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President Donald Trump Hammers Neocon John Bolton for Supporting Endless War, Report Says

Trump is apparently growing tired of Bolton’s Bush-era foreign policy proposals.

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President Donald Trump is growing tired with his national security adviser John Bolton, and he is goading Bolton frequently regarding the mustachioed neocon’s lust for endless war.

Trump has been teasing Bolton for his hawkish beliefs for quite some time while conducting business inside the White House. According to reports, Trump said to Bolton in the White House Situation Room last year: “Ok, John, let me guess, you want to nuke them all?”

Trump has even taken Bolton to task in front of foreign dignitaries, showing a marked lack of respect for the neoconservative who served in the administration of globalist former President George W. Bush.

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The President dressed down Bolton during a meeting in the Oval Office with Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar. Trump quipped to Bolton: “John, is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade?”

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Administration officials have told The Independent that Trump frequently laments that “John has never seen a war he doesn’t like” while speaking about foreign affairs. He has made similar comments about Bolton publicly.

“If it was up to him he’d take on the whole world at one time, okay?” Trump said during an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press.

But still, Trump is keeping Bolton around in the administration because he reportedly believes that Bolton serves a purpose by playing “bad cop” to Trump’s “good cop” in diplomatic matters.

“He thinks that Bolton’s bellicosity and eagerness to kill people is a bargaining chip when he’s sitting down with foreign leaders,” one government official told The Independent. “Bolton can be the bad cop and Trump can be the good cop. Trump believes this to his core.”

The Iranian government is singling out Bolton for allegedly attempting to draw the U.S. into another war:

Trump is deploying Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) as an intermediary to keep the peace with Iran. Unable to trust his own advisers, Trump is enlisting the non-interventionist to clean up the mess of Bolton and other neocons within the administration.

“Rand is a friend of mine, and Rand asked me if he could get involved. The answer is yes, and if the other senators ask me to get involved, I’d probably say yes depending on who they were,” Trump said to reporters last week. “I have many people involved, and Iran is going to work out very nicely. “

Bolton may want to draw the U.S. into a war with Iran, but Trump is not going to make it easy for the bloodthirsty bureaucrat to achieve his ambitions. The President knows that he was elected to put ‘America First,’ and has frequently called the Iraq war the biggest mistake in U.S. history. He does not want to repeat the mistakes of his globalist predecessors in Iran.

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Turkey Human Rights, Crackdown on Press Freedom Comes Under Renewed Scrutiny in Geneva

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Last week, the UK-based International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR)and the Press Emblem Campaign held an information meeting in Geneva, to coincide with the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Turkey over hate crimes, minority, and LGBT rights, and press freedoms with a specific focus on the nation’s crackdown on these rights during the failed 2016 coup and the emergency rule that followed during which the government allegedly used its security powers to arrest thousands of people who opposed it.

Turkey’s human rights record was last reviewed in 2015 during the UPR. This was the third time in 10 years that Turkey’s record has come under review

Diplomats, minister, prominent members of Turkish media and human rights defenders – including those who have been forced into exile – were present at the event. Also in attendance was former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues in the Office of Global Criminal Justice Ambassador Stephen Rapp. Louise Pyne Jones, head of research, International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR) moderated the event. Two panels were held. The first was called “Press Freedom” and included Yavuz Baydar, editor-in-chief of Ahval; Evin Baris Altintas, journalist and blogger; and Massimo Frigo; senior Legal Advisor for International Commission for Jurists (ICJ). The second panel, “Human Rights Defenders,” included Dr. Sebnem Korur Fincanci; president of the Human Rights Foundation in Turkey; Nurcan Baysal, award-winning Turkish Human Rights Defender and Journalist; and Anne van Wezel, former co-chair EESC EU-Turkey Joint Consultative Committee.

Following an attempted, and failed, “coup” against the ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Party in 2016, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused many of his opponents and naysayers, including journalists who were critical of him and his government, of supporting terrorism and prosecuted many of them. Erdogan also suggested that the attempted coup was the work of exiled Imam Fethullah Gulen and his movement, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization. Turkey has asked for the United States to extradite Gulen. Gulen has been living in the United States in a self-imposed exile since 1999. Over 250 people died as a result of the failed coup attempt.

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Soon after the coup, Turkey implemented a state of emergency (SOE) which it said: “was put into effect in order to ensure the continuity of effective implementation of the measures for the protection of the rights and freedoms of our citizens, democracy and the rule of law.” However, the AK Party’s critics have maintained that the AK Party used the umbrella of its broader emergency powers and continuously postponed ending that state of emergency, in an attempt to destroy its political opposition.

Many journalists were apprehended under this state of emergency until it was lifted on July 19, 2018. As such, for three straight years, and up until 2019, the Committee to Protect Journalists ranked Turkey as the worst jailer of journalists in the world. According to Turkish, English, and Arabic-language news site Ahval, when China jailed 48 journalists to Turkey’s 47.

Nurcan Baysal, an award-winning Kurdish Human Rights Defender, Journalist, and contributor to Ahval, said she was even cautious with the words she used on the panel discussion for fear of punishment by the Turkish government. “We are censoring ourselves because of these fears,” Baysal said. “For example, before coming here I asked myself if I should use certain words, should I use the word invasion, or should I use the word war, because today in Turkey even to say war is forbidden,” she said. “Everything that I say has an effect on not only my life but of the lives of my children and family.”

Ahval editor in chief Yavuz Baydar said, “No state or power can decide who is a journalist, it is the domain for professional organizations and should always be separate from power.”

According to the IOHR, “In the previous UPR cycle of Turkey, the Turkish government officially supported 14 recommendations related to strengthening the legal framework on freedom of expression and 5 recommendations specifically related to bringing terrorism legislation in line with international human rights standards.

Hugh Williamson, the Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch recently said, “The huge number of journalists, politicians, and perceived government critics in prison and on trial flies in the face of the Turkish government’s public statements about the state of human rights in the country “Turkey’s disregard of human rights is a disservice to its citizens, who deserve to live with dignity and freedom.”

Meanwhile, Turkey’s state-run pro-government newspaper the Daily Sabah put out propaganda about the Erdogan government writing, “U.N. Human Rights Council highlighted Turkey’s achievements in the fields of judiciary, human rights and humanitarian causes on Tuesday during a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) meeting in Geneva.”

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