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Congressional Hearings Spreading Hate Unabated
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Northwestern president testifies at Capitol Hill on antisemitism in an atmosphere of racism and Islamophobia .. wtf ... USA going rogue  

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Lethal Sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran
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Typical comment from readers added by Elon Musk's  X

Iran is ranked 149 out of 180 countries on corruption.
Only 31 countries are more corrupt than Iran.

Let's take a look at the region ravished by the West's War on Terror and NATO wars of choice ...

      Armenia - 62
      Azerbaijan - 154
      Georgia - 49
      Romania - 63
      Ukraine - 104
      Iran - 149
      Pakistan - 133
      Kazakhstan - 93
      Turkmenistan - 170
      Uzbekistan - 121
      Bahrain - 76
      Egypt - 108
      Libya - 170
      Mali - 136
      Nigeria - 145
      Somalia - 180
      Sudan - 162
      Yemen - 176

As the saying goes ... bombing the nation back to the Stone Age ...

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Lethal Sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran
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In story: City Agriculture - May 23, 2024

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I remember one experiment from decades ago in which plants were grown in a higher CO2 atmosphere and showed more growth but the plants were leggy, as the term goes, and generally more susceptible to pest damage.

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In story: May 2024

Re: May 2024 price cap mania exit plan
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eur-lex.europa.eu | amending Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia's actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine, 21 May
Whereas:
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(8) On 28 February 2022, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2022/335 (4) amending Decision 2014/512/CFSP, which prohibited any transactions related to the management of reserves, as well as of assets of the Central Bank of Russia, including transactions with any legal person, entity or body acting on behalf of, or at the direction of, the Central Bank of Russia. On 9 March 2022, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2022/395 (5) to include such prohibition concerning the Russian National Wealth Fund. As a result of those prohibitions, the relevant assets held by financial institutions in the Member States are 'immobilised'.
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(16) The prohibition of such other transactions generates an extraordinary and unexpected accumulation of cash balances on the balance sheets of central securities depositories within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 909/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council (9) that occupy a key position in the settlement and the central maintenance of financial instruments in the Union. That accumulation is due to the immobilisation of assets and reserves of the Central Bank of Russia, or those of any legal person, entity or body acting on behalf of, or at the direction of, the Central Bank of Russia, such as the Russian National Wealth Fund, because any payments of principal and interest, coupons, dividends or other income on securities to the Central Bank of Russia and those persons, entities and bodies are prohibited.

(17) Central securities depositories are in a specific situation, which is different from that of other financial institutions because cash balances of or with customers of central securities depositories are usually transferred out of the central securities depositories before the end of the day and do not yield any remuneration for the customers. The cash balances held by central securities depositories in relation to the assets of the Central Bank of Russia, or those of any legal person, entity or body acting on behalf of, or at the direction of, the Central Bank of Russia, such as the Russian National Wealth Fund, accumulating due to restrictive measures, subsequently need to be prudently managed by the central securities depositories. This results in the generation of unexpected and extraordinary revenues.

(18) Unexpected and extraordinary revenues do not have to be made available to the Central Bank of Russia under applicable rules, even after the discontinuation of the transaction prohibition. Thus, they do not constitute sovereign assets. Therefore, the rules protecting sovereign assets are not applicable to these revenues.
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Article 1
Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 is amended as follows:
(1) In Article 5a, paragraphs 8 to 10 are replaced by the following:

`8.  As of 15 February 2024, and for as long as the restrictive measures set out in paragraph 4 are maintained, central securities depositories within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 909/2014 holding assets and reserves referred to in paragraph 4 of this Article with a total value exceeding EUR 1 million shall apply the following rules regarding cash balances accumulating exclusively due to the restrictive measures:
(a) those cash balances shall be accounted for separately;
(b) revenues accruing from or generated by the cash balances referred to in point (a) from 15 February 2024 shall be registered separately in the financial accounts of central securities depositories;
(c) without prejudice to paragraphs 9 and 10, net profits determined in respect of revenues referred to in point (b) of this paragraph in accordance with national law, including by deducting all relevant expenses linked to or resulting from the management of the immobilised assets and the risk management associated with the immobilised assets and after deduction of corporate tax under the general regime of the Member State concerned, shall not be disposed of by way of distribution in the form of dividends or in whatever form to the benefit of shareholders or any third party. This prohibition shall not apply to the net profits not constituting the financial contribution referred to in paragraph 9.

9.  The net profits referred to in point (c) of paragraph 8 shall be subject to a financial contribution due by the central securities depositories to the Union.

The rate of the financial contribution shall be 99,7 % of those net profits.

The Commission shall call for financial contributions, in accordance with Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2018/1046 (*1), from the central securities depositories concerned biannually on the basis of the interim financial report referred to in paragraph 11 of this Article. The Commission shall establish the definitive amounts of the financial contribution due annually on the basis of the statutory audited financial statements for year N after they are available in year N+1. If the definitive annual amount of the financial contribution due for year N is lower than the sum of amounts of the biannual payments made in respect of year N, the difference shall be deducted from the next payment due by the central securities depositories to the Union in the year N+1, including biannual payments and transfer of amounts provisionally retained in accordance with paragraph 10, points (e) and (f). The amount due by the central securities depositories resulting from the netting pursuant to the previous sentence shall not be lower than zero.
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Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on the date following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.###

"negative disinformation," quantum disinformation, or positive disinformation?

You be the judge.

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In story: May 2024

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UK PM Rishi Sunak calls surprise July election as his party seeks to defy dire polls, 22 May pre-bunking
Soaked by a downpour as he spoke, Sunak said: "Now is the moment for Britain to choose its future." He also attacked his opponents, saying that by voting for the Labour Party, Britain would "risk going back to square one." But he admitted: "I cannot and will not claim that we have got everything right."
Rishi Sunak's election call means he thought the worst was yet to come, 23 May de-bunking


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In story: May 2024

14 May ELECTION 2024 lunacy
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Copenhagen Democracy Conference

VDL @9:46: So it is now time to take our action to the next level. We must be as ambitious as the threat is serious, and this is why, if I'm elected as presdent, the commission will put forward a European democracy shield as one of the key priorities of the next commission. This should be an ambitious European project that focuses on the biggest threats from foreign interference and manipulation. Allow me to give you some of the first elements of the European democracy shield. The first is about detection, because nothing is as powerful as powerful as unweiling information manipulation. This requires first and foremost a free media, and in addition, we need to build up public expertise in order to detect information manipulation. This means, on one hand, better information threat intelligence sharing from the various agencies that are dealing with this at national levels, but it also means new common capabilities at European level. There are very good examples on national level. Take the Sweden Psychological Defense Agency. [...] The second element is about treatment. We have already made progress with the DSA, the Digital Services Act. So once we have detected malign information of propaganda, we need to ensure that it is swiftly removed and blocked. [...] Now as things divide—evolve—we have to assess if this is sufficient, and of course I'm referring to artificial intelligence. [...] And finally, it takes resilience. As technology evolves, we need to build up societal immunity around information manipulation, because research has shown that pre-bunking is much more successful than de-bunking. Pre-bunking is basically the opposite of de-bunking, in short, prevention is preferable to cure, perhaps, if you think of information manipulation as a virus. Instead of treating an infection once it has taken hold—That is de-bunking—It is much better to vaccinate so that the body is inoculated. Pre-bunking is the same approach, because disinformation relies on passing it on to others. It is essential that people what malign information's influence is and what the techniques are behind it.


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In story: May 2024

Paris transition action scam
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LET US HELP YOU HELP US. G7 profit and loan report 2024.
Japan, France, Germany, the United States and other wealthy nations are reaping billions of dollars in economic rewards from a global program meant to help the developing world grapple with the effects of climate change, a Reuters review of U.N. and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development data shows.
archive unfulfilled climate finance obligations
The financial gains happen as part of developed nations' pledge to send $100 billion a year to poorer countries to help them reduce emissions and cope with extreme weather. By channeling money from the program back into their own economies, wealthy countries contradict the widely embraced concept that they should compensate poorer ones for their long-term pollution that fueled climate change, more than a dozen climate finance analysts, activists, and former climate officials and negotiators told Reuters.
archive Loss and Damage Transitional Committee
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Try to act surprised.

At least another $11 billion in loans—nearly all from Japan—required recipient nations to hire or purchase materials from companies in the lending countries. And Reuters identified at least $10.6 billion in grants from 24 countries and the European Union that similarly required recipients to hire companies, nonprofits or public agencies from specific nations—usually the donor—to do the work or provide materials.
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archive COP28 transition "actionism"
Many of the conditional loans and grants Reuters reviewed were counted toward developed nations' pledge to send $100 billion a year by 2020 to poorer countries disproportionately harmed by climate change. First made in 2009, the commitment was reaffirmed in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Roughly $353 billion was paid from 2015 through 2020. That sum included $189 billion in direct country-to-country payments, which were the focus of the Reuters analysis.
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"a new wave of debt caused by climate finance"
archive 2023 Loss & Damage Deal Book
concessional capital, Debt-for-Climate Swaps, Green Bonds
"It should also be emphasized that the climate finance provisions of the Paris Agreement are not based on 'making amends' for harm caused by historic emissions," the U.S. State Department spokesperson said, when asked whether collecting market-rate interest and financial rewards contradicts the spirit of the climate finance program.
archive CBAM to raise $80B per year by 2040
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Echoing years of pleas from developing nations, UNFCCC Executive Moron Simon Stiell has publicly urged wealthy nations to offer so-called concessional loans, with very low interest rates and long repayment periods. This makes them less costly than those sold on the open market. UNFCCC and OECD had no comment for this report. UNFCCC instead referred Reuters to Stiell's past remarks.
archive CCfD fictional CO2 price
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In story: S Africa Before World Court ICJ - Final Plea

The Elders and the Israel - Palestine Question
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Elders warn of consequences of "one-state reality" in Israel and Palestine | 22 June 2023 |

Following their visit to Israel and Palestine, Mary Robinson and Ban Ki-Moon warn that a 'one-state reality' is now rapidly extinguishing the prospect of a two-state solution.

The Chair and Deputy Chair of The Elders today warned that a `one-state reality' is now rapidly extinguishing the prospect of a two-state solution foreseen in the 1993 Oslo Accords to bring peace and security to both the Israeli and the Palestinian peoples. 

The Government of Israel's intent to exercise sovereignty over all the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea undermines the democratic ideals of the Israeli state, denies the Palestinian people their right to self-determination, and risks an uncontrollable explosion of violence on both sides. 

Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, and Ban Ki-moon, Deputy Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, spoke out at the conclusion of a three-day visit to Israel and Palestine. They met a range of Israeli and Palestinian political leaders and civil society organisations, foreign diplomats, and former members of the Israeli military and diplomatic service. 

They also saw for themselves some of the facts on the ground, and heard from Israeli, Palestinian and international human rights organisations about the ever-growing evidence that the situation meets the international legal definition of apartheid: the expansion and entrenchment of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the establishment of dual legal regimes and separation infrastructure in the occupied territories, and the institutionalised discrimination and abuses perpetrated against Palestinians. 

They heard no detailed rebuttal of the evidence of apartheid. On the contrary, the declarations and policies of the current Israeli Government - whose Coalition Guidelines state that "the Jewish people have an exclusive and inalienable right to all parts of the Land of Israel" - clearly show an intent to pursue permanent annexation rather than temporary occupation, based on Jewish supremacy. Measures include the transfer of administrative powers over the occupied West Bank from military to civilian authorities, accelerating the approval processes for building settlements, and constructing new infrastructure that would render a future Palestinian state unviable.  



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In story: S Africa Before World Court ICJ - Final Plea

The Elders Welcomes Decision 3 EU States
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In story: S Africa Before World Court ICJ - Final Plea

Saudi Arabia Welcomes Decision 3 EU States
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In story: S Africa Before World Court ICJ - Final Plea

Spain Norway Ireland Recognize State of Palestine
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In story: S Africa Before World Court ICJ - Final Plea

Signed Oslo Accords and Statehood of Palestine
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In story: Johnson's Big Lie and NATO's War v Russia - Part 1

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We cannot apply international law only when
it's convenient | Senator Bernie Sanders (Vt) |

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In story: ICC Complementarity and UK War Crimes in Iraq

Praises ICC on Russia, Condemns Justice for Gaza
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Lawless: Washington Celebrates ICC ruling against Russia, Condemns Warrant Request for Israel

It is the first time the ICC has sought warrants against leaders of a parliamentary government. Most of the officials indicted have been from African dictatorial regimes. If the warrants are approved, in a process that may take several months, Netanyahu and Gallant will join a rogues gallery featuring deposed Libyan strongman Moammar Gaddafi, deposed Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In March, 2023, just a year ago, Secretary of State Antony Blinken asked all countries that are parties to the ICC to detain Vladimir Putin if they could, after the court issued an arrest warrant for him. Russia is not a signatory to the Rome Statute that authorizes the court, but in 2015 Ukraine (also not a signatory) granted jurisdiction to the court over Ukrainian territory. It was for crimes committed in Ukraine that Putin was indicted.

The reaction in Washington to the warrant request for Netanyahu and Gallant has been the opposite. This reaction shows that the Biden administration does not respect international law and does not care that Putin committed crimes under it, but just wants to stick it to Putin. It is personalistic, not a matter of law. Because if the law was at issue, it should apply to everyone, including (especially) Benjamin Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza.

Everything Washington officials said in response to the request for warrants was wrong. I mean, incorrect. It isn't a matter of opinion or a difference in values. They are spewing falsehoods. It is as though they have all contracted Trumpitis and now keep compulsively telling serial lies.

President Biden, apparently now the chief defense attorney for Netanyahu, denounced any "equivalence" between Hamas and the Israeli leadership and said that he rejects charges of genocide against it.

Biden's spokespeople questioned whether the ICC has jurisdiction to charge the Israeli leaders.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned the announcement as "outrageous" and said that it threatened the success of negotiations toward a ceasefire and a hostage release. Mr. Blinken did not explain why the ICC request for warrants should should delay a ceasefire. The Biden administration vetoed 3 ceasefire calls at the UN Security Council earlier this year, and abstained on a fourth, which it undercut by falsely damning it as "non-binding."

Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson said he and his colleagues would look into the possibility of placing sanctions on the ICC judges and their families.



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Praises ICC on Russia, Condemns Justice for Gaza
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Biden condemns Justice for Palestine as he approves Israeli war crimes to subdue Gazans ... doesn't care to uphold universal humanitarian law, prefers to be seen as a loyal supporter of the Zionist Dream of Eretz Yisrael. Politics trumps all ... elections 2024.



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In story: Accused of War Crimes, ICC Seeks Arrest Warrants

Re: Zionists Stand w Israel In Defiance
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Dems hammer Netanyahu for Gaza strategy: 'Screwing his own people', 21 May
House Democrats are bashing Israel's wartime [genocide] strategy in Gaza, warning that the military approach [tactics] adopted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will only empower the Hamas militants he's targeting at the expense of Israel's long-term security.

The criticisms echo those coming from the Biden administration, which has recently ramped up concerns that Israeli leaders are doing too little to protect Palestinian civilians in the urgent hunt for the terrorists responsible for the deadly attacks of last October—a short-sighted strategy, the Democrats say, that will not only fail to eliminate [exterminate] Hamas in the near-term, but also destabilize the region for years to come.

"I'm hearing that there just doesn't appear to be an end game [objective]. If you are steadily causing casualties among non-combatants—[men,] women, and children—it's a real concern," said Bennie Thompson (Miss.), senior Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee.

"intention, specifically"?
"I'm not aware of a plan at all, other than to try to kill as many people in Gaza as you can."
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Mental disorder is a communicable disease.

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In story: Accused of War Crimes, ICC Seeks Arrest Warrants

Amal Clooney and Justice for Palestine
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Why Amal Clooney is in spotlight following ICC arrest warrants

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Accused of War Crimes, Israel Seeks pit stop
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gardian | Israel calls on `civilised nations' to boycott ICC arrest warrants against its leaders, 21 May
France, Belgium, and Slovenia said on Monday they supported Khan's decision, while a UK government travel agent reiterated that London did not believe the ICC had jurisdiction in the case, and the Czech Republic called the prosecutor's move "appalling and completely unacceptable", a clear indication of the west's growing divisions over approaches to Israel as death and destruction mounts in Gaza.
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Asked if Netanyahu or Gallant would avoid travelling to ICC-signatory countries if arrest warrants were issued, Israel spokesperson Tal] Heinrich said: "Let's wait and see."

On Tuesday, Israel's foreign minister, Israel Katz, travelled to France in a bid to contain the diplomatic fallout. It is also expected that Israel will encourage US Republicans to re-impose sanctions on ICC officials, and urge ICC-signatory allies to [coerce] the court into preventing warrants from being issued.
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ChatGPT | Selected atrocity bromides, 21 May

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World Reacts to Passing Raisi and FM Abdollahian
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After 35 Years, Iran Liquidates MKO Terrorist near Amsterdam | 10 Aug 2018 |

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Why events in Iran 40 years ago matter - BBC News

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Tehran was still under the shock of the attempt assassination when MKO stroke the successive terrorist blow the day after on June 28. Reportedly, two blasts ripped through Islamic Republican Party (IRP) building as the chief Ayatollah Beheshti was addressing his regular weekly meeting [NYT].

The death toll rose to 74 including Ayatollah Beheshti, Cabinet ministers, deputy ministers and members of Parliament. The perpetrator was identified to be an infiltrated agent of MKO, Muhammad-Reza Kulahi.

In 2018, it was revealed that Kulahi had been living in the Netherlands as a refugee under the false identity of Ali Motamed.



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In story: May 2024

World POWs waitwut
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AMANPOUR: The world 'genocide' has been used by both sides, and many believe that genocide is being committed. But you do not. You're not using that word.
KHAN: Well, this is an active investigation, and we have criminal charges that we can use—genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity in relation to this current stage of investigations. The charges that we've but forward to the judges do not include genocide, but we are continuing to investigate. It's a very complex situation. We have not been allowed access into Gaza by the Israeli authorities. We are aslo continuing our investigations in relation to the Hamas attacks. And i and when the evidence points us in a particular direction, we will not hesitate to act. So it's still an active investigation. But, yes, we haven't.
AMANPOUR: What is extermination?
KHAN: It's mass killing.
AMANPOUR: Different than genocide?
KHAN: Yes. Genocide is defined by specific intent, not only killing, but an intention to destroy the group in whole or in part with specific intent to destroy the group in whole or in part. So we're not, we've not incuded in out application today warrants for the crime of genocide
m'k. War is genocide. BUT. What are the odds that charge obtains convictions of the Shoah's poster boys, compared to stateless Hamas' rape murderers?
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AMANPOUR: Recently, when word cam out that this may be happening at some point, US senators and US Congress people, mostly Republicans, wrote you a letter, signed by Senator Tom Cotton, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and others. This is the quote: 'Target Israel, and we will target you. If you move forward with the measures indicated in the report, we will move to end all American support for the ICC, sanction your employees and associeates, and bar you and your families from the United States. You have been warned.' Is that a threat?
KHAN: I think, that's the plain meaning of it in English.... And I've said to distinguished members on the Hill and to the administration that Rome Statute values are quintessential American values.... Now, of course, this situation, unfortunately, lies on the San Andreas fault of international politics, and strategic interests and, of course, I've had some elected leaders speak to me and, you know, be very blunt. 'This court is built for Africa and for thugs like Putin' was what one senior leader told me.

We don't view it like that. This court is the legacy of Nuremberg. This court is a sad indictment of humanity. This court should be the triumph of law over power and brute force.
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