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BRENNAN: Your republican colleague Senator Tommy Tuberville just this past week said on Steve Bannon!s show that Volodymir Zelensk* is a dictator and unconstitutional, and he said this about Vladimir Putin [VIDEO CLIP: He doesn't want Ukraine. He doesn't want Europe. Hell, he's got enough land of this own. He just wants to to make sure that he does not have United States weapons in Ukraine pointing at Moscow.] Those echo some Russian talking points. Senator, I wonder if those remarks from your fellow senator represent the GOP.
CRACKER: No. It represents him and him alone. If you spend fifteen minutes studying Putin and what he wants, he wants to recreate the Russian empire. He's not going to stop in Ukraine. We celebrated the 80th anniversary of D-Day. It was a failure. It was the unnecessary war described by Winston Churchill. We had a dozen chances to stop Hitler. It's not about NATO. It's not about American weapons in Ukraine. It's about a megalomaniac wanting to create the Russian empire by force of arms. If you don't stop him, there goes Taiwan [?!]. We've been slow as hell helping Ukraine, but Senator Tuberville's analysis really misses what Putin's all about. He's an outlier, I think, in the Republican Party. I like him personally, but what did Trump [?] do to get the weapons flowing? He created a loan system. They're sitting on ten to twelve trillion dollars of critical minerals in Ukraine. They could be the richest country in all of Europe. I don't want to give that money and those assets to Putin to share with China [?!]. If we help Ukraine now, they can become the best business partner we ever dreamed of. That ten to twelve trllion dollars of critical mineral assets could be used by Ukraine and the west, not given to Putin and China. This is a very big deal, how Ukraine ends. Let's help them win a war we can't afford to lose. Let's find a solution to this war, but they're sitting on a gold mine. To give to Putin ten to twelve trillion dollars of critical minerals that he will share with China is ridiculous.
by Cat on Mon Jun 10th, 2024 at 12:12:11 AM EST
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duhh 🫠

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 10th, 2024 at 09:10:05 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jun 10th, 2024 at 01:44:00 PM EST
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@ 02:13:26, "We Build Ukraine" infomercial (US-Eng.)
@ 02.15.10, Olaf Scholz opening speech
justice.go | neighbourhood-enlargement.ec. | Opening speech by President von der Leyen at the Ukraine Recovery Conference (11.06.24)
...The rationale of this conference has always been to look beyond Ukraine's immediate needs and chart a credible path towards its economic renaissance. In London last year, I presented the new EUR 50 billion Facility for Ukraine, to provide predictable support until 2027. And Member States supported, also thanks to your tireless personal effort, Olaf. The Facility is backed by a solid plan for reforms and investments. It is now up and running. EUR 6 billion have already reached Ukraine. And here in Berlin, we are signing the first agreements worth EUR 1.4 billion with our partner banks, to attract investments in Ukraine from the private sector. And, as you have already mentioned, Olaf, we will also launch dedicated support for equity investments in Ukraine. Our partner banks will be able to apply for EU budget support, when they invest in equity funds active in Ukraine. In that way, we, the EU, help them remove some of the risks associated with equity investments. Our aim is to improve access to finance for Ukrainian businesses, especially for SMEs and start-ups that can help modernise the Ukrainian economy, for example, in areas like IT and digitalisation, renewable energy, and critical raw materials....
urc-international.com | Ukraine Recovery Conference, 11-12 June 2024, Berlin, DE
motto United in defence. United in recovery. Stronger together.
The key goal of the URC2024 is to mobilise* continued international support for recovery, reconstruction, reform, and modernization of Ukraine.
The URC2024 will focus on the following four thematic dimensions:
Business Mobilising the Private Sector for Reconstruction and Growth
Human Social Recovery and Human Capital for the Future
Local and Regional Recovery of Municipalities and Regions
EU Ascension and Related Reforms
"Success Stories" video ribbon

* a "fraught" turn of phrase

by Cat on Thu Jun 13th, 2024 at 06:53:43 PM EST
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See also NATO declaration of war on Russia at Bucharest Summit in Spring 2008.

Zijlstra admits faking story about Putin's 'greater Russia' ambitions | Dutch News |

Foreign affairs minister Halbe Zijlstra (VVD) has admitted lying about being at a meeting where Vladimir Putin supposedly set out his plans for a 'Greater Russia'.

Zijlstra claimed that he had overheard the Russian president talking about his expansionist ambitions during a gathering of businesspeople at Putin's dacha in 2006. At the time Zijlstra was working for Shell. But in an interview in De Volkskrant at the weekend he admitted that he had not been at the meeting, but 'borrowed' the anecdote from someone whose identity he wanted to protect.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 10th, 2024 at 09:28:35 AM EST
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ft | British army delays King Charles cap badges over China spying fears, 15 June
[T]he Yorkshire-based company contracted to make the badges, Wyedean Weaving, sources some of its manufacturing capacity from factories in China.

"There is a fear that tracking devices or a GPS transmitter could be embedded in the cap badges," a senior UK defence official said. "The result is a delay in the introduction of the cap badges as < wipes tears > the UK does not have the capacity to manufacture them as quickly or as cheaply," the official added.
Wyedean won a £2.9mn three-year subcontract in 2022 from US-listed defence services company Leidos, which has a direct contract with the UK MoD, declined to comment. Susannah Walbank, Wyedean's systems director, said the family-owned company was waiting for final approval to press ahead with the badges.

"China is part of our supply chains, we have been there for 15 years [!], have long-standing relationships, and there has never been any concern," Walbank said, adding that the new cap badges would be made "in a mix of places, including China" and that they would be quality checked in the UK.

by Cat on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 04:56:13 PM EST
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