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  • Donald J. Trump sur Twitter : “Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions. Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms. Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds . Create 20 mile safe zone....” / Twitter

    #Turquie #etats-unis #syrie #Kurdes

  • A historian explains Fox News’s nefarious role in misinforming Trump voters –

    During the past two years in which Donald Trump has stumbled through his presidency, critics have been asking why so many Americans continue to back him despite mounting evidence of deeply flawed leadership. Often, these critics express contempt for the millions of Americans who constitute Trump’s “base.” They complain that Trump’s partisans are uniformed people who refuse to acknowledge that the president’s lying, ethical lapses, and failed policies are harming the nation. Trump remains in power, these critics argue, largely because starry-eyed followers ignore the facts.

    These critics cast blame in the wrong place. Trump’s supporters, representing 38% of the electorate according to a recent poll, do not deserve all the censure that is directed at them. They did not create the pro-Trump narrative. They are its recipients. Conservative media have been especially influential in promoting optimistic judgments about Trump’s leadership. Fox News serves as command-central for the perspective. It draws a large audience. In October 2018, according the Nielson’s research, Fox racked up its 28thconsecutive month as the No. 1 basic cable news channel. Fox drew more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined.

    A pattern in the reporting and commentary on Fox was evident in these four prime-time programs. By focusing on old news stories that had been red meat in right-oriented media commentary for years, there was little time left for an analysis of stunning developments in the previous 24-hours. General Mattis’s resignation letter hardly got a nod. The outcry by national and international leaders regarding President Trump’s plan to withdraw from Syria and Afghanistan received little or no attention. The impact of a government shutdown on the American economy and the American people was almost completely ignored. There was hardly a word about the stock markets’ plummet that day or the huge slide of recent weeks. Instead, viewers heard about scary threats from immigrants, Democrats, university administrators, and Chinese hackers. They were reminded often that President Trump fights tenaciously for ordinary Americans.

    Much of the discussion did not reflect what used to be identified as mainstream Republican stands on economic and political affairs. Instead, viewers got an earful of analysis from individuals who spoke from the margins of political debates. Hosts and commentators seemed eager to please their most important viewer, the President of the United States. Most of them endorsed and celebrated Donald Trump’s statements and actions, despite their sharply controversial nature. Dan Bongino, substituting as host for Sean Hannity, provided an example of the slant by promoting his co-authored book, Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump.

    #Médias #Fox_news

  • Menaces sur le Rojava

    Les États-Unis vont donc quitter la Syrie. Donald J. Trump a signé le décret ordonnant le retrait des troupes américaines engagées contre l’État islamique, estimant que l’État islamique est vaincu : « après des victoires historiques contre l’État islamique, il est temps de rapatrier nos jeunes gens formidables ! » Cette décision fait craindre le pire pour la Fédération démocratique de la Syrie du Nord, appelée également Rojava.Continuer la lecture…

    #Radio #Autour_du_Monde_diplomatique #Moyen_Orient

  • Donald J. Trump sur Twitter :
    13:34 - 8 dic. 2018

    Donald J. Trump
    The Paris Agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris. Protests and riots all over France. People do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third world countries (that are questionably run), in order to maybe protect the environment. Chanting “We Want Trump!” Love France.

    via El País

    • . . . . .
      La fondation Trump

      Depuis la campagne de 2016, les questions sur la Fondation Donald J. Trump, l’organisme de bienfaisance de Trump, abondent. Elles ont incité la procureure générale de New York, Barbara Underwood, à intenter une action en justice contre la fondation le 14 juin, en nommant également son conseil d’administration, y compris ses fils et sa fille Ivanka. Elle cite « un ensemble de comportements illégaux persistants…
      . . . . .

      Trump et son reflet à 20 000 dollars.
      . . . . .
      ne sous-estimez pas la fondation. En fin de compte, il a trouvé un moyen de travailler pour une grande cause – lui-même et son épouse Melania, par exemple, se sont servis de l’« organisme caritatif » pour acheter un portrait de lui-même de six pieds pour 20 000 $ – et, comme on pourrait s’y attendre, selon le Washington Post, même cet achat pourrait s’avérer être un délit fiscal. Une telle « opération personnelle » est considérée comme illégale. Bien sûr, il s’agit de quelqu’un qui a « utilisé 258 000 $ de la fondation pour payer des règlements juridiques qui concernaient ses entreprises à but lucratif ». Cela ressemble à la définition de l’abus de bien social.
      . . . . .

  • Rick Gates Sought Online Manipulation Plans From Israeli Intelligence Firm for Trump Campaign

    A top Trump campaign official requested proposals in 2016 from an Israeli company to create fake online identities, to use social media manipulation and to gather intelligence to help defeat Republican primary race opponents and Hillary Clinton, according to interviews and copies of the proposals. The Trump campaign’s interest in the work began as Russians were escalating their effort to aid Donald J. Trump. Though the Israeli company’s pitches were narrower than Moscow’s interference (...)

    #Facebook #algorithme #élections #manipulation #SocialNetwork #PsyGroup

  • Trump’s Absurd New Conspiracy Theory: Sexual Assault Survivors Protesting Kavanaugh Are ’Paid Professionals’ Working for Soros | Alternet

    As if the treatment of the protestors could be any less dignified, President Donald Trump attacked them on Friday with a bizarre conspiracy theory:

    The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad. Don’t fall for it! Also, look at all of the professionally made identical signs. Paid for by Soros and others. These are not signs made in the basement from love!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2018

    Trump is claiming, with zero evidence, that because the protests had some professional organization, like mass-produced signs, the protestors are “paid professionals” in the employ of George Soros, the Hungarian-born Jewish billionaire philanthropist and Holocaust survivor who sits at the core of many right-wing conspiracy theories.

    The idea that anti-Trump protestors are paid off by his political enemies is a recurring claim by the president, who previously advocated investigating the 2017 Tax March protestors to determine whether they were paid.

    However, this marks the first time Trump has explicitly mentioned Soros by name on Twitter — a move that could well fan the flames of conspiracy among the far right.

    #Conspirationnisme #Folie #Trump #Soros

  • Documenting Trump’s Abuse of Women | The New Yorker

    Aussi signalé par @mona je crois

    When the news broke that Donald Trump had been caught on video in 2005 boasting that, as a celebrity, he feels free to “grab” women “by the pussy,” Harry Hurt III experienced a sense of vindication. In 1993, Hurt published “Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump,” an unauthorized biography that has long been out of print. The day the tape surfaced, he was hitting golf balls at a driving range in Sagaponack, New York, when a text message arrived from a friend: “Donald is done!”

    After Hurt watched the tape, he said, “I thought, Finally, this behavior is coming out.” But he doubted that the revelation would do any real damage to Trump’s campaign. Researching his book, in the early nineties, Hurt discovered and documented more serious instances of Trump’s mistreatment of women, yet most news outlets had declined to report on them. Even during the current campaign, Hurt said, “I’ve been a voice in the wilderness.”

    #trump #culture_du_viol

  • Israel adopts abandoned Saudi sectarian logic - Modern Diplomacy

    Amid ever closer cooperation with Saudi Arabia, Israel’s military appears to be adopting the kind of sectarian anti-Shiite rhetoric that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is abandoning as part of a bid to develop a national rather than a religious ethos and promote his yet to be defined form of moderate Islam.

    The Israeli rhetoric in Arabic-language video clips that target a broad audience across the Middle East and North Africa emerged against the backdrop of a growing influence of conservative religious conscripts and officers in all branches of the Israeli armed forces.

    The clips featuring army spokesman Major Avichay Adraee were also designed to undermine support for Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip and backed recent mass anti-Israeli protests along the border with Israel, in advance of a visit to the Middle East by US peace negotiators Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt.

    The visit could determine when US President Donald J. Trump publishes his long-awaited ‘art of the deal’ proposal for a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that despite Israeli and tacit Saudi and United Arab Emirates backing is likely to be rejected by the Palestinians as well as those Arab states that have so far refused to tow the Saudi line.

    Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, in tacit cooperation with the Palestine Authority on the West Bank, have adopted a carrot-and-stick approach in an as yet failed bid to weaken Hamas’ control of Gaza in advance of the announcement of Mr. Trump’s plan.

    Citing a saying of the Prophet Mohammed, Major Adraee, painting Hamas as an Iranian stooge, asserted that “whoever acts like a people is one of them… You (Hamas) have officially become Shiites in line with the Prophet’s saying… Have you not read the works of the classical jurists, scholars…who have clearly warned you about the threat Iranian Shiism poses to you and your peoples?”

    In a twist of irony, Major Adraee quoted the very scholars Prince Mohammed appears to be downplaying. They include 18th century preacher Mohammed ibn Abdul Wahhab, whose ultra-conservative anti-Shiite interpretation of Islam shaped Saudi Arabia for much of its history; Taqi ad-Din Ahmad ibn Taymiyyah, a 14th century theologist and jurist, whose worldview, like that of Wahhabism, inspires militant Islam; and  Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Egyptian-born, Qatar-based scholar, who was designated a terrorist by Saudi Arabia and the UAE because he is believed to be the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • Comprendre le sommet entre Trump et Kim Jong-un

    La poignée de main entre Donald J. Trump et Kim Jong-un s’annonce historique : c’est la première fois qu’un président des États-Unis va rencontrer un dirigeant nord-coréen, ce 12 juin à Singapour. Mais comment en est-on arrivé là ?Continuer la lecture…

    #Radio #Autour_du_Monde_diplomatique #Asie

  • Un chèque en blanc à Trump pour faire la guerre

    Lundi, la commission des affaires étrangères du Sénat doit examiner un projet de loi qui donnerait au président Donald J. Trump un chèque en blanc pour faire la guerre n’importe où dans le monde, quand il le désire.

    La Constitution place le pouvoir de déclarer la guerre exclusivement entre les mains du Congrès. Cependant, au cours des 75 dernières années, le Congrès a permis que ce pouvoir dérive vers le pouvoir exécutif.

    Le nouveau projet de loi, s’il est adopté, rendrait effectivement complet le transfert du pouvoir de déclarer la guerre du Congrès au président. Il est difficile d’imaginer un pire moment de l’histoire américaine pour que cela se produise.

    Les rédacteurs de la Constitution étaient bien conscients des dangers de placer le pouvoir de déclarer la guerre entre les mains du président. Les délégués à la Convention constitutionnelle de 1787 ont massivement rejeté la proposition de Pierce Butler, délégué de Caroline du Sud, de donner au président le pouvoir de déclencher une guerre, selon les notes de James Madison sur les débats du Congrès. George Mason a dit qu’il était « défavorable à l’idée de donner le pouvoir en matière de guerre à l’exécutif », car « on n’est pas sûr qu’on puisse lui faire confiance ».

    Les rédacteurs de la Constitution ont donc précisé à l’article premier que seul le Congrès a le pouvoir de déclarer la guerre.

  • President Donald J. Trump’s Support for Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

    Donc, nous, forcément, on est très rassuré.

    We are very protective of the Baltic region… We have great friends there.

    President Donald J. Trump

    BOOSTING DEFENSE AND SECURITY COOPERATION: President Donald J. Trump supports strengthening efforts to enhance the defense and security of our Baltic NATO Allies.

    The United States plans to provide nearly $100 million for procurement of large-caliber ammunition and over $70 million in training and equipping programs to the Baltics to build the capacity of the national military or national-level security forces of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

    #trump #pays_baltes #états-unis #otan #sécurité_collective

  • Is U.S. President Trump Drawing Inspiration From Inner Mongolia? | The UB Post

    It’s perhaps for this reason that there wasn’t actually that much discussion about a proposal that would be particularly unusual for modern America: the idea of a military parade in Washington D.C. While this has actually happened before when the U.S. needed to drum up civilian support for conflicts abroad, it’s now viewed more as a mark of an authoritarian or dictatorial regime (thanks in large part to associations with North Korea and Russia). We don’t know exactly what Trump is envisioning, but it’s possible that he’s actually taking inspiration from Inner Mongolia – which may be a first for a U.S. president.

    The closest thing to an official account is that Trump was directly inspired by the Bastille Day parade he witnessed in France – almost a cheerier version of the sort of parades we’ve occasionally seen in Russia and the Far East. However, we also know that in July of last year Xi Jinping presided over a parade in Inner Mongolia, marking the 90th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army. Over 12,000 military units and personnel were in action with Jinping inspecting them directly, ultimately making for both an impressive spectacle and a formidable show of strength.

    Given the fact that Trump publicly discusses what he appears to view as a very competitive relationship between the U.S. and China, it’s easy to imagine that this 2017 parade had an effect on him as well. So while some still think it’s unlikely the U.S. president actually gets his parade, there’s a chance we could see an Inner Mongolian spectacle imitated in Washington in the near future.

    #défilé_militaire #humour_mongol

    Opinion libre, probablement inspirée par cette revue des revues

    Donald Trump Is Not the Only One Who Likes a Grand Parade

    Soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army prepared for a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the army at Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in China on July 30, 2017.
    China Daily via Reuters

    US President Donald J. Trump wants a military parade—a grand military parade.

    Trump, reportedly inspired by the Bastille Day parade he witnessed in Paris last summer, has asked the Pentagon to organize a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington that [wait for it] tops the French.

    The reaction to Trump’s plan has ranged from skepticism to criticism.

    The last major military parade in the United States marked victory in the Gulf War in 1991. George H.W. Bush was president at the time. According to the Washington Post, opinion was sharply divided over the parade.

    US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron attended the Bastille Day military parade in Paris with their wives, First Lady Melania Trump (left) and Brigitte Macron (right), on July 14, 2017. Trump was reportedly so impressed by the display that he asked the Pentagon to host a military parade in Washington.
    Reuters/Yves Herman

  • Trump Justice, Year One: The Demolition Derby.

    On criminal justice, Donald J. Trump’s predecessor was a late-blooming activist. By the end of President Barack Obama’s second term, his administration had exhorted prosecutors to stop measuring success by the number of defendants sent away for the maximum, taken a hands-off approach to states legalizing marijuana and urged local courts not to punish the poor with confiscatory fines and fees. His Justice Department intervened in cities where communities had lost trust in their police. After a few years when he had earned the nickname “Deporter-in-Chief,” Obama pivoted to refocus immigration authorities — in effect, a parallel criminal justice system — on migrants considered dangerous, and created safeguards for those brought here as children. He visited a prison, endorsed congressional reform of mandatory minimum sentences and spoke empathetically of the Black Lives Matter movement. He nominated judges regarded as progressives.In less than a year, President Trump demolished Obama’s legacy.

  • Ma schizophrénie tactique

    Ma schizophrénie tactique

    24 décembre 2017 – Puisqu’il est quasiment né, le Divin Enfant, il est temps de célébrer l’un de ses fils lointains mais certainement l’un des plus méritants. Le président des États-Unis (POTUS), Donald J. Trump, dans son premier grand cru 2017 qui fut une leçon magnifique, n’a absolument pas déçu notre attente, et particulièrement la mienne. Il est exactement ce qu’il importait qu’il soit avec le jugement qu’on en a, qui ne cesse de s’enrichir dans le sens de l’inconsistance caoutchouteuse et télévisuelle du personnage. Sa politique générale, notamment extérieure, est parfaitement adéquate à ce que nous attendons, à ce que j’attends : une sorte de “massacre à la tronçonneuse” de tous les avantages unilatéraux, de toutes les positions chèrement payées de bombardements et de corruptions (...)

  • Non, la laïcité n’a pas tué les « vacances de Noël »

    Les traditions françaises foulées au pied par les démons de la laïcité et du vivre-ensemble ? C’est ce que semble penser Virginie Calmels, première adjointe (Les Républicains) au maire de Bordeaux et soutien de Laurent Wauquiez. Dans un entretien accordé, mardi 5 décembre, à RTL, la femme politique affirmait que la dénomination officielle des congés de Noël serait désormais « congés de fin d’année » – la faute à la laïcité.

    « Je suis frappée : on ne peut plus dire “les vacances de Noël”, on ne peut plus dire “les vacances de Pâques”. Faut dire “les vacances de fin d’année”. Arrêtons de pousser le trait. »

    Pourquoi c’est faux

    Un rapide coup d’œil sur le site de l’éducation nationale suffit pourtant à donner tort à Virginie Calmels. Le calendrier 2017-2018 de l’année scolaire en cours fait bien mention de « vacances de Noël » – ainsi que de « vacances de la Toussaint ».

    A la suite d’un article du Lab d’Europe 1 dénonçant ses approximations, Virginie Calmels a publié un tweet pour s’excuser, en affirmant qu’il s’agissait en fait des vacances de Pâques qui avaient été renommées vacances de printemps.

    Rien de nouveau : comme le démontre Libération, la dénomination « vacances de printemps » a supplanté l’appellation « vacances de Pâques » depuis… l’année scolaire 1974. La cause de ce changement vient du fait que les fêtes de Pâques n’interviennent pas forcément pendant les « vacances de printemps », en raison du roulement des trois zones de vacances selon les régions.

    Ce n’est pas la première fois que cette fausse nouvelle vient à surgir. Le 9 janvier 2017, Jean-François Copé, candidat déçu à la primaire présidentielle des Républicains de 2016, affirmait que nous vivions dans un pays « dans lequel on n’a pas le droit de parler des vacances de Noël ».

    Au delà de l’anecdote, ce qui est intéressant, c’est que cette remise au point est publiée par "Les décodeurs", et donc l’article se termine par la promotion du "Decodex".

    Qui dit :

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    Pourtant, la fausse nouvelle est toujours sur le site de RTL
    (on peut l’entendre dans l’interview, à la minute 4’30).

    #Fake_news #post_truth #Médias #Decodex

    • Pour un pays qui se targue de laïcité ca me semble la moindre des choses d’abandonner les appellation catholiques. Vacances de décembre, vacances de mai, vacances d’octobre, vacances de février fonctionne parfaitement.

    • Ce qui est particulièrement chiant, dans ces réfutations, c’est que ça reste à « décoder » en restant dans le sujet à la con, comme si c’était réellement un sujet.

      Le sujet, c’est que c’est pas réellement un sujet à discuter : c’est juste une connerie archi-connue totalement importée des États-Unis, où le thème « we can’t say Merry Christmas anymore » est un marronnier classique des Républicains du genre « sujet à la con » qui fait passer nos cadeaux fiscaux aux milliardaires. Et actuellement à la mode, suffit d’avoir l’interwebz en anglais pour en bouffer.

      Ce que ça révèle, c’est qu’on reste, avec le Monde et autres décodeurs, dans le respect le plus strict du business spectaculaire (oh, une polémique, restons dans les termes débiles du débat débile qui nous est imposé et contre-argumentons comme si c’était pas un débat débile aux termes débiles).

      Sinon, la base ce serait de dire que ce sujet est uniquement un divertissement, au sens où c’est une vieille connerie que les Républicains ont inventé pour détourner les discussions vers l’anecdote (plutôt que de discuter de ce qui devrait réellement intéresser les gens : les politiques économiques absolument indéfendables de ces gens).

    • Tout à fait autre chose.

      Les obsèques de d’Ormesson et de Johnny ont ceci de commun que l’hyper happening médiatique se termine à l’église, aux Invalides pour l’un, à la Madeleine pour l’autre ; et ceci, bien entendu avec la bénédiction (si j’ose dire) des représentants de l’Etat. Or c’est précisément un 09 décembre, en 1905, que fut adoptée la loi dite

      de séparation des églises et de l’État. Triste année en même temps qui vit le décès de Louise MICHEL, Élisée RECLUS, Jules VERNE, José Maria de HEREDIA, Alphonse ALLAIS. Elle fut votée le 9 décembre 1905 mais elle était déjà dans l’air du temps. En effet, dès 1871, la Commune déclare la séparation de l’Église et de l’État. Les classes populaires parisiennes sont en effet assez hostiles au catholicisme, très lié au régime impérial et aux conservateurs. Mais bon, ainsi va la vie, j’allais écrire:la mort ! Oh Marie si tu savais…

    • @mad_meg Je parle du Monde, pas du référencement par HLC, ni ta réponse (de bon sens par ailleurs).

      Je fais remarquer que les décodeurs parviennent à relayer une « polémique » qui n’est rien d’autre que la très usuelle « War on Christmas », récemment remise au goût du jour par… Donald Trump himself, sans le mentionner : How the ‘War on Christmas’ Controversy Was Created

      For over a decade, these debates have taken place mainly on conservative talk radio and cable programs. But this year they also burst onto a much grander stage: the presidential election.

      At a rally in Wisconsin last week, Donald J. Trump stood in front of a line of Christmas trees and repeated a campaign-trail staple.

      “When I started 18 months ago, I told my first crowd in Wisconsin that we are going to come back here some day and we are going to say ‘Merry Christmas’ again,” he said. “Merry Christmas. So, Merry Christmas everyone. Happy New Year, but Merry Christmas.”


      Indeed, Mr. O’Reilly has returned to the theme of a war on Christmas again and again over the years. In 2012 he told viewers that liberals were “tying the Christmas situation into secular progressive politics” because they wanted “a new America, and traditional Christmas isn’t a part of it.”

      Du coup, c’est plutôt normal d’avoir des arguments dans de tels débats qui sont volontairement clivants, mais dans le même temps, le rôle d’un « décodeur » serait avant tout de rappeler qu’il s’agit à l’origine d’une lubie lancée par les néo-fascistes américains et recyclée tous les ans par Fox News. Et que donc on est très nettement en train de se faire imposer (via LR françaouis) les termes d’un débat spectaculaire initié par les néo-fascistes de là-bas.

    • Merci @arno pour tes précisions. Je suis du coup tout à fait d’accord avec ce que tu dit.
      @simplicissimus j’y avais même pas pensé, c’est vrai que ca fait beaucoup de messes et que c’est pas la place d’un président d’un pays laïque de prêcher chez les calotins pour l’âme des morts.

      Autre gros scandale de la pseudo laïcité cocorico, le concordat qui n’est jamais remis en cause, même par Macron. Pourtant si prompt à faire baisser l’impôt. Mais c’est vrai que cet impôt profite à une riche organisation misogyne, homophobes et agresseuse sexuels d’enfants du coup Macron ca il sponsorise.

      D’ailleurs j’ai vu que le budget de l’école publique à été amputé d’une grosse somme au bénéfice de l’école de la manif pour tous. Je reviens si je trouve le lien.
      edit - le voici :

  • These Are the Ads Russia Bought on Facebook in 2016 - The New York Times

    They made for a wildly varied slide show, designed by Russia to exploit divisions in American society and to tip the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald J. Trump and against Hillary Clinton. The House Intelligence Committee provided on Wednesday the biggest public platform to date for a sample of the Facebook ads and pages that were linked by a trail of ruble payments to a Russian company with Kremlin ties.

    #Facebook #Publicité_russe

  • Nothing Divides Voters Like Owning a Gun - The New York Times

    Americans are deeply split along demographic lines, but there aren’t many demographic characteristics that embody America’s cultural divide better than gun ownership.

    In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, the polling firm SurveyMonkey published a pair of maps from its 2016 presidential election exit polls. It showed the electoral maps for voters who said they had a gun in their home, and for those who said they did not.

    In every state but Vermont – perhaps the most liberal state in the country, but one where Democrats, including Bernie Sanders, often support gun rights – voters who reported living in a gun-owning household overwhelmingly backed Donald J. Trump.

    #états-unis #armes #armement #cartographie #visualisation #bleu_et_rouge

  • US won’t declare opioid emergency, Price says - CNN

    Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump has no immediate plans to declare the nation’s opioid epidemic a public health emergency, a decision that flies in the face of the key recommendation by the President’s bipartisan opioid commission.

    Public health experts had said that an emergency declaration was much needed in turning the tide to save American lives. The commission, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, was resolute in maintaining the importance of an emergency declaration: “Our citizens are dying,” it said.

    We say to the president, you must declare an emergency,” Christie said on CNN last week.
    Price sought to minimize the administration’s decision Tuesday, just after Trump said that a stronger law enforcement response is needed and that he is committed to combating the problem.


    • Ah ben si, finalement…

      Trump declares opioid crisis a national emergency - CNN

      President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency Thursday, a designation that would offer states and federal agencies more resources and power to combat the epidemic.

      In a statement released late Thursday, the White House said, “building upon the recommendations in the interim report from the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, President Donald J. Trump has instructed his Administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis caused by the opioid epidemic.

      The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I am saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency. It’s a national emergency,” Trump said earlier at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. “We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis. It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had.

    • … du coup, les promoteurs de cette déclaration, totalement dépités 2 jours auparavant, couvrent le POTUS de louanges…

      It was not immediately clear what had changed since Tuesday, when Price said the president had no immediate plans for an emergency declaration. In a statement issued Thursday night, Price thanked the President for his leadership in making the move and said it, “demonstrates our sense of urgency to fight the scourge of addiction that is affecting all corners of this country.

      Christie lauded the president’s decision, saying Trump “deserves great credit.

      As I have said before, I am completely confident that the president will address this problem aggressively and do all he can to alleviate the suffering and loss of scores of families in every corner of our country,” he said in a written statement.

  • Trump gets a folder full of positive news about himself twice a day

    Twice a day since the beginning of the Trump administration, a special folder is prepared for the president. The first document is prepared around 9:30 a.m. and the follow-up, around 4:30 p.m. Former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer both wanted the privilege of delivering the 20-to-25-page packet to President Trump personally, White House sources say.

    These sensitive papers, described to VICE News by three current and former White House officials, don’t contain top-secret intelligence or updates on legislative initiatives. Instead, the folders are filled with screenshots of positive cable news chyrons (those lower-third headlines and crawls), admiring tweets, transcripts of fawning TV interviews, praise-filled news stories, and sometimes just pictures of Trump on TV looking powerful.

  • « Tous les éléments pointent vers le Qatar » dans le financement des extrémistes, affirme Trump - L’Orient-Le Jour

    Le président américain Donald Trump a estimé mardi que l’isolement du Qatar marquera « peut-être le début de la fin de l’horreur du terrorisme », indiquant que « tous les éléments pointent vers le Qatar » dans le financement de l’extrémisme religieux.

    Si, après cela, vous n’êtes pas convaincu du sérieux de la chose !


    • C’dest du gros, il lui a fallu DEUX tweets :

      So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off. They said they would take a hard line on funding...
      — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2017

      ...extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!
      — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2017

    • J’imagine la tronche des Qataris qui apprennent la position Américaine officielle par #Twitter ... Et celle des diplomates Américains qui se tapent le front contre leur bureau en voyant les tweets passer, pensant à la galère dans laquelle ils sont embarqués...

  • Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington | Why the Trump Administration Should Reconsider Oman

    by Sigurd Neubauer and Yoel Guzansky
    Following his historic address to the U.S.-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, U.S. President Donald J. Trump held bilateral talks with every Gulf Cooperation Council leader except for Oman’s deputy prime minister, Sayyid Fahd al-Said, who had his meeting cancelled at the last minute with no public explanation. Oman’s unique foreign policy record – which ranges from facilitating the early U.S.-Iranian contact that eventually led to the nuclear agreement, to its active contribution to the Middle East peace process, to more recently supporting the United Nations-sponsored Yemen peace negotiations – was also ignored altogether during the president’s speech, even though he thanked each of the other GCC countries for their respective commitments to fighting extremism and regional terrorist groups.

    In fact, it may be that the very nature of Oman’s engagement in efforts to defuse regional conflicts has prompted the Trump administration to view it warily, given Washington’s efforts to restore close relations with Saudi Arabia. In this context, Oman’s established links to both Tehran and the political leadership of Yemen’s Houthi insurgents – clearly valued by the administration of former President Barack Obama – may be seen now as reasons to keep Oman at arm’s length. Further evidence that the U.S.-Omani relationship may be heading toward uncertainty came as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cancelled his meeting in Riyadh with his Omani counterpart, Yusuf bin Alawi. This, coupled with the Trump administration’s Budget Blueprint for fiscal year 2018 – which suggests a 35 percent cut in annual military/security assistance to Oman, down from $5.4 million to $3.5 million – further suggests that Washington is revising its approach toward Muscat.

    The Sultanate of Oman has been a U.S. strategic ally for nearly two centuries, and was the second Arab country, after Morocco, to establish diplomatic relations with Washington, in 1841. Moreover, Oman is only one of two GCC countries to enjoy a free trade agreement with the United States.

    Building on these historic ties, Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman, the Arab world’s longest-serving monarch, has skillfully managed throughout his 44-year tenure to serve as a regional intermediary to help defuse tensions between Washington and Tehran, and has at the same time actively contributed to Israeli-Arab dialogue by hosting the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), a Muscat-based organization dedicated to sharing Israeli expertise on desalination technologies and clean fresh water supply.

    Given that Trump has pledged to reset U.S.-GCC relations and accelerate the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as part of an apparent strategic effort to counter Tehran’s “malign” regional influence, it is also surprising that Qaboos is the only GCC leader that Trump has yet to call, especially considering Oman is the only GCC country to enjoy pragmatic relationships with Iran and Israel.

    In recent years, Oman used its channels to Tehran – and to the Houthis in Yemen – to gain the release of a half dozen U.S. citizens who had been detained, efforts that earned Oman public expressions of thanks from Obama.

    In addition, “Oman recognizes that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an irritant between the U.S. and the Arab world, but – consistent with Qaboos’ philosophy of peaceful coexistence and conflict resolution – he wanted to play a constructive role,” said Richard Schmierer, former U.S. ambassador to Oman, adding that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was not a top issue on the U.S.-Omani bilateral agenda during his tenure in Muscat.

    Nonetheless, in 2010 U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton hailed MEDRC as “a model for Middle East peace making.” A year later, it was revealed that Obama personally called Qaboos to ask him to lead Arab goodwill gestures toward Israel in exchange for a settlement freeze moratorium.

    A Long History of Support for Mideast Peace

    Following the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, Oman was the only GCC member to consistently engage with Israel through a number of informal diplomatic initiatives. Oman was also one of only three Arab League members not to boycott Egypt after its peace treaty with Israel while actively supporting Jordanian-Israeli peace talks in the ensuing years.

    Qaboos demonstrated his commitment to reaching a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace treaty by inviting Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to visit him in Muscat in 1994. Rabin’s visit came only months after Israel and Jordan signed a comprehensive peace treaty. Although Rabin’s landmark visit was initially conducted in secrecy, it was announced publicly upon his return to Israel.

    Though falling short of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s historic Knesset address in 1977 and the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty of 1994, Qaboos granted Rabin and the Israeli leadership what it had strived for since the inception of the Jewish state in 1948: recognition and legitimacy. Moreover, Qaboos’ invitation arguably signaled publicly to Rabin, the Israeli public, and the Arab world at large a willingness to distance Oman from the Saudi position by granting Israel de facto recognition.

    Following the assassination of Rabin, Qaboos once again displayed his commitment to the peace process by dispatching Oman’s foreign minister to attend Rabin’s funeral. In a subsequent interview with Israeli media, Alawi said, while being hosted by acting Prime Minister Shimon Peres, “Oman will soon have diplomatic relations with Israel, Oman was never in a state of war with Israel so there is no need for a peace agreement.”

    The brief relationship between Qaboos, Rabin, and Peres has had concrete and positive outcomes: Oman has maintained a diplomatic channel with Israel since 1996 by hosting MEDRC. MEDRC is the only surviving organization of five regional initiatives included in the Oslo Accords as part of an effort to accelerate the peace process. Through it, participants from Gaza, Jordan, and the West Bank have attended, with Israeli counterparts, a number of courses on desalination and wastewater management in Tel Aviv.

    On the surface, Oman’s quiet diplomatic style of doing business appears to be by design: By maintaining a policy of neutrality and noninterference, Oman seeks to preserve its independence and stability by closely aligning with Britain and the United States while balancing relations with its powerful neighbors, Iran and Saudi Arabia. The Israeli-Palestinian angle, however, does not fit into Oman’s immediate strategic concerns; unlike Iran, with whom it shares the Strait of Hormuz, Israel is a distant power.

    Given Trump’s quest to forge a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace agreement, Oman could potentially again play a pivotal role through its MEDRC networks. A White House invitation to Oman’s newly-appointed deputy prime minister for international cooperation, Sayyid Assad bin Tariq al-Said, might provide an opportunity to explore this potential with the man who appears to be in line to become Qaboos’ eventual successor. And, unlikely as it would seem at the moment given Trump’s strident anti-Iran rhetoric, Oman could also reprise its role as a conduit for quiet messaging between Tehran and Washington on regional security issues as part of an effort to mitigate the risk of conflict.

    While the last U.S. president to visit Oman was Bill Clinton in 2000, the administration of George W. Bush dispatched vice president Dick Cheney to Muscat in 2002, 2005, and 2006 to discuss Iran and other regional issues. More recently, the Obama administration and its secretary of state, John Kerry, in particular, came to rely on Muscat on a host of regional initiatives ranging from Iran, Syria, and Yemen. In fact, Kerry grew so appreciative of Oman’s effective diplomacy that he attended Oman’s national day celebration in 2016, a most unusual public gesture for a secretary of state. Whether Oman regains this coveted position in the eyes of the current administration remains to be seen, although its unique contributions in support of efforts to resolve some of the Middle East’s most intractable problems would at the very least argue for open channels of communication.

    Sigurd Neubauer is a non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. Yoel Guzansky is a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, a National Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and a 2016–17 Israel Institute postdoctoral fellow.