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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:36 pm    Post subject: Terror Attacks ‘Tripled’ After Trump’s Jerusalem Recog Reply with quote

Terror Attacks ‘Tripled’ After Trump’s Jerusalem Recognition

Terror attacks in Israel and the West Bank tripled after President Trump moved to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Shin Bet security service said in a new report. The new numbers show there were 71 security incidents in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Israel in October, 84 in November, and 249 in December—a significant jump. (Trump made the announcement on Dec. 6.) The chief of the Shin Bet security service, Nadav Argaman, said in December that Trump’s declaration had already made the situation in the West Bank more precarious. He foresaw that it would create a “a highly unstable period for the next six months at least.”

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:33 pm    Post subject: Petition circulates to block Trump from Davos Reply with quote

Swiss group tries to block Trump from World Economic Forum in Davos
[Good Morning America]
A Swiss group has started a petition to oppose President Trump’s visit to the annual gathering of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
'Resist Trump's inhumane politics' »

A Swiss group has started a petition to oppose President Donald Trump’s visit to the annual gathering of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this month.

Campax, described on its website as a “progressive” nongovernmental organization based in Zurich, launched the mostly symbolic campaign after the White House announced Trump would be the first sitting U.S. president to attend the elite gathering in 18 years.

The petition reads that Swiss citizens "ought to resist Trump's inhumane politics," calling for a "World First – not American First vision.”

The campaigners also highlighted their disgust with the U.S. administration's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement and took issue with many of the White House's priorities.

"U.S. President Donald Trump is on outstanding phrases with racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, misogyny, bellicosity, local climate modify denial, human legal rights abuse and a policy that deepens poverty and inequality," the petition reads.

But event organizers -- who host the world's richest and most powerful global financial, political and media elites each year at the chic ski resort in eastern Switzerland -- had hoped for high-level representation from Washington and are ready to welcome Trump.

Commenting on the news of the president’s announced visit on its website, the World Economic Forum said Trump’s presence "will allow participants to get a direct perspective on U.S. political and economic priorities.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders Wednesday told reporters the president will use the four-day forum, which starts Jan. 23, to talk about his worldview.

"He welcomes the opportunity to go there and advance his America First agenda with world leaders," Sanders said.

The White House has not responded specifically to the petition.

Critics say the forum couldn't be a more mismatched place for a presentation of the Trump administration's policies.

In his first year in office, critics note, the president has criticized global trade pacts and international treaties that he says put the United States at a disadvantage. His positions are often at odds with the celebrities and chief executives who attend the forum.

The petition headlined "Trump not welcome - stay out of Davos" was launched on the campax.org website at 9 a.m. Wednesday and had gathered some 2,500 signatures by mid-afternoon.

"We would be happy to have 10,000 or 30,000" signatures,” Campax chairman Andreas Freimuller told Agence France-Presse.

Organizers were expecting 10,000 signatures by this evening, Freimuller told ABC News today, adding that most of the signees are likey Swiss because of the media attention there.

He said the group has asked Zurich airport officials for permission to host a “non-welcoming” ceremony for when Trump arrives.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:03 pm    Post subject: Visit to England Cancelled Reply with quote

Trump: I Nixed London Visit Over ‘Bad Deal’ for U.S. Embassy

President Trump confirmed late Thursday that he’s canceled a planned visit to London, claiming he’d done so out of anger at the U.S. Embassy’s new location there, not out of fear of mass protests. “I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts,’ only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal,” Trump tweeted. Several outlets pointed out that the decision to move the embassy was made in 2008, during President George W. Bush’s tenure—before Obama was even elected, but completed in 2009 for a price that hasn’t been disclosed. Trump’s comments came shortly after The Guardian reported the visit had been called off over the possibility of widespread protests. British Prime Minister Theresa May had initially invited Trump for a state visit, but amid pressure from members of Parliament, Trump was expected to do a “working visit.”


BTW - Trump is blaming Obama for a decision made under the Bush administration. Par for the course! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:43 pm    Post subject: Trump's staff jumping ship Reply with quote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, saying he no longer felt able to serve President Donald Trump.

Feeley's departure had been communicated to State Department officials on Dec. 27 and was not a response to Trump's alleged use of the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries at a meeting on Thursday, U.S. officials said.

Trump denies using the term. [Hah! Who believes him?]


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:48 pm    Post subject: Trump's Remark Makes Diplomacy Harder Reply with quote

Trump 'Shit hole Countries' Remark Makes Diplomacy Harder
U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador under President Bush, Rose Likins, tells Ari Melber Trump’s “shit hole countries’ remark “undoubtedly” makes diplomacy harder.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:15 pm    Post subject: Far-Right Trump Supporters Try to Arrest London Mayor Reply with quote

Dramatic moment far-right Trump supporters try to ARREST Sadiq Khan while quoting the Magna Carta after storming conference hall to shouts of 'scum' from Labour supporters
    Men stormed Fabian Society conference moments after mayor took to the stage
    Sadiq Khan's speech had to be suspended for several minutes during the protest
    It appeared to have been sparked by Mr Khan's comments about Donald Trump's decision to cancel his UK visit

This is the dramatic moment a group of far-right Trump supporters tried to arrest Sadiq Khan while quoting the Magna Carta.

The men stormed the Fabian Society conference in London moments after the mayor took to the stage and accused him of 'subverting the English constitution'.

Mr Khan's speech had to be suspended for several minutes as the demonstrators from a group called the White Pendragons were escorted out by police.

The chaos appeared to have been sparked by Mr Khan's comments about the US President's decision to cancel his UK visit.

Mr Trump claimed he pulled out of opening the new American embassy in London because he disagreed with the decision to sell off the old building for 'peanuts'.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5265647/Far-right-Trump-supporters-try-arrest-Sadiq-Khan.html#ixzz5466z2Vif
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:36 pm    Post subject: Trump's cancelled UK visit Reply with quote

Fareed Zakaria had a good line earlier today. About Trump cancelling his visit to the UK, the former British Foreign Secretary pointed out that 1) Trump knows that he's wildly unpopular in the UK, especially after retweeting those anti-Muslim videos, and 2) He blames Obama for a decision made by the Bush administration. To which Zakaria remarked "Why let the facts interfere with a good argument?"
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:40 pm    Post subject: Trump's relationship with North Korea Reply with quote

White House, WSJ Trade Barbs Over Accuracy of Trump Quote
“They just wanted a story,” Trump says.

The White House and The Wall Street Journal traded barbs late Saturday and early Sunday morning over the accuracy of quote from President Donald Trump during an interview with the newspaper. “I have a great relationship with Prime Minister Abe of Japan and I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea (*). I have relationships with people, I think you people are surprised,” WSJ quoted Trump as saying. But White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders fired back, and Trump tweeted on Sunday morning that the WSJ misquoted him. “Obviously I didn’t say that. I said ‘I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,’ a big difference,” he said, adding: “They just wanted a story.” The newspaper posted its own audio recording on Saturday night, saying it stands by its reporting.


(*) I saw earlier on TV that Trump said he said "I'd probably have", in the conditional form, not "I probably have" in the indicative form. Well, whatever...
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:54 pm    Post subject: Trump is an embarrassment to US worldwide Reply with quote

McAuliffe: Trump is an embarrassment to US So what else is new? Rolling Eyes
Former Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe called President Donald Trump "disgraceful," "disgusting" and an "embarrassment" in the wake of the president's comments about Haitian immigrants and "shithole" African countries.



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:56 am    Post subject: Palestinian anger at Trump boils over Reply with quote

Palestinian leaders call for suspension of recognition of Israel
Palestinian leaders vote to call for the suspension of recognition of Israel, in a move with potentially deep implications.
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Nasser Abu Bakr and Joe Dyke, AFP•January 15, 2018

Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Palestinian leaders voted on Monday to call for the suspension of recognition of Israel in a move with potentially deep implications as they met in response to US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

While withdrawing the Palestine Liberation Organisation's recognition of Israel could spark international backlash, it was unclear whether the vote was binding.

A previous vote by the same Palestinian Central Council, a high-ranking arm of the PLO, in 2015 to suspend security coordination with Israel was never implemented. That vote was also reaffirmed on Monday.

However, even if the move goes no further, the vote was another expression of Palestinian fury over Trump's Jerusalem declaration and what they see as the White House's attack on their long bid for statehood.

On Sunday as he opened the meeting, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, who voted in favour of the suspension, called Trump's peace efforts the "slap of the century."

The vote ordered the Palestine Liberation Organisation to suspend its recognition of Israel until it "recognises the state of Palestine", cancels its annexation of east Jerusalem and stops settlement activity, a statement said.

The PLO is considered the official representative of the Palestinians internationally and formalised its recognition of Israel in 1993.

In a statement, the delegates also backed comments on Sunday by Abbas that the Oslo peace accords of the early 1990s, which form the basis of the Palestinians' relations with Israel, were "finished."

Abbas had said that Israel had ended the accords through its actions, referring to activities seen as eroding the possibility of a two-state solution such as persistent settlement building.

- Removing the 'mask'? -

There was no immediate Israeli reaction to the vote, but earlier Monday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Abbas’s comments had “torn off” his “mask” as a supposed moderate.

Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip and does not recognise Israel, appeared to welcome the vote but said in a statement that the "real test" would be "to implement it effectively on the ground and put in place the necessary mechanisms."

The rare meeting of the PCC was called after Trump's controversial December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Palestinians want the annexed eastern sector of the city as the capital of their future state, and Abbas has said Trump's stance means the United States can no longer be the mediator in peace talks with Israel.

The US president has sought to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table, with talks stalled since 2014.

Speaking late Sunday at the opening of the council, which brought together Palestinians from multiple political parties, Abbas told delegates: "We said 'no' to Trump, 'we will not accept your project'."

"The deal of the century is the slap of the century and we will not accept it," the 82-year-old leader added, referring to Trump's pledge to reach the "ultimate deal".

He instead called for an internationally mediated peace process.

- Threat to cut aid -

The Palestinians' relations with the US leadership have deteriorated rapidly since Trump's election.

He came to power promising to lead the most pro-Israel administration in history, but also to pursue a peace deal.

His envoys, including senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, had been shuttling between the two sides in search of common ground.

But Trump also infuriated the Palestinians by refusing to commit to the idea of an independent Palestinian state, and recently threatened to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in US aid.

The Jerusalem announcement prompted the Palestinians to freeze ties with the administration, and Abbas is expected to shun Vice President Mike Pence when he visits the region next week.

On Sunday night, Abbas slammed the US ambassadors to Israel and the United Nations, David Friedman and Nikki Haley, calling them a "disgrace".

Both Trump appointees have been strong supporters of Israel, with Friedman having backed Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

An indignant Abbas also said that Trump had accused them of refusing to engage in peace negotiations.

"May God demolish your house. When did we refuse?" he said, using a common Arabic curse.

He also said the Oslo accords that led to the creation of his Palestinian Authority and envisioned a final resolution to the conflict were in effect finished.

"I am saying that Oslo, there is no Oslo. Israel ended Oslo," Abbas said.

In response to Abbas's comments, the European Union said its position on the conflict remains "based on the Oslo accords".

"A negotiated two-state solution which fulfils the aspirations of both sides, Israel and Palestine, is the only realistic way of bringing the lasting peace and security that both Israelis and Palestinians deserve," European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told reporters in Brussels.

France, which organised an international conference in support of the two-state solution a year ago, issued a similar reaction, while Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow "understands" Abbas's anger.

"For years they made concessions without receiving anything in return," Lavrov said at an annual press conference in Moscow.

"We constantly hear that the US is about to unveil an important deal that would satisfy all sides. We have not seen this kind of document."

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