Maduro says 'not afraid of military combat' in Venezuela
Caracas (AFP) - President Nicolas Maduro on Monday said he is "not afraid of military combat," accusing his US counterpart Donald Trump of plotting to invade Venezuela with the support of regional allies."We don't want war; we don't want violence; we don't want terrorism, but we are not afraid of military combat and we are going to guarantee peace," said Maduro in a televised speech, surrounded by the armed forces high command."Donald Trump was convinced that it is easy to get into Venezuela," said the socialist leader, accusing the US of having assembled a "mercenary force" to invade.The US i...
Commentary: An arms race that no one can win
Welcome to the 21st century nuclear arms race. Once again, we’re teetering on the brink of nuclear conflict instead of taking critical steps toward de-escalation and disarmament.If it feels like we’re in the middle of a wacky James Bond movie plot, that’s not far off. Any progress we were making toward nuclear safety is being rapidly, systematically and recklessly dismantled by the Trump administration.Current tensions with Iran, particularly after the assassination of top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, have heightened not just the risk of regional conflict but also of global nuc...
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On Presidents Day, Jeb Bush urges return to civility in politics
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told a Presidents Day audience of investors and money managers that it’s time for a return to civility in the nation’s politics. And the man who was ousted early from the Republican primaries of 2016 gave a decidedly mixed review of the first term of President Donald Trump, who bruised him often on the campaign trail.Bush spoke Monday to an audience of several hundred investors in Hollywood at a conference sponsored by the financial firm Noble Capital Markets of Boca Raton. During the speech and onstage interview with author Brant Pinvidic, Bush l...
Trump's budget would cut bomb-sniffing dogs at airports, train hubs
NEW YORK — New Yorkers could see fewer bomb-sniffing dogs at the city’s airports and train stations if President Donald Trump gets his way.Trump’s proposed 2021 budget released to Congress last week includes plans to eliminate a program that deploys dog teams to detect explosives at crowded travel hubs across the country.Last year’s budget allocated $59 million for 31 of the dog units, formally called Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response Teams. Trump wants to slash those figures to zero.“As state and local law enforcement agencies already monitor and maintain jurisdiction in these areas,...
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'Bella Ciao' protest song tells Trump what Palestinians think of his 'Deal of the Century'
Palestinians have released a new adaptation of Italian revolutionary song Bella Ciaowith lyrics condemning Trump's so-called "Deal of the Century".Bella Ciao, meaning "goodbye beautiful" in Italian, is an resistance folk song that was sung by paddy agricultural workers who used to protest against harsh working conditions in the paddy fields of northern Italy.The song was later adopted as an anthem of the anti-fascist resistance against the Nazis and gained global fame as a leftist anthem."Country of peace, land of religions, we lived happily and safely. I woke up and found that my country is o...
Trump threatens intelligence block over Huawei: US diplomat
Washington (AFP) - The United States' ambassador to Germany said Sunday that President Donald Trump had threatened to cut off intelligence-sharing with countries that dealt with Chinese tech firm Huawei.Washington has been pressing allies to ban Huawei, one of the world's largest tech firms, from next-generation 5G mobile data networks, saying it is a security risk.Ambassador Richard Grenell said Trump "instructed me to make clear that any nation who chooses to use an untrustworthy 5G vendor will jeopardize our ability to share intelligence and information at the highest level."Grenell said on...
Mike Bianchi: Donald Trump's NASCAR pales in comparison to Ronald Reagan's days
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — In the minds of an estimated crowd of nearly 200,000 fans who packed into Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, President Donald Trump’s appearance before the rain-drenched Daytona 500 should have come with a brand-new campaign mantra:“Make NASCAR Great Again.”Please, Mr. President, make stock car racing like it was back in the good ol’ days of Reaganomics.If President Trump could somehow, someway reignite NASCAR’s sinking economy, it would, by far, surpass his presidential record on the surging U.S. economy. NASCAR’s economic downturn over the past decade is well chr...
Trump Declines To Comment About Potential Presidential Pardon Of Roger Stone
President Donald Trump has declined to answer press questions about a potential pardon of political operative Roger Stone. “I don’t want to say yet,” Trump told reporters at an Oval Office event regarding whether he was considering an executive pardon for his long-time ally. “People were hurt viciously and badly by these corrupt people. I want to thank the Justice Department for seeing this horrible thing.”Trump has expressed outrage over prosecutors’ recommendation for a lengthy prison sentence for Stone – tweeting that it was a “disgrace” and that it was “[a] horrible and unfair situation.”T...
Donald Trump's plan for Israel’s security
President Trump’s “Deal of the Century” is arguably the most important statement pertaining to Israel’s political position since the United Nations partition plan of 1947 and the Declaration of Independence in 1948, provided, of course, that its major elements are implemented. It is not an operative peace plan, just as all previous proposals of this sort, whatever their declared intentions, weren’t operative peace plans.As Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin, the former head of military intelligence, pointed out at the recent INSSconference, the Palestinians’ falsely believing that history and time a...
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President Donald Trump, First Lady greeted with cheers at Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were showered with cheers as they took a lap at Daytona International Speedway in his limousine prior to Sunday’s Daytona 500.Trump addressed the crowd and was given a rousing ovation when he said it didn’t matter who wins the race but “what matters most is God, family and country.”Portions of the crowd chanted “four more years” as Trump spoke to the crowd ahead of the race.Trump was the grand marshal for the Daytona 500 and delivered the traditional, “Gentlemen, start your engines!” instructions after drivers got into t...