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EU Death Trap - Fast Track Ukraine As Member

by Oui Fri Apr 22nd, 2022 at 07:25:46 PM EST

OPEC: Disputes with Biden administration mean Riyadh and Abu Dhabi are likely to drive hard bargain

White House faces oil standoff with Saudi Arabia and UAE as prices soar | The Guardian - Mar 13, 2022 |


Peace or War

On TRT World news item President Erdoğan has invited both sides to return to negotiations and a ceasefire. The West is more inclined to prolong fighting to diminish military might of Russia.

Turkiye hopeful on mediation between Ukraine, Russia | Anadolu Agency - Apr 14, 2022 |

Turkey wants to negotiate an end to the conflict in Ukraine, while some other NATO members would like to see it drag on as a way to harm Russia, Ankara's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said in a TV interview. In a lengthy appearance on CNN Turk, Çavuşoğlu addressed Turkey's decision not to sanction Moscow and why the Istanbul talks between Russia and Ukraine failed, among other things.

    "There are countries within NATO that want the Ukraine war to continue. They see the continuation of the war as weakening Russia. They don't care much about the situation in Ukraine," Çavuşoğlu said.

While he did not name any names, US President Joe Biden said earlier this month that the conflict in Ukraine "could continue for a long time," which was echoed by the former CIA chief of Russian operations.

NATO Summit of Bucharest - A Declaration of War - Part 2

As for the policy of expanding the alliance, we have been attentively watching your discussion yesterday. On the whole, of course, we are satisfied with your decisions, which took place. But If I speak about Georgia and Ukraine, it is clear that the matter concerns not only security issues. For our Georgian friends, of course, it is one of means to restore their territorial integrity, as they believe. Besides, by means of force, under the aegis of NATO. It is an old, many-years, lasting for more than a hundred years, ethnic conflict between Georgians, between Abkhazians (it is a small ethnic group, it numbers a mere 200 thousand people), between Ossetians, for a hundred years, and more, these conflicts are ethnic. To solve these problems they need not to enter NATO, they should have patience, establish dialog with small ethnic groups. And we have been trying to help them, besides, to help Georgia restore its territorial integrity. And even despite the decisions on Kosovo, we will not recognize the independence of these quasipublic formations, though they have been calling on us since long ago, for decades already. We have been very responsible, very weighted, and call on you to be careful as well.

But in Ukraine, one third are ethnic Russians. Out of forty five million people, in line with the official census, seventeen millions are Russians. There are regions, where only the Russian population lives, for instance, in the Crimea. 90% are Russians. Generally speaking, Ukraine is a very complicated state. Ukraine, in the form it currently exists, was created in the Soviet times, it received its territories from Poland - after the Second World war, from Czechoslovakia, from Romania - and at present not all the problems have been solved as yet in the border region with Romania in the Black Sea. Then, it received huge territories from Russia in the east and south of the country. It is a complicated state formation. If we introduce into it NATO problems, other problems, it may put the state on the verge of its existence. Complicated internal political problems are taking place there. We should act also very-very carefully. We do not have any right to veto, and, probably, we do not pretend to have. But I want that all of us, when deciding such issues, realize that we have there our interests as well. Well, seventeen million Russians currently live in Ukraine. Who may state that we do not have any interests there? South, the south of Ukraine, completely, there are only Russians.

Putin's Address on NATO, Ukraine, and Recognition of Donetsk and Lugansk

Martin Longman respite after 14 long years ...

Martin's Bucharest Summit Review

NATO Membership Should Not Have Been Dangled for Ukraine and Georgia | by Martin Longman - Apr 11, 2022 |

Robert Draper of The New York Times recounts part of an interview he conducted recently with Fiona Hill, a Russia expert who served in the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations. The following section pertains to briefing a Hill provided to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney before the NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania in February 2008. It's of historical interest because the subject was the advisability of offering NATO membership to former Soviet Socialist Republicans Georgia and Ukraine. Hill thought it was far from a good idea. Bush and Cheney did not heed her advice, although sensible European resistance to the idea forced an unfortunate compromise that the world is still paying for.

Zelensky Willing to Discuss Neutrality at Talks

War in Europe is not a hysterical idea

By Anne Applebaum | Opinion Washington Post | August 29, 2014 |

Over and over again -- throughout the entirety of my adult life, or so it feels -- I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939: The children playing in the sunshine, the fashionable women on Krakow streets.

I have even seen a picture of a family wedding that took place in June 1939, in the garden of a Polish country house I now own. All of these pictures convey a sense of doom, for we know what happened next. September 1939 brought invasion from both east and west, occupation, chaos, destruction, genocide. Most of the people who attended that June wedding were soon dead or in exile. None of them ever returned to the house.

In retrospect, all of them now look naive. Instead of celebrating weddings, they should have dropped everything, mobilized, prepared for total war while it was still possible. And now I have to ask: Should Ukrainians, in the summer of 2014, do the same? Should central Europeans join them?

I realize that this question sounds hysterical, and foolishly apocalyptic, to U.S. or Western European readers. But hear me out, if only because this is a conversation many people in the eastern half of Europe are having right now.

Historical Novirossiya

In the past few days, Russian troops bearing the flag of a previously unknown country, Novorossiya, have marched across the border of southeastern Ukraine. The Russian Academy of Sciences recently announced it will publish a history of Novorossiya this autumn, presumably tracing its origins back to Catherine the Great.

Various maps of Novorossiya are said to be circulating in Moscow. Some include Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk, cities that are still hundreds of miles away from the fighting. Some place Novorossiya along the coast, so that it connects Russia to Crimea and eventually to Transnistria, the Russian-occupied province of Moldova.

Putin and Limited Nuclear Strikes

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

Anne Sikorski-Applebaum the Raving War Lunatic

So the neocons in the US and conservatives in the UK pushed New Europe into a conflict zone with Russia. Knowingly crossing into the national security zone of the Russian Federation and posing an existential threat. The US and allies continue the policy of confrontation with China in the Indo-Pacific.

A Nuclear Conflict with Russia is Likelier Than You Think | Atlantic Council - July 1, 2015 |

From a policy by former NATO envoys to Brussels and the war room of the Atlantic Council to make Russia a pariah state ...

Zelensky warm reception at Munich Security Conference sealed the decision further talks were futile as it fell on deaf ears.

Ukrainian President Receives Standing Ovation at Security Conference

The European Union sleepwalked into mortal conflict with Russia

Ukraine is one of us and we want them in EU, Ursula von der Leyen tells Euronews

Country Watch Ukraine #146 on Corruption Perception Index (2016)

Status Ukrainian oligarchs in war for Donbass and Southern Azov Sea corridor

Ukraine's richest man Rinat Akhmetov vows to rebuild besieged Mariupol | Reuters |

Metinvest's Ilyich plant to be rebuilt after missile attack.

Metinvest's Ilyich Iron and Steel Works in Mariupol, Ukraine, was attacked in a Russian missile strike, although the mill will be rebuilt, its general director Taras Shevchenko said on April 4.

Enver Tskitishvili, that until now has been acting General Director of PJSC "AZOVSTAL IRON & STEEL WORKS", Metinvest Group, has been appointed General Director of Azovstal.

Enver Tskitishvili had his university education with specialization in "Metal working process", he has PhD in technical sciences with specialization in "Technological thermophysics and industrial heat power engineering" and many years of professional experience in metallurgy.

For three years Enver Tskitishvili headed up Alchevsk Iron & Steel Works. From February 2008 he was General Director of Makeyevka Iron & Steel Plant where a number of large-scale reorganizations were implemented under his leadership, especially at the time of crisis, on output product conversion. From September 2010 Enver Tskitishvili was acting General Director of PJSC "Azovstal Iron & Steel Works".

Azovstal's production capacities allow manufacture of over 5,5 million tons of iron, over 6,4 million tons of steel including 4.4 million tons of BOF steel, over 4,4 million tons of rolled products. Design capacity for manufacture of rail fasteners is 285 thousand tons per year, milling balls - 170 thousand tons per year.

Metinvest is an international vertically integrated mining and steel group of companies, operating assets in each link of the production chain from iron ore and coal mining and coke production, through to semi- finished and finished steel production, pipe rolling and coil production and production of other value-added products. The Group comprises mining and steel production facilities located in Ukraine, Europe and the USA and has a sales network covering all key global markets. The major shareholders of Metinvest are SCM Group (75% ownership) and Smart-Holding (25% ownership) partnering in Company's management.

The transaction between SCM and Smart-Holding on the merger of their metals and mining assets under jointly managed company Metinvest B.V. was closed on 14 July 2014. At the last stage of the transaction, Smart Group contributed 100% of the shares in Trosilia Holdings Limited (Cyprus) to the statutory capital of Metinvest B.V. Trosilia Holdings Limited indirectly owns 46.15% of the shares in PJSC Southern Iron Ore Enrichment Works.

In 2006 Rinat Akhmetov (SCM) and Novynskyi. (Smart-Holding) decided to merge their metallurgical assets - Metinvest was founded.

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Sofocleous is the Ukrainian oligarch Oleksandr Onyshchenko's attorney which established Onyshenko's offshore companies Fastilo Trading Ltd. and Vedestima Traiding LTD in Cyprus which also have Sofocleous' signature on their documents. Sofocleous holds a large stake as a private investor in the Latvian bank AS PrivatBank in which Igor Mazepa holds a large 9.23% stake through Mazepa's Concorde Bermuda.

The Future of Ukrainian Oligarchs | Wilson Center - May 2019 |

After World War II, the West experienced a strange economic phenomenon: the United Kingdom was developing dramatically worse than the countries they helped defeat. Germany, Italy, Japan were experiencing an "economic miracle", while Britain was stuck in "stagflation" for decades. In the case of Ukraine a significant number of explanations were ascribed to the peculiar features of the country but they gave no opportunity or understand- ing of how to fix the economy. In 1982, the outstanding economist Mancur Olson published the book "The Rise and Decline of Nations" where he developed his own theory of the decline of countries, and specifically Britain. According to him the reason that hindered the development of the British economy was the existence of "old organizations with special interests" or "cartels", primarily represented by trade unions. In his opinion, any professional organization, association or union that exists for a long time in a particular sector of the economy forms "distributional coalitions" in order to block access to new players to any particular industry and to maintain the existing income situation. He stated that such coalitions use their influence on politicians to ensure the preservation of the status quo. The author called this phenomenon "the British disease". It results in a decline in production, fixing of prices, technological backwardness and so forth. Olson's work coincided in time with Margaret Thatcher's policy. Thatcher declared war on the trade union monoliths and initiated privatization of inefficient state property. The results of this policy are well-known.

Ukraine has apparently caught "the British disease". If we substitute the "British trade unions" with "oligarchs we would recognize a situation very similar to that of post war Britain. Olson in his introduction to the Russian version of his book warned: in the course of time top-officials in different areas may join and collude with other small groups to satisfy their own interests even if it undermines economic growth aspired by a dictator or Politburo. (Is this a direct quote? - if so it must be in parenthesis) This was actually the case in Ukraine during the reign of President Leonid Kuchma who is considered to be "the father of the oligarchy". Ukrainian oligarchs received most of their assets from collusion with officials and via non-transparent privatization. Since that time, control over the political system continues to be a key aspect for saving their business. For many years oligarchs blocked the access to markets for foreign investors and created cartels within whole economic sectors. This led to tremendous social, economic and technological backwardness.

External Interference

This scenario looks realistic, although the probability of its implementation remains low. Growing geopolitical tensions between the West and Russia might turn Ukraine into a strategic "vanguard". Thus, the introduction of radical reforms and the creation of an effective counteraction to Russia can force the West to actively intervene in the situation in the country.

It can be expressed in direct pressure on oligarchs with the aim of further removal from politics or making them to be loyal to specific political groups.

The weakness of this scenario lies solely in the absence of such groups ideologically close to Western values and in the lack of popular support.

Chomsky On Prevention World War III

Noam Chomsky on How To Prevent World War III | Current Affairs |

The eminent scholar on the worsening threat of nuclear warfare, how to end the war in Ukraine, the self-justifying myths propagated by imperial powers, why the Global South finds American moralizing laughable, and more.

Professor Noam Chomsky is one of the most influential public intellectuals in the world. He has written more than 100 books, including, most recently, Consequences of Capitalism: Manufacturing Discontent and Resistance, co-authored with Marv Waterstone, and, forthcoming, The Withdrawal: Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and the Fragility of U.S. Power by Noam Chomsky with Vijay Prashad. He is currently the Laureate Professor at the University of Arizona and Professor Emeritus in the MIT Department of Linguistics and Philosophy. Professor Chomsky recently came on the Current Affairs podcast to talk to editor in chief Nathan J. Robinson about the threat of nuclear war, how American culture often promotes indifference to the suffering of people in other countries, and the history of U.S. foreign policy that brought us to this point. This interview has been lightly edited for grammar and clarity. The full exchange can be listened to here.

European Union as an economic union w/o defense and foreign policy

There is no alternative to good and stable relations between Moscow and Berlin, said German Foreign Minister Baerbock.

Rejecting US evacuation offer, Zelensky says: I need anti-tank ammo, `not a ride' | TOI Staff - Feb. 25, 2022 | [AP News]

The United States won't fund the ICC unless they prosecute enemy states ... a tool of the empire.

Followers of the ICC have repeatedly pointed out that US cooperation with the court would cease if the ICC opened an investigation into Afghanistan. They insist that there "will be no cooperation from the Afghan government, the Taliban, or the US". Moreover, without any prospects of a successful trial of US officials along with the cessation of cooperation, "[t]here would be significant cost to the ICC, for little gain".

The U.S. does not recognize the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court

States offering to fund some ICC investigations while ignoring others could entrench a two-tier system of international justice | Al Jazeera |

Soon after announcing the Court's decision to open a war crimes investigation in Ukraine, ICC Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan asked the international community to offer support. A number of states answered Khan's call. Among others, Lithuania, the United Kingdom, Canada, and France sent the ICC additional funds and/or their own legal authorities to support the probe in Ukraine. The level of support for the ICC's investigation in Ukraine is impressive and could increase Ukrainians' chances of finding justice. But many are asking: Will such support for accountability be offered to victims of mass atrocities outside of Europe?

The latter, as Ralph Wilde argued in a recent article for Opinio Juris, is a plea aiming not to deny justice in Ukraine, but to demand similar commitments elsewhere:
"Some are asking `what about', not to justify Russia's actions, but actually, the reverse... to ask why, when violations of international law of the same or a similar nature happen elsewhere.

Some earnest advocates of the ICC believe the Court should make a principled stand and reject earmarked contributions from states. Rebecca Hamilton, for example, maintains that while Ukraine is deserving of the attention it is getting, the notion that funds are available to the ICC only when there's a crisis in Europe is "offensive". She adds that if states "want to support the work of the Court, it's got to be a court for everybody... We are seeing the structural racism of the international system playing out before our eyes."

With that said, doubts regarding the ICC's jurisdiction on this matter have been omnipresent, considering that neither Ukraine nor Russia is a state party to the Rome statute.

The United States is a serial offender of International Law and Geneva Convention against the UN Charter, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Mission of EU on Road to Failure

Where does the hysteria and fear mongering stop?

Follows in the footsteps of Jacques Delors, Dalai Lama, Mary Robinson, Nelson Mandela, Angela Merkel and the Red Cross. #FourFreedomsAward

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euractiv | Ukraine's reconstruction will require sums `beyond imagination', says EIB head [Werner Hoyer], 22 Apr
A recent study by the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) estimates the cost of the war between €200 and €500 billion.
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In his view, private capital will also be critical when support for Ukraine moves from direct funds to project financing, similarly to what happens with climate goals.
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The EU executive is currently setting up a Ukraine Solidarity Trust Fund for the reconstruction of Ukraine, which was agreed by member states at the 24-25 March EU Council.
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According to Hoyer, Ukrainians will use the funds not only to restore what has been destroyed by the war, but to "build a strong economy."

"When they rebuild, they will make true what some people only have in the headlines 'rebuild better’," he said.

"Overdue changes"

The ongoing crisis can also be a lever for "overdue changes" in the rest of Europe, added Hoyer, who sees the war as an opportunity for the continent to push forward the transition towards sustainability and energy independence.
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As a first step, on Thursday the EU executive and the International Energy Agency presented a 9-step plan to guide citizens to decrease energy consumption.

EIA | Energy saving actions by EU citizens could save enough oil to fill 120 super tankers and enough natural gas to heat 20 million homes
by Cat on Fri Apr 22nd, 2022 at 10:46:20 PM EST
Well I wonder if after sorting out the Eastern Orthodox from the Ukrainian Catholics they'll do the same in Romania (since they have lots of oil and shale gas)
by Tom2 on Sat Apr 23rd, 2022 at 10:42:05 AM EST
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EARTH DAY: Activists Blockade [A Printing Plant] Over Climate Coverage, 22 Apr
The demonstration singled out News Corp, The New York Times Company, and Gannett -- which respectively own the Journal, the Times and USA Today -- for "enabling the government's gas[!]lighting of the public" by burying critical climate stories below the fold or in later pages.
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 24th, 2022 at 12:41:48 AM EST
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Meet `Phoenix Ghost,' the US Air Force's new drone perfect for Ukraine's war with Russia

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 24th, 2022 at 09:10:07 AM EST
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Blaming Germany for 32 years of peace in Europe and an attempt to provide security by economic ties to the principles of the founding of the EEC.

Warmongering continues through social media ... fascist attack dogs.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 23rd, 2022 at 11:41:31 AM EST

Sovereignty for European nations? A playground for American interests from enforced globalization and return to policy of a unipolar power MAGA by Joe Biden.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 23rd, 2022 at 11:42:52 AM EST
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The view of people abroad on Germany worries me more and more. We are far from being seen as a reliable partner. The #GroKo with Mrs. #Merkel has a significant part in that, and the #SPD is now seamlessly continuing the stupid part.

Hey ... this is the 21st century of serving self-interest ... who gives the f*ck what "people from abroad" think. Stand by the principles of Europe and 4 Freedoms.

An Embargo for Peace 🤣

Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz faces growing criticism over handling of Ukraine war

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 23rd, 2022 at 11:44:41 AM EST
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An Early Assessment of Germany's Zeitenwende in Security Policy | GMF - Apr 12, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 23rd, 2022 at 11:47:00 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 23rd, 2022 at 12:59:02 PM EST
From my high school days ... 1961-62 for state championship finals ... our above average team played against Crystal City ... we lost in the buzzer ... a shot from Bill Bradley ... a NBA great and quite a personality then and later in politics.

From his biography ...

    My father lived for the bank and for his family. He walked to work every morning at 8:15 and back every evening at 5:15. Often he came home for lunch. He served as treasurer of the school board for thirty years, but he never went to a meeting. He rarely attended any events in town, other than my Little League base- ball games in summer, my school basketball games in winter, and (although he was suspicious of religion) Sunday-morning services at Grace Presbyterian Church.

Bill Bradley discusses Russian and American politics at Carnegie Council, and what he considers a "fundamental blunder:" the expansion of NATO.

The biggest power center in Congress that's never been seized is oversight over defense spending," Senator Bill Bradley tells a Carnegie Council audience on January 23, 2008. He argues that not only do we need to rein in the defense budget, just as Harry Truman did during World War II, but we also need to rethink it to make sure it serves modern purposes.

Senator Bradley served in the U.S. Senate from 1979-1997 representing the state of New Jersey. In 2000, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States.

Prior to serving in the Senate, he was an Olympic gold medalist in 1964 and a professional basketball player with the New York Knicks from 1967-1977 during which time they won two NBA championships. In 1982 he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 23rd, 2022 at 03:11:31 PM EST

Zelensky threw the fate of Ukrainians on the altar of empire expansion ...
a dark chapter in history of Ukraine and what it could have become.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 23rd, 2022 at 06:09:21 PM EST
Biden official admits US refused to address Ukraine and NATO before Russian invasion | Responsible Statecraft |

Prior to the war, many analysts said it would be reasonable to deny or delay Kyiv's ascension into the Atlantic Alliance to stave off conflict.

A senior Biden administration official recently admitted that prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the United States made no effort to address one of Vladimir Putin's most often stated top security concerns -- the possibility of Ukraine's membership into NATO. 

When asked on a podcast published on Wednesday by War on the Rocks -- a U.S. foreign and defense policy analysis website -- whether NATO expansion into Ukraine "was not on the table in terms of negotiations" before the invasion, Derek Chollet, counselor to Secretary of State Antony Blinken replied that "it wasn't."

Chollet's remarks confirm suspicions by many critics who believe the Biden administration wasn't doing enough -- including offering to deny or delay Ukraine's NATO membership -- to prevent Russia from launching a war against Ukraine. 

"We made clear to the Russians that we were willing to talk to them on issues that we thought were genuine concerns they have that were legitimate in some way, I mean arms control type things of that nature," Chollet said, adding that the administration didn't think that "the future of Ukraine" was one of those issues and that its potential NATO membership was a "non-issue."

"This was not about NATO," said Chollet, who contradicted himself moments later, saying, "In perpetrating this totally unjustified and unprovoked war, [Putin's] goal was to try to divide the U.S. from Europe and weaken NATO."

Of course Putin himself stated publicly many times before the invasion that indeed, Ukraine's potential NATO membership was a key security concern for Russia. 

Weeks before Russia launched its war against Ukraine, Putin claimed that Russia's concerns about NATO enlargement were being ignored. "We need to resolve this question now ... [and] we hope very much our concern will be heard by our partners and taken seriously," he later said.

The other statecraft ...

Hybrid Warfare: Statecraft Integrity Initiative

The Generals v the Commander-In-Chief | Dec 21st, 2018 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 23rd, 2022 at 06:10:47 PM EST
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Back in the USSR: Lenin statues and Soviet flags reappear in Russian-controlled cities | The Guardian |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 23rd, 2022 at 10:17:23 PM EST



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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 23rd, 2022 at 10:18:44 PM EST

George Bush had personal friendship with butcher Prince Bandar, but lost trust by decision to invade Iraq giving the Shia majority leadership rule (close ties to Iran). Start of conflicts between Sunni and Shia across the globe: Pakistan, Yemen, Lebanon and Syria.

Under Obama and VP Biden, the choice was for close ties to Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey, Qatar and president Morsi of Egypt. The latter was overthrown with strong support from Saudi Arabia. The Iran nuclear deal was the nail in America's coffin of Saudi relations.

The Syria military campaign by the US and NATO allies to overthrow Bashar Assad with support from Turkey, Gulf states and Qatar was a gross failure.

US Will Be Ousted by Saudi King Abdullah in Middle-East | Feb 27, 2013 |

Related reading ...

Saudi king ousts nephew to name son as first in line to throne | The Guardian - June 21, 2017 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 24th, 2022 at 09:44:38 AM EST
Bryansk, Russia: 2 Russian military base/depot attacked - massive fire/explosion reported



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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 19th, 2022 at 07:14:06 AM EST
US sending 40 billions euros for a war on European soil... I guess EU and US citizens start to realize how it feels to be a Malian seeing all that foreign money fired in the air around you rather that used for useful projects on the ground.
by Tom2 on Thu May 19th, 2022 at 08:51:31 AM EST
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WTF are you talking about ⁉️

From Bagram to Abu Ghraib | Mother Jones - April 2005 |

For nearly three years U.S. military authorities have been investigating evidence of torture at American prisons in Afghanistan. But instead of disciplining those involved, the Pentagon sent them to Iraq.

Former detainees--and military officials--have reported abuses at the Bagram detention center and six smaller U.S. bases in Afghanistan.

Even now, with the attention of the media and Congress focused on Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, the problems in Afghanistan seem to be continuing. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, created in 2002 during the early stages of the transition to Afghan self-governance, has collected a total of 120 reports of abuse by coalition forces; 50 of them were made just since last May. Many of the complaints involve excessive force by soldiers during the course of an arrest. But others come from former detainees who say that soldiers stripped them naked and sexually abused them. The Afghan commission and Human Rights Watch, as well as a smaller group, the Washington, D.C.-based Crimes of War Project, have also gathered evidence on detainee abuse at American "forward operating bases" near Kandahar, Gardez, Khost, Orgun, Ghazni, and Jalalabad.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and ISIL was radicalized during POW camp north of Baghdad

Confirmed this week, IS leader Abu Baghdadi was not only imprisoned by U.S. Occupational Forces in Camp Bucca but also in Abu Ghraib. A stain on the United States for generations to come.

Islamic State Khorasan Province

US Ambassador John Bolton opinion about the UN and Geneva Convention ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 19th, 2022 at 04:56:12 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 19th, 2022 at 08:14:57 PM EST
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Disturbs him to inform parliament in a timely fashion and drives a covert policy of militarism and open libertarian fiscal economic policy ... he loves Trump and Johnson. Prefers membership NATO and alliance with the US and 5-Eyes on intelligence. He will soon leave for a better paid job and slowly the skeletons will come forward.



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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 19th, 2022 at 07:45:05 PM EST
Bette Midler Tweets 'Try Breastfeeding, It's Free' didn't go unnoticed

Joe Biden personally launches Operation Fly Formula ... a winning formula for a midterm sweep.

There's just nothing America can't do ... MAGA !!

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 19th, 2022 at 08:12:59 PM EST


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