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american-civil-war USA 

America’s cultural civil war

Trump’s response was indeed inadequate. Much more worrying, though, was what actually happened. For this was not, as widely portrayed, a clash between fascists and anti-fascists. It was between two groups each of which perpetrate hatred and intolerance, stand against freedom and seek to impose their views of society and human nature by force. As US president, he inescapably delineates the contours of what is socially acceptable and what is beyond the pale. He should therefore have specifically denounced white supremacism as having no place in American society. At the…

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apocalypse USA 

Violent left-wingers are the alt-right’s useful idiots

President Trump has been on the defensive over his remarks about the disturbances in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the weekend. Clashes between fascist types and their opponents over the city’s removal of confederate monuments turned deadly when a presumed white supremacist drove a car into the counter-demonstrators, killing one person and injuring many others. In response, Trump condemned the “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides”. His failure until yesterday to single out the white supremacists for censure has provoked a storm of criticism, not least from Republicans. Trump’s response was…

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charlottesville-fascists USA 

Trump was wrong, but America is being torn between twin evils

What happened yesterday in Charlottesville, Virginia was dreadful and frightening on several levels. The first shocking thing was just the very sight of neo-Nazis and white supremacists openly parading with swastika flags, demonstrating their bigoted, hateful and violent ideology. The next horrible thing was the violence that broke out between the neo-Nazis and counter-demonstrators. It’s unclear who started it, but there is evidence that at least some of it was unprovoked on both sides. There was then a shocking car-ramming terrorist attack against anti-Nazi demonstrators which killed one person and…

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king-and-queen-of-hearts USA 

Verdict first, evidence to follow?

Alan Dershowitz is a prominent legal scholar and former Harvard professor of law renowned for his notable defence of both the State of Israel and OJ Simpson. He is also a long-standing supporter of the Democratic party. His views have been firmly situated on the liberal side of politics. Now that side has turned viciously upon him. As he explains here, he had expressed grave reservations about the decision by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to empanel a 23-strong grand jury in the District of Columbia in his probe into possible…

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jackie-walker Britain USA 

Lionising the fringe elements

What happens to someone if they’re lynched? They’re set upon by a bunch of thugs and and murdered. Do you think someone who’s been lynched will then turn up on stage in their own show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe? No, neither do I. Well here’s a strange thing then. Jackie Walker, who should have been thrown out of the Labour Party over vile remarks about Israel and the Jews but wasn’t thrown out after all, has been appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe in a one-woman show called The Lynching,…

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General Joseph L. Votel, U.S. Central Command Commander, meets members of the Lebanese Armed Forces during his visit to the Amchit military base August 23, 2016 USA 

Has Trump been suckered into empowering Iran?

There was always a terrible risk that in prioritising the defeat of Isis the US would end up empowering Iran – whose proxy, Syria’s President Assad, is an Isis foe. This is precisely what Israel is concerned has now happened in Syria, where the Israelis fear Iran is now establishing a beachhead. They also fear that Iran is building an arms factories in southern Lebanon, a country controlled by Iran’s proxy Hezbollah. This is why Israel opposed the Syrian ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia which perpetuates Iran’s military…

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742px-the_ambush_of_captain_allan_mciane USA 

How to stop the never-ending ambush

Go onto the offensive, Victor Davis Hanson urges the Republicans. He writes: “For eight months, progressives have swarmed the media and our politics with false charges of Russian collusion, aimed at delegitimizing both a president and his conservative agenda. “In a logical world in which Republicans enjoy monopolies on political power, they would have dispensed with the progressive strategy of emasculating the Trump administration through endlessly hyped fake news accounts of quid pro quo Russia-Trump subversion. And they would have done so by themselves taking the offensive. “Endlessly refuting each week’s…

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joshua-and-amalekites Israel USA 

An open letter to Jared Kushner

Dear Jared Kushner, I have been reading the remarks you made to a group of congressional interns about the difficulties of finding a solution to the Middle East conflict. Among other things, you said this: “We’re thinking about what the right end-state is, and we’re trying to work with the parties very quietly to see if there’s a solution. And there may be no solution, but it’s one of the problem sets that the president asked us to focus on. So we’re going to focus on it and try to…

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john-bolton USA 

Draft John Bolton now!

According to the Washington Examiner, President Trump is thinking of sending the National Security Adviser Gen. HR McMaster to Afghanistan to command US forces there and would replace him as National Security Adviser by the CIA Director Mike Pompeo. There’s an obvious and outstanding candidate for the role of National Security Adviser, and that’s John Bolton. Bolton, formerly US ambassador to the UN, is unrivalled in his hard-headed ability to analyse the threats to America and in the clear-sighted and courageous conclusions that he draws. Why in heaven’s name doesn’t…

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swamp USA 

The most lethal crocodile in the swamp

It is blindingly obvious that, ever since Donald J Trump was elected President of the United States, a sustained attempt has been made to delegitimise him and force him out of office. We have now witnessed six months of unremitting attack upon the President, principally centred around the claim that he formed improper relations with Russia in order to skew the election in his favour. Not only has no evidence whatsoever been produced of any such collusion, but there has been instead evidence of serial wrongdoing by unnamed actors in…

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