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The outspoken hip-hop star has attracted worldwide attention for his legendary Twitter rants, but Kanye has insisted he does not lose sleep thinking about the public's reaction to his comments because he will be “gone in 100 years”.

Asked if he regrets the things he posts online, the 'Power' rapper said: “We're going to be gone in 100 years. I can't say enough.”

Kanye West presents the Fashion Icon Award to Pharrell Williams onstage at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Centre on June 1, 2015 in New York City. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images/AFP. Credit: AFP

Kanye admitted he occasionally has to explain his tweets to his wife Kim Kardashian West, and also revealed he is relishing the experience of fatherhood.

The celebrity duo have two children together - two-year-old daughter North and six-month-old son Saint - and Kanye is embracing being a dad.

He told the hip-hop radio station Real 92.3: “I'm so happy to be a father. I want to learn what my daughter has to say. What she learns. I just want to learn how she learns in this world. I'm extremely protective.”

The controversial star, who claimed to be $53 million in debt during a bizarre Twitter rant earlier this year, also said his children have become the motivating factor behind many of his life choices.

In reference to his Yeezy shoe design, Kanye shared: “When I left Nike for Adidas I did it for my daughter.

“There was an opportunity to grow. There was love and admiration at Adidas, this was to make a better life for my daughter.”

What's more, Kanye revealed he is currently working on new music and compared himself to Michael Jackson.

He added: “I'm a champion. I'm a winner. I came to innovate. I came to change. This is like Michael Jackson level.

“You need a guy like me in the game. I only know how to give 1,000 percent.”

Helen Mirren has praised Kim Kardashian West for showing women they can be curvy and sexy.

While the 70-year-old actress is not a fan of the 35-year-old star's reality TV show 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians', she admires Kim for promoting body positivity.

Kim Kardashian's waist and heavy thighs are slimmed down, and the cellulite is removed.

She said: “I'm not into the Kardashians, it's a phenomenon I just don't find interesting, but - and this is the big word: B-U-T-T - it's wonderful that you're allowed to have a butt nowadays! Thanks to Madame Kardashian, and before her, J-Lo. We're also allowed to have thighs now, which is great too. It's very positive.”

And Helen revealed she has a special admiration for “shameless” women who are pushing boundaries.

She explained: “When I was growing up, it was thought to be unbelievably sluttish to even have a bra strap showing. Everything was about women conforming. I love shameless women. Shameless and proud!

“Women were controlled by being shamed, so I love women who have claimed their own bodies: Madonna, Chrissie Hynde, Joan Jett, Bonnie Raitt. I love Pussy Riot more than anything in the world. They all raise their middle fingers to this epithet of 'sl*t' They wear what they want to wear, behave as they want to behave.”

Meanwhile, Helen - who has been married to Taylor Hackford for 19 years - has no regrets about her life and even has fond memories of all of her past loves.

She said: “I have lived the life I wanted. You never know because it's all a crap shoot - terrible things can happen to knock you off your perch and make life hard, so I fully understand how fortunate I have been.

“And I have had a series of very, very good men in my life. My husband, obviously, is the uber good man, but all the men I had relationships with brought something positive to my life.”

Kanye West has challenged those featured in his 'Famous' video to "sue me already".

The 39-year-old rapper unveiled his controversial music video in Los Angeles on Friday, featuring him and his wife Kim Kardashian West in bed surrounded by a host of naked "lookalikes" of stars - using CGI and sculpture - including Ray J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, Rihanna and Chris Brown.


A scene from Kanye's controversial video for the song 'Famous'. Credit: Tidal

And a defiant Kanye took to Twitter the next day, writing: "Can somebody sue me already #I'llwait (sic)."

So far Chris is the only star to respond to their likeness being used in the video.

He posted a screenshot and wrote: "Why I gotta have the plumbers butt/ crack showing WAX figure? KANYE CRAZY, talented, but crazy (sic)."

And it has been claimed that Taylor is horrified that Kanye has included a naked doppelganger of her.

A source told HollywoodLife: "Taylor is livid and horrified. She didn't know what to do when she heard about what Kanye did. She is bewildered, feels betrayed and is beyond frustrated with Kanye. It is like a complete nightmare."

The song also features the line: "I feel like me and Taylor Swift might still have sex, I made that b***h famous," which Taylor, 26, has previously blasted.

Speaking about the video, Kanye told Vanity Fair: "It's not in support or anti any of [the people in the video]. It's a comment on fame."

And he insisted his wife has no problem with his controversial lyrics.

He said: "[I say] a lot of lines other wives would not allow a husband to say. But my wife also puts up photos that other husbands wouldn't let them put up. One of the keys to happiness in our marriage is we're allowed to be ourselves."

Hassan-Rouhani

The following describes how President Obama’s administration along with a number of NGOs secretly collaborated with the clerics in Tehran to dismantle Iran’s nuclear program and engineered Hassan Rouhani’s presidential election to make that happen.

How the Deal Was Initiated

In 2001, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund financed a New York based organization called “Iran Project” which aimed to re-establish Washington relations with Tehran. [1] Iran Project was led by a number of former American diplomats who developed relationships with some Iranian diplomats, including Mohammad Javad Zarif, then a young diplomat working at Iran’s mission in New York. The Project staff arranged secret meetings with the Iranians affiliated with the Institute for Political and International Studies, a think tank linked to Iran’s Foreign Ministry, and they briefed the State Department and the White house. The main objective of the Project was to dismantle Iran’s nuclear infrastructure by installing a favorable government in Tehran. However, the meetings were suspended after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected president in 2005. President Ahmadinejad stayed firm against the US pressures to preserve Iran’s right to enrich uranium.

Meanwhile, the Bush administration and in particular the then Vice President Dick Cheney wanted to use military force against Iran. The Wall Street investor, George Soros had opposed the US-led military interventions around the world. [2] Soros wanted to promote the US political and economic influence by means of soft power and color revolutions in the form accomplished in Eastern Europe. [3] After President Barack Obama came to the White House in 2009, he covertly promoted the so-called Green Movement to depose president Ahmadinejad. However, the movement failed and Iran continued to progress on its nuclear program.

In March 2012, the former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, in an interview with Fareed Zakaria at CNN, said diplomatic negotiations with Iran would only work if the United States was willing to give the Islamic Republic security assurances that it would survive. [4] He suggested, the US should ignore the Islamic Republic’s human rights abuses and guarantee to protect the regime against threats in exchange for concessions to abandon its nuclear activities. Under this plan, the clerical regime would be preserved under the US protection similar to the Arab monarchies and sheikdoms in the Persian Gulf region.  In exchange, the clerics would cooperate to protect US interests in the region. Therefore, instead of regime change policy that had been pursued by the Bush administration and economic pressures and prior covert operations against Iran by Obama’s administration, the new policy became to engage with the clerics in Tehran. [5]

In the meantime, several rounds of nuclear negotiations had been going on between Iran’s team headed by Saeed Jalili and 5+1 group of countries in various locations, including one in Moscow in June 18-19, 2012, which did not result in what the West desired. Subsequently, under the US pressure, the EU member countries imposed economic sanctions against Iran effective on July 1, 2012. Suffering from harsh economic pressures, the clerics felt President Ahmadinejad’s firm stance against the West could destabilize their regime. Hence, they decided to bypass the president and secretly negotiate with the White House.  They sent a separate team to Muscat to negotiate a nuclear deal through a back channel with the White House. Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said acted as mediator between the two governments.

Also, several NGOs, including the National Iranian American Council and Iran Project lobbied to make the negotiations possible. The Rockefeller Brothers Funds and the Soros Open Society foundations via Ploughshares Fund were the main donors to finance the NGOs and media outlets to derail Iran’s nuclear program.  Funds from these sources and the White House efforts to develop direct dialogue with the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei paved the way for the nuclear deal. Since Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had issued fatwa to forbid manufacturing nuclear bombs, President Barack Obama secretly exchanged letters with him and promised not to overthrow the regime. Obama’s engagement with the clerics in Tehran became so intense that the Wall Street Journal wrote in an editorial “they [the Democrats] now own the Ayatollahs”.  [6] In July 2012, secret meetings with the new team resumed in Muscat, Oman.  An idea in the meetings was to let Iran enrich a very small amount of uranium to save face.

Rouhani’s Engineered Election

To pave the way for approval of the secret agreement, a cleric had to succeed president Ahmadinejad. George Soros had met with the former cleric president Mohammad Khatami a couple of times and wanted to bring him back to the presidency.  Since Khatami was barred to run in 2013 presidential elections, the Green movement changed its color to Violet for promoting another cleric Hassan Rouhani to become president. With the help of the US-based NGOs along with Western media’s propagandas and collaboration of reformists in Iran, Hassan Rouhani became president in 2013.

The announcement of Rouhani “elected” as president in June 2013, was highly surprising because most Iranians hate to see clerics ruling their country. How would it be possible that the only cleric among eight pre-selected candidates by the regime became president? After the announcement, no accusation of rig elections was made as is usually the case when the US does not like an elected candidate in the Third World. The observers assumed Rouhani’s rig election was engineered to destroy Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the US protection of the clerics to rule Iran.

Professor Hooshang Amirahmadi who heads the American Iranian Council, said the presidential election in 2013 was “engineered” to make Hassan Rouhani the preferred candidate so that the secret nuclear deal could be concluded. [7] Actually, the Key members of Rouhani’s administration were selected from the same group of former Iranian diplomats at Iran’s United Nations mission, the so-called New York Circle (Halgheh New Yorkiha), which included Zarif as Foreign Minister. Zarif had earlier established friendly relations with some well-known Americans. Over a decade before, Zarif had met then Senator John Kerry first in a party hosted by George Soros. [8] Zarif led Iran’s negotiator team, which included Ali Akbar Salehi, Abbas Araghchi, Majid Takht-Ravanchi, and Hussein Fereydoon, Rouhani’s younger brother who had formerly served in the Iranian UN mission. Subsequently, Rouhani with the consent of Leader Khamenei, accepted all major US demands to seal the nuclear deal.

The Concealed Facts Revealed

In fact, a scenario for the nuclear deal had been prepared years earlier and was shown in the television series 24, which aired on Fox in 2010 in the United States. In an episode in the series there is a peace conference between President of the United States “Allison Taylor” [Hillary Clinton] and President “Hassan” [Rouhani] of the fictional Islamic Republic of “Kamistan” [Iran]. [9] President Hassan agrees to dismantle his country’s nuclear program. In exchange the sanctions on his country are lifted and for political maneuvering the country is permitted to have only 6000 centrifuges, which was exactly the same number as in the Lausanne’s nuclear agreement.

Information revealed after implementation of the nuclear deal by the US press provided more clues on how the nuclear accord was sealed. In May, 2016, several news articles appeared in the US press which confirmed the negotiations had been secretly going on for some time and as a matter of formality, some details were left out to be negotiated after the deal became public.  The key article appeared in the New York Times Magazine, which interviewed Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser at the White House. [10] According to Rhodes, secret meetings had been arranged since July 2012 in Muscat, between a team from the White House and an Iranian team sent by the Leader Khamenei to negotiate on the nuclear issue.

Rhodes said he “created an echo chamber” of experts to sell the nuclear deal in spring of 2015.  He added “they were saying things that validated what we had given them to say.” Other articles and a book titled “Alter Egos” by Mark Landler revealed more information. John Kerry had been involved in Iran’s deal even before he became secretary of state. In December 2011, when Kerry was still in the Senate, he “held his own secret talks in Oman which created the predicate for the State Department’s channel”. According to Landler, Jake Sullivan, the Deputy Chief of Staff was a member of a three-person team that conducted the back-channel talks.  More secret meetings through Omani channel followed in 2012, with Deputy Secretary Bill Burns’ participation. The basic framework of the nuclear deal was laid down in the secret talks that began in July 2012 in Muscat and continued in Geneva and New York. [11] After John Kerry assumed office as the Secretary of State on February 1, 2013, he formally took over the negotiations.The negotiations later accelerated when Hassan Rouhani became Iran’s president.

On the whole, Hassan Rouhani’s election was engineered to finalize the nuclear accord. Rouhani with backing of the Leader Khamenei conceded to the West’s demands to sacrifice Iran’s national interest in exchange for preserving their clerical rule in Iran.  The Western powers propped up the clerics to have another puppet government in the Persian Gulf region.

Professor Akbar E. Torbat teaches economics at California State University, Los Angeles. He received his PhD in political economy from the University of Texas at Dallas. Email: atorbat@calstatela.edu, Webpage: http://web.calstatela.edu/faculty/atorbat

NOTES 

[1] Iran Project, http://iranprojectfcsny.org/ and http://theiranproject.com Also see Peter Waldman, How Freelance Diplomacy Bankrolled by Rockefellers Has Paved the Way for an Iran Deal, July 2, 2015,http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-07-02/how-freelance-diplomacy-bankrolled-by-rockefellers-has-paved-the-way-for-an-iran-deal 
[2] http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/09/dick-cheney-iran-deal-military-force/404296/ 
[3] Soros, George, the Bubble of American Supremacy, Public Affairs, New York 2004.
[4] Kissinger: Talks work only if US gives Iran something, 16, March 2012, p. 1, http://iran-times.com/kissinger-talks-work-only-if-us-gives-iran-somthing/
[5] The Confrontation with Iran: A Covert War, http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30305.htm , the cover war included using computer malwares to cripple Iran’s nuclear centrifuges and sabotage of nuclear installations and assassinations of Iran’s nuclear scientists by Israel Mossad; the last one assassinated on January 11, 2012. Also see DAVID E. SANGER, Obama Order Sped up Wave of Cyber-attacks against Iran,http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/01/world/middleeast/obama-ordered-wave-of-cyberattacks-against-iran.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 .
[6] The Wall Street Journal, Democrats and the Ayatollahs, September 3, 2015
[7] Hooshang Amirahmadi Responds to Ben Rhodes’s Thoughts on Nuclear Accord
May 12, 2016, http://www.us-iran.org/news/2016/5/12/amirahmadi-on-voice-to-america
[8] Michele Hickford, You will NOT BELIEVE who was best man at John Kerry’s daughter’s wedding, July 28, 2015,
http://allenbwest.com/2015/07/you-will-not-believe-who-was-best-man-at-john-kerrys-daughters-wedding/
[9] Serial 24, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlihBeBfpR0 , also Persian VOAhttps://www.facebook.com/348107372048510/videos/390516254474288
[10] DAVID SAMUELS, The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign Policy, May 6, 2016http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/08/magazine/the-aspiring-novelist-who-became-obamas-foreign-policy-guru.html?_r=0
[11] Landler, Mark, Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Twilight Struggle over American Power, Random House, 2016. pp 235-37

The original source of this article is Global Research


Mbali Mlotshwa

Full / Real Name: Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa
Born: 25 March 1987 (29 years old)
Gender: Female

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Mbali Mlotshwa made her acting debut in Moja Movie Factory’s Mtunzini.com in 2005 and took her first lead role in Tshisa.

In her Mtunzini role she played a beauty pageant contestant which is close to her real life experience. Mbali was crowned Miss Safa in 2005 and started her pageant career as runner-up Miss Tinkerbell when she was six years old.

Mbali's appeared in school plays and also dances and ice skates.

Natasha Thahane may be new to the public eyes as she became known after joined Skeem Saam as Enhle in 2015 but throughout this year she’s proved herself to be much, much more than just another gorgeous face with a stunning voice.

Here are ten things we love about Natasha Tlahane, as told through her Instagram account:

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A referendum on the future of the United Kingdom (UK) within the European Union (EU) divided both the ruling Conservative Party (CP) and its main rival, the Labor Party.

Results from the vote gave the Leave side a 52-48 percent profound victory that reversed the decision of 1973 when Britain entered the-then European Economic Community.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation on June 24 paving the way for Boris Johnson, the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP), who led the political break with Downing Street, placing him in a position to succeed the incumbent when he steps down in the immediate future. On the Labor side of the aisle, Jeremy Corbyn, considered as a representative of a more leftwing trend within the party, is also under fire for taking the same position as the Conservatives supporting the Remain forces although in a very lackluster fashion.

Corbyn spoke after Cameron before the UK parliament on June 27 and was heckled by members of his own party. Over 20 shadow cabinet ministers for Labor have resigned demanding that Corbyn relinquish his leadership position.

International financial markets have plunged in response to the British vote to withdraw from the EU. Bank stocks have tumbled significantly with Barclay’s and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) suspending trade during a brief period on June 27. The British pound suffered its largest loss in over three decades.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, a Conservative MP, made a national address in an effort to calm fears among capitalist investors stressing that this was only a temporary correction and that it would not rise to level of 2008 when the world fell into the most severe recession since the Great Depression. Standard & Poor downgraded the British economy amid the decline in markets on June 27.

The debate surrounding the Brexit vote has been acrimonious and violent. Labor MP Jo Cox, a proponent of Remain, was assassinated by a right-wing zealot leading up to the election. Simon Wooley, who monitors racial incidents in Britain, said over the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on June 27 that incidents of racism and xenophobia had increased by 57 percent over the last few weeks before and after the referendum.

Responses to Brexit by Several African States

The decision by British voters to quit the EU has implications far beyond its own nation.

Both neighboring Scotland and Northern Ireland, which are part of the United Kingdom, voted in a comfortable majority to Remain.  These developments have prompted calls from Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Northern Irish Sein Finn Deputy Leader Martin McGuinness to hold their own referendums on independence from Britain.

With Britain being the largest former colonial power which controlled vast territories of the world in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, North and South America, its economic and cultural influence is immense. The Commonwealth of Nations, which was established by the British monarchy, still encompasses 53 countries linked by economic relations.

Consequently, numerous African states have various responses to the Brexit referendum and its potential impact on their political and economic affairs. Throughout the leading African states there has been an economic downturn over the last year resulting from the decline in commodity prices, the devaluation of currencies, a reduction in foreign direct investment along with the effects of El Nino in the southern region as well as the escalation of social and labor unrest in states such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Nigeria and Ghana.

South African leaders stressed the need to limit the impact of the outcome. The EU is the largest economic bloc trading partner with South Africa requiring the government to renegotiate trade agreements with both the UK and Brussels.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan attempted to reassure the people that the country was capable of dealing with the effects of the Brexit vote.

An article published by Business Day Live noted “Gordhan urged business, labor and the government to continue co-operating to support investor confidence. Business Unity SA (Busa) CEO Khanyisile Kweyama said the long-term implications of Brexit on the local economy were yet to be fully understood. Of particular concern was Brexit’s immediate effect on the rand and local markets, she said. The rand tumbled more than 7% to R15.67/$ following the news, but has since recouped some of those losses.” (June 24)

Zimbabwe welcomed the outcome citing London as the main culprit in the sanctions regime that has crippled the economy for the last decade-and-a-half. The state-run Herald newspaper acknowledged that the UK, EU and the United States were united in their economic sanctions against the government of President Robert Mugabe, the leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) ruling party. (June 26)

ZANU-PF Foreign Affairs secretary Ambassador Joey Bimha emphasized that the government was looking forward to an EU policy shift on Zimbabwe. Bimha said: “We will wait and see developments after this. It is not something that we can make a judgment at this point in time. In the EU, there were a number of countries which supported it (Britain) in maintaining those sanctions and those countries remain in the bloc and can still push a policy that the sanctions remain in place. It is not anything we can celebrate about in terms of removal of sanctions. Government will for now monitor the situation.” (June 26)

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mwanananga Mwawampanga, took an historical approach saying the abuse some African states endured under the control of Britain, the break-up was welcome. “Briefly, I can say it might be sad for Britain and Europe, but Brexit is good for Africa, it is good for Zimbabwe.”

Former Zimbabwe Ambassador to the EU Christopher Mutsvangwa said now that Britain is departing from the EU, “Brussels should return to unfettered productive engagement.” He went on to say “Constructive multi-dimensional engagement was fettered by neo-colonial pretensions of post imperial nostalgia.”

Nigeria facing an economic downturn like South Africa with currency devaluations, foreign exchange liquidity problems and rising unemployment, expressed regret over the vote but will struggle to deal with the potential negative consequences of the historic decision.

According to News24, the news agency “reported that the decision of Britain to pull out of the European Union will undoubtedly have a negative impact on Nigerians as the country is a member of the British Commonwealth. Nigeria has strong economic ties to Britain with it being the second largest trading partner in Africa, behind South Africa.”

The Egypt Daily News reported that Brexit is having a negative impact on its financial markets already strained due to domestic unrest and the lack of capital inflows. The paper said “Brexit impacted the Egyptian Exchange’s (EGX) performance on Sunday (June 26), with stocks dropping by 5.54%, closing at 6,851.6 points. As a result, the EGX lost any profits achieved throughout 2016, and its performance turned from a positive to a negative, registering losses of 2.2% since the beginning of 2016.” (June 27)

Inside Britain leading left parties in the country supported the Leave position noting that the EU is an imperialist construct that has intensified exploitation of the working class. The various parties did differ on the rising split within the Labor Party which on June 27 resulted in high-level defections from the opposition under Corbyn’s leadership.

The Morning Star of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), Proletarian Online of the Communist Party of Great Britain, Marxist-Leninist (CPGB-ML) and The New Worker of the New Communist Party of Britain (NCP), all called for their members, supporters and readers to reject staying within EU.

 

The original source of this article is Global ResearchCopyright © Abayomi Azikiwe, Global Research, 2016

Natasha Thahane is a South African actress best known for her role as Enhle on the SABC1 youth drama television series Skeem Saam.

Here are facts things you didn’t know about Natasha Thahane:

1. Natasha is 19-year-old.

2. She is the grand daughter of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

3. She started acting career on e.tv’s eKasi: Our Stories.

4. Natasha dropped out from Wits University where she was studying accounting.

5. She is studying a media-related course at Boston Media House.

6. She is from Cape Town.

7. She speaks English, Isizulu & Southern Sotho.

8. Natasha likes singing.

9. She did Edgars advert in 2013.

10. Natasha appeared on Single Galz: SABC 1 (Feature Extra) 2013.

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I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. Barry Goldwater (1909-1998) US Senator (R-Arizona) and 1964 Republican Presidential candidate, (in his Acceptance speech as the 1964 Republican Presidential candidate, in San Francisco, July 16, 1964)

Sometimes, I think this country would be better off if we could just saw off the Eastern Seaboard and let it float out to sea. Barry Goldwater (1909-1998) US Senator (R-Arizona) and 1964 Republican Presidential candidate, (in a December 1961 news conference)

We’re going to hit them and we’re going to hit them hard. I’m talking about a surgical strike on these ISIS stronghold cities using Trident [nuclear] missiles. Donald Trump (1946- ), Republican presidential candidate, (in an interview with ‘Meet the Press’, NBC News, August 9, 2015)

They asked me the question [about torture], ‘What do you think of waterboarding?’ —Absolutely fine. But we should go much stronger than waterboarding. Donald Trump (1946- ), Republican presidential candidate, (in a statement during a campaign event at a retirement community, in Bluffton, S. C., Feb. 17, 2016)

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The way this 2016 American presidential election is unfolding, there is a good chance that it could be a repeat of the 1964 U.S. election. In both instances, a Democratic presidential candidate is facing a flawed and frightening Republican presidential candidate who multiplies provocative and reckless statements and off-hand comments.

Politicians sometimes forget that, once elected, they are expected to serve all the people, not their narrow base of fanatical partisans. In that regard, their public statements are very important because they give a clue about what type of public servant a candidate would be. A candidate can easily self-destruct if he or she forgets that, when talking to partisans, the entire electorate is listening. Strong statements, good or bad, remain in people’sconsciousness when time comes to vote.

Let us look back 52 years to the 1964 U.S. election. Seeking election in his own right was sitting Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973), who had taken office in 1963 following President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and who was about to escalate the Vietnam War, which ended up costing the lives of 58,000 Americans and the lives of more than a million Vietnamese. His Republican opponent was Senator Barry Goldwater (1909-1998) of Arizona, who had fought against the party establishment and succeeded in winning the Republican nomination over New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller.

In 1964, Republican candidate Barry Goldwater (right) soon developed an image as an extremist on many issues with a series of reckless and ill-thought out statements. For instance, in foreign policy, he advocated using ‘low-yield’nuclear weapons in Vietnam and in Europe. Domestically, he wanted to make Social Security voluntary. He even suggested that the United States would be better off if the entire East Coast of the country were cut off and sent out to sea!

Goldwater was never able to shake off his image as an extremist on many issues, and he was never in a position to unmask the Democratic candidate’s war plans. This was a key factor in his crushing defeat in November 1964: Lyndon B. Johnson (image left below) won about 61 percent of the vote to Goldwater’s 39 percent, and took all but six states.

Therefore after the election, President Johnson had a free hand in escalading the Vietnam War, especially considering that the U.S. Congress had already adopted the infamous Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, on August 7, 1964. The disastrous war would last ten more years, until 1975.

There is a good chance that history might repeat itself next November.

Indeed, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been acting as if he doesn’t really care whether he wins the election or not, drawing attention to himself with outlandish statements and reckless comments, presumably designed to shock and create free “publicity” for his candidacy.

One day candidate Trump wants to adopt torture as a public policy. The next day, he wants to prevent Muslims from entering the United States and build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to stop illegal Mexican immigration. Later on, he advocates using nuclear missiles against Islamist terrorists in the Middle East, and—throwing away any humanitarian principle—even kill their families.

Domestically, he wants to abolish Obamacare, but so far, he has not spelled out any replacement. Etc. etc. etc!

Moreover, he doesn’t mind contradicting himself. Sometimes, he rebuts the pro-Israel lobby, professing not to need its money. But then, he lets his Middle East advisor state that a Trump administration would give the Israeli government a free hand in expropriating the Palestinians.

Since Mr. Trump has no government experience of any kind, one would think that he would consult about policy issues he knows little about, before issuing a statement. This does not seem to be the case. He even jokes: “my primary consultant is myself.” That is a sobering thought. The candidate does not seem to have an overall plan; everything seems to be left to improvisation.

This indicates a lack of discipline. Indeed, candidate Trump seems to be his own worst enemy. As a businessman, Mr. Trump may have great qualities. As a politician, he seems to be lacking in political instincts, self-control and restraint.

As a result of his flippancy and inconsistencies, Mr. Trump’s poll numbers are slipping badly, not because people necessarily like the alternative Democratic choice, but mainly because they become increasingly disillusioned by the lack of seriousness on candidate Trump’s part. They sense that he is unstable and unpredictable, that he has no plan and no program.

All this is a free gift to Democratic presidential Hillary Clinton who has to defend 40 years of political involvement. Unless an unexpected event occurs, and unless Mr. Trump changes profoundly his approach, the choice in the U.S. next November will be between two main candidates with net negative approval ratings, and the candidate with the lowest net negative rating will win, by default.

One would think that the American electorate deserves better.

Prof. Rodrigue Tremblay is the author of the book “The Code for Global Ethics, Ten Humanist Principles”, and of “The New American Empire”.

Please visit the book site at:

http://www.thecodeforglobalethics.com/

and his blog at:

http://www.thenewamericanempire.com/blog.htm

The original source of this article is Global ResearchCopyright © Prof Rodrigue Tremblay, Global Research, 2016

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Now Congratulate Black Coffee as he Danced Again on the BET Awards stage.

After weeks and weeks of corruption scandals, protests and our dear president losing his appeal on his corruption charges, this weekend has probably given South Africa the break it needed. We know how emotional soccer fans get when their favourite team loses, but this was not the case for us on Saturday when Bafana Bafana beat Botswana to win the Cosafa cup. It seems the “white Boks didn’t conspire to intentionally lose their match” either, as they beat Ireland 19-13 on Saturday night too, so everyone should be happy.

The entertainment world was also in celebration mode with the BET Awards taking place —  the first to hold such weight on South Africans as we were well represented. Nandi Mngoma and Bonang Matheba presented the show’s red carpet while Emtee, AKA, Black Coffee and Cassper Nyovest represented on the music front.

This has indeed been a great year for the Maphumulo family; Mbali’s acting career and clothing line have been soaring, with her maternity line selling out in just weeks after the launch. Husband Black Coffee’s album Pieces Of Me went platinum just after days of its release and became the album that opened big doors for him on an international level. The muso became the first South African artist to win a BET award, getting words of congratulations from all artists, including AKA, who begrudgingly did so using the opportunity on Twitter to tell his fans “Black Coffee and I don’t dig each other”. Obviously, this did not sit well with Coffee fans, as #AKAwinanga started trending again.

Anyway, the Maphumulo couple attended the awards looking gorgeous; we know Mbali always dresses on point, but this time she outdid herself. How they were not nominated in the You Spectacular Best Couple category still baffles me. Take a look:

Mbali Mlotshwa's post on Instagram.

Mbali Mlotshwa’s post on Instagram.

Congratulations to Black Coffee, he deserves it.

However, things weren’t as bad for AKA as people on Twitter made out, as he was celebrating his girlfriend’s birthday. Bonang posted a picture of herself on Instagram dressed differently from when she was presenting and told fans the birthday celebrations were about to start. She also shared that she was excited to see her boyfriend performing live on the BET Experience stage. It shows the Dreamwork hitmaker is not doing all that much AKAlosanga after all, see?

Bonang Matheba's Instagram post.

Bonang Matheba’s Instagram post.

 

One other person who deserves a mention is Boitumelo Thulo, who bought herself an AMG just a few months after buying a mansion. Last week she reached a million followers on Instagram, thanking her fans for the love and support. “Thank you to every single person who has contributed to adding light to my page and my life. Thank you for choosing to love me, to support me and for always cheering me on. Even in my low moments, I know that I’ll find light here and be reminded that nothing is ever as bad as I think,” she wrote. Congratulations to Boity, we know this is only the beginning.

She posted:

Boity's picture on Instagram.

Boity’s picture on Instagram.

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