Paul Craig Roberts, one of the most reliable progressive Anglophone journalists wrote "the day after" under the heading "The Working Class Won the Election? What Kind of Trump Administration? "
The US presidential election is historic, because the American people were able to defeat the oligarchs. Hillary Clinton, an agent for the Oligarchy, was defeated despite the vicious media campaign against Donald Trump. This shows that the media and the political establishments of the political parties no longer have credibility with the American people.
The fundamentally most
important thing in this conflictual situation where we are now, is six short
words: We do not need an empire. The
world has suffered during this unilateral regime for many decades, on an ever
increasing level since 9/11. We have had enough of all these conflicts.
In the world's richest country, a large majority does not have access to the higher education they ought to have a right to. And this just for economic reasons. The wide-spread poverty in this rich country is a shameful reality. Good health care is inaccessible to the lower income holders or to the unemployed. The most basic human rights that European countries have taken more or less for granted since the Great Depression of 1929 are non-existent in the United States.
A society simply can not work in the long run under these conditions.
What we do know with some certainty is what can now hopefully be avoided with the defeat of Hillary Clinton. The hostility and the massive propaganda against Russia and Putin which reached hysterical and vulgar decibels in the Western media will probably become more low-toned, at least after the initial anti-Trump hysteria has died down. These media now stand there with egg on their face and they quite clearly feel embarrassed by their total lack of foresight.
The result of this US election in 2016 will definitely go down in history as a total fiasco for all the media and the oligarchs who own these media, the neoliberal neoconservative establishment, which Hillary Clinton was the tool for – with great conviction. It has become clear that the elections were rigged by both sides, and that the ‘Deep State’ was (and is) divided between the two candidates. It has also been proven by Greg Palast that millions of people didn’t get their votes counted, mainly people of one minority or another.
Now, if Trump indeed gets any of his promises realized, we can first of all expect a rapprochement between Russia and the U.S. and the threatening cloud of a looming World War III may now dissolve. That I consider to be a sufficient reason to feel great relief that Hillary Clinton seems to be history. We can expect an end to the war in Syria, which is not a civil war but a war that was created and supported from beginning to end by the U.S. together with Israel, Saudi Arabia and some Gulf states. If all goes well, we must be able to hope for some sort of solution even to the chaos in Iraq, in Afghanistan, which is an even more complicated problem, and of course the incredibly shameful destruction of Yemen.
Reuters estimates that the war in Iraq by itself has cost U.S. citizens over $2 trillion. Nobel prize-winning economist, Joseph Stieglitz, sets the sum higher. He wrote a book titled ‘The $3 trillion War’.
It is uncertain whether the sanctions against Russia, which will run out on January 31, 2017 according to the latest renewal by EU, will or will not cease.
The Financial Times wrote on November 10 –
What has Russia been guilty of? A normal protection of their own people, the Russians, who were the vast majority in Crimea, a peninsula that had belonged to Russia from the seventeen-hundreds until 1954, when Khrushchev gave the peninsula to his native Ukraine. Crimea's population is for the large majority Russians and I have dealt with this subject in detail previously.
We are in a desperate need of a global détente. The world can not go on living under the constant threat of annihilation. Expansionism and aggression with the overriding struggle for oil and fossil gas must give way to people's need for a decent life where constant fear of tomorrow won't have to be part of our lives, where we can live in security and enjoy the basic human needs for food, high-quality education and proper housing.
For the rich countries in the West these rights ought to be self-evident, but they ought to be standard in third-world countries as well. We can obviously not expect this to change with Trump as the future president. He himself is after all part of the 0.01% elite that runs the world. However, if he is honest in his promise to end the wars and the stand-off situation towards Russia, that would indeed be a first step to get the world out of the insane situation it is in at this point.
However, the all over-reaching issue today is obviously the fight against global warming and the gradual destruction of our planet. Here Trump must, above all other concerns, be taught by wiser men and women than he himself that there is no putting off till tomorrow of this pressing issue. It must be faced and proper measures taken NOW.
Donald Trump should
surround himself with advisers who are not hawks, who are not oligarchs, unless
there are oligarchs who can change their skin when they see how the cookie
crumbles. The big question now is “Can a leopard change its spots?”
First of all, we must consider how African and Asian countries must regain their true sovereignty and their independence of big multinational corporations, a sovereignty which they finally got back from the colonizing Europeans after World War II, in many cases after shameless wars and great loss of lives. They must have the means to give their people decent livelihoods, instead of getting their natural resources expropriated by large multinational corporations. And this scandalous takeover of poor nations’ livelihoods by the oil and mining industries is only one part of the scandals brought on by neo-colonialism. Multinational agribusiness is another.
On the other hand Europe has also come eerily close to total submission under the US Empire.
If all goes well
after this transition period in the U.S., Europe and Russia will soon be able
to resume their peaceful mutual trade relations for the benefit of all – relations
that were suddenly broken by the sanctions installed on Washington's orders
after the Crimean crisis. These sanctions have met with resistance from several
EU countries, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, just to mention
Washington will not be able to strangle Russia economically.
Europe has suffered more from these sanctions than Russia, since it simply
turned to the east for their trade, primarily natural gas
An agreement on renewing sanctions against Russia when they run out on July 31 has become more difficult with growing opposition from some EU countries, Germany's foreign minister said on Thursday.
European Union economic sanctions against Russia were introduced for one year in July 2014 in response to its actions in Ukraine and twice extended in 2015.
"We are aware
that resistance in the EU to extending the sanctions toward Russia has
increased," Frank-Walter Steinmeier was quoted by Lithuania's BNS news
agency saying in an interview.”
 The New Media Monopoly shows that only 5 huge corporations – Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch's News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom formerly CBS) – now control most of the media industry in the U.S. General Electric's NBC is a close sixth. – Media Reform Information Center
*****Siv O'Neall is an Axis of Logic columnist, based in France. Her insightful essays are republished and read worldwide. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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