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China's president Xi Jinping urged his Ukraine counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy to negotiate with Moscow, in the first conversation. [Source: FT]

Zelensky on call with Xi: 'Particular attn paid to ways to establish just & sustainable peace for Ukraine.'

    'There can be no peace at expense of territorial compromises. ... 1991 borders must be restored.'

Notably, doesn't say Xi agreed. No mention of Russia troop withdrawal.

Ain't going nowhere ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 26th, 2023 at 06:45:15 PM EST
Zelensk*'s beating his "readout" like a rented mule.
fmprc daily briefings "clarifying" Xi's position will be epic.
by Cat on Wed Apr 26th, 2023 at 09:06:41 PM EST
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George Bush, democratization and "reality-based community"

At the time, journalist Ron Suskind had a meeting with "a senior advisor" to President George W. Bush (later identified as Karl Rove). Here's how he described part of their conversation:

    The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off.

    "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors .... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."

As events unfold increasingly chaotically across the region that officials of the Bush years liked to call the Greater Middle East, consider the eerie accuracy of that statement. The president, his vice president Dick Cheney, his defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and his national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, among others, were indeed "history's actors." They did create "new realities" and, just as Rove suggested, the rest of us are now left to "study" what they did.

Recent diary ...

Winning the Propaganda War

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 26th, 2023 at 10:35:01 PM EST
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