Donald Trump administration, militarism and resistance


This video from the USA says about itself:

A Day Without Immigrants: Boycotts and Demonstrations Against Deportations

16 February 2017

We bring you the voices of some of the thousands refusing to work, go to school, shop and are instead rallying against the increasing raids and deportations being carried out by the Trump administration.

As the media hails Lt. General McMaster, the military strengthens its grip on the government: here.

Thousands of workers, students and youth across the United States participated in protests yesterday under the banner of “A day without immigrants,” or “Un día sin inmigrantes.” The protests, which consisted of one-day work stoppages, keeping kids out of school and boycotting shopping and dining, drew substantial participation in New York City, Atlanta, Detroit, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Austin and elsewhere. The aim of the events was to protest the Trump administration’s recent executive orders by showing the massive impact that immigrant workers have on the economy: here.

The Pentagon is preparing plans for sending hundreds, if not thousands more US ground troops into Syria under the pretext of accelerating the campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) in both that country and neighboring Iraq: here.

The two-day NATO summit in Brussels that concluded yesterday began with a threat by president Donald Trump’s Defence Secretary James Mattis that the US would “moderate its commitment” if its European allies did not hike up their military spending: here.

The Trump press conference: A ferocious conflict within the ruling elite. 17 February 2017. The news conference given by Donald Trump Thursday afternoon was extraordinary and unprecedented. The event took on a surreal character as, for more than 75 minutes, the US president traded insults with journalists and otherwise engaged in a bitter battle with his nemeses in the media. It is not comparable to anything seen before in modern American history, even at the height of the Watergate crisis: here.

James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the retired Marine general and US defense secretary, delivered a speech at the annual Munich security conference that appeared designed to soothe the sharp tensions between Europe and America that have emerged in the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Mattis sounded a warning to the conference aimed at justifying a further escalation of US and NATO militarism: here.

On Thursday, a guest column by Germany’s defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, was published in a special supplement of the Süddeutsche Zeitung on this year’s Munich Security Conference. Under the title “Von der Leyen answers the USA: we have understood,” the column announces a massive increase in the military budget: here.

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11 thoughts on “Donald Trump administration, militarism and resistance

  1. These are from a published letter titled, “Equal Pay For Women Has Consequences,” written by a leader of the Republican Party in Utah:

    “If businesses are forced to pay women the same as male earnings, that means they will have to reduce the pay for the men they employ…”

    “…Mothers will be forced into the workforce. And that is bad for families and thus for all of society.”

    “It’s a vicious cycle that only gets worse the more equality of pay is forced upon us…We should encourage our legislators to drop the whole notion.”

    Can you tweet at the Utah GOP telling them this is absolute nonsense? Here are sample tweets you can use:

    Equal pay is part of equal justice. James Green is a joke. @UtahGOP

    How is James Green even in public office today when he’s clearly from the 1800s? @UtahGOP

    .@UtahGOP one of your own, James Green, doesn’t believe in equality for women.

    The one thing James Green got right: the gender pay gap is real. That’s illegal. Fix it. @UtahGOP

    Thanks for taking action!

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

    Sources:

    1. Twitter, Mary Emily O’Hara, February 16, 2017

    Vice chair of Wasatch County GOP apologizes for letter on equal pay for women, Fox 13, February 16, 2017

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