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U.S. — Omar an unwitting pawn in Trump’s 2020 campaign strategy — By Mohamed Hamaludin

There were four words: “some people did something.”

They have launched a furious controversy that pits the President of the United States against a congressional newcomer in yet another example of the divisiveness that characterizes today’s America.

Rep Ilhan Omar

The words were spoken by one of two Muslim women elected to the House of Representatives last November, while she addressed a civil rights gathering organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on March 23. It was a 20-minute speech.

“For far too long, we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it,” Omar said. “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting  to lose access to our civil liberties. So you can’t just say that today someone is looking at me strange and that I am trying to make myself look pleasant. You have to say that, ‘This person is looking at me strange. I am not comfortable with it, and I am going to talk to them and ask them why.’ Because that is the right you have.”    Continue reading

Visa refusal and American intelligence on Guyana – By Freddie Kissoon

Visa refusal and American intelligence on Guyana

Mexico: Denials of U.S. immigrant visas skyrocket after little-heralded rule change

Immigrant Visas denied – as they could require government financial assistance

Balbino, a 33-year-old Mexican national who had entered the United States illegally 14 years ago, thought he had a strong case for a spousal visa: a wife and children who are U.S. citizens, a father-in-law who had pledged in an affidavit to financially support him if necessary, and a letter from his employer guaranteeing him an $18-per-hour job upon his return.

When he went for the interview, he was at the final step of legalizing his status, which would, he hoped, pave the way for a more stable life for himself and his family. Instead, the consular officer denied his application on the grounds that he could become a drain on U.S. taxpayers by requiring government financial assistance, according to documents reviewed by Reuters.          Continue reading

USA: Lessons From Netanyahu’s Victory for Democrats in 2020 – Chemi Shalev | Haaretz

13 Lessons From Netanyahu’s Victory for Democrats Hoping to Beat Trump in 2020

Israel and the U.S. may be oceans apart, but both are led by wily nationalists-populists who stop at nothing

Chemi Shalev | Haaretz

1. Believe it: Donald Trump can win the 2020 elections. No matter how inconceivable the thought may be to Democrats, it can happen, unless they do things exactly right, it will happen. And even if they do things right, it can still happen.

2. The powers of incumbency: They may be well known but the powers of shameless incumbency are exponentially greater. Netanyahu brazenly gave out IOU’s to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in exchange for grand gestures – the U.S. recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli and the return of the remains of Zachary Baumel’s body – to aggrandize himself in the eyes of the electorate and to wipe the campaign slate clean of the spiraling scandals enveloping him. It worked.         Continue reading

USA: Boeing’s Will Give Way to Safety Reforms if Flyers Organize – By Ralph Nader

USA: Boeing’s Will Give Way to Safety Reforms if Flyers Organize

  By Ralph Nader | April 4, 2019 – Aletho News

To understand the enormity of the Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes (Lion Air 610 and Ethiopian Airlines 302) that took a combined total of 346 lives, it is useful to look at past events and anticipate future possible problems.

In 2011, Boeing executives wanted to start a “clean sheet” new narrow body air passenger plane to replace its old 737 design from the nineteen sixties. Shortly thereafter, Boeing’s bosses panicked when American Airlines put in a large order for the competitive Airbus A320neo.  Boeing shelved the new design and rushed to put out the 737 Max that, in Business Week’s words, was “pushing an ageing design past its limits.” The company raised the 737 Max landing gear and attached larger, slightly more fuel efficient engines angled higher and more forward on the wings. Such a configuration changed the aerodynamics and made the plane more prone to stall (see attached article: https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2019/boeing-canceling-737-max).        Continue reading

Is the U.S. Prepared to Accept a Defeat in Venezuela? – By Marco Teruggi

Is the U.S. Prepared to Accept a Defeat in Venezuela?

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By Marco Teruggi – Pagina 12 – April 12, 2019

The attack should have been short since the Maduro administration was not strong enough to resist. This was the conviction of the United States as they carried out a strategy to overthrow him: they built a President 2.0 Juan Guaido; they gave him a fictionalized government, international recognition, a collective narrative among mass media companies, accelerated economic sanctions at different levels. Overlapping these variables, different results were expected to be achieved on their path of getting a forced negotiation or the toppling of the government.

Events did not take the planned course. First and most important, the breaking of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB): a crucial element that should have happened but did not. A series of tactics were implemented for it, from internal conspiracy with the support of a lot of dollars, visas and guarantees, or the strategy of a latent threat of a possible U.S. intervention. A combination of bluff – an unloaded weapon pointed at your head – with built up dates to try to achieve a rupture, such as on February 23rd.      Continue reading

Caribbean: The View from Europe: A cold wind starts to blow – By David Jessop

The View from Europe: A cold wind starts to blow

David Jessop

By David Jessop

New winds are blowing through the Caribbean. Some may welcome what they bring; others may not.

Four events in the last month illustrate how the region is being captured, probably irretrievably, by a new if so far ill-defined Cold War that involves the US, China, Russia and Europe which for strategic reasons are seeking geopolitical and geo-economic influence in the region.

The most high-profile demonstration of this came in Washington’s decision to invite just five Caribbean leaders to a meeting with President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida March 22. A second illustration was a pre-arranged visit to the Dominican Republic just one day later by the Chinese Vice Premier, Hu Chunhua. The third relates to Venezuela and a low-key exchange organised with Canadian support between a delegation of CARICOM foreign ministers and Juan Guaidó, the country’s self-declared President. Moreover, the fourth was a Royal visit to Cuba which indirectly underlined the growing transatlantic rift between Europe and the US.    Continue reading

No place for vanilla politics in today’s America – By Mohamed Hamaludin

No place for vanilla politics in today’s America

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Former President Barack Obama recently offered his most significant advice yet to the Democratic Party. Answering questions at an Obama Foundation town hall in Berlin on Saturday, he said, “One of the things I do worry about sometimes among progressives in the United States… is a certain kind of rigidity where we say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, this is how it’s going to be.’ And then we start sometimes creating what’s called a ‘circular firing squad’ where you start shooting at your allies because one of them is straying from purity on the issues.”

That message was actually for the democratic socialists and their agenda that includes New York Rep. Alexandria Occasion-Cortez’s Green New Deal and Medicare for all.        Continue reading

Venezuela reports collapse in oil supply, tightening global market – OPEC

Venezuela’s output now less than 1M barrels/day due to US sanctions and blackouts

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LONDON,  (Reuters) – Venezuela’s oil output sank to a new long-term low last month due to U.S. sanctions and blackouts, the country told OPEC, deepening the impact of a global production curb and further tightening supplies.

Supply cuts by OPEC and partners led by Russia, plus involuntary reductions in Venezuela and Iran, have helped drive a 32 percent rally in crude prices this year, prompting pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump for the group to ease its market-supporting efforts.

In a monthly report released on Wednesday, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said Venezuela told the group that it pumped 960,000 barrels per day (bpd) in March, a drop of almost 500,000 bpd from February.    Continue reading

USA- The ‘War on Drugs’: A Race War started by the Nixon Administration in 1971- commentary

The ‘War on Drugs’ Really A Race War That Had Nothing To Do With Marijuana?
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“…Former aide to President Richard Nixon pulls back the curtain on the true motivation of the United States’ war on drugs… John Ehrlichman, who served 18 months in prison for his central role in the Watergate scandal, was Nixon’s chief domestic advisor when the president announced the “war on drugs” in 1971” ( see video below)

Top Nixon Aide Admits The Drug War Is To Target Blacks

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