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December 2022

by Bernard Sat Dec 3rd, 2022 at 12:05:26 PM EST

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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Dec 3rd, 2022 at 12:05:59 PM EST
Politico.eu.com | Zelensk* slams $60 price cap on Russian oil as 'weak', 4 Dec
This money, Zelenskyy believes, will be channeled "not only to the war and not only to Russia's further sponsoring of other terrorist regimes and organizations. This money will also be used to further destabilize precisely those countries that are now trying to avoid big decisions," he said

Andriy Yermak, head of Ukrainian presidential office, said on Saturday that a special working group on Russian sanctions also proposed a $30 cap. The working group is chaired by Yermak and Michael McFaul [!], former U.S. National Security Adviser.

the "benchmark" loss and damages lunatic running the asylum's vessels around starving Africans and struggling Asians inna post-pandemic, COP27 100-year HOLODOMOR. Buy the book today!
by Cat on Sun Dec 4th, 2022 at 01:53:34 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | All Your Base Are Belong to Us, 4 Dec embargo
Moscow will forbid domestic companies from selling exporting Russian oil under any price cap, and is willing to ["]dial down["] production [delivered to the Price Cap Coalition] to compensate for the lost exports, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said repeated Sunday, according to Russian news agency TASS.

The comments come one day before an EU ["]embargo["] on seaborne Russian oil takes effect and just as EU countries agreed on a price cap of $60 per barrel for sales purchases of Russian oil sold to non-EU countries that EU-based [maritime service] companies, like shippers and insurers, would be allowed to participate [sic] in.

by Cat on Sun Dec 4th, 2022 at 06:30:03 PM EST
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Basics of Refining and Optimization (2018); "M100" RU (URALS) actual run ~ ANS grade:ASCI price
arabnews | OPEC+ maintains status quo on output
just a day after the Group of Seven ["Price Cap Coalition"] nations decided to put a price cap on Russian[-orign oil and petroleum products]. The decision was made at the 34th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting, which was held virtually, on Dec. 4, 2022.  

Earlier in October, OPEC+ had agreed to cut output by 2 million barrels per day, which equals to about 2 percent of world demand, from November until the end of 2023.

[Hassan Balfakeih, the former chief oil demand analyst at OPEC Secretariat] added: "Given the growing uncertainty in the oil markets on both the supply and demand side, OPEC+'s decision to adopt a wait-and-see approach appears to be a very well-thought-out decision. Among these are the hazy price-cap policy for Russian oil, the global gloomy economic outlook, a rise in COVID-19 cases in China, and fluctuations in demand throughout the winter season in the western hemisphere."  

OPEC+'s key ministers will next meet on Feb. 1 for a monitoring committee while a full meeting is scheduled for June 3-4.

OPEC+ premium price floor

Basics of Refining and Optimization; Platts periodic table of oil: UR (m. sour); SiL, ESPO, SOKOL (l. sweet)
FUTURES a/o 4 Dec: OPEC basket $87, BRENT $85, WTI $79
by Cat on Sun Dec 4th, 2022 at 10:53:11 PM EST
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S&P Commodity Insights | The path forward for Dated Brent, 8 Dec Business Ideer
Since its inception in the 1980s, Dated Brent - the energy industry's most used benchmark - has been nothing if not adaptable. What started as a single flow of oil from the gigantic Brent field has become a diverse amalgam of five different crude oil grades loading in the North Sea. Over the years, extra grades have been added to the Dated Brent basket - Forties, Oseberg, Ekofisk, and most recently Troll - and ["]adjustment mechanisms["], such as quality premiums [See Valero scatter plot] and a sulfur de-escalator [production, externality costs], have allowed the grades to seamlessly < wipes tears > adapt to the benchmark they have joined.
Proven reserves: seeking "value added" to dwindling supply chain security
The most recent step in the evolution of Dated Brent was the 2019 introduction of CIF (cost, insurance and freight) cargoes, which allowed delivered values for those North Sea grades to be netted back and compared with FOB (free-on-board) values. Every evolutionary step has increased the robustness of the benchmark by increasing the number of deliverable cargoes and boosting diversity of supply [within Price Cap Coalition territory].
never mind nominal "green" transition "competition"
Dated Brent itself is a crucial element of the wider Brent complex, which consists of THE WORLD'S MOST IMPORTANT physical [nope] and financial crude oil benchmarks. The ICE Brent futures market allows fast, easy access for hedging or investment, while physical forwards and weekly contract for differences (CFD) swaps help market participants manage their price risk and physical exposure on light, sweet crude in the global markets. These established, liquid [read: money] markets have contributed to Dated Brent becoming the price reference [nope] for over half the world's crude oil and up to [lolwut] 40% of the world's waterborne cargoes.

In recent years, however, the Brent complex has been moving slowly toward a [Price Cap Coalition] crossroads. The North Sea is a mature production basin, certainly for the type of light sweet crude that has traditionally underpinned Brent. While there are large new [read: marginal, expensive] streams of crude still coming online in the region, most notably Norway's giant Johan Sverdrup, these grades look rather different to the current basket. They are generally denser and more sulfurous [hvy, med, sour], and as a result often priced at quite a different - and lower - level than the existing [refinery reforming] basket.

Did Canada market share piped to US refineries get an invite? nope. See Valero scatter plot
While such grades have the advantage of geographical and logistical characteristics [read: Price Cap Coalition proximity] that would be a good fit with the current [Price Cap Coalition] basket, they do not typically compete with the Brent basket for attention among Europe's refineries. The more natural fit in this regard is the US crude WTI Midland, which Platts, part of S&P Global Commodity Insights, announced in June 2022 would be included in the Brent complex from June 2023 [next OPEC+ monitory meeting June 3-4].
According to market participants surveyed by Platts, however, the gaps between the sets of terms are narrowing, and there is a high degree of confidence that one unified [NOPEC+] set of terms will be agreed before the end of the year. Once this is finalized, the path will be clear for the full introduction into the Brent complex of WTI Midland. [Industry consolidation] will bring with it the potentially biggest boost to deliverable cargoes into ["]Brent["] in a generation, a steady stream of oil of a similar quality to the existing basket, and a new diversity in terms of geography and [NOPEC+] participants.

The stage is set for an exciting [!] new era for a trusted benchmark.

USA shredding the "vassalage" scenery of Europe's USD-denominated buyer cartel "strategic autonomy" farce.
by Cat on Tue Dec 13th, 2022 at 02:18:39 PM EST
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Arab News | US poised to become net exporter of crude oil in 2023, 19 Dec EU "over-dependence"
Sales of US crude to other nations are now a record 3.4 million barrels per day (bpd), with exports of about 3 million bpd of refined products like gasoline and diesel fuel. The United States is also the leading liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter, where growth is expected to soar in coming years.
But the United States consumes 20 million barrels of crude a day, the most in the world, and its output has never exceeded 13 million bpd. Until recently, the idea that it would be anything but a big crude importer was folly.
Factors changing that equation this year include sanctions hurting criminalizing Russia's exports of oil and natural gas following its invasion of Ukraine, and Washington's massive release of oil [180M bbl] from emergency reserves to combat spiking [domestic retail] gasoline prices.
so long as OPEC+ "under-produces" export by 3M bpd
European refiners have snapped up US grades to offset the loss of Russian oil, and with US crude's deeper discounts [!] to global benchmarks, Asian refiners have stepped up purchases to 1.75 million barrels per day, data analytics firm Kpler said.
trash talk
"Russia has proven to be an unreliable supplier," said Sean Strawbridge, chief executive of the largest US oil export facility, Port of Corpus Christi. "That really creates a wonderful opportunity for American producers and American energy."

Corpus Christi could see a 100,000 bpd [lol!] increase in [Canadian shale oil?] exports next year, Strawbridge said, on top of the record third quarter shipments of  2.2 million [SPR] bpd in the most recent quarter.

by Cat on Tue Dec 20th, 2022 at 01:17:26 AM EST
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"Russia has proven to be an unreliable supplier"

😡 yeah .. pipelines get blown-up in enemy territory

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 20th, 2022 at 08:14:55 AM EST
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euronews | EU green lights first-ever cap for gas prices - Kadri Simson formerly of the JKM benchmark
The cap, as approved by ministers, will be triggered when gas prices reach €180 per megawatt-hour during at least 3 consecutive trading days. This is a [sort of] significant shift from the initial proposal by the European Commission which planned for the cap to be activated when gas prices reach €275/MWh for 10 14 consecutive days.
(15.12.22): the European Commission's original plan, the cap would go into effect when prices on the Dutch TTF hub hit €275 per megawatt-hour for two weeks, and if those prices are more than €58 per MWh higher than [all] liquefied natural gas [exluding "Russian-origin"] prices on the global market.
The gas cap, which is to be implemented on 1 February and come into force on 15 February, will however come with stringent conditions attached and safeguards for suspension in case it backfires.

EU officials had previously described it as an instrument of "deterrence" [or "attraction"] aimed at preventing the most excessive episodes of volatility and speculation.

[20 days price cap] will be automatically activated but only if two key 12 conditions are met:
• IF TTF prices ≥ €180 per megawatt-hour for at least 3 days.
• IF TTF prices are €35 higher than the market reference of liquefied natural gas (LNG) during at least 3 consecutive trading days.  
• apply to 1-month ahead, 3-month ahead and 12-month ahead contracts
• IF (a) drop in gas supplies OR (b) rationing OR (c) fuels financial instability OR (d) jeopardises existing contracts, OR (e) encourages power consumption, THEN revoked cap.
Budapest described the cap as a "harmful, dangerous and completely unnecessary" measure and railed against the fact it required a qualified majority and not unanimity to be introduced.

"When it turns out to have been a completely unnecessary, dangerous, damaging measure for the whole of Europe, then everyone should be held responsible," Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said.
ICE argued in a statement seen by Reuters that the ["]market correction mechanism["] would be imposed on customers and market infrastructure without time for sustained testing and careful risk management.

Reuters | ICE warns it could relocate gas trading out of [TTF] if bloc caps price, 15 Dec
The exchange operator warned the Commission last week that its proposal to cap gas prices could in fact drive prices higher, according to a memo seen by Reuters [06.12.22], if it prompted market liquidity providers to buy back short positions and stop selling TTF gas futures.
by Cat on Mon Dec 19th, 2022 at 08:42:08 PM EST
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euractiv | Gas giant Algeria slams EU gas price cap, 21 Dec racketeering
Algeria "doesn't support the idea of limiting prices", Energy Minister Mohamed Arkab said, speaking a day after EU energy ministers agreed a temporary ceiling to mitigate a severe energy crunch following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. "Energy markets must stay free so upstream" investments can continue, he told a press conference, according to the official APS news agency.
and a big lie
Russia, which used to be the top exporter of gas to the EU, has turned off the taps in retaliation for a series of crippling sanctions against it designed to deplete its income used for its war....
by Cat on Thu Dec 22nd, 2022 at 01:43:57 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | INCONTINENCE ALERT
On Monday, a ban on the import [FKA EU  embargo] of seaborne Russian crude oil comes into force. It's one of the EU's toughest sanctions yet, designed to drive down the fossil fuel revenues that Vladimir PUTIN  uses to finance [sic] his invasion of Ukraine.
Initial [spot, futures] markets reaction was muted on Monday, with ["benchmark"] Brent crude trading at around $87 [!] per barrel, only slightly up on Friday's prices and down some way from its recent high of $110 in June as signs of a global economic slowdown and continuing low demand in China due to COVID lockdowns < wipes tears > suppress The Oil® price.  

Where will The Oil® flow?

"The EU will import crude oil from ["]elsewhere["]," said Simone Tagliapietra, a senior fellow at the Bruegel [!] think tank. "Russia will likely < wipes tears > ramp up its ["discount"] exports of crude oil to [SE Asia, Africa,] China[,] and India, which will lessen demand for Middle Eastern oil [?!] and in turn Europe will get more [premium l. sweet, m. sour, hvy. sour] oil from the Middle East and ["]elsewhere["]. Market conditions should remain pretty similar. We should not notice."

archived How Russian oil flows to Europe in US Losing Unity In Ukraine War
by Cat on Mon Dec 5th, 2022 at 02:48:52 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Dec 5th, 2022 at 11:37:16 PM EST
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The Financial Times said Turkey was waving through these ships but holding up the ones with Western insurance coverage
by Cat on Wed Dec 7th, 2022 at 05:31:27 PM EST
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laugh track
The Deputy Secretary highlighted the fact that the price cap regime only applies to oil of Russian origin and does not necessitate additional checks on ships passing through Turkish territorial waters.
by Cat on Wed Dec 7th, 2022 at 09:19:57 PM EST
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Bloomberg | Millions of Barrels of Oil Are Caught Up in a Turkish Traffic Jam, 6 Dec pay-wall
Oil tankers hauling millions of barrels of Kazakh crude are being prevented from leaving the Black Sea to reach global markets following a move by Turkey to insist on proof they're properly insured....
lloydslist | Kazakh crude caught up in Bosporus tanker tailback, 7 Dec pay-wall
The [Türkiye] stand-off with [G7 Price Cap Coalition] insurers has trapped seven suezmax and six aframax tankers, equating to about 10.6m barrels of crude.

[CAPTION: EU, US, and UK regulations specify that Kazakh crude shipped from Novorossiysk is not ["]embargoed["], yet the stand-off has exteded to tankers shipping oil that are beyond the scopy of any EU import bans and price caps]
euractiv | Factbox, "our sanctions don't affect..." 9 Dec
Turkish authorities introduced new requirements, which came into effect at the beginning of December, in which every ship must have P&I insurance cover in place for all circumstances when sailing through Turkish waters or when calling at ports. ... The new regulations came into effect before, because a $60 per barrel price cap was imposed [by the Price Cap Coalition] on Russian seaborne crude 5 December.
The top tier of G7 Price Cap Coalition P&I insurers, which numbers 13 clubs, covers about 90% of the world ocean-going tonnage and are represented by the International Group association. The International Group, which has held discussions with Turkish authorities, has assessed that member clubs should not issue such a letter, P&I clubs said this week in advisory notes.

"Issuing a confirmatory letter under these circumstances would EXPOSE the Club to a breach of sanctions under EU, UK[,] and US law sanctions packages and as such the Clubs cannot comply with the Turkish Authority's request," ship insurer UK P&I Club said in an advisory.

Since the regulations came into effect, one tanker covered by Russian insurer Ingosstrakh was able to sail after [submitting] a letter was submitted.
The number of tankers waiting in the Black Sea to cross the Bosphorus strait on the way to the Mediterranean Sea rose to 19 from 16 earlier on Thursday, the Tribeca Shipping Agency said. With 9 others waiting at the Dardanelles, there were a total of 28 tankers waiting, the agency said.

Daily Sabah | US does not object to Kazakh banks using Russia's Mir bank cards, 9 Dec U-turn
by Cat on Fri Dec 9th, 2022 at 05:24:55 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Dec 13th, 2022 at 04:21:17 PM EST
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COUNCIL [of the European Union] REGULATION (EU) 2022/2367
(3) On 6 October 2022, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2022/1909 (4), which introduced an exemption from the prohibition to provide maritime transport and the prohibition to provide technical assistance, brokering services[,] or financing or financial assistance, related to the maritime transport to third countries of crude oil or petroleum products which originate in or are exported from Russia, purchased at or below a pre-established price cap agreed by the Price Cap Coalition. That exemption is intended to mitigate adverse consequences on energy [sic] supply to third countries and reduce price surges driven by extraordinary market conditions, while limiting Russian oil revenues.

(4) On 3 December 2022 the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2022/2369, amending Decision 2014/512/CFSP. Decision (CFSP) 2022/2369 establishes the price cap, that is the price per barrel at or below which crude oil from Russia is exempt from the prohibition to provide maritime transport and the prohibition to provide technical assistance, brokering services or financing or financial assistance, related to the maritime transport to third countries.

(5) Decision (CFSP) 2022/2369 clarifies [sic] the existing prohibition on the trading and brokering of Russian crude oil and petroleum products and extends the price cap exemption when such goods are traded at or below the price cap.

The impertinence that this document articulates is a truly astounding, unscrupulous, and verbose repudiation of lofty European epistemology that has informed "four fundamental freedoms" and sovereign authority of representative democracy and has proscribed "illiberal" nation-states which are not parties of the TEU. Regardless of one's "view" from anywhere on the planet of "Russia's actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine." The situation: the "situation" therein exposes the crass constitution and "mechanisms" of action that have provoked enmity and deprivations the world over.
(11) Taking into account the current circumstances, which are challenging the competitiveness of EU shipping, as well as the fact that the shipping industry is a slowly recovering sector of the economy, the Commission intends to urgently adopt appropriate supportive measures, including by further developing existing instruments at the latest by 5 February 2023, aiming at preserving the credibility and strategic [sic] importance of the Union's shipping industry, maintaining and further enhancing the competitiveness of EU shipping, while protecting the interest of the competitive operation of ships which are flying the flags of Member States, as well as encouraging the re-flagging of ships to Member States' ship registers.
Do you have any control over how creepy you allow yourself to get? Evidently, no.
by Cat on Tue Dec 6th, 2022 at 12:56:03 PM EST
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Trade blocs exerting economic pressure on each other during a war? Intolerable!! Unprecedented!! Economic liberalism is an intangible, eternal gold standard!! [since when? For whom?]

After all, WWII didn't stop the USA from trading with Germany. (Until it did.)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Dec 29th, 2022 at 07:38:09 AM EST
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According to US Congress and propaganda media, crook Zelensky is our new Churchill.

Others want to clarify the Jewishness of Volodymyr defines the neo-Nazis are not rightwing, extreme Nationalists under the banner of all ugliness of the symbols of German SS and Nazi's ... the struggle against their Orthodox Christian brothers and sisters is like the biblical fight of the Maccabees. Look what became of Israel today!

This may be your war, any similarity to the truly global war of WW2 is utter bull$hit. At most it is a civil war on 20% of Ukraine, a skirmish in the margins of a proxy war between the US-NATO and Russia. The pressured hegemon needs to exert its economic prowess to the fullest to deflect the economic rise of China ruled by the CCP. A global economic war initiated by America and some Western powers re: Five Eyes alliance. The provoked fight against the Kremlin was a first stepping stone to be conquered.

It is not my war, my freedom is not threatened by Russia. Global polls indicated people fear America most .. how well propaganda does its work in the enlightened West.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 29th, 2022 at 08:26:49 AM EST
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RT | Putin bans all oil sales to 'price cap' states, 27 Dec
The presidential decree bans the supply of oil and petroleum products from Russia to countries which apply a price cap in their contracts. It also prohibits deliveries if the contracts directly or indirectly specify the cap.
RT | Global shipping insurers to scrap coverage for Russia, Ukraine[,] and Belarus, 29 Dec
The notices said the insurers will no longer cover any loss, damage, liability, cost or expense "caused by or arising from or in connection with any Russia-Ukraine conflict and/or any expansion of such conflict." At least 12 of the 13 P&I clubs have announced the move so far.
US Treasury | OFAC Preliminary Guidance on Implementation of the Price Cap Policy for Petroleum Products of Russian Federation Origin, 30 Dec
When does the price cap "start" and "stop"?
The price cap applies from the embarkment of maritime transport of Russian petroleum products (e.g., when the Russian petroleum products are sold by a Russian entity for maritime transport) through the first landed sale in a jurisdiction other than the Russian Federation (through customs clearance).

This means that once the Russian petroleum products have cleared customs in a jurisdiction other than the Russian Federation, the price cap does not apply to any further onshore sale.

If, however, after clearing customs, the Russian petroleum products are taken back out on the water (i.e., using maritime transport) without being substantially transformed outside of the Russian Federation, the price cap still applies. This means any covered services can only be provided by U.S. service providers if such Russian petroleum products are sold at or below the relevant price cap.

Once Russian petroleum products or Russian oil are substantially transformed (e.g., subjected to any of the refining processes listed below) in a jurisdiction other than the Russian Federation, they are no longer considered to be of Russian Federation origin, and thus the price cap no longer applies: distillation (crude - atmospheric, crude - vacuum), thermal processes (delayed coking, fluid coking including flexicoking, visbreaking), catalytic cracking (hydrocracking, fluid catalytic cracking), catalytic reforming, catalytic hydrotreating (desulfurization), alkylation, isomerization, solvent extraction (de-asphaltizing, lube solvent extraction), de-waxing, or other refinery processes involving chemical transformation, separation, conversion, or treatment.


Sputnik | US Won't Consider Petroleum to Be of Russian Origin Once It is Transformed in Another Jurisdiction, 30 Dec
by Cat on Fri Dec 30th, 2022 at 06:43:36 PM EST
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[European [Council] of the European Union]
Economic and Financial Affairs Council, 5 Dec "public session" speakers and agenda recalling a "Legislative package on financial support to Ukraine"

Politico.eu.com | Hungary vetoes ["]Ukraine aid["], EU seeks alternative solution to 2021-2027 performance-based budgeting, EC investor relations, and non-performing procedural crimes

Tuesday's Hungarian veto meant that decisions on all other files on the finance ministers' agenda -- a minimum corporate tax rate, which Budapest is also blocking, the Hungarian recovery plan and connected €5.8 billion in grants, and the decision to freeze €7.5 billion of EU funds for Hungary over corruption issues -- were postponed.
EU governments have until December 19 to take a position on freezing EU funds for Hungary. Orbán needs to have his recovery plan adopted by the end of the year or risks losing 70 percent of the €5.8 billion grants.
by Cat on Tue Dec 6th, 2022 at 02:09:27 PM EST
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France's Mr. Privacy turns cybersnooper: cybersecurity corps, Qwant feat. "links" to Huawei and start-up Altrnativ feat. "ties" to authoritarian African governments (BJ, TD, CM, GA, CD, SN, CI) and mostly Sunni muslim Comoros islands (.KM)

archived TAO of beehive, ghost of Zero Days in Nord Stream Whodunnit UPDATE

by Cat on Wed Dec 7th, 2022 at 11:25:29 AM EST
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Politico.eu.com | EU's latest sanctions take aim at Russia's 'industrial complex', 8 Dec
a collection of pay-to-view supplementary EC documents and a gratuitous summary of the purported 9th EC "package of sanctions" applied to all natural and incorporated persons who market commodities produced in Russian Federation territories.

Press statement by President von der Leyen on the ninth package of sanctions against Russia, 7 Dec

Russia continues to bring death and devastation to Ukraine. It is deliberately targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, seeking to paralyse the country at the beginning of the winter.

We stand by Ukraine and we are making Russia pay for its cruelty.

The eight packages of sanctions we introduced so far are already biting hard.

And today, we are stepping up the pressure on Russia, with a ninth package of sanctions.
[....four (4) restricted RF business activities...]
[5] We will also target the Russian propaganda machine by taking four additional channels off the air and all other distribution platforms.

And [6] we propose further economic measures against the Russian energy [sic] and mining sector, including a ban on new mining investments in Russia.

This package comes on top of the full EU import ban [FKA "embargo"] on Russian seaborne oil that came into force this week. As well as the global oil price cap agreed between the G7 ["Price Cap Coalition"].

The international cooperation against Russia's war has never been stronger.

We stand united and firm.

commission.europa.eu related docs
• ec.europa.eu "Statement by President von der Leyen on further measures to respond to the Russianinvasion of Ukraine"
• malta.representation.ec.europa.eu
• cyprus.representation.ec.europa.eu
• eeas.europa.eu
• ireland.representation.ec.europa.eu "We are stepping up our support for Ukraine: President von der Leyen"
archved Our sanctions don't affect, EU-US sanctions piled so high..., OK BOOMER 2019
by Cat on Thu Dec 8th, 2022 at 04:03:03 PM EST
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consilium.europa.eu | EU adopts 9th package of economic and individual sanctions, 16 Dec abstract
After food and hunger, Putin is now weaponising the winter, by deliberately depriving millions of Ukrainians of water, electricity[,] and heating. The European Union is responding to this latest escalation and war crime with our 9th package of hard-hitting sanctions. We will continue targeting the economy and against those who are instrumental in this brutal war.
—Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Today's decision imposes new export controls and restrictions on dual-use goods[, weather, minerals, ores, astronomy, water, wind, words, religion, gender, bacteria, virus, terrain, flora, effluent,] and technology as well as goods[, weather, minerals, ores, astronomy, water, wind, words, religion, gender, bacteria, virus, terrain, flora, effluent,] and technology that can contribute to the technological enhancement of Russia's defence and security sector by significantly expanding the list of entities connected to Russia's military and industrial complex by additional 168 entities targeted by sectoral measures. This will ensure that key chemicals, nerve agents [!], night-vision and radio-navigation equipment, electronics[,] and IT components that could be used by the Russian war machine cannot be freely traded [by EU member states]. To avoid circumvention, some Russian-controlled entities based in illegally annexed Crimea or Sevastopol[, Crimea] are also included in the list.
None of the measures adopted in view of Russia's actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine target in any way the trade in agricultural and food products, including wheat and fertilisers, between third countries and Russia. However, in view of the Union's determined stance to avoid and COMBAT food insecurity [famine] around the world, and in order to avoid disruptions in the payment channels  for agricultural products, it was decided to introduce a new derogation allowing to unfreeze assets of, and to make funds and economic resources available to, certain individuals who held a significant role in international trade in agricultural and food products, including wheat and fertilisers, prior to their listing.
[contraband categories cont'd.]
The relevant legal acts will soon be published in the Official Journal of the EU.
by Cat on Fri Dec 16th, 2022 at 09:35:02 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | EU strikes deal with Hungary, reducing funding freeze [sic] to get Ukraine aid [sic] approved, 13 Dec EU debt subsidarity
EU countries agreed to lower the suspension to €6.3 billion.
That said, the decision still means Hungary is poised to lose billions in expected funds at a time when [EU27] economy is teetering. And there's no guarantee it will be able to fulfill its pledge to adopt the 27 rule-of-law reforms needed to unblock the pandemic recovery money and to unfreeze regular EU funds transfer payments. Already, the country has struggled [unlike POLAND] to satisfy EU officials assessing its progress infringement penalties.
In recent days, officials had been scrambling to develop a plan B for disbursing financing the Ukraine funds "aid" without Hungary's approval -- crafting a proposal that required 26 countries to offer individual guarantees instead of an EU-backed [sic] guarantee. Such a move would have exposed unwelcome cracks in the EU's approach to Russia's war borrowing money to fund "performance-based" NextGenerationEU budgets.
RECALLING commission.europa.eu | The EU as a borrower - investor relations
The European Commission is empowered by the EU Treaties to borrow from the international capital markets on behalf of the European Union [FKA Single Market]. It is a well-established name in debt securities markets, with a strong track record of successful bond issuances over the past 40 years. These bond transactions are denominated exclusively in euro.

The European Commission's largest programme bond issue is the NextGenerationEU recovery instrument of up to around €800 billion in current prices - 5% of EU GDP. To finance this programme, the Commission is issuing securities on the international capital markets using its diversified funding strategy. About 30% of the funds for this programme budget will be raised through the issuance of NextGenerationEU green bonds....

presumably offset by €300B Global Gateway loans to the jungle
archived EU finance, International Guarantees for Ukraine, DICTION CORNER: *-Eng. guarantee, guarantor, and ...collateral
by Cat on Tue Dec 13th, 2022 at 04:02:10 PM EST
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wut: Orbán backs down: EU agrees on Ukraine aid and minimum tax

archived Poland ready to outvote gas price cap skeptics

wut: EU energy ministers fail to reach gas price cap
(one conditional statement too many)

by Cat on Wed Dec 14th, 2022 at 02:59:46 PM EST
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wut: Poland holds up [€18B] Ukraine [bond] and Hungary plans over tax concerns

wut: Poland waves white flag in EU rule of law dispute

by Cat on Thu Dec 15th, 2022 at 09:54:12 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Dec 19th, 2022 at 03:22:05 PM EST
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Bulgarian journalist who exposed Kremlin's crimes wanted in Moscow, 26 Dec
Grozev, 50, has long been a thorn in the Kremlin's side, having played key roles in a number of Bellingcat's most explosive investigations, including that into the 2018 poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the British city of Salisbury, and the 2020 poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on a domestic flight in Siberia.

"I have no idea on what grounds the Kremlin has put me on its "wanted list", thus I cannot provide any comments at this time. In a way it doesn't matter -- for years they've made it clear they are scared of our work and would stop at nothing to make it go away," Grozev tweeted on Monday shortly after the Interior Ministry's announcement.

archived Digital detectives scour Ukraine social media, February 2021 GRAPHIC WARNING

Zelensky agrees to Ukraine rebuild investment with BlackRock CEO, 28 Dec

Zelensky's office made the announcement on Wednesday. It came after Ukraine's economic ministry signed a memorandum of understanding in November for BlackRock to provide advisory support for designing an investment framework.
Ukraine has suffered widespread damages in cities across the country, and Russia in particular has targeted Ukraine's energy infrastructure in recent weeks as colder temperatures arrived at the start of winter. The Kyiv School of Economics in November estimated the damages amounted to $135.9 billion.
RT | Ukraine to hike transit fees for Russian oil to EU - Transneft, 27 Dec
It is expected that Kiev will increase tariffs for transporting crude to Hungary and Slovakia by €2.10 per ton to €13.60 ($13.90), bringing the total hike to 18.3%.[...] Ukrainian oil transit fees have already been raised twice this year. The last hike in April reportedly brought the total increase to 51% on an annual basis.

Druzhba, one of the longest pipeline networks in the world, carries crude some 4,000 km from Russia to refineries in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

euronews | Why the Druzhba pipeline was spared from the EU ban on Russian oil, 31 May
by Cat on Wed Dec 28th, 2022 at 10:50:44 PM EST
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euractiv | EU countries to reject Spitzenkandidaten and pan-EU election lists, 7 Dec
"Indeed, a majority of delegations is clearly opposed to the key political innovations proposed by the European Parliament, and there are serious concerns about the respect of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality concerning provisions which go in the direction of establishing a uniform procedure in all member states," the draft states.

The move will come as a blow to EU lawmakers, who had believed this was their best chance yet to entrench what they regard as key measures to `Europeanise' the elections to the European Parliament in 2024 and reverse the trend of poor voter turnout.

The draft reforms to the EU electoral law agreed by the European Parliament earlier this year would establish an EU-wide constituency to elect 28 transnational seats on top of the current 705 seats elected to the chamber.
The idea of a transnational list - a campaigning point for European federalists for several decades - has been put on the table at various points over the last fifteen years. It obtained majority support in the Parliament ahead of the last two elections, only to be rejected by national governments.

The decision to effectively axe the idea of a formal Spitzenkandidat, a lead candidate of each political group, vying for the post of Commission president, ahead of the 2024 polls, marks arguably a greater setback for MEPs.


multimedia.europarl.europa.eu | Overview ELECTION 2024

archived COE.int calendar GE 2022, 'pragmatic' federalism, Peak cliché, "It's democracy", euractv e pluribus, enhancing European electoral processes, "political union", EP votes against transnational lists 2019

by Cat on Wed Dec 7th, 2022 at 07:36:10 PM EST
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It appears that a couple of weeks ago, the supposed "anti-federalist" ECR Group took the floor to scold the EPP in the EP, again. Preposterous! except for this duly noted detail provided by wikiwtf: "Presently, the largest party in the group by number of MEPs is the Law and Justice (PiS) of Poland", cultivated by dearly departed euroskeptics.

by Cat on Thu Dec 8th, 2022 at 07:23:40 PM EST
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Blaming the "Left" which has become extinct this century.

Prof. Ryszard Legutko with the TN @KUL_Lublin award. Fr. Idzi Radziszewski for outstanding scientific achievements in the spirit of Christian humanism. Hearty congratulations. @pisorgpl

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 8th, 2022 at 07:57:17 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 8th, 2022 at 07:57:53 PM EST
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Nothing new here : national ruling élites have a very strong vested interest in preventing the emergence of a real European political space. Transnational lists are a vital part of creating that space, and would render increasingly difficult the process of obfuscation (in collaboration with national media oligarchies) which makes the EU polity invisible and incomprehensible to the average potential voter.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Dec 29th, 2022 at 07:55:57 AM EST
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UK parliament "debate" (count how many courageous ppl were there)
a month ago


by Tom2 on Wed Dec 14th, 2022 at 06:11:08 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Dec 3rd, 2022 at 12:06:11 PM EST

DW | Historic crown gets modifications for King Charles III
Versions of St. Edward's Crown are believed to have been used by monarchs since the 11th century. The current version was made for Charles II in 1661 as a replacement for the original [tin pot], which was melted down in 1649 after the House of Commons < wipes tears > abolished  the monarchy and declared a commonwealth during the English Civil War. The original is believed to have dated back to Edward the Confessor, who reigned in 1042-1066.
< wipes tears >
After the coronation, Charles will wear the Imperial State Crown, created in 1937 for the coronation of King George VI....
well alrighty then
archived European intellectual history
by Cat on Sun Dec 4th, 2022 at 03:04:17 PM EST
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I always wondered why they called it a crown. It's a purple hat with ornaments. Doesn't look anything like the crowns I knew from storybooks (and historical documents)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Dec 29th, 2022 at 07:58:19 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Dec 8th, 2022 at 07:43:22 PM EST
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Is Brussels' naïveté showing? 🤣

#WeAreNato #Blitzkrieg Biden's AmericaFirst!!

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 8th, 2022 at 08:05:34 PM EST
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businesslive.co.za Bloomberg | Rishi Sunak in two minds about idea on financial oversight he proposed, 3 Nov
a new power to overrule financial regulators, according to the Financial Times, just days after the finance ministry said it would push ahead with the plan. Bankers and insurance executives should encourage Sunak to be extremely careful. This route will likely be more trouble than it's worth....
WaPoo | City of London Bankers Better Check Rishi Sunak's Meddling, 3 Nov
Sunak is partly pandering to the strong populist and free-market elements in the Conservative party and in public discourse since the Brexit vote in 2016. Bossing regulators around goes hand in hand with tearing up European Union rules and giving people back their sovereignty.

But behind the politics, this is also about the more mundane problem of how to change EU financial rules. In fact, solving this problem involves giving Britain's regulators more power, not less.

Let me explain....

Guardian | Jeremy Hunt insists City reforms do not 'unlearn the lessons' of 2008 financial crisis - as it happened, 9 Dec
The Treasury says the government will repeal the current regulation and replace it with "a regulatory regime tailored to UK markets, supporting market integrity and bolstering the competitiveness of UK financial markets".

It is launching a Call for Evidence, seeking views on how to reform the regulation of the practice of short selling, as it repeals and replaces retained EU law in financial services. This consultation closes on the end of 4 March next year (detail are here).

"Short Selling Regulation. Call for Evidence."

related evidence
Felkerson, "$29,000,000,000,000: A Detailed Look at the Fed's Bailout by Funding Facility
and Recipient
" (2011)

by Cat on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 07:06:32 PM EST
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University of Arden, "The 2030 Workforce, The jobs that will become extinct at the hands of automation," July 2022. 26 pp.

social distancing FTW

by Cat on Sun Dec 11th, 2022 at 11:06:36 PM EST
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Sky News | UK training Ukrainian judges to carry out war crimes trials during conflict with Russia
"Attorney General Victoria Prentis tells Sky News the training will ensure perpetrators of atrocities can be prosecuted 'in real time' while the conflict goes on."
by Cat on Wed Dec 14th, 2022 at 03:11:23 PM EST
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martial law school scholarship cont'd.
A group of 90 Ukrainian judges will undergo training, provided by the UK, to carry out war crimes trials for Russian soldiers. The first group of judges attended sessions at a secret location in the region last week, and more will follow in the coming months, as part of a £2.5m < wipes tears > investment.
US, UK do. not. do. international law, m'k
The vast majority of war crimes trials are expected to be carried out in the country by Ukrainian judges. So far, 14 Russian soldiers have been convicted, with the first trial carried out in May. But a vast caseload of more than 43,000 reported crimes have already been registered.
Attorney General, Victoria Prentis:
"This is very important, obviously because justice is important, but also because I hope that those Russian soldiers and officers who are watching the Ukrainian prosecutions at the moment will realise that they must act in accordance with international law.

"These 90 judges will go back after some really [!] intensive training, able better to run those [Ukrainian] courts."

"Russia's 'Nuremberg'"
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenk* and his wife Olena, who visited the UK this month, have been advocating for the establishment of a special [Ukrainian] tribunal for Ukraine, which they have compared to the Nuremberg trials, for the Russian leadership
rather than to Israel's special tribunal for Eichmann In Jerusalem.
The International Criminal Court [ICC] in The Hague has already opened an investigation into the Ukraine war—but the Zelensk*s say a special tribunal alongside it could prosecute < wipes tears > a wider range of crimes.

This has not been explicitly backed by the UK government, but Ms Prentis said all options are being considered, in discussions with the Ukrainian authorities.

by Cat on Wed Dec 14th, 2022 at 03:39:35 PM EST
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euractiv | Casus belli, party to the
Lt Gen Robert Magowan, former head of the Royal Marines, wrote that 350 UK commandos, while on a mission to help evacuate the UK embassy in Kyiv in January and back in April to re-establish it, supported 'other discreet operations in a hugely sensitive environment and with a high level of political and military risk'....The information, therefore, appears credible. It would be difficult to claim that the text has been manipulated."
archived Boots-on-Ground "resumes", 5000 Poland army soldiers, BREAKING UK MOBILISATION

OpEd | Ukraine's constitutional court reform on brink of catastrophe - and Venice Commission is to blame
"we were astounded to see factual mistakes and very dubious conclusions reached by the experts of the Venice Commission in urgent opinion on draft law №7662 published on November 23. In particular, the Venice Commission suggested that the decisions of the AGE should not be binding for appointing authorities. In practice, this would allow the appointment to the Constitutional Court candidates of low integrity."
archived Anti-Corruption Center , "Anti-Corruption Reforms in Ukraine"

by Cat on Thu Dec 15th, 2022 at 10:35:40 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Dec 3rd, 2022 at 12:06:50 PM EST
by Cat on Sat Dec 3rd, 2022 at 03:48:29 PM EST
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Politico | The shadow race is on to succeed Feinstein, 4 Dec attachment disorders
Sen. Dianne Feinstein[, 89] hasn't said if she intends to seek another term in 2024 -- but the competition to succeed the oldest member of Congress is escalating. [...] Three hopefuls have contacted former Sen. Barbara Boxer[, 82] to seek her advice, marking the incipient stages of a fierce fight between California Democrats for a seat that has not been open for a generation.
FIFTH WAVE is a void.
by Cat on Sun Dec 4th, 2022 at 02:46:45 PM EST
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senate.ga.gov | Independent Contractor Agreement - United States DoorDash Dashers
...6. CONTRACTOR may use whatever payment method they choose to purchase items to be delivered to consumers, including but not limited to CONTRACTOR's personal credit or debit card, cash, or a prepaid card. CONTRACTOR may use, for CONTRACTOR's convenience, the prepaid card solely for purchasing items to be delivered to consumers. If CONTRACTOR chooses to use their personal credit or debit card or cash, CONTRACTOR shall invoice DOORDASH on a weekly basis and DOORDASH agrees to pay all invoices within 10 days of receipt....
S&P | Port of Los Angeles cargo throughput founders as US import market remains on downtrend
...Loaded imports dropped to 336,307 TEU, a drop of 28% on the year, while loaded exports came to 89,722 TEU, down 8.7%. Retreating cargo throughput, which began in earnest in August of this year, led to the lowest October volume since 2009, with volumes 22% below the five-year average. ... bearish importers diverting imports to US East/Gulf Coast gateways, an unusually early peak season in June and July of this year, and a drop-off in durable products purchasing as consumer appetite shifted away from goods. ...
seattletimes.com | Biden sees economy avoiding recession
At the White House, the president signed an emergency bill to avert a rail strike that he said could have caused 765,000 job losses in two weeks and plunged the country into a painful downturn....He suggested that the major recession risk was the freight rail strike, a problem the country avoided by having Congress impose an agreement that raises pay but fails to provide the additional paid sick leave that workers demanded....
Rasmus | US Railroad Workers 'Under the Thumb'
archived Sun Sep 12th, 2010, The Great Labor Uprising of 1877, Tue Jun 25th, 2019
by Cat on Tue Dec 6th, 2022 at 03:11:46 PM EST
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Rail workers warn of exodus after Congress forces through deal
... Any exodus of workers would only exacerbate staffing shortages brought on by railroads laying off around 30 percent of their workforce over the past six years. That, in turn, has led to exhausted workers and persistent delays and cancellations when demand for shipped products spiked. ... Workers say that some employees could leave as soon as they receive back pay and cash bonuses, which will average roughly $16,000 per person. Railroads will dole out that money within 60 days....
Female truckers allege Facebook [AI] 'discriminate'
...For example, an employer seeking to hire truck drivers in North Carolina set the eligible audience for a job ad to all genders. But of the people [META] Facebook showed the ad to, 94% were men and only 11% were 55 and older, according to the lawsuit.
by Cat on Tue Dec 6th, 2022 at 07:01:31 PM EST
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intergenerational transmission (upbringing) has entered the room.
by Cat on Sat Dec 17th, 2022 at 02:06:39 PM EST
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Social distancing between staff and detainees has entered the room.
by Cat on Sat Dec 17th, 2022 at 02:08:38 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Dec 17th, 2022 at 01:25:12 PM EST
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This DC party invite shows all the money to be made off the Ukraine war, 16 Dec holiday hosts
That Ukraine and those US military contractors have a strong relationship isn't surprising. America's allies and partners around the world bought some $50 billion in US weapons last year....

Lawmakers unveil $1.7T bill to avoid shutdown, boost Ukraine

The bill, which runs for 4,155 pages, includes about $772.5 billion for non-defense discretionary programs and $858 billion in defense funding and would last through the end of the fiscal year in September [2023].
The spending package includes about $45 billion in emergency assistance to Ukraine as it battles Russia's invasion, according to Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. ...The U.S. has provided about $68 billion to Ukraine in previous rounds of military, economic and humanitarian assistance..
"We are now one step closer to protecting our democracy and preventing another January 6th," said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
"We still haven't seen a single page of the Pelosi-Schumer spending bill, and they're expecting us to pass it by the end of this week," tweeted Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla. "It's insane."
by Cat on Tue Dec 20th, 2022 at 06:56:17 PM EST
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Zelensk* expected to visit Washington on Wednesday, 21 Dec inflation reduction act
The trip would come days after Congress, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, unveiled a [$1.7T] year-end [consolidated appropriations] bill including about $45 billion [fiscal and lethal "aid"] for Ukraine.
The trip is not certain to happen, the people cautioned. Zelensk* was still in Ukraine on Tuesday evening, and there are concerns about his ability to leave his country and then return again.
Zelensk* would likely meet with congressional leaders and national security committee chiefs, and could address a joint session of Congress. In a short letter to colleagues, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged members to be physically present Wednesday night for a "very special session" with a "very special focus on Democracy."
by Cat on Wed Dec 21st, 2022 at 03:57:16 PM EST
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Biden, Zelensk* to discuss what a 'just peace' looks like, 21 Dec VICTORY
• no doubt
• new phase
• no question
by Cat on Wed Dec 21st, 2022 at 04:44:16 PM EST
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CNN | Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's remarks to Congress 21 Dec 2022
transcript wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross
by Cat on Thu Dec 22nd, 2022 at 09:56:41 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Dec 22nd, 2022 at 11:59:29 AM EST
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Sorry but I watched Churchill ... so many similarities ... US teaming up with the UK to defeat a Nazi tyrant all by themselves ... 😎😡

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 22nd, 2022 at 12:52:18 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Dec 22nd, 2022 at 01:22:00 PM EST
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Remarks by President Biden and President Zelenskyy of Ukraine Before Bilateral Meeting
PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY: Yes, that is from him. And I have the list. He wrote a list. Yes. I didn't read, Mr. President. I can't read; it's not mine. It's in Ukrainian language, but here that translation. It's from him.
(President Zelenskyy presents a document to President Biden.)

Remarks by President Biden and President "Velenskyy [sic]" of Ukraine in Joint Press Conference

PRESIDENT BIDEN: Thank you very much, Mr. President. We're going to take questions from four different reporters.  I'm going to start with Alex of Yahoo News.
PRESIDENT BIDEN: You call on one of your people?  A press person?
(Speaks in Ukrainian. No translation provided.)
PRESIDENT BIDEN:...My turn, huh?
PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY:  Please, yes.  Yeah.
Q: President Zelenskyy, again, welcome.  You mentioned earlier that you wanted to make this trip for a while now. Why now? And also, can you tell me what you think the message you are sending to President Putin is, given the fact that 24 hours ago, you were on the ground, in the frontlines, with artillery echoing behind you, and now you find yourself in the White House standing next to the President?
PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY:... So that's his problem now.

(Speaks Ukrainian.)  (No translation provided.)

AIDE:  This will be the last question.

Q: Olga Koshelenko, 1+1 tv channel.  When the full-scale invasion started, U.S. officials said that Ukraine cannot receive Patriots because, as you said, it might be unnecessary escalation.  And now it is happening.  Right now, today, it is happening.  And now Ukraine desperately needs more capabilities, including long-range missiles -- ATACMS.

Maybe I sound naïve, but can we make long story short and give Ukraine all capabilities it needs and liberate all territories rather sooner than later?  Thank you.
PRESIDENT BIDEN:  Well, th- -- his answer is yes.  (Points to President Zelenskyy.)  (Laughter.)
PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY:  (Laughs.)  I agree.  (Laughter.)

by Cat on Thu Dec 22nd, 2022 at 10:48:21 AM EST
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Zelenskyy's address to Congress puts him in a category with Churchill, Netanyahu and Mandela
by Cat on Thu Dec 22nd, 2022 at 05:37:45 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Dec 22nd, 2022 at 05:52:09 PM EST
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Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 (FTW of war craft and casualties)
"Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill"

You could read the House Appropriations Committee summary (53 pp);

You could read Sen. Leahy's HTML highlight summary;

Classic Russian GOP nitpicking might strain your credulity;

... Washington DC will get a 'Ukrainian Independence Park' and monuments to journalists, Georgia will get a $3.6 million 'Michelle Obama Trail,' and outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will get a federal building in San Francisco named in her honor....
but the 4,155 pp draft text of dread inflation reduction acts forthcoming is here. (KPMG dulcetly advises, "It is not clear whether the bill will be open for amendment prior to its passage.") I idly wonder where "Team Europe" is parked in the lobbies on the Hill.
by Cat on Thu Dec 22nd, 2022 at 01:08:46 PM EST
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White House antitrust adviser Tim Wu set to depart with False Claims, Sherman, and Clayton Acts
Wu will be returning to his professorship [sic] at Columbia Law School after serving since March 2021 on the National Economic Council as the special assistant to the president for technology and competition policy. Wu was the architect [sic] of President Joe Biden's 2021 executive order [EO 14036, Promoting Competition in the [US] American Economy] on competition policy that directed agencies across the federal government to boost competition throughout The Economy®.
Biden's executive order focused on increasing competition in consolidation of industries including technology, health care, transportation and agriculture [exlcuding broadcast "media operators"], and was designed to encourage agencies outside the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission [and FCC] to focus their attention on antitrust ["]issues["].
"a whole-of-government approach is necessary to address [sic] overconcentration, monopolization, and unfair competition restraint of trade"
Wu's portfolio will be divvied up among current White House staffers [!]. Hannah Garden-Monheit will handle competition policy, after working on the ["]issue["] alongside Wu since joining the administration in February 2021. Elizabeth Kelly, who has led the [National Economic Council] NEC's work on digital assets since early 2022, will take over tech policy ["]issues["]. The White House said more people would be added to the team in the coming months.
Additionally, Wu helped lead the White House push on a largely failed attempt to pass new antitrust legislation targeting the ["internet of everything"] tech sector.
by Cat on Sat Dec 31st, 2022 at 04:03:02 PM EST
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RT | Apple Watch is racially biased - lawsuit, 31 Dec
pulse oximeters have been shown in scientific studies to produce inaccurate measurements for darker-complexioned patients, due to the melanin in their skin absorbing the infrared light from the device* as if it was well-saturated blood. Public ignorance ["information and belief"] of this disparity arguably contributed to the disproportionate number of Covid-19 deaths [!] in black and Hispanic Americans compared to whites, as dangerously-low oxygen levels would have gone undetected even in a medical setting.

Citing a similar study, the New York lawsuit argued Apple's "false and misleading representations" of its own device's accuracy put lives at risk.

SDNY Alex Morales v Apple, Inc.: "The conclusion was that 'reliance on pulse oximetry to triage patients and adjust supplemental oxygen levels may place Black patients at increased risk for hypoxemia.'"
[Plaintiff Alex] Morales sued on behalf of a group of New York State consumers who bought the $400 device during the pandemic, accusing Apple of violating the New York General Business Law and State Consumer Fraud Acts in addition to breaching its express warranty and engaging in fraud and unjust enrichment. The suit also includes customers in Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming under those states' consumer fraud laws.  

Apple's blood oxygen sensor was found approximately equivalent to "medical grade" devices in an October study, though the company insists on its website that the function is "only designed for general fitness and wellness purposes," rather than "medical use, including self-diagnosis or consultation with a doctor."

While Apple's own study from June found blood oxygen levels did not meaningfully differ between white and nonwhite Apple Watch users, its website does mention that "permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact performance."  

"classic Russian technnique": yahoo! ABC News | Lawsuit alleges Apple Watch's blood oxygen sensor 'racially biased'; accuracy problems reported industry-wide, 29 Dec

* "classic NASA technique": Why the colors in Webb's photos are fake, 18 July 2022
"It's up there specifically to detect infrared light, the faintest and farthest light in the cosmos."

archived hypoxia

by Cat on Sat Dec 31st, 2022 at 04:44:49 PM EST
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DOD | Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2022, 26 Oct
The 2022 National Security Strategy identifies the People's Republic of China (PRC) as the only competitor with the intent and, increasingly, the capacity to reshape the international order. The Department of Defense (DoD) annual report on military and security developments involving the PRC charts the current course of the PRC's national, economic, and military strategy and offers Congress insight on the tenets of Beijing's ambitions and intentions. The PRC's strategy entails a determined effort to amass and harness all elements of its national power to place the PRC in a "leading position" in an enduring competition between systems. As expressed in the 2022 National Defense Strategy, the PRC presents the most consequential and systemic challenge to U.S. national security and the free and open international system. ...
archived Nuclear Posture Review Fact Sheet, US Extended Deterrence, National Defense Review
by Cat on Tue Dec 6th, 2022 at 03:53:48 PM EST
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accountability, of sorts, finally

courthouswnews | Trump Organization guilty on all counts in criminal tax scheme, 6 Dec

Jurors began deliberations Monday and sided with the government after just 10 hours, entering convictions on all 17 counts.
New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan set a sentencing date of Jan. 13, 2023, for Trump Payroll [?] and Trump Corp. [?], two corporate entities that exist under the same umbrella Trump uses to manage his golf courses, hotels and other ventures. Compared with the hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue that Trump netted in just the four years of his presidency [2005-2021], the financial stakes of Tuesday's verdict is negligible. The companies at most could face a fine of $1.62 million.
New York Attorney General Letitia James, whose own office filed a sprawling $250 million civil action against Trump and his business entities in September, commended the guilty verdicts. ....
archived NY v Donald J. Trump, et al., 222 pp Sep 2022
by Cat on Wed Dec 7th, 2022 at 10:31:10 AM EST
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Jan. 6 committee formally accuses Donald Trump of 4 crimes, 18 Dec "vivd details"
The panel also released the 160-page executive summary of its report, capturing the contours of its case against Trump.
 "Donald Trump broke that faith. He lost the 2020 election and knew it, but he chose to try to stay in office through a multi-part scheme."
The recommended referral for insurrection mentions U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta's ruling in February, which said Trump's language plausibly incited violence on Jan. 6 and cited the Senate's 57 votes in last year's impeachment trial to convict Trump on "incitement of insurrection." [?!]
silly me, iirc, I sure missed that "article" in the UKRAINEGATE testimony.
archived US Congress impeaches self
by Cat on Tue Dec 20th, 2022 at 07:16:50 PM EST
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tabloid USAToday | Trump tax returns release spans nearly 6,000 pages across dozens of files: live updates, 30 Dec
The returns span nearly 6,000 pages, including more than 2,700 pages of individual returns from Trump and his wife and more than 3,000 pages in returns for Trump's business eNTiTies.
The top tax-writing [US House Ways & Means] committee in Congress released former President Donald Trump's tax returns to the general public Friday morning, ending a yearslong [sic] battle and shedding light on a complicated labyrinth of businesses and holdings typical of billionaires but rarely seen in detail by the public.
A [natural or incoporated] person's tax returns are supposed to be shielded by privacy laws, but the committee obtained Trump's returns by arguing they were needed to guide possible changes in tax laws....
... any. day. now
tabloid USAToday | Read the Trump tax pdfs, 2015-2020
• Links to Trump's individual returns (Form 1040)
Links to Trump's business returns:
• DJT Holdings (Form 1065)
• DJT Holdings Managing Member LLC (Form 1120-S)
• DTTM Operations (Form 1065)
• DTTM Operations Managing Member (Form 1120-S)
• LFB Acquisition LLC (Form 1065)
• LFB Acquisition Member Corp (Form 1120-S)
• Trump's individual tax returns (duplicate Form 1040s pdf reader frames)
"This 40-page report by congressional staff summarizes Trump's tax returns"
conspicuous absence of The Trump Organization Schedule C returns
by Cat on Sat Dec 31st, 2022 at 05:27:32 PM EST
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Sen. Patrick Leahy, actor in five Batman movies, has thoughts on the worst one
by Cat on Tue Dec 13th, 2022 at 10:12:37 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Dec 15th, 2022 at 01:14:30 AM EST
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justice.gov | Former Twitter Employee Found Guilty of Acting as an Agent of a Foreign Government and Unlawfully Sharing Twitter User Information, 10 Aug
"The evidence at trial demonstrated that Abouammo took bribes in exchange for accessing, monitoring, and conveying the private information of Twitter users to officials of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Royal family."
archived That consent decree..., 10-K risk: Musk employee system lock-outs Q4
by Cat on Thu Dec 15th, 2022 at 02:47:52 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Dec 15th, 2022 at 03:27:09 PM EST
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The Hill | US to expand training of Ukrainian troops, 16 Dec lost materiel and boots-on-ground "resume" in Germany
[DOD press sec. Brig. Gen. Pat] Ryder called the training a "continuation" of what the U.S. had been providing to the Ukrainian military since 2014, and added that when Russia invaded Ukraine in early 2022, U.S. trainers were forced to leave the country.

"When Russia invaded, we withdrew our trainers from Ukraine, and so this is a continuation now of the training that we had previously provided," he said.  Over the last seven years, the U.S. has trained some 23,000 Ukrainian soldiers inside the country, a $126 million effort, with training provided mostly by National Guard troops.

DOD | Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder Holds an On-Camera Press Briefing
15 Dec transcript
...Since 2014, the United States has committed approximately $22.1 billion in security assistance to Ukraine and more than $19.3 billion since the beginning of Russia's unprovoked and brutal full scale invasion on February 24th...
by Cat on Sat Dec 17th, 2022 at 02:36:34 PM EST
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Twitter suspends Mastodon's official account
certain journalists employed by "US-based" publishers who allegedly violated professional rules prohibiting "dox" disclosures, or private personal information;
disturbs free speech "content creators," possibly paying advertisers, who patronize public accommodation moderated by security experts employed by both telecom "media operators"; and
announces auction of TWTR corporate memorabilia
by Cat on Fri Dec 16th, 2022 at 03:49:05 PM EST
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archived 217M Monetizable Daily Active Userse worldwide a/o 31 Dec 2021

tabloid USAToday | Twitter users vote in favor of Elon Musk stepping down, poll posted on CEO's account shows voter apathy
17,502,391 total ballots: "In comparison, Twitter had more than 237 million daily active users in the quarter ending June 30 [2022], the company said in July. "

by Cat on Mon Dec 19th, 2022 at 01:30:12 PM EST
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Twitter madness may end as Musk says he will abide by poll telling him to resign as CEO

The Twitter madness continued over the weekend, as Elon Musk first banned users from linking to their profiles on other social media sites, then apologized for doing so after a deluge of objections. Twitter Support tweets announcing the policy were deleted.

Musk subsequently said that major policy decisions would be decided by Twitter polls (I promise I'm not making this up), and then posted a poll on whether he should step down as CEO, promising to abide by the result ...

Sunday's Twitter madness

On Sunday, free speech absolutist Elon Musk banned Twitter users from posting links to their profiles on other social media sites, like Instagram and Mastodon.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Dec 19th, 2022 at 05:31:17 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Dec 19th, 2022 at 07:37:38 PM EST
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tabloid USAToday | Is Elon Musk quitting as Twitter CEO? He claims he will step down as TSLA value PLUNGES, 21 Dec
"CEO or not, Twitter's  new owner will still call the shots. After finding a successor, Musk tweeted that he will "just run the software & servers teams."
TSLA p/s 1Y, 5Y series
fintech yahoo! | U.S. EV adoption outlook fell by 30% in 2022, 20 Dec poll smoke
by Cat on Wed Dec 21st, 2022 at 04:55:55 PM EST
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Meta agrees to $725M settlement in Cambridge Analytica case, 23 Dec
The case was initiated after news in early 2018 that British firm Cambridge Analytica harvested information from up to 87 million Facebook users, and expanded later to target Facebook's data.
As part of the settlement, Meta did not admit to wrongdoing.
The proposed settlement deal comes after Facebook paid $5 billion to settle a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) case over its handling of user data and the Cambridge Analytics scandal, and $100 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over charges about misleading investors based on the scandal.
by Cat on Fri Dec 23rd, 2022 at 06:07:02 PM EST
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After serving the LEAVE vote campaign for Tories in the UK and nudging Donald Trump into the White House in November 2016 ... again serving His Masters of Wall Street oligarchs, rightwing extremists in American politics and cooperating with Israel and the UAE ... under cover of 5 Eyes intelligence community. In US Congress the Obama intelligence community told bipartisan committees to investigate Russia. Especially the Clinton cabal obliged to cover ass for loss.

So many diaries have passed #zuckerberg #netanyahu #UAE #Maldives #Emerdata

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Dec 23rd, 2022 at 08:26:47 PM EST
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TWITTER FILES Supplemental, 18 Dec 1/56

by Cat on Sun Dec 25th, 2022 at 02:05:10 AM EST
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"4. Between January 2020 and November 2022, there were over 150 emails between the FBI and former Twitter Trust and Safety chief Yoel Roth."
by Cat on Sat Dec 17th, 2022 at 11:16:14 AM EST
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Metternich-ian characteristics: "Macron shows his politics on Russia are bush league"
by Cat on Mon Dec 5th, 2022 at 05:03:30 PM EST
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wut: "Former national security adviser John Bolton said on Monday he was considering a run for president 'to stop some of the things Trump has done to the party,' following the suggestion by his former boss on Saturday to allow 'termination' of the Constitution."
by Cat on Wed Dec 7th, 2022 at 10:40:43 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Dec 8th, 2022 at 07:40:19 PM EST
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We are supposed to rejoice about the Chinese being allowed to travel again....... now real depopulation can start.
by Oosterbeek on Fri Dec 9th, 2022 at 08:26:06 PM EST
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More of the same madness.... racialized vaccines and authorizations thereto....

https://www.eugyppius.com/p/the-chinese-sinovac-vaccine-receives?utm_source=substack&utm_medium= email

by Oosterbeek on Fri Dec 9th, 2022 at 09:45:31 PM EST
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Did the vaccines melt your brain or something?
by generic on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 12:35:34 PM EST
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Is it normal according to you that medicine should follow poliics? Russian vaccines for Russians? Chinese vaccines for Chinese? Hippocratis oath, anyone?

Enjoy the latest "sudden death", it has everything to make a netflix success

by Tom2 on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 01:16:05 PM EST
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Of course it is normal. Enforcing artificial scarcity is one of the core features of the world trade system and has been for all my life.

(With sudden death you mean that weirdo movie where they they grab blood-clot videos from 2019 educational videos and pretend it's to do with the vaccines.

by generic on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 01:46:37 PM EST
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No "suddent death" as in the first lines of the abstract of this paper:

More for you to read and watch:
portlandpress.com/biochemj/article/479/4/537/230829/A-central-role-for-amyloid-fibrin-microc lots-in
pesquisa.bvsalud.org/global-literature-on-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov/resource/pt/covidwho-1 880599

by Tom2 on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 06:34:10 PM EST
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Not sure what your point is? Covid infections can cause blood clots and strokes and Omicron isn't that "mild" on the population level. What does that have to do with the vaccines?
by generic on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 07:35:20 PM EST
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The "vaccine injuries" are largely similar to the covid  and long covid effects. The thing in common here is the spike.
by Tom2 on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 08:56:15 PM EST
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It's not the complete spike and it doesn't replicate uncontrolled everywhere in the system. We've seen some statistically significant effects in the early days, but at this point odds are "vaccine injuries" are just going to be covid injuries.
by generic on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 11:37:49 PM EST
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A good way to check would be a comparison of San Marino and Israel.
by Tom2 on Sun Dec 11th, 2022 at 12:26:22 PM EST
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Did I Miss Something?

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 02:24:35 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 02:27:00 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 02:36:55 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 02:40:10 PM EST
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and a suitcase fulla fresh euros.
(Qatar won the FIFA bid in 2010.)

euractiv |  A collective guilty conscience

Tarred, feathered and pronounced guilty, Eva Kaili appears certain to be the public face of the Qatargate scandal. But there is something unseemly about the pile-on to declare Kaili persona non grata.

The Greek MEP has not been convicted of any crime - nor has anyone else, as of now - and the indications are that she is one of a group of individuals to be indicted.

In the last four days, the European Parliament's leadership and many of its political groups have demanded inquiries and new ethics bodies. Yet the institution's rules on lobbying and financial transparency have been lax for decades.

The Parliament may have a few rotten apples in its midst, but its own rules and oversight are - let's face it - also rotten.

Then there's all the WWII baggage weighing on Ukrainian innocence and benificence of the eeas
by Cat on Thu Dec 15th, 2022 at 02:31:05 PM EST
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A long list of EU Commissioners who preceded this MEP. Ethics policy and oversight of members of EP ... where there exists none, it cannot be rotten.

In the smallest of margins there is somewhat of a protocol to avoid the revolving door benefits of commissioners ... see Barroso. In the world of Mark Rutte and his party VVD, any sort of regulation is abhorrent ... free market thinking to benefit the few.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 15th, 2022 at 03:34:52 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 15th, 2022 at 03:41:45 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | EU becomes the planet's biggest NIMBY over US climate bill, 9 Dec
Victims' angst

But Europe's sense of victimization abides. The energy crisis means Europe sees itself as shouldering the [White Man's] burden of Russia's war while U.S. companies bank windfalls from LNG exports. EU Green Deal chief Frans Timmermans muttered darkly about the threat to a transatlantic relationship that underpinned "our security ... our values" on a call with reporters last month.

EU angst over the IRA [US Inflation Reduction Act] ignores the fact that the main target of its home-grown provisions was China, a competitor the European bloc has failed to counter. Now both the U.S and China have assertive industrial strategies that recognize the massive upfront costs of the energy transition[, externalities,] and the fact that they are both in a sprint to dominate the economy of the future world.

Europe sees itself as the "global front-runner," as von der Leyen put it in a recent speech in Bruges, Belgium. In fact, it's on the brink of losing the race.

The EU ["Single Market"] is at a disadvantage to its superpower nation-state competitors. The bloc's industrial policy is fragmented across [just] 27 countries nation-states[, 7 "Outermost Regions", 13 "Overseas Countries and Territories," and 3 EFTA signatories]

as compared to 50 US "sovereign" states and 5 "overseas" territories; 22 "ethnic republics" of the Russian Federation; 23 provinces, 5 autonomous regions, and 2 Special Administrative Regions of the PRC; 54 members of the British Commonwealth; 13 "overseas" departments of France; 6 "overseas" territories of Netherlands; and 55 nation-states forming the African Union "bloc".
by Cat on Fri Dec 16th, 2022 at 04:34:54 PM EST
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54 members of the British Commonwealth

What on earth is thas non-entity doing in this list? The International Cricket Council would be a judicious replacement. A much more powerful body.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Dec 29th, 2022 at 08:18:55 AM EST
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likely story

Schmiegal | Kaili blames unknown third party
"Countries like Qatar, Kuwait[,] or Oman had no reason to give Ms. Kaili money because she had nothing to offer them,"

eurativ | Qatar 'ghost' vote exposes MEP Eva Kaili
the alleged proxy vote fraud that did not alter committee conclusion

"classic Russian technique" | Kaili implicates Borrell

EuObserver | Center-right oppose including Morocco in Qatari corruption scandal

by Cat on Sat Dec 17th, 2022 at 11:59:59 AM EST
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and a suitcase fulla fresh euros.
(Qatar won the FIFA bid in 2010.)

background mofa.gov.qa
U.S. Recognition of Qatar's Independence from UK "protection", 1971
• the embargo that shall not be named
• @QatarMissionEU Joined September 2021
Agreement to Establish EU Mission in Qatar Signed, 21 Feb 2022
"The agreement was signed for the Qatari side by HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi, and for the European side by HE Secretary-General of the [EEAS] Stefano Sannino."
• Germany goes on a "tricky mission", 20 Mar 2022
"'And you only ever come when you want us to help you.' I was told that very bluntly."
Qatar Inaugurates Its Military Representation In NATO Headquarters In Brussels, 21 June 2022

Politico.eu.com | Qatar slams EU corruption accusations, puts energy cooperation in doubt, 18 Dec fog of war, rumor, and just plain BS

"The decision to impose such a discriminatory restriction ... will negatively affect regional and global security cooperation, as well as ongoing discussions around global energy poverty and security," a Qatari diplomat said in a statement on Sunday reported by[REUTERS] media. The statement added that the decision "demonstrates that MEPs have been significantly misled."
EU countries have increasingly turned to Qatar in a bid to diversify energy fuel supplies and make up for shortfalls amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, with Germany last month signing a 15-year contract for liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports. Doha provided a quarter of the EU's LNG imports last year.
Qatar also criticized Belgium for keeping the Gulf state in the dark about the investigation, which Belgian authorities said had taken more than a year before they made the first arrest this month.

"It is deeply disappointing that the Belgian government made no effort to engage with our government to establish the facts once they became aware of the allegations," the diplomat said in the [AL JAZEERA] statement.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Meets UN Permanent Representative of USA, "United Nations Ambassador Linda ['Eat much Gumbo'] Thomas-Greenfield who is visiting the country to attend the final match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament."
by Cat on Sun Dec 18th, 2022 at 04:50:42 PM EST
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Tue Mar 22nd, 2022 "solidarity"
by Cat on Sun Dec 18th, 2022 at 04:54:49 PM EST
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Greek socialists claim MEP Eva Kaili was `Trojan horse' for country's conservatives

In an interview, Pasok leader Androulakis said there had been no contact between Kaili and the party since July, and "I had even instructed the party's secretary never to invite her to the Central Committee."

"We were never close," he said, "but things changed rapidly after July 26."

That was the day Androulakis, who is also an MEP, went to Greece's Supreme Court and filed a complaint about attempted hacking of his phone using Predator spyware, detected during a check at the European Parliament.

Days later it was also revealed that his phone had been under surveillance by Greece's spy service (EYP), a move which the government said was "lawful" but wrong.

"Predatorgate", dozens of Greek ministers and journalists under surveillance

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 18th, 2022 at 10:49:04 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Qatar scandal gives Europe a big gas headache, 19 Dec neurotic math challenge
Over all[,] imports of Qatari LNG represented just under 5 percent of the EU's gas imports so far this year, according to European Commission figures. But the importance of Qatar to Europe's energy [in]security is set to grow thanks to a ["]mega-expansion["] of its LNG production capacity, with two major projects due to be completed in 2026 and 2027.
That deal, while good for energy [in]security, risks becoming an ethical nightmare for Berlin. Asked on Tuesday, after a meeting of EU energy ministers in Brussels, whether it was right to "buy gas from Qatar if Qatar buys European MPs," Germany's Economy Minister Robert Habeck said the issues should be regarded as "two different things."
Caught holding the World War bag. Again.
by Cat on Mon Dec 19th, 2022 at 01:56:56 PM EST
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Brussels Times | Qatar corruption scandal: Kaili and Panzeri both make 'partial confessions', 20 Dec purge
"It is true," Kaili told investigating judge Michel Claise. "I knew about the activities of Panzeri. And I knew there were suitcases full of money in my house." Kaili added, however, that her partner, parliamentary assistant Francesco Giorgi, was the beneficiary of the funds, rather than herself -- an allegation corroborated last week by Giorgi himself in his own leaked testimony.
Politico.eu.com | Out of the shadows: Europe exposes its [sic] Russian spies, 21 Dec purge
A recent report by researchers at Sweden's Defense Research Agency examining legal cases around state-backed espionage in Europe over the decade to 2021 found that the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia[,] and Lithuania accounted for nearly two-thirds of convictions. Estonia alone was responsible for half of the total.
archived post-Cold War era 'definitively over'
by Cat on Wed Dec 21st, 2022 at 04:22:44 PM EST
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OK, might have misread you here (missed the previous comment), but I can't completely follow. The Chinese abandonment of Zero Covid is absolutely going to lead to a humanitarian tragedy, just as it has in the rest of the world but depopulation seems like a strong prediction. We're almost certainly looking at a mass disabling event, probably worse than polio, and a significant reduction of life expectancy, but what that has to do with imports of sinovac isn't clear to me.
by generic on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 07:51:10 PM EST
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From what I read it is the MSM that have been pressing China to abandon its zero covid policy in the name of "freedom". Not to mention that teh West badly need Chinese tourists and is always happy to get rid of a few extra elderlies.
by Tom2 on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 08:55:13 PM EST
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Hah, I'd say that the media was more driven by the principle that China is bad and they'll happily jump from disparaging Chinese totalitarian lockdowns to Chinese incompetence and corruption for letting a million people die.
by generic on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 11:27:16 PM EST
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tabloid USAToday | COVID-19 is about to explode in China. What that could mean for the United States.
China is likely to see an explosion of COVID-19 cases in coming weeks, experts say, as the country lifts its long-standing and highly unpopular zero-COVID-19 policy.

China is extremely vulnerable right now because its population - especially older adults, who are the most likely to suffer severe disease - is undervaccinated, has no natural immunity from infection and a limited supply of treatments. Experts predict hundreds of millions of infections and as many as 1.5 million to 2 million deaths.

"I think China is going to blow in the next six to 12 weeks," said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, in a Thursday webinar. "Instead of falling off a 5-foot cliff, we're going to watch them fall off a 1,000-foot cliff."

American sciences
A raging epidemic in China could be bad news for < wipes tears >controlling the virus in the U.S., he and other experts said, because travelers will arrive sick and the chances of mutation increase anytime a virus infects a lot of people.
Can't win for losing.
The variants now circulating in China seem to be the ones that have been most prevalent here, including the omicron subvariants BA.5 and BQ.1.

"There's no specific reason to be concerned other than that a lot of infections are bad for evolution of new things that we can't predict," Luban said Wednesday on a Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness media call. "The more the rate of infection can be controlled in China, the better."
One model predicts China will see 100 million symptomatic cases, 5 million hospital admissions and up to 1.6 million deaths, just from COVID-19, not counting the strain on the health system that will lead to even more tragedies, said Jennifer Bouey, a RAND epidemiologist.
If mainland China were to see the same death rate as Hong Kong did during an outbreak in February and March, more than 2 million Chinese people would be predicted to die in the coming months, said William Hanage, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, on the call with Luban....

< wipes tears >
Chairman Adam B. Schiff | HPSCI Review Report, 11 Aug 2022, 65 pp
What our review found was that in 2020, the intelligence community was not well positioned or prepared to provide early warning and unique insights on the pandemic. One element of the intelligence community, the National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI), did admirable work and sounded an early alarm. But its position, sequestered away in the Defense Department, did not give it the high profile needed to command the attention of the < wipes tears > broader intelligence community, the National Security Council[,] or Congress. The Intelligence Community as a whole did not pivot quickly enough to train its unique assets at this deadly problem set.
As an interim step, the Committee spearheaded an expansion of the mission of the National Counter[-]proliferation Center in the FY 2022 IAA to explicitly include foreign biological threats in its remit, centralizing this essential IC role in the newly renamed National Counter[-]proliferation and Biosecurity Center.

Third, "pandemics are [but] one example of national security crises that emerge from the massed actions of a multitude of people." To better understand these problems "it is incumbent on the IC to resource and empower its agencies to take chances on emerging technologies that can finally deliver reliable, big datadriven [open-source intelligence]* tools." In this vein, the FY 2021 IAA [Intelligence Authorization Act] included a provision directing the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to partner with an outside research institution to carry out a joint, unclassified geospatial intelligence analysis of the activities of the People's Republic of China that pose risks to the national security interest of the United States, to include indications and warning of disease outbreaks with pandemic potential. This will remain a major Committee priority in the coming years.

* "datadriven" brackets and redacted text in original
by Cat on Sat Dec 17th, 2022 at 12:53:45 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 17th, 2022 at 04:03:34 PM EST
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and more to come

by Tom2 on Sat Dec 17th, 2022 at 08:57:46 PM EST
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Western media badmouth China's epidemic like how Washington fans the flames in Russia-Ukraine conflict

Whatever China does in its battle against COVID-19 is wrong under the prism of Western media. Those who once denounced China's strict approach to epidemic prevention and control are now hyping up the consequences of opening up. Headlines such as "The disastrous implications of lifting Zero-COVID in China" are flooding on Western social media platforms. Bloomberg is more dramatic, articulating that "a full reopening could see 5.8 million in ICU" in China and that "there's no way an uncontrolled wave of infections can be managed."

It is hard to believe that Bloomberg published such a prognosis with a straight face. China's 20 measures, recently fine-tuned and adjusted to optimize the epidemic response, do not mean loosening prevention and control against the virus, less a lift of COVID-19 restrictions or "lying flat" in the COVID-19 fight. It aims at making the response to the virus more targeted and science-based, maximizing the protection of people's safety and health, and minimizing the impact of the epidemic on economic and social development. 

Due to ideological differences, it has become almost an instinct of Western countries and media to criticize communist governments with an aim to subvert the latter with color revolutions, Shen Yi, a professor at Fudan University, told Global Times.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 17th, 2022 at 04:06:08 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 17th, 2022 at 04:07:07 PM EST
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Shrestha, et al, "Effectiveness of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Bivalent Vaccine", 17 Dec pre-print
Among 51,011 working-aged Cleveland Clinic employees, [Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna] bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster was 30% effective in preventing infection, during the time when the virus [BA.4/BA.5] strains dominant in the community were represented in the vaccine.
1,794 subjects (3.5%) were censored during the study period because of termination of employment before the end of the study. By the end of the study, 10,804 (21%) were bivalent vaccine boosted. The bivalent vaccine was the Pfizer[-BioNTech] vaccine in 9,595 (89%) and the Moderna vaccine in the remaining 1,178. Altogether, 2,452 employees (5%) acquired COVID-19 during the 13 weeks of the study.
The study has several limitations. ...We were unable to distinguish between symptomatic and asymptomatic infections, and had to limit our analyses to all detected infections. Variables that were not considered might have influenced the findings substantially. There were too few severe illnesses for the study to be able to determine if the vaccine decreased severity of illness. Our study of healthcare personnel included no children and few elderly subjects, and the majority would not have been immunocompromised. Lastly, during most of the study the circulating variants were those represented in the vaccine. It is not known if the vaccine will be equally effective when the strains circulating in the community are not those represented in the vaccine. [...]

Reuters | Germany to allow Sinovac vaccine for Chinese citizens only - Spiegel, 7 Dec
"The move comes after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced in November an agreement to let expatriates in China use the COVID-19 vaccine from Germany's [Pfizer-]BioNTech"

ABC News APsplainin | BioNTech-Pfizer COVID vaccine sent to China for Germans, 21 Dec

Scholz said when he visited Beijing in early November that China would make BioNTech-Pfizer shots available for expatriates and said that can "only be a first step," indicating that he hoped the vaccine's use could be expanded to the Chinese public.

China so far has approved only domestic vaccines, which use an OLDER technology that has typically proven LESS EFFECTIVE at preventing the spread of the disease than the BioNTech-Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

by Cat on Thu Dec 22nd, 2022 at 02:51:18 PM EST
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American sciences
"breakthrough vaccine" cases have exited the room; "immune-evasive characteristics" have entered the room: CBS News | BF.7: What to know about the Omicron COVID variant, 20 Dec
One subvariant, BF.7, has recently been identified as the main variant spreading in Beijing, and is contributing to a wider surge of COVID infections in CHINA. But what is this new variant, and should we be worried? Although reports from China about this variant's characteristics are concerning, it doesn't appear to be growing too much elsewhere in the world. Here's what we know.

BF.7, short for BA., is a sub-lineage of the Omicron variant BA.5. Reports from China indicate BF.7 has the strongest infection ability out of the Omicron subvariants in the country, being quicker to transmit than other variants, having a shorter incubation period, and with greater capacity to infect people who have had a previous COVID infection, or been vaccinated, or both.
BF.7 around the world

BF.7 has been detected in several other countries around the world including India, the U.S., the UK and several European countries such as Belgium, Germany, France[,] and Denmark. Despite BF.7's immune-evasive characteristics, and worrying signs about its growth in CHINA, the variant seems to be remaining fairly steady elsewhere. For example, in the US it was estimated to account for 5.7% of infections up to Dec. 10, down from 6.6% the week prior.

CDC Nowcast projections* for the week ending October 22, 2022, estimate that the combined national proportion of lineages designated as Omicron will continue to be 100%. There are eight sublineages designated as Omicron: BA.5, BA.4.6, BQ.1, BQ.1.1, BF.7, BA.2.75, BA.2.75.2 and BA.4. The predominant Omicron lineage is BA.5, projected to be 62.2% (95% PI 57.8-66.3%). ... [NOWCAST, 24.09.22-24.12.22]
While the UK Health Security Agency [UKHSA] identified BF.7 as one of the most concerning variants in terms of both growth and neutralization data in a technical briefing published in October (it accounted for over 7% of cases at that time), the most recent briefing says BF.7 has been de-escalated [sic] due to reduced incidence and low growth rates in the UK.

We don't know exactly why the situation looks different in CHINA. BF.7's high R0 might be due in part to a low level of immunity in the Chinese population from previous infection, and possibly vaccination too. We should, of course, be cautious about the data from CHINA as it's based on reports, not peer-reviewed evidence yet.

peer-reviewed report
The Hill | In lieu of a COVID Commission, a new report exposes CDC failures, 23 Dec
Despite being in the spotlight, the CDC has yet to demonstrate any improvement in stopping recurring waves of COVID, nor has it generated confidence that it can prevent either monkeypox or RSV. Worse, there is concern that mRNA vaccines may be tied to fatal adverse effects. If so, the question of why the Food and Drug Administration and CDC did not require randomized clinical trials for the most recent COVID boosters to establish safety will be hard to avoid.

Thankfully, an extraordinary effort by Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), who chairs the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, may have provided the nation with the next best thing to a commission report. Last week, committee staff delivered a remarkably comprehensive report, 242 pages long, on the government's response to COVID-19. Its title gives up the game: "Historically Unprepared."
Peters' report tells that the CDC had no pre-existing research relevant to developing a COVID test; no stockpile of PPE supplies or plan for distributing them; was uninformed regarding supply chain issues relating to therapeutic drugs and had no sense of the nation's hospitals' capacity to treat COVID victims. Further, it resisted help from private sector laboratories to develop testing. The simplest epidemiological reasoning about Americans at most risk, thinking that guided Britain's focus on first [LOL!] protecting those over 65 with relevant co-morbidities, was missing in the CDC's ["]thinking["].

D. Repatriation
U.S. law requires the Secretary of State to develop and implement policies and programs to provide for the safe and efficient evacuation of U.S. government personnel, their dependents, and private citizens when their lives are endangered. Between January 17 and June 10, 2020, the United States repatriated approximately 100,000 American citizens and 6,000 State Department employees and family members from more than 160 countries and dozens of cruise ships from around the world. [p 110]
Peters, a Democrat, is hard on President TRUMP. The president's daily commentary offered little comfort and, more than once, useless, even dangerous, advice. Consider, however, the president was bound to rely on the CDC, an agency that consistently failed to provide him or the public with timely and accurate advice on the nature of the virus or steps that might contain its spread. Dr. Anthony FAUCI, the government's official spokesperson, promoted a constantly changing list of largely ineffective actions. Sanitizing grocery carts did not slow COVID's spread and some studies say social distancing didn't help[, "self-isolation," "lockdowns",] and masking with up to three masks(!) might not have either.
by Cat on Fri Dec 23rd, 2022 at 05:30:31 PM EST
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cause of death: from COVID-19 or with COVID-19?
morbidity and mortality: imputed "excess deaths" or comorbidity?
immunity: natural, herd, or pharmaceutical?
std of care: active, inert, or recombinant antigen?
R0 model: computed or cultured?
pathogenesis: loss or gain of function?
clinical ID: syptomatic or asymptomatic?
NPI: authoritarian or voluntary?
industry prognosis: death, union, or birth?

DW | China stops publishing COVID-19 data amid rise in infections

China has reported zero COVID-19 deaths for the last four days. A British based health data firm estimated that there are nearly 5,000 deaths a day in China from COVID-19.
JHU China:841,276 28-day, 4,396,286 cases, 16,717 deaths a/o 25.12.22
WHO China: 10,167,676 cases, 31,1585 deaths a/o 13.12.22
China will no longer publish daily figures of COVID-19 cases or deaths, the country's National Health Commission (NHC) [24.12.2] said Sunday [China Daily 25.12.22, Global Times 25.12.22]. The NHC did not give any explanation for changing a policy which had begun in 2020.

"Relevant COVID-19 information will be published by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention for reference and research," the commission said in a statement.
Last week, a British based health data firm called Airfinity [27.11.22] estimated that China is witnessing more than a million infections and nearly 5,000 deaths a day. Despite the steep surge in infections, the NHC reported zero COVID-19 deaths in China for the last four consecutive days.

Cai, et al. "Modeling transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron in China", 10.05.22, illustrated

Having adopted a dynamic zero-COVID strategy to respond to SARS-CoV-2 variants with higher transmissibility since August 2021, China is now considering whether, and for how long, this policy can remain in place. The debate has thus shifted towards the identification of mitigation strategies for minimizing disruption to the healthcare system in the case of a nationwide epidemic. To this aim, we developed an age-structured stochastic compartmental susceptible-latent-infectious-removed-susceptible model of SARS-CoV-2 transmission calibrated on the initial growth phase for the 2022 Omicron outbreak in Shanghai, to project COVID-19 burden (that is, number of cases, patients requiring hospitalization and intensive care, and deaths) under hypothetical mitigation scenarios. ...

Impossible to track COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 cases in China have become impossible to track  ever since the end of testing mandates.

In late November, when cases suddenly rose, the NHC stopped reporting asymptomatic infections, making it harder to quantify the outbreak. Chinese authorities have also narrowed the medical definition of a COVID death -- counting only those deaths caused from COVID-19 related pneumonia or respiratory failure. Experts believe that this was done to suppress the number of fatalities attributable to the virus. Beijing [!] has been routinely accused of downplaying the gravity of the COVID-19 situation in the country.
China's health care system under enormous strain
Crematorium workers interviewed by AFP reported an unusually high influx of bodies.
'Biggest fake statistics manufacturing office'

People in China have greeted the NHC's latest move to halt data, with cynicism.

"Finally, they are waking up and realizing they can't fool people anymore," wrote one user on the social networking site Weibo. Another user said that "This was the best and biggest fake statistics manufacturing office in the country."

The World Health Organization (WHO) has not received any data from China since Beijing eased its restriction in early December.

archived "Sick man of Asia"?, NextStrain, Big Shrug Live With It
by Cat on Sun Dec 25th, 2022 at 05:55:36 PM EST
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"'You are fully vaccinated even if you haven't gotten your booster yet. The definition of fully vaccinated does not include a COVID-19 booster,' the CDC guidance reads. 'Fully vaccinated, however, is not the same as having the best protection.'"
by Cat on Sun Dec 25th, 2022 at 06:54:03 PM EST
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US to impose new restrictions on travelers from China amid COVID outbreaks, 28 Dec
Beginning Jan. 5, all air passengers at least 2 years old originating from China will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test no more than two days before their departure from China, Hong Kong[,] or Macau.
Airlines must confirm the COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from all passengers before they board. Passengers who tested positive more than 10 days before the flight can provide documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in lieu of a negative test result.
Officials said the United States has offered the Chinese government vaccines as well as other support for COVID-19, but have been rebuffed....
Nearly half of passengers from China to Milan have COVID: Italian officials
Italy will begin testing all new arrivals from China and sequencing the tests for new variants amid China's surge in COVID-19 cases, Italy's health minister said on Wednesday.

"The measure is essential to ensure surveillance and detection of possible variants of the virus in order to protect the Italian population," Italian Health Minister Orazio Schillaci said....

by Cat on Wed Dec 28th, 2022 at 09:36:30 PM EST
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APsplain EU doesn't follow Italy with COVID checks on China arrivals, 29 Dec
the [EC] said the BF7 ["short for BA."] omicron variant prevalent in China was already circulating in Europe and that its threat had not significantly grown.
Italian Premier Giorgia [Mussolini] on Thursday increased pressure on the EU to join Italy's approach. She said requiring COVID tests of all passengers from China "is only effective if it is taken at the European level," noting that many arrive in Italy on connecting flights through other European countries.
After strict travel restrictions at the height of the pandemic, the EU returned to a pre-pandemic system of free travel [?] this fall, but member nations agreed that an "emergency brake" could be activated at short notice to meet an unexpected challenge.

"At a scientific level, there is no reason at this stage to reimpose specific border controls," Professor Brigitte Autran, a vaccines expert for France's health ministry, told Radio Classique on Thursday....

NY Post OpEd | China's COVID SURGE is spreading -- with good and very bad news for The World Economy, 29 Dec wut
This makes it all too likely that in much the same way as in [2008-]2020 the Federal Reserve turned on the monetary-policy spigots and the US government engaged in its largest peacetime budget stimulus on record in response to the COVID-induced economic recession, the Chinese government will do the same [?!] in response to its new COVID economic crisis. Lower interest rates could further weaken the Chinese currency and < wipes tears > encourage Chinese capital flight.
The good news for the rest of the world economy is that with China the globe's largest consumer of internationally traded commodities, its renewed COVID outbreak could mean lower commodity prices [?!] in general and lower international oil prices [?!] in particular.

Another way the Chinese pandemic might ease world inflationary [?!] pressures is that it could result in lower [?!] Chinese export prices. This would especially be the case should China's COVID-induced slowdown lead to lower domestic prices [?!] and a weaker currency.  

The bad news is that China's renewed COVID-related economic problems could deliver a body blow to an already fragile world economy in a number of ways. As Apple has recently warned, China's economic troubles could cause renewed supply-chain disruptions that could curtail production. Meanwhile, reduced Chinese import demand might be very problematic, especially for China's Asian trade partners, while lower international commodity prices could accelerate [?!] the pace of emerging-market debt defaults.

archived TRUMP bars foreigners coming from China for now over virus fears, Virus rattles [California] Chinese communities, "We've got tremendous expertise", China virus could bring jobs back to US
by Cat on Thu Dec 29th, 2022 at 04:32:12 PM EST
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VOA | Indonesia to Produce COVID Vaccine for Its Own Exclusive Use, July 2020
"State-owned Bio Farma, the only vaccine maker in Indonesia, teamed up with Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech in early June. Mukti added that Bio Farma could conduct trials in the second half of next year."

WHO | Indonesia received the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility, Mar 2021

This ["1,113,600 dose"] shipment is part of the 11 million doses allocated to Indonesia under the COVAX Facility that will continue to arrive until May 2021....This quantity will contribute to Indonesia's target of vaccinating 181 million people, prioritising health workers, frontline workers, older adults and vulnerable population....
RFA | More Than 80 Percent of Indonesia's Vaccine Supply Comes From China, Sep 2021
"Over all, Indonesia has received 273 million doses of vaccines from a variety of drug makers worldwide, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Friday. These include doses produced by Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Janssen."

Reuters | Indonesia approves first home-grown COVID vaccine for emergency use, Sep 2022
"The ["patent-free"] Indovac vaccine has been developed by Indonesia's state-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma and the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development at Baylor College of Medicine...."

APsplainin how Indonesia lifts all COVID curbs, shifts to endemic approach, 30 Dec 2022

During the pandemic, instead of implementing a nationwide lockdown, his administration applied two systems: PSBB, which refers to large-scale social restrictions, and then ["four-level"] PPKM, a tiered system to curb public mobility. Both policies were critical in the government's pandemic response.
In July, researchers with the Health Ministry and the University of Indonesia examined blood samples from 20,501 individuals in 100 cities across the archipelago and found that 98.5% of the respondents had antibodies against the virus, due to either vaccination or past infection.
Indonesia confirmed 552 daily cases and 10 deaths from COVID-19 on Friday. Over all, the country has had more than 6.7 million infections—the second highest in Southeast Asia behind Viet Nam. ... However, scientists' data indicated that the number of deaths may be much higher than what has been reported because those who died with acute COVID-19 symptoms but had not been confirmed or tested were not counted in the official death figure....
Politico.eu.com  Italy finds no new COVID variants among Chinese visitors so far, 30 Dec
"Of 30 cases we are sequencing, the first 15 are all Omicron, which is already present in Italy. So, for right now, it's quite reassuring."

archived endeminicty, TabloidUSA epidemiologist, Herd immunity to what?, Thu Oct 7th, 2021, Mon Aug 16th, 2021, Tue Dec 29th, 2020, Tue Oct 27th, 2020

by Cat on Fri Dec 30th, 2022 at 03:55:36 PM EST
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HOLD THE PHONE | COVID variant XBB.1.5 now accounts for 40 percent of cases in the US: CDC
30 Dec Big Data universl BA. errata
The XBB.1.5 omicron subvariant as of this week has pushed out the BQ.1 and the BQ.1.1 subvariants from their previous positions as the most detected coronavirus mutations, according to surveillance conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The XBB subvariant, from which XBB.1.5 descends, is a recombinant of two subvariants that descended from the BA.2 omicron subvariant. That means it carries genetic data from two versions of the coronavirus that originated from the BA.2 subvariant.
The omicron subvariants XBB and XBB.1 were first identified in < wipes tears > India. Some scientists, including Scripps Research Institute professor of molecular medicine Eric Topol [!], have put forward the possibility that XBB.1.5 could have mutated in New York.
R0 morbidity and mortality 24-hr positivity flight path story developing ...
by Cat on Sat Dec 31st, 2022 at 06:57:34 PM EST
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Toi M. sez
Y'all please be mindful when ur sick. I never get sick. My coworker came to work all week with Covid. I woke up feeling horrible. Went to my doctors office and I am Covid positive.  Don't be inconsiderate! STAY HOME if ur sick. I'm out here trying to help me and other ppl now I'm out. Stay home!
Judy G. Hewitt replies
where i work  you show up no matter what !! the only time is when you call in dead!!!!
by Cat on Sat Dec 31st, 2022 at 09:06:17 PM EST
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energy.gov | Filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve: evolution from open market purchase (1977-1996) to royalty in-kind tax on domestic offshore producters (1998-2022)
EIA | U.S Ending Stocks of Crude Oil in SPR, Oct 1977-Sep 2022, from 2M bbl to 416M bbl; max 726M, 2011; 2022 CYE 316M bbl
• 2006 SPR PROCEDURES FOR THE ACQUISITION OF CRUDE OILroyalty in-kind and exchange prix fixe contracts
President Biden to Announce New Actions to Strengthen U.S. Energy Security, Encourage Production, and Bring Down Costs, 18 Oct
...The Administration is announcing its intent to use SPR repurchases to add to global crude oil demand at times when the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil is at or below about $67 to $72 per barrel....
President Biden Announces Release from the SPR As Part of Ongoing Efforts to Lower Prices and Address Lack of Supply Around the World, 23 Nov

Biden adviser calls investor refusal to ramp up shale drilling 'un-American', 11 Dec

by Cat on Mon Dec 12th, 2022 at 03:19:11 PM EST
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(D7 after the Price Cap Coalition fatwa)

MEANWHILE speculators try to time the market of pump 'n' dump ideers
oilprice | OPEC ["]Misses["] Production Quota By 310,000 Bpd, 9 Dec FAIL

But that's still 1.81 million barrels per day short of its quota for November. November's quota was a reduction of 2 million barrels per day off October levels, although it was understood at the time that the group might not be able to reach even that reduced target.

Non-OPEC members of the OPEC+ group faired better than the ["]traditional["] OPEC members, raising the combined output by 460,000 bpd--an eight-month high, according to Argus [!]. Most of those increases came from Kazakstan, which saw a 330,000 bpd production increase, and Russia's production, which saw an increase of 190,000 bpd after restarting Sakhalin 1 [ESPO, SOKOL].

archived (OPEC+ ceiling - 3M) - 2M, WORLDWIDE (price discovery)
by Cat on Mon Dec 12th, 2022 at 05:14:38 PM EST
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The production declines were led by Saudi Arabia, which saw its output reduced by 440,000 bpd.

The biggest ["]laggards["] among the broader OPEC+ group now, according to Argus [!], are Russia, producing 670,000 bpd under target [FKA max production quota]; Nigeria, producing 530,000 bpd under target, Angola, producing 350,000 bpd under target, and Malaysia, producing 170,000 under target.

The members of the group that met or exceeded their production target are Oman, Kazakhstan, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, UAE, Algeria, and Gabon.

Overall, ["]Non-OPEC["] members under produced by 92,000 bpd, while OPEC members part of the quotas under produced by 90,000 bpd.

Crude oil prices have fallen substantially this week, prompting some to forecast that the OPEC+ group could cut [BWAH!] oil production to prop up crude prices. Brent crude was set to finish out the week more than $10 under this time last week--well below what most analysts suspect is OPEC's ["]price defense trigger["].

NB. BRENT starts the w/o 17 Dec FUTURES at $77/bbl "well-above" OPEC+ daily

Subsidarity is not well understood.

OPEC (1960 FTA): IR, IQ, KW, NG, SA, VZ, LY, AE, DZ, AO, GQ, CG, GA; PLUS OM*, s-SS*, SS*, BN*, RU*, MX*, AZ*, KZ*, MY*, BH*, EC*, ID*, QA*

by Cat on Mon Dec 12th, 2022 at 05:42:27 PM EST
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Sputnik | Biden Admin. to Start Refilling US Oil Reserve With 3Mln Barrels Purchase in February, 16 Dec SPR in-kind exchange
"[The DOE] has a requirement to conduct a purchase of up to three (3) million barrels of United States produced sour crude oil" the document said on Friday. "The delivery period is February 1, 2023, to February 28, 2023."
As of Friday [16 Dec], the price of crude, determined by global benchmark Brent, hovered at under $80 per barrel. US crude oil [WTI] itself traded at under $75 a barrel, after hitting $130 in March. [...] Media reports on Friday said the Biden administration was also planning to loan out about 2 million barrels from the [SPR] to energy companies to relieve a temporary shortage of supply caused by the shutdown of the Canada-to-US oil pipeline, Keystone, last week. Under that arrangement, companies are simply to return later the crude they draw from the reserve to relieve any supply crunches.

This week's rally in oil came amid the closure of the 622,000 barrel-per-day Keystone pipeline carrying Canadian heavy crude to the US Gulf Coast of Mexico.
Canada's TC Energy Corp shut the 622,000 barrel-per-day Keystone pipeline on December 8 after finding a leak at the Kansas point of the line. Subsequently, an oil spill of nearly 600,000 barrels into a Kansas creek was detected, constituting what officials say was the largest US oil spill in nearly a decade.

DOE | FY23 Winter Oil Purchase 3MMB Request for Proposal
by Cat on Fri Dec 16th, 2022 at 06:58:19 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Dec 18th, 2022 at 11:59:22 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Dec 21st, 2022 at 05:18:03 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Dec 22nd, 2022 at 04:25:47 PM EST
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Глава МВД: против Литвы ведется гибридная война, но ситуация управляемая | Delphi Ukraine - June 2021 |

Interior Minister: a hybrid war is being waged against Lithuania, but the situation is manageable

Advisor to the President of Lithuania Asta Skaisgirytė and Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite claim that Belarus is waging a hybrid war with Lithuania and is putting pressure on it.

Recently, the Belarusian regime has significantly increased the hybrid pressure on our country, one of the signs of such pressure is the increase in the number of illegal migrants," Skaisgirite said.

In addition, the process of installing tracking systems at the border has been accelerated. Now they cover 38% of the border with Belarus. In 2022, they plan to complete the installation of these systems on the entire border.

According to the SOGGS, about 250 migrants, mostly citizens of Iraq, tried to enter Lithuania from Belarus this year. This is 3 times more than in the whole of 2020.

At the end of May, Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarus had so far stopped "drugs and migrants" at the border with Lithuania, and after the reaction to the plane landing in Minsk and new sanctions, it would no longer do this.

"Now you will eat and catch them yourself," he said.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 22nd, 2022 at 05:37:51 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Dec 25th, 2022 at 06:40:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Dec 26th, 2022 at 01:33:21 PM EST
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"not my government"
by Cat on Wed Dec 21st, 2022 at 05:13:23 PM EST
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Right on!

My opening of new diary today with some context ...

Biden: Iran Nuclear Deal Is Dead

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 21st, 2022 at 06:44:17 PM EST
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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh went to CPAC boss Matt Schlapp's holiday party, which Trump ally Stephen Miller and Rep. Matt Gaetz also attended: report

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 14th, 2022 at 09:04:11 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Dec 3rd, 2022 at 12:07:07 PM EST
courthousenews | ICC prosecutor pushes back on special tribunal for war crimes in Ukraine, 5 Dec
"We should avoid fragmentation, and instead focus on consolidation," Karim Khan told reporters, following his address before the Assembly of States Parties, an annual meeting of countries that have signed on to the Rome Statute, which created the ICC in 2002.
The Hague-based ICC is already looking into possible war crimes and genocide, crimes for which it does have jurisdiction. The court moved forward with an investigation in March, just days after the full-scale invasion of Ukraine began in February. It had already been probing possible crimes in Ukraine since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea.
Khan also said that his office was keen to do more in Ukraine and in other conflict regions, but was hampered by a lack of resources. His office is juggling investigations in 16 countries on a budget of 49.5 million euros ($52 million). By comparison, Khan said his previous office - the UN. Investigative Team for the Accountability of Islamic State, which only looked into crimes committed by the terrorits group in Iraq - had a budget of $30 million.

"We cannot be set up to fail," Khan said.

archived UN General Assembly adopts resolution, vdL creation of a specialized court,  ICC and thousands of ignored complaints, ICC's Struggle, Stand In for ICC, ICC ICJ coup, a plan to prosecute Putin, ICJ Order of 16 March, Statement of ICC Prosecutor, Karim A.A. Khan 5 Mar
by Cat on Mon Dec 5th, 2022 at 10:01:00 PM EST
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wut: "... Thousands of people across Europe have been involved in efforts to alleviate the suffering of Ukrainian civilians since Russia launched an invasion of its neighbour on 24 February."
by Cat on Mon Dec 5th, 2022 at 10:57:06 PM EST
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Sure, the French now have an app to signify them of incoming power cuts. The former state company has no problem admitting that people on breathing support are not considered a priority but that they should register themselves!
https://www.leparisien.fr/societe/sante/coupures-de-courant-les-patients-sous-respirateur-artificiel -ne-font-pas-partie-des-clients-prioritaires-06-12-2022-JJMBFCNMFFH67BMVJTLHCGOMJY.php
by Tom2 on Tue Dec 6th, 2022 at 12:41:00 PM EST
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free pot, crypto, and ukrainian-chinese uighurs
by Cat on Tue Dec 6th, 2022 at 01:13:49 PM EST
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The planned rolling blackouts can only be implemented, technically, at the urban district level (outputs from transformer stations). The idea of exemptions for individual consumers is a non-starter.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Dec 29th, 2022 at 08:31:16 AM EST
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Can Khan start the investigation of war crimes in Afghanistan in a decade of war by diverting funds the ICC undoubtedly will receive from the US-UK for the Ukraine war!

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 6th, 2022 at 05:41:55 AM EST
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Haaretz | Al Jazeera Files Lawsuit Against Israel at International Criminal Court Over Abu Akleh Killing, 6 Dec
While it remains unclear which individuals will be prosecuted, officials in Jerusalem believe that Al Jazeera aims to ratchet up international pressure on Israel over Abu Akleh's killing, even if no Israeli leaders are ultimately charged.

Addressing a Knesset conference on Tuesday, outgoing Prime Minister Yair Lapid said that "nobody will investigate IDF soldiers, preach morality on warfare, and certainly not Al Jazeera."

aljazeera | Al Jazeera takes the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh to the ICC
'A wider pattern'
The request includes a dossier on a comprehensive six-month investigation by Al Jazeera that gathers all available eyewitness evidence and video footage, as well as new material on the killing of Abu Akleh.
'Hold killers accountable'
In 2021, the ICC decided it has jurisdiction over the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory. Al Jazeera's submission requests the killing of Abu Akleh become part of this wider investigation.
aljazeera | Why is Al Jazeera taking killed journalist case to the ICC?
In a statement issued on Thursday, the network said it had formed an international coalition that consists of its legal team along with international experts, and is preparing a dossier on the killing of Abu Akleh for submission to the ICC prosecutor....Moreover, the Qatar-based network also announced it would ask the court to investigate the Israeli bombing "and total destruction" of Al Jazeera's office in Gaza in May 2021, during Israel's 11-day assault on Gaza.
In its statement on Thursday, the network said according to Article 8 of the ICC charter, "targeting war correspondents, or journalists working in war zones or occupied territories by killing or physically assaulting them, is a war crime".
ICC | Investigations | Situation® in the State of Palestine
"Focus: Crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court that are alleged to have been committed in the Situation® reference is made in the Referral of the Situation® to the Office of the Prosecutor...."
by Cat on Tue Dec 6th, 2022 at 06:41:52 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 6th, 2022 at 10:47:50 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 6th, 2022 at 10:49:00 PM EST
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jns.org | UN to commemorate Palestinian 'Nakba,' the catastrophe of Israel's [?!] creation, 1 Dec Palestine's destruction
The sponsors of the initiative included Egypt, Jordan and ["]the Palestinians["], and passed by a vote of 90 in favor to 30 against, with 47 abstentions.

Abraham Accords signatories the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco[,] and Sudan all voted in favor. Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, the United Kingdom[,] and the United States were among the [30] countries that voted against.
The vote came a day after Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan inaugurated an exhibit highlighting the expulsion of Jews from Middle East countries, calling the story of these Jewish refugees the "real Nakba."

press.un.org | Adopting 5 Middle East Texts, General Assembly Calls for Credible Talks on Final Status Issues, Israel to Cease Actions Aimed at Altering Occupied Palestinian Territory, 30 Nov
The General Assembly adopted five resolutions today, four by recorded vote, on the questions of Palestine and the Middle East, including a text that called on Israel to cease all actions contrary to international law [FKA apartheid, racism, genocide, aggression, violence against women, and ICRC war crimes] that are aimed at altering the demographic composition, character[,] and status  of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  

Through the terms of the resolution titled "Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine", the Assembly called for an immediate halt to all settlement activities, land confiscation and home demolitions, for the release of prisoners and for an end to arbitrary arrests and detentions.  It also stressed the need to urgently exert collective efforts to launch credible negotiations on all final status issues and for intensified efforts by the parties towards a just, lasting peace in the Middle East based on relevant United Nations resolutions, including Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), the Madrid terms of reference, the Arab Peace Initiative[,] and the Quartet road map.

by Cat on Wed Dec 7th, 2022 at 11:59:33 AM EST
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courthousenews | International Criminal Court makes governance meeting off limits to striking lawyers, 9 Dec "women and minorities" irony
If she had been working for the prosecution, Lena Casiez would have enjoyed four months of maternity leave. But as a legal assistant for a defense team at the International Criminal Court [ICC], Casiez worked until five days before she went into labor and returned to the office immediately after the birth.
misplaced precision
ICC staff enjoy a variety of perks including paid time off, a comfortable pension, parental leave and even a biyearly [sic] paid trip to visit one's homeland. But defense counsel and even many who support the victims [?] of war crimes and genocide have no such benefits. They work without employment contracts [!], sick leave, vacation time or even protection from harassment.

"This is a human rights issue  for us, but also [?] a fair trial rights issue for our clients," Sara Pedroso, one of the defense lawyers at The Hague-based court, said in an interview Thursday as she stood with some 20 others in the cold rain outside of the conference center where the court's governing body, the Assembly of States Parties, was holding its annual meeting. Many defense defendants' and victims' counsel [?!] wanted to attend the annual meeting of countries who are involved in the ICC but were informed with less than 24 hours' notice that they would not be allowed inside.

If not victims of war crimes and genocide, who do ICC prosecutors represent?
No answer

Like the defense lawyers, 33 support staff from both defense teams and those representing victims sent a letter to the registrar in early September that requested the same contracts available to their prosecution counterparts. Letters were also sent from the teams of several defendants, including Alfred Yékatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona, [Lord's Resistance Army] militia leaders from the Central African Republic who are charged with murder, torture[,] and the destruction of religious sites.

"I support my team," Yékatom told his lead lawyer Mylène Dimitri when she explained the situation. Dimitri has already lost two staffers because of the working conditions. "I can't effectively represent my client without these people," she told Courthouse News. Casiez, who gave birth in the lead-up to the trial's opening, wrote motions while breastfeeding [!] her 1-month-old.

by Cat on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 02:25:16 PM EST
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courthousenews | Cristina Fernández de Kirchner sentenced to 6 years in prison for corruption, 6 Dec "life ban from public office", and double jeopardy
The vice president has strongly questioned the validity of the case, stating that the charges were brought up in a previous case in Santa Cruz and that she couldn't be tried twice for the same fact. The Supreme Court rejected the argument in June, stating that the "double criminal prosecution is not compromised since, as the appellant herself maintains, she was not a party to the proceedings in the local court."
Paul Singer's revenge
by Cat on Wed Dec 7th, 2022 at 06:34:14 PM EST
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thecradle.co | Ned Price Fan club, 7 Dec
quoting "longstanding objections to the ICC's investigation into the Palestinian situation[,] and the position the ICC should focus on its core mission, and that core mission of serving as a court of last resort and punishing and deterring atrocity crimes."

thecradle.co | EU suspends intelligence cooperation agreement with Israel, 7 Dec
"The draft agreement was initially finalized in September of this year to facilitate the transfer of information between the EU and the Israeli authorities to combat potential terror activities. The draft was signed but never received full approval from the EU, most likely due to its dissatisfaction with Israel's incoming government's policies towards the Palestinian territories."

by Cat on Wed Dec 7th, 2022 at 08:53:02 PM EST
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• Congress impeaches Castillo
• Pedro Castillo orders congress dissolved, declares "gobierna de emergencia
• Council ministers resign
• Judiciary, Peru AF, Police, US Embassy denounce "extra-constitutional" action
• State atty files criminal complaint
• National Police arrest Castillo
Dina Boluarte succeeds to President of the Republic of Peru
7 Dec 2022
by Cat on Wed Dec 7th, 2022 at 10:55:42 PM EST
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RPP | Ministro de Defensa anuncia "el cese de todos los prefectos nivel nacional" ante agudización de manifestaciones, 12 Dec
The Minister of Defense, Alberto Otárola , announced that this Monday the government of Dina Boluarte will dismiss all the prefects appointed during the administration of Pedro Castillo . This, after the head of the Interior, César Cervantes , announced yesterday that prefects who encourage the population to commit acts of violence will be removed from office....
RPP | Protests in Peru: They demand the closure of congress and advancement of elections in various regions, LIVE updates
Tras la asunción de Dina Boluarte como presidenta, ciudadanos en varias regiones se han levantando en contra y exigen nuevas elecciones generales. Las protestas han dejado 2 fallecidos y varios heridos.
F24 | Protesters block Peru airport despite president's proposal to bring forward elections, 12 Dec
Peru's new President Dina Boluarte gave in to protesters' demands early Monday, announcing in a nationally televised address that she would send Congress a proposal to move up elections after thousands of protesters again took to the streets demanding she resign.
But Boluarte's announcement did not placate protesters. Hours after her address, demonstrators blocked access to an international airport in southern Peru and occupied its runway.

Boluarte said she would propose general elections for April 2024 - a reversal of her earlier assertion that she should remain president for the remaining 3 1/2 years of her predecessor's term....

by Cat on Mon Dec 12th, 2022 at 06:31:08 PM EST
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AP | Peru judge denies ousted leader Pedro Castillo's jail appeal, 13 Dec (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
Supreme Court Judge Cesar San Martin Castro's decision could further inflame violent protests across the country ...Later this week, prosecutors plan to seek Castillo's continued detention for up to three years.
The protests have been particularly violent outside Peru's capital, Lima. The Ombudsman's Office of Peru reported Monday that seven people had died since the demonstrations began Wednesday, including five on Monday. All seven happened in rural, impoverished communities -- strongholds for Castillo, a political neophyte and former schoolteacher of peasant roots.
Attorney Ronaldo Atencio, speaking for Castillo's legal team, argued that he didn't raise weapons or organize people capable of overturning the existing government, as Peruvian law requires for someone to be charged with rebellion. He also said Castillo doesn't present a flight risk, and never sought asylum from Mexico, as confirmed by the Mexican ambassador.
multipolarista.com | Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia back Peru's President Castillo, condemn 'anti-democratic harassment', 13 Dec Honduras, too
Castillo was overthrown in a coup d'etat on December 7, led by the infamously corrupt right-wing opposition that controls Peru's unicameral congress, which has an approval rating of between 7% and 11%.
"Our governments call on all actors involved in the previous process to prioritize the citizens' will that was expressed at the ballot box," they wrote, adding, "We urge those who make up the institutions to refrain from reversing the popular will expressed by the free vote." In other words, they called for recognizing Castillo as the only democratic, constitutional president of Peru.
by Cat on Tue Dec 13th, 2022 at 10:44:55 PM EST
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The Hill | Venezuelan opposition strips Guaidó of 'presidential' ROLE, 31 Dec
on Friday [30 Dec], DOZENS of politicians who once backed Guaidó voted in favor of removing the 39-year-old engineer and replacing his [Canadian-]U.S.-supported "interim government" with a committee to oversee presidential primaries next year and protect the nation's assets [!] abroad.

The vote reflects a changing balance of power within the opposition, which is trying to find new ways to connect with voters ahead of the nation's 2024 presidential election. Three of Venezuela's four main opposition parties backed the proposal to remove Guaidó, who was supported only by his own Popular Will party. After the vote, Guaidó [ironically] said the move would create a "power vacuum" that could encourage more foreign nations to recognize the [elected] Maduro administration.

In a poll taken by Venezuela's Andres Bello University in November, only 6% of Venezuelans said they would vote for Guaidó[,] if he participated in presidential primaries next year[,] while a few other opposition leaders got bigger numbers [?].

Guaidó's influence has also diminished since late 2020, when [some delegates in the] National Assembly that elected him as interim president was [sic] replaced by new legislators chosen in elections boycotted [again] by opposition parties.

[Those] members of the 2015 National Assembly are now in exile, but they continue to claim to be Venezuela's legitimate legislative branch and hold online meetings in which they make decisions on issues involving the "interim government."

On Friday, 72 of the 109 former legislators who participated in the online session voted in favor of a measure calling for replacing Guaidó's interim administration with a committee made up of several opposition leaders.

by Cat on Sat Dec 31st, 2022 at 06:38:12 PM EST
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TeleSur | Venezuela: Non-Existent Figure of Interim Government Eliminated, 30 Dec
The National Assembly, elected in 2015, no longer in force, but which held the non-existent figure of "interim president," had a meeting with members of the opposition in which they approved the proposal with 72 votes in favor, 29 against and eight abstentions.
The former opposition deputy Guaidó proclaimed himself "interim president" of the country, a non-existent figure in the Venezuelan Constitution, in January 2019 and was supported mainly by the Government of the United States and its allies.

In addition, Venezuelan Government authorities have denounced on several occasions acts of corruption in which Guaidó and other opponents, such as fugitives from justice Leopoldo López, have been involved in appropriating State resources.

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by Cat on Sat Dec 31st, 2022 at 09:14:27 PM EST
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Tajikistan: free u*ghur evacuation, immigration, deportation, extradition edition

eaurasia.net | The case against China at the ICC, 12 Aug

Rodney Dixon QC, lawyer for victims of Chinese repression in Xinjiang, speaks with Eurasianet about seeking justice at the International Criminal Court [ICC] and how [sovereignty of] Central Asian countries are vulnerable.
Rodney Dixon QC, a lawyer working on behalf of Uyghur exiles, is basing his argument on precedent established by the ICC in the late 2010s and related to the treatment of Rohingya [!] people who fled Myanmar for Bangladesh, a party to the Rome Statute.

Dixon's team has collected evidence from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan[,] and Uzbekistan. The recent leak of the Xinjiang Police Files - a cache of incriminating documents obtained in a hack of Chinese government databases - also helps the case, as does testimony from Ovalbek Turdakun, a Chinese-born ethnic Kyrgyz [wut] man who recently fled Kyrgyzstan, where he faced deportation to China.

Eurasianet spoke with Dixon by phone. This transcript has been edited for clarity.
EN: What are the precedents you are citing?
RD: The Myanmar-Bangladesh case is the key one we are relying upon. There, the Judges of the Court found that when an essential element of a crime occurs in ICC territory [sic], then the Court has jurisdiction over the whole crime. So in that case where persons were deported from Myanmar (a non-ICC State Party) into Bangladesh, which is signed up to the ICC, the Court held that it has jurisdiction. We are relying upon that precedent in our case.

EN: Could you walk us through how Tajikistan appears in your argument?
RD: So Tajikistan is an ICC State Party, which gives the Court jurisdiction. The evidence shows that Chinese officials and operatives are coming onto Tajikistan territory, which is ICC territory, and targeting, arresting, and deporting Uyghurs back into China.

So the crime [deportation] is beginning on ICC territory and continuing into China. The evidence shows that this is being ORCHESTRATED by Chinese officials. It also shows that officials from Tajikistan are informed of this and often directed by Chinese officials to take certain actions.

Our focus, however, our priority is the role that China and its officials are playing in TARGETING Uyghurs abroad, especially on ICC territory. We are asking the prosecution team to investigate Chinese officials. We must also be aware of what is happening in those countries, what Tajik and Kyrgyzstan officials are doing as well. But the focus is on Chinese officials given what happens in China when Uyghurs are brought back: they go to camps, they're
never heard from again[,] and we have no contact with them.
EN: As evidence you have said that the population of Uyghurs living in Tajikistan has fallen from 3,000 to about 100, mostly in 2016-2018 [18.03.19].

...The lengthy report said the government's efforts have curbed religious extremism but gave little evidence of what crimes had occurred. The far northwestern region is closed to outsiders, but former residents and activists abroad say mere expressions of Muslim identity are punished....
How do you collect those numbers and other evidence from Tajikistan?
RD: We have had investigators on the ground interviewing persons and gathering evidence and calculating those numbers. Those persons' identity is not public for security reasons. We've given that first-hand evidence gathered on the ground to the ICC.[...]
laprensalatina.com | Sweden's Supreme Court stops extradition of ["]journalist["] to Turkey, 19 Dec identity crisis
...Kenes is accused of participating in the failed coup attempt in Turkey in 2016 and of being one of the 54 journalists who allegedly have links to the group of Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who lives in the United States.

"Several obstacles" stood in the way of carrying out the extradition, one of which is that the charges Kenes are facing are not incriminating in Sweden, according to the top court.....

Daily Sabah | Türkiye summons French ambassador over YPG/PKK propaganda, 26 Dec free speech
...Thousands of terrorist sympathizers gathered at the central Place de la Republique on Saturday and marched to the Boulevard du Temple chanting pro-PKK slogans and carrying posters of the terrorist group's so-called leaders....
archived Sweden Unites in War on Terror, Turkish 'coup' convicts freed
by Cat on Mon Dec 26th, 2022 at 04:10:09 PM EST
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Sputnik | Creation of ECOWAS Regional Force 'Critical to Addressing Security Gaps', 6 Dec

According to David Kiwuwa, associate professor of international studies at the University of Nottingham, the primary motivation behind the creation of the ECOWAS regional peacekeeping force is to address the "security vacuum" in West Africa, which is facing "jihadist insurgency that affects multiple states, terrorism, domestic rebellions and unconstitutional regime change."
According to David Kiwuwa, associate professor of international studies at the University of Nottingham, the primary motivation behind the creation of the ECOWAS regional peacekeeping force is to address the "security vacuum" in West Africa, which is facing "jihadist insurgency that affects multiple states, terrorism, domestic rebellions and unconstitutional regime change."
ECOWAS | Mediation and Security Council meeting: regional security and humanitarian issues on the agenda, 30 Nov
Taking the floor during the opening of the session of the Mediation and Security Council, His Excellency Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, President of the ECOWAS Commission, stated that the regional security and humanitarian situation are today the greatest challenge to peace as well as economic, social and human advancement in West Africa... "Members of the Mediation and Security Council are urged to recommend additional measures and creative strategies to op-erationalise the 2020/2024 ECOWAS Plan of Action against terrorism, as well as intensify efforts on the mobilisation of internal and external resources; provide the necessary logistics and equipment to strengthen the operational capacity of the ECOWAS Standby Force, while taking a critical look at the option of its deployment to volatile areas to help fight terrorist groups," he stated....
by Cat on Tue Dec 6th, 2022 at 03:38:19 PM EST
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APsplainin how Biden aims to ["]narrow trust gap["] with US-Africa leaders summit, 11 Dec
In the lead-up to the three-day U.S-Africa Leaders Summit that begins Tuesday, Biden administration officials played down their increasing concern about the clout of China and Russia in Africa, which is home to more than 1.3 billion people. Instead, administration officials tried to put the focus on their efforts to improve cooperation with African leaders.
To that end, White House officials said that "major deliverables and initiatives" -- diplomatic speak for big announcements -- will be peppered throughout the meetings. The White House previewed one major summit announcement on Friday, saying that Biden would use the gathering to declare his support for adding the African Union as a permanent member of the Group of 20 [G20] nations.
archived The Bat Man: Kiss of Death
The administration has been disappointed that much of the continent has declined to follow the U.S. in condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but Biden is not expected to dwell on differences publicly.
"One of the unique aspects of this summit is the COLLATERAL DAMAGE that the Russian war has inflicted on Africa in terms of food supply and the diversion of development assistance to Ukraine. The OPPORTUNITY COSTS of the invasion [wut] have been very high in Africa," said John Stremlau, a visiting professor of international relations at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
archived World POWs COP27, World POWs G20 summit preppers, G7 concern trolls to starving Africans: Save the Date, SIDEBAR slava ukraini!

JCC | moar 'I have a dream' chart pr0n a/o 11 Dec

Not here, not anywhere: Zelensk* says Ukraine not to allow another famine, 26 Nov

This was stated by President Volodymyr Zelensk* of Ukraine during the International Summit of the Grain from Ukraine initiative, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

The head of state recalled that on the last Saturday of November, Ukraine commemorates the victims of the famines of 1921-1922, 1932-1933[,] and 1946-1947 is commemorated.... According to various estimates, from 4 to 8 million Ukrainians died during that artificial famine....

by Cat on Sun Dec 11th, 2022 at 06:44:16 PM EST
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whitehouse | Background Press Call on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, 8 Dec
MODERATOR:  Good morning, everyone.  This call will be on background for attribution to "senior administration officials." For awareness, not for reporting, on the line are [senior administration official] and [senior administration official].  The contents of the call will be embargoed until the conclusion of the call.
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: [Senior administration official], do you want to take that one?  Have we lost [senior administration official]?
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on December 13, 2022
Shenzhen TV: The Institute for Global Dialogue of South Africa recently issued a report entitled "The Biden Administration and Africa in a Changing Global Order: Towards the 2nd US-Africa Summit".
The election of Joe Biden, which made the Trump presidency a one-term administration, has had significant implications for the United States in how it manages its domestic agenda and its role in a changing geopolitical landscape. It has also impacted how the world views the US, even though the effects of the Trump administration and its various decisions on the global stage are likely to outlast his time in office and impact not only the Biden administration, but also subsequent occupants of the White House. It would thus be misguided to simply wish away the Trump presidency as though it was either an extreme anomaly or as if it simply did not happen. Indeed many of the policy positions taken during the Trump administration continue to be US foreign policy positions and have not been reversed within a polarised political landscape in Washington. This should shape how partners of the US set about creating a set of expectations for the Biden administration.
According to the report, "The US engagement largely seeks to counter China and Russia" in Africa and globally rather than take a tangible approach to addressing Africa's development challenges. Compared with the US's bullying diplomacy, "China has been eagerly welcomed by African countries because of its stance on non-interference in internal affairs and win-win approach to its relations with Africa." Do you have any comment on this?
Wang Wenbin: I have noted the report....
whitehouse | STATEMENT: Strengthening the U.S.-Africa Partnership in Space
"A number of U.S. companies have recently announced new investments in the U.S.-Africa partnership"
whitehouse | Executive Order on Establishing the President's Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement in the United States
"constituting the sixth region of the African Union"
whitehouse | FACT SHEET: U.S-Africa Partnership in Health Cooperation
"U.S. intensive health security investments and partnership across fourteen countries on the continent have yielded progress in biosafety and biosecurity capacity, zoonotic disease capacity, surveillance systems, national laboratory systems, emergency preparedness, and emergency response operations.  In 2021 alone, the United States and African nations tackled multiple outbreaks on the continent together, including COVID-19 and Ebola, effectively using the critical global health security improvements that these partnerships have advanced."
whitehouse | FACT SHEET: U.S-Africa Partnership in Supporting Conservation, Climate Adaptation and a Just Energy Transition
project finance
by Cat on Tue Dec 13th, 2022 at 07:57:40 PM EST
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US touts effort to build climate `early warning system' with African nations
"The U.S. uses space-based climate monitoring 'to help us understand our fire-prone regions, and how to contain damage and save lives and minimize economic losses,' [assist. sec. of State for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs Monic] Medina said."
US-hosted Africa summit opens with focus on youth, security
"Kamala Harris on Tuesday opened the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington by spotlighting Africa's youthful population -- making the case that the continent's demographics will inevitably lead it to become a key global player in the decades to come."
'There Must Be More Room for Africa,' Leader of African Union Says: Ruth Maclean interviews Macky Sall...in Dakar, Senegal
What can the United States offer Africa that other partners -- like China, Russia or Turkey -- can't, and vice versa?

What, for example, China does that the West does not do in Africa is -- it's one of the few countries that funds basic infrastructure. Roads, railways, major infrastructure. The other [Western] countries did it for a long time, but 30 years ago, they stopped, and now the focus is on financing software, governance, defense, gender. Education and health too. Financing vaccines, health and education is an excellent thing. But at the same time, Africa needs roads, railways, energy.

When it comes to Ukraine < wipes tears > do you think that world powers [Price Cap Coalition] are asking African countries to pick sides? And you have yourself spoken to Vladimir Putin; how do you think this war could end?

This war must end. For us Africans, that's the most important thing, not aligning ourselves behind Russia or Ukraine -- even if we've said that countries' borders must be respected.

With President Zelensky [last week], I spoke at length about [the initiative] Grain from Ukraine [2Q2023 !]. We told him, `That's a great thing. We will continue to work with you. But talk, agree to a cease-fire, work for peace.'

by Cat on Tue Dec 13th, 2022 at 11:35:56 PM EST
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Africas Relations with the US under Biden, problem recognition n+1
The Big Tech companies control a significant amount of digital data created in Africa which has facilitated their domination of the digital services market. The data that is produced and generated by millions of Africans on the platforms of the big tech companies is used to create artificial intelligence products that generate billions of dollars for the companies while the millions of Africans who generate the data do not profit anything. Hence, Africa is caught up in a biased and inequitable global data economy where its citizens and businesses supply the raw data that is captured, processed, and monetized by the US companies with little by way of economic gain flowing to African countries. This relationship resembles the 20th century economic relations between the Global North and the Global South whereby the latter supplied raw materials such as coal, tobacco, rubber, cocoa, and crude oil among others which fed the former's industries where value was added to the raw materials. Thus, the western countries accumulated immense wealth at the expense of the developing countries' raw materials.[47-48]
D1 US State "sixth region" summit recap PLUS YouTube D3 LIVE stream link

todaynewsAfrica | US-Africa Leaders Summit roundup, 14 Dec
• US-Africa Business (USABF) Forum, topics
• Summit Schedule, closed and open sessions
• META, TWTR influencers
• Blinken readouts, statements, Fact Sheets
U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit - Day 2, retail convention highlights, feat. USTR
running time 07:02:44
Bloomberg | US, Africa Firms Seal $15 Billion of [Commitments] at Washington Summit, money quotes
"to increase its commercial [bond] ties with the continent through investments rather than aid."
Politico | U.S. is `all in' on Africa's future, Biden assures leaders of the continent
"without calling out China"
whitehouse | Remarks by President Biden and President Sall of the Republic of Senegal at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Dinner
usun.mission | Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield's Participation in the U.S.-Africa Leader's Summit - African and Diaspora Young Leaders, Wakanda forever

AMBASSADOR THOMAS-GREENFIELD:  Our strength, our country's strength in Africa, is you. We have a diaspora like no other country in the world.  People talk about competing with China. How many Afro-Chinese do you know who live in China and can call themselves Chinese and engage with their countries? So, when people tell me about the competition, I just say look at us. Look at our people. And I want you to - if I can leave you with one thing, to use those connections, use that power of your voices to support the partnership that we have with the continent of Africa. For all of us - white and black - Africa is home. It's where civilization started. And it's where civilization will survive. So we have to focus our attention on this continent, and the Africa Leaders Summit has provided us the opportunity to do that. (Applause.)
by Cat on Thu Dec 15th, 2022 at 04:34:37 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Fertilizer row sanctions holds up EU's latest 9th Russia sanctions package, 14 Dec
Clash over whether to ease fertilizer shipments to third countries forces negotiators to punt the issue to EU leaders at summit.

Ambassadors failed in a series of late-night sessions to achieve a breakthrough, with the two sides at odds over whether the existing sanctions regime makes it too difficult to supply fertilizers to third countries, increasing the danger of [HOLODOMOR] in Africa at a time when RUSSIA'S WAR ON UKRAINE has already disrupted global food supplies.

In one corner, six Western and Northern European countries are calling for a clearer carveout to unblock shipments of [Russian] fertilizer now stuck in [Baltic Sea] port because of concerns among [troll] intermediaries that handling such cargoes would make them liable for [G7 sanctions] violations.

In the other, the Eastern caucus warns that any greater leeway would effectively bail out President Vladimir PUTIN and the crony oligarchs who own Russia's fertilizer industry, enabling the Kremlin to continue funding its WAR OF AGGRESSION IN UKRAINE [with free fertilizer and grains].
This was a stumbling block that nearly saw Russia pull out of a U.N.-brokered deal [for 3 days] allowing [FALSE] Ukrainian grain to be exported from Black Sea ports that was, after a standoff renewed 19 Nov [despite Ukraine missiles striking Russian navy ships docked at Sevastapol].

tabloid USAToday | What is the Holodomor? 90 years later, Ukraine remembers Moscow-backed famine that killed millions, 28 Feb
The Holodomor, which translates roughly to "death by hunger" in Ukrainian, is also known as the Great Famine. More than 3 million people died over two years as the Soviet government under Josef Stalin confiscated food and grain supplies and deported many Ukrainians. Pope Francis linked the current suffering of Ukrainians to the 1930s man-made famine, describing it Wednesday as "genocide artificially caused by Stalin."
Ninety years after the atrocity, Russia has "unleashed a full-scale war against us and wants to organize Holodomor 2.0," Andriy Yermak, the head of Ukraine's presidential office, said Saturday on Twitter....
Statement by President Joe Biden on Remembering the Holodomor, 23 Nov
During his regime, Joseph Stalin imposed harsh and repressive policies on Ukraine, including creating a deliberate famine in 1932-33 that caused millions of innocent Ukrainian women, men, and children to perish.
'Grain from Ukraine' summit raises $150M to help African countries, 26 Nov Wheatgate
"Grain from Ukraine is one of the biggest contributions to global stability. Currently, more than 20 countries and the European Union are financially participating in this initiative, and more than 10 countries are preparing to join. As of today, at the inaugural summit, we have already raised about $150 million," he said and called on other states and socially responsible businesses to join the humanitarian initiative. "Under the Grain from Ukraine initiative, by the end of next spring [MY2022/2023], we plan to send at least 60 ships from our ports - at least ten per month - to countries at risk [?!] of famine and drought.
DW | Holodomor survivor: 'I want to witness this victory', 29 Nov
In 2006, the Ukrainian parliament classified Holodomor as a genocide against the country's people. According to Ukrainian historians, nearly [?] 4 million people perished in the 1930s as a result of The Famine™....
president.gov.ua | We are analyzing the intentions of the occupiers and preparing a countermeasure - even more powerful than now - address by the President of Ukraine, 30 Nov
The Bundestag voted for a resolution recognizing the Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people. This is a decision for justice, for truth. And this is a very important signal to many other countries of the world that Russian revanchism will not succeed in rewriting history.
psychoville | EU parliament votes to recognise ['death by hunger'] famine as genocide, 15 Dec
archived weaponizing winter has entered the room, News to me, 'Never again' now 'worthless'
by Cat on Thu Dec 15th, 2022 at 06:38:26 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Dec 16th, 2022 at 07:06:25 PM EST
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mcc.gov  MCC at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
...MCC has invested nearly $9.5 billion with 24 Africa countries since 2004 and currently has active grant programs in 14 African countries worth roughly $3 billion. And with an additional $2.5 billion of anticipated investments on the continent, MCC grant programs are helping to strengthen two-way trade and investment partnerships between the United States and African nations--partnerships that create jobs, fuel economic growth, and advance equitable prosperity.
archived a Private Corporation, a war game AND a perpetual poverty relief policy!, 2013 eligibility
US State | Overview
The third and final day was dedicated to high-level discussions among leaders, with President Biden opening the day with a session on Agenda 2063--the African Union's strategic vision for the continent.
...over the next three years, working in close cooperation with the United States Congress, we plan to commit $55 billion in Africa to advance the priorities we share and su- -- and to support the Agenda 2063. [...] In addition to our investments, we're also committed to helping African countries assess the financing you need -- the financing you need to build sustainable and inclusive economies. We're leading a global effort to pursue equitable arrangements for global creditors to provide debt relief so nations can prioritize their people, not back-breaking debt payments....
Next, Vice President Harris chaired a working lunch.
...In particular, this session will focus on three key priorities: one, the promotion of international rules and norms that advance prosperity and security for all; two, a plan to strengthen cooperation between the United States and Africa in multilateral institutions [UNSC, G20]; and three, an identification of ways to make progress within these institutions on pressing challenges, including the issue of food security, climate change, and security in the Sahel. [...] Our cooperation in multilateral institutions is vital for so many reasons, including that these are the institutions where we come together to uphold RULES AND NORMS. We gather at a time when many of these international rules and norms are under threat -- for example, sovereignty and territorial integrity, unimpeded commerce, and the peaceful resolution of disputes.

Let us remember, these RULES AND NORMS exist for a reason.  They advance security, stability, and prosperity around the world. They protect lives and livelihoods. And when they are violated, the effects are felt globally. For example, RUSSIA'S BRUTAL WAR IN UKRAINE has led to disruptions to food and energy supplies that affect all of our economies....

AU/OAU(2002/1963 FTA): BI, BJ, CM, CF, CG, CD, GY, GA, ST, CM, DJ, ER, ET, KE, MG, MU, RW, SC, SO, SS, s-SS, TZ, UG, DZ, EG, LY, MR, MA, EH, TN, AO, BW, EZ, LS, MW, MZ, NA, ZA, ZM, BN, BF, CV, CI, GH, GM, GN, GQ, LY, ML, NI, NG, SL, SN, TG, TD; PAPSS (2022): AU
...Of course, our multilateral engagement and partnership extends beyond the U.N.  The United States is a longstanding supporter of the African Union. In 2006, the United States was the first non-African country to establish a diplomatic mission to the AU.  Since then, we have worked together to support peace building and prevent conflict across the continent. We have worked to strengthen the partnership between our private sectors.  And together, our public health agencies have combated Ebola breakouts [since 1978!] and COVID-19 [since 2021!]....
The President closed the day with a discussion on food security
...Last year, nearly 120 million people in Africa faced a food -- acute food insecurity [famine]. And only halfway through the -- 2022, a drought struck and the food costs soared, in part due to RUSSIA'S UNPROVOKED WAR AGAINST UKRAINE, and the number increased to 140 million people facing acute food insecurity [famine] in Africa.

Today, famine [HOLODOMOR] once more stalks the Horn of Africa. High food prices and high trade barriers [G7 sanctions] are taking a toll on the lives and livelihoods of -- of millions of people across the continent....

and food systems resilience, a critical issue for our African partners who have been disproportionately impacted by the rise in food and fertilizer prices and disruptions to global supply chains as a result of RUSSIA'S WAR AGAINST UKRAINE....
Blinken at a Press Availability
Blinken and Kenyan President Ruto Before Their Meeting
VOA | US-Africa Summit Ends With Billion-Dollar Pledges, Hints of Biden Visit
Analysts say the U.S. is trying to work with a range of African partners -- regardless of their track records -- on issues where they can find common ground.

"I think what Washington is trying to do is diversify its relationships on the continent and not make them dependent on any one leader or any one group of countries because what we have seen is these countries remain fragile and a strategic partner today could be engulfed in civil war tomorrow," said Cameron Hudson, an analyst on African peace, security, and governance at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Publicly, Biden affirmed support for more African representation at the G-20 and the U.N. Security Council -- while also not ignoring leaders' shortfalls.

"As leaders, our people inspire us," he said. "They awaken us to possibilities that are within our grasp. There are so many possibilities if we work together. They tell us hard truths that we need to hear. And sometimes we have trouble listening. They challenge us to live up to the values enshrined in so many of our founding documents and to be worthy of the responsibility given to us by that sacred trust."

Right to be Forgotten: Samia Suluhu Hassan, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, et cetera
That particular message falls on some old ears. Cameroon's Paul Biya is 89. Republic of Congo's Denis Sassou Nguesso is 79, as is Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari. Many of these men -- and all but one African head of state is male -- were born well before their countries gained independence, on a continent where the median age is just 18.

What will they take back to their homelands, other than full pockets and warm memories?

au-afrec.org | Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want.
by Cat on Fri Dec 16th, 2022 at 06:25:43 PM EST
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Crisis24 | Montenegro: Protests take place in Podgorica December 12, 10 Dec
A protest organized by the Democratic Front (DF) opposition coalition is set to take place in the capital Podgorica on Wednesday, December 12, over the arrest of an opposition member of parliament. Although it has not yet been confirmed, participants are expected to gather in front of the parliament building....
sarajevotimes | Chaos in front of the Parliament of Montenegro, Demonstrators announced that they will block all Cities (video), 12 Dec
Those gathered chanted "Treason, treason" and insulted Prime Minister Dritan Abazović and Minister Filip Adžić, and they previously said that the amendments to the Law on the President are intended to collapse the constitutional order, which, they say, they will not allow.

The Parliament of Montenegro adopted today for the second time amendments to the Law on the President. 41 MPs voted for the adoption of that act. With these changes, the Government can be elected without the consent of the President....

Reuters | Montenegrin police uses pepper spray to disperse anti-government protesters
Montenegrin police used pepper spray to disperse hundreds of protesters in the capital Podgorica who rallied against the adoption of law to limit [?] presidential powers and the ruling coalition's failure to appoint judges to the constitutional court.

Protesters, largely members of pro-Montenegrin organisations, who rallied under the slogan "We Are Many," pelted police in front of the parliament building with rocks and signal flares, and attempted to break through a police barrier, before they were pushed away. [...] Last month, pro-Montenegrin organisations and opposition parties started anti-government protests in Podgorica, demanding elections, the unblocking of the court[,] and the withdrawal of a law which curbs [?] power of Montenegro's long-time President Milo Djukanovic.

by Cat on Mon Dec 12th, 2022 at 10:48:27 PM EST
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APsplainin Bolivia judge orders pre-trial detention for opposition head, 30 Dec trrrst
"I'll never give up on this fight for Bolivia's democracy," [Santa Cruz Gov. Luis Fernando] Camacho said during the virtual hearing that took place while he was held in a jail cell at a La Paz police station. "To the Bolivian people I say, we can't let them impose a dictatorship like in Venezuela and Cuba."
Camacho, leader of the opposition alliance Creemos ("We Believe"), was detained Wednesday on terrorism charges and taken to La Paz, a move that sparked protests that led to clashes with law enforcement and several public offices and cars being set on fire. A minister in President Luis Arce's administration also said his house was set on fire.

Allies of the right-wing opposition leader had characterized the detention as a "kidnapping," claims that prosecutors rejected.

Protesters also took to the streets celebrating Camacho's arrest, calling it a key step to get justice for the victims of the 2019 political unrest that led to the resignation of then-President Evo Morales.

by Cat on Fri Dec 30th, 2022 at 04:04:08 PM EST
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I can't find the quote in English, but it appears that Blinken actually said that at the opening of the US-African summit, wrt the exchange of US aid for an anti-Russian position of the African recipients: "Nous ne mettons de pistolet sur la tempe de personne à ce sujet."

The Africans certainly know what to make of a rhetorical negation.

https:/www.lexpress.fr/monde/les-etats-unis-deroulent-le-tapis-rouge-pour-lafrique-GVJ6DJ6TXZAEPLZU Y53HMID5FQ

by Tom2 on Tue Dec 13th, 2022 at 01:25:49 PM EST
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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan
Q Thank you so much, Jake.  Thanks for talking about Africa with us.  First of all, as you know, a lot of African countries have held the line against condemning Russia. Has the U.S. communicated any possible consequences of maintaining that stance?  Does any of that $55 billion play into that?  What are the consequences if they continue to not choose a side in this?  And I have a follow-up.
JAKE SULLIVAN: Look, we're not -- we're not putting a gun to anyone's head.  We believe that the war in Ukraine is a matter of principle, and it's not an American principle. It's a principle we all signed up to in the United Nations Charter; it's a principle of sovereignty and territorial integrity.  So, we will make the case with passion and persistence to every country in the world that they should speak out against these flagrant violations of the U.N. Charter, but we're not imposing conditionality, from the point of view of this summit, on decisions that sovereign countries make in this regard.
archived spoiled the concept of China-US dialogue, post-Cold War era 'definitively over
South Africa and its partners in Africa will have to craft a strategy based on a few concise areas of convergence for African political, social, and economic actors and the possibility of increased engagement during the second half of his administration, especially now that the United States has presented a Sub-Saharan Africa strategy and a national security strategy that outlines priorities for the Biden administration.
Sub-Saharan Africa is critical to advancing our global priorities. ...This strategy reframes the region's importance to U.S. national security interests....The United States will seek to stem the recent tide of authoritarianism and military takeovers by working with allies and partners in the region to respond to democratic backsliding and human rights abuses, including through a targeted mix of positive inducements and punitive measures such as sanctions.
This is especially important given that much of the time of the Biden administration has been absorbed by pressing domestic and external challenges, including the ongoing rifts in the transatlantic partnership and deteriorating relations with China and Russia.[pp 25-26]
VOA | How Committed Is US to Africa? $55B Worth, White House Says, 12 Dec
But corruption watchdogs say these big-dollar commitments pale in comparison with the estimated $88 billion that leaks out of the continent annually in illicit financial flows -- through real estate purchases, offshore investments[,] or anonymous shell companies.
While the Biden administration embarks on a significant import substitution program to boost manufacturing, the impact of this on the already small numbers of African imports is a useful issue to consider. President Obama promised over '$67 billion in company investments in Africa and over $110 in annual peacekeeping support' in 2014. China has been a leading single country investor in Africa over the last 20 years. African agency in its own security was promised $110 million per anum but American agency in its own interests on the continent receive around $2 billion through AFRICOM. [p 39]
by Cat on Thu Dec 15th, 2022 at 08:43:13 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Dec 3rd, 2022 at 12:07:19 PM EST
APsplainin ecology in the Russian Federation
1,700 dead seals found on Russia's Caspian coast, 4 Dec mass grave
The authorities in the Russian province of Dagestan said that it's still unclear what caused the animals' deaths, but they likely died of natural [?] reasons.
Federation Council: Republic of Dagestan
Regional officials initially said Saturday that 700 dead seals were found on the coast, but on Sunday Zaur Gapizov, head of the Caspian Environmental Protection Center, said according to the state RIA Novosti news agency that after a broader inspection of the coast the number of dead animals was 1,700. Gapizov said the seals likely died a couple of weeks ago. He added that there was no sign that they were killed by poachers.
Experts of [PUTIN!] Federal Fisheries Agency and prosecutors inspected the coastline and collected data for laboratory research, which didn't immediately spot any pollutants. Several previous incidents of mass deaths of seals were attributed to natural causes.

The data about the number of seals in the Caspian varies widely. The fisheries agency has said the over all number of Caspian seals is 270,000-300,000, while Gapizov's [sic] center put the number at 70,000.

archived province of Maine facial recognition
by Cat on Sun Dec 4th, 2022 at 04:12:50 PM EST
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Heads of five regions of Southern Russia come under British sanctions | Caucasian Knot |

The UK expanded the sanctions list to include 22 more Russian citizens, including heads of 10 regions, the "Kommersant" reports.

The British Foreign Office announced new sanctions being imposed on officials "who encouraged and ensured the conscription of citizens" to participate in the special military operation in Ukraine. "Ten governors and regional heads have also been sanctioned. This includes the heads of Dagestan, Ingushetia and Kalmykia - some of Russia's poorest ethnic republics, from which a significant number of conscripts have been drawn," the British Foreign Office reports on its official website.

Those on the list will not be able to enter the UK, as well as have accounts or property in the UK.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 4th, 2022 at 05:42:44 PM EST
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"ethnic republics"
by Cat on Sun Dec 4th, 2022 at 06:00:18 PM EST
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This is not the first mass death of seals in the Caspian Sea over the past ten years. The Ministry of Natural Resources of Dagestan indicated that this happened in 2012 and 2016. In the SKTU of the Federal Agency for Fishery , they said that in November 2020, 300 dead individuals were found, then the most likely cause of their death was also called a natural cause - the release of natural gas, which is typical for the Caspian basin.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 4th, 2022 at 06:05:21 PM EST
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TASS | The number of dead seals found in Dagestan has grown to 2.5 thousand., 4 Dec
The number of dead Red Book seals found on the coast of the Caspian Sea in Dagestan has increased to 2.5 thousand. The count of the number of dead animals continues, according to the official Telegram channel of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the region.

"Along the entire coast of the Caspian Sea in the territory of the republic, specialists from environmental structures continue to count the number of dead seals. Unfortunately, the figure has grown significantly and currently stands at 2,500 individuals. Bodies are found in different locations," the published message says.

It is noted that a large number of seals were found in the Yuzbash area, as well as between the mouths of the Sulak and Shurinka rivers.

"This is the most massive death of the Caspian seal over the past ten years. The reasons will be established after laboratory studies of the pathological material of dead animals," the department added.

Why is the Caspian Seal Dying?, 8 Sep, A/V (RU)
Joint Research on the Caspian seal: oil and gas producing "ethnic republics"
On September 20-23, the All-Russian Conference "Marine Biology in the 21st Century: Systematics, Genetics, Ecology of Marine Organisms" dedicated to the memory of Academician O.G. Kusakin was held in Vladivostok. More than 200 specialists from Russia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan took part in the conference. At the event, 2 reports focused on the Caspian seal research and conservation were presented: Russian-Kazakhstani Cooperation on the Biological Diversity Conservation (speaker V.A. Skolskiy); Abundance and Status of the Caspian Seal Population in 2019-2022 (speakers S.T. Yerbulekov, F.V. Klimov; co-speakers U.E. Zhanaisov, V.A. Skolskiy, E.V. Murova)....
by Cat on Sun Dec 4th, 2022 at 08:46:06 PM EST
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Readovka | Toxic emissions are slowly killing the entire Ryazan region, 6 Dec machine translation
The Ryazan region, one of the largest industrial regions of Russia, is now not just on the verge of an environmental disaster. Due to emissions, people with enviable regularity feel the terrible smell of chemistry, gas, feel itching, burning and swelling on the mucous membranes, massively complain of weakness and terrible health.

Ryazan residents once watched a picture of how small children walking on the street began to massively vomit when another enterprise emitted hydrogen sulfide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, lead or formaldehyde into the air. Numerous inspections, observations and examinations have repeatedly revealed the excess of the maximum permissible values ​​for the presence of toxic substances in the atmosphere by several tens of times .

In the summer of 2021, the head of Rosprirodnadzor personally gave instructions to rectify the situation, sent unscheduled inspections to enterprises, the total number of which in Ryazan and the Ryazan region is more than 700 , of which 216 belong to the first and second hazard classes. But neither the regional authorities nor the regional department of Rosprirodnadzor are taking effective measures to remedy the situation, limiting themselves only to monetary fines....

by Cat on Wed Dec 7th, 2022 at 11:47:28 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Citizens cannot sue states for health damages due to air pollution, EU top court rules, 22 Dec ambient EXTERNALITIES
European directives establishing norms for ambient air quality do not, as such, have the objective of conferring rights to individuals whose violation would be susceptible to open a right to compensation," the [CJEU] wrote in a press release. But individuals can sue their state for not abiding by European rules on air pollution and request that they "adopt the necessary measures," the statement reads....
archived the usual suspects, ppm safety story developing ...
by Cat on Thu Dec 22nd, 2022 at 05:26:53 PM EST
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euractiv | Investigation uncovers EU-wide horse meat criminal network, 2 Dec mammalists!
A joint investigation by the Spanish Civil Guard and the EU's law enforcement agency (EUROPOL) has uncovered an extensive criminal network selling potentially dangerous horse meat on the Spanish, Belgian, German, and Italian markets.

The 'Yucatán' Operation, which targeted the illegal sale of horse meat unsuitable for consumption, seized more than half a tonne of untraceable meat, according to a Europol statement.

The scheme is thought to have illegally generated a total of €1.5 million, putting consumers' health at considerable risk, as this lack of supervision poses a "significant risk for the development of zoonotic diseases transmittable to humans", according to the EU agency.

europediplomatic.com | WOLF ATTACKED URSULA VD LEYEN'S PONY, 2 Sep
archived Living off the Planet 2013
by Cat on Sun Dec 4th, 2022 at 04:37:35 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Dec 12th, 2022 at 04:07:18 PM EST
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APsplainin [HISTORIC Hydro-electric] Utility recommends natural gas plant despite objections, 5 Dec fuels
The nation's largest public[-owned] utility on Friday recommended replacing an aging coal burning ["steam-generating"] power plant with natural gas, ignoring calls for the Tennessee Valley Authority [TVA] to speed its transition to renewable energy.

TVA announced the completion of its environmental impact statement for replacing the Cumberland Fossil Plant near Cumberland City, Tennessee.

...Built between 1968 and 1973, CUF is the largest plant in the TVA coal fleet. The two-unit, coal-fired steam-generating plant has a summer net capability of 2,470 megawatts (MW). CUF is 15 to 20 years younger than TVA's other coal plants, but frequent cycling of the large super-critical units, a recent change in the method of plant operation for which the plant was not originally designed, presents reliability challenges that are difficult to anticipate and very expensive to mitigate....
The federally owned utility considered replacing the two coal-fired turbines there with solar panels but instead recommended a combined-cycle natural gas plant.
TVA | Cumberland Fossil Plant Retirement EIS SCOPING REPORT (04.08.21)
• No Action Alternative
• Action Alternative A (CUF demolition, 1 Combine Cycle Turbine plant)
• Action Alternative B (CUF demo, 2 Simple Cycle Turbine plants)
• Action Alternative C (CUF demo, distributed Solar and Storage Facilities
"TVA's plan to build a new gas plant and pipeline in the midst of climate catastrophe is reckless," Gaby Sarri-Tobar, with the [ Center for Biological Diversity]'s energy justice program, said in a statement. "This is a slap in the face to the 10 million [AL, MS, KY, GA, NC, VA] customers who rely on TVA and makes a mockery of the Biden administration's clean energy pledges."
Meanwhile, a permit application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FERC] is still pending for a 32-mile (51 km) natural gas pipeline branch to link to the proposed new Cumberland plant. Kinder Morgan Inc. said one of its subsidiaries filed the application in July. Pending regulatory approval, construction would begin in August 2024, with an expected September 2025 for the pipeline to be in service, the company said.
S&P | TVA proposes replacing 2,522-MW Cumberland coal plant with gas, 27 Apr

TVA | Hydroelectric
power-producing dams, non-power dams, reservoirs
TVA | TVA's Generating Assets Today

  • 5 fossil plants (25 active units)
  • 3 nuclear plants (7 units)
  • 29 hydro plants (109 units)
  • 1 pumped storage hydroelectric plant (4 units)
  • 9 natural gas combustion turbine gas plants (87 units)
  • 8 natural gas combined cycle gas plants (14 power blocks, 35 units [21 gas turbines, 14 steam turbines])
  • 1 diesel generator site (5 units)
  • 14 solar energy sites
"climate catastrophe"
Ohio River
Tennessee River
Current U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions for Tennessee
TVA to provide upstream help for Mississippi River as levels reach record lows, 20 Oct
"The Tennessee Valley Authority announced this week that it will release water from Kentucky Dam on the Tennessee River and Barkley Dam on the Cumberland River in Kentucky into the Mississippi and Ohio rivers..."
archived Tiptonville, TN
by Cat on Mon Dec 5th, 2022 at 09:13:07 PM EST
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"de-dollarization" oil to gas, upstream to downstream, "fuel switching"
Saudi Arabia to invest in Russian petrochemicals plant, 7 Nov 2018
Sabic invests in Russian methanol, 18 Oct 2019
Drilling of China's designed deepest onshore gas well begins, 2 Feb 2022
Two gas projects off China come on stream ahead of schedule, 1 Sep 2022
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning's Regular Press Conference on December 6, 2022
Reuters: Does the foreign ministry have any details on President Xi Jinping's trip to Saudi Arabia? 
Mao Ning: I have nothing to share at the moment.
arabnews | President Xi's 3-day visit aims to boost Saudi-Chinese diplomatic, trade ties, 6 Dec
Three summits will take place during his trip: the Saudi-Chinese Summit, the Riyadh Gulf-China Summit for Cooperation and Development, and the Riyadh Arab-China Summit for Cooperation and Development. The participants will include more than 30 leaders and officials from the two countries and international organizations, highlighting the importance of the gatherings and their high regional and international profile, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
More than 20 initial agreements between the two countries, worth more than SR110 billion ($29.3 billion), will be signed during the presidential visit, along with a strategic partnership deal, and a plan to harmonize the implementation of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 development and diversification project with China's Belt and Road Initiative [BRI], the agency said.
The two countries are preparing to launch the SABIC-Fujian Petrochemical Industrial Group, a joint venture worth an estimated SR22.5 billion, in which SABIC has a 51 percent stake, that includes a high-capacity plant for the production of petrochemical products.
archived ARAMCO diversification into petrochem assets, 2019 - KSA 2022 app for SCO membership
by Cat on Wed Dec 7th, 2022 at 02:12:23 PM EST
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5,111 km China-Russia East Route Pipeline AKA PipeChina cruising to the finish line
Gas channeled into national pipeline network tops 140 million cubic meters per day
LNG export opportunities for Shell, Exxon

COP27 update

Located in the Erdos Basin in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the gasfield's cumulative gas production has hit 300 billion cubic meters. According to calorific value conversion, that figure can replace 360 million tonnes of coal and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 240 million tonnes.
India settlement with Russia in rupees to start next week
"The difference with Iran is that India is not importing oil and fertilizers (from Iran) like we are doing with Russia; so, the Vostro account is dry. Similar kinds of sanctions are on Iran too," Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) director general Ajay Sahai told Mint.
"With Russia, our imports are 10 times the exports. But there is a very good chance of increasing our exports to Russia. That's because when they are holding much of the Indian rupees, either they will want to invest in capital in India or they will increase our exports," an official told Mint.
China opens door to trade crude oil and natural gas in yuan
...An "all-dimensional energy cooperation" was first in his priorities. "The two sides will work more closely on clean and low-carbon technologies involving hydrogen [!], energy storage, wind and photovoltaic power[,] and smart power grids as well as localized production of new energy equipment," [Xi] said. "We will jointly establish a China-GCC forum on peaceful use of nuclear technology and a China-GCC nuclear security demonstration center," he added....
archived Ruble and Rupee
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on December 12, 2022
AFP: The US on Friday imposed sanctions on two senior Chinese officials over what they called serious human rights abuse in Tibet Autonomous Region. Does China plan any countermeasure? 
Bloomberg: The US will send a delegation to China in the coming days. This follows up on Joe Biden's meeting with President Xi at the G20 in Indonesia. Does the foreign ministry have any information about this delegation's visit and what issues would be discussed?
archived Politico EAS, sideline G20
by Cat on Mon Dec 12th, 2022 at 09:15:12 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | G7 offered Viet Nam and Indonesia $15B [debt] to drop coal. They said 'maybe', 26 Oct re-print 8 Dec
The three deals have been under negotiation through much of 2022 and are being modeled on an earlier, $8.5 billion deal to shut down South Africa's coal industry, dubbed a Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP). It's hoped that at least two new partnerships might be unveiled during the COP27 U.N. climate talks, which start on November 6 in Egypt. Discussions with Viet Nam and Indonesia have advanced to the point where initial cash offers of around $5 billion and $10 billion, respectively
The donor lender group for the Viet Nam and Indonesia deals is the G7, Norway[,] and Denmark. New Zealand is also considering joining the Indonesia deal.

The [semi-]cash offers are combinations of public and private finance as well as technical assistance. But raising public funds for climate efforts abroad has become increasingly challenging even for the world's richest countries as inflation, rising energy costs[lolwut,] and the war in UKRAINE add to the strain on treasuries.
The donors lenders have told Indonesia they should aim for a 2030 peak in power sector emissions before heading to zero by 2050-2055. But Indonesia has objected to a proposed timeline for rolling out renewable energy and cutting coal subsidies, the EEAS said. Jakarta has also demanded more money to accelerate its retirement of coal plants. ...

archived World POWs COP27 reparations, IMF Debt-for-Climate Swaps
Daily Sabah | US, Russia BATTLE to sell arms to Vietnam at 1st Hanoi defense fair, 9 Dec
The event at an air base in the capital Hanoi attracted 174 exhibitors from 30 countries, including all large arms-making nations except China, as Viet Nam signaled its interest in diversifying military procurements and possibly starting exports of its own weapons.
Viet Nam and China have been locked in a long-running territorial dispute over archipelagos and energy hydrocarbon exploration in the South China Sea, with concerns it could one day lead to confrontation. China was invited to join the arms fair but declined the offer.

Viet Nam has had the option to buy U.S. weapons only in the past few years following Washington's gradual removal between 2014 and 2016 of an arms embargo on Viet Nam, which was one of the last vestiges of the Viet Nam ["conflict" with US allies]....

by Cat on Fri Dec 9th, 2022 at 06:06:58 PM EST
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APsplainin France, Spain, Portugal to build hydrogen pipeline by 2030, 9 Dec
The pipeline is aimed at making the European Union's energy fuel supply more independent [!], a goal expedited by the Russian invasion of Ukraine last February that precipitated an energy fuel crisis.

The source of feedstock for hydrogen determines its 'colour' in popular discussion.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the pipeline, dubbed H2Med
A gas pipeline in disguise? Known unknowns about H2Med (08.12.22)
H2MED, formerly known as "BarMar," is a proposed undersea pipeline between Barcelona and Marseille to replace the shelved MidCat project that would have connected the Iberian Peninsula with France and, effectively, with the wider European Union. H2MED was announced as the centrepiece of France, Spain, and Portugal's so-called "Green Energy Corridor," the latest in a string of efforts to help Europe wean itself off Russian gas.
Who is behind H2MED project?

H2MED will connect two main European gas transmission system operators (TSOs), Enagas and GRTGaz, by transiting near two large LNG terminals--the Barcelona regasification terminal in Spain, and the Fos Cavaou regasification terminal near Marseille in France.

will be able to convey some 2 million metric tons of hydrogen to France annually -- 10% of the EU´s estimated hydrogen needs. The project is expected to cost 2.5 billion euros ($2.6 billion). The announcement came after a meeting between Sánchez, his French and Portuguese counterparts[,] and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in the eastern Spanish city of Alicante.

"Today, the Iberian Peninsula is becoming a major European energy fuel gateway to the world," Von der Leyen said at a joint press briefing.

H2Med instead of Midcat: The first hydrogen (09.12.22)
Instead of the Midcat line across the Pyrenees favored by Spain and Germany, H2Med will run along the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea and be finished later.[...]The approximately 450-kilometer-long pipeline under the Mediterranean Sea, which will reach a depth of up to 2,600 meters, will bring the energy source [fuel] from the Iberian Peninsula to France.

But that is not the only technical challenge. Because there are still no pipelines from Marseille that can transport the hydrogen, which is intended to help replace Russian natural gas, to Germany.[...]In Germany and Spain it was hoped that natural gas could initially flow via Midcat or the new pipeline, which could be delivered with LNG tankers in the terminals in Spain and Portugal. In order to route green hydrogen from Portugal to Spain (and then on to France), a second pipeline, a good 250 kilometers long, will also be built from Celorico to Zamora.

Portugal, Spain[,] and France struck a broad deal on the plan in October. They hope to present it to the European Commission by Dec. 15 so it will be eligible for EU financing [!], which could represent as much as 50% of the cost.
IRENA | Hydrogen Overview
Hydrogen is produced on a commercial basis today - it is used as  a feedstock in the chemical industry and in produced by cracking refineries, as part of a mix of gases in steel production, and in heat and power generation. Global production stands at around 75 MtH2/yr as pure hydrogen and an additional 45 MtH2/yr as part of a mix of gases. This is equivalent to 3% of global final energy demand and similar to the annual energy consumption of Germany.

Hydrogen is a versatile energy carrier < wipes tears > (not an energy source [fuel]). It can be produced from multiple feedstocks and can be used across virtually any application (see Figure 1. Green hydrogen production, conversion and end uses across the energy system). Renewable electricity can be converted to hydrogen via electrolysis, which can couple continuously increasing renewable energy with all the end uses that are more difficult to electrify. This coupling also allows electrolysers to provide flexibility to the grid, complementing alternatives such as batteries, demand response and vehicle-to-grid in smart electrification.

As at the end of 2021, almost 47% of the global hydrogen production is from natural gas, 27% from coal, 22% from oil (as a by-product ["feedstock"]) and only around 4% comes from electrolysis ["cracking" H2O]. Electricity had a global average renewable share of about 33% in 2021, which means that only about 1% of global hydrogen output is produced with renewable energy. Electrolytic hydrogen from dedicated production remained limited to demonstration projects adding up to a total capacity 0.7 GW in 2021. In contrast, the 1.5°C Scenario would need 4-5 TW by 2050, requiring a faster rate of growth than that experienced by solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind to date.

archived green hydrogen "market case", Green Hydrogen Investment by Shell, UAE on global 'gray' list, Timmermans and Borrell explore Africa, 2022, Midcat 2014
by Cat on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 04:31:04 PM EST
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Midcat Oct 2022
by Cat on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 04:38:55 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 05:24:46 PM EST
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Hungary, Romania to sign electricity deal with Azerbaijan, 12 Dec
The agreement involves a cable running beneath the Black Sea which would link Azerbaijan to Hungary via Georgia and Romania, according to Bertalan Havasi, press officer for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Havasi confirmed to The Associated Press that Orban intends to travel to Bucharest on Saturday to sign the deal.

Hungarian news agency MTI reported that Orban, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili[,] and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev would attend the signing event alongside European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

Hungary's foreign minister, Peter Szijjarto, said in August that Azerbaijan would soon [3-4 year] produce "large quantities of green electricity," and that Hungary would sign onto the connector project since it requires the participation of two EU member nations to receive funding from the bloc....

by Cat on Mon Dec 12th, 2022 at 02:54:12 PM EST
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interfax.az | Construction of energy and communication cable Georgia-Romania with the participation of Azerbaijan is estimated at 2.3 billion euros, 12 Dec
The presentation of the project took place on Sunday during the first meeting of the Council of the Global Gateway initiative with the participation of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell, Commissioners Oliver Varhelyi[,] and Jutta Urpilainen, as well as EU Foreign Ministers.
Azerbaijani Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov previously reported that the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan expects, with the financial support of the World Bank, to complete the development of a feasibility study [!] for a project to lay a submarine cable for electricity and digital communications [?] between Georgia and Romania in the Black Sea by the end of 2023.

The project provides for the laying of a power line and a digital communication cable between Georgia and Romania with an energy transmission [?] capacity of 1000 MW and a length of 1195 km.

archived @vonderleyen December 1, 2021
by Cat on Tue Dec 13th, 2022 at 12:16:50 AM EST
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euractiv | Hungarian experts unconvinced by Azeri electricity 'megadeal', 19 Dec malinvestment hurdles
Besides human rights concerns and claims such sums could be better spent on energy production closer to home, Telex sources are worried the power line would decrease Russian dependence for Azeri dependence, and thus potentially excessive Turkish influence in a region prone to local conflicts.
• Much more meaningful[read: cost-effecient] and closer power generation solutions could be developed with this amount of money.
• How much better is it to change Russian dependence to Azeri dependence? Russian influence can be avoided with Azeri dependence - but excessive Turkish influence [read: opinionated "self-interest"]?
• It's not that this is not a good project from Hungary's point of view [read: utilization], but in order for it to be supported, two EU states were needed, so we were "backed in" as part of the RRF deal?
• There are at least 3-4 intense local conflicts in the area where the electricity would come from - wouldn't dealing with them put the project at risk later?
• We have already been quite connected to Azerbaijan in gas and oil, and now we would do the same in electricity. Isn't this just over-dependence instead of diversification?
• Why would Azeri[-produced] electricity be cheaper with the extremely long transportation route, why don't we build better relations with the neighboring UKRAINE, which - of course, only if the Russians don't blow up the power plants - is a real power [read: balance sheet asset] superpower?
Moreover, experts are worried that since the EU is stepping up gas imports from Azerbaijan, importing electricity could also result in over-dependence rather than diversification.
Based on 2021 figures, renewable [fuels] account for less than 5% of Azerbaijan's electricity generation. In Georgia, the share of renewables, mainly from hydropower, in the total electricity generation mix is 75%. However, last year the energy generated by domestic power plants was 12.6 TWh while consumption was 13.1 TWh, meaning Tbilisi is a net importer of electricity.

Moreover, getting this amount of electricity once the cable emerges in Romania to Hungary would likely require a NEW! [UKRAINE-tested standard] transmission interconnection between two EU member states to be licensed and integrated into the ENTSO-E system, the European association for the cooperation of transmission system operators for electricity, according to Turai.....

DW | To quit Russian gas, EU burns billions on LNG, 16 Dec transformation of teh data, or primitive infographics for G7 consumers dependent on "energy" imported from jungle reservoirs
The International Renewable Energy Agency [IRENA] estimates that the additional cost of replacing pumps, valves, instrumentation and safety systems could be as much as 20% of the cost of building an LNG plant.
by Cat on Mon Dec 19th, 2022 at 05:28:00 PM EST
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CAPTION: In Urgench, men fish in the Shavat Canal. (photos by David Trilling)
eurasianet | Uzbekistan: Where the Amu Darya goes to die, 10 Nov
Water may appear abundant. But it is a precious and dwindling resource still taken for granted despite proximity to one of humanity's worst environmental disasters: the desiccation of the Aral Sea, once the world's fourth-largest lake. Ninety percent of the Aral has vanished since 1960. The sea used to moderate the climate, which is now hotter and drier; storms whip salt and chemicals into the air. Anemia, some cancers, and other health problems are more common.

While the sea is gone for good, the Amu Darya, one of two rivers that fed the Aral, is now dying too, stunting crops and impacting millions of people in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

Behaviors must change, international donors plead, lest profligacy multiplied by climate change make western Uzbekistan uninhabitable.

oilprice.com | China Sends Solar Equipment To Energy-Starved Uzbekistan, 25 Dec "classic Russian technique"
The Energy Ministry said in a government briefing last week that a consortium of Chinese companies bidding as GD Power-PowerChina had won a tender to build a 150-megawatt solar power plant in Namangan region, with companies from the United Arab Emirates [UAE, Madsar] and France[, Voltalia SA] securing rights to build solar plants in Bukhara and Khorezm regions respectively.

Oddly, after awarding the Chinese outfit the Namangan contract, the Energy Ministry said on December 16 that it was seeking to change the deal by reducing the price the grid will pay for electricity produced by the plant, which GD Power-PowerChina had fixed at 4.828 cents per kilowatt-hour.

That tariff is significantly higher than the 3.044 cents per kilowatt hour charged by Masdar and 2.888 cents per kilowatt-hour charged by the French company, Voltalia SA., whose projects GD Power-PowerChina had also submitted bids for.
In May, Uzbekistan's investment committee and China's Ministry of Commerce reached an agreement to build a series of small and medium-sized hydroelectric power facilities [!] worth a total of $2.7 billion.

Last year, Kursiv business media reported that separate Chinese companies had reached agreements with officials in the Fergana region for two solar farms worth more than $1 billion in total. The current status of those projects is unclear. But even where China is not building facilities, it is often involved elsewhere in the value chain.
These kinds of investments mark something of a role reversal [sic] in China's relationship with the Uzbek energy sector. Until this year, Uzbekistan had been a source of natural gas for China....

SCO (2001 NGO): CN, RU, IN, PK, KZ, KG, TJ, UZ, IR, AM*, AF*, AZ*, BY*, TR*, LK*, KH*, SA*,EG*
supra PipeChina cruising to the finish line
PS USD 0.218/kWh "renewable supply" here in sunny Bal'more and USD 1.323/thm NG excluding distribution, taxes, and fees per unit
by Cat on Mon Dec 26th, 2022 at 04:52:48 PM EST
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themayor.eu | First-ever climate trial in Finland, and the government is the defendant, 29 Nov
Greenpeace and the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation have taken the Finnish government to court with the accusation that the authorities have shown criminal negligence by falling short of climate objectives.
The NGOs say that an unprecedented collapse in carbon removal by Finnish forests has removed the basis on which the country's climate policies are decided. Finland's forests are growing more slowly, and in 2021 more trees were felled than at any other time in the country's history.

According to the Finnish Climate Change Act, the government is legally obliged to work towards carbon neutrality by 2035, and its actions are evaluated in an annual climate report [Oct 2022]. The report acknowledged a collapse in Finnish forests' ability to absorb carbon dioxide but shied away from recommending additional measures to compensate for it.

eutoday | Finland facing up to €7 billion EU fine over deforestation, 26 Dec
Due to the clearing and drying of peatlands, Finland's land use sector has changed from being a carbon sink to a net [!] source of emissions. The change has been dubbed a "national emergency" by concerned experts and cast serious doubt on the country's aspirations to achieve climate neutrality by 2035.

According to a recent assessment by Finland's Natural Resource Institute, the Nordic country might be hit with a heavy fine of up to billions of euros if it fails to fulfill the EU's net [!] carbon sink objective.
Finland will need to pay monetary compensation depending on the exact extent of the carbon sink collapse. The amount ranges up to 160 million tons of carbon dioxide emitted that would otherwise have been trapped by Finnish forests. Based on that, the country might be charged up to 7 billion euros ($7.4 billion) if a net [!] decrease in atmospheric greenhouse emissions is not achieved. It was thought "highly unlikely" that there would be any need to provide compensation at all.
Seven out of ten Finns come from families that own land, and forestry accounts for about one-seventh of Finland's export earnings.

APsplainin Finland gets floating LNG terminal to replace Russian gas, 28 Dec
FSRU Exemplar, owned by the U.S. company Excelerate Energy Inc., will ensure future availability of gas in Finland, replacing supplies earlier imported from Russia, the state-owned Gasgrid Finland said, calling the move historic.
The vessel will reconvert LNG to gas which will then be fed into the Finnish network for distribution. The arrival of the Exemplar will also enable gas deliveries to the Baltic states -- Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania -- and possibly also to Poland through the undersea Balticconnector pipeline between Finland and Estonia that runs near Inkoo.
archived What is a "carbon war"? in Modern Day Europe and Energy Poverty, Finland's windfall tax on energy firms, EU forestry regulation divides coalition IRENA country profile, CZ, AT, SK, DE, PL, possibly FI in Crisis as Discipline, NPI Systems Design 2022
by Cat on Fri Dec 30th, 2022 at 01:45:43 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Dec 17th, 2022 at 05:02:53 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Dec 3rd, 2022 at 12:07:30 PM EST
wut: "Demna wrote in his show notes that he 'became a forever refugee' when his family fled the war in his native Georgia when he was young, noting the conflict with Russia has 'triggered the pain' from his past and highlighted the 'absurdity' of sartorial spectacles."
by Cat on Sat Dec 3rd, 2022 at 04:32:26 PM EST
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Sputnik | Taylor Swift Fans Sue Ticketmaster Over 'Fraud' Behind Eras Tour, panem et circenses
Ticketmaster Entertainment is an American [hydrocarbon] sales and distribution company with operations in many countries around the world. It was founded in Arizona in 1976.
Swifties state that Ticketmaster would collect additional fees with each [hydrocarbon] scalper's resale, because of the company's monopoly over both primary and secondary [hydrocarbon] markets. Fans alleging fraud bid-rigging and price fixing, are seeking a civil fine of $2,500 per violation. They also accuse company of failure to take action against [hydrocarbon] scalpers and resales, since at presale moment some [hydrocarbons] are already listed for resale for as much as $22,700.
by Cat on Sat Dec 3rd, 2022 at 04:52:20 PM EST
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Politico.com | DOJ pursues unusual case of ["energy"] shipping price-fixing and extortion, 6 Dec
The group, led by Carlos Favian Martinez, led a scheme to fix prices and illegally carve up [hydrocarbons] between competitors in the market for "[cargo] forwarding agency services," or the transporting of [hydrocarbons] from the U.S. through Mexico and on to ["third-countries"], according to the indictment. The defendants enforced their operation through a pattern of violence and extortion that included beatings and kidnappings...
by Cat on Tue Dec 6th, 2022 at 04:04:04 PM EST
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euronews | The first poo transplant treatment has been approved in the US. How does faecal therapy work?, 2 Dec
Faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) involves the transplant of faeces from a healthy individual into the intestinal tract of a sick recipient to restore the gut's microbial composition after disease or infection when the patient does not respond to antibiotics.
RELATED anatomical challenge Scientists in France seek poo samples from 100,000 volunteers for gut health research
C. diff infection is cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] as an urgent public health threat, responsible for nearly half a million [!] infections each year in the US alone, and close to 30,000 associated deaths.
...Most cases of [Clostridioides difficile] infection occur while you're taking antibiotics or not long after you've finished taking antibiotics....
Ferring Pharmaceuticals, the Swiss company behind the new drug, is one of many players working to develop novel microbiome-based therapeutics and explore the crucial link between the microbiome and human health.
FDA | FDA Approves First Fecal Microbiota Product, 30 Nov
Rebyota™ is administered rectally as a single dose [enema]. Rebyota™ is prepared from stool donated by qualified individuals. The donors and the donated stool are tested for a panel of transmissible pathogens, however, as Rebyota™ is manufactured from human fecal matter, it may carry a risk of transmitting infectious agents. In addition, Rebyota™ may contain food allergens; the potential for the product to cause adverse reactions due to food allergens is unknown.
The safety of Rebyota™ was assessed from two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical studies and from open-label clinical studies conducted in the United States and in Canada.
The effectiveness of Rebyota™ was evaluated in an analysis of data from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study. The analysis included 177 adults who received one dose of Rebyota™ and 85 who received one dose of placebo in this study. It also incorporated success rates from a different placebo-controlled study in which 39 adults received one dose of Rebyota™ and one dose of placebo and 43 adults received two doses of placebo.
The application was granted Fast Track, Breakthrough Therapy and Orphan designations.
by Cat on Sat Dec 3rd, 2022 at 06:16:35 PM EST
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DW space force double header

NASA Orion capsule to splashdown after trip around the moon, 11 Dec

The return of the capsule to Earth will wrap up the inaugural 25-day mission of the Artemis lunar program.
To retrieve the capsule, the USS Portland of the US Navy has been placed in the Pacific. The spacecraft will subsequently be offloaded from the ship a few days later in San Diego, California. NASA will be able to collect information from the spacecraft that is essential for upcoming missions.

The crew of the following mission, scheduled for 2024, will travel near the Moon but not make an actual landing there. The first spacecraft will touch down on the south pole of the Moon, which has water in the form of ice, during Artemis 3, which is slated for 2025.

Japanese company's moon mission takes off on SpaceX rocket, 11 Dec US, JP, CA, UAE investors
The launch took place in Cape Canaveral in the US state of Florida with various components from Canada, the UAE[,] and NASA being carried on the craft.

The Hakuto-R mission -- which means "white rabbit" in Japanese -- from the ispace company is expected to land on the moon in April 2023. It is the first time a private company will send a mission to the moon while also marking a first for Japanese space travel.

"Our first mission will lay the groundwork for UNLEASHING the moon's potential and transforming it into a robust and vibrant ECONOMIC SYSTEM," the startup's CEO, Takeshi Hakamada, said in a statement.

The company was one of the five finalists in Google's Lunar XPRIZE competition to achieve a moon landing by 2018, but its attempt never launched. The ispace-designed craft will take a longer journey to the moon than other missions as it attempts a low-energy alternative. NASA reached the moon in just five days

sci-fi allusions galore
Following the white rabbit
Although ispace has become the first private eNTitY to launch a moon landing mission, due to the duration of its flight, other attempts set to launch early next year may actually reach the moon first. Of note are landers built by Pittsburgh's Astrobotic Technology and Houston's Intuitive Machines....
Nov 2022 archived  Save the dates, Artemis I Mega Rocket Launches Orion to Moon stretch goals

press.un.org | General Assembly Adopts over 100 Texts of First, Sixth Committees Tackling Threats from Nuclear Weapons, International Security, Global Law, Transitional Justice, 7 Dec futility

Acting without a vote, the Assembly adopted draft resolution I, "Prevention of an arms race in outer space", by which it called on all States to contribute actively to the objective of the peaceful use of outer space and to the prevention of an arms race in outer space, and urged States conducting activities in that domain to keep the Conference on Disarmament informed of the progress of bilateral and multilateral negotiations on the matter.

It then adopted by draft resolution II, "Destructive direct-ascent anti-satellite missile testing" (document A/C.1/77/62), by a recorded vote of 155 in favour to 9 against (Belarus, Bolivia, Central African Republic, China, Cuba, Iran, Nicaragua, Russian Federation, Syria) with 9 abstentions (India, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Madagascar, Pakistan, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Togo, Zimbabwe).  Among its terms, the Assembly called on all States not to conduct such tests and to continue discussions to develop further practical steps and contribute to legally binding instruments on the prevention of an arms race in outer space.

Next, the Assembly considered draft resolution III, "No first placement of weapons in outer space", retaining preambular paragraph 5 reaffirming that practical measures should be examined and taken in the search for agreements to prevent an arms race in outer space. It did so by a recorded vote of 114 in favour to 50 against [?!], with 3 abstentions (Côte d'Ivoire, Malawi, Switzerland).

By a recorded vote of 114 in favour to 48 against [?!], with 4 abstentions (Côte d'Ivoire, Eswatini, Malawi, Switzerland), it also retained preambular paragraph 9, welcoming the draft treaty introduced by China and the Russian Federation on the prevention of the placement of weapons in outer space and on the threat or use of force against outer space objects.

nti.org | PAROS Treaty
by Cat on Sun Dec 11th, 2022 at 01:47:41 PM EST
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APsplainin SpaceX gives rival's internet satellites ride to orbit, 11 Dec Slava Ukraini! commercial opportunities
SpaceX launched ["]internet["] satellites for a competitor [BWAH!] Thursday, stepping in to help after the London-based OneWeb company halted its flights with Russia over the invasion of Ukraine.
Elon Musk's SpaceX has more than 3,200 Starlink satellites in orbit, providing high-speed, broadband internet to remote corners of the world. Amazon plans to launch the first of its internet satellites early next year from Cape Canaveral.

With the market for global internet service "growing exponentially," there's room for everyone, said Massimiliano Ladovaz, OneWeb's chief technology officer.

SpaceX agreed to launch satellites for OneWeb after the British company broke ties with Russia in March. Russian Soyuz rockets already had launched 13 BATCHES of OneWeb satellites, beginning in 2019. India picked up the slack in October, sending up a batch of OneWeb satellites.
OneWeb satellites -- each about the size of a washing machine and weighing 330 pounds (150 kilograms) -- are built at NASA's Kennedy Space Center through a joint venture with France's Airbus....

archived Intelsat mysteries of telecom transmission, Starlink...The Saga ...orbiting Earth...like space junk
by Cat on Sun Dec 11th, 2022 at 05:52:50 PM EST
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Politico | 'America has achieved a tremendous scientific breakthrough', 13 Dec
to create a net increase in energy, a major breakthrough that could eventually lead to a new source of clean, inexpensive power, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Tuesday.
The achievement at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory came when 192 high-energy lasers converged on a diamond capsule containing a cylinder about the size of a peppercorn and filled with deuterium and tritium. The lasers entered either end of the cylinder and heated the contents to over 3 million degrees Celsius.
archived UK Fusion 2022, 2 min, 120M°C tokamak, fusion is gaining, 50 years in the future
by Cat on Tue Dec 13th, 2022 at 09:01:41 PM EST
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How the AP estimated 10,300 new graves in occupied Mariupol, 22 Dec
cemetery war crimes update

Russia scrubs Mariupol's Ukrainian identity, builds on death, 22 Dec
"tearing down bombed-out buildings" war crime update

by Cat on Thu Dec 22nd, 2022 at 04:11:38 PM EST
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RT "'Going Underground' is back on air for the first time since April, now broadcasting to you from Dubai, the heart of the Middle East! For our return episode, we're speaking to Alastair Crooke," recovering orientalist.

archived Ruble and Rupee, Perils of the Enlightenment - 250 Years Later, Hobbes, Hume, Locke, Bentham, Vinay Lal History of British India, Bernal in QD: "I don't know how to be human any more"

Bernal, M., Black Athena, vol. I/III

by Cat on Sat Dec 3rd, 2022 at 07:03:55 PM EST
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Have you noticed like I have an adjustment in the history of the last war in Europe? oh, yes. NATO annihilation of Yugoslavia never happened. Nonetheless, Balkan resentment abides in popular fiction.

by Cat on Thu Dec 22nd, 2022 at 02:13:16 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Dec 3rd, 2022 at 12:07:42 PM EST
Of budgets, constitutions, and klans

wikiwtf 5 Dec 2022
-989: The Jordan Rift Valley earthquake destroys multiple cities across the Levant, triggers a tsunami and kills many

-614: Emir Edigu of Golden Horde reaches Moscow.

-566: The first of two earthquakes measuring Mw  7.2 [eh?] strikes Italy, causing extreme destruction and killing upwards of 70,000 people.

-265:  Seven Years' War: Battle of Leuthen: Frederick II of Prussia leads Prussian forces to a decisive victory over Austrian forces under Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine

by Cat on Mon Dec 5th, 2022 at 01:56:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Dec 17th, 2022 at 01:45:43 PM EST
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HISTORIC victory details
Qatar corruption and human rights abuse story developing ...
by Cat on Sun Dec 18th, 2022 at 07:12:13 PM EST
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Qatar/Doha is not Russia/Sochi

Middle East Arab wealth replaces Red Square Communist oligarchs. NATO just needs to oust Russian speaking oligarchs from Ukraine/Kyiv. Complete the 2014 coup d'état under VP Joe Biden.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 18th, 2022 at 07:21:19 PM EST
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Arab News | Outrage over Western media criticism of Qatari emir's bisht gesture at World Cup final, 19 Dec
ome Western media outlets and journalists expressed disdain after the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, accompanied by FIFA's president, Gianni Infantino, draped a bisht over the shoulders of Argentina captain Lionel Messi as he was about to lift the World Cup on Sunday following his team's victory over France in the final....
Qatar corruption and human rights abuse stories developing ...
by Cat on Mon Dec 19th, 2022 at 11:16:03 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Dec 31st, 2022 at 03:22:02 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Dec 3rd, 2022 at 12:08:36 PM EST
by Cat on Sun Dec 4th, 2022 at 08:53:53 PM EST
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Anyone surprised?
« La Cour a détruit en un jour le résultat d'années de travail » : stupeur dans la société civile après une décision judiciaire sur la transparence financière
La Cour de justice de l'Union européenne a jugé illégale la mise à disposition du public de registres des bénéficiaires effectifs des sociétés. Ces registres étaient pourtant devenus un outil majeur dans la lutte contre le crime financier.
Rarement une décision de la justice européenne aura suscité pareille incompréhension. Le 22 novembre, les quinze juges de Cour de justice de l'Union européenne (CJUE) ont déclaré illégal l'accès du grand public aux registres répertoriant les bénéficiaires effectifs, ou propriétaires réels, des sociétés. Cette mesure, instaurée par l'Union européenne (UE) en 2018, a représenté une avancée majeure en matière de transparence financière. L'arrêt de la CJUE a donc résonné comme un coup de massue pour beaucoup de spécialistes de la question.
==> Les conséquences de cette décision ne se sont pas fait attendre. En l'espace de quelques jours, plusieurs Etats européens ont fermé l'accès de leurs registres au public : les Pays-Bas, l'Irlande, Malte, Chypre, l'Allemagne, la Belgique, l'Autriche et le Luxembourg.
(from, under paywall)
https://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2022/12/05/la-cour-a-detruit-en-un-jour-le-resultat-d-annees -de-travail-stupeur-dans-la-societe-civile-apres-une-decision-judiciaire-sur-la-transparence-financi ere_6153071_3234.html
by Tom2 on Mon Dec 5th, 2022 at 09:05:11 PM EST
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After meeting with BlackRock's CEO, is Zelensky selling Ukraine to the highest bidder?, 2 Dec
"The [NYT] article touted the meeting as a discussion on "how to attract investment in the country's war-ravaged economy." According to a statement released by Zelensky's office, Fink provided "pro bono advice" on "setting up a reconstruction fund in support of the recovery of the Ukrainian economy" and this "fund" would accept money from both "public and private investors"...."
by Cat on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 12:59:29 PM EST
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"Dear Mr. Bankman-Fried:
"I am writing to request your appearance...'
by Cat on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 01:01:49 PM EST
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courthousenews | Wuthistits sentenced to nearly 13 years for Silicon Valley fraud, 8 Dec
archived Elizabeth Holmes sentenced 11 yrs

most ignorant litigious nation on planet REPORTS
courthousenews | NXIVM sex cult leader loses appeal, will be imprisoned for life
"Victims testified that they were brought into a sex-slavery pyramid scheme with self-help guru Keith Raniere at the top."
HBO MAX | The Vow premier 23 Aug 2020
archived NXIVM sippy cups

by Cat on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 05:51:39 PM EST
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most ignorant, litigious nation on planet REPORTS

Texas judge tosses first lawsuit filed under abortion ban
"Haas ruled from the bench that a person [GOMEZ] who is not directly affected by the abortion procedure had no standing to sue an abortion provider."

archived September 2021 test case, tabloid USAToday Alan Braid

by Cat on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 10:19:51 PM EST
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HBO MAX 2022 premiere, Pelosi in the House
archived Hag Watch Int'l retirement planning
by Cat on Thu Dec 15th, 2022 at 10:46:57 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Dec 29th, 2022 at 02:52:31 PM EST
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But just imagine how much worse it must have been in the Clintstone household.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Dec 29th, 2022 at 03:00:36 PM EST
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fashion proxy war: Ukraine set to BATTLE Russia for Miss Universe title
by Cat on Thu Dec 29th, 2022 at 03:13:24 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Dec 10th, 2022 at 05:57:17 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Dec 12th, 2022 at 08:19:26 PM EST
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Generation Z edition

CNN | Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX's founder, is arrested in the Bahamas, 13 Dec

The New York Yella Cake, citing a person familiar with [18 U.S. Code Chapter 96], reported that the charges against Bankman-Fried included wire fraud, wire fraud conspiracy, securities fraud, securities fraud conspiracy, and ["]money laundering["].
money laundering
archived My advice: always go for conspiracy to commit...
by Cat on Tue Dec 13th, 2022 at 12:44:49 PM EST
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Generation Z edition

CNN | Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX's founder, is arrested in the Bahamas, 13 Dec

The New York Yella Cake, citing a person familiar with [18 U.S. Code Chapter 96], reported that the charges against Bankman-Fried included wire fraud, wire fraud conspiracy, securities fraud, securities fraud conspiracy, and ["]money laundering["].
money laundering
archived My advice: always go for conspiracy to commit...
by Cat on Tue Dec 13th, 2022 at 12:45:07 PM EST
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duplicate post SNAFU

PS. Sam is fried. In the meantime, the only question to my mind is whether (1) Sam will accept advice to STFU and (2) whether the US Congress will cancel their show hearings absent the star guest or lard the circus rings with "unwitting co-conspirators" and "victims".

by Cat on Tue Dec 13th, 2022 at 12:53:48 PM EST
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Someone who has been so useful in sending money for the Holy War (TM) won't be Epstein-ed, he can be reassured.
by Tom2 on Tue Dec 13th, 2022 at 01:20:05 PM EST
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expert victim John Ray III, ex-Enron examiner

C-SPAN | House FInancial Services Committee Hearing, "Investigating the Collapse of FTX, Part 1", running time 03:48:40 FFS

The Hill marquee is "6 Big Revelations"
archived things FTX did not have in Goodbye Mr. Musk

by Cat on Tue Dec 13th, 2022 at 11:54:07 PM EST
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whitehouse | Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, 13 Dec
Q Thanks, Karine. Obviously, the news that the former founder of FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried, was arrested in the Bahamas. The President received campaign donations -- campaign donations from him -- and many prominent Democrats did, some Republicans did as well. Will the President return that donation? Does he call on all politicians who got campaign donations that may have come from customer money to return those funds?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: So, look, I am covered here by the Hatch Act. I'm limited on what I can say. And anything that's connected to political contributions from here, I would have to refer you to the DNC.
Q I mean, I'm asking the President's opinion, though. You know, does he want those -- people who --
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: No, you asked me two questions. You asked me about will he return the donations, and then you asked me about his opinion. I'm answering the first part, which is: I'm covered by the Hatch Act from here. I am limited on what I can say. And I just can't talk to political contributions or anything related to that. I cannot speak about it from here.
Q And then, his opinion, though -- if you --
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I -- I just -- just cannot speak to this from here. Even his opinion, even his thoughts about the contributions, donations, I cannot speak from it -- from -- about that from here.
Q And then -- Are you covered by the Hatch Act?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I am covered by the Hatch Act, which I'm happy to say over and over again, because we believe in the rule of law here.
shorter: (1) no, (2) no, and "Finders keepers, losers weepers".
by Cat on Wed Dec 14th, 2022 at 05:04:24 PM EST
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RT reports semi-disgorgement of ill-gotten gains reported by NY Yella Cake and WaPoo
a law firm representing the party's official campaign arms and its largest super PACs, as well as individual lawmakers like new House Speaker Hakeem Jeffries, recently received an email from [DOJ] prosecutors in New York, the newspaper reported. The prosecutors reportedly sought information on donations from Bankman-Fried and his colleagues and companies, the Times added, citing anonymous sources®.

Two other sources told the paper that the same prosecutors reached out to other Democratic campaigns that took money linked to FTX, and to Republican campaigns that were reportedly funded by another FTX executive.

Jeffries is among a number of politicians who have since handed their donations from Bankman-Fried on to charity. Three prominent Democratic groups - the DNC and the party's House and Senate Campaign Commissions - have opted to return more than $1 million in contributions, while the White House has refused to say whether President Joe Biden would return nearly $59,000 in donations by Bankman-Fried to his 2020 campaign....

by Cat on Mon Dec 19th, 2022 at 04:37:20 PM EST
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Sam in custody. Wong and Ellison plead guilty. US ATTY offers plea deals to known and unknown co-conspirators at large.
by Cat on Thu Dec 22nd, 2022 at 03:17:08 PM EST
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yahoo! De Crypt | Caroline Ellison 'Knew That It Was Wrong,' Implicates Sam Bankman Fried, 26 Dec revenge porn allocution
The misleading financial statements came in the form of "quarterly balance sheets that concealed the extent of Alameda's borrowing and the billions of dollars in loans that Alameda had made," Ellison explained.

"I agreed with Mr. Bankman-Fried and others not to publicly disclose the true nature of the relationship between Alameda and FTX, including Alameda's credit arrangement," she said.

sippy cup
"I want to apologize for my actions to the affected customers of FTX, lenders to Alameda, and investors in FTX," she said. "Since FTX and Alameda collapsed in November 2022, I have worked hard to assist with the recovery of assets for the benefit of customers and to cooperate with the government's investigation."

"I am here today to accept responsibility for my actions by pleading guilty," she concluded.

innercitypress.com | SDNY Daily BLOTTER < wipes tears >, 27 Dec
After SBF Is Bailed Out Case Reassigned To Judge Kaplan with Spacey & Donziger DC Echo
APsplainin No-nonsense judge takes over FTX-Bankman-Fried criminal case, 27 Dec invisible hand
...The case was relegated [sic] to Judge Lewis A. Kaplan after the judge [Ronnie Abrams] originally assigned recused herself because her husband worked for a ["white shoe"] law firm that had done work related to Bankman-Fried's collapsed crypto exchange FTX.
In 2014, he blocked U.S. courts from being used to collect a $9 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron for rainforest damage, saying lawyers in the case had poisoned an honorable quest with illegal and wrongful conduct....
archived Judge Thomas Barrett, Donziger be, like, See what I'm sayin?
by Cat on Wed Dec 28th, 2022 at 07:29:44 PM EST
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Judge Rules For Chevron In Ecuador Case | AP - Mar. 4, 2014 |

A federal judge blocked U.S. courts from being used to collect a $9 billion Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron for rainforest damage.

Chevron has long argued that a 1998 agreement Texaco signed with Ecuador after a $40 million cleanup absolves it of liability. It claims Ecuador's state-run oil company is responsible for much of the pollution in the oil patch that Texaco quit more than two decades ago.

The Ecuadorean plaintiffs said the cleanup was a sham and didn't exempt third-party claims.

The decision came in a lawsuit Chevron brought in Manhattan against Donziger and two of his Ecuadorian clients to prevent any of them from profiting from what the oil company characterized as a fraud.

Kaplan barred Donziger and the other defendants from trying to collect the judgment through U.S. courts and said they may not take any actions to profit from the judgment. He said any property Donziger or the other defendants receive as a result of the judgment anywhere in the world must be transferred to Chevron. He also ordered them to pay Chevron's legal costs.

A lawyer for Donziger -- Richard Friedman -- said the ruling was disappointing but not unexpected. He predicted it will be reversed on appeal.

Donziger's appeals lawyer, Deepak Gupta, said Kaplan's ruling amounted to "what is in effect a global anti-collection injunction that would preclude enforcement of a judgment from another country in every jurisdiction." He said it was indistinguishable from a ruling by Kaplan in early 2011 banning collection of the judgment anywhere in the world. That decision was struck down on appeal.

During the juryless trial, Donziger acknowledged that he stood to make about $600 million if the $9 billion judgment was approved.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 28th, 2022 at 08:33:00 PM EST
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Steven Donziger: The man who stood up to an oil giant, and paid the price | GreenPeace - Feb. 26, 2020 |

You've probably never heard of Steven Donziger, but I believe history will place Donziger - a man vilified by his corporate opponents - alongside Gandhi, Susan B. Anthony, Martin Luther King, Vandana Shiva, and other leaders of human rights and environmental resistance to corporate malfeasance and arrogance. 

At the time of writing, Donziger has been trapped in home detention for six months. He has still not actually been convicted of any crime. By all accounts, he appears to be a political prisoner of a private corporation bolstered by a cooperative federal judge.

We live in an era of vast ecological decline and social disparity. Toxins poison all life on Earth, about half of Earth's Pleistocene forests are gone, and thousands of species go extinct every year. Meanwhile, according to the UN, over nine million people starve to death annually, with over 800 million people suffering from chronic malnourishment. In December, an eye-witness to violence against Indigenous people in Brazil concluded, "There is no environmental justice without social justice." 

Judge orders prison for indigenous rights campaigner despite UN experts' opinion that his treatment broke international law

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 28th, 2022 at 08:34:24 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 28th, 2022 at 08:35:43 PM EST
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Why Argentina's Debt Deal Spells Bad News | Fortune - March 2016 |

Rich investors are winning big, but the case sets an awful precedent.

Unsurprisingly, a major part in the Argentine drama was also played by the most famously litigious vulture of all, billionaire Paul Singer, who heads a New York hedge fund. Like Dart, Singer reaped hundreds of millions of dollars in profits on bonds of countries stricken by debt crises in the 1990s; their targets included countries such as Peru, Brazil, Nicaragua and Congo.

BIG Pure Capitalism is a win-win option. Third World and biotope loses

A Gordian Knot: IC Gate -- Paul Singer funding Republican candidates to defeat Trump in 2016 |

Hedge funder manager Paul Singer, once one of Donald Trump's harshest critics, is making up with the president-elect.

Brexit, British Spooks and billionaire Paul Singer, hedge-fund manager Elliott

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 28th, 2022 at 10:00:50 PM EST
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Exclusive car bolts in Arnhem ...

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 8th, 2022 at 10:16:17 AM EST
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