Donald Trump’s war in Somalia

This 5 March 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Inside the Secretive U.S. Air War in Somalia: How Many Civilians Have Died as Strikes Escalate?

The Trump administration is rapidly escalating a secretive air war in Somalia. According to the think tank New America, at least 252 people have been killed in around two dozen U.S. airstrikes in Somalia so far this year. The U.S. has already carried out more strikes in Somalia in 2019 than in any single year under President Obama.

In addition to the air war, the Pentagon reportedly has about 500 U.S. troops on the ground in Somalia, including many special operations forces. For years, the U.S. has attempted to aid the Somali government by targeting members of al-Shabab, but the effort has increased dramatically under Trump, and it has come with little congressional oversight or media attention.

We speak with Amanda Sperber, a freelance journalist who reports from Nairobi, Kenya, and Mogadishu, Somalia. Her new article for The Nation is titled “Inside the Secretive US Air Campaign in Somalia.”

This 5 March 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

U.S. airstrikes in Somalia have tripled under Trump

The U.S. airstrike campaign in Somalia is killing civilians, despite the military’s claim otherwise, and journalist Amanda Sperber wrote for The Nation just how deadly the campaign has been.

Donald Trump’s American conservatism, or American fascism?

This 26 February 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Conservative Panelist Boo’d at CPAC for ASKlNG, “Why Did We lNVlTE These NAZlS?

The GOP [United States Republican party] inexplicably invited TWO French “politicians”, Maréchal-Le Pen and her aunt Marine Le Pen

leader of the National Front; now called National Rally

-both of whom are self-professed nazis, to their annual CPAC Convention. The lady who called them out needed SECURlTY to escort her from the venue. It’s becoming harder to believe that the Republicans AREN’T the NEW NAZl Party given that Trump spoke up for them several times after Charlottesville (where they obviously felt empowered to march); he also repeatedly FAlLED to DEN0UNCE them, and N0W They are invited to CPAC! At WHICH point is it 0K to call them what they are?

By Niles Niemuth in the USA:

Trump White House leads fascistic attack on socialism at Conservative Political Action Conference

2 March 2019

This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual gathering of far-right warmongers, political cretins and Republican sycophants sponsored by the American Conservative Union, has assumed an openly fascistic character. The three-day event, being held in National Harbor, Maryland, has adopted as its dominant theme the call for a crusade against socialism first proclaimed by President Donald Trump last month in his State of the Union Address and expanded upon before an audience of far-right supporters in Miami.

Among the speakers who have thus far given the White House stamp of approval at this year’s gathering are Vice President Mike Pence, aide Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s chief trade adviser Peter Navarro, chief White House economic adviser Lawrence Kudlow and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Trump is scheduled to address the conference today for the third consecutive year as president.

The event opened Thursday with a five-and-a-half-minute video collage presenting the Democratic Party as a looming socialist threat from which only Trump and his supporters can save America. Prominent Democrats, including Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, are depicted as racist and anti-Semitic

What a smear, considering Donald Trump’s inspiration for anti-Semitic violence and the CPAC inviting French anti-Semitic politicians.

socialists who are seeking to open the southern border so they can provide free health care to illegal immigrant gang members.

The video concludes with footage of President Trump at a political rally declaring that “America will never be a socialist country.”

The video set the tone for the entire affair, which reflects both the ruling financial-corporate oligarchy’s fear of the growth of the class struggle and popular support for socialism, and its determination to mobilize the most reactionary and backward social forces behind the establishment of authoritarian rule in defense of capitalism. It is highly significant that Trump is now openly raising what has always been the central focus of fascism—the war on socialism—and that the socialist threat is being defined primarily as domestic, rather than foreign.

According to those addressing the CPAC conference, socialism is any social program or regulation that might impinge on the profits of the rich, ranging from the progressive social reforms won by the working class in the course of the 20th century, including Social Security and Medicare … The aim of this anti-socialist hysteria is to complete the social counterrevolution that has been underway for the past four decades and crush the resistance of the working class.

In his speech, Pence made clear that this fascistic attack on socialism will be the centerpiece of Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign. This line of attack is aimed at putting the Democrats on the defensive, compelling them to deny any attachment to “socialism”, while mobilizing far-right and fascistic elements in support of Trump’s reelection. But what is involved is more than an electoral tactic. Trump and his advisers, and the financial oligarchs for whom they speak, are seeking to create the basis for a fascist movement, whether through the Republican Party or outside of it.

Running throughout the event is an undertone of violence and incitement against the real or perceived enemies of “God and Country.” One panel discussion being held today bears the title, “Left for Dead: Are There No Limits to the Progressive War on Humanity?”

Sebastian Gorka, a former Trump advisor who once declared his support for a neo-fascist paramilitary outfit in Hungary, led the way on Thursday, using his speech, ostensibly dealing with the threat of Russia, to declare that the biggest threat to the United States is “socialism here in America.” He cited a recent poll by the right-wing Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, which found that a majority of young people in the US would prefer to live under socialism or communism than under capitalism.

Gorka declared that those Democrats promoting the Green New Deal “want to take away your pickup truck, they want to rebuild your home, they want to take away your hamburgers.” He added, “This is what Stalin dreamt about but never achieved.” He said his audience was on the “front lines of the war against communism coming back to America under the guise of ‘democratic socialism.’”

Right-wing radio host Glenn Beck launched a full-throated defense of the staggering levels of social inequality created by capitalism against the prospect of equality under socialism. “Socialism aims to make mankind what we are not and can never be,” Beck warned. “It works to create a state of being that does not exist in the natural world and it does it the only way it can, the only way it does, equally poor, equally enslaved and all equally dead.” He went on to attack democracy, saying, “Slavery by majority vote is still slavery.”

Taking up these themes, Vice President Pence extolled the virtues of “freedom” versus socialism, warning that the Democrats would bring the dire social and economic conditions that prevail in Venezuela to the United States. Amid chants of “USA! USA!” from the audience, he proclaimed, “The moment America becomes a socialist country is the moment that America ceases to be America. And as the president said 24 days ago, so we must say with one voice, ‘America will never be a socialist country.’”

Kudlow, a multi-millionaire former banker who took in $4 million a year as a media pundit on CNBC, urged his listeners to use the upcoming election to “put socialism on trial” and “convict” it.

Trump and his far-right base have been emboldened by the Democratic Party and the media, which have made no criticisms or warnings about his declaration of war against socialism. …  Campaigning for president in New Hampshire last month, Kamala Harris announced, “I am not a democratic socialist.”

The Trump presidency: From the Manhattan underworld to the White House: here.

Author DeAnna Lorraine slammed the “soy scouts” at a CPAC event after the organization decided last year to open their ranks to girls.

Children abused sexually in USA for immigrating

This 2 January 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Videos Show MASSIVE Child Abuse At Migrant Detention Camps

New video has been obtained showing just how disgusting and degrading the conditions are in the administration’s migrant detention camps. The video appears to show children being dragged by their hair and kicked by staffers at a detention facility in Arizona. This has to be the first issue that Democrats investigate when they retake the House this week, as Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains.

By Eric London in the USA:

Reports document sexual abuse of immigrant children detained in US

28 February 2019

Newly released US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) documents reveal that there were 4,556 complaints of sexual harassment of detained immigrant children from October 2014 to July 2018.

The documents highlight the criminality of American imperialism, which has torn thousands of children from the arms of their working class families after destroying their Central American home countries through decades of war, dictatorship and corporate exploitation.

Individual reports of abuse dating from both the Obama and Trump administrations paint a picture of the nightmare endured by many of the children in detention. Referring to the victims with the dehumanizing term “UAC”, for “unaccompanied alien child”, one report from the Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas reads:

“UAC reported he was abused by the same staff member twice… In the first instance, UAC said the staff grabbed his hand and pulled it towards his midsection while sitting. UAC pulled away, but staff member squeezed his hand and held it over his crotch for about 40 seconds. Staff then slapped the back of the UAC’s head. A few days later while UAC was sleeping, the staff member squeezed the UAC’s crotch area over his clothing. The staff threatened UAC not to say anything.”

The report notes that the matter was investigated but “no findings were made” and that the staff member remained employed.

Other reports tell similar stories.

“Minor said a staff member grabbed him in the crotch area and squeezed after he had been physically restrained,” says one write-up from Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in Virginia. The report concludes: “The incident was not investigated.”

A child at Southwest Key Campbell in Phoenix, Arizona, said staff “entered her bedroom and touched her while she was sleeping,” and that “law enforcement interviewed staff but only took a report and did not investigate.”

Other examples of abuse include actions by older detainees against younger detainees as a result of indifference and negligence by government-contracted staff.

At the end of 2018, there were roughly 15,000 children in detention at any given time. A report published by the World Socialist Web Site in November 2018 exposed the brutal treatment and harsh punishment of detained immigrant children.

The latest exposure of widespread sexual abuse of detained immigrant children has passed with little comment in the corporate media. At press time, neither the New York Times nor the Washington Post had published an opinion article on the subject since the story broke Tuesday afternoon.

While the media has largely relegated this issue to the back pages, the major news outlets have instead focused attention on the “humanitarian” case for intensifying diplomatic and military pressure on Venezuela

The HHS documents expose the hypocritical character of the claims by the Trump administration and Democratic Party politicians that the US-led coup operation against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is justified by the cruelty of the government and the need to restore “democracy”. …

If the US received reports that a government in its crosshairs (such as Syria, Russia, China or Venezuela) had jailed 15,000 children and was covering up sexual abuse by guards and staff, all of the television talking heads and New York Times columnists would exhaust themselves crying crocodile tears, expressing their outrage and lecturing about the “moral imperative” to bomb the country to smithereens.

In total contrast, the HHS documents show real sexual abuse on a large scale over several years carried out by the US government. Often the abuse is caught on camera. Those either committing or permitting the abuse are adult jailers operating as government contractors, in many cases with state-sanctioned impunity.

In 2018, Trump explicitly called for the abolition of due process for immigrants, tweeting: “When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order.”

Trump and his neo-Nazi advisor Stephen Miller allege that immigrants are “rapists” and “criminals”. They have used these racist slanders to detain hundreds of thousands of people, rounding them up at schools, churches, work places and courthouses.

The broader anti-democratic implications of this pogrom against immigrants are already being seen in Trump’s claim of quasi-dictatorial powers via his national emergency declaration and his fascistic attacks on socialism. …

Building a movement against the fascistic attacks of the Trump administration requires opposing all calls for the abolition of democratic rights and due process. Such a movement will be based not on self-interested social climbers in the top 10 percent, but on the international working class through the revolutionary fight for social equality.

Thousands of Migrant Children Reported Being Sexually Abused While in U.S. Custody: here.