Sean Hannity CANCELS Geraldo Rivera


>>Geraldo has disagreed with other personalities
on Fox News when it comes to war with Iran. In fact, there was a video that went viral,
where he is saying it’s a terrible idea to escalate tensions with Iran and Brian Kilmeade
went at it with him. Now, recently he was supposed to make an appearance
on Hannity show, but that appearance was cancelled. And it seems like it was cancelled specifically
because Geraldo was gonna continue making the case that war with Iran is a bad idea. So he starts off with this tweet. Urging Donald Trump to keep his powder dry,
please don’t let this spin out of control. You can always hit them back. Please don’t let this become an escalating,
you hit me, I hit you back harder until we have another full blown, bloody Mid East war
on our hands. What would we win? And so then he ends up responding to someone
who apparently liked his tweet and he says, thanks. I’ll be on with Sean Hannity tonight counseling
restraint and talking about these deeply disturbing developments. And then later he said, Nevermind, Hannity
just canceled me. And I just like to end this whole exchange
with Malcolm Fleschner tweet, cancel culture strikes again.>>I really liked that tweet. So look, before we open this up for discussion,
I just wanna remind you of how passionately Geraldo feels about avoiding war with Iran. This was a segment that Fox had earlier. Take a look.>>Now we have taken this huge military escalation. Now I fear the worst. You’re gonna see the US markets go crazy today. You’re gonna see the price of oil spiking
today. This is a very, very big deal.>>And I don’t know if you heard
>>But this isn’t about his resume of blood and death, it is about what was next. We stopped the next attack, that’s what I
think you’re missing.>>According to the Secretary of State.>>By what credible source,
>>Okay.>>Can you predict what the next Iranian move
would be?>>They’ve been excellent, the US Intelligence
has been excellent since 2003, when we invaded Iraq, disrupted the entire region for no real
reason. Don’t for a minute start cheering this on. What you have done, what we have done, we
have unleashed.>>I will cheer
>>Then you, like Lindsay Graham, have never met a war you didn’t like.>>That is not true, and don’t even say that.>>If President Trump wanted de-escalation-
>>We should just let him kill us for another 15 years.>>If President Trump wanted de-escalation
and to bring our troops home. What this was a reaction to-
>>What about the 700 Americans who are dead? Should they not be happy because of him?>>What about the tens of thousands of Iraqis
who have died since 2003? You have to start seeing things. What the hell are we doing in Baghdad in the
first place? Why are we there? Why aren’t these forces home?>>You’re blaming President Bush for the maniacal
killing of Saddam Hussein?>>I am blaming President Bush in 2003 for
those fake weapons of mass destruction that never existed and the con job that drove us
into that war.>>Listen, you gotta give people credit when
they’re right, and Geraldo was right there. I think that he took a strong position. I also give Geraldo credit for consistently
speaking out against Donald Trump’s disgusting immigration policies on Fox. I’m sure that’s not an easy environment to
share your accurate opinions in. But yeah, so Hannity canceled. Now, who knows? Maybe they canceled him to maybe replace that
segment with something that involves a legal analyst or?>>I don’t know, should we give Hannity the
benefit of the doubt?>>Hannity did not want any of that smoke. He’s like man, I saw what you did to kill
me. And I don’t think any more clearly than he
does. His producers probably said hey, we’re gonna
go ahead and cancel Geraldo because first off, Geraldo’s only mistake was revealing
what he wanted to do that night. When he talked to the person who retweeted
him or liked it and he goes, thanks I’m gonna be on later to make sure I council against
this. They’re like no that’s not the agenda tonight. That’s not what we’re on board for. Of course, yes again we’re speculating. But I mean, if it’s not the case, go and let
us know what the other difference was. I mean, they canceled on me tonight so I can’t
come on and say what I had to say. So I mean, again, what’ll happen is you end
up revealing what your real intentions are and what your real beliefs are. And people on the region are like, well, 700
Americans were lost. You don’t care about the Americans being lost
when it comes to anything else except for pursuing war. And then so, of course, when Geraldo brings
up the tens of thousands of Iraqis dying, there’s no answer to that. Those aren’t real people? Those are casualties of war. Or when we talk about how we wanna make sure
we keep American troops out of harm’s way. They go hey, well American troops they signed
up for it. They knew what they were getting themselves
into. Somehow when it comes to having any kinda
empathy towards people it’s all based on whether or not you’re falling not behind this president
and his line of ridiculousness. Secondly, Geraldo use Trump’s talking point
about we gotta get out of these stupid wars. You can’t follow a guy who continues to contradict
his own agenda and policies throughout his presidency.>>Right, exactly. And look, it’s hilarious to me to hear anyone
on Fox News or even anyone in cable news talk about how egregious it is or how much of an
injustice it is when Americans die. When in our own country they constantly push
for domestic policy that leads to more Americans dying.>>Totally, my god.>>I mean, how many American die every year
because they don’t have adequate health insurance? And they will attack Universal Healthcare,
over and over again. They’ll talk about how we can’t afford it,
can’t pay for it. When it comes to beating that war-drum, by
the way, which is the most expensive policy to support, they’re all for it. They don’t care about American lives. American’s overall, just like troops are nothing
more than pawns, nothing more than props, that these lowly individuals use to make their
arguments when it’s convenient for them. But when push comes to shove, you think they
really care about the lives of Americans? How about all those segments that Fox News
has done on homeless people? Do they care about them? They defame them, they slander them as dead
beats, as druggists, as all sorts of things. They don’t care about human lives. What cares about is appeasing Trump, making
sure that Trump is happy with him. Because you never know, you might lose access
to Trump if you criticize him. And you might not be able to get a job in
Trump’s administration. We all know that Trump likes to pick people
out of Fox News. So it’s just gross. And look, not to get too leftist, I guess,
whatever you wanna call it. But that’s what capitalism is, that’s what
capitalism does. It’s all about profit, it’s all about ensuring
that you have the upper hand and you increase your chances of making more money, right? That’s what happens in our media all the time,
right?>>Making money and being a tough guy, that’s
the other part of it. Even people who don’t have, I guess, the interests
for lining their pockets. It’s, hey, we’re tough guys, we’re America. Hey, we don’t let them F with us like this. Hey, you’re not gonna say that to me. There’s a superiority complex that we have
from the moment that we’re born that says, we have to make sure that we talk about how
much better we are than you no matter what. You can be on the lowest totem pole in America. But you’re like, I’m an American, I’m better
than you. But your life actually has nothing to do with
this American dream that they’ve sold you. That you’re supposed to somehow pursue. And one more thing that they don’t care about
lives for is school shootings, mass shootings, Car Club shootings. We don’t care about that stuff, thoughts and
prayers. What bombs we dropping on people to stop that
from happening? American lives are being lost every day. You don’t care about American lives.>>Again, it’s just something that they cite
when it’s convenient to them to support a policy that’s horrendous, usually. And, in this case, it’s escalated tensions
and war with Iran. So, again, credit where credit is due. I think Geraldo is doing a good job. And I think that he should be proud of the
fact that Hannity canceled his appearance, right? Look, I don’t know what his future is gonna
look like. Obviously, Shep Smith, who had the audacity
to speak the truth every once in a while on Fox News is no longer there. But we know what Fox News is, Geraldo knows
what Fox News is. I don’t agree with Geraldo on many issues. But if you have any integrity and you actually
want to share truthful analysis with an audience, Fox News is not the place to do it. You’re hardly even seen on cable news shows
period, much less on Fox News.

Fox Host Does The Unthinkable, Defends Obama


>>Brian Kilmeade strangely decided to defend
Barack Obama. Now, this is in response to all the right
wingers who have been blaming Obama for the escalated tensions with Iran. When in reality, as we know, Donald Trump
started escalating tensions with Iran the moment he pulled out of the Iran Nuclear Deal,
started implementing these crippling economic sanctions on Iran. And then he later assassinated Iran’s top
military general. But here’s Brian Kilmeade, speaking out against
all the right wingers who are trying to deflect and place the blame on Obama as opposed to
Trump.>>I just don’t love bringing up the previous
administration, just like I didn’t like when President Obama kept bringing up President
Bush.>>Yeah, but it’s true.>>But it’s how do you know? Well, what I’m trying to say is with President
Bush, you heard that statement all along from President Obama. All was a dumb war, as people who were missing
limbs and no longer can see or missing legs. And here, it’s a dumb war they lost their
limbs in->>Brian, they got 150 billion dollars weapon.>>Well, that’s fine, everybody knows that
policy. But you gotta bring people together as the
president and just to continue to take shots at President Obama-
>>Because I think it’s->>Three and half years later, it doesn’t
make any sense.>>It’s a stupid show.>>Now, understand that Brian Kilmeade was
supportive of Trump’s actions. He defended Trump and his decision to assassinate
Soleimani. And he got into this giant argument with Geraldo
Rivera about it. Geraldo Rivera was critical of what Trump
did. And so he’s not speaking out against what
Trump did, but he is speaking out against people who are blaming Obama for what’s going
on with Iran.>>Yeah, but look, if that was the extent
of it, I would say, look at Brian Kilmeade, able to add a little bit of nuance and in
favor of someone who normally disagrees with him. But everything else he added on to it made
me think no, I don’t actually like this at all.>>I agree, I agree, yeah.>>I mean, look, he came out looking better
than Doocy, that’s a high bar for you right there. But no, he said let’s not bring up past administrations
in some sort of weird general DC. Let’s all be polite and always looking forward,
no analysis of what actually has been done. When he said don’t call a war dumb because
have died and lost limbs, what are you talking about? That’s one of the reasons it was so stupid
and pointless and shouldn’t have been fought. That’s not mocking those who fought in it,
that’s speaking with compassion about the suffering that they went through that shouldn’t
have ever happened. And we don’t say it just because we like judging
past actions. We wanna stop future stupid, pointless wars,
like the one that Brian Kilmeade was, he said, I’m cheering for a couple of days ago when
he was arguing with Geraldo.>>Right.>>I don’t wanna have another argument in
ten years looking back on all the people have died in the US-Iran war. I wanna avoid it altogether.>>That’s the reason why we need to be serious
in electing the right person to lead this country this year. Now with that said, I do wanna go a little
back in time. These are clips from the past week where right
wingers on Fox, on Kilmeade’s very network, decided to place the blame on Obama. Let’s start off with Pete Hegseth.>>Listen, this instant, this moment right
now is on Barack Obama, not Donald Trump. When Barack Obama retreated in Iraq and created
a vacuum, he unleashed two radical forces. First ISIS, which President Trump had to come
in and eradicate, but he also opened the door for Iran’s influence to totally take over
Iraq. To the point where now the legislature in
Iraq is effectively controlled by Iran. If we couldn’t solve the problem in Iraq with
150,000 troops and the right strategy, we’re not gonna do it now with 5,000. So whether we leave Iraq or not should be
done on our terms and based on how we stare down Iran and their ability to get the nuclear
bomb.>>Iraq called on the United States and Iran
to help them defeat ISIS in their country. That’s the reason why the United States sent
troops back to Iraq. That’s the reason why Iran sent its forces
to Iraq in order to help defeat ISIS, and they actually did a pretty good job in that. And so now following Donald Trump’s actions,
in doing a drone strike in Iraq, the parliament in the country decided to take a vote and
they want US troops out. All of the escalation, as of late, is what
Trump is responsible for. There was a perfectly fine nuclear deal. It’s a nuclear deal because it was specifically
meant to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons.>>And it was working.>>And it was working, they were complying. When he decided to pull out, implement sanctions
and continuously provoke Iran, that’s when things started to get worse.>>Yes.>>So no, this isn’t about Obama, it’s been
three and a half years. What do you mean?>>Yeah, no, it’s not Obama. Actually, I blame Calvin Coolidge. No, I don’t know, we can just keep going back. You know what? It was George W Bush because-
>>And Obama was terrible, by the way.>>If he hadn’t started this war, then we
wouldn’t be there. No, actually it was Clinton because if he’d
taken out Sadam the first time then Bush wouldn’t have had to go in. You could just always keep passing the buck
to the past, it doesn’t mean anything. But that’s what Pete Hegseth does. There’s a couple different brands of horrible
right wing pundit and I would argue that he’s probably the worst. He comes from the Sean Hannity school where
his brain is only large enough for one running algorithm at a time. And it’s, how do I blame a democrat for whatever
it is? Even if it’s a direct predicted result of
a republican action, he’s gonna find a way. He’ll say, it was the democrats fault, throw
a couple of buzzwords out there and that’s it. And so it’s no wonder that he’s doing well
on Fox News. That’s all they need to do.>>That’s right, and there was one other person
on Fox News who wanted to blame Obama. That was Laura Ingraham.>>Whereas, Bush was too idealistic about
what was possible in Iraq, and whereas Obama was too defeatist about Iran, Trump’s a realist. He’s a pragmatist.>>So that’s the stupidity that you hear on
Fox.>>By the way, she was an outspoken advocate
for the war in Iraq.>>100%.>>Just don’t ever forget that, that she was
cheerleading for the war in Iraq. She wants to pretend that that’s not the case. And by the way, she also just coincidentally
wants war with Iran. But it’ll be totally different, it’ll be way
better this time. She’s a realist after all.>>It’s insane. By the way, Vickie, one of our members wrote
in and said, John’s got his energy back with lots of exclamation marks.>>I think I’m at the exact perfect point
of all the medications have lined up, but I am still on a lot of medication.>>And I also wanna announce that he’s starting
to get me sick, so I’m really looking forward to this weekend.>>You can’t prove that. It’s possible, I think Barrack Obama got you
sick, actually.>>It was, you know what, good point, good
point. Become a member, go to tyt.com/join. Members help to make this show happen, you
keep us sustainable, which is why I want to include your comments in the context of the
stories that we do.

Megyn Kelly To Kaepernick: “Everything is Racist”


>>Megyn Kelly hasn’t really been out in the
public much lately. But she did decide to respond to Colin Kaepernick’s
tweets about US aggression toward Iran. So first, let me give you what Colin Kaepernick
had tweeted, and then I’ll give you her response. She said, there’s nothing new about American
terrorist attacks against black and brown people for the expansion of American imperialism. America has always sanctioned and besieged
black and brown bodies both at home and abroad. American militarism is the weapon wielded
by American imperialism, to enforce its policing and plundering of the non white world. Now-
>>Yep.>>Anyone who knows anything about American
history and American foreign policy sees what he’s talking about here. This isn’t simply about race. This is about US foreign policy toward countries
that are typically majority black or majority brown, right?>>Yep.>>And why, why do they do that? And I’m gonna fill in those blanks in just
a second. But Megyn Kelly, in her lack of sophisticated
thinking says, because everything is racist. Everything. Even fighting back against terrorists who
kill Americans. Nike, feeling proud? Okay, so if you’re so concerned about terrorists
killing Americans or terrorists killing people that they shouldn’t be killing. How about the fact that Donald Trump defended
Mohammed bin Salman after he ordered the killing of a US resident and Washington Post journalist
Jamal Khashoggi. Didn’t bother you, right? Didn’t bother you. I mean, it’s just such a disingenuous argument. And besides which, Colin Kaepernick is actually
making an important point that isn’t often made by public figures, especially people
in the entertainment industry or in athletics. Colin Kaepernick comments about things that
are so important to shed light on. And US imperialism is incredibly important
to discuss, especially in the context of what the United States is doing in the Middle East
right now. So for anyone who maybe didn’t have, and most
people in America didn’t, the appropriate history lessons about what the US has done
with coups abroad. We’ll do a quick run through of it. And I wish we had more time cuz there’s so
many interesting details to every single one of these examples, but we’re just gonna run
through some of the examples right now. So first off, when it comes to Latin American
countries, our CIA has loved orchestrating coups. We have orchestrated coups in Argentina, Brazil,
Cuba, Chili, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, okay? Now, we attempt to stage a coup in Cuba, we
failed there. So we weren’t successful in every single
case, but every single time you see this happen, especially in Latin American countries, there
are US business interests involved, right? It’s not because we’re trying to spread democracy. It’s because there’s some sort of resource
that the United States government wants access to. So we’ve done coups in countries like Iran. So in 1953 there was a coup in Iran. It was orchestrated by the United States. Despite continued speculation about the CIA’s
role in a 1949 coup to install a military government in Syria, the ouster of Iranian
Prime Minister Mohamed Mossadegh is the earliest coup of the Cold War that the United States
government has acknowledged. They’ve acknowledged it, okay? But you don’t hear much of it in US history
classes. In 1953, after nearly two years of Mossadegh’s
premiership, during which he challenged the authority of the Shah and nationalized an
Iranian oil industry previously operated by British companies, he was forced from office
and arrested, spending the rest of his life under house arrest. Did you think that you could just nationalize
your country’s oil and the US would let you get away with it? We don’t think so. Let’s move on. Guatemala, 1954, though the United States
was initially supportive of Guatemalan Guatemalan President Arbenz, the State Department felt
his rise through the US-trained and armed military would be an asset, the relationship
though soured as he attempted a series of land reforms that threatened the holdings
of US-owned United Fruit Company. A coup in 1954 forced him from power, allowing
a succession of juntas in his place. Classified details of the CIA’s involvement
in the ouster of the Guatemalan leader, which included equipping rebels and paramilitary
troops while the US Navy blockaded the Guatemalan coast, came to light in 1999. I mean, the examples go on and on and on. Congo in 1960, what we did to Patrice Lumumba. I mean, how many more examples do you want,
okay?>>I think she doesn’t want any.>>I’m sorry, Lumumba, Lumumba.>>And I would argue she probably doesn’t
care.>>But that’s what I wanna know. Look, Megyn Kelly’s not dumb. I don’t think she’s a dumb person. She’s a lawyer. She worked her way up to pretty lucrative
gigs at Fox News and then I think it was CBS or NBC.>>Well, no offense to us, but being a host
doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a genius.>>No, I get that. I get that.>>She had a public spat about how Santa’s
white. She’s kind of dumb when it comes to racial
stuff.>>You’re right. You’re right. Right.>>To hold these simplistic, stupid, bigoted
views on race you can’t be that intelligent.>>You guys, the United States will go into
countries and overthrow democratically elected leaders. We just did it in Bolivia. We just did it in Bolivia. We will do that. We will go into a sovereign country, overthrow
a democratically elected leader for our own business interests. So when someone draws attention to that because
they want our country to be better, to keep our country safe, to keep sovereign countries
safe and democratic, it’s a dumb ass response to say because everything’s racist.>>Yeah, it’s hard to be Megyn Kelly. When you say bigoted things people call you
a racist, it’s rough.>>That’s the woman who gets paid tens of
millions of dollars to be an idiot, it’s devastating. That’s what this country values.>>She’s so awful that she makes me like Charlize
Theron less.>>No, don’t say that.>>Although Bombshell was pretty good.>>It was okay.>>Yeah, it was fine.>>Charlize Theron is a national treasure.>>She is, exactly.>>Yeah.>>Yeah, she’s as bad as she ever was when
she was on Fox News. She somehow managed as she like pulled the
ripcord, got out of there, to seem more reasonable than someone like a Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly,
but she’s not. She was picked for that position because she
believes the same sorts of things that they do.>>I want to give some snaps to Colin Kaepernick
because what he was drawing attention to there is important. And a lot of people in America never get the
appropriate schooling or learn the appropriate history of what our country has done. And you need to understand the history to
really dissect and understand what our current foreign policy is. We should be able to hold our elected officials
to a higher standard, and we should not allow them to sell us this nonsense about how the
US government is looking to spread democracy abroad. When in reality, we’ve done a lot to undermine
democracy in other countries consistently over the decades.

Qassem Soleimani and World War III | Iran, Russia and China


Hey there. Donald Trump’s assassination of Qasem Solemani,
a high official of a country we are not at war with is the logical outgrowth of 20 sordid
years of disgusting developments in US foreign policy. Bush’s illegal and idiotic invasion of Iraq
was one step down the path. Another was Obama’s due process free murder
from the air of anybody he designated as an enemy, even US citizens. Most importantly, the US congress’s cowardice
in the face of these actions, and craven renunciation of their constitutional duty to protect us
from war mad kings has brought us to this place. I am honestly not sure what scares me more
at this point. Iran’s reaction to this could be terrible,
and we could be heading for out next multi-trillion dollar war. But Donald Trump could also get away with
it. One of this channel’s most consistent messages
is that the United States is much more powerful than our media and government pretends it
is. This vast power is now wielded by a man who
kills anybody he wants, thinks that the highest use of US power is stealing oil, and issues
pardons to soldierw the US military has arrested for committing war crimes. If we fail to stop this man, there is no longer
any denying it. We are the bad guys. That honestly scares me more than any Iranian
retaliation. But I will tell you something that doesn’t
scare me in 2020: Russia and China. There has been a lot of loose talk about world
war III bandied about this week. It’s even been trending on Twitter. This is an idea you see a lot in the YouTube
comments, and in less responsible places, like the Washington DC think tank community. In the week before the assassination, respectable
sources were panicking about joint naval exercises between Russia, Iran and China. On the day of the assassination I was even
reading an article talking about an emerging Eurasian axis of power arising to confront
the Unoted States. Strangely I can’t find that article anymore. One silver lining to the Soleimani killing
is the fact that the ridiculousness of all this talk has been exposed. You had to look pretty hard to find the Russian
and Chinese reactions to the assassination. It’s mostly just weak calls for calm, and
correct but toothless observations about the damage the US attack does to Iraqi and Iranian
sovereignty. World War Three is not coming any time soon. China or Russia would have to be involved
to make that happen and they have no interest. Iran stands alone, and it will continue to
do so for the next few years. Despite all the Pentagon hype, Russia and
China are powerless in the Middle East. Putin puts up a good show, but whenever he
actually gets in the US’s way in Syria, Russians die in large numbers. That has already happened by the way. The US and Russia both worked hard to make
sure you never heard about it. I am not saying this out of some sick pride
by the way. I am pointing this out because Washington
DC’s lies need to be exposed. Trump, and a whole bunch of other people that
are supposed to be more respectable than him rely on a myth of US weakness. That’s how they justify horrors like what
we did to Libya and Iraq. It’s supposedly scary out there, and unless
we do brutal, insane things like assassinate world leaders, nobody will respect US. The truth is so much sadder. With each passing year of forever war it gets
harder to deny that we are the bad guys. It’s the United States that is pissing away
it’s authority with actions like last Friday’s assassination. Our power is slipping away, but it is doing
so more slowly than the Defense industry and it’s pet institutions claim. Our power will diminish enough to make a third
world war possible but that should take a couple decades. If we continue on the same evil trajectory
we are on now, the world will breath a sigh of relief when our power is finally destroyed. Hopefully it will end with a whimper, like
the Suez crisis rather than with the bang of another world war… Thanks for watching, please subscribe, and
if you want to read about how the last world system fell in a very similar way, you should
read my new book, avoiding the British empire, available now in paperback and ebook form.

Iran Deal Breach: A Model Diplomacy Case Study


Iran is located in a very strategic place in the Middle East. It borders on the Persian Gulf, through which much of the global oil travels. It is majority Shi’i, so in that sense it stands as a member of a minority faith in the Middle East itself, which is dominated by the Sunni. It has a population of about 85 million people and like most places in the Middle East, it’s a young population, the majority being under 35 years old. Religion and politics are fused, they’re intermingled. The clerical community is actively involved in political and national administration. Iran’s nuclear program began in the 1950s. There’s always been attraction to both nuclear energy and nuclear arms. Nuclear energy can be transformed for weapons purposes, as well as civilian purposes. Under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, countries agreed to forgo the possibility of nuclear weapons and Iran is a member of that particular treaty. Therefore its nuclear program always has to be monitored by the IAEA– International Atomic Energy Agency. IAEA has not always been satisfied with the level of access that it has been granted to Iran, and real evidence has come forward to suggest Iran has engaged in research about how to harness nuclear energy for weapons purposes. When it comes to the relationship between the United States and Iran, a series of events have been very instrumental. In August of 1953 of course, there was a coup in Iran and the United States was complicit in that change of power. And that has become a source of tension. And then came the 1979 revolution, which bought in a government that was identifying itself as antagonistic to the United States, and the hostage crisis of 1980, where the Iranian government held American diplomats hostage for 444 days. The roots of the current crisis is in August of 2002, when there were revelations that Iran was developing a massive plutonium enrichment facility that it had not declared to the IAEA. The United States and the international community had what they called a two-track policy. One track was increased pressure on Iran: economic sanctions, which became more intense as time went along. The second track was the idea of negotiations with Iran as a means of solving this issue. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the compromise agreement that was finally reached in July of 2015. The whole series of international sanctions that were put on Iran were largely lifted. Iran agrees to a number of limitations on its nuclear program. It imposed some serious restraints on Iran, but it is an interim agreement where restrictions fade after year 10. The United States has overlapping interests in Iran today. First of all are the issues of proliferation and whether Iran’s nuclear program can be ensured to be for peaceful purposes. There’s Iranian sponsorship of groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas that are identified as terrorist organizations. There is the issue of Iranian regional activities. There are issues of human rights within Iran itself. In the recent decade or so the issue of proliferation in many ways has eclipsed all the other concerns. The JCPOA, like every other arms control agreement, has within it a committee that deals with non-compliance. So the first step in any prospective violation is to go to that committee with evidence about Iranian non-compliance. If that process becomes deadlocked, then the issue can be transferred to the United Nations for deliberation and imposition of economic sanctions. You have a military option as well. The Israelis also have the option of taking unilateral military action. America’s allies are very concerned about Iranian ambitions and that creates another push on the United States to be more robust in terms of resistance to Iran. So it’s likely to be a period of continued tension and underlying difficulties.

President of Iceland, Ólafur R. Grímsson: The Arctic is the New Political Playing Field


The Arctic was for centuries largely unknown,
a very remote part of the Western world, and it was only 100 years ago that discoverers
starting to go to the North Pole and to these remote areas. And then the Cold War closed
the Arctic in terms of military confrontation and the conflicts between the Soviet Union
on one hand and the Western powers on the other. So, one of the most important things
to remember when we look at the Arctic in the beginning of the 21st-century is that
it is so recently that we as mankind have been able to come together to discuss and
decide what do we do with respect to the Arctic future. There is no part of planet Earth, which has
so recently arrived on our desk as a challenge and as an opportunity. So therefore, the cooperation
in the Arctic is one of the most crucial issues of the 21st-century for many reasons. One
is that this is the front line of climate change. The aggressive melting of the ice
in the Arctic will have consequences all over the world. If only a quarter of the Greenland
ice sheet melts this will lead to two meters rising sea levels everywhere in the world.
And already we are seeing that the present melting of the Arctic sea ice is causing extreme
weather events in the United States, in Asia and in other parts of the world. In addition,
the Arctic is one of the richest parts of the world in terms of untapped natural resources.
And with the continuous melting of the Arctic sea ice there will be new shipping lines linking
Asia to America and Europe in a revolutionary way like the Suez Canal on the Panama Canal
did in it’s time. That is why the Arctic has now become the new economic and political
playing field. In 2015 the United States takes on the chairmanship
of the Arctic Council. It is the first time since the Arctic Council became a treaty making
organization that the U.S. takes on that responsibility. And the chairmanship is not just a formal
role, it is supposed to provide a vision, a policy agenda and a direction towards the
future. So it’s very important that all the people in the United States who are interested
in climate change, who are interested in the environment, realize that in the next two
or three years the U.S. will be in the leadership role with respect to the future of the Arctic,
of course in partnership with other Arctic countries as well as the observer states from
Asia and Europe. Although the Arctic Council is an intergovernmental body, there is a role
for activists, environmentalist, experts, scientist, ordinary people in this process.
And in order to facilitate that, together with many other partners from the Arctic I
established last year what’s called the Arctic Circle, which is a kind of an international
assembly where everybody, whether it’s an individual or citizen or a government or a
corporation or a scientific institute or a university or an activist group, can come
together where everybody has the same role, the same right to speak and discuss. So I would encourage, especially in the two
next two or three years, everybody who is concerned about these issues in the United
States, first of all to look at the Arctic Circle on the website ArcticCircle.org and
see if you want to come to the assembly, if you want to attend the following meetings
that will take place in the United States, in Greenland and Singapore, as well as Iceland
in the next 12 to 18 months, but overall be aware that your own country, the United States
of America, will from 2015 to 2017 be the leader in making policy and agreement and
map out the future for that part of planet earth where climate change is most aggressively
taking place. There was a big great march in New York about climate and hundreds of
thousands of people participated. I’m not sure if many of them realized that in the
early months of next year it will be the U.S. who will chair the international cooperation
on that part of Mother Earth where climate change is most aggressively taking place.

Donald Trump: US left troops in Syria ‘only for the oil’


I want to thanks the president
for the job they’ve done again. This has been thousands of years
in the process between borders between these countries
and other countries that we’re involved with
7,000 miles away. So we want to worry
about our things. We’re keeping the oil.
We have the oil. The oil is secure. We left troops behind
only for the oil. I have to just finish by saying
that the president and I have been, we’ve been very good friends,
we’ve been friends for a long time, almost from day one. And we understand
each other’s country. We understand where
we’re coming from. I understand
the problems that they’ve had, including many people from Turkey
being killed in the area that we’re talking about
and he has to do something about that also. It’s not a one way street. So I just want to say it’s a great
honour to have you both and thank you very much. Thank you.
– Thank you.

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Republican Party In Chaos Over Syria


>>Somebody from US Special Forces called
into a Fox news reporter and had some devastating things to say-
>>That was a Fox News report?>>Yes, Jennifer Griffin is who he called
into. We don’t know his name. He’s a member of the US Special Forces that
fought alongside of the Kurdish led Syrian Democratic Forces. He said, quote, I am ashamed for the first
time in my career. He said, Turkey is not doing what it agreed
to. It’s horrible. We met every single security agreement. The Kurds met every single agreement with
the Turks. There was no threat to the Turks, none from
this side of the border. Look, I’ll give my opinion, I don’t think
that’s completely accurate. There is Kurdish terrorism inside of Turkey
and some of it does come from the Syrian side. I don’t think that it merits Turkey going
into northern Syria and it certainly does not merit from America’s perspective, America
betraying the Kurds who fought with them. And this is a guy who did fight with them. I’m going to tell you about another guy who
was in the military who fought with them who says something interesting too. But this is Fox News reporting it, so it’s
even more damaging. He went on to say this is insanity. I don’t know what they call atrocities but
they are happening. And today reports out, seven civilians have
already been killed in the Turkish incursion into Kurdish territory in Syria. So civilians being killed, obviously not only
bombing from the planes, obviously but also the ground invasion has begun. And so look, this is more damaging to Trump,
I think, than a lot of people understand. He’s losing Republican senators on this, that
doesn’t mean they’re totally gone but they’re super mad. And they’re mad for a number of reasons. The military industrial complex doesn’t like
this. Our other allies Saudi Arabia, Israel, etc,
don’t like this. And now you’ve got guys in the military going
around saying I’m ashamed for what we have done because of Trump. That’s gonna hurt the big guy. It’s gonna hurt him, I think really, really
bad. So another member of the military, not to
Fox News, but to another outlet explained. You guys keep saying we fought alongside one
another, that’s actually not true. We would tell them the coordinates and we
would tell them where ISIS was coming and then we go behind a hill, they would do the
fighting. They fought in front of us, not side by side,
and I saw them lose 11,000 soldiers, and 24,000 more wounded. And we’re just sitting here watching them
get killed. So all the military on the ground are disgusted
by what happened.>>That thread from, what’s her name Jennifer
Griffin?>>Yes.>>It’s really worth reading. It’s really powerful. That guy’s sort of emotional reaction to what
he was saying. You mentioned why Trump is in trouble on this. I mean Lindsey Graham, we mentioned before,
it’s crazy, but I mean, this is a guy. Turkey’s invasion in northern Syria attacking
one of America’s most reliable allies, the Kurds, is a nightmare for the US and Israel. He says, Mr. President, your decision regarding
Syria is having grave consequences to our national security and that of our allies and
partners. Very sad to see a great ally, the Kurds, being
assaulted by Turkish air to one military using American designed equipment. Expect Congress to act soon against Turkey
and aggressively push back. Hope the Trump administration will join this
effort. That’s not what we usually hear from Lindsey
Graham about the president.>>Yeah, so now another bubble has burst. Not only is this going on Fox News, and Jennifer
Griffin, you’re right who was, she said I was shaken. I’ve never gotten a call like that in my life. But it’s also pierced his bubble in the military. So not everybody in the military was pro Trump,
obviously, but he did have a very solid contingent there. Now they’re all going, guy looks like he doesn’t
know what the hell he’s doing. And we just betrayed the guys who are our
best allies.>>I’m anxious for that moment that, where
Jim Mattis Feels that it’s time, it’s his time to speak out.>>Although HR McMaster today is for national
security chief said when asked, is it wrong to work with a foreign government, in our
political campaigns basically answered, absolutely. Like didn’t hesitate and was like, it is definitely
wrong.>>I don’t know what you said there was an
announcement today. I think you originally spoke with a radio
station yesterday, but I’m John Shimkus, a Republican of I believe it’s Illinois, said
that after he learned about the withdrawal order, he told his chief of staff to quote
pull my name off the I support Donald Trump list. Says he will still support for his domestic
agenda. But because of this terrible foreign policy
decision, I ask that my name be removed from his campaign official list of supporters.>>It would be a stunning irony if the Kurds,
who unfortunately have no power in the world and are constantly lied to and have never
gotten a state of their own. Wound up being one of the major causes that
took Trump down. And wound up affecting the most powerful government
in the world. And if the Kurds did that, at least Trump’s
betrayal of the Kurds led to that. And that would be an ironic show of force.>>So I would say that if he does not reverse
himself on this, and it would be super awkward to reverse yourself on it now. And you run the risk, if you reverse yourself,
of having an armed confrontation with Turkey. But if he doesn’t reverse himself, with all
this happening, it suggests that there are unbelievably nefarious reasons for doing it.>>Yeah, and I’ll tell you, you throw Erdogan
under a bus and he will throw you under a bus. No question about that. So Trump has to be incredibly careful. Whatever information everyone Erdogan has
about Trump, he will definitely release it if Trump reverses this decision.>>And superfast version of this. There might be that stuff. I don’t know anything about that. But absent that stuff, I think it’s relatively
easy to reverse himself. Because the argument for why this is now happening
is not really accurate. They’re not invading this area and trying
to massacre the Kurds because we pulled four dozen soldiers out of the area. We still have like 1,000 soldiers in Syria. It’s not like this represents an actual withdrawal
from Syria. It’s a token movement of soldiers. The reason they’re coming in is because Trump
gave them the okay. He just made it clear, probably before but
definitely after, that if they go in, if they invade, if they bomb it’s going to be fine.>>No Ben’s right. Yes, you’re right, John that accurately describes
the events. But Ben is right that you can’t reverse it
now. You can’t say, okay, Turkey, take your tanks
because now it’s a ground invasion, and turn around. They’re gonna say, no. And when they say no, what are we going to
do about it? They’re a NATO ally. What are we going to go to war with NATO? Are we going to go to war with ourselves?>>Are we going to lend air support to the
Kurds and bomb Turks?>>No, that’s an unacceptable level of insanity. Because, then everyone else in NATO would
be like, what the hell are we doing here?>>Yeah.>>You just bombed the NATO ally. That’s insanity. So he has gotten himself into a mess he cannot
get out of, classic.>>Maybe because he didn’t fully understand the situation.>>Just maybe.>>Yeah.

Why we need political action to rein in the oil, coal and gas companies | video explainer


Many of us are worried
about the climate crisis. Many of us feel guilty.
Many of us want to try to fix the problem.
But where should we focus our efforts?
Well, here’s one place we could start.
New research commissionned by the Guardian has shown
that just 20 fossil fuel companies are directly related
to more than a third of the greenhouse gases
that have been wrecking our climate since industry
became aware of the risks, in the 1960s.
So however much we care about our personal consumption,
what really matters is political action
to rein in the oil, gas and coal companies.
Among privately owned firms, Chevron, Exxon, BP and Shell
are high on the list of climate polluters, which is topped by
Saudi Aramco and Gazprom. They and 14 other companies
have drilled and pumped out the equivalent of 480 billion tonnes
of carbon dioxide since 1965. Billions of us around the world
use their products every day to fuel our cars or heat our homes.
So we’re all partly responsible.
But the fossil fuel industry was warned about the risks
a long time ago yet it has funded campaigns
since then to spread doubt about climate science.
In 1965 the US president’s Scientific Advisory Committee
warned that fossil fuels were causing more carbon dioxide
which was altering the air on a global scale with
huge risks for humankind. Soon after that,
the head of the American Petroleum Institute
warned the industry that “Time [was] running out”
to deal with this. In 1981, an internal Exxon
memo warns “it is distinctly possible”
that CO2 emissions from the company’s 50-year plan
“will later produce effects which will indeed be catastrophic
(at least for a substantial fraction of the earth’s population).”
But then, 20 years later, Exxon decided to take out
an ad in the New York Times and deliberately tried to
play down the connection. Skip forward another two decades,
and Chevron, Exxon, and BP each donate more than
half a million dollars to the inauguration campaign
of Donald Trump, perhaps the world’s most
famous climate denier. Given the sheer weight
of scientific knowledge and public concern,
you’d think the petroleum industry would be trying to pull
less oil and gas out of the ground.
But you’d be wrong. They’re actually planning
to pump out more, which would destroy any chance we have
of keeping global temperatures
at a safe level. So reining in our dependence
on fossil fuels, and ramping up the transition to renewable energy
has never been more important both for us and
countless generations to come. But that’s not just about
personal choices. It’s about political action.