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United States An Existential Threat to Russia

by Oui Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 10:47:38 AM EST

.... and China in the short term.

Excellent article in the Guardian where I'll add my own writing over two decades. The author apologizes beforehand for taking a neutral stand which by no means leaves Vladimir Putin off the hook for invading a sovereign state.

Previous administrations after the Allied Forces defeated the German-Japan Axis in 1945, put in a policy of containment versus the Soviet Union and the CCCP. Later it moved to a policy of coexistence until the implosion of the Soviet Union in 1989-90. Unfortunately the top dogs in the West and East are elderly men rusted in old ways and thinking. US Congress plays a aggressive legislative role in setting foreign policy which eats away at Executive Power of the President. To mob up any dissent, powerful lobby groups pour money into the campaigns of senators and representatives. In fact, not new ideas but narrow capital interests determine the course of history of the United States.

From the Banana republics of Central America, Kissinger doctrine in South America, to the Pacific Islands and the Philippines. Perceived threats are build upon to increase military spending beyond the scope necessary for human kind to survive. The planet is in mortal danger, yet the coal and fossil fuel lobby managed another, perhaps final, war on the European continent.  

Media to explain thirty years of failed foreign policy for dummies.

America and NATO military command knew the national security red lines of Russia, got Putin into a corner, knew it was unacceptable yet failed in honest diplomacy for many years.

US disinformation is all about framing the explosive war in Ukraine. The Washington political bubble and American fantasy.

[Excerpt from article: Energy Policy No Green Party BS]

A prepper: War and Nation Building in Latin America -- Crash Course World History


The Tehran Conference, 1943

At Tehran, Roosevelt outlined for Stalin his vision of the proposed organization in which the future United Nations would be dominated by "four policemen" (the United States, Britain, China, and Soviet Union) who "would have the power to deal immediately with any threat to the peace and any sudden emergency which requires action."


Finally, the three leaders issued a "Declaration of the Three Powers Regarding Iran." Within it, they thanked the Iranian Government for its assistance in the war against Germany and promised to provide it with economic assistance both during and after the war. Most importantly, the U.S., British, and Soviet Governments stated that they all shared a "desire for the maintenance of the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Iran."

The UK/US Coup d'état of 1953 - PM Mohammed Mossadegh overthrown

Churchill's secret papers released

Operation Unthinkable - Churchill's plans to invade the Soviet Union in 1945

If you thought the Cold War between East and West reached its peak in the 1950s and 1960s, then think again. 1945 was the year when Europe was the crucible for a Third World War.

So concerned was the Prime Minister Winston Churchill, that in the spring of that year he ordered his Chiefs of Staff to prepare a plan, `Operation Unthinkable' to attack the Soviet Empire. The top secret plan was so sensitive that only Churchill's immediate circle of military advisors were privy to the blueprint. The detailed proposal, which may seem fanciful today, sought to claw back East Germany and Poland, which had fallen under Soviet domination. Churchill felt particularly guilty over the fate of the Poles, who had fought valiantly for the Allies during the war but whose future was now dictated by Stalin.

If Churchill wanted to act, he knew that time was running out. The United States were about to move vast numbers of their troops and ordnance out to the Far East for the assault on mainland Japan, leaving Western Europe at the mercy of Stalin. Furthermore, demobilisation would start after VE Day and would rapidly reduce the size of the British Army and their capacity for offensive action.

The plan called for a massive Allied assault on 1 July 1945 by British, American, Polish and German - yes German - forces against the Red Army. They aimed to push them back out of Soviet-occupied East Germany and Poland, give Stalin and bloody nose, and force him to re-consider his domination of East Europe.

Winston Churchill Explains Enigma Russia

Excellent article in The Guardian today ...

The Red menace ...

Senator Joe Biden In 1997 - NATO Expansion

We are encouraging the Ukrainians to fight our war against Russia by supplying unlimited lethal weapons for a ground war … only the horror and devastation will increase.

A Russian regime in exile is readied in the City of London ... plenty of wealth and corruption.

Mearsheimer and McGovern agree

This was true when FDR connived to enter WWII and "discovered" kamikazi fighters. It was true for the host of ignorant "statesmen" who inherited his state department and antagonized communist Korea, communist Han, Viet Cong, "raghead" sheiks and "islamist" suicide bombers, and independent states of Africa and India. So it shall be for Russia's heirs.

The idea of personal omnipotence is a fallacy. No one realizes leadership alone. No leader acts alone.

| by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 |

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Russia’s campaigns in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Libya and Syria

[Update-1 A Damning Statement by the EU Today]

West made mistake in promising Ukraine NATO membership: Borrell

The West has made a number of mistakes in relations with Russia, including a promise to Ukraine to join NATO, the European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Friday.

“I am ready to admit that we made a number of mistakes and that we lost the possibility of Russia’s rapprochement with the West," he said in an interview aired on the TF1 television channel. "There are moments that we could do better, there are things that we proposed and then could not implement, such as, for example, the promise that Ukraine and Georgia will become part of NATO."

"I think it's a mistake to make promises that you can't keep,” Borrell added.

Hey people of Ukraine … it’s all for nothing. Step down you idiot!


The U.S. Decision to Enlarge NATO: How, When, Why, and What Next? | Brookings Institution – June 1, 1999 |

On March 12, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stood with the foreign ministers of Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic in the auditorium of the Truman presidential library in Independence, Missouri, and formally welcomed these three countries into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The Czech-born Albright, herself a refugee from the Europe of Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin, said quite simply on this day: “Hallelujah.”

Not everyone in the United States felt the same way. The dean of America’s Russia experts, George F. Kennan, had called the expansion of NATO into Central Europe “the most fateful error of American policy in the entire post-Cold War era.” Kennan, the architect of America’s post-World War II strategy of containment of the Soviet Union, believed, as did most other Russia experts in the United States, that expanding NATO would damage beyond repair U.S. efforts to transform Russia from enemy to partner.

Work in progress ... more to follow.


Russia's Continuing Ties to Southeast Asia--and How They Factor Into the Ukraine War | CFR Asia |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 02:24:11 PM EST
Representing What America Has Become

WSJ Opinion: How to Make Russia, China and Iran Take the U.S. Seriously

Entente Multiplies the Threat From Russia and China | WSJ by John Bolton, former US Ambassador to UN |

It's been more than 75 years since the U.S. last faced an axis of strategic threats. Fortunately, that axis proved dysfunctional. Had it been otherwise, Japan and Germany would have systematically attacked the Soviet Union, not America, first.

Our current strategic adversaries, Russia and China, aren't an axis. They've formed an entente, tighter today than any time since de-Stalinization split the communist world. Involving some mutual interests and objectives, displays of support, and coordination, ententes are closer than mere bilateral friendships but discernibly looser than full alliances. The pre-World War I Triple Entente (Russia, France and Britain) is the modern era's prototype.

The Nixon Shocks: The Opening to China and New Economic Policy

The Beijing-Washington Back-Channel and Henry Kissinger's Secret Trip to China | National Archives |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 03:14:16 PM EST
What Does John Bolton's Departure as US National Security Advisor Mean for China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran? | China Briefing - Sept 11, 2019 |

John Bolton, who was just fired as the US National Security Advisor presents a somewhat unique figure in US foreign policy establishment circles in that he is against almost everyone globally and one of the very few "America First" proponents. In fact, he'd described himself as an "Americanist" much before President Donald Trump popularized the America First slogan.

While Bolton was Ambassador to the UN, he considered his mandate to be getting the US to do as little as possible with the body. Bolton has been scornful of traditional US military allies and was extraordinarily hostile to rivals and enemies.

But with his departure, will we see a new reckoning in US foreign policy? More specifically, what would the implications be for countries with which he has had serious disagreements?

The biggest impact will immediately be felt with regards to the US position on North Korea and Iran as Bolton was vehemently against accommodating either state. It's early to say exactly what this means for Trump's foreign policy until he appoints a replacement - but it at least signals that he was uncomfortable with the extent of Bolton's hawkishness; Trump is known to be opposed to US intervention abroad.

In the cases of Russia and China, the impact will be more subtle, and developments can be expected to take time. However, it can be viewed as a signal that the Trump administration wants to move in a more conciliatory direction, especially with Russia. The issues with Russia, more so than China, concern the US national security sphere, so that is where the biggest potential impact will be. For China, it is more difficult to predict the impact of Bolton's ouster as a lot of the ongoing tensions have been commandeered by economic agencies, advisers, and bureaucrats within the US government.

Chinese Labour In The Global Economy: Capitalist Exploitation And Strategies Of Resistance - Jan. 2017 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 03:14:44 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 05:00:05 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 05:01:24 PM EST
How would Israelis react to true pariah status?

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 05:02:48 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 05:04:20 PM EST
Prolonged due to overwhelming success in the Ukraine ...

The US in the past ensured a civilian top above the military brass ... how modern times have moved on!

The torture woman to lead the CIA and a general not a civilian to lead the Pentagon ... a US Command over NATO HQ  in Brussels. All for our defense, have no fear.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 09:29:07 PM EST

In earlier decades as was Churchill, the so-called minister of defense was called Minister of War. Clear eyed with reality of purpose.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 09:30:15 PM EST
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In lock-step with our overseas partner in fossil fuel, coal included. Sacrifice the low incomes and the poor.

Energy poverty will hit millions with low incomes ... that is NOT freedom, on the contrary. Inequality will rise and opportunities for jobs and education will decrease.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 09:52:36 PM EST
An interesting take by someone at NC, providing some of the latest (that was not yet infirmed by the interested parties)
Depending on who you listen too, the Russian army is either hopelessly inept, unable to coordinate, filled with poorly trained and motivated soldiers and will crack soon, or after two weeks the Russians are methodically gaining the upper hand and have yet to unleash their air force, artillery and cyber-warfare assets to force the Ukrainians to accept an armistice under Russian conditions.

Right now the sun is going down in Kiev. It is snowing and the high temperature today was 35. There have been some important military and diplomatic developments.

First on the military front, thirty miles north of Mariapol the Russians have captured the small town of Polahy, completing the occupation of the defensible Konka river valley and the lateral road behind it. Mariapol is now completely isolated.

It is unclear which side is shelling the Mariapol civilian escape routes, although at least one of the few international Twitter reporters in the area says at least some of the shelling is coming from the Ukrainian side. Inside the city many of the defenders are from the Azov brigade and they face a serious threat if the city is surrendered to the Russians. For them, this is like April 1945 in Berlin was for the SS. No place to run.

In Mariapol it is freezing and there has been no heat for more than a week. People are moving into the subway tunnels for warmth and safety and the dead are being buried in trenches. Not yet like Stalingrad in 1942 or Berlin in 1945, but Europe hasn't seen anything like this since Sarajevo in the 1990s, and Sarajavo doesn't get the howling cold winters the Ukraine does. Read about the Germans during the WWII Russia winters or get a copy of Callincourt or DeSegur, who describe Napoleon's retreat from Moscow in the winter of 1812-13 to get some idea of why we in the west should feel blessed.

On the political front, Sky News https://news.sky.com/story/ukraine-war-russia-news-putin-nuclear-live-updates-kyiv-12541713?postid=3 523579#liveblog-bodyZelenskyy has the press conference given just now by Zelenskyy. It shows a man under great stress, no longer reading from a statement, bags under his eyes, rambling and admitting for the first time that there is a real possibility that Kiev might be reduced to rubble under his watch if he can't find a way out. So he's asking for a cease fire which will allow him to continue the conflict by other means- Hanoi after the 1972 Christmas bombing. This is a non-starter for Putin. In Zelenskyy's statement he has moved from asking for "Security guarantees" from "our neighbors" to saying he will accept guarantees from Israel, which is in no position to give meaningful guarantees. But at this point Zelenskyy will apparently take what he can get.

And Putin has gone from his: "We will not use conscripts in this action, only volunteers and long-service soldiers" to admitting "Some conscripts have been captured". Zelenskyy is offering to turn them over to their mothers if the mothers "Come here to collect them." The man know good theater when he sees it. There are at least some indications of more Russian reserve call-ups. The mothers of Russia will not be amused.

I suspect the only thing that Putin really fears is a wave of incoming babushkas landing near the Kremlin. Remember, the 1905 Revolution began with monks leading processions of peasants to petition the Czar and the Communist revolution was largely sparked by lower class exhaustion over WWI and the draft calls.

The EU and the European NATO members clearly want and end to this mess too. While in the US Biden will get to play the role of Khrushchev in the 1962 Cuban Missile crisis, a roll he richly deserves. Khrushchev was out of office two years later.

by Tom2 on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 09:53:29 PM EST
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Macron was willing to avoid war, he did not have the power. The man in the White House was mum and told Vladimir Putin to sort it out with #Zelensky and NATO's Stoltenberg ... the puppets of the string master.

France's Macron, German Chancellor Scurry Off To Fresh Talks With Putin

DW News had a similar front page headline "Scholz, Macron speak with Putin again over Ukraine conflict". Diplomacy is weakness of course.

Within minutes the headline changed to satellite images of Mariupol ...

Ukraine: Satellite images show infrastructure damage in Mariupol -- live updates | DW News |

See my earlier post ...

Axis Berlin-Paris Deters NATO War Provocation

Watching the full collapse of the German economy in slow motion ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 10:20:02 PM EST
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Remnants of the DW News article can be found via Internet search ...

Scholz, Macron again call on Putin for immediate ceasefire in Ukraine | Interfax Ukraine |

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke on Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and called on him to immediately cease fire in Ukraine and to resolve the conflict diplomatically, the German government's office informs.

"German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke again on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday afternoon. The talks are part of an ongoing international effort to end the war in Ukraine. During a 75-minute conversation, the Chancellor and the French President called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and a diplomatic solution to the conflict," the message said.

It was decided not to disclose the further content of the conversation," Scholz's office reported.

They were informed that in the morning the Chancellor "has already spoken with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and found out his assessment of the current situation; they agreed to keep in touch."

Failure of leadership ... where is Europe? VDL, Charles Michel and Josep Borrell ... what a sad group of actors. The Dutch are kept busy in an election campaign for municipalities coming week.

Well hell ... I found him, see update in my diary: West made mistake in promising Ukraine NATO membership: Borrell

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 10:35:05 PM EST
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WORKSHOP Energy Poverty | Brussels, 9 Nov. 2016

The invited experts provided an academic perspective on energy poverty landscapes in the European Union and presented results of two studies on energy poverty commissioned by the ITRE Committee. The presentations and proceedings of this workshop should support the ITRE Members in their evaluation of the related legislative proposals in the "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package.

Due to the lack of a common definition of energy poverty in the EU there are different estimates of this problem ranging from 50 to 160 million people concerned. The existence of an `energy poverty divide' within the EU is well established in the academic literature: the prevalence of the condition in Eastern and Southern European states is particularly high. Numerous academic contributions have emphasized that elevated levels of energy poverty in post-socialist countries can be linked to price increases associated with the liberalisation of national energy markets. Energy transitions, marked by the decarbonisation of energy systems, are of potential relevance to the expansion of energy poverty.

80 million European households struggle to stay warm. Rising energy costs will make the problem worse | Cost EU - Nov 12, 2021 |

A green bailout must put Europe's energy poor first | Friends of the Earth - April 2020 |

The options were there ... NO WAR!

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 09:53:33 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 03:51:06 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 10:03:01 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 03:53:02 PM EST
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Rationing? How about speed limits on the highways first? (or will this stop Germans enthusiasm for Ukraine?)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 06:59:55 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 01:31:36 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 12:25:11 AM EST

Putin marks 75 years since Battle of Stalingrad victory over Nazis | TOI - Feb 2, 2018 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 12:25:58 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 12:27:59 AM EST
Zelensky: Jerusalem is 'constructive place' to hold Russia-Ukraine talks | JPost |

Jerusalem is a constructive place to hold ceasefire negotiations with Ukraine and Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told reporters on Saturday as he gave a positive boost to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's efforts to mediate an end to the war.

Russia open to Ukraine negotiations in Jerusalem

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 02:30:37 AM EST
Commentary: The Russia-Ukraine crisis: where does Germany stand? | Mar 1, 2022 |

During the coalition negotiations, the new federal government was unable to agree on how to deal with Russia in the future. The positioning in the current Ukraine conflict will also shape Germany's role as a leading European power.

The Russian troop deployment on the border with Ukraine since December 2021 is intended to put massive pressure on the USA, NATO and EU countries to negotiate a new European security order. For the Russian leadership, the timing seems opportune for an ultimatum to negotiate spheres of influence, guarantees for an end to NATO expansion in Europe and a US withdrawal from eastern NATO member states in particular, as the US and key European states are weakened. US President Joe Biden wanted to withdraw from European security policy and give Europeans more responsibility for their own security in order to focus on the global conflict with China. In France there will be presidential elections in April and especially the right ones, e.g. T. Putin-friendly candidates are the most dangerous opponents for Emmanuel Macron. Since the federal elections in autumn 2021, Berlin has been governed by a traffic light coalition of Social Democrats under Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the Greens and the Liberals, who have not yet had a consolidated position, especially when it comes to dealing with Russia.

The coalition agreement already made it clear that the new federal government is committed to greater engagement in the countries of the EU's Eastern Partnership and to Ukraine's territorial integrity. However, the chapter on relations with Russia is worded vaguely and appears to be a difficult compromise between the parties. The controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline is not mentioned at all, only addressed indirectly, as large energy projects are to be regulated within the EU framework. The polyphony from the Bundestag on topics such as arms deliveries to Ukraine, the possibility of sanctioning Nord Stream 2 or Russia's decoupling from the international payment system SWIFT should there be an attack on Ukraine, has triggered irritation among allies in Europe and the USA.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 07:16:47 AM EST
German parties seal deal on new 'traffic light' coalition | EurActiv - Nov. 24, 2021 |

The Greens' chancellor candidate, Annalena Baerbock, stressed that the coalition agreement would mean a "paradigm shift" for German politics, while Green party leader Robert Habeck said the country is now on the path "to reach the 1.5 degree target."

The new "traffic light" coalition plans to massively boost investment - both private and public - in the next legislative period, particularly for climate protection and digitisation.

New German Coalition missed out on leadership role, now hung up on American LNG gas and joining the 2% boost in NATO arms target ...

Ukraine crisis prompts Germany to rethink Russian gas addiction | Politico - Feb 22, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 07:17:57 AM EST
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Mexico 's president asks the EU parliament to be less corrupt and better informed!


by Tom2 on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 09:20:27 AM EST
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< wipes tears >
by Cat on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 10:10:09 AM EST
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In the past I used to think when the French had their bursts of Islamophobia that it was a minority. But through the years I've seen it is in all layers of the pop, and has been fed of course by the media (not to mention the Zombies themselves, who are really good at playing stupid with Wahhabi money).
However, I was not expecting a full compliance to the Russophobic mantra and boycott. I mean, they passed laws in Europe to make BDS illegal and suddenly it would be ok to cancel a whole culture (with little interest in distinguishing who or where).
But TV played its part (NATO cognitive warfare anyone?)
(no EN version of the Wiki page; they though it was too big?)
by Tom2 on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 11:43:58 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 11:50:41 AM EST

After `bridge to Europe' bid, Ukraine's China ties face test | Al Jazeera |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 11:51:55 AM EST
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Great timing, Saudi Arabia just cleared old stock ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 11:53:08 AM EST
Death penalty: Saudi Arabia executes 81 people in a single day | Al Jazeera |

Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed 81 people convicted of crimes ranging from killings to belonging to militant groups, the largest known mass execution carried out in the kingdom in its modern history.

The number of executed surpassed even the toll of a January 1980 mass execution for the 63 militants convicted of seizing the Grand Mosque in Mecca in 1979, the worst-ever militant attack to target the kingdom and Islam's holiest site.

Abolish the death penalty USA!

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 11:57:10 AM EST
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Boris Johnson accuses Saudi Arabia of 'twisting and abusing' Islam | The Week - Dec 8, 2016 |

Johnson was in hot water over the comments, made at a public conference in Rome last week, in which he said the nation was conducting "proxy wars" and suggested it was "twisting and abusing" Islam for its own ends. 

Downing Street issued an open rebuke to the minister, who made the remarks just as Prime Minister Theresa May had returned from a trade visit to the Gulf. Johnson's Labour counterpart Emily Thornberry also said that his position ran counter to the government's continued sale of arms to the nation and so the lack of consistency represented "shabby hypocrisy".

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 11:54:14 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 11:58:10 AM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 12:00:04 PM EST
Afghanistan: One year after the massacre in a maternity ward | MSF - May 10, 2021 |

When MSF returned to Afghanistan 12 years ago--after having withdrawn in 2004 following the killing of five of our colleagues--we knew it was one of the most dangerous countries to work in. At that time, our analysis was that it was possible to craft a safe working space by renewing our engagement with all the different parties involved [in the conflict].

Since then, after the attack on our hospital in Kunduz [in 2015], and the one on the Dasht-e-Barchi maternity ward [in 2020], we have to admit that this wasn't enough. In these two attacks, 66 people were killed--by far the highest number of casualties in our programs around the world over the last six years. Our organization cannot accept the idea of integrating the loss of our staff or of the patients we treat.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 12:01:45 PM EST
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It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 12:07:10 PM EST
Don't leave your litter in my diary. Thx.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 01:40:14 PM EST
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"Borders are scars on the surface of the earth". Yanis Varoufakis."

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 01:30:53 PM EST
Wars are bleeding wounds on the face of the earth.
(Me, just now)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 06:31:47 AM EST
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See also, wrt Varoufakis

Yanis may prefer wars to borders. I think of borders as a necessary evil.

But I (and my comrade Val) left his movement a couple of years ago.

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

by eurogreen on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 07:51:30 AM EST
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Encouraging words from friends ...

Josep Borrell: "West made a mistake in promising Ukraine NATO membership."

Israel's PM Bennett: advises Zelensky to surrender to Russia

Positive news ... come to Jerusalem for Russia-Ukraine talks.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 01:32:11 PM EST

Ukrainian PfP Training Centre - NATO

NATO Partnership Training and Education Centres Info

Related reading ...

History of Polish town of Jaworów (today's Yavoriv)

The trials of Dutchman Pieter Menten and war crimes in Lwów, Galicia (Poland)

Very well acquainted with the trial and his defense lawyer Van Heijningen. An investigative journalist Hans Knoop traced the history of the massacre and Menten's involvement.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 01:34:38 PM EST
Exclusive Dispatch: US Guardsmen Train Ukrainian Troops for a New Kind of War | Jun 18, 2021 |

YAVORIV, Ukraine --this former Soviet military base located some 750 miles to the west of Ukraine's eastern war zone, the sounds of tank shots, machine guns, and small arms fire snarl throughout the course of this sweltering June afternoon.
The Yavoriv International Peacekeeping and Security Centre was once a major meeting place for military leaders of the Warsaw Pact, the Soviet-led military alliance that opposed NATO during the Cold War. Some 30 years after the Soviet Union's demise, the base is now home to a profoundly different mission.

Under the watchful eye of about 130 US Army National Guardsmen, Ukrainian troops are training for combat against Russia, their former Soviet ally, as well as to operate alongside NATO militaries. For the Ukrainians, the training mission is an invaluable opportunity to hone their combat skills and professionalize their military according to NATO standards. For the Americans, their time at Yavoriv is a blunt reality check.

After two decades of counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US is now neck-deep in a new era of great power competition against near-peer adversaries such as China and Russia. Thus, daily interactions with their Ukrainian counterparts remind the US troops based at Yavoriv that the next war America fights will likely be far different, and far more lethal, than the last.

"It is definitely a change of pace" from "what we're used to -- especially the twilight years in Iraq and Afghanistan," Capt. Chris Rothwell of the Washington Army National Guard told Coffee or Die Magazine.

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Biden Is Running Out of Time to Help Ukraine Fend Off Russia | Foreign Policy - Dec 6, 2021 |

Kyiv's pleas for more U.S. guns to hold off Moscow have prompted a political knife fight in Washington.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov [appointed early November this year - Oui] came to his American counterpart Lloyd Austin's third-floor Pentagon office with an unusually large request: He needed weapons systems, including many that the United States had never before provided to Ukraine, and he needed them fast.

Ukraine was, and still is, asking the Biden administration for a wide range of capabilities that officials hope could change Russia's calculus about launching another invasion of the country. The list, which was first detailed by Reznikov to Austin in mid-November and has not been previously reported in detail, includes support for air and naval defense and electronic warfare--a potential shield against devastating bombings and electromagnetic attacks that would likely accompany any forward march across Ukraine by Russian mechanized forces.

Kyiv is also seeking some of the U.S. military equipment earmarked for Afghanistan before the fall of Kabul, including U.S.-owned Soviet-era Mi-17 helicopters undergoing maintenance in Ukraine and munitions that were initially intended to be sent to the Afghan army, according to a Ukrainian defense official speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive bilateral talks.

Scoop: U.S. eyes training Ukrainian troops remotely | Axios - Feb 22, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 06:48:47 PM EST
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Triaging 'refugees'
https:/www.haaretz.com/israel-news.premium.HIGHLIGHT.MAGAZINE-the-great-jewish-oligarchs-escape-th ey-will-stream-into-israel-1.10666471
by Tom2 on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 07:04:27 PM EST
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Mostly in Dubai for sure ...

Abramovich made the move years ago when a UK visum was refused.

Laundering a Russian Oligarch through Israeli Citizenship

Russian Oil Wealth, Kremlin and Oligarchs

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 07:23:45 PM EST
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Dutch nationals just arrived to join combat ... will return in flag draped coffins.

When Russia bombed the base near Lviv last night, it had to assume Americans were likely to be killed or injured. A coordinator of foreign volunteers in Ukraine told me the base was a hub for 1000s of them, coming from all over to help Ukraine. I met some from US, UK, Australia.

Simon Shuster (@shustry)

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 10:42:03 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 02:36:45 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 03:49:03 PM EST
Russia's war in Ukraine upends Democrats' gathering -- and election-year agenda | NBC News |

The raging war and Biden's decision to ban all Russian oil imports have driven U.S. gas prices to record highs, leaving Democrats struggling to craft a response to voters paying more at the pump and to Republicans seizing it as a wedge issue to hammer opponents.

Democrats have privately and publicly clashed with the Biden administration for killing a deal to have Poland transfer MiG fighter jets to help bolster Ukraine's defenses.

And fresh from a trip to the Ukraine-Poland border, Rep. Greg Meeks, D-N.Y., who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., a doctor trained in disaster relief, both grew emotional describing thousands of tired and cold Ukrainian refugees, mostly women and children, who they observed streaming into Poland. 

"Slava Ukraini," proclaimed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to reporters on Friday, using a phrase that means "Glory to Ukraine."

Years of pushing Russophobia lines and lies will get you in a spot with few benefits. It's not about policy, nor the electorate, only about might and chest beating.  

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 03:50:42 PM EST
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Biden's impossible bind: how should the US tackle Russia's invasion of Ukraine?

It is an impossible bind. Joe Biden faces demands for America to do more as Ukrainian civilians are terrorized and killed by Russia. But he is also determined to avoid going down in history as the US president who started a third world war.

Russia has pummeled Ukraine with more than 625 missiles so far, according to the Pentagon, causing untold death and destruction and prompting an exodus of 2m refugees. Vladimir Putin is now reportedly recruiting Syrian mercenaries and preparing to level cities in a bid to break Ukrainians' will in the face of his invasion.

But none of this has prevented a humanitarian catastrophe that generates traumatic images on TVs and newspaper front pages. For many in America there is a sense of anger, frustration and impotence: why can the world's biggest military superpower not intervene?

A vocal minority contends that Biden can and should. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican congressman and veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, has urged Nato to declare a "no-fly zone" to disrupt Russian air operations and "give the heroic Ukrainians a fair fight".

The call has been echoed by Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who accused Nato of "weakness" and "disunity" after the alliance ruled it out.

Opinion | Polls Show the Public Is Willing to Sacrifice for Ukraine. History Suggests Biden Shouldn't Count On It. | Politico |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 03:51:51 PM EST
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Both leaders do not care about the next generation, making decisions for their legacy. Both fail miserably as a leader and lack courage and vision.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 03:52:42 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 03:53:19 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 03:54:03 PM EST
Or ...

Or ... a Chernobyl disaster with radioactive cloud

Or ... a releases of chemicals because we deny a dozen of our labs are in Ukraine.

Sullivan: China will face consequences if it helps Russia evade sanctions | The Guardian |

We don't talk, we command and bully allies and adversaries, when necessary we'll offer a bribe. Our war crimes aren't on the table ... we didn't become become a signatory for inspection BCW in our labs, nor to the ICC in The Hague. That's for other nations ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 04:41:54 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 05:56:03 PM EST
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IAEA notification status nuclear power plants and Chernobyl sarcofaghus.

Today, the Permanent Mission of Russia to the Ministry of Defense in Vienna sent a note to the #IAEA Secretariat with updated information on the situation at the Chernobyl and Zaporozhye nuclear power plants. 📄Details

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 20th, 2022 at 11:43:16 AM EST
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Cathartic tea near the Jap garden at 4?
by Tom2 on Sun Mar 20th, 2022 at 12:30:59 PM EST
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so this IS a "community site"?

She didn't give you her phone number? What a tease.

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

by eurogreen on Mon Mar 21st, 2022 at 02:15:38 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 04:48:09 PM EST
by Cat on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 05:27:34 PM EST
In the city of Breda TGOTV for the Labour Party for this week's municipal elections.

"I know Putin personally, and I know he's not going to stop." That is what European Commissioner Frans Timmermans said today.

Timmermans was at an election meeting of the PvdA in Breda, and said that Putin will continue to escalate, writes BN DeStem.

He describes the Russian leader as hermetically isolated and estranged from the world. Even his own circle of confidants would barely see Putin anymore.

The European director therefore warns against Putin versehers in the media who do think they understand him. "At first the experts said that a Russian invasion was unthinkable. Now that it has happened, they call it reasonably explainable.

What a bullshitter ... if you knew Putin, you would have know the great risk and the US goal of confrontation. The EU-27 were nowhere to be seen. Green energy was high on the agenda.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 08:31:02 PM EST
Task of the EU Commission is to lead on the fundamental rights of Europeans and a secure group of nations. Brussels was busy with sanctions on Poland, Hungary, its leaders and a few more New Europe states not abiding by "our" values. Don't complain now or suggest you have answers to the immense energy crisis and devastation by war in the Ukraine.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 08:32:58 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 08:55:24 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 06:40:17 AM EST

War is not a virtual game, real people of flesh and blood die.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 06:41:08 AM EST
So much easier to prevent war than it is to end hostilities.

Peace Is More Than War's Absence, and New Research Explains How to Build It | Scientific American |

Peace is seldom on the investment calendar ... not cool 😎

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 09:24:01 AM EST

Russian air strike in western Ukraine killed foreign fighters | EuroNews/Reuters - Mar 14, 2022 |

Ukrainian officials said the Russian strike killed 35 people on Sunday and injured at least 130.

Russia's Defence Ministry said that its attack had killed 180 "foreign mercenaries" and had destroyed a large cache of weapons supplied to Ukraine by other countries.

Reuters could not independently verify the casualties reported by either side, or the damage reported by Russia.

It was the most westerly air strike on Ukraine since Russia launched its attack on Feb. 24, demonstrating its reach across Europe's second largest nation as it continued to bombard and besiege cities to the east.

A Ukrainian official told Reuters on March 3 that Yavoriv played a central role in absorbing foreign volunteer fighters into the Ukrainian army.

"They all end in Yavoriv, and from there they are distributed to the points of service," said Roman Shepelyak, head of the Department for International Technical Assistance and International Cooperation at Lviv Regional State Administration.
Shepelyak said foreign fighters came from many countries, including - on a day Reuters visited his office - Poland, Holland and Britain.

Some foreign volunteers have told Reuters they are joining Ukraine's fight against Russia as individuals rather than fighting under their country's flag.

The British government, for example, has urged its citizens not to join the fighting.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 05:22:57 PM EST
From The Guardian today
Russia Ukraine West Global South and Sanctions at the Grauniad

In recent days, many commentators have pointed to a global map of the UN resolution to demonstrate the unity of the west and the world in taking on the Putin government.
But to make sense of the geopolitical consequences of the Russian invasion, we must look beyond the diplomatic theater of the general assembly to examine how these nations are actually engaged with the war in this phase of rapid escalation. And to do that, we should start with a very different map of the world - a map of global participation in the sanctions set against Russia by the United States and its allies.

The contrast between these maps could not be more striking. The US, the UK, Canada, South Korea, Switzerland, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Singapore, the EU: beyond this fortified coalition, very few nations have chosen to take part in the economic warfare set against the Putin government. On the contrary, many of the world's largest nations - including China, India, Brazil, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, and even Nato ally Turkey - have refused to join in.

by Tom2 on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 05:45:08 PM EST
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A German atmosphere...

"Germany will no longer divulge details of its weapons shipments to Ukraine, government spokesman Wolfgang Buechner told reporters on Monday, according to the Associated Press. The policy of secrecy will extend to switching off livestreams from the country's highways, and comes after Russia said it will treat Western arms shipments into Ukraine as "legitimate targets.""

by Tom2 on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 05:49:01 PM EST
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https:/www.reuters.com/world/wikileaks-assange-denied-permission-appeal-extradite-decision-supreme- court-2022-03-14
by Tom2 on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 05:51:45 PM EST
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Let us momentarily recall a couple weeks ago NATO plans to deliver "lethal aid" to Ukraine's freedom fighters waiting at UA-PL border. Hence RU warning to cease and desist shipment or risk total loss of ordinance inventory. Skip tacit "declarations of war", because, yanno, all is fair in practice acording to christ Shakespeare.


As a result of the strike, up to 180 foreign mercenaries and a large consignment of foreign weapons were destroyed.
On March 13, Russian missiles pounded the Yavorovo military range in Lviv Region. The range is a part of the military facility used in the area by NATO to train Kyiv's forces in the previous years. The range is the largest in Europe and allows simulation of deployment and offensive of a tank division. The range is used by the U.S., British, and Canadian militaries to train Ukrainian army personnel.

Officially, all NATO instructors had been withdrawn from the country before the conflict began. Most likely, it was mercenaries from NATO countries who came to Ukraine to take part in combat operations against Russia. It is also likely that Kiev is speculating on the deaths of alleged NATO instructors in order to use this as another opportunity to drag the alliance into the Ukrainian conflict

After the start of the Russian military operation, the area became a hub and training center for foreign mercenaries that came to Ukraine.
Lviv authorities claimed that at least 8 missiles hit the facility calling this as the 'act of Russian aggression'.

UA recording, no subtitles, enclosed; but for, "social media" rumors leaked by disaffected UA "international brigade" witnesses, no NATO counterfactual reports to date.

Just so, I admit high-confidence in Southfront stringers' reportage, based on accuracy and detailed observations since 2014 of hostilities in Syria , culminating, in particular, with "insurgent" combat in Idlib, Kurdistan. I've no need to read comment threads.

by Cat on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 06:40:19 PM EST
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For the wider context, check this video when it will be available in a couple of hours.
World Council for Health General Assembly #32
We will be joined by speakers Ras Menzi Maskeo (South Africa) and Prof Sucharit Bhakdi (Germany). Feisal Mansoor will join us from Sri Lanka to introduce WCH Coalition Partner, Saradiel Party.
by Tom2 on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 08:08:07 PM EST
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Syria bis indeed:
This is the facebook account of a French guy who survived the Russian attack on the facility of the Ukrainian Foreign legion. He says somehting about 100 guys there. From his pictures, he seems to be on his way back to France.
by Tom2 on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 08:13:16 PM EST
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euractiv | More Ukraine-Russia talks scheduled after deadly attack ["]on base near Polish border["], 14 Mar trash talk
A BARRAGE of Russian missiles hit Ukraine's Yavoriv International Centre for Peacekeeping and Security, a base just 25 km from the Polish border that has previously hosted NATO military instructors, killing 35 ["]people["] and wounding 134, a Ukrainian official said on Sunday.
which people "estimates in a range"?
Russia's defence ministry said up to 180 "foreign mercenaries" and a large number of ["]foreign weapons["] were destroyed. Reuters could not independently verify the casualties reported by either side
or the middle. DILATE! scope of unverified casualties since 24 Feb ....
Increasingly isolated, Russia asked China for military equipment after its invasion, sparking concern in the White House that Beijing may undermine Western efforts to help Ukrainian forces defend their country, several US officials said.
Asked about Russia's request for military aid, Liu Pengyu, spokesperson for China's embassy in Washington, said, "I've never heard of that."
by Cat on Mon Mar 14th, 2022 at 08:45:43 PM EST
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There's no doubt that the site was fair game; war is war; and it was not a civilian site, for once.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 03:12:39 PM EST
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International Task Force Against Russian Elites, Proxies and Oligarchs Kicks Off | OCCRP |

Australia, Canada, the European Commission, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States launched the Russian Elites, Proxies, and Oligarchs (REPO) multilateral task force, which was announced last month, right after Russia invaded Ukraine.

By targeting those who are influencing the decision-making process in Moscow, the task force is supposed to help defend the borders of the member countries, and "to assist the Ukrainian government and people in their fight."

The new body will gather finance and justice or home ministries from each member country, and "collect and share information to take concrete actions, including sanctions, asset freezing, and civil and criminal asset seizure, and criminal prosecution," according to a statement from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 22nd, 2022 at 07:06:18 PM EST
Voiced strong opinion to repel cooperation with Russia and set a policy to make Russia a pariah state. Universal foreign policy in Washington DC which infested European NATO HQ in Brussels. Shame. Carries large responsibility for Russophobia, same goal as policy set by Madeleine Albright.

The Guardian Opinion by Ivo Daalder

Related reading ...

In Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin | NY Times - Apr 19, 2014 |

There are no policy secrets ...

Smart Defense and the Future of NATO: Can the Alliance Meet the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century? | Chicago - March 28-30, 2012 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 24th, 2022 at 02:06:04 PM EST
U.S. looking for ways to isolate Putin | EU Herald Tribune - Apr 20, 2014 |

Even as the crisis in Ukraine continues to defy easy resolution, President Barack Obama and his national security team are looking beyond the immediate conflict to forge a new long-term approach to Russia that applies an updated version of the Cold War strategy of containment.

Just as the United States resolved in the aftermath of World War II to counter the Soviet Union and its global ambitions, Obama is focused on isolating President Vladimir Putin's Russia by cutting off its economic and political ties to the outside world, limiting its expansionist ambitions in its own neighborhood and effectively making it a pariah state.

Obama has concluded that even if there is a resolution to the standoff over Crimea and eastern Ukraine, he will never have a constructive relationship with Putin, aides said. As a result, Obama will spend his final 2 1/2 years in office trying to minimize the disruption Putin can cause, preserve whatever marginal cooperation can be saved and otherwise ignore the master of the Kremlin in favor of other foreign policy areas where progress remains possible.

"That is the strategy we ought to be pursuing," said Ivo H. Daalder, formerly Obama's ambassador to NATO and now president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. "If you just stand there, be confident and raise the cost gradually and increasingly to Russia, that doesn't solve your Crimea problem and it probably doesn't solve your eastern Ukraine problem. But it may solve your Russia problem."

The manifestation of this thinking can be seen in Obama's pending choice for the next ambassador to Moscow. While not officially final, the White House is preparing to nominate John F. Tefft, a career diplomat who previously served as ambassador to Ukraine, Georgia and Lithuania.

When the search began months ago, administration officials were leery of sending Tefft because of concern that his experience in former Soviet republics that have flouted Moscow's influence would irritate Russia. Now, officials said, there is no reluctance to offend the Kremlin.

So is the US, Joe, NATO and Ukraine ignoring Crimea and Donbas today? Kicking the can down the road  does not solve any problem ...

The Obama administration with VP Joe Biden, Secr. of State HRC and John Kerry have a long list of foreign policy failures. Hundreds of thousands have died, too many medals and honors for those responsible. How can Biden return to Brussels to finish his job, wrecking Europe and its future.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 24th, 2022 at 02:07:51 PM EST
CNN | Biden says Putin 'cannot remain in power', 26 Mar  extemporaneous speech, ad libs, and epithets
Warsaw, Poland (CNN)President Joe Biden declared forcefully Saturday that Russian President Vladimir Putin should no longer remain in power, an unabashed challenge that came at the very end of a swing through Europe meant to reinforce Western unity.

"For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power," Biden announced at the conclusion of a ["]capstone address["] delivered in the cold outside the Royal Castle in Warsaw.

CNN 00:02:36 A/V (EN)
[00:05] We must remain unified today and tomorrow and the day after for years and decades to come. It will not be easy. There will be cost. But it's a price we have to pay, because the darkness that drives hypocrisy is ultimately no match for the flame of liberty that lights the souls of free people everywhere.
[00:45] Let's remember the hammer blow that brought down the Berlin Wall, the might that lifted the Iron Curtin, were not the words of a single leader, it was the people of Europe who for decades fought to free themselves. Their sheer bravery opened the border between Austria and Hungary for the pan-European picnic [?].
[01:18] And we're seeing it once again today for the brave Ukrainian people, showing that their power of many is greater than the will of any one dictator.
[01:38] So in this hour, let the words of Pope John Paul [?] burn as brightly today: Never, ever give up hope.
[02:01] A dictator bent on rebuilding an empire will never erase a people's love for liberty. Brutality will never grind down their will to be free. Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia.
[02:32] For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power.
The White House afterward said Biden wasn't calling for regime change: "The President's point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region," a White House official said. "He was not discussing Putin's power in Russia, or regime change."
White House | Remarks by President Biden and President Andrzej Duda of Poland Before Expanded Bilateral Meeting, 26 Mar prepared remarks
PRESIDENT DUDA: Excellency Mr. President, distinguished members of the American delegation
We are the first, the biggest customer buying American LNG gas.  We have received LNG gas for many years.  Our gas terminal in Świnoujście, it helps us to diversify our gas resources in Poland.  It is hugely important, given today's Russia's aggression Ukraine, given this energy blackmail which Russia has pursued for many years right now.  We have built that LNG terminal in Świnoujście precisely to fight this blackmail, to avoid this blackmail.  And we are thankful for U.S. support in this respect.

Furthermore, we are grateful for continuing on this path.  We started a program on civil nuclear energy -- the construction of U.S. nuclear power plants in Poland, which are indispensable to us to protect the climate and to develop a modern energy sector in our country. ...

White House | Readout of President Biden's Meeting with President Andrzej Duda of Poland, 26 Mar
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White House | Remarks by President Biden After Meeting With Ukrainian Refugees, 26 Mar, transcript
THE PRESIDENT:  Oh, they've got nothing.  I met two people from Mariupol.  It's -- it's astounding.
Q    What were the commitments with Ukraine?
Q    What is this -- I mean, you see this in your -- you know, you're dealing every day with Vladimir Putin.  I mean, look at what he's done to these people.  What does it make you think?
THE PRESIDENT:  He's a butcher.  That's what it makes me think.
3:29 P.M. CET

by Cat on Sat Mar 26th, 2022 at 08:46:17 PM EST
Politico | Biden, off the cuff, says Putin 'cannot remain in power', 26 Mar (v.2*
The line sent ripples throughout the U.S. foreign policy community, before the White House quickly clarified that Biden was not calling for regime change in his speech, contending that the president's point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. "He was not discussing Putin's power in Russia, or regime change," an official said in a statement.

But the walk back only prompted the question of why Biden uttered the line in the first place and whether he had consciously meant to convey the message. The words had not been in his prepared remarks.


* 03/26/2022 02:06 PM EDT (v.1 which I read credit CNN "scoop" which I posted after search for YouTube clip and collecting WH releases), Updated: 03/26/2022 04:38 PM EDT (new headline + body edit)

by Cat on Sat Mar 26th, 2022 at 10:39:21 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 02:46:21 PM EST
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France24 | Live: Macron warns against 'escalation' after Biden calls Putin a 'butcher', 27 Mar
by Cat on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 02:53:55 PM EST
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Is #Poland delivering the fighter jets after all?
"According to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba, the United States has "no objections" to the delivery of fighter jets to Ukraine. It's now Poland's turn."

9:21 pm: Kyiv says US has 'no objections' to Poland supplying war planes

Ukraine said  that the US does not object to the transfer of war planes to Kyiv to help it fend off the Russian invasion, after the Pentagon previously rejected a "high risk" offer from Poland.

Officials in Washington "have no objections to the transfer of aircrafts. As far as we can conclude, the ball is now on the Polish side. We will look further into this matter in our conversations with Polish colleagues," Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in written comments.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 26th, 2022 at 11:54:06 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 06:38:47 AM EST

Germany warns on gas supply over Russia payment row | BBC News |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 06:41:19 AM EST
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Europe can resume gas payments in euros, Putin tells Scholz

European nations could continue paying euros for Russian gas instead of rubles as previously sought by the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in a phone call on Wednesday, with authorities in many capitals possibly breathing a sigh of relief as Moscow's proposal left gas supplies in limbo.

German government spokesperson Steffen Hebestreit said Putin had told Scholz that payments from Europe next month "would continue to be in euros and transferred as usual to the Gazprom Bank, which is not affected by sanctions."

"Scholz did not agree to this procedure in the conversation but asked for written information to better understand the procedure," said the German spokesperson, adding that the previous Group of Seven (G-7) agreement on payments with euros and U.S. dollars remained.

"The decision taken should not lead to worsening of contractual terms for European importer companies of Russian gas," the Kremlin said in a statement summarizing Putin's comments in a phone conversation with Scholz.

Putin and Scholz have agreed in a call that experts from their countries would discuss how payment for Russian gas exports could be made in rubles, Tass news agency reported.

Russia's most senior lawmaker said on Wednesday Russia could demand ruble payments also for other commodities including oil, grain, fertilizers, coal and metals, raising the risk of recession in Europe and the United States.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 06:43:01 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 06:12:07 PM EST
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US is pushing the planet into an abyss of chaos and instability, mass starvation is ahead

Meeting on the development of air transportation and aircraft manufacturing

Vladimir Putin: Colleagues, good afternoon!

On our agenda today is the situation in the aviation industry. We have long wanted to discuss these issues in a complex, today we will talk about this in more detail.

But first I would like to dwell on the issue that we discussed last week.

Today I signed a Decree that establishes the rules for trading Russian natural gas with so-called unfriendly states. We offer counterparties from such countries a clear and transparent scheme. To purchase Russian natural gas, they must open ruble accounts in Russian banks. It is these accounts that will be used to pay for gas supplied starting tomorrow, from April 1 of this year.

If such payments are not made, we will consider this a default on the part of buyers - with all the ensuing consequences. Nobody sells us anything for free, and we are not going to do charity either. That is, existing contracts will be stopped.

I emphasize again that in a situation where the financial system of Western countries is used as a weapon, when companies from these countries refuse to fulfill contracts with Russian banks, enterprises, individuals, when assets in dollars and euros are frozen, it makes no sense to use the currencies of these countries.

What is actually happening, what has already happened? We have supplied European consumers with our resources, in this case gas. They received it, paid us in euros, which they then froze themselves. In this regard, there is every reason to believe that we delivered part of the gas delivered to Europe virtually free of charge.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 06:41:11 PM EST
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'Bleak Friday': Customers try to beat 54% price rise

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 09:37:44 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 11:35:40 AM EST
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Russia: Expect No Showdowns At G8 Summit | RFERL - July 14, 2006 |

Not long ago it looked like the G8 summit might become a Cold War-style showdown, with Washington accusing Moscow of bullying its neighbors, backsliding on democracy, and using energy as a weapon. But as the St. Petersburg summit approaches, a confrontation looks less likely.

Not long ago prominent U.S. politicians were calling on President George W. Bush to confront Russia on these issues at the G8, or to boycott the summit altogether.

Cheney Goes On The Offensive

Speaking at a conference in Vilnius in May, U.S. PresidentDick Cheney was uncompromising in his criticism of President Vladimir Putin's Russia.

"In Russia today, opponents of reform are seeking to reverse the gains of the last decade," Cheney said. "In many areas of civil society, from religion and the news media, to advocacy groups and political parties, the government has unfairly and improperly restricted the rights of her people. Other actions by the Russian government have been counterproductive and could begin to affect relations with other countries."

It looked like a harbinger of a new era of confrontation between the United States and Russia. U.S. legislators, including Arizona Senator and one-time presidential hopeful John McCain, called on Bush to at the very least get tough with Putin at the St. Petersburg summit -- or to boycott the event altogether.

But in the weeks since, such tough talk seems to have receded.

Carlos Pascual, a scholar with the Brookings Institution and a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, says that Cheney's speech was designed to send a message to Russia that Washington was concerned about Moscow's backsliding on democracy and its manipulation of separatist conflicts in Abkhazia, North Ossetia, and Transdniester.

But at the same time the United States needs Russia's help on a series of other major issues like the escalating nuclear crises in Iran and North Korea -- and this limits Washington's ability to pressure Moscow.

What's Important And What's On The Back Burner

"A higher level of priority is nuclear nonproliferation, energy security, the energy agenda with Europe and Ukraine, how Russia uses its energy policy toward its neighbors, what kind of agreement we might be able to get on Iran and if Russia is going to play a constructive role on that," Pascual said. "Those are the No. 1 issues. The frozen conflicts are important, but they are not at the top of anyone's agenda within the administration."

At the same time, Pascual said soaring energy prices have given Russia flexibility and confidence that it has not had since the breakup of the Soviet Union. This has limited the United States' ability to influence Russia's behavior.

"The real issue becomes once you have had experience working with Russia on these kinds of issues and have been trying to achieve a positive agenda, what are the most effective tools to be able to get there," he said. "In the real environment we live in today, Russia has a tremendous tool at its disposal: oil and gas with oil at $70 a barrel."

Today's confident Russia bears little resemblance to the pliant and financially strapped counterpart the United States grew accustomed to dealing with in the 1990s.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 2nd, 2022 at 04:36:43 PM EST
h/t Cat

Pentagon and intelligence straight shooters ...

Putin's Bombers Could Devastate Ukraine But He's Holding Back. Here's Why | Newsweek - Mar 22, 2022 |

As destructive as the Ukraine war is, Russia is causing less damage and killing fewer civilians than it could, U.S. intelligence experts say.

Russia's conduct in the brutal war tells a different story than the widely accepted view that Vladimir Putin is intent on demolishing Ukraine and inflicting maximum civilian damage--and it reveals the Russian leader's strategic balancing act.

How long can Ukraine hold out in the war for the skies? | CNN - Mar 18, 2022 |

Day 40: summary of armament losses | Southfront | (end of video)

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 06:18:53 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 11th, 2022 at 05:34:08 PM EST

Hundreds have surrendered, laid down their arms as supplies and ammo could not be replenished. In underground tunnels (24km) under the Azov steel plant the resistance continues with some guerrilla assaults on Russian (Chechen) armored vehicles. The sea port has been secured to prevent evacuation by sea or helicopters. Some very high value (foreign) officials and fighters have nowhere to go.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 11th, 2022 at 05:36:03 PM EST
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As promised ...

US claims Russia planning `false-flag' operation to justify Ukraine invasion | The Guardian - Jan 14, 2022 |

'Clear sign' Putin is weighing up use of chemical weapons in Ukraine, says Biden | The Guardian - Mar 22, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 11th, 2022 at 08:01:25 PM EST
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SBU: Ukrainian Militia Demands $55 Million Ransom for Stolen Dutch Paintings | ArtNet - Dec 8, 2015 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 12th, 2022 at 01:13:24 PM EST

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