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Mission of EU on Road to Failure

by Oui Wed Apr 13th, 2022 at 12:39:15 PM EST

"From war to peace: a European tale"

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is with humility and gratitude that we stand here together, to receive this award on behalf of the European Union.

At a time of uncertainty, this day reminds people across Europe and the world of the Union's fundamental purpose: to further the fraternity between European nations, now and in the future.

It is our work today.

It has been the work of generations before us.

And it will be the work of generations after us.

Here in Oslo, I want to pay homage to all the Europeans who dreamt of a continent at peace with itself, and to all those who day by day make this dream a reality.

This award belongs to them.


War is as old as Europe. Our continent bears the scars of spears and swords, canons and guns, trenches and tanks, and more.

The tragedy of it all resonates in the words of Herodotus, 25 centuries ago: "In Peace, Sons bury their Fathers. In War, Fathers bury their Sons."

Yet, ... after two terrible wars engulfed the continent and the world with it, ... finally lasting peace came to Europe.

But symbolic gestures alone cannot cement peace.

This is where the European Union's "secret weapon" comes into play: an unrivalled way of binding our interests so tightly that war becomes materially impossible.

Through constant negotiations, on ever more topics, between ever more countries. It's the golden rule of Jean Monnet: "Mieux vaut se disputer autour d'une table que sur un champ de bataille." ("Better fight around a table than on a battle-field.")

A nation build on hate cannot survive, it loses its soul and moral authority.

Europe's Four Freedoms | Sep 13th, 2018 |

Big update with Opinion piece in The Guardian by Bernie Sanders - a man speaking his mind and from the heart!

The political urgency to "conquer" the former satellite states of the Soviet bloc of nations is coming home to bite the EU in its behind. The corruption in these states prevents real steps to close the gap to democracy, human rights and Europe's Four Freedoms principle. No leadership but ordinary politicians who belief in winning the next election as a priority above a vision for a future of the next generation. Just take a view on thousand years of "belonging" to the Christian European family [?] and where there is abuse of LGBT citizens.

  • Visionaries from the history of European integration
  • "In all our future efforts we shall have to keep in mind that mankind cannot give concrete shape to all the potentialities with which Nature and History have endowed it, if it does not live in harmony with its time. The single market which we will institute for the first time represents one of the essential elements for achieving great developments in production. These developments are necessary and are possible, but only if we unite ... In these days when the first supranational institutions of Europe are being established, we are conscious of the beginning of the great European revolution of our time: the revolution which, on our Continent, aims in substituting unity in freedom and in diversity for tragic national rivalries, the revolution which tends to stop the decay of our civilization and to initiate a new Renaissance."
    [Jean Monnet - 1957]

Today Europe is united in war, not in peace ... a continent divided by foreign influence, not our allies.

East-West Schism: Destruction Process Inside Europe

Trust In Government Big Loser By Disinformation

    Creating chaos in the world is a planner's delight to mould civilization in one's image. What we have seen and experienced during the last four decades, the expansion of capitalism to solve the ills of our world. The designers of this policy have flunked in my perception how the world has changed.

    The fact that Western Democracy needs Disinformation to fight "evil" of adversaries we ourselves have fostered, is the ultimate proof of failure.

EU rebuffs critics as it accepts Nobel peace prize

The financial pain has provoked social unrest in a number of member states, notably near-bankrupt Greece, and in many countries the European Union has become a byword for disorder and mismanagement, not democracy and human rights.

However, in its citation, the Nobel committee focused on the EU's role in reconciling old hatreds, with the emphasis on how Germany and France had overcome their past to stand together.

From just six countries which agreed to pool their coal and steel production in the 1950s, the EU now stretches from Portugal to Romania, Finland to Malta and sets rules and regulations that have a bearing on more than 500 million people.

London, UKIP and the Tories drove a stake through the heart of the European project ... Brussels failed to realize it was the EU in added time. However, the EU has put all effort in expansion and failed to consolidate a disfunctional 27 nations to its core principles. Even today in all emotions after failure to maintain peace in the Donbas, VDL and Borrell go beyond themselves to promise a failed state of the Ukraine a rapid  transition to membership. Increasing the mess while doing patchwork to cover tracks of diplomatic failure.

Nobel Peace Prize for the EU | by Frank Schnittger - Dec 10th, 2012 |

The Nobel Peace Prize committee has a curious sense of timing: awarding President Obama the Peace Prize before he had accomplished anything much in office, and now awarding the EU the Peace Prize at a time when it seems intent on unraveling much of what has been achieved in European Solidarity in the past 60 years. Perhaps both awards can be described as a form of preemptive peace making: Instead of the more usual approach of rewarding a peacemaker for a life-times achievement of making peace long after it can do any good to help their efforts, it chose instead to reward Obama early in order to make it more possible for him to unwind the warmongering of President Bush. And now it is rewarding current EU leaders for NOT YET having unraveled most of what has been achieved in terms of EU solidarity in order to remind them of the rich peace making heritage bequeathed to them by the EU's founders, and thus make it more possible for them to reverse current negative trends.

A Peacemaker Remembered

One of the few people to come through the Troubles with their hands unsullied by sectarian politics of one kind or another. There would have been no peace process without him, or Good Friday Agreement, or a relatively un-damaging Brexit agreement now. Unfortunately there have been too few like him.

Poland's Hunt for Red Octogenarians | by r------ Fri Apr 6th, 2007 |

Goose. Gander | by r------ - Mar 14th, 2012 |

We've been on and on lately about the economic orthodoxy emanating from Germany, and supported by its allies the Netherlands, Austria, Luxembourg and Finland, the jist of which is that there is no macro-economic problem in the Eurozone which cannot be solved by austerity. Eurozone-wide budget rules pushed forward by the German Bundesbank as the price of Germany's entry into the single currency, and first enshrined in what Romano Prodi rightfully described as the Growth and Stupidity Act, were meant to be respected!

Mark Rutte's "pro-business" government in the Netherlands has been out front, if this were possible, of Germany in efforts to force the laggards in the south and in Ireland to heel, being behind a sovereinty-stripping proposal to create a Eurozone czar to control member-state fiscal policy.

    [Links added are mine - Oui]

Not much has changed over a decade … similar headaches, financial crisis looming much greater.

Related reading …

The World According to Dutch FM Halbe Zijlstra

Peace is not the absence of war, neither is love the absence of hate ...

How valid is the claim that the EU has delivered peace in Europe? | New Statesman - May 2016 |

But then, some years ago, when I was writing about the EU's values, it occurred to me that it was too simplistic to think of `peace' as only meaning the absence of war. Just as I wouldn't define `love' as the absence of `hatred', I thought `peace' had to imply more than just an end to military conflict between European states. And now, as the Remain camp keeps referring to `peace' as the fundamental achievement of the EU, it's apt that we look a little more closely at the claim. How instrumental has the Union been in keeping the peace as well as stopping war for its members? How good has it been in developing a continent at peace and contributing to a world without war? What influence has it had in reducing and resolving conflict?

An internal peace?

When in 1984 the then Presidents of Germany and France, Helmut Kohl and Francois Mitterrand, held manly hands outside the First World War cemetery in Verdun, many remarked on the gesture's historical significance. Age old animosity replaced with intimacy, they said. Past hatreds buried. No one believed anymore that war would ever be possible between the two countries again.

Great credit for this was (and still is) given to the EU's method. In binding key western European nations together in a mutually beneficial free market, blurring economic if not geographical borders, the incentive for using war as a shortcut to power and wealth has diminished to the point of becoming unthinkable. That was the inspired idea behind the European Economic Community, now the EU, in 1957. A rapprochement.

But if peace means the resolution of hatreds, the righting of wrongs, then the original EU/EEC buried much. In tying age-old enemies together, a lot of forgetting had to be done. It was no coincidence that Mitterrand and Kohl chose a memorial of a particularly bloody First World War battlefield (where the men of both sides fell in their tens of thousands) to show their friendship. There was no posing outside Second World War sites: Natzweiler concentration camp in the Alsace Mountains, where the Germans had overseen the slaughter of tens of thousands of French citizens only a little more than a decade before the EEC was constructed. Mont Valérien fort near Paris, where the SS executed the largest number of French Resistance fighters during the German occupation of France. Compiègne from where the Vichy French and German authorities conspired to deport 50,000 Jews for extermination in the camps of Eastern Europe. It suited both countries, and those four others who formed the first members of the EEC, to forget the evils of Nazism and collaboration in its genocidal programmes. In comparison, WW1 held far fewer ambiguities.

Verdun & Verdun | by Alex in Toulouse - Feb 27th, 2006 |

Where hatred over past decades, even centuries prevails, another war will become inevitable. EU rapid expansion to the request of the US, UK and NATO was a lose-lose proposition ... a trap laid out to embarrass and may even destroy the project of the European Union.

At this moment, the hatred within New Europe spreads across the continent in an attempt to demonize Germany and its leaders ... in search for peacemakers, the warmongers accuse leaders of collaboration. It stinks a mile in the wind. Cut this crap of mass hysteria.

Opinion: Ukraine's snub to the German president is wrong | DW News |

Complete bullshit!!

Warmongers become heroes, and peacemakers are turned villain.


Lot has been written about Medvedchuk and Ukrainian politics ... he belonged to the Russian speaking Eastern part of the country.

"A special operation was carried out thanks to the SBU," Zelenskyy wrote in Russian on his verified account on the social media platform Telegram, referencing Ukraine's Security Service.

"Well done! Details later. Glory to Ukraine!" Zelenskyy said.

Ukraine's Security Service posted a mugshot of Medvedchuk on its official Twitter account, along with a cavalier warning for other Russia-allied Ukrainians.

"You can be a pro-Russian politician and work for the aggressor state for years. You may be hiding from justice lately. You can even wear a Ukrainian military uniform for camouflage... But will it help you escape punishment? Not at all! Shackles are waiting for you," the Secret Service tweeted in Russian.

Russian-Ukrainian gas agreement was published by former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko - 2006

One of the most important outcomes of this vote might be that Tymoshenko managed to line up with Victor Yanukovich, Victor Medvedchuk and the Communists. A change of political alliances in Ukraine might be under way.

Related reading ...

The Bill on SBU is unacceptable, it should be buried | KHPG - May 24, 2021 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 13th, 2022 at 04:37:07 PM EST
Ukraine's Got a Real Problem with Far-Right Violence (And No, RT Didn't Write This Headline) | Atlantic Council - June 20,:2018 |

It sounds like the stuff of Kremlin propaganda, but it's not. Last week Hromadske Radio revealed that Ukraine's Ministry of Youth and Sports is funding the neo-Nazi group C14 to promote "national patriotic education projects" in the country. On June 8, the Ministry announced that it will award C14 a little less than $17,000 for a children's camp. It also awarded funds to Holosiyiv Hideout and Educational Assembly, both of which have links to the far-right. The revelation represents a dangerous example of law enforcement tacitly accepting or even encouraging the increasing lawlessness of far-right groups willing to use violence against those they don't like.

Since the beginning of 2018, C14 and other far-right groups such as the Azov-affiliated National Militia, Right Sector, Karpatska Sich, and others have attacked Roma groups several times, as well as anti-fascist demonstrations, city council meetings, an event hosted by Amnesty International, art exhibitions, LGBT events, and environmental activists. On March 8, violent groups launched attacks against International Women's Day marchers in cities across Ukraine. In only a few of these cases did police do anything to prevent the attacks, and in some they even arrested peaceful demonstrators rather than the actual perpetrators.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Freedom House, and Front Line Defenders warned in a letter that radical groups acting under "a veneer of patriotism" and "traditional values" were allowed to operate under an "atmosphere of near total impunity that cannot but embolden these groups to commit more attacks."

Ukraine SSR Background Note

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 13th, 2022 at 04:38:09 PM EST
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AFAICT, the armchair military analysts are divided as to how insanely sentimental PUTIN must be. I don't understand this calculus, such that 1 PUTIN-linked godfather (arrested 1 month ago) = 1,000 POWs (captured this week trying to flee Azovstal bunker). Neither does Medvedchuk's wife.
by Cat on Wed Apr 13th, 2022 at 07:42:10 PM EST
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Vlad to Chuck :
As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in ten seconds.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Apr 14th, 2022 at 02:31:49 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 13th, 2022 at 09:48:07 PM EST
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Now, here's a plausible "leak." Given that Zelensk* is the latest in a series of wholy owned cut-outs in the NATO's offensive to capture UA, NSA/CIA/FBI nabs the only store of value (HUMINT) in this war thus far deserving "exceptional" protection before UA maniacs destroys it. Medvedchuk's situational awareness of both UA and RU organizational strengths and weaknesses is pretty unique, possibly time-sensitive for near-term US military purposes. I disagree as to Medvedchuk's extrinsic value. To RU his use-value (informant, collaborator) to corporate RU was a strategic "write off" the day UA detained him back in February. To UA he is one prop among many signifying the nationalists' supremacy. And I suppose, Medvedchuk, purportedly presented as a close personal friend of PUTIN and agent of The Great Patriotic War at the polls, understood all along that he's not indispensible in any case.


A group of FBI officers flew from Washington to Ukraine to take Viktor Medvedchuk to the United States, said the ex-deputy of Rada Kiva

According to him, "they want to use the main Ukrainian opposition politician in possible bargaining with Russia." In addition, he may be held as a witness in the investigation of alleged Moscow interference in the electoral process in the United States, Kiva believes.

"Everything is in the best traditions of the Anglo-Saxons, who have long been using terrorist methods around the world," the politician emphasized in his Telegram channel.

Earlier, Kiva commented on the statement of the President of Ukraine, in which he proposed to the Russian side to exchange Medvedchuk for captured soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, calling Zelensky "a terrorist who traffics in people." In turn, Viktor Medvedchuk's wife, Oksana Marchenko, told reporters that she did not know exactly when her husband was detained. She clarified that "the last few weeks she had no contact with him."
Apr 15 at 07:05

by Cat on Fri Apr 15th, 2022 at 01:34:02 PM EST
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Pulling all the strings in Kyiv ... not yet ready to cut loose his prize puppet #zelensky 🇺🇦.

Medvedchuk a high value hostage to exchange for the NATO officials trapped under #azovstal in bunkers of Mariupol. 🇷🇺 Putin most likely denies knowing the man. The rooster crows three times. 🙏🏽

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 15th, 2022 at 02:30:33 PM EST
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My point is, Medvedchuk has no "exchange" value. IOW, Medvedchuk is not fungible. Medvedchuk may possess intrinsic, or unique, value that US "intelligence community" desires. The only way that value can be evaluated and confirmed is by expropriating UA custody of the man for debrief as compared to current US intel. I don't for a second believe US has any reason to trust any UA intel, because NATO has been running this civl war in-country since before Maidan, ie. EU-UA invitation ETA immdiately after Budapest declaration.
by Cat on Fri Apr 15th, 2022 at 05:58:17 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 15th, 2022 at 02:46:04 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 13th, 2022 at 09:06:59 PM EST
Ukraine, the 7th  anniversary without a bonfire

Late February marked the 7th anniversary of the coup in Ukraine, which, after being called by the international media blockbuster "the Maidan Revolution" or "the Revolution of Dignity", removed the country from the hands of the pro-Russian government. corrupt and uncharismatic Viktor Yanukovych to hand him over to a cartel of grotesque characters, totally controlled by the United States, who, accompanied by nationalist and anti-Communist slogans, were quick to turn the country into a tool of Western politics to attack and provoke Russia.

The government of Ukraine, the poorest and most dependent country in Europe, torn by civil war, continues to excel in the politics of the absurd. Such a success would not be possible without the wholehearted support of the new Democratic administration of the United States. After shutting down the three main opposition television channels a few weeks ago, by a presidential decree dictated by the United States Embassy, now the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine ( SNBO), deriding the law and common sense, applies "sanctions" against citizens and companies in the country, accusing them of "supporting terrorism", while refusing to specify the reasons for these accusations , since they are "state secrets".

While other countries in conflict declare sanctions against foreigners from time to time and apply the Criminal Code to their own citizens, Ukraine ignores concepts of sovereignty and once again finds itself in the good graces of the United States Embassy in Kyiv, which "supports the government's efforts to maintain independence and territorial integrity through sanctions".

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 13th, 2022 at 09:08:18 PM EST
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Oleg Yasinsky
Journaliste indépendant d'origine ukrainienne, il habite à Moscou.

Probably thought he would be heading triumphally back to Kiev on Medvedchuk's coat-tails.

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

by eurogreen on Thu Apr 14th, 2022 at 02:34:33 PM EST
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December 9-10, 2021
This didn't age well.
by Cat on Wed Apr 13th, 2022 at 09:24:16 PM EST
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Gazprom is attacking Ukraine with Tymoshenko and Medvedchuk | May 29, 2020 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 15th, 2022 at 02:47:17 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 13th, 2022 at 09:49:52 PM EST
Totally corrupt and dropping his mask ...

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 13th, 2022 at 09:50:48 PM EST
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I didn't have time for the war crimes perpetrated in Afghanistan, my predecessor made a decision for the crimes against humanity between Israel and Palestine ... I will do a new assessment, do not want to be embarrassed by a flawed decision.

ICC prosecutor defends dropping US from Afghan war crime probe

The new ICC chief prosecutor must ensure the court's integrity and impartiality

State of Investigation? The International Criminal Court and the "Situation in Palestine"

Here in Ukraine, I get the information first hand from the SBU, real nice guys and willing to help in the prosecution of Russian invaders.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 14th, 2022 at 06:04:12 PM EST
Experts react: It's Macron vs. Le Pen, with Europe's future on the line | Politico - Apr 10, 2022 |

The centrist Macron will face right-wing stalwart Le Pen in a rematch of their 2017 runoff. Macron won that race easily, though this April 24 matchup is shaping up to be much closer amid the war in Ukraine and global economic disruption.

Experts from our Europe Center are here to break down the results and what they mean for France, Europe, NATO, and the world at large.

French politics is a field of ruins

The first round of the French presidential election today has confirmed that Macron has not succeeded during his mandate to respond to the political crisis he had taken advantage of in 2017 to be unexpectedly elected. The far-right and far-left candidates got 53 percent of the votes combined while the traditional political parties, the conservative (Les Républicains) and the socialist (Parti Socialiste), which have dominated French political life for decades, sank to under 5 percent and under 2 percent, respectively. As for the Greens, they have not overcome their problem of credibility to become a mainstream party and are stagnating at a mediocre 4.5 percent.

In other words, French political life is more than ever a field of ruins: Macron is leading a centrist block of nearly 30 percent, but his only credible adversaries are extremists.

The view from Brussels: Le Pen presents an existential crisis for the EU

As expected, the French presidential election's second round will be a repeat of 2017. But here in Brussels, there is a very different atmosphere, as people watch the election, than there was five years ago. In 2017, fresh off the shock victories of Brexit and then US President Donald Trump, people had intense anxieties about the prospect of a Le Pen victory. This year the French election isn't being very much discussed in Brussels. Obviously, the war in Ukraine is taking up most of people's attention. But there also seems to be a feeling of inevitability for Macron's reelection--a feeling somewhat reinforced by Macron's somewhat comfortable lead of more than 4 percentage points over Le Pen in the first round, despite recent polls suggesting a possible tie. There were 2.7 percentage points between them in the 2017 election's first round.

That being said, a Le Pen win would be no less of an existential crisis for the European Union (EU) now than it was in 2017. The timing would probably be even more serious given the war in Ukraine and Le Pen's ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. France is the only significant military power in the EU. It holds the union's only permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council and is the only EU member that is a nuclear power. If France were to pull out of the efforts to sanction Russia, it would be a body blow to the West.

... The prospect for NATO is no less gloomy. Le Pen has called for France to pull out of NATO's integrated command structure "so as to be no longer caught up in conflicts that are not ours."

France's liberal base is aging fast. Macron now needs to win over angry younger voters | CNBC |

This time around, the threat of a Le Pen presidency is real | Open Democracy |

My best guess remains - After the dust clears, Macron wins!.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 15th, 2022 at 11:01:57 AM EST
by Cat on Sun Apr 17th, 2022 at 08:33:41 PM EST
other than implausible deniability, articulated by NATO politicians: Joint national security interests in an alliance with Ukrainian "territorial integrity" has nothing to do with developing NATO's militant enterprise and tactical capabilities needed to destroy threats, posed by the sovereignty of the Russian Federation, to imperial pretentions of "western" civilization.  

I'd like to believe that someone beside myself took a balmer minute to verify the claim, "Ukraine is Europe's poorest nation," before gov.ua submits it's applications for fast-track, war-time uhhh acession into the EU27 as well as formal NATO membership.

What is the free world "fighting" for in Ukraine? I for one have difficulty accepting the objective is trading "energy independence" from Russia for Ukraine's capital contributions to EU27 political cohesion and economic stability.

EU27 enlargement, ostensibly intended to formalize ethnic affinity and territorial unity opposed to integration of the Russian Federation with "Europe"?

worldpopulationreview; eurostat | EU27 Real GDP per capita, Serbia

EU27 enlargement, ostensibly intended to consolidate, or harmonize, the trading bloc's regulatory functions and future prosperity?

MIT-OEC country profile, a/o CYE 2020

There's more, lest one be seduced by exingencies of Zelensk* "vision" of restoring Ukraine to its former glory. ceic | Ukraine Trade Balance, 1998 - 2022

by Cat on Mon Apr 18th, 2022 at 06:20:10 PM EST
< /irony>
Thank you for nailing your colours to the mast.

What is the free world "fighting" for in Ukraine? I for one have difficulty accepting the objective is trading "energy independence" from Russia for Ukraine's capital contributions to EU27 political cohesion and economic stability.

erm whose strawman is that? Linky?

threats, posed by the sovereignty of the Russian Federation

Well, we know whose strawman that is.
Yours, Oui's and Pooty-poot's.

What threat who posed to the sovereignty of the Russian Federation is a fascinating question.
How the invasion of Ukraine was supposed to fix the problem is no longer very interesting, because said invasion has opened the possibility of said threat becoming real at a future date
(by revealing the piteous state of the RF's military, and by degrading its capacities)

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

by eurogreen on Tue Apr 19th, 2022 at 10:43:50 AM EST
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Executions by Ukrainian National Guard (Azov)

To place this war and the Ukrainian far right in its historical context, Rania Khalek was joined by Tarik Cyril Amar, a historian from Germany, who is currently associate professor of history at Koc University in Istanbul, working on Russian, Ukrainian, and generally East European history.

Those who refuse to educate themselves with lessons from history are doomed to repeat the same mistakes. Falling for Western propaganda. Discounting the opinion of you fellow human being ... being antagonistic where arguments fail.

"Lessons from the past may not always ward off doom, but they can provide insights into the present and even the future."

From my latest diary Zelensky A Leader Failed to Rise from the Ashes

On January 17, 1961, in this farewell address, President Dwight Eisenhower warned against the establishment of a "military-industrial complex."

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 19th, 2022 at 11:30:31 AM EST
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Relevance to my post?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Apr 19th, 2022 at 01:24:59 PM EST
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Attempting to communicate with someone who is comfortable measuring degrees of atrocity is not unlike attempting to explain a joke (incongruous terms) to a sack of bricks buried under a haystack.

Not only is a sack of bricks incapable of apprehending  500 years of European epistemology and war devoted to the topic of sovereignty and realized in the formation of a nation-state, a sack of bricks is incapable of applying criteria of national membership and governance acceptable to EU incumbents-- whose continental dominion has proved elastic, in both geographic and ideological terms, rather than integral expression of economic integrity for which the EU was founded.

Fortunately, a sack of bricks need not recall EU multi-speed, two-speed, or "variable geometry" currency conforming strategems which even eurotrib correspondents were unable to resolve, much to the delight of NATO "partners" in US America.

Frank, for example, just posted a letter advocating for the expulsion of one permanent EU member and one "candidate country"--both sovereign nations--whose existence undermine th "development of a greater and more democratic EU" symbolized by "lethal aid" for Ukraine, a nation situated just beyond the pale of the 20-years long EU enlargement strategy and Russia's (but not NATO's) "intervention" in its 8-years long civil war to rationalize its multi-ethnic culture.

A sack of bricks cannot question the morality of such differential calculus, for a sack of bricks certainly cannot measure either qualitative or quantitative values, thereby formulate the final stop of EU enlargement "aspirations," nor answer for the Council's patent, manifold EU computing errors.

EC | EU enlargement policy

• foster peace and stability in regions close to the EU's borders
• help improve the quality of people's lives through integration and cooperation across borders
increase prosperity and opportunities for European businesses and citizens
• guide, support and monitor changes in countries wishing to join the European Union in line with EU values, laws and standards
EC | Conditions for membership
Conditions for membership
Membership criteria - Who can join?
Countries wishing to join need to have:
• stable institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights and respect for and protection of minorities;
• a functioning market economy and the capacity to cope with competition and market forces in the EU;
• the ability to take on and implement effectively the obligations of membership, including adherence to the aims of political, economic and monetary union.

The EU also needs to be able to integrate new members. In the case of the countries of the Western Balkans additional conditions for membership, were set out in the so-called 'Stabilisation and Association process', mostly relating to regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations.

by Cat on Tue Apr 19th, 2022 at 04:40:09 PM EST
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The sack of bricks doesn't frankly see the problems you are referring to as being show-stoppers.

"foster peace and stability in regions close to the EU's borders" is undoubtedly the principal driver of Ukraine's fast-track EU application, and the principal reason why governments and populations of EU countries are prepared to entertain that application.

"stable institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights and respect for and protection of minorities" requires examination and an action plan before admission can be countenanced, as does "a functioning market economy and the capacity to cope with competition and market forces in the EU", but in the context of post-war reconstruction, I am sure that the Ukrainian government will have overwhelming popular support for taking the necessary measures, including taking the economy away from the oligarchs.

Obviously, the current war must be ended with internationally-ratified borders and adequate security guarantees, before adhesion could go ahead.

Also, the EU must clarify and strengthen the mechanisms which allow it to enforce ongoing conformity with the entrance criteria, because it would be unfair to impose higher standards on Ukraine (e.g. press freedoms, separation of powers...) than on existing EU members.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 11:08:29 AM EST
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You made my day...
#Common decency

How can the greens be pro-war? Weren't the early greens usually neutral if only because of the toll for the environment?

by Tom2 on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 11:56:18 AM EST
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In general, I would expect Greens to be anti-invasion.
Some are pacifists, which I suppose, logically would mean letting themselves be killed (and passively watching others get killed).
Others are "realos".
Yes the world is a complicated place, Tomtom.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 03:01:12 PM EST
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Attempting to communicate with someone who is comfortable measuring degrees of atrocity

which atrocities in particular were you talking about?

For my part, starting a strictly optional war by invading a neighbouring country is the principal atrocity in the current sequence of events, in that it engenders chains of subsequent atrocities by all participants. So yes, I recognise that there are degrees of atrocity. But I'm not comfortable about it.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 11:19:54 AM EST
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"strictly optional war" should be added to future dictionaries of Newspeak.
by Tom2 on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 12:04:15 PM EST
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Tell me Tom2 :

  • In what respects would the world be a worse place today if Mr Putin hadn't said "go" on 24th February?
  • In what respects has the world been improved by that decision?

With special emphasis on Russia and Ukraine.

Five hours are allotted for your response.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 02:39:28 PM EST
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Do you mean 1st February? What exactly in the head of the politicians you worship made it impossible to call for the enforcement of Minsk 2 after the Memorandum delivered by the Russians in December 2021? If you cared for the Ukranians, you could simply have called for Misk 2 to be implemented.

You mentioned once you are from NZ, so it might be that you feel closer to the Anglo world, which apparently had decided again to eliminate the European rival by making European territories the battlefield in their latest military adventure. Ready to die to the last European, obviously.

Even CBC now says that 'the war in Ukraine is changing and the West now faces a stark choice'. That is not exactly what the MSM have been selling people like you for the last 2 months ("the war will be smooth and easy". People of my generation and older know that the people who call for war are never those who are actually affected by them.


"I think the bigger problem for us, or the bigger challenge -- that's the collective 'us', this includes Canada -- is we have to decide that we're going to win," retired U.S. lieutenant-general Ben Hodges told CBC News.

"It's not about just keeping Ukraine in the fight. It's about winning. And that means we're going to do everything necessary to make sure that Ukraine is successful that does not require putting American or Canadian or British troops on the ground." "

Todd has a brilliant analysis of the situation (he speaks of the war a lot, in spite of the title)

by Tom2 on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 03:01:34 PM EST
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I am sure you will also enjoy the dissemination of light weapons to all places, not to mention the bigger ones. When the whole South was against the sanctions (it was still possible to convince Ze to drop the Eastern regions and accept a peaceful settlements in early February when he himself was calling for negociations) the rich Europeans/UK/UK/Australia said 'so what'. Now that inflation will start biting your idols tell us to endure, that this is the price to pay for fighting the enemies of freedom... Sounds familiar, no? All this because Uncle Sam told the EU: 'Fuck you' and 'No way NS2 and the Silk Roads is gonna happen".

What happens to weapons sent to Ukraine? The US doesn't really know
The US has few ways to track the substantial supply of anti-tank, anti-aircraft and other weaponry it has sent across the border into Ukraine, sources tell CNN, a blind spot that's due in large part to the lack of US boots on the ground in the country -- and the easy portability of many of the smaller systems now pouring across the border. . ."We have fidelity for a short time, but when it enters the fog of war, we have almost zero," said one source briefed on US intelligence. "It drops into a big black hole, and you have almost no sense of it at all after a short period of time."

by Tom2 on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 03:28:02 PM EST
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by Tom2 on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 03:44:55 PM EST
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Ah yes, the old story...

"We were OBLIGED to invade our neighbour because they weren't co-operating in negotiations over border revisions.
Also, they are persecuting the minority of their citizens who belong to OUR ethnic group.
What's more, the Western allies are conspiring to surround us and carve our nation into bits"

It's a replay of 1939 actually.

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by eurogreen on Thu Apr 21st, 2022 at 01:56:18 PM EST
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Spain May Cut Electricity to France, 19 Apr agencies™
Spain has informed the European Commission that a joint price reduction plan with Portugal may entail restricting energy sales to France, El Pais reported on Monday.
Under an alternative system originally proposed by Madrid, electricity exported to France would be charged at a higher rate than that consumed on the Iberian Peninsula. According to El Pais, officials in Brussels are concerned that this arrangement would breach the bloc's market rules, and Germany and the Nordic countries are reported to be fiercely opposed to this idea.

The College of EU Commissioners will reportedly discuss the issue at their next meeting, which typically takes place weekly.

by Cat on Tue Apr 19th, 2022 at 04:58:28 PM EST
Explosive inflation in Spain driven by 72% increase in electricity

How the rising cost of living is deepening inequality in Spain

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by eurogreen on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 11:15:34 AM EST
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Stephen F Cohen The Ukrainian Crisis - It's not all Putin's Fault 2015

The chance for a durable Washington-Moscow strategic partnership was lost in the 1990s after the Soviet Union ended. Actually, it began to be lost earlier, because it was Reagan and Gorbachev who gave us the opportunity for a strategic partnership between 1985-89. And it certainly ended under the Clinton administration, and it didn't end in Moscow. It ended in Washington--it was squandered and lost in Washington. And it was lost so badly that today, and for at least the last several years (and I would argue since the Georgian war in 2008), we have literally been in a new cold war with Russia. Many people in politics and in the media don't want to call it this, because if they admit, "Yes, we are in a cold war," they would have to explain what they were doing during the past 20 years. So they instead say, "No, it is not a cold war."

Peace was squandered to make war, especially during the Clinton years and after the 9/11 Al Qaeda attacks and Russia's support for the American Afghan Operation Enduring Freedom.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 10:56:09 AM EST
The Kagans Are Back; Wars to Follow | Consortium News - 2017 |

In a Washington Post op-ed on March 7, Robert Kagan, a co-founder of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) and a key architect of the Iraq War, jabbed at Republicans for serving as "Russia's accomplices after the fact" by not investigating more aggressively.

Then, Frederick Kagan, director of the Critical Threats Project at the neocon American Enterprise Institute, and his wife, Kimberly Kagan, president of her own think tank, Institute for the Study of War (ISW), touted the idea of a bigger U.S. invasion of Syria in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on March 15.

Yet, as much standing as the Kagans retain in Official Washington's world of think tanks and op-ed placements, they remain mostly outside the new Trump-era power centers looking in, although they seem to have detected a door being forced open.
Still, a year ago, their prospects looked much brighter. They could pick from a large field of neocon-oriented Republican presidential contenders or - like Robert Kagan - they could support the establishment Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, whose "liberal interventionism" matched closely with neoconservatism, differing only slightly in the rationalizations used for justifying wars and more wars.

There was also hope that a President Hillary Clinton would recognize how sympatico the liberal hawks and the neocons were by promoting Robert Kagan's neocon wife, Victoria Nuland, from Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs to Secretary of State.

Reckless in Kiev: Neocons, Putin and Ukraine | Al Jazeera - Mar 10, 2014 |

    Why Obama and Putin must desist from reckless military interventions in other countries' affairs.

    How Washington reacts depends largely on its original motivations and goals for getting so deeply involved, and on whether the White House was privy to what US diplomats, notably Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland and US ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt,, were cooking in Kiev. In other words, what did Obama know and when did he know it?

PropOrNot poorest form of western propaganda and illustration Russophobia in the West

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 10:57:14 AM EST
Harvard University's Stephen Walt once quipped that "Being a Neocon Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry." And in this regard, the story of the Kagan family is instructive. Robert Kagan, a contributing columnist for the Washington Post.

How Do We Stop The Neocons From Starting Another Disaster In Ukraine

As I noted two years ago in an article entitled "A Family Business of Perpetual War": "Neoconservative pundit Robert Kagan and his wife, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, run a remarkable family business: she has sparked a hot war in Ukraine and helped launch Cold War II with Russia and he steps in to demand that Congress jack up military spending so America can meet these new security threats.

New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman spoke for many of this group when he compared Russia's alleged "meddling" to Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor and Al Qaeda's 9/11 terror attacks.

On MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show, Friedman demanded that the Russia hacking allegations be treated as a casus belli: "That was a 9/11 scale event. They attacked the core of our democracy. That was a Pearl Harbor scale event." Both Pearl Harbor and 9/11 led to wars.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 03:04:35 PM EST
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Excellent stuff and a lesson of history that applies today with ill-fated Joe Biden and his proxy Ukrainian War to teach Russia a lesson. Demagoguery!

Privatization, Human Sacrifice And The Architects Of War by BobHiggins Mon Mar 12th, 2007 |

Appeasing The Gods Of The Shareholders

There was a time when, as a matter of policy, America went to war only as a response to an attack by an aggressor. In 1962 John Kennedy had every reason to make war with Cuba and Russia when Kruschev talked Fidel into parking several dozen  Soviet nuclear missiles ten minutes from Washington and 90 miles from spring break.

Most of the Joint Chiefs, especially Curtis Lemay,(General Bat Guano?) along with a sizable faction of Kennedy's closest advisers urged the President to invade. Lemay wanted to send his B52s, (presumably not to drop leaflets) while others preferred a massive land invasion, perhaps to restore the Cosa Nostra to control of Cuban Casinos, the way God intended.

There is an apocryphal story told that Marine Commandant David Shoup (under whom I served at the time) presented the assemblage of top level civilian and military advisers with an easel containing a map of Cuba, over which he had placed an acetate overlay of a tiny Pacific atoll named Tarawa. Tarawa, which the Marines had invaded early in WW2 was shown graphically as a small speck against the background of Castro's Caribbean worker's paradise.

It worked well, victories were had, foes were vanquished, medals were awarded to the mothers of the dead, the prosthetics business flourished and everyone was happy.

Then came Vietnam.

No one attacked us in Vietnam, the Gulf of Tonkin was as phony as Saddam's WMDs

We became embroiled in a war with another sovereign nation in order to prevent the spread of an ideology with which we disagreed, in a region in which we saw resources and markets that we wished to exploit and to beat our major competitors to the loot that we perceived was laying in wait off the coast and beneath the earth of Indochina. Interestingly the cast of characters was similar to today's tragic frolic in Iraq, Humble Oil (now Exxon) was there, Brown and Root (before Kellogg) was there, General Dynamics, General Electric, Bell, Dow Chemical, all the big players came to the game.

Who Will Stop World War III? | by goinsouth on May 11th, 2006 |

Related reading ...

Shift or Rift, Assessing US-EU relations after Iraq | EU/ISS - 2003 |

End of East-West Conflict and NATO's Transformation | Int'l Institute for Peace by Heinz Gärtner, Political Scientist |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 11:00:02 AM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 11:30:27 AM EST
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What a hoot! seasonally-adjusted fuel consumption "Progress towards an equitable world"

2nd Fin Min & CB Governor's Meeting (FMCBG), 20 Apr Washington DC
Arkansas Democrat Gazette | 20 Apr 2022, 20 Apr WaPoo Clift's note

This week's meetings -- the first gathering of the G-20 since the war began -- are emerging as a gauge of how the world's leading international bodies will respond to Russian aggression. Many of the countries in the G-20 have condemned Russia, but some of its most influential members, such as China and India, have not. And many of the world's wealthiest nations, including much of Europe [BWAH!], remain heavily dependent on Russian oil and natural gas even after the invasion, highlighting how deeply entangled Russia's economy is with the rest of the world despite the severe sanctions the United States and its allies have imposed over the war.
said Ariel Cohen, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center[,] "I understand a lot of the delegations are not professional communicators, but they can be trained. ... They can make Russia's presence there undesirable."
WaPoo | The U.S. will boycott some G-20 meetings to protest Russia's invasion , 20 Apr full-feature company news litter
many of the world's wealthiest nations, including much of Europe, remain heavily dependent on Russian oil and natural gas even after the invasion, highlighting how deeply entangled Russia's economy is with the rest of the world despite the severe sanctions the United States and its allies have imposed over the war.
she [US Treasury Sec Yellen] will also voice our strong condemnation of Putin's brutality and make it clear that the benefits and privileges of the leading economic institutions of the world ... are reserved for countries that demonstrate respect for the core principles that underpin peace and security across the world," the Treasury Department official said.
The quandary over participation in the G-20 reflects a broader, growing problem for U.S. policymakers hoping to influence a world with increasingly powerful economic competitors. The smaller G-7 group, mostly close U.S. allies, has been more unified in condemning Russia. But as countries such as China and India have grown in economic might, Western leaders have increasingly been FORCED to COLLABORATE with them TO SWAY the global economic system. That has raised the relevance of the larger G-20, though that body remains harder for the United States to influence.
The leaders of G7 countries held a videocall with European Union and NATO officials to discuss alternatives to NATO membership for Ukraine, INCLUDING A MODEL EXCLUDING the alliance's principle of collective defense, Politico reported on Wednesday, citing a French presidential adviser.

"Our country is ready to give security guarantees," the official was quoted as saying. "These are security guarantees which, in a way, are SIMILAR to those which exist in the European Union Treaty, BUT  which are basically different from the NATO model."

G20 Sustainable Finance Private Sector Roundtable, 27-28 Apr 2022
"how the G20 can support scaling up private #SustainableFinance": equity roadshow!

PLUS representative democracies in triplicate

48th G7: CA, FR, DE, IT, JP, UK, US, EU
26-28 June 2022 program(me), Schloss Elmau, DE

17th G20: AR, AU, BR, CA, CN, FR, DE, IN, Indonesia, IT, JP, KR, MX, RU, SA, ZA, TR, UK, US, EU
"the pinnacle of the G20 process and intense work carried out within the Ministerial Meetings, Working Groups, and Engagement Groups throughout the year"
Heads of State and Government Summit, 15-16 Nov 2022, Bali

by Cat on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 05:02:44 PM EST
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Euro to Russian Ruble

21 Feb - 1 Euro = 86.0273
20 Apr - 1 Euro = 84.3456

What's behind Russia's 'ruble clause'?

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 05:43:08 PM EST
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Most and Least Likely to Succeed!

by Cat on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 06:00:13 PM EST
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poor Germany, ever the US bride's maid
by Cat on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 07:06:23 PM EST
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Janet upsets Monopoly® board
stomps out with purse dog
by Cat on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 09:52:53 PM EST
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The Hill | Yellen: European ban on Russian energy may do more harm than good, 21 Apr Rada macro
"Europe clearly needs to reduce its dependence on Russia with respect to energy, but we need to be careful when we think about a complete European ban on, say, oil imports," Yellen said.
"That would clearly raise global oil prices, it would have a damaging impact on Europe and on other parts of the world, and, counterintuitively, it could actually have very little negative impact on Russia, because although Russia might export less [to the EU], the price it gets for its exports[, of say, oil] would go up," Yellen said.
Readovka | The head of the US Treasury makes strange statements about the financing of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with Russian assets
"Proceeds from sales of oil and gas are an importantsource of income for Russia. It would be very useful to try to devise a way to reduce Russia's proceeds from those sales income," Yellen said.

"That really is the proper objective of a ban [on European purchase of, say, Russian oil]. But if we could figure out a way to do that without harming the entire globe through higher energy prices[, or, say, USD-denominated penalties added to purchase of Russian oil by "third-countries"], that would be ideal. And that's a matter that we're all trying to think through together," she continued.

archived Ukraine lobbies for cuts in Russian Nord Stream 1 gas shipments [sic]
by Cat on Thu Apr 21st, 2022 at 07:34:29 PM EST
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Politico | Treasury lobbies the bankers on Ukraine, 22 Apr "bail-in"
In a private dinner at the Treasury Department, hosted by Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo and Ukrainian Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko, Adeyemo encouraged the business leaders to support Treasury's efforts to aid Ukraine and bolster its economy, either by restarting existing ventures in the country or pursuing new opportunities, an agency official said. Adeyemo also encouraged the executives to provide resources to support Ukraine's reconstruction and financial needs.
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The dinner guests included representatives from Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Mastercard, the Institute of International Finance[,] and the Business Roundtable.
Ukrainian officials came to Washington this week seeking a roughly $50 billion aid package to cover expected budget shortfalls over the next six months. While Western sanctions have sent the Russian economy and financial system into a tailspin, the war has also walloped Ukraine's economy, which officials said shrank an estimated 15 percent in the first quarter.

International Monetary Fund Managing [IMF] Director Kristalina Georgieva said at a Ukraine roundtable on Thursday that the fund estimates that "over the next two to three months some $5 billion a month may be needed simply to allow the government and the economy to continue to operate in the midst of the war."

archived Take the L, bro Tue Mar 1st, 2022, Mon Mar 14th, 2022
by Cat on Fri Apr 22nd, 2022 at 03:45:00 PM EST
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euractiv | MEPs, Ukraine representatives call for oil embargo and broader sanctions, 20 Apr "rational system of govenment"
"The last five packages didn't work," said MEP Witold Jan Waszczykowski (European Conservatives and Reformists), chair of the European Parliament's committee tasked with liaising with Ukraine's legislative.
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However, high energy prices and the continued purchase of Russian gas and oil in the first quarter of 2022 led Russia to the highest current account surplus in recent history, according to last week's data from the Central Bank of Russia.
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Moreover, several MEPs expressed concerns over Russia's capacity to circumvent sanctions through partnerships [sic] with [165] third countries, in particular China.
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However, the oil embargo [sic] would have a damaging impact on the economies of the [EU] member states that largely depend on Russia for their imports, such as Germany and Italy. To limit such impact, Renew MEPs called on the Commission and the EEAS for compensation measures[?] to support these EU member states
While they welcomed the EU's "ambitious plan" to impose an oil embargo [sic], Ukraine representatives invited to the debate called on the EU to focus on other forms of sanctions as well, like roaming and cyber sanctions.

Ban Russian cultural institutions

Moreover, culture should be included in the sanction regime, said Olena Khomenko, chair of [Ukraine's] sub-committee on External Economic Relations and Efficient Use of International Aid of the Verkhovna Rada.

archived Farewell, Global Gateway
by Cat on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 10:30:25 PM EST
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We are going for a win!

Johnson en route to India ...

Boris Johnson casts doubt on possibility of negotiated peace in Ukraine

"I really don't see how the Ukrainians can easily sit down and come to some kind of accommodation," he added. "How can you negotiate with a crocodile when it's got your leg in its jaws?"

Instead, Johnson said Nato would "keep going with the strategy" of supplying Ukraine with weapons to defend itself.

England does not negotiate ...

Rees-Mogg: The UK will "reform" the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol if the EU will not, he warned, raising the possibility of a dramatic intervention after the assembly elections in a fortnight's time.

The Brexit opportunities minister said he could not reveal any more due to the sensitivities of the Stormont election in Northern Ireland.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 10:53:39 PM EST
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Earth Day 2022 Ration messages, collected by Off-Guardian, 22 Apr
"Do we want to have peace or do we want to have the air conditioning on?"
"This Earth Day, We Could Be Helping the Environment--and Ukraine"
"During the Second World War, victory demanded more oil [...] In the wars dominating the globe today -- Putin's land grab in Ukraine, and the global land grab caused by rising sea levels and spreading deserts -- victory demands getting off fossil fuels as fast as we possibly can."
"Everyone who can work from home could continue to do so, at least on, say, Mondays, knocking a day off the national commute. Carpools could be organized, taking special advantage of the fact that there are now two million electric cars on the road. More bike paths could be made available, and, when air-conditioning season begins, Americans could turn their thermostats up a degree."
by Cat on Fri Apr 22nd, 2022 at 08:35:23 PM EST
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whitehouse.gov | ["]Readout["] of the President's Call with Allies and Partners, 19 Apr
They committed to continued close consultation, including working with and through the G7, EU, and NATO [?!].
redundacy on parade
Joining President Biden on the call were Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, European Commission President von der Leyen, European Council President Michel, President Macron of France, Chancellor Scholz of Germany, Prime Minister Draghi of Italy, Prime Minister Kishida of Japan, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, President Duda of Poland, President Iohannis of Romania, and Prime Minister Johnson of the United Kingdom.
MSN DW | Ukraine seeks to evacuate thousands of civilians from Mariupol -- live updates, 20 Apr
Ukraine's Azov battalion says hundreds of women, children and elderly civilians are sheltering at the site [Azovstal factory], with supplies running out. Serhiy Volyna, the commander of the 36th Separate Marine Brigade at the plant, earlier on Wednesday called for an "extraction procedure."
Russian forces again called for those still in the besieged Azovstal power plant to surrender by 2 p.m. Moscow time (1100 GMT) [20 Apr]. They also called on Ukrainian forces to lay down their weapons.
Four people including three emergency service officials defusing unexploded ordinance were among the dead in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, the city's mayor said. [GONZALO LIRA!!!] Kharkiv is near the front lines and has faced repeated shelling from Russian forces.
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US President Joe Biden discussed further action concerning the Ukraine war in a call with G7, NATO [?!] and EU leaders. Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to send more artillery weaponry to Ukraine.
The European Commission has given the green light to a €20 billion ($21.6 billion) German scheme to help companies affected by the fallout of the war in Ukraine. The EU executive also approved €836 million in Polish state aid to support farmers hit by rising fertilizer costs.
archived Tue Apr 19th, 2022 CNN, "NATO exists outside the framework of international law."

archived lawful and unlawful combatants

by Cat on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 05:50:47 PM EST
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German model apprentice Baerbock

More hawkish than Chancellor Olaf Schulz ...

German Greens' Reality Check
Why a Green Government Will Frustrate the Country's Allies on Security

A government in which the Greens play a key role is unlikely to give Germany the security policy its NATO allies expect. To be sure, Baerbock leads a party that's moved away from its anti-NATO, pacifist roots in the peace movement 40 years ago. They now see the military alliance as an "indispensable actor for European security" and have strong commitment to strengthening multilateralism and the European Union.

The new Greens are hawkish on human rights and the rule of law. They have been forceful in their attacks on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's self-styled "illiberal state" project at the heart of the EU. They have also positioned themselves forcefully against authoritarian great powers. Norbert Röttgen, the CDU chairman of the Bundestag's Foreign Affairs Committee, is right to say that "the Greens have the clearest stance of all the parties on China and Russia."

Germany's Baerbock attempts to square the circle with Poland | EurActiv - Dec 10, 2021 |

Secretary Blinken in a moderated discussion with German FM Annalena Baerbock | Munich Security Conference on February 18, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 12:41:30 PM EST
Any respectable nation adhering to a principle of justice would set him free years ago ... United States - Great Britain - Sweden - Ecuador. #whistleblower on war crimes by American forces in Iraq.

US war crimes and crimes against humanity in Iraq 2003-2020

Some Courageous Persons Do Step Forward | Oui on May 3rd, 2018 |

Collateral Murder

'All lies': how the US military covered up gunning down two journalists in Iraq | The Guardian - June 14, 2020 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 02:44:26 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 02:47:29 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 04:49:15 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 25th, 2022 at 10:19:40 PM EST
Where in the world is Sonja van den Ende?
by Cat on Tue Apr 26th, 2022 at 02:17:05 PM EST
I would not belief a single word from the party of Baudet ... his party platform is a carbon copy of Trump's speeches translated to Dutch. A 100% charlatan riding on a small segment of Dutch gullible for any and all conspiracies, QAnon and ... of course Trump didn't lose from sleepy Joe. Yes, Baudet will not speak ill of Vlad Putin ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 26th, 2022 at 03:14:42 PM EST
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Pure nationalistic, flag waving by demonstrations, Het Volk similar to Flemish Bloc, white and Dutch only, misogyny.

American friends (and donors) of Baudet in a gathering with evil US Ambassador Pete Hoekstra. The Holland Michigan Dutch Reformed clan of Trump with the likes of Erik Prince and De Vos.

Why Europe should worry about Thierry Baudet

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 26th, 2022 at 04:39:05 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Apr 29th, 2022 at 03:46:44 PM EST
Did the Tories lose seats in recent election ... here is a distraction that keeps giving ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 10th, 2022 at 08:15:17 PM EST
Waiting in line for 5+ hours for security check ... fights broke out ... military police had to evacuate security employees after a threatening situation ... disaster ..,

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 23rd, 2022 at 09:25:42 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 23rd, 2022 at 09:26:39 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 23rd, 2022 at 09:27:32 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 23rd, 2022 at 09:28:17 PM EST
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Dictator Tito held the separate entities of Yugoslavia together ...  vying for autonomy, the entities had to settle differences from the 2nd World War. Why not build up your army so to settle territorial claims in your favor.

Croatia and Nazi Germany

Serbs supported by Russia

Bosnia Herzegovina supported by Islamic states and Turkey

Once again the US opened a arms supply line with support from Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. All parties had agreed to a UN arms embargo .... it failed.

Read the volumes on the Fall of Srebrenica and the Dutch Blue helmets.

Croatian arms pipeline

Night flights of cargo planes fully loaded with arms and munition landed in Tuzla in UN Safe area protected by the Dutch. Flights also transported jihadists and thus a first Al Qaeda base was created inside Europe. During the night Muslim Bosniak militia would use guerrilla tactics to ambush the Serbs. The Dutch military were aware that the Bosnian operatives made their operation more difficult.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 27th, 2022 at 06:17:50 PM EST
Nice read is prominent Open Society member of George Soros ... Mabel Wisse-Smit from girlfriend of mobster Klaas Bruinsma in Amsterdam, to partner to Mohammed Sacirbey in Bosnia and in New York at the UN. In 2011 Mabel visited friend Saif Gaddafi at the time NATO initiated the No-fly zone and the Dutch Navy had to rescue her in a covert operation. The heli stranded on the beach and through negotiations she was finally released. Mabel is also known as Mabel of Oranje Nassau.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 27th, 2022 at 06:19:02 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 30th, 2022 at 07:10:54 PM EST
Analyzing European Union Politics | SENT - 2011 |

The speed and depth with which the European Com- munities/European Union has evolved is breathtaking and has radically shaped the life of the continent. Ever since the beginning of this ambitious economic and political project, scholars around the world have tried to explain the under- lying logic behind it and the mechanisms of its functioning. Thus, a plethora of studies developed alongside the evolu- tion of the EU.

Truly breathtaking, did anyone study the vulnerabilities and risk of collapse? Now unfolding before our eyes.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 4th, 2022 at 08:54:42 AM EST
Living by popularity polls ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 4th, 2022 at 08:55:32 AM EST
Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds

This report is intended to stimulate thinking about the rapid and vast geopolitical changes characterizing the world today and possible global trajectories during the next 15-20 years. As with the NIC's previous Global Trends reports, we do not seek to predict the future--which would be an impossible feat--but instead provide a framework for thinking about possible futures and their implications.

    " . . . the idea of the future being different from the present is so repugnant to our conventional modes of thought and behavior that we, most of us, offer a great resistance to acting on it in practice."
    John Maynard Keynes, 1937

Diffusion of Power
There will not be any hegemonic power. Power will shift to networks and coalitions in a multipolar world.

Demographic Patterns
The demographic arc of instability will narrow. economic growth might decline in "aging" countries. sixty percent of the world's population will live in urbanized areas; migration will increase

Food, Water, Energy Nexus
Demand for these resources will grow substantially owing to an increase in the global population. tackling problems pertaining to one commodity will be linked to supply and demand for the others.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 5th, 2022 at 01:52:57 PM EST

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