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Tulsa Rally: Trump tempts fate during a pandemic while threatening protesters

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Trump is trying to divert public attention from a very difficult week, which includes a series of unappealing bombs revealed in a new book by his former national security adviser John Bolton, which illustrates Trump’s unfit for the White House, and two setbacks for his administration of rights LGBTQ and immigration in the Supreme Court. On Friday night, attorney general Trump tried to overthrow a strong US lawyer who had investigated a number of President associates, but Manhattan prosecutors refused to back down.
The President hopes to show enthusiasm and determination as America faces a pandemic, economic collapse, and demonstrations against racism, while calling its rival Joe Biden an aging political legacy whose supporters are less enthusiastic about his offer. Trump’s campaign spokesman told CNN this week that the rally would signal to the whole country “that it’s time to make things move again.”
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But by gathering supporters in the arena of the Bank of Oklahoma Center Tulsa – a closed place that holds 19,000 people – the President eagerly mocked almost all the principles outlined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for meetings of people, such as CNN Dr. Sanjay Gupta noted on Friday.
Trump has long shown his disdain for science, the reasons and advice of experts, especially if it goes against his political goals. Even when he led the highest office in the country, he skillfully honed his image as an outsider who operated from within in the eyes of his loyal headquarters.

Enjoying his instinct to divide as he trailed the former vice president in double digits in a national poll, Trump sparked fears of confrontation on the streets of Tulsa when he warned in a tweet Friday that protesters would not be tolerated by law enforcement.

“Any protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowly workers who will go to Oklahoma, please understand, you will not be treated like being in New York, Seattle or Minneapolis. This will be a far different scene!” he tweeted.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany insisted Friday night that the President was referring to “protesters, anarchists, looters,” even though the administration was under surveillance to use force to push back peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square.

Health concerns abound in Tulsa

Enthusiastic President supporters have now been marching for days in Tulsa in hopes of becoming one of the earliest entrants to his rally, while public health officials fear the rally could lead to the rapid spread of Covid-19 in a state that is has experienced an increase in cases. .

Trump, who has stated that the virus “fades” – in direct contradiction with the facts – has admitted that he and his advisers initially chose the Tulsa rally site partly because Oklahoma, the deep red state that has long voted for the Republican Party, seems to have an incident of coronavirus lower.

But that has changed in the last few weeks. CNN’s analysis of coronavirus data from John Hopkins University shows that the number of new Covid-19 cases is increasing every day – and Tulsa is an area of ​​particular concern.

At a press conference on Wednesday, director of the Tulsa Health Department, Dr. Bruce Dart, said that Tulsa set a new daily record for coronavirus cases this week.

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“Let me be clear. Anyone planning to attend a large-scale meeting will face an increased risk of being infected with Covid-19,” Dart said.

Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith expressed her concern about the scenery on the streets of Tulsa during Friday’s interview on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

“Nobody wears a mask, and you know people come, Wolf, from all over the country – so they can come from hotspots,” Keith told CNN Wolf Blitzer, noting that the city expects an additional 40,000 for 60,000 people outside the arena . “We are happy to welcome people to our city, but now because we are in a surge … the time is very difficult.”

The Trump campaign says it plans to conduct temperature checks and provide hand sanitizers and masks for participants, but no one will be asked to wear them.

When registering for the event, meeting participants were asked to approve a disclaimer that noted “the risks inherent in exposure to Covid-19 are in public places where people are present.”

“By attending the General Meeting, you and any guest voluntarily assume all the risks associated with COVID-19 exposure and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump as President, Inc .; BOK Center; ASM Global; or affiliates, director officers, employees, agents, contractors or volunteers responsible for any illness or injury, “said the disclaimer.

The political debate imposed on the mask made the risk of attending the rally even more dangerous. Trump never wears a mask in public, and the people around him at the White House are often tested, giving him an extra measure of security.

But he admitted this week that wearing a mask had become a politically polarized problem. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he said there was a possibility some people wore masks to show their disapproval of him.

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However, when asked by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael C. Bender if he felt comfortable with his supporters who wore masks at the Tulsa rally, Trump said, “Of course.”

“They can use it or not. I want them to be happy,” he said.

The irony of Trump’s spotlight on Juneteenth

The president decided to forgo the opportunity to enter the state debate on systematic racism in the United States – instead of demanding “law and order” and issuing divisive tweets like his mission on Friday which put the protesters in the same category as “anarchists, agitators , looters or lowlifes. “He had created a separate controversy on Thursday night by tweeting viral videos that had been marked by Twitter as” manipulated media “and then deleted.
But the furor over his initial decision to hold a rally in Tulsa on June 19 seems ironically to have led to a far greater national recognition of the day commemorating the end of slavery. In the midst of national protests after George Floyd’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis police, Trump rescheduled the demonstration in what he described as a gesture of respect for Juneteenth.

Both Black and White leaders have begged Trump to change the date.

This week, governors in more than half a dozen states, including Louisiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Nevada and Vermont, took action to commemorate Juneteenth.

In Kansas, for example, Democratic Governor Laura Kelly signed the proclamation Friday which declared June 19 as Juneteenth National Freedom Day. “Juneteenth is not just one day to celebrate the end of slavery,” Kelly said during a press conference on Friday. “This is an opportunity to recognize conflicting histories, reflect our struggle to realize true freedom for all Americans, and promise to continue to fight to end systemic racism.”

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Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said Thursday he would introduce legislation to make it a federal holiday, as did several Democratic senators.

In a Wall Street Journal interview this week, Trump was quoted as saying that he made “Juneteenth very famous.”

“This is actually an important event, this is an important time. But no one has ever heard it,” he said in an interview. He added that a young African American Secret Service agent knew what was commemorated that day, but Trump said he had political people “who don’t know.”

During a press conference on Friday, McEnany said Trump “didn’t just learn about Juneteenth this week. That’s absolutely not true,” he said.

McEnany will not say whether the President plans to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.

CNN Kay Jones and Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.

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Eternal Portuguese deja vu – Renaissance

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Eternal Portuguese deja vu - Renaissance

At the end of the summer of 1972, exactly half a century ago, SEDES – Associação para o Desenvolvimento Económico e Social (the most famous reformist think tank during Marseilles) issued a document for the country entitled “Portugal: The country we are, the country we want to be “. The Marseille spring had already turned into autumn: Américo Thomas had just been re-elected, the colonial war had dragged on, repression had intensified, and an economic crisis was already brewing. Seeing the general frustration, and at the same time willing to go against it, the signatories of CEDES began by asking “Where will we be and how will we be in 1980?” to criticize the obstacles that overshadowed Portugal in the early 1970s.

Among the “problems that are getting worse without a solution”, emigration stood out, indicating the country’s inability to offer better living and working conditions to those who left; the growing inflationary process, reflected in the cost of living; the inevitability of economic integration in Europe when the country is not ready for international commercial competition; “disaggregation of regional economies” with “continuous depopulation of municipalities and regions” within the country; or “deterioration of public administration” when the government fails to promote a “prestigious, moralized, revitalized and efficient public sector”. “No one will have any difficulty,” continued the text, “to add to a new list of urgent questions that seriously endanger national life, about which much has been said and which, year after year, continue to wait for a sufficient solution.” Therefore, “the prevailing feeling in the country” in contemplation of the recent past and present could not but be “annoyance at urgent battles, the need for which was endlessly discussed, at decisions that were changed or postponed, and at rejected goals” or which were not clearly formulated ” .

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Between “untapped resources” and/or “lack of organizational and decision-making capacity” there was “widespread anxiety” stemming from the inevitable observation that “we are very far from the results that we could achieve thanks to the progress of the Portuguese and Portugal”. This was the macro goal of the reformist, humanist and liberalizing technocrats that SEDES brought together. “Ultimately,” they reminded Marcelo Cayetano, “the real obstacle can only be associated with the low political priority of economic and social development in our country.” So, in short, there was an urgent need to “radically change our economic, social and political way of life”, since “a national balance based on general anemia, repression and weakening of various participants” is unsustainable and pernicious.

SEDES did not know that the Estado Novo would fall in April 1974, that democracy would come in 1976, and Europe from the EEC (after EFTA) in 1986 of repression, finally gained the freedom that was discussed between the lines of the 1972 manifesto ., there would be conditions for solving (almost) all economic and social problems of development and cohesion.

Fifty years have passed since this manifesto, and almost the same number has already been in democracy. However, if we compare the above quotes with the Portuguese present, the feeling of deja vu is indescribable. SEDES wondered what the country would be like in 1980 and is wondering today (in its recent study “Ambition: Doubling GDP in 20 Years”) where we will be in 2040. It may be a replay of a sad fate: knowing (some) where to go, but never getting there!

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Algeria interested in Portuguese companies investing in renewable energy – Observer

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Foreign Minister João Gomes Cravinho met this Wednesday with his Algerian counterpart Ramtan Lamamra, who expressed interest in Portuguese companies investing in Algeria’s solar and wind energy.

Speaking with Lusa, João Cravinho also said that for 2023 it was decided to hold a “high-level meeting chaired by the prime ministers” of the two countries, a meeting to be held in Algiers, in addition to the state visit of the President of Algeria. Algeria to Portugal.

The Portuguese foreign minister said today’s visit to Algeria, where he was with Ramtan Lamamra, whom he has known since 2005 when he was ambassador to Lisbon, is “based on old knowledge”, but also a visit to a country that “does not to be a neighbor”, shares “a lot of fears”. “Not being a neighboring country, it almost shares many concerns about the region, the Mediterranean, the European Union’s relationship with Africa and the Arab world. It was important for us to talk about what we can do together as part of the geopolitical and geo-economic transformation,” he explained.

João Cravinho stressed that the issue of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was a factor “which could not but be the subject of dialogue”, and also added that “geo-economic issues related to energy, renewable energy sources and the opportunities that come with the digital transition” also were on the table.

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“While Algeria is a major exporter of fossil fuels, it is also a country with huge potential in terms of solar and wind energy. We have very qualified companies in these areas, and the Algerian side has expressed interest in [ter] Portuguese investors in these areas,” the minister said.

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The official said that it would be a matter of working with the Portuguese Agency for Investment and Foreign Trade (AICEP), with the Secretary of State for Internationalization, as well as with a sectoral ministry, namely the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. A “high-level meeting chaired by the prime ministers” of the two countries is scheduled for 2023, a meeting to be held in Algiers, in addition to the Algerian President’s state visit to Portugal.

“We have a very busy calendar between the two countries. Now we will try to organize a mixed commission, where technical specialists from both countries will gather,” he said, stressing that there are “14 legal documents that are practically finalized and will be signed” in 2023.

João Gomes Cravinho was on a visit to Algiers today to assess bilateral relations in the economic sphere, as well as in terms of cooperation, language and culture, and to discuss international issues.

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PORTUGUESE PARACHET JUMP IN THE NETHERLANDS

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PORTUGUESE PARACHET JUMP IN THE NETHERLANDS

Members of the Airborne Operational Battalion of the Parachute Regiment of the Portuguese Army during the annual Falcon Jump exercise on September 17, 2022 over the Ede launch zone, 18 km west of Arnhem, in the province of Gelderland, the Netherlands. A Portuguese skydiver is equipped with a SPEKON RS 2000 parachute from the German manufacturer SPEKON Sächsische Spezialkonfekion GmbH. Above him are US paratroopers with T-11 parachutes.

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The annual Falcon Leap 2022 exercise, based in Eindhoven, in the south of the Netherlands, took place from 5 to 16 September 2022 in the Netherlands and Belgium. During the first week, the exercise focused on cargo drop operations, and the second week focused on drop operations. It was attended by more than 1 thousand soldiers representing 13 countries, including Portugal, with the participation of the Operational Detachment of 22 soldiers from the Airborne Operational Battalion of the Parachute Regiment of the Ground Forces.

The exercise officially ended on September 17, 2022, commemorating the 78th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, which began on the same day in 1944, during World War II, as part of the largest airborne operation in which more than 40,000 troops serving in the 1st Airborne Division of Great Britain, the 1st Independent Parachute Brigade of Poland, the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions of the United States of America. These commemorations were marked by the launch of paratroopers over the original drop zones of the Operation.

The photo was taken by the Polish soldier M. Benek, seconded to the 6th Airborne Brigade (BPD) – Brigadier General Stanisław Sosabowski, a unit that is the result of the historical legacy of the 1st Separate Polish Airborne Brigade, which jumped during the operation ” Bazaar Garden “, in 1944 under the command of General. Stanislav Sosabovsky – whose name is a suffix (as patron) of the current unit.

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