After ten years of horror still no solution and peace for Syria

It is remarkable that the Syrian uprising, which commenced in March 2011, is still raging and over the years has grown into a conflict destabilising the entire region.

In the early months of 2011 a wave of social unrest swept across the Arab world as people protested against repressive and authoritarian regimes, economic stagnation, unemployment and corruption.

The Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, is a person who has no ears for the citizens of his country and showed also to have no heart for them. The series of anti-government protests, uprisings, and armed rebellions that spread across much of the Arab world in the early 2010s left him cold.

With a reaction to the self-immolation of a young market trader in Tunisia, the protests then spread to five other countries: Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain, where either the ruler was deposed (Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Muammar Gaddafi, Hosni Mubarak, and Ali Abdullah Saleh) or major uprisings and social violence occurred including riots, civil wars, or insurgencies. Sustained street demonstrations took place in Morocco, Iraq, Algeria, Iranian Khuzestan, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, and Sudan. Minor protests took place in Djibouti, Mauritania, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and the Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara.

When we now see pictures of Syria, we can see a great area in ruins and people living in horrible conditions. Clearly, the population lost this war, and the West did not much, to save the rights of the citizens.

After ten years the same dictator is in power and lives in richness whilst his people are starving. The office had said on March 8 that al-Assad, 55, and his 45-year-old wife, who announced her recovery from breast cancer in 2019, had tested positive for COVID-19 after showing minor symptoms and that they would work in isolation at home.

Syria has seen a sharp rise in infections since mid-February, a member of the government’s coronavirus advisory committee told Reuters in early March as the country kicked off its vaccination campaign. Health and aid officials say it remains difficult to gauge the full scale of the outbreak given the lack of testing facilities in a health system devastated by a decade of war.

After ten years we can see that the Russians are still helping al-Assad and are not bothering the Turkish who entered the North of Syria to put pressure on the Kurds, so that they would not dare to make their own country. Turkey, also keeps supporting some rebel groups. With each assisting rival parties in the conflict, there is a considerable risk of the two powers coming into direct confrontation. And somewhere in the middle of the conflict, ISIS has three enclaves where they are rebuilding their nation.

Ankara keeps allowing capitalizing on refugees to cross into the EU, thus putting pressure on European countries to assist Turkey or face again a new refugee crisis.

In the meantime, Egypt is racing to prepare a grandiose new capital city in the desert east of Cairo before the first civil servants move in this summer and ahead of the delayed official opening of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s flagship project.
At the heart of the city, workers are putting finishing touches to an avenue of ministries that echo the architecture of pharaonic temples and adjoin a raised Islamic complex, two domed parliament buildings and a sprawling presidential compound.

No prospect of a new capital for Syria though. Just a country in rambles. A decade of war means that the lives of an entire generation of Syrians have been defined by bombs, deprivation, death, and displacement, and at the moment there is no prospect at all of better times.

Until now nothing is done against the many war-crimes el Assad and his regime did. The only good news we may come to see is that the British police opened a preliminary investigation into the Syrian first lady and icon, Asma al Assad. She is accused of having incited, aided and encouraged the commission of war crimes.

There were the many chemical weapons used against civilians; tens of thousands of arbitrary detentions and disappearances, repression, rape, torture and murder. Most of the time, when there was a victim detained, his or her relatives were not informed that he or she was been killed, therefore leaving the victim’s family in despair for years, unable to fully grieve their loved ones. It is not understandable why there was not earlier a withdrawal of al Assad’s British nationality. (The first lady was born in London and is a binational of Syria and the United Kingdom.)

According to a recent report by the United Nations Commission on Inquiry in Syria, the war has been marked by the most heinous violations of humanitarian standards and human rights, including violence by the regime on its own population on a genocidal scale.
As always, civilians bear the brunt of the atrocities. According to UNICEF there is the average of one child injured or killed every eight hours over past 10 years.

Ten years on, Syrian crisis ‘remains a living nightmare’

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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo his state of the state address

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered the state of the state address.

In the past year, New York state has been one of the hardest hit areas in the world by the coronavirus pandemic. More than 1.13 million New Yorkers have been infected by the virus and at least 39,600 have died, while thousands across the state have lost their jobs or their businesses.

All eyes are now on the available vaccines, as Cuomo has again loosened restrictions on who can get vaccinated. Health professionals throughout the state have reported having to throw out vaccines because of not being able to find the correct people allowed to receive it. On Friday, Cuomo announced that a new wave of essential workers, including teachers, as well as any New Yorker over the age of 75 are now eligible to receive the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the state has received more than 1.2 million doses of the vaccine; more than 400,000 New Yorkers have actually received their first dose.

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The death knell of an Empire

The world has witnessed how one of the great nations could be lowered to a burlesque where the face will bring more tears of sadness than of joy.

Instead of Making America Great Again, Donald Trump has proven how Trumpism could bring the country down in just a few years time.

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Yesterday’s events in the United States Capitol shocked the world. So called “patriots”, incited to violence by the President, invading the Capitol building in a bid to reverse the result of November’s democratic election, is a reminder to us all of the fragility of democracy and the consequences of putting certain people into positions of power. Luckily, it appears that this attempted coup will lead to no reversal of the election result (a testimony to the strength of American institutions and the foresight of the Founding Fathers) and Mr Biden will still become the 46th President of the United States on January 20th 2021.

In the eyes of Trump supporters, the Trump presidency was supposed to “Make America Great Again”. This now famous slogan is the result of an accurate reading by Trump supporters that America has lot its way and is on the decline. Despite the wishes of his…

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Stress-test for democracy #2 A coup d’etat with bloodshed

China and Russia had a big laugh yesterday when they heard the news of the rebellion taking place in a country which so likes to tell others how to have a just and democratic system. They and several other countries will use the incident to suggest America is in decline. And perhaps they have good reasons to believe so, because the majority of people do not know any more whey their ancestors left the European continent and what their hopes were to found a new nation.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio agreed:

“There’s nothing Vladimir Putin could have come up with better than what happened here. It makes us look like we’re in total chaos and collapse.”

“I think politics has made us crazy!”

he added.

“Everybody in this country has lost their minds!”

A protester holding Pelosi’s office chair

In Europe many people were afraid Donald Trump would not easily give in, and even would not mind trying to roar people getting them so far to create a coup d’etat for him. In America, there were also already advance warnings of the protests and the possibility of violence which makes it so strange no better measures were taken to avoid what we could see yesterday.  Now it looked as if the Capitol’s own police was looking under-prepared and overwhelmed. With wonderment and disgust all over the world, people could see how riots began Thursday morning and Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, messing up House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, clashing with police officers and looting items.

“We will never concede,”

continued Trump and told the mob that their voice will not be silenced.

The mob tried to find its way into the Capitol along all sides. Inside lawmakers and reporters had been asked to evacuate, shelter in place and put on gas masks. When they also heard lots of gunshots many of them were afraid.

Congress’ counting of the electoral votes was halted amid chaos as police evacuated lawmakers as pro-Trump demonstrators stormed the Capitol. One senator – Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley – said on Twitter some staff scrambled to “rescue” those mahogany boxes as they left the Senate floor.

Afterwards when lawmakers had resumed the special Congressional session meant to confirm the presidential election results, and Joe Biden’s win, speaking in the Senate, Republican Senator Ben Sasse blamed Donald Trump specifically for today’s unrest.

“This violence was the inevitable and ugly outcome of the President’s addiction to constantly stoking division,”

Sasse said.

Vice-President Mike Pence said:

“To those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today, you did not win. Violence never wins. Freedom wins and this is still the People’s house. As we reconvene in this chamber, the world will again witness the resilience and strength of our democracy for even in the wake of unprecedented violence and vandalism.

It is not so sure if Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell is right to say that those people who stormed the Capitol failed

“to disrupt our democracy”

The balance until now: four people died after that great mob stormed the Capitol to protest the Electoral College’s voting to certify president-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.

Many state leaders condemned the rebellious attack on the Capitol and at last we are hearing also some republican voices condemning what happened and letting the world know that they too find it a disgrace what happened.

Yesterday is really a black day in the history of America.

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said:

“we can now add January 6 to the very short list of dates in American history that will live forever in infamy”.

“This temple to democracy was desecrated,”

he said and was very well aware how people from outside the United States now would look at that nation.

 “The world saw Americans’ elected officials hurriedly ushered out because they were in harm’s way. The house and senate floors were places of shelter until the evacuation was ordered, leaving rioters to stalk these hallowed halls.”

He also said they mourn the loss of life,

“This will be a stain on our country not so easily washed away. A final, terrible, indelible legacy of the 45th president of the United States – undoubtedly our worst.”

Schumer adds that these attackers cannot be called protesters.

They are “domestic terrorists” who “do not represent America”,

he said.

Former President George W Bush has issued a statement on the “scenes of mayhem” unfolding in the US Capitol.

“It is a sickening and heartbreaking sight,”

the Republican wrote.

“This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic – not our democratic republic.”

Bush continued, saying that he was

“appalled by the reckless behaviour of some political leaders”

since the presidential election, but stopped short of calling out President Trump or his supporters by name.

In his own statement Republican Senator Mitt Romney went a step further, condemning yesterday’s

“insurrection, incited by the President of the United States”.

Those who support Trump, Romney wrote,

“will forever be seen as being complicit in an unprecedented attack against our democracy”.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her statement, called the attack on the Capitol a

“shameful assault” on democracy. “It cannot, however, deter us from our responsibility to validate the election of Joe Biden.”

Good to notice they were smart enough to work through the night and to get their purpose accomplished.

“We also knew that we would be a part of history in a positive way, today, despite ill-founded objections to the Electoral College vote.

“We now will be part of history, as such a shameful picture of our country was put out to the world, instigated at the highest level.”

Pelosi’s office was vandalised during the mob attack. One protester was seen carrying her lectern through the Capitol.

A pro-Trump protester carries the lectern of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

It is good to notice that now some more republicans dare to speak out against Trump. North Carolina Senator Richard Burr placed the blame for this shameful day on Trump.

“The President bears responsibility for today’s events by promoting the unfounded conspiracy theories that have led to this point.”

Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming also said there was

“no question that the president formed the mob, the president incited the mob, the president addressed the mob. He lit the flame.”

Her fellow congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington State yesterday found the incidents

“unlawful and unacceptable”

as she urged Trump

“to condemn and put an end to this madness”.

But Trump continued throughout the day calling the people to defend their nation and to defend their right, fighting against those who stole the election.

Colorado’s state Republican leadership also condemned the mob attack,

“just as we condemned the actions of protesters at our own Colorado State Capitol this past spring” amid Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

And the national Republican Party communications director Michael Ahrens wrote on Twitter that the attack amounted to

“domestic terrorism”.

“Our soldiers have died carrying the American flag into battle for our freedom. To see that flag used in the name of unfounded conspiracy theories is a disgrace to the nation, and every decent American should be disgusted by it.”

Twitter required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier on Wednesday

“As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, DC, “

“for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,”

the social platform said.

“If Trump does not remove the three tweets in violation, the account will remain locked.”

And as such today the account was still locked and Twitter also warned that future violations of integrity or threat policies

“will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account”.

Facebook also took action against the account of Donald Trump and reacted:

“The violent protests in the Capitol today are a disgrace. We prohibit incitement and calls for violence on our platform. We are actively reviewing and removing any content that breaks these rules.”

The social media giant Facebook also opted to bar President Trump from posting for the next 24 hours.

Former President Barack Obama said history would remember today’s attack,

“incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation”.

But he is aware that the nation could have seen enough signals of what would come up to them.

“… we’d be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise,”

he added, saying the “fantasy narrative” of Republicans and their “accompanying media ecosystem” has misled their followers about the truth of the election.

“Now we’re seeing the consequences, whipped up into a violent crescendo.”

Obama called on Republican leaders to “choose America”, and said he was heartened to see many speak up today.

“Their voices add to the examples of Republican state and local election officials in states like Georgia who’ve refused to be intimidated and have discharged their duties honourably.”

The U.S.A. neighbour was shocked and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said “Canadians are deeply disturbed” by the “attack on democracy”.

New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern tweeted that

“democracy – the right of people to exercise a vote, have their voice heard and then have that decision upheld peacefully – should never be undone by a mob”.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she felt “angry and also sad” after seeing images of the violent scenes, while other European leaders also voiced their condemnation of the attack.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also called on Trump supporters to

“stop trampling on democracy”.

“The enemies of democracy will be pleased to see these incredible images from Washington DC. Inflammatory words turn into violent actions.”

French President Emmanuel Macron wants us to believe

“What happened today in Washington DC is not America,”

but then we would love to see the true face of contemporary America, of which we have the last few months seen more pictures of increasing division and racism.

Macron still may “believe in democracy”, like many of us do, but to accomplish such rightous democracy in the United States of America seems further away than close by. Macron wants to assure us and says:

“We believe in the strength of our democracies. We believe in the strength of American democracy.”

It is up to America now to prove it can be a worthy democracy!

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Stress-test for democracy #1 Storming of the Capitol in Washington

Yesterday we in Europe came something to see for which we have been afraid for the last few years.

Europe saw a violent insurgency and attempt to overthrow the legitimately elected government of the United States

In case Donald Trump would be right that the election was stolen, for surer, than it would have been stolen also the previous time. Then we could see that not the person who got the most votes (Hilary Clinton) became president, but that the one with the biggest mouth and the most money became the 45th President of the United States. Already many decades it is very clear that in the U.S.A. to become president one has to have a lot of money. Without enough money and backing, you make no chance for getting elected.

In case there could be a fraud which can not easily be detected, then it would mean the American voting system is as leaky as a watering can. Normally with the modern electronica and with a Card Reader; Identity Cards could easily be checked and nobody else would be able to make a vote, except when someone gives his or her code of the ID-Card to another person. But with such a card reader check there can only made one vote per ID-Card. So no extra votes can be given to someone with the same ID-Card. As such one registered person has only the right and the possibility to bring out only one vote.

When the U.S.A. even does not seem to minister such an easy control system for voting, one can wonder how the administration of those States can work properly.

In any case the previous years we could already notice the archaic voting system is not really democratic and giving enough rights to the people to really choose the president they want. The system of having electors chosing the president is something we in Europe should not copy. Also what we came to see yesterday should be a clear sign for European politicians that we should stop mirroring or looking up to America as the greatest democratic nation. Yesterday that what happened is what we are used to see in the banana republics, in South America and in Africa and unworthy any nation that calls itself democratic.

For more than four years we saw a presidential candidate spewing out unconcerned and illicit hatred and division, receiving little opposition from Republican politicians or any call to temper that irresponsible language. With the months passing, we saw one after the other event happening which had our eyebrows raised, and sometimes had us keeping our heart in our hands, afraid the American President would bring our world on the brink of a new World War. Strangely enough, no Republicans seemed to see the danger this republican president was causing. None of the Republican senators dared or was willing to say something opposing against their leader.
Their passive attitude made that instead “Making America Great Again”, the United States became divided more than it ever was since the civil war. The Making America Great Again or MAGA slogan was carried by thousands of people who also did not seem to see how their country was going into a hole.

When there are 75 million people willing to believe everything that their president tells them, without any proof of validity we should question what for people they are. We hear lots of people speaking about the “Steal”, but they never seem to be able to give any proof that there was a fraudulent election. If so many are so sure that this election was “stolen” why do thy not come up with proof?

Clearly this 45th President showed to the world how politics should not be done and how words of hatred saw also violent acts. What normally would be our example of a great democracy, yesterday proved otherwise. Insurrection came to what we would call the bastion of democracy, namely the Capitol in Washington. Already for weeks Donald Trump wants the whole world to believe that Biden was elected because of wrongdoings and did not get his seat in a righteous way. According to Mr. Trump he is the only one who is the righteous winner and the people should be part of that winning position, and therefore they should protest. Yesterday he revved up angry supporters at a fiery rally protesting his election loss. His words were very clear and could not misunderstood, how he urged the people to take democracy in their own hands and to go to the Capitol to demand that would be given to them what they have earned, Donald Trump again to be sitting president. The words could not be misunderstood. Trump was sending many of his loyalists storming across town and forcing their way into the United States Capitol building.

Whilst for Black lives matters we always could see an enormous amount of police officers, now to defend the Capitol was just a pod husk. It took hours before there was enough enforcement.

The pictures of people climbing on the walls of the Capitol and the thousands of the protesters clad in the president’s “Make America Great Again” and other merchandise and waving various flags – including the stars and bars of the Confederate States or Confederacy flag and the conservative movement’s yellow “Don’t Tread On Me” banner could give us an impression of what sort of people want up in what we in other states would call a revolution. They clearly were all very convinced that their revolt is justified and shall not stop until their president Donald Trump shall receive his second term as President of the United States of America.

Encouraged by Donald Trump his fans descend upon the US Capitol in Washington

What we came to see on our television screens, even the mob going against reporters of countries (like Belgium) of which I am sure they never ever read a newspaper or saw what those television channels showed to their people. Though the mob was and is convinced we all over the world are infected by the fake news, though they are convinced their beloved tv-station is giving the only truth. They never seem to question what their media is telling them. They never seem to think about the words their president is continuously Tweeting. All that he says seems to be sacred and true. Even the many Christians going for Trump do not seem to be disgusted by his attitude and foul words. Lots of Christians could also be seen with flags with Jesus name on it and or with a fish on it (as symbol for Christ). In any case they were not spreading the love Jesus Christ was preaching, and their president more than once has done action against the ethics and moral of the Bible.

On several television channels here in Europe we could see surreal scenes, captured by journalists and lawmakers inside the legislative hall. We saw people breaking windows and doors, damaging the building and furniture. This did not seem to be a call for justice, but more an act of violence to a legal system.

Previously when there were peaceful protest marches from the Black Lives Matters movement (BLM) we could see them were frequently met with police and National Guard members decked out in riot gear. (Remember Tulsa) The mostly peaceful demonstrations resulted in dozens of arrests and some 20 deaths of protesters, according to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project. Today we hear only 52 people have been arrested – 47 of them for curfew violations, this when we could see many having intruded in the offices and having stolen things. At least 14 members of the Metro police department were injured. Two were admitted to hospital, one with serious injuries after being dragged into the crowd, and the other was hit by a projectile in the face.  It can only be called strange that five guns, including handguns and long guns, have also been seized, whilst yesterday we could see many heavy-armed people, even one person with for grenades on his chest. We also could see how someone threw a smoke grenade to the cops and how the corridor filled with smoke obstructed the view.

We even got to see how members of parliament had barricaded the doors and had their guns ready to shoot. This were scenes we are more used in countries of East Europe and Central Africa.

2021 01 06 When a mob stormed the US Capitol

As several officers attempted to clear a room, “shots fired” could be heard over their shoulder-mounted radios.

Even though the US has boasted itself as a beacon of democracy, it has never been a paradigm of global democracy. We also always have seen how lots of people are marginalised and how undemocratic people of other colour or culture are treated. It was known that the US political system has many problems, but those four years of Trump’ s legislation by virtue of his power, Trump has totally vandalized the US democratic system and has taken away the credibility, certainly with what he has done the last few days. This laid it bare how the US system is very very fragile.

Since Trump took office, contradictions in terms of politics, economics, society and race have exploded and the country became more divided, with severe racial and partisan rivalries. Trump managed it to bring down the country in four years, but it shall take more than double to get America back on its legs. As long as Trump shall stay in the picture it shall be awfully difficult to mend and heal, continuing him causing conflicts.

The turmoil on Wednesday, which was a near act of violent resistance to the state and the legal system, did not come by surprise. For that reason, it is even weirder that there were not more police enforcement. The chaos in Washington and New York is directly linked to the instigation of Trump who told his supporters to “never give up” and “never concede.” When these pro-Trump extremists broke into the Capitol, Trump kept giving them enough reason to continue to “Stop the Steal” . His body language was also giving his supporters more justice for their act and to continue and the more chaotic, the better, as Trump hoped.

Mayor Muriel Bowser had called on neighbouring states Virginia and Maryland to send in their troops for additional backup.
Ahead of the citywide curfew police were able to push demonstrators away from the Capitol building, using flashbangs to try to move the crowd back.

We should wonder how people as Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley shall intend to exploit the opportunity to accumulate some reputation and resources to realise the election ambitions in four years from now. The danger can be that Republicans may obstruct John Biden his administration in areas such as legislation. The incoming president will have to face a tough domestic environment, especially a deep division between the two parties that is hard to bridge. This will pose a daunting challenge to Biden. He kept his calm yesterday, but his words did not seem strong enough to reach those fanatic Republicans. So far, he also has not yet shown his ability to convince so many millions of Americans that the voting went correctly. With what happened now, American democracy got a raw bite. It took a serious blow.

The US.A. always loved to interfere with other countries and say they were not democratic. America even often used CIA and FBI to interfere with other regimes, which were not of the liking of the United States. The US claims to practice so-called democracy internally while implanting hegemony outside the US. Even if the US is suffering chaos, I am afraid it won’t give up interference in international affairs and other countries’ politics. It looks like it is the nature of US hegemony. The US will continue its unilateralism and hegemonism. They would like to teach everyone how to do it, but do not dare to look inside themselves.
With what has now happened, the credibility of America has been completely invalidated. We in Europe will certainly have to learn from this so as not to turn our eyes to America so often and see it as a model state. Now we have clearly seen the many pus-bumps of that nation burst open.

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Lockdown greetings for a newer year

Lots of people had hoped a major time for 2020. It turned out totally different.

For some the year 2020 brought a time of isolation and reflection. For others it brought a nightmare or a huge amount of work in very chaotic situations.

Many families were confronted with the tragic loss of family members and/or close friends. A worldwide pandemic brought to many pain and loss. I do hope you could find enough strength to get through these days of the corona crisis. CoViD-19 is not conquered yet, but we might already come to see a small light at the end of the tunnel. Probably it shall take until the second half of 2021 before we shall be able to relax and to come to more normal times.

Until then, keep safe and healthy.

I wish you all the best and a lot of patience and strength for this New Year. Let 2021 soon close the curtains of the 2020 corona year.

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2020 in view #2 The 45th president of the U.S.A. not willing to go

In the third quarter of 2020 millions of eyes were expectantly hoping that the dangerous years of the 45th President of the United States of America would come to an end.

Pulling off a “remarkable turnaround”, Trump managed to attract “conservative Cuban-American voters and other Latino groups” at a rate that swung the result his way, despite middling gains for Biden among white Floridians.

Trump claimed that he won the election outright, and vowed to “ensure the integrity” of the vote from “fraud”.

“This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country. We we’re getting ready to win this election, and frankly we did win this election.”

What many feared, happened. Donald Trump was not going to give up his seat so easily. After predicting ‘big win’, Trump kept declaring victory for a very long time, even when it became clear Biden had gained a lot more votes than him. Trump appealed to the Supreme Court to ‘ensure election integrity’.

‘Frankly, we won.’

he kept saying, whilst the tried to bring the people to an uproar.

When Biden won Arizona, becoming the first Democratic candidate to take the state since Bill Clinton in 1996. that gave “some leeway”, after Biden had suffered early setbacks in his efforts to oust Trump in Florida and probably other southern states.

Mr Trump pushed ahead with his legal challenge against the results in some states and gave no indication he planned to concede the race anytime amid unsupported claims of widespread voter fraud, although one former Republican presidential nominee – Utah senator Mitt Romney – predicted he eventually would do. Mr Bush’s statement heaped additional pressure on Mr Trump to accept the outcome of the ballot.

“The American people can have confidence that this election was fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear,”

he said.

Trump has failed to prove that there was fraudulent polling in duly constituted courts within a duly constituted time frame. Normally looking at a nation of laws, including laws that govern the means of redress for alleged electoral injuries one would expect there being enough systems to control the righteousness of the voting system. When Trump had exhausted all those legitimate means of redress he still did not want to give in and show his respects to the righteous winner.

Even this Supreme Court, where Trump had six sympathetic members (three appointed by him, quite a record), and only three unsympathetic, did not see fraudulent actions nor dared to change a result coming from too many states.

In the midst of the attempt by US President Donald Trump to nullify the 2020 election by means of an extra-constitutional coup, neither Biden and the Democrats, nor the US corporate media, have seen fit to alert the American and world public to ominous developments within the US military and its Pentagon command.
Trump and his supporters were carrying out an aggressive propaganda campaign to delegitimize the election with lying allegations of ballot fraud and increasingly fascistic conspiracy theories in order to provide a pretext for Republican-controlled statehouses in states like Michigan to repudiate the popular vote and select slates of pro-Trump electors.

In Europe we saw an assault on core democratic rights. The last vestiges of constitutional forms of rule came in the danger zone.

The new “acting” Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller his installation as defence secretary was the result of a wholesale purge of the top civilian leadership at the Pentagon that Trump initiated with the firing-by-tweet of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. He announced the elevation of the Special Operations Command to a status on a par with the existing branches of the armed forces, the Army, Navy, Air Force, etc.
Miller made it clear in a confirmation hearing for another national security post that he had no compunction against using federal intelligence resources to pursue protesters at the order of the White House.

At the close of his campaign, just five days before the election, Trump flew to Fort Bragg for closed-door meetings with Special Forces troops and their commanders. Given subsequent developments, there is every reason to believe that the purpose of this trip was to assess the level of his support within the military units stationed there, and among their commanders, and to discuss plans for an armed response to an explosion of resistance to his plans to steal the election and establish a presidential dictatorship.

The tactics being employed by the Trump White House have been rehearsed countless times abroad under both Democratic and Republican administrations. Fabricated claims of election fraud have been used to justify US-backed coups, oust presidents and foment “colour revolutions” from Honduras, Bolivia and Venezuela to Ukraine and Georgia.

Now these same methods were being brought “home” under conditions of an insoluble economic and social crisis, characterized above all by staggering levels of social inequality and exacerbated by the CoViD-19 pandemic and the homicidal “herd immunity,” back-to-work policy of the capitalist ruling class.

Several Americans feared for the English reaction that Biden had won, because Boris Johnson had cast doubt on the prospects of a trade agreement with the US under Mr Biden, the president-elect, saying a deal will not be “a pushover”. The prime minister instead talked up the chances of close cooperation with the incoming Biden administration on climate change as Britain prepares to host the crucial COP26 international summit in 2021. In the wake of the Demcorat’s victory, Mr Johnson faced an urgent challenge to forge links with a president-elect whom he has never met and who has previously strangely enough described as a

“physical and emotional clone of Trump”.

Mr Biden is known to be an opponent of Brexit, which Mr Johnson championed, and is particularly concerned about its impact on the Good Friday Agreement in Ireland, his family hailing from County Mayo.

At first it did seem not so sure that Biden would be allowed the presidential seat.

Former president Barack Obama in response to Trump’s intransigent refusal to concede the election, said

“I think we can always send the Navy SEALs in there to dig them out.”

While presented by the media as a joke, this remark confirms that, in the final analysis, the Democrats relied on the military, rather than popular opposition, to remove Trump from office. Such an outcome would have made the military the arbiter of American politics, and as such could have brought us Europeans and several Americans to wonder who is controlling that Great Nation.

Far more than the threat of a coup and dictatorship, Biden and the Democratic Party feared an eruption of popular protest and mass resistance from below against Trump and his co-conspirators. For some weeks we here in Europe were afraid this all could escalate in a sort of civil war.

Luckily there were enough wise politicians who could bring some pressure from underneath to bring that 45th President to calm down and to let the politics of the States come back to normal.

With Biden, who won the largest popular vote in US history and doubled the votes of the LGBT community, the United States shall have to go through a demographic transformation, which will further exacerbate the polarisation.

The Census Bureau estimates that this year the majority of the country’s 74 million children will not be white. And in the decade of the 2040s, the white population will be under 49% with the other 51% made up of Latinos, blacks, Asians and other minorities.

Trump has now lost his Teflon, and he is a loser. But he has 68 million followers on Twitter, and he is probably going to open his own TV channel. He is going to be a serious problem for the Republican Party. He is going to cultivate the myth of stolen elections and keep his followers in a state of confrontation. Trump is gone, but Trumpism remains

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2020 in view #1 The 45th president of the U.S.A.

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2020 in view #1 The 45th president of the U.S.A.

The United States of America had made real and undeniable progress in the six years since the 2008 economic crisis. But with the 45th president of the U.S.A. lots of achievements reached under Obama were again destroyed. Worse even, was the division created under the population. Probably the country is now more divided than ever before.

With the many dead Americans, because the president of their nation not calling for serious restriction measures, a lot of families also got serious psychological and financial problems to cope with.

Their president of the last few years might have called to make America the greatest ever, it does not look like that those American citizens now can say they are better off. It is true that the work will not be done until every single American feels the gains of a growing economy where it matters most: in their own lives. But by now I do hope they are convinced this was not to happen under President Donald Trump.

President Obama was eager to work with Congress over the years to get the job done. He did all he could even when there was so much opposition. The challenges that lay ahead of the American people were far too important to allow partisanship or ideology to prevent their progress as a nation. The first black president of those “United Nations” saw that and had a clear vision for “all Americans”. But his successor had a very different vision that focused more on one specific group of Americans and preferred another group totally excluded from all the challenges America could offer.

In 2014 Barack Obama could be optimistic about the future of the North Americans. Because for all the maps plastered across their screens today, for all the cynics who say otherwise, the American people were more than a simple collection of red and blue states. They were the United States.

Horribly enough soon after the next president entered the gates of the White House, America was going to show a totally different face again to the outer world. That what the Obama administration so meticulously had tried to build up was soon demolished. Soon a lot of hopes for sick people vanished again like hurricanes could torture several states.

We in Europe could now come to see that the dream of many Americans clashed.
Millions of Americans — Democrats and Republicans, women and men, young and old, black and white — had previously taken the time out of their day to perform a simple, profound act of citizenship.

That’s something we shouldn’t forget amid the din of political commentary.

said Obama in June 2014.

Now sixteen years later, what is leftover of that united feeling?

More than ever the nation is divided and Joe Biden as the 46th president of the nations has the terribly difficult job to rebuild the crashed country.

It was an incredible and exciting election campaign in 2020, which got us to hold our hearts here in Europe. We were so afraid the same thing could happen as with Hilary Clinton. Biden having more votes than trump but still loosing.
Trump himself was clearly showing he was not going to give up fast and even did not mind undermining the democratic system of having people voting by mail.

Not sure if Democrats could find such rosy polling assuring they would be the winners and giving them a US Senate majority, enlarging their edge in the US House of Representatives and taking control of a half dozen or more legislatures across the country — critical in a year when the states will be redrawing legislative and congressional maps for the next decade.

Nobody can ignore the many votes Trump once more could get behind his name. Unbelievable it sounds to us, how this could be possible after he made such a mess of the United States and got so many people killed by the coronavirus, which could be avoided. Trump received over 10 million more votes then received in 2016, dominating rural areas and small towns across large swaths of the country. Now with over 74 million votes, he wanted all those in favour of him to believe the election was one big fraud.
Republicans he dragged along in his wake diminished the Democratic advantage in the US House by at least 12 seats so far, captured control of two more state legislative chambers in New Hampshire and are favoured to maintain the majority in the US Senate, pending two critical run-off elections in Georgia on January 5.

Joe Biden won the support of more than 80 million Americans, marking the seventh time in eight elections that Democrats have claimed the national popular vote. He added five states Hillary Clinton lost in 2016, including two — Arizona and Georgia — where Democrats had not won at the presidential level since the 1990s.

People shall have to know that rebuilding a burned house and healing the wounds is not always something to be done easily, and making progress does not always go fast. The great problem for President-elect Joe Biden is that he inherits a deeply divided America. But we also must see that both political parties have cracks and wounds which go deep. Biden also inherits a Democratic Party that is divided on how to tackle a wide array of issues, from immigration to health care, criminal justice to defence.

This time the gap between the two main parties seems bigger than ever before which makes people doubt that those two parties could positively come together to confront a possible Republican Senate. Many question if it would be possible that they deliver on their mandate without further alienating the voters they lost.

Also a big problem for America is the fear for any social element that the Republicans have created, as if doing something good for another person is as the pest.
Trump’s anti-trade, anti-immigrant, anti-environmental, law-and-order jeremiads have found an audience in many American households, exploiting and inflaming a sense that Democrats are disdainful of their values and alien to their economic interests.
On one side the Republicans call the others Socialists and Communists, whilst others consider those Democrats as a coalition of economic and cultural elites and minorities — with little connection to the rest of the country. Danger is that the party may still win narrow national victories, as they did in 2020, but will struggle to win and maintain governing majorities.

As in previous elections and noticing how Bernie Sanders once again was pushed in the corner, we can see how a great bunch of Americans is most concerned about their own ego and self-enrichment, not interested in what might happen to others or to nature.
Lots of those plans expressed by the wing of Sanders are plans which should come into reality. Though now the democrats seriously have to think how they would be able to come so far to have the rest of the Americans come to see that would be in the interest of them all.
Like in Europe to safeguard the climate sometimes there have to be taken less popular measures in the interest of our environment.

Systemic racism is another brutal reality that millions of Americans confront in different ways on a daily basis. Trump made it possible that the State has gone backwards on that level. Black Americans have faced uniquely unconscionable hardships, brutality and withering economic barriers from the beginning of the republic to this day, but under Trump all the advances that were taken in the last two decades were turned back. Neo-Nazism and several Extreme Right groups could blossom again and shall not be easily shut down again.

In the struggling rural communities, there is a heightened drug problem and aging industrial towns are not running in line with expectations for a more profitable future. The CoViD-19 pandemic having brought more people out of work shall not make it easy for the new president to solve the problems of the coming unemployment and businesses in economic difficulties. Strangely enough lots of people who could use a more social righteous system do not see yet how the Democrats are fighting for them too, and shall be able to bring a solution which shall be good for them as well good for the nation.

Biden awaits not an easy task. He shall have to take over the ruins Trump made of the U.S.A. which he shall first have to unite again. Furthermore, he will have to prove to have the right people to help him fight the raging pandemic Trump so scornfully called the Chinese decease. That virus which was all over the world and wreaked havoc on many countries’ their economy shall have to be” tackle the coming half year, at the same time the Biden team shall have to work out a consistent plan to help the nation back on its legs.

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Green Deal: new EU rules on limiting importing and exporting plastic waste

The European Commission has adopted new rules on the export, import and intra-EU shipment of plastic waste.

Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius said:

These new rules send a clear message that in the EU we are taking responsibility for the waste we generate. The export of plastic waste will only be allowed under very strict conditions. The export of unsorted plastic waste to non-OECD countries will be completely banned. This is an important milestone in fighting plastic pollution, transitioning shifting to a circular economy, and achieving the aims of the European Green Deal.

You could say

Better late than never!

People should be aware we can not go in this way, using so much plastic and letting so much plastic being deposited in nature. Though we should also be careful where we want to go with our plastic waste. These new rules ban the export of plastic waste from the EU to non-OECD countries, except for clean plastic waste sent for recycling. Exporting plastic waste from the EU to OECD countries and imports in the EU will also be more strictly controlled.

In the last decade, uncontrolled trade in plastic waste has increased, damaging both the environment and public health. The new rules should end the export of problematic plastic wastes to third countries that often do not have the capacity and standards to manage it sustainably. This is also a key commitment of both the European Green Deal and the new Circular economy action plan. In parallel, today’s decision contributes to the EU plastics strategy, which aims to reduce plastic waste and encourage better sorting and recycling. The new rules will enter into force on 1 January 2021.

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