ずくなしの冷や水

2019年07月19日

米国支配層の裏側 エプスタインはオーストリアの偽のパスポートを持っていた

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Guns and Crime
Jeffrey Epstein’s ties to Bill Clinton

RT2019/7/18
Fake passport, ‘piles of cash’ & diamonds: Should we know you better, Mr. Epstein?
Mysteries only multiply as the Jeffrey Epstein saga continues to unravel. A fake passport found in the sex offender’s Manhattan home raises the possibility he had official cooperation traveling the globe under a false identity.

Federal investigators found the document alongside “piles of cash” and dozens of diamonds in a safe in Epstein’s New York mansion, the Daily Beast reported on Monday. Prosecutors say the passport, which contains Epstein’s photo but uses a fake name, was issued in Austria in the 1980s; they are still trying to determine how it was obtained.

The discovery not only stokes concerns that Epstein may be a flight risk – some of the safe’s contents suggest he was prepared to leave the country at a moment’s notice – but raise questions about how the wealthy financier could have trotted the globe for years under a fake name and avoided detection.

“This is a phony passport. Somebody else’s name, different address. Why would he do that?” asked RT America’s Rick Sanchez, who will take a closer look at the mysterious passport in a forthcoming special report. “Why does an American citizen need a fake passport to go to the UK, for example?”

In other words, Sanchez said, Epstein flew everywhere from France, to Spain, to the UK and Saudi Arabia, using a fake name and a fake passport for all of it – according to the stamped markings on the document – and raised no suspicion?

Who did he know? Who might he take down – presidents, tycoons?

Epstein was arrested in early July on sex trafficking charges and awaits trial in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. His bail hearing is set for Thursday afternoon, when he will request to be released on a $100 million bond, and put under house arrest.

SPUTNIK2019/7/15
A former Italian model has told The New York Post that Jeffrey Epstein, the American financier charged with sex trafficking underage girls, tried to induce her to sex in 2004 when she was 21.

Elisabetta Tai told the Post that her booker directed her to Epstein's Manhattan residence a month after she arrived in the US, saying Epstein was "in charge of Victoria's Secret" and she might land a gig modelling for the lingerie company.

When she showed up at Epstein's Upper East Side townhouse in 2004, Tai spoke to Epstein about her modelling experience before he suddenly stripped naked, laid on a massage chair, called her close and handed her a vibrator.

At that point, Tai said she "froze," then "grabbed the vibrator and threw it at his head."

Tai rushed out, but claimed a woman looking like Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's reported ex-girlfriend accused of recruiting underage women for him, grabbed her, saying she "couldn't just leave" because Epstein was "important".

Tai told The Post that she was terrified of telling anyone what had allegedly transpired until recent reports emerged of other women accusing Epstein of harassing them.

The harrowing experience “changed me for life,” Tai told The Post.

Jeffrey Epstein is said to have had a long relationship with Lex Wexner, founder and CEO of L Brands, parent company of Victoria's Secret.

The Post contacted an anonymous former Manhattan-based modelling agent who claimed Epstein used his position in Wexner's company to traffic underage girls, suggesting he could aid them in accessing the coveted lingerie company.

66-year-old Epstein, who is up for a bail hearing on Monday, was arrested on 6 July and charged with sex trafficking of minors by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York.

According to the charges, the financier “sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls” at his mansions in Manhattan and Palm Beach from 2002 to 2005. A conviction would send him to jail for up to 45 years.

FARSNEWS2019/7/15
The Dark Side of US Politics
TEHRAN (FNA)- US Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigned, following public criticism over his previous role as a Florida State Attorney in handling the case of businessman Jeffrey Epstein, who was arrested last week over child trafficking charges.

During his tenure in the Florida Legal system, Acosta was part of a deal which saw Epstein serve only 13 months in a local jail for child sex crimes. Although he has sought to defend his role in the 12 years-old case in legal terms, the public backlash amid the arrest made his position untenable and, consequentially, he bowed out under pressure. As he departed, President Trump stated: "I'm with him."

Why is the Jeffrey Epstein scandal proving to be such a big deal? And why is it so damaging to anyone even loosely affiliated with it? The case might be described as "the tip of the iceberg" pertaining to broader and long set allegations of sexual crimes and misconduct throughout the rich, famous and connected in the US.

With Epstein's recent arrest, his well-known connections, and accusations about bribery and silencing witnesses have captured public anger deeply because people come to believe that this is just a part of a broader, deeper, and darker trend. The sentiment is clear: These predators may be weaponizing their wealth and connections to prevent and escape justice.

The fact that some within rich and high-profile circles in Washington are engaging in sinister activities is not new. For many years, such allegations have been the subject of popular conspiracy theories and murky rumors. But they have often failed to be taken seriously by the mainstream. However, at the turn of the 2010s, the public atmosphere changed dramatically, by events not in Washington, but across the sea in the United Kingdom as well.

In 2012, journalists uncovered allegations that former BBC television personality Jimmy Saville, who passed away the previous year, had in fact abused hundreds of minors over a period of 50 years. This earthquake of a revelation shined a new spotlight on abuse and corruption by elite figures.

This was followed by a string of high profile arrests and prosecutions, as well as numerous more allegations. It spread from Britain and captured the horror of the broader Western world. The aftershock sank people's trust in public individuals and British institutions.

No more was the conceptualisation of the rich, the famous, and the powerful engaging in sinister crimes a mere conspiracy theory, but a long set dark culture which had to be taken seriously.

By 2018, this sentiment finally broke through to the mainstream in the United States. The unleashing of the "#Metoo" movement saw a tidal wave of allegations poured upon famous people about sexual abuse of both women and minors. Age-old silences were broken, and several careers were destroyed, and legal cases pursued. The reasoning was all the same that certain individuals with influence used their position and wealth not only to engage in illegal activities but also to evade justice.

This again brings us to the case of Epstein. He is an investment banker who oversees a firm which manages the assets of billionaires. He has a net worth of over 500 million dollars. Such a background means he is very well-connected. This includes, with photographic evidence, ties with Donald Trump, as well as former Presidents such as Bill Clinton. In essence, Epstein is a keystone of what every day Americans may describe as "elite society".

As a result, the scandal surrounding him is creating burning distrust of "the establishment" from the grassroots. This is why there was no hope for Alex Acosta politically. Although nothing can be directly alleged or proven against the former Labor Secretary, Epstein's background, ties, and known usage of money in legal matters meant that even the slightest association with him is a political death sentence. Angered and severely disappointed, the public wants Acosta out, but not just him.

So although little can be alleged or proven beyond Epstein himself, one thing is for sure that ordinary Americans feel that this case is just the tip of the iceberg. Surely, beneath the surface of Political and elite life in the United States, a dark and pathological culture of abuse and corruption exists whereby certain individuals and politicians - even presidents - believe with their power, status, and assets, they can live above the law.

This is a case with real political wheels and momentum. It should not go away, as its ramifications are deeper, more insightful and more shocking than people even realise. Any doubters should ask Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.

SPUTNIK2019/7/14
Accused Child Sex Predator Jeffrey Epstein Made Payoffs to Possible Witnesses, Claim NY Prosecutors
Wall Street billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on 6 July and charged with sex trafficking of minors by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York. The financier pleaded not guilty to “sexually exploiting and abusing dozens of minor girls” at his mansions in Manhattan and Palm Beach from 2002 to 2005.

Prosecutors in New York have requested that a federal judge deny bail to multimillionaire hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein who awaits trial for sex trafficking of minors, reports NBC News.

He “has a history of obstruction and manipulation of witnesses,” prosecutors wrote to the judge, Richard Berman, on Friday.

They allege that Epstein manipulated two possible witnesses against him by wiring them $350,000 late last year, just days after The Miami Herald published its 2018 exposé on the financier.

Prosecutors were also concerned the wealthy financier was a flight risk and ought to be denied bail to prevent him from attempting to tamper with witnesses or flee the country.

66-year-old Epstein, who is up for a bail hearing on Monday, was arrested on 6 July and charged with sex trafficking of minors by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York.

According to the indictment the financier, who pleaded not guilty, “sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls” at his mansions in Manhattan and Palm Beach from 2002 to 2005. A conviction would send him to jail for up to 45 years.

In 2008, Epstein faced similar charges but signed a controversial plea deal with Alexander Acosta, then the US attorney in Miami, which allowed him to serve just 13 months in a private wing of a Palm Beach county jail.


米国労働長官が辞任へ
SPUTNIK2019/7/12
US Labour Secretary Alex Acosta Resigns Amid Scandal Over Handling of Epstein Case
Earlier, following Sunday's arrest of billionaire hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein on charges of sex trafficking and abuse of minors, lawmakers urged Acosta to resign over his alleged lenient treatment of Epstein during plea-bargaining negotiations in 2008, while Acosta was serving as US Attorney for Southern Florida.

US Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta will be resigning from office, President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday.

"I hate to see this happen," Trump said, adding that Acosta had done a "great" job as labour secretary.

Acosta, who appeared alongside Trump, said he had "called the president this morning and told him that I thought the right thing was to step aside."

"My point here today is we have an amazing economy and the focus needs to be on...job creation," Acosta added.

The secretary's resignation will step into effect in seven days.

Criticism of Acosta began in late 2018, when the Miami Herald published a groundbreaking investigation accusing the official of treating convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein leniently in 2008 in the plea deal agreement which allowed Epstein to serve just a year in prison and another year under house arrest despite accusations of sexual abuse and trafficking by nearly three dozen young women and girls as young as 12.

According to the Herald, Acosta, who was serving as US Attorney for Southern Florida at the time, "didn't just buckle under pressure from Epstein's lawyers," but "worked with them to contain the case -even as the FBI was uncovering evidence of a wider sex trafficking operation."




SPUTNIK2019/7/11
Jeffrey Epstein Claims He Introduced Donald Trump to Melania - Reports
The billionaire financier faces up to 45 years in prison for running a sex trafficking ring that exploited dozens of underage girls. Epstein, however, has denied the accusations, pleading not guilty to all the charges.

According to The New York Times, Jeffrey Epstein, arrested on paedophilia charges, has been bragging he introduced Donald Trump to his wife Melania since the US president was elected in 2016.

The first lady has only ever said she met her future husband at a party at the Kit Kat Club in Manhattan in 1998, when Trump, who was separated from his second wife, asked Melania for her phone number.

The US president previously commented on the Epstein case, stating they hadn't talked for over a decade due to some disputes.

In an old interview with New York Magazine, published back in 2002, Trump noted that Epstein liked beautiful women, adding, however, that "many of them are on the younger side".

At the same time, ex-President Bill Clinton, who was a long-time friend of the accused businessman, claimed he knew nothing about the "terrible crimes" linked to Epstein.

The news comes after prosecutors stated that hundreds of "sexually suggestive" photos of nude minor girls had been discovered in Epstein's New York City mansion as part of an ongoing investigation.

The businessman previously faced a sex scandal in 2008 but got away with just an 18-month term after a "sweetheart" plea deal.

The list of his friends, associates and guests to his parties includes multiple politicians, moguls, noblemen, rock stars, and Hollywood celebrities.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 17:29| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

UAEのタンカーがイランから石油を密輸していた?

他の国のタンカーがホルムズ海峡で故障しイランが自国の港へ曳航したとの情報がありましたが、このタンカーは密輸船だったようです。当初、故障したタンカーはUAEの船とされていました。UAEは真っ青です。英国がイランに航行の自由とか何か主張していますが、イランの港から出たことは確からしい。

輸出業者に因果を含めて盗品で密輸が目的だったしと証言させた? でも故障したタンカーは追跡のための信号を止めていたとされます。そうであれば、最初から密輸船。後から国内業者に嘘の証言を強要する必要はありません。さあてどうなるか。

イランは故障したタンカーはUAEに属するとしていましたが、密輸船については所属国籍を明らかにしていません。

英国の旗を掲げていたとの説もあります。

石油が一時値上がりしたそうです。

FARSNEWS2019/7/19
Oil Price Jumps After 1mln Liter of Smuggled Fuel Seized in Persian Gulf
TEHRAN (FNA)- The price of oil spiked on Thursday just minutes after Tehran seized a “foreign vessel” which was “smuggling” one million liters of fuel near Larak Island in the Strait of Hormuz off Iran’s coast.

Oil prices reacted sharply to the media report over the seizure of the ship in the Persian Gulf, with Brent crude up 1% at $64.27 a barrel and West Texas Intermediate futures up 0.8% at $57.22 a barrel.

Naval forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have seized a foreign ship smuggling fuel in the Persian Gulf in mid-July, according to a statement by the public relations office of the IRGC Navy's first zone on Thursday. The foreign vessel was smuggling a million liters of fuel from Iran and was seized in Iranian waters South of Lark island. Yet, the IRGC refuted claims by western media outlets that it has seized any other foreign ship.

Tensions mounted between Tehran and Washington last May, when President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and re-imposed harsh sanctions against the Islamic Republic in defiance of global criticism. The American leader and his hawkish advisers National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have since been stepping up pressure against Iranians, threatening Tehran of military operation.

Analysts note that a full-fledged war between the US and Iran would immediately affect global crude prices, as the recent escalation of tensions in the Middle East has already shown.

In early July, British marines and Gibraltar police seized the Iranian tanker off the Southern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo claimed that the ship was transporting crude oil to Syria “in violation” of the EU sanctions placed on Damascus. Washington has applauded the move, hailing it as a sign that Europe is on board with the US’ unilateral sanctions against Iran.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned the “illegal move” of London and describing it as “tantamount to piracy”. Tehran accused the UK of doing Washington’s bidding and helping the US attempt to stifle the Islamic Republic’s oil exports, rejected London's claim that the supertanker was carrying crude for Syria.


RT2019/7/18
‘Smuggling fuel’: Iran state TV shows VIDEO of seized tanker days after UAE-based vessel vanishes
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has released footage showing the seizure of a ship “smuggling fuel” in the Persian Gulf. The vessel bears the name of the UAE-owned tanker that recently vanished in the Gulf.

The footage shows several Iranian boats circling the tanker, apparently forcing it to stop. Another video was captured from the ship’s deck, showing details of the vessel.

The ship in the video is apparently the MT Riah – a Panamanian-flagged tanker that went missing on Sunday. Tehran initially said that the ship experienced technical issues and was towed into Iranian water for repair.

According to the IRGC, the incident took place to the south of Iran’s Larak Island, which is located in the northern part of the Strait of Hormuz. The vessel had 12 crewmembers on board when it was detained, the IRGC said, giving no further information on their names or nationalities.

The ship has allegedly been engaging into repeated trips between different emirates of the UAE – presumably carrying oil or fuel. But an Emirati security official earlier denied that the UAE owns or operates the vessel, adding that ‘Riah’ did not send a distress call during the incident.

The incident with the MT Riah came shortly after another Panamanian-flagged vessel, Grace 1, was seized by the UK in the Strait of Gibraltar. The British claimed the vessel was carrying Iranian crude to fuel-strapped Syria and therefore was violating EU sanctions. Tehran reacted angrily to the arrest of the ship, comparing it to an act of piracy and berating London for kowtowing to the US.

FARSNEWS
Iranian Revolutionary Guards Detain Foreign Tanker in Persian Gulf Carrying Contraband Fuel - Report

The situation remains tense in the Gulf since Iran vowed to seize British ships in response to an Iranian tanker carrying oil being detained in Gibraltar. London believes the oil was destined for Syria, thus violating European sanctions against the country, but Tehran has denied this and demanded the vessel be released.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps forces have detained a foreign tanker along with 12 crewmembers south of Larak Island in the Persian Gulf over suspicions that it was smuggling one million litres of oil, Fars News Agency reported. There has so far been no information about the tanker's name or the country it belongs to.

According to the Tasnim News Agency, citing an IRGC spokesperson, the ship was stopped by the Iranian forces on 14 July and was detained after they confirmed it was carrying contraband oil. Reuters reported, citing a local TV, that the detained vessel was the one that sent a distress call on Sunday. The tanker was reportedly transporting oil from Iranian smugglers to buyers abroad.

"The vessel that Iran towed to its waters after receiving a distress call, was later seized with the order from a court as we found out that it was smuggling fuel", the IRGC spokesman said in a statement on state TV.

The UK, which currently has strained relations with Iran, was quick to react to the news, saying that it is trying to find additional information on the tanker's arrest, Reuters reported. A government spokesperson has called on Iran to take steps to ease the situation in the region.

"We continue to urge the Iranian authorities to de-escalate the situation in the region. We are continuously monitoring the security situation there and are committed to maintaining freedom of navigation, in accordance with international law", the British government's spokesperson said.

On the same day, US Central Command chief General Kenneth McKenzie announced during a joint press conference with Saudi General Prince Fahd bin Turki that he would be working "aggressively" to ensure the freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf and that he has been contacting other countries on the matter. When asked about participating in the initiative, Prince Fahd stated that the country has already organised a military escort for its ships in the Red Sea.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry stated on 16 July that the country's forces had approached an international oil tanker that requested assistance due to experiencing a technical fault. The oil tanker was then tugged to Iranian waters to conduct the necessary repairs, the ministry added.

The statement came in the wake of the US voicing suspicions that Tehran could have seized a United Arab Emirates-based oil tanker that had turned off its tracker on 14 July, when sailing through the Strait of Hormuz.

The situation in the Gulf has escalated since British authorities seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar on 4 July over a tip from the US claiming that it was carrying oil bound for Syria in violation of European sanctions. Tehran slammed the arrest and denied sending oil to Syria. The Islamic Republic accused London of endangering international shipments and demanded the release of the vessel.

Tehran also warned it could seize British ships if its demands are not met, prompting the Royal Navy to start escorting UK ships in the Gulf and sending additional military vessels to the region.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 17:09| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

南アジアで洪水 モンスーンの始まりの時期



胸まで水につかると歩くのもおぼつかないです。水が勢いを持って流れているように見えます。若い人の真剣な表情、感動的です。




Record High Number of China Rivers Report Floods
TEHRAN (FNA)- More than 3.93 million residents in the Central Hunan Province have suffered from the damages brought by floodwater, with 17 people missing or presumed dead. [VIDEO]

http://media.farsnews.com/media/Uploaded/Files/Video/1398/04/27/13980427000538.mp4
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 16:25| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

住みたい街 住みたくない街 人口3万人以上

データの集計に誤りがあったので訂正し、内容も修正しました。

資料は各県庁が毎月発表する人口動態統計。人口3万人以上の都市を集計

2019/5以前12カ月間の月平均の10万人当たり出生率から2018/5以前24か月の月平均の10万人当たり出生率を引いてみます。この3年間でどれだけ出生率が下がったかわかります。









posted by ZUKUNASHI at 16:23| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

木々と知り合う ナナミノキ

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posted by ZUKUNASHI at 15:47| Comment(0) | 木々と知り合う

トランペットの木 キササゲ

キササゲは見たことがあったが、あまりに大きな木で名前が思い浮かばなかった。









花はきれいらしい。来年の6月か。

2019/5/26、キササゲの花を見られた。きれいだ、確かに。ただ花が小さい。






Catalpa Tree
トランペットの木


きれいな花です。日本にありますか?
Arboretum Kalmthout @arboretumkalmt 6月25日
Altijd boeiende verhalen over bloeiende bomen te sprokkelen @arboretumkalmt - vandaag de Amerikaanse trompetboom Catalpa - duizenden bloemen waar bijen en hommels graag op bezoek komen. Opnames met #gilclaes voor @EclipsTV

SYさんからアメリカキササゲだと教えてもらいました。もう一枚の写真も掲げます。こんなに大きな木です。左側は栗ですね。



ピンク色のノウゼンカズラ


こんなにきれいなんですか。開花時期は6〜7月とあります。今週行かなくては。そろそろギンバイカも咲くころ。


ところで、私の上のキササゲの写真はどこで撮ったのかな? ボケて思い出せない!

これはマキですね。アフリカにもある?


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 15:40| Comment(4) | 木々と知り合う

オールスパイス

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 15:37| Comment(1) | 木々と知り合う

県別都市別出生率死亡率の変化度合い

この記事は、当初データの集計時に同名の区を県別に識別していないデータを用いていました。分析の過程で気づきました。一足飛びに結論に行きます。

原資料は各県庁が毎月発表する人口動態統計。人口3万人以上の都市を対象として2019/5以前12カ月間の月平均の10万人当たり出生率から2018/5以前2年間の月平均の10万人当たり出生率を引いてみます。この3年間でどれだけ出生率が下がったかわかります。全体で400都市です。次の表は、出生率の差-5.0以下を掲載しています。



この表の中の、格子で囲んだ都市が出生率の低下も死亡率の上昇も度合いが大きくなっています。それぞれに原因が推定できるところもありますし、なぜだろうと思わせられるところもあります。今回の集計は、隠れたハイリスク地域を浮かび上がらせることでしたが、当初の意図は達せられました。

結城市は、セシウム濃厚汚染地域ではありませんが、茨城県の西部は白菜の産地であり、福島第一原発事故直後巨大な白菜が収穫されたと新聞で報じられました。残念ながら、8年を経て人間は巨大化せず、新生児の数が大きく減っています。

県別に集計すると


関東以外でも悪化が大きい都市があることがわかります。全体的に茨城が上位にあり、宮城、新潟も。

新潟にお住いの方には、警告しておいたほうが良いでしょう。新潟県内は、ところにより強い汚染があります。魚沼地方、下越地方など。

妙高市、魚沼市、村上市、佐渡市、五泉市、糸魚川市は、関東地域と比べて出生率の低下度合いでワースト上位にあります。

新潟駅南口は、アルファ線、ベータ線込みで測定すると東葛地方に比肩する高い水準が検出されていますし、新潟市の郊外に抜ける幹線道路も相対的に高い値いが検出されています。

新潟県の方が従来型の生活慣習、特に食慣習を続けていると子供の生まれにくい体質になる方も少なくないでしょう。死亡率が上がっているところでは、予期せぬ形での人生の終わりを迎える方も多くなるでしょう。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 15:01| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

トランプは人種差別主義者の考え方と心を持っている

RT2019/7/18
Ilhan Omar brands Trump ‘FASCIST’ after ‘send her back’ chants at his rally
Rep. Ilhan Omar has accused the US president of being “racist” and of “spewing fascist ideology” after Donald Trump’s supporters were heard chanting “send her back” during a rally as he was lambasting the Democratic congresswoman.

“We have said this president is racist, we have condemned his racist remarks. I believe he is fascist,” Omar told reporters on Thursday, adding that she believes the verbal attacks are targeting not only her, but the very right to have a dissenting opinion.

“I want to remind people that this is what this president and his supporters have [turned] our country, that is supposed to be a country where we allow democratic debate and dissent to take place,” Omar said.

The Somalia-born congresswoman went further and accused Trump of “spewing his fascist ideology on stage” – referring to the scandalous rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, in which a crowd of the president’s supporters started chanting “send her back” during his speech. Trump, who did not try to stop the chants, was at the time addressing what he called Omar’s “vicious anti-Semitic screeds.” He was also accusing her of supporting Al-Qaeda and smearing the US military involved in the Somalian war.

The incident triggered a wave of criticism, and Trump later attempted to downplay it, saying he actually “disagreed” with the chants.

“I felt a little bit badly about it,” Trump told reporters on Thursday. “I would say that I was not happy with it. I disagreed with it. But again I didn’t say that. They did. And I disagreed with it.”

The scandalous rally came on top of the heated row between Trump and the so-called ‘squad’ of four Democratic congresswomen – Omar, Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Last week, Trump called upon the ‘squad’ to go back to the “totally broken and crime infested” countries from which they came from (except for Omar, the other three women were born in the US).

Despite the massive backlash and accusations of racism, Trump did not back down and quoted a Republican senator calling the group the “four horsewomen of [the] apocalypse” in his tweets ahead of the North Carolina rally.

JNN/TBS 2019年7月18日(木)0時52分
「トランプ発言は人種差別的」米下院が非難決議
 アメリカ議会下院は16日、トランプ大統領が白人ではない4人の女性議員に「なぜ国に帰らないのか」と述べた発言について、「人種差別的だ」と非難する決議を可決しました。
 トランプ氏の発言について「人種差別的だ」と非難する決議は、16日、下院本会議で、野党・民主党のほか、与党・共和党からも4人が賛成し、可決されました。トランプ氏は、民主党の白人ではない4人の女性議員を念頭に、「なぜ出身国に帰らないのか」「我々の国を嫌い、不平ばかり言うなら出て行けばいい」などと発言してきましたが、決議案の採決に先立ちツイッターに、「私の体に人種差別主義者の血は流れていない」などと投稿し、反論しました。
 一方、攻撃を受けたオカシオコルテス下院議員はトランプ氏のツイートに対し、「血は流れていなくても、あなたは人種差別主義者の考え方と心を持っている」と書き込み、改めてトランプ氏を非難しました。(17日23:06) JNN/TBS

FARSNEWS2019/7/17
Polls Show Sour Views of Race Relations in Trump’s America
TEHRAN (FNA)- Even before US President Donald Trump’s racist tweets toward four Democratic congresswomen of color, Americans considered race relations in the United States to be generally bad − and said that Trump has been making them worse.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that the congresswomen should go back to the “broken and crime infested” countries they came from, despite the fact that all are American citizens and three were born in the US, AP reported.

Since his election, polling has shown Americans wary of Trump when it comes to race. But views of the president, racism in the US and what defines American culture vary significantly based on political alignment.

Race Relations in the Trump Era

In January, a CBS News poll found nearly 6 in 10 Americans saying race relations in the country are generally bad.

It wasn’t always that way. Positive views of the state of race relations in the country peaked with President Barack Obama’s inauguration, after which 66% of Americans said race relations were generally good in an April 2009 CBS News/New York Times poll.

But views started to sour in 2014 following a number of high-profile shootings of black men by police officers and have continued to be more negative than positive in the Trump era.

And Americans think Trump is contributing to the problem. A Pew Research Center poll earlier this year showed 56% of Americans saying Trump has made race relations worse.

Americans gave similarly poor assessments of the president’s impact on specific racial, ethnic and religious minorities. Nearly 6 in 10 considered Trump’s actions to be bad for Hispanics and Muslims, and about half said they were bad for African Americans, according to a February 2018 poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

That poll also found that 57% of Americans considered Trump to be racist.

Race as A Political Fault Line

Polls show stark differences in assessments of the state of race relations and Trump’s impact by party identification, along with racial and ethnic identity and educational attainment.

In Pew’s poll, fully 84% of Democrats said Trump has worsened race relations, while only about 2 in 10 Republicans agreed. About a third of Republicans said Trump has made progress toward improving race relations, while a quarter said he has tried but failed.

Majorities of Americans who are black, Hispanic and Asian said Trump has made race relations worse, compared with about half of white Americans. Among white Americans, views diverged by education − 64% of whites with a college degree think Trump has worsened race relations, compared with 41% of those without.

Racist Language

Democrats in Congress immediately called out the president’s comments on Sunday as racist and divisive, while many Republicans have remained silent.

Polling shows Democratic and Republican Americans fundamentally disagree on the way people should approach offensive language in the country.

Eighty-two percent of Republicans feel that too many people are easily offended over language today, according to a poll conducted in May by Pew Research Center, compared with about half as many Democrats who said the same. A majority of Democrats said people need to be more careful with their language.

Since Trump’s election, most Americans think it has become more common for people to express racist views, and 45% said it has become more acceptable as well, according to Pew’s February poll.

Majorities of Democrats said it has become both more common and more acceptable. Among Republicans, 42% said it has become more common and 22% said it has become more acceptable.

Diverging Views of America’s Identity

Throughout his presidency, Trump has stoked racial and ethnic division building on his campaign promise to secure the border and country. In 2017, Trump instituted a travel ban restricting entry into the US for people from five predominantly Muslim countries.

Earlier this year, the president declared a national emergency to appropriate billions of dollars in funds from government agencies to expand the US-Mexico border wall. And most recently, Trump moved on Monday to halt protections for most Central American asylum seekers.

Trump’s response to the firestorm signaled that he thinks it’s a winning stance for him, saying, “It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me."

In an AP-NORC poll from February 2017, half of Americans said the mixing of culture and values from around the world is an important part of America’s identity. Fewer − about a third − said the same of a culture established by early European immigrants.

But partisans were divided over these aspects of the nation’s identity. Nearly half of Republicans, but just about a quarter of Democrats, saw the culture of early European immigrants as important. By comparison, about two-thirds of Democrats, and about a third of Republicans, considered the mixing of world cultures important to the country’s identity.

The AP-NORC poll also found 57% of Americans saying that the U.S. should be a country with an essential culture that immigrants adopt when they come. Eight in 10 Republicans preferred immigrants to the US adapt to an American culture, though a similar share said they thought recent immigrants have not done so.

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