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America Is Back Baby!

by Oui Fri Jun 11th, 2021 at 10:51:43 AM EST

America would be wise to tidy up a bit at home before spreading their form of democracy attached to slavery of the laborers and depletion of natural resources in third world countries.


Greece labor protests

Working extra hours daily without pay ...

Greek workers protest draconian employment legislation | WSWS - one month ago |

The strikes were called in response to the anti-working-class labour bill submitted to parliament, which will allow employers to increase the working day from a standard eight hours to 10 hours, without paying additional overtime. The government plans to pass the law in June.

Greece: New Education Bill Brings a New Students Movement

US - Greece Relationship Strengthened

Greek Dictatorship Military Junta US Support

On This Day July 24, 1974: U.S.-Involved Military Dictatorship Ends in Greece

Commonly known as the "Regime of the Colonels," or simply as "The Junta" in Greece, the dictatorship ended July 24, 1974.

The United States was heavily involved in supporting the right-wing juntas in Greece, as American leaders were seeking to preserve geo-political importance in the Eastern Mediterranean during the height of the Cold War.

Although the U.S. intervention was largely ignored or often suppressed, numerous books were written during the period after the fall of the Greek dictatorship, including Hostage to History: Cyprus from the Ottomans to Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens, who outlined then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's involvement in the junta via the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974.

Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt now stationed in Athens ... of The Maidan Revolution of Feb. 2014.

The Eastern Question:
Russia, the West and Europe's Grey Zone

Indigenous People Arrested in Minnesota

Florida Education Revisionism

Arizona Gas Chambers to Use Zyklon B

Arizona Prepares for Executions With Gas Used in Holocaust Death Camps

Race Preference in US Death Penalty

Modeling Democracy in the Middle East Post-Colonialism

A long history of regime change and chaos …

 
Greatest ally the Jewish State of Israel – a failed Theocracy and Terror – 73 years and counting.

Israel's Iron Dome proves successful against Gaza rockets | DW News |

Temple Mount and Al Aqsa Mosque

Settlers on violent pogroms inside Israel against the Arab communities …

My recent diary …

Silwan Ethnic Cleansing - E Jerusalem

Later corrected to a 9-year old schoolboy …

In between wars and trauma … Palestinian school education … don’t hate the occupier!

The EU up in arms … NOT!

“Fixing” the roads between Palestinian villages on the Occupied West Bank …

Hope??

Only if world’s most powerful economic and military power is willing to act!

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by Oui on Fri Jun 11th, 2021 at 12:29:01 PM EST
In secret memo, the US will repair its relationship with Europe by lifting the sanctions on trade imposed by the Trump administration.

VP Dombrovskis on the Trade Policy Review Communication at the European Parliament's International Trade Committee

by Oui on Fri Jun 11th, 2021 at 05:31:10 PM EST

Relief of steel and aluminum sanctions imposed by the previous administration is not agreed upon.

by Oui on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 08:37:06 AM EST
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by Oui on Sat Jun 12th, 2021 at 07:24:40 PM EST
Checking the President's Sanctions Powers
Passed in the same year that Congress declared war against Germany in World War I, TWEA gave the president power during wartime to prevent trade and financial transactions with enemy states and their allies and to freeze their assets in the United States. Subsequent amendments broadened the president's powers under TWEA. Most significantly, a 1933 amendment expanded the law's applicability beyond wartime to include "any other period of national emergency declared by the President."
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IEEPA places no limits on who may be sanctioned, as long as the purpose is to address a threat that originates "in substantial part" from overseas. Sanctions may target foreign nationals with no ties to any government and may even target American citizens based in https://www.eurotrib.com/story/2019/5/6/204523/6235#102the United States.
archived The Dictator and The Decider
organized crime "Hundreds" of US sanctions will remain on Iran even if the US rejoins JCPOA
by Cat on Sat Jun 12th, 2021 at 07:44:42 PM EST
It is interesting how the US congress has gradually handed its power over to the administrative branch. Apparently the lack of term limits means that representatives aspire to lifetime appointments, and avoiding the difficulties of decision-making is a step in that direction.

Jimmy Carter's executive order about Iran is apparently still in effect--left over from 1979. Because it is easier for congress to just hand the whole Iran thing over to the president.

by asdf on Sat Jun 12th, 2021 at 11:01:37 PM EST
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Let's take another look at thumbs on the scale of biennial Revenue Acts since 1913.
CRS | The Origins of the Modern Grants-In-Aid System: 1860-1932
The Sixteenth Amendment's ratification in 1913 provided Congress the authority to lay and collect taxes on income. Although the federal income tax initially generated only modest amounts, it provided Congress an opportunity to shift from land grants to cash grants to encourage state and local governments to provide additional attention to policy areas Congress considered of national interest. Between 1913 and 1923, Congress adopted new federal grant-in-aid programs for highway construction, vocational education, public health, and maternity care. Outlays for federal grants to state and local governments increased from $12 million in FY1913 to $118 million in FY1922.
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The New Deal and the Rise of "Cooperative Federalism": 1932-1960
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Faced with unprecedented national unemployment and economic hardship, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt advocated a dramatic expansion of the federal government's role in domestic affairs during his presidency, including an expansion of federal grant-in-aid programs as a means to help state and local governments combat poverty and create jobs. Congress approved 16 new, continuing federal grants to state and local governments from 1933 to 1938, and increased funding for federal grants to states and local governments from $214 million in FY1932 to $790 million in FY1938.
Twentieth Annual Report of the Federal Reserve Board, covering operations for the year 1933
by Cat on Tue Jun 15th, 2021 at 07:58:58 PM EST
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Biden and Johnson reset the special relationship

Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill first met in the summer of 1941 on HMS Prince of Wales to create the Atlantic Charter, establishing the terms of their countries' relationship in war, and, as it was to prove, in peace.

Eighty years later, Joe Biden and Boris Johnson meet in front of a new HMS Prince of Wales to renew the constitution of the "special relationship", with the New Atlantic Charter.

Dutch saying: "for each his own". Appeals to the homefront, only the Europeans don't understand the Union of N Ireland with the UK.

Churchill shifted in his armchair. "The British Empire trade agreements," he began heavily, "are--"

Roosevelt broke in. "Yes. Those Empire trade agreements are a case in point. It's because of them that the people of India and Africa, of all the colonial Near East and Far East, are still as backward as they are."

Churchill's neck reddened and he crouched forward. "Mr. President, England does not propose for a moment to lose its favored position among the British Do-minions. The trade that has made England great shall continue, and under conditions prescribed by England's ministers."

by Oui on Sun Jun 13th, 2021 at 08:15:13 AM EST
Wait, how come he was saying "has made England great"??? I thought it was the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Wasn't that just a point of contention between Macron and Johnson yesterday???
by asdf on Mon Jun 14th, 2021 at 04:25:41 PM EST
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Scotland and Wales were always great. It's only England that had problems.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jun 14th, 2021 at 04:45:09 PM EST
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by Bernard on Mon Jun 14th, 2021 at 06:05:04 PM EST
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Guess the London government was a bit more frank on how it viewed the rest of Great Britain when it had a world spanning empire.
by fjallstrom on Tue Jun 15th, 2021 at 08:23:39 AM EST
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What did Joe ever do with Facebook to SKYE Australia?
by Cat on Tue Jun 15th, 2021 at 07:17:28 PM EST
by Oui on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 08:39:12 AM EST
On Foreign Policy, the EU Commission plays no role as NATO has the military might and Intelligence role.

Our economies, our values and our futures are closely linked. #EUTrade

by Oui on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 08:41:57 AM EST

Even in Europe's neighbourhood, the EU Commission has a funding task and mops up after hostilities is followed by a refugee crisis.

by Oui on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 08:44:10 AM EST

by Oui on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 08:46:42 AM EST

Quite a rift between the US and ally Turkey over last 5 years. Turkey, Erdoğan and Muslim Brotherhood nations were the preferred partners during the Obama administration ... a grotesque failure of ME foreign policy.

by Oui on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 08:49:06 AM EST
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APsplainin "a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States" named "Juneteenth National Independence Day" for federal employees.
The bill would lead to Juneteenth becoming the 12th federal holiday. It is expected to easily pass the House, which would send it to President Joe Biden for his signature.

Juneteenth commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were ["]free["]. Confederate soldiers surrendered in April 1865, but word didn't reach the last enslaved Black people until June 19, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to Galveston, Texas. That was also about two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in the Southern Confederate states.
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The vast majority of states [BWAH!] recognize Juneteenth as a holiday or have an official observance of the day, and most states hold celebrations. Juneteenth is a paid holiday for state employees in Texass, New York, Virginia and Washington.

TheHillsplainin popular support for "Juneteenth National Independence Day" with Gallup polling familiarity with historical significance of ["]the end["] of slavery in Texass instead of the 13th amendment of the United States Constitution, 6 Dec 1865.
More Americans are in favor of making Juneteenth a national holiday than not, according to a new poll released by Gallup on Tuesday [15 June 2021].

According to the poll, nearly 35 percent of Americans believe that Juneteenth should become a federal holiday while only about 25 percent are against it. Forty percent of Americans are undecided on the matter.
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The poll was conducted May 18-23 among a random sample of 3,572 adults, aged 18 and older. It had a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

Texas Gov. Abbott signs anti-critical race theory bill, 16 June
by Cat on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 03:11:32 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 06:17:18 PM EST
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Passing low point ... restart basic diplomacy ... exchanging ambassadors ... we're talking to one another ... beyond Twitter and Instagram 😠 🇷🇺 🇺🇸

by Oui on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 06:23:55 PM EST

by Oui on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 06:26:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 07:33:33 PM EST
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Strategic dialogue... in 2008 Bucharest Summit the US threw Russia/Putin out of NATO non-member partnership ... halted the dialogue ! Each year of NATO expansion up to the Russian frontier, the US violated the agreements made with Soviet president Gorbachev.

Crossing Russian red lines ...

10 years after Bucharest
Why NATO should double-down on Georgian membership

by Oui on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 07:59:29 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 09:20:54 PM EST
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in order in which they appeared

Joe takes off his jacket to answer questions @ 3:35:34 when SANGER kicks of the presser with a Cold War proposition.

by Cat on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 07:42:10 PM EST
by Oui on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 09:34:00 PM EST
by Oui on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 09:36:04 PM EST
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Having communication wires that directly connect your banks, your power grid controllers, your stock markets, and your military computers to the computers of hackers in offshore countries seems sort of dumb, in retrospect.
by asdf on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 11:30:08 PM EST
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Biden and Putin agree, 'nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought'

by Oui on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 09:38:40 PM EST


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