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Donald Trump is the same man he’s always been, but the Democrats have grown vicious

Donald Trump used to be a kind of popular, sometimes silly, often entertaining public figure. His personality hasn’t changed, but the American left has taken a turn for the worse.

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I can remember a time, not so long ago, when the well-known figure, Donald Trump was remembered for frequent appearances on the US talk show circuit, endorsing various celebrity brands, selling pizza, mattresses, poor quality vodka, and his signature brand of steaks. I remember too when he hosted the Apprentice and made ‘you’re fired’ a household phrase.

At that time I was fairly indifferent to Donald Trump. I wasn’t alone. Other than those who religiously watched his popular TV appearances, he wasn’t a figure who inspired a great deal of loathing nor passions of any kind. It was more like “Oh look, Donald Trump is on Jay Leno tonight, Michael Jackson’s on tomorrow…maybe I’ll watch”.

To someone with a short cultural memory, this might seem odd. Now the mere mention of Donald Trump’s name, anywhere in the world, rouses strong passions.

Interestingly, perhaps worryingly, he’s the same man. He speaks the same, looks more or less the same, has the same sense of humour, the same ‘no bullshit but I’m still likeable’ attitude. Trump too has been voicing his political views on and off for many years and those too have remained largely pro-industry, anti-globalism, anti-nation building and populistic in the tradition of Ross Perot.

What has changed is the hard-liberal/cultural-Marxist left of the Democratic Party. They’ve gone from people who accepted the existence of Perot like figures without demeaning them with propaganda, lies, slurs and threats, to those incensed by the mere existence of opposing points of view.

Today far too many people of a liberal Democratic point of view are deleting Facebook friends over Trump (how childish!), having shouting matches in public that would make football hooligans seem gentlemanly, and most troubling, they are physically attacking Trump supporters and vandalising their property.

Except for the Facebook bit, this is the kind of behaviour that in previous generations American and European commentators would have pejoratively associated with what was once called the “Third World”. Now though, it’s happening in America and in America’s satellite states in Europe. What has gone wrong?

It’s not a matter of putative conservatism versus putative liberalism. No one in Los Angeles, London or Berlin would have felt personally threatened or intimidated for professing admiration of Ronald Reagan in 1984. Likewise, if someone said in New York or Amsterdam that they liked George W. Bush in 2004, one would have been treated as someone ‘slightly stupid’, but there wouldn’t have been fury or – more seriously – open threats and sometimes even violence.

Donald Trump is a classical conservative in foreign affairs and something of a centrist in domestic policy. He is no extremist by any educated stretch of the imagination. But certain elements in the Democratic Party have adopted a brand of militant cultural-Marxism, which has very little to do with traditional socialism, some elements of which, Trump has ironically adopted.

According to this new breed of liberal-Democrats, opposition isn’t about ‘my view, versus yours’, it’s about a struggle for survival, what Bismarck might have called a latter-day Kulturkampf.

This is more a revolutionary attitude than an impassioned but civilised argument about the relative virtues of Robert Kennedy vis-à-vis Richard Nixon.

Even more worrying, many in Congress and the Deep State have adopted this threatening posture, trying to de-rail Trump’s path to office as though he’s taken over in a Latin America style military coup, rather than being someone who won an election according to the rules of the US Constitution.

It really beggars belief. Perhaps Russia, which in September held smooth and democratic Duma and regional elections, ought to fly Sergei Lavrov to Washington so he can give give a well-meaning lecture on what democracy means?

Indeed, in a pre-election interview with Britain’s Channel 4, Russia’s LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky described Hillary Clinton as vicious. Her supporters seem to be carrying on this attitude, long after her electoral defeat.

As stated masterfully by The Saker, the possibility of civil strife in America is no longer an abstract treat or a hyperbolic worry. It could happen if the street fights between Trump voters and cultural-Marxists are transposed to a war between the Deep State, their Congressional cronies and Donald Trump.

America is looking more and more like the Russia of the 1990s. Indeed both Yeltsin’s Russia and post-Obama/Clinton America have similar signs of chaos, and what’s more, despite industrial decline, both were ‘Made in The USA’!

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Russia’s economy continues to outperform as gold takes center stage (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 118.

Alex Christoforou

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine how US and EU sanctions have continued to provide a huge boost to Russia’s economy. Russia’s food sovereignty has practically been achieved, as the Russian central bank continues to buy gold and lower its exposure to western financial markets.

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Outside pressure in the form of sanctions has become an incentive to resolve various issues of Russia’s economy, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev stated in an interview with the Izvestiya daily.

He noted that through introducing sanctions against Russia, “the West aims to destabilize Russia’s economy and to create social and political tensions in society.”

“But during the difficult times, Russians have always stuck together and mobilized their resources in order to ensure the country’s sovereignty. This is what is happening now – the outside pressure has become an incentive to resolve many problems in Russia’s economy,” he said.

“Before the sanctions, it seemed that we would never be able to feed ourselves and that we are doomed to be dependent on Western import. However, right now, Russia’s food sovereignty in crucial sectors has practically been achieved, and in some areas, Russia has become the leading exporter,” Patrushev noted.

Those who apply the sanctions “can see that they (the sanctions – TASS) are ineffective and often achieve the opposite goal,” the Russian security chief concluded.

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US Neocon Foreign Policy and the War Waged Against Serbia

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign.

Richard Galustian

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The ‘witch-hunt’ against President Trump over Russian collusion has officially ended, following the submission of the Mueller Report, enabling us to now focus on the real problems of America that effects the whole world.

In the hope of a waining of the Russophobia in America, let’s look at the US’s recent war history by starting with the 20th anniversary this month of the NATO war on Serbia in 1999 which amounted to almost 100 days of bombing of historic cities and infrastructure.

Firstly, these problems are, in the main caused by the Neocons, or Deep State, whatever you wish to call them, and the continuing promotion, by the US Military-Security Industrial Complex, of wars and regime change and secondly, Trump’s unreserved support for Israel, regardless of war crimes they may continue to commit against the Palestinians.

Incredibly after that one sided unjust and illegal war that NATO executed, NATO has the audacity to invite Serbia to join it! Something that will never happen. What do they smoke in DC, in the Pentagon and Brussels based NATO?

To compound these overall problems, the US Military and Israeli Defence Forces collaborate on these US regime change policies on all continents evidenced most recently by the arrival of crack Israeli troops last month in Brazil, prepared to support an attack potentially by Brazil and Columbia on Venezuela.

As, has now come to be expected, America pursues its Venezuelan regime change with full main stream media (MSM) cooperation, using well proven sophisticated propaganda techniques along with a variety of pretexts.

From Serbia to Iraq to Libya, where does it end? Observe that Trump is now seeking a ‘NATO alliance’ offering NATO status, to President Bolsonaro of Brazil to back the invasion of Venezuela.

So it is important to remember, as an example, that after a long war of economic and financial destabilization ended with the bombing of Serbia.

Serbia was previously a part of Yugoslavia, a country which had successfully evolved after 1945 to solve the old rivalries of the 19th and early 20th Century Balkan ethnic animosities which was, prior to the advent of power of President Tito, its past history.

The United Nations, instead of supporting, in effect, so called ‘humanitarian wars’ and ‘regime change wars’ by the US, using NATO, helped and relentlessly driven home by MSM outlets like CNN and FOX NEWS into people’s heads, must finally take a stand.

So too, Yugoslavia, once the envy of many in the world, given its then ‘non-aligned’ status under President Tito, was destroyed and broken up; ‘Balkanized’ in the early 1990s.

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign. That’s what we can expect in Venezuela next.

This ‘Balkanization’ strategy similarly applies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria et al. It serves US Neocon interests to dismember States in the world and create smaller more ‘manageable’ countries.

‘Regime change’ runs against the intent, the very words contained in the US Constitution. No one in MSM ever reminds us of that fact. Nevertheless America’s ambition to overthrow other States continues, which they arrogantly now make no secret of. The next States will probably be Nicaragua then Iran to name but two.

A very noteworthy most recent outrageous unilateral declaration was made by President Trump, not yet formally agreed by US institutions, ‘giving’ something he has no authority to give; Syrian territory, the Golan Heights to be precise, to Israel. Something that one day could trigger a full scale Arab-Israeli War.

This is of extreme importance yet no real outcry comes from world leaders; well not so far.

The main reason for that decision given by senior US Administration figures is that “God anointed Trump to save the Jews”.

Not forgetting Trump’s need (which we the people don’t understand exactly why) to support Prime Minister Netanyahu in his difficult upcoming elections in Israel – in part because both countries failed to ‘regime change’ Syria – but more importantly to help the ‘financial terrorists’ who formed a company jointly that has already started drilling for oil in the Golan Heights. You might like to know who owns such oil drilling company which should answer a plethora of questions in one go that you must be asking yourselves.

The shareholder’s names tells us everything; Dick Cheney; Baron Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch. The titular heads of neocons, bankers and media on the planet.

In ending there is no more evidence required for us, the people of the world, to rise up against the globalist dark forces wherever they exist, be it in Brussels, London, France or Washington. We must demand democratic elections or start revolutions, the latter has already begun in France in the form of ‘the yellow vests’. And Brexit, by definition, is a rejection by the British people of globalism and American Hegemony.

The pattern of US destabilization and destruction of States to loot them of their sovereign resources is the unseen history of the last 100 years, not taught in any university, anywhere in the West.

As far as Ukraine is concerned, its government was taken down by the CIA and replaced by an ultra fascist regime that has full backing from America. This is no secret. But the MSM simple don’t report it.

US led NATO is ‘the transnational war machine’ of the world, devouring almost all free countries wealth. It can extort to terrorize all into conformity to the global ‘carcinogenic’ US Neocon imperialistic strategy.

A total estimated 20m people around the world have died since the end of WW11 at the hands of US Forces. Think about that for a moment.

One of the most famous sayings attributed to America’s great President Abraham Lincoln is about deception: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

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‘Dark day for internet freedom’: EU approves controversial copyright reform

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

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The European Parliament has voted to adopt the highly controversial Article 13 provision which would govern the production and distribution of content online under the auspices of increasing copyright protections.

Tuesday’s move will update the EU’s 20-year-old copyright rules and will govern everything from audiovisual content to memes, much to the dismay of many social media users who have already begun outpouring their grief online.

MEPs passed the legislation by 348 votes to 274 Tuesday. Opponents had hoped for last-minute amendments to be made but their efforts were in vain.

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

Article 13 or ‘The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market’ makes all platforms legally responsible for the content hosted and shared on their platforms.

The process of updating the bloc’s copyright laws began in the European Commission two years ago, ostensibly to protect Europe’s publishers, broadcasters and artists and guarantee fair compensation from big tech companies.

By essentially forcing companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to pay artists and publishers for the reproduction of their work online, include in meme format, the EU is effectively clamping down on online memery.

The onus will now be on tech companies to clamp down on content-sharing on their platforms, which will likely ensure yet more draconian policing of speech and content.

EU member states now have two years to pass their own laws putting Article 13 into effect.

Tens of thousands marched in protest across Germany ahead of the vote, decrying what they viewed as severe online censorship.

Tech giant Google said that while the directive is “improved” it will still lead to legal uncertainty and will damage Europe’s creative and digital economies.

Critics have argued that the only way for Article 13 to be effectively enforced would be through the use of upload filters which automatically check content to see if it’s copyrighted or not, at least in theory. However, the exact mechanics of such a system have yet to be fully debated and the potential for abuse is immediately clear.

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