Obama Announces Bid To Become UN Secretary General

February 22, 2018 Sean Adl-Tabatabai News, US 522
Barack Obama has announced plans to become secretary general of the United Nations, allowing him to advance his globalist agenda on the world’s stage.
According to Al-Jarida, Obama has no intention to step away from the spotlight, much to the dismay of other world leaders such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly is planning payback for President Obama’s dismissing Mr. Netanyahu’s objections to the Iran nuclear deal last year. Mr. Netanyahu is said to be rallying moderate Arabs to thwart Mr. Obama’s bid to become the Secretary-General of the United Nations after he leaves the White House next year.
Mr. Obama has already discussed the issue with Republican, Democratic and Jewish officials in the United States, according to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida.  Mr. Netanyahu recently is said to have gotten wind of Obama’s plans which he calls the Obama Project. “Wasn’t eight years of having Obama in office enough?” Mr. Netanyahu is quoted in the Kuwaiti daily as telling associates. “Eight years during which he ignored Israel? And now he wants to be in a position that is liable to cause us hardships in the international arena.”
Townhall.com reports: Further gripes Israel has with President Obama include the U.S. “moving closer to the Muslim Brotherhood, toppling the regime of Hosni Mubarak, and attempts to ally itself with political Islam,” the paper quotes a Netanyahu aide as saying.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s term expires in early 2017, making Obama’s bid for the position a possibility.
Last year after his speech at West Point, some pointed out that he sounded an awful lot like he was campaigning for the role.

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Over one year into his presidency Trump blames Obama for latest Syria gas attack in Twitter blitz

Well over one year into his presidency, Donald Trump on Sunday blamed former President Barack Obama for the latest gas attack in Syria that resulted in the deaths of dozens of women and children.  Following a week in which the President insisted the U.S. end involvement in Syria, pro-government forces and their allies attacked Douma, the last remaining rebel stronghold near the Syrian capital.  Trump was late to criticize the al-Assad government on Sunday morning, choosing instead to launch a broadside at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Washington Post, but when he did, he included, Obama.
“Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price to pay,” Trump tweeted.
He added, “Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK! If President Obama had crossed his stated Red Line In The Sand, the Syrian disaster would have ended long ago! Animal Assad would have been history!”
This gas attack was the second since Trump became President and he has done little about Syria in the intervening year.

 

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How Trump is reshaping US policy on Cuba

By Melanie Zanona – 11/19/17 08:00 AM EST 110

President Trump’s crackdown on Cuba took effect this month, nearly one year after the death of Cuba’s longtime revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

The long-awaited rules are meant to fulfill Trump’s campaign promise to roll back former president Barack Obama’s historic opening with the communist country. The new policies restrict certain travel and commercial transactions with the island.

The U.S. policy shift only adds to the uncertainty hanging over Cuba, as Cuban President Raúl Castro has promised to step down in 2018.

But the core of Obama’s Cuba rapprochement remains in tact. Here are how ties with Cuba have changed — and haven’t changed — under the Trump administration.

Diplomatic relations

The frosty relationship between the U.S. and Cuba thawed significantly under Obama, but Trump is threatening to cool things back down.

The president, who kept diplomatic ties with Cuba, said this summer that the U.S. will not lift sanctions on the island unless the government meets a series of benchmarks, including the release of political prisoners, free elections and the legalization of political parties.

Trump has also slammed Raúl Castro for human rights abuses and announced new rules — finalized in early November — aimed at restricting the flow of U.S. dollars to the oppressive regime.

The harder line on Cuba also comes at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Havana over what the U.S. government has described as “sonic attacks” against its diplomats in Cuba.

The Cuban government has said it did not carry out any attacks against American representatives, but the Trump administration has said that Havana is ultimately responsible for ensuring diplomats’ safety.

The unexplained incidents have prompted the U.S. to withdraw the majority of its embassy staff from Havana and eject most Cuban diplomats from their embassy in Washington.

But Trump has still kept the U.S. Embassy’s lights on, and has kept Cuba off a list of state sponsors of terror. Trump also did not bring back the “wet foot, dry foot” immigration policy that allowed Cuban migrants who made it to the U.S. to stay in the country.

“Our embassy remains open in the hopes that our countries can forge a much better path,” Trump said this summer when he announced his new policy.

Business ties

Under Trump’s new Cuba policy, financial transactions that benefit the Cuban military business arm, known as the Grupo de Administración Empresarial (GAESA), are prohibited.

The military-controlled conglomerate is involved in nearly all sectors of the Cuban economy, but tourism is its crown jewel.

The U.S. Commerce and Treasury departments identified 180 entities and sub-entities that will now be off-limits to Americans under the new regulations. The list includes hotels, stores, tourist agencies, rum companies, beverage manufacturers and marinas.

But the new restrictions do not apply to deals that have already been inked. That’s why Four Points by Sheraton Havana, which is operated by GAESA and became the first U.S. hotel to come to Cuba in more than 50 years, is not on the list of prohibited entities.

The exemption for current deals underscores the White House’s struggle to balance its promised crackdown on Cuba with the interests of U.S. businesses, which overwhelmingly supported Obama’s rapprochement with the island nation.

Tourism to Cuba has long been prohibited, but Obama relaxed U.S. travel rules by allowing Americans to visit the island under 12 different travel categories under a general license.

The Trump administration took aim at one of the most popular categories, which the White House said travelers have been abusing.

The U.S. government is no longer allowing individual “people-to-people” trips. The subcategory has enabled American travelers who want to visit Cuba for educational purposes to design their own trips and visit the island on their own.

Now, Americans can only travel under that category if they go through a licensed tour group.

But travelers can still visit Cuba under every other category of travel, including the category of “Support for the Cuban People.”

Commercial air service between the U.S. and Cuba, which resumed for the first time in over 50 years last summer, will also still be allowed to continue under Trump. Some lawmakers had tried to halt commercial flights to the island last year.

But travelers could see stepped up enforcement when they return home to the U.S. They are required to maintain full schedules and keep detailed logs while in Cuba — something that is rarely checked. But senior officials warned that the administration would be conducting more audits now.

Trade

Only Congress can lift the trade embargo on Cuba, but Obama eased trade restrictions by allowing the import of charcoal, coffee and certain textiles from the island. He also allowed U.S. companies to export telecommunications equipment and other goods that support the Cuban people.

Those policies have been largely untouched by the Trump administration.

A popular rule allowing Americans to bring back an unlimited amount of rum and cigars also remains intact.

But while Trump’s new regulations don’t specifically reverse any of Obama’s trade policies, U.S. companies are now restricted from doing business with any entities linked to the Cuban military, which could impact trade efforts between the two countries.

Individual Cuban sanctions

Trump’s policy expands the definition of “prohibited officials” in Cuba.

Americans are banned from engaging in direct financial transactions with any Cuban nationals on the prohibited list, which includes people who work for certain Cuban government ministries.

Under Trump, less people will now be eligible to receive remittances from their Cuban-American families in the U.S.

However, Trump kept an Obama-era policy that removed the cap on the amount of remittances that U.S. citizens can send to their Cuban relatives.

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“Our democracy is at stake”: Obama delivers his first post-presidency campaign speech

Obama rebukes Trumpism without mentioning Trump by name.
Updated by Ella Nilsenella.nilsen@vox.com Oct 20, 2017, 12:00pm EDT

At his first campaign speech since leaving office, former President Barack Obama urged America to rise above its deep divisions. Though Obama did not mention President Donald Trump as he spoke at a Richmond campaign rally for Virginia’s Democratic candidate for governor, Ralph Northam, the speech was clearly about him. He often alluded to Trump’s controversial brand of politics and delivered a stark warning, saying, “Our democracy is at stake.”

“Instead of our politics reflecting our values, we’ve got politics infecting our communities,” Obama said. “Instead of looking for ways to work together to get things done in a practical way, we’ve got folks who are deliberately trying to make folks angry, to demonize people who have different ideas, to get the base all riled up because it provides a short-term tactical advantage.”

Obama has largely remained out of the spotlight since leaving office, focusing on building up his new foundation and occasionally weighing in on current events on his Twitter feed. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has been focused on destroying Obama’s legacy, rolling back key regulations put in place by his administration, withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, and damaging the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s signature health care legislation.

The former president didn’t use his time in Richmond to comment on his dismantled legacy, focusing instead on the deepening racial and social divisions in America. Obama specifically commented on deadly, racially charged violence earlier this year in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“If we’re going to talk about our history then we should do it in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds, not in a way that divides,” Obama said. “We shouldn’t use the most painful parts of our history just to score political points.”

He continued:

We saw what happened in Charlottesville but we also saw what happened after Charlottesville when the biggest gatherings of all rejected fear and rejected hate and the decency and goodwill of the American people came out. That’s how we rise. We don’t rise up by repeating the past. We rise up by learning from the past and listening to each other.

We can acknowledge that Thomas Jefferson, one of Virginia’s most famous sons, owned and sold slaves — that’s not disputable. And we can also acknowledge that he also wrote those words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” And we can recognize that even if our past is not perfect we can honor the constitutional ideals that have allowed us to come this far and to keep moving toward a more perfect union. That’s what America is. That’s who we are.
Obama happened to be speaking the same day that his predecessor, President George W. Bush, gave a speech in New York City. Bush also delivered a similar, veiled repudiation of Trump’s ideology, without mentioning the current president by name. Bush joins many other retired or otherwise out-of-the-game Republicans in offering a critique of the current president.

“We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism — forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America,” Bush said. “We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade — forgetting that conflict, instability, and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism.”

And, like Obama, Bush warned about the deepening partisan divide in America.

“Discontent deepened and sharpened partisan conflicts,” Bush said. “Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”

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