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رایگان رجب ایودیک 2017 با کیفیت عالی
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رجب ایودیک 5 recep ivedik 2017
ژانر : کمدی
محصول : 2017 ترکیه
کیفیت: bluray
کارگردان : togan gökbakar
بازیگران : sahan gökbakar, resit kurt, orkan varan
خلاصه داستان : رجب 5
قسمت پنجم کمدی رجب هم اکران شد در ترکیه داستان قسمت 5 این از این قرار هست که رجب ایودیک پس از مرگ دوستش، تصمیم میگیرد تا به آ ین قرارداد کاری دوستش رسیدگی کند. او باید با اتوبوس دوست مرحومش عده ای ورزشکار را برای شرکت در رقابت های بین المللی به خارج از کشور ببرد. ولی ناگهان ورزشکاران با مشکلی روبرو میشوند و رجب تصمیم میگیرد تا به روش خودش این مشکل را برطرف کند…
لود 5 recep ivedik 2017 کیفیت web-dl (عالی)
. 2 حجم : 800 مگابایت هنوز منتشر نشده

رایگان سینمایی جدید و فوق العاده زیبای رجب ایوریک ۵ باکیفت ۷۲۰ hd (کیفت تصویر و صدا به علت تصویر برداری از سینما کم میباشد) recep ivedik 5.2017. .hd recep ivedik 5-2017 recep ivedik 5-2017 ژانر : کمدی محصول : ۲۰۱۷ ترکیه کیفیت: bluray کارگردان : togan gökbakar بازیگران : sahan gökbakar, resit kurt, orkan varan خلاصه داستان : رجب ایودیک ۵
قسمت پنجم کمدی رجب هم اکران شد در ترکیه داستان قسمت ۵ این از این قرار هست که رجب ایودیک پس از مرگ دوستش، تصمیم میگیرد تا به آ ین قرارداد کاری دوستش رسیدگی کند. او باید با اتوبوس دوست مرحومش عده ای ورزشکار را برای شرکت در رقابت های بین المللی به خارج از کشور ببرد. ولی ناگهان ورزشکاران با مشکلی روبرو میشوند و رجب تصمیم میگیرد تا به روش خودش این مشکل را برطرف کند… در ادامه مطلب: ادامه مطلب

recep ivedik 5 (رجب ۵) با اولین تریلر رسمی اضافه شد اطلاعات کامل : imdb ژانر : کمدی منتشر کننده : ترک موویز کیفیت : ۷۲۰p زمان اکران : ۱۶ february 2017 بازیگران : sahan gökbakar, hüseyin baycur, murat bölücek خلاصه داستان : در ادامه ی چهار قسمت قبل این مجموعه کمدی اینبار رجب به المپیک می رود و شاهد درخشش او در این دوره مسابقات با شیرین کاری هایش خواهید بود … recep ivedik 5 (رجب ۵) با اولین تریلر رسمی اضافه شد اطلاعات کامل : imdb ژانر : کمدی منتشر کننده : ترک موویز کیفیت : ۷۲۰p زمان اکران : ۱۶ february 2017 فرمت : mp4 حجم : ۱۶ مگابایت محصول : ترکیه زبان : ترکی کارگردان : togan gökbakar بازیگران : sahan gökbakar, hüseyin baycur, murat bölücek خلاصه داستان : در ادامه ی چهار قسمت قبل این مجموعه کمدی اینبار رجب به المپیک می رود و شاهد درخشش او در این دوره مسابقات با شیرین کاری هایش خواهید بود … storyline recep ivedik 5 recep continues his saga with olympics __________________________________________________________ با کیفیت ۷۲۰p با __________________________________________________________

رایگان فوق العاده زیبای recep ivedik 4 2014
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نام : recep ivedik 4
ژانر: کمدی
کارگردان: togan gökbakar
ستارگان: sahan gökbakar, adem atbas, gülüm baltacigil
محصول کشور: ترکیه
سال انتشار: 2014
امتیاز: 4.0 از 10
مدت زمان: 113 – 147 دقیقه
اطلاعات بیشتر: کلیک کنید
خلاصه داستان: در ادامه قسمت های قبلی این بار رجب ایودیک مربی گری تیم بچه های محله را که در تنها زمین خاکی خالی محله که خود رجب هم از کودکی در آنجا فوتبال بازی می کرد را به عهده گرفته است. در همین حال او در می یابد که این زمین قرار است به یک پیمان کار فروخته شود…
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نام : recep ivedik 5
ژانر: کمدی
کارگردان: togan gökbakar
ستارگان: sahan gökbakar, resit kurt, orkan varan
محصول کشور: ترکیه
سال انتشار: 2017
امتیاز: 3.2 از 10
مدت زمان: 113 دقیقه
خلاصه داستان: رجب پس از مرگ دوستش، تصمیم میگیرد تا به آ ین قرارداد کاری دوستش رسیدگی کند. او باید با اتوبوس دوست مرحومش عده ای ورزشکار را برای شرکت در رقابت های بین المللی به خارج از کشور ببرد. ولی ناگهان ورزشکاران با مشکلی روبرو میشوند و رجب تصمیم میگیرد تا به روش خودش این مشکل را برطرف کند… متاسفانه مرورگر شما، ق لت پخش فایل های صوتی تصویری را در قالب html5 دارا نمی باشد.
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cumhurbaşkanı erdoğan, may ve şerif'i kabul etti cumhurbaşkanı erdoğan, may ve şerif'i kabul etti cumhurbaşkanı erdoğan, bm genel kurul genel görüşmeleri için bulunduğu new york'ta ingiltere başbakanı may ile pakistan başbakanı şerif ile görüştü. cumhurbaşkanı recep tayyip erdoğan, ingiltere başbakanı theresa may ile bm genel merkezi'nde basına kapalı görüşmede bir araya geldi. erdoğan'ın may'i kabulü yaklaşık 1 saat sürdü. pakistan başbakanı şerif'i kabul etti cumhurbaşkanı recep tayyip erdoğan, bm genel kurul genel görüşmeleri için bulunduğu new york'ta pakistan başbakanı navaz şerif ile görüştü. bm genel merkezi'ndeki basına kapalı görüşme 1 saatten fazla sürdü

turkish opinion polls suggest a deadlock among likely voters in an april 16 referendum over proposed changes that would radically remake turkey’s democracy and could allow president recep tayyip erdogan to extend his rule.

british prime minister theresa may said she and turkish president recep tayyip erdogan were deepening their defense links, amid criticism at home that she is putting trade ahead of concerns about the rule of law in turkey.


receb ivedik 5 l
رجب ۵
کیفیت : ۷۲۰p
حجم : ۸۰۰ mb
ژانر : کمدی
تاریخ اکران : ۲۰۱۷
محصول کشور : ترکیه
امتیاز : ۲.۳ \ ۱۰
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کارگردان : togan gökbakar
ستارگان : sahan gökbakar, resit kurt, orkan varan
خلاصه داستان : رجب پس از مرگ دوستش، تصمیم میگیرد تا به آ ین قرارداد کاری دوستش رسیدگی کند. او باید با اتوبوس دوست مرحومش عده ای ورزشکار را برای شرکت در رقابت های بین المللی به خارج از کشور ببرد. ولی ناگهان ورزشکاران با مشکلی روبرو میشوند و رجب تصمیم میگیرد تا به روش خودش این مشکل را برطرف کند..

başbakan yıldırım'dan chp'ye çağrı afyonkarahisar'da yapılan ak parti istişare toplantısında uşan başbakan binali yıldırım, başkanlık sistemi tartışmalarına ilişkin, "mhp milli bir irade sergilemiştir. meseleye millet son noktayı koysun. millet ne derse o olsun. kimse milletin kararından korkmasın, önünden kaçmasın. chp'ye bir kez daha çağrıda bulunuyorum. gelin millete birlikte gidelim. başkanlık meselesi, ne recep tayyip erdoğan'ın ne de ak parti'nin meselesidir. bu iş milletin, ülkesinin işidir. devletimizin beka meselesidir. sistem tartışmalarını artık geride bırakıp geleceğe bakalım. hedefimiz, sonuna kadar demokrasi, özgürlük" dedi. http://www.dha.com.tr/basbakan-yildirimdan-chpye-cagri_1358124.html

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no military plan for raqqa yet: presidential spokesperson kalın turkey does not currently have a military plan for an ault on the islamic state of iraq and the levant (isil) jihadist group’s stronghold of raqqa in syria, presidential spokesperson ibrahim kalın has said. “what will turkey’s answer be if the u.s. says to turkey: ‘the pyd [the syrian kurdish democratic union party] will also enter raqqa; you come too and let’s fight against isil together?’ we exhibited the same attitude before. we supported the cleaning of manbij from daesh [isil]. we did not join their operations but principally we said that we supported it. we had one stance which was that the pyd would not enter and stay there. the same thing also applies to raqqa. currently, we do not have military planning regarding raqqa,” kalın said in an interview with daily habertürk, adding that ankara was cooperating with the international coalition in the anti-isil fight. however, kalın noted there would be a broader and more cautious plan for al bab, another isil stronghold, before raqqa. “the method that will be followed in al bab and other operations is obvious. there is a certain isil concentration there and they have reached a certain number. therefore, a broader and cautious plan will be realized,” he said, while noting that the date for an operation was not clear yet, as work on operational details has been ongoing. on his way back from the g-20 summit in china on sept. 7, president recep tayyip erdoğan had stated that ankara and washington were discussing military action on raqqa. “raqqa is an important center for daesh,” erdoğan said. “[u.s. president barack] obama particularly wants to do something together [with us] about raqqa. we have told him that this is not a problem for us,” he said. “this is an issue that we have been discussing with the united states. what can be done there will become more concrete after more talks,” erdoğan said. turkey launched a joint military operation with the u.s.-led coalition along its border inside syria on aug. 24 to rid the areas close to the border of isil and the syrian kurdish people’s protection units (ypg), which turkey sees as a terror organization.

national security council says turkey won't allow pyd-pkk terror corridor on its southern border. turkey's top security body, the national security council (mgk), held its last meeting of the year late wednesday, re erting that turkey will not allow pyd/pkk militants form a terror corridor on the country's southern border. the meeting was convened by president recep tayyip erdoğan at the presidential complex in ankara and lasted 6 hours. in a statement released after the meeting, officials stated that the meeting focused on turkey's war on terror. the council said that turkey would not allow pkk militants to find shelter in northern syria and iraq's sinjar. within the scope of operation euphrates shield, turkey-backed free syrian army (fsa) fighters are now expected to move towards manbij, once they gain control of the key northern town al-bab over the coming days. even though u.s. officials had promised the withdrawal of the pkk-affiliated syrian democratic union party (pyd) from manbij, turkish sources confirmed that there were still around 200 pyd militants left in the town. additionally, the ongoing mosul operations against daesh and the latest on turkish troops in the bashiqa military p near mosul was another matter of discussion. turkey has already said it will not remain silent on military a ncements by the shia militia group hashd al-shaabi, inside the mostly-turkmen iraqi town of tal afar and also warned that it will not let sinjar become a second headquarters for the pkk. for emergency military intervention, the turkish armed forces have already deployed tanks and other armored vehicles to silopi in the southeastern şırnak province, near the iraqi border. the ongoing war against the gülenist terror group (fetö), the organization behind the july 15 failed coup attempt, and extradition efforts to bring its mastermind fetullah gülen back to turkey was also on the meeting's agenda. http://www.dailysabah.com/politics/2016/11/30/national-security-council-says-turkey-wont-allow-pyd-pkk-terror-corridor-on-its-southern-border

شمار زیاد قربانیان و مجروحان تظاهرات اخیر در باریکه غزه به اختلاف میان ترکیه و دامن زده است. رئیس جمهور ترکیه در واکنش به سرکوب خونین معترضان فلسطینی نخست را "تروریست" خواند.recep tayyip erdoğan und benjamin netanjahu kombi (getty images/afp)رئیس جمهور ترکیه، رجب طیب اردوغان که پیشتر سرکوب تظاهرکنندگان فلسطینی در باریکه غزه را "قتل عام" توصیف کرده بود اکنون نخست ، بنیامین نتانیاهو را "تروریست" خوانده است.به گزارش خبرگزاری آلمان دو روز پیش ( ۱۰ فروردین/ ۳۰ مارس) در جریان تیراندازی نظامیان ی به تظاهرکنندگانی که به مناسبت "روز زمین" در مرز باریکه غزه با گرد آمده بودند، دست کم ۱۷ نفر کشته و ۱۴۰۰ نفر مجروح شدند. این روز یادآور ۳۰ مارس ۱۹۷۶ است که در آن سربازان ی دهقانان معترض به مصادره زمین هایشان را با خشونت سرکوب د. در واکنش به سخنان اردوغان، تیراندازی به سوی تظاهرکنندگان را "مقابله با ترور" خوانده و می گوید بیشتر کشته شدگان روز به حماس و دیگر گروه های افراطی فلسطینی وابسته بوده اند.به کانال دویچه وله فارسی در تلگرام بپیوندیدبه گفته سخنگوی درگیری میان نیروهای امنیتی و تظاهرکنندگان در ناحیه مرزی باریکه غزه، روز یک شنبه نیز ادامه داشته است. بنابر گزارش ها در این روز یک فلسطینی دیگر به ضرب گلوله سربازان ی کشته و یک نفر دیگر به شدت مجروح شده و حالش وخیم است.بنیامین نتانیاهو روز یک شنبه در واکنش به تازه ترین حمله های لفظی اردوغان گفت: «با اخلاق ترین جهان حاضر به گوش دادن به موعظه های اخلاقی ی نیست که خودش سال هاست شهروندان غیرنظامی را بدون فرق گذاشتن میان آنها بمباران می کند.»ظاهرا اشاره نتانیاهو به عملیات نظامی ترکیه در مناطق شین این کشور مربوط می شود. او در یک پیام توئیتری نوشته که سخنان رئیس جمهور ترکیه بیشتر به "شوخی ماه آوریل" می ماند."نتانیاهو، گر و تروریست"رجب طیب اردوغان در پاسخ به این اظهارات نتانیاهو در جمع هوادارنش در شهر آدانا گفت ترک ها گر نیستند. او خطاب به نخست گفت: «آهای نتانیاهو، تو گری و به عنوان یک گر در آن سرزمین حضور داری. تو تروریست هم هستی.»بیشتر بخوانید: نگرانی شورای امنیت از اوضاع در نوار غزهرئیس جمهور ترکیه در پاسخ به اظهارات نتانیاهو درباره بمباران غیرنظامیان، این ادعا را رد کرد و گفت ترکیه برخلاف تنها علیه تروریست ها وارد عملیات نظامی می شود. او را یک "حکومت تروریستی" خواند. از سال ها پیش به دلیل آنچه پشتیبانی از گرایان افراطی حماس خوانده می شود از ترکیه به شدت انتقاد می کند. این دو کشور پس از یک دوره طولانی روابط سرد و غیردوستانه، در سال ۲۰۱۶ تفاهم نامه ای برای تنش ز میان آنکارا و تل آویو امضاء د.به رغم افزایش انتقادها و اعتراض ها به سرکوب خونین تظاهرکنندگان فلسطینی در "روز زمین"، آویگدور لیبرمن، دفاع روز یک شنبه (اول آوریل/ ۱۲ فروردین) از عملیات نظامی در باریکه غزه حمایت کرد و گفت اغلب کشته شدگان روز "فعالان تروریست" شناخته شده بوده اند.بیشتر بخوانید: اعلام یک روز عزای عمومی در مناطق فلسطینیقرار است حرکت های اعتراضی در باریکه غزه تا ۱۵ ماه مه، هفتادمین سال روز تاسیس ادامه یابد. فلسطینیان این روز را "روز نکبت" (یوم النکبة) می نامند.مخالفت با تحقیقات مستقل و شفافآنتونیو گوترش، دبیرکل سازمان ملل متحد، خواستار تحقیقاتی "مستقل و شفاف" درباره حوادث روز در باریکه غزه شده است. فدریکا موگرینی، مسئول سیاست خارجی اتحادیه اروپا، سازمان عفو بین الملل و اپوزیسیون چپ گرای نیز از این درخواست حمایت کرده اند.آویگدور لیبرمن با این درخواست مخالفت کرده، می گوید با هیچ تحقیقی همکاری نمی کند. او پیشنهاد کرد به جای این کار درباره مرگ نیم میلیون نفر در و صدها هزار نفر در یمن، لیبی و سودان تحقیق شود.بیشتر بخوانید: دفاع تحقیق مستقل درباره حوادث غزه را رد کرد دفاع می گوید مطابق اطلاعاتی که در اختیار او قرار گرفته در تظاهرات روز حدود ۴۰ هزار فلسطینی شرکت کرده اند که ۹۰ درصد آنها فعالان و حقوق بگیران سازمان حماس و بستگان آنها بوده اند.به گزارش خبرگزاری فرانسه روز خونین ترین روز در باریکه غزه از سال ۲۰۱۴ تا کنون بوده است. این خبرگزاری به نقل از تعداد تظاهرکنندگان را ۳۰ هزار نفر عنوان کرده است.

'demokrasinin önünü kesmeye çalışanlara meydanı bırakmayacağız'. cumhurbaşkanı recep tayyip erdoğan, kaptan ahmet erdoğan uluslararası erkek anadolu imam hatip lisesi eğitim külliyesinin açılışında, külliye bünyesinde yer alan uluslararası imam hatip ortaokulu, uluslararası anadolu erkek imam hatip lisesinde eğitim görecek gençlere başarılarla dolu eğitim hayatı temenni etti. erdoğan, okula rahmetli babası kaptan ahmet erdoğan'ın adını vererek vefa gösterildiği için şükranlarını sunarken, babasının hikayesinin türkiye'nin geçmiş ve bugünündeki milyonlarca asil yürekli babanın hikayesi olduğunu aktardı. rize'de doğan, nafakasını temin için 15 yaşında zonguldak'a, 17 yaşında istanbul'a gelen babasının emekli olana kadar o günkü ismiyle şirket-i hayriye'de çalışarak kaptanlık seviyesine yükseldiğini kaydeden erdoğan, o dönemde istanbul'a gelmiş her anadolulu gibi merhum babasının evi ve sofrasının da tüm hemşehrilere, dostlara açık olduğunu söyledi. babası ahmet erdoğan'ın hiçbir zaman eğilmediğini, hep dik durduğunu dile getiren erdoğan, "bu mirası çocuklarıma bırakabilmek de benim en büyük hayalimdi. kaptan ahmet erdoğan'ın ve oğlu recep tayyip erdoğan'ın hikayesi aslında türkiye'nin hikayesidir. bu ülkede kimsenin imtiyazlı olmadığının, çalışması, gayret etmesi, mücadele etmesi, milletiyle gönül bağı kurması halinde tüm kapıların herkese açık olduğunun ispatı, işte burada karşınızdadır. türkiye'yi tüm imkanları ve makamlarıyla ısrarla kendi uhdelerinde tutmaya çalışanlar, rahmetli menderes'in 1950'deki 'yeter söz milletindir' diyerek kazandığı zaferden beri sürekli karşısında olanlar hüsrana uğruyor. kimi zaman darbelerle, kimi zaman muhtıralarla, kimi zaman bildirilerle milletin demokrasi akınının önünü kesmeye çalışanlara bugüne kadar meydanı bırakmadık, bırakmayacağız." diye uştu. "zirveyi hedeflemelisiniz" gençlere seslenmeyi sürdüren erdoğan, ister dini ilimler ister fen, matematik, sosyal bilimler, kültür, sanat isterse siyaset olsun en tepeye çıkmak için gayret göstermeleri gerektiğini anlattı. ideal ve iddia yoksa mücadele gücü de olmayacağını dile getiren erdoğan, "insan öyle bir varlıktır ki azmettiği ve kendini hasrettiği zaman başaramayacağı iş yoktur. çünkü insan rabbinin bizzat kendi sıfatlarıyla ziynetlendirdiği bir varlıktır, 'eşref-i mahlukat'tır. bu imkanı hayır yolunda değerlendirmek de şer yolunda zayi etmek de kendi elimizdedir. sizlerden rabbimize, ümmetimize, ülkemize, milletimize hayırlı insanlar olarak kendinizi yetiştirmenizi ve hayata atılmanızı bekliyorum. ne diyor üstat? 'zaman bendedir ve mekan bana emanettir şuurunda bir gençlik'... dava taşını gediğine koyacağınıza inanıyorum. kim var denildiği zaman, sağına soluna bakmadan 'ben varım' diyen bir gençlik." ifadelerini kullandı. "kendimizi bu işe adayacağız" erdoğan, eğitimciliğin, diğer pek çok meslek grubundan farklı olarak, hem birikim hem de adanmışlık istediğini belirterek, uşmasını şöyle sürdürdü: "eğitimcilik diğer pek çok meslek grubundan farklı olarak, hem birikim hem de adanmışlık ister. kendimizi bu işe adayacağız. eğer işinize sevgiyle, aşkla, tutkuyla bağlı değilseniz, öğretmenlik mesleği ücreti mukabili yapılacak bir görev değildir. bizim çocuklarımız, bizim insanımız dünyadaki hiçbir ülkenin vatandaşlarından daha az zeki, daha az çalışkan değildir. onu kabul etmiyorum. hatalar birinci dereceden bizden ve velilerden kaynaklanıyor. el ele vereceğiz çocuklarımıza sahip çıkacağız. şayet fen bilimlerinde, sağlık bilimlerinde, sosyal bilimlerde bunların eğitimlerine ve uygulamalarına ilişkin alanlarda dünyanın en ileri ülkeleri arasında yer almıyorsak, sorun sistemde demektir. en başta da eğitim sisteminde demektir." bina ve personel meselesini geride bırakıp, eğitim öğretimin içeriğine yoğunlaşma zamanının geldiğini vurgulayan erdoğan, "darbe girişimlerinin, terör örgütlerinin pervasız saldırılarının bölgesel ve küresel nice tuzakların üstesinden gelen türkiye'nin, bu meseleyi çözeceğine de yürekten inanıyorum, hiç tereddütüm yok." ifadelerine yer verdi. http://www.trthaber.com/haber/turkiye/demokrasinin-onunu-kesmeye-calisanlara-meydani-birakmayacagiz-286027.html ترجمه در ادامعه مطلب

function onplayerreadyvidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof hptrack&&hptrack.vid.vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3d'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setattribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;settimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getelementbyid('vidible_1'),onplayerreadyvidible); as news of the american military’s first direct ault against the syrian regime broke late thursday, u.s. allies around the world expressed support for its response against tuesday’s devastating chemical attack in syria . under president donald trump’s direction, the u.s. army fired 59 cruise missiles at the shayrat air base in western syria , in retaliation to the internationally condemned chemical weapons attack  that killed more than 70 civilians in the town of khan sheikhoun, northwestern syria.  “ ad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. it was a slow and brutal death for so many. even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack,” trump said thursday evening, as the u.s. military strikes in syria were underway. “it is in the vital national security interest of the united states to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.” the president called on “all civilized nations” to join the u.s. “in seeing to end the slaughter and bloodshed in syria, and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types.”  a spokesman for the united kingdom’s government said it backed the u.s. action. “the u.k. government fully supports the u.s. action which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the syrian regime and is intended to deter further attacks,” he said , according to a report from reuters. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu , a staunch trump supporter, held up the military move as a warning to other regimes. netanyahu said america’s retaliatory attacks in syria “sent a strong and clear message today that the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated.” israel “fully supports president trump’s decision,” netanyahu added, and it is hopeful “that his message of resolve in the face of the ad regime’s horrific actions will resonate not only in damascus, but in tehran, pyongyang and elsewhere.” in australia , prime minister malcolm turnbull called the american strikes a “swift and just response” to the syrian regime’s chemical attack this week. “this was a calibrated, proportionate and targeted response,” turnbull said, according to the ociated press . “it sends a strong message to the ad regime, and ... has been struck at the very airfield from which the chemical attack was delivered.”  trump’s administration gave the australian government a nce notice of its plans to launch the strikes,  local media reported . support also e from syria’s neighbor to the north. turkey’s deputy prime minister numan kurtulmus praised the strike against the “ barbarity ” of the ad regime in an interview on turkish television, reuters reported. before the missile attack was launched, turkish president recep tayyip erdogan had reportedly  said before the intervention that he would welcome u.s. military action in syria. “if [u.s.] action will really be put forward, we are ready to do our part,” he told local media.  saudi arabia, a strong opponent of syrian president bashar ad , also praised trump for responding to the use of chemical weapons against civilians, reuters reports.  -- this feed and its contents are the property of the huffington post, and use is subject to our terms. it may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

the reichstag fire in february 1933 destroyed the german parliament building a month after hitler's ascension to power. it is generally believed to have been caused by a lone arsonist, but falsely characterized by the nazis as a communist party plot against the new regime, providing the pretext for the id destruction of civil liberties and democracy in germany. donald trump, the impatient aspiring autocrat, has perhaps decided, though probably ignorant of history, to create what one might consider a 'reichstag' incident -- m ive voter fraud produced hillary clinton's popular vote victory -- until something better comes along. after all, when he eventually meets russia's vladimir putin and turkey's recep tayyip erdogan, he would want to have proven his capacity to join their club: elected leaders who subvert their nation's democratic institutions. although serious journalists scoff and others play stenog her, trump continues to contend his embarr ing three-million-vote loss of the popular vote to clinton was a mirage. in his view, millions of illegal immigrants voted against him. while this "plot" to defeat him failed, he is still obsessed, angry and in denial that his triumph was not a reflection of the popular will; one can only imagine his reaction had clinton won. ironically, given his fan base, trump's ticket to the white house -- the electoral college -- was created by the founding fathers to thwart the potentially unruly p ions of small landholders begrudgingly entitled to the franchise. while trump is delusional about voter fraud, he is a cunning opportunist. moreover, his machiavellian chief strategist and senior counselor, steve bannon, formerly head of breitbart news, and the renowned political dirty trickster, roger stone , a longtime intimate, are masters of the art of propaganda. this troika appreciates that claims regarding voter fraud could be exploited to justify m deportation of undocumented immigrants, limit legal immigration, and the suppression of non-white, largely democratic, voters for 2018, 2020 and beyond. trump's designs to re-shape the electorate would, of course, require implementation by congress and state governments. even if legislators and governors know voter fraud is a fiction they also realize a sizable segment of their constituents believe the propaganda. the public positions and decisions of government officials, if not based on their own "drinking the kool-aid" or wealthy donor preferences, are invariably pragmatic, reflecting what they must pretend to believe to appease an aroused base. regarding voter suppression, some might have benefited from it already, or believe they have or will. they need little prompting to make it even more cumbersome for those likely to be supporting democrats to cast ballots. therefore, it is not enough for the media to expose the fallacious claims of trump's latest outburst. they also need to consider what may be his more ambitious goal: de facto autocratic rule built upon and promoting white supremacy. autocratic rule, or at least, a severely compromised form of democracy as one finds in russia and turkey, would require compliant legislative and judicial branches of government and an intimidated or weakened news media. efforts to decrease the potential number of democratic-leaning voters are also required to sustain the sweeping trump and gop victories already accomplished. therefore, enacting effective policies to disenfranchise non-whites, along with college students , while justifying them in the name of race-neutral "voter integrity," is perceived as critically important. evidence suggests, however, that voter suppression now -- when non-hispanic whites still make up about 62 percent of the population and hispanic self-identifying whites another 8 percent -- is a less significant factor than the general demoralization of poor non-white citizens. likely due to non-existent or ineffectual government programs, their perception is that voting makes little tangible difference in their lives. the malign neglect of this population by the trump administration's expected gutting of social services and health care, will probably have an even greater "selective" voter discoura ent payoff. the potential caveat, however, is if the ayn rand devotees in the gop congress overreach and crush large swaths of their white supporters by taking away their safety net as well. racism -- the "dark-side" face of trumpism -- might be an excellent "means to an end" for achieving autocratic rule; but, it could be an "end" as well. trump has a long record of racist and ethnocentric words and deeds. technically, "nationalism" -- the preferred term of those, like trump and bannon, who claim that they simply seek to support beleaguered and marginalized whites, not white domination -- is not as objectionable as its bedfellows -- "alt-right," "white nationalism," or, "white supremacy." however, given the enormous economic, political and cultural dominance of "whiteness" in the demog hically inter-connected, largely urban, american economy, it is a fairy tale to deny their fundamental equivalence. there is no alternate reality in which "separate but equal" will ever exist in the united states or defending traditional white skin privileges won't disa ntage non-whites. there will be many more opportunities for a future reichstag pretext. many will fail, but there will be others based upon imagined or exaggerated threats. only a few need to succeed and correctly identifying them as such -- not merely as the reflection of a deranged personality -- is essential for those who would seek to defend our vulnerable democratic institutions. -- this feed and its contents are the property of the huffington post, and use is subject to our terms. it may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

saudi arabia and the united arab emirates voiced support for president donald trump's idea to establish safe zones in syria, which comes as no surprise given it would boost sunni extremists who want to topple president bashar ad's secular regime. the white house, for its part, wants to bottle up refugees inside syria to prevent muslim blockade runners from reaching u.s. shores. however, instituting safe zones would require a costly military intervention and risks empowering the very jihadist forces trump has vowed to defeat. on sunday, saudi arabian king salman and abu dhabi crown prince sheikh muhammad in separate phone calls with trump agreed to support safe zones in syria and yemen to help refugees "displaced by the ongoing conflicts," the white house said in a press release. the conver ions come in the wake of a white house executive order banning immigrants from seven muslim countries, the original draft of which directed the defense department to begin devising blueprints for syrian safe zones. last week, trump told abc news that he would "absolutely do safe zones in syria," echoing sentiments he expressed on the paign trail. yet the final version of said executive order excluded the safe zone provision, probably to the chagrin of al qaeda in syria and like-minded militants. but now it appears trump only suspended the decision, perhaps calculating that he better get buy-in from stakeholders in the region before embarking on the initiative. consequences not too difficult to foresee inimical to u.s. national security interests far outweigh any conceivable benefits of instituting in syria a single so-called safe zone, a euphemism for a no-fly zone - itself a de facto declaration of war. the pentagon estimates it would require 30,000 boots on the ground and cost $1 billion per month to implement. moreover, a no-fly zone, which entails establishing air supremacy over the safe areas, risks sparking a direct confrontation with syrian and russian forces operating in the region. safe zones also tend to attract jihadists who can target swarms of enclosed refugees, akin to shooting fish in a barrel. in fact, these types of arran ents, studies have shown, often become terrorist breeding grounds, as joshua hampson from the niskanen center think tank argued, especially if the ps are not adequately supported or are poorly run. because of squalid conditions and lack of economic prospects, safe zone residents are often susceptible to radicalization and upon returning home "may carry the seeds of the next generation of terrorists." they could also serve as willing recruits for extremist groups to join the jihad against the ad regime. trump would ironically adopt the exact same no-fly zone policy hillary clinton was rightly ridiculed for during one of their debates, and would align himself with liberal humanitarian interventionists who want to save syrian civilians by bombing them. it also runs counter to candidate trump's vows to oppose u.s. military adventurism, such as the oft-cited intervention to topple gaddafi, which drove libya into a destabilizing tailspin and afforded the islamic state the chance to gain a foothold in the country. trump appealed to many voters for eschewing such unnecessary excursions while clinton was framed as the imperialist nation-building candidate, as some observers have noted. "whatever trump voters thought they were getting by supporting him, i'm reasonably sure sending tens of thousands of americans to occupy parts of syria for years to come wasn't it," daniel larsen wrote in the american conservative . trump, however, will have to resist the neocons among his advisors and the sunni extremist government in ankara which would love nothing more than to use safe zones to pave the road for effecting regime change in damascus. one can expect turkey to welcome trump's proposal with open arms. former national security advisor for former president bill clinton, gwenyth todd, warned this author that trump could fall into the same t as his predecessor. "trump will face the same risk of treachery from his inner circle as obama did," todd said in an interview shortly after the november presidential election. "trump does not know whom he can trust on foreign policy and who among his growing entourage is on the payroll of expansionist regional leaders like turkish president [recep tayyip] erdogan." the answer to addressing the root cause of the refugee crisis requires a radical departure from washington orthodoxy, a paradigm shift many hoped trump would embrace along with his pragmatic-minded secretary of state rex tillerson, who perhaps still has time to influence white house strategy. tillerson might be able to rein in trump, who seems obsessed with setting a record for fulfilling paign promises within his first couple weeks in office. the answer lies, not in safe zones, but in abandoning support for the not-so-moderate opposition and working with the russian and syrian governments to defeat terrorists - it's really that simple. despite the virtue of being deeply-rooted in logic, however, because it so affronts the u.s. foreign policy establishment's ideological sensibilities, less a dramatic sea change in outlook or course correction by trump, such a policy might be practically unthinkable - at least within washington's corridors of power. -- this feed and its contents are the property of the huffington post, and use is subject to our terms. it may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

function onplayerreadyvidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof hptrack&&hptrack.vid.vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3d'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setattribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;settimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getelementbyid('vidible_1'),onplayerreadyvidible); president donald trump’s rally in florida on urday night drew significant media attention as he took aim at the press, railed against immigration and made a confusing statement about sweden  that he was later forced to clarify. but somewhat lost in the coverage of trump’s speech was his ertion, once again , that the u.s. plans to build safe zones in syria, and that other countries will pick up the tab. “we’re going to have the gulf states pay for those safe zones,” trump told supporters. “they have nothing but money.” trump’s argument is that safe zones in syria would help reduce the flood of refugees coming from that country. but there are a number of questions about how such a plan would be negotiated and implemented. even if the u.s. were to somehow convince gulf states to cover the huge costs of a safe zone, there is the more important issue of how the zones would be enforced. declaring a safe zone, unlike building a border wall, does not create a physical deterrent that guards a certain area of land. safe zones necessitate a huge military presence in order to provide protection for civilians, and there can be catastrophic consequences if those forces are unable to keep the area safe. a safe zone in northern iraq that was briefly implemented in 1991 required 20,000 troops from a number of nations to protect. analysts consider this safe zone a relatively successful case, but it involved a major military operation and tremendous resources, and it lasted only a few months. syria’s conflict, meanwhile, looks unlikely to end anytime soon, and presents a far more complex situation than the iraqi case. any plan to implement safe zones in syria and possibly neighboring countries would need to address threats from the syrian regime, russian air forces and a multitude of non-state armed groups involved in the conflict. syrian president bashar ad rejected the idea of safe zones in an interview with yahoo news earlier this month, saying that “it’s not a realistic idea at all.” you would need some forces on the ground, as well as air power. professor daniel byman, school of foreign service, georgetown university if the u.s. doesn’t have the cooperation of the ad government, experts say setting up safe zones in syria with the aim of protecting internally displaced persons would be seen as a hostile act ― tantamount to carving out a piece of territory. “we can think it’s purely humanitarian, but it’s not going to be perceived as such,” said daniel byman, a professor at georgetown university’s school of foreign service. “you would need some forces on the ground, as well as air power.” operating a safe zone would require defending the borders of the territory and policing the people within, particularly against infiltration from islamic state militants and other armed groups. it could take tens of thousands of troops to properly secure such an area, analysts say. and safe zones can become hugely vulnerable targets if the forces meant to protect them fail to do so. in the bosnian civil war, the united nations-designated safe area of srebrenica be e the site of a m acre after bosnian serb troops overran the lightly defended town. the forces killed 8,000 bosnian muslims, committed and ual abuse and forced tens of thousands to flee. even if the safe zones were properly protected, analysts say the commitment to enforcing the zones would bring about the potential for increased u.s. intervention in syria’s war and the dangers ociated with that. one of the reasons former president barack obama was reluctant to pursue syrian safe zones was the fear of such an escalation. “there was a concern in the obama administration that this could lead to a slippery slope,” said melissa dalton, a pentagon official during the obama administration and current senior fellow at the center for strategic and international studies. “did the u.s. really want to embroil itself in another protracted conflict that could expose u.s. forces and interests to great risk?” despite the various challenges that safe zones present, they’ve been floated as an option in syria almost since the start of the country’s conflict in 2011. former secretary of state hillary clinton and republican sens. john mccain (ariz.) and marco rubio (fla.) have previously called for implementing safe zones in syria. german chancellor angela merkel and turkish president recep tayyip erdogan have also promoted  the idea as a means of managing the exodus of refugees out of syria. trump advocated for safe zones during his presidential paign, and an early draft of his executive order on immigration that circulated in the days after his inauguration contained a provision calling for “safe zones to protect vulnerable syrian populations.” that part  was left out of the final version  of the executive order, for unknown reasons. some analysts argue that politicians support the idea of safe zones because they see them as a way to help suffering people without actually getting into a war. but the reality tends to be more complicated than that. “this sounds good to most ears because it sounds like a halfway measure, but to me it’s actually more risky than both the alternatives, because you’re still not solving the problems in any way but you bring on a lot of costs and risk,” byman said. as for trump’s promise that gulf states would somehow pay for these safe zones, byman was skeptical: “that’s not gonna happen.” -- this feed and its contents are the property of the 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function onplayerreadyvidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof hptrack&&hptrack.vid.vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3d'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setattribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;settimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getelementbyid('vidible_1'),onplayerreadyvidible); washington ― former national security adviser mike flynn was paid more than $500,000 last fall as a foreign lobbyist to help the turkish government discredit the exiled cleric fethullah gülen, according to lobbying disclosure forms that flynn filed tuesday with the department of justice. the new documents reveal that flynn was collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars a month to run an information paign against gülen while he was paigning for donald trump by attacking his democratic presidential rival hillary clinton as a corrupt stooge of foreign governments. following trump’s surprise victory in november, the president-elect rewarded flynn’s loyalty by naming the retired lieutenant general as his national security adviser. on thursday, white house spokesman sean spicer said trump was unaware of flynn’s work on behalf of a foreign government when he decided to name flynn his national security adviser. spicer declined to say whether the president would have still hired flynn if he had known.   ultimately it would be flynn’s ties to russia, and not turkey, that cost him his job in the white house after less than a month. still unknown in february, when flynn resigned from the white house, was the nature of his work to benefit the government of turkey’s autocratic president, recep tayyip erdogan. this is because flynn’s lobbying firm told the senate in september that it was working for a dutch company called inovo bv on issues related to state department and pentagon funding. it also claimed that the only person working on the inovo bv project was flynn’s partner robert kelley, not flynn himself. tuesday’s filings, however, told a different story. according to the new documents , flynn intel group was hired to “perform research” on gülen and his network of charter schools and to “engage a public relations firm and a filming and production crew to potentially distribute the results of its research.” turkish authorities blame gülen and his millions of followers for a failed coup in 2016 and have jailed thousands for alleged connections to the pennsylvania-based cleric. the turkish government wants the u.s. to arrest gülen and extradite him to turkey. over the three months of the contract, flynn and his partners enlisted former fbi agents, psychiatrists, retired spies, cyber warriors and eramen to help them “research” gülen. the firm also hired flynn’s son, michael g. flynn, and paid him $4,000 for “administrative support” for the project. from the beginning, it was clear that the real client wasn’t a dutch company but kamil alptekin, a powerful turkish businessman with close ties to the erdogan regime. soon after flynn’s firm began working for alptekin, they flew to new york to meet turkish officials, including the minister of energy, berat albayrak, who is erdogan’s son-in-law. at the time, flynn’s firm believed the meeting was “for the purpose of understanding better the political climate in turkey at the time, as background for the project.” at this point, there was little doubt that the work would help the turkish government achieve one of its chief goals: the extradition of gülen. still, the only record of this burgeoning anti-gülen paign was a form that claimed kelley, flynn’s colleague, was helping a dutch company navigate defense department budgets. this disconnect between what flynn’s firm reported and what was really going on is startling, said alex howard, deputy director of the pro-transparency sunlight foundation. “if people lobby for foreign countries in the united states, much less if former high-ranking military officers lobby for foreign countries, it’s reasonable to expect them to register [with the justice department] at the point they sign a contract,” howard said in an interview with the huffington post. by taking a ntage of a lobbying disclosure system that is riddled with loopholes, flynn and his firm were able to hide the true nature of their work during a critical three-month period in which flynn be e the most visible national security adviser to republican candidate trump. when asked whether it was concerning that flynn had been a foreign agent, spicer said, “this is what he did for a living.” even with his busy schedule paigning for trump, flynn still found time to devote to his client. on election day, nov. 8, flynn, in an  op-ed in the hill  newspaper, called gülen a “radical islamist” and argued that, “from turkey’s point of view, washington is harboring turkey’s osama bin laden.” flynn’s logic in the piece was circular: he defended his claim that gülen was an extremist by saying that if gülen weren’t an extremist, then the turkish government wouldn’t be so angry with him. flynn concluded by arguing that the united states “should not provide [gülen] safe haven.” on tuesday, flynn and his firm claimed that flynn wrote the op-ed entirely on his own and not as a part of his lobbying work on the anti-gülen paign. they admitted, however, that flynn’s op-ed was provided to inovo bv “for review” in a nce and claimed that “no changes, other than technical edits, were made to the op-ed based on feedback from inovo.” according to a note added to the op-ed thursday by the hill, “neither general flynn nor his representatives disclosed his lobbying contract when the essay was submitted” to the newspaper. following the new disclosure, alptekin also distanced himself from the firm. “gen. flynn never engaged in lobbying work for me or my firm. and i never lobbied or contracted lobbyist on behalf of the turkish government,” he tweeted . ultimately, it appears that flynn’s lobbying paign did not accomplish much, save, perhaps, for lining flynn’s pockets. according to the disclosures, flynn intel group was paid a total of $530,000 from inovo bv over three installments, the last of which was dated nov. 14, a week after trump was elected.  over that time, flynn’s firm claims that it created a “gülen-themed monopoly g hic” and a few video interviews that were never publicly released. to this day, flynn’s op-ed remains the only tangible evidence of the half-million dollars that turkish anti-gülen forces paid to flynn and his partners. but in the world of foreign lobbying, tangible evidence is merely the tip of an iceberg: the real value lies in future access and backdoor channels. two days before trump was inaugurated, on jan. 18, flynn held a working breakfast in washington with turkey’s foreign minister, who was visiting the u.s. to celebrate trump’s inauguration. met w/general flynn,who will ume the position of national security advisor, and other officials at a working breakfast in washington d.c. — mevlüt çavuşoğlu (@mevlutcavusoglu) january 18, 2017 flynn’s firm, meanwhile, still claims , somewhat incredibly, that it “does not know whether or the extent to which the republic of turkey was involved with its retention by inovo for the three month project.” -- this feed and its contents are the property of the huffington post, and use is subject to our terms. it may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

no position taken by president-elect donald trump more upsets leading republican legislators than his desire to reconcile with russia. gop propagandists routinely ert that 2012 presidential nominee mitt romney was right when he declared russia "without question our no. 1 geopolitical foe." perhaps in neoconservative nightmares. but not in terms of america's national interests. vladimir putin is not a nice fellow. he apparently profited greatly from his political ascent; worse, he left a trailed of ruined, imprisoned, and murdered critics. not all of the latter were angels and he might not be responsible for all of the casualties attributed to him. but obviously he's no friend of liberal values. but then, neither are the saudi royals. the leaders of the central asian states. egypt's new pharaoh, general/president abdel fattah al-sisi. turkey's sultan-wannabe, president recep tayyip erdogan. and plenty of other governments with which washington routinely cooperates while complaining very little about their brutality at home. a lamentable lack of respect for human rights does not turn a state into a threat to the u.s. russia today is not engaged in a global ideological battle with america. however cynical the old communist leadership, the soviet union posed an ideological and moral challenge to the u.s. many people around the world were attracted to communism for a time, at least, and even some americans thought they saw the future at work. eventually the façade was irrevocably broken and the crimes were too many and too grievous to hide or dismiss. the russian remnant of ronald reagan's evil empire is no philosophical heir to the u.s.s.r. moscow offers no alternative ideology with appeal around the globe. a paltry few americans and others apparently find appeal in alexandr dugin's authoritarian nationalism, but an international movement they do not make. marxist-putinist thought is not the rage. russian money may have rented some activists, politicians, and parties in europe, but ultimately they will rise or fall on their own. although putin may have viewed the soviet collapse as a geopolitical tragedy, he originally showed no particular animus toward the u.s. he did not enter office calling america the great an. no doubt he was a committed russian nationalist even then, but his views appear to have hardened in response to washington's behavior. denizens of america's imperial city have trouble recognizing that the rest of the world does not view their motives as pure as those of the vestal virgins of antiquity. alas, from a russian standpoint, ignoring moscow's balkan interests, dismantling slavic friend serbia, expanding nato to russia's borders, absorbing old warsaw pact members and soviet republics, inviting georgia and ukraine to seek nato membership, backing "color" revolutions in georgia and ukraine against moscow's interests, encouraging a street revolution against an elected, russia-friendly president in ukraine, and seeking to overthrow the ad regime, a long-time soviet ally, are not friendly acts. moreover, the u.s. has routinely pursued regime change against weaker foes. skepticism of western intentions runs far beyond the kremlin. anti-americanism, at least directed at the u.s. government, is both the popular and elite view. there is no reason to believe that putin's fall would yield a compliant russian government. however fondly putin might remember the soviet union, there's no evidence he's trying to put it back together. he certainly is no stalin. after some 17 years in power the russian leader's only geopolitical booty is crimea, long part of russia. he also has gained influence over the largely forgettable donbas, south ossetia, and abkhazia. that's not much of a new empire. he has shown no interest in ruling over non-russians. he apparently realizes that attempting to absorb large populations determined to resist moscow's rule would certainly be a losing game and likely be a disaster. russia does not offer the sort of global military threat posed by the soviet union. moscow has reconstituted some of the former's military power, a quarter century after the dramatic soviet collapse, but russia remains far behind the u.s. with one decrepit carrier, the navy has limited power projection. the air force could not seize air superiority over north america. the army has been improving its capabilities, but has no invasion route to the u.s.: leaping the bering strait to grab alaska would be a bad script for the next movie iteration of red dawn. nothing suggests anyone in moscow wants to go to war with america. although russia is capable of beating up on weaker neighbors, most notably georgia and ukraine, it has suggested no interest in general war with europe. while putin might be able to initially seize the baltic states, russia would face overwhelming odds with the u.s. and europe against it. europe alone is capable of defending itself, if it put real effort into the continent's defense. for putin to act hoping the west would abandon these three nato members would be a wild gamble. moreover, mere capability doesn't provide motive. even "victory" would benefit russia little. the countries would be wrecked and conquest would spark irregular resistance. they don't have the same historical and security relationship to moscow as does ukraine. yet putin made no effort to seize the latter (or georgia), which isn't a member of nato; rather, he weakened it to effectively end its chance for nato membership. at the same time, the cost of conflict would be catastrophic. moscow would lose a full-scale war. in anything more limited economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation would be almost total. even china, which emphasizes noninterference with countries' internal affairs, would not back moscow. it is hardly surprising that the russian military is not deployed to launch a blitzkrieg against the baltics. putin may be evil, but he does not appear to be stupid or reckless. russia has behaved badly toward georgia and ukraine, but that poses no security issue for america or even europe. would washington and brussels prefer peace and tranquility? of course. however, the u.s. and europe remain prosperous and secure despite the hardship visited by moscow upon its neighbors. the fact that washington does not approve of russia's behavior doesn't make russia a security threat or turn russia into america's number one enemy. washington should not let its humanitarian sympathies dictate security policy. which applies even more to syria, a tragedy with less relevance to core u.s. interests. damascus was a soviet ally during the cold war. russia is attempting to maintain a military toehold in a region dominated by america: the u.s. is allied with israel, turkey, jordan, egypt, saudi arabia, and the rest of the gulf states other than yemen. whatever state and government emerges from the ongoing civil war will be fractured and barely a shadow of syria's past self. russia's support for the ad regime has resulted in appalling civilian casualties, but so did the u.s. invasion of iraq and consequent sectarian war. and so does washington's support for saudi arabia's aggressive, brutal war against yemen. moscow's syrian role may be disreputable, but that does not mean it harms america's interests. it certainly poses no security threat to the u.s. elsewhere russia plays an independent role, with at least the possibility of being helpful. washington has sought moscow's cooperation on iran and north korea, for instance. islamic terrorism concerns both countries. russia provided logistical istance for u.s. operations in afghanistan; indeed, moscow has a greater interest than america in the latter's stability. absent sanctions, americans would benefit from modernization of russia's oil production capabilities. moscow's apparent cyber-attack on the democrats--not the u.s. government--actually did americans a favor, exposing wrong-doing by their own officials. and washington officials, who routinely interfere in the elections of other nations, have no credibility claiming to be shocked, shocked to find another nation doing the same. the u.s. needs better cyber-security, but is no virgin in such challenges: washington is thought to have used the stuxnet virus to hinder iran's nuclear research and listened in on german chancellor angela merkel's cellphone. washington should learn from the democratic , not declare russia to be an enemy. mitt romney was wrong about russia in 2012 and he is wrong today. leading republican presidential contenders essentially lost their minds when they advocated that the obama administration threaten to shoot down russian aircraft in syria. maintaining sanctions against russia without the prospect of achieving anything is senseless moral vanity. washington's policy toward russia needs a genuine reset. the u.s. should take a tough but practical approach toward moscow, recognizing that a sometimes a clash of interests does not enemies make. american officials should stop searching for new adversaries. this article first was posted at national interest online. -- this feed and its contents are the property of the huffington post, and use is subject to our terms. it may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

not even two months into office and with only a skeleton national security team in place, u.s. president donald trump is facing what could be the most perilous nuclear-related military confrontation since the cuban missile crisis  over half a century ago. fearing an outbreak of “actual war”  as north korea has threatened, chinese foreign minister wang yi this week urgently called on its ally to end all missile tests and for the u.s. and south korea to suspend joint military exercises. he warned that the u.s. and north korea are “like two accelerating trains coming toward each other, and neither side is willing to give way.” the potential calamity that could result from a clash between the two most unpredictable leaders in the world makes the search for a breakthrough more urgent than in previous crises. in their response to the latest tests, china has sought to pressure pyongyang by halting coal imports , a key source of income for the hermit kingdom. but compounding the conundrum of how to bring north korean leader kim jong un to heel, china is at the same time furious over the installation of a u.s.-south korea missile shield aimed at the north but whose prying radar “can ‘reach’  into chinese territory.” completing the perfect storm, south korea’s constitutional court on friday upheld the impeachment of president park geun-hye, thus removing her from office. after many years of slow burn, the north korean menace has reached an inflection point where the whole region is at risk of conflagration. clearly it is time to try a new strategy beyond sanctioning and isolating north korea to stop its nuclear threat. madame fu ying , one of china’s top diplomats who has been dealing with pyongyang since 2003 , made the case to me recently in beijing that this long-standing approach is not working, but only making the beleaguered regime more belligerent. pulling out a chart tracing the decades-long path to nuclear armament and ballistic missile development, madame fu said the pattern is clear: when there are talks, the buildup stalls; when there are sanctions, the north doubles down on am ing an ever-more powerful arsenal. “the u.s. keeps pressuring china to stop kim, and we have gone along with that,” she said. “but it is america that, in the end, holds the key to resolving the crisis. that key is direct negotiations with north korea as a step towards a peace treaty and a guarantee against regime change.” absent that, her argument went, the only path to security from the north’s perspective is its weapons. despite other tensions, the highest priority now is for china and the new trump administration to join as indispensable partners in pursuing a path along the lines fu ying has suggested. in such a scenario, north korea would still likely retain a nuclear capacity ― unlike iran, it already crossed this threshold long ago. but, in return for recognition and security, the kim regime would be obliged to halt new testing and dismantle all intermediate and long-range missiles that could carry nuclear warheads to other countries, especially japan. former u.s. defense secretary william j. perry , who participated in u.s. talks with north korea’s leaders back in 1999 , takes this diplomatic option seriously: “i believe that north korea might well agree to give up testing of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles and agree not to sell or transfer any of its nuclear technology in return for economic concessions from south korea and security urances from the u.s.” to be sure, such a deal would be hard for any u.s. administration to swallow. it rankles deeply to act as if rewarding aggressive behavior. but in this case the only other course to the u.s. negotiating directly with north korea is the continuing buildup of an even greater destructive capacity that could be unleashed in an inevitable future war. as perry writes, “i do not suggest this approach with any enthusiasm. but our only realistic alternative is military force.”  if this far from perfect arran ent could be made, it would not only serve to reduce the immediate danger, but also serve as a new foundation for security and cooperation ― instead of confrontation ― between the u.s. and china on other issues at conflict in east asia.  one such area where beijing and washington are bound to clash, but will need to cooperate, is trade. as the west turns against globalization, ivan tselichtchev   writes from hong g that asia is becoming the champion of free trade, building new links with each other that don’t depend on the american market.  key leaders are also clashing elsewhere outside asia. german chancellor angela merkel and turkish president recep tayyip erdoğan this week “ accused the other of acting in bad faith” in a controversy over whether erdoğan’s allies can paign in germany among the many turks who live there ahead of an april referendum that would consolidate the turkish president’s autocratic powers. writing from berlin, fabrizio t inari  sees this fraught moment ― the culmination of tensions all along the road of turkey’s failed effort over decades to join the european union ― “as the end of turkey’s european history.” in an interview, french writer jean d’ormesson  worries that the “real victim” of populism, both in the u.s. and europe, is democracy. “all of france is moving to the right,” he laments.  nick robins-early  reports on how “far-right bots” are behind the social media surge of french nationalist leader marine le pen. the issue of islam and refugees continues to roil american politics as the trump administration announced a revised travel ban this week. taking the long view, muslim scholar akbar ahmed  advises trump to learn from the holy roman emperor frederick ii who, at the height of the crusades, was able to work with his muslim counterparts in jerusalem to establish tolerance and the sharing of religious sites. anastasya manuilova  reports from moscow that there has been a noticeable decline in “trumpophilia” as the “bromance” between the american president and russian president vladimir putin dwindles amidst the trump-russia controversy in the u.s.. for most russians, she says, “putin’s bromance with trump is already on its deathbed, and with it, any chance for a genuine reset.” following up on our interview last week with indian author pankaj mishra ,  gregory rodriguez writes that, “[mishra] sees the destruction of local, intimate, long-rooted systems of meaning as opening a spiritual pandora’s box within which lies infinite doubt and disillusion.” to wrestle with the “nothingness” left behind, rodriguez argues that “western liberals need to admit that we have finally reached the limits of the enlightenment’s cult of secular individualism.”   even as tensions increase over north korea’s nuclear weapons, ariel conn  raises the specter of a new threat on the horizon ― an “ai arms race” as the technology spreads to develop lethal autonomous weaponry. finally, our singularity  series this week examines a plan in new zealand to rid the country of predatory plants and animals by 2050 through the use of “genetic engineering techniques to render invasive species infertile, exterminating them from within their own dna.”  who we are   editors: nathan gardels , co-founder and executive advisor to the berggruen institute, is the editor-in-chief of the worldpost. kathleen miles  is the executive editor of the worldpost. farah mohamed is the managing editor of the worldpost. alex gardels and peter mellgard  are the ociate editors of the worldpost. suzanne gaber is the editorial istant of the worldpost. katie nelson is news director at the huffington post, overseeing the worldpost and huffpost’s news coverage. nick robins-early and jesselyn cook are world reporters.  rowaida abdelaziz  is world social media editor. editorial board: nicolas berggruen , nathan gardels , arianna huffington , eric schmidt ( google inc. ), pierre omidyar ( first look media ),  juan luis cebrian ( el pais/prisa ), walter isaacson ( aspen institute/time-cnn ), john elkann ( corriere della sera, la stampa ),  wadah khanfar ( al jazeera)  and  yoichi funabashi ( asahi shimbun ). vice president of operations: dawn nakagawa . contributing editors: moises naim (former editor of foreign policy ),  nayan chanda ( yale/global; far eastern economic review ) and katherine keating ( one-on-one) . sergio munoz bata and parag khanna  are contributing editors-at-large. the asia society and its chinafile , edited by orville schell , is our primary partner on asia coverage. eric x. li and the chunqiu institute/fudan university in shanghai and guancha.cn also provide first person voices from china. we also draw on the content of china digital times . seung-yoon lee is the worldpost link in south korea. jared cohen of google ideas provides regular commentary from young thinkers, leaders and activists around the globe. bruce mau provides regular columns from m ivechangenetwork.com on the “whole mind” way of thinking. patrick soon-shiong is contributing editor for health and medicine. advisory council: members of the berggruen institute’s 21st century council and council for the future of europe serve as the advisory council — as well as regular contributors — to the site. these include, jacques attali, shaukat aziz , gordon brown , fernando henrique cardoso , juan luis cebrian , jack dorsey , mohamed el-erian , francis uyama , felipe gonzalez , john gray , reid hoffman , fred hu , mo ibrahim , alexei kudrin ,  pascal lamy , kishore mahbubani , alain minc , dambisa moyo , laura tyson , elon musk ,  pierre omidyar , raghuram rajan , nouriel roubini ,  nicolas sarkozy ,  eric schmidt , gerhard schroeder , peter schwartz ,  amartya sen ,  jeff skoll , michael spence , joe stiglitz , larry summers ,  wu jianmin , george yeo , fareed zakaria , ernesto zedillo , ahmed zewail and zheng bijian . from the europe group, these include: marek belka , tony blair ,  jacques delors , niall ferguson , anthony giddens , otmar issing ,  mario monti ,  robert mundell , peter sutherland and guy verhofstadt . mission statement the worldpost is a global media bridge that seeks to connect the world and connect the dots. gathering together top editors and first person contributors from all corners of the planet, we aspire to be the one publication where the whole world meets. we not only deliver breaking news from the best sources with original reportage on the ground and user-generated content; we bring the best minds and most authoritative as well as fresh and new voices together to make sense of events from a global perspective looking around, not a national perspective looking out. -- this feed and its contents are the property of the huffington post, and use is subject to our terms. it may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

no sooner did “ the party of davos ” ― as top white house aide stephen bannon calls the global elite ― end its annual conclave in the swiss alps late last week than the “nationalist international” was born down in the rhine valley city of koblenz, germany. all the main populist movements from across europe gathered together there to celebrate the brexit and trump victories as a premonition of their own expected success in elections over the coming year. they called on their fellow europeans to “ wake up ” like the americans and british and take back control of their national destinies.  what animates these movements for national sovereignty, and paradoxically ties them together across borders, is a double antipathy. their revolt is against both the faceless forces of global integration represented by trade agreements or brussels “eurocrats” and the face-to-face presence of immigrants whom they see as despoiling their own national identities. scott malcomson   insightfully points out that these movements in europe see their cultural nationalism not as intolerance of others, but as a defense of diversity in the form of their unique, familiar and cherished way of life they now see as under ault. in their conflated anxieties over muslim immigrants and terrorism, which they share with president donald trump and his national security adviser, michael flynn,  populists are demonstrating what political scientist samuel huntington  said after the 9/11 attack by osama bin laden about that terrorist leader: “just as he seeks to rally muslims by declaring war on the west, he has given back to the west its sense of common identity in defending itself.”  more so than in the u.s., the european nationalist’s idea of belonging bears some very worrying baggage. as novelist elif shafak says in an interview with the worldpost, “i am far more concerned about the rise of populism across europe than the rise of populism in the u.s. here in the old continent, there is almost a visceral fear of diversity and ‘the other.’” she goes on to say that, “we need to bear in mind that this history is still alive in a fractured, fragmented and uneven continent where we do not always encounter the checks and balances that exist in the u.s. constitution.” mimicking the cry of the koblenz meeting, shafak concludes, “so, yes, it is a ‘wake up’ call. but not for the tribalists. it is a wake-up call for democrats and liberals and cosmopolitans, for anyone and everyone who holds democracy and pluralism dear. it is a wake-up call for us.” as nick visser  reports, german chancellor angela merkel is pushing back against the nationalist upsurge. speaking to church leaders in germany on monday, she declared, “we won’t get anywhere by trying to solve problems with polarization and populism. we’ve got to show that we’re committed to the basic principles of our nation.” former greek finance minister yanis varoufakis  says he thinks it is germany’s insistence on europe-wide austerity policies that are at the root of the problem. to defeat the nationalist resurgence he proposes a “new deal” for europe that is an alternative to those policies which he sees as a, “gift to today’s coalition of european right-wing parties called the ‘nationalist international.’” he continues: “europe can survive neither as a free-for-all nor as an austerity union in which some countries ... are condemned to permanent depression.”  president trump this week also took the first steps toward fulfilling his paign promise of building a wall at the u.s.-mexico border and proposed cuts in federal funding for “sanctuary cities” across the u.s. on thursday, mexican president enrique peña nieto insisted once again that mexico would not pay for a border wall ― which he said undermined the “respect” of his “sovereign nation”― and cancelled his upcoming trip to washington. the two have since spoken by phone .  former mexican president and chair of the berggruen institute’s 21 st century council, ernesto zedillo, goes further. he said to me this week that trump’s proposals toward his country have “defied legal and economic rationality” from the start and that now, “the time has come to admit that the actions of the new administration have cancelled, at least for the foreseeable future, any agreement stemming from dialogue and negotiation that could isfy the legitimate interests of both parties.” labelling the american president’s actions “aggression,” zedillo joins the rallying cry of his countrymen: “what we reject under any circumstances is any attempt to use a single inch of our territory to build such an abominable structure. it goes without saying that all mexicans are behind president peña nieto when he tells president trump that we will not pay for his extravagant, offensive and useless project.” in addition to his directives on mexico, the american president also delivered on his pledge to limit muslims entering the u.s., signing a document late friday whose full details still remain unclear at the time of this article’s publish.  charles kurzman  argues that the the proposed limits are “absurd” and counterproductive. it is the strategy of the self-proclaimed islamic state, he writes “to take a ntage of the west’s hypersensitivity to small scale islamist attacks.” he continues: “since 2001, there have been zero fatalities in the u.s. by extremists from the countries on trump’s list.” as trump crosses off executive order after executive order and as syria talks sideline america yet again, many wonder if the u.s. president will go easy on russian president vladimir putin. the two leaders are slated to speak this weekend, but already, ukrainians are on edge. from kiev, just days after trump’s inauguration, ian bateson reports that many there fear the special relationship between putin and trump could leave ukraine in the cold. “we have seen the rhetoric. now we are waiting for performance,” one politician says.  back in america, millions of demonstrators took to the streets across the u.s. and elsewhere to protest trump’s policies even before executive orders had been signed. turkish journalist ilgin yorulmaz , who participated in the washington march, sees a correspondence with resistance in her home country and other countries across the world. “women (and men) share the same concerns about gender inequality and ual har ment,” she writes, “regardless of if they live middle cl lives in manhattan or face discrimination on the subways of istanbul.” aykan erdemir and merve tahiroglu score new moves by turkish president recep tayyip erdoğan to consolidate executive power. “an overly centralized polity, a weak legislature and erdogan’s authoritarianism have brought turkey to the brink,” they write.  also reflecting on the m ive demonstrations, margaret levi  reviews the experience of how social movements in american history have ultimately shifted the political agenda. these p os  document the scope of demonstration that took place last weekend around the world. hayley miller  reports that despite the trump administration’s renewed focus on fossil fuels, a new pew poll says two-thirds of americans favor a path to a renewable energy future.  writing from hong g, li jing  reports that chinese officials say they are prepared “to take a leadership role” in defending the paris climate accord no matter what the new trump administration decides to do. following the splash of chinese president xi jinping’s defense of globalization in davos last week,  minxin pei  sees trouble for him at home as adversaries resist his anti-corruption crackdown and economic reform agenda. “2017 will be a dangerous year for xi,” he says. in south africa, in fact, attempts to model government off of china have already created tension among political parties, explain eric olander and cobus van staden , with one mayor taking a controversial trip to taiwan, sparking a trump-esque “one china” policy violation backlash.  looking to the far future, deep space advocate mary lynne dittmar  imagines how a full-fledged effort to settle on mars can help us in our troubled home planet. “why mars?” she asks, “why not the moon? simply put, mars is the best place to develop a ‘local’ infrastructure enabling us to live on another planet, albeit one millions of miles away. in a very real sense mars is at the far end of the infrastructure we are preparing to revitalize in this country.”  finally, our singularity  series looks at the moral dilemmas posed by new a nces in genetic screening that further enable “designer babies” whose characteristics can be selected. who we are   editors: nathan gardels , co-founder and executive advisor to the berggruen institute, is the editor-in-chief of the worldpost. kathleen miles  is the executive editor of the worldpost. farah mohamed is the managing editor of the worldpost. alex gardels and peter mellgard  are the ociate editors of the worldpost. suzanne gaber is the editorial istant of the worldpost. katie nelson is news director at the huffington post, overseeing the worldpost and huffpost’s news coverage. nick robins-early and jesselyn cook are world reporters.  rowaida abdelaziz  is world social media editor.   editorial board: nicolas berggruen , nathan gardels , arianna huffington , eric schmidt ( google inc. ), pierre omidyar ( first look media ),  juan luis cebrian ( el pais/prisa ), walter isaacson ( aspen institute/time-cnn ), john elkann ( corriere della sera, la stampa ),  wadah khanfar ( al jazeera) , dileep padgaonkar ( times of india ) and  yoichi funabashi ( asahi shimbun ). vice president of operations: dawn nakagawa . contributing editors: moises naim (former editor of foreign policy ),  nayan chanda ( yale/global; far eastern economic review ) and katherine keating ( one-on-one) . sergio munoz bata and parag khanna are contributing editors-at-large. the asia society and its chinafile , edited by orville schell , is our primary partner on asia coverage. eric x. li and the chunqiu institute/fudan university in shanghai and guancha.cn also provide first person voices from china. we also draw on the content of china digital times . seung-yoon lee is the worldpost link in south korea. jared cohen of google ideas provides regular commentary from young thinkers, leaders and activists around the globe. bruce mau provides regular columns from m ivechangenetwork.com on the “whole mind” way of thinking. patrick soon-shiong is contributing editor for health and medicine. advisory council: members of the berggruen institute’s 21st century council and council for the future of europe serve as the advisory council — as well as regular contributors — to the site. these include, jacques attali, shaukat aziz , gordon brown , fernando henrique cardoso , juan luis cebrian , jack dorsey , mohamed el-erian , francis uyama , felipe gonzalez , john gray , reid hoffman , fred hu , mo ibrahim , alexei kudrin ,  pascal lamy , kishore mahbubani , alain minc , dambisa moyo , laura tyson , elon musk ,  pierre omidyar , raghuram rajan , nouriel roubini ,  nicolas sarkozy ,  eric schmidt , gerhard schroeder , peter schwartz ,  amartya sen ,  jeff skoll , michael spence , joe stiglitz , larry summers ,  wu jianmin , george yeo , fareed zakaria , ernesto zedillo , ahmed zewail and zheng bijian . from the europe group, these include: marek belka , tony blair ,  jacques delors , niall ferguson , anthony giddens , otmar issing ,  mario monti ,  robert mundell , peter sutherland and guy verhofstadt . mission statement the worldpost is a global media bridge that seeks to connect the world and connect the dots. gathering together top editors and first person contributors from all corners of the planet, we aspire to be the one publication where the whole world meets. we not only deliver breaking news from the best sources with original reportage on the ground and user-generated content; we bring the best minds and most authoritative as well as fresh and new voices together to make sense of events from a global perspective looking around, not a national perspective looking out. -- this feed and its contents are the property of the huffington post, and use is subject to our terms. it may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

no sooner did “ the party of davos ” ― as top white house aide stephen bannon calls the global elite ― end its annual conclave in the swiss alps late last week than the “nationalist international” was born down in the rhine valley city of koblenz, germany. all the main populist movements from across europe gathered together there to celebrate the brexit and trump victories as a premonition of their own expected success in elections over the coming year. they called on their fellow europeans to “ wake up ” like the americans and british and take back control of their national destinies.  what animates these movements for national sovereignty, and paradoxically ties them together across borders, is a double antipathy. their revolt is against both the faceless forces of global integration represented by trade agreements or brussels “eurocrats” and the face-to-face presence of immigrants whom they see as despoiling their own national identities. scott malcomson   insightfully points out that these movements in europe see their cultural nationalism not as intolerance of others, but as a defense of diversity in the form of their unique, familiar and cherished way of life they now see as under ault. in their conflated anxieties over muslim immigrants and terrorism, which they share with president donald trump and his national security adviser, michael flynn,  populists are demonstrating what political scientist samuel huntington  said after the 9/11 attack by osama bin laden about that terrorist leader: “just as he seeks to rally muslims by declaring war on the west, he has given back to the west its sense of common identity in defending itself.”  more so than in the u.s., the european nationalist’s idea of belonging bears some very worrying baggage. as novelist elif shafak says in an interview with the worldpost, “i am far more concerned about the rise of populism across europe than the rise of populism in the u.s. here in the old continent, there is almost a visceral fear of diversity and ‘the other.’” she goes on to say that, “we need to bear in mind that this history is still alive in a fractured, fragmented and uneven continent where we do not always encounter the checks and balances that exist in the u.s. constitution.” mimicking the cry of the koblenz meeting, shafak concludes, “so, yes, it is a ‘wake up’ call. but not for the tribalists. it is a wake-up call for democrats and liberals and cosmopolitans, for anyone and everyone who holds democracy and pluralism dear. it is a wake-up call for us.” as nick visser  reports, german chancellor angela merkel is pushing back against the nationalist upsurge. speaking to church leaders in germany on monday, she declared, “we won’t get anywhere by trying to solve problems with polarization and populism. we’ve got to show that we’re committed to the basic principles of our nation.” former greek finance minister yanis varoufakis  says he thinks it is germany’s insistence on europe-wide austerity policies that are at the root of the problem. to defeat the nationalist resurgence he proposes a “new deal” for europe that is an alternative to those policies which he sees as a, “gift to today’s coalition of european right-wing parties called the ‘nationalist international.’” he continues: “europe can survive neither as a free-for-all nor as an austerity union in which some countries ... are condemned to permanent depression.”  president trump this week also took the first steps toward fulfilling his paign promise of building a wall at the u.s.-mexico border and proposed cuts in federal funding for “sanctuary cities” across the u.s. on thursday, mexican president enrique peña nieto insisted once again that mexico would not pay for a border wall ― which he said undermined the “respect” of his “sovereign nation”― and cancelled his upcoming trip to washington. the two have since spoken by phone .  former mexican president and chair of the berggruen institute’s 21 st century council, ernesto zedillo, goes further. he said to me this week that trump’s proposals toward his country have “defied legal and economic rationality” from the start and that now, “the time has come to admit that the actions of the new administration have cancelled, at least for the foreseeable future, any agreement stemming from dialogue and negotiation that could isfy the legitimate interests of both parties.” labelling the american president’s actions “aggression,” zedillo joins the rallying cry of his countrymen: “what we reject under any circumstances is any attempt to use a single inch of our territory to build such an abominable structure. it goes without saying that all mexicans are behind president peña nieto when he tells president trump that we will not pay for his extravagant, offensive and useless project.” in addition to his directives on mexico, the american president also delivered on his pledge to limit muslims entering the u.s., signing a document late friday whose full details still remain unclear at the time of this article’s publish.  charles kurzman  argues that the the proposed limits are “absurd” and counterproductive. it is the strategy of the self-proclaimed islamic state, he writes “to take a ntage of the west’s hypersensitivity to small scale islamist attacks.” he continues: “since 2001, there have been zero fatalities in the u.s. by extremists from the countries on trump’s list.” as trump crosses off executive order after executive order and as syria talks sideline america yet again, many wonder if the u.s. president will go easy on russian president vladimir putin. the two leaders are slated to speak this weekend, but already, ukrainians are on edge. from kiev, just days after trump’s inauguration, ian bateson reports that many there fear the special relationship between putin and trump could leave ukraine in the cold. “we have seen the rhetoric. now we are waiting for performance,” one politician says.  back in america, millions of demonstrators took to the streets across the u.s. and elsewhere to protest trump’s policies even before executive orders had been signed. turkish journalist ilgin yorulmaz , who participated in the washington march, sees a correspondence with resistance in her home country and other countries across the world. “women (and men) share the same concerns about gender inequality and ual har ment,” she writes, “regardless of if they live middle cl lives in manhattan or face discrimination on the subways of istanbul.” aykan erdemir and merve tahiroglu score new moves by turkish president recep tayyip erdoğan to consolidate executive power. “an overly centralized polity, a weak legislature and erdogan’s authoritarianism have brought turkey to the brink,” they write.  also reflecting on the m ive demonstrations, margaret levi  reviews the experience of how social movements in american history have ultimately shifted the political agenda. these p os  document the scope of demonstration that took place last weekend around the world. hayley miller  reports that despite the trump administration’s renewed focus on fossil fuels, a new pew poll says two-thirds of americans favor a path to a renewable energy future.  writing from hong g, li jing  reports that chinese officials say they are prepared “to take a leadership role” in defending the paris climate accord no matter what the new trump administration decides to do. following the splash of chinese president xi jinping’s defense of globalization in davos last week,  minxin pei  sees trouble for him at home as adversaries resist his anti-corruption crackdown and economic reform agenda. “2017 will be a dangerous year for xi,” he says. in south africa, in fact, attempts to model government off of china have already created tension among political parties, explain eric olander and cobus van staden , with one mayor taking a controversial trip to taiwan, sparking a trump-esque “one china” policy violation backlash.  looking to the far future, deep space advocate mary lynne dittmar  imagines how a full-fledged effort to settle on mars can help us in our troubled home planet. “why mars?” she asks, “why not the moon? simply put, mars is the best place to develop a ‘local’ infrastructure enabling us to live on another planet, albeit one millions of miles away. in a very real sense mars is at the far end of the infrastructure we are preparing to revitalize in this country.”  finally, our singularity  series looks at the moral dilemmas posed by new a nces in genetic screening that further enable “designer babies” whose characteristics can be selected. who we are   editors: nathan gardels , co-founder and executive advisor to the berggruen institute, is the editor-in-chief of the worldpost. kathleen miles  is the executive editor of the worldpost. farah mohamed is the managing editor of the worldpost. alex gardels and peter mellgard  are the ociate editors of the worldpost. suzanne gaber is the editorial istant of the worldpost. katie nelson is news director at the huffington post, overseeing the worldpost and huffpost’s news coverage. nick robins-early and jesselyn cook are world reporters.  rowaida abdelaziz  is world social media editor.   editorial board: nicolas berggruen , nathan gardels , arianna huffington , eric schmidt ( google inc. ), pierre omidyar ( first look media ),  juan luis cebrian ( el pais/prisa ), walter isaacson ( aspen institute/time-cnn ), john elkann ( corriere della sera, la stampa ),  wadah khanfar ( al jazeera) , dileep padgaonkar ( times of india ) and  yoichi funabashi ( asahi shimbun ). vice president of operations: dawn nakagawa . contributing editors: moises naim (former editor of foreign policy ),  nayan chanda ( yale/global; far eastern economic review ) and katherine keating ( one-on-one) . sergio munoz bata and parag khanna are contributing editors-at-large. the asia society and its chinafile , edited by orville schell , is our primary partner on asia coverage. eric x. li and the chunqiu institute/fudan university in shanghai and guancha.cn also provide first person voices from china. we also draw on the content of china digital times . seung-yoon lee is the worldpost link in south korea. jared cohen of google ideas provides regular commentary from young thinkers, leaders and activists around the globe. bruce mau provides regular columns from m ivechangenetwork.com on the “whole mind” way of thinking. patrick soon-shiong is contributing editor for health and medicine. advisory council: members of the berggruen institute’s 21st century council and council for the future of europe serve as the advisory council — as well as regular contributors — to the site. these include, jacques attali, shaukat aziz , gordon brown , fernando henrique cardoso , juan luis cebrian , jack dorsey , mohamed el-erian , francis uyama , felipe gonzalez , john gray , reid hoffman , fred hu , mo ibrahim , alexei kudrin ,  pascal lamy , kishore mahbubani , alain minc , dambisa moyo , laura tyson , elon musk ,  pierre omidyar , raghuram rajan , nouriel roubini ,  nicolas sarkozy ,  eric schmidt , gerhard schroeder , peter schwartz ,  amartya sen ,  jeff skoll , michael spence , joe stiglitz , larry summers ,  wu jianmin , george yeo , fareed zakaria , ernesto zedillo , ahmed zewail and zheng bijian . from the europe group, these include: marek belka , tony blair ,  jacques delors , niall ferguson , anthony giddens , otmar issing ,  mario monti ,  robert mundell , peter sutherland and guy verhofstadt . mission statement the worldpost is a global media bridge that seeks to connect the world and connect the dots. gathering together top editors and first person contributors from all corners of the planet, we aspire to be the one publication where the whole world meets. we not only deliver breaking news from the best sources with original reportage on the ground and user-generated content; we bring the best minds and most authoritative as well as fresh and new voices together to make sense of events from a global perspective looking around, not a national perspective looking out. -- this feed and its contents are the property of the huffington post, and use is subject to our terms. it may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

donald trump against the world cross-posted with tomdispatch.com donald trump is a worldly fellow. he travels the globe on his private jet. he’s married to a slovene and divorced from a czech. he doesn’t speak any other languages, but hey, he’s an american, so monolingualism is his birthright. his fortune depends in large part on the global economy. he has business interests in nearly two-dozen countries on four continents. many of the products anointed with the trump brand roll of lobal embly line: trump furniture made in turkey and germany, trump eyegl es from china, trump shirts via bangladesh and honduras (among other countries). just as wealthy americans often slight the role the domestic infrastructure has played in the making of their fortunes, trump routinely disregards how much his depends on the infrastructure of the global economy. the new president's cabinet nominees are a similarly worldly lot, being either generals or multi-millionaires (or both), or simply, like their president, straight-out billionaires. rich people jet off to exotic places for vacations or to make deals; generals are dispatched to all points of the comp to kill people. with an estimated net wealth of more than $13 billion , trump’s cabinet could be its own small island nation. make that a very aggressive island nation: the military men in his proposed cabinet -- former generals mike flynn (national security adviser), james mattis (defense secretary), and john kelly (head of homeland security), as well as former navy seal ryan zinke (interior secretary) -- have fought in nearly as many countries as trump has done business. as worldly as they might be, trump’s nominees don’t look much like the world. mostly rich white men, they look more like the american electorate... circa 1817. still, the media has bent over backward to find as much diversity as it could in this panorama of homogeneity. it has, for instance, identified the nominees according to their different ideological milieus: wall street, the pentagon, the republican party, the lunatic fringe. in this taxonomy of trumpism, the media continues to miss the obvious. the incoming administration is, in fact, united around one key mission: it’s about to declare war on the world. don’t be fooled by the surface cosmopolitanism of the new president and his appointees. for all their international experience, these people care about the planet the way og hers care about . their interactions are purely transactional, just the means to an end. there couldn’t be less empathy for the people out there involved in the drama. it’s all about the money and that piercing sense of conquest. the trump team’s approach, a globalism of the 1%, benefits themselves even as it reinforces american exceptionalism. their worldview is a galaxy distant from the sort of democratic internationalism that values diplomacy, human rights, and multilateral cooperation to address planetary problems like climate change and economic inequality. such a foreign policy of mutual enga ent is, in fact, exactly what’s under immediate threat. as with obamacare, the incoming administration wants to shred an inclusive project and substitute an exclusive one for it. in so doing, it will replace a collection of liberal internationalists with something worse: a confederacy of oligarchs. for such an undertaking that so radically privileges the few over the many, the next administration needs a compelling rationale that goes beyond ertions that the status quo is broken, international institutions are inefficient, and the united states is the indispensable power on the planet. america isn’t facing just any old crisis like failing banks or nuclear wannabe nations. for someone like donald trump, the threat has to be huge, the biggest ever. so brace yourself for a coming clash of civilizations. the new president is circling the wagons in defense of nothing less than the western way of life. as if it were a town in south vietnam in 1968, trump aims to destroy the international community in order to save it. industrial-strength islamophobia in the summer of 2010, anti-islamic sentiment was cresting in the united states. there were protests against a proposed islamic center in new york city, arson attacks against mosques around the united states, and a fundamentalist preacher in florida threatening to burn the koran. a paign was starting up to stop muslims from imposing sharia law in america. by the end of august, the confrontations had become so intense that time magazine put islamophobia on its cover . “it was the summer of hate,” i wrote in my book crusade 2.0 back then, “and the target was islam.” the islamophobes that summer were as misguided about islam as the terrorists they loathed. both sets of extremists transformed a religion practiced by 1.6 billion people, the overwhelming majority of whom despise terrorism, into an enemy of western civilization. just as al-qaeda found few adherents in america, the islamophobes, too, were at that time on the fringes of society. pamela geller, who led the charge against the islamic center in new york, was an obscure blogger. the man who popularized the paign against the imaginary imposition of sharia law, frank gaffney, headed up a think tank that no one except radical right radio hosts took seriously. that florida preacher, terry jones, had a minuscule congregation. the islamophobia industry was well funded , but aside from a few kooks in congress it was not well connected in washington policy circles. the fringe continued to a nce their fabricated stories -- including the supposedly secret muslim faith of president obama -- but the mainstream media moved on (or so it seemed at the time). as it turned out, islamophobia did anything but disappear. in 2015, hate crimes against muslims in the united states increased by 78% , reaching levels not seen since the aftermath of september 11th. as the presidential election season intensified in 2016, so did those attacks on muslims, as tallied by the huffington post and analyzed in a georgetown university-affiliated study. in the months since trump’s victory in november, the southern poverty law center has recorded more than 100 anti-muslim hate crimes around the country. what makes the current moment different, however, is that the previously well-funded margins have become the well-connected mainstream. would-be officials of the trump administration are now proclaiming as fact what only conspiracy theorists babbled about seven years ago. the dangerous twaddle begins with donald trump himself who, of course, spearheaded the birtherism movement against barack obama until he ran for president. during the paign, he promised to keep any new muslim immigrants from american shores and draw up a registry of all those who’d somehow managed to get in before the gates shut. he pledged to close down mosques . in march 2016, in a remarkable example of projection, he told cnn that “islam hates us.” true, trump also pledged to work with “all moderate muslim reformers” in the middle east. that category, however, mainly seems to include authoritarian democrats like turkish president recep tayyip erdogan , coup leaders like abdel fattah al-sisi in egypt, and even war criminals like bashar al- ad in syria. in hindsight, trump would have supported autocrats saddam hussein and muammar qaddafi because they so effectively eliminated potential terrorists. for the new president, “reformers” really means those willing to kill large numbers of people who conveniently happen to be muslims. why should the united states get its hands dirty? trump, ever the businessman, appreciates the value of subcontractors. president trump’s choice for national security adviser, michael flynn, is even more notoriously islamophobic. he has compared “islamism” to nazism and communism, calling it a “vicious cancer inside the body of 1.7 billion people.” he has perpetuated the sharia law myth, cultivated so strenuously by frank gaffney. in his state of the union address of 2002, george w. bush infamously linked iran and iraq, two countries that hated each other, in an “axis of evil” with a putatively communist nation, north korea, that had few dealings with either of them. in a book he co-authored with neocon michael ledeen, flynn went several steps further, imagining radical islamists creating a global anti-american network that linked north korea, china, russia, iran, syria, cuba, bolivia, venezuela, and nicaragua. he also attacked not just “radical islam” but islam in general and cast aspersions on both the prophet muhammad and the koran, arguing that islam as a whole is a religion utterly incompatible with modernity. however objectionable the foreign policies of the george w. bush administration, its officials at least attempted to distinguish between al-qaeda and islam. not flynn, who doesn’t have to go through the confirmation process.  count on one thing, though: he won’t be an isolated nutcase in the trump administration. his deputy, k.t. mcfarland, has made similarly inflammatory statements about islam, as have mike pompeo (cia director), steve bannon (white house chief strategist), and jeff sessions (attorney general). not all trump nominees are as fond of fake news as mike flynn. there are some shades of nuance in the otherwise over-the-top bunch that trump has embled. desperate for a sign that the next administration is not a urday night live parody, democratic legislators and liberal commentators have looked for “voices of reason” among trump’s nominees. they’ve praised secretary of defense james mattis and his somewhat more conventional pentagon view of the world, while prospective secretary of state rex tillerson has attracted support for his somewhat more conventional ceo view of the world. but even mattis and tillerson share a hostility toward islam. during his confirmation hearing, for instance, tillerson made the ludicrous claim that the muslim brotherhood has been “an agent for radical islam like al-qaeda,” proving that he’s at least as ignorant of divisions within the islamic world as donald trump (who once said that he wouldn’t bother to learn the difference between hamas and hezbollah until it was absolutely necessary). tillerson’s claim just happens to coincide with the latest piece of anti-islamic legislation making its way through congress: the fifth attempt in five years to put the muslim brotherhood on the state department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations. this time, with support from trump and possibly even mattis, who has come out against “political islam,” it might just p . political islam, like political christianity or political judaism, takes some noxious positions, particularly on civil liberties, but it can also be a force for stability and an ally against terrorist organizations like the islamic state. and whatever you might think of the muslim brotherhood, it simply isn’t a terrorist organization. indeed, because of its focus on achieving its goals through participation in the political process, the brotherhood has earned the hatred of the islamic state, al-qaeda, and virtually every other islamic terrorist outfit around. it bodes ill for the muslim world -- and the world at large -- when top administration officials can’t make these elemental distinctions. islam is, of course, an easy target in a country that has been fed a nonstop diet of misinformation on the subject, but hardly the only target. the trump administration has far larger ambitions. unraveling the institutions at the end of december, the u.n. security council voted to condemn israel for its policy of building settlements in territory slated for a palestinian state. instead of wielding its veto power, for the first time the united states abstained on such a vote, allowing the resolution to p 14 to 0. donald trump almost immediately tweeted: “the united nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. so sad!” in fact, it’s hard to imagine an institution less devoted to having a good time. the soul of sobriety, the security council might be thought of as the exact opposite of a trump casino. for all its flaws and contradictions, the u.n. sustains the flame of democratic internationalism and a belief that rules and regulations might be able to contain the chaos of conflict and help solve the world’s most pressing problems. that, not its supposedly wasted potential, is what has really earned it the wrath of trump. the president-elect’s first salvo in his attack on that institution was his nomination of nikki haley as the u.s. amb ador to it. the south carolina governor has zero experience in foreign affairs. choosing her was as much a gesture of contempt as picking rick perry to head the department of energy, an agency he once expressed a desire to disband. for a u.n.-averse administration, that amb adorship is the equivalent of siberian exile. if former u.n. amb ador john bolton becomes number two at the state department -- he’s still in the running despite some republican opposition -- he’ll immediately put that institution in his crosshairs. bolton has never concealed his enmity toward the u.n., declaring at one point that its new york headquarters would be no worse off with 10 fewer floors. bolton was furious over the recent security council vote on settlements, urging the trump administration to immediately push for its repeal. “if that fails, and that’s the most likely outcome,” he said , “we should cut our contributions to the united nations perhaps in toto until this resolution is repealed.” indeed, the easiest way for the trump administration to undermine the u.n. would simply be to unleash the anti-internationalist attack dogs in congress who have long been eager to cut its financing. now that they’re fully in charge, expect the republican leadership to target funding for refugees (the united states is the leading contributor to the u.n. refugee agency), the u.n. population fund (which the anti-abortion crowd has been itching to challenge), the u.n. green climate fund (a concrete way to undercut the paris accord on climate change), and peacekeeping (a frequent target of right-wing think tanks ). even rex tillerson, lauded by the u.n. foundation for his philanthropic efforts to fight malaria as exxonmobil’s ceo, would find it hard to beat back the anti-u.n. sentiments of the congressional budget hawks. keep in mind that the u.n. represents a potential source of organized resistance to the trump administration, a way that the “rest” can mobilize against the “west.” but it’s increasingly clear that the “west” itself is going to pose some challenges for the incoming administration. trump, for instance, intensely dislikes the european union (eu). he openly supported the british vote to leave it and invited brexit paign leader nigel farage to his inauguration. the transition team has been on the lookout for the next exit votes to support. "i do think keeping [the eu] together is not gonna be as easy as a lot of people think,” trump said ominously in a recent interview with the times of london. like the u.n., the eu has come to represent the values of inclusive internationalism, whether it’s germany’s willingness to accommodate syrian refugees or the diplomatic efforts of brussels to resolve conflicts in eurasia and the middle east. in its eagerness to unravel internationalism, the trump administration won’t simply take aim at institutions like the u.n. and the eu. it will also target for demolition the diplomatic accomplishments of the obama administration, including the iran nuclear deal and détente with cuba . it will seek to undermine liberal values of every sort, ranging from support for human rights and multiculturalism to an abhorrence of torture. a wrecking ball with trump’s name on it is poised to demolish the house of internationalism that eleanor roosevelt, ralph bunche, jody williams, jimmy carter, and so many others labored so hard to build. as with any real estate developer, however, trump isn’t interested in simply tearing down the old. he wants to build something big and gaudy in its place. the new globalists the first front in the trump administration’s war to take back the world will, of course, be against islam, which is expected to surp christianity as the world’s largest faith in the second half of the twenty-first century. from the crusades to the wars against the ottoman empire, the very concept of “western” developed in opposition to islam. so it makes a certain perverse sense for trump to tap into this longstanding tradition in establishing his supposed defense of western (read: american) civilization. trump’s white house special adviser steve bannon, the white supremacist who made breitbart news such a popular mouthpiece for the far right, clearly feels at home with this clash-of-civilizations framework. “we are in an outright war against jihadist islamic fascism,” he has written , a movement that wants to “completely eradicate everything that we’ve been bequeathed over the last 2,000, 2,500 years.” bannon can count on others in the administration just as eager to wage such an epic battle, including deputy national security adviser-in-waiting k.t. mcfarland , who believes that “global islamist jihad is at war with all of western civilization.” but bannon and his trumpian ilk aren’t just focused on islam. think of the war against that religion as just a wedge issue for them.  after binge-watching nine films that the alt-right guru has directed over the years, journalist adam wren summed up bannon’s message in politico this way: “western civilization as we know it is under attack by forces that are demonic or foreign -- the difference between those is blurry -- and people in far-distant power centers are looking to screw you.” bannon dislikes islam, but it’s the “globalists” who, as he sees it, represent the chief threat. "i'm not a white nationalist, i'm a nationalist. i'm an economic nationalist," he says . "the globalists gutted the american working cl and created a middle cl in asia. the issue now is about americans looking to not get f—ed over.” according to their critics, the globalists are a liberal elite that has benefited from free trade, pushed for multiculturalism, and joined hands with their counterparts around the world in conclaves like davos and at institutions like the u.n. they despise national traditions and disparage religious (christian) values. politically correct, they care only about minorities, not the majority. they want to tear down borders in order to line their own pockets. the cabal responsible for the “ american carnage ” joins a long list of conspiratorial groups that have supposedly poisoned the body politic. it’s just a matter of time before the protocols of the elders of globalism spreads virally through the fake news webosphere. but don’t rex tillerson, ceo of a major energy company, or the multiple minions of goldman sachs who will join the administration fall right into this category of globalists? surely these trump nominees are enamored of free trade, the structural adjustments of the international monetary fund, and other institutions of economic globalization. that’s where bannon comes in. he’s the right-wing equivalent of friedrich engels, the industrialist who supported karl marx in birthing communism. every new ruling elite needs a certain number of turncoats ready to bite the hand of the ancien régime that fed them. having worked at goldman sachs before putting in time in hollywood and at breitbart , bannon aspires to transform the titans of industry and finance into america-first nationalists. it’s one thing to criticize liberal internationalism for its concentrations of wealth, political privilege, and cultural snobbery. you don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to find fault with a global economy that functions like a casino. but trump, bannon, and others are not interested in democratizing globalism. they want to create an internationalism of their own.  think of it as a new globalism of the 1% that is christian, deeply conservative, and subordinate to nationalist demands. despite its appeals to the silent majority, this globalism 2.0 will benefit an even narrower slice of the elite. moreover, trump and bannon have already lined up international backers for it, figures like russian president vladimir putin, french presidential hopeful marine le pen, and hungarian prime minister viktor orban. putin is the linchpin of this de facto nationalist international. in 2013, the russian leader outlined an agenda that anticipated the trump paign in nearly all its particulars. “we can see how many of the euro-atlantic countries are actually rejecting their roots, including the christian values that constitute the basis of western civilization. they are denying moral principles and all traditional identities: national, cultural, religious, and even ual. they are implementing policies that equate large families with same- partnerships, belief in god with the belief in an. the excesses of political correctness have reached the point where people are seriously talking about registering political parties whose aim is to promote paedophilia.” in russia, the appeal to these old-fashioned values has concealed an old-fashioned looting of the economy, along with a beefing up of the military. that trump has nominated so many titans of the corporate sector and the military-industrial complex suggests that his administration will closely follow the russian blueprint, much as viktor orban has already done in hungary. as donald trump settles into the oval office this week, say goodbye to the one-worlders of the obama-clinton years and say hello to a new era of the one-percenters. america’s oligarchs will profit handsomely from the administration’s infrastructure program, its reconfigured trade deals, and its accelerated emphasis on resource extraction. for the rest of us, much pain will accompany the birth of this new nationalist world order, this confederacy of oligarchs. the world urgently needs a new generation of democratic internationalists -- or there won’t be much of a world left when trump and his cronies get through with it. john feffer is the author of the new dystopian novel, splinterlands (a dispatch books original with haymarket books) , which publishers weekly hails as “a chilling, thoughtful, and intuitive warning.” he is the director of foreign policy in focus at the institute for policy studies and a  tomdispatch regular . follow tomdispatch on twitter and join us on facebook . check out the newest dispatch book, john feffer's dystopian novel splinterlands , as well as nick turse’s  next time they’ll come to count the dead , and tom engelhardt's latest book, shadow government: surveillance, secret wars, and a global security state in a single-superpower world . -- this feed and its contents are the property of the huffington post, and use is subject to our terms. it may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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