"Prominent Chinese pastor held on suspicion of inciting subversion": Concerning that, what is Trump doing to make America great?

One brave man:

"I am filled with anger and disgust at the persecution of the church by this Communist regime, at the wickedness of their depriving people of the freedoms of religion and of conscience," Wang wrote, according to the statement.

Wang also wrote that he did not consider it his mission to change the institutions that ruled China: "I accept and respect the fact that this Communist regime has been allowed by God to rule temporarily."

"Regardless of what crime the government charges me with, whatever filth they fling at me... I categorically deny it," he wrote.

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Please note that President Donald Trump's tariffs are not directly tied to China ending its persecution of Christians (and other innocents).

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The ballot broker: North Carolina race puts face on electoral fraud

Wow, this is a rather honest appraisal of the US election system.

We can't have a true democracy with such evil. Whether the individual case discussed in the article is as bad as suggested, the underlying idea that there is corruption in the overall electoral system is well-founded.

Clean it up.

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AFP reporting in service to murderous land-thieves

I've said before that Hamas should renounce violence as a means of conflict resolution and that not doing so only adds to the number of Palestinians killed by the Zionists. Well, the same thing applies to the Zionists. If they weren't in the West Bank, they wouldn't be killed by Palestinians there for being there, for invading and occupying there.

It's an indictment of the Zionists that they've taken land that did not and does not belong to them. It doesn't matter what the Bible says about it. Jews were driven out of Palestine in a manner totally consistent with Biblical prophecy. Returning to that land in a spirit that is inconsistent with that scripture's requirement for returning and holding that land is not excused by out-of-context citations of the Bible as the Jews' deed to that land.

It's awful that people on both sides are being killed, but look at the current situation. Jewish Zionists were killed for being in the West Bank. A Palestinian was killed by the Zionists because he was only a suspect who attempted to evade being taken by those Zionists. Being only a suspect means he could well have been innocent of any crime.

In the USA, police and others aren't supposed to grab anyone they merely suspect but are required to have reasonable suspicion and probable cause (US Constitutional requirements). Any citizen of the US can Constitutionally refuse to be hauled in in the absence of authorities having met those Constitutional requirements. Those authorities can't simply shoot the person to death and get away with it legally.

Here we are, though, with a flood of concern for the occupiers and little to nothing said about the killing of a "suspect." We aren't given the slightest info as to exactly what legal standards were applied, if any. What kind of journalism is that? Is it really news, or is it propaganda in service to murderous land-thieves?

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Why are the fascist-leaning so pro-Israel?

Fascists around the globe lean pro-Israel. However, fascism is linked in the minds of many with Nazism, which was/is decidedly anti-Jew. Therefore, the current trend appears to many to be running contrary to fascism in general.

Well, the answer is simple. Fascists are nationalists. Israel is nationalist, ethnocentric, an ethnocracy rather than a true democracy. Fascists in other countries don't want Israel to fall because they don't want all the Jews of Israel attempting to flee to where those other fascists are.

This is why Netanyahu gets along famously with fascists in other nations. It's why Netanyahu has such a problem with anti-fascist Jews, anti-nationalist Jews, pro-democratic Jews.

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Impressive: Historian Mark Curtis on British war crimes, support for repressive regimes, and much more (video)

On this episode of Going Underground, historian Mark Curtis reveals that Britain bears responsibility for around 10 million deaths since WW2. He goes over Britain's support for repressive regimes throughout the period, bloody conflicts Britain has been involved in and massacres Britain has been complicit in which have been wiped from the history books.

(Source)

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Impeaching and removing Trump over Moscow Trump Tower negotiations?

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People who write such stuff as the following are either woefully ignorant of Constitutional standards or shilling for the Clinton-wing of the Democratic Party or both:

... the pursuit during the campaign of Trump’s long-held dream of a Trump Tower in Moscow, and the connection of that goal to possible easing or removal of sanctions on Russia.

The Trump Tower idea for Moscow was public knowledge. I read about it long before Trump announced his candidacy. The idea of Putin having a penthouse suite was there before Trump decided to run.

The Trump Tower doesn't exist. No deal was reached, before, during, or after the campaign for President.

There's been no proof on offer that Trump said he'd go easy on Russia if Russia were to give him the Trump Tower deal or that he even hinted at it. You can't ethically or legally impeach him or impeach and remove him based upon that there were negotiations for a Trump Tower with no campaign strings or other illegal strings attached.

Trump is correct that while running for office, he was not obligated to stop doing business. All one has to do is look into all the business dealings of everyone who has run for President. Did they all shut down all business while running? The flat fact is no. They weren't asked to either.

If Trump is impeached and removed over the Trump Tower negotiations as understood as of the date of this post, it would further trash the US Constitution and all future candidates for office would have to completely divest of all international business before announcing for office, perhaps even before exploring the idea of running. That would include divesting of all stocks and bonds having any international component. It would even go further than that. The new rules to get around that even a bit would be very tricky/complicated.

Is that what the Clintonites want? They better think twice.

What does Hillary own? What did she own when running? How did she benefit? How would she have benefited had she won?

The whole Russiagate thing is pure hype. There still is zero evidence of "collusion," no back channels. Read this: "For Trump, Cohen Plea Deal's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Exoneration."

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Impeaching Trump: The most important constitutional question is ...

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"Did you or anyone in your campaign have any contact with Russia leading up to or during the campaign?"

"No, not at all," Trump responded.

(Source)

The thing is, it was already public knowledge that there were contacts with Russians. The same can be said of the Hillary Clinton campaign. If she had been elected, would the same people hostile to Trump be as up in arms?

More importantly, the context of the question wasn't whether anyone spoke with any Russian but rather "collusion" to sway the election. Again, the same can be said of the Hillary Clinton campaign. Her campaign funneled money to Russians for fake dirt on Trump in order to sway the election for Clinton.

When Trump answered the question, he was addressing collusion, not mere contact.

How about contact with Israel or Jews in Israel, is that an issue? How about any other nation? Is contact with all foreigners outside or within the US illegal for all campaigns?

Furthermore, please notice that allegations are stated not as allegations but as proven facts in the false-propaganda article.

So, as always, it comes down to the questions of hypocrisy and illegality. Why was contact by Clinton's people okay? Why was Clinton campaign collusion not a problem? Why was Clinton campaign illegality in the primaries okay? Where's the proof that Trump or his campaign did anything illegal vis-a-vis the government of Russia?

Whenever a Russian official suggested aiding the Trump campaign, the Trump campaign never took that official up on the offer. That pretty much says it all. The Clinton-wing of the Democratic Party knows all of this, but the US and other neocon-Democrat-dominated "news" just pretends none of that exists.

Perhaps the Trump campaign allowed corporations to pony up the money to pay off women to stop saying they had extramarital sexual relations with Trump and that such payments amount to undeclared and excessive campaign contributions, but the Clintons have returned campaign donations before and not been held to account for ever having accepted them. Can Trump not do the same if necessary?

Trump repaid Cohen $130,000, perhaps more. Was that really a personal campaign-expense or just a personal expense?

He said he didn't have sex with the women. Maybe he did and maybe he didn't. Where are the "red dresses"? Even if such evidence were to show up, are we removing Presidents for extramarital sex before taking office? We don't remove them for war crimes.

Would he have lost had such proof been revealed before the election? Does that even matter?

He paid them to silence them. What about the issue of blackmail? Blackmail can be hard to prove, but the intent to get paid off can still be there, can still be the reason for starting to talk about something without asking for money to shut up about it. I don't know what's in the women's hearts.

Should he have simply denied their stories and dealt with the never-ending barrage from the Clintonites? It was a personal judgment call.

Did the campaign pay them or did he? Did every personal expenditure during the campaign constitute his personal contribution to his campaign? Hardly.

Is paying hush money, per se, illegal? If it is, that's news to me.

Bill Clinton was impeached for an extramarital affair he said never happened because he wanted to pass off oral sex as not having sexual relations. Bill was not removed from office over it all.

Two wrongs don't make a right, but such blatant, witting hypocrisy is a sin.

Here's the real rub. Would the payments to women have surfaced had there been no false claims of collusion brought by the Clinton-wing?

However, the most important constitutional question is whether it would be legal to bring fraudulently based charges to begin a fishing expedition and then level new claims as if those new claims are brought forth on good faith? The answer has to be no because the establishment could otherwise open a fishing expedition against anyone for anything anytime it wants. That would be a nightmare come true.

Is that what we want?

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What's the US hubbub over Nord Stream 2 really about?

The US administration and other neocons and self-styled liberal-interventionists are spreading plenty of propaganda about Russia's Nord Stream 2 project because the US wants to dominate the market in Europe for gas. US gas is more expensive and less reliable then gas from Russia, so Germany and other nations in Europe would be foolish to go with US gas.

Russia has been having a hard time with Ukraine because Ukraine was taken over by fascists and neoliberals (economic vultures). Europe needs to put it's foot down against fascism. Supporting fascists is a fool's errand. The US has been using Ukrainian fascists against Russia not for Ukraine's sake but for the sake of US plutocrats.

Europe needs to concentrate on alternative (non-carbon) fuel anyway. Now's the time to ramp up on that and to forget US hegemonic ambitions.

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"Vladimir Pozner: How the United States Created Vladimir Putin" Excellent video

Watch this at least until the 40:21 mark.

On September 27, 2018, Yale's Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the Poynter Fellowship for Journalism hosted Vladimir Pozner, the acclaimed Russian-American journalist and broadcaster. Pozner spoke on the impact of US foreign policy towards Russia after the Soviet Union has been disbanded, and shared his opinions on a range of issues raised by the audience, from the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections, to Skripal poisoning, to the state of independent media in Russia and the US.

(Source)

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Okay, enough with the "George H.W. Bush is a saint" garbage: "George H.W. Bush, American War Criminal" (Video)

A few days ago, I wrote a short post: Let's get something straight about George H.W. Bush.

Then I posted another: Bush-41, Zionists, and Neocons.

Now, the time for going easy on him because he just died is over. Frankly, I didn't take it easy on him over the last week because he had just died but because I didn't have time to roll out the basics of his huge crimes against humanity and God.

Jeremy Scahill has released a solid statement on video about the basics on Bush-41's crimes. Let me tell you, he only scratched the surface. There are whole sections not even mentioned. You can look into where he was during the October Surprise and what involvement he had in The Franklin Cover-up. There are even extremely strong reasons to suspect his direct involvement in JFK's assassination. The cover-ups are legion. He was also instrumental in the environmental degradation of the planet. Look into how he handled Monsanto.

Nobody's perfect. I'm not. You're not. Jeremy isn't. That's no reason not to face the facts about George H.W. Bush. If we won't face them, we'll see them repeated only worse.

The national religion of the United States is American exceptionalism. And we are now in the midst of a grotesque canonization of one of its imperial saints, George Herbert Walker Bush. Every media outlet in this country, every politician, Democrat and Republican, engaged in collective eulogy based on lies — lies about who Bush was, lies about his policies, lies about the mass-killing he oversaw during his life at the highest levels of power in the United States government. George H.W. Bush was an unrepentant war criminal who spent the overwhelming majority of his life making the world a worse place — a more dangerous place — and he leaves behind a global trail of tears, of bloodshed, of death and destruction. This is the eulogy that George H.W. Bush should be receiving. But instead, the U.S. and international news media are engaging in sick propaganda. Leave the stories about how classy he supposedly was, how cool his marriage was, how he built a father-son relationship with Bill Clinton, how much he liked Barack Obama, how he always wore those funny socks — leave all of that to the family in their private memorials. But for the rest of us, for the rest of the world, we must remember that his incalculable crimes were committed in public, from the highest chambers of power in the most dominant nation in the world. The accounting for his crimes should also be done in public. If you speak honestly about who George H.W. Bush really was, then you, by necessity, will be indicting the history, the politics, the legacy of the United States. If you speak honestly about Bush, then the myth of American exceptionalism is laid bare.

(Source: "George H.W. Bush, American War Criminal")

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