Fri Feb 11th, 2022 at 11:45:09 PM EST
Once again, no fruitful contact to advance diplomacy. On a down hill path toward a big mistake ...
Invasion is a question of timing ... taking advantage of 8 hour time advantage over the US : Washington DC (6:30 p.m.) to Moscow (01:30 a.m.)
Super Bowl LVI
Kickoff on the west coast comes at 3:30 p.m. Sunday (6:30 p.m. ET), so the sun will indeed still be shining. Weather forecast: temperatures are expected to reach 84 degrees around kickoff.
US Intelligence: Attack 'Imminent' Postponed To Next Week
U.S. Says Russia Could Attack Ukraine 'Any Day' in Escalation of Alarm | The Moscow Times |
MFA Lavrov Messaging
Moscow can’t accept collective EU, NATO response to message on indivisibility of security
Normandy Four and Minsk Agreements
"No Breakthrough": Russia-Ukraine Talks Fail To Ease Tension | NDTV |
Any military conflict will be devastating for the EU-27 and Russia. The big winners will be MAGA and Communist China. No tension with Tehran as the nuclear talks fall through. The Middle East powers will be the enlarged alliance of Egypt-Israel-GCC states under the umbrella of the United States. The Abraham Powers are in control of the biggest fossil fuel wells.
Commodities traders brace for a war in Ukraine
Metals prices may rally further if Russia-Ukraine tensions impact supply: analysts | SP Global |
Energy policy shaping America's fortune ...
Resources for Freedom: The outlook for energy sources (1952)
Today the state of resources ...
How the race for renewable energy is reshaping global politics | FT |
Stocks take a hit on Wall Street ...
An analysis of the gas industry's play book to promote fossil gas in Europe
Losing the Afghan people and stealing their savings in US banks … how low can you get!
Spurning Demand by the Taliban, Biden Moves to Split $7 Billion in Frozen Afghan Funds | NY Times |
The president intends to use the Afghan central bank’s assets to fund needs in Afghanistan amid a humanitarian disaster, and compensate victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Afghan reserves to be split between humanitarian efforts for the Afghan people and American victims of terrorism, including relatives of 9/11 | The Guardian |
As the Biden administration mulled over what to do with the funds, a group of relatives of victims of the September 11 attacks, who years ago won a default judgment against the Taliban and al-Qaida, sought to seize the Afghan bank assets. In a case known as Havlish, the plaintiffs persuaded a judge to dispatch a US marshal to serve the Federal Reserve with a “writ of execution” to seize the Afghan money.
The Biden government has intervened in the lawsuit, and is expected to tell the court that the victims’ claims for half the money should be heard (several other victims’ groups have also asked for a share). If the judge agrees, Biden will seek to direct the remainder toward some sort of trust fund to be spent on food and other humanitarian aid in Afghanistan – while keeping it out of the hands of the Taliban.
… it also includes the savings of ordinary Afghans, who are now facing growing violence and hunger with the economy and rule of law in freefall.
Taliban attempting to steadily erase women and girls from public life – UN experts | OHCHR |