1984 Fiction NYC; 1984 Drama DC

12 07 2017

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The new play 1984 is now on Broadway in NYC.

Written by George Orwell in 1949 it was fiction with the backdrop of WWII.

The new play now seems more present documentary in Republican Trumpee DC.

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G20 “Family Photo” – Trump Outcast

11 07 2017
The Chinese President Xi is right next to Angela Merkel with Russian President Putin next to him.   The American President Trump was last at the left end as far away from center stage as possible.    That’s when the new French President Macron, at the last minute, jumped from the second row where he had been positioned to Trump’s side where he instead became the last man standing rather than The Donald.
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Brazilian President Michel Temer, Chinese President Xi Jinping, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, U.S. President Donald Trump, European Council President Donald Tusk, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, Financial Stability Board President Mark Carney, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Saudi Arabia Minister of State Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, United Nations Secretary-general Antonio Guterres, Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc pose for a family photo at the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 7.

“America First” Indeed!

10 07 2017

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All the accusations against others: Russia doing this, and Syria this, and North Korea this…and in the recent past Iraq and Libya and Serbia…

But in every case it has really been the USA which has lead the way and is the far more culpable party:

Cyber “medling” – think NSA

Election “interference” plus Coups, Plots, “Regime Changes” – think CIA

Massive Weapons Proliferation – think US to Israel, Saudis, GCC

Nuclear Weapons and Proliferation – think USA and allies UK, Israel, Pakistan, India

ICBMs and super weapons – think USA

Military bases worldwide – think USA

“America First” Indeed!

Hamburg Hell

9 07 2017

“G20 Welcome to Hell”.   One of the biggest stories from the Hamburg G20 was how it all backfired on host Angela Merkel into the largest and let’s say most “demonstrative” ever G20 protests!  “It’s a combative message” one of the organizers told AFP.  “But it’s also meant to symbolize that G-20 policies worldwide are responsible for hellish conditions like hunger, war and the climate disaster.”

TRUMP – Provocateur-in-Chief

7 07 2017

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Everywhere Trump is dangerously provoking.   In the South China Sea yesterday bombers flew over the ‘disputed’ Chinese islands just days after warships sailed nearby.  In Syria the US is attacking Government forces for the first time risking escalation with Russia.  In Yemen and with Qatar the Trumpees have encouraged and backed the Saudis who are themselves now aligned with Israel and the real target is Iran.  With much greater military spending and “America first” ideology Trump is challenging everyone into a new escalating arms race and daring all.  With NATO expanding eastward with more troops, missiles, and weapons Moscow is being more directly threatened.  With Nikki’s U.N. speech earlier this week the Trumpees have put the “world on notice” we will attack at will regardless of the Security Council and no one can stop us.

“The World Is On Notice”!

6 07 2017

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So spoke Trump’s U.N. Ambassador to the Security Council yesterday.   The Americans are threatening and preparing to attack North Korea regardless of what the U.N. says and does.  We’ve been here before…most recently Syria and before that Iraq and Afghanistan.   Anyone who has read William Blum’s books and his extensive catalog of American imperial military attacks and covert interventions has to be startled!

It’s time for the world, and institutionally that is the role of the Security Council, to “Put the U.S. on Notice!”

In this case that means both China and Russia, need to make sure that whatever resolution is passed explicitly forbids military attack and specifically calls for a double suspension pending UN sponsored talks.  If the U.S. vetoes so be it.

Double suspension?   North Korea agrees to suspend further missile and nuclear weapons tests while the Americans and South Korea agree to suspend further military “exercises”.   Then it’s time for the Security Council to insist on U.N.-sponsored negotiations to finally bring the Korean War, never actually formally ended, to an end; and to establish the goal of a withdrawal of all foreign forces from Korea, denuclearization of the entire Korean Peninsula, and negotiations toward abolishing the DMZ and gradual Korean reunification.

The American Empire, for its own good not to mention the fate of the world, has to be “Put on Notice” before it’s too late.   And this of course goes far beyond Korea, though this is now a significant symbolic moment to act.   Also of immediate concern:  Climate, Syria, Iraq/Afghanistan, Palestine, and the list goes on.  ALSO, and very importantly and connected, it’s time to breath new life in the NPT…the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which the Americans have both abused and ignored.


Trump’s General McIncompetent

4 07 2017

Image result for caricature trump and putinRemember now how General H.R. McMaster got to the White House as National Security Adviser.  Trump was desperate to get someone to replace his previous General, fired Flynn, and came upon someone he barely knew but had lots of military medals.  The word incompetent is not one used about McMaster but…

But how can one describe McMaster’s recent faux pas other than with that term. Shortly after announcing Trump’s upcoming meeting with Putin McMaster told reporters “we have no specific agenda…it’s whatever the President wants to talk about.”

This is the political and p.r. equivalent of going into battle forgetting your gun and your helmet!

First of all there are two Presidents involved — one is always well-prepared and knows how to play the game while the other is, by widespread accounts, mentally-ill and emotionally/psychologically unbalanced.   Second, meetings of this kind are NEVER without specific agenda and NEVER left to whim.   If McMaster doesn’t know that about the world, if he isn’t aware he can never let his deranged boss get into such a situation with someone like Putin, the label General McIncompetent fits!