FIG: France, Italy and Germany Tell Trump Paris Climate Agreement Cannot be Re-negotiated

FIG: France, Italy and Germany Tell Trump “No”: They are not open to re-negotiating the Paris Climate Agreement

France, Italy and Germany (FIG) Tell Trump to Go Fly a Kite With Re-negotiating Paris Climate Agreement

France, Italy and Germany (FIG)  stand up to Donald Trump. The leaders of the 3 European powerhouses issued a joint statement today indicating that neither of the three countries nor the other members of the European Union are open to re-negotiating the Paris Climate Agreement.

President Trump infamously deep-sixed the Paris Climate Agreement on June 1 2017, stating in part that the deal was entered into out of “desperation” by President Obama’s administration.  President Trump indicated, however, that he was open to “re-negotiate” the deal (he has said similar things about the Iran deal).

But FIG – France, Italy and Germany, told him to go fly a kite. They did not say this in so many words but the joint communiqué that they issued basically amounts to telling him to go fly a kite.

With Great Britain sidelined by BREXIT, FIG is now the center of power in the European Union. The leaders of FIG – Emmanuel Macron, Paolo Gentiloni and Angela Merkel – appear resolute in their stance against Trump and pro the Paris Climate Accord.

Although, it is early yet. FIG  – France, Italy and Germany could yet turn around and change their minds. Doubtful if Trump will change his but FIG could change theirs.

You do have to give President Trump and A+ about knowing how to change the headlines. Nobody but nobody is interested in Jared Kushner after this bombshell on Climate Change.

Brilliant, Mr Trump!

 

French President Emmanuel Macron Admits Handshake With Trump Was Intentional

French President Emmanuel Macron out-manned US President Donald Trump at chess  a handshake and France is very proud.  The French people have largely been anti-Trump for one thing and were happy to see him get his comeuppance. But more than that, they are happy that their newly elected leader is no pushover for America or for Trump.

So they are rejoicing that Macron forced Trump to let go first (for the handshake) and then after, the perceived slight of Trump by Macron when he ditched Trump to shake the hand of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. It was a symbolic win and they loved it.

This round definitely went to France. Will Macron live to regret this, however? Donald Trump seems like the type of guy to hold a grudge. He does not forget easily the people who humiliate him and by all accounts, Macron definitely humiliated Trump.

To be fair, Trump supported Marine Le Pen, the far right candidate over the centrist Macron. (And Barack Obama endorsed Macron). So there is no love lost there.

But what about the broader implications for France going forward? In this age of terrorism, for example, at any moment, countries can be attacked. The US and France are NATO allies and the US is bound by treaty to assist France if France is attacked by an enemy state.  At the same time, Terrorism is kind of a different animaL.

When the terrorist attacked France, in 2015 and 2016 the sitting French President  Francois Hollande jumped on a plane and high-tailed it to the United States to talk with the US President and to get assurances that the US would aid France if necessary.

Presumably, that will still happen. But it is a question mark how a Trump administration will treat cries for help from Macron’s government if that situation were to arise, given their less than opportune start.

Because Trump can be a very, very petty guy.

So you have to wonder if Macron bit of his nose to spite his face by trying to make Trump look silly on an international stage like that.

Macron, obviously, is inexperienced and he is young. Trump is inexperienced as a president of a country too but not as inexperienced as Macron is, I don’t think. So Macron could have put himself at a disadvantage by pulling that move.

At the same time, Macron was right in the sense that, he wanted some respect – for himself and for France. And he is the first world leader to have done that to Trump so at a minimum he has Trump’s attention (albeit for all the wrong reasons).  He was right not to take the route of a coward and to cower from Trump. But time will tell if this is the right strategy and the right way to deal with a man like Donald. Time will tell.

Greek Ambassador to Brazil Kyriakos Amiridis Murdered Allegedly By His Wife’s Toy Boy – a Police Officer 20 Years Her Junior

Numerous reports from Brazil is that Greek Ambassador to Brazil, Kyriakos Amiridis, who was found dead in a burned out car in a sketchy area of Rio De Janeiro, was actually murdered by his wife’s younger lover. The wife is Brazilian, and according to Reuters, the lover confessed that they both planned to take out her husband so that they could be together. The Brazilian government is calling the murder a “crime of passion..”

Theresa May Just Threw John Kerry Under the Bus in a Stunning Display of Hypocrisy

Considering the fact that Britain voted for the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, and the United States abstained, it is incredibly ballsy of British Prime Minister Theresa May to come out in criticism of John Kerry, the US Secretary of State who recently held a press conference to explain why the US abstained.

Respectfully, what is Theresa smoking?

Considering Britain’s stated policies on Israel and Palestine, considering how UK voted (they had veto power too!) she comes out and excoriates Kerry in this context?

Honestly, what is she smoking?

Perhaps it is just that she is trying to be Trump’s bedfellow considering the fact that with this BREXIT craziness the UK and the EU are not going to exactly be BFFs. So she is going to need friends and so she sells her soul in this uncroyable display of hypocrisy – and I say that with all due respect because I like her style and I can’t wait to get a pair of Burberry sneakers like hers. But she is a hypocrite! And it is unbearable! Or maybe she is just smoking something. But what? Cause it is giving her memory losses. She has forgotten not only what John Kerry said in his speech but how her own government voted in this resolution!

Maybe she is just scared about BREXIT and she is trying to curry favor with Trump. I should warn her: TRUMP IS TOTALLY UNPREDICTABLE. If I were May I would wait to see which way the wind blows with this guy before I hitched on my wagon and threw my old friends under the bus.

Will Russia Sanction France due to Charlie Hebdo Art Work?

 

 

According to the Moscow Times, Charlie Hebdo, the satirical french paper has angered Russia with several arguably distasteful cartoons depicting the crash on Christmas day that killed 92 people, including 64 member of the Red army choir. One Russian blogger has called for Russia to impose sanctions on France as a  result:

Just hours after Charlie Hebdo’s latest work, there’s already a petition hosted on Change.org calling for Russian sanctions against France, against the staff of Charlie Hebdo, and against Audrey Azoulay, France’s minister of culture and telecommunications. Initiated by Russian journalist and blogger Nikolai Zubov, the petition had 419 supporters, at the time of this writing.

One Kremlin spokesperson found the satirists’ drawings “blasphemous,” saying:

“This has nothing to do with democracy, self-expression, or whatever,” the Kremlin’s spokesperson said at the time about the drawings, calling them “pure blasphemy.”

 

Billionaire George Soros is Depressed About World Affairs and While He is at it He Threw a Pot of Insults at Donald Trump

Billionaire philanthropist George Soros is bearish on the way things are developing in the world’s leading democracies at the moment. From Brexit and the looming implosion of the Maastricht Treaty to the Election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, he sees a full blown crisis ahead for democracy the world over. He goes so far as to call Donald Trump a “would-be dictator” in a recent op-ed in Project Syndicate, where he wrote in part:

 

Democracy is now in crisis. Even the US, the world’s leading democracy, elected a con artist and would-be dictator as its president. Although Trump has toned down his rhetoric since he was elected, he has changed neither his behavior nor his advisers. His cabinet comprises incompetent extremists and retired generals.

What lies ahead?

I am confident that democracy will prove resilient in the US. Its Constitution and institutions, including the fourth estate, are strong enough to resist the excesses of the executive branch, thus preventing a would-be dictator from becoming an actual one.

But the US will be preoccupied with internal struggles in the near future, and targeted minorities will suffer. The US will be unable to protect and promote democracy in the rest of the world. On the contrary, Trump will have greater affinity with dictators. That will allow some of them to reach an accommodation with the US, and others to carry on without interference. Trump will prefer making deals to defending principles. Unfortunately, that will be popular with his core constituency.
Soros, an 86 year old Hungarian Jew and naturalized citizen of the United States, expressed personal pain about the state of world affairs at this moment in time. He blamed the trend towards “closed societies” from once “open societies” on the failure of elected leaders to meet voters’ expectations:
I find the current moment in history very painful. Open societies are in crisis, and various forms of closed societies – from fascist dictatorships to mafia states – are on the rise. How could this happen? The only explanation I can find is that elected leaders failed to meet voters’ legitimate expectations and aspirations and that this failure led electorates to become disenchanted with the prevailing versions of democracy and capitalism. Quite simply, many people felt that the elites had stolen their democracy.
While he is concerned with the short term impact on American democracy and the American way of life with the election of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president, he expressed confidence that the natural constitutional checks and balances in place will prevent a total disintegration of the country as we know it. He was not so sure about the European Union, however, which he fears will fall into the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who, Mr Soros seems of the opinion is on a mission to destabilise European democracies and perhaps bring the entire continent under Russian control.
Putin’s recent moves in Ukraine are one thing. But a quick glance at the map shows that a complete take over of Europe by Russia, while a totally unthinkable and insane notion at this instance, is not totally impossible given the realities in the global system at this time, as well as the geographic terrain. And with the bromance that is brewing between Russia and America due to the election of Donald Trump (which Putin is accused of having spearheaded with hacking and spreading of ‘fake news”) who will be there to protect Europe if Putin indeed decides that he wants to spread his empire a little bit more to the West.
George Soros opines :

I am particularly worried about the fate of the EU, which is in danger of coming under the influence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose concept of government is irreconcilable with that of open society. Putin is not a passive beneficiary of recent developments; he worked hard to bring them about. He recognized his regime’s weakness: it can exploit natural resources but cannot generate economic growth. He felt threatened by “color revolutions” in Georgia, Ukraine, and elsewhere. At first, he tried to control social media. Then, in a brilliant move, he exploited social media companies’ business model to spread misinformation and fake news, disorienting electorates and destabilizing democracies. That is how he helped Trump get elected.

The same is likely to happen in the European election season in 2017 in the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy. In France, the two leading contenders are close to Putin and eager to appease him. If either wins, Putin’s dominance of Europe will become a fait accompli.

Who is Sigmar Gabriel?

Politico just ran an article about a guy named Sigmar Gabriel. Apparently, he could be the next Chancellor of Germany. Angela Merkel better watch out!

Sigmar at a Glance:

  • He is Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany
  • He is Vice Chancellor of Germany
  • He is Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy
  • He is 57 years old
  • He is married with two kids
  • He started out his career as a school teacher in Germany
  • He is a union member
  • He has called Israel  an “apartheid regime”
  • He is in favor of easing sanctions against Russia in exchange for cooperation in Syria
  • He has said that Google, Amazon and Apple are “anti social” organisms.

Can this personality win over the majority of German voters in 2018? It is a question mark but he certainly so far “has won the backing of the liberal-economic wing of his SPD party,” according to Politico.eu. Apparently, for all his good points, Gabriel does not have populist appeal.

Netanyahu to Diss Theresa May at the Forthcoming World Economic Forum in Davos?

Benjamin Netanyahu is on a foreign policy blitzkrieg after the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously (with the abstention of the United States which is tantamount to a “yes” vote) that Israel indeed is guilty of disturbing the peace by its insistence on settling disputed territory in Palestine and the West Bank. Further, the resolution declared that Israel indeed is in violation of International law.

Fourteen nations voted against Israel on this resolution. The sole voice in support of Israel on this specific issue is US president elect Donald Trump who tweeted shortly after the resolution was passed that the UN is nothing but a club for people who want to chat over coffee.

The diplomatic fallout from the vote was spectacular and continues to reverberate, after Israeli prime minister Netanyahu took a number of measures in reprisal for what he called a “gang up against Israel” at the UN. He even vowed to yank Israel’s participation in the UN and he also summoned several diplomats to Israel to discuss the consequences for their betrayal. Countries like Senegal were told they would get no more Israeli cash because of their vote and other countries like New Zealand were given verbal reprimands and told that a vote against Israel would be considered a “declaration of war.”

In Israel, Mr Netanyahu does not enjoy unanimous approval and support for his handling of this foreign policy setback. According to the Guardian, there has been a lot of backlash against the Israeli prime minister:

The latest planned reported moves also come amid evidence of a mounting backlash against Netanyahu’s handling of the situation. On Monday Yesh Atid, the party of one of Netanyahu’s biggest rivals on the right, Yair Lapid, urged the Knesset to summon Netanyahu to explain the “dangerous deterioration in Israel’s foreign relations” following the vote. Israeli columnists also continued to damn Netanyahu’s handling of the fallout with Ben Caspit, of the Maariv, describing his “campaign of chastisement” as the “most unwarranted and looniest in the world of diplomacy in modern history”.

But it does not appear to stop there. Now there is Rumor that Mr Netanyahu planned to diss British Prime Minister Theresa May in Davos where all the heads of state will be meeting for an annual forum. There have been denials from Netanyahu’s Tel Aviv office about this. But the rumors persist anyway because Mr Netanyahu is said to be “rip shit angry” about this stab in the back from the UN and its permanent members like UK who voted against Israel and its illegal settlements.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis Rejects a Muslim Woman For Prime Minister Role

Under threat of suspension by the Romanian parliament, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has rejected a Muslim woman Sevil Shhaideh to fill the role as prime minister. Madame Shhaideh is the first woman and first Muslim who has ever been in line for this position in the Romanian government and she is married to a man who happens to be Syrian and who supports Assad.

Trumputing (US president elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin but with a “g”) would probably like this woman.

 

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko Will Visit Trump in 2017 to Discuss Failure of US-provided Drones to Survive Russian Hacking

Kiev is not happy with a bunch of drones that were provided to the country by America to assist the country in fighting Russian separatists. A part of the unhappiness stems from that fact that this bunch of expensive drones that were sent to Kiev to be used for spying, were supposed to be cutting edge and were supposed to add “certainty” to their strategy. The drones, called Ravens,  turned out to be totally ineffective according to a Reuters report, because the Russians were able to easily hack and jam them. The drones were made by a company called Aerovironment. The California-based American company, whose trademarked tagline is “proceed with certainty” explains its raison d’être thus:

When lives are on the line and time is short, we make certain. Where distances are great, or the terrain is difficult—we make certain. Through our breakthrough, small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Electric Vehicle (EV) testing and charging systems, we give soldiers the potentially life-saving information they need to engage, farmers the key data they need to grow, and electric vehicle drivers the freedom they want to go the distance. When it matters most, we give people the intelligence they need to decide with confidence and—
proceed with certainty.

But their drones apparently are not so “certain” for the Ukrainians fighting on the ground in Kiev against Russia. The US has given the Ukraine well over half a billion in aid already and it has not really made a difference and now the drones are getting jammed left and right – to the point that the Ukrainians are considering returning the apparatuses.

Will the president elect blast Aerovironment on Twitter the way he did to Boeing?

UK Foreign Minister Alan Duncan Says Russia is a “Malign Influence in Syria” and the USA Has Lost Influence in the Crisis

UK Foreign Minister Alan Duncan plans to remain tough on Russia and Vladimir Putin, in spite of being subtly encouraged to soften his stance now that US president Elect Donald Trump has indicated that he plans to invite Putin into the “club.”

Mr Duncan has said, according to a recent report in the Guardian, that Russia is and has been a “malign influence in Syria.” He also challenged Russia’s claim that the murder of Ambassador Andrei Karlov in Turkey was orchestrated by the West, as well as called out Russia for interference into US presidential elections in 2016:

Duncan challenged Russian claims that the “utterly heinous” murder of its ambassador in Turkey was “the fault of the west”, a claim being made in Russian and Turkish media where it is argued that the assassin was a supporter of Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish cleric who has been given asylum in the US.

Duncan said it was undeniable that Russia was using cyber warfare to interfere in western democratic politics. “There is no doubt that, using modern technology, they are interfering in many parts of the world.”

He said Russia had seriously interfered in recent Montenegro elections. He also referred to claims by the CIA that Russia interfered in the US presidential elections, adding: “Quite what the effect was, or exactly what they did in the US, is unclear but we have to accept it as a fact that cyber warfare is now a part of modern life and the Russians are using it as best they can to interfere in politics. That is one of the threats we have to be aware of, and be on guard. The world is changing and there are new threats.”

One key point that Mr Duncan implicitly made is that the US has lost considerable influence in the region and possibly internationally, especially given Russia’s recent assertion of power in the Syria crisis, and the fact that a meeting in Moscow to discuss next steps in Syria excluded a representative from the United States.

Angela Merkel on Berlin Bus Terrorism “It Would Be Particularly Repugnant if the Murderer Turned Out to be a Refugee”

A Christmas massacre in Berlin has left scores either dead or injured after a bus rammed into shoppers at a Christmas market. President elect Donald Trump was the first to call it “radical Islamic terrorism” and it appears that German Chancellor Angela Merkel agrees. She personally spoke to the German people hours after the attack and said “we have to assume it was terrorism.”

According to the UK Telegraph, the main suspect is a 23 year old Pakistani asylum seeker who arrived in Germany about one year ago. Ms Merkel seemed especially disturbed that someone seeking asylum in Germany could have committed such an atrocity against the German people:

“It would be very difficult for us to learn that a human being committed this deed who came to Germany to ask for refuge and asylum.

It would be terrible for all of the Germans who are very active day by day in helping asylum seekers and refugees. It would be repugnant for those that are helping people that have come to this country and are asking for our help.”

She added: “Millions of people, including myself, are asking ourselves, how can you live with the fact that, while celebrating the festive season where we want to celebrate life, somebody has come along and taken so many lives. I only know that we do not want to, and we cannot live with it.

Ms Merkel also said that the German people do not want to live in fear of evil. President elect Trump has called for “the civilized world” to “eradicate these terrorists” from the face of the Earth.

 

IMF Chief Christine Lagarde Found Guilty of Criminal Negligence by French Court But Will Not Be Punished

A Special French court has decided to let IMF Chief Christine Lagarde off the hook even though they adjudicated her “guilty” of criminal negligence. The court has further ordered that no record or stain be left on Madame Lagarde’s files, according to Politico.com which did a report on the matter. The court consisted of 3 judges and 12 parliamentarians. The case for which Madame Largarde was tried involved misuse of public funds. Politico.com:

The Lagarde trial stemmed from a criminal case for misuse of public funds after a decision by the French government in 2008 to arbitrate a long-standing dispute with Bernard Tapie, a businessman who had sued former state-owned bank Crédit Lyonnais over the sale of shoe-maker Adidas.

In the case at bar, the arbitrators awarded €400 million to monsieur Tapie and Ms Lagarde formally asked for arbitration in the matter and also that her decision not be appealed according to the media reports – however her defense was that she was ignorant about what had transpired since the decision were taken by then president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Luckily for her, even though the special court determined that she was guilty of negilgence, they have decided that her actions do not merit consequence and have decided not to put a black mark on her record as a result. This means that she can continue in her capacity as Director of the International Monetary Fund – the IMF.

 

Post His Saudi Arabia “Dis” Is UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson a Loose Lips Sinks Ships, In Fact?

Boris Johnson used to disdain Donald Trump. A lot. He is quoted as having been exceedingly worried that Trump would have ascended to the American presidency. Then Trump won and suddenly, Mr Johnson became a Trumpster. At one point he even poked disdain at other European leaders who he deemed were acting all “gloom and doom” after Hillary Clinton lost the presidential elections in the United States. Mr Johnson called on his fellow European contemporaries to get on with it and find a way to engage Trump who he subsequently described as a “deal maker,” recognizing the importance of cooperation between the United States and the UK as well as the EU.

According to a recent Guardian report, Mr Trump has spoken with May and with her Foreign Secretary on a number of occasions and Mr Johnson opined:

“I would respectfully say to my beloved European friends and colleagues that it’s time that we snapped out of the general doom and gloom about the result of this election and collective whinge-o-rama that seems to be going on in some places,” he said.

But Mr Johnson, seems to have a penchant for having slips of the tongue on occasion and this is rumoured to drive Theresa May a little bit nutty. Recently in Rome Mr Johnson appeared recently to “dis” the government of Saudia Arabia and this tactless episode had many wondering if he would be unceremoniously sacked by May and walked to the door of 10 Downing Street as a result.

Luckily for Mr Johnson, many voters in UK seem to dig him as a leader and he does seem to have enough friends in high places to assist his bid to hang on to his job:

Friends of Johnson at Westminster also made clear that they had relayed their displeasure to No 10 over the way Johnson had been so publicly criticised by Downing Street last week after he accused Saudia Arabia of acting as a “puppeteer” in “proxy wars across the Middle East” at a meeting in Rome.

Be that as it may, tories are rallying around the secretary despite a strong rebuke from May and 10 Downing for his lapse and so hopeful all’s well and will end well for him in her administration.

British Artist Publishes Horrifyingly Sartirical Sexual Photos of US President Elect Donald Trump

A British artist is either on a suicide mission, or she is simply insane. She has decided to publish a cadre of offensive photos of the US president elect using a lookalike. In one photo, the president elect is depicted with a blond woman portraying a beauty contestant. The president can be seen spreading the woman’s legs as far apart as 180 degrees.

In another photo, he is depicted with a Playboy Magazine in the Oval Office with the expression of a man engaging in self pleasure.

In still another photo, he is photographed hanging out with members of the KKK.

The Independent ran the article and the artist, Alison Jackson admits that though she fears being sued by Mr Trump, her artistic license and her freedom of expression as someone living in a “democracy” trumps any fears she has that the US President elect will take her to court.

Sacked and Envious Former British Education Secretary Nicky Morgan Wastes Tax Payers’ Time By Harassing Theresa May Over Wardrobe Choices. Stop it.

Why is it that men get to wear whatever they want but women constantly have to explain their wardrobe choices? Nobody’s ever done a photo spread about Donald Trump’s wardrobe or Barack Obama’s or Tony Blair’s or David Cameron’s or François Hollande or Vladimir Putin. And some of these men have been in the public eye for close to two decades.

Quick: How much does Vladimir Putin’s navy suit cost? What about those brown shoes he often wears? How much do they cost? What about his watch?

Former British education secretary let her green monster get the best of her when she opted to rag down Prime Minister Theresa May in this very predictable, sexist and inane critique of the cost of her leather trousers. It is the most unseemly thing. Such bad form.

The fact is, those trousers were hot and those little Burberry tennis shoes were cool and Theresa looked very courant and very plugged in and Nicky’s circuits just overloaded with jealousy and then she went public with it and got a few like-minded, petty men and women to join her in throwing stones at this poor woman.

Let this woman alone! Let her wear what she wants. Focus on BREXIT and other important issues that concern the British people and the European people and really, all the people in the world who might be even indirectly affected by this insane decision on the part of the British electorate to leave the EU!

Who the heck cares – except for Nicky Morgan – about Theresa May’s chocolate-hued trousers?

What is next? Are we going to examine her Agent Provocateur panties? When is enough enough, for heaven’s sakes?

Enter Paolo Gentiloni, the New Prime Minister of Italy

Will Donald Trump and the Italian prime minister get along? And does it even matter? Time will tell. For now, Italy has a new prime minister just days after outgoing prime minister Matteo Renzi resigned following his stunning defeat after a resolution for constitutional change he spearheaded failed to be adopted by the Italian people.

The incoming new guy is a friend of the old guy and so there is no tension or conflict in their midst. President Sergio Mattarella will formally request Mr Gentiloni’s services today in Rome.

It is difficult to answer the question of whether Mr Gentiloni would get along with the incoming president in the United States or whether it even matters. Suffice to say that there is an inordinate amount of shuffling around in the international political arena. New players usher in a new game with new rules, as the world heads, inexorably, to Armageddon.

Rupert Murdoch Buys Sky News For £18B Weeks After Secret Meeting With UK Prime Minister Theresa May in New York

Rupert Murdoch is going to own Sky News, a British news concern. This latest acquisition means that Mr Murdoch’s media empire, which also owns a dizzying array of global media outlets that include the Sun and the Times of London; as well as the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, New York Post and 21St Century Fox in USA, and a host of others in Australia and elsewhere, will control the majority of news that British people receive in a way that is almost monopolistic and robs them of “choice.”

Mr Murdoch, whose divorce from Asian princess Wendi Deng was a big scandal in UK (he subsequently married former supermodel Jerry Hall) is and was pro-BREXIT and is rumoured to disdain the European Union bloc. And why? Because he allegedly said that at Downing Street, he is listened to and respected and obeyed whereas in Brussels, nobody listens to anything he has to say.

He is also rumoured to have been behind Theresa May’s assent to the British prime minister’s throne by his decision to “published an onslaught of often very personal attacks from colleagues and journalists” about her opponent Andrea Leadsom in his newspapers. The onslaught against Ms Leadsom led to her abrupt departure from the race when it was revealed that she had mocked Theresa May for being “childless.” An audio of the interview which was published by the Times of London clearly indicate that Ms Leadsom’s comment was not made with a sense of mean spiritedness. However, the spin taken by the paper was that indeed it was mean spirited and Ms Leadsom was promptly relegated to the trash heap of political folklore while Ms May emerged as prime minister. Back in September, Mr Murdoch reportedly met with prime Minister Angela May in New York for a “private” meeting while she was in town to address the United Nations.

Does this mean anything? Maybe not. But the fact remains that there is an appearance that Murdoch’s media coverage helped her win the prime ministership.

All of this is water under the bridge but opponents to Murdoch’s latest media acquisition are fearful that coupled with his other media concerns, it will give him too much sway in political matters, including possibly, who gets elected to public office in England.

France’s Conservative Pro Russia 2017 Presidential Candidate François Fillon Could Get a Little Help From Moscow

French presidential elections are looming and the candidates need all the leg up they can get. Enter Russian TV. It is being reported by Politico.eu that the Russian state has approved funds to launch a french language version of its TV station and this launch conveniently will coincide with the 2017 presidential elections. This move is anticipated to assist Monsieur Fillon with winning the election.

Given that he is pro Russia, the bet is that Fillon, along with US president Donald Trump will be able to help the Kremlin obtain a reset in the international community and with the United Nations. With various sanctions in place against the country due to what the international community viewed as rogue and inappropriate state actions, Vladimir Putin, whose government is facing allegations by the US government of having hacked the 2016 presidential elections in the United States in order to aid and abet the candidacy of Donald Trump, seems to have everything to gain by supporting presidential candidates in the West who commiserate with his predicament. It is assumed that this new TV launch will help conservative candidate Fillon win the French presidential elections in 2017 and in turn, Fillon will help Putin elbow his way back to international respectability.

Nazi Lingo and Open Racism Back in Vogue in Germany

According to a recent article in the Washington Post, Germans are becoming increasingly tolerant of open racism and the use of words from the Nazi era in everyday discourse both on social media and other social settings. Being “racist” or a “racial purist” is no longer frowned upon as it used to be in the post World War II era.

The reason for this, according to the Germans who are employing these expressions, is Donald Trump and his supporters. The young Germans welcome the opportunity to be less “politically correct” and less “guilt-ridden” about the German role in murdering Jews in concentration camps and by other means in the early part of the 20th Century.

Writes the Washington Post:

Forces on the political right are hailing the exhumation of such words as a triumph over political correctness and war guilt — as well as a nod to free speech in Europe, which came under the spotlight after the guilty verdict Friday against Dutch nationalist Geert Wilders for inciting hate against Moroccans. Calling it time to reclaim German words tainted by the Nazis, proponents see a new tell-it-like-it-is discourse taking shape over an influx of nearly 1 million mostly-Muslim migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond.

In a post-factual world, some reclaimed words are meant to stake ownership over truth. At least one — Lügenpresse, or “lying press,” a slur aimed at the mainstream media — popped up among Donald Trump supporters on the U.S. campaign trail. In Germany, it’s become a fixture at anti-migrant protests and a word lobbed like bombs on Twitter and Facebook against the media.