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EU needs to take a stand against a bully, otherwise Freedom will be compromised. There is no middle ground to adhere to International Law and the Geneva and The Hague conventions. Fascist policy has reared its ugly head in America ever since the 9/11 attacks.

Germany urges EU unity at Middle East crisis meeting | DW |

Western powers with NATO and US leadership have made an ugly mess of the MENAT region. End the sale of weaponry to wealthy authoritarian states in the Gulf region. One reaps what one sows ... blowback.

Get a backbone Heiko ... take a position on the moral high ground, not according to economic advantage for the German car industry! #bayern

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 10th, 2020 at 11:04:35 PM EST
That's not going to happen. The "invisible government," to borrow a phrase from BERNAYS has not yet identified value in the "stand" business. Besides, the council's about to climb on board the next US sanctions train out of JCPOA.

Skim the headlines on development of the Turkey-Libya "maritime treaty". EU27 can't even pick a horse--psycho Haftar or failed GNA--in the abattoir of their making. What's worse, eurativ is already goading the Comish.

Closely-held prejudices are difficult to abandon.

by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 12:56:41 AM EST
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German Chancellor urges all parties to back [JCPOA]
nuclear weapon deterrence? GTFO. That train left the station decades ago,  y'all fucked it up, and you know, beneath all the bullshit, exactly why you did.
"For this reason we will continue to employ all diplomatic means to keep this agreement alive, which is certainly not perfect but it is an agreement and it comprises commitments by all sides," Merkel said.

Unlike the United States, which on Friday imposed new economic sanctions on Iran, the Europeans have given Tehran more time to avoid nuclear proliferation rather than begin a process that could lead to a reimposition of U.N. sanctions.

NATO loves them some sanctions*.
*euphemism for blockade; and, yes, embargo is not a synonym of blockade, just as monopoly is not a synonym of monopsony.
by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 07:54:33 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 09:57:33 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 10:06:20 PM EST
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If your identity is invested in a lie, you can reject the truth every day, all day, and you will.
~ Yvette Carnell
by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 08:58:31 PM EST
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No president in recent history has been despised more viscerally by the Beltway press corps than Trump. Nearly everything he says is met with disdain and suspicion, even when he is telling the truth.

But when Trump and his administration attempt to lie the public into war against a designated evildoer, a swath of the corporate media responds with reflexive trust, then shrugs when the lie is exposed in broad daylight.
~ Blumenthal

by Cat on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 05:27:38 PM EST
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It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.
~ Upton Sinclair
by Cat on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 05:34:41 PM EST
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One of my all time favorite quotes.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 06:02:59 PM EST
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Have you lost your mind? I mean, how is it that you can disrespect a man's ethnicity when you know we've influenced nearly every facet of white America. From our music to our style of dress, not to mention your basic imitation of our sense of cool; walk, talk, dress, mannerisms. We enrich your very existence, all the while contributing to the gross national product through our achievements in corporate America. It's these conceits that comfort me when I'm faced with the ignorant, cowardly, bitter and bigoted who have no talent, no guts. People like you who desecrate things they don't understand when the truth is you should just say "thank you, man," and go about your way. But, apparently, you're incapable of doing that. So.

by Cat on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 08:25:06 PM EST
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Then when do you say it is better to do these things? Tell me where you draw the line.
by Cat on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 07:22:34 PM EST
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