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Biden's Blitzkrieg Across Europe

by Oui Sat Mar 26th, 2022 at 09:23:19 PM EST

Sweeping reforms of the principles of the European Union, easing budget on military spending, ending trade barriers and renew trade deals, abandon environmental regulations and security, and commitment to reliance on American fossil fuel supply, economic hardship due to a great war on European soil and making transfer of mass data to American Big Tech possible. Trust and verify? Easing economic espionage for NSA/GCHQ and tracing EU leadership and policy makers. Welcome to the End of the End of History.

NATO -- We are united ...

Losing the Islamic World of 1.4 billion people. India and Pakistan with 1.5 billion and China with 1.5 billion. The US has lost its foothold in Central Asia as Turkey refuses to be hoodwinked to abandon its neutral stance and won't succumb to political pressure and join sanctioning Russia.

American foreign policy is based on the Zbigniew Brzezinski doctrine issued in 1997

Great Architect of Carter's Jihad In Afghanistan

Undermining sovereign nations by Colour revolutions and extremist violence ...

Former US national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski laid out Washington's thinking about post-independence Ukraine in his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives. "Without Ukraine," explained Brzezinski, "Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire." Brzezinski argued that drawing Ukraine into Washington's orbit would deliver a major blow to Russia and help the US become "the key arbiter of Eurasian power relations."

    Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire."

    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

Undeniable Blowback from Decades US Foreign Policy - 1996

Albright, who served as secretary of state from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton, pushed for NATO expansion eastward into the former Soviet bloc and helped lead the NATO bombing campaign in 1999 to halt ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. She previously served as Clinton's U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997.

The Architect Failed to Witness the Ultimate Drama

Madeleine Albright

Turkey Won't Join Sanctions Regime On Russia

'Nothing can be done' about placing sanctions on Russia: Turkey's Erdogan

"Firstly, I cannot leave my people to freeze in the winter, and secondly, I cannot completely reboot this industry of ours," Erdogan said

Turkey will not join sanctions against Russia -- Erdogan

Turkey's Opposition to Russian Sanctions Stokes Suspicions of Sanctions-Busting  | VOA News - March 14, 2022 |

Ankara insists it abides by its international legal responsibilities. But analyst Atilla Yesilada of Global Source Partners said it's not the first time Turkey has been suspected of international sanctions-busting.

"A lot of people [hoped] that Turkey would become a proxy financial center or intermediary for Russia," Yesilada said. "I wouldn't put it past the current regime to try to repeat the Reza Zarrab incident - 40 billion dollars of money whitewashed to Iran."

Reza Zarrab is a Turkish-Iranian businessman who pleaded guilty in 2017 in a New York court to massive charges of violating sanctions against Iran. A senior executive of the Turkish state-owned Halkbank was also convicted. Halkbank itself is facing trial as part of the same investigation.

Turkish private and state banks are also likely to face scrutiny and severe penalties for violating Russian sanctions, said analyst Yesilada. He warned that sanctions-busting is highly risky, especially as any penalties could affect Turkey's ability to borrow from international markets.

Neocons policy was a partial success ... End of History brought forward

With West Germany's Willy Brandt came a push to ease tensions, use diplomacy, opening through cultural exchange and break through the iron curtain.

The Cold War model was containment  and coexistence under an umbrella nuclear deterrence or M.A.D. Under Obama came the modernization of nuclear weapons and the theory to use "small" or mini nukes on the battlefield ... the idiocy of military deployment of the 1950s.

Today America is following Neocon policy of confrontation and wilful destruction of the dictatorship of the Kremlin. Result is old KGB tricks and asymmetric warfare for which the Internet serves as a tool both directions.

The unipolar world will be upset by the growth of China and Asia. To reverse globalization to isolationism with the Trump policy of MAGA is a fool's enterprise.

See Fukuyama's End of History, a tale of a religion of sorts that's liberated world will end all wars because we are all a democracy, respecting human rights ... the American values.

Interference of the Neocon wet dream was upset by the 9/11 attacks on America. When George Bush chose to invade Iraq in 2003, Fukuyama swore off the Neocon pipe dream of NeoConservatism and Utopia. The End of the End of History and Pax Americana.

Burying the EU-27 ... Long live the military might of the NATO alliance ... a rapid advance to the next global conflict.

Re: The EU is dead  (4.00 / 2)

The EU succumbed to neoliberal brain rot, gambled in the Wall St. casino and is now waiting for the banking crisis to reveal how greedy, compromised and stupid our leaders in the EU really are.

(As if the Greek treatment were not enough to reveal the dark agenda behind the mask of noble goals.)

Arms sales, following US orders to sanction Iran and Russia, (yes sir, how high?), and dirty dealing with car companies and emissions tests, kow towing to mammoth lobbies.

Then the immigration issue...

by melo on Mon Jul 2nd, 2018

The first point is to note that Russia and China are acting in highly assertive ways and using coercion to press pursue their territorial interests, but that Russia is being much more aggressive than China, openly challenging and sending troops across existing international borders. Russia's annexation of Crimea and its destabilization of a sovereign Ukrainian regime differ substantially from China's brusque behavior against Philippine and Vietnamese vessels or its placing an oil rig in waters claimed by Vietnam. China would not only have to clearly identify these waters as sovereign Chinese territory but patrol the waters as such and expel others to be in the same league as what Russia has done. Whether it's because they aren't strong enough or some other reason, they haven't. So we shouldn't treat China like they've already taken these steps.

Major Investments Arms and Munitions

Germany's €100bn Bundeswehr boost after regime change post Angela Merkel

EU-27 Economy will take a Big Hit ...

German Industry Powerhouse Shaken to Core by War in Ukraine

Daniel Ellsberg and the Release of the Pentagon Papers | Vietnam War |

The Pentagon Papers was the name given to a top-secret Department of Defense study (Rand Corp.) of U.S. political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967. As the Vietnam War dragged on, with more than 500,000 U.S. troops in Vietnam by 1968, military analyst Daniel Ellsberg--who had worked on the study--came to oppose the war, and decided that the information contained in the Pentagon Papers should be available to the American public.

Hawkish Positioning NATO Assets @Russian Border

Overextending and Unbalancing Russia -- Assessing the Impact of Cost-Imposing Options | RAND Corp. - 2019 |

This brief summarizes a report that comprehensively examines nonviolent, cost-imposing options that the United States and its allies could pursue across economic, political, and military areas to stress--overextend and unbalance--Russia's economy and armed forces and the regime's political standing at home and abroad. Some of the options examined are clearly more promising than others, but any would need to be evaluated in terms of the overall U.S. strategy for dealing with Russia, which neither the report nor this brief has attempted to do.

Air and Space Cost-Imposing Measures

Reposturing bombers within easy striking range of key Russian strategic targets has a high likelihood of success and would certainly get Moscow's attention and raise Russian anxieties; the costs and risks of this option are low as long as the bombers are based out of range of most of Russia's theater ballistic and ground-based cruise missiles.

Reposturing fighters so that they are closer to their targets than bombers as a way to achieve higher sortie rates to compensate for their smaller payloads would likely concern Moscow even more than reposturing bombers, but the likelihood of success is low and risks are high. Because each aircraft would need to fly multiple sorties during a conventional conflict, Russian leaders would probably be confident that they could destroy many fighters on the ground and shut down their deployment airfields early on with few or no additions to their missile inventory.

Deploying additional tactical nuclear weapons to locations in Europe and Asia could heighten Russia's anxiety enough to significantly increase investments in its air defenses. In conjunction with the bomber option, it has a high likelihood of success, but deploying more such weapons might lead Moscow to react in ways contrary to U.S. and allied interests.

Repositioning U.S. and allied ballistic missile defense systems to better engage Russian ballistic missiles would also alarm Moscow but would likely be the least effective option because Russia could easily saturate current systems and any planned upgrades with a small percentage of its existing missile inventory, leaving many missiles still available to hold U.S. and allied targets at risk.

There are also ways to get Russia to extend itself in strategic competition. In terms of benefits, such developments would exploit Moscow's demonstrated fear of U.S. airpower capabilities and doctrines. Developing new low-observable, long-range bombers, or simply adding significantly more of types that are already available or programmed (B-2s and B-21s) would be worrisome for Moscow, as would developing autonomous or remotely piloted strike aircraft and producing them in high numbers. All options would likely incentivize Moscow to devote ever-greater resources to making its command and control systems harder, more mobile, and more redundant.

United States An Existential Threat to Russia
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Russian focus on 'liberating' Donbas hints at shift in strategy

DATA Transfer and Big Tech

De Hoop Scheffer: "The West should respect the red lines of Russia" | Dec. 2017 |

NATO cornered Vladimir Putin, making him more radical. Those are not Tthe words of Russia, but of the former Secretary General of NATO, Jaap De Hoop Scheffer.

NAccording to De Hoop Scheffer, the West must respect the Russian red line. European EThe speed of NATO expansion has contributed to Putin's aggressive stance in the tformer Soviet Union.

NATO should not have pledged membership to Ukraine and Georgia in 2008, the Aformer NATO chief now says. He says it is understandable that Putin has resisted this. s"He said to me after the communiqué came out: Mister secretary-general, this will not be. This is not going to happen!"

Rightwing Dutch newspaper "De Telegraaf" with two headlines in recent editions ...

Alarm bells after Biden speech: 'He threatens to turn Europe into a battlefield...'

Feb 25, 2022 -- Jaap de Hoop Scheffer fears that Russian President Putin is unstoppable. "His hunger has not been satisfied with Ukraine," warns deformed NATO boss.

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer: 'Putin has turned into an obsessive and vindictive dictator'

First America went after OBL and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan ... then GWB took revenge for Saddam's plot to assassinate his father GHB and invaded and occupied Iraq ... America with improved alliance of western NATO nations destroyed in rapid succession two sovereign states Libya and Syria.

Presently, Joe Biden is competing with Ronald Reagan to establish his legacy as a true American warrior, patriot and build his legacy for history. Defend America over there ...

No happy end as is usual in Hollywood productions.

Invitation by NATO for Russia to Join the Alliance

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 12:24:06 PM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 11:48:40 PM EST
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The war and casualties mount ...

French President Emmanuel Macron is warning against the verbal escalation of the war in Ukraine, a day after his American counterpart Joe Biden described Russian leader Vladimir Putin as a butcher and said he shouldn't be allowed to remain in power.

Macron told French media the goal was for a ceasefire in Ukraine and then the withdrawal of Russian troops.

He said this wouldn't be possible with an escalation through words or actions.
US authorities have denied Biden was calling for regime change in Russia following his unscripted comments during a visit to Poland.

Macron has maintained communication with the Russian president throughout the Ukraine crisis and said he would speak to Putin in the next two days to organise the evacuation of civilians from the heavily bombarded port city of Mariupol.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 03:44:52 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 03:45:33 PM EST
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yahoo! Daily Beast | Biden Says Vladimir Putin Is a 'Killer' Who Is Devoid of a Human Soul, 17 Mar 2021

o, right. 2022 Darwin Award Invitational
presented by leader of the most ignorant, litigious nation on planet
DW | Macron distances himself from Biden's Putin comments -- live updates, 17 Mar

by Cat on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 04:22:17 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 04:46:48 PM EST
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I could have sworn that freedom-loving US Americans EXCORIATED cheeto's PUTIN admiration and COLLUSION with RUSSIA! to overthrow Hilary's election as well as the flurry of juvenile diplomatic communiques, dispatched on TWITTER, CHALLENGING "rocket man" Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in to demilitarize the DPRK.
by Cat on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 06:06:13 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 10:25:33 PM EST
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The fact that Biden said what everybody is thinking (if Putin were gone, the problems could be solved) is a reminder that he's a bit of a loose cannon.

Is that dangerous? No :

  • nobody died
  • no nuclear missiles were fired

Arguably, the "leader of the free world" is an old fool; arguably, it doesn't matter much, because nobody is following him.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 08:15:14 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 07:49:55 PM EST
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ah the warmongers yes.

Why the plural? His name is well known. Do I have to spell it out?

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

by eurogreen on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 07:50:15 AM EST
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Biden began his speech in Poland by stealing John Paul's opening words: "Do not be afraid."

How dare you compare your past of wars and death with the journey of Pope John Paul to his native country of birth ... shameful!

The Catholic pope called for a peaceful revolution to independence and be freed from the scourge of a foreign power.

June 4, 1979 Pope John Paul in Poland Video ABC News

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 04:56:17 PM EST
That's only fair, as John Paul himself stole them from Jesus (John 6:20-21)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 08:15:57 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 10:21:02 PM EST
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A scheming Joe Biden has managed to pull 27 countries out of the European Union and into the economics, military dependance and judicial protection privacy data under the sphere of influence of the United States.

We are all together again with Great Britain in the twilight zone of presumed sovereignty ... meet the new boss, the same as the old boss of the first Cold War.

How long will it take for Europe to see the scam of Joe "Wall Street" Biden.

Fostering Europe's Strategic Autonomy -- A question of purpose and action | Dr. Giovanni Grevi - Dec. 2020 |

The year that is coming to an end has been a consequential one for the world and for Europe. The coronavirus has wrecked the global economy and sharpened geopolitical competition, while the election of Joe Biden ushers in a new stage of American foreign policy, and a major opportunity to strengthen transatlantic ties. The implications of these momentous events are as far-ranging as they are hard to anticipate. Faced with uncertainty, Europeans have the means to shape their future, if they chose to do so. Fostering Europe's strategic autonomy will be critical to their success.

The debate on Europe's strategic autonomy has revealed differences between and within member states. Still, it has also helped uncover much common ground, which offers a platform for convergence to make the EU more strategic and autonomous. Strategic autonomy is about empowering Europe, not disengaging from partnerships, globalisation or multilateralism. The core of strategic autonomy is not that Europeans should act alone, but that they should have a purpose of their own, and a stronger power base to fulfil that purpose through cooperation with others whenever possible, or on their own if needed. As such, strategic autonomy is not a condition to be achieved once and for all, but a mindset and a process guiding initiatives across multiple areas.

A shared approach to Europe's strategic autonomy can pave the way for joint action. At a time when the coronavirus and geopolitical tensions have exposed the risks of interdependence and the vulnerabilities of globalisation, strategic autonomy is about strengthening Europe's resilience and managing interdependence in ways consistent with its interests and values. Strategic autonomy and the future of European integration are deeply intertwined, because if the EU is not equipped to cope with the powerful forces affecting its prosperity and security, or challenging its values, the case for European integration would be severely weakened.

Strategic autonomy is a broad concept, whose implementation needs to be calibrated depending on multiple factors such as the competences of the EU, the resources available to the EU and its member states, and the importance of cooperation with partners to meet shared goals. As such, strategic autonomy is a platform for effective international cooperation. The opposite of autonomy is not partnership, but sheer dependence.

The Ukrainian Crisis is a major event as the burning of the Reichstag in Berlin in 1933, the attack on Pearl Harbor of 1941 or the 9/11 attacks on America.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 07:23:26 PM EST
Political pressure wins out as US secures preliminary EU data deal | Politico |

Ursula von der Leyen and Joe Biden stepped in to push through a political deal for data transfers that will likely be tested in court.

In the final race to secure a new transatlantic data deal, Ursula von der Leyen and Joe Biden pulled rank.

On Friday, the European Commission president and U.S. president announced that Washington and Brussels had signed an agreement "in principle" for a new so-called Privacy Shield pact to keep everything from people's online search queries to company payroll records flowing between the European Union and the United States.

But in the weeks and days building up to the announcement, U.S. and European negotiators -- who have spent almost two years hammering out details to give EU citizens greater control over their data when it's transferred to the U.S., while also allowing American national security agencies access to some of that information -- had warned that final sticking points are yet to be hashed out.

EU and US agree data transfer deal to replace defunct Privacy Shield

    Privacy Shield was invalidated in July 2020, striking a blow to Facebook and other companies that had relied on the mechanism for their EU-U.S. data flows. The EU's top court sided with Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy activist who argued the existing framework did not protect Europeans from U.S. surveillance.

    The deal was announced alongside a separate agreement with the U.S. to provide energy to Europe as the Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens to disrupt the continent's energy supplies.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 07:24:56 PM EST
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The European Social Model and the United States | SSOAR - 2006 |

Related reading ...

Boris Johnson's dreams of an Anglosphere to replace the European Union aren't new | FP - Oct 2019 |

Historical reversals are hard to swallow, especially when a magnificent past is suddenly swapped with an ordinary present. To some extent, the psychodrama at the heart of Brexit reflects the inability on the part of the British establishment to come to terms with the diminished global role associated with the loss of the British Empire.

Hardcore Brexiteers like Prime Minister Boris Johnson anchor their expectations for a bright future away from the European Union to a revival of the imperial past. They speculate about the emergence of an Anglosphere, centered on the United Kingdom and linked to the United States and Britain's other former colonies.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 07:42:52 PM EST
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From Politico :
Other officials cautioned that whatever senior political leaders wanted in terms of securing a new data transfer agreement would still likely be challenged in Europe's highest court. With such legal uncertainty looming, it was critical to ensure any new agreement would be in water-tight compliance with the 27-country bloc's tough data protection standards, they added.

Fortunately, on subjects such as data protection which are EU competencies, the rule of law applies, and whatever quick deal Biden and van der Leyen cooked up (details not yet available), it will need months more work, and will be challenged, and undoubtedly blocked, by the ECJ.

It seems unlikely that the US will accord European citizens adequate rights to challenge the access to their data by the US security apparatus :

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, which gives the federal government greater leeway to keep national security practices out of the courts, may, however, have complicated final discussions. That ruling could allow Washington to sidestep Europeans' efforts to challenge how U.S. intelligence agencies access and use their data.

So your scary "EuXit Becoming A Reality" headline is fantasy.

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

by eurogreen on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 08:44:43 AM EST
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Yeah, I don't see how a new deal changes the reefs upon which the old one sank. If EU still has GDPR and US still has presidential decrees that can be used to get the data protected by GDPR, it is hard to see how a new challenge wouldn't succeed (Schrems III perhaps?).

I was at a digital seminar with Max Schrems as lecturer about a year ago. And he outlined the different ways the conflict could be solved:

  • Politically, preferably with the US backing down.
  • Technologically, with EU building its own clouds.
  • Legally, with the US cloud companies spinning off daughter companies in countries with strict laws against mother company instructing daughter company.

This is more or less pretend politically solving it.
by fjallstrom on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 11:22:19 AM EST
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It's an obvious attempt by van der Leyen and Biden to exploit a window of opportunity (in every crisis there is opportunity) : "Don't you know there's a war on? Let's not quibble about information flows"...

but the importance of information flows, and who controls them, is one of the dominant themes of the current war.

Macron has been terrifyingly insistent on opening the floodgates to US control of French data (the French health data hub hosted by Microsoft, no less!) so I am very grateful for EU safeguards which have finally resulted in the hosting will be transferred to a company incorporated in France (but not before the presidential election, too embarassing!)

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

by eurogreen on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 08:27:28 AM EST
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Here in Sweden, the tax authority and several other large governmetn agencies are working to get a standardised package of open source solutions for cloud services that can then be hosted in Europe. If a open source public sector standard is established, then it will be very possible to push all of public sector towards it. And if most of public sector has a standard package, I think that will really open things up for open source and localised storage.
by fjallstrom on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 12:55:41 PM EST
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Pff that's not very market-based!
Luis de Sousa would approve.
Or perhaps he's involved?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 01:41:59 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 10:10:14 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 27th, 2022 at 10:44:12 PM EST
Glenn Groomwald can get fucked with a crowbar.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 04:08:00 PM EST
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Your title implies that, in conformity with Putin's parallel reality, Biden is directing the war against mutha Russia and using it to take control of the EU.

It's hard to understand the thrust of your arguments because you rarely compose a complete sentence.

However, the overall direction of the content you link indicates that the EU is striving to achieve autonomy :

  • Military autonomy from the USA by taking responsibility for its own defense
  • Energy autonomy with respect to Russia because it is undesirable to depend heavily on so unpredictable an actor.

So once again, that's a FAIL with respect to the coherence between title and content.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 08:26:17 AM EST
Not speaking for the whole cabinet of Kyiv in the interview, interesting to see where the war hawks are hiding in plain sight. Zelensky won the hearts and minds of Ukrainians in his election with the promise of peace in the Donbas.

There has been some dampening of expectation ahead of peace talks from the Ukrainian side. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been widely quoted as hailing the new negotiations, saying he hoped they would bring peace "without delay".

However, Reuters has just posted a quote from interior ministry adviser Vadym Denysenko, ahead of talks between Ukrainian and Russian representatives in Turkey, saying: "I don't think there will be any breakthrough on the main issues."

BBC live coverage of Ukraine: missile strikes near Kyiv

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 08:54:58 AM EST
Well, the parameters on the ground keep shifting.

Putin has wisely decided to declare victory (though he stopped short of announcing an end to "major operations" and is pivoting his troops toward the Donbass (which is retrospectively described as his primary objective)

Zelensky's government is fine with "neutrality" (Finlandisation); because they don't need NATO as long as they have cast-iron international security guarantees, to prevent any invasion by a hostile army (from Hungary or Romania, for example?)

But they are not prepared to concede the border adjustments that Putin would, apparently, settle for (confiscation of the Donbass).

Personally I think that they would be wise to do so, but they would have to face the rage of the Ukrainian citizenry.
Because it's in times of crisis that a nation is born.

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

by eurogreen on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 09:25:46 AM EST
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I wonder what the Donbass anti-government separatists are thinking now about tying their hopes to Russia...
by asdf on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 03:48:16 PM EST
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They're Russians, so they're thinking, "Krog want Donbas, Krog think Putin good, Krog is Russian, Krog keep Donbas."

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 04:13:08 PM EST
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Vasily Grossman: Myths and Counter-Myths

In 1932, Vasily Grossman was struggling to publish his first novel, Glück Auf, set in a mining community in the Donbas region of Soviet Ukraine; an editor had told him that some aspects of the novel were "counter-revolutionary." Gorky was, at the time, the most influential figure in the Soviet literary establishment, and Grossman tried to enlist his support. In his first letter to Gorky, Grossman wrote, "I described what I saw while living and working for three years at mine Smolyanka-11. I wrote the truth. It may be a harsh truth. But the truth can never be counter-revolutionary." Gorky replied at length, clearly recognizing Grossman's gifts but criticizing him with regard to his attitude to truth:

    It is not enough to say, "I wrote the truth." The author should ask himself two questions: First, which truth? And second, why? We know that there are two truths and that, in our world, it is the vile and dirty truth of the past that quantitatively preponderates. [...] The author truthfully depicts the obtuseness of coal miners, their brawls and drunkenness, all that predominates in his -- the author's -- field of vision. This is, of course, truth -- but it is a disgusting and tormenting truth. It is a truth we must struggle against and mercilessly extirpate.

There is no doubt that this view of truth was anathema to Grossman. He argues against it both in Stalingrad and in Life and Fate. Unsurprisingly, Lipkin puts great emphasis on Grossman's disagreement with Gorky, since this fits with the way he wishes to portray Grossman -- as a proto-dissident. It is equally unsurprising that Lipkin says little about the central role played by Gorky in orchestrating Grossman's remarkably successful literary debut, since this would conflict with that image. It is clear, however, that Grossman would not have come to prominence in the mid-1930s without Gorky's help.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 08:56:41 AM EST
Is this an effort of contextualisation of your own tendency to select and shape the truth in accordance with your personal narrative of good and evil?

If so, fair enough, but remember, Gorky was talking about fiction. Should your threads be labelled accordingly?

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

by eurogreen on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 09:33:23 AM EST
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My diaries are based and substantiated on facts. Views and opinions are still part of our basic freedoms. Policy is made in Washington DC as I have written over the past 17 years, so are the plans for wars and conflicts. The masters in militarizing disinformation can be found in London and the CIA - Pentagon dual purpose intelligence.

The Ukraine crisis is a wake-up call for the EU ... missing are leaders ... Barroso? Juncker? .. again @NATO summit VDL?  

Members of the EP threatened to file a motion for a vote of no-confidence against EU Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen ...

Poland from EU villain to hero status within one month ...

The MEP could force the EU Commission to let the hammer fall on Poland and Hungary. Postponement of economic sanctions isn't longer an option. The EP had passed legislation a year ago to tackle the disregards by both nations to European norms and solidarity.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 10:39:21 AM EST
Barroso was a leader? That's news to me, and funny as hell.
Drunker, yes, sort of. At least he tried.

Members of the EP threatened to file a motion for a vote of no-confidence against EU Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen ...

You link a diary of yours from February, which links a tseet from EP president Metsola, talking about the conditionality mechanism... not what you intended, probably.

Can you give us a link to that no-confidence motion? I'm not finding it on Google. It sounds important. Perhaps it's been censored?

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

by eurogreen on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 08:39:19 AM EST
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No free pas and escape for 3,000 Azov fighters with foreign contingent holed up in a small part of Mariupol. Humanitarian corridor is intended for civilians and aid, not for Azov leadership dressed up as women.

Ukraine Operations: point de situation

L'agression militaire de la Russie contre l'Ukraine est l'une des plus graves violations de l'ordre de sécurité européen depuis des décennies. Par cette décision, la Russie bafoue le droit international et en particulier la Charte des Nations unies. Retrouvez ici tous les éléments pour mieux comprendre les enjeux de cette crise.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 11:46:26 AM EST

The encirclement of greater Donbas nearly complete. Zelensky ready for substantive negotiations from a weakened position of 5 weeks ago. Washington and Warsaw will not be happy. Alternative is guerrilla warfare for the next decade NATO is preparing for on Ukrainian soil.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 01:05:51 PM EST
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Your parallel reality seems to be all sweetness and light. How I envy you.

Zelensky, a weakened position? Well, he has an army occupying large chunks of his country. But at least it's clearer now why all previous attempts to negotiate with Putin were futile : Putin thought he held all the cards and could swoop on Kiev and install a pliable regime.

Compared to five weeks ago : Putin will no longer be demanding a rollback of NATO in eastern Europe (the most absurd item on his wishlist); they appear to be backing off from the "denazification" fantasy too; what's left of Putin's strong hand? The territory of the Donbass, open to discussion.

But his military might having been exposed to the harsh light of reality, and the Ukrainian resistence has astounded all observers. So I do not concur with your analysis.

But we'll see.

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

by eurogreen on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 09:02:15 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 01:07:40 PM EST
Scholz reels and maneuvers on "Will": Chancellor catches himself late - and surprises with an insight into the Putin conversation

Anne Will scrutinized Olaf Scholz closely on the Ukraine crisis

Dealing with the most difficult situation in Europe since the end of the Second World War: "Now you have been in this office for 110 days - did you imagine it like that?"

NATO Not Seeking Regime Change In Russia, Assures Germany After Biden's Warsaw Tirade

Did Biden ever visit refugee shelters in Lampedusa (Libya war) - Kos (Syria and Afghan wars) -  Cadiz Spain (African wars and poverty) - Lebanon (Syrian refugees).

The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: 'No' policy for Russia regime change | The Hill |

The old bullsh*tter knows the damage has been done ... in particular to himself! Leader of the "free world"?  Come on ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 01:08:56 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 01:09:38 PM EST
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I gather from US and EU weekend reporting that price "inflation" protests heated up in GR and FR as well.
by Cat on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 01:28:14 PM EST
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Germany's Russian community faces harassment and hostility | DW News |

Roman Friedrich, a social worker, does community outreach in Cologne's Chorweiler district. He is organizing help for Ukrainian refugees arriving in the city, but, at the same time, he has concern for the Russian communities in Germany who are being blamed for Vladimir Putin's war.

"What shocked me the most was when a teacher in an elementary school asked a Russian child to stand up before the entire class and clearly take a stand and distance herself from Putin's policies," Friedrich said.

Friedrich, who was born in Omsk, Russia, and whose grandmother is from Ukraine, has received many calls in recent days with similar tales of hostility. A Russian boy at a Cologne high school was held down and beaten up by his classmates. A Polish woman was mistaken for a Russian and harassed in a hardware store. Every day, people say they are being hassled in workplaces, on public transport, in the schoolyard.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 01:12:09 PM EST

Yale professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld  spotlight of shame Russia ... MAGA

Over 450 Companies Have Withdrawn from Russia--But Some Remain | Yale School of Management |

Trump's Reluctant Goodbye

Yale SOM leadership expert Jeffrey Sonnenfeld has known Donald Trump for decades. In the final act of Trump's presidency, he sees echoes of "monarchical" CEOs who purge truth-tellers and surround themselves with sycophants--and invariably make an involuntary exit from the C-suite.

How Big Business Got Woke and Dumped Trump | Time - Nov 21, 2021 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 01:32:39 PM EST
How "CEO whisperer" Jeffrey Sonnenfeld mobilized business leaders to dump Trump--and helped shape the new era of "woke capitalism."

Are bans against Russian arts targeting the right people? | DW News |

The show can't go on: Russian arts cancelled worldwide | The Guardian |


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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 01:34:13 PM EST
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RU censorship of "liberal" media and NED-linked NGO operations, or "interference," in domestic politics has been an object of social control simmering in NATO anti-communist qua democracy discourse since, like, 1917. Antagonism seemed to cool, however, with reciprocal licensing of press agencies after the so-called end of the Cold War in '89. Then successive US gov'ts, from onset of GWOT, began enforcing restrictions of foreign "agents" access to domestic media and politicians, eg. Al Jazeera license, Magnitsky censure. These manoeuvers reached boiling temperature as the Democratic Party obtained control of the US House and executive office, culminating in so-called Russiagate purges, 2014 to post-TRUMP-'peachment present, eg. FARA warrants, diplomat recalls/expulsions. The Kremlin reciprocated in equal measure eg. embassy, US-based Big Tech licenses--notwithstanding serial prosecution of "pro-democracy" celebrity Navalny's alleged financial crimes, near-death experiences, and "uprisings".

ENTER "free speech" crisis du jour (PUTIN'S WAR on UKRAINE) struggling to emerge from dual-use censorship.

Over the weekend, Readovka | Dozhd journalists published an interview with Zelensky despite the RKN warning

Journalists Tikhon Dzyadko and Mikhail Zygar published an interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on their YouTube channels, Readovka reports . Some did so despite a warning from Roskomnadzor about extreme measures.

On March 27, Russian journalists  conducted  the first interview with Zelensky during a special operation in Ukraine. Employees of Meduza* and Dozhd* and Novaya Gazeta took part in the conversation. After that, the RKN  warned Media about the need to refuse to publish the video.

My understanding is, GOOG pulled the A/V upload. It survives intact, running time ~ 90 min, on Telegram channels and a few proprietary websites--which I have not screened but could retrieve, if pressed by persons will yet unable to sacrifice 90 min to Zelensk-* existential philosophy.
by Cat on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 03:29:17 PM EST
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archived A US censor 'gigs'
by Cat on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 03:54:17 PM EST
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You astonish me. In a context where honest journalists can not legally do honest journalism (cue Basil Fawlty: "DON'T TALK ABOUT THE WAR!") in Russia, what's an honest journalist to do? Find a funder.

What's YOUR specific beef with Soros? (as rich people go, he seems do-gooderer than most)

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

by eurogreen on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 09:15:36 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 05:59:57 PM EST
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euractiv | Ukraine intelligence publishes names of 620 alleged Russian agents in Europe, 28 Mar
In a post in Russian on its official website, the intelligence arm of the Ukrainian defence ministry listed people it said were FSB employees registered at the agency's headquarters in Moscow.

"Employees of the FSB of Russia involved in the criminal activities of the aggressor-state in Europe," it said, without sharing further details on the alleged crimes.

APsplainin | Europeans expel dozens of Russian envoys to combat espionage, 29 Mar
NL said it was expelling 17 Russians [...] BE said it was ejecting 21 Russians.
The CZ gave one Russian diplomat 72 hours to leave the country. IE told four senior Russian officials to leave the country because of activities deemed not "in accordance with international standards of diplomatic behaviour."
< wipes tears >
Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra said he was prepared for a ["]retaliation["] from Moscow.

"Experience shows that Russia does not leave these kinds of measures unanswered," he said. "We cannot speculate about that, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is prepared for various scenarios that may arise in the near future."

That was demonstrated earlier Tuesday, when Russia said it expelled a total of 10 diplomats [of] three Baltic EU states of EE, LV, and LT in retaliation for those countries expelling Russian diplomats [18 Mar].

by Cat on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 04:20:32 PM EST
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With New D.C. Policy Group, Dems Continue to Rehabilitate and Unify With Bush-Era Neocons | Glenn Greenwald - July 2017 |

It is, in fact, the ultimate union of mainstream Democratic foreign policy officials and the world's most militant, and militaristic, neocons. The group is led by two longtime Washington foreign policy hands, one from the establishment Democratic wing and the other a key figure among leading GOP neocons.

The Democrat, Laura Rosenberger, served as a foreign policy adviser for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and chief of staff to two Obama national security officials. The Republican is Jamie Fly, who spent the last four years as counselor for foreign and national security affairs to one of the Senate's most hawkish members, Marco Rubio; prior to that, he served in various capacities in the Bush Pentagon and National Security Council.

Fly's neocon pedigree is impressive indeed. During the Obama years, he wrote dozens of articles for the Weekly Standard -- some co-authored with Bill Kristol himself -- attacking Obama for insufficient belligerence toward Iran and terrorists generally, pronouncing Obama "increasingly ill-suited to the world he faces as president" by virtue of his supposed refusal to use military force frequently enough (Obama bombed seven predominantly Muslim countries during his time in office, including an average of 72 bombs dropped per day in 2016 alone).

The Democrats' new partner Jamie Fly spent 2010 working in tandem with Bill Kristol urging military action -- i.e., aggressive war -- against Iran. In a 2010 Weekly Standard article co-written with Kristol, Fly argued that "the key to changing [Iran's thinking about its nuclear program] is a serious debate about the military option," adding: "It's time for Congress to seriously explore an Authorization of Military Force to halt Iran's nuclear program."

Bill Kristol will protect Israel with attack ads against Democrats | Salon - July 2010 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 03:36:48 PM EST
Counterinsurgency Cyberwarfare NATO vs. Russia - Part 3 | Jan 30th, 2018 |

British 77th Brigade (SAG) - Force for Psychological Warfare or in academic term "Soft Power"

    Building on the recent cross-Whitehall International Defence Engagement and Building Stability Overseas Strategies, the Security Assistance Group (SAG) will have close links with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development and the Stabilisation Unit.

Battles are not not won by just hard aggressive force but also through information deception or the loose term of "psychological warfare". In proper academic circles, it is the usage of "soft power"

  • What does the secretive 77th Brigade do?
  • British Army 77th Brigade - Influence and Outreach  [cached]
  • Where it all started at the center of military power in Europe: NATO led by the United States and bullying generals in the mindset of the Cold War ... wanting to kick ass and no room for diplomacy. This caused continued interference from the Pentagon and NATO HQ in Brussels with any attempt to reach a political settlement with Russia after the eight Bush years after 2008 - the Orange Revolution that ultimately fell short in the Ukraine and the confrontation in Georgia that led to a brief military conflict with Russia.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 03:37:56 PM EST
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    Tyler Pager and Matt Viser of the Washington Post  are alarmed that President Biden announced, "For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power" while talking about Vladimir Putin during a 27-minute speech in Warsaw, Poland on Saturday. The statement, which was not in Biden's prepared remarks, is being treated as a gaffe, and Pager and Viser quickly exploited an opportunity to highlight a greatest hits of gaffes from Biden's political career.

    It's possible that Biden didn't know what he was doing. It's also possible that his statement was entirely purposeful. In either case, David Rothkopf hit the nail on the head with his reaction.

      "There is within Biden's comment a kernel of truth," Rothkopf said. "Vladimir Putin can't lay waste to a country, kill tens of thousands of civilians, commit serial war crimes and expect to be welcomed back into the community of nations. If Russia wants to be part of the community of nations, then they are going to have to produce change."

    When Martin can't argue or explain a matter, his fall back position is the higher math of a 11-Dimensional Chess game. I don't buy it, and haven't for a long while.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 04:19:31 PM EST

    American Resistance: The Inside Story of How the Deep State Saved the Nation | by David Rothkopf |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 04:19:49 PM EST
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    The 'Resistance,' Raising Big Money, Upends Liberal Politics - The New York Times

    WASHINGTON -- It started as a scrappy grass-roots protest movement against President Trump, but now the so-called resistance is attracting six- and seven-figure checks from major liberal donors, posing an insurgent challenge to some of the left's most venerable institutions -- and the Democratic Party itself. The jockeying between groups, donors and operatives for cash and turf is occurring mostly behind the scenes. But it has grown acrimonious at times, with upstarts complaining they are being boxed out by a liberal establishment that they say enables the sort of Democratic timidity that paved the way for the Trump presidency.....

    "The resistance is strongest when everyone has access to our resources," David Brock said. Ms. Leger said, "These grass-roots groups play a different, unique role, and their energy is something the progressive movement hadn't seen in decades." And a DNC. spokeswoman, Xochitl Hinojosa, praised the new groups for their work to "bring about progressive change and elect Democrats."

    David J. Rothkopf, author of Running the World, a book about the National Security Council

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 04:21:01 PM EST
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    What else is a DKos alum supposed to do but defend the farm team in the big league?
    by Cat on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 04:51:35 PM EST
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    On domestic issues and the insights of the Democratic party, Martin's batting above .300 ... in presidential elections the BooMan team backed HRC at all cost, backing DNC establishment policy. To go wild with Clapper-Brennan and intelligence agencies believing the Dodgy Steele Dossier and rushing head first into RussiaGate was a bit too much for me.

    Investigation limited to Russia only ☹

    Foreign electoral intervention
    54.9 2016 (by Russia and Gulf states)

      54.9.1 2016 election (by Russia)
          54.9.2 2016 election (by Ukraine)
          54.9.3 2016 election (by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates)
          54.9.4 2016 election (by Israel)

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 05:21:15 PM EST
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    Intelligence Suggests 'Environmental' Factor Sickened Abramovich, Ukrainian Negotiators -U.S. Official | US News/Reuters |

    A U.S. official said on Monday that intelligence suggests the sickening of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and Ukrainian peace negotiators was due to an environmental factor, not poisoning.

    Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal and investigative outlet Bellingcat reported that Abramovich and the negotiators had suffered symptoms of suspecting poisoning earlier this month after a meeting in Kyiv.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 08:14:00 PM EST
    by Cat on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 10:11:32 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 11:28:28 PM EST
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    by Cat on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 10:14:26 PM EST
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    by Cat on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 10:24:09 PM EST
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    Apparently Joe Biden and his team NSC misjudged and miscalculated the action by Russian President Putin. Forcing Russia with its back up against the wall and expecting to have NATO creep to its frontier closer to Moscow than during the missile crisis of Cuba and distance to the state of Florida.

    With a smirk (or egg)  on his face saying today no one wants regime change or a war with Russia and risk deployment of nuclear weapons. What a fool ...

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 10:06:19 PM EST
    Today's briefing taking questions from reporters ...

    Joe Biden Seeks to Temper His Remarks on Vladimir Putin After U.S. Allies Object | TIME |

    President Joe Biden sought to clarify his call for the removal of Vladimir Putin, saying he wasn't seeking regime change after European allies raised concern and critics said he was further inflaming tension with Russia.

    French President Emmanuel Macron and the U.K. government distanced themselves from Biden's stunning comment, which capped a speech in Warsaw to rally support for Ukraine against Russia. One administration official suggested Biden was influenced by stories of suffering he heard from Ukrainian refugees.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 10:07:15 PM EST
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    Biden's 'Regime Change' Blunder | National Review |

    The inevitable result of all this is that the president looked first bellicose and then both muddled and weak, a triply damaging impression that will not have been lost on our allies, opponents, or those undecided in which direction they should leap. To say that that is unhelpful is an understatement. A statement intended to convey moral clarity and a unified West instead showed a president who can't even be trusted to toe the White House line.

    When it comes to our response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. is faced with an immensely difficult and dangerous challenge, made all the more menacing by the fact that the threat of a nuclear conflagration is currently higher than it has been since some of the darkest days of the Cold War. If we are to stay well short of disaster, the president will need to show considerably more guile, and more care.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 10:08:30 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 10:09:21 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 10:11:16 PM EST
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    Of course president Biden knows he is treading within the defense zone of the Russian Federation ... all promises broken. Treaties ended unilaterally, looking for an advantage over the Russian Federation. Superior earth satellites, espionage and cyberwarfare. Establishing a Space Force. Using NATO as a very aggressive proxy to creep to the frontier of Russia and way inside its national security zone.

    The CFE Treaty: Hearings Before the Subcommittee on European Affairs, Volume 4 | Full Text |

    Meanwhile, Secretary Baker has indicated that START cannot be finished until problems with CFE are resolved. And thus, both the summit and START appear to be dependent upon progress and resolution of the CFE Treaty.

    Yet, it can also be argued that only by having the summit can we cause President Gorbachev to be sufficiently seized with CFE as to overrule his military on the interpretation of article III.

    This is a catch-22 without any humor, and the question is how do we move? Meanwhile, some members of the Senate are pushing for withdrawal from the ABM Treaty, a new phenomenon. You gentlemen know as well as anyone that the Soviet leadership regards the ABM Treaty as a central issue in our relationship.

    Gorbachev himself has clearly demonstrated his commitment to the ABM Treaty and the consequences of its demise.

    In any case, it is not an overstatement in my view to suggest that we are at a critical moment in U.S.-Soviet relations, indeed, a pivotal moment in history, with years of effort and the most important arms agreements ever conceived hanging in the balance at this moment.

    Turning to the specific topic of this hearing, the CFE Treaty, I believe its implementation would serve American security very well in several ways.

    First, politically and psychologically, it will codify the Soviet's new thinking in Europe by locking in, in a legally binding way, a situation by which the soviets can be held accountable for major reductions in Soviet forces and their withdrawal from Europe.

    Second, it will set up a verification system, unprecedented in size and scope to permit American and European inspectors to determine what Soviet equipment has been removed or destroyed; where any permanent equipment is located; and whether any movement of forces is occurring that could signal a dangerous reversal in Soviet policy.

    These institutions of verification will mean regular interaction between military officers from all the countries of Europe, a process that will not only ease tensions and head off problems, but also build a confidence that will allow arms reductions to proceed further.

    Now I would imagine that the countries of Eastern Europe, members of the just disbanded Warsaw Pact, are essentially looking forward to such a system of inspection. They will be looking, not so much to the West, but to the East.

    And third, the treaty will require the Soviet side to destroy many more conventional arms than would otherwise be the case. Unclassified estimates have suggested that 20,000 pieces of equipment will have to be destroyed, some 7,000 of which will be main battle tanks and the other 80,000, tanks and equipment withdrawn from Europe can never be returned because of the Soviet relocations outside the treaty area, which we did not anticipate and which did not violate the treaty.

    (page -130-) ...

    I certainly believe this treaty is in the best interests of our country, it militarily leaves us in a completely different situation in the central part of Europe than we had throughout most of my career. The idea of a blitzkrieg  overnight having us in a war is greatly diminished by this treaty.

    I believe it is verifiable in the sense that we can see if they can start to change, will be able to react to it, and it greatly slows down the whole equation of how we might get to a conflict.

    Senator Biden. Admiral, how is it that every time I have met over the years with a NATO commander, they all talked about the percentage of your nuclear force that is allocated to them that is obviously not ground-based, and it is not tactical, a strategic force? How does that fit in now with the significant diminishment of conventional imbalance? In other words, if anything, imbalance in favor of NATO?

    Admiral Kelso. Well--you are talking about the SLBM force, I assume?

    Senator Biden. Yes, unless you all stole something the Air Force has that I do not know about.

    Admiral Kelso. We have for years, as you know, a part of the SLBM force dedicated to [Supreme Allied Commander Europe] SACEUR's requirements, and I would think that in the light of this as we go on that issue would be relooked. But, I think that fits more in a total equation of the east versus west deterrence, still, than it ever was in a tactical sense. So, I believe that SACEUR's view of that will be the same, since he will see that as a deterrent to war in a larger sense.

    Senator Biden. Thank you. General.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 10:49:09 AM EST
    General Powell. I would say we are talking in the range of--it would take months for them to go through the mobilization process, the transportation process. It is not just a matter of moving equipment, they have to create units. Equipment does not fight wars. Units fight wars. Units convey a threat to another side.

    So I think that we would detect it rather early. I think the political situation would have us on such an alert status that we would be looking everywhere for potential violations. They are just not going to generate a military force to come forward unless the entire political situation has deteriorated rather severely.

    So I think we would see early, and I think it would take them months and months to move forward from east of the Urals the equipment and reintroduce that equipment into units and then the units themselves move forward in a violative way into the ATTU region, as we call it. It would take months.

    You have to also look at the distances. A few years ago we were lined up against the inter-German border, right here--115 Soviet divisions all well forward, and U.S. forces and NATO forces well forward. You now have to travel 500 kilometers before you are going to be able to find the first Soviet tank in the treaty-limited area, and then you are going to have to go from where you used to have the inter-German border 1,000 miles [1,600 km] back east of the Urals before you find the stockpiles of equipment that would be married up with units and then reintroduced west of the Urals to present a significant military threat.

    So these time-space factors are very, very significant, and it would take Soviet leadership months and months, in my judgment, to put together that kind of capability and reintroduce it, and I think we would see it rather easily and handily.

    If they wanted to try to sneak it in covertly so that we could not see it, I think it is unlikely they would be successful, and to do it on a covert basis would take an even longer period of time.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 10:50:07 AM EST
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    ABM Treaty Withdrawal: Neither Necessary nor Prudent | Arms Control - Dec. 13, 2002 |

    On December 13, as President George W. Bush announced that the United States would pull out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, the Arms Control Association held a press conference to discuss the ramifications of the U.S. withdrawal.

    The following is an edited transcript of their remarks and the question-and-answer session that followed.

    Daryl G. Kimball: Today, President George W. Bush is expected to formally notify Russia that the United States intends to unilaterally withdraw from the landmark Anti-Ballistic Missile [ABM] Treaty in six months. He is basing the withdrawal on his claim that the treaty blocks necessary testing of strategic anti-missile technologies and the eventual development of land-, sea-, and space-based strategic missile defenses.

    From my perspective, this decision is unnecessary, unwarranted, and unwise. It will negatively affect long-term U.S.-Chinese relations, U.S.-Russian relations, and U.S. relations with its allies, as well as undermine efforts to curb the spread of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons--work that has become more urgent since the September 11 terrorist attacks.

    We will hear from three expert speakers who have long been involved in missile defense and ABM Treaty issues, and then we will entertain questions. But first I will make a few remarks to put this matter in a proper context, because we're dealing with more than one treaty here, which is no small matter.

    Bush's intention to withdraw from the ABM Treaty is not all that surprising. After all, the president is on record supporting national missile defense [NMD] deployment. Withdrawal from the treaty is but the latest in a series of moves that reflect the Bush administration's policy of unilateralist nonengagement with U.S. allies, partners, and erstwhile adversaries. And it marks the resumption of the Bush administration's strategy--which it was pursuing before September 11--of dismantling and discarding proven arms control strategies and international efforts to prevent the acquisition, development, and potential use of weapon of mass destruction. In fact, in recent weeks the administration blocked progress on an international agreement to enforce the Biological Weapons Convention and boycotted international consultations on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 10:52:11 AM EST
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    A royal slap in the face at the Oscars and alleged poisoning of Russian oligarch (Chelsea) removes the Biden gaffe from the media headlines. Well done.

    Kremlin dismisses reports of Abramovich poisoning as 'part of information war' | The Guardian |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 11:14:30 AM EST

    Live blog: Istanbul talks focussing on security guarantees - Ukraine | TRT World |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 11:16:14 AM EST

    Hey someone tell #Zelensky Ukraine has been an independent state for over thirty years. The nation deals with neighbours, settles differences, run elections, fulfill campaign promises and deal with security issues by negotiations. Build trust on reliable allies.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 11:21:38 AM EST
    Traveling ahead of the military units of NATO ... clearing the brambles and the bushes.

    A famous European philosopher arrived in Ukraine: he promises to help with the "closed sky" or "no-fly" zone

    The well-known French journalist and writer Bernard-Henri Levy
    arrived in Odessa, where Ukrainian soldiers are preparing to defend themselves from the invaders. He met with the head of the Odessa Regional Military Administration Maxim Marchenko.

    The channel "News Odessa Ukraine War" writes about this.

    "I came to Odessa because there is a centuries-old connection between this city and my country! Between Duc de Richelieu, who was the first governor of Odessa and France!
    I want to assure the inhabitants of Odessa that I belong to that large cohort of Europeans who carry Ukraine in their hearts ", Levy said.

    The writer admitted that from the terrible picture of the cities and villages of Ukraine destroyed by the Russian invaders, his heart hurts. Bernard-Henri Levy admires the courage of Ukrainians.  

    Libya: French celebrity writer Levy's visit unwelcome | TRT World - July 2020 |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 02:33:27 PM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 02:34:11 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 02:35:03 PM EST
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    Yes, that was a couple of weeks ago. It demonstrated at the time that Odessa was still a safe destination for tourism; I'm not sure that the local officials assigned to accompany him had nothing better to do, or would not rather have been elsewhere.

    But "well-known French journalist and writer" is unkind. He's a Celebrity! and a Philosopher!, allegedly. A philosopher-clown, in any case.

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

    by eurogreen on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 04:36:04 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 07:56:56 PM EST
    So yeah.

    This morning, after rifling yella sheet headlines, that Macron's call with Putin to arrange GR and TR evacuation of civilians from Mariupol required either Azov HQ "surrender" or further consideration,

    Macron outlined the mission sought alongside Turkey and Greece to Putin, who responded that "he was going to think about it" before responding, an Élysée Palace official said.
    I figuratively trotted over to the Élysée.fr to learn more about that "the mission." Gee, what else do they need beside "denazification" to guaranty safe passage of 150K civilians to their desinations of choice?

    COME TO FIND OUT, Macron hasn't placed any PR for *-Eng. consumption since 13 March: This evening, the President of the French Republic continued his consultations with a view to bringing about a ceasefire and the opening of negotiations to end the war in Ukraine.

    archived Sun Mar 27th, 2022
    • From whom or how do you suppose France's MoD collected information to represent this military situation map?
    • Why would Macron permit the MoD to publish a document contradicting UAF's offensive positions?
    • Why do you suppose Macron requested assistance specifically from GR and TR and RU to evacuate civilians from Mariupol only?

    by Cat on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 08:44:50 PM EST
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    Most effort to negotiate a ceasefire will come from both Israel (Bennett) and Turkey (Erdogan) ... both states have high stakes in Kyiv and Moscow ... both have refused to pick sides under high political pressure from Washington DC.

    The Azov fighters in Mariupol cannot escape ... a death sentence, fighting till de end .., very important intermediate goal for the Kremlin.

    Zelensky doesn't have a free reign in decision making ... bound by split cabinet with hardliners and parliament will refuse to accept any of the demands from the invaders.

    Two possible outcomes ..,

    Ukraine divided along ethnical and language regions, Crimea, Azov sea coastal areas and the extended Donbas will be occupied by Russia for many years, economies of both nations destroyed ... worst case scenario is a nuclear destruction of the northern hemisphere ... starting from scratch 🌎

    The train has left the station and there is no communication ... ties have been severed for over a decade and there is no will to compromise. A bad case for de-escalation.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 09:36:32 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    • "demilitarization," "de-nazification," and reconstruction east of the Dnieper is a done deal.

    • "demilitarization" and "de-nazification" west of the Dnieper out to Galicia is a whole other kettle of fish, as NATO boomers are unlikely to disarm "Ukraine nationalist" revenants.

    Even these guys are skeptical of a clean "social science" break
    Glenn Diesen, University of Southeastern Norway (EN), 29 Mar
    Swedish Defence University, seminar (EN), 16 Mar

    by Cat on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 02:15:12 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Interesting links ... thx 😄

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 07:29:42 AM EST
    [ Parent ]

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 04:46:32 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Putin, before the "special military operation", spoke of the necessary denazification of Ukraine, but also of Ukrainian genocide against Russians [Ukrainians speaking the Russian language]. Apparently the logic works like this :

    It all makes sense, finally. For a while, I was worried that Putin was clinically insane.

    Investigation into Alleged Ill-Treatment in Ukraine: presentation of research findings in UNHCR report is clear the allegations are torture in Kharkiv detention center.

    Rambling about genocide, holocaust, fratricide, massacre, war deaths as if these are interchangeable.

    Ukraine's Zelenskiy Says 'No Other Choice' Than To Talk To Russia, As Bucha Anger Rises | RFE/RL |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 9th, 2022 at 07:20:27 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    An election to run...

    French far-right leader Le Pen closing gap on Macron: polls

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 11:59:35 PM EST
    [ Parent ]

    RFERL |Mariupol Mayor Cites 'Thousands' Dead, Says 'Complete Evacuation' Needed, 27 Mar 2022

    Who is SOURCE? Institute for the Study of War

    The Institute for the Study of War advances an informed understanding of military affairs through reliable research, trusted analysis, and innovative education. We are committed to improving the nation's ability to execute military operations and respond to emerging threats in order to achieve U.S. strategic objectives. ISW is a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy research organization.
    [BoDir:] Gen. Jack Keane (chair; Pres, GSI, LLC), Dr. Kimberly Kagan (Pres), Kelly Craft (US Amb to UN, CA, ret'd), William Kristol (Dir Defending Democracy Together), Joseph I. Lieberman (Esq, Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman), Kevin Mandia (CEO Mandiant), Jack D. McCarthy, Jr. (Dir, A&M Capital), Bruce Mosler (chair, Cushman & Wakefield), Gen. David H. Petraeus (stockholder KKR, chair, KKR Global Institute), Dr. Warren Phillips, Dir, CACI), Col. William Roberti (Dir, Alvarez & Marsal)
    Who else subscribes to ISW intel? Tabloid USA | Mapping and tracking Russia's invasion of Ukraine
    by Cat on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 09:05:24 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Saw these ugly scenes a few days ago, waited for semi-official declaration and investigation. War is hell and brings out the worst in men.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 10:03:39 PM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 11:25:03 PM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 11:25:49 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Ukraine leader sees 'positive' signals from talks with Russia | TRT World |

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said he sees "positive" signals from Ukraine-Russia peace talks held in Istanbul, but vowed that Kiev will not "decrease our defence efforts."

    "We can say that the signals that we hear from the negotiations are positive, but those signals do not drown out the explosions or Russian shells," Zelenskyy said in a video address.

    Zelenskyy also expressed skepticism about Moscow's stated plan of a military scaleback, saying: "We will not decrease our defense efforts."

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 11:26:31 PM EST
    [ Parent ]

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 11:27:31 PM EST
    [emphasis added]
    I spy a big, fat poison pill.

    Xinhua | New round of Russia-Ukraine talks end in Istanbul, 29 Mar

    • Ukrainian presidential adviser and negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak told reporters that the results of Tuesday's meeting are sufficient for a meeting at the leaders' level
    • Vladimir Medinsky, head of the Russian delegation, said the talks in Istanbul were "constructive," and the presidents of the two countries may meet only when a draft of a peace treaty is approved
    • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Istanbul's meeting was the most meaningful progress since the start of the negotiations

    Following the talks, the two sides made statements to reporters respectively. Ukrainian negotiators named several countries who could act as guarantors, while Russian delegates said Moscow would scale down its military operations in Ukraine.

    David Arakhamia, a Ukrainian delegate, said that Kiev wants to see several countries, such as Canada, Poland, Israel, and Turkey, as guarantors, which could provide international protection to Ukraine.

    "If any other country wants to join they can do so," he said, noting that the agreement with Russia will be signed together with the guarantor countries.

    by Cat on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 01:04:06 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    What's the problem with international security guarantees?

    You don't think it would get a majority in a referendum in Ukraine? Or in the parliaments of prospective guarantors?

    The parliament of the USA exhibits touching near-unanimity over the current war, for example.

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

    by eurogreen on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 10:57:58 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    1. US, UK don't. do. international law.
    2. (a) What is the question, and when will these referenda occur?
    3. US, UK don't. do. international law.
    by Cat on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 01:52:38 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    1. oh uh US, UK don't do international treaties? That's a recent development I suppose?
    2.(a) The question : neutrality, yes or no?
    What is neutrality?
    Under international law, a country is neutral if it won't interfere in situations of international armed conflict involving other belligerent parties. It cannot allow a belligerent party to use its territory as a base of military operations, take sides or supply military equipment.

    2.(b) not during wartime, obviously. Referendum, singular. I don't think any of the other likely parties need one (Ireland has not been mentioned, yet). It would also require a change to Ukraine's constitution, with a supermajority, which remains to be seen.
    3. What is NATO? Are the US, UK members? Is that international law?

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

    by eurogreen on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 02:46:48 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    "The parliament of the USA ..."

    Hilarious ... would be nice if the Hill was a beacon of democracy ... too many wars and conflicts, torture, death squads, executions across the globe to help spread the empire. well done, almost a second term for DT without winning the election, the Jan 6th insurrection with aid from your parliamentarians. Traitors, not patriots, they do not know the definition of the words.  

    Trust in US Congress still <10% w/o fudging the numbers? Worse than used car salesmen and insurance agents. 😊

    Some Tea Party representatives love rightwing extremism no matter from where across the globe. Uniformity 100% to back Israel no matter what and the coup d'état of the neo-Nazi's and slaughter of Maidan Square.

    New Fascist Pariah States America and Israel Lashing Out

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 03:28:38 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Politico.eu.com | EU and UK at odds over how to coordinate sanctions against Russia, 29 Mar
    While the EU seems comfortable with the ad hoc status quo, the U.K. has floated the notion of bulking up the G7 group of wealthy democracies to make that the main forum for such discussions, giving it a secretariat to make it more similar to other international organizations such as NATO. ...
    NATO Too Weak to Face Russia: Scott Ritter on Russian Offensive, 24 Feb A/V (EN) 00:38:34
    [16:18]MEDHURST: The thing that I wanted to ask you about is the point of contention in international law, because the Russians are saying that they're recognizing LPR and DPR under the right to self-determination. They're using that argument under international law, and then the west and NATO are saying that Russia is violating Article 2, paragraph 4, you know, territorial territorial integrity of Ukraine. How do you reconcile these two [arguments]? Who's right in this case?
    [18:21]RITTER: I think, if we're going to condemn the United States for violating international law through invasion of Ukraine, uh, Iraq, we have to be considered. It doesn't mean that Russia's evil--it doesn't mean anything. It just means that international law doesn't know how to deal with an institution like NATO. I mean, NATO exists outside the framework of the United Nations charter. NATO exists outside the framework of international law. Where were all these people who were concerned about international law, when NATO created the nation-state of Kosovo, stripping it away from the Serbian nation just because some Albanian Kosovar said, we want to be independent? Well, Russian took that. Putin at the time said, you guys are making a horrible mistake. This is going to come back and bite you. Well, it just did, because Russia used the exact same playbook to create Lugansk and Donetsk [peoples' republics]. The exact same playbook. So no one in the west can literally have any credibility then. Where was the world when the United States invade Iraq? Where was the world? Where was the condemnation? Where was the angst and the anxity? Russia just took the same playbook, and they're doing it better.
    archived Trust is a probability function, f(x)
    by Cat on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 03:23:56 PM EST
    [ Parent ]

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 11:28:33 PM EST
    Witness A
    Politico.eu.com | A Mariupol survivor's story from the 'darkest of hells', 27 Mar
    ["former head of Ukrainian unit of global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International"] Andrei Marusov, a 50-year-old resident of the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, has nearly been killed twice since Russia invaded Ukraine. In the early hours of March 12, a missile from a Russian jet reduced the two upper stories of Marusov's nine-floor residential building to rubble. "Ten meters lower, and I wouldn't be speaking to you now," he said by telephone from Kyiv.
    The second time Marusov was nearly killed came two days after the airstrike that hit his apartment building.

    "The first two entrances to my building were on fire, for some reason. I went to see if the fire would spread to my entrance," he said. "The Russian troops were already there. They detained me, searched me, found my smartphone with photos of the destruction in the city and a record of the entry of one of the first Russian columns into our district." [...] "I left at 8 a.m. promptly. And I decided to leave Mariupol, otherwise I would be killed there," he said.

    The road to Zaporizhia, 230 kilometers from Mariupol, took Marusov three days of walking and hitchhiking. He was forced to stop at dozens of Russian check points, and he had to wait for curfews to end before he could travel.
    In the first town he came to outside the Russian encirclement of Mariupol, Nikolske, he saw buses waiting to evacuate people to the Russian cities of Rostov-on-Don and Taganrog. However, Marusov was determined to reach the territories under the control of the Ukrainian government.

    On Thursday, the Ukrainian foreign ministry said that Mariupol residents who survived Russian bombing and artillery shelling are now being "forcibly deported" to Russia.

    Witness B
    Mariupol City Center: Hell On Earth (Special Report), A/V (RU, EN subtitles), 00:10:52
    [02:08] LANCASTER: Can you tell who shoots>
    YASHA: I don't know who shoots. We wer in the basement. Who shoots> They don't report us.
    LANCASTER: Russia, DPR, Ukraine?
    YASHA: I say [to] you, I don't know!
    YASHA: Honestly!
    LANCASTER: Okay, Okay.
    YASHA: All the Americans are afraid and hide near the houses. You check the internet and see wherever they fought, they took positions near the houses! And they taught these as*holes to do the same! And all these fortified areas they occupied for 8 years, they have left. Just go to the field and shoot at each other.
    [02:31]LANCASTER: Who shoots?
    YASHA: Everybody shoots! I don't give a f*ck who shoots! It's just this American shit! You speak English. I don't know where you are from. Where are you from? They got involved in Uraine, and the war started here! Because of them! That's what I say to you!
    ex REL: Yasha!
    YASHA: What 'Yasha!'? My emotions just ran hot. My relatives also died! What do you think about this? Americans created this mess, and now they are trying to be engaged! What's the point to be engaged now?
    ex REL: Yasha, calm down!
    YASHA: Jerks! And Yanukovish is also an as*hole, wanted too much that sack with money.
    by Cat on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 01:39:09 PM EST

    DPR canvass under UAF fire

    by Cat on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 04:06:01 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Assassins On the Potomac River

    Needless War

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 01:53:09 PM EST
    Will the Biden Administration be Warmongers or Peacemakers? | Progressive |

    People across this pandemic-infested, war-torn, and poverty-stricken world were shocked by the brutality and racism of the Trump Administration. Now that Joe Biden has been elected to be the forty-sixth President of the United States, they are anxiously wondering whether Biden's presidency will open the door to the kind of international cooperation we need.

    For progressives everywhere, the knowledge that "another world is possible" has sustained us through decades of greed, extreme inequality, and war, as U.S.-led neoliberalism has repackaged and force-fed nineteenth-century laissez-faire capitalism to the people of the twenty-first century.  The Trump experience has revealed, in stark relief, where these policies can lead.

    Biden has certainly reaped rewards from the same corrupt political and economic system as Trump. But Biden must understand that the young voters who turned out in unprecedented numbers to put him in the White House have lived their whole lives under this neoliberal system, and did not vote for "more of the same." Nor do they naively think that the deeply rooted problems of American society like racism, militarism, and corrupt corporate politics began with Trump.

    During his election campaign, Biden relied on prior foreign policy advisors, particularly from the Obama Administration, some of whom are now being considered for top Cabinet positions. For the most part, they represent a dangerous continuity with past policies rooted in militarism and other abuses of power, including interventions in Libya and Syria, support for the Saudi war in Yemen, drone warfare, indefinite detention without trial at Guantanamo, prosecutions of whistleblowers, and the whitewashing of torture.  [This summarizes the topics close to my heart and what motivated me to publish dozens, if not hundreds of articles over the past two decades - Oui]

    Some of these people have also cashed in on their government contacts to make hefty salaries in consulting firms and other private sector ventures that feed off government contracts.

    As former deputy secretary of state and deputy national security advisor to President Obama, Tony Blinken played a leading role in all Obama's aggressive policies. Then he co-founded WestExec Advisors to profit from negotiating contracts between corporations and the Pentagon, including one for Google to develop Artificial Intelligence technology for drone targeting, which was only stopped by a rebellion among outraged Google employees.

    Since the Clinton Administration, Michele Flournoy has been a principal architect of the United States' illegal, imperialist doctrine of global war and military occupation. As Obama's undersecretary of defense for policy, she helped to engineer his escalation of the war in Afghanistan and interventions in Libya and Syria. Between jobs at the Pentagon, she has worked the infamous revolving door to consult for firms seeking Pentagon contracts, to co-found a military-industrial think tank called the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), and now to join Tony Blinken at WestExec Advisors.    

    Nicholas Burns was U.S. Ambassador to NATO during the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Since 2008, he has worked for former Defense Secretary William Cohen's lobbying firm The Cohen Group, which is a major global lobbyist for the U.S. arms industry. Burns is a hawk on Russia and China and has condemned NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as a "traitor."

    Afghanistan as Pretext for NATO Change: 2003 and Now | by RadiumSoda - Feb 17th, 2008 |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 02:33:03 PM EST
    VOLdaMOre BULLETIN: "US May 'Still Need More' Troops in Europe After `Ukraine-Russia Scenario', Says Top American General"
    The American military could "still need more troops" in Europe even after the Russian special operation to "demilitarise and de-Nazify" Ukraine has ended, believes Gen. Tod Wolters, commander of US European Command [EUCOM].

    Wolters acknowledged this at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, sharing his "suspicion" of a need for a bulked-up US military presence, while declining to specify whether that would mean permanent basing.

    "What we need to do from a US force perspective is look at what takes place in Europe following the completion of the Ukraine-Russia scenario and examine the European contributions, and based off the breadth and depth of the European contributions, be prepared to adjust the US contributions," said the general.

    CSPAN | U.S. European and Transportation Command Leaders Testify on Military Operations, 29 Mar A/V (EN) 01:51:42
    Gen. Tod Wolters, commander for U.S. European Command and Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, commander for U.S. Transportation Command, testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on military operations.
    "The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition hereby announces cessation of military operations in Yemen beginning at (0600) Wednesday, March 30 2022," the coalition spokesman Brigadier General Turki Al-Maliki announced just before midnight.

    The Houthis have recently renewed their attacks on the Saudi oil facilities. This caused more panic on the markets that have already suffered from a shock due to the military operations in Ukraine and sanctions against Russia. The Saudis were forced to agree on the truce as the US are now interested in stability. All efforts are now directed to the destruction of Russia.

    [emphasis added]
    Al Jazeera | Yemen's Houthis announce three-day ceasefire after Saudi attacks, 26 Mar
    "Yemen's Houthi group has announced a three-day truce and dangled the prospect of a "permanent" ceasefire if the Saudi-led coalition ends its operations against the impoverished country. ..."
    by Cat on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 03:47:31 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Thanks for crossposting (4.00 / 5)

    It is increasingly obvious that NATO's roles today are as follows:

    • as supplemental forces to US troops around the world, in places where the US wants to fight, but cannot for various reasons (it's boring - peacekeeping, it's politically sensitive, it does not have enough troops);
    • as a source of legitimacy for US imperialism ("it's not the US, it's the "international community" - see all these countries who are joining in this good fight");  
    • as a way to keep European diplomacy and military forces tied to the US.

    In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
    by Jerome a Paris on Sun Feb 10th, 2008

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 08:52:46 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    My earlier diary ...

    NATO's Battleground Ukraine v. Russia

    The Russian Black Sea fleet controls the whole Sea of Azov. And the whole, previously Ukro, Black Sea coastline.
    Odessa is blocked.

    Black Sea Marine Environment: the Turkish Shelf - Türk Deniz

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 07:25:48 PM EST
    A very different world with the mission #WeAreNato

    Preparation by NATO to defend #Ukraine at all cost

    Promoting Human Rights Starting In Ukraine

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 07:26:36 PM EST
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    Translation ...
    A #Mariupol humanitarian corridor was opened. Then followed by #Putin a long description of the geostrategic situation of # Ukraine and what the conditions of an agreement could be. I have expressed my belief that to solve certain knots (cont.)

    a meeting with President #Zelensky, with whom I had spoken earlier, was needed.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 10:44:19 AM EST
    Iryna Vereshchuk: For today 2 humanitarian corridors agreed

    The Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Iryna Vereshchuk announced plans on humanitarian corridors on March 31.

    The Deputy Prime Minister clarified that a message was received last night from the International Committee of the Red Cross: the russian Ffderation confirms its readiness to open access for the humanitarian convoy to Mariupol with transit through Berdyansk.

    Thus, 45 buses depart for Mariupol. Another 28 must now obtain a permit to pass through the russian checkpoint in Vasylivka.

    Also, 17 buses have already left the city of Zaporizhia.

    Still nearly impossible to find facts in Western media beyond talking points and disinformation from the White House, Pentagon and NATO HQ Brussels ... Never understood so many "unofficial sources" existed to fill headlines in the news.  😂 Stoltenberg in the shadow lately, no more war is needed, he can retire to his new job in Norway. Good riddance.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 10:46:11 AM EST
    My understanding is,

    1. Stoltenberg's NATO position has been extended a full year. Norges Bank will have to muddle along without him.
    2. UNHCR reports 4,059,105 Ukrainian refugees have left every metropol and settlement but Donbas for points west since 24 Feb. This is an astonishing estimate, given that NATO presses reported RF army, while losing its war of "attrition" from Day 1, prevented civilian access to "humanitarian corridors" across Ukraine or forcibly deported civilians to RU territory in the east, and
    **The accumulated data in this table is higher than the total number of refugees fleeing Ukraine presented above since it also [inexplicably] takes into account people crossing the border between Romania and Moldova
    two members of EU27.
    by Cat on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 02:09:49 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    "Mines laid by Russian forces ... can drift towards the borders of Norway
    "The future of Norway and the rest of Europe is now being decided on Ukrainian soil," Zelensky said.

    He asked to provide Kiev with Norwegian mobile anti-aircraft missile systems NASAMS air defense systems and Harpoon anti-ship missiles.

    NewsinEnglish.no | Zelensky made history in Parliament, 30 Mar
    The Ukrainian leader got right down to business, noting how his country is being attacked "on the soil and on the sea" and claiming that the Russian invaders see "no prohibited targets, they attack everything." He also warned of how mines are now drifting in the Black Sea, posing a major threat to all vessels from cruiseships to commercial and military vessels. Zelensky, clearly well aware that Norway is a shipping nation, appealed to its maritime soul that stretches back to Viking times. He reminded his audience that the "Norse" and Ukrainians had close family and even royal ties more than 900 years ago.
    Zelenskyy addresses Norwegian MPs A/V (vO: EN) 00:18:32
    by Cat on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 05:50:37 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    He reminded his audience that the "Norse" and Ukrainians had close family and even royal ties more than 900 years ago.

    But didn't they use to be part of Sweden? That would make them the aggressors at Poltava (Ukraine) where they were defeated by the Russians.

    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 06:21:47 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 06:49:23 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    v0 Politico.eu.com | Belgium braces for Zelenskyy's fury over Russian diamonds, 29 Mar
    When it comes to Belgium, parliamentarians are braced for the former comedian to zero in on the continued import of Russian rough diamonds to the Belgian city of ANTWERP -- a trade that enriches Alrosa [mining ops], a partially [RU] state-owned enterprise. The diamonds may not be funding the war to the same extent as Europe's continued purchase of oil and gas, but they are hardly something Zelenskyy can afford to ignore.

    Russia is THE WORLD'S LARGEST EXPORTER of rough diamonds. Last year, it exported €1.8 billion worth of rough diamonds to Belgium's second-biggest city, according to the Flemish government, which makes Antwerp the most significant destination of diamond exports from Russia.

    v1 euronews | Zelenskyy targets Russian diamonds in address to Belgian Parliament, 31 Mar
    "'There is already in the sanctions package something about diamonds, and Belgium has never been against any sanctions that have been proposed by the EU Commission. We have no taboo,' [BE foreign affairs minister Sophie] Wilmes said."
    v2 Politico.eu.com | Zelenskyy to Belgium: Value peace over Russian diamonds, 31 Mar
    Zelenskyy continued his series of bespoke appeals to national parliaments by invoking Belgium's own bloody experience in world wars -- and its responsibility for propping up parts of the Russian economy.

    "There are those for whom Russian diamonds that are sometimes sold in Antwerp" and for whom the revenue from "Russian boats in their ports" are "more important than our fight," Zelenskyy said, speaking via video link from Kyiv.

    He reiterated his call for weapons, a no-fly zone and the promise of eventual membership in the EU to help Ukrainians defend their country against the Russian invasion.
    After a lengthy standing ovation, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo responded to Zelenskyy, mostly in English before switching to Dutch and French, praising Ukrainians' "struggle for our common values."

    reference, 2020
    • diamond production (carats): #1 RU, BW, CA, DRC, #5 AU
    • diamond exports (carats): #1 UAE, BW, RU, IL, #5 SA
    • diamond imports (carats): #1 IN, UAE, BW, CN, #5 IL
    OEC | Diamonds in Belgium, 2020
    • BE import|export val (USD)
    • import from: RU ($1.45B), UAE ($1.41B), IN ($1.28B), BW ($949M), CA ($516M).
    • export to: India ($3.23B), UAE ($1.47B), HK SAR ($827M), US ($596M), IL ($574M).
    by Cat on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 08:07:23 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    US Treasury | READOUT: Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo's Visit to Brussels, Belgium, 31 Mar
    a dialogue on sanctions with EC Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability, and Capital Markets Union Mairead McGuinness, Stefano Sannino, Secretary General of the European External Action Service, Bjoern Siebert, Head of Cabinet for the President of the EEC, and EC Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni
    by Cat on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 08:50:20 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    So your hypothesis is that the large number of refugees indicates that the Russian military are not preventing people from leaving the cities they are besieging?

    That's a startling extrapolation from so little data.
    Bear in mind that the Russians occupy, what, 10 to 15% of the territory? And that although they have not been able to encircle Kiev, for example, so people have been free to leave without asking their permission. And that, given the apparently random and indiscriminate bombardment by aeroplanes, missiles, rockets and shells, very few Ukrainians can justifiably feel safe...

    I may be over-interpreting. Feel free to express your actual opinion.

    by eurogreen on Sun Apr 3rd, 2022 at 06:20:01 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Over misreading Ukraine war? Highly unlikely ... The best intelligence community of the Western alliance knew the risk of pushing Russia too far ... politicians failed to act and engage in substantial talks. Ukraine's Zelensky was handcuffed by promises from Biden, NATO and the EU. All Ukraine got was a pat on the back, directions and vast cargo delivery of modern lethal weapons. The UK and US were the first to evacuate ... loyalty?

    Macron In Search of a Scapegoat

    French intelligence chief Vidaud fired over ... failings

    .... Intelligence specialist Prof Alexandre Papaemmanuel told AFP it was too easy to blame military intelligence for the failure, which lay with France's entire intelligence community.

    But Gen Vidaud, France's former special forces commander, appears to have been squeezed out for other reasons too.

    Weeks after he took charge of military intelligence, his service came in for criticism when Australia scrapped a multi-billion dollar submarine contract with France in favour of a security pact with the US and UK. The Aukus pact came out of the blue in France and prompted a diplomatic spat.

    The French know where the buck stops ...

    Recall very few courageous leaders around the quagmire called Ukraine.

    Will never recover Crimea: German Navy chief resigns over Ukraine remarks | New Delhi - Jan 23, 2022 |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 11:19:13 AM EST
    euractiv | French government justifies 'McKinseygate' ahead of election, 31 Mar
    A Senate report published on 16 March criticised the "growing influence" of consultancy firms and warned of a "tentacular phenomenon". Consultancy spending has "more than doubled" between 2018 and 2021, with the state spending more than €1 billion on them in 2021 alone, the report writes.

    Senators also expressed concern about the nature of the services provided by consultancies as they were involved in important social reforms in housing and education [etc]. Consultants were paid nearly €500,000 for their take on "the future of the teaching profession" .
    McKinsey as the main scapegoat

    While the increased spending has benefited several consultancies, McKinsey stands out, in part, because of the alleged relationship it has with Macron who is up for re-election. Although the US company did not participate in Macron's 2017 election campaign, several of its consultants knew him personally and later joined his party and  some of the ministerial cabinets following his election.

    McKinsey is also facing allegations of tax fraud and avoidance, which would have resulted in it not paying any corporate tax from 2011 to 2020, according to the Senate's investigative committee, which produced the report. Although the practice of "transfer pricing" is legal when used without abuse, [Economy Minister Bruno] Le Maire has stated that checks will be made and that the firm "will pay what it owes to the state".

    by Cat on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 08:21:28 PM EST
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    French military general Eric Vidaud was interviewed on FRANCE 24 in June 2021

    So American intelligence agencies were better equipped, had more funding and were correct to determine an invasion by Russia was imminent ...

    French intelligence was faulty, yet Macron was the single leader in the Western Atlantic alliance to pursue talks and a diplomatic route to prevent war.

    Something just doesn't add up ...

    What Went Wrong with Macron's Diplomacy vis à vis Russia?

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 08:43:24 AM EST
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    Omar Bah: Rethinking U.S. approach to foreign policy | Providence Journal - Op-Ed |

    Throwing money and guns at problems -- which is often the default of American foreign policy -- can never replace the long-game of diplomacy, which necessarily involves listening, compromising, reassessing positions, and openly and honestly communicating with friend and foe alike. 

    Unfortunately, the short attention span of the U.S. Congress and the impatience of some of its members is counterproductive to achieving foreign policy objectives which are in the interest of Americans. This mindset must shift. Democrats, and Republicans, for example, have failed all of us on immigration policy. Former President Donald Trump closed our southern border; the Biden administration cracked open the door to the country and sent billions of dollars to Central American governments. They crossed their fingers hoping and praying that would be enough (it has not been).

    Effective foreign policy must be engaging, collaborative and informed by evidence-based practices. We must sit down with those we intend to help with the aim of building capacity and reaching mutually beneficial end points. This principle is the essence of the Peace Corps and of the most effective aid organizations such as Partners in Health (thank you, Paul Farmer).

    This mindset is not, however, represented in most foreign assistance packages which are approved by Congress and implemented by agencies such as USAID. But it should be.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 10:17:45 AM EST
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    Inside Macron's Russia Initiative | Project Syndicate - Oct. 2019 |

    French President Emmanuel Macron is one of those leaders who wants to bend the arc of history. Having upended French politics, he has secured positions for his preferred candidates at the head of the European Commission and the European Central Bank, and is now trying to improve Europe's relationship with Russia.

    French officials are comparing Macron's Russia strategy to US President Richard Nixon's opening of China in 1972. But Macron's diplomatic overture is more like Nixon in reverse. Rather than wooing China in order to contain the Soviets, Macron wants to "ease and clarify [Europe's] relations with Russia" in order to prevent Russia from cozying up to China. In so doing, he hopes to secure Europe's control over its own future.

    Macron launched his bid for a new security architecture in a typically grandiose fashion, mirroring the urban planner Georges-Eugène Haussmann's project to redesign Paris in the nineteenth century. His first move was to hold talks with Putin in France's Fort de Brégançon before the August G7 summit in Biarritz. But the French ministers charged with implementing the plan have since turned it on its head.

    Now, rather than starting with a top-down agenda, they are trying to build European security from the bottom up, while pursuing improved relations with Russia one brick at a time. The French roadmap focuses on five key areas: disarmament, security dialogue, crisis management, values, and common projects.

    Dialogue was torpedoed by war hawks in Washington DC with their allies of Eastern Europe. The alliance preferred confrontation ... they got there war and the common man is paying the price. Not for our "freedom" BS, but for a new round or armaments.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 08:45:41 AM EST
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    Nuland: Russia's Negotiating Position Is 'Capitulate And Then Maybe We'll Talk' | RFERL |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 12:14:11 PM EST
    Zelensky keeps blabbering from talks are essential and negotiations should continue to there is nothing there for a compromis ... Russian invaders should leave our country, Crimea included ... the Long War Journal.

    To Support Zelensky, the United States Needs to Negotiate With Putin | Carnegie Endowment for Peace |

    Related reading ...

    Zelensky laments Ukraine 'left alone' to face Russian invasion | TOI - Feb 25, 2022 |

    Ukraine's president criticizes West's "panic" over Russia | Axios - Jan 28, 2022 |

    US intelligence fake news headlines fog of war

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 12:20:34 PM EST
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    mid-market AE print a/o 09:00 EDT; EME pair vals unknown.
    So yeah. The financial crash NATO had planned for RU has occured as expected; 30-day the petro-dollar sanctions "messaging system" is failing. "Fact Checker" Glen editors probably should not permit freelance writers to link FX values to week-old syndicated news articles.
    by Cat on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 01:33:26 PM EST
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    The financial crash NATO had planned for RU has not occured as expected
    by Cat on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 01:51:20 PM EST
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    Dan "embedded" Rivers 😂 what an idiot

    Anyone recall the lethal policy towards reporters during the Iraq War?

    Mankind and governments refuse to take into account the human factor ... stop all wars. ☮️

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 03:47:20 PM EST
    The media and Iraq: a blood bath for and gross dehumanization of Iraqis

    The war in Iraq has been accompanied by the highest ever number of casualties among members of the Iraqi and foreign press. While the end of the Saddam Hussein regime has reopened the way for vibrant media activity, the absence of security for members of the media has had a high human cost. The US-led war on Iraq, which was aimed at liberating its people from authoritarian rule, has not seen any serious attempt by the Western or even Arab media to focus on the human side of Iraq. Iraqi civilian death tolls are treated as nothing more than statistics.

    Wars and conflicts have been fought in the minds and hearts of people as much as on the battlefield. The Constitution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) makes the connection between the two. In its preamble, the worldwide body states, ``since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed''.

    While the need to win this mind battle has been an integral part of the war machine in the past, it is even more crucial in today's digital revolution. In Iraq and in other parts of the world the battle for the mind, often fought on the pages of newspapers and on television screens, has been decisively won by warmongers and lost to those men and women initially trying to avoid it and seeking its end ever since.

    A closer look at armed conflicts and everything that surrounds them reveals that while a lot has been said (and to a lesser degree done) to regulate what happens in the war zone, little effort has been made to deal with the issue of war reporting, the protection of journalists from mental or physical harm, or the hate, racism and dehumanization that reporting about conflicts produces, even in some of the world's most professional journalists and media outlets.

    The role of the media in armed conflicts

    Before looking at the fate of journalists in the Iraqi conflict, it is useful to determine in more general terms what role the media play in armed conflicts. Perhaps the most impressive contribution that journalists have made in the area of public accountability can be seen in the publication Crimes of War. What the Public Should Know,2 which is a guide to help journalists discern war crimes and distinguish them from other outcomes of war.

    Role WikiLeaks and Whistleblowers

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 at 03:48:19 PM EST
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    Goldman: Fed To Hike Rates 11 Times by End of 2023

    German inflation surges in March

    Higher energy, commodity and food prices have pushed German headline inflation to the highest level since 1974. The bad news is that this will not be the end of accelerating inflation. For inflation, the only way is up and double-digit numbers can no longer be excluded.

    Inflation will only have direction in the coming months: up

    The fact that German headline inflation was about to increase further was a given. The only question was "how high". At 7.3% year-on-year, headline inflation is at its highest level since April 1974. The last time inflation was that high, Germany was about to win the football World Cup for the second time, Sweet's `Teenage Rampage' was number in the official singles chart top 100 in Germany, and ABBA had just released its career-shaping song `Waterloo'.

    Looking at the available components of regional data suggests that core inflation should have also accelerated further to above 3%. There was an unusual degree of variation across the regional states, which was probably due to differences in energy prices and different pricing strategies of local utility providers. In general, inflation is still mainly driven by energy and food prices but the pass-through as well as the almost forgotten post-lockdown reopening inflation is showing higher prices for clothing but also hospitality and leisure services.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 09:08:12 AM EST
    CDU/CSU recovers and edges SPD in latest poll numbers ... divergence will increase as Scholz/Baerbock lose trust of the electorate. Ultimately the Germans do not agree with militarization as NATO stipulates, and the Green promises will not materialize during this first term.

    Germany -- National parliament voting intention

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 09:20:14 AM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 09:49:22 AM EST
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    "Do we want to destroy our entire national economy with our eyes wide open?"

    "Wollen wir sehenden Auges unsere gesamte Volkswirtschaft zerstören?"

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 11:25:38 AM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 09:38:53 AM EST
    The Dutch Energiewende: Goodbye to natural gas | Feb. 2019 |

    Dutch government agrees on closure compensation for 731-MW Rotterdam coal plant | S&P Global - Dec. 2021 |

    The Dutch government has agreed on the closure compensation for the 731-MW Onyx coal-fired power plant in Rotterdam, it said Nov. 30.

    Riverstone, the owner of the plant commissioned in 2015, is to receive up to Eur212.5 million ($240 million) to shut the plant and end coal use within two months after certain conditions are met, the energy ministry said in a statement.

    "Step by step, we are phasing out coal-fired power stations in the Netherlands and making our energy supply cleaner," acting energy minister Dilan Yesilgoz-Zegerius said.

    Closure of the plant would cut annual CO2 emissions by around 3 million mt/year, the ministry said.

    Conditions include a social plan for workers and state aid approval from the European Commission's competition authorities.

    Looking at today's high energy prices and corporate profit windfall ...

    Dutch coal-fired power plant to remain operational longer than planned

    Another black face for the Rutte coalition to meet their already downrated emission standards ☹

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 09:40:03 AM EST
    Mixed signals from Zelensky leave West confused about his endgame | WaPo - Mar 18, 2022 |

    Don't back down, Britain urges Ukraine | The Times |

    Britain wants Ukraine and Russia to keep on fighting until Kiev scores a military victory, a government source cited on Thursday by The Times has indicated. London is concerned that Kiev's other Western allies might push it into settling for peace too soon.

    "Some of our allies may be too eager for [Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky] to settle," the source said, referring to France, Germany, and the US. "We think Ukraine needs to be in the strongest possible position militarily before those talks can take place."

    Boris Johnson's government is concerned that Zelensky may be pushed into making significant concessions to Russian President Vladimir Putin in terms of "territory, sanctions and the pursuit of Putin as a potential war criminal."

    London believes there must not be an "easy off-ramp" for Moscow, and urges that the sanctions be intensified "until all Russian forces have left Ukraine, including Crimea," the newspaper reported.

    Britain tells Ukraine not to back down from 'bully' Putin amid fears US, France and Germany may urge Zelensky to accept early peace deal | Daily Mail |

    Britain's Johnson says peace in east Ukraine depends mainly on Russia | Reuters - Sep 14, 2016 |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 10:44:50 AM EST
    Top U.S. Diplomat In Ukraine Says Putin Has Become A Pariah | RFERL |

    My dear envoy ... your country declared Russia a pariah state as far back as 2007. It became official policy goal under two-terms Obama. A complete failure on FP with VP Joe Biden.

    In an interview with RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service on March 28, the acting U.S. charge d'affaires in Ukraine, Kristina Kvien, emphasized that U.S. President Joe Biden was not advocating for a regime change in Russia when he spoke in Warsaw on March 26, but that the military invasion of Ukraine has turned Russian President Vladimir Putin into a "global pariah" and "it's hard to come back from that."

    Nuland: Russia's Negotiating Position Is 'Capitulate And Then Maybe We'll Talk' | RFERL |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 11:09:26 AM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 11:10:19 AM EST
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    keep on fighting until Kiev scores a military victory
    Just so, NATO holocaust denial flouts "the right side" of the world's history FKA WWII "de-nazification"

    related "journalism": "battle" of Lukianivka
    Azov Battalion: "We are patriots - we're fighting the real Nazis of the 21st century", 30 Mar

    Kotenko was one of three Ukrainian members of an anti-tank unit killed that day retaking the village, a victory that would never have been possible, Vradnik said, without the aid of the British-supplied missiles that helped to destroy an entire Russian column.

    It was one of a string of successful Ukrainian counteroffensives credited [?] for Russia's announcement yesterday that it would "fundamentally cut back" its assault [?] on Kyiv; less a willing strategic recalibration than an acknowledgement of its [Russia's] failure to advance on the capital in the face of fierce resistance.
    In the cavernous Hall of Farewell, a female officiant told the mourners that Kotenko, 25, had joined the battalion when young, but with time had become one of their best and they should all give glory to his memory. "Glory to Ukraine!" she cried out. "Glory to the heroes!" the soldiers replied, their fists held tight across their chests in Azov's signature salute. "Glory to the nation!" she declared and the soldiers responded: "Death to our enemies!"

    wikiwtf: Lukianivka, "neighborhood"
    The Kyiv TV Tower was built on top of the Jewish cemetery in Lukianovka. The cemetery was officially closed in 1966 and Jewish families were given six months to rebury their relatives in the Jewish areas of a new cemetery in the city. Since the relatives of the interred had been killed in the Babi Yar massacre [of jewish Ukrainians], most of the graves were not moved. After the headstones had been destroyed or removed the antenna was built on top of the existing graves.
    archived Battle for Babi Yar, HEROIAM SLAVA Act, Zelensk* Address to US Congress, 16 Mar 2022-Pelosi's greetings @ 00:02:00, The Holocaust in Ukraine, New sources and perspectives (2013), collaborators
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    Inflation rose to 11.9 percent in March | NRC |

    Inflation has never been this high since 1945, and it especially affects lower incomes.

    Inflation rose to 11.9 percent in March. The biggest culprit is energy prices. It begs the question of what the best remedy is to repair the broken purchasing power.

    Almost 12 percent. That is the inflation in March 2022 compared to a year earlier. The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) released this figure, to be precise 11.9 percent, on Friday morning.

    How high an inflation of 11.9 percent is, can best be understood by means of a comparison. At the average inflation rate of recent years (about 2 percent), prices double every 36 years.

    If current inflation were to continue, prices would double within 7 years. This has never happened in post-war history. Only in the middle of the oil crisis, in 1975, was a comparable high monthly figure of 11.1 percent measured.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 10:45:17 PM EST

    Rutte up front to dehumanize the Russians, best friends with Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. Ruined the economy with confrontational foreign policy, hasn't got a clue to tackle problems. With his small army of four dozen PR experts, Mark lost touch with reality on the ground of people living on small incomes or are retired and served the bill of government expenses. Years of ill conceived economic policy favoring the very wealthy and large multinationals ... saw both Unilever and She'll move their headquarters to London after decades of profiting from special arrangement with Dutch tax authorities.

    Translation article:
    Rutte responds to 'gigantic inflation' and does not think that the cabinet can further ease the pain

    Prime Minister Mark Rutte expects the cabinet to take no more measures to prevent people from having less to spend. It will be 'very difficult' for the cabinet to further ease the pain of the sharply rising prices with interventions on top of the measures already announced.

    Covid-19: Failures Mounting, Rutte Should Go!

    Will Rutte's Falsehoods Catch Up With Him?

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 10:49:42 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 10:56:42 PM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 10:57:36 PM EST
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    Politico | How two dozen retired generals are trying to stop an overhaul of the Marines, 1 April
    Current plans call for shedding troops and equipment in preparation to take on China.
    The plan at the heart of the fight, dubbed "Force Design 2030" and released in March 2020, has won praise from many members of Congress and leaders from the other services also seeking to modernize their formations.
    [USMC Commandant Gen. David] Berger's plan is not only backed not only by Congress. It's been welcomed by defense contractors and lobbyists as well, because money is still flowing on a variety of new projects. Major defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies manufacture anti-ship missiles, precision-guided rockets and loitering munitions that the plan outlines as investment areas. Having those factions on board, and the fact that many areas of the restructuring are already underway, make the generals' effort a long shot.

    When asked directly about the Marine Corps' plans, the head of European Command [EUCOM], Gen. Tod Wolters [supra], told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday that the revamped Corps "dramatically enhance our options ... a brown-water force that can shoot, move and communicate and is very expeditionary is priceless for 21st century security."

    a cheeto legacy
    by Cat on Sat Apr 2nd, 2022 at 12:40:25 AM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 3rd, 2022 at 07:24:03 AM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 3rd, 2022 at 07:24:52 AM EST
    Everyone In Germany Will Ultimately Pay for Our Freedom

    Lindner befürchtet Wohlstandsverlust in Deutschland

    Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) expects a loss of prosperity in Germany as a result of the Ukraine war, which the state cannot compensate for. "I have serious concerns about economic development. Growth is declining, prices are rising," he told the "Bild am Sonntag".

    And further: "The Ukraine war is making us all poorer, for example because we have to pay more for imported energy. The state cannot compensate for this loss of prosperity either." However, the government will "cushion the biggest shocks" and "secure the existence of endangered companies", said Lindner.

    In the case of corporate aid, however, one must proceed in a more targeted manner than in the case of Corona. "In the long term, we will have to lay new foundations for prosperity.

    Germany must renew its growth model of a social and ecological market economy." When asked whether the debt brake would be adhered to again next year, the FDP leader replied: "Yes. If there is no new catastrophe, the debt brake must be complied with." That is what the Basic Law commands. "Because I'm worried about the debts of the crisis years, I want to go back to her as soon as possible. We must succeed in normalizing the debt level before the end of this decade."

    The tax system will also have to be adjusted to inflation.

    "Increasing wages should not be taxed away from people, even though they have lost purchasing power because of inflation." Despite the additional spending, the finance minister guaranteed that there would be no tax increases: "Tax increases would damage the economic recovery, put a strain on people and restrict investments."

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 3rd, 2022 at 07:23:13 PM EST
    An opposition role is so much easier in a period where the economy is running smoothly and fighting wars in a distant country. To be inside the cabinet setting policy and making decisions, takes a bit more guts for leadership, taking responsibility. Sovereignty of Germany bound and hand-cuffed by alliances ... decisions made elsewhere. Olaf Scholz disappoints ....

    Putin's war in Ukraine puts Germany's Greens in a tight spot

    Anti-nuke, anti-war, pro-planet: These are tough days for Germany's Greens, who have long stood for disarmament and renewable energy. Now governing in a crisis, they find themselves needing to go the opposite way.

    It's not easy being Green. No one feels that these days quite like Robert Habeck, the environmentalist party's former co-chief. Now, as Germany's economic affairs and climate action minister, he oversees weapons exports and works to secure energy supply for the country.

    Habeck's huge portfolio makes him a central figure in Germany's Zeitenwende, a term for epochal change that his boss, Chancellor Olaf Scholz, used to define the impact that Russia's invasion of Ukraine has had on the country's foreign policy and position in the world.

    The Greens came to power in 2021 promising to end the Merkel-era foot-dragging on climate change. Their aspirations got muted somewhat during coalition talks with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) and neoliberal Free Democrats (FDP), but they managed to move up Germany's phase-out of coal power "ideally" to 2030, from 2038, and aim to go carbon neutral by 2045, instead of 2050.

    Best-laid plans

    You govern the country that's been handed to you, however. In a news conference earlier this year, Habeck was already tempering expectations, with visual aids showing just how much climate catch-up Germany had to do. You could probably forget about meeting national goals for this and next year, he said.

    That was before inflation and energy prices, both already reaching all-time highs, bounced even higher as a result of the war and the West's dramatic sanctions in response. It was before Germany had to seriously worry about Russia cutting off the gas it is so dependent on.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 3rd, 2022 at 07:37:16 PM EST
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    Would not have been possible under Brussels directives ....

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 03:47:43 PM EST
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    Would not have been possible under Brussels directives ....

    Not true. The EU did not oblige the UK to privatize the National Grid, and it was a stupid decision. In France, for example, RTE, Enedis, and EDF are all still publicly owned.

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

    by eurogreen on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 04:01:26 PM EST
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    Cheney Goes On The Offensive

    Speaking at a conference in Vilnius in May, U.S. President Dick 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.

    It's called regression to Cold War warriors leaving a bad taste ... Europe closing the gap with rightwing America.

    Discontent with the way democracy is working is common in many nations around the world and increasing | Pew Research - 2020 |

    Globalization and rise in distrust of government ... will the process be reversed, or will populism profit from renewed nationalism and identity politics. Role Islamophobia and Xenophobia ... permanent split between Old and New, East and West?

    European Populism, From Left to Right | Institute Montaigne - Nov. 2021 |

    Related reading ...

    Anti-nationalist Europeans and pro-European nativists on the streets: visions of Europe from the left to the far right | Social Mouvement Studies - 2022 |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 05:41:57 PM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 10:11:20 PM EST

    Zelenskiy Says Ukraine Has Suffered 'Serious Losses' After Russian Air Strikes Pound Dozens Of Targets | RFE/RL - Feb 24, 2022  |

    Punish Putin for past and present crimes | The Atlantic - Mar 18, 2022 |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 10:12:48 PM EST
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    Was in charge both under VP Cheney and under VP Biden to establish White House policy towards Eastern Europe. The White House, State and NSC people are a continuation of the Obama administration. Set in stone: "Fuck the EU ..." as Vicky Nuland partnered with Geoffrey Pyatt to put the Yats clan in position of power. This power grab had immediate response from Russia.

    Through the not so surprising loss of HRC to Der Trumpf, the US intelligence community initiated RussiaGate, a propaganda effort to smear Russia and a process of dehumanization. The wars initiated under Obama for regime change in Libya and Syria all failed to great misery of the people and the refugee crisis gave the extreme-right across Europe a boost ... read the lips of John Bolton and Steve Bannon. Brexit was a great feat.

    It is a global power play fought over the backs of the Ukrainian people ... a continuation of history and long wars since .... the Crusades? A needless war. America waiting for the next storming of the Capitol ... get your own house in order. Don't export your shit.

    As the Arab leaders in the Gulf States advised George W. Bush in 2002, invading Iraq will open Pandora's Box. Same with MI6/CIA overthrow of Mossadeq in 1953, so too will history judge the coup d'état of 2014.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 7th, 2022 at 07:28:29 AM EST
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    War propaganda

    Independent Media Threatened: South Front Taken Offline for Objective Reporting on Ukraine | Quebec Nouvelles |

    Big Tech censors multiple websites over independent news about Ukraine .... ultimate weakness of the Empire and its acolytes.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 7th, 2022 at 09:09:34 AM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 7th, 2022 at 11:32:30 AM EST
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    A Canadian gesture of independence, I gather.
    a/o 7 Apr, the NoVa gateway has not closed on SFront yet. OTOH, it's monthly bitcoin fundraising appears to be drying up. Which portends odds favoring bankrupcy rather censorship over the long run of homicidal mania planned by NATO for Yemen, Syria, Sahel, Horn, and Ukraine.
    by Cat on Thu Apr 7th, 2022 at 03:23:39 PM EST
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    France and Turkey On NATO Mission to #mariupol

    Basurin said that France was trying to evacuate foreign militants from Mariupol

    France is trying to facilitate the deportation of Ukrainian militants from Mariupol, possibly foreign nationals. This was announced by the representative of the People's Militia of the DNR Eduard Basurin.

    "They are still trying to take someone out of the city under the guise of the wounded, or in some other way, plus let's remember that France and Turkey have joined," Eduard Basurin told Russia 1. answering the question whether there are representatives of foreign intelligence in Mariupol.

    According to political technologist Marat Bashirov, sources in Mariupol confirm the presence of NATO senior officers at Azovstal.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 7th, 2022 at 02:04:01 PM EST
    Deputy commander of the Ukrainian Azov* regiment, Lieutenant Svyatoslav Palamar (call sign Kalina), was eliminated in Mariupol, First Deputy Minister of Information of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Daniil Bezsonov [Source: Pravda]

    Recent message on social media ...

    Deputy Commander of the Azov Regiment Kalina recorded a video message from Mariupol to the authorities of Ukraine.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 08:34:58 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 08:38:41 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 09:45:50 PM EST
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    Ten years ago, at the start of the war in Syria, I was banned from the screen because I didn't think the uprising was going to be a success. Plenty of room for emotion and wishful thinking. I now see an increasing group of twitterers doing that again. Keep your head cool!

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 7th, 2022 at 03:57:34 PM EST
    Azov fighters are Ukraine's greatest weapon and may be its greatest threat | The Guardian - Sep 2014 |

    The battalion's far-right volunteers' desire to 'bring the fight to Kiev' is a danger to post-conflict stability

    "I have nothing against Russian nationalists, or a great Russia," said Dmitry, as we sped through the dark Mariupol night in a pickup truck, a machine gunner positioned in the back. "But Putin's not even a Russian. Putin's a Jew."

    Dmitry - which he said is not his real name - is a native of east Ukraine and a member of the Azov battalion, a volunteer grouping that has been doing much of the frontline fighting in Ukraine's war with pro-Russia separatists. The Azov, one of many volunteer brigades to fight alongside the Ukrainian army in the east of the country, has developed a reputation for fearlessness in battle.

    Dmitry claimed not to be a Nazi, but waxed lyrical about Adolf Hitler as a military leader, and believes the Holocaust never happened. Not everyone in the Azov battalion thinks like Dmitry, but after speaking with dozens of its fighters and embedding on several missions during the past week in and around the strategic port city of Mariupol, the Guardian found many of them to have disturbing political views, and almost all to be intent on "bringing the fight to Kiev" when the war in the east is over.

    The battalion's symbol is reminiscent of the Nazi Wolfsangel, though the battalion claims it is in fact meant to be the letters N and I crossed over each other, standing for "national idea". Many of its members have links with neo-Nazi groups, and even those who laughed off the idea that they are neo-Nazis did not give the most convincing denials.

    For the commanders and the generals in Kiev, who many in Azov and other volunteer battalions see as responsible for the awful losses the Ukrainian army has suffered in recent weeks, especially in the ill-fated retreat from Ilovaysk, there was only contempt. "Generals like those in charge of Ilovaysk should be imprisoned for treason," said Skillt. "Heads are going to roll for sure, I think there will be a battle for power."

    The Ukrainian armed forces are "an army of lions led by a sheep", said Dmitry, and there is only so long that dynamic can continue. With so many armed, battle-hardened and angry young men coming back from the front, there is a danger that the rolling of heads could be more than a metaphor. Dmitry said he believes that Ukraine needs "a strong dictator to come to power who could shed plenty of blood but unite the nation in the process".

    Other volunteer battalions have also come under the spotlight. This week, Amnesty International called on the Ukrainian government to investigate rights abuses and possible executions by the Aidar, another battalion.

    Despite the desire of many in the Azov to bring violence to Kiev when the war in the east is over, the battalion receives funding and assistance from the governor of Donetsk region, the oligarch Serhiy Taruta. An aide to Taruta, Alex Kovzhun, said the political views of individual members of Azov were not an issue, and denied that the battalion's symbol had Nazi undertones.

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 7th, 2022 at 06:02:40 PM EST
    by Cat on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 02:50:47 PM EST
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    Gouverner par les fakes news | by Jacques Baud |

    L'auteur, ex-agent du service de renseignement stratégique suisse, passe ainsi en revue les principaux conflits contemporains, que les pays occidentaux ont géré à coups de fake news, ces trente dernières années.

    Jacques Baud, colonel, expert en armes chimiques et nucléaires, formé au contre-terrorisme et à la contre-guérilla, a conçu le Centre international de déminage humanitaire de Genève (GICHD) et son Système de gestion de l'information sur l'action contre les mines (IMSMA). Au service des Nations unies, il a été chef de la doctrine des Opérations de maintien de la paix à New York, et engagé en Afrique.
    A l'Otan, il a dirigé la lutte contre la prolifération des armes légères. Il est l'auteur de plusieurs ouvrages sur le renseignement, la guerre asymétrique et le terrorisme.

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 04:56:19 PM EST
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    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 09:47:01 PM EST

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 09:47:57 PM EST
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    anybody but a Twitter-approved, Russian-fluent "user" can agree with the truth?

    That's ... comical

    Just after six o'clock, the BBC and journalists from Reuters and the Washington Post also reported the explosions. The BBC broadcasts footage of it just before nine o'clock. The AFP news agency also provides information very quickly, including images. And Al Jazeera. No action by the authorities here either.

    But what mainly happened between Dulmers' tweets and Himerik's call: a well-known twitterer [Who in hell is Alexander Bunin, "secular ritualist"?] who daily spreads pro-Russian propaganda and blatant fake news took over [re-tweeted? copied? expropriated? stole?] the video of Robert Dulmers' tweet.

    This tweet stands out. Dulmers' objective reporting is suddenly used for Russian propaganda.

    distrust and aggression

    Citizens in Odesa are regularly urged by local authorities not to post about impacts [AKA RUSSIA! failures]. Those who do will be held accountable or even punished. In the largely Russian-speaking city, it is believed that there is a secret Russian 'fifth column'[collaborators?] present that passes on [public] information to the Russians

    or Ukrainian who could not possibly know if these RUSSIAN missiles hit their intended targets, because PUTIN is misinformed by NATO's worldwide Twitter "embargo"?

    m'k. A "case" for collaboration! Or do I file this in "cone of silence" or open a "Lorna Doone" folder?

    by Cat on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 11:39:04 PM EST
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    Dutch journalist Robert Dulmers expelled from #Ukraine: "Neck clamp and gun to my head

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 09:48:50 PM EST
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    < wipes tears >
    by Cat on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 11:48:01 PM EST
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    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 09:50:21 PM EST

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 10:12:08 PM EST

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 13th, 2022 at 02:39:10 PM EST

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