Trump’s diplomatic style is best described as “stepping into it.” That & the curtsey.
As for that magic orb thing: already libertarians are talking about a seance with Lucifer & the Illuminati which should stand Trump in good stead with the pope. It was actually a ritual to open a gigantic electronic surveillance center in Saudi Arabia which does not stand the assembled misleaders at that summit in good stead with the aspirations of ‘their peoples.’
(Photo is Sisi, Salman, & Trumps
Ex-CIA head John Brennan testified to Congress that he does what he does because, “in the Cliff Note version”, he loves his country.
What he did, as head of the CIA, is coordinate thousands of agents to spy, assassinate, drone bomb civilians, operate torture centers, foment discord between groups, including religious denominations, & maximize human discord & suffering. For love of country, my ass!
When asked about the Manchester bombing, Jackie Speier, a Democratic congresswoman from California, talked about the alienation of Muslim youth. Paul Ryan said he spoke for all of Congress in condemning “Islamic terrorism.” That’s before British police have finished investigating who the bomber was & what motivated him. It’s called Islamophobia.
The bomber is being denounced for targeting children. That is condemnable, just like it is in Gaza & Kashmir.
Palestinian protesters are carrying an injured mate away from a protest to support political prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons. The protest near the Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah was of course attacked by Israeli soldiers.
This is what was going on whilst Mahmoud Abbas was welcoming Trump to the West Bank town of Bethlehem. As Trump’s motorcade crossed through the Israeli checkpoint at Bethlehem, he was guarded by Palestinian police under Abbas’ control & greeted with his face on a billboard saying “The city of peace welcomes the man of peace.” How low can Abbas go?
Why weren’t Palestinian police sent to protect Palestinian protesters from attack? Why is Abbas groveling to Trump whilst the US bankrolls the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, & East Jerusalem, the carpet bombing of Gaza, & subsidizes Zionist settlers from the US who move & resettle in the West Bank?
Support Palestinian self-determination by honoring & building the economic & cultural boycott of Israel (BDS). Buy nothing with a barcode beginning with 729 & check every label on every product.
(Photo by Mohamad Torokman/Reuters)
Manchester is more documentation of how much safer the war on terror (so-called) has made the world. Military forces now patrol major cities, several countries are under bombing siege in wars that have gone on for decades, surveillance extends to our email & social media accounts, screening devices are in airports, schools, public venues, & we’re uneasily joking about the CIA or FBI watching us from out computer screens & TVs.
The war on terror is a war of terror. Islamophobia combined with racism toward Arabs is the propaganda that justifies it.
The suicide bomb attack in Manchester was a monstrous act which only a deranged mind could believe would serve to even the score for victims of Britain’s war crimes. It will only make things worse for millions of people & serve to justify the Islamophobic rampage political leaders are whipping up.
Theresa May, waxing hypocritical, said the suicide bomb was a “callous attack carried out with cold calculation” to cause “maximum carnage” & Betty Windsor condemned the “act of barbarity.” Exactly what Afghans, Syrians, Iraqis, Yemenis, Libyans, not to mention Bahrainis, have been saying for decades about British bombing of civilians in their countries.
Media immediately assumed the suicide bomber was a Muslim or Arab & brought on experts (so-called) to denounce “jihadi extremism.” The campaign to end individual acts of terrorism begins with demanding the end of militarism & the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all foreign military forces from the Middle East, Africa, & South Asia. No to war. No to occupation.
Our heartfelt condolences to the injured & to the families of those killed so barbarically in Manchester. May the victims Rest In Peace.
Trump’s budget proposal goes to Congress tomorrow: $1.7 billion slashed from social programs over next 10 years. Neoliberal scorched earth economics coming home to roost.
Medicaid will be cut $800 billion; disability benefits, food stamps, children’s health benefits, federal pensions will be slashed by unspecified billions. Medicare is not directly assaulted but seniors will be directly affected.
It may be time for our own Arab Spring.
Brilliant piece of work by 17-year-old Palestinian artist Malak Mattar who lives in Gaza, called the world’s largest open air prison.