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Democrat hypocrisy and Pelosi’s impeachment push

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Democrat hypocrisy and Pelosi’s impeachment push

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi currently has just one thing on her mind: impeaching President Donald Trump. Because Vice President Mike Pence won’t support invoking the 25th Amendment, which would strip Trump of his presidential powers, she intends to launch a quick impeachment vote with the backing of others in Congress if he doesn’t resign willingly.

As Republican leaders don’t plan on backing the initiative (at least that’s what they decided behind closed doors), it is destined to fail—similar to the attempt to disqualify some of the Electoral College votes last week. Hence, Pelosi is doing precisely what she accuses Trump of doing—dividing America when the one thing it needs is to unite. Even more so with just days remaining until the end of his term.

In an interview with “60 Minutes,” Pelosi didn’t mince words, calling the president “deranged,” “unhinged” and “dangerous.”

The big question is where Pelosi was during the riots and looting across the U.S. this past summer. The Democrats’ hypocrisy in this context knows no bounds. Trump’s speech to his supporters before the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6 was a bad mistake, but the Democrats are now making it worse. (And let’s not forget that Pelosi herself harmed the congressional institution, even if not physically, when she tore up Trump’s State of the Union address on live TV in front of tens of millions of Americans.)

Twitter decided on Friday to shut down Trump’s Twitter account indefinitely, after initially suspending it for 12 hours on Jan. 6. The decision reverberated across the United States and the entire globe, as the president’s Twitter account is perhaps his main tool for communicating with the American public; he has 88 million followers. Twitter’s stock plummeted and Trump’s many supporters—74 million of whom voted for him, it’s important to note—furiously accused the social-media giant of censoring one side of the political divide.

Just a reminder: While the president’s Twitter account is disabled, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, continues using the platform to deny the Holocaust and disseminate his doctrine of hate.

These days, conservatives in the United States believe the best way to fight the social-media networks is to establish competing networks of their own and weaken the monopolies of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which all blocked the president’s official accounts.

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The blocking of Trump’s account on Friday came after two additional tweets of his: In one he called his supporters “patriots,” and in the second, he said he wouldn’t attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The California-based company presented the suspension as an attempt to prevent the president from inciting violence and avoid a repeat of Wednesday’s events on Capitol Hill. All of the president’s thousands of tweets from the past four years simply vanished from the Internet. Trump himself tried tweeting from other accounts, including the official account of the U.S. president, from which he warned against trying to silence 75 million people. “We will not be silenced,” he wrote in capital letters, indicating he was examining the option of establishing a “platform of our own.”

As stated, people on the right are livid at Twitter over its astoundingly Orwellian measure. We should note that even on the election trail Trump assailed Silicon Valley “big tech” for choosing sides. Trump himself discovered the immense power of communicating via Twitter in 2011. There’s no doubt that blocking his primary and most direct avenue of communication with his base is a severe blow to the president, but according to several of his supporters who I met in Washington on Friday, the move will only amplify support for him. “Trumpism isn’t going anywhere. The more they attack him, the more we will support him,” said Paul, who came to the rally from Idaho with two friends.

The outrage against Twitter is considerable among conservatives but is not unequivocal. Not everyone in the conservative camp likes the president’s tweets, nor the fact that Twitter became his main tool. There’s no question that many Republicans also didn’t like his tweet against Mike Pence last week after the vice president fulfilled his congressional duties during the Electoral College vote. Silencing him, however, is a step too far. In America, we must bear in mind, freedom of expression is a sacred right; hence, the discussion surrounding alternative social-media platforms such as Parler.

The media wants Trump’s head on a platter. The Republicans won’t risk impeaching a president 11 days before the transfer of power in Washington. Israel Hayom has learned that Republican senators will try navigating between the Democrats and the press, who want Trump’s head, and the 74 million American voters who view Trump as the leader of the Republican Party. A difficult task indeed.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) personally felt the ire of Republicans for coming out against the president shortly after the despicable Capitol breach. He was heckled by protesters at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The Republican senators understand that joining the Democrats’ initiative will reduce their chances of getting elected in two years’ time (or whenever they are up for reelection).

Pelosi decided to submit a formal impeachment inquiry if Trump refuses to resign, but without Republican cooperation in the Senate, the measure is dead in the water. Biden has said he will not interfere. Jim Justice, the governor of West Virginia, doesn’t understand why America needs this divisive measure right before the transfer of power, particularly after Trump on Friday declared power would be transferred in a quiet and lawful manner.

The big question is how the Republican senators will react to the Democrats’ impeachment push.

A real battle on this issue is currently being waged behind the scenes, and to the best of my understanding, the Republican senators will allow Senate Democrats, headed by Chuck Schumer, to proceed with the inquiry without helping him. The Republican senators presently find themselves between the American media’s insatiable appetite for Trump’s head and the 74 million Americans who voted for him and remember all the good things he has done.

No sane American condones what happened on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, but from that to impeaching a sitting president, the distance is great. Such an extreme and dramatic step, just days before the conclusion of his term, stands in stark contrast to the notion of American unity evoked by Biden.

The belief is that Pelosi is enacting the measure due to a personal grudge against Trump, and mainly to prevent him from running again in 2024. According to many others, meanwhile, an impeachment inquiry will only bolster the support for Trump from his base. Either way, virtually identical headlines are being splashed across the front pages of U.S. newspapers, from The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal, saying that Trump is facing increased calls for impeachment. The New York Post, meanwhile, ran the one-word headline, “Revolting,” to describe the scenes from Capitol Hill.

The media found a great opportunity to settle a score and is now crucifying Trump. The criminals who stormed the U.S. Congress provided proof of all its claims and Trump’s considerable achievements won’t stand to his credit. The newspaper headlines say it all: treason, revolt, uprising, domestic terrorism, revolution. The rift between at least half of Americans and the anti-Trump media is unbridgeable. It’s a fact that the most recent Rasmussen poll showed increased support for Trump. In the days since the Capitol incident, the outgoing president’s approval ratings have approached the 50 percent mark.

 

 

 

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U.S. strikes 2 targets in Syria in response to ‘continued attacks’

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The U.S. military struck two facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Iran-affiliated groups in response to “continued attacks” against U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon said on Sunday.

The strikes were conducted against a training facility in Abu Kamal and a safe house in Mayadin in the eastern governorate of Deir Ezzor, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a brief statement.

The U.S. struck similar targets in eastern Syria in October and earlier in November.

Pro-Iranian militias have intensified their attacks on U.S. military bases in Syria and Iraq in recent weeks as a response to the Israeli military campaign in Gaza.

The security situation in the entire region has been particularly tense since Oct. 7, when Hamas militants staged deadly attacks in southern Israel.

Israel is responding with an overwhelming air and ground offensive in Gaza.

As a deterrent, the U.S. has moved more weapons systems, warships and air squadrons to the Eastern Mediterranean, and is deploying several hundred troops to the Middle East to support US units there.

U.S. President Joe Biden had ordered Sunday’s action to make it clear that the U.S. was defending itself, its personnel, and its interests, Austin stressed.

The U.S. is prepared to take further necessary measures to protect its own people and interests.

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Russia writes off $23bn debt for Africa – Putin

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Russia sends almost 12m tons of grain to Africa says Putin

…Pledges additional $90 million***

Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, says the Russian Government has written off $23 billion debt burden of African countries.

Putin spoke at the plenary session of the ongoing second Russia–Africa Summit 2023 held from July 27 to July 28.

He said Moscow would allocate an additional $90 million for these purposes.

Putin said Russia was advocating the expansion of representation of African countries in the UN Security Council and other UN structures.

“Russia and Africa strive to develop cooperation in all areas and strengthen ‘honest, open, constructive’ partnership.

“Russia will also assist in opening new African embassies and consulates in Russia,” he said.

According to him, the reopening of embassies in Burkina Faso and Equatorial Guinea is going as planned.

He said sovereignty was “not a one-time achieved state,” and it must be constantly protected.

Putin also offered assistance to Africa in countering threats such as terrorism, piracy, and transnational crimes adding that it would continue to train personnel from African countries.

He assured that Russian businesses have a lot to offer partners from Africa.

Putin said transition to national currencies and the establishment of transport and logistics chains would contribute to the increase in mutual trade turnover.

“Russia is ready to provide trade preferences to Africa, support the creation of modern production sectors, agricultural sector, and provide assistance through relevant international structures and agencies.

“Russia will always be a responsible international supplier of agricultural products,” he said.

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U.S. Coastguard Finds ‘debris field’ Near Missing Vessel

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A “debris field” has been discovered within the search area for the missing Titan submersible, the U.S. Coastguard (USCG) said on Thursday.

The agency said a remotely-operated vehicle made the discovery near the wreckage of the Titanic on Thursday.

The hunt for the missing deep-sea vessel is still an “active search and rescue” mission after it lost communication on Sunday.

The vessel was about 700 kilometres south of St John’s, Newfoundland, during a voyage to the Titanic shipwreck off the coast of Canada.

Coastguard officials said they were “evaluating the information” following Thursday’s debris discovery.

A press conference will be held at the Coastguard base in Boston to “discuss the findings” at 8pm (1900 GMT).

Rear Admiral John Mauger, the first Coastguard district commander, and Captain Jamie Frederick, first Coastguard district response coordinator, will lead the press conference.

Founding member of the Board of Trustees of The Explorers Club, Hamish Harding, was on board the undersea craft, alongside UK-based businessman Shahzada Dawood, his son Suleman Dawood, and OceanGate’s chief executive and founder Stockton Rush, as well as French submersible pilot Paul-Henri Nargeolet.

The USCG said the ROV that made the discovery was from the Canadian Horizon Arctic ship – with the debris being found on the sea floor near the Titanic wreckage.

Assistance from the Royal Air Force (RAF) is due to arrive in St John’s on Thursday after it confirmed a request was received overnight for help with the movement of additional commercial equipment.

Two RAF planes, a C-17 Globemaster and A400 Atlas, departed RAF Lossiemouth in north-east Scotland on Thursday.

A British submariner and equipment from a UK firm have been sent to help the search at the request of the U.S. Coastguard, Downing Street said.

Royal Navy submariner Lieutenant Commander Richard Kantharia, who was on exchange with the U.S. Navy, has been seconded to the search and rescue team.

OceanGate Expeditions estimated the oxygen supply on the 6.7 metre-long vessel would last 96 hours, giving rescuers a deadline of around midday on Thursday.

Experts said the chances of finding the sub and rescuing those inside were diminishing.

Former Royal Navy submarine captain Ryan Ramsey told the PA news agency: “The outlook is bleak, that’s the only word for it as this tragic event unfolds and almost the closing stages of where this changes from rescue to a salvage mission.”

The Titan is believed to be about 900 miles east and 400 miles south of Newfoundland.

It is not known how deep the vessel is, with the seabed being around 3,800 metres from the surface. 

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