Tag Archives: Election 2016

Gambia: Barrow returns home

Source: Guardian [UK]

"Gambia's new president, Adama Barrow, returned to his country on Thursday afternoon, prompting a noisy and joyous wave of hope and excitement at the prospect of a brighter future for the small, poor west African state. By late afternoon thousands of people had lined the streets of Banjul, the capital, to welcome Barrow …. The former British colony was thrown into chaos in December when the autocratic president, Yahya Jammeh, refused to step down after unexpectedly losing elections to an alliance of opposition parties, despite repeated efforts at mediation by powerful regional states including Nigeria. Jammeh eventually left the Gambia, which he had ruled for 22 years, at the weekend after thousands of troops from other west African nations entered the country and he had secured a deal that will allow him to escape prosecution and keep much of his assets." (01/26/17)


Five facts about the UK Supreme Court's Brexit decision

Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

"The Supreme Court ruling does not halt or overrule Brexit. Today's 8-3 ruling is a procedural issue, not a substantive one. The president of the UK Supreme Court, Lord David Neuberger, said, 'The referendum is of great political significance, but the act of Parliament which established it did not say what should happen as a result.' Thus, Parliament must officially vote to trigger Article 50 of the 2007 Lisbon Treaty, allowing member states to leave the EU. 'The government cannot trigger Article 50' without an act of Parliament ordering it to do so, Lord Neuberger said. Opponents say this disregards the will of the people, while supporters call today's decision a victory for parliamentary sovereignty." (01/24/17)


Gambia: Regional troops invade to depose Jammeh

Source: Lompoc Record

"A West African regional force charged into neighboring Gambia late Thursday to support the country's newly inaugurated president, while longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh showed no sign of stepping down. The troops moved in shortly after Adama Barrow was inaugurated at Gambia's embassy in neighboring Senegal, after a final effort at diplomatic talks with Jammeh failed to secure his departure. His mandate expired at midnight." (01/19/17)


Don't Trump the gun

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"The 2016 presidential election will go down in history as a doozy. The Trump win was a surprise, even shocking many of his supporters. But the most obvious lesson we learned pertains to the modal Obama-Hillary voter. Well, make that lessons. Plural." (01/19/17)


Some election interference is more equal than others

Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

"A couple of days ago, Politico published a fascinating piece describing how factions associated with the current Ukrainian government apparently interfered in the U.S. election on behalf of Hillary Clinton. The findings seem pretty damning, and certainly warrant at least some conversation within the American media given the 24/7 obsession with Russia. Nevertheless, most of you have probably never heard of this saga, since when it comes to the corporate media news cycle, some election interference is more equal than others." (01/13/17)


Senegal: Barrow arrives after Gambia transition talks fail

Source: Yahoo! News

"Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow has left the country for neighboring Senegal, a coalition member and local media said on Sunday, a day after West African leaders failed to persuade President Yahya Jammeh to step aside. Barrow, a former real estate agent, won a Dec. 1 election in the former British colony by a slim margin. Long-ruling Jammeh conceded defeat but then changed his mind, plunging one of West Africa's tourist hot spots into crisis and dimming hopes for democracy in a region accustomed to coups and autocratic rule. Barrow, backed by the West and the African Union, is due to be inaugurated on Jan. 19, although Jammeh is seeking to block this pending a Supreme Court ruling on his legal challenge to poll results." (01/15/17)


Where's the evidence?

Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

"Three intelligence agencies — the CIA, the FBI, and the NSA — have issued their much-touted report on alleged Russian intervention in the presidential election, and after reading it one question remains: Where's the evidence? We are told from the outset that the actual evidence that the Russians hacked the DNC and John Podesta's emails as part of a wide-ranging campaign to put Donald Trump in the White House cannot be revealed: 'source and methods' must be kept secret. This in spite of DNI director James Clapper's pledge that he would declassify as much of the evidence as possible in the interests of transparency: but then again, Clapper is an admitted liar." (01/11/17)


Comey, Clapper try to change up "Russian hacking" narrative by adding GOP story line

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"Russia's intelligence agencies compromised the networks of some state-level Republicans and their affiliated organizations, but not the current Republican National Committee or the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump, top U.S. intelligence chiefs said Tuesday. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey and other spy bosses told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russia 'harvested' information from Republicans but that it captured 'old stuff' and targeted RNC Web domains that were no longer in use. The testimony shed new light on a terse line in the intelligence community's declassified report from Friday about Russia's cyber-mischief campaign, in which Clapper and his compatriots said Moscow had also collected information from the GOP in addition to the reams of data it [allegedly — no evidence provided so far] took from Democrats and then released to the public." [editor's note: Is it even possible that anyone still believes these jokers about anything? – TLK] (01/10/17)


The Democrats' conspiracy theory

Source: OpEdNews
by Joe Giambrone

"The Democrats have become feral. Irrationally lashing out in every direction, the CIA's conspiracy theory has had the effect that many of those anti-conspiracy theory psycho-babble articles had warned us about! #irony But psychology remains at the core of it all, and it is the psychology of blaming others to avoid taking personal responsibility for negative outcomes. Taking cues from Hillary Clinton herself, there must be Russians hiding under the bed. Of course that's the reason people supported Trump and not glorious Hillary. The alternative is too horrible for them to entertain. What is obscured is the contorted logic that Russia allegedly defeated Clinton by revealing The Truth about her own corruption and lies, her private position versus public position. Impossible to make the case that the Russians are lying, the Democratic Party apologists' only response has been to change the focus of the outrage toward killing the messenger." (01/10/17)


Assange: ODNI hacking report a "press release"

Source: Time

"Wikileaks founder Julian Assange dismissed the U.S. intelligence community's report on Russia's hacking in the 2016 presidential election as a 'press release' on Monday, calling it politically motivated and damaging to the intelligence community's reputation. 'It is not an intelligence report,' Assange said during a news conference. 'This is a press release. It was clearly put out for political purposes.'" (01/09/17)