The War Against Man

http://www.renegadetribune.com/the-war-against-man/

 

Modern capitalism and world financial centers are taking on new forms and enhancing their aggressiveness. The current global crisis is not only economic ‒ it is a general crisis of the capitalist system. In its fight against man, capitalism more and more frequently uses its huge military potential. A most loyal instrument in the hands of capitalism is NATO, i.e. a military-political instrument of large capital which serves to establish world domination and the destruction of traditional values.

Behind NATO stands the entire economic elite from the West. From every war, the U.S. and NATO come out more powerful and more aggressive than before the war. Thus, they were the only ones to come out of the World War II stronger and more economically powerful ‒ although in this war everybody was a loser, even the winners, as the losses were high in human and material resources.

After World War II, the USA almost undisturbedly (I say “almost undisturbedly”, since I do not consider the Soviet Union as the real enemy of the United States after the death of Stalin) began to stir up war hot-spots around the world. After the successful first war against Iraq in 1991, when the Soviet Union had already ceased to interfere with the American aggression, the United States had opted for the general militarization. The entire society, daily life, and institutions have been subjected to general militarization. Thus, the United States seized the opportunity to create new hot-spots in places such as Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq etc.

All these wars were actually a rehearsal for the last war that the U.S. and NATO will wage against states of Eurasia. If the U.S. and NATO come out of this war as winners they would finally achieve their goal: complete world domination. The deployment of NATO bases on the territory of Central Asian countries and Europe (Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria …) allows the U.S. to put pressure on recalcitrant nations not only in Europe but also in Asia, and even Russia, which is regarded as the main rival of NATO due to its significant nuclear capability.

All military interventions of the U.S. and NATO are taking place after unscrupulous psychological preparation of public opinion based on misinformation and lies. The media (machinery of brainwashing) managed to successfully perform their own tasks, and they have distorted the human soul and mind. Man is destroyed in all its dimensions – economic, political, social, religious, moral, and spiritual. The U.S. promotes and imposes its mass “culture” whose product is homo democraticus: a man with no values, no identity, no dignity, and no honor.

He is a man of the masses yet not part of the community, he is single yet not an individual, he is alone yet not free. U.S. and NATO are waging a war against the man, against his spiritual and national identity, changing his human nature, denying and destroying all traditional values. Without traditional values man loses faith and consciousness of freedom, morality and honesty. Throughout the Western World we are faced with the destruction of culture and its degeneration and perversion.

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Yes, Marine Le Pen could win in France

PARIS (AFP) — With the polls narrowing and one of her main rivals embroiled in an expenses scandal, far-right leader Marine Le Pen could feasibly become French president in May, senior politicians and commentators say.

At the headquarters of her National Front (FN) party in Nanterre outside Paris, officials believe the same forces that led to the Brexit vote in Britain and Donald Trump’s victory in the United States could carry Le Pen to power.

Even some of her rivals concede a victory for the far-right firebrand is possible.

“I think Madame Le Pen could be elected,” former conservative prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said this month.

Another former premier, the Socialist Manuel Valls, has also warned of the “danger” of assuming that Le Pen cannot win.

Polls show that support for the 48-year-old anti-immigrant and anti-EU candidate has been consistent for four years now.

Supporters of French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen attend a public rally in Pierrelatte, central eastern France, February 24, 2017. (AFP Photo/Jean Phillipe Kziazek)

Since 2013, surveys have shown Le Pen will progress through the first round to reach the runoff stage in France’s two-stage presidential election.

Pollsters now note that although Le Pen is not currently forecast to win the all-important showdown on May 7, she has whittled down the projected gap between herself and her main challengers.

The woes of others

The legal woes of her conservative challenger Francois Fillon have especially played into Le Pen’s hands.

When Fillon saw off pre-contest favourite Alain Juppe to clinch the right-wing nomination in late November, polls showed he would win 67 percent of the vote in the runoff to 33% for Le Pen.

French candidate for the right-wing primaries ahead of France's 2017 presidential elections, Francois Fillon gestures as he delivers a speech following the first results of the primary's second round on November 27, 2016, at his campaign headquarters in Paris. (AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERG_

Then in January allegations surfaced that Fillon had paid his wife hundreds of thousands of euros for parliamentary work she might not have done. Surveys now show Le Pen would score 44% to 56% for Fillon if the second round was held today.

The pressure on 62-year-old Fillon moved up a notch on Friday when prosecutors announced he would face a full judicial investigation into the claims.

A similar picture emerges when Le Pen’s projected second-round score is compared to that of Emmanuel Macron, the pro-business centrist who has moved from outsider to genuine contender in the space of a few months.

Although Macron’s performance against Le Pen has only been tested since January, the winning margin has dropped from 30 points to around 20 in a month.

The latest Ifop poll gives Macron 61.5% to 38.5 for the far-right standard bearer.

Le Pen is also caught up in an expenses scandal and faces accusations she has misused European Parliament funds. Yet unlike Fillon, who once led the race, the allegations have not damaged her support.

Experts caution however that predicting the second-round scores in a contest that has already thrown up a host of surprises is fraught with risk.

And the polls have been wrong in election after election over the last two weeks.

When canvassed by L’Opinion newspaper in mid-February, polling experts were divided on whether Le Pen could win.

‘She has a chance’

Bernard Sananes of the Elabe polling group said it was “both possible and improbable.”

Jerome Sainte-Marie of Polling Vox nuanced his answer, saying: “Against Macron, she has a chance of winning.”

Ifop’s Jerome Fourquet told AFP that if on the eve of the second round, the polls show Le Pen at 40% to 60 for a rival, “the gap is too big for there to be a surprise.”

“But if it’s 55-45, it could be a different matter,” he said.

Fourquet said Le Pen’s performance in the first round would be crucial to see if she can gain the momentum to snatch a win in the runoff.

In the 2002 presidential election, Marine’s father Jean-Marie Le Pen rocked the political establishment by reaching the runoff.

France's former far-right National Front party leader Jean-Marie Le Pen (R) and his daughter and current party leader Marine Le Pen (L) on November 29, 2014 (Jeff Pachoud/AFP)

But in that second round, voters of various political stripes reluctantly got behind conservative candidate Jacques Chirac to block the far right.

Regional elections in December 2015 give a more recent precedent. Both Le Pen and her 27-year-old niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen were soundly beaten in the second round despite high scores in the first round, as the mainstream parties joined forces to block them.

Since then, “Le Pen has cleared another hurdle, but the barrier she still has to clear is very high,” Fourquet said.

Researcher Joel Gombin, a specialist on the FN, believes Le Pen is still some way short of getting the keys to the glittering Elysee Palace.

“As things stand, where are the votes necessary to move up from 25% or even 30% to 50%?,” he said.

The Jewish Feminist Angela Merkel

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Rachel Maddow (Feminist Dyke): Why hasn’t Jill Stein (Feminist Kike) said anything about the Trump-Russia scandal?

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/rachel-maddow-why-hasnt-jill-stein-said-anything-about-the-trump-russia-scandal/

 

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow called out Jill Stein for her silence on the widening Russia scandal engulfing the Trump administration.

Maddow appeared last week on Viceland’s “Desus and Mero” program, where she brought up a photo showing Stein, the Green Party candidate for president, sitting with Vladimir Putin and Michael Flynn, reported DeadState.

Flynn resigned earlier this month as national security adviser for misleading the vice president about his communications with the Russian ambassador, and other Trump advisers are under investigation for their ties to Russia.

The photo was taken in 2015, when Stein and Flynn were invited to Moscow for the 10th anniversary banquet for RT — Russia’s state-owned news network aimed at English-speaking countries.

Maddow cast suspicion on Stein’s silence over alleged Russian attempts to interfere with the election to benefit Donald Trump, who she claimed during her own campaign would govern no differently than Hillary Clinton.

“So everybody’s like, ‘Wow, how come this like super, super aggressive opposition that we saw from these third-party candidates — how come they haven’t said anything since this scandal has broken?’” Maddow said.

“I don’t know, Jill — I can’t pronounce it in Russian,” Maddow said, with apparent sarcasm. “Hope you’re really psyched about your Wisconsin vote totals.”

It’s not clear who paid for Stein’s trip to Russia in December 2015, although a former British spy claims in the infamous “golden showers” memo that the Kremlin did so indirectly.

Stein and her campaign have refused to comment on the matter.

Journalist Casey Michel, writing for The Daily Beast, said RT and the Kremlin-backed Sputnik network target both the American far-left and far-right with pro-Putin propaganda, and he argued Stein’s criticism from the left may have helped cost Clinton the election.

“Putin has cultivated dupes, fellow travelers, and purblind fools among plenty of American progressives who, whether by accident or design, have facilitated the rise of the most extremist and reactionary president this country has ever elected,” Michel wrote.

Dad Writes Heartbreaking Tribute To Wife Who Is Carrying Baby Without Brain To Term

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An Oklahoma father paid tribute to his pregnant wife’s selflessness in a beautiful viral post.

On Feb. 17, Royce Young posted a photo of his wife, Keri, on Facebook. The photo shows Keri, who is seven months pregnant with their second child, sleeping peacefully on their couch.

In the long caption, Royce explained why his wife is so inspiring to him and shared the tearjerking details of this pregnancy.

Keri is pregnant with a baby girl, whom she and her husband have decided to name Eva. Tragically, the couple learned at their 19-week ultrasound that their daughter did not have a brain. Royce described that moment in his Facebook post.

“Somehow through full body ugly crying, Keri looked up and asked, ‘If I carry her full term, can we donate her organs?’ … There I was, crestfallen and heartbroken, but I momentarily got lifted out of the moment and just stood in awe of her. I was a spectator to my own life, watching a superhero find her superpowers. In literally the worst moment of her life, finding out her baby was going to die, it took her less than a minute to think of someone else and how her selflessness could help. It’s one of the most powerful things I’ve ever experienced. In the eight years we’ve been married (and 15 years together) I’ve had a lot of moments stop me in my tracks where I thought, “holy crap, this woman I’m married to, lucky me.” But this one was different. It hit me that not only am I married to my very best friend, but to a truly remarkable, special human being.”

Royce, who writes about basketball for ESPN.com, noted in the post that he went to New Orleans for NBA All-Star Weekend and met an “awesome” kid named Jarrius, who needs a liver transplant. Royce said meeting Jarrius inspired him to post the photo of his wife and his thoughts about her strength.

“Keri has been in the trenches the entire time, feeling every little kick, every hiccup and every roll,” he wrote. “She’s reminded every moment of every day that she’s carrying a baby that will die. Her back hurts. Her feet are sore. She’s got all the super fun pregnant stuff going on.”

He added, “But the light at the end of her nine-month tunnel will turn into a darkness she’s never felt before a couple hours or days after Eva is born. She’s the one that is going to deal with all that comes with having a baby ― her milk coming in, the recovery process, etc, but with no snuggly, soft, beautiful newborn to look at to remind you that it was all worth it.”

Ultimately, Royce wrote, they take comfort in knowing that their daughter can be a “miracle” for another family in need of an organ donation for their baby ― just as Jarrius and his family are hoping for their own miracle.

COURTESY OF ROYCE YOUNG
Royce and Keri have a 2-year-old son named Harrison.

Royce and Keri also have a 2-year-old son named Harrison. “Whenever Harrison gets hurt, or has to pull a bandaid off or something, Keri will ask him, ‘Are you tough? Are you BRAVE?’ And that little boy will nod his head and say, ‘I tough! I brave!’” Royce wrote at the conclusion of his post.

“I’m looking at Keri right now and I don’t even have to ask,” he added. “She’s TOUGH. She’s BRAVE. She’s incredible. She’s remarkable.”

Royce’s post received over 9,000 likes. He told The Huffington Post he did not think anyone other than friends and family would read it and has been shocked and overwhelmed by the response.

The dad said he wrote it as a journal entry of sorts ― and a tribute to his wife. “I love her, and watching her courage and strength is just something that’s inspires me,” he explained.

“Keri, like me, is pretty private, and it’s hard to be vulnerable and expose your emotions,” he added. “But this is a unique situation, and throughout everything we’ve talked about trying to minimize regret. And I don’t want to look back years from now and think about how I missed an opportunity to tell people about how terrific Keri is handling this. We want to live in the present with this, and have something tangible to remember it with as we get older. “

Royce said he also wants to shed light on another aspect of reproductive freedom ― that “choice” does not exclusively refer to termination but can mean choosing to bring their baby into the world and letting her life save others.

“We love seeing the impact our little girl is having,” the dad told HuffPost, adding that parents love to talk about their kids and this is their chance to do that with Eva.

“We won’t get to brag about her grades or how pretty her hair is,” he said. “This is what we get to tell people about, and we want to take advantage of it.”

In Lebanon, Le Pen refuses to wear headscarf to meet top cleric

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen capped her visit to Lebanon with controversy on Tuesday when she refused to wear a headscarf to meet the country’s top Sunni Muslim cleric.

On her last day in the Mediterranean country, Le Pen arrived at Sheikh Abdellatif Deryan’s office in Beirut and was offered a white shawl to cover her blonde hair.

The National Front candidate promptly refused and made a brief statement to journalists before leaving.

“The highest Sunni authority in the world had not had this requirement, so I have no reason to,” Le Pen said, referring to her 2015 visit to Al-Azhar, the prestigious Egyptian institution of Sunni Islamic learning.

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen (R) reacts upon being handed a headscarf ahead of her meeting with Lebanon's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, in the capital Beirut on February 21, 2017. (AFP Photo/Anwar Amro)

France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen (R) reacts upon being handed a headscarf ahead of her meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, in the capital Beirut on February 21, 2017. (AFP Photo/Anwar Amro)

She said she had told Deryan’s office on Monday that she would not don a headscarf: “They did not cancel the meeting, so I thought they would accept that I will not wear the scarf.”

“They wanted to impose this on me, to present me with a fait accompli. Well, no one presents me with a fait accompli,” the candidate said.

Deryan heads Dar al-Fatwa, the highest Sunni authority in Lebanon.

In a statement on Tuesday, the body said “its press office had informed the presidential candidate, through one of her assistants, of the need to cover her head when she meets his eminence, according to the protocol assumed by Dar al-Fatwa.”

“Dar al-Fatwa officials were surprised by her refusal to conform to this well-known rule,” it said.

‘Fascists flock together’

Fewer than a dozen protesters gathered near Lebanon’s Zaytuna Bay on Tuesday afternoon to protest against Le Pen’s visit.

“From Beirut to Damascus to Paris to Washington, fascists flock together,” one placard read.

A Lebanese woman holds a placard addressed to France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, reading in Arabic "you are not welcome" during a protest in Beirut, on February 21, 2017. (AFP Photo/Patrick Baz)

A Lebanese woman holds a placard addressed to France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, reading in Arabic “you are not welcome” during a protest in Beirut, on February 21, 2017. (AFP Photo/Patrick Baz)

One banner read “Fascists out!,” and demonstrators carried pictures of Le Pen and US President Donald Trump.

At a news conference to cap her trip, Le Pen insisted she “has never confused the religion of Islam with fundamentalist Islam.”

“I oppose Islam as a political project. I am fighting a war against fundamentalist Islamists,” she told gathered reporters.

Shunned by European leaders over her party’s stance on immigration and its anti-EU message, Le Pen aimed to boost her international credibility with her first visit to a foreign head of state, President Michel Aoun.

Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri, right, meets with far right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, left, at the government palace, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri, right, meets with far right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, left, at the government palace, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

The FN leader, whose party takes an anti-immigrant stance, also met Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a Sunni Muslim, and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.

Islamic dress is a hot-button issue in France, where the full-face veil is banned in public places.

Le Pen’s deputy Florian Philippot swiftly lauded her controversial move.

“A magnificent message of liberty and emancipation sent to the women of France and of the world,” Philippot wrote on Twitter.

France had mandate power over both Lebanon and Syria during the first half of the 20th century.

‘Lesser evil’

Le Pen has met few top foreign officials since taking control of the FN in 2011. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has refused to meet with her.

After leaving Deryan’s office, Le Pen headed to Bkerkeh, north of Beirut, to meet Maronite Catholic Patriarch Beshara Rai.

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen (L) meets with Lebanon's Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rai (R) at the Maronite Patriarchate in Bekerke north of Beirut on February 21, 2017. (AFP Photo/Joseph Eid)

France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen (L) meets with Lebanon’s Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rai (R) at the Maronite Patriarchate in Bekerke north of Beirut on February 21, 2017. (AFP Photo/Joseph Eid)

There, she saluted Lebanon’s “moderate” culture, “created by Christians and Muslims.”

The candidate also met Samir Geagea, who heads the Lebanese Forces party and is a fierce opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Geagea, in a statement released by his party, said he had “clarified” to Le Pen that Assad remains “one of the biggest terrorists in Syria and in this region.”

In an interview with Lebanon’s L’Orient-Le Jour, Le Pen had called Assad “the lesser evil” compared with the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria.

But she insisted at her news conference Tuesday that she had never met Assad and does not support him.

“What I am saying is that in the interest of France, which is my sole perspective, and in the current state of the situation in Syria, there is no alternative to the regime,” Le Pen said.

She has criticized the EU’s calls for Assad to stand down after nearly six years of war that have left more than 310,000 people dead.

“Marine Le Pen’s statements in Lebanon are an insult to the Lebanese people and the Syrian people,” wrote Lebanese Druze chief Walid Jumblatt on Twitter.

Woman Hatred, Fueled by Presidential Campaign, on the Rise

Much has been made of the rise in racist and xenophobic rhetoric, anti-Muslim attacks, and anti-Semitic trolling in the wake of Donald Trump’s ascent, and rightly so. But just as Trump’s promises to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, block Muslim immigration, and restore “law and order” have emboldened nativists and racists, so has his history of casual misogyny and alleged sexual assault (“grab them by the pussy”) energized an explicitly sexist element within the noxious “Alt-Right” movement.

Though he is best known for his white nationalism, Alt-Right personality Richard Spencer has made it clear that women, too, would be marginalized in his fantasy world. During the first presidential debate of 2016, he tweeted that “[w]omen should never be allowed to make foreign policy. It’s not that they’re ‘weak.’ To the contrary, their vindictiveness knows no bounds.” Female citizens of his ideal white “ethno-state,” he told The Washington Post, would stay at home and produce offspring.

And, according to Mother Jones, Spencer dismisses the idea that Trump’s alleged history of forcing himself on women, kissing and groping them without their consent, constitutes sexual assault. Indeed, he seems to endorse rape, writing, “At some part of every woman’s soul, they want to be taken by a strong man.”

Stephen Bannon, now a top advisor to Donald Trump, is one of those who led the resurgence in verbal attacks on women and feminists that has afflicted the nation in recent years.

Then there’s Stephen K. Bannon, chief White House strategist, who presided over far-right Breitbart News — which he called a “platform for the alt-right” — when it featured headlines like, “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy” and “Would You Rather Your Child Have Feminism or Cancer?” It also carried endless anti-feminist pieces by Alt-Right arch-troll Milo Yiannopoulos, who wrote in August, “In terms of female happiness, women’s liberation was probably a mistake.”

Misogyny, in other words, is making a comeback.

Celebrating Trump’s victory, self-declared “neo-masculinist” Daryush Valizadeh (alias “Roosh V”) wrote: “I’m in a state of exuberance that we now have a President who rates women on a 1-10 scale the same way we do. … The president of the United States does not see the value in fat women who don’t take care of themselves, and neither should you.”

Matt Forney, a racist blogger who claims women secretly want to be “raped” and “beat[en],” endorsed Trump because, as he wrote on Oct. 26, “Trump is showing the world that not only is the emperor naked, his dick is the size of a clit.” He was apparently referring to mainstream conservatives who he sees “cuckolds” who have sold white people out.

With misogynist Alt-Right personalities on the rise, day-to-day acts of anti-woman violence took on new significance. At the University of Arizona on Sept. 20, Dean Saxon, a street preacher best known for “slut-shaming” women and hollering “You deserve rape,” was arrested and banned from campus for a year for allegedly kicking a woman in the chest.

On Oct. 13, Fox Business host Lou Dobbs “doxxed” Jessica Leeds, retweeting a post that included the address and phone numbers of the 74-year-old, who alleges that Trump sexually assaulted her on a plane in the early 1980s.

And on Dec. 9, a California judge sentenced to eight years in prison — the maximum — Alex Smith, a professional “pickup artist” who, together with a fellow pickup “instructor” and a “student,” gang-raped a woman who found out how she was attacked from Smith’s online profile.

Arabs Who Go to Sweden get Free Blonde Sex Slaves, Promise Smugglers

Smugglers who are moving illegal non-white immigrants into Europe, are promising that if they go to Sweden they will be let in quicker than any other country. 

Smugglers also promise that illegals will be given free accommodation in hotels, free money, and their very own blonde haired girlfriend.

“On the whole it can be said that the young Syrian men are lured to Sweden by the oldest tricks in the book – money and girls. Pictures are published of blonde beauties and quotes from upset Swedish women are published because they require men,” writes a Swedish newspaper.

When illegal immigrants make it to Sweden, they often find that they are not treated like gods, and get angry because of this.

Just recently, a bus full of illegal immigrants to be re-housed in abandoned 50’s housing, refused to get off the bus, complaining that they deserved better housing. They were also upset that they had to make their own food, instead of it being served to them.

While it is tempting for us to pin all of the blame on the smugglers, it is Europe’s anti-White politicians who have allowed this to happen.

Things like this never happen in the history of Europe up until the last few decades. For thousands of years, Europe’s leaders understood that to protect your children, you have to protect your borders.

These politically correct, pro-diversity, anti-White politicians we are stuck with today, want to the White majority to be eliminated and replaced with foreigners from around the globe.

This is not some secret plot that they only talk about behind closed doors – this is what they say publicly, just not in those words.

When there is a deliberate plan to get rid of the White children, how can it not be White Genocide?

(White Genocide Project)

Sales of Ivanka Trump’s fashion line at Nordstrom reportedly fell sharply before election

(JTA) — Sales of Ivanka Trump’s fashion line at Nordstrom dropped sharply before the November presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The newspaper cited internal data from the department store chain to show that sales of Trump’s fashion line fell by nearly one-third in the last fiscal year, and dipped the most just before the U.S. vote.

The Journal reported that Ivanka Trump clothing and shoe sales dropped by more than 70 percent in the last three weeks of last October compared to the previous year. Sales were down 26 percent in January, according to the report.

Nordstrom has insisted the decision by the chain of luxury department stores was unconnected to any political stance involving President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter. Her husband, Jared Kushner, is a senior White House adviser.

The decision came, however, after months of campaigns on social media against Ivanka Trump, who has come under criticism for some remarks by her father deemed divisive or discriminatory and incompatible with Ivanka Trump’s stated commitment to women’s rights.

In a television interview last week, Trump adviser Kelly Anne Conway urged viewers to buy Ivanka Trump’s products amid attempts by critics of the president to promote a consumer boycott of his daughter’s label. White House press secretary Sean Spicer later said that Conway had been “counseled on the subject” of ethics but did not say whether she would be disciplined.

Meanwhile, Sears Holdings Corp and its subsidiary Kmart Corp announced Saturday that it would discontinue online sales of 31 Trump Home items due to falling profits.

President Donald Trump criticized Nordstrom for what he said was unfair treatment of his daughter.

Activists on both sides of abortion issue to protest across U.S.

Anti-abortion groups have called demonstrations at more than 200 Planned Parenthood locations throughout the United States on Saturday to urge Congress and President Donald Trump to strip the women’s health provider of federal funding.

Planned Parenthood supporters in turn have organized 150 counter-demonstrations outside politicians’ offices and government buildings.

Anti-abortion activists have said they were energized by the election of Republican Trump, who selected their long-time ally Mike Pence as vice president and nominated conservative jurist Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Jan. 27, tens of thousands converged on Washington for the 44th March for Life, where Pence became the most senior government official to speak in person at the annual anti-abortion rally, organizers said.

“We have the wind in our sails. The election was a real benchmark. Pro-life voters were really a key constituency and the Trump administration has taken note,” said Eric Scheidler, executive director of Pro-Life Action League, one of the main backers of Saturday’s demonstrations.

In Washington, demonstrators will meet at the Supreme Court and march to a Planned Parenthood location. Other demonstrations have been called in 45 states in cities large and small.

Planned Parenthood, a 100-year-old organization, provides birth control and other women’s health services in addition to abortion at 650 health centers, according to its website.

Its leaders say abortions rights supporters have also been energized by Trump’s election, as exemplified by the hundreds of thousands who flooded Washington a day after Trump’s inauguration in favor of women’s rights, including abortion rights.

The pro-Planned Parenthood events were organized spontaneously, without the group’s initiative, a spokeswoman said.

“All across the country, Planned Parenthood supporters are taking it upon themselves to organize in their communities on their own,” Kelley Robinson, a leader of Planned Parenthood Action Fund Support, said in a statement. “Saturday, and every day, Planned Parenthood advocates and activists show that they refuse to be intimidated and they won’t back down.”

Although U.S. law prohibits the use of federal funds for abortions, anti-abortion activists say funding for other purposes acts to subsidize abortions.

Planned Parenthood receives federal funds from Medicaid reimbursements and Title X, a federal program that supports family planning and preventive health services.

Planned Parenthood says cutting off those funds would make it more difficult for women to get birth control, Pap smears or testing for sexually transmitted diseases.