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If Rahm doesn't resign will there be a falling out between Black politicians like Obama and BLM?

Afterall, Rahm would not have won without the support of Obama and his supporters. If Rahm does not resign it is hard to imagine Obama and the Black leadership not supporting him again. Black voters were the only traditionally democratic constituent group Rahm won, and Obama campaigned for him vociferously.
Posted by betterdemsonly | Thu Dec 31, 2015, 03:40 PM (20 replies)

New Right wing President of Argentina is scrapping law against media monopolies?


The controversy revolves around a 2009 media law introduced by Macri's predecessor Cristina Kirchner, which aimed to break up what she described as media monopolies.

It established AFSCA to grant and regulate broadcast licenses.

Argentina's biggest media group, Clarin, condemned the law as an attack on the free press and private property -- a viewpoint Macri's party shares.

Clarin, whose newspapers and cable channels are sharply critical of Kirchner, has challenged the law in court. It has so far successfully resisted having its media empire dismantled.

It should be clear to everyone at this point that the right is gaining traction in the world by using media monopolies. Why haven't the Obamas and the Clintons been more proactive against Rupert Murdoch, Comcast, and other right wing monopolists like Sheldon Adelson?

The Clintons outright enabled Murdoch with the 96 telecommunications bill? Obama did nothing to reverse it?

Another question, why are the Clintons, Obamas and other establishment dems supportive of these right wing latin American politicians like Macri over progressives like the Kirchners and the Chavistas in Venezuela. It is clear that people like Macri represent latin American teabaggers like, Ted Cruz. Why enable them by financing their campaigns to defeat progressives?
Posted by betterdemsonly | Thu Dec 31, 2015, 11:06 AM (7 replies)

The Saudi definition of terror, includes Atheism, impugning the state, and questioning state Islam.

They are among 52 similar “terrorists” whose mass execution is expected at any time. Two of them—Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, who was 17 at the time of his arrest, and Abdullah al-Zaher, who was 15—in addition to being sentenced to die by decapitation with a sword, are to be crucified, their headless bodies mounted on crosses in a public space as an example to anyone thinking of defying the House of Saud.

What the Saudi monarchy considers “terrorism,” moreover, was codified into a new law last year. It establishes that terrorism includes “any act” intended to, among other things, “insult the reputation of the state,” “harm public order,” or “shake the security of society.”

Other acts defined as “terrorism” include: “Calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based,” as well as “Contact or correspondence with any groups, currents [of thought], or individuals hostile to the kingdom.”

The parents of Abdullah al-Zaher, now 19, have come forward to plead for his life. They describe how he was tortured and beaten with iron rods after his arrest until he signed a false confession that he was not even allowed to read

Posted by betterdemsonly | Sat Dec 19, 2015, 11:27 AM (5 replies)

The Daily Mail embeds with the Israeli Army rescue mission to save Al Nusra soldiers fighting Assad.



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Under cover of darkness, an Israeli armoured car advances down the potholed road that leads to Syria. As it crests a small hill, the driver picks up the radio handset and tells his commanding officer that the border is in sight.

He kills the engine. Ten heavily-armed commandos jump out and take cover, watching for signs of ambush. Then five of them move up to the 12ft chainlink fence that marks the limit of Israeli-held territory.

On the other side, on the very edge of Syria, lies an unconscious man wrapped like a doll in a blood-drenched duvet. The commandos unlock the fence, open a section of it and drag him onto Israeli soil.

But this wounded man is not an Israeli soldier, or even an Israeli citizen. He is an Islamic militant. And his rescue forms part of an extraordinary humanitarian mission that is fraught with danger and has provoked deep controversy on all sides.

MailOnline has gained unprecedented access to this secretive and hazardous operation, embedding with the commandos to obtain exclusive footage, and interviewing the medics who are obliged to treat Syrian militants, some of whom openly admit that they intend to kill Israelis.

Posted by betterdemsonly | Thu Dec 17, 2015, 12:58 PM (3 replies)

Congress closes visa loopholes to keep out terrorists Unfortunately its against Syrian not Saudis.

Closing the Wrong Visa Loopholes
December 15, 2015

After the San Bernardino terror attack, Congress rushed to address security gaps in visa-free travel but addressed the wrong ones, leaving out visitors from “allied” countries such Saudi Arabia which have actually produced terrorists who attacked the U.S., note Georgianne Nienaber and Coleen Rowley.

By Georgianne Nienaber and Coleen Rowley

Only a few crickets chirped after our 2014 warning of gaps in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Our second post, however, came out at the same time the President and Congress had suddenly clicked into gear to tighten the program, obviously in reaction to the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.

Very likely their new-found concern is also due to officials having discovered the worrisome answer to our all-important question asking how many of the dozens of citizens from waiver participating countries — who now, in hindsight, have been identified as participants in recent terrorist incidents — were NOT ever listed on the key “terrorist watch lists.” Thus making them eligible to easily enter the U.S.
King Salman of Saudi Arabia and his entourage arrive to greet President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 27, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

King Salman of Saudi Arabia and his entourage arrive to greet President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 27, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) It’s been revealed that at least one of the Paris attackers would not have been flagged if he had sought to enter the U.S. through the VWP. Nor was San Bernardino shooter Malik who entered the U.S. on a “fiancé visa” reportedly on any of key databases. How many more are like that? We’ll only know if investigative reporters pry such embarrassing facts out of Homeland Security officials. It’s good the President and Congress finally started worrying about visa travel but unfortunately Congress is still in denial about the real problems. We could not find any discussion of the deeper, root problem with the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TID........................


I'll bet if they manage to start another war it will topple Assad not Isis. Our predilection toward lesser evils but still evil is giving us a more incompetent bumbling government everyday.
Posted by betterdemsonly | Wed Dec 16, 2015, 09:25 PM (0 replies)

This is looking more and more like Saudi Wahhabi terror, why don't we do something about them?

We also need to take a serious look at our relationship with the Turks. We need to end the stupid effort to topple Assad and fight a one front war against Wahhabi terror. We need to join with Russia and end George Bush's unilateralism. Obama was elected to be different from Bush, not a softer version. Assad has only killed so many because he was attacked by Saudi inspired religious extremists, that want to create bin Laden's Caliphate. They are not Syrian moderates. Syrian moderates are a Saudi fabrication.
Posted by betterdemsonly | Thu Dec 3, 2015, 05:23 PM (18 replies)

Do you think the US foreign policy establishment are in the cahoots with the Islamic State?

Many here express shock that most Iraqis believe this. http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1014&pid=1276289

However I believe this is common view here on DU.
Posted by betterdemsonly | Wed Dec 2, 2015, 11:54 AM (64 replies)

I wasn't against the Iraq war because I am pacifists, but because Iraqis didn't do 9/11

The Saudis sponsored Al Qaeda, not the Iraqis.

The Saudis sponsor Isis, Boko Haram, and Chechnyan terrorists like the Boston Bombers. Why no regime change against the Saudis. Since they use their oil money to create terror against Westerners it would also be justified to take their oil. Why are they never in our sights?

Why don't we do regime change against regimes that actually fund islamic fundamentalism and antiwestern terror. Why are we constantly being misdirected toward regimes like Iraq and Syria, that are authoritarian but no threat to US. Meanwhile we arm Saudi terrorists groups to overthrow them, and they use the money, and weapons to attack Westerners.
Posted by betterdemsonly | Sat Nov 14, 2015, 07:21 PM (5 replies)

I think conservadems are much more likely to bailout on Bernie than Bernie supporters on Hillary so

I am not one bit surprised. Having said that, you have no right to complain about Bernie supporters not supporting the nominee if it is Hillary now, and you are just trolling.

Elections are always addition not subtraction, and democrats do have to attract a winning coalition of voters including those who don't always vote democrat. Bernie chooses to attract progressive independents,, who are marginalized in our system where as Hillary chooses people who traditionally voted republican, and who's interests have always been pandered to.
Posted by betterdemsonly | Tue Oct 27, 2015, 07:58 AM (1 replies)
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