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azadi

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Trump ought to withdraw from Afghanistan in exchange for Taliban pledging not to support international terrorism. I dislike the Taliban, but US troops staying in Afghanistan forever in order to fight the Taliban makes no sense. The struggle against Taliban is a lost cause. If the Afghan monarchy had been restored after the US invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban might have been eradicated, because most Afghans admired Zahir Shah, the last king of Afghanistan. The Afghan Loya Jirga wanted to restore the monarchy in 2002, but USA prevented restoration of the Afghan monarchy. It was a disaster, even from a non-monarchist point of view. Restoring the Afghan monarchy isn't a plausible option today, because Afghan monarchism has been insignificant since the death of Zahir Shah in 2007.
Trump ought to make a deal with Putin on Ukraine, according to which Russia must cease to support the East Ukrainian rebels in exchange for the US sanctions against Russia being lifted and the US government designating Crimea as a disputed territory rather than as a Russian-occupied Ukrainian territory. 
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The Yazidis, a Kurdish religious minority, which was persecuted by ISIS, celebrate the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi:
https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/28102019



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Trump has forced the EU to pursue closer military integration, because he supports American isolationism. I support American isolationism, because Atlanticism doesn't make sense, when Russia isn't ruled by a Communist regime. Atlanticism survives through inertia, despite being obsolete. Trump has broken the inertia of Atlanticism.
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I will endorse Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries. Bernie Sanders will be an excellent US President. Bernie Sanders support tuition-free college education and Medicare for all. Feel the Bern 2020!
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BERNIE SANDERS WINS THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS IN NEVADA! THE LATINOS SUPPORT SANDERS!
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election/broad-based-support-powers-sanders-to-big-win-in-nevada-democratic-vote-idUSKCN20H078



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Well done to yesterday's winner: Donald J. Trump. He won the Nevada Caucus twice in one day, well done indeed.
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I fear very much that you are right there. I can't see Sanders beating Trump. In fact, much as I detest and despise Trump, I'm not altogether certain I would want him to. Almost any other Dem candidate, sure.
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I fear very much that you are right there. I can't see Sanders beating Trump. In fact, much as I detest and despise Trump, I'm not altogether certain I would want him to. Almost any other Dem candidate, sure.

I prefer both Trump and Sanders to the liberal centrist Democrats. I dislike Obama and the Clintons. I support European right-wing populism. Marine Le Pen and the Law and Justice Party of Poland are leftist on economic matters and rightist on cultural matters. 
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The USA and Taliban have signed a peace deal. The US troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan in exchange for Taliban ceasing to support international terrorism:
https://www.voanews.com/south-central-asia/us-taliban-sign-historic-afghan-peace-deal


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So it looks like we may actually get those Trump Vs. Biden debates after all. Part of me thinks this will be amazing. On the other hand, what's gone wrong with America. You have Trump on the one side and the other side is led by an octogenarian communist and someone who seems to be in the middle stages of dementia (I mean that semi-seriously: Biden genuinely seems confused regularly).
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He does, but then again Trump can do incoherent rambling with the very best of them. Any debate is likely to be a complete and utter train wreck. I do find Biden a more appealing prospect than either Trump or Sanders, but that's saying very little. Hopefully he will make a good vice-presidential pick that can carry some of the weight for him.
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Sanders is ghastly. And the people around him are even worse.
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And yet Sanders messages of 'Medicare for All' and a $15/hr minimum-wage resonate so well for the many working-class people for whom health-insurance is too expensive, inadequate, or nonexistent, and who work in low-paying occupations without hope of advancement. Medicare for All is actually the American version of the comprehensive  national health insurance systems which are in place in Canada, Australia, and Europe.
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Why can't these people separate themselves from nutcases, though?
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Jeremy Corbyn is happily fading from the political scene (albeit taking his time over it), the existential threat he once posed to Britain's governance now nullified. Here is a little reminder of why we should all be so happy about that. The piece compares the careers of anti-racism campaigner Trevor Phillips, who has been suspended from the Labour Party over alleged Islamophobia, and Jeremy Corbyn, who (still) leads the Labour Party and transformed it into a hotbed of anti-Semitism. Which the unfortunate who wins the interminable leadership election, most probably Sir Keir Starmer (who himself is no prize, but at least also no Corbyn), is going to have the devil's own job to undo.
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