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Fascism Expanded On the Coalition of the Willing

by Oui Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 12:30:49 PM EST

Joe Biden saved Europe from Trumpism, to conclude his confrontation with Communism and the Evil Empire.

US politics is not about leadership, but has become winning by any means. Lies, misleading the electorate ...

Fits quite well on the historic concept of the Clinton/Yeltsin era and the coming man Vladimir Putin from St. Petersburg.

In 1997, president Yeltsin complained to Clinton so much about NATO expansion that Clinton eventually refused to meet Yeltsin anymore. Bill was clearly too busy in the Oval Office with a Cuban affair …

Germany unification chancellor Helmut Kohl promised strong economic ties with Russia

Helmut Kohl at an electoral rally in Erfurt for first free elections in East Germany in 1990 © Reuters

Bonn Pledges Broad Help to Yeltsin : Germany: Kohl treats the Russian leader as a chief of state. The two vow industrial, economic and cultural cooperation | LA Times - Nov. 22, 1991 |

Life after Kohl? We'll Always Have Germany | Foreign Affairs - Fall 1997 |

The United States scrapping treaties with the Russian Federation

The US as nuclear rogue state. Part I of II | by Sirocco Tue Aug 2nd, 2005 |

As Iran begins preparations for the resumption of uranium processing, the US is repeating its threats of imposing sanctions through the UN Security Council. "We cannot allow rogue states that violate their commitments and defy the international community to undermine the NPT's fundamental role in strengthening international security," President Bush insisted recently.

As we approach the 60 years anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki annihilations, it is time for some perspective. Notably, it is time to reflect on how, while pretending to do the opposite, the Bush administration has waged total war on the precarious international framework for nuclear arms limitation. In so doing it has not merely violated legally binding commitments, but effectively thwarted humanity's hope of a world free - or at the very least, nearly so - from nuclear weapons.

Without reform of human rights body, UN credibility at stake, Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned

Iran sanctions are unjust and harmful, says UN expert warning against generalised economic war

Obama's Nuclear Weapons Policy is His Greatest Achievement and Gravest Disappointment | IPS - June 1, 2016 |

Of all the accomplishments and disappointments of the Obama presidency, his nuclear weapons policy is the greatest.

Yes, you read that correctly. Obama's approach to nukes will be his most significant legacy as well as his most salient failure. Obama promised "hope and change" in 2007. The paradox of his nuclear weapons policy is that it falls somewhere between these aspirational poles of his presidency.

Consider, for instance, two highlights of Obama's tenure: Prague and Hiroshima.

On April 5, 2009, only several months into his first term, President Obama gave a speech in Prague embracing the agenda of nuclear disarmament. His remarks were not particularly radical. But it was the first time that a sitting U.S. president had committed the country to the complete elimination of nuclear weapons, albeit with no specific deadline attached.

The speech meandered across several topics -- human rights, Europe, NATO. But halfway through, Obama pivoted to the dangers of nuclear weapons. "If we believe that the spread of nuclear weapons is inevitable, then in some way we are admitting to ourselves that the use of nuclear weapons is inevitable," the president declared, and then went on to challenge that very inevitability. "Today, I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons."

Behind this speech lay a profound shift in the U.S. establishment's understanding of nuclear weapons. Once a cornerstone of U.S. security policy, nukes had become, on balance, a profound liability.

So-called rogue states and unpredictable non-state actors were now players in the nuclear game, and they wouldn't necessarily abide by the same rules of deterrence that (barely) kept the Nuclear Five (the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom) from using their arsenals. Non-proliferation was no longer sufficient. Even Cold War hawks Henry Kissinger and George Shultz (along with Sam Nunn and William Perry) declared that nuclear disarmament was to America's geopolitical advantage -- indeed, they'd done so a full two years before President Obama took his step forward in Prague.

Jump to last week in Hiroshima. The president is nearing the end of his second term. Against the advice of some Japan hands in the administration, Obama decided to visit the site of the first use of atomic weaponry in history. On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped a single atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing over 60,000 people immediately (and more than 70,000 subsequently through radiation poisoning). Obama was very clear that the visit did not constitute an apology for U.S. actions, even though conservative critics like John Bolton were quick to label the trip part of the president's "shameful apology tour."

In Hiroshima, Obama reiterated his call for the elimination of nuclear weapons: destroying stockpiles and preventing the spread of nuclear material. In remarks as eloquent as any of his best speeches, he said, "We must change our mindset about war itself -- to prevent conflict through diplomacy, and strive to end conflicts after they've begun; to see our growing interdependence as a cause for peaceful cooperation and not violent competition; to define our nations not by our capacity to destroy, but by what we build." From Prague to Hiroshima, the president's line on nuclear weapons has been clear, consistent, and forceful.

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered remarks following a wreath-laying ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace | Video C-Span |

Hawks are calling for an expansion on America's "tactical" nuclear weapons. Here's why it's a bad idea.

The huge risk of small nukes | Politico - Mar 10, 2017 |

Trump's patron in chief Sheldon Adelson urged president Trump to use a nuclear bomb on Iran ... money talks.

Washington should then threaten to drop nuclear bomb on Tehran if it fails to comply with Western demands, powerful casino magnate says.

Sheldon Adelson calls on US to nuke Iranian desert | TOI - Oct 24, 2013 |

Searching ET for earlier writings on Eastern European states, I came across this diary by DoDo.
A very worthwhile long read. Here follows an abstract ...

The Central European Realignment | by DoDo Sat Nov 1st, 2008 |

When you think of Coalitions of the Willing, missile defense bases, visa agreements, fear of Russia, and veto threats in the EU, Central-Eastern Europe seems hopelessly Atlanticist.

However, I have long argued that things aren't that simple and things are changing. South of Poland, there are pipeline deals (and again), criticism of Georgia for the war with Russia, even in Poland, where there is a new pragmatic and Europe-focused approach to Russia, too, and a Euro drive.

It seems the new reality has dawned on some members of the USAmerican foreign policy elite, too. In the aptly named American Interest magazine, eminent political scientist Charles Gati writes of a Faded Romance.

Read more details on a romance faded on both sides, and the proposal of a leaner foreign policy for the region (one without pushing missile defense and Nabucco) obviously aimed at a future Obama administration, below the fold.

Charles Gati, who emigrated from Hungary after the 1956 Revolution, is currently director of the Russian and Eurasian Studies Center at John Hopkins University. However, he is not just another academic without influence: he was chief adviser on Russian and European issues for both the GHW Bush and first Clinton administrations, and seems to be "in the loop" to this day.

The first paragraph of Gati's new article is worth quoting in full:

How Mitteleuropa Fell Out of Love with America | American Interest by Gati - Nov 2008 |

Since the Bush Administration took office in 2001, the United States has lost most of its once immense influence in the Central and East European countries of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania and Bulgaria. Each of these new democracies, having joined NATO and the European Union in the past decade, continues to maintain at least cordial relations with Washington.

Many have done more than that, contributing to military actions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo led by the United States and NATO (or the European Union). Even so, their politicians and diplomats now tilt toward the European Union, and their citizens' daily lives are absorbed and transformed far more by European associations than by American ones.

Geography, money and shared European values have made a difference. Far more surprising is the improvement in relations between Russia and several of the countries of Mitteleuropa [DoDo: don't quite understand why he uses the German word for Central Europe] --- notably Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia and Latvia --- primarily because of their need for Russian energy. Unless the Georgia crisis turns into a game changer, the region's romance with the United States will come to an end.    

Actually I am not that, er, optimistic, but I agree that US ties are weakening. And I can't suppress a smug smile when reading of a "surprise".

In comparison with the situation in the nineties, Gati notes:

The historical comparison is striking and instructive: Throughout the 1990s and as late as 2001, the Central and East European countries invariably turned to Washington for guidance. They appreciated the significance and benefits of the Atlantic Alliance and sought to join NATO. At that time, the United States, recent victor in the Cold War against the despised Soviet Union, could do no wrong.

When American diplomats made a request to any of the region's governments, they did not have to ask twice. It would have been unthinkable then for Poland to demand major U.S. concessions in exchange for allowing American defensive missiles on Polish soil.

To a large extent, membership in the European Union in 2004 (except for Romania and Bulgaria, which joined in 2007) made Washington's loss of influence all but inevitable. The United States could not, for example, compete with the European Union's willingness to make Poland eligible for about 85 billion euros for regional development in the 2007-13 period. The result, as reported in a 2008 Eurobarometer survey, is that Poles, rather Euro-skeptical only a few years ago, are now among the European Union's most enthusiastic supporters.

This contains a bit of nostalgia seen through rose-tinted glasses. One thing American diplomats had to ask not twice, not thrice, but a hundred times was raising defense spending once in NATO. And American requests weren't always respected out of love: some (especially ex-communist) governments complied for recognition (getting red carpets rolled out and White House photo-ops), and quite often the US used blackmail and threats in the background.

Yep ... nice former Soviet satellite states with a great record on human rights, true diligence the judicial system and LGBT rights. What a gross mess dragging the whole European Union into an unwanted war ... a nightmare especially on whose soil the war hostilities are playing out.

A False Flag Moment ...

Full break of Europe with aggressive war hawks in London and Washington DC.

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.

ECJ adviser backs rule-of-law measure in blow to Poland and Hungary | The Guardian - Dec. 2, 2021 |

Poland saved byt he bell, the EU-27 loses and will not recover this decade, if ever.

Will the EU-27 Survive the Biden Years? | by Oui Tue Sep 14th, 2021 |

The United States and the United Kingdom - Masters of Deceit and war propaganda  

G W F and McCarthyism In A Digital Age - Part 2 | by Oui Thu Feb 1st, 2018 |

A sad period in US politics when Hamilton Federalists have become allies of the Clinton Democratic party ... FDR turning in his grave!

Purely coincidental, Martin Longman covered this topic in a front page story.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned for several hours last week by the special counsel's office as part of the investigation into Russia's meddling in the election and whether the president obstructed justice since taking office, according to a Justice Department spokeswoman.

RussiaGate demolishes the Democratic party ...

An opposite view ...

You can choose how much you want to trust the Hamilton 68 dashboard, considering people like Michael Chertoff and William Kristol sit on their board, but among the suspected Russian troll accounts they're monitoring the FBI has the most twitter mentions (1161, as of this writing) in the last forty-eight hours. There's now a naked confluence of effort coming from congressional Republicans, the White House and Russian social media troll and bot accounts.

The misinformation from this group is now being advocated on progressive blogs to further anti-Russian hysteria and create that new adversary all of us should fear. About the influence of Russian bots demonstrated by Hamilton68 ...

Publish the list of these so called Russian bot accounts & provide full names & addresses of the so called independent analysts. @ErinBrockovich

RRelated reading ...

International Coalition to Defeat Democrats and Hillary in 2016 | Posted by Oui on July 9, 2018 |

Samantha Power takes the lead ... again!

VP Biden - Nuland - Power - Freedom R2P - violating International law and the UN Charter

Samantha Power, the Monster, and the Libyan Intervention | by Frank Schnittger on Sep 8th, 2011 |
During the George Bush administration, favourite son of the Saudi Kingdom and close friend of Prince Bandar.

Iraqi Oil - the $250bn gift to Saudi Arabia and Russia | by Jerome a Paris Sat Dec 24th, 2005 |

Building new alliances in the wealthy Arab world ...

The Grumpy Old Man Going Crazy

War in Yemen

Saudi warplanes carpet-bomb Yemen with US help. This must end

War on Palestine

The Neocon war hawks and John McCain - Joe Biden - Joe Lieberman - John Bolton - Michael Weiss - Robert Kagan - William Kristol - Anne Appelbaum - Vicky Nuland - Dick Cheney and millions of repeating warmongers and those exiled in the City of London have won the ultimate battle to confront a sovereign nation. Millions died after 9/11 and terror spread across the globe through America's foreign policy of intervention and regime change by any means.  Respecting borders and UN Charter provision of sovereignty? Dragged before the ICC in The Hague?

Supreme Court on rendition and torture ... black sites are state secrets.

Urgency of cases on war crimes at the ICC in The Hague ...

Decision and appeal may take some years ...

On 12 April 2019, ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II on war crimes in Afghanistan ...

In the Impugned Decision, the Pre-Trial Chamber concluded that, 'notwithstanding the fact that all the relevant requirements are met as regards both jurisdiction and admissibility, an investigation into the situation in Afghanistan would not serve the interests of justice'.

[Statement : 27 September 2021] of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim A. A. Khan QC, following the application for an expedited order under article 18(2) seeking authorisation to resume investigations in the Situation in Afghanistan.

Russophobia, Disinformation and Dehumanization

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About fakes and real history | by Medvedev |

"Ghost of Kyiv", an image of an aircraft, which is taken from a computer game. A drone shot down by a can of cucumbers. The “dead heroes” who surrendered to the Russian warship. Mariupol maternity hospital, now - Bucha. What unites them? These are fakes, ripened in the cynical imagination of Ukrainian propaganda. Numerous PR agencies, "troll factories" run by Western governments and their "manual" NGOs and NGOs, cook them for huge amounts of money.

Day by day, the news about "horror stories" and "overcomes" is becoming more and more delusional. However, the Kyiv fake car stops at nothing! In order to dehumanize Russia and its maximum denigration, the enraged beast from the National Battalions and the Territorial Defense Forces are ready to casually kill their own civilians. This is because deep Ukrainianism, fueled by anti-Russian poison and an all-consuming lie about its identity, is one big fake. This phenomenon has never happened in history. And now it doesn't exist.

Leipzig University professor Oscar Peschel issued the legendary phrase, later attributed to Chancellor Otto von Bismarck: "The Austro-Prussian War of 1866 was won by a Prussian schoolteacher." German militarism was cultivated at the desks. His spirit at the end of his journey was reborn into the monster of National Socialism and was eventually destroyed only by the Red Army in 1945. High German science and culture - Roentgen, Planck, Freud, Mann, Hesse - could not oppose anything to those who thirsted first for blood and colonies, and after the First World War - revenge and "living space" in the East. And if the great German minds failed to curb the war machine, what can we say about today's Kyiv - there are definitely no "Einsteins" there. True, there is Klitschko.

The current Ukrainian radical also grew up behind the student bench. In beautiful embroidered shirts and with thoughts of hatred for everything Russian. Instead of being proud of the joint achievements of their ancestors, since 1991, a pseudo-history of Ukrainian statehood has been written “on the knee”: the generational connection of Kievan Rus with the lands of Novgorod, Pskov and Vladimir-Suzdal Rus was “hacked”. For the sake of the mythical "history of Ukraine" of the XIV-XVII centuries, the idea of a single Russian people was destroyed. The gallery of the 20th century is generally composed only of zoological Nazis, murderers and collaborators, elevated by the modern Ukrainian "agitprop" to the rank of heroes - Konovalets, Shukhevych, Bandera, Klyachkovsky, Melnyk.

The passionate part of Ukrainians has been praying for the Third Reich for the last 30 years. Literally. Disgust is caused by photographs in which Nazi symbols are found in almost every military unit of Ukraine taken by our army - standards, literature, posters. Even cups with swastikas! This is not a game of fascist aesthetics, as Westerners are trying to prove to us. This is an ideology. It should not be surprising that mentally transformed into the Third Reich, having written down the names of Jews and Nazi henchmen in history books, Ukraine will suffer its own fate. There she is dear, such Ukraine! As well as individual freaks who consider themselves entitled to represent such Ukraine. A lesson for them will be not only the current special operation, but also episodes of the glorious past. For example, when Pavel Sudoplatov destroyed the nationalist Yevhen Konovalets, politely handing over to this sweet lover in Rotterdam a candy box with a bomb inside - "Here's a present for you from Kiev." There will be many more such "gifts" for Nazi criminals!

Russian President Vladimir Putin firmly set the goal of demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. These complex tasks do not happen all at once. And they will be decided not only on the battlefields. To change the bloody and full of false myths consciousness of a part of today's Ukrainians is the most important goal. The goal is for the sake of the peace of future generations of Ukrainians themselves and the opportunity to finally build an open Eurasia - from Lisbon to Vladivostok.


Saudi Arabia and UAE leaders 'reject calls with US President Biden' | MEE |

oops ... recent contract of $50bn was struck with archenemy Qatar .. how about us? Saudi wants murder contract leader Prince Mohammed bin Salman given immunity to travel the globe and the US. Fortunately, he is not a head of State although the Western allies won't guarantee to abide by Geneve Conventions.

US considering legal immunity for Saudi crown prince in alleged assassination plot | MEE - Dec. 21, 2020 |

Jikes ... beyond expiration date. Looks like the global Muslim nations have had it with an Xenophobic and Islamophobic America. Biden is no Trump ... a Middle East gone haywire.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 05:51:24 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 10:07:55 PM EST
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Have nothing to add ... read my articles from 2007 forward!

h/t Cat

John Mearsheimer: We are encouraging the Ukrainians to resist.

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

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 06:11:40 PM EST
Posted earlier ...

From Sputnik article ...

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

[Reuters via Al Manar]

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

War hawk Joe Biden ...

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

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

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

Ukraine latest: Putin and Scholz discuss 'political and diplomatic efforts' | Nikkei Asia |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 06:28:19 PM EST
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No war necessary except for warmongering from the Atlanticists for many years.

Oh so the Ukrainian civilians dying or being maimed can console themselves with the fact that the war was necessary.

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

by eurogreen on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 10:32:14 AM EST
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the deadliest assumption in leading US hegemony is, every adversary plays The Imperialist and by one book of rules--first past the post, zero-sum, singularity, modernity, total world domination. Rules western politicians don't even honor!

Ethnic nativity will defy the grandeur of every conceit vested in mercantilist civilization embroidered by European intellectual history of "progress"--right up to and beyond Kennan mistaking resentment for envy; Envy is tanamount to a "national security" threat to the US which is the only government that has ever employed nuclear arms to annihlate civilians in a war it had already won.

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

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

by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 09:19:58 PM EST
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But Rubio's clean-up act came too late. When asked whether Ukraine possesses "chemical or biological weapons," Nuland did not deny this: at all. She instead -- with palpable pen-twirling discomfort and in halting speech, a glaring contrast to her normally cocky style of speaking in obfuscatory State Department officialese -- acknowledged: "uh, Ukraine has, uh, biological research facilities." Any hope to depict such "facilities" as benign or banal was immediately destroyed by the warning she quickly added: "we are now in fact quite concerned that Russian troops, Russian forces, may be seeking to, uh, gain control of [those labs], so we are working with the Ukrainiahhhns [sic] on how they can prevent any of those research materials from falling into the hands of Russian forces should they approach" -- [interruption by Sen. Rubio]

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 08:39:38 PM EST
by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 09:28:42 PM EST
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The Pentagon Bio-weapons.

The US Army regularly produces deadly viruses, bacteria and toxins in direct violation of the UN Convention on the prohibition of Biological Weapons. Hundreds of thousands of unwitting people are systematically exposed to dangerous pathogens and other incurable diseases. Bio warfare scientists using diplomatic cover test man-made viruses at Pentagon bio laboratories in 25 countries across the world. These US bio-laboratories are funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) under a $ 2.1 billion military program- Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP), and are located in former Soviet Union countries such as Georgia and Ukraine, the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa.

Georgia is a testing ground for bioweapons

The Lugar Center is the Pentagon bio laboratory in Georgia. It is located just 17 km  from the US Vaziani military airbase in the capital Tbilisi. Tasked with the military program are biologists from the US Army Medical Research Unit-Georgia (USAMRU-G) along with private contractors. The Bio-safety Level 3 Laboratory is accessible only to US citizens with security clearance. They are accorded diplomatic immunity under the 2002 US-Georgia Agreement on defense cooperation.

Information obtained from the US federal contracts registry clarifies some of the military activities at The Lugar Center - among them research on bio-agents (anthrax, tularemia) and viral diseases (e.g. Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever), and the collection of  biological samples for future experiments.

Pentagon contractors produce bio agents under diplomatic cover

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has outsourced much of the work under the military program to private companies, which are not held accountable to  Congress, and which can operate more freely and move around the rule of law.  US civilian personnel performing work at The Lugar Center have also been given diplomatic immunity, although they are not diplomats. Hence, private companies can perform work, under diplomatic cover, for the US government without being under the direct control of the host state - in this case  the Republic of Georgia. This practice is often used by the CIA to provide cover for its agents. Three private American companies work at the US bio-laboratory in Tbilisi - CH2M Hill, Battelle and Metabiota. In addition to the Pentagon, these private contractors perform research for the CIA and various other government agencies.

CH2M Hill has been awarded $341.5 million DTRA contracts under the Pentagon's program for bio-laboratories in Georgia, Uganda, Tanzania, Iraq, Afghanistan, South East Asia. Half of this sum ($161.1 million), being allocated to The Lugar Center, under the Georgian contract. According to CH2M Hill, the US Company has secured biological agents and employed former bio warfare scientists at The Lugar Center. These are scientists who are working for another American company involved in the military program in Georgia - Battelle Memorial Institute.

The US military program is sensitive information

Ukraine has no control over the military bio-laboratories on its own territory. According to the 2005 Agreement between the US DoD and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine the Ukrainian government is prohibited from public disclosure of sensitive information about the US program and Ukraine is obliged to transfer to the US Department of Defense (DoD) dangerous pathogens for biological research. The Pentagon has been granted access to certain state secrets of Ukraine in connection with the projects under their agreement.

Engineering deadly viruses is legal in the US

MERS-CoV  is thought to originate from bats and spread directly to humans and/or camels. However, like Ebola, the precise ways the virus spreads are unknown. 1,980 cases with 699 deaths were reported in 15 countries across the world (as of June 2017) caused by MERS-CoV.

MERS-CoV is one of the viruses that have been engineered by the US and studied by the Pentagon, as well as Influenza and SARS. Confirmation of this practice is Obama's 2014 temporary ban on government funding for such "dual-use" research.

The moratorium was lifted on 9 Jan. 2017 and experiments have continued. Enhanced Potential Pandemic Pathogens (PPPs) experiments are legal in the US. Such experiments aim to increase the transmissibility and/or virulence of pathogens.

[The US Gov link to federal contacts has a limited readership. Some links are updated or added to article. Cannot verify the full story, links appear to substantiate what is written - Oui]

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 11:54:57 AM EST
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U.S. Government Gain-of-Function Deliberative Process and Research Funding Pause on Selected Gain-of-Function Research Involving Influenza, MERS, and SARS Viruses | Report June 17, 2014 |

In light of recent concerns regarding biosafety and biosecurity, effective immediately, the U.S. Government (USG) will pause new USG funding for gain-of-function research on influenza, MERS or SARS viruses, as defined below. This research funding pause will be effective until a robust and broad deliberative process is completed that results in the adoption of a new USG gain-of-function research policy1. Restrictions on new funding will apply as follows:

    New USG funding will not be released for gain-of-function research projects that may be reasonably anticipated to confer attributes to influenza, MERS, or SARS viruses such that the virus would have enhanced pathogenicity and/or transmissibility in mammals via the respiratory route. The research funding pause would not apply to characterization or testing of naturally occurring influenza, MERS, and SARS viruses, unless the tests are reasonably anticipated to increase transmissibility and/or pathogenicity.

In parallel, we will encourage the currently-funded USG and non-USG funded research community to join in adopting a voluntary pause on research that meets the stated definition.

The deliberative process that will ensue during the period of the research pause will explicitly evaluate the risks and potential benefits of gain-of-function research with potential pandemic pathogens.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 11:55:53 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 09:07:53 PM EST

Pentagon says Poland's fighter jet transfer offer not `tenable' | Air Force Times |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 09:21:30 PM EST
The U.S. government threw Poland a hot potato with a request to send Soviet-made fighter jets -- which Ukrainian pilots are trained to fly -- to Ukraine. Poland threw it right back, saying it was prepared to hand over all 28 of its MiG-29 planes -- but to NATO by flying them to the U.S. base in Ramstein, Germany.

That plan took the U.S. off guard. By late Tuesday, the Pentagon rejected it as "untenable." On Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that ultimately each country would have to decide for itself. In diplospeak: "Poland's proposal shows there are complexities that the issue presents when it comes to providing security assistance."

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 10:19:04 PM EST
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Finland, Sweden deepen security co-op following Russia's Ukraine attack

Related reading ...

Sisters But Not Twins: Prospects of Finland and Sweden's NATO Accession | Wilson Center - Feb 2, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 09:40:58 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 at 10:53:29 PM EST
Xi urges joint support for peace talks between Russia, Ukraine | China Daily |

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday urged joint support for the peace talks between Russia and Ukraine. Xi said that the current situation in Ukraine is worrisome, and the Chinese side is deeply grieved by the outbreak of war again on the European continent.

China maintains that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries must be respected, the purposes and principles of the UN Charter must be fully observed, the legitimate security concerns of all countries must be taken seriously, and all efforts that are conducive to the peaceful settlement of the crisis must be supported, he said.

The pressing task at the moment is to prevent the tense situation from escalating or even running out of control, Xi stressed.

China commends the mediation efforts by France and Germany on Ukraine, he said, adding that China will stay in communication and coordination with France, Germany and the European Union (EU) and, in light of the needs of the parties involved, work actively together with the international community.

Dialogue with Russia is the chief means of achieving stability and security in Europe | Feb. 7, 2022 |

Macron bucks Western trend by keeping dialogue open with Putin | France24 - Mar 7, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 08:35:05 AM EST

The Red menace ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 02:39:26 PM EST

Zelenskyy has signed a law permitting the confiscation of all Russian property

Ukraine will accept the capitulation of Russia with understanding - Reznikov, Minister of Defense of Ukraine

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 08:28:44 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 08:29:47 PM EST
Foutje ... bedankt 😔

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 08:34:04 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 08:33:21 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 10:25:32 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 10:03:50 PM EST
Call it "Erdogan is auctioning his next move"
by Tom2 on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 09:12:40 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 10:14:33 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 10:16:00 PM EST
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US rejects biological weapons convention protocol | NCBI - June 2, 2001 |

An interagency team of the Bush administration drawn from the State Department, the Pentagon, the Commerce Department, the Energy Department, and intelligence agencies has completed a critical review of the enforcement protocol of the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention. The convention, banning the use of biological weapons, was ratified by 143 nations but lacked means of ensuring compliance.

The interagency team reportedly found 38 problems with the protocol, a handful of them serious. It has unanimously concluded that the current version of the protocol would be inefficient in stopping cheating and that not all of its deficiencies could be remedied by the negotiating deadline of November 2001. The 210 page protocol, developed after six years' negotiation, requires signatories to make known their vaccine production facilities, their largest biodefence installations, and facilities that conduct genetic engineering or aerosol studies with germ agents that are likely to be used in weapons. An oversight mechanism for onsite inspections through a new executive council is also part of the protocol.

The White House is expected to endorse the recommendations of its interagency review team. It is unclear what will happen next, because although the review strongly objects to the current version of the protocol, it does not rule out fresh attempts to address monitoring. Pakistan and the People's Republic of China both object to onsite inspections. Iran has been trying to weaken controls on the export of biological equipment and materials, claiming they damage its civilian economies. The United States has worked to limit the scope of visits by foreign inspectors, to protect the trade secrets of American pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. The Pentagon objects to inspections of American biodefence installations, which develop vaccines and protective equipment and analyse the threat of biological warfare.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 10:21:18 PM EST
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Le Roi Soleil incarnait les principes de l'absolutisme

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 10:48:22 PM EST

You fail to fill the shoes of Chancellor Angela Merkel!  ☹

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 10:58:49 PM EST
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Leaders don't wish ... they act!

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 10:59:41 PM EST
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Zelensky meant a different version of "close" support.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 11:05:44 PM EST
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People are suffering, energy crisis, food crisis and the EU-27 are having a banquet in Versailles?

Putin Orders Troops Back to Base; East-West Détente | Mar 4, 2014 |

Intrusion Soviet Space and CW Arms Race | Jan. 21, 2018 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 11:15:20 PM EST
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APsplainin 'Nothing is taboo': [Courtiers] mulling new sanctions against Russia, 11 Mar, "high-maintenance oligarchs"
French President Emmanuel Macron said ...
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said ...
Italian Premier Mario Draghi said ...
Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said ...
Borrell said ...
by Cat on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 06:56:45 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 11:27:29 PM EST

Europe's Green Energy Plans Are Threatened by the Need to Wean Itself Off Russian Gas

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 11:28:23 PM EST
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"With the plan we outline today we can end the EU dependence on Moroccans and Turks low wage populations and replace them with Ukrainian and Polish catholics to make our 'Christian democrats' happy for ever and ever. Women shall feel ashame of even thinking of abortion and stay home raise the kids coz that will solve unemployment for everyone."
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by Tom2 on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 09:11:12 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 03:38:45 PM EST
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What nonsense. The IMF austerity had already gotten millions of Ukrainians to emigrate, before the start of the war..
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 05:30:55 PM EST
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Where is Kristalina Georgieva hiding these days?
by Cat on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 05:41:03 PM EST
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How power is transferred and social order is maintained within and across generations

Bourdieu routinely sought to connect his theoretical ideas with empirical research and his work can be seen as sociology of culture or, as he described it, a "Theory of Practice". His contributions to sociology were both evidential and theoretical (i.e., calculated through both systems). His key terms would be habitus, capital, and field.

    Bourdieu elaborated his theory of the habitus while borrowing ideas on cognitive and generative schemes from Noam Chomsky and Jean Piaget dependency on history and human memory. For instance, a certain behaviour or belief becomes part of a society's structure when the original purpose of that behaviour or belief can no longer be recalled and becomes socialized into individuals of that culture.

He extended the idea of capital to categories such as social capital, cultural capital, financial capital, and symbolic capital. For Bourdieu each individual occupies a position in a multidimensional social space; a person is not defined only by social class membership, but by every single kind of capital he can articulate through social relations. That capital includes the value of social networks, which Bourdieu showed could be used to produce or reproduce inequality.

Bourdieu worked as a lycée teacher at Moulins for a year before his conscription into the French Army in 1955. His biographers write that he chose not to enter the Reserve Officer's College like many of his fellow ENS graduates as he wished to stay with people from his own modest social background. Deployed to Algeria in October 1955 during its war of independence from France, Bourdieu served in a unit guarding military installations before being transferred to clerical work.

After his year-long military service, Bourdieu stayed on as a lecturer in Algiers. During the Algerian War in 1958-1962, Bourdieu undertook ethnographic research into the clash through a study of the Kabyle peoples of the Berbers, laying the groundwork for his anthropological reputation. The result was his first book, Sociologie de l'Algérie (1958; The Sociology of Algeria). which became an immediate success in France and was published in America in 1962. He later drew heavily on this fieldwork in his 1972 book Outline of a Theory of Practice, a strong intervention into anthropological theory.

Picturing Algeria: Pierre Bourdieu's sociology and ethnography using visual methods

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 08:09:39 AM EST
I didn't check earlier writings about Bourdieu on this site, as my first glance at his work intrigued me ...

"Smile!" or The virtue circle of positive feedback attitudes | by Agnes a Paris Sat Jan 7th, 2006 |

All of us did get to know, through the lessons of history or personal experiences, how mean, selfish, cruel, humankind in its collective or individual manifestations, could be. "Civilization at its extreme produces crimes often worse than extreme barbarism," wrote French 19th century novelist Barbey d'Aurevilly. Well, I am not a lot of an optimistic myself. One of my favorite as it comes to political sciences is Th. Hobbes. Yet, this diary is about positive attitudes and positive feedback. Let me start with the anecdotes that prompted me into this diary.

In need of some optimism, these days we need to look back .. forward looking is plenty of doom.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 08:22:27 AM EST
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My Learning About Victor Klemperer

    "What is there that embodies the democratic, the German, the humane ideal?" Klemperer asked himself in his diary. For his own life, of course, he already
    knew the answer: it lay in the tireless curiosity, the questioning, the generous
    standards of debate of his heroes Voltaire and Montesquieu and of the other
    thinkers of the Enlightenment.

Music among the Ruins: Classical Music, Propaganda, and the American Cultural Agenda in West Berlin (1945-1949)

With Germany's unconditional surrender on May 8, 1945, the Office of Military Government, United States (OMGUS) prepared to implement the most ambitious cultural re-education program it had ever undertaken.  

    OMGUS in 1945 began its own newspaper based in Munich, Die Neue Zeitung. It was edited by German and Jewish émigrés who fled to the United States before the war. Its mission was to destroy Nazi cultural remnants, and encourage democracy by exposing Germans to how American culture operated. There was great detail on sports, politics, business, Hollywood, and fashions, as well as international affairs.

An examination of classical music culture in West Berlin reveals how the American Military Government used classical music as a tool for re-education and re-orientation.  Between the years 1945 and 1949, the American agenda evolved from combating Nazism to containing Communism, as alterations in music control policies reflected the incipient Cold War.

Cold War a battle of propaganda and destruction of enemy culture ... the barbarians take the lead.

Chain Reaction: From Einstein to the Atomic Bomb

CIA's Family Jewels -- Operation Mockingbird

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 09:02:05 AM EST
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So the Times upsets Ukrainian. fake throwers talking about growing up. the army was almost destroyed. According to the newspaper's military experts, no more than 5% of the equipment involved has been lost. They openly admit that the surrender of Ukrainian armed forces is "only a matter of time"

Journalist has a history in The Netherlands ...

Homepage Vladimir Kornilov

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 11:46:36 PM EST
On the historical unity of Russians and Ukrainians | Analysis by Maria Domańska (OSW} in Warsaw |

Russia views the existence of the Ukrainian nation "with respect". However, present-day Ukraine owes its territorial form to the Soviet period. It benefitted from "regaining" ancient Russian lands at the expense of Poland, Romania and Czechoslovakia, and obtained territories which had been taken away from "historical Russia". Consequently, if Ukraine is determined to severe  its friendly relations with Russia, i.e. the USSR's heir, it should return to its 1922 borders. Putin also took the opportunity to criticise the policy pursued by the Bolsheviks; he accused them of "robbing" Russia of the territories that were awarded to Ukraine.

-        Russia did a great deal to help the Ukrainian state thrive post-1991; Putin mentioned the significant economic assistance Russia offered to Kyiv. The rupture of the ties between the two countries has resulted in Ukraine's economic degradation: at present Ukraine is "Europe's poorest country". The anti-Russian Ukrainian authorities have "wasted and frittered away the achievements of many generations", even while the two nations still have "great affection" for each other.

-        Putin also offered harsh criticism of the policies pursued by the authorities in Kyiv, both towards Russia and domestically, and of the local oligarchs who plunder the Ukrainian state. Ukraine is affected by a persistent weakness of its state institutions and has become "a willing hostage to someone else's geopolitical will". In addition, Putin accused Kyiv of mythologising and rewriting history - a routine allegation against those neighbouring states which  work to debunk Russian historical propaganda.  In Putin's words, "the common tragedy of collectivisation" back in the 1930s is falsely presented as a genocide of the Ukrainian people. As he pointed out, the Ukrainian elites wrongfully base  the country's independence on a denial of its past. However, at the same time they  "conveniently" leave  out the aforementioned issue of the contemporary state's borders.

Worthy analysis quite a difference with war hawk Anne Applebaum.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 08:22:17 PM EST
Anne Sikorski-Applebaum the Raving War Lunatic | by Oui - Aug 30, 2014 |

A far more serious person, the dissident Russian analyst Andrei Piontkovsky, has recently published an article arguing, along lines that echo Zhirinovsky's threats, that Putin really is weighing the possibility of limited nuclear strikes -- perhaps against one of the Baltic capitals, perhaps a Polish city -- to prove that NATO is a hollow, meaningless entity that won't dare strike back for fear of a greater catastrophe.

Putin and Limited Nuclear Strikes

Indeed, in military exercises in 2009 and 2013, the Russian army openly "practiced" a nuclear attack on Warsaw.

Is all of this nothing more than the raving of lunatics?

But Stalin kept to his word and carried out the threats, not because he was crazy but because he followed his own logic to its ultimate conclusions with such intense dedication -- and because nobody stopped him. Right now, nobody is able to stop Putin, either.

From the year 2007 forward, the neocon think tanks and especially the NATO Atlantic Council were on a war footing opposing any dialogue with Russia. In clear wording by Ivo Daalder and John Kerry we'll make Russia a pariah state. The foolhardy attempts of Russophobia sometimes fall flat ... but the propaganda tactics just repeating the lies until it sinks in by the subconscious and distracted population. No debate, just repeating disinformation.

For NATO and Russia, a Wary Dialogue | CFR - Aug 2016 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 08:24:46 PM EST
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For over a decade I have been consistent and warned of sliding towards fascism in the West. Max Blumenthal Dissects Poorly Researched WaPo Article About PropOrNot

Debunked PropOrNot inside a day after publication in renowned Washington Post, a "quality" paper.

    A shady website that claims "Russia is Manipulating US Opinion Through Online Propaganda" has compiled a list of websites its anonymous authors accuse of pushing fake news and Russian propaganda.

Washington Post Distances Itself From Anti-Russian Propaganda Group That Called Out Fake News Peddlers | The Wrap |

Related reading ...

Dutch Media Take EU Disinfo Watchdog to Court | Mar 9, 2018 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 08:25:45 PM EST
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The headline doesn't cover the content of article.

The Quest for European Sovereignty | Jan. 2022 |

Just hours after taking office on December 8, 2021, Olaf Scholz, the new German chancellor, clearly laid out his policy on Russia. Interviewed by the German TV station ARD, he was asked what his new government--a coalition of his center-left Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens, and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP)--planned to do about tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Scholz mentioned three key points: first, talks continued to be important, second, the West must make clear that European borders cannot be changed by force. Third, if they were somehow changed by force, then that must bring about "clear consequences."

Having made these remarks on Russia, Scholz went on to explain: "I want us again to remember two Social Democratic Chancellors: Willy Brandt and Helmut Schmidt. Those two leaders, whose policies of Ostpolitik and détente laid the groundwork for democracy in many European countries, where once there had been communist dictatorships. They laid the groundwork for the Iron Curtain to be dismantled, and for our shared existence within the European Union." In other words, as he took office, the first SPD chancellor since 2005 positioned himself as successor to Brandt, the SPD's biggest post-war father figure. An outsize statue of the former chancellor dominates the atrium of SPD's federal headquarters in Berlin, Willy Brandt House.

Scholz' remarks on the day had two functions. Within the party, the invocation of the new chancellor's predecessors epitomized new pride within its ranks after its recent election win. But the specific mention of Brandt--a much-loved figure across the SPD--also served to consolidate party unity. Scholz' carefully-chosen examples were also a reply to the Christian Democratic Union, the SPD's former coalition partner, now in opposition. The conservative CDU has its own traditions, running counter to those of the SPD, and it likes to remind people of its long record of supplying iconic post-war leaders.

The other purpose of Scholz' comments was far more general, aimed at audiences well outside his own political party. The three specific points on Russia were a clear formulation of the policy Scholz has followed on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and which he has continued to follow until now.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 10:08:44 PM EST
What Is Ostpolitik?

The actual foreign policy that Scholz' three-point approach meant to embody was not very different from that of his predecessor Angela Merkel. Nonetheless, his specifically Social Democratic use of the term "Ostpolitik" triggered vehement reactions in Germany. Some questioned the use of the word itself in the present era.

"The use of the term `Ostpolitik' was very unfortunate," said Gwendolyn Sasse, director of Berlin's Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOIS). The term may provoke positive connotations among Social Democrats, she said, "but reaction [to it] in Central and Eastern Europe is highly negative." The word "Ostpolitik" can stir up fears among Germany's eastern neighbors that Berlin may go it alone on Russia, ignoring the wishes of countries like Poland. These historical concerns are genuine, although they have at times also been cultivated by Eastern European governments, keen to use to them for domestic political benefit.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 10:09:54 PM EST
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Willy Brandt's Ostpolitik policy of openness towards Kremlin

The year 1969 marked a turning point in the political life of West Germany. For the first time since the foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) in 1949, the Christian Democrats were excluded from the government. The Social-Liberal coalition headed by Willy Brandt from October of that year sought a new direction for foreign policy and to break the existing taboos. The major powers were keeping a close eye on the East-West rapprochement policy pursued by the new Chancellor, but they did not intervene.

On 28 November 1969, the FRG signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty with the USSR. This policy of normalising relations and openness towards the East, known as 'Ostpolitik', was established within the overall context of East-West détente and sought to restore the economically powerful West Germany to its rightful place on the international stage.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 10:12:20 PM EST
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Willy Brandt a statesman respected and loved in America

Visit to the Soviet Union -- 2-9 July 1975

Willy Brandt is received like a state visitor when he arrives in Moscow on 2 July 1975. The SPD chairman is responding to an invitation by General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, with whom he conducts two extensive discussions on 3 and 9 July. The subjects include German-Soviet relations, the future of détente policies after the impending conclusion of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) as well as developments in the Middle East and the Mediterranean region.
Concerning the situation in Portugal, Brandt gives Brezhnev a letter from Mário Soares and appeals to him to exercise a moderating influence on the Portuguese communists. During his one-week visit in the Soviet Union, the former Chancellor also travels to Leningrad, Novosibirsk (Siberia) and Samarkand (Uzbekistan).

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 10:14:07 PM EST
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Proud to wear UID #40 here @ET 😅

Always had great respect for Berlin mayor Willy Brandt ... he visited the States on many occasions. I recall listening to a late night talk show interview from the "home" of Stan Musial, a retired St. Louis Cardinals baseball great. An outstanding statesman Europe can be proud of. Solving fiscal and economic problems to consolidate Das Deutsche Wirtschaftswunder of the Adenauer and Erhard period of rebuilding West-Germany.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 08:35:36 AM EST
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It will be hard to negociate with the ultras after we arm them and offer them the country on a plate...
From 2015:
"When Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine's prime minister, told a German TV station recently that the Soviet Union invaded Germany, was this just blind ignorance? Or a kind of perverted wishful thinking? If the USSR really was the aggressor in 1941, it would suit Yatsenyuk's narrative of current geopolitics in which Russia is once again the only side that merits blame.

When Grzegorz Schetyna, Poland's deputy foreign minister, said Ukrainians liberated Auschwitz, did he not know that the Red Army was a multinational force in which Ukrainians certainly played a role but the bulk of the troops were Russian? Or was he looking for a new way to provoke the Kremlin?"

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/19/frontline-ukraine-crisis-in-borderlands-richard-sakwa- review-account

by Tom2 on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 10:19:06 AM EST
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Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say | Politico - Oct. 19, 2020 |

The disinformation campaign against this reporting was led by the CIA's all-but-official spokesperson Natasha Bertrand (then of Politico, now with CNN), whose article on October 19 appeared under this headline: "Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say."

Natasha Bertrand, Another 'Unaligned' Reporter

The American troll factory for one-track mind in anti-Russia propaganda has got a new advocate: Natasha Bertrand. An useful stooge coming from nowhere with few journalistic credentials.

Of course, after the bull shit of Louise Mensch, PropOrNot and the Hamiltan68 dashboard what else could we expect from the likes of JDW.

by Oui on Wed Feb 28th, 2018

Started as a reply to comment by Cat

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 07:29:17 PM EST
Tweets by Natasha Bertrand today  ... in the footsteps of war reporters like Judith Miller, a Pulitzer Prize winning writer and regarded expert on Middle East issues with the NY Times.

NY Times and American Press Serving War Hawks

The New York Times' role in promoting war on Iraq | Sydney Morning Herald - Mar 23, 2004 |

"One of the most entrenched and disturbing features of American journalism [is] its pack mentality. Editors and journalists don't like to diverge too sharply from what everyone else is writing." Michael Massing, The New York Review of Books, February 26, 2004

"In April 2003, CNN aired footage of a marine in Baghdad who is confronted with a crowd of angry Iraqis. He shouts back in frustration, "We're here for your fucking freedom!" George Packer, The New Yorker, November 24, 2003

The one-year anniversary of the Iraq invasion is upon us and Iraq is teetering on the brink of civil war. The main rationale of the war, as frequently stated by George W. Bush, Tony Blair and John Howard, was Saddam's supposed arsenal of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their threat to the Middle East region and the world. No weapons have ever been found.

No Western leader was ever held to account as a war criminal.

New York Times: we were wrong on Iraq | The Guardian |

[Transparency: I strongly opposed the Vietnam War under president Lyndon B. Johnson, the following wars before they started: Iraq invasion and occupation, regime change in Libya and Syria ... over a million people died and 10 million displaced persons or refugees]

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 07:31:36 PM EST
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Bush Convicted of War Crimes in Absentia, 12 May 2012
At the end of the week-long hearing, the five-panel tribunal unanimously delivered guilty verdicts against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their key legal advisors who were all convicted as war criminals for torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.

Full transcripts of the charges, witness statements and other relevant material will now be sent to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court [ICC], as well as the United Nations [BWAH] and the Security Council [BWAH].

The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission is also asking that the names of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzales, Yoo, Bybee, Addington and Haynes be entered and included in the Commission's Register of War Criminals for public record.

The tribunal is the initiative of Malaysia's retired Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who staunchly opposed the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

verdict, orders, and referral
by Cat on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 11:19:57 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 20th, 2022 at 09:22:18 PM EST
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Summit Meeting in Kyiv Faked Location

The summit meeting of East European leaders, hosted in Kiev by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on March 15 was fabricated by the Polish government, with Polish secret service agents playing the part of journalists, and fake photographs of the meeting, press briefing, and train journey prepared by Zelensky's press office.

The Czech and Slovenian officials flew into Rzeszow Jasionka,  the nearest airport to Przemysl; the airfield is also a NATO logistics and security base. They then drove to Przemysl. There the Ukrainians had despatched one of the luxury versions of the regular train service between Przemysl, Lvov, and Kiev. This had been fitted up for fabricated photographs of the Polish, Czech and Slovenian officials meeting as they purportedly travelled towards Zelensky in Kiev.  The press which has published these pictures knows them to have been faked and has assisted in concealing the real location.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 11:04:21 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 23rd, 2022 at 07:22:10 PM EST
Texts reveal wife of Supreme Court judge urged 2020 election overturn | BBC News |

Virginia Thomas, wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, reportedly sent 29 text messages to former adviser Mark Meadows, urging him not to concede.

Ms Thomas called Joe Biden's victory "the greatest heist of our history".

The texts are among 2,320 messages Mr Meadows provided to a committee investigating the US Capitol riot.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 25th, 2022 at 06:28:30 PM EST

Virginia Thomas, Justice Clarence Thomas' Wife, Exchanged Texts With Mark Meadows About Efforts To Overturn the 2020 Election

Look here ... we are exceptional ... a model for democracy in the world ... "In G*d We Trust" ... sometimes he needs a little nudge 😂

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 25th, 2022 at 06:29:18 PM EST
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History Lesson Madeleine Albright and the Berkeley Commencement | May 2000 |

Madeleine Albright's legacy is a reminder that Clinton's Iraq policy was murderous too

Albright balancing sanctions on Iraq and half a million infant deaths by 1996

"They Dignified Our University" -- Anti-Sanctions Protesters Rock Berkeley's Commencement

In February 1998, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Secretary of Defense William Cohen, and National Security Adviser Sandy Berger held a "town meeting" at Ohio State University to rally public support for a new round of bombing of Iraq. Despite the administration's careful orchestration of the event, the officials were repeatedly embarrassed by sharp questions from the audience about the devastating impact of economic sanctions on the Iraqi people, and the double standards inherent in US foreign policy in the Middle East. The Ohio State "town meeting" was a symbol that the anti-sanctions movement, long tiny and isolated, had come of age.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 09:05:53 AM EST

Commencement Speech by University Medalist Fadia Rafeedie | Campus News - 10 May 2000 |

Because Secretary Albright didn't even mention Iraq, and that's what they were here to listen to. And I think sometimes NOT saying things - not mentioning things - is actually lying about them.

And what I was going to tell her while she was sitting on the stage with me, I was going to remind her and I was going to remind you that four years ago from this Friday when we were freshmen, I heard her on 60 Minutes talking to a reporter who had just returned from Iraq.

The reporter was describing that a million children were dying [died] due to the sanctions that this country was imposing on the people of Iraq. And she told her, listen, "that's more... children than have died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Do you think the price is worth it?" [Albright] looked into the camera and she said, "the price is worth it."

And I was going to tell her, "do you really think the price is worth it??!" Since that time, 3 times that number of people have died in Iraq.

I mean, we're about 5,000 here today. Next month by the time we graduate, that's as many people who are going to die in Iraq because of the sanctions. This is what House Minority Whip David Boniors calls 'infanticide masquerading as policy.'

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 09:06:58 AM EST
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Don't let the plight of Palestinians fall out of the headlines (again)

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 09:34:35 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 09:35:15 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 09:35:43 AM EST
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After 52 days, NY Times prints article about apartheid regime of Israel ...

'NY Times' gives in to widespread criticism, and mentions Amnesty report on Israeli `apartheid' 52 days late | Mondoweiss |

For the past 52 days, senior editors at the New York Times have been squirming. The paper's refusal to write about Amnesty International's landmark report that found that Israel practices "apartheid" has prompted growing criticism and contempt -- not least because Times reporters continue to cite Amnesty's views about human rights violations in other countries, seven times so far in this month alone.

The Amnesty apartheid finding prompted widespread public debate, including refutations from the Israel lobby, but the Times could not report any of it because it had ignored the original story. Times columnist Bret Stephens, who normally leaps to Israel's defense, also had to keep quiet.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 09:40:14 AM EST
Selective Outrage for Allies and Enemy States

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 30th, 2022 at 09:40:58 AM EST
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Before the Libyan war for Gaddafi's oil and the arms and Jihadists flow into Syria in 2011 ...

Qatar seeks gas pipeline to Turkey | National News - Aug 26, 2009 |

Qatar has proposed a gas pipeline from the Gulf to Turkey in a sign the emirate is considering a further expansion of exports.

Qatar has proposed a gas pipeline from the Gulf to Turkey in a sign the emirate is considering a further expansion of exports from the world's biggest gasfield after it finishes an ambitious programme to more than double its capacity to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG).

"We are eager to have a gas pipeline from Qatar to Turkey," Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the ruler of Qatar, said last week, following talks with the Turkish president Abdullah Gul and the prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the western Turkish resort town of Bodrum. "We discussed this matter in the framework of co-operation in the field of energy. In this regard, a working group will be set up that will come up with concrete results in the shortest possible time," he said, according to Turkey's Anatolia news agency.

Other reports in the Turkish press said the two states were exploring the possibility of Qatar supplying gas to the strategic Nabucco pipeline project, which would transport Central Asian and Middle Eastern gas to Europe, bypassing Russia. A Qatar-to-Turkey pipeline might hook up with Nabucco at its proposed starting point in eastern Turkey. Last month, Mr Erdogan and the prime ministers of four European countries signed a transit agreement for Nabucco, clearing the way for a final investment decision next year on the EU-backed project to reduce European dependence on Russian gas.

But Nabucco's future is far from assured, as its proponents have yet to reach agreements with gas suppliers. The project was originally conceived as a conduit for Central Asian gas, but recently its backers have been courting Middle Eastern producers as well. After his meeting with Sheikh Hamad last week, Mr Erdogan said Turkey wanted a "long-term and stable relationship" with Qatar in energy matters.

"For this aim, I think a gas pipeline between Turkey and Qatar would solve the issue once and for all," Mr Erdogan added, according to reports in several newspapers. The reports said two different routes for such a pipeline were possible. One would lead from Qatar through Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq to Turkey. The other would go through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and on to Turkey. It was not clear whether the second option would be connected to the Pan-Arab pipeline, carrying Egyptian gas through Jordan to Syria. That pipeline, which is due to be extended to Turkey, has also been proposed as a source of gas for Nabucco.

Based on production from the massive North Field in the Gulf, Qatar has established a commanding position as the world's leading LNG exporter. It is consolidating that through a construction programme aimed at increasing its annual LNG production capacity to 77 million tonnes by the end of next year, from 31 million tonnes last year.

... Qatar's government is looking beyond the moratorium to what it will do next with massive gas reserves that, at about 900 trillion cubic feet, are the world's third-largest. Saad al Kaabi, the director of oil and gas projects for the government-owned Qatar Petroleum, said Qatar could produce 23 billion cubic feet per day (cfd) of gas by 2014. That would be more than triple the emirate's output last year of 7.4 billion cfd, and 64 per cent more than its estimated 14 billion cfd of potential production once the LNG expansion programme is completed.

Biden, Qatari Leader Discuss Energy Supply to Europe | Jan 31, 2022 |

Qatar Orders 50 Boeing 777X Freighters, Signs 50 MAX Jets | Jan 31, 2022 |

It took Joe Biden and another war to force the issue ..

Biden and US Corps to Compete In EU Gas Deal | Feb 2, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 2nd, 2022 at 03:24:15 PM EST

Orban liegt deutlich vor Marki-Zay - Spannende Wahl in Ungarn | EuroNews |

Far-right party below 5% needed to enter parliament.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 3rd, 2022 at 06:23:36 PM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 3rd, 2022 at 06:59:43 PM EST
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The Smears Against Biden Don't Need to Make Any Sense | Anne Applebaum blog - Oct 23, 2020 |

Related reading ...

Tans Lecture by Anne Applebaum: Does Eastern Europe still exist? | Nov 27, 2013 |

Londoner's Diary: Love's Legatum Lost in battle over Brexit

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 11th, 2022 at 07:22:33 PM EST
A Report by CEPA's Information Warfare Project in Partnership with the Legatum Institute

This report, "Winning the Information War: Techniques and Counter-Strategies in Russian Propaganda," is produced under the auspices of the Center for European Policy Analysis' (CEPA) Information Warfare Initiative. Co-authored by CEPA Senior Vice President Edward Lucas and Legatum Institute Senior Fellow Peter Pomerantsev, it is part of an ongoing effort at CEPA to monitor, collate, analyze, rebut and expose Russian propaganda in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 11th, 2022 at 07:23:29 PM EST
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East-West Schism: Destruction Process Inside Europe | Dec 29th, 2019 |

Ukraine has finally prompted the West to shift course on Putin | Atlantic Council |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 11th, 2022 at 07:24:36 PM EST
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Swedes, Finns Worry About Security Risk on the Path to NATO | Bloomberg |

Russia is deploying heavy military equipments towards border with Finland after Finland and Sweden considering joining NATO   [Source: Bloomberg]

FAKE NEWS of direct military threat towards Finland. War propaganda.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 12th, 2022 at 07:34:08 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 12th, 2022 at 07:34:58 AM EST
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Warriors Without Rights? Combatants, Unprivileged Belligerents, and the Struggle Over Legitimacy | Harvard - Kenneth Watkin | (2005)

Acting on behalf of a state has constituted the primary means of attaining combatant, and therefore legitimate, status. As a result, a significant number of participants in warfare do not meet the established criteria and are, consequently, considered `illegitimate' or `unlawful.' This includes those fighting in international armed conflict as well as groups engaged in armed conflict not of an international character. The uncertain status of these `illegitimate' warriors is evidenced by the variety of terms used to describe them. The traditional dual privileged status approach of dividing a population into combatants and civilians is only as effective as the accuracy with which the definition of `combatant' is established and to the extent there is a clear understanding of when civilians lose the protection of their status by participating in hostilities.

Recently, the question of combatancy and the protection of captured enemy personnel has gained prominence due to the decision of the United States government in 2002 to deny prisoner of war status to the Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. Similarly, there is considerable controversy as to the standard of treatment to be applied to captured unlawful combatants. Historically, a consistent result of being determined to be an unauthorized participant in hostilities has been harsh treatment at the hands of the captor. Questions are asked whether civilian participants in combat are a type of `illegal' combatant, fall under civilian status, or merit their own status under international humanitarian law. The idea of an intermediate status is rejected by many analysts.

IHL: Unprivileged Belligerent

British soldier of fortune Aiden Aslin surrenders to Russia forces in Mariupol ...

"Johnny" had tried to defend Mariupol but had no choice but to surrender to Russian forces | Sky News |

The Brits ready to die fighting Putin's elite troops: Soldier who battled ISIS with Kurdish militia is among expats on the Ukrainian frontline waiting for war

Notts man speaks of his arrest by police after fighting against IS | Notts News - Apr 5, 2016 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 12th, 2022 at 04:07:21 PM EST

Russians with Attitude

Ahh ... the Portuguese version ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 13th, 2022 at 02:35:13 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 27th, 2022 at 03:07:02 PM EST

See story frontpage ...

Hungary and the EU

Hungarian elections: Putin's man in Europe survives

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 27th, 2022 at 03:08:15 PM EST
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