China comes out in strong show of support for Venezuela

from The Duran

China is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on the 21st of September, the same day as Russia, but prior to the speech, it already became clear that China was not about to take heed of Donald Trump’s attempts to isolate Venezuela.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart Jorge Arreaza after which China declared its everlasting friendship towards Venezuela.

“China’s policy towards Venezuela will not change. China has always upheld the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, and believes Venezuela’s government and people have the ability to resolve problems via talks within a legal framework and protect national stability. The international community should take a fair and objective stance and play a constructive role”.

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Trump and Netanyahu Made A Complete Fool of Themselves in Front of World Leaders

by David MacIlwain, American Herold Tribune

Donald Trump’s speech to the UN General Assembly of September 19th 2017 will surely go down in history as marking the final collapse of a terminally corrupt regime, where any pretence of cooperative co-existence with the world has given way to the logic of the battlefield.

And while it is too soon to decide if the Western World will follow America into this dark space, the early signs are not good. Some US allies have already given their support to Trump’s psychopathic threat to “totally destroy North Korea”, simply by supporting the corollaries to this threat and by failing to condemn it.

But this is only to be expected, particularly from countries already up to the neck in America’s crimes around the world, like the UK and Australia.

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Trump Betrays Base AGAIN: Uses DREAMers to Push for Bush’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform

by Scott Creighton

In the fascist state, everything “we” (the government) do is for Big Business.

We illegally invaded Iraq for Big Business. We are “surging” in Afghanistan for Big Business. We “regime changed” Libya with terrorists for Big Business. We lie about and then sanction North Korea in order to benefit Big Business. We are trying to “regime change” Venezuela on behalf of Big Business. We are arming Saudi Arabia and helping them bomb the CIVILIANS in Yemen on behalf of Big Business. We are starting up the Cold War again on behalf of Big Business. And… we are about too see sweeping changes to our corporate tax codes in order to benefit Big Business.

And back during the Bush days (the same days we allowed Big Banking to undermine our economy so they could profit from it and we could use the crisis to further neoliberalise America and other Westernized nations in Europe PLUS started Big Business’ Global Free Market Wars) we tried our damnedest to push Comprehensive Immigration Reform down the throats of the American people which would benefit NO ONE other than Big Business.

The bill’s sole sponsor in the Senate was Majority Leader Harry Reid, though it was crafted in large part as a result of efforts by Senators Kennedy, McCain and Kyl, along with Senator Lindsey Graham, and input from President George W. Bush, who strongly supported the bill.

Cheap labor is the point of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Cheap labor which benefits the profit margins of Big Business. Argue whatever the hell you want, but congress and Big Business don’t give a SHIT about displaced brown people from down south.  NAFTA and a slew of brutal regime change operations and a host of bloodthirsty dictators serving Big Business’ interests prove that point BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT.

They tried to push Comprehensive Immigration Reform on us again under the left cover of President Peace Prize but again, the American people rejected it. And the American people rejected it for good reason.

So, President Obama resorted to using an executive action to pass PART of Bush’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the DREAM Act. That’s the same “progressive” DREAM Act that was originally cobbled together by “progressive” thinkers like John McCain, Lindsey Graham and George W. Bush (of Katrina fame)

Yes Obamaites… the DREAM Act was George W. Bush’s plan.. not Obama’s. Kinda like ObamaCare was really RomneyCare or, more specifically, the Heritage Foundation Care plan. Get over it.

Today Big Business wants their cheap labor to stay exactly where they are and the corporatist Dems and their idiotic minions online and on the street are out in numbers championing Big Business’ wishes with all their heart.

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Exploiting Harvey: Jeff Sessions says Hurricane Harvey Is Proof We Need To Militarize Our Police Forces

(The restrictions Obama put in place after allowing the transfer of such military equipment for 7 years, involves the following items: grenade launchers, armored vehicles and bayonets. Does anyone want to explain to me how grenade launchers and bayonets would have helped people in Houston get to higher ground? Apparently Sessions is from the “never let a good crisis go to waste” school of thought.)

from TechDirt

Earlier this week, we wrote about Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions bringing back the Defense Department’s 1033 program, which helped militarize local police forces with surplus military equipment. We’ve been covering all sorts of problems with the 1033 program over the years, and people like Radley Balko have written entire books on the problem. And the previous ban on the 1033 only put a fairly narrow limit on the practice of militarizing police — but now even those modest limits are gone.

What’s truly incredible, however, is the complete nonsense being used to justify this. Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a speech about this on Monday, in which he trotted out his standard misleading and out-of-context stats, falsely claiming that there’s some massive new crimewave across the country, when there’s really just been a tiny bump after decades of decline in crime rates (the use of percentages by Sessions shows the he likely knows the absolute numbers are so meaningless that he has to mislead with percentages working off a small base).

But, even with the usual misleading claims about violence and violence directed towards police, I still never expected him to… point to Houston and the impact of Hurricane Harvey as a reason for increased police militarization. But that’s exactly what he did:

Those restrictions went too far. We will not put superficial concerns above public safety. All you need to do is turn on a tv right now to see that for Houstonians this isn’t about appearances, its about getting the job done and getting everyone to safety.

Wait. Law enforcement in Houston needs surplus military equipment to rescue people? Last I’ve seen it’s been tons of good hearted people using boats of all kinds going around and rescuing people. I don’t see much need for military equipment…

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Lionel Nation Video on Trump’s Reversing 1033 Program Militarizing and Weaponizing Police

Though I don’t agree with Lionel on a number of other issues, his breakdown of the developing police state and the reasons for it is pretty spot on.

Trump Authorizes Military Hardware Transfer to Local Police Forces

from Sputnik International

US President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Monday to officially revoke prohibitions imposed by his predecessor on the transfer of surplus military equipment to state and local police forces.

“Executive Order 13688 of January 16, 2015 (Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition), is hereby revoked,” Trump’s order said.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced earlier that Trump would sign the executive order reversing former President Barack Obama’s restrictions on the transfer of armored vehicles, large caliber weapons, grenade launchers and other military equipment to police forces…

The Department of Defense program to provide surplus military gear to local police departments began in 1990… (under Bush I, continued under Slick Willie the Neoliberal, then by Bush II (Cheney’s boy) and by President Peace Prize until things got too hot)

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The Obamafication of Trump in Pipelineistan (AE video)

President Trump talked about the threat of terrorism coming from Afghanistan as his justification for his flip-flop. Truth is, he has been forced to change his stance on our involvement in the country due to our commitment to our “national interests” in Pipelineistan just like Obama did before him.

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