Bahrain absolute monarchy-Trump connection


This video says about itself:

No End to Torture in Bahrain

22 November 2015

Bahraini security forces are torturing detainees during interrogation. Institutions set up after 2011 to receive and investigate complaints lack independence and transparency.

Human Rights Watch has concluded that security forces have continued the same abuses the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) documented in its November 2011 report. The commission was established after the fierce repression of pro-democracy demonstrators in February and March of that year. Bahraini authorities have failed to implement effectively the commission’s recommendations relating to torture, Human Rights Watch found.

During the United States Republican party primaries election campaign, candidate Donald Trump proposed to ban all Muslims from coming to the USA. Candidate Jeb Bush reacted by moaning that then he would no longer be able to receive the Saudi royal family in the USA. There are strong links between the Bush dynasty and the Saudi royals; with, eg, Saudi secret police boss Prince Bandar being nicknamed ‘Bandar Bush’.

Now, it looks like Trump’s proposed ban is against poor refugees from wars (often, Pentagon and CIA wars) and human rights violations in mostly Islamic countries; not against rich, powerful people of those countries. Like the British Conservative government also bans poor refugees while welcoming rich Middle Eastern princes. Like the French government uses Islamophobia to damage civil liberties at home and wage wars abroad; but at the same time closes public beaches to the public to make them private beaches for Saudi royals.

By Paul Blumenthal and Jessica Schulberg in the USA:

Bahrain To Hold Major Celebration At Donald Trump’s D.C. Hotel

Yet another potential conflict of interest for the president-elect.

11/29/2016 04:58 pm ET

WASHINGTON ― The Embassy of Bahrain plans to host its annual National Day celebration at President-elect Donald Trump’s lavish Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Set to take place on Dec. 7, the Bahrain National Day celebration would add yet another bullet point to the ever-expanding list of potential conflicts of interest facing the president-elect as he seeks to balance his new role and his global real estate empire. His D.C. hotel already emerged as a point of concern after it suggested to foreign dignitaries that staying there during their official visits could help their relationship with the president-elect.

Last year, the Embassy of Bahrain hosted its National Day party at the Ritz Carlton, a swanky hotel located about a mile from Trump’s new space.

The embassy did not respond to a request for comment on why it opted to change locations or how much it had paid host a private event at Trump’s hotel. The Trump International Hotel’s sales team declined to comment.

“They know that they will be currying favor with Donald Trump,” said Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School. “Around the world it’s regarded as an ordinary way of business that you favor the enterprises and businesses of the head of the government in order to get ahead of everybody else.”

In an interview with The New York Times last week, Trump affirmed that payments to his hotel could be seen as a conflict of interest.

“They’ll say I have a conflict because we just opened a beautiful hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, so every time somebody stays at that hotel, if they stay because I’m president, I guess you could say it’s a conflict of interest,” he told the publication.

But Trump also said he believed he will be immune from conflicts of interest once he enters the White House.

“The law is totally on my side, meaning, the president can’t have a conflict of interest,” he told the Times.

In some respects, Trump is correct. Federal conflict-of-interest laws requiring government officials to place their assets into a blind trust do not apply to the president. However, previous presidents have placed their assets into the hands of independent trustees to ensure no real or perceived conflict could be alleged.

Trump has done no such thing. Despite promising to cut ties to his global business empire if he won the election, he has made little progress in disassociating himself from his vast holdings.

He named three of his adult children ― Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump ― as heads of the business. But he also placed them on his presidential transition team, thus negating any separation of business and state. Ivanka has participated in at least three discussions with world leaders while in her joint role as a temporary Trump Organization head and presidential transition adviser. Trump has also continued to meet with his international business partners and praised them in phone calls with foreign leaders.

Although federal conflict-of-interest laws do not apply to the president, the Constitution does. In particular, its Emoluments Clause forbids government officials from receiving beneficial payment from a foreign government, a foreign government official or a business owned by a foreign government. The Kingdom of Bahrain paying to host its annual gala at the Trump hotel in D.C. could very well qualify as such a payment.

Norm Eisen, former ethics adviser to President Barack Obama, previously told The Huffington Post that foreign governments and their embassies paying to use the Trump hotel could violate the Emoluments Clause.

“Do we really think all these embassies would have shown up before he ran for office or before he was elected?” Eisen asked rhetorically. “Is it a coincidence that they had that meeting now after he was elected?”

Throughout the presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly tried to portray his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as corrupt for meeting with foreign leaders who had also given money to the Clinton Foundation. One example he cited was a meeting she held with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa in 2009, when she was the top U.S. diplomat. State Department emails suggest Clinton was initially hesitant to commit to a meeting, but that she eventually agreed after being contacted by a Bill Clinton aide who helped set up the Clinton Foundation. Bahrain, a country with a poor human rights record, has donated between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton family’s nonprofit organization.

As a key Gulf ally, Bahrain is a top purchaser of U.S.-made weapons. The U.S. placed a hold on the sale of some heavy weaponry to the kingdom after a brutal crackdown on protesters in 2011, but the restrictions have since been lifted.

… Bahrain is a major non-NATO ally and home to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet. It is one of the key countries in the U.S.-led fight against ISIS.

The Bahraini absolute monarchy is rather dubious as an anti-ISIS ally.

After The Washington Post ran its article on the meeting between Clinton and Khalifa, Trump called on his opponent to return the donations.

“They should give the money back to a lot of countries … countries that influenced her totally and also countries that discriminated against women and gays and everybody else,” he said.

A pro-Trump super PAC accused Clinton of selling access to the U.S. government while serving as secretary of state, citing the Bahrain incident.

Trump has business interests in real estate, management and branding in no less than 18 foreign countries, spanning virtually the entire globe. They are: Canada, Brazil, Uruguay, Panama, Bermuda, French Antilles, Scotland, Ireland, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Israel, South Africa, Indonesia, India and China. He is currently attempting to expand into Argentina. Over the course of his 16-month election campaign, Trump registered eight new companies based in Saudi Arabia: here.

INSIDE DONALD TRUMP’S PICKS FOR COMMERCE AND TREASURY Trump is going with hedge fund titan Wilbur Ross for Commerce Secretary and second-generation Goldman Sachs partner Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary. And the internet cannot get enough of the awkward photo of Trump and Mitt Romney at dinner Tuesday night talking about that potential, ever-elusive secretary of state job. [Ben Walsh, HuffPost]

Trump has picked Wall Street banker Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary and anti-Medicare zealot Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services: here.

President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet that people who burn the American flag in protest should be stripped of their citizenship is a repudiation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments: here.

27 thoughts on “Bahrain absolute monarchy-Trump connection

  1. http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/11/29/what-populism-trumps-america-party-time-corporate-elite

    > What Populism? Trump’s America Is Party Time for the Corporate Elite
    >
    > Trump’s corporate takeover of federal agencies
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    >
    > “Trump has converted the GOP into a populist working-class party,” Trump advisor and far-right economist Stephen Moore told Republican members of Congress at a caucus meeting.
    >
    > Well, advisor Moore, meet the Trump transition team.
    >
    > “We are witnessing not a populist, working class revolution, but the wholesale takeover of government by an extremist faction of the corporate class.”
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    > The leader of the would-be populist working-class party has invited rogues’ gallery of insiders—corporate lawyers, investment fund managers, corporate executives and wonks hailing from corporate-backed think tanks—to populate the “landing teams” that are doing the nitty-gritty work of transitioning government agencies from control by the outgoing Obama administration to the incoming Trump regime.
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    > It turns out that nearly three-quarters of the landing teams come from the corporate world or corporate-affiliated think tanks , according to a Public Citizen review.
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    > And, although the Trump team has kicked registered lobbyists off the transition, at least 13 of the 71 landing team members have been registered lobbyists in the past, some as recent as last year.
    >
    > What does the purportedly “populist working-class” transition team look like? Take a look:
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    > Paul Atkins is in charge of financial regulation for the Trump transition and on the landing teams for the Elizabeth Warren-created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) . He is the CEO of Patomak Global Partners , a consulting firm that advises financial services companies on compliance issues. Atkins formerly served as a Republican commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he was viewed as being largely opposed to regulation .
    > Joel Leftwich is the staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry. He was a lobbyist for PepsiCo from 2013 to 2015, and in 2010 was a lobbyist for DuPont.
    > There are 10 people on the landing team for the Department of Defense. More than half work now or previously for defense contractors, including Mira Ricardel, a former vice president for Boeing known for advocacy of space laser weapons.
    > Michael Dougherty is on the landing team for the Department of Homeland Security. He is the CEO of Secure Identity & Biometrics Association , a trade group that represents the interests of member corporations whose business is security screening technology for airports and border crossings. Previously he worked for Raytheon, a security contractor and, before that, as a Homeland Security official under President George W. Bush.
    > Doug Domenech is on the landing team for the Department of Interior. He is director of the Fueling Freedom Project at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, whose self-proclaimed purpose is to “explain the forgotten moral case for fossil fuels .” He also worked for 12 years for the Forest Resources Association, a national trade association representing the forest products industry.
    > There are 9 people on the landing team for the Department of Justice, predictably drawn heavily from the ranks of corporate law firms. Two thirds of them are involved in corporate criminal defense work!
    > There are policies that could be put in place to address the revolving door problem—individuals leaving government and going to work for the industries they formerly regulated, and from regulated industry into government positions. President Obama took important steps in this direction with an executive order at the outset of his administration but only addressed registered lobbyists. The solution is to change the focus from registered lobbyists to those with financial conflicts of interest—people from or who work for regulated industry should not be able to move seamlessly into jobs as the regulators.
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    > But what’s going on with the Trump administration is beyond fixing with clear policies. We are witnessing not a populist, working class revolution, but the wholesale takeover of government by an extremist faction of the corporate class.
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    > It has become conventional wisdom in Washington that “personnel is policy”—that the people appointed to key positions will make the policy decisions, and are therefore even more important than any particular policy choice. At no time is this more true than now, with a president-elect with minimal interest in policy details.
    >
    > So, take a look at the current list of landing team members and their prior affiliations , and you’ll see exactly where things are heading under a Trump administration. Trump voters hoping for anti-establishment, anti-insider politics are in for a rude awakening. It’s party time for Corporate America.

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