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Another promise fulfilled: Trump gets NATO countries commit to increase their defense spending

Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald John Trump vowed that one of the things he would do as POTUS is to make fairer and better “deals” with supposed U.S. allies — in Asia (Japan, South Korea), and in Europe (referring to our allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO).

In the case of America’s NATO allies, they are supposed to pay at least 2% of their GDPs as their “fair share” in defense costs — except they don’t.

But the United States not only pays our “fair share,” we actually do more than our “fair share” by spending not the required 2%, but 3.6% of our GDP on defense. In dollar amount, U.S. defense spending in 2017 was $685.957 million — more than double the defense spending of all other NATO members  combined, as shown in the table below (source: Forbes).

At the just-concluded NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, unlike his predecessors, President Trump confronted the other NATO leaders for treating the U.S. unfairly by their anemic defense spending.

During a meeting early Wednesday morning, July 11, President Trump publicly embarrassed NATO Secretary-General Jens “666” Stoltenberg. (See “Another candidate for the Beast“)

Photo of then-Norway’ Prime Minister Jen Stoltenberg in a “666” t-shirt. Date unknown

President Trump said to Stoltenberg:

“So, we’re protecting Germany, we’re protecting France, we’re protecting all of these countries. And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russia where they’re paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russia. So, we are supposed to protect you against Russia. You tell me if that is appropriate. This has been going on for decades. This has been brought up by other presidents, but other presidents never did anything about it. It’s very unfair to our country, it’s very unfair to our taxpayers. And I think that these countries have to step it up not over a 10 year period— they have to step it up immediately.”

Reuters reports that in an emergency session the next day, July 12, Trump gave an angry ultimatum that the United States could withdraw its support of NATO and “would have to look to go its own way”, according to one diplomatic source present in the room. Reportedly, he also told the NATO members that “a commitment of 4 percent would be required to achieve parity with U.S. defense expenditures.”

Stoltenberg and the other NATO member states blinked.

Fox News reports that “after confrontational and testy discussions between Trump and other NATO leaders,” the U.S. and European allies signed a declaration stating they are “committed to improving the balance of sharing the costs and responsibilities of alliance membership.”

In an impromptu press conference after an emergency session on July 12, President Trump said that the leaders of several other NATO member states had agreed to more quickly meet their commitment to raise their defense spending to 2% of GDP. NATO allies in 2014 had vowed to meet the 2% spending target by the end of 2024. Trump said an additional $33 billion would be spent on defense by NATO allies in “a relatively short number of years.” (Radio Free Europe)

For their parts (Radio Free Europe):

  • NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that “all allies have heard President Trump’s message loud and clear,” but later clarified to CNN that NATO countries had committed to defense spending at 2% of GDP, but would not confirm a claim made by Trump that the target was actually 4%. Stoltenberg said: “We understand that this American president is very serious about defense spending, and this is having a clear impact.”
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there was a “clear commitment to NATO” by all who attended: “The American president demanded what has been discussed for months, that there is a change in the burden sharing. I made clear that we are on this path. And that this is in our own interests and that it will make us stronger.”
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country remains committed to increasing military spending as it pledged in 2014.

Other NATO leaders snipped and denied that they had agreed to increase their defense spending:

  • French President Macron insisted that the NATO members only agreed to the spending levels they’d previously agreed to in 2014.
  • An unnamed “senior European official” derisively called President Trump a crazy “old uncle”: “It was more a rant ‘2% immediately’ than a formal demand…there was no clear threat of withdrawal…. Usual Trump: a stream of incoherent sentences…. The allies looked the other way as when the old uncle gets nuts.”

Ever ready with his snipes, fake-Republican and fake-patriot Sen. John McCain blasted President Trump for his “disappointing” behavior, “misstatements and bluster” at the NATO summit, and dismissed what Trump said as “the words of one man”. (New York Post)

Between McCain and Trump, I certainly know which man is actually looking after America’s interests — and his name sure isn’t John McCain.

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~Eowyn

Trudeau Foundation annual report has ‘boy lover’ pedophile symbol

The FBI publication of January 31, 2007, (U) Symbols and Logos Used by Pedophiles to Identify Sexual Preferences, states:

“Pedophiles…are using various types of identification logos or symbols to recognize one another and distinguish their sexual preferences…. These symbols have been etched into rings and formed into pendants, and have also been found imprinted on coins.”

Below are the symbols for “boy lover”, “girl lover” and “child lover” pedophiles, according to the FBI. Note especially the triangle-shaped symbol for “boy lover” on the far left:

The FBI’s Symbols and Logos Used by Pedophiles furthermore states:

Pedophilia symbols on jewelry, coins, Web sites and other effects are indicative of advertisement methods used by child sexual predators to promote their cause. Pedophile activists advocate for the social acceptance of sexual relationships between adults and children. These organizations seek to decriminalize sexual relationships between adults and children and to legalize child pornography based on their belief that children have the ability to consent to sexual acts…. Investigators should also be attentive to pedophilia symbols advertised on Web sites.

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is named after former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau, the father of present PM Justin Trudeau.

Commonly called the Trudeau Foundation (Fondation Trudeau in French), it describes itself as:

“an independent and non-partisan charity established in 2001 as a living memorial to the former prime minister by his family, friends, and colleagues. In 2002, with the support of the House of Commons, the Government of Canada endowed the Foundation with the Advanced Research in the Humanities and Human Sciences Fund.

The Foundation also benefits from private donations. By granting doctoral scholarships, awarding fellowships, appointing mentors, and holding public events, the Foundation encourages critical reflection and action in four areas important to Canadians: human rights and dignity, responsible citizenship, Canada’s role in the world, and people and their natural environment.”

The Trudeau Foundation’s 2015-2016 Annual Report, titled Learn, Share, Change, has the “boy lover” pedophile symbol on page 2’s “Introduction”. Below is a screenshot:

The report bears these two men as its authors:

  • John McCall MacBain, Chairman of Trudeau Foundation’s Board of Directors
  • Morris Rosenberg, President and CEO of the Trudeau Foundation

How much more brazen can Trudeau Foundation be than to openly display the “boy lover” pedophile symbol in its annual report?

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~Eowyn

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Isn’t this special: Justin Trudeau is raising his kids to be feminists

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Justin Trudeau with his “feminist” buddy Hillary

Questions for Justin:

From what I’ve seen in the world, women face unequal obstacles every day because the left’s definition of feminism is enabling men and women to silence, demean and belittle people of both genders. Their quest for power is silencing vulnerable voices every day.

From Marie Claire (by Justin Trudeau): I am in politics because every day, I get to work to make the world a little better—for my kids, and for yours. I’m proud of the dedicated work our team is doing to make Canada more open, more inclusive, more just—and gender equal. But some of the most important work I do is not as a political leader, but as a parent. Every day, at home, I have the astonishing and humbling opportunity—together with my wife Sophie—to nurture empathy, compassion, self-love, and a keen sense of justice in our three kids.

I am so exceptionally proud of my daughter Ella-Grace. She’s growing up kind, super-smart, a passionate debater, open to the world around her. I love Ella, and I worry—because as a father, son, husband, and citizen, I witness the unequal obstacles women and girls face every day. It’s 2017, yet in Canada and around the world, women and girls still face violence, discrimination, stereotypes that limit them, and unequal opportunities that keep them from achieving their dreams. It is maddening to me that my brilliant, compassionate daughter will grow up in a world where, despite everything she is as a person, there will still be people who won’t take her voice seriously, who will write her off—simply because of her gender.

I can—and do—work every day to shift those inequalities, even incrementally. But I also know that the most powerful medicine will come from Ella herself. Sophie and I can’t be there with Ella at every hard moment of her life—to protect her when someone makes her feel small, to advocate for her when someone isn’t listening—even if we wish we could. (Parents will relate.) So the best thing we can do is to help Ella learn, unshakeably, that she is enough, exactly as she is. That she has immense power, and intrinsic worth, which no one can ever take away from her. That she has a strong voice, which she can use, and trust.

That means raising her feminist. Full stop.

I’m eternally lucky to have an amazing partner in that project. Sophie continues to inspire and challenge me, and a few years ago, she helped me reach a turning point. I was talking about teaching Ella that she can be anything she wants to be. Sophie said, “That’s great—but how are you raising your sons to be strong advocates for women and girls, too?”

Gender equality is not only an issue for women and girls. All of us benefit when women and girls have the same opportunities as men and boys—and it’s on all of us to make that a reality. Our sons have the power and the responsibility to change our culture of sexism, and I want Xavier and Hadrien—when he’s a little older—to understand that deeply. But I want, too, to help them grow into empathetic young people and adults, strong allies who walk through the world with openness, love, and a fierce attachment to justice. I want my sons to escape the pressure to be a particular kind of masculine that is so damaging to men and to the people around them. I want them to be comfortable being themselves, and being feminists—who stand up for what’s right, and who can look themselves in the eye with pride.

Feminism is not just the belief that men and women are equal. It’s the knowledge that when we are all equal, all of us are more free. It’s a relentless commitment to look for ourselves in each other, because that’s how we start to build a world where everyone is treated with respect and recognition. And it’s the unwavering conviction that all people have the same rights and freedoms—that my rights are your rights, and it is only when your rights are fully protected that mine are, too.

That world doesn’t exist yet. But it can be built—by people who have a strong sense of justice and empathy, who stand up for the rights of others, and who seek out their own unique ways of creating more inclusive communities.

That’s the world we want to live in. That’s the world we want our kids to live in. To raise our kids feminist is to recognize that they ALL have a part to play to build that world. To raise our kids feminist is to honor their future, because they have the responsibility—and the power—to shape it for the better.

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Ruh roh: Trudeau tells illegals “We are a country of laws”

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The liberals’ darling is sure to face their wrath, no? Just kidding…we all know that wrath is reserved for one man.

From Fox News: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is sounding the alarm on the growing flood of immigrants entering Canada.

“Canada is an opening and welcoming society, but let me be clear. We are also a country of laws,” Trudeau said in remarks after a meeting in Montreal with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

“Entering Canada irregularly is not an advantage,” the prime minister doubled down. “There are rigorous immigration and customs rules that will be followed. Make no mistake.”

Illegal border crossings to Canada spiked in July, reaching more than triple June’s 884 crossings. Most immigrants enter through Quebec.

President Trump in January put a hold on refugees to the United States and barred travelers from several countries infected with terrorism. In the wake of the president’s move, Trudeau offered assistance and asylum to refugees.

“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith,” The prime minister tweeted. “Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.”

Now, however, the prime minister is concerned about the growing number of mostly Haitian illegal immigrants leaving the U.S. in response to Trump’s tough immigration policies. “Our rules, our principles and our laws apply to everyone,” Trudeau warned.

Earlier this year, Fox News reported from the Canadian border, talking to authorities about the influx of illegal crossings by those seeking refugee protections.

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Canada to apologize and give $8m to youngest Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to murdering US soldier

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Killer Omar Khadr: Laughing all the way to the bank

I swear, up is down and down is up in this world.

From Daily Mail: The Canadian government will apologize to former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr and pay him around $8m (Canadian $10m) to compensate him for the abuse he suffered in detention, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

A Canadian citizen, Khadr, now 30, was captured in Afghanistan in 2002 at age 15 after a firefight with U.S. soldiers. He pleaded guilty to killing a US army medic and became the youngest inmate held at the US military prison in Cuba. Khadr later recanted and his lawyers said he had been grossly mistreated.

The Canadian Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that Canada breached his rights by sending intelligence agents to interrogate him and by sharing the results with the United States. (According to ABC News, the abuse included sleep deprivation during interrogations.)

Khadr spent a decade in Guantanamo before being returned to Canada in 2012 to serve the rest of his sentence. He was released on bail in 2015 and lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

The Canadian government and Khadr’s lawyers reached the compensation deal, said the sources, who asked to remain anonymous given the sensitivity. Canada has reached a series of expensive settlements with citizens imprisoned abroad who alleged Ottawa was complicit in their mistreatment.

Khadr had sued Ottawa for around $15m (Canadian $20) on grounds of violating his human rights. News of the settlement was first reported by the Globe and Mail newspaper.

Khadr was taken to Afghanistan by his father, a senior al Qaeda member, who apprenticed the boy to a group of bomb makers who opened fire when U.S. troops went to their compound. The father was killed in a battle with Pakistani forces in 2003.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in Ireland for a visit, said the judicial process should be ending soon but declined further comment.

Spokespeople for Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Nor did Khadr’s lawyers. The U.S. Embassy was closed for the July 4 U.S. holiday.

‘It is the right decision in light of the callous and unlawful treatment meted out to Mr. Khadr with the complicity of Canadian officials,’ said Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims.

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