Donald Trump is going to liberate North Korea
Towards the tail end of the 20th century, a rebel group in Kosovo, backed by NATO and the Albanian army, fought a brutal war against the Federal Yugoslav Republic, particularly against present day Serbia and Montenegro.
The Kosovo War was a tragic event in which ethnic Albanians in Kosovo sought to gain independence from Yugoslavia, and where an estimated 11,000 Kosovo people perished fighting for their independence.
The independence of Kosovo is still a touchy subject and is a matter of debate internationally. It’s one of the many examples of how ugly Balkanization can be, in which many different groups all living in a small space can want neighbouring countries’ blood.
But outside of all of the turmoil and tragedy that surrounded the Kosovo War, a funny little phenomenon occurred within Kosovo shortly thereafter. As a new post-war generation was being birthed, there was an influx of a new name in Kosovan boys that had never been heard before.
If you thought think that the name has a striking resemblance to former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, you’d be right. After Blair’s role in the resolution of the conflict, many newborns were given the name Toni, or Tonibler as a thank you to Blair, who many Kosovars consider instrumental to ending the conflict.
Things have definitely changed since then, but of course, there will always be groups of people who pray to their god for liberation. There will always be separatist movements, that much is a given. The degree to which those movements succeed varies greatly.
From the Catalan movement in Spain, right here in Quebec, Scotland, or the aforementioned Kosovo, people with distinct cultures tend to want to separate from governing bodies that they feel don’t properly represent them.
But there is one extreme example of a people so oppressed by their own government that they don’t have access to the internet, steady supplies of food, and have absolutely no free speech.
North Korea, the communist dictatorship led by Kim Jong-Un, is one of Earth’s greatest failures. It’s an absolute travesty that in this time of satellites, speed rails and high speed internet, that any country could be so horribly treated by their own leader.
Imprisoned in a system of absolute cruelty for what has now been decades, it seemed as though there was no salvation in sight for the tiny nation on the Korean peninsula.
Until now, it seems.
What the hell is going on? For all of my lifetime, anything I could remember about North Korea involved thoughts of how the tiny nation was one of our greatest enemies. A problem without a solution, and a nuclear threat that threatened America, and thus, the world.
America then elects Donald Trump of all people. and suddenly there’s a glimpse of hope. Out of all people, Donald Trump could potentially end the Korean War. Yes, there has been a ceasefire for many decades now, but no peace treaty was ever signed. When Trump was asked about the potential to end it, he gave a staunch “We’ll see.”
But Trump seems hyper optimistic, and of course very confident, even comparing North Korea to Vietnam in their economic capability. Vietnam, a country whose economy has been flourishing under a communist government that exploits capitalism and controls the people.
At this point, I’m sure North Koreans will take anything. A communist country where everyone is decently fed just seems objectively better than starving to death and watching your family get killed in public for trying to escape. Seriously, that happens there.
It seems like a lot of progress has been made with North Korea in general. Remember the whole “rocket man” situation? Trump went so far as to Tweet insults at Un, and even signed a copy of Elton John’s Honky Chateau, the album that “Rocket Man” came out on. The gift was never given, and although tensions did seem high at the time, Trump apparently knew what he was doing.
It goes back to that old idea. Leaders who are mad with power seem to respect strong Western leaders who utilize their braun, rather than diplomatic intellectuals. The “strongman” archetype, as unpopular as it may be to some, seems to appeal to crazed leaders in a way that earns their respect.
Could you imagine if North Korea is liberated, and in 9 months we start seeing little Korean babies named “도날드 트럼프”? (romanized Donaldeu Teuleompeu, the spelling that appears on Google Translate.) I don’t even know what to do with that idea. Trump could be the President that waged war on worldwide homophobia, and liberated North Korea. Insanity.
Another little theory is that this was always in the cards for Kim Jong Un. As it’s been noted before, the supreme leader of N.K. actually adores American culture, much more than his father before him ever would.
Un also went to school in Switzerland for a number of years, and is probably much more down to Earth than many of us give him credit for. Hell, Trump himself said that Un has a tremendous sense of humour. High praise!
An example of Un’s adoration for America made international headlines when former Chicago Bull and basketball hall of famer Dennis Rodman flew to the Korean peninsula to hang out with Un in 2017.
When Rodman returned, he complimented Un to no end, and argued that the North Korean leader is massively misunderstood, stating that he is “just like anybody else.”
Rodman claimed he’d visited North Korea six times, and also stated that he was the first person to hold the supreme leader’s baby.
Rodman, who branded Kim a “friend for life,” said the leader had personally informed him that he had no plans to bomb any countries and is actually a big admirer of America.
“When he’s around his people, he’s just like anybody else. He jokes and loves playing basketball, table tennis, pool,” said Rodman.
“They love American ’80s music. They do karaoke to it. He has this 13-piece girls band with violins. He gets a mic and they play the whole time. He loves the Doors and Jimi Hendrix. Oldies. When I first went, the live band only played two songs for four hours: the theme songs from Rocky and Dallas.”
So yes, this sounds absolutely insane. But in a way, it makes perfect sense. If it’s true that Kim Jong-Un is an admirer of American media, it’s likely that he knew of Donald Trump before his turn to politics. Un may have even been a fan of Trump’s before he ever took office as Supreme Leader.
As I’m typing this, Trump has just finished up a dinner with Kim Jong Un at the Metropole Hotel in Vietnam. They apparently had a dinner that lasted just under 2 hours long. Lord only knows what was discussed, but it could have been a conversation that will help change the world for the better.
The two will meet Thursday for extended bilateral meetings before Trump departs in the evening for Washington.
It’s expected that Trump will hold a press conference. There’s no official timing announced yet. But the President has made it clear that his hopes are very high.
Basically, all I’m saying is that Dennis Rodman deserves a peace prize. More so than Obama does, anyway. As far I know, Dennis Rodman never droned anyone.
What do you think? Let us know.
It’s day 334 of detention for Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, held captive by China in apparent retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in December 2018.
Meng’s wanted in the United States for charges related to the Chinese tech-giant’s violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran, allegedly conducting business with the rogue Islamist state through a front company in Hong Kong.
Shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017, he withdrew the United States from the ‘Iran nuclear deal’, favouring sanctions and sabre rattling to prevent Iran from enriching uranium and building nuclear weapons.
Caught between two economic and military superpowers, Canada got a bit of reprieve this week, at least our pig farmers did, after China lifted its embargo on Canadian pork while similar, retaliatory prohibitions remain for our canola and beef.
If these problems weren’t enough, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s previous government delayed a decision whether to allow Huawei 5G technology onto our domestic telecommunications network – the United States has already banned it over national security concerns.
During a CBC interview aired Monday with Susan Rice, the former U.S. national security advisor to President Barack Obama echoed these concerns and said Huawei 5G presented a clear and present danger.
“It’s hard for me to emphasize adequately, without getting into classified terrain, how serious it is, particularly for countries involved in the Five Eyes,” said Rice who explained threat, then suggested the signals intelligence alliance (Five Eyes) between U.S., Canada, UK, New Zealand and Australia would be jeopardized if Canada went ahead with Huawei 5G.
Huawei isn’t the only company that can provide 5G, purportedly capable of 10 gigabytes-per-second of data transfer that can activate a Bluetooth ‘internet of things’ world where all gadgets are operable via smartphone.
But Huawei’s current proliferation in the marketplace and its ties with the Chinese Communist Party, as The Post Millennial previously reported, raise questions about why the Trudeau government dithers on this national security front.
“It gives the China the ability, if they choose to use it, to access all kinds of information, civilian intelligence, military, that could be very, very compromising. As much as I disagree with the Trump administration on a number of things, on this their concern about Huawei, I believe they’re right.”
Rice went on to say that if Canada were to allow the technology on its telecom infrastructure that would forever change the security relationship between our countries.
“That would put the security collaboration which serves the security interests of every Canadian and every American, into jeopardy,” Rice said. “It can’t be done. I don’t see how we can share (intelligence) in the way we have. It’s not a joke. It’s truly serious.”
National security concerns about Huawei 5G are not new – New Zealand and Australia have followed America’s lead, while UK and Canada dither – despite warnings from intelligence experts, and now the former U.S. national security advisor.
Adding more complications to the diplomatic mess, and the Trudeau government’s inability to make a decision on Huawei 5G – one Rice’s interview indicates should be a no-brainer – is the extent to which Huawei has wormed its way into Canadian university research, and the money mainland China students pay to attend post-secondary here.
According to internal documents from the University of British Columbia obtained by National Post, after Meng’s arrest, faculty and administrators were more worried about losing Chinese students, related Huawei research deals and estranging faculty from China, than national security or the university’s integrity.
Huawei research sponsorship at UBC is currently worth $9.5 million and mainland China students make up nearly 10 percent of total enrolment at the university; 5,717 or approximately one-third of all international students at the school.
In the day’s following Meng’s arrest as she was transiting through Vancouver International Airport, teachers and admin contemplated a PR strategy to combat commentary in media critical of Canadian universities’ relations with Huawei.
On December 10, the same day Kovrig and Spavor were arrested in China – the pair have since been accused of espionage – Paul Evans, an Asia expert at UBC’s public policy school wrote colleagues proposing they decide whether to be “proactive or reactive” to events that could impact research cash or students from the communist regime.
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s staying power on Dancing With The Stars is really bothering the media and the program’s judges, and after President Donald Trump tweeted support for his old employee during Monday night’s episode, the social media floodgates burst with triggered viewers.
About an hour into the two-hour broadcast Trump boosted Spicer’s spicy tweet-ask for supporters to vote strategically and up to 30 times, right before and during the reality program that features celebrities making earnest attempts at ballroom dancing.
According to the rules, dancing pairs who wind up on the bottom of judges’ scorecards can live to dance another day with the help of live voting by home viewers.
Even Trump’s son Don Jr. got into the Twitter action in support of his dad’s former director of communications who resigned from his White House role in July of 2017, barely seven months on the job, but a relatively good run compared to some of Trump’s other former aides.
The support from the POTUS inevitably resulted in the usual triggered suspects, who under the influence of #TrumpDerangementSyndrome cannot separate having some fun via a modern-day incarnation of “Dance Fever”, with politics and reality in general.
Other Twitter users were taking great glee in the chagrin of DWTS personalities.
Washington Post, which has joined entertainment rags like US Magazine and People in chronicling and critiquing Spicer’s dance floor technique and aplomb, described DWTS panel reaction as “genuinely frustrated” by Spicy’s “less than stellar” ability.
To wit, DWTS judge Len Goodman on Spicer’s time on the program and in the wake of the contestant’s Monday night first-round jazz dance stylings to Styx’ “Come Sail Away”:
“We keep throwing you out the boat and the viewers keep throwing a life preserver.”
Spicer’s execution of the cha-cha in the “dance off” was also, less than stellar.
But don’t take it from the DWTS judges, or even The Post Millennial; the storied Gray Lady, or as POTUS refers to them, “the failing, fake news New York Times“, went a step further than WaPo and dispatched their chief dance critic Gia Kourlas to batter Spicy.
Noting it takes at least ten years to create a “real dancer”, Kourlas goes on to describe Spicer’s dance muse with the seriousness of critiquing Mikhail Baryshnikov.
“Mr. Spicer isn’t trained, of course, but he has revealed much about his soul’s weather through his dancing. He hides behind an egregious smile, parting his teeth to make it look as though he’s been caught mid-laugh,” writes Kourlas.
“That smile seems meant to distract from his plan of attack: never actually performing a dance, but conquering it.”
Yes. We all understand that Sean Spicer cannot dance, which Kourlis makes clear in the title of her NYT piece.
And how do we know this? Because he is a contestant on a fish-out-of-water reality show that takes non-dancers and tries to polish them up a bit for fun, like a low-rent, made-for-TV Pygmalion.
So lighten up, everbody. And vote for Spicy! DWTS semi-finals begin next Monday night on CTV and ABC networks.
A Trump reelection ad aired during the World Series game 7 on Wednesday night, promoting U.S. President Trump’s record in office the past three years.
“President Trump is changing Washington. Creating 6 million new jobs. 500,000 new manufacturing jobs. Cutting illegal immigration in half. Obliterating ISIS. They’re caliphate destroyed. They’re terrorist leader dead,” the narrator of the ad starts, referencing the latest raid on ISIS that killed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Despite it being a little over a year before the U.S. 2020 general election, the election campaigning is in full force.
The premium ad buy for major sporting event means millions of Americans saw the ad on TV and social media. The Washington Post noted this is a more aggressive early reelection campaign blitz than previous incumbent administration’s have waged.
The ad then goes on to bash the Democrats for focusing on impeachment.
“But the Democrats would rather focus on impeachment and phoney investigations, ignoring the real investigations. But that’s not stopping Donald Trump. He’s no Mr. Nice Guy, but sometimes it takes a Donald Trump to change Washington.”
American President Donald Trump is attempting to capitalize on the raid that killed ISIS leader, Al-Bagdahdi in Syria on Oct. 26. Since the raid, Trump and his administration have been vocal on social media, even sharing a classified video of the raid with the American public.
The first of a series of controversial incidents came on Wednesday when the President tweeted a photoshopped picture of the dog that helped kill the ISIS leader receiving a medal of honour. Despite the photograph being an obvious fake, some hard-hitting journalists made sure to inform the public that this image was not real, much to the ridicule of their right-leaning counterparts.
After the journalists realized the blatant obviousness of all this, they then criticized the Trump administration for sharing the photoshopped picture that removed a Vietnam veteran out of the photograph and replaced him with the dog. This came despite the veteran who was photoshopped out telling the New York Times that he interpreted the tweet as Trump recognizing the dog’s heroism.
After the noise from this died down, to milk the story, or to distract us from the on-going impeachment issues, Trump then decided to disclose the name of the dog, Conan, who chased the ISIS leader into a corner where he then committed murder-suicide. The dog’s name was still classified before when Trump first released a picture of the dog.
“…Conan will be leaving the Middle East for the White House sometime next week!” Trump tweeted late Wednesday night. The dog was named after late night comedian Conan O’Brien, according to Newsweek.
Thank you Daily Wire. Very cute recreation, but the “live” version of Conan will be leaving the Middle East for the White House sometime next week! https://t.co/Z1UfhxsSpT— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2019
The American Presidential election is famous for its long campaign, and this raid will serve as an effective tool for convincing the American public that this administration is competent in foreign affairs. This is evident through Trump’s inclusion of the footage of the raid in a reelection ad released Wednesday.
Nevertheless, Americans across the country are concerned primarily for the welfare of Conan the dog. This brave dog survived a raid on ISIS where he cornered and killed Al-Bagdahdi. But will he survive the mainstream media?