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March 2022

by Bernard Tue Mar 1st, 2022 at 06:21:11 PM EST

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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Mar 1st, 2022 at 06:23:00 PM EST

streamed live, 1 Mar 2022, EP Extraordinary Plenary session on Russian aggression against Poland Ukraine, running time 03:55:50
by Cat on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 02:56:23 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 03:04:42 AM EST
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Economist | Fighters with Ukraine's foreign legion are being asked to sign indefinite contracts. Some have refused
At approximately 1am on March 3rd, Priday and 15 other volunteers crammed into a white van with civilian licence plates, bound for western Ukraine....
Hold that thought, if you are able.
Eighteen-wheelers are parked next to Volkswagens with diplomatic plates and Red Cross vehicles loaded with medical supplies. A green van, a former food truck that still bears the words "DELICIOUS FOOD" in faded Cyrillic characters, has been renovated to become a troop carrier. A sign reading "FOREIGN LEGION" is taped to the windshield....
by Cat on Tue Mar 15th, 2022 at 12:11:31 AM EST
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France24 | EU Commission plans to give 3-year protection to Ukraine refughttps://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/38901/eu-commission-plans-to-give-3year-protection-to-ukra ine-refugeesees
Under the proposal, made on Wednesday (March 2), refugees will get temporary protection as soon as the proposal is approved by EU interior ministers who will next meet on Thursday (March 3). The proposal has be agreed upon by a majority of at least 15 member states.
by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 01:43:17 PM EST
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Interfax | Putin tells Macron of talks with Kyiv, focuses on Ukraine's demilitarization, neutral status - Kremlin, 3 Mar
"[Putin] commented in detail on Macron's Address to the Nation yesterday regarding the war in Ukraine, having disagreed with many of its theses. In particular, Emmanuel Macron calling Russia's fight against Nazism in Ukraine a 'lie.'
by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 01:49:50 PM EST
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This war is not a conflict between NATO and the West, on one hand, and Russia on the other, as some have written. NATO has no troops or bases in Ukraine. These are lies. Russia has not been attacked. It is the aggressor.

Still less is this war a fight against "Nazism," as a baseless propaganda campaign would have people believe. That is a lie. It is an insult to Russian and Ukrainian history and to the memory of our forefathers who fought side by side against Nazism. Russian leaders are attacking the memory of the Holocaust in Ukraine, just as in Russia they are attacking the memory of Stalinist crimes.

This war is the result of a revenge mentality fueled by a revisionist interpretation of European history that would have us return to the darkest days of empires, invasions and exterminations.

France and Europe responded immediately, unanimously and firmly to this flagrant violation of a European nation's territorial integrity and sovereignty. We did so in close coordination with the British, the Canadians, the Americans, the Japanese, and many other counties.
Vive la République.

Vive la France.

Connextion France | How French companies with Russian links may be affected
by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 01:58:11 PM EST
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Meanwhile, to exactly no one's surprise, the Schrödinger candidate officially announced he's running for re-election, via a letter/manifesto published in various local press outfits and online, less than a day before the legal deadline today at 18:00 CET.

April will be a busy month in the EU:
Sunday 3 April: Hungarian general elections.
Sunday 10 April: French presidential elections, first round.
Sunday 24 April: Slovenia general elections.
Sunday 24 April: French presidential elections, second round.

by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 02:49:15 PM EST
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euractive | Privacy activists launch new offensive against non-compliant cookie banners

The privacy advocates recently scored a major victory as two of their complaints prompted the Austrian and French data protection authorities to declare Google Analytics illegal for unduly transferring the personal data of EU residents to the United States.
NOYB's battle against non-compliant cookie banners started in May 2021, when the organisation presented over 500 complaints. The activists are giving the companies a 60-day grace period to bring their banner in line with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
456 complaints were officially filed with 20 different data protection authorities, coordinated by an ad hoc task force of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), the EU body responsible for streamlining the GDPR enforcement.
by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 02:32:18 PM EST
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Sputnik | German Chancellor Scholz Hails NATO's Decision Not to Accept Ukraine Into the Bloc as 'Correct', 4 Mar
"That was the correct decision, after very long negotiations within NATO about that issue", Scholz told the German TV channel ZDF, in an apparent nod to the alliance's summit in June 2021.
Politico.eu.com | Scholz, Zelenskiy play down talk of NATO membership for Ukraine, 4 Mar
At a press conference in Kyiv, Scholz and Zelenskiy played down the likelihood of Ukraine joining the military alliance in the foreseeable future.
"The question of [Ukrainian] membership in alliances is practically not on the agenda," Scholz said at the press conference, which followed a two-hour meeting between the leaders. "And that is why it is strange to observe that the Russian government is making something that is practically not on the agenda the subject of major political problems," Scholz added. "That is the great challenge that we actually face: That something that is not even on the agenda is being made an issue."

While Scholz stressed that each country should be able to make decisions on which alliances to join, he said it was important to "look at the reality" and seek to de-escalate tensions, just days after the U.S. warned that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could be imminent.

Zelenskiy said NATO membership was a remote "dream." Though he stressed that Ukraine was still keen to join the military alliance, Zelenskiy also acknowledged that the call was ultimately not up to Kyiv.

DW | Germany's Scholz urges Putin to end hostilities, 4 Mar
During a one-hour conversation, the German chancellor called on Russia's president to immediately halt military action in Ukraine. Putin said Russia was "open" to talks with Kyiv if all his demands were met.
by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 07:56:29 PM EST
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DW | Ukraine. Zelenskyy condemns NATO over no-fly zone decision -- live updates
Zelenskyy insisted that the NATO gathering was a "weak summit, a confused summit."

"All the people who die starting today will also die because of you. Because of your weakness, because of your disconnection," he said. "Today the leadership of the alliance gave the green light for further bombing of Ukrainian cities and villages, refusing to make a no-fly zone."

archived NO-FLY ZONE bomb intervention, EU 'Operation Sophia' ceasefire, US style
by Cat on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 12:48:09 AM EST
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From Sputnik article ...

The remarks followed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky saying in an interview with Reuters that NATO should work out common security guarantees for Ukraine if the alliance is not ready to greenlight the country's membership.

[Reuters via Al Manar]

Reads very much the essence of Russia's Lavrov proposal ... but than long-term. No war necessary except for warmongering from the Atlanticists for many years.

War hawk Joe Biden ...

Biden assures Zelenskiy that NATO membership in Ukraine's hands, Kyiv says | Reuters - Dec. 10, 2021 |

German Chancellor, in Kyiv with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, says currently no plans to admit Ukraine to the likes of Nato | SCMP - Feb. 14, 2014 |

Then came the glory of Zelensky in Munich ... made some threatening statements to president Putin and Russia, added upon the bold rejection to Lavrov's proposal for talks from a joint (?) NATO and EU reply in a letter ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 04:03:34 PM EST
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And as usual the warmongers are not those who actually go to fight or send their children to the front.
by Tom2 on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 04:52:45 PM EST
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Interesting editorial decision on your part to date the two top extracts "4 march", while quoting excerpts without giving the associated dates :
  • "German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has applauded NATO's move not to admit Ukraine and Georgia into the alliance last year."
  • You made an error with respect to the date of the Politico article : February 14, 2022

I'm not fact-checking your sources, just your quoting of them.

The result is disappointing.

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

by eurogreen on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 03:07:17 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 05:15:57 PM EST
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Why I hate implausibly-deniable disinformation?

I don't know. I yam what I yam.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 07:18:58 AM EST
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Situation `getting worse' in Romania: 50,000 refugees in two days, 5 Mar interview Emil Boc, mayor of Cluj-Napoca, president of the association of Romanian municipalities, and the former PM of Romania.
I don't know what stories you have heard, but the national authorities took all the decisions over there. Yet, many people who initially arrived in Romania didn't want to be a refugee in the legal sense, but just to pass through the country to move to Western Europe. Like I said, out of 120,000 refugees until 3 March, 70,000 left Romania more or less immediately.

So the first wave was primarily refugees with cars, who moved on to a place in Western Europe. But the situation is getting worse now, as the people who had some money have already left Romania, or they're still in quarters on their own money around the regions. Romanians were waiting for them with help, but they didn't need it.

But the other people from Ukraine, the second group with fewer material resources coming from Ukraine now, there is solidarity with them....

by Cat on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 01:19:14 AM EST
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Alain Lipietz : L'Ukraine, La France Insoumise et nous

Lipietz was my "maître à penser", 20 years ago, when I was at my most active in EELV. We were on the left of the party. He gives us a peek into the state of the French left.

J'étais trop petit pour comprendre le drame des communistes français lors de Budapest 56. On m'a raconté après. J'ai vu le drame des communistes français lors de Prague 68, le processus profond de remise en question. Kiev 22 aurait dû avoir le même effet à gauche.

Depuis la crise de 2014, deux interprétations nous séparaient sur la crise rampante entre Russie et Ukraine. Pour moi et pas mal d'autres, Poutine rêvait de reconstruire l'empire stalinien, en tenant grotesquement le discours de la Grande guerre patriotique contre les « nazis » ukrainiens héritiers de l'UPA de Bandera. Pour JLM, Fillon, Zemmour, Le Pen, Mariani, pour Védrine l'avocat des génocidaires et quelques autres, Poutine ne faisait que défendre la Russie encerclée (par qui ? L'Inde, la Chine ?), contre le projet des démocrates US (les Biden, les Obama, les Kamala Harris, les AOC, etc... ) d'étendre l'OTAN jusqu'au Donetz, au contraire de Trump qui privilégiait la lutte contre la Chine.

I was too young to understand the drama of French communists when Budapest 56 happened. I was told about it afterwards. I saw the drama of French communists during Prague 68, the profound process of self-examination. Kiev 22 should have had the same effect on the left.
Since the 2014 crisis, two interpretations divided us concerning the creeping crisis between Russia and Ukraine. For me and many others, Putin dreamed of rebuilding Stalin's empire, with his grotesque thesis of a Great Patriotic War against the Ukrainian "nazis", inheritors of Bandera's UPA. For Mélenchon, Fillon, Zemmour, Le Pen, Mariani, for Védrine [former Foreign Minister, Socialist], Putin was only defending encircled Russia (encircled by? India? China?), against the project of the US Democrats (Biden, Obama, Kamala Harris,  AOC, etc... ) to extend NATO all the way to Donetz, contrary to Trump who prioritized the struggle against China

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 04:40:31 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Mar 26th, 2022 at 12:50:33 AM EST
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I find it noteworthy that this map from the french defense departent is more pessimistic about how the war is going for Ukraine than any other I've seen, including those that lean politically towards the Russian position.
by fjallstrom on Sat Mar 26th, 2022 at 09:45:24 PM EST
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Given that the EC has eliminated Russian and "pro-Russian," or "Kremlin-linked," broadcast information, from whom or how do you suppose France's MoD collected information to represent this military situation map?

Depending on phase of moon and parliamentary audience, according to Zelensk-*, the UAF is crushing Russia's invasion and slaughtering civilians unable (or unwilling) to be deported from urban centers of resistance fighters. Why would Macron permit the MoD to publish a document contradicting UAF's offensive positions?

Furthermore, Why do you suppose Macron requested assistance specifically from GR and TR and RU to evacuate civilians from Mariupol only?

by Cat on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 05:43:39 PM EST
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Given that the EC has eliminated Russian and "pro-Russian," or "Kremlin-linked," broadcast information, from whom or how do you suppose France's MoD collected information to represent this military situation map?

So your hypothesis is that they are relying predominantly on publicly available broadcast channels to compile their situation reports?

That's unkind.

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

by eurogreen on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 08:54:34 AM EST
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Let's keep in mind that these reports are just what the French government wants to convey to the media. Nothing more.

If the French government media briefing sounds more pessimistic than, say, the US DoD media briefing, it does only reflect the respective governments differences in their PR strategy vis a vis their (mostly) domestic media. Nothing more.

The internal briefings and intelligence collected by the different governments are another thing altogether, and may have only a distant relationship to what is reported to the media.

TL;DR: It's messaging, period.

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 01:04:14 PM EST
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I find it noteworthy that this map from the french defense departent is more pessimistic about how the war is going for Ukraine than any other I've seen, including those that lean politically towards the Russian position.

with an assumption (not a hypothesis) about diverging representations of RU-UA manoeuvers and sentiments (optimism/pessimism) published by popular EU27 (+EFTA) press agencies that evidently do not express the same information available to France MoD;
the first of three questions pertaining to MoD source(s) and chain of command; alternatively, specific maps that fjallstrom has seen which might even be proprietary or, say, SE ministry of defense.

Your comment

they [MoD] are relying predominantly on publicly available broadcast channels to compile their situation reports
is exactly antithetical to the subject of note raised by fjallstrom and does not answer any questions pertaining to EC censorship or authorities (national defense, public info) of the government of France.
by Cat on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 01:15:03 PM EST
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[too complicated; did not understand]

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

by eurogreen on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 10:46:21 AM EST
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euractiv | Macron calls for restraint in words and actions regarding Ukraine conflict
The French president on Friday had said he was seeking to hold more talks with President Putin  in the coming days regarding the situation in Ukraine as well as an initiative to help people leave the besieged city of Mariupol.
Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said she backed Macron's approach.

"Obviously, those are words that add oil to the fire," she said, when asked about Biden's comment. "The fact that the president of the Republic is not entering into this escalation is a good thing," she said, speaking on France 3 in a pre-recorded interview that was broadcast on Sunday.

historical obligations, in pertinent part
Voltaire.net | Ukraine : the return of war propaganda
... In 2014, President Francois Hollande and Chancellor Angela Merkel put the people of Kiev at the same table as those of Donbass and negotiated the Minsk agreements. France, Germany, and Russia are the guarantors.
As long as the Donetsk and Lugansk republics were Ukrainian, the massacre of their inhabitants was an exclusively Ukrainian matter. No one was allowed to protect them. However, by signing the Minsk Agreements and having them endorsed by the UN Security Council, France and Germany took responsibility for putting an end to it. They did not do so.

The problem changed in nature when, on February 21, 2022, Russia recognized the independence of the two Donbass republics. The massacre of its inhabitants was no longer a domestic issue, but an international one. ...

archived 26 Mar  extemporaneous speech, ad libs, and epithets
by Cat on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 01:54:19 PM EST
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I won't insult you by presuming you don't know who Thierry Meyssan is; I will in fact recognise him as an expert on nations massacring its own citizens, given that he is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bashar Al-Assad.

But I won't comment on anything he writes. There are limits.

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

by eurogreen on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 10:52:11 AM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Macron says France will spearhead [sic] operation to evacuate Mariupol, 25 Mar
Now that the "city of more than 400,000 residents today has only 150,000 who live there in dramatic situations."
by Cat on Sat Mar 26th, 2022 at 06:50:57 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 02:38:17 PM EST
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Oil Price | Russia Threatens To Cut Off Flow Of Nordstream 1 Pipeline
"In connection with unfounded accusations against Russia regarding the energy crisis in Europe and the imposition of a ban on Nord Stream 2, we have every right to take a matching decision and impose an embargo on gas pumping through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline," [RU Deputy PM Alexander] Novak said in a state television broadcast on Monday, adding that "so far, we are not taking such a decision."
If Russia does cut off the flow of Nord Stream 1, natural gas prices in Europe will climb even higher. Natural gas prices are already at a record high, up 42% from Friday's close to $293 per MwH on Monday
Yahoo! Bloomberg | Russia Threatens to Cut Gas Flows to Europe Via the Nord Stream 1 Pipeline
Novak said that Russia has other options for selling its oil if the U.S. and EU ban Russian imports, and he warned that any such move could have "catastrophic consequences for the world market" with prices surging to $300 a barrel or more.
ancient history
Germany's E.ON rejects halting Nord Stream 1 pipeline - [Rheinische Post] paper, 27 Feb 2022
After the German government put the Nord Stream 2 pipeline on hold last week, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Saturday called for shutting down Nord Stream 1, which has transferred Russian gas to Germany since 2011.

Nord Stream is a joint venture of Russia's Gazprom, Germany's oil and gas producer Wintershall DEA, PEG Infrastruktur E.ON, Dutch Gasunie and French Engie.

E.ON, which holds a 15.5% stake in Nord Stream 1, said the project was "completely different from the ongoing discussions about the Nord Stream 2 line."

by Cat on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 11:42:51 PM EST
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euronews | EU will slash imports of Russian gas by two thirds by 2023, 8 Mar
"This will end our over-dependence and give us much-needed room to manoeuvre," said Frans Timmermans, the vice-president in charge of the EU Green Deal. "It's hard, bloody hard, but it's possible if we're willing to go further and faster than we've done before."

According to figures released by Bruegel, an economic think tank, Russia's share in gas imports fell from 47% in January 2021 to 28% in January 2022, amid tensions along the Ukraine border.
"We will not be part of subsidising Putin's war," President Joe Biden said on Tuesday.

Brussels is instead stepping up efforts to quickly diversify its basket of energy providers and diminish Russia's presence to the greatest possible extent.

"It is not a free market if there's an actor willing to manipulate it," said Timmermans, referring to lingering suspicions that Gazprom, Russia's largest energy company, is deliberately ["]under-delivering["].

Over the past week, EU officials have reached out to gas exporters such as the US, Norway, Qatar, Azerbaijan, Algeria, Egypt, Turkey, Japan and South Korea to secure alternatives to the Russian pipelines, which today spread over the bloc's eastern front and connect several member states.
Redistribution of profits
The diversification campaign, however, has so far failed to cushion the impact of skyrocketing gas prices: at the Dutch Title Transfer Facility, Europe's leading [futures] benchmark, uncertainty around the Ukraine war has pushed prices to an all-time high of €227 megawatt per hour.
Besides traditional, market-friendly solutions such as tax cuts and subsidies, which most member states have already rolled out, the [EC] is now opening the door to regulated price limits for vulnerable households and struggling companies.

by Cat on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 05:28:51 PM EST
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One story, two versions, no moral.

euractiv | Germany goes on a mission to secure supplies of Qatari gas, "value-based" karma

"I am now here in Doha, on the second day of a journey that is somehow totally strange," Habeck explained late on Sunday (20 March). "It is the Ukraine crisis that has brought me here and the attempt to get off Russian gas and oil and coal as quickly as possible," he added. Habeck claims he was successful in Doha, despite initial fears that Berlin's previous snubbing of the Qataris had soured the negotiations before they had even started.

"The good news is that this will be provided," Habeck said in reference to short-term [spot price] LNG supplies that are meant to make Germany less dependent on Russian gas. "Now the companies have to make these contracts for it," he added.
Only 10-15% of the Qatari LNG production can be diverted and Europe would have to directly compete with the Qatari's established long-term buyers, most of which are in Asia, Bloomberg reported.

DW | German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck reflects on tricky Arab energy mission, stinky beggars
For three days, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck traveled around the Arab world while a war raged in Europe. The Green Party politician described this as hardly bearable.
DW: Mr. Habeck, the reason for your trip, which was planned at very short notice, was the shock that followed Russia's attack on Ukraine and the realization that something had to be done immediately about Germany's energy dependence on Russia. Were you successful?

Habeck: That will only become clear in the coming weeks and months. After all, I don't make contracts, but I can open ["]the framework["] for talks between companies. There is a longer energy partnership with the United Arab Emirates, which relates primarily to climate neutrality [?], green hydrogen [?], and the expansion of renewable energies.

We have now signed a total of five cooperation agreements. So that was clearly successful. In Qatar, it was primarily about the possible supply volumes of liquefied gas. I am at least confident that the visit has led to something. Qatar is a company and a state at the same time, and I now have a bit of a feel for where they stand. So this can work. Our companies will now enter into talks.
But, while we say that more needs to be done for workers' rights in Qatar and we criticize the Emirates for welcoming the Syrian strongman Assad, which I also did on this trip, these countries' view of Germany and the West is: "You leave us hanging when armies that we see as terrorists fire on us. Your attitude toward Iran is ambivalent, and we have to pay the price. And you only ever come when you want us to help you." I was told that very bluntly.

The question they asked us was: Is this what you want long term? Or are we only supposed to help for a short time and then you turn your backs on us again? So I had to splain that our need for green hydrogen is long-term and the policy of turning away from Russian gas is a permanent project. And I think we [?!] succeeded in that.

by Cat on Tue Mar 22nd, 2022 at 04:31:09 PM EST
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CNN | Qatar will stand 'in solidarity' with European countries during energy crisis, 24 Mar, Qatar "divertible" contracts
Most of Qatar's LNG supply to Europe is contractually divertible. But Qatar will keep sending gas in Europe, as countries there try to wean themselves off Russian energy.
"We're not going to divert contracts [sic] and will keep them in Europe, even if there is financial gain for us to divert away, we would not do that," said Al-Kaabi, who is also president and CEO of QatarEnergy. "That's in solidarity with what's going on in Europe."
The minister rejected imposing sanctions on Russia's oil and gas sector, saying "energy should stay out of politics" and reiterated that completely stopping Russian gas supply to Europe is "not practically possible." The minister also said that his nation is not "choosing sides" in the conflict.
Earlier this week [?], German officials including economy minister Robert Habeck visited Qatar for talks on supplying gas to Europe in the midst of Russian energy uncertainty. "We have not agreed a long term agreement with Germany yet, but we're willing to discuss with the companies that we have been discussing to put a long term agreement in place potentially," Al-Kaabi said.
pareto estimate in a range
By 2028 Qatar hopes its gas volumes will be evenly split east and west of the Suez canal. Currently, about 80% of Qatar's gas goes east and just 20% is shipped to west.
EC | Commission outlines options to mitigate high energy prices with common gas purchases and minimum gas storage obligations, 23 Mar REPowerEU Communication + Versailles Declaration
The Commission is tabling a legislative proposal today, introducing a minimum 80% gas storage level obligation for next winter to ensure security of energy supply, rising to 90% for the following years. To address concerns about continued high energy prices, the Commission has also adopted a Communication setting out the options for market intervention at European and national level, and assessing the pros and cons of each option.

EU partnerships with third countries [LNG producers?] to collectively purchase gas and hydrogen [!] can improve resilience and bring down prices. The Commission stands ready to create a Task Force on common gas purchases at EU level....A joint negotiation team led by the Commission would hold talks with gas suppliers ["third countries"?], and would also prepare the ground for future energy partnerships with key suppliers, looking beyond LNG and gas. It would be inspired by the experience from the COVID-19 [Trade War!] pandemic, where EU wide action was crucial to guarantee sufficient supplies of vaccines for all.

sooo obsolete inventory hedge
by Cat on Sat Mar 26th, 2022 at 12:37:14 AM EST
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humanitarian interest

humanitarian tragedy

by Cat on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 12:22:28 AM EST
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Vitaly Gerasimov: second Russian general killed, Ukraine defence ministry claims
Ukrainian intelligence says major general in Russia's 41st army died outside Kharkiv along with other senior officers
The ministry also broadcast what it claimed was a conversation between two Russian FSB officers discussing the death and complaining that their secure communications were no longer functioning inside Ukraine.
The ministry also broadcast what it claimed was a conversation between two Russian FSB officers discussing the death and complaining that their secure communications were no longer functioning inside Ukraine.

Gerasimov took part in the second Chechen war, the Russian military operation in Syria, and the annexation of Crimea, winning medals from those campaigns.

If confirmed, Gerasimov would be the second Russian general from the 41st Army to die within a week in Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. At the beginning of March, its deputy commander, Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky, was confirmed by Russian media to have been killed.

If this is all lies and he turns up alive and chirping, I'm sure Cat will let us know.

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

by eurogreen on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 08:41:23 AM EST
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AFP, via Moscow Times
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday said he will not send conscripts or reservists to fight in Ukraine and that "professional" soldiers fulfilling "fixed objectives" were leading the war.

"Conscripted soldiers are not participating and will not participate in the fighting. There will not be an additional conscription of reservists either," Putin said in a televised address marking International Women's Day on March 8.

Or :
The Conversation

Within a few days of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the Russian independent news organisation Meduza published an article highlighting the shock and anger of the families of Russian conscripts when they discovered that their sons had been sent into battle. Russian law prohibits the use of conscripts in combat, so these parents had no reason to believe that their loved ones were in the front lines of Putin's "special military operation" in Ukraine.

According to the families that Meduza interviewed, conscripts are being coerced into signing contracts of voluntary service to change their status and provide some legal cover for sending them to war.

Changes to the status of conscripts is not the only information that Russia is keeping from soldiers' families. According to a presidential decree that Putin signed in 2015, all military deaths are a state secret. This means that frantic families who contact the Ministry of Defence asking for information about the welfare of their sons are routinely met either with silence or delaying tactics, such as advice to contact a unit commander directly or write to the Red Cross.

Ukraine has seemingly taken a very different approach. According to news reports, when Russian soldiers are captured they are allowed to phone their families, both to assure those back home that they are alive but also to convey to them the reality of this war.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 08:46:48 AM EST
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Putin was misinformed
Russia's defence ministry has admitted some conscript soldiers are taking part in the Russian invasion of Ukraine - despite multiple denials by its president Vladimir Putin.

The ministry said some conscripts - soldiers compulsorily drafted into the army - had been taken prisoner by the Ukrainian army.

   " We have discovered several facts of the presence of conscripts in units taking part in the special military operation in Ukraine. Practically all such soldiers have been pulled out to Russia."

Just yesterday, Putin had said Russia will not use any conscript soldiers in Ukraine in a televised message to mark International Women's Day.

"I emphasize that conscript soldiers are not participating in hostilities and will not participate in them."

To summarise : There were never any conscripts in Ukraine (it would be illegal), but some of them have been taken prisoner. It was probably an administrative error, and they are being pulled out.

It looks likely that Russia will have to declare war, or whatever, in order to be able to legally force conscripts into battle, because it seems that having committed 150 000 or so of its 1 million standing army, and the system is creaking, with no spare capacity. The reserve units are apparently not very scary (except to their own officers perhaps) and Putin has avoided mobilising them so far.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 05:14:16 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 02:01:59 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Digital detectives scour Ukraine social media for evidence of Russian war crimes, 4 Mar
"What we're trying to do is collect as much of this material as possible and then archive it, so that if it is deleted, it won't have an impact on future attempts at accountability," said Eliot Higgins, the founder of Bellingcat, an investigative outlet known for its work using publicly accessible content online, also known as open-source intelligence.

"What's different about Ukraine is that we're kind of all set up from day one rather than what happened with Syria," added Higgins.
Meta's Facebook and Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Google's YouTube did not reply to requests for comment.

by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 12:13:03 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 01:58:30 AM EST
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Official announcement
McDonald's To Temporarily Close Restaurants & Pause Operations in Russia
Now Ukraine and Russia can go to war. Friedman was right!
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 07:29:44 AM EST
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Some smartass said: no fry zone.
by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 08:48:06 PM EST
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Austria suspends mandatory Covid vaccine law
Austria says it is suspending mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for all adults as the pandemic no longer poses the same danger, just weeks after the law took effect in an European Union first, reports AFP.

The Alpine nation of nine million people was among few countries in the world to make jabs against the coronavirus compulsory for all adults.

The law took effect in February and called for fines up to 3,600 euros from mid-March for those who do not comply.

But minister Karoline Edtstadler said the law's "encroachment of fundamental rights" could no longer be justified by the danger posed by the pandemic.

by Tom2 on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 01:19:40 PM EST
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There is now something called "booster infection" (as far as I can say, I know more boosted people who caught covid in the last 2 months than non-boosted ones). Interestingly, this did not happen to my boosted +75 friends or relatives.
https:/www.dutchnews.nl/news/2022/03/coronavirus-surge-noted-in-blood-donations-major-impact-on-ant ibodies
by Tom2 on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 10:51:30 AM EST
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Thought experiment: Suppose everybody, 100%, was boosted. Then what fraction of infections would be among the boosted?
by asdf on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 12:38:28 PM EST
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SARS-CoV-2 transmission among un-, partial-, and fully vaccinated people are called "breakthrough infections"
by Cat on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 04:04:02 PM EST
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...and they are counted as infections all the same.

When the vaccination rate is high enough, most of the infections tend to happen among the vaccinated. Simple math.

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 09:01:31 PM EST
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The national health system anti-Covid app on my (and everybody else's in France) phone features a graph with two curves :

Non-vaccinated people in intensive care per million
Boosted people in intensive care per million

If you have any doubt about the shape of those curves, I'll post them for you.

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

by eurogreen on Fri Mar 18th, 2022 at 10:40:57 AM EST
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Excuse me. I was replying to my fine US AMERICAN compatriot whose life depends on CDC and FDA "guidance".
by Cat on Fri Mar 18th, 2022 at 12:13:18 PM EST
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Deutsche Bank going Greek
https:/wallstreetonparade.com/2022/03/deutsche-bank-has-lost-38-percent-of-its-market-value-in-a-mo nth-thats-a-big-problem-for-wall-street-and-the-fed
by Tom2 on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 09:17:14 PM EST
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That news ought to cheer up Yannis' eurotrib cadre in The (third or second) Great Sovereign Debt Default of Athens.
by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 09:26:00 PM EST
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euractiv | Russia leaves Council of Europe, avoiding being kicked out, 10 Mar
The Russian move is likely a preemptive [?] action to avoid a vote in which Moscow could suffer a HUMILIATING EXPULSION as most members vehemently oppose the ongoing attack of Ukraine.

On 25 February, the day after the Russian army invasion of Ukraine, the Council of Europe suspended Russia's rights of representation by a vote in which only Russia and Armenia voted in favour, while the representatives of Serbia and Azerbaijan did not attend.

However, this decision did not exclude Russia from the Council of Europe, and it remained party to relevant [?] Council of Europe conventions, including the European Convention on Human Rights. At the time, the Council of Europe stated that "it [RU suspension of rights?] leaves communication channels open", and the judge tasked with dealing with the Russian Federation in the European Court of Human Rights would continue dealing with cases issued against the country.

"Suspension is not a final measure but a temporary one", the Strasbourg body [ECHR] said on 25 February
Facing overwhelming condemnation from almost all other members WAS LIKELY TOO MUCH for Moscow. Furthermore, on Saturday, 5 March, Russia issued a list of "unfriendly" countries, including many fellow members of CoE.

archived Russia's New Bond Rules Split Creditors Based on Sanctions

Kremlin, Executive Order [No. 95]on temporary procedure for meeting loan obligations to certain foreign creditors, 5 Mar 2022
CBR, Bank of Russia clarifies rules for Russian issuers' external debt repayments, 6 Mar
Government, The Government approves the list of unfriendly countries and territories, 7 Mar

Albania, Andorra, Australia, Canada, [27] members of the European Union, Japan, Liechtenstein [EFTA], Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway [EFTA], Singapore, San Marino, South Korea, Switzerland [EFTA], Taiwan (the Republic of China), Ukraine, the United Kingdom, including Jersey, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and Gibraltar, and the United States of America.
NB. Some syndicated (EN) press adds Iceland in error.
by Cat on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 08:39:23 PM EST
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This must be the calmest job at a UN agency ever. Established in 1991.Since 2017 repurposed into data mining of doubtful ethical perspective.
https:/cooperation.gouvernement.lu/content/dam/gouv_cooperation/appels-%C3%A0-candidature/jpo/2020 JPO-2020-OCHA-The-Hague.pdf
Their latest activity is dated 2017. I wonder how much is the salary.
by Tom2 on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 09:17:01 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 10:37:09 PM EST
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And why is this in a magazine that claims to be satire?
Ist unsere Bundesregierung kommunistisch unterwandert? Diese Frage stellen sich immer mehr Menschen, seit FDP-Chef Christian Lindner aufgrund gestiegener Benzinpreise einen sofortigen staatlichen Eingriff fordert, anstatt den freien Markt regeln zu lassen.

"Für dieses Verhalten kann es nur eine logische Erklärung geben: Christian Lindner muss plötzlich zum Kommunisten geworden sein", erklärt Politik- und Wirtschaftswissenschaftlerin Thea Kowalic. "Denn die übliche Reaktion Lindners auf Preisspitzen, etwa bei Mieten, lautete stets: 'Das regelt die unsichtbare Hand des Marktes'."

Tatsächlich bezeichnete Lindner eine Mietpreisbremse noch vor wenigen Jahren als "Planwirtschaft" und erklärte, "jetzt kommen alte sozialistische Ideen zurück".

Doch kaum ist der FDP-Politiker an der Macht, scheint er plötzlich das Vertrauen in den freien Markt verloren zu haben. Stattdessen greift er lieber auf die teure Subventionierung überkommener Technologien zurück. Dafür aufkommen muss selbstverständlich wie immer der Steuerzahler. Schlanker Staat? Von wegen!

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Mar 15th, 2022 at 08:49:17 PM EST
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Times of Israel
He also reportedly made an off-color crack about Ukrainian women during the meeting, after Shaked noted that many mayors across the country are volunteering to take in Ukrainian refugees.

"Some of them only want Ukrainian women," Liberman joked in response.

Nobody called out the minister for the comment and several colleagues even laughed at it, reports said.,

When will #MeToo call for #BDS?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Mar 15th, 2022 at 09:11:52 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Europeans support Ukraine joining the EU -- but not yet, 16 Mar
EU6 (GR, IT, ES, DE, FR, NL)
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has already declared Ukraine belongs in the EU, though it is not in her power to admit Ukraine or even propose the country as a candidate for membership. Such decisions have to be agreed upon by all of the bloc's 27 member countries -- and they have disagreed sharply in recent years on EU enlargement.
The poll was conducted by Sigma Dos in Spain, SWG in Italy, Opinionway in France, Insa in Germany, Prorata in Greece and I&O Research in the Netherlands. Sample size: 1,000 in each country; field work period: March 8-11, 2022.


• EUROPEAN PUBLIC CONDEMNS RUSSIAN INVASION: "unacceptable" | "unacceptable but understandable"
• PERCEPTIONS OF DANGER NOT DRIVEN BY GEOGRAPHY: "How much do you feel that your country is in danger because of the Russian-Ukrainian war?"
• INCREASING SUPPORT FOR EU ARMY: before | after the Russian invasion

by Cat on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 05:19:14 PM EST
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Welcome to France (or not so)
https://www.nytimes.com/fr/2022/02/13/world/europe/musulmans-france-exil-discrimination.html?smid=tw -share
by Tom2 on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 11:35:33 AM EST
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DWsplainin | The Azov Battalion: Extremists defending Mariupol, 16 Mar
Mariupol: Azov's headquarters
Mariupol is also where the Azov Battalion, which is part of the Ukrainian National Guard and thus subordinate to the Interior Ministry, has set up its headquarters. Its fighters are well trained, but the unit is composed of nationalists and far-right radicals. Its very existence is one of the pretexts Russia has used for its war against Ukraine.
Initially, Azov was a volunteer militia that formed in the city of Berdyansk to support the Ukrainian army in its fight against pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. Some of its fighters came from the small but active far-right group Pravyi sektor (Right Sector), whose core members were from eastern Ukraine and spoke Russian. Originally, they had even advocated the unity of East Slavic peoples: Russians, Belarusians and Ukrainians.... Such associations would be described as "free comradeships," or organized neo-Nazi groups, in Germany, Andreas Umland from the Stockholm Center for Eastern European Studies, told DW.
Umland said Azov had drawn early attention by using the the Nazi Wolfsangel symbol as its emblem. "The Wolfsangel has far-right connotations, it is a pagan symbol that the SS also used," said Umland. "But it is not considered a fascist symbol by the population in Ukraine." The Azov Regiment wants the symbol from the Nazi era to be understood as stylized versions of the letters N and I, standing for "national idea."
The Ukrainian government decided to incorporate the ultra-nationalists into state structures in 2014. ... In 2019, there was an attempt by US Congress to designate the regiment as a "terrorist organization" but this did not happen.
DWsplainin | Who are the Indians supporting Russia's invasion of Ukraine?, 16 Mar
In New Delhi earlier this month, members of Hindu Sena, an Indian right-wing organisation, organized a demonstration in support of Russia and its invasion of Ukraine. Marching in the heart of the capital for almost an hour, the demonstrators held signs reading "Russia, you fight, we are with you" and "Long live India-Russia ties." Other signs explicitly supported the invasion and an "undivided Russia."
College student Richa Kapoor said that although he feels bad for innocent Ukrainians, he thinks the West is in no position to criticize Russia, when considering the Western-led invasion of Afghanistan. "We should not be swayed by the Western bloc's hypocrisy," she told DW.

Mahesh Kumar Agarwal, a lawyer, told DW that he thinks the countries that once belonged to the Soviet Union will eventually return to Russian control.
A similar geopolitical concept, known as "Akhand Bharat*," is supported by some on the far right in India, which envisions the entire Indian subcontinent, stretching from Afghanistan to Myanmar, as belonging to a single, "undivided" nation with India at its core.

Other supporters of Putin cite historical ties to Russia, including memories of the Soviet Union backing India during the 1971 war of liberation in Bangladesh.

"Historical ties with the former USSR, and the threat of China getting closer to Russia, are also reasons that shape India's support," Nalini Ranjan Mohanty, director of the Jagran Institute of Management and Mass Communication, told DW.
There are also similarities between Putin and Prime Minister Narender Modi's populist political style. "Both leaders bring in a macho-man image to their personalities, are nationalistic, authoritarian, and display a fierce leadership style," media historian Rakesh Batabyal told DW.

DW "read out" | Ukrainian president tells Bundestag 'help came too late', 17 Mar
Ukraine's President ["free comrade"] Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the Bundestag in a video call for the first time on Thursday morning before the German parliament opened. ... Zelenskyy had some harsh words for the German government over its economic interests with Russia. "We could see your willingness to continue to do business with Russia and now we're in the middle of the cold war. And again this is something you have failed to see," Zelensky told the Bundestag.

"You're still protecting yourself behind a wall that does not make it possible for you to see what we are going through," he added.

* Bharat is an indigenous, pre-colonial name of the sub-continent
by Cat on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 03:35:47 PM EST
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with masks ON

by Cat on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 03:57:29 PM EST
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feat. Wolfangel symbol of "free comradeships"
by Cat on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 05:00:40 PM EST
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One imagines most of them will. Along with how many thousands of guilty civilians?

Necessary war.

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

by eurogreen on Fri Mar 18th, 2022 at 10:42:27 AM EST
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MSN AFP | Russia claims hypersonic missile strike as Ukraine urges ["]peace["] deal, 19 Mar
Russia said Saturday that it had unleashed hypersonic missiles against an arms depot in Ukraine, the first use of the next-generation weapons in combat, after [RLY?] Kyiv's embattled leader pressed for "meaningful" talks to end a conflict now in its fourth week.
Ukrainian air force spokesman Yuri Ignat told AFP that the weapons depot in Deliatyn, a village near the border with Romania, had indeed been hit but "we have no information of the type of missile."

"There has been damage, destruction and the detonation of munitions," he said. "They are using all [RLY?] the missiles in their arsenal against us."

Ukraine officials also admitted they had "temporarily" lost access to the Sea of Azov, though Russia has effectively controlled the coastline for weeks after surrounding Mariupol.

by Cat on Sat Mar 19th, 2022 at 04:04:33 PM EST
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Business Standard | European politicians nominate Ukraine's Zelenskyy for Nobel Peace Prize, 18 Mar
and for this reason extend the nomination procedure until March 31.

"We therefore humbly call upon you, the Committee, to consider: Extending and thereby re-opening the nomination procedure for the Nobel Peace Prize until March 31, 2022 to allow for a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for President Zelensky and the people of Ukraine," the statement, dated March 11, said.

Guardian | Ukraine's Zelenskiy calls for urgent peace talks and warns of Mariupol catastrophe, 19 Mar
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by Cat on Sat Mar 19th, 2022 at 03:54:57 PM EST
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RTE | Biden praises Irish leadership on Ukraine in virtual meeting with Taoiseach
Quoting WB Yeats, Mr Biden described the impact the Russian invasion of Ukraine has had on the world. "All changed, changed utterly - a terrible beauty has been born," he told the Taoiseach.

Mr Biden said Irish leadership on the ["Ukrainian refugees"] issue has been "noticeable and impressive".

by Cat on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 06:00:10 PM EST
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When will Biden get to
I lie awake night after night
And never get the answers right.
Did that play of mine send out
Certain men the English shot?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 08:07:45 PM EST
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The EU is going to become a very different place, and very soon. Not sure I want to be there.

https:/www.dutchnews.nl/news/2022/03/dutch-court-frees-two-ukrainian-suspects-so-they-can-go-home-t o-fight
"two Ukrainian nationals, currently on remand on people-smuggling charges, can be released to go back to their home country to fight against the Russian invaders"

https:/www.dutchnews.nl/news/2022/03/willem-engel-remanded-in-custody-for-14-days-seven-social-medi a-messages-are-suspect
"seven messages posted by Engel were considered to be incitement. `These messages led to other people committing criminal offences or incited them to do so,"

by Tom2 on Sun Mar 20th, 2022 at 10:49:21 AM EST
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Complementary news item

Ukrainian refugees could fall victim to human trafficking schemes, advocates war

A different place has been a long trajectory from 11/9 through jihadist terror ... more wars ... rising death toll ... more repression and wars ... endemic Islamophobia-xenophobia-Russophobia ...

The shit fan will hit the consumer buying power ... forecast 2022 a loss of 8% gross income ... the poor become desperately poor ... the Conservatives and allies won't suffer as their wealth has been buffered ever since financial crisis of 2008.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 20th, 2022 at 11:26:30 AM EST
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And it seems that even the construction sector won't help this time. OMG! The EU without its low paid Bolkenstein workers!? How will they convince the Eastern Europeans to stay in the West then??

CHART OF THE DAY: Steel prices in Europe have surged to a fresh all-time high, with bechmark hot rolled coil trading above €1,400 per tonne.


Russia is the world's top-5 steel producer and Ukraine is top-12. EU has targeted Russian steel with sanctions. Ukraine's steel industry is suffering damage, with the destruction of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol (a Stalin's mega-project from the 1930s)


On top, European steel production is going to suffer, as the continent relies significantly on electric arc furnaces (mini mills) for production (about ~45% of the total). Sky-high electricity prices is denting production, particularly of construction steel like rebar


by Tom2 on Sun Mar 20th, 2022 at 12:29:25 PM EST
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That's bad for the Africans who still want to build trains.
https://www.rfi.fr/fr/podcasts/le-d%C3%A9bat-africain/20220318-quel-avenir-pour-le-transport-ferrovi aire-en-afrique
by Tom2 on Sun Mar 20th, 2022 at 01:00:15 PM EST
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If a steel crisis could help diminish the production of weapons... why not try?

OT not so OT
https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-united-nations-general-assembly-business-moscow-united-nat ions-f8ae1493bb680218695cf13abbc75554

by Tom2 on Sun Mar 20th, 2022 at 02:52:55 PM EST
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A Ukrainian television newscaster went on a fascist rant on national television on March 12, calling for the massacre of Russian children and the elimination of Russia from the face of the earth.

Channel 24 anchor Fahruddin Sharafmal made the statement following a report on the death of his friend, a Ukrainian Armed Forces member, who was killed fighting Russian forces over the weekend. He used the occasion to broadcast a photo of the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann over his right shoulder and appeal for the murder of millions of Ukrainian citizens who are also Russians.

Remind me again why we're supporting these guys?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Mar 20th, 2022 at 06:20:09 PM EST
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On Dutch television there have been calls to assassinate President Putin ... complete western indoctrination ... read the CIA jewels and Operation Mockingbird ...

Today I visited my sport club where I am a honorary member for 35 years volunteer work ... after six months Covid, games with spectators ... balcony for special members ... high ranking politicians in The Hague and captains of industry ... Shell HQ refineries, lawyers and accountancy ... teams came onto the field with banner for Peace ... soon talk proceeded with assassination of Putin in March ... historic month for a putz

I left at once ... not people I want to be involved with 😖 ☮️

As US-China Competition Grows, Will Covert Regime Change Make a Return?

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 20th, 2022 at 06:53:13 PM EST
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Very balanced analysis by Scott Ritter. Must watch!
He considers Ze as far more intelligent that either BoJo or Trudeau.
by Tom2 on Sun Mar 20th, 2022 at 07:44:43 PM EST
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Depends on how far we define "these guys": the neo-Nazis like that one above and the militias like the Azov battalion can join their ilk with Wagner and its founder Utkin.

Yes, there is Nazism in Ukraine and the Ukrainian state has tolerated these militias for too long, but I'd be happy to see the fascists get only 5% of the vote in France or the Netherlands.

Of course this will be used by the Putin regime to further their claim of Ukraine being run by drug-addict-neo-Nazis.

And of course, you don't support the killing of Ukrainian children, or Yemeni, or Burkinabé or...

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Mar 20th, 2022 at 07:47:03 PM EST
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The guy in the program is not a random militia man, he is a Muslim (at least his name is) promoting Eichmann as a normal academic reference on the TV channel where he is a journalist. He thus belongs to the same kind of alliance as the one seen in Ukraine since 2014 with Chechen fighters (i.e. mercenaries) exporting their war against Russia by fighting the Russian speaking populations of Eastern Ukraine.
It is a mainstream TV channel on air since 2006, also available by satellite.

Again, this is Syria 2, and letting such people travel all around Europe with weapons because we are all now supposedly fighting the bloody reds is a recipe for disaster (remember how some Syrian and Iraqi djihadists reacted when the West dropped them?).

But our politicians who have been used to cash on the "security mantra" the votes of an aging population don't see further than the next election and the juicy job they hope for in the board of a big company or in an intl organisation.

by Tom2 on Sun Mar 20th, 2022 at 08:54:41 PM EST
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The problem the fascists groups pose isn't, or at least didn't use to be at the ballot box. Remember, Zelensky ran as the peace candidate:
Far-right groups protest Ukrainian president's peace plan - Los Angeles Times
Ukraine, Russia and the separatists signed an accord earlier this month to pull back heavy weaponry and to hold an election in the area at a later date. The pullback has not occurred because of shelling from both sides and threats from Ukrainian hard-liners to hamper the disengagement.

Zelensky is sticking to the accord, insisting that it's the only way for his country to move forward.

But he faced strong opposition by, and struggled to control, the far right elements:
`I'm not a loser': Zelensky clashes with veterans over Donbas disengagement (VIDEO) - KyivPost - Ukraine's Global Voice

Andriy Biletsky, head of National Corps and the Azov Battalion, threatened Zelensky on his YouTube channel that more veterans would head to Zolote if the president tried to evict them from the town. "There will be thousands there instead of several dozen," he said.

Meanwhile, National Police Deputy Chief Vadym Troyan, who was previously Biletsky's deputy in Azov in 2014, reported on Oct. 27 that the veterans had removed their weapons from Zolote. Troyan claimed the veterans had held the weapons legally, although military officials had previously stated the opposite.

Singer Sofia Fedyna, who is a lawmaker with the European Solidarity party of former President Petro Poroshenko, which has 27 seats in parliament, was particularly aggressive in her response. She issued physical threats against Zelensky.

"Mr. President thinks he is immortal," she said in a video shared on Facebook. "A grenade may explode there, by chance. And it would be the nicest if this happened during Moscow's shelling when someone comes to the front line wearing a white or blue shirt."

There was also this incident:
Protest Dispatch: Serhiy Sternenko's Birthday Fireworks | by Anthony Bartaway | Medium

The police column pushed its way to the door of the Presidential Administration to deal with the fires and, presumably, put a damper on the increasingly rowdy protest. They manage to put the fire out, but quickly withdrew under pressure from a protester counter-push and a minor barrage of firecrackers. I did not witness any incidents of the police so much as laying hands on anyone at any point of the evening, including during this singular moment when it looked like the situation could have possibly escalated. Overall, it was a minor flareup that was done as soon as it started.

After the police retreated to their line well away from the action, the protest action, and corresponding vandalism, continued unimpeded until about 9:00 pm. During this time, the most dramatic incidents were when a man broke open the windows on the entrance door and when they put the firecrackers and flares on hold to have a full-sized firework display outside the mostly empty office windows. Some of the protesters also competed with each other to set fires on the upper floors of the Presidential Administration. Throughout this time, the only police presence near the action were the public relations officers who, from what I saw, went un-harassed.

I can see that you don't want to reenforce Russian propaganda, but I don't see why one should care. The war isn't going to be decided on Twitter.
by generic on Tue Mar 22nd, 2022 at 01:33:20 PM EST
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I can see that you don't want to reenforce Russian propaganda, but I don't see why one should care. The war isn't going to be decided on Twitter.

You're right that the war isn't going to be decided on Twitter or anywhere else on the Internet for that matter.

Some of us do worry about Russian propaganda being echoed on this very forum though - a very local concern.

And yes, unlike France or the Netherlands, the fascists are not much of a problem at the ballot box in Ukraine, but their political power is way too strong, thanks in no small part to their violent paramilitary groups.

This is one of the many problems facing Ukraine, a problem that that Ukraine is in an even weaker position to tackle now, thanks to the Putin war of aggression.

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Mar 22nd, 2022 at 07:32:57 PM EST
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I've seen coverage of the debt in left-wing sites, Now it goes mainstream (The Guardian)
Since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 - triggering a conflict in the east that had claimed thousands of lives before the current invasion - Ukraine has been forced to borrow $61bn (£46bn) from external lenders, according to calculations by the Jubilee Debt Campaign; a small sliver has been paid off, but what remains represents about a third of the country's total economy. Ukraine was due to cough up $7.3bn this year alone - more than its annual education budget. For a rich country blessed with peace, that would be manageable, but Ukrainians are poorer today than when the Soviet Union collapsed three decades ago. At least $100bn worth of damage has already been inflicted to infrastructure - from roads to bridges, hospitals to schools - and, as you read this, that figure only mounts. Yet almost all of the financial assistance being given to Ukraine is in the form of loans. Precious funds will be diverted from rebuilding a shattered country, instead filling the coffers of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and private bondholders.

That's why Ukrainian civil society organisations have launched a petition demanding Ukraine's debt is cancelled. They note, too, that much of the supposed assistance given to the country has been accompanied by strict conditions: the IMF calls it "economic restructuring", but it's more honestly described as the imposition of free-market dogma, resulting, for instance, in a 650% surge in household gas prices since 2014. "Previous governments had two options: either to fairly tax the fat cats and bring them out of the shadows, or to borrow from the IMF and others," Ukrainian economist Oleksandr Kravchuk told me. "They chose the latter."

What happens when a major economy can't pay its debts in dollars? Russia is about to show us | Adam Tooze
Read more
The Jubilee Debt Campaign has taken up this demand and begun to lobby MPs in Britain. Like millions of us, executive director Heidi Chow had that gnawing, helpless sense of "we've got to do something". For some, that manifested itself in the demand for a no-fly zone. But in practice, that could lead to a direct confrontation with the Russian military, which could in turn easily escalate into nuclear war. In contrast, this is a tangible and hugely impactful proposal with no risk of military escalation.

I doubt there any hope for Ukraine - unless Putin divides it into 2 and applies debt relief to his part.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Mar 21st, 2022 at 08:32:31 PM EST
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ECB President Warns Crypto Companies Against Helping Russians Avoid Sanctions

Lagarde : Carry on your crypto transactions with drug cartels, people smugglers, tax evaders etc... but no busting sanctions with Russia!

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

by eurogreen on Tue Mar 22nd, 2022 at 03:48:49 PM EST
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of "clearly defensive" pubic opinion

The Hill | Publisher pulls Anne Frank book after criticism from historians, academics

The book sparked backlash following its publication in January after some historians criticized its findings as being inconclusive.

Six Dutch historians and academics have now responded with a 69-page "refutation," calling the investigative team's conclusions "a shaky house of cards." The book's publisher, Ambo Anthos, which previously apologized for the book in February in response to criticism, announced Tuesday night that it would withdraw the book.

NIOD | Research Report: 'Book About Betrayal of Anne Frank Based on Assumptions and Lack of Historical Knowledge'
The most important document that the cold case team put forward as evidence for their accusation against Arnold van den Bergh was a letter that Anne Frank's father, Otoo Frank, received after the war. A retyped copy of the letter, rather than the original letter, was found in the archive of a detective who investigated Anne Frank's betrayal in the 1960s.
 'Immediately after the war, the place was swarming with accusations,' the researchers write, `everywhere, people were trying to cover their tracks or settle scores.' An anonymous letter accusing someone, they conclude, is `in short, very weak evidence'.
in re: "art therapy" cf. The Night Porter (1970), etc
by Cat on Thu Mar 24th, 2022 at 04:37:34 PM EST
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Polling for president, in the following order....
Macron 28.0%
Marine Le Pen 19.5%
Pécresse 10.6%
Zemmour 10.7%
Mélenchon 14.1%
Jadot 5.6%
Hidalgo 2.1%
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 07:13:44 PM EST
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Not sure anyone has the enthusiasm to do a diary on the looming French presidential election. I've been out pasting posters for the Green candidate, because that's what I do. The late surge of Mélenchon may still end up collapsing the Green vote... and I still may end up voting for him, though I have sworn never again...

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 12:41:25 PM EST
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Fear not, I've done some writing while you were out walking the electoral beat. Agreed: it's shame that many voters are OK electing a Green candidate at their city hall, but not to the Elysée.
Happy pasting!
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Apr 2nd, 2022 at 08:54:31 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Mar 1st, 2022 at 06:23:40 PM EST
by Cat on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 03:03:30 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 02:43:02 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 02:56:04 PM EST
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recorded live (UA), nearly inaudible running translation (EN), no subtitles

euronews | 'We shall go on to the end', Ukraine President Zelenskyy tells British MPs

by Cat on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 05:40:21 PM EST
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Dispute over restarting fracking divides Conservative Party
Truss has quite a long history of supporting fracking, saying in 2018 that people who didn't want the destructive form of fossil fuel production in their communities were NIMBYs [Not In My Backyard].
[Kwasi] Kwarteng released a statement on March 10 saying that "we need to focus on generating cheaper, cleaner power here in the UK - recognising that gas is expensive, and renewables are relatively cheap".
The Guardian said that Kwarteng was "toning down" his anti-fracking rhetoric after hints at a U-turn from Downing Street.

A generational divide?

A lot of younger Conservatives, especially those associated with the Conservative Environment Network (CEN) are more against the idea of fracking. The CEN said "Fracking isn't the answer to the energy crunch."
A poll by CEN in September 2021 found that Tory voters in Red Wall seats supported further action to tackle climate change, with 53% of respondents saying the government should take stronger action.
Calls to restart fracking within the Tories are being led by Craig McKinlay and Steve Baker, who set up the `Net Zero Scrutiny Group' in Parliament last year. They were among 34 MPs who wrote to the Government demanding a halt to the ban on fracking.

... the science etc.
by Cat on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 05:49:10 PM EST
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Julian Assange denied permission to appeal against US extradition
The supreme court said on Monday that it had refused permission to appeal "as the application didn't raise an arguable point of law". After the decision, the case is expected to be formally sent to Priti Patel to approve the extradition.
US, UK don't do international law, m'k
The attempted appeal to the supreme court was specifically on the issue of the US assurances.
Responding to the supreme court's decision, a spokesperson for Assange's solicitors, Birnberg Peirce, said: "We regret that the opportunity has not been taken to consider the troubling circumstances in which requesting states can provide ["]caveated["] guarantees after the conclusion of a full evidential hearing. In Mr Assange's case, the court had found that there was a real risk of prohibited treatment in the event of his onward extradition."
by Cat on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 10:30:14 PM EST
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Lifted from NC
Another little issue rarely mentioned is this - ship's crews are not rounded up or employed by the ship owner or in most cases the ship operator - there are these crew management companies, firms that contract with ships and shipping companies for crew members - deckhands, engineers, officers. There are not that many of these firms, relatively speaking, and the largest are located in Europe. The covid years created a crisis in maritime employment, people becoming trapped on ships, unable to meet crew change contract terms, leaving sailors stranded at sea, leaving ships unable to get the required officers, etc. I expect over the last two years adjustments have been made but now a new crisis has struck, complicating all. The impact of these sanctions and the ripple effect on ship operations will only become clear in time. If a flag of convenience ship owning firm, registering ships in, say, Panama, is held by a Russian oligarch, then will those ships suddenly be unable to get crew because the crew management company decides it cannot provide services to that ship? How many Russian sailors are in the pool of sailors in these companies? Are they now black listed from postings? What about all the necessary contract provisions and data transfers to execute the payments to the crew members, are some of those links now broken or not working?

This is just one tiny example of Yves' point that our incredibly complex systems have grown beyond human understanding in some ways. The law of unintended consequences is about to express itself in ways we cannot even imagine.

by Tom2 on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 10:33:15 PM EST
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archived anomie
by Cat on Thu Mar 24th, 2022 at 04:45:06 PM EST
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Brexit: MSPs refuse to give consent to the Subsidy Control Bill
The Subsidy Control Bill is currently at the report stage in the House of Lords, before it moves on to a third reading, and has made its way to Holyrood for sign off from Scottish parliamentarians.
[Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise Ivan McKee] stated that the UK internal market act, introduced in December 2020, "completely overrides the devolution settlement by reserving subsidy control and giving UK ministers powers to spend directly in devolved areas without the oversight and consent of this Scottish Parliament and Scottish ministers."
He added: "The bill if adopted brings further erosion of devolution through the sweeping powers of the Secretary of State which overrides the devolution settlement and risks UK ministers intervening without proper knowledge or consultation around local circumstances."
Covid in Scotland: More than 2000 people in hospital with nearly 10,000 cases recorded
Scottish Government data on Thursday showed that 9721 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported, but the figures cover less than a 24-hour period due to a technical issue which means that data has not been received since 2pm on Wednesday.
That puts Wednesday's hospital figures as the second-highest on record after 2053 people were recorded in hospital on January 22, 2021.
by Cat on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 06:12:46 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 11:59:51 PM EST
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Outrage after P&O ferry crews at Dover replaced `by seafarers paid just £1.80 an hour'
Nazir Afzal tweeted: "P&O unions say their British crew are to be replaced by Indian crew who will be paid £1.80 [USD 2.38*] an hour

"As company no longer British registered they can do what they want. We also can do what we want - boycott P&O & hold the Govt to account for creating the environment that allows this."

* comparable to US federal statutory Minimum Wages for Tipped Employees, $2.13, and select states' statutory minimum for same. So there's that.

by Cat on Mon Mar 21st, 2022 at 11:09:29 PM EST
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Though I doubt they'll get many tips.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Mar 22nd, 2022 at 08:29:40 AM EST
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Service Charge, judgment
In a class action brought by a group of tipped employees, the 11th Circuit ruled a mandatory 18% service charge at the "Salt Bae"-owned restaurant Nusret Miami is not a tip and can be used to offset the establishment's minimum and overtime wage obligations.
because tl;dr, 20 pp
by Cat on Wed Mar 23rd, 2022 at 03:24:20 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Mar 20th, 2022 at 08:21:45 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Mar 25th, 2022 at 09:09:32 PM EST
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VOldaMORe Bulletin
The documents also revealed that UK instructors trained Ukrainian military in the use of weapons in 2018 when the parties to the Minsk process were trying to resolve the conflict peacefully, and London had not yet announced the supply of NLAW anti-tank grenade launchers.

The certificate signed by Col. M. Evans said that the training was from 17 October 2018 to 2 November 2018. According to the certificate, the training consisted of four modules: "weapons training", "navigation", "medical training" and "pairs movement." At the same time, London announced the supply of NLAW anti-tank grenade launchers to Ukraine only at the beginning of 2022.

RFERL | Britain To Send 6,000 Missiles To Aid Ukrainian Military, 23 Mar
by Cat on Fri Mar 25th, 2022 at 10:01:04 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Mar 1st, 2022 at 06:24:03 PM EST
Biden State of the Union 2022 transcript
President Joe Biden delivered his first State of the Union address on March 1.

Full transcript of President Biden's address to the nation, March 11, 2021
AU Explainer:It's not a State of the Union, but Joe Biden will soon deliver his first address to Congress., 22 April 2021

US presidents don't give a State of the Union address in their first year in office because it's accepted that they haven't really had the keys long enough to understand what state the union is in.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki White House Press Conference Transcript March 5, 2021
Speaker 8: (35:23)
The other thing is that as of March 1st, the Congress has not invited the president to deliver the State of the Union address. Meaning he is so far gone the longest of any president in his first year without confirming a date for the State of the Union, with the exception of President Nixon in 1969.
Jen Psaki: (35:42)
Well, a little bit of history. I like it.
Speaker 8: (35:43)
And who gave no address and waited until the following year. Is he going to follow that example or should we expect an invitation soon on the statement-
Jen Psaki: (35:53)
First for clarity purposes, and I know this wasn't your intention, but it's not a snubbing happening here. We are in the middle of a global pandemic. And of course, any joint sessions speech would look different than the past....
Biden's Speech to Congress: Full Transcript, 29 April 2021
by Cat on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 12:58:43 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 10:14:38 PM EST
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Red Scare I, 1871
Red Scare II, 1917
Red Scare III, 1938-1955
Red Scare IV, 1956 - 1989
Red Scare V, 2002 - going, going, going ...
by Cat on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 02:40:21 PM EST
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Gah bless America! Gah bless our troops!
(until further notice)

MAX BLUMENTAL: I don't know if you're planning to mention this, correspondents for RT or RT America, their having their personal accounts labeled as a form of blacklisting. Their personal twitter accounts which have nothing to do with RT are being labeled Russian state media. So Caleb Mauphin, Rachel Blevin, Afshin Rattansi who's at RT UK, all of them [including Jesse Ventura?! Dennis Miller?! John Kirakou?! Garland Nixon?! ...] are having their accounts labeled. The point is to intimidate them and make them feel so castigated [shamed] that they quit their jobs. Which were probably the only jobs they could get in corporate media, because mass media is closed off to anyone who doesn't want regime change in Russia and China and every other that's an official enemy.
archived Many are the Crimes; Black Struggle, Red Scare; "Foreign Criticisms of the 1871 Paris Commune: The Role of British and American Newspapers and Periodicals"
by Cat on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 09:42:37 PM EST
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HUAC free speech edition, feat. YouTube "Community Guidelines" for accredited, retail press agencies

Ukraine-Russia Is REALLY About The Demise Of US Hegemony, Petrodollar, 1 Mar (A/V)
The Hill's Rising SUSPENDED From YouTube For A WeeK, 4 Mar (A/V)

Never. ever. broadcast. US "democratic processes" without a notice DISCLAIMING accuracy of live recordings -OR- editorial commentary to DISPUTE statements uttered by public figures.

by Cat on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 04:43:58 PM EST
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COVID Trade War UPDATE, Build Back Better playbook edition

WaPoo | Biden's 'test to treat' covid plan draws praise, questions, 4 Mar

Consumers will be able to walk into a clinic at a CVS or Walgreens, get tested for the coronavirus and, if the results come back positive, go home with a free course of antiviral medicine under a "test to treat" program announced by President Biden this week as part of his new pandemic road map.

The one-stop approach has been hailed as a potential breakthrough by some doctors, who say it will make it far easier for people at heightened risk of severe disease to get the lifesaving drugs quickly -- especially for those who don't have regular doctors. But the American Medical Association came out strongly critical of the plan Friday afternoon, saying prescribing decisions should be made "under the guidance and supervision of physicians with expertise to deal with complex medications."

archived Mon Jan 24th, 2022 money quote, Sat Dec 4th, 2021 prescribing authority for the antivirals

The Hill | Former Biden COVID-19 advisers, experts call for more action from White House, 7 Mar

A group of 53 authors -- some of whom served on President Biden's COVID-19 task force before he entered the White House -- have released a roadmap for the "next normal," arguing for further action as the country prepares to live with COVID-19.

In their report released Monday [136 pp], the authors acknowledged the sense of fatigue that many people are now experiencing as the pandemic stretches into its third year.
Authors on the report included Luciana Borio, an infectious disease physician who served on the Biden-Harris transition COVID-19 advisory board; Jill Jim, the executive director for the Navajo Department of Health; and R.P. Eddy, a former White House official and senior diplomat for the U.S. and the U.N.

The roadmap offers 12 recommendations to "sustain the next normal" and confront future biosecurity threats.

archived Fauci phase two, Fauci phase changes, 2021 WH playbook, 2014 WH playbook
by Cat on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 09:46:23 PM EST
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"The next normal with Covid requires a basic reorientation. The national discussion needs to shift away from Covid alone to one that encompasses major viral respiratory illnesses like influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)," the report read. "The pandemic and its restrictive measures should end when Covid death rates decline to those of a bad influenza season."
quoting p 8
The United States' pandemic phase--with restrictive public health measures--can end when average daily deaths due to COVID and other major respiratory illnesses decline below 0.5 per 1 million Americans, or 165 deaths a day at a national level. At that point, the United States can transition to the next normal, although individual regions may be able to make earlier transitions, depending on local COVID metrics.

But on March 1, 2022, the nation is not yet at the next normal. The shift to the next normal should not induce complacency, inaction, or premature thriumphalism [wtaf]. To rapidly reach and sustain the next normal, the country mus implement a comprehensive and coordinate roadmap to both addres this pandemic [sic] and develop the capacity to confront future biosecurity threats.

by Cat on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 10:18:52 PM EST
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quoting p 10, recommendation 7. Long COVID

Rapidly coordinate and expand research on long COVID, to produce data and biospecimens [?] available through open science [?], with specific emphases on the INSPIRE and RECOVER studies. Aim to generate definitive answers to fundamental quesion on frequency, risk factors, prognosis, and the benefits of vaccines and therapies for long COVID, with the next year.
by Cat on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 10:39:50 PM EST
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The Hill | WHO: Drop in global COVID-19 cases continues, 9 Mar
The health body also reported that global deaths from the coronavirus were down 8 percent in the past two weeks. The steepest declines in cases this past week were seen in the Middle East, at 46 percent, and in Africa, at 40 percent.  The only area that saw an increase in infections was the Western Pacific, at 46 percent, according to the APsplainin.
The U.S. saw a 51 percent decrease in cases over the last 14 days, according to data collected by NY Yella Cake. On Tuesday, Hawaii became the last state to drop its mask mandate.
COVID Trade War jobs saved or created
yahoo! REUTERS | Scientists identify 16 new gene differences in severe COVID patients, 7 Mar
The scientists said their discoveries, published in the journal Nature, could help prioritise the likely treatments that could work against the disease.
"It is potentially possible in future that we will be able to make predictions about patients based on their genome at the point of presenting (for) critical care," said Kenneth Baillie, consultant in critical care medicine at the University of Edinburgh and one of the study authors, told reporters.

The genetic analysis of nearly 56,000 samples from people in Britain[!] showed differences in 23 genes in COVID-19 patients who became critically ill, when compared with the DNA of other groups included in the study, including 16 differences that had not been previously identified.

Science Daily | Genetic study gives extensive insights into severe COVID-19, 7 Mar synopsis

Kousathanas, ..., and J. Kenneth Baillie,"Whole genome sequencing reveals host factors underlying critical Covid-19," 7 Mar
Horowitz, et al., "Genome-wide analysis provides genetic evidence that ACE2 influences COVID-19 risk and yields risk scores associated with severe disease," 3 Mar
Zeberg & Pääbo, "The major genetic risk factor for severe COVID-19 is inherited from Neanderthals," 30 Sep 2020

Distributed, open-source critical care research
GenOMICC is an open-source research study that aims to engage and unite clinicians and scientists form all over the world to understand the genetic factors that change outcome in critical illness. ... Genetic effects will differ among the many different causes of sepsis, and different ethnic groups. This requires global collaboration among critical care doctors, sharing of data between researchers, and an innovative approach to funding.
The GenOMICC study is supported by Sepsis Research (FEAT), the Intensive Care Society, the Wellcome Trust, and the Medical Research Council.

Death from critical illness is strongly affected by genetics
Susceptibility to infection, including sepsis and influenza is known very strongly genetically determined. There are strong reasons to believe the same is true for COVID-19.

archived Wellcome Leap
by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 07:14:58 PM EST
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Roll Call | Protecting the vulnerable comes with added nuance in new COVID-19 phase, 9 Mar
[Johns Hopkins Medicine transplant surgeon Dorry] Segev's research shows that many immunocompromised patients need four vaccine shots to mount a sufficient defense against the virus, with some needing five. Masking guidelines are critical in his view to allow people to work and have fun. In Segev's case, that means operating on patients or doing the tango with his social dance group, which kept dancing through different waves of the virus.
The White House says it needs more funding from Congress to protect older adults and the vulnerable, even beyond the $22.5 billion emergency supplemental request that Office of Management and Budget acting Director Shalanda D. Young sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week.

Advocates like Segev also say the CDC should issue more detailed distribution guidelines for COVID-19 therapeutics like AstraZeneca's Evusheld, a preventative pill [?] to help high-risk patients avoid contracting the virus, in addition to a streamlined pathway to authorize other existing COVID-19 treatments for preventative use.

from bed sores to coffee, doughnuts, AstraZeneca, and next normal "parity"
"Our nation's elders have been subjected to unequal mitigation measures based solely on their place of residence," President Katie Smith Sloan wrote in a letter. "As COVID-19 measures in surrounding communities have gradually allowed for more freedom and autonomy, long-term care settings have remained under the grip of conservative measures."
by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 07:33:17 PM EST
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MSN APsplainin | US man who got 1st pig heart transplant dies after 2 months
David Bennett, 57, died Tuesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Doctors didn't give an exact cause of death, saying only that his condition had begun deteriorating several days earlier.[...]
Bennett survived significantly longer with the gene-edited pig heart than one of the last milestones in xenotransplantation -- when Baby Fae, a dying California infant, lived 21 days with a baboon's heart in 1984.
archived Wed Jan 19th, 2022ST in Mandatory vaccination
by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 10:29:04 PM EST
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Tabloid USA | There may be a new COVID variant, Deltacron, origin story
The World Health Organization said Wednesday that the new COVID-19 combination has been detected in France, the Netherlands and Denmark. It's also been found in the U.S., according to a new report SOON TO BE published on research site MedRxiv [Colson et al., "Culture and identification of a 'Deltamicron' SARS-CoV-2 in a three cases cluster in southern France"], and VIEWED by USA TODAY.
Researchers found two infections involving different versions of deltacron, resulting from the combination of delta and omicron genetic material. Twenty other infections had both the delta and omicron variants, with one case having delta, omicron and Deltacron.
Experts say it's too soon to worry about deltacron. Compared with  earlier variants, such as delta and omicron, this new variation - researchers have not adopted the "deltacron" name officially - appears unlikely to spread as easily, said William Lee, the chief science officer at Helix.

"The fact that there is not that much of it, that even the two cases we saw were different, suggests that it's probably not going to elevate to a variant of concern level" and warrant its own Greek letter name."

archived Mon Jan 10th, 2022, Cyprus Mail 404
by Cat on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 05:49:06 PM EST
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archived Mon Jul 12th, 2021, Tue Nov 10th, 2020

Peer-reviewed Result of the "treatment" Trial (Part 2) sighted, cited in social media
James et al., "Persuasive messaging to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake intentions". Vaccine, 22 October 2021

We find that persuasive messaging that invokes prosocial vaccination and social image concerns is effective at increasing intended uptake and also the willingness to persuade others and judgments of non-vaccinators. We replicate this result on a nationally representative sample of Americans and observe that prosocial messaging is robust across subgroups, including those who are most hesitant about vaccines generally. The experiments demonstrate how persuasive messaging can induce individuals to be more likely to vaccinate and also create spillover effects to persuade others to do so as well. The first experiment in this study was registered at clinicaltrials.gov and can be found under the ID number NCT04460703. This study was registered at Open Science Framework (OSF)
Why Anger towards the Unvaccinated was Intentional Psychological Manipulation, 21 Mar 2022 "anti-vax" REACTS
by Cat on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 05:25:21 PM EST
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The Hill | Omicron subvariant BA.2 now DOMINANT strain in the US: CDC
The variant has been steadily rising in proportion because of its increased transmissibility compared to ["]the original omicron strain["], and it represented 54.9 percent of new cases for the week ending March 26, according to CDC data. That is up from about 27 percent two weeks earlier.
"Over the past week, we have seen a small increase in reported COVID-19 cases in New York state and New York City, and some increases in people in the hospital with COVID-19 in New England, specifically where the BA.2 variant has been reaching levels above 50 percent," [CDC Director Rochelle Walensky] said [last week].
CDC | COVID-19 Vaccinations in the United States a/o 28 Mar 2022

by Cat on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 04:06:20 PM EST
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Tabloid USA | Biden announces ban on all Russian energy imports over Ukraine invasion; experts expect gas price spike
"Russian oil will no longer be accepted at U.S. ports," the president said in remarks Tuesday at the White House. "We will not be part of subsidizing Putin's war."

The president said he made the decision in consultation with European allies but added they are not in a position to join the U.S. in banning Russian energy imports. He said the U.S. is working closely with European allies to develop a "long-term strategy" to reduce their dependence on Russian energy.

U.S. and European allies had previously insulated Russian oil from the sweeping economic sanctions placed on Moscow, citing its effect on the global energy markets. But the ban is expected to deliver a devastating blow to the Russian economy, which relies on oil and gas production for more than 40% of the country's revenue.

Though Russia doesn't export much oil to the U.S., the ban is expected to drive up prices that have already soared at the gas pump. [...] In 2021, the U.S. imported about 700,000 barrels per day of crude oil and petroleum from Russia, according to the White House. The Europeans imported about 4.5 million barrels per day of oil.

President Biden Announces Actions to Continue to Hold Russia Accountable (A/V) will begin shortly ...
by Cat on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 05:08:05 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 06:09:33 PM EST
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Lawmakers wary of potential oil talks with Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Iran
"I find it disturbing that the Biden administration is negotiating with one tyrannical dictator while sanctioning another one. The U.S. is more than capable of producing its own energy. We need to stop relying on adversaries for energy we can produce here at home," Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-Texas), a member of the House Foreign Relations Committee, told The Hill.
by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 12:43:18 AM EST
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Saudi, UAE leaders declined calls with Biden amid Ukraine conflict: report, 8 Mar 2022
"There was some expectation of a phone call, but it didn't happen," a U.S. official told the Journal regarding a call between Biden and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "It was part of turning on the spigot [of Saudi oil]."
Why pad the sleeve where the ace is hidden ...
Officials told the outlet that U.S. relations with the two Gulf countries have been strained over the Biden administration's lack of support in the war in Yemen and the revived negotiations concerning the Iran nuclear deal JCPOA. Saudi Arabia has also been pushing for legal immunity in the U.S. for Crown Prince Mohammed, who is accused of killing a journalist in 2018.
... with impunity OPEC already possesses?
Putin Talks Ukraine and Oil With UAE Leader Before OPEC+, 1 Mar 2022
market power: "supporting stability in the global energy market"

"luck" favors the prepared.
Arab Weekly | Lavrov meets with Saudi crown prince, foreign minister, 11 Mar 2021
IRAM | Sergey Lavrov's Gulf Tour, 13 Mar 2021

by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 02:53:29 PM EST
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one also needs to remember that Biden made a very strong move when he did not call the Isr PM after he took office

i wonder if the Europeans really believe that they are going to easily replace the "undesired" migrant/assimilated populations of Western Europe (and please the extreme right there) by white Eastern Europeans, allowing some leveling in wages and technology transfer to the Eastern EU...

by Tom2 on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 03:03:58 PM EST
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Important details in the AW article:

"...Lavrov also met with Prince Faisal separately on Wednesday. At a joint news conference with the Saudi foreign minister, he said Russia shares a common vision with the kingdom on energy markets.

"We will find opportunities for co-operation in securing interests on both the supply and demand sides of the oil market, and we will work to prevent damage to the global economy in this aspect," he added.

He noted the two nations shared $1.7 billion in trade last year and said despite the coronavirus pandemic, they "maintain a positive dynamic in trade exchange."

Lavrov said investment funds on both sides were finding joint projects to the tune of $ 2.5 billion, including opportunities in nuclear energy, localising production of the Russian vaccine in Saudi Arabia and space exploration."

by Tom2 on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 06:55:10 PM EST
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US shipping rules complicate bid to ban Russian oil and ga, OBSCURE law
A section of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 --commonly referred to as the Jones Act--requires that merchandise transported by water between U.S. ports be shipped solely aboard vessels that are U.S.-built and owned and crewed mostly by Americans.
Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Jones Act critics have blamed the law for why parts of the United States, such as Hawaii, import oil and gas from Russia rather than using domestic supplies.

Hawaii's only refinery announced recently it was suspending purchases of Russian crude oil, which prompted the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a right-leaning nonprofit think tank, to write a letter to President Joe Biden calling for a one-year waiver of the Jones Act.

"Because of the Jones Act, it is too expensive to import oil from U.S. sources," the group wrote. "Thus, Hawaii is almost wholly dependent on foreign sources for its oil imports, including a quarter to a third from Russia, which has made the islands especially vulnerable among U.S. states to fallout from the crisis in Ukraine."

But the law puts significant restrictions on issuing such a waiver, said Charlie Papavizas, a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP who specializes in maritime law.

War effort Waiver Demanded

He said President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order allowing the waiver of navigation-related rules immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, in an effort to maximize flexibility for the coming war effort.

by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 01:31:01 AM EST
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Ghawar vs. Permian Basin: OPEC "ceded no ground in their battle for market share amid a supply glut" produced by market entrants
Thu Aug 22nd, 2019, Nov 2014-Jan 2019, illustrated rig boom and bust
by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 01:31:37 PM EST
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Politico | Drilling permits spiked then plunged under Biden
Interior Department approvals to drill oil and gas wells on public lands have dropped significantly in recent months, a shift from 2021, when the Biden administration TOPPED THE TRUMP administration's permitting record in its first year.

The Bureau of Land Management in January approved just 95 permits for oil and natural gas wells across federal lands in the United States, a plunge from the ZENITH of 643 issued last April, according to a review of data by E&E News.

< reckless eyeballin' >
The reason for the permitting slowdown is unclear, but it comes as Biden administration officials have been pushing the oil and gas industry to increase drilling amid surging gas prices.
Schwartz also noted that the oil and gas industry holds significant drilling rights already. Many of the drilling permits held by industry -- and 60 percent of the acreage leased to oil producers -- sits unused, she said.
by Cat on Fri Mar 18th, 2022 at 12:26:27 PM EST
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The Zelenskyy Interview: David Muir Reporting | ABC News Exclusive, 7 Mar A/V, subtitle (EN), running time 00:19:37
MUIR: So you will stay to the end, no matter what that means?
ZELENSKYY: Well, I would like the end to be like in the Hollywood movies, the happy end for my country.
MUIR: When we come back here, President Zelenskyy will and his concerns over the nuclear plants in Ukraine, the largest in Ukraine, the largest in Europe, now in the hands of Russians--in a moment.
by Cat on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 06:18:11 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 12:37:50 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 05:55:12 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 12:06:04 AM EST
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MSN Insider | Biden: 'It's time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again' instead of working from home, 1 Mar SOTU detail; Green New Deal counterfactual
evoking Rumsfeld's gravitas
by Cat on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 06:08:51 PM EST
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Grim America depicted here by Fred A. Reed.
Do you confirm?
by Tom2 on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 06:32:57 PM EST
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More or less.

Nothing incisive in the top half discursion, excepting the conscpicuous absense of note to international laws which US continuously manipulates, both by veto privilege and serial, self-serving exemptions from prohibitions of aggression which maintains its "hegemony" in industrial domains (duly noted above) of foreign states. It's  should be no wonder now easily the US reputation is diminished to gangster rating.

The last half, "America's racial problem is grave.... nationalistic population more united than the American," is sophomoric, a compilation of headlines that have manifest the bouregoisie's ("Reagan-Democrats'") economic fears for as long as I have been alive. Note how easily he blends topical immigrantion and FDI "red lines" around the greatest, abiding threat to First World decadence, "killer" blacks. Fred's ressentiment, rather than worldly sophistication, flashes brightly in this passage.

Having said that, I passed through The Saker many, many years ago (3 PCs?) skimmed similar posts, and hastily wiped my feet.

by Cat on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 11:35:39 PM EST
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I noticed his racist overtones, you are right of course. Typical Saker and a reason i dont lose too much time there. But still s.th about the US (i lived in New England a while ago and had to move my bag from the seat next to me when ppl did not want to seat near a black person on the train to NY... i was too young to protest then but today i wouldnt let it pass)
by Tom2 on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 09:07:07 AM EST
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Stay frosty.
by Cat on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 02:30:30 PM EST
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I've been running that subject line at eurotrib for about 4 years and still meet incredulity. A closely held belief that a population which cultivates anti-social behavior and dissociative personality disorder also expresses admirable qualities of "humanity" is difficult to dispel.

"Grim America depicted here" every hour, every day. In the real, a veneer of civilization in the US has always been ephemeral. That has been my experience, relying on the anonymnity of common courtesy, if you will, to pass from place to place, between classes boundaries and institutions, then into this domain for "social distancing" among strangers connected by internet telecommunication and industrial, repetitive messages simulating cultural cohesion.

Emails also showed that Meta would allow praise of the right-wing Azov battalion, which is normally prohibited, in a change first reported by The Intercept.

Twitter Launches Tor Onion Service Making Site Easier to Access [by IP addresses] in Russia

Hello, Thom2!
I've traveled the innerboobs for 30 years, not because I'm searching for myself. To the contrary: I want to know with whom I could be dealing,  their preoccupations, location, rituals, attitude and conceptions to the world. Because I have a pretty high tolerance for--or am inured to--eccentricity, I have monitored certain URLs to study cohort behaviors with much the same intention--or indifference--as a trained ethnographer (before they "all" converted to sociology, disgarding many interpersonal skills in order to mine Big Data correlative demographic traits). Each cohort attends strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and perceived threats to implicit or explicit organizing principles of the cohort. Discriminating between URLs and monitoring their enterprise is not unlike foraging for ripe fruit in a briar patch. Can you identify the source of this message?

by Cat on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 02:06:46 AM EST
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Dear Poes (dutch for cat), i also come here to read you but wont say so to r2p you. The pic you have seems taken at the Paris opera...and if recent is just another sign that the Macron bot (check pics or vids of his tv interventions... scarry) has accelerated the USization process to new speeds.
I ll tell more about my trip through Belgium and France last week...lots of interesting details. Now that ordinary gasoil is more expensive than super at the pump (both above 2 euros per liter) maybe our well dressed friends will have a look at the prices of traveling short and middle distances... YJ for all?
by Tom2 on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 09:02:04 AM EST
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accelerated the USization process
is, I picked that image up from a reddit/sub of inveterate, co-ed US retail rentiers who, as far as I know, use their passports for only 2-week vacations--when USD:EUR FX is cheap. I've good reasons to believe none of them created it; rather it's salvage from some atavistic innerboob portfolio, presented either to incite anonymous trolls or cover a slow trading day < wipes tears > I've been following their race-baiting, soft porn-peddling shenanigans since '08, squabbling over partisan pageantry and alien infiltration, regrouping, and migrating from URL to URL. To your point, this representative cohort is no more or less parochial than similarly situated boomers across Europe. Their struggle to preserve *-capital "values" and hedge inflation into dotage is no less pathetic...in the archaic sense of the word.
by Cat on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 10:38:07 PM EST
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Not on downtrodden path of mainstream news outlets and bloggers, but own research and analysis ... much appreciated for expressing your views..

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 04:24:27 PM EST
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The picture was taken at the Opera Garnier in Paris.

The racist annotations? Most likely from some fascist group in France, like Fdesouche (short for: Francais de souche - of "French stock", yes they mean "white"). I haven't bothered to check in which foul smelling discussion board it has been posted.

by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 07:44:14 PM EST
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House Democrats want more executive actions from Biden, 11 Mar
The ingnorance of the persons quoted is astounding.
archived The Dictator and the Decider
by Cat on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 02:41:55 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Mar 18th, 2022 at 01:22:44 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Mar 25th, 2022 at 06:33:13 PM EST
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Tabloid USA "journalism" with paywalls
APsplainin | Calif. group votes to limit reparations to slave descendants
-- H.R. 40- Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act
------ subcommittee hearings, feat. "international law" scholars
------ Darity, Testimony concerning HR40 (2019), rolling admission to class action
In a 2003 article written with Dania Frank Francis, and, more recently, in work written with Kirsten Mullen, we have proposed two criteria for eligibility for black reparations. First, an individual must demonstrate that they have at least one ancestor who was enslaved in the United States. Second, an individual must demonstrate that for at least ten years prior to the onset of the reparations program or the formation of the study commission, whichever comes first, they self-identified as black, Negro, or African-American.
-- A.B. 3141
-- AB 3121 Task Force Meeting Notice and Agenda, 29, 30 Mar
-- Craemer,"International Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade" (2018)
archive Alien Tort Act 0f 1789
US Census Bureua | OBSCURE 72-year Rule
potatoes of color immigrants: You can run, but you cannot hide yer "lineage" or yer "ancestral homeland" from descendants of US slaves in the most racist nation this side of the Atlantic Ocean; ante-1950 census is already public domain; so back the f* up and take a number: You will be served in the order which your antecedants were naturalized by US State Dept, maybe.
by Cat on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 02:55:42 PM EST
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Saudi Arabia, Kuwait say other OPEC+ members' struggles won't push them to bust quotas, 15 Nov 2021
Saudi energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman told S&P Global Platts that the kingdom has "very comfortable" spare production capacity but that he saw no need to put additional supplies onto the market beyond what OPEC and its allies have already agreed.
Middle East Eye | Saudi Arabia rejects US request to increase oil production, 17 Feb 2022
At an energy forum in Riyadh on Wednesday, Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman rejected calls to pump more oil and said renegotiating quotas among Opec members risked stoking more volatility in oil markets, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Brett McGurk, the White House's Middle East coordinator, and Amos Hochstein, the State Department's energy envoy, were sent to Riyadh by the administration "to pressure Saudi officials to pump more crude oil and stabilise markets", a US official told CNN.

"The kingdom is not on the same page with the US currently," said an OPEC delegate. "We all know they are not ready to cooperate with the US to calm the market."

World's Largest Oil Producer to "Calm" Market. Again, 1 Mar 2022
Tonight, I can announce that the United States has worked with 30 other countries to release 60 Million barrels of oil from reserves around the world.

America will lead that effort, releasing 30 Million barrels from our own Strategic Petroleum Reserve. And we stand ready to do more if necessary, unified with our allies.

archived Wed Nov 24th, 2021
by Cat on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 03:57:25 PM EST
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Let's suppose, he intended to say, uranian people but sumbuddy spit on the teleprompter screen precisely on the letter "k".
Putin may circle Kyiv with tanks, but he will never gain the hearts and souls of the Ukrainian people.
by Cat on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 09:07:42 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 02:09:13 PM EST
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Politico | New York [City] is about to let noncitizens vote. It could reshape local politics FOREVER.
Dominicans are [still] the largest group of immigrants in the city, numbering nearly 400,000, of all immigration statuses. China is the second biggest country of origin, followed by Jamaica, Mexico, Guyana, Ecuador and Bangladesh.
archived West Side Story, New York voters reject 3 ballot propositions
by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 03:15:54 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 06:31:58 PM EST
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Russia blocks country's access to Facebook
"Facebook originally said at the beginning of the invasion it would block Russian outlets from earning ad revenue on its platform."
by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 10:16:09 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 12:28:10 AM EST
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HUMPERDINK. HUMPERdiiiiiiNK. Humperdink
CNN | Kherson has no more armed resistance against Russia forces, mayor tells CNN, 5 Mar, 5 hr 15 min ago (auspicious 5 Mar numerology alert)
Kherson's Mayor Ihor Kolykhaiev told CNN "we don't have more weapons to resist" Russian forces that surrounded the city.

"The people of Kherson are unarmed. We don't have more weapons to resist, to put up an armed resistance," he said to CNN's John Berman.

"We don't have the army in the city. The army has been defeated. The Ukrainian army had to retreat, so there are no arms. They've retreated towards Nikolaev," he continued.

Kolykhaiev said the Russian troops will remain in control of Kherson unless and "until the Ukrainian army can advance on Kherson," adding of Russian forces, that "they're quite settled here."

WSJ | Ukraine's Special Forces Hold Off Russian Offensive on Kyiv's Front Lines, 4 Mar
very day for the past week, Russian forces have tried to fight their way through this suburb of Kyiv to reach the Ukrainian capital. And every day, Ukrainian troops have forced them to retreat, leaving burning tanks and armored personnel carriers behind.
by Cat on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 08:47:21 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 02:05:59 PM EST
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SEC Chair Gary Gensler talks Crypto regulation on ["]Influencers["]
And so it's every bit as important to have investor protection [!] for crypto exchanges, for the lending platforms where people are transacting-- buying and selling crypto ["]tokens["]-- and have appropriate disclosure about the tokens themselves and protect the public from fraud and manipulation. And that's really what we're looking at.
archived Always read the footnotes, Mon May 23rd, 2011 Goldman Sachs alumni
by Cat on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 07:50:09 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 10:23:23 PM EST
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Wall Street Journal | U.S. Officials Meet With Regime in Venezuela, to Discuss Oil Exports to Replace Russia's, 7 Mar
"In rare meeting, the two sides discuss lifting of U.S. sanctions that have barred Venezuelan oil exports to American refineries"

rest of the press corpse ... "Biden administration team in Venezuela as U.S. seeks to break country from Russian influence"

by Cat on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 12:05:52 PM EST
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A modern Churchill? Zelenskyy praised as war communicator
"His baby-faced complexion is now usually puffy and pasty, with a faint growth of beard. Suits and dress shirts have been replaced by olive military-style garb. His raspy voice betrays exhaustion."
by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 12:49:26 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 08:48:54 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 10:49:53 PM EST
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The little fish that got away from twitter's "inauthentic user" dragnet.

by Cat on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 05:33:42 PM EST
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Restaurants Now Requiring Proof Of Ukraine Support
When asked about whether he would still require vaccine cards due to the pandemic, he stared blankly and said: "The what? I'm not sure what you're talking about."
by Cat on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 05:56:51 PM EST
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Mitch O'bama tests positive for COVID-19. Hide yer wife. Hide yer kids.
Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative," Obama tweeted. "It's a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven't already, even as cases go down."
by Cat on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 09:02:03 PM EST
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Ukranians and jews has entered the room.
by Cat on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 09:07:57 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 09:23:24 PM EST
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Black Kos
separate but equal
by Cat on Fri Mar 18th, 2022 at 10:10:03 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Mar 21st, 2022 at 10:50:36 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Mar 23rd, 2022 at 07:32:15 PM EST
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As I idly search this month's obits for one that ledes with Albright's appointment by CLINTON to US Ambassador to the UN, I'm somewhat puzzled by the disappearance of Jeane Kirkpatrick, FIRST "woman" appointed by REAGAN, from the annals of US "feminist" iconography.

wikiwtf helpfully notes for another generation of non-partisan, non-binary US American "content consumers" for whom international diplomacy is a string of nonsequiturs.

An ardent anticommunist, she was a longtime Democrat who became a neoconservative and switched to the Republican Party in 1985.
Surely, in this "moment," both Albright and Kirkpatrick can share public admiration for their glass-shattering, HISTORIC achievements which cleared the concert hall for Second Sex INCLUSION among apex predation on the world.
by Cat on Thu Mar 24th, 2022 at 04:12:46 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Mar 25th, 2022 at 10:08:16 PM EST
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"That case has nothing to do with us", 2012
by Cat on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 03:12:16 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 10:38:33 PM EST
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Glad to see that Malone does not buy into the hysteria

Having said that, isn't it interesting to see how cool the US-ians remain thanks to the few thousand kilometers that separate them from the mess they create?

by Tom2 on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 07:21:09 PM EST
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o, yes, he did.

running time

I have a dream., transcript

by Cat on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 04:22:09 PM EST
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qz transcript is not accurate, btw.
Or else the translator slipped in a few ad libs.
by Cat on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 04:27:05 PM EST
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Tabloid USA transcript caught one qz omission @ 00:08:16
These words are known to each of you today. I can say I have a need. I need to protect our sky. I need your decision, your help, which means exactly the same. The same you feel when you hear the words, 'I have a dream.'
by Cat on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 04:37:05 PM EST
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Ultimately illustrated with 6 min. cost-of-war infomercial, 16 March Address to US Congress

by Cat on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 07:49:26 PM EST
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Think of the children.
CSPAN | Ukrainian President Zelensky Addresses Congress, until further notice, running time 00:20:25 including Zelensk-* infomercial -- families of "Europeans like us" gamboling in parks without a care in the world UNTIL one day, suddenly, PUTIN blew it all to [GRAPHIC WARNING: rubble, burning apartment buildings, crying women and children, explosions, crying children, a wounded person, explosions, families boarding buses, explosions, burning vehicles, missiles in flight,  crying elderly persons, etc][SUPER: Close the sky over Ukraine]
by Cat on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 03:07:14 PM EST
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Going for the best actor awards ... the applause is already present ... Screen Actors Guild or Shakespearean drama 🇺🇦 🎭

Before US Congress a war hawk begging for more 💵 funds and lethal weapons .... applause ... at home in Kyiv urging the Ukrainians to accept peace ☮️ proposals not to become a member of NATO in exchange for iron-clad security guarantees of the UNSC permanent members ... the proposal worded in 2021 by FM Lavrov and by Putin in 2022.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 03:26:02 PM EST
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Zelensky cites Holocaust slogan in address to Germany: 'Never again' now 'worthless', 17 Mar
"I address all of you who heard politicians say every year 'never again,' but I can see these words are worth nothing. Now, our whole nation is being EXTERMINATED in Europe, why?" Zelensky said while being firm with the German Parliament, the Bundestag, and imploring them for additional ["]assistance["].
by Cat on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 03:51:07 PM EST
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AIPAC called.

The Hill | ["Slava Ukrayini!"] Pelosi rejects Zelensky's calls to 'close the sky' over Ukraine

"It is not an Article 5 situation," she added, referring to the fact that Ukraine is not a member of NATO. "We are, however, prepared to supply Ukraine with very sophisticated equipment."

In Wednesday's speech, which Zelensky delivered virtually to hundreds of senators and House members assembled in a Capitol auditorium, the Ukrainian president pled with Congress and Biden to "do more" to help his country repel Russia's military forces.

His message sought to appeal to the American public, framing the conflict as a global fight between freedom and tyranny, good and evil.

"We're fighting for the values of Europe and the world," he said.

archived HEROIAM SLAVA Act and the US Congressional Ukraine Caucus, Pelosi's daughter
by Cat on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 07:46:16 PM EST
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Politico | 'He shoots from the hip, and that's part of his charm', 18 Mar, clean up aisle
During his 15-minute speech on Wednesday, Zelenskyy referenced turning-point moments in American history like the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11 terror attacks to underscore the dire nature of the threats his country is facing from Russian invaders. He also exclaimed "I have a dream" when asking for additional help -- a reference to Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech calling for racial equality.
and payments OWED black Americans, son
"He shoots from the hip, and that's part of his charm," said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who along with Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has had more direct face time with Zelenskyy than any American official. "I think it has sometimes gotten him into some political hot water, but the upside of his style is ten-fold more advantageous than the occasional downsides."
by Cat on Fri Mar 18th, 2022 at 12:34:26 PM EST
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Possibly he has other worries just now than offending people in faraway countries. But yeah. Crime against internet memehood.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Mar 18th, 2022 at 02:02:57 PM EST
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Well, I Don't Know About That, UN Special Rapporteur 2017, UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, 2016

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination "memehood" 2022

by Cat on Fri Mar 18th, 2022 at 02:28:14 PM EST
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SIN LASALLE: Excuse me, Vladimir. I don't know they do it in the Ukraine, but I believe I was here first.
VLADIMIR: Be cool, nigger.
NICK CARR: Look, you don't understand. This is how Chili Palmer operates. It's like a game between us. He knows I tried to set him up. So he did it right back to me.
VLADIMIR: Your game is over. No more set ups. No more nigger cop.
SIN LASALLE: Have you lost your mind? I mean, how is it that you can disrespect a man's ethnicity when you know we've influenced nearly every facet of white America. From our music to our style of dress, not to mention your basic imitation of our sense of cool - walk, talk, dress, mannerisms. We enrich your very existence, all the while contributing to the gross national product through our achievements in corporate America.

It's these conceits that comfort me when I'm faced with the ignorant, cowardly, bitter and bigoted who have no talent, no guts. People like you who desecrate things they don't understand when the truth is you should say 'Thank you, man,' and go on about your way. But, apparently, you're incapable of doing that, so -- [SIN LASALLE SHOOTS VLADIMIR]...And don't tell me to be cool. I am cool! [SIN LASALLE SHOOTS VLADIMIR AGAIN] Racial epithets. Why does it always come down to that? Makes me sad for my daughter.

by Cat on Fri Mar 18th, 2022 at 02:54:33 PM EST
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"which I cover rather briefly in the new book on bullshit ... the important thing is that things are moving around that would be the case in southeast Asia and Africa was often things just moved one way from the umm wife-takers to the wife-givers ... going back to my own field work in MADAGASCAR"

by Cat on Fri Mar 18th, 2022 at 03:20:43 PM EST
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Where is the quote from? I'm pretty sure you're trying to tell me something, Cat, but I have no idea what.  You don't like Graeber?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Mar 18th, 2022 at 03:53:10 PM EST
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Those anti-Democrat Trumpists at NYT (login required) keep doing it. Getting pretty disgusting.

White supremacist Glenn "Goebbels" Greenwald reports:

The NYT Now Admits the Biden Laptop -- Falsely Called "Russian Disinformation" -- is Authentic
One of the most successful disinformation campaigns in modern American electoral history occurred in the weeks prior to the 2020 presidential election. On October 14, 2020 -- less than three weeks before Americans were set to vote -- the nation's oldest newspaper, The New York Post, began publishing a series of reports about the business dealings of the Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in countries in which Biden, as Vice President, wielded considerable influence (including Ukraine and China) and would again if elected president.
This disinformation campaign about the Biden emails was then used by Big Tech to justify brute censorship of any reporting on or discussion of this story: easily the most severe case of pre-election censorship in modern American political history.
What this means is that, in the crucial days leading up to the 2020 presidential election, most of the corporate media spread an absolute lie about The New York Post's reporting in order to mislead and manipulate the American electorate.

Harris-Ocasio-Cortez in 2024!

by Number 6 on Fri Mar 18th, 2022 at 08:59:28 AM EST
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Good to see you around again ... has all gone well the past year?

Things are getting pretty rough at home ... and at our eastern frontier guarded by the Poles, Azov militia and the Romanians. Bulgaria is too occupied ... with traces of corruption still.

NY Times on the wrong side of history ... symptomatic for sure.

America's Disinformation Campaign - Ruthless

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 18th, 2022 at 02:17:17 PM EST
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Kind of you to ask.

As for NYT I guess the closer to power the bigger the turnaround or something. Of course we wouldn't be hearing anything if there wasn't a bigger story on the new (or "good old") Red Frontier.

by Number 6 on Fri Mar 18th, 2022 at 02:33:35 PM EST
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The Washington Post's Bob Woodward and Robert Costa report that the White House phone records obtained by the 6 January committee feature a 7-hour gap on the day of the Capitol riot, including the hours in which the incident occurred.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 12:41:02 PM EST
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Washington Jan 6th investigation: House probe of Jan. 6 Capitol riot finds long gap in White House phone records | CNBC - Feb 10, 2022 |

White House telephone logs obtained by the House probe of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot show an hourslong gap in calls on the day of the attack at a time when investigators know then-President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers spoke on the phone, NBC News reported.

Those records show no calls made by Trump, or to him, for several hours after his speech outside the White House, which began shortly before a violent mob of his supporters stormed into the Capitol, a source familiar with the records told NBC.

New York investigation: NY attorney general probe found 'significant' evidence suggesting Trump business misstated asset values for more than a decade | CNBC |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 12:53:47 PM EST
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He didn't make Nixon's mistake of leaving it all on the record...

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 01:36:43 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Mar 1st, 2022 at 06:24:29 PM EST
by Cat on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 01:28:40 PM EST
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AKA anglophone pubic intelligentsia, "Dirty Bombs and Dialects Defend Democracy"

Russian Takeover of Chernobyl Poses Grave Health Threat

What would be the result of exchange of fire at Chernobyl? The puncturing of the containment over Reactor No. 4 alone could unleash significant amounts of radioactivity, as would any breach of water-cooled waste storage at Reactors 1-3.
Ukraine Maps Tell a Different Story Than Putin's Claims
by Cat on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 03:29:25 PM EST
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Tabloid USA | Fire at nuclear power plant from Russian attack sparks fears of 'Fukushima-style meltdown', 4 Mar
Amid a stream of confusing, alarming, and, at times, conflicting information about the incident, The International Atomic Energy Agency soon said the "serious situation" had not affected essential equipment at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant and that there had been no change in radiation levels. Ukrainian authorities confirmed that the blaze was later extinguished by firefighters on Friday.

That didn't stop Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy from giving an emotional plea to his nation and all of Europe in an overnight video address.

"If there is an explosion - that's the end for everyone. The end for Europe. The evacuation of Europe," Zelenskyy said. "Only urgent action by Europe can stop the Russian troops. Do not allow the death of Europe from a catastrophe at a nuclear power station."

by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 02:24:35 PM EST
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euractiv | Russian forces seize huge Ukrainian nuclear plant, fire extinguished
A fire had broken out in a training building at the largest nuclear power plant in Europe during intense fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces, Ukraine's state emergency service had said earlier on Friday.

US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm [!] said there was no indication of elevated radiation levels at the Zaporizhzhia plant, which provides more than a fifth of total electricity generated in Ukraine.

A video feed from the plant verified by Reuters showed shelling and smoke rising near a building at the plant compound.

by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 02:36:51 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 02:02:24 AM EST
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Sudan Tribune | South Sudan rejects Russia's invasion of Ukraine
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dau Deng Malek told reporters on Wednesday his government and its president Salva Kiir have decided to stand with the decision taken by the African Union which called on Russia to respect Ukraine's sovereignty and end the invasion.
The African Countries are being represented by Kenya, Gabon, and Ghana in the UN Security Council. Kenya represents the East African Countries, Gabon is representing the Central African Countries[,] and Ghana represents the West African Countries.
The statement by South Sudan's government followed a statement by Gen Kainerugaba - who is the commander of Uganda's land forces, that "the majority of mankind (that are non-white) support Russia's stand in Ukraine".

Gen Kainerugaba and Sudan's Gen Mohamed Hamdan "Hemeti" Daglo, are considered the first the only senior military officers in Africa to publicly voice support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 07:25:44 PM EST
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Ukraine - Security Council | United Nations (4 March 2022) - Official
nuclear power plant catastrophe, "kindle hysteria" edition
streaming live now, started 00:53:00 ago
by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 11:00:30 PM EST
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Started streaming 2 hours ago
by Cat on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 05:45:05 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 10:15:58 PM EST
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Al Jazeera | UN resolution against Ukraine invasion: Full text, 2 Mar
The vote on Wednesday saw 141 states vote in favour of the motion, five against and 35 abstentions. Assembly resolutions are not legally binding but can reflect and influence world opinion. The vote came after the 193-member assembly convened its first emergency session since 1997. The only countries to vote with Russia were Belarus, Syria, North Korea and Eritrea. Cuba spoke in Moscow's defence but ultimately abstained.
The Hill | OpEd | What the UN General Assembly vote on Ukraine tells US
by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 03:44:54 PM EST
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HANKOREH | S. Korea enters poll blackout period days out from presidential election
Thursday marks the start of a roughly weeklong period until the end of voting on March 9, during which time the public will be in the dark about trends in voter opinion.

Meanwhile, a fierce battle continued Wednesday between Democratic Party nominee Lee Jae-myung and People Power Party nominee Yoon Suk-yeol.  ... But results from polls conducted before that period can be shared. ... however, it's hard to say who's leading the race and who isn't. Polling experts also say a definitive forecast is impossible.

HANKOREH | Understanding China's calculated stance on Russia's invasion of Ukraine
While Western media and experts are calling the crisis in Ukraine the "coming of a new Cold War" and are quick to assume the worst, Beijing sees the situation as simply a regional conflict and continues to call for all sides to abandon what it calls the "Cold War mentality."
The territorial dispute between the two countries was resolved in the 2000s, but China's entry into Central Asia -- former Soviet territory -- due to its Belt and Road Initiative, could be leading to a silent power struggle in the region. Although Russia and China are strengthening their cooperation against their common enemy in the US, their relationship is not one of true and full trust like that of inseparable allies.
by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 10:05:16 PM EST
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ICC | Statement of ICC Prosecutor, Karim A.A. Khan QC, on the Situation in Ukraine, 28 Feb
Ukraine is not a State Party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or the "Court"), so cannot itself refer the situation to my Office. But it has twice exercised its prerogatives to legally accept the Court's jurisdiction over alleged crimes under the Rome Statute occurring on its territory, should the Court choose to exercise it. The first declaration lodged by the Government of Ukraine accepted ICC jurisdiction with respect to alleged crimes committed on Ukrainian territory from 21 November 2013 to 22 February 2014. The second declaration extended this time period on an open-ended basis to encompass ongoing alleged crimes committed throughout the territory of Ukraine from 20 February 2014 onwards. ...
by Cat on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 12:24:32 AM EST
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APsplainin UN court to rule on bid for order to Russia to halt invasion, 16 Mar
The United Nations' top court is set to rule Wednesday on ["]a request["] by Ukraine for its judges to order Russia to halt its devastating invasion [?].
ICJ | No. 20228/8, "Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Ukraine v. Russian Federation)", 7 Mar 2022
But it remains to be seen if Moscow would comply with any order made by the International Court of Justice, or ICJ, which is sometimes known as the World Court.
Basis of the Court's jurisdiction, qualified petitioners &tc.
If a nation doesn't abide by an order made by the court, judges could seek action from the U.N. Security Council, where Russia holds veto power.
archived enforcement ("English law")
In the days since the March 7 hearing, Russia has intensified its military strikes on towns and cities across Ukraine hitting civilian infrastructure across the country, including a deadly strike on a maternity hospital in Mariupol, and sending more than 3 million refugees fleeing across borders.
Donbass - 2016. Documentary Anne-Laure Bonnel (subtitles EN FR SPA ITA), A/V, running time 00:53:49
The request for an order to halt Russia's attack is ["]linked["] to a case Ukraine has filed based on the Genocide Convention [sic], which has a clause allowing nations to take disputes based on its provisions to the World Court.

The success of Ukraine's request will depend on whether the court accepts it has "prima facie jurisdiction" [?] in the case.

Before last week's hearing, the court's president, U.S. judge [!] Joan E. Donoghue, sent a message to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on March 1 pressing home the necessity to act " in such a way as will enable any order the Court may make on the request for provisional measures to have its appropriate effects."
by Cat on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 12:12:25 PM EST
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DW | International Court of Justice orders Russia to suspend invasion of Ukraine, 16 Mar
By 13-2 votes, the Russian Federation shall immediately suspend military operations that it commenced on February 24, the verdict said. Only Russian and Chinese judges dissented, according to reports.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed the news on Twitter, saying that "Ukraine gained a complete victory in its case against Russia at the International Court of Justice. The ICJ ordered to immediately stop the invasion.
Does the case fall under the ICJ's jurisdiction?
The ICJ ruled that Ukraine's request fell under the court's jurisdiction.

The ICJ was set up after the World War II to rule on disputes between UN member states, based mainly on treaties and conventions.

The ICJ's rulings are binding, but it has no executive means to enforce < wipes tears > them in countries.

ICJ | Order of 16 March 2022, Request for the indication of provisional measures, 22 pp
60. Under these circumstances, the Court considers that Ukraine has a plausible right not to be
subjected to military operations by the Russian Federation for the purpose of preventing and
punishing an alleged genocide in the territory of Ukraine.
syllabus, above (no judgment on merits of genocide, only provisional right to ICJ arbitration; ICJ case law cited in reasoning jurisdiction and controversy is ... ironic, eg. Nicaragua v United States, Gambia v. Myanmar, Armenia v. Azerbaijan countersuits ) and order, below
(1) By thirteen votes to two, The Russian Federation shall immediately suspend the military operations that it commenced on 24 February 2022 in the territory of Ukraine;
IN FAVOUR: President Donoghue; Judges Tomka, Abraham, Bennouna, Yusuf, Sebutinde, Bhandari, Robinson, Salam, Iwasawa, Nolte, Charlesworth; Judge ad hoc Daudet;
AGAINST: Vice-President Gevorgian; Judge Xue;

(2) By thirteen votes to two,
The Russian Federation shall ensure that any military or irregular armed units which may be directed or supported by it, as well as any organizations and persons which may be subject to its control or direction, take no steps in furtherance of the military operations referred to in point (1) above;
IN FAVOUR: President Donoghue; Judges Tomka, Abraham, Bennouna, Yusuf, Sebutinde, Bhandari, Robinson, Salam, Iwasawa, Nolte, Charlesworth; Judge ad hoc Daudet;
AGAINST: Vice-President Gevorgian; Judge Xue;

(3) Unanimously,
Both Parties shall refrain from any action which might aggravate or extend the dispute before
the Court or make it more difficult to resolve.*

Publication excludes declarations by GEVORGIAN, BENNOUNA, XUE, ROBINSON, NOLTE, ad hoc DAUDET to the Order of the Court--6/14
by Cat on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 10:01:35 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 04:59:18 PM EST
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DW | UN approves new Afghanistan mandate, drawing rebuke from Russia, 17 Mar
The UN Security Council voted Thursday to renew the UN's assistance mission to Afghanistan for another year. The UN Special Representative for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons will continue in her role for the renewed mission. Russia abstained from voting but the vote passed with 14 votes of the 15 members on the Security Council. ... The US deputy chief of mission to the UN Jeffrey DeLaurentis said the vote represents "an important step" in aiding the Afghan people who are facing "urgent and mutually reinforcing challenges."
Why is Afghanistan in need of assistance?
The UN and other aid agencies have said half of Afghanistan's 38 million people face starvation. The country has known war continuously since 1979. International aid to Afghanistan dried up after Kabul fell to the Taliban last August as foreign currency reserves held abroad were ["]frozen["]. Numerous Taliban leaders have been sanctioned by the US and the UN.
What is the purpose of the UN mission to Afghanistan? ...
Priorities for the renewed mission include delivering aid, funding humanitarian activities, protecting human rights and women's rights.
Why did Russia object to renewing the Afghanistan assistance mission?
Russia wanted the 15 members on the Security Council to refer to "de-facto authorities" and mention the need for the host country to approve the UN's presence. Instead, the resolution mentions "relevant authorities" and nothing is said about the host country's approval.
archived Executive Order 14064, 11 Feb 2022 and "justice for 9/11 families"
by Cat on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 11:51:37 PM EST
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China

Wang Yi Speaks with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on the Phone, 26 Feb 2022 (EN)

Wang Yi Speaks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on the Phone, 1 March 2022 (EN)

by Cat on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 02:11:38 PM EST
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archived Sun Feb 20th-Mon Feb 28th, 2022, toward the Dnieper
by Cat on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 02:29:26 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 05:38:14 PM EST
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Erdoğan calls on EU to show same sensitivity for Turkey's membership, 2 Mar 2022
"I tell the EU member states: Please show your sensitivity toward Ukraine, for Turkey as well. Or will you put Turkey on the agenda when someone declares war and attacks Turkey? They are not sincere," he said at a press conference on March 1 with his Kosovar counterpart, Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu.
by Cat on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 10:25:16 PM EST
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Nezavisimaya Gazeta | Kyiv's bid for EU membership hit Turkey hard
The official application of the Ukrainian leadership to join the European Union was perceived in a peculiar way by the Turkish authorities. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pointed out the insincerity of the European Community in regards to granting membership to candidate countries. The head of the republic recalled that Ankara has been waiting for its turn since the 1960s and so far it has not been given an unequivocal answer. The EU really needs a Middle Eastern country, but it is doubtful that the current situation will speed up the process of its entry, experts say.

The Turkish leader's statement was made in Ankara at a joint press conference with President of Kosovo Vyosa Osmani.

archived Mon Feb 28th, 2022
by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 10:54:19 PM EST
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Moldova officially applies for EU membership, 3 Mar 2022
Moldova, one of the continent's poorest countries, signed an association agreement with the EU in 2014, aimed at aligning it with the union's political and economic standards. However, it has not received a guarantee of membership.
Admitting North Macedonia [sic] to NATO brings more risks than benefits to the US, 32 Oct 2019
The [US] Senate voted on Tuesday 91-2 to extend NATO membership to North Macedonia, a small, landlocked nation in southeastern Europe. The only nay votes came from Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), both of who also opposed the previous round of NATO expansion to Montenegro in 2017.
North Macedonia [sic] occupies a part of Europe with little strategic and even less economic importance to the United States. Its location in the historically volatile Balkans region carries a serious risk for any country with whom it shares a defensive alliance, as we are hardly two decades removed from a major armed conflict in that area. Increased involvement in the Balkans is not something policymakers in the United States consider a strategic imperative, and rightly so.[...]
As Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who helped steer North Macedonia's NATO vote through the full chamber stated afterwards, "The Russians hate this sort of thing, they hate an increase in the size of NATO, but we want the Europeans to be encouraged."
NATO | North Macedonia [sic] joins NATO as 30th Ally, 27 Mar 2020
OECD | Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Oct 2021
archived What was the question again? 2019, Majority of Macedonians support new name deal with Greece 2018
by Cat on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 10:54:41 PM EST
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APsplainin | Blinken vows US support to wary Moldova as Ukraine war rages
Blinken met with senior Moldovan officials who are appealing for international assistance in dealing with more than 120,000 refugees from Ukraine that it is now hosting while also seeking security reassurances against potential Russian aggression.
"We admire the generosity of hospitality, the willingness to be such good friends to people who are in distress, and, indeed, I want to do everything we can to help you deal with the burden that this has imposed," [Blinken] said before heading to Lithuania.
"This is a subject of high vulnerability and we watch it carefully," Moldovan President Maia Sandu said. She said there had not yet been any indication that the roughly 1,500 Russian soldiers based in Transnistria had changed posture but stressed that it was a concern given what is happening in Ukraine.
Although it is neutral militarily and has no plans to try to become a member of NATO, Moldova formally applied to join the European Union just three days ago in a fast-track bid to bolster its ties with the West.

"While we are facing this unprecedented circumstances, we are firmly committed to our path for European integration," Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita said.

cue BOLTON MOUSTACHE: "It must be about ten feet wide."
by Cat on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 11:52:21 PM EST
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euractiv | Moldova approaches 'breaking point' over Ukraine war next door, 5 Mar
With a population of roughly 2.6 million, Moldova has taken in 237,000 refugees, of whom 113,000 remain on its territory. "We are by far the most fragile neighbour of Ukraine," [FM Nicu] Popescu said, adding that if one compares the number of refugees to the population "it gets pretty dramatic".
"I can easily look ahead at a lost decade in terms of democratic consolidation and economic development for Ukraine, for Moldova. Moldova is in a very, very tight spot," he said.

Alongside Ukraine and Georgia, its partners from the so-called Associated Trio, Moldova, applied to join the EU earlier this week.
Moldova did get a down payment of sorts earlier this week, when the EU's chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, visited and pledged €15 million "to help manage the immediate crisis."

At the same time, the country has no intentions to join global sanctions against Russia or take steps to move closer to NATO, Popescu said. Popescu said this decision is based on its precarious security situation and its neutral military status, enshrined in its constitution.

DW | Georgia formally applies for EU membership, 2 Mar
"'Georgia is a European state and continues to make a valuable contribution to its protection and development,' [PM Irakli Garibashvili] added."
archived Ukraine Crisis: Boiling Point In Georgia
by Cat on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 01:09:41 AM EST
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Media: Erdogan tells Putin Turkey and Russia can use 'dollar, euro, ruble, gold, yuan', 7 Mar
RIA Novosti reported quoting A Haber TV channel. Putin and Erdogan's phone talks, focusing mainly on Ukrainian issues, took place on Sunday [6 Mar] and lasted about an hour.

"Details of Erdogan's talks with Putin yesterday have emerged. President Erdogan said Turkey and Russia could use 'dollar, euro, ruble, gold and yuan in trade', while the Russian leader would, in turn, instruct that 30 ships loaded with sunflower oil and wheat be sent to the Sea of Azov," the TV channel reported.

How bronze age is that?
tabloid Turkey | Turkey holds enough sunflower seed oil, says Minister Kirişçi
Turkey's Agriculture and Forestry Minister has dismissed speculations in some media outlets and social media platforms suggesting that the Ukraine-Russian conflict is creating supply problems and that Turkey does not have enough stable food, such as sunflower seed oil, in its stocks.
He said that the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry is closely watching the developments related to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia and taking all possible measures to prevent the possibility of supply problems of vegetable oils.
As part of those efforts, necessary work was carried out to diversify the supplier countries and secure alternative oils, Kirişçi said, noting that export of sunflower seed oil has been halted.
tabloid Turkey | Turkish, Russian, Ukrainian top diplomats to meet in Antalya: Çavuşoğlu
by Cat on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 11:58:15 PM EST
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Turonzamin | Kazakhstan takes distance from Russia's Ukraine war - EURACTIV.com, 2 Mar
Kazakhstan, one of Russia's closest allies, has denied a request for its troops to join the offensive in Ukraine and will not recognise the so-called republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Instead, an aeroplane carrying humanitarian assistance will leave Kazakhstan for Ukraine on 3 March.
"We welcome Kazakhstan's announcement that they will not recognise the LPR and DPR," the US National Security Council said in a statement. "We also welcome Kazakhstan's refusal to send its forces to join Putin's war in Ukraine."
On Tuesday (1 March), the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, speaking at a ruling party congress, said his country's position "should proceed from the critical need to ensure the security sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state".[...]"There is no other way. A bad peace is better than a good war. Without peace, there will be no development. Kazakhstan, for its part, is ready to provide all possible assistance, including intermediary services, if, of course, they are required", Tokayev said.
RFERL | Kazakhstan Summons U.K. Ambassador Over Lawmaker's Call For Sanctions, 2 Mar
Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry has summoned the British ambassador to Kazakhstan [Kathy Leach] for an explanation of a British lawmaker's comments about imposing sanctions on the Central Asian country over its alleged support for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his policies, including the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops.

The controversy erupted when Member of Parliament Margaret Hodge, asked British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss during a debate on sanctions against Russia over its attack on Ukraine, if similar measures could be imposed on Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan for what Hodge called their support of Putin and his policies.

Hodge was referring to comments by Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi on the situation in Ukraine after he echoed the sentiments of Kazakh President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev.

by Cat on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 12:31:46 AM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 11:31:27 AM EST
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The International Feline Federation (FIFe) has weighed in on the Ukraine crisis, banning Russian-owned cats from competing in its shows as a sanction for Moscow's military attack on the former Soviet republic.

"The FIFe executive board is shocked and horrified that the army of the Russian Federation invaded the Republic of Ukraine and started a war," the Paris-based federation said on Tuesday. The group added that it "cannot just witness these atrocities and do nothing."

As a result, cats belonging to Russian residents will be banned from entry at FIFe shows. In addition, no cats bred in Russia can be imported and registered in a FIFe pedigree book, the group said.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 12:16:20 PM EST
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...and I didn't say anything because I'm not a cat.
by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 03:03:31 PM EST
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"Fermare la guerra si può. Per il Donbass serve un accordo sul modello di quello per il Trentino Alto Adige, che garantisca autonomia e libertà. L'Europa prenda una iniziativa diplomatica, non lasciamo la responsabilità del dialogo solo a Turchia o Cina. #StopWar". Così il leader Matteo Renzi su Facebook.
What a simple solution! How come nobody else has thought of this? Personally, I'd suggest Sicily rather than Trentino as the model....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 08:11:58 PM EST
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And Salvini goes to Poland:

Couldn't happen to a nicer fellow.

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 08:55:34 PM EST
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`History can be funny': Muscovites get used to life without Dior and McDonald's

Byline: Pjotr Sauer in Istanbul.
No correspondent anywhere closer? The Israeli press suggests that the Moscow McDonalds remains open despite the chain closing....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 08:16:27 PM EST
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Reporting facts can now land Moscow based foreign journalists in prison. Many media outlets have decided to anonymize (or attribute to staff based elsewhere) information gathered in Moscow.

This recently voted law:

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 08:53:08 PM EST
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Some news outlets pulling out of Russia altogether:
by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 09:39:12 PM EST
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Pjotr Sauer is a freelance journalist based in Moscow who hasn't updated his Guardian byline very recently

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 10:44:42 AM EST
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My link claims that an Israeli TV station shows that McDonald's is open. You would think that it would not be too difficult for a reporter to determine whether it is open or not, but maybe I'm just being naive.

Isn't it a franchise system anyway? If McDonalds decides they should close and a franchise ignores them, what can they do? Sue?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 04:41:41 PM EST
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gk: If McDonalds decides they should close and a franchise ignores them

Possibly, but it could be more complex than that, especially for other chains:

McDonald's, icon of post-Soviet era, to close all restaurants in Russia

Of its nearly 850 Russian McDonald's locations, 84% are owned by the company. The remainder are mostly operated by Moscow-based franchisee Rosinter Restaurants Holding (ROST.MM).


Because McDonald's owns many locations in Russia, it has more direct access to shutting operations. That may not be as easy for other fast-food chains in Russia - including Yum Brands Inc's (YUM.N) KFC and Pizza Hut, Restaurant Brands International's (QSR.TO) Burger King, Subway, Papa John's International Inc , Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) and Domino's Pizza Inc (DPZ.N). The companies' Russian locations are almost entirely run by independent operators and subject to complex international franchise agreements.

For example, Burger King's owner, Restaurant Brands, on Tuesday told Reuters that because Burger King "is a stand-alone business owned and operated by franchisees in Russia," the company has "long-standing legal agreements that are not easily changeable in the foreseeable future."

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 06:59:05 PM EST
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Ucraine tries to scare the French,

The chilling alert of the Ukrainian Parliament to Europe: "Would the Eiffel Tower still stand under the endless Russian bombardment?"

The response of Maupassant and Gounod

Nous venons, écrivains, peintres, sculpteurs, architectes, amateurs passionnés de la beauté jusqu'ici intacte de Paris, protester de toutes nos forces, de toute notre indignation, au nom du goût français méconnu, au nom de l'art et de l'histoire français menacés, contre l'érection, en plein coeur de notre capitale, de l'inutile et monstrueuse tour Eiffel, que la malignité publique, souvent empreinte de bon sens et d'esprit de justice, a déjà baptisée du nom de « tour de Babel ».
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 09:39:20 PM EST
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Rfi comes up with a 2 part report on the "exactions" of Wagner in Mali. The result is..................peanuts!!
https://www.rfi.fr/fr/podcasts/reportage-afrique/20220313-exactions-de-l-armée-malienne-et-de-s es-supplétifs-russes-la-zone-de-sofara-témoignages-1-2

Compare that with the refugees starved and turning mad in the Greek camps or even worse, with the total cowardness of France and others with regards to the children of the djihadists still held in camps under Kurdish or UN 'control'... djihadists who were brainwashed largely via FB or directly in their Eropean  environment by the way.

by Tom2 on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 09:15:29 AM EST
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"In this camp, there were a lot of white people. One of them even said, in French, to a Malian soldier that he should have killed us on the spot instead of bringing us here. They looked at the skin of our hands, of our shoulders, to see if there were marks, if we were used to carrying weapons, specifies Sekou Bah. And then they hung us by our feet. They asked us if we were jihadists or if we collaborated with jihadists. They said they were going to cut our throats if we didn't confess. The whites were there, watching. It was the Malian soldiers who interrogated us. »

Some claim to have been detained for several days without eating almost anything, others for several weeks, in different places, without being able to contact anyone.
"They could kill whoever they wanted"

Abou Diallo was arrested near his village a few days after a jihadist attack.

"I was going to the market, I was in a cart. I didn't have my ID, so they made me sit with about ten people. They looked into our phones, they even plugged them into a machine. A white guy did that. Then, says Abou Diallo, one of us received a call: he picked up, he said he was at a checkpoint. The soldiers shot him immediately. Then they shot another man again. They told us they could kill whoever they wanted, that nothing would happen to them. »

Note, these are survivors. Dead men don't complain.

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

by eurogreen on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 11:33:12 AM EST
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For more detail on how Wagner operates in Africa (in French)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 11:42:09 AM EST
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Not sure it will be enough to erase Blackwater, Iraq... etc.
by Tom2 on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 12:54:09 PM EST
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[Whataboutism Alert]
by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 01:36:18 PM EST
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It sort of depends who you think you're arguing with.
Personally, I am neither the French minister of defense nor the American secretary of state. And discussion of Iraq and Blackwater on this site have both been extensive.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 02:30:07 PM EST
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You have put the title "Malian peanuts" to your answer, which I think says enough about what you unconsciously think about the whole issue.
To compare facts and figures rather than just your emotions, you should try to learn a bit about what is going on in RDC, Chad (one of France's best ally), or even what the Ethiopian Nobel prize has been doing with his prize for more than a year to the Tigray populations (and accessorily to some of the oldest Christian cities in the world). For RDC, maybe you will be interested by this film which is asking why no international tribunal has never been set up.
https://www.rfi.fr/fr/podcasts/invit%C3%A9-afrique/20220315-thierry-michel-le-congo-a-v%C3%A9cu-une- histoire-exceptionnelle-dont-on-ne-peut-parler

I heard the review of the French press in the morning and the unanimous message was "Putin has no money, the war will stop soon", which is certainly the way to comfort people for now, because it will be much longer (not to mention that the distribution of 'refugees' will import some conflicts, to the great benefit of the various European extreme-rights but also that of some US handlers).

Actually, there are about 120,000 Malians in France, so it should be easy for the journalists or any citizen to go and ask them what they think about what is going on in their country, no? They can be found usually in the public transports between 5 and 6 or between 20 and 22, since they often do the BS jobs of cleaning up offices and hospitals (on which see the latest Ruffin, "Debout les Femmes").

by Tom2 on Tue Mar 15th, 2022 at 09:22:29 AM EST
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"Malian peanuts"
was an attempt at irony. You consider that hanging people by their feet and summary execution are "peanuts". This says something about you, I think.

And again (and again and again) you are arguing against a strawman. In your head, I am a proxy for Françafrique, while being completely ignorant about what happens there.

I actually believe that on most questions concerning Africa, our attitudes are probably quite similar. This is masked by your slavish adoration of Putin, and by extension, of his Wagner mercenaries.

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

by eurogreen on Tue Mar 15th, 2022 at 12:01:20 PM EST
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The best would be to ask the survivors of the massacres which the French have let go on for 7 years what they think about it. After all, the Malians made protest and demonstrations  until they kicked out IBK and the French troops.
How possible is it to let convoys of motorcycles travel hours in the desert and return without doing anything (the same applies for the recent IS attack of a prison held by the Kurds where all our citizens are rotting to death). That is what Burkina is asking too, and they had a coup too but strangely no embargo ..
by Tom2 on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 11:45:59 AM EST
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on the other hand I entirely agree about the cowardice of the French government, which refuses to take custody of French jihadists or even to repatriate their wives and children. The Kurds have better things to do than to take care of them... or to die defending them.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 12:51:45 PM EST
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I am still buffled that there is no 'health' or 'finance' thread, but okay... Is it allowed to post from the enemy media when it is for good news??

"Home quarantine possible when effective medicines at hand, strong immunity established: analysts"

by Tom2 on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 08:53:04 PM EST
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[ET Moderation Technology™]

Tom2: Is it allowed to post from the enemy media when it is for good news??

Friendly reminder: the answer to your question has already been pointed out to you. Repeatedly.

Please, go ahead and read it, really.

Also, if you could do all of us a favor: you could refrain from making insinuations about being possibly "censored", "disallowed", etc...

Nope: Again, read the Editorial guidelines.

Thank you and happy posting.

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 09:15:44 PM EST
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What people exercising democratically their freedom of speech on 'social media' were saying, on the 19th of March of the year two thousand and twenty-two:
""The thing which really gets me about the amerikan empire is how much like an abusive partner it behaves.
Lies, gas-lighting, psychological bullying, financial domination, this behaviour is exactly what amerika does every minute of every day that it isn't smarmily asserting that it is the nicest but most misunderstood bloke who ever walked the earth. In other words classic wife bashing behaviour.It doesn't require imagination to see what comes next, final press release outta DC - "Now see what that Slavic slut has made me do", right as Biden reaches for the nuclear trigger."
To which someone answered: "The quality of comments is quite high. The US as `wife basher' is accurate and funny because it is accurate. Russophobia is a feature of white supremacy. Indeed, Ukronazism is a feature of white supremacy, leading to this senseless civil war among Slavic peoples. Frederick Douglass in his first memoir described how slavery perverted the character of whites in antebellum Maryland. What was true in the 1820s and 1830s is still true. White supremacy is still a mortal danger to white people. Some might argue that Russians are white. Not in any way that matters. The arbiters of whiteness have long ago ruled on that matter in the negative, no right of appeal."
by Tom2 on Sat Mar 19th, 2022 at 02:41:39 PM EST
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Who remembers that in 2014, not so long ago, some lawyers and academics or retired politicians could exercise their freedom of speech in some top meetings?
by Tom2 on Sat Mar 19th, 2022 at 03:11:17 PM EST
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Russophobia is a feature of white supremacy. - [author unknown]

This is a remarkable statement.
One imagines that the refusal by Ukrainians of Russian domination is also white supremacy, because (little-known fact) Russians are actually black.

Another possibility is that events in Europe are not always susceptible to useful analysis using intellectual positions derived exclusively from the history of events in the USA.

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

by eurogreen on Sat Mar 19th, 2022 at 05:35:27 PM EST
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See, here, this is your portion in a BIG, GAPING blind spot shared by people of euro-centric persuasion and their descendents who conquered the world when and where they "discover," then trash it, quite literally multiple times: "I don't think reparations for something that happened 150, 300, 400, or 2000 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea".

The evidence is all around you, weeping for relief from total war.

by Cat on Sat Mar 19th, 2022 at 06:01:10 PM EST
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Er yes, absolutely, and I'm completely on board with this, and it's far from being an exclusively American problem, and necessarily concerns Europe in general, and white people from the UK in particular (but also France and Spain at a minimum) are concerned and responsible for the actions of their ancestors;
 but :
 it's not necessarily pertinent as an angle of analysis to every event that occurs anywhere in the world.

And applied to the Russia/Ukraine situation :

sorry, but seriously WTF?

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

by eurogreen on Sat Mar 19th, 2022 at 06:45:30 PM EST
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Russia/Ukraine situation
by Cat on Sun Mar 20th, 2022 at 02:20:17 PM EST
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The West with its sanctions scored the greatest "own goal" ever: Russia has erased the collateral for the entire West and their banking system.

The West Is at War with Itself
The West is also LEVERAGED. In fact that is the key takeaway from the West, their power, and their Central Banks. They can win wars because they can produce more "gold", that is, more "money" to throw at an ongoing conflict. But leverage goes both ways. On the way up, 10:1 gets you ten wins for a single ante, a golden goose. On the way down however, the removal of a single ante, one underlying asset, leads to a 10-fold loss. And the West is leveraged not 10:1 but 300:1

What is the West?. . . it's a CONSUMER. Of everything. They print debt and consume things, net producing nothing. So Russia is passively embargoing them. That's it.

When wheat, fertilizer, oil, metals, electric, are all shut off across Europe, citizens will ask their governments what happened.

What is leverage? To borrow more than the value of your collateral. What is collateral? Real Stuff. But the West doesn't make Real Stuff. The Real Stuff comes from others, and to an outsized level, from Russia. To a great extent, Russia is the collateral for the West. The prosperity of Germany, France, BP, Tesla's Gigafactories, rest on Russian oil, gas, and aluminum. No gas or aluminum, no Gigafactory. No Gigafactory, no $1 Trillion dollar market cap. No $1T market cap, no 36,000 Dow. Poof. And that's true of Volkswagen, Bosch, Bayer, Jaguar, and the banks that rest on them: DeutscheBank, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Lloyd's. And the loss of those markets, companies, banks, would not leave New York standing. Morgan can hardly prosper if London, Hamburg and the commodity exchanges fail and stop trading as the LME did this week [China owns the LME]. They cannot make margins on the Russian banks and Russian trade they are no longer facilitating. They too will fall into a spiral of counter-leverage.

What is leverage? Let's say the leverage at 300:1 makes NY and London appear 300x stronger than they actually are. So the end of that leverage makes them 300x weaker than they appear at present. And as we've said the bank leverage is what makes them able to field armies and pay for wars. So the end of leverage makes them UNable to field armies and pay for wars. Especially when they themselves refuse to receive all the raw commodity supplies that let them do so. In this structure they are planning to maintain a conflict with no coal, oil, gas, steel, aluminum, titanium, uranium, palladium, neon, and so on.

So what is Russia doing? Like all colonies, they are the raw material producer to the Imperium; the Empire, and the Empire's Army. If, like America, they wish to rebel against that Empire, they will shut off the raw materials to the Empire, who then cannot run an effective army.

But the world will NOT remain as it does today. In withdrawing, Russia has erased the collateral for the entire West and their banking system.

The West is being boycotted. They have embargoed themselves. They are a stark minority on planet earth, taking too much and making too little. The embargo they have placed on themselves will collapse their banking and financial system even as their manufacturers cannot function when lacking raw materials.

by Tom2 on Sun Mar 20th, 2022 at 02:29:47 PM EST
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I haven't connected to TAE for very long time--one tower and 2 laptops ago.
by Cat on Mon Mar 21st, 2022 at 04:44:09 PM EST
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by Tom2 on Sun Mar 20th, 2022 at 06:02:02 PM EST
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with English subtitles
interview of the prosecutor in the Burisma case
by Tom2 on Sun Mar 20th, 2022 at 06:15:54 PM EST
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And thank you for your sincere, heartfealt and COMPREHENSIBLE response.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sat Mar 19th, 2022 at 06:49:36 PM EST
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The right to license lucrative online domain names favoured by cryptocurrency firms has become the latest battlefield in the escalating dispute between Mauritius and the UK over ownership of the Chagos Islands.

The two letter address .io, which stands for Indian Ocean, is allocated by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (Iana) to the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). It is operated by a commercial firm nominally based in Diego Garcia, the largest of the Chagos islands and home to a US military base.


Both the Mauritian government and exiled Chagossians - forcibly removed by the UK from their homes in the early 1970s - are challenging British control over .io domain names on the grounds that Britain no longer has a legitimate claim to the Chagos Islands.

But a major US base is there. Maybe the US should invade Mauritius to teach them about democracy?

In any case, shouldn't India have some say on the Indian ocean?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Mar 21st, 2022 at 08:25:19 PM EST
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Telegram link
В Израиле в городе Нетания прошла демонстрация в поддержку российских военнослужащих и спецоперации в Украине
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 11:39:32 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Mar 1st, 2022 at 06:25:02 PM EST
India and the Future of the Planet
Climate justice activists encounter a quandary in India. It is currently the third largest emitter of carbon in the world, behind China and the United States. On a per capita basis, however, India emits only 1.7 tons, which places it far behind the United States (14.4), China (7.1), France (4.3), or even Thailand (3.6).

Meanwhile, the richest countries of the Global North are responsible for most of the historic carbon emissions since the Industrial Revolution. India's cumulative emissions, since 1750, are about one-eighth of the U.S. total. "All of these grandiose claims of zero emissions by 2050 assume that the richest countries will continue to appropriate the lion's share of the climate budget--65-70 percent--when they account for less than 20 percent of the global population," points out Jayati Ghosh, a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 08:08:42 PM EST
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When self-sanction of RU oil enters the enters the room.
Friday's price gains are being driven by concerns that Western sanctions will disrupt the flow of exports from Russia, the world's second third-largest oil producer
this month, according to IEA. KSA was the largest, but Salman sez 17 Feb, OPEC won't "bust quota".
Currently, about 66% of Russian oil is struggling to find buyers, JPMorgan analysts said in a note Thursday. The bank estimates that crude prices could skyrocket nearly 70% from current levels to $185 by the end of the year if Russian oil demand remains disrupted
in "self-sanctioned" markets.
In the absence of Iranian crude barrels in the market [?!], it expects oil to average $115 in the second quarter, $105 in the third quarter, and $95 in the fourth quarter.
which inexplicably suggests, somehow the true largest producer of crude will increase production to replace RU supply once sold to "self-sanctioned" buyers.
cue BOLTON'S MOUSTACHE: "US has historically fought--not because we want territory for ourselves, not because we seek economic advantage but because one of our friends or allies has been invaded by somebody else"
by Cat on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 08:02:16 PM EST
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When the world's largest oil producer demands supply chain discipline?

Iran, IAEA hold talks as nuclear negotiations near finish line, 5 Mar

Iran's FM says he will go to Vienna to sign an agreement soon if all of Iran's red lines are considered in it.
Qatari Talking Points
  • Iran: JCPOA agreement possible as soon as 'red lines' considered
  • Iran's Khamenei: `Mafia regime' of US created Ukraine crisis
  • Iran's internet bill expected to progress despite overturned vote
  • Iran, Qatar sign major agreements on Raisi's Doha trip
Rafael Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), met Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and nuclear chief Mohammad Eslami in the capital, Tehran, on Saturday. A major talking point was IAEA safeguards probes, including into several sites where undeclared radioactive materials were found several years ago.
Iranian officials have previously referred to issues relating to the probe as "political demands" by the West that need to be let go if the Vienna talks are to be successful.
[... Israel, not a party to JCPOA ... blah blah]
Iran's foreign minister on Friday told the European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell that he will go to Vienna to sign an agreement soon if all of Iran's red lines are considered.

In addition to dropping the IAEA inquiry, Iran has also demanded the lifting of a wide scope of sanctions, including a "foreign terrorist organisation" designation on its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, guarantees that the US will not renege on the deal again, and a mechanism to verify effective lifting of sanctions.

Iran: JCPOA agreement possible as soon as 'red lines' considered, 4 Mar
The Iranian foreign ministry said in a statement Amirabdollahian had also told [EC FM Josep] Borrell that Iran was ready to conclude the 11-month talks, but "haste" on the side of the Western parties could not undermine Iranian demands.

"The requirement for the presence of foreign ministers in Vienna and announcing a final agreement is contingent on fully observing Iran's declared red lines, including effective economic guarantees," Amirabdollahian was quoted as saying.
Russia and China also continue to support the restoration of the nuclear accord, as it appears the war in Ukraine has had no effect on any side's willingness to back the talks.

m'k. sure
Politico.eu.com | Russia obstructs Iran nuclear deal as the Kremlin frets over its oil income, 5 Mar
Moscow [!!] is throwing up last-minute [!!] demands that could scupper an international nuclear deal with Iran -- and the timing is unlikely to be coincidental [!!] as the Kremlin frets about the growing threat to its critical oil revenue after its invasion of Ukraine.
Such a deal would bring significant volumes of Iranian crude oil back to global energy markets in the months ahead, and that could spell trouble for Russian President Vladimir PUTIN. The return of Iranian supplies would help offset ["self-sanction"] market turmoil and price spikes if the West were to ramp up its sanctions against Moscow [?!] over the war in Ukraine and ban Russian crude sales.
At the Iran talks, Russia is demanding guarantees from the U.S. that the sanctions targeting the Kremlin over its invasion of Ukraine would not hinder its trade with Iran.
preposterous. unprecedented. inconceivable. redundant waiver trading to exclude a party to an international treaty?
The plan would be for Moscow to ship excess enriched uranium out of Iran to Russia [?] and support the conversion of Iran's Fordow nuclear plant into a research facility, among other things.

But with the ["]international community["] moving to economically sever ties with Russia following its assault on Ukraine, Moscow says it wants assurances that it will still be able to benefit from a revived Iran accord. "We have asked for a written guarantee ... that the current process sanctions triggered by the United States does not in any way damage our right to free and full trade, economic and investment cooperation and military-technical cooperation with the Islamic Republic," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday.

archived EU-US sanctions ... piled so high now it's difficult to keep track
by Cat on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 01:51:48 PM EST
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When Iran Int'l | China Imports More Iranian Oil Now Than It Did Before Sanctions, 1 Mar
Higher imports by China comes amid talks between Tehran and world powers to revive a 2015 nuclear deal [FKA JCPOA] that will lift US sanctions on Iranian oil exports. The talks have intensified in recent weeks. Iran International reported in February that China's customs grossly underreported its oil imports from Iran.

When the United States imposed full sanctions on Iran's oil exports in May 2019, China continued to buy 100,000-200,000 bpd until the third quarter of 2020. Before the US presidential elections, reports emerged that Iran was shipping more crude to China and the volume steadily increased, reaching the current levels.

Trading Economics | Iran Oil Exports, 2012 - 2020
Analysts say the return of Iranian oil will ease tight global supplies and cool crude prices that have touched $100 a barrel following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. But Iran excess production capacity is limited as it is already exporting more than one million barrels per day.

Chinese imports exceeded 700,000 barrels per day (bpd) for January, according to estimates of three tanker trackers, surpassing the 623,000 bpd peak recorded by Chinese customs in 2017 before former US President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions in 2018 on Iranian oil exports.
At the forefront of China's buying are its independent refiners, or "teapots", who, traders said, are being enticed by the discounted prices, especially as their domestic refining margins got pinched under tight regulatory scrutiny.

"We're seeing more plants taking Iranian oil, because they are cheaper," a China-based executive involved in the business told Reuters, referring to the independent refiners.

Traders said January Iranian cargoes were transacted $5 a barrel below benchmark Brent LCOc1. Those prices were steady versus late 2021 but more attractive against competing supply from Brazil that was priced at $7 premium over Brent, they said.

REUTERS | Asian refiners eager to ["]resume["] Iranian oil imports as high prices bite, 17 Feb
Most Asian buyers halted Iranian oil imports in 2019 after former U.S. President TRUMP withdrew from the ["]nuclear deal["] with Iran [FKA JCPOA] and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran's oil exports.
So you say, ya lying liar stenographers.
Refiners are also paying record spot premiums for crude produced in Europe and the Middle East as producers struggle to meet a ["]robust recovery["] in demand after[?] The Pandemic.
With the prospect of a new Iran deal, South Korea, previously one of Tehran's leading oil customers in Asia, said on Wednesday it had held working-level talks on resuming imports of Iranian crude oil and unfreezing Iranian funds.
Japan's top refiner Eneos Holdings Inc (5020.T) will consider resuming oil imports from Iran if an agreement to revive a 2015 nuclear deal is reached, its chairman said on Thursday.
A refiner from India, Iran's No. 2 customer, is in talks with Iran for sourcing its oil, an Indian refining source said, adding that it was also waiting for more clarity on the nuclear deal. The sources declined to be identified due to sensitivity of the matter.
archived BRIC, JCPOA "collateral damage"
by Cat on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 03:17:14 PM EST
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APsplainin | Anti-money-laundering body puts UAE on global `gray' list, 5 Mar 2022
The decision late Friday night by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force puts the UAE, home to Dubai and oil-rich Abu Dhabi, on a list of 23 countries including fellow Mideast nations Jordan, Syria and Yemen.
A 2018 report by the Washington-based Center for Advanced Defense Studies, relying on leaked Dubai property data, found that war profiteers, terror financiers and drug traffickers sanctioned by the U.S. had used the city-state's boom-and-bust real estate market as a safe haven for their money.
UAE pledges to meet India's growing energy needs amid oil price concerns, 20 Feb 2022
"The UAE's Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. is the only overseas company with any capacity in India's strategic petroleum reserves, holding about 750,000 mt under a government-to-government deal that sees ADNOC supply crude to SPR locations at Padur and Mangalore in Karnataka in southern India. ...The two countries will establish a joint Hydrogen Task Force, focusing on green hydrogen."

UAE, Russia ink agreement to partner on hydrogen development amid net zero pledges, 18 Nov  2021
"Abu Dhabi National Oil Co., or ADNOC, produces over 300,000 mt/year of hydrogen, and plans to increase this to 500,000 mt/year. ... Russia's export plans include shipments of 2 million mt/year by 2035, and 15 million-50 million mt/year by 2050."
archived Mir accepted with DDF, Haifa wannabe, Dubai Telegram, a raft of documents

by Cat on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 12:35:13 AM EST
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London Metals Exchange (LME) suspended NICKEL trading yesterday due to suspect short-squeeze of Nornickel (RU) shares. Geopolitical consternation and implied impairment of "green" tech production (ie. NiMH, NCA applications) reverberted through the innerboobs. I don't know that trading has resumed today, but I did note with interest that Zero Hedge posted a contributor's article on the subject siting authoritave sources. Such editorial discretion qualifies as EXCEEDINGLY UNUSUAL to my mind, which is why I do not normally read commentary published at that site.

The World's Top 10 Nickel Mining Companies

As the world transitions towards electric vehicles and cleaner energy sources, nickel has emerged as an essential metal for this green revolution.

Needed for the manufacturing of electric vehicles, wind turbines, and nuclear power plants, nickel is also primarily used to make stainless steel alloys more resistant to corrosion and extreme temperatures.

Using data from Mining Intelligence, this graphic shows the top 10 companies by nickel production along with their market cap.
Nickel has long been an important mineral for batteries, plating, and steelmaking, but it was only recently added to the USGS's proposed critical minerals list.

As countries and industries realize the importance of nickel for the development of sustainable technologies, nickel mining companies will be at the forefront of supplying the world with the nickel it needs. ...

archived NiMH or NCA innovation and choice
by Cat on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 04:22:44 PM EST
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Top six countries with the largest nickel reserves in the world

 In million tonnes:

  1. Indonesia 21
  2. Australia 20
  3. Brazil 16
  4. Russia 9.8

Russia's Norilsk Nickel is one of the world's biggest nickel-mining companies, along with other commodities like palladium, platinum and copper. Its main base of operations is in the Norilsk region above the Arctic Circle in Russia, where some of the world's largest nickel-copper-palladium deposits are located.

Look like the BRICS sphere of influence has quite some lead ...

Norilsk Nickel is a key supplier of nickel and palladium, two metals that are key for electric-vehicle batteries and semiconductors

This Russian Metals Giant Might Be Too Big to Sanction | WSJ |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 05:00:47 PM EST
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The most significant hotspot of the pandemic is now Hong Kong, where per capita rates of infections and deaths have dwarfed all previous surges in every country in the world. Soon after infections spiraled out of control in mid-February, hospitals and then morgues exceeded capacity, with the relatively less vaccinated elderly population most severely affected.

On Monday, the 7-day average of daily new deaths per 1 million people in Hong Kong reached 29.18. This is over 50 percent higher than the peak of 18.31 reached in the United Kingdom on January 23, 2021, nearly triple the United States' peak of 10.22 on January 13, 2021, and higher than the previous world record of 26.2 set in Peru on April 23, 2021. COVID-19 deaths in Hong Kong continue to rise exponentially and could surpass 50 per 1 million people in the coming days.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 07:04:33 PM EST
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Working closely with the White House is Ezekiel Emanuel, former advisor to Biden and Barack Obama, who co-authored a paper published January 6, 2022, titled "A National Strategy for the `New Normal' of Life With COVID." On Sunday, a 136-page elaboration of this paper was published under the title "Getting to and Sustaining the Next Normal: A Roadmap for Living With Covid."
archived Mon Dec 6th, 2021, Next Strain, Tue Jan 4th, 2022 "Omicron's little brother"
I've got one question for covariants.org genomic data scientists: In future, will innoculation against novel coronavirus entail precision, non-invasive irradiation?

by Cat on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 01:30:45 PM EST
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The Times of Israel reports: "Meanwhile, Israel's Health Ministry Director-General Nachman Ash has suggested that the variant in question [BA.2] might have originated in Israel."
by Cat on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 10:03:46 PM EST
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In addition to various new slogans and internal branding changes such as renaming its News Feed to simply "Feed", Zuckerberg said he would be calling employees "metamates".

Despite Zuckerberg's confidence in the shift, the company took a historic plunge last month following its most recent earnings report and its revelation that it had experienced its first ever drop in daily user numbers

No idea if the two items are related.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 09:31:35 PM EST
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An old gem on FB.. and the coming ones (dead bots)
by Tom2 on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 10:11:25 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Mar 1st, 2022 at 06:25:21 PM EST
by Cat on Wed Mar 2nd, 2022 at 02:01:11 PM EST
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US Embassy Kyiv Deletes Files Funded Biolabs, Sat Feb 26th, 2022

So yeah. A week later, documentary evidence, abandoned in the field of UAF PUTIN-defying victory, is gaining a bit of traction with assist of ROW broadcast media investigating alleged RUSSIA! "war crimes" declared by Zelensk(iy)(yy)(y)--although neither USA or UA are signatories of the Rome statute.

The UN Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction (1975) has come to the attention of certain unofficial rapporteurs for civil society.

A narrative of the treaty's negotiating history and legal premises for "complete disarmament" may be read HERE/

This declaration of "international norms" is commonly known now as the Biological Weapons Convention which is occasionally reviewed by UNODA participants in Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs)

by Cat on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 04:23:18 PM EST
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What makes you jump from "biolabs" in Ukraine, funded by USDOD, to "biological weapons"?
by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 07:15:18 PM EST
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linked by eurotrib correspondents.
by Cat on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 07:52:06 PM EST
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As it happens, this mobile weapons lab biolabs thing is an old Kremlin trope: from reading the word "biolab" you easily make the jump to "biological weapons", and of course, this is the intended effect.

It's been going on for a number of years:

Ukraine, US Biolabs, and an Ongoing Russian Disinformation Campaign - Snopes

Conspiracy theories are often fashioned from a small morsel of truth. In this case, the rumors are a distortion of the fact that the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the Department of Defense of the United States of America entered into an agreement in 2005, while Republican U.S. President George W. Bush was in office, to "stem the threat of bio-terrorism by placing safeguards on deadly pathogens dating from a Soviet-era biological weapons program," according to a contemporaneous news article in the Chicago Tribune. While the U.S. Defense Department's Biological Threat Reduction Program provided some funding to upgrade biolabs in the Ukraine, these facilities are operated by the Ukrainian government under guidelines set under Ukrainian law.

Fact check: False claim of US biolabs in Ukraine tied to Russian disinformation campaign - USA Today
A post shared to Facebook on Thursday shows a map of Ukraine pinpointing what the poster asserts are "exclusive U.S. biolabs in Ukraine" that are funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

"By now I think most everybody knows about Ukraine/WW3," reads the post, which amassed more than 400 interactions in a day. "So what do we know about this??"

Similar posts claimed Russia destroyed seven of the 11 supposed labs in missile strikes. The claims are wrong, independent fact-checking outlets reported.

There are no US-run biolabs in Ukraine, contrary to social media posts - Politifacts

    There are no U.S.-run biological weapons labs operating in Ukraine.

    The U.S. Defense Department and the Ukraine Ministry of Health have had a partnership since 2005 to improve public health laboratories and prevent the threat of outbreaks of infectious diseases.

    That effort is part of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which began in 1991 to reduce the threat of existing weapons of mass destruction programs in former Soviet Republics.

EUvsDisinfo, an EU outfit, under Josep Borrell:
Disinfo: US biolabs in Ukraine connected to the spread of COVID-19

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the development of biological weapons by the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic. The conspiracy about US biolabs in countries bordering Russia aiming to attack Moscow or spread infectious diseases is a part of a years-long disinformation campaign led by the Kremlin.

And China getting onto the conspiracy theory bandwagon (duh, what did you expect?):

China Pushes Russia Conspiracy Theory About U.S. Labs in Ukraine - Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) -- China accused the U.S. military of operating "dangerous" biolabs in Ukraine, echoing a Russian conspiracy theory that Western officials warned could be part of an effort to retroactively justify President Vladimir Putin's invasion. "U.S. biolabs in Ukraine have indeed attracted much attention recently," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Tuesday in response to a question from a local reporter, adding that "all dangerous pathogens in Ukraine must be stored in these labs and all research activities are led by the U.S. side."
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 07:43:35 PM EST
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Public knowledge of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) was invoked by the US government as was convenient for its own purpose of punishing a client, alleged to have revealed secret R&D. Which it had not. Instead US officials lied profusely about this illicit material, its arrangments with Hussein to cultivate it, and even the authenticity of OPWC inspectors--because they could. They could count on the general ignorance of the public about their own credulity, government enterprises, intergovernmental agencies--from UNGA to IAEA or OPCW--and daily dependence on a "free press" to elect fact or fiction of their own making. Instead of heeding civil services' urging to search government records, the naked truth, which they have so diligently transcibed, digitized, and store.

I recall the transformation of the National Archive, Thomas.gov, and agency publications ushered by Clinton/Gore "madates" into www, because it made my work, market intelligence, easier to collect and synthesize.

I also remember when, first, Truth-O-Meter branded a small number of syndicated stories. It was a primitive seal of approval, marketed by the Poynter Insitute, in a period of profound political disorientation and crisis as American mistrust of government progressed to distrust of "trusted sources". So the seal itself was re-branded "Politifact", acquiring more paying subscribers, ubiquitous circulation, and aura of authority from sheer repition during Bush's first and second terms, respectively.

All this to explain in part why, I've never had use for either Snopes or USAToday other than entertainment; and why I attach greatest value of trust to reproduction of government records, such as FOIA documents, these collected by Dilyana Gaytandzhieva or those collected by Wikileaks.

The other part is that I have over the years myself posted in comments--in a variety of forums beside eurotrib-- directions to historical and contemporaneous government documents pertaining to USAMRIID-NIAID joint ventures in "dual-use" biological engineering.

Wed Sep 8th, 2021
Sun Aug 3rd, 2008

by Cat on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 11:38:46 PM EST
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It was a MIRACLE that the only people who died, despite 100% FATALITY RATE and the HEROIC efforts of medical missionaries from US and EU28, were Africans locked in the epicenter of the outbreak.

by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 01:44:47 PM EST
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ICYMI, Biolab opens in Ukraine, 18 June 2010
U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar applauded the opening of the Interim Central Reference Laboratory in Odessa, Ukraine, this week, announcing that it will be instrumental in researching dangerous pathogens used by bioterrorists.

The level-3 bio-safety lab, which is the first built under the expanded authority of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program, will be used to study anthrax, tularemia and Q fever as well as other dangerous pathogens.

by Cat on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 02:27:14 AM EST
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Public knowledge of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) was invoked by the US government as was convenient for its own purpose of punishing a client, alleged to have revealed secret R&D. Which it had not. Instead US officials lied profusely about this illicit material, its arrangments with Hussein to cultivate it, and even the authenticity of OPWC inspectors--because they could. They could count on the general ignorance of the public about their own credulity, government enterprises, intergovernmental agencies--from UNGA to IAEA or OPCW--and daily dependence on a "free press" to elect fact or fiction of their own making. Instead of heeding civil services' urging to search government records, the naked truth, which they have so diligently transcibed, digitized, and store.

I recall the transformation of the National Archive, Thomas.gov, and agency publications ushered by Clinton/Gore "madates" into www, because it made my work, market intelligence, easier to collect and synthesize.

I also remember when, first, Truth-O-Meter branded a small number of syndicated stories. It was a primitive seal of approval, marketed by the Poynter Insitute, in a period of profound political disorientation and crisis as American mistrust of government progressed to distrust of "trusted sources". So the seal itself was re-branded "Politifact", acquiring more paying subscribers, ubiquitous circulation, and aura of authority from sheer repition during Bush's first and second terms, respectively.

All this to explain in part why, I've never had use for either Snopes or USAToday other than entertainment; and why I attach greatest value of trust to reproduction of government records, such as FOIA documents, these collected by Dilyana Gaytandzhieva or those collected by Wikileaks.

The other part is that I have over the years myself posted in comments--in a variety of forums beside eurotrib-- directions to historical and contemporaneous government documents pertaining to USAMRIID-NIAID joint ventures in "dual-use" biological engineering.

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by Cat on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 11:39:52 PM EST
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CSPAN 3, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Testifies on Ukraine on Ukraine. 00:40:28
RUBIO: I only have a minute left. Let me ask you. Does Ukraine have chemical or biological weapons?
NULAND: Ukraine has biological research facilities which in fact we are now quite concerned Russian troops Russian forces may be seeking to gain control of. So we are working with the Ukrainians on how they can prevent any of those research materials from falling into hands of Russian forces should they approach.
supra UN Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction, Art. I
RUBIO: I'm sure you're aware that the Russian propaganda groups are already puttingout there all kinds of information about how they've uncovered a plot by Ukrainians to release biological weapons in the country with NATO's coordination. If there's a biological or chemical weapons incident or attack inside Ukraine, is there any doubt in your mind that one hundred percet it would be the Russians that would be behind it?
NULAND: There is no doubt in my mind, Senator, and it is classic Russian technique to blame on the other guy what they're planning to do themselves.
"Fuck the EU."
by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 12:45:37 PM EST
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Bitcoin jumps ahead of Biden's order on digital assets, 9 Mar
In a statement that briefly appeared on the Treasury website before it was taken down ["scrubbed"], Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said a still-pending executive order on virtual currencies from President Joe Biden "calls for a coordinated and comprehensive approach to digital asset policy (that) will support responsible innovation."

The U.S. Treasury Department said the statement was posted early due to a web error and was reposted Wednesday morning.

by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 03:18:19 PM EST
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UN says no evidence to back Russian claim of Ukraine biological weapons program, 11 Mar
Member countries called the claim "a lie" and "utter nonsense" and used the session to accuse Russia of deliberately targeting and killing hundreds of civilians in Ukraine, assertions that Russia denies in a 15-day offensive it calls "a special military operation."

Izumi Nakamitsu, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, told the council the United Nations is "not aware" of any biological weapons program in Ukraine, which joined an international ban on such arms, as has Russia and the United States along with 180 other countries.
Responding to [US Amb. Linda] Thomas-Greenfield's statement, Russian envoy Vassily] Nebenzia recalled then-US Secretary of State Colin Powell's 2003 Security Council testimony when he presented what Washington claimed was proof that Iraq was hiding banned weapons of mass destruction programs.
Answering the Russian envoy, Thomas-Greenfield said: "I know that you expect me to respond but we're not going to give any more airtime to the lies that you're hearing today."

US allies echoed Thomas-Greenfield's concerns that Russian President Vladimir Putin's government was spreading the claim of a US-backed bioweapons program in Ukraine to prepare its own chemical or biological attacks in Ukraine.

"The council should not be served with fantasies or starry-eyed stories, but with proof independently verified and collaborated," said Ferit Hoxha, the ambassador of NATO member Albania.

unsolved personalized-WMD
French Ambassador Nicholas de Rivière noted, as did several other envoys, that Russia allegedly used a nerve agent in failed attempts to kill jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny and a former Russian intelligence officer, Sergei Skripal, who defected to Britain, and his daughter.
by Cat on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 11:32:45 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 11:43:10 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 03:28:34 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 04:10:23 PM EST
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Denial has been trending since the beginning of covid. Reaching summits nowadays on about everything.
by Tom2 on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 05:11:48 PM EST
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Denial is what let people think that "of course NATO is stronger than Russia and Putin is dangerous so he must be punished".

While NATO is bombing Moscow to smithereens, how is the planet supposed to survive without the products Russia's wide territory exports?

by Tom2 on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 07:30:54 PM EST
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Interesting discussion on the crucial products. I quote Yves Smith (March 10, 2022 at 11:27 am)
I have never had to look seriously at a force majeure clause but my impression for the most part they contemplate only payments being late or a few missed due to The Event, not a default. Is that correct?
and the reply of Colonel Smithers (March 10, 2022 at 4:44 am): ... Further to your reference to central bank reserves, soon after his retirement from the Bank of England, but before becoming an advisor to Citigroup, Mervyn King was invited to lecture in China, both students and officials. He also held talks with the Chinese government and addressed this very issue, privately and, at a conference, publicly, and warned about keeping investments in a potential adversary state. No countries were mentioned, but it was clear what he was referring to."
by Tom2 on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 07:35:27 PM EST
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Link: https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2022/03/russia-sanctions-blowback-only-beginning-globalization-in-th e-crosshairs-russian-retaliation-coming.html
by Tom2 on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 07:35:47 PM EST
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Russia Sanctions Blowback Only Beginning: Globalization in the Crosshairs, Russian Retaliation Coming?, 10 Mar 2022
And by that we are not including nuclear winter. Due to the fact that financial and real economy effects occur in very different time scales, we are in a phase similar to the runup to the global financial crisis, where it was clear Something Bad to Horrible was underway, yet the press and pols were largely sanguine. I gasped out loud in May 2007 when Bernanke declared that subprime was contained.
FWIW, I was hanging at a fin site and caught the first cliff at St Louis Fed window in December 2007. Bear Sterns went up in flames in March 2008. But the press toed the line until Lehman collapsed. ugh. What an ugly GE cycle, a fitting end to Bush and auspicious test of Mitch O'bama's common touch with the people.
by Cat on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 02:47:59 AM EST
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"fin site" s/b PFSZ (acronym), iirc, a small group of Daily Kos subscribers who peeled off ~ 2006. Took me a balmer minute to mine me plaque for particulars behind the screen capture I archived. I can recall only that FSZ abbreviated "Free Speech Zone", a meaningful reference to aggressive [DKos MODERATOR TECHNOLOGY] (ie. HUMINT) that groomed on-site DNC "operatives" and "talking points" ahead of? mid-term election fundraising or after? 1st "Netroots" convention (which I did not attend), when municipal pols actually had started barricading anti-war, (proto) antifa protesters in designated areas in the real. A tech bro (irrc, a UId associated with DKos start-up) set up and maintained it ~ 18 mo, at which point this (unmoderated) "community" collapsed. Webmaster gave up on back-channel dispute arbitration and simply shut it down on 1 mo notice.

It wasn't finance trash talk (OTC stock tips are always fashionable) that broke this group of hmmm libertarians, it was interpersonal rancor (spurious insults) and an inability or unwillingess either to articulate or adhere to an alternative mission.

I joined the spin-off with my DKos UID for two reasons: (i) lock-in my DKos UID "reputation"; (ii) observe "self-organizing" (a trendy poli-sci theory at the time) in practice.

by Cat on Mon Mar 21st, 2022 at 09:41:58 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 05:59:16 PM EST
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On one hand, George Galloway, recently involuntarily separated from RT UK broadcast, has tip-toed into alleged US-UA violation of the convention with Episode 143. Galloway's broadcast claimed 1M viewers last week. His inclination is, RU knowledge and verification of at least one "dual-use" laboratory violation near RU's border instantiates RU "preemptive strike" (self-defense), notwithstanding UA denying "genocidal" battle with Russian-speakers in Donbass.

On the other, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs is leveraging the incident to substantiate knowledge of US BSL-4 installations worldwide and which it employed to deflect US origin story of SARS-CoV-2 in Wuhan. Which has since transmogrified Fauci into a folkloric CCP double-agent, funded by Bill Gates' grantee(s) and utterly obscured indisputable facts admitting that DOD indeed solicits NATO-members' and their clienteles' cooperation in operating BLS 1-4 facilities that develop and patent "dual-use" pathogens. All of which violate convention Art. 1, as is the custom when signatories exploit "loop holes" (Art. X) in international law which seemingly permit periodic tests of theoretical "response" of government apparatus to uncontrolled toxins in living labs.

archived Save that list.

by Cat on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 07:39:04 PM EST
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POLITICO | Death toll surpasses 6M for pandemic now in 3rd year, 7 Mar, GERMANY leads the pack!
Hong Kong, which is seeing deaths soar, is testing its entire population of 7.5 million three times this month as it CLINGS to mainland China's "zero-Covid" strategy.

As death rates remain high in Poland, Hungary, Romania and other Eastern European countries, the region has seen more than 1.5 million refugees arrive from war-torn Ukraine, a country with poor vaccination coverage and high rates of cases and deaths.

< wipes tears >
Despite the enormity of the figure of 6 million deaths -- more than the populations of Berlin and Brussels combined < reckless eyeballin' >, or the entire state of Maryland -- experts say the number is likely a vast undercount.
That thar is some GRATUITOUS Larry "Maglev" HOGAN "mitigation" SLANDER to recall for ELECTION 2024!
by Cat on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 08:45:01 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Compromise reached on COVID-19 vaccine intellectual property rights waiver, 15 Mar waiver trading
The EU, South Africa, India and the U.S. have reached a compromise in long-running negotiations on a waiver on intellectual property rights for coronavirus products, according to a document seen by POLITICO. [...] Under the compromise, which currently only covers vaccines, developing countries that have exported less than 10 percent of the world's coronavirus vaccine doses in 2021 would be able to authorize the use of a patented coronavirus vaccine without the owner of the patent's consent. The solution is purportedly much broader than compulsory licensing, an alternative proposal that would allow countries to use means such as executive orders to ramp up vaccine production.

The new text could signal the start of a resolution to the debate that has been deadlocked at the World Trade Organization since October 2019, but it still needs agreement from EU member countries as well as other WTO members. A waiver on intellectual property rights for coronavirus products was first proposed by India and South Africa, eventually receiving support from a A LARGE SWATHE of countries. However, it faced strong opposition from several members of the WTO including the EU and the U.K.
James Love, director of Knowledge Ecology International, said it was "appalling" that the waiver was limited to vaccines. Doctors Without Borders' Shailly Gupta was similarly scathing, asking in a tweet: "What about therapeutics that are or will be needed for those who will continue to fall sick due to #COVID19 in low and middle income countries?"
A European Commission document dated March 14 and presented to the EU Council's Trade Policy Committee outlines the text of the compromise that has been reached as well as the the background to the decision.

The compromise applies to coronavirus vaccines, "with a commitment to decide on the extension of the solution to therapeutics and diagnostics within 6 months from the date of the decision on vaccines." There are two options for the duration -- three or five years.

The text states that a country wouldn't need to try to secure authorization from the holder of the patent before undertaking this process. Rather than being limited to compulsory licensing, it "includes other acts, such as executive orders, emergency decrees, and judicial or administrative orders." It would also bundle together all patents necessary to produce a product.

by Cat on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 06:48:54 PM EST
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euractiv | New challenges ahead as provisional compromise on IP waivers is reached in WTO, 17 Mar
EU member states are represented as a whole at the WTO by the European Commission through the Commissioner in charge of trade, Valdis Dombrovskis. A spokesperson from the European Commission said that they have no comments on the contents of the compromise at the moment as it remains sensitive.
Dimitri Eynikel, EU Policy Advisor for Médecins Sans Frontières' Access Campaign, had a similar message: "Excluding treatments and diagnostics is a critical weakness, especially as access to COVID-19 treatments remains a significant problem in many low- and middle-income countries, particularly in Latin America, in part because of patent barriers and restrictive licensing deals controlled by pharmaceutical corporations," he said.

On the other hand, the European Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (EFPIA) is calling "on governments across Europe and around the world to urgently rethink discussions on a COVID vaccine waiver and instead focus on the real barriers to global vaccine equity."
As reported by EURACTIV, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen praised "a very good, intense, constructive discussion on the question of TRIPS waiver."

AS/CAO | Tracker: U.S. Vaccine Donations to Latin America, 1 Feb 2022, illustrated
euractiv | EMA says not enough evidence for a second COVID booster, 18 Mar
Fourth shot for elderly and immunosuppressed

The situation is different when it comes to elderly and immunosuppressed people. Another study from Israel showed that the second booster dose, given at least up to five months from the first booster, in an elderly population reduced hospitalisations, Cavaleri said.

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BioNTech/Pfizer confident second booster is needed

On Tuesday (15 March), BioNTech Pfizer applied for authorisation to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Emergency Use Authorisation of an additional booster dose for adults 65 and older who have received an initial booster of any of the authorised or approved COVID-19 vaccines, the Pfizer press release reads.

The application is based on data from Israel. "Data showed evidence that an additional mRNA booster increases immunogenicity and lowers rates of confirmed infections and severe illness," the statement continues.

UKHSA | COVID-19 vaccine weekly surveillance reports, Week 1-11, 2022
by Cat on Fri Mar 18th, 2022 at 08:21:00 PM EST
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euractiv | South Africa urged to reject EU offer on COVID waiver, 23 Mar, "a bad deal is worse than no deal"
USTR spokesperson Adam Hodge said that South Africa, India, the European Union and the United States had agreed in principle to waive certain provisions of the World Trade Organisation's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights or TRIPS. He added, however, that the sides are still working on the wording of a final text.
However, the compromise proposes that only the patents on COVID-19 vaccines be waived for up to five years. It does not cover any copyright or intellectual property related to the algorithms and other tools needed to make mRNA vaccines.

"We support you fully in rejecting this misleading and ineffectual proposal, which represents the European Union's belligerent blockade of any actual waiver of IP barriers and the United States' insistence that the IP waiver it supports be limited to vaccines," wrote Jayati Ghosh and Nobel Memorial Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz along with Oxfam's Africa director Peter Kamalingin in a letter to Ramaphosa on Tuesday
"This text reflects the interests of multinational pharmaceutical companies in preserving the deadly status quo," they added. However, the compromise has been welcomed as "a major step forward" by World Trade Organisation [WTO] Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who vowed to work to ensure that it obtains the support of all WTO members.

by Cat on Wed Mar 23rd, 2022 at 02:16:39 PM EST
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Scientists have named a now-extinct relative of the octopus that has 10 arms after President Joe Biden -- the syllipsimopodi bideni -- according to a study released Tuesday.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 08:09:29 PM EST
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It would seem this story has not been much reported in the free press. Cocaine users should be aware of who and what they actually finance:

I think that when it was first reported I remember they claimed this was related to people-smuggling and threatening people who refused to pay. Apparently this would 'minimize' the horror of the story.

by Tom2 on Sun Mar 20th, 2022 at 10:55:12 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Mar 1st, 2022 at 06:25:40 PM EST
Yesterday -100: March 3, 1922: Of peeresses, women's suffrage and duels
The House of Lords Committee on Privileges rules in favor of allowing Viscountess Rhondda to enter the Lords. This would also allow in 23 other peeresses (or maybe fewer). Margaret, Lady Rhondda, a suffragette from waaaay back and a Lusitania survivor, sued under the 1919 Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act. At some point this decision will be reversed, and no ladies will darken the towels of the Lords until 1958, just a few weeks after Lady Rhondda's death.
by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 05:16:13 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 08:44:35 PM EST
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Exactly sixty years ago, the Évian Accords were signed in the eponymous city in the French Alps.

The Accords ended the 1954-1962 Algerian War with a formal cease-fire proclaimed for 19 March and formalized the idea of a cooperative exchange between the two countries, as well as the full independence of Algeria from France.

by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Mar 18th, 2022 at 08:47:09 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Mar 19th, 2022 at 09:39:53 PM EST
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NATO bombs Yugoslavia
On March 24, 1999, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) commences air strikes against Yugoslavia with the bombing of Serbian military positions in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo. The NATO offensive came in response to a new wave of ethnic cleansing launched by Serbian forces against the Kosovar Albanians on March 20.

The Kosovo region lay at the heart of the Serbian empire in the late Middle Ages but was lost to the Ottoman Turks in 1389 following Serbia's defeat in the Battle of Kosovo. By the time Serbia regained control of Kosovo from Turkey in 1913, there were few Serbs left in a region that had come to be dominated by ethnic Albanians. ...

by Cat on Thu Mar 24th, 2022 at 01:08:51 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Mar 1st, 2022 at 06:26:00 PM EST
and in completely unrelated news, the greatest sporting contest in Europe reaches its climax this evening in the France/England rugby match now in its sixth minute in Paris.

France is on a roll, having beaten Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and is on target for its first grand slam in ten years.
England is already out of the running, having been beaten by Scotland and Ireland, but if they win, Ireland will win the championship.

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

by eurogreen on Sat Mar 19th, 2022 at 08:12:32 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 26th, 2022 at 09:32:34 PM EST
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euractiv | Renew's French delegation against bloc's €13 billion gas projects list, 7 Mar
At a press conference on Thursday (3 March), Pascal Canfin, who is also the chair of the EU Parliament's environment committee (ENVI), was very clear about his delegation's position on the fifth list of PCIs for the energy sector proposed by the European Commission, which also features a few dozen gas projects. PCIs are cross-border energy infrastructures that benefit from fast-track authorisation procedures and access to EU funding.

"The French Renaissance delegation will vote against this list," said the MEP. "A majority of the Renaissance group will oppose it" and "if other political groups like the Socialists, the Greens and the Left also oppose it in the European Parliament", this could lead "to an objection" to the list, he added.
The fifth list, presented in November by the European Commission, includes 98 projects, of which 67 are in the electricity transmission and storage sector while 20 are in gas.
From an environmental point of view, the pipelines, LNG terminals and storage facilities currently on the list

Germany signs initial contract to build first LNG terminal, 7 Mar 2022

Citing the important role of gas as a transition fuel, Germany's Minister for Energy and Climate Protection Habeck said the goal was to "reduce dependence on Russian imports as quickly as possible." [2024]
The LNG terminal will be jointly owned by Germany and the Dutch utility and is a central part of the Zeitenwende (turning point) Berlin is experiencing following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The terminal will have an annual re-gasification capacity of eight billion cubic meters (8 bcm), while German annual imports of Russian gas are estimated to be around 140 bcm.

would produce more emissions than Austria and Denmark combined, according to the NGO Global Witness.

When questioned about this by MEPs last November, Mechthild Wörsdörfer, deputy director-general of the European Commission's energy department, said that "for some countries or regions where there is still a lot of coal, we have chosen to include gas as a temporary transitional solution. Of course, in the medium and long term, we all agree that this share has to be further reduced."

by Cat on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 10:57:28 PM EST
Any comment on that?
https:/www.imf.org/en/News/Articles/2020/06/03/sp060320-remarks-to-world-economic-forum-the-great-r eset

2018 and 2020... just the time to unfold

by Tom2 on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 08:09:49 PM EST
the customary reply should be "conspiracy theory"
by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 08:15:08 PM EST
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Do the work. Write a diary about it.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 10:49:08 AM EST
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I am sorry but I come here to read mainly the work produced by Oui. If I comment also it is out of frustration in face of the absence of a democratic debate in European societies. But I neither plan to work here for free as a journalist or to consider an informative website as a "social platform" where the readers are obliged to participate in dialogues and to decline their preferences, identity etc.
by Tom2 on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 10:53:18 AM EST
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OK so perhaps you should confine yourself to Oui's threads (this is not a threat, simply advice, because the default assumption on the site is that people are interested in the community aspect)
As for declining your preferences, identity etc : you have made a number of personal assumptions about me (wide of the mark in general), so you should probably avoid that in future if you are not willing to tell us anything about yourself.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 11:02:19 AM EST
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