2016 in review Obituary

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Zsa Zsa Gabor in 1959

Loving the Alien: David Bowie is one of few major international rock stars ? especially English ones, who have performed in Israel.At the age of 69 the south London boy who became a global icon, rock star David Bowie died after an 18 month fight against cancer on January the 10th. The man who showed the world how innovation and creativity can endure a.o. in 1987 played a concert in Berlin that bridged the Berlin Wall. Germans later thanked him for helping to bring the wall down. His goodbye album showing how he had immersed himself in Kabbalah as part of an overarching spiritual quest that took him from Tibetan Buddhism (he almost joined a monastery in the late 1960s, until his teacher told him that he’d make a better musician than monk) to Christian mysticism, occult worship and a flirtation with neo-Nazi imagery that nearly derailed his career when it was discovered that he collected Nazi memorabilia and that he seemingly made a “Heil Hitler” salute upon arriving, in 1976, in an open-top Mercedes convertible, waving to a crowd gathered at London’s Victoria Station.

The chameleon-like Bowie went through an early, hippie/flower-power period, playing acoustic guitar and modeling himself, in some ways, after Dylan, to whom he paid tribute in “Song for Bob Dylan” on his 1971 album, “Hunky Dory.”

Six decades had the pleasured to see a great master of the harmonica, the very sweet man Jean Baptiste “Toots” Thielemans, who has died aged 94, 22 August 2016. The true Bruxellois or Ketje, born in the Marolles, Thielemans captured the world with his fluent jazzy tunes.

He recorded with some of the most popular – and technically demanding – artists in jazz, including the bass-guitar virtuoso Jaco Pastorius, the piano maestros Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Fred Hersch and Kenny Werner, the innovative pop-jazz bandleader Quincy Jones, and the guitar star Pat Metheny.

Lots of kids all over the world have grown up with his them tune for Sesame Street.

Toots Thielemans plays the harmonica at an event to celebrate his 90th birthday in La Hulpe, Belgium

Toots Thielemans plays the harmonica at an event to celebrate his 90th birthday in La Hulpe, Belgium. Photograph: Kristof van Accom/AFP/Getty Images

In 2009, the US National Endowment for the Arts made him a Jazz Master. His 90th birthday guests at Lincoln Center in 2012 included Herbie Hancock and the Brazilian singer-pianist Eliane Elias, and he continued to play in public until declining health led to his retirement two years later.

The record producer Quincy Jones, known for his work with Michael Jackson, was quoted as saying on Thielemans’ website:

“I can say without hesitation that Toots is one of the greatest musicians of our time.”

  • 4 March 2017

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2016 in review Politics #2 Persons of the year

Merkel‘s popularity had suffered in 2016, following a rash of sexual assaults in the western city of Cologne on New Year‘s Eve blamed mainly on Arab and North African men.

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Deutsch: Der Raddampfer Goethe bei Nacht am Anleger Köln im Jahr 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Going from 2015 into 2016 in some German cities brought out the animal by several Muslim youngsters. More than 600 women claimed to have been victims of a spate of Muslim grooming and rape gangs, sexual assaults and muggings plus steaming in a.o. Cologne on New Year’s Eve where the police were completely overwhelmed by the violence, largely blamed on foreigners.

The Cologne attacks have were been blamed on gangs of predominantly North African immigrants from Algeria and Morocco as well as some Syrian refugees. Some of the immigrants were well known to Cologne police as pickpockets and muggers who frequent the station. Many are thought to be illegal immigrants whose asylum requests have been rejected.

A leaked police account of the Cologne violence, compiled by North Rhine-Westphalia’s Federal Criminal Bureau, described in harrowing detail what the female victims suffered.

“The attackers stuck their fingers through the tights and the underwear of their victims, they were surrounded on all sides, grabbed and fingered,”

the report said. It said most attackers had “bloodshot eyes” and were probably either drunk or on drugs.

The Federal Criminal Bureau said that such a form of mass sexual molestation was hitherto unknown in Germany but that similar violence had occurred in Egypt on Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring.

The Interior Minister, Thomas de Maizière, has pledged to increase the number of police video cameras across Germany to deter future incidents of mass crime.

When the German nationalist group Pegida (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) hosted a rally in Cologne, which drew more than 1,700 people, it was notable that in this case the police found it well appropriate to use water cannons on the crowd. The fact that water cannons and fully-militarized police were used against people protesting the rapes while the authorities did nothing to stop Arab and North African men from wreaking havoc on New Year’s Eve could be seen as emblematic of the political system’s priorities.

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In Sweden the police had tried to keep it quite that there had been assaults and rapes at a festival. The man in charge of policing the festival, Peter Argen, appeared to admit the decision to play down the incident at the time was political, telling Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s largest paper, that there were fears of “playing into the hands” of the country’s increasingly popular anti-immigrant party, the Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna). In Germany itself, anti-immigrant and counter demonstrations drew thousands overnight in Leipzig.

The Danish government secured backing for a controversial bill which would allow authorities to seize jewellery and other valuables from asylum seekers to help pay for their stay in refugee centres. Denmark’s national broadcaster DR reported that the government only won over sceptical MPs by amending the law to allow refugees to hold onto wedding rings and other items of sentimental value, like family portraits. The UN’s high commission for refugees has called the legislation

“an affront to their dignity and an arbitrary interference with their right to privacy.”

For many Europeans it is clear that if newcomers want to live here, they must accept certain values or else move on.

For Angela Merkel it was clear Europe should be very careful with Erdogan, who easilly could turn against the European citizens and calling names those who do not agree with him or do not want to go on the same line. Germany’s relationship with Erdogan is one of its knottiest problems. Mockery like the one from Erdogan we also could find by ISIS who laughed with Merkel and the European Union and managed to bring fear over Western Europe.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel her mantra that the Germans where going to make it was never implicating it would be easy. Eleven moths after she first said ‘Wir schaffen das’ (in the same spirit as Obama’s ‘Yes we can’) , she was under fire because of the increase in violence.

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Würzburg with cathedral and city hall in time of peace

In July Angela Merkel responded to criticisms of her refugee policy, insisting that the country should stay the course despite Islamist terror attacks in Würzburg and Ansbach that have sparked urgent calls from her opponents for a harder line on immigration.

 “I never said it would be easy,”

she rebuffed calls to reverse her welcoming stance toward refugees after a series of brutal attacks in the country (an axe rampage, a shooting spree, a knife attack and a suicide bombing stunned Germany, leaving 13 people dead, including three assailants, and dozens wounded) and said  the four assaults within a week were “shocking, oppressive and depressing” but not a sign that authorities had lost control.

The German leader said the assailants

“wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need”.

“We firmly reject this,”

she said at a wide-ranging news conference.

Merkel repeated her rallying cry from last year when she opened the borders to people fleeing war and persecution, many from Syria, which brought nearly 1.1 million migrants and refugees to Germany in 2015.

“I’m just as convinced now as I was then that we will cope . . . and we will live up to this historic task.”

she said, agreeing that they had overseen some problems but also pointing at our challenge in times of globalisation.

Three of the four attackers were asylum seekers, and two of the assaults were claimed by the Islamic State group.

Merkel said that she would not allow jihadists, following a series of deadly attacks in France, Belgium, Turkey and the US state of Florida, to keep her government from being guided by reason and compassion.

“Despite the great unease these events inspire, fear can’t be the guide for political decisions,”

she said.

“It is my deep conviction that we cannot let our way of life be destroyed.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in August called on the EU and North African countries to do deals modelled on a controversial agreement with Turkey to stem migrant flows to Europe.

Under the EU-Turkey agreement, Ankara agreed to take back one Syrian who made it to Greece in return for being allowed to send one from its massive refugee camps to the bloc in a more orderly redistribution programme.

The deal also pledges billions of euros in EU aid for Turkey, visa-free European travel for Turkish citizens and accelerated EU membership talks.

“We must agree on similar deals with other countries, such as in North Africa, in order to get better control over the Mediterranean sea refugee routes,”

Merkel told regional daily Neue Passauer Zeitung.

“Such agreements are also in the interest of the refugees themselves,”

she said, pointing to the huge risks migrants take in crossing the Mediterranean in rickety vessels, as well as the large sums they have to pay smugglers for the perilous sea passage.

“It is safer for them and there are good reasons for them to remain in Turkey, close to their homeland, where the cultural and language barriers are lower,”

she said, defending the deal with Turkey as

“correct, as before”.

Near the end of 2016 she came more and more criticised, even by rebels from her own conservative bloc being accused of exposing the country to unacceptable risks without stricter controls on people coming into the country. The December assault on a Christmas market also proofed how easy a criminal could go from Germany to Italy, passing the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

All citizens with the German politicians were awaiting urgent action from the federal government and Europe.

Merkel announced a string of new security measures including improving an “early-warning system” to detect radicalisation among refugees, training the military to respond to major attacks, boosting intelligence cooperation with allies and speeding up deportation of rejected asylum seekers.

Her strong stance and firm attitude to have Europe to be willing to help war refugees made the rightwing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party stronger with a campaign against “Islamisation“, which would deal Merkel a stinging blow one year ahead of a general election.

Life in communist East Germany informed the chancellor’s firm line with China’s ruling party.

In a way Merkel could have been seen as the de facto ‘European Leader’, but this position is based on her mastery of domestic politics, argued the FT’s Gideon Rachman.

Many European governments harbour resentment against Ms Merkel. But they will miss her ability to keep Europe together when she finally falls.

Alternative-fuer-Deutschland-Logo-2013.svgIn September in rural Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (West Pomerania) the anti-immigration Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party (Alternative for Germany) earned a small footnote in post-war history, becoming the first state where the CDU has ever been outflanked by a party of the right. Only three years old, the right-wing party her growing popularity, by reflecting a classic protest vote, was a clear sign to Ms Merkel, but also for the other European members states. Angela Merkel has admitted that her hated open-door policy on Muslim migrants led to her party’s crushing defeat in elections.

AfD gathered strength, pushing chancellor’s Christian Democrats into third place, and her defeat would set the stage for national elections. CDU could muster only a pitiful 19.2 per cent of the vote compared to the victorious AfD’s 21 per cent, leading to growing scepticism about Merkel’s ability to cling onto power in Germany after her party also lost three elections to the AfD in March. (Who voted AfD? The election data crunched – Süddeutsche Zeitung; German voters are frustrated and nobody is listening – Tanit Koch, Bild ; Merkel in her own words – Bild interview on her refugee welcome; There is trouble brewing for Merkel – Nico Fried, Süddeutsche Zeitung; Spiegel wrote:

“The AfD has essentially staged a revolution in Merkel’s backyard. And it did so by turning the elections into a single-issue vote: Merkel’s refugee policies.)

Charlotte Knobloch-Neuland, elected President of Central Council of Jews in Germany (Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland) (2006-2010), Vice President of the European Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Congress, President of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde München und Oberbayern since 1985

Germany’s Jewish leaders have reacted with horror to the success of the AfD, Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria expressing their worries

“That an extreme-right party which blatantly incites hatred against minorities in a disgusting way can rise unhindered in our country is a nightmare come true.”

At the same time the increasingly vocal Visegrad four  central European countries, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic could not be ignored.

According to Hungary’s Viktor Orban and Poland’s Jaroslaw Kaczynski a “cultural counter-revolution” has started. They do found the politicians in Brussels “short-sighted“. For Orban the

Brexit is a fantastic opportunity”

giving them a historic cultural moment.

“There is a possibility of a cultural counter-revolution right now.”

(Read more about Brussels’ eastern critics, Poland’s kingmaker Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and his past encouters with Mr Orban.)

With Turkish troops in action in Syria and Mr Erdogan taking steps to mend frosty relations with Mr Putin, at the biannual meeting of foreign ministers for informal talks in Bratislava, known in EU parlance as the Gymnich meeting, named after the German town in which foreign ministers first met informally in the 1970s, Turkey was dominating this time, since the coup attempt there having been friction between EU leaders and Ankara over president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on the army and a huge civil service purge, plus the intern problems he wanted to cause in the EU member states between Gülen followers and Erdogan fans.  Mr Erdogan also complained that there was too little solidarity from European leaders after the coup attempt.

The German chancellor, at the Merkel-Erdogan September meeting at the 11th G20 Summit in Hangzhou in China, in the words of Die Welt, managed to look like a provincial mayor visiting the Sultan.

In January 2016 US President Barack Obama has engaged his Presidential veto to stop a bill that would have stripped Planned Parenthood.

In the New York Times January editions Nicholas Kristof assailed the Burmese government for its horrific treatment of the Rohingya minority – and faults Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi for her silence on the issue. Also in the Times, Masha Gessen explained how foreign criminal investigations were shedding light on the corruption of President Putin’s regime in Russia.

The American and the European press came more under fire by the Trump family, accusing one after the other of ‘false news’.

Melania Trump in September sued the publisher of the Daily Mail for $150m over “false and defamatory statements”. The lawsuit turned on a Daily Mail story that cited a Slovenian magazine’s report that a modelling agency, which employed Mrs Trump in the 1990s, had also served as an escort service. The lawsuit was filed in spite of the Daily Mail publishing a retractionMrs Trump‘s lawyer led the Hulk Hogan suit that brought down Gawker (- something you can read more about in Nick Denton’s Lunch with the FT. )

In Politico, Rosa María Payá insisted that the European Union must win concessions on human rights in its negotiations with Cuba.

Nightclubs, because of the loud music, the drunk people and the crowd, became considered a target for ISIS and Canada got the first turn with a shooting at Ten X Nightclub at the 1100 Block of 10 Avenue southwest in Calgary just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning January 10.

On video’s we could see how calm Salah Abdeslam was after the attacks in Paris.

In Turkey not only Istanbul’s nightclubs became unsafe by ISIS, several political groups started to become more active again now Erdogan came to limit the freedom of speech.

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Police investigate the area after an explosion in central Istanbul

By a suicide bomber at least 10 people were killed and 15 injured in Sultanahmet Square, close to the major tourist attractions of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia on the 12th of January.

The war on terror by the beginning of 2016 had already increased the death-toll with 4.500%.

In the United States of America Donald Trump made good use of the situations around refugees and terror attacks in Europe to get the whopping 45 millions Americans on food stamps, on his hand accusing the Obama governement of the dire economic environment that thrusts people into poverty and despair, and which would become worse, according to Trump when America would not make more work of getting the refugees and asylum-seekers out of the States.

Whilst Obama asked to keep appealing to the bigger interests and hopes of America

— not our narrow ones and fears, as we’ve seen too frequently in our politics.

Trump worked on that fear and told many lies, also making the Democrats the evil of the State, having politicians like the Clintons who had to belong to prison (according to Trump).

Obama may have laid out a vision for an economy that’s even stronger, a country that’s safer, and a union that’s more perfect, than the one before he started, at the end of the year the thunderstorm was lurking around the corner with a Trumpet being able to destroy it soon when he would come into power in 2017.

Barack and Angela’s Tragic Romance Obama first became a figure of global importance when, in July 2008, the then-candidate mesmerized a crowd of 200,000 Berliners and therefore his last major tour abroad had to be sealed over there, where he redeveloped his strongest rapport with any world leader: German Chancellor Angela Merkel. There Obama got his last, line of defence.

Obama and Merkel may have made for something of an odd couple, for us Europeans it was clear that for 2016 they both where the main figures of the year, Merkel getting the position of Woman of the Year and carrying the mantle of the West.

The charismatic orator met understatement personified. The public intellectual outshined the reclusive scientist. His biography spans the globe; she hails from provincial East Germany. The one roused sky-high expectations; the other was eternally underestimated. And if Obama’s attention was drawn to the rising powers of Asia, Merkel was focused on keeping the Old Continent afloat. It seemed improbable back then that the two leaders would form any bond beyond the polite and professional.

wrote Joerg Forbrig, senior transatlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Berlin on November 16, 2016.

Ms Merkel soon recognised the challenge having to say goodbye to Donald Trump in a letter to Mr Trump pledging him to work together on the basis on common democratic values — an unprecedented condition for a German chancellor to set for a US president.

Obama said that his successor had

“expressed a great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships”

including in Nato. While the outgoing US president blamed inequality and fear for rise of Trump and Brexit and even perhaps might well be wrong about Mr Trump’s intentions, Ms Merkel’s best working assumption were that he was right.
Donald Trump insisted also he would have campaigned differently if Electoral College didn’t exist – and still won

Strange that so many Americans had difficulties with Obama making it possible for Americans to go to Cuba and Vietnam. For some also the dark part of the U.S. power structure — intelligence agencies collaborating with criminal elements and shady business people — simply proved too tight-knit a network for the U.S. government to choose an enlightened course of action.

The entrance to an internment facility at Camp Delta, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Guantánamo Bay detention camp, also called Gitmo, U.S. detention facility on the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, located on the coast of Guantánamo Bay in southeastern Cuba.

It may be said that an Obama quick fix to what many considered the excesses of the U.S. war on terror did not materialize and that he did not manage to close the prison at Guantanamo. U.S.-German relations were also not spared new strains. Berlin’s refusal to support a NATO-led intervention in Libya was as incomprehensible to the United States as it was to the country’s other allies (even if history has since offered some vindication for that reluctance).

Germany’s handling of the eurozone crisis was openly criticized by Washington, which feared a new downturn for a global economy that was barely in recovery. In turn, revelations of extensive National Security Agency surveillance of international organizations and Western governments, including of Merkel herself, left Germans perplexed and angered at the United States.

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View of the Kremlin from the Moscow River

Somehow we may speak about a Obama-Merkel team that showed a political symbiosis, that few would have expected during his early years in office, taking stance against Moscow which made claims to an exclusive sphere of influence in Ukraine and elsewhere. It was the German chancellor who became the key interlocutor with the Kremlin and rallied reluctant Europeans behind sanctions against Russia. The U.S. president, in turn, added transatlantic coherence by making sure that American responses and sanctions were in lockstep with those of the European Union.

Obama on his farewell tour through Europe tried to assure allies anxious about Donald Trump’s election victory.

President Barack Obama expressed the hope that President-elect Donald Trump will be

“willing to stand up to Russia where they are deviating from our values and international norms.”

The Syrian war and open genocide is also one of the biggest failures of Obama and of the European Union, they never taking the strong position forcing one or the other on their knees. The decision not to intervene in Syria’s civil war, and then to facilitate Assad’s murder of his own people through political and military coordination with Iran and Russia, was according to some Obama’s choice.

At the end of November Obama called on his successor to regard US as an ‘indispensable nation’ and to bolster international order it helped to create

Several Trump promoters did everything to blacken Obama. They presented promoting conspiracy theories such as the idea that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya and that Saddam Hussein was behind the Oklahoma City bombing. They could produce all false and damaging talk until at last in November members of the Donald Trump transition team close to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had been pushed out and Frank Gaffney, who had peddled conspiracy theories, had been brought on.

The public was told Trump nor his helpers had contact with Turkey nor Russia, though after he was chosen as president elect it soon proved to be different and even very bad for the safety of the United States of America. Trump had lied on many occasions (more than Hillary Clinton) and betrayed his country though not many seemed to worry about it.

In October Donald Trump’s top military adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, met with two Turkish community leaders in New York City, one of whom has close ties to Turkish government agents.

On November 1 “Obamacare” began frightening millions, many of whom falsely believed that the new “law” would make health insurance cheaper, though seeing rates continuing to go up, up, and away – and in many cases, consumers now having even fewer health plans from which to choose.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association logo.pngEric Jans, an insurance broker from Nashville, told CBS News that most of his clients had been covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield until they recently decided to pull out of the Nashville market. Rates became so high that the insurer apparently had no choice but to flee, which means Jans and his family no longer have health insurance, nor do most of his 300 clients that were covered by the insurer, a devastating blow to this subset of the working American populace.

“As of January 1, unless we jump on to something else … we’re looking at $750 a month this year to $1,100 next year,”

Jans was quoted as saying.

This made several looking for what they called the President-elect Donald Trump’s first priorities, and a major heralded tenet of his campaign, to repeal, or at least seriously amend, Obamacare and replace it with an open insurance marketplace and individual Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), which will drive down costs and make insurance more affordable and available to all Americans.

Trump while campaigning made many promises. Some will benefit from his plans, but the white working class will not be among them.

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Mariano Rajoy (prime minister of Spain)

For the first time since Spain had returned to democracy, neither of the country’s two largest parties secured more than 30 per cent of the vote in the 2015 December 20 contest, and the second-place Socialists (who polled 22 per cent) have repeatedly refused to join a grand coalition with the Popular party (28.7 per cent) of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.  The Catalonian government not so interested any more towards creating all the trappings of independence, including a central bank and tax authority.

Though the aggression around the Crimea not in Putin’s interest plaid Russia a dangerous hand in Ukraine conflict.

Britain stunned Europe when it voted to leave the bloc in a referendum, triggering debate about the grouping’s future and the need for reforms.

At their first post-referendum talks in late June, Hollande, Merkel and Renzi — the leaders of the eurozone’s three largest economies — urged “a new impulse” for the EU.

More people felt that Europe should not interfere with the way they want to live and with the international scene, because that last bit risks bringing mischief over Europe .

Schulz, Martin-2050-2.jpgMartin Schultz, the German social democrat who serves as president of the European Parliament, in January compared Law and Justice’s tactics to Russia’s Vladimir Putin in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. While Poland’s anti-establishment Wprost magazine went so far as to depict Ms Merkel as Adolf Hitler on its cover, with Mr Schultz and Mr Oettinger in Nazi military uniforms standing behind her.

  • March 16, 2017

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Preceding article: 2016 in review Politics #1 Year of dissonance

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Additional reading

  1. UNHCR recommends measures for strengthening security and refugee protection
  2. Muslim Grooming (Rape) Gangs and Sharia
  3. A stain of shame for the European Union
  4. Denmark votes in favour for a Discriminatory Nazi law
  5. Symbolic move to scare people away
  6. Migration not something to fear
  7. Trump brand of migrant demonization #1
  8. Prince of Wales warning that the world is in danger of “forgetting the lessons of the past”
  9. Looking at the September 2016
  10. Could Brexit lead to Frexit – or Czexit?
  11. Trump has been buffetted by accusations of misconduct
  12. Dutch Trumpism defeated

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Further reading

  1. There Is Going To Be A “Civil War” In Europe Between Muslims And Non-Muslims
  2. The Time is Now – Europeans Awaken!
  3. Merkel Backs Down On Open Border Policy
  4. EU way of life
  5. Pope Francis Likens Jesus to ISIS, says Muslims Must Breed with Europeans
  6. Love Europe Hate the EU
  7. The Europeans….Medemblik !!
  8. People: An Observation
  9. “Brexit” Wins – Where now for Liberty?
  10. Brexit exports ‘Benex’
  11. It’s Like Being Stuck in a Good Dream That I Can’t Wake Up From
  12. 59% of Europeans Say Trump is Right on Refugees Increasing Threat of Terrorism
  13. Forced Multiculturalism Does Not Benefit Europeans
  14. In Europe, good wisecracks make good neighbours
  15. Europeans ignoring “antisemitism” at their peril, says EU human rights commissioner
  16. Europeans welcome us, post-election–
  17. ISIS Terrorists Recruit European Youth Through Social Networks
  18. Essen
  19. My Cologne: there’s a lighthouse that never goes out
  20. Organized crime on the rise in Germany
  21. “I have a double name. One for the Indian side and one for the German side”
  22. German authorities carry out 13 simultaneous counter-terrorism raids across five states
  23. 2016: A Year in Review
  24. The Most Picturesque Half-Timbered Towns in Germany
  25. Europeans
  26. Booliska Jarmalka Oo Raadinaya Nin Tunisia Ah Oo Gaadhi Jiidhsiiyey Dad Jooga Suuq
  27. Top Trump Adviser Went to Moscow and Flirted with Conspiracy Theories
  28. European MPs call for end to EU membership talks with Turkey amid post-coup crackdown
  29. European Parliament Votes to Suspend Talks on Turkey Joining the EU
  30. What on earth is Turkey complaining about? Their presence in Syria is illegal under International Law
  31. Erdogan Warns Turkey Could Open Gates for Migrants if Pushed by EU — After EU Stops Talks With Turkey on EU membership
  32. This is ridiculous, if Greece doesn’t take them the migrants can die away, the EU is fucked with all its “values” no one cares about them any longer: Erdogan threatens to open Turkey’s borders to Europe in protest at EU
  33. Merkel says EU and Turkey must stick to migration deal
  34. Erdogan, Putin in Syria Talks after Turkish Soldiers Killed
  35. Erdogan’s Turkey: ‘Democracy’ Wins
  36. In response to a European Parliament decision Turkey threatens to unleash refugees on Europe
  37. ‘Know Your Limits!’ Erdogan Reminds EU Parliament Who’s In Charge of Turkey
  38. Rivlin thanks Erdogan for Turkey’s help battling fires (Not good!!!)
  39. On the Same Day, One Year Apart, Russia Gets Its Revenge and Halts Turkey in Northern Syria
  40. Subliminal Halos of the Rich and Famous II
  41. UN torture expert starts Turkey visit amid abuse claims
  42. Erdogan Has Been Torturing His Opponents For Months
  43. Turkey: A dictatorship by any other name
  44. Second Signpost Alert: Trigger by Erdoğan?
  45. Erdogan: Turkish forces are in Syria to end Assad’s rule
  46. Erdogan admits Turkey illegally entered Syria to fight Government and not terrorists as originally claimed
  47. Erdogan: Turkish forces back “free Syrian army” – Interview Mnar Muhawesh
  48. No, Erdogan Didn’t “Trick” Putin and The Ayatollah
  49. Russia “Surprised” by Erdogan comments on Syria
  50. Turkey’s Erdogan: Israel restricting Muslim worship
  51. Brüssels Zittern vor dem großen Wandel
  52. PFW: Battle for Aleppo Over, Real War Has Begun
  53. Erdogan finally admits the real reason for his military intervention in Syria
  54.  Relations turco-russes : Ankara joue un double jeu?
  55. Turkey’s the ruling party and the opposition have agreed on a transition to a presidial system, which they called a Partisan Presidency. What exactly will this system be?
  56. Erdogan, Putin discuss Syria as Turkish-backed rebels push to al-Bab
  57. Putin says grateful to Erdoğan for Turkish Stream agreement
  58. Al-Assad: Aleppo Win Huge Step toward Ending War
  59. WikiLeaks Claims Prove Erdogan’s Family and Turkish Minister’s Links to ISIS
  60. Tayyip Erdogan powers in Turkey to be expanded by constitutional reform
  61. Trump: Erdogan-Style Purges & the New Deplorables
  62. There is no such thing as a heartless “good cause”
  63. Why EU-Turkey Accession Negotiations Should Be Suspended – Mehmet Ugur.
  64. Mapping Radicalisation
  65. What measures is the EU taking to combat terrorism?
  66. ” The story of a radicalisation: ‘I was not thinking my thoughts. I was not myself”
  67. Across the Great Divide – Afterword
  68. How Can A Society Support An Ideology The Majority Doesn’t Believe In?
  69. Counter-radicalisation efforts must recognise the effect of community deprivation
  70. Facebook Policy Chief: Social Media Must Step Up Fight Against Extremism
  71. New Report on Mental Health and the Foreign Fighter Phenomenon: A Case Study of
  72. The Netherlands
  73. The Islamist-led assault on Prevent
  74. A view from an uncomfortable barstool by Landlord
  75. Distortion of History: the pitfalls
  76. The Islamisation of my Country – 1
  77. The Islamisation of Dewsbury
  78. Video: Is Europe Doomed by Migrants
  79. Stuttgarter Platz has been reduced to 10% of what it was

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2016 in review Politics #1 Year of dissonance

2016 year of dissonance, despair, where all certainties were brushed away

When Israeli commandos in 2010 intercepted a flotilla of ships seeking to break Israel’s blockade of Hamas in the Gaza Strip a diplomatic rupture broke several contacts in the world. There was a six-year-long deep freeze in relations between Turkey and Israel which this summer formally ended and Turkish-Israeli ties seemed again flourishing in 2016. While Israel has made diplomatic inroads with India, Southeast Asia, Egypt and even Saudi Arabia, Erdogan has made himself persona non grata not only in Syria and Iraq but also in Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and even the Palestinian Authority, which resents his embrace of Hamas.

By now the whole world could see that Erdogan sees utility in deals only so long as they conform to his interest and uses people for his own good as long as it can last. As soon he does not need them any more Erdogan does not mind calling the previous co-worker an opponent of the state or a terrorist who has to be killed and/or whose movement has be made to an end, like the Gülen movement. The Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen, who after his dispute with Erdogan went to lived in the United States since 199, has been the bogeyman for Erdogan.

We are not sure if it was really a failed coup in July are a very well orchestrated action by Erdogan to enlarge his power and to make him more loved by the majority of Turks. Erdogan may have changed Turkey forever, having taken it away from the secular state the great visionary Atta Turk envisioned.  Though even as he has consolidated control, he seems to have the support of no more than 50 percent of the electorate; Turkey remains divided between traditional Muslims, not all of them sympathetic to Islamism, and the urban, secular elites.

Present day Israel has discarded the rational, the universal and the visionary. These values have been subordinated to a cruel and oppressive occupation, an emphatic materialism, severe inequalities rivalling the worst in the western world and distorted by a fanatic, obscurantist and fundamentalist religion which encourages the worst behaviours rather than the best. Right wing control in Israel in 2016 became stronger and more entrenched than ever, whilst in Europe and in the United States the Jews became looked at again as they are the cause of our economical crisis and as if they are a fungus to be destroyed.

Jews, Muslims, asylum seekers and communists were mentioned by several politicians as the cause of the mess the European Union and the United States of America. Those politicians try to blind their folks. They do everything so that the citizens would not come to realise that it are they and the 1% of richest people and their millions of allies in the upper levels of banks and corporations, media, academia, law, government and politics, who have developed a neo-liberal economic strategy that has resulted in massive loss of jobs and a triumph of the values of materialism and selfishness in daily life. Everywhere we can see those who really brought the dung to us now trying to blame everyone else for the global mess they have made.

How Disinformation Can Be Spread — explanation by U.S. Defense Department (2001)

2016 was the year experts and media did not know it any more and where prognoses, polls and bookmakers could find the unexpected to come true, nobody ever would have thought the British would vote for a Brexit or that Donald Trump would make it to president elect. Social media seemed to have thrown in the towel of disinformation and continued breaking down the credibility of persons. Ethics, old fashioned Judeo-Christian values not count for much. sincerity and honesty was of little account for many even politicians or those who were considered to lead the country commanding little esteem.

With the fall of the Berlin Wall West Europe thought it could enter a new decennial of freedom, but now we have seen many put up walls up again, and this time not only in Europe but also in Israel and the U.S.A., plus the Putin State demanding its right to govern in the world, like the old Soviet Union, making sure that those who do not comply with the system are silenced for ever.

Anno 2016 there are again people who are believing those guys who promise them an heaven on earth and give them the hope or so called assurance that they are the man to make the country great again. Lots of people ask to give the elected one the chance to proof himself. Danger is that in 2016 we were going into a phase of nightmare which is going to end in a worse nightmare. At the moment still lots of people believing in what the British prime-minister Neville Chamberlain in 1938 also still believed that there would be a

peace for our time

This time though we see more than one figure standing up, having no respect for the truth, nor to respect others, not having any respect for human rights, not having any political decency. By the failing education system, media got free game and the aggressive bawler could let all his frustration and gut feelings infect those who were willing to be all ears for him and not willing to see the reality. The bogeyman managed to roar so much he could shunt many of his own political party who had perhaps much better ideas and better solutions for the country than him. He also managed to shut out the light by those who were insecure and those who preferred to stay loyal to their party instead using common sense.

In the Western countries at great length everything was done to have the people to feel they needed the politicians and the armed forces to keep everything under control, whilst the fear of terror could be fuelled not only by the acts of jihadi fighters but also by the newspapers and visual media following the stream of paranoid anxiety state. In several villages all over Europe we could see that “democracy” has become a very tiny veneer and having politicians as wolves in sheep’s clothing assuring their position.

February 26 (Hannover), March 22 (Brussels) June 13 (Magnanville), July 14 (Nice), July 26 (Saint-etienne-duRouvray) August 6 (Charleroi), October 16 (Hamburg), December 19 (Berlin) were terrorist acts linked to IS, which did not get us on our knees, but showed the solidarity of the Europeans willing to continue their life with our European values, in a place which should be there for all to live in peace.

But all the fearmongering and those Islam fundamentalists trying to bring all religions in discredit, made several politicians seeing the opportunity to go against certain religious groups and against the freedom of clothing and freedom of religion. Many politicians saw it an ideal occasion to get the eyes away from the bad economical situation and the job-insecurity. At the 2014 elections the community and religious issues where totally absent. Now the outrage shaves high peaks within the so-called values and norms debate. At regular intervals we could see a grim atmosphere, where many discussions or debates over basic principles got heated.

The most idiot right wing measure taken was the prohibiting of the burkini, clearly also showing how politicians where very clever in misleading the people and how many where carried away in matters the politicians wanted them to believe but did not make any sense. On French beaches enough nakedness had to be shown or one was not allowed to be there, whilst on Facebook false news pushed away the real news and naked breasts got censured. Problem today is that not many people are interested in reading a good newspaper, but are much more interested in looking at all the gossip on Facebook. Social media are the alternative and the politicians got to see that it may be a very handy tool for them to gain popularity. they do want to get control over what can count as a ‘fact’. They also try to get as many likes as they can, and do not mind to distort the truth. We saw many in Europe and America to stretch the truth.

  • January 7, 2017

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Preceding articles

  1. EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) asylum seekers and Eastern neighbours
  2. Brexit and British business
  3. Brexit No. 2 Blow-up
  4. Nigel Farage called Donald Trump’s victory ‘bigger than Brexit’
  5. Are United States of America citizens going to show their senses
  6. When so desperate to hold onto power
  7. At the closing hours of 2016 #1 Looking down at terror
  8. At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights
  9. Daesh hits heart of Europe
  10. March 22 2016, attacks in Brussels at airport and metro
  11. A Black day for Belgium – Brussels Airport ravage
  12. Knife-trust in democratic sore back
  13. For those who call the Brussels Airport attacks a fake or a conspiracy of the government
  14. Terrorist attacks in brussels
  15. Mediterranean bloodshed
  16. France and the Burkini
  17. On French beach French police forces woman to undress in public
  18. Bosphorus bloodshed
  19. Belgian aftershock from the Turkish coup d’état

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Additional reading

  1. Mountains of information, disinformation and breaking away
  2. What we don’t say about the refugee crisis?
  3. Islamism Rises from Europe’s Secularism
  4. Tears for Belgium
  5. When will it stop
  6. Nice attack, terror everywhere and coup attempt in Turkey
  7. Is Europe going to become a dictatorial bastion
  8. Christians, secularism, morals and values
  9. Secularism in France becoming dangerous for freedom of religion
  10. Does Banning Face Veils Help Us Fight Terrorism?
  11. Where’s the Outrage Over Nun Beachwear? – The Daily Beast
  12. French showing to the whole world their fear and weakness
  13. Blinded crying blue murder having being made afraid by a bugaboo
  14. The clean sweeper of the whole caboodle
  15. Trump has been buffetted by accusations of miscunduct
  16. Fearmongering succeeded and got the bugaboo a victory
  17. Jews the next scapegoat for Donald Trump
  18. The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
  19. From Guestwriters 2016 in review
  20. Darkest just before dawn
  21. Looking at an American nightmare
  22. Max Lucado: I Had a Dream That Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Reached a Truce
  23. Women in France running with naked bosom all right but with covered bosom penalised
  24. Pokémon craziness
  25. 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  26. Not limiting others but sharing peace with all
  27. Finding dachas to live in peace
  28. Not missing your appointment in 2017
  29. Listening to the lessons of the Bible and looking for ways to please God
  30. Not limiting others but sharing peace with all

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Further reading

  1. Putin’s Handy use of the Russian Orthodox Church
  2. Master Death List: Journalists Killed in Russia
  3. Europe has been awash with racial tension this summer
  4. the decomposition of logic and democratic values
  5. The scandal of women’s bodies in secular Europe
  6. Burkini and French Secularism
  7. Ban of burkini: theresult ofmalechauvinism or secularism
  8. Forcing a Muslim Woman To Undress is Not Fighting Oppression. That IS Oppression!
  9. France has for its name, the contrary of Liberty and Fraternity practice.
  10. Liberty, Equality, Bigotry?
  11. Bigotry veiled as liberation
  12. Freedom of choice. It’s not so simple.
  13. Does France have a problem with racism?
  14. Bombs in a burkini?
  15. Nudism/Naturism and burkini madness: Why not ban all clothes at the beach?
  16. 2016 was lighting candles to mourn, but it was also carrying torches high
  17. Metro Manila Pride March 2016
  18. India 2016
  19. Curiouser and curiouser
  20. Climate change, power and coal – » The Australian Independent Media Network
  21. Realizing Things
  22. A Year In Review
  23. Letter to 2016
  24. A Year in Review: 2016
  25. Looking Back at 2016
  26. My Review of 2016
  27. Good riddance 2016
  28. Looking back on 2016…
  29. In Life: 2016 According to My Instagram
  30. 2016: Was It Really That Bad?

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At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights

Wanting to write on what happened in 2016 I noticed I have forgotten to publish some articles I wrote this year. The time went credibly fast when our thoughts had to go to so many people in trouble, having to face so many horrible moments.

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Suspects in the 2016 Brussels bombings filmed by a CCTV camera.

Some may call this the most horrible year of their life, but they should remember they often belong to the lucky ones living in the better parts of this world and having less misery than their ancestors of the previous centuries. Though many times announced, on March 22 that horrible attack happened ISIS had announced so many times earlier. It was a serious blow to the capital of Europe. It took nearly two weeks before the flights at Brussels airport went on again and until May the fist, before the departure hall went open again partly, and until June the 2nd before the departure hall was really fully presentable again to the public. Maalbeek tube station opened its doors again on April the 25th, the day the full metro went active again.

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The semi-trailer stopped on the Promenade des Anglais (Nice) on July 15, 2016 around 07:00, after the attack that caused more than 84 dead the night before

For those who wanted to enjoy the Mediterranean sun the havoc of the truck-driver who killed and wounded many Muslims, some Christians and non-religious people on the Boulevard des Anglais in Nice, on the 14th of July, the trail of 2km bloodshed had such an impact at the coastline that everywhere you came, at events and boat-crossings you where checked. (In Saint Tropez at the Côte d’Azur, on one evening my wife and I got checked five times, having to open our backpack and opening our knapsack and breadbox.) To me everything looked a little-bit too paranoid, when schools finished the streets where closed and when you ad parked your car in the vicinity of a school you could not go to it. Luckily more up north this was not the case. At the South of France, when your body in bathing suits was not showing enough naked flesh you were not allowed on the beach and funny enough at the same time (or in the same outfit) when you had bare legs and bare arms you were not allowed in churches or catholic ruins and museums.

Whilst Europe was shaken by continues jihadist actions in the Middle East, a massive ‘earthquake’ devastated Israel and all the Arab States, which escalated tensions to the brink of warfare before our very eyes. The battles in ‘earthquake-wrecked’ Israel provide a backdrop of escalating tension, and the possibility of losing it to both natural and man-made disaster.

At the same time the Israeli Jews continued fighting against those who also claim part of their own land and the right to worship at the same holy places as the Jews and Christians in Hindu world certain Muslim leaders and Islamic groups conspirated and perpetrated for attacks on Hindus of Bagnan, Sankrail and Dhulagarh. Even the Muslims in Bengal TMC or Trinamool Congress, proceeded in arm wielding mob through Hindus areas in the name of ‘Peace Procession’ to frighten the local Hindus.

Against the backdrop of the national Black Lives Matter movement the 2016 American presidential election was the first to unfold in front of our surprised eyes which would never have thought Donald Trump would make it up to candidate and certainly not to president elect. But like what we did thought impossible for Great-Britain, never bringing a Brexit to reality, we all got the Brexit slab in our face and the Trump bludgeon on our head.

From the earliest moments of the 2016 campaign season, Democratic Party candidates had been racing to keep up with the movement.  For example, Clinton reluctantly declared in a public setting “black lives matter,” in December of 2014 as Black protests erupted nationally after the non-indictment of Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who choked Eric Garner to death.
Those protests boiled over into the spring, fuelled by the brutal murder of Walter Scott in South Carolina by officer Michael Slaeger that was captured on video. Indeed, the frustrations with perceptions of police lawlessness erupted into open rebellion in Baltimore, Maryland, in April when young Freddie Gray died of injuries sustained while in police custody. The struggle in Baltimore not only applied pressure on sitting politicians to reign in the police, but it also pressured those candidates vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

In the States the death-toll of civilian shooting went on like nothing and Obama could not do anything against it because the Republicans and the gun lobby having all the strings in their hand and to mad to loose such a rich income of killing material they also could sell to those wherefore so many American and other Western citizens where afraid for, all those ISIS/ISIL, Boko Haram and other Muslim radicals, who did not stop kidnapping, cutting throats and shooting innocent people. Also Belgium was not released from delivering weapons to hose blood-spirited.

Clinton used the anxious atmosphere in the aftermath of Baltimore to speak more broadly about police violence in American cities and declared, that it was time the Americans would end the era of mass incarceration. They have allowed their criminal justice system to get out of balance and those recent tragedies should galvanize them to come together as a nation to find their balance again.

Lots of North Americans do not like to contribute to others to safeguard them or to help them when in need. Everything which smells to solidarity is as a curse of what they call communism. Therefore the many necessary very good ideas of Bernie Sanders where not going to make a chance. Therefore lots of Europeans were convinced Clinton was going to make it above him and perhaps he could have become vice president. But no way, for the American voting system presented to the world a man nobody in Europe and other places would have expected to be able to become the president of the greatest nation in the world. Having jumped in the race after Clinton, he understood that in order to have a chance at the Party’s nomination, he would have to cut into Clinton’s considerable support among Blacks and Latinos. Sanders later travelled to the West Baltimore neighbourhood where Freddie Gray was picked up by police and remarked,

“Anyone who took the walk that we took around this neighbourhood would not think you are in a wealthy nation,”

Sanders said.

“You would think you are in a third world country.”

Though lots of wealthy white Americans are not ready to see the reality of their country and still do not want to know about coloured people living around them at the same speed as they. Racism was further fuelled by the rulings of Donald Trump who also made sure all those who themselves where coming form immigrants, would choose to go against the immigrants of today.

At the time Donald Trump did everything to blacken Clinton and did not want to open the eyes of his public for the differences in quality of life between black and whites, the Black Lives Matter movement had pulled black suffering and oppression from the margins of US society right into the centre of American politics in the midst of a presidential election year.

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Patrisse Cullors (°1983) African American artist and activist from Los Angeles, + advocate for criminal justice reform in Los Angeles and a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement.

A section of movement activists initiated protests directed at Democratic Party candidates hoping to motivate a greater focus on racism, poverty and injustice in their political programs. #BlackLivesMatters activists, including founder Patrisse Cullors, stormed high profile events of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, enduring insults as a result, but the heat generated by the protests certainly forced Clinton and Sanders to adjust or even create “racial justice” platforms to stay relevant to the developing Black movement.

Multiple meetings between well-known activists in the movement and the campaigns of Clinton and Sanders where the result, bringing the focus on racial politics a crucial aspect of the broader Democratic Party agenda to keep Black voters engaged in the political process this year especially.

Opening's article of Questiontime - Allereerste artikel op Questiontime - Vragenuurtje: 2016/11/30

Opening’s article of Questiontime – Allereerste artikel op Questiontime – Vragenuurtje: 2016/11/30

For sure, much more people had to come to realise that 2016 had to be a turning point, where we, confronted with so much unfair useless bloodshed, had to realise we must do much more to have people come to accept the different religious groups, plus different opinions of atheists, non-religious and other religious minds. For that reason two new websites where created: Questiontime-Vragenuurtje and Immanuel Verbondskind.

Nederlands: Logo Handboek Geo-visualisatie (th...All over the world people where tempted and pushed to ask many more questions but also pushed to find solutions for a situation which was getting out of hand. What we can see today is that many people in our Western world face equally pressing spiritual, love, and respect deprivations, which are too often ignored by the liberal, political and progressive world. By failing to address the hunger for love, kindness, generosity of spirit, and a framework of meaning and purpose that transcends the selfishness and materialism of the competitive marketplace, the political world often makes itself irrelevant to the yearnings of many of the citizens in their own land.

Merkel, British PM Theresa May and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, 3 September 2016

We where bombarded figuratively and literally with dramatic and mostly bad news from all over the world. Angela Merkel having with her strong hand a remembrance or reflection of the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, tried to lead Europe instead of those too soft headed new leaders of the Union, Donald Tusk (President of the European Council since 1 December 2014), Jean-Claude Juncker (President of the European Commission since 1 November 2014), Martin Schulz (President of the European Parliament since 1 July 2014), Mark Rutte who took up the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first part of 2016, followed by Robert Fico from Slovakia for the second part of the year and the one about who we even do not hear much, the Maltese leader of the Maltese Labour Party Joseph Muscat (Presidency of the Council of the European Union since 1 January 2017)

At the same time the 2016 American presidential election opened up a Pandora’s box of ugliness and gave us in Europe a picture of how far the United States is driven away from a fair democratic system and which danger is coming over our European politics where we too seem to be driven by ‘royalty systems’ having children of politicians taking in their position in politics whilst they make sure their pockets are filled enough with money at the cost of the citizens of the states. Those politicians also pushing to have more fights against the different religious groups in their country having their citizens wanting to believe we would be better of without religion.

Anti-Semitism, already regaining a foothold across Europe, found an unlikely home in mainstream American political discourse. Jewish stereotypes were resurrected by the alt-right, an amorphous subset of the right steeped in white ethno-nationalistic anger. White supremacist Richard Spencer coined the term in 2010 to define a movement centred on white nationalism, and has been accused of doing so to whitewash the negative American connotations against overt racism, white supremacy, and neo-Nazism. In past national elections, these anti-establishment voices were largely confined to isolated corners of the Internet. This time, through adroit use of Internet memes (text, images or video that are planted and spread virally) on social media, the alt-right punched above its weight. Its propaganda was overt and covert, making use of so-called “dog whistles”— insults that slip by most people but are recognized by those in the know. One result: A shocking amount of hate speech and innuendo was about, and directed at, Jews.

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American white nationalist, politician, antisemitic conspiracy theorist, Holocaust denier, and former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from the 81st district, David Ernest Duke, who planned to run for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate seat in Louisiana being vacated by Republican David Vitter

It took some time before the world came to see how Mr. Trump played the card of the antichrist. The American private Internet media company based in New York City BuzzFeed was the first to report that neo-Nazi and former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke had called on listeners of his radio show to vote for Trump, deeming support for other candidates

“treason to your heritage.”

At the beginning Trump played the unknowing sheep, but later in the year he became unmasked having enough times shouted ugly words and having several Jewish persons and Jews in general called names. He also was not afraid or not shaming himself calling black people monkeys and calling them with Polish and Eastern immigrants useless lazy non-workers.

screen-shot-2016-05-02-at-1-03-15-pmSlovene-born American former model Melania Trump-Knauss was the helping hand to provoke others, so that never could be said Trump did the bad things which overcame many Jews and foreign people in the United States of America. Though American journalist Julia Ioffe’s in-depth profile of Melania Trump’s case was among the most prominent, she was hardly alone. According to an October report compiled by the ADL, some 19,000 anti-Semitic tweets were directed at 800 journalists, ten of whom bore the brunt of the harassment, between August 2015 and July 2016.

“The best analogy I can give is that the campaign turned over a rock and a lot of stuff began crawling out from under it,”

former presidential speechwriter, Commentary editor and columnist for the New York Post, John Podhoretz, who is emphatic in his defence of Israel in its conflicts with its Arab neighbours told The New York Times.

“There were these code words and dog whistles that let it appear that people who had been doing things in the shadows could now start marching forward.”

In many countries all over the world it looked all right to have the Far Right Wings speeches gaining lots of interest and enthusiast followers. At different places having neo-nazi activities having taken place against refugees, asylum seekers but also against people who lived already for two or three generations in that country.

In the States Jewish journalists on the right where targetted by Trump followers and neo-Nazis, whilst in Russia and Turkey all journalists who did not want to follow the line of the governement or of the mainstream religion where put to silence by locking them up or by even killing them.

Everywhere in the world we could come to doubt the honesty of what was published, several newspapers and television channels clearly under pressure, choosing for one or the other party and distorting news-facts or helping greedily to distribute false messages or investigations taking place, doing as if the person was already found guilty, though nothing was proven yet.

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Former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is applauded before speaking at a portrait unveiling ceremony for outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), on Capitol Hill December 8, 2016 in Washington, DC. – Photo Time magazine

Although Clinton captured nearly as many votes as Barack Obama did to win in 2012 (65,915,795), she lost the electoral college by a wide margin, clocking in at only 227 votes compared to Trump’s 304. Seven electors who were pledged to vote for either Clinton or Trump defected to other options, like Colin Powell, Bernie Sanders and “Faith Spotted Eagle.” {Hillary Clinton Leads by 2.8 Million in Final Popular Vote Count}

A low was Denmark voting in favour for a discriminatory Nazi law.

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Brockway McMillan

Vincent van Gogh, View of the Sea at Scheveningen, 1882

Encountering a Doduo while in the augmented reality mode; the Poké Ball must be “thrown” to capture it by tapping on the ball and flicking it up towards the Pokémon.

2016 was the year that many came to ask “When will it stop” and when there was a lot of commotion about some beach wear (called burqini/burkini), the French showing to the whole world their fear and weakness

 

Preceding

At the closing hours of 2016 #1 Looking down at terror

Migration, a story of two worlds and a play toy of the media

Mediterranean bloodshed

On French beach French police forces woman to undress in public

France and the Burkini

Sfinks Mixed and asylum seekers

Brexit clashes and reasons to consider to bring out the right vote

2015 Economy

Backing the wrong horse

Brexit, Nexit, Vlexit and Frexit

Foreign workers and immigrants

Financial mishmash

Could Brexit lead to Frexit – or Czexit?

Brexit: The mother of all uncertainties

Pew survey shows a split in EU favorability

Brexit and British business

First sayings around the Brexit

Wales will probably lose its EU funding #Brexit

EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) asylum seekers and Eastern neighbours

Brexit No. 2 Blow-up

Nigel Farage called Donald Trump’s victory ‘bigger than Brexit’

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Additional reading

  1. Children of Men
  2. Mountains of information, disinformation and breaking away
  3. Leaders in disguise
  4. Max Lucado: I Had a Dream That Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Reached a Truce
  5. Tribes Redux
  6. Islamophobia Must be Fought and Defeated
  7. A stain of shame for the European Union
  8. God Isn’t a Republican
  9. American Christianity no longer resembles its Founder
  10. A Progressive Call to Arms
  11. Added commentary to the posting A Progressive Call to Arms
  12. Darkest just before dawn
  13. The twist of politics and expression
  14. Reflections on Existence and Teaching
  15. Mass Media’s Deception Causing Division
  16. Trump brand of migrant demonization #1
  17. Trump brand of migrant demonization #2
  18. Jews the next scapegoat for Donald Trump
  19. The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
  20. Trump has been buffetted by accusations of miscunduct
  21. Blinded crying blue murder having being made afraid by a bugaboo
  22. Fearmongering succeeded and got the bugaboo a victory
  23. The clean sweeper of the whole caboodle
  24. Fearmongering succeeded and got the bugaboo a victory
  25. Looking at an American nightmare
  26. Looking at man’s closest friend
  27. Looking at the September 2016
  28. Voted against their system
  29. Objective views and not closing eyes for certain sayings
  30. You might be an extremist if …
  31. Human tragedy need to be addressed at source
  32. Let me through- ReFuGe
  33. Denmark votes in favour for a Discriminatory Nazi law
  34. Mountains of information, disinformation and breaking away
  35. Nice attack, terror everywhere and coup attempt in Turkey
  36. When will it stop
  37. Humanity Quote for Pax Populi
  38. French showing to the whole world their fear and weaknesses
  39. Where’s the Outrage Over Nun Beachwear? – The Daily Beast
  40. UK Politicians willing to tear up decades of environmental protections
  41. Being European in a Post Brexit Britain
  42. A popular television programme and a new website
  43. A Place for Questions
  44. New platform for questions and answers
  45. Immanuel looking at Jewish and Christian visions

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Further reading

  1. Love over Hate, Modernism over Stone Age, Civilization over Barbarism
  2. Britain’s Jeremy Corbyn under fire over Israel comments — Allegedly compared the state of Israel to “self-styled Islamic states.”
  3. Why Obama is wrong
  4. Hillary’s real problem II…
  5. Does Banning Face Veils Help Us Fight Terrorism?
  6. Republican giver says Jewish community ire forced him to drop Trump
  7. Baseless Hatred
  8. Jewish Solidarity with Black Lives Matter: We Can’t Have it Both Ways
  9. On the Platform By the Movement for Black Lives
  10. Guest Post: Observations on the Jewish Response to the Movement for Black Lives Platform from a Self Loving Antiracist White Jew
  11. Man’s own fault and the choice to flee from fear
  12. Trump sends some Love to Bibi
  13. Hungary’s thriving Jewish community faces spike in antisemitism, Holocaust revisionism
  14. Letter: Anti-Semitism still exists
  15. Jewish Cemetery Vandalized With Spray-Painted Swastikas Before Yom Kippur
  16. President Rodrigo Duterte Apologize to the Jewish community
  17. Burkini debate in France exposes a divide in its Jewish community
  18. Amsterdam to pay Jewish community $11M for Holocaust survivor taxes
  19. Gun Control’s Root Causes: Why Confiscation is a Meaningless Pursuit
  20. Berlin Attack Puts French Muslims in the Crosshairs
  21. Review: Byculla to Bangkok by Hussain Zaidi
  22. Dhulagarh Riots, West Bengal
  23. ‘Mohammedans Continue Bringing Chaos and Terror To France’
  24. Boko Haram Jihadists Teach Boy Soldiers How to Rape Women
  25. The ugly truth of Pakistan – David Frawley
  26. Manhunt for Christmas Market Attacker
  27. How Should a Christian Handle Islam These Days?
  28. Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas from ISIS
  29. Review:9/11 Wars by Jason Burke
  30. London Muslim Counterterrorism Officer Quits Scotland yard
  31. The Looming Civil War in France
  32. When Things Go Boom!
  33. Gen. Flynn: Terrorists Aren’t Yelling ‘Jesus Christ’ While Waging Attacks
  34. Barack Obama (Nigger) had a tense exchange with CNN’s Jake Tapper over why he won’t say ‘radical Islamic terrorism’
  35. Barack Obama explains why he refuses to use the term ‘Islamic Terrorism’
  36. Obama And Erdogan Move ISIS from Iraq to Syria, to Weaken Assad
  37. ISIS Calls for Random Knife Attacks in Alleys, Forests, Beaches, ‘Quiet Neighborhoods’
  38. Russia’s Nuclear Surge: Putin Adding Nukes While Obama Cuts
  39. How to Deal with ISIS
  40. Hillary In Leaked Email: Saudi Arabia And Qatar Are Funding ISIS
  41. US Warns Of Possible Al-Qaeda Terrorist Attack On Monday Targeting NY, Texas And Virginia
  42. ISIS calls on supporters to “slaughter” American Presidential election voters on Tuesday – Mirror Online
  43. Today’s the Day.  Vote.
  44. … Focus on the Task at Hand , ObamaCraps [#Islamic Terrorism]…
  45. Donald Trump Announces Plans to Name Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR as Terrorist Groups 
  46. Mark Caserta: We must accept Trump’s challenge on radical Islam
  47. One Million Muslim Migrants Under One Term of Clinton Presidency
  48. ‘More Mohammedan Atrocities: Nigeria’
  49. Pakistan : As You Sow, So Shall Ya Reap!
  50. Germans Integrating
  51. The cross is not a sword- it is the key that open the human heart. ©Gavin Ashenden.
  52. “To kill in the name of God is satanic,” Pope Francis says at Mass offered for Fr. Jacques Hamel
  53. ‘Free Society vs. Fear Society’
  54. International Policing Protocol: Don’t Link Terror Attacks to Islam or ISIS
  55. Who are the real dividers?
  56. German Government Preparing For “Civil Unrest”
  57. 2016 Demonetisation and Kashmir Muslim Traitor’s!
  58. Tim Kaine’s knee-jerk reaction to Islamic terrorism
  59. Muslim Terrorists Caught On Camera Setting The Massive Wildfires That Are Ravaging Israel Right Now
  60. End Islamic Terrorism and Leftist Laws
  61. First U.S. City With Muslim Majority Starts To Implement Sharia Law…
  62. Reply to Jason 3
  63. Indian Equity Market Outlook – Short to medium term view, considering the global economic & liquidity situation
  64. France: Next Year’s Ballot will be all about Islam
  65. Master Death List: Journalists Killed in Russia
  66. Contagious
  67. Germans told to stockpile food and water for civil defence.
  68. Report: Czech Government Tells Citizens to ‘Prepare for the Worst’
  69. Probabilistic update analysis on my 2016 predictions
  70. Britain Overcrowded – Wait ‘Til 2030
  71. Sharia Law in America?
  72. The Specifics of Sharia’s Savageries
  73. Is The West Facing A Show-Down With Muslims Over Sharia Law?
  74. Dutch Town Cancels Christmas Celebrations for Fear of Berlin-style Jihad Massacre
  75. Mad Islamic in Germany drags wife behind car on a rope
  76. “Apostates” are to be killed in Islam according to Muslim texts, Muslim scholars, and a lot of Muslims
  77. Video: Robert Spencer on Hannity on the hijab and human rights
  78. Let’s call it, “Two thousand and Sucksteen”
  79. Europe’s borders in 2016: a visual review
  80. 2016 in lists
  81. 2016 – Mr. Charlton Looks Back
  82. 2016 by the CMfilter
  83. 2016 by Ranieles Guerra
  84. 2016: A Year In Review
  85. Year in review: 2016 Top Ten Conspiracies
  86. 2016, Not Easy to Pick a Favorite
  87. 2016 Year End Financial Benchmark Charts and Graphs
  88. 2016: The Highlights, The Lowlights, And How Rebels Got Me Through + 2016: The Highlights, The Lowlights, And How Rebels Got Me Through
  89. 2016 Reflections + Travel Recap Vlog
  90. “Reflecting on 2016” part 2 = My Biggest Disappointments
  91. Dear 2016…
  92. End of Year Book Survey 2016
  93. 2016 Year In Review Book Tag
  94. 9 Reasons Why 2016 Was Pretty Great
  95. Memory Lane 2106 Edition
  96. A 2016 to Remember
  97. Reflections on my 2016 Bookish Resolutions
  98. Top Movies of 2016: Mo Money’s Picks
  99. Favorite Movies of the Year | 2016 in Review
  100. KPK on the Cinema: “All 118 Films I Saw in 2016 and How I Rated Them”
  101. Reggie’s Take Top 3 Best and Worst Films of 2016
  102. The 5 Worst Movies of 2016
  103. Food and Budget Review 2016
  104. Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017
  105. Comings and Goings
  106. 2016 recaps
  107. Worst of 2016 Beauty
  108. Trauma~Overcome~Shock
  109. Natural catastrophe costs soar worldwide in 2016
  110. Things That Happened In 2016 We Should Be Happy About
  111. 2016 in Review- Thank Crom It’s Over!
  112. 10 Things I Learned in 2016
  113. 2016 Bests and Worsts
  114. The Fake News of Our Private Lives
  115. Alt-Right 2016: The Current Year in Review
  116. 2016 – 2017
  117. …and the rest of 2016
  118. 2016 in review
  119. Wahre Worte vom “Schwarzen Kanal”

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At the closing hours of 2016 #1 Looking down at terror

2016 is quickly coming to its end. By many it shall not be forgotten soon. Lots of people in 2016 lost their beloved ones and got confronted with a lot of bloodshed. Though there is no World War going on 2016 had acts of war and terror spreading all over the globe.

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Logo of the Belgian terrorist organization committed to a Communist ideology: the CCC

Looking back at 2016 it is framed with big bold black lines. It has been one the darkest years since several decennial. Many in this tiny country would never have thought they could be hit so hard. Lots of Belgians do not remember the terror of the CCC or Communist Combatant Cells. That Belgian terrorist organization committed to a Communist ideology managed to spread fear from 1984 up to 1985, though they killed not as many as at the same time the Brabant killers, also known as the Nivelles Gang (from 1982-1985) could kill 28 people and got many injured (40 seriously).

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Later design of the RAF’s insignia

In the 1980ies the private militia of several extreme right-wing organizations (like Westland New Post (WNP)] and extreme left-wing organizations [like the Baader-Meinhof Group or Baader-Meinhof Gang and Rote Armee Fraktion] where very active in Belgium and Germany, shedding terror and blood as well.

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Weather Underground – Participant in the Anti-Vietnam War, Black Power, and New communist movements

Lots of people especially North Americans have become so afraid of Muslims and think behind each Muslim is a terrorist. They do forget there are much more non-religious terrorist acts done the last 100 years than religiously motivated killings. Americans may not forget that there have been 2,608 total attacks and 226 fatal attacks in the United States between 1970 and 2011.
Galleanist anarchists made the United States shiver in the 1920ies (see the 1919 United States anarchist bombings and the Wall Street bombing) and the radical leftist group Weatherman on March 1, 1971 exploded a bomb in the United States Capitol to protest the U.S. invasion of Laos. The Armed Resistance Unit, a militant leftist group, bombing the United States Capitol in response to the U.S. invasion of Grenada on November 7, 1983 many do not recall either. Further political motivated terrorist attacks where a.o. in 1968 New York’s Columbia University Students for a Democratic Society and in 1970 the Student Afro-American Society,  Stanford University  riots. The 1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack may go in history as the first incident of bioterrorism in the United States. Also the Oklahoma City bombing had nothing to do with religion, but having a citizen (Timothy McVeigh) taking revenge on the American State.

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The Order, also known as the Brüder Schweigen (German for Brothers Keep Silent) or Silent Brotherhood, was a white supremacist revolutionary terrorist organization active in the United States between September 1983 and December 1984.

The States always knew race motivated terrorism as well (remember the 1921 Tulsa race riot, the 1951 hate-related terrorist attacks, dynamiting of synagogues, and a Jewish School in Miami and explosives found outside of Catholic Churches in Miami, the 1958 Bombing of the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation Temple of Atlanta, Georgia, the 1970-71 Jewish Defense League bomb explosion outside of Aeroflot’s New York City office and the bombing of Soviet cultural offices in Washington, a White Nationalist group called The Order killing the Jewish lawyer-talk show host Alan Berg, the 1994 Brooklyn Bridge Shooting, the 2009 Fort Hood shooting), the 2012 Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting)

America always has know it fanatics, like for example the anti-abortionists and the Army of God which committed acts of kidnapping, attempted murder, and murder in the 1990ies.

In America as well in Europe the  Palestinian terrorist organization Black September Organization (BSO) also took care that the press had much to write about. They were responsible for the kidnapping and murder of eleven Israeli athletes and officials, and the fatal shooting of a West German policeman, during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, their most publicized event.

A montage of eight images depicting, from top to bottom, the World Trade Center towers burning, the collapsed section of the Pentagon, the impact explosion in the south tower, a rescue worker standing in front of rubble of the collapsed towers, an excavator unearthing a smashed jet engine, three frames of video depicting airplane hitting the PentagonAfter the World Trade Center bombing in 1993 we can find Al Qaeda having come to the West to frighten it and to give it a signal to leave the Muslim community on its own and having the Western states not intervening with their politics and way of life. The 1997 Empire State Building shooting its death toll of 1 and 7 wounded was nothing compared to the September 11 attacks. The unbelievable horror that came into the world killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in property and infrastructure damage and $3 trillion in total costs in a few but horrible long minutes.

That even seemed to have shocked the world so hard that there have been less terrorist acts notated in the world from then onwards, the Capitol Hill massacre ‘only’ killing 6 and wounding 2 and a home-made bomb damaging in 2008 an Armed Forces Recruiting Office in Times Square only bringing damage to the building.

With the Curtis Culwell Center attack in May 2015 and the mass shooting that took place at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston the United States stepped again in the pattern of what was coming over Europe also, a new flood of terrorism. Since early 2014 an increased Islamic terrorist activity in Europe took place and a few Belgian cities became the hiding and foster place for European Islamic radicalism and recruiting of Islamic fighters.

One can say it started in 2013 Europe (in particular Belgium, France, Holland and England) providing fighters for Islamist rebels in the Syrian Civil War, and having the first incident of a European jihadist committing an act of terrorism after returning from Syria, namely at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, leaving four people dead. In December France got its portion in Joué-lès-Tours, Dijon and Nantes. During 2015 terrorist attacks occurred across the Île-de-France region, particularly in Paris and Nice received its first attack.

In Europe, the first of January 2016 saw the first terrorist attack of the year on a mosque, a 29-year-old Frenchman of Tunisian descent ramming over a civilian and a guard in an entrance of a mosque in Valence, Drôme, reportedly while chanting Allahu Akbar (Allah is the greatest), six days later also an asylum seeker shouting the same outside a police station in Goutte d’Or, near Montmartre. From then onwards the ball went rolling and it seemed one attack came after the other, France nearly going on its knees.

The 2016 attacks where not only the result of adults, but minors got in to the battle. 12 to 15 year old kids went fighting in the name of Allah in Syria but also in Europe, mainly bringing terrorist acts in France, Germany and Belgium.

At the airport we knew something serious had to happen. The morning I originally was going to be at Zaventem Brussels airport I was called by my son’s girlfriend asking if I had left already. Luckily I was still at home and rushed to the television to see on the morning of Tuesday, 22 March 2016, three coordinated nail bombings, two at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, and one at Maalbeek metro station in Brussels, making me to know not having to go there for that day. In these attacks, 35 people and three suicide bombers were killed, and 340 people were injured.

In April and May Essen and Munich where victimised, before France in the Summer got knife attacks in n Saint-Julien-du-Puy (Tarn) and Magnanville. On the National holiday of France 86 people got killed and 434 injured in the sunny sea-resort Nice attack, four days before a 17-year-old Pakistani asylum seeker in Würzburg attacked passengers on a train with an axe and a knife, injuring 5 people of one died later.

Bringing shame and causing damage to the actual asylum seekers again a Syrian asylum seeker armed with a döner knife attacked others in Reutlingen. On the same day, July 24, a 27-year-old Syrian refugee detonated a bomb at a wine bar in Ansbach, killing only himself, but wounding 15 civilians.

Even in prison people did not seem to be safe; a prisoner wounding two prison officers in Taranto. He shouted “Allah Akbar” and “I’m Isis”.

Like in Nice, a truck was deliberately driven into the Christmas market beside Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin.

All those attacks brought a lot of blood in this past year, but never could reach the death toll of those killed by the war-criminals fighting in Syria and Iraq.

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Osho Rajneesh Drive-by in Rajneeshpuram (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Preceding articles

Summary for the year 2015 #1 Threat and fear

Summary for the year 2015 # 2 Strewn with corpses and refugees

2015 Human rights

2015 In the Picture

Daesh hits heart of Europe

A Black day for Belgium – Brussels Airport ravage

Knife-trust in democratic sore back

Reaction from U.S.A. President Barack Obama

Mediterranean bloodshed

EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) asylum seekers and Eastern neighbours

Next a.o.:

At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights

2016 review Health and environment

2016 review Human rights

2016 review Obituary

2016 review Culture

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Additional reading

  1. A world with or without religion
  2. A world in denial
  3. 2015 the year of ISIS
  4. The Meaning of Paris
  5. A Secular Mindset
  6. Remain lovingly = No path for softies
  7. Tears for Belgium
  8. A darker and stranger place
  9. Il terrorismo è l’urlo di un bambino al buio
  10. Muslim leaders call for all Islamic teachers to be registered
  11. Where were you when the world stopped turning?
  12. Looking at an American nightmare
  13. Does Banning Face Veils Help Us Fight Terrorism?
  14. Man’s own fault and the choice to flee from fear

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Further reading

  1. The Brilliant Foresight of Huntington
  2. Islamic State arrests reveal jihadi threat near seat of U.S. government
  3. Terrorism
  4. Is There an ISIS Terror Attack Threat for New Year’s Eve 2016?
  5. “Friends Do Not Take Friends To The United Nations Security Council”The Holy
  6. US Tops Global Arms Market in 2015
  7. How Goes The “War On Terror”?
  8. ISIS setback: Airstrike takes out Mosul’s last functioning bridge
  9. Berlin truck’s automatic braking system ‘may have saved lives’
  10. Germany: Tunisian picked up in Berlin attack probe freed
  11. Obama still planning to empty Guantanamo of known terrorists before he leaves office
  12. Boeing/Airbus Deals Will Boost Iran’s Support of Terrorism
  13. Crimes in Aleppo: Iran must be ousted from Syria
  14. It is official: Islamic State recruit from Maharashtra Aman Tandel is dead
  15. Rohingya Muslims out for blood and India is on the hit list
  16. Causes and Effects of Terrorism Essay
  17. Garbage trucks filled with sand to block possible Times Square truck attacks
  18. Tech Giants Team to Battle Terrorism Online
  19. ISIS Terror Attacks 2016 in Photos: 17 Countries Attacked & 1,422+ Killed by Islamic State This Year
  20. Greater Kashmir: Google will not censor ‘Pied Piper of Jihad’
  21. Watch: New ISIS Video Shows Militant Raids on Iraqi Soldiers & Corpse Desecration
  22. One christian has been killed every 6 minutes according to a study in 2016.
  23. The terrorist in the mirror
  24. 2016 – Eff You
  25. To המוסד the Institute: You have 5 months to stop upcoming terrorism on 50th anniversary of the 6 day war
  26. Trump wants to incite terrorism
  27. Dubai to be official transit route for reformed militants
  28. Is Islamic outfit Sathya Sarani involved in ‘forced conversions’?
  29. Masarat Alam: J&K separatist who has ‘anti-India written in his blood’
  30. Benlolo: Here’s what John Kerry should have said about Israel
  31. A Look Back at 2016, and the True Legacy of Barack Hussein Obama
  32. Open Borders: A failed Policy
  33. 2016 in Review: Syrian Christians in the Crossfire
  34. A parting thought for this year
  35. Trump team seeks names of officials working to counter “violent extremism”
  36. Syria: Chemical Bomb Factories Found In East Aleppo
  37. Daesh bomb attacks in Baghdad’s al-Sinak market kill at least 28
  38. New Years Eve: Our Hopes and Our Will to Try
  39. Did the Bombing of Cairo’s Copts Also Hold a Message for Muslims?
  40. Making an enemies list. Checking it twice.
  41. Turkish TV says man who killed Russian ambassador was among police guard
  42. Deutsche Welle: Syrian Archive catalogues war atrocities online
  43. Abdellatif Laâbi: attesting against barbarism.
  44. John Kerry Anti-Israel Speech Fallout Continues [Video]
  45. France Raises ‘Terror Tax’ to Support Victims of Attacks
  46. Good Riddance 2016
  47. Photos: ISIS Clashes With Kurdish PKK Near ‘Terrorist Capital’ Raqqa, Syria
  48. Photos: ISIS Shows Off Seized Iraqi Army Vehicles After Battle in South Mosul
  49. Danny Dannon Complete Smackdown of the Anti-Israel UN Resolution
  50. Revisiting July 2016
  51. SAA Came close to the Shurifah Hiltop
  52. Berlin truck’s automatic braking system ‘may have saved lives’
  53. Millitants shelled power plant in Hama
  54. EU to boost border checks on cash, gold to tackle terrorism financing
  55. 14 Year Old With Sack Full of Bombs Seized in Belgium
  56. “…Russia-brokered Syrian ceasefire has chance of succeeding
  57. Merkel: ‘We are stronger than terrorism’
  58. Nieuwjaarsbrief aan mijn zoon: waarom ik zo verdrietig was op 22 maart

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A strong and wise fighter who keeps believing in America

After a long and hard battle some hours later than the victor has gone on the stage she apologised for not winning this election

for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country.

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Hillary Clinton in Hampton, NH (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

She knows how disappointed many Americans feel, because she feels it too. Not only do tens of millions of Americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort, further in the world billions of people had put their hope in a diplomatic politically experienced person, on who they could build and make sure that that person would be very stable and trustworthy.

Being some one who fought for justice she does not give up to ask the people to come up for their rights and to help to build up  a democratic state.

She said:

Our campaign was never about one person, or even one election. It was about the country we love and building an America that is hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted. We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America, and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power.

We don’t just respect that. We cherish it. It also enshrines the rule of law; the principle we are all equal in rights and dignity; freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values, too, and we must defend them.

Those who faced defeat, not seeing the outcome they wanted, even after all the work they had done, poured their hearts into this campaign, she asked not to give in nor to give up. She said

To some of you who are veterans, it was a campaign after you had done other campaigns. Some of you, it was your first campaign. I want each of you to know that you were the best campaign anybody could have ever expected or wanted.

And to the millions of volunteers, community leaders, activists and union organizers who knocked on doors, talked to their neighbors, posted on Facebook — even in secret private Facebook sites.

I want everybody coming out from behind that and make sure your voices are heard going forward.

The loss may be very painful, for her there is still hope, and she believes it can be even

hopefully sooner than we might think right now.

Once again Hillary Clinton showed to the world she was really trying to bring the best not only for America but also for the rest of the world, in which she thinks there has to be co-operation and not working against each other. She also showed her gratitude to the American nation.

I am so grateful for our country and for all it has given to me.

she said, counting her blessings

every single day that I am an American, and I still believe, as deeply as I ever have, that if we stand together and work together with respect for our differences, strengthen our convictions, and love for this nation, our best days are still ahead of us.

Let us hope that all Americans shall come to see how they all need each other and like Mrs. Rodham Clinton believes

Because, you know, I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together. And you should never, ever regret fighting for that. You know, scripture tells us, let us not grow weary of doing good, for in good season we shall reap. My friends, let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary and lose heart, for there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do.

all those who have faith in God and call themselves Christian should stay strong enough in their faith, following Christ Jesus who did not condemn those who where poor and different. Like he was willing to talk to others from different faiths or without any religion or conviction, whores, thieves, criminals, christians should all have ears and eyes also for them and protect the values of life, not loosing eyesight of the Will of God. She as a candidate to run a huge State was not afraid to talk about Scriptures with sincerity, not with a non-saying slogan. Out of her heart she wished youngsters to continue dreaming and going for their dreams, whilst she, after this vast, diverse, creative, unruly, energized campaign, was willing to see that those around her

represent the best of America

having honoured to fight for them, she said

and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.

I am incredibly honored and grateful to have had this chance to represent all of you in this consequential election.

For Hillary Clinton, her campaign was never about one person, or even one election.

It was about the country we love and building an America that is hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted. We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought.

After the first results this was also made clear by the people coming on the streets and making havoc, falling in the trap Trump had prepared. It is not by violence or by growing hatred that they will be able to keep America together. They should know some one has tried to saw a certain seed, but those who feel it can be different should use a better seed, not vitriolic and sawing it in the right earth. They too should still like Hillary Clinton believe in America, and like she “always will” they should do too. She said as a concerned person to look to the future, giving Donald Trump the chance to lead and assuring a peaceful transfer of power. That peaceful transfer is something democratic people should respect and cherish it, agreeing that all people may have other ideas and going for it. Enshrining the rule of law the Americans as well the rest of the world shall have to watch that the principles of human values and human rights shall be respected. We in the West are on the look out to see if Jews, Muslims, Christians shall be encouraged to live peacefully together, with all others treated equally with dignity, allowing freedom of worship and expression.

It is not because one or another candidate gave clear evidence not always to respect moral values or to take a decent attitude against others, that the rest of America should come to behave like him and oppose many around them.

Clinton added:

Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time. So let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear. Making our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top, protecting our country and protecting our planet.

This shall be something each individual in his own region can already start with, by using the sources properly and by demanding their local governments to take measures to keep the area clean and to work against pollution and global warming.

But also concerning how people treat others, locally people can do a lot to demand equality and respect for human rights.

For the Democrats there is place enough in the United States of America for lots of peoples. Clinton said

And breaking down all the barriers that hold any American back from achieving their dreams. We spent a year and a half bringing together millions of people from every corner of our country to say with one voice that we believe that the American dream is big enough for everyone.

For people of all races, and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities. For everyone.

Hopefully the common people shall, at moments, be stronger than politicians who want to break with the rules of human decency and human rights. Because all Americans and all people should know any country is made by its citizens, and they should never let themselves be intimidated by politicians trying to silence opposition.

At no time people should give up their dreams. Though she may have lost the election Clinton still has her hope in the future generation.

I’ve had successes and setbacks and sometimes painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your professional, public, and political careers — you will have successes and setbacks too.

This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.

It is, it is worth it.

To end I also would like to remind all of some old wisdom

In the day of prosperity be joyful but in the day of adversity consider: surely The God Almighty, Elohim Hashem Jehovah, has appointed the one as well as the other, so that man can find out nothing that will come after him (Ecclesiastes 7:14)

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“To all the little girls watching…never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world.”

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Preceding articles

Coming closer to the end of 2015 and the end for Donald Trump as presidential candidate

Walls,colours, multiculturalism, money to flow, Carson, Trump and consorts

When so desperate to hold onto power

Are United States of America citizens going to show their senses

Brexit No. 2 Blow-up

Nigel Farage called Donald Trump’s victory ‘bigger than Brexit’

Trump et al.— The Global Storm

 

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Additional reading

  1. Jews the next scapegoat for Donald Trump
  2. The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
  3. Blinded crying blue murder having being made afraid by a bugaboo
  4. Trump brand of migrant demonization #1
  5. Children of Men
  6. God Isn’t a Republican

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Further reading

  1. This Election
  2. President Trump – an overview of the 2016 US elections and how it happened
  3. Election Night 2016 Was the Most Watched in Cable News History
  4. My Thoughts at 3 in the Morning
  5. Shock, grief and tears in Hillary Clinton camp
  6. All The Pundit’s Are Wondering How President Elect Donald Trump Became Victorious And The Answer Is Right In Front Of Their Nose
  7. ”Who Hillary Clinton Epp?” By Reno Omokri. Cc: @yougetmouth 
  8. Your letters for Thursday, Nov. 10
  9. no one said they would do as they were told
  10. United States divided after election
  11. Thousands take to U.S. streets to protest Trump victory
  12. California voters want to secede after Donald Trump wins the election
  13. How Hillary Clinton blew it
  14. Putting the presidential election in a positive light
  15. Kudos To Clinton, Obama, And Trump.
  16. Donald Trump’s Win Tells All Who Run For Election Not To Taken Voters For Granted — Reach Out To Those Left Behind — Malaysia’s PM Says
  17. Obama, Trump to set differences aside for awkward White House meeting
  18. Making sense of Trump
  19. Shock and Joy as Donald Trump Wins Election
  20. Trump’s Victory: Soyinka Set To Tear Green Card
  21. It Says In The Papers: 10 November, 2016 by Morning Ireland
  22. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: An analysis of their speeches
  23. Watch “Trump Wins the White House! 5 Need to Know Facts!” on YouTube
  24. A Great “Mad” Woman
  25. Leadership and the Presidency | James Pat Guerréro
  26. Six things that helped me through the day after the worst day ever
  27. Trump no worse than what middle Americans were getting
  28. How do I explain this to my daughter?
  29. I feel abandoned by my fellow Americans—and now I finally understand the despair of Trump’s supporters
  30. Does History Matter
  31. Why a Trump president or even a Hillary Clinton presidency wouldn’t bring us World War 3
  32. Three feminist truths about this election
  33. Why I Cried Watching Hillary Clinton’s Concession Speech
  34. Why Hillary’s Steel Resolve Went into the Smelter
  35. Trade troubles ahead: What Trump’s victory means for Asia
  36. The Trump Card.
  37. Trump elected president, reactions
  38. Hurt Crying Hillary Clinton supporters trying to deal with the new reality
  39. How the Trump Win Played Out in South Asia – India Real Time – WSJ
  40. Chinese Flag-Maker Flooded With Orders in Wake of Trump Win – China Real Time Report – WSJ
  41. So much for the will of the people…
  42. God Trumps Evil
  43. Trump’s unlikely win and why it’s a blessing in disguise

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Trump et al.— The Global Storm

The displeasure and rancour having people voting for the anti-establishment fighters is created by the politicians who closed their ears for the many cries of the people who felt that they became poorer and poorer, whilst those on top made every effort to enrich themselves.

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Back To The Routes coming from the Delhi cantonment and got to see how India is filled with such gems as a Pineapple Wizardry and treasures in every street and every corner.
This time he looks further than the dusty roads of Bareilly, a small town in Uttar Pradesh, where he could have the first sight of nana-nani’s house was nani standing outside the house waiting to meet him. {The Storeroom}

All around him he sees posts about how when Trump won, so did sexism, racism and hate. But the issue runs much deeper.

  • international + national events— Brexit, Trump’s victory, Unrest among middle class + higher classes in India = something very common about them: lack of resources.
  • migrants = they take away jobs => hate
  • classes are getting competition from lower classes => state is improving
  • assuage fear + disgust = blame migrants (globally), the ‘biharis’ (in India), the ‘muslim-terrorists’ (in Europe), the feminazis (globally) => your xenophobia, your racism, your sexism.

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Preceding:

Coming closer to the end of 2015 and the end for Donald Trump as presidential candidate

Walls,colours, multiculturalism, money to flow, Carson, Trump and consorts

When so desperate to hold onto power

Are United States of America citizens going to show their senses

Brexit No. 2 Blow-up

Nigel Farage called Donald Trump’s victory ‘bigger than Brexit’

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Further reading

  1. Here’s What The Country’s Leaders Are Saying Following Trump’s Win
  2. President Obama Urges Americans To Support Trump: ‘We Are All Now Rooting’ For Donald
  3. Iowa voters pick Trump, but unhappy with both candidates
  4. No, 48% of Americans didn’t vote for Trump
  5. America Rising
  6. An Open Letter To America
  7. S.S. United States, Full Right Rudder
  8. Lament, Holy Anger, and Pastoral Encouragement: A Statement on Election Night 2016
  9. The Grand Illusion
  10. Election 2016: two things I (kinda) got right
  11. they tried to bury us. they didn’t know that we were seeds.
  12. Hillary never understood
  13. Post Mortem
  14. As a Christian, voting wasn’t easy
  15. Hillary Clinton’s Concession Speech – Full Text
  16. Election 2016 aftermath: Where does America go from here?

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​All around us, I see posts about how when Trump won, so did sexism, racism and hate. But the issue runs much deeper.

First think about this question— would you mind so much about caste-based reservation if there were enough seats in colleges? If people were hardly even applying to AIIMS or IIT because there were so many seats?

No?

Then let’s come to our point.

If you look at all international and national events— Brexit, Trump’s victory, Unrest among the middle class and higher classes in India, you’ll see something very common about them: lack of resources. Why do Americans or British hate migrants? Because they take away jobs. Why do many males not like females working? Because they offer competition in jobs. Why do they want to make UK/US great again? Because there was no race for survival before. Why do we hate reservation? Because we don’t have…

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Nigel Farage called Donald Trump’s victory ‘bigger than Brexit’

A stand-in Ukip leader said while the votes were being counted that it

‘looks like 2016 is going to be the year of two big political revolutions’

Nigel Farage saying it would be

‘bigger than Brexit.

I hand over the mantle to @RealDonaldTrump! Many congratulations. You have fought a brave campaign.

Marine Le Pen

Other far-right leaders across Europe, like Marine Le Pen, leader of the Front National, welcomed the news. She said

The party’s vice president Florian Philippot also tweeted a photo of Le Pen with the caption:

‘Their world is collapsing. Ours is being built.’

Beatrix von Storch.jpgBeatrix von Storch, Member of the European Parliament for the right-wing Alternative for Germany party, said the result was ‘historic’ but also declared to Die Welt:

‘Even if Trump is an outsider, he will have to prove that he will really change the U.S., especially when it comes to foreign policy.’

GW-Rotterdam-DSC 0218.jpgThe other anti-establishment person the West knows, Geert Wilders, leader of the far-right Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid – PVV) in Holland, where there are also elections coming up, said

‘the people are taking their country-back’

and in his heads hopes that the Dutch will do that also soon.

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Brexit No. 2 Blow-up

In the United States of America some people could go to sleep in shock over what they just had witnessed. In Europe we awakened in unbelief or some in what they thought was a nightmare.

In Europe many mouths fell wide open hearing that the person who traffics in misogyny, racism, intimidation and bullying got chosen by the majority of one of the most important states of the world. Europe got really punched hard into the face.

Generally the world should see in what happened a serious signal of which they better take account. The same as with what happened in Great Britain, most people thought it not possible to come Donald Trump so far nor having the British public voting with the majority for a Brexit nor seeing the majority of Americans voting for Donald Trump as president. Those election results of both cases say more about what is going on in the country. Plus for the States

it says more of the sentiments of the people who cast their votes than it does about the vile man they have elected.

Many, the night before the Brexit referendum, went to bed having told their children that Brexit never would happen. When they woke up they saw an unexpected face of their divided country. They had to discover that the racist, anti-immigration, protest vote had won and Britain had chosen to leave the European Union.

Last night, probably many kissed their kids goodnight, saying them we were going to have an historic day, and could greet the first woman president in the US’s history.

Women have lost, and not with a few votes. The one guy who finds it normal that men may touch or grab a woman wherever and whenever they want has gone over the line brilliantly. Though when appearing on the platform he seemed surprised in a way, and talked surprisingly much calmer than he had ever done.

Donald Trump becomes 45th president of the United States after shocking win

Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States (Picture: AP/John Locher)

 

Previously the media tiger and mister soap himself had done everything to ‘kill’ his opponents and to spread hate and division. Now he called to come together as one united nation. He even made a promise to work to

“bind the wounds of division”

and bring Americans together as the next president of the United States as he claimed victory in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

“I say it is time for us to come together as one united people,”

Trump said. Concerning his pledge to every citizen of his land that he will be president

“for all Americans and this is so important to me.”

we can wonder if he considers Afro-Americans, Hispanic and/or Latino Americans, Cuban-Americans, Iraqi-Americans (including Arabs, Assyrians, Kurds, Armenians, Jews, Mandeans, Muslims, Christians, and Yazidis), Iranian-Americans or Persian-Americans (some of them belonging to the highest educated people in the United States), plus the other Jews and Muslims also part of “the Americans“. How shall he going to treat those Black Americans (or Negroes he called “monkeys”),  the third largest racial and ethnic group in the United States (after White Americans and Hispanic and Latino Americans) and what will be his plans to unite those families which had put their hope in becoming united, but may see them now thrown out of the beloved States where they lived and worked for so many years and raised their kids making them to believe they were part of a great nation.

For people in the West, Trump had a positive message. He sought to reassure Europeans and other nations that he would try to work together with those nations which were willing to co-operate with him, though

“While we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone — with everyone. We will seek common ground, not hostility,”

he said.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives on stage with his family to sppeak to supporters during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. Trump won the US presidency. / AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARYTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump on stage with his family to speak to supporters during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. Trump won the US presidency.

When he was running as a candidate he had no good word for Hillary Clinton but now he congratulated her and reminded all present that she is a “tuff girl” and congratulated her for her

“very, very hard-fought campaign.”

He even went so far to say Americans

“owe her a major debt of gratitude”

for her decades of public service.

The champion of the night said Clinton called him to concede the race and to congratulate Trump on his victory.

Also for the other people he threw acetic acid in the face he was giving out his hand. But still he wanted all to belief not many where against him, he said

“To those who have chosen not to support me in the past — of which there were a few people — I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”

The candidate who snapped his fingers at any decent law or moral attitude and slanted or stretched the truth, poured scorn, belittling his political rivals, he now gave time to shower some with flowers, like his staff and advisers, also giving thanks to Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Mike Huckabee and special praise to Reince Priebus asking his superstar, the Republican National Committee chairman to join him at the podium and to mention Ben Carson. He also expressed that it was time now to step over the political rivalry to focus on the unification again of the country, for which he will provide money to rebuild it, giving it again good infrastructure like new roads.

We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none, and we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it. We will also finally take care of our great veterans who have been so loyal, and I’ve gotten to know so many over this 18-month journey.

In his plan there is also place for them who did not support him.

“To those who have chosen not to support me in the past — of which there were a few people — I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country,”

he said.

the world has to know

America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. We must reclaim our country’s destiny and dream big and bold and daring. We have to do that. We’re going to dream of things for our country, and beautiful things and successful things once again.

Having been awakened with this vision of the 45th president of the United States the whole  world should seriously investigate how the Brexit could happen and how this man got elected.

Clearly it shows how people are fed up with certain politics and how they yearn for change, having a disgust of the establishment that does not have enough ears to the population. In Great Britain and in the United states the blue coloured worker is too long ignored. The middle class is also squeezed out like a lemon and has enough of those in power who try to  limit the power of the ‘ordinary folks’ but do everything to make their pockets filled with enough money and power.

The people have spoken and defeated all the polls showing their dissatisfaction with the political system. all over the world countries and politicians in particular should learn their lesson from what happened now in the United states of America and from what happened in Great Britain.
If they do not soon learn their lesson and change for the good, they will have to face even bigger disasters in their country.

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What went on before:

Coming closer to the end of 2015 and the end for Donald Trump as presidential candidate

Walls,colours, multiculturalism, money to flow, Carson, Trump and consorts

Are United States of America citizens going to show their senses

When so desperate to hold onto power

Some quotes Americans should remember when going to the ballot office

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Additional reading

  1. Jews the next scapegoat for Donald Trump
  2. The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
  3. Blinded crying blue murder having being made afraid by a bugaboo
  4. Trump brand of migrant demonization #1
  5. Children of Men

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Further reading

  1. Cartoon of the day
  2. Wait, and see.
  3. don’t be manipulated by fear-mongering (Jesus trumps Trump)
  4. Trump: Ban all Muslim travel to U.S.
  5. Trump: “‘Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.’ These are foolish people.”
  6. The Donald Trumps the Constitution
  7. U.S. Presidential Election 2016: Voter turnout drops to near 50 per cent
  8. This is where the story ends
  9. I thought explaining Brexit to my kids was bad. Explaining Trump is worse (Be careful on this article you may find an upsetting capturing picture)
  10. Trumped: We have a responsibility to explain Trump to our kids without sounding like Trump
  11. The US Electorate Trumps Their Political Establishment
  12. The world today 
  13. Hope not hate
  14. Stop Being so Negative about Donald Trump Becoming the President
  15. Joe Tomlinson, Jake Rylatt and Duncan Fairgrieve: And Then There Were Eleven: Some
  16. Context on the Supreme Court Sitting En Banc in the Article 50 Case
  17. Closed Trump Trades – Frustrating minor Loss
  18. The “Deplorables” Have Spoken
  19. “I’m just upset”
  20. Simon’s Blog Unknown Unknowns….
  21. Another blog about hate winning
  22. A Rude Awakening.
  23. When all bets are off
  24. Brexit/trump a wakeup Call.
  25. What content marketing can learn from Brexit and the US election
  26. About The Stock Markets
  27. Jammed: US Treasury 10Y-2Y Yield Curve Slope Jumps To 111 After Election
  28. Electoral Fears
  29. Welcome to the minority
  30. #Brexit: “passporting”, “3rd-country equivalence”, and related issues
  31. Crossing the line between arts and politics – Christine E Walters
  32. The day one wall came down, another went up
  33. Electile Dysfunction
  34. Jeremy Corbyn says Donald Trump win is ‘unmistakable rejection of establishment’ as Theresa May congratulates new US president
  35. Trump et al.— The Global Storm
  36. Goodbye to hope?
  37. Widening the Gap: Toblerone and the US Election
  38. Sarah Palin, Trump Victory “inspired by Brexit” and “we don’t want this globalism.”
  39. This day in 1989 and 2016
  40. Paul Ryan says Trump will lead ‘unified Republican government’
  41. Heart-wrenching video captures devastation of Clinton supporters as Trump victory became apparent
  42. Trump as a possible one-term President
  43. Jerry Mander – Trump Ran Against Himself and Won
  44. Married in Trumpland
  45. Watch: Fights & Protests Break Out In Front Of The White House & All Across America
  46. White People Glad They Can Finally Have A Turn In Power
  47. Here’s to Jeb and the NeverTrumpers who thought he couldn’t make it…
  48. How Do I Feel About the US Election?
  49. Hillary Clinton: A Story of Unmet Objectives
  50. This Isn’t the End (It Just Feels Like It)
  51. Retorts: The deep political divide remains
  52. Defeat of a Democracy
  53. The one graph that tells you why Donald Trump won the presidency
  54. Emotional Van Jones: ‘How do I explain this to my children?’
  55. Moving on from Election 2016
  56. We Must Aim Higher
  57. After the Election 2k16
  58. Stephen King Is “Shutting Down” After Trump Win
  59. What will we tell our children?
  60. Political Commentary- Outcome
  61. Dear America,
  62. Americans Desperately Try to Find New Diversion Topic for Thanksgiving Now That Election Is Over
  63. Donald Trump Did Not Destroy America

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Some quotes Americans should remember when going to the ballot office

“I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married.”

English: Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in...

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trump caught on a bus on tape. And more than once he was not blushing saying

“I did try and fuck her. She was married.”

Also saying women asked for it and it was normal man should take advantage of women.

“Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”

Defending himself

“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course – not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”

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“You can do anything. … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

Trump, to Billy Bush, in a 2005 recording in which he boasts about his treatment of women. The Washington Post obtained the recording and posted it on Oct. 7.

“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”

Trump, about Megyn Kelly, in an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon the night after first GOP debate.
Kelly had hosted a Republican Primary debate and asked Trump about his sexism including calling some women

“fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.”

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“Utterly immoral”, “a pathological liar”, “a serial philanderer”, “and a narcissist on a level that the country has never seen.”

Ted Cruz.  (Trump responded by implying Cruz’s father was involved in the Kennedy assassination.)

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

Trump referencing Clinton’s deleted emails.

Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.”

Trump’s veterans adviser Al Baldasaro and Trump gladdly calling people to take up a weapon and come to do what they have to do. (?!? – For me a clear signal he was calling to kill Hillary Clinton., making sure he would not have to do the dirty job.) Though he tried to convince all that he himself

“I alone can fix it.”

Trump, in his July 21 acceptance speech at the GOP convention, on how he will reform the system.

“If we don’t win, this will be the single greatest waste of time, energy and money in my life,”

Trump yesterday ending his marathon final day of campaigning with a final rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he implored his supporters to get out and vote.

He repeated

“You have one magnificent chance to beat the corrupt system and deliver justice,”

“Do not let this opportunity slip away.”

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Mike Murphy, a veteran GOP strategist warned

“This is not simply another four-year election. This is a crossroads in the history of our civilization that will determine whether or not we the people reclaim control over our government.”

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Former Republican presidential candidate and supporter of Donald Trump

“Think about what is at stake here. We’re not talking about Trump or Clinton, we’re talking about whether or not we’re going to have a country that is of, for and by the people or a country that is of, for and by the government. It’s not about whether we like this candidate or like that candidate, it’s about the platforms and the direction of which they will take the country and you must think about your children, your grandchildren and everybody else who’s coming behind us and not your own personal sensibilities.”

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“The real question for us is what kind of country we want to be.”

Hillary Clinton yesterday as she addressed the 33,000-person crowd, her largest of the campaign, after she had said about Trump

“We know enough about my opponent, we know who he is.”

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The most important questions for anybody thinking of running for president are not “Will you run and can you win?” There is, “What is your vision for America? And can you lead us there?”

Hillary Clinton

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Preceding articles

Coming closer to the end of 2015 and the end for Donald Trump as presidential candidate

Walls,colours, multiculturalism, money to flow, Carson, Trump and consorts

Are United States of America citizens going to show their senses

When so desperate to hold onto power

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Further reading

  1. Trump vs. Hillary: The Lesser of Two Evils?
  2. How and when we’ll know the fate of Donald Trump, other Republicans
  3. Political Cartoon: Hillary Clinton Corruption Scandal
  4. Never Trump?
  5. Hillary’s Emails: How Things Stand on Election Day
  6. Quote of the week: Week of Nov 7, 2016
  7. Watch “Neo-Nazis explain why they like Donald Trump” on YouTube
  8. Hollywood Election Donations Heavily Lopsided in Favor of Hillary Clinton
  9. Clinton vs. Trump: The 5 States to Watch Tonight Most Closely
  10. Oh, What a Lovely War! Delusional Foreign Policy Could Bring Disaster
  11. The party favors and delicacies of American-themed “election parties” all around the world
  12. Donald Trump votes in New York City
  13. Crowd boos as Donald Trump arrives to vote
  14. The Calamity Of America’s Scientific Future Under A President Trump
  15. Rare photos of ‘The Donald’
  16. “Not Voting with my Vagina”
  17. Trump for Senate? Machine mistake irks Virginia voters

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