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Why I support Donald Trump for President of the United States

For all his faults Donald Trump is the candidate of peace opposing Hillary Clinton who is the candidate who threatens World War.

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Has the US election been rigged in Hillary Clinton’s favour as recent evidence has suggested? Perhaps

Has the mainstream media waged such a deceitful and rotten campaign against Donald Trump that they have already won the election for Hillary Clinton? Quite possibly.

Will Hillary Clinton be the most militant president in American history? Yes. Her record as Secretary of State is one covered in blood. Her policies of war upon war upon war may well plunge the world into a Third World War if indeed the war doesn’t begin prior to the inauguration of the next US president.

It is for these reasons that I give a full personal endorsement to Mr. Donald J. Trump, a candidate for peace in a time of war.

In times as serious as this, little else matters other than foreign policy. In the event of world war, the tax man will be as dead as the tax payer.  Bombs do not know race from colour from creed. The rhetoric in which one finds comfort and the rhetoric which one finds irksome will be equally silenced.

Hillary Clinton

The government of which Hillary Clinton has been a part, and the most hawkish part at that, is racing towards world war in Syria.

With America and her NATO allies including Turkey along with ISIS, Al Qaeda and their lookalikes on one side, and Syria and Russia on the other, the very terrorist groups who have brought death to the streets of Aleppo, Brussels, Baghdad, Paris, New York and  beyond, are helping one nuclear superpower to wage war upon another.

If Hillary Clinton gets elected, not only will this policy remain in place, but it will expand exponentially.

Look too at the company she keeps.  Just last week, Prince Turki al-Faisal of the kleptocratic, terrorist sponsoring, Islamic extremist exporting Saudi Arabia, jetted into America to tell Americans to vote for Clinton.

Can you just imagine Putin doing the same for Trump or anyone else?

Putin by the way hasn’t endorsed ANY US candidate and never would do. All he has ever said is that anyone who welcomes cooperation with Russia could only be viewed positively from a Russian perspective.

Hillary Clinton’s record shows that even amongst warmongers she has an unusually enthusiastic taste for death, no empathy for the dead, no measure, and no restraint.

A recent leaked conversation reveals that Hillary Clinton wanted to ‘drone’ Julian Assange whilst he is effectively imprisoned in the sovereign territory of Ecuador.

Assange is amongst the most important men of the last hundred years, a journalist who has risked his life to publish whistle-blower accounts which reveal that the Western establishment is not only as devious as many had suspected, but is in fact more devious than fathomable in one’s wildest dreams. 

Hillary Clinton’s violent outbursts against Assange prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that her relationship with the truth is a bit like her husband’s relationship with her; superficial and ultimately a sham.

Turning to Donald Trump one must ask the following:

When has a contending US presidential candidate campaigned on a platform arguing for reconciliation and cooperation with Russia? The closest one gets is Robert Taft, whose last attempt to gain the Presidency was in 1952.

When has a contending US presidential candidate campaigned on a platform opposed to willy-nilly interventions into others countries? If one considers Ross Perot a contender, than one could point to his last attempt to become president in 1996.

Donald Trump has segregated terrorists who threaten the lives of anyone they can get their hands on, from regimes who don’t want to do business with the likes of Obama, the Clintons and the Bushes.

Donald Trump has said clearly that the constant tide of war is not to the benefit of the ordinary American, and by extrapolation to people throughout the world.

Donald Trump has proved to be both patriotic and critical, something many would have thought impossible in America under previous regimes.

One must acknowledge that for every irrational critic of Trump, there are also rational ones. I would like to address the most widespread rational criticisms of Trump.

He may not mean what he says?

This could well be the case and if he doesn’t, I shall become his most unrelenting critic. However, I’m inclined to believe he does mean what he says.

Trump is a mainstream businessman. Ideology, let alone a wild ideology, does not build hotels, casinos and golf courses. Pragmatism, good sense and efficiency do.

Donald Trump’s foreign policy rhetoric is just that, pragmatic, sensible and efficient.

Unlike Hillary Clinton who has sold weapons of mass destruction, something which does require a touch of madness, Donald Trump has never made money on products which threaten world peace. I do not think he’s about to start now.

Hillary Clinton implies he’s some sort of traitor, he isn’t; he’s a trader and the shopping mall is preferable to the killing fields.

He isn’t Ron Paul

No he isn’t. Ron Paul would be the ideal candidate in many ways, but he’s not running and even when he ran he was massacred by the establishment early on.

This is another reason why Trump is important. Few people who don’t have independent wealth AND a large public profile could have pulled off an anti-establishment campaign and travelled this far with it.

If people find Trump garish or brash, the answer is this is a necessity of marketing. People in America who have never voted know who Donald Trump is; many who have voted still have never heard of Ron Paul.

He isn’t Bernie Sanders

Although Bernie Sanders does indeed have historically laudable anti-war credentials and is a deeply sincere man, he is finished.

His chance of achieving victory was stolen from him by Hillary Clinton’s ruthless, corrupt political machine.

Many accuse him of selling his soul to the DNC devil by endorsing Clinton. Maybe he did or maybe he feels frightened.

He is an old man, allow him to live his lattermost years in peace. 

He isn’t Vladimir Putin

True.

He has said some disturbing things about Iran

This is mere electioneering rhetoric designed to expose Obama’s secretive dealings with Iran, which included the undisclosed shipment of millions of dollars to Iran in cash.

Donald Trump is many things, but the man to invade Iran he is not.

He speaks off the cuff

Good. He is human. He has a sense of humour. He seems good company.

When the world is about to plunge into world war, none of this ought to matter, but if it still does. I say it’s better to have a man relaxed and improvised in his speech than someone who is stiff, insincere and totally inhuman.

There are only two realistic choices for US President and there is a larger policy gap between them than there has been in any two-horse US presidential race since 1972, if not since 1952.

All I am saying is give peace a chance. All I am saying is give Trump a chance.

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Social media purge continues, as platforms operate as publishers (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 80.

Alex Christoforou

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Following the suspension of Alex Jones, Twitter has also moved to restrict Jones’ Infowars account.

BuzzFeed News is reporting that the Infowars account will be restricted from tweeting, but will still be able to browse Twitter and send direct messages to other users, while users will still be able to view the account.

The move, which essentially puts the account in read-only mode, comes less than a day after Twitter temporarily limited Infowars proprietor Alex Jones for a week after he tweeted a link to a video in which he called on his supporters to get their “battle rifles” ready. That video, which was shared on Twitter-owned live streaming service Periscope, was also shared by Infowars earlier on Wednesday.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed that Infowars’ account, which has more than 430,000 followers, will be prevented from tweeting, retweeting, liking or following other users during a seven-day window. The account will stay online, allowing users to view it during that period.

Via Zerohedge

On Tuesday, Twitter suspended the conspiracy theorist and blogger for violating the social media company’s policies, in a stark reversal for Jack Dorsey who previously bucked the trend by other tech giants to muzzle the Infowars creator.

As CNET first reported, Jones’ account was put in “read only” mode and will be blocked from posting on Twitter for seven days because of an offending tweet, the company said. While Twitter declined to comment on the content that violated its policies, a Twitter spokesperson told CNN the content which prompted the suspension was a video published Tuesday in which he said, “now is time to act on the enemy before they do a false flag.”

A Twitter spokesperson wouldn’t say what would get Jones or Infowars permanently suspended, however they noted “We look at [the] volume and nature of violations before suspending an account,” according to Buzzfeed.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the latest twists and turns in the vicious social media purge of conservative right and libertarian accounts. Platforms are acting like publishers and this may mean the end of monopoly social media services.

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Meanwhile, in a censorship move against Libertarian commentary, Ron Paul Institute director Daniel McAdams and Antiwar editor Scott Horton were suspended by Twitter for simply retweeting. Justin Raimondo informs…

Target Liberty reports

Update from Justin:

Neither @scotthortonshow nor @DanielLMcAdams have been reinstated. You can see their tweets: they can’t tweet.

RW

Daniel McAdams explain what happened…

Robert I can give you an update from my perspective regarding what happened:

Yesterday on Twitter, former US diplomat Peter Van Buren (@WeMeantWell) took members of the mainstream media to task for swallowing and printing government lies without even bothering to check them out. He said as a former US government official (turned whistleblower) he also lied to the press on behalf of the government and was astonished that the press swallowed each one, hook, line and sinker.

Several corporate media hacks and in particular one employee of an NGO funded by George Soros — a fellow called Jonathan Katz — piled on Peter, accusing him of all manner of treachery. When Peter ended one response with a sarcastic reference to zombie attacks – “I hope a MAGA guy eats your face” — which is obviously a joke, Katz replied that he is reporting Peter for promoting violence.

So he and his buddies ganged up on Peter and got him banned. Scott Horton and I were incensed over the ban, which seemed to us totally arbitrary. There was no threat of violence and it was no different than millions of Tweets all the time. So Scott and I both joined in and criticized Katz for running off to the authorities in attempt to get someone banned rather than just walk away from the debate.

Katz then did his usual routine and ran to the authorities and had Scott and me banned. Mine was for, as Twitter informed me, because “you may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.” There is no way at all that my Tweet violated the above rule. In no way did I harass or threaten based on those criteria. I merely strongly criticized Katz for running to the authorities to get Peter banned.

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“I’m Not A Racist, But I’m A Nationalist”: Why Sweden Faces A Historic Election Upset

Sweden is set to have a political earthquake in September.

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“Trains and hospitals don’t work, but immigration continues,” Roger Mathson, a retired vegetable oil factory worker in Sweden, told Bloomberg on the same day as the violent, coordinated rampage by masked gangs of youths across five Swedish cities.

We noted earlier that Swedish politicians were quick to react with anti-immigrant party ‘Sweden Democrats’ seeing a surge in the polls ahead of the September 9th election.

“I’m not a racist, but I’m a nationalist,” Mathson said. “I don’t like seeing the town square full of Niqab-clad ladies and people fighting with each other.”

Is Sweden set to have its own political earthquake in September, where general elections could end a century of Social Democratic dominance and bring to power a little known (on the world stage), but the now hugely popular nationalist party often dubbed far-right and right-wing populist, called Sweden Democrats?

Sweden, a historically largely homogeneous population of 10 million, took in an astounding 600,000 refugees over the past five years, and after Swedes across various cities looked out their windows Tuesday to see cars exploding, smoke filling the skies, and possibly armed masked men hurling explosives around busy parking lots, it appears they’ve had enough.

Over the past years of their rise as a political force in Swedish politics, the country’s media have routinely labelled the Sweden Democrats as “racists” and “Nazis” due to their seemingly single issue focus of anti-immigration and strong Euroscepticism.

A poll at the start of this week indicated the Sweden Democrats slid back to third place after topping three previous polls as the September election nears; however, Tuesday’s national crisis and what could legitimately be dubbed a serious domestic terror threat is likely to boost their popularity.

Bloomberg’s profile of their leader, Jimmie Akesson, echoes the tone of establishment Swedish media in the way they commonly cast the movement, beginning as follows:

Viking rock music and whole pigs roasting on spits drew thousands of Swedes to a festival hosted by nationalists poised to deliver their country’s biggest political upheaval in a century.

The Sweden Democrats have been led since 2005 by a clean-cut and bespectacled man, Jimmie Akesson. He’s gentrified a party that traces its roots back to the country’s neo-Nazi, white supremacist fringe. Some polls now show the group may become the biggest in Sweden’s parliament after general elections on Sept. 9. Such an outcome would end 100 years of Social Democratic dominance.

The group’s popularity began surging after the 2015 immigration crisis began, which first hit Europe’s southern Mediterranean shores and quickly moved northward as shocking wave after wave of migrants came.

Jimmie Akesson (right). Image source: Getty via Daily Express

Akesson emphasizes something akin to a “Sweden-first” platform which European media often compares to Trump’s “America First”; and the party has long been accused of preaching forced assimilation into Swedish culture to be become a citizen.

Bloomberg’s report surveys opinions at a large political rally held in Akkeson’s hometown of Solvesborg, and some of the statements are sure to be increasingly common sentiment after this week’s coordinated multi-city attack:

At his party’s festival, Akesson revved up the crowd by slamming the establishment’s failures, calling the last two governments the worst in Swedish history. T-shirts calling for a Swexit, or an exit from the EU, were exchanged as bands played nationalist tunes.

Ted Lorentsson, a retiree from the island of Tjorn, said he’s an enthusiastic backer of the Sweden Democrats. “I think they want to improve elderly care, health care, child care,” he said. “Bring back the old Sweden.” But he also acknowledges his view has led to disagreement within his family as his daughter recoils at what she feels is the “Hitler”-like rhetoric.

No doubt, the media and Eurocrats in Brussels will take simple, innocent statements from elderly retirees like “bring back the old Sweden” as nothing short of declaration of a race war, but such views will only solidify after this week.

Another Sweden Democrat supporter, a 60-year old woman who works at a distillery, told Bloomberg, “I think you need to start seeing the whole picture in Sweden and save the original Swedish population,” she said. “I’m not racist, because I’m a realist.”

Sweden’s two biggest parties, the Social Democrats and Moderates, are now feeling the pressure as Swedes increasingly worry about key issues preached by Akesson like immigration, law and order, and health care – seen as under threat by a mass influx of immigrants that the system can’t handle.

Bloomberg explains further:

But even young voters are turning their backs on the establishment. One potential SD supporter is law student Oscar Persson. Though he hasn’t yet decided how he’ll vote, he says it’s time for the mainstream parties to stop treating the Sweden Democrats like a pariah. “This game they are playing now, where the other parties don’t want to talk to them but still want their support, is something I don’t really understand,” he said.

Akesson has managed to entice voters from both sides of the political spectrum with a message of more welfare, lower taxes and savings based on immigration cuts.

With many Swedes now saying immigration has “gone too far” and as this week’s events have once again thrust the issue before both a national and global audience, the next round of polling will mostly like put Sweden’s conservative-right movements on top

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The Turkish Emerging Market Timebomb

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s populist economic policies have finally caught up to him.

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Authored by Jim O’Neill, originally on Project Syndicate:


As the Turkish lira continues to depreciate against the dollar, fears of a classic emerging-market crisis have come to the fore. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s populist economic policies have finally caught up to him, and sooner or later, he will have to make nice with his country’s traditional Western allies.

Turkey’s falling currency and deteriorating financial conditions lend credence, at least for some people, to the notion that “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” I suspect that many Western policymakers, in particular, are not entirely unhappy about Turkey’s plight.

To veteran economic observers, Turkey’s troubles are almost a textbook case of an emerging-market flop. It is August, after all, and back in the 1990s, one could barely go a single year without some kind of financial crisis striking in the dog days of summer.

But more to the point, Turkey has a large, persistent current-account deficit, and a belligerent leader who does not realize – or refuses to acknowledge – that his populist economic policies are unsustainable. Moreover, Turkey has become increasingly dependent on overseas investors (and probably some wealthy domestic investors, too).

Given these slowly gestating factors, markets have long assumed that Turkey was headed for a currency crisis. In fact, such worries were widespread as far back as the fall of 2013, when I was in Istanbul interviewing business and financial leaders for a BBC Radio series on emerging economies. At that time, markets were beginning to fear that monetary-policy normalization and an end to quantitative easing in the United States would have dire consequences globally. The Turkish lira has been flirting with disaster ever since.

Now that the crisis has finally come to pass, it is Turkey’s population that will bear the brunt of it. The country must drastically tighten its domestic monetary policy, curtail foreign borrowing, and prepare for the likelihood of a full-blown economic recession, during which time domestic saving will slowly have to be rebuilt.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s leadership will both complicate matters and give Turkey some leverage. Erdoğan has  constitutional powers, reducing those of the parliament, and undercutting the independence of monetary and fiscal policymaking. And to top it off, he seems to be reveling in an escalating feud with US President Donald Trump’s administration over Turkey’s imprisonment of an American pastor and purchase of a Russian S-400 missile-defense system.

This is a dangerous brew for the leader of an emerging economy to imbibe, particularly when the United States itself has embarked on a Ronald Reagan-style fiscal expansion that has pushed the US Federal Reserve to raise interest rates faster than it would have otherwise. Given the unlikelihood of some external source of funding emerging, Erdoğan will eventually have to back down on some of his unorthodox policies. My guess is that we’ll see a return to a more conventional monetary policy, and possibly a new fiscal-policy framework.

As for Turkey’s leverage in the current crisis, it is worth remembering that the country has a large and youthful population, and thus the potential to grow into a much larger economy in the future. It also enjoys a privileged geographic position at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia, which means that many major players have a stake in ensuring its stability. Indeed, many Europeans still hold out hope that Turkey will embrace Western-style capitalism, despite the damage that Erdoğan has done to the country’s European Union accession bid.

Among the regional powers, Russia is sometimes mentioned as a potential savior for Turkey. There is no doubt that Russian President Vladimir Putin would love to use Turkey’s crisis to pull it even further away from its NATO allies. But Erdoğan and his advisers would be deeply mistaken to think that Russia can fill Turkey’s financial void. A Kremlin intervention would do little for Turkey, and would likely exacerbate Russia’s own .

The other two potential patrons are Qatar and, of course, China. But while Qatar, one of Turkey’s closest Gulf allies, could provide financial aid, it does not ultimately have the wherewithal to pull Turkey out of its crisis singlehandedly.

As for China, though it will not want to waste the opportunity to increase its influence vis-à-vis Turkey, it is not the country’s style to step into such a volatile situation, much less assume responsibility for solving the problem. The more likely outcome – as we are seeing in Greece – is that China will unleash its companies to pursue investment opportunities after the dust settles.

That means that Turkey’s economic salvation lies with its conventional Western allies: the US and the EU (particularly France and Germany). On August 13, a White House spokesperson confirmed that the Trump administration is watching the financial-market response to Turkey’s crisis “very closely.” The last thing that Trump wants is a crumbling world economy and a massive dollar rally, which could derail his domestic economic ambitions. So a classic Trump “trade” is probably there for Erdoğan, if he is willing to come to the negotiating table.

Likewise, some of Europe’s biggest and most fragile banks have significant exposure to Turkey. Combine that with the ongoing political crisis over migration, and you have a recipe for deeper destabilization within the EU. I, for one, cannot imagine that European leaders will sit by and do nothing while Turkey implodes on their border.

Despite his escalating rhetoric, Erdoğan may soon find that he has little choice but to abandon his isolationist and antagonistic policies of the last few years. If he does, many investors may look back next year and wish that they had snapped up a few lira when they had the chance.

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