Pope Francis Warns Against “Saviours” Like Hitler, But Says “We Must Wait And See” On Trump

In an extended interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais granted as Donald Trump was being sworn in as US president, Pope Francis warned against populism, saying it could lead to the election of “saviors” like Hitler, while condemning the idea of using walls and barbed wire to keep out foreigners.
Joining the long ranks of pundits who have compared Trump to Hitler – if indirectly – and Trump’s regime, only in its second day to fascism, the pontiff said that “of course crises provoke fears and worries,” but added that for him “the example of populism in the European sense of the word is Germany in 1933 “Germany… was looking for a leader, someone who would give her back her identity and there was a little man named Adolf Hitler who said ‘I can do it’.”
“Hitler didn’t steal the power,” the pope said “his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people.” The Germans at that time also wanted to protect themselves with “walls and barbed wire so that others cannot take away their identity,” he said.
“The case of Germany is classic,” he said, adding that Hitler gave them a “deformed identity and we know what it produced.”
Then, having made it clear how he feels about Trump, the Pope tried to back down, saying that it was too early to pass judgement on Trump. “I think that we must wait and see. ‘I don’t like to aniticpate events. Let us see what he does, we can’t be prophets of disasters.’ Well, actually, if the Pope is right, Trump can, which is why he won.
Some highlights from the interview:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jan 22, 2017.

The Collapse of the Left

The Left is not just in disarray–it is in complete collapse because the working class has awakened to the Left’s betrayal and abandonment of the working class in favor of building personal wealth and power.
The source of the angry angst rippling through the Democratic Party’s progressive camp is not President Trump–it’s the complete collapse of the Left globally. To understand this collapse, we turn (once again) to Marx’s profound understanding of the state and capitalism.
We turn not to the cultural Marxism that is passingly familiar to Americans, but to Marx’s core economic analysis, which as Sartre noted, is only taught to discredit it.
Cultural Marxism draws as much from Engels as Marx. In today’s use, cultural Marxism describes the overt erosion of traditional values–the family, community, religious faith, property rights and limited central government–in favor of rootless Cosmopolitanism and an expansive, all-powerful central state that replaces community, faith and property rights with statist control mechanisms that enforce dependence on the state and a mindset that the individual is guilty of anti-state thinking until proven innocent by the state’s own rules.

This post was published at Charles Hugh Smith on JANUARY 22, 2017.

Ethics Group Will Sue Trump On Monday Over Foreign Government Payments

Trump is barely two days in office, and already a lawsuit is set to be filed against the newly inaugurated president. According to press reports, a group of lawyers, including former White House ethics attorneys will file a lawsuit on Monday accusing the President of allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments in violation of the U. S. Constitution.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) announced Sunday night it is bringing a suit ‘to stop President Trump from violating the Constitution by illegally receiving payments from foreign governments.’ The group said the suit will be filed in the Southern District of New York at 9 a.m. on Monday.
Piggybacking on popular displeasure with the Clinton Foundation likewise accepting hundreds of millions in foreign payments, Deepak Gupta, a Supreme Court litigator working on the case, said the lawsuit will allege that the Constitution’s emoluments clause forbids payments to Trump’s businesses and will seek a court order forbidding Trump from accepting such payments. The case is part of a wave of litigation expected to be filed against Trump by liberal advocacy groups. It will be filed in a Manhattan federal court, Gupta said, and plaintiffs will include Richard Painter, a former ethics lawyer in Republican President George W. Bush’s White House.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jan 22, 2017.

Episode #170 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘The Reckoning’ with guest Mark Anderson, Eva Bartlett, Steven Sahiounie

Episode #170 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes this January 22, 2017 as host Patrick Henningsen brings you this week’s 3 HOUR special LIVE broadcast on the Alternate Current Radio Network…
5pm-8pm UK Time | 12pm-3pm ET (US) | 9am-12am PT (US)
This week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE is a very special LIVE broadcasting connecting North America and Europe this week, as host Patrick Henningsen covers the top stories in the US and internationally. In the first hour, we’ll look at America’s new 45th President Donald J. Trump. We also welcome our first guest, Mark Anderson, writer for American Free Press, to discuss his first-hand experience at the Inauguration of President Trump on Friday, and also about the globalist meltdown in Davos, Switzerland. In the second hour we’re joined by 21WIRE Middle East contributor Steven Sahioune to discuss the recent suicide bombing attempt in Beirut, Lebanon. After that, we’re joined by independent journalist, Eva Barlett, to talk about her work covering the Syrian Conflict and how some mainstream media outlets are taking aim at alternative/indy media journalists.
SHOUT POLL: Is Obama’s Legacy more, or less war in the world?

Strap yourselves in and lower the blast shield – this is your brave new world…

This post was published at Spreaker on JANUARY 22, 2017.

Inauguration Crowd Shouts ‘Lock Her Up’ When Hillary Is Announced… Booed Like Bush Was in 2008

Another torch has been passed on, and is part of a continuing American legacy.
Not just the inauguration of the duly elected President Trump, being passed the torch from Obama, but the traditional shaming of the bad actors before them who have played a role in ruining the country.
In 2009, former President George W. Bush was booed as he was announced on January 20th – after leaving office with large portions of the country strongly opposed to his policies on Iraq, terrorism and larger legacy as a semi-dynastic heir to office.

This post was published at shtfplan on January 20th, 2017.

President Trump Wastes No Time Ripping Apart the Obama Agenda

The following video was published by The Daily Sheeple on Jan 22, 2017
On this episode of The Daily Sheeple’s “Daily News Brief”, Joe Joseph dives into just how much of a “lightning rod” President Trump can truly be and what it means to us in AMURIKA. He also discusses the legacy of President Obama and briefly talks about the changes over the last eight years. Finally, Joe goes over President Trump’s plan to move the U. S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump May “Stop Enforcing Obamacare’s Individual Mandate”

Executive order just signed by @POTUS relates to #Obamacare. pic.twitter.com/dTaX6QEZBS
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) January 21, 2017

Trump’s crackdown on Obamacare is accelerating.
Just over 7 hours after his inauguration, late on Friday, the president signed an executive order concerning the 2010 healthcare law, telling reporters the action was meant “to ease the burden of Obamacare as we transition from repeal and replace” and urging U. S. agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation” of provisions deemed to impose fiscal burdens on states, companies or individuals.
While the executive order was purposefully vague and served mostly a symbolic role, on Sunday the Trump administration provided some more details on how the “repeal and replace” would look, when Trump aide Kellyanne Conway said the government may no longer enforce the key “Affordable Care Act” rule requiring individual Americans to carry health insurance or pay a penalty if they do not.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jan 22, 2017.

U.S. Inauguration: Historic Day Marks Beginning of Renewed ‘America First’ Era

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Donald John Trump took to the podium on the Capitol Building’s west side with a look described by Connecticut resident Ann Marie Murray as one of ‘humility’ – just before Trump was sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts.
The event clearly was seen as inspiring by many. Chicago resident Doug Sparkman, moments after Trump’s inaugural address, agreed that he found Trump’s remarks to be rather ‘Jeffersonian,’ in the sense of being people-based. In that vein, he yearns for a country run on the basis of principle, not party. And given what he heard in Trump’s address, he feels that’s possible under the new administration.
‘Action, and putting politics aside, is what we really need for this country,’ Sparkman added.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JANUARY 21, 2017.

Trump Fires Up Europe’s Anti-Establishment Movement

“The genie will not go back into the bottle again, whether you like it or not.” – Geert Wilders, MP and head of the Party for Freedom, the Netherlands. A growing number of Europeans are rebelling against decades of government-imposed multiculturalism, politically correct speech codes and mass migration from the Muslim world. Europe’s establishment parties, far from addressing the concerns of ordinary voters, have tried to silence dissent by branding naysayers as xenophobes, Islamophobes and neo-Nazis. “In many respects, France and Germany are proving they do not understand the meaning of Brexit. They are reflexively, almost religiously, following exactly the path that has provoked the EU’s current existential crisis.” – Ambassador John R. Bolton, former U. S. ambassador to the United Nations. “There is a genuine feeling that Trump taking over the White House is part of a bigger, global movement. Our critics, looking at Trump’s candidacy and his speech yesterday, would call it the rise of populism. I would say it’s simply a return to nation state democracy and proper values…. This is a genuine political revolution.” – Nigel Farage, former head of Britain’s UKIP party, who led the effort for the United Kingdom to leave the EU. “This disruption is fruitful. The taboos of the last few years are now fully on the agenda: illegal immigration, Islam, the nonsense of open borders, the dysfunctional EU, the free movement of people, jobs, law and order. Trump’s predecessors did not want to talk about it, but the majority of voters did. This is democracy.” – Roger Kppel, editor-in-chief of Die Weltwoche, Switzerland. Inspired by the inauguration of U. S. President Donald J. Trump, the leaders of Europe’s main anti-establishment parties have held a pan-European rally aimed at coordinating a political strategy to mobilize potentially millions of disillusioned voters in upcoming elections in Germany, the Netherlands and France.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jan 22, 2017.

Trump’s First Government Agency Visit: CIA

URGENT: We will not impose our way of life, but we will shine for others to follow – Trump pic.twitter.com/a31zfkm3RX
— RT (@RT_com) January 20, 2017

President Donald Trump spoke at CIA Headquarters on his first stop as the newly inaugurated commander in chief telling the intelligence agency that despite media reports he is not at war with the intelligence community.
‘The reason you’re my first stop is as you know I have a running war with the media- they are among the most dishonest beings on earth, they say I have a feud with the intelligence community. The reason you’re my first stop is exactly the opposite,’ Trump said.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JANUARY 22, 2017.

In Blistering Interview, Conway Tells Chuck Todd “We Are Going To Have To Rethink Our Relationship With The Press”

To members of the mainstream media, it would appears ‘size matters’, as the Inauguration crowd-gate debacle continues following Sean Spicer’s unusual press conference yesterday. During a combative interview this morning with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Trump top advisor Kellyanne Conway blasted media “falsehoods,” crushing Todd’s ‘size’ issues by noting that “Presidents aren’t judged by crowd sizes at their inauguration, they’re judged by their accomplishments.”
But Conway was not done with the “Meet The Press” anchor yet, as she cornered him, noting this was just more evidence of the unfair and biased treatment of the Trump administration by the media:
“We’re going to have to rethink our relationship with the press…
Yesterday, we allowed the press into the Oval Office to witness the signing of executive orders and what happens almost immediately – a falsehood is told about removing the bust of Martin Luther King Jr – that’s just flat-out false.“

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jan 22, 2017.

How The New York Times Plays With History

Whenever The New York Times or some other mainstream news outlet holds itself out as a paragon of professional journalism – by wagging a finger at some pro-Trump ‘fake news’ or some Internet ‘conspiracy theory’ – I cringe at the self-delusion and hypocrisy.
No one hates fake news and fact-free conspiracy theories more than I do, but the sad truth is that the mainstream press has opened the door to such fantasies by losing the confidence of the American people and becoming little more than the mouthpiece for the Establishment, which spins its own self-serving narratives and tells its own lies.
Rather than acting as a watchdog against these deceptions, the Times and its mainstream fellow-travelers have transformed themselves into little more than the Establishment’s apologists and propagandists.
If Iraq is the ‘enemy,’ we are told wild tales about how Iraq’s non-existent WMD is a danger to us all. If Syria is in Washington’s crosshairs, we are given a one-sided account of what’s happening there, black hats for the ‘regime’ and white hats for the ‘rebels’?

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jan 21, 2017.

Trump Boasts Inauguration TV Ratings, Asks Why Protesters Didn’t Vote, Praises CIA

Those wondering if Trump would change his tweeting ways now that he is president – and has not just one, his personal @realDonaldTrump account, but two including the official @POTUS username – got an answer in three parts this morning, when Trump greeted Sunday morning with three tweets addressing three distinct media newslines over the weekend.
In his first tweet at around 7:35am Sunday, Trump said he had a ‘great’ meeting at CIA headquarters on Saturday, and appearing to seek a restoration of cordial relations, said the CIA had amazing people, not forgetting to note that he got “long standing ovations.”
‘Had a great meeting at CIA Headquarters yesterday, packed house, paid great respect to Wall, long standing ovations, amazing people. WIN!’
Had a great meeting at CIA Headquarters yesterday, packed house, paid great respect to Wall, long standing ovations, amazing people. WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2017

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jan 22, 2017.

Pepe Escobar: Here’s How The Trump Presidency Will Play Out

The Trump era starts now – with geopolitics and geoeconomics set for a series of imminent, unpredictable cliffhangers.
I have argued that Trump’s foreign policy guru Henry Kissinger’s strategy to deal with the formidable Eurasia integration trio – Russia, China and Iran – is a remixed Divide and Rule; seduce Russia away from its strategic partnership with China, while keep harassing the weakest link, Iran.
In fact that’s how it’s already playing out – as in the outbursts of selected members of Trump’s cabinet during their US Senate hearings. Factions of US Think Tankland, referring to Nixon’s China policy, which was designed by Kissinger, are also excited with the possibilities of containment regarding at least one of those powers ‘potentially arrayed against America’.
Kissinger and Dr. Zbig ‘Grand Chessboard’ Brzezinski are the two foremost, self-described Western dalangs – puppet masters – in the geopolitical arena. In opposition to Kissinger, Obama’s foreign policy mentor Brzezinski, true to his Russophobia, proposes a Divide and Rule centered on seducing China.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jan 21, 2017.