The Left is always condemning “white privilege.” We need to condemn the Left’s anger privilege.
If you want to know who really has privilege in a society and who doesn’t, follow the anger. There are people in this country who can safely express their anger. And those who can’t. If you’re angry that Trump won, your anger is socially acceptable. If you were angry that Obama won, it wasn’t. James Hodgkinson’s rage was socially acceptable. It continues to be socially acceptable for the Left even when he crossed the line into murder.
If you’re black and angry about the police, your anger is celebrated. If you’re white and angry about the Terror travel ban, the Paris Climate treaty, ObamaCare repeal or any Leftist cause, you’re on the side of the angry angels. But if you’re white and angry that your job is going to China or that you just missed being killed in a Muslim suicide bombing, your anger is unacceptable.
It is a fascinating topic which exposes the duplicity of the left-wing obsession with Russia. These people, who were soft on the Soviet Union and now hard on Russia, are the worst kind of hypocrites.
Their hypocrisy is further demonstrated by the abundant evidence that their global warming or climate change theory was initially conceived by Soviet Communists as a means by which to destroy the industrial base in the United States.
This disinformation theme was then embraced by the liberals now claiming to be tough on Russia. Here’s how it happened.
Why Robert Mueller should step down as special counsel or recuse himself from any aspect of the investigation involving James Comey:
*The appointment of Mueller under the special counsel statute is illegitimate. That's because the special counsel statute can only be triggered if there's an underlying criminal probe. News to the world: There ain't no underlying crime.
*The law governing the special counsel (28 CFR 600.7) specifically prohibits Mueller from serving if he has a conflict of interest in the case. The rule has been interpreted to mean that even the appearance of a conflict is sufficient for disqualification. A conflict of interest is a situation in which an individual has competing interests or loyalties.
*Mueller and fired FBI Director James Comey are best buds. Family vacations, picnics, hours spent at the office, and cocktails after work. As former FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom says, “Bob Mueller and Jim Comey are the best of friends and have been for over two decades. It’s a massive conflict of interest.”
A considerable portion of America’s permanent bureaucracy, including elements of its intelligence community, is engaged in an illegal and unconstitutional mutiny against the elected commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump.
Most of the Democrat Party and a fair sampling of the Republican Establishment wants to force Trump out of office, and to this end has undertaken an entrapment scheme to entice the president and his staff into actions which might be construed after the fact as obstruction of justice.
By means yet undisclosed, the mutineers forced Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn from office and now seek to bring down the president for allegedly obstructing an investigation of Gen. Flynn that arose in the first place from the entrapment scheme.
The Trump-Russia collusion story is nonsense, as its disseminators know better than anyone else. The object of the exercise is not to support the innuendo, but to launch an investigation which can provoke the White House into responses that might be construed as illegal.
The intelligence leaks involved in framing the story alone are probably sufficient grounds to put several dozen senior officials in federal prison for double-digit terms. That consideration gauges the scale of the problem: the mutineers have committed multiple felonies, and their downside should the mutiny go wrong is not ignominious retirement but hard time at Leavenworth.
Predictably, the mainstream media here and across the Atlantic have again gone totally unhinged with prophesies of doom for America, the imminent demise of the Trump administration, and the inevitable rise of Germany and Chancellor Merkel as the new leader of the free world.
This may indeed be a watershed event, but not at all as the Left here and there imagines it.
Contrary to the fervent desires of the Leftist Elites, it will result not in the political collapse of Trump's America, but in the exposure of the incredible hypocrisy and ultimate weakness of the socialistic environmental schemes characterizing today's "European project."
This is especially true for Germany with Merkel making catastrophic mistakes that require urgent and costly repairs. One stands out as particularly daunting: the wholesale effort to switch Germany to renewable energy, known as the energy transition, or Energiewende.
Yesterday (6/12), the Ninth Circuit, on the basis of a Trump tweet, blocked the President’s travel ban.
When President Trump tweeted that his measure to protect Americans from Islamic terror was a “travel ban” and that it should never have been watered down, he was right.
Maybe the Supreme Court will uphold the Constitution. Maybe it won’t. The track record has been decidedly mixed. And this is an area where the courts had no actual right to intervene.
Immigration is in the hands of Congress and the White House. It is not up to judges to decide who can come to America. If this judicial coup succeeds, elected officials will lose their authority over immigration. That means that the American people will lose all control over immigration.
Federal courts have been unconstitutionally treating states like this for far too long, intervening in everything from elections to prison populations, but now they’re using the general anti-Trump hysteria to assert judicial supremacy over the elected branches of government.
If this judicial coup is allowed to stand, anything that any White House official or member of Congress says at any time in the past, can and will be used by Federal courts to seize control over any policy. And then we will be living under a permanent reign of judicial terror.
Operation Overlord, the most successful amphibious invasion in history, was in no small part successful due to the most effective deception and disinformation campaign in history.
The key to the Allies completely fooling the Germans as to the real location of the invasion (Normandy) as opposed to where Adolf Hitler thought the troops would land (Calais)—thus meaning all the German generals who wanted their jobs had to think that as well—was the Allies knew what Hitler believed and just played to his preconceptions.
Flash forward from June 1944 to February 2017. The Trump team had known for months that, far from getting even a reasonably fair shake from the Fake News Media (and even conservative media), they would face the most blistering, unrelenting, baseless and usually cowardly attacks of any Presidential administration since Abraham Lincoln’s.
Team Trump also understood that they needed a window of a few months to lay the groundwork for all of this, to get the necessary people in place, and to begin drafting all the paperwork necessary.
So they came up with the “Cheese in the Maze” deception program.
“2,000 plus cases.”
That was the most overlooked revelation to come from the May 3 Senate testimony of the then-FBI director. While the media parsed every Comey hiccup to bolster its election conspiracy theories, it ignored that number.
Comey stated that there were around 2,000 terrorism investigations. 1,000 of those came from “home grown violent extremism” with no evidence of contact with foreign terrorists. Another 1,000 had "some contact with foreign terrorists." 300 from that 2,000 had come to America as refugees.
Two-thirds of the refugee terrorists were from Iraq. The other third were mainly from the six countries named in President Trump’s travel pause which left-wing activist judges have unconstitutionally halted.
10,000 British soldiers are now deployed on British city streets after Manchester and the London Bridge. A Muslim terrorist network in London, Paris or New York is as much of a military issue as one in Baghdad or Beirut.
Which means: Every effort to oppose President Trump’s travel pause is a vote for soldiers in the streets and car bombs every morning.
I need to tell you a secret. What TTP dubbed my “Liberal Head Exploding Cartoon of the Week” (HFR 05/10/17) was created as a cognitive dissonance trap.
I wanted to see if I could make an argument about the reliability of economic models and dupe irrational people into labeling me a climate denier.
My hypothesis was that I could make a public argument about the reliability of economic models, and partisans on the climate debate would not be able to see the word economic on the page. Literally.
Sure enough, my experiment worked like a charm. Here’s how.
As a businessman, Trump knows that those are the rules. And as president that’s just what he did yesterday (6/01) in his inspirational speech about pulling out of the Paris climate agreement.
It was inspirational because it articulated better than any world leader has ever done before why environmentalism is in fact such a harmful creed.
Rather than get bogged down in the “science” of climate change — an elephant trap so arranged by climate alarmists to make anyone who disagrees with them look ignorant or “anti-science” — he cut to the chase and talked about the important stuff that hardly ever gets mentioned by all the other politicians, for some reason: the fact that the climate change industry is killing jobs.
This argument ought to be low hanging fruit to any half-way intelligent politician: it’s such an obvious way of connecting with the workers.
Yet Trump is the only one who has ever said it. And hearing him say it was a reminder of why it was that he won the presidential election. He connects with his people in a way that so many politicians just don’t.
1) Cease admiring them or 2) try to understand them and change their minds.
My choice is option two. But to try to change their minds, I must first try to understand their thinking.
I have concluded that there are a few reasons that explain conservatives who were Never-Trumpers during the election, and who remain anti-Trump today.
The first and, by far, the greatest reason is this: They do not believe that America is engaged in a civil war, with the survival of America as we know it at stake.
While they strongly differ with the left, they do not regard the left-right battle as an existential battle for preserving our nation. On the other hand, I, and other conservative Trump supporters, do.
The returns of the JP Morgan Emerging Market Bond Index (EMBI+) are heavily influenced by what happens in Venezuela.
The reason is simple: while Venezuela represents only about 5% of the index, it accounts for about 20% of its yield -- because the yield on Venezuelan debt is about five times larger than that of other countries in the index, a reflection of the huge risk premium that Venezuela faces.
As has been widely reported in the media, Venezuela is experiencing one of the most calamitous economic collapses ever, accompanied by massive doses of political repression and human-rights violations.
So investing in the EMBI+ means that you rejoice when Wall Street analysts inform you that the country is literally starving its people in order to avoid restructuring your bonds. It is exactly the same with Goldman Sachs.
“We can no longer be friends,” she had said. “Allah does not allow me to be friends with people like you.”
This conversation took place in a city in Indonesia with a reputation for tolerance. The two girls were students at a high school described as “the most tolerant” in the city. The caller who ended the friendship is a Muslim, the devastated recipient of the call a Christian.
An incredible tragedy is unfolding in the world’s largest Muslim country, where its democratic government and culture of tolerance is being destroyed by fanatic Islamists. Can they be stopped in time? And is there anyone in Indonesia with the courage to do so?
President Trump just gave ISIS its new name: Losers! Short for Evil Losers!
If you think that’s no big deal, you’re wrong. It’s a big deal. This is – literally – weapons-grade persuasion from the most powerful Master Persuader of our time.
President Trump’s clever nicknames for people are not random. They are deeply engineered for visual/auditory impact and future confirmation bias.
In this case, the visuals will be provided by future terror attacks. That reinforces the “evil” part, obviously.
But more importantly, the Losers! will be doing nothing but losing on the battlefield from now until “annihilation.” They are surrounded, and the clock is ticking.
Quickly, name one other way you could label/insult the Losers! that would be as powerful as the word Loser! You can’t do it with any other name or insult that is also repeatable in polite company.
What kinds of people join the Losers!? Mostly young males. And you know what brand young males do not want stamped on their foreheads? Right: Losers!
If you call them monsters, they like it. If you call them ISIS or ISIL they put it on a flag and wave it around. If you call them non-Muslim, it just rolls off their backs because they have Korans and stuff. Loser! is different. No one joins the Loser! movement.
For the longest time – those eight long years of Obama – it must have seemed that the nightmare would never end.
Enter Trump and everything is different. America is back, and so is Israel. The slump is over, finished. For Israel, how refreshing to welcome an American President as a friend. Modern Israel will never be quite the same ever since this visit.
The entire world saw an American President bestow kindness, friendship, respect and protection to the Jewish State and let no one (like Iran) try anything foolish. It’s like that when the biggest guy on the block puts his arm around you for the entire neighborhood to see.
This was not the time for politics. It was the time for symbols and it was a time for television to broadcast those symbols, however limited, in America.
Trump’s magnificent farewell speech at the Israel Museum roused the audience to its feet when he said, “Iran routinely calls for Israel’s destruction – not with Donald J. Trump.”
CNN did not play that, neither did MSNBC or ABC, CBS or NBC. Fox News and the BBC did. And so does TTP -- full video and text below.
In the months before weeping little girls with nails in their faces were carried out of the Manchester Arena Monday evening (5/22), the authorities of that city were hard at work fighting the dreaded threat of Islamophobia.
While Salman Abedi, the second-generation Muslim refugee terrorist who maimed and killed dozens in a brutal terrorist attack, stalked the streets wailing, “There is no god but Allah and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah,” Manchester police were busy with more important things.
The Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are one of only two police forces in the UK to list Islamophobia as a hate crime category. You might read that sentence again to let it sink in.
Earlier this year, GMP Chief Constable Ian Hopkins honored Tell Mama (“Mama” stands for “Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks”) for fighting Islamophobia.
The Islamophobia lie killed 22 people in Manchester. It happened on the watch of the GMP.
No one takes Islamophobia more seriously than the Greater Manchester Police. When Muslim “sex grooming” gangs were abusing little girls in Rochdale, the GMP dutifully covered it up. On one of the recorded interviews, a police officer can be heard yawning as a girl describes her abuse.
About half of the population in Europe and the United States seems to want to go back to the world that existed before the 1980s, when local communities had more control of their own destinies and traditions.
One reason is we have never really resolved the contradictions of globalization.
An Islamic State terrorist does not hate the United States any less because he now wears hoodies and sneakers and can text his girlfriend. More likely, Western fashion and high-tech toys only empower radical Islamic hatred of Western values.
Elites who benefit from Westernized globalization often gain enough wealth and leisure to have the latitude to trash it -- as a way of dealing with their own guilt over their exalted status.
At no time in the history of Western civilization have American college students ever been so pampered -- with latte bars, trauma counselors, rock-climbing walls and upscale student unions -- and yet so critical of the very global civilization that guaranteed them such bounty.
According to press reports, National Security Advisor to President Trump, H. R. McMaster, has appointed USAF Col. Kris A. Bauman to be the Israel Advisor to the National Security Council.
Why would Lt. Gen. McMaster appoint someone with a long history of support and sympathy for the terrorists of Hamas to advise him on Israel?
When he worked for Obama (2013-2014), he was well-known for believing that the “Israel Lobby” is a threat, that Israel should be pressured into making concessions to Islamic terrorists, and writing that “the Obama Administration must find creative (but legal) ways to include Hamas in a solution.”
Kris Bauman replaces Yael Lempert, one of the Obama holdovers that conservatives had fought to pry out of the swamp. Lempert was known as "Obama’s point person in the White House orchestrating his war against Israel.”
It’s like Yael Lempert never left. Once McMaster took over as National Security Adviser, the swamp was back.
The Global Wind Energy Council recently released its latest report, excitedly boasting that ‘the proliferation of wind energy into the global power market continues at a furious pace, after it was revealed that more than 54 gigawatts of clean renewable wind power was installed across the global market last year’.
You may have the impression from announcements like that, and from the obligatory pictures of wind turbines in any New York Times story, that wind power is making a big contribution to world energy today.
You would be wrong. Its contribution is still, after decades — nay centuries — of development, trivial to the point of irrelevance. Even after 30 years of huge subsidies, wind power provides only slightly more than zero energy to the world.
Even put together, wind and photovoltaic solar are supplying less than 1 per cent of global energy demand. Here are the facts and data – and they are just the start of what a complete Greenie Scam wind power is.
The Democrats have ended their unity tour more divided than ever. Unlike Republican quarrels, their war is mostly ignored by the media. And yet it will define what the Left and its plan to take over the country will look like. The Clintons are history. Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders are the leaders of the two sides in the Dem civil war. The shots are already being fired. As usual, they are coming from the insurgent Sandernistas.
Bernie embodies the Old Left. Its mantra is class warfare. There is a great deal of talk about billionaires, working people and the ruling class.
Obama pays lip service to that same rhetoric, but his is the program of the Intersectional Left. The Intersectional Left is far more interested in identity than class. It defines its organization around a coalition of racial, sexual and other minorities.
Where Bernie wants to talk to the working class, the Intersectional left wants to hear from transgender Muslim women of color. The differences aren’t just intellectual. They define the tactics and agenda of the Democrats. The Old Left wants to ‘overthrow’ the middle class and the rich. The Intersectional Left wants to ‘overthrow’ white people and heterosexuals.
That is the Bernie and Obama split in a nutshell: Obama will take money from Wall Street to fight white men. Bernie wants white men to fight Wall Street.
That would be Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. His Memo of yesterday (5/09) to Attorney General Sessions, “Restoring Public Confidence in the FBI”, was sent to the President, upon which the decision was made.
Here are two points to consider regarding the Deputy AG. He has unquestioned integrity, and was confirmed two weeks ago by a bipartisan Senate vote of 94-6.
President Trump tweeted late yesterday (5/02):
“The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate, which are not there.”
He’s talking about the budget deal. Well, how about going the route of reconciliation? Which was designed for budget deals. Reconciliation means you only need 51. Well, why not veto it?
Now we’re back to “We can’t do anything ’cause we don’t have 60 votes.” But we can. We can veto it or we can blow up the filibuster here and say we’re gonna go budget reconciliation just like they got Obamacare passed. I mean, if we really wanted to do this.
Following the tweet above, the President then tweeted:
“We either elect more Republican senators in 2018 or we change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good shutdown in September to fix this mess.”
If a shutdown is gonna be good in September, why isn’t it better now?
American Leftists celebrated the venerable Communist holiday of May Day in the traditional fashion. Portland grad students, who have never worked a day in their lives, marked International Workers Day by smashing the windows of local businesses.
There's a long proud tradition of the revolutions of the working class being led by rich Leftists like Marx, Engels, Lenin and Castro to whom work is an evil mystery that they spent their miserable lives resolving never to become acquainted with.
The New York Times, which has far too many of its own windows to go around smashing those of others, instead offered some sickening nostalgia for the red dead past with a little piece titled, "When Communism Inspired Americans."
Communism didn't inspire Americans, it inspired the Left to try and turn America into a totalitarian state. It still does. This is the dirty little secret that leaks out of the Left.
When the media runs these evocative nostalgic pieces about Communism, it's the equivalent of a pedophile sharing snapshots of summer camp. It's the disgusting secret of truly vile people leaking out.
And the vile people are the cultural Leftist elites claiming to be our moral superiors on account of their commitment to total government control of everything... for the benefit of the people. Sound familiar?
If we are speaking honestly about conflict in the Middle East, we need to start with the chief culprit: Iran and its partner militia, Hezbollah.
Iran and Hezbollah conspire together to destabilize the Middle East, and their actions are expanding. For decades, they have committed terrorist acts across the region.
Today, they prop up Bashar al-Assad’s brutality, fighting alongside his forces, adding to the killing of thousands of civilians and the misery of millions of refugees. They train deadly militias in Iraq and arm Houthi militants in Yemen.
While this [UN Security] Council has paid too little attention to this growing menace, the United States will not. We are going to speak up about Iran and Hezbollah, and we are going to act against their lawlessness.
This past week’s big and still developing story is the sharp escalation of confrontation on the Korean peninsula. But Russia, which has made itself a key actor to many current global dramas, from the French elections to the civil war in Libya, is not a part of it.
Given that Russia borders North Korea—the distance from the Punggye-ri nuclear test site to Vladivostok is shorter than to Pyongyang—this abstention is rather surprising.
Perhaps most upsetting for the Kremlin is that the main format for managing the North Korean crisis was established at the recent meeting in Mar-a-Lago between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping – and Beijing has shown no inclination to discuss these matters with its “strategic partner” Moscow (Republic.ru, April 21).
Putin has not seen Xi since last November and has not spoken with him on the phone for months; neither Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev nor Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu have had any recent contacts with their Chinese counterparts.
The fact is, Putin is being left out in the cold by Washington, Beijing, and most everyone else. Ever since Trump took his pants down in Syria, he doesn’t seem so important anymore.
If you want to know the likely result of France’s presidential election runoff 10 days from now (May 7), just look at how the markets responded. The euro and the French markets both jumped dramatically.
And this has nothing to do with the underlying strength of the sclerotic, unionized, statist, overtaxed, unproductive French economy or, indeed, with the future of the doomed euro.
It was simply a case of the status quo breathing a sigh of relief that it was going to be business as usual, after all: Emmanuel Macron, the de facto Establishment candidate is now pretty much a shoo-in for the French presidency; his rival, Marine Le Pen doesn’t stand a prayer – of that the Establishment will make sure.
That is, Emmanuel Macron is going to win this presidency because it was decided long ago by France’s Establishment that he was the least-worst option of the candidates available.
The fact that he is a hollow man – a slippery, snake-oil-salesman with a winning smile and nice suits – who will do almost nothing seriously to address France’s massive social and economic problems is a help, not a hindrance.
Emmanuel Macron, you see, is the left-leaning French Establishment’s Manchurian Candidate – the French Obama. The parallels will astound you.
Livonia, Michigan is known as Little Palestine. The Detroit suburb is famous for its anti-Israel meetings. You could go hear Mustafa Barghouthi, Omar Barghouti and Ali Abunimah without taking a long drive. It’s also known for its shady doctors. Dr. Murtaza Hussain was busted for letting unlicensed employees diagnose patients and write prescriptions. Dr. Waseem Alam and Dr. Hatem Ataya pleaded guilty in the nation’s largest Medicare fraud case totaling $712 million in false billings centering on Shahid Tahir, Muhammad Tariq and Manavar Javed’s Livonia medical firms.
But what was going on at one Livonia clinic was far worse than the theft of millions. Anyone passing by at the right time could hear the screams of little girls. We think of horrors like Female Genital Mutilation as a terrible thing that happens over “there.” Now, as American towns and cities are reshaped by Moslem migration, “there” is now right here. The terrible practice has come to America.
The Great Barrier Reef is dead. It has ceased to be, expired and gone to meet its maker, kicked the bucket, shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and gone to join the bleedin’ choir invisible. It is an Ex Great Barrier Reef.
Well, at least it is if you believe the left-wing media such as the Guardian or the New York Times, which claims that the reef is at “terminal stage” because of damage allegedly caused by “climate change.”
Lots of eco loons have been rending their garments and throwing their (recyclable, organic, gluten-free) toys out of the pram in horror at this hideous disaster.
But it’s OK. The Great Barrier Reef isn’t in the remotest danger. Here’s why.
The Syrian leader was punished, but Russia’s new czar was humiliated.
Even with an hour’s warning of the attacks, Putin’s military in Syria did nothing to defend its ally. For all of the Russian bluster in recent years, Putin couldn’t stop our strikes.
His military lacked the means to do so. And any attempt to interfere with our operation would only have revealed the inferior quality of Russian armaments — including their much-ballyhooed air defense systems.
This is vitally important, because Putin used his military leap into Syria to show that Russia was a reliable ally at a time when US policy was timid, incompetent and flighty under President Barack Obama. Russia looked strong. We didn’t.
But the wave of cruise missiles unleashed on Syria called Putin’s bluff. And Russia didn’t dare to lift a finger.
It gets better.
UPDATE by Ralph Peters:
Leadership. That’s what we lacked for eight years. In the early hours of Friday morning in Syria — late Thursday evening here — our military, acting on the order of our commander-in-chief, avenged the slaughtered innocents in Syria and sent a clear message that we will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons. Well done!
President Trump just put an end to the Obama era of vacillation and cowardice. Trump also ignored Russia’s shameless prevarications.
Incontestably, our president became . . . presidential. He passed his first pressing foreign-policy test with dispatch and guts.
The United States is back. There are, indeed, red lines. And the enemies of humanity cross those lines at their peril.
As I write these lines, I’m unabashedly proud to be an American. Republican, Democrat or independent, you should be, too. Once again, we stood on the side of justice and humanity.
Obama is a coward. He is very careful to launch dirty attacks without getting any on his hands. The insults are anonymously sourced. The retaliation comes out of the bowels of the bureaucracy. And he only finds out about it from the media. That allows him to retain what he cares about most: his popularity.
After Trump won, Obama put on his best imitation of decency while his people went on preparing to undermine Trump at every turn by smearing him, wiretapping him and doing everything possible, legally and illegally, to bring him down.
It was the same phony act that he had pulled for eight years, bemoaning the lack of bipartisanship while ruling unilaterally as a dictator, destroying the Constitution while hectoring us about our values, denouncing racism while organizing race riots, complaining about the echo chamber while constructing one and lecturing us on civility while smearing anyone who disagreed.
Trump’s killer instinct lies in understanding that hypocrisy conceals weakness. That is what powered him through the primaries and then through an election. His instinct is to grapple directly with a target. That is also the source of his popularity.
"It is wrong to describe this as Islamic terrorism. It is Islamist terrorism. It is a perversion of a great faith.”
This is what the prime minister said in parliament after the attack on Westminster Bridge that killed three tourists and a policeman. While I completely accept that the sins of extremists should never be visited on the vast majority of moderate believers, I am increasingly uneasy about how we handle the connection between religion and extremism. The ideology to which Khalid Masood was converted in prison may indeed be a perversion of Islam, but it is a version of it. We should not shy away from saying so.
As people celebrate the Treaty’s 60th anniversary and the longest period in European history without a major war, there is no doubt that it has been hugely successful in that particular objective.
Yet, the celebrations have been subdued to say the least, as Great Britain has now officially asked to leave the Union and doubts as to its very survival abound. What happened?
The original ideas of the founders of the European idea, people like Konrad Adenauer, Alcide De Gasperi and Robert Shumann, who believed in individual freedom and competition, were gradually replaced by an administrative state run by the unelected bureaucrats of the European Commission that is progressively less democratic.
This is what has caused a popular revulsion about the European project among its citizens and not populists like Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders and Victor Orban.
Here are just some of the problems that must be urgently solved if the EU is to have a life-span much beyond age 60.
His Holiness Dalai Lama’s visit today (4/06) to Tawang, in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, has created great consternation in China. In a veiled threat, the Chinese foreign ministry has warned India not to facilitate the Tibetan spiritual leader’s visit to Tawang, saying the visit may severely impact India-China relations.
Tawang is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the world – for although the Potala in Tibet is larger, it is no longer a monastery having been converted into a tourist attraction by the Chinese Communists. Tawang is also the monastery to which the Dalai Lama fled in his escape route from Chinese Occupied Tibet in 1959:
Ever since His Holiness and his tens of thousands of disciples escaped Chinese oppression by fleeing to India in 1959, China has been closely monitoring his movements in India and abroad.
China views him as a “splittist” (or separatist) who has consistently refused to accept Chinese control over Tibet. In reality, the Dalai Lama has accepted Tibet is a part of China, but has only demanded autonomy for Tibet, a predominately Buddhist region with a distinct language, ethnic group, and culture.
So why are the Beijing Communists coming unglued now over his visit to this almost inaccessible monastery?
For the past eight years, the Obama administration did everything in its power to empower Iran. That included enabling Russia to became the leading member and the protector of the Iranian regime and its nuclear program.
This has created President Trump’s most urgent foreign policy challenge. To face it, he has three basic options – the best of which is to cut a deal with Russia to ditch Iran.
The problem is that since Trump’s election, the Democrats, their allied media outlets and powerful forces in the US intelligence community have been beset by a Russia hysteria unseen since the Red scares in the 1950s.
That Obama bent over backward to cater to Putin’s interests for eight years has been pushed down the memory hole, while the Clinton Foundation making hundreds of millions with corrupt Russian allies of Putin is ignored.
How will Trump overcome this to make his greatest deal?
Iran is once again capturing headlines following more provocative ballistic missile tests in the Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf in recent weeks.
At the core of these tests, which violate the UN Security Council resolution, stands Tehran regime’s elite force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) or Pasdaran.
The IRGC was and is an instrumental tool for the clerical regime to preserve its survival and maintain power at home for the last 38 years by domestic repression complemented with sponsoring terrorism and fundamentalism under the banner of exporting “the Islamic Revolution” abroad. This elite force reports directly to the Supreme Leader.
In a new book, Iran: The Rise of the Revolutionary Guards’ Financial Empire, published earlier this month (March), the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), documents a major corporate and money grab by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the IRGC. Thus the book’s subtitle: How the Supreme Leader and the IRGC Rob the People to Fund International Terror.
It maps the vast business holdings and wealth amassed by the IRGC and the Supreme Leader. It’s time to take that terrorist-sponsoring wealth away from them.
It is possible to go through an entire education to PhD level in the very best schools and universities in either the American or British system without any of your teachers or professors breathing the words “Friedrich Hayek”. This is a pity.
Hayek died 25 years ago last week (March 23) at the age of 93, yet his ideas are very relevant to the 21st century. He was the person who saw most clearly that knowledge is held in the cloud, not the head, that human intelligence is a collective phenomenon.
What Hayek argued is that human collaboration is necessary for society to work; that the great feature of the market is that it enables us to work for each other, not just for ourselves; and that authoritarian, top-down rule is not the source of order or progress, but a hindrance.
This explains why free market capitalism is pro-humanity, and why opposition to it is anti-humanity.
Let’s start by looking at what Wikileaks revealed about the CIA in their recent “Vault 7” document dump, which you can find here.
I am taking these leaks as real. Whether you like Julian Assange and his team or not, they have a stellar record of presenting the truth.
The ruling gangs in DC and allied media look very, very bad in comparison. I believe Wikileaks far more than I do politicians and news-readers, and I think that's the only rational choice.
Also, please bear in mind that new batches of CIA leaks may appear at any time. According to Assange, the recent batch was less than 1% of what they have. Perhaps the remaining documents will be very mundane, but I rather doubt it.
With that said, there are five big revelations I think you should see:
Last week, the Dutch elections of March 15 were billed around Europe and beyond as a battle royal between the forces of populist evil, as represented by Geert Wilders and his Freedom Party (PVV), and virtually everybody else in the motley crew of Dutch electoral politics.
The victory of prime minister’s Mark Rutte’s VVD party (which lost 20% of its seats) over Wilders’s PVV (which added 25%), was greeted rapturously as a monumental defeat for populism and a great triumph for Europe across the political spectrum. In fact, it was nothing of the kind.
If its coverage showed anything, it was that the European press, much like the American mainstream press, has become a one-trick pony that is good at demonstrating political bias, but rather useless in helping one understand where Europe is going.
For these elections did have some profound implications for the future not only of the Netherlands, but all of Europe, that were nearly completely missed in the tons of ink spilled on partisan post-mortems. Most profoundly: an openly Islamist party made it into a European parliament on its very first try. This is a paradigm change documenting the growth of political Islam in Europe.
The recent (3/03) attack on a BBC television crew in Hunan province, China, reveals once again the Communist Party of China’s brazen thuggery and out-of-control bullying.
To physically attack a major foreign media crew, smashing their equipment, and then to force them to sign a confession is the most public example of what has been apparent for several years: Xi Jinping’s regime behaves more like gangsters than government.
Yet just as the assault on the BBC helps highlight China’s aggressively repressive behavior toward anyone, Chinese or foreigner, deemed to dissent or threaten the regime’s interests, it is only the tip of the iceberg.
If government-backed thugs can behave that way toward the international media, imagine how much worse it is for Chinese people?
Since he became president, Xi has presided over a dramatic deterioration in human rights over the past four years: