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America Today!

by Oui Fri Apr 29th, 2022 at 12:10:11 PM EST

State of exceptionalism, if you don't have money, and lots of it, you don't have a voice. Position of power in direct relationship to wealth of a person.

Wielding power as highest ranking Democratic member Senate Foreign Relations Committee ...

User Clip: 1998 - Biden chastises UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter | C-span |

In 1998, the former UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee following Ritter's resignation after years of frustration in Iraq. In Biden's time after his opening statement, Biden chastised Ritter that the decision to go to war was above his "pay grade." While open to the idea of removing Saddam, Biden said the President and Cabinet Secretaries and people in "limos" get to make that decision, not a Weapons Inspector.

Joe Biden as an All American boy possesses a one track mind: depose of the dictator and force regime change at any cost. While in the Senate or later as  VP under Obama or as resident of the White House, Joe has always backed military confrontation where economic sanctions have not reached its goal.

Saddam Hussein between 1991 and 2003, Libya and Gaddafi in 2011 combined with the attack on Syria to remove Bashar Assad. Early assertions by president Obama that Assad was a dead man walking, the dictator is still in p,ace, the nation and the neighborhood devastated. Most important, the displaced persons, families with children, many have become refugees seeking peace and a new life in Europe.

After the 9/11 attacks on the United States the propaganda machine of Israel trumped up the charge that its enemies were all terrorists. The neighborhood was Muslim majority, so a long process started and was supported by vast wealth in the HS and Europe to degrade all Muslims as potential terrorists. The start of FEAR across the Western "Christian" world ended in Islamophobia that was endorsed by rightwing idol Donald Trump. He was and is seen as a savior send by the Almighty. Just as George Bush as new born Christian got Power Point presentation by the Pentagon to continue Operation Enduring Freedom. The Iraqis deserve democracy American style as the West takes its fossil fuel as reward for all effort and expenses.

The Obama administration had VP Biden as most powerful person to set foreign policy strategy. Both Libya and Syria where left in shambles, Lebanon  an be added as collateral damage. Obama had a change to follow the independent advice from Richard Holbrooke to drawn down the military in Afghanistan. Once again Joe Biden got his way for a surge of American and allied forces to settle the Afghan War once and for all to keep terror and the Taliban out.

Oh irony and déjà vu, it was Trump who left the defeat of America and its retreat to his successor Biden. His legacy is already written in stone. Surely after the hasty retreat out of Saigon and Vietnam, the biggest failure in US policy and its military operation. Ghost of the Soviet retreat from Afghanistan. The Taliban has returned more powerful than before. Twenty years of losses and a region which has lost its trust in American policy. Central Asia is left to the might of. Nina and somewhat to Russia and Tu4key. Plenty of turmoil awaiting in the near future.

Ukraine today there will be no winners. Once again bullying from the White House and the Pentagon with over a decade of propaganda to demonize Putin and Russia as the most grateful asset in this confrontation. Disinformation and censorship goes a long way in the age of Big Tech. Living 1984.

At a 1998 Senate hearing, Biden argued that "taking this son of a -- taking Saddam down" was the only way to guarantee Iraq's disarmament | The Intercept - Jan 7, 2020 |

Joe Biden this week continued to maintain the fiction that he stood against the war in Iraq "the very moment" it began in 2003. The claim has been easily taken apart by fact checkers [WaPo] -- Biden publicly supported the war before, during, and after the invasion -- but a 1998 Senate hearing sheds additional light on his determination to confront Iraq over weapons of mass destruction.

In 1998, U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter resigned in protest and accused the international community of not giving him and his colleagues the support they needed to carry out their job in Iraq, which had agreed in 1991 to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile. He was called to testify before the Senate in September 1998, where Biden, who was then the highest-ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations committee, grilled him. In the course of the questions, Biden made revealing remarks about where he stood on regime change in Iraq. 

Biden thanked Ritter for forcing senators to "come to our milk," by which he meant forcing them to make a decision on what to do about Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his alleged weapons of mass destruction program. 

Biden told Ritter that no matter how thorough the inspections, the only way to eliminate the threat was to remove Saddam Hussein. "The primary policy is to keep sanctions in place to deny Saddam the billions of dollars that would allow him to really crank up his program, which neither you nor I believe he's ever going to abandon as long as he's in place," Biden said, characterizing former President Bill Clinton's administration's policy.

"You and I believe, and many of us believe here, as long as Saddam is at the helm, there is no reasonable prospect you or any other inspector is ever going to be able to guarantee that we have rooted out, root and branch, the entirety of Saddam's program relative to weapons of mass destruction.

Biden's grilling of Ritter is important because it gives context to claims Biden later made: First, that when he voted in favor of the invasion of Iraq as a senator, he did not mean to vote for war, but hoped the resolution would empower inspectors to get back into Iraq and monitor the program. And second, that he never believed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. 

In October 2004, by which time it had become clear there were no WMDs, Biden told an audience at the Council on Foreign Relations, "I never believed they had weapons of mass destruction." 

Clinton's 21st Century Statecraft and the Land of Two Rivers

Foreign policy decisions | NPR |

The 76-year-old former vice president and longtime Delaware senator defended his broader record on foreign policy, pointing out that he has more experience than all of his opponents combined.

With that long record, Biden has faced criticism over the years for his judgment on key foreign policy decisions, such as voting to authorize the Iraq War, trying to partition the country along ethnic and sectarian lines, opposing a troop surge, and overseeing the withdrawal in 2011 that some say created a power vacuum that allowed ISIS to flourish in Iraq.

"He's been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades," former Defense Secretary Robert Gates wrote in his 2014 memoir.

Make Britain Great Again: UK calls for a 'global NATO'

Riding the coattails of Biden's expansion of economic power ...

NATO should also defend Taiwan: UK foreign secretary | Taiwan News |

MOSCOW Feb 28, 2022 - Mr Putin said he had placed Moscow's nuclear forces on "special alert" due to "aggressive statements" by the West, amid widespread international condemnation of his invasion of Ukraine.

Russian state television channel Rossiya 1 used Ms Truss's comments to illustrate its news flash on the Kremlin's order and claims of Western aggression.


In 1991 President George H. W. Bush announced sweeping changes to the US nuclear force structure | Air Force Magazine - 2011 |

But Bush's Presidential Nuclear Initiatives (PNIs) still mark an extraordinary moment in history, the point at which it might be said that the US truly won the Cold War. For decades, the superpowers had been piling warhead upon warhead. As historian Raymond L. Garthoff has noted, Bush's September speech and Gorbachev's response were a time when the arms race ran in reverse--downhill.

Furthermore, the PNIs showed that ponderous negotiations aiming at a treaty were not the only way to cut nuclear arsenals. Unilateral arms control turned out not to be an oxymoron. And it was perhaps a good example of the deftness with which Bush handled the US response to the USSR's collapse and Russia's rebirth as a separate state.

"George H. W. Bush ... presided with great skill over the [Soviet] transition," wrote former Air Force nuclear negotiations expert Michael O. Wheeler in a 2006 report co-authored for the USAF Institute for National Security Studies.

When Bush assumed office as the 41st President in 1989, the nation's nuclear policy was still focused on traditional deterrence, meaning the prevention of war and nuclear use by a superpower adversary. "Arms control" meant the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks, which the US and the USSR had engaged in, off and on, since 1982.

America's Nuclear Policy Reversal After 9/11 Attacks - Fear for WMDs

Tactical Nuclear Weapons: Europe's Redundant WMDs | May/June 2004 |

  • The new strategic context makes redundant the original purpose of these weapons' deployment;
  • There is a real concern that these weapons will play a part in the new US doctrine of pre-emptive use of nuclear weapons to achieve military objectives;
  • There is a need to buttress the non-proliferation regime through reducing the circumstances in which nuclear weapons might be used rather than undermining that regime by devising new purposes for nuclear weapons;
  • The removal of all TNW from nuclear arsenals (especially those in the former Soviet Union) would constitute an important act of disarmament that would increase international and regional security;
  • Their removal would also avoid the enormous (opportunity) cost of sustaining these deployments through planned modernisation of storage facilities;
  • Their removal would be another step towards fulfilling the political commitments made by the US and the other established nuclear powers under Article VI of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.

Do Unto Others: Toward A Defensible Nuclear Doctrine - Carnegie Endowment |

In Prague on April 5, 2009, President Obama declared that the United States is committed to seeking "the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons." All presidents since Truman had said more or less the same thing, except George W. Bush. Obama was perceived to really mean it. But he added a caveat that proponents and opponents of Obama and of disarmament tend to neglect--as long as nuclear weap- ons exist, "the United States will maintain a safe, secure and effective arsenal to deter any adversary."

Over the next twenty months, the Obama administration achieved a number of objectives in what became known as the Prague agenda. The administration released a new Nuclear Posture Review that acknowledged the decreasing contingencies in which the United States might need nuclear weapons to defend itself and its allies.

In Washington, proponents of new nuclear weapons and opponents of arms control have effectively mobilized against the president's Prague agenda. These antagonists either genuinely fear that Obama will put the U.S. arsenal on a slippery slope toward zero or tactically insinuate that this is the case in order to weaken the president. They prefer to fund and develop new nuclear warheads and delivery systems better suited for use in the post-Cold War world, which they view as more credible deterrents.

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Britain's Declaration of War on Russia [... and China too!]

British FM Liz Truss says a 'Global NATO' needs to arm Taiwan, like Ukraine

The world order created after the Second World War and the Cold War isn't working anymore, so the West needs "a global NATO" to pursue geopolitics anew, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss argued, in a major foreign policy speech on Wednesday. Truss also urged the US-led bloc to send more "heavy weapons, tanks" and airplanes to Ukraine, and said China would face the same treatment as Russia if it doesn't "play by the rules."

"My vision is a world where free nations are assertive and in the ascendant. Where freedom and democracy are strengthened through a network of economic and security partnerships," Truss said in a speech at a Mansion House banquet in London.

Dubbing this arrangement "the Network of Liberty," Truss argued it was necessary because the economic and security structures developed after 1945 - such as the UN Security Council - "have been bent out of shape so far, they have enabled rather than contained aggression."

"Geopolitics is back," she announced.

The collective West and its allies need to supply Kiev with "heavy weapons, tanks, aeroplanes - digging deep into our inventories, ramping up production," Truss said, because the objective is to "push Russia out of the whole of Ukraine" and rebuild the country along the lines of a new Marshall Plan.

"The war in Ukraine is our war - it is everyone's war because Ukraine's victory is a strategic imperative for all of us."

Beyond that, NATO must ensure that "the Western Balkans and countries like Moldova and Georgia have the resilience and the capabilities to maintain their sovereignty and freedom," and uphold the "sacrosanct" open-door policy, Truss said.

Her ambitions went beyond Europe, though, as Truss denounced the "false choice between Euro-Atlantic security and Indo-Pacific security."

"In the modern world we need both. We need a global NATO," she said. "And we must ensure that democracies like Taiwan are able to defend themselves."

Pointing to London's unprecedented effort to embargo Russia, Truss insisted that "economic access is no longer a given. It has to be earned," and that countries who wish to earn it "must play by the rules. And that includes China."

The UK has sent a large quantity of weapons systems to Ukraine over the past several months, including NLAW anti-tank missiles and Stormer armored vehicles. British Armed Forces Minister James Heappey told Thames Radio on Wednesday it would be "completely legitimate" for Ukraine to use UK-supplied weapons to strike into Russian territory, to which the Russian military warned that any such attack would be met with a proper response.


China: Crash Course Into Unknown

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 29th, 2022 at 12:28:07 PM EST
The People vs Agent Orange documentary Al Jazeera

After decades of devastation caused by the poisonous herbicide Agent Orange, two heroic women are holding those responsible to account. Tran To Nga from Vietnam and Carol Van Strum from Oregon both seek justice after great personal loss. But their battle is a long, hard one, and not without danger.

Van Strum 1978 kids killed in house fire

Oregon Woman Wages War Against 'Bitter Fog' | Seattle Times - July 7, 1991 |

Tran To Nga's lawsuit against Agent Orange manufacturers rejected by French courts

Chester, VT (May 12, 2021) - The High Court in Evry, France ruled that French-Vietnamese Tran To Nga's human injury litigation against 14 multinational chemical manufacturers of Agent Orange was inadmissible. The court determined they have no jurisdiction over the case as the chemical companies were U.S. government contractors.

Nga's landmark case, which named Monsanto (having since been acquired by Bayer) and Dow Chemical, among others, sought damages for the harmful health e�ects of Agent Orange, that was contaminated with Dioxin during the manufacturing process, on three generations of her family as the result of her exposure during the war.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 29th, 2022 at 12:29:21 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 29th, 2022 at 01:57:10 PM EST
Panzerlieferung war "kein Schnellschuss" | Tagesschau |

Minister Baerbock defended the planned delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine as the "right step". According to international law, this does not constitute entry into a war, she emphasized. She also gave details of the weapons that have been delivered so far.

During a survey in the Bundestag, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock defended the German government's decision to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine - also against the background of warnings of an impending nuclear escalation. What steps Russia still takes in the war is entirely at the discretion of President Vladimir Putin, said the Green politician when asked what role the threat of nuclear war played in the decision. Baerbock added: "That's why we can't completely rule out anything."

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 29th, 2022 at 01:57:52 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 29th, 2022 at 07:50:07 PM EST

BREAKING: Republican Members of Congress tell me that legislation is being drafted as we speak to Defund the Joe Biden Ministry of Truth.

The backlash is here.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 29th, 2022 at 07:50:41 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 30th, 2022 at 09:15:38 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 30th, 2022 at 09:18:33 PM EST
Facebook's regulation fail in Ukraine should worry Europe | Politico Opinion - Jankowicz | (May 2019)

For years, Ukraine has been a playground where Russia tests its abilities to interfere in elections -- whether through hacking or influence campaigns. Last month's presidential election was no exception: The high-stakes campaign became a test of Facebook's commitment to protect elections from foreign and domestic disinformation.

The Silicon Valley tech giant failed -- badly.

The company's patchy protection of the Ukrainian vote should be a wake-up call to Europe as its lawmakers grapple with how to guard against misinformation ahead of the European Parliament election later this month. It indicates that, despite Facebook's  self-reported progress fighting election interference, the tech giant's efforts are still falling short.

Ukraine's new president-elect, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, beat incumbent Petro Poroshenko in a dirty race in which Facebook's lax monitoring of political advertising allowed disinformation to run rampant.

Among the Facebook pages that spread spurious claims during the election was one with more than 100,000 followers that ran a video claiming Zelenskiy will allow Russia to take over the country with a violent military operation. Others portrayed him as a drug addict, or Poroshenko as an alcoholic. One Facebook page posted a digitally edited picture of a Ukrainian rock star holding an anti-Poroshenko sign, when the musician had in fact been denouncing Zelenskiy.

Pandora Papers Reveal Offshore Holdings of Ukrainian President and his Inner Circle | OCCRP - Oct 3, 2021 |

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky rode to power on pledges to clean up the Eastern European country, but the Pandora Papers reveal he and his close circle were the beneficiaries of a network of offshore companies, including some that owned expensive London property.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 30th, 2022 at 09:21:37 PM EST
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Honduran dictator installed with US State support under Hillary Clinton and her lobbyist friend Lanny Davis.

Honduras on Slippery Slope | by ask on Sep 22, 2009 |

US Policy Failure on Honduras, Zelaya Returns! | by Oui on May 28, 2011 |

Related reading ...

"Yankee Imperialism," 1901-1934

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 2nd, 2022 at 06:21:09 PM EST
No One Held Responsible Odessa Massacre May 2014

US. Gov Vetting Next President for Ukraine, Tymoshenko? |Feb 18, 2017 |

Link to Lavrov calls for 'post-West' world order; dismisses NATO as Cold War relic | Munich Sec Conf - Feb 18, 2017 |

Related reading ...

Biden's Ukrainian Oligarchs and Corruption | by Oui | Aug 6, 2017 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 2nd, 2022 at 07:30:00 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 3rd, 2022 at 06:17:39 PM EST
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Re: Europe 5 May 2014 | By DoDo |

The Western media, including AFP in this article, can't bring itself to say that the aggressors in the most lethal event two days ago (the burning of the trade union building with 38 dead) were the Ukrainan nationalists who attacked and besieged the Russian nationalists. But they mention the question of the responsibility for the fire and Molotov cocktails thrown by the militants among the besieged too, as if those were excuses. Can't have two evil sides in a conflict, especially when it violates the ruling narrative.

Everything discussed early May 2014 has come to pass ...

From BooMan Tribune ...

Events In Ukraine-A Small Corrective to the U.S. Media's Non-Coverage | by Arthur Gilroy | Jun 3, 2014 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 3rd, 2022 at 06:19:09 PM EST
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House grilled Nuland over US' Cooperation with Neo-Nazis in Ukraine | May 9th, 2014 |

Hard times covering-up cooperation with neo-Nazis. It becomes increasingly difficult for the Obama administration and the corporate US press to cover-up the fact that the main driving force behind the coup in Ukraine are neo-Nazis and ultra-nationalists, supported by the US.

While the Obama administration is pushing for Ukrainian elections on May 25, it transpires that about half of the 30.000 troops Kiev deployed to southeastern Ukraine are members of the National Guard, created in March, and "special regional military units" created this month, consisting predominantly of members of the neo-Nazi Pravy Sector and UNA-UNSO, militant members of the ultra-nationalist and overtly anti-Semitic Svoboda party and other radicals dressed in uniform to give the impression of "legality".

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Why the Kremlin Is Shutting Down the Novorossiya Project | Carnegie Endowment - May 29, 2015 |

CASE OF UKRAINE v. RUSSIA (RE CRIMEA) (Applications nos. 20958/14 and 38334/18) | Decision Strasbourg ECHR - 14 January 2021 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 3rd, 2022 at 06:20:56 PM EST
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Oh yes, let's use the New York Dross, Rush Limbaugh II, Charlie Kirk's errand boy, and the Face of Grayzone as sources.  Totally reliable.
by rifek on Tue May 3rd, 2022 at 04:24:02 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 3rd, 2022 at 04:59:20 PM EST

Supreme Court Justice Roberts just confirmed the draft decision was genuine, but not final.

Next to being a bandit state, right-wing politics are leading in the United States into fascism. The social-democrats have suffered many defeats and the Democratic party, just as in Europe, has turned to the right. Unrecognizable from the 60s and the hope of Kennedy and Johnson administration. The sabotage by Henry Kissinger of peace talks in Paris with Vietnamese in 1968 sealed the fate of a progressive America. As the Republicans repeated their treachery in 1980 to keep Americans hostage in the Islamic Republic of Iran until Inauguration Day of actor Ronald Reagan. The rest is history. A coup d'état in slices.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 3rd, 2022 at 04:59:41 PM EST
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From my diary ...

U.S. Constitution of 1787 and A Patchwork Democracy

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 3rd, 2022 at 05:00:15 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 20th, 2022 at 08:57:42 PM EST
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Being able to make our own decisions about our health, body and sexual life is a basic human right | Amnesty |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 4th, 2022 at 08:22:12 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 4th, 2022 at 08:22:56 AM EST

Meet the new generation of lying liars and warmongers all exposed in the single descriptive term: fascism.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 4th, 2022 at 08:24:11 AM EST
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Mr Tikun Olam is trying to tell y'all,

  1. SCOTUS authority to enforce its opinions was hitherto indisputable (despite all HISTORIC evidence to the contrary in re: glorious Bill of Rights, OSHA, CENSUS 2020;
  2. politicians don't lie;
  3. since "Gullible" is his middle-name, he'll GOTV and throw money at any Democratic Party primary candidate to lend the "opposition party" just one, ONE more, stab at collecting a majority of seats in both chambers to Build Back Better inclusiveness; and
  4. he has NO confidence at all in either representative democracy or legislative processes of the several states responsible for liberties and "frauds" which he--unlike "women and minorities"--and the US Center for Reproductive Rights have procreated since 2014.

and refined for patriarchy and its handmaids lurking everywhere.

well, suh, I hope, reality don't hit him up-side the head too hard, again, come 10 Nov.

The latest poll smoke and split tickets predict "social conservatives" agree, restricting abortion as to Reasons® is not a private right. It's a public project.

by Cat on Wed May 4th, 2022 at 09:02:37 PM EST
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Pelosi says Roe opinion would threaten marriage equality, other rights, 4 May
"They say to me, 'Nancy Pelosi thinks she knows more about having babies than the Pope.' Yes I do. Are you stupid?"
by Cat on Wed May 4th, 2022 at 11:56:35 PM EST
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As the US reaches 1 million COVID-19 deaths, Congress still has work ahead
The TITLE 42 expulsion order, a controversial policy that many in public health disagree with, kept individuals from being able to seek asylum by immediately expelling them due to the belief that it helped stop the spread of communicable diseases like COVID-19.
SOOOOON, millions of uninsured individuals will be unable to access free vaccines, testing and treatment. Poor people, particularly those who are Black, brown, and/or disabled, have borne the brunt of this pandemic.
by Cat on Thu May 5th, 2022 at 12:06:47 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 4th, 2022 at 08:25:55 AM EST
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How will Thomas vote? What happens to him if it's outlawed?

And what happened to women's right to vote?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 4th, 2022 at 01:34:56 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 4th, 2022 at 08:32:01 AM EST
I refer to it as Opus Recti.  I believe in truth in labeling.
by rifek on Thu May 5th, 2022 at 04:26:53 PM EST
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Calls for buffer zones around abortion clinics in Scotland after protests

SNP urged to act by Scottish Labour and campaigners as fears grow threat to Roe v Wade in US could embolden anti-choice movement

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 4th, 2022 at 07:23:42 PM EST

consider the src: US Center for Reproductive Rights, 2021

abortionrights.org.uk | The Current Situation in the UK

Abortion Act (1967)
Section 37 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (1990)
Abortion is allowed up to 24 weeks on condition that continuing with the pregnancy involves a greater risk to:
• the physical or mental health of the woman, or
• the physical or mental health of the woman's existing children than having a termination.

When establishing the level of risk to health, doctors can take into consideration a woman's 'actual or reasonably foreseeable environment', which includes her personal and social situation. Abortion is also allowed if there is a substantial risk that if the child were born it would `suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped'.
The 1967 Abortion Act only applies to England, Scotland and Wales. In recent years Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man have all introduced their own legislation; some of this is more liberal than that on the mainland. However, in Northern Ireland abortion can only be obtained if the woman's life is at risk and in some cases of fetal abnormality.
Conscientious Objection

Most GPs are pro-choice, but there are some (approximately 10% (1)) their patients. According to their professional guidelines, conscientious objectors should treat a woman who is seeking an abortion with dignity and respect and refer her immediately to another health care provider. They are, however, not legally obliged to do so.

nhsinform.scot | Abortion tests and treatments
• abortion treatment must be carried out in a hospital or a place approved by Scottish Government Ministers
two doctors must agree that an abortion would cause less risk to a woman's physical or mental health (or that of her children) than continuing with the pregnancy
Abortion Opponents Lose Battle for EU-Wide Ban
by Cat on Thu May 5th, 2022 at 09:59:40 PM EST
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US Department of State from inclusiveness to strengthening sanctions on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Background Press Call By Former Senior Administration Officials On the Summit of the Americas | Jan 20, 2020 |

Overcoming the Global Rift on Venezuela

The political standoff in Venezuela continues as the country sinks deeper into socio-economic distress. Renewed talks between government and opposition - now on hold - give external partners of both sides an opening to push harder for resolution of the impasse. They should seize the opportunity.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 5th, 2022 at 03:09:01 PM EST
Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela unlikely to join summit: US official | Al Jazeera |

State Department official says three gov'ts unlikely to be at Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles in June.

The governments of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela are likely to be excluded from the Ninth Summit of the Americas, which will be hosted by the United States in June, a senior US State Department official has said.

"They are unlikely to be there," US Assistant Secretary of State Brian Nichols told a small group of reporters on Wednesday, saying the summit of regional leaders would focus on the Western Hemisphere's democracies.

The comments marked the clearest message that those three governments, all on bad terms with Washington, will be snubbed once the White House releases the invitation list. That announcement would come soon, Nichols added.

His remarks come just days after Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez accused the Biden administration of pressuring regional governments to block Cuba from participating in the summit.

"There is no justification for excluding Cuba or any other country from this event that we have attended the last two editions," he said.

The US and Cuba last week held their first high-level talks in four years, but tensions persist between the two nations over migration, ongoing American sanctions against the island and the Cuban government's recent crackdown on opposition protesters.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 5th, 2022 at 03:09:57 PM EST
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The announcement comes after the Miami Herald reported Tuesday on the 46,000-plus Cubans that have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border in five months.

Legal immigration and family reunification have been severely disrupted since the Trump administration ordered the evacuation of embassy personnel and the suspension of consular services in Havana after several diplomats became ill during mysterious events still under investigation by U.S. agencies.

After five years, the US Embassy in Cuba will resume the processing of migrant visas in May

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 5th, 2022 at 03:10:39 PM EST
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Slavery, Reform, and American Policy in Cuba, 1823-1878

Further reading ...

Cuba and the United States - History Is A Weapon

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 5th, 2022 at 03:12:02 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 6th, 2022 at 04:45:34 PM EST
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We are all prisoners of corporations

Texaco operations in Ecuador from 1962 to 1994 dumped 70 billion litres of "wastewater" heavily contaminated with oil and other chemicals into the Amazon rainforest, plus over 650,000 barrels of crude oil. They polluted over 800,000 hectares, writes Coral Wynter in Green Left:

    "It is one of the worst ecological disasters in history, 30 times greater than the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska and 85 times greater than the Gulf of Mexico spill by British Petroleum (BP) in 2010.

    During the supposed clean up in the provinces of Sucumbios and Orellana, before it left Ecuador, Texaco hid over a thousand different swamps of toxic waste throughout the rainforests, dumping a layer of topsoil over them."

The real story behind Exxon and Shell's multi-billion dollar profits | by Jerome a Paris on Oct 31st, 2005 |

From the diaries ...

US Foreign Policy for Dummies - 3 Letter Word OIL

Earth Rights Ecuador: Subpoena by Judge Kaplan Favors Chevron

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 5th, 2022 at 09:11:36 PM EST
CIA plumbers squad of Watergate burglary same agents involved in anti-Castro protest New Orleans setup Kennedy assassination with Texas oil barons ... culmination in a hostile Dallas public at the time of Jack Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier visit on November 22nd 1963. America killed its President.

Nixon's Bay of Pigs Secrets

The Warren Commission was a white-wash as US Congress in 1978 concluded Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone.

Robert F. Kennedy Assassination Reconsidered by blogger Lisa Pease here at ET and @BooMan

Ties of Joseph P. Kennedy to mobsters ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 6th, 2022 at 11:09:04 AM EST
Another outstanding article by Real History Lisa ...

Why we won't get an investigation of Bush's crimes | March 2009 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 8th, 2022 at 04:02:24 PM EST
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Unless Democrats start fighting like they mean it, they're going to lose Congress

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 7th, 2022 at 05:42:19 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 5th, 2022 at 01:21:53 PM EST

Evo Morales Praises Leaders Not Attending Americas Summit | Telesur |

On May 3, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Brian Nichols, announced that Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela "will not receive invitations" to the Summit of the Americas, under the accusation that these countries do not respect the democratic charter of the Americas.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 07:06:13 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 07:07:26 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 07:08:42 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 07:09:55 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 20th, 2022 at 01:38:57 AM EST
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Former M-19 guerrilla Gustavo Petro wins Colombian election to become first leftist president | The Guardian |

Petro's election marks a tidal shift for Colombia, a country that has never before had a leftist president, and follows similar victories for the left in Peru, Chile and Honduras.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 20th, 2022 at 05:13:14 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 20th, 2022 at 05:14:33 AM EST
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U.S. bars Cuba, Venezuela from Americas summit, Mexican leader sits out | Reuters |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 07:17:24 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 16th, 2022 at 07:00:05 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 16th, 2022 at 07:11:32 AM EST
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Federal Judge Rejects Steve Bannon's Attempt to Dismiss Contempt of Congress Charges for Defying Jan. 6 Committee Subpoena | Law & Crime |

DC federal judge has DENIED Steve Bannon's motion to dismiss his contempt of Congress case. Trial next month

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 16th, 2022 at 07:12:33 AM EST
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AR15s in the crowd supporting the Big Lie ... "Take the F*ing Mags away ... my people won't hurt me," he spoke a day before Jan 6th.

Trump lunged at Secret Service and steering wheel when told he couldn't go to Capitol, aide says she was told

Tony Ornato, then-White House deputy chief of staff, told Hutchinson that Robert Engel, who was the Secret Service agent in charge on Jan. 6, 2021, repeatedly told Trump on their way back to the White House after Trump's Ellipse speech that it wasn't safe to go to the Capitol. 

According to Hutchinson, Ornato recounted Trump screaming, "I'm the F'ing President. Take me up to the Capitol now." 

Trump then "reached up toward the front of the vehicle to grab at the steering wheel," Hutchinson remembered learning. She added that, according to Ornato, Trump used his other hand "lunge" at Engel. 

"Hang vice-president Pence ... he deserves it!"

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 28th, 2022 at 06:29:34 PM EST
Only corporations are people, human kind doesn't matter ... nihilisme.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 30th, 2022 at 11:10:10 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 30th, 2022 at 11:11:24 PM EST
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Clean Air is a human right ... unfortunately the Founding Fathers forgot to write the protection in the Constitution.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 30th, 2022 at 11:14:52 PM EST
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