Why People Still Support Trump

Why People Still Support Trump, by Clive Crook.

There are two main theories of Trump’s support.

One is that a large minority of Americans — 40 percent, give or take — are racist idiots. This theory is at least tacitly endorsed by the Democratic Party and the mainstream liberal media.

The other is that a large majority of this large minority are good citizens with intelligible and legitimate opinions, who so resent being regarded as racist idiots that they’ll back Trump almost regardless. They may not admire the man, but he’s on their side, he vents their frustration, he afflicts the people who think so little of them — and that’s good enough. …

The left has become rather tired of democracy and doesn’t really try as hard to hide it any more:

The first theory, if it were true, would be an argument against democracy. If tens of millions of Americans are racist idiots, how do you defend the popular franchise? That isn’t a sliver of reprehensible people who’ll be safely overwhelmed when elections come around. And there’s plainly nothing, according to the first theory, you can say to change their minds. Why even go through the motions of talking and listening to those people?

This sense that democratic politics is futile if not downright dangerous now infuses the worldview of the country’s cultural and intellectual establishment. Trump is routinely accused of being authoritarian and anti-democratic, despite the fact that he won the election and, so far, has been checked at every point and has achieved almost nothing in policy terms. …

The left bureaucratic-media-academic complex stands condemned:

The second theory — the correct theory — is a terrible indictment of the Democratic Party and much of the media. Why aren’t the intelligible and legitimate opinions of that large minority given a hearing? Why must their views be bundled reflexively into packages labelled “bigotry” and “stupidity”? Why can’t this large minority of the American people be accorded something other than pity or scorn?

Amid Crisis in Brazil, Evangelicals Emerge as the Main Conservative Power

Amid Crisis in Brazil, Evangelicals Emerge as the Main Conservative Power, by Julio Severo.

The American Left is keeping an eye on the increasing influence of conservative evangelicals in Brazil. “The Nation,” the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States since 1865, produced this month a special article, titled “Amid Crisis in Brazil, the Evangelical Bloc Emerges as a Political Power,” about the political power of evangelicals in Brazil. …

If the American Left, which is the most powerful Left in the world, is worried about evangelicals in Brazil, it is an excellent sign for Brazilian evangelicals.

In the world’s largest Catholic country, a rival Christian movement could select Brazil’s next president. By Omar G. Encarnación.

Although the country remains the world’s largest Roman Catholic country, in recent decades a massive swelling in the ranks of Protestant evangelicals has challenged Catholic hegemony. In 1970, the percent of Brazilian Catholics stood at 90 percent; today, it barely clears 50 percent. During that same time span, the percentage of Protestant evangelicals has risen from 5 percent to roughly 30 percent. Across the country, evangelical leaders are struggling to keep up with the growth of their flock. Abandoned shopping centers, X-rated theaters, and strip clubs have all become unlikely places of worship. …

The expansion of Protestant evangelism didn’t happen overnight. …

A third and final wave came in 1977 with the rise of the “neo-Pentecostal” movement, led by the homegrown Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus (Universal Church of the Kingdom of God or IURD). With branches in places like India, the US, and South Africa, the IURD is a global leader of prosperity theology, which asserts that devotion to God is rewarded with material gain. Founded by Edir Macedo, known throughout the world as “Bishop Macedo,” the IURD is a testament to excess. Forbes magazine estimates that Macedo is “the richest religious leader in Brazil, or perhaps in the world,” with a fortune estimated at $1.3 billion. …

Macedo’s influence on national politics cannot be overstated. The opening of IURD’s new temple was an obligatory appointment for the entire political class, with both Lula and Rousseff in attendance. At election time, Macedo’s political endorsements, which he dangles like pieces of candy and spreads around various political parties, are some of the most sought after in the country. The value of his endorsement resides not only in Macedo’s fame, but also in the reach of his vast media empire, which includes radio and television stations, newspapers, and a sophisticated social media operation. …

Like the rise of Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority in the early 1980s, which ushered in the emergence of the American Christian right, Brazilian evangelical leaders have entered the political fray motivated by a sense of moral outrage. These leaders point to the moral decay that has taken place in Brazil under Lula and Rousseff’s Workers’ Party (PT). They condemn the rise in secularism; the advent of gay marriage, imposed by the Federal Supreme Court in 2011; the growing acceptance of abortion (although illegal, an estimated 1 to 4 million abortions are performed every year); and the ubiquity of pornography. …

Despite their shared origins and mutual admiration, the Brazilian evangelical community is not a carbon copy of the American one.  … In Brazil … evangelicals are at war with the Catholic Church over the issue of “Catholic privilege.” Evangelical churches want the government to grant them the same tax breaks and benefits traditionally given only to the Catholic Church, such as support for Catholic schools, monasteries, and seminaries. Many Brazilian evangelicals also aggressively target Catholics as their main source of converts.

Additionally, while evangelicals and Catholics are on the same page when it comes to homosexuality, they can differ on abortion. For the Catholic Church, abortion is an absolute abomination, regardless of the circumstances. For many Brazilian evangelicals, however, there’s some wiggle room.

Society’s contrarians now fighting for free speech, traditionalism, and respecting people

Society’s contrarians now fighting for free speech, traditionalism, and respecting people, by Anonymous on 4Chan. 4Chan’s forum /pol/ is “the” forum of the politically incorrect, a usually degenerate area with smatterings of autistic genius.

/pol/ has always taken the contrarian view to society. The ideas on /pol/ have always been the opposite to what society approves of. The fact that topics on here are now about free speech, traditionalism, and respecting the people should tell you all you need to know about society as it exists today. /pol/ became the good guy when society became the bad guy.

By “society” he presumably means the establishment and their media.

hat-tip byrmol

Merkel heckled twice in one day as she defends refugee policy

Merkel heckled twice in one day as she defends refugee policy, by RT.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was heckled twice on Tuesday by right-wing anti-immigrant protesters as she stubbornly defended her open-door refugee policy, one of the most contested issues in the country’s upcoming federal election.

Members of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party booed Merkel, the top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) at an election campaign rally in the town of Bitterfeld-Wolfen, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

“Merkel must go away”, “Protect basic law from Merkel” and “I used to be CDU voter, today I want to see Mrs. Merkel in court,” were the welcoming chants from AfD supporters in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, the Leipziger Volkszeitung reported. …

Despite much-voiced criticism, Merkel’s party’s support now stands at 37 percent according to the latest poll by the INSA Institute released Tuesday, Reuters reported. SPD, a member of her coalition has 24 percent. The poll shows support for the Left and the AfD parties at 10 percent.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Half of Britons think Islam is ‘threat to West,’ study reveals

Half of Britons think Islam is ‘threat to West,’ study reveals, by RT.

Following recent Islamist-inspired terrorist incidents in Westminster, Manchester and London’s Borough Market, 42 percent of people say they now have less trust for Muslims in Britain, while 52 percent believe Islam poses a threat, the Populus poll published by campaign group Hope not Hate shows.

The figures also reveal that a quarter of English people think Islam is a “dangerous religion that incites violence.” …

The increase in negative attitudes towards Muslims comes despite an overall improvement in attitudes among Britons towards different groups in society. The report found that two-fifths of the population have a liberal outlook, compared to 22 percent six years ago.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Nancy Pelosi Denounces Violent ‘Antifa’ Protesters: ‘Unequivocal Condemnation’

Nancy Pelosi Denounces Violent ‘Antifa’ Protesters: ‘Unequivocal Condemnation’, by Adam Shaw.

Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued a statement late Tuesday denouncing violent left-wing “Antifa” protesters, saying they deserve “unequivocal condemnation” — a move that marks a significant shift away from a Democratic narrative that attacked President Trump for highlighting violence from the “alt-left.”

Pelosi released the statement in the wake of the latest bout of left-wing violence in Berkeley, California, over the weekend. “Antifa” protesters jumped barricades and assaulted peaceful demonstrators at a right-wing event on Sunday.

The events are the latest in a number of violent acts by the left-wing thugs, often seen all clad in black and smashing windows, but many acts have been largely ignored by the mainstream media. Yet since President Trump highlighted the largely unreported left-wing violence surrounding the events of Charlottesville, Virginia, such acts have slowly been receiving more coverage.

Trump mentioned it, and soon the Democrats are apologizing for their thugs — that hasn’t happened in recent memory. Obama and Hillary were obviously in favor of BLM thuggery, for instance.

Donald Trump as superhero

Pelosi had previously called for the House to censure Trump over his response to Charlottesville, but with the increasing rise of left-wing violence, on Tuesday she released a statement condemning the left-wing rioters.

Back flip! Cannot deny that left-wing violence any more? Just too obvious and well-publicized? Maybe Charlottesville backfired on the Democrats to some extent, because they have never admitted to a violence problem before (at least not recently).

Trump had provoked the fury of both Democrats and mainstream media reporters when, despite his condemnations of white nationalists and neo-Nazis, he also condemned the violence on the part of what he described as the “alt-left.” …

Trump was widely criticized for his remarks, with even top Republicans — such as House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney — blasting Trump for his remarks.

“One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi,” Romney tweeted. “The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.”

Romney has not tweeted since the violence in California on Sunday.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Threats over traditional marriage stance in Australia

Threats over traditional marriage stance in Australia, by Rebecca Urban.

The family of a Victorian woman who fronts a national TV campaign opposing same-sex marriage has been vilified on ­social media and their church threatened with violence after LGBTI ­activists falsely claimed they were behind an ad in the local newspaper critical of homosexuality.

Heidi McIvor, her husband ­Julian McIvor and the City Builders Church in Sale, where they both work as pastors, have been subjected to false accusations and insults over an unattributed ad in The Gippsland Times a week ago urging people to vote against changing the Marriage Act.

Ms McIvor did not pay for the ad to be placed. Nor did Mr ­McIvor, who is also the advertising manager at the local paper. The church has previously campaigned for traditional marriage.

The parents of two have been accused of spreading hate speech and being morally bankrupt. Their names and phone numbers have been splashed all over Facebook, resulting in Mr McIvor being hit with a steady stream of abuse.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

CNN Reporter Exits Bubble, Discovers Just How Much Texas Hates CNN

CNN Reporter Exits Bubble, Discovers Just How Much Texas Hates CNN, by John Nolte.

The bubble is real. The bubble explains so much. … Just stay online, watch cable news and monitor Twitter. This will completely warp your view of the way things really are.

I know this because it has happened to me. But never, not once, have I ever been so bubbled that I was unaware of just how much America freakin’ hates CNN. With that in mind, try to imagine just how out-of-touch CNN correspondent Nick Valencia is:

*covers mouth to hold back burst of laughter* CNN dude is shocked to discover everyone hates CNN! *laughter bursts forth* …

What exactly did Valencia expect to find in, of all places, TEXAS?

Good heavens, he works for a hate network devoted to destroying everything most Texans stand for, live for, believe in and cherish: faith, family and freedom. …

CNN has never even tried to disguise its unbridled hate for all things southern and Texan. CNN’s cultural supremacists are constantly smearing Christians and conservatives and southerners as backwards bigots. And everyone knows that the only reason CNN is even paying attention to a natural disaster in a Red State is in the hopes that the president they are hoping to oust through fake news will do something the leftwing network can turn into a “Katrina moment.”

Nafta doesn’t need a chapter on gender rights

Nafta doesn’t need a chapter on gender rights, by Nathan Keeble.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland gave an outline of what her country seeks to achieve in the renegotiation of Nafta. … The Canadian government wants a new chapter on what it calls gender rights. …

Prime Minister Trudeau has emphasised gender equality in his cabinet, and they have even made similar moves for gender equality when renegotiating their trade deal with Chile.

Right on! That’s what trade deals are for.

In a free market, wages are determined purely by the productivity of the employee.

Few will question that the goal of a business is to generate as much profit as possible. The purpose of hiring an employee is to aid in producing the goods which enable them to do just that. The value which hiring that employee creates for a business, and by extension its customers, is the source of that employee’s wages.

In a free market, wages are determined purely by the productivity of the employee. Basically, that statement means that a person’s labor is as valuable as the anticipated additional revenue which a firm will gain by hiring them, or conversely lose by firing them. Markets tend to keep wages at this level. Why?

If an employee’s wages are bid too low for market conditions, competing firms will happily pay more to benefit from that employee’s productivity. The original firm would likely even increase the employee’s wages by itself to avoid losing them, much like Henry Ford had to do.

Notice that nowhere in that description was gender mentioned. Little to no wiggle room exists within a free market for employers to discriminate for anything other than the economic value an individual creates.

For an employer to do so would be both self defeating and unsustainable. For instance, if employers could purchase a woman’s equally productive labour for a lesser price than a man’s, the increased demand for female labor would very quickly bid wages to the correct level. Indeed, many scholars have shown empirically that women do in fact earn equal pay for equal work, despite claims otherwise. Hiring less efficient workers based on irrelevant personal factors is self-punishing.

Oh that ‘s so yesterday. Canada and Justin Trudeau have progressed.

hat-tip Matthew

UK: Muslim refuses to stand for judge, is ordered: “Get up. This is not a court of religion.”

UK: Muslim refuses to stand for judge, is ordered: “Get up. This is not a court of religion.” By Amie Gordon.

A Muslim convert accused of preaching sharia law in central London was ordered to stand up for a judge who told him: ‘This is not a court of religion.’

Ricardo McFarlane, 30, allegedly breached an ASBO made in February 2014, which barred him from approaching members of the public ‘in order to promote sharia law’.

McFarlane and a group of up to 20 other men are said to have set up a stall outside Topshop in Oxford Street on March 25 last year and called for strict Islamic laws to be imposed across the UK. …

The bearded defendant, wearing a green and gold robe, told the court usher he would not stand for ‘any man’ before the hearing began.

Robert Spencer:

Many times we have seen Muslims refusing to stand in court, because they recognize only Sharia, which they regard as divine law, as opposed to “manmade law.” It is rare, however, to see a judge actually ordering one of these Islamic supremacists to stand. Is he aware that in doing so, he is forcing Ricardo McFarlane to transgress a tenet of Islam, and as such has become an “Islamophobe”? Apparently not, since he said: “That isn’t in breach of any religious principles I’m aware of.”

Meanwhile, British authorities should become aware of and study the fact that so many converts to Islam get the idea that their new religion makes them contemptuous of the authorities of their home country. But they won’t.

390,000 Syrians Eligible To Bring Their Families to Germany in 2018

390,000 Syrians Eligible To Bring Their Families to Germany in 2018, by Chris Tomlinson.

If each person eligible were to bring only three other family members each, the number of migrants coming to Germany could increase by well over a million in the span of a year.

From January 2015 to June 2017 the German government granted 230,000 family reunion visas, with Syrians and Iraqis making up 103,000 of the approved requests.

The Syrian government has said they expect the number of family reunification requests to drastically rise in coming months and some have noted that the official figure only takes into account those approved and that many more applications are still being processed. …

Por-Islamic -refugee demonstration brussels

Recent polls show that Merkel is the most likely to win next month’s national election and although she has called for tougher stances on illegal immigration and more deportations of failed asylum seekers, her stance on an asylum seeker limit will likely remain unchanged.

Auf wiedersehen! Germany survived the Kaiser’s war, survived the Nazis (just), but might not survive the Muslims.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Syrian Migrants Arrested After Stealing Car… To Drive to Asylum Application Police Station

Syrian Migrants Arrested After Stealing Car… To Drive to Asylum Application Police Station, by Chris Tomlinson.

A pair of Syrian asylum seekers were arrested during their asylum application in Austria after the man whose car they had stolen turned up to the same police station at the same time as them to report the crime. …

After stealing the car the pair drove to the local police station where they told authorities they wished to apply for asylum. At the same time, the owner of the stolen car arrived at the police station to report the theft and was placed in the room next to the two asylum seekers.

Police were able to examine footage taken by a witness of the crime and positively identify that the asylum seekers were the ones who stole the vehicle and promptly transferred them to Feldkirch Prison at the request of the local prosecutor.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

‘We Do Not Want More Muslims in Czech Republic’: Prime Minister

‘We Do Not Want More Muslims in Czech Republic’: Prime Minister, by Victoria Friedman.

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka does not want the Muslim community to grow in the Czech Republic, saying he has seen what problems large Muslim populations have caused in other European countries. …

The Czech Republic has around 22,000 Muslims living in the country who are described as well-integrated and not particularly committed to or fundamentalist in the expression of their faith. …

Similarly, President Zeman has said people fleeing the Ukraine, following the Euromaidan protests, should be included in the migrant redistribution programme given the numbers absorbed by the Visegrád group. Poland has issued nearly 1.3 million visas to Ukrainians last year, including those claiming asylum.

“Ukrainians, too, are refugees and with their origin and diligence, they are somewhat close to us,” said Zeman in September 2015, after stating the month prior that “Unlike the Islamic ones, they have a much a better ability to assimilate themselves.”

Not just Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Korean missile crisis: suddenly distance is no longer the tyranny

Korean missile crisis: suddenly distance is no longer the tyranny, by Greg Sheridan.

“History’s a game that’s played for keeps. But for most Australians, it’s a dimension of reality that’s only found on TV — don’t you agree?

“The reason that Australia’s half asleep is that it’s outside history. The Japanese nearly woke us up, but they didn’t quite get there. So we went on sleeping. I wonder who will wake us up? Sukarno? The Communists in Asia?”

Thus spoke Aubrey Hardwick, intelligence operative, in Chris Koch’s novel Highways to a War, set in the 1970s.

Kim Jong-un has offered Australia an invitation to history. It’s an unpleasant invitation, and one we can’t refuse. …

It is true that all through the Cold War, Soviet and later Chinese nuclear missiles could have successfully targeted Australia. We know now that Cold War nuclear deterrence was more fraught than we thought at the time, but nonetheless there was an inherent stability about dealing with great big and mature powers such as Moscow and Beijing.

The North Korean breakout is immensely dangerous in its own right. And it signals the kind of world we are ever more likely to live in. At the end of the period of a little more than a decade that the Obama agreement with Iran covers, the mullahs will be in possession of a rich nation and a massive nuclear industry with full international approval. If they choose to weaponise it no one will stop them. A world of ever more complex, multidimensional, regional and intercontinental interlocking arrangements of mutual nuclear deterrence will be vastly more intricate than the Cold War.

This, by the way, is what a world without US strategic dominance looks like. The US stopped its allies, such as Taiwan, South Korea and others, from acquiring nuclear weapons. The Chinese have signally failed to stop their ally, North Korea, from doing likewise.

A North Korea with nukes and ICBMs won’t stop at 60. In due course it is likely to possess 100, 200 or more. …

Australia is losing its protection:

Australia has mostly stood benignly beside the worst of history because of our geographic distance from the main centres of conflict and the security we have derived from our alliance with great powers, first Britain, then the US. What is happening to those two protective features?

The first three trends are wiping out our security of distance. These trends are: missile technology, offensive cyber capabilities and the global spread of Islamist jihadism. They severely compromise our geographic advantages.

Our alliance is still immensely valuable but consider these three trends: the US is less dominant than before and has for the first time in many decades a president who sometimes speaks against US alliance commitments; China is pursuing an increasingly assertive posture, seeking strategic hege­mony in our region; and most importantly, the giant historic project of liberalisation and democratisation seems to have stalled, if not altogether come to an end.

There is no longer any ground for thinking China and Russia are on any long-term path to democracy and liberalisation. Nor are many of the other countries of our region, such as Vietnam and Cambodia. Around the world, and in our region, democracy has gone backwards in many countries. This means that the reassuring idea we once had, that we were on a path of political convergence with our region, is no longer realistic.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Lawyers demand apology over endorsement of gay marriage

Lawyers demand apology over endorsement of gay marriage, by Chris Merritt.

The dean of law at Sydney’s Notre Dame University and a coalition of barristers and academics have joined the revolt over the endorsement of same-sex marriage by the legal profession’s peak associations in NSW.

Professor Michael Quinlan, who heads the university’s law school in Sydney, is the most senior of 11 legal academics and lawyers who have issued a joint statement denouncing the NSW Law Society and the state’s Bar ­Association for endorsing same-sex marriage “laws” before draft legislation has been made public and without consulting members.

Their statement calls for both organisations to apologise and ­immediately withdraw the ­endorsement.

It contained errors of law and had left the misleading impression that all lawyers in NSW support gay marriage, the statement says.

“Had there been consultation with members, and had the members supported the issuance of such a document, improvements in the language and content could have been made to ensure the joint release accurately states the law,” their statement says.

hat-tip Augusto Zimmerman (who signed the joint statement)

Boris Johnson seen as an international joke

Boris Johnson seen as an international joke, by Rachel Sylvester.

Boris Johnson is becoming the Where’s Wally? of international diplomacy. All over the world the geopolitical tectonic plates are shifting yet at this time of huge global significance the foreign secretary is all but invisible on the international stage. …

As the US enters an extraordinary culture war under Donald Trump, Mr Johnson remains morally ambiguous, flip-flopping between dismissing criticisms of the president as a “whinge-o-rama” and claiming he got it “totally wrong” in his response to the recent racial violence in Charlottesville. He made a serious strategic error in aligning himself so quickly with a divisive populist across the Atlantic who no longer even has the support of his own Republican Party. …

That’s clear code that the journalist is anti-Trump.

Some MPs believe Mr Johnson is pursuing a deliberate strategy of what Henry Kissinger liked to call “constructive ambiguity” — keeping his options open for the sake of personal ambition — but the truth is that he is rapidly becoming a national embarrassment. I’ve just spent a fortnight in America and was shocked by the number of tech entrepreneurs, hedge fund managers and political strategists I met who asked: “Why has your prime minister appointed a fool as foreign secretary?” According to diplomatic sources, even officials at the Trump White House “don’t want to go anywhere near Boris because they think he’s a joke”. If that seems ironic, one minister says: “It’s worse in Europe. There is not a single foreign minister there who takes him seriously. They think he’s a clown who can never resist a gag.” …

Senior Conservatives blame “vanity” for his inability to remain on message or keep a secret.

“The French think Boris is totally unreliable, the Germans think he’s a liar and the Italians think he’s dangerous,” says one well-travelled Tory MP. …

The civil servants in the Foreign Office are horrified by their boss’s lack of discipline and have taken to slipping in to see his deputy Sir Alan Duncan, the Europe minister, when they need a decision. At the intelligence agencies, there is a nervousness about giving sensitive material to a politician who treats every public outing like an after-dinner speech. …

It’s all about managing Boris, not respecting him,” says one Whitehall source. “He’s got no concentration span so it’s difficult to have a detailed discussion with him. The whole thing is completely ramshackle for someone who is supposed to be so clever. He doesn’t know what he thinks so he flies by the seat of his pants.”

Sounds like it’s all rumors and spin — maybe the establishment is out to get Boris because he is sympathetic to Trump?

“All about managing, not respecting” Isn’t that what the new White House staff are doing with Trump? Is this the bureaucrat’s or the swamp’s way of dealing with naughty challengers whom the people accidentally elect?

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Muslim ‘Mediator’ Defends Gang Rape After Attack: ‘Enjoyed Like Normal Intercourse When Woman Calms’

Muslim ‘Mediator’ Defends Gang Rape After Attack: ‘Enjoyed Like Normal Intercourse When Woman Calms’, by Jack Montgomery.

A so-called ‘cultural mediator’ at a migrant reception centre in Italy has caused outrage with his comments on rape following attacks on tourists from Poland and Peru in Rimini, Italy.

Abid Jee wrote that rape was “a worse act, but only at the beginning, when the willy goes in, then the woman becomes calm and you enjoy it like normal intercourse” on Facebook after a Polish couple and a Peruvian transsexual were attacked by four men thought to be North African migrants …

The attack saw two 26-year-old Poles subjected to a “brutal and bestial” attack in the popular tourist destination on the Adriatic coast.

The male was struck on the head with a bottle and beaten unconscious before his girlfriend was repeatedly raped in front of him and thrown into the sea. Both were hospitalised following the attack, and the male will likely require facial surgery. …

The case has caused alarm in Italy and considerable anger in Poland, which is sending its own investigators to help apprehend the suspects.

The new normal, coming soon to your western country?

hat-tip Charles