Monday, May 8, 2017

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Comment on Macron's presidential victory in France:  "It is like electing Jamie Dimon President of the USA and wondering why nothing changes."


1--Macron wins French presidency


One Ipsos poll found that 61 percent of the French people so mistrust Macron’s agenda of social cuts and war that they do not want him to have a majority in the National Assembly after the upcoming legislative elections in June....

Le Pen:  The forces that have supported Macron have discredited themselves and cannot claim to represent a force that could create an alternative government, or even a political opposition.”


2--The Great Productivity Slowdown-- It began long before the financial crisis, and it has worsened markedly in the past six years.


3--U.S. Economy Can't Even Match the "Sclerotic Statism" of France


4--Jordan, US launch Eager Lion military exercise


--Some 7,400 troops from 20 nations taking part in Eager Lion military drills, 'the largest and most complex to date'.


5--Jordan, US kick off major military drill


6--ISIS Infiltrates the Rukban Refugee Camp at Jordan-Syria Border


7--US National Security adviser, Venezuela opposition leader discuss Venezuelan


8--A new stage in the US health care counterrevolution


9--Macron---establishment candidate



10--Syria says up to 5,000 Chinese Uighurs fighting in militant groups


11--Iran considers deploying ground forces to counter US intervention in Syria: Reports


Iran has grown increasingly concerned that southern Syria could see a cross-border American incursion from Jordan


12--Syrian FM: we will respond to any intervention by Jordan


13--Comey testimony


During the hearing, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham asked Comey what kind of "threat" Russia presents to the "democratic process."
"Certainly, in my view the greatest threat of any nation on Earth, given their intention and their capability," Comey answered.






According to the survey, 49% of the respondents call for the immediate abolition of economic sanctions, while 42% demand their gradual reduction. Only 8% of the companies want the sanctions to stay in place, while 1% calls for their extension.


20--Safe zones?


21--The last time companies got a break on overseas profits, it didn't work out well


22--History and Hypocrisy: Why the Korean War Matters in the Age of Trump


23-- Seizing control of the region's vast oil and gas resources


According to retired NATO Secretary General Wesley Clark, a memo from the Office of the US Secretary of Defense just a few weeks after 9/11 revealed plans to "attack and destroy the governments in seven countries in five years", starting with Iraq and moving on to "Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran." Clark argues that this strategy is fundamentally about control of the region's vast oil and gas resources.
In 2009, Syrian President Assad refused to sign a proposed agreement with Qatar that would run a pipeline from the latter's North field through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and on to Turkey, with a view to supply European markets in direct competition with Russia and in the hope of further undermining and helping to break the energy-dependent Russian economy.
Russian ally Assad refused to sign and instead pursued negotiations for an alternative $10 billion pipeline plan with Iran crossing Iraq and into Syria that would also potentially allow Iran to supply gas to Europe. Thus Assad had to go.

24--France Elects Its Banker


Macron has promised to pick up the baton of ‘labor reform’ in France introduced by Socialist Party Holland. That means laws that will weaken unions, collective bargaining, allow firing of workers, eliminate strikes, cut social benefits, privatize the healthcare and education systems in France.  So now the conflict in France moves from the electoral arena to the workplace...

Macron further represents a strategy to save European neoliberalism similar to that which Britain and the US economic elites put forward in the 1990s when they put Tony Blair and Bill Clinton in office.–i.e. so-called ‘new democrats’ at the time.  Emmanuel Macron is France’s ‘new democrat’, and a reflection of elites in France putting a ‘shiny new young face’ on its prime politician just as UK elites did with Tony Blair and US with Bill Clinton. Macron is thus the ‘Tony Clinton’ (or ‘Bill Blair’ if you prefer) of France.  However sustaining a ‘Tony Blair’ or ‘Bill Clinton’ strategy and solution in France may not be possible at this juncture, nor in the case of France in general. Time will tell if the ‘shiny young new face’ solution works in France, given its current discrediting in UK and US.
Macron is also a former banker, and therefore also represents the trend of a deepening influence and control of bankers and finance capitalists in the governments of the advanced economies like the US, UK, Japan and Europe in general.

In the US, big bankers like Goldman Sachs now run nearly all the key cabinet positions and agencies in the US administration under Trump.  Under Obama in 2008, all the recommendations for cabinet-agency positions put forward by the megabank, Citigroup, were eventually adopted by Obama. France 2016 appears a continuation of this trend, as banker-finance capitalists maneuver in new ways to retain their dominance of the political system in the advanced economies in an age of growing economic disruptions.


https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/04/28/us-troops-deploy-along-syria-turkish-border-reports.html

https://southfront.org/al-jazeera-films-false-flag-fake-chemical-attack-syria-russian-media/


Hillary lost because 
These figures are similar to the results of a 2016 PEW survey which found that (50%) of Trump's GOP supporters say they are angry at the federal government,  (61%) say the system as unfair, and a full fully 75%  say life for people like them has gotten worse. (Campaign Exposes Fissures Over Issues, Values and How Life Has Changed in the U.S, PEW Research Center)
Let’s summarize: A higher percentage of Trump supporters think they are getting screwed-over by an unfair system. They think “free trade” only benefits the rich, they think the government is unresponsive to their needs,  they think the system is rigged, they think the economy stinks and they’re really, really mad.

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