Saturday, July 29th, 2017
reince priebus is out. sean spicer is out. whose next? is this the beginning or the end of the bloodletting? now the US president has surrounded himself exclusively with family, friends and generals. engaging in nepotism and cronyism has always beenat the heart of how donald trump has run his private businesses. it’s like the east european roots of his wives have trumped trump’s north european roots. it’s a playbook straight out of the mafia. having attended a military academy as a child, trump values the leadership abilities of those who have served in the military. despite his having been a draft dodger during the vietnam war. that being said. what makes a good leader? well, vision matters. what also matters is the ability to pick good people and to delegate. what makes a good president? a man (and they usually are men) who can articulate his vision, has the ability to compromise, and the ability to admit when he is wrong. the phrase personal responsibility is a phrase the trump family are not familiar with.
like the head of the (a) mafia clan, trump doesn’t trust anyone unless he feels like he knows him (and it’s usually a him). he values unflinching loyalty and he trusts people with money because in his capitalist mindset rich people are smart and poor people are dumb. it’s not clear how he feels about the middle class. but it will be the middle class who will decide (when they vote in the mid-term elections) whether or not the trump administration is a complete disaster.
the theory about populists is that they cannot govern. they know nothing about creating policies and even less about compromise and diplomacy. according to the hill, donald trump called john mccain the day mccain voted against the repeal of the affordable care act. obviously trump’s ability to persuade rivals hasn’t lived up to anyone’s expectations. we must all remember that about 18 months ago trump berated senator john mccain for having fought in the vietnam war (which trump’s wealthy family helped him avoid) and being imprisoned during the same war. the irony of all ironies, innit?
Friday, July 21st, 2017
this identity movement for young people founded in france expanded to germany in 2012. the italian branch recently raised 100K to charter a ship to enter libyian waters, confront humanitarian aid organizations in the attempt to literally send africans back to africa. the german branch is under surveillance due to their perceived undemocratic leanings. which in turn is maybe justified. recently the group tried to storm the justice building in germany as the members of the identetarians (sp?) protested germany’s new anti-hate speech law.
Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
steve king, united states representative from iowa and also the united states’ future ambassador to the czech republic (now known as czechia we think) thinks programs that help women and poor people should be cut and used to pay for donald trump’s border wall with mexico. is our interpretation accurate? you can tell us. he is correct on some levels. in that welfare programs in the united states were initially created to fight poverty. has it created inter-generational dependency? there is no proof of this. but the majority of people on social welfare in the united states are poor white women –the majority of whom voted for donald trump.
Sunday, July 9th, 2017
trump and his crusty crew of alt right nationalists have got a geography problem. when delivering his speech in warsaw last week to the bussed in props. the US president underscored the achievements of the west. like wikipedia, trump and his speechwriter have a north-western bias. this administration also has a geography problem. poland spent 50 years behind the iron curtain in the USSR. along with other east european countries like the then czechoslavakia and east germany, poland’s history is decidedly tied to this region and the golden age of communism. during this difficult period of wealth redistribution, the only worthwhile achievements from this region were gold medals at the olympics during the golden age of performance enhancing drugs. communism and its inefficiencies left a hard to delete mark on the new EU countries. and these centrally planned societies run by illiberal victor orban-esque dictators destroyed their economies, supressed free speech, pluralism and freedom of expression. the artists who flourished during this time were mostly propagandists and party flunkies.
most of the industries and factories in this region vanished after the berlin wall fell in 1989 due to inefficiencies. and these countries are still trying to catch up with western europe economically, intellectually and emotionally.
Thursday, July 6th, 2017
2 years ago trump descended from the escalators at trump tower in the US city of manhattan to announce his presidency surrounded by people who had allegedly been hired to applaud his speech. fast forward 2 years and a similar situation is about to happen in poland. it is quite a trend now for east european authoritarian politicans to bus in supporters for speeches and rallies possibly out of fear that nobody will show up. but in developing and transitional countries, free food and drinks coupled with complimentary transportation is enough of a bribe to motivate crowds of fawning nationalists to turn up.
but the crowds of demonstrators that await trump this week in hamburg for the G-20 event will not have been bused in by anyone. you can read the hill article here.
Monday, June 26th, 2017
everytime general petraeus appears on a news broadcast, writes an op-ed piece about the US’s foreign policy or testifies before the US congress, a piece of america dies. the reality is that he should have been the next US president. could the US electorate find it in their hearts to forgive a man who made the mistake of getting involved with his biographer given that loads of americans voted for a man wonder woman would beat to a pulp? or would someone call this white male privilege? given that petraeus is clearly a greek name, is he even white really? his balkan heritage (whose history is tied to turkey) could be why he seemingly has a grasp on the chaos of the near east. or are we just reaching?
in the video below petraeus talks about the US’s ongoing presence in Afghanistan. more recently he chastised the current US administration for cutting its state department budget as the trump administration favors more boots on the ground as opposed to preventative measures. who gains from the US putting more troops in subsaharan africa? if the administration fears corruption, nepotism, cronyism and clientelism well then maybe they have a point. but the bush journey into nation building did not make the US more safe. and a greater presence of US military will only aid those who work in the service sectors catering to the military. long-term investment in developing countries is a win-win situation for US businesses and the US and the western world’s longterm security. loads of men in their 20s with no hope and nothing to do surrounding by well armed foreigners doesn’t really seem like either a good short-term or long term solution. it looks more like occupying forces.
Sunday, May 14th, 2017
emmanuel macron becomes france’s president. live on France 24 live in english:
Thursday, May 11th, 2017
in the USA congress, the chairman of the house oversight committee has asked the justice department to investigate the firing of FBI director james comey. when the richard nixon white house fired the special prosecutor archibald coxspecial prosecutor archibald cox investigating the watergate breakin in 1973, they too were within their rights legally. but this began the slow drum beat of scrutiny.
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
US president donald trump opened pandora’s box by firing FBI director james comey. for those of you who are X-Files fans it sounds like a mystery for scully and mulder. we here at a blog about whatever initially thought that the obama administration tried to tie the incoming trump administration to manchurian candidate type stuff relating to russia for partisan reasons. this would sew doubts in the minds of the electorate about a president entering office with less than 50% of the popular vote. so essentially a man without a mandate. –thereby helping to ensure that trump would not win re-election in 2020. we don’t necessarily think that the obama administration thought they would find all sorts of gummi bears and lollipops. we don’t think comey’s firing one day after an old quote from 2014 surfaced from eric trump saying the trump organization had all the money they needed from russia for their golf courses, was a coincidence.
former national security adviser mike flynn was an obvious target, given that obama had previously fired flynn and it was public knowledge that he had been to russia and appeared on the russian government owned channel Russian Today (recently rebranded as RT). just go on youtube and have a look.
we think the aim of the DEMs was to distract trump for the next 3.5 years. but now the perception is that the trump administration is hiding something. and like the washington posts writes, even republicans who have consistently been willing to stand up for trump are now reluctant.
all US politicians know the history of the watergate scandals. as do all americans with a high school education. a seemingly innocuous office break in that lead to the first resignation of a sitting US president. along the way a special prosecutor was fired by nixon flunkie robert bork–who came to regret this about 10 years later when he was nominated for a lifetime seat on the US supreme court. robert bork’s congressional hearing and failed nomination proved that just because your boss tells you to do something, doesn’t mean you actually should do it. consumer rights activist ralph nader filed a lawsuit challenging the firing of the special prosecutor who was investigating US president nixon and what became known as watergate. the courts ruled the firing illegal. we wonder what is waiting in the wings for donald trump. we’re pretty sure it’s president mike pence.
Sunday, May 7th, 2017
macron at 39 years old is the youngest head of state of france since napoleon bonaparte in 1848.