he wouldn’t be able to plead the Fifth if he were ever called to testify against trump.

          And of course, unlike the pardon of Arpaio, which was legally baseless and a despicable slap in the face to the rule of law, pardoning anyone who might have been a co-conspirator in misconduct involving trump himself would much more plausibly be impeachable.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  June 5, 2018

            The Dems favourite hitman, Eric Schneiderman went down in flames, Joe. You’ll need to find another superhero.
            https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-08/ny-attorney-general-schneiderman-resigns-after-abuse-accusations

            There won’t be any impeaching after the Republicans hold the Senate and possibly the House. After Mueller has done his damnedest Trumpy will scoff at his nonsense and pardon his victims.

            • Joe Bloggs

               /  June 6, 2018

              My bad. Of course it will be Barbara Underwood who’ll lead the NY State charge against Manafort.

              But there are so many dynamics: Manafort sitting in jail pre-trial is far more likely to flip on trump than Manafort lounging in his living room. But I also seem to recall trump abandoning Manafort, cutting him loose by tweet over the weekend just gone.

          • Gezza

             /  June 5, 2018

  5. Fox keeps laying it on thick for Trump.

    • Corky

       /  June 5, 2018

      I can’t disagree, Pete. I think he’s been exceptional. This is one time when I think a biased Fox News has it right.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 5, 2018

        Nobody could dispute he’s been exceptional and extraordinarily disruptive. But the progressives will have to face up to the fact that he has also been extraordinarily successful. I suspect they will have plenty of time to come around to that conclusion. Watching them suffer in the process is just icing on the cake.

  6. Blazer

     /  June 6, 2018

    a real Zionist excuse for…murder…’Israel says it was too smoky for the snipers to see what they were shooting at.’