Donald Trump, satiric film, and women

This video from the USA says about itself:

Funny Or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art Of The Deal: The Movie Trailer

10 February 2016

See the full movie here.

Donald Trump has it all. Money, power, respect, and an Eastern European bride. But all his success didn’t come for nothing. First, he inherited millions of dollars from his rich father, then he grabbed New York City by the balls. Now you can learn the art of negotiation, real estate, and high-quality brass in Funny Or Die’s illuminating made-for-TV special feature, Donald Trump’s The Art Of The Deal: The Movie.

From UltraViolet Action in the USA today:

Trump–in his own words

It’s official: Donald Trump won New Hampshire. And no, this isn’t a TV show–Donald Trump is a real candidate who just walloped the Republican field by 20 points in New Hampshire. And he’s leading the polls by similar margins in the next two primary states, too.

While people know he’s a bully, fewer people know just how scary Trump is for women. That’s why we need to spread the facts about Trump now, not later. Can you get started by sharing this today?

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Donald Trump on women


1. 18 Real Things Donald Trump Has Actually Said About Women, Huffington Post, August 24, 2015

2. Lawyer: Donald Trump called me ‘disgusting’ for request to pump breast milk, CNN, July 29, 2015

3. The Dumbest Stuff Donald Trump Has Ever Said, The Daily Beast, June 30, 2015

4. ‘Schlonged’: Watch Trump’s Astonishingly Sexist Attack On Hillary, Think Progress, December 21, 2015

5. So which women has Donald Trump called ‘dogs’ and ‘fat pigs’? Washington Post, August 8, 2015

Bahrain absolute monarchy news

This video from the European parliament says about itself:

Bahrain: the case of Mohammed Ramadan

4 February 2016

Alyn Smith MEP speaks on the institutional reform in Bahrain and raises the case of Mohamed Ramadan who is one of five people facing the death penalty in Bahrain.

From Index on Censorship:

10 Feb: Failure to reform: Five years of dissent in Bahrain

9 February 2016

On the 5th anniversary of the 2011 Bahrain uprising, reform has stalled and human rights abuses have continued to be systemic and widespread. With the region in turmoil and abuses on the rise, has the UK’s reform assistance achieved its stated objectives?

Bahrain’s UK-funded police watchdog fails to investigate torture claims. UK has given more than £2m to fund judicial reforms but there are concerns over alleged abuse of Mohammed Ramadan: here.

This video from the European parliament is called Marietje Schaake – Plenary speech on Bahrain, the case of Mohammed Ramadan (04-02-2016).

United States candidate Sanders defeats Clinton in New Hampshire

This 9 February 2016 video from the USA is called After close loss in Iowa, Bernie Sanders handily wins New Hampshire.

According to 267 out of 300 precincts reporting in the Democratic party primary in New Hampshire, candidate Bernie Sanders had 60% of the vote, to Hillary Clinton 38,4%. Strangely, the Huffington Post then predicted Sanders would get 13 delegates, Clinton 15.

An error in the report, or a Democratic party establishment trick? UPDATE: it is the strange ‘superdelegate’ rule.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic primary decisively on Tuesday, defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and posting the largest vote and the widest margin of victory ever recorded in the state that traditionally holds the first US presidential primary. Sanders, who calls himself a “democratic socialist,” defeated Clinton by a margin of 60 percent to 39 percent, outperforming most pre-election polls. He won an across-the-board victory, powered by enormous margins among young voters (85 percent of those 30 and under) and working-class voters (65 percent among those earning less than $50,000 a year and 67 percent among those without a college education): here.

The magnitude of Hillary Clinton’s New Hampshire drubbing has establishment Democrats wringing their hands as it dawns on them that no candidate in modern U.S. political history has bounced back from a 22-point loss in that first-in-the-nation primary to win the White House, reports Robert Parry: here.

Donald Trump was at 35,1% in the Republican party primary, meaning 10 delegates. Kasich 3 delegates, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush both 2. Marco Rubio, the favourite of some pundits, and all others 0 delegates.

JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

Source:  TeleSUR
February 9 2016

Exit polls showed that Sanders secured more than 85 percent of the vote among young people in the state compared to 14 percent for Clinton.

bernie saunders 5.jpgDemocratic candidate Bernie Sanders (photo) and Republican candidate Donald Trump have won the New Hampshire primary, according to the Associated Press and NBC news. Early exit polls had suggested that Sanders and Trump could secure victories with big margins.

According to the Washington Post, U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton concedes defeat as Sanders claimed victory while urging people to continue voting.

Exit polls showed that Sanders secured more than 85 percent of the vote among young people in the state compared to 14 percent for Clinton.

Sanders popular among women

Among young women, 82 percent of women aged 18-29 voted for Sanders which proves that the leftist candidate is popular among women despite efforts by the Clinton campaign to claim that category.

Meanwhile, Think Progress…

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British government deports child refugees to war zones

This video from Canada says about itself:

Syrian Children Experience Snow

19 January 2016

Snow is a new experience but fun in any language looks the same.

Unfortunately, not all refugee children have the luck of the children in this video (and if the previous Stephen Harper government in Canada would not have been defeated by the voters, then the children in the video might never have seen snow either.)

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Refugee crisis: Thousands of child asylum seekers deported back to war zones, Home Office admits

Exclusive: Hundreds sent back from UK to countries where Isis and Taliban are rampant

Maeve McClenaghan

Tuesday 9 February 2016 21:44 BST

Thousands of young people who sought refuge in Britain as unaccompanied child asylum-seekers have been deported to repressive regimes and countries partly controlled by Isis and the Taliban, the Home Office has admitted. Over the past nine years 2,748 young people – many of whom had spent formative years in the UK, forging friendships and going to school – have been returned to countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Syria.

The figures were finally published by the Home Office minister James Brokenshire this week. Previous Home Office figures significantly understated the scale of the deportations.

The bulk of those deported – some 2,018 – were sent to Afghanistan, but around 60 young people have been deported to Iraq since 2014, the year Isis seized control of swathes of the country. The findings, which were triggered by questions from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the Labour MP Louise Haigh, raise serious concerns about what happens to child asylum-seekers when they turn 18, and at a time when Britain is being urged to help thousands of orphaned child refugees from Syria.

Unaccompanied child asylum-seekers arriving in the UK are given temporary leave to remain. But this expires when they become adults, at which point many are sent back to their home country – even if they have taken GCSEs and A-levels, integrated into British society and lost touch with their homeland. They often struggle to start new lives, because their Westernised mannerisms mean they are regarded with suspicion.

Ms Haigh said: “These shocking figures reveal the shameful reality behind our asylum system.

“Children who flee countries ravaged by war in the most appalling of circumstances are granted safe haven and build a life here in the UK, but at the age of 18 can be forced on to a flight and back to a dangerous country they have no links to and barely any memory of.

“With many more vulnerable young children due to arrive in the UK over the next five years the Government needs to answer serious questions and provide a cast-iron guarantee that vulnerable young people will not be sent back to war zones.”

She now plans to bring a parliamentary debate on the issue, while the Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron is to chair an emergency cross-party summit on 10 February to explore how Britain can support future intakes of child refugees.

Mr Farron said: “It is a sad state of affairs that the Government is stripping the protective blanket of safety we have offered these children on their 18th birthday. Many will have integrated into their communities.”

As he released the figures, Mr Brokenshire was forced to apologise for previously providing the Commons with inaccurate numbers in November that said just 1,040 former child refugees had been returned to Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Libya since 2007. He blamed the inaccurate data on “an error during the extraction process”.

Ms Haigh said: “Ministers have been basing their confident assurances on protecting these extremely vulnerable young people on a calamitous guesstimate.”

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism explored the cases of several Afghan teenagers last year as they battled deportation orders. Some who were returned claimed they had been left homeless, chased by the Taliban, kidnapped, ransomed and beaten.

The latest Home Office figures show that in 2015, 57 former child refugees were sent back to Afghanistan, where the Taliban still controls many districts. Removals to the country have now been temporarily halted as lawyers argue that the security situation is so unsafe that no one should be returned.

However, earlier this month lawyers for the Home Office argued in a Court of Appeal case that removals should continue. The judgment is expected imminently. The latest figures also show 657 former child refugees have been returned to Iraq since 2007, including 22 last year and 38 in 2014 when Isis began to take territory in the region.

The Foreign Office advises against “all but essential travel” to half of Iraq, and against any travel to the north-western areas. …

Explainer: Child asylum claims

Children can apply for asylum when they first arrive in the UK, but the likelihood of getting refugee status at this point is low, and even less likely for Afghan or Iraqi children.

The UK Government does not generally deport unaccompanied children – so instead they are given temporary leave to remain, which lasts until they turn 17-and-a-half.

At this point, teenagers must apply to extend their leave. But the BIJ’s analysis of appeals from Afghan teenagers found just one in five was granted asylum at this point. Thousands of teenagers are deported after years living in the UK.

Refugee crisis: Welfare cuts and anti-migration policies ‘will not stop’ asylum seekers coming to Europe – report. New laws might change the countries where refugees end up but they will not stop them arriving, a report found: here.

Hillary Clinton, Sanders and Flint town in the USA

This video from Michigan in the USA says about itself:

Flint Lives Matter: Hillary Clinton Just Wants Votes

7 February 2016

Some residents of Flint say Hillary Clinton visited on Sunday just to get more votes. The water crisis affecting the mostly black Michigan city has become another battlefield in a progressive war between Clinton and Bernie Sanders. At the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Clinton said the lives of Flint children were as valuable as those from any other part of America. Church goers applauded Clinton, but others were less enthusiastic over her arrival. Flint Lives Matter organiser Calandra Patrick sees Clinton as an opportunist who is jumping on a national issue for more votes.

While the Flint water crisis has drawn international attention due to the magnitude of the disaster and the callous criminality of government officials involved, the high rates of lead poisoning in the Flint population are not unique. Countless cities and towns across the United States suffer from lead levels that are as high as what has been reported in Flint—and in many cases, far worse: here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

United States: Clinton seems to write off primary

Tuesday 9th February 2016

by Our Foreign Desk

HILLARY CLINTON appeared yesterday to have given up on today’s New Hampshire primary, flying to Flint, Michigan, for a hit-and-run visit.

Ms Clinton, who has targeted African-American communities as potential backers, took a helicopter to the largely black city to express concern at a scandal over polluted drinking water.

However, Flint Lives Matter organiser Calandra Patrick sniffed electoral opportunism, commenting: “It doesn’t matter to me if she makes an appearance or not. It doesn’t matter to me one bit.”

The Clinton camp had already antagonised young women supporting Bernie Sanders, her left-wing rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, when Bill Clinton’s former secretary of state Madeleine Albright said there was “a special place in hell” for women who don’t help women.

Ms Albright: if you are correct about the geography of hell, then Hillary Clinton should go to that ‘special place’. Ms Clinton refused to support Saudi women, who were and are whipped and imprisoned for the ‘crime’ of driving cars.

As Ms Clinton thought selling weapons to and buying oil from the Saudi absolute monarchy was more important than siding with these courageous Saudi women.

Feminist writer Gloria Steinem suggested at the same Concord meeting that women backing the Vermont senator did so to meet young men.

She apologised later in a Facebook post, saying that she “misspoke” in implying that young women weren’t serious about their political views.

Ms Steinem: you said something about young politically interested women. Something similar to what sexist men decades ago used to say about you and other then young feminists. Well, at least you apologized. Contrary to Ms Albright.

Ms Clinton defended Ms Albright’s “special place in hell” comment as a “light-hearted but very pointed remark.”

Ms Albright, when secretary of state, once declared that sanctions on Iraq that had killed 500,000 children were “worth it.”

This video from the USA is called Madeleine Albright – The deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children was worth it for Iraq’s non-existent WMD’s.

Mr Sanders emphatically rejected support from some men who have made misogynist comments about Ms Clinton, declaring: “I have heard about it. It’s disgusting. Look, we don’t want that crap.

“Anyone who’s supporting me and doing sexist things, we don’t want them, we don’t want them.”

I’m a woman and I will vote for the best feminist for president: Bernie Sanders, by RoseAnn DeMoro. I won’t vote against Hillary Clinton because she’s female, but I don’t intend to vote for her because I am. We need more fundamental changes in this country: here.

Refugees drowning, governments stopping them

This video from Greece says about itself:

Greece: Fisherman saves dozens of refugees stranded at sea off Lesbos

12 November 2015

There were jubilant scenes in Lesbos on Thursday evening, after local fisherman Skala Sikaminias saved dozens of refugees who were stranded in a dinghy three miles (4.8 kilometres) off shore.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

More refugees die as Merkel tells Ankara to stem the flow

Tuesday 9th February 2016

At least 27 drown in boat sinking off Lesbos

by Our Foreign Desk

TURKISH coastguard officials recovered the bodies of 27 refugees yesterday after a boat carrying them to the Greek island of Lesbos went down in the Bay of Edremit.

A search-and-rescue mission, backed by helicopters, was still under way for others reported missing. At least 11 of the victims were children, an official said.

The latest tragedy in the waters between Turkey and Greece happened as German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to discuss the refugee crisis.

She has made clear that she, in common with other EU leaders, wants Ankara to reduce the influx of refugees to Europe.

In her weekly video message on Saturday, Ms Merkel said that EU countries agree that the bloc needs to protect its external borders better and that is why she is seeking a solution with Turkey.

She added that, if Europe wants to prevent smuggling, “we must be prepared to take in quotas of refugees legally and bear our part of the task.

“I don’t think Europe can keep itself completely out of this,” she said.

The German and Turkish leaders agreed on a set of measures to halt the flow of refugees from Syria, including a joint diplomatic initiative to stop the current fighting around Aleppo.

Mr Davutoglu said that they would carry out “joint efforts” to increase Nato involvement in the refugee issue. They would seek the use of Nato observation capabilities at the border with Syria and in the Aegean Sea.

His deputy Yalcin Akdogan took issue with EU pressure on Turkey to open its border, accusing the bloc of giving his country lessons in morality without taking any responsibility itself.

“On the one hand, they say: ‘Open your borders, take everyone in’ and, on the other hand, they say: ‘Close your border, don’t let anyone through’.”

Despicable as the present Turkish government is: on this issue Yalcin Akdogan is correct in pointing out European politicians’ hypocrisy. Like, as this blog said before, a broken clock indicating the correct time twice a day.

Hungary’s right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban declared that migration into Europe “must be stopped” and reiterated his call for a “European defence line” on the northern borders of Greece to end the influx of people.

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, a fellow conservative, agreed, insisting that “the migration issue has to be solved basically outside the EU borders.”

Hungary’s right-wing government plans to introduce far-reaching emergency powers. Under the pretext of combating terrorism and deterring refugees, which in official propaganda are one and the same thing, the government plans to grant itself dictatorial powers enabling it to suppress all social and political opposition: here.

Turkey must open its doors to the thousands of Syrians who have massed at the border after fleeing violence, the United Nations demanded Tuesday: here.