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Trump in bizarre threat to nations who trade with North Korea

Trump’s threat to stop trading with ALL NATIONS who do business with the DPRK is foolish, aggressive, unrealistic and potentially damaging to the US economy.

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Donald Trump’s Tweets have been dominated by North Korea ever since Pyongyang sucessfully tested what the goernment claims was a domestically produced hydrogen bomb.

Below are today’s Trump Tweets on the subject:

Apart from the par for the course insults to China and threats of military action, the most strange Tweet was the one in which the US President threatened to cease trading with any country doing business with North Korea.

While North Korea conducts little business with the outside world by contemporary standards, a great number of nations do in fact conduct legal business with the DPRK on a frequent basis. This includes many US allies.

North Korea’s most prominent import partners include:

1. China

2. India

3. Russia

4. Thailand

5. Philippines

North Korea’s most sizeable export partners include:

1. China

2. India

3. Pakistan

4. Burkina Faso

Other countries with business relations with North Korea include but are not limited to: Egypt, Sweden, France, Peru, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Ukraine, Syria, South Africa, Ecuador, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, Poland, the EU as a whole (including Britain) and many others.

As things stand, were the United States to stop trading with the aforementioned countries, the US would be ceasing trade with some of the most prominent economies in the world.

Clearly, the idea is for America to effectively bully other nations into ceasing their business dealings with North Korea in order to preserve their import and export relations with the US government and US business.

Such a tactic is not only unwise but it is patently aggressive and largely unrealistic. While the UN Security Council has spoken in a unified voice on sanctions, Russia and China have both come out in opposition to further unilateral sanctions passed by the United States.

Russia has likewise repeatedly stated that attempting to starve North Korea into submission is an American plan that Russia would never endorse. The same applies to China.

If Trump were however to instruct the US Treasury Department to try and implement such a threat, America would effectively be using sovereign economic blackmail to ideally (from Trump’s perspective) starve North Korea or otherwise to punish countries which do  business North Korea, something which depending on which countries wouldn’t respond to the blackmail, could possibly destroy the US economy in respect of both imports and exports. This is especially true when one considers that countries with powerful economies like China do not respond well to blackmail and are economically diverse enough not to require total reliance on any one country, no matter how large.

Furthermore, in ‘starving’ North Korea, it would be less of a starvation into submission than a starvation into a desperate state where using nuclear weapons would ultimately be more likely in respect of Pyongyang.

While Trump’s statement is technically unofficial, it does speak to the important differences between geo-politics and domestic business ventures. The great economies of the world aren’t a cement company from New York…some of them even have nuclear weapons, including the countries that do the highest levels of business with North Korea.

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Then he could start by cutting of trade with Ukraine – where it seems those rocket parts came from, not to mention the suspiciously Soviet style design of their H-bomb. 😉
But no doubt the US will be more worried about the coal, oil and wheat/rice trade partners of NK.

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By choosing this moron USAdists overdid themselves. I thought it is nearly impossible to choose someone more retarded then Mr. Dubya or servile then Mr. Banana. But USAdists achieved it. USAdistia is land of achievers. You tell me they could choose evil Hitlery too. You know what, when I think about USAdistia there is one verse that comes to my mind.

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

And this moron is the best USAdistia could give.Well then.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Please worry about the Greater Sweden Morons were you live, and the Serbian Government of Vucic/Brnabic Morons where you claim to originate from.

The lesser neutered Trump Moron is the last of your worries.

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

What a goddamned arrogant moron, please go to hell, idiot!!!

stevek9
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stevek9

Bizarre … stop trading with China!!?? That would be a bit messy for both the US and China. It’s nearly impossible, so wondering about what harm might come to the US economy is silly. It is not happening.

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

That arrogant moron is an jdiot!!!

Shahna
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What a GREAT idea!
No more phücking stinking Yankee chlorine chickens for us! YAY!

Shannon
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Shannon

Trump is also threatening to pull out of NAFTA, which would sabotage US trade with two of its most important partners. So what is going on here? Are these all just excuses to build a wall around the USA – “Fortress America”?? To what benefit, and for whom?? Almost all American businesses will suffer if he does this, won’t they? So who wins?

javier
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javier

in order to get to the new world order america must be destroyed

louis robert
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louis robert

The self-destructive Empire is taking care of that… and winning … 1- nil!

TravelAbout
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TravelAbout

And a walled off USA would be a detriment to the rest of the world in what way???

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Trauma2000

I’ve said it a dozen times before, and I’ll say it again: Boycott Brand America. Boycott the Aggressors, Boycott the Criminals, Boycott the Banks, Boycott Hollywood, Boycott the MSM (Mainstream Media), Boycott the Multinationals, Boycott those who disregard International Law, Boycott those who make chemical weapons, BOYCOTT THE LIERS. It’s not hard people. Just make a decision. Do you approve of the manner in which Rogue Countries are operating, or do you object? If you object, then make a decision. Make the decision when you goto the shops or buy on the internet; make the decision to look closely at… Read more »

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

No longer ‘Boycott’. QUARANTINE

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

I have been boycotting USA for some 3 years now since Maidan and Odessa, I used to spend lots in US, but no more for my custom fabrication shop!!!!! It takes a little longer to acquire some parts I need, but it’s okay!!! So you see I am with you, and it feels GOOD!!!!!

Cale
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Cale

Reading Trump’s Twitters about NK, I seems to me that he has no idea what to do. It is actually a real complicated problem. Any military threat against NK will result in, at least, Seoul being destroyed. There is no escape from this fact. China and Russia should “convince” neighbor NK, not the US. That is the only reasonable way out. But at the same time the next losing-face fact for Washington. If you don’t have a clear foreign policy, except for throwing bombs everywhere, than better stay away from it.

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Gonzogal

“China and Russia should “convince” neighbor NK, not the US” It is NOT for Russia and China to “convince” NK of ANYTHING. This is completely a US problem which IT has refused to address through peaceful means for over 50 YEARS. The US has LIED and REFUSED any peace initiatives offered by NK. It is for THE US to solve, every other country is paying the price for US imperialism and desires for war! China and Russia have put forth a peace plan rejected by….the US of course. The US DOES NOT WANT PEACE in NK, as it serves its… Read more »

JDo
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JDo

And the rest of the world is like – go pound sand.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

I see the immortal Slim Pickens ridin’ that mother of a rocket down to ‘hit them Russkies’.
Has Trump ever even seen a good movie?
The danger for the USA was always that it would actually become the cartoon universe portrayed in its CIA-controlled MSM.
Too late now!

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

Trump or Clinton only in America!

TravelAbout
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TravelAbout

It’s like a rigged coin, tails we lose and heads we lose!

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

“The United States is considering stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea.”

I’d like to see that.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“Delusion 3: If the U.S. presses China hard enough, Beijing will solve the problem for us. – There is no combination of U.S. sanctions, threats, or pressures that will make Beijing take steps that are fundamentally contrary to China’s vital national security interests. (Here, the «vital national security» of China means just that, not the way U.S. policymakers routinely abuse the term to mean anything they don’t like even if it has nothing to do with American security, much less with America’s survival.) Aside from speculation (which is all it is) that China could seek to engineer an internal coup… Read more »

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Davy de Verteuil

So the US intends to bully the rest of the class that refuses to jump on its side in bullying a Country which have never done a thing to the United States. North Korea is just supposed to forget this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=599&v=31wy85JcWPA

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

This is why we need to Boycott Brand America…

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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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Via TASS…

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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