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Thursday, 2 March 2017

“No Political Experience”: Why Wilbur Ross Became US Secretary of Commerce

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Political analyst Aleksei Zudin described billionaire Wilbur Ross’s appointment to the post of US Secretary of Commerce as a move is in sync with the new US Administration’s policy. On Monday night, the US Senate confirmed Ross’s nomination in a 72-27 vote. During a Senate confirmation hearing in January, Ross stated that Trump’s administration would focus on ending China’s unfair trade practises and monitor those of other US partners. Ross harshly criticised Chinese steel producers, accusing them of “dumping” steel onto the global market to flush out international competitors. He emphasised that if certain countries don’t comply with existing trade rules, the USA should punish them. Ross pledged to push US partners to practise fair trade in a more balanced manner than the USA permitted in the past.

The 79-year-old is widely known as a specialist in the restructuring of bankrupt companies. According to Forbes, he has a personal fortune of about 2.5 billion USD (146.28 billion Roubles. 17.212 billion Renminbi. 166.764 billion INR. 3.343 billion CAD. 3.283 billion AUD. 2.375 billion Euros. 2.037 billion UK Pounds). In the 1990s, Ross advised the Clinton Administration on US-Russian trade and helped manage the US-Russia Investment Fund TUSRIF. Commenting on this, Zudin told us:

Ross’s appointment further adds to an already emerging trend in the formation of Trump’s Administration. The new US Administration has already been nicknamed “the cabinet of billionaires and generals”. Most appointments, including the one that has just taken place, confirm this nickname. One can link President Trump’s personality with his selection of Cabinet members. Most members of Trump’s administration have no political experience. In general, the very fact that the new Administration includes generals and billionaires is a highly illustrative thing. The selection process goes beyond Trump favouring his well-heeled peers. From the beginning, Trump was an unusual presidential candidate who won in spite of the political establishment of both US political parties… the Democrats and the Republicans. This is why there are only few representatives of the “political élite” in Trump’s team. He deliberately relies on people with no political experience, but who have expertise in their field related to their former activity and who have certain personal traits. That’s what of paramount importance to Trump.

2 March 2017

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/us/201703021051186273-united-states-trump-ross-appointment/

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Family Enroute to Infant’s Life-Saving Surgery in USA Denied Entry

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Editor:

As you read the following, reflect on the loud “conservatives” in Orthodoxy who applaud Herr Trump’s every action. Especially, reflect on Rod Dreher, who supports the racist demagogue Patrick Buchanan, the author of the infamous Nixon “Southern Strategy”… which the Republicans used to exploit the most base and sick human motives. Evil is amongst us, kids… it DOESN’T have horns and hooves; it looks and sounds distressingly normal…

BMD

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Her Doctors Say the Surgery Can’t Wait Much Longer

In the days since Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees from several heavily-Muslim countries, we’ve heard countless stories of people’s lives being thrown into total upheaval as a result. One such story involves a sick baby in need of surgery with the Order preventing her family from getting her the care she needs. The order, enacted last Friday, calls for banning the entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely, all refugees for 120 days, and all citizens from seven predominately-Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) for 90 days. It’s caused a lot of disruption, but no stories are quite as egregious as those involving children are. In this case, it’s a four-month-old baby girl named Fatemah from Iran.

The infant has a heart condition requiring surgery and though her parents filed for the appropriate tourist visa, because of the ban, they’re now unable to travel to OSHU Hospital in Oregon for the procedure. According to KPTV, the child even has grandparents and an uncle who are US citizens, but it no longer matters because of the ban. The baby’s uncle, Sam Taghizadeh, says Fatemah needs the surgery “as soon as possible” and explains that the parents chose OSHU because the quality of medical services in their native Iran isn’t as good. He said:

Over there, it’s a very high risk because that is open heart surgery.

It was after a lot of research and work that the parents received the heartbreaking news that their trip wouldn’t be happening. Taghizadeh said:

For getting the visa, they ask for lot of the paperwork. You have to do many things, you know. For three weeks, we were working for every single thing they wanted.

The appointment was for 5 February, but it was only after arriving in Dubai last Saturday to complete the paperwork for their tourist visa at the US consulate that they got news of the ban. Taghizadeh, who’s lived in the USA for the last 13 years, reiterated his worries over the fact that Fatemah needs the surgery sooner rather than later:

They can’t wait, you know. Even I asked, “Can you wait a couple other years?” They said no. This thing has to be as soon as possible.

So now, the family is back in Iran, hopes dashed, with no idea when (or if) they can get their child the medical care she so badly needs. Is this what Donald Trump had in mind when he put in place a hasty ban that gave people no time to plan their lives? There are students being prevented from coming back to complete their studies, babies being detained at airports and denied access to breast milk, and five-year-olds being held without a parent for hours. America sure isn’t looking too great these days, and there’s reason to fear it’ll get worse. For now, a sick infant’s family is left to panic. As Taghizadeh said:

It’s like a nightmare. You know, in one night everything changes. Now, you don’t know what you’re going to do. Why, we came to the USA, we came here for freedom, for a better life. I’m feeling nowhere is safe.

He’s certainly not alone in that feeling.

February 2017

Valerie Williams

Scary Mommy

http://www.scarymommy.com/iran-sick-infant-denied-entry-united-states-trump-immigration-ban/

Editor:

If you voted for Trump… you voted for sheer evil. If you voted for Clinton… you voted for sheer evil. I voted Green… I refused to vote for evil. You can’t rationalise your way out of it… both “conservatism” and “liberalism” are but the two sides of the Neoliberal coin… both support the piranha Free Market and both purvey hatred and lies.

The system is broken. However, we won’t fix it until we realise that the centrepiece of its evil is the Free Market. Remember what Scripture teaches us… GREED, not homosexuality, not abortion, not immorality, is the root of all sorts of evil. Greed is a disease of the soul… the others are but moral peccadilloes in comparison. You do see what Satan is up to, don’t you? He offers preoccupation with “morality” so that his victims don’t realise that he gave them a corrosive cancer of the soul.

However… don’t argue with such sorts. They’re blind. If they won’t listen to Christ and His Church, they won’t listen to you and me, either. Simply keep the gate unlatched, the key under the mat, and don’t say, “I told you so”… some will come back to their senses, but they won’t listen to us. Keep that in mind…

BMD

Editor’s PS:

I let this story sit for a little bit… good news came in. Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York intervened and the family is now on its way to New York for surgery… with all expenses paid. Note who the good guys and the bad guys were in this. Mark it down well and vote accordingly…

Conservatism delenda est…

BMD

Saturday, 28 January 2017

28 January 2017. A Polite Warning to ALL Haters Out There… The USA is a SECULAR State… Muslims are WELCOME Here

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The above image comes from the Pentagon. Yes, you heard me… THE PENTAGON. It’s Muslim service personnel and civil employees engaging in the constitutionally protected practise of following their religion (in my mind, the First Amendment “trumps” the Second Amendment any day of the week… 😉 bad pun intended). President Trump is pandering to ignorant Yahoos and unwashed hicks. President Trump! What you just did was unconstitutional! You went against the founding principles of the USA! Your followers may hate Muslims… so be it, one can’t change fixed peabrain minds. However, you can’t just wage war on a particular religion to please the small-minded and mud-ignorant. Trump’s Executive Order was evil, kids… EVIL. As Orthodox Christians… nay, as Christians… nay, as decent people, whatever our creed may be (and secularism IS a creed), we must oppose such with vigour and resolution.

Orthodox people… this tells you much about Whiteford, Dreher, and all the loudmouths who supported (and still support) Trump the Chump. Take heed, mark it down, and act accordingly.

BMD

Eleven Nobel Laureates Sign Petition Against Trump’s Entry Ban for Refugees

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On Friday, Trump signed an executive order blocking all Syrian refugees from entering the USA until the government makes “adequate changes” to the Refugee Admission Program (USRAP) and suspending the entry of all nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for 90 days. In response, thousands of academics, including 11 Nobel Laureates, signed a petition against President Trump’s order suspending the entry to the USA of Syrian refugees and nationals from several other countries in the Middle East and North Africa:

We, the undersigned academics and researchers from a variety of fields of study, backgrounds, and personal convictions, would like to voice our concern and strongly oppose this measure. … We strongly denounce this ban and urge the President to reconsider going forward with this Executive Order.

The petition stated that the order was discriminatory, detrimental to American national interests, and imposed an “undue burden on members of our community”. During the presidential campaign, Trump made several controversial statements regarding immigrants, Latin Americans, Muslims, and women. His statements advocated a ban on Muslims travelling to the USA and building a wall along the border with Mexico to deter illegal migrants.

27 January 2017

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/us/201701281050097974-trump-order-refugees-nobel-petition/

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