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Amid waves of global outrage, activist groups around the country have announced rallies today; at the White House, at the Custom House in NY, and at several airports including LAX, SFO, SeaTac, and Dulles, to protest the Trump administration’s ban on accepting refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries. Here is the announcement of the New York rally at 2:

Rally today against the ban on refugees from Muslim-majority countries

The National Immigration Law Center and Jews for Economic and Racial Justice are also co-sponsors of the march.

Last night in Brooklyn, a federal judge issued a stay on a portion of the order, for those at American airports.

Iraqi refugee Hameed Darweesh was freed at Kennedy yesterday afternoon after an 18-hour detention, and was joined by Congresspeople Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velasquez. Darweesh was an army translator for the United States, and said that the U.S. is the greatest country in the world.

Hameed Darweesh, at JFK, with Nadler and Velazquez

This is stirring: Last night at Minneapolis St Paul airport, demonstrators sang America the Beautiful and crowds at San Francisco Airport chanted “From Palestine to Mexico all the borders got to go!”

The New York Times has an excellent slideshow of demonstrations against the ban yesterday. And its headline on the judge’s ruling last night says there has been “Chaos and Outcry Worldwide.”

Demonstrators at LAX chanted “No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here”:

From the National Immigration Law Center. “Huge News!”

And 500 people showed up at a moment’s notice to stand in the cold outside a Brooklyn courthouse to show public support.

Thank you to everyone who came out!

Here is a wonderful video of the celebration outside the Brooklyn courthouse when the stay on the order was granted.

From the Times:

A federal judge blocked part of President Trump’s executive order on immigration on Saturday evening, ordering that refugees and others trapped at airports across the United States should not be sent back to their home countries. But the judge stopped short of letting them into the country or issuing a broader ruling on the constitutionality of Mr. Trump’s actions.
Lawyers who sued the government to block the White House order said the decision, which came after an emergency hearing in a New York City courtroom, could affect an estimated 100 to 200 people who were detained upon arrival at American airports in the wake of the order that Mr. Trump signed on Friday afternoon, a week into his presidency.
Judge Ann M. Donnelly of Federal District Court in Brooklyn, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama, ruled just before 9 p.m. that implementing Mr. Trump’s order by sending the travelers home could cause them “irreparable harm.”

Here is that order, from the National Immigration Law Center:

Stay on Trump order on refugees, from a federal judge

MSNBC anchor Ayman Mohyeldin’s tweet quotes a senior White House official, stating the court order does not undercut Trump’s authority and his order “remains in place”:

However, Seattle Times reports that two men who had been detained at SeaTac, one from Yemen and the other from Sudan, were released this morning following another court order, this time from U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly at the behest of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP). Initially U.S. Customs refused to comply with Judge Zilly’s court order until Homeland Security issued statement it would comply with both judicial orders, and Trump’s executive order:

The Department of Homeland Security will comply with judicial orders; faithfully enforce our immigration laws, and implement President Trump’s Executive Orders to ensure that those entering the United States do not pose a threat to our country or the American people.

And Washington state governor Jay Inslee, as well as other elected officials, held a news conference at SeaTac slamming Trump’s policy, saying “It can’t stand. We’re drawing the line here at Sea-Tac”, calling the racist policy un-American and a “train wreck“:

“These people couldn’t run a two-car funeral,” Inslee said of the White House. “It is a train wreck. It can’t stand. We’re drawing the line here at Sea-Tac.”

“Hands off my Family!” LAX, Jan. 28, 2017 Photo: Gingger Shankar/Twitter.

Meantime, in an indication of Steve Bannon’s high status, NPR and the BBC are reporting that Trump has elevated the chief strategist, who has made Islamophobic statements, to a regular seat on his national security council, and downgraded certain intelligence officials. And the UK’s Mirror reports General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff and the highest ranking US military officer from the National Security Council, will no longer be a permanent member of the council and has been replaced by Bannon. Train wreck indeed.

NY taxi drivers refused pickups at Kennedy airport last night for an hour in protest. Here is the taxi drivers’ statement on the “Muslim ban,” which cites their own safety and their own religious freedom:

Professional drivers are over 20 times more likely to be murdered on the job than other workers. By sanctioning bigotry with his unconstitutional and inhumane executive order banning Muslim refugees from seven countries, the president is putting professional drivers in more danger than they have been in any time since 9/11 when hate crimes against immigrants skyrocketed.

Our 19,000-member-strong union stands firmly opposed to Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. As an organization whose membership is largely Muslim, a workforce that’s almost universally immigrant, and a working-class movement that is rooted in the defense of the oppressed, we say no to this inhumane and unconstitutional ban.

We know all too well that when government programs sanction outright Islamophobia, and the rhetoric of hate is spewed from the bully pulpit, hate crimes increase and drivers suffer gravely. Our Sikh and other non-Muslim brown and black members also suffer from anti-Muslim violence.

Today, drivers are joining the protest at JFK Airport in support of all those who are currently being detained at the airport because of Trump’s unconstitutional executive order. Drivers stand in solidarity with refugees coming to America in search of peace and safety and with those who are simply trying to return to their homes here in America after traveling abroad. We stand in solidarity with all of our peace-loving neighbors against this inhumane, cruel, and unconstitutional act of pure bigotry.

Mara Liasson of NPR and others have observed that anyone who contended that Trump didn’t mean what he said during the campaign is wrong.

Outrage is building across the world on the refugee denial. Here is Ambassador Craig Murray in England:

it is also worth pointing out that nearly all the recent Islamic terrorist activities against Western, including Turkish, targets were carried out by people from either Tunisia or Central Asia. Those countries are not included either. So plainly the ban or freeze is not really intended to do what it says on the tin. It should be repeated always that the risk from Islamic terrorism to individuals in the West is extremely small, and has always been well less than 1% of the risk of being killed in a road accident.

The most disgraceful aspect of the ban is the notion that it does not apply to religious minority groups in the named countries, such as Christians, Yazidis and Jews. All the countries named are majority Muslim, so in effect it imposes a religious test. It is a ban plainly targeted by religion and not by nationality, and if the US court system had any integrity would be struck down on that basis. This is reinforced by the fact that other non-religious minorities facing persecution, such as gays, are not excluded from the ban.

Massive swell of protesters gathered at Seattle’s SeaTacAirport, where more than 30 people have been arrested. Police used pepper spray last night to break up demonstrators.

Amazing video pans the enormous crowd at SeaTac demonstration:

Here is journalist Dan Swanson at Kennedy airport last night:

Dan Swanson at Kennedy airport protesting ban


Updated. Thanks to Ilene Cohen and John Haines.


Annie Robbins

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  1. Bumblebye on January 29, 2017, 11:33 am

    Brits on board – please sign the govt petition to prevent Trump from having a formal State Visit! It’s going up at a terrific rate of knots, over 1000signatures per *minute*, and all of it within the last 24hrs.

    • amigo on January 29, 2017, 1:17 pm

      Bumblebye, it is about to go over 500,000.

      • Maghlawatan on January 29, 2017, 5:24 pm

        May needs to love up Trump to get a deal to prove Brexit is not lost but she has to condemn his Islam policy . Oh dear

    • JulianaFarha on January 30, 2017, 10:19 am

      The petition is now over a million, but the government say they won’t heed it because that would be ‘caving into populism.’ Can you bloody imagine? As someone said on twitter, irony was heard taking its last breath as that gem was being written. On the upside there is a protest this evening in London outside of Downing Street, which I’m attending. Curious to see if the BBC show up. They are the vanguard of the Trump normalisers. Still trying to prove they’re not ‘lefty luvvies’, as though anyone’s believed that for 20 years…

      • Eva Smagacz on January 31, 2017, 2:09 pm

        Petition passed million seven hundred thousand signatures :-)

  2. Bumblebye on January 29, 2017, 11:44 am

    “b) shall not, by any manner or means, *detain* or remove individuals with applications approved…”

  3. amigo on January 29, 2017, 12:13 pm

    Some feedback from the UK.Includes the petition just started to prevent Trump receiving a full blown gun salute and a meeting with the queen,

    Even Boris (proud member of CFI–Conservative friends of Israel) Johnson , is butting heads with trump.Snow White v Goldi Locks.

    Can you imagine just how p—-d off Trump must be.Look for him to put a gag order on the courts.

    Trump to his legal advisers, “Can I sign an executive order placing a gag on the supreme Court or should we just ignore them like our friend in Israel does.

    • annie on January 29, 2017, 12:34 pm

      corbyn is saying trump should be banned from the UK

    • Bumblebye on January 29, 2017, 12:41 pm

      Actually Amigo, the petition is a month old – ALL the signatures, bar somewhat less than 10,000 though have been added today. Trump’s muslim ban must have been that step too far for us. They’re still going on at a rate of 1,000+ per minute.

      • annie on January 29, 2017, 1:10 pm

        1000 per minute! wow!

        news anchor Ayman Mohyeldin just tweeted “Sr. White House official to @KellyO: Presidents EO targeting Muslim countries is still in place. Court rulings dont undercut Presidents EO” with a print out “the order remains in place” and other such talk indicating WH demanding the court can’t issue opposing rulings.

      • John O on January 29, 2017, 1:22 pm

        When I first accessed this petition this morning, it had fewer than 500 signatures. It has just passed the half-million mark at 6:20 pm London time.

      • just on January 29, 2017, 1:24 pm

        Thank you to all of the protesters of this vile, cruel, and anti- Muslim edict from Trump.

        Thanks to Judges Ann M. Donnelly and Leonie M. Brinkema.

        Corbyn is correct~ he should be banned. May appears to be another poodle.

      • amigo on January 29, 2017, 1:33 pm

        Thanks Bumblebye.I did not know it was a month old.However , it is likely to hit the million mark as the real impetus for this just started in the last 24 hours , as you pointed out.


        Watching those numbers go up , reminded me of the one armed bandits in Vegas .

      • John O on January 29, 2017, 1:45 pm

        @amigo – one-armed bandits in Vegas

        Ah, casinos – the cash cow that Trump was too incompetent to milk.

      • amigo on January 29, 2017, 1:48 pm

        Hello Annie, I have been following this on CNN and AJ , (my only choices) most of the weekend and one fairly credible contributor on CNN , (I know–CNN and credible are contradictions in terms.) suggested that the courts in the US always give large scope to the President when it comes to “National Security ” issues.What is so rediculous about this ban is it will harm US security and interests. If Trump,s goal is to cut the US off , he is making all the right moves.

      • amigo on January 29, 2017, 5:53 pm

        “Ah, casinos – the cash cow that Trump was too incompetent to milk. ” John O

        Trump has his own casinos and operates on the basis of ripping off his suppliers as well as his customers.His house always has the odds stacked in his favour.

      • Mooser on January 29, 2017, 6:21 pm

        “Trump has his own casinos….”

        No, Trump had casinos. but Trump went broke running casinos.!!!

        “Now shuttered” seems to be the operative term.

    • Maghlawatan on January 29, 2017, 5:28 pm

      The Torygraph came out against the Muslim ban. Gosh

    • Sibiriak on January 30, 2017, 11:11 am

      The Guardian:

      Theresa May is ahead of Trump in undermining the refugee system

      Trump’s adoption of temporary bans and “extreme vetting” in the name of counter-terrorism now threatens to undermine the international system of refugee protection and the global stability it helps to provide.

      […]At the heart of the matter is Trump’s rejection of the UNHCR vetting process, despite the fact that those nominated have to be approved by no fewer than 24 US departments and agencies before they are accepted for resettlement.

      The UNHCR says it is “acutely aware” of host countries’ “entirely legitimate” concerns about the resettlement programme being used as a cover for terrorists, and adds that it uses biometric data, audit trails and an electronic registration database to ensure the integrity of its programmes.

      But this is not enough for Trump. He is clearly going to substitute a US-only vetting system, further undermining trust in the UNHCR system.

      Theresa May is already way past him. When David Cameron pledged Britain to take 20,000 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees May insisted that the UNHCR not be involved in nominating them. Instead Home Office officials have been sent to the camps to select by their own criteria those who should be brought to Britain.

      May wants to go much further. In her party conference speech in October 2015, amid the world’s worst refugee crisis since the second world war, she outlined a new asylum strategy under which only temporary protection would be given to all but the world’s most vulnerable refugees. She said she was keen to see the international legal definition of a refugee made much stricter.


      Trump’s underlying policy on refugees is to undermine the accepted international system of refugee protection that has been in place since 1951. Theresa May is already ahead of him on that road.

      • Keith on January 30, 2017, 6:28 pm


        ABC News (2013):

        “As a result of the Kentucky case, the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News – even for many who had heroically helped U.S. forces as interpreters and intelligence assets. One Iraqi who had aided American troops was assassinated before his refugee application could be processed, because of the immigration delays, two U.S. officials said. In 2011, fewer than 10,000 Iraqis were resettled as refugees in the U.S., half the number from the year before, State Department statistics show.” (ABC News)

      • annie on January 30, 2017, 10:23 pm

        hey keith, have you seen this video?

      • Mooser on January 30, 2017, 7:18 pm

        This should help:

        “WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, in a phone call on Sunday with U.S. President Donald Trump, agreed to support safe zones in Syria and Yemen, a White House statement said.”

      • Keith on January 30, 2017, 11:49 pm

        ANNIE- “hey keith, have you seen this video?”

        Yes, and I highly recommend it! We are at an unprecedented point in time. This is a flat out power struggle among the Deep State elites. There are no “good guys,” just lesser of two evil guys. We dodged a bullet when Hillary was defeated, however, we are about to be hit by a ricochet. The dominant, globalist sector of the Deep State represented by the CIA, having misjudged the election, has now launched a color revolution which will likely (it now seems to me) succeed in impeaching Trump. Hegemony or die. Trump is an accidental President who sadly lacks the resources or brains to prevail. Terrible he may be, but what is coming is worse. Mooser will be thrilled.

      • Sibiriak on January 31, 2017, 7:52 am


        A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government approves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here. Thirty-three percent (33%) are opposed, while 10% are undecided.

        Trump’s heartland voters shrug off global uproar over immigration ban

      • Sibiriak on January 31, 2017, 8:38 am

        Re: “The Bizarre Far-Right Billionaire Behind Trump…”


        It’s *possible* this video somewhat exaggerates influence of the Mercers in the Trump camp.

        A couple of indications:

        1) Their favorite, John Bolton, was passed over.

        2)”Trump’s biggest donors consider abandoning new political arm. The Mercers are increasingly frustrated with the Trump aides taking over the outside political group.”

        It is unclear precisely why Rebekah Mercer became unhappy with the plans for the organization, though tensions surfaced between her and Brad Parscale, who served as the Trump campaign’s digital director, during a December meeting in Trump Tower.

        What is clear is that she may be nearing a breaking point both with Parscale and Nick Ayers, the Trump aides slated to run the group, as well as with Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus and his political guru Steve Hantler, who are expected to provide key financial backing for the effort.

        The unrest has senior Trump aides, well aware of the risk that rival groups could hamper efforts to drive the administration’s message, scrambling to unite the disparate factions.

        “The Trump people are putting a ton of pressure on everybody to fall in line on this thing,” said a Republican source familiar with the conversations. Those efforts, however, may be floundering. “I don’t think the Mercers are going to be in this thing,” said the source. Others say a compromise agreement remains a distinct possibility; either way, a decision is expected this week.

        See also:

      • Keith on January 31, 2017, 10:53 am

        SIBIRIAK- “A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government approves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here.”

        Interesting numbers which will never see the light of day anywhere except the “right wing” media, if even there. The MSM anti-Trump media blitz is awesome. And the orchestrated demonstrations led by Michael Moore, Move On.Org, et al. One of the hallmarks of a color revolution is the use of the social media to initiate action. One of the characteristics of the social media is the ability to create virtual mob psychology including mob frenzy. There is a special category of marketeer which have refined the techniques of social control through the social media. It has only been recently that countries like Russia and China have recognized the immense soft power of the internet and have moved to protect themselves.

        Color revolutions occur quickly or they fail. My best guess is that the forces against Trump are too strong and that he will be impeached within 90 days. Sadly, those “liberals” taking part will feel empowered by the result of their manipulation failing to recognize the obvious reality that all of this “resistance” would be impossible without massive Deep State support. I close by, once again, linking to Glen Ford eloquently discussing this very thing.

      • Mooser on January 31, 2017, 12:53 pm

        “Trump is an accidental President who sadly lacks the resources or brains to prevail. Terrible he may be, but what is coming is worse.”

        Gee, we better keep Trump in office as long as we can (give him anything, but don’t let him resign!)!!!!! Obama was worse, Hilary was the end, and what’s coming is worse! Please, Mr.Trump, be our President and protect us from the “worse” which is coming.

        “Keith” don’t you live in Seattle area? There have been recent changes in Washington law which may affect your situation. Are you not taking advantage of the laws, or is I-502 taking advantage of you?

      • Keith on January 31, 2017, 4:09 pm

        MOOSER- “Gee, we better keep Trump in office as long as we can….”

        Gee, another childish comment from Mooser which adds nothing to the discussion. Apparently, you are suffering the effects of sleep deprivation resulting from commenting 24/7. Didn’t you used to be funny? After you get some rest, perhaps you will finally be able to spell Hillary Clinton’s first name correctly. How many times have you spelled it wrong? 50? 100? Perhaps there are some sort of Freudian dynamics involved.

      • Keith on January 31, 2017, 4:38 pm


        Over at CounterPunch, they have several anti-Trump articles referring to Totalitarianism, Fascism, Dictatorship, and the temporary travel restrictions as Trump’s Reichstag fire. The media demonization even at supposedly radical sources is overwhelming. The fact that Trump is opposed by the far more powerful segment of the Deep State, including virtually all of the media and most of the Republican Party leadership, making him perhaps the least powerful President at this stage of his administration seems not to be relevant. And weak he is. I am more sure than ever that he will be impeached, the color revolution coup a success. We truly live in interesting time!

        On the related matter of Russia hacking the election, Abby Martin did a very interesting interview with Mark Ames, an American journalist who spent a decade reporting from Yeltsin’ and Putin’s Russia and witnessed the country’s transformation from an American “colony” to it’s “number one threat.” I don’t know if you saw it, but others may also be interested in this HIGHLY recommended 27 min video.

      • Mooser on January 31, 2017, 5:27 pm

        “After you get some rest, perhaps you will finally be able to spell Hillary Clinton’s first name correctly. How many times have you spelled it wrong? 50? 100?”

        It’s my secret crush on Hillary. I’m trying to hide it from myself by never learning to spell her name right.

        Yes, I know, you are trying to prevent a CIA sponsored color revolution in the US! For Trump, Pence, and Freedumb!

      • Keith on February 1, 2017, 12:31 pm

        SIBIRIAK- “It’s *possible* this video somewhat exaggerates influence of the Mercers in the Trump camp.”

        It is very possible (likely?) that the video is biased. One aspect of the “news” which I doubt most people are aware of is the extent to which the news is not the product of the newspaper’s/broadcaster’s reporters, but rather that is the product of outside sources such as PR agencies which supply it to the News Media for publication/broadcast. All of the BS about the “white helmets” was provided by CIA supported Islamists’ PR firm(s). There was no “investigative reporter” anywhere near these actions. Furthermore, capitalist competitive economics virtually assures that this is the case. It is simply much too expensive to do this kind of work. To compete, you and your competitors will take advantage of all of the free stuff you can get, hopefully exercising some editorial discretion. Needless to say, all of the government agencies supply a ton of free material, as does oligarch supported Think Tanks.

      • echinococcus on February 2, 2017, 2:23 pm


        In Mooser’s defense on a single point, I have to underline that you, not Mooser, are spelling the Clinton Harpy’s first name wrong, just as she does herself. She is not that into reading, obviously. Hilaritas and hilarius are spelled with a single L and that’s it. After all, this is presumably not a one-of-its-kind name like, say, Latrina or Obdulia.

      • Sibiriak on February 8, 2017, 4:48 am

        POLL: In Europe, strong public opposition to further immigration from Muslim states.

        […]respondents were given the following statement: ‘All further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped’. They were then asked to what extent did they agree or disagree with this statement.

        Overall, across all 10 of the European countries an average of 55% agreed that all further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped, 25% neither agreed nor disagreed and 20% disagreed.

        Majorities in all but two of the ten states agreed, ranging from 71% in Poland, 65% in Austria, 53% in Germany and 51% in Italy to 47% in the United Kingdom and 41% in Spain.

        In no country did the percentage that disagreed surpass 32%.


        This has major implications for the I/P conflict.

  4. Mooser on January 29, 2017, 2:04 pm


    If I am not mistaken the ZOA has endorsed Trump’s immigration EO’s!!! (I’m probably not mistaken, since that’s a link to the ZOA page.)

    That must be where the +15 comes into it, and the exquisite political sense American Zionists have developed. And they never make their move too soon

    • Mooser on January 29, 2017, 3:35 pm

      And I was sooo sure that the first thing Trump would do with his Presidential authority is cut back on the’ interventionism’. But we all know that the President has very little power over the military, so it might take a while.

      • amigo on January 29, 2017, 5:26 pm

        Mooser , Trump made a deal with the Military. He will not intervene in their Dangerous interventions and they will not intervene in his Dangerous lliasons.

      • Keith on January 29, 2017, 5:32 pm

        MOOSER- “And I was sooo sure that the first thing Trump would do with his Presidential authority is cut back on the’ interventionism’.”

        Had she been elected, I am sure Hillary would have stopped interventionism on a dime! I believe she made her views on this quite clear. Hillary, Michele and Victoria. Three feminist angels of mercy!

      • Mooser on January 29, 2017, 6:00 pm

        “Had she been elected, I am sure Hillary would have stopped interventionism on a dime!”

        But, you see, Hillary was not elected, and is not President. Trump is.
        So perhaps we can stop holding Hillary Clinton responsible for Trump’s actions now?

        Or you can go on claiming that whatever Trump does Hillary would have done worse. There’s no way to disprove that.

      • Keith on January 29, 2017, 7:32 pm

        MOOSER- “So perhaps we can stop holding Hillary Clinton responsible for Trump’s actions now?”

        That is really rich coming from you who complains about Trump not acting quickly enough to reverse Obama’s murderous policies which you ignored for 8 years. Eight years of war. The only American President who was a wartime President for all 8 years. And bragged about it! And I am not blaming Hillary for Trump’s actions. What actions have I blamed her for? You are blaming Trump for not taking immediate action to reverse Obama’s policies. And Hillary would have? And if she didn’t, you would complain? Get real. Did you laugh along when she said “We came, we saw, he died.” Ha, ha, ha. Let us see Trump top that! And didn’t that work out well for the Libyans? But you have got a soft spot in your heart for the Princess of Darkness, and who am I to denigrate true love! You did vote for her didn’t you? I would expect no less. I voted for Jill Stein even though she lacked Hillary’s wicked sense of humor.

      • Mooser on January 30, 2017, 12:58 am

        “Keith”, please, if you will, listen very carefully: Barack Obama is no longer the President of the United States. Neither is Hillary Clinton. A man you don’t seem to be too familiar with, a “Donald Trump” is now the President, with all the executive, and indeed, almost imperial military powers attached thereunto in accordance with the Constitution.

        Trump was sworn in, took up residence in the White House, and Obama is gone. These, as you say, are very, very important things that Obama has in many ways, failed at, and Trump should waste no time setting right. Just a few Executive Orders could Bring Trump a Nobel Peace Prize to add to his trophy-room. Why not? They gave one to Obama! The American people should be and are disgusted with the wars, Trump’s got it made!

        Unless you want to tell me how Obama and Hilary booby-trapped the country and the world before Trump took office! Of course, that must be it.

      • Keith on January 30, 2017, 3:09 pm

        MOOSER- “Barack Obama is no longer the President of the United States.”

        But his fetid legacy lives on. Bailing out Wall Street, not the people. Eight years of war, including the destruction of Libya and Syria the primary sources for all of those refugees the Democrats suddenly care about. Expanded illegal drone strike terrorist murder. Greatly expanded Special Operations Forces and destabilizations, and increasing spending on nuclear arms rather than eliminating them as he promised. But gosh, Mooser, let us not hold him accountable for any of this. God forbid we should acknowledge that the consequences of his administration’s policies will continue for years to come. Let us sweep it all into the Mooser memory hole. And, after all of this, your critique of Obama?

        “Why shouldn’t Obama, a tremendously popular and respected man, keep up a constant presence in politics?” (Mooser)

        Talk about a bromance! You sure stand by your man! And now you are an aggressive participant in an orchestrated color revolution destabilization. A coup attempt which looks like it may succeed. And will you feel empowered if it does?

      • Mooser on January 30, 2017, 3:10 pm

        :” Barack Obama is no longer the President of the United States”

        No answer. Oh no, what have I done? Can somebody check on Keith? Hopefully he’s just sitting in a darkened room, bathing his temples with eau-de-cologne and absorbing the fact.

        Or is he? No longer President, I mean?

      • Keith on January 30, 2017, 5:55 pm

        MOOSER (Quoting Atlantaiconoclast) “And that 10 Trillion in new debt is quite an accomplishment eh?”

        MOOSER RESPONDING- “Considering the Bush tax cuts, Obama probably did the best he could.”

        But Mooser, Bush was not the President for those eight years. So while you give Obama an 8 year grace period, Trump doesn’t even get 8 days. And, once again, you fail to acknowledge Obama’s responsibility for the consequences of his actions when he was in office. The fact that he is no longer in office hardly absolves him of the consequences of his actions and policies when he was in office. But all you are concerned with is defending Obama. In a just world, Obama would be standing trial for war crimes. As would Trump if he lasts long enough.

      • Mooser on January 30, 2017, 6:34 pm

        “But his” (Obama) fetid legacy lives on.

        Yeah, Barack Obama booby-trapped the future for Donald Trump. Just what I thought.

        Now tell me again, “Keith” are we rooting for Trump because he (and his crew!) are the men (and Conway!) to solve America’s problems, help us recover from “his fetid legacy”, and win, win, win?.
        Or should we root for Trump because he will bring the country and the government down around our ears, and something radically finer and better and less corporate will undoubtedly be built from the ruins?.

        Be honest, now.

      • Mooser on January 30, 2017, 7:12 pm

        “Be honest, now”

        And think hard before you choose!

      • Keith on January 31, 2017, 12:03 am

        MOOSER- “Now tell me again, “Keith” are we rooting for Trump….”

        We are not rooting for Trump, we are opposing a CIA color revolution. What did Sibiriak say when you first posed this question? “Ridiculous False Choice fallacy. Insults the reader’s intelligence.” Doesn’t bother you, does it? Being part of an orchestrated color revolution means never having to say you are sorry. Or have an ounce of intellectual integrity. Apparently, pilpul works for you. As long as you are accepted and liked by your reference group. You are what you are. But not what I once thought you were. Well, live and learn.

      • Keith on January 31, 2017, 12:24 am

        MOOSER- “Yeah, Barack Obama booby-trapped the future for Donald Trump.”

        You seem psychologically incapable of holding Obama to account for his actions, his warmongering and his betrayal of the working class. Why the bromance? what would it take for you to abandon your school girl crush and honestly evaluate his disgusting record? We already have numerous examples of you ignoring what I say and engaging in childish pilpul in defense of someone who was the most effective chief executive of the 1%. Reality is what it is. And bullshit is a weak foundation. In the long run, you may well regret much of what you have said recently.

      • Mooser on January 31, 2017, 1:02 pm

        .” In the long run, you may well regret much of what you have said recently.”

        Like I regret all the fulsome quotes from my archive praising and excusing Obama and Hilary you featured. Every one is like a burning brand.

  5. amigo on January 29, 2017, 2:47 pm

    The petition just broke 600,000. 7.45 pm GMT ergo 100,000 in some 8o minutes.

  6. Citizen on January 29, 2017, 2:57 pm

    How to word a reliable vetting process that stops folks in-coming from radical Islam infested countries? We don’t want to do what Merkel did, do we?

  7. JLewisDickerson on January 29, 2017, 3:51 pm

    RE: “Rallies planned for White House, airports, and NYC today as outrage builds over ban on Muslim refugees”

    MY COMMENT: I can’t decide whether Trump is more like the oilman, Daniel Plainview (with the cute-as-a-button, pretend son); or whether he is more like the baby-faced, ‘fire and brimstone’ preacher-man/boy, Eli Sunday. It’s quite a conundrum!
    At any rate, the showdown in the private bowling alley is a winner.

    STREAMS UNTIL 2-01-17:
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    Our best guess for you: 4.9 stars
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    In this expansive drama, ambitious prospector Daniel Plainview strikes it rich when he buys the oil rights to a California family’s ranch. As he turns a simple village into a boomtown, Plainview stokes the ire of a charismatic young preacher.
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    Oil!: a novel –!
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    P.S. Arnon, please don’t cut me off like this. I feel like I’m being left high and dry to just twist in the wind. I swear to God, I’d rather be burned alive at the stake! ! !
    For God’s sake, please have pity on me!

    • amigo on January 29, 2017, 5:16 pm

      “Anti -Trump protests, in Tel Aviv:” Jon S

      Don,t be overly concerned Jon S , someone with a chair will be along soon to shut them up for good.Can,t have these liberal crazies insulting the man who is going to Move the Embassy to Jerusalem and keeps his mouth shut about 2500 new illegal squats.

      Btw , did you open the link.There were 39 of them.

      • Mooser on January 29, 2017, 6:31 pm

        “Btw , did you open the link.There were 39 of them.”

        “Jon s” as I’m sure you know “never deliberately lies” on this forum.

      • jon s on January 30, 2017, 1:46 am

        Of all places, I found more pictures on the right-wing Channel 7. Looks like another protest was in Jerusalem:

      • Mooser on January 30, 2017, 3:55 am

        “Of all places, I found more pictures on the right-wing Channel 7. Looks like another protest was in Jerusalem:”

        Ah, no wonder the American Courts are issuing injunctions against Trumps orders. It’s the Jerusalem Protests!

        You are really soft in the cerebellum, “Jon s”. You better stay in Zion. Okay, I’ll check the link. Oh this is interesting, the protesters are screaming “Hit Trump with a Chair! Hit Trump with the Chair! Kick him!” Why, there must be 20 people there!

      • amigo on January 31, 2017, 11:34 am

        “Ah, no wonder the American Courts are issuing injunctions against Trumps orders. It’s the Jerusalem Protests!”Mooser

        In most normal countries , protesters gather in their nation,s Capital.

    • Atlantaiconoclast on January 29, 2017, 5:19 pm

      Why aren’t these hypocrites protesting their own countries racist immigration policy and refusal to take in one Palestinian refugee?

      At least they critiqued Israel’s policy toward North Africans (from link above): “The policies that Trump has enacted are no worse than the policies that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu has enacted for years here – such as not allowing any non-Jews to be given refugee status in Israel, except for a select few.’’

      Togod Omar, a native of Sudan who was at the protest, said he applied for political asylum in Israel three years ago, and is still waiting. He said Sudanese friends hoping to be resettled in the U.S. were upset by the new executive order.”

    • Atlantaiconoclast on January 31, 2017, 9:54 am

      So why should anyone take an Israeli seriously when he or she complains about US immigration policy? Shouldn’t they be protesting their nation’s truly racist and anti Gentile immigration policy?

  8. Bumblebye on January 29, 2017, 4:25 pm


    Authorisation for Use of Force against Iran!

    Saw a comment elsewhere saying this had passed! Site hasn’t been updated to indicate that it has. Anyone know?

  9. annie on January 29, 2017, 5:15 pm

    btw, we’ve updated the article adding several tweets including photos, demonstration videos and more info.

  10. Atlantaiconoclast on January 29, 2017, 5:17 pm

    Wouldn’t the best solution to the refugee problem be to stop the cause of the problem, the destabilization of the ME? And I just heard Chuckie Shumer was crying over this controversy at a press conference. Why does our side let he and other Jewish liberals get away with their horrendous hypocrisy on the immigration issue? Where is their passion for justice when it comes to Palestinian refugees?

  11. peterkc1 on January 29, 2017, 5:28 pm

    I’m sad to see that poster of the very ‘americanized’ woman wearing a flag hijab. What is that supposed to mean or signify? Is she a ‘good Muslim’ who supports the imperialist, racist, violent policies of the U.S.? That’s an offensive concept.

    P.S. — I’m told the poster was designed by a white man.

    • annie on January 29, 2017, 6:01 pm

      i tend to agree, we recently featured an article about that peter:

      however, i did see an article with a photo of the person the artist depicted, and she looked very much like that poster and not “americanized” looking at all, her face that is.

    • Atlantaiconoclast on January 31, 2017, 9:52 am

      I find it sad that so few of these people ever thought about protesting Obama when he was destabilizing Libya and Syria, thus causing the refugee crisis.

      • amigo on January 31, 2017, 11:54 am

        I find it sad that so few of these people ever thought about protesting Obama when he was destabilizing Libya and Syria, thus causing the refugee crisis. ” Atlanta—

        You already said that 3 minutes ago.

  12. amigo on January 29, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Petition just went over 800,000 and continues to increase at circa 200 every 10 secs.

    Trump cannot stand the though of anyone disliking—correction—not loving him and now he at least 800 k who hate his guts.Poor Donald —no chance to do a little grabbing in the Palace.

    As an Irishman , this is the only time in my life I regret not being a brit. Would dearly love to sign this petition.

    Accident of birth , I guess.

  13. Kay24 on January 29, 2017, 5:58 pm

    If Herr Trump wanted to “protect” the American people, he would start first with the criminals who have killed the most number of Americans every year – the white Christian American with deadly automatic weapons, that go into Elementary schools, theaters, shopping malls, and take their anger out of innocent children, women, and men. According to a Duke University study:

    “The study found that only 46 Muslim Americans (defined as “Muslims who lived in the US for an extended period”) were linked to violent extremism at home or abroad in 2016. The total Muslim American population is 3.3 million.

    Of those 46, only 24 were actually implicated in a concrete terrorist plot (the others did things like attempting to travel to Syria to join ISIS). Those plots claimed 54 lives, the vast majority of which (49) came in a single attack — the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

    The study isn’t making an apples-to-apples comparison; the more directly relevant statistic would look at whether or not Muslim Americans kill more US citizens here than any other specific political or religious group (other research has looked at that question). But Kurzman’s work vividly underscores a simple fact: Muslim Americans, in both raw terms and as a percentage of size of their total community, commit very small numbers of killings.

    By contrast, roughly 11,000 Americans were killed in gun homicides in 2016 — yet Trump has never said anything about creating a registry of gun owners.

    “It is flatly untrue that America is deeply threatened by violent extremism by Muslim-Americans,” David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, said in a statement accompanying the study’s release. “Attacks by Muslims accounted for only one third of one percent of all murders in America last year.”

    This is shamelessly a racist policy, and had Trump been sincere about the safety of the American people, he would have banned assault weapons and other deadly weapons that take the lives of Americans daily. Stopping the flow of Muslims into this country is not going to stop terrorism, America changing it’s racist policies and stopping the bombing of Muslims nations will ease it.

    It is very obvious that the Muslim nations where Trumps business interests are not on his hit list.

  14. amigo on January 29, 2017, 9:02 pm

    CNN is reporting that the ACLU raised $19.2 million over the weekend.

    Also , the UK petition has reached 877, 934 and climbing.

  15. amigo on January 29, 2017, 10:23 pm

    Interesting stats from the CATO Institute on numbers of Americans killed by terrorists from the seven countries on Trump,s ban.

    Iran –O





    Libya– 0


    The three countries not on the list.

    Saudi Arabia –2639



    It also turns out that none of the 7 countries have trump hotels or other type of businesses.Also , some of those not covered by the ban do.

    Coincidence—perhaps ??.

    • diasp0ra on January 30, 2017, 5:29 am


      I know you mean well, and I have seen this statistic posted all over twitter, but I don’t think this is the right way to go around criticizing the ban. So please don’t take this as criticism aimed at you specifically, but rather at this argument in general and the issues I see with it.

      I get the implied point, but I feel like it’s a moot point. The idea of a ban should be rejected as a whole (which I know you do!) without delving deeper into the details in it.

      Meaning, that discussing why certain countries are on the list and why certain countries were left out derails the issue from total rejection to discussing the details. Even if it is within the framework of a total rejection. I have seen some people saying that “Why ban Sudan and not Saudi Arabia?” Again, I understand the logic behind this, but this sort of argument throws innocent Saudis under the bus. The people are the one that always suffer, not the regime.

      So discussing the specific details and countries being banned and arguing against it by saying there are countries that deserve banning more than the chosen ones, could be seen as a tacit or implied acceptance of the ban with a disagreement about the details. As if if the countries more “deserving” of the ban were the ones to be banned then it would be okay. Such discussions open the door for this line of thought.

      I know that this is not your intention or argument, and I highly respect you and your posts here. This is why, imho, there shouldn’t be any discussion about the content of the ban but rather an outright refusal to entertain it in any form, real or hypothetical. Nothing could justify it in any form, even if some terrorists from said country attacked the US in the past.

      • amigo on January 30, 2017, 9:49 am

        diasp0ra , My intention was to highlight Trump,s hypocracy and get a conversation going on his conflicts of interest.Hence my reference to his business ties to SA /UAE and Egypt.

        I take your point about a complete ban but my wish beyond a total reversal of the ban would be to see Trump forced to resign or impeached .I see no reason why these two discussions cannot run concurrently.

        Thanks for your other kind words and welcome back .

    • Sibiriak on January 30, 2017, 6:52 am

      amigo: It also turns out that none of the 7 countries have trump hotels or other type of businesses.Also , some of those not covered by the ban do. Coincidence—perhaps ?


      [Glenn Greenwald:] The reality is that his highly selective list reflects longstanding U.S. policy: Indeed, Obama restricted visa rights for these same seven countries, and the regimes in Riyadh and Cairo have received special U.S. protection for decades, long before Trump.

      Beyond U.S. support for the world’s worst regimes, what primarily shapes Trump’s list is U.S. aggression: Five of the seven predominantly Muslim countries on Trump’s list were ones bombed by Obama, while the other two (Iran and Sudan) were punished with heavy sanctions.

      Thus, Trump is banning immigrants from the very countries that the U.S. government — under both Republicans and Democrats — has played a key role in destabilizing and destroying,

      • amigo on January 30, 2017, 11:49 am

        Sibiariak , thanks for the link.Interesting points from Glenn Greenwald.

        Btw, this link provides a list of the terrorist acts against US citizens and the nations involved.

      • RoHa on January 30, 2017, 11:05 pm

        “Thus, Trump is banning immigrants from the very countries that the U.S. government — under both Republicans and Democrats — has played a key role in destabilizing and destroying, ”

        These are, one would think, the countries most likely to have a large number of people who feel enmity towards the US and who might be inclined to improve their low scores for terrorism.

      • RoHa on January 30, 2017, 11:30 pm

        Perhaps he got the list from here.

        “The Department of Homeland Security today announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 with the addition of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as three countries of concern, …
        The three additional countries designated today join Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria as countries subject to restrictions for Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals. ”

    • oldgeezer on January 30, 2017, 8:47 am


      To round out that list I would like to see an additional column or two added to it.

      The first would be the tonnage of western supplied bombs dropped on those countries. The second would be the casualty count inflicted on them by western forces or weapons. The third would be the count of those we callously refer to as collateral damage.

  16. amigo on January 30, 2017, 11:00 am

    “The first would be the tonnage of western supplied bombs dropped on those countries. The second would be the casualty count inflicted on them by western forces or weapons. The third would be the count of those we callously refer to as collateral damage.” OG

    Not sure I am going to live long enough to gather that much data.

  17. Ossinev on January 30, 2017, 12:20 pm

    UK Government Trump Petition now rapidly approaching 1,400,000 ie 14 times the minimum required for consideration of debate in the UK Parliament. If this is reflected in the level of actual physical protest during his visit ( whether it is a staightforward business class political visit or the First Class State Visit with complimentary royalty thrown in ) May and Co will have a serious headache on their hands and Donald`s fragile ego will take a severe bashing – he will end up perhaps insisting that the size of the protesting crowds were the smallest in the history of Presidential visits to the UK ?

    • amigo on January 30, 2017, 1:26 pm

      0ssinev, there is a debate going on at the moment on BBC Parliament.

      Ed Miliband proposed the debate and succeeded in getting it approved. 3 hours were allowed and it has been going for circa 30 mins.

  18. genesto on January 30, 2017, 1:09 pm

    Looks like the Seatac rally garnered more people than the inauguration! :-)

  19. Theo on January 30, 2017, 1:09 pm

    Breaking news! Over a million brits did sign a petition that should Trump come to GB, he must eat only british food! In addition, the queen wants to know what are those colonists up to!

    • amigo on January 30, 2017, 1:36 pm

      Theo –it is no longer Great Britain.Add a G.

      Great Global Britain is back after a long absence.

      ” he must eat only british food”.Theo.

      That ought to teach him to never return.

      • amigo on January 30, 2017, 6:49 pm

        “Great Global Britain is back after a long absence” amigo

        Correction –“Global Great Britain.”

        Apologies to Theresa appeaser.

  20. Boo on January 30, 2017, 3:24 pm

    “This some bullshit punk ass POTUS.”

    • Atlantaiconoclast on January 31, 2017, 9:51 am

      Easily impressed I guess. Not me. Where was this guy when Obama was destabilizing Libya and Syria?

  21. Atlantaiconoclast on January 31, 2017, 9:49 am

    Where is the passion for ending the cause of this refugee crisis, the intentional neocon and neoliberal destabilization of the Middle East? I think it is buried beneath an intense need to virtue signal, to out virtue signal others, rather than stop problems at their source.

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