Showing posts with label Threats. Show all posts
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February 1, 2017

Trump Seen as Threat to Europe also Prince Charles Statement

BRUSSELS — The president of the European Council warned Tuesday that President Trump was a potential threat to the European Union, including the American leader’s bellicose pronouncements with major geopolitical challenges like Russian aggression, China’s assertiveness and international terrorism.

In a letter sent to European leaders, Donald Tusk, the council president, wrote that those factors and “worrying declarations by the new American administration all make our future highly unpredictable.” He appeared to question whether the United States would maintain its commitment to European security under Mr. Trump’s leadership.

“For the first time in our history, in an increasingly multipolar external world, so many are becoming openly anti-European, or Eurosceptic at best,” Mr. Tusk wrote. The letter was released ahead of a European Union summit meeting in Malta on Friday; Mr. Tusk is responsible for setting the agenda for the meetings.

“Particularly the change in Washington puts the European Union in a difficult situation; with the new administration seeming to put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy,” he wrote. 
The European Union has been struggling to contend with fractious internal forces. Among them: the vote by Britain to leave the bloc, the organization’s failure to establish a unified response to the arrival of hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers and the debt crisis that has driven many Greeks into poverty. And then there are external pressures like Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Before the election and since taking office, Mr. Trump has lauded the vote by Britain, known as Brexit, and said the country would thrive outside the European Union. He met with Nigel Farage, a populist leader of the campaign to leave the bloc, before seeing Prime Minister Theresa May. And at one point he went so far as to suggest that Mrs. May appoint Mr. Farage as Britain’s ambassador to the United States.

Mr. Trump has also praised President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and indicated he would pursue friendlier relations with Moscow, even as Russia encourages chaos on the European Union’s eastern border.

Mr. Tusk’s letter does not reflect a new policy for the European Union, and member states of the 28-nation bloc are not required to act on Mr. Tusk’s advice when they meet on Friday. But many European leaders have made their differences with Mr. Trump known.

After the United States said it was temporarily blocking refugees from entering the country, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany felt compelled to point out to Mr. Trump the obligations of nations under the Geneva Conventions to protect refugees of war on humanitarian grounds. And President François Hollande of France said he had reminded Mr. Trump that “the ongoing fight to defend our democracy will be effective only if we sign up to respect to the founding principles and, in particular, the welcoming of refugees.”

Mrs. May, of Britain, sought in a meeting with Mr. Trump last week to confirm his commitment to NATO; he was dismissive of the alliance, the bedrock of European security, during his campaign.

Now, the sentiments expressed in Mr. Tusk’s letter are pushing European leaders’ exasperation with the American president further into the public view. 
Mr. Tusk has sounded the alarm about the existential crises facing the bloc before, but never with the urgency he displayed in the letter. And he has never before included a longstanding ally like the United States in the list of challenges.

“An increasingly, let us call it, assertive China, especially on the seas,” he wrote, “Russia’s aggressive policy toward Ukraine and its neighbors, wars, terror and anarchy in the Middle East and in Africa, with radical Islam playing a major role, as well as worrying declarations by the new American administration all make our future highly unpredictable.”

Much of the frustration Mr. Tusk displayed in his letter stemmed from what Guntram B. Wolff, director of Bruegel, a research organization in Brussels, said was Mr. Trump’s “de facto supporting” of populist forces that could further upend the European order.

Far-right populist challengers in France, Germany and the Netherlands have adopted some of his anti-establishment rhetoric in their own campaigns.

Still, Mr. Wolff said it was unwise to enter into a war of words with the Trump administration. “We need to uphold our values here, but does it mean that we need now a declaration where we put the United States on the same level as ISIS?” he said. “No, I don’t think so. I don’t think it that would be helpful in any way.”

The trans-Atlantic volley of opprobrium on Friday included an accusation by Peter Navarro, the director of Mr. Trump’s new National Trade Council, that Germany was manipulating its currency to gain a trade advantage. Mr. Navarro told The Financial Times that Germany was using a “grossly undervalued” euro to “exploit” the United States and its partners in Europe.

That did not sit well with Ms. Merkel, who defended the European Central Bank’s independent role at a news conference on Friday: “Because of that we will not influence the behavior of the E.C.B. And as a result, I cannot and do not want to change the situation as it is.”

The value of the euro is near a 13-year low compared with the dollar, allowing German carmakers and other manufacturers to sell their goods more cheaply in the United States. But German firms also employ around 670,000 people in the United States, including many in a BMW factory in Spartanburg, S.C., the carmaker’s largest in the world, and a Mercedes factory in Tuscaloosa, Ala. These are the sort of manufacturing jobs that Mr. Trump says he wants to keep in the United States.

Jan Techau, director of the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum in Berlin, a research center dedicated to diplomacy, said Mr. Tusk’s letter was less a warning to the American president than it was a message to Europeans not to be lured away from union, or to be tempted away from the bloc by favorable bilateral ties offered by the Trump administration. “He is encouraging everyone to fall into that trap,” Mr. Techau said of the American president.

Mr. Tusk, by contrast, is making the case for Europeans to stick together for their own survival. “He wants to remind them that there is something bigger at stake than just what they are going to be talking about in Malta,” Mr. Techau said.

Prince Charles:

“We are now seeing the rise of many populist groups across the world that are increasingly aggressive to those who adhere to a minority faith. All of this has deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days of the 1930s," he said. 

“My parents’ generation fought and died in a battle against intolerance, monstrous extremism and inhuman attempts to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe.”

Citing UN statistics, he added that a "staggering" 65.3 million people abandoned their homes in 2015 — 5.8 million more than the year before.

“The suffering doesn’t end when they arrive seeking refuge in a foreign land," he said. "We are now seeing the rise of many populist groups across the world that are increasingly aggressive towards those who adhere to a minority faith."

February 6, 2014

Boy Teen in Minnesota Receives Death Treats After Coming Out

Ryan Eichenauer, a Centennial High School student in Circle Pines, Minnesota, has gone public with death threats he's received since recently coming out as gay on Facebook. Ryan says the typed threats were placed on his desk before the start of class. 
Here's one of the death threats he's received so far:
"Ryan, I see there are many others who also want you dead. Good. And it's not just the two of us who have decided to speak up. It's everyone ... like you don't deserve to live in this world. Innocent people die every day, but the scum of the earth like you gets to live? ... that. That is about to change. No one likes the fact that you are alive. No one likes the way you show your sexuality. You are a ... sinner. Someone should do something about it…I will. I am not a coward. I protect the house of god from ... like you. I know you have been suicidal before and I hope you try it again...but go through with it you ... coward. I know you still cut your wrists. I've been told it's because you hate yourself. You think you are ugly. You think you are worthless. And guess what? You are! You wonder why people don't like you... it's because you are the ... under all of our feet. We intend to keep it that way. Enjoy your days while you still can. In my eyes they are numbered. Many others forgive...I don't. I can't wait for the day that I get to walk over your grave. And if you don't put yourself there, I will be glad to. Just do us all a favor and do it soon. ... kill yourself already, because we all know with you gone the world will be a better place. I know where we keep our guns, but I think I want to see you suffer, more than just a blow to the head. I want to see you weep with pain. I want to see your blood draining from your lifeless body. But as I've said before, I'm not the only one who wants this, we all do. We all ... hate you. Kill yourself now, and go to ...
"A little scared, I feel safe in my school," Ryan told a reporter. "Right now, mostly uncomfortable....The first threat I cried a lot. A lot of tears and emotions. Even though that was less threatening. Then this one came along. Is this what I am going to get forever, from now on?” 
Jonathan Higbee 

August 8, 2012

Fmer SNL Actor Jon Lovitz’s Life Threatened Over Taxes Joke

It was reported in April of former “Saturday Night Live” star Jon Lovitz talking with filmmaker Kevin Smith. Lovitz, who has played such characters as Tommy Flanagan, Hanukkah Harry and even former presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, vented about how the president thinks the rich don’t pay their fair share.
“This whole thing with Obama saying the rich don’t pay their taxes is f---ing bulls—t. I voted for the guy and I’m a Democrat, what a f---ing a—hole,” said Lovitz at his comedy club during a podcast. “If I make a dollar and out of every dollar I'm taxed at 50, half, at 50 cents, I have to give, isn't that like enough? For every two dollars you make, you have to give a dollar back. That’s not right. You’re not paying enough. It’s half! Half!”

In an interview with, Lovitz explained what happened after his comments towards the president, which actually prompted him to permit a security escort walk him to his car. It got so bad that he started to receive death threats.
The owner of the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club said he received one message that warned: “I know where you eat.”
Lovitz is quite befuddled as to why he is being accused of racism from the media, Democrats and strangers. The star of former television sitcom “The Critic” also feels that the media and other organizations, such as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), are on the attack when it comes to comedians.
“Your site and, they get the humor. The Huffington Post, their comedy guys have no sense of humor and their headlines are lying,” stated Lovitz. “I don’t see the president as black or white. He’s a man. What I find bizarre is how the quote liberals are bringing up race [and] saying, 'shut the f--- up.' I find them so close minded. I thought you were liberal. You should be tolerant of everybody whether they agree with you or not.” sent a Tweet to Lovitz Tuesday, in which the group said, “The Left may not ‘get’ you, but we definitely do.”
Meanwhile, weeks after the rant made its rounds across the Internet, many of his colleagues in the industry didn’t provide any comments and were “not supportive.” However, random people on the street would go up to Lovitz and thank him.
In the end, Lovitz is not seeking thanks and is not blaming the president for the current economic situation, but rather he feels Obama’s stance against the rich is a deterrent from the major problems facing the United States today.
“I meant what I said. I said what I said to make people laugh. I expressed myself in a humorous way,” concluded Lovitz in his interview. “Sometimes the best way to make ‘em laugh is to show ‘em how you honestly feel.”

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March 20, 2012

Lance Bass Gets Threatening Anti-Gay Hate Tweets

lance bass
Did anyone else see the Bass-signal that just went up?
Our favorite out-gay boy-bander, Lance Bass received some truly scary (and threatening) anti-gay hate rhetoric via text and just shared it on Twitter.
 (The Tweets are graphic)
Lance tweeted with this message: "(WARNING GRAPHIC)If I go missing -this guy did it- Jeez!Sad to know many LGBT kids deal w this irrational hatred daily"
lance bass twitter
Yikes. This dude's got some serious issues, the least of which being that he seems to be projecting his own dreams of being Lance Bass's "wife/girlfriend" onto millions of unsuspecting girls who probably never took it that seriously...
Don't worry Lance, we got your back.

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