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  1. "Melania Keeps Her Game Face" "Melania Trump offers us the numbed and deadened face of womanhood under the Trump administration. This is the mien the president and his minions both require and prefer: the face of a woman who does not react, a woman resembling an automaton, a doll — costumed in what amounts to a double-level simulacrum: a re-creation of a 1950s-style Hollywood look that was itself a re-creation of Victorian-era safari dress. In other words, Melania’s outfit sends us spinning back in time to two eras iconic for their repression of women." https://www.thecut.com/2018/10/melania-trump-goes-to-africa.html
  2. Melania and Ivanka Clashed Over Using a Black Child in a Photo Op "John Kelly was tasked with talking to the teams of both women about the … overlap of black children photographed in official White House press materials and Instagram posts?" https://www.thecut.com/2018/11/there-is-tension-between-melania-trump-and-ivanka-trump.html
  3. But they do understand … Arms of the Order of the Garter
  4. "Donald Trump is no longer allowed to steal the show — at least not when it’s being held on Europe’s stage. No longer will Europe simply appease and contain Trump, as they did for the first 18 months of his unorthodox presidency. Instead, they are now prepared to push back and isolate Trump if necessary, denying him the attention he craves. European officials said they now have enough experience with Trump to know what to expect and that a soft stance is pointless." https://www.politico.eu/article/emmanuel-macron-donald-trump-containment-operation-world-war-memorial-armistice-day-europe-united-states/ Macron reportedly asked Putin not to privately meet Trump during World War I commemorations — but they talked anyway " Paris' eagerness that Trump and Putin not meet even resulted in a last-minute change in the seating plan at a lunch for the leaders at the Elysée Palace, RT reported. " http://www.businessinsider.fr/us/france-request-putin-trump-meeting-not-happen-2018-11
  5. https://thenib.com/nationalism-isn-t-patriotism
  6. cf Basil B's post above #20 siamese soldiers (voluntarily enlisted) in France - August 1918
  7. "At the time of the first world war, all western powers upheld a racial hierarchy built around a shared project of territorial expansion. In 1917, the US president, Woodrow Wilson, baldly stated his intention, “to keep the white race strong against the yellow” and to preserve “white civilisation and its domination of the planet. Eugenicist ideas of racial selection were everywhere in the mainstream, and the anxiety expressed in papers like the Daily Mail, which worried about white women coming into contact with “natives who are worse than brutes when their passions are aroused”, was widely shared across the west. ” https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/10/how-colonial-violence-came-home-the-ugly-truth-of-the-first-world-war
  8. "Opening his newspaper on May 5, 1921, cigar salesman Ben Kaufman was in for a shock. The U.S. government released a list of slackers, or men who had dodged the draft in the First World War. Not Kaufman. The amateur bounty hunters would regret trying to mess with him. And he had some show-and-tell to lug to the military office—his Congressional Medal of Honor, one of the first in the war to have been received by a Jewish soldier. With his medal came a remarkable story of heroism that sounded almost too outlandish to be true." https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-jewish-boxer-who-helped-the-allies-turn-the-tide-of-world-war-i?ref=home
  9. Melbourne cafe legend Sisto Malaspina was stabbed to death during a terrorist's knife rampage through Bourke Street just blocks form his iconic Pellegrini's coffee shop https://www.themercury.com.au/news/national/melbourne-restaurant-icon-named-as-terror-attack-victim/news-story/2dd850ca2a68bbc60f6f651318b6c698 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6373945/Cafe-icon-Sisto-Malaspina-stabbed-death-Bourke-Street-terrorist.html https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/nothing-more-permanent-in-melbournes-cbd-than-pellegrinis-and-sisto-malaspina/news-story/adc3a2106d8ece4f10036a1fd5a728ab
  10. " New acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in 2014 that judges without a New Testament “biblical view of justice,” should not serve on the federal bench and suggested that he would block the appointment of non-Christian judges if given the chance." https://www.newsweek.com/matthew-whitaker-jews-muslim-judges-attorney-general-1210003
  11. Fake Truth by Trump Administration White House Accused of Using Doctored Infowars Video to Justify Acosta Ban " The White House has been accused of using a doctored video made by far-right outlet Infowars to defend its decision Wednesday to revoke CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials. " https://www.thedailybeast.com/white-house-accused-of-using-doctored-infowars-video-to-justify-acosta-ban?ref=home President Trump Clashes with CNN's Jim Acosta, Other Journalists at Fiery Press Conference "Later, he criticized PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor for asking a “racist question.” Alcindor, who is black, asked whether Trump thought his declaration during the campaign that he’s a “nationalist” had emboldened white supremacists who call themselves “white nationalists.” http://time.com/5448101/trump-clashes-acosta-journalists-press-conference/ White House Correspondents Association Slams Trump “If there was anybody behaving inappropriately on Tuesday, it was the huffing and puffing man standing behind the podium with the presidential seal plastered on it. “At the end of the day, today’s incident showed that it’s Donald Trump – not a hardworking journalist – who should be denied entry into the White House.” https://www.politicususa.com/2018/11/08/white-house-correspondents-association-slams-trump.html Trump Repeatedly Claims Not to Understand Certain Accents. The president seemed to have more trouble than ever communicating with foreign reporters. There is by now a familiar pattern to President Donald Trump’s news conferences: He loudly proclaims his victories and deal-making prowess; dismisses reporters he believes are unfair to him; and rails against policies he doesn’t like. And so it was on Tuesday—with an addition: The president had trouble understanding anyone with a foreign accent. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/11/trump-news-conference-accents/575251/
  12. White Militias Are Going to the Border, Inspired by Trump’s Call to Arms "They have heard the warnings from the president and from Fox News. that caravans of Central American migrants moving through Mexico pose a massive threat to American security. In fact, they are now forming their own caravans and will be following actual American military troops to the border areas where they believe the invasion will occur. When The Post asked if his group would be using weapons against the migrants, McGauley laughed and said, “This is Texas, man.”" https://www.politicususa.com/2018/11/04/white-militias-are-going-to-the-border-inspired-by-trumps-call-to-arms.html
  13. and gave shelter to Bin Laden
  14. Is a Pakistani Death Sentence for ‘Blasphemy’ Being Encouraged From London? https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/joseph-weissman/blasphemy-law_b_6022126.html 1) " A little-known alliance of hundreds of lawyers in Pakistan is behind the rise in prosecutions for blasphemy, a crime punishable by death that goes to the heart of an ideological clash between reformers and religious conservatives. The group, whose name translates as The Movement for the Finality of the Prophethood, offers free legal advice to complainants and has packed courtrooms with representatives, a tactic critics say is designed to help it gain convictions. " https://uk.reuters.com/article/pakistan-blasphemy-lawyers/pakistani-lawyers-group-behind-spike-in-blasphemy-cases-idUKKCN0W905G 2) Bibi’s accuser Qari Salam began to have pangs of guilt, and hesitated about pursuing Aasia Bibi in court. Pakistan’s Express Tribune reported in early 2012 that Salam was “convinced” not to change his mind – by a London-based organisation named Khatm-e-Nabuwat. Were this reputable Pakistani media report to be true (at the time of writing, there has been no public challenge to this version of events by Khatm-e-Nabuwwat), it would suggest that a London-based organisation essentially has a free reign to persecute an innocent Pakistani woman, and hound her to death, whilst British authorities look away." http://standforpeace.org.uk/is-a-pakistani-death-sentence-for-blasphemy-being-encouraged-from-london/