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Focus on Josep

by Oui Sat Sep 24th, 2022 at 01:57:15 PM EST

Just viewed another BBC interview from New York. An exponent of today's leadership reigning from Brussels with a mandate from present EU-27 heads of state. However did these people find such a jacka$$ ... unbelievable. 🥲

Witnessing the unraveling of Europe starting in Brussels at the NATO HQ, US Command and the political project of the EU. A deadly mix of mission and goals.

Anti-Americanism in Spain: The Weight of History | Nov. 7.- 2006 |

Dancing With the Dictator | Los Angeles Times - Jan. 4, 2004 |

A little more than 50 years ago, the United States signed a pact with Generalissimo Francisco Franco allowing U.S. military forces to use air and naval bases in Spain. The agreement was a momentous event for Spain, and its repercussions still matter. For Americans, however, the pact, though significant, was a minor moment in the Cold War. U.S. historians barely mention it. The 50th anniversary passed in September with hardly any notice in Washington.

Yet, the event should not be overlooked, especially at a time when the president proclaims his commitment to whip up democracy throughout the Middle East. The pact is a bald and astonishing example of how easily the United States can abandon a commitment to freedom -- even one for which almost 300,000 American soldiers died during World War II. What counted more in 1953 -- and probably still does -- was stability and the U.S. perception of what is best for the United States in the short term.

Spain's Josep Borrell: 'Europe is not a supermarket' | BBC News - Sept. 11, 2018 |

Spain's foreign minister Josep Borrell has told the BBC Hard Talk [Full video] that no country in Europe can accept splitting the four freedoms of the European Union - the free movement of people, goods, services, and capital.

Mr Borrell said he regrets Brexit but that Europe is a "political project" and can not be treated as a supermarket, in which Britain just chooses the fundamental freedoms it likes.

Spain: foreign relations and policy

    Columbus sailed, by mistake, to America at the service of Castile, paid by Spanish bankers, in ships populated by Spanish visionaries, to be followed by conquistadors who traversed the continent for glory and for gold. It is ironic that the mineral riches extracted by American natives enslaved by Spanish colonial officials were used to finance the European wars that the Spanish monarchs needed in order to anchor the imperial presence in the old continent.

Europe's Four Freedoms | Sept. 13, 2018 |

from above diary ...

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Three years ago, who would have imagined that the United States would stay neutral between Canada, our democratic neighbor and second largest trading partner, and Saudi Arabia, a monarchic, client state that treats women as third-class citizens? It's also hard to imagine that Israel's Netanyahu government would have moved to pass the recent "nation state law", which essentially codifies the second-class status of Israel's non-Jewish citizens, if Benjamin Netanyahu didn't know Trump would have his back.

All of this is not exactly a secret. As the US continues to grow further and further apart from our longtime democratic allies, the US ambassador to Germany recently made clear the Trump administration's support for rightwing extremist parties across Europe.

In addition to Trump's hostility toward democratic institutions we have a billionaire president who, in an unprecedented way, has blatantly embedded his own economic interests and those of his cronies into the policies of government.


Borrell returns: His vision for Europe | May 22, 2019 |

A conversation between Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell and José Ignacio Torreblanca ahead of the European elections

José Ignacio Torreblanca (JIT) - Is Europe in Crisis?

Josep Borrell Fontelles (JB) - Actually, that's a bit of a stereotype that's been used perhaps too often, don't you think? I am reminded of the `permanent crisis' or at least the successive crises, when we would say we were at a crossroads, we had to decide where we were going and so on. This has probably been the natural state of the process of European construction that only gets going as a result of the response to a crossroads or crisis. But now it could be argued that we're guilty of the same thing, of saying we're in a crisis like the ones of before. But perhaps this crisis is a bit different from the others in that it's a poly-crisis. Namely, it's a crisis from a multitude of perspectives. There are many factors causing a situation of uncertainty, and also an opportunity to respond to unknowns. The eurozone debt crisis -which certainly was a crisis- has been joined by the migratory crisis, the crisis produced by Brexit ... there are many factors of uncertainty.

This one reaction would disqualify him for any high office in Europe -- so full of nothingness. 😠 🇪🇸 🇪🇺

Tactic of the EU Commission is to circle the wagons and make Unity the singular priority ...

Faced with Russian threats, the European Union must stay firm, united and act | EEAS - Jan. 12, 2022 |

A policy doomed to failure. In the end all will be scalped.

On arms control, military arrangements, and other security issues, the EU has almost nothing to bring to the table. So, Russia can simply ignore it.

Thus from the beginning, the confrontation has been between the American alliance of Canada, UK and NATO and the Russian Federation.

Interview Josep Borrell where he states the EU is tied to the apron strings of the US ...

Foreign Affairs Council, 3844th meeting: doorstep by Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission | Jan. 24, 2022 |

As the US is preparing for war, Borrell has a wait and see attitude ...

But Secretary Blinken will inform us and I do not think we have to dramatise. As far as the negotiations are going on - and they are going on - ⁉️ I do not think that we have to leave Ukraine. But maybe Secretary Blinken has more information that he will share with us.

How can you ask if I could see in Berlin a reliable partner? All members of the European Union are reliable partners.

The process of deciding about sanctions is a complex one. Sanctions have to be decided by the Council at the proposal of the High Representative - that is to say, me - or a Member State. But we want to act in strong coordination with our allies, with the United States, in particular, also with Canada and the United Kingdom. For the time being, we continue building up a strong package of sanctions, but nothing concrete will be approved today because there is a process. The process is underway. Be sure that everything will be ready when needed, but we are not going to announce any concrete measures.

Moscow mishap

Bested by Lavrov, Borrell faces fury in Brussels | Politico - Feb. 2022 |

Amid calls for resignation or removal, the EU's foreign policy chief defends his difficult visit to Moscow.

Last April, Borrell was called before the European Parliament to answer allegations that his office had watered down a report on disinformation to appease China.

Last month, standing with the Turkish foreign minister in Brussels, Borrell failed to read out prepared remarks expressing concern about "rule of law and human rights." Instead, he voiced concern "about the situation in Turkey from any point of view."

Among diplomats and EU officials, however, there was widespread concern that Borrell's mishandling of the Moscow trip had damaged the bloc's standing and weakened its position, particularly vis-à-vis Washington, as Brussels prepared to work with the new Biden administration to reinvigorate transatlantic relations.
"He has managed to disappoint almost everyone, before it was only the Baltics and a few others who were in favor of further sanctions, now it's going to be more difficult for everybody to say no," a second EU diplomat said.

Seventy-three MEPs have so far signed a draft letter by Estonian European People's Party MEP Riho Terras saying they are "concerned about the humiliating developments" during Borrell's visit to Moscow. [Retired Gen. Riho Terras served as commander of the EDF from 2011-2018]

The list of signatories largely includes MEPs from the European People's Party and European Conservatives and Reformists groups, plus a few Renew Europe lawmakers. Terras said he plans to send the letter to von der Leyen on Monday evening, and more MEPs could sign it before then. [letter co-signed by Radoslaw Sikorski]

"The scene of Borrell smiling and staying there instead of walking off while Lavrov was saying that we are unreliable, that was humiliating," the second diplomat said.

To remove Borrell from his post would require a vote by qualified majority of the heads of state and government on the European Council, as well as von der Leyen's agreement -- neither of which seem likely. But the second diplomat predicted Borrell would find himself constrained.

"He's going to have a tighter leash, for sure on Russia," the diplomat said.

Under pressure, Borrell hardens towards Russia sanctions

Highest Democratic forum in Europe infested by ugly war hawks ... makes aggression against former Communist state Russia inevitable.

Former military leaders' open letter to the leaders of democratic governments of the world | Estonian World - March 10, 2022 |

The former Western military leaders, including the Estonian member of the European Parliament and the former commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, Riho Terras, are demanding that Ukraine be supplied with air defences; the petition was signed by 15 former military leaders from the US, the UK, Latvia, Germany and Lithuania - including Philip M. Breedlove, a former Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO.

For over a decade NATO Commander Breedlove has interfered with internal political process of the European Union by warmongering, undermining activities and gone beyond his responsibility providing Europe's security.

Estonia Celebrates Annual Waffen SS Division Heroes | July 26, 2014 |

Estonia Waffen SS

The two Zvezda journalists, special correspondent Maxim Gritsenko and cameraman Vyacheslav Amelyutin, who had arrived in Estonia to provide coverage of the so-called annual meeting of veterans of the 20th Waffen SS division in Sinimae, were detained at a passport control desk of the Tallinn airport without any explanations. Their documents and personal belonging were taken away from them.

Nord Stream 2 will not be opened

Response of the EU-27 to Moscow in line with the promised diplomatic effort ...

Hid behind the response formulated in Brussels by the other HQ of NATO and Jens Stoltenberg ... 😡 nada!

NATO Narrative: Josep Borrell How to Destroy a Country

How War In Ukraine Ends Matters, Says EU Foreign Policy Chief

BRUSSELS, April 6 (Reuters) - The European Union wants the war in Ukraine to end as soon as possible, but how that happens is important too, its chief diplomat said, calling for the bloc to send more arms to Kyiv. "We want it to end as soon as possible, but not in any way," Josep Borrell told European Parliament. "Because if we're going to have a destroyed country that has been dismembered territorially and neutralized, with millions of people in exile, and millions of people dead, then no, we don't want this war to end like this," he said.

As America goes to war, the choice will always be unilateralism ...

The Trouble with Propaganda: The Second World War, Franco's Spain, and the Origins of US Post-War Public Diplomacy

This paper explores the internecine conflict that characterised and undermined US propaganda toward neutral Spain in the Second World War. These tensions primarily confronted those who saw US propaganda as an ideological weapon of mass persuasion in a crusade against Fascism with those who defended that US informational and cultural operations should be subservient to traditional diplomacy, and so be limited to explaining US foreign policy and advancing bilateral friendship. In addition, the article argues that the unambiguous subordination of propaganda to diplomacy that characterised US public diplomacy during the cold war was one of the lessons learnt out of the civil war that US propagandists fought over Spain between 1941 and early 1945.

My conclusion has been and has been enforced, Europe has been had by over a decade of American anti-Russia propaganda what during the Cold War amounted to brain-washing. Apparently Eastern European countries of the former Soviet bloc were an easy ratjetoe for US influence. America used the EU as a tool to expand its sphere of influence which it is falsely accusing Russia of imperial policy to expand. Mirroring evil. Western Ukraine and the strong minority of neo-Nazi's were a welcome breeding ground of evil.

Related topic on a vision of Europe's future ...

Eastern Partnership Summit | Europe as a civilisational choice (Day 1) | March 9, 2022 |



[Europe.Is.Doomed™ Alert]
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Sep 24th, 2022 at 05:15:33 PM EST
Nah ... risk of a large asteroid destroying life on earth is infinitesimal small ...

What is the Probability of a Huge Civilization-Ending Asteroid Impact?

Peace versus Justice: The coming European split over the war in Ukraine | ECFR |

  • ECFR's research shows that, while Europeans feel great solidarity with Ukraine and support sanctions against Russia, they are split about the long-term goals. They divide between a "Peace" camp (35 per cent of people) that wants the war to end as soon as possible, and a "Justice" camp that believes the more pressing goal is to punish Russia (22 per cent of people).

  • In all countries, apart from Poland, the "Peace" camp is larger than the "Justice" camp. European citizens worry about the cost of economic sanctions and the threat of nuclear escalation. Unless something dramatically changes, they will oppose a long and protracted war. Only in Poland, Germany, Sweden, and Finland is there substantial public support for boosting military spending.

Of course not an exact science, but may gain speed due to outbreak of war with consequences lasting 5-10 years ... or longer. NWO

Majority of Europeans 'expect end of EU within 20 years' | The Guardian - May 15, 2019 |

Concerns before the latest two crisis ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 24th, 2022 at 07:48:56 PM EST
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I was expecting a paen to democracy.
archived: Europe COMISH, Oct 2019

But I'd settle for a few comments recalling, as EUR-LEX preambles do say, tragic police actions between EU supremacists and "regional separatists".

by Cat on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 12:22:55 PM EST
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Excellent thread 😊 great find.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 12:31:53 PM EST
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Al Mayadeen | Ukrainian troops shell hotel housing journalists, staff in Kherson, 25 Sep
On Wednesday, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell threatened Russia with new sanctions in the event of referenda.
archived Catalonia election thread 2021, Spain is (still) not a democracy 2020, Spain is not a democracy, Democracy on trial 2019, The Catalan independence parody 2018, Should the EU intervene in Catalonia?, Save the Date 27 Oct 2017 2017
"Russia, its political leadership, and all those involved in these 'referenda' and other violations of international law in Ukraine will be held accountable, and additional restrictive measures against Russia would be considered," Borrell said.
RFERL | Russia, Ukraine Trade Accusations Of Shelling In Southern Ukraine Amid Sham Referendums In Occupied Territories, 25 Sep
Residents of the southern Kherson region told RFE/RL's News Of Azov project reported that people were being offered monetary compensation for a "yes" vote on joining the Russian Federation. Those who agree and fill out a ballot are then given 40,000 rubles (about $690).

RFE/RL was not able to independently verify the claims.

by Cat on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 02:55:35 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Josep Borrell warns of Catalan 'domino effect', 21 Sep intersectionality
Josep Borrell, a former president of the European Parliament who describes himself as "Catalan, Spanish[,] and European," believes that not enough people in Catalonia want independence to justify changing the constitution to allow a referendum, let alone break up Spain.

And anyway, he told POLITICO, the Catalonian independence movement is built on a myth.

"The story of a single people of Catalonia: It's not true. It doesn't exist," Borrell said in an interview.
"If it was 65 percent wanting independence, it would be a different story," said Borrell, describing the planned vote as potentially "the biggest European constitutional crisis since the fall of the Berlin Wall. For the first time since then we are talking about changing borders. There could be a domino effect," he said.
"If I have a problem with my wife, I send flowers," Borrell said, suggesting Madrid should offer a fiscal equivalent to the Catalans in order to keep Spain united.

"The story is that Franco equals Spain and Spain equals Franco. That is what the students hear"
—Josep Borrell
The [ES] government has ordered copy shops not to print referendum leaflets, which it describes as illegal, and has launched an investigation into more than 700 Catalan mayors suspected of providing logistical help for the vote. On Wednesday, the Civil Guard arrested 12 people in Barcelona linked to the independence campaign, including an aide to regional Vice President Oriol Junqueras. Madrid has also seized control of Catalonia's autonomous finances to ensure tax revenue is not used to finance the referendum or pro-independence propaganda....
euractiv | EU foreign ministers agree to prepare new Russia sanctions amid recent ESCALATION, 21 Sep
"It's clear that Putin is trying to destroy Ukraine," Borrell told reporters after ministers gathered on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to informally discuss how to respond to the latest developments.

In a joint declaration, EU foreign ministers "condemned in the strongest possible terms" the latest escalation by Russia and stated they "will never recognise these areas as anything but a part of Ukraine" and instead "continue to support Ukraine's efforts to restore its territorial integrity as long as necessary".
In response to Moscow's recognition of the SHAM referendums, a new raft of EU punitive measures [read: sanctions not ESCALATION] could likely entail more listings of individuals involved in the organisation and execution of the referendums; an EU official told EURACTIV just after their announcement on Tuesday (20 September).

Ark | EU threatens to impose new sanctions against Russia over referendums in Donbas, 22 Sep
The politician [Josep Borrell] believes that the referendums "cannot under any circumstances be considered an expression of the will of the people who live in these lands, who are under constant threat and intimidation by the Russian military."
Council of Europe | UKRAINE DRAFT LAW ON LOCAL REFERENDUM, 19 Jan 2022
Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group | Application practice of Article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, 20 Jan 2021 brisk not chilling
Article 110 is under the jurisdiction of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). It is the most used article in the investigation of crimes against the national security: around a thousand criminal proceedings were opened under this article in 2014-2019, first-instance courts delivered more than 500 sentences. The summarized data concerning the investigation of crimes qualified under Article 110 is taken from the site of the Prosecutor General's Office, and concerning the court decisions under this Article - from the Unified Register of Court Decisions, and compiled in the table:
In general, it can be concluded that the case law under the article 110 of the CC of Ukraine was humane (if the possible releases from custody in the sentences with probation with the aim of exchange are not to be taken into account). In 437 cases (85.5%) the sentences were suspended. In 316 cases (61.8%) the court approved the plea agreement with the prosecutor. In 64 cases (12.5%) the courts applied Article 69 of the CC of Ukraine - imposing a milder punishment than provided by the law. In 10 cases (1.96%) the accused were acquitted. 1 sentence contained a fine, 4 cases - imprisonment....
TASS | Ukrainian deputy premier threatens participants of future referendums with jail, 20 Sep treason
Those taking part in referendums on joining Russia, to be held in areas outside the Kiev government's control soon, are facing prison terms of up to five years, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk said.

"Some lawyers believe that those actions fall under Article 110 part 1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, 'Infringement on Ukraine's territorial integrity,' punishable with a prison term of up to five years," she told the Strana portal on Tuesday....

by Cat on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 03:52:35 PM EST
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"constant threat and intimidation"

ukraine-elections.com.ua | Illegal referendum in the occupied territories of Ukraine 27 September 2022 SBU blog, earlies post 12 Mar 2022, latest 25 Sep

by Cat on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 04:01:43 PM EST
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We're on tha same trail ... 🇺🇦 🇪🇸 and a bit 🇧🇾

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 05:12:45 PM EST
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Madrid equates to Kyiv ... sovereignty means not the Will of the People ban the Catalan language and jail the local representatives ...

Catalonia will try to stage an illegal referendum on independence from Spain

    "The story is that Franco equals Spain and Spain equals Franco. That is what the students hear" -- Josep Borrell (2017)

EU court provisionally restores MEP Puigdemont's parliamentary immunity| Catalan News - May 24, 2022 |

The decision means Puigdemont and the two other MEPs, Toni Comín and Clara Ponsatí -- who are all subject to European arrest warrants -- will again be able to travel freely around the EU while carrying out their parliamentary duties. Puigdemont and Comín currently live in Belgium, while Ponsatí resides in Scotland.

Josep Borrell warns of Catalan 'domino effect' | Politico - Sept. 21, 2017 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 05:15:37 PM EST
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Kremlin Collaborators Face Justice or Russian Death Squads: Ukrainian Mayor | Newsweek |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 05:16:38 PM EST
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!History repeats itself. Chamberlain too joined Franco and Vichy France to thwart neutrality of Andorra due to their human rights policy of protecting the rights of refugees and asylum seekers crossing borders ...

Josep Borrell claims Catalan ancestry in name only, born in a small village in the Pyrenees, La Pobla de Segur, a short distance from principality Andorra. Borrell is characterized as a "loner."

Global History -- Andorra | all Pyrenees |

The French Revolution (1789-1799) overthrew the French monarchy. The French king Louis XVI, one of co-Princes of Andorra, was executed in 1793. French revolutionists revoked the "Act-Paréage" of 1278.

In 1806 Andorrans petitioned French Emperor Napoleon I asking him to retrieve the "Act-Pareage". Napoleon agreed, noting that "Andorra is a political curiosity that needs to be preserved". France re-instated the co-princes of Andorra.

After 1914 Andorra began to emerge from its traditional isolation and interact with countries of Western Europe. In 1928 the Government of Spain established postal communication with Andorra and printed postal stamps with magnificent Andorran views.

France repeated this experience 3 years later. In 1929 the first big power plant was constructed.

On June 10, 1933, judicial authorities dismissed the General Council of Andorra, and the vicars of the co-Princes called for new elections. On July 17 a reform of the Andorran electoral system was carried out which resulted in the right to vote being given to all males of the country aged 25 or over. Feudal rights declined and Andorrans obtained the right of privileged usage of natural resources.

Proclamation King Boris I of Andorra

In June, 1934, Russian immigrant Boris Skosyrev named himself "count of Orange", and accompanied by several White Russian officers and assorted Russian nationals, surreptitiously entered Andorra from France. He and his followers first settled in Andorra-la-Vella and later in the nearby city of Soldeu He seized power with complete support of local citizens.

When Civil War started in Spain, Boris Skosyrev did not openly take either side. In fact, he became a "shadow" associate in the struggle of Republican forces against the Nationalists, a fascist group headed by Francisco Franco.

Boris prohibited "international observers" to control the neutral position of Andorra. This caused scathing criticism by UK PM Chamberlain, who called Boris Skosyrev "if not the agent of Moscow then the agent of Republicans or Super Activists (Dolores Ibarruri - the head of Spanish communist party) for sure".

In autumn 1941 the agents of Vichy France, backed up by the secret service of Franco, arrested the "King of Andorra Boris I" in Soldeu and sent him to the Verne concentration camp (France), where he died in 1944.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 05:18:44 PM EST
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With a bit of inventiviteit, Josep could have been o man of courage and hero written in EU history forever ...

Andorran Act-Paréage exists nearly a millennium ... an Ukrainian concept of co-princes Boris of Britain and Vlad of Moscow to guarantee neutrality. Split the spoils and right of taxation between East and West, the nationals retain all natural resources.  😂

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 05:32:25 PM EST
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euronews | Catalan independence: Five years on from referendum, is there any hope for separatists?, 3 Oct "pseudo referendums"
Five years ago, on 1 October 2017, 92% of voters backed splitting from the rest of Spain in a referendum Madrid deemed illegal. But after the Catalan parliament declared independence, the Spanish government imposed direct rule, sacked its leaders and dissolved the parliament.
"The public support for independence is massive," says Caboti, a committee member of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), a popular grassroots campaign group. But her optimism is marred by infighting among Catalonia's pro-independence parties, which hold a 51% majority in the regional parliament.
The ill-fated ballot, which saw 92% of voters -- or two million people -- choose independence with a 43% turnout, was a "major defeat" for the Catalan movement, according to Dr Andrew Dowling, Hispanic historian at Cardiff University.
A government [Generalitat de Catalunya] poll in September July 2022 showed that around 52% of Catalans oppose independence and 41% back it -- a drop from the 49% in 2017.
33. Y más concretamente, ¿quiere que Cataluña se convierta un Estado independiente?
However, Catalonia now finds itself divided by -- as Dowling puts it -- "a government with two horses riding in different directions". ...
by Cat on Mon Oct 3rd, 2022 at 11:54:14 PM EST
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It's also hard to imagine that Israel's Netanyahu government would have moved to pass the recent "nation state law", which essentially codifies the second-class status of Israel's non-Jewish citizens, if Benjamin Netanyahu didn't know Trump would have his back.

Ben-Gurion's government imposed the military regime i.e., a second-class status of non-Jewish citizens. Nobody had even heard of Trump at the time.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Sep 24th, 2022 at 08:12:10 PM EST

Yes, NEVER. The massacres of Chmielnicki, Honty, and Wołyń - these are religious and national massacres. For these reasons, the Russians did not murder us (and we did not murder the Russians) because we simply did not border each other. In Katyn, we were murdered by the Soviets, including the Russians, as well as the Ukrainians and the Kazakhs.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 07:41:19 AM EST
Massacres of Poles in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 08:04:35 AM EST
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The Seeds of Violence. The Brutalization of an East European Region, 1917-1921

The local population had become accustomed to violence and terror and learned how to practice them in their own interests. A viscous circle was born: not infrequently, yesterday's victims became victimizers the next morning or waited for an opportunity to appear, and when it did, struck twice as hard as did the perpetrators. An escalation of violence was stopped to some extent after 1921 when the Polish-Soviet war ended but, but in the 1930s, the East Europeans were confronted with terror and violence again, and when World War II started, savagery erupted. The region where this process started was especially conspicuous is located between the rivers Dnieper and Western Dvina to the East, the River Bug and the Carpathian mountains to the West, the Baltic Sea to the North and the Black Sea to the South.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 08:05:44 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 08:07:00 AM EST
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The Jews of Pinsk, 1506 to 1880 | Stanford - Jewish Studies |

The Jews of Pinsk, 1506-1880 is the first part of a major scholarly project about a small city in Eastern Europe where Jews were a majority of the population from the end of the eighteenth century. Pinsk boasted both traditional rabbinic scholars and famous Hasidic figures, and over time became an international trade emporium, a center of the Jewish Enlightenment, a cradle of Zionism and the Jewish Labor movement, and a place where Orthodoxy struggled vigorously with modernity.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 08:08:21 AM EST
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BELORUSSIA [Jewish Virtual Library], territory located between the rivers Neman (west) and Dnieper (east) and the rivers Pripet (south) and Dvina (north). Between the 14th and 18th centuries part of *Poland-Lithuania, from the partitions of Poland (1772-95) until the 1917 revolution it was part of the "northwestern region" of Russia, and much of it was included in the three "guberniyas" (provinces) of Minsk, Mogilev, and Vitebsk. Under Soviet rule Belorussia became a political entity as the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the area was called Belarus and was a C.I.S. republic.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 08:09:41 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 08:10:57 AM EST
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On social media the Pink Floyd co-founder is now labeled as an anti-Semite. No dissenting voice allowed.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 26th, 2022 at 07:20:33 AM EST
Sends letter as reminder of Zelensky's election campaign promises ... don't prolong the war and number of deaths and casualties. STOP the war ☮️

An Open letter to Mrs Olena Zelenska from Roger Waters

Dear Mrs Zelenska,

My heart bleeds for you and all the Ukrainian and Russian families, devastated by the terrible war in Ukraine. I'm in Kansas City, USA. Iread an article on BBC News apparently taken from an interview you have already recorded for a program called Sunday with Laura Kuenssburg which broadcasted on the BBC on September 4th.

BBC News quotes you as saying that if support for Ukraine is strong the crisis will be shorter. Hmmm? I guess that might depend on what you mean by "support for Ukraine?" If by "support for Ukraine," you mean the West continuing to supply arms to the Kiev government's armies, I fear you may be tragically mistaken. Throwing fuel, in the form of armaments, into a firefight, has never worked to shorten a war in the past, and it won't work now


If I'm wrong, please help me to understand how?

If I'm not wrong, please help me in my honest endeavors to persuade our leaders to stop the slaughter, the slaughter which serves only the interests of the ruling classes and extreme nationalists both here in the West, and in your beautiful country, at the expense of the rest of us ordinary people both here in the West, and in the Ukraine, and in fact ordinary people everywhere all over the world.

Might it not be better to demand the implementation of your husband's election promises and put an end to this deadly war?

Roger Waters

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 26th, 2022 at 07:22:30 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 26th, 2022 at 07:23:27 AM EST
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife Olena forbade rent their villa in the Italian commune of Forte dei Marmi to the Russians. Claudio Salvini, real estate agent of Forte dei Marmi Villas, reported this to the Italian newspaper La Stampa.

"We have a warrant from the owner that categorically prohibits us from doing so. We can rent it to anyone of a different nationality: Europeans, Americans and others," he commented.

We are talking about the villa of Vittoria Apuana in the Tuscany region. Salvini said the property is owned by a company in Cyprus owned by Olena Zelenska. Journalists write that for several days on the coast of Versilia (part of Tuscany) there were rumors about the rental of the Russian couple of Vittoria Apuana villa in Forte dei Marmi.

Best sell the property now after rightwing fascists led by Giorgia Meloni gained power in Italy and showed some fancy for Russia and Putin.

After publication, popularity of president Zelensky had sunk to the low 20%. Vulnerable to blackmail or outside foreign pressure for tax evasion, bribery 💰 and possible money laundering ... has US Treasury sought prosecution of Zelensky and his compatriots? Actors Guilt 🎭

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 26th, 2022 at 07:26:29 AM EST
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Pandora Papers Reveal Offshore Holdings of Ukrainian President and his Inner Circle | OCCRP - Oct. 3, 2021 |

The documents show that Zelensky and his partners in a television production company, Kvartal 95, set up a network of offshore firms dating back to at least 2012, the year the company began making regular content for TV stations owned by Ihor Kolomoisky, an oligarch dogged by allegations of multi-billion-dollar fraud. The offshores were also used by Zelensky associates to purchase and own three prime properties in the center of London.

The documents also show that just before he was elected, he gifted his stake in a key offshore company, the British Virgin Islands-registered Maltex Multicapital Corp., to his business partner -- soon to be his top presidential aide. And in spite of giving up his shares, the documents show that an arrangement was soon made that would allow the offshore to keep paying dividends to a company that now belongs to his wife.

A comedian and actor who had been famous since the 2000s, Zelensky began his political rise a few years after taking on a starring role in the political satire "Servant of the People," which began airing on the oligarch's network in 2015. The show starred Zelensky as a humble history teacher whose anti-corruption rant in class is filmed by a student, goes viral online, and wins him national office.

In a case of life imitating art, Zelensky ended up winning the real-world Ukrainian presidency just three-and-a-half years after the show's launch, with more than 73 percent of the vote.

Zelensky capitalized on widespread public anger at corruption, but his 2019 campaign was dogged by doubts over his anti-graft bona fides, given that his campaign was boosted by media belonging to Kolomoisky -- who is accused of stealing $5.5 billion from his own bank and funneling it offshore in concert with his partner, Hennadiy Boholiubov.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 26th, 2022 at 07:28:59 AM EST
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Arming Ukraine is peanuts ... material damage to UA and economic damage to EU is hurting. #capitalism #warprofiteers #consumers #inflaton #energypoverty #cost-of-living

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 26th, 2022 at 07:58:33 AM EST

Commission head Ursula von der Leyen, had warned that Brussels had "tools" to deal with errant member states.

"My approach is that whatever democratic government is willing to work with us, we're working together," she said.

'Benefit of the doubt'

Italy has huge amounts of EU money on the line. It is awaiting nearly €200 billion in EU cash and loans as part of the country's massive share of the bloc's coronavirus recovery stimulus package.

In order to secure each instalment, the government must deliver on a long list of commitments to reform and cut back spending made by previous administrations.
"To do without the billions from the recovery plan would be suicidal," said Sébastien Maillard, director of the Jacques Delors institute.

Post-Brexit EU qualified majority voting rights

Voting in the Council of the European Union

At what moment in time will the EU declare Italy a failed state or a pariah?

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 26th, 2022 at 09:31:10 AM EST
To counteract, Russia may need mini-nuke battlefield bombs.

NASAMS (Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System) is the world's first operational Network Centric Short to Medium Range Ground Based Air Defence System?

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 26th, 2022 at 09:35:19 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 26th, 2022 at 09:36:05 AM EST
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Announcing the coming recession ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 26th, 2022 at 11:56:19 AM EST

#MAGA America still number one 😊

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 26th, 2022 at 11:58:38 AM EST
Truss does bring back memories of the Thatcher years ...

  • trickle-down economy
  • Pound trades against the dollar

What's So Bad About Thatcherism and Reaganomics?

The British pound fell to an all-time low against the US dollar early Monday after Treasury chief Kwasi Kwarteng pledged a sweeping package of tax cuts, fueling concerns about the government's economic policy as the United Kingdom teeters toward recession.

British £ dipped as low as $1.0349 early on Monday but then rebounded to $1.07.

The UK government's new tax-cut plan has sparked concerns that increased public borrowing will worsen the nation's cost-of-living crisis.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 26th, 2022 at 11:59:48 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 26th, 2022 at 12:00:38 PM EST
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almayadeen.net | Over 100 observers from 40 countries attend LPR, DPR referenda: CEC, 25 Sep
...On Wednesday, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell threatened Russia with new sanctions in the event of referenda after White House National Security Advisor Jake ["GET A ROOM"] Sullivan stated that the US condemned the DPR, LPR, Zaporozhye, and Kherson referenda to join Russia as "sham" actions and asserted that the US would not recognize the results....
Democracy is not well understood.
azerbaycan24.com | EU threatens foreign observers over Donbass referendums - Sources®, 27 Sep
according to Peter Stano, a spokesman for the bloc's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

"There would be consequences for all people, who participate in the illegal, illegitimate referendums," Stano warned on Tuesday, the fifth and final day of voting.
Another high-ranking EU foreign policy official, Luc Devigne, also told European lawmakers on Tuesday that individuals who are "obviously linked" to the referendums would be targeted in the next sanctions package.

Residents of France, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Brazil[,] and other countries have reportedly arrived to monitor voting in the Donetsk (DPR) and Lugansk People's Republics (LPR), and the regions of Zaporozh* and Kherson, which are mostly controlled by Russian forces....

A Window on the World - Blog by HR/VP Josep Borrell
by Cat on Tue Sep 27th, 2022 at 05:42:37 PM EST
DW | EU, Israel hold first high-level talks since 2012, 3 Oct innernational normz
UN [BWAH!] top diplomat Josep Borrell praised Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid over support for the two-state solution, but said the situation in the Palestinian territories remained "worrisome."
In a speech he delivered to the UN General Assembly after Lapid, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said "our confidence in achieving a peace based on justice and international law is waning, due to the Israeli occupation policies."

A 'worrisome' situation

Borrell said that a UN report on the situation in the Palestinian territories was "worrisome." According to the report, the number of Palestinians killed this year reached its highest level since 2007.

Israel and the EU also differ on attempts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran JCPOA. Last month, Lapid said returning to the nuclear agreement would be a "mistake" at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

"This is one of the issues in which certainly we disagree," Borrell said. "For the time being in any case, those [JCPOA] negotiations are stalled."...

Jerusalem Post | IDF to use armed drones for targeted killings in West Bank, 29 Sep
... According to Sources®, commanders will now be allowed to use the platforms not only as cover and intelligence for forces during operations but also to carry out strikes should armed gunmen be identified as posing imminent threats to their troops.

The order comes as Israeli security forces have encountered a significant rise in shooting attacks and massive gunfire during arrest raids, specifically in the northern West Bank cities of Jenin and Nablus....


About the Ambassador
OCHA | Data on casualties | Palestinian , 2008-2022 data visualization, current
"Figures covering 2022 are partial and will be updated soon."
OHCHR | Israel's 55-year occupation of Palestinian Territory is apartheid, 25 Mar

DW |EU countries again carrying out more deportations, 3 Oc oh(chr) the humanity

The number of deportation orders issued in the European Union is on the rise, according to Eurostat figures. Almost 100,000 people were ordered out of the 27-member bloc in the second quarter of 2022....
Returns of irregular migrants - quarterly statistics, 2Q 2022
• 96 550 non-EU citizens were ordered to leave the territory of an EU Member State in the second quarter of 2022.
• 23 110 non-EU citizens who received an order to leave an EU Member State were returned to another country in the second quarter of 2022.
• unaccompanied minors order to leave: 320, 23% increase compared to 2Q2021
...In the period in analysis, Greece, Croatia, Sweden[,] and Belgium issued almost all orders to unaccompanied minors to leave EU territory (99 %). In terms of citizenship, two-thirds (66 %) of the unaccompanied minors ordered to leave were from Egypt, Afghanistan and Somalia.

Germany, Croatia, Austria[,] and Sweden were the Member States from where the largest unaccompanied minors returned following an order to leave that Member State (90 % of the total number of unaccompanied minors returned in Q2 2022). The unaccompanied minors returned were mainly from Turkey, Afghanistan, Syria, Russia, Algeria, Cameroon[,] and Morocco....

by Cat on Mon Oct 3rd, 2022 at 10:13:06 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 12th, 2022 at 05:04:32 PM EST
EUobserver | Borrell wants a bolder, faster EU -- and scolds diplomats to get to it, 11 Oct
Most in Brussels were not keen to follow the speech of EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell on Monday (10 October) to EU ambassadors. It is very much an internal EU event.

When people started pouring over the speech on Tuesday, it turned out Borrell not only scolded his own diplomats seated around the world, he told them to be bolder, faster and communicate the EU's NARRATIVE more assertively.

The former Spanish foreign minister laid out plainly some uncomfortable statements about where Europe stands and where it is headed in a multipolar world, STUCK between a competing US and [AUTHORITATIAN] China.

< wipes tears >
He said that the "messy multipolarity" is structured by the the US-China competition, which is complemented [?] by a democracy vs. AUTHORITARIAN divide as well.

Borrell said there are "a lot of AUTHORITARIAN regimes" on "our side". "There is an AUTHORITARIAN trend. Sometimes, they are still wearing the ["]democracy suit["], but they are no longer [?] democracies," he added.

The 75-year-old politician called it a "perfect storm" that everyone is following the US's Federal Reserve's interest rate hike, spiralling towards a recession....

eeas.europa.eu | EU Ambassadors Annual Conference 2022: Opening speech by High Representative Josep Borrell, 10 Oct
...You will talk about how to revitalise multilateralism at this time of power politics. You will talk about European security, in light of the war in Ukraine, but not only - there are other security crises, which are looming. We will talk about [the] energy and climate crisis and what the European Union should do. Both things go together. We are facing one of the biggest energy crises since the first oil shock in the seventies [FKA OPEC oil embargo]. At that time, I was a student at the French Institute of Petroleum [!BWAH!] in Paris. It was 1972, and I was told that there was only oil for 20 years. Well, we are in 2022 and ["]we["] still have a lot of oil, but at a very high price [compared to 2-buck/bbl]. So, energy and climate - both things together, are going to be a big challenge....
by Cat on Wed Oct 12th, 2022 at 06:48:16 PM EST
eeas.europa.eu | European Diplomatic Academy: Opening remarks by High Representative Josep Borrell at the inauguration of the pilot programme, 13 Oct
Thank you, Federica [Mogherini, Rector of the College of Europe], for these nice words. Thank you for organising this meeting.  

I have to say that you look much younger.

Now, three years later - three years after not being anymore the High Representative [for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy], you look much better. I am sure it is the atmosphere and the fantastic job that you have here - one of the best jobs one could imagine.

Thank you to all of you, and congratulations to all of you for having the extraordinary chance of studying here, in Bruges at the College of Europe. I am sure you are aware of how lucky you are.  

Here, Bruges is a good example of the European garden. Yes, Europe is a garden. We have built a garden. Everything works. It is the best combination of political freedom, economic prosperity[,] and social cohesion that the humankind has been able to build - the three things together. And here, Bruges is maybe a good representation of beautiful things, intellectual life, wellbeing.

The rest of the world - and you know this very well, Federica - is not exactly a garden. Most of the rest of the world is a jungle, and the jungle could invade the garden. The gardeners should take care of it, but they will not protect the garden by building walls. A nice small garden surrounded by high walls in order to prevent the jungle from coming in is not going to be a solution. Because the jungle has a strong growth capacity, and the wall will never be high enough in order to protect the garden.  

The gardeners have to go to the jungle. Europeans have to be much more engaged with the rest of the world. Otherwise, the rest of the world will invade us, by different ways and means. ....

'cuse me while I take a Bernal vol. I "moment" here ...

Sumbuddy let the dogs out.

by Cat on Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 02:22:20 PM EST
by Cat on Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 02:31:39 PM EST
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not sur Josep will watch it but he'd learn a lot
(Beeley interviewing Alex Krainer
by Tom2 on Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 03:12:23 PM EST
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thegrayzone | EU parliamentarian calls to sanction Vanessa Beeley and all observers of Donbass referendums, 29 Sep
A French Member of European Parliament (MEP), Natalie Loiseau [FR-Renew], has delivered a letter to EU High Representative of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Borrell, demanding the European Union place personal sanctions on all international observers of the recent votes in the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics and certain Russian-controlled territories in eastern Ukraine.

Obtained by The Grayzone from an EU source, the letter is currently being circulated among European parliamentarians in hopes of securing a docket of supportive signatures.

"We, as elected members of the European Parliament, demand that all those who voluntarily assisted in any way the organization of these illegitimate referendums be individually targeted and sanctioned," Loiseau declared....

archived this.empowerment(Nathalie Loiseau)
by Cat on Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 04:28:23 PM EST
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Now that Elon Musk has been removed from the death wish list of the Ukrainian people ...

The new normal ... Western fools!

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 07:26:51 PM EST
From other thread ...

Same schizophrenic opinions were voiced by Israel contra Poland, Estonia, Ukraine and Hungary, et al. ... not in our friendly neighborhood ...

Population 259,000,000 with 34% or 88 million harbor anti-Semitic attitudes.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 07:28:13 PM EST
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Gay-Pride Event Banned In Odesa | RFERL - Aug. 2015 |

Two months after far-right activists attacked demonstrators at a small lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) march in Kyiv, there had been hopes among organizers and supporters of gay rights that the August 13-16 events would be protected under the city's new, fiercely pro-Western governor, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 09:14:56 AM EST
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The news of his volunteering to fight had prompted a Ukrainian activist and a former leader of the Ukrainian ultranationalist group Right Sector, Sergey Sternenko, to offer a $10,000 bounty for Strelkov's capture. This private bounty was then quickly raised to $100,000 after several Ukrainian public figures promised to contribute their own money to Sternenko's initiative.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 09:17:56 AM EST
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Ukrainian Ex-Paramilitary Leader Suspected of Premeditated Murder | RFERL - June 2020 |

Serhiy Sternenko, who once led the Right Sector group in the city of Odesa, wrote in a post on Facebook on June 11 that the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) had handed him a document informing him that he was a suspect in the case.

On May 18, when hundreds of Sternenko's supporters rallied in front of the SBU building, the SBU said Sternenko was "not a suspect" in the case.

Former Ukrainian Paramilitary Leader Put Under House Arrest Amid Violent Protests | RFERL - June 16, 2020 |

After violent protests by his supporters outside, the Shevchenko district court ruled late on June 15 that Serhiy Sternenko, who once led the Right Sector group in the city of Odesa, will remain under house arrest for 60 days as investigations into the high-profile case continue.

Police said that five demonstrators were detained.

Lawmaker Roman Lozynskiy [party Voice], who came to the site of the protests, said the police did not allow him to meet with detained individuals and assaulted him.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 09:45:17 AM EST
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Promoting Human Rights Starting In Ukraine | June 17, 2021 |

Well, US Joe Biden and his #Blitzkrieg across Europe fixed that ... #MerkelGone

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 09:48:57 AM EST
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From an earlier diary ...

NATO Partnership Strengthened to Offset Brexit | July 11, 2018 |

Yep, making sure Europe's defense stays in the hands of US Generals, not politicians. Finance minister from the White House flying in to collect dues. Perhaps looking for cash payment to take back on Air Force One. About cash payment, Iran wants its money before the next sanctions by the US kicks in - huge Iran cash transfer request.

Joint Declaration on EU-NATO Cooperation by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, and the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Dear President Trump:

America does not have, and will not have a better ally than Europe. Today Europeans spend on defence many times more than Russia, and as much as China. And I think you can have no doubt, Mr President, that this is an investment in common American and European defence and security. Which can't be said with confidence about Russian or Chinese spending.

I would therefore have two remarks here. First of all, dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many. And, dear Europe, spend more on your defence, because everyone respects an ally that is well-prepared and equipped.

Money is important, but genuine solidarity is even more important. Speaking about solidarity, I want to dispel the American President's argument, which says that the US alone protects Europe against our enemies, and that the US is almost alone in this struggle.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 20th, 2022 at 08:53:23 PM EST
Trump's Revival of anti-EU Sentiment in Warsaw | July 6, 2017 |

Today's Poland is run by a fascist leadership with similar appeals to its citizens as Trump has in America: nationalist and anti-immigration rhetoric or rather against asylum-seekers from outside of the EU. Poland has welcomed a flow of migrants from neighboring Ukraine which is economic woes and corruption.

    The Polish Prime Minister, in a speech in the European Parliament, claimed that Poland did not have the capacity to accept any Syrian refugees, as it has already accepted one million Ukrainian refugees (Chapman 2016). However, while the migration flow has indeed increased, neither the purported volume, nor the declared character of migration has been reflected by the official data. The vast majority of Ukrainians coming to Poland seek gainful employment and are not a burden on the Polish taxpayer, but rather contribute to the country's economic growth.

Poland is at the heart of criticism for EU capital Brussels and the role of giant economic power Germany.

Poland is also the point nation for neocon's New Europe and a special role in rekindling the Cold War 2.0 from president George Bush,  Defence minister Rumsfeld, NATO's General Breedlove to Obama's State Department with HRC and Victoria Nuland-Cheney's right hand on foreign policy vs. Russia.

Galeotti: The West's Paranoia About Putin | @BooMan - Dec. 11, 2016 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 20th, 2022 at 08:55:08 PM EST
Franco-German Cabinet Meeting Cancelled

German government delays talks with France as discord builds

The cancellation of the next Franco-German Council of Ministers confirms differences of opinion.

The fire had been smoldering for several months. It broke out on the eve of the European Council of Thursday and Friday, October 20 and 21 in Brussels, itself expected to be stormy. Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz decided on Wednesday to postpone the next Franco-German Council of Ministers, scheduled for October 26 in Fontainebleau. This is the third time that this important bilateral meeting (initially scheduled to take place in July) has been postponed. In Berlin, they promise that it will finally take place in January 2023. In Paris, they appear less certain.

To keep up appearances, the French president and the German chancellor have scheduled a tête-à-tête in Brussels early Thursday afternoon, before meeting their European counterparts. But there is no hiding the fact: by deciding to cancel a Franco-German council of ministers 24 hours before a summit of the EU 27, Mr. Macron and Mr. Scholz could not have made it any clearer how difficult it is to overcome the issues over which Paris and Berlin disagree.

Franco-German tiff threatens to knock EU off balance | Politico |

German official cites 'logistical issues' and disagreements on the content of a Franco-German declaration.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 20th, 2022 at 09:24:24 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 20th, 2022 at 09:44:24 PM EST
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