Der Gesalbte Gottes

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed with a suggestion posed in an interview Thursday that it’s possible God raised Donald Trump to be President in order to protect Israel from Iran.In an interview in Jerusalem, the Christian Broadcast Network’s Chris Mitchell asked Pompeo, „could it be that President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace?“ Esther is the main heroine of the Jewish holiday of Purim, which was celebrated this week.“As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible,“ Pompeo said.Pompeo added that he is „confident that the Lord is at work here“ when he sees the „remarkable history of the faith in this place and the work that our administration’s done to make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state, remains.“

„I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times,“ said Sanders, an evangelical Christian herself. „And I think he wanted Donald Trump to become president and that’s why he’s there.

George Orwell’s ‚1984‘ hits bestseller list again

Updated 1839 GMT (0239 HKT) January 24, 2017

2017 has been „doubleplusgood“ for sales of George Orwell’s „1984.“

The famed dystopian novel of life in a totalitarian state sat at No. 6 on Amazon’s bestseller list Tuesday morning. On Monday, too, the book hovered between No. 5 and No. 7 on that same bestseller list, as CNN’s Brian Stelter noted in his Reliable Sources newsletter.

First published in 1949 and imagining a future authoritarian society, „1984“ is widely regarded as one of the most influential novels of the 20th century. Its state, Oceania, employs a language called Newspeak (and words like „doubleplusgood“) to limit freedom of thought.

The book focuses in particular on the impact of omnipresent government surveillance and the state’s use of propaganda to enforce orthodoxy to an all-powerful leader, known as „Big Brother.“

The novel’s newfound popularity comes several days after White House press secretary Sean Spicer argued defiantly that Trump’s swearing-in Friday drew the largest-ever audience for an inauguration „period,“ despite obvious photo and statistical evidence to the contrary.

Senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway later defended that argument by saying Spicer’s false claims were actually „alternative facts.“

Dear team Trump,'alternative facts' are lies

That phrasing was reminiscent of Orwell’s „Ministry of Truth,“ which, he wrote, concerns itself with „lies.“
The book’s bestseller status isn’t necessarily just due to Team Trump, as „1984“ remains required reading in most schools.
The Amazon bestseller list is updated hourly, so „1984’s“ time near the top may not last long. It currently sits just after Connor Franta’s „Note to Self“ and before Margot Lee Shetterly’s „Hidden Figures.“
This isn’t the first time „1984“ has seen a sales spike in recent years. The book also hit Amazon’s bestseller list in 2013 after Edward Snowden revealed the extent of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program.

Der kleine Donald hat überzeugungs-frei

Hat Donald Trump wirklich eine Überzeugung? Oder ist er unverblümter als andere Politiker frei von solchen Karriere-Hemmnissen? Im Ergebnis wird seine Politik auf jeden Fall… unkonventionell sein.

Von Anfang an zeichnete sich ab, dass er die Republikanische Partei nur als Werkzeug für seinen Aufstieg benutzte, während er das Wahlvolk mit mehr oder weniger überlegten Aussagen beglückte, die den Ansichten nicht unbedeutender Minderheiten entsprachen, und denen er jetzt widerspricht, ganz so, als sei ihm auch Wahl und Wähler nur Mittel zum Zweck gewesen. Die Partei kann sich dann aber durch Mike Pence und Reince Priebus im Kabinett vertreten fühlen und die Stammtisch-Schwadronierer und Wutbürger durch Stephen Bannon und Mick Flynn.

Viel Input scheint aber von seiner Familie zu kommen. CNN spricht ganz ungezogen schon von Nepotismus, solange man es denn noch darf. Ich bin in keiner Weise überrascht, habe ich doch aus den ersten 20 Seiten von „My Struggle“ viel über den Zynismus vorgeblicher Idealisten gelernt. Danach habe ich das Buch allerdings mit dem intellektuellen Äquivalent von Verstopfung von meinem Mobiltelefon löschen müssen.

Immerhin hat Stanley McChrystal bereits jede Beteiligung an der Regierung Trump abgelehnt. Das sagt allerdings einiges.

Tyrants exploiting same-sex marriage issue

And yet, marriage equality is also likely to give further ammunition to tyrants who use homophobia for political ends. Indeed as the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have been affirmed around the world, so has the use of homophobia for political ends.

Take the example of Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan, who used „same-sex marriage“ as a ruse to shore up his flagging political fortunes.

In the face of serious security threats from Boko Haram, corruption scandals and a party divided over his aspirations for a second term, Jonathan signed into law the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill. The law goes much further than outlawing marriage. It criminalizes public displays of affection between same-sex couples and penalizes the work of organizations supporting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Two weeks before the presidential election in March, Jonathan’s spokesperson, Femi Fani-Kayode, accused the presidential opponent, Muhammadu Buhari, of entering into a Faustian pact with four unspecified Western nations to introduce same-sex marriage in Nigeria in exchange for supporting his candidacy.

To his credit, Buhari ignored the bait and won the election. Jonathan’s cynicism didn’t pay off. What remains to be seen, though, is whether he will confront Nigeria’s problems head-on or box phantoms like his predecessor. A good signal would be to get rid of Jonathan’s dangerous law.

But Jonathan is not alone.

In a report released June 1, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights decried the tendency for political leaders to stir up prejudice through homophobic rhetoric, especially during elections. The political use of homophobia has become a ubiquitous part of the contemporary political landscape, with ruling elites from Gambia, Malaysia, Egypt and Russia among others using LGBT crackdowns for short-term political gain.

Recently, a number of sweeping anti-LGBT laws have proved particularly popular as political tools. Legislation that bans „propaganda,“ „promotion“ or even expressions of support for LGBT groups is an effective ban on ideas, affiliations and social activities as well as public expressions of identity and affection.

As a consequence of their vague legal language, these laws give sweeping powers to governments wishing to curb opposition. It’s easy to criminalize one’s political opponents by accusing them of violating moral laws.

Legislation that seeks to outlaw public expression of identity is almost always accompanied by broader attacks on nongovernmental groups, activism and political dissent. And that really is the point: A clampdown on LGBT people provides the cover for curtailing civil society as a whole.

Autor: Graeme Read