Suzan eraslan is a theater director and designer on a temporary hiatus and a reluctant political activist and documentarian living in new york city.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2017

 

  • On February 2nd, 2017, Reuters reported that the U.S. military is investigating how many more civilian casualties resulted from DT's first military action in which a Navy SEAL and an 8-year-old American girl were killed. 
  • On February 2nd, 2017, one of the corrections officers held in the Vaughn Rebellion was released at 5:00 AM, and another was unresponsive and pronounced dead at 5:30 AM. The inmates took control of the prison yesterday morning in protest of the poor conditions inside the prison, the harassment they have suffered at the hands of correctional officers, and "Donald Trump. Everything that he did. All the things that he’s doing now. We know that the institution is going to change for the worse."
  • On February 2nd, 2017, at 10:41 AM, in response to the anti-fascist black bloc action in Berkeley against white supremacist and UK national Milo Yiannopoulos, Fox News tweeted "Free speech for all or no federal funds!" as quoted from the Fox and Friends television program. At 11:13 AM, less than half an hour later, DT tweeted "If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?" This is yet another instance in which Fox News has made a point on television and DT has tweeted their point, often using the same language, minutes later. It should also be noted that it is not the White House's purview to revoke federal funding from a state university. See screenshots below (click to enlarge). 
  • On February 2nd, 2017, at her first visit to the United Nations, DT appointed UN Ambassador Nikki Haley condemned the military strike on the Ukraine by Russia. She said that she was sorry that on her first meeting she should have to bring this up, as the U.S. does "want to better our relations with Russia." "The dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions... The United States stands with the people of Ukraine, who have suffered for nearly three years under Russian occupation and military intervention. Until Russia and the separatists it supports respect Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, this crisis will continue."  She later tweeted a screenshot of her notes app, condemning yesterday's attack. DT has yet to make a public statement regarding the intensifying military activity in Eastern Ukraine. 
  • On February 2nd, 2017, at the National Prayer Breakfast, DT spent the vast majority of his speech bragging about his reality show and denigrating the ratings of new host Arnold Schwarzenegger. DT also said he did not know whether a chaplain was an appointed position before saying he was appointing chaplain Barry Black to another year, punctuating the declaration with, "The hell with it." DT followed up his situationally inappropriate swearing with a promise to dismantle the Johnson amendment, which prohibits tax-exempt organization from endorsing or opposing a political candidate. Arnold Schwarzenegger quickly shot back on Twitter saying, "Hey Donald. I have a great idea. Why don't we switch jobs? You take over TV, cause you're such an expert in ratings. And I take over your job, so that people can finally sleep comfortably again." 
  • On February 2nd, 2017, an unnamed source reported that DT is obsessed with the appearance and dress of his staffers, specifically dictating that male staffers are to wear ties and women "must dress like women." The requirement for a clean cut appearance does not appear to extend to White House chief strategist and noted white supremacist and neo-Nazi Steve Bannon. 
  • On February 2nd, 2017, the U.S. Treasury amended President Barack Obama's sanctions against Russia to "authorize certain transactions" with Russia's FSB, the post-Soviet name of the KGB. The extent to which the FSB participated in hacking American citizens during the election with DT's knowledge has yet to be investigated. 
  • On February 2nd, 2017, the House of Representatives rolled back a rule restricting the sale of firearms to the severely mentally ill. House Republicans have been and continue to utilize the Congressional Review Act to systematically dismantling government protections put into place by President Barack Obama before he left office. 
  • On February 2nd, 2017, thousands joined NYC based Yemeni bodega owners as they rallied against DT's executive order banning entry to the US for visa-holders from 7 majority Muslim nations, including Yemen. The bodega owners held a collective strike from noon to 8:00 PM, with a rally at Borough Hall. The bodega strike rally was fortified by a second protest demanding justice for Ramarley Graham, an unarmed Black teen who was killed by the NYPD, that started in Manhattan and crossed the bridge to join the Yemeni organized demonstration in Brooklyn This is the 6th mass demonstration in New York City since DT took office. 

Analysis: the White House is Preparing for War

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2017 (Who is Frederick Douglass? day)