Is Barack Obama Planning to Sabotage Donald Trump?

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Feb 14, 2017, 10:55 am
Obama Planning to Sabotage Donald Trump
The Organizing for Action (OFA) is run in part by Barack Obama and by many of his main supporters (La República).

Español“When former President Barack Obama said he was ‘heartened’ by anti-Trump protests, he was sending a message of approval to his troops.

Troops? Yes, Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.”

This according to Paul Sperry in his opinion column published Friday in The New York Post.

Sperry considers former President Obama’s actions “very unusual,” since the Democrat will not only remain in Washington for two years, but is also working “behind the scenes to establish what will be a shadow government” to sabotage the Trump administration.

According to the journalist, “(Obama) is doing it through a network of leftist nongovernmental organizations led by Organizing for Action.” Sperry also added that more than 250 offices are being prepared across the United States to battle the new government.

Sperry wrote that the “well-funded protest branch” has recruited young leftist activists with an ideology of “not backing down” — a phrase that appears on the organization’s website. Additioanlly, he pointed out that former President Obama is linked to the organization’s operations, even having given orders to organize marches after Trump’s election last November.

These marches were organized in different cities across the United States, some of which ended in riots. Many of these demonstrations also took place after Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily blocking the entry of citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries to the United States, when protesters blocked access to airports, singing: “No prohibition, no wall, a sanctuary for all!”

OFA is described as an organization that trains young activists to develop “organizational skills.” It’s led by former Obama supporters as well as some of his campaign collaborators. It currently counts on more than 32,525 volunteers across the United States who, due to their legal registration, are not required to disclose their donors.

Sperry described them as “very generous” because OFA has raised about US $40 million in contributions and donations since it became an organization in 2013.

“The 55-year-old Obama is not content to go quietly into the night like other ex-presidents” the journalist concluded.

Source: New York Post

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Venezuela Leads All Countries in Asylum Applications to United States

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Feb 14, 2017, 8:43 am

EspañolFor the first time, Venezuelans lead the pack in asylum applications to the United States, US Citizenship and Immigration Service data reveals that 18,155 Venezuelans filed asylum applications in 2016, which is 150 percent more than in 2015 and six times more than in 2014. Venezuelans started to increase its asylum applications — ultimately overtaking second-place China — starting in 2014, when protests attempted to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro for several months. Read More: Peru’s President Denies Accepting Bribes from Odebrecht Construction Firm Read More: Peru Judge Orders Arrest of Ex-President Alejandro Toledo for Odebrecht Corruption At that time, Venezuela was in the grip of imprisoning and harassing opponents of the government, so that at least 100 Venezuelans a month were making asylum applications, compared to the 2,334 asylum applications received in the United States in just December 2016 alone. The vast majority of Venezuelans looking to leave are reportedly middle class and do not qualify for refugee status, which is reserved for those seeking to escape political persecution, according to Director of Refugee Freedom Boston Julio Henríquez. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   "The rate at which asylum applications are increasing is alarming," he said. "It is not only worrying that so many people are escaping the terrible situation in Venezuela, but also that the practice of sending asylum seekers with bad advice and false evidence is proliferating. " The need for Venezuelans to leave their country given the increase in social, political and economic unrest is so great that an increasing number are willing to use the two-year delay in processing to obtain work authorization and temporary jobs. Source: Associated Press

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