‘Not our kind of shopping’: Kremlin says ‘buying Greenland’ strictly between US & Denmark

The Kremlin doesn’t want anything to do with the row between the US and Denmark over the ham-fisted proposal to sell Greenland, the spokesman for the Russian president said.

“This is not our business. We do not engage in this kind of international shopping,” Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Thursday when asked about the Greenland debacle. The leaders of the two countries have been exchanging some irritated remarks lately after US President Donald Trump’s suggestion to purchase the Arctic island from its current sovereign was turned down.

“If we get this right, they have been rubbing each other the wrong way to some degree,” Peskov said. “Again, this is not our issue and we wouldn’t want to get involved.”

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Trump’s offer to buy Greenland from Denmark surfaced last week, but the European nation simply said it was not for sale. A few days and jokes later Trump suddenly canceled his scheduled visit to Denmark, which many of its subjects took as an insult. In his latest move Trump doubled down by calling Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen “nasty” for publicly saying Greenland was not for sale.

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Israel bars entry to US politicians Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

Donald Trump had said letting in high-profile pair would ‘show great weakness’

Israel has announced it will block the US congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country after public pressure from Donald Trump.

“It’s unacceptable to allow the entrance to the country of those who wish to harm the state of Israel,” the country’s interior ministry said.

Omar and Tlaib, who have been outspokenly critical of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, had planned to visit Palestine and Jerusalem next week.

There had been vigorous speculation in the past few weeks that the Israeli government might bar the two women, who are among the four Democrats who Trump said last month should go back to the countries they “originally came from”. Three were born in the US and one, Omar, moved there as a child.

Shortly before the Israeli announcement, Trump said allowing the women to enter “would show great weakness”. It was not immediately clear if the Israeli government made its final decision before or after Trump’s comments.

“They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds … They are a disgrace!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The ban prompted strong rebukes from Palestinian, Israeli and US politicians, civil society groups and former diplomats.

The Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren said before the announcement that barring elected officials for their political views would be a shameful and unprecedented move by Israel.

Bernie Sanders, another Democratic contender, said the ban was “a sign of enormous disrespect to these elected leaders, to the United States Congress and to the principles of democracy”.

Israel passed a law in 2017 that allows the government to deport people who support a boycott of Israel or Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. The measure, widely condemned as anti-democratic and anti-free speech, was designed to combat the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

Omar and Tlaib have said they support the use of boycotts to pressure governments, including Israel’s, on rights abuses. They have sought to pass a resolution in the House of Representatives championing the right to participate in them.

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The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, accused the two women of aiming to use their trip to “strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy”.

Israel has used the BDS legislation to block entry to students and activists but also foreign officials, including French parliamentarians and members of the European parliament. It is not clear if a US member of congress has ever been barred before.

Ayman Odeh, who runs an Arab party in Israel, said the ban exposed “the true face of Israel’s occupation”. Referring to Tlaib, who is of Palestinian descent, he wrote on Twitter: “Israel has always banned Palestinians from their land and separated us from other Palestinians, but this time the Palestinian is a US congresswoman.”

The interior ministry said Tlaib could request a permit to enter on “humanitarian grounds for a personal visit with her family”, but approval was not guaranteed.

Omar and Tlaib were planning to see the Palestinian cities of Bethlehem, Hebron and Ramallah and to spend time in the disputed city of Jerusalem. They would have had to pass through Israeli security checks to enter both the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Alon Pinkas, formerly Israel’s consul in New York, said the country should “engage Omar and Tlaib, [and] show them where they are wrong or have a partial and skewed perception of reality.”

Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, said last month that Israel would not deny entry to US lawmakers “out of respect for the US Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America”.

Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, said the ban was “a sad reversal and is deeply disappointing”.

Trump, a close ally of Netanyahu, has sought to make political support for the Jewish state – long a consensus foreign policy for both major US parties – into a partisan issue, painting Democrats as anti-Israel. He has claimed, without evidence, that Omar and Tlaib “hate Israel, they hate our own country.”

David Brinn, the managing editor of the rightwing Jerusalem Post, wrote that a ban would be “shortsighted and deeply flawed”. He wrote: “A quashed trip is only going to further deepen the divide between Democrats and Israel – moving moderate Democrats away from a positive view of the country – and raise the spectre that Israel is behaving in something less than a democratic fashion.”

Omar and Tlaib make up half of a group of progressive minority ethnic congresswomen nicknamed the Squad, against whom Trump has lashed out with racist slurs. The other two members are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley.

Tlaib was born in Michigan to Palestinian parents. Omar is naturalised US citizen who arrived as a child refugee from Somalia. The pair were the first Muslim women elected to congress.

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Venezuela Doesn't Fear the Threats of Imperialism, says Maduro

Venezuela doesn't fear the threats of imperialism and is prepared to resist and win, stated President Nicolás Maduro this Sunday, during an appearance at the World Day of Protest against the United States.

The U.S. government violates all the principles of international law, said the head of state in the capital's Plaza Simón Bolívar.

Maduro and his wife, Cilia Flores, signed the document supporting the international campaign 'No More Trump', rejecting the recent unilateral and illegal measures of President Donald Trump.

'We call on the people to fight, to take action and raise banners. Venezuela must be respected,' he said.

He expressed his confidence in the people and affirmed that Venezuelans will not allow themselves to be humiliated by anyone, that they have prepared themselves morally and politically to exercise power for the sole and exclusive benefit of the Venezuelan people.

Referring to his decision to temporarily suspend talks with the opposition, he stressed that he continues to believe in sovereign, political and economic dialogue as the only way to resolve tensions, but on the basis of respect for Venezuelans and their Constitution.

He called for preserving unity and increasing production capacity in order to move forward and overcome the situation the country is facing due to Washington's punitive sanctions, which freeze state assets and threaten sanctions against those who negotiate with Venezuela.

He also instructed national authorities to improve the food protection system and stressed the need to guarantee peace and economic security, as well as the people's income.

He added that the White House uses the economic power of the dollar and U.S. banks to blackmail the world in order to impose world hegemony.

The huge mobilizations that took place throughout the country were the response of the people to the attacks by the United States against the South American nation, which intensified this week after Trump approved the blockade of Venezuelan assets in order to generate a change of regime in the country.

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U.S.A.: Trump and the Penultimate Massacres

Democratic candidates to the presidency of their party accused Donald Trump this Sunday for the massacres in Ohio and Texas.

That was the approach expressed by two analysts of the Associated Press (AP), Hunter Woodall and Hope Yen.

Their argument? That the repeated attacks of Trump against minorities had stirred up racial discrimination and violence.

In the course of public acts and television shows, they highlighted the need, among other things, of establishing more limitations to carrying weapons, revisions to their owners and their backgrounds.

But they concentrated almost all their fire on Trump, trying to tie him to the shootings that took place in Dayton and El Paso, where almost 30 people were killed, after months of presidential rhetoric against people from the black community and migrants of the same race.

“There’s a complicity in the president's hatred that undermines the kindness and decency of North Americans regardless of their party", said Cory Booker, senator for New Jersey.

"Keeping silence at times when hatred increases, it’s insufficient to say 'I am not a promoter of hatred.'

"If you don't actively work to fight hatred, to denounce it, you are accomplice of what is happening."

The mayor of South Bend, Pete Buttigieg, said that to fight the terrorism of white nationalists would be shameful for a president who, "to begin with, helped to stir many of these feelings in the country."

Next he remarked, "at best, it condones and encourages white" nationalism.

Senator Kamala Harris, of California, also split some responsibility over the language of Trump that imposes “incredible consequences”.

Kamala highlighted: “We have a president of the United States who has chosen to use his words in a way that it promotes hatred and division among us."

Five minutes later, the Las Vegas lawyer attended a religious ceremony in a church of Las Vegas.

At the same time funeral honors were organized for those killed in that territory, famous for its many casinos.

Meanwhile, the new tragedy confirmed even more the extent in power in the United States of its true owners. Also the hypocrisy of many of the politicians to serve them.

Trump Says Kim Apologized for Previous Missile Tests, Though North Korea Launched More Missles Hours Later

On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump celebrated a letter he claims to have received from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un indicating a possible desire to meet after the U.S. is finished conducting joint military exercises with South Korea.

Trump wrote in a tweet that Kim "very nicely" said in a letter that he "would like to meet" once the drills were finished. The joint exercises between U.S. servicemembers in the region and South Korean forces began on Monday but were reportedly less conspicuous than past drills, occurring mainly through tactical simulations.

South Korean media reported early Saturday that North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea, the country's latest act of defiance in protest of the drills, which the country has always objected to.

The president wrote that Kim's letter included "a small apology for testing short range missiles" and a promise that these tests would stop once the exercises were concluded. Trump first announced the letter on Friday, only to have Kim follow up on his apologies with Saturday's missile launches.

Saturday's tweet did not appear to reference the latest round of missile launches, despite the notation of Kim's alleged "apology" just the day prior for previous tests.

In a rebuke to the military, Trump's tweet derided the "ridiculous and very expensive exercises," which are conducted annually between U.S. and South Korean forces on the Peninsula as a show of strength, to prepare troops for a possible escalation of conflict and to deter aggression from the north.

South Korean military leaders said that they were "monitoring the situation in case of additional launches while maintaining a readiness posture."

Saturday's provocations mark the fifth series of missile tests in two weeks times. Kim has called the tests a "solemn warning" to the U.S. over the joint exercises.

Trump and Kim met most recently at the border between South Korea and North Korea, the third such summit between the pair and the first time a sitting U.S. president has crossed the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea.

Talks about Kim's nuclear program were reportedly set to resume following the meeting on June 30, but no known guarantees or agreements have been reported.

On Friday, Trump appeared to sympathize with the North Korean position on the joint exercises.

"He wasn't happy with the war games," he said. "I've never liked it either. I've never been a fan. And you know why? I don't like paying for it."

Saturday's tweet included a suggestion, though lacking a specific commitment, that the two leaders would meet once more to resolve longstanding nuclear tensions.

"I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un in the not too distant future," Trump wrote. "A nuclear free North Korea will lead to one of the most successful countries in the world!"

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Magazine says Trump invited Iranian foreign minister to White House

President Donald Trump invited Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to the White House last month at the height of tensions between the two countries, The New Yorker magazine reported.

The invitation, extended by Sen. Rand Paul with permission from the president, was turned down for now, The New Yorker reported Friday. Zarif said it was up to Tehran to decide on accepting it.

Neither the White House nor the State Department responded to requests for comment on the report, which quoted U.S. and Iranian sources and what the magazine called a well-placed diplomat.

Zarif told the magazine he would not want a White House meeting that yielded just a photo op and a two page statement afterwards, The New Yorker said.

Trump has said publicly several times that he is willing to hold talks with the Iranians even as he lambasts Tehran as a corrupt, incompetent and dangerous regime that is a threat to regional security and U.S. interests.

Last year Trump pulled the U.S. out of an international accord designed to curb Iran’s nuclear program, and has reimposed sanctions on Iran — and even slapped them on Zarif this past week — in an effort to force it to renegotiate the agreement.

Rand had been working for weeks on setting up a meeting with Zarif and on July 15 conferred with him in New York, passing on an invitation from Trump for him to come to the White House, the magazine said.

At the one-hour meeting with Rand, Zarif suggested ways to end the nuclear impasse and address Trump’s concerns, The New Yorker said.

Tensions soared in the Persian Gulf in June and July amid attacks on oil tankers, Iran’s downing of an unmanned U.S. surveillance drone and after the U.S. said it had downed an Iranian drone.

Trump has said the attack against the U.S. drone prompted him to order a military strike in response, only to call it off at the last minute.

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China, US Resume Negotiations to Resolve Trade War

China and the United States went back to the negotiating table this Tuesday, this time in Shanghai, to try to resolve their differences and end the trade war they have been waging for more than a year.

The resumption of these talks is the result of the truce agreed between Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump during their meeting at the G20 summit held in June in Japan.

Talks between Beijing and Washington have been frozen since May when the White House raised tariffs on Chinese products from 10 percent to 25 percent, forcing China to respond with similar measures.

This twelfth round of talks began in the midst of apparent skepticism given the recent misunderstandings between the two powers and so far not much detail has been leaked from the meeting.

As usual, Deputy Prime Minister Liu He chairs China's negotiating team, this time accompanied by Trade Minister Zhong Shan, who did not participate on previous occasions.

Meanwhile, on the U.S. side also repeat, Robert Lighthizer, commercial representative and Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin.

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An uncontrolled Trump anticipates dirty electoral controversy

The rude racist remarks that Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday were condemned by the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Thus informed, among other outlets, BBC News Mundo. It is about a resolution they passed 240-187.

The BBC recalls what happened there, the resolution denounced that “Trump’s racist comments have legitimated fear and hatred of new American citizens and people of color.”

The president has also been accused of racist and xenophobic after telling the four congresswomen to leave the country.

Trump reacted attacking the resolution.  

He resorted to Twitter where he tweeted: "I do not have a single racist bone in my body."

And he added: Why don’t they go back to the places they came from.”

In a series of tweets, published on Sunday, Trump said that congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, came from countries whose governments are a complete and total “disaster.”

The four women played down importance to what the president tweeted from the Executive Mansion and described it as a “distraction” and urged the people to further focus on facts than on words.

"Do not take the bait, it's a distraction", they warned their followers.

The BBC commented that a grudging debate preceded the vote in the House of Representatives.

Democrat John Lewis said that "at the highest level of government there is no room for racism," while Republican Dan Meuser called the attack a "ridiculous defamation."

After the reading of the resolution, Congressman Al Green (Texas) commented that Trump "had taken the position of the presidency of the United States to contempt, ridicule, dishonor and disrepute."

In this regard, Trump praised in a tweet the unity of the Republican Party "when voting against the resolution.

He also lambasted the four congresswomen for "the horrible things they said about our country, Israel and much more."

The resolution not only "condemns Trump's racist words, but also cited other presidents' thoughts on immigration.

This has defined that "All Americans, except the descendants of native people and enslaved African Americans, are immigrants or descendants of immigrants."

It stressed that patriotism is not determined by race or ethnicity "but by devotion to the constitutional ideals of equality, freedom, inclusion and democracy."

An opinion poll conducted after the controversial messages showed that Republican support for the president increased 5%, although it fell among Democratic and independent voters.

That is, the electoral process becomes intricate, thus opening a campaign full of clashes, threats, contradictions and clashes of interest.

All without forgetting that, at least up to here, Donald Trump keeps the lead in
triumph predictions.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff

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