Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Global Reactions to Trump's transition


UKIP leader Nigel Farage (Right) met with Donald Trump at his residence in the Trump Tower in New York City on Nov 13th. Farage has been the most supportive of the now president elect Trump from last year when Farage made a cameo visit to Mississippi following the Brexit vote. Farage is hoping to work with Trump on U.S.-UK relations. Keep in mind Farage is NOT the Prime Minister of Britain.


As national protests continue around the United States, the world has continued to react to Trump's win and now ongoing transition into the White House right before Inauguration Day. From Asia to Africa and Europe and Latin America, many politicians and ordinary people are voicing their justified concerns about the future of Donald Trump's Presidency and what it means for Americans.

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes Donald Trump Presidency



The future of what a Trump Presidency may look like might resemble the Philippines' current President Rodrigo Duterte who is a near mirror image of Trump. He recently congratulated Trump on his win. Prior to becoming Filipino President, Duerte served as the mayor of Davao City in the southern province of Mindanao. Like Trump, Duerte says what is on his minds, rambles on during press conferences, cracks crude jokes and has taunted President Obama and declared that he was going to cut Phillipines' ties to the United States and do away with multiple U.S. military bases on the islands. He is leaning towards China like many non aligned countries. He has a no nonsense approach to handling major issues and problems in Manila and elsewhere across the Philippines: zero tolerance. Duerte has launched his own War on Drugs across the country to combat anyone connected to the drug trade in the cities and towns. His administration has gone so far as to purposely kill hundreds of innocent people connected. This is something Duterte himself has admitted to unapologetically. He also stressed the importance of fighting terrorism including the ongoing Bangso Moro insurgency in Mindanao, one of the Philippines' longest running local insurgency that has been incorrectly linked to the Global War on Terrorism. Many Southeast Asian countries are struggling with an underground drug trade. Phillipines have been struggling with Crystal meth epidemic and other naroctics for 2 decades and have jailed thousands of ordinary citizens. specifically in Myanmar with the Golden Triangle trade, poppies that are grown in Afghanistan and in Southern Thailand with its own lesser known southern insugency.

 Indonesians worried about Trump's post election win


Next door, Phillipines' larger neighbour Indonesia is worried over Trump's election win. Being the world's largest Muslim country, ordinary Indonesians have already braced themselves for Trump's impending Muslim ban policy. Trump hasn't made a larger effort to call .


How Trump was elected: Slovenian Philospher Slavoj Žižek breaks down US elections



Anti Obama Protest in Greece: President Obama's final overseas trip is met by protest 

Greeks protest in Athens during Obama's visit Nov 15, 2016


Greeks are still asking Obama to explain how Trump got elected and if he is somewhat responsible.


Global Right Wing nationalists are elated



No other group appears to be enthralled by Trump's transition than the Right Wing in the United States and Europe. America's oldest terrorist group the KKK or Ku Klux Klan have again applauded Trump and even endorsed him in the official group's newspaper the Crusader. The Trump Campaign has decried the move and downplayed the newspaper endorsements. Other smaller right wing groups and news channels such as Fox News and Breitbart have been excitedly looking forward to Trump's entrance into the White House.

Understanding Trump: Rise of the Far Right in American & Europe



Marine Le Pen on Trump's win and her own future presidential runs



 Across the Atlantic, European Far Right has been following the aftermath of the U.S. elections with a "I told you so" congratulations for Trump's victory. Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP and long time campaigner for the successful Brexit vote, has welcomed the news. Farage is also the first British politician to visit Trump since last week's U.S. elections. had even made a surprise stopover in Jackson, Mississippi during Trump's earlier campaign days in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit to emphasize the need for United States' to move away from the status quo of the "establishment" and embrace political change via Trump. In France, Marine Le Pen, leader of the Front Nationale, has also send her congratulations. She has repeated that the French people are fed up with the socialist government and the EU that has done little to help alleviate austerity measures or crippling trade deals. Le Pen is looking forward to next year's national elections for French Prime Minister. Alongside France, th Czech Republic is expecting to hold their own presidential elections while Germany is gearing up for parliament elections. Alternative for Germany is a popular Far Right political party. PEGIDA, another right wing political group has been successful in organizing hundreds of thousands of ordinary Germans against new immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers while promoting a Fortress Europe and Germany under attack. Catalonia is also awaiting it's second Independence Referendum to separate from Spain once and for all. In Poland, right wing nationalists marched across the country to commemorate Poland's own independence day from the Soviet Union in 1991. Nationalism and xenophobia has been rising in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and famously in Hungary. It has given the local far right nationalist groups equal boost in local elections and popular support among ordinary citizens of their respective countries.


Saturday, 12 November 2016

USA the people already want an end to Trump regime

Not your mama's protest: Pinta Effigy of Trump with a noose around its neck featured at one of the anti-Trump protest in Columbus Circle in New York City. Photo originally published on Naija News Rave.






Following the meeting between President Obama and President elect Trump on Wednesday, he stated his top priorities once he entered office. Among the priorities are immigration, borders and healthcare. Trump will also begin the long task of picking some 800 posts as part of his cabinet and White House team. It is no longer a shock that there is such a backlash against President elect Donald Trump. It will continue throughout his presidency. Post election protests across the country has become more common around the world. It is no different in the United States. The country is not immune to political fracasos. Recently Ukraine's Maidan and Egyptian commander Abdel Fattah al Sisi's presidential election in 2013. Hong Kong protests following the pro independence movement's push for more autonomy and less Beijing influenced elections. Brexit comes to mind and it is used as the most current example of mass protests via votes and protests. Unlike the 2000 elections when former President George W. Bush entered the White House, the night-time protests around the United States are far more intense but peaceful. Donald Trump was not a popular choice among any political saavy and non political people. Despite President Obama calling on Americans to come together for unity and respect America's "peaceful transition of power," ordinary Americans aren't having it. The media too has been harping on the peaceful transition of power not mentioning much about how the United States interrupts other nations' peaceful transitions of power via CIA coups, lopsided elections, wars of democracy, proxy wars and overthrowing leaders that don't comply with American exceptionalism or U.S. interests. Nor leaders who don't fit into the real politik of Washington Consensus and NATO. Many people are still trying to piece together the How of Trump's electoral victory.





Trump responded to Thursday's protest in Portland, Oregon by saying via Twitter the "protesters are being very unfair." He also argued that the media is inciting the anti-Trump protesters. Fox News and other independent media right wing channels have also pointed to an accusing finger at the mainstram media ie MSNBC, CNN and even the Democratic Party itself for encouraging the protesters after Hillary Clinton's campaign slogans of "Love Trumps Hate." Fox News has instantly labelled the protesters as "Liberal and anarchist protesters."





Tonight's Anti-Trump protest in Portland that include people shouting, throwing flares and smashing store front windows are now being called by the Portland police as "a riot." Riots generally involve heavy use of violence and physical assaults against protesters and buildings. Portland and Oakland's protesters have mostly been peaceful and involved shouting against Trump and marching on the highways. Protests are also happening in Denver, New York (originally organized by Socialist Alternative) and NYC is also Trump's birthplace, San Francisco where high school pupils walked out yesterday and today in anger. Protesters are emphasizing that the marching and chanting are mostly focused on respect to for all Americans and to fight against hate. This is minus the curses aimed at Trump.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Turkey, the Coup that wasn't

Crosstalk Debate on Turkish Coup



Last Saturday, Turkey survived a long overdue coup that failed before it even began in Ankara and Istanbul. In the last 50 years, Turkey has witnessed four coups, in 1950, 1977, 1980 and the most recent in 1999. The Turkish military has played a significant role in the past coups as it sought to gain political power. In the 1970s and 80s, the Turkish military was part of the lesser known Turkish Civil War against Turks belonging to trade unions, human rights activists, socialists and left wing parties and Turkish Kurds in Kurdish parts of Turkey which is mostly in the East of the country along the border with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Syria and Iran. The Turkish military had been used to brutal counter terrorism operations against the Kurds even before the United States' declared a War on Terrorism in 2001. Long before the 1991 Gulf War, Turkish government was condemning terrorism against the state and using harsh security measures to keep the public quiet on politics and anti-government criticism. Since coming to power in 2002, the current Turkish President Teyip Erdogan (who served as Prime Minister for 11 years) has also been using a combination of anti-terrorism laws, right wing politics, security state and fear to keep the public and journalists from criticising Turkey's own War on Terrorism aka War against the Kurds (both civilians and PKK, YPG in the name of fighting terror and keeping Turkey safe). Now some 10,000+ suspected supporters of the coup have been detained by Turkish policy and treated as enemies of the state in kind.

Sudan ongoing doctors' protests across the country






While the world is still shell shocked by the shocking win of Donald Trump to the U.S. Presidency, most of the world is still going on about their business. In Sudan, doctors and medical staff have been protesting for two months in Khartoum, Atbarah, Port Sudan, Wadi Halfa, Kordofan and other cities and smaller towns. Protests are also ongoing in West Darfur. The nationwide protest began as a doctors' strike in response to unsanitary working conditions inside several government run Sudanese hospitals and the lack of medical equipment for doctors and medical staff to treat their patients. Several doctors have been detained for over a month by National Intelligence Security Services. The detainees' fellow doctors have held vigils and protested outside the various police departments for their colleagues to be release immediately.



The doctors' protests are part of larger national protests against Sudanese government's current austerity measures that have cut necessary social services while rising commodity and fuel prices for the past several months. Electricity shortage are also a frequency occurrence across Sudan even in he capital Khartoum lately. Any time fuel or food prices rises it leads to protests rather it be in Egypt which was the basis for the 2011 revolution or in Khartoum. The same goes in other African countries such as . Among the opposition parties that have long been repressed and jailed by the Sudanese government is Sudanese Communist Party. The SCP have called for civil disobedience by many Sudanese in Khartoum to be unafraid in standing up for their rights and to end government abuses that have been ratcheted up over the past months. The government have been pushing for economic reform while constructing massive dam projects solve the electricity shortage. Yet the new reforms are unpopular with the majority of ordinary Sudanese people since it doesn't take the people's crucial needs into account. Nor were the people consulted first for a more inclusive and holistic bottom to top economic reforms.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Trump Presidency no it's not a Dream

Cartoon by Carlos Latuff. This will be the first time since 1928 that the Republicans have control of the White House and Congress.


No you are not dreaming. This is not a hilarious late night comedy show skit. No you aren't drunk and your ears and eyes are NOT playing tricks on your mind. The pundits and journalists have not made a miscall or wrote typos. It has happened and there's no recount vote or double check that could correct what is happening. Donald Trump, the joker of every late night comedian, the one who polls could not predict winning any primary let alone huge votes, has won the Presidency of the United States. Until last night's elections, the mainstream media, the pundits and geopolitical analysts swore on their parents' common sense that there was no way in Heaven and Hell that Donald Trump would win the White House. Hillary Clinton had all the polls on her side, Wall Street and global markets were betting on her landslide victory. Clinton supporters, Democrats and anti Trump Republicans were so relaxed with a sure Hillary Clinton victory that people were celebrating ahead of time. Clinton had even stashed a huge amount of fireworks to celebrate her assured victory. Ordinary people were  visiting the grave of Susan B Anthony until the late night in a posthumous salute to her and the fight for voting rights for women. Her gravesite was covered with "I Voted" stickers. It seems that the United States would finally join the rest of the world in having a female leader.
 



When the Southeast except for Virginia went to Trump, the media said it was luck. Not coincidental. The Southeast tends to be Republican and often swings Red. Millions of Americans the world are wondering how in the universe could the United States vote in a known nationalist (borderline fascist), misogynist, racist, narcissist millionaire and attention grabbing media tycoon. Despite Trump's scandals and disrespect for women, white women and the suburban women voted for Trump to the shock of Democrats, Clinton supporters and women rights activists. Now, half of Americans are still overcoming their shock and numbness especially in the West Coast and North east. The mood from Clinton HQ flipped from pure joy to one of a solemn memorial service.

Reaction of Clinton Supporters during election night



But after Trump won Ohio, the rest of country fell like a house of cards.  With the exception of Clinton's wins of California, Nevada, Hawaii, Washington State, Oregon, parts of Main, New Hampshire and Vermont, all of New England region plus New York and its brother New Jersey, DC and Maryland, all of the States turned Red. That is 2/3 of the country. Even Utah, that the pundits and polls predicted would go to the popular independent candidate and local Utahan Evan McMullam swung to Trump and the remaining votes of 44% broke evenly between Clinton and McCullum. Even the key states were switched to Trump at the last minute. John Snow and Wolf Blitzer on CNN spent the night calculating Democrat vs Republican votes by counties on each electoral map. Fox News was visibly happy but muted their celebrations. Meanwhile MSNBC couldn't believe what was going on. Neither could BBC and RT News. Independent American and wider global media are equally shocked. Trump billed himself as an anti-establishment "outside the beltway" leader, who fights for the industrial and coal mining workers. But it was his promises relating to economic revival of the Rust belt, preaching a protectionist economic policy while pushing aside trade deals such as NAFTA and the highly unpopular TTIP=Trans Pacific Partnership doing away with a lot of ObamaCare and a harsh and strict immigration policy. One constellation is Trump will be heading to court for fraud over his Trump university. Another possible trial would be for another gruesome crime: alleged child rape.



Kalw Radio: Discussion on Clinton and the Left's direction

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

American elections global views

Political mudslinging by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and the exhausting elections. By Sean Delonas. First published at cagle.com

Now American voters have their blood pressures hiting the roof and their hearts pulsing more than usual, Tomorrow November 8th, 2016, Americans will go to the polls to decide between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The world is watching the election with opened eyes, ears and minds. Just like the U.S., many international viewers are undedicated, bemused and are wondering who in the world will the United States choose as president. Many countries are biting their nails, crossing their fingers and toes and praying to higher being who could bring relief to the United States' current anxiety. From Asia to Africa and Europe, the U.S. elections has become a joke as much as a testament to anxiety.

Kenyan Journalist on the U.S. elections 



Chinese interest in U.S. elections from Beijing


How China reports on the elections



Secret World of U.S. Elections: Julian Assange Interview with John Pilger


Donald Trump, America's African President

Daily Show with Trevor Noah compares Trump's personality with that of some African leaders and presidential candidates on the continent 



How Mexico is covering the U.S. elections



Russian boogeyman blamed for hacking the elections without no evidence 

Ever since Donald Trump said he would get a long with Putin if president, the mainstream media around the U.S. has made Russia and Vladmir Putin into public enemies of the U.S. Not only that, the media has gone further to say that Russia is somehow interfering by hacking the DNC, helping to release thousands of Clinton emails and might potentially intimidate voters at the poll. All of these claims are false and egregious. Why would Russia want to go to great lengths to screw up the U.S. elections? Putin would have no reason to support such sabotage. He has said that the U.S. is not a banana republic for such things to happen. The U.S. has constantly intervened and made sure that global elections produce world leaders that would be loyal to U.S. and its interests at the expense of ordinary peoples. 

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Russian Hacker story effecting the U.S. elections

Who needs evidence? RT News on Russian hacking



Vladmir Putin denies Russian Hackers interferring in U.S. Elections



PBS Newshour: What the World Thinks about U.S. elections from Europe


Canadians on the U.S. elections and presidential candidates 



Will the next U.S. president be an insane millionaire with a loud mouth or the secretary of state, former first lady who is popular. Yet she is unlike by a good amount of people (including the feminists) for her email scandals, her husbands' previous scandals, going the extra mile to win the votes, overemphasising the fact that she may be the first female candidate. There are third parties candidates such as Gary Johnson and Jill Stein but they are marginalized. In particulary, Johnson was showcased as a brainless politician Foreign policy problems and issues. The media has already made it seemed that Hillary has won the elections by default due to the positive polls. However, polls and electoral maps are mostly predictions and estimations not necessarily the final result.

Al Jazeera: Clinton and Trump on Palestine




Clinton caught admitting she wanted to rig Palestinian elections



A Brutally exhausting elections for the public and candidates

This election has been one of the craziest in every sense of the word compared to any other U.S. election. Only the 1828 election between Andrew Jackson and John Adams comes close. Both Adams and Jackson traded gabs and cursed one another. But even their debates and words were milded compared to the name calling, childish taunting, foul words, sex and email scandals produced by both Trump and Clinton over the past year. Bernie Sanders was more of a favourite for a majority of young Americans but was bumped out of the way by Hillary Clinton who insisted on being the ultimate and only Democratic choice for President. Donald Trump, who is by trade a media personality, has benefited from non stop free publicity for his campaign and himself. Everyone knows the life stories of both candidates and what makes them who they are. Their scandals and mal educados (bad behavior) do not need to be re emphasized or restated as every American media networks and radio station has covered those areas to death. The political ads have annoyed many voters and undecided as well.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Calais Dismantled: Migrants resettled across France but some migrants remain stubbornly




The long standing refugee camp in Calais nicknamed "the Jungle" has been dismantled entirely after its existance for more than 5 years. Once home to 10,000 migrants a combination of men, women and some 1,000 unaccompanied children, many migrants are now going through the process of being resettled across France. Many of the Jungle residents were hoping to reach Britain in the near future. It is worth noting that some migrants have relatives and immediate family members in Britain. While many more are hoping to seek asylum and refugee status in the UK no matter which city or town they end up in. The thousands of migrants will be settled in small villages and towns from the South of France to North. Some hundreds of migrants have stubbornly refuse to leave and some have chosen to stay in a hidden camp nicknamed the "Little Jungle" in hopes of getting to Britain. A few migrants have given up and decided to seek asylum in France. For the migrants who do have family in France and UK, their process for asylum or family reunification may be less hectic than for other migrants. They should be allowed to join their families in the UK. Especially the unaccompanied minors some 620+ have UK relatives. Many migrants and refugees represent Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Libya to name a few countries. There is more men than women and children who were former residents of the Calais Jungle now being processed and will ahve the choice on what French region to stay in. Many of the migrants and refugees are the results of the ongoing intervention of NATO in Libya (Africa's richest and developed country), Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. It's not surprising that millions of people are migrating out of their countries to safety to the countries responsible for the destruction of Middle East, Libya and Afghanistan. In the 1990s, Yugoslavia experienced its own destruction by NATO and a joint EU-U.S. peacekeeping/intervention force. It took a whole decade for Yugoslavia to dissolve into 6 republics, first through the brutal wars of independence in Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and later Kosovo. A large influx of Yugoslavs, Croatians, Serbians and Kosovars Christians and Muslims also migrated . YIf Americans, Europeans and Australians were in the migrants and refugees places, they'd be on foot in a heartbeat heading to a secure country.

Paris Refugee Camp in Stalingrad Place

 

A new refugee camp named "Calais Bis" has grown over the last months at Stalingrad Place or Stalingrad Plaza in Paris. Ironically, Stalingrad is most famous for being the turning point success of  Russian victory against Nazi German incursions into Russia during the height of the 1942 Russian winter. It is also the former name of the Russian City Volgograd. It is only appropriate that "Calais Bis" residents are making their stand at Stalingrad Place. The capital of France known for its scenery and amour, has been witnessing ongoing protests by everyone from students and police officers to pro Palestine supporters to union workers. Now the new protesters have not only set up camp (pun intended) but has refused to move anywhere else. The refugees and migrants now at the Paris camp have real and genuine grievances about their current limbo in France. Some Parisians and other French people are equally annoyed by the migrants arrival.

Muslim migrants in France is an ancient story


Painting of the Battle of Tours fought by Charles Martel, Charlemagne's grandfather and General Adulrahman of Moorish Army from Spain.


France has witnessed historical patterns of Muslim migrants moving in and out and up and down the country. The first time Muslims (Moors, Berbers and Arabs) came to France than known as Gaul was in 732AD as part of a Moorish Army from neighbouring Al Andulas in today's Spain. The Moors had to pacify Frankish and Spanish troops in Catalonia, Pyranees, Toulouse and Southern France on their way towards Tours. The Moors alongside in the Ummayad Empire were planning to expand their empire and rule in Europe by going up through France. The Battle of Tours which the Frankish army won was the first "panic attack" that Frankish society experienced upon hearing of the battles by the Muslim Army for the first time in its territory. Charles Martel, the victor of the battle was the grandfather of Charlemagne, the unifier of much of Europe and the Holy Roman Empire. The first Crusades were also declared in France in 1095. This was 29 years after William the Conqueror and Normans (France) won the Battle of Hastings in their conquest of Britain. A majority of the crusaders came from France and from other parts of Europe. Many Crusaders in Syria, Palestine and Lebanon were simply referred to as Franks or Faranji even if they weren't from France itself. Muslim migrants would continue to come into France as soldiers and more as migrants. Moroccan, Senegalese and Algerian soldiers fought as part of the French colonial Army in the World War I and World War II. Their sacrifices were overlooked and downplayed for much of the 20th century until recently. Even when African countries gained independence, many colonial collaborators especially in Algeria, known as the Harkis immigrated to France in 1960s. Over the past 50 years Muslim migrants have continued to move around and enter France and Europe as a result of their own choice, economic crisis and the current ongoing wars in Africa and Asia. In spite of the history, the French government acts as though migration is something totally new in today's society.


The Sci Fi book about mass migration into France


The French right wing and their cousins: PEGIDA, Danish People's Party, British National Party, English Defence League, Alternative for Germany, Vrijheid Party in Netherlands, Greece's Golden Dawn have used the migration flows as a cause celebre for their raison d' etre. No matter if the migrants in France or other parts of Europe are 300, 10,000 or 1 million, the migrants are portrayed as a nightmarish "Islamic invasion" of Europe by the Third World. It was French author Jean Raspail in his prophetic book Camp of the Saints who painted a similar scenario of mass migration into Europe and Calais Jungle camp in the 1970s. The 91 year old Raspail is still shocked that his imagined prediction came true. Ironically, Europe countries relied on the same third world or Global South migrants from Turkey, South Asia, Caribbean and Africa to build up its own economies and country's infrastructure in the immediate aftermath of World War II. Europeans expected the migrant labourers dubbed guest workers to go home after Europe began to enjoy the fruits of the labour. However, the migrants stayed and had generations of children and now grandchildren born across Europe. The new migrants are joining the British, French and Germans of migrant backgrounds. There are British people whose ancestors came from Asia and Africa a century ago and they are now third and sometimes fourth generation. However, the Right Wing parties and organizations would have their members and supporters believe that the end of the world is near.


PS: The way migrants' movements across the security states' borders, one would think that Westerners are the only people in the world who are allowed to travel freely. And everyone outside the West must go through multiple tribulations just to get a visa and travel legally into Fortress Europe or the finicky U.S. and Australia. This would also include Russians and Chinese tourists who have been visiting Europe, United States, African countries and Australia. .