Sunday, 26. February 2017

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171104never trumpFriends, I welcome you to »The Michael Moore Easy-to-Follow 10-Point Plan to Stop Trump«.

First, let's acknowledge what we all know to be true: Trump is in deep, deep trouble -- in the pocket of Russians, surrounded by alt.right idiots, alone in his bathrobe in a mostly-empty White House -- and caught inside a disgusting »shit-sandwich«, so said his supporter who turned down the NSA job.

amnesty internationalIn reaction to President Trump’s Executive Order to effectively prevent refugees from seeking resettlement in the USA, Salil Shetty, Secretary General at Amnesty International said: »President Trump’s Executive Order effectively blocking those fleeing war and persecution from war-torn countries such as Syria, from seeking safe haven in the USA are an appalling move with potentially catastrophic consequences.

Never TrumpThe enormous outpouring of anti-Trump protesters in Washington D.C., and indeed the country and the world, on January 20 was a sight to behold. Tens of thousands came to Washington DC to inaugurate the resistance to Trump’s ultra-right wing, pro-Wall Street agenda.

Thousands of anti-Trump demonstrators filled Navy Memorial Plaza sidewalks and plaza right on the Parade Route. The Guardian newspaper reporter covering the route tweeted that demonstrators far outnumbered Trump supporters. The rally at the Navy Memorial was broadcast live on Pacifica Radio Network and by C-SPAN. It was an amazing day.

People's WorldDonald Trump has been sworn in as 45th president of the United States. The store is officially open. The government is now for sale.

At the same time, the resistance to Trump is being launched in communities across America. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected here tomorrow to protest Trump’s announced plans to curtail the rights of women and many more thousands are expected to demonstrate in cities across the nation.

Moreover, the resistance has reached the halls of Congress. Over 60 members of the U.S. House of Representatives boycotted today’s inaugural ceremonies.

Karina, Oscar López's granddaughter, during the World Festival of Youth and Students 2013 in Quito. Photo: RedGlobeKarina, Oscar López's granddaughter, during the World Festival of Youth and Students 2013 in Quito. Photo: RedGlobeThe United States government announced Tuesday the release of Oscar Lopez Rivera, who has been imprisoned in the U.S. for 36 years for his struggle to free Puerto Rico from U.S. colonial rule. Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama commuted Lopez' sentence, which will expire on May 17, according to a list of commutations announced by the White House.

Celebrations started almost immediately, while Clarissa Lopez, daughter of Lopez, will hold a press conference Wednesday at 10 a.m. in reaction to his release at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

PCdoBThe Republican Donald Trump won the United States presidential election, defeating Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party candidate, who was a favorite in all public opinion polls and was considered as unbeatable by the bourgeois media, its international policy analysts, academics, and Chancelleries around the world. President Barack Obama is also defeated, despite his widespread charisma and created popularity. Republicans also won legislative elections in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Portuguese Communist PartyThe elections for President, as well as for the Senate and House of Representatives, in the United States of America have displayed the profound problems, contradictions and inequalities which permeate that country's society, and which are expressions of the deepening structural crisis of capitalism that affects in particular the world's biggest imperialist power.

Peoples WorldJust less than half of Americans, mainly white middle and upper income earners, chose this election to express their allegiance to the right-wing populist, scapegoating, angry, and fearful message that Trump peddles. America is no longer the exception to the wave of white nationalist economic populism that has swept through many democracies. It is time to ask our friends in Italy, in Britain, in India, in the Philippines, and in other countries where hard-line, far right-wing candidates or issues have won: how can we work together across oceans and continents to prevent the further rise of right-wing populism? The mirror that yesterday’s vote count held up reflects a divided electorate and an even more deeply divided society.

natopiss170NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg congratulates US President-elect Donald Trump: »I congratulate Donald Trump on his election as the next President of the United States. And I look forward to working with President-elect Trump. We face a challenging new security environment, including hybrid warfare, cyber attacks, the threat of terrorism. US leadership is as important as ever. Our Alliance has brought together America’s closest friends in times of peace and of conflict for almost 70 years. A strong NATO is good for the United States, and good for Europe.

NATO has responded with determination to the new security situation. But we have more work to do. And I look forward to meeting Mr. Trump soon, and welcoming him to Brussels for the NATO Summit next year to discuss the way forward.«

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