Draft report from NCA makes clear link between climate change and extreme weather as groups urge Obama to take action
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Mais que devient #Obama à part appeler #Macron ?Il travaille dans les retours d'ascenseurs #Finance #corruption
NY Mag - 25.04.2017
One of the many perks of being a former president is that publishing houses will pay you millions of dollars to write (or hire someone to write) your memoirs, while corporations will happily hand you great gobs of money to talk into a microphone for an hour.
And if you happen to be the singularly charismatic, globally beloved, first former black president, that publishing contract will be a record $65 million; that speaking fee will be a whopping $400,000; and Richard Branson will even let you onto his boat.
But then, if you are Barack Obama, the world’s most powerful spokesman for pragmatic, center-left governance, should you collect on all your prizes? More specifically, at a time when populists the world over are seeking to tar liberal technocrats as the bought-and-paid-for puppets of special interests, should Obama have risked tainting his creed by accepting nearly twice his presidential pension to speak at a Wall Street firm’s conference this fall?
Vox’s Matt Yglesias thinks not:
[A] crucial vulnerability of center-left politics around the world is that their sincere conviction — a faith in the positive-sum nature of cosmopolitan values and appropriately regulated forms of global capitalism, tempered by a welfare state — is easily mistaken for corruption…This approach has a lot of political and substantive merits. But it is invariably subject to the objection: really?
This makes sense. Although, it is worth noting that there are significant differences between Obama racking up Wall Street speaking fees in 2017 and Hillary Clinton doing the same three years earlier. Obama is not going to create a huge unnecessary liability for his 2020 campaign by accepting $400,000 from Cantor Fitzgerald. And it’s harder to read the financial firm’s investment in Obama as a down payment for access to a future White House, given that he, unlike Clinton in 2014, appears to have little interest in resuming formal public service.
But still, Obama does not need this gig. And both his party — and his ideological kin the world over — could really use some distance from Wall Street, given that even the center-left’s own technocrats now recognize that the financial industry is an overgrown parasite whose rapacious rent-seeking immiserates working people.
That said, there may be an argument for Obama milking his appeal as a paid speaker to redistribute millions of dollars away from Wall Street firms and into the coffers of GiveDirectly, the Deworm the World Initiative, or the Eric Levitz Fund for Millennial Journalists Who Would Like a Big-Ass Smart TV.
#Kissinger is the dark side of #Trump in #Syria - MiddleEastEye
By behaving erratically, US leaders can outmanoeuvre their rivals, but the Kissenger-esque 'playing with fire' won't defeat IS or Assad in the end
“I really believe that we should have and still should take out his airfields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them.”
Those were Hillary Clinton’s words just hours before her nemesis, President Donald Trump, ordered air strikes launching 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Shayrat airfield in the southeast of Homs, Syria.
The Trump administration described the strikes as a “one-off” and insisted there were no plans for escalation. But an escalation is rapidly underway. Russia, despite being given advanced warning of the bombing from t(..)
#911 victims’ families sue #SaudiArabia despite the infamous #Obama 's veto (broke by a court )
Ajoutée le 21 mars 2017
A lawsuit was filed in New York on Monday on behalf of the families of 850 people killed and 1,500 injured in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the US. It alleges that Saudi Arabia is partly to blame for the damage caused by the terrorists. RT's Gayane Chichakyan reports.
#Trump Adds Another Former #GoldmanSachs Official to His Administration #Finance #Oligarchy - The Real News
Ajoutée le 19 mars 2017
James Donovan's area of expertise, like most Goldman Sachs folks, is not economics or finance, but law - because that's how Goldman Sachs makes its money: by evading, controlling and writing the laws
Les témoignages concernant des "dommages collatéraux" causés par la coalition menée par les USA commencent à affluer
Vous remarquerez la discrétion des médias mainstreams sur la bataille de Mossoul, nullement comparable à celui d'Alep . Alep en paix aujourd'hui... Sur cela aussi, ils sont discrets
Evidemment, il y a des pays qui ont le droit à la violence
Mourrez, c'est pour votre bien
‘They were bombing randomly: #Mosul civilians doubt coalition’s careful targeting claims #FrappesChirurgicales ..
Similar reports have been coming from other media outlets. The Daily Telegraph reported from the Samood neighborhood that an airstrike apparently targeting a single IS fighter had killed a dozen civilians instead, according to witnesses.
“The planes waited until one of the Daesh walked out into the street and then they struck. The fighter was only injured, but 11 members of one family in the house next door were instantly killed,” a resident named Hashem Abdullah told the British newspaper.
“They dropped leaflets over the city telling us not to worry about the strikes, saying that they were extremely precise and would not hurt the civilians,” said Yusuf Ahmed, who lost his brother and his young family to a coalition airstrike. “Now it feels like the coalition is killing more people than [Islamic State],” he said..." (...)
‘Our ( #USA) interference is not going to be helpful’ in #Syria – #RonPaul - RT
Ajoutée le 9 mars 2017
Hundreds of additional American troops have been deployed to Syria, a spokesperson for the US-led coalition against Islamic State forces has confirmed. This deployment represents a major departure from US policy promises of “no boots on the ground.” Libertarian icon Ron Paul appears on RT to explain why he is so critical of the move.
'Collateral damage is a justification term' #MSM bias exposed in coverage of #Mosul vs. #Aleppo #medias #Syria #Irak
Ajoutée le 6 mars 2017
The UN fears up to 800 thousand civilians are still trapped in the ISIS-held part of Mosul, where the anti-terror operation is now raging. A similar situation was seen in neighbouring Syria a couple of months ago. Back then though, the UN raised concerns over the fate of a hundred thousand people in Eastern Aleppo, as Syrian forces tried to retake it from Al-Nusra terrorists. RT's Ilya Petrenko compares the battles for the two cities.
O'Keefe Drops "Bombshell" Undercover Footage From Within #CNN | Zero Hedge #CNNLeaks
O'Keefe drops 200 hours of audio footage from inside CNN and offers $10,000 award to anyone who comes forward with legally obtained audio or video footage exposing media malfeasance
Non seulement car c'est intéressant mais aussi à destination de ceux qui croient, lobotomisés par la presse mainstream occidentale, que RT est une chaîne pro-Trump
#OnContact by #ChrisHedges: “#Trump Insane Clown President” with #MattTaibbi - 25 mn - RT
Ajoutée le 11 févr. 2017
On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges examines the spectacle of the 2016 presidential election and the system that created President Donald Trump with Matt Taibbi, author of “Insane Clown President”. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil highlights some of the more absurd moments of the election season.
Is #Trump worsening the crisis in #Yemen ? interview 7 mn RT investigative journaliste #GarethPorter
Ajoutée le 8 févr. 2017
A US special operations soldier has been killed and three others wounded in a surprise raid against Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen. Local officials say 41 Al-Qaeda militants, as well as 16 civilians, including women and children, were killed in the attack. For more insight into the dire situation in Yemen and US involvement, investigative journalist Gareth Porter joins RT America's Anya Parampil.
Secret Docs Reveal: President #Trump Has Inherited an #FBI With Vast Hidden Powers - The Intercept 31.01.2017
Long-sought confidential documents shine a bright light on the powers of this law enforcement agency at the beginning of an era highly likely to be marked by vociferous protest and reactionary state repression.