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Why this man is so feared? — Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist and right-wing media mogul

February 5, 2017

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Mr Bannon has spoken about the US’ “crisis of capitalism” and the erosion of “Judeo- Christian values” which have led to the rise of socialism, secularism and pluralism that have altered the social and political fabric of America. PHOTO: THE WASHINGTON POST

Two days ago, Time magazine put a severely sullen-looking man in a thinker’s pose on its cover, dubbing him The Great Manipulator.

“Is Steve Bannon the second most powerful man in the world?” its headline inside asks. Going by the first two weeks of Mr Donald Trump’s presidency, there seems little doubt the answer is yes.

Some would argue that, short of being authorised to sign executive orders, Mr Trump’s chief strategist is the world’s most powerful man.

“President Bannon?” questions the New York Times in another headline last week, after the 63-year-old former executive chair of far-right news website Breitbart News was given a seat at the National Security Council table, an unprecedented move that has shocked former and current White House officials from both political parties.

That elevation in status sealed suspicions of Mr Bannon’s influence over the politically inexperienced President, sending the hashtag #StopPresidentBannon to the top of Twitter’s trending chart.

In his own words

ON THE MEDIA

The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.


ON CHINA

We’re going to war in the South China Sea in five to 10 years. There’s no doubt about that. They’re taking their sandbars and making basically stationary aircraft carriers and putting missiles on those. They come here to the United States in front of our face – and you understand how important face is – and say it’s an ancient territorial sea.


ON U.S. POLITICAL PARTIES

We don’t really believe there is a functional conservative party in this country and we certainly don’t think the Republican Party is that. We tend to look at this imperial city of Washington, this boom town, as they have two groups, or two parties, that represent the insiders’ commercial party, and that is a collection of insider deals, insider transactions and a budding aristocracy that has made this the wealthiest city in the country.


ON RADICAL ISLAM

I think we are in a crisis of the underpinnings of capitalism and, on top of that, we’re now, I believe, at the beginning stages of a global war against Islamic fascism. I believe you should take a very, very, very aggressive stance against radical Islam.


ON POWER

Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power.


ON RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN

At the end of the day, I think that Putin and his cronies are really a kleptocracy, that are really an imperialist power that want to expand.

By mid-week, worried lawmakers had fought back, with the Democrats introducing legislation to kick Mr Bannon out of the council in a bid to keep politics separate from security matters.

Whether or not they succeed, Mr Bannon’s grip on policymaking – and his determination to disrupt the old political establishment and reinstate “enlightened capitalism” in the US will not let up.

While the world reeled from the announcement last week that refugees, and citizens of seven Muslim- majority countries were banned from entering the US, it emerged that Mr Bannon was behind the directive to subject US green card holders to scrutiny as well, overriding recommendations by the Department of Homeland Security to leave them alone.

So how did an Irish Catholic boy from a working-class, pro-union Democratic family in Virginia become the flag-bearer of the “alt- right” movement and the key figure in the Oval Office drafting some of the most conservative national policies? As attention is heaped on Mr Bannon, who has been labelled a “white supremacist” since he became chief executive of Mr Trump’s presidential campaign last August, he has mostly kept away from the media, declining to give interviews.

 

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Steve Bannon, far right, sits alongside the national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump. Photograph by Drew Angerer, Getty Images

But there is no mystery over his complex world view as journalists piece together a picture of the man and his ideas through past interviews, radio shows and documentaries he has produced.

“I’m not a white nationalist, I’m a nationalist. I’m an economic nationalist,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in a rare interview last November, before the presidential election. “The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The issue now is about Americans looking to not get f…ed over.”

The Virginia boy, who spent seven years as an officer in the US Navy, transcended his own blue-collar roots by going to Harvard Business School in 1985. He already had a master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University. He became an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, then started his own boutique investment bank specialising in media. One of the TV shows he had a stake in – and ended up profiting tremendously from – was the hit sitcom Seinfeld.

Mr Bannon told Bloomberg his interest in politics did not surface until he was serving in the Navy and became disillusioned by then President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, although he did not say why.

“I became a huge (Ronald) Reagan admirer. Still am. But what turned me against the whole establishment was coming back from running companies in Asia in 2008 and seeing that (George W.) Bush had f…ed up as badly as Carter. The whole country was a disaster.”

CLASH OF CIVILISATIONS

Just the year before, Mr Bannon had written a proposal for a three- part movie with the working title, Destroying The Great Satan: The Rise Of Islamic Fascism in America, warning of radical Muslims taking over the US and turning it into the “Islamic States of America”.

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White House Chief strategist for President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, right, has already classhed with Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. AP photo

The Washington Post, which got hold of this proposal, last Friday reported that the eight-page draft “offered an early glimpse of Bannon’s belief that the West and ‘supremacist’ Islam are headed for a ‘fundamental clash of civilisations’, as the outline said”.

It is but one more example that the media cites as indicative of Mr Bannon’s bleak, antagonistic outlook, which he essentially delivered through Mr Trump’s angry “American carnage” inaugural speech – one he supposedly penned.

Mr Bannon has spoken about the country’s “crisis of capitalism” and the erosion of “Judeo-Christian values” which have led to the rise of socialism, secularism and pluralism that have altered the social and political fabric of America.

“I’m a Leninist,” he apparently told historian Ronald Radosh at a party in 2013, referring to the Russian revolutionary. “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal, too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment,” Mr Bannon reportedly said.

President Trump is supposedly the tool in achieving his vision, political watchers argue. Mr Trump was given a platform on Mr Bannon’s Breitbart News Daily radio show early on in the presidential campaign, and steered – through a combination of flattery and leading questions by Mr Bannon – to state far-right views.

Mr Bannon has tried it before. Politico magazine reported that he had cultivated populist former Alaska governor Sarah Palin as a potential anti-establishment presidential candidate before he turned his sights on Mr Trump.

If the first two weeks of the new Trump administration are any indication, Mr Bannon has struck gold. As Time magazine said, quoting a veteran Republican: “It’s already over, and Bannon won.”

http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/why-this-man-is-so-feared

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A friend told Peace and Freedom that “until the ideological message of radical islamic terrorism is destroyed, the terrorism will always be there. Steve BANNON is than anti-Islamic terrorism ideological argument maker for DONALD TRUMP.”

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Time magazine’s latest cover features menacing portrait of Steve Bannon
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/time-magazines-latest-cover-features-menacing-portrait-of-steve-bannon-2017-02-02

Is Steve Bannon the Second Most Powerful Man in the World? — By David Von Drehle for Time Magazine
http://time.com/4657665/steve-bannon-donald-trump/

Past Recordings of Bannon Predicting Wars Surface (USNWR, February 2, 2017)
http://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-02-02/steve-bannon-once-said-there-would-be-imminent-war-with-china

Bannon May Need Senate Confirmation for NSC Role
http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2017-01-31/steve-bannon-on-national-security-council-may-require-senate-confirmation

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Philippines: President Duterte Again Talking Martial Law — “I will declare martial law if people clamor for it” — Asked China to help the Armed Forces of the Philippines by providing precision-guided weapons

January 31, 2017

Duterte will only declare martial law if people clamor for it

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (Photo by WONG MAYE-E for AP)

January 30, 2017
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President Rodrigo Duterte said he sees no need to declare martial law amid the situation in Mindanao, saying he will only place the country under military rule if there is strong clamor for the people.

Duterte made the pronouncement in a press briefing early Monday morning.

“Kung kayo na maghingi, sabihin ko mag-iisip muna ako,” he said.

“But when the time comes na tao na ang maghingi, ibibigay ko,” he added.

But he reiterated that he feels that such a move is not necessary right now, saying law enforcement agencies can do their job without a martial law declaration.

“Tutal nakakagalaw naman sila, they’re doing their duty,” he said.

In the same news conference, Duterte said Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon is now the “top honcho” of the Islamic State in the Philippines.

“As you know the greatest danger that mankind is facing is extremism,” he said.

“It’s a mass insanity and Hapilon was already given blessing to be the leader of the ISIS. He is now the top honcho of the ISIS dito,” he added.

The military on Friday reported that Hapilon has been seriously wounded as military artillery pounded suspected bandit hideouts in Butig, Lanao Del Sur.

Duterte said he was worried about the threat of extremists on the country.

“Takot ako sa kanila because historically they use bomb — IED — they did it several times in my city,” he said, noting the bombing in Davao City last September that killed at least 14 people. –JST, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/597558/news/nation/duterte-will-only-declare-martial-law-if-people-clamor-for-it

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Duterte to ‘think twice’ before declaring martial law

By: – Reporter / @MRamosINQ
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MANILA — President Duterte assured the public anew he would not be hasty in using martial law as a way to address  lawlessness in the country.

Amid the heavy fighting between government forces and local terrorists in Mindanao, the President expressed confidence that military action has so far been sufficient in containing the violence in southern Philippines and in pushing back lawless armed groups.

Mr. Duterte had considered declaring martial law to suppress illegal drugs and contain local radical Muslims who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS).

“Remember this Philippines. If you ask for it and tell me,‘Mr. President, let’s declare martial law.’ I will answer you, ‘I will think about it first,’” he told reporters on Sunday night.

“But when the time comes that people ask for it, I will give it to you,” he added.

Mr. Duterte said he has been “satisfied” with the military offensives against the Abu Sayyaf and Maute groups in Basilan and Lanao del Sur.

“They are doing their duty. They are being commissioned to do police work. The police are also there,” he said.

The President said he has urged China to help the Armed Forces of the Philippines to provide “precision-guided” weapons in battling the local terrorists.

“And I have also asked the Armed Forces to use all available assets and all the weaponry that’s at our disposal,” he said.  SFM

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Britain: Education Secretary Tells Teachers To Identify Students At Risk of Islamic Radicalization

May 8, 2014

UK: Education Secretary issues fresh guidance to schools in which teachers are told to look out for signs of radicalisation among pupils

Michael Gove has written to headteachers to warn them to look out for signs of exploitation among pupils

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Michael Gove has written to headteachers to warn them to look out for signs of exploitation among pupils Photo: PA

Teachers have been told to vet pupils for signs of radicalisation following concerns that extremists may be attempting to infiltrate schools.

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has written to every school in England issuing fresh guidance and warning staff to look out for signs of children being exploited.

In the guidelines, teachers are told to maintain an attitude of “it could happen here” at all times.

The document covers all forms of safeguarding, including physical abuse, female genital mutilation, child sexual exploitation and cyberbullying.

It urges heads to pay regard to separate extremism guidance designed to protect “vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism” – particularly linked to Islamist and far right groups.

Signs of possible radicalisation can include people suddenly changing their style of dress or personal appearance to fit in with a particular cause and losing interest with other friends, it says.

The document also suggests looking out for individuals using derogatory terms for rival groups and even showing “technical expertise” in areas such as survival skills and chemicals.

The disclosure comes amid a series of ongoing investigations into allegations of an Islamist plot to take over schools in Birmingham.

Speaking earlier this week, David Cameron said he was “hugely concerned” about the allegations, adding: “Will not have extremism, entryism, Islamism in our schools.”

Mr Gove’s letter tells staff working in schools to look out for “signs that a child may be being abused”, directing them to detailed information on “specific safeguarding matters including female genital mutilation, child sexual exploitation, cyberbullying, mental health, and radicalisation”.

The Department for Education guidance says “knowing what to look for is vital to the early identification of abuse and neglect”.

It provides links to separate Home Office guidelines that says the “most significant threat to this country is from Al Qa’ida affiliated, influenced and associated groups and many referrals will therefore relate to this threat”.

The DfE document also tells teachers to look out for signs of physical abuse in light of a series of child neglect scandals, including the killing of four-year-old Daniel Pelka in Coventry, who was beaten and starved to death.

It also covers sexual exploitation following the grooming of girls by gangs of men in a series of towns and cities such as Rochdale and Oxford.

The document says: “Sexual exploitation can take many forms ranging from the seemingly ‘consensual’ relationship where sex is exchanged for affection or gifts, to serious organised crime by gangs and groups.

“What marks out exploitation is an imbalance of power in the relationship.

“The perpetrator always holds some kind of power over the victim which increases as the exploitative relationship develops.”