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Gag orders and threats on Trump disrespect democracy

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  • A federal judge reinstated a gag order on former President Trump in a case related to the overturning of the 2020 election
  • In a New York civil case, Judge Arthur Engoron threatened to imprison Trump for violating a gag order
  • Trump is the frontrunner for the GOP nomination
  • Legal actions against Trump are unjust and amount to election interference
  • Trials against Trump must be postponed

 

The federal judge overseeing the government’s case charging that former President Donald Trump sought to overturn the 2020 election reimposed a gag order on Trump last week.

Judge Chutkan wrote:

The First Amendment rights of participants in criminal proceedings must yield, when necessary, to the orderly administration of justice.

Over in New York City, Judge Arthur Engoron, overseeing a civil trial about how Trump inflated his real estate holdings, went even further, threatening to imprison Trump for violating a gag order. The judge also fined Trump $5,000 for leaving “an untrue and disparaging post about my clerk” on his campaign website.

The lawfare on Trump going back to his first impeachment trial in December 2019 has taken on new wings. Trump was impeached a second time after he left office. Then, he was the main target of the partisan J6 Committee for over 17 months. Now, Trump is the target of two federal special counsel investigations, a RICO investigation by the Fulton County Prosecutor, two private civil lawsuits in New York, and a separate criminal lawsuit, also in New York.

If you listen to the TDS crowd in Never-Trumper and Democratic circles, all of the above is not enough. The “Rule of Law” must prevail, they say, and victims’ rights supersede all else.

While the above justification applies to all defendants, it should not apply to Trump. Not because he is a former president but because he is most likely to become the country’s next Chief Executive. Viewed through this lens, the judicial gag orders and threats on Trump disrespect the rule of law and democracy, not uphold them.

In the latest RealClearPolitics polling averages, Trump has a 47-point national lead over his next rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. In Iowa, where Trump’s lead has always been smaller, a new poll by respected pollster J. Ann Selzer shows him ahead by 27 points. In New Hampshire, Trump is 31 points ahead of Nikki Haley, the latest darling of the RINO crowd, showering the candidate with funds and political support.

These are extraordinary numbers in primary polling. Trump’s lead is so dominant that the person with the best name recognition in the race who knew him well, former VP Mike Pence, dropped out of the nominating contest after only four months. Unless some physical or judicial harm comes to Trump, the GOP nomination is Trump’s to lose.

In the general election, Trump has consistently led Biden, although within the margin of error. With the world heading to a global conflict and the Biden administration clueless about handling the two opposing factions in the Middle East, support for Biden is only likely to fall.

In short, Biden aims to gain an advantage over Trump by inundating him with numerous lawsuits from Democratic prosecutors and silencing him through Democratic judges. The lapdog press, of course, is actively supporting these efforts while turning a blind eye to Biden’s own legal issues. This is third-world stuff.

Remember that Biden came to office promising a saner world where adults would be in charge at the White House compared to the chaotic administration of the 45th president. It is difficult to comprehend that Biden has been in office fewer than three years. So catastrophic has his administration been that he has taken America to a proxy war with a nuclear nation, caused the country’s decline in geopolitical standing with countries of the Global South, and deepened our conflict with China and Iran. The world has become significantly more dangerous than when Trump was in office. Trump was the only U.S. president who did not start a new conflict in over 75 years.

It is not just the world. America has become significantly more dangerous also. Crime in the inner cities has skyrocketed. A recent TIPP Poll showed that six in ten (61%) Americans are dissatisfied with Biden’s policies to reduce or control crime. Nearly seven million illegal immigrants have invaded our borders and settled everywhere in America. No government agency even knows how many illegal aliens are in the country – as is evident by the non-responses of four senior administration officials appearing at a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

We have argued for months that the Biden administration’s use of the vast powers of the federal bureaucracy to go after Trump through lawsuits is immoral, wrong, and dangerous for our republic, reducing America to a banana republic. For the courts now to rule, given the absolute power that each judge has in their courtroom, that Trump can’t even publicly respond to the charges that are made against him is nonsense. The lawfare against him is a crucial election issue in front of voters – so, Trump is forbidden to campaign on an election issue? Whose rights are more important? 140 million voters? Or a few people dragged into these cases by overzealous prosecutors?

Threatening Trump with jail time, fines, and other measures is ridiculous. We’re one year from the next election – and this time, the world agrees that how America votes in 2024 can determine the globe’s future.

If the courts are eager to protect their stakeholders, let them postpone all trials until after the election. Justice delayed is justice denied, they say. But in Trump’s case, delaying justice is the right thing to do for the world at large.

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Geopolitics And Geoeconomics

1. Israel Reports ‘Large’ Battles With Hamas In Gaza Ground Fighting – BBC

The IDF says its forces were attacked by “terrorists” with anti-tank missiles and machine gun fire.

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Israel says it’s focusing on northern Gaza but continues to strike “all parts of the Strip.” On Monday night, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected calls for a ceasefire in Gaza, saying “this is a time for war.”


2. U.N. Calls For Opening Of 2nd Border Crossing Into Gaza As Need For Aid Grows – UPI

Lisa Doughten, a U.N. humanitarian financing and resource mobilization official, told the Security Council that more than one entry point into Gaza is needed to make a difference in the suffering of Gazans.

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She pointed to the Kerem Shalom border crossing between Gaza and Israel, saying it “is the only crossing equipped to rapidly process a sufficiently large number of trucks.”


3. Israel Envoy Wears Yellow Star At UN – D.W.

Israel’s United Nations ambassador wore a yellow star with the words “never again” as he addressed the Security Council on Monday.

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Israel’s UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan

Gilad Erdan vowed to keep wearing the star, reminiscent of the ones Nazis forced Jews to wear until members of the council condemn Hamas’ “atrocities.” He said wearing the star reminded those present of “what staying silent in the face of evil means.”


Japan accuses those subjected to the asset freezes of being involved in fundraising for Hamas, according to a Foreign Ministry official.

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The measures, implemented immediately, follow similar sanctions by the United States in mid-October on the individuals and the firm. According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the nine men subjected to the asset freezes are key Hamas members, operatives, and financial facilitators.


5. U.S. Rejects Putin Claim That West Organized Anti-Jewish Airport Mob – BBC

Hundreds stormed the Makhachkala airport, a Dagestan airport, on Sunday ahead of the arrival of a flight from Tel Aviv, Israel. Many waved Palestinian flags and chanted antisemitic slogans.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said the incident had been part of an attempt to spread “chaos” in Russia and was organized by Ukraine and the West. The U.S. has dismissed the claims as “absurd.”

Dagestan, a constituent republic of Russia, has a majority Muslim population.


6. Ukrainian Forces Hit Russia’s Air Defense System In Crimea – AFP

Ukraine’s army said on Monday it had “successfully hit” part of Russia’s air defense system in annexed Crimea overnight.

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Kyiv has increased attacks on the Black Sea peninsula, annexed by Moscow in 2014 since it launched a counteroffensive against Russian forces earlier this summer. It gave no further details, and Russia gave no official comment.


7. Chinese Companies Remove ‘Israel’ From Digital Maps As Xi Backs Palestine – WION

Top Chinese tech companies Alibaba and Baidu have dropped Israel’s official name from their online digital maps.

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The move comes as the Chinese internet – a territory strictly monitored by the Chinese Communist Party –  is getting inundated with antisemitism following the war between the Jewish country and the Islamist terror outfit Hamas.

Chinese President Xi Jinping himself has thrown his weight behind Palestine, saying, “It is not possible to continue the historical injustice suffered by the Palestinians, ” at the opening of the Riyadh-Gulf-Chinese Summit for Cooperation and Development in Saudi Arabia.


8. Foreign Forces Out To Stoke Turmoil In Asia – AFP

Top Chinese and Russian officials warned that foreign forces sought to sow turmoil in Asia and beyond as they opened the Xiangshan Forum, an international defense conference in Beijing.

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

Speaking after Zhang Youxia, one of China’s most senior military officials, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu warned that Washington sought to provoke instability in Asia.

“Having provoked an acute crisis in Europe, the West is trying to expand the crisis potential in the Asia Pacific,” Shoigu told delegates.


9. Biden Signs Executive Order In Race With China And EU To Govern AI – Nikkei Asia

President Joe Biden signed a highly anticipated executive order on artificial intelligence as the U.S. moves to catch up with other governments in regulating the rapidly developing technology.

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The order requires companies to share reports on safety tests of their AI models with the federal government and follows earlier moves by both China and the European Union.


10. Check Point Software Thrives Amid Rising Cyberattacks In Israel: Report – WION

Check Point Software Technologies, based in Israel, has reported a surge in cyberattacks in the wake of the October 7th raids by Hamas. 

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Despite the increase in cyber threats, the company continues to operate as planned and anticipates higher annual profits than previously projected.

CEO of Check Point, Gil Shwed, revealed that 98 percent of the company’s customers are located outside Israel, highlighting its global presence.


11. Slovakia Sends Troops To Hungarian Border To Curb Migration – D.W.

Slovakia’s newly formed government announced the deployment of hundreds of police officers and troops along the Hungarian border to contain the growing number of migrants crossing into the country.

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Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia

Slovakia has recently witnessed a growing number of migrants and asylum seekers using it as a transit country to cross largely from Serbia via Hungary en route to Western European countries.


12. Venezuela’s Top Court Suspends Results Of Opposition Presidential Primary – Reuters

Venezuela’s Supreme Justice Tribunal said it had suspended the results of an opposition presidential primary this month despite an electoral deal between the government and the opposition allowing each side to choose its candidate.

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Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado is confirmed as the opposition’s 2024 presidential candidate, in Caracas

The ruling could risk the wrath of the United States, which rolled back some oil and gas industry and bond trading sanctions this month in exchange for the electoral deal.


13. Kenyans Demand Reparations From Britain Ahead Of King Charles’s Visit – RFI

Kenyan President William Ruto invited King Charles and Queen Camilla as Kenya prepares to celebrate 60 years of independence from Britain in December.

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Among the Kenyan public, though, the mood is less celebratory. “If he is not coming to apologize for the atrocities they did to us, then he should not come,” 53-year-old accountant John Otieno told AFP.

Many share this view, especially those descended from the freedom fighters who opposed imperial rule while Kenya was under British control from the late 19th century until 1963.


14. G7 Calls For End To Japanese Seafood Ban – UPI

Trade ministers from the countries that make up the G7 called for an end to Japanese seafood bans that started when the country started releasing treated radioactive water from the inoperable Fukushima nuclear power plant.

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China and Russia are the largest countries participating in the boycott of Japanese seafood imports, citing a concern about contamination of seafood from waters around Japan because of the release of the treated water.


15. Fukushima: U.S. Buys Japan Seafood To Counter China Ban – BBC

The U.S. military in Japan has started to bulk buy the country’s seafood in response to a Chinese import ban after the release of treated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant.

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The U.S. ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel, said Washington may also look into other ways to help counter China’s ban. He described it as part of Beijing’s “economic wars.”

The purchases will be used to feed military personnel and be sold in shops and restaurants on military bases in Japan.


16. U.S. Building Massive Nuclear Bomb 24 Times Stronger Than One Used In Japan – WION

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the Pentagon is seeking Congressional approval for the program to build a “modern variant of the B61 nuclear gravity bomb, which will be designated the B61-13.”

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If approved, the bomb would replace some of the current B61-7s currently in the U.S. nuclear stockpile instead of increasing the size of the total stock.

The new bomb will have a maximum yield of 360 kilotons. The bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima had a yield of 15 kilotons.


17. Kim Jong Un Orders Military Food Reserves Restored ‘At All Costs’ – RFA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the country’s Civil Defense Department and the military to prioritize replenishing military food reserves “at all costs by the end of November.”

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While some experts said the move was simply to restore reserves depleted over the past couple of years because of the pandemic lockdown and drop in trade with China, others said it could indicate that Kim is preparing for military provocations in the coming months against the U.S. and South Korea.


18. White Island: Company Found Guilty Over New Zealand Volcano Disaster – BBC

A New Zealand tour company has been found guilty of not “minimizing risk” to people who died in the 2019 White Island volcano disaster. The company faces fines of up to NZ$1.5m ($928,000).

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The White Island volcano eruption in 2019 left 22 people dead

The December 2019 eruption killed 22, mostly tourists – 17 from Australia and three from the U.S.. The volcano, Whakaari, had shown signs of heightened unrest for weeks before the fatal eruption.


19. Upcoming COP28 Summit Must ‘Respond Decisively’ To Gaps In Global Climate Action – UN News

Next month’s UN climate summit in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) must respond decisively to the gaps in the intranational community’s response to the climate crisis, Deputy-Secretary-General Amina Mohamed said.

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The summit’s main outcome is under the so-called Global Stocktake, and it needs to respond decisively to the alarming findings of science and the existing gaps in mitigation, adaptation, and loss and damage, said the deputy UN chief.


20. Meta Introduces Ad-Free Facebook Instagram Subscriptions For European Users – UPI

Meta will offer users in the EU, EEA, and Switzerland the opportunity to subscribe and enjoy an ad-free experience for $10.59 per month for web users and $13.77 per month for those on iOS and Android.

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The company says while it continues to advocate for an ad-supported internet, the new subscription service helps it comply with evolving European regulations, including a recent order from The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).


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