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Of course the United States of America has declared the Russian Federation and China adversaries and enemy states. There is no doubt about the intention.

The whole swat of Islamic Losing Continents One At A Time nations -1.5 billion- were repeatedly run over by the empire. On the surface there maybe some cooperation, but there are no warm feelings and certainly no common values.

The old colonial empires of Britain, Dutch, French, German, Italian and Portuguese are and will remain close allies. New Europe are vassal or proxy nations of America. The true friends are the Five Eyes white nations, with Israel, Japan and Marshall Islands.

Turkey is undecided and Central Asia are in the influence sphere of Russia and China.

The Monroe doctrine states are a bit undecided and certainly split on their allegiance to the U.S.

Latin America is Rejecting U.S. Assistance

Latin America and the Caribbean is partnering with China on multi-billion dollar development projects and while turning down assistance offered by the United States. 

21 of 31 countries of the region, both friends and foes of Washington alike, have joined the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to the dismay of U.S. lawmakers. Congressional Representative Lisa McClain sought an explanation for the phenomenon at this week's House Armed Services Committee hearing on National Security Challenges and Military Activity in North and South America.

McClain, a Republican representing Michigan, remarked on the failure of the U.S. Build Act (2018), which had been introduced in an attempt by Congress to counteract China's BRI.

America is encountering a hostile world, mirrored in their own acts of past decades. Four years of Trump has exposed the true face of where America stands ... MAGA and damn the rest. Biden himself has been the toughest foe to improve relationships as even European nations realize the occupant in the White House lives on the purse strings of a more belligerent US Congress. There is no hope for improvement ... the honeymoon years after the 9/11 years have long gone. Biden us just a passing car salesman lacking credibility. Even today Republicans voice their opinion policy will be reversed after the November mid-term elections when they will sweep both House and Senate.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 15th, 2022 at 01:36:47 PM EST
millennial crazy talk

Monroeism is the Other Side of Jim Crow [Fusion Fillibuster-ism], the Side Facing South
1823: James Monroe's Seventh State of the Union Address, 23 Dec 1823, full text

by Cat on Tue Mar 15th, 2022 at 04:29:51 PM EST
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As Israel avoids sanctioning oligarchs, 14 private jets arrive from Russia -- report | TOI - Mar 11, 2022 |

Fourteen private jets that have taken off from Russia have landed at Ben Gurion Airport in the past 10 days, Channel 12 news reported Friday, as Israel continues to avoid joining Western sanctions against Russian oligarchs in the wake of Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

Last week, Channel 12 reported that an unusual number of rented private jets have been flying from Russia to Israel since the invasion of Ukraine, a possible indication that some wealthy Russians are looking at ways to slip around sanctions imposed to punish their country for the attack.

The outlet said at least seven private jets were chartered from a company that provides jets for hire in Europe, and originated in Turkey. Tracking data showed the planes made trips from Turkey to Moscow and St. Petersburg, then from those cities to Tel Aviv.

Abramovich's plane lands in Moscow, hours after he was spotted at Israel's airport

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 15th, 2022 at 04:41:24 PM EST
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Honest mistake?
LISBON, March 15 (Reuters) - An inquiry into the granting of Portuguese citizenship to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich has led to the opening of disciplinary proceedings against employees involved in the process, Lusa news agency reported on Tuesday.

The Russian billionaire was granted Portuguese citizenship in April 2021 based on a law offering naturalisation to descendants of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from the Iberian peninsula during the mediaeval Inquisition.
There is little known history of Sephardic Jews in Russia, although Abramovich is a common surname of Ashkenazi Jewish origin.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 12:43:27 PM EST
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I don't think so. As incoherent as that explanation is, I suppose, government decision to rescind Abramovitch's Portugal citizenship is a strictly personal, vindictive demonstration of the government's political policy of denouncing "Russian oligarchs" with "ties to PUTIN".

Did you ever wonder before where jews--persecuted by medieval Britons and early modern continental sectarians during the Reconquista, Inquisition, and 30 Years War--migrated?

Generally, contemporary histiographers identify members of the diaspora by last-known, ie. documented, territorial origin, eg. sefarad (Iberia), ashkenazim ("Rhineland," "France," "slavic" frontiers). By documented, amateur and experts researchers generally have relied on family and government records such as marriage and birth certificates; scientific racists ("eugenicists") claim a purity test said to isolate a set of alleles that can distinguish all ashkenazim among jews, anywhere, anytime.

Perhaps the government of Portugal has in its possession Abramovitch's DNA? If not an acceptable, thorough ancestal record of his family's "self-identified" Iberian origin story.

Being a descendent of US American slaves, I can appreciate how difficult it is to preserve, discover, or recover documentary evidence which corroborates ancestry, or lineage--whether for purposes of legal claims or private satisfaction. Regarding, genocidal purges and their consequences, I would recommend you watching an RT documentary "The ones who search" (2020), but sadly, because of the "world war" effort to vanquish PUTIN, it's now unavailable. It starts as orphan Enrique's 20-year post-Franco "truth and reconciliation" journey and ends with him discovering 16th century "morisco" family artifacts in far-flung provincial records.

"Archeology of Knowledge" is full of surprises.

Ashkenazi Jews Find Spanish, Portuguese Roots After Passport Offer to Descendants of Expelled, 2019

It turns out quite a few Ashkenazi Jews, even those who thought they had 'pure'[?] Polish blood [?], might be able to be recognized as descendants of those expelled from Spain
Oren Gruber from Rishon Letzion looked for his wife's last name on the list. Her family is from Morocco [!] - one of the main countries where Spanish [!] Jews immigrated to after the expulsion in 1492. During his search he was surprised to find his Ashkenazi [!] grandmother's last name too: Efrati. "When I asked my father to explain, he said it was known that the family of my grandmother, who was born in Ukraine [!], has Spanish roots," Gruber told Haaretz.
Many Spanish Jews left for Portugal in 1492, before they were expelled from there too in 1497. This approval is the last station before receiving the passport issued by the Portuguese government. "It turns out that Sephardim are hiding in Ashkenazi lands, too," said Gruber this week with a smile.
by Cat on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 03:52:58 PM EST
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This is a subject that interests me; a member of my family has Spanish Sepharadic ancestry, via Morocco, and speaks a dialect of Ladino (a Judaeo-Spanish language derived from Old Castillan). The Andalusian diaspora irrigated the Mediterranean basin, with Thessalonika in Greece being a Jewish (Ladino speaking) city until... the 1940s, and it is not at all surprising that there would be Sepharadic Jews in Ukraine. And from thence, intermarriage with local Ashkenaz.  

However, in the case of Abramovitch, since there are civil servants being disciplined, and the certifying rabbi having been arrested, I fear (while we will have to wait for Portuguese justice to run its course) that his links with Portugal may turn out to be more pecuniairy than ancestral.
Plus, Portugal is a short flight from London.

The Jewish community of Portugal's northern city of Porto condemned the recent arrest of its leader on Tuesday, comparing allegations of wrongdoing against their local rabbi to the historical persecution of Portuguese Jews at the hands of the Catholic Church.

Asked to comment on authorities' claims that Daniel Litvak had fraudulently furnished a document allowing Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich to get Portuguese citizenship last year, a representative of the community dismissed the issue, saying that "no one is available to talk about this sad case based on anonymous reports as at the time of the inquisition."

Litvak, who was preparing to travel to Israel when he was detained, was arrested last Friday as part of an ongoing inquiry by public prosecutors into the granting of citizenship to Chelsea soccer club owner Abramovich.

According to the BBC, Litvak's passport was confiscated, and he was ordered to regularly check in with the authorities.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 04:23:20 PM EST
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When Visiting Amsterdam | by Oui | Aug 19, 2012 |

Some of the first Jews to settle in Amsterdam were the Portuguese Jewish merchants who arrived in c1590. Over the centuries a thriving Jewish subculture emerged. The city is often referred to in Dutch as Mokum - a name given by Ashkenazi Jews - meaning a "place" or "safe haven."

Start the day at 69 Sint Antoniebreestraat for a chance to see what life was like for the wealthy Portuguese Jews. Here stands the De Pinto House in the former Jewish quarter of the city; the de Pinto family were a well-known family of financiers, scholars and rabbis.

I had written another story about the settlers in Brazil which ended in the Caribbean with some Jewish people traveling to New Amsterdam and others traveling to Holland.

Portuguese Jewish synagogue of Amsterdam! The Talmud Torah community was founded in 1639

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 05:30:06 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 06:15:00 PM EST
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a distinction without difference before Birth of the Nation.har from the Holy See, my fine neandertal and denisovan allele-bearing cousins!

wikiwtf Iberian Union

archived Sovereignty and Natural Law in the Legal Discourse of the Ancien Régime

Since the language of sovereignty is not universal, but emerged in the context of sixteenth century Western Europe in close association with the development of the modern state, we can ask what the word meant for the men who used it in that period and whether they thought of sovereignty as limited or unlimited. [...] 0 The circumstances that modern
historians of ideas have in mind are political circumstances. They include the
political debates in which canonical authors have participated. The history of
political theory thus appears to be a history of ideologies.1
such as "blood" and "race"
by Cat on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 06:20:06 PM EST
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My forthcoming diary about "The dawn of everything" will provide an opportunity to discuss the rather esoteric notion of "sovereignty" in detail, also that of "private property" which seems to originate in religious cult activities. Also it may feature the discussions between intellectuals of North America and western Europe about the concept of individual freedoms (the evidence suggests that the latter had no conception of such a thing, and most likely learned them from the former)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 02:46:10 PM EST
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"Also it may feature the discussions between intellectuals of North America and western Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries about the concept of individual freedoms

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 03:39:52 PM EST
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"as David and I discovered" the "intellectual consensus" and The loss of basic human freedoms
This conventional wisdom tells us, we originated in tiny egalitarian bands of hunter-gatherers and somehow fell from grace into a state of inequality--we could live as equals, when we were few and our lives for material needs were simple. [...] Small means equal. Big means complex, but also hierarchical.
NOOOOOOooooooooo, WHY? O WHY???!

by Cat on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 04:17:48 PM EST
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