10 Trump Administration Atrocities Going Under-Reported Amid Russia Hysteria-Part 1:

10 Trump Administration Atrocities Going Under-Reported Amid Russia Hysteria-Part 1:

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WAAAAAAH!

(American Vagabond) The other day I asked my audiences on Facebook and Twitter what they think are some of the most under-reported stories about the awful things the Trump administration has been doing. The Russiagate narrative has sucked so much oxygen out of the room for criticism of the actual, real horrible agendas this president has advanced in the ten months he’s been in office, and for that reason it can be tempting to view him as either a treasonous Putin puppet or a poor misunderstood hero.

He is neither. Donald Trump has been facilitating the same neoliberal, neoconservative, omnicidal, ecocidal, oppressive and exploitative agendas as his predecessors, and has even kicked the death march up several notches in some key areas. One of the many, many dangers of Russiagate is that it causes those things to go unnoticed.

What follows is not a complete list of Trump’s misdeeds, but of those which don’t get enough airplay. Trump’s demagoguery, rudeness and ridiculous North Korean brinkmanship all play well on TV — his continuation and expansion of the evils of his corporatist predecessors, not so much. Not everyone will agree with all of these, and plenty will think that other things should have been included, and that’s fine. I just want to help get the ball rolling toward a real conversation. Here are ten things this administration has been doing that are going under-reported while everyone focuses on Russia:

  1. Massively Increased Drone Strikes

 

Time for another crowdsourced journalism project. Share your opinions and links in the comments here on some of the worst things the Trump administration has been doing that are going under-reported while everyone fixates on Russia, and I’ll use them in an article.

If the statistics are accurate, then this is most egregious: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/trump-killed-more-civilians-obama/ 

Trump Has Killed More Civilians with Illegal Drone Strikes in 9 Months Than Obama Did in 8 Years

Trump has followed through on his promise to “bomb the hell out of ISIS,” and has killed more innocent civilians in 9 months than Obama did in several years

thefreethoughtproject.com

I still sometimes hear people referring to Obama as “Obomber”, unaware amid all the vapid hysterical nonsense that the current president has already put him to shame in that department. Numbers are hard to verify given the US war machine’s vested interest in hiding its bloodshed, but nonprofit monitoring group Airwars is reporting more civilian deaths via coalition airstrikes in the first seven months of the Trump administration than in the entire eight years of the Obama administration.

If you want a visual image to give you an idea of what that looks like, here’s one of the graphs from the Airwars website:

That’s right, the current administration already facilitated the slaughter of thousands of noncombatants under the banner of “fighting terrorism”. It would be funny if it didn’t involve so many charred human corpses.

The monthly drone strikes of the Obama administration more than quadrupled under Trump, after they’d increased tenfold under Obama. And Trump has sought to ramp it up more by dropping some of the Obama-era limitations on CIA drone strikes.

So it looks like we’ll need a new nickname for the 44th president.

  1. Saudi Arabia/Yemen

 

Time for another crowdsourced journalism project. Share your opinions and links in the comments here on some of the worst things the Trump administration has been doing that are going under-reported while everyone fixates on Russia, and I’ll use them in an article.

Maybe the worst the the U.S. is doing right now (that almost no one knows about) is continuing to support the Saudi genocide in Yemen:http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/yemen-is-being-strangled-to-death/ 

Yemen Is Being Strangled to Death

The Saudi-led coalition bombed Sanaa’s international airport and rendered it unusable for humanitarian aid flights:Air raids destroyed radio navigation station for aircraft, civil aviation authori

theamericanconservative.com

 

Time for another crowdsourced journalism project. Share your opinions and links in the comments here on some of the worst things the Trump administration has been doing that are going under-reported while everyone fixates on Russia, and I’ll use them in an article.

How about our support of the Saudi’s as they commit genocide in Yemen? Did you hear Jeremy @jeremyscahill ‘s piece on Intercepted about this? Excellent. https://theintercept.com/2017/03/01/intercepted-podcast-donald-in-wonderland/ 

Intercepted Podcast: Donald in Wonderland

As pundits praise Trump’s Capitol Hill performance, don’t believe the hype. This administration is dangerous.

theintercept.com

love what Trump is doing in Saudi Barbaria, they are destroying their own system, not much cash left to fund anti-secular projects in ME

There isn’t a lot to love about their blockade of Yemen and the famine underway…http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/yemen-facing-massive-famine-blockade-lifted-171109035915768.html 

UN: Yemen facing massive famine if blockade not lifted

Yemen to be hit by mass famine crisis if Saudi-led alliance does not allow aid into the country, top UN official warns.

aljazeera.com

Participants in this article wanted this issue talked about more than any other, perhaps because the corporate media has been largely ignoring it. The United Nations has warned that millions of people will die in the worst famine in decades if the Saudis don’t lift a draconian blockade they’ve imposed upon the Houthis. Fifty thousand Yemeni children are expected to have died by year’s end.

Far from moving to help end the civil war which has already killed ten thousand, put millions in danger of starvation and caused a deadly cholera outbreak in what has been called a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the US has been helping to exacerbate the death and destruction instead. Trump signed the largest arms deal in US history with the Saudis in May and continues to provide them with extensive assistance in fueling their warplanes and targeting their airstrikes.

And where’s Trump’s priority during all this?

 

Would very much appreciate Saudi Arabia doing their IPO of Aramco with the New York Stock Exchange. Important to the United States!

This one isn’t hard. Two of the most powerful nations on the planet are collaborating toward the destruction of one of the most impoverished. The specific dynamics of the conflict might be complex and difficult for outsiders to understand, but the abusive power dynamic is simple and obvious. There is no excuse for anyone not to take a strong stand against this, and Trump is actively facilitating it instead.

  1. Environment

 

Pulling away so many environmental protections! And “clean coal,” what is that? Allowing toxic dumping into rivers… it hurts my heart.

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/how-trump-is-changing-science-environment/ 

A Running List of How Trump Is Changing the Environment

The Trump administration has promised vast changes to U.S. science and environmental policy—and we’re tracking them here as they happen.

news.nationalgeographic.com

Time for another crowdsourced journalism project. Share your opinions and links in the comments here on some of the worst things the Trump administration has been doing that are going under-reported while everyone fixates on Russia, and I’ll use them in an article.

Fracking. He’s selling out WV (an area desperate for jobs) & decimating the environment: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/china-energy-and-west-virginia-announce-framework-to-invest-83-billion-in-shale-gas-and-chemical-manufacturing-projects-300552702.html 

China Energy and West Virginia announce framework to invest $83 billion in shale gas and chemical…

China Energy and West Virginia announce framework to invest $83 billion in shale gas and chemical

prnewswire.com

Time for another crowdsourced journalism project. Share your opinions and links in the comments here on some of the worst things the Trump administration has been doing that are going under-reported while everyone fixates on Russia, and I’ll use them in an article.

How about the decision to reverse the ban on chlorpyrifos?
He’s letting Dow Chemical dictate EPA policy 🤔https://www.google.ca/amp/s/amp.businessinsider.com/scott-pruitt-trumps-epa-chief-met-with-dow-chemical-exec-before-rolling-back-a-ban-on-pesticides-2017-6 

Scott Pruitt, Trump’s EPA chief met with Dow Chemical exec before rolling back a ban on pesticides

“During the same trip he also met with the Canadian minister of natural resources, and CEOs and executives from other companies attending the trade show.”

businessinsider.com

To the mainstream media’s credit (first time I’ve ever typed those words), this one does get a little attention, but that’s only relative to the near-absence of coverage environmental issues received prior to Trump. The administration’s plans to withdraw from the Paris Agreement at the end of 2020 drew international attention for a couple of days before media leaders like CNN’s president Jeff Zucker reportedly told his staff to get back to focusing on Russia.

When you look at the reality that we are facing a looming catastrophe our species may not survive, however, it’s amazing we don’t talk about this stuff far more, especially given how aggressively the US president is attacking the ecosystem we need for survival.

National Geographic has a running list going of every jarring environmental deregulation the Trump administration has pushed through, so I’m not going to list them here, but there’ve been some months where they’ve come out on a weekly basis. Just yesterday he announced he’d hold off on a plan to lift an Obama-era ban on elephant head trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe, but only after massive public outcry. We shouldn’t have to make a massive public outcry about elephant head trophies.

Oh yeah, and Trump’s beloved Keystone Pipeline has leaked 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota. Some of this president’s earliest executive orders were to help advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.

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