5 thoughts on “Donald Trump, torture and refugees

  1. CNN reported that the most vulnerable of Donald Trump’s cabinet picks, Andrew Puzder, is considering bowing out.1

    That’s because Puzder, Trump’s pick for Labor Secretary, couldn’t deny his damning record during his hearing before the Senate. Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants–which owns Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s–and is one of the biggest enemies to working women. His restaurants are facing countless complaints for the sexual harassment of two-thirds of their female employees, illegally withholding overtime pay, stolen paychecks, you name it.2

    Trump has named an endless parade of anti-woman picks, but Puzder is the first to show he can’t take the heat.

    If we join hundreds of thousands of working women already tirelessly speaking out against him, we can protect millions of women from Puzder’s grips as Labor Secretary–and strike a huge blow on Trump’s presidency.

    Tell the Senate: Block Andrew Puzder from becoming U.S. Labor Secretary.
    Sign the petition

    Puzder–who as Labor Secretary would be responsible for protecting workers from labor violations–is so unqualified that it’s almost laughable. He opposes any raises to the minimum wage, fair overtime pay, and granting workers paid sick and family leave.3 He even said that fast food workers who ask for a living wage should be replaced with robots.4

    And he’s not just a CEO hellbent on abusing working people. He is an all-around misogynist who is an accused domestic abuser and the author of the 1980s Missouri abortion law that severely undercut Roe v. Wade.5

    After a brutal Senate hearing and an endless barrage of his own workers coming forward to oppose him before Congress and in the streets, Puzder is wavering. If we ramp up the pressure, we can get rid of this Trump nomination for good.

    Will you speak out against Andrew Puzder’s confirmation to be U.S. Labor Secretary?

    –Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Megan, Libby, Emma, PaKou, and Pilar, the UltraViolet team


    1. Sources: Trump labor pick Andrew Puzder has voiced second thoughts about nomination, CNN, January 17, 2017

    2. Two-thirds of women who work for Andy Puzder’s companies say they’ve been sexually harassed, ThinkProgress, January 10, 2017

    Stolen paychecks and unpaid hours: Carl’s Jr. workers speak out against Andy Puzder, ThinkProgress, January 12, 2017

    3. Trump’s Labor Pick, Andrew Puzder, Is Critic of Minimum Wage Increases, New York Times, December 8, 2016

    4. Trump’s Labor Pick, Fast-Food CEO Andrew Puzder, Opposes Minimum Wage Increase & Paid Sick Leave, Democracy Now, December 9, 2017

    5. Trump’s Labor Secretary Pick Tried to Overturn Roe v. Wade. He Almost Succeeded., Mother Jones, December 8, 2016

    Ex-wife of Labor nominee leveled abuse claims on ‘Oprah’, Politico, January 10, 2017


  2. Friday 27th January 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    MEMBERS of Parliament enunciated fine principles while urging Theresa May to condemn torture in her talks with Donald Trump, but they were blown out of the water by Bob Stewart.

    The retired colonel put his boot straight through Boris Johnson’s platitudinous claim that “our principled position and our objection to torture remains unchanged.”

    Tory MP Stewart, who served seven tours in Northern Ireland, admits being a “kind of a torturer” in his dealings with republican prisoners there.

    He resurrects all the old saws about torture being justifiable to save people from being killed or to make people come clean over “where a nuclear weapon that was going to explode in London was.”

    Of course, Stewart signifies disagreement with waterboarding but regards deprivation of sleep and food as acceptable, together with, “as I’ve done, showing people pictures of their friends that have been blown up. That sort of thing.”

    Irish republicans and civilians who found themselves in the hands of British forces in the six counties may have different recollections of their interrogation sessions. Ever since the British military launched Operation Demetrius in 1971, arresting and interning without trial hundreds of people suspected of paramilitary activity, there were five standard methods used after being authorised by Tory ministers.

    They were prolonged wall-standing, hooding, subjection to noise, sleep deprivation and refusal of food and drink.

    Although the European Commission of Human Rights designated these techniques in 1976 as “torture,” the European Court of Human Rights amended this two years later, terming them “inhuman and degrading” but short of torture.

    Some prisoners reported being beaten up, kicked in the genitals, threatened with injections and subjected to mock executions. And what happened in Ireland cannot compare in scale to the torture perpetrated in Britain’s African and Asian colonies.

    Such atrocities have carried over into more recent imperialist invasions where, for example, Iraqi hotel receptionist Baha Mousa’s “interrogation” by British troops culminated in him being beaten to death.

    Stewart says of his involvement in Northern Ireland: “Of course it was acceptable then. It’s now unacceptable and now it’s defined as torture.”

    In saying that, he is more honest than Johnson and others who pretend that torture is what other countries do — but not Britain.

    Of all the issues that Theresa May could raise with Trump, torture is probably not the most urgent since the US president has pledged to listen to Defence Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, both of whom oppose it on efficiency grounds.

    People in Britain may be more worried about the kind of trade relations that May would like to build with Trump. The Prime Minister refused to give a straight answer earlier this week when Jeremy Corbyn warned her against offering “up for sacrifice” Britain’s public services and the NHS to Trump’s predatory corporate friends.

    May and her apologists deny that their aim is to create a “bargain basement economy” on the fringes of Europe. But they remain committed to reducing corporation tax to the lowest level among the 20 most developed economies and to cutting direct taxation for the top 5 per cent of earners.

    Trump prefers bilateral deals, believing that he can drive a superior deal for US capital.

    He has promised a speedy agreement with Britain, which should set the alarm bells ringing for those worried about public services, GM food, hormone-enhanced meat, chlorinated chickens and environmental standards.

    There needs to be rigorous parliamentary and public scrutiny of any proposed US-UK trade deal.



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