Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Interview With Chomsky On Post RNC-DNC Activism 10/05 by alexrafa1 | Politics

Interview With Chomsky On Post RNC-DNC Activism 10/05 by alexrafa1 | Politics: Now that the protests at the RNC & DNC are over, Professor Noam Chomsky talks with me about the so-called '2 Party System' and the current stage of Occupy in American activism, and the movement worldwide for revolutionary non-violence.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Dictator-wannabe Donald J. Trump and 13 of his “Favorite Authoritarians”




By Gary G. Kohls, MD – October 2, 2019 (1106 words)


Trump with Likud Party Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Aka, the Likud Party Half of the “US/Israeli Wannabe Authoritarian Tag-team”)

Israel’s influential center-left newspaper, Haaretz, commented recently on the Netanyahu/Trump relationship:

“The historically deep ties that bind the United States and Israel were profoundly damaged Thursday when the government of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu succumbed to pressure from the Trump Administration…’

“The ‘wannabe authoritarian tag-team’ (ie, ‘Trump and Netanyahu’) has committed a reckless, racist, contemptible act driven by stunningly short-sighted political calculations by barring [US House of Representatives members] Omar and Tlaib from visiting Israel. The action will have fateful repercussions…”

It is instructive to recall that in the 1995 campaign for Israeli Prime Minister, a number of violent hate-group protests were organized by Netanyahu’s Likud Party which caused serious divisions in the state of Israel – quite similar to the divisions that have occurred in the US since the campaign for president by Donald Trump.

The hateful rhetoric coming from right-wing Likud party led to the assassination of the left-wing, peace, justice and reconciliation candidate Yitzhak Rabin, who pledged during his campaign to adhere to the Oslo Peace Accords – which the Likud Party ultimately succeeded in killing.


The Rabin assassination took place when a far right-wing Jewish student with a semi-automatic pistol murdered Rabin, managing to fire 3 shots before he was subdued by bodyguards.

During the hate-filled anti-peace process campaign that was largely orchestrated by Netanyahu’s party, there were many totally unjustified campaign depictions of Rabin in a Nazi SS uniform, with some placards showing Rabin in the crosshairs of a gun. 

Pro-Likud protesters also compared Rabin’s Labor party to the Nazis and Rabin to Adolf Hitler. Chants "Rabin is a murderer" and "Rabin is a traitor" were also common. In July 1995,

Netanyahu even led a mock funeral procession featuring a coffin and a hangman's noose at a rally where protesters chanted, "Death to Rabin".

The shameful anti-Rabin character assassination campaign ultimately came to its successful conclusion – physical assassination – a few months later, in early November 1995.

US President Donald Trump, who has never read history books, is therefore justifiably labeled as being historically-illiterate and likely has no knowledge of the USS Liberty scandal or the Likud/Netanyahu role in the assassination of Rabin, also is likely unaware of the historical backgrounds of nation-states like Egypt, whose current leader is Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, who became dictator after a violent coup against the first and only democratically-elected president in the history of Egypt. Trump once called Al Sisi “my favorite dictator”.

Trump with Egyptian Military Dictator Abdel Fattah Al Sisi (Trump’s “Favorite Dictator”)

Other authoritarian leaders that the similarly authoritarian Trump has proudly been photographed with include (see the photos further below):

1. Saudi Arabia: an oppressive (anti-democracy) “kingdom” and its most recent authoritarian ruler, Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud (aka “Butcher of Yemen”), who has taken responsibility for the brutal murder and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi;
2. Russia: from the oppressive Tsars to the anti-tsarist communist revolution of Lenin and the oppressive Stalin to the authoritarian capitalist Vladimir Putin; 
3. China: from the oppressive fascism of Chiang Kai-Shek to the oppressive, anti-fascist, communist revolution of Mao to the anti-democratic capitalist chairman Xi Jinping; 
4. North Korea: from the brutal occupation of Japan before and during WWII, the US-led Korean War through the communist revolution and the dictatorship of Kim Jung-Un and his father; 
5. The Philippines: from the oppressive Spanish colonization, through the oppressive occupation of the United States to client state status, independence and now to strong-arm President Roberto Duterte; 
6. Turkey: from the Ottoman Empire (which was destroyed during WWI), to support of the Nazis      during WWII, to the current authoritarian rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan; 
7. Brazil: from the oppressive rule of the Portuguese, through the series of Fascist Military Dictatorships (and their “death squads), to the massive exploitation of its mineral resources by multinational corporations to current President Jair Bolsenaro; 
8. India: from the fiefdoms, the oppressive rule of the British Empire to the non-violent revolution led by Gandhi, et al to the authoritarian presidency of President Narendra Modi.
 

Trump and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud

Trump and Russian “Dictator” Vladimir Putin

Trump and Chinese Communist Party Dictator Xi Jinping

Trump with North Korean Dictator Kim Jung-Un

Trump with Philippine Strong-arm President Roberto Duterte

Trump with Turkish Strong-arm President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Trump and Brazilian Strong-arm President Jair Bolsenaro


Trump with India’s Strong-arm President Narendra Modi



Russia’s Vladimir Putin, India’s Narendra Modi and China’s Xi Jinping

And while I’m showing disturbing photos of Trump and prominent authoritarians, here are a few more photos of Trump with some politically-prominent Fundamentalist Christian Dominionists (aka “Christian Reconstructionists” aka “The Family”). One of the movement’s hidden agendas is the gradual establishment of a theocratic government to replace American democracy! Seriously!

It is important for all US voters to watch NetFlix’s new series, titled “The Family” (or read the book by that name, both authored by Jeff Sharlet). Here is the link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7knN2TXQPzw.

Trump at this year’s annual “Family”-sponsored National Prayer Breakfast. (Photo from the Guardian’s important article, “The Family: Inside the sinister sect that has infected western democracy”,


Here is a definition of the theocratic Christian Reconstructionist movement that has been increasingly – and successfully - trying to gain control over the Republican Party for decades. The definition comes from Julie J. Ingersoll, the author of a new book on the subject, titled Building God's Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstruction.

“Christian Reconstructionists (believers in biblical inerrancy and male Christian supremacy, among other dogmas, including expanding the death penalty for sins mentioned in the Old Testament) are a small but influential group of conservative Christians who argue that biblical law as it is contained in the Old and New Testaments should be the basis of our modern legal system and the organizing mechanism regulating every aspect of human life. Most known for “dominionism,” they have had an important, but often hidden, influence in the culture, the agenda, and the framing of concerns of conservative American Protestantism.” – Julie J. Ingersoll

A recent Counterpunch article written by Karl  Grossman, Professor of American Studies at SUNY, does a good job of explaining the movement and the implications for the US and VP Mike Pence if Trump is removed from office. Read it at:  https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/30/a-theology-of-power-mike-pence-and-the-dominionists/.


Trump with Christian Dominionist Sarah Palin


Trump with Christian Dominionist Mike Pence


Trump with Christian Dominionist Betsy DeVos
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Dr Kohls is a retired family physician from Duluth, MN, USA. Since his retirement from his holistic mental health solo practice, he has been writing weekly columns for northeast Minnesota’s alternative newsweekly magazine, the Duluth Reader. His columns, which are widely re-published around the world, deal with a large variety of justice issues, including the dangers of American fascism (including religious fascism), conscienceless corporatism, militarism, racism, xenophobia, industrial pollution, climate geo-engineering/solar radiation management, the dangers of electromagnetic radiation, Big Copper Mining’s attempts at exploitation of northeast Minnesota’s water-rich environment, Big Medicine’s and Big Pharma’s over-charging, over-screening, over-diagnosing, over-drugging, and over-vaccination agendas, as well as other corporate global movements that threaten human health, the environment, democracy, civility and the sustainability of life on earth.  Many of his columns have been archived at a number of websites, including these four: http://duluthreader.com/search?search_term=Duty+to+Warn&p=2; http://www.globalresearch.ca/author/gary-g-kohls; http://freepress.org/geographic-scope/national; and https://www.transcend.org/tms/search/?q=gary+kohls+articles

Friday, September 13, 2019

NC Republican Dirty Tricks via Dennis Van Berwyn?


Rep. Deb Butler (D) and her Democratic colleagues protest an unexpected vote in the NC House to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the budget. 
The verdict is now plain. North Carolina’s Republican legislative leaders — not actually leaders, but connivers — are beyond shame.
In a stunning display of contempt for democracy, House Speaker Tim Moore, a Cleveland County Republican, called a surprise vote to overturn Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget just after a session opened at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Democratic lawmakers and the media had been told by Republican leaders that there would be no vote in the morning.
Most Democrats were absent. Enough Republicans, aware of the secret plan, were there. When Rep. Jason Saine, a Lincolnton Republican, made the motion to reconsider the state budget, the handful of Democrats on hand objected strenuously.
“This is a travesty of the process and you know it,” said Rep. Deb Butler, D-New Hanover.

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