US Cables




leaked Trump Transcripts show his incoherent, ill-informed Narcissism - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the transcripts of the conversations of Donald Trump with Enrique Peña Nieto and Malcolm Turnbull show"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to be no more coherent in private than Trump is public:"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "ill-informed - and narcissistic to the point of absurdity !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""I am the greatest person," he tells Turnbull"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "at one point in his castigation of Turnbull, he compared him unfavourably with Putin"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "perhaps the least surprising upshot of the release of the transcripts is the confirmation that Trump deliberately misled the public about them"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as has happened repeatedly - the emergence of the facts has upheld the news reports, and shown the denials to be fake !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Trump repeatedly tries to coach Peña Nieto - on how to mislead the press !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and he argues the wall and its financing is "the least important thing that we are talking about""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and says, he is in a "political bind" - because he had "been talking about it for a two-year period""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "similar themes recur in the Turnbull conversation"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Trump is furious that abiding by the agreement could harm his image, just after he had signed his first abortive executive order cutting the acceptance of refugees from Syria and suspending travel from a list of seven countries"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""this is going to kill me !!! - I am a person that does not want to let people into the country," Trump says"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it makes me look so bad !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Trump is clearly in a foul temper by the end of the discussion, and broader bilateral issues are shelved"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "when Turnbull asks to discuss Syria and North Korea - where the two countries are strategic partners - Trump is not interested, and ends the call"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Transcripts show extent of Trump's Inconsistencies - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the transcripts of Donald Trump’s phone calls - with the Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, and the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "released by the Washington Post - confirm the extent to which Trump is prepared to say one thing in public !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and another in private !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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- the wall - in public:

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""we need to build a wall and it has to be built quickly." - Trump, on 6 August 2015"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "( the building of the wall was also point No 1 in Trump’s 10-point immigration plan )"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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- the wall - in private:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""this is the least important thing that we are talking about !" - Trump to Peña Nieto"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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- who will pay for the wall - in public:

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""Mexico will pay for the wall. 100%." - Trump on 31 August 2016"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""I will build the wall and Mexico is going to pay for it." - Trump on 31 July 2015"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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- who will pay for the wall - in private:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "let us just say "we will work it out"  ! - and if you want to do that, then we will go back to the negotiation table with Jared and Luis"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""and I am sure they can work something out that is good for both nations, and obviously that would be a positive thing." - Trump to Peña Nieto"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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- New Hampshire - in public:

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""I love you people. I love you people." - Trump in New Hampshire, 14 August 2015"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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- New Hampshire - in private:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""I won New Hampshire - because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den !" - Trump to Peña Nieto"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "( plus: Trump did not win New Hampshire in the election )"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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- the nature of his phone call with Malcolm Turnbull - in public:

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""we had actually a very nice call - we had a very nice phone call." - Trump, 4 May 2017"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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- Malcolm Turnbull - in private:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""this is the most unpleasant call I’ve had !" - Trump to Turnbull"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bank examined Trump's Account for Russia Links
- the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the scandal-hit bank, Deutsche Bank, had loaned hundreds of millions of dollars to Donald Trump"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it conducts now a close internal examination, whether there are suspicious connections to Russia"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "recent loans to Trump were struck in highly unusual circumstances - they may have been underpinned by financial guarantees from Moscow"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Democratic congressman Bill Pascrell Jr., a member of the House Ways and Means committee: "we know that Deutsche Bank is a major lender to Trump"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the bank was under federal investigation for aiding Russian money-laundering - a troubling potential conflict"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Congress should also be allowed to review Trump’s tax returns in closed session"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Trump owes Deutsche around US$ 300m - he has four large mortgages, all issued by Deutsche’s private bank"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the loans are guaranteed against his properties: a hotel in Washington DC, and a Chicago hotel"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in recent years the disgraced bank has been hit by a series of scandals. Last month the UK and US imposed record fines of US$ 630m"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in December ( 2016 ) the Deutsche Bank agreed to pay the US Department of Justice a fine of US$ 7.2bn"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Deutsche failed to prevent money laundering by its Moscow branch involving at least US$ 10bn of Russian cash"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Trump and his businesses have a long history with the German bank, which this month posted its latest net loss, of € 1.4bn"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it has been the only financial institution willing to lend Trump significant sums"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "other banks, which had previously extended him credit, turned off the tap after Trump’s businesses declared bankruptcy four times"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Trump has been fighting accusations contained in a dossier, that he secretly colluded before the US election with Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "on Monday, Michael Flynn resigned as national security adviser after it emerged he had lied"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "over his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to Washington"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "citing current and former officials, the "New York Times" reported that three members of Trump’s team"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "had been in contact with senior Russian intelligence officers before the US election"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Climate Change Plan to cut US Carbon Pollution
- the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "President Barack Obama unveils a plan that will cut carbon pollution from power plants"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and promote cap-and-trade"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "undertaking the most significant action on climate change in American history"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the proposed regulations Obama will launch at the White House"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "will cut carbon pollution by as much as 25% from about 1,600 power plants in operation today"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "power plants are the country's single biggest source of carbon pollution"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "responsible for up to 40% of the country's emissions"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the rules, which were drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency, do more than Obama, or any other President"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "has done so far to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions responsible for climate change"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the plan will allow electricity companies to reduce pollution"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "by shutting down the oldest and most polluting coal plants"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they can install carbon-sucking retrofits. They can expand wind and solar energy, upgrade the electrical grid"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and encourage customers to update to more efficient heating and cooling systems"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • David Doniger, who heads the climate programme at the NRDC: "if you want to get substantial reductions"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and you want to get it economically, you have to take into account a system-wide approach"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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nobody who works full-Time should have to live in Poverty
- the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "President Obama used his executive authority"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in the richest nation on earth, nobody who works full-time"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "should have to live in poverty"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the executive order raises the minimum wage for federal contract workers to US$ 10.10 an hour"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "boosting wages will lower turnover and absenteeism and increase morale and productivity overall"

 

 

 

 

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  • "raising wages for those at the bottom will improve the quality and efficiency of services provided to the Government"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obama condemns 'shameful' Failure to pass Reform
- the Guardian
: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "a furious Barack Obama accused members of Congress"

 

 

 

 

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  • "of caving to the gun lobby"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "after the best chance of reform in over a decade fell at the first hurdle"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "moderate Republicans and four Democrats bowed to pressure from the "National Rifle Association""

 

 

 

 

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  • "and blocked a bipartisan Senate amendment"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that would have expanded background checks for gun purchases to gun shows and online sales"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as the measure fell, Patricia Maisch, a survivor of the mass shooting in Tucson, shouted"

 

 

 

 

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  • ""shame on you" from the visitors gallery where she was sitting near bereaved Newtown families"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • New York mayor Bloomberg: "today's vote is a damning indictment of the stranglehold that special interests have on Washington"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "more than 40 US Senators would rather turn their backs on the 90% of Americans"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "who support comprehensive background checks than buck the increasingly extremist wing of the gun lobby"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "opinion polls have consistently shown that a large majority of Americans support moderate gun control reform"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a poll showed 92% to 7% in favour of background checks"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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new Deal for US Middle Class - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "President Barack Obama has pledged in the annual state of the union address"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to use his second presidential term to restore "the basic bargain""

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "ensuring prosperity for the great bulk of Americans and not the privileged few"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "many of those who have worked hard to pull America out of the economic crisis have been left behind"

 

 

 

 

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  • "our economy is adding jobs - but too many people still can't find full-time employment"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "corporate profits have rocketed to all-time highs"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but for more than a decade"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "wages and incomes have barely budged"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "tonight, let's declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and raise the federal minimum wage to US$ 9 an hour"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this single step would raise the incomes of millions of working families"

 

 

 

 

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  • "it could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank; rent or eviction; scraping by or finally getting ahead"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obama presents bold Gun Control Plan
- the Guardian
: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "President Obama mounted the biggest challenge in two decades to America's deeply ingrained gun culture"

 

 

 

 

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  • "flanked by a group of schoolchildren, Obama said:"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this is our first task as a society - keeping our children safe"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this is how we will be judged, and their voices should compel us to change"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the "National Rifle Association" immediately vowed all-out opposition to his proposals"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "warning it was preparing for "the fight of the century""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gun Control
- the Guardian
: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "President Obama is considering the use of an executive order to restrict access to guns or ammunition"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Vice-President Joe Biden: "every once in a while there's something"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that awakens the conscience of the country"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and that tragic event did it in a way like nothing I've seen in my career"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newtown: we can't tolerate this anymore - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "President Barack Obama delivered the most impassioned speech of his Presidency"

 

 

 

 

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  • "addressing the grieving families of Newtown, Connecticut with words of comfort"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "while delivering a clarion call to the nation that enough was enough"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and that the "carnage" of mass shootings must end"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "addressing an audience of about 900 local people, including about 15 families of victims"

 

 

 

 

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  • "at Newtown high school he talked about the disaster at Sandy Hook elementary school"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in which "20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults" had died"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "since the terrible events he had been reflecting on a simple question"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "was America meeting "our first task, our first job""

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "caring for our children"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we can't tolerate this any more"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "these tragedies must end"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Boeing
- US cable - 2008: LINK ¤ 08MANAMA47

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  • "following months of heavy lobbying by the US ambassador"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Crown Prince and King of Bahrain rejected a Gulf Air proposal to buy Airbus"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and directed the airline to make a deal with Boeing"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Gulf Air signed an agreement valued at US$ 6 billion with Boeing"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the agreement represents a significant US embassy commercial advocacy success"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the US ambassador persisted in lobbying Gulf Air management"

 

 

 

 

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  • "board members, government officials and representatives of parliament"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the US ambassador had spoken directly to the Crown Prince on Boeing's behalf"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Boeing subsequently returned to Bahrain"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Crown Prince had assured him of the government's sincerity in seeking a deal"

 

 

 

 

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  • "this was a last-minute maneuver to wring concessions from Airbus"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Boeing responded by shaving"

 

 

 

 

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  • "an additional five percent off its proposed sale price"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the US embassy's role in Boeing's success is noteworthy"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for advancing well beyond every-day advocacy, Gulf Air relied on the embassy to communicate with Boeing"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "conveying Boeing at all levels"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Iraq Oil
- US
cable - 2008: LINK ¤ 08BAGHDAD647

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  • "the Iraqi Ministry of Oil has presented the three-part plan for oil field development"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to sign 2-year technical service agreements"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with major international oil companies (IOCs)"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "of five giant oil fields:"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Kirkuk field with Shell Oil"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "al-Rumaila with BP"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "al-Zubair with Exxon-Mobil"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "West Khorna with Chevron and Total"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • and Mayssan with Shell and BHP Billiton"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the contracts will be negotiated directly with the companies"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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United Nations
- US cable - 2009
: LINK ¤ 09STATE80163

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  • "reporting and collection needs (for US agencies) to collect information on the United Nations"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "reporting officers should include as much of the following information as possible:"

 

 

 

 

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  • "office and organizational titles, names, position titles"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and other information on business cards, numbers of telephones"

 

 

 

 

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  • "cell phones, pagers and faxes, telephone directories and e-mail listings"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Internet and intranet "handles", Internet e-mail addresses, web site identification-URLs"

 

 

 

 

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  • "credit card account numbers, frequent flyer account numbers"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "work schedules, and other relevant biographical information"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Goldstone Report - US cable - 2009: LINK ¤ 09STATE98567

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  • "the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) held a special session on "violations of human rights in the occupied territories" (Gaza)"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and mandated that a fact finding mission be sent"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to investigate "all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law""

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "by Israel against the Palestinian people"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we (the US) have very serious concerns about the Report"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Report's substance, recommendations, and broader effects could have"

 

 

 

 

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  • "a strong impact on many of our interests"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "these include its recommendations, including a call for this issue to be taken up in international fora"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OECD mahnt Reformen in USA ein
- der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "um das Wachstum zukunftsfest zu gestalten und dafür zu sorgen"

 

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  • "dass auch mittlere und sozial schwächere Schichten der Gesellschaft davon profitieren"

 

 

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  • "sind Änderungen beim Steuersystem, bei Bildung und Ausbildung, Migration und auf dem Arbeitsmarkt notwendig"

 

 

 

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  • "das durchschnittliche Einkommen der Amerikaner ist zwar sehr hoch"

 

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  • "dennoch gibt es Hinweise darauf, dass die daraus resultierenden Vorteile nicht hinreichend auf breiter Basis ankommen"

 

 

 

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  • "besonders Familien mit niedrigem Einkommen haben schlechteren Zugang zu Bildung und zum Gesundheitssystem"

 

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  • "hier sind Reformen notwendig - etwa beim Steuersystem"

 

 

 

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  • "auch muss der Mindestlohn angehoben werden"

 

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  • "Wachstum alleine reicht nicht aus. Die Vorteile des Wachstums müssen geteilt werden"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Human Rights in the US - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ US HUMAN RIGHTS

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  • "the human rights record of the United States of America is a complicated matter"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "first and foremost the federal Government of the United States has, through a ratified constitution and amendments thereof"

 

 

 

 

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  • "guaranteed unalienable rights to citizens of the country, and also to some degree, non-citizens"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the US have the highest percentage of people in prison of any nation"

 

 

 

 

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  • "there were more than 2.2 million in prisons or jails, or 737 per 100,000 population, or roughly 1 out of every 136 Americans"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "international and US law prohibits torture and other ill-treatment of any person in custody in all circumstances"

 

 

 

 

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  • "however, the US government has categorized a large number of people as "unlawful combatants", a classification used mainly as an excuse to bypass international law"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Federalist No. 10
- James Madison - 1787: LINK ¤ FEDERALIST NO. 10

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  • ""federalist number 10" is an essay written by James Madison as the tenth of the federalist papers"

 

 

 

 

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  • "a series arguing for the ratification of the United States constitution"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "No. 10 addresses the question of how to guard against "factions""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "or groups of citizens, with interests contrary to the rights of others"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "or the interests of the whole community"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Madison defines a faction as a number of citizens, whether amounting to a minority or majority of the whole"

 

 

 

 

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  • "who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion - or of interest"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "adverse to the rights of other citizens"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Common Sense - Thomas Paine - 1776: LINK ¤ US HISTORY

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  • "I draw my idea of the form of government from a principle in nature which no art can overturn"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that the more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered, and the easier repaired when disordered"

 

 

 

 

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  • "wherefore, laying aside all national pride and prejudice in favour of modes and forms"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the plain truth is that it is wholly owing to the constitution of the people"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and not to the constitution of the government"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "mankind being originally equals in the order of creation"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "however strange it may appear to some, or however unwilling they may be to think so, matters not"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but many strong and striking reasons may be given to show that nothing can settle our affairs so expeditiously"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as an open and determined declaration for independence"

 

 

 

 

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