Donald Trump’s racism, Beatles musical parody


This 15 July 2019 parody music video from Britain is called The Tweetles – Get Back.

It is a parody of the Beatles’ song Get Back. The original lyrics of that song parodied the anti-immigrant views of British Conservative politician Enoch Powell, and anti-Puerto Rican prejudices in the USA.

It is about United States President Donald Trump’s recent attack on Twitter against four oppositional congresswomen: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. One of them a refugee from the war in Somalia, continued by Trump. The other three congresswomen were born in the USA with immigrant or trans-Atlantic African slave trade ancestors.

The video says about itself:

The unambiguously racist new single from President Donald Trump’s Beatles tribute band.

LYRICS:

AOC’s a radical who hates America
Probably ‘cause the air’s too free
If she doesn’t like it, she could always go and
Fix things in her own country

Get back! Get back!
Get back, Ocasio-Cortez!
Go home, Ocasio!
Puerto Rico’s one of the shithole countries, right?
I hope we’re not sending them foreign aid

Ilhan is a nasty racist who hates Israel
She’s from like Somalia
I heard they have pirates, maybe she’s one of ‘em
Wooden leg and going “arrrr!”

Get back! Get back!
Get back to all your pirate friends!
Go home, Ilhan!

There’s another lady who worked here illegally
Then she got a fraud visa
She had an anchor baby, then brought all her family
Oh wait, that’s [Trump’s wife] Melania

That’s fine, that’s fine
That’s fine ‘cause she’s Judeo-Christian

United States neo-nazi site The Daily Stormer praises Trump for this attack, especially because it implies that Congresswoman Ayanna Presley, with ancestry from African American slavery times, and other African Americans, should be deported forcibly to Africa.

‘Stop Donald Trump’s xenophobic policies’


This 13 July 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Lights for Liberty in Sacramento remembers children lost in detention centers at border

It was a heartfelt evening in Sacramento as dozens of people gathered to remember children who lost their lives in detention centers at the border.

By Kristina Betinis in the USA:

Thousands march in Chicago to demand end to US immigrant detention camps, raids and deportations

15 July 2019

Thousands gathered in Chicago on Saturday morning to protest the planned raids of immigrant neighborhoods and the detention and deportation policies of the Trump administration. One day earlier, two hundred protested at Federal Plaza, part of nationwide protests throughout the US. …

Demonstrators in Chicago

Only a small number of Democratic Party representatives participated. Neither Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Cook County Democratic Party Chair Toni Preckwinkle, or Illinois Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin endorsed the event.

From the stage on Saturday, Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton spoke of her office’s efforts to move legislation to improve the conditions of immigrant families under the Trump administration. A bill signed into law by Pritzker at the end of June made Illinois the first state in the country to ban private civil detention centers.

Recently elected Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor and corporate attorney, issued a press release calling on the Chicago Police department not to cooperate with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids. Despite calls from many immigrant rights groups to issue an executive order to that effect, she refused, and instead offered extended support services like legal advice. …

Chicago demonstrators

Instead, the Democrats are working with the Trump administration’s Jared Kushner and Republican leader Lindsey Graham to implement a new asylum law that will place immense burdens before immigrants seeking entry into the US.

Durbin and Graham, who have long worked together on immigration legislation, have been collaborating on a bill that aims to transform asylum law, each bringing legislation to their own parties. The bill would force those emigrating to make asylum claims in their home countries first, before arriving at the US border. It could also extend the time minors can legally be detained with their families to 100 days, up from the current maximum of 20 days.

Durbin has been reported to be carrying around a sheet of yellow legal pad with “potential areas of consensus.”

“I’ve identified to [Graham] five or six things that I believe Democrats in the Senate and the House will support. And I’ve begged him: Take it,” Durbin said of the discussions, according to Politico. Durbin said that Democrats had dropped the effort to block Trump’s cuts to aid for Central American countries, indicating they would return to that at a “second level” of negotiations.

Durbin, the second-highest-ranking Democrat in the US Senate, takes no responsibility for the horrific conditions created by US intervention in Latin America. He recently “supported” and “applauded” the Trump administration for its aggressive regime change policy in Venezuela.

Jennifer Gallardo

Jennifer Gallardo, from Michigan, spoke with the WSWS: “I’m an immigration attorney, and I’m here to say this is not okay. I think that migration is a human right, and borders are a man-made illusion. It can’t be that on one side [of a border] you have certain rights but on the other side you don’t. It’s not natural. It’s a man-made phenomenon.”

Sophia, a service worker, said: “I am tired of seeing my friends and family being treated like animals. I don’t agree with the Democrats giving Trump billions of dollars. He’s not putting that money where it should be going. It could be going to housing, education, actually taking care of immigrants that are being detained for just trying to live their lives. Until we build a democratic society, this is how it’s going to be.”

On the building of a working class party fighting for socialism, she said, “The way we’ve been going about trying to change this hasn’t been doing anything. I would absolutely be in favor of that. History just keeps repeating itself and repeating itself, and we’ve never really tried this. So it’s worth a shot.”

Jackson

Jackson, an art student at Senn High School on the far north side, brought part of an art project to the demonstration. A stuffed child’s toy wearing a reflective emergency blanket was at the center of it. He explained, “I couldn’t bring the dog cage, but it’s supposed to be in a cage.”

He continued: “Seeing reports of the detention of children really hurt me. This could have been me. I had to do something.” Jackson’s parents, also attending the demonstration, explained he was adopted. He arrived in the US speaking no English and, were it to happen today, his life would be in danger.”

From the World Socialist Web Site in the USA, 15 July 2019:

Voices from the protests against Trump’s attack on immigrants

Campaign teams for the World Socialist Web Site attended the “Lights for Liberty” vigils across the United States over the weekend, called to protest deportations and the setting up of concentration camps to detain immigrants. …

Detroit, Michigan

Around 200 people rallied in front of the ICE Enforcement & Removal Operations Field Office in downtown Detroit. Detroiters rallied at this same spot one week ago, on the Fourth of July.

Goran, an immigrant from the former Yugoslavia, said, “We all should live in a society that provides for our basic needs, to be happy, explore ourselves, our interests and help each other. This system is the most selfish I’ve ever lived in. It’s a rotten system.”

When asked about his experiences in Yugoslavia, he said, “I don’t believe in the nation-state system. I was born in one place in the middle of the country and then suddenly [during the break-up of Yugoslavia] I was between two countries.” He added, “I needed a passport just to go where I spent my childhood across the bridge. All of it is BS to keep us in control, to make us dependent. I think it should be abolished. There should be free movement for everyone.”

Amy said, “What they’re doing to these children is horrible. The Democrats and the Republicans are the same”, she added. “They both support capitalism.” …

Ann Arbor, Michigan

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, at least 500 people attended the candlelight vigil at the Federal Building downtown. …

IYSSE member Carlos addressed the crowd in Ann Arbor.

This video is called Lights4Liberty – Carlos Delgado (IYSSE) speaks at Ann Arbor vigil in defense of immigrants.

New York City, New York

Thousands of people gathered at Foley Square in New York City at a site where migrants are processed every day.

Kare, a paralegal in New York City, said, “Change certainly won’t be coming from the top. This has been going on too long, and now that people are aware of it, we have to stand up,” she said. “I don’t know what it will take to get [Trump] out of office. The atrocities are on the news every day. We can’t wait until there is no one left to stand up against this.”

Laith, a graphic designer in New York City, said, “The US government should take their hands off the Latin American countries. They are responsible for what is happening in Venezuela, in Mexico. We are the land of ‘freedom,’ but we are abusing children here. The Democrats are not fighting, or rather they aren’t serving the American people.

“It is not enough to just oppose Trump,” she added. “Any other country would have healthcare and free education.”

Berkeley, California

In Berkeley, California, more than 500 people gathered on Saturday to protest the concentration camps at the border. Alicia, a young community college student from Oakland, signed up to get involved with the IYSSE immediately after speaking to campaigners from the WSWS. After speaking with IYSSE campaigners, Alicia said, “I completely agree that we need a socialist revolution, every major problem today comes down to capitalism.”

Rachel, a young mother, told the WSWS that the camps were “disgusting”. She continued, “My daughter is reading the diary of Ann Frank. When I was telling her about what going on, she said, ‘Isn’t that like a concentration camp?’ We need to raise awareness about this crime.”

San Diego, California

In San Diego, a rally of several thousand was held at the San Ysidro port of entry, the busiest border crossings in the world.

Angel came up to WSWS reporters to take a picture of our sign. “This is one of the best signs here. No one else is bringing up the Democratic Party. The Democrats had nothing to say when the Deporter-in-Chief Obama was president.”

Angel told reporters he was moved by the revelations of Wikileaks and the WSWS campaign to free Julian Assange. “I love the World Socialist Web Site and read it often. Chelsea Manning and Assange are really in trouble. The ‘left’ loved Assange back in 2011 when revelations dragged Bush through the mud, but I saw how they turned on him in 2016. That really affected me and was a turning point in my politics.”

David told the WSWS, “I think they should close the camps. Follow the money; I think it’s an industry. I’m half Japanese. I have family that was interned at Manzanar. My great uncle was interned and had business in LA. His wife stayed in Manzanar and he fought in the Nisei regiment. So he had to deal with discrimination and imprisonment. I think what’s going on now is disgusting.”

Los Angeles, California

Some 500 people rallied at the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Samantha, who is a junior in high school, said, “I’m here because I see this as an attack on humanity, families are getting separated. You hear about six-year-old children having to raise kids who aren’t even related to them. I can’t even fathom that this is happening,” she said.

Randy is a freshman at Long Beach State University whose parents migrated from Mexico. “There are millions of illegal immigrants here. We put a lot of money into the system, but we are living with the bare minimum. My dad has to be careful when he goes out. They used to do raids when he was at work. Immigrants get blamed for all kinds of problems, drugs, poverty. But who are the ones at fault? The
big corporations, the super-rich, who want quick money. But they are never blamed.”

Washington D.C.

At a rally of about 2,000 people in Washington D.C., Damon, an attorney, told our reports that he felt that Trump’s assault on immigrants was a “call to arms”.

“I’ve spent too much time looking at screens, watching ICE raids and deportations. Now I’m doing something about it.” Damon told the WSWS that he had volunteered to “bear witness” and represent immigrant families swept up by ICE if any raids happen in the region.

Emma, a Holocaust survivor, told our reporters that today’s world is “screaming”, and that people must use their right to protest now, because under dictatorship “you can trust no one.” Speaking about life in Germany, she said, “You could trade knitting patterns, or recipes with friends and neighbors, but you did not want to know what anyone really thought. You didn’t want to be forced to inform on anyone.”

Norfolk, Virginia

Kathy, a retired nurse, attended a small vigil in Norfolk, Virginia. “I’m a mother, a grandmother, a decent human being, and I’m appalled at what is being done in the name of me, an American, to people who only desire a better life. It’s morally wrong. I’ve also been upset about the Somalis coming to Italy that are left to drown in the Mediterranean Sea.”

When asked about the role of Trump and the extreme right she added, “If you talk about fascism, we’re there. This president does whatever the hell he wants to do and there are no consequences. And because there are no consequences, they continue to ramp it up. The rich talk about anything that helps people as socialism, so fixing the Flint water crisis is socialism and giving food to the poor is socialism. But what about all the tax breaks for corporations?”

Donald Trump concentration camp for immigrating, photo by Nick Miroff

GOP SILENT ON TRUMP’S RACIST RANT President Donald Trump’s urging of Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to the countries they came from has drawn widespread condemnation, with congressional Democrats declaring his rhetoric racist, xenophobic and bigoted. A rebuke from Republican counterparts has yet to materialize. [HuffPost]

IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL WON’T PROMISE NO FAMILY SEPARATIONS Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli refused to guarantee that Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids would not result in the separation of families. [HuffPost]

The growth of popular opposition found expression in the larger-than-expected demonstrations that took place this weekend in 700 cities across the country. In many areas, neighbors are using social media to warn immigrants of police activity. The Wall Street Journal reported that residents of two buildings in Harlem turned Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents away during a raid on Saturday. The opposite sentiment predominates in the ruling class. In Tacoma, Washington, hours after a nearby pro-immigrant demonstration concluded Saturday, police shot and killed a 69-year-old protestor who lit an ICE van on fire at a for-profit detention center: here.

Many anti-xenophobia protests


This 13 July 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Eugene, Oregon Lights for Liberty Vigil

Candlelight vigil in Eugene, Oregon following the rally and march at the Federal Building.

A candle was held for each of the 37 people who have died in the custody of United States government agencies and was raised high to honor them as their names were read aloud. Following this emotional reading, the gathering further honored their memory by chanting three times the word “presente”, indicating that those who died are both remembered and here with us.

The ceremony concluded with a prayer by a Methodist Minister.

From the World Socialist Web Site in the USA, 13 July 2019:

Thousands protest immigrant concentration camps at vigils across the US

Two days before the largest immigration raid in US history, thousands of people in over 700 cities held vigils and protests yesterday to voice their anger at the mass imprisonment and brutal treatment of immigrants at concentration camps. The vigils were an international event, with at least one event taking place in every US state and across five continents.

The protests show that there is broad popular opposition to Trump’s fascistic attacks on immigrants. They were organized after reports of standing room only cells, Customs and Border Protection officials denying children toothbrushes and diapers, and the drowning of a father and his young daughter at the US-Mexico border sparked international outrage.

By Alex Lantier in France:

Police crack down on undocumented workers occupying Paris Pantheon

13 July 2019

Yesterday afternoon, 700 undocumented African workers occupied Paris’s historic Panthéon building, chanting “Black vests” and demanding recognition of their right to reside in France. The protest, whose name referred to “yellow vest” protests against social inequality over the past six months, was met with a violent police crackdown.

Police forcibly evacuated the Panthéon, then kettled and charged at demonstrators behind the building, arresting at least 37.

After Trump, Macron militarises space


This 13 October 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Donald Trump’s Space Force THREATENS NASA: JFK niece condemns US President

DONALD Trump’s Space Force was attacked for threatening NASA and global climate interests on the 60th anniversary of the space agency’s birth, by film director Rory Kennedy.

The accomplished film director and niece of the late President John F Kennedy told Express.co.uk of her “disappointment” in the current US presidency.

Ms Kennedy, who has filmed a documentary celebrating 60 years of NASA’s existence Above & Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow, fears the White House’s militarisation of space could starve the space agency of funding, focus and public interest.

The proposed Space Force branch of the US military was announced by Donald Trump during a meeting of the National Space Council on June 18, 2018.

If the proposal passes through, the Space Force will join ranks with the US Army, US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Air Force and US Coast Guard.

Announcing his bold plans, Mr Trump said: “It is not merely enough that we have American presence in space.

“We must have American dominance in space.”

The film director argued some of the biggest challenges facing the planet today – namely human-led climate change – are being ignored by the US President and his cabinet.

She recalled her uncle’s iconic Rice Stadium speech in Houston from 1962, where President Kennedy announced his goal of landing on the Moon.

Ms Kennedy argued, the US’ interests in space at the time were motivated by the spirit of discovery, cooperation and looking forward to a brighter future.

As outlined in her documentary, the groundwork laid down by President Kennedy and NASA led to the discovery of the damaged ozone layer, the 1987 Montreal Protocol in response and the International Space Station (ISS).

She told Express.co.uk: “I think my uncle made a number of really amazing points in that speech, where he said: ‘We choose to go to the Moon.

“‘We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because the goal will serve to organise and measure the best of our energies and skills.’

“I love that idea, which really contrasts to what we’re experiencing today, where a leader is really tapping into the best in all of us and encouraging us to work together towards a lofty aspiring goal.”

Ms Kennedy, the youngest child of the late Bobby Kennedy, said from the moment of NASA’s birth under Dwight Eisenhower, the vision was to have a “non-military entity” which could explore, share and impart knowledge with the rest of the world.

But 60 years on, NASA’s interests as the world’s leading space agency are at risk of losing resources and interest in exchange for militarising space.

This, in turn, could have a negative impact on research into climate change and the growing number of climate-related catastrophes – from hurricanes in the Atlantic to droughts and typhoons in the Pacific.

Ms Kennedy, who “grew up in the Apollo era”, said: “I think there is definitely a concern – there are only so many resources that we have.

“I think there is not really a sense right now that there is a need for an emerging presence in space and I think we haven’t done such a good job on this planet having the military play such a significant role.

“Given the urgency and the scientific truth around climate change and the number of deaths last year in Puerto Rico – 3,000 people died – these things are fatal and they’re scientific and they are only going to worse unless we make a dramatic move to redirect attention.

“I think that will only come through leadership and legislative action, so one of the greatest disappointments of this presidency is that there is not a greater appreciation of the scientists and the data that that is coming from the scientists.

“There is no policy that reflects what we know to be factual and true.”

From AFP news agency today:

Macron announces creation of French space force

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday he had approved the creation of a space command within the French air force …

The declaration — made on the eve of France’s Bastille Day national celebrations that feature a military parade down Paris’s Champs-Elysees — mirrors an initiative in the US championed by President Donald Trump. …

Defence Minister Florence Parly would reveal details of the funding at a later date, he added. …

France has a 2019-2025 military spending plan that allocates 3.6 billion euros ($4 billion) to defence in space.

That includes the renewal of the France’s CSO observation and Syracuse communication satellites, the launch of three CERES electromagnetic-monitoring satellites, and the modernisation of a spatial radar surveillance system called GRAVES.

The Pentagon has drafted plans for a new Space Force on orders from Trump who has declared space a “war-fighting domain”.

Donald’s Trump’s Iran deal wrecking, new scandal


This 20 June 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

The Secret Plan to Fake a War with Iran

Donald Trump is not the first person to try to fake a war with Iran.

Before John Bolton‘s oil fire, [George W Bush’s] Vice President Dick Cheney suggested that the United States could fake an incident and take the nation to war.

If the Republicans were willing to go to fake their way into war before what will Trump’s Republicans be willing to do?

From the (conservative) Daily Mail in Britain today:

Trump axed Iran deal to spite Obama: How the British ambassador called the President’s actions ‘diplomatic vandalism’ fueled by ‘personality reasons’ – as revealed in more explosive cables that have sparked a free speech row while Iran tensions mount

Trump’s personal anti-Obama feelings indeed probably have played a role in wrecking the Iran nuclear deal. But there are other, more structural and long-term, causes. United States Big Oil billionaires have aimed to grab Iranian oil for a long time. The United States George W Bush administration was on the brink of war on Iran. During the Obama administration, hawkish politicians, that is, most Republican politicians and sections of Obama’s own Democratic party, like corporate Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer, and some 2020 presidential candidates, opposed the Iran deal.

  • Sir Kim Darroch’s 2018 memos accused Donald Trump of ‘diplomatic vandalism’
  • The ambassador claims that Trump abandoned Iran deal to spite Barack Obama
  • His comments came after Boris Johnson tried to change the US president’s mind
  • Then-Foreign Secretary failed to persuade the White House to save nuclear deal

By Isabel Oakeshott and Glen Owen

Published: 21:30 BST, 13 July 2019 | Updated: 05:03 BST, 14 July 2019

Donald Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal as an act of ‘diplomatic vandalism’ to spite his predecessor Barack Obama, Britain’s Ambassador to Washington wrote in a bombshell memo to Downing Street.

Sir Kim Darroch’s claim – made after Boris Johnson made a doomed trip to the White House to change the President’s mind – is revealed in leaked cables and briefing notes which led to Sir Kim’s resignation last week.

The new revelation comes after an extraordinary row over the freedom of the press blew up this weekend, with Mr Johnson and [Conservative party] leadership rival Jeremy Hunt leading the condemnation of Scotland Yard over its threats to prosecute this newspaper.

Very ironic that these two (and other) Conservative politicians now pose as defenders of press freedom; while they both support the United States Trump administration in extraditing WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange from Britain to the USA, to persecute him for uncovering war crimes.

Responding to Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu’s incendiary claim that publishing the contents of the documents could be ‘a criminal matter’, Mr Johnson said prosecution ‘would amount to an infringement on press freedom and have a chilling effect on public debate’.

Mr Hunt said that he would ‘defend to the hilt the right of the press to publish those leaks if they receive them and judge them to be in the public interest’.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock goes further today by calling on the police to withdraw Mr Basu’s statement. Writing in this newspaper, he says: ‘The press must be free to publish what it believes to be in the public interest.

Journalists and editors should not be subjected to threats of prosecution or sanction, especially from our own police. Such threats act as a deterrent to journalists doing their jobs – and the ultimate outcome will be an erosion of accountability.’

He was joined by ex-Chancellor George Osborne, who described Mr Basu’s remarks as ‘very stupid and ill-advised’.

In a statement released yesterday, the Met said it had been advised that the publication of the documents could ‘constitute a criminal offence and one that carries no public interest defence’.

In other dramatic developments:

  • Spies at the Government’s ultra-secretive GCHQ were poised to joined the hunt for the leaker by targeting email and mobile phone records;
  • The Queen’s former private secretary Christopher Geidt was named by Whitehall sources as a frontrunner to replace Sir Kim in Washington;
  • Tensions ramped up further between Britain and Iran with the Royal Navy’s £1 billion destroyer HMS Duncan being sent to the Persian Gulf to protect UK vessels against attack by Iranian boats.

Sir Kim’s Iran memo was sent in May 2018, after Mr Johnson – who was then Foreign Secretary – had been dispatched to Washington to make a last ditch plea to President Trump not to abandon the nuclear deal with Iran designed to prevent the regime from building an atomic bomb.

Despite a frantic 26 hours of meetings with Trump’s closest advisers, it became clear that the President was not going to change his mind.

After Mr Johnson returned to London, Sir Kim told No 10 in a ‘diptel’ (diplomatic telegram) that Mr Trump’s Administration was ‘set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism’. The Ambassador wrote that Mr Trump appeared to be abandoning the deal for ‘personality reasons’ because it had been agreed by his predecessor Barack Obama.

Sir Kim suggested there were splits among the President’s closest advisers and said the White House lacked a ‘day-after’ strategy on what to do following withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the deal was called.

This newspaper’s cache of leaked memos from Sir Kim dominated headlines on both sides of the Atlantic last week, after Trump reacted furiously to Sir Kim describing the White House as a ‘uniquely dysfunctional environment’ and ‘diplomatically clumsy and inept’.

The President called Sir Kim a ‘pompous fool’ and declared that he would no longer deal with him.

Sir Kim resigned on Wednesday shortly after Mr Johnson refused to say during a televised Tory leadership debate whether he would keep the Ambassador in his job if he became Prime Minister.

The leak infuriated the Foreign Office and No 10. Their determination to catch he culprit is indicated by the fact that – according to a Government source – the cyber-experts at GCHQ are about to be brought in to target a shortlist of suspects drawn up by civil service investigators. The spooks have far-reaching powers to intercept communications.

The freedom of the press row erupted after Assistant Commissioner Basu said that Scotland Yard was investigating alleged ‘criminal breaches of the Official Secrets Act’ and warned the media that they could be committing an offence by publishing further details. He said: ‘I would advise all owners, editors and publishers of social and mainstream media not to publish leaked government documents that may already be in their possession, or which may be offered to them, and to turn them over to the police or give them back to their rightful owner, Her Majesty’s Government’.

The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command has taken charge of the investigation as it is in charge of any allegations of criminal breaches of the Official Secrets Act. …

Mr Johnson added that he disagreed with former Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

Sir Michael Fallon had to resign is disgrace about a sexual harassment scandal.

– tipped as possible Foreign Secretary under Mr Johnson – for saying that the media should hand back documents to ‘their rightful owner’. …

And Liberal Democrat leadership contender Ed Davey said: ‘Press freedom has never been so under attack in my lifetime. There are alarming signs of a creeping police state tearing down the ancient democratic pillar of a free press, which is essential to hold government to account.’ …

A Foreign Office spokesman said: ‘A police inquiry into the totally unacceptable leak of this sensitive material has begun. The perpetrator should face the consequences of their [sic] actions. It’s not news that the US and UK differ in how to ensure Iran is never able to acquire a nuclear weapon; but this does underline that we do not shy away from talking about our differences and working together.

‘That is true of the current tensions in the Gulf where we, the UK, are in close contact with our American and European allies to de-escalate the situation.’

What a British Conservative government newspeak: ‘de-escalating’ by sending warships.

Honduras coup, prelude to Trump’s border crisis


This 12 July 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Ousted Honduran President Zelaya: The 2009 U.S.-Backed Coup Helped Cause Today’s Migrant Crisis

Since the 2009 U.S.-backed military coup in Honduras, extreme poverty and violence has skyrocketed in the country, forcing tens of thousands of Hondurans to flee to the U.S. with the hope of receiving political asylum. We speak with ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya in the capital of Tegucigalpa about the 10th anniversary of the coup in Honduras, U.S. intervention in Central America and its link to today’s migration crisis.