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Obama wants Angela Merkel to sabotage Donald Trump (VIDEO)

Barack Obama seeks to use his visit to Germany to undermine Donald Trump before he has taken office. His swipes and insults at both Trump and Brexit Britain, reveal who Obama really is and what he stands for.




As lame duck Obama finishes his failed Presidency, he is going on one final magical mystery tour, the locations of which remind one of paying a farewell visit to the Montagues just before visiting the Capulets. His final destinations of Greece and Germany are indeed puzzling, though on closer examination, not entirely surprising.

Alex Christoforou has rightly speculated that Obama’s visit to Greece is one last bully attempt to try and prohibit Greece from aiding the efforts of the Russian navel group currently engaged in Syria. For the neo-imperialist Obama, the very idea that Greece should do so much as help to refuel Russia’s ships, is an affront to the idea of an American sphere of influence.

I doubt this will work. Obama is a lame duck.  He and Hillary Clinton have made a mockery of Greek sovereignty and Greece is a fraternal nation with Russia. When Vladimir Putin visited Greece he was embraced with open arms. Few western leaders could say the same.

As for Greece supporting further EU sanctions on Russia, like most of southern Europe, they never wanted them in the first place. With Donald Trump looking increasingly likely to drop US sanctions against Russia, Greece ought to feel more emboldened than ever to stand up to the totally out of touch Eurocrats in Brussels, stick two fingers up and say, όχι!

As for Obama’s drive to force Greece to approve NATO membership for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, this too is fanciful. Even though America wants to use Skopje as a kind of mini-me puppet state in the Balkans, the reality is, if Trump begins to disengage from the Balkans, the FYRM will likely cease to exist as a state within three years. Most of its territory will rightfully go to Greece and the remainder will be divided between Bulgaria and Albania.

What’s more interesting is what Obama plans to do in Germany, the second of his two stops on his European farewell tour. Many liberal newspapers throughout Europe, Britain and America are hailing Angela Merkel as ‘the last liberal standing’ e.g., the last globalist, establishment, elitist not to fall under the weight of the political revolutions sweeping the western world and beyond, whether from the socialist left as happened in Bulgaria and Moldova or the traditional conservative right as is implicit in Brexit, Trump and a possible Le Pen victory in France.

Merkel is skating on thin political ice, but she may go down with a fight before members of her own party get totally fed up for fear of losing seats to a surging AfD (Alternative für Deutschland). But until then, she may yet do the devious bidding of the ghosts of Obama and Clinton, until she too ultimately falls to comparatively anti-liberal forces.

Put bluntly, Obama may ask Merkel to do as much as she can to sabotage a Trump presidency in terms of making the EU a thorn in the side of America. EU leaders are readying themselves to do just that. And after Obama recently praised Germany as America’s closest ally, highlighting Merkel’s commitment to a united Europe, a veiled swipe at Brexit Britain, this makes a sabotage attempt look ever more likely.

This is all the more reason for Russia and the US to draw closer together, and it is frankly also a reason for Trump to establish cordial, however firm relations with the Chinese leadership. The Chinese will be willing to talk and deal with Trump in a manner that I believe will be more constructive than that with which they dealt with Obama, a man they clearly had little respect for.

Trump ought to cultivate relations with the next generation of European leaders to help avoid Merkel having any success with ‘project undermine’.

Trump has already done something similar by courting Britain’s Nigel Farage, admitting that he’ll run any thoughts on US-UK relations with him before consulting the less imaginative, less intelligent and less reliable British government. Trump can repeat this tactic with popular opposition figures in Continental Europe, although realistically he ought to do so more subtly, as Farage sells well on American television, but with the possible exception of Geert Wilders, most European figures will not do.

If this happens, a wide alliance of like-minded politicians will be able to squeeze the last vestiges of liberalism out of European politics like air being compressed inside an accordion.

Behind Obama’s smile masks a man who seeks to thwart Trump’s re-alignment of US policy.  His statement that ‘there is only one president at a time’, before preaching policies antithetical to Trump, shows Obama’s clear willingness to insult and undermine his successor. He will not succeed, but Merkel may want her last bit of revenge on Donald Trump and what he represents before she too is consigned to the dustbin of history.

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Trump Has Gifted “No More Wars” Policy Position To Bernie Sanders (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 148.

Alex Christoforou



RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou discuss how US President Donald Tump appears to have ceded his popular 2016 ‘no more wars’ campaign message and policy position to Bernie Sanders and any other US 2020 candidate willing to grad onto a non-interventionist approach to the upcoming Democrat primaries.

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“Is Bernie Stealing Trump’s ‘No More Wars’ Issue?” by Patrick J. Buchanan…

The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016.

“The president has said that he does not want to see this country involved in endless wars… I agree with that,” Bernie Sanders told the Fox News audience at Monday’s town hall meeting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Then turning and staring straight into the camera, Bernie added:

“Mr. President, tonight you have the opportunity to do something extraordinary: Sign that resolution. Saudi Arabia should not be determining the military or foreign policy of this country.”

Sanders was talking about a War Powers Act resolution that would have ended U.S. involvement in the five-year civil war in Yemen that has created one of the great humanitarian crises of our time, with thousands of dead children amidst an epidemic of cholera and a famine.

Supported by a united Democratic Party on the Hill, and an anti-interventionist faction of the GOP led by Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee of Utah, the War Powers resolution had passed both houses of Congress.

But 24 hours after Sanders urged him to sign it, Trump, heeding the hawks in his Cabinet and National Security Council, vetoed S.J.Res.7, calling it a “dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities.”

With sufficient Republican votes in both houses to sustain Trump’s veto, that should be the end of the matter.

It is not: Trump may have just ceded the peace issue in 2020 to the Democrats. If Sanders emerges as the nominee, we will have an election with a Democrat running on the “no-more-wars” theme Trump touted in 2016. And Trump will be left defending the bombing of Yemeni rebels and civilians by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.

Does Trump really want to go into 2020 as a war party president?

Does he want to go into 2020 with Democrats denouncing “Trump’s endless wars” in the Middle East? Because that is where he is headed.

In 2008, John McCain, leading hawk in the Senate, was routed by a left-wing first-term senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, who had won his nomination by defeating the more hawkish Hillary Clinton, who had voted to authorize the war in Iraq.

In 2012, the Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who was far more hawkish than Obama on Russia, lost.

Yet, in 2016, Trump ran as a different kind of Republican, an opponent of the Iraq War and an anti-interventionist who wanted to get along with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and get out of these Middle East wars.

Looking closely at the front-running candidates for the Democratic nomination of 2020 — Joe Biden, Sanders, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker — not one appears to be as hawkish as Trump has become.

Trump pulled us out of the nuclear deal with Iran negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry and reimposed severe sanctions.

He declared Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, to which Iran has responded by declaring U.S. Central Command a terrorist organization. Ominously, the IRGC and its trained Shiite militias in Iraq are in close proximity to U.S. troops.

Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moved the U.S. Embassy there, closed the consulate that dealt with Palestinian affairs, cut off aid to the Palestinians, recognized Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights seized from Syria in 1967, and gone silent on Bibi Netanyahu’s threat to annex Jewish settlements on the West Bank.

Sanders, however, though he stands by Israel, is supporting a two-state solution and castigating the “right-wing” Netanyahu regime.

Trump has talked of pulling all U.S. troops out of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the troops are still there.

Though Trump came into office promising to get along with the Russians, he sent Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine and announced a pullout from Ronald Reagan’s 1987 INF treaty that outlawed all land-based intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

When Putin provocatively sent 100 Russian troops to Caracas — ostensibly to repair the S-400 anti-aircraft and anti-missile system that was damaged in recent blackouts — Trump, drawing a red line, ordered the Russians to “get out.”

Biden is expected to announce next week. If the stands he takes on Russia, China, Israel and the Middle East are more hawkish than the rest of the field, he will be challenged by the left wing of his party, and by Sanders, who voted “no” on the Iraq War that Biden supported.

The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016. And the anti-interventionist wing of the GOP is growing.

And when added to the anti-interventionist and anti-war wing of the Democratic Party on the Hill, together, they are able, as on the Yemen War Powers resolution, to produce a new bipartisan majority.

Prediction: By the primaries of 2020, foreign policy will be front and center, and the Democratic Party will have captured the “no-more-wars” political high ground that Candidate Donald Trump occupied in 2016.

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Over 200 killed, hundreds injured in series of blasts at Sri Lankan hotels & churches

A series of bombings hit churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing more than 200 people.





Via RT…

A series of eight explosions rocked Catholic churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka as Christians began Easter Sunday celebrations, with over 200 killed and hundreds injured, media reported, citing police.

The blasts started at around 8:45am local time at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic-majority town outside of the capital. The Zion Church in Batticaloa on the eastern coast was also targeted. At around the same time, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury five-star hotels were also hit, police confirmed.

Two more explosions happened later in the day, targeting two more locations in Colombo. All attacks appear to have been coordinated.

At least 207 people were killed, Reuters reported, citing police. More than 450 were injured in the attacks.

Alleged footage of the aftermath, shared on social media, showed chaos and large-scale destruction inside at least one of the churches.

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Mike Pompeo reveals true motto of CIA: ‘We lied, we cheated, we stole’ (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 147.

Alex Christoforou



The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at a Texas A&M University speech, and subsequent interview, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The former CIA Director admitted, ‘as an aside’ to the question asked, that the Intelligence agency he headed up before being appointed as the top US Diplomat had a motto “we lied, we cheated, we stole”…which, according to Pompeo, contained entire CIA training courses based on ‘lying, cheating and stealing.’

Pompeo finally speaks some truth.

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