Posts Tagged ‘Trump’

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Trump and allies approach World War III in Syria, on literally no evidence

What she found there was a chemical laboratory. Here is some of what she wrote, not quite a month before the Army of Islam’s final rout:

The chemical facility lies only a few dozen meters away from the current military frontline and was liberated as recently as Monday. [This would have been March 12.] The lab is surrounded by farmlands — the last place one would expect to find this stash. I see fields of wheat, green peas, beans and chickpeas scattered liberally in a conflict area Western media dubs a “starvation siege.” The building itself is shell-pocked and littered with debris, like so many of the structures I pass in Shifouniyeh and other towns in Eastern Ghouta where war rages.

But the sight inside is astounding. Upper rooms packed with electronic hardware, basements outfitted with large boilers, shelves filled with chemical substances, corners heaving with blue and black canisters (reportedly containing chlorine), chemistry charts, books, beakers, vials, test tubes and all the paraphernalia familiar to the average student of science. And then, in several corners, piles of pipe-shaped projectiles — clear munitions of some sort.

There’s one real standout in an upper room of the facility. It’s a newish looking piece of equipment with “Hill-Rom Medaes Medplus Air Plant” written on its front. A cursory Google search pulls up several interesting facts immediately — the machine is some kind of air or gas compressor, it’s a US-manufactured product, and Saudi Arabia put out tenders for this device in 2015.

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This is how the world ends.

Top Intel Official: We’re About To Go On Offense In Cyberwar With Russia

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501 Days in Swampland

More than at any time in history, the president of the United States is actively using the power and prestige of his office to line his own pockets: landing loans for his businesses, steering wealthy buyers to his condos, securing cheap foreign labor for his resorts, preserving federal subsidies for his housing projects, easing regulations on his golf courses, licensing his name to overseas projects, even peddling coffee mugs and shot glasses bearing the presidential seal. For Trump, whose business revolves around the marketability of his name, there has proved to be no public policy too big, and no private opportunity too crass, to exploit for personal profit.

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Your evil empire in action…

Trump’s Publisher Pal Puts Saudi Propaganda Magazine in U.S. Supermarkets

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Anne Frank Centre warns of ‘alarming parallels’ between Trump’s America and Hitler’s Germany

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Trump’s Carnival of Corruption

As Richard Painter, President George W. Bush’s ethics chief put it on Twitter about Conway: “In any other White House, a single major ethics violation would result in dismissal. This is her third, and all three within the same year. She needs to go.”

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The latest fascist scapegoat from the extreme-right playbook…

President Trump regularly makes statements indicating he would like to emulate policies of China, the Philippines, and Singapore by executing drug sellers, according to a report by Axios.

Given Trump’s embrace of the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte, who has overseen a large-scale campaign of state-sanctioned murder, it’s no surprise that Trump is saying he wants to execute drug sellers. But executions are not only barbaric and illegal under international law—they also don’t work.

It’s appalling and shameful that in the midst of a major overdose crisis, Trump continues to ignore proven policies that save lives, and instead seeks to emulate the behavior of killers. 

Tell Congress it’s time to embrace evidence-based policies and to resist any attempts to escalate the failed war on drugs.