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Atlantic Council Teams Up With Zuckerberg's Facebook

by Oui Tue May 22nd, 2018 at 08:51:31 PM EST

Had to double-check news feed ... this can't be true, can it??

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An Economic 'Siege' of the Islamic State of Iran

by Oui Tue May 22nd, 2018 at 04:56:28 AM EST

Persons at the U.S. State Department have always sought revenge for lives lost during the Lebanon Wars between Sunni, Shia proxy groups in conjunction with Israel. Many American citizens were taken hostage for ransom in Beirut and the greatest loss of American lives was the Beirut Marine baracks bombing during the Reagan administration.

The US retaliated by supporting Saddam Hussein during the Iraq-Iran war and turning a blind eye when massive use of chemical warfare was used. During this war Iran lost a million lives on the battle field. Iraq used US satellite intelligence to pinpoint it's destructive arsenal of weapons.

By shredding the JCPOA nuclear deal, the USA has lost all of its credibility across vast regions of the globe.

The tragicomedy of Iran sanctions | Al Jazeera |

Iran marks May 22 as the anniversary of its economic 'siege' by the US. Following the takeover of the US embassy in Tehran in 1979, Jimmy Carter, the then US president, imposed sanctions on Iran, freezing around $12bn worth of Iranian assets abroad.

But coming as it did during a period of internal upheaval for Iran and shortly before the Iran-Iraq war, the sanctions were initially little more than an irritant for a country facing much greater issues.

In most cases, US-produced goods could be purchased through third parties, adding relatively small transaction costs. And Iranian exports - which tended to be essential items such as oil or high quality goods such as carpets, caviar and pistachios - did not depend on any single market.

In 1995, then US president Bill Clinton expanded the scope of sanctions significantly to include oil, gas and trade, effectively banishing US firms from the Iranian market.

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America On Path to Break-up the European Union

by Oui Mon May 21st, 2018 at 06:04:01 PM EST

Very much the theme of the AngloSaxon conservatives joined by the alt-right across the Western world ... once again warmongering coming out of the Pentagon, White House and the National Security Council under leadership of neocon John Bolton.

US vows 'strongest sanctions in history' on Iran, will 'crush' terror proxies | Times of Israel |

'This is just the beginning': Laying out strategy after exiting nuke deal, Pompeo says Iran must come clean about nuclear program, stop threatening Israel, leave Syria, halt terror.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration is preparing to impose "the strongest sanctions in history" on Tehran after withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this month, and laid out a laundry list of demands for a new treaty, in his first major speech outlining Washington's strategy for curtailing the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions and its `malign' regional behavior.

"We will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime," Pompeo told a crowd gathered at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in the nation's capital.

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NY Times: Collusion Trump Transition Team with UAE/Israel

by Oui Sun May 20th, 2018 at 08:05:19 AM EST

[Update-2 Title of diary was "Explosive News NY Times"]

Like I have said all along, looking in the wrong place for the defeat of Democrats in the 2016 Election ...

The New York Times discloses the basic collusion between the Trump Campaign and the joint effort by Israel and the Arab princes to get Trump elected. No one in U.S. Congress will put blame on close ally  PM Netanyahu of the Jewish State of Israel ... so the bully got a pass and carte blanche to setup the Republican nominee to defeat the Democrats and in its extension to confront Iran, the archenemy of Israel and Saudi Arabia. The "piggyback" coup d'état by covert forces of AngloSaxons conservatives [STL Group and Cambridge Analytica] in combination with the State of Israel.  See also the move of US Embassy to Jerusalem contravening International Law and UN Security Council resolutions. President Trump obliged Israel and Suadi Arabia by breaking the JCPOA, deal of the Five +1 with Iran on nuclear disarmament.

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The Global Plutocracy Story

by gmoke Sun May 20th, 2018 at 02:09:18 AM EST

With the news of Saudi and UAE meetings with the Trmp campaign, Jeet Heer, staff writer at the New Republic, points out that the "so called Russia story is a global plutocracy story" and I believe he is correct.  In fact, the global plutocracy story is the key to many stories:

The global plutocracy story is also the story of fossil foolish companies burning everything they can now & soaking the public for "stranded assets" when climate change becomes undeniable.

The global plutocracy story is also the real estate story with kakistocratic kleptocrats buying multiple high-end properties in London, NYC, and other cities around the world as part of a money laundering operation and hollowing out once living neighborhoods on the side.

The global plutocracy story is also the story of media and audience commercialization with growing 24/7/365 surveillance capability now technologically available to governments, corporations, groups, & individuals.

The global plutocracy story is also .... ad almost infinitum.

Dublin is to Blame

by Frank Schnittger Fri May 18th, 2018 at 12:33:21 AM EST

As Brexit day looms ever closer some things are gradually becoming clearer to even the most delusional of Brexit supporters. It is not the EU which is quaking in it's boots at the prospect of Britain leaving, it is the UK.

Having realised that leaving the customs Union and Single market puts at risk all the benefits the UK derives from trading (and integrating it's production processes) with its largest trading partner, the British government is desperately trying to salvage what it can while still delivering on its formal promise of Brexit.

All the debate in British government circles between "a customs partnership" and "Max fac", or maximum facilitation of EU trading rules and tariff collection is essentially a debate between two options the EU has already dismissed as unworkable.

But it is the Irish border question which has, almost single handedly, unravelled the UK government's negotiating position, and N. Ireland Unionists are, very slowly, coming around to realizing it. The DUP are panicking, and desperately casting around for a bogeyman to blame.

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Tillerson's Legacy: America Reaching for the Twilight Zone

by Oui Thu May 17th, 2018 at 08:51:22 AM EST

Rex Tillerson spoke at the graduation class of military cadets ... it's not just Donald Trump, the former Secretary of State implied all recent administrations where truth did not matter in personal and/or policy matters: Bill Clinton - George Bush - Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Excellent speech, worth remembering for his courage.

    Former secretary of state speaks at Virginia Military Institute and urges graduates to resist 'leaders [who] seek to conceal the truth'

Rex Tillerson warns of 'integrity and ethics crisis' - but doesn't name Trump | The Guardian |

Rex Tillerson, the former secretary of state, warned on Wednesday that America had plunged into a "crisis of ethics and integrity in our society and among our leaders" that could set the country down "a pathway to relinquishing our freedom".

"If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom," Tillerson said.

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John Bolton, North Korea and the Libya Model

by Oui Thu May 17th, 2018 at 07:56:35 AM EST

North cancels inter-Korean talks, threatens US summit | Asia Times |

A statement by the state-run Korean Central News Agency said the Max Thunder exercise was "a bid to make a pre-emptive air strike at the DPRK and win the air." Democratic People's Republic of Korea is the official name for North Korea.

Max Thunder, held annually, is the largest air-warfare drill on the peninsula involving both South Korean and US assets. This year's two-week drills started last Friday. The North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) called the exercises "an undisguised challenge" to the Panmunjom Declaration and a "rude and wicked provocation."  

Trump faces North Korea dilemma after John Bolton infuriates Pyongyang

North Korea's denunciation of John Bolton has forced Donald Trump to decide whether to stick with his national security adviser and his hardline tactics, or push ahead with a summit with Kim Jong-un that will provide historic spectacle but an uncertain outcome.

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EU to Ditch Dollar in Iran Trade

by Oui Wed May 16th, 2018 at 09:30:12 PM EST

Ahead of a summit of EU leaders, Donald Tusk criticizes Trump for US actions | DW |

The EU is hoping that Iran will continue to obey the rules of the agreement as long as enough of the economic benefits promised in the deal are preserved. The Iran nuclear deal aims to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb.

"I would like our debate to reconfirm without any doubt that as long as Iran respects the provisions of the deal, the EU will also respect it," Tusk said.

But the EU's hopes have been complicated by the fact that European companies would also be exposed to US sanctions imposed on anyone doing business in Iran.

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Gaza Massacre by the Jewish State of Israel

by Oui Wed May 16th, 2018 at 08:55:45 AM EST

The great ally for decades of the United States. Only George Herbert Bush with Secretary of State James Baker III and Barack Obama with John Kerry had the courage to follow through on Internationl Law and the UN Security Council resolutions to confront the state of Israel. Both the Republicans and Democrats lost the the next bid for presidency in the election. For President Bush it was more clear-cut due to a sluggish economy and his broken promise of no tax cut than it was for the surprise defeat of Hillary Clinton after wasting an 19 points lead from mid-August.

    Bush's most publicized successes as President came in foreign policy.  In an almost bloodless campaign, he authorized the use of military force to remove Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega from power.  And when in 1990 Saddam Hussein annexed Kuwait as a possible prelude to invading Saudi Arabia, rather than fulfilling Margaret Thatcher's fears that he might "go wobbly", Bush instead put together a domestic and international political and military coalition that drove Hussein out of Kuwait in less than a month of combat and with a minimal loss of American lives.

Removing the Democrats from power became a major goal for PM Netanyahu, Israel lobby groups and to undo the nuclear deal with Iran sealed by the UN Security Council. The US has become itself a pariah state within the global community of nations and spreading terror across te Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

In the next decade, Europe will need to adjust its reliance on the capital infrastructure which has it embeded in Wall Street, trade treaties and the financial banking system. A next step will be to remove the dominant US dollar currency in favor of a basket of foreign valutas. The Brexit should expediate the separation of mainland Europe with the AngloSaxon empire of pure capitalism, warmongering and policy of regime change by force as seen during the last twenty years.

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Europe's Ugly Option to Follow in Trump's Steps

by Oui Tue May 15th, 2018 at 06:50:23 PM EST

The Dutch obedient to US "requests" to ban anti-virus software from Kaspersky Lab. The Dutch have been leading in the anti-Russia propaganda ever since the coup d'état in Kiev in February 2014. With US pressure mounting to conform with the new sanctions on Iran, the European nations will be forced to choose for the warmongering AngoSaxons or transgess to open markets of EurAsian block of nations.

The UK has positioned itself as intriguant to play both sides in the coming months as Brexit is clouding everyone's rational thinking.

Kaspersky Lab To Open Swiss Data Centre, Amid Dutch Ban

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Zero Net Energy - May 14, 2018

by gmoke Tue May 15th, 2018 at 02:51:43 AM EST

Design for World's First Energy Positive Hotel in the Arctic Circle
https:/snohetta.com/projects/366-svart
https:
inhabitat.com/snohetta-unveils-designs-for-worlds-first-energy-positive-hotel-in-the-arctic- circle
Editorial Comment:  Snøhetta is doing more and more and more of these ground-breaking projects.  Good for them.

Net Zero Energy retrofit for Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, CA
https:/cleantechnica.com/2018/03/07/mynt-systems-inc-cost-effective-net-zero-carbon-retrofit%E2%80% A8

Disappear Retreat:  zero energy, zero waste, zero water microhouse
https:/coulson.co/disappear-retreat
https:
inhabitat.com/zero-energy-tiny-home-has-a-near-invisible-footprint

Charenton-Bercy net zero skyscraper by Skidmore Owings and Merrill in Paris
https:/www.dezeen.com/2018/03/14/paris-garden-skyscraper-charenton-bercy-som-most-sustainable-build ings-europe
https:/inhabitat.com/soms-net-zero-paris-skyscraper-will-be-one-of-the-most-sustainable-buildings-i n-europe

Architecture at zero competition
http://www.architectureatzero.com
https:/inhabitat.com/pyramidal-floating-buildings-envisioned-for-a-self-sustaining-city-on-the-sea
http://www.architectureatzero.com/2018-winners/

Oslo Airport smart city will be the world's first energy-positive airport city with the capacity to sell surplus energy to surrounding buildings and communities
https:/inhabitat.com/oslos-new-airport-city-could-power-the-entire-surrounding-community

CORE 9 carbon positive house
https:/www.archdaily.com/891537/core-9-beaumont-concepts
http://www.beaumontconcepts.com.au

Canada's first net positive carbon multi-tenant building
http://www.coragroup.com/project/evolv1/
https:
www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/heres-first-office-building-certified-under-canadas-ze ro-carbon-building-standard.html

USA's first passive house plus, retrofit of a brownstone built in 1900's
http://www.baxtingui.com/project/passive-house-carroll-gardens/
https:
www.archdaily.com/892759/brooklyn-passive-house-plus-baxt-ingui-architects

Self-sustaining modular floating city design
http://www.waya.it

Tidal powered net positive energy hotel for Hainan
https:
inhabitat.com/this-futuristic-energy-positive-hotel-will-harness-power-from-the-tides

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SE Asia: Reading Tea Leaves of Defunct British Empire

by Oui Fri May 11th, 2018 at 02:34:38 PM EST

Trump's insistence that we unilaterally withdraw from the Korean peninsula

For seven decades, the United States and South Korea have been the closest of allies. Their soldiers have served together not just on the Korean Peninsula but in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. And under America's protective umbrella, the South Korean economy has soared.

Now, as North Korea carries out a series of provocative missile and nuclear bomb tests, that alliance is straining at a time when both nations may need it more than ever.

President Trump issued a blast of antagonistic comments in the last few days that have made South Koreans doubt that they can take the alliance for granted any longer.

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Chabad, Vekselberg, Putin and the Schneerson Library

by Oui Wed May 9th, 2018 at 09:57:22 PM EST

Think again! Who is closer to Chabad-Lubovitch and its worldly oligarchs: Vladimir Putin or Benjamin Netanyahu?

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Trump Does Have Friends Across Middle East

by Oui Wed May 9th, 2018 at 02:47:54 AM EST

From friend and ally in corrupt matters, tweet by PM Netanyahu ...

See also my recent diaries ...

Lebanon's Choice: Pro Colonial West or Shia Terror
#HimToo - Iran Deal Scrapped

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#HimToo - Iran Deal Scrapped [Update]

by Oui Tue May 8th, 2018 at 07:34:31 PM EST

From the Wall Street Journal, Murdock's mouthpiece ... h/t gk @EuroTrib

Israeli Mossad and Black Cube

ExxonMobil's AG Claims Are Dismissed -- What a Shock!

Posted on March 30th, 2018 by Seth Jaffe   

Yesterday, Judge Valerie Caproni dismissed claims brought by ExxonMobil against New York Attorney General Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Healey.  Boiled down to their essence, ExxonMobil's claims were that investigations by Schneiderman and Healey into the possibility that ExxonMobil had committed fraud by misleading investors regarding the risks that climate change poses to ExxonMobil's business were politically motivated and in bad faith.

Did family members of Eric Schneidrman reply to emails from representatives of Black Cube?

I suppose Harvey Weinstein would know!

Black Cube a Mossad style business intelligence co

As I have stated before ... Trump & Co hand-in -glove with Netanyahu's Jewish State of Israel ... successfully applied the decoy of "Look at Russia, Putin did it!"  Check out Cambridge Analytica ...

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Lebanon's Choice: Pro Colonial West or Shia Terror

by Oui Mon May 7th, 2018 at 07:43:37 PM EST

Nicely stated by the Israeli press ahead of today's yesterday's parliamentary election result ...

Polls open in Lebanon as Hezbollah challenges Western-backed Hariri | Times of Israel |

Polling got under way Sunday across Lebanon, where voters electing their parliament for the first time in nine years are expected to return the same ruling parties to office.

The vote is expected to be a test for the country's Western-backed Sunni prime minister, Saad Hariri, and his Iran-backed Shiite opponent, the Hezbollah terror group, which is looking to tighten its grip and expand its presence in the 128-seat parliament -- likely at Hariri's expense.  

U.S. State Dept - Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO)

10/8/1997    Hizbollah

10/8/1997    Kahane Chai (Kach)

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Yesterday's Bolsheviki and Today's Deplorables

by Oui Sun May 6th, 2018 at 08:51:09 AM EST

H/T  'On This Date' by Cat @EuroTrib

In the ongoing discussion on the NYT  letters page on what else sauerkraut  might be called, one Matthew Craig of Brooklyn suggests sour slaw, to complement cold/cole slaw. He rejects the suggestion kapovsta, because what if we find ourselves at war with Russia some day?

So much more interesting the feeble minds historically of Americans at time of war .... includes this very day!

The Bolsheviki and the Deplorables of Hillary today

One hundred years later this sort of people would be classified as "deplorables" by Hillary Clinton in her failed bid to beat Donald Trump, the Apprentice, to the presidency in 2016. Her 19 point lead in the polls evaporated in a matter of weeks between mid-August and the election on November 8. In was all due to the foreign influence of $3 million worth of ads on social media on a group of 100 Russian bots spreading fake news. Putin's "Bolsheviki."

How the Rustbelt Paved Trump's Road to Victory | The Atlantic |
Scranton Rally: The Queen of the Deplorables and the guy with the trucks

How many of the Clintonites have chosen to stay on the affluent side of the railroad tracks running through Main Street USA? A road to irrelevance in politics and classified as DINO. How can one serve two masters?

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ICO Served Notice to Release US Voter Data - CA

by Oui Sat May 5th, 2018 at 05:59:30 PM EST

UK regulator orders Cambridge Analytica to release data on US voter | The Guardian |  

Cambridge Analytica has been ordered to hand over all the data and personal information it has on an American voter, including details of where it got the data and what it did with it, or face a criminal prosecution.

The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) served the enforcement notice to the company on Friday in a landmark legal decision that opens the way for up to 240 million other American voters to request their data back from the firm under British data protection laws.

The test case was taken to the ICO by David Carroll, an associate professor at Parsons School of Design in New York. As a US citizen, he had no means of obtaining this information under US law, but in January 2016 he discovered Cambridge Analytica had processed US voter data in the UK and that this gave him rights under British laws.

Cambridge Analytica had refused to accept this and told the ICO that Carroll was no more entitled to make a so-called "subject access request" under the UK Data Protection Act "than a member of the Taliban sitting in a cave in the remotest corner of Afghanistan".

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OPCW Blunders In Salisbury Novichok Amount

by Oui Sat May 5th, 2018 at 01:21:42 AM EST

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