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Over 100,000 people petition White House to declare ANTIFA a terrorist organization

The Soros-funed extreme-left group ANTIFA has already established a record of mayhem across Europe and America.

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A petition currently active on the White House website is asking President Trump to officially designate “Anti-Fascist Action” or ANTIFA, as a terror group.

ANTIFA is a extreme left militant movement which started in Germany and has been active in Europe for a number of years. They are known to receive funding from billionaire regime change and social engineering sponsor George Soros.

Their modus operandi is using loud noise, physical obstruction and outright violence to disrupt peaceful, lawful assemblies by any group or person they oppose. Since the inauguration of President Trump, ANTIFA has seen a membership boom and already have a list of violent riots to their credit across the United States.

The petition, which was started on August 17th, has already easily soared past the 100,000 signatures required for an official response from the White House.

The text of the petition reads:

Terrorism is defined as “the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims”. This definition is the same definition used to declare ISIS and other groups, as terrorist organizations. AntiFa has earned this title due to its violent actions in multiple cities and their influence in the killings of multiple police officers throughout the United States. It is time for the pentagon to be consistent in its actions – and just as they rightfully declared ISIS a terror group, they must declare AntiFa a terror group – on the grounds of principle, integrity, morality, and safety.

The White House petition page was started by Barack Obama in 2011, but was criticized already at the time as a PR stunt. Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly considering abolishing the site. No petitions during Trump’s tenure have received responses so far.

ANTIFA has hit headlines again in recent days, after Donald Trump came under an avalanche of media attacks for laying blame on the “alt-left” as well as the “alt-right” following recent violent clashes in Charlottesville.

The normally peaceful Virginia college town played host to the “Unite the Right” rally which brought together alt-right and far-right groups to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

Chaos ensued when the right-wing protestors clashed with counter-protestors including ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter (BLM). There were scores of injuries, as well as one fatality when a car allegedly driven by a white nationalist protestor apparently ran over 32-year-old counter-protestor Heather Heyer.

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This is juicy. How does that definition of terrorism not make war nationally-sanctioned terrorism???? The military industrial complex is not going to like that logic…

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Well, AntiFa has already been declared an extremist organisation by the Department of Homeland Security, so that shouldn’t be too difficult to manage.

https://www.njhomelandsecurity.gov/analysis/anarchist-extremists-antifa

cascadian12
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cascadian12

Of course! We have nearly always had a fascist right-wing government, but especially since Bush 43 and the loss of habeas corpus. They call animal-rights activists “terrorists” too.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

The page photos:
They look like a bunch of terrorists. Honest people don’t hide their face.

cortisol
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cortisol

The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”

So by definition of the US constitution, Antifa is already a terrorist group.

cascadian12
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cascadian12

I must’ve missed where the KKK, Neo-Nazis and hundreds of militias snd hate groups around the country have been declared terrorists.

Melotte 22
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Melotte 22

Happy to sign any petition declaring White House and Pentagon terrorist organisations.

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

Because they have a Green Card for that, it’s like carrying Guns, intimidates others but is not Terrorism because it’s in the constitution (Green Card)…

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hestroy
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hestroy

Lol! You fucking retard. Just die.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Weird how Antifa, Ukraine Nazis and ISIS supporters all look the same, act the same and don’t they all wear similar uniforms?

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Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

White Supremacy is more like it, or are you intentionally missing that?

AM Hants
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AM Hants

White supremecy – ISIS????? Good friends of John McCain and didn’t Obama admit to fully funding, supporting and training his ISIS buddies?
White Supremecy – Nazi and fully funded, trained and equipped by the US and EU nations. Soros boys and girls, and very loyal to Uncle John McCain.
White Supremecy Antifa???? However, again funded by Soros and no doubt fully backed by McCain and his Clinton friends. Also, isn’t Obama involved with the Antifa Crowd. Typical Democratic Movement.

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

You sound like Democracy is an Evil… I wonder why!

AM Hants
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AM Hants

National Socialism – was that a democracy when Adolf was in charge of the German version? ISIS – wearing the same uniform, carrying out the same script and is that democracy in action? Ukraine Nazi’s – which is the Ukraine version of the National Socialist Party, that was active in Germany, back in the 40s, is that Democracy? Antifa – funded by Soros and they must be so proud to mimic the actions of the Ukraine Nazis, National Socialist (German) Worker’s Party and of course the Middle East version, fully funded, trained and supported by McCain, Obama and their friends,… Read more »

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

How Soros being a Jew mixes with Nazis? Are you saying that Nazis are Far-Left like some nuts out there?

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Why did he say that the best time of his life was when he was a Nazi Collaborator? Why was he more than happy to fund the Ukraine coup d’etat, which led to the Nazis back on the streets of Ukraine? Funnily enough, his good mate, the Head of the European Jewish Community, Igor Kolomoisky, who just happens to be the boss of Joe Biden’s son and John Kerry’s step-son, was the oligarch that funded the Azov Battalion, with their swastika ensign. HACKED | Hacking Group Cyber Berkut Reveals Ukraine Used Millions In IMF Loans To Fund Clinton Foundation… ‘…New… Read more »

schmenz
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schmenz

I have sympathy for you, trying to talk common sense to ignoramuses like popart2015. It is impossible to get through to people like that who prefer snarky comebacks to any kind of serious discussion. If I were you I’d ignore him.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

I will be and have posted the links I wanted to share. It is crazy and wish you all the best in the US.

cascadian12
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cascadian12

And no one is paying any attention. Isn’t free speech great?

AM Hants
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AM Hants

That is so the sad part and the ones that think they know it all, because the MSM is always right.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

What was it Adolf said, on the 1 May 1927? Hitler to Rauschning Adolf Hitler (Speech of May 1, 1927. Quoted by Toland… “I have learned a great deal from Marxism, as I do not hesitate to admit. The difference between them and myself is that I have really put into practice what these peddlers and pen-pushers have timidly begun…. I had only to develop logically what Social Democracy repeatedly failed in because of its attempt to realize its evolution within the framework of democracy. National Socialism is what Marxism might have been if it could have broken its absurd… Read more »

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

All kisses and hugs! LOL Read history before you talk…

AM Hants
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AM Hants

I have. Believe what MSM happily feed you and ask no questions as you suck it all in.

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

Say that Nazis are the same as Communists to Russian people and they will laugh at you, try to give your silly explanation and they will laugh even more at best!

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Fabian Society. Russian people or do you mistake them for the old Communist Soviet Union tribe? Yes, Russia has every reason to hate fascism and hence the fact that they celebrate 9 May each year, in memory of the defeat of Fascism. Now why did the US and Ukraine, vote against Russia in the UN, when they wanted to outlaw the Nazi Party? Why did the US and Ukraine vote to support the Nazi Party? However, the people of Russia also remember the times of the old Communist Soviet Union, which fell in 1991 and 15 independent nations emerged. Now… Read more »

cascadian12
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cascadian12

“Although, with Russia, taking back control of her natural resources, keeping them out of the reach of the oligarchs, was a seriously good move.”

You mean to tell me that the oligarchs that NOW control Russia’s natural resources, including President Putin, if one is to believe the Panama Papers, don’t exist???

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Panama Papers, how many of Clinton’s mates were included? How many of Ukraine’s mates were included and then ask how few Russians that were connected to Putin were included? It backfired, that is why it did not hang around the MSM for long.

cascadian12
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cascadian12

So, you’re saying there are no oligarchs in Russia?

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Have I ever said that? Are you saying that the rest of the world has no oligarchs? ‘Back when President Putin first took over a bankrupt Russia, one of the first things he did was to sort out the oligarchs. Those that stayed, paid 13% tax, just like the rest of the people of Russia, earning over a certain amount, and with no loopholes, to get around. They promised to stay out of politics and become good Russian citizens. The garbage, left for a life in exile, many flocking to support the Clinton Foundation and popping up here, there and… Read more »

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Oh, by the way, you may believe that you are laughing at me, however, thanks for giving me a platform to post the links. Those that have minds of their own, might go away, find out more and come to their own conclusion. It does not bother me, if people laugh at me or not. However, I do like independent minded people, who have not come across the facts, to want to go away and discover more. Make up their own independent minds and not clone my beliefs. Whether they agree or disagree, they, have used independent thought, critical thinking,… Read more »

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

You like to live in a Bubble then!

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Welcome to the Fourth Reich!

cascadian12
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cascadian12

Lessons in socialism from HItler is like lessons in democracy from the Democratic Republic of North Korea (their actual name).

AM Hants
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AM Hants

More like the Democrats in the US and come to that most other PC driven nations.

cascadian12
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cascadian12

Of course, you need to attack Democrats, rather than provide a rational explanation for your BS.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

There actions speak louder than words. They can speak for themselves as the world laughs on. What was it President Putin said, ‘Is America a great nation? Yes. Is America a banana republic’? That appears where the Dems wish to take it as they cannot handle Hilary lost.

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

Let me guess, they killed too many statues…!

Penrose
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Penrose

Let me guess. You think that Antifa is peaceful, benign, and engages in no violent activity against other people.

You should apply for a job with the MSM. You would do well there.

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

You don’t like them… Is that it!

Penrose
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Penrose

On the contrary, I just love those like Antifa and the Ukrainian Nazis who commit gratuitous violence against anyone they disagree with.

What’s not to like about that?

cascadian12
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cascadian12

I can’t speak for Antifa and neither can you. What I know about them is from reading reports by researchers, such as the Anti-Defamation League. They don’t carry guns, they’re dis-organized, except they show up for protests. They’ve never advocated the exterimination of a group of people, UNLIKE RIGHT-WNG EXTREMISTS. If you can’t admit the truth to yourself, you’re a sorry POS.

What’s with The Duran anyway? This doesn’t appear to be a news site, more like propaganda.

Penrose
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RE: What I know about them is from reading reports by researchers, such as the Anti-Defamation League. LOL. Do you depend on AIPAC for your political viewpoints, too? RE: If you can’t admit the truth to yourself, you’re a sorry POS. Oh my. Moved into the name calling phase, have you? I’m surprised it took you this long. If patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, then name calling is the last (and often the first) resort of those who don’t have a legitimate argument. But remember, when Antifa bashes people with blunt objects or shoots pepper spray into… Read more »

cascadian12
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cascadian12

I don’t depend on AIPAC ever. That doesn’t meant that the Anti-defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center don’t know what they’re talking about. Do you always engage in false equivalence? Second, I only called you a name IF you can’t admit the truth. So, the ball is in your court. And name-calling is certainly not unknown to your side, whatever the hell that is: White Supremacist? Neo-Nazi? KKK? just Right-Wing nuts? Trump supporters, because who doesn’t like a lunatic despotic klepocrat? At least you recognize that Antifa only uses pepper spray and blunt objects, which is a lot better… Read more »

Penrose
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Penrose

RE: “At least you recognize that Antifa only uses pepper spray and blunt objects, which is a lot better than guns, knives, and vehicles.”

Sorry to disappoint you, but I’m not that naive. I suppose their weapons of choice for the job below will be wet noodles and cotton candy.

“Antifa Has A New Cell In Philly, And They’re Calling For Property Seizures, Violence On Police, And All-Out Revolution”

cascadian12
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cascadian12

If your last sentence is true, then I’m confident that the “Left” will completely denounce them, as the Left (without anarchists – who are not the Left) have generally been a non-violent movement. Since the 1960s, violence only erupts at Leftist protests because of Anarchists. Violence is completely counter-productive because the media will always focus on the violence and not the reasons for the protest. If this is what Antifa stands for, then I will be the first to reject them and to urge that they be prevented from joining any Leftist protest. I’ve given them the benefit of the… Read more »

cascadian12
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cascadian12

I don’t know if you’re naive, ignorant or just delusional, but right-wing extremists commit 20x more violent acts than “left-wing extremists,” and, again, RW violence is more lethal. Just a fact, Jack. You can google it.

Penrose
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Penrose

Aww, trying to cast aspersions on my intellectual status again? Keep that up and I’m going to tell my mommy on you.

It is true that I find left-wing and right-wing political characterizations as rather simplistic. So one dimensional. Seems to me the world we live in is far more complex than that.

Let me guess. Do we assign the war crimes of the Clintons and Obama to left-wing violence and the war crimes of George Bush Jr. to right-wing violence? Is that how it works?

cascadian12
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cascadian12

You make a good point. For the record, I’ve always considered “anarchists” (the kind that destroy property at protests and who supposedly gave rise to “Antifa”) to be idiots and to give leftist protests a bad name, which they do not deserve (the last effective protests I’m referring to are the ones against free-trade agreements, such as the protest against the WTO in Seattle (1999). The latter was very successful in terms of turnout and clear focus, but once again, the anarchists marred what had been a peaceful protest. What I find disturbing is that The Duran promotes a petition… Read more »

cascadian12
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cascadian12

Well, they don’t carry guns, like the Right-Wing hate groups you support. And they’ve never espoused the extermination of any group of people based on race or religion, like the hate groups you support, so I would say there’s a world of difference between them!

Penrose
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Penrose

Oh, Antifa is a hate group alright. They hate anyone who disagrees with them.

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

People is starting to wake up so the regime needs to call them terrorists!

Curtis Bok
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Curtis Bok

Please change the font that you use for quotations. It is very difficult to read.

ignasi
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ignasi

It was to sign the petition

Jolly Roger
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Jolly Roger

It’s the Jewish mafia Zionists that fund, organize, and train organizations such as antifa to divide and conquer America, that’s the protocols of zion, and the US mirrors perfectly the protocols of zion..

So, the real terrorists are the Jewish mafia Zionist bankers trying to divided and conquer the US by funding,organizing, and training terrorist groups used to topple the US.

This article is just more BS propaganda from the Jewish mafia owned media.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Curious to note that America, the Fat-I-Can, the Kazarian hierarchy, are using the original Babylonian means of warfare, Divide and Conquer. It has been the Jesuit program since their inception, is key to global success of Soros and his supposedly Illuminated cohorts, and has now completed their goals, conquered all nations, including Russia. Infiltrate and erode your enemies, using their politicians, etc., to destroy themselves, from the inside out. Fifth column media controlled programming, indoctrination, propaganda is the means used to turn a nation against itself, unions vs. workers, youth against the elders, men against women, black against white etc.… Read more »

Jolly Roger
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Jolly Roger

There is nothing new under the sun. It’s the same old dog and pony show, but we ended all that on 11/8/16, it’s time to make the US useless to the Jewish mafia, boycott their usury banks and oil and cheap foreign junk and false flag foreign and civil wars, it’s time for them to suck wind.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Maybe they should check the Amnesian history books, learn that is was Abraham Lincoln’s decision to take control of the economy, ditch the English pound as their currency, and started printing Greenbacks.
Sadly it lead to his assassination.
Yes, that is why any one who tries to escape the bankers’ control, by starting their own currency, must rapidly be eliminated.
Once Amnezia got free of the English bankers controls they shot ahead, but now we see that same plot being repeated against any who strive to break free of the banker’s controls.
Nationalize all banks, then we will have freedom.

Jolly Roger
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Jolly Roger

It’s real simple, boycott the usury bankers and their loans and credit cards and corporate malls, make the US useless to them.

cascadian12
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cascadian12

Nearly all commerce is electronic now, except for a few holdouts. So it’s going to be difficult to do what you suggest. I do favor nationalizing the banks in principle, but now that our government has been taken over by kleptocrats, nothing would change.

Jolly Roger
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Jolly Roger

We’re just not consenting to the theft and corruption involved in the fed tax and debt slavery war dollar. So, I guess it’s up to us holdouts to get things started.

Do you have anything of value you’d trade or barter? lol.

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Cranford Ducain

The best move Trump, or the rest of us, could make to eliminate antifa would be for him to come out in favor of them and for the rest of us to suddenly make them a mainstream group. There is nothing which is more discouraging or demoralizing to a group such as this than to be accepted into the rest of a social order. This makes them become a part of the very things which they wish to distroy.

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US-China trade war heats up as surplus hits record $34 Billion (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 136.

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According to a report by the AFP, China’s trade surplus with the United States ballooned to a record $34.1 billion in September, despite a raft of US tariffs, official data showed Friday, adding fuel to the fire of a worsening trade war.

Relations between the world’s two largest economies have soured sharply this year, with US President Donald Trump vowing on Thursday to inflict economic pain on China if it does not blink.
The two countries imposed new tariffs on a massive amount of each other’s goods mid-September, with the US targeting $200 billion in Chinese imports and Beijing firing back at $60 billion worth of US goods.

“China-US trade friction has caused trouble and pounded our foreign trade development,” customs spokesman Li Kuiwen told reporters Friday.

But China’s trade surplus with the US grew 10 percent in September from a record $31 billion in August, according to China’s customs administration. It was a 22 percent jump from the same month last year.

China’s exports to the US rose to $46.7 billion while imports slumped to $12.6 billion.

China’s overall trade — what it buys and sells with all countries including the US — logged a $31.7 billion surplus, as exports rose faster than imports.

Exports jumped 14.5 percent for September on-year, beating forecasts from analysts polled by Bloomberg News, while imports rose 14.3 percent on-year.

While the data showed China’s trade remained strong for the month, analysts forecast the trade war will start to hurt in coming months.

China’s export jump for the month suggests exporters were shipping goods early to beat the latest tariffs, said ANZ’s China economist Betty Wang, citing the bounce in electrical machinery exports, much of which faced the looming duties.

“We will watch for downside risks to China’s exports” in the fourth quarter, Wang said.

Analysts say a sharp depreciation of the yuan has also helped China weather the tariffs by making its exports cheaper.

“The big picture is the Chinese exports have so far held up well in the face of escalating trade tensions and cooling global growth, most likely thanks to the competitiveness boost provided by a weaker renminbi (yuan),” said Julian Evans-Pritchard, China economist at Capital Economics.

“With global growth likely to cool further in the coming quarters and US tariffs set to become more punishing, the recent resilience of exports is unlikely to be sustained,” he said.

According to Bloomberg US President Donald Trump’s new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement isn’t that different from the North American Free Trade Agreement that it replaced. But hidden in the bowels of the new trade deal is a clause, Article 32.10, that could have a far-reaching impact. The new agreement requires member states to get approval from the other members if they initiate trade negotiations with a so-called non-market economy. In practice, “non-market” almost certainly means China. If, for example, Canada begins trade talks with China, it has to show the full text of the proposed agreement to the U.S. and Mexico — and if either the U.S. or Mexico doesn’t like what it sees, it can unilaterally kick Canada out of the USMCA.

Although it seems unlikely that the clause would be invoked, it will almost certainly exert a chilling effect on Canada and Mexico’s trade relations with China. Forced to choose between a gargantuan economy across the Pacific and another one next door, both of the U.S.’s neighbors are almost certain to pick the latter.

This is just another part of Trump’s general trade waragainst China. It’s a good sign that Trump realizes that unilateral U.S. efforts alone won’t be enough to force China to make concessions on issues like currency valuation, intellectual-property protection and industrial subsidies. China’s export markets are much too diverse:

If Trump cuts the U.S. off from trade with China, the likeliest outcome is that China simply steps up its exports to other markets. That would bind the rest of the world more closely to China and weaken the global influence of the U.S. China’s economy would take a small but temporary hit, while the U.S. would see its position as the economic center of the world slip into memory.

Instead, to take on China, Trump needs a gang. And that gang has to be much bigger than just North America. But most countries in Europe and East Asia probably can’t be bullied into choosing between the U.S. and China. — their ties to the U.S. are not as strong as those of Mexico and Canada. Countries such as South Korea, Germany, India and Japan will need carrots as well as sticks if they’re going to join a U.S.-led united trade front against China.

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Via Zerohedge Trump Threatens China With More Tariffs, Does Not Seek Economic “Depression”

US equity futures dipped in the red after President Trump threatened to impose a third round of tariffs on China and warned that Chinese meddling in U.S. politics was a “bigger problem” than Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

During the same interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes”, in which Trump threatened to impose sanctions against Saudi Arabia if the Saudis are found to have killed WaPo reported Khashoggi, and which sent Saudi stock plunging, Trump said he “might,” impose a new round of tariffs on China, adding that while he has “great chemistry” with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and noting that Xi “wants to negotiate”, he doesn’t “know that that’s necessarily going to continue.” Asked if American products have become more expensive due to tariffs on China, Trump said that “so far, that hasn’t turned out to be the case.”

“They can retaliate, but they can’t, they don’t have enough ammunition to retaliate,” Trump says, “We do $100 billion with them. They do $531 billion with us.”

Trump was also asked if he wants to push China’s economy into a depression to which the US president said “no” before comparing the country’s stock-market losses since the tariffs first launched to those in 1929, the start of the Great Depression in the U.S.

“I want them to negotiate a fair deal with us. I want them to open their markets like our markets are open,” Trump said in the interview that aired Sunday. So far, the U.S. has imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese imports totaling $250 billion, prompting China to retaliate against U.S. products. The president previously has threatened to hit virtually all Chinese imports with duties.

Asked about his relationship with Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin’s alleged efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, Trump quickly turned back to China. “They meddled,” he said of Russia, “but I think China meddled too.”

“I think China meddled also. And I think, frankly, China … is a bigger problem,” Trump said, as interviewer Lesley Stahl interrupted him for “diverting” from a discussion of Russia.

Shortly before an audacious speech by Mike Pence last weekend, in which the US vice president effectively declared a new cold war on Beijing (see “Russell Napier: Mike Pence Announces Cold War II”), Trump made similar accusations during a speech at the United Nations last month, which his aides substantiated by pointing to long-term Chinese influence campaigns and an advertising section in the Des Moines Register warning farmers about the potential effects of Trump’s tariffs.

Meanwhile, in a rare U.S. television appearance, China’s ambassador to the U.S. said Beijing has no choice but to respond to what he described as a trade war started by the U.S.

“We never wanted a trade war, but if somebody started a trade war against us, we have to respond and defend our own interests,” said China’s Ambassador Cui Tiankai.

Cui also dismissed as “groundless” the abovementioned suggestion by Vice President Mike Pence that China has orchestrated an effort to meddle in U.S. domestic affairs. Pence escalated the rhetoric in a speech Oct. 4, saying Beijing has created a “a whole-of-government approach” to sway American public opinion, including spies, tariffs, coercive measures and a propaganda campaign.

Pence’s comments were some of the most critical about China by a high-ranking U.S. official in recent memory. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo got a lecture when he visited Beijing days later, about U.S. actions that were termed “completely out of line.” The tough words followed months of increases tit-for-tat tariffs imposed by Washington and Beijing that have ballooned to cover hundreds of billions of dollars in bilateral trade.

During a recent interview with National Public Radio, Cui said the U.S. has “not sufficiently” dealt in good faith with the Chinese on trade matters, saying “the U.S. position keeps changing all the time so we don’t know exactly what the U.S. would want as priorities.”

Meanwhile, White House economic director Larry Kudlow said on “Fox News Sunday” that President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will “probably meet” at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires in late November. “There’s plans and discussions and agendas” being discussed, he said. So far, talks with China on trade have been “unsatisfactory,” Kudlow said. “We’ve made our asks” on allegations of intellectual property theft and forced technology transfers, he added. “We have to have reciprocity.”

Addressing the upcoming meeting, Cui said he was present at two previous meetings of Xi and Trump, and that top-level communication “played a key role, an irreplaceable role, in guiding the relationship forward.” Despite current tensions the two have a “good working relationship,” he said.

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BREAKING: Explosion in Crimea, Russia kills many, injuring dozens, terrorism suspected

According to preliminary information, the incident was caused by a gas explosion at a college facility in Kerch, Crimea.

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“We are clarifying the information at the moment. Preliminary figures are 50 injured and 10 dead. Eight ambulance crews are working at the site and air medical services are involved,” the press-service for the Crimean Ministry of Health stated.

Medics announced that at least 50 people were injured in the explosion in Kerch and 25 have already been taken to local hospital with moderate wounds, according to Sputnik.

Local news outlets reported that earlier in the day, students at the college heard a blast and windows of the building were shattered.

Putin Orders that Assistance Be Provided to Victims of Blast in Kerch – Kremlin Spokesman

“The president has instructed the Ministry of Health and the rescue services to take emergency measures to assist victims of this explosion, if necessary, to ensure the urgent transportation of seriously wounded patients to leading medical institutions of Russia, whether in Moscow or other cities,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov said.

The president also expressed his condolences to all those affected by the tragic incident.

Manhunt Underway in Kerch as FSB Specialists Investigate Site of Explosion – National Anti-Terrorist Committee

The site of the blast that rocked a city college in Kerch is being examined by FSB bomb disposal experts and law enforcement agencies are searching for clues that might lead to the arrest of the perpetrators, the National Anti Terrorism Committee said in a statement.

“Acting on orders from the head of the NAC’s local headquarters, FSB, Interior Ministry, Russian Guards and Emergency Ministry units have arrived at the site. The territory around the college has been cordoned off and the people inside the building evacuated… Mine-disposal experts are working at the site and law enforcement specialists are investigating,” the statement said.

Terrorist Act Considered as Possible Cause of Blast in Kerch – Kremlin Spokesman

“The tragic news that comes from Kerch. Explosion. The president was informed … The data on those killed and the number of injured is constantly updated,” Peskov told reporters.

“[The version of a terrorist attack] is being considered,” he said.

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10 percent of American F-22 fighter jets damaged by Hurricane Michael

Part of the reason the F-22’s were left in the path of the storm is that they were broken and too expensive to fix or fly.

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Note to the wise: When a hurricane comes, move your planes out of the way. Especially your really expensive F-22 fighter planes. After all, those babies are $339 mil apiece. Got the message?

Apparently the US Air Force didn’t get this message. Or, did they find themselves unable to follow the message?

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The Washington Times reported Tuesday that between 17 and 20 of these top-of-the-line fighter jets were damaged, some beyond the point of repair, when Hurricane Michael slammed ashore on Mexico Beach, Florida, not far from the Tyndall Air Force Base in the same state. The Times reports that more than a dozen of the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets were damaged after being left in the path of the extremely fierce storm:

President Trump’s tour Monday of devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael took him close to Florida’s Tyndall Air Force Base, where more than a dozen F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets were damaged after being left in the path of the powerful storm.

The pricey fighter jets — some possibly damaged beyond repair — were caught in the widespread destruction that took at least 18 lives, flattened homes, downed trees and buckled roads from Florida to Virginia.

The decision to leave roughly $7.5 billion in aircraft in the path of a hurricane raised eyebrows, including among defense analysts who say the Pentagon’s entire high-tech strategy continues to make its fighter jets vulnerable to weather and other mishaps when they are grounded for repairs.

“This becomes sort of a self-defeating cycle where we have $400 million aircraft that can’t fly precisely because they are $400 million aircraft,” said Dan Grazier, a defense fellow at Project on Government Oversight. “If we were buying simpler aircraft then it would be a whole lot easier for the base commander to get these aircraft up and in working order, at least more of them.”

This is quite a statement. The F-22 is held to be the tip of the American air defense sword. A superb airplane (when it works), it can do things no other plane in the world can do. It boasts a radar profile the size of a marble, making it virtually undetectable by enemy radars. It is highly maneuverable with thrust-vectoring built into its engines.

However, to see a report like this is simply stunning. After all, one would expect that the best military equipment ought to be the most reliable as well. 

It appears that Hurricane Michael figuratively and physically blew the lid off any efforts to conceal a problem with these planes, and indeed with the hyper-technological basis for the US air fighting forcesThe Times continues:

Reports on the number of aircraft damaged ranged from 17 to 22 or about 10 percent of the Air Force’s F-22 fleet of 187.

The Air Force stopped buying F-22s, considered the world’s most advanced fighter jets, in 2012. The aircraft is being replaced by the F-35, another high-tech but slightly less-expensive aircraft.

Later in the tour, at an emergency command center in Georgia, Mr. Trump said the damage to the F-22s couldn’t be avoided because the aircraft were grounded and the storm moved quickly.

“We’re going to have a full report. There was some damage, not nearly as bad as we first heard,” he said when asked about the F-22s, which cost about $339 million each.

“I’m always concerned about cost. I don’t like it,” Mr. Trump said.

Still, the president remains a fan of the high-tech fighter jet.

“The F-22 is one of my all-time favorites. It is the most beautiful fighter jet in the world. One of the best,” he said.

The Air Force managed to fly 33 of the F-22s to safety, but maintenance and repair issues kept 22 of the notoriously finicky aircraft on the ground when the powerful storm hit the base.

About 49 percent of the F-22s are out of action at any given time, according to an Air Force report this year.

This is a stunning statistic. This means that of the 187 planes in existence, 90 of them are not working. At their cost, that means that over thirty billion dollars worth of military equipment is sitting around, broken, just in airplanes alone.

As a point of comparison, the entire Russian military budget for 2017 was $61 billion, with that budget producing hypersonic missiles, superb fighter aircraft and tanks. Russian fighter planes are known for being able to take harsh landing and take-off conditions that would cripple the most modern American flying machines.

It would seem that Hurricane Michael exposed a serious problem with the state of readiness of American armed forces. Thankfully that problem did not arise in combat, but it is no less serious.

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