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November 2023

by Oui Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 05:41:58 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 05:43:13 PM EST
euractiv | Ukraine `optimistic' on opening EU accession talks (02.11.23)
EU chief Ursula von der Leyen acknowledged in September that Kyiv had made "great strides" in its bid for EU membership. Enlargement will be at the core of the EU summit on 14 and 15 December in Brussels, by which time the European Commission will have submitted reports on bids by Ukraine and also Moldova. Kuleba warned against letting the EU's own ongoing reform process slow down accession of new members.

"EU reform should not take enlargement process as a hostage and we have to find the right balance between the process of reforming the European Union and continuing with enlargement," Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said.

euronews | Little Israel says it has completed the encirclement of Gaza City(02.11.23)
"Our soldiers have completed the encirclement of Gaza City, the centre of the Hamas terrorist organisation," Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari told a news briefing. "The concept of a ceasefire is not on the table", added the military official, on the 27th day of the war between Israel and the Islamist movement, in power in the Gaza Strip, triggered by an unprecedented attack by Hamas on Israeli soil.
by Cat on Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 11:32:01 PM EST
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ukrinform | U.S. calls on UN to provide funding package for Ukraine's humanitarian needs, 31 Oct
Ambassador Robert Wood, Alternative Representative for Special Political Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the UN, stated this at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Tuesday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
Robert Wood reminded that the UN's revised winterization plan calls for $435 million in funding to help keep more than 1.7 million civilians in Ukraine warm, dry, and fed during the winter season.

"We call on the international community to ensure the UN's funding appeals are met," the U.S. diplomat said.

ukrinform | Yermak, Sullivan discuss results of national security advisors' meeting in Malta, 2 Nov
In a phone call, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak and National Security Advisor to the President of the United States Jake Sullivan agreed on the need to hold an additional consultative meeting of national security advisors from the United States, Great Britain, Germany and France. The relevant statement was made by the Office of the President of Ukraine, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
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timesofisrael | Preparations for Zelensk* to visit Israel next week in advanced phase, 3 Nov
..."Such a visit would send an important message," Education Minister Yoav Kisch says.

Zelensk*'s arrival, and his photograph with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Isaac Herzog, and other Israeli leaders, will "send a message of the enlightened world under attack, standing against the less-enlightened world, attacking," the TV report suggests.

"It would indicate something of a unified front of Israel, Ukraine, Europe, and the US against the < wipes tears > Russia-Iran axis," Channel 12 says, adding that Israel recognizes that the visit would boost its legitimacy in the war against Hamas Palestinians....

vOlDeMoRT, 3 Nov
...The Israeli network [Channel 12] claimed that Zelensk*'s photograph with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Isaac Herzog would "send a message of the < wipes tears > enlightened world under attack, standing against the < wipes tears > less-enlightened world, attacking."

Kiev officials have used similar language to describe the majority of the world that does not align with the US and NATO's position on the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Most recently, Zelensk*'s top adviser, Mikhail Podoliak, angered Beijing by declaring that India and China—both of which have remained neutral in the conflict—have "low intellectual potential." Previously, Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council chief Aleksey Danilov stated that Russians are "Asians," and therefore lack "humanity."...

by Cat on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 07:30:59 PM EST
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US announces $425 million Ukraine aid package, 3 Nov
...The Defense Department said $300 million will be provided from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, in which the U.S. will buy weapons systems from the defense industry before delivering them to Ukraine....
opEd | View from Kyiv: Decoupling Ukraine and Israel aid is a bad idea, 3 Nov
The power to allocate foreign aid unquestionably rests with the American populace. Neither Kyiv nor Tel Aviv desires to direct the American people on how they should allocate their international aid or interfere in internal U.S. policies. However, what needs to be understood is that the challenges facing both countries are not isolated problems. They are issues that, if left unaddressed, have the potential to disrupt not only their respective regions but also the broader international community and U.S. strategic interests.
In conclusion, aid to Ukraine [Big Israel] and [Little] Israel should be seen not as isolated acts but as part of a cohesive strategy to counter a growing axis of authoritarianism and extremism. Anything less would be a strategic blunder, jeopardizing not just U.S. interests, but the global order as we know it.
by Cat on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 08:12:41 PM EST
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"U.S. calls on UN to provide funding package for Ukraine's humanitarian needs, 31 Oct."

US Ambassador Wood to UNSC: "Here's the deal ... we provide the bombs, you provide the humanitarian needs."

The day after ... is someone else's concern. 😡

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 09:03:10 AM EST
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strana.news | Zelensk* may cancel his visit to [Little] Israel due to information leaks, 5 Nov
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensk* may cancel his visit to Israel due to the leak of information about his arrival on the Israeli TV channel Channel 12.

This was reported by The Times of Israel with reference to an unnamed Ukrainian diplomat.

According to the source of the publication, the president of Ukraine is considering canceling his visit to Israel, because he did not want this trip to be known in advance.

"He's very disappointed," the source added.

At the same time, a source in Israeli diplomatic circles told Strana that Zelensk* could still visit Israel in the coming week. And the refutations from the Ukrainian side may be caused by the desire not to announce the visit in advance. However, the source confirms that the probability of a visit is far from 100%.

"But the work on its preparation continues," the source said.

Earlier it was reported that Israel did not refuse Vladimir Zelensk* a solidarity visit.

"No such thing as bad publicity" is on the ropes!
by Cat on Sun Nov 5th, 2023 at 03:55:22 PM EST
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pravda.ua | Zelensk*: There is no stalemate, and there will be no talks or concessions, 4 Nov
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* does not think the situation on the front in Ukraine is a stalemate and has said that Ukraine will not negotiate with Russia.
Source: President Zelensk* during a press conference with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, as reported by Interfax-Ukraine
bloomberg | EU's Von der Leyen Lauds Kyiv's 'Excellent Progress' on Reforms (04.11.23)
...on her sixth visit to Kyiv since Russia's 2022 invasion, told a news conference on Saturday....
Details: A recent article in The Economist quoted Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine General Valerii Zaluzhnyi as saying that the situation on the front is at a stalemate. Zelensk* responded to this by saying there was no stalemate.
• Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine's Armed Forces, said in an interview with The Economist this week that the situation at the front has reached a stalemate when neither side can advance because they are technologically equipped at the same level. The general says the situation reminds him of the First World War.
• John Kirby, White House National Security Council Coordinator, described ...
• The Kremlin has also commented...
• Ihor Zhovkva, Deputy Head of the Office of the President, commenting...
NBC News reported that officials from the US and the EU had started discussing with Ukraine the possibility of holding peace talks with Russia.
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by Cat on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 03:16:18 PM EST
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Sun Tzu said: After crossing a river, you should get far away from it. When an invading force crosses a river in its onward march, do not advance to meet it in mid-stream. It will be best to let half the army get across, and then deliver your attack. If you are anxious to fight, you should not go to meet the invader near a river which he has to cross. Moor your craft higher up than the enemy, and facing the sun. Do not move up-stream to meet the enemy. So much for river warfare.
by Cat on Mon Nov 6th, 2023 at 11:37:20 PM EST
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Official Denial, 4 Nov
A promotional video is circulating on YouTube, showing a soldier in the uniform of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) who calls on Ukrainian warriors to join the IDF. He claims that he was allegedly a Ukrainian artilleryman who had just returned from the front and joined the IDF because of the higher salary and the Israeli citizenship. It is a fake video. The original video can be found on the official TikTok page of the IDF. It shows a military man explaining which phone numbers the IDF reservists should contact for mobilization and their families for psychological assistance....
Russian military death toll in Ukraine rises to about 305,970
The relevant statement was made by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
kyivpost | Videos Show Ukrainian Special Forces 'Cleaning Up' Wagner Fighters in Sudan
...According to a source in Ukraine's security and defense sector, an operation is currently ongoing to "clean up the Wagner PMC, their local terrorists and the Russian Federation's special services" in the African country. Speaking to Kyiv Post, the source added: "The footage probably shows the work of special units of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine (HUR)." He declined to give details citing security concerns. The source said the footage had been filmed "in the last two weeks", in an unnamed Sudanese urban location. Kyiv Post has not independently verified either video.
The Ukrainian government has neither officially acknowledged deployment of field operators to Sudan nor conduct of operations targeting Wagner fighters in the country. Last month CNN reported a series of drone strikes targeting Wagner-backed rebels near Sudan's capital were "characteristic" of Kyiv's special forces. Ukrainian news portal RBC-Ukraine contacted Ukraine's HUR spokesperson Andriy Yusov at the time for clarification on the situation in Sudan, to which he replied: "We can neither confirm nor deny this."

Why is Ukraine operating in Sudan?
"You can also recall the words of General Budanov that Ukraine will destroy Russian war criminals anywhere in the world, wherever they are," Yusov also said....

Zelensk* discusses Peace Formula, Grain from Ukraine initiative with Sierra Leone president
"I had a phone conversation with Sierra Leone's President Julius Maada Bio," Zelensk* said in a post on Telegram. He noted he is glad to resume contact between the states at the highest level following a 20-year pause. The President of Ukraine also congratulated Sierra Leone on its election to the UN Security Council for the years 2024-2025, noting that he anticipates that it will continue to support Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity....
Ukraine invites South Africa to take part in Global Peace Summit
The relevant statement was made by the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry, following a meeting between Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba and South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor in Pretoria, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
The parties paid special attention to Ukraine's grain exports and food security in Africa. Kuleba proposed the South African side to join the Grain from Ukraine humanitarian initiative. In addition, Ukrainian and South African representatives discussed the intensification of cooperation in the digitalization of public services. Kuleba expressed Ukraine's willingness to share its experience of the 'state in a smartphone'. The Ukrainian side also offered to hold a business forum in Kyiv in the near future, involving Ukrainian and South African businesses, in order to increase trade turnover and implement mutually beneficial economic projects.
Parliament's defense committee backs extension of martial law, mobilization
David Arakhamia, head of the parliamentary faction of the Servant of the People party, said this in a post on Telegram, Ukrinform reports.
by Cat on Tue Nov 7th, 2023 at 12:31:49 AM EST
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by Cat on Tue Nov 7th, 2023 at 07:44:15 PM EST
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wsj | Gaza Tensions Undercut Ukraine's Peace Summit Hopes
The Middle East crisis has also drawn attention from Ukraine, taking up the limited bandwidth available to policy makers who are now focused on several other challenges, such as freeing hostages held by Hamas, getting aid to civilians in Gaza and preventing an escalation of the conflict.
ibid Ukraine evacuated 43 Ukrainian citizens from Gaza
Even before the war erupted between Israel and Hamas, momentum was slipping. After turning up in Jeddah, China's ambassador in Kyiv stopped attending the weekly meetings headed by Yermak, according to three Kyiv-based diplomats. Ukraine struggled to find a large, neutral country to host talks.
archive welcome in Poland, welcome in Ukraine
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* lobbied South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the U.N. General Assembly in September to play host. South African officials later said it was "logistically impossible." Weeks earlier, South Africa had hosted a Brics [UK-Eng. ALERT] summit with attendees including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.
archive read. this. room.
At a meeting in Malta in late October, people involved in the talks said the Middle East fighting hung over the conference. While more than 60 countries and organizations turned up, the greatest number so far, China skipped the meeting.
archive Ukrainian President's lack of interest
Diplomats said several other countries, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, sent lower-level officials. Brazil's peace envoy, former Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, who met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow and Zelensk* in Kyiv to discuss peace efforts, didn't participate.

The peace discussions at officials' level are likely to continue. European diplomats say the talks are useful in building Kyiv's diplomatic links and in counterbalancing diplomatic initiatives from others, such as China, less committed to Ukraine's cause.

archive 40, 50, or 70 nations will meet in Malta

9 Nov Ukrinform
Kuleba: Ukraine held 200 rounds of talks with Russia since 2014, but that did not stop Putin

..."Those who argue that Ukraine should negotiate with Russia now are either uninformed or misled, or they side with Russia and want Putin to take a pause before an even larger aggression," the minister said....
Kyiv, Moscow could potentially start talks next year, Czech president believes
..."Next year, they may reach a certain start to negotiations, as the developments do not indicate that the Ukrainian side can gain a military advantage. Now time is in favor of Russia, which has a stronger mobilization base of human resources," Pavel said....
archive Czechia: ELECTION 2023
by Cat on Thu Nov 9th, 2023 at 10:00:46 PM EST
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torygraph | To defeat Russia once and for all, we must make Ukraine a member of Nato, "scenarios"
progress on the political and diplomatic fronts—while also supporting Ukraine militarily and imposing sanctions on Russia—so that the country moves towards Nato membership and greater protection, sooner rather than later.
2.  massive escalation of "bloody stalemate" provided by NATO weapons
3. "save yet more lives being lost through a partial capitulation"
by Cat on Mon Nov 20th, 2023 at 11:35:29 AM EST
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My fear in December 2021 the US and NATO would accept Russian proposals and capitulate some areas in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea to end hostilities and let Ukraine become an overnight new NATO member and ready to invoke Article 5. That would have been a very bad scenario indeed.

Joe Biden wanted it all, especially the Russian naval base of Sevastopol and Georgia as ally so the US Navy had free sailing in he Black Sea. Fortunately new FM Great Britain Liz Truss screwed up the geographical location of the Baltic Sea with the Black Sea. Talking nonsense in the Kremlin with old fox Lavrov.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 20th, 2023 at 10:03:31 PM EST
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F24 | Israeli strike on French Institute in Gaza 'incomprehensible', FM Colonna says
7:30pm: France reacted to an Israeli strike on a French institute in Gaza with "astonishment" and "incomprehension", French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said on Friday, demanding a full investigation into why the building was hit.

"We made public today that the French Cultural Institute in Gaza was hit a few days ago in a way that caused astonishment, incomprehension and which led France to call for explanations from the Israeli authorities," Colonna told French media on a visit to Nigeria's capital Abuja. "(We seek) to understand how a French cultural institute can be the target of an Israeli strike. We are therefore in dialogue with our Israeli partners at different levels."

7:05pm: US urges Hezbollah not to 'take advantage' of Gaza war

archived How the EU constructs Israel impunity
by Cat on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 09:51:00 PM EST
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gov.cn | Xi meets Scholz via video link
"This is the valuable experience of the smooth development of China-Germany relations over the past decades, which should be cherished and passed on by both sides," Xi said, describing China-Germany cooperation as open and pragmatic, which has been continuously enriched and developed.

He said that more than 130 German companies will participate in the sixth China International Import Expo [CIIE], which has shown the confidence of German companies in China's development. It is hoped that the German side will also adhere to a high level of openness toward Chinese enterprises seeking cooperation opportunities in Germany, Xi said.

Scholz introduced the views of the German side on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the Ukraine crisis, and expressed the hope to keep close communication with China....

Axel | Xi Jinping seeks Germany's help to avert China-EU trade war
... Speaking virtually with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Friday, Xi launched a thinly veiled attack on the EU's economic security strategies, and called on Germany to stay open to Chinese investments.
Xi is expected to meet Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, heads of the European Commission and European Council, by the end of the year. The EU's internal market commissioner, Thierry Breton, is due to visit Beijing and Hong Kong next week.

Beijing's increasing focus on ideology, coercion against U.S. allies such as Japan, Canada, and Lithuania, and assertive posture against Taiwan have forces EU governments to focus on so-called de-risking the bloc's relationships with China. Just this week, the prime ministers of the Netherlands and Ireland—which have massive trade ties with China—are touring countries from Malaysia and Viet Nam to South Korea, looking for alternative markets in Asia....

GT | Xi-Scholz talk highlights pragmatic cooperation
...It is hoped that the German side will also adhere to a high level of openness toward Chinese enterprises seeking cooperation opportunities in Germany, Xi said. The same day, Xi met with visiting Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Beijing.
Germany is reasonably expressing the hope of enhancing trade cooperation, and judging from recent interactions between China and Europe, both sides not only want to maintain a stable bilateral relationship, but also seek more cooperation on the basis of stability. Cui interpreted this as expanding and accumulating positivity in China-Europe relations, which can offset the negative factors.
Squeezing the security space of other countries and supporting one side while ignoring the legitimate demands of the other side will lead to regional imbalance and the expansion and escalation of conflicts, said Xi.

He said both China and the European side should work together to mediate conflicts, ease tensions and play a positive role in promoting regional peace and development. In terms of the Israel-Palestine and Russia-Ukraine conflicts, experts said Germany hopes that China can play a bigger and positive role in regional and global security, but the US wants to take advantage of the two crises while the EU is directly suffering.

by Cat on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 11:01:02 PM EST
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euobserver | Not like last time: Why Gaza is a new 'rip' in Belgian society, assimilation
"Antisemitism and Islamophobia go through the roof" in Belgium, [entrepreneur Youssef Kobo] said, because it is home to some 50,000 Jews and 800,000 Muslims.
"This time, the EU, the UK, the Elysée, the Netherlands, Berlin, all came out with a carte blanche for Israel. There was no call for restraint, which is extremely unique," he said.

The Arab-Israeli conflict tends to split Belgium into three psychological groups—Jews, Muslims, and the rest who "don't get" the "intensity of emotion" in the minority communities, Kobo said.

"Israeli-occupied Jerusalem is home to the third-most holy pace in Islam, the Al-Aqsa Mosque. There's 75 years of humiliation in the heart of the Muslim world. For Jewish people, it's, of course, the trauma of the Holocaust," he said. "For the rest of Belgium, it's very far from home—there's a disconnect," he added.
"Looking at it from the receiving end, not a day's gone by in the past 20 years that I can think of without a story on how bad Muslims and minorities and migrants are," he said. And that divide in society is getting deeper as images from Gaza deluge Arabic media and social media.

"There's disgust at the sheer EU indifference to loss of life in Palestine," Kobo said. "The average European barely gets to see what's going on in Palestine, but your average Muslim guy in Stockholm, London, Malmö, Paris, Bordeaux, they're watching these images every day," he said. "I have many friends talking about leaving Europe—seriously. I've had many conversations about that: 'We don't belong here. We're going to look for other places'," he said.
Meanwhile, French and Belgian authorities are investigating the role of Russia's Chechen diaspora in an Islamist killing in Arras, France, on 13 October and in race riots in Liege, Belgium, in August. And for Kobo, this showed how the wound being torn open in European society was also a strategic vulnerability [wut], in a time of sky-high geopolitical tension over Russia's invasion of Ukraine last year.

"If I'm Tehran, if I'm Beijing, if I'm Moscow the Gaza war is the one thing I'd be trying to exploit [?] with everything that's currently going on," Kobo said.

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by Cat on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 02:36:10 AM EST
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Simple explanation:

Suspected Hamas command center in tunnels underneath. 🫡

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 08:55:18 AM EST
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...The world is full of poles, not all of them are equal. We are very far away from the world of the 19th century following the Vienna Congress, when five European powers steered the world. And multipolarity is not only referred to military capability and wealth. It is not only the military and the economy, it is also about the thinking, about different truths and different approaches to the world.
NATO (a/o 2022) AL, ME*, MK*, TR; EU (BE, BG, HR, CZ, DK, ES, EE, FI, SE, FR, DE, GR, HU, IT, LV, LT, LU, NL, PL, PT, RO, SI, SK), EEA (IS, NO), UK, US, CA
IMF (2023 SDR wght): G7 (USD, EUR (DE, FR, IT, EC), GBP, JPY, + 158 clients
G7: FR, DE, IT, EUCO, EC, JP (COE observer), UK, US, CA
Price Cap Coalition: US, EU, UK, CA, AU, JP
We are in an intermediate position. We are not a full-fledged great power. We are not a military alliance. We are not even a state. But we are much more than a regional power. And in this world, everyone is trying to bargain with everyone. There is not a clear consensus on values and on desirable outcomes.
So, how can we explain such blindness? How can we interpret these contradictions? For me, the crux of the matter is that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is no longer an Israeli-Arab conflict. Now, it is becoming a religious or civilisation fight. I was listening yesterday to President Erdoğan threatening the West, saying "Look, do you want again the fight between the crescent and the crusaders?"—le croissant et les croisés. These are strong words, and we have to do everything we can in order to avoid this confrontation.
We are not the outpost of the Western world. We are the keepers of global and shared values based on the United Nations Charter. And this is the alpha and omega of my message. We are the keepers of global and shared values based on the United Nations Charter. Everywhere, every time. This is our message. It is not the West against the rest. It is the values of the United Nations Charter as the best ground of multilateralism.
Please convey this message loudly. Knowing that every country in the South has its own circumstances and values and they consider that they have no reason to place the Ukrainian challenge above their own priorities, which are related to climate change, digital transition, indebtedness. And they want a better representation within multilateral institutions.
Economic security is becoming an increasingly central part of our foreign and security policy. It does not mean that we want to close, on the contrary, we want to develop more investments and trade links all around the world. The Global Gateway is there for that. We have to abandon the old-style extractivism.

"Where is the lithium?" People in Latin America look at us as the ones who come once again looking for minerals. No, it is not a matter of "where are your minerals?" It is "how can we build, with you, partnerships in order to use the natural resources, so that you add value, and you benefit from our demand". We have to have look at the Inflation Reduction Act's consequences.

HELP US HELP YOU HELP US: Outi Honkatukia, COP28 fund manager
The second transversal thing is the relationship with the Global South. Global South—I do not like the word, this is a complex set of people, very heterogenous with different positions. But this is a concept that has been brought to the public debate. And now, today, is being used by them, so we cannot avoid the fact that they call it and feel it as being something that exists as an answer to the West that dominated the world for the last 500 years. We understand now that it is over, intellectually. I think that we have not taken yet the consequences and the practical conclusions of this new reality.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on November 6, 2023
Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier of the State Council Zhang Guoqing and Russia's Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Volga Federal District Igor Komarov will hold the fourth meeting of the council of cooperation between the upper and middle reaches of the Yangtze River and the Volga Federal District in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province on November 8.
Anadolu Agency: Over the past weekend Israeli forces had targeted a convoy of ambulances near Al-Shifa Hospital and hit Al-Maghazi and Al-Shati refugee camps and a UN-run school, Al-Fakhoura school, among other civilian facilities in Gaza Strip. Attacks have resulted in heavy casualties including children. Targeting refugee camps, schools, hospitals clearly violates Geneva Convention on the protection of civilian persons in time of war. China has taken over the presidency of Security Council in the UN this month. What's China's position on these violations of international law and international humanitarian law in Gaza? And what would you offer to stop these actions that could amount to war crimes?
by Cat on Mon Nov 6th, 2023 at 05:36:10 PM EST
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NY Yella Cake | U.S. Officials Outline Steps to Israel to Reduce Civilian Casualties, 4 Nov
The measures include using smaller bombs against Hamas Palestinians, U.S. officials said.
U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the meetings were private [?!], said there had been a number of conversations in which they had advised their Israeli counterparts to take a more deliberate approach in their operations. U.S. officials told the Israelis that they could reduce civilian casualties if they improved how they targeted Hamas leaders, gathered more intelligence on Hamas command and control networks before launching strikes, used smaller [DU warhead?] bombs to collapse the tunnel network and employed their ground forces to separate civilian population centers [?!] from where the militants are concentrated.
Asked about the U.S. request to use smaller bombs, a spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces, Maj. Nir Dinar, said: "We don't comment on munitions and our conversations with allies." Israel used at least two 2,000-pound bombs during an airstrike on Tuesday [31.10.23] on Jabaliya, a dense [refugee] area just north of Gaza City, according to experts and an analysis conducted by The New York Times of satellite images, photos, and videos.
msn timesofisrael | IDF: We uncovered operational plans, comms devices, personal details of Hamas operatives in raid of Jabaliya stronghold (03.11.23)
The United States is now trying to send more of the smaller bombs to Israel, said the senior military official. If the United States can get those smaller munitions to Israel, American officials hope Israel will use them to mitigate the risk to civilians.
The United States has also increased the amount of intelligence that it is collecting in Gaza: American drones are flying over the enclave [sic], searching for hostages held by Hamas and other groups, and U.S. military satellites have been redirected to monitor the enclave [sic]. The United States is also using aircraft on the two carriers in the Mediterranean to help collect additional intelligence, including electronic intercepts.
ibid: reaper madness
American officials believe the less judicious [sic] Israel is and the greater the Palestinian death toll, the more quickly pressure will build on its leaders to end the military operation. A more targeted campaign, U.S. officials tell them, could go on for longer and do more sustained damage to Hamas's military wing.

"We do our best to destroy Hamas only, without harming the civilians," said Iddo Ben-Anat, a deputy brigade commander leading part of the Israeli invasion of Gaza.

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by Cat on Mon Nov 6th, 2023 at 09:13:55 PM EST
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ukrinform | Borrell: EU needs to keep unity in supporting Ukraine, 6 Nov
..."Ukraine loses, we lose. We need to keep our unanimity and our unity in supporting Ukraine. We are the first provider of support to Ukraine. We are, more than the U.S. You know the figures," Borrell said....
by Cat on Mon Nov 6th, 2023 at 09:55:15 PM EST
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voiceofeurope | Republika Srpska announces first lawsuits against NATO, 4 Nov
seeking compensation for the health and life damage resulting from the depleted uranium bombings that transpired in 1995, the Serbian press reports. This legal action is spearheaded by Serbian attorney Srdjan Aleksić, who elaborated on the matter in an interview with Sputnik Serbia. Aleksić underscored that the cities of Hadžići and Han Pijesak and their surrounding regions were subjected to such munitions in 1995. Tragically, this bombing's aftermath has led to more than 2,000 individuals contracting cancer, with a significant number of them having already passed away. Presently, over 10,000 citizens are documented as cancer patients.
Republika Srpska's authorities are collaborating with two law firms, led by Srdjan Aleksić and Angelo Tartaglia, an Italian lawyer, to spearhead these legal efforts. Notably, Aleksić has a substantial track record in engaging in prominent legal battles, advocating for Serbian individuals who have endured cancer due to depleted uranium bombings during the NATO aggression against Yugoslavia in 1999. Tartaglia serves as the legal representative for Italian military personnel who served in the Balkans, encompassing Kosovo, Bosnia, and Herzegovina....

by Cat on Mon Nov 6th, 2023 at 09:57:26 PM EST
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corrieradellasera | Nancy Pelosi: «Difending Israel is personal. Biden like Kennedy: cooperation and respect», 6 Nov majestic plural
At George Mason University, Pelosi is interrupted while speaking on stage by a group of «Moms for ceasefire»: «We are Jews... Speaker Emerita, we want to know: will you support a ceasefire in Gaza? Yes or no? There is a genocide happening in Palestine».

«In spite of your disrespect for the other people and the program that is here—she replies—this is a very important question. ...Many of us for a long time have been supporters of a two-State solution, of the rights of Palestinians to have self-determination. There has to be a path to peace, they cannot have it without respect on both sides. They are calling for ceasefire: a ceasefire is a gift to Hamas.
You said that Giorgia Meloni made a good impression in Washington, and that although you don't share her position on LGBTQ rights, she did well on Ukraine. How do you see the Italian system and what relationships did you create with Italian politicians over time?
«...she shouldnt be held to any test that any other... other members of the EU who are not so good on one thing or another... I don't even think Hungary should be in the EU now, but it's harder to get them out once they're in. But no, I think she made a very fine impression. She was knowledgeable about the issues. Of course she speaks English and that really makes a difference. Of course Mario did too. I've known a lot of those people for a long time. When I served as Speaker, interacting with the [US Congress] for 8 years, but even as leader when we went on our trip. The former prime minister (Renzi) was mayor of Florence. We knew him when he was mayor».

by Cat on Mon Nov 6th, 2023 at 10:02:00 PM EST
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tabloid USAToday | Out with the new, in with the old: Former British PM Cameron returns, Braverman ousted [AGAIN!] in row over Palestinian views, 13 Nov
In a surprise move, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak appointed former leader David Cameron his new foreign secretary on Monday, after firing law enforcement < wipes tears > minister Suella Braverman, who had accused British police of "playing favorites" with pro-Palestinian protesters.
Piti be, like, waitwut
To replace the outspoken Braverman, Sunak chose foreign secretary James Cleverly, creating an opening for Cameron—who, unlike nearly all members of the British cabinet, isn't even a member of parliament anymore.
torygraph | Suella Braverman sacked [AGAIN!]: I have more to say, she warns
by Cat on Mon Nov 13th, 2023 at 04:06:55 PM EST
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icc-cpi.int | Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim A.A. Khan KC, on the Situation in the State of Palestine: receipt of a referral from five States Parties, 17 Nov
On 17 November 2023, my Office received a referral of the Situation in the State of Palestine, from the following five States Parties: South Africa, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Comoros, and Djibouti.

In accordance with the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, a State Party may refer to the Prosecutor a situation in which one or more crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court appear to have been committed requesting the Prosecutor to investigate the situation for the purpose of determining whether one or more specific persons should be charged with the commission of such crimes.

In receiving the referral, my Office confirms that it is presently conducting an investigation into the Situation in the State of Palestine. This investigation, commenced on 3 March 2021, encompasses conduct that may amount to Rome Statute crimes committed since 13 June 2014 in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. It is ongoing and extends to the escalation of hostilities and violence since the attacks that took place on 7 October 2023. In accordance with the Rome Statute, my Office has jurisdiction over crimes committed on the territory of a State Party and with respect to the nationals of States Parties.

Spain files a Declaration of Intervention with the International Court of Justice in the case of Ukraine vs. Russia, 29 Sep 2022
by Cat on Fri Nov 17th, 2023 at 10:37:12 PM EST
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Provisional ruling on Armenia World Court ICJ in The Hague today ... is possible ⁉️

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 18th, 2023 at 12:21:33 AM EST
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Yes. Procedural drama is stock in trade in all courts. This US law firm, Foley Hoag, is buffing their reputation with a foregone conclusion. ICJ rejected Azerbaijan's earlier complaint, because Armenia is the horse that COE.int, NATO are backing—one might infer from foregoing military aid and political interventions in disputed Azerbaijan territory.

ICJ | All Pending cases, presumed descending order of priority

Currently being heard or under deliberation
  1. Application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Ukraine v. Russian Federation)

  2. Arbitral Award of 3 October 1899 (Guyana v. Venezuela)

  3. Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Ukraine v. Russian Federation: 32 States intervening)

The order published 17 Nov affirms Armenia's application request for protected status of persons of the Armenian persuasion resident in Nagorno-Karabakh. It doesn't comment on (judge) the merits of Armenia's racial discrimination complaint against Azerbaijan.

ICJ | Contentious cases, descending order by introduction

2021    Pending
Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Azerbaijan v. Armenia)

2021    Pending
Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Armenia v. Azerbaijan)

archive 2023 armenians rage Oct, Armenia ratifies ICC jurisdiction Sep

The speed at which the ICC disposes Armenia's criminal "aggression" complaint is the docket to watch in 2024, once ICJ has issued an advisory opinion on "racial discrimination" allegations.

by Cat on Sun Nov 19th, 2023 at 01:39:06 AM EST
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1000 nights and 40 thieves UPDATE!: It's not me.
...A Commission spokesperson declined to comment on whether Rabat's alleged corruption of European democracy came up in these talks.

Extended courtship

The cash-for-influence scandal began, according to a declassified report by the Belgian secret services, with a partnership between Atmoun, Pier Antonio Panzeri—then a member of the European Parliament and chair of its Subcommittee on Human Rights—and Andrea Cozzolino, another MEP....

woo! woo!
by Cat on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 01:22:43 PM EST
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On Shifting Sands: Germany's role in the world
Act III, Scheherazade 1 and Scheherazade 2 SPEAK OUT!
by Cat on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 01:47:14 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Nov 29th, 2023 at 01:34:46 AM EST
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Berlin Foreign Policy Forum 2023
"Of Paradigms and Power Shifts: Steering Through a Contested International Order", 28 Nov - 12 Dec

media A/V portfolio, DE translator disabled

by Cat on Wed Nov 29th, 2023 at 09:56:41 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Nov 30th, 2023 at 10:59:35 PM EST
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DW | Israel-Hamas war: What's China's stance? (09.11.23)
China is seeking to mediate in the war between Israel and Hamas. Beijing has condemned violence by both parties, but public hostility towards Israel prevails.
Trade main focus of China's ties with Israel [...] China sees Israel primarily as US ally [...] A relevant issue for China. The government in Beijing claims to be a neutral player in the Middle East conflict. Still, China has criticized Israel in particular. [...] Palestinians silent on Xinjiang human rights violations [...] China as a mediator in the Middle East....The emphasis on proximity to Russia follows a pattern.
DW | Baerbock pushes for two-state solution on Middle East trip: IL, SA, AE
..."Only a return to the promise of living side-by-side—in two states—can give both Israelis and Palestinians peace, security and dignity," the foreign minister said according to the German news agency DPA. She added that it was important "not to lose sight of the bigger picture," saying that it was the "goal of the terrorists" to put an end to "Israel's historic opportunity for peace with its Arab neighbors."...
by Cat on Fri Nov 10th, 2023 at 02:14:14 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 6th, 2023 at 08:34:06 PM EST
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wapoo | Moldova's pro-Western government hails elections despite mayoral losses in capital and key cities
Despite losing out in the election for the Chisinau mayor, Andrei Spinu, the minister of infrastructure and regional development, said that the overall election results was a success for PAS.
Spinu said that PAS won mayoral positions in 240 out of 898 localities, as well as a strong representation in the Chisinau Municipal Council with 20 seats. That is an equal number of seats to Ceban's National Alternative Movement party, according to preliminary results. The vote will see nearly 900 mayors and 11,000 local councilors elected for a four-year term. The turnout was 41% nationwide, according to authorities, almost identical to the elections in 2019.
msn reuters | OSCE notes interference from abroad in Moldova local elections
Ahead of the elections, Moldova's President Maia Sandu accused Russia of "buying" voters by funnelling $5 million over two months to "criminal groups" led by fugitive oligarch Ilan Shor, whom authorities see as a proxy for Moscow. The Chance party, linked to Shor, was barred on security grounds two days before the vote. In its preliminary report, OSCE said this decision "lacked effective legal remedy, limited voters' choice, and resulted in uncontested races in some smaller localities".
by Cat on Mon Nov 6th, 2023 at 11:26:19 PM EST
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voiceofeurope | Portugal calls snap election following Prime Minister's resignation, 10 Nov
Portugal is set to have a snap parliamentary election on March 10, following the resignation of the Socialist prime minister amid a corruption investigation. The president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, plans to dissolve parliament after the final vote on the 2024 budget bill, which is due on November 29, Reuters reported.
Axel | Portugal's president calls snap elections after PM resigns, 9 Nov
Although the Portuguese Constitution gives the president of the Republic the right to appoint a new prime minister without holding new elections, Rebelo de Sousa said it was key to have a head of government whose legitimacy is not in doubt. Instead, he said, he decided to schedule elections for March in order to give [PM António] Costa's Socialist Party, which controls an absolute majority of seats in the parliament, time to find a new leader before voters go to the polls.
Portugal backs Guterres' in bitter feud with Israel, which vowed to 'teach them a lesson' (25.10.23)
Costa agreed to remain at his post as the country's caretaker prime minister until the next elections are held. But shortly after the president's announcement, the Socialist leader expressed annoyance with the decision to call for elections. Costa told the press he had proposed former finance minister and current Bank of Portugal Governor Mário Centeno take over as the head of government but Rebelo de Sousa rejected the idea. Centeno, a technocrat who served as Portugal's minister of finance between 2015 [!] and 2020, was well-liked and trusted by Brussels and fellow finance leaders during his time in the executive, so much so that he was elected to preside over the Eurogroup in 2018.
euronews AP | Portugal's president dissolves parliament and calls an early election after prime minister quit, 9 Nov
... The investigative judge who ordered the raids and arrests alleged malfeasance, corruption of elected officials, and influence peddling related to lithium mine concessions near Portugal's northern border with Spain
...The suspects are alleged to have illegally facilitated the issuance of permits for the development and used the prime minister's name to push through the decisions they wanted. There were previously protests against the lithium projects by environmental organizations and local residents in the areas where the mining was planned. Critics say the quality of the reserves is too low to justify the environmental damage that their extraction would cause....
and plans for a green hydrogen plant and data centre in Sines on the south coast.
by Cat on Fri Nov 10th, 2023 at 02:58:47 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 05:43:34 PM EST

US Treasury | OFAC | Russia-related Designations, Updates and Removal; Counter Terrorism Designation Update; Issuance of Russia-related General Licenses, 2 Nov NEW! sanctions UPDATE!

CH (2), CY (2), IE (2), LT (2), SE (1), RU (33), TR (1)

AE (13), CH (1), CN (5), CY (3), LU, MN (1), RU (154), SG (1), TR (10) (1), UZ (1)

by Cat on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 12:30:39 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 12:36:45 AM EST
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pna.gov.ph | EU plans to present 12th package of sanctions vs. Russia soon: EC, 5 Nov
The European Commission will soon publish the 12th package of European Union (EU) sanctions on Russia, which will include fresh import and export bans as well as an increase in the oil price ceiling [!], EC President Ursula von der Leyen said at a press conference in Kiev.

"We will soon propose a 12th package of sanctions, with new listings, new import and export bans, actions to tighten the oil price cap, and to further crack down on sanctions circumvention," she wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

Bloomberg reported earlier, citing sources, that the EU is expected to impose trade restrictions worth $5.3 billion as part of the 12th package of sanctions against Russia.

dual-use thingies, "third-country" compliance!
According to Bloomberg sources, the new planned restrictions will affect exports of welding equipment, chemical products and other military-related technologies.

The community is also considering banning software licenses and imports of some processed metals, aluminum and building items, transportation products, and gemstones. The latest EU sanctions list is expected to include more than 100 individuals and 40 business entities companies.

According to the agency's sources, the EU seeks to persuade European < wipes tears > corporations eNTiTIes to include restrictions in contracts with foreign nations prohibiting the transfer of equipment that can be used for military reasons to Russia.

ec.europa.eu | Address by President von der Leyen to Members of Verkhovna Rada, 4 Nov
Slava Big Israel!
by Cat on Sun Nov 5th, 2023 at 02:44:25 PM EST
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Maersk cutting at least 10,000 jobs as shipping boom unravels, 3 Nov
in the face of overcapacity, rising costs, and weaker prices, sending its shares tumbling.

Maersk, which controls about one-sixth of global container trade, transporting goods for a host of major retailers and consumer goods companies such as Walmart and Nike, flagged a steeper downturn in demand than analysts and investors had expected.

"The new normal we are now headed into is one of more subdued Bidenomic outlook, and thus soft volume demands for the coming years, prices back in line with historical levels, inflationary pressures on our cost base, especially from energy cost, and also increased geopolitical uncertainty," CEO Vincent Clerc said on an investor call. "If the fourth quarter does not deliver some type of improvements, then I think we're looking at a pretty dire situation in 2024," he said.

by Cat on Sun Nov 5th, 2023 at 11:20:56 PM EST
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bloomberg | British Steel Plans to Shut Its Polluting Blast Furnaces, 6 Nov
...The Scunthorpe-based steelmaker, which is owned by China's Jingye Group, said in a statement Monday it was proposing to replace its current facilities with electric arc furnaces. The investment would cost £1.25 billion ($1.5 billion) and be subject to "appropriate" government support, according to the statement.

"We can't wait and need to transform our business as quickly as possible," Chief Executive Officer Xijun Cao said in a statement. "We remain in talks with the government."

The move could mean the end of the blast furnace in the UK, which at the height of the Industrial Revolution dominated world steel production. While the steelmaking method—which uses coking coal to reduce iron ore—has formed the bulk of world supply for decades, it faces becoming obsolete due to carbon taxation.

The UK government reached a £500 million deal with Tata Steel Ltd. earlier this year to help fund its transition to greener steelmaking. The Indian company runs Britain's only other blast furnaces at its Port Talbot site in south Wales.

Electric arc furnaces, or EAFs, melt down scrap steel and other materials in a process that leads to less carbon emissions than coal-fired blast furnaces. However, it's less labor intensive as it outsources the production of iron from the metal's ore....

archive CBAM, EURO and UAH green metallurgy and Ukraine Recovery Conference in London in Yuan or Dollar, something of a counterweight in Energy as a Weapon of War
by Cat on Tue Nov 7th, 2023 at 01:26:14 AM EST
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spglobal HCOB | Eurozone economy contracts at fastest pace in nearly three years as demand worsens, 6 Nov
Data were collected 11-26 October 2023
With the exception of Spain (where private sector activity stagnated in October), declines in output were broad-based across the euro area constituents monitored. Germany and France continued to contract sharply, and Italy posted the fastest deterioration for a year. Ireland registered the first decline in output in 11 months, albeit one that was only slight.

Demand conditions played a key role in October's stronger downturn in activity, with new orders placed for euro area goods and services falling at the quickest pace since May 2020. Excluding the pandemic-hit months, the latest drop in new business was the most substantial seen since September 2012, during the sovereign debt crisis. New business from abroad was a considerable drag, falling at one of the steepest rates since this particular series was first compiled in 2014.

In turn, eurozone companies made further progress on their backlogs in October. Outstanding business volumes decreased strongly and at a rate that was broadly in line with September's 39-month record. A sustained marked fall in capacity pressures led more companies to hold back on workforce expansion. Consequently, euro area private sector employment stagnated, ending a 32-month sequence of job creation.

by Cat on Tue Nov 7th, 2023 at 03:30:06 AM EST
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wapoo | There's a way for the U.S. to compete with China—and to work with China
...We recognize that economics is not a zERO-SUM game, and we seek healthy economic competition with China that can benefit both countries over time.
But healthy competition requires a RULES-BASED, LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. This week, I will speak to my counterpart about our serious concerns with Beijing's unfair economic practices, including its LARGE-SCALE use of non-market tools, its barriers to market access and its COERCIVE actions against U.S. firms in China....
Yellen Watch October 2023 price cap mania APEC autopilot, G7 Associated Press Lexicon, non-market mechanism, He Lifeng, April 2023 price cap mania and a "very important speech", January 2023 price cap mania, Hag Watch Int'l treasury, November 2022 price cap mania, non-market-oriented WTO, etc
by Cat on Tue Nov 7th, 2023 at 03:11:15 PM EST
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then24 Agencia EFE | The US maintains "open lines of communication" for a Biden-Xi meeting at APEC 2023, 6 Nov
said this Monday Matt Murray senior US official who coordinates APEC 2023 in a press conference from the Department of State.
Before, during the first three days, there will be a meeting between finance ministers, chaired by Janet Yellen, US Secretary of the Treasury, and later the Secretary of Stalking, Antony Blinken will convene his foreign counterparts for a ministerial meeting.

In addition, trade officials are expected to participate in "a debate that encourages cooperation ahead of the 13th ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization" [WTO], which will be held in February in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), detailed [Christopher] Wilson, deputy US trade representative for [FOR JAPAN, KOREA, and] APEC in the same press conference.

state.gov | 2023 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Week, 6 Nov Foreign Press Center (FPC) briefing, A/V (EN), transcript (EN)
AMBASSADOR MURRAY:...Next week in San Francisco, we will hold our final two ministerial meetings of the year. The finance ministers meeting will be chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen while Secretary of Stalking Antony Blinken and U.S. Trade Representative [USTR] Ambassador Katherine Tai will jointly convene their foreign and trade counterparts at the APEC Ministerial Meeting. And to conclude the week, President Biden will host the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting to establish a strategic vision for regional collaboration in the coming year.
MODERATOR: Okay. Thank you very much.  Again, please state your name, outlet, and country. We'll have this young lady here, you in—yeah.  
QUESTION: Thank you. Thanks for taking a question. My name is Jia. I'm from China's Caixin Media. My question is directed to Mr. Murray.  

So regarding the potential meeting between President Xi and President Biden—so from the view of Washington, how has the U.S. anticipation of the Sino-U.S. leaders' summit evolved from last year's Bali summit? Compared to the Bali summit, is there a shift of focus or major objectives from the U.S. point of view?

And my—the second question is: So last week, as I checked, at the APEC CEO Summit's program, I found there are two speeches. One is from President Xi and the other is from President Biden. But this—this week, as I checked, these two agenda vanished. Does that mean that as both sides are working toward making the two-leader summit happen, there are still last-minute arrangements that are being made about this summit? Thank you.
AMBASSADOR MURRAY: ...I think one of the great things about APEC is that it is a convener for all of the leaders from around the region so that it can be a platform for important bilateral discussions to take place.  So as I said, we're looking forward to, again, working towards that meeting between President Xi and President Biden, and certainly see that as something positive for the U.S.-China relationship, but also positive for the region.

< wipes tears >
by Cat on Tue Nov 7th, 2023 at 05:02:18 PM EST
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The U.S.-PRC Leaders Summit has entered the room, 10 Nov.

Xi Jinping to Travel to the U.S. for China-U.S. Summit and the 30th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, 10 Nov

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying announces: At the invitation of U.S. President Joe Biden, President Xi Jinping will be in San Francisco from November 14 to 17 for a China-U.S. summit meeting and the 30th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting.

Fun Fact: History of China State Visits to the White House
1979 Carter: Deng Xiaoping
1985 Reagan: Li Xiannian
1997 Clinton: Jiang Zemin
2006    Bush: Hu Jintao
2011 Obama: Hu Jintao
2015 Obama: Xi Jinping
2017 Trump: State Visit to China
2022   Biden: ...BALI sideline!...

by Cat on Fri Nov 10th, 2023 at 01:35:22 PM EST
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Axel | EU-China summit penciled in for December 7-8, 10 Nov
...Those are the dates that both sides are working toward but they still need to be formally announced, the official said. A senior EU diplomat said that the dates of the get-together hosted by China were not yet fully final. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to go on the record....
archive G7 color of law in Reactionary Visions and eNtiTiES, "We cannot change the geology in Europe"
by Cat on Fri Nov 10th, 2023 at 03:07:30 PM EST
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wut: China's EV overcapacity will get worse, von der Leyen warns

"There is a clear overcapacity in China, and this overcapacity will be exported for sure, especially if overcapacity is driven by direct and indirect subsidies. This will worsen as China's economy slows down—and as its domestic demand does not pick up," von der Leyen added. "This in the very end affects and distorts our market."
archive global markets FLOODED with cheaper Chinese electric cars in Reactionary Visions and eNtiTiES
by Cat on Fri Nov 17th, 2023 at 06:24:11 PM EST
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IPEF Redundancy

IPEF (2022 NGO): AU, BN, FJ, ID, IN, JP, KR, MY, NZ, PH, SG, VN, US

cfr | Unpacking the IPEF: Biden's Indo-Pacific Trade Play, 8 Nov

One year after the Joe Biden administration unveiled its Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, the agreement still doesn't look like a traditional trade deal and could end up falling short of its ambitions. ...

kyodo | No trade deal struck at U.S.-led Indo-Pacific economic meeting, 13 Nov

The IPEF's two-day ministerial meeting comes just ahead of Biden's scheduled bilateral summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday at an undisclosed location in the San Francisco Bay Area.
While many countries have shared concerns about over-dependence on China for trade, critical minerals and manufacturing, the Biden administration is focused on restoring his country's economic presence in Asia after his predecessor Donald Trump pulled out of the more ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal in 2017.
ASEAN (1967 FTA): BN, ID, KH, LA, MM, MY, PH, SG, TH, VN, TL

APEC (1989 FTA): AU, CA, CL, CN, CN-hk, CN-tw, BN, ID, JP, KR, MY, MX, NZ, PE, PG, PH TH, RU, SG, US, VN

CP-TPP (2018 FTA): AU, BN, CA, CL, JP, MY, MX, NZ, PE, SG, VN, UK

Nonetheless, unlike in traditional trade agreements and the TPP, which was subsequently renamed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership [CP-TPP], IPEF members are not discussing plans to lower tariffs or expand market access.

Given that the United States remains reluctant to provide new access to its market under the framework, some IPEF countries appear to see little incentive to make major commitments < wipes tears >, raising questions as to what extent the initiative will lead to further integration of their economies. Many of the IPEF members, such as Australia, Japan and Singapore, are already part of the comprehensive trade agreement, also known as CPTPP, with ambitious market-access commitments.

by Cat on Tue Nov 14th, 2023 at 01:45:35 AM EST
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Declaration on the Establishment of a New International Economic Order, 1 May 1974

The Global Security Initiative Concept Paper, 21 Feb 2021

Joint Trilateral Statement by the People's Republic of China, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Islamic Republic of Iran, 10 March

China's Position on the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis, 24 Feb

Outlook on China's Foreign Policy on Its Neighborhood In the New Era, 24 Oct

Galvanizing Our Peoples into a Strong Force For the Cause of China-U.S. Friendship, 15 Nov
Speech by H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, At Welcome Dinner by Friendly Organizations in the United States

Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Zhang Jun on the UN Security Council Resolution Regarding the Palestinian-Israeli Situation, 15 Nov

War tests conscience and justice while peace calls for reason and wisdom. On issues bearing on war and peace and long-term stability and security of the Middle East, the Security Council must stand on the side of justice and make choices that stand the test of history. As President of the Security Council for this month, China will continue to work with all parties to strengthen coordination, build consensus, and promote the Security Council to shoulder its due responsibilities.

Meeting Challenges with Unity of Purpose To Write a New Chapter for Asia-Pacific Cooperation, 16 Nov
Written Speech by H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, At the APEC CEO Summit

Wang Yi Speaks to the Press about the Summit Meeting Between Chinese and U.S. Presidents in San Francisco, 16 Nov

5. How will the San Francisco meeting impact the current and future China-U.S. relations?
Wang Yi: The San Francisco meeting is significant for enhancing trust, removing suspicion, managing differences and expanding cooperation between China and the United States. It is also significant for injecting certainty and stability into a world of turbulence and transformation. Under the stewardship of the two presidents, the giant ship of China-U.S. relations has navigated hidden rocks and dangerous shoals. The journey from Bali to San Francisco has not been an easy one. However, San Francisco should not be the finish line; it should be a new starting point. We always believe that China and the United States eventually should and can find the right way to get along. This is a historical inevitability, the trend of our times and the expectation of the people. Next year will mark the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the United States. From San Francisco onward, the two sides should foster a new vision, further consolidate the foundation of their relations, build pillars for peaceful coexistence, and move their relationship in the direction of healthy, stable and sustainable development.
by Cat on Fri Nov 17th, 2023 at 05:14:56 PM EST
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CN-tw ELECTION 2024, Jan 13

rfi | Taiwan's opposition parties to team up in parliamentary election, 30 Oct

...The announcement followed a meeting between Eric Chu, chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT), and Taiwan People's Party's (TPP) Ko Wen-je, who is running for president in the January polls when voters will also elect a new parliament.

scmp | Taiwan's opposition KMT, TPP agree to joint ticket in presidential race, 15 Nov

...The move comes as opinion polling suggests a joint opposition bid will offer the most likely chance to defeat the ruling, independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party [DPP]. Vice-President William Lai Ching-te, the DPP candidate, has been front runner in the race since he was nominated in April.
Most opinion polls have shown that a joint ticket headed by either Hou or Ko would fare well against Lai, the DPP's candidate, and Hsiao Bi-khim, who is seen as his favoured running mate. Hsiao is Taipei's de facto ambassador to the United States....

caixin | How a Joint Ticket by Taiwan's Opposition Would Play Out in January's Election, 17 Nov

[Kuomintang Chairman Eric Chu, Kuomintang presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih, former Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou, and Taiwan People's Party Chairman Ko Wen-je pose for a photo Wednesday in Taipei.] ...Brokered by the island's former leader Ma Ying-jeou, the two main opposition parties, the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Taiwan People's Party (TPP), agreed on Nov. 15 to collaborate in the Jan. 13 poll and nominate candidates for a joint ticket and the legislative arm....
guardian | Taiwan opposition parties deadlocked over presidential candidate, 17 Nov AI
...After weeks of sometimes acrimonious talks on joining up for the presidential election, the Kuomintang (KMT) and the much smaller Taiwan People's party (TPP) agreed on Wednesday to look at an aggregate of opinion polls to decide which party's candidate would run as president and which as vice-president....
archive Ma Ying-jeou, 2023 transnational tours, 2021 Taiwan Coalitions
by Cat on Sat Nov 18th, 2023 at 07:01:04 PM EST
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GT | US removes Chinese institutions from 'Entity List' over narcotics, a practice to 'rectify its errors', 17 Nov

...In May 2020, without producing any evidence, the US added the Institute of Forensic Science of China's Ministry of Public Security and the National Narcotics Laboratory to its "eNtITy List."

Such a practice of imposing sanctions on China's narcotics control authorities while seeking China's cooperation has < wipes tears > seriously hindered the operation of China's fentanyl monitoring system and undermined the counter-narcotics cooperation between China and the US, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a report on "Reality Check: Falsehoods in US Perceptions of China" released in June 2022....

ofac.treasury.gov | Balkans-related Designations; Russia-related Designations, 16 Nov UPDATE!
AE (0), BA (3), ME (2), MK (3), RS (2), RU (0)

AE (3), BA (1), ME (0), MK (5), RS (0), RU (13)

euractiv | US issues sanctions to limit Russian influence in Balkans, 17 Nov
ie. three Liberia (.LR) flagged tankers owned by Russian companies and the usual suspects

by Cat on Sat Nov 18th, 2023 at 12:53:09 AM EST
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"non-market mechanisms"

osw.waw.pl | Germany: the Constitutional Court deprives the government of €60 billion earmarked for transformation, 17 Nov

On 15 November the Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) in Karlsruhe ruled that the reallocation of the unused debt from the pandemic support measures to the Energy and Climate Fund (currently known as the Climate and Transformation Fund; Klima- und Transformationsfonds, KTF) was contrary to the German Constitution....
wsj | Germany Freezes Public Spending in New Setback for Europe, 21 Nov
...Berlin's decision to freeze all federal spending for the rest of the year came after the court defunded the government's 60 billion euro--the equivalent of more than $65 billion--green-transition project. The court said Berlin couldn't repurpose unspent credits originally earmarked to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic to fund environmental and energy projects.
aftershock | Europe Plunged into ... Three-card Monte (22.11.23)
"According to senior government officials, one of the options under consideration is the introduction of a budget emergency for 2023 retroactively, referring to the point of budget rules that allows you to suspend the operation of spending limits in exceptional circumstances. Previous governments have used this exception during the pandemic."
The judgment raises questions about the use of off-budget special funds to finance public investments, including a €100 billion plan to revamp Germany's underfunded military that was announced after Russia's invasion of Ukraine....
RT Germany halts spending on new green projects - Bloomberg, 21 Nov
...On Monday, the Finance Ministry "froze virtually all new spending authorizations for this year as it tries to identify the broader and longer-term implications," government officials told Bloomberg.
German steel sector warns of risk to industry due to budget shortfall, 23 Nov
...Osburg noted that the ruling has affected funds pledged by Berlin to support industrial transformation toward decarbonization, a crucial element of Chancellor Olaf Scholz's agenda....
Germany's Finance Minister Lindner announces the cessation of gas price controls by the end of the year, 24 Nov
...According to Lindner, the question of whether the 2024 budget can be adopted later this year is still uncertain. The Finance Minister spoke about a highly "ambitious schedule" in which the traffic light coalition faces several challenges. For instance, interest expenses, previously covered by the Economic and Stabilization Fund, will now have to be covered by the federal budget. Lindner mentioned a two-digit billion-euro amount in this context....
archive ant-subsidy proceeding in Reactionary Visions and eNtiTiES, language of psychopathy in Ursula's Seat at the Desk of Uncle Joe, Orbán to EU: Where is the money?, €60 billion London Conference in Yuan or Dollar, PIIGS archive
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"non-market mechanisms"?

bloomberg | US Official to Visit Turkey to Discuss Russia Sanctions, Hamas, 25 Nov

Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson is expected to meet his Turkish counterparts in his second visit to Ankara this year, the people said, asking not to be identified citing the sensitivity of the matter.

Nelson will ask for Turkish compliance with unilateral US sanctions against a number of Russian entities and Hamas's financial activities, the people said. The US Treasury last month expanded a list of sanctioned individuals in Turkey that it said provided a front for Hamas, which is designated a terrorist organization by the US and European Union. A spokesperson for the US Treasury and the Turkish government declined to comment.

Washington has imposed sanctions on about a dozen Turkish firms and some individuals for running an investment portfolio on behalf of Hamas or helping Russia evade sanctions. The US has also warned a number of Turkish companies about possible sanctions that may disrupt their ties with the Western financial system, the people said.

archive G7 color of law, February 2023 price cap racketeering
by Cat on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 06:08:41 PM EST
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euronews | Want to get paid to move to Italy or Spain? Here are all the towns in need of new residents, 3 Nov fertility stimulus advertorial
Across Europe, towns with dwindling populations have come up with a radical solution for enticing new residents by offering generous cash incentives.

Many rural areas are facing ageing populations as young people move to cities or opt not to have children. To combat [sic] this, some local governments are encouraging foreigners to take up residence with relocation grants and cash payouts....

by Cat on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 07:51:55 PM EST
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voluntary displacement story developing ...
by Cat on Sun Nov 5th, 2023 at 05:52:20 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Nov 18th, 2023 at 09:21:33 PM EST
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cbc.ca | She worked full time and after monthly bills, there was $9 left for food, 26 Oct
...A new report from Food Banks Canada released Tuesday found that this year, with the cost of living skyrocketing, food bank usage rose to its highest level since they started surveying users in 1989. Part of Finlayson's frustration is that at the time the video was made, she had a decent job. She made $21 an hour in customer service and logistics support for a heating, ventilation and air conditioning [HVAC] company. Since the pandemic, however, rising costs for everyday goods are taking a deeper gouge out of her monthly earnings.
Her message to politicians is working Canadians with modest incomes are falling behind.

"They need to understand that the costs of living have exceeded the wages," she said. "The economy can't survive in that situation. It just doesn't balance anymore. It will impede people's mental health -- and we as a country will get weaker if they don't provide some support."

Rising interest rates and inflation have Canadians stressing about mortgage payments, survey suggests, 31 Oct
"Roe said people with variable mortgages might've thought interest rates would be lower by now when they signed on."

cbc.ca | Liberals, Bloc Québécois strike down Poilievre's pitch to exempt all home heating from carbon tax, 6 Nov
"The Liberals also have said there are actually more Canadians outside the Atlantic region that use home heating oil, but only three Atlantic provinces have signed on to a program to help oil users switch to heat pumps."

by Cat on Tue Nov 7th, 2023 at 02:45:19 AM EST
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Canada's first united in their criticism of federal housing policy, carbon tax changes

Provincial leaders demand national carbon tax reprieve after some energy consumers get a break

Canada's first lashed out at the federal government Monday, saying Ottawa is treading on thin ice by signing bilateral housing deals directly with municipalities while leaving provinces out of the mix.

The prime ministers also faulted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for not having agreed an in-person prime ministers' meeting in five years.

At a time when the country is facing a series of crises -- a housing crunch, a stressed health-care system and big changes in climate policy -- the country's first need face-time with Trudeau, they said.

In the 2015 federal election, Trudeau campaigned on restoring "collaborative federal leadership," something he said was missing during former prime minister Stephen Harper's time in office.

Some premiers said today he hasn't lived up to that promised.

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) estimates the country needs to build 3.5 million more housing units by 2030 to meet explosive demand as the country's population expands, thanks in part to record immigration.

    Canada Sees Fastest Population Growth Since 1957 on Influx of Immigrants
        * Temporary residents grew by 46%, largest jump on record
        * Trudeau has faced calls to cap international student permits

"All premiers would agree with this -- you can't have the federal government going into a certain town or city and dumping funding and not even discussing it with the province. That's unacceptable. We call it jurisdictional creep. Obviously, they don't want to work collaboratively when they do that."

Only 3% of Canadian homes are on oil heating ...

Canada's Suspension of Carbon Tax on Heating Oil Reignites Debate

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 7th, 2023 at 08:04:35 AM EST
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ctvnews | Food bank usage soars in the province, running out of food in Sudbury (28.11.23)
The annual Hunger Report from Feed Ontario shows a growing number of people relying on food banks to feed themselves and their families.

"We've seen the largest single year increase on record with 800,000 Ontarians accessing our services almost six million times, and that's a 40 per cent increase from last year alone," said Carolyn Stewart, CEO of Feed Ontario. Stewart said one in 20 are relying on food banks top feed themselves and their families. Two out of five are first-time users. 70 per cent of food banks are having trouble meeting the increased demand.

archive September 2023 mic check, G7 "messaging system", April 2023 transition action plan
by Cat on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 07:40:57 PM EST
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We are all-in with Israel and the USA ...

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Nov 15th, 2023 at 09:54:40 AM EST
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will Airbus be annoyed.
by Cat on Wed Nov 15th, 2023 at 03:18:58 PM EST
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There were skin problems as I recall ...

Emirates not ordering with Airbus until A350 engine performance issues fixed

Holding Up Big Order

  • Clark says Rolls-Royce engine 'defective' in current state
  • Airbus remains far behind rival Boeing in Dubai order book

China was always an equal opportunity customer ... slight favoritism for Airbus due to local production ... high risk essential avionics likely sourced behind the trade wall of the USA of the combo Trump-Biden 😂

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Nov 15th, 2023 at 05:44:22 PM EST
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fossil fuel

wsj | OPEC+ Agrees to Significant Oil-Production Cut, 30 Nov

...Oil prices rose shortly after The Wall Street Journal reported the output cut decision. Brent, the global benchmark for crude, rose about 1.3% to trade at $83.49 a barrel....
bloomberg | OPEC+ Latest: Oil Advances Ahead of Crunch Meeting - 03:10 EST video
Oil rose as traders counted down to a key meeting that will see OPEC+ set output policy into the new year. Group leader Saudi Arabia is pressing fellow alliance members to join it in restraining supplies, in order to stave off a renewed oil surplus next year. Bloomberg's Anthony Di Paola reports.
wapoo | Some OPEC+ members will cut the oil that they send to the world to try to boost prices
However, sweeping cutbacks from OPEC+ and individual member countries since October 2022 have not made lasting changes to oil prices because of concerns about too much crude circulating in a weakening global economy, which could weigh on the thirst for oil for travel and industry. The market even shrugged off the new move, though it amounts to roughly 2% of global supply.
But the international benchmark Brent crude has stayed in the low- to mid-$80 range in recent weeks and fell more than 2% to $80.91 a barrel following the meeting. U.S. crude also dropped 2.5% to $75.90.
Lower oil prices have allowed U.S. gas prices to fall or stay steady since Sept. 19, AAA said. Gas is averaging just below $3.25 a gallon, the motor club said, down about 7% from a month ago.
Bidenomics (30.11.23): Today, we learned that annual inflation fell to its lowest level since March 2021 and monthly inflation was zero....
But that's still higher than when President Joe Biden took office in January 2021, when prices were averaging about $2.40 a gallon. High inflation has been a political challenge for Biden going into the 2024 election, prompting him to say this week that efforts to improve supply chains and reduce price pressures are a priority.
reuters | OPEC+ agrees oil output cuts approaching 2 million bpd, sources say, 03:33 UTC
Their output of some 43 million bpd already reflects cuts of about 5 million bpd aimed at supporting prices and stabilising the market.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) this month [14.11.23] forecast a slowdown [?] in 2024 demand growth
IEA raises oil demand growth forecasts, flags possible 2024 surplus
as "the last phase of the pandemic economic rebound dissipates and as < wipes tears > advancing energy efficiency gains, expanding electric vehicle fleets, and structural factors reassert themselves." Yet OPEC+ sources this week said discussions had been proving difficult, as evidenced by the group postponing their meeting which was scheduled for Nov. 26. Sources said the delay was sparked by disagreement over output quotas for African producers [22.11.23].
Angola, Nigeria target higher oil output amid OPEC+ talks
The OPEC+ meeting coincides with the opening of the United Nations' COP28 climate summit being hosted by OPEC member the United Arab Emirates.
DW | Climate lies ramp up ahead of COP28 talks in Dubai, 29 Nov
"Four oil and gas majors—Shell, ExxonMobil, BP, and TotalEnergies—accounted for 98% of that advertising spending"
by Cat on Thu Nov 30th, 2023 at 10:10:00 PM EST
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sputnik | OPEC+ Agrees on Major Oil Production Slash, as Brazil Set to Join Cartel, 30 Nov

In a surprising development, Brazil announced its intention to join the cooperation charter of the OPEC+ oil alliance, effective from January 2024, Brazilian Energy Minister Alexandre Silveira announced at a meeting of the group on Thursday.
reuters | Brazil not expected to cap oil output as part of OPEC+, sources say
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's office confirmed receiving the invite during his trip to Saudi Arabia, but said he had not formally responded. The president's office and the Mines and Energy Ministry did not say whether Brazil would participate as an OPEC+ observer or as a full participant in the group's shared production quotas.
OPEC (1960 FTA): AE, AO, CG, DZ, GA, GQ, IR, IQ, KW, LY, NG, SA, VZ; PLUS OM*, SD*, BN*, RU*, MX*, AZ*, KZ*, MY*, BH*, EC*, ID*, QA*, BR*

* observer, dialogue, or applicant member

Brazil is not expected to take part in any OPEC+ output caps, said three people familiar with the matter, who requested < wipes tears > anonymity to discuss the confidential discussions.
Mines and Energy Minister Alexandre Silveira told his OPEC+ peers that Brazil was eager to formally enter the group at a future meeting in Vienna, after a technical review of its charter for cooperation.
36th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting (30.11.23)
The Meeting welcomed HE Alexandre Silveira de Oliveira, Minister of Mines and Energy of the Federative Republic of Brazil, which will join the OPEC+ Charter of Cooperation starting January 2024.
"It's all set. But there is a phase of detailed analysis by our technical team of the document we just received, which is part of the protocol in Brazil," Silveira said in Portuguese during a virtual meeting, where his comments were met with a standing ovation from OPEC+ ministers.
In a written statement, OPEC+ said it welcomed Silveira to the meeting, adding that Brazil "will join the OPEC+ Charter of Cooperation starting January 2024." Brazil is the largest oil producer in South America, at 4.6 million barrels per day of oil and gas, of which 3.7 million bpd are crude.
archive a motley crew of failing states, December 2022 price cap mania
by Cat on Fri Dec 1st, 2023 at 01:16:53 PM EST
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FT | US aims to halve Russia's energy revenues by 2030, says official

Geoffrey Pyatt, US assistant secretary of state stalking for energy resources, told the Financial Times that the curbs on Vladimir Putin's ability to fund the Ukraine invasion must ensure Russia can never again mount an attack on its neighbours.

"This is something that we're going to have to stick to for years to come, as long as Putin persists in this war," said Pyatt, who has previously served as the US ambassador to Ukraine and to Greece.

Russia has continued to export large volumes of oil since its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. However, the International Energy Agency [IEA] has forecast that its oil and gas exports could fall by at least 40-50 per cent by 2030 if western sanctions ["curbs"] on Russia's energy industry are maintained.

"We're going to do everything we can to help make that true," Pyatt said. "The goal of these sanctions ["curbs"] is to change Russia's behaviour and to ensure that Putin is not in a position, whenever < wipes tears > some kind of peace is achieved . . . to use three or four years to re-arm and prepare himself and prepare his military for stage three [?] of the Ukraine invasion," he added.

msn RBC Ukraine | U.S. to halve Russia's energy revenues by 2030 - Stalking Department
... by the end of September this year, the Financial Times reported that Russia had managed to increase its commodity income despite the restrictions, which circumvents price limitations. According to the report, Kremlin's oil revenues in 2023 are likely to be at least $15 billion more than expected.
reuters | Russia assumes Western sanctions will last for many years - Kremlin
Russia is working on the assumption that sanctions ["curbs"] against it by the United States and its allies will last for many years, but that U.S. influence on the world economy is waning, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.
"The world economy is not limited to the U.S. economy," Peskov added, saying China was catching up with the United States. "The world is much more diverse than the United States, so the American-centric world is ending, and a period of diversity is beginning, including in international economic relations."
by Cat on Fri Dec 1st, 2023 at 08:44:35 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 05:43:58 PM EST

Think of the children "experiencing terrible trauma which could last a lifetime," UNICEF tells UNSC
by Cat on Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 06:53:44 PM EST
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F24 | Israel admits to deadly strike on Gaza refugee camp that killed at least 50 people (31.10.23)
The Hamas-run health ministry said at least 50 people were killed Tuesday in Israeli bombardment of the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza. Israel's military confirmed the strike targeted a key Hamas commander linked to the October 7 attack. Also on Tuesday, France's foreign ministry said two French children have died in the Gaza Strip and reiterated its call for a humanitarian pause in the fighting between Israel and Hamas.


• Israeli troops have passed the outskirts of Gaza City, PM Netanyahu says
• Germany bans activity by or in support of Hamas and the Samidoun network
• Gaza's Hamas-run Healthy Ministry says more than 9,000 dead
• Israel's military says Hamas is holding at least 242 hostages
• Around 400 foreign passport-holders allowed to leave Gaza through Rafah crossing
by Cat on Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 11:26:44 PM EST
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aljazeera | Tunisia debates bill to criminalise normalisation of ties with Israel(02.11.23)
Anyone found guilty of "the crime of normalisation" could face six to 10 years in prison and a fine of 10,000 to 100,000 dinars ($3,155 to $31,553), the text says. Repeat offenders could be handed life sentences. In addition, the bill would ban any interaction between Tunisians and Israelis, including at "events, demonstrations, meetings, exhibitions and competitions" in any context, be they "political, economic, scientific, cultural, artistic or sporting" in territory held or occupied by Israel. The proposal to outlaw ties with Israel appeared widely popular in parliament and among the public, lawmakers said.
archive Casualty II: ABSTAIN, Tunisia snubs Brussels
by Cat on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 12:58:09 AM EST
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Because the British Mandate of 1922 administered by The Jewish Agency for Israel elapsed, UNGA is unable to enforce Res. 181, the G7 destroyed the Palestinian "tribal" Authority, the G7 financed IL weapons acquisitions for 50 years, the US Congress enacted worldwide BDS prohibition but delayed NOPEC legislation, Jake Sullivan's Riyadh-to-Jeddah "charm offensives" secured national security advisers' attention, and Israel is adamantly opposed to a cease fire upon Palestinian residents imprisoned in walled  "enclaves"...

wsj | U.S. Seeks Help From Arab States to Plan Gaza Governance After War, 2 Nov

Secretary of Stalking Antony Blinken and his deputies are speaking with their counterparts in Arab states about plans for governing Gaza after Israel finishes its main military operations there levels the Gaza Strip, according to people familiar with the early stage conversations. Officials involved in the brainstorming sessions say it is too early to discuss specifics, and outside analysts don't see a precise blueprint for administering Gaza as feasible at the moment, but the issue is expected to come up during Blinken's coming visit to the region.

Blinken will be visiting Israel on Friday for meetings with members of the Israeli government and is expected to make a stop in Jordan. The assistant U.S. secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, Barbara Leaf, has been in the region ahead of Blinken's visit, discussing future plans for Gaza, among other issues. Officials aware of the early discussions stress that there isn't yet a plan backed by Washington. One option [proposed by former Israeli FMs*] is a period where Gaza is led occupied by a multinational force from the region.

"The major stakeholders are engaged in these discussions," said Sen. Ben "BDS oppo sponsor" Cardin (D., Md.), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "You have to have a credible administrator that can come into Gaza to provide the opportunities for Palestinians."

* Sir Lawrence Freeman, Shlomo Ben-Ami

ustated regional "multinational force" candidates:
Arab League (NGO 1945): AE, BH, DJ, DZ, EG, IQ, JO, KM, KW, LB, LY, MA, MR, OM, PS (PLO, PA), QA, SA, SO, SS, SY, TN, YE

OPEC (1960 FTA): AE, AO, CG, DZ, GA, GQ, IR, IQ, KW, LY, NG, SA, VZ; PLUS OM*, SD*, BN*, RU*, MX*, AZ*, KZ*, MY*, BH*, EC*, ID*, QA*

OIC (1969 NGO): AE, AL, AF, AZ, BD, BF, BH, BJ, BN, CM, CI, DZ, EG, GA, GM, GN, GY, GW, ID, IR, IQ, JO, KG, KM, KW, KZ, LB, LY, MA, ML, MR, MV, MY, MZ, NE, NG, OM, PK, PS, QA, SA, SD, SL, SN, SO, SR, SS, SY, TD, TG, TJ, TM, TN, TR, UG, UZ, YE

GCC (FTA 1981): AE, BH, KW, OM, QA, SA

Abraham Accord Declarations (FTA 2020): AE, BH, IL, MA

by Cat on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 04:58:30 PM EST
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Several weeks ago, Helmer dropped a cryptic, unattibuted survey result to one question, "Should Russia recognize Hamas as a terrorist organization?" into an article challenging the Valdai Club's approval of "Moscow's neutrality". (This was before G7 presses began taunting "Arabs" for not marshalling their military force on the side of Hamas and before the UNGA ICJ authorization and civilian protection resolutions)

Yesterday, Jimmy Dore lifted a 2 min video clip from @ThinkingSlow1 Oct 30, 2023 (I can't link it because I'm not an X subscriber.) of Gen. Wesley Clark (ret'd) flogging his book to The Commonwealth Club, 2007

One thing we did learn [from Operation Desert Storm, 1990-1991], he [Wolfowitz, 1991] said, is we can use our military in the region, in the Middle East, and the soviets won't stop us. And he said, we've got about five or ten years to clean up those old soviet client regimes—Syria, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon—before the next great super power comes on to challenge us.
full 8-min "policy coup" segment here begins with Rumsfeld
I went to the Pentagon ten days after nine-eleven [2001]. I couldn't stay away from mother army. I went back there to see Don Rumsfeld. I'd worked for him as a White House fellow in the nineteen seventies—all of this is in the book—and I said to him,'am I doing okay on CNN?'. He said, 'yeah, yeah, yeah, fine. I'm thinking about it,' he said. 'I read your book,' he said. The book talks about the Kosovo campaign. He said, 'I just want to tell you, nobody's going to tell us where and when we can bomb. Nobody.'

And finally, RT reported "Moscow-based pollster FOM" survey results, Most Russians neutral on Israel-Palestine conflict

73% of respondents said that their personal sympathy lies with neither side, while 10% said they support the Palestinians, and 9% said they favor Israel. Nearly 40%, however, could not answer what they believe is the root cause of the ongoing escalation of hostilities in the region. Roughly an equal number of those polled blamed Israel (5%) and the Palestinian militant group Hamas (3%), while 12% argued that the West was responsible for the bloodshed, and 10% described the crisis as "a territorial conflict." The survey also found that the majority (65%) have not been giving much attention to the conflict or have not been following it at all.
by Cat on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 05:48:53 PM EST
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SUBTERRANEAN DRONE ALERT: U.S. Secretary of Stalking Antony Blinken arrived in Israel on Friday, beginning another frenzied trip to the Middle East.

Blinken stressed the United States' support for Israel's right to defend itself with the caveat that how Israel carries out its military campaign to defeat Hamas "matters," adding that it threatens to limit public support and eventual peace talks. He did not offer details about the steps he discussed with Israeli officials, including the humanitarian pauses he and President Joe Biden have encouraged.
Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah broke his silence for the first time since the start of the Israel-Hamas war, saying Friday that the Iran-backed group would not limit its involvement in the conflict to the northern border between Israel and Lebanon....
archive the replicator initiative attritable capabilities

moa | Nazrallah Speech On Gaza, 3 Nov (EN) transcript
src: lorientlejour | Hassan Nasrallah's speech LIVE, blog translation

by Cat on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 06:38:56 PM EST
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CORRECTION! Reaper drone attributable capabilities not only locate hostages but Hellfire air-to-ground missiles and Paveway II laser-guided bombs targets!

"One can never have too much intelligence collection," retired CENTCOM two-star general and intelligence chief Mark Quantock said. "Drones supplement other ongoing terrestrial, airborne, and space collections, and it is vitally important."

The intelligence could be used to establish "pattern of life at suspected hostage locations," said Scott Murray, a retired Air Force intelligence officer with extensive experience in the Middle East. That information could be valuable to help locate hideouts and to plan rescue operations.

The drones might also carry LiDAR sensors, Murray said. Those sensors use laser pulses to create three dimensional imagery of ground surfaces, including buildings and vegetation. That information could be used to create models of the structures and vegetation at the site where hostages are thought to be held

in concrete-reinforced "tunnels of terror" 73 m deeper
by Cat on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 01:30:34 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 01:36:27 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 03:20:25 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 5th, 2023 at 11:40:28 AM EST
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bna.bh | Foreign Ministers of several Arab [League] countries issue joint statement, 26 Oct
Following the "Cairo Summit for Peace", held in Cairo on October 21, 2023, and in light of the continued escalation that began on Saturday, October 7, 2023 in both Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, especially in the Gaza Strip, with regards to the continued deaths of innocent civilians, and the flagrant violations of international law and international humanitarian law;

The Foreign Ministers of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman, the State of Qatar, the State of Kuwait, the Arab Republic of Egypt, and the Kingdom of Morocco issued the following statement on October 26, 2023:
• Emphasising that the absence of a political solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has led to repeated acts of violence and suffering for the Palestinian and Israeli people and the people of the region in general, stressing the importance of the international community, especially the Security Council, to assume their responsibilities in order to achieve peace in the Middle East, calling for genuine collective efforts to resolve the conflict through the implementation of the two-state solution on the basis of the relevant United Nations resolutions, ensuring the establishment of an independent, sovereign and viable Palestinian state with contiguous territory, on the pre-June 4, 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

archive Cairo Peace Summit guess list, UN Emergency Special Session 26 Oct

foreground Abraham Accord Declarations a/o 3 Nov
BH: arabnews | Bahrain expels Israel envoy, cuts economic ties: Parliament statement, 2 Nov

The statement published on the Bahraini parliament website confirmed that the Israeli ambassador had left Bahrain, while Bahrain called back its ambassador from Israel and decided to suspend all economic relations with Israel. It added that its decision to recall its envoy and suspend economic relations is based on the kingdom's "solid and historical stance that supports the Palestinian cause and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people." ...

MA: newarab | Activists call on Rabat to take 'firm' position against Israel's 'genocide' of Gaza

Following the Jabalia massacre, during which over 400 people were killed and injured by an Israeli airstrike, the Moroccan foreign ministry reiterated "its great concern and its deep indignation following the escalation of military operations and the worsening of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip." All over the Kingdom, hundreds of protests took to the streets on Thursday, 2 November, in solidarity with Palestine and in once another attempt to pressure Rabat to revoke the normalisation deal with Israel....

AE: jpost | Abraham Accords here to stay despite war, says Emirati official

"This the third war in Gaza. Whenever there is something happening in Gaza, people come to us and ask: 'What do you think of the Abraham Accords. Are you going to change?'" said Nuaimi in comments to a special online briefing organized by the European Jewish Association (EJA) and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). "The Accords are our future. It is not an agreement between two governments, but a platform that we believe should transform the region where everyone will enjoy security, stability and prosperity."...

by Cat on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 02:14:08 PM EST
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Bahrain is a province of Saudi Arabia, or at least a protectorate due to oil  wells ... has a Shia majority.

Morocco was gifted the Westen Sahara by Donald Trump to sign the Abraham Accords ... illegal, but nevertheless appreciated by King Mohammed VI.

The UAE with Abu Dhabi leading has a very intimate intelligence alliance with Israel and business interactions ... tried to overthrow the Jordanian King in March 2021 ... with silent support from Netanyahu and MBS. Family affair with estranged ex from a Sheikh ...

Tehran proxy the Houthis in Yemen need some new long range ballistic missiles ... watched HardTalk interview with FM Abdallah Bou Habib of Lebanon ... the Hezbollah resistance group are independent and urges Israel to end the civilian slaughter in Gaza or ...

Yoav Gallant wishes Lebanon well but promises to send the Lebanese back to the age of the Flintstones ...

Antony Blinken is on a suicide mission to Jordan to meet Arab leaders ... will hear that Israel should agree to the Arab Peace ☮️ initiative of 2002 and will be accepted as a new neighbour in the region.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 06:15:05 PM EST
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trtworld | Türkiye recalls its envoy to Israel amid 'unfolding humanitarian tragedy', 4 Nov
Given the "continuing attacks by Israel against civilians, and Israel's refusal of calls for a ceasefire and continuous and unhindered flow of humanitarian aid, it was decided to recall our Ambassador [Sakir Ozkan Torunlar] in Tel Aviv," the ministry said.

Earlier in the day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed that the country has "crossed out" Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and will do everything to bring Israel's violation of human rights and war crimes to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The embattled premier "is no longer someone we can talk to, we have crossed him out," Erdogan told reporters aboard the presidential plane returning from Kazakhstan, where he attended the Organization of Turkic States summit.
Erdogan also said Ankara "is ready to act as a guarantor country for Gaza", reiterating Türkiye's support for Palestinians in Gaza people amid Israel's ongoing aggression.

dailysabah | US Secretary of State Blinken to visit Türkiye after Jordan, 4 Nov

...In its statement, the State Department did not confirm a meeting between Blinken and Erdoğan, even though it appears likely, according to U.S. officials traveling with him.

The top U.S. diplomat in Ankara would also discuss Ukraine and the finalization of Sweden's membership of NATO, long blocked by Türkiye, according to the same source. Erdoğan recently submitted the protocol for Sweden's accession to NATO to the Turkish Parliament after 17 months of deadlock, but the process has not yet been completed.

by Cat on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 10:13:30 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 10:26:29 PM EST
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usnews AP | South Africa Recalls Ambassador and Diplomatic Mission to Israel and Accuses It of Genocide in Gaza, 6 Nov
..."The South African government has decided to withdraw all its diplomats in Tel Aviv for consultation," Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said.

She said the Cabinet noted the "disparaging remarks of the Israeli ambassador to South Africa about those who are opposing the atrocities and genocide of the Israeli government" and added that the department of international relations was instructed to "take the necessary measures within the diplomatic channels and protocols to deal with (his) conduct."...

by Cat on Mon Nov 6th, 2023 at 10:34:32 PM EST
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dispatchlive.co.za | ICC should issue arrest warrant for Netanyahu's violations: Naledi Pandor (07.11.23)
This is what international relations minister Naledi Pandor told MPs on Tuesday when she delivered a ministerial statement on the Israel-Palestine war in the National Assembly. "The murder of children, women and the aged by Israel is an act that should have resulted in the ICC issuing an immediate arrest warrant for key decision-makers including Mr [Benjamin] Netanyahu, who's responsible for violations of international criminal law," Pandor said.
by Cat on Fri Nov 10th, 2023 at 05:11:40 PM EST
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according to the Times of Israel.
Issacharoff said that in dealing with Gaza, this season was addressing one of the biggest fears of the Israeli audience, "perhaps because of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit's five years' imprisonment there, maybe because people don't know Gaza." He added, "We know that we're touching something very sensitive in the hearts of the Israeli audience."
"It's very dense, it's a huge system of tunnels that allow Hamas to transport terrorists and hostages—but also motorbikes and artillery and rockets and everything you can imagine," Issacharoff told the media Sunday as he spoke about the difficulties of a ground incursion into the dense urban enclave. "They all went underground, under the houses of Gaza City," Issacharoff said, according to the outlet. "They're hiding behind a human shield."

Issacharoff and "Fauda" co-creator Lior Raz set the third season of the Netflix-streamed show in Gaza—even though it wasn't shot there because Israelis have been barred from the land since the Jewish state withdrew its soldiers and settlers in 2005, the Times of Israel said.

Israeli actor and former commando Lior Raz, star of the hit Netflix series "Fauda," played real-life hero by going to help his "brothers in arms" in a city bombarded by Hamas.
"I swear, every kid in Gaza knows there's a Hamas headquarters under Shifa [Hospital], but no one talks about it," Issacharoff said, according to the Times of Israel. "This is not a surgical operation," Issacharoff said. "It's a war. It's a war where the enemy has located itself inside the local population and that is the aim of Hamas, because it makes the other side look like devils, like war criminals."
by Cat on Tue Nov 7th, 2023 at 10:04:37 PM EST
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whitehouse.gov | Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on Israel and Gaza, 3 Nov
MODERATOR: ...This call is going to be held under embargo until the end of the call. It's on background, and it will be attributable to a "senior administration official." For awareness but not for reporting, joining us on tonight's call is [SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL]. With that, I'll waste no time and hand it over to [SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL].
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: ...Quite frankly, Hamas, which is a terrorist group, did not allow anyone to leave Gaza. So, this includes about 6,000 foreign nationals. It includes—I want to be careful with numbers, but about a thousand American citizens and—including their families—about 4- to 500 American citizens, and mostly dual nationals, including some locally employed staff that we work with. All could not leave Gaza because Hamas would not allow anybody to leave.
Q: Hey, [SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL]. Thanks for doing this. One on the blocking of American citizens. I've done a couple of interviews over the last few days with Americans who have left who said that nothing was actually blocking them from getting to Rafah. So, can you explain exactly how Hamas was blocking people from leaving?

And can you zoom out a little bit and engage with an idea that a lot of commentators are kind of talking about U.S. policy overall about—and take us through a focus that you've had, that the administration has had on Israel-Saudi normalization, on a kind of future version of the region, and not as much a focus on a two-state solution—you know, Jake's first draft didn't even have two-state in it in Foreign Affairs—and whether you think that that focus, in retrospect, was not as full as it needed to be, whether there needs to be more focus on Palestinian-Israeli issues specifically. Thanks.
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: So, in Gaza, just on the Rafah and the getting people out, you had to have arrangements on the Gazan side of the border, which is Hamas. So—and including the people who work there would have to have the arrangements in place to get people out. And those arrangements could not be set up until this demand on the wounded, which was a demand, which was basically being held as the kind of collateral to be able to get a deal to get people out. That was just something we had to work through.

It could not all be done just from the Egyptian side of the border. So, I recognize there are a lot of people there. We made sure that they were safe as best we could. But until that arrangement was worked out—and, again—the list of wounded that Hamas handed over had—originally had about a third of people that were actually Hamas fighters [?], which was not going to be part of the deal.

ibid Al-Shifa Hospital (03.11.23)
by Cat on Wed Nov 8th, 2023 at 02:35:28 PM EST
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thecradle | Israeli Apache helicopters killed own soldiers, civilians on 7 October: Report, 9 Nov
...A 15 October report in Yedioth Ahronoth [Ynet] explained that the first helicopters arrived in the Gaza Strip about an hour after the fighting began.
The Hamas military, it turns out, deliberately made it difficult for the helicopter pilots and the drone operators: the investigation revealed that the invading forces were asked in recent briefings to walk slowly into or within the settlements and outposts, and in no case to run, in order to make the pilots think they were Israelis. This deception worked for quite some time, until the Apache pilots realized that all restrictions had to be waived.
As noted by Mondoweiss, the liberal Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz published a lengthy article on 13 October describing how an Israeli commander, Brigadier General Avi Rosenfeld of the Gaza division, made the difficult choice of calling in airstrikes on his own base as Hamas fighters overran it, capturing and killing many of the soldiers inside.
A similar instance occurred in Sderot, a city of 30,000 located 12 kilometers from the Gaza border, during the Hamas attack on 7 October.

Journalist Stephanie Freid of China's CGTN visited Sderot a week later. She reported that Sderot "was a city taken over by Hamas fighters. A lot of people were killed, and there were firefights. And proof of that is in the wreckage here of the police station. It was taken over here. Up to 20 people here were killed, including prisoners that were being held at the station."

by Cat on Fri Nov 10th, 2023 at 04:36:37 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 08:17:53 PM EST
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Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit Adopts Resolution on Israeli Aggression against the Palestinian People, 11 Nov de facto arrests eclipse de jure indifference to UNGA conventions
The Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit, which concluded in Riyadh on Saturday, adopted the following resolution:

We, the leaders of the states and governments of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the League of Arab States, have decided to merge the two summits that the OIC and the Arab League had decided to hold. This came in response to the kind invitations of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (the chair of the two summits) and the State of Palestine. We express our joint stance in condemning the brutal Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and in the West Bank, including Al-Quds Al-Sharif. We affirm addressing together this aggression and the humanitarian catastrophe that it causes. We seek to stop and end all Israeli illegal practices that perpetuate the occupation and deprive the Palestinian people of their rights, especially their right to freedom and to have an independent sovereign State on all their national territory.
Assign the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in its capacity as the presidency of the 32nd Arab and Islamic Summit, along with counterparts from Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, Türkiye, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Palestine, and any other interested countries, and the Secretary-General of both organisations to initiate immediate international action on behalf of all member states of the OIC and the Arab League to formulate an international move to halt the war in Gaza and to pressure for a real and serious political process to achieve permanent and comprehensive peace in accordance with established international references.

Call upon member states of the OIC and the Arab League to exert diplomatic, political, and legal pressures, and take any deterrent actions to halt the crimes committed by the colonial occupation authorities against humanity.
Activate the Arab and Islamic Financial Safety Net in line with the decisions of the fourteenth session of the Islamic Summit Conference and the Arab Summit resolutions, to provide financial contributions and support—economic, financial, and humanitarian—to the government of the State of Palestine and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Emphasize the necessity of mobilizing international partners to reconstruct Gaza and alleviate the comprehensive destruction caused by the Israeli aggression immediately upon cessation.

Assign both the Secretary-General of the Arab League and the OIC to closely oversee the implementation of the resolution and present a report on it at the upcoming sessions of their respective councils.

meanwhile... Biden's apex summit predators get a preview of Xi's "agenda".
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on November 10, 2023
The Wall Street Journal: I just wanted to ask whether you have any update on whether President Xi will visit the US next week to meet with President Biden? And specifically can you comment on reports this week in the US press that China and the US are moving to restart military to military dialogue?
Wang Wenbin: We answered this question before and you may refer to that. 
Global Times: On November 8, the G7 released a statement recognizing the importance of engaging candidly and expressing concerns directly to China. Do you have any comment?
Wang Wenbin: The G7 foreign ministers said in the statement that they stand prepared to build constructive and stable relations with China and do not seek to thwart China's economic progress and development. We hope they will reflect this in concrete actions and work in earnest with China for the sound growth of bilateral ties on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit.

We reject the G7's unfounded allegations of China distorting the global economy and engaging in economic coercion. It is not China, but G7 members that have placed over 10,000 entities and individuals around the world on sanctions lists, abused state power to go all out after particular companies, politicized and weaponized economic and trade issues, and destabilized the international industrial and supply chains. The G7 needs to look within itself and reflect on its own behavior.

We firmly oppose the G7's wrong actions that harm China's sovereignty and interfere in China's internal affairs.

The South China Sea arbitration case initiated by the Philippines concerns essentially territorial sovereignty and maritime delimitation, which is not subject to UNCLOS. The award is illegal, null and void, and completely invalid. The G7's endorsement of the award and the antagonism and confrontation it could cause runs counter to regional countries' desire for a peaceful and stable region.

The key to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait lies in the one-China principle. The biggest threat to peace in the Taiwan Strait is the DPP authorities' refusal to change their "Taiwan independence" separatist stance and the external connivance and support they have received. The G7 countries all made a commitment to one-China and should therefore honor that commitment and fully put that into practice. 

Issues relating to Xinjiang, Xizang, and Hong Kong are all China's internal affairs that brook no external interference. The world knows what exactly the state of democracy and human rights looks like in each country, and the people of each country have the best say in that. We urge the G7 to abide by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the basic norms of international relations. The G7 needs to look after its own affairs and stop interfering in other countries' internal affairs under various pretexts.

by Cat on Sat Nov 11th, 2023 at 11:46:15 PM EST
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G7 Japan 2023 Foreign Ministers' Statement, 8 Nov imaginary "partners"
by Cat on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 12:30:34 AM EST
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newarab | Riyadh hosts joint Arab-Islamic summit after disagreements over response to war on Gaza, 11 Nov
Arab League countries were divided over "important clauses" that could not be adopted in its joint response to Israel's onslaught on Gaza, according to a report by The New Arab's Arabic language sister site Al-Araby Al-Jadeed. The disagreement led to the merging of the summits of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Arab League.
—Africa, Asia, Indo-Pac—
OIC (1969 NGO): AE, AL, AF, AZ, BD, BF, BH, BJ, BN, CM, CI, DZ, EG, GA, GM, GN, GY, GW, ID, IR, IQ, JO, KG, KM, KW, KZ, LB, LY, MA, ML, MR, MV, MY, MZ, NE, NG, OM, PK, PS (PLO, PA), QA, SA, SD, SL, SN, SO, SR, SS, SY, TD, TG, TJ, TM, TN, TR, UG, UZ, YE
—P Gulf—
GCC (FTA 1981): AE, BH, KW, OM, QA, SA
"Al-Araby Al-Jadeed" banned in Egypt, UAE, and Saudi Arabia (06.01.16)
... The website also published a protesting report, claiming they don't know the reason for the ban saying, "The governments of the three Arabic countries banned the website in both of its English and Arabic versions without stating any reasons, whether in the decree issued by the Saudi ministry of information, and later in UAE, and Egypt." While a number of the writers on the website claimed the reason to be "their features and reports on human rights violations in Saudi Arabia."
The site, like fellow Qatari news outlet Al-Jazeera, has come under fire from Egyptian authorities, which have accused it of being a representative of the Muslim Brotherhood [!]. While in Saudi Arabia there has been clear rejection of any website trying to meddle in the kingdom's laws and the way they implement them....
The Al-Araby Al-Jadeed report said that four "influential countries" in the Arab League had prevented the adoption of proposals that carry concrete measures against Israel, while they proposed more vague non-committal clauses.

The divisive clauses are believed to have included [1] prohibiting the use of US and other military bases in Arab countries to supply Israel with weapons and ammunition; [2] freezing Arab diplomatic, economic, security, and military relations with Israel; [3] and threats to leverage oil and Arab economic capabilities to apply pressure and halt the ongoing aggression. [4] Libya also proposed that the final statement of the conference should include a joint statement in support of the right of the Palestinian people to resist the Israeli occupation.

These measures were proposed and endorsed by 11 Arab countries of the 22-member body [Arab League], including Palestine, Syria, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Libya, and Yemen.

—Africa, Asia, P Gulf—
arab.org (NGO 1945): AE, BH, DJ, DZ, EG, IQ, JO, KM, KW, LB, LY, MA, MR, OM, PS (PLO, PA), QA, SA, SO, SS, SY, TN, YE
The four countries who voted against and those who abstained were not disclosed.
I suppose, Morocco (.MA) most likely voted against with AE, EG—active IL treaty guarantors—and NATO's wildcard SA. The remainder (8) abstained with Jordan (JO) political objections to IL, in particular, hedging outcome of Hezbulluh (LB) and Houthi (YE) militia positions. What isn't obvious to me is distribution of (dis)agreement across the joint conference, resulting in majority endorsement of a "non-commital" joint statement acceptable to "influential" members like TR, ID, NG, and central asian *-stans: File in nice-to-know but not mission-critical info. Over all, the political significance of successfully convening 57 mostly-muslim states is self-evident: the agreement to conquer sectarian divisions which crusaders have exploited for 100s of years.
by Cat on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 06:03:09 PM EST
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...This situation produced a political equation stating that more Arab modesty is equivalent to more Zionist ferocity and that more hand extended by us equals more massacres against us.

In light of this very clear equation the aggression against Gaza cannot be discussed in isolation from the context of the previous Zionist massacres against the Palestinians and the continuation of this context - without a doubt - later.

In light of this equation we cannot isolate this ongoing crime by dealing "as Arab and Islamic countries" with the recurring event in a fragmented and partial manner regarding the Palestinian issue. Our continued dealing with the aggression against Gaza today with the same methodology means paving the way for the completion of the massacres until the annihilation of the people and the death of the cause.

The emergency at our summit today is neither about aggression nor killing as both are ongoing and both are inherent and characteristic of the (Israeli) entity, but the emergency is Zionism outpacing itself in barbarism which places before us responsibilities of unprecedented magnitude both at a minimum level if we put aside the national security of our region....

by Cat on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 08:36:30 PM EST
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fdd.org | French Court Issues International Arrest Warrant for Syria's Assad, 16 Nov
The Limits of Accountability
In addition to the French warrant, Damascus is contending with an effort by Canada and the Netherlands to secure an order from the International Court of Justice [ICJ] directing the Assad regime to stop the systematic torture of political prisoners. Syria has also been suspended from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons [OPCW], the body responsible for enforcing the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Yet the only regime officials to face personal consequences for their conduct have been mid-level officials convicted in European courts after leaving Syria of their own accord. Personal impunity for Assad and his inner circle is likely to endure for as long as he remains in power. The regime remains vulnerable to sanctions, although the Biden administration refuses [?!] to enforce the ones already on the books despite strong bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for holding Assad accountable.

practice, practice, practice Compromised OPCW Douma Investigation, classic Russian technique, 2018 OPWC blunders, 2014, 2013 Peace Prize, 2013 UNSC Resolution, 2013 Ghouta Report in Chemical Weapons and Moral Hypocrisy, 2012 Assad must go
by Cat on Fri Nov 17th, 2023 at 05:49:37 PM EST
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dailysabah | 13 killed, 26 injured after Israel strikes Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza
...The ambulances were carrying patients to the Rafah Crossing [!], reports said. The Israeli army confirmed that it had targeted an ambulance in Gaza City, claiming that a Hamas cell was allegedly using the ambulance....
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by Cat on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 01:45:45 AM EST
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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning's Regular Press Conference on October 19, 2023
Hubei Media Group: The UK and some Western countries have raised concern over Xinjiang-related issues at the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly. Meanwhile, over 100 countries voiced support at the committee for China's position in various ways and expressed opposition to interference in China's internal affairs under the pretext of human rights. What's China's comment?
Mao Ning: On October 17, at the Third Committee of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Pakistan delivered a joint statement on behalf of over 70 countries. They pointed out that issues related to Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Xizang [Tibet A.R.] are China's internal affairs....
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on November 8, 2023
NHK: The recent "International Uyghur Forum" in Tokyo urged the Japanese government to conduct an independent investigation into the human rights situation in Xinjiang . What's the foreign ministry's response to this?
Wang Wenbin: Xinjiang [A.R.] today enjoys social stability, economic prosperity, ethnic solidarity and religious harmony. The people in Xinjiang live a peaceful and happy life. Since the beginning of this year, more than 100 foreign delegations, including two groups of Japanese tourists, have visited Xinjiang....

GT |China issues white paper on CPC policies on governance of Xizang in new era, 10 Nov
...From 1992 to 2021, the State Council Information Office had issued 15 white papers on Xizang, with content ranging from the human rights development, protection of ethnic culture, the democratic reform in the region and ecological improvement, and environmental protection in Xizang. ...
CPC Policies on the Governance of Xizang in the New Era: Approach and Achievements, 10 Nov (EN)
by Cat on Fri Nov 10th, 2023 at 03:50:44 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 05:44:41 PM EST

76 Cheers! for "safe passage" of US citizens separated from their families at the Gaza-Egypt border.
by Cat on Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 06:28:13 PM EST
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Why the US vetoed not one but five UNSC cease fire resolutions...

state.gov | Secretary Antony J. Blinken At a Press Availability, Tel Aviv video, transcript (EN)

...First, we need to continue to prevent escalation of this conflict, its spread to other areas and other theaters. The United States has and we will continue to respond to attacks by Iran's proxies to defend our personnel in the region, personnel who are here in Iraq and in Syria to help prevent the resurgence of ISIS [IS | ISIL | DAESH | al-Qaida | Qaeda-in-the-*]. We will do what is necessary to deter and, as I said, respond to any attacks.
Second, we need to do more to protect Palestinian civilians.  We've been clear that as Israel conducts its campaign to defeat Hamas, how it does so matters.  It matters because it's the right and lawful thing to do.  It matters because failure to do so plays into the hands of Hamas and other terror groups.  There will be no partners for peace if they're consumed by humanitarian catastrophe and alienated by any perceived indifference to their plight.

This is what binds us as human beings. I've seen images too of Palestinian children, young boys and girls, pulled from the wreckage of buildings. When I see that, when I look into their eyes through the TV screen, I see my own children. How can we not?

Hamas doesn't care one second or one iota for the welfare, for the well-being, of the Palestinian people.  It cynically and monstrously uses them as human shields, putting its commanders in command posts, its weapons and ammunition within or beneath residential buildings, schools, mosques, hospitals.

But civilians should not suffer the consequences for its inhumanity and its brutality. We've provided Israel advice that only the best of friends can offer on how to minimize civilian deaths while still achieving its objectives of finding and finishing Hamas terrorists and their infrastructure of violence.  Today, I spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu and other senior officials about concrete steps to do that.
Third, we need to substantially and immediately increase the sustained flow of humanitarian assistance into Gaza, and getting American citizens and other foreign nationals out of Gaza.
A number of legitimate questions were raised in our discussions today, including how to use any period of pause to maximize the full humanitarian assistance, how to connect a pause to the release of hostages, how to ensure that Hamas doesn't use these pauses or arrangements to its own advantage. These are issues that we need tackle urgently, and we believe they can be solved.
Finally, and importantly, even as we work towards progress on each of these urgent needs, we're focused on setting the conditions for a durable and sustainable peace and security. The United States continues to believe that the best viable path—indeed, the only path—is through a two-state solution. That's the only guarantor of a secure, Jewish, and democratic Israel; the only guarantor of Palestinians realizing their legitimate right to live in a state of their own, enjoying equal measures of security, freedom, opportunity, and dignity; the only way to end a cycle of violence once and for all.

And it's precisely now, in the darkest moments, that we have to fight hardest to preserve a path of stability, of security, of opportunity, of integration, of prosperity, and of peace - not tomorrow, not after the war, but today.

(emphasis added) $106B Q&A follows
by Cat on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 08:53:05 PM EST
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Blinken sits onboard the plane as he departs en route to Jordan (Reuters Photo)

In a statement, Jordanian Foreign Ministry spokesman Sufyan Qudah said: "The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs, Ayman Al-Safadi, and the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the State of Qatar, and the Arabic Republic of Egypt, and the Secretary of the Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization will hold a coordination meeting tomorrow, Saturday, in the context of their efforts aimed at stopping the Israeli war on Gaza and the humanitarian catastrophe it is causing."

The ministers will then hold a joint meeting with Antony Blinken during which they will affirm the Arab position, calling for an immediate cease-fire and the immediate and urgent delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, the spokesman added, emphasizing that the officials will "discuss ways to end this dangerous deterioration that threatens the security of the entire region."

by Cat on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 01:08:11 AM EST
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arabnews | Saudi foreign minister meets Blinken, Jordan's king to discuss Gaza conflict in Amman
...Prince Faisal stressed the Kingdom's categorical rejection of the forced displacement of the residents of Gaza, stressing his country's condemnation of targeting civilians in any way, or disrupting infrastructure and vital interests that affect their daily lives, the ministry said in a statement...
Blinken rejects Arab demand for urgent Gaza truce - video clips
Blinken said that a truce [?] would be counterproductive, and made clear the furthest he would go was support for a humanitarian pause [FKA ceasefire] to allow the delivery of aid and the evacuation of civilians from the besieged enclave.

"It is our view now that a ceasefire [!] would simply leave Ukraine Hamas in place, able to regroup and repeat what it did on Oct. 7," Blinken told a news conference after the talks, referring to the militant group's attack on southern Israel that triggered the latest Gaza conflict.

spa.gov.sa | His Highness The Minister of Foreign Affairs participates in the Arab-American meeting
... The meeting discussed the Arab position calling for the cessation of military operations that have claimed innocent lives, the immediate and urgent delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, in addition to working to create conditions for the return of stability and restore the path of peace to ensure that the Palestinian people obtain their legitimate rights and achieve a just and lasting peace...
Foreign ministers of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Qatar, and a senior Palestinian official met with Blinken after holding a separate consultative meeting earlier and another with Jordan's King Abdullah.
state side-hustles: HRH Abdullah II (JO), PM Mikati (LB), PM al Thani (QA), Lazzarini (UNWRA)
The meeting was attended by Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan, along with Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan from the UAE, Qatar's Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, Egypt's Sameh Shoukry, and Hussein Al-Sheikh from the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Shoukry and Blinken, Safadi said that "slaughter and war crimes need to stop, and also the immunity given to Israel before the international law."
Before meeting Blinken, King Abdullah told the foreign ministers "to maintain Arab coordination and speak in one voice to the international community regarding the dangerous escalations in Gaza." He added: "Arab states have the responsibility of pushing the international community and world powers to stop the war on Gaza, allow the uninterrupted delivery of aid, and protect civilians."
mofa.gov.qa | Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Participates in Arab Coordination Meeting on Gaza
...His Excellency stressed in the meeting the importance of coordinating positions among the sisterly countries for an immediate ceasefire and delivering aid to the brotherly Palestinian people besieged in the Gaza Strip in order to alleviate their suffering....
He reiterated that a political solution is needed to achieve just and comprehensive peace on the basis of a two-state solution.
APsplainin: Arab leaders push for an Israel-Hamas cease-fire now. Blinken says that could be counterproductive
by Cat on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 11:56:01 PM EST
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voiceofeurope | Blinken: US and Arab nations agree Gaza's current Hamas' control cannot continue (04.11.23)
He further revealed that discussions with Arab counterparts had taken place to explore a more promising route towards achieving a two-state solution, as reported by The Guardian. During a press conference in Amman, Blinken was joined by his Egyptian and Jordanian counterparts, and he expressed Washington's concerns regarding the actions of extremist settlers in the West Bank.
by Cat on Sun Nov 5th, 2023 at 01:08:35 AM EST
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12:04pm: Blinken tells Abbas [?!] Gazans must not be 'forcibly displaced'

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday that Palestinians in Gaza "must not be forcibly displaced", a State Department spokesman said.

Blinken met with Abbas in Ramallah as he made a surprise high-security visit to the West Bank as violence surges in the occupied territory in tandem with the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

State Department spokesman Matthew Miller [!] said the pair also discussed "the need to stop extremist violence against Palestinians" in the West Bank.

vive la différence! evacuation, abduction, deportation, genocide UPDATE, forced transfer, Voluntary Evacuation ["deportation"], forcibly deport, Deportation of Palestinians a War Crime: UN , etc etc

Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, 5 Nov
Secretary Antony J. Blinken, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi At a Joint Press Availability, 4 Nov

...We're all deeply concerned about escalating extremist violence against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank. This has been a serious problem that's only worsened since the conflict. I updated ministers today on my discussions with- throughout the Israeli Government yesterday, where I underscored that incitement and extremist violence must be stopped—and perpetrators must be held accountable....
by Cat on Sun Nov 5th, 2023 at 04:39:49 PM EST
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machine translation:
Fire was opened on the convoy of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
▪️ Children of Abu Jandel' claimed responsibility for the attack.
▪️ Children of Abu Jandel gave Mahmud Abbas 24 hours to take steps regarding Gaza and take action against Israel.

palestinechronicle | 24 Hours Ultimatum to Mahmoud Abbas - Who are `Sons of Abu Jandal'?, 6 Nov

"Oh our heroic people, oh sons of resilience and sacrifice," is how a new Palestinian group in the West Bank began its `statement number one', issued on Sunday, November 5.

The group is calling itself `Sons of the Leader Abu Jandal' and claims to be members of the Palestinian group Fatah who belong to the various Palestinian Authority security branches in the occupied West Bank.
The group is calling itself Sons of Abu Jandal, in honor of Yousef Ahmed Raihan, a PA officer who led the fight in defense of the Jenin refugee camp in April 2002. Raihan's nom de guerre was Abu Jandal, and the Battle of Jenin was fought under his leadership alongside Mahmoud Tawalbeh. Hundreds of Palestinians were killed and wounded in the Israeli invasion of the Jenin refugee camp during the Second Intifada in 2002.

by Cat on Tue Nov 7th, 2023 at 06:11:24 PM EST
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abcnews | Innocuous Headline, Deadly Maneuvers, 6 Nov Slava Little Israel!
...Muir, noting Biden previously said it would be a "mistake" for Israel to occupy Gaza, asked Netanyahu who should govern the territory when the fighting ends.

The prime minister indicated he believes Israel will have a role to play for an "indefinite period." Last month, Israel Defense Minister Yoav Gallant suggested the final phase of the was would be to sever "Israel's responsibility for life in the Gaza Strip" and establish a "new security reality for the citizens of Israel."

"Those who don't want to continue the way of Hamas," Netanyahu told Muir. "It certainly is not—I think Israel will, for an indefinite period will have the over all security responsibility, because we've seen what happens when we don't have it. When we don't have that security responsibility, what we have is the eruption of Hamas terror on a scale that we couldn't imagine."

Asked if the Biden administration agrees with or supports Netanyahu's view, Kirby said discussions about Gaza's future are ongoing and nothing has been decided.

"What we support is that Hamas can't be in control of Gaza anymore," Kirby said. "We can't go back to Oct. 6....

archive like in the Hollywood movies
by Cat on Tue Nov 7th, 2023 at 06:31:35 PM EST
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6 Nov
whitehouse.gov | Readout of Vice President Harris's Call with President Mohamed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates
...The Vice President made clear it is critical to ensure that Palestinians are not forcibly displaced outside of Gaza and underscored the Palestinian right to self-determination, and that Israelis and Palestinians must have equal measures of security, prosperity, and freedom. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States' enduring commitment to the safety and security of the Emirati people and ongoing efforts to strengthen the defense partnership between the United States and the UAE. They also discussed the importance of deterring threats from any state or non-state actor, especially those seeking to expand the conflict, and the Vice President condemned recent attacks by Iranian-backed militias across the region.
whitehouse.gov | Readout of President Biden's Call with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel
...The two leaders discussed the possibility of tactical pauses to provide civilians with opportunities to safely depart from areas of ongoing fighting, to ensure assistance is reaching civilians in need, and to enable potential hostage releases....
7 Nov
MUIR:I asked the prime minister about those civilian casualties. Will there be a pause here for humanitarian aid as the Biden administration is now pushing for. Also, tonight, what about the hostages, including Americans. Do they know where they are? And toghight, making news, when I ask, 'What does does victory look like? Who governs Gaza after this conflict?' My interview with the Israeli prime minister.
MUIR:...Will there be a pause?
NETANYAHU:...I think, there is—the question of a cease-fire—the president himself has said that a cease-fire would be a surrender to Hamas. It would be a victory for Hamas, and it would he would no more have it than he would have a cease-fire after the al-Quaida[Qaeda] bombings of the World Trade Center.
MUIR: I know the Biden administration has also said, now is not the time for a cease-fire. What they're proposing is a humantiarian pause. There will be no pause?
NETANYAHU: Well, there will be no cease-fire, general cease-fire in Gaza, without the release of our hostages....
axios | Biden tells Bibi 3-day fighting pause could help secure release of some hostages
• According to the Israeli assessment, Hamas is holding about 180 hostages, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad is holding 40, and people loosely affiliated with the militant factions are holding about 20, two Israeli officials said.
• Hamas claimed in a statement on Tuesday that it was ready to release 12 foreign nationals it is holding hostage, but it couldn't because of Israel's airstrikes and ground operation.
• The Israeli official told Axios that part of Netanyahu's reservation is because Hamas attacked a group of Israeli soldiers, kidnapped one of them, and killed several others during a humanitarian pause during the 2014 war.
CIA director Bill Burns is in the Middle East this week and part of his focus is the hostages' release. He had talks in Israel and will meet Qatari [!] officials later this week.
by Cat on Wed Nov 8th, 2023 at 01:07:10 PM EST
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My understanding is, delayed POW swap is do to a schedule conflict. Israeli authorities await disposition by its Supreme Court of objections to release of convicted Palestinians. Purportedly an exchange of convicted Palestinians for hostages held by Hamas circumvents a sort of seniority of justice served to Israeli victims and families before Oct 7.
by Cat on Thu Nov 23rd, 2023 at 05:31:48 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Nov 24th, 2023 at 04:05:25 PM EST
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AP | On Day One of Gaza cease-fire, Hamas and Israel carry out first swap of hostages and prisoners, 24 Nov
...Under the deal, Hamas is to release at least 50 hostages, and Israel 150 Palestinian prisoners over the four days. Both sides were starting with women and children. Israel said the four-day truce can be extended an extra day for every additional 10 hostages freed. After nightfall Friday, a line of ambulances emerged from Gaza through the Rafah Crossing into Egypt carrying the freed hostages, as seen live on Egypt's state-run Al-Qahera TV. The freed Israelis included 9 women and 4 children 9 and under.
Hours later, 24 Palestinian women and 15 teenagers held in Israeli prisons in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem were freed. ...
nypost | Who are the Israeli hostages Hamas released on Friday?
...In the tear-jerking video, Monder, flanked by his mother and grandmother, turns a corner to see his father waiting towards the end of the hallway with his arms open and prepared for a warm embrace.
Ten [?] Thai nationals being held in Gaza were also freed along with the 13 Israelis, a Qatar Ministry spokesperson confirmed.
The [25 Nov?] release of the second group of Israeli hostages has apparently been delayed, Israel's Channel 12 [!] reported. While the exact reason for the delay is unclear if may be because officials are waiting for the completion of the aid truck deliveries into the Gaza Strip, the outlet speculated. There is also possible conflict over whether Hamas will release 13 or 14 hostages, Channel 12 added....
F24 | Hamas frees 24 hostages, 39 Palestinians released from Israeli jails
Four Germans among hostages released from Gaza
An additional 10 Thai workers and 1 Filipino national captured in the October 7 Hamas attack were also released following negotiations brokered by Egypt.
The 39 released prisoners include 24 women and 15 minors.
UN says 137 aid trucks unloaded in Gaza since truce started
...It said 129,000 liters (34,000 gallons) of fuel also entered the Palestinian territory and 21 patients in critical condition were evacuated from the north of Gaza. [...] A total of 200 [?] trucks were sent from the Israeli village of Nitzana [?] to the Rafah [?] border crossing between Gaza and Egypt, said the UN.
dailysabah | Hamas starts releasing hostages as part of deal with Israel
..."Egyptian intensive efforts had resulted in the release of 12 [?] Thai citizens, in addition to 13 Israeli children and women detained by the Hamas movement," the head of Egypt's State Information Service, Diaa Rashwan, said in a statement....
13 + 12 + 4 = 29 "hostages"
29 + 21 = 50 "prisoners"
by Cat on Sat Nov 25th, 2023 at 04:09:29 PM EST
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Axel | Biden admin officials see proof their strategy is working in hostage deal (21.11.23)
There was some concern in the administration about an unintended consequence of the pause: that it would allow journalists broader access to Gaza and the opportunity to further illuminate the devastation there and turn public opinion on Israel. A Democratic aide in the House said that, depending on the circumstances of the deal, progressives would leverage the moment to push Biden toward backing longer pauses in fighting. "If there are no bombings for five days, the goal would be to turn that temporary respite into a longer-lasting cessation" to deal with humanitarian issues, the staffer said.
Biden compares Russia's actions in Ukraine to Holodomor death by hunger famine, 25 Nov
..."Today, Ukraine's agricultural infrastructure is once more being deliberately targeted--this time by Vladimir Putin as part of his drive for conquest and power," President Joe Biden said in the statement, further citing "the inhumane policies of Josef Stalin" that included "death by hunger."...
starving Africans UPDATE!
themoscowtimes AFP | Russia Has Sent First Free Grain Shipments to Africa, 17 Nov
"The first two ships have already left Russian ports for Somalia and Burkina Faso. We expect them to arrive in late November to early December," Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev said in a statement.
Grain for Ukraine UPDATE!
ukrrudprom.ua | A bulk carrier loaded with grain was blown up in the Black Sea, 15 Nov
reuters | Grain ship lightly damaged off Ukraine, likely hit sea mine, 17 Nov
reuters | Around 3,000 trucks stuck at Ukrainian border due to Polish drivers' blockade, 19 Nov
..."For over 10 days, Ukrainian drivers have been blocked at the Polish border. Thousands of people are forced to live in difficult conditions with limited food, water, and fuel," Oleksandr Kubrakov, Deputy Ukraine's Prime Minister, said on X, formerly Twitter....Ukrainian grain brokers said last week Ukraine's shipments of food by road decreased 2.7% in the first 13 days of November due to difficulties on the Polish border caused by a drivers' strike...
interfax | Ukraine harvests 55.1 mln tonnes of grain, 20.7 mln tonnes of oilseed crops, 24 Nov
archive Thu Dec 15th 2022, "The club of five", additional logistics cost, an attempt to revive slavery
by Cat on Sat Nov 25th, 2023 at 08:51:21 PM EST
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NYT | Hamas Says It's Delaying 2nd Hostage Release, Citing Problem With Aid Delivery, 25 Nov
...The group's armed wing claimed Israel was not adhering to the terms of an agreement for releasing hostages. A spokesman for the Israeli military said, "We are standing by our part of the framework."...
aljazeera | Hamas hands over 13 Israeli captives to Red Cross
Qatar confirms release of 13 Israeli hostages and 4 foreigners from the Gaza Strip. Israel now expected to free 39 Palestinian prisoners.
The Israeli army says 13 Israelis and 4 Thai nationals have arrived in Israel—the second group of captives released by Hamas in Gaza as part of a four-day truce agreement.
Hamas released a list of names of the second round of Palestinian prisoners expected to be released on Saturday night, which includes the names of 6 women and 33 male children...
tabloid USAToday | After delay, Hamas releases another group of hostages, Israeli military says
The Palestinians being released from jails are 33 children and 6 women, [Qatar FM spox  Majed Al Ansari] said, while the Israeli hostages released are 8 children and 5 women.
The [Israel COGAT] said 4 tankers carrying fuel and 4 tankers carrying cooking gas were transferred from Egypt to UN humanitarian aid organizations in the southern Gaza Strip. [...]
foxnews | 17 additional Hamas hostages released after hours-long delay
The captives were en route to the Rafah Border Crossing. The IDF was given the update by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Hamas officials gave the Red Cross 13 Israelis and 4 non-Israelis. It was previously announced that Hamas would release 19 [?] Israelis and 7 [?] non-Israelis.
8 + 5 + 4 = 17 "hostages"
6 + 33 = 39 "prisoners"
4 + 4 = 8 tankers
by Cat on Sat Nov 25th, 2023 at 11:23:09 PM EST
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DW | Why so many [8] Thai workers became Hamas victims, 31 Oct
Israel hosts some 30,000 Thai guest workers, many of whom work on farms near Gaza. Thais comprised the highest number of foreign victims in the Hamas terror attacks, with DOZENS killed or kidnapped.

Kong Saelao was proud of his job in Israel. Every morning, the 26-year-old Thai guest worker rode his electric bicycle to the fields and picked avocados until sundown....

by Cat on Sat Nov 25th, 2023 at 11:31:41 PM EST
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Israeli, Gaza
Hamás publica un vídeo del momento de la liberación de 13 civiles israelíes y 4 extranjeros.
Palestinian, Jerusalem
URGENTE: Las fuerzas de ocupación israelíes agredieron a periodistas y les impidieron cubrir desde la casa de la prisionera Israa Al-Jaabis en la ciudad de Jabal Mukaber en la Jerusalén ocupada antes de su liberación.
by Cat on Sun Nov 26th, 2023 at 11:34:15 AM EST
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xinhua | Hostage release continues on 3rd day as Hamas hopes to extend four-day truce deal
...It has just handed over a third batch of Israeli hostages to the Red Cross on the third day of the temporary truce, including 14 Israelis and three foreign nationals.

Israel promised to free some 150 Palestinian women and children from Israeli prisons in exchange. A Xinhua reporter stationed in Ramallah confirmed that 39 released Palestinians have been transferred in the third batch, all of whom are children, via buses on Sunday....

14 + 3 = 17 "hostages"
39 child "prisoners"

D4 "fighting pause" accountability
aljazeera | Israel-Hamas war live: Eleven Israeli captives released in Gaza

Israeli army says 11 captives released in Gaza have now returned to Israel, where they will undergo medical checks and be reunited with their families.

Three Palestinian women and 30 children are expected to be released shortly from Israeli prisons.

A spokesman for Qatar's foreign ministry tells Al Jazeera two-day extension of Gaza truce is positive sign that can hopefully "prepare the ground for a more sustainable truce".

11 "hostages"
33 "prisoners"
by Cat on Mon Nov 27th, 2023 at 10:17:45 PM EST
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aljazeera | Palestinian prisoners arrive home after release, 28 Nov
• The Israeli prison service frees 30 Palestinian prisoners after 10 Israelis and two foreigners were handed over by Hamas in Gaza.
• The heads of the US and Israeli intelligence agencies have arrived in Doha for talks with Qatari officials; the Egyptian spy chief is also in the Qatari capital.
• Mediator Qatar says Israel and Hamas agree to pause fighting for an additional 48 hours, beginning on Tuesday.
"Palestinians are calling for a permanent ceasefire, stressing that their priority is to return to their homes even if they were destroyed in the heavy bombardment over the past month and a half."

al-monitor | CIA director in Qatar as Israel-Hamas truce extension takes effect

Central Intelligence Agency Director Bill Burns landed in Doha Tuesday for fresh talks aimed at expanding the current hostage deal beyond older women, mothers and children.

Mossad chief David Barnea and Egyptian General Intelligence head Abbas Kamel also traveled to Doha for the talks with Qatari officials, who have served as key interlocutors between Hama and the United States and Israel in recent weeks.

Axios chart: U.S. aid to Israel
This summit comes after Qatar's Foreign Ministry announced Monday that a deal had been reached to extend the Israel-Hamas truce by two days to allow more hostages to be released and more aid to enter the Gaza Strip. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is also set to travel to Israel and the West Bank later this week to push for a broader deal.

Meanwhile, the US military will fly three planes carrying humanitarian aid including food, medical supplies, and winter gear into North Sinai [!] for delivery to the enclave [sic], where 1.7 million people have been displaced since the war began. The first plane is set to land today. Washington has communicated to Israel that it expects the current level of aid entering Gaza to be maintained even after the temporary cease-fire ends, Axios reported Tuesday.

10 + 2 = 12 "hostages"
30 "prisoners"
by Cat on Wed Nov 29th, 2023 at 12:14:50 AM EST
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July 2022 bootstraps $5 BILLION A MONTH

FY2024 supplemental budget items
msn wsj | Senate Races to Finish Border Talks, Pass Ukraine, Israel Aid, 28 Nov

...Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) said he hopes to hold a vote on the overall aid package next week. Biden's $106 billion foreign-aid proposal includes money to speed up processing of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border but no changes to policy to discourage asylum seekers from coming. Democrats hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, but 60 votes will be needed to advance any aid package, and it will also need to pass the GOP-controlled House....
FYE2023 Little Israel $14.3B + Big Israel $61.4B
by Cat on Wed Nov 29th, 2023 at 01:32:57 AM EST
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press.un | Staggering Loss of Life in Gaza, Follow-on to Temporary Truce Dominate General Assembly Debate on Decades-Long Question of Palestine, 28 Nov
Introducing the annual report of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (document A/78/35), Malaysia's representative, the Committee's Vice-Chair, said the text calls on Israel to reverse its ongoing annexations, demolitions, settlement expansions and forced displacement of Palestinians.  It also urges Israel to halt its punitive measures against the Palestinian Authority and to protect Palestinian civilians, including from Israeli settler violence, and the General Assembly and Security Council to ensure implementation of long-standing parameters for peace.

When the floor opened for debate, the Permanent Observer for the State of Palestine said this is the deadliest period endured by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, "and they have witnessed many previous assaults".  At least 15,000 Palestinians have been killed and more than 30,000 people have been wounded.  "This is a full-fledged war against Palestine and its people," he said, adding that the massacres in Gaza have mobilized peoples and nations all around the world, speaking out against injustice.
Also today, the Assembly took up its item on "The situation in the Middle East", for which it had before it a report of the Secretary-General (document A/78/315) on the situation.  It also had before it a resolution submitted by Syria titled "The Syrian Golan" (document A/78/L.10).

By a recorded vote of 91 in favour to 8 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United Kingdom, United States), with 62 abstentions, the Assembly demanded that Israel withdraw from the occupied Syrian Golan and resume talks on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks, as well as to respect commitments reached during previous talks.

REUT SHAPIR BEN NAFTALY (Israel) said she took the floor to address yet another one-sided, biased and disproportionate briefing fueled by a distorted and destructive political agenda.... The extent of the atrocities by Hamas has not been addressed or recognized by United Nations agencies, and especially not by the report debated here today.
CHRISTOPHER HENZEL (United States) noted that today is the fifth day of complete pause in the fighting in Gaza since the recent conflict began....Regarding the resolution before the Assembly, one-sided texts will not help advance peace but will perpetuate long-standing divisions.
The representative of the United Kingdom said his delegation has maintained its voting position on this resolution in line with its long-standing approach.  "We believe the Golan Heights along with East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza are occupied territory and we do not recognize Israel's annexation of the Golan," he added....However, today's resolution proposed by the Syrian regime repeats much of the same language and is nothing new. It is unnecessary and disproportionate, deflecting attention from the Syrian regime's own criminal actions.
By further terms of the text, the Assembly declared that Israel has failed so far to comply with Security Council resolution 497 (1981) and that its 1981 decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan is null and void with no validity. It demanded once more that Israel withdraw from all the occupied Syrian Golan to the line of 4 June 1967. It called on all concerned parties to resume the peace process and ensure its success by implementing relevant Security Council resolutions.

by Cat on Thu Nov 30th, 2023 at 11:42:54 PM EST
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Israeli army labels Jenin 'closed military zone', 29 Nov
"Israel declared the city of Jenin and its camp a closed military zone and deployed its forces with large reinforcements across several neighborhoods," Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Local sources say Israeli forces stormed the Jenin refugee camp on Tuesday night, launching a "massive campaign" of arrests across its eastern neighborhood, resulting in the "outbreak of violent confrontations" between troops and resistance fighters. The clashes remained ongoing the following day, and several Palestinians have been injured.
Hamas spokesman, Ghazi Hamad, told the News Week magazine on 29 November: "The ceasefire agreement is limited to the Gaza Strip only ... We are following what is happening in the West Bank in terms of serious violations of the occupation, and we affirm our position to resist the occupation wherever it is."

Groups affiliated with Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) movement are highly active in the occupied West Bank and clash with Israeli troops on a near-daily basis. The army has launched numerous raids into Jenin and other West Bank cities since the outbreak of war on 7 October.

The previous raid in Jenin took place on 25 and 26 November, resulting in the deaths of five Palestinians, as well as unprecedented damage to the camp's infrastructure.

btw, RT broadcast ~ 30 min live testimony of this morning's UNSC briefing, convened by Wang Yi ostensibly to to prioritize political guarantees pursuant to conflict resolution (15 Nov 2712, SC/15496) that featured statements by non-members, Humanitarian Bromides (Guterres), Palestine (al Maliki), and Israel (Erdan). Erdan speech, assigning the origin of Palestinians' natural proclivity for genocidal violence to NAZI ideology and the Israeli government's unilateral efforts to implement Res. 181 since 1929, is remarkably psychotic. I did note with interest that this time he did not wear a Gold Star over his breast pocket.

full recording The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question - Security Council, 9489th meeting, run time 04:13:44

by Cat on Wed Nov 29th, 2023 at 06:47:43 PM EST
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S/RES/2712, 2 pp text

UNSC presidency DECEMBER 2023: Ecuador

UK next holds the council hostage NOV 2024
US next holds the council hostage DEC 2024

by Cat on Wed Nov 29th, 2023 at 07:01:20 PM EST
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tabloid USAToday | Hamas says 3 hostages including 10-month-old child have died; truce nears end, 29 Nov
The last scheduled release of hostages held by the militants—10 ["]Israeli["] citizens and 2 [Israeli-]Russians —was underway Wednesday, Israel's military said. Once completed, Israel is expected to free 30 Palestinian women and minors from prison.

msn guardian | 16 [?] hostages released by Hamas; IDF looking into Hamas claim airstrike killed 10-month-old and family

10 Israelis and 4 Thais handed over after 2 women freed earlier in day; family of hostages said to have been killed say they hope claim will be refuted

Fourteen hostages, including 10 Israelis and 4 Thais, handed back to Israel by Hamas.

In total, 16 hostages were released today after 2 women with dual Israeli and Russian citizenship arrived in Israel earlier in the day...."According to the information provided by the Red Cross, 10 Israeli abductees and 4 abductees with Thai citizenship are on their way to Israel," Daniel Hagari [!], an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson, tweeted a few minutes ago.

According to a Qatari foreign ministry spokesperson, Majed al-Ansari, the Israeli hostages include 5 minors and 5 women. He added that those of dual nationality within the ["Israeli"] group are 1 Dutch minor, 3 Germans and 1 American. In exchange, the Palestinians to be released from Israeli prisons include 16 minors and 14 women, al-Ansari said.

(6 + 4) + 2 + 4 = 16 "hostages"
16 + 14 = 30 "prisoners"
by Cat on Wed Nov 29th, 2023 at 10:32:22 PM EST
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mfa.ir | Abdollahian Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the UNSC High-Level Meeting on the Implementation of Resolution 2217, 30 Nov
The text of Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahians speech was scheduled to be read out by the foreign minister at Wednesday's meeting of the United Nations Security Council but as the United States delayed in issuing visas for the Iranian delegation it was not possible for the delegation to attend the event. So the speech will be delivered by the representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran in New York for the United Nations' record.

Statement by Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the UNSC High-Level Meeting on the Implementation of Resolution 2217

New York-29 November 2023

by Cat on Thu Nov 30th, 2023 at 08:24:25 PM EST
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aljazeera | More Palestinian prisoners released, 20 Nov
• 30 Palestinian prisoners released from Israeli jails in seventh exchange of Gaza truce, after 8 Israeli captives freed throughout the day in Gaza.
• Egyptian and Qatari negotiators are pressing for a new two-day extension to the pause in fighting between Hamas and Israel.
* I counted D4 twice. oops.

@majedalansari: "The 2 Russian citizens released yesterday were counted on this list."

Haaretz: "hostages"
Palestine Chronicle: "prisoners"

by Cat on Fri Dec 1st, 2023 at 12:17:22 AM EST
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thehindu | Hamas 'willing to extend truce' in Gaza: source close to group, 30 Nov
Israel and Hamas have agreed to extend a temporary truce by another day minutes before it was set to expire, said Qatar, which has been mediating between the two sides.

The truce was set to expire Thursday morning. Negotiations on extending it came down to the wire, with last-minute disagreements over the hostages to be freed by Hamas in exchange for another day of a halt in fighting. The Qatari Foreign Ministry said the truce was being extended under the same terms as in the past, under which Hamas has released 10 Israeli hostages per day in exchange for 30 Palestinian prisoners.
Blinken calls for Gaza truce extension to '8th day and beyond'
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Thursday for a further extension to a truce that has paused fighting between Hamas and Israel in Gaza for seven days, as the hours ticked down to its expiry.

by Cat on Fri Dec 1st, 2023 at 12:42:02 AM EST
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wsj | Biden Says 'No Possibility' for a Cease-Fire Between Israel and Hamas (09.11.23)
 National Security Council spokesman John Kirby added that the administration "doesn't believe a cease-fire is appropriate at this time," noting its view that it would give Hamas an opportunity to regroup and would "legitimize what they did on October 7."
archive ratify Russian's conquest to date
by Cat on Thu Nov 9th, 2023 at 10:40:47 PM EST
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Netanyahu says Israel opposes Palestinian Authority in Gaza after war, 11 Nov
..."I will tell you what there will not be. There will not be Hamas," he said. "There will also not be a civil authority that educates its children to hate Israel, to kill Israelis, to eliminate the State of Israel. There cannot be an authority that pays the families of murderers amounts based on the number they murdered."

"There cannot be an authority whose leader still has not condemned the terrible massacre 30 days later," he continued, referring to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. "That cannot be."...

There you have it, "normalization" of MENA trade in multinational Islamist cyphers is complete.
Arab normalizers turn their cheek as 'another Hiroshima' unfolds in Gaza, 10 Nov  "symbol of peace"
...Despite this, MbS has not backtracked from his controversial statement about Riyadh's increasingly close ties to Israel's most right-wing government: "Every day we get closer." This was most recently confirmed by Saudi Minister of Investment Khalid bin Abdulaziz al-Falih, who said, "This matter [normalization] was on the table, and it is still on the table."

It is important to note, however, that the MbS interview was aired just two weeks before the 7 October Al-Aqsa Flood operation by the Palestinian resistance. Also interesting is that the crown prince's statement wasn't directed at Israel; it was in response to a question about the dangers of Iran acquiring a nuclear bomb....

Normalization with Israel 'still on the table': Saudi minister, 8 Nov "peace formula"
The Saudi Minister of Investment, Khalid bin Abdulaziz al-Falih, confirmed that the issue of normalizing relations between the kingdom and Israel is still on the table, but it is conditional on a peaceful solution to the Palestinian issue....
by Cat on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 04:25:47 AM EST
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Axel | Innocuous Headline, Deadly Maneuvers
"Today there is north Gaza and south Gaza," Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari told reporters, calling it a "significant stage" in Israel's war against the Hamas militant group. Israeli media reported that troops are expected to enter Gaza City within 48 hours. Strong explosions were seen in the northern Gaza Strip after nightfall. But the "new collapse in connectivity" across Gaza reported by internet access advocacy group NetBlocks.org and confirmed by Palestinian telecom company Paltel made it even more complicated to convey details of the new stage of the military offensive.
Airstrikes hit the Maghazi refugee camp overnight, killing at least 40 people and wounding 34 others, the Health Ministry said. The camp is in the zone where Israel's military had urged Palestinian civilians to seek refuge as it focuses its offensive on the north.
archive safe passage, KIRBY-content

RT | Protestors assault US air base in Türkiye

Police used tear gas and water cannons to break up a pro-Palestinian demonstration at Incirlik Air Base in Türkiye on Sunday. A convoy of protesters arrived at the American base earlier in the day in a show of anger against the US and Israel.
yahoo! reuters | Pro-Palestinian crowds try to storm US base in Turkey (05.11.23)
Incirlik, which has been used to support the international coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, also houses U.S. troops. IHH's protest called for Incirlik to be closed.
Cars and buses bearing Palestinian and Turkish flags left Istanbul on Friday en route to the base, which sits just outside the city of Adana near the Syrian border. The convoy was organized by the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), a Turkish NGO that called on its supporters to "surround" the base upon arrival.
dailysabah | Türkiye pressed Blinken for 'immediate' cease-fire in Gaza: Sources
Ankara and Washington agree on the need to prevent civilians from being harmed in Gaza, Turkish diplomatic sources said after [FM Hakan] Fidan and Blinken met to discuss the ongoing Israel-Palestine crisis
euronews | Blinken in Ankara: The US is trying to calm Turkey's anger over its support for Israel
Yesterday, protesters in support of Palestine tried to storm the Incirlik military base in Adana province, where the US military is stationed. The Turkish president has previously said that the West bears full responsibility for the "massacre" in Gaza.
Türkiye and the United States must work together for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, Fidan told Blinken during their closed-door meeting, sources said.
The top diplomats discussed "working toward durable lasting peace in the Middle East, as well as efforts to expand humanitarian efforts and prevent the Gaza conflict from spreading," Blinken told reporters from the airport. [...] Just as Blinken was speaking to reporters on the tarmac, President Erdoğan shared photos amid a circle of locals from the breezy highlands of the Black Sea region. Erdoğan has received foreign ministers of several countries during their visit to Türkiye to discuss the conflict, including the Iranian foreign minister [!] who was in Ankara last week. Blinken's mission, his second to the region since the war began, has found only tepid, if any, support for his efforts to contain the fallout from the conflict.
archive Later on Sunday, Cairo Peace Summit, Lavrov-Fidan presser
by Cat on Mon Nov 6th, 2023 at 02:29:06 PM EST
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Such bull$hit ... Biden and Blinken have nothing to offer, unwilling to offer and in no way can get to Bibi to budge for a ceasefire, nor humanitarian aid, nor any progress towards an independent state of Palestine ... the suffering under the boot of occupation has endured since 1967 ... the Palestinians have been harassed, their land stolen, olive groves and property damaged repeatedly ... settler terror for decades.

Lebanon refuses to follow Western war narrative ... Hezbollah is a resistance and social movement and is not considered a terror group.

Same for the Arab states and Hamas ... extremism and war crimes on both sides, civilians should not ever be targeted. Only the UAE and Egypt would be willing to work with Biden/Blinken.

Today a renewed call for the ICC to act and issue arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leadership for clear war crimes committed. America is complicit.

There is once again a ground swell of hatred, most likely in a more fertile Islamophobic society than post 9/11.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 6th, 2023 at 04:02:06 PM EST
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source unknown

Blinken makes surprise visit to Baghdad amid concerns of wider Middle East conflict

where he met with Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani
shafaq | The conflict in Gaza threatens Iraq's stability, progress in US-Iraq relations (22.10.23)
For example, Kataib Hezbollah's attacks against US forces in Iraq and Syria draw little support from the Iraqi people. However, US attempts to defend itself enable these militias to mobilize large protests when those defensive operations occur in Iraq. Still, Iraqi popular disinterest in what they view as an external conflict has provided something of an obstacle to escalation.
Blinken told reporters in Baghdad that he and al-Sudani had a "good, productive, candid meeting," where the two leaders discussed the safety of U.S. personnel in the region, along with a re-affirmation of the U.S.'s commitment to its partnership with Iraq.

"At the same time, it was very important to send a very clear message to anyone who might seek to take advantage of the conflict in Gaza to threaten our personnel here or anywhere else in the region—Don't do it," Blinken said. "I made very clear that the attacks, the threats coming from the militia that are aligned with Iran are totally unacceptable and we will take every necessary step to protect our people."

shafaq | Blinken, al-Sudani held talks on hindering forcible displacement of Gazans
The U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, on Sunday said that Palestinians should not be "forcibly displaced" outside Gaza, which has been under brutal Israeli bombing that left nearly ten thousand dead since October 7. Blinken, who paid an unannounced visit to Iraq earlier today, is on a tour in the Middle East amid growing tension after the eruption of a war between Israel and Hamas last month.
thecradle | Iraqis warn of western plan to move Gazans to Anbar desert (03.11.23)
The settlement of Palestinians in the Anbar desert, western Iraq, has become a topic of renewed discussion among Iraqis, thanks to the US-championed "Deal of the Century." As far back as February 2020, Iraqi MP al-Baldawi, the representative of the al-Fatah coalition in Iraq's parliament, was alleging: "The US is plotting to keep out Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units, or PMU) from the western provinces of Iraq, specially al-Anbar province, in a move to provide a proper ground for sheltering the Palestinians inside Iraq."
[...]Blinken, according to Miller, urged al-Sudani to hold accountable those responsible for the attacks on U.S. personnel in Iraq "and fulfill Iraq's commitments to protect all installations hosting U.S. personnel at the invitation of the Iraqi government."
state.gov | READOUT
state.gov | Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks to the Press
QUESTION:  Thanks very much for taking my question. Michael Birnbaum from The Washington Post. A question about each of your visits today.  Here in Iraq, I mean, what kind of steps did you talk about with the Iraqi prime minister, specific steps that they can take as a government to try to reduce the militia attacks and attempted attacks on U.S. forces here? And looking back at Ramallah, you've said that your—you have a view for the Palestinian Authority to have a potential governance role in Gaza. I wanted to ask what President Abbas's view was that—was of that today, and if he's in favor. Why do you think that's a great idea given the generally low view of the Palestinian Authority among Palestinians?
by Cat on Mon Nov 6th, 2023 at 12:12:19 AM EST
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dimsumdaily.hk | Jewish autonomous region in Russia's Far East offers refuge to Palestinian-Israeli conflict victims, 5 Nov
The Governor of the Jewish Autonomous Region (JAR) in Russia's Far East, Rostislav Goldstein, announced on Sunday that the region is prepared to receive refugees from both sides of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Governor Goldstein emphasized the importance of every life and expressed the region's willingness to provide support to those seeking peace.

In a statement shared on Telegram, Governor Goldstein said, "We are ready to welcome those who come in peace to the Jewish Autonomous Region. Refugees from both sides of the conflict can avail themselves of the various support measures available. Whoever is in need of assistance will find shelter in the Jewish Autonomous Region."

lazerhorse.org | Jewish Autonomous Oblast (22.12.14)
In 1934, as part of Stalin's nationality policy, Russia provided the Jewish population with their very own self-governed Oblast (the equivalent of the UK's counties). The idea was to keep Yiddish culture alive, protected and, of course, slightly modified to suit Soviet intentions. According to the 1939 census 17,695 Jewish folks moved to the region. The JAO's Jewish population has slowly declined over the years but the majority of road names are still written in Yiddish and named after famous Jewish writers....
NPR | 'Sad And Absurd': The U.S.S.R.'s Disastrous Effort To Create A Jewish Homeland, 7 Sep 2016
Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen discusses the Soviet effort, in 1929, to create an autonomous Jewish state in the country's far eastern region. Gessen is the author of Where The Jews Aren't.
blogs.LOC | Go East, Young Jew, Go East, 23 Sep 2020, illustrated
(The title of this post is a satirical improvisation on a quote attributed to Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, when expressing his views towards the westward expansion of the United States.)

Somewhere between China's Heilongjiang Province (Manchuria) and the Russian Far East, nestled in a southern crook of Siberia's Amur River, lies a swampy, unassuming patch of land. Until the second half of the nineteenth century, Cossacks, settled there under the tsars, called it home, as did handfuls of Koreans, Kazakhs, and Tungus.

by Cat on Mon Nov 6th, 2023 at 03:05:06 PM EST
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Iraq with a clear Shia majority will always have close relations with Iran.

The U.S. occupation forces should get out. Bully diplomacy has no future in the ME region.

Atrocities of 2003 invasion and occupation will a,ways be remembered.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 6th, 2023 at 04:09:43 PM EST
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hankyoreh | Exporters of tragedy to the Middle East (03.11.23)
Countries and peoples who feel historical or moral responsibility for this tragedy shouldn't behave as they are right now. The US has pledged to give weapons to Israel as it attacks the Gaza Strip and to give food aid to the Palestinians living there. What sort of strange offer is that? Is the US trying to reassure Palestinians that while they may be killed, they'll be killed on a full belly? There are no easy answers here, but the time has come for a proactive effort so that both sides can live together in peace.
by Cat on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 02:02:03 AM EST
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reuters | US Senate Democrats block Republican [bill] to aid Israel, not Ukraine, 7 Nov
...The House bill would provide $14.3 billion for Israel as it responds to a deadly Oct. 7 attack by Islamist Hamas militants, but also cut the same amount of money from the IRS. The funds would include $4 billion for procurement of Israel's Iron Dome and David's Sling defense systems to counter short-range rocket threats as well as some transfers of equipment from U.S. stocks.
"Our allies in Ukraine can no more afford a delay than our allies in Israel," said Senator Patty Murray, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee....
by Cat on Wed Nov 8th, 2023 at 01:35:37 PM EST
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House passes two-tiered stopgap bill to avert shutdown, 14 Nov crisis indefinitely averted
Johnson's continuing resolution faced serious opposition from members of the House Freedom Caucus and their allies, and 93 Republicans ended up voting against the bill. But all but two Democrats backed it, pushing the final tally to 336-95 and meeting the two-thirds standard needed to pass bills under suspension of the rules.
MoM supplemental appropriations technology
"A so-called laddered bill makes it harder to reach a final agreement... it doubles the likelihood of future shutdowns," DeLauro said. "At a time of global crisis, we should promote stability, and not chaos."
consolidated FY2024 budget on or about FYE 2024
After the Senate passes the legislation, both chambers will turn their attention back to their own fiscal 2024 appropriations processes. The House has passed seven of its twelve appropriations bills, and it's unclear if the chamber can pass any of the remaining five. The Senate has passed three of its twelve spending bills amendments—Agriculture, Military Construction-VA and Transportation-HUD; all three were inserted into the House-passed Military Construction-VA bill as a substitute amendment. Appropriators < wipes tears > are now considering whether they will try to pass the rest of the bunch as ONE BIG nine-bill combo [FYE 30 Sep 2024], or continue to try to move smaller appropriations packages.
FED interest rate pause over QoQ diminutive, positive inflation rate story developing
(ex food, fuel, shelter)
by Cat on Wed Nov 15th, 2023 at 03:42:22 PM EST
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state.gov | Joint Statement on the Fifth Annual India-U.S. 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue
...The Ministers noted the substantial progress in transforming U.S.-India relations across domains, based on trust and mutual understanding.  Building upon the June 2023 and September 2023 visits of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and President Joseph Biden, the Ministers reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership in ensuring international peace and security.  The Ministers also underlined their strong commitment to safeguarding a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific through mechanisms like the Quad.

As natural and trusted partners with a shared commitment to advance democracy, human rights, and pluralism, and growing convergence of strategic interests, the United States and India reaffirmed their resolve to promote a resilient, rules-based international order with respect for international law, including the UN Charter, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to ensure peace and prosperity for all.
Noting horrific terrorist attacks against Israel, the Ministers reiterated that the United States and India stand with Israel against terrorism and called for adherence to international humanitarian law, including with regard to the protection of civilians.  They called for the immediate release of all remaining hostages.  The Ministers committed to continue coordinating with partners in the region on humanitarian assistance to meet the urgent needs of Palestinian civilians in Gaza.  They expressed support for humanitarian pauses and committed to continue close diplomatic coordination, including with key partners in the region, to prevent the conflict from spreading, preserve stability in the Middle East, and work toward a political solution and durable peace.

Strengthening the Major Defense Partnership

The Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to further deepen the multifaceted defense partnership through wide-ranging dialogues and military exercises of increasing complexity and sophistication, accelerated joint projects initiated under the June 2023 Roadmap for U.S.-India Defense Industrial Cooperation and expanded collaboration in emerging domains, such as space and artificial intelligence.  They expressed satisfaction with the pace of cooperation in Maritime Domain Awareness and looked forward to identifying pathways to promote stronger service-to-service ties and share technologies to address an array of maritime challenges, including in the undersea domain.

punchline: India, US are on pathway to contain China
by Cat on Mon Nov 13th, 2023 at 10:23:15 PM EST
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K.C. Singh | India's challenges amidst shifting global equations | Deccan Chronicle |

Their joint statement notes "substantial progress" in transforming relations across multiple domains. Significantly, they met soon after the June 2023 state visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US and President Joe Biden's visit to India in September for the G-20 summit. Thus, the meeting mainly reviewed implementation of earlier decisions rather than new themes.

Additionally, the Israel-Hamas hostilities, which started on October 7, presented a new geopolitical context which needed appraisal. Bilaterally, the focus was more on consolidating defence cooperation. A roadmap was discussed for strengthening India's capabilities, enhancing indigenous defence production, facilitating technology sharing and promoting supply chain resilience.

INDUS-X is envisioned to accelerate mutual collaboration of the defence eco-systems of the two nations. In simple language, it is to enable a public sector-dependent India to work with a private sector-dominated American defence industry. In the past, India and the Soviet Union, and Russia after its collapse, had easy systemic match due to state-to-state dealings.

Due to the recent two earlier summit-level meetings, implementation was still incomplete on India acquiring MQ-9B high altitude long-endurance drones and establishing the manufacturing of GE's F-414 jet fighter engines for India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).

It was noted with satisfaction that bilateral trade this year could cross $200 billion. But the global economic environment being gloomy, especially with two wars raging in Ukraine and Gaza, the joint statement does not reveal what impact the two sides expect on their trade and economic cooperation.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 13th, 2023 at 11:26:05 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 13th, 2023 at 11:30:27 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Nov 19th, 2023 at 12:32:49 AM EST
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• The Don Cheeto (R)
• Nikki Two-Tones (R)
• Perry WUT? (R)
• not that Scott, the other one (R)
• Asa (R)
• dont-say-de-Santis (R)
• Dakato Doug Tech (R)
• Texass Hurd (R)
• Vivek WHO? (R)
• Pilgrim Pence (J)
Christie Kreme Do'nuts (R)
will have the resources necessary to seize the opportunity when it arrives," reads a new 38-slide presentation laying out Christie's plan to stay in the race and aim to gain steam as the field narrows.
• Marianne (D)
• RFK, Jr (I)
Rt Rev Dr Cornel West (I)
announces Resignation of Campaign Manager Peter "Orange Satan" Daou, Citing Health Reasons
• Phil The Builder (D)
by Cat on Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 06:42:08 PM EST
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Axelrod suggests Biden drop out of 2024 presidential race, 5 Nov
...Arguing Biden is "justly proud of his accomplishments," Axelrod said Biden's poll numbers will "send tremors of doubt" through the Democratic Party. "Not 'bed-wetting,'" but legitimate concern, Axelrod wrote....
by Cat on Sun Nov 5th, 2023 at 09:12:32 PM EST
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Axel | Axelrod on Biden: I didn't tell him to drop out, 8 Nov
"It's overreacting to say I told him to drop out," said the political architect of former President Barack Obama's victories [and Clinton scandals]. "I didn't do that."
by Cat on Wed Nov 8th, 2023 at 08:02:45 PM EST
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wut: Manchin's retirement a buzzkill for Senate Democrats' 2024 hopes
by Cat on Fri Nov 10th, 2023 at 06:24:58 PM EST
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State and municipal elections November 7, 2023
• state exec offices': 2
• state supreme court: 1
• state legislature: 8
• state ballot Qs: 8
• local ballot Qs: 21
• exec and/or council seats: 29 counties and 77 cities

AFAICT, Axel press and CNN want to whip results into a national "referendum" of POTUS approval and "Democratic Party momentum".

by Cat on Wed Nov 8th, 2023 at 08:43:00 PM EST
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Vivek WHO? (R)
went after Haley—and seemingly also Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis—as part of a broader attack on the "neocon" establishment, asking the audience if they "want Dick Cheney in 3-inch heels."
Nikki Two-Tones (R)
shot back a few minutes later, saying she can run in her "five-inch" heels that also serve as ammunition.
by Cat on Thu Nov 9th, 2023 at 04:20:18 PM EST
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NEW! the-other-Jill (G)
will again seek the Green Party's nomination in the 2024 presidential election. She said in a video she shared on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, that "the political system is broken" calling Democrats and Republicans "bought and paid for."
by Cat on Thu Nov 9th, 2023 at 10:09:00 PM EST
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not that Scott, the other one (R)
announced on Sunday that he is suspending his presidential campaign. The South Carolina Republican senator made the announcement in a televised interview on Fox News with his longtime friend Trey Gowdy. The news came as a shock to his own staff.
by Cat on Mon Nov 13th, 2023 at 04:43:25 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 05:46:07 PM EST

euronews | What is 'WHITE HYDROGEN'? The pros and cons of Europe's latest clean energy source

What is white hydrogen?
Hydrogen is the most abundant chemical element on Earth and occurs naturally in everything from water to plants. Until recently, however, significant quantities of hydrogen gas in its pure form were not thought to be present within the earth.

An accidental discovery was made in Mali in 2012. A borehole drilled for a well decades earlier was found to be emitting almost pure natural hydrogen. Since then, geologists have increasingly been experimenting with extracting supplies of this natural gas—thought to form through water-mineral reactions—from beneath the earth's surface.

Unlike fossil fuel stores, which take millions of years to form, natural or 'white' hydrogen is continuously replenished. It isn't yet clear exactly how white hydrogen deposits form, and whether they are commercially exploitable.

White hydrogen costs just €0.50 per kilogram!
What are the problems with hydrogen energy?
White hydrogen may not be a silver bullet for the energy crisis, however. Some scientists say the lack of data on hydrogen leaks and the potential harm they could cause is an issue for the emerging industry.

If hydrogen seeps into the atmosphere, it can reduce the concentration of molecules that destroy the greenhouse gases there, counteracting its environmental benefits. With a lack of technology to monitor hydrogen leaks, this could be a major blind spot.
Although most natural hydrogen is likely to be found in unreachable offshore locations, deposits have been discovered in Australia, eastern Europe, France, Oman, Spain, and the US as well as in Mali, West Africa.
Leaks aren't the only concern when transporting hydrogen, though. It takes up a lot of space in gas form and requires a temperature of -253°C to be liquified, which could be prohibitively expensive. There is also a lack of pipelines and distribution systems for hydrogen. The fossil fuel industry hopes that it could eventually move through existing infrastructure, such as gas pipelines. However, scientists say that hydrogen can corrode metal pipes and lead to cracking.

by Cat on Sun Nov 5th, 2023 at 09:01:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Nov 7th, 2023 at 03:17:38 AM EST
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DPW Launches Textile Recycling Partnership, 21 Sep

Blue Bins Available at Residential Drop-off Centers to Collect  Unwanted Clothes, Textile Items
Today, the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) announced that residents can now bring used clothing, shoes, sheets, and other textiles to any of DPW's five Residential Drop-off Centers, where large blue collection bins will be available.

"This new recycling opportunity will help reduce textile waste, which is one of our fastest growing waste streams. In addition, this effort increases recycling options for residents and diverts material from the City's landfill," said Interim DPW Director Richard J. Luna.

DPW has partnered with HELPSY, through an agreement with the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority (NMWDA), to install the blue bins to collect textiles at each of DPW's Residential Drop-off centers. HELPSY is a clothing collection company and a Certified B Corporation with an environmental goal to extend the useful life of clothing. HELPSY partners with municipalities and organizations across 11 states to collect unwanted clothing while giving back to the communities they serve.

Items placed in the blue bins that are suitable for reuse will be sorted and distributed to thrift partners in North America and around the world. Items not suitable for reuse will be recycled into new materials or products such as insulation or industrial wiper rags.

by Cat on Tue Nov 7th, 2023 at 07:26:41 PM EST
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Best Way to Extinguish a Flaming Electric Vehicle? Let It Burn, 8 Nov 45K gal. water per EV
It isn't clear how frequently EV fires take place, but as the cars become a larger part of the American fleet global sales, some fire departments see them as a growing nuisance. Firefighters in Florida's North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District responded to six last year after a storm surge brought by Hurricane Ian caused saltwater to get into EV battery compartments, which can cause short-circuits.

There are more than 170,000 vehicle fires in the U.S. each year, but the National Fire Protection Association, which uses federal data to track the fires, doesn't break them out by power source.
First responders are still trying to figure out how to deal with EV fires. "When we look at how much money is going into battery plants, into the EV transition, there hasn't been that [Inflation Reduction Act] carve-out to prepare the fire service," said Michael O'Brian, fire chief of Michigan's Brighton Area Fire Authority and chair of the International Association of Fire Chiefs' battery committee.

by Cat on Tue Nov 14th, 2023 at 09:35:43 PM EST
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APsplainin, Finance [industry] may be junked from EU climate law, leaked memo shows. Critics say it could be unenforceable, 14 Nov blue screen
A flagship EU law intended to push European companies toward net zero faces being seriously weakened by member states, a confidential document passed to The Associated Press reveals, with firms seemingly no longer forced to implement Paris Agreement goals.

The [proposal for a] Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive [press release] was designed to make companies eliminate environmental and human rights violations throughout all areas of their business. The legislation was meant to ensure firms' operations were aligned with a global rise in temperatures of no more than [!] 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit). But a Nov. 9 briefing obtained by The AP details a watered-down proposal that would drop the entire financial sector from the initial law.

Is a "directive" a judiciable fact, if a state legislature neither enacts nor enforces it?
When it was unveiled, environmentalists hailed the law. But there's currently a stand-off on the final text between the European Parliament, which wants tough legislation, and the Council of the European Union European Council, formed of ministers [sic] from all 27 member countries.
What are the benefits of these new rules?
For citizens eNtITiEs ...
For companies eNtITiEs ....
For developing countries [eNtITiEs?]
• Better protection of human rights and the environment.
• Increased stakeholder [eNtITiE?] awareness on key sustainability issues.
• Sustainable investment.
• Improved sustainability-related practices.
• Increased take-up of international standards.
• Improved living conditions for people [eNtITiEs?].
Spain currently holds the [European] council's presidency, and is trying to get all the member states to agree on their desired version of the law. Its attempt at breaking the impasse was set out in the confidential briefing.
Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on Corporate Sustainability Constant eNtITiE Due Diligence and amending Directive (EU) 2019/1937, 23 Feb 2022
1 final doc 70 pp w/ "EEA relevance", 1 annex 7 pp, 5 regulatory documents; final doc excerpts—
In the last years, emerging legal frameworks on corporate due diligence in Member States9 reflect the increasing desire to support companies in their endeavour to perform due diligence in their value chains and foster business conduct that respects human rights, children's rights and the environment. On the other hand, they also bring fragmentation and risk undermining legal certainty and a level playing field for companies in the single market.
(1) The Union is founded on the respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights as enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Those core values that have inspired the Union's own creation, as well as the universality [!] and indivisibility [LOL] of human rights, and respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and international law, should guide the Union's action on the international scene. Such action includes fostering the sustainable economic, social, and environmental development of developing countries.
excluding Palestine, for example
In order to allow companies to fulfil that obligation, Member States should provide for the availability of an option to terminate the business relationship in contracts governed by their laws. It is possible that prevention of adverse impacts at the level of indirect business relationships requires collaboration with another company, for example a company which has a direct contractual relationship with the supplier. In some instances, such collaboration could be the only realistic way of preventing adverse impacts, in particular, where the indirect business relationship is not ready to enter into a contract with the company. In these instances, the company should collaborate with the entity which can most effectively prevent or mitigate adverse impacts at the level of the indirect business relationship while respecting competition law.
(notwithstanding deviations btw EUCFR, UN Charter articles, and UNGA Declaration of Human Rights, a selection of undefined bold face terms in the text body and footnote references, eg. 79 OCHCR, "Protect, Respect, and Remedy' Framework" (2011), Ch.1  state duties, business enterprise, and third-parties—mcs)
archive We are the keepers, file in How to code/contradictions in NPI Systems Design 2022
by Cat on Tue Nov 14th, 2023 at 04:44:45 PM EST
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ENNHRI Statement in the Context of the EU Trilogue Concerning the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive

Civil liability, administrative supervision and remedy: The CSDD Directive should provide for civil liability for all harms which occur as a result of due diligence failures and address hurdles rightsholders commonly face when seeking redress, including legal standing, access to information, evidence barriers, legal costs, the length of proceedings, and limitation periods. Supervisory authorities should have broad powers to enforce the CSDD Directive, complementary to judicial review. The Directive should emphasise the need for companies to remediate and clarify that remediation can take different forms.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 14th, 2023 at 07:09:31 PM EST
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actionism has entered the room.

COP28 30 Nov - 12 Dec, Dubai (AE) zones (2), themes (23), sponsors (9), and
partners: 200, of which 12 states

treaties.un | CHAPTER XXVII. Environment | 7. d Paris Agreement
Signatories: 198. Parties: 195. Accessions: 3; Declarations

unfccc.int | Paris Agreement, full text (12.12.15)
languages: AR, CN, EN, FR, ES, RU
effective date, 4 Nov 2016

unfccc.int | Climate Finance, Paris Agreement Art.9 brief
unfccc.int | Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Paris Agreement Art. 4 brief

archive Loss & Damage Deal Book Summit 2023, COP27 Budget, World POWs COP27

by Cat on Mon Nov 20th, 2023 at 12:24:16 PM EST
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businesslive.za | G20-led summit in Berlin aims to bolster investment in Africa, 19 Nov
... [Opportunities] include Africa's potential for renewable energy production, in particular green hydrogen, that could help its northern neighbour's transition to a carbon neutral economy. The stability and prosperity of the continent is also seen as key to reducing illegal migration.
"We will not make a common declaration, we do not want to force our African partners into a tight corset," a German government official said on Friday. "Instead, we want concrete results."

German government officials say Africa can play a key role in helping Germany better diversify its supply chains, secure skilled labour, reduce illegal migration and achieve its green transition.

DW | Berlin summit aims to boost investment in Africa, 19 Nov

...German Vice-Chancellor and Economy Minister Robert Habeck will also attend Monday's summit, along with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, French President Emmanuel Macron, ten African heads of state and government, and more than 30 ministers from across the continent.
archive BRICS XV Business Forum, EU-AfCFTA, 'Wrenching Politics' of Superpower States
[Ghanaian analyst Emmanuel] Bendah is also eyeing the long-delayed African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement that aims to create a single unified market for the continent's 1.3 billion people and to boost economic development. XN Iraki, an associate professor at the University of Nairobi specializing in economic growth, said that it is still too early to take stock of the CwA.

"Compact with Africa was a great idea but six years is too short a time to see the effects," Iraki told DW. Although CwA should attract investors from the G20 countries, the fundamentals on the ground are not necessarily favorable for private investment, Iraki added....

the-star.ke | Kenya, Germany to escalate co-operation in green investments, 20 Nov
... The agreement is a buildup on the outcomes of the Africa Climate Summit held in Nairobi in early September in which Germany was one of the central players.
archive September 2023 African Climate Summit
The two leaders also spoke about ongoing talks on labour relations where the sourcing of jobs for Kenyans is expected to be concluded next year. While speaking on Sunday in Bomet County, Ruto said Chancellor Scholz committed to providing employment opportunities for 200,000 Kenyans during his visit to Kenya in May. These he said would incorporate skilled and semi-skilled workers to address Germany's significant labour needs....

AP | Germany pledges to invest 4 billion euros in green energy projects in Africa, 20 Nov

...Scholz discussed the pledge at a news conference on the G20 Compact with Africa summit taking place in Berlin. He did not mention any specific projects but said the materials used in green energy should be processed in the African nations they come from....
CWA (FTA 2017): BF, BJ, CD, CI, EG, ET, GH, GN, MA, RW, SG, TG, TN, AO*, CM*, KE*, MU*, NG*, ZA*, ZM*; AfDB, G20, IMF, WB
Compact Monitoring Report, Nov 2023, 120 pp
by Cat on Mon Nov 20th, 2023 at 09:09:57 PM EST
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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on November 28, 2023
China News Service: We noted that construction of the Al Dhafra PV2 Solar Power Plant in the UAE, contracted by a Chinese company, fully completed recently. The UAE side noted that this is of great significance as the country is about to host the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28). Do you have any comment?
Wang Wenbin: The Al Dhafra PV2 Solar Power Plant is the world's largest single PV project and an important project of Belt and Road cooperation in the area of green energy. According to reports, the plant can supply power for 200,000 households, reduce 2.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions per year, and raise the ratio of clean energy in the UAE's overall energy structure to over 13 percent. Rows of PV components have formed an "energy oasis" in Abu Dhabi's desert.[...]
supply chain strategic autonomy security de-risking
Reuters: The New York Times reported that the CIA and other American spy agencies have issued warnings about an Emirati firm G42 working with large Chinese companies including Huawei that US officials consider as security threats. US officials are also worried that the advanced American technology could be siphoned to Chinese companies or the government via this Emirati firm. The report also says that the US has even pointed to the prospect of sanctioning this Emirati firm. Our question is: Has the Emirati firm G42 raised these matters with China? Has any of the Chinese firms also brought this to the government's attention? How does China respond to this report?
Wang Wenbin: I'm not aware of the specifics you mentioned. I would like to stress that the US has sabotaged cooperation between Chinese companies and other countries on multiple occasions under hypothetical pretexts, which is economic coercion. When asked by relevant countries to provide credible proof for the so-called "security threat", the US has been stammering around or giving ambiguous answers.  

China always opposes the US overstretching the concept of national security, politicizing and weaponizing economic and trade issues or approaching them from an untenable security angle, and obstructing normal investment activities in the industrial community and private sectors. Such moves by the US undermine international economic order and trade rules and threaten the stability of global industrial and supply chains. Those attempts find little support and will not get anywhere.

oilprice.com transition action plan ALERTS w/o 26 Nov
China Allows Export Of Small Amounts Of Critical Minerals, NDC accountability
After a two-month hiatus [sic], China has now resumed export of the minerals, albeit half-heartedly. Chinese traders looking to export germanium and gallium are now required to apply for licenses from the government and also provide information on the identity of their customers and how the minerals are used. Chinese traders exported small quantities of germanium and gallium in October after exporting almost nothing in the preceding two months.
Nordic Countries Could Be The Answer

The U.S.' unenviable position of utter dependence on China's rare earth minerals is in full glare now. China accounted for 70% of world mine production of rare earths in 2022, with the U.S. importing nearly three quarters of its rare earth supply from the Middle Kingdom. That leaves the country in a particularly precarious position as has become abundantly clear.

Luckily for the country and its western allies, there's a way out. The Nordic countries, particularly Greenland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland, are rich in cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, and a variety of rare earth elements (REEs) which remain largely unexploited.

Europe Looks To Reduce Risks from Chinese Dependence [?] in Offshore Wind, Los Niños migration
Over the past year, the EU has been looking to keep domestic manufacturing in the green energy supply chain but is currently failing as low-cost Chinese products and the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act [!] could take away Europe's competitiveness. The WindEurope association, for example, said in September that unless the EU changes its policies, it could lose European manufacturing.  

"And the struggles of the European wind supply chain mean Chinese turbine manufacturers are now starting to win orders here. They offer cheaper turbines, looser standards, and unconventional financial terms," WindEurope said. "There is a very real risk that the expansion of wind energy [sic] will be made in China, not in Europe."

by Cat on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 05:36:54 PM EST
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euractiv | How Europe can unlock the huge potential of 'batteries on wheels' (28.11.23)
A market failure is preventing EV owners from using their cars' batteries to power their homes and back up local grids. The EU should give drivers a right to bidirectional charging, and chart a path to making Europe a leader in this exciting technology. Images of Ford's electric pick-up truck powering American homes have gone around the world. People found it novel and exciting to see a car keep the lights on when electric grids went down. I'm not a fan of pick-up trucks but I do love the way Ford sold the dream of a battery on wheels powering our homes. The idea has been around for at least a decade. The real shock is we have made so little progress on making it a reality.
motortrend | How the Ford F-150 Lightning Can Power Your Whole House, 22 May 2022
...With the F-150 Lightning EV, Ford's gone a step further. Not only does the Lightning include the 2.4-kW system and eight outlets, but an optional 9.6-kW system ups the count to 11 120-volt outlets and a 240-volt outlet. With between 98 kWh and 131 kWh of power stored in a fully charged battery pack, it's like having seven to nine Tesla Powerwall home batteries sitting in your garage.
The Charge Station Pro, when paired with a Home Integration System sold separately by partner and rooftop solar supplier Sunrun ($3,895), cannot only charge the truck but also draw power from the pickup through the same charging cable. No extension cords needed. The Charge Station Pro comes standard on every Lightning equipped with the extended-range battery and is optional on models with the standard battery.
Ford estimates a 30-amp charger would need 15 hours to fully charge a standard-range battery and 20 hours for an extended-range battery. The 80-amp Charge Station Pro knocks that down to 10 hours for the standard-range battery and just eight hours for the extended-range battery. If you really want to go all in, Sunrun will offer additional home backup batteries for when your truck isn't plugged in. The company will also sell you a rooftop solar power system, which can help power your home, charge your home backup batteries, and charge your truck.
reuters | Britain hopes to attract investment from Chinese carmakers (27.11.23)
Britain's investment minister on Monday said he was working to attract Chinese car manufacturers to build a factory in the country and that investment from China was crucial to meeting environmental targets.

"Chinese investment is crucial if we're to achieve our net zero goals. I welcome strong business collaboration between the UK and China when it comes to investing in each other's countries," British investment minister DominicJohnson told reporters, adding he would rather Chinese cars were made in Britain than imported.

usnews | Here's How the Ford F-150 Lightning Can Power Your Home, 18 Apr 2022
...The least expensive F-150 that supports Intelligent Backup Power is the XLT, which is a step up from the base model. It starts at $52,974, though that's with the standard-range battery pack. Ford says owners of a Lightning with the standard battery can get the feature, though they'll have to purchase the Charge Station Pro ($1,310) and pay to have the system activated. The automaker hasn't yet provided details about the cost of activation.

If you choose an F-150 Lightning with the extended-range battery pack, the Intelligent Backup Power system comes standard, and Ford will activate it free of charge at delivery. Ford's Charge Station Pro is also included with extended-range models, since you can't use the feature without it. The XLT with the extended-range battery pack has an MSRP of $72,474.
Once installed, the charging station is connected to your home's electrical panel with the Home Integration System that you'll have to purchase from Sunrun. The system allows bi-directional power flow—meaning it can direct the power flow into or out of the battery—which is necessary for Intelligent Backup Power. The Home Integration system includes the necessary inverter, transfer switch and a battery to keep the system active during a power outage. Pricing for the system hasn't yet been disclosed....

by Cat on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:42:56 PM EST
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telesur | COP28 Creates Fund to Compensate Climate-Affected Countries, 30 Nov
On Thursday, the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) decided to launch the "Loss and Damage" Fund, which will compensate the countries most vulnerable to climate change for the impacts of global warming.

The United Arab Emirates [.AE], Germany [.DE], the United Kingdom [.UK], the United States [.US], and Japan committed to finance this fund, which incorporated the details of the proposal developed by the United Nations Loss and Damage Transitional Committee.

Transitional Committee
COP 27 and CMA 4 established new funding arrangements and a fund for assisting developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, in responding to loss and damage. The fund includes a focus on addressing loss and damage....
on Loss and Damage Makes Progress at third Meeting (08.09.23)
on the operationalization of the funding arrangements and new fund for responding to loss and damage resulting from climate change held its third meeting from 29 August to 1 September in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. [...] Addressing the gathering, the President-designate of this year's UN Climate Change Conference COP28, and UAE's Special Envoy for Climate Change, H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber called on participants to continue to be creative in identifying funding sources and defining the funding arrangements to ensure that funds are adequate and distributed efficiently.

"It is one thing to have a well-structured fund, but will only be fully operational if it is actually funded (....) COP28 in Dubai at the end of the year is the place to deliver and operationalize the fund and funding arrangements for loss and damage," he said. [...] Despite the progress made at the third meeting of the Transitional Committee, a lot of work remains ahead of the fourth and final meeting (TC4) from 17 to 20 October in Aswan, Egypt. This includes resolving the big-picture issues as well as a number of details.

Proposal by the Co-chairs of the Transitional Committee on the Fund and the Funding Arrangements, Rev.1 (20.10.23)
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"The speed at which we have done it has also been unique, phenomenal, and historic," said COP28 President Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, referring to the approval of the Lost and Damage fund, which will be temporarily housed at the World Bank for at least four years.

However, this suggestion was opposed by some representatives of Global south countries and civil society groups, who demanded that the fund be independent of the World Bank because they distrust this institution.
On the first day of COP28, the countries formally adopted the decision that makes the fund operational, which also comes with the first official commitments of contributions from some states considered the major historical culprits of the climate crisis.

The United Arab Emirates and Germany are expected to each contribute US$100 million to the new fund. Japan [.JP] will capitalize the fund with US$10 million. Besides contributing US$17.5 million to the fund, the U.S. [state.gov] promised to donate US$4.5 million to the Pacific Resilience Mechanism and US$2.5 million to the Santiago network for its launch, according to John Kerry, the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.

archive AUKUS/IPEF update: pivot to Paris Accord
by Cat on Fri Dec 1st, 2023 at 04:58:18 PM EST
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Mercosur collection of ALARM spanning the globe
by Cat on Sun Nov 5th, 2023 at 09:15:55 PM EST
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telesur | Tourism Industry Emissions Are Still Significant Worldwide
The primary culprits for greenhouse gas emissions within the sector are transport (40%) and electricity consumption (20%).

The travel and tourism industry, while experiencing a steady growth of 4.3 percent in gross domestic product annually, is facing a concerning challenge as greenhouse gas emissions within the sector continue to rise at a rate of 2.5 percent each year.

bicycle tune-up
GTF Annual Meeting 2023, Brussels, BE: 28 Nov sponsors, brochure, registration
by Cat on Sun Nov 5th, 2023 at 09:30:39 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 05:46:33 PM EST
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on November 3, 2023
The sixth China International Import Expo (CIIE) will be held in Shanghai from November 5 to 10. At the invitation of Premier of the State Council Li Qiang, foreign leaders including Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese, Prime Minister of Cuba Manuel Marrero Cruz, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov, and Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabic will attend the opening ceremony of the CIIE and relevant events.

At the invitation of Premier of the State Council Li Qiang, Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese will pay an official visit to China from November 4 to 7.

From November 7 to 11, Vice President Han Zheng will attend the sixth Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore and visit Singapore and Malaysia at the invitation of the hosts.
The following question was raised after the press conference: China just announced that Tánaiste, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence of Ireland Micheál Martin will visit China. How does China view the current state of China-Ireland relations? What's China's expectation for this visit?
Wang Wenbin: China and Ireland are strategic partners for mutually beneficial cooperation and China-Ireland relationship is an integral part of China-EU relations. The relationship between our two countries is advancing steadily, maintaining high-level exchanges and interactions and deepening cooperation in such fields as business, trade and investment, green development and people-to-people exchanges. China stands ready to work with Ireland to take this visit as an opportunity to enhance dialogue and communication, cement political mutual trust, boost mutually beneficial cooperation and advance the sound and steady growth of relations with Ireland and with the EU.

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by Cat on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 09:13:28 PM EST
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A wall or a road? A remote sensing-based investigation of fortifications on Rome's eastern frontier
In his aerial survey, Poidebard (Reference Poidebard 1934) set out to search for evidence of Roman-period fortifications along the eastern frontier of the empire. He focused on a route stretching from Borsa on the Jordanian border, north through Palmyra and Raqqa, south-east along the Euphrates River to its confluence with the Khabur, then north again to Nisibis on the modern-day Turkish border, ending at the Tigris River (Figure 2). During the reigns of Septimius Severus (AD 145-211) and Diocletian (AD 284-305), the Roman Empire made massive investments in military and transport infrastructure along its eastern border (Oates Reference Oates1968), and Poidebard's survey followed a road built under Diocletian, the strata Diocletiana. Poidebard recorded hundreds of fortified military buildings, including some of the best-known Roman forts in the region (Figure 3). He photographed all of these forts from the air and investigated many on the ground as well, conducting soundings at several of them and larger-scale excavations at the castellum at Tell Brak, Syria (Figure 4). Based on this evidence, Poidebard (Reference Poidebard1934) argued that the forts were mostly constructed during the second and third centuries AD, essentially functioning as a wall to fortify the eastern Roman provinces against incursions by Arab[ic speaking] nomads or Persian armies.
by Cat on Sat Nov 4th, 2023 at 09:44:35 PM EST
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the pause concept has entered the room.
by Cat on Tue Nov 7th, 2023 at 02:30:20 PM EST
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#Joe will lead as we decided on the Ukraine ... form a single line to the rear ... No squabbles and be patient we'll soon write the narrative

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 7th, 2023 at 04:28:53 PM EST
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Israel agrees to daily four-hour pauses in Gaza assault, White House says
...U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the Israelis had committed to announcing each four-hour window at least three hours in advance starting Thursday. Israel also was opening a second corridor for civilians to flee the areas being pounded by Israel's military campaign...
by Cat on Fri Nov 10th, 2023 at 01:46:36 PM EST
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voiceofeurope | Italy will send a military hospital ship to the Middle East to assist the wounded from Gaza, 8 Nov
...The Italian ship, Vulcano, is equipped with hospital wards and operating rooms. Currently, the ship is in the port of Civitavecchia, near Rome, and it will be stationed "close to the conflict zone" in the Middle East. The ship will have a crew of 170 members, including medical personnel and rescuers. Another thirty will be flown to the region. In addition to the ship, Italy will also send a field hospital to Gaza to provide aid to the injured....
dailysabah | Türkiye sends ship full of medical humanitarian aid to Gaza, 10 Nov
...After the loading was completed, the ship left port early Friday to head to Al Arish, Egypt, close to Egypt's Rafah border crossing into the embattled enclave. It's expected to arrive at Al Arish by Saturday. Nearly 500 tons of aid equipment, including medicine, medical devices, eight field hospitals, 20 ambulances and medical consumables, will be delivered to the Gaza Strip through Egypt as announced by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Thursday....
by Cat on Fri Nov 10th, 2023 at 05:32:40 PM EST
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trypophobia has entered the room.
by Cat on Mon Nov 13th, 2023 at 09:40:06 PM EST
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merkelism and immobilism have entered the room.
by Cat on Wed Nov 15th, 2023 at 02:24:23 AM EST
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Two years ago ...

Major A380 cabin retrofit signed with Emirates to offer increased Premium Economy seats and enhanced in-flight connectivity

Airbus Services signed a major A380 cabin retrofit agreement with Emirates Airline to upgrade 52 A380s. Airbus will provide all the Services Bulletins (including engineering drawings) and kits to install 56 additional Premium Economy seats in the main deck of the A380, in a 2-4-2 configuration similar to the latest A380s delivered.

The 18-month retrofit programme, scheduled to begin at the end of 2022, will be conducted at Emirates' state-of-the-art Engineering Centre in Dubai.

In addition, Airbus will supply new kits required to upgrade Emirates' A380s with the newest Panasonic GCS Ku Satcom System. This retrofit will provide passengers with the latest inflight entertainment connectivity on the flagship aircraft.

  • Emirates airline signs contracts worth $1.2bn with France's Safran | The National News |

    Deals are for seats on airline's new A350, 777X-9 and 777-300 aircraft, various components and repairs

  • Emirates signs agreements worth over $1.5 billion for A380 fleet maintenance | Gulf News |

    Emirates said it would leverage, at scale, partnerships with Honeywell, Collins Aerospace, Pratt and Whitney, Safran, Lufthansa Technik, OEM Services, Gameco, Haeco, and others to optimise its A380 fleet's lifespan.

    The work, already underway, is in line with the airline's commitment to quality, said Emirates. Outside of the investments to improve the A380 fleet, the airline also has an ongoing $2 billion retrofit programme, which began last year.

    About 67 A380s were earmarked for a refresh across every cabin class, in addition to the installation of new Premium Economy Class cabins. So far, 16 aircraft have been upgraded and are now in full commercial service, said Emirates.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Nov 15th, 2023 at 06:15:17 PM EST
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cell | Brain-to-brain communication: the possible role of brain electromagnetic
fields (As a Potential Hypothesis)

Up now, the communication between brains of different humans or animals has been confirmed and confined by
the sensory medium and motor facilities of body. Recently, direct brain-to-brain communication (DBBC) outside the conventional five senses has been verified between animals and humans. Nevertheless, no empirical studies or serious discussion have been performed to elucidate the mechanism behind this process. The validation of DBBC has been documented via recording similar pattern of action potentials occurring in the brain cortex of two animals....
aon | Geopolitics is for losers
The concept of geopolitics comes from German and Russian attempts to explain defeat and reverse loss of influence

Today everyone talks geopolitics. The idea is infectious. It appears to come from nowhere. Twenty years ago, the term was exotic, and the meaning behind it quaint. The world was different then. In 2002, America Unrivaled—a book edited by my Princeton colleague, G John Ikenberry, the foremost exponent [sic] of the idea of liberal internationalism—asked why there was so little resistance from other countries to American power projection. That was when the momentum in the United States for an attack on Iraq was building up. The contributors argued that there was no balancing against the unipolar moment that had been created with the disintegration of the Soviet Union: in short, no geopolitics. That changed in the course of the 2000s, and the word 'geopolitics' began its road to a dominance of political discourse.
We often associate the beginning of the modern turn to geopolitics with two men, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. Putin defined his historic mission in terms of geopolitics. The collapse of the Soviet Union, he declared, had been the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century. The explosion of geopolitical thinking already took place in 1990s Russia (see Figure 2 below). Putin's speech at the Munich Conference on Security Policy in 2007 was a turning point, which he began with a denunciation of the concept of unipolarity
Do the politicians and pundits who speak of geopolitics really know what they are talking about? Geopolitics is a classically ambiguous or nebulous term, with an innocent and a dangerous use. For some, it is a vague sense of continents and big geographical spaces, or just that geography matters in the sense that the United Kingdom is more likely to trade with France and Ireland than with New Zealand; for others, it is about a claim that reality consists of endless conflict and struggle, in which space matters more than ideas, maps more than chaps. This is a bleak, conflictual, zero-sum world.
It is worth asking where all this demand for geopolitics originated, where the link between geopolitics and humiliation was born. What could be further from the carnage of Ukraine, the tensions in the Taiwan Straits or Gaza, or the busy waters of the Bosporus, than a peaceful Bavarian farm? Set in the green rolling hills to the south-west of Munich, near Lake Ammer, and just a few miles away from a Benedictine monastery on a hill overlooking the water, it's where thousands of Bavarians come annually in a pilgrimage—for beer. Unlike most Bavarian cattle farms, the cows are not a mottled brown and white, but heavier, bigger, with a thick tousled black coat: a Scottish breed, Galloways. The farm, the Hartschimmelhof, has been in family hands since the beginning of the 20th century, when it was given as a wedding present from his father-in-law to Karl Haushofer, the most influential figure in the development of the study of geopolitics in the early 20th century.

It was Haushofer who laid the basis for the definitional shiftiness of the term. He saw himself as the prophet of geopolitics, but—typically and revealingly—could never clearly explain what it actually was. A characteristic attempt was 'the science of the political life form in its natural living space'. Or a normative demand that 'geopolitics will and must be the geographic conscience of the state'.

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by Cat on Tue Nov 21st, 2023 at 07:22:25 PM EST
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In 2002, America Unrivaled--a book edited by my Princeton colleague, G John Ikenberry, the foremost exponent [sic] of the idea of liberal internationalism--asked why there was so little resistance from other countries to American power projection.

Posted by Cat ... I expanded the comment and wrote a diary ...

Woodrow Wilson's Collapse and the Peace Movement

This inspired to write about societal revolts during my lifetime ..

Clean Break From Peace to War

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Nov 22nd, 2023 at 07:05:38 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Nov 25th, 2023 at 02:55:18 PM EST
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To dislike certain ethnicities is racist; to see Jews as equal is antisemitic
We need to thank Whoopi Goldberg and the many who answered her so well with the renewed realization that Antisemitism is Racism.
Judaism laid much of the foundation of all Monotheism (One G^d), Science (One Universe), and Democracy (Equality) in the world. That's why hatred of Jews is the ultimate ungratefulness, throwing mud on Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Einstein, and Herzl. And therefore, the Holocaust doesn't compare to any other genocide, Armenian included—though they are all horrific.
by Cat on Sat Nov 25th, 2023 at 09:14:52 PM EST
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WVS Cultural Map: 2023 Version Released (17.02.23)
The World Values Survey Association is happy to present the next, updated version of the Inglehart-Welzel Cultural Map. The map is based on the latest joint survey round of the World Values Survey and European Values Study 2017-2022. For selected countries, not surveyed recently, data from earlier waves is used to calculate the map score. Overall 111 countries / societies are represented on the map. The cultural map methodology developed by the late WVSA Founder Ronald Inglehart and the WVSA Vice-President Christian Welzel asserts that there are two major dimensions of cross cultural variation in the world: traditional values versus secular-rational values and survival values versus self-expression values.
iffs.se | World Values Survey
The institute has its roots in the discussion that began in the 1960s about the fact that the way we live affects the lives of future generations. At this time many countries founded institutes for futures studies, and so did the Swedish government, in 1973. At first it was a part of the Prime Minister's Office, but in 1987 the institute became an independent research foundation.  What makes us special today is that all research conducted here should have a long-term perspective and be of relevance for the future of our society. The research conducted here changes every few years which makes it a dynamic environment. Researchers from different disciplines, including sociology, philosophy, political science, business economics and psychology, collaborate, which creates a fertile ground for new perspectives on various topics....
worldvaluessurvey.org | Findings and Insights
"data and documentation"
idrlabs | Civilizational Values Test
unlicensed survey instrument
socialsciencespace | Ronald Inglehart, 1934-2021: Founder Of The World Values Survey (21.05.21)
...Inglehart helped found the Euro-Barometer [!] surveys and served as a co-investigator on that opinion-measuring project for 20 years starting in 1970. He founded the World Values Survey, or WSV, in 1981 as a more global version < wipes tears > of the existing European Values Survey.

The WSV, now operating in more than 120 countries, evolved into one of the most durable and useful longitudinal social science research tools "devoted to the scientific and academic study of social, political, economic, religious, and cultural values of people in the world." As such, its products have gained enormous credence in both the academic and public spheres—the Washington Post [!] once described it as "the world's greatest cross-national social science collaboration."...

ibid keepers of global values
by Cat on Sat Nov 25th, 2023 at 09:54:43 PM EST
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Q: WTF Happened in 1971?
big data data litter

A: Bretton Woods currency float
in brief: international finance theory and policy, in practice:

By the spring of 1971, the imbalances in the system reached crisis proportions. In April 1971, the Bundesbank (Germany's central bank) purchased over $3 billion to maintain the fixed exchange rate. In early May, it bought over $2 billion in just two days to maintain the rate. Fearing inflation after such huge purchases, Germany decided to let its currency float to a new value, 8 percent higher than its previous fixed rate. Austria, Holland, and Switzerland quickly followed suit. (Alfred E. Eckes Jr., A Search for Solvency, Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1975, 261.) Despite these revaluations, they were insufficient to stem the excess supply of dollars on the Forex. By August 1971, another major realignment seemed inevitable that substantially increased the pace of dollar capital flight. On August 15, 1971, President Nixon announced a bold plan for readjustment. The plan had three main aspects:

  1. A 10 percent import surcharge on all imports was implemented. This tariff would remain in effect until a new international monetary order was negotiated.
  2. Suspension of dollar convertibility into gold. Foreign central banks would no longer have the option to exchange dollars for gold with the U.S. central bank.
  3. Wage and price controls were implemented to stem the rising U.S. inflation.
US, UK do. not. do. international law. doh.
These three measures together resulted in a rapid renegotiation of the Bretton Woods system, culminating in the Smithsonian Agreement in December 1971. In this agreement, the non-reserve countries accepted an average 8 percent revaluation of their currencies to the dollar in return for the elimination of the import surcharge. They also enlarged the currency bands around the par values from 1 percent to 2.25 percent. By virtue of the revaluations, the dollar naturally became "devalued." The United States also devalued dollars with respect to gold, raising the price to $38 per ounce. However, since the United States did not agree to reopen the gold window, the change in the price of gold was meaningless.
Schwartz and Friedman, Milei and Mondino, "Platitudes and Bromides" (NBER 1987)
"By a constitution I mean established rules, whether or not a written instrument embodies the rules."
by Cat on Sat Nov 25th, 2023 at 02:47:25 PM EST
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Premium Times. "Ecocide" and Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa 28 years too late
Nigeria was suspended from the [UK] Commonwealth of ['its former dependencies'] for over three years after Mr Saro-Wiwa, 54, and his group were hanged to death. The world was outraged by the execution.
NYT | Nigeria Executes Critic of Regime; Nations Protest (11.11.95)
The United States, Britain and other countries withdrew their ambassadors, the Commonwealth countries were considering whether to expel or suspend Nigeria and the World Bank announced it would not support a $100 million loan to Nigeria for a huge project to develop liquefied natural gas.
CNN | Nigeria executes 9 activists; world outraged (10.11.95)
In Brussels, the European Union condemned the executions, and said the 15-nation bloc would re-consider its relations with the oil-rich West African nation.
"This heinous act offends our values and darkens our hope for democracy in the region," the then American Ambassador to the United Nations, Madeleine Albright [!], was quoted as saying, immediately the news of the execution went out.
BBC | UK and US considered Nigeria naval blockade over Saro-Wiwa execution (30.12.19)
Notes of a meeting between Mr Major and US President Bill Clinton, nearly three weeks after the executions, show the steps the leaders contemplated to isolate Nigeria. The two men met while Mr Clinton was on a visit to the UK.
Shell is facing a civil suit in Netherland over its alleged complicity in the killing of Mr Saro-Wiwa and the eight other Ogoni activists. The suit was filed on June 28, 2017, by four of the widows of the Ogoni Nine, led by Esther Kiobel.
BBC | UK Supreme Court has ruled: Nigerian communities can sue Shell in English courts. (15.02.21)
Royal Dutch Shell did not dispute that pollution had been caused, but argued it could not be held legally responsible for its Nigerian subsidiary.  The decision on Friday is the latest case to test whether multinational companies can be held accountable for the acts of overseas subsidiaries.
After the return of democracy in Nigeria in 1999, the country has had four presidents so far, including the current President Muhammadu Buhari, yet the Niger Delta has remained a troubled region, owing largely to unresolved environmental issues and widespread poverty. The Buhari administration in June 2016 launched a campaign to clean up the Ogoniland.
BBC | Ogoni nine: Nigerian widows lose case against oil giant Shell (23.03.22)
The district court in The Hague heard testimony from five witnesses, including some who said they had been paid by Shell representatives for rehearsed false testimony in the trial that led to the men's execution.
guardian | Shell to face human rights claims in UK over chronic oil pollution in Niger delta, 23 Nov
Mrs Justice May ruled this week that more than 13,000 farmers and fishers from the Ogale and Bille communities in the Niger delta were entitled to bring legal claims against Shell for alleged breaches to their right to a clean environment. The judge ruled it was arguable the pollution had fundamentally breached the villagers' right to a clean environment under the Nigerian constitution [Ch. II, 1999] and the African charter [AU.int, 1986] on human and people's rights. Claims under these rights have no limitation period.

Shell said its Nigerian subsidiary, the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), accepted responsibility for the spills it caused and compensated affected parties where required by relevant Nigerian regulations. It said it also remediates all spills from its assets, regardless of cause. Shell plc denies that it owes a duty of care directly to the claimants.
Three years ago the supreme court unanimously ruled that "there is a good arguable case" that Shell plc (the UK-based parent company) is legally responsible for the pollution caused by its Nigerian subsidiary. But the case has continued in a series of legal tussles between Shell and the claimants. A Shell spokesperson said of the latest judgment: "We strongly believe in the merits of our case. Oil is being stolen on an industrial scale in the Niger delta. This criminality is a major source of pollution and is the cause of the majority of spills in the Bille and Ogale claims.

by Cat on Sun Nov 26th, 2023 at 11:18:55 AM EST
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plands.org | When the denial bubble bursts: an Israeli kibbutz faces the Nakba, 5 Sep 2019
What happens when a people are confined to a bubble where the "truth" has one book to read, to follow and obey, then suddenly the bubble bursts and the sun shines on a whole new truth, verifiable, clear, and sound?

This what happens to the kibbutzim in Nirim, Nir Oz, Magen and Ein Hashloshla.  These four kibbutzim were established after the Nakba of 1948 on my land, Al Ma'in, (65,000 dunums -- 16,000 acres). Al Ma'in was and is the home of my Abu Sitta family for centuries, now refugees in the Gaza Strip and elsewhere.

by Cat on Sun Nov 26th, 2023 at 09:53:01 PM EST
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Maria Zakharova talks to RT in an exclusive interview, run time 00:46:00 (EN)

Why Moscow, Beijing, and Middle East? Why now?

by Cat on Wed Nov 29th, 2023 at 01:52:55 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 05:47:01 PM EST
crisis averted
XTRA catholic convert Guy Fawkes arrested and brought to the Tower of London
by Cat on Sun Nov 5th, 2023 at 09:47:04 PM EST
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4th World Congress of the Comintern convenes
just days after Benito Mussolini's March on Rome that effectively seized power for his National Fascist Party. The revolutionary upsurge which had swept Europe during the years immediately following the termination of World War I was clearly in full retreat and the international Communist movement saw itself in need for accommodation to this changed political environment....
exactly one year later....
The Third International says it's the time for German Communists to take over Germany and form a Versailles-Treaty-busting army of all the unemployed.

by Cat on Sun Nov 5th, 2023 at 10:02:48 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Nov 30th, 2023 at 03:37:27 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Dec 2nd, 2023 at 12:07:19 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 05:47:19 PM EST
Trial I
Jurors are deliberating on Sam Bankman-Fried's fate, 2 Nov
On Wednesday afternoon, shortly before 3:30, 12 jurors entered a room on the 26th floor of a downtown Manhattan federal courthouse to deliberate on whether Bankman-Fried is guilty.
Trial II
In addition to the criminal counts in this trial, Bankman-Fried faces another set of charges related to allegedly illegal campaign contributions.... A second trial, on those charges, is scheduled for March 2024.
by Cat on Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 10:31:26 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 12:59:52 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 01:05:19 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 18th, 2023 at 07:51:54 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 24th, 2023 at 05:32:45 PM EST
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