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Trump to end support for Syrian rebels – to fight IS and shore up relations with Russia

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Iranian and Russian allies have welcomed the news Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States [Image: Reuters].

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Iranian and Russian allies have welcomed the news Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States [Image: Reuters].

I know it’s an unpopular thought, but what if Donald Trump has the right idea?

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he has negotiated a deal with President Assad of Syria that involves a fully democratic election, after all.

So, if Trump mends America’s bridges with Russia, and they jointly hammer the fake-Muslim fanatics, it’s possible – just remotely possible – that everyone will get what they want?

That’s good business. Right?

President-elect Donald Trump has reaffirmed his campaign trail position that assisting the Syrian government in fighting Isis should be the US’ main objective in Syria, despite appeals from rebels for continued help in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad.

“I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria. My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting Isis, and you have to get rid of Isis,” he said in a wide-ranging interview with the Wall Street Journal on Friday.

Mr Trump has stated that while he “did not like [Mr Assad] at all”, shoring up his regime is the best way to stem the extremism that has flourished in the chaos of the civil war and threatens the US.

He has also been emphatic about mending ties with Russia, Syria’s long-standing ally and military backer in the conflict.

Source: Donald Trump signifies he will end US support for Syrian rebels despite their pleas to him for help | The Independent

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International politicians react to President Trump

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World leaders (and UK politicians) have been making their feelings felt on the subject of Donald Trump’s election as the 45th US President.

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mr Trump’s election as US President is a rejection of a failed economic consensus, but his answers to the big questions facing America are wrong:

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Other Labour figures – mostly right-wingers – were far more critical of the newly-elected leader-to-be of the Free World, giving their views on LabourList as follows:

Mike Gapes, Labour MP for Ilford South – “As Ukraine, Baltic states and NATO worry about the future, Putin and the FSB will be celebrating their own role in electing a useful idiot.”

Dan Jarvis, Labour MP for Barnsley Central – “Decent left of centre politics defeated by divisive right wing populism. Repercussions will be felt around the world incl here. Get ready.”

Owen Smith, Labour MP for Pontypridd and former leadership contender – “A racist in The Whitehouse & a human rights abuser in The Kremlin. Time for us to leave Europe, or time to try and lead it & rebuild hope? It’s The Enlightenment that’s in jeopardy, not The Establishment I’m afraid.”

Steve Reed, Labour and Co-op MP for Croydon North – “President Trump, a terrifying day for the world and for everyone who values democracy and freedom.”

Kezia Dudgale, leader of Scottish Labour – “Ctrl + Alt + Delete”.

In a statement Dugdale later added: “Like countless people in Scotland, the UK, and across the globe I watched with great sadness as the results from the presidential election came in.

“While we must all respect the result of this democratic contest, today is a dark day for those of us who believe in compassion, tolerance and equality.

“Donald Trump was responsible for a hate-filled campaign that was dominated by lies, misogyny and racism. As president-elect, he now has a responsibility to America and the world to heal the deep divisions he has caused.

“Across the US, there will be women, gay people and Muslims who will now be incredibly worried about the direction of their country, but there will also be countless working-class Americans who will be hurting today. They all need reassurances that I very much hope will be forthcoming from the Republican Party.”

Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley – “When my children wake up I shall tell them that when I was little Thatcher & Reagan were in charge. I’ll tell them things get better.”

This Writer pulled her up for that comment:

David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham – “If you have woken up today feeling lost, heartbroken and helpless: Don’t mourn, organise. Don’t give up. They want you to give up. Don’t. Join a political party, a trade union, a community group. Campaign, organise and try to make the world a better place. What choice is there? Just don’t quit and don’t give up. Giving up is what they want you to do. Things can and will get better. But don’t mourn, organise.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a message of congratulations to Donald Trump on his victory in the US presidential election.

“Mr Putin said he hopes [to] work together to lift Russian-US relations out of the current crisis, resolve issues on the international agenda, [and] look for effective responses to global security challenges, according to the Kremlin.

“The President said he is confident that Moscow and Washington can establish a constructive dialogue based on the principles of equality, mutual respect, and genuine consideration for each other’s positions. This would be in the interests of both peoples and of the entire international community.

“Mr Putin wished Mr Trump success in the high office and responsibility of head of state.”

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, had this to say:

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(UK-based left-wing journalist Paul Mason was withering in response: “No elected leader of Europe would pen this obsequious pile of crap. Social-democrats, Greens and the radical left should repudiate letter.”)

It seems clear that the result has been divisive, both in the States and elsewhere.

I wonder whether this could lead to strained diplomatic relations as statespeople struggle to see past their own feelings to reach pragmatic solutions to international problems.

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Is Russian espionage really an ‘increasingly aggressive and covert threat’?

Vladimir Putin: He'll never be the West's favourite world leader but is he really the pantomime villain we're all being asked to believe he is? [Image: Barcroft.]

Vladimir Putin: He’ll never be the West’s favourite world leader but is he really the pantomime villain we’re all being asked to believe he is? [Image: Barcroft.]


Provable or propaganda?

Russians have been spying on the West for decades – hundreds of spy novels have been written about it.

But is it really a threat that is becoming an increasing danger?

What would the Russians say in response? Would they not suggest that the West has been increasingly aggressive towards them and they needed to increase their activities in order to defend against our behaviour?

That’s the usual way of it.

All this sabre-rattling seems a little ‘staged’ to This Writer.

I wonder whether the intention is to distract us from something else.

Are we on the verge of an environmental disaster, perhaps?

Russia is adopting an “increasingly aggressive” approach to pursuing its foreign policy goals, including propaganda, spying and cyber-attacks, the head of MI5 has warned.

The Security Service’s director general Andrew Parker said Russia had been a “covert threat” for decades but there were now more methods available for its agents to use.

In an unprecedented newspaper interview, Mr Parker said his service was working to disrupt the activities of Moscow’s spies who were “at work across Europe and in the UK”.

He told the Guardian that at a time when much of the focus was on Islamic extremism, covert action from other countries was a growing danger, with Russia the biggest concern.

Source: Russia is an ‘increasingly aggressive and covert threat’, MI5 spy chief warns – Mirror Online

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