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June 2022

by Bernard Sat Jun 4th, 2022 at 06:25:43 PM EST

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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jun 4th, 2022 at 06:26:11 PM EST
The end of Russia's imperial innocence - Russia Post
Russia's invasion of Ukraine signals the end of imperial innocence. The approval of the war among Russians should be seen not only as a product of a powerful media machine, but also a result of the fact that the war has been translated into a tale of a liberator saving the world from evil. This narrative has its roots not only in the memory of World War II (the Great Patriotic War in Russian), but also in a centuries-old discourse on imperial Russia as a savior.

If the British and French imperial discourses are based on the premise of a civilizing mission, the Russian imperial discourse functions on the premise of liberating: Russia does not simply civilize, it saves and liberates the colonized, as well as itself, from external oppression. This narrative is exemplified in Putin's speeches about Ukrainians needing to be "de-Nazified" in order to become themselves again (that is, becoming Russians' "brothers" who share a common motherland). The "stickiness" of this imperial vision in which the Ukrainian "younger brother" needs to be protected from Western perdition by the Russian elder brother signals Russia's failure at replacing old imperial linkages with a new genuine partnership based on common strategic interests, both in the past and future.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jun 4th, 2022 at 06:31:07 PM EST
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EU[COMISH] gives Poland route to pandemic recovery cash, 2 June
"The College of Commissioners approved the move on Wednesday, with two commissioners opposing the decision and three commissioners sending letters of concern, according to multiple officials familiar with the discussion.

Outrage in Poland over new 'pregnancy register' on the back of near-total abortion ban
"Government plans to report pregnant women who were seen drinking or smoking were withdrawn after widespread demonstrations."
by Cat on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 11:03:10 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jun 7th, 2022 at 06:09:43 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Commission president calls to end unanimity in EU foreign policy decisions, 20 June
"On the foreign affairs, I'm deeply convinced that it is not sustainable, that the [Council of the] European Union [Council] is not able to take a position because of one blocking in critical files," she said. "And the speed at which things happen ... the world wants to hear the European voice," von der Leyen continued. "The speed is too high to constantly, or too often, not be heard and seen, because of the blocking of one. Therefore, there I'm really convinced we need qualified majority voting."
lost in translation
Von der Leyen, in the interview, said that the EU's accession process is flexible enough that candidate countries have substantial sway over how quickly their bids move forward. She noted that Slovakia and Turkey [sic] each received a membership "perspective" in 1999, but that Slovakia had raced forward to become a member, while Turkey was now more distant from the EU than it was 23 years ago.
by Cat on Mon Jun 20th, 2022 at 04:16:44 PM EST
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Sign of the times ... Authoritarian Capitalism.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 20th, 2022 at 07:46:05 PM EST
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simple majority w/e 25 June

Germany pushes to tie together enlargement and EU reform
wut: "As many policy areas - most notably foreign policy - are still governed by unanimous voting systems, Germany fears that the EU's capacity to act could be greatly diminished[,] if new members join the bloc."

MEPs could sue EU leaders if they ignore call for ["a Convention"]

"On 9 August [the EU] Parliament can formally call on the Council to act. On 9 October, [it] should sue the [European] Council in the [European] Court of Justice for failure to act on [Council of the EU] resolution," former liberal MEP Andrew Duff, one of the leading experts on  [consolidated version of the] treaty [on European Union] and ["]constitutional["] reform.
However, a meeting of EU general affairs [Council] on Tuesday (21 June), and the draft conclusions of this week's [European Council] summit on Thursday [and] Friday do not mention the Convention or the prospect of opening up the treaties.
OpEd | Without qualified majority voting EU enlargement has no future
On "discreet" agreements, chaperones, a "negotiating cluster," unrelated veto lessons, and "consensual voting"
by Cat on Thu Jun 23rd, 2022 at 12:25:57 AM EST
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Article 47, Article 48 § 1-7
by Cat on Thu Jun 23rd, 2022 at 12:40:13 AM EST
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Will the EU-27 Survive the Biden Years?

The question mark can be taken off, the answer is a resounding NO! As Biden's polling numbers sink to a low point, even Biden will not survive this year's midterm elections and face a more hostile Congress.  You will not hear "four more years" in 2024.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 23rd, 2022 at 05:40:24 AM EST
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wut now?, 24 June Reformation
The current and full-fledged iteration of the EU treaties dates [waaaaaaaay] back to 2009 [worldwide financial panic], several years after a round of aggressive eastward expansion that saw 12 new members join.

The treaties are essentially the EU's constitution, ["]sketching out["] the bloc's institutions, ["]clarifying the breakdown["] of powers between the [European Council and Council of the] EU and [27 states + 4 EFTA] members, and ["]outlining["] how decisions < wipes tears> are made. Since the EU's founding in the 1950s, they have been revised several times as ["]the body["] morphs and grows.
In parallel, the EU in 2021 also launched a "Conference on the Future of Europe," an eight-month-long ["]self-reflection forum["]  that asked citizens to offer thoughts on revising the ["]current and full-fledged iteration of the["] international institution EU treaties.

by Cat on Sat Jun 25th, 2022 at 05:03:26 PM EST
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doom listicle,  highlights
• Volvo Cars to invest $1.25 bil to establish third European EV plant in Slovakia
• REFINERY NEWS: France's Fos-sur-Mer starts preparations for shutdown
• European price volatility puts PPA market under unprecedented strain: Pexapark

feat. GRAPHIC WARNING Germany in race against time to deploy new LNG import terminals, 1 Jul

The government is fast-tracking FSRU deployment and in May parliament approved a law designed to accelerate the approval process for new LNG import terminals. And the German regulator in June said it planned to lower the feed-in tariffs at LNG terminals by 40%, significantly improving the competitiveness of direct access into the unified German gas market hub, the THE.

Accelerated efforts
But according to industry group Zukunft Gas, work needs to speed up. "In order to achieve a capacity of 13 Bcm via LNG terminals in the coming year, the pace of constructing and expanding LNG capacities needs to increase." Zukunft Gas chair Timm Kehler said in emailed comments.
The German government acted quickly to charter four FSRUs -- two via Uniper [.RU] and two via RWE -- but it takes time to prepare the sites to hook up the vessels.

"So far we only know of one of these floating LNG terminals, Wilhelmshaven, to have a clear realization perspective," Kehler said.

And having import capacity is only one part of the puzzle -- Germany also needs LNG supply. The [IEA] has warned that Europe's pursuit of LNG to phase out Russian pipeline supply and limited global LNG export capacity additions raised the risk of prolonged tightness in markets. Germany has held talks with Qatar and Canada on the potential for LNG supply deals, while utilities EnBW and RWE are also eyeing long-term deliveries of US LNG....

by Cat on Fri Jul 1st, 2022 at 03:28:58 PM EST
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Bloomberg | Germany Mulls Uniper Bailout to Stem Russian-Gas Contagion, 30 June bail out
Uniper, the largest buyer of Russian gas in Germany, said it's discussing a possible increase in state-backed loans or even equity investments to secure liquidity. The crisis could also affect Finland, which controls Uniper's parent Fortum Oyj. The utility said Uniper's rescue requires a national effort "in Germany."
German Economy Minister Robert Habeck has warned that a squeeze in Russian gas supplies risked creating deeper turmoil, likening the situation to the role of Lehman Brothers in triggering the financial crisis.
< wipes tears >
If utilities like Uniper can't deliver, there's danger of spillover on local utilities and their customers, including consumers and businesses, Habeck warned after raising the country's gas risk level to the second-highest "alarm" phase last week.

Despite the heightened alert, the government didn't implement legislation that would allow energy companies to pass on increased prices to customers.

socialize loss solution
"Since Uniper can't yet pass on these additional costs, this results in significant financial burdens," the company said. The ability to pass along higher costs "would be a necessary and essential prerequisite for being able to issue a new earnings outlook with sufficient certainty," it said.
by Cat on Fri Jul 1st, 2022 at 07:45:09 PM EST
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Israel on the Black Sea, 23 June
Petkov's party, followed by the opposition, will now have an opportunity to try to garner support for a workable majority. If this fails -- as seems probable -- the country will be set for its fourth general election since April 2021.
by Cat on Thu Jun 23rd, 2022 at 04:35:04 PM EST
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According to finnish paper Hufvudstadsbladet the finnish PM Sanna Marin has come down with Covid after returning from Bilderberg meeting.

She is young and will no doubt have excellent care, so she will in all likelihood make a full recovery.

by fjallstrom on Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 08:18:39 AM EST
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Well, there seems to still be a chance somewhere between 5(the Danish health care system) and 20 percent (the CDC) of suffering semi-permanent damage from an infection. Of course if you get on Paxlovid or one of the mabs that still work your chances should get much better.
by generic on Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 05:48:47 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jul 1st, 2022 at 03:44:39 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 08:41:54 PM EST
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UKRINDFORM | European Parliament recommends giving Ukraine status of candidate for EU membership, 8 June
The European Parliament has adopted a resolution recommending that the European Union grant Ukraine the status of a candidate country for EU membership.

Some 438 MEPs voted in favor of the resolution, with 65 voting against the document and 94 abstaining, Ukrinform reports, citing Deutsche Welle.

>Європарламент рекомендував Раді ЄС погодитися, що "Версальська декларація визнає європейські прагнення України та її заявку на членство у ЄС, а також надати їй статус кандидата до ЄС, як чіткий політичний сигнал солідарності з народом України". Ідеться про декларацію неформального саміту ЄС у Версалі, яка, щоправда, була дуже обережною у формулюваннях і визнала лише європейські прагнення України та додавала, що країна належить до європейської родини.
Європарламент просить зброю для України
Крім того, Європарламент рекомендував "без зволікань надати зброю у відповідності до потреб, висловлених українською владою, зокрема використовуючи Європейський інструмент підтримки миру та координаційний центр, а також за двосторонніми угодами між державами ЄС і Україною". За цим інструментом Євросоюз уже виділив два мільярди євро на закупівлю зброї для Києва.
euractive | Give Ukraine green light and overhaul EU defence policy, says liberal group, 8 June
The European Commission is expected to issue its opinion on whether Ukraine should be awarded EU candidate status in the coming weeks, followed by a decision by the European Council.

Speaking at the Congress of the Alliance of Liberal and Democrat parties for Europe (ALDE), Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Luxembourg's Xavier Bettel gave their strong backing for Ukraine to be given candidate status in June.

Martin pointed to the rapid economic development made by Ireland since it joined the EU in 1972 as an example of what EU membership could bring.
"Ukraine is obviously the main topic because it touches everything, starting with the question: what can we do to help, and to the question of EU expansion, and the European elections in 2024," Kira Rudik, the leader of the Golos party, told EURACTIV.

euronews | Chaos erupts at the European Parliament as three key climate laws are postponed, 8 June feat. 00:03:27 A/V noises
Metsola opened the floor for the final vote and revealed the ETS proposal had been surprisingly rejected by 340 votes against and 265 votes in favour, with 34 abstentions.[...] "The reality is that Greens and Socialists voted with the far-right against the proposal of the majority in this parliament. Don't change history, that's not fair," [Philippe Lamberts] added.
by Cat on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 03:29:36 AM EST
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Hundreds of civilians ["]sheltering["] in Sievierodonetsk factory, says lawyer, 8 June with "highly explosive chemicals"
"These 800 civilians include around 200 out of the plant's 3,000 employees and approximately 600 inhabitants of the city of Sievierodonetsk," [Mr Lanny Davis!, the American lawyer] added.

The workers had remained at the factory in an attempt to "secure" the remaining part of "the plant's highly explosive chemicals", the statement said.

Contacted by AFP, the Ukrainian presidency had not confirmed the information by the end of the afternoon.

archived Wed Aug 22nd, 2018
by Cat on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 04:05:29 AM EST
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"It's a bad day for the European Parliament," said Pieter Liese, an EPP lawmaker who acted as rapporteur of the ETS reform.

Liese was immediately cut off by jeers, forcing Metsola to intervene and demand silence.

No Pete, it's a bad day for the EPP. It's a normal day in a normal parliament.

"I think it's a shame that the far-right and the Socialist and the Greens have voted together," Liese said. "Democracy means to respect the Parliament and to have a reduction of the damage, to give it a second try. All those who voted against today can think twice. Please don't kill the ETS."

Drape yourself in virtue, Pete! The EPP watered down the climate goals, so the Socialist and Greens killed the bill.

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

by eurogreen on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 08:27:00 AM EST
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All power to the Councils has enter der Raum.
by Cat on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 11:00:02 PM EST
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euractiv | More voices join call for EU grants instead of loans for Ukraine, 27 Mar FKA "macro-financial assisstance"
Some EU countries, including Germany, are also reportedly in favour of grants instead of loans. According to EU sources, the matter is likely to come up at the upcoming EU summit early next week, where EU heads of state [WHO DAT?] will discuss the situation in Ukraine. Calls for grants instead of loans are also coming from the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction LOL! and Development (EBRD) Odile Renaud-Basso.
The former Ukrainian economy minister Tymofiy Mylovanov also expressed concerns about the impact of loans on Ukraine's economy and its ability to repay the debt.

"This will come from the [Ukrainian] budget and hence it will crowd out < wipes tears > other spending, like education," he told EURACTIV, adding that "this will weaken the government economically and politically."

archived Ukraine GDP 1987-2022, book value
by Cat on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 11:46:17 PM EST
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of EU "embargo", "import", "export," "sanction," double-entry accounting and prepositions, possibly rentier algebra FKA properties of real numbers

DE | Germany sees massive dip in Russia exports, uptick in China imports, 13 June

Germany's exports to Russia have taken a nosedive since the invasion of Ukraine, the Federal Stastical Office, or Destatis, reported on Monday. At the the same time, however, imports into Germany from Russia were booming.
"The import surplus in foreign trade with Russia in April was €2.9 billion euros. In March, it had amounted to €3.4 billion," Destatis wrote. The German term "import surplus" is often called a "trade deficit" in English.
Regarding the sharp increase in Chinese imports into [?!] Germany, this was largely due to the import of chemical products worth €4.4 billion, a six-fold increase on the previous year. Surging demand for raw materials used in pharmaceutical production, data processing equipment, and other electrical equipment also drove the rise in [GERMANY] imports.
archived supply chain discipline excluding CHINA
by Cat on Tue Jun 14th, 2022 at 03:26:04 PM EST
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Firm behind popular US dollar stablecoin to launch Euro Coin, 17 June APsplainin

May 10: Unstable Stablecoin: How Crypto's Crash Broke The Buck

archived pirate guideline UPDATE!

by Cat on Fri Jun 17th, 2022 at 08:36:08 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Germany unveils new measures to cut usage of natural gas, 20 June
Germany will notably use less gas for producing electricity, replacing it with energy produced by coal plants. "That means, to be honest, more coal-fired power plants for a transitional period. That's bitter, but it's almost necessary in this situation to reduce gas consumption," Habeck, from the Greens, noted. Existing coal plants will be upgraded to temporarily compensate the decline of energy production from gas-fired plants.
Reuters | Nord Stream gas capacity constrained as sanctions delay equipment, 14 June
"Due to the delayed return of gas compressor units from repair by Siemens ... and technical engines' malfunctions, only three gas compressor units can currently be used at the Portovaya compression station," Gazprom said.

Siemens Energy, which was spun off from former parent Siemens (SIEGn.DE) in 2020, said in a statement that it supplied so-called aeroderivative gas turbines for a compressor station for Nord Stream 1 in 2009. These were manufactured in Canada and needed to be regularly sent back for maintenance, Siemens Energy said, adding one of the turbines was currently being overhauled in Montreal.

"Due to the sanctions imposed by Canada, it is currently impossible for Siemens Energy to deliver overhauled gas turbines to the customer. Against this background we have informed the Canadian and German governments and are working on a viable solution," the company said.

archived Pressrelease #233 from 8 June 2022, Siemens to wind down Russian operations, Robert Habeck and Nord Stream 2
by Cat on Mon Jun 20th, 2022 at 11:32:57 PM EST
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euractiv | G7 to discuss gas turbine needed by Germany, blocked in Canada by sanctions, 23 June allegedly
The leaders of G7 industrialized countries, which include Canada and Germany, are meeting in Bavaria from Sunday through Tuesday [26-28 June].
G7: FR, DE, IT, EU(27), JP, UK, US, CA
Russia's state-controlled Gazprom has cut the capacity along the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to just 40% of usual levels in recent days, citing the delayed return of equipment being serviced by Germany's Siemens Energy [GmbH] in Canada.
Siemens Energy [AG], which was spun off from former parent Siemens (SIEGn.DE) in 2020, supplied so-called aeroderivative gas turbines for a compressor station for Nord Stream 1 in 2009 [13 years ago]... These [turbines] were manufactured in Canada and needed to be regularly sent back [to Canada] for maintenance, Siemens Energy said, adding one of the turbines was currently being overhauled in Montreal.
Canada, alongside its Western allies, has issued sweeping sanctions on Russia since it invaded Ukraine in February.
Nord Stream I shareholders: PJSC Gazprom (RF) = 51%; Wintershall Dea AG (DE), PEG Infrastruktur AG (DE), N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie (NL), ENGI (FR) = combined 49%
European leaders such as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz have questioned whether the cut in flows EU Russian "embargo" is politically motivated rather than a technical issue mechanical repair .

[Canada's Natural Resources Minister Jonathan] Wilkinson said he did not know for sure if the turbines were the reason for the current reduction in gas supplies, but said ["]the issue["] should be resolved anyway. "The reason why these turbines are refurbished here is that they do need to be refurbished [in Canada]. And so at some point, it will have an impact," he said.

by Cat on Thu Jun 23rd, 2022 at 06:20:03 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | No Deal 2035, 28 June
"key members of the government publicly brawled while EU ministers"
by Cat on Tue Jun 28th, 2022 at 04:42:52 PM EST
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DEsplainin | Germany signals support for 2035 fossil fuel car phaseout, with conditions
"CO2 neutral fuels" + IT, PT, SK, BG, RO phaseout calculus
by Cat on Tue Jun 28th, 2022 at 04:53:32 PM EST
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Ukraine draft, 7 June 2022 Rada
In Ukraine, the mobilization of women is being prepared for the purpose of "uninterrupted replenishment of the losses of personnel" of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. First of all, until June 15, the mobilization of women who are already liable for military service will start, and until June 31 Ukrainian women from 18 to 60 will be registered for military service.
by Cat on Sat Jun 11th, 2022 at 04:16:50 PM EST
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Logistics #ammunition 4 🇺🇦

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 11th, 2022 at 05:37:46 PM EST
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CFR | Russia's War in Ukraine: How Does it End?. 31 May ZOOM transcript
feat. Host Richard Haass, Stephen J. Hadley [!], Charles A. WHO?, Alina WHO? (pres, CEO Center for European Policy Analysis, and Twitty (former Cmdr EUCOM), Ken Roth ("Human Rights" Watch)
TWITTY: Well, as I take a look at this, you know, Secretary Austin came out that we're going to weaken Russia. We have not really defined what weaken means, because if you take a look at the Ukrainians right now, I take a strong belief in Colin Powell's doctrine--you overwhelm a particular enemy with force. And right now, when you take a look at Ukraine and you take a look at Russia, they're about one to one. The only difference is Russia has a heck of a lot of combat power than the Ukrainians.

And so there's no way that the Ukrainians will ever destroy or defeat the Russians, and so we got to really figure out what does weaken mean in the end state here. And I will also tell you, Richard, there's no way that the Ukrainians will ever have enough combat power to kick the Russians out of Ukraine as well, and so what does that look like in the end game.

European Council to EP: "If we want to be a geopolitical power, we must act as a geopolitical power. This means taking care of ourselves but also taking care of others. By being together, we can use that power to become more sovereign and more prosperous, more influential."
POLYAKOVA: ...This war is still very young in terms of wars, and we just need more time to give the Ukrainians a fighting chance. Right now, the problem I see is, really, again, with the--all the issues that Europeans have kind of shoved under the rug for many years is now coming back to bite them and that's why we're seeing all those divisions.

So I know that wasn't as succinct answer as you may have wanted, Richard. But I think there's a lot more we can do still--gas, oil, all of that--to get the Russians--

A new approach to the Prisoner's Dilemma
HAASS:  ...And we can argue whether it ought to be done through NATO. It's hard to imagine anything these days being done through the U.N., given Russia's veto. It just seems to me something that we seem to have accepted rather than challenged. What am I missing here?
France24 | Shipping movement continues in the Black Sea despite Ukraine war, sanctions
TWITTY: No, I think you're right, Richard, and, as you know, Russia has a blockade [!] there along the southern coastline that's preventing wheat and grain and everything else [!] from flowing out of there and it's crippling the Ukrainian economy.
Habeck seeks energy partnership in the Middle East - US Congress proposes DEFEND Act
HADLEY: I guess there's a question about whether the Turks would allow in U.S. naval warships or European naval warships in order to try to dispute Russian control of the Black Sea and provide escort, and I don't know the answer to that question....
low-brow  recorded A/V excerpt, annotated
by Cat on Sun Jun 12th, 2022 at 12:12:46 AM EST
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linguocide will enter the room 28 June.
by Cat on Mon Jun 27th, 2022 at 09:51:37 PM EST
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Newsweek | Ukraine to Call Up Women Over 20 for Armed Forces "to join the fight against" Minsk I-II
Ukrainian finance minister Natalya Yaresko estimated the war is costing Ukraine $10 million dollars a day, earlier today. European finance ministers agreed to loan Ukraine €1.5 billion in addition to the €15 billion loan programme agreed by the EU and Ukraine last March, as the Ministry of Finance has estimated that the war has shrunk the country's economy by 20%.

However, Kiev is unwilling to scale back its military in response to its economic problems as it is now prepared to extend the bracket for the nation-wide call to military service towards female citizens in a bid to reinforce its national security services and deliver on its plans to mobilise and enlist 200,000 Ukrainians in its arm forces by the end of 2015.

by Cat on Sat Jun 11th, 2022 at 06:40:18 PM EST
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Ukrainian finance minister Natalya Yaresko

I think she is still a U.S. citizen....

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jun 11th, 2022 at 06:49:34 PM EST
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She's made a few lateral moves for her employer since 2015, as is the custom
by Cat on Sat Jun 11th, 2022 at 10:25:52 PM EST
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South Front | Ukranian women [protest] sexual exploitation in Europe, 28 June
In a interview published on Monday, June 27, Reuters' senior human rights advisor Heather Fischer, who is investigating the case, said: "European women, Eastern European woman, Ukrainian women, are already at risk, and often are lured and groomed and recruited into sex trafficking (...) So you put crisis on top of that, and now you have a recipe for increased spikes of demand for human trafficking (...) This might seem innocuous at first to the outside observer, but these trends can actually provide sort of an impetus for traffickers to capitalize the demand
In an investigation conducted by The Times in April, it was possible to observe several sexual predators offering shelter and Ukrainian refugees in Facebook groups. Some openly demanded sexual favors while others spoke more moderately but using suggestive vocabulary.

However, although investigations about this type of exploratory activity have been taking place since February, nothing has been done to protect these women so far. State authorities have blamed sexual predation on digital platforms that are unable to control such criminals' access to refugee assistance networks.

Pravda-com.ua | From facebook to interrogations. Why the ombudsman Denisova lost her position, 27 June
by Cat on Tue Jun 28th, 2022 at 05:33:01 PM EST
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Ambassadors' conference - Speech by M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, post-colonial hijinks, G7 BREXIT-era edition
We experience this world all together and you know that better than I, but the international order is being disrupted in an unprecedented way, with massive upheaval, probably for the first time in our history, in almost all areas and on a historic scale. Above all, a transformation, a geopolitical and strategic reconfiguration. We are probably in the process of experiencing the end of Western hegemony over the world. We were used to an international order that had been based on Western hegemony since the 18th century - probably French hegemony in the 18th century, inspired by the Enlightenment; probably British hegemony in the 19th century thanks to the Industrial Revolution, and American hegemony in the 20th century thanks to two major conflicts and the economic and political domination of that power. Things change. And they have been deeply affected by the mistakes made by Westerners in certain crises, by American decisions over the last several years which did not start with this administration, but have led us to re-examine certain involvements in conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere, and to rethink fundamental diplomatic and military strategy and on occasion elements of solidarity which we thought were forever inalienable even though we had developed them together during periods of geopolitical significance, which have however now changed. And it is also the emergence of new powers whose impact we have probably underestimated for far too long. ...
by Cat on Sat Jun 11th, 2022 at 04:50:57 PM EST
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NRK | Derfor blir Ukraina neppe EU-medlem no: - Eit ekstremt skakkøyrd land, 8 June
• Utbreitt korrupsjon
• Uferdig rettsstat og demokrati
• Rikingar kontrollerer økonomi og politikk
• Fattigdom, krig og nasjonalisme
• Urettferdig å gi ein snarveg inn
Politico.eu.com | Von der Leyen pops up in Kyiv to discuss Ukraine's EU bid, 11 June
"'The discussions today will enable us to finalize our assessment by the end of next week,' Von der Leyen said in a statement, while stressing that the process 'is a merit-based path forward.'"
YLE | Finland denies Turkish demands to extradite alleged terrorists, 11 June
"Among others, Turkey has demanded that Finland extradite one of the men convicted of a firebomb attack on its embassy in Helsinki."
euractiv | Albanian government favours Sweden and Finland in NATO, 27 May
"'We formally agreed on the expansion of the Alliance and the inclusion of these two countries,' Foreign Minister Olta Xhaçka said during a press conference."
Fria Tider | Arab "talent reserve" will be imported into the EU
"Enligt kommissionen innebär invandring från arabvärlden 'högt kvalificerad arbetskraft', såsom till exempel lastbilsförare, som kan användas i EU-länderna och berika deras ekonomier."

under the radar
Fria Tider | Swedes can vote for foreign politicians in the EU election, 4 May

With 323 votes against 262, the European Parliament has voted through its proposal for new election rules for the EU elections in 2024. Each voter shall receive two votes instead of one. In addition to a domestic member, you must also be able to vote for a member from a list of common candidates from all countries.

Swedish parties, whose party leaders would have less power if the proposal passes, are opposed to the idea.

archived Draghi calls for EU treaties change amid 'ideal' and 'pragmatic' federalism
by Cat on Sat Jun 11th, 2022 at 09:02:19 PM EST
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Focus Washington | Sauli Niinistö: Finland Won't Join NATO Without Sweden, 13 June

not that old "Gold Coast", the NEW! one

YLE | Gold Coast Debates 2022, 12 June A/V, mostly EN (ironically), episodes 1- 5, in which FI President Sauli Niinistö and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ruminate courses of mutual national security in the event Türkiye (FKA Turkey) vetoes either SE or FI application to enroll in NATO.

by Cat on Tue Jun 14th, 2022 at 02:57:28 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jun 14th, 2022 at 05:15:32 PM EST
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DW | 7 countries that changed their names -- and why, 2 June post-colonial,
FYROM palimpsest edition
Sometimes it's politics, other times a break from history or even marketing

archived east asia and the pacific Sec. 7043. (a) Burma.-- (*-Eng.)

by Cat on Thu Jun 16th, 2022 at 01:50:51 PM EST
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What a hoot! Constituents of the EU seek ECJ jurisdiction enlargement to encompass a "third country" civil litigants that are not party to either the TEU or the TFEU.

Not to be confused with either war-time "media" censorship enforced by unilateral EC directive, information service provider "content" labeling and censure d/b/a "demonitization", UN Declaration of Human Rights, UNGA, UNSC, ICC, ICJ jurisdiction and orders, or normatively legit US Foreign Agents Registration Act (1938, et seq.), because Reasons®:

Court finds Russian 'foreign agents' law violates human rights convention

The European Court of Human Rights sided with 73 Russian organizations impacted by the regulation, finding the law impedes the work of civil society groups and violates freedom of expression.
The controversial bill, which passed the Russian Parliament in the summer of 2012 with overwhelming support, is widely seen as a response to protests following Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency the same year. Initially, the bill applied to nongovernmental organizations that engaged in political activity and received financial support from abroad. Its reach has since been expanded to media outlets as well. The law requires such groups to declare in all of their communications and publications that they are "foreign agents," a Soviet-era term referring to Western spies. ...
file in Mental disorder is a communicable disease/red scares/

supra a geopolitical power
archived HUAC (1938-1956) et seq., aesopian language, LQD: US Federal Law Eats World, vomits, Free Speech

by Cat on Wed Jun 15th, 2022 at 02:35:43 PM EST
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The European Court of Human Rights isn't a body of the EU, unlike the European Court of Justice.

The European Court of Human Rights is a body of the Council of Europe where Russia was a member until the war in Ukraine. So the judgement is untimely and unlikely to have any effect.

by fjallstrom on Fri Jun 17th, 2022 at 08:44:43 AM EST
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Readovka | Putin signed laws on non-execution of ECHR judgments in the Russian Federation from March 15, 2022 because ...
until January 1, 2023, aplicants may be paid monetary compensation by the Prosecutor General's Office of Russia in accordance with the decisions of the ECHR, which were issued before March 16.

Recall that on March 15, Moscow officially announced with a note that it was withdrawing from the Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights. A statement was made that the Russian Federation will not comply with the decisions of the ECHR, if they do not comply with the Russian Constitution. On the same day, [Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe] PACE adopted a resolution indicating to the Committee of Ministers that Moscow cannot be a member of the Council. On March 16, the Committee of Ministers decided that the Russian Federation ceased to be a member of the organization.

by Cat on Mon Jun 20th, 2022 at 11:46:01 PM EST
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Ukrainians who have suffered from russian aggression can apply to the European Court of Human Rights online, 22 June
Every citizen who has become a victim of the russian aggression can receive compensation from EUR 5,000 to 30,000. For this purpose, you must have time to apply to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) within four months of the violation of their rights, but no later than January 16, 2023. From today, you can apply to the ECHR online through the appropriate electronic system: espl.com.ua

The system contains a list of situations that give the right to apply to the ECHR: the death of a relative, destroyed housing, injuries, unlawful deprivation of liberty, torture, rape or enforced disappearance, etc.

by Cat on Fri Jun 24th, 2022 at 11:44:25 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Hotel California
EU launches legal action over UK's Northern Ireland Brexit bill

Two days after the U.K. presented controversial legislation allowing ministers to effectively ignore parts of the Northern Ireland protocol, the European Commission took aim at Britain's "illegal" proposal. Brussels' move -- described as "disappointing" by London -- could eventually see the two sides face each other in court.

The Commission is launching two new lawsuits against the U.K., accusing it of failing to meet two obligations under the [NI] protocol, a crucial and long-negotiated part of the BREXIT divorce deal [EU Withdrawal Agreement as opposed to UK Withdrawal Bill]

US, UK do. not. do. international law. Who knew?
"Let it be no doubt: There is no legal nor political justification whatsoever for unilaterally changing an international agreement," [EC VP Maroš Šefčovič] said. "Opening the door to unilaterally changing an international agreement is a breach of international law as well. So let's call a spade a spade. This is illegal."
slide "rules-based" EU Withdrawal "transition period"
The EU executive will also resume an infringement process [?!] launched against the U.K. last year [2021?!], which had been put on hold to create room for talks with London on how to make the operation of the protocol less burdensome on businesses and citizens in Northern Ireland.
archived this new political union
by Cat on Wed Jun 15th, 2022 at 02:50:35 PM EST
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DW | European Commission recommends Ukraine be granted EU candidate status
"Ukraine has clearly demonstrated its aspiration and determination to live up to European values and standards," President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said.
archived European Court of Auditors | Special Report 23: Reducing grand corruption in Ukraine, 2021, May 2022 european aspiration
The Commission on Friday also proposed making Moldova an EU membership candidate. The EU's executive said that this was premised on the understanding that the country would carry out reforms.

Von der Leyen said that Moldova  "is on a real pro-reform, anti-corruption and European path," adding, "It still has a long way to go. But we believe it has the potential to live up to the criteria."

The country shares a long stretch of border with Ukraine.

archived Moldova officially applies for EU membership, 3 Mar 2022
by Cat on Fri Jun 17th, 2022 at 12:47:38 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Commission will urge EU candidate status for war-ravaged Ukraine, 13 June
Final decision rests with European Council.
landssakes! It's not even part of the EU!
Recognizing Ukraine as a candidate country ultimately requires the unanimous approval of the 27 heads of state and government on the European Council, who are expected to take up the question at a summit meeting in Brussels next week. Officials and diplomats said that at least three countries were still opposed.
cliff hanger ...
France currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU and, as such, has a key role in preparing the European Council debate.
archived Report by President Charles Michel to the European Parliament plenary session, 8 June
If we want to be a geopolitical power, we must act as a geopolitical power. This means taking care of ourselves but also taking care of others. By being together, we can use that power to become more sovereign and more prosperous, more influential.

We are united and committed to back Ukraine and to build our common future.

by Cat on Tue Jun 14th, 2022 at 12:19:45 AM EST
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euractiv | Ukraine, energy security top priorities for the Czech [Council of the EU] Presidency, 15 June congratulations, Czech PM Petr Fiala
"What we must do to end the war is clear. Put pressure on Russia, maintain European unity, continue to support Ukraine and try to ensure that Vladimir Putin's aggressive plans do not succeed."

Fiala also emphasised the need for solidarity across the bloc to deal with the influx of Ukrainian refugees, of which the Czech Republic has received over 350,000. In cooperation with the European Commission, the presidency will focus on the allocation of sufficient funding to the relevant member states, organisations and civil society actors who tackling the crisis.

Moreover, the Czech Presidency hopes to organise an EU-Ukraine summit in October 2022, personally attended by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, depending on the security situation in the country at the time.
Prague has confirmed its full support of the EU's Fit for 55 and REPowerEU legislative packages, including all measures needed to end Europe's dependency on Russian energy imports by 2027.

"Last but not least, the Czech Presidency will focus on the role of nuclear energy in ensuring EU energy security and meeting the EU's climate goals," the official document, presented on 15 June, writes.

by Cat on Thu Jun 16th, 2022 at 01:03:39 AM EST
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Germany, France, Italy back EU candidate status for Ukraine, 16 June
The European Commission is expected to publish its opinion on Ukraine's candidate status on Friday (17 June), which leaves EU leaders roughly a week to study the document before they are to decide on the matter at a crucial EU summit on 23-24 June.
Macron also stressed the EU would need to prepare for these upcoming enlargements "by modernising its structures and procedures."
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"[President] Zelenskyy knows that it is a way forward, not just a step," said  Italy's [Grandpa] Draghi.

It was not immediately clear, however, what conditions would be attached to Ukraine's EU candidacy bid, but it is likely that the bloc might request strict requirements on rule of law, institutional reforms, as well as the fight against corruption, before agreeing to formally launch accession talks.

by Cat on Thu Jun 16th, 2022 at 05:06:09 PM EST
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EC | Opinion on the EU membership application by Ukraine, 17 June
The aspiration to belong to the European Union has for many years been an important priority for Ukraine, its governments and citizens. It has been an underlying motive for democratic changes over the past decade and a driver of a number of key reforms founded on European values. The decision in late 2013, of the then-President not to sign, the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which symbolised for many Ukrainians a path towards the European Union, led to large-scale protests against the authorities.
something something ...
Subsequently < wipes tears> , the Russian Federation moved against Ukraine, not accepting the independent choice of the Ukrainian people. While losing control over part of its territory and suffering human and economic losses because of the conflict in the eastern part of the country, Ukraine continued throughout the years as a resilient democracy moving closer to the European Union and gradually aligning with the acquis. ...
Mental disorcer is a communicable disease, A/V (EN)
by Cat on Sun Jun 19th, 2022 at 01:18:54 PM EST
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DW | [European Council] grant Ukraine and Moldova candidate status, 23 June unaninmity
by Cat on Thu Jun 23rd, 2022 at 08:29:21 PM EST
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US Congressional Commission | Population and Family Planning Law of the People's Republic of China
Thousands protest against abortion in Madrid, Mar 2022
Abortion rights in Europe vary widely -- and are getting squeezed, 3 May
"Sweden took the No. 1 spot in the 2021 European Abortion Policies Atlas -- a ranking compiled by pro-abortion rights groups -- allowing for an abortion up until the 18th week of pregnancy."
Why Canada's conservatives are keeping quiet on abortion, 5 May
German parliament votes to remove ["NAZI era"] ban on 'abortion advertising', 24 June
[Justice Minister Marco] Buschmann stressed that"commercializing and trivializing advertising" is to remain prohibited, but women have a right to crucial information about ending a pregnancy.

The scrapping of the law coincided with a [draft] decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to revoke the constitutional right to an abortion as provided by the landmark Roe v. Wade decision of 1973.

Dobbs v Jackson Whole Woman's Health, 24 June states' rights
DW | Abortion in EU: ["]Fragile["] progress -- and tightened laws, 24 June aspirational NORMZ
Although abortion is broadly available across the European Union, observers point to endangerment of such access. A case in Malta highlights the risks. DW looks at four [!] EU countries with diverging policies. [Center for Reproductive Rights USA map]
Restrictions as to Reasons®
Center for Reproductive Rights Worlwide "green zone", 2014
Center for Reproductive Rights Worlwide "blue zone", Apr 2022

Center for Reproductive Rights Worlwide "blue zone", 24 June UPDATE
archived What about Ulster?, The green zone is not what it appears
by Cat on Sat Jun 25th, 2022 at 12:44:36 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jun 25th, 2022 at 01:06:03 AM EST
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Politico.eu.com | post-mortem
US Supreme Court ruling adds to sense that America is out of step with < wipes tears > other modern democracies.
Despite this sense that the U.S. is negligent when it comes to basic social protections for its citizens, the country remains a global political and cultural touchstone < wipes tears >, and its domestic political perturbations still reverberate across the two oceans that often keep U.S. citizens relatively distant and disconnected from tribulations elsewhere.
Europe, however, is not universally in favor of abortion rights. There is also a fierce and divisive debate over abortion in [commie-reformed] Poland < wipes tears >, where the government adopted a near-total ban on abortion with limited exceptions in the cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother's life. And European Parliament President Roberta Metsola, who is from Malta, faced some criticism ahead of her election because of her personal stance opposing abortion rights.
by Cat on Sat Jun 25th, 2022 at 03:24:24 PM EST
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vOLdEmoRT: US is now international out[liar] - Biden
President Joe Biden claimed on Friday that a Supreme Court ruling restricting abortion access has made the US "an outlier among developed nations."
Even with its 15-week cutoff point, Mississippi's abortion law was more permissive < wipes tears > than the policies of Austria, France, Spain, Ireland, Germany and Italy, all of which ban abortion between 12 or 14 weeks.  However, Mississippi will soon ban almost all abortions. The state is one of 13 with a "trigger law" on its books.
"legal abortion" restrictions as to Reasons®
These provide for a ["]near-total["] abortion ban to come into effect in the event of Roe v Wade being overturned, and following certification by state officials, abortion is expected to be banned except in cases of rape, incest, or threat to the mother's life, in the coming two weeks.
Lawmakers in several other states, including Nebraska, Virginia and West Virginia, have promised to introduce similar European-style restrictions < wipes tears > in the near future.
Access to abortion will remain unchanged in a number of mostly Democratic-run states, and will be expanded in others.
Alaska, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Oregon, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico and Vermont all allow elective abortion at any stage of pregnancy. Internationally, only Canada, China, North Korea, and Vietnam allow this practice.
archived Wed May 4th, 2022, US inneractive access map

Politico "women and minorities" Matrix
aren't the states and the parties pretty much sorted already?
archived the Yellen mandate, What PUTIN really wants Matrix
by Cat on Sat Jun 25th, 2022 at 08:03:01 PM EST
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Another EU success in Africa!!! It must be the result of all these investments!
"De source espagnole, les migrants auraient pu être bien plus nombreux à passer si la coordination et la collaboration avec les forces marocaines n'avaient été excellentes, les gendarmes marocains ayant en effet pu stopper l'essentiel des candidats au passage en force."

...only 18 dead, wonderful life!

https://www.rfi.fr/fr/europe/20220625-au-moins-18-morts-dans-les-tentatives-de-franchissement-de-la- fronti%C3%A8re-entre-le-maroc-et-melilla

by Tom2 on Sat Jun 25th, 2022 at 07:16:06 PM EST
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RFI | Au moins 18 morts dans les tentatives de franchissement de la frontière entre le Maroc et Melilla, 06..25.22
by Cat on Sat Jun 25th, 2022 at 08:12:42 PM EST
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Melilla: death toll from mass incursion on Spanish enclave rises to 23

The Spanish government's local delegation said only that 49 Spanish police were lightly injured.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 26th, 2022 at 12:15:28 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jun 4th, 2022 at 06:26:23 PM EST
by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jun 5th, 2022 at 09:05:54 AM EST
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Daniel Hannan on deregulation

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 5th, 2022 at 09:35:10 AM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jun 7th, 2022 at 12:23:06 AM EST
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I am not sure EFTA would have accepted UK as a member in 2016, and I doubt very much EFTA would accept UK as a member now. The last couple of years has been rather instructive.
by fjallstrom on Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 08:26:55 AM EST
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Have tea with the Queen. Get flown to Rwanda.
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jun 14th, 2022 at 04:31:32 PM EST
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Fall back position for human rights ...

ECHR Halts Rwanda Deportation Flight

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 15th, 2022 at 06:07:06 AM EST
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Ukraine fatigue has entered the room.
by Cat on Sun Jun 19th, 2022 at 12:39:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jun 20th, 2022 at 04:58:13 PM EST
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Transport secretary supporter of Brexit's plan to take the UK back to the 1970s is upset that the UK is having 1970s-style labour trouble.
by asdf on Tue Jun 21st, 2022 at 03:09:28 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jun 21st, 2022 at 08:10:07 PM EST
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UKHSA | Immediate actions in response to detection of vaccine derived polio virus type 2 (VDPV2) in London sewage samples, 22 June not-*pox
Vaccine-like [?!] type 2 [?!] poliovirus
An average [!] of 1 to 3 poliovirus isolates per year have been detected from UK sewage samples in recent years. However, these have all been single detections which are unrelated to each other. In this instance, the isolates identified between February and June 2022 are ["]genetically related["'. This has prompted the need to investigate the extent of transmission of this virus in Northeast London.

The most likely scenario is that a recently vaccinated individual entered [IMMIGRANTS!] the UK before February 2022 from a country where oral polio vaccine (OPV) has been used for supplementary immunisation campaigns. While the UK stopped using OPV in 2004, several countries, including Pakistan, Afghanistan[,] and Nigeria have continued to use OPV containing type 2 virus for outbreak control.

by Cat on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 02:10:58 PM EST
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Reuters | BoE flags risk of recession and 10% inflation as it raises rates again, 5 May
"nine rate-setters voted 6-3 for the rise in Bank Rate from 0.75% [to 1.0%], with Catherine Mann, Jonathan Haskel and Michael Saunders calling for a bigger increase to 1.25%."

Reuters | UK government proposes VAT cut to ease pain of rising prices-The Times, 30 June < 20% or No, Ma'am?

The British government did not confirm the report. A source close to [BoJo chief of staff Steve] Barclay said decisions on tax matters would be taken by Johnson and his finance minister [Rishi Sunak] and that ministers have been told to follow up on commitments made in that letter.

British inflation, which reached 9.1% last month [May 2022], is at its highest in four decades, contributing to strikes or threats of industrial action by workers across transport services, schools, postal services and hospitals.

Catalan News | Spanish government to cut electricity VAT from 10% to 5%, 22 June
"One year ago, the Socialist-led executive already lowered the electricity VAT from 21% to 10%"
by Cat on Fri Jul 1st, 2022 at 01:41:27 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jun 4th, 2022 at 06:26:35 PM EST
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jun 4th, 2022 at 09:07:09 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jun 5th, 2022 at 10:12:26 PM EST
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The forced labour filling our closets: U.S. is coming after it in an unprecedented way - CBC.ca
There's a mounting pile of detailed evidence of human rights abuses against ethnic Uyghurs in China's Muslim region of Xinjiang, a hub for cotton, tomato paste and solar-panel production.

And there's a specific date when things are supposed to change: June 21.

That's the day a new U.S. law takes effect, aimed at reordering international supply chains by altering the behaviour of any company that sells goods to the U.S.

Critics of the measure warn it will cause economic chaos.

What happens June 21

The Forced Labor Prevention Act would penalize importers and seize their goods by toughening older forced-labour laws with unprecedented new measures.

It reverses the burden of proof: guilty until proven innocent.

From now on, if you're shipping anything into the U.S., and if U.S. officials find out that any of it -- even a bit of it -- comes from Xinjiang or from any entity on a future watchlist, it'll be seized unless you can prove there was no forced labour involved.

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 05:45:25 PM EST
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Doctor named in abortion case has nothing to do with lawsuit
"As the state's chief health officer, he is the person who must be named in any lawsuit related to abortion or other health issues, he explained recently in a post on Twitter."
archived You can't fix stupid
by Cat on Tue Jun 7th, 2022 at 06:05:44 PM EST
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The Hill | How will the Roe v Wade overturn impact Americans' mental health?", 26 June
Americans' mental health, already in a state of decline prior to COVID-19, took a turn for the worse during the global pandemic. Compounding these trends are a shortage of mental health care providers and the economic barriers some might face when seeking treatment.
PPACA minimum "federal qualified" insurance benefit coverage (USD/wk)
In their statement, the APA [makers of 'enhanced interrogation'] expressed "deep concern and profound disappointment" about the Supreme Court's decision, citing decades of research that shows denial of abortion is linked with increased risks of high anxiety levels, low life satisfaction, and decreased self-esteem compared with those who are able to access the service. pay for 'privatized' elective surgery  
It's a communicable disease.
Postpartum depression [?!] currently affects around 1 in 7 women [14%] and severely impacts a woman's ability to return to normal function following childbirth. Due to STIGMA and PRIVACY concerns, nearly half of new mothers may not even report their postpartum depression. As more women must give birth in states where abortion access is limited, it follows [from WHAT?] that rates of postpartum depression will increase among new mothers.
saywutnow? Evaluate comorbidity > parturition < surgical or "medication abortion": That's some ...counterintuitive reasoning
Stripping individuals of their rights that were once codified into federal law [FALSE] also fosters feelings of dehumanization < wipes tears > while the potential of further rights being put into jeopardy can also heighten the mental health crisis.

"The American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association and the National Association of Social Workers pledge to work with Congress and state policymakers legislators in an effort to protect access and availability of abortion services," the three organizations said in a joint statement.

Democracy is not well understood.
archived public property
by Cat on Mon Jun 27th, 2022 at 11:59:56 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 11:05:25 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jun 7th, 2022 at 12:07:21 AM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jun 7th, 2022 at 05:57:43 PM EST
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Readovka | The State Duma adopted in the first reading a law on strengthening control over the circulation of weapons in the Russian Federation, 8 June
"The check will be carried out by the [FBI] and the [Jan6 Committee]. The text of the law also provides for the possibility to appeal the refusal in court.
by Cat on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 03:39:34 AM EST
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BA.4 and BA.5 not-*pox
"COVID-19 cases have risen in the U.S. to around 100,000 per day, though the real number could be as much as five times higher given that many cases go unreported."
by Cat on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 04:08:03 AM EST
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Omicron BA.5: No one is fully protected, 13 June
Along with being harder for neutralizing antibodies to locate, BA.5 is more transmissible than other omicron subvariants. Like other ["stealth"] subvariants, BA.5 infections are milder than infections with other COVID STRAINS, like delta.
by Cat on Tue Jun 14th, 2022 at 12:48:17 AM EST
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Mild again.
by generic on Tue Jun 14th, 2022 at 09:58:18 AM EST
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COVID Trade War Comedy Gold
by Cat on Thu Jun 16th, 2022 at 02:28:18 PM EST
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Immune boosting by B.1.1.529 (Omicron) depends on previous SARS-CoV-2 exposure
The Omicron, or Pango lineage B.1.1.529, variant of SARS-CoV-2 carries multiple spike mutations with high transmissibility and partial neutralizing antibody (nAb) escape. Vaccinated individuals show protection from severe disease, often attributed to primed cellular immunity. We investigated T and B cell immunity against B.1.1.529 in triple mRNA vaccinated healthcare workers (HCW) with different SARS-CoV-2 infection histories. B and T cell immunity against previous variants of concern was enhanced in triple vaccinated individuals, but magnitude of T and B cell responses against B.1.1.529 spike protein was reduced. Immune imprinting by infection with the earlier B.1.1.7 (Alpha) variant resulted in less durable binding antibody against B.1.1.529. Previously infection-naïve HCW who became infected during the B.1.1.529 wave showed enhanced immunity against earlier variants, but reduced nAb potency and T cell responses against B.1.1.529 itself. Previous Wuhan Hu-1 infection abrogated T cell recognition and any enhanced cross-reactive neutralizing immunity on infection with B.1.1.529.
by generic on Fri Jun 17th, 2022 at 12:21:22 PM EST
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JCI Insight - Fatal COVID-19 outcomes are associated with an antibody response targeting epitopes shared with endemic coronaviruses
Here, we show that a key characteristic of fatal coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outcomes is that the immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein is enriched for antibodies directed against epitopes shared with endemic beta-coronaviruses, and has a lower proportion of antibodies targeting the more protective variable regions of the spike. The magnitude of antibody responses to the SARS-CoV-2 full-length spike protein, its domains and subunits, and the SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid also correlated strongly with responses to the endemic beta-coronavirus spike proteins in individuals admitted to intensive care units (ICU) with fatal COVID-19 outcomes, but not in individuals with non-fatal outcomes. This correlation was found to be due to the antibody response directed at the S2 subunit of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, which has the highest degree of conservation between the beta-coronavirus spike proteins.
by generic on Sat Jun 18th, 2022 at 08:02:16 AM EST
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Intriguingly, antibody responses to the less cross-reactive SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid were not significantly different in individuals who were admitted to ICU with fatal and non-fatal outcomes, suggesting an antibody profile in individuals with fatal outcomes consistent with an original antigenic sin type-response.
by generic on Sat Jun 18th, 2022 at 08:03:00 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jun 12th, 2022 at 01:03:38 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jun 12th, 2022 at 09:02:29 PM EST
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"efforts on Qatar in 2017 were motivated to prevent a war from breaking out in the Gulf that would put U.S. troops at risk"

divertissement Energy Supply to Europe, 'in solidarity' with European countries

by Cat on Mon Jun 13th, 2022 at 01:52:08 AM EST
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Joe Tzu Art of PUTIN'S WAR has entered the room.
by Cat on Mon Jun 13th, 2022 at 09:58:15 PM EST
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Biden tells oil companies to cut costs for Americans "to increase the supply [?!] of gasoline"

Mary McFly PhD, Econ 101 Ricardo: FAIL; Econ 150 J.S. Mill: FAIL

FTC | Predatory or Below-Cost Pricing

archived U.S. bill, dubbed NOPEC, REPowerEU "market intervention"

by Cat on Wed Jun 15th, 2022 at 04:03:11 PM EST
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PBS math, bro | Joe Tzu calls for more production and lower profits in letter to U.S. oil refiners, 15 June
There may be limits on how much more capacity [sic] can be added [to WHAT?]. The U.S. Energy Information Administration on Friday released estimates that "refinery utilization will reach a monthly average level of 96 percent twice this summer, near the upper limits of what refiners can consistently maintain."
by Cat on Thu Jun 16th, 2022 at 03:40:00 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jun 15th, 2022 at 02:58:28 PM EST
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in the "right side of history" is hard werk!

by Cat on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 09:18:16 PM EST
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MANDATES a three-month gas tax holiday to top off liberation of 1M bbl per day from US strategic reserve--ending October
by Cat on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 09:36:01 PM EST
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declines to endorse gas tax holiday without the DNC Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act and Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act "gauge"
by Cat on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 09:39:50 PM EST
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PUTIN Powell: "No, inflation was high before -- certainly before the war in Ukraine broke out"
by Cat on Thu Jun 23rd, 2022 at 04:47:23 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jun 25th, 2022 at 02:20:58 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jun 25th, 2022 at 08:16:56 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jun 26th, 2022 at 04:28:54 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jun 28th, 2022 at 07:48:57 AM EST
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VOA | U.S. speeds licensing for gun, ammunition shipments to Ukraine, 10 Mar
feat. Lawn Guyland "donation drive"
WaPoo: It is unclear how the Miami Police Department plans to get the weapons there. [...] Under a set of federal rules called the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, anyone seeking to export guns, ammunition and other defense-related items from the United States must get a license from the U.S. State Department.
by Cat on Sun Jun 26th, 2022 at 09:35:35 PM EST
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involuntary relocation has entered the asylum
by Cat on Fri Jul 1st, 2022 at 02:40:33 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jun 4th, 2022 at 06:26:56 PM EST
The world's ten most neglected crises are all in Africa - Norwegian Refugee Council
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is once again the world's most neglected displacement crisis according to the Norwegian Refugee Council's (NRC) annual analysis. For the first time, the top 10 list is comprised entirely of African countries.

The annual list of neglected displacement crises is based on three criteria: lack of funding, lack of media attention, and lack of international political and diplomatic initiatives. The DRC is followed by Burkina Faso, Cameroon and South Sudan on top of the bleak ranking.

"That the world's most neglected crises are all in Africa points to the chronic failure of decision makers, donors and the media to address conflict and human suffering on this continent," said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, launching the report today. "With the all-absorbing war in Europe's Ukraine, I fear African suffering will be pushed further into the shadows."

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jun 5th, 2022 at 12:18:01 PM EST
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euractiv | EU steps up efforts to debunk Putin's food security propaganda, 2 June
"'Our sanctions don't affect the exports of food and fertilisers from Russia,' a senior EU official stressed, referring to issues raised by Macky Sall, President of Senegal and Chair of the African Union, in his address to EU leaders at their summit on Tuesday (31 May)."

S&P Global | EU's Russian ships insurance ban to distort commodities trade: sources, 2 June

The views from the shipping market follow a recent remark from Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, saying that there is a ban on insurance and reinsurance of Russian ships by EU companies. The remark raised concerns in the commodities markets amid a lack of clarity whether the ban would cover ships transporting Russian oil or other commodities. There is a built-in clause in all protection and indemnity, or P&I insurance agreements, that any voyage of a ship to a sanctioned location under UN, EU, UK and US laws will automatically make it ineligible for the cover, a maritime insurance executive said in Singapore.
Those ships which undertake voyages to and from Russia will not get any insurance cover of Western P&I clubs but can still manage to do trade based on national clubs and sovereign guarantee provided by countries willing to trade with it, a chartering executive with a global commodities trading company said. He pointed to the model of trade adopted with Iran when half a dozen countries including India, Japan and Taiwan were initially exempted from the Western sanctions against Iran. A similar approach is possible as several countries from Hungary to India are still willing to trade with Russia, he said.
Kremlin.ru | Meeting with Chairman of the African Union, President of Senegal Macky Sall, 3 June
Marty Sall (retranslated): ...
I thank you for  calling when we were able to speak at the very beginning of the crisis, and I thank you for hosting us here today - me not only as the President of Senegal, but also as the President of the African Union. With me today is also the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Indeed, Russia played a huge role in the independence of the African continent, which the African continent will never be able to forget, and it is in the name of this friendship that I am here as well.

We have high hopes for our cooperation, including bilateral cooperation between Russia and the African continent, but we are also here today to talk about the crisis and its consequences.
Sanctions against Russia have further exacerbated this situation, and now we do not have access to grains from Russia, especially wheat from Russia. And, most importantly, we do not have access to fertilizers, because the situation was already difficult, and now it is even more difficult, and this has consequences for food security in Africa.

Sputnik | Anti-Russia Sanctions Left Africa Without Access to Grain and Fertilisers, African Union Chief Says, 3 June
Ahead of Friday's visit, Sall's office indicated that the trip was "part of the efforts of the current chairmanship of the [African] Union to contribute to the lull in the war in Ukraine, and the release of stocks of grain and fertilizer whose blockage particularly affects African countries".
Sall also expressed concerns about Europe's move to bar Russian banks from the SWIFT global payment system.
by Cat on Sun Jun 5th, 2022 at 11:37:10 PM EST
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TeleSur | Venezuela and Qatar Review Progress in Bilateral Relations, 15 June
sinde 7 June, Maduro also has made official visits to Türkiye, Algeria, Iran, Kuwait.
UAE Bans Exports of Wheat & Flour Originating From India, 15 June Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA)
India has faced severe criticism from the [UKRAINE ALLIES] since it imposed restrictions on wheat exports on 13 May [after US, EU imposed sanctions against RU shipping, commercial "entities," and SWIFT transactions].

India's Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar has suggested his country's export ban was imposed to prevent "diversion to high-income countries."

The Indian minister alleged that international traders based out of Singapore and Dubai stocked [hoarded] Indian wheat to later sell it off, resulting in a four-fold price increase [like, say, COVID-19 "vaccines" and patent-protected pHARMA licenses].

euractiv | EU-India clash over push on free trade of food, 16 June all UR "GRAINS" belong to us
To plug the trade gap left by the war, the EU and other Western countries stress the need for trade flows to continue at all costs, while others advocate for countries' right to safeguard food stocks for their own populations. Since [PUTIN'S WAR] started on 24 February, some 27 [?] countries, including India, have put [export] restrictions in place.
how to lie like a shag-pile "geopolitical power" sanctions carpet
Meanwhile, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has urged [REST OF WORLD] not to impose any restrictions on trade.

"The European Union keeps its food exports going [FALSE], and so should everyone else [except you-know-who]," she said following a meeting of EU leaders on 9 June.

Macron-Trump-guided WTO "reform" with a twist
"The WTO's attacks against our model of market regulation are extremely dangerous. The G33 [EME!] must continue to resist and build based on the aspirations and hopes of small-scale producers," he concluded.

Meanwhile, Morgan Ody, a French small farmer and general coordinator of La Via Campesina, called the WTO a "failed project".

"[We] call on all states, especially those in the South, to leave the WTO immediately. We must create a new international framework for agriculture and trade based on food sovereignty. Only then can we defend the interests of small-scale food producers," she said.

IISD | Russia Plans to Exit World Trade Organization and Other Global Bodies, 6 June

coceral | MY 2021/2022 Total Grain Production per Country, 27 May
European Association of cereals, rice, feedstuffs, oilseeds, olive oil, oils and fats and agrosupply trade
circabc.europa.eu | Cereals Market Situation, 2 June *.ppt
EU Committee for the Common Organisation of Agricultural Markets: MY 2021/2022 world production: world consumption, etc; MY 2022/2023 forecast

A: not even close to; src: AgManager | Grain Market Impacts a/o 21 Mar 2022


Jaishankar: The answer is "B": You don't understand in the west. But it isn't just the west. I don't think people understand, because they are not actually tracking the trade. We have been exporting wheat. ... But what we then saw was a kind of run on our wheat, a large part of it done by international traders base out of Singapore and to some degree, maybe Dubai. The result was actually the low-income countries many of whom are our traditional buyers like our neighbor Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Napal ... the Gulf buys regularly from us... Sudan ... Yemen ... What we saw was the low-income buyers were being squeezed out in a way our goodwill was being used for speculation. So we had to do something to stop that.
Somewhere Europe has to grow out of the mind-set that  Europe's problems are the world's problems, but the world's problems are not Europe's. That it is you, it's yours; if it is me, it's ours.
USDA-certified Crop Calendars and Stock-to-Use Ratios to maximize profit
by Cat on Thu Jun 16th, 2022 at 06:55:25 PM EST
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Explosive demand growth Europe's problems could lead to supply shortages in raw materials, 17 June
As around 19 of the 30 raw materials that the European Commission has labelled `critical' are primarily produced in China, there is a high risk that these dependencies could lead to supply ["]disruptions["] for the EU's industrial sector.
The EU's dependency on China is particularly high when it comes to rare earths, a crucial element for many high-tech products, where China accounts for 95% of the bloc's imports.

"We should not accept that we have more than 25% of raw materials coming from one geographic area, whatever this area is, as such a dependency implies huge supply risks," [World Material Summit chair Phillipe] Varin added.

The dependency on China is even higher when it comes to the first stage of processing many of these critical raw materials intermediate goods. Andre Wolf, divisional head at the Centre for European Policy, told EURACTIV: "When it comes to the first stage of processing intermediate goods, I see perhaps an even greater dependence on China than it is the case regarding the physical concentration of reserves raw materials."

According to Wolf, China has already achieved a technological lead in this area, which would make it difficult for Europe to catch up in the foreseeable future.

wheat, cotton, tea, rice, gold, coal, iron, titanium, oil + gas, esters + hydrogen ...
The availability of strategic raw materials is also mentioned in the priorities of the upcoming Czech Presidency in the EU. The growth of  demand in the [EU, US] bloc is primarily driven by the Commission's goal of achieving [advanced economy] carbon neutrality.
2019: Canada Sends Warships Through Sensitive Taiwan Strait
IPEF "anti-China" Summit
Habeck trade diplomacy
the Middle Finger
To boost the diversification of supply chains, the EU is additionally also working on partnerships on raw materials with third states.

On Tuesday, the European Commission - alongside France and Germany - entered a Mineral Security Partnership with Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom to address the growing international demand EXISTENTIAL CRISIS.

However, according to Varin, more needs to be done in this regard. "We have to engage in a materials diplomacy that is forging long-term partnerships with friendly states and get access to resource-rich countries", Varin said, adding that ["]relations["] with Africa will be crucial here.

by Cat on Fri Jun 17th, 2022 at 10:07:18 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | EU  chief urges EU to ease food payments to Russia, 20 June aspirations
Senegalese President Macky Sall, who currently chairs the African Union, on Sunday called on Brussels to provide some scope for African countries to pay for imported cereals and fertilizers from Russia despite EU sanctions excluding Russian banks from [SWIFT] payment systems.

"We want to pay, but it is becoming impossible. So we ask the Europeans for the same mechanism as for gas and oil," Sall told Le Journal du Dimanche in an interview.[...] That problem was also discussed during a bilateral meeting in Paris between Sall and French President Emmanuel Macron last week. Macron then told Sall that disruptions have nothing to do with EU sanctions, according to an Elysée official.

EU to AU: Russian naval blockade of the GLOBAL GATEWAY to more than 20M mt of Ukrainian feed grain is a you problem.
Sall said that Senegal is not dependent on grain imports, but warned that fertilizer shortages will have an impact on local production.

"The destabilization of Africa due to famine is as important as the outcome of the war in Ukraine today," the African leader warned.

by Cat on Mon Jun 20th, 2022 at 11:06:29 PM EST
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SWIFT messaging systems, free trade, demand or supply, arms sales, GHG emissions, IMF loan origination, EME debt burden, WORLD HUNGER,  ...

Politico.eu.com | G7 to discuss Russian oil price cap fixing via sanctions relief waiver sales, 24 June INNOVATION

Western countries NATO members are becoming increasingly frustrated that their currency embargoes on Russian oil have had the counterproductive effect of driving up the global petrol [sic] prices, meaning that Moscow, which continues to sell oil to countries such as India [!] and China [!], ends up earning more money for its war chest federal budget.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet "transitory *flation" Yellen has proposed to tackle this issue market failure with a price cap fixing: The idea is that the EU and ["post-BREXIT"] U.K., which are currently trying to restrain hamper Russian oil sales trade by banning maritime insurance for the cargo any ships that transport oil Russian cargo, would lift this sanction for those countries that accepted to only buy Russian oil at an agreed maximum REPowerEU Versaille "collective" market intervention "partnership" USD- or EUR-denominated price.

a distrubance in the antitrust "modern democracies" farce
In addition, the [European Council and Council of the] EU would have to amend its latest sanctions package to lift ship insurance bans.

"It's all very, very complex ... but we're working together very constructively to get it done," a senior German official said.

by Cat on Sat Jun 25th, 2022 at 04:41:27 PM EST
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lifted out of my bookmark attic ...

EU SANCTIONS MAP, last updated 19 June 2022

I offer no warranties as to the accuracy, scale efficiencies, and US sanctions, ahem, synergistic properties represented therein.

by Cat on Sun Jun 26th, 2022 at 03:30:18 PM EST
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I sit corrected.

Legit "restrictive measures" list numbering 15 "in view of" Russia (2014 to date) provided at EUR-Lex.

COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) No 833/2014 as amended

by Cat on Sun Jun 26th, 2022 at 04:02:56 PM EST
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euractiv | Humble potato 'must go to Africa', Germany insists
Partnering with the private sector, Germany wants more potatoes to take root in Sub-Saharan Africa in an effort to address chronic food shortages. But development aid groups are sceptical about mixing business interests with public funding.

"The potato must go to Africa," said Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, state secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), a few months ago.

Beerfeltz kept a straight face as he marked the launch of the Potato Initiative Africa (PIA), which is supported by the BMZ.

DW | With VWAST ARABLE lands, why does Africa need to import grain?

Even before the RUSSIAN invasion in late February, the pandemic and a long period of drought had already hit African economies hard. The war in UKRAINE made things critically worse since the continent imported about a third of its wheat from RUSSIA and UKRAINE. With food prices skyrocketing in global markets, even those countries not reliant on imports from RUSSIA and UKRAINE are suffering.
cash crop theory
Africans produce food, but not for themselves
A major part of African farmlands is used to grow crops such as coffee, cocoa, and cottonseed oil for export, while the ["]staple crops["] of the African diet, wheat, and rice, mainly come from outside of the continent.

Much of this imported food could be produced locally [for export?],according to the World Bank, while African countries' self-sufficiency could also be boosted by replacing foreign cereal with regional [staple] crops such as fonio, teff, sorghum, amaranth, and millet.

The mass production of exportable crops, its proponents argue, helps Africa's agriculture develop and modernize and gives African nations economic sway in the global market. But with the war in UKRAINE threatening global food supplies, [AFRICAN] production and distribution will need to adapt.

by Cat on Fri Jul 1st, 2022 at 02:01:11 PM EST
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euractiv | G7 countries pledge extra billions to fight global food crisis, 29 June MILLENIUM $1-per-day diet exacerbated by RUSSIA's war in UKRAINE
In a separate statement on global food security, the seven leaders also stressed their commitment to the goal agreed in 2015 of lifting 500 million people out of hunger and malnutrition by 2030.

"We currently have 345 million people who we know do not have enough to eat. That is four times as many people as live in Germany," Scholz, whose country currently chairs the G7, told journalists on Tuesday.
The additional funds are intended to be coordinated by the so-called [GLOBAL GATEWAY] Global Alliance for Food Security, which German Development Minister Svenja Schulze recently launched together with World Bank [US] President David Malpass.

Millenium Challenge: It's a war game AND a perpetual poverty relief policy!
Lifting the blockade of UKRAINian Black Sea ports
In addition to providing emergency aid to countries 500 MILLION PEOPLE affected by food insecurity, the seven leaders also agreed on a common position on RUSSIA's blockade of the UKRAINian Black Sea ports, which currently prevents the country from exporting much of its stored grain.

"We strongly support UKRAINE in resuming its agricultural EXPORTS to world markets, as well as the UN's [BWAH!] efforts to establish a secure maritime corridor through the Black Sea," the statement said.

ORF | G20's Debt Service Suspension Initiative: A historical comparison, 28 June
Paris Club, London Club, Brady Plan, and the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPC)
by Cat on Fri Jul 1st, 2022 at 02:28:05 PM EST
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The United States Extends Its Military Reach Into Zambia, 1 July AFRICOM
On April 26, 2022, the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced that they had set up an office in the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia. According to AFRICOM Brigadier General Peter Bailey, Deputy Director for Strategy, Engagement and Programs, the Office of Security Cooperation would be based in the U.S. Embassy building. Social media in Zambia buzzed with rumors about the creation of a U.S. military base in the country. Defense Minister Ambrose Lufuma released a statement[3 May] to say that "Zambia has no intention whatsoever of establishing or hosting any military bases on Zambian soil." "Over our dead bodies" will the United States have a military base in Zambia, said Dr. Fred M'membe, the president of the Socialist Party of Zambia.
That can be arranged. Patrice Lumumba's tooth
Brigadier General Bailey of AFRICOM had met with Zambia's President Hakainde Hichilema during his visit to Lusaka. Hichilema's government faces serious economic challenges despite the fact that Zambia has one of the richest resources of raw materials in the world. When Zambia's total public debt grew to nearly $27 billion (with an external debt of approximately $14.5 billion), it returned to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in December 2021 for financial assistance, resulting in an IMF-induced spiral of debt.

Two months after Hichilema met with the AFRICOM team, he hosted IMF Deputy Managing Director Antoinette M. Sayeh in June, who thanked President Hichilema for his commitment to the IMF "reform plans." These plans include a general austerity package ["structural adjustment programming"] that will not only cause the Zambian population to be in the grip of poverty but will also prevent the Zambian government from exercising its sovereignty.
The real intentions, M'membe told me, are for the United States to use Zambia's location "to monitor, to control, and to quickly reach the other countries in the region." Zambia and its neighbor, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he said, "possess not less than 70 percent of the world's cobalt reserves. There are huge copper reserves and other minerals needed for modern technologies [in both these countries]." Partly, M'membe said, "this is what has heightened interest in Zambia." Zambia is operating as a "puppet regime," M'membe said, a government that is de jure independent but de facto "completely dependent on an outside power and subject to its orders," M'membe added, while referring to the U.S. interference in the functioning of the Zambian government. Despite his campaign promises in 2021, President Hichilema has followed the same IMF-dependent policies as his unpopular predecessor Edgar Lungu.
Zambia's Defense Minister Lufuma [now] argues that the "office" set up in Lusaka is to assist the Zambian forces in the United Nations Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Since 2014, the United States has provided around 136 million kwacha ($8 million) to assist the Zambian military. Lufuma said that this office will merely continue that work. In fact, Zambia is not even one of the top five troop contributing countries to MINUSCA (these include Bangladesh, Cameroon, Egypt, Pakistan and Rwanda).

Neither Zambia nor the United States military has made public the agreement signed in April. ...

archived World Bank: "the resource-rich countries that host these strategic minerals"
by Cat on Fri Jul 1st, 2022 at 05:02:56 PM EST
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US sending $9 million in food aid to [204,000 war] refugees in Tanzania, 1 July
The aid comes as global food supplies tighten amid an ongoing war in UKRAINE.
• The funds will be given through the U.S. Agency for International Development [USAID].  
• The funds will go towards purchasing 12,000 metric tons of maize.
Displaced people from BURUNDI make up the majority of the refugees living in Tanzania but about a quarter are from the DRC, according to the [Norwegian Refugee Council] NFC.  

Food supplies in Tanzania, for native Tanzanians and those living in refugee camps, are shrinking in part due to the ongoing war in UKRAINE.  

African countries rely heavily on RUSSIA and UKRAINE for wheat imports with Tanzania, Senegal[,] and Rwanda importing 60 percent of their wheat supply from both countries, according to Newsweek [6 June].

U.S. Warns Starving African Nations to Not Buy Grain Stolen by RUSSIA
by Cat on Fri Jul 1st, 2022 at 04:34:08 PM EST
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CFR | EU Task Force Takuba in Mali, 8 Dec 2020
A Franco-Estonian elite unit, styled Task Force Takuba, has arrived in northern Mali and is based near the city of Gao. Czech and Swedish forces are due to arrive soon. From media reports, the deployments go beyond the training and support of indigenous military.

The contributing elements are from each country's elite special forces units, and they will also work with the regular French troops deployed since 2013 as part of Operation Barkhane. Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and Greece have made commitments to send special forces to Mali, as has Italy ...

europarl | End of European operations in and commitments to Mali, 15 Mar 2022
Since 2012, France and several of its European partners have been present in Mali to help ensure regional security. A total of 53 French soldiers have lost their lives in Operation Barkhane, a military campaign protecting Mali from the Islamist threat.
Given the Malian junta's hostility towards the EU and France, will the Commission put an end to its commitments to Mali and all these subsidies?
Forsvarsmakten | Task Force Takuba suspended - new challenges await, 25 Apr 2022
"The reason was the Malian junta's unwillingness to hold democratic elections and their cooperation with the Russian Wagner Group that had sent mercenaries to Mali."
by Cat on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 04:07:21 PM EST
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Mali has had a coup in 2020 and one in 2021.

Wagner company arrived in January 2022, western forces started leaving in February 2022.

Western forces leaving now is more likely due to the Mali governments collaboration with the Wagner company than any concern for democracy.

by fjallstrom on Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 09:54:49 AM EST
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No. The Malian army got a deal with Wagner, once it was clear that the French would leave without elections. They have never been able to deal with the insurgency in the North. In 2012 they were comprehensively beaten, and lost the whole of the north of the country, to a ragtag assortment of tribal militias. And promptly overthrew the elected government.

Mali is under African Union and West African regional sanctions because of those goons' refusal to schedule elections on a reasonable timetable. In those conditions, France can't stay.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 01:00:33 PM EST
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Neither can other Europeans.
by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 08:41:00 PM EST
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Defeat and Withdrawal of French Forces Mali

Spain Urges NATO Role Southern Flank

Macron announces French troop withdrawal from Mali | France24 - Feb 17, 2022 |

Recent coups in Mali, Chad and Burkina Faso have weakened French alliances and emboldened jihadists who control large swathes of the region.

French special forces 'to protect' Niger uranium mines | France24 - Jan 25, 2013 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 11:32:01 PM EST
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France24 | France captures Islamic State group leader in Mali, 15 June FRANCE 24 is SUCH rubbish proves the rule: exit strategy
by Cat on Thu Jun 16th, 2022 at 02:37:36 PM EST
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multipolarista | Only 4 of 55 African leaders attend Zelensky [telethon], 22 June
France and Germany put heavy pressure on African governments to attend the Zoom call, which was held on June 20.
France's major newspaper Le Monde described Zelensky's video call as "an address that the African Union (AU) has delayed for as long as possible and has been keen to keep discreet, almost secret." Ukraine had tried to organize the conference since April, but the AU had repeatedly pushed it back.
Citing an internal source, The Africa Report identified the very few African heads of state who attended the call as [AU and] Senegal's President Macky Sall, Côte d'Ivoire's President Alassane Ouattara, [Mohamed al-Menfi from Libya Presidential Council, Moussa Faki from AU Commission,] and the Republic of the Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso.
The only official recognition of the call came from Faki, in a lone tweet [?], in which he cautiously "reiterated the AU position of the urgent need for dialogue to end the conflict to allow peace to return to the Region and to restore global stability."
The Africa Report | Stop blaming Russia-Ukraine War for Africa's fertiliser woes, 22 June
counter-cyclical local governments' tenders, futures contracts
by Cat on Fri Jun 24th, 2022 at 12:44:48 AM EST
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S&P Global | Ukraine conflict ripples across global agriculture markets as Russia tightens grip on ports and Black Sea trade, 26 Feb 2022 GRAPHIC WARNING
UA (corn, wheat, oil) and RU wheat export destinations MY 2020/2021

S&P Global | Factbox [ditto], 24 Feb 2022

Sunflower oil Trade flows
Sunflower oil shipments from Ukraine and Russia were halted following the news of bombings in Ukraine, with buyers finding it difficult to track their orders, trade sources told S&P Global Platts Feb. 24. Some Indian buyers with stuck cargoes were looking to book alternative shipments to meet their requirements.
Wheat Trade flow
Ukraine has seen a 27% rise in its wheat shipments so far in the marketing year 2021-22 (July['21] to June ['22]), with exports rising to 16.1 million mt, as neighboring Russia increased its export taxes. Platts Analytics projected Ukraine's wheat exports at 22.5 million mt in MY 2021-22.
Corn Trade flow
As of Feb. 14, Ukraine has exported 17.37 million mt of corn in the MY 2021-22, around 36.8% higher than the corresponding period last year, according to Ukraine's agriculture ministry data. In the ongoing MY 2021-22, Ukraine is likely to export 33 million mt of corn, sharply above the previous year's corn exports of about 23 million mt, S&P Global Platts Analytics said...
USDA | Russian Incursion into Ukraine Disrupts Global [coarse] Grain Market, 11 Mar 2022 export, ratio maps
Food Business Africa | China to allow imports of Brazilian corn to replace imports from Ukraine, 4 June 2022 competitively priced GMO surplus
"Currently, almost all of China's corn imports come from the United States and Ukraine but According to analyst Paulo Molinari, "This year it (China) has already met its demand that came from Ukraine, replacing it with American corn."
by Cat on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 05:09:59 PM EST
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Seattle NY Times | Russia seeks buyers for plundered Ukraine grain, U.S. warns, 5 June
In mid-May, the United States sent an alert to 14 countries, mostly in Africa, that Russian cargo vessels were leaving ports near Ukraine laden with what a State Department cable described as "stolen Ukrainian grain." The cable identified by name three Russian cargo vessels it said were suspected of transporting it.
Ukrainian officials said the solution to Africa's food problem is greater global pressure to end the war, not purchases of looted grain. There is a "simple answer," Taras Vysotsky, Ukraine's deputy minister of agriculture, said: "Stop the fighting." Vysotsky and other Ukrainian ministers have been accusing Russia for months of stealing grain from the territories it occupies in the country's southern breadbasket, described by one as "outright robbery." Much of it has been taken from storage elevators in occupied parts of the Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Donetsk and Luhansk regions, they say.
In the past month, the three Russian vessels identified in the State Department cable as suspected carriers of stolen Ukrainian grain -- the Matros Koshka, Matros Pozynich and Mikhail Nenashev -- traveled between the Straits of Kerch, which divide Crimea and Russia, and various ports in the eastern Mediterranean. ... Two U.S. officials confirmed the contents of the cable, which was sent May 16 to 14 countries, mostly in northern and eastern Africa, as well as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Turkey.(BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM.)Determining the provenance of a grain shipment is not straightforward, but one indication might be if Russia were selling it at a heavy discount, one U.S. official said.
Turkey is a focus of the efforts to track stolen Ukrainian grain because Russian vessels leaving Crimea usually pass through Turkish waters. On Friday, Ukraine's ambassador to Turkey called on the authorities to investigate the source of Russian-transported grain. A spokesperson for Turkey's Foreign Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.
Pravda.com.ua | Zelenskyy rejects the idea of a "grain corridor" through Belarus, 6 June

src: USDA, Apr 2022
by Cat on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 09:20:16 PM EST
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euractiv | Russian, Turkish defence ministers discuss Syria, grain exports from Ukraine, 8 June
The New Yella Cake reported Monday that a number of freight vessels have departed Russia-controlled ports with what US officials have described as "stolen Ukrainian grain." Reportedly, the US alerted 14 countries, mostly in Africa, that Russian ships carrying stolen Ukrainian grain, could be headed their way.
UN | Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 7 June
Question:  Second question is on Ukraine.  The Ukraine Foreign Minister [inaudible] said that Russia is allegedly stealing Ukrainian grain and must be investigated.  Is the UN aware of such conduct of Russia in Ukraine?

[Stéphane Dujarric]:  We have seen... there were recent media reports.  We are talking to our colleagues at WFP (World Food Programme), who would be in the lead.  There is no...  they have no way of verifying these allegations.  I think WFP, as we all have, have been advocating for free movement of food from the Black Sea to ensure that the needs of people around the world are met, and that is what the Secretary‑General has been working towards.

Izvestiya | Ankara and Moscow will provide a corridor for grain from Odessa, 6 June
Moscow agreed with Kyiv and Ankara a preliminary scheme for the exit of Ukrainian ships with grain from Odessa: in the territorial waters of the neighboring country, the Turkish military will be engaged in de-mining, they will also escort the ships to neutral waters. There, the ships will meet Russian ships and escort them to the Bosphorus. This was stated to Izvestiya by a high-ranking informed source. According to him, so far the scheme has been agreed only for Odessa. The interlocutor also noted: all Ukrainian grain is now delivered to the EU by rail and bus, but it has not yet reached the end consumers. The Turkish parliament explained to Izvestiya that Ankara is participating in this operation, since it is important for it to resolve the world food problem.
As a high-ranking informed source told Izvestia, Ukraine agreed to allow Turkish ships into its territorial waters to clear mines from the agreed part of the water area and create a "grain corridor".
The scheme will be as follows: the Turkish military will be engaged in demining the coastal zone in the Odessa region. Vessels leave the port under the escort of Turkish ships to the neutral waters of the Black Sea, to the set coordinate. Further to the Bosporus, they will be escorted by Russian warships to ensure their safe passage through the Black Sea and prevent provocation.

According to him, the "road map" will be approved on June 8-9 during the visit of the heads of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Defense Ministry to Turkey. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov has already confirmed that Sergei Lavrov during his visit to Ankara will discuss the issue of the export of grain.

The source also specified that UN representatives would also participate in the talks. Most likely, it will be the head of the humanitarian mission of the organization Martin Griffiths - on June 3, the diplomat arrived in Moscow to discuss with the Russian authorities the clearing of the sea route for the export of grain and other food products from the Black Sea ports of Ukraine, Reuters reported .
Izvestia asked the Russian embassies in Ankara and Turkey in Moscow for details.

"So far, grain from Ukraine is delivered by rail and trucks to the EU countries and Moldova, but we have not yet seen this grain reach the end consumers. This begs the question: won't the EU keep Ukrainian wheat as payment for arms supplies? - added the source of Izvestia.

by Cat on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 02:42:01 AM EST
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USDA Foreign Agricultural Service | EU, 26 Apr "football"
EU's total grain production for MY 2022/23 is anticipated to amount to 286 MMT, down from the 293 MMT registered the previous season [MY 2021/22]. The favorable growing conditions across the EU are not anticipated to counter the reduction expected in area planted to grains. Despite the overall good conditions, spring rains are particularly critical to avoid a tight grain balance. Russia's invasion of Ukraine has stressed the EU grains market, which has responded with increases in price, demand contraction, and a surge of intra EU trade. Increased grain exports are forecast for MY2021/22, while the EU seeks alternative corn sources to replace Ukraine's supply.
Bloomberg | Now the EU's Largest Wheat Crop Is at Risk From Record Heat, 19 May
by Cat on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 11:16:43 PM EST
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S&P Global | Japan weighs steps, 7 June
Japan will consider measures for the EU's imposition of its [EU] ban on insuring and financing seaborne transport of Russian oil to third countries because it will make it difficult to maintain its imports of Russian crude oil, a Japanese government source told S&P Global Commodity Insights on June 7.

"We are scrutinizing the impact for the energy security, and if there is any impact, we will consider measures," the source said, adding that the country's pledged phase-out of Russian oil imports will be gradual while ensure its energy security.

The move by Tokyo comes as Brussels' sixth sanctions against Russia published June 3 also includes prohibition of EU operators insuring and financing seaborne transport of Russian oil to third countries after a wind[ ]down period of six months.
Japan has a precedence [sic] of providing sovereignty guarantees for Iranian crude oil shipping in the face of the EU sanctions against Iran, having introduced a law in 2012 to compensate protection and indemnity cover per tanker carrying Iranian crude -- a scheme that remains operational to date.

archived Decades of EU-US sanctions against persons, "entities," and illegitimate or unrecognized states are piled so high now ...
by Cat on Tue Jun 7th, 2022 at 03:19:00 PM EST
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The search for the weakest "mostly muslim"  UN, CIS, OSCE, OIC, ECO, SCO, CSTO, NATO PfP link continues

US Attempt to Stage an Armed Conflict in GBAR has Failed

In addition to the continuation of multifaceted destructive operations in Kazakhstan, attempts have continued to intensify the conflict situation in the Fergana Valley, to maintain ethno-separatist activity on the issue of so-called "independence for Karakalpakstan," and to provoke instability in Turkmenistan.

However, a particular focus of the "collective West" in this regard has been to undermine the situation and security in Tajikistan, both in the long-standing conflict on that country's border with Kyrgyzstan and in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAR).

In order to prevent terrorist acts, ensure the safety of citizens, stability and tranquility, the rule of law and public order, and restore unobstructed traffic on the Dushanbe-Khorog-Kulma international highway, the country's law enforcement agencies launched an anti-terrorist operation on May 18. As a result, about ten militants were killed and an equal number wounded, while 114 members of the terrorist group were detained. Significant quantities of weapons, explosives and communications equipment were seized. No civilians were injured during the anti-terrorist operation, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan reported.
It should also not be forgotten that Tajikistan experienced a bloody civil war in the early [post-USSR] 1990s, and GBAR was one of the centers of opposition there. Many of its natives were members of the terrorist group Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) banned in Russia, and other banned opposition political movements. A number of them moved after the war to Afghanistan and elsewhere.
The involvement of the United States and its Western "allies" in exacerbating the situation in GBAR was particularly confirmed by the active role not only of blatantly pro-Western NGOs in the country, but also of a number of Western-funded local media, whose publications did not correspond to the real state of affairs, but demonstrated the true intentions of those who ordered the events. Particularly active in this regard were journalists from Radio Ozodi and their colleagues, long known as Western grantees. It should be recalled that Radio Ozodi is the Tajik service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty [2018] (recognized in Russia as a foreign media agent). Thus, despite the fact that the authorities demonstrated significant quantities of weapons seized and the material evidence of the criminal activities of the detainees obtained during the anti-terrorist operation, the coverage of the events in GBAR of Tajikistan by Radio Ozodi and the "independent" press affiliated with it, paid for by Western intelligence services, used distorted estimates....

by Cat on Sun Jun 5th, 2022 at 08:32:04 PM EST
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9 Feb 2022


The `same-page' networks, branded under the Pakistani flag and Khan's popularity, together populated trends in favour of Kashmir and against India, but also those in favour of Khan. Coordinated groups not only amplified trends but also mass-reported accounts of journalists and activists they deemed `unpatriotic'.
What was once created to be a success story in narrative ops, has now spiralled out of control.

Despite the crackdown, Khan's tech-savvy Insafians are not bowing down. Instead, they are innovating and expanding their audience. "What stands out is that since Khan's ouster, the scale of the PTI's digital influence has become even bigger," says [US United States Institute for Peace analyst] Asfandyar Mir.

"The PTI can blend high levels of organic online support and coordinated activity to amplify the narratives of its online coalition across platforms, which is both remarkable and -- given the divisive content -- pernicious," he adds.

"Until the falling out between Khan and Bajwa, PTI member and supporter accounts on social media would regularly tap into nationalist and populist sentiment by posting content praising the military," says Michael Kugelman, the deputy director of the Asia program at the Wilson Center.

archived Thu Mar 31st, 2022 in Key Role East-West Relations for NATO Member Turkey, Sun Oct 4th, 2020
by Cat on Sun Jun 5th, 2022 at 09:00:30 PM EST
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See my latest diaries ...

Joe Biden Promoting Human Rights In Middle East

Overthrow of Imran Khan and Biden's Blitzkrieg Arab States

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 5th, 2022 at 09:13:53 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 11:25:49 PM EST
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Defeat of US and NATO Forces in Afghanistan leaves a void for Western influence in Central Asia. Iran has enough on its plate, so the region's stability will be coordinated by Turkey, Pakistan, Russia and China.

Russia prevented unrest in Belarus and Kazachstan. The US has succeeded in meddling in Pakistan with the overthrow of Imran Khan.

Joe Biden is putting major pressure on India, Pakistan and Turkey. Developing the Abraham Accords of Israel and the UAE into a NATO of the Middle East. A lot of diplomacy to gain favor of the Gulf States by Turkey, Russia and America.

This post deserves a bit more attention.

Clearly the US is exploiting opposition groups, also designated as (Islamic) terrorists and in White House speak: freedom fighters.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 5th, 2022 at 09:08:50 PM EST
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alias Summit of the Americas

AS/COA | Who's Coming to the Summit of the Americas?, 6 June

This [Summit RSVP] tracker was initially published on May 25, 2022, and has since been updated.[table]
Le Monde (EN) | Summit of the Americas highlights US disconnect with Latin America, 7 June paywall
The ninth Summit of the Americas will be officially opened by President Joe Biden in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 8. The final list of participants in this gathering, which has been held every three or four years since 1994 and is supposed to bring together the heads of state of the whole continent, was the subject of controversy until the last minute. At issue was the refusal of the United States, the 2022 host country, to invite Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, on the grounds that they do not respect democratic principles.

The decision raised an outcry in the region. ...

yahoo! Hill | Harris to announce nearly $2B in private investment to help stem migration, 7 June
The new commitments come from dozens of companies that will invest in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to boost economic growth and expand opportunities for low-income and at-risk communities in those countries.

Among the new investments is $150 million from Gap Inc. to increase its sourcing in Central America to support more manufacturing [?] jobs. SanMar, an apparel company, will invest an additional $500 million in the region that will support 4,000 additional jobs. Telecommunications company Millicom will invest $700 million in the region to boost broadband networks. And Visa will spend $270 million to increase its digital infrastructure in the area.

The investments, to be announced Tuesday in Los Angeles ahead of the Summit of the Americas, bring the total commitments secured from the private sector to $3.2 billion since Harris was tasked last year with addressing root causes of migration from the Northern Triangle region. ....

archived Harris, Hispanic Caucus meet on Central America 2021

doctrinal reference
"The US decision is formally based on Article 19 of the Inter-American Democracy Charter, imposed in the Organization of American States in Lima, 2001, by former US Secretary of State Colin Powell."

by Cat on Tue Jun 7th, 2022 at 04:41:10 PM EST
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APsplainin Biden, Bolsonaro to hold first meeting amid election worries, 7 June conditional RSVP
• a private meeting (ghosting Trump-Zelensk* 2020)
• no criticism over deforestation
• no criticism of electoral system reliability
• no mention of Supreme Court of Brazil
A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department did not address questions about the requested preconditions. [...] Brazil's presidential palace did not respond to a request for comment about the tenor of the Burns meeting. The CIA declined to comment.
WNN | Brazil resumes uranium mining at Caetité, Dec 2020 locationm, location, location
A ceremony was held yesterday at the mine site, during which a detonation was carried out, symbolising the beginning of open pit mining in a new area, the Engenho mine.
He added: "Today, INB is resuming production of uranium in Caetité, generating with this jobs in the order of 600 direct and about 1800 indirect. With this, there will be an injection of financial resources in the local economy of approximately 76 million reals (USD14.6 million) per year and almost 30 million per year in the collection of state and municipal taxes."

Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, who attended the ceremony, said: "This resumption is the first phase to consolidate our proposal to make Brazil self-sufficient and a yellowcake exporter."

DE | Uranium mining given greenlight in Brazil, 7 June
Uranium mining was long banned in the Brazilian state of Ceara. But shortly after the start of the war in Ukraine, Jair Bolsonaro allowed mining to start.
by Cat on Tue Jun 7th, 2022 at 05:51:27 PM EST
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El Pais | The US expects Spain to take in a 'significant number' of Central American refugees, 2 June
The Spanish foreign minister will attend the Summit of the Americas in LA and the pledge is expected to provide a political boost to the Biden administration.
The resettlement of Central American refugees in Spain was addressed at the first meeting that the Spain-US Working Group on Central America held in Madrid on May 25, with two delegations chaired by Spain's Secretary of State for Ibero-America and the Caribbean, Juan Fernández Trigo, and the US State Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Emily Mendrala.

According to a source at the Foreign Ministry, the delegations discussed "proposals and actions in order to address jointly and with the countries of the region the challenges posed by forced displacement and movements of irregular migrants from Central America."

Oswego News Now AP | White House plays up summit initiatives amid no-shows, 8 June
 "Los Angeles Declaration"
by Cat on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 04:32:57 AM EST
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France24 | Biden, western hemisphere leaders announce migration plan at Americas summit, 11 June
It is a blueprint already being followed to a large extent by Colombia and Ecuador, whose right-leaning leaders were saluted at the summit for giving temporary legal status to many of the 6 million people who have left Venezuela in recent years.
by Cat on Sun Jun 12th, 2022 at 12:56:16 AM EST
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MercoPress | President says Argentina would like to join BRICS, 25 June
Argentine President Alberto Fernández Friday made a virtual appearance at this week's BRICS Summit, during which he asked that his country be admitted into the bloc alongside Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

"We are enthusiastic about the prospect of coordinating policies that enhance the agenda of the countries of the global South," the Argentine leader said. "We aspire to be full members of this group of nations," added Fernández, who also called "for peace in Ukraine," while Russian President Vladimir Putin was watching from his own end of the closed-circuit streaming. "As Pope Francis has pointed out, neither wheat nor food can become a weapon of war, nor can the human person become a bargaining chip," he added.[
Fernández stressed it was necessary to "achieve a lasting peace that definitively leaves behind the dynamics unleashed by the escalation of war" and called on leaders to put "an end to violence, resuming dialogue and reestablishing the value of solidarity are ethical imperatives that this time imposes on us." Fernández, who holds this year the pro-tempore presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), proposed his country as a bridge to find a solution.

archived CELAC Forum Wang+ AG, AR, BS, BB, BZ, BO, BR, CL, CO, CR, CU, DM, EC, SV, GD, GT, GY, HN, JM, MX, NI, PA, PY, PE
The Argentine leader asked to explore "cooperation mechanisms, such as the currency swap that Argentina signed with China" and thanked Xi for the invitation and all the countries of the bloc for the "demand to peacefully negotiate the Malvinas issue with the United Kingdom."

Fernández also pointed out that "the expansion of the New Development Bank -of BRICS- can be a useful instrument to strengthen national infrastructures." He also called to "promote the creation of an International Risk Rating Agency, which puts in public hands what today is in the hands of private interests."

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on June 24, 2022
CCTV: The 14th BRICS Summit was held yesterday. President Xi Jinping chaired the meeting via video link and delivered important remarks. Can you share more information?
Wang Wenbin: ...The leaders believed that with the world facing uncertainties, BRICS countries should strengthen solidarity and elevate BRICS cooperation to a new level so that BRICS can play a bigger role in international affairs. The five leaders reached multiple important common understandings on deepening BRICS cooperation, upholding multilateralism, promoting world economic recovery, jointly responding to COVID-19, opposing unilateral economic sanctions and "long-arm jurisdiction", strengthening people-to-people exchange and other issues of mutual interest. The five leaders agreed on the need to continue "BRICS Plus" cooperation and advance the BRICS membership expansion process. These common understandings and outcomes are noted in The XIV BRICS Summit Beijing Declaration adopted and released at the event. ...
ispionline | For China, the 14th BRICS Summit Is a Chance to Sponsor Its World View, 22 June
The attendees -- alongside BRICS members -- included emerging economies from Latin America, Asia, and Africa such as Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Egypt, Indonesia, Nigeria, Senegal, the United Arab Emirates, and Thailand. In the case of a BRICS enlargement, China would score an important diplomatic victory as it would entail there are developing countries that don't fear aligning with China and Russia within a non-Western framework.
XIV BRICS 2022 Meetings Calendar
by Cat on Sun Jun 26th, 2022 at 01:45:14 AM EST
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Is this for real. The wrath of Joe Biden and next month's tour of the Middle East -- a direct flight (AF One) between Jerusalem (Sriheen Abu Akleh) and Riyadh (Jamal Khashoggi) pushing peace and human rights.

Making Russia and China pariah states. More trade barriers and sanctions.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 26th, 2022 at 05:26:27 AM EST
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China, Russia welcome Iran's application to join BRICS, 28 June
Speaking on Monday, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh announced that Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian had forwarded a formal membership request to the group.

Back on Friday, Iran's President Ebrahim Raeisi addressed the BRICS Business Forum's virtual summit at China's invitation, saying the Islamic Republic could serve as a "sustainable partner" connecting the BRICS to energy chokepoints and major markets around the globe given its unique geopolitical and geo-economic position.

Anglphone press corpse runs one headline, "Iran applies to join China and Russia in BRICS club"
by Cat on Tue Jun 28th, 2022 at 04:37:05 PM EST
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Multipolarista | Venezuela and Iran sign 20-year cooperation plan, Maduro pledges joint 'anti-imperialist struggle', 11 June
Iranian President Raisi said the document establishes formal "cooperation in the fields of energy, thermal power plants, repair and overhaul of refineries, exportation of technical and engineering services, economic, defense and military relations in the current government are indicatiative of the existence of many potentials and capacities in the two countries."
This agreement follows another historic 25-year cooperation plan that Iran signed with China in 2021, which has been estimated at $400 billion. Top Iranian diplomats signed similar deals with Nicaragua's Sandinista government in May.
Maduro announced that, as of July, there will be regular flights between Caracas and Tehran.

He added that a large oil tanker built by Iranian company Sadra was delivered to Venezuela. The vessel has a capacity of 800,000 barrels. Iran has helped Venezuela circumvent illegal US sanctions, breaking the blockade that Washington has imposed on the South American nation, which makes it difficult to export oil and import the lighter petroleum and diluents that Caracas needs to process its heavy crude.
Before his trip to Iran, Maduro also visited Algeria and Turkey. In his meeting with Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Maduro said the leaders discussed "our firm solidarity with Palestine, support for the Saharawi people, and shared concern about the situation in brotherly Libya."

OPEC+ decides to speed up oil production hikes to offset sanctions on Russia, 12 June GRAPHIC WARNING
Crucially, Russia, isolated by the West over its invasion of Ukraine, approved the new policy, allowing OPEC to keep its main partner [RF] in the fold, while extending an olive branch to the US, which has pushed the alliance to pump more crude to tame soaring prices. In effect, however, most OPEC+ countries will be unable to fulfill the higher quotas, constrained by their own lack of upstream investment or internal instability. That would leave Saudi Arabia and the UAE able to capitalize as the two members holding any significant spare capacity.
archived Chevron and CELAC, China arms Algeria, consumer retail the gaps
by Cat on Sun Jun 12th, 2022 at 12:46:58 AM EST
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Nicaragua authorizes entry of Russian troops, planes, ships, APsplainin
Ortega will allow Russian troops to carry out law enforcement duties, "humanitarian aid, rescue and search missions in emergencies or natural disasters."

The Nicaraguan government also authorized the presence of small contingents of Russian troops for "exchange of experiences and training."

Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, told the Russian news outlet Sputnik that the measure was "routine."

"We are talking about a routine -- twice a year -- procedure for the adoption of a Nicaraguan law on the temporary admission of foreign military personnel to its territory in order to develop cooperation in various areas, including humanitarian and emergency responses, combatting organized crime and drug trafficking," Zakharova said.

by Cat on Sun Jun 12th, 2022 at 01:58:38 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jun 13th, 2022 at 01:30:06 AM EST
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al Presidente interino de Venezuela

Our solidarity and support for the interim President of Venezuela
@jguaido, for the infamous attack by supporters of the dictatorship. We condemn the violence and persecution of which he has been a victim. We reiterate our call for the return of democracy in Venezuela.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 13th, 2022 at 07:32:09 AM EST
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REUTERS | Leftist [Gustavo] Petro wins Colombia presidential election, 19 June
a former member of the M-19 guerrilla movement who has vowed profound social and economic change, will be Colombia's next president after beating construction magnate Rodolfo Hernandez in an election on Sunday.

Petro, a current senator and previous mayor of Bogota, won 50.8% of votes, figures from the national registry office showed, while Hernandez trailed by 797,973 votes, tallying 46.9%.

multipolarista | Colombia's first ever left-wing president: Gustavo Petro wins historic election. What does it mean?, 20 June report + podcasts inside
His presidential campaign brought together a broad coalition of left-wing parties, under the name the Pacto Histórico (Historic Pact), ranging from liberals to the Communist Party.

Petro will face many obstacles to governing. He does not have a majority in the bicameral Congress; both the Senate and Chamber of Representatives remain dominated by right-wing, centrist, and neoliberal parties.

Colombia's state security services, which are closely linked to paramilitary groups, and which killed thousands of civilians in the "falsos positivos" (false positives) scandal, are also openly antagonistic to Petro. The chief of Colombia's armed forces, General Eduardo Zapateiro, publicly attacked Petro on Twitter, violating national laws that stipulate that military officers cannot interfere in the electoral process....

by Cat on Mon Jun 20th, 2022 at 02:28:46 PM EST
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Address of the President of Kazakhstan to the people of KazakhstanPrintable version, 16 Mar 2022

Central Referendum Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan together with the Ministry of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, 12 May

What was the question?
What amendments to the Constitution of Kazakhstan are being put to a referendum - full text

election.gov.kz/ | On the results of voting in the republican referendum June 5, 2022

Chairman of Kazakhstan's Central Commission recognizes constitutional referendum as valid, 6 June

The number of Kazakhstan's citizens who voted for approval of 56 amendments to the country's constitution, put to the referendum [held on June 5] made up 77.18 percent of those who took part in the voting in all regions of the country, Chairman of the Central Referendum Commission Nurlan Abdirov said at a briefing, Trend reports via Kazinform.

by Cat on Tue Jun 7th, 2022 at 07:20:48 PM EST
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TASS | Tokayev: Kazakhstan is unlikely to recognize the independence of the DNR and LNR, 17 June "territorial integrity"
This was stated by its President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Friday during a discussion at the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

"In general, it has been calculated that if the right of nations to self-determination is actually realized throughout the globe, then instead of the 193 states that are now members of the UN, more than 500 or 600 states will arise on Earth. Of course, it will be chaos. For this reason, we we do not recognize either Taiwan, or Kosovo, or South Ossetia, or Abkhazia."

archived permanent apportionment school of democracy
by Cat on Fri Jun 17th, 2022 at 10:18:05 PM EST
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ORF | India's Proposed Data Protection Law and an India-US Executive Agreement Under the CLOUD Act, 3 June
The proposed law governs how personal data can be collected, used, and shared to safeguard individual privacy. It calls for, among others, the local storage of certain types of data. Through such localisation mandates, the Indian government seeks to address challenges faced by law enforcement agencies (LEAs) in accessing data, stored by US service providers, that could assist in criminal investigations.

Meanwhile, the United States (US) Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act [treaties] or CLOUD Act offers an alternative approach to the same challenge. Enacted in 2018, the CLOUD Act provides an avenue for foreign law enforcement agencies to access evidence directly from US service providers in case of investigation of "serious crimes", through an executive agreement drawn up by the two countries for the purpose. To enter such an agreement with the US, a foreign country must meet certain procedural and substantive requirements, including having protections against surveillance and safeguards against unbridled government access to data. It also requires the partner country to show a commitment to an open and interconnected Internet, and to free flows of data across borders. ...

euractiv | China rebrands proposal on internet governance, targeting developing countries, 6 June
Two weeks ago, the Chinese government circulated a modification of a resolution that in a footnote introduced the concept of IPv6+, presented as an enhanced version of the latest version of the internet protocol, known as IPv6. At around the same time, IPv6+ was promoted by Huawei.

archived 2021 "polarisation paradox", the CLOUD Act Passes 25 Mar

by Cat on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 11:59:27 PM EST
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ICYMI China's top court calls for blockchain to record vast number of transactions, 31 May supply chain, ahem, mandate from heaven
Published last week, the opinion* [25 May 2022] reveals that the Court has already recorded 2.2 billion items on a judicial blockchain. The Court now suggests 32 more initiatives, most of which concern using blockchain to enhance efficiency of, and trust in, the nation's judiciary.
That suggests the Courts like the idea of most transactions being recorded on blockchain so that evidence can be easily obtained and verified, a situation that may not appeal to lawyers who often charge plenty of money for discovery of documents in the lead up to large cases.
pirate guideline UPDATE!
Two senators unveil their crypto regulation proposal, 7 June
Introduced by Sens. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY), the proposed bill - dubbed the Responsible Financial Innovation Act -- aims to create ["]clarity["] for regulators and the crypto industry to safeguard investors and consumers.
The legislation creates a common set of definitions for digital assets, virtual currency [!], payment stablecoins [!!], and smart contracts [!!!] that everyone can abide by. The bill also attempts to settle the score between the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to define which agency has jurisdiction over what.

"[The bill] creates regulatory clarity for agencies charged with supervising digital asset markets, provides a strong, tailored regulatory framework for stablecoins, and integrates digital assets into our existing tax and banking laws," Sen. Lummis said.

Mommy. What is an asset?
The bill makes a clear distinction between digital assets that are securities and those that are commodities by looking at how the asset is used.
possession is 9/10 the law, Sugar Puff.
White House | Executive Order on Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets, 9 Mar 2022
S&P Global Commodity Insights | Description change for Polyester China symbols, 7 June etc
< wipes tears >
Mommy. What is a transaction?

archived Always Read the Footnotes

by Cat on Tue Jun 7th, 2022 at 02:27:48 PM EST
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Politico | 'The IMF is evil': Rich countries take aim at nations adopting crypto, 13 June. Not really. Rather, Rich countries seek for rich country tax revenue.
Officials from the U.S., IMF, World Bank and the Bank for International Settlements argue that by adopting cryptocurrencies, nations could facilitate money laundering and undermine capital controls, while exposing their citizens to severe price volatility.
Dong He, Deputy Director of the IMF's Monetary and Capital Markets Department, said the prospect of a sudden drop in the price of Bitcoin -- which has lost more than half its value since November -- made it unsuitable as a national currency.

"What would happen to the tax revenue? What would happen to your obligations to spend on social services?" said He, who declined to address the anti-crypto provisions in Argentina's letter to the fund.
[G7] Activists and [*coin] investors ... contend that the reservations of the world's monetary stewards have less to do with protecting the well-being of citizens of the developing world than with preserving a system in which the central banks and governments of rich countries dominate the global ["messaging"] system.

"Bitcoin stands against everything the IMF stands for," said Alex Gladstein [!], chief strategy officer of the ["]Human Rights["] Foundation, an NGO that supports Bitcoin adoption sales. "It's an ["]outside money["] that's beyond the control of these alphabet soup organizations."

Politico | Crypto markets reel as trading platforms suspend customer withdrawals, 13 June
currency swaps and capital gains losses
Celsius Network, a crypto lending margin loan business whose promise of eye-popping yields for retail consumers traders attracted a barrage of scrutiny from regulators, announced late Sunday night that it was halting withdrawals and crypto-for-crypto trading services for more than 2 million customers "due to extreme market conditions."
State and federal market regulators have targeted crypto lending strategies as a potential violation of securities law. BlockFi, a New Jersey-based platform brokerage, reached a $100 million settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission and 32 state agencies after it was accused of selling unlicensed investment products for about three years.
Always read the footnotes.
by Cat on Tue Jun 14th, 2022 at 01:31:02 AM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jun 21st, 2022 at 11:18:20 AM EST
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A day late, and a shilling short.

(I'm old enough to remember when a shilling was worth something. They still exist in ex-british East Africa, but worth, not so much)

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

by eurogreen on Tue Jun 21st, 2022 at 01:07:26 PM EST
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Pakistan's polio eradication campaign is in disarray after an alarming jump in cases last week. Eight polio cases have now been reported in children over the past month in North Waziristan district, bordering Afghanistan. They are the first cases in more than a year


Anti-vaccination sentiment in Pakistan is deeply rooted. Clerics and others have spread myths that vaccines are a conspiracy by the west to sterilise Muslim children, and a husband was allowed to divorce his wife for vaccinating their children against polio.

How about the "myth" that the US uses the campaign for espionage? See Scientific American for details.
It is hard enough to distribute, for example, polio vaccines to children in desperately poor, politically unstable regions that are rife with 10-year-old rumors that the medicine is a Western plot to sterilize girls--false assertions that have long since been repudiated by the Nigerian religious leaders who first promoted them. Now along come numerous credible reports of a vaccination campaign that is part of a CIA plot--one the U.S. has not denied.
If polio spreads out of control, will Obama count as the most evil US President of them all?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jun 7th, 2022 at 07:45:58 AM EST
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The century is still young.
by Cat on Tue Jun 7th, 2022 at 04:43:44 PM EST
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AUKUS: Canberra to compensate France over canceled sub deal
Australia announced plans Saturday to pay France's Naval Group compensation after it scrapped a multi-million-dollar submarine contract last September.

Australia said it would pay out €555 million ($584 million) after it quashed the multi-billion-dollar contract and opted to purchase US-made submarines instead.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said France's Naval Group agreed to the sum and called it "fair and equitable."

"This agreement is important because it permits us to turn a page in our bilateral relations with Australia and look to the future," French Defense Minister, Sebastien Lecornu, said.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jun 11th, 2022 at 10:19:03 AM EST
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An invitation to join AUKUS?

Biden with the European wrecking ball. So sorry ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 11th, 2022 at 10:57:17 AM EST
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A territorial dispute between Denmark and Canada over a barren and uninhabited rock in the Arctic that has led to decades of friendly friction has come to an end, with the two countries agreeing on Tuesday to divide the tiny island between them.

Under the agreement, a border will be drawn across the half-square-mile Hans Island in the waterway between the northwestern coast of the semi-autonomous Danish territory of Greenland and Canada's Ellesmere Island. The rock has no known mineral reserves of value.

"It sends a clear signal that it is possible to resolve border disputes ... in a pragmatic and peaceful way, where the all parties become winners," said Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod. He said it was "an important signal now that there is much war and unrest in the world."

So does this mean that Denmark is suggesting that the Ukrainian war could be finished by dividing it in half (between Poland and Russia)? What else could he mean?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jun 15th, 2022 at 04:32:38 PM EST
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Mental disorder is a communicable disease.
by Cat on Thu Jun 16th, 2022 at 01:13:03 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jun 21st, 2022 at 08:18:57 PM EST
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Guerre en Ukraine : "La famine est notre principal espoir", la blague qui fait fureur à Moscou | lindependant.fr |  Un exemple du cynisme dont les Russes sont friands.

French diplomats gave it legs ...


French Foreign Ministry Anne-Claire Legendre said on Twitter.

All over Western propaganda ...


'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 21st, 2022 at 09:17:27 PM EST
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A representative of Ukraine told the Security Council that Putin's war threatens some 400 million people globally who rely on Ukrainian grain exports, which have almost stopped due to blockages of Ukrainian seaports. Russia is also seizing Ukrainian grain for its own consumption or to illegally sell it on international markets, he said.
< wipes tears >
Turkish ship leaves Ukraine's Mariupol after grain talks with Moscow, 22 June escort service
by Cat on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 01:33:41 PM EST
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Propaganda Comes Around

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 26th, 2022 at 07:44:07 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jun 4th, 2022 at 06:27:08 PM EST
by Cat on Sun Jun 5th, 2022 at 10:43:43 PM EST
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Lofty et al., "Microplastics removal from a primary settler tank in a wastewater treatment plant and estimations of contamination onto European agricultural land via sewage sludge recycling", Environmental Pollution, Vol 304, 1 July 2022
by Cat on Sat Jun 11th, 2022 at 06:51:34 PM EST
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First Herring Catch Arrived

Yearly race to bring the first herring catch to Scheveningen harbor ...


'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 14th, 2022 at 05:40:56 PM EST
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Get your weather forecast early.

Back in 2014, TV channel TF1 produced this "2050 weather report", to alert on what the warmer climate would look like by the middle of the century.

Well, 2050 actually called 28 years early:

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jun 18th, 2022 at 03:09:15 PM EST
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is great news for the planet.

Bitcoin price crashes through production cost
One hopes that it will stay there.
Iran closes down crypto factories
The price of electricity is low, but it is scarce.

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

by eurogreen on Tue Jun 21st, 2022 at 01:21:45 PM EST
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Russian oligarch financial distress and panicky manipulation will probably cause Bitcoin to surge again.
by asdf on Tue Jun 21st, 2022 at 02:58:56 PM EST
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Jérôme à Paris | There will be no new nuclear power plants in the West, 23 May
I am not anti-nuclear. I believe I wrote a pretty strong endorsement of France's nuclear build up in the 80s (and wider energy policies at that time). And yet I will argue here that while there might - barely! - be a case to extend the life of existing nuclear plants, there is no such argument to build new nuclear plants, and I will go even further and say that such plants will certainly not be built in Europe, other than, maybe, a handful, that will be incredibly late and incredibly expensive and will widely end up being seen as the Northern equivalent of white elephants. ...
by Cat on Sun Jun 26th, 2022 at 02:13:43 AM EST
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While I respect Jérôme's expertise, and his views, I think there is a factor he is neglecting (not his sector) the emergence of hydrogen as the dominant freight transport fuel (and in other industrial roles) in coming decades.
Large-scale electrolysis plants to produce hydrogen will need to adapt their production according to the availability of electricity (because hydrogen is stored energy); this means they are highly compatible with the intermittence of renewables, BUT also that they would produce more optimally on baseload. So new nuclear may well be back on the table.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Jun 27th, 2022 at 05:27:47 PM EST
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The thing is that if you looked only in the US you'd have to conclude that there won't be any new trains in the west, because they are ruinously expensive. But at least half the European countries still have the institutional knowledge of how to lay down tracks. Nuclear is similar, except as far as I can tell no one in the west still knows how to do it routinely. And if you start from an insufficient institutional basis you'll get McKinsey'd to death. But that is true about everything.
by generic on Tue Jun 28th, 2022 at 08:30:02 AM EST
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... Lijian Zhao got jokes
by Cat on Wed Jun 29th, 2022 at 05:33:17 PM EST
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NATURE: First there were sneezing hamsters, now sneezing cats.

A team in Thailand reports the first solid evidence of a pet cat infecting a person with SARS-CoV-2 -- adding felines to the list of animals that can transmit the virus to people.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 30th, 2022 at 01:09:36 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jun 4th, 2022 at 06:27:22 PM EST
I've often wondered to which extent the distinct geography of my home country affected its history, population, culture...

Tomás Pueyo is giving it a shot:

How to Understand France

France is weird.

Why is it the biggest sea country in the world? Why was it the most powerful? Why is it not even the most powerful in Europe anymore? Why is it the only country in the continent that belongs both to the north and the south? While most nations in the continent have formed in the last couple of centuries, France has been around for over a thousand years. Why so long?

If we understand this, we can understand France better, but also a lot of why the world is the way it is today.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jun 5th, 2022 at 12:27:22 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 09:43:30 PM EST
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Свобода Фри

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 09:58:29 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 11:37:08 PM EST
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In the 1930s, disaffected Europeans tended to migrate to the USA, or to Argentina. Question is, if somebody is disaffected now, where would be a good destination?
by asdf on Mon Jun 13th, 2022 at 11:25:43 PM EST
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Naked Capitalism
There are now a million Americans with long COVID. They also say that long COVID lowers your, your IQ by 10%. It's almost as dangerous is inheriting a trust fund when it comes to impairing your IQ. It's debilitating.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jun 18th, 2022 at 02:31:49 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jun 4th, 2022 at 06:27:36 PM EST
78 years ago, Allied forces landings on five beaches in Normandy, in then German occupied France.

The Normandy landings were the landing operations and associated airborne operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the liberation of France (and later western Europe) and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.
by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 08:39:02 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 09:17:38 PM EST
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From #azov hero to zero ...

Most likely a political event to setup an exchange with political prisoners in Kyiv ...

What is the status of these mercenaries ... in the old days foreign soldiers of fortune compared to freedom fighters against colonial rule.

ICRC: Rule 108 Mercenaries

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 09:56:09 PM EST
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The Netherlands was against any reference to the motivation of a mercenary altogether.[13] The OAU Convention against Mercenarism dropped the requirement of material compensation "substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar ranks and functions".[14] The UN Mercenary Convention, however, does contain this requirement. [15]

From this definition the so-called freedom fighters or jihadists supported by the Arab home countries and the US-UK have no legal status to be called a combatant in a foreign country with protection under UN Geneva Convention.

On the other hand, the Taliban or Al Qaeda fighters in their country of residence do have legal POW status .... from a brief summary. War crimes must always be punished, no loopholes. A long legal battle may ensue.

The U.K. Foreign Office did change tactics from encouraging Britons to volunteer to a warning doing so at their own risk. Nice reminder during busy months of PartyGate.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 10th, 2022 at 07:51:52 AM EST
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What about the Légion étrangère?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jun 10th, 2022 at 08:53:27 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 11:06:18 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jun 23rd, 2022 at 06:39:54 PM EST
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Michelle Bachelet announces
she will not seek a new four-year term after the end of the current one [31 Aug 2022]
archived 22-28 May 2022 1,660,001 km2 fly-over
free u*ghur translations

probably related ...
China calls COVID 'lab leak' theory a lie, 10 June

The WHO's stance in a report released Thursday is a sharp reversal of the U.N. health agency's initial assessment of the pandemic's origins. It comes after many critics accused WHO of being too quick to dismiss or underplay [TRUMP] lab-leak theory that put Chinese officials on the defensive. ...
by Cat on Mon Jun 13th, 2022 at 01:07:31 PM EST
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< squint > Xinjiang slave labor under the panels
by Cat on Sun Jun 26th, 2022 at 10:33:09 PM EST
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43 captured African soldiers from the French colonies executed by the advancing German troops.
by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jun 19th, 2022 at 09:14:01 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jun 4th, 2022 at 06:27:46 PM EST
by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 05:49:27 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jun 7th, 2022 at 12:02:11 AM EST
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with continental characteristics

running time 01:18:01

by Cat on Sun Jun 19th, 2022 at 02:11:19 PM EST
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There is one important narrative that does not seem to get much play in the wider Ukraine Conflict discussion. ... That is:

NATO is a tool of White Supremacism

While this may seem 'off topic', it certainly is not. NATO is at war with Russia and their activities must be seen from this essential historical and contemporary aspect.

Historically, the NATO nations were the ones who colonized non-whites around the world. NATO nations were the ones who conducted the barbaric Trans-Atlantic slave trade. ... On the other hand, Russia never enslaved Africa.

In more contemporary times, NATO countries have conducted the brutal bombing of non-white countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, and Federal Yugoslavia (whom, by their Aryan doctrine are considered 'mixed blood' sub-humans). ... Moreover, NATO countries are always siding with 'racial superiority' ideologues and promoting this poison upon unsuspecting populations. AZOV, AIDAR, etc. in Ukraine. Right wing death squads in Latin America. The list can go on with each 'Color Revolution'. ... This is a clear pattern of global White Supremacism.

Interestingly, it was Russians who spearheaded the effort for De-Colonialization from these NATO predators. Russia supported the movements against Apartheid in South Africa, and the liberations of Namibia, Angola, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique, for example.

The European idea of colonialization was pure racial greed. It was a one-way benefit policy of 'Extraction & Exploitation'. ... On the other hand, we see the opposite from BRICS and China's BRI in the form of 'Construction & Commitment' to actually improve African countries and the people who live there. ... Again, NATO is clearly racist.

So, my recommendation is to make this reality a common point of discussion (in chat rooms, twitter, telegram, etc.) in the world, when it comes to Ukraine Conflict. ... NATO is a tool of White Supremacism, and its goals and motivations must be seen first and foremost in this light.

Perhaps I can suggest a 'Theme Song' for the struggles of this wider conflict, and NATO's racist oppression of the world. ... I would select Bob Marley & the Wailers' classic, "War". I think it captures the spirit of what Russia and the Rising Global East & South are trying to accomplish. It is perfect. ... Check it out here:

Let everyone know that this is a War against NATO White Supremacy. Those people-of-color within NATO nations must rise up against this cancer too. ... Let me know if you dig the vibe.

by Cat on Mon Jun 20th, 2022 at 10:27:11 PM EST
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Jack Rasmus | THE ANATOMY OF INFLATION, 21 June *flation
...Stagflation has already arrived if one considers the almost flat US economy in the first half of 2022; and it will deepen once recession begins in the second half....
The Most Extreme Crisis of BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS Has Already Begun!, 6 May A/V (EN)
archived I feel seen.
by Cat on Sat Jun 25th, 2022 at 06:52:22 PM EST
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