Russia: The day Putin decided to make Trump US President

EExperts had long assumed that Moscow’s primary goal was to prevent Hillary Clinton, who was known for her anti-Putin stance. The Kremlin documents, which the British Guardian is now reporting on, seem to show that Moscow decided much earlier than previously thought to support the then entrepreneur Trump. And that for reasons that had to do with certain characteristics of the candidate.

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Former US Border Patrol agent accuses irregularities

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Jenn Budd He spent 6 years as a United States Border Patrol agent. When she was at the academy, she was sexually assaulted by a classmate. They pressured her not to press charges and eventually graduated, along with her sex offender, from the Border Patrol academy.

Later, she witnessed how this culture of rape, violence against women and discrimination materialized in the treatment of the agents towards the migrants. Today she is an activist and denouncer of the “brutal culture” that exists within the agency since its creation almost 100 years ago.

“Even if migrant women are physically or sexually attacked by agents, which many of them are, it is when the culture of rape is present regarding whether they can then apply for asylum or whether they believe them or not. The only thing they do believe in the Border Patrol as well as with female agents is that everything that comes out of the mouth of a migrant, and they say so in the patrol, is that they can tell that a migrant is lying when his mouth is open. The Border Patrol believes that women who report a sexual assault, whether they are agents or a migrant, are doing it to get something. “

In 2001, Budd resigned from his position as an agent. The last warning that something was wrong was when he realized that his boss in the field allowed the transfer of drugs to the United StatesShe tried to report him and they threatened to kill her.

“I left the field because I got tired of arresting families that were not criminals. And many of the agents around me were criminals, ”he commented.

Last week, data from the US Department of Homeland Security revealed that the administration of Donald Trump separated migrant families even before his policy went into effect zero tolerance to migration. 234 families were divided under a pilot program in the Yuma, Arizona sector to discourage irregular migration. For the former border agent, things with Biden haven’t changed much.

“It is very easy to say that one was the Border Patrol of the Trump administration. But it’s the same border patrol, no one has been held accountable. The same people who ripped children from their mothers’ arms, knowing it was completely illegal, are still there. “

He even assured that the separation of families on the border continues, but with different modalities.

“What I know after my last trip to Arizona and Texas is that what happens at the border is still separation of families, but what they do now is that take pregnant women And let’s say they crossed the border in Nogales, so they expelled her through the port of Nogales into Mexico regardless of her citizenship, and her husbands or partners took them on a bus to Juárez and expelled them there. They also take away their cell phones and destroy them in the field. There are reports of people from that place who have found telephones everywhere ”.

Despite the Democratic administration of Joe Biden, Budd commented that behind the Border Patrol there is a racist policy, supported by hate groups that lobby politicians, yes, mostly Republicans.

“Democrats should be more liberal, at least on the social agenda, but if we ask people who cross the border and are detained by the Border Patrol, this is not the case, regarding migration. They are not as brutal as the Republicans, but they are quieter with their brutality. The racism that we applied daily in the field and the words that we said could be turned into politics. They work with what I call anti-migrant hate groups in the US, which are groups that Republicans and conservatives support. They say they want immigration reform but in reality they are concerned about what they call “morenismo” in the US. “

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Putin is said to have ordered a secret mission to help Trump win the elections

Vladimir Putin is said to have authorized a covert espionage operation to interfere in the 2016 US presidential elections, in order to help Donald Trump become US president.

According to secret documents of the Russian government, which were released by the British newspaper “The Guardian”, the president of Russia was meeting on January 22, 2016 in a closed session with the Russian National Security Council, which was attended by the country’s main ministers, such as Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, and those responsible for the country’s various spy services.

The reason for the meeting was pointed out, at a press conference, as a discussion on the country’s economy and Moldova, but the Russian government documents released by the British newspaper reveal that the politicians were gathered to approve a plan between the various espionage services to interfere with US democracy, as if Donald Trump were elected president it would help Russia secure the country’s strategic objectives.

According to the documents, three Russian spy agencies were forced to find practical ways to support Donald Trump in order to help create the favorable “political landscape” for Russia so that Putin could dominate any bilateral talks between the United States and the Russia.

The documents also state that the Russian government has potentially compromising material against the American businessman, which was collected in “Trump’s unofficial visits to the territory of the Russian Federation”.

The British newspaper also exposes that Russian government documents draw a psychological profile of Donald Trump, describing him as an “impulsive, mentally unstable and unbalanced individual who suffers from an inferiority complex”.

“The Guardian” also said it had contacted the Russian government about the information that was present in the documents, but Putin’s spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, said the idea of ​​Russian leaders agreeing to support Donald Trump “is a great fiction popular”.

But, according to the released documents, this information seems to contradict itself, as the newspaper points out that weeks after the meeting of the Russian National Security Council, hackers from a Russian secret service invaded the servers of the Democratic Party’s National Committee, and later disclosed it thousands of private emails in an attempt to harm Hillary Clinton’s election campaign.

The British newspaper also pointed out that it had verified the veracity of the documents through independent experts, who concluded that all content had a high probability of being genuine. He also contacted former US President Donald Trump, but he did not provide any kind of clarification.

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Suffrage in the US: Biden attacks Republican politics

Desperation echoes in the voice of US President Joe Biden as he urges his “Republican friends” to stand up against the ever increasing number of laws that limit the right to vote. “Stand up, for god’s sake”, stands up for God’s sake, he calls out to them on Monday from Philadelphia, the birthplace of the US Constitution. And addressed to those Republicans who are leading this “attack on democracy”: “Aren’t you ashamed?”

What is happening in the US right now is remarkable. In the 2020 presidential election, it was easier than ever for citizens to cast their votes. The result: 155 million votes cast. A record turnout in the middle of the pandemic. This success was made possible above all by the extensive access to postal voting. However, the Republicans lost the election. Since then, the defeated ex-President Donald Trump has been spreading the “big lie”, as critics call it, that the election was stolen from him.

Country up, country down, Republicans are taking Trump’s unproven claims of alleged electoral fraud as an opportunity to allegedly make future elections “safer” and “simpler” with a wave of new laws. Indeed, the laws aim to make voting harder for those populations who traditionally vote democratically.

According to data from the Brennan Center for Justice, 28 restrictive electoral laws have already been passed in 17 states since January. 400 other such laws are available as templates for voting. The main aim of the laws is to restrict postal voting again. The 2020 election showed that Democrats in particular voted by post, while most Republicans saw it as their patriotic duty to put the ballot paper in the ballot box in person at the polling station. The math is simple: fewer postal voters mean better opportunities for Republicans.

“We have to act. And we will act.”

This action “threatens the foundations of our nation,” said Biden on Monday at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. He’s not saying this to alarm. He said this because people “should be alarmed”. The US is facing the “greatest test” of its democracy since the civil war. Then he promises: “We have to act. And we will act.”

In the speech, however, there is no indication of how Biden intends to stop the development. Trump Republicans are unlikely to be impressed by his words. Biden may still dream of non-partisan cooperation, as he once experienced as a senator. But those days are over. An increasing number of Democrats now lack the imagination of how to protect democracy with colleagues in Congress who allow Trump to dictate their political agenda.

Your means of choice would be to repeal the filibuster rule in the Senate, according to which the vast majority of laws in the Senate can de facto only be passed with at least 60 to 40 votes. The Democrats regularly need the support of at least ten Republicans to pass laws. The Democrats could overturn this rule with a narrow majority of 50 plus one vote in order to then single-handedly pass their federal electoral law, which formulates minimum requirements for an equal and fair election. This law has been before Congress since 2019, but regularly fails due to the Republicans’ veto.

Two democratic senators block each other

However, two Democratic senators are opposed to abolishing the filibuster rules: Joe Manchin from West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona. They come from more conservative states and fear that they will lose their Senate seats if they help to deprive the Republicans of their most important right of participation. Joe Biden doesn’t seem to be convinced either that this is the right way to go. So far, at any rate, he has not clearly positioned himself on the question. And doesn’t do that in Philadelphia either.

As long as it stays that way, the opponents of restrictive electoral laws in the states are on their own. On Monday, 50 Democratic members of the Texas Senate left the state in a clandestine act, rendering their Republican counterparts incapacitated. It is already the second action of this kind with which they want to prevent a vote on a controversial electoral reform in Texas. You can be assured of the President’s solidarity. Much more help, however, cannot be expected from Washington at the moment.

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US suffrage: Democratic MPs leave Texas


President Joe Biden speaks in Philadelphia on Tuesday
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Dozens of Democratic MPs have left Texas to prevent further curtailment of the voting rights. They are now threatened with arrest at home. In Washington they are hoping for help from President Biden. But his hands are tied.

JNow the police are supposed to bring them back to the Capitol in Austin: 58 Democratic politicians from Texas who left the state to protest against tightening of the electoral law. Without them, the regional parliament cannot pass a law because a minimum number of MPs must be present to do so. And while several Democrats traveled to Washington to raise awareness, Republicans voted to send the police after them. However, their authority ends at the border of the state of Texas. Governor Greg Abbott reacted aggressively. At Fox News, he threatened the renegade politicians with arrests: “As soon as they set foot in the state, they will be arrested and taken back to the Capitol, where we will do our work.” According to lawyers, such arrests would be possible.

The Republicans in Texas want to tighten the rules for postal voting, as Georgia has done. In addition, rules that make voting easier are to be abolished. Election days are working days – tens of thousands therefore took advantage of the opportunity in 2020 to cast early votes around the clock. This 24-hour period should be abolished as well as drive-through polling stations or mobile polling stations in tents, for example – the Republicans want to stipulate that one can only vote in a permanent building. The protesting Democrats stressed that the tightening particularly hurt workers in precarious jobs who cannot take time off on election day. Your trip to Washington and the blockade of the voting quorum is only an emergency solution. “We can’t stop the wave forever, we’re buying some time,” said Chris Turner, Democratic leader in the Texan parliament. He appealed to Congress to enforce the right to vote for all Americans through federal law. The goal is to block the Texan legislative proposals long enough until then. In May, the Democrats had already left the House of Representatives and prevented the vote.

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US suffrage: Democratic MPs leave Texas


President Joe Biden speaks in Philadelphia on Tuesday
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Dozens of Democratic MPs have left Texas to prevent further curtailment of the voting rights. They are now threatened with arrest at home. In Washington they are hoping for help from President Biden. But his hands are tied.

JNow the police are supposed to bring them back to the Capitol in Austin: 58 Democratic politicians from Texas who left the state to protest against tightening of the electoral law. Without them, the regional parliament cannot pass a law because a minimum number of MPs must be present to do so. And while several Democrats traveled to Washington to raise awareness, Republicans voted to send the police after them. However, their authority ends at the border of the state of Texas. Governor Greg Abbott reacted aggressively. At Fox News, he threatened the renegade politicians with arrests: “As soon as they set foot in the state, they will be arrested and taken back to the Capitol, where we will do our work.” According to lawyers, such arrests would be possible.

The Republicans in Texas want to tighten the rules for postal voting, as Georgia has done. In addition, rules that make voting easier are to be abolished. Election days are working days – tens of thousands therefore took advantage of the opportunity in 2020 to cast early votes around the clock. This 24-hour period should be abolished as well as drive-through polling stations or mobile polling stations in tents, for example – the Republicans want to stipulate that one can only vote in a permanent building. The protesting Democrats stressed that the tightening particularly hurt workers in precarious jobs who cannot take time off on election day. Your trip to Washington and the blockade of the voting quorum is only an emergency solution. “We can’t stop the wave forever, we’re buying some time,” said Chris Turner, Democratic leader in the Texan parliament. He appealed to Congress to enforce the right to vote for all Americans through federal law. The goal is to block the Texan legislative proposals long enough until then. In May, the Democrats had already left the House of Representatives and prevented the vote.

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Youtuberin is arrested live on Spanish television

For days, people in Cuba have been taking to the streets and protesting against the government. Now dozens of them are missing – including many journalists.

A Youtuber was apparently arrested during a live interview on Spanish television about the protests in Cuba. In the middle of the program “Todo es Mentira” on the Spanish broadcaster Cuatro on Tuesday, the young woman who calls herself Dina Stars suddenly interrupted another guest and said: “The security forces are out there.” The Cuban woman went to the door of her apartment in Havana, stepped back in front of the camera shortly afterwards and said that she was being taken away. “I blame the government for whatever happens to me,” she said.

Earlier, Dina Stars said in an interview about the demonstrations that broke out on Sunday: “We need help. This is where people are being killed.” The people had nothing more to lose, she emphasized. “The people in Cuba are dying – they either starve to death or they get sick because there is no medication, or they are killed in a demonstration.”

Several arrests and missing persons

According to activists, around a hundred people were arrested in connection with the protests. According to sources, the well-known dissident José Daniel Ferrer and the journalist Camila Acosta, who works for a Spanish newspaper, were considered arrested or reported missing on Monday evening (local time).

According to the organization Netblocks, the Cuban authorities blocked Internet services such as Whatsapp and Facebook in order to make it difficult for government critics to exchange information – with success. Few of the information is leaked. For example, the journalist Abraham Jiménez Enoa wrote on Tuesday on Twitter because of the lack of access that it takes a lot of effort to speak of figures, “of dead, injured and disappeared. But there are”. Numerous people were reported missing in a Facebook group. “The press was targeted,” tweeted journalist Yoani Sánchez. There are police operations in the homes of activists and journalists.

According to the Cuban Interior Ministry, a person died on the outskirts of Havana on Tuesday. The official Cuban news agency reported that it was 36-year-old Diubis Laurencio Tejeda, who was involved in the current “unrest” in Cuba. The Ministry of the Interior “regretted” the death of the man.

Director: “We were treated like trash”

The San Isidro protest movement put the number of people arrested or reported missing by Monday evening at 114. In a Twitter message, the senior US diplomat Julie Chung condemned violence against demonstrators and the “disappearance of independent activists”, including the dissident Guillermo “Coco” as well as Ferrer “Fariñas, Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara and Amaury Pacheco.

Spain’s new foreign minister, José Manuel Albaren, expressed dismay at the arrest of the Cuban journalist Acosta, who most recently worked for the conservative Spanish newspaper “ABC”. Acosta had to be released “immediately,” said Albaren. “Spain defends the right to free and peaceful protest and calls on the Cuban authorities to do the same,” he added. Acosta was arrested on Monday, according to the “ABC” editor Alexis Rodríguez. She worked for “ABC” for six months. She also wrote for the opposition website “Cubanet”.

The director and oppositionist Yunior Garcia, who is one of the best-known faces of the artist protest movement 27N, also described his arrest. In the online service Facebook Garcia accused the security forces and a “horde of radical conservatives” to have beaten him and his friends. “We were treated like trash,” wrote the director.

That’s why the Cubans protest

In Cuba, thousands of people took to the streets on Sunday to express their displeasure with the worst economic crisis in 30 years. The demonstrations took place in dozens of cities. The trigger was, among other things, the lack of medicines and food. Under the former US President Donald Trump, the US had tightened its sanctions against Cuba. During the pandemic, the important income from tourism is now also missing. Recently, the number of corona infections has also increased significantly.

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel called on television on Sunday to defend the revolution – the socialist system – on the streets. “If you want to defeat the revolution, you have to go over our corpses,” he emphasized. The protesters, however, were not deterred and protested against the Cuban government. Among other things, they shouted “Freedom” and “Down with the dictatorship”.

Censorship and restrictions

The nationwide demonstrations are extremely unusual for Cuba. The only gatherings allowed are usually Communist Party events. The security forces reportedly cracked down on him. Videos were shown of men who activists said were plainclothes police officers beating and taking away protesters.

Data from the London-based organization Netblocks also showed that access to messenger services and online networks such as Whatsapp, Telegram, Facebook and Instagram was restricted in Cuba on Monday. All telecommunications in Cuba are controlled by the state. This enables the authorities of the communist country to censor websites.

Netblocks said that Cuba is currently acting just as rigorously against government critics on the Internet as it was in November 2020, when there were demonstrations in Havana for more artistic freedom.

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Democrats flee Texas to block controversial law

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Determined to prevent a quorum and the passage in the Texan Parliament of a law restricting the right to vote, dozens of elected officials flew to Washington.

It is the amazement of the Republicans in Austin, the Texas capital. The Democrats have done it again. On May 31, on the last day of the normal legislative session, in the midst of the vote on this same electoral law that they had succeeded in pushing back to the last hours of the parliamentary session, they had all already left the chamber stealthily before leaving. disperse to Austin. The maneuver had killed the law and allowed them to be received in Washington by US Vice President Kamala Harris, as the champions of the right to vote.

Black anger of the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, who had replied by calling a special session. The latter began last Thursday and was to last 26 days. In the middle of the primary for his re-election, Greg Abbott wishes at all costs to please the grassroots…

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A ‘champion’ against Facebook, Twitter and Google

Far from leaving the scene, what former US President Donald Trump likes is being constantly in it: now he announced that he will sue Facebook, Twitter and Google for vetoing their accounts and ‘silencing’ Americans.

He called his action a crusade for ‘freedom of expression’ which he has invited ‘hundreds of thousands of people’ to join.

Trump has suspended his social networks since the assault on Congress on January 6 by a mob of his followers, and he has repeatedly described that veto as’ censorship ‘and abuse’.

‘We are going to immediately end the illegal and shameful censorship of the American people by social media companies. We ask that the shadow blockade end, that they stop silencing, blacklisting, banishing and canceling that they know so well, ‘he said at a press conference at his golf club in Bedminster (New Jersey).

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