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USA Leftist Guru, Professor Chomsky : - "Trump is Right on Russia !"

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Surprisingly, after well-known Leftist American Journalist Glenn Greenwald (See: ...), it's even the World-Famous Leftist Intellectual "Guru", Professor Noam Chomsky himself, who has just launched a vibrant Appeal to Back new US President Don Trump, an atypical Rightist, at least on the "Hot" Issue of alleged "Russian interference" at the latest US Presidential Elections of November 2016, according to a Video Interview at the American News Website "Democracy Now", earlier this Summer 2018, from which "Eurofora" Publishes the Main Abstracts (concerning more particularly Europe) in Full Text, now that the Latest Developments around Controversial Attorney Mueller's so called "Investigation" approached a Crucial Threshhold, on the way towards the forthcoming "Mid-Term" US Congress/Senate Elections on Autumn 2018,  of Decisive Importance for USA's and the World's Future :


Chomsky, a MIT and Arizona Universities' Professor on Linguistics, is also a Philosopher and a Popular Anti-War Dissident, Internationaly known since his 1967 Pamphlet on "The Responsibility of Intellectuals", against Vietnam War, and was Voted the "World's Leading Intellectual" on 2005, at a Global Poll co-organized by UK magazine "Prospect" and USA Magazine "Foreign Policy".


Greenwald has earlier Denounced the risk of an UnDemocratic, Oppressive and War-mongering "Deep State" against President Trump, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/journalistgreenwaldfortrumpondeepstate.html), while Chomsky now Slams mainly Establishment's Medias.


They have both sharply Criticized various Other aspects of New US President Don Trump's policies, but strongly Supported, particularly, his pro-Peace policy in World Affairs, as well as Anti-Establishment Medias stance.


Chomsky and Greenwald supported the atypical Leftist Candidate Bernie Sanders of the Democratic ("Socialist"/Liberal) Party in the 2016 US Presidential Election of 2016,  who was notoriously Undermined by the DP's Leadership in favor of Establishment's Hillary Clinton, in a Scandal revealed by "WikiLeaks".


Atypical Rightist Candidate Don Trump, just after Winning the Conservative GOP Party's Nomination, since the Summer of 2016, launched an Original Political Appeal towards several sincere, values-driven Anti-Establishment Leftists, particularly at his landmark Speech in Ohio's Cleveland, (See: ..., etc).


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 - "Trump... is probably Right when he says that we (USA) should have Better Relations with Russia", stressed nowadays Chomsky, in his Summer 2018 Video-Interview to US News Website "Democracy Now", with Amy Goodman.


 - That's one of the "Issues on which, what Trump says, for whatever reason, is Not UnReasonable", he underlined.


 => Therefore, "Being drag to the Mud for that, is Outlandish Rubbish , Professor Chomsky criticized, at a moment when most Establishment's Medias grossly slander President Trump, mainly in relation with Controversial Special Attorney Mueller's "Investigation" on alleged Russian "Interference" in the 2016 US Presidential Elections.


Mueller has Failed, however, until now, to find any trace of "Collusion" with such alleged Russian attempts, and has been Limited only into Attacking some Former Aides of Trump for various Other, irrelevant Issues, such as ... 12 Years Old Tax problems, alleged payments to American Porn Stars for shady 2006 claims, ro Contradictory Statements on Minor points Before the 2016 Elections, (etc)...


- In fact, "if you are Really Concerned with our (US) Elections, and how they operate, how they are related to what happens in a Democratic Society", then, "take a look at a (so-called) "Russian Hacking" is absolutely the Wrong place to look !", Chomsky pointed out.


- The MIT Professor strongly Criticized those Establishment's "Medias (which) are Focusing on (such) Marginal Issues", which are "Not among the Issues that Should be under Discussion", (such as, f.ex., Natural Environment, World Peace, Economy, etc), but, on the Contrary, belong "on what I Believe is a Marginal Area : F.ex. the "Huge" Issue of Interference in our (US)pristine Elections : Did the Russians interefere in our (USA) Elections ? An issue of overwhelming attention at the (Establishment's) Medias", But, "for most of the World, it's a Joke !"


- Because, "First of all, if you are interested in Foreign Interference to our (US) Elections, whatever the Russians might have done, can Barely be compared, ... with what Other States have done"... even "openly, poisonously, and with enormous support". Because it "vastly Overwhelms anything the Russians might have done". F.ex., inter alia, also : "to Speak to US Congress without informing the US President, Call the US Congress and Senate to Reverse an US President's Policy", etc.


 ++ Moreover, "for the Elections themselves, it has been Demonstrated very conclusively, that, for a Long Period, US Elections have been very much a Bore : You can Predict the Outcome of Presidential or Congressional Elections with a remarquable precision, simply by looking at Campaign Spending", Chomsky denounced, (speaking, f.ex., after the Exceptionally Big private Funds gathered by Obama, from Big Pharma and other varous sources, on 2008 and 2012 US Presidential Elections : The Biggest in US History, even compared to multi-Millionaire Rockfeller !)...  


+++ And "that's only 1 Part of it : Lobbyists practicaly Rape Legislation and Congressional Principles in Massive ways. The concentrated Private Capital, (Corporate sector/SuperWealth), Intervene Massively, Overwhelmingly in our (US) Elections. To the extend that the most Elementary Principles of Democracy are Undermined", Chomsky strongly criticized.


 - "Of course, all that" can be "Technically (il)Legal"... But that tells you something about how the system functions".


++++ In Addition, "one of the most Elementary Issues of a well functioning Democracy is that Elected Representatives should be Responsive to those who Elected them", (i.e. Voting Citizens). "Nothing more Elementary than that".


- But, "we know very well that it simply is not the case in the US". On the contrary, "there is ample Litterature, mainstream Academic Political Science, simply comparing Voters' attitudes with the Policies pursued by Representatives, which shows that a Large Majority of the Population, are simply disenfranchised. Representatives are Not paying Attention to their Voices, they are not listening to them. But they are listening to the voices of ...(1%) : the Rich and the Powerful, the Corporate sector", etc.


 - "Well, you see, Occasionaly, some attention to these matters (even) in the (Establishment's) Medias. But, they are very Minor, as compared to the Extremely Marginal Question of "Russian Hacking""...


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    - So, in fact, "we (USA) shouldn't refuse to Deal with them (Russians), for whatever Infractions they might have carried out, (which certainly exist) : that's just Absurd", Chomsky urged, as a matter of General Principle.


    +"Same, Russia shouldn't refuse to deal with the USA, because the US (under former UK PM Tony Bliar's tricky pressure) carried out the Worst Crime of the Century : I.e. the Invasion of Iraq, that was much Worse than anything Russia has done. But they shouldn't refuse to deal with us for that reason", he added.


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    >>> Because "We have to move towards a Better Way", since, Nowadays, "at the Russian Borders there are very Extreme Tensions, that could Blow up at Any Time".


    - And "we could, in fact, be in Nuclear War. Terminal for the Species and Life on Earth. We are very Close to that !", Chomsky sternly Warned.


    => So that, "1st, we Should do things to Ameliorate that" dangerous situation.


    + "2nd, we should ask Why : F.ex., "Watch  how NATO Expanded after the Collapse of the Soviet Union (1991+), in Violation to formal Promisses to Michael Gorbatsov", he reminded.


    - Indeed, NATO "Expanded right to the Russian Borders", and "the US offered to the West even Ukraine (since the 2014 Bloody Clashes at Kiev, followed by the Eastern Regions, etc), towards NATO : That's a kind of Hard way under Russian Geo-Strategic Concerns", Professor Chomsky noted.


    - This was done "mostly under Clinton (DP), partly under Bush (GOP), .... further under Obama (DP)", he observed, (obviously criticizing the War-Mongering and Globalist tendencies mainly of "Socialist"/Liberal recent US former Presidents, which extend a longer, Historic trend, visible already as early as, at least, since the former "Cold War" Period of 1948-1952 with Truman, 1964-1969 with Johnson's aggravated "Vietnam War", etc).


    => "So, Yes, there are Tensions at the Russian Borders" recently, he stressed.


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    >>> "And these are Issues that Should be of a Primary Concern, for the Fate of an Organized Human Society, (since) even the Survival of the Species, Depends on this", Chomsky warned.


    - But, "How much Attention has been given to these things (by Establishment's Medias), "... as Compared to whether Trump lied about something, etc. ?", he critically asked.


    => - "I think that those seem to me (to be) the Fundamental Criticism of the (Establishment's) Medias", Professor Noam Chomsky  concluded.

 

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3 EU Parliament votes to boost EuroGroup !

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After EuroZone Paris Summit's succes, Sarkozy calls to "think anew how to re-construct Europe !

"EuroZone and EU Institutional debates pave the way to 2009 discussions on EU Future, including Enlargment, Turkey etc. ?


23 October 2008

After EU Parliament strongly suppported in 3 successive Votes this week in Strasbourg French EU Chairmanship's move to boost Euro-Group at EU's core, while ideas on EU Institutional problems are awaited on December, "it's an open Question now" if this may lead to a debate on EU's Future, or not, told us French President, Nicolas Sarkozy''s Spokesman, Pierre-Jerome Henin.

MEPs voted on Thursday fresh Funds to support EuroGroup, after adopting on Wednesday a Resolution asking a "further Evolution" to "the 1st ever meeting of Heads of State and of Government of the Euro-Zone, taking decisions in that capacity", while earlier this week a Report asked "a stronger Institutional setting" for "EuroGroup", extended from "competitiveness/industry" to "environment, employment and education", with "increased powers for Political decision-making", according to a text drafted by French MEP Francoise Beres and German MEP Werner Langen, "10 Years after the creation of Euro" (1999 - 2009).

- Brussels' subsequent "EU Council ..(simply)..ratified the measures decided by EuroGroup on October 12" in Paris, which "were necessary to contain the current Financial Crisis", Resolution observes, expressing also support to the new process succesfully initiated by Sarkozy and due to be completed by agreements with USA and other countries at a Global level.

From now on, it's between two differend but parallel moves : EU's delay, and EuroZone's acceleration, that Enlargement and particularly Turkey's controversial EU bid, will have to search its way :

Indeed, EU's 27 expect a "Roadmap on how to deal with the Irish problem" on Lisbon Treaty ratification after December, risking to pass even 2009 Elections and next Commission with the old Nice Treaty of 2000, out-dated and unfit even for 2004's Enlargement...

On the contrary, EU's core launches a real "Economic Governance for EuroZone at the highest level of Heads of State/Government" of the 15, which started in Paris on October 12 and was strongly supported this week in Strasbourg by Sarkozy and EU Parliament.
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- "It's a good idea, to launch such a debate ("on EU's Future") in EU Parliament in view of 2009 Euro-Election : Perhaps some MEPs will seize an opportunity", told us mainstream French MEP Alain Lamassoure, former EU Minister and EU Spokesman for France's governing party UMP.

- "All MEPs' debates on such EU Councils are also part of the larger debate on Europe's future : Now with EuroZone, and even more when, on December, Irish Prime Minister is due to table proposals in Strasbourg on how to deal with EU Treaty's ratification", replied earlier to our question EU Parliament's Press Director and Spokesman, Jaume Duch.
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Sarkozy has formally anounced his intention to open EU Debates on Economy, Identity/Enlargement (i.e. mainly Turkey), etc. both linked to a popular Political view of Europe, since his Historic speeches on EU in Strasbourg, on February and July 2007, when he stressed that "Europe needs a New Renaissance". At the beginning of the French EU Presidency, on July 2008, replying to a MEP, he suggested that EU Parliament takes an active part in Debates on EU's Future.

- Now, in 2008, "Crisis are an opportunity to re-think how to re-construct Europe", Sarkozy stressed. At any case, the Historic 1st EuroZone Summit of Heads of State/Government, which started replying to the Financial crisis,"is a Turning Point : After that, Europe cannot be governed as before, but differently" : People "like a Europe with Strong Will".

- "We must make the System move !", "Europe needs Innovation" and free political debates. EU "Elections are in a few Months", Sarkozy warned.

He invited EU Parliament to fully play its role as "the Democratic Heart of the Europe we want : United, Independent and Voluntarist, because the World needs Europe's voice".

- "It's no more possible for Euro-Zone to continue without an Economic Government" at the Highest Level of Heads of State/Government, who provide "Democratic Legitimity" and can take important decisions, he announced, strongly supported by EU Parliament's Economic Committee which just voted to boost the "Institutional" aspects of "EuroGroup".

Plasticity offered by the current absence of a special Treaty on EuroZone's Institutions "made it easy to adapt the organization of the 1st Summit with imagination, to efficiently meet urgent needs", he observed, on the occasion of Brittish Prime Minister's exceptionnal presence at the greatest part of EuroGroup's Paris Summit.

- "In EuroZone we have the same Bank, the same Money, and, thus, a same duty for Unity" : "By bringing together EuroGroup's 15 members States we suceeded to find a solution and prepare a Giant Plan of 1.800 Billion euros", Sarkozy reminded of Paris' 1st Historic EuroZone's Summit.

Afterwards, Brussels' EU Council followed the move, and USA's Paulson II Plan was inspired from that. "Europe must promote the idea of Global Economy's Refoundation", he stressed.

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- "I was frankly astonished when I found, at the EU, a rigid system, where any New Idea was seen from the outset as a sacrilege, while, on the contrary, Europe needs Innovation !", he described.

F.ex. ,"'When we first spoke about the "Union for the Mediterranean", it was misunderstood as something extraordinary.. When later we had the Russia -Georgia crisis, it seemed against EU's custom to act "in the middle of August", instead of staying a passive spectator ! And when, in front of the Financial ciris, we gathered the 1st EuroZone Summit of the "15", some thought of it as a lese-majesté", he denounced.
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On Geo-Political Principles :
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- But, by moving resolutely, "EU obtained the ...withdrawal of Occupation Troops in 2 Months !", reminded Sarkozy, observing that Russia "fulfilled its commitments", in the Georgian crisis, where a "disroportionate reaction" from Moscow followed a "totally inappropriate action" from Tbilisi's troops. "It would be crazy to reply by military means : EU should not become accomplice of another Cold War, imposed by lack of cool heads".. as he said.

In future, "the creation of a common European Economic Area with EU and Russia, would also obtain a raprochment on our Human Rights and Democratic Values", added Sarkozy, in a statement which should logically be applied, a fortiori, to controversial EU "candidate" Turkey..

Particularly when, the same week that EU Parliament voted 2009 EU Funds for Turkey's controversial EU bid, ECHR took a series of judgements condemning Turkey for grave Violations of Human Rights, such as : Torture, death of a political prisoner in unclear circumstances followed by failure to conduct a proper Investigation, "enforced Disappearance" of a youngster aged 17, Killing of a sepherd with Tank Shells, persecuting Journalists for articles on "Missing" People, even a former President of Human Rights' Association, (etc)

- "We (EU) can defend our ideas on respect of Sovereignity and territorial Integrity, on Human Rights and other differences ... without confrontation", Sarkozy stressed, on the occasion of Russian/Georgian conflict, reminding that : "we were only 2 steps from catastroph", when a Peace agreement brokered in Moscow prevented, at the last minute, Russian troops' advance towards Tbilisi.

An EU Parliament Resolution adopted Wednesday in Strasbourg on the occasion of Russia - Georgia conflict, outlines a set of Principle which apply elsewhere too, (particularly when EU Rapporteur for Russia and Turkey is one and same person ; Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijtanen !)

Clearly rejecting any "military solution to the conflicts", MEPs "condemn ..all those who resorted to force and violence". They denounce a "disproportionate military action", "as well as (an) unilateral decision to recognise the independence" of brekaway regions, "calling.. to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the concerned country, "and the inviolability of its borders recognised by all EU Member States". They warn that "EU must review its policy towards" a 3rd Country, "should .(it)...not comply with its commitments", and "stress that the withdrawal of.... troops from the areas ....is an essential additional step".

EU Parliament "calls for the safe and quick return of refugees, (accepted by Russian President Medvedev) accompanied by the deployment of EU observers on the ground", and "regrets ...that ..EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is not allowed to enter the ...breakaway regions". Moreover, "It's important to ensure that persons and NGOs ..engaged in defending human and civil rights can operate". "Until ...all remaining issues (are) resolved..., and notably the continuing ...Military presence", "relations with the EU ..cannot be fully normalised", MEPS warned.

As nobody likes to be accused to practice "Double Standards", this should be regarded as "Principles" applicable to any Third Country at EU's Neighborhood.. No ?

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On Economy :

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- "When Financial crisis shook US and EU's Banks, without result from the 1st (American) Paulsen plan, it was the common reply of the 1st EuroZone's Summit, involving some 1800 Billion euros, which started a positive move in the markets, soon strengthened by the follow-up of the US Paulson 2 Plan, noted Sarkozy.

- "Europe should not be only on the defensive, but, if necessary, know also how to take an offensive", he said, brushing away hesitationsto act on Economy: - "I'm for a refondation of Capitaliism, but against Speculators, who betray its values" : "Lack of Rules was profitable to speculators, Not to businessmen !" We must make sure to prevent any such crisis in future". "We, the rest of the World, cannot continue to bear the deficits of the 1st World power without saying anything !", the French President said, applauded by EU Parliament. All this needs "a New Global Governance", on which EU Parliament must debate. That's why "we proposed together with USA, several Summits from mid-November", to which G-8, enlarged to China, India a.o. countries, should participate. UNO's SG; Ban Ki Moon, the IMF, etc.

Financial crisis lowered shares' prices even for healthy companies, sometimes to 1/3 of their initial price, so that strangers might buy EU industries for only a portion of their real value, and Europeans may wake up one day with their main industries sold out to foreigners !

That's one of the reasons for which EU should debate about creating "Golden Shares" for States to jointly take Strategic participations to help European Industries until the end of the Crisis, particularly against distording competition, he suggested, pointing at USA's 35 billion $ plan for American Car Industry."We shall struggle for Europe to be able to build Airplanes, Ships, Trains, Cars, because we need a strong Industry", he concluded.

"F.ex. as we did back in 2004, when as Finance Minister, we bought Alsthom's shares for 800.000 euros, and, after restructuring, we sold them for 2 Millions : Help a company and make money is not so bad"...

As for the UK, "when Ireland announced that it would guarantee only Irish Banks, London City emptied from liquidities in 24 hours : It's the EU which helped to restore the situation, Not the UK alone !", reminded Sarkozy to nationalist British MEP Nigel Farage.

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On the contrary, in a last-minute attempt for the EU to catch-up with its Institutional delay "before the European Elections" of June 2009, MEPs simply voted a call for a "set of proposals" to be made for the "Irish public opinion" at the end of the year...

- "As long as Lisbon Treaty is not ratified by all 27 EU Member States, there is an unanimous decision to stop Enlargement, reminded Wednesday in Strasbourg the French Minister for EU affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet..

Added to an indirect but clear warning that, without Lisbon Treaty, all 27 EU Member Countries may not have a Commissioner in the 2009 resuffle, MEPS in the Constitutional/Foreign affairs Committees applauded hoping that this might motivate their Irish friends..

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