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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is the right man for the US Presidency and the only one who can save the world from the nightmare of a Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump Presidency. Write to him to ask him to stand.

Eric Zuesse

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TO: http://www.robertfkennedyjr.com/contact.html [That’s the way to contact Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., personally, as I just did today, with the following note:]

“Hearing that Sanders will vote for Clinton removes all hope. Unless you declare your candidacy for the U.S. Presidency as a write-in candidate.

Anyway, you’d probably get almost as many Democratic write-in votes as Clinton would get Democratic ballot-votes; and you’d probably get more Republican write-in votes than Trump would get Republican ballot-votes; and you’d get lots more independent write-in votes than any candidate would get independent ballot-votes. (All the ’third party’ ballot-candidates are just bad political jokes.) So, you’d probably win IF YOU CAMPAIGN FOR THOSE VOTES (which means: show you’re really serious about becoming President). You could save the world — and that’s no joke.

Fivethirtyeight.com headlined on May 5th, “Americans’ Distaste For Both Trump And Clinton Is Record-Breaking”, and the only candidate who had a net-positive favorability rating from the American public was Sanders — who is now gone from the contest. You would be campaigning against two extremely unpopular candidates. Until Sanders left the contest on June 24th, he could probably have won the Presidency as a write-in against Clinton and Trump, but he can’t do that now, because he’s already announced he’ll be voting for Clinton. He’s just a side-show, after that. You could take up his banner, and win the White House with it.

You are the only person now who could actually win the U.S. Presidency via a write-in campaign. Will you do it?”

I ask each one of my readers here — everyone who is reading this — to send a similar message to Robert F. Kennedy Jr., as I have done.

Please click onto that form at the top, and tell him how desperately the nation and the world need him to campaign for the U.S. Presidency as a write-in candidate and so to salvage this country and the world from the intolerable two-person choice, of either President Clinton, or President Trump.

This article by him, “Syria: Another Pipeline War”, about the seed and roots of the ‘civil war’ (actually U.S.-Saudi invasion) in Syria, shows the depth of his honesty, and of his penetrating understanding, regarding not only foreign policy, and environmental policy, but of the forces at home in the U.S. that are behind the war in Syria. How many politicians can write something like that, or would have the guts to? He didn’t hire some ‘speech writer’, nor anyone but himself, to write it. That’s the work of a serious historian. And, other than his being also a longtime environmental-law attorney, those two preoccupations — as a historian, and as a lawyer — have been his occupation. In his private life, he has been the type of male Kennedy that has been famous, both for better and for worse, for decades, but there is no reason to believe that, after a conviction for possession of 0.0064 ounce of heroin in 1983, he’s had any run-ins with the law, despite his being tracked relentlessly by Republican investigators and news media in order to stir whatever scandal against him they can stir, to block him from entering politics. Now, at the age of 62, he’s nearing the end of the do-or-die phase of his long-expected, never-yet-realized, jump into Presidential politics as a principal, no longer merely as a political cheerleader. And, in this historically unprecedented campaign-season of 2016, that time for him may finally have arrived. After the popular non-aristocrat Sanders quit the race on June 24th, the best opportunity ever has finally opened up for RFK Jr. — and maybe for America too.

He’s the only proven progressive who has the name-recognition and the proven track-record as an environmental champion and as a passionate opponent of the Republican-Clinton-Obama-Saudi war — a hot war now in both Syria and Ukraine, and with NATO buildups against Russia on Russia’s very borders — aiming to conquer Russia (and maybe, in their brinksmanship, to precipitate WW III thereby). He would instead refocus U.S. foreign policy onto authentic issues of U.S. national defense, and restore a democratic America, and equality of opportunity — at least to the extent than an aristocrat might be hoped to be willing to fight for those progressive objectives.

One thing is for sure: his seriousness doesn’t come from a mere speechwriter’s or other PR person’s bag of tricks. He really does care about public policy, and he has no need for reality-TV stardom in order to achieve the name-recognition that can propel someone into serious contention for the White House. But perfection doesn’t exist, as all of ‘Bernie’s supporters are forced to recognize now. Everyone will fail one’s highest hopes and expectations, and compromises must be made, just not such compromises as ‘electing’ the most-lowly-regarded two-Party Presidential options ever in U.S. history. A nationwide write-in campaign by RFK Jr. seems to be the best pathway available as a fallback, for disappointed supporters of the Sanders-for-President campaign — and for the current, very disappointed (as shown by those high unfavorability ratings), entire American public.

So, please send RFK Jr. that note. He needs to hear from all of you, right now. Every one of us needs every one of us to urge him to do it — because he’s the only person who can. There is nobody else; there is no other fallback position. RFK Jr. will man the barricades, or no one will — because no one can. He’s got the name-recognition; he’s got the name; he’s got the track-record as an honest and earnest fighter for the public, against rapacious international corporations. He has never been doing this for himself. He has really been doing it for all of us. Let’s show our appreciation, now, and then let’s get our friends to join him in the battle, if he decides to take it on!

He’ll know, he will understand, that this would ultimately mean (when he wins the White House) his starting a new Party that will soon replace the Clinton-Obama ‘Democratic’ Party; but, Abraham Lincoln succeeded in replacing the old dying Whig Party with the new Republican Party in 1860, and just as big a turning-point has come in American history now, except that the stakes this time will be to prevent fascism from replacing FDR’s democracy, not to prevent slavery from continuing to exist in a ‘democracy’.

Writing someone’s name in on the write-in line of the Presidential ballot is easy. But campaigning for the Presidency that way will be a big challenge — even for a Kennedy!

It’s do-or-die time in America. For all of us. But we need a leader, or else this revolution will never come — at least not peacefully. It’s up to us. And to RFK Jr.

Please do your part. Please join me in requesting him to do this.

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  Christ’s Ventriloquists: The Event that Created Christianity.

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From McCain to Brennan, Deep State soft coup against Trump picks up steam (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 59.

Alex Christoforou

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After Trump’s meeting with Putin in Helsinki, the Deep State smells blood, and is moving quickly to depose of US President Donald Trump.

Government officials and mainstream media puppets from left and right are condemning the US President over his press conference with Vladimir Putin.

Leading the charge are the usual Deep State, suspects, starting with John McCain and ending with the man many believe is behind the entire Trump-Russia collusion hoax, former Obama CIA boss John Brennan.

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou examine the soft coup aimed at removing US President Trump by the November 2018 midterms. Remember to Please Subscribe to The Duran’s YouTube Channel.

Via The Independent

Conservative John McCain, who is facing a rare and terminal brain cancer, unleashed a damning statement against Mr Trump’s conference with Mr Putin, describing it as “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory”.

“President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin,” he said.

“It is tempting to describe the press conference as a pathetic rout — as an illustration of the perils of under-preparation and inexperience. But these were not the errant tweets of a novice politician. These were the deliberate choices of a president who seems determined to realise his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin’s regime without any regard for the true nature of his rule, his violent disregard for the sovereignty of his neighbours, his complicity in the slaughter of the Syrian people, his violation of international treaties, and his assault on democratic institutions throughout the world.”

The conservative senator’s comments arrived after the US president declined to name Russia as the adversary behind coordinated attacks on the 2016 presidential election.

While discussing whether he thought Russia was behind hacks against the 2016 election — as the US intelligence community has determined —the president said: “I don’t see any reason why it would be.”

“Dan Coats [the US Director of National Intelligence] said its Russia. President Putin says its not Russia,” said Mr Trump. “I don’t know why it would be…..I have confidence in both parties. President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”

That set off a wave of condemnations from Democrats and Republicans alike.

“President Trump’s press conference with Putin was an embarrassing spectacle,” Bernie Sanders wrote in a tweet. “Rather than make clear that interference in our elections is unacceptable, Trump instead accepted Putin’s denials and cast doubt on the conclusions of our intelligence community. This is not normal.”

Jeff Flake, one of the only frequent Republican critics of Mr Trump in Congress, said the conference was “shameful” in a statement he posted across social media.

“I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression,” he said. “This is shameful.”

Former CIA Director John Brennan released a statement calling for Mr Trump’s impeachment and describing his comments as “treasonous”.

“Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes and misdemeanours,'” Mr Brennan wrote on Twitter. “It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???”

Elizabeth Warren also slammed the president for failing to hold Mr Putin accountable, writing on Twitter: “Russia interfered in our elections & attacked our democracy. Putin must be held accountable – not rewarded.”

“Disgraceful,” she concluded.

However, Mr Trump’s typical roster of critics weren’t the only legislators rebuking his bizarre denials of US intelligence. Lindsey Graham also criticised Mr Trump’s performance, adding that his denial of US intelligence will “be seen by Russia as a sign of weakness and create far more problems than it solves”.

“Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russia accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections,” he said.

The Republican senator added a suggestion to Mr Trump: review the soccer ball Mr Putin gave to him as a gift for “listening devices” and “never allow it in the White House.”

Thomas Pickering, a regarded statesman and the former US ambassador to Russia, told MSNBC that he was in utter disbelief after the press conference was held on Monday.

“It’s a breathtaking denial of something that clearly is so obviously true,” he said. ”it represents the epitome of President Trump’s effort at self-promotion over the notion of defending the national interest of the United States.”

Mark Warner, a Virginia senator, also suggested Mr Trump committed a clear violation of his responsibilities as president.

Mr Trump committed “a breach of his duty to defend our country against its adversaries,” Mr Warner said. ”If the President cannot defend the United States and its interests in public, how can we trust him to stand up for our country in private?”

Meanwhile the latest Deep State leak, via the NYT, claims that US President Trump was told by Obama holdovers that Putin was involved in cyberattacks during the 2016 election. US intelligence told Trump this information days before the inauguration.

Via The Gateway Pundit

The same liberal hacks who illegally leaked this information want Americans to trust them as they continue to destroy this duly elected president.

President Trump on Wednesday told CBS anchor Jeff Glor that he has no confidence in the tainted intelligence by far left hacks Clapper, Brennan and Comey.

And, once again, the timing of this leak is not an accident.

Liberals are outraged that President Trump refused to chest bump Putin in Helsinki.

The deep state leaked this information to pile on the Republican president.

The New York Times reported…

Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election.

The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation.

Mr. Trump sounded grudgingly convinced, according to several people who attended the intelligence briefing. But ever since, Mr. Trump has tried to cloud the very clear findings that he received on Jan. 6, 2017, which his own intelligence leaders have unanimously endorsed.

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Russia ranks HIGHER than Switzerland in these areas of doing business

Some curious things happened with several businesspeople who attended World Cup events in Russia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin

One of them was a distinctly renewed interest in doing business inside the country, and another was the realization to what extent perceptions have been tainted by media and political rhetoric directed against any real or imagined nastiness attributed to Russia these days.

These past few weeks have been invaluable, at the very least by affording a clear picture of Russia through which almost all anxiety-ridden preconceptions were illuminated and dispelled. More disturbing was the fact that the several businesspeople I was dealing with were furious. They were livid for being played for fools, and felt victimized by the dismally untrue picture painted about Russia and Russians in their home countries, both by their own politicians and the press.

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Most felt that they have been personally sanctioned by their own countries, betrayed through lack of clear unbiased information enabling them to participate and profit from Russia opportunities these past three growth years in spite of “sanctions”.

The door to doing good business in Russia has been and is open, and has been opening wider year after year. That is not just “highly likely”, but fact. Consistently improving structures, means and methods to conduct business in Russia sustainably, transparently and profitably are now part of the country’s DNA. It is a process, which has been worked on in the west for more than a century, and one, which Russia has only started these past 18 years.

True, there are sanctions, counter-sanctions, and regulations governing them that must be studied carefully. However if you are not a bank or doing business with those persons deemed worthy of being blacklisted by some countries “sanctions list”, in reality there are no obstacles that cannot be positively addressed and legally overcome despite the choir of political nay-sayers.

READ MORE: Russia just dumped $80 BILLION in US debt

The days of quickly turning over Russia opportunities into short-term cash are rapidly fading, they are a throwback to the 1990’s. Today the major and open opportunities are in the areas for Foreign Direct Investments. The nature of FDI is long term to make regularly recurring sustainable returns on investment.

Long term, Russia always was and increasingly confirms that it is a vibrant and attractive market. There is a significant consumer market with spending power, a well-educated workforce, a wealth of resources and the list goes on. The economic obstacles encountered have largely been imposed from without, and not from the dynamics and energies of the Russian economy itself.

Eventually sanctions will end, although the timeline is anyone’s guess. Meanwhile business continues, and any long-term engagement within Russia by establishing a working presence will yield both short and long-term investment rewards. These will only be amplified when the sanctions regimes are removed. In any event, these aspects are long-term investment decisions and one of the criteria in any risk assessment.

For some added perspective, Russia is ranked by the Financial Times as the No.2 country in Europe in terms of capital investments into Europe. It has a 2017 market share of 9% (US$ 15.9 billion) and includes 203 business projects. This is 2% higher than 2016 and better that 2014/2015 when sanctions were imposed.

Another item of perspective is the Country Risk Premium. All investors consider this when calculating the scope for long-term return on investments. What may surprise some is that Russia is no longer ranked as a very high-risk country. For comparisons sake: The risk premium for Germany is zero (no extra risk), the risk premium for Italy is 2.19%, and for Russia, it is 2.54%. When compared to politically popular investment destinations like Ukraine the risk premium is 10.4%  – food for thought. Bottom line is that the risks of investing in Russia are a smidge higher than investing in Italy.

Russia is ranked 35 among 190 economies in the ease of doing business, according to the latest World Bank annual ratings. The ranking of Russia improved to 35 in 2017 from 40 in 2016 and from 124 in 2010. It may also surprise some to learn that as concerns protecting the rights of minority investors, paying taxes, registering property and some other aspects of the World Bank comparisons, Russia comes out better than Switzerland (See: Rankings).

From operational standpoints, establishing an invested presence in Russia does not mean one must adopt Russian managerial methods or practices. The advantages for established foreign companies is that their management culture is readily applied and absorbed by a smart and willing workforce, enabling a seamless integration given the right training and tools.

The trend towards the ultimate globalization of business despite trade wars, tariffs, sanctions and counter-sanctions is clear. The internet of the planet, the blockchain and speed of information exchange makes it so whether we wish it or not. Personally, I hope that political globalization remains stillborn as geopolitics has a historical mandate to tinker with and play havoc with international trade.

Russia occupies a key strategic position between Europe and Asia. The “west” (US/Europe) have long had at times rather turbulent relationships with China. At the same time the Chinese are quite active investors in both the US and Europe, and western companies are often struggling to understand how to deal with China.

The answer to this conundrum is Russia: this is where East and West will ultimately come together with Russia playing a pivotal role in the relations between the west and China. At the end of the day, and taking the strategic long-term economic view, is what both Chinese and Western companies are investing in when they open their activities in Russia.

If long-term commitment and investment in Russia were simply a matter of transferring funds then I would not be bothering with this opinion article. Without a doubt, there are structural issues with investing in Russia. A still evolving and sometimes unclear rule of law, difficulties obtaining finance for investments directed towards Russia, the unique language and culture of business in the country. Nevertheless, companies that have an understanding and vision of global strategy will manage with these issues and have the means to mitigate them.

Money and other invested resources do not and should not play politics; any investment case when evaluated on objective financial criteria will reveal its fit, or lack of, within a company’s global strategic business objectives. The objective criteria for Russia over any long term horizon is both convincing and strong. This has been repeated by all of the businesspeople I have met with these past few weeks. Without doubt we shall see some new companies coming into the Russian market and objectively exploring the gains their playing fair business football here will yield.

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Media meltdown hits stupid levels as Trump and Putin hold first summit (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 58.

Alex Christoforou

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It was, and still remains a media meltdown of epic proportions as that dastardly ‘traitor’ US President Donald Trump decided to meet with that ‘thug’ Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Of course these are the simplistic and moronic epitaphs that are now universally being thrown around on everything from Morning Joe to Fox and Friends.

Mainstream media shills, and even intelligent alternative news political commentators, are all towing the same line, “thug” and “traitor”, while no one has given much thought to the policy and geo-political realities that have brought these two leaders together in Helsinki.

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou provide some real news analysis of the historic Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, without the stupid ‘thug’ and ‘traitor’ monikers carelessly being thrown around by the tools that occupy much of the mainstream media. Remember to Please Subscribe to The Duran’s YouTube Channel.

And if you though that one summit between Putin and Trump was more than enough to send the media into code level red meltdown, POTUS Trump is now hinting (maybe trolling) at a second Putin summit.

Via Zerohedge

And cue another ‘meltdown’ in 3…2…1…

While arguments continue over whether the Helsinki Summit was a success (end of Cold War 2.0) or not (most treasonous president ever), President Trump is convinced “The Summit was a great success,” and hints that there will be a second summit soon, where they will address: “stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace, North Korea and more.”

However, we suspect what will ‘trigger’ the liberal media to melt down is his use of the Stalin-esque term “enemy of the people” to describe the Fake News Media once again…

 

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