Greenland, Donald ‘The Idiot’ Trump Shows His ‘Shallow Ass’ Again



How Greenland explains Donald Trump’s entire presidency

(CNN)Donald Trump won’t be going to Denmark in 10 days. Because the Danes won’t sell him Greenland.



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“Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will be postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time,” Trump tweeted Tuesday night. “The Prime Minister was able to save a great deal of expense and effort for both the United States and Denmark by being so direct. I thank her for that and look forward to rescheduling sometime in the future!”
It’s easy to dismiss this episode as just another Trumpian flight of fancy that didn’t work out. But take a minute and you start to realize that the whole Greenland incident, which lasted a total of five days, is broadly emblematic of the entire approach that Trump has taken to being president. The Greenland episode is the Trump presidency.
Consider how we got here:
1) The Wall Street Journal reported last Thursday that Trump has repeatedly quizzed aides on the possibility of buying Greenland.
2) On Sunday, before boarding Air Force One in New Jersey to head back to Washington, Trump addressed the story for the first time. Here’s the key part of what he said (bolding is mine): “Denmark essentially owns it. We’re very good allies with Denmark. We protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. So the concept came up and I said, ‘Certainly, I’d be. Strategically, it’s interesting, and we’d be interested.’ But we’ll talk to them a little bit. It’s not number one on the burner, I can tell you that.”
3) Denmark’s government freaks out. “Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland,” Frederiksen, the Danish Prime Minister, told the newspaper Sermitsiaq on Sunday. “I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously.”
4) Trump cancels the Denmark trip, citing Fredericksen’s comments that Greenland isn’t for sale.
5) Trump is asked about the whole thing and tells reporters that he thought the prime minister’s statement (that the idea of selling Greenland to the US was “absurd”) was “nasty” and “inappropriate.”
What a whirlwind!
Now consider the Greenland purchase in the context of Trump’s broader presidency. It meets all the criteria that have come to define his “modern-day presidential” approach to the job.
*Come up with a totally off-the-wall idea, with a whiff of America-gets-its-way-no-matter-what in there
*Idea leaks — or the White House leaks it as a trial balloon — to the media, with the caveat that his aides aren’t sure if he is serious about it
*Downplay idea, insisting the media got it wrong — even while leaving the door open to doing the deal if the other side is open to it
*Take ball and go home when off-the-wall idea is rejected, jeopardizing relationship with longtime strategic ally
See, the Greenland story really does have it all! It is the Trump presidency in microcosm. He says and does absolutely wild things. Even his top staffers aren’t sure how serious he is about it, and, therefore, don’t know whether to actually pursue it. The idea leaks to the media and immediately becomes a thing. Trump freelances, making up his views as he goes. A semi-serious conversation about whether any of this is even possible begins even as the intended target starts to freak out. Trump, either spurred or spurned by all of the attention, leans in — to it all. Then it all unravels because, as we later learn, he was winging it all along. There was never any “there” there — just Trump saying stuff.
(A quick sidebar on the this-is-all-a-strategic-distraction from gun control or immigration, etc., argument: No, it isn’t. Is there anything you have seen in Trump’s time in office that would lead you to believe that he is capable of that sort of strategic planning and execution? It’s readily apparent at this point that Trump is just saying stuff — and then reacting to how those things land with the general public. There is no three-dimensional chess. There’s not any kind of chess being played.)
Greenland was never for sale. Mexico was never going to pay for the wall. His inauguration crowd was never the largest in history. There was not blame on both sides in the white supremacist riots in Charlottesville. Immigrants were never invading our country in hordes. Background checks were never going to happen.
You get the idea. It’s the Trump presidency.

Trump: King Of Israel?



WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday thanked a conspiracy theorist for saying Jews in Israel love the president “like he’s the King of Israel” and doubled down on his efforts to pit American Jews against one another, accusing Jewish voters of disloyalty if they voted for Democrats.

It was the second day in a row that Mr. Trump addressed Jews and loyalty, a theme evoking an anti-Semitic trope that Jews have a “dual loyalty” and are often more loyal to Israel than to their own countries.

“If you want to vote Democrat, you are being very disloyal to Jewish people and very disloyal to Israel,” Mr. Trump said Wednesday at the White House.

Speaking to reporters as he left the White House on his way to Louisville, Ky., to address a veterans group, Mr. Trump said his remarks were not anti-Semitic.

Earlier on Wednesday, Mr. Trump thanked the conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root for lavishing praise on Mr. Trump for his successful diplomacy with Israel. Mr. Root is a one-time vice-presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party who now hosts a radio show on Newsmax TV and often promotes conspiracy theories.

Donald J. Trump


“Thank you to Wayne Allyn Root for the very nice words. “President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world…and the Jewish people in Israel love him….

Donald J. Trump


….like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God…But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense! But that’s OK, if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s good for…..

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Broadcasting Mr. Root’s words to the president’s more than 63 million Twitter followers and repeating his provocative message to American Jews, Mr. Trump drew immediate accusations that he was fanning anti-Semitic views.

“It is the height of hypocrisy to use Christian theology to bully Jews and to push out some messianic complex — literally, it’s hard to think of something less kosher than telling the Jewish people you’re the king of Israel, and therefore, we should have some fidelity to you for that reason,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, said Wednesday on CNN. “I don’t know if he’s read the Bible, but in the Old Testament, that’s not what we believe.”

Last week, lawmakers were outraged that Israel, with Mr. Trump’s approval, barred two Muslim members of Congress from making an official visit because of their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which pressures Israel on Palestinian issues.

Mr. Trump has tried to make the two Democratic lawmakers, Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the face of the Democratic Party after they made comments this year that were critical of American support of Israel. Though their views on Israel are far from representing the majority of the Democratic Party, Mr. Trump has seized on the divide and is trying to sell it to Jewish voters as a reason to support him.

Winning over Jewish voters would be a significant shift for Mr. Trump, as nearly 80 percent of Jewish Americans voted for Democrats during the 2018 midterm elections, according to the Pew Research Center.

Some of the president’s Jewish supporters defended Mr. Trump for the second day in a row.

The Republican Jewish Coalition said the organization takes Mr. Trump “seriously, not literally.”

In a Twitter post on Wednesday after Mr. Trump repeated his “loyalty” charge, the Republican Jewish Coalition wrote, “President Trump is pointing out the obvious: for those who care about Israel, the position of many elected Democrats has become anti-Israel.”

Representative Lee Zeldin of New York, a Republican who is Jewish, praised Mr. Trump for his support of the Jewish community and Israel. Mr. Zeldin said the president was right to push back on the “Omar/Tlaib wing of the Dem party.”

“He’s a fighter & wont back down. On these policy priorities, he’s correct,” Mr. Zeldin wrote in a tweet.

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, also addressed Jewish Republicans on Wednesday, with a different message.

“To my fellow American Jews, particularly those who support @realDonaldTrump: When he uses a trope that’s been used against the Jewish people for centuries with dire consequences, he is encouraging — wittingly or unwittingly — anti-Semites throughout the country and world,” Mr. Schumer wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “Enough.”


Brazil: Kennedy Alencar: Bolsonaro Strategy is Institutional Destruction



Kennedy Alencar: Bolsonaro Strategy is Institutional Destruction

Journalist Kennedy Alencar writes in his Blog that there is undue interference of Jair Bolsonaro in organs of the Brazilian state and warns that the country is undergoing a process of institutional destruction.

(Photo: Adriano Machado / Reuters)

247 – Journalist Kennedy Alencar writes in his Blog that there is undue interference of Jair Bolsonaro in organs of the Brazilian State and warns that the country is undergoing a process of institutional destruction. “We have long wondered if President Jair Bolsonaro has misused and authoritatively interfered with organs of the Brazilian State. We are facing a process of institutional destruction by the Coaf, the Internal Revenue Service, Inpe, Ibama, the ICMBio, the Commission. Special Political Dead and Missing Party, among other organs of the country. ” 

 “There is also no doubt about the president’s intention in the process of choosing the new head of the PGR: to weaken the prosecution by seeking someone who does not disturb family and allies and the president himself from an ‘ethical’ point of view. “The” pattern “Lava Jato, which we now know from Vaza Jato how it operated, makes Bolsonaro uncomfortable for the exercise of power. He liked this” pattern “when applied to his political opponents. (…) 

 (…) The attempt at institutional destruction is very clear. The president’s interference in state organs is not due to noble motives or because he was elected and has the right to do what he wants. A president can do a lot, but he can’t do everything. The Constitution, other powers, and the system of checks and balances of democracy impose a clear and appropriate limit. But Bolsonaro does not accept these barriers because he is a demagogue and autocrat.

Brazil: Dilma: after 500 days of Lula’s illegal arrest, neo-fascism devastates Brazil



Dilma: after 500 days of Lula’s illegal arrest, neo-fascism devastates Brazil

“Now the evil is done. Brazil is being devastated by a neo-fascist government in politics and neoliberal in the economy, headed by an eschatological and intolerant president. Having caught their biases, the judge and prosecutors who have colluded to convict Lula, destroying the economy and trampling justice deny the undeniable. They deny the undeniable, “says former president Dilma Rousseff, who was deposed by the 2016 coup, about Lula’s political arrest.

(Photo: Dilma Rousseff)

By Dilma Rousseff – A poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller, which inspired Bertold Brecht and Eduardo Alves da Costa, became a symbol of criticism of indifference to Nazism. In historical moments when values ​​are at stake, indifference becomes dramatic and leads to chaos. Thanks to Germany from the 1930s, worth today. 

“When the Nazis took the communists, I shut up 
because, after all, I was not a communist. 
When they arrested the Social Democrats, I shut up 
because, after all, I was not a Social Democrat. 
When they took the trade unionists, I didn’t protest, 
because, after all, I wasn’t a trade unionist. 
When they took the Jews, I did not protest, 
because, after all, I was not a Jew. 
When they took me, there was no one to protest. “

The arrest of Lula completes on Tuesday (20) 500 days of illegality and offense to the democratic rule of law. It represents disrespect for constitutional guarantees, due process of law, presumption of innocence and human rights. It is a threat. If Lula is arrested illegally, anyone can be. It all started when I was overthrown by the 2016 coup without committing a crime.

Here is the inaugural act of a process of destruction of democracy. And that was really it. 
Except for the progressives and Democrats, in the face of the coup and the arrest of Lula, when an injustice against an innocent was warned, many people stopped reacting. His only transgression is to be the greatest popular leader in the history of Brazil. Now, after the revelations of the website The Intercept, everyone knows that Lula was the victim of a plot to destroy his reputation and steal his freedom.

The judge who convicted him was the one who tapped a phone call between me and the former president and leaked the audio to TV Globo. Serious crime, target of only mild reprimand. And that was really it.

The same judge who convicted Lula validated a plea that was plucked under duress by a businessman who had previously said the former president was innocent. Plucked out of intimidation, such denunciation was the basis of the conviction. And the abuse prevailed.

To lend meaning to the sentence, the judge alleged that he condemned Lula for “undetermined acts”. Even the Lava Jet had confessed to having no evidence. But this judicial extravagance also prevailed. 
With Lula already imprisoned, this judge suspended his own vacation to coerce the Federal Police to violate the judge’s decision to release him. And, as in previous situations, the abuse has not been corrected.

In 2018, the week of the second round, the judge leaked an accusation rejected by the prosecutors, ensuring the victory of the far right. And the justice did not take any action.

After the election, the judge was asked to become president-elect’s minister thanks to his illegal interference. And that was really it. 

Now the evil is done. Brazil is being devastated by a neo-fascist government in politics and neoliberal in the economy, headed by an eschatological and intolerant president. Having caught their bias, the judge and the prosecutors who came together in collusion to convict Lula, destroy the economy and trample justice deny the undeniable. They belie the undeniable.

The result is shameful: an innocent is in prison and an unprepared neo-fascist is in power. 
There will only be justice with the annulment of the trial and the acquittal of Lula. 

#LulaLivre is a moral imperative, a civilizing requirement, an act of justice that the judiciary cannot deny to an innocent. Especially when the innocent is the only one who can pacify the country. Free to promote understanding, Lula will lead Brazil to unite social forces, without exclusion, on a front for democracy, sovereignty and the rights of the people. Such a front will seek the way out of the institutional, political and economic crisis in which Brazil was thrown by the 2016 coup, the arrest of Lula and the election of Bolsonaro.

#LulaLivre is a cry of hope for us to cease to be a war – torn country, contaminated by hatred and governed by insensitivity to again become a viable nation, socially just and generous with his people. #LulaLivre means peace and democracy for Brazil.

Jewish leaders outraged by Trump saying Jews disloyal if they vote for Democrats



Jewish leaders outraged by Trump saying Jews disloyal if they vote for Democrats

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats, saying “it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”

Trump was speaking to the press in the Oval Office about two Democratic congresswomen barred from entering Israel over their involvement in the movement to end international support for the country because of its policies toward Palestinians.
“Five years ago, the concept of even talking about this — even three years ago — of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people — I can’t believe we’re even having this conversation,” Trump added. “Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they’re defending these two people over the State of Israel?”
He added, “I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
The remark led critics to argue the President was dabbling in the anti-Semitic trope of “dual loyalty,” which questions the loyalty of Jewish citizens.
“It’s unclear who @POTUS is claiming Jews would be ‘disloyal’ to, but charges of disloyalty have long been used to attack Jews. As we’ve said before, it’s possible to engage in the democratic process without these claims. It’s long overdue to stop using Jews as a political football,” Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted later Tuesday.
Halie Soifer, executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, called the comments “yet another example of Donald Trump continuing to weaponize and politicize anti-Semitism.”
“If this is about Israel, then Trump is repeating a dual loyalty claim, which is a form of anti-Semitism. If this is about Jews being ‘loyal’ to him, then Trump needs a reality check. We live in a democracy, and Jewish support for the Republican Party has been halved in the past four years,” Soifer added.
J Street, a liberal advocacy group focused on reaching a resolution between Israel and the Palestinian territories, said in a statement, “It is dangerous and shameful for President Trump to attack the large majority of the American Jewish community as unintelligent and ‘disloyal.’ “
The President has suggested that Jewish Americans, who are traditionally staunch supporters of the Democratic Party, are leaving it. But polling suggests that Jewish Americans continue overwhelmingly to be Democrats and opposed to Trump.
Jewish Americans voted for the Democratic Party by about a 3:1 margin in the 2018 midterm elections. And Jewish Americans are far more likely to call themselves Democrats than Republicans.
Trump has previously suggested Jewish Americans have a dual loyalty to Israel and its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, including when he told the Republican Jewish Coalition in April that Netanyahu was “your prime minister.”
The Republican Jewish Coalition defended Trump’s statement on Tuesday, tweeting, “President Trump is right, it shows a great deal of disloyalty to oneself to defend a party that protects/emboldens people that hate you for your religion.”
CNN has reached out to the White House for comment.

Brazil: Globo says Bolsonaro invests in decorum and poses a risk to Brazil



Globo says Bolsonaro invests in decorum and poses a risk to Brazil

Directly responsible for the rise of the far right in Brazil, by pushing the judiciary to arrest former President Lula and withdraw his political rights, the Globo group now realizes that Jair Bolsonaro is a risk to Brazil. In an editorial published on Wednesday, the newspaper O Globo points out new breaches of decorum – that is, grounds for impeachment

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247 – This Wednesday’s editorial of the newspaper O Globo points out more reasons for Jair Bolsonaro’s removal from the presidency, for breach of decorum. Interestingly, the text starts from a communication vehicle that was crucial to the rise of the far right in Brazil, as it put pressure on the judiciary to arrest and remove the political rights of former President Lula – who would be president for the third time if it were not. hate campaign promoted by Globo.

“In recent days, the president has been especially productive in saying what he should not, in using foul terms, in investing against the decorum of the Presidency. To the usual aggressiveness when dealing with political issues, always radically approached, Bolsonaro “It is at least an example of bad manners, of inconvenience. From being a President of the Republic, he does not go unnoticed in the world, and this affects the image of the country, with real damage. In the lack of control in Bolsonaro, diplomatic interests involving the economy are already beginning to be affected “, the text points out.

“Opposition to the preservation of the environment, a feature of the world extreme right, has been exercised as if Bolsonaro was still in the low clergy. His government, with Environment Minister Ricardo Salles, is seeking to break the agreement completely. Germany and Norway, which support the Amazon Fund with billions in donations, to support sustainable projects in the region, “the editorial continues.

“With the disconcerting attack on the Amazon Fund, among other acts, Bolsonaro gives the pretext that France and Germany, whose farmers and certain industries dislike the agreement between the EU and Mercosur, withdraw support for the trade treaty. A setback for Brazil. The victory of Peronist plate Alberto Fernández / Cristina Kirchner in the Argentine primaries against center-right President Mauricio Macri deserved nothing but a backlash reaction from Bolsonaro. and Rio Grande do Sul, another Roraima, Venezuelans’ gateway to the country, Bolsonaro forgets Mercosur, the level of integration that already exists between the two countries, with Argentina being a strong importer of manufactured goods from Brazil.The president becomes a risk to the country, “concludes the editorial.

Brazil: Global lawyers ask for Lula Livre and say shocked by Brazil’s breach of legality



Global lawyers ask for Lula Livre and say shocked by Brazil’s breach of legality

A group of 17 international jurists, among the most renowned in the world, issued a manifesto calling for the freedom of former President Lula, who was arrested last April to be barred from running and winning the 2018 presidential election. “We were shocked to see how the fundamental rules of the due Brazilian legal process were violated without any shame,” they also say in the text.

Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Photo: REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino)

247 – The institutional coup that took place in Brazil, which began with the non-criminal overthrow of former President Dilma Rousseff and culminated in the imprisoned arrest of former President Lula, with the sole purpose of excluding him from the presidential race to paving the way for the neoliberal project and framing the country under the orbit of the White House, was the subject of a harsh manifesto signed by 17 of the world’s most respected jurists.

They say the revelations of the scandal of messages exchanged between prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol, coordinator of Operation Lava Jato, and Sergio Moro, who condemned Lula, “appalled all legal professionals,” according to a report by Mônica Bergamo in Folha. “We were shocked to see how the fundamental rules of the due Brazilian legal process were violated without any shame”, they also say in the text. “In a country where justice is the same for everyone, a judge cannot be both judge and party to a case.”

They follow: “Because of these illegal and immoral practices, Brazilian Justice is currently experiencing a serious credibility crisis within the international legal community.”

The lawyers who sign the manifesto are from countries such as France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Mexico, USA and Colombia.

Read the full article below and all signatories below

Lula was not tried, was the victim of political persecution

We, lawyers, jurists, former ministers of justice and former members of Supreme Courts of Justice from various countries, would like to call for consideration the judges of the Supreme Court and, more broadly, the public opinion of Brazil for the serious vices of the proceedings. filed against Lula.

The recent revelations by journalist Glenn Greenwald and staff at The Intercept news site, in partnership with Folha de Sao Paulo and El País newspapers, Veja magazine and other media, have appalled all legal professionals. We were shocked to see how the fundamental rules of Brazilian due process were violated without any shame. In a country where justice is the same for everyone, a judge cannot be both judge and party to proceedings.

Sérgio Moro not only conducted the process partially, he led the prosecution from the outset. He manipulated the mechanisms of the award, directed the work of the prosecutor, demanded the replacement of a prosecutor he was not satisfied with, and directed the prosecution’s communication strategy.

In addition, it placed Lula’s lawyers on the phone and decided not to comply with the decision of a judge who ordered Lula’s release, thus grossly violating the law.

Today, it is clear that Lula was not entitled to a fair trial. It should be noted that, according to Sergio Moro himself, he was convicted of “undetermined facts”. A businessman whose testimony gave rise to one of the former president’s convictions even admitted that he was forced to construct a narrative that would incriminate Lula under pressure from prosecutors. In fact, Lula has not been tried, was and is the victim of political persecution.

Because of these illegal and immoral practices, Brazilian justice is currently experiencing a serious credibility crisis within the international legal community.

It is indispensable that the judges of the Federal Supreme Court fully exercise their functions and are the guarantors of respect for the Constitution. At the same time, we expect the Brazilian authorities to take all necessary steps to identify those responsible for these very serious procedural deviations.

The fight against corruption is today an essential issue for all citizens of the world, as is the defense of democracy. However, in Lula’s case, not only was justice instrumentalized for political ends, but the rule of law was clearly disrespected in order to eliminate the former president from the political dispute.

There is no rule of law without due process of law. And there is no respect for due process when a judge is not impartial but acts as head of the prosecution. In order for the Brazilian judiciary to restore its credibility, the Federal Supreme Court has a duty to release Lula and nullify these convictions.

List of Signatories

Bruce Ackerman, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University

John Ackerman, Professor of Law and Political Science, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Susan Rose-Ackerman, Emeritus Professor Henry R. Luce of Jurisprudence, Yale University School of Law

Alfredo Beltrán, Former President of the Constitutional Court of Colombia

William Bourdon, lawyer registered with the Paris Bar

Pablo Cáceres, former president of the Colombian Supreme Court

Alberto Costa, Lawyer, Former Minister of Justice of Portugal

Herta Daubler-Gmelin, lawyer, former Minister of Justice of Germany

Luigi Ferrajoli, Professor Emeritus of Law, Rome Three University

Baltasar Garzón, lawyer registered with the Madrid Order

António Marinho e Pinto, lawyer, former president (president) of the Portuguese Bar Association

Christophe Marchand, lawyer registered with the Brussels Order

Jean-Pierre Mignard, lawyer registered with the Paris Bar

Eduardo Montealegre, former president of the Constitutional Court of Colombia

Philippe Texier, Former Judge, Honorary Counsel of the Court of Cassassan of France, Former President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council 

Diego Valadés, Former Judge of the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico, Former Attorney General of the Republic

Gustavo Zafra, former ad hoc judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Saudi’s: Libya Govt. of National Accord Accepts UN Truce ‘with Conditions’



Libya Govt. of National Accord Accepts UN Truce ‘with Conditions’

Saturday, 10 August, 2019 – 10:45
Fighters loyal to Libya’s GNA hold a position west of the city of Aziziah, some 60 kilometers southwest of the capital Tripoli. (AFP)
Asharq Al-Awsat
The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) announced Friday it was ready to accept “with conditions” the United Nations-proposed truce in fighting around Tripoli on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha holiday.

The GNA said it was keen to “ease the suffering of the citizens and allow rescue workers to accomplish their mission”.

Therefore it said it “accepted a humanitarian truce for Eid al-Adha,” which will be celebrated in Libya on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

But it listed “four conditions”.

It said the ceasefire must be observed “in all combat zones, with a cessation of direct and indirect fire and movement of troops”.

It said the truce must include “a ban on flights and reconnaissance overflights across the entire (Libyan) airspace as well as a halt to flights from airbases”.

The UN had called on the Libyan National Army and Tripoli-based GNA to commit to a humanitarian truce by midnight on Friday.

The LNA has yet to comment on the truce proposal.

The LNA had launched an operation against Tripoli to cleanse it of criminal and terrorist gangs in April.

Over the past four months, 1,093 people have been killed in fighting, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

UN envoy Ghassan Salame has already called several times for humanitarian truces, without success.

In a video conference with the UN Security Council late last month, Salame warned against mounting tensions and called for a ceasefire for Eid al-Adha.

Brazil: Chomsky: “Lula is the world’s leading political prisoner”



Chomsky: “Lula is the world’s leading political prisoner”

One of the world’s leading living intellectuals, linguist Noam Chomsky again denounced former President Lula’s political prisoner status; “Glenn Greenwald’s revelations made it absolutely clear that Judge Moro was anything but a hero, contrary to what was presented by the press. Lula is the world’s leading political prisoner, ”Chomsky told Jacobin magazine

247 – US linguist Noam Chomsky once again denounced to the world the political prisoner status of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. In an interview with Jacobin Brazil magazine, Chomsky compared the arrest of Lula to the arrest of Italian thinker Antonio Gramsci by the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini. 

“Like Bolsonaro, Benito Mussolini acknowledged that Gramsci needed to be silenced: when Gramsci was arrested, the Italian prosecutor said ‘we need to silence this man for the next twenty years, because his voice is too dangerous to hear.’ This is what the right-wing coup did in Brazil. Last summer, it was clear that if Lula could appear publicly, he would win the elections. So we had to do something against him, put him in solitary confinement, prevent him from doing anything. Then came the grotesque social media campaign, and it’s a trend that will happen more and more in the world, “said Chomsky. 

The intellectual also said that the revelations of journalist Glenn Greenwald in The Intercept Brazil made “absolutely clear that Judge Moro was anything but a hero.” “Moro was involved in corrupt efforts to try to secure Lula’s arrest. It was made public the information that the prosecution itself did not have sufficient evidence for a prosecution and Moro encouraged them to make a complaint to get rid of it anyway. that dangerous figure and the right wing blow could come to fruition, “he said. 

Read the full interview with Noam Chomsky. 

Trash For Brains Trump The Idiot-in Chief speaks again



Trump undercuts plea for unity with return to political attacks

(CNN)President Donald Trump called for unity during a prepared White House address in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend, but ahead of his trip to visit the communities impacted by gun violence, the consoler-in-chief was back to wedging a partisan divide on Twitter and in front of cameras.

On Tuesday ahead of the President’s trip to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham suggested that the President would rise above the rhetoric. She tweeted that the visit would “be about honoring victims, comforting communities, and thanking first responders & medical professionals for their heroic actions.”
“President @realDonaldTrump is a true leader doing what’s right for this nation,” she continued.
Overnight, however, Trump’s teleprompter-prepared talking points fell by the wayside, and Trump returned to targeting Democrats, and in comments to reporters Wednesday morning, he again used the El Paso attacks to call for stronger immigration laws.
Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, the President began attacking his political opponents, in a tit-for-tat response reminiscent of the language he used following deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, when he equally divvied up blame to white supremacist groups and what he called the “alt-left.”
“Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him, and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1% in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement – & be quiet!” Trump tweeted shortly after midnight.
Trump, in prepared remarks Monday, called on the nation to condemn racism and white supremacy, but stopped short of acknowledging his own divisive rhetoric, and Democrats, including the President’s opponents in 2020, seized on the fact that the alleged shooter in El Paso, is believed to have authored a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto. They say Trump’s rhetoric was reflected in the language of the document.
By daybreak Wednesday, Trump was also tweeting about the Dayton shooter “supporting political figures like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and ANTIFA,” despite the fact authorities have not determined a political motivation for the perpetrator.
A Twitter account that appears to belong to the Dayton gunman retweeted extreme left-wing and anti-police posts, as well as tweets supporting Antifa, or anti-fascist, protesters. The account retweeted messages supporting Democratic Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, as well as posts against ICE agents, including one that said, “these people are monsters,” and multiple posts condemning police, and supporting Antifa protesters.
But while the El Paso gunman posted a manifesto with a clear ideology that motivated his shooting that was tied to similar themes that the President has espoused, the Dayton shooter, based on what the FBI has said, has not suggested a political motivation. Investigators described it as a fixation on violence and killing.
The President, for his part, claimed Wednesday that he’s toned his rhetoric down.
He told reporters ahead of his visit Ohio and Texas, “We have toned it down. We’ve been getting hit left and right from everybody … (including) a couple of people from Texas, political people from Texas that aren’t doing very well,” he said.
“I don’t think it works because I would like to stay out of the political fray,” he continued.
Trump said “tried to stay out” of politically dividing aspects of the mass shooting which happened over the weekend, even though he went after O’Rourke, Warren and Sanders on Twitter hours beforehand.
He also dredged up the Dayton shooter’s social media history again.
“My critics are political people. They’re trying to make points. In many cases, they’re running for President and they’re very low in the polls. A couple of them in particular very low in the polls. If you look at Dayton, that was a person who supported, I guess you would say, Bernie Sanders, I understood, Antifa, I understood, Elizabeth Warren, I understood — had nothing to do with President Trump,” Trump said.
Trump also said he doesn’t believe his rhetoric causes violence.
“No, I don’t think my rhetoric has at all. My rhetoric brings people together,” he told reporters.
Asked whether he regrets using the term “invasion” to describe immigrants coming into the US illegally, Trump responded, “I think that illegal immigration is a terrible thing for this country. I think you have to come in legally. Ideally you have to come in through merit.”
“We need people coming in because we have many companies coming into our county — they’re pouring in. And I think illegal immigration is a very bad thing for our country. I think open borders are a very bad thing for our country, and we’re stopping. We’re building a wall right now. … We need strong immigration laws. But we want to allow millions of people to come in because we need them,” he continued.