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United In Rightwing US Heritage Sort of Warmongers

by Oui Wed Jun 1st, 2022 at 07:23:00 PM EST

Remember Kajsa Ollongren showing the confidential papers as the longest cabinet formation for Rutte IV nearly collapsed.

Ollongren was a joyful person she managed to get extra funds for military spending just like candy for kids. Austerity is coming as due to lack of funds for mental health, family and youth support, higher cost of living. Damn you in Dutch politics.


From my diary at the end of 2014 ...

Russia to Meet NATO Challenge, Nukes As Last Resort

[From the archives @BooMan - difficult to find --- and with support of the WayBack Machine - Oui]

Gorbachev: It's up to Europe to prevent new Cold War between US and Russia

The 83-year-old political veteran believes that it's the White House which is to blame for the current tensions with the Kremlin. The Americans decided that they've won the Cold War and they are still intoxicated by this "triumph," he said.

"I don't want to praise the current Russian authorities too much. It also makes a lot of mistakes, but today the danger comes from the US stance," Gorbachev said.

Russia went through extremely difficult times after the collapse of the USSR and the Americans took advantage of the situation, but now the situation has changed, Gorbachev said.

"It's good that the president [Vladimir Putin] now cares about security, defense capability, development of new weapons and modernization of the military. We are now well armed. And if necessary we can strike back. But this isn't the case right now. There are signs of a new Cold War and this process must be stopped."

Khodorkovsky Contradicts US When Commenting on Crimea's Reunion With Russia

US Think Tanks Hold Roundup Discussions on Ukrainian Crisis

The right-leaning, conservative Heritage Foundation invited Peter Doran, director of research at former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski's Center for European Policy Analysis, and Ukrainian blogger Nikolay Vorobiov to join their Margaret Thatcher Fellow Luke Coffey to ask "what are the Obama administration, the European Union and NATO doing to support Ukraine's national and territorial integrity?"

Duran started his statement by quoting from Henry Kissinger's revealing interview in Der Spiegel, chiding the elder statesman for having suggested that Western powers did not understand Ukraine's relationship with Russia when they decided to intervene.

Duran also disagrees with Kissinger's remark that "nobody is willing to fight over eastern Ukraine," declaring that in fact, "Russia can be stopped." To achieve this goal, Duran suggests returning to a world order based on treaties rather than armies -- apparently unaware of the military aggression behind America's global interest. He advocates arming and training Ukrainian soldiers with "lethal military assistance," the continuation of "crippling sanctions" to show Russia that there are costs when their actions impede on America's interests in Eastern Europe, and the modernization of NATO to permanently occupy Eastern Europe.

Heritage Foundation: The Battle for Eastern Ukraine | Dec. 2014 |

Russia, NATO, Trump: The Shadow World | New York Book Review |  by Robert Cottrell

NATO and Russia are close to war, according to General Sir Richard Shirreff, recently NATO's second-in-command. In 2017: War with Russia, he writes that Russia could invade the Baltic states, which are NATO members, while NATO does nothing. When crisis strikes, the British prime minister is at the pub, the Germans are paralyzed by anxiety, and the Greeks and Hungarians are in Russia's pocket. The Americans are raring to go, but three countries have to fall before they can persuade their European partners to share their sense of urgency.

And one could almost now say that Shirreff's alarmism has been overtaken by events, which are conspiring to demolish even the outward show of solidarity on which NATO relies for its deterrence. Britain's vote to leave the European Union and Turkey's post-coup crackdown call into question the strategic direction of two of NATO's major military powers. As for Donald Trump's argument during the presidential campaign that America's richer allies should pay adequately for their protection, it was a fair point in principle, but a fatal thing to say in public. It made clear that America's commitment to NATO would not be unconditional under President Trump; and if America's commitment is not unconditional, then fairly obviously it will not extend to nuclear war. The cat is out of the bag. Seen from Moscow, the West has not been in such inviting disarray since the Suez crisis of 1956. Whatever constraints Putin may now feel upon his land-grabbing instincts, they must be entirely domestic in nature. NATO is no longer one of them.

After Brexit, Europe at a Crossroad | @EuroTrib - 2018 |

Incremental steps to an era of isolating Russia and China - Cold War 2.0. Just like the rise of fascism in the 1930s and an unprecedented dose of propaganda, history repeating itself. Americans and Britons have been spoon fed rightwing policy - Islamophobia and Xenophobia - closing borders to refugees from war torn nations Europe, NATO and the US participated in. Going around and around. We all want to be armed to feel secure ... weapons are not the answer, on the contrary. Weapons are made to fight wars, not to make peace.

An excellent read here @EuroTrib ...

The US as nuclear rogue state. Part I of II | by Sirocco - August 2005 |

The NPT was to be implemented with the help of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and reviewed in special conferences every five years.

In brief, the NPT allows only five states to have nuclear weapons: the US, the UK, France, Russia, and China. These five - aka the permanent members of the UN Security Council - agree not to transfer nuclear weapons technology to others, who agree not to seek to develop nuclear weapons. But importantly, that is not all. In return for the vast majority of countries forever forswearing the right to have nuclear forces, the five also agreed in Article VI of the NPT eventually to get rid of theirs.

While little known, especially in the US, this requirement is not in dispute. It was a central premise when on May 11 1995, the Cold War firmly behind them, 170 countries made the historic decision to extend the treaty indefinitely. And in 1996, the International Court of Justice unanimously held that Article VI obligates states to "bring to a conclusion negotiations leading to nuclear disarmament in all its aspects." Indeed, the five recognized nuclear weapon states recommitted themselves to this goal at the 30-year Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York, May 2000.

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or a while, a spirit of optimism prevailed. Then the Bush administration took office, followed half a year later by 9/11. And suddenly the nuclear night engulfed us once again. As the International Herald Tribune would later observe:

    The Bush administration's Nuclear Posture Review, released this year, indicates a clear intent to maintain a colossal nuclear arsenal for time without end. It lays out elaborate plans for designing and developing new generations of nuclear weapons for air, sea, and land deployment in 2020, 2030, and 2040. It does not name a date for any "unequivocal undertaking" on abolition

The world was astonished. Shocked nuclear arms advocates noted how this "makes a mockery of 30 years of US commitments" under the NPT. Nevertheless, just four months later, as if nothing whatsoever had happened, Bush thundered in a graduation speech at West Point: "We cannot put our faith in the word of tyrants, who solemnly sign non-proliferation treaties, and then systemically break them."

Let us look at some of the ways in which the United States has since systematically broken, not to say trampled on, the NPT and the 13 Practical Steps agreed upon in 2000. To begin with, there is the question of nuclear disarmament, or lack thereof.

U.S. Nuclear Weapons: Changes in Policy and Force Structure | Congressional Research Service 2002-2008 |

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Europe could bail out of NATO if it wanted to. Not seeing a big surge in that sentiment as of now at least...
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No they can't.

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h/t Cat in new post -

US State-Affiliated NewsGuard Targets Consortium News

The Pentagon and State Dept.-linked outfit, with an ex-N.S.A. and C.I.A. director on its board, is accusing Consortium News of publishing "false content" on Ukraine, reports Joe Lauria.

NewsGuard set itself up in 2018 as a judge of news organizations' credibility. The front page of NewsGuard's website shows that it is "partners" with the State Department and the Pentagon, as well as with several major corporations, such as Microsoft. The nature of these "partnerships" is not entirely clear. 

NewsGuard is a private corporation that can shield itself from First Amendment obligations. But it has connections to formerly high-ranking U.S. government officials in addition to its "partnerships" with the State Dept. and the Pentagon.

Slate reported in January 2019 that NewsGuard:

    "struck a deal with Microsoft to incorporate those ratings into the tech giant's Edge browser as an optional setting. That's when the Guardian noticed that the Mail Online had been tagged by NewsGuard with a `red' label, a reliability score of 3 out of 9, and the following warning: `Proceed with caution: This website generally fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability.'


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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 3rd, 2022 at 02:51:06 PM EST
NewsGuard® Technologies, Inc. - Michael Wang
25 W. 52nd Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019

Who is behind NewsGuard The Internet Trust Tool

Michael Wang
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NewsGuard® - Mikey Wang

At same New York location/address ...

Paley Center For Media

Upcoming event ...

We're excited to host a #PaleyDialogue on 6/13 with the 56th U.S. Secretary of State, Chairman Henry A. Kissinger, and President of Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haass on Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This program will be moderated by Frank A. Bennack, Jr., Chairman of the Paley Center for Media. Learn more about the Paley Media Council here, to become a member. 👉 https://bit.ly/3sO5JNI.

The US EU relationship is not working | by Frank Schnittger on Jul 17th, 2010 |

The view from Washington is that communication with Europe on a range of crucial issues is difficult because the EU still lacks "a clear foreign policy apparatus".
Richard Haass, head of the Council on Foreign Relations, an influential think-tank in Washington, criticised Brussels for the appointments of Herman Van Rompuy as President of the European Council and Baroness Ashton of Upholland as High Representative for Foreign Affairs.

"Europe created these posts to speak for the collective as a whole. But from the perspective of many Americans, rather than building up someone of the stature of [the former Nato Secretary-General] Javier Solana, it looks as though Europe has retreated," he said.

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Analysts said that the EU was naive to expect a sea change in US foreign policy just because George Bush had been replaced in the White House.

NewsGuard seems as a new attempt to continue where PropOrNot failed a few years ago ... searched for combination with Richard Haass ...

Part of a whole range of propaganda peddlers ...

My diary - International Coalition to Defeat Democrats and Hillary in 2016 | by Oui on Jul 9, 2018 |

A long read ...

EU/NATO Propaganda It's About Daesh and Russia [Update5] | by Oui on Nov 24, 2016 |

Related reading ...

AntiWar -- A Rant

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 3rd, 2022 at 02:52:12 PM EST
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NewsGuard a successor to PropOrNot as disinformation platform

"Fake News": The Trojan Horse for Silencing Alternative News and Reestablishing Corporate News Dominance | Project Censored - Oct 2019 |

In our most recent book, Censored 2020: Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 8, scholars Emil Marmol and Lee Mager showed how big tech firms and social media companies are taking advantage of widespread calls to "fight fake news" by legitimizing censorship of online content, de-platforming critical voices on the Right and Left. This censorship effectively highjacks efforts to promote media literacy by making control of the online flow of news and information a matter of "artificial intelligence" (in the form of proprietary algorithms).

When it comes to protecting the integrity of the news we receive, though, we need less "A" and more "I." Marmol and Mager delve into the controversies and media distractions of Russiagate as well as the deep state and military-industrial complex involvement in social media companies' fact-checking and content restriction policies, noting significant conflicts of interest. They conclude that we must speak out against the weaponization of "fake news" as a concept, while supporting a free press focused on the public good and promoting support for whistleblowers as vital sources of truth.

When Contra-Disinformation Becomes Propaganda

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 3rd, 2022 at 04:49:36 PM EST
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The Contemporary Disinformation Ecosystem: Impact and Solutions | Spring 2018 |

An egregious case of careless reporting occurred when the Washington Post reported that a website called PropOrNot had identified two hundred websites acting as Russian propaganda. PropOrNot, an anonymous organization, was cited as an "expert" organization even though the source was highly secretive. The Intercept noted that the report did not cite one verifiable source, and the funding of the organization is unknown (Norton and Greenwald). Chen also wrote a criticism of the Washington Post article, citing the methodology used in determining "Russian Propaganda" included any outlet that criticized "The United States, Barack Obama, Clinton, the European Union, Angela Merkel, NATO, [etc]" ("The Propaganda About Russian Propaganda"). Objective observers must be careful not to confuse criticism with promoting disinformation, especially since misinterpretations can further degrade the quality of reporting, which lacks an investigative edge, and could even be classified as misinformation itself.

PropOrNot is based on Garrett M. Graff, "A Guide to Russia's High Tech Tool Box for Subverting US Democracy," Wired, August 13, 2017.

Endorsed by Bill Browder

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 3rd, 2022 at 04:50:57 PM EST
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The CIA Used To Infiltrate The Media, Now The CIA Is The Media

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 3rd, 2022 at 04:51:30 PM EST
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California court says some bees are fish
"Although the term fish is colloquially and commonly understood to refer to aquatic species, the term of art employed by the Legislature in the definition of fish in section 45 is not so limited."
by Cat on Sat Jun 4th, 2022 at 09:49:52 PM EST
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The Bumble Bee Terminator

Glyphosate weedkiller damages wild bee colonies, study reveals

Can be bought in the local hardware store in the city of The Hague. I buy my honey from a bees keeper in city park Clingendael 🐝

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 5th, 2022 at 04:45:46 AM EST
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Winston Churchill wanted to finish Soviet Communism in 1945 ...

Operation Unthinkable: Churchill's plan for World War Three | National Archives - July 1, 1945 |

Winston Churchill, the Iron Curtain and the Cold War

"We and all nations, stand at this hour in human history, before the portals of supreme catastrophe and of measureless reward. My faith is that in God's mercy we shall choose aright."

From the end of World War II in 1945 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, former allies, no adversaries, probed and challenged each other, fought "proxy wars" in remote places, and attempted to best the other without provoking a nuclear exchange. It was known as the "Cold War."

Winston Churchill did not start the Cold War and he did not finish it. But he did see it coming, sounded its early warning, and defined the central problems that would occupy the leaders that followed him.

Churchill's speech at Fulton was the first widely recognized clarion call. But, throughout the late 1940s and during his second term as Prime Minister, Churchill continued to grapple with Cold War issues.

The Odd Couple

"I would not have believed it possible that in a year, the Soviets would have been able to do themselves so much harm, and chill so many friendships in the English-speaking world."

The wartime alliance formed a peculiar bond between Churchill and Stalin. Both men knew what it was like to have their back against the wall with Hitler in front of them. Each admired the courage with which the other faced the challenge.

They never fully trusted each other. They had acrimonious differences. And, as a life-long anti-Bolshevik, Churchill harbored few illusions about Soviet post-war intentions.

Nevertheless, unlike his relationship with Hitler, characterized by mutual loathing, Churchill's relationship with Stalin had the marks of respect. Churchill was fond of Stalin and enjoyed their interplay. These feelings were reciprocated.

Difference FDR and Churchill on Colonialism and right for independence, people's own choice of government in agreement with the Atlantic Charter.

    But there's another side to Churchill's politics and career that should not be forgotten amid the endless parade of eulogies. To many outside the West, he remains a grotesque racist and a stubborn imperialist, forever on the wrong side of history.

Both global powers developed the atom and hydrogen bomb

In 1961, the Soviet Union tested the "Tsar Bomba" a powerful weapon yielding the equivalent of 50 megatons of TNT

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"The language of international law is no longer being used to build peace, but war" | Tilburg University |

Whenever those distinctions become confused, a dangerous dynamic emerges where everyone claims to be 'legal'. For instance, in 2003, the United States and its allies took pains to allege that the Second Iraq War was legal, because it complied with prior United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolutions. Yet, Security Council authorisation for that specific invasion was denied. According to Rajkovic, the international order has now entered a legal quagmire, where the great powers use legalistic language, such as the notion of a "rules-based-order", to pursue their war aims without Security Council approval.

The war in Ukraine exposes this major geopolitical and legal breakdown, he concludes. "The five `great powers' (i.e. the permanent members of the UN Security Council) no longer agree on how to use and interpret international rules of peace and security. The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, conceded recently how America had over years contributed to this collapse of `the rules-based order', but he implied subtly this was only in relation to former president Trump's "America First" policy. The sad truth is that America's distancing from the UN Charter long predates Trump. This historical pattern is something Vladimir Putin seized upon and highlighted in his alleged reasons for the Ukrainian invasion--given during his long televised speech. What is most alarming, however, is that Russia is continuing this great power practice of unilateral militarism, and the Ukrainian invasion is the most cynical and brutal version yet."



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Trump White House trade advisor Peter Navarro was arrested at an airport Friday on a federal indictment charging him with two counts of contempt of Congress for his refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Navarro failed to appear to testify on March 2 in response to the subpoena from the House panel and also failed to produce by Feb. 23 the documents sought by that same subpoena, according to the indictment issued by a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

The bombastic 72-year-old claimed at the time that former President Donald Trump had invoked executive privilege in connection with the probe, which supposedly barred Navarro from cooperating with the committee.

Just a few months and roles in House and Senate Committees will be reversed. Can't wait to see American politics destroy democracy.

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When we are back in Power in 2024 we'll set up a kangaroo court and drag all these a$$holes in court. Looking forward MAGA as the world is burning ... USA, USA!

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 4th, 2022 at 08:51:32 AM EST
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DOJ indicts former Trump adviser Peter Navarro for contempt of Congress

A federal grand jury indicted former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro on criminal contempt of Congress charges after he refused to comply with a subpoena issued by the House Jan. 6 committee.

The Department of Justice announced the indictment Friday. The department has previously indicted former Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon for contempt of Congress, throwing its weight behind the committee's subpoenas.

The FBI arrested Navarro Friday morning. In his first court appearance Friday afternoon, Navarro said that he was on his way to Nashville for a television appearance Friday morning, and that an FBI team let him get to the airport and try to board a plane before putting him in handcuffs. Navarro said during his court appearance he was put in a jail cell Friday. 

Once in a million I would quote Fox News, but this is a special occasion ... America eating its own ... threatening a Civil War ... which already started by electing Trump after eight years of Obama. White supremacists make the difference in America.

US justice department declines to charge former Trump officials Meadows and Scavino with contempt of Congress

Europe Haters, Unite! Steve Bannon at Work in Europe

Related reading ...

The Faces Behind the Election Coup with Trump as Winner | Jan 22, 2019 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 4th, 2022 at 08:52:36 AM EST
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China Lab Virus Revenge



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German police criticized over far-right Hanau killings | DW News |

Police have been accused of failing to keep tabs on a racist killer during one of Germany's worst-ever far-right shootings. Police say they had to proceed cautiously.

An exhibition in Frankfurt about one of Germany's deadliest mass shootings has raised new questions about the police operation in the city of Hanau in the state of Hesse, on February 19, 2020. Most of the evidence on display in the exhibition -- @19FebruarHanau -- has never been published before, and much had not even been made available to the state parliamentary committee investigating the security forces' role.

The 43-year-old Tobias R.* carried out a mass shooting in two bars and a kiosk, where he killed nine people of color and injured five others. He later killed his mother in their home before taking his own life. Prosecutors classified the crime as racially motivated right-wing extremism, as the gunman had posted a racist manifesto on his website.

The Hesse State Interior Minister Peter Beuth insisted that the police performed "excellent" work during the Hanau operation. But the families of the Hanau victims have repeatedly alleged that they have been subjected to policing and suspicion following the attack, while potential far-right perpetrators go unnoticed by authorities until atrocities happen.

The February 19 Initiative, which represents the Hanau survivors and victims' families, commissioned Forensic Architecture to conduct its investigation and was represented at the official opening at the Frankfurter Kunstverein on Thursday night by Cetin Gültekin, brother of Gökhan Gültekin, who was shot dead in Hanau's Arena Bar.

"We want to show the public that we are doing the work that the police should be doing," Gültekin told DW, after delivering a passionate speech to the crowd outside the gallery. "And now we put all the evidence on the table, and everything is in the open, and it shows that the police failed."



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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 5th, 2022 at 07:39:02 AM EST
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TRT World Report



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America leaves Afghanistan, and the regional geopolitics take over | Responsible Statecraft - Aug. 16, 2021 |

There will likely be a return to a much more historically normal state of global affairs in which multiple players are engaged.

The neo-imperialist neoconservatives all argue that the American departure and the subsequent collapse of the Kabul government are deeply destructive to American "credibility" as a superpower in the world. The underlying ideology of this view is of course the cherished concept that the United States must serve as global policeman everywhere and that a failure to do so is a sign of weakness and decline. 

This line of thinking is precisely backwards: it is the overall decline of America domestically and geopolitically that is the telltale sign of its deeper weakness; there is an increasing international belief that the United States is living inside a fantasy bubble of denial about maintaining its global hegemony. If the 20-year U.S. military presence in Afghanistan had actually ever shown any serious concrete advancement towards concrete goals, that would be one thing. But the neocons are ever content to throw good money after bad in the blind pursuit of hegemony -- even in the very heart of "the graveyard of empires."

On a human level, of course, it indeed matters what fate the Afghans will meet under a new Taliban government. The Afghan people have been suffering under repeated and constant warfare and military intervention since 1978, starting with a domestic coup by Afghan communists, followed by the Soviet invasion, the subsequent years of fighting to expel the Soviets by U.S.-supported mujahedin groups, the subsequent civil war among the mujahideen that followed and to which the Taliban finally put an end by restoring national order and discipline -- with a rough and ready kind of justice. 

But Washington's focus on Afghanistan in reality has had very little to do with establishing a better and more equitable society for the Afghans.  The ostensible impulse for the American invasion was nominally to destroy the presence of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. But the deeper and more profound reason for the American invasion and lengthy occupation was more pointedly to establish a military and geopolitical foothold in Central Asia on the very borders of Russia and China.



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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 11:08:26 AM EST
US Sanctions on Iraq Saddam Hussein contraband Dubai shipping

Gulf States help to Smugglers 'Sustains Saddam' | June 2000 |

Britain has warned the Gulf states and Iran that they are helping President Saddam Hussein of Iraq to remain in power by collaborating in a multimillion-pound oil smuggling operation. According to senior British sources, the Iraqi regime is able to bypass UN sanctions by using an elaborate shipping operation through the Gulf and on to markets in the Far East and the West.

Ironically the smuggling is being conducted with the help of Iraq's rivals in the region, including Iran, the United Arab Emirates and third parties, who are making huge profits transporting and selling Iraqi crude. A senior British source, clearly frustrated by the failure of the Gulf states to help the US and British blockade of Iraq, told regional envoys.

The Iraqi oil, believed to be at least 100,000 barrels a day, travels down the Shatt al-Arab waterway through Iranian waters into the UAE and from there to the world market.



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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 11:09:46 AM EST
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Biden's approval rating, doesn't depend on the Ukraine-Russian conflict.

Americans just aren't interested and only 3% weigh it in Biden's extreme low support of 39% vs 56% disapproval.

Donald Trump's popularity bottomed out at 33% in December 2017. Biden's lowest rating so far was 36% in late May.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 11:34:29 AM EST
Not really a compliment ...



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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 03:20:04 PM EST

Related reading from same author ...

Distract, deceive, destroy: Putin at war in Syria | Atlantic Council - Apr. 5, 2016 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 03:21:13 PM EST
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Little Room for Hope: Russia's Planned Decay is Being Well Documented | - Jan. 6, 2015 |

There are three commentators covering Russia that stand out --Anne Applebaum, Masha Gessen, and Julia Ioffe. In the past week, each one has taken the pen to record more observations about the state of a country that is on a downward spiral, suffocated by Putin and his associates. Gessen summarizes the state of affairs today. And Loffe authors a magisterial essay on Khodorkovky, accurately dashing any hope of future reform.

DEMOCRACY AS DECORATION

There is finally proof -- or at least an amalgamation of extensive earlier research augmented by a tremendous new trove of primary sources -- to confirm that Russia is not "being pulled down by history," but its return to an authoritarian regime has been systematically orchestrated by Putin and his "close-knit cabal" since the late 1980s. This group of "unrepentant, single-minded, revanchist KGB officers who were horrified by the collapse of the Soviet Union" never sought to attempt reform, instead they "used democracy for decoration rather than direction."

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the oligarch-turned-quasi-revolutionary that we'll discuss later never had a chance with this group of trained operatives that immediately created and then, as they climbed the ladder of power, reinforced a system of citizen control. An old Russian anecdote, which reflects actual fact, spoke of citizens never being able to pay taxes honestly, because if one followed the tax code they would owe more than 100% of their salary. And such idiosyncrasies were prevalent everywhere. In post-Soviet Russia, the cabal "wanted everybody to operate in violation" of the law. That way anyone could be arrested at any point.

From the diaries ...

The dismantling of the Soviet Union, revisited | Jan. 11, 2007 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 03:23:10 PM EST
January 6th ... perhaps these Russians were looking the wrong way. Decay of an empire, implosion of democracy in violent acts.



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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 03:24:11 PM EST
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Speaking in Warsaw, Poland, President Biden said of Russian President Vladimir Putin: "For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power."

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Tomorrow the US Government's Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) will hold a briefing on the "Moral and Strategic Imperative" that makes it necessary to "Decolonize Russia".

Niccolo Soldo ...

DELUSION

This panel is being led by four women and one man, all of whom have cycled through the NGO Regime Change Complex, whether it be the International Crisis Group, Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, the German Marshall Fund, the Soros Octopus, and so on. There are too many groups in total that they have collectively worked for to list, so we won't do that. Instead, here are their names and bios ....

Fatima Tlisova (NED) - Botakoz Kassymbekova - Erica Marat - Hanna Hopko Ukrainian activist - Casey Michel (Hudson Institute)



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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 11:06:49 PM EST

Speaking about borders and sovereignty ... adapting the UN Charter?

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 11:07:45 PM EST
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Sanctions of Mass Destruction | Foreign Affairs - May/June 1999 |

By John Mueller and Karl Mueller

With the demise of the Cold War, virtually all the major problems that afflicted great power relations over the last half-century have been resolved. Many argue, however, that new dangers such as those posed by "rogue states" and terrorism have emerged to replace the old ones of conventional or nuclear war. As part of this shift in how threats are constructed and perceived, old worries about nuclear weapons have been subsumed under the new concept of "weapons of mass destruction" (WMD), lumped together with arms that have killed relatively few people to date (biological weapons), arms of much lower potential lethality (chemical weapons), and dramatic but costly and often ineffective delivery vehicles (ballistic missiles).

As these have become prominent bogeymen, the maturation of another impressive method, if not exactly a weapon, of mass destruction has been largely overlooked. The irony is that in contrast to the others, this device -- economic sanctions -- is deployed frequently, by large states rather than small ones, and may have contributed to more deaths during the post-Cold War era than all weapons of mass destruction throughout history. Comparing the record of these various threats to human well-being is an instructive exercise -- and one that casts U.S. policy toward Iraq, which levies sanctions to impede WMD programs, in a new and disturbing light.

TERRORISTS AND ROGUES

However dramatic terrorist attacks are, and however tragic for the innocent victims and their families, the total damage they have caused to date has been quite low and hardly constitutes grounds for panic and hysteria. On average, far fewer Americans are killed each year by terrorists than are killed by lightning, deer accidents, or peanut allergies. To call terrorism a serious threat to national security is scarcely plausible.

This is not to suggest that terrorism be ignored, of course. It is clearly an outrage that should be dealt with somehow -- but more as a form of crime than a form of warfare.  

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 23rd, 2022 at 01:05:13 PM EST


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