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The Isolation of Joe Biden by Saudis

by Oui Sun Jun 5th, 2022 at 09:05:40 AM EST

Antony Blinken working all out to get Saudi Arabia to join Middle East NATO Pact ...

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Israel's Pegasus: The Secret Arm of Dutch Intelligence

by Oui Thu Jun 2nd, 2022 at 06:58:31 PM EST

Was not much of a secret to me looking at some remarkable achievements of both the "civil" AIVD and military MIVD ...

A single news item this evening grew into a diary ... talking human rights in the Western alliance.

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United In Rightwing US Heritage Sort of Warmongers

by Oui Wed Jun 1st, 2022 at 07:23:00 PM EST

Remember Kajsa Ollongren showing the confidential papers as the longest cabinet formation for Rutte IV nearly collapsed.

Ollongren was a joyful person she managed to get extra funds for military spending just like candy for kids. Austerity is coming as due to lack of funds for mental health, family and youth support, higher cost of living. Damn you in Dutch politics.

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Energy (and Other) Events - June 2022

by gmoke Wed Jun 1st, 2022 at 04:23:09 PM EST

*Index

**Conferences

Numbers and Nature: Mitchell J. Feigenbaum Symposium
Thursday, June 2 - June 3

MA Solidarity Economy / Worker Co-op Festival & Gathering
Saturday & Sunday, June 4-5

The Pulitzer Center's 2022 Annual Conference
Interconnected: Reporting the Climate Crisis
June 9 - 10

Eurekafest!
Wednesday, June 15

**Lecture Series

Weaning Buildings Off Fossil Gas & Market (Redesign) Pathways to a Decarbonized Grid
Friday, June 10

Portable Heat Pumps - Low Cost Supplemental Heating and Cooling
Wednesday, June 22

**Events*

Webinar: Get All the 𝚍̶𝚒̶𝚛̶𝚝̶ SOIL on Soil Conservation in Urban Agriculture
Wednesday, June 1

Boston MA Budget Hearings on American Rescue Plan Act Funds
Wednesday, June 1

Countdown: An Evening with Alan Weisman
Wednesday, June 1

Wanjira Mathai on Sustainable Development and the Power of Women
Tuesday, June 7

Commonwealth Kitchen Food Show
Thursday, June 9

Right to a Healthy Environment: Symposium
June 9, 2022

Ukraine and beyond: Lessons in refugee education
A Brookings-Yidan Prize event on key issues in refugee education
Tuesday, June 21

Climate Change, Our Youths, and Mental Health
Monday, June 27

Education meets the metaverse: The promise and the worry
A Brookings-Yidan Prize event on the future of education in the 21st century
Tuesday, June 28

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These kinds of events below are happening all over the world every day and most of them, now, are webcast and archived, sometimes even with accurate transcripts. Would be good to have a place that helped people access them.

This is a more global version of the local listings I did for about a decade (what I did and why I did it at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-i-do-and-why-i-do-it.html) until September 2020 and earlier for a few years in the 1990s (https:/theworld.com~gmoke/AList.index.html).  

A more comprehensive global listing service could be developed if there were enough people interested in doing it, if it hasn't already been done.

If anyone knows of such a global listing of open energy, climate, and other events is available, please put me in contact.

Thanks for reading,
Solar IS Civil Defense,
George Mokray
gmoke@world.std.com
http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com - notes on lectures and books
http://solarray.blogspot.com - renewable energy and efficiency - zero net energy links list
http://cityag.blogspot.com - city agriculture links list
http://geometrylinks.blogspot.com - geometry links list
http://hubevents.blogspot.com - Energy (and Other) Events
http://www.dailykos.com/user/gmoke/history - articles, ideas, and screeds

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Ukraine Sacks Human Rights Ombudswoman

by Oui Wed Jun 1st, 2022 at 08:23:44 AM EST

Verkhovna Rada dismisses ombudswoman for Human Rights due to absenteeism and false rape allegations. She went AWOL when humanitarian corridors were needed in Mariupol and the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Furthermore she failed to fulfill her task in prisoner exchange.

The Verkhovna Rada voted to dismiss Lyudmila Denisova from the post of human rights ombudsman

The People's Deputy Yaroslav Zheleznyak reported about it in Telegram, informs UNN.

    Yes there are atrocities and war crimes, however an Human Rights ombudswoman more involved in disinformation than facts and evidence should be rightly dismissed.

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Our Favorite Ally, Model of Democracy

by Oui Sun May 29th, 2022 at 01:35:33 PM EST

Roughing up an oppressed people by Israeli occupation forces ...

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Islamic Terror and US Foreign Policy

by Oui Sun May 29th, 2022 at 06:59:32 AM EST

The headline could also have come from Caesar's Roman Empire "Divide and Conquer."

h/t Cat

13 days after attempt to overthrow US Democracy and overturn the election of Joe Biden, the Trump administration in the name of Mike Pompeo put forward MAGA's China policy of confrontation ... it was a period of Pompeo's scorched earth policy to make life for Democrats impossible. Biden didn't adept but ran with the set policy ... and worse versus Russia.

Excellent writing by Frank Schnittger about a future presidency how unlikely and unwanted ... democracy at work for good or worse.

In a digital world where fake news is spread by Big Tech algoritme, anyone with enough wealth can set the world on fire. The new god is political disinformation and excellent PR staff to cover asses and stupid policy. The gap between government and its citizens grows in a same tempo as inequality. As the World Turns.

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Ukraine Conflict 2014-2022

by Oui Fri May 27th, 2022 at 02:14:22 PM EST

A diplomatic solution is not on the horizon, the impasse from before Feb. 24 has grown immensely. So is the territory Russia will claim as the Ukrainian pain and suffering doesn't seem to end.

Johnson admits Russia making `palpable' progress

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There Ain't Nothing Boris Can't Fix

by Oui Mon May 16th, 2022 at 11:31:21 AM EST

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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America Today!

by Oui Fri Apr 29th, 2022 at 12:10:11 PM EST

State of exceptionalism, if you don't have money, and lots of it, you don't have a voice. Position of power in direct relationship to wealth of a person.

Wielding power as highest ranking Democratic member Senate Foreign Relations Committee ...

User Clip: 1998 - Biden chastises UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter | C-span |

In 1998, the former UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee following Ritter's resignation after years of frustration in Iraq. In Biden's time after his opening statement, Biden chastised Ritter that the decision to go to war was above his "pay grade." While open to the idea of removing Saddam, Biden said the President and Cabinet Secretaries and people in "limos" get to make that decision, not a Weapons Inspector.

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NATO Russia Founding Act - A Dead Letter

by Oui Mon Apr 25th, 2022 at 02:34:13 PM EST

Changing US foreign policy after George H. Bush and James Baker III, the unreliable partner for peace in the world.

From "Chicken Kiev" to Ukrainian Recognition: Domestic Politics in U.S. Foreign Policy toward Ukraine | Harvard Ukrainian Studies - by Susan Fink (1997) |

President Bush Remarks at the Supreme Soviet Building - Ukraine address 1 August 1991

Remarks to the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of the Ukraine in Kiev, Soviet Union - August 1, 1991 (transcript)

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Irish Neutrality and military alliances

by Frank Schnittger Tue May 24th, 2022 at 01:22:29 AM EST

The Irish Times: Neutrality and military alliances

A chara, - It has often been noted that generals tend to fight the battles of today with the weapons and strategies of the last war. Russia may be finding this out to its cost in the Ukraine.


Critics of Ireland's policy of neutrality and relative lack of military capability tend to call for us to join Nato or else to expend many billions of euro on fighters, tanks and ships to develop an independent capability to defend ourselves. /cont.

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Interim French government named

by eurogreen Sun May 22nd, 2022 at 01:30:55 PM EST

After a comical period of suspense, when the annoncement of a new Prime Minister (which leaked rumours promised would be a woman and an ecologist) and of a government, were repeatedly pushed back (as various people apparently turned the job down), Macron finally nominated Elisabeth Borne, a classic technocrat, reputedly from the left because she had worked for PS ministers; reputedly ecologist because she had worked for Ségolène Royal!

In any case, as with the selection of Macron's parliamentary candidates, nobody is under any illusions as to her autonomy or personal agency. Everyone does whatever the boss thinks is a good idea at the time; that is the definition of Macronism.

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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Noam Chomsky on WWIII - Russia - China

by Oui Sun May 22nd, 2022 at 06:49:57 AM EST

An evening with Noam Chomsky: Contours of Global Order

The topic up for discussion was the 'Contours of Global Order: Domination, Stability, Security in a Changing World'. As you can imagine this is a vast area. We began by looking back to 1939 during World War II when the United States had devised the `Grand Area' for post-war dominance. Chomsky talked about how the US wanted to gain unquestionable power and maintain fierce loyalty from their allies. He remarked that this was still true of today, saying `The US presidents may have changed name or "style" but their substance is still very much the same'.

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At last, a progressive Australian government?

by eurogreen Sat May 21st, 2022 at 06:15:09 PM EST

Scott Morrison has conceded, Anthony Albanese has claimed victory.

At the time of writing, it's not clear whether the Australian Labor Party has an outright majority in the lower house of Parliament, but they will certainly find one by enrolling Greens and independents.. In the Senate, there is a clear ALP/Green majority. Overall, the two-party system is clearly weakened, with Greens and, "teals" (blue/green independents) making big gains.

He will be judged on results, but new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese seems set to be the most progressive Prime Minister since... Gough Whitlam in 1972.

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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A Hit for AUKUS

by Oui Sat May 21st, 2022 at 02:27:31 PM EST

Scott Morrison resigns 😁

Great move ... good luck with your nuclear submarines build by UK-US corporations to fight climate change as Australia burns under the heat of our Sun 🔥☀️🌪

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Time to wield the big stick

by Frank Schnittger Wed May 18th, 2022 at 10:43:24 AM EST

The Boris Johnson government has once again signalled its intention to break international law and its treaty obligations to the EU by introducing domestic legislation to over-ride parts of the protocol and to annul the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice over protocol related matters. This is in addition to its current unilateral and illegal extension of grace periods on protocol implementation and its failure to honour agreements on data sharing and building facilities for goods inspections.

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NATO War Planning -- In 2021 Ukraine

by Oui Wed May 11th, 2022 at 03:29:40 PM EST

I forgot about Halbe Zijlstra and his prophesy about Vladimir Putin and his goal of Greater Russia -- fly on the wall in Putin's dacha in 2006.

Transcript of the speech by future Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra ...

ALERT ⚠️ complete fake story full of lies for which he had to retire from the cabinet of Mark Rutte ...

Rutte and VVD -- Conservatives similar to policy run by Tories across the channel.

Rise of Populism Based on Terror and Islamophobia

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Shireen Abu Akhleh Killed by Israeli Sniper [Update]

by Oui Tue May 10th, 2022 at 06:29:18 PM EST

Title updated — “Gaza War and Destruction of Palestinians”

FM Wopke Hoekstra (talented McKinsey scholar reminds me of Robert McNamara, same IQ vs EQ deficit) ... why place such a financial a$$hole on a position of diplomacy, foreign affairs with no knowledge of history ... on the job training.

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N. Ireland Protocol receives democratic mandate

by Frank Schnittger Mon May 9th, 2022 at 12:03:50 PM EST


DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson and his party are ignoring the democratic mandate of voters in the North.

The Irish independent has published my letter pointing out that the Protocol now has a democratic mandate in N. Ireland. Democracy needs to precede tribal bias against protocol

[Update] The Irish Times has now published the letter as well - and their sub-editor didn't mess with the text, so it reads better. (Fourth letter down).

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 June 2022

by Bernard - Jun 4, 181 comments

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