Trump’s Real Sin Is Not Distinguishing Between ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Dictators

Trump is clueless and is also an aspiring dictator. He wishes to oppress the press that does not support him. In fact anyone who is not for Trump is labeled Fake News, but who is the real Fake.

Trump is a reality star and treats all situations as such, in fact he does not accept true reality, only Fake reality.

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Juan Cole writes for Informed Comment:

[…] The Bad Dictators are arguably Bad, and some are war criminals. But Washington tends to deal with the pro-American dictators by just not bringing them up much, or by stressing their friendliness rather than their rapaciousness when they are brought up.

Some of those Washington sees as Bad Dictators, however, are either not dictators or not bad, or not either one. Evo Morales of Bolivia was called “Taliban” by W.’s ambassador, presumably because he represents workers and the indigenous population rather than big business. I’m not aware that anyone has suggested he hasn’t been fairly elected, and he has been a good steward of the economy for workers and the middle classes.

Then of course above all you’re not allowed to bring up that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rules millions of Palestinians by military force, keeping them occupied and stateless and stealing their…

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More Military Tension between NATO and Russia; Pat Mills Right in ABC Warriors

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Mike today put up a very chilling report about the escalation of military tensions between NATO and Russia. Russia has deployed Iskander missiles in its westernmost province of Kaliningrad. Formerly Koenigsberg, this is small Russian enclave between Poland and Lithuania, was formerly part of Pommerania under the old Reich. The missiles are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, and are presumed capable of reaching Berlin, or the various Baltic states.

Russia is believed to be deploying these missiles in response to NATO manoeuvres in eastern Europe, and the stationing of four more NATO battalions in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. These were in response to Russia sending troops into Ukraine.

Mike states that he recalls either Gorbachev or possibly Yeltsin receiving a promise from NATO that it would not expand into the Russian’s back garden. He is correct. That promise was given. And broken. NATO’s borders are now right up to…

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Hear #Corbyn4All accuse Attlee & Bevin of starting Cold War #CorbynFacts #WeAreHisMedia

Corbyn at his most passionate on a subject on which he has strong feelings.

A pity he could not have been so about the EU Referendum and promote Remain in the same passion. Who is to say if Labour was for Leave, would his passion be so like his passion about peace and against NATO.

Corbyn supports what he wishes to, irrespective on what is collective Labour policy.

The ramblings of a former DWP Civil Servant ...

You think I am joking?

Listen to the start of this video:

Clement Attlee and Ernest Bevin, Labour Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary, respectively in 1948, were the driving force behind the establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

NATO was set up to counter the perceived menace of the Red Army that was occupying most of Eastern Europe, unlike the armed forces of the United States of America which were going home by 1948.

No one was forced to join NATO, unlike the Warsaw Pact set up by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the National Health Service, was no opponent of NATO.  He said, “No one who is not a pacifist or a partisan of the Kremlin would argue that military strength is not needed.”

Bevan also had no truck with oligarchs.  He would like Attlee and Bevin, international Socialists all three, be…

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Counterpunch on NATO’s Preparations for War with Russia

Well, if Trump gets in war is inevitable, but possibly also if it is Clinton, so we are all doomed.

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Okay, I’ve already blogged about one Counterpunch article today, by Garikai Chengu tracing the history of British imperial domination in Iraq. This is another article from the same magazine that needs to be read. It’s about the NATO conference yesterday and today, and the continuing build up of NATO forces along the borders with Russia. NATO troops, including British squaddies, are being sent to reinforce Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, against possible Russian aggression.

The 1980s Cold War

This was on the BBC news yesterday, which reported that there were fears about a possible Russian threat following Russian attempts to fly military aircraft over Estonian airspace. This is all extremely frightening, as it is all too much like the Cold War those of us, who are now middle aged, grew up under in the 1980s. It was a time when Thatcher and Reagan were ranting about the Soviet Union being…

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Russia’s got a point: The U.S. broke a NATO promise

I believe in politics you should trust no one as you can not trust any of them to keep their word from one second to the next.

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Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson reports for the Los Angeles Times:

Vladimir PutinMosscow solidified its hold on Crimea in April, outlawing the Tatar legislature that had opposed Russia’s annexation of the region since 2014. Together with Russian military provocations against NATO forces in and around the Baltic, this move seems to validate the observations of Western analysts who argue that under Vladimir Putin, an increasingly aggressive Russia is determined to dominate its neighbors and menace Europe.

Leaders in Moscow, however, tell a different story. For them, Russia is the aggrieved party. They claim the United States has failed to uphold a promise that NATO would not expand into Eastern Europe, a deal made during the 1990 negotiations between the West and the Soviet Union over German unification. In this view, Russia is being forced to forestall NATO’s eastward march as a matter of self-defense.

The West has vigorously protested that no such…

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