The Trumpening Accelerates: ObamaCare to Stay (and get worse), NAFTA Remains (and gets worse) and Wars, Wars, Wars for the MIC

by Scott Creighton

Repeal fascist ObamaCare on Day One. Remember that?

Use an executive order to end NAFTA right off the bat and bring jobs back to our desperate middle class workers.

End the stupid wars in the Middle East and spend that money by “Making America Great Again” instead.

This is what got the Duke of Orange elected in a surprise victory in November: a solidly populist message that appealed to the working class Americans who have been getting screwed by the “centrists” and the “free marketeers” in Washington for decades.

Here we are, still less than 100 days into the new administration and the populist Trump campaign platform is long gone… in it’s place is a brutally establishment agenda fit for the most neoliberal of neocons.

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CrossTalk: Le Pen vs. Macron (with John Laughland and Pepe Escobar)

Maxine Waters Loses Her Mind to “Anti-Russia Dementia” – Like the Rest of the Black Caucus

by Glen Ford, from BAR

When Maxine Waters goes gung-ho crazy for the War Party, it tells us that the Black political class — overwhelmingly Democrats — are utterly useless to any movement for peace and social justice. In the throes of a terminal case of “Anti-Russia Dementia,” otherwise known as “Putin Derangement Syndrome,” the California congresswoman told a Tax March crowd in front of the U.S. Capitol that President Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin somehow conspired to arrange both the chemical event that killed dozens in northern Syria and the U.S. missile strike on a Syrian military airfield that followed. In a interview with a Huffington Post reporter, Waters said:

“I don’t believe there’s any real tension” between Trump and Putin. “I think they’re putting on a show. And I think Putin is gonna come back and make it look as if he’s gonna hold the line somewhat on Syria now, and then want something in exchange for that — and that exchange is, lift the sanctions.”

Waters has clearly lost her mind, her brain operating at the cartoon level. But, her mental and moral disintegration differs only in degree from that of the Congressional Black Caucus as a body, which has been drifting to the dark side on war ever since the First Black President got his hands on the nuclear button. Even Barbara Lee, the only member of Congress to vote against the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, appears to accept the manifestly false allegation that the Syrian military used chemical weapons in al-Qaida controlled Idlib province. She demands only that the U.S. Congress be allowed to play its part in the aggression…

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ISIS once ‘apologized’ to Israel for attacking IDF soldiers – former Defense Minister

from RT

Tel Aviv remains so “neutral” in the Syrian conflict that even Islamic State terrorists have on at least one occasion “apologized” to Israel for mistakenly attacking IDF soldiers in the occupied Golan Heights, according to a former Israeli Defense Minister.

Speaking about the wider Israeli policy of “neutrality” in Syria, former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon accidentally acknowledged that Israel has an open communications channel with an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) cell which operates in Gollan Heights.

“There was one case recently where Daesh opened fire and apologized,” Ya’alon said on Saturday, as cited by the Times of Israel…

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UN ‘deeply concerned’ over safety of 400,000 civilians fleeing US-led coalition airstrikes in Raqqa

from RT

The safety of over 400,000 people in Raqqa, Syria, where US-backed Syrian opposition forces are bombing ISIS, is of “deep concern” to the UN. The offensive has resulted in “an escalating number of civilian deaths” as well as damage to vital civilian infrastructure, the organization added.

In past weeks, civilians have been exposed to daily fighting and airstrikes which resulted in an escalating number of civilian deaths and injuries as well as damage to civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, schools, markets and water infrastructure,” a Monday statement from a spokesman for UN Secretary General read.

There are worries” about how the US-backed operation will affect civilians, Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the UN Secretary-General told RT…

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Turkish Military Confirms Airstrikes Against Kurdish YPG in Northern Syria, Iraq

from Sputnik International

Earlier in the day, the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) said Turkish planes carried out a large-scale attack on its headquarters in northeast Syria near the town of Derik in the Qerecox mountains, targeting a media center, a local radio station and some military buildings as well as killing several YPG members. Kurdish media also said Iraq’s town of Sinjar was hit by Turkish jets, with over a dozen Peshmerga troops killed. Turkey was said to have targeted a Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) base in the region.

“Iraqi Sinjar and Syria’s Qerecox have become a layer for the PKK and its affiliates, which are carrying out terrorist attacks and are attacking our troops [and] civilians. Aiming to wipe out these havens that are threatening the unity of our nation and the unity and security of the country, we carried out an aerial operation in Sinjar in the north of Iraq and in northeast Syria at 00:00 GMT on April 25. Terrorist targets were hit,” the General Staff said in a statement.

Turkish forces will continue fighting terrorism both inside the country and beyond its borders, the statement added…

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An Israeli startup armed with $45 million is taking on Google and Apple in the race to sell your personal data

from Business Insider

Israel-based startup Otonomo is capitalizing on the fact that cars, once the symbol of American escapism, are becoming repositories of your personal data.

Cars have only become connected to the internet in the last few years, but sensors to support autonomous driving capabilities and smart infotainment consoles are contributing to an influx of data that the auto industry has never seen before.

Big Data is poised to grow even more as automakers pursue fully self-driving vehicles and the government preps to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle communication, allowing future cars to talk with each other while driving.

McKinsey & Co. predicts car data could become a $750 billion industry by 2030.

So it’s no wonder everyone wants a slice of the pie…

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