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…Israeli officials led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are panicking after the Israeli Supreme Court authored the first ever secular opinion that legally defines a “Jew.”
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…Turkey hails ICC ruling on jurisdiction in Palestinian territories and we welcome the ICC’s finding that it has jurisdiction over Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, which has been occupied by Israel since 1967,” the ministry said….
After promoting American Exceptionalism now US politicians are reaping what they have sown in the World:
– A Verseille Treatise robbing the defeated combatants of WW1.
– A Nuremburg system of victors’ justice. Remember that similar cups of poisons will one day be handed to those who unfairly judged the losing side.
– An enslavement or even a genocide of a Palestinian population who had done no harm to USA.
– A hegemonic Brenton Wood US-dollars based monetary system which gave USA an extraordinary priviledge with the French President C. de Gaulle being the first to break free from it.
– A monopolistic Banking System that allows USA to arbitrarily embargo any country. This is just like USA has the free reign of using economic war against any other country.
– A tyranical intelligence system that forments “Color revolutions” to overthrow other democratically elected (or otherwise) governments.
– A military system that often violates International laws and human rights. Dachau and My Lai are only two examples.
– A flat refusal for anything American to be judged by International Courts.
– A foreign policy that interferes in the politics of its smaller allies with the purpose of turning them into puppets of USA and creates false causes (like possession of weapon of mass destruction) for wars against weaker nations (like Iraq).
– A non-humane foreign policy that refused to assist former Soviet Republics to set up their truly democratic new governments when their old system collapsed. Rather, USA only sent their looters to those former Soviet Republics. This results in the current lasting suspicions in those republics of bad Western intents.
– An untrustworthy alliance system that trades smaller allies like sacrificial pawns. (South Vietnam was made into an ally of USA to be later traded as a pawn for an alliance with China against Russia. So was Taiwan). Here are some examples:
“The United States did not keep its promise to help us fight for freedom and it was in the same fight that the United States lost 50,000 of its young men.” — Nguyen Van Thieu, President of South Vietnam.
“If the Americans do not want to support us anymore, let them go, get out! Let them forget their humanitarian promises!” — Nguyen Van Thieu, President of South Vietnam.
“But the United States did not keep its word. Is an American’s word reliable these days?” — Nguyen Van Thieu, President of South Vietnam.
– An untrustworthy alliance system that uses smaller allies to attack the bigger countries which are the adversaries/enemies of USA.
(Phillipino President Dutert has said: “They said we have a US-RP pact. Okay. Let America declare the war. Let them assemble all their armaments there in South China Sea. Fire the first shot and I’ll be glad to do the next,” he added, referring to the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty. “We have a US-RP pact so let’s honor it. Do you want trouble? Okay, let’s do it.”, https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/07/06/1932525/duterte-dares-us-declare-war-vs-china).
– An unfair trading system that gives US companies all the benefits. Google and Facebook are now the big corporations that are actively playing politics in other countries.
All the lies and double standards used against the people of smaller nations are now coming back to the US to demonstrate their devastations.
American exceptionalism hurt by violent Capitol debacle, expect Biden to push aggressive foreign policy in bid to repair damage
9 Jan, 2021 14:57
Aftermath of the storming of Capitol building in Washington, DC by Trump supporters © Sputnik / Stringer
By Fyodor Lukyanov, the editor-in-chief of Russia in Global Affairs, chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, and research director of the Valdai International Discussion Club How could something like this happen in Washington? It was assumed that, despite all its social and political problems that have worsened in recent years, America was different and far more robust than we are now seeing.
A habit of being special
The rule of thumb was, ‘there is America and there are others’. With the others, shortcomings are natural and to be expected, even if many of them are well-established democracies. But America is a different story, because by default, the US is a role model that was supposed to remain the democratic icon forever.
Exceptionalism is foundational for America’s political culture. This type of self-identification was the cornerstone on which the nation and society were built a couple of hundred years ago. That’s how Americans are raised. And you will run into this phenomenon everywhere.
When asking his supporters gathered by the Capitol building to go home, President Donald Trump said, “You are special.” People from the more liberal political camp have even deeper convictions about the US being exceptional and therefore under an obligation to bring light into the world, as they see it. Also on rt.com ‘Putin’s wildest dream’: Russian President celebrating storming of US Capitol Building, say liberal pundits & politicians
That’s why everybody is shocked – how could this have happened? The reaction was followed by a wave of explanations as to why the clashes near and inside the Capitol building only looked like similar events in other countries, but in reality, they were something entirely different. Here is a comment from the CNN website, “Sure there are superficial similarities… but what’s happening in America is uniquely American. It is that country’s monster.”
Such restlessness is understandable. If we look at exceptionalism in the context of the world order that we’ve had in recent decades, we see that after the end of the Cold War, the US has held the unique position of the sole global hegemon. No other power in world history has ever reached this level of dominance.
Besides massive military and economic resources, America’s exceptionalism has also been relying on the idea that this nation sets the tone for the global worldview. This authorized America to certify systems of government in other countries and exert influence in situations that it believed required certain adjustments. As we all know, this influence took different forms, including direct military intervention.
We are not going to list the pros and cons of such a world order in this article. What’s important is that one of the key aspects of this order is the belief in the infallibility of the global leader. That’s why American commentators and experts are so worried about the Capitol Building events and Trump’s presidency in general hurting the international status of the US.
Generally speaking, post-election turmoil is not a rare occurrence. After all, the US itself has encouraged the new political tradition that has emerged in the 21st century. In recent times, in certain places, election campaigns haven’t ended after the votes were counted and the winner is announced. Instead, Washington often encouraged the losing side to at least try to challenge the results by taking to the streets. Indeed, resistance was part of the US Declaration of Independence after all. Also on rt.com Gorbachev, once America’s greatest friend in Moscow, believes Capitol invasion calls into question stability of US as a state
Western capitals consistently emphasized the legitimacy of such actions in situations when people believed that their votes had been ‘stolen’. Washington was usually the lead voice in these declarations. Granted, this mostly applied to immature democracies with unstable institutions, but where are all those unshakable, solid democratic countries today? The world is experiencing so much instability that nobody is exempt from major shocks and crises.
There is another reason why traditional institutions are losing their footing. They were effective in a solidified informational environment. The sources of information were either controlled or perceived as trustworthy by the majority.
Today there are problems with both. Technological advances boost transparency, but they also create multiple realities and countless opportunities for manipulation. Institutions must be above reproach if they are to survive in the new conditions. It would be wrong to say that they are all crumbling. They are, however, experiencing tremendous pressure, and we can’t expect them to be perfect.
Looking for a scapegoat
The US is not better or worse at facing the new challenges. Or, rather, it is better in some areas and worse in others. This would all be very normal if America’s exceptionalism didn’t always need affirmation.
Situations in which the US appears to be just like any other country, albeit with some unique characteristics, are a shock to the system. In order to stay special, America looks where to place the blame. Ideally, the guilty party should be someone acting in the interests of an outside power, someone un-American.
This mechanism is not unknown to Russians from the experience in our country – for a long time now, Russian elites have been keen to blame outsiders for their own failures. But America’s motivation today is even stronger; there is more passion, because simply covering up the failures is no longer enough – America wants to prove that it is still perfect. Also on rt.com Russia says American system ‘archaic’ & not up to ‘modern democratic standards’ after rioters raid Washington’s Capitol building
Democrats are taking back the American political landscape. For the next two years (until the 2022 mid-term elections), they will have all the power – in the White House and Congress. Trump’s supporters have seriously scared the ruling class, and the Capitol building debacle during the last days of his presidency has created a perfect pretext for cleaning house. Big Tech companies are at their disposal (so far).
Target number one is Trump himself. They want to make an example out of him, so that others wouldn’t dare challenge the sanctity of the political establishment. But Trump will not be enough, something must be done about his numerous supporters. The awkward finale of his presidency opens the door for labeling his fans as enemies of the republic and democracy.
The Democrats will do everything within their power to demoralize their earnest opponents. This won’t be hard, since the Republican Party itself is a hot mess right now. Trump has alienated almost all his supporters from the party leadership, but he is still popular among regular voters.
Demonstrative restoration of order and democratic fundamentals will also be used to reclaim the role model status. The reasoning is clear – we successfully neutralized the terrible external and internal threats to our democracy, so now we have regained the right to show the world how one should deal with the enemies of said democracy. The ‘summit of democracies’ idea proposed by Joseph Biden is starting to look like an emergency meeting for closing the ranks in a fight against enemies of progress.
And this brings us back to the foreign policy issue, because it’s not difficult to predict who will be enemy number one. Putin as an almighty puppeteer of all undemocratic forces in the world (including Trump) has been part of the rhetoric for a few years now. Hillary Clinton said it when giving a campaign speech in Nevada in August 2016, and Nancy Pelosi echoed the sentiment after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Building. Of course, China is a close second on the enemy list created by the Democratic leadership, but there are some economic restraints there.
America’s inevitable strife to reclaim its exceptionalism will clash with the current tendencies in global development. All aspects of international affairs, from economy to security, to ideology and ethics, are diversifying. Attempts to divide the world along the old democracy vs. autocracy lines, i.e. go back to the agenda prevalent at the end of the 20th to the beginning of the 21st century, are doomed, because this is not the way the world is structured now.
But attempts will be made nevertheless, and we can’t rule out some aggressive ‘democracy promotion’. Even if it’s just to prove that the embarrassing Trump episode was nothing more than an unfortunate accident. This, by the way, could become a short-term unifying factor for the diverse members of the Democratic Party, some of whom represent the old generation, while others are energetic young proponents of left-wing politics.
We can conclude that the world will not really benefit from the new presidency, even if respected foreign policy professionals return to the White House now that Trump is leaving. It might stabilize America’s frenzy in international affairs that we are all used to by now, but a new wave of ideology will neutralize the potential advantage (if it even existed, which is debatable).
America’s resolve to prove to the world that it’s not like others will encounter the large-scale ‘material resistance’, which will make a dangerous situation even worse. At least with Trump we knew that he didn’t like wars, and he didn’t start any new ones. Biden’s credit history is very different.
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… A series of world leaders have weighed in on an explosion of violent unrest in Washington, DC, calling for de-escalation on all sides after protesters stormed the US Capitol, seeing one woman fatally shot by police amid the chaos…
… In sum, institutions that had failed collapsed and were replaced, first by
Napoleon’s centralized bureaucracies and later by
political reforms, a process that took much of the 19th
century to play out.
I think the parallels to America in 2020 are
obvious, if inexact.
Most importantly, America’s core institutions
have failed: the financial system, healthcare,
higher education, the political process and the national defense/intelligence complex.
In every case, a class of insiders has come to dominate each centralized hierarchy for its own benefit. Blinded by their greed and hubris, they cannot recognize or understand the systemic failure they inhabit because their attachment to their position, privilege and power is blindingly strong.
Reform is impossible, for as with the French Monarchy, the existing system is the wrong structur and unit size, to borrow a phrase from
Peter Drucker. Reforms profound enough to actually
repair what’s broken would require the insiders
surrender much of their position, privilege and power, which they will never do.
As I have taken pains to explain, finance capitalism has fatally distorted the
American economy in ways that few understand (or want to understand, since it’s so disturbing).
Ghislaine Maxwell will likely kill herself or “be silenced” in jail, a victim lawyer has reportedly predicted — a year after he correctly forecast Jeffrey Epstein’s early death behind bars. “I don’t think she is going to get out of jail alive,” Spencer Kuvin, an attorney for several Epstein victims, told The Daily Mail.
Sun, 05/24/2020 – 20:00
“One rule for me, and another for thee” appears to be the politically-prone mantra rapidly spreading around the world.
Opposition parties take shots at one another with America‘s left decrying President Trump’s maskless-golfing escapades…
…and the right exposing Virginia Governor Northam’s recent non-socially-distanced, maskless-beach visit.
Japanese authorities are also under pressure with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet approval rating fell 4 ppts to 29%, lowest since the start of his second administration in Dec. 2012, after a wave of condemnation involving a man that his administration took great pains to defend: Hiromu Kurokawa, head of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutor’s Office. On Thursday, Kurokawa stepped down after a tabloid expose said he had gambled on mahjong with journalists twice this month despite the state of emergency requesting that nonessential outings be avoided.
And the icing on the global anger cake is occurring in Britain after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson came out in support of top aide Dominic Cummings Sunday despite his his chief aide allegedly violating the national lockdown rules that he helped to create by driving the length of England to his parents’ house while he was infected with COVID-19.
Defying a growing clamor from public and politicians, AP reports that Johnson said Dominic Cummings had acted “responsibly, legally and with integrity” when he drove 250 miles from London to Durham, in northeast England, with his wife and son at the end of March.
Cummings said he traveled to be near extended family because his wife was showing COVID-19 symptoms, he correctly thought he was also infected and he wanted to ensure that his 4-year-old son was looked after.
However, as AP notes, critics of the government expressed outrage that Cummings had broken strict rules