Trump ‘white power’ retweet condemned by Black Republican senator

US President Donald Trump has drawn criticism from the lone Black Republican in the United States Senate after retweeting a video showing one of his supporters in Florida shouting “white power” at people protesting against his administration.

The video, retweeted by the president on Sunday, shows Trump protesters and supporters shouting profanities at each other in a sprawling retirement community. After a protester calls a Trump supporter a racist, the man, driving a golf cart, responds by raising his fist and shouting “white power”.

The phrase is a common rallying cry among white supremacists.

“There’s no question that he should not have retweeted it and he should just take it down,” US Senator Tim Scott told CNN’s State of the Union programme.

“It was so profanity-laced, the entire thing was offensive. Certainly, the comment about the white power was offensive,” the South Carolina Republican added. “It’s indefensible. We should take it down.”

The tweet comes on the heels of Trump’s hostile response to protests against racial injustice that have spread across the US following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes in Minneapolis in late May. 

In the tweet, which has since been deleted, Trump wrote: “Thank you to the great people of The Villages,” referring to the retirement community, which he visited last year.

‘Tremendous enthusiasm’

In a brief statement, White House spokesman Judd Deere said: “President Trump is a big fan of The Villages. He did not hear the one statement made on the video. What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters.”

Trump has been accused of racism by legislators in relation to his tweets in the past, including for attacks on Black legislators and for telling four Democratic congresswomen of colour that they should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came”.

In 2017, Trump was roundly criticised following a deadly Unite the Right rally attended by alt-right, white supremacist groups, and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, when he said there were “very fine people on both sides”.

Trump’s Sunday retweet, which was on his account for about four hours, was quickly criticised by civil rights groups and opponents of the president. 

Speaking on the CBS “Face the Nation” programme on Sunday, Sherrilyn Ifill, the president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund said the incident “is not about the president taking it down. This is about the judgment of the president in putting it up.”

“It’s about what the president believes and it’s time for this country to really face that,” she added. 

Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, tweeted: “Just when you think Trump cannot be more vile or racist, he outdoes himself.

Tears such that angels weep

Being Zab

The angels cried on her as she was too innocent and naive to understand that the parrots she just freed would be the cause of her death by torture.

Zohra Shah was just an 8-year-old innocent girl when she succumbed to injuries in a local hospital in Rawalpindi. She was brought to the hospital by her killers. Soaked in her blood, the poor angel was unconscious and her entire body turned blue owing to merciless torture and later she died because she was young enough to tolerate the excruciating pain.

She committed two crimes i.e. she freed the expensive parrots and she was a poor domestic worker. Her employer had beaten her like a beast. Imagine a minor girl being kicked again and again in her private parts for countless painful minutes for a crime which wasn’t a crime in her eyes. Being herself a captive, she couldn’t see the…

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America’s War against the People of Korea: The Historical Record of US War Crimes

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Global Research, June 26, 2020
Global Research 13 September 2013

Today, June 26, 2020 we commemorate the onslaught of the US led war on the people of Korea, 70 years ago, June 26, 1950.

The following text by Michel Chossudovsky was presented in Seoul, South Korea in the context of the Korea Armistice Day Commemoration, 27 July 2013

A Message for Peace. Towards a Peace Agreement and the Withdrawal of US Troops from Korea.

Introduction

Armistice Day, 27 July 1953 is day of Remembrance for the People of Korea.

It is a landmark date in the historical struggle for national reunification and sovereignty.

I am privileged to have this opportunity of participating in the 60th anniversary commemoration of Armistice Day on July 27, 2013.

I am much indebted to the “Anti-War, Peace Actualized, People Action” movement for this opportunity to contribute to the debate on peace…

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Finding the Thread that Binds Us: Three Mutual Aid Networks in New York City

The Most Revolutionary Act

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Fundamental social change involves two intertwined processes. On the one hand, it means shutting down the mechanisms that impose disparities in power and access to resources; on the other hand, it involves creating infrastructures that distribute resources and power according to a different logic, weaving a new social fabric. While the movement for police abolition that burst into the public consciousness a month ago in Minneapolis has set new precedents for resistance, the mutual aid networks that have expanded around the world since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic point the way to a new model for social relations. The following report profiles three groups that coordinate mutual aid efforts in New York City—Woodbine, Take Back the Bronx, and Milk Crate Gardens—exploring their motivations and aspirations as well as the resources and forms of care they circulate.

This is the first installment in a series…

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Fluoridation Big Step Closer to Becoming Illegal

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Fluoride Free New Zealand
The San Francisco Federal Court has ordered the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take a second look at a petition to require the EPA to complete a proper risk assessment of fluoride, which it has failed to do.

This will mean the high quality studies published in the last few years must be included for review – studies that confirm fluoride irrevocably and significantly damages our children’s brains during early development, both in the womb and for the first 6 – 12 months of life. This is especially serious for bottle-fed babies.

The Judge said in his summation, “So much has changed since the petition was filed…two significant series of studies – respective cohort studies – which everybody agrees is the best methodology. Everybody agrees that these were rigorous studies and everybody agrees that these studies would be part of the best available scientific evidence…

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The Carbon Trading Racket

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The Carbon Rush

Directed by Amy Miller (2012)

Film Review

This documentary is about the $300 billion carbon trading racket (aka the Emissions Trading Scheme) in which carbon polluters in industrialized countries buy permits to pollute from various corporate and and NGO scams that allegedly sequester carbon. Over 5,000 projects are registered with the UN carbon market initiated under the 1992 Kyoto Accord.

The filmmakers interview Third World residents and activists about the devastating effect of these schemes on their communities.

Brazil

Filmmakers visit several communities where multinational corporations have deprived subsistence farmers off their land to build giant eucalyptus plantations. The trees are harvested to make charcoal used to produce pig iron. Because the eucalyptus charcoal is ultimately burned (producing CO2), there is no net reduction in carbon emissions. Yet several dozen of these plantations scattered across the third world are authorized to sell carbon credits to First World…

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