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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 3rd, 2021 at 04:26:08 PM EST
PRC is getting testy:

US wages illegal wars, disturbs international order

China urges global efforts to tackle `biggest' cybersecurity threat posed by the US

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Jul 6th, 2021 at 05:39:12 PM EST
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US warns businesses of heightened risks on China's Xinjiang province
The 36-page "Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory" renews the warning first issued in July 2020 by the Trump administration, declaring that the Chinese government is committing genocide and crimes against humanity against minority religious and ethnic groups in the northeast of the country.

The report warns that the Chinese government's atrocities against the Uyghur population are so extensive, American businesses and individuals are encouraged to exit "supply chains, ventures and/or investments" connected to Xinjiang or risk breaking U.S. law.

reference "Risks and Considerations for Businesses and Individuals with Exposure to Entities
Engaged in Forced Labor and other Human Rights Abuses linked to Xinjiang, China
... The "Strike Hard against Violent Terrorism Campaign," launched by the PRC government in 2014, primarily in Xinjiang, has been used to justify the collection of biometric data from all Xinjiang residents ages 12 to 65. Authorities have collected DNA samples, fingerprints, iris scans and blood types, and are centralizing this information in cloud databases. Furthermore, during what Xinjiang officials advertised as free health checks, residents' faces were scanned, blood was drawn, and fingerprints were collected. Voice samples of individuals are also being collected when they apply for passports, raising further concerns about privacy. This involuntarily collected biometric data is linked to individuals' identification numbers and centralized in searchable databases used by police. ...
How Big a Security Threat Does China Face as Taliban Draws Closer to Border With Xinjiang?
With the US-led troops withdrawing from Afghanistan at a faster pace and the Taliban continuing to gain ground, some Western media have been hyping the so-called "China's fears." They said the Taliban is now on China's border, stoking instability in Xinjiang.

France 24 reported that China is worried about attacks on Afghanistan's border near China's Xinjiang, and claimed China's anti-terrorism measures have "spawned blowback".

However, Cao Wei, an expert on security studies at Lanzhou University, told the Global Times that it is highly unlikely that extremists and terrorist groups will enter China from the Wakhan corridor.  

by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 06:29:32 PM EST
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I still remember when the Uigyurs were the bad guys, and the US locked them in Guantanamo. We've always been at war with Eastasia.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 06:50:56 PM EST
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Haitian President Jovenel Moïse assassinated in his home
Prime Minister Claude Joseph said the security situation in the country is now "under the control" of Haiti's police and military.
by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 02:09:20 PM EST
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The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince posted a security alert early Wednesday morning, not mentioning the assassination per se, but citing a "an ongoing security situation" in the country and saying the embassy would restrict some staff to embassy compounds and close the embassy for all services. The alert also warned people to "avoid unnecessary travel" in Haiti for the time being.
by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 02:10:35 PM EST
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The assailants claimed to be agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, according to videos taken by people in the area of the president's home. Moïse, 53, lives in Pelerin 5, a neighborhood just above the hills in the capital.

On the videos, someone with an American accent is heard yelling in English over a megaphone, "DEA operation. Everybody stand down. DEA operation. Everybody back up, stand down."

by Cat on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 02:13:08 PM EST
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According to Prime Minister Claude Joseph, the assailants "were speaking English and Spanish". They may have fled by sea or via the land border into Dominican republic.
by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 06:05:36 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 01:22:10 PM EST
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White House 'Has No Plans' to Send Troops to Haiti, Possibly 'Confused' by Port-au-Prince's Request, according to Reuters, NY Yella Cake, The Hill, and Sources®
Another source said "confusion" may stem from the fact that the French word for "troops" can also refer to police.
Investigation Assistance
On Friday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced that senior FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials would be deployed to Port-au-Prince "as soon as possible to assess the situation and how we may be able to assist." Also on Friday, after it emerged that two US nationals were among the suspects in the assassination, State Department spokesman [Juan Guaidó] said the US was "closely monitoring" the situation but could not comment on specifics "due to the privacy considerations."
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19 suspects - 17 Colombian nationals and two American citizens of Haitian descent - have been arrested in the wake of Moise's 7 July killing. Police believe some 28 foreign mercenaries in total were involved in the assassination plot. The two arrested Americans have said that they were working as translators on behalf of a mysterious mastermind identified only as "Mike."
by Cat on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 01:33:24 AM EST
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Widow of assassinated Haitian president calls on nation not to 'lose its way' - France24
 The widow of slain Haitian leader Jovenel Moise, who was critically wounded in the attack that claimed his life, on Saturday issued her first public remarks since the assault, calling on the nation not to "lose its way."

Martine Moise's comments came three days after she was airlifted to a Miami hospital for treatment of grave wounds suffered early Wednesday when gunmen stormed the family home in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.

They also come as the impoverished Caribbean nation reels from the slaying of its leader, with no clear succession plan on the horizon.

According to Haitian authorities, a hit squad of 28 men - 26 Colombians, many of them retired soldiers, and two Haitian-Americans-- burst in and opened fire on the couple in their home.

So far, 17 have been arrested, and at least three were killed. A handful remain at large, police say.

But no motive has been made public, and questions are swirling about who might have masterminded the audacious assassination.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 09:09:30 AM EST
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Further adding to the mystery, the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo claimed a source had told it that security footage from the presidential compound showed the Colombian operatives arriving there at between 2.30 and 2.40am on Wednesday. "That means they arrived one and a half hours after the crime against the president," the source was quoted as saying.

But Colombian guns-for-hire have been turning up in war zones around the world, including Yemen, Iraq, Israel and Afghanistan, for years. Many were once trained by US soldiers and, having spent years battling insurgent groups or drug traffickers within Colombia, go on to find work with US-based private military contractors.

[Source: The Guardian]

In the meantime there are two Haitians with the claim of title to be the acting Prime Minister. Oh wait ... Antony Blinken already made his pick ...

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Claude Joseph had spoken with the "interim prime minister" of Haiti.

A range of well trained Colombian mercenaries - made in USA - Have Gun, Will Travel.

Colombia: Private Firms Take on U.S. Military Role in Drug War

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 10:33:26 AM EST
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Coup Attempt in Venezuela - 2020

Venezuela: Former American special forces soldiers jailed over failed coup | BBC News |

... he was hired to train Venezuelans in Colombia before returning to Caracas and taking control of an airport to allow Mr Maduro to be taken out of the country.

Denman said he and Berry were contracted by a Florida-based security company, Silvercorp USA, to carry out the operation. The firm is headed by Jordan Goudreau, an American military veteran who has openly admitted involvement in the operation.
The Washington Post has published a document which it says is a contract between Silvercorp and the Venezuelan opposition worth $213m (£170m) to invade Venezuela and overthrow President Maduro.

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó denied having anything to do with Mr Goudreau.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 12:26:56 PM EST
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Filling the Presidential Void

A group of Haiti senators have backed an agreement that sees Lambert succeed the assassinated Jovenel Moise, with Ariel Henry named as new prime minister. Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph has ignored the move.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 02:40:29 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 11:33:11 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 02:12:21 PM EST
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Haiti interim prime minister Claude Joseph set to step down this week - challenger Ariel Henry | Reuters |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 19th, 2021 at 05:36:43 PM EST
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Haiti presidential security chief arrested over assassination
US House of Representatives agitate for commission to study origin of the coup attempt.
by Cat on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 03:07:44 PM EST
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Miami Mayor Calls to Send Troops to 'Protect' Cubans From a 'Bloodbath' as Protests Sweep The Island
Three US Representatives - Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Carlos A. Gimenez (FL-26), and Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27) - released a joint statement in solidarity with the protests in Cuba.
Amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases associated with the arrival of the Delta variant of the virus, with health authorities reporting a record 6,923 cases and 47 deaths on Sunday, the island republic is suffering from the crippling fallout from [60 years of] US sanctions imposed by the administration of former president Donald Trump.
A spate of broadcasts on social media showed hundreds of people marching through the streets of San Antonio de los Baños, Guira de Melena and Alquízar, all in the province of Artemisa, near Havana.
Abdala and Soberana Junta
Cuba approves emergency use of home-grown Covid vaccine, Latin America's first, 9 July
"By this week, 6.8 million of Cuba's 11.2 million people have received at least one dose of either vaccine, while 1.6 million have the required three doses."
Cuba says second COVID-19 vaccine Soberana 2 boasts 91.2% efficacy, 8 July
NY Yella Cake, 22 June
Auntie Beeb, 16 Feb
by Cat on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 02:50:10 PM EST
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New infections rising almost 50% across US; FDA may issue warning on J&J vaccine, report says
"The U.S. averaged 19,455 new COVID-19 cases per day over the last seven days, a 47.5% increase from the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University."
by Cat on Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 07:10:10 PM EST
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To be fair, a bunch of US soldiers have just been freed up. And the defense industry would love to supply some new equipment for use in Cuba to replace all the stuff left behind in Afghanistan.
by asdf on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 12:03:53 AM EST
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To be fair, "The economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic are linked to one of the sharpest increases in hunger in decades" as in Baltimore, USA, where local, volunteer mutual aid compensated for the collapse of state and federal welfare programming. So some Cubans' protesting food shortages might correspond with Joe's revised unalienable "international norms", except that some US Americans posing as freedom-fighting world citizens deem this particular, ahem, lived experience "food apartheid" rather than, say, "monroeism," because Democracy®, possibly anti-racist weed.
by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 01:01:01 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jul 23rd, 2021 at 09:23:01 PM EST
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heh. Listening to RT presenter Rick Sanchez splainin, "Castroism" is a failed system. "You can't have a revolution when half the people have left and are living in the US".
by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 02:38:51 PM EST
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Rick Sanchez splainin US "intervention" in Cuba started 1898 is missing something.
by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 02:47:39 PM EST
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"Let's coup!"
by Cat on Wed Jul 14th, 2021 at 03:06:34 PM EST
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Biden administration investigating cases of 'Havana syndrome' in Austria
The State Department announced on Friday there have been a series of Havana syndrome cases among the U.S. embassy community in Vienna community that will be investigated by multiple American agencies.

Havana syndrome first appeared at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba in 2016 when American officials began to get mysteriously ill. Some needed hospital treatment for months, and others had brain injuries.

by Cat on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 01:34:46 PM EST
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Transcript: NPR's Full Conversation With CIA Director William Burns
When you say you're trying to figure out what's causing them and who is causing them, that suggests that this is someone taking action.
That's certainly a very strong possibility. The National Academy of Sciences, a year ago, in a very extensive report that they did, suggested that the most plausible theory for what caused this was some form of directed energy, and that sort of narrows, then, the number of potential suspects who could have used this, have used it historically and have the reach to do this in more than one part of the world, too. So, yeah, we're very focused on getting to the bottom of this.

Is it Russia?
Could be, but I honestly cannot -- I don't want to suggest until we can draw some more definitive conclusions who it might be. But there are a number of possibilities.

by Cat on Thu Jul 22nd, 2021 at 11:35:59 PM EST
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Oh my GERD!  The Commies have caught up with the Nazi's!!!!!!!!

Given the ignorant stupidity of most Americans I'm sure the government can sell it.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Jul 23rd, 2021 at 12:05:14 AM EST
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Shifting from campaign promises, Biden announces Cuba sanctions after protest crackdown
"This is just the beginning - the United States will continue to sanction individuals responsible for oppression of the Cuban people," Biden said in a statement Thursday.
"The sanctions architecture [US blockade] built around Cuba makes these designations entirely redundant," [Ryan C. Berg, a senior fellow in the Americas program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies] said.
< wipes tears >
by Cat on Fri Jul 23rd, 2021 at 01:00:11 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jul 24th, 2021 at 06:32:13 PM EST
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"No data available" for "Vaccination doses administered"
by Cat on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 02:34:17 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 07:02:20 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 01:58:02 PM EST
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"I don't think that they should have been here, and there are a lot of women here that I think were very qualified to win one of those medals, and them not having that opportunity because that boat was here was very problematic for me as a competitor."
by Cat on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 01:59:32 PM EST
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US women's rower Megan Kalmoe

All American blabbermouth Megan Kalmoe

She has no sense of the Olympic Spirit ... her voice propagates the nonsense from US State Department.

Russian competitors Stepanova and Oriabinskaia

Russian athlete accidentally picks up wrong medal after NZ wins gold in rowing

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 05:12:12 PM EST
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Death toll rises as violence and looting spreads in South Africa
The violence was triggered by the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma as his supporters took to the streets last week, but the situation has evolved into an outpouring of anger over persistent poverty and inequality in South Africa 27 years after the end of apartheid.

The economic effects of COVID-19 restrictions have exacerbated the problems.
Troops were moving in to flashpoints on Tuesday as outnumbered police seemed helpless to prevent attacks and looting on businesses in Zuma's home province KwaZulu-Natal and in Gauteng province, where the country's biggest city, Johannesburg, is located. Columns of armoured personnel carriers rolled down highways.

Al Jazeera's Fahmida Miller reporting from Johannesburg said looting and rioting continued throughout the night and into the morning.

archived The Economist, 5 years ago
by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 02:34:32 PM EST
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25,000 troops deployed to quell South Africa riots, 117 dead
"These are not demonstrations. This is economic sabotage and we are investigating with a view to apprehending the instigators," [acting minister in the presidency Khumbudzo] Ntshavheni said at a briefing Thursday. One person has been arrested and 11 others are under surveillance for inciting and planning the unrest, she said.
Police discovered more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition in Durban on Wednesday night, which Minister of Police Bheki Cele said belonged to people who were instigating the violent riots in the province.

The continued violence in KwaZulu-Natal appears well-planned, said South African analyst William Gumede.

"In KwaZulu-Natal, it's well-coordinated, well-funded. If you look at it, strategic commercial hubs were blocked, strategic roads were blocked at really key points. It was very organized," said Gumede, chairman of the Democracy Works Foundation, a group supporting governance in Africa. Zuma, throughout his political career, including his nine years as president, acquired many allies in South Africa's military and security services who were reluctant to respond to the violence in his home province, Gumede said.

by Cat on Thu Jul 15th, 2021 at 08:08:04 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 06:23:18 PM EST
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"On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians," an official EN translation one might suppose.
by Cat on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 01:38:27 PM EST
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Where empires go to die...

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jul 21st, 2021 at 08:54:34 PM EST
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Arrests as anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in Sydney
THOUSANDS take to the streets of the Australian city to protest against lockdown restrictions amid a ["]SURGE["] in cases.
the unmasked participants on Saturday marched from Victoria Park to Town Hall in the central business district, carrying signs calling for "freedom" and "the truth".
The protest comes as COVID-19 case numbers in the state reached another record with 163 new infections in the last 24 hours. ... They held banners, including one that read: "This is not about a virus it's about total government control of the people."
Just 11 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.
by Cat on Sat Jul 24th, 2021 at 07:05:21 PM EST
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Of homicide, femicide, infanticide, princesses and journalism

throne of lies? "In 2018, number of homicides for Pakistan was 8,241."
fun with aggregate ratios, 2012
The report, based on print media coverage of such incidents during the above-mentioned period, also shows the crime rate kept fluctuating during the period as 73 per cent [BASIS? TOTAL? ABSOLUTE NUMBER?] drop was witnessed during the month of February but a spike of up to 360 per cent was witnessed during the month of March 2020.

After compiling the data and information, collected from national and provincial dailies mainly on crimes regarding early child marriage, child abuse, child labour, domestic abuse, kidnapping, rape, violence against women (VAW) and murder it has been found that more than 90 per cent of the felonies were committed against children and women.
However, the rights group also found there was a strong possibility that many crimes committed were not reported or misreported at various locations in Pakistan.

Noor Mukadam's murder exposes toxic MISOGYNY [sic] in Pakistan, one in a DW series of alarming feature stories avoiding gender-balanced murder in "mostly muslim" lands, 2021
Noor Mukadam, a 27-year-old woman and daughter of Pakistan's former ambassador to South Korea, was brutally killed in Islamabad on July 20. The alleged killer, Zahir Zamir Jaffer, was reportedly her acquaintance.
Culture of impunity
Pakistan ranks as the sixth most dangerous country [?!] in the world for women [?!], and is currently witnessing a rapid rise in cases of sexual crimes and domestic violence. Rights activists blame a culture of impunity for the recent spike in violence against women.

"A man who stabbed a young female lawyer more than 12 times was recently released by the court. What message does it send to the perpetrators of violence against women?" Yasmin Lehri, a former lawmaker from Balochistan province, told DW.

U R doin it rong.
archived Gender Equality Observatory, public property
by Cat on Mon Jul 26th, 2021 at 06:55:44 PM EST
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Pakistan, Iran elected to UN commission on women, 2 other bodies
Pakistan has been elected to three key UN bodies including the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the Commission on the Status of Women and the Commission on Population and Development.

Pakistan will assume the membership of these three commissions from Jan 1, next year for a term of four years, Dawn newspaper reports.

/End of the joke.

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jul 26th, 2021 at 08:43:26 PM EST
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It's a step up compared to when they chose Saudi Arabia to chair the Human Rights committee at least.
by generic on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 10:56:55 AM EST
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MS Ever Given Reaches Port of Rotterdam

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 12:18:06 PM EST
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