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Infuriated liberals vow revolution in Democratic Party - requires 'wholesale gutting' of leadership

The Republican civil war was supposed to start this week.

Instead, a ferocious struggle has erupted on the left over the smoldering remains of the Democratic Party.

Liberals are seething over the election and talking about launching a Tea Party-style revolt. They say it's the only way to keep Washington Democrats connected to the grassroots and to avoid a repeat of the 2016 electoral disaster, which blindsided party elites.

Progressives believe the Democratic establishment is responsible for inflicting Donald Trump upon the nation, blaming a staid corporate wing of the party for nominating Hillary Clinton and ignoring the Working Class voters that propelled Trump to victory.

Liberals interviewed by The Hill want to see establishment Democrats targeted in primaries, and the "Clinton-corporate wing" of the party rooted out for good.

The fight will begin over picking a new leader for the Democratic National Committee. Progressives are itching to see the national apparatus reduced to rubble and rebuilt from scratch, with one of their own installed at the top.

Comment: You have a party that attract the membership you want by listening to prospective members and at least appear to be willing to act on their concerns. The Democratic Party not only failed on that concept in ignoring the ardent support for Bernie Sanders, but pushed forward a corrupt candidate who was the antithesis of everything important to those "working men and women." And they are puzzled?


Russian carrier-based jets performing 'interaction' flights in Syria

© Oleg Lastochkin / Sputnik
A Sukhoi Su-27K fighter takes off from the heavy aircraft carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov of the Russian Northern Fleet.
Aircraft stationed on the decks of Russia's aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, which recently arrived near Syria's shores as part of a Russian battle group, have begun carrying out flights aimed at working out interaction with a coastal airfield, the ship's captain reported.

"The flights are performed from the deck of the aircraft-carrying heavy cruiser. Interaction with a coastal airfield is being worked out," Sergey Artamonov, Admiral Kuznetsov's captain, told the 'Vesti v Subbotu' program on Rossiya TV channel.

According to the him, the flights have been carried out on a daily basis over the last four days.


Trump land shock wave: Empire Inc on steroids or drain the swamp?

Donald Trump's election is viewed by most on the United States' left coast and worldwide as a regressive historical anomaly. It has left the political class in Washington, and the rest of the world, in a state of shock. The type of nightmarish hangover that a drunk time traveler would get if he was accidentally taken to let's say the McCarthy era in the US or to Germany in 1933.

Uncertainty usually provokes anxiety, and this is precisely what we are witnessing in this time of history. Trump is an accidental president as he was never supposed to be elected. Case in point: at the early stages of his campaign, the man running it was Tony Podesta, brother of Hillary Clinton's main handler John Podesta. Trump's initial function was to be a decoy, a scarecrow and an ostentatious crude comic relief to ensure Clinton's election.

Almost nobody made the forecast of a Trump victory, but it was however highly predictable as Trump started to personify a populist anti-establishment protest movement: the raw expression of rage from the victims of disaster capitalism.

Cloud Lightning

Ayatollah Khatami: Trump must apologize for calling Iranians 'terrorists'

© The Iran Project
Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami
Iranian Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami warned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump not to play games with Iran, and said Trump should apologize to the Iranian people for calling them "terrorists" during his campaign.

Trump should know that Iranians "will offer resistance against the United States of America until their very last breath," the influential cleric said during Friday prayers in Tehran on November 11. Trump should know better than to play with "the tail of the lion," Khatami added, as Tehran has successfully foiled and frustrated several of Trump's White House predecessors, he said.

Trump should "respectfully apologize to the nation" for his harsh charges against Iran during the campaign, Khatami said, noting that "We respect the people of other countries and we respect their elections."

Meanwhile, the powerful Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called Trump's election a sign of American decline. He urged Americans to resist Trump's intolerant views of Muslims and minorities. "Peace be upon the American people, those who like moderation and who want peace and peaceful coexistence between religions and ethnicities," Sadr said.

Comment: The signs of American decline have been happening for a number of years, never more than via the Obama administration, its exceptionalism and Middle East agenda. It would be wise for Trump to regain a modicum of respect concerning Iran and others the US has, quite frankly, pissed off.


Peru ready to forge Pacific trade deal with Russia and China if US backs out

© The Japan Times
Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
Peru's president told Russian Today that Pacific-rim countries should forge a new trade deal with China and Russia if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, as expected, scraps an agreement reached with President Barack Obama.

In the face of opposition from Trump and congressional Republicans, Obama on November 11 officially abandoned efforts to enact his 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which as written excludes China and Russia.

"It can be replaced with a similar deal, but without the United States," Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a former Wall Street banker and free-trade advocate, told RT on November 11. "I think it'd be best to have an Asia-Pacific deal that includes China, and includes Russia as well... It'd have to be a new negotiation."

Peru next week will host an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, bringing together heads-of state from China, Russia, the United States, and Japan for the first time since Trump's unexpected election on November 8.

Obama plans to inform the other leaders that the trade deal's fate now rests in the hands of Trump, who campaigned on trashing the deal. China already is pushing an alternative to Obama's agreement.

Comment: Doesn't sound like any of the other partners are going to miss the US much, in fact, they are starting to flock to Russia and China.

See also: Obama gives up on passing TPP before Trump takes office


Meet Trump's proposed cabinet

© Corbett Report
The voting machines have decided who will be the next puppet figurehead of the Pax Americana deep state for the next four years. The circus is over and the peanut shells are being swept out of the stands. So what do we have to show for all of it?

Well, I have some good news, some bad news, and some not-so-good news for you. Let's start with the bad news.

Apparently some people voted for Trump in the belief that he was some sort of anti-establishment truth-telling hero of the working class. I hate to be the one to disabuse you of this notion, so let's just look at his transition team, his campaign team, the people who have already been tapped to be part of the new administration and the people who are being contacted for potential cabinet appointments. Warning: It's not a pretty picture.
© Corbett Report
Trump cabinet.
So who's leading this transition team that's helping to sort out the cabinet and move Team Trump into the White House? Oh, just the usual assortment of bankster-connected corporate lobbyists we would expect to be hanging around any president-elect. This time is no exception.

From former Goldman Sachs lobbyist Eric Ueland to Koch Industries lobbyist Michael Catanzaro to Aetna / Verizon lobbyist William Palatucci, the gaggle of corporate cronies manning Trump for America Inc. (the actual nonprofit group set up to oversee the transition) are as establishment as they come. And the whole kit-and-kaboodle is being run by Chris Christie. Yes, that Chris Christie.

And who are they reaching out to for potential positions in the Trump White House?

Magic Wand

Clinton dynasty: Chelsea being groomed for Congress

© Glamour
While some pundits are declaring the Clinton political dynasty dead, sources tell us that it is far from over. Chelsea Clinton is being groomed for the New York seat held by Rep. Nita Lowey. Chelsea could run for the seat in NYC's 17th Congressional District once Lowey, a respected, 79-year-old career politician with nearly 30 years in office, decides to retire, we have exclusively learned. Lowey's district includes parts of Rockland and Westchester counties and, conveniently, Chappaqua, the Clinton family home base.

In August, Hillary and Bill Clinton purchased a home next door to their primary residence in Chappaqua for $1.16 million, which is intended for Chelsea, her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, and their two children, Charlotte and Aidan. While Chelsea currently lives, and is registered to vote, in Manhattan, she could easily make Chappaqua her legal residence in order to run for Lowey's seat when it becomes vacant.

A source told us, "While it is true the Clintons need some time to regroup after Hillary's crushing loss, they will not give up. Chelsea would be the next extension of the Clinton brand. In the past few years, she has taken a very visible role in the Clinton Foundation and on the campaign trail. While politics isn't the life Hillary wanted for Chelsea, she chose to go on the campaign trail for her mother and has turned out to be very poised, articulate and comfortable with the visibility."

The source continued, "There has been a lot of speculation within New York Democratic circles about Lowey's retirement and Chelsea running for the seat. There is a belief that Chappaqua is a logical place for Chelsea to run, because it would be straightforward for her to raise money and build a powerful base."

A spokesperson for Lowey — who is serving her 14th term in Congress and was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1988 — declined to comment. A spokesperson for Chelsea didn't get back to us.

Comment: 'Clinton, the Next Generation.' It ain't over, folks. The saga continues...but so do the suspicions, allegations and damning evidence.


Challenge to Merkel: Social Democrats' "Pro-Russian' Ostpolitik 2.0

© Sputnik
In June of this year, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier shocked the political and media establishment in Germany and other NATO countries when he criticized NATO military exercises in Eastern Europe, saying: "What we should not do now, however, is further inflame the situation with loud sabre-rattling and war cries. Anyone who believes that symbolic tank parades on the Alliance's eastern border will increase security is wrong. We would be well advised not to deliver up any excuses for a new, old confrontation."[1]

Steinmeier instead called for dialogue and cooperation with Russia, just a few days before the July 8 NATO summit in Warsaw.

His comments reflected growing divisions within Germany's ruling coalition over policy toward Russia with Steinmeier's Social Democrats (SPD) backing a more conciliatory approach than Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

Senior CDU members responded to Steinmeier's words with fierce criticism and accused the Foreign Minister of being a "Putin apologist."


Ministry of State Security: Six neo-Nazis arrested in Motorola assassination case, SBU plot exposed

The Ministry of State Security (MGB) of the Donetsk People's Republic has announced the arrest of six neo-Nazis from Misanthropic Division, whose leaders earlier claimed responsibility for the murder of Sparta battalion commander Arsen Pavlov (Motorola).

Comment: See also: Cowardly Kiev Special Forces Assassinate Novorossiya Hero "Motorola" Arsen Pavlov (UPDATE)

Arrow Up

Syrian Army captures key districts in successful Aleppo offensive

© Kurdish Daily News
The Syrian army, supported by Russian air forces, is continuing to besiege militants in Aleppo. Footage has been published of terrorists fleeing strikes by the Syrian army and Russian aircraft.

The political department of the Syrian Arab Army has published a video taken earlier in the 1070 apartment complex in the Al-Hamdaniya district in southwestern Aleppo. The video captures footage of terrorists retreating from the residential area under blows by the Syrian army. In the video, Jaish al-Fatah militants flee the building for the neighboring Hiqma school, where they have since been holding their last line of defense.

To recall: After clearing out the 1070 complex, the Syrian Arab Army continued its offensive and liberated large districts in southwestern Aleppo. SAA troops have finally beaten back the remaining Islamists from the Hikma district, forcing them to flee to the south to the Rashiddin-5 neighborhood. Government forces are continuing their offensive in western Aleppo, assaulting the positions of terrorist gangs in the districts of Dahiat-al-Assad and Minyan, where bloody battles have been ongoing for several days.