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Der Spiegel’s shocking anti-Trump cover is shameful

Der Spiegel’s cover – implicitly comparing Donald Trump to an ISIS style Jihadi who has beheaded the Statue of Liberty – is shocking and wrong.

Alexander Mercouris

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Back in October, after the British magazine The Economist published an edition with a grotesquely hideous cover picture of Vladimir Putin, I wrote that The Economist had disgraced Britain and itself.

I am sorry to say that the cover of Der Spiegel’s latest edition – showing Donald Trump beheading the Statue of Liberty – is as deplorable and wrong.

Even those who think Donald Trump’s ‘travel ban’ Executive Order – the legality of which will now be decided by the US’s federal courts – is wrong must agree that this cover – representing Trump as some sort of crazed ISIS style Jihadi – goes grotesquely too far.

Firstly this cover debases the actual barbarism of the victims of Jihadism in the Middle East.

Donald Trump and his officials have not beheaded a single individual, and nor are they likely to.  The Jihadis Der Spiegel is comparing Donald Trump to have beheaded numberless thousands of individuals, the vast majority of whom were innocent victims.

To compare even indirectly and in a cartoon cover Donald Trump’s ‘travel ban’ Executive Order with the murderous barbarism of ISIS and of other Jihadis is not merely ridiculous; it is also deeply offensive.

Secondly, what makes this implicit connection between the ‘travel ban’ Executive Order and Middle East Jihadism even more offensive is that the ‘travel ban’ is intended to prevent precisely the sort of murderous Jihadi terrorists the Der Spiegel cover implicitly compares Donald Trump to from entering the US, and causing mayhem there.

There is a case for saying that the approach is wrong, and that there are other ways of protecting Americans from Jihadi terrorism than the ‘travel ban’, and that the ‘travel ban’ is so wrong in principle that it should not be enacted even if it achieves its purpose.   However there is no case for putting the ‘travel ban’ – however implicitly – on the same level as the Jihadis it is targeting.

Thirdly, even the implicit claim in the cover – that Donald Trump is supposedly reversing the US’s traditional welcome to overseas visitors – is historically wrong.

The US has been steadily tightening its border controls since the Immigration Act of 1917 and the Emergency Quota Act of 1921, and even before.  The ‘travel ban’ Executive Order – with the temporary restrictions it imposes on entry to the US from seven designated Middle East countries – hardly comes close to having the effect of those Acts.

The days when the US opened its door to everyone – in the words of the famous poem by Emma Lazarus of 1883 on the base of the Statue of Liberty “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” – are long gone.

As it happens anyone who tries to enter the US with a foreign passport knows how tough US border controls can be.

The Der Spiegel cover is in fact a sign of the hysteria and hyperbole that has developed around the person of Donald Trump.  If things are not yet quite as bad as they have been with the Western media’s coverage of Putin, it shows that they are heading in the same direction.

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Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

What happens when more world leaders are elected which do not follow the classic Liberal interventionist model of Obama? Will a “Le Pen” or “Fillon” get the same treatment? What happens if there is an upset in the Netherlands? or Italy or Germany? Will Der Spiegel run out of extreme cover ideas?

Andrew Earl
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Andrew Earl

narrow mindedness is a typical german trait.

Edward
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Edward

Germany is an occupied country. It is occupied by the jews. “Der Spiegel” is owned by jews. Need I say more?

Steve Roman
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Steve Roman

Seriously? Do you people not see the threat of a new fascist order that Trump represents? Anyone with any sense at all can appreciate that the selection of seven Goldman-Sachs alumni to run the economy is a direct betrayal of the majority of his constituents. The pending introduction of laws in several Republican-governed states allowing suppression of peaceful protest using violent reprisal methods should be a clue to this sociopathic oligarch’s intentions.

gl_ben
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gl_ben

I was kind of starting to have some respect for the German people after refusing to visit the place when living in the UK years ago, but then Merkel came along….
Wish I could feel better about current events – NeoZionists/ultra-fundamentalists caught in a delusion of grandeur taking us all down.

Edward
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Edward

Merkel is a sow with lipstick on.

xxxfiles
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xxxfiles

“As it happens anyone who tries to enter the US with a foreign passport knows how tough US border controls can be.”

I use my Canadian passport once, maybe twice, a week to cross the border just across the bridge from where I live. So do many others. Never a problem.

Bit of a an over-generalization, innit?

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

Aren’t Canadians just northern Americans who like the cold, play hockey and speak with a strange dialect?

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Yes, my reaction. Canadians celebrate “trick or treat” and many other purely American behaviours. It’s not the independent entity it likes to think itself. However, I – entering America merely as an “in transit” passenger on an Australian passport, had to be fingerprinted. My daughter also “transiting” American on an Australian passport, into Ecuador to visit me was pulled out of a line-up and grilled in a separate room for 20 minutes about why she was going to see me and what our relationship is. So yes – you can get given a hard time by American border guards. Much… Read more »

xxxfiles
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xxxfiles

Not at all. Canadians have a comprehensive health care service, accessible to all.

(Another difference is that we don’t have Madonna, Hylton or Clooney….Or the Clinton Newspeak Network.)

🙂

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

Most people around he world assume Canadians are Americans. Perhaps when Canadians travel they should wear something patriotic like a Justn Trudeau badge so they won’t be mistaken as Yanks. 😉
BTW: Seems those celebs are having a hard time finding the Canadian border. I thought Rosie O’Donnell would be there for sure.

xxxfiles
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xxxfiles

We’re considering building a wall for the likes of her….

(And btw, It’s Justin Sinclair; he’s not his father’s son but his mother’s: flighty, shallow and image-conscious)

seby
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seby

“Donald Trump’s predecessors, Bush and Obama, paved the way for
President Chito’s persecution of people from Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan,
Somalia, Iran, and Iraq, all of which “have been attacked with military
action, proxy wars and sanctions.”

Trump simply continues a U.S. policy that “makes countries
unlivable and then tells fleeing victims that the door is shut.”
Anti-Trumpism is grossly inadequate. The whole system is evil —
Democrats included.”

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Check out the Feb 3 cover of the Irish rag Village. They ask if it is ok to kill President Trump then answer their own question with “Why not?”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2779038/anger-after-left-leaning-village-magazine-donald-trump-cover-shows-president-in-a-guns-sights-captioned-why-not/
Absolutely shameful.

Stavros Hadjiyiannis
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Stavros Hadjiyiannis

Simply astonishing how self-righteous, degenerate and intolerant the Euro-Left is…

seby
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seby

The Irish have a problem with orange.

Stavros Hadjiyiannis
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Stavros Hadjiyiannis

Trump is no fan of the EU (on which Germany is wholly dependent on) and may even be willing to undermine it. Surely the comments made by Ted Malloch are pointing towards that direction. Moreover, Trump’s willingness to cut some kind of deal with Russia, so that US power can be diverted to other fronts, is nothing but sending shivers down the spines of Eurocrats everywhere. The greatest thing about Trump, is that he has indirectly forced the EU (and the vast majority of its member-states) to come somewhat clean about their burning hatred of Russia. These developments are nothing… Read more »

seby
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seby

Believe me Europe and Russia will be partnering up in the future, not sure when. Just some melanomas to be removed from the relationship, including the cartel called EU. The US empire game has run its course. Praise the peacemakers! rump is not one of them.

JNDillard
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Remember context. The US is a huge trading partner of the EU; it also derives considerable income from the many military bases the US has in Germany. Expect serious economic blow-back.

seby
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seby

US should probably send back the Statue of Liberty to France.

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The German nation is still plagued by guilt with its Nazi past. Their leftist news media, which is mostly run by government appointees, always look for the slightest reason to attack western democracy, as if to show the world that Germany is on a higher moral ground than their former conquerer and latter-day protector, the U.S.A. As an American citizen living in Germany for the past five years, I can assure you that the German people as a whole remain just as bigoted, smug, and intolerant as their past reputation. The only difference is that Merkel’s government and their MSM… Read more »

Bente Petersen
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Spiegel must have some NAZIs on their board of directors…

Edward
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“Der Spiegel” reeks of jew. That is their level of intellectual advancement – the Hibaru.

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Rod Rosenstein resigns from his post before President Trump can fire him

Rosenstein’s comments about secretly recording the President backfire, and resignation may throw the Mueller Russiagate probe into question.

Seraphim Hanisch

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The Washington Times broke the story that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein resigned from his post. He submitted his resignation to Chief of Staff John Kelly.  At present the breaking story says the following:

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is out at the Department of Justice.

Axios reported that Mr. Rosenstein verbally resigned to White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly, but CNN said that he is expecting to be fired.

Sarah Isgur Flores, a Department of Justice spokeswoman, declined to comment on the reports.

Mr. Rosenstein’s departure immediately throws Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian collusion probe into chaos.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation, leaving Mr. Rosenstein in charge.

President Trump mulled firing the No. 2 at the Department of Justice over the weekend.

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This report came after Fox News reported that the Deputy AG was summoned to the White House. Fox reported a little more detail:

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is heading to the White House expecting to be fired, sources tell Fox News, in the wake of a report that he suggested wearing a wire against President Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office last year.

This is a developing story, however one major factor that comes under consideration is the fate of Robert Mueller and his Russiagate investigation, which was authorized by Rosenstein. CNBC had this to say in their piece:

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is resigning Monday, according to Axios, which cited a source familiar with the matter.

NBC News’ Pete Williams, however, reported that Rosenstein would not resign of his own accord, and that he will only depart if the White House fired him. He will refuse to resign if asked to do so, Williams added.

Rosenstein was at the White House when Williams reported this on the air. However, President Donald Trump is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

Bloomberg later reported that the White House accepted Rosenstein’s resignation, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Rosenstein’s expected resignation will immediately raise questions about the fate of the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.

Rosenstein’s job security was called into question after The New York Times reported last week that the No. 2 DOJ official had discussed invoking the 25th amendment to remove Trump, and had also talked about surreptitiously recording the president.

Rosenstein oversees the special counsel investigation, and has appointed Mueller to run the Russia probe last year, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the case.

The special counsel’s office declined to comment on the report.

The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on Axios’ report. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to CNBC’s inquiry.

Trump has repeatedly blasted Mueller’s inquiry, which also is focused on possible collusion with Russia by members of the Trump campaign.

He has called the investigation a “witch hunt,” and has repeatedly vented frustration about Sessions’ recusal, which directly led to Mueller’s appointment by Rosenstein.

Rosenstein’s expected departure comes on the heels of a guilty plea by Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort to conspiracy charges related to his consulting work in Ukraine, which predates his role on the campaign.

As part of the investigation, Mueller’s team has been locked in an ongoing back-and-forth with Trump’s legal team over an in-person interview with the president.

Trump’s lawyers, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, have signaled that Trump is unwilling to sit for an interview, calling it a “perjury trap” and setting up a potential challenge for Mueller to subpoena the president.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

 

 

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European Council crushes Theresa May’s soft Brexit dream (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 116.

Alex Christoforou

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May hoped that the European Council was ready to see things her way, in terms of proceeding with a soft Brexit, which was essentially no Brexit at all…at least not the hard Brexit that was voted on in a democratic referendum approximately two years ago.

Much to May’s surprise, European Council President Donald Tusk delivered a death blow verdict for May’s Brexit, noting that EU leaders are in full agreement that Chequers plan for Brexit “will not work” because “it risks undermining the single market.”

Without a miracle compromise springing up come during the October summit, the UK will drift into the March 29, 2019 deadline without a deal and out of the European Union…which was initially what was voted for way back in 2016, leaving everyone asking, what the hell was May doing wasting Britain’s time and resources for two years, so as to return back to the hard Brexit terms she was charged with carrying forward after the 2016 referendum?

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss what was a disastrous EU summit in Salzburg for UK PM Theresa May, in what looks to be the final nail in May’s tenure as UK Prime Minister, as a hard Brexit now seems all but certain.

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Tusk was speaking at the end of an EU summit in Salzburg, where the leaders of the 27 remaining states in the bloc were discussing Brexit. He said that while there were “positive elements” in May’s Chequers plan, a deal that puts the single market at risk cannot be accepted.

“Everybody shared the view that while there are positive elements in the Chequers proposal, the suggested framework for economic co-operation will not work, not least because it is undermining the single market,” Tusk said. He also said that he could not “exclude” the possibility that the UK could exit the EU in March with no deal.

May has been urging her European counterparts to accept her controversial Chequers plan which has split both the Conservative party and the broader UK population after it was thrashed out back in July. However, despite the painfully-slow negotiation process, which appears to have made little headway with just a few months left, the UK is set to leave the EU on March 29 2019 – with or without an exit deal.

The main sticking point that has emerged, and left May and the EU at loggerheads, has been how to avoid new checks on the Irish border. May has claimed that her proposals were the “only serious, credible” way to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland. She said during a press conference after the Salzburg meeting that she would not accept the EU’s “backstop” plan to avoid a Northern Ireland hard border. She said the UK would shortly be bringing forward its own proposals.

May also said that there was “a lot of hard work to be done,” adding that the UK was also preparing for the eventuality of having to leave the EU without a deal. Tusk, meanwhile, said that the upcoming October summit would be the “moment of truth” for reaching a deal, and that “if the conditions are there” another summit would be held in November to “formalize” it.

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Russia makes HUGE strides in drone technology

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The US and Israel are universally recognized leaders in the development and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Thousands of American and Israeli UAVs are operating across the world daily.

The US military has recently successfully tested an air-to-air missile to turn its MQ-9 Reaper drone into an effective long-endurance, high-altitude surveillance unmanned spy aircraft capable of air-to-surface as well as air-to-air missions. This is a major breakthrough. It’s not a secret that Russia has been lagging behind in UAV development. Now its seems to be going to change with tangible progress made to narrow the gap.

Very few nations boast drones capable of high-altitude long endurance (HALE) missions. Russia is to enter the club of the chosen. In late 2017, the Russian Defense Ministry awarded a HALE UAV contract to the Kazan-based Simonov design bureau.

This month, Russian Zvezda military news TV channel showed a video (below) of Altair (Altius) heavy drone prototype aircraft number “03”, going through its first flight test.

Propelled by two RED A03/V12 500hp high fuel efficiency diesel engines, each producing a capacity of 500 hp on takeoff, the 5-ton heavy vehicle with a wingspan of 28.5 meters boasts a maximum altitude of 12km and a range of 10,000km at a cruising speed of 150-250km/h.

Wingspan: about 30 meters. Maximum speed: up to 950 km/h. Flight endurance: 48 hours. Payload: two tons, which allows the creation of a strike version. The vehicle is able to autonomously take off and land or be guided by an operator from the ground.

The UAV can carry the usual range of optical and thermal sensors as well as synthetic-aperture ground-surveillance radar with the resolution of .1 meter at the range of 35km and 1 meter at the range of 125km. The communications equipment allows real-time data exchange.

Russia’s UAV program currently underway includes the development of a range of large, small, and mid-sized drones. The Orion-E medium altitude long endurance (MALE) UAV was unveiled at the MAKS 2017 air show. Its developer, Kronstadt Technologies, claims it could be modified for strike missions. The one-ton drone is going through testing now. The Orion-E is capable of automatic takeoff and landing.

It can fly continuously for 24 hours, carrying a surveillance payload of up to 200 kg to include a forward looking infra-red (FLIR) turret, synthetic aperture radar and high resolution cameras. The drone can reach a maximum altitude of 7,500 m. Its range is 250 km.

The Sukhoi design bureau is currently developing the Okhotnik (Hunter) strike drone with a range of about 3,500km. The drone made its maiden flight this year. In its current capacity, it has an anti-radar coating, and will store missiles and precision-guided bombs internally to avoid radar detection.

The Kazan-based Eniks Design Bureau is working on the small T-16 weaponized aerial vehicle able to carry 6 kg of payload.

The new Russian Korsar (Corsair) tactical surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) will be upgraded to receive an electronic warfare system. Its operational range will be increased from 150km to 250km. The drone was revealed at Victory Day military parade along with the Korsar unmanned combat helicopter version.

The rotary wing drone lacks the speed and altitude of the fixed wing variant, but has a great advantage of being able to operate without landing strips and can be sea-based. Both drones can carry guided and unguided munitions. The fixed-wing version can be armed with Ataka 9M120 missiles.

The first Russian helicopter-type unmanned aerial vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells was presented at the Army-2018 international forum. With the horizontal cruising speed of the drone up to 60 kph, the unmanned chopper can stay in the air at least 2.5 hours to conduct reconnaissance operations. Its payload is up to 5 kg.

Last November, the Kalashnikov Concern reported that it would start production of heavy unmanned aerial vehicles capable of carrying up to several tons of cargo and operating for several days at a time without needing to recharge.

All in all, the Russian military operate 1,900 drones on a daily basis. The multi-purpose Orlan-10 with a range of 600km has become a working horse that no military operation, including combat actions in Syria, can be conducted without. Maj. Gen. Alexander Novikov,
the head of the Russian General Staff’s Office for UAV Development, Russian drones performed over 23,000 flights, lasting 140,000 hours in total.

Russia’s State Armament Program for 2018-2027 puts the creation of armed UAVs at the top of priorities’ list. Looks like the effort begins to pay off. Russia is well on the way to become second to none in UAV capability.

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