The Trumpening: Exxon Officially Takes Over State Department – Tillerson Confirmed by Senate

by Scott Creighton

The vote was 56 to 43. All the Republicans voted for Trump’s Big Oil pick, Rex Tillerson, to become the next Secretary of Get-Dat-OIL!

Three unDems voted with the reTHUGlicans and one decided to hide under his desk. You can see how they voted here, if you are so inclined.

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You can go here to see how all the senators voted for all the nominations so far.

Tim Kaine, Hillary’s VP pick, voted against only ONE of Trump’s neoliberal cabinet appointments. Tillerson.

‘We can’t ignore the people’: Parliament backs Brexit bill in landslide vote

from RT

Britain’s departure from the EU moved a step closer on Wednesday evening, when MPs voted overwhelmingly in favor of the government’s Brexit bill, by 498 to 114 votes.

After two days of debate, MPs voted to push the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill through to the next stage. After the bill fully clears parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May can trigger Article 50 and begin formal negotiations with the EU…

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Trump nominates ultra-right justice to US Supreme Court

by Patrick Martin, WSWS

President Donald Trump has chosen an ultra-right acolyte of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to fill the vacancy created by Scalia’s death a year ago, nominating Neil Gorsuch, a federal appellate judge from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Denver, Colorado.

Trump unveiled the nomination in a prime-time television production Tuesday night that had been hyped for several days but seemed anticlimactic, lasting only 15 minutes. The former reality television impresario sought to build suspense for the event by inviting the two “finalists” to Washington for the occasion, although he did not complete the degrading spectacle by forcing the runner-up, Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit in Pennsylvania, to make an appearance.

Gorsuch has all the right-wing credentials to be Trump’s selection. He is a reliable vote against abortion and for all manner of legal privileges and exemptions for religious groups and institutions; he is a proven defender of the police against democratic rights; and he has sided with businesses against consumers and workers in the vast majority of such cases he heard.

The judge comes from right-wing Republican stock. His mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford, was appointed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1981 by Ronald Reagan, and given the task of dismantling antipollution regulations. When the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives sought EPA records of how money in the so-called Superfund for cleaning up toxic waste was being spent, Gorsuch defied congressional subpoenas, was cited for contempt and was eventually forced to resign…

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Dear America: Stop Supporting Terrorists in Syria, and Around the World

by Steven Sahiounie, from 21st Century Wire

To the Government of the United States of America:

I am asking my American government to stop supporting terrorists in Syria. The US government, and media, keep calling them ‘moderate rebels’, but they are not.  They were never moderate, and many are not rebels. By definition, a ‘rebel’ is rebelling against their own government.  However, many of the US backed ‘rebels’ are not Syrian, and have no family ties to Syria, and have never been a citizen of Syria. For example, how could a Chinese citizen fight in a rebellion against the American government?  By what right does a Chinese citizen have to kill and maim in order to change the US government?  It is wrong and makes no sense.

I would never advocate, or support any armed attack, or rebellion against the American government. There are laws against murdering, raping, kidnapping and maiming people in USA.  The same such laws exist in Syria. How could a democracy and a world leader like USA advocate murdering, raping, kidnapping and maiming innocent Syrian people?..

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Ukraine – Coup Government Tries To Sabotage U.S.-Russia Rapprochement

from Moon of Alabama

Fighting in east Ukraine has restarted. This is an attempt by “deep state” forces to prevent any rapprochement between the U.S. and Russia under the new Trump administration.

The west-Ukrainian forces under command of the coup government of President Poroshenko started a large attack against the Russian supported Ukrainian self-defense forces in Donetsk and Lugansk governate.

A ceasefire arranged after the Minsk II agreement provided for demilitarized zones along a line of separation. The Ukrainian government has so far avoided to fulfill the Minsk II agreement that would allow a reuniting of the country. An OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), which includes officers from NATO countries as well as Russia, is supervising the ceasefire and issues daily reports.

On January 26 the SMM reported:

The SMM recorded more ceasefire violations [1] in Donetsk region, including about 420 explosions, compared with 228 in the previous reporting period. More than 160 explosions were recorded around the Svitlodarsk area, with exchanges of fire also recorded around Avdiivka and Yasynuvata.

The Mission revisited a Ukrainian Armed Forces permanent storage site, whose location corresponded with the relevant withdrawal lines and observed that 12 tanks (T-64) and four mortars (2B9 Vasilek, 82mm) were missing, as previously noted.

The SMM followed up on reports of a blockade of a railway track near government-controlled Hirske. The railway leads towards the “LPR”-controlled settlements of Donetskyi and Sentianivka (formerly Frunze) (49 and 44km west of Luhansk, respectively). The Mission had observed a train travelling east through Donetskyi on 23 January. The SMM observed that the tracks had been blocked by tree trunks under a bridge on the southern edge of the settlement. About 20 unarmed men wearing camouflage clothing told the Mission that they were veterans from former volunteer battalions. The SMM observed a tent near the blockade site.

The observations on the 26th pointed to the preparation of a full attack which was launched on January 28:

The SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations in Donetsk region between the evenings of 27 and 28 January compared with the previous reporting period (including about 330 explosions compared with about 520).[1] In the following 24 hours, however, the SMM recorded over 2,300 explosions, primarily in the Avdiivka-Yasynuvata-Donetsk airport area.

The SMM observed that the intense artillery barrage was launched north to south originating from the government held area.

The NAZI volunteer battalions from west-Ukrainian Galicia are spearheading the attack. There is ongoing fighting with intense artillery usage on several points along the ceasefire line (map). One main battle ground is the city of Avdeevka in the demilitarized zone north-west of Donetzk city…

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Surpassing ObamaGod: President Trump Killed an 8-year-old Girl in Yemen, Nawar al-Awlaki, an American Citizen.. Or Did He?

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Right on time, as if by script, Trump’s administration has issued a stern warning to Iran for test firing a missile, which they are allowed to do according to the P5+1 agreement. What makes it interesting is they cross-purpose an accusation against the Houthis in Yemen in the same press release saying they attacked a Saudi vessel for no reason. They even produced a nifty handy video, supposedly from the Houthi boat, with them yelling “Allah Akbar” and “Death to America” and “Death to the Jews” and all the other things propaganda producers like to include in their videos which will supposedly make Yemen the villains all of a sudden as opposed to the victims. Gee, they’re so clever, aren’t they? Shades of Umar Fizzlepants right after Obama’s cruise missile attack.

Image: Nawar al-Awlaki

Nawar al-Awlaki killed in Donald Trump’s first covert raid in Yemen

Years ago I and a few others wrote about two Dec. 2009 cruise missile attacks in Yemen which then president Barack Obama ordered and which killed 23 children along with several other civilians (17 of whom were women). It was horrible. It was cruel. And it was ignored across the board by Obama’s apologists in the corporate media and his partisan fan base a.k.a. “the progressives”

At the time we were not officially at war with Yemen and our puppet dictator, Ali Saleh, was still in power. But a revolution was growing and our “national interests” were at risk, so we named the resistance “al Qaeda” and launched cruise missile attacks at two homes and killed 23 kids… all in the name of President Peace Prize.

Three days ago Chuck Schumer pretended to cry for all the little children who would supposedly be turned away from our borders by President Trump. I saw he pretend to shed no tears for those Yemeni children. Such is the state of affairs of the moral center of the unDemocratic Party.

Not to be outdone, The Donald has already unleashed a disaster of a covert operation in Yemen himself which bears remarkable similarities to two of President Peace Prize’s botched military missions.

Or, let us say, a disaster of a covert operation in Yemen has just taken place under his watch. But then again, the military undermined Obama’s and Kerry’s peace deal with Russia and Syria by attacking the Syrian military “by accident’ and then getting their “moderate” terrorists to attack a UN aid convoy… and of course Trump had just shut down entry to those same “moderate” terrorists on Friday… so…?

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