Browsing: Political Manipulation


‘US President-elect Donald Trump has hinted that the US could lift its sanctions against Russia, called Merkel’s migrant policy “a catastrophic mistake” and branded NATO “obsolete” in a new interview for The Times and Bild.

The interview was given in the President-elect’s office in Trump Tower, just days before his inauguration.

Trump was quite straightforward in speaking out in favor of some common ground with Moscow.

“They have sanctions on Russia — let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia. For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially,” Trump said to the two media outlets.

At the same time, sanctions aren’t affecting Russia well, [and] “something can happen that a lot of people are going to benefit,” he added.’

Read more: Trump: US may lift Russian sanctions in exchange for nuclear reduction deal – Times, Bild

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‘French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has warned of “extremely serious consequences” if US President-elect Donald Trump fulfills his election campaign promise to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.

“When you are president of the United States, you cannot take such a stubborn and such a unilateral view on this issue. You have to try to create the conditions for peace,” Ayrault told the public France 3 television network on Sunday.

The top French diplomat’s remarks came as delegates from 70 countries, including key European and Arab states as well as the permanent members of the UN Security Council, have come together in Paris in an attempt to rekindle the long-stalled so-called peace talks between Israel and Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority. Neither Israeli nor Palestinian representatives are in attendance.’

Read more: Serious consequences if US moves embassy to al-Quds, France warns


‘Incoming US President Donald Trump has denounced outgoing CIA Director John Brennan, saying he might be the person who has been leaking “fake news” against him.

The president-elect made the remarks in a statement on his Twitter page after Brennan warned Trump on Sunday to choose his words carefully, and slammed him for comparing the US intelligence community to Nazi Germany.

In a tweet on Sunday night, Trump quoted a headline that read, “CIA’s Brennan warns Trump, says he doesn’t ‘fully understand’ Russia threat,” and added his own comment.

“Oh really, couldn’t do … much worse – just look at Syria (red line), Crimea, Ukraine and the build-up of Russian nukes. Not good! Was this the leaker of Fake News?” he asked in the second tweet.’

Read more: Trump says Brennan might be the leaker of ‘fake news’ against him


‘The 42 inhabitants of a Pacific island have pocketed the equivalent of £426,000 each from Britain’s foreign aid budget in six years.
UK taxpayers have forked out more than £17.9million since 2011 to cover the costs of running a school, health centre and ferry service for the residents of Pitcairn Island.

The handouts to the islanders, who are descendants of sailors who took part in the Mutiny on the Bounty, will reach almost £3.5million this year alone. This is the equivalent of £82,750 each – more than three times the average British salary.’

Read more: Revealed: 42 inhabitants of Mutiny on Bounty island get £426,000 EACH from Britain’s foreign aid budget


‘It isn’t just that Donald Trump routinely thumbs his nose at the establishment, insults media figures he sees as unfair and bucks conventional wisdom.

It is that President-elect Trump is defying the will of the deep state, military industrial complex base of ultimate power in the United States. That is why he is treading dangerous waters, and risks the fate of JFK.

Trump publicly dissed the intelligence community assessments on Russian hacking; they retaliated with a made up dossier about the alleged Trump-Putin ‘golden shower’ episode.’

Read more: Will the CIA Assassinate Trump? ‘He’s Being Really Dumb For Questioning Russia Conclusions’

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‘As a sign of the different attitude of US President-elect Donald Trump, the West Bank settlers’ council said Friday it has been invited to send a delegation to the presidential inauguration next week.

It said that Oded Revivi, chairman of the Yesha settlers’ council, will lead the delegation. He will be joined by Benny Kasriel, mayor of Ma’aleh Adumim, a large settlement next to Jerusalem.

This comes three weeks after the Obama administration failed to veto a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements, a move Israel bitterly condemned. Consecutive US administrations have called the settlements an obstacle to peace, saying they undermine the possibility of a two state solution.’

Read more: Settler leaders invited to attend Trump inauguration


‘The German Council of German Jews has decried plans to cut down the trees in front of the Hitler-era Haus der Deutschen Kunst (“House of German Art”) in Munich, claiming that an unobstructed view of the famous building is “reconstructing Nazi architecture.”

British architect David Chipperfield—who won acclaim for his remodeling of the equally famous Neues Museum in Berlin—has proposed a €78 million ($83.7 million) renovation plan to revert the now renamed Haus der Kunst to its original exterior by removing the deliberately planted trees obscuring the city-facing side of the building.’

Read more: Hysteria over Tree-Cutting in Munich

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‘At the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, the mood is bleak. President-elect Donald Trump’s surprise victory over Hillary Clinton has generated agency-wide anxiety, with employees reportedly worried about the impact of a Trump presidency on job safety, funding and public health policies.

CDC employees are literally falling apart and becoming emotionally disturbed over their future with Trump.

Specifically, CDC employees fear that Trump appointed public leaders may not support mandatory vaccinations – especially in light of the most recent meeting between Trump and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., an outspoken critic of the pharmaceutical industry. Employees are also worried that the policies of a Trump presidency will create a general atmosphere of ‘scientific regression.’’

Read more: Tables turn on CDC: Employees fearful that a Donald Trump administration will oppose mandatory vaccines


‘Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he could impose martial law if the drug problem in the country becomes “very virulent,” warning that he is prepared to disregard the Supreme Court and Congress.

Speaking to members of the Chamber of Commerce in Davao on Saturday, Duterte said protecting his country supersedes any consideration of legal blocks to imposing martial law.

“I don’t care about the Supreme Court because of the right to preserve one’s life and my nation,” he told businessmen, according to Reuters.

“If I wanted to, and it will deteriorate into something really very virulent, I will declare martial law,” he said, adding, “my country transcends everything else, even the limitations.”’

Read more: ‘No one can stop me declaring martial law’, Duterte warns amid escalating drug epidemic