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January 2024

by Oui Sun Dec 31st, 2023 at 09:41:23 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 31st, 2023 at 09:41:46 PM EST
EUobserver | EU should talk about cost of failed enlargement, experts say, 21 Dec
..."We should talk about the costs of non-enlargement" argues [ECFR fellow Enjellushe] Morina. These are first and foremost geostrategic: "For the Western Balkans, this is probably the last moment the EU can push back the malign influence of Russia and China," says Morina. Similarly, the geopolitical cost of a destabilised, disputed Ukraine is obvious for [CEPS fellow Steven] Blockmans, who notes that instability could generate more migration as well: "This should be an argument for Hungary."...
voiceofeurope | Mass protests and political tension in Belgrade, Serbia, 30 Dec
...Although the Serbian Progressive Party was declared the winner of the elections, the main opposition alliance Serbia Against Violence said the elections, especially for the Belgrade city authorities, were rigged. Participants at Saturday's rally enthusiastically welcomed Marinika Tepic, a prominent opposition figure who went on a hunger strike after the elections. Tepic's deteriorating health led to expectations that she would be hospitalized after the rally....
rri.ro | NEWS FLASH, 1 Jan
The EU Council voted unanimously in favour of Romania's and Bulgaria's gradual accession to the passport-free Schengen Area, after Austria, the last member country opposing the measure, lifted its veto. As of March 2024, air and maritime border checks with these 2 countries will be abolished, with Austria, Bulgaria and Romania committing to also agree on a deadline for ending land border checks.The decision also comprises measures to tighten border checks and fighting illegal migration, so that Romania and Bulgaria will continue to receive substantial financial support and assistance from FRONTEX. ...
RFI | Entrée en vigueur du régime de dispense de visa de l'UE pour le Kosovo*, 1 Jan
...Cinq autres membres de l'Union européenne ont exprimé leurs réserves: Chypre, la Grèce, la Roumanie, la Slovaquie et l'Espagne, qui ne reconnaissent pas l'indépendance du Kosovo survenue en 2008.
brusselssignal.eu | Kosovo joins visa-free Schengen Area
This is seen as another step toward Kosovo's full official recognition and its improving standing as it aims to join the EU.
Finalement, le pays est le dernier des six États des Balkans occidentaux à bénéficier de l'exemption de visa dans l'espace Schengen....
archive * asterisk: "without prejudice to positions on status"
by Cat on Tue Jan 2nd, 2024 at 11:20:59 PM EST
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army.mil | Oklahoma Army National Guard aviation unit deploying to Kosovo*, 2 Jan
Members of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion (Assault Helicopter Battalion), 244th Aviation Regiment, 90th Troop Command, will deploy overseas to Kosovo* to support Operation Joint Guardian (KFOR). KFOR is a NATO-led international peacekeeping force in Kosovo* comprising 27 partner nations.
The 1-244th AHB, comprised of units from Louisiana (HHC), Iowa (MEDEVAC) and Oklahoma (AHB), will provide KFOR with 24/7 medevac coverage and air movement and air assault capabilities. The AHB will provide the air transport and air assault capabilities with UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters throughout the area of operations.
The unit will move on to Fort Cavazos, Texas, for training before heading overseas. They are expected to return in the fall.
archive NATO: Albania, Kosovo in Conversion of Europe , 700 more troops in Incident Ukrainian War, Kosovo Serbs Clashes, COE Mission in Kosovo
by Cat on Thu Jan 4th, 2024 at 01:44:23 AM EST
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dailysabah | Turkish Parliament approves Sweden's NATO membership, 23 Jan
Lawmakers voted 287-55 in favor of the Nordic nation's bid to become the 32nd member of the alliance after it won the public backing of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) approved the bill, while the Good Party (IP), Felicity Party (SP) and other parties opposed it.
End of non-alignment ...
Türkiye, Iran highlight cooperation against terrorism
Turkish demands ...
Spotlight on US F-16 deal as Türkiye gives Sweden NATO go-ahead
Orban's call
telesur | Turkish Parliament Approved Sweden's NATO Application, 24 Jan cynicism
by Cat on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 08:24:31 PM EST
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CNNTurk | The US State Department's number 2 told CNN TÜRK: "We would be pleased to welcome you back to the F-35 program.", 30 Jan
Stating that the terrorist organization DAESH is still active in many places, [Acting Deputy Secretary Victoria]  Nuland said, "We need each other with Turkey in this fight," and added: "Although we do not always agree on how to conduct this fight, it is more important than ever to strengthen our cooperation. This was seen in Istanbul, and it was seen tragically against our own forces in Jordan. That's why we need each other. "One of the issues we talked about was re-strengthening [sic] cooperation in the fight against terrorism and establishing a dialogue on what path to follow in Syria."
Nuland also explained the F-16 sales process to Türkiye. "The 15-day period started on Friday night. After 15 days, this notification period will end and then we will proceed with the implementation. As I understand it, modernization begins immediately. Frankly, I do not know by heart when the new jets will be ready, but it is obvious that it is a priority for the USA for Turkey to have these jets as soon as possible."
Nuland pointed out that one of their ambitious goals for 2024 with Türkiye is to increase trade. "In the coming months, we will have trade talks under the umbrella of the trade and investment framework agreement between the two countries. We've got some big deals we're working on. I hope these bear fruit. We also started working again in the defense industry. Turkey now produces 155mm ammunition. We need this very much. Ukraine needs it very much. We are working on it."
dailysabah | US open to Türkiye's return to F-35 'family' if S-400 issue resolved, 31 Jan chumps
by Cat on Wed Jan 31st, 2024 at 08:19:10 PM EST
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lemonde | French PM Elisabeth Borne resigns
...There had been speculation the reshuffle would be announced late last week. However, no news emerged over the weekend, with Macron reportedly weighing his options in seclusion at his La Lanterne residence on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. Commentators see the reshuffle as essential to relaunch Macron's centrist presidency for its last three years and prevent him becoming a "lame duck" leader after a series of crises....
ChatGPT | Charles Michel to run for EU election, triggering top job scramble
...Michel plans to take up his seat in the European Parliament mid-July if he's elected, meaning EU leaders will have to agree quickly on a successor for his vacated Council post. If they don't, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, whose country will take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU in July, would lead the meetings—a broker-role normally undertaken by the European Council president....
by Cat on Tue Jan 9th, 2024 at 12:43:55 AM EST
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ChatGPT | Who is Gabriel Attal, France's new prime minister?, 9 Jan
Attal, who got his start in institutional politics at 23 as a health ministry staffer, becomes France's youngest ever prime minister—ahead of Socialist Laurent Fabius, who got the top spot in government under François Mitterrand in 1984, aged 37.

Here are 11 other things to know about Attal, France's new head of government.

  1. Early Macron supporter but not a member of the president's inner circle...
  2. Comms expert with political savvy ...
  3. First-ever openly gay prime minister ...
  4. France's new favorite politician ...
  5. His classmates already voted him for president ... 12 years ago ...
  6. Bullied as a teenager ...
  7. A former socialist who earned conservatives' respect
  8. He refused to be health minister ...
  9. A privileged upbringing ...
  10. A mixed religious and cultural background ...
  11. A Brigitte Macron favorite ...
by Cat on Tue Jan 9th, 2024 at 07:59:01 PM EST
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RFI | France reaffirms backing for Ukraine as new foreign minister visits, 13 Jan
His visit came a day after British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak unveiled a fresh package of military help in Kyiv, and as Ukraine waits to see if Brussels and Washington will unlock massive sums of new aid. "Despite the multiplying crises, Ukraine is and will remain France's priority," Stéphane Séjourné told Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba at a joint news conference earlier Saturday.
ukrinform | Casualties as Russians launch missiles at Kharkiv, 16 Jan 23:20
That's according to Oleh Syniehubov, chief of the regional military administration, Ukrinform reports. Tentative reports say at least two missiles hit the city.

"Those supposedly were S-300 missiles. There is damage to civilian residential infrastructure. At the moment, medics are assisting four injured individuals, who sustained light injuries," he wrote.

voiceofeurope | Russia strikes French mercenaries in Ukraine: Reaction of MEPs, 18 Jan
On the night of 17 January, the Russian army struck a military base in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. According to Ukrainian Reality's sources in the Ukrainian and Russian law-enforcement agencies, 62 French mercenaries were killed in the attack and another 20 were injured. The building of the military deployment was completely destroyed. The Russian Defence Ministry officially confirmed the information that the strike was aimed at French citizens fighting on the side of the Ukrainian armed forces. The Ukrainian Defence Ministry has not yet commented on the situation. The Voice of Europe website spoke to members of the European Parliament who commented on the events in Kharkiv.
Francesca Donato, a member of the European Parliament representing Italy, believes that the war in Ukraine could have detrimental consequences for the leadership of EU countries.

"It's awful news to learn that 62 French citizens have died in Ukraine, fighting as mercenaries for Zelensk*'s government. I've always been thinking and saying that this war should have been stopped immediately by negotiations, but EU governments preferred to waste thousands of human lives and of european taxpayers' money to feed the war and delay its inevitable end with the defeat of Ukraine. The majority of people all over Europe is nowadays asking to put an end to this insanity, but EU institutions and MS play the deaf and go ahead towards the iceberg. They will be soon be judged by citizens and punished at tolls for their actions."

Many French politicians from the government and opposition, whom Voice of Europe reached for comment, expressed their concern over the tragic news, but said they were waiting for official explanations from the relevant French ministries and government bodies.

ukrinform | France denies Russia's claims that it has mercenaries in Ukraine, 18 Jan
This was reported by Reuters, Ukrinform reported.
On Wednesday, Russia said its forces had carried out a precision strike a day earlier [16 Jan] on a building housing "foreign fighters" in Ukraine's second city Kharkiv. The defence ministry said the fighters were mostly French mercenaries and the building was destroyed, with more than 60 people killed. It did not provide evidence, and Reuters could not verify the claims.
"France has no mercenaries, neither in Ukraine nor elsewhere, unlike certain others," the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "France helps Ukraine with supplies of military material and military training, in full compliance with international law, to help Ukraine in its fight to defend its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity," said the French foreign ministry.
strana | Former soldiers of the French Foreign Legion are fighting on different sides of the front line in Ukraine - Times, 19 Jan
According to The Times [18.01.24], at the time of the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022, 710 Ukrainians and 450 Russians served in the Legion. Many of them supposedly went to war, even though they were encouraged to remain loyal to their unit. The service promised the fighters French citizenship and a bonus of 30 thousand euros at the end of the contract....
by Cat on Fri Jan 19th, 2024 at 07:37:16 PM EST
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pseudo-mercenaires français have entered the room.
by Cat on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 07:38:38 PM EST
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yle | Over a million cast advance votes in Finnish presidential election, 21 Jan
Yle News published "A really simple guide to Finland's 2024 presidential election", which includes information about the election and offers some insight about its history.
Finland gets a new president in 2024, after 12 years with Sauli Niinistö as head of state. He can't run again, so there are a number [nine] of contenders to replace him.
Advance voting is open in Finland until next Tuesday [23 Jan], while advance voting abroad closed on Saturday.

Election day for the first round of voting is next Sunday, 28 January. If there is a second round of voting, Election Day will be 11 February with advance voting open between 31 January to 6 February in Finland. Advance voting abroad for the second round will be possible from 31 January to 3 February.

by Cat on Mon Jan 22nd, 2024 at 12:43:12 AM EST
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ChatGPT | Martin Selmayr gets his chance to return to Brussels, 31 Jan debasement of VDL
According to a document seen by POLITICO, the Commission on Wednesday decided to appoint Selmayr to a newly created position of "conseiller hors classe" (akin to a senior adviser) at the Secretariat-General of the EU executive.

Selmayr, who amassed a legendary amount of power atop the EU executive, earning him the nickname "Monster of the Berlaymont," was parachuted to the top of the secretariat-general at breathtaking speed during Juncker's reign, in a much-criticized move. Selmayr's appointment was later ruled "maladministration" by the EU ombudsman. Following a vote by the EU Parliament calling on Selmayr to resign, he was sent to Vienna as EU ambassador to Austria in 2019.

However, Wednesday's decision, signed off by the 27 Commissioners during their weekly meeting, paves the way for Selmayr's comeback to the EU capital. For now, he's biding his time: Selmayr will first complete a semester in academia. Until August 31, according to the same Commission document, Selmayr will be "seconded" to the University of Vienna.
The University of Vienna confirmed that Selmayr will carry out a temporary "guest professorship" in EU law starting February 1. There is "no speculation beyond August 31 at this stage," a Commission spokesperson said.

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by Cat on Wed Jan 31st, 2024 at 07:55:59 PM EST
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msn APsplainin | Gabriel Attal is France's youngest-ever and first openly gay prime minister
...Macron, 46, has shifted right-ward on security and migration issues since his election, notably as far-right rival Marine Le Pen and her anti-immigration, anti-Islam National Rally have gained political influence. Macron, 46, has shifted rightward on security and migration issues since his election, notably as far-right rival Marine Le Pen and her anti-immigration, anti-Islam National Rally have gained political influence.
"Eric Ciotti, head of the conservative party The Republicans", "hard-left France Unbowed party, Jean-Luc Mélenchon", etc
Attal, a former member of the Socialist Party, joined Macron's newly created political movement [En Marche] in 2016 and was [La République En Marche!] spokesperson from 2020 to [Renaissance] 2022, a job that made him well-known to the French public. He was then named budget minister before being appointed in July as education minister, one of the most prestigious positions in government.

Attal quickly announced a ban on long robes in classrooms that took effect with the new school year in September, saying the garments worn mainly by Muslims were testing secularism in the schools.

Elisabeth Borne, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, etc
by Cat on Tue Jan 9th, 2024 at 08:44:48 PM EST
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132° turn

BAERBOCK @ 19:18: Well, also the two us [Faisal bin Farhan] but with many colleagues and friends we have been in constant contact in the last three months, because in my assessment this is a total diaster. It's a disaster for Israel. It's a disaster for the civilians in Gaza. It's a diaster for the whole world, and we are working non-stop at foreign minister level at the moment to prevent—that just spark that could burn the whole region. And not only the region, I mean, we feel the consequences also in Ukraine. We feel the consequence that in in Europe is not reporting the most heavy attacks from Russian on civilians in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion. We feel the consequences—I traveled after I've been last week to Israel, to Gaza—rougher border crossing also to the neighboring countries. I went to the Philippines and Malaysia. We as Germany feel the consequences there, because in Malaysia and being asked, Do you have any sentiments against Muslim countries, because you are not calling for ceasefire in the wording? [As] my dear colleague and friend Prince Faisal has [been] putting it, we're are calling for a sustainable ceasefire, because I believe that a ceasefire unfortunately doesn't fall from the sky. We can only reach a ceasefire, if both sides are  ready, that the suffering for oneself also ends the suffering [for] the others.
reuters | EU edges towards call for pause in Israel-Hamas wa (23.10.23)
"Asked why Germany had not backed calls for a humanitarian ceasefire, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said, 'We can't end the humanitarian catastrophe when the terrorism from Gaza continues.'"

aa.com | German government backs Israel's position, rejects calls for Gaza cease-fire (13.11.23)
"I totally understand the impulse in this terrible situation... But impulses are not enough to help people to really guarantee security and peace"

ChatGPT | Cameron and Baerbock call for 'sustainable cease-fire' in Gaza (17.12.23)
"We do not believe that calling right now for a general and immediate cease-fire, hoping it somehow becomes permanent, is the way forward."

ChatGPT | Baerbock urges less 'intensive' operation (08.11.24)
"to protect Palestinian civilians Beirut airport hit by reported cyberattack amid Israel-Hezbollah clashes US Secretary of Stalking Blinken to visit UAE, Saudi Arabia, Israel."

euObserver | Spanish abstention clears way for EU naval mission in Red Sea, 17 Jan
...The EU mission, which is to contain at least three frigates, will be tasked with accompanying merchant vessels, preventing attacks by Houthi fighters, and doing surveillance. It will be bolted on to an existing EU maritime-surveillance mission based in the UAE and called Agenor. It will also cooperate closely with a US-led naval coalition called Prosperity Guardian, which launched air strikes on Houthi bases last week.
Italy, France, and Spain also declined to sign a statement backing last week's US airstrikes, amid delicate optics on joining what some Arabs and Muslims see as a pro-Israeli coalition. And Qatar voiced concern that a Western naval build-up could be counterproductive.

"We need to address the central issue, which is Gaza in order to get everything else defused ... if we are just focusing on the symptoms and not treating the real issues, any Red Sea solutions will be temporary," Qatar's prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, said at the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Tuesday....

by Cat on Thu Jan 18th, 2024 at 07:31:06 PM EST
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A meditation on the geology of Europe before 1869 CHANGED EVERYTHING (that had not been changed by circumnavigation of the earth by Europe's Hundred Years War and European-american admiralty laws)

euractiv | 'A new normal': ECB's Lagarde and Germany's Lindner forecast deep shifts in global economy, 19 Jan

Speaking at a panel event on the final day of the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday (19 January), Lagarde noted that many countries—including those in the EU—have begun to prioritise "security" over "efficiency" in their trade relations, which could cause "costs to be higher in the long term".

The European Central Bank (ECB) head added that the anticipated "non-normality" comes despite a softening labour market, falling < wipes tears > excess savings, and declining inflation causing the global economy international trade to undergo a process of "normalisation" in 2023.

In addition to increasing < wipes tears > geopolitical fragmentation [regional FTAs], Lindner highlighted advances in artificial intelligence computer programming and rising levels of public debt as key challenges which can only be addressed with appropriate "structural reforms" [austerity?], especially in labour markets and corporate [eNtITY] taxation rates.

non-normal normalisation
"I think there are some permanent changes, a development towards a new normal," [European Policy Centre analyst Philippe] Lausberg told Euractiv. "We are seeing more fragmentation, great power [G7] politics that is being translated into the economic sphere punitive trade sanctions, and less free trade."

However, Maria Demertzis, a Senior Fellow at Bruegel [!] think tank, suggested that talk of a "new normal" is "perhaps too definitive".

"I think there are shifts, but nobody knows where we're going," she told Euractiv. "I think the relevance of AI computer programming is indisputable, but where exactly this is taking us in terms of productivity or in terms of security threats or in terms of cybersecurity, nobody really knows," Demertzis said.

JPM "platform worker" prediction (17.01.24)
work will not be taken over by AI computer programming but by people utilizing it
Demertzis also expressed profound scepticism about the general utility of economic forecasts.

"We need to stop thinking about forecasts," she said, adding, "What is it that you're trying to focus on when you know this is not going to happen? Imagine January 2020. Would you ever have forecast that we're going to be shut down in a pandemic? Or in February 2022, did you know there was going to be a war?".

by Cat on Sun Jan 21st, 2024 at 05:38:57 PM EST
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punitive trade sanction UPDATE!

EUobserver | EU to blacklist people for pro-Hamas 'incitement', 19 Jan

The EU blacklisted six Middle East financiers on Friday (19 January) on grounds they supported the Hamas militant group, which rules Gaza and which attacked Israel on 7 October. Three of them [are] Lebanese—Nabil Chouman, Khaled Chouman, and Rida ali Khamis—shedding light on Hamas' international network.
[Art.1 ] (b) 'contract or transaction' means any transaction of whatever form and whatever the applicable law, whether comprising one or more contracts or similar obligations made between the same or different parties; for that purpose 'contract' includes a bond, guarantee or indemnity, particularly a financial guarantee or financial indemnity, and credit, whether legally independent or not, as well as any related provision arising under, or in connection with, the transaction;
Aiman Al-Duwaik was a Jordanian based in Algeria who managed Hamas' "overseas investment portfolio", the EU added.
Abdelbasit Hamza, a Sudanese businessman, also ran the Al Rowad real-estate company, as well as an investment firm called Zawaya Group, the EU said.

And the sixth man was Musa Dudin, a Palestinian from Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, whom the EU called "a senior Hamas operative and member of the Hamas political bureau". The EU listed him not just for financing Hamas, but also because "he has frequently made public statements on behalf of the organisation"

by Cat on Sun Jan 21st, 2024 at 11:17:15 PM EST
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DW | German government flight woes continue on way to Djibouti, 24 Jan
Germany's Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock made an unplanned stopover in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday after her plane was denied permission to fly over Eritrea en route to Djibouti.
"Despite all our efforts, we unfortunately did not receive our overflight clearance to Eritrea," the pilot from the Luftwaffe in charge of the flight said. It is common for overflight authorizations to be granted during the course of a flight, but no clearance was given, and the Eritrean Foreign Ministry could not assist. Due to armed conflicts, Sudan and Yemen could not be used as flyover routes.

In a crisis region, not everything can run "as it would in normal, peaceful times," Baerbock said. She plans to fly to Djibouti on Thursday to discuss the European Union's plan to protect civilian shipping in the Red Sea from Houthi attacks.

lloydslist | Maersk suspends US-flag operations in Red Sea after two ships targeted (24.01.24)
Maersk said: "The cargo carried on these vessels includes cargo belonging to the US Department of Defence, US Department of State, USAID, and other US government agencies and is therefore afforded the protection of the US Navy for passage through the strait."
"It is important for me to emphasize that it is a protection mission for the ships on the ground [?], in other words a defensive mission," she said. She also planned to travel to Kenya and South Sudan to discuss the war in Sudan.

Diplomacy interrupted

thenationalnews(.ae)  | German foreign minister feels Red Sea tensions as plane forced to divert to Saudi Arabia, 25 Jan
Ms Baerbock said she planned to convey a message in Djibouti that Germany and the European Union were working on ways to protect Red Sea shipping routes from attacks by Yemen's Houthi militia.
not that Operation Prosperity Guardian, the other one—Operation Global Values Keeper
"This is a protective mission for [Price Cap Coalition] ships in the region, and that means such a defensive mission by the Europeans, should it be agreed, would not constitute attacks on Yemen," she said.

Last August Ms Baerbock's planned week-long trip to the Indo-Pacific region had to be cancelled because of repeated mechanical issues with her government plane. The tour was abandoned after the German Air Force plane made two aborted attempts to set off from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

by Cat on Thu Jan 25th, 2024 at 11:05:00 PM EST
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euractiv | Breton: EU ammunition capacity to reach 1.3 million shells by year end, 21 Jan keepers of global values
...Speaking alongside Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Breton also said the EU would reach by March or April its target of having production capacity for one million ammunition shells each year.
ChatGPT | 'Dream team': How all the EU's top jobs could be held by women
EC, [European [Council] of the EU], EP, ECB plus NATO and EEAS
"We will continue to enhance our production capacity, probably around 1.3 to 1.4 million at the end of this year and continue to increase significantly next year," he added. He refused to reveal current production figures, saying they were confidential....
by Cat on Sun Jan 21st, 2024 at 05:57:40 PM EST
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archive Eurocentricity will not go quietly into the night
by Cat on Fri Jan 19th, 2024 at 06:19:33 PM EST
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MILEI @06:00: Today I'm here to tell you that the western world is in danger, and it is in danger because those who are supposed to defend the values of the west are co-opted by a vision of the world that inexorably leads to socialism and thereby to poverty. Unfortunately, in recent decades motivated by some well-meaning individuals willing to help others and others motivated by the wish to belong to a privileged caste, the main leaders of the western world have abandoned the model of freedom for different versions of what we call collectivism. We're here to tell you that collectivist experiments are never the solution to the problem that afflict the citizens of the world. Rather thay are the root cause. Do believe me. No one [is] better placed than us Argentines to testify to  to these two points.

by Cat on Fri Jan 19th, 2024 at 06:36:54 PM EST
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guardian | Meloni urged to ban neofascist groups after crowds filmed saluting in Rome
...The yearly commemoration of the Acca Larentia killings are permitted by local and regional authorities....
archive "Wait for the signal", working intensively with the Belarusian opposition
reuters | Google settles $5 billion consumer privacy lawsuit (28.12.23)
U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland, California, put a scheduled Feb. 5, 2024 trial in the proposed class action on hold on Thursday, after lawyers for Google and for consumers said they had reached a preliminary settlement. The plaintiffs alleged that Google's analytics, cookies and apps let the Alphabet unit track their activity even when they set Google's Chrome browser to "Incognito" mode and other browsers to "private" browsing mode.
archive Expect A Schrems III Legal Challenge In Court, Record Meta fine masks, New EU media bill seeks to curtail government meddling in NPI Systems Design 2022, Trusted Propaganda in Unity In Ukraine War, @VeraJourova in Characteristic of Advanced Fascism
by Cat on Tue Jan 9th, 2024 at 01:43:24 AM EST
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heise.de | Belarus: EU calls on Google favor of opposition media, 8 Jan
...Als Beispiel für die Benachteiligung weist der EU-Abgeordnete Juozas Olekas gegenüber der Zeitung darauf hin, dass Google von Staaten gesperrte Medien als "kaputten Link" einstufe und deren Inhalte ans Ende von Suchtreffern verbanne. Jourová hat ihre Forderungen demnach bereits im Dezember gegenüber Kent Walker geäußert, der bei Google für globale Angelegenheiten zuständig ist. Googles CEO Sundar Pichai habe sie im Frühjahr darauf hingewiesen, dass unabhängige Medien in Russland ihre Inhalte auf YouTube nicht monetarisieren könnten. Zusammen ergibt sich das Bild von unabhängigen Medien in Belarus - und Russland—deren Arbeit nicht nur von der jeweiligen Führung massiv erschwert wird, sondern denen auch von Google & Co. Steine in den Weg gelegt werden...
by Cat on Tue Jan 9th, 2024 at 01:49:22 AM EST
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reuters | EU lawmakers want to punish Hungary's Orban for democratic slide, 25 June 2023 HUNXIT
The European Parliament's Civil Liberties committee (LIBE) voted in favour of triggering a formal punitive procedure, citing concerns about the independence of the judiciary, freedom of expression, the rights of minorities, and treatment of migrants and refugees in Hungary.
ChatGPT | EU parliament steps up criticism of Hungary ahead of Ukraine aid summit (18.01.24) The lawmakers voted 345 for and 104 against on a resolution condemning the "deliberate, continuous and systematic efforts of the Hungarian government to undermine the founding values of the EU". The resolution also lambasted Orban for vetoing [sic] last month the granting of more EU financial aid to Ukraine as Kyiv fights against a full-blown invasion Russia launched two years ago. Finally, it called for another step in a rule-of-law enforcement procedure that could eventually lead to suspending Hungary's voting rights in the EU.
kyiv independent: "The European Council must then decide unanimously whether the breach is still occurring, after which it votes by a qualified majority to suspend the rights of the accused country."
archive dramatic twist, Peace Negotiations Not An Option, How most measure "alignment"

four pillars 2022
four pillars 2011
four pillars 2005
four pillars 1986

ChatGPT | Poland on track to unlock €76B in EU funds, 20 Jan

Payout of the funds from the EU's 2021-2027 budget have been blocked over legal concerns after the government led by the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party implemented judicial reforms that threatened to subvert the independence of Polish courts. The PiS administration was replaced in December by a new government led by pro-EU Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who has promised to free up EU funds by reinstating the rule of law.
In December, Poland received the first €5 billion of funding that had been blocked by the EU due to democratic backsliding. That money was aimed at assisting EU countries in lessening their reliance on Russian fossil fuels and recovering from the energy crisis that erupted after Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022. [Funds and Regional Policy Minister Katarzyna] Pełczyńska-Nałęcz also mentioned that the new Polish government will have to pass legislation rolling back changes to the judicial system and restore the independence of courts to unblock €35 billion in grants and loans from the EU's pandemic relief program.

by Cat on Sat Jan 20th, 2024 at 06:58:14 PM EST
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snopes | Did Zelenskyy Ask the US for `Credit' to Fight War Against Russia?, 9 Nov 2023
...During a Nov. 5, 2023, interview on NBC News' "Meet the Press" program, Zelensk* did say: "If you can't give us some financial support [...] give us a credit, and we will give you back money after the war." However, he did not ask for a loan < wipes tears > which is different from asking for a line of credit ["like a credit card"]....
US approves $15 billion in Patriot and missile defense upgrades for Poland, 28 June
US approves $3.75 billions of dollars arms sales to Poland and South Korea, 6 Dec

@ZelenskyyUa, Jan 22, 2022

Today, we had very productive talks in Kyiv with
@DonaldTusk about all aspects of Ukrainian-Polish bilateral relations. We appreciate Poland's unwavering support and the new military aid package for Ukraine, as well as a new form of cooperation aimed at larger-scale arms purchases for Ukrainian needs: a Polish loan for Ukraine. Prime Minister Tusk and I also discussed the opportunities for future joint arms production. I thank Poland for supporting Ukraine.
yahoo! | Zelensk*: New Polish arms package for Ukraine after Tusk visit, 22 Jan
...Zelensk* did not provide any details on the scope of the arms deliveries or the content of the defence package. Warsaw is considered one of Kiev's closest and most important allies....
polsatnews.pl | Donald Tusk in Kiev. Prime Minister meets with President Zelensk*, 22 Jan
...According to him, he managed to hold "very effective negotiations"with the Polish Prime Minister. - First of all, defense support to increase the volume of purchases of weapons for Ukrainian troops is a Polish loan for the purchase of weapons for Ukraine. Today we discussed with the Prime Minister the possibility of joint production of weapons," Zelensk* said.—We discussed Poland's accession to the G7 declaration. I am grateful for the willingness to start working on ensuring security between our countries," the President of Ukraine listed the following points of the conversation....
yahoo! | Presidential Office highlights 'strange situation' with Poland's security guarantees for Ukraine, 23 Jan
...Zelensk* proposed to immediately start negotiations on a bilateral document with security guarantees. Poland can "very quickly" adopt the document, according to [Dep. Ihor] Zhovkva....
archive Rassmussen and Yermak, "Kyiv Security Compact International Guarantees for Ukraine: Recommendations," 13 Sep 2022
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EU4 + 2 "format"

France, Italy, Germany, and the UK Poland have handed over their draft agreements 24 Dec 2023

UK-Ukraine Agreement on Security Co-operation, 12 Jan 2024

Canada hands over draft security agreement to Ukraine 15 Jan 2024

reuters  | von der Leyen confident all 27 member states will agree on aid to Ukraine, 17 Jan 2024

The Commission proposed channeling the aid through a review of the EU's shared 2024-27 budget, which would also provide more financing for migration and other priorities. But Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has refused to go through the joint budget run by the Commission, leaving the other 26 countries considering proceeding without Budapest. Providing aid under 26 bilateral deals is an option discussion that is seen as more complicated and expensive than going via central coffers, and could damage EU unity.
by Cat on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 11:45:20 PM EST
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ChatGPT | EC VP Margaritis Schinas begs Taylor Swift to get out the youth vote, 10 Jan
...After all, rallying young voters is nothing new for Swift. Last September, the "Shake it Off" singer encouraged her 272 million Instagram followers to register to vote and, within hours, Vote.org reported more than 35,000 [US] registrations, a 23 percent jump from last year....
by Cat on Wed Jan 10th, 2024 at 08:40:55 PM EST
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Tusk announced the collapse of the government. "We will provide information about abuse", 3 Jan
"After the next Council of Ministers, we will present information about fraud, violation of the rules of social coexistence in many state institutions," Prime Minister Donald Tusk said at a conference after the government meeting. "The hair is moving on my head when we step by step open up the gray and black spheres of activity and financial hopelessness of the ruling parties until recently," the politician said.
Polish farmers to resume blockade of [Medyka-Shehyni] border crossing
A leader of the farmers' protest in Medyka, Roman Kondrow, told PAP that although Agriculture Minister Czeslaw Siekierski had provided a note telling the farmers their demands would be met, the prime minister had not given a signed declaration.

"We have not received written confirmation that our demands will be met, so we are continuing the protest," he said, adding they would only allow one truck per hour pass through the crossing.
"I will try to convince carriers not to use blockades as a method of defending their interests. We will do everything to effectively protect their interests," Prime Minister Donald Tusk said during a press conference. "The blockade in the face of bombings and increasingly intense actions from Russia does not make this task easier for us. I will be more effective in working in favour of Polish carriers when there is no blockade."

archive PL: December 2023 Yahodyn-Dorohusk, Korczowa-Krakowiec, and Hrebenne-Rava-Ruska
by Cat on Wed Jan 3rd, 2024 at 07:25:17 PM EST
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ukrinform | Polish protesters unblock border crossing for Ukrainian freight carriers at Med**a checkpoint, 6 Jan
...The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reported this via Telegram, Ukrinform saw.

"According to the information received from the Border Guard Service of the Republic of Poland, today at 21:00 the protest action ended outside the Med**a-Shehyni checkpoint. Border control procedures toward Ukraine are run as usual," the agency noted....

ChatGPT | German farmer protests spark fears of far-right infiltration, 8 Jan
..."Right-wing extremists and other enemies of democracy are trying to infiltrate and instrumentalize the protests," a spokesperson for Germany's interior minister, Nancy Faeser, said in Berlin. The country's federal police, Faeser added, believe these groups want to foment a "general strike" or even rioting to trigger an "overthrow" of the government.

It would not be the first time far-right groups have tried to gain political sway by latching onto protest movements in Germany—something similar was evident in pandemic-era anti-vaccine protests and in demonstrations against military aid to Ukraine.
The government was forced to cut costs in its new draft budget for 2024 after the country's top court ruled in November that some of its spending practices were unlawful, leading to an ongoing budget crisis. Polls show the popularity of the three-party coalition government is at historic lows. On Monday, Chancellor Olaf Scholz refused to accede further to the farmers' demands....

euronews | German farmers block major highways with tractors in protest against plans to scrap diesel tax break, 8 Jan
by Cat on Tue Jan 9th, 2024 at 02:03:51 AM EST
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'tis but a scratch, 10 Jan enemies of democracy
by Cat on Wed Jan 10th, 2024 at 08:33:28 PM EST
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strana | Polish farmers announced the closure of roads in the country in protest against the import of Ukrainian grain
This is reported by local media.
Farmers in Poland announced a strike: they will block all roads in the country
Adrian Wawrzyniak, a representative of the agrarian organization Solidarnośc, called on all farmers and agricultural unions in Poland to join the protests on January 24. Farmers will take to the streets to protest against grain imports from Ukraine, against the European Union and ideas that, in their opinion, want to significantly limit the production of crop and livestock products in Poland and the EU. The National Council of Agro-Industrial Chambers supported the upcoming protests.
The promotion [demonstration] will take place on January 24 from 12: 00 to 14:00. Farmers promise to put thousands of tractors on the roads. A new blockade of the border with Ukraine is also possible.

"We see lower milk prices and lower profitability. We are fighting to ensure that family farms can function at all. We cannot compete with Ukraine, so we expect, among other things, the introduction of quotas that existed before the war. Ukrainian grain should go where it belongs—to the Asian or African market, and not to Europe, " the organizers say....

euronews | Steady growth: EU agriculture prices end 2023 with a 2% rise, 19 Jan
by Cat on Fri Jan 19th, 2024 at 07:54:58 PM EST
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voiceofeurope |  Romanian citizens obstructed the Ukraine checkpoint, 13 Jan
Farmers in Romania have taken measures to impede the movement of trucks through the Siret checkpoint. The reasons behind this blockade, as well as the anticipated duration, remain unknown. The State Police Service advises that traffic may face complications in both directions.

As of now, there haven't been significant queues of cargo vehicles towards Ukraine, although 825 cars are registered in the E-queue for departure from Ukraine. The State Border Service of Ukraine reassures that the passage of passenger cars, buses, and pedestrians continues in the usual manner.

romania-insider | Entrance of trucks from Ukraine to Romania blocked by farmers, truckers, 18 Jan
Over 1,100 trucks were waiting to enter Romania through the Porubne-Siret Border Crossing Point, representatives of the Ukrainian customs authorities announced, Economica.net reported. No truck has transited the Border Crossing Point (PTF) Siret between Ukraine and Romania since the afternoon of January 15 as a result of the protest of Romanian farmers and truckers, according to the data sent on January 17 by the spokesperson of the Territorial Service of Suceava Border Police (STPF), Alina Petraru....
ukranews | Romania ceases blocking border checkpoint with Ukraine - SBSU, 19 Jan
The blocking of truck traffic at the Vicovu de Sus checkpoint, which is opposite the Ukrainian "Krasnoilska," has been stopped. Traffic has been fully restored. This follows from a statement by the State Border Service of Ukraine.

"We remind you that only empty cargo vehicles can cross the state border of Ukraine with Romania at the Krasnoilsk checkpoint," the agency added. As of January 18, it was known that Romanian farmers were blocking the movement of Ukrainian trucks through the Halmeu, Siret, and Vicovu de Sus checkpoints on the Ukrainian-Romanian border.

by Cat on Fri Jan 19th, 2024 at 06:51:11 PM EST
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Телеканал Прямий. Watch PRM Direct TV (Ukrainian) Live from Ukraine

Yury Lutsenko 4 days ago | Guardian staff and agencies 2 days ago

@ 04:53:...I hope I have the right to say this, because I know exactly what is happening in the trenches. Guys who have been serving there for almost two years are ready to serve. Only they need to understand that someone will come to them to help. So from my point of view, now there are very simple five steps needed. First, the law must be introduced by the president [Zelensk*] and presented by him together with the minister of defense [Umerov] and the commander-in-chief [Zaluzhny]. Of these three officials who are waging a war should come together in front of the Ukrainians and say this law. We need it. I personally believe that they should also state the amount of the number of dead Ukrainians. I know how they don't want this. I know how difficult it will be to accept, but otherwise withdraw from the zone of comfort, millions of those who hide behind various fables about the fact that anyone but me can serve. It is impossible to say the 500,000 that are being talked about now, if we divide it into months, it is 30,000 per month, and then we will roughly understand. what is happening at the front with the killed and wounded, and people need to be told the truth. I am sure that the Ukrainians deserve the truth. They must find out how many have died, and then all discussions will stop. Is mobilization necessary? This is the first step. Yes, it will ba shock, but in the end it was that shock that led half a million to the military commissars on February 24....
Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 683
The Russian military is on course to lose 500,000 personnel within the next year, according to the UK's Ministry of Defence. The MoD tweeted: "The average daily number of Russian casualties in Ukraine has risen by almost 300 during the course of 2023. If the numbers continue at the current rate over the next year, Russia will have lost over half a million personnel in Ukraine."
The UK's Ministry of Defence says Russia is continuing to struggle to establish air superiority over Ukraine. Three Russian combat jets were shot down just before Christmas and that affected ground forces' tactical objectives later in the month, the MoD said. It added that Russia has been increasing its aerial strikes in recent days "but at a lower level than before the shootdowns".
A Russian missile strike killed 11 people and injured 10 in and around the eastern Ukrainian city of Pokrovsk, the governor of the Ukrainian-controlled part of Donetsk region said. Five of the dead were children. President Volodymyr Zelensk*, in his nightly video address, said the attack "quite simply targeted ordinary, private homes".
eurasiantimes | "It Will Be A Shock": Ukraine Lost 500,000 Soldiers In War So Far, Nearly 30,000 Per Month: Lutsenko Claims, 7 Jan
by Cat on Mon Jan 8th, 2024 at 06:00:38 PM EST
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ukrinform | Ukraine, Japan's top diplomats discuss Peace Formula, preparations for Tokyo conference
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Japan, Dmytro Kuleba and Yoko Kamikawa, during their meeting in Kyiv, discussed the implementation of Ukraine's Peace Formula, preparations for the Ukraine recovery conference in Tokyo, and cooperation within the IAEA on safeguarding the safety of nuclear facilities across Ukraine.
The head of Ukrainian diplomacy announced this at a joint press conference with the head of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"Today we discussed in detail Japan's further participation in the implementation of President Zelensk*'s Peace Formula. We agreed to actively work with the countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America to involve them in this initiative," Kuleba emphasized. He noted that during the talks, the parties coordinated their steps to prepare for the Ukraine recovery conference, set to be held in Tokyo on February 19. In addition, the heads of foreign affairs discussed cooperation within the IAEA to guarantee the safety of nuclear facilities across Ukraine and the threat to international peace and security coming from the DPRK.

kyodo | Japan foreign minister visits Ukraine, vows $37 milion aid via NATO
Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa made an unannounced visit to Ukraine on Sunday, pledging a $37 million contribution to a NATO fund to provide additional support for the Eastern European nation's defense against the ongoing Russian invasion.

Kamikawa, visiting Ukraine for the first time since taking the role in September, said Japan will deliver an unmanned aircraft detecting system and other aid through the latest funding during a joint press conference in Kyiv with her Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, after their talks. Tokyo will also provide Kyiv with five mobile gas turbine power generators to help Ukrainians endure the harsh winter, Kamikawa added, expressing her country's unwavering resolve to "keep supporting Ukraine so that peace can be restored."

Her visit comes ahead of a conference the two countries will hold in Tokyo on Feb. 19 aimed at discussing the reconstruction of Ukraine, which has suffered widespread destruction since Russia invaded in February 2022.

archive December "Global Peace Summit" Greetings , "classic Russian technique"
by Cat on Mon Jan 8th, 2024 at 06:18:52 PM EST
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University d'OH | US and Allies Met Secretly With Ukraine on Peace Plan "for the whole world"
A secret meeting took place last month  between Ukraine, its Group of Seven [G7] allies and a small group of ["so-called] Global South countries to try to rally support for Kyiv's conditions for holding peace talks [SIC] with Russia, according to people eNTitIEs familiar with the matter.

The previously undisclosed Dec. 16 meeting of national security advisers was held in Saudi Arabia and followed larger, publicized gatherings aimed at countering Moscow's attempts  [INCONTINENCE ALERT] to divide and paint Ukraine and its allies as unwilling to negotiate an end to the war [SIC].

ibid "they don't want it public"
The secrecy was aimed in part at making participant countries feel more comfortable about joining. The smaller format [INCONTINENCE ALERT] allowed for a freer, more frank discussion on Ukraine's so-called [!] peace formula and plans for moving that process forward as well as principles for potentially engaging with Russia in future, the people eNTitIEs said.
Little Headway
There was no major progress at the latest meeting, held in Riyadh, according to people familiar with the session who asked for anonymity to discuss matters that aren't < wipes tears > public. Ukraine and its G-7 allies continued to resist calls from the ["so-called"] Global South nations to engage directly with Russia, they said.
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Moscow has denounced the allied efforts—to which Russia hasn't been invited—as a farce "fraud".

While top officials from India, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey Turcomania Tartary Beloochistan Burmah? Türkiye joined the December meeting in Riyadh, other major ["so-called"] Global South nations who had come to some of the previous larger sessions—notably China, Brazil, and the Sultans of Ormus United Arab Emirates—didn't send their representatives, the people eNTitIEs said.
Spokespeople for the White House National Security Council declined to comment. Both the Ukrainian and Saudi governments didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Next Steps
Ukraine and its allies have planned another meeting of the broader group in Switzerland next week ahead of the World Economic Forum [WEF] in Davos and invited more than 100 [!] countries, the people eNTitIEs  said. Previous sessions were held in Copenhagen, Jeddah, and Malta last year.

archive "40" or "30" or "dozens" or "several" invitations
Kyiv wants to hold a leaders' summit on the < wipes tears > blueprint early this year [Feb 19?]  and use that as a springboard [!] to establish a plan based on a set of agreed principles as the basis for any future talks with Moscow reconstruction of Ukraine.
All participants in the Riyadh discussion acknowledged Ukraine's right to defend itself and agreed on the need to uphold key United Nations principles—including respecting the territorial integrity of states—and international law, said the people eNTitIEs.
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by Cat on Tue Jan 9th, 2024 at 07:25:19 PM EST
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reuters | White House says it is nearly out of money to help Ukraine fight war with Russia, 4 Dec
White House budget director Shalanda Young warned in a letter to Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson and other congressional leaders on Monday that the United States was running out of time and money to help Ukraine fight its war with Russia.
F24 | US releases final tranche of authorised military aid for Ukraine
The final tranche of aid is worth up to $250 million and includes "air-defense munitions, other air-defense system components, additional ammunition for high mobility artillery rocket systems, 155mm and 105mm artillery ammunition, anti-armor munitions, and over 15 million rounds of ammunition," the State Department said.
euromaidanpres | White House officials meet on accessing advanced US battlefield tech to boost Ukraine defense, 9 Jan
The five-hour meeting centered on providing Ukraine with access to advanced US equipment, such as unmanned aerial systems, demining gear, and other battlefield technologies, to bolster Ukraine's defense against Russia's invasion, according to senior administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to brief reporters on the discussions, Reuters
...The officials said this effort was separate from the December agreement to speed weapons co-production and data sharing between the U.S. and Ukraine.
and Bloomberg reported.
National Security Advisor Jake Sssullivan convened the meeting, one official said. Sullivan also moved the NSC's Maher Bitar into a new role as coordinator for intelligence and defense policy, to steward further efforts around innovative battlefield technologies.
Congressional Republicans are demanding changes [CBS 07.01.24] on immigration and border security from the White House in exchange for approving additional [$61B] aid for Ukraine.
US National Security Council's key members met with about a dozen industry executives from Fortem Aerospace, drone maker Skydio, defense tech companies like Palantir Technologies Inc and Anduril Industries Inc, and venture capital firms.

"The conversation focused on a number of systems, including, unmanned aerial systems, how to counter incoming unmanned aerial systems, and then also addressing the demining challenge," an official told reporters during a phone call after the meeting.

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by Cat on Tue Jan 9th, 2024 at 10:32:02 PM EST
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strana | Ukraine has introduced an electronic register of conscripts, Biden's message to Zelensky, Kuleba and the war with shovels. Results, 16 Jan "state in a smartphone"
Today, the Verkhovna Rada adopted in the second reading the draft law No. 10062 on the creation of an electronic register of those liable for military service.

The Ministry of Defense, presenting the document, focused on protection from cyber threats and digitalization of the work of military structures. It is also stated that the bill will allow the deployment of military IT systems on the territory of NATO member countries, where data centers will be inaccessible to Russian missiles. The last moment has already caused outrage among People's Deputy Roman Kostenko. He said that it is impossible to place data about the military on foreign servers.

"This is an example of' simple solutions ' that can lead to disastrous consequences that will be impossible to correct," Kostenko said.

But the most scandalous rules that are laid down in this document relate to the creation of a register of those liable for military service.

The provision that the register will collect all kinds of data on citizens without their consent was criticized even by the Main Scientific and Expert Department of the Rada. It stated that information that was collected by state authorities for purposes known to citizens will now be processed by default by other bodies—from the Shopping Center to the SBU—for other purposes that no one warned citizens about when collecting data.

What is this data?

In addition to standard information such as full names, addresses and places of work, the following dossiers will be collected for all those who are liable for military service from 17 to 60 years of age::

• phone numbers and email addresses;
• information about foreign language proficiency;
• information about the right to own weapons;
• having a driver's license;
• information about the parents of the person
• liable for military service;
• details of domestic and foreign passports, TIN;
• data about traveling abroad;
• information about criminal records;
• a digital image of those liable for military service

In other words, the faces will be digitized and will be able to be identified from now on, including through street cameras.

by Cat on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 11:07:55 PM EST
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cnbc reuters  | Ukraine says China needed for peace process after Davos meeting, 14 Jan
Ukraine's presidential chief of staff Andriy Yermak said on Sunday it was important that Russian ally China was at the table when Kyiv convenes further meetings on its peace formula....
yahoo! bloombeg | Ukraine Peace Plan Talks in Davos End With No Clear Path Forward, 14 Jan
...Kyiv had hoped the meeting, held before the official start of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss mountain town, would help build backing for its 10-point peace plan among countries from the Global South, many of which have been reluctant to support Kyiv since Russia's invasion almost two years ago. Zelensk* will be in the Swiss capital Bern on Monday and in Davos on Tuesday, where he's expected to hold bilateral meetings and make a high-profile address. Ukraine will also host round-tables with investors and CEOs, focused on postwar reconstruction and the use of frozen Russian assets....
ChatGPT | A big Chinese delegation unnerves U.S. diplomats in Davos, 15 Jan
U.S. diplomats have been so worried about the size and intent of a Chinese delegation in Switzerland this week that they're trying to arrange a meeting between Secretary of Stalking Antony Blinken with a Swiss official while he's in the country for the World Economic Forum. The discussion about adjusting Blinken's schedule was laid out in a Stalking
 Department document obtained by POLITICO.
Blinken itinerary, 16-17 Jan
Chinese Premier Li Qiang, often described as the No. 2 to paramount leader Xi Jinping, is leading the delegation from Beijing.

Beijing "will have 10 state ministers in attendance," according to the [US Stalking] Department document, which is dated Jan. 12. "Their #2 will have a meeting with Swiss leaders. Amb. Miller characterized it as a 'pseudo state visit.'" (That appears to be a reference to Scott Miller, the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland.) The document goes on: "Miller believes it would be bad optics if S doesn't at least have a handshake with new Pres of Swiss Confederation, Viola Amherd, who has made herself completely available for a meeting." "S" is State Department shorthand for the secretary.

Yella Cake | Zelensk* Calls for Peace, Not More Weapons, in Davos, 16 Jan
In his speech, he promoted a Ukrainian peace plan and called for stiffer sanctions on Russia. But in a contrast with his comments to the forum last year, Mr. Zelensk* made no direct appeals for weaponry for new offensives on the battlefield.

"We need you in Ukraine to build, to reconstruct, to restore our lives," he told the audience of investors. "Each of you can be even more successful with Ukraine."
Mr. Zelensk* highlighted his country's plan to end the war, an initiative called the Peace Formula, which has gained the backing of dozens of countries. But those countries do not include Russia, and Moscow has rejected its terms.
"I don't believe Putin is capable of changing, only humans can do that," Mr. Zelensk* said.

On Monday, Switzerland agreed to push the Ukrainian plan a step forward. Switzerland will host a summit of countries backing the Peace Formula later this year, the country's president, Viola Amherd, said after a meeting with Mr. Zelensk*.

ChatGPT | China snubs Zelensk* in Switzerland, 17 Jan
Ukrainian leaders made no secret of wanting to meet with Chinese officials in Switzerland this week but President Volodymyr Zelensk* has headed home without the desired encounter in a blow to Kyiv....Just before a multi-nation peace summit in the Swiss Alps, Ukraine's presidential chief of staff Andriy Yermak said it was imperative for China to join peace talks and hinted that Zelensk* would have an opportunity to chat with Chinese Premier Li Qiang. In the end, Ukraine made no headway on getting China to commit to negotiations, and Zelensk* and Li failed to speak.
China's decision not to meet with Ukrainians appeared intentional and not the result of a scheduling problem. One senior U.S. official said Beijing rejected Kyiv's request for a meeting at some point during their mutual Swiss visits. Another senior U.S. official said China has refused any gatherings after Russia urged it to cease diplomatic encounters with Ukraine. Both officials, like others referred to in this story, were granted anonymity to detail a sensitive dynamic.

A Ukrainian official disputed the characterization, saying there was no meeting with Chinese officials on the delegation's schedule and that Kyiv never requested one. Chinese officials didn't respond to a request for comment.

archive Ukraine recovery conference February 19, "Zelensky wants Xi Jinping meeting" in Chinese peace principles for the war in Ukraine
by Cat on Wed Jan 17th, 2024 at 07:53:02 PM EST
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Volodymyr Zelensk* instructed to draw up an action plan to preserve the national identity of Ukrainians in Russia
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed Decree No. 17/2024 "On the Territories of the Russian Federation Historically Inhabited by Ukrainians."

The document states that for centuries, Russia has systematically destroyed national identity, oppressed Ukrainians, and violated their rights and freedoms, in particular in the lands historically inhabited by them in Kuban, Starodubshchyna, Northern and Eastern Slobozhanshchyna within the modern Krasnodar Krai, Belgorod, Bryansk, Voronezh, Kursk, and Rostov regions of the Russian Federation. At the same time, Russia must comply with its international obligations to ensure that Ukrainians < wipes tears > living in its territories, including those historically inhabited by ethnic Ukrainians, have the right to education in the Ukrainian language and its free use, civil, social, cultural and religious rights, access to Ukrainian-language media, and the right of peaceful assembly.

"The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine with the involvement of international experts, representatives of the Ukrainian World Congress, scholars, and the public, shall elaborate and submit to the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine an action plan to preserve the national identity of Ukrainians living in the Russian Federation, including the lands historically inhabited by them (Kuban, Starodubshchyna, Northern and Eastern Slobozhanshchyna within the modern Krasnodar Krai, Belgorod, Bryansk, Voronezh, Kursk, and Rostov regions of the Russian Federation)," the decree states.

Little Israel "control over the entire territory west of the Jordan River" (20.01.24)
The < wipes tears > action plan shall envisage, inter alia, the collection and examination of evidence and testimonies about crimes committed against Ukrainians who live (lived) in the territories of Russia historically inhabited by ethnic Ukrainians, about the policy of forced Russification, political repression and deportation of Ukrainians, the restoration and preservation of historical memory, including the establishment of a center for these issues.
1991 border
In addition, cooperation between Ukrainians and the peoples enslaved by Russia shall be developed. Together with the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the preparation and dissemination of materials on the more than thousand-year history of Ukrainian statehood, the historical ties of the lands inhabited by ethnic Ukrainians with Ukrainian national state formations in different historical periods shall be ensured.
President of Ukraine initiates a key bill that will enable the introduction of multiple citizenship
"Today I am submitting to the Verkhovna Rada a key draft law that will allow the adoption of comprehensive legislative amendments and the introduction of multiple citizenship. And it will allow all ethnic Ukrainians and their descendants from around the world to have our citizenship. Of course, except for citizens of the aggressor country," Volodymyr Zelensk* noted.
archive Ukrainian Diaspora and Holocaust Amnesia in Bushwhacked Into America
As the President emphasized, since the beginning of Russia's full-scale aggression against Ukraine, the multimillion-strong diaspora of Ukrainians around the world has stood up for the interests of our country and has been helping us despite being hundreds and thousands of kilometers away from their < wipes tears > homeland.
Address by the President of Ukraine on the Day of Unity

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Where's my Tubman 20?

by Cat on Mon Jan 22nd, 2024 at 07:08:46 PM EST
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ukrinform | U.S. cannot confirm Ukrainian POWs were on board Il-76—Kirby-content
"We have seen the reports, but we are not in a position to confirm them," he said, asked to comment on Russia's claims that Ukraine shot down a military transport plane carrying Ukrainian POWs. Kirby also added that the United States was doing the best it could to try to get more clarity and more information on the crash of the Russian plane.
Sources in the Ukrainian Armed Forces stated that this
• Russian Il-76 aircraft was carrying a batch of S-300 air defense missiles.
• the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine said that a prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia was scheduled for January 24
• as part of preparations for the prisoner swap, Russia did not inform Ukraine about the need to guarantee the safety of the airspace in the area of the city of Belgorod, Russia, in a specific timeframe
This may be a sign of Russia's deliberate actions aimed at creating a threat to the lives and safety of prisoners of war
strana | Zelensk* forbade people to congratulate themselves on his birthday until the circumstances of the Il-76 crash are clarified, 24 Jan
• Kiev does not deny that the plane was shot down by the Ukrainian Armed Forces;
• Kiev does not deny that there were prisoners of war on board
• Kiev confirmed that an exchange of prisoners wasprepared for Wed, 24 Jan; and
• Russia did not ask Kiev to ensure the safety of the airspace over Belgorod, Russia.
strana |  The [NSA] is collecting data to find out the causes of the Il-76 crash in the Belgorod region
The Russian Defense Ministry has officially accused Ukraine of deliberately shooting down an IL-76 in the Belgorod region, calling the incident a "terrorist attack". The Russians claim that the exchange of prisoners was supposed to take place in the afternoon at the Kolotilovka checkpoint on the Russian-Ukrainian border.
strana | France didn't want to. A meeting of the UN Security Council dedicated to the crash of the Russian IL-76 will be held on Friday night

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by Cat on Thu Jan 25th, 2024 at 01:13:48 AM EST
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webtv.un | Threats to international peace and security - Security Council, 9537th meeting, A/V run time 03:03:25
Russian IL-76 Ukrainian POW transport plane shot down by UAF missiles over Belgorod, RU, would not have threaten Ukraine's security, if Russia had not invaded Ukraine's ancestral homeland.
by Cat on Fri Jan 26th, 2024 at 01:41:54 AM EST
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Greece to legalise same-sex marriage, adoption, 10 Jan
"We will legislate equality in marriage," Kyriakos Mitsotakis told state TV ERT. But he added: "I want the discussion to mature in society before I submit a proposal to the cabinet." The timeframe will "not be long," he said.
The prime minister said the move would benefit "a few children and couples" without impairing the rights of other Greeks.

"Same-sex couples have children, and these children are not going to vanish. But these children do not have equal rights," he said. He also stressed the bill will not modify Greece's existing assisted reproduction rules, which limit parenthood through surrogacy to only single women and straight couples.

"Women turning into child production engines on order... that's not going to happen," he said, though children already born through surrogacy, and raised by men, will have full rights.

The bill is expected to split Mitsotakis's conservative New Democracy party, with fewer than 100 of the party's 158 lawmakers likely to support it, according to reports.

ekathimerini | ND plans sessions on same-sex marriage legislation, 11 Jan

The sessions, taking place on January 15 and 16, aim to address concerns and provide clarity on the legislation, influencing those undecided to support the proposal and encouraging others leaning towards abstention, deemed a "dignified stance" by the prime minister.
The debate revolved around the unprecedented call for abstention from voting, raising concerns about the government's handling of individual rights and freedoms. The opposition criticized the government's approach, with accusations of playing to party audiences rather than genuinely addressing human rights.
by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2024 at 01:16:25 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 31st, 2023 at 09:42:08 PM EST
euronews | OpEd
Implementation of the [G7] global minimum tax is looming, and governments and businesses are starting to see it for what it is: a weak, if not empty, promise.

Starting 1 January, several dozen jurisdictions will begin levying top-up taxes on large multinational companies that pay an effective tax rate of less than 15%. But will the new protocol raise the forecasted revenue and stamp out tax competition?
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which shepherded negotiations in this project, estimates it will raise up to $220 billion (€201bn) annually across the globe.

Such estimates are fraught with ambiguity; even the US Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) is unsure how much revenue could accrue to the US Treasury if the rules are adopted in the US and elsewhere. JCT's estimates drastically range from a $122bn (€111.5bn) reduction to a potential $236.5bn (€216.2bn) addition over 10 years. Tax Foundation's own estimates of changing US rules to match the minimum tax show significant risks to the US tax base.

archive BEPS Package" 2019 tax evasion, 'Lagarde list' 2013, Joint Committee on Taxation 2008
by Cat on Wed Jan 3rd, 2024 at 07:43:35 PM EST
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consilium.europa.eu | Belgian presidency 2024 Message from the Prime Minister
"Protect, Strengthen, Prepare". This is the slogan with which Belgium will hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months from January 1, 2024. It concisely and powerfully encapsulates the six key themes of this 13th mandate....
ChatGPT | Europe needs more cash, Belgian PM says, 2 Jan
"With every major challenge we face, the European population, even the more Euroskeptic ones, look to Europe to solve those challenges because countries alone cannot do it," he said. "If you want to answer those calls, you're going to have to rearrange your priorities, which for us inevitably leads to a discussion: Where does the money come from?"
archive Orbán to EU: Where is the money?
De Croo's proposal question comes as EU leaders negotiate a review of the bloc's 2021-2027 budget, which includes funding for Ukraine. EU states previously opposed the European Commission's request for €66 billion in ["]extra money["] to cover unforeseen expenses such as higher borrowing costs of the bloc's post-pandemic cash eurobonds [and Ukraine "solidarity"]. During the last European Council meeting in December, the fresh funding amount was trimmed to €21 billion to get member countries on board.
archive ECB pulls out of bond market
"Before we get bigger, we need to get better," De Croo said. Direct European funding would also give the bloc greater democratic legitimacy, the Belgian leader added.
ChatGPT | Wildes Gerücht um Kanzler-Tausch (02.01.24)
...Es gibt allerdings gewichtige Zweifel an der Plausibilität eines internen Putsch-Plans in der SPD zugunsten von Pistorius. Zum einen hat sich gerade die gesamte SPD beim Parteitag hinter Scholz gestellt....
"Democratic legitimacy is tied with your [?] own funding.
commission.europa.eu | The next generation of EU own resources?
That is inseparable.
europarl.europa.eu | The principle of subsidiarity?
Today, the European funding is indirect and hangs together in a precarious way. We all have our methods of consulting the national parliaments, but if Europe continues in the direction it is going—and that push is there—you have to have something that is more direct. You have to have a piece of funding you are accountable for."
ChatGPT | Party vote provides slight relief for Germany's troubled coalition
by Cat on Wed Jan 3rd, 2024 at 09:45:20 PM EST
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kommersant | The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry announced the convening of an emergency meeting of the Council with NATO, 3 Jan
...According to him, this is an important sign of Euro-Atlantic unity.

"NATO supported Ukraine's request to convene an extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council... One of the key topics will be strengthening the country's air defense," Mr. Kuleba wrote on social network X (formerly Twitter).

On [2 Jan] the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensk* said that in five days on the territory of the country fired at least 500 missiles and drones.

President of Ukraine discussed defense cooperation with the UK Prime Minister, particularly further bolstering of Ukraine's air defense
Andriy Yermak had a phone call with Jake Sullivan
The Russian Defense Ministry reported on December 31 that in response to the shelling of Belgorod, during which 24 people were killed and 109 injured, strikes were carried out on objects in Kharkiv.
abcnews | NATO to help buy 1,000 Patriot missiles to defend allies, 3 Jan
NATO's Support and Procurement Agency said it will support a group of nations, including Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, and Spain, in buying the Patriots, which are used to defend against cruise and ballistic missiles as well as enemy aircraft. According to industry sources, the contract could be worth around $5.5 billion.
Mental disorder is a communicable disease
The purchase could help allies free up more of their own defense systems for Ukraine [?]. The agency said that "other user nations are expected to benefit from the conditions of the contract," without elaborating.
As an organization, NATO provides only non-lethal support to Ukraine, but its members send weapons and ammunition individually or in groups.
by Cat on Thu Jan 4th, 2024 at 03:22:22 AM EST
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"Bug" for Zaluzhny. Who and why set up the wiretapping in the office of the Chief Commissar of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

As Ukrainian mass media reported , and later confirmed in the General Staff , a listening device was found in the room intended for the work of the Chief of Staff.
The mass media and political circles immediately began to discuss different versions of who could have set up the wiretapping. And many remembered the rumors about the existence of a conflict on the "Zelensky - Zaluzhny" line.

Additional impetus to the discussion of the topic of the conflict was given by Zaluzhny's statement regarding the situation with mobilization, which was made yesterday (the day after the wiretapping scandal). 

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 4th, 2024 at 09:27:07 PM EST
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NATO | NATO concludes contracts for another $1.2 billion in artillery ammunition, 23 Jan
..."This demonstrates that NATO's tried and tested structures for joint procurement are delivering," said the Secretary General. "Russia's war in Ukraine has become a battle for ammunition, so it is important that Allies refill their own stocks, as we continue to support Ukraine."

Since Allied leaders agreed NATO's Defence Production Action Plan in July 2023, the NSPA has agreed contracts for around 10 billion dollars' worth of ammunition. Recent NSPA purchases include a 5.5 billion dollar contract for 1,000 Patriot missiles and 4 billion dollars for 155-mm artillery, anti-tank guided missiles and tank ammunition. In November 2023, NATO's procurement agency also opted to buy six E-7A Wedgetail aircraft with a contract to be signed in 2024....

ChatGPT | NATO signs key artillery ammunition contract to replenish allied supplies and help Ukraine
..."This is important to defend our own territory, to build up our own stocks, but also to continue to support Ukraine," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters. "We cannot allow President (Vladimir) Putin to win in Ukraine," he added. "That would be a tragedy for the Ukrainians and dangerous for all of us."...
by Cat on Tue Jan 23rd, 2024 at 04:27:40 PM EST
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voiceofeurope | Argentina nears $1 billion bond payment amid IMF talks with President Milei
"It would be a big surprise if they were to default," remarked Cathy Hepworth, head of emerging-market debt at PGIM Fixed Income, emphasizing the uncertainty as the year progresses. Simultaneously, Argentina is in talks with the IMF to revive its $44 billion aid program.
The payment deadline coincides with efforts to unlock a $3.3 billion disbursement required for repaying the IMF by month-end. The delay, resulting from the change in government, prompts hopes for an agreement during the talks. Despite the positive outlook on Argentina's payment capabilities, concerns persist, as the peso weakens in ["]parallel markets["] and local economic challenges unfold. The nation's bonds, trading in distressed territory, reflect ongoing worries among investors. The government faces another $1.7 billion in interest and principal due in July, with analysts observing potential upside if Milei's fiscal [austerity] measures gain public support.
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by Cat on Tue Jan 9th, 2024 at 11:58:18 PM EST
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yahoo! bloomberg | Argentina Reached Deal With IMF Staff to Unlock $3.3 Billion
Wall Street swiftly showed support for the agreement. Shortly after its announcement, the country's benchmark dollar bonds due 2030 climbed some 1.3 cents to trade at around 39 cents on the dollar, according to indicative price data compiled by Bloomberg, representing its biggest intraday leap since Nov. 24.
Before this round of IMF talks, Milei's team, led by Economy Minister Luis Caputo, proposed sharp austerity measures, mass deregulation and implemented a 54% currency devaluation with an aim of resetting the crisis-prone economy. Still, monetary policy remains a point of contention: IMF officials have long insisted interest rates remain above inflation [rate Dec 2023]; the central bank changed its benchmark instrument last month, leading to a sharp rate cut despite galloping prices.

Central bank officials continue to maintain a crawling peg currency system inherited from the previous government, letting the peso slowly devalue only 2% a month. Analysts say that pace won't last long with inflation at current levels and the parallel peso [Blue Peso:USD, 1:0.0009] beginning to sell off again in January.

FT | IMF to release $4.7bn to Argentina as Javier Milei pursues austerity, odious debt
Argentina's hard currency reserves have been virtually wiped out amid its most severe economic crisis in two decades. The government is relying on the IMF's disbursements to pay the fund back for money lent earlier in the programme—which was first launched in 2018 and refinanced in 2022—with repayments worth more than $2.7bn coming due by February 1. Entering into arrears would destabilise markets and deepen the crisis.
The delay of November's disbursement had forced Milei's new government to take out a bridge loan from the Caracas-based CAF to make another $900mn repayment in December. A multibillion-dollar credit line from China tapped by the previous government has not been renewed since Milei's election, according to local media.
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 9th, 2024 at 09:29:46 AM EST
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Excellent overview of situation agriculture, subsidies and food prices effect on consumers.

German farmers kick off protest week against diesel subsidy cuts amid worries far-right is hijacking cause

Workers from agricultural companies across Germany have launched a week of authorised protests in the country by blocking roads and motorways with their tractors. They are demonstrating against cuts to tax breaks for diesel fuel widely used in the sector. The protestors argue that the changes, which were made necessary by an emergency reshuffling of the budget, leave them worse off than other businesses. The government rolled back some of the cuts last week, but farmers argue that the intended cuts are still unacceptable. Meanwhile, economy minister Robert Habeck was targeted by an illegitimate protest march while on holiday, raising fears that far-right groups are hijacking large-scale protests to incite further resistance. The farming lobby has distanced itself from any unauthourised actions, but more radical politicians have voiced support for unauthourised protests against the government.

Protesting farmers have caused major traffic disruption across Germany in reaction to subsidy cuts by the government which will force agricultural companies to pay more for diesel fuel. Thousands of farming company employees blocked roads and motorways with tractors and other agricultural equipment, demanding that the subsidies are fully reinstated. The cuts were caused by a last-minute budget reshuffling after a court ruling reduced funds for climate and transformation projects by 60 billion euros. The government last week agreed to roll back some of the enforced measures and delay others. Agricultural vehicle tax breaks will not be slashed, while diesel tax breaks for farmers will be abolished only gradually, starting this year.

The protests, which were backed by other affected groups such as hauliers and taxi companies, have heightened fears that more radical and far-right groups could use the demonstrations to spark further resistance and blockades against the government on other issues. "We ask the population for its understanding," Joachim Rukwied, head of the German Farmers' Association (DBV), said in an interview with magazine Stern. The lobby group helped orchestrate the protests, which are set to disrupt public life for more than one week. "We want to carry out our protests peacefully and by democratic means," said Rukwied, insisting that the DBV wants to retain the "backing and solidarity that we receive from large parts of the population".

Economy and climate action minister Robert Habeck, meanwhile, called for a national debate about the future of agriculture in the country. In a video released by his ministry, Habeck said that farmers in Germany face a multitude of parallel challenges, including economic pressure from the embattled food retailing market and competition from abroad. "Many struggle to cover their production costs," said the Green politician, who in the past served as agriculture minister in northern state Schleswig-Holstein. As they had little influence over food prices, increasing production often would be the only way to increase their revenue. "This is the industrialization of agriculture," Habeck said, adding that a national debate is needed about the working conditions and business prospects of the sector as well as its role for sustainability and climate action.

[Some links added are mine - Oui]

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 9th, 2024 at 09:31:34 AM EST
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euronews | Farmers in Romania, France and Germany continue road convoy protests, 21 Jan
competition for dread "non-market" profitability
by Cat on Sun Jan 21st, 2024 at 10:43:17 PM EST
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bloomberg | White House Throws Support Behind Seizing Russian Assets, 10 Jan $300B OFAC
The administration welcomes "in principle" a bill that would allow it to confiscate embezzle the funds, according to a November memo from the National Security Council to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"The [US Congress] bill would provide the authority needed for the executive branch to seize embezzle Russian sovereign assets for the benefit of Ukraine," the NSC said in the memo, one of three such communications seen by Bloomberg News.
The White House is seeking to balance that with competing worries that the move could taint the reputation of the US financial system and spark a flight from the dollar. The administration also wants to align the move with Group of Seven [G7] allies, particularly in Europe, where about $200 billion of [] Russian assets are held and where support for seizure embezzlment, particularly unilaterally [?], has been tepid.

pirate guidelines
EU Wariness
Support in Europe is far from certain. The European Union is considering a windfall tax on profits generated by the frozen Russian Central Bank assets, approximately $190 billion of which are held by Belgian clearinghouse Euroclear. Progress on that proposal has been slow as several key member states, including Germany and France, as well as the European Central Bank [ECB], are concerned about the impact the move could have on the euro zone's stability. And there is also worry that Moscow could retaliate by confiscating  funds seizing Europeans' assets that are blocked freezing in Russia.
REPO: "Rebuilding Economic Prosperity and Opportunity"
There's already bipartisan [US Congress] support for the measure—it has 14 sponsors from members of both parties in the Senate and 62 sponsors in the House—but some critics have voiced concern that actually seizing embezzling the assets would be a bridge too far crime and could further weaken support from countries on the fence over the Russia-Ukraine war, particularly India, Brazil, and South Africa, as well as further straining relations with China.

Global Response
"At the end of the day, the rest of the world is going to make a judgment about whether this is a legitimate use of US governmental authority," said Benn Steil, the director of international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. "Overwhelmingly, it's going to be rejected by countries who represent a majority of the world's population. Including countries we are trying to move closer to in many areas."

archive December 2023 price cap mania, G7 REPO - thawing frozen cash equivalents
by Cat on Sat Jan 13th, 2024 at 08:21:51 PM EST
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reuters | Reparation bonds could unlock $300 billion for Ukraine, 15 Jan illustrated
Here is a proposal for a fallback plan. Kyiv could raise money by selling bonds backed by future claims for war damages against Moscow. ... Issuing "reparation bonds" would circumvent [] problems. Ukraine would sell securities which pay out if—and only if —it receives reparations from Russia for the damage done by the war. Interest payments could also roll up and only become payable if Kyiv gets compensation...The bondholders would not have a contractual claim on the Kremlin's frozen reserves. But given that Russia is unlikely to pay up willingly, these assets would be the most likely source of cash to pay for damages.

Since the reserves are accruing interest, they could be used to pay both the bonds' principal and coupons. This would be different from confiscation, because the assets would only be transferred if a legitimate compensation mechanism first ruled that damages were due to Ukraine.

Ukraine would have a plausible way to collect on any damages awarded up to the value of the reserves. It could therefore issue reparation bonds up to $300 billion. But it would only get anything like this sum if the United States, EU governments and other allies were willing to buy the securities.

WWI, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, GLOBAL WARMING? nope.
The legal principle that a country should "make full reparation for the injury caused by [an] internationally wrongful act" is well established. There is also a recent precedent of a state doing so. After Iraq [loser] invaded Kuwait [winner] in 1990, the United Nations Security Council set up a compensation commission which forced Baghdad to pay $52 billion in damages. The money came from siphoning off a portion of Iraq's oil revenues.
One objection to the idea is that the bonds would be so risky that investors would demand a deep discount. So Kyiv wouldn't get anything like the full $300 billion. After all, even if a judicial process awards Ukraine damages, Western governments may be reluctant to transfer the title of Russia's reserves to Kyiv. Ukraine itself might also agree to abandon reparation claims against Moscow as part of some future peace deal.

This is why the ideal anchor investors would be Western governments. They have a lot to lose if Ukraine fails to hold off Russia's assault. They are also well placed to mitigate the bonds' risks. The United States and its allies have the power to determine whether Russia's frozen assets are used for compensation. They will also have a big say on the shape of any peace deal. If Western governments conclude that the Kremlin should get its reserves back, that will be because they conclude the wider gains of peace dwarf the costs of giving up $300 billion.

by Cat on Mon Jan 15th, 2024 at 08:36:28 PM EST
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reuters | No default risk in event of Russian asset confiscation, Moody's, S&P say, 17 Jan
Back in June 2022, the United States and Moody's deemed Russia to have defaulted on its bonds when international sanctions prevented Moscow from making [SWFT] payments to bondholders—an interpretation which Moscow rejected. The Russian central bank argues France, Germany, Britain, and other [NATO partners] would likewise be in default if bonds held by Russia were confiscated embezzeled, and Russia therefore did not receive [SWIFT] payments, a person familiar with its view told Reuters.
the problem AND the solution!
"Our ratings do not typically reflect [bond] holder-specific considerations hence we would not treat the scenario as a default for these countries," Thorsten Nestmann, Senior Vice President at Moody's Investors Service, said by email in response to a Reuters inquiry.

Frank Gill, Sector Lead EMEA Sovereign Ratings at S&P Global, also told Reuters embezzelment by NATO agencies would not be likely to be considered a default as interest payments are made via a [US Treasury licensed] payment agent which would continue to disburse them to [Western] creditors.

working capital
Most of Russia's frozen embezzeled reserves are [] cash and the sovereign bonds of France, Germany, Britain, Austria, [USA,] and Canada. The rating agencies' interpretation may allay concerns [nope] around [Western countries'] default risk. Some European officials also fear any [foreign] asset embezzelment could set a worrying precedent that sees other countries seek compensation for past < wipes tears > military action by Western countries.
University D'Oh Bulletin: Yield!
Russian authorities privately lean towards the view that the reserves are all but lost, but are determined to mount a legal challenge and retaliate strongly, according to four people familiar with the government and central bank's thinking.

"Deep down, everyone has already said goodbye to the reserves," one of those sources said. "There will certainly be (a legal process). It is a kind of ritual. We will not roll over, we're going to fight."

A second source said Russia had "bid farewell" to the assets, certain that European capitals would succumb to U.S. [coercion]. A third agreed Russia was unlikely to be able to prevent the confiscation embezzelment but would threaten retaliation such as confiscating embezzeling Western [eNtITiEs'] assets [cash, bonds, equity, RE, CRE] TRAPPED in Russia and breaking off diplomatic relations with foreign powers deemed terrorist eNtITiEs designated unfriendly [2022 Q2]....Another source familiar with the Russian position said any trial would likely last for several years. As the reserves are held by Russia's independent central bank, Moscow can argue the funds are not government property, the person added.

by Cat on Thu Jan 18th, 2024 at 09:36:51 PM EST
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eeas.europa.eu | Foreign Affairs Council: Press remarks by High Representative Josep Borrell after the meeting, 22 Jan transcript
The ministers agreed that this is not the moment to weaken our support to Ukraine. By the contrary: it is the moment to do more and faster, my preferred words: more and faster. With financial resources, with military equipment, by training soldiers, and all that Ukrainians need to defend themselves.
closetheskyoverukraine | Borrell says EU countries have agreed to use frozen Russian assets (22.01.24)
According to Dzogviak, EU ambassadors are to authorize this decision on Wednesday [24 Jan], according to which the funds will first be set aside in a separate account and then used to support Ukraine.
We will continue working to make a predictable assistance. I will travel to Ukraine in the first or second week of February—I will tell you.  
kyivindependent | Borrell: EU foreign ministers agree on plan to transfer profits from frozen Russian assets to Ukraine (22.01.24)
The plan would reportedly require banks holding the assets to place profits in a separate bank account, which would then be transferred to the EU's budget on an annual basis in order to provide funding for Ukraine. The proposal must be approved by the European Parliament, and all 27 EU member states before it can be implemented.
We will—I hope—reach an agreement on a top-up of €5 billion of the European Peace Facility, so that we can establish a "Ukraine Assistance Fund". We presented a non-paper in order to make clear to the Member States how the European Peace Facility will work in this new stage, in this new moment. I hope that it will be ready, and all Ministers considered that it was a good basis to review the work of the European Peace Facility under the 'Ukraine Assistance Fund'.
pravda.ua | EU foreign minister says EU countries have agreed on use of Russian frozen assets (22.01.24)
Previously, Borrel stated that Ukrainians should not worry about the possible weakening of support from the European Union despite the shift in focus on resolving the conflict in the Middle East.
On the < wipes tears > immobilised Russian assets, I think I can say that we have a political agreement to finalise work on the basis of the proposal that we tabled in December, focusing on the revenues. For the time being, it is about revenues, about the windfall profits, and I am almost sure that this will be finalised soon. Discussions will continue at the level of Ambassadors, but I see that the agreement is coming. And I make a strong push for this decision to be taken before the next Foreign Affairs Council.
"classic Russian technique"
RBC | Borrel named the terms of the agreement on income from Russian assets, 22 Jan
The final decision, according to Borrell, should be made before the next meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the EU, which will be held on February 19.

The European Union began discussing the idea of introducing taxes on profits from blocked [!] Russian assets in September 2023, Bloomberg reported. In December, the European authorities developed a plan of three steps, the last of which is the transfer of net income received from frozen [!] funds to the EU budget for 2024-2027. The Financial Times (FT) previously reported that the EC intends to raise up to €15 billion through this mechanism [!] to finance aid to Ukraine.

by Cat on Tue Jan 23rd, 2024 at 03:29:38 PM EST
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Smashing the piggy bank of your brother .... damn fools ... don't start wars ... is this what the present generation believes the "European Union"  is all about?

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 23rd, 2024 at 03:40:51 PM EST
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kommersant | EU unlikely to be able to confiscate frozen immobilised Russian assets, 23 Jan
The European Union (EU) is unlikely to be able to make a decision on the confiscation of frozen assets of the Russian Central Bank in the near future. According to Reuters, citing senior EU officials, such a move carries too many risks, including for the euro.
"The EU cannot bail out Euroclear," another senior official said. "Euroclear manages trillions and its bankruptcy would be far more than the budget of the EU. We have to balance risk and profit," the official said.
"There will be no confiscation of the capital of Russian assets. There is no agreement between the EU member states on this issue yet, " one of the agency's interlocutors, who is familiar with the consultations on the fate of frozen immobilised Russian assets, said on condition of anonymity.
kommersant | Belgium to transfer income from frozen immobilised assets of Russia to Ukraine
Belgian Defense Minister Ludivine Dedonder announced military assistance to Ukraine in the amount of €611 million in 2024. The Belgian government told La Libre Belgique that these funds will be received as income from frozen immobilised Russian assets. It is noted that the Belgian authorities will allocate financial, humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine on a gratuitous basis for interest from the frozen immobilised assets of the Russian Federation.
defence24.com | Poland to Grant Ukraine Loans for Weapons
by Cat on Tue Jan 23rd, 2024 at 08:44:30 PM EST
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ft | EU readies more Russia sanctions ahead of Ukraine war anniversary
The package includes a 13th set of restrictions on businesses and individuals connected to the 2022 full-scale invasion of Ukraine, as well as a long-delayed agreement on €50bn for Kyiv over the next four years, some of which could be paid out as soon as a deal is struck, according to people familiar with the preparations. Another €5bn in military assistance per year and a decision to set aside profits arising from Russia's frozen assets are also part of the overall set of support measures.
archive EU's joint borrowing experiment
The NEW! EU sanctions will be focused on adding more individuals and businesses to the asset freeze immobilisation and travel ban list, according to people familiar with the discussions, and it is unlikely to include a ban on Russian aluminium imports as requested by Poland and the Baltic countries. Other elements could also be watered down to secure support, as previous attempts by some member states to target Russia's nuclear fuel and liquefied natural gas exports to the EU have failed because of a lack of consensus.
cityam | UK has insured £102bn worth of Russian oil despite sanctions (24.01.24)
The commission's proposal on Russian state assets dates from December, but stops short of actually < wipes tears > confiscating those profits and transferring them to Ukraine. The frozen immobilised assets proposal will "show progress without actually getting the money any closer to Kyiv", said a senior EU diplomat involved in the negotiations. "We are kicking the can down the road.
A separate, US-led push at the G7 level to grab the underlying assets themselves, the majority of which sit in Europe, is unlikely to get the backing of Italy, France, and Germany, EU and national officials said. [...]
yahoo! Ukrainska Pravda
...The new EU sanctions will focus on adding more individuals and legal eNTItiEs to the asset freeze  immobilisation and travel ban list, and are unlikely to include a ban on Russian aluminium imports as requested by Poland and the Baltic states.

"Other elements could also be watered down to secure support, as previous attempts by some member states to target Russia's nuclear fuel and liquefied natural gas exports to the EU have failed because of a lack of consensus," the article states....

pravda.ua, security guarantees
...Privately, Ukrainian officials have expressed concern about the decrease in Western support over the last few months, and the risk of economic collapse and military reversals if key allies do not provide additional aid....
archive December 2023 price cap mania UPDATE
by Cat on Fri Jan 26th, 2024 at 12:09:39 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 31st, 2023 at 09:42:29 PM EST

Ambulance Chasers: Israel prepares Dershowitz defense for ICJ hearing on Jan. 11 and 12
by Cat on Tue Jan 2nd, 2024 at 07:19:29 PM EST
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dispositive trial experience
..."A state like Israel has no chance of being represented on this tribunal, just as it has no prospect of being chosen to serve on the UN Security Council," Dershowitz said 20 years ago, comparing it to a Jim Crow court in the U.S. South....
by Cat on Tue Jan 2nd, 2024 at 07:43:48 PM EST
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de Nile

State Officials Fear International Criminal Court Could Charge Israel With Genocide in Gaza

... "In general, it's hard to prove an intention of genocide because no public statements to that effect are made during the fighting. But these irresponsible statements about erasing Gaza will require Israel to explain why they don't reflect such an intention."...
by Cat on Fri Jan 5th, 2024 at 06:11:06 AM EST
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Show some teachings of Zionism ... intention of genocide is build in the rhetoric of ultra-rightwing rabbis and politicians. ... intent in abundance 😂

"First, you have to show intention of annihilation, and second - certain actions in the field that promote this intention."

That would be the least of burdens of proof at the Court in The Hague.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 5th, 2024 at 12:04:14 PM EST
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"deportation, forced transfer, voluntary evacuation" from temporarily-occupied territories

Far-right ministers call to 'resettle' Gaza's Palestinians, build settlements in Strip, 1 Jan

The war presents an "opportunity to concentrate on encouraging the migration of the residents of Gaza," Ben Gvir told reporters and members of his far-right Otzma Yehudit party, calling such a policy "a correct, just, moral and humane solution."
The "correct solution" to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict is "to encourage the voluntary migration of Gaza's residents to countries that will agree to take in the refugees," Smotrich told members of his Religious Zionism party, predicting that "Israel will permanently control the territory of the Gaza Strip," including through the establishment of [not "NAZI"] settlements.

He also repeated his previous statement that Jerusalem could not allow Gaza to remain a "hothouse of 2 million people who want destroy the State of Israel" and asserted that "as long as I am the finance minister, not one shekel will go to the Nazi terrorists in Gaza."

reuters | US slams Israeli ministers' statements on resettlement of Palestinians outside Gaza, 2 Jan
The U.S. State Department on Tuesday [2 Jan 2024] slammed recent statements from Israeli Ministers Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir that advocated for the resettlement of Palestinians ["refugees"] outside of Gaza, calling the rhetoric "inflammatory and irresponsible."...
jns | After US censure, Smotrich repeats call to resettle Gazans Palestinians, 3 Jan
Israel is holding secret talks with Congo to accept Palestinian migrants. Israel's Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich on Wednesday reiterated his support for the voluntary resettlement of ["Nazi terrorist"] Gazans, a day after being condemned by the U.S. for taking this stance....
ChatGPT | Israel denies it is talking to other countries about absorbing Gazan immigrants*, 4 Jan
A senior Israeli official on Wednesday evening denied a report from The Times of Israel's Hebrew sister site Zman Yisrael earlier in the day that Israel is "in talks with the Congo" to discuss the possibility of relocating thousands of Gazans Palestinian refugees to the African country and other nations....
* ibid "millions, millions of dollars to help"
archive Israel orders more Gazans to flee, bombs areas where it sends them 2023, Macron DRC reception, OHCHR imminent forcible transfer of Palestinians 2022, safe-third country pacts 2019
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, 1948
On the recognition of the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court by Ukraine, 2015
by Cat on Sat Jan 6th, 2024 at 03:49:58 PM EST
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timesofisrael | Western leaders issue joint statement stating `steadfast and united' support for Israel, 10 Oct 2023
..."All of us recognize the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people and support equal measures of justice and freedom for Israelis and Palestinians alike. But make no mistake: Hamas does not represent those aspirations, and it offers nothing for the Palestinian people other than more terror and bloodshed," the leaders assert....
Biden administration argues courts have no authority over U.S. aid to Israel, 18 Dec 2023
..."Plaintiffs seek to have the Court override the Executive Branch's foreign policy and national security determinations," Justice Department lawyers said in a filing with U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White of Oakland seeking dismissal of the lawsuit. [...] The suit is also futile, the government's lawyers contended, because even if the courts ordered the U.S. to cut off all military aid to Israel—currently $3.8 billion a year, plus $14 billion that Biden is seeking from Congress—it would not save any lives in Gaza.
archive D4 "fighting pause" accountability
[...] The lawsuit contends Israel's actions, and their U.S. support, fit the legal definition of genocide, as stated in an international treaty that has been ratified by the United States: conduct "committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group."
The latest [DOJ] filing was denounced by the —Center for Constitutional Rights, the nonprofit that sued Nov. 13 on behalf of two human-rights groups along with Palestinians and Americans whose relatives have been killed by Israeli troops. The defendants are Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
archive Center for Constitutional Rights | Emergency Legal Briefing Paper (18.10.23)
and the "Proxmire Act", 1988
Biden and his aides "are attempting to evade legal responsibility for their failure to prevent—and complicity in—Israel's unfolding genocide of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip," said Astha Sharma Pokharel, an attorney for the organization....
ChatGPT | How Israel will fight Gaza genocide accusations in The Hague, 5 Jan
...Israel isn't Russia—it cares how it is perceived. And an ICJ ruling against it, albeit a temporary one, would hand its enemies a significant propaganda win, while also putting the country in an awkward diplomatic and military spot...
Congo denies that it's in talks with Israel about taking in thousands of Gaza refugees, 5 Jan
There has "never been any form of negotiation, discussion or initiative" between Kinshasa and Israel about the reception of Palestinian migrants on Congolese soil, Congolese government spokesperson Patrick Muyaya says in a statement.
CNN | January 5, 2023 Israel-Hamas Palestine war
...Major diplomatic visits: Two key visits from Western officials this weekend come as leaders in the Middle East warn of the potential for an expanded regional conflict stemming from the Israel-Hamas Palestine war.

US Secretary of Stalking Antony Blinken arrived in Turkey for the first stop in a multi-country tour. His visit will focus on indirect, back-channel diplomacy with Iran [?!], which backs the Houthi rebels in Yemen and Hezbollah paramilitary group in Lebanon—two key players in the region's inflamed tensions.

Meanwhile, the European Union's foreign policy chief [J. Borrell] is in Lebanon to discuss the situation at its border with Israel, which is the site of regular clashes between Hezbollah and Israeli troops....

almayadeen | 'Israel' faces uphill battle on genocide charges at ICJ: Politico, 6 Jan
...The government is reaching out to Western nations for statements of support, considering Ukraine's endorsement, given its case of genocide allegations against Russia....
archive "You don't have to be a Jew to be a Zionist", Big Israel
by Cat on Sat Jan 6th, 2024 at 05:26:27 PM EST
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axios | Inside Israel's plan to quash South Africa's Gaza genocide case, 5 Jan

The Israeli Foreign Ministry is instructing its embassies to press diplomats and politicians in their host countries to issue statements against South Africa's case at the International Court of Justice that accuses Israel of committing genocide in Gaza, according to a copy of an urgent cable obtained by Axios.
Operation: Karim Khan Q.E.D.
The cable, sent by the Israeli Foreign Ministry on Thursday [4 Jan], illustrates Israel's diplomatic action plan ahead of next week's ICJ hearing: to create international pressure on the court to not issue an injunction that orders Israel to suspend its military campaign in Gaza.
tactical plan: imaginary mitigating circumstances
While ICJ orders are binding, they are hard to enforce. Russia ignored the court's order last year to halt its invasion of Ukraine.
strategic goal: ham sandwich
The cable argues that under the 1948 convention, genocide is defined as creating conditions that don't allow the survival of the population together with the intent to annihilate it.
• Therefore, stressing Israel's efforts to increase humanitarian aid to the population in Gaza and to decrease the number of civilians who are killed "is critical," the cable reads.
• the Israeli embassies were instructed to ask diplomats and politicians at the highest level "to publicly acknowledge that Israel is working together with international actors to increase the humanitarian aid to Gaza, as well as to minimize damage to civilians, while acting in self defense after the horrible October 7th attack by a genocidal terrorist organization."
• They were told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will send letters to dozens of world leaders along the same lines.
archive Bergman v. Blumenthal, Barak Ravid (b), Barak Ravid (a)
by Cat on Sat Jan 6th, 2024 at 07:19:56 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 6th, 2024 at 11:00:41 PM EST
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influencer "breaking" points

by Cat on Sat Jan 6th, 2024 at 11:47:38 PM EST
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Excellent information and presentation ... a big thank you! 😥

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 7th, 2024 at 08:48:49 AM EST
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Clare Daly "braking" points

by Cat on Sun Jan 7th, 2024 at 12:50:18 PM EST
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The hearings will be streamed live and on demand (VOD) in the two official languages of the
Court, English and French, on the Court's website and on UN Web TV. High-resolution video clips
and still photos produced by the Registry during the hearings will be available free of charge and
free of copyright for editorial, non-commercial use, on the Court's website (to download, click on
Multimedia) and X (formerly Twitter) feed (@CIJ_ICJ).

11 Jan: THE HAGUE - The International Court of Justice (ICJ) holds public hearings in the case South Africa v. Israel - Oral argument of South Africa

12 Jan: THE HAGUE - The International Court of Justice (ICJ) holds public hearings in the case South Africa v. Israel - Oral argument of Israel

Public sittings of the Court can be followed live by clicking on the media player on the website homepage, or here [Multimedia Galleries]. The webstream starts a few minutes before the sitting is scheduled to begin.
by Cat on Wed Jan 10th, 2024 at 08:56:58 PM EST
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South Africa v. Israel, oral argument transcripts

Public sitting held on Thursday 11 January 2024, at 10 a.m., at the Peace Palace, President Donoghue presiding, in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel)
Verbatim record 2024/1 (pdf, 85 pp)
therein lists of South Africa and Israel  representatives by name and their official capacities

Public sitting held on Friday 12 January 2024, at 10 a.m., at the Peace Palace, President Donoghue presiding, in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel)
Verbatim record 2024/2, to be amended

by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2024 at 07:09:04 PM EST
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South Africa v. Israel, therein lists of South Africa and Israel representatives by name and their official capacities
  • Verbatim record 2024/1 (South Africa, 85 pp)
  • Verbatim record 2024/2 (Israel, 75 pp)
by Cat on Mon Jan 15th, 2024 at 03:08:41 PM EST
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South Africa v Israel, 26 Jan, 29 pp

Preliminary Findings of Fact and Law (abridged)

54. In the Court's view, the facts and circumstances mentioned above are sufficient to conclude that at least some of the rights claimed by South Africa and for which it is seeking protection are plausible. This is the case with respect to the right of the Palestinians in Gaza to be protected from acts of genocide and related prohibited acts identified in Article III, and the right of South Africa to seek Israel's compliance with the latter's obligations under the Convention.
59. The Court considers that, by their very nature, at least some of the provisional measures sought by South Africa are aimed at preserving the plausible rights it asserts on the basis of the Genocide Convention in the present case, namely the right of the Palestinians in Gaza to be protected from acts of genocide and related prohibited acts mentioned in Article III, and the right of South Africa to seek Israel's compliance with the latter's obligations under the Convention. Therefore, a link exists between the rights claimed by South Africa that the Court has found to be plausible, and at least some of the provisional measures requested.

60. The Court, pursuant to Article 41 of its Statute, has the power to indicate provisional measures when irreparable prejudice could be caused to rights which are the subject of judicial proceedings or when the alleged disregard of such rights may entail irreparable consequences (see, for example, Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Ukraine v. Russian Federation), Provisional Measures, Order of 16 March 2022, I.C.J. Reports 2022 (I), p. 226, para. 65).

61. However, the power of the Court to indicate provisional measures will be exercised only if there is urgency, in the sense that there is a real and imminent risk that irreparable prejudice will be caused to the rights claimed before the Court gives its final decision. The condition of urgency is met when the acts susceptible of causing irreparable prejudice can "occur at any moment" before the Court makes a final decision on the case (Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Ukraine v. Russian Federation), Provisional Measures, Order of 16 March 2022, I.C.J. Reports 2022 (I), p. 227, para. 66). The Court must therefore consider whether such a risk exists at this stage of the proceedings.
65. The Court recalls that, as underlined in General Assembly resolution 96 (I) of 11 December 1946, "[g]enocide is a denial of the right of existence of entire human groups, as homicide is the denial of the right to live of individual human beings; such denial of the right of existence shocks the conscience of mankind, results in great losses to humanity in the form of cultural and other contributions represented by these human groups, and is contrary to moral law and to the spirit and aims of the United Nations".

The Court has observed, in particular, that the Genocide Convention "was manifestly adopted for a purely humanitarian and civilizing purpose", since "its object on the one hand is to safeguard the very existence of certain human groups and on the other to confirm and endorse the most elementary principles of morality" (Reservations to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Advisory Opinion, I.C.J. Reports 1951, p. 23).

66. In view of the fundamental values sought to be protected by the Genocide Convention, the Court considers that the plausible rights in question in these proceedings, namely the right of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to be protected from acts of genocide and related prohibited acts identified in Article III of the Genocide Convention and the right of South Africa to seek Israel's compliance with the latter's obligations under the Convention, are of such a nature that prejudice to them is capable of causing irreparable harm (see Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar), Provisional Measures, Order of 23 January 2020, I.C.J. Reports 2020, p 26, para. 70).
73. The Court recalls Israel's statement that it has taken certain steps to address and alleviate the conditions faced by the population in the Gaza Strip. The Court further notes that the Attorney General of Israel recently stated that a call for intentional harm to civilians may amount to a criminal offence, including that of incitement, and that several such cases are being examined by Israeli law enforcement authorities. While steps such as these are to be encouraged, they are insufficient to remove the risk that irreparable prejudice will be caused before the Court issues its final decision in the case.

74. In light of the considerations set out above, the Court considers that there is urgency, in the sense that there is a real and imminent risk that irreparable prejudice will be caused to the rights found by the Court to be plausible, before it gives its final decision.

75. The Court concludes on the basis of the above considerations that the conditions required by its Statute for it to indicate provisional measures are met. It is therefore necessary, pending its final decision, for the Court to indicate certain measures in order to protect the rights claimed by South Africa that the Court has found to be plausible (see paragraph 54 above).
79. The Court is also of the view that Israel must take all measures within its power to prevent and punish the direct and public incitement to commit genocide in relation to members of the Palestinian group in the Gaza Strip.

80. The Court further considers that Israel must take immediate and effective measures to enable the provision of urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance to address the adverse conditions of life faced by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

81. Israel must also take effective measures to prevent the destruction and ensure the preservation of evidence related to allegations of acts within the scope of Article II and Article III of the Genocide Convention against members of the Palestinian group in the Gaza Strip.

82. Regarding the provisional measure requested by South Africa that Israel must submit a report to the Court on all measures taken to give effect to its Order, the Court recalls that it has the power, reflected in Article 78 of the Rules of Court, to request the parties to provide information on any matter connected with the implementation of any provisional measures it has indicated. In view of the specific provisional measures it has decided to indicate, the Court considers that Israel must submit a report to the Court on all measures taken to give effect to this Order within one month, as from the date of this Order. The report so provided shall then be communicated to South Africa, which shall be given the opportunity to submit to the Court its comments thereon.
84. The Court reaffirms that the decision given in the present proceedings in no way prejudges the question of the jurisdiction of the Court to deal with the merits of the case or any questions relating to the admissibility of the Application or to the merits themselves. It leaves unaffected the right of the Governments of the Republic of South Africa and the State of Israel to submit arguments in respect of those questions.

85. The Court deems it necessary to emphasize that all parties to the conflict in the Gaza Strip are bound by international humanitarian law. It is gravely concerned about the fate of the hostages abducted during the attack in Israel on 7 October 2023 and held since then by Hamas and other armed groups, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.

split decisions for each of six (6) provisional measures, pp 26-29; in any case ≥ 3/4 majority in favor.

ICJ court 2024: Abraham (FR), Bennouna (MA), Bhandari (IN), Brant (BR), Charlesworth (AU), Donoghue (US), Gevorgian (RU), Yuji (JP), Nolte (DE), Robinson (JA), Salam (LB), Sebutinde (UG), Tomka (SK), Xue (CN), Yusuf (SO); ad hoc: Moseneke (SA), Barak (IL)

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by Cat on Fri Jan 26th, 2024 at 03:25:22 PM EST
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pause concepts

Israel proposes 2-month fighting pause in Gaza for release of all hostages, 22 Jan "fair trade"

Israel has given Hamas a proposal through Qatari and Egyptian mediators that includes up to two months of a pause in the fighting as part of a multi-phase deal that would include the release of all remaining hostages [dead and alive] held in Gaza, two Israeli officials said.
Evidently, McGurk and Israel's War Cabinet haven't cleared any Palestinian prisoners, dead or alive, for release. Out of sight, out of mind! A "different" and "forward-leaning" gesture of Israeli minimal "damage to civilians"!
There were about 5,200 Palestinians in Israeli prisons prior to October 7 when the Palestinian armed resistance group Hamas launched an attack on Israel, which responded almost immediately with a relentless bombing campaign. The number of prisoners has now risen to more than 10,000 people, Palestinian officials said on Thursday afternoon.

Over the past two weeks, according to officials and rights groups, Israel has arrested some 4,000 labourers from Gaza who were working in Israel and is holding them in military bases. Separately, it has also arrested 1,070 other Palestinians in overnight army raids in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

"Arrests are taking place 24 hours a day," Sahar Francis, head of the Ramallah-based Addameer prisoners' rights group, told Al Jazeera.

Perfidious Hamas has only themselves to blame, if they leave Israel's generous, 2-month "variable geometry" on the table. Savvy!
by Cat on Tue Jan 23rd, 2024 at 01:45:55 PM EST
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speed dial

Chat GPT | Hamas said to reject Israeli offer of two-month pause in war for release of hostages, 23 Jan 4 hrs ago editorial adjustment

Hamas has rejected Israel's proposal for a two-month ceasefire pause during which the terror group would release Israeli hostages in exchange for Palestinian security prisoners, said a senior Egyptian official on Tuesday, speaking to The Associated Press [!] on condition of anonymity.

The official said that Hamas leaders have also refused to leave Gaza and are demanding that Israel fully withdraw from the territory and allow Palestinians to return to their homes. Israel did not confirm the report. Channel 12 [!] news quoted unnamed Israeli officials saying on Tuesday evening that Israel has not been informed of Hamas rejecting the offer.

Under Israel's proposal, Yahya Sinwar and other top Hamas leaders in Gaza would be < wipes tears > allowed to relocate to other countries.
Under the [Israeli] proposal, Israel and Hamas would agree in advance as to how many security prisoners would be released by Jerusalem in each stage, before holding separate negotiations on the names of the convicts....The offer stipulated that Israel will not agree to end the war completely, nor release all 6,000 Palestinian security prisoners, but Israeli officials told Axios that they were willing to release a significant number.

by Cat on Tue Jan 23rd, 2024 at 08:09:57 PM EST
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"classic Russian technique"

kommersant | Israel is ready to put out the fire, 23 Jan

"Hamas" - on the way out

CNN sources give other details of Israel's < wipes tears > peace proposal. Allegedly, the leadership of the Israeli special services, as part of the deal, offers to allow high-ranking representatives of Hamas to leave Gaza.

The extraordinary proposal, which has not been previously reported, comes as Israel has struggled to achieve its stated goal of completely destroying Hamas. Despite its nearly four-month war in Gaza, Israel has failed to capture or kill any of Hamas's most senior leaders in Gaza and left around 70% of Hamas' fighting force intact, according to Israel's own estimates.
Israel's Mossad director of Intelligence, David Barney, met at least twice with CIA Director William Burns and Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abderrahman Al Thani to discuss a future truce [sic] with Hamas, according to the channel. The main point of negotiations was the ceasefire [sic], the release of [Israeli-*] hostages and the future of Gaza.

Among other things, there was an unexpected offer of guarantees that members of Hamas will be able to leave the besieged sector [ENCLAVE]. Since the beginning of the military operation in Gaza, Israel has not been able to capture or kill anyone from the top of the Palestinian group in the enclave. The biggest" loot " was the assassination of one of the leaders of the politburo [sic], Saleh al-Aruri, in Beirut.

CNN cites estimates from Israeli intelligence agencies: after almost four months of fighting in the Gaza strip, 70% of Hamas' combat forces remained intact. Most of the senior members of the Palestinian movement's politburo live in Qatar and Lebanon, not in Gaza. In November, Prime Minister Netanyahu said that he had "instructed the Mossad to act against the leaders of Hamas, wherever they are." And the head of Israel's internal security agency, Ronen Bahr, promised to "eliminate Hamas worldwide, even if it takes years."

by Cat on Tue Jan 23rd, 2024 at 08:27:58 PM EST
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reuters | Plan for one-month Gaza truce makes progress as Israel hits Khan Younis, 24 Jan
Israel and Hamas have moved closer to agreement on a 30-day ceasefire [sic] in Gaza when Israeli hostages and Palestinians prisoners would be released, sources told Reuters, as Israel pressed ahead with its assault on southern Gaza's main city of Khan Younis.
"Israeli forces killed more than 100 militants in western Khan Younis in 24 hours"
Later, White House spokesperson John Kirby said U.S. Middle East envoy Brett McGurk was in Cairo and would travel in the region for "active" discussions on ensuring release of hostages and securing a humanitarian pause.

"The conversations are very sober and serious about trying to get another hostage deal in place," Kirby told reporters.

timesofisrael | Israel, Hamas said moving toward deal to free hostages for month-long pause in fighting, 24 Jan

Hamas has since refused to move forward with the plans until the future conditions of a permanent ceasefire are agreed upon, according to six sources. Most of the sources consulted by Reuters requested anonymity in order to speak freely about sensitive matters. While Israel has sought to negotiate one stage at a time, Hamas is seeking "a package deal" that agrees on a permanent ceasefire before hostages are released during the initial phase, said one of the sources, a Palestinian official close to the mediation efforts. Israel and Hamas are speaking through the mediators, not talking directly.
by Cat on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 10:11:56 PM EST
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dailysabah | Türkiye to prevent mine-hunter ships donated by Britain to Ukraine, 2 Jan
Britain said last month it would transfer two Royal Navy minehunter ships to the Ukrainian Navy to help strengthen Ukraine's sea operations in its war with Russia.

NATO member Türkiye informed allies that it would not allow the vessels to use its Bosporus and Dardanelles straits as long as the war in Ukraine continues, said the presidency's communications directorate.

"Our pertinent allies have been duly apprised that the mine-hunting ships donated to Ukraine by the United Kingdom will not be allowed to pass through the Turkish Straits to the Black Sea as long as the war continues," it said in a statement posted on social media platform X.

When Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Türkiye triggered the 1936 Montreux Convention, effectively blocking the passage of military ships of the warring parties.

trtworld | Türkiye detains 33 people suspected of spying for Israel's Mossad
... The suspects are alleged to have been involved in activities such as reconnaissance, surveillance, assault, and abduction on behalf of Mossad. Simultaneous raids across 57 addresses in eight provinces resulted in the capture of the suspects, while search operations for the remaining 13 suspects are underway....
by Cat on Tue Jan 2nd, 2024 at 09:49:18 PM EST
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ChatGPT | Turkey must stop blocking [Royal Navy] minehunters, 5 Jan
...Retired U.S. Admiral James Stavridis maintained, Turkey "certainly could have decided to allow [two Royal Navy Sandown Class vessels] into the Black Sea" BECAUSE "there is sufficient discretion" under the Montreux Convention, and [Royal Navy] minesweepers are purely defensive in nature. "This is the clear NATO position, agreed by Turkey as part of its role in NATO."...
strana | Ukrainian Armed Forces hit command post at Saki airfield in Crimea-Oleshchuk, 6 Jan
...The Commander of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine thanked the pilots for the strikes on Sevastopol and Yevpatoria and all those who planned the operation "for their impeccable combat work."...
trtworld | Türkiye to begin naval drill in Black Sea, Aegan Sea, Eastern Mediterranean
...'Cooperation and Guidance for Maritime Transport'
[Chief of Staff of the Naval Forces Command, Rear Admiral Kaan] Turkkan said the exercise would involve eight frigates, three corvettes, 16 assault boats, seven submarines, six mine-hunting ships, 47 auxiliary class ships, 13 patrol ships, nine landing ships, 10 aircraft, 17 helicopters, 22 unmanned aerial vehicles, five SAT mission teams, five SAS mission teams, amphibious marine infantry units, amphibious assault teams, attack helicopters from the Land Forces Command, general-purpose helicopters, heavy-duty helicopters, attack aircraft from the Air Forces Command, airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, target towing aircraft, two search and rescue ships, and six coast guard boats from the Coast Guard Command....
thehill | Ukraine racks up wins against Russia in the Black Sea, 7 Jan
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C. All activities in Ukrainian territorial waters will be under authority and responsibility of Ukraine.

The Parties will not undertake any attacks against merchant vessels and other civilian vessels and port facilities engaged in this Initiative.

Should demining be required, a minesweeper of another country, agreed by all Parties, shall sweep the approaches to the Ukrainian ports, as necessary.

This war is not a conflict, Tue Mar 1st 2022
by Cat on Sun Jan 7th, 2024 at 05:55:39 PM EST
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romanianbusinessjournal.ro | Romania signs in Istanbul the MoU regarding the establishment of the operative group for combating sea mines in the Black Sea—MCM Black Sea, 10 Jan
MCM Black Sea is an initiative of the three allies on the shores of the Black Sea aimed at facilitating the safety of navigation by combating the threats posed by sea mines.

The operational structure of MCM Black Sea, with a rotating command every six months and two planned activations in each rotation, will ensure a continuous level of vigilance and readiness, also contributing to the strengthening of the allied deterrence and defense posture of the eastern flank. NATO littoral partners, as well as NATO Standing Naval Groups and non-littoral Allies, will be able to participate in MCM Black Sea activities in order to develop cooperation in support of Black Sea security and to improve interoperability.

bta.bg | Bulgaria, Romania, Turkiye Sign MoU on Mine Counter-measures Task Group, 11 Jan
Bulgarian Deputy Defence Minister Atanas Zapryanov signed here a Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Bulgaria, Romania, and Turkiye on the establishment of a Mine Counter-measures Task Group Black Sea (MCM Black Sea), Zapryanov's Ministry said in a press release on Thursday. The Memorandum was also signed by Defence Ministers Angel Tilvar for Romania and Yasar Guler for Turkiye.

After the Memorandum has been approved conclusively at the national level by the other participating countries as well, a MCM Black Sea operational planning process will start. Once this process is completed, the task group can be activated.

Initially, participation in MCM Black Sea is to be limited to one mine countermeasures ship of each of the three Black Sea Allies. They will act primarily in their territorial waters and exclusive economic zones.

defenceturkey.com | Türkiye, Romania, and Bulgaria Sign Memorandum Against the Mine Threat in the Black Sea, 11 Jan
Turkish Minister of National Defence Yaşar GÜLER said, "We jointly decided to sign a protocol between three countries to fight more effectively against the mine threat in the Black Sea by improving our existing close cooperation and coordination. Today, we are here for this purpose. I especially want to express my great pleasure in hosting the signing ceremony of this agreement, which will contribute to regional security and stability in the Black Sea, and welcoming Romania's Defence Minister, Mr. Angel TILVAR, and Bulgaria's Deputy Defence Minister, Mr. Atanas ZAPRYANOV to our country.
At this point, I would like to express my gratitude to Romanian and Bulgarian authorities for quickly responding to our proposal and providing immediate support with their expert personnel. I believe that this initiative is crucial within the scope of the "Allied Regional Efforts" mentioned in the NATO Vilnius Summit declaration.

In conclusion, the Memorandum of Understanding we signed today will significantly contribute to the safety of navigation in the Black Sea. I sincerely believe that this initiative will enhance the close cooperation between our countries, allow for experience transfer, and further improve our relations, especially in the Black Sea."
Answering to questions about new members joining the Triple Initiative between Turkiye, Romania, and Bulgaria and concerns about the Montreux Convention, the Ministry of National Defence sources stated that: "The expectations of our non-coastal allies to this organization are valuable, but this initiative will only be open to the ships of the three coastal ally countries. Contributions from other coastal countries to the Black Sea in specific areas, as agreed, can occur over time and when conditions are appropriate, again with the unanimous agreement of the three countries." Emphasizing the meticulous implementation of the rules of the Montreux Convention, Ministry of National Defence sources stated, "The guarantee of stability in the Black Sea is the Montreux Convention. Minehunters sold by the UK to Ukraine cannot enter the Black Sea until the end of the war. This situation has been previously reported to the UK, and they do not have any further requests on this issue at the moment."

dailysabah | Türkiye, Bulgaria, Romania seal deal for demining Black Sea, 11 Jan
...The measure prevented Britain from following through on plans last month to send two mine-hunting ships to the region to help Ukraine's efforts to export its grain....
archive Vilnius Summit Communiqué in My Critical Elements v Your Chips
by Cat on Sun Jan 14th, 2024 at 05:36:26 AM EST
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bloomberg | Iran Sends Warship to Red Sea After US Sinks Houthi Boats, 1 Jan
The Alborz destroyer traversed the Bab El-Mandeb strait, a narrow choke point between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, on Monday, Iranian state media said without providing further information on the vessel's mission.
almayadeen | Advanced Iranian destroyer enters Red Sea via Bab al-Mandab Strait (01.01.24)
...Alborz joined the naval fleet in Bandar Abbas (southern Iran) in 1972 and underwent various development and modernization processes, notably in 2020 when it was equipped with precision-guided missile systems. In 2015, it entered the Bab al-Mandab Strait, and in 2019, it took part in the trilateral naval exercises involving Russia, China, and Iran....
A Houthi spokesperson, Yahya Saree, confirmed the incident and said 10 of the group's fighters were dead or missing. He called on Yemenis, Arabs and Muslims to be "ready for all options in confronting the American escalation."
Iran's show of force in the Red Sea coincided with a visit to Tehran by Mohammed Abdulsalam, a Houthi movement spokesperson and chief negotiator. On Monday, he met with officials at Iran's foreign ministry following talks with Ali Akbar Ahmadian, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, according to Iran's Nour News.
mehrnews | 'BRICS, SCO memberships secure Iran's long-term interests'
...Ali Bagheri Kani said during a conference at Tehran University on Monday.

Since the new government took office over two years ago, Iran's bilateral relations have taken a significant "leap" based on the principles of the country's foreign policy, he noted. Bagheri Kani also referred to Tehran's consistent communication and cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) within the framework of the Safeguards Agreement....

by Cat on Tue Jan 2nd, 2024 at 10:07:12 PM EST
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The geopolitical significance of BRICS expansion+
Here I am looking at a map that shows the countries that are part of BRICS+ after its expansion from January 1. And you know what catches my eye?

Now the BRICS+ countries fully control the Suez Canal, the Strait of Hormuz and a significant part of the Red Sea coast.

In the place of the global West, I would have strained: This means controlling a huge share of the world's maritime trade.

If Indonesia also joins BRICS+, the threat to cut off China's seaborne energy supplies from the Middle East will immediately turn into a pumpkin, which will be the end of the American strategy in relations with China: there will be no leverage left. Banning Middle Eastern suppliers from trading oil and gas with China has now become unrealistic, and if Indonesia is added, then it will also become geographically impossible to block supplies by military force. But supplies from the Middle East to Western countries (the United States and Europe, as well as Israel) may well be blocked either by economic means (agreed by the BRICS+ decision), or even by military means.

1488 CALLED: For what was Bartolomeu Dias searching?
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"The history of global logistics is changing before our eyes", 22 Dec

The volume of cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) will again reach an absolute record by the end of this year, reaching 36 million tons. Transportation of transit cargo, mainly oil, has already reached a historical maximum of 2.1 million tons. Vladimir Panov, Rosatom's Special Representative for Arctic Development, told Kommersant why the further increase in cargo traffic along the NSR is inextricably linked with the development of energy and investment projects in the Arctic.

What is the significance of the Northern Sea Route for the development of energy in Russia and the world?
The Northern Sea Route has two historical values. First of all, the NSR is part of international logistics and part of our country's transport security. Brief historical background: [for] several centuries, cargo from India or China reached Europe from six months to several years. Gradually, thanks to investment and technology development, this route was reduced to 40-50 days via the [1869] Suez Canal.

The NSR connects the western part of Russia with the east, and will also connect the countries of the Asia-Pacific region (APR) with Europe.

Now about the second value of the NSR. You're right: This transport route is certainly an integral part of the development of the Russian Arctic, including its energy infrastructure. The development of energy and logistics are two essential conditions for the development of the Russian Arctic.
There has been a multiple increase in oil transportation to China. Do you expect an increase in such traffic?
It seems to me that these are inevitable changes in cargo directions. Reasons: Western sanctions and re-orientation of business to the Asia-Pacific market. If we consider the traditional route Ob Bay—Yenisei Bay-transshipment in Murmansk, from where the ships were already going either to the European consumer, or to the Asia-Pacific countries through the Suez Canal. Now we are already talking about the development of transit transport. The Northern Sea Route has a length of 5,600 km from the Kara Gate to Chukotka. All cargo that passes through is called transit cargo. International transit is the movement of cargo from a foreign port through the NSR to any other foreign port. There is also internal transit, when Russian companies redirect cargo that historically went through the Suez Canal along the NSR.
What tasks do you set now to ensure a year-round NSR? Do you feel a shortage of icebreakers?
In 2014, when 4 million tons of cargo were transported via the NSR, only four nuclear-powered icebreakers (Taimyr, Yamal, Vaigach, and 50 Years of Victory) were operating in the water area. In 2020, we exceeded the target of 30 million tons. But the same four icebreakers were operating in the water area. Why did this happen?....

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Houthis want Red Sea ships to report destinations to avoid attack, 7 Jan toll
The Houthi leader, Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi, proposed defusing what he called the "militarization" of the Red Sea or igniting a war between their militia and the US-led maritime forces in the waters, by demanding that all ships sailing in the area supply them with the requested information.

In a post on X, Al-Houthi said: "Every ship that goes through the Red Sea, Bab El-Mandeb (the strait that connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden), or the Arabian Sea should broadcast the words, 'we have no relationship with Israel.'

"This is a simple and low-cost solution that will incur no financial expenditures for any business. This measure does not need the militarization of the Red Sea and will not jeopardize international navigation."

UN Yemen envoy to Yemen outlines 'roadmap' to lasting peace in the country Palestine
In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper published on Sunday, Hans Grundberg said any peace plan in Yemen would need to be implemented in phases and was also dependent on securing a lasting ceasefire and ensuring the withdrawal of non-Yemeni forces from the country.
...Asharq Al-Awsat asked Houthi spokesman Abdulsalam about whether the Red Sea attacks would undermine peace efforts in Yemen. He said that he believes that they will not, stressing that the attacks are aimed against Israel.

The developments in the Red and Arabian Seas have nothing to do with Yemen and the peace efforts underway, he added. The attacks are a show of support to the Palestinians and are aimed at easing the siege against them.

"The attacks are solely aimed against Israel, not any other country," he declared. "These are the rules of engagement that Israel has imposed through its siege on Gaza and its barbaric killing of women and children."...

The "non-Yemeni forces" includes the Arab Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen [2022], Iran's Quds Force, which is responsible for foreign operations of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps [IRGC], as well as Lebanon's Hezbollah.
Grundberg told the newspaper that one of the main obstacles to a lasting peace was the lack of trust between the warring parties [IL, PA; SA, YE, LB, PA, G7-IL], which he had been seeking to rebuild < wipes tears > since he took up his post in August 2021.
During the interview, Grundberg also highlighted the need for the Houthis to respect international maritime law and cease its attacks on [Israeli] commercial shipping in the Red Sea, the need for a peaceful resolution to unrest in the south of the [?] country and the importance of < wipes tears > youth and female participation in the political process in a post-war Yemen.
Jordan king presses Blinken on Gaza ceasefire, aid
A demonstration: In case anyone's wondering how ROW could enjoin Israel's genocide with or without ICJ "imprimatur" and UNSC veto, a "broader regional escalation," or nuclear munitions, this is how persuasion proceeds.
by Cat on Sun Jan 7th, 2024 at 09:23:51 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jan 6th, 2024 at 05:33:17 PM EST
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I did not see this coming Troll CAPTION CONTEST
On Saturday, the crown prince received several US officials at the same location in Al Ula. The officials included US Senator and Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Mark Warner, Maine Senator Angus King, Texas Senator John Cornyn, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Georgia Senator Jon Ossoff, and Arizona Senator Mark Kelly.
by Cat on Sun Jan 7th, 2024 at 08:36:08 PM EST
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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
BRICS (2009 FTA): AE, BR, CN, EG, ET, IN, IR, RU, SA, ZA

axios | "Ask Zelensk*:" UAE rebuffs Bibi request to pay Palestinian workers barred from Israel, 8 Jan

"Ask Zelensk* for money," Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ) sarcastically told Netanyahu, the sources said. MBZ's refusal underscores the position of many Arab countries that have said they won't foot the bill to maintain the status quo in the West Bank and Gaza after the war.
Netanyahu turned to MBZ a few weeks ago and broadly asked for help in regards to the Palestinians, the Israeli official and source with knowledge of the issue said. MBZ said he was ready to help, but when Netanyahu specifically asked if the UAE would be willing to pay the Palestinian workers, the Emirati president was stunned, the source with knowledge said. According to the source, MBZ couldn't believe the Israeli prime minister thought he would be willing to pay for a problem that was created due to Israel's decision not to allow the workers in.
by Cat on Mon Jan 8th, 2024 at 09:04:59 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jan 8th, 2024 at 09:29:37 PM EST
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Big Tent stalker. Blinken's window dressing tour of Arab capitals
by Cat on Wed Jan 10th, 2024 at 11:07:08 PM EST
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Leaving this place, we shall now speak of another named Balach; a large and magnificent city.[5] It was formerly still more considerable, but has sustained much injury from the Tartars, who in their frequent attacks have partly demolished its buildings. It contained many palaces constructed of marble, and spacious squares, still visible, although in a ruin ous state. It was in this city, according to the report of the inhabitants, that Alexander took to wife the daughter of king Darius.[1] The Mahometan religion prevails here also.[2] The dominion of the lord of the Eastern Tartars extends to this place; and to it the limits of the Persian empire extend, in a north-eastern direction.[3] Upon leaving Balach and holding the same course for two days, you traverse a country that is destitute of every sign of habitation, the people having all fled to strong places in the mountains, in order to secure them selves against the predatory attacks of lawless marauders, by whom these districts are overrun.
5 Balach or Balkh, the " Bactra regia " of Ptolemy, which gave name to the province of Bactriana, of which it was the capital, is situated to wards the heads of the Oxus, in the north-eastern extremity of Khorasan. It is one of the four royal cities of that province, and has been the seat of government perhaps more frequently even than Nishapur, Herat, or Meru-shahjan.
3 Khorasan being so frequently subject to Persian dominion, and particularly under the descendants of Hulagu, who possessed it at the time our author travelled there, it was natural for him to consider it as an integral part of the Persian empire. Balkh is correctly stated as lying on the north-eastern frontier. The Latin says, " usque ad istam terrain durat dominium domini de Levante."
[Polo: 77-79]
Leaving Thaikan and travelling three days, still in a north-east direction, you pass through a well inhabited country, very beautiful, and abounding in fruit, corn, and vines. The people are Mahometans, and are blood-thirsty and treacherous. They are given also to debauchery, and to excess in drink, to which the excellence of their sweet wine encourages them.[1] On their heads they wear nothing but a cord, about ten spans in length, with which they bind them round. They are keen sportsmen, and take many wild animals, wearing no other clothing than the skins of the beasts they kill, of which materials their shoes also are made. They are all taught to prepare the skins.
1 This country has since been overrun by a different race of people. "The Uzbeks," says Elphinstone, " first crossed the Jaxartes about the beginning of the sixteenth century, and pouring on the possessions of the descendants of Tamerlane [Timur]," who were themselves invaders, " soon drove them from Bokhaura, Khoarizm, and Ferghauna, and spread terror and dismay to the remotest parts of their extended empire. They now possess besides Bulkh (Balkh), the kingdoms of Khoarizm (or Orgunge), Bokhaura and Ferghauna, and perhaps some other little countries on this side of Beloot Taugh. I am told that they are to be found beyond Beloot Taugh, and as far east as Khoten at least; but of this I cannot speak with confidence. They belong to that great division of the human race which is known in Asia by the name of Toork and which, with the Moghuls and Manshoors, compose what we call the Tartar nation. Each of these divisions has its separate language, and that of the Toorks is widely diffused throughout the west of Asia." Account of Caubul, p. 465. [Polo: 80-81]
On the summits of the mountains the air is so pure and so salubrious, that when those who dwell in the towns, and in the plains and valleys below, find themselves attacked with fevers or other inflammatory complaints, they immedi ately remove thither, and remaining for three or four days in that situation, recover their health. Marco Polo affirms that he had experience in his own person of its excellent effects; for having been confined by sickness, in this country, for nearly a year,[4] he was advised to change the air by ascending the hills; when he presently became convalescent.  A peculiar fashion of dress prevails amongst the women of the superior class, who wear below their waists, in the manner of drawers, a kind of garment, in the making of which they employ, accord ing to their means, an hundred, eighty, or sixty ells of fine cotton cloth; which they also gather or plait, in order to increase the apparent size of their hips; those being accounted the most handsome who are the most bulky in that part.[1]
4 The residence in Badakhshan to which our author here adverts, must have taken place at the period when he was sent on a mission by the emperor Kublai to the province of Khorasan or of Khorasmia, of which mention is made in the latter part of the first chapter.
1 In describing the dress worn by the Belooche women, Pottinger says: " Their trowsers are preposterously wide, and made of silk, or a fabrication of that and cotton mixed." Travels in Beloochistan and Sinde, p. 65.

[Polo: 85-86]
ibn "Khorasan" to designate hard-core Al Qaeda and Islamic State-Khorasan Province in Jihadist: Turkmen Fighting PKK, Daesh Afghan Branch Khorasan and Pakistan's Balochistan in Amalek Directive, running out of "moderate insurgents" in Antony Blinken offered Palestiniansfile in "Travels of Ser Marco Polo"/UK-Eng./21st century editors
by Cat on Fri Jan 19th, 2024 at 04:10:33 PM EST
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...Pakistan's Dawn newspaper carried an excellent write-up by a Baluchi writer giving a resume of Iran-Pakistan border tensions through the past several decades. To my mind, broadly, the historical space has two phases—the period up to the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran and the state of play thereafter....
Two phases. That's quaint.
by Cat on Tue Jan 23rd, 2024 at 01:04:41 AM EST
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un.news |General Assembly meets over Gaza veto by US, 9 Jan pro forma "debate"
The General Assembly adopted a resolution [A/78/707, Art. 19, Agenda Item 63 "Use of the veto", A/76/262 (2022)] designed to foster greater cooperation with the Security Council, in the wake of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in early 2022.

That resolution states that anytime the veto is used in the Security Council, it automatically triggers a meeting and debate in the General Assembly, to scrutinize and discuss the move.

The veto is a special voting power held by the permanent member States on the Council, whereby if any one of the five—China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US—casts a negative vote, the resolution or decision automatically fails.

The Assembly resolution which introduced this extra scrutiny calls for the Assembly President to convene a formal debate within 10 working days, so that the 193 members of the wider body can have their say.

Watch full 1967 borders coverage, feat. BH, CL, CN, CU, IL, LI, PS, RU, TH, US, etc. A/V run time 03:15:37
by Cat on Tue Jan 9th, 2024 at 11:33:36 PM EST
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Adopting Resolution 2722 (2024) by Recorded Vote, Security Council Demands Houthis Immediately Stop Attacks on Merchant, Commercial Vessels in Red Sea, 10 Nov
United States, United Kingdom Reject Three Amendments By Russian Federation, including One Linking Attacks to Gaza Conflict
The Council then adopted resolution 2722 (2024) (to be issued as document S/RES/2722(2024)) by a vote of 11 in favour to none against, with 4 abstentions (Algeria, China, Mozambique, Russian Federation).

By its terms, the Council demanded that the Houthis immediately release the Galaxy Leader and its crew and took note of Member States' right, in accordance with international law, to defend their vessels from attacks—including those that undermine navigational rights and freedoms. It also condemned the provision of materiel to the Houthis in violation of resolution 2216 (2015) and urged caution and restraint to avoid further escalation of the situation in the Red Sea and the broader region. Additionally, the Council encouraged enhanced diplomatic efforts by all parties to this end, including continued support for dialogue and Yemen's peace process.

Reconfigured Regional Coordination Mechanism Key to Quell Widespread Insecurity, Avert More Coups in West Africa, Sahel, Special Representative Tells Security Council, 11 Nov
to return Sahel Alliance to "constitution order" and "engagement" with ECOWAS, Because®

guardian | US and UK prepare to launch strikes against Houthis in Yemen, 11 Nov preppers

Asked about potential US strikes against the Houthis in Yemen, the national security spokesperson, John KIRBY, said: "I'm not going to telegraph our punches one way or another here. We're gonna do what we have to do, to counter and defeat these threats that the Houthis keep throwing up on commercial shipping in the Red Sea."
On Wednesday, Antony BLINKEN, the US Secretary of Stalking, said "there will be consequences" following the Houthi attack—while the British defence secretary, Grant SHAPPS, told journalists to "watch this space".

guardian | UK cabinet meets to discuss strikes on Houthi rebels, illustrated

The foreign secretary, David CAMERON, was seen entering No 10 shortly before 8pm. The Labour leader, Keir STARMER, and shadow defence secretary, John Healey, will be briefed after the call, it is understood. The prime minister [SUNAK] used a conversation with the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-SISI earlier on Thursday to discuss the disruption in the Red Sea and emphasise that Britain would continue to "take action to defend freedom of navigation and protect lives", No 10 said.

Antony BLINKEN, the US Secretary of Stalking, has said further attacks by the Yemeni rebels on international shipping could prompt a western military response. Any UK strikes are expected to involve US forces.

ChatGPt | US, British militaries launch massive retaliatory strike against Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen
Associated Press journalists in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, heard four explosions early Friday local time but saw no sign of warplanes. Two residents of Hodieda, Amin Ali Saleh and Hani Ahmed, said they heard five strong explosions. Hodieda lies on the Red Sea and is the largest port city controlled by the Houthis.

The strikes marked the first U.S. military response to what has been a persistent campaign of drone and missile attacks on commercial ships since the start of the Israel-Hamas. And the coordinated military assault comes just a week after the White House and a host of partner nations issued a final warning to the Houthis to cease the attacks or face potential military action. The officials confirmed the strikes on condition of anonymity to discuss military operations.
Meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution Wednesday that demanded the Houthis immediately cease the attacks and implicitly condemned their weapons supplier, Iran. It was approved by a vote of 11-0 with four abstentions—by Russia, China, Algeria, and Mozambique.

Britain's participation in the strikes underscored the Biden administration's effort to use a broad international coalition to battle the Houthis, rather than appear to be going it alone. More than 20 nations are already participating in a U.S.-led maritime mission [OPERATION PROSPERITY GUARDIAN] to increase ship protection in the Red Sea.

by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2024 at 12:13:43 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2024 at 10:20:26 PM EST
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re: Resolution 2722 (2024), 10 Nov (Nov 12 morning edition)

File in Recurring Nightmares/Try to act suprised.

The text does not authorize use of force.
S/RES/2722 (EN).

  1. Emphasizes the need to address the root causes, including the conflicts contributing to regional tensions and the disruption of maritime security in order to ensure a prompt, efficient, and effective response, and in this regard reiterates the need for all Member states to adhere to their obligations, including the targeted arms embargo contained within its resolution 2216 and the designation of the Houthis as a group subject to the arms embargo, pursuant to resolution 2624 (2022), and recalls that the Council's Panel of Experts report from October 2023 (S/2023/833) noted large-scale violations of the arms embargo;

  2. Further condemns the provision of arms and related materiel of all types to the Houthis, in violation of its resolution 2216 (2015), and calls for additional practical cooperation to prevent the Houthis from acquiring the materiel necessary to carry out further attacks;

  3. Urges caution and restraint to avoid further escalation of the situation in the Red Sea and the broader region, and encourages enhanced diplomatic efforts by all parties to that end, including continued support for dialogue and Yemen's peace process under the UN auspices;

  4. Requests the Secretary-General provide written monthly reports, through July 1, 2024, to the Security Council on any further Houthi attacks on merchant and commercial vessels in the Red Sea to inform the Council's future consultations;

  5. Decides to remain actively seized of this matter.
by Cat on Sun Jan 14th, 2024 at 12:34:45 AM EST
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NY Yella Cake | Much of Houthi's Offensive Capability Remains Intact After Airstrikes, 13 Jan
A top U.S. military officer, Lt. Gen. Douglas Sims, the director of the military's Joint Staff, said on Friday that the strikes had achieved their objective of damaging the Houthis' ability to launch the kind of complex [oFFS] drone and missile attack they had conducted on Tuesday.

But the two U.S. officials cautioned on Saturday that even after hitting more than 60 missile and drone targets with more than 150 precision-guided munitions, the strikes had damaged or destroyed only about 20 to 30 percent of the Houthis' offensive capability, much of which is mounted on mobile platforms and can be readily moved or hidden. The two U.S. officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal military assessments.

Finding Houthi targets is proving to be more challenging than anticipated. American and other Western intelligence agencies have not spent significant time or resources in recent years collecting data on the location of Houthi air defenses, command hubs, munitions depots and storage and production facilities for drones and missiles, the officials said.

But calumny did manage to burn the last scintilla of trust.
by Cat on Sun Jan 14th, 2024 at 12:44:55 AM EST
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It turns out, the internet does forget.

Google result image. thetimes.co.uk : "UK prepares for military strikes against Houthi rebels—The government held a COBRA  emergency meeting this morning along with a meeting of the national security council," 11 Jan 2024 (scrubbed a/o 14.01.24)

torygraph | US military figures left 'frustrated' when news of Houthi attacks leaked, 12 Jan
The decision that led to British bombs falling on Houthi targets in Yemen was made by Rishi Sunak at around 11am on Thursday morning [11 Jan].
That 10.30am gathering of COBRA was not the first time  a military strike on the Houthis was considered. The possibility had been discussed in COBRA meetings back in December after a spate of attacks by the Houthis, a pro-Palestine Shia Islamist group who have been targeting cargo vessels passing through the Red Sea since the Israel-Hamas war broke out.
thetimes.co.uk | UK preparing for attacks on Houthi rebels with US (01.01.24)
Then, on Wednesday night [10 Jan], a legal and diplomatic case to support the UK's missile strike on Houthis gathered momentum after a UN Security Council resolution demanding an end to the group's attacks was passed. Notably China and Russia abstained rather than vetoing.
< wipes tears >
The gathering of COBRA on Thursday morning, with some 15 people in the room, was meant to last 30 minutes. It overran, but only a little.
thetimes.co.uk | Britain 'on brink of bombing Yemen' over Houthi Red Sea attacks (11.01.24, 08 GMT)
But there came a point of tension on Thursday evening, as the strike time approached. It came when The Times reported [11 Jan] that a Cabinet meeting had been called to discuss military action. The Daily Telegraph has been told by one well-placed source that the US military expressed frustration with their counterparts. Usually such strikes are made public only once jets have returned to their bases.
thetimes.co.uk | Britain and US launch airstrikes on Houthi targets (12.01.24 updated 01.25 GMT)
The disquiet spread across Whitehall, as diplomatic and political figures attempted to work out how the news leaked. "Deep disappointment" was said to be the prevailing mood. As news of an imminent strike leaked in the UK, the Wall Street Journal published a story citing "maritime executives" in Yemen who had been warned by the US government to expect strikes in the coming hours.

by Cat on Sun Jan 14th, 2024 at 11:23:16 PM EST
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reuters | Tankers carrying Qatari LNG change course amid Red Sea tension, 16 Jan Persian Gulf
Three Qatari LNG tankers—Al Ghariya, Al Huwaila, and Al Nuaman—are now heading south/southeast away form the Red Sea, shipping data form ICIS and Kpler showed. The three tankers are still showing Europe as a destination, and should arrive at destinations in Feb. 7. They had stopped off the coast of Oman since Jan. 14. The alternative route to Europe round the Cape of Good Hope could add around nine days to the 18-day voyage from Qatar, said ICIS LNG analyst Alex Froley.

Meanwhile, LNG tanker Al Rekayyat has resumed sailing through the Red Sea and is heading to Qatar, the data showed, after having been stopped since Jan. 13 along its Red Sea route, LSEG data showed. QatarEnergy did not respond to requests for comment.

reuters | Shell suspends all Red Sea shipments , 16 Jan

after U.S. and U.K. strikes on Yemen's Houthi rebels triggered fears of further escalation, the Wall Street Journal reported, opens new tab on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the decision.
...Shell joins other global shippers in deciding to avoid the Red Sea, including other energy fuel companies....
by Cat on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 11:37:25 PM EST
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ChatGPT | US, British militaries team up again to bomb sites in Yemen used by Iran-backed Houthis, 22 Jan outlaw Operation Prosperity Guardian
...Monday night, the second time the two allies have conducted coordinated retaliatory strikes on an array of the rebels' missile-launching capabilities, several U.S. officials said.

According to officials, the U.S. and U.K. used warship- and submarine-launched Tomahawk missiles and fighter jets to take out Houthi missile storage sites and launchers. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an on-going mission....

by Cat on Mon Jan 22nd, 2024 at 10:30:53 PM EST
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I only just noticed!

UNSC 2722 (2024)  10 Nov s/b 10 Jan
UNSC Sahel 11 Nov s/b 11 Jan

wtaf was I thinking???

by Cat on Mon Jan 15th, 2024 at 01:09:12 AM EST
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Operation Poseidon Archer has entered the empty trident warehouse.
by Cat on Mon Jan 22nd, 2024 at 10:39:33 PM EST
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scmp | DPP's William Lai wins Taiwan presidential election but party loses control of legislature, 13 Jan illustrated
The island's voters cast their ballots to decide Vice-President William Lai Ching-te from the incumbent Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)—and not Hou Yu-ih from the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) party, or Ko Wen-je from the newer Taiwan People's Party (TPP)—will be Taiwan's next leader. The stakes are particularly high, with the results expected to shape cross-strait relations as well as US-China ties.
'Dialogue and exchanges'
Lai tries to strike a conciliatory chord in his victory speech.

"This election campaign has shown the world the Taiwanese people's insistence on democracy, and such a voice I hope the other side of the Taiwan Strait can also fully understand," Lai says. Only dialogue and exchanges can reduce the risk of conflict, he adds.
Legislature shift
The ruling DPP has lost control of the island's legislature, with the projected to secure just 51 of 113 seats in contention. The KMT is expected to win 52 seats and the TPP eight. Votes are still being counted.

President-elect William Lai says the legislature result is less than ideal for the DPP, and signals the need for more dialogue with the opposition.

tabloid USAtoday | Lai Ching-te wins, 3rd term for the ruling party
...Lai and incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen reject China's sovereignty claims over Taiwan, a former Japanese colony that split from the mainland amid civil war in 1949....
by Cat on Sat Jan 13th, 2024 at 05:11:30 PM EST
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lesahel | Event Niamey following the announcement of the exit of the member countries of the AES of the ECOWAS: thousands of protesters express their joy
For the people of the three countries, the historical date of January 28, will remained etched in the annals of history. A decision made possible thanks to the determination of these peoples and the vision of the three heads of state, namely the General of Brigade, Abdourahamane Tiani, Colonel Hassimi Goita, and Captain Ibrahim Traore.
aljazeera | Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso announce withdrawal from ECOWAS, 28 Jan
Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso "decide in complete sovereignty on the immediate withdrawal" from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), read a joint statement published on Sunday. ECOWAS "under the influence of foreign powers, betraying its founding principles, has become a threat to its member states and its population", read the statement.
saharareporters | joint declaration (28.01.24)
The three countries accused the regional body of failing to support their fight against "terrorism and insecurity", while imposing "illegal, illegitimate, inhumane and irresponsible sanctions".
jurist | [Group]-led Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso to withdraw from ECOWAS, 29 Jan
ECOWAS responded on Sunday that it had not yet received any formal notification of the three countries' withdrawal and that they remained "important members of the Community."
lesahel.org | Negotiations Niger-ECOWAS: The Prime Minister regretted the absence of the delegation of the ECOWAS (25.01.24)Through this news item, it is for the prime minister, Mr Ali Mahamane Lamine Zeine, [to] bring to the attention of national and international opinion the bad faith demontrated once again by the ECOWAS to hold negotiations with Niger leading to the lifting of sanctions.
ECOWAS also stated it will "remain seized with the development" and "make further pronouncements as the situation evolves."
reuters | Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso quit ECOWAS, testing regional unity
Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso are landlocked countries that depend on ports in their ECOWAS neighbours for imports and exports. Leaving the bloc could see an increase in tariffs and could impact the free movement of their citizens and financial flows within the rest of the bloc.
The decision to depart is seen as a major test for current ECOWAS chair Nigeria, whose President Bola Tinubu < wipes tears > has sought to re-assert the country's position as the dominant regional power. ECOWAS, which has been trying to negotiate with the Niger junta leaders, has previously said it was ready to deploy troops to restore constitutional order if diplomatic efforts fail. The bloc is yet to carry out its threat.
rumble.com, Negative impact will be felt by all ECOWAS members - Daniel Bwala on three states withdrawing
archive F24 "regional superpower" in Niger: Decolonization, Resources and Military Intervention
by Cat on Wed Jan 31st, 2024 at 12:50:22 AM EST
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Niger talking military cooperation with Moscow after scrapping EU security pacts | EU Interest - 7 Dec. 2023 |

Change of power from dictatorship to military last summer ... threat by ECOWAS-France-U.S.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 17th, 2024 at 06:40:56 PM EST
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As the 'Deep South' looks at it  ...

We can imagine the incredible grudging with which The New York Times' two longtime West Asia correspondents - David Sanger and Stephen Erlanger - were forced to publish the following analysis on January 7?

"'I see Iran as well positioned, and it has checkmated the US and its interests in the Mideast," said Sanam Vakil, the director of the Middle East and North Africa program at Chatham House, aka the British Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Vakil isn't being lawyerly (forgive a Persian language joke) - the Beltway, Wall Street, and 10 Downing Street have been forced to admit that they have been outplayed by a revolution expressly unimpressed with earthly profit.

The fundamental Achilles' heel of Western thought - and elevated to a global scale by pretentiously aristocratic and arrogantly bourgeois Liberal Democracy - is that the natives are simply incapable of any progress.

It's a belief that has existed for over five centuries (and which allegedly permitted the genocide of so many peoples) and it explains why the West has been repeatedly caught off-guard by military advancements by Russia, urban planning advancements by China, and nuclear technology by Iran, to name just a few key areas.

The non-West is playing for survival, but the West merely plays for the profits of a few.

Borrell's Garden 0, the Jungle 1.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 27th, 2024 at 08:31:55 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 31st, 2023 at 09:42:50 PM EST

"It is vital for Joe's prosperity to indemnify and stock Israel's special needs," Blinken told Congress
by Cat on Tue Jan 2nd, 2024 at 07:59:34 PM EST
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T -308

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• Asa (R)
dont-say-de-Santis (R)
and Haley will appear at next week's Iowa debate at the same time as Trump's Fox town hall
•Dakato Doug Tech (R)
• Texass Hurd (R)
Vivek WHO? (R)
told host Natasha Zouves his goal was to "nullify" Maine and Colorado—the two states that have so far removed Trump from their ballots—by boycotting their elections.
• Pilgrim Pence (J)
Christie Kreme Do'nuts (R)
has again dismissed calls for him to abandon his campaign, claiming he is the only candidate running to beat Trump
• Marianne (D)
RFK, Jr (I)
has collected enough signatures to appear on the 2024 presidential ballot in Utah, election officials say, marking the first state where the independent candidate and prominent anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist has qualified.
• Rt Rev Dr Cornel West (I)
Phil The Builder (D)
is still looking to exploit that discontent in TV ads airing in the state where Biden "ordered New Hampshire to step aside."
• the-other-Jill (G)
by Cat on Wed Jan 3rd, 2024 at 08:21:02 PM EST
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Official ICYMI warning

tag C: Protect the right to vote

YouTube | CONTEXT The 2020 United States elections were held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The Democratic Party's nominee, former vice president Joe Biden, defeated incumbent Republican president Donald Trump in the presidential election. Despite losing seats in the House of Representatives, Democrats retained control of the House and gained control of the Senate.

archive Fri Apr 28th 2023 First look at Biden for President broadcast advertising campaign
tag A: Let's finish the job
tag B: America is an idea

by Cat on Fri Jan 5th, 2024 at 12:04:40 AM EST
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BASH: It is now 2024 as you are well aware, in an election year. I want to play for you, President Biden's first campaign ad of the year is being released in conjunction with the [second] anniversary of January sixth. [VIDEO] How potent do you think that will be for voters?
PELOSI: Well, I think it's very important, but I think it also recognizes that democracy is a personal issue.
BASH: Do you believe though just putting—I know, you don't want to talk about constitutional issues—but just on the raw politics of this do you agree with some who worry that trying to take him off the ballot is making him a martyr and emboldening Donal Trump even more?
PELOSI: Now, again, that's in each of those states. That's a matter that they will have to deal with. He also, martyrdom is—martyrdom is his thing. Oh, you—he cannot be absolved from his risk, his accountability, in all this. No one is above the law, and neither is he. So these are manifestations of people saying that.
BASH: Do you think it's time for new leadership in Israel?
PELOSI: Oh, I thought it's time for new leadership for a long time. So, I—
BASH: But now, post-October seventh.
PELOSI: That's not the issue. The issue is, is it in our national interest to support Israel. Yes, I think that has been clear. They are our ally in the region, and we, yes, I think we should support that. I think the president has spoken eloquently to this point with knowledge and with strategic thinking about it. I don't think that Netanyahu  represents—let's not even go into him. I don't like to talk about those kinds of people as I said about what's his name. But I do think that we have to make sure the public understands that we have—the president has in his proposal for the supplemental millions of dollars to help the refugees in Gaza, millions, millions of dollars to help the refugees in Gaza. The Republicans will not bring up the bill. They do not want to support—they have told me—they do not want to support the refugees, and yet the president bears the brunt of people saying, you know, cease fire, this, that, and the other thing. I wish they'd say, free the hostages.
YouTube Context On January 6, 2021, the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. was attacked by a mob of supporters of then U.S. President Donald Trump, two months after his defeat in the 2020 presidental election.
by Cat on Fri Jan 5th, 2024 at 02:55:39 AM EST
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reuters | US Supreme Court to hear Trump appeal of Colorado ballot disqualification, 5 Jan
The justices took up the case with unusual speed. Trump, the frontrunner for his party's nomination to challenge Democratic President Joe Biden in the Nov. 5 U.S. election, filed his appeal on Wednesday. The justices indicated they would fast-track a decision, scheduling oral arguments for Feb. 8. The Colorado Republican primary is scheduled for March 5.
The state court, acting in a challenge to Trump by Republican and unaffiliated voters in Colorado, found him ineligible for the presidency under a constitutional provision that bars anyone who "engaged in insurrection or rebellion" from holding public office, barring him from the primary ballot.
The U.S. Supreme Court did not act on a separate appeal of the state court's decision by the Colorado Republican Party. The Colorado case thrusts the Supreme Court—whose 6-3 conservative majority includes three justices appointed by Trump—into the unprecedented and politically fraught effort by his detractors to invalidate his campaign to reclaim the White House.
DNC slams New Hampshire democrats over 'detrimental' primary, 6 Nov
..."We advise you to inform participants that this process has not been approved by the RBC and is therefore not the approved route to become a Delegate to the National Convention, nor will it be recommended for approval by the RBC."
Historically, Iowa and New Hampshire have been the first states in the Democrats' nominating process. However, they moved to change the primary calendar this year in an attempt to increase < wipes tears > racial diversity in the process.
archive New Hampshire primary: Writin' wit Biden, magical margin of error, Biden "springboard"

Can Congress overturn presidential election results? Here are changes since Jan. 6, 2021, 6 Jan

A bill to change vague and vulnerable wording in the 19th-century Electoral Count Act - supported by dozens of members of both parties - was included in a year-end spending bill 2023 Consolidated Appropriation Act signed by President Joe Biden in December 2022.
These changes significantly decrease the risk of Congress overturning valid election results, experts said, by preventing dueling slates of electors and requiring more consensus to mount an objection.
Despite these changes, the experts who spoke with USA TODAY said valid election results could still be overturned.
archive Electoral Count Act of 1887
(1) CERTIFICATION.--Not later than the date that is 6 days before the time fixed for the meeting of the electors, the executive of each State shall issue a certificate of ascertainment of appointment of electors, under and in pursuance of the laws of such State providing for such appointment and as21 certainment enacted prior to election day
(5) by striking "secretary of State" and insert "chief election officer"
(i) OBJECTIONS.--No objection or other question arising in the matter shall be in order unless the objection or question--
(I) is made in writing;
(II) is signed by at least one  fifth of the Senators
archive The Insurrection President Indicted, Jawjaw Grand Jury Indictment

comment. KEY WORDS "secretary of state" return an astounding number of powers delegated by the US Congress to that federal cabinet office in lieu of "customary" presidential prerogatives. Which explains in part Blinken's perpetual smirk; conversely, the DNC caucus' unorthodox manipulation of state election laws and inordinate fear of losing re-election to Don Cheeto.
archive The Dictator and The Decider

by Cat on Sun Jan 7th, 2024 at 07:07:02 PM EST
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Hello, world!
by Cat on Sun Jan 7th, 2024 at 07:20:21 PM EST
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US Congress FY 2024 humanitarian budget controversy
NY Yella Cake | Supreme Court Backs Biden for Now in Dispute With Texas Over Border Barrier, 22 Jan
A federal appeals court had ruled that Border Patrol agents may not remove concertina wire erected by the state except for medical emergencies....The Supreme Court's brief order gave no reasons, which is typical when the justices act on emergency applications. The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Amy Coney Barrett joining the court's three ["]liberal["] members to form a majority.
African Migration: While migrants from African nations still represent a small share of the people crossing the southern border, their numbers have been surging, as smuggling networks in the Americas capitalize on intensifying anti-immigrant sentiment in some corners of Europe.
yahoo! | Gov. Kevin Stitt: 'Oklahoma stands with Texas' amid razor wire border battle, 25 Jan
5th Cir. hears oral arguments Feb 7

supremecourt.gov | DEPT. OF HOMELAND SEC., ET AL. V. TEXAS, 22 Jan
"The December 19, 2023 order of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, case No. 23-50869, is vacated."

by Cat on Thu Jan 25th, 2024 at 07:09:15 PM EST
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Governor Abbott Issues Statement On Texass' Constitutional Right To Self-Defense, 24 Jan
...I have already declared an invasion under Article I, § 10, Clause 3 to invoke Texas's constitutional authority to defend and protect itself. That authority is the supreme law of the land and supersedes any federal statutes to the contrary...
Gov. Reynolds & 24 Republican Governors Joint Statement Supporting State of Texas' Constitutional Right to Self-Defense, 25 Jan


by Cat on Sat Jan 27th, 2024 at 03:52:01 AM EST
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Civil War, or the Fall of the Empire. In the US, the trailer for the film where the president is at war with the rebellious states took off (26.01.24)
Against the background of the aggravation of the situation in Texas and the confrontation of Republican states with the US federal government, the trailer for the American film "Civil War" (in Russian translation—"The Fall of the Empire") is actively diverging on social networks. Its plot is based on a hypothetical war in the United States in our time.

The film was directed by English director Alex Garland, known for the films "Annihilation" and "Out of the Car". The budget is $ 75 million. One of the main roles was played by the famous actress Kirsten Dunst. The premiere is scheduled for April 12, 2024.

by Cat on Sat Jan 27th, 2024 at 04:24:12 AM EST
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On the Bipartisan Senate Border Security Negotiations, 26 Jan
For too long, we all know the border's been broken. It's long past time to fix it. That's why two months ago, I instructed my team to begin negotiations with a bipartisan group of Senators to seriously and finally address the border crisis. For weeks now that's what they've done. Working around the clock, through the holidays, and over weekends.

Let's be clear. You don't have to be a Jew to be a Zionist.

What's been negotiated would—if passed into law—be the toughest and fairest set of reforms to secure the border we've ever had in our country. It would give me, as President, a new emergency authority to  shut down the border when it becomes overwhelmed. And if given that authority, I would use it the day I sign the bill into law.

Further, Congress needs to finally provide the funding I requested in October to secure the border. This includes an additional $14.3 billion for Little Israel, $61.4 billion for Big Israel, 1,300 border patrol agents, 375 immigration judges, 1,600 asylum officers, and over 100 cutting-edge inspection machines to help detect and stop fentanyl at our southwest border.

Securing the border through these negotiations is a win for America. For everyone who is demanding tougher border control, this is the way to do it. If you're serious about the border crisis, pass a bipartisan bill, and I will sign it.


by Cat on Sat Jan 27th, 2024 at 04:27:25 PM EST
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"superadded pain" has entered the room.

CNN | US Supreme Court declines to halt execution of Alabama inmate set to be the first to die by nitrogen gas, 24 Jan

Smith and his attorneys last week asked the Supreme Court to pause the execution so they could argue [that] trying to execute Smith a second time would amount to cruel and unusual punishment, violating the Eighth and 14th amendments. On Wednesday, the justices declined Smith's requests. They did not provide an explanation in their brief order, and there were no noted dissents.
United Nations experts, however, have "expressed alarm" over Smith's looming execution, saying this month in a news release, "We are concerned that nitrogen hypoxia would result in a painful and humiliating death." The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called on Alabama to halt the execution, saying it "could amount to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment under international human rights law."

"It's not that nitrogen gas won't kill you," Dr. Joel Zivot, an associate professor of anesthesiology and surgery at Emory University, told CNN. "But will it kill you in a way that would comport with the [US] constitutional requirement that it [execution] not be cruel and it not be torture?"

archive "The convict's complaint" in Exhibit 1, split decisions in which Biden frustrates death penalty opponents and "cost/benefit of 'needlessly cruel' execution"

supremecourt.gov | SMITH, KENNETH E. V. ALABAMA , 24 Jan
"The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied."
Monster's Ball (2001)

by Cat on Thu Jan 25th, 2024 at 07:41:53 PM EST
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No. 16-602. Decided February 21, 2017
"The motion of Certain Medical Professionals and Medical Ethicists for leave to file a brief as amici curiae is granted. The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied. JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR, with whom JUSTICE BREYER joins, dissenting from the denial of certiorari." [p 25-42]

by Cat on Thu Jan 25th, 2024 at 07:51:10 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 28th, 2024 at 02:57:55 PM EST
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aa.tr | UN rights office 'deeply' regrets execution of inmate by nitrogen hypoxia in US, 26 Jan
"We deeply regret the execution of candidate (Kenneth) Eugene Smith in Alabama despite serious concerns that this novel and untested method of suffocation by nitrogen gas may amount to torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment," OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani told a UN briefing in Geneva.
by Cat on Mon Jan 29th, 2024 at 05:40:05 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jan 9th, 2024 at 12:05:13 AM EST
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"Unfortunately, despite consistently prevailing in court, the process has dragged on for years."
by Cat on Tue Jan 9th, 2024 at 08:56:34 PM EST
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Vivek WHO? (R)
has told multiple people he would withdraw the U.S. from NATO as president, the furthest anyone vying for the Oval Office has gone on the idea of ending America's role in the alliance.
by Cat on Sat Jan 6th, 2024 at 06:02:22 PM EST
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Nikki Two-Tones (R)
has trimmed former President Donald Trump's lead in the Republican primary race in New Hampshire to single digits, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire. The rest of the field lags far behind in the poll, with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 12%, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy at 8%, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at 5% and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson at less than 1%.
Christie Kreme Do'nuts (R)
dropped out of the 2024 presidential race Wednesday, issuing a severe warning about the former president and his impact on the nation.
He made no secret of his low opinion of Haley's campaign
by Cat on Thu Jan 11th, 2024 at 01:59:17 AM EST
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Nikki Two-Tones (R)
indicated she would take the stage only if Trump were there. Trump, who has skipped every GOP primary debate, has said he would debate a Republican opponent only if they were genuinely close to him in the polls.
dont-say-de-Santis (R)
said he was prepared to debate Haley or Trump and has repeatedly accused both candidates of trying to hide from voters.

by Cat on Wed Jan 17th, 2024 at 01:54:23 AM EST
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Nikki Two-Tones (R)
who served in the Trump administration as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and her campaign responded by raising $1M off Trump's comments.

chosen as U.N. Ambassador, 23 Nov 2016

would succeed Samantha Power, who has represented the United States at the United Nations since 2013.

easily confirmed as UN ambassador, 24 Jan 2017

approved with wide bipartisan support, 96-4.

'Taking Names', 27 Jan 2017

of those who do not back the United States.

The Real Reason Nikki Haley Resigned as U.N. Ambassador, Oct 2018
(a) she wants to run for President in 2020
(b) because her influence at the U.N. had been "blunted"
(c) she wants Lindsey Graham's Senate seat
(d) she is hyper-political and calculating
(e) chaos in the White House cannot be overstated
Why Did It Happen?, Oct 2018
(f) she needs to earn more money
(g) Kavanaugh hearing conflicts with 2020 commitment to Trump
(h) scant room for an independent and outspoken ambassador

Top Moments as U.N. ambassador, 16 Feb 2023
• defended Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal...
• withdrew from the UN's Human Rights Council...
• said that the U.S. embassy in Israel should be moved to Jerusalem even before former President Trump made the move official....
• backed the U.S. decision to slash funding for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
• announced that the Trump administration would impose new sanctions on Russia for supporting Syria during its use of chemical weapons
• defended the Trump administration's push to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement...

by Cat on Fri Jan 26th, 2024 at 02:45:38 AM EST
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Poll smoke! Jan 2024 Independent Party ID Tied for High; Democratic ID at New Low.

(R) 27%, (I) 43%, (D) 27%, (WTAF) 3%
n=12,145 adults, aged > 18 years

by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2024 at 09:03:41 PM EST
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Nikki Two-Tones (R) gets another nickname
by Cat on Mon Jan 15th, 2024 at 01:27:07 AM EST
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Vivek WHO? (R)
suspends his 2024 Republican presidential bid and endorses rival Donald Trump
by Cat on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 06:03:10 PM EST
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The son of Indian immigrants, Ramaswamy entered politics at the highest level after making hundreds of millions of dollars at the intersection of hedge funds and pharmaceutical research, a career he charted and built while graduating from Harvard University and then Yale Law School. He brought to his campaign the same brash approach he used to coax money from investors even when the drugs he touted never made it to the market.

"Do you want somebody who grew up in this system who's going to deliver incremental reform? Or do you want somebody coming in from the outside?" he said earlier in the campaign, framing his business success as a harbinger of what he could do in the Oval Office.
[...]Yet alongside the bravado, Ramaswamy often ignored contradictory details, and his confidence sometimes brought him trouble. He did not tell voters that he once described Trump's denial of his 2020 defeat as "abhorrent" or that he saw Jan. 6 as a "dark day for democracy." He didn't say he invested in companies whose diversity, equity, and inclusion programs he calls "woke." His isolationist views and his assertions that U.S. politicians back Israel because of their personal financial interests drew the ire of influential conservative commentators, including Sean Hannity of Fox News.

Emhoff not to address genocide, white women, and OPrah in Davos
...[Second gentleman Doug] Emhoff has been a leading voice out of the White House addressing antisemitism. In December, he chastised a group of university presidents for what he called an "unacceptable" lack of moral clarity after their testimony in Congress.
American dream far from reality for most people: POLL SMOKE, 15 Jan illustrated
archive observations of de Tocqueville
by Cat on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 06:16:57 PM EST
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Asa (R)
posted on the social media site X: "The call from the White House was not necessary but still appreciated. We can disagree without demonizing." DNC press secretary Sarafina Chitika had responded to Hutchinson's decision to end his campaign with a statement saying: "This news comes as a shock to those of us who could've sworn he had already dropped out."
by Cat on Thu Jan 18th, 2024 at 02:52:57 PM EST
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Let's recap. US Congress did not pass FY 2024 (1 Oct 2023-30 Sep 2024) appropriations bill. That event is what historians will correctly recall unprecedented in the annals of US "logrolling". Instead, the congress passed a bill eliminating a statutory fed borrowing limit until 1 Jan 2025 and two "continuing resolutions" (Nov, Dec) that discretely modified FY 2023 Consolidated Appropriation Act (1 Oct 2022-30 Sep 2023) per Biden, McCarthy disagreement. Separately, errybuddy passed FY 2024 NDAA without fanfare, while NEW! House speaker Johnson rejected Biden's $110B "military aid" amendment to FY 2024 appropriations. December's CR expired 17 Jan, evidently ushering the exit of annual appropriation act "vote-a-ramas" and commencement of MoM ad hoc fiscal emergencies—supplemental and CR. That is "new "normal" federal paycheck-to-paycheck accountability.

ChatGPT | President Joe Biden signs bill to avoid a partial government shutdown, 19 Jan

Congress, ahead of the winter snowstorm that struck Washington, D.C., on Friday, passed the short-term bill with large bipartisan majorities on Thursday. The vote was 77-18 in the Senate and 314-108 in the House.

Under the bill, funding for agencies overseeing agriculture, veterans affairs, energy, transportation and housing runs through March 1. Funding for the rest of the federal government now runs through March 8. It's meant to buy lawmakers extra time < wipes tears > to draft full-year one pro rata spending bill through the end of for the fiscal year [2024 ending] Sept. 30 [or one full-year FY 2025 by Oct. 1].

rollcall | House clears stopgap funding extension into March, 18 Jan
"Lawmakers are hoping that this will be the final stopgap spending measure needed for fiscal 2024, with two previous continuing resolutions already enacted."
by Cat on Sat Jan 20th, 2024 at 09:50:02 PM EST
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t -290

dont-say-de-Santis (R)

dropped out of the Republican presidential primary Sunday, marking the end of a stunning rise and fall for a candidate once seen as the most formidable rival to former President Trump.

"Following our second-place finish in Iowa, we've prayed and deliberated on our way forward," DeSantis said in a video message posted on X, a few hours ahead of an event he had scheduled in New Hampshire. "If there was anything I could do to produce a favorable outcome, more campaign stops, more interviews, I would do it. But I can't ask our supporters to volunteer their time and donate their resources if we don't have a clear path to victory. Accordingly, I am today suspending my campaign."

by Cat on Sun Jan 21st, 2024 at 10:27:48 PM EST
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whitehouse.gov | A Proclamation on National Stalking Awareness Month, 29 Dec
During National Stalking Awareness Month, we honor the strength and resilience of the millions of people across this country who have endured stalking.  We reaffirm our commitment to building a future where everyone can live free from fear, threats, and abuse.

Stalking at its core is an abuse of power.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2024 as National Stalking Awareness Month. I call on all Americans to speak out against stalking and to support the efforts of advocates, courts, service providers, and law enforcement to help those who are targeted and send the message to perpetrators that these crimes will not go unpunished.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of December, in the year of our Lord [?!] two thousand twenty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America [?!] the two hundred and forty-eighth.

archive 3 November 2023 Stalker ALERT
by Cat on Thu Jan 4th, 2024 at 01:58:37 AM EST
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whitehouse.gov | Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and NSC Coordinator for Strategic Kirby-content, 3 Jan
KIRBY: ... As the President has made clear, the United States does not seek conflict with any nation or actor in the Middle East, nor do we want to see the war between Israel and Hamas widen in the region. But neither will we shrink from the task of defending ourselves, our interests, our partners, or the free flow of international commerce.

That's why, earlier today, we released a joint statement alongside 12—I'm sorry—11 countries condemning Houthi attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea—one of the world's most critical waterways—and reiterating that these attacks must cease immediately. And just after we released that statement, Singapore came on board, so now there's 13 nations that have signed up to that statement.

A Joint Statement from the Governments of the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom
Recognizing the broad consensus as expressed by 44 countries around the world on December 19, 2023, as well as the statement by the UN Security Council on December 1, 2023, condemning Houthi attacks against commercial vessels transiting the Red Sea ....
Q Okay. And then on the Red Sea. You mentioned that joint statement that came out today and that Singapore has added their names to that as well.
KIRBY: Yeah.
Q But that is just, you know, 13 countries total. That's smaller than the—the 44 that—that issued a statement in December. And, you know, countries that you would think would be on that list, like France, are —are not. Is there a region—reason why that's not a broader group of countries that signed on?
KIRBY: I—hey, first of all, 13 other nations signing up to language like that—or 13 total nations; 12 others than us—I think, is significant. Other nations can speak for themselves about their decision-making with respect to signing on to public statements.

There are, as you know, many nations in—that are assisting us in Operation Prosperity Guardian in the Red Sea that don't want to be public that are contributing ["attritable"?] capabilities, but they don't want it public.

archive < wipes tears > in Gaza Onslaught: Xmas Cancelled, illustrated
by Cat on Thu Jan 4th, 2024 at 02:29:41 AM EST
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wapoo | Obama, worried about Trump, urges Biden circle to bolster campaign
..."We place a huge emphasis on finding creative ways to reach new audiences, especially tools that can be directly tied to voter mobilization or volunteer activations," Obama senior advisor Eric Schultz said. "We are deliberate in picking our moments because our objective is to move the needle."...

bloomberg | US Intelligence Shows Flawed China Missiles Led Xi to Purge Army

...The US assessments cited several examples of the impact of graft, including missiles filled with water instead of fuel and vast fields of missile silos in western China with lids that don't function in a way that would allow the missiles to launch effectively, one of the people said....
by Cat on Sun Jan 7th, 2024 at 01:00:36 PM EST
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock Before Their Meeting
"Germany is, for the United States, the indispensable ally, the indispensable partner.  We are working together on virtually every major challenge, not just in the transatlantic community, but quite literally around the world, including, of course, the conflict between Israel and Hamas."

Secretary Blinken and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen Before Their Meeting
"The European Union is the partner of first resort, not last resort, as we are working together around the world on some of the most acute challenges—whether it's the conflict between Israel and Hamas; whether it's the Russian aggression against Ukraine; whether it's the challenging situation in Haiti—many economic opportunities and issues as well."

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Rwandan President Paul Kagame Before Their Meeting
"We are committed to doing everything we can to support the efforts that are being made—including by Angola, by Kenya - to support (inaudible) peaceful resolution of differences and avoid conflict in the eastern DRC."

Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan Before Their Meeting

by Cat on Thu Jan 18th, 2024 at 03:04:46 PM EST
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swissinfo.ch | Davos Live: Milei Hails Corporate Heroes, Blinken's Plane Fails, 17 Jan
After boarding his Boeing 737, Blinken and his party were informed that the plane had been deemed unsafe to fly. A smaller jet was flown to Zurich from Brussels to ferry home the top US diplomat, while many of his aides and members of the press pool had to travel to Washington on commercial flights.
by Cat on Thu Jan 18th, 2024 at 03:23:07 PM EST
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At last some equality ... the Royal Boeing 737 too will be checked whether
the dual use side panels or exit door are well bolted ✈️
Did VDL provide Antony her Airbus neo-319/320 serie executive jet?

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 18th, 2024 at 05:15:37 PM EST
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demonstration of classic CPC technique with US American characteristics

defense.gov | Statement From Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder on Secretary of Defense Austin, 5 Jan

...On the evening of January 1, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for complications following a recent elective medical procedure. He is recovering [sic] well and is expecting to resume his full duties today. At all times, the Deputy Secretary of Defense was prepared to act for and exercise the powers of the Secretary, if required.
(emphasis added)
ChatGPT | Austin diagnosed with cancer, didn't tell Biden for weeks, 9 Jan
A statement by Austin's doctors released by the Pentagon said that in early December, the Pentagon chief had a routine prostate screening, during which doctors discovered prostate cancer that required treatment .

On Dec. 22, the statement said he underwent a "minimally invasive" surgery while under general anesthesia to "treat and cure" the cancer, called prostatectomy, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Austin recovered and was sent home.

In both of these approaches, the end goal is the same—remove the prostate [gland] and destroy the cancer.

Robotic surgery: Tiny incisions and robotic technology help doctors perform a precise, minimally invasive procedure with faster recovery time and smaller incisions.
Open surgery: This approach uses traditional incisions and tools. For more complex circumstances, an open surgery may be a more appropriate option than a robotic surgery.

A prostatectomy takes about two hours. You will be under general anesthesia, so you'll be completely asleep.

On Jan. 1, he was admitted again [?!] to the hospital "with complications from the December 22 procedure, including nausea with severe abdominal, hip, and leg pain," according to the statement from Dr. John Maddox and Dr. Gregory Chesnut. An initial evaluation found the cause to be a urinary tract infection [?!].
+ The Difference Between Inpatient and Outpatient Medical Care
+ Robotics in surgery: Current trends, 2022
The next day [2 Jan], Austin was transferred to an intensive care unit [?!] for close monitoring and "a higher level of care," the statement read. Another evaluation found collections of abdominal fluid impaired the functions of his small intestines [?!]. A tube was placed through his nose to drain his stomach [?!].

The doctors wrote that Austin is recovering well but did not provide a release date.

knives out
Austin has since apologized for the delay in disclosure, which prompted Republicans to call for the Pentagon chief to be fired. POLITICO reported that Biden has no plans to fire Austin and would not accept his resignation, but the White House and the Pentagon have launched reviews to ensure the proper channels are notified in an emergency.
(emphasis added)
jcs.mil | Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr.
1 Jan 2024 PR
just sayin: Brachytherapy in Infection rates in all news "Right to Try" since The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present
by Cat on Wed Jan 10th, 2024 at 04:29:40 PM EST
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Highest risk level for your health is .... procedure in a hospital, hygiene, infection.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 10th, 2024 at 06:13:45 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2024 at 10:34:04 PM EST
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KIRBY-content: Can you tell us about Secretary Austin's participation in this decision-making process?
by Cat on Sun Jan 14th, 2024 at 03:38:23 PM EST
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ChatGPT | Defense Secretary Austin discharged after 2-week hospitalization, 15 Jan
"In a statement following his release, Austin thanked the doctors and staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center: 'Now, as I continue to recuperate and perform my duties from home, I'm eager to fully recover and return as quickly as possible to the Pentagon.'"
by Cat on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 06:23:42 PM EST
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King Charles III will have a prostate operation next week while Princess of Wales recovers from unspecified abdominal surgery, 17 Jan
"While it is somewhat unusual for members of the royal family to release details about their health, the twin announcements may help to avoid speculation if events featuring Charlie or Katie have to be postponed or canceled over the coming weeks."
by Cat on Thu Jan 18th, 2024 at 03:11:49 PM EST
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Frigid temperatures across Iowa

Trump already blaming snow on his poor performance and poll result in Iowa. 😂

Iowa campaign events are falling as fast as the snow as the state readies for record-cold caucuses | AP News |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 13th, 2024 at 09:35:35 AM EST
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Russia Absent, Weather Manipulation Hit Iowa Caucus

Nikki Haley's secret weapon in Iowa: Setting no expectations

Team Haley is betting she'll get a bounce heading into New Hampshire even if she comes in third. She isn't making any predictions, other than a "strong" showing.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 13th, 2024 at 09:37:02 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 08:31:50 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 08:42:49 AM EST
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He's back 😳

It's a bloody shame genocide Joe wasted three years to set forth Trump's biased pro-Israel stance to wipe-out Palestinians on their historic lands.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 08:51:34 AM EST
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Iowa Evangelical hands "Our Savior" Trump an easy win, hands down.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 08:55:32 AM EST
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U.S. secretary of state Antony Blinken emphasizes global food security as commitment at Davos

Blinken is among more than 60 heads of state and government and hundreds of business leaders taking part in the biggest global challenges during the World Economic Forum's annual gathering in Davos.

After Davos, next stop Iowa State ...

Water Pollution in Iowa Is Environmental Injustice | Chris Jones blog |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 17th, 2024 at 10:18:14 PM EST
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state.gov | Secretary Blinken's Remarks at a World Economic Forum Event: Treating Soil as a Precious Resource, 16 Jan A/V, transcript
You all know this, and we know this increasingly with every passing day: without good soil, crops fail, prices rise, people go hungry.  Eroding soil also worsens the impact of droughts, of floods, of other climate-driven extreme weather, making crop yields even lower - and as a result, food even scarcer.  As we meet here today, 700 million people do not know if they will have enough food to eat tomorrow.

This hunger fuels instability, and instability fuels hunger.  A parent who can't put food on the table for their children picks up the family and moves because it's the most basic thing, the most important thing that they can do, and they will do it however they have to do it.  And if that means moving halfway around the world, they will.  But that contributes to unprecedented migration flows that we're facing around the world.  Shifting climate patterns force neighbors to compete for dwindling resources, further straining ethnic tensions, destabilizing entire communities.

Meanwhile, Russia's attacks on fields, on granaries, on ports in Ukraine, the world's breadbasket, have disrupted global markets, making food harder to afford and harming the poor and most vulnerable most of all.  In the Red Sea, through which 15 percent of the world's commerce passes, Houthi attacks have forced ships to take longer, more expensive routes, further raising the price of food and energy.

grain for starving Africans
That's why the United States is partnering to adapt and transform agriculture and food systems, because as vital as emergency assistance is, if we don't get at the underlying infrastructure, if we don't get at a way to produce better, stronger, more resilient crops, then we won't solve the problem. But we joined a pledge with over 130 countries signing the Emirates Declaration at COP 28 to address a big part of this.  Our Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate initiative with the UAE has mobilized $17 billion to invest in efforts like regenerating degraded crop land and capturing carbon in soil.  Through the global partnership for infrastructure and investment, we are working with dozens of countries - from India to Zambia - to scale climate-smart agriculture and bolster supply chains.

And together with the African Union and the Food and Agriculture Organization, we've launched a new initiative.  It's called Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils, or VACS, and VACS is part of the USAID's flagship Feed the Future initiative.  This is our comprehensive response in the U.S. Government to food insecurity around the world, and the approach that we have is two-pronged.  And it really boils down to this, two very basic things:  First, we're investing above ground, identifying the indigenous African crops that are most nutritious and most resilient to climate change, improving these varieties, delivering them to the world; at the same time, we're investing below ground, mapping, conserving, building healthy soils.  If you get this right, if you get the seeds right, if you get the soil right, then you have your agricultural foundation for the future.

the source AND the solution!
by Cat on Thu Jan 18th, 2024 at 02:46:14 PM EST
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Nitrogen and Water Quality - Q&A

Due to increased awareness of nutrient management and water quality, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has received a number of questions about nitrogen movement from Iowa's cropping systems into surface and subsurface water. The following frequently asked questions and answers have been prepared to clarify aspects of nitrogen management and nitrogen movement in the soil system. 

Farmers have taken steps to reduce fertilizer runoff. But experts say voluntary measures won't reverse Iowa's water quality problems

Chris Jones, author of "The Swine Republic," poses for a photo outside IPR's Iowa City Studios a few days ahead of his retirement as a Research Engineer at University of Iowa's IIHR .

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 17th, 2024 at 10:19:51 PM EST
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It's a good thing that New Hampshire is no longer the DNC's Jan 23 "springboard". Right? Good things come to those who wait!
by Cat on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 06:31:47 PM EST
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ChatGPT | New Hampshire Isn't as Moderate as You Think, 18 Jan
...Throughout her campaign, Nikki Two-Tones has straddled the boundary between moderate and conservative. To the former, she presented herself as a new generation of leadership and highlighted the need for national consensus on abortion; to the latter, she denounced transgender girls in sports and touted her hawkishness at the United Nations. Her effort to play to both sides also led her to tiptoe, again and again, up to the line of directly criticizing the former president....
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by Cat on Thu Jan 18th, 2024 at 03:49:52 PM EST
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It's a good thing that New Hampshire is no longer the DNC's Jan 23 "springboard". Right? Good things come to those who wait a week longer!
by Cat on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 06:32:25 PM EST
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Fu*king Stupid Canadians Honoring a Nazi Sympathizer ... murdering civilians in WWII.

Canada's Trudeau Honoring an Ukrainian Nazi Collaborator

Related reading ...

Poland, Holocaust and History Revisionism

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 22nd, 2024 at 01:45:06 PM EST
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How to Catch A Mouse Trump

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 21st, 2024 at 11:21:41 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 21st, 2024 at 07:45:27 PM EST
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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's speech criticising an incendiary Facebook post by Marjorie Taylor Greene, which showed the Republican congresswoman clutching an AR-15 assault rifle alongside the caption "Democrats' Worst Nightmare," has been viewed more than two million times.

House votes to remove Republican extremist Marjorie Taylor Greene from committee roles | The Guardian |

War on fascism ... where? Tell me where fascism has taken root to undermine democracy ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 22nd, 2024 at 10:54:40 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 31st, 2023 at 09:43:20 PM EST
House votes down Biden 'Buy America' waiver for EV chargers
The House voted 209-198 Wednesday to overturn a Biden administration waiver that allows federal funds to go to electric vehicle (EV) chargers even if the chargers are not made from U.S.-produced steel and iron.
Renewable energy grows at fastest rate in decades: IEA
Global energy systems' renewable energy capacity reached nearly 510 gigawatts last year, according to the IEA. About 75 percent of the growth was in increased solar capacity, and the growth was driven predominantly by China. China commissioned an amount of solar equivalent to that commissioned worldwide in 2022, also increasing wind installations year over year.
"For me, the most important challenge for the international community is rapidly scaling up financing and deployment of renewables in most emerging and developing economies, many of which are being left behind in the new energy economy," IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said in a statement. "Success in meeting the tripling goal will hinge on this."  
The report also called for adjustments in developed economies to meet the goal, such as addressing policy uncertainty. Although the report does not single out the U.S. in this case, every current GOP presidential candidate has expressed varying levels of skepticism about climate change and renewable energy and vowed to expand fossil fuel development.
by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2024 at 12:50:40 AM EST
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In Germany, the EU's largest car market, used electric vehicles made up only 1.58% of new ownership registrations by November 2023, a modest increase from 1.23% in 2022, according to figures from ZDK, an industry group representing German car dealers. Italian and Spanish associations place the figures at under 1%.
The establishment of a second-hand market for EVs is seen as vital to making zero-emission vehicles more affordable, thereby boosting the EV fleet on European roads. To reduce the carbon footprint of the transport sector, the EU has set a target to have at least 30 million zero-emission cars in operation by 2030. However, the lack of interest in early model EVs risks hampering EU road transport emission reduction targets
Robin Loos, sustainable transport officer with consumer advocacy organisation BEUC, similarly warned against "scaremongering", pointing to a BEUC study which found that electric cars are already often the cheapest option when total cost of ownership is considered.
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by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2024 at 01:05:14 AM EST
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reuters | US climate envoy John Kerry to leave Biden administration
a message more like an obituary than change of address
by Cat on Sat Jan 13th, 2024 at 09:55:28 PM EST
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reuters | Global coal exports and power generation hit new highs in 2023, 18 Jan illustrated
Coal-fired electricity generation was 8,295 terawatt hours (TWh) through October, up 1% from the same period in 2022 and the highest on record, according to environmental think tank Ember.
The footprint of coal mining and exports and its use in power generation is overwhelmingly concentrated in Asia, as many other parts of the world including Europe and North America have adopted measures to phase down the use of coal for power [generation]. But even as the geographical area of coal use and trade is shrinking, the outright volumes of extraction, exports and consumption in power plants remains on a rising trajectory.

Globally, around 82% of all coal-fired electricity generation occurred within Asia in 2023, up from an average of around 75% in 2019, according to Ember. Asia's share of coal use and imports should continue to climb as other regions further reduce coal consumption. But total volumes of Asia's coal imports and consumption for power generation also look set to continue climbing, especially in major and fast-growing economies such as China, India, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia, where cheap [fuel] sources remain critical for industry competitiveness.

by Cat on Sat Jan 20th, 2024 at 07:11:17 PM EST
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interfax | DTEK Group invests $1 bln in Ukrainian economy during crisis
DTEK "has invested huge amounts in the grids, power plants, coal mining, oil and gas" during the crisis, he said. "It is obvious that there are not many Ukrainian companies that have invested such large amounts in the country's economy during the crisis," [DTEK Group CEO Maxim] Timchenko said.
reuters | Ukraine may stop importing gas, start exporting electricity - minister
Ukraine has not bought gas from Russia since 2015, importing from European countries instead and increasing its own production.

"We are close to it (not needing to import gas). It is realistic to reach the zero gas balance this year," German Galushchenko told Reuters in an interview. "But it's important to realise that our consumption has dropped sharply. A lot will depend on how the industry and the economy will develop. Today there is growth in production and the potential for increase is there and it is real potential."

reuters Exclusive | Ukraine to start building 4 new nuclear reactors this year
The timeline is more aggressive than previously outlined by Kyiv, which has spoken of starting work in some time in 2024 and without specifying that all four reactors could be developed simultaneously.

"I think (we'll start construction) in summer-autumn," [Energy Minister German] Galushchenko said in an interview. "We need vessels," he added, referring to the reactor pressure vessels that will have to be imported. We want to do the third and fourth units right away."
In December, Ukraine's nuclear power firm Energoatom and Westinghouse signed an agreement on the purchase of equipment for Khmelnytskyi's 5th power unit.

archive KhNPP incident report and Energoatom in Casualty 2022
by Cat on Sat Jan 27th, 2024 at 07:11:48 PM EST
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reuters | EU lawmakers consider stronger plastic pollution law after spill hits Spain, 11 Jan
...The EU is developing a law 17.10.23 to prevent spillages of pellets, 176,000 metric tons of which are accidentally released each year, according to the European Chemicals Agency [ECHA].

Joao Albuquerque, the EU Parliament's lead negotiator on the new law, on Thursday said he had proposed expanding the requirements for companies to prevent spills to also include the shipping sector—particularly after the incident in Galicia.
The millions of pellets washed up in Spain came from at least one container that fell from a vessel off the coast of neighbouring Portugal last month. Microplastics have been found in the human body, polar sea ice, and the deepest ocean trenches, and can kill birds and turtles that eat them.

archive microplastics removal, 2019, 2015, 2013, 2012
The European Commission said its original proposal for the law omitted maritime transport because environmental issues in international shipping are handled by the International Maritime Organization [!]. It suggested, however, the law could be strengthened to at least cover plastic pollution from journeys within the EU.
eurativ | Recycling market in Europe faces 'collapse' after EU waste export ban
The EU decided to ban the export of plastic waste for disposal both inside and outside of Europe as part of an agreement on the waste shipment regulation reached on 17 November. This means plastic waste collected in EU countries will need to be stockpiled there—and eventually burned [?!] if no one in Europe or elsewhere wants to buy the material for recycling.
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by Cat on Sat Jan 13th, 2024 at 08:53:27 PM EST
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FT | Fraud rocks global recycling and metals industry, 18 Jan metal heavies
In September [2023], Aurubis reported an €185mn shortfall of metals in its inventories, revised to €169mn in December, due to suspected collusion between suppliers and employees, while in June it was raided by police over missing goods worth more than €20mn.
According to UN data published in 2020, less than a fifth of the 53mn tonnes of electronics that people worldwide annually discard—equivalent to the weight of 440 average-sized cruise ships—reaches recycling companies, with the rest cluttering people's drawers, ending up in landfill or being sold on through hidden channels.

[Glencore CEO Kunal] Sinha argued that there is "so much headroom" for countries such as the US, Canada, India and Brazil to implement legislation to raise their global e-waste collection rates that currently range from close to zero to 15 per cent, according to the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership.

voiceofeurope | Water restrictions imposed in Algarve, Portugal, and Catalonia, Spain amid severe drought, 18 Jan  precautionary measures
by Cat on Fri Jan 19th, 2024 at 08:12:14 PM EST
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guardian | Tata Steel to shut down Port Talbot blast furnaces, putting 3,000 jobs at risk, 18 Jan
The company, which is getting £500m from the government to help with that plan, broke the news during a summit at the five-star St James' Court hotel in London, which is owned by the Tata Group.
The Guardian understands that about 200 jobs could be saved under a proposal to keep some of the site's mills open to roll steel slab. But the decision is a huge blow for a town where the local economy is so heavily dependent on a single factory.

The Community and GMB unions had put forward a staggered transition plan designed to provide immediate protection for workers. Under their proposals, the blast furnaces would have remained open during the transition, with at least one continuing to operate until 2032. But at a meeting in London on Thursday, Tata Steel is understood to have told union representatives that the proposal was un-affordable given Port Talbot's losses, estimated at £1m a day.

The UK's only other blast furnaces, at Scunthorpe, are also slated for shutdown during a similar, potentially lengthy transition process to electric arc furnaces. That would leave the UK as be the only G20 country that cannot make steel from [imported] raw materials.

archive Plans to Shut Polluting Blast Furnaces
by Cat on Sat Jan 20th, 2024 at 05:20:26 PM EST
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Map of the use of SpaceX Starlink terminals: resembles global T-Mobile rules based order

theregister | Adios, dead zones: Starlink relays SMS in space for unmodified phones, 12 Jan

SpaceX's Starlink has confirmed a successful test of its Direct to Cell (DTC) technology with a two-way text conversation held earlier this week.

The Starlink team said [PDF] it was able to send and receive text messages using unmodified cellphones via orbiting satellites it launched last weekend equipped with DTC capabilities. The phones and satellites communicated with each other using 4G/LTE radio frequency bands belonging to T-Mobile US—with the carrier's permission, natch.

"This validates that our link budget closes, and the system works," the Starlink team said, Xeeting also a pic of two ordinary smartphones in America texting each other via Starlink satellites using T-Mobile US radio spectrum.

We asked the biz for more information about the test, and we'll let you know if we hear back. To be fair to SpaceX, directly connecting an unmodified cellular phone on Earth to a satellite up in space using LTE bands is quite a feat. "Developing a satellite network that connects to unmodified cellphones presents several new technical and regulatory challenges," as the outfit put it.

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tabloid USAToday | US moon lander encounters 'anomaly' hours after launch, 8 Jan
The first American mission to put a lunar lander on the moon's surface in five decades may be in peril.

Shortly into its flight, Astrobotic's Peregrine lander encountered a problem with its propulsion that is causing it to lose a critical amount of propellant, the Pittsburgh-based aerospace company said. All appeared well when Astrobotic was able to make contact with the vehicle, but the snag now threatens the spacecraft's ability to land on the moon at all.

The lander had hitched a ride Monday morning aboard the [Boeing] United Launch Alliance's shiny new Vulcan rocket, which launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. While NASA has a payload bound for the lunar surface, the space agency is merely a customer on what could end up being the first U.S. commercial spacecraft to ever touch down on the moon—if it can get there.

ibid Valley Forge Symbolism, Independence of the United States of America
by Cat on Mon Jan 8th, 2024 at 08:01:43 PM EST
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lost in space
As of about 9 p.m. Monday, the company estimated that the spacecraft could continue for another 40 hours "based on current fuel consumption" before losing power.
Peregrine was carrying 20 payloads from seven nations and 16 commercial customers, including space agencies like NASA, universities, companies and others.
payload dumping PROBE developing ...
by Cat on Tue Jan 9th, 2024 at 09:01:03 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jan 15th, 2024 at 07:49:38 PM EST
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not that "failed moonshot", the other one

Errors found in dozens of papers by top scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 22 Jan

Dozens of papers by the head of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and three senior DFCI [Dana-Farber Cancer Institute] researchers need to be retracted or corrected, the institute affiliated with Harvard Medical School has concluded after a freelance data sleuth alleged that they are "hopelessly corrupt with errors."

A 2 January post by biologist Sholto David on the For Better Science blog flagged 57 papers between 1997 and 2017 [20 YEARS] co-authored by DFCI President and CEO Laurie Glimcher, Chief Operating Officer William Hahn, Senior Vice President Irene Ghobrial, and DFCI center Director Kenneth Anderson.

Well, the level of data forgery is pathetically amateurish and excessive. So much that we could only include a fraction of it into this article, you will have to search Ken Anderson, Bill Hahn, and other protagonists on PubPeer to see how bad it all really is. In fact, it is worse, because we only see the tiny tip of the fraud iceberg—image data duplications, the last resort of a failed scientist after every other trick failed to provide the desired result. Billions of dollars were burned for this cancerous trash science, but it made many academic careers, some got very rich, and entire dynasties established themselves at Dana Farber.
The papers largely cover the basic biology of cancer development and appeared in a range of journals including the top-tier Cell, Nature Medicine, and Science (publisher of ScienceInsider). The allegations were first reported by The Harvard Crimson, the university's independent student newspaper, and then by STAT, which reported that DFCI began to investigate some of the problems a year ago and was planning to take action.
archive 2022 Medical Industrial Complex (MIC)
by Cat on Thu Jan 25th, 2024 at 09:57:08 PM EST
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ChatGPT | NASA delays its Artemis moon missions, 9 Jan
...NASA said that during an Artemis flight test, teams discovered battery issues and challenges with a component that controls air ventilation and temperature control. Additionally, NASA has been investigating why char layer pieces from its spacecraft's heat shield were lost during the Artemis I mission....
flawed fuel purge purge embargoed ...
by Cat on Tue Jan 9th, 2024 at 10:48:42 PM EST
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NASA's Kennedy Space Center to host rave for astronomy geeks with cosmic-themed costumes
Although there are no signs of this blast-off party being scrubbed, NASA recently delayed its Artemis return to the moon missions over rocket concerns.
by Cat on Wed Jan 10th, 2024 at 10:58:55 PM EST
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Chicago-area Tesla charging stations lined with dead cars in freezing cold, 15 Jan
..."It's not plug and go. You have to precondition the battery, meaning that you have to get the battery up to the optimal temperature to accept a fast charge," said Mark Bilek of the Chicago Auto Trade Association....
by Cat on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 07:51:01 PM EST
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Electric vehicles lose up to 30% range when temperatures dip below freezing, study finds | CBC News · Posted: Feb 07, 2023 |

Sudbury, Ont., EV driver says preheating a car while it's plugged in will improve winter range

In the mobile app, navigate to Climate > Defrost Car to melt snow, ice, and frost on the windshield, windows, and mirrors. This also warms the high voltage Battery as needed.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 08:17:43 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 10:37:28 PM EST
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wsj | OpenAI Bans Use of AI Tools for Campaigning, Voter Suppression (15.01.24)
Other producers of AI systems have announced measures ahead of elections across the globe in 2024, including in the U.S., India, Indonesia, South Africa and Mexico. Google said last month that it would restrict election queries to its AI chatbot, Bard, while Meta Platforms, which owns Facebook, barred campaigns from using AI advertising tools last year.

Politicians in the U.S. have expressed skepticism that tech companies will be able to rein in their powerful AI systems. At a congressional hearing in May where OpenAI Chief Executive Sam Altman testified, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) used a demonstration of his AI-generated voice reading a statement to highlight the risks. "What if it had provided an endorsement of Ukraine surrendering or Vladimir Putin's leadership?" he said. Altman responded to some of the concerns by asserting that OpenAI's chatbot was "a tool, not a creature," and "a tool that people have great control over."

C-SPAN, Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, 12 May, 2023
Microsoft President Brad Smith, run time 02:22:17
Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, 16 May 2023
witnesses: Samuel Altman (OpenAI), Christina Montgomery (IBM), Gary Marcus (NYU-Vancouver, CA)
GAO, "Artificial Intelligence: Key practices to help ensure accountability in federal use of AI computer programming", 16 May 2023
by Cat on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 09:13:03 PM EST
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eNtITy jobs saved or created
West World S04 E01 "The Auguries"

A Brunette Dolores/Christina wakes up. Meets her roommate Maya for breakfast. They discuss a party that night, Christina doesn't go out much. She walks to work, sits at her workstation. A supervisor takes her aside, he wants more edge to her stories. A voice mail says her game designs are ruining his life.
"own your virtual you"
archive Stanford - unethical algorithms, tiny brain on a chip, A Trip to the Woodshed
by Cat on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 10:12:02 PM EST
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Microsoft boss Satya Nadella insists tech giant has 'no issue' with OpenAI structure despite Sam Altman drama, 16 Jan WEF
OpenAI, a ["]non-profit["] governed by a board whose mission is to ensure the firm prioritizes safety over profit, received major scrutiny after it fired Altman last November—with directors claiming they had "lost confidence" because he was "not consistently candid."
Senior OpenAI employees claimed Sam Altman was 'psychologically abusive' (08.12.23)
Nadella reportedly played a key role in negotiations that led to Altman being reinstated five days later. OpenAI has since unveiled plans for a revamped board of directors that includes ex-Treasury Secretary Larry Summers and ex-Twitter chair Bret Taylor. Microsoft received a non-voting observer seat.

Both Microsoft and OpenAI are facing a new headache as the US Federal Trade Commission and regulators in the UK probe the multibillion-dollar partnership. The UK's Competition and Markets Authority cited "a number of developments in the governance of OpenAI, some of which involved Microsoft" as having prompted the probe.

by Cat on Wed Jan 17th, 2024 at 02:10:44 AM EST
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The Pentagon is close to awarding a $10 billion JEDI deal to Amazon despite Trump's tweets attacking the company (04.04.18)

Pentagon hands Microsoft $10B 'war cloud' deal, snubs Amazon (27.10.19)

possible Amazon challenge over JEDI contract (01.11.2019)

Judge sides with Pentagon and Amazon in JEDI bidding case (12.07.19)

Amazon to seek order to block Microsoft from working on DoD's JEDI contract (14.01.20)

Amazon wins court injunction on controversial JEDI contract (13.02.20)

Six things to know about the Pentagon's defunct JEDI contract (07.07.21)4

Pentagon announces new cloud initiative to replace ill-fated JEDI contract (18.11.21)

et voilà!. Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC): Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Oracle, IBM

bloomberg | OpenAI Is Working With US Military on Cybersecurity Tools, 16 Jan

The ChatGPT maker is developing tools with the US Defense Department on open-source cybersecurity software, and has had initial talks with the US government about methods to assist with preventing veteran suicide, Anna Makanju, the company's vice president of global affairs, said in an interview at Bloomberg House at the World Economic Forum [WEF] in Davos on Tuesday.

The company had recently removed language in its terms of service banning its AI from "military and warfare" applications. Makanju described the decision as part of a broader update of its policies to adjust to new uses of ChatGPT and its other tools.

"Because we previously had what was essentially a blanket prohibition on military, many people thought that would prohibit many of these use cases, which people think are very much aligned with what we want to see in the world," she said. But OpenAI maintained a ban on using its tech to develop weapons, destroy property or harm people, Makanju said.
"Elections are a huge deal," Sam Altman, OpenAI's chief executive officer, said in the same interview. "I think it's good that we have a lot of anxiety."

by Cat on Wed Jan 17th, 2024 at 05:44:27 PM EST
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state.gov | Secretary Antony J. Blinken At a Conversation with Thomas Friedman (17.01.24)
MR FRIEDMAN: I want to close, Mr. Secretary, with a more personal question.  Your predecessor, Dean Acheson [1949-1953], wrote a book, Present at the Creation.  And when I think of the time of your holding this job, I think of it as an age of amplification, acceleration, and democratization.  Never have more people had access to tools that amplify their power at a steadily accelerating rate and being democratized to more people.
BLINKEN: I can't think of a time when there's been both a greater multiplicity and greater complexity of the challenges that we're dealing with. So it's real, and again, the spread of sources of power, the democratization of information technology, of technology more broadly, as we were saying at the very outset of this conversation, has empowered groups, empowered individuals, in ways that was not the case a few generations ago and has made life a lot more challenging for the nation-state.
"what we're seeing and what you've seen and written about for a long time is the evolution of something that's been in the works for quite a while, which is with the advent and the democratization of technology, information technology, you have super-empowered groups, super-empowered eNTiTIes that can make an extraordinary amount of trouble for nation-states and others, and we're seeing that."
But having said that, even as we're in moments where it just seems like you've got some darkness, there are powerful, powerful beams of light that you can see for the way things can, should, and I believe will be—better, different. And we've talked about one of them. You can see a very different future for the Middle East that finally answers challenges that have afflicted it and as a result afflicted much of the world through generations. You can see through the power of technology so much good that is possible in solving fundamental problems.

We did a session on the margins of the UN General Assembly on AI [computer programming] and the Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]. Now we can use artificial intelligence [computer programming] to actually accelerate those goals, which, as many of you know, have stalled out a bit. And the excitement was almost palpable. And what's really interesting to me is if you look at some of the polling, and if you actually have conversations with people, the people most excited about the positive potential of AI [computer programming] tend to be in the great global majority in the world. They know the difference that it and other technologies, when harnessed and marshaled in a smart way, can mean for putting more food on the table, for creating greater opportunity, for solving climate change, for dealing with energy needs. All of that is there.

UN Assembly President outlines vision for 2024, 16 Jan
Emphasizing a commitment to addressing pressing challenges, President Dennis Francis signalled a determined push for transformative change.

"We must set our sights squarely on the Summit of the Future —the pivotal event of 2024—where world leaders are expected to gather here in New York and forge a new global consensus on how to better deliver for people and planet," he said

The Sustainable Development Goals are badly off track. The Summit of the Future will create the conditions in which implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can more readily be achieved.
In his address, President Francis underscored the importance of peace as the "ultimate goal of our collective efforts" and the "bedrock upon which everything we do will rest".  
President Francis also highlighted the Veto Initiative, emphasizing the critical importance of fostering accountability and cooperation between the UN's Principal Organs to achieve system-wide coherence. Under the landmark Initiative, the President is authorized convene a formal meeting of the 193‑member organ within 10 working days of the casting of a veto by one or more permanent members of the Security Council and hold a debate on the situation as to which the veto was cast.
ibid "Use of the Veto" (A/76/262)
archive OpenAI signs and symbols, Lao-tzu said
by Cat on Wed Jan 17th, 2024 at 11:02:30 PM EST
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Neo-Liberalism, Free Market Economy and Poverty

I can't think of a time when there's been both a greater multiplicity and greater complexity of the challenges that we're dealing with facing .

That's been the root cause of  rise of the extreme right and populism in America and its Western partners in the 21st Century of Pax Americana ... the gap between "We The People" and the elites in Washington DC run by capitalism and lobby groups. Unable to solve the problems of importance to society. The elder politicians stay far beyond their expiration date, pushing problems further away from solving, letting chaos rule in the end of the day. Neo-liberalism of Tony Blair, Boris Johnson and Mark Rutte ... a conservative policy making the rich richer.

This expression by Antony Blinken is one of exasperation ... has been understood by me for a very long time ... annoyance as nothing goes his way.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 18th, 2024 at 01:05:07 AM EST
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AI Computer programming rise will lead to increase in cyberattacks hostage assets, GCHQ warns, 24 Jan
The rapid development of novel Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools computer programming will lead to an increase in cyberattacks and lower the barrier of entry for less sophisticated hackers [computer programmers] to [disrupt ITC], Britain's GCHQ spy agency warned on Wednesday.
"cyber virtual digital currency"
That lower entry barrier low barriers to market entry will also likely contribute to the global rise in ransomware attacks, whereby criminals encrypt computer systems for a digital ransom, the National Cyber Telecommunications Security Centre (NCSC), which is part of GCHQ, said in a report.
zero day TOOLS exploit "internet of everything"
On an advanced level, more capable state-backed [!] hackers computer "scientists" were "best placed to harness AI's computer programming potential in advanced cyber telecommunication operations against [computer] networks, for example use in advanced malware generation", said the report, referring to malicious software [computer programs] and computer viruses programs.

Intelligence agencies across the world are grappling with the rise of potential security problems tied to algorithms that can generate < wipes tears > human-sounding interactions—dubbed large language models, or LLMs, such as OpenAI's ChatGPT, which businesses are incorporating into a wide range of [automated] services, including sales[, "journalism,"] and customer care [Customer Relation Management (CRM) or sales order fulfillment]. The security implications of AI computer programming are still coming into focus.

The security implications of AI computer programming are still coming into focus. Authorities in Britain, the U.S., and Canada have seen hackers computer "scientists" embrace the technology.

2013 U.K. bars trash cans from tracking people with Wi-Fi: "'We will cookie the street,' Renew Chief Executive Kaveh Memari said in June."
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euractiv | EU Commission's last-minute attempt to keep private companies in world's first ["]AI["] treaty, 24 Jan stateless EntITiEs
The Council of Europe (CoE), an international human rights body with 46 member countries, is approaching the finalisation of the Convention on Artificial Intelligence computer programming, Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law.
eNTitY discrimination
Since the beginning, the United States, the homeland of the world's leading AI companies, has been pushing to exclude the private sector [eNTitIES] from the treaty, which, if ratified, would be binding for the signature country [state].
state party discrimination
The United States is not a CoE member but participates in the process with an observer status. In other words, Washington does not have voting rights, but it can influence the discussion by saying it will not sign the [COE.int] convention.
The pressure to keep the US and other countries [states] that support a narrower [sic] scope of the treaty ["convention"] was such that the whole drafting procedure was made confidential, and NGOs [eNTitIES] were excluded from the process despite this being in contrast with the CoE's internal guidelines on stakeholder [eNTitY] engagement.
rule of law
By contrast, the European Commission, representing the EU in the negotiations, has opposed this carve out for the private sector. Two weeks ago, Euractiv revealed an internal note stating that "the Union should not agree with the alternative proposal(s) that limit the scope of the convention."
As part of the alignment with the AI computer programming Act, the Commission is pushing for broad exemptions for AI computer programming uses in national security, defence, and law enforcement. Thus, if the treaty was limited to only public bodies, with these carve-outs, there would be very little
human rights?
by Cat on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 11:01:06 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jan 27th, 2024 at 06:30:52 PM EST
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5 hr. epic memorial | imperial propaganda

F24 | Japanese lunar probe lands on the Moon but glitch threatens mission (19.01.24)
Japan became on Saturday only the fifth nation to achieve a "soft landing" on the Moon, but its space agency said that the craft's solar cells were not generating power. With the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM), Japan followed the United States, the Soviet Union, China and most recently India in achieving the feat. JAXA confirmed that the SLIM "landed on the Moon at 00:20 am on 20 January 2024 (Japan Time). Communication has been established since landing," JAXA said.
Renewed interest. More than 50 years after the first human Moon landing, many countries and private companies are attempting to make the trip anew. But crash-landings, communication failures and other technical problems are rife. This month, US private firm Astrobotic's Peregrine lunar lander began leaking fuel after takeoff, dooming its mission.
thehill | OpEd | NASA's approach to returning to the moon: Better safe than sorry, 21 Jan
by Cat on Sun Jan 21st, 2024 at 04:41:04 PM EST
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1914: futurist, internationalist, cubist, constructivist, dada-ist, expressionist, fauvist

2024: exhibitionist (2024)

by Cat on Wed Jan 10th, 2024 at 12:21:05 AM EST
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"Nothing comes between me and Calvins."
Deparel bikini ($219)BBC | Ad with FKA twigs banned for objectifying a stereotype, 10 Jan
The regulator ruled the "image's composition placed viewers' focus on the model's body rather than on the clothing being advertised". It also noted by focusing on FKA twigs' "physical features", it had "presented her as a stereotypical sexual object".
These [two] complaints were also directed towards two posters from the same campaign which featured model Kendall Jenner. But the ASA found these posters did not focus on Kendall's body "in a manner that portrayed her as a sexual object" and the level of nudity was not beyond that which people would expect for a lingerie advert.
'The Bear' star Jeremy Allen White smolders in shirtless Calvin Klein campaign
He also put his acting skills to use in a video campaign featuring the star stripping down out of gym clothes into nothing but his briefs to perform exercises like pull-ups, sparking even more thirsty comments from fans.
"Come with me to London"
by Cat on Wed Jan 10th, 2024 at 10:48:31 PM EST
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xinhua | Let the universal human rights be what they should be on the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 13 Jan
As we usher in the new year of 2024, it is necessary to revisit the evolution of human rights and stay alert to those who are always trying to misinterpret this concept and use it as a profit-making tool.
by Cat on Sat Jan 20th, 2024 at 06:46:29 PM EST
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Bad Luck ... You Lie Within Garden or Paradise

Nearly 20,000 babies have been born during Israel's continuing war in Gaza, while 135,000 children in the Gaza Strip under the age of two are at "severe risk" of malnutrition, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has warned.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 20th, 2024 at 07:28:12 PM EST
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ChatGPT | Ancient human DNA hints at why multiple sclerosis affects so many northern Europeans today
It's a genetic legacy of horseback-riding cattle herders who swept into the region about 5,000 years ago.
Indo-semitic branch of Mongol denisovan alle-bearing Tatars?
It's one of several findings from a first-of-its-kind gene bank with thousands of samples from early humans in Europe and western Asia, a project headed by Eske Willerslev of Cambridge and the University of Copenhagen who helped pioneer the study of ancient DNA. Similar research has traced even earlier cousins of humans such as Neanderthals.
by Cat on Sat Jan 20th, 2024 at 10:05:11 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 31st, 2023 at 09:44:09 PM EST
Sam Insull Household Hall of Fame X-post
Today's approval enhances market transparency and provides investors with efficient access to digital asset investments within a < wipes tears > regulated framework
ChatGPT | SEC Says Bitcoin ETF Wasn't Approved
he Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday said its X account was compromised, disavowing a post from moments earlier that said the agency had approved the first Bitcoin exchange-traded ["]funds["] to come to market.
archive Always Read the Footnotes
by Cat on Wed Jan 10th, 2024 at 12:39:32 AM EST
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ChatGPT | US SEC approves 11 spot bitcoin ETFs, 10 Jan
"The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has approved 11 spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds, including those of [1] Grayscale, [2] Bitwise, and [3] Hashdex, according to a statement on Wednesday."

cnbc | What to know before buying the first bitcoin ETFs, 11 Jan
"The agency signed off on 11 bitcoin ETF applications, including funds from [4] BlackRock, [5] Fidelity, [6] Ark Invest, [7] WisdomTree, and [8] Grayscale."

kommersant | Bitcoin entered the US exchanges

on three major US exchanges: NYSE (Bitwise, Grayscale, Hashdex funds), NASDAQ (BlackRock, Valkyrie) and CBOE (ARK/21Shares,  Fidelity, [10] Franklin Templeton, [11] Invesco, [12] VanEck, WisdomTree). In the first five minutes, the volume of transactions exceeded $1 billion, and by 19: 00 Moscow time, the volume of the most popular ETFs BlackRock, Grayscale, and Fidelity was more than $3 billion.
wapoo | New funds will make investing in bitcoin easier. Here's what you need to know
  1. SEC regulators are not to be trusted.
  2. insider trading rules.
by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2024 at 01:55:34 AM EST
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"social media"—SIM swap' behind social media hack, SEC says
The SEC spokesperson said access to the phone number occurred via the agency's telecom carrier, noting there is no evidence the unauthorized party "gained access to SEC systems, data, devices, or other social media accounts."
by Cat on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 03:14:35 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 03:19:15 PM EST
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Voldemort of years entered the room.
by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2024 at 01:20:59 AM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 18th, 2024 at 10:01:51 AM EST
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WWII's Colossus computer cracks codes once again | Computer World - Nov. 2007 |

Rebuilt vacuum-tube computer runs at Bletchley Park, tackles new messages enciphered with Nazi hardware

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 18th, 2024 at 10:04:59 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 28th, 2024 at 03:25:09 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 31st, 2023 at 09:44:30 PM EST

Best wishes to all ... next generation and a new green economy ... Save the Planet 🌏 ... Save humanity based on equality and peace for all ☮️

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 31st, 2023 at 09:52:19 PM EST
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Lucky to have a financial milk cow on the farm ...

Kansas couple hid dead man's body for 6 years while collecting over $205,000 retirement funds, prosecutors say | NBC News |

Prosecutors say Lynn and Kirk Ritter, both 61, continued depositing and spending from the man's bank account even while his body became "mummified" on a bed in the home he owned.

My fortune cookie predicted "a long life" 😂

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 21st, 2024 at 02:53:28 PM EST
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She had it all ... served twice in Afghanistan ... PTSD Kills

Climbing the ladder for the American Dream .. died too early at 34.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 23rd, 2024 at 12:42:25 PM EST
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