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Gaza Onslaught: Xmas Cancelled

by Oui Sat Dec 9th, 2023 at 10:40:46 AM EST

Lutheran Church Jerusalem - Baby Jesus born amidst rubble of an occupying power ... cruelty.

To escape from child genocide by the Roman King Herod, Joseph and Mary fled Bethlehem and traveled by donkey with child to Egypt. Depicted in paintings as the Flight Into Egypt. That too is impossible for 2.2 million Gazans under inhumane bombardment by American bombs and grenades, dropped and fired on them by pilots and soldiers from the Jewish State of Israel. The advance of human kind in two millennia from barbarity to a New World of civilization.

The true meaning of Christmas

Bethlehem, occupied West Bank - The churches of Palestine have announced the cancellation of all festive Christmas celebrations in an expression of unity with Gaza and rejection of the ongoing aggression against Palestinians, limiting them to masses and prayers.

In Bethlehem, the Lutheran Church decided that its Christmas nativity scene would reflect the reality of children living and being born in Palestine today, placing the symbolic Baby Jesus in a manger of rubble and destruction.
It is a poignant representation of the suffering of Gaza's children who find themselves buried under what is left of their own homes, victims of relentless Israeli bombardment.

"If Christ were to be born today," Reverend Munther Isaac said, "he would be born under the rubble and Israeli shelling. This is a powerful message we send to the world celebrating the holidays."

For Isaac and other church leaders, this was a way to convey a message reflecting the birth of Christ, the messenger of justice, peace and dignity for humanity.

Christ was not born among the conquerors or those with military power, he said, but in an occupied country, which is what Palestine was 2,000 years ago.

"Bethlehem is sad and broken. We are all in pain about what is happening in Gaza, feeling helpless and overwhelmed by our inability to offer anything," he said.

The Biden White House holding the global community hostage by using veto to ensure impunity for Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity. Complicit in this horror and possible genocide of the Palestinian people.

Justice will not be served under ICC prosecutor Karim Khan. Appointed for a term of nine years after successful lobby by UK PM Boris Johnson.

ICC prosecutor Karim Khan poses for photo in occupied East Jerusalem, confiscated Palestinian land by Israel.

ICC Prosecutor, Karim A. A. Khan KC, concludes first visit to Israel and State of Palestine

In relation to Gaza, and notwithstanding any ongoing violations of international humanitarian law by Hamas and other armed groups in the Gaza Strip, the manner in which Israel responds to these attacks is subject to clear legal parameters that govern armed conflict. Conflict in densely populated areas where fighters are alleged to be unlawfully embedded in the civilian population is inherently complex, but international humanitarian law must still apply and the Israeli military knows the law that must be applied.  

As I have stated previously, Israel has trained lawyers who advise commanders and a robust system intended to ensure compliance with international humanitarian law. Credible allegations of crimes during the current conflict should be the subject of timely, independent examination and investigation. On this visit, I again stressed that the clear legal principles of distinction, precaution and proportionality must be complied with so that the protection of the law is rendered meaningful for those who need it. I emphasised that not only must the letter of the law be complied with, but also the spirit upheld.  International humanitarian law and the provisions of the Rome Statute are there to protect the most vulnerable.

On humanitarian access, the position is critical, and the law does not allow for doubt. The United Nations, the World Health Organization and the International Committee for the Red Cross and Red Crescent have continued to underline the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. As I have repeatedly emphasised, civilians must have access to basic food, water and desperately needed medical supplies, without further delay, and at pace and at scale.  And when such aid arrives, it must not be diverted or misused by Hamas. I cannot be more clear about this. All actors must comply with international humanitarian law. If you do not do so, do not complain when my Office is required to act.

'Wounded child, no surviving family': The plight of Gaza's traumatised orphans | The National News - UAE |

Medics say number of wounded children left without relatives has reached a historic high

Unicef has been trying to reach hospitals and medics in Gaza to identify and register children and to promote the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) hotline to help reunite children as part of its family links programme.

However, Mr Peris cautioned, "designating safe spaces for these children is presently nearly impossible due to the chaotic and overcrowded conditions in shelters and hospitals. The standard system to identify, document, trace, and reunify children is barely operational" and this is further complicated by communication obstacles and limited access.

According to multiple medics at Nasser Hospital, the precise number of WCNSFs remains unclear as they struggle to document the casualties.

Young and traumatised

In another room inside the hospital, 11-year-old Fatima Zahraa Mohammed El Hasani only has her grandmother beside her, after her entire family of 17 were killed when their home was bombed.

"Fatima is utterly traumatised," said her grandmother, Etaf El Abadla, struggling to hold back tears, while speaking to The National.

In October, Fatima lost her parents, two siblings, paternal grandparents, uncles, and their children after their home in central Gaza was bombed. Following the tragic event, she was displaced to her maternal grandmother's care in Khan Younis.

Only a few days later, like thousands of others, Mrs El Abadla was forced to relocate with Fatima to the Al Mawasi region due to the intense bombing of their neighbourhood. The 56-year-old and her granddaughter now live in a small tent.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 9th, 2023 at 10:58:10 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 9th, 2023 at 10:58:46 AM EST
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Israel-Hamas war: US criticised for veto on UN ceasefire resolution | Irish Times |

Amnesty International says US decision to veto the resolution was 'morally indefensible'

Rights groups have condemned the United States for blocking a UN security council resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza in the war between Israel and Hamas.

Agnès Callamard said: "By vetoing this resolution, the US has displayed a callous disregard for civilian suffering in the face of a staggering death toll, extensive destruction and an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe happening in the occupied Gaza Strip.

The United States on Friday defied appeals from its Arab allies and the UN secretary general to back an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, instead vetoing the resolution. The vote in the 15-member council was 13-1 with the UK abstaining.

The Palestinian ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour, said the US decision to block the resolution was "a turning point in history".

In a strongly worded address to the security council after the vote, Mr Mansour said the results of the vote were "regrettable" and "disastrous", warning that prolonging the war in Gaza "implies the continued commission of atrocities, the loss of more innocent lives, more destruction".

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 9th, 2023 at 11:27:05 AM EST
Ireland wants to see a permanent and sustainable ceasefire, the lifting of the blockade on Gaza  

Ireland was the first EU member state to declare that a solution to the conflict in the Middle East had to be based on a fully sovereign State of Palestine, independent of and co-existing with Israel?

That was in 1980, in a joint declaration by the Foreign Ministers of Ireland and Bahrain.

Since then, every Irish Government has given a high priority to the achievement of a "two state solution", which is now the accepted goal of all international efforts. The Middle East Peace Process remains a key foreign policy priority for the Government. Along with our EU partners, Ireland supports all efforts to restart comprehensive negotiations for an overall peace agreement.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 9th, 2023 at 11:29:21 AM EST
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The humanitarian crisis in Gaza has reached catastrophic proportions

Among Gaza's population of 2.2 million people, more than 1.7 million have been displaced by the conflict. The aid that has entered Gaza since the beginning of a humanitarian pause on 24 November barely registers against the dire needs for food, water, fuel, life-saving medicines and supplies, sanitation and adequate shelter.

"More aid is urgently needed in Gaza to save lives and stem the torrent of human suffering," said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem in remarks to the UN Security Council. "Unimpeded access of humanitarian workers and of supplies, including sexual and reproductive health services, is a matter of life and death for women and girls."

Among Gaza's population, more than 540,000 people - about one in four - are women and girls of reproductive age. An estimated 5,500 women are due to give birth within the next 30 days, which will result in more than 180 deliveries every day. An estimated 840 women may experience pregnancy or birth-related complications. With hospitals overwhelmed by casualties and lacking essential fuel, medicines and basic supplies, many people will be cut off from safe delivery services.

UNFPA is focused on getting life-saving reproductive health supplies into Gaza. So far it has delivered five truckloads of reproductive health kits, containing pharmaceuticals, equipment and supplies for emergency obstetric and neonatal care, including anaesthetics for use during Caesarean sections. UNFPA is also distributing clean delivery kits to improve the hygienic conditions for births, wherever they may occur, as well as kits for women who have recently given birth.

With 80 per cent of the population in Gaza displaced, the risk of gender-based violence has also increased exponentially for women and girls who are on the move or seeking refuge in overcrowded shelters, where conditions are increasingly distressing.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 9th, 2023 at 11:41:27 AM EST
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"I make no bones about it, I've had my differences from Israeli leadership," Mr. Biden told his guests. "I have known Bibi now for 51 years. He has a picture on his desk of he and I when he was a young member in the Israeli service here, former service, and I was a 32-year-old senator. And I wrote at the top of it, 'Bibi, I love you and I don't agree with a damn thing you have to say.' It's about the same today, I love him and -- but look, it's a tough spot, tough spot. We continue to provide military assistance to Israel until they get rid of Hamas. But -- but -- we have to be careful. Have to be careful. The whole world's public opinion can shift overnight. We can't let that happen."

I am sure Bibi has a lot of pictures he changes for the occasion ..
bribery, bullying, lying and utter disregard for goys or non-Jews.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 14th, 2023 at 11:18:47 AM EST
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Where does the Bible say that Palestinian children are the only children excluded from the love of God? Ironically, Jesus was born in Palestine, which makes him a Palestinian child And like so many other Palestinian children today, Jesus was told that there was "no room" for him and his family.

    who, US?
    by Michael R. Burch

    Jesus was born
    a palestinian child
    where there's no Room
    for the meek and the mild

    ... and in bethlehem still
    to this day, lambs are born
    to cries of "no Room!"
    and Puritanical scorn ...

    under Herod, Trump, Bibi
    their fates are the same --
    the slouching Beast mauls them
    and WE have no shame:

    "who's to blame?"

Bethlehem is a town in the central West Bank, so Jesus was not born within the borders of modern-day Israel, but in Occupied Palestine--so called because Israel has created a brutal, repressive military occupation of the land outside its legal borders, with soldiers of the IOF (Israeli Occupation Force) protecting racially segregated "Jewish only" roads and settlements, in direct and blatant violation of both International Law, the Golden Rule, and simple human decency.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 10th, 2023 at 10:14:43 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 14th, 2023 at 07:52:01 AM EST
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The ugliness of the Gaza War by Israel is unparalleled in the Western world advocating human rights in the 21st Century. Netanyahu and his "war cabinet" or rather the fascist leaders of war crimes at the level of genocide.

A comparison to other events of war is senseless ... all wars of choice like Ukraine should never have been let to happen. The West with the military force of NATO should let peace and diplomacy prevail ... not the boot of fascist policy. The gap between the very rich and the masses already fosters the rise of populist right-wing politicians. No light to be seen at the end of a long dark tunnel. The West is still in a traumatic fear mode of operation post-9/11 exacerbated by the Corona pandemic.

Stop the warmongers and lobby groups for more violence and arms sales. Europe too is changing to a fortified, military industrial complex increasing spending for war and cutting aid to Third World countries ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Dec 11th, 2023 at 08:26:00 AM EST
wsj | Israel Begins Pumping Seawater Into Hamas's Gaza Tunnels, 12 Dec
Israel's military has begun pumping seawater into Hamas's vast complex of tunnels in Gaza, according to U.S. officials briefed on the Israeli military's operations, part of an intensive effort to destroy the underground infrastructure that has underpinned the group's operations.
A spokesperson for the Israeli defense minister declined to comment, saying the tunnel operations are classified.

Israeli officials say that Hamas's underground system has been key to its operations on the battlefield. The tunnel system, they say, is used by Hamas to maneuver fighters across the battlefield and store the group's rockets and munitions, and enables the group's leaders to command and control their forces. Israel also believes some hostages are being held inside tunnels.

8 Dec: Hostage families have tense meeting with War Cabinet
In reported recordings between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and released hostages and their families leaked last week, Israelis angrily told Netanyahu that they feared flooding the tunnels would kill their loved ones.

During a press conference Tuesday [12 Dec] at the White House with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk*, a reporter asked President Biden about Israel's flooding of the tunnels.

12 Dec: President Biden Participates in a Press Conference with President Volodymyr Zelensk* A/V, synopsis
The president didn't address the Israeli approach directly but rather how flooding tunnels could affect the more than 100 hostages still held by Hamas. Biden said that assertions have been made that "there are no hostages in any of these tunnels...But I don't know that for a fact." The president didn't elaborate.
haaretz | Videos and Incitement: How the IDF Is Misleading Israelis on Telegram, 12 Dec
The IDF Operations Directorate's Influencing Department, which is responsible for psychological warfare operations against the enemy and foreign audiences, operates a Telegram channel called 72 Virgins-Uncensored, which targets Israeli audiences and shows the bodies of Hamas terrorists with the promise of "shattering the terrorists' fantasy."

The channel, which boasts of "exclusive content from the Gaza Strip" and has published over 700 posts, images and videos of terrorists being killed and of destruction in the Strip, encourages its 5,300 followers to share the content so that "everyone can see that we're screwing them."

ancient history: Israel blockade of Gaza (EG: Mubarak-Tantawi-Sisi-Morsi-Sisi), 2007 - present
Some Biden administration officials have been concerned that using seawater might not be effective and could endanger Gaza's freshwater supply. [Sisi] Egypt in 2015 used seawater to flood tunnels operated by smugglers under the Rafah [Gaza] border crossing with Gaza to Egypt, prompting complaints from nearby farmers about damaged crops.
Cordwainer Smith, Psychological Warfare (1948) audiobook
Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger (b. 1913 - d. 1966) is better known by his pen-name Cordwainer Smith. From 1937 to 1946, Linebarger held a faculty appointment at Duke University, where he began producing highly regarded works on Far Eastern affairs. While retaining his professorship at Duke after the beginning of World War II, Linebarger began serving as a second lieutenant of the United States Army, where he was involved in the creation of the Office of War Information and the Operation Planning and Intelligence Board. Furthermore, he helped organize the U. S. Army's first psychological warfare section.

In 1943, he was sent to China to coordinate military intelligence operations. When he later pursued his interest in China, Linebarger became a close confidant of Chiang Kai-shek. By the end of the war, he had risen to the rank of Major. In 1947, Linebarger moved to the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, where he served as Professor of Asiatic Studies.

Linebarger used his experiences in the war to write Psychological Warfare (1948), now regarded by many in the field as a core text. He eventually rose to the rank of colonel in the Army reserves. He was recalled to advise the British forces in the Malayan Emergency and the U.S. Eighth Army in the Korean War.

While he was known to call himself a "visitor to small wars", Linebarger supposedly refrained from becoming involved in the Vietnam War. However, it is known that he performed some amount of unspecified work on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency during his career.

In 1969 CIA officer Miles Copeland Jr. wrote that Linebarger was "perhaps the lead practitioner of 'black' and 'gray' propaganda in the Western world". According to Joseph Burkholder Smith, a former CIA operative, he conducted classes in psychological warfare for CIA agents at his home in Washington under cover of his position at the School of Advanced International Studies.

Linebarger traveled extensively and became a member of the Foreign Policy Association, and was called upon to advise President John F. Kennedy.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 16th, 2023 at 10:07:46 PM EST
msn thedrive | Newly Formed Operation Prosperity Guardian To Protect Red Sea Shipping, 16 Dec
The Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Carney downed 14 drones today, a U.S. military official told The War Zone. The Type-45 destroyer HMS Diamond downed one drone targeting merchant shipping in the Red Sea with a Sea Viper missile, U.K. Defense Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement. It was the first time the Royal Navy shot down an aerial target in anger since the First Gulf War in 1991 when the Type 42 Destroyer HMS Gloucester destroyed an Iraqi Silkworm missile bound for a U.S. warship.
voiceofeurope | Operation Prosperity Guardian: safeguarding red sea shipping amid escalating Houthi threats, (16) 17 Dec
Secretary Austin, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Air Force Gen. C.Q. Brown during his visit to the region next week, will formally announce Operation Prosperity Guardian. The initiative is anticipated to resemble Task Force 153 [CTF 153 Red Sea Maritime Security], focusing on international maritime security and capacity-building efforts in the Red Sea, Bab al-Mandeb, and Gulf of Aden.

Details regarding the number of participating nations and the specific missions beyond patrolling the Red Sea against Houthi threats were not disclosed by the official on Saturday.

number of participating nations: UK, US
Transport Secretary [Grant] Shapps [lol] emphasized the recent deployment of the Diamond in the Red Sea, reinforcing international endeavors to uphold maritime security....
First Sea Lord, Adm. Sir Ben Key, highlighted the significance of the Bab-al-Mandeb Strait and Red Sea, through which one-sixth of the world's commercial shipping transits. HMS Diamond, deployed from Portsmouth just two weeks ago, is collaborating with American, French, and other allies to counter these threats.
archive Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, 'naval alliance' with Gulf states and Combined Military [sic] Forces (CMF) - Bahrain division in Ousted From Middle-East
by Cat on Sun Dec 17th, 2023 at 06:09:37 PM EST
msn ChatGPT | More big shipping companies suspend Red Sea operations as fears build over global supply chains amid increasing Houthi rebel attacks, 17 Dec price cap SNAFU
The world's largest shipping group, the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), announced they were suspending operations in the Red Sea until further notice due to an increased risk of attacks.

The Danish shipping giant Maersk, German company Hapag-Lloyd, and French company CMA CGM have also suspended Red Sea transits.
UK Defence Secretary [!] Grant Shapps said in a [X-]statement on the increasing attacks that they represented "a direct threat to international commerce ["prosperity"?] and maritime security in the Red Sea."
David Osler, an insurance editor for Lloyd's List Intelligence, told The Associated Press that insurance costs had doubled for vessels passing through the Red Sea, and that the most expensive ships could have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars more per journey.

For Israeli ship owners, they have gone up even more—by 250%—and some insurers won't cover them at all, he said.
Osler expects insurance costs to keep rising but said the situation would have to get a lot worse—such as the loss of several ships—to raise prices considerably and make some ship owners rethink moving through the region.

"At the moment, it's just an inconvenience that the system can handle," [Osler] said. "Nobody likes to be paying hundreds of thousands of dollars more, but you can live with it if you have to."

by Cat on Sun Dec 17th, 2023 at 07:08:16 PM EST
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ChatGPT | A $2M missile vs. a $2,000 drone: Pentagon worried over cost of Houthi attacks, 20 Dec GAO synopsis
...The cost of doing business—which can run up to $2.1 million a shot to destroy unsophisticated Houthi drones, estimated at a few thousand dollars each—is a growing concern, according to three other DOD officials. The officials, like others interviewed for this story, were granted < wipes tears > anonymity to describe sensitive operations and internal deliberations....
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by Cat on Wed Dec 20th, 2023 at 06:18:40 PM EST
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Gaza's Second Front: Houthi Drones Drive Major Shipping Cos. out of Red Sea in Blow to World Trade | Informed Comment - Juan Cole |

On Saturday, Muhammad al-Bakhiti, a member of the Politburo of the the Helpers of God (Houthi ) government of northern Yemen, announced that it had completely closed off shipping to Israel via the Arabian Sea and the Red Sea. Actually, the Helpers of God have more or less closed Red Sea shipping to everyone. He said that the Houthis had managed to idle the Israeli port of Eilat, referring to it by its pre-1948 name of Umm al-Rashrash. He pledged that the Houthis would expand their activities in the Red Sea and continue to strike at Israeli shipping and shipping headed for Israel, as well as at the Israeli navy.

He also soid that his government would not allow any American shipments to Yemen, and called on other Arab countries to boycott not only Israeli but also American trade in the region.

The Gaza conflict has several theaters. There is the Israeli war of genocide on the Palestinians of Gaza, which has killed over 18,000 people and wounded tens of thousands, the vast majority of them innocent noncombatants, and destroyed or damaged about half the region's housing stock along with other essential infrastructure and buildings. It has also left the civilian population without sufficient food or water and exposed to deadly infectious diseases.

Then there is the tense Israeli-Lebanese border, where Israel has bombed from fighter jets and Hezbollah has fired rockets, necessitating the evacuation of some of northern Israel.

There have been Shiite militia attacks on US personnel in Syria and Iraq, with more threatened.

Houthi Drones Have Become Cruise Missiles | 16 Sept. 2019 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 17th, 2023 at 09:14:59 PM EST
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arabnews | Yemen warring parties agree to ceasefire, UN-led peace process, 23 Dec
The announcement by UN special envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, marks the latest step to end the deadly nine-year war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and triggered one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.

It follows recent meetings by Grundberg in Saudi Arabia and Oman with Rashad Al-Alimi, head of Yemen's Presidential Council and Mohammed Abdul Salam, the chief negotiator of the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
Grundberg will now "engage with the parties to establish a roadmap under UN auspices" that includes these commitments. It includes commitments to pay civil servants' salaries, open routes into the rebel-blockaded city of Taiz and other parts of Yemen and resume oil exports, according to the statement.
Many analysts ["Mohammed Albasha, a senior Middle East analyst for the US-based Navanti Group"] are pessimistic that Riyadh's plans for a downsized military role will bring peace to Yemen, which remains deeply fractured along religious, regional and political lines.

Sullivan cointel mission developing ...
by Cat on Sun Dec 24th, 2023 at 01:43:13 AM EST
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reason | No Fossil Fuel Phase-Out in COP28 Climate Deal, 13 Dec NOPEC
..The new GST [Global Stock Take]  avoids the unfortunate earlier situation in which the initial GST text triggered OPEC and other oil and gas-producing countries with the incredibly hurtful words "phase-out." Instead, the new GST more gently calls upon countries to engage in such global efforts as "transitioning away from fossil fuels in energy systems."...
bloomberg | BP to Pause All Tanker Transits Through the Red Sea, 18 Dec price cap mania
BP's decision, the most tangible sign of disruption to energy flows since the Hamas-Israel war started, comes days after all the world's top container shipping lines said they were temporarily halting. Norway's Equinor ASA made a similar announcement hours later.

The moves came as a fuel tanker was struck by an "unidentified object" on Monday, according to its owner. Attacks are now occurring almost daily. An insurance committee that evaluates maritime risk widened the area in the Red Sea that it said was the most dangerous.
The Joint War Committee on Monday expanded the portion of the Red Sea that it considers to be part of the world's riskiest waters.

The Joint War Committee comprises underwriting representatives from both the Lloyd's and IUA company markets, representing the interests of those who write marine hull war business in the London market. It usually meets quarterly; also see Committee Terms of Reference. The JWC retains independent security advisers, Herminius, whose  < wipes tears > objective input informs and underpins the Listed Areas.

LMA Competition Law Guidance (2021) < wipes tears >

Listed Areas ...

That expansion will mean the amount of time that ships need cover against war risks will increase. The cost of such cover has increased almost tenfold since the attacks first began.
There are 46 container vessels that have diverted around the southern tip of Africa rather than using the Red Sea and a further 78 awaiting instructions, Ryan Petersen, the founder of logistics firm Flexport said on X. Diverting means ships can't use Egypt's Suez Canal, a conduit for 12% of global seaborne trade. That's at a time when one alternative trade route—the Panama Canal—has also become constrained because of < wipes tears > drought.
msn reuters | Panama Canal drought to delay grain ships well into 2024, 4 Dec
In the second half of October, only five U.S. Gulf grain vessels bound for east Asia transited the Panama Canal, while 33 sailed east to use the Suez Canal instead, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report. In the same period last year, 34 vessels used the Panama Canal while only seven used the Suez. Some U.S. exporters have also been rerouting crop shipments to Asia to load from Pacific Northwest ports instead. But that, too, comes at a higher cost as those facilities source grain mostly via rail as opposed to the cheaper barge-delivered loads supplying Gulf Coast exporters.
reuters | Fuel tankers face long slog as Panama Canal drought reroutes flows, 13 Dec
Oil tanker Cururo is taking the long way from Houston to Chile, sailing the length of South America's Atlantic coast, across the Strait of Magellan and heading up the Pacific coast before discharging. The voyage could take 32 days and travel more than 10,000 nautical miles (18,520 km) before it ends next week, compared with about 23 days and less than 5,000 miles for a typical route through the Panama Canal.
archive Panama Canal pileup, May 2023 transition action plans  Absolute Zero UK, November 2022 price cap mania UPDATE

Titus Herminius Aquilinus, republican
unfccc.int | Outcome of the first global stocktake, 12 Dec COP28
28 (d): "Transitioning away from fossil fuels in energy systems, in a just, orderly and equitable manner, accelerating action in this critical decade, so as to achieve net zero by 2050 in keeping with the science;"
opec.org | Annual Statistical Bulletin 2023, interactive charts
rumble.com | West's Moral Authority Ended With Support for Israel's Crimes- Dr. Mansour Almarzoqi

by Cat on Mon Dec 18th, 2023 at 05:53:50 PM EST
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I am old enough ...

To recall piracy off the coast of the African continent, east and west ... haven't we pacified the natives or Barbarians, or have old colonial empires of the Western alliance cut back on development aid to Third World nations? Even Bush cut back on family planning ... demography ... the young ones feed the elderly if at all possible. Drought, global warming, food chain eruption are so contemporary. Back to school to solve the problems.

Drones are so deadly ... so were the German submarines and torpedoes ... damn.

Every era has its troubles ... when will civilization learn to defeat these Barbarians? Once and for all. Tunnel vision ... perhaps we are the enemy?

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Dec 18th, 2023 at 07:18:06 PM EST
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Ooops ... missed 1 line in comment  :-)

So do forget the housing crisis ... we need to build more merchant ships 😊

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Dec 18th, 2023 at 09:12:08 PM EST
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The Economist
A multinational task force led by America's navy is already operating off the Yemeni coast in order to try to deter the Houthis from forcibly boarding ships—a raid was disrupted in November—and firing missiles. It includes both Egypt and Saudi Arabia. In recent weeks American, British, and French warships have all intercepted Houthi drones and missiles, and America has asked Australia [LOL!] to send a warship, too.

But this defensive armada has struggled to keep the [fossil fuel phase out] crisis under control. The Houthis have demonstrated that a few drones and missiles can always get through. One potential next step involves armed escorts for merchant shipping, which America used in the 1980s during the so-called tanker war between Iran and Iraq. But these require a very large number of warships, according to naval sources involved in the debate.

17th century PRE-INDUSTRIAL Europe FTW!
by Cat on Mon Dec 18th, 2023 at 06:33:32 PM EST
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The cost of doing business: US navy no longer has any warship resupply tenders

The cost of doing business: Price Cap Coalition Task Force 153 prosperity sanctions waver
by Cat on Tue Dec 19th, 2023 at 02:36:28 PM EST
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maritime-executive | OOCL Stops Serving Israel Because of "Operational Issues", 17 Dec
By stopping service to Israel, OOCL appears to satisfy the Houthis' political conditions for safe passage.
coincidence Joint Trilateral Statement, exploration deal, ceasefire talks
Unlike its Western peers, OOCL has not announced plans to cease navigation through this strategic waterway. If it continues to operate using the Suez Canal, it will benefit from a 1,900 nautical mile distance savings relative to competitors who choose the Cape route. Spot prices on this core east-west tradelane have begun to spike, bringing a potential revenue opportunity for an industry with an otherwise bleak financial outlook this year.

OOCL is owned by the Chinese state through COSCO Shipping, the world's largest shipowner by tonnage.

by Cat on Wed Dec 20th, 2023 at 04:10:01 AM EST
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msn CNN | Malaysia bans Israeli owned and flagged shipping, 20 Dec
alaysia's government announced Wednesday that it was imposing a ban on all Israeli owned and flagged ships, as well as any vessels headed to Israel, from docking at its ports.

The announcement by Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim's office said the ban would take place with immediate effect and was in response to Israel's conduct in its conflict with Hamas.

"This sanction is a response to Israel's actions that disregard the basic humanitarian principles and violate international law through the ongoing massacre and continuous cruelty against the Palestinian people," the statement read.

Muslim-majority Malaysia has long championed Palestinian rights and causes. Like nearby Indonesia, Brunei, Bangladesh, the Maldives, and Pakistan, it does not recognize Israel.

by Cat on Wed Dec 20th, 2023 at 01:27:03 PM EST
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translations don't write themselves, yo

by Cat on Wed Dec 20th, 2023 at 05:22:44 PM EST
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... dancing, singing, dog competitions, camel races, falcon hunting, Royal Ascot pure Arabian breed horse racing.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 20th, 2023 at 08:42:09 PM EST
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Description of Hormuz [Polo:63-66]



AT the extremity of the plain before mentioned as extending in a southern direction to the distance of five days journey, there is a descent for about twenty miles, by a road that is extremely dangerous, from the multitude of robbers, by whom travellers are continually assaulted and plundered. [1] This declivity conducts you to another plain, very beautiful in its appearance, two days journey in extent, which is called the plain of Ormus. Here you cross a number of fine streams, and see a country covered with date-palms, amongst which are found the francoline partridge, birds of the parrot kind, and a variety of others unknown to our climate. At length you reach the border of the ocean, where, upon an island, at no great distance from the shore, stands a city named Ormus, [2]
1 "In the mountains near Hormuz, it is said, there is much cultivated land, and cattle, and many strong places. On every mountain there is a chief, and they have an allowance from the sultan or sovereign; yet they infest the roads of Kirman, and as far as the borders of Fars and Sejestan. They commit their robberies on foot ; and it is said that their race is of Arabian origin, and that they have accumulated vast wealth." Sir W. Ouseley  transl. of Ibn Haukal, p. 140.
2 The original city of Ormuz, or Hormuz, was situated on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Persia, in the province of Mogostan, and kingdom of Kirman. Ibn Haukal, about the latter part of the tenth century, speaks evidently of this city, on the main, when he says: "Hormuz is the emporium of the merchants in Kirman, and their chief sea-port: it has mosques and market-places, and the merchants reside in the suburbs." p. 142. It was destroyed by one of the princes who reigned in Kirman, of the Seljuk dynasty, according to some accounts, or the Moghul, according to others. The exact period is not satisfactorily ascertained. On this occasion, the inhabitants removed, with their most valuable effects, to the neighbouring island of Jerun, about thirteen geographical miles from the former situation, where the foundation of the new city of Hormuz, or Ormuz, destined to acquire still greater celebrity than the former, was laid, although under the disadvantages of wanting water, and of a soil impregnated with salt and sulphur. Abulfeda, who wrote in the early part of the fourteenth century, and was a contemporary of our author, describes the insular city. This island was taken from the native princes, in 1507, by the Portuguese, under the famous Alfonso Albuquerque. "In their hands," says Robertson, "Ormuz soon be came the great mart from which the Persian empire, and all the pro vinces of Asia to the west of it, were supplied with the productions of India; and a city which they built on that barren island, destitute of water, was rendered one of the chief seats of opulence, splendour, and luxury in the eastern world." Historical Disquisition, p. 140. From them it was wrested, in 1622, by Shah Abbas, with the assistance of an English squadron. Its fortifications, and other public structures, were razed by that conqueror; and its commerce was transferred to a place on the neighbouring coast, called Gambrun, to which he gave the name of Bandar Abbassi. But in the meantime the discovery of the pas sage from Europe by the Cape of Good Hope operated to divert the general trade into a new channel, and that which was carried on by the medium of ports in the Gulf of Persia rapidly declined. In the year 1765, when Niebuhr visited these parts, the island on which Hormuz stood was possessed by a person who had been in the naval service of Nadir Shah, and the place was become quite insignificant.

CHAPTER XVII, "The Shipping at Ormus", pp 67-69
The vessels built at Ormus are of the worst kind, and danger ous for navigation, exposing the merchants and others who make use of them to great hazards. Their defects proceed from the circumstance of nails not being employed in the con struction; the wood being of too hard a quality, and liable to split or to crack like earthenware. When an attempt is made to drive a nail, it rebounds, and is frequently broken. The planks are bored, as carefully as possible, with an iron auger, near the extremities; and wooden pins or trenails being driven into them, they are in this manner fastened (to the stem and stern). After this they are bound, or rather sewed together, with a kind of rope-yarn stripped from the husk of the Indian (cocoa) nuts, which are of a large size, and covered with a fibrous stuff like horse-hair. This being steeped in water until the softer parts putrefy, the threads or strings remain clean, and of these they make twine for sewing the planks, which lasts long under water.[1]
1 We know little of the shipping employed in the Gulf of Persia before the conquest of Hormuz by the Portuguese; and since that period the influence and example of these and other Europeans have much changed the system of Persian and Indian navigation; yet the account given by our author corresponds in every essential particular with the kind of vessel described by Niebuhr. Such also are the boats employed at the present day on the coast of Coromandel, called chelingues by the French, and masulah boats by the English, which are thus described by Le Gentil : "Les bateaux dans lesquels se passent ces barres, se nomment che lingues; ilssont faits expres; ce sont des planches mises Tune au-dessus de 1 autre, et cousues Tune & Pautre, avec du fil fait de Pecorce interieur du cocotier (de la noix du coco); les coutures sont calfatees avec de Petoupe faite de la meme ecorce, et enfoncee sans beaucoup de fagons avec un mauvais couteau. Le fond de ces bateaux est plat et form6 comme les bords; ces bateaux ne sont guere plus longs que larges, et il n entre pas un seul clou dans leur construction." (Voyage, torn. i. p. 540.)...
by Cat on Thu Dec 21st, 2023 at 02:14:27 PM EST
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Government confirms Australia will not send warship to protect Red Sea shipping despite deploying additional ADF troops, 20 Dec
...Up to six additional Australian Defence Force personnel will be deployed to the Combined Maritime Forces in Bahrain as part of the US-led Operation Prosperity Guardian which aims to protect the trade route. The total number of ADF members at the CMF headquarters under the existing Operation Manitou—Australia's contribution to international efforts to protect maritime interests in the region—is expected to increase to 10 in 2024....
by Cat on Fri Dec 22nd, 2023 at 02:00:04 AM EST
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ChatGPT | Beijing shrugs at U.S. call for help protecting Red Sea shipping, 22 Dec CMF
China's disinterest in Red Sea policing role underscores Beijing's reluctance to back its rhetoric on Middle East peace with substantive action.
RIA Novosti: The US State Department's spokesperson Matthew Miller said earlier that the United States would welcome China playing a constructive role in trying to prevent attacks in the Red Sea. I wonder if China is ready to play more  active role in ensuring security in the Red Sea region.
Wang's reference [21.12.23] to "major countries with influence" reflects Beijing's recognition that the U.S. and its allies and partners can muster, at speed, far greater naval power [Combined Maritime Forces minus Australia] necessary for a seaborne shipping protection campaign than Beijing currently can. Wang didn't address whether Beijing would use its close relationship with Iran, which provides arms and funding to the Houthis, to seek an end to those attacks.
"Beijing's wider passivity", counter-assertiveness
Blinken raised U.S. concerns about the attacks' "unacceptable threat to maritime security and international law" in a phone call with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi earlier this month. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller re-upped [19.12.23] the administration's interest in Chinese assistance in policing the areas of the Red Sea where the Houthis have attacked cargo vessels in a press briefing on Tuesday. Houthi attacks on international shipping "Harm China... so yes, we would welcome China playing a constructive role in trying to prevent those attacks from taking place," Miller told reporters on Tuesday .[...]
"harm's way"
QUESTION: Back on the Houthis and the work being done on the diplomatic front. Recent readouts of Secretary Blinken's calls with Wang Yi in China have noted that the Houthis were explicitly raised. So have—can you say whether you've gotten any commitments from Beijing to use its leverage [such as?] with the Houthis, either directly or indirectly?
MILLER: So I don't want to speak to their side of the conversation. I will let Beijing speak to it. I will say that the Secretary has engaged with Wang Yi a number of times about the situation in the Middle East.  Might recall he had a phone call with him on our first trip in just the initial week after October 7th, where he made very clear that if China could use its relationships in the region to urge countries to maintain calm and maintain stability, we thought that would be a productive step.
OOCL hall pass, COSCO detour, BRI express, ASEAN lol "deesclation"
And yes, in his most recent conversation with him, he made the point that I was just making a moment ago, which is that attacks on international shipping by the Houthis don't just harm those ships and those individuals. They harm the United States; they harm China. They harm the interests of every country. And so yes, we would welcome China playing a constructive role in trying to prevent those attacks from taking place.  I will let China's—the Chinese foreign ministry speak to their side of that conversation and any steps that they might have taken.

Chinese exports to Europe remain subdued amid weak demand "'united' against economic blackmail"

by Cat on Fri Dec 22nd, 2023 at 05:59:51 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Dec 22nd, 2023 at 06:15:38 PM EST
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gcaptain reuters | Opinion: US and Allies Face Tough Choices Amid Growing Red Sea Crisis, 21 Dec
...Japan and South Korea, regular contributors to previous counter piracy U.S.-led forces in the region, are also notable by their absence from the current mission, despite the disruption to shipping also affecting Asian import-export routes.

For now, the carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is reported heading for waters off Yemen and may or may not be planning to strike against the Houthis. That might feel like the standard U.S. response to such a situation, but is now taking place in a much more complex, interconnected world.

According to U.S. officials, Chinese warships ostensibly on counter-piracy operations in the region have taken no action to protect nearby attacked merchant ships, even those owned by Hong Kong firms.

More broadly, however, analysts monitoring shipping patterns say many Russian, Chinese, and vessels flagged to other nations had been continuing to transition Aden largely unaffected, some of them suspected to be part of an off-the-box "dark fleet" < wipes tears > shipping Russian oil and gas to Asian nations despite Western sanctions....

by Cat on Fri Dec 22nd, 2023 at 10:42:17 PM EST
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Saudi defense minister meets UK PM, defense minister in London | Arab News |

During the meeting, the sides reviewed the strategic relationship between the two countries as well as regional and international developments, he said.

The meeting came under the direction of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, he added.

Also present were the Kingdom's Ambassador to the UK Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan and Director-General of the Office of the Minister of Defense Hisham bin Abdulaziz bin Saif.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 23rd, 2023 at 12:06:14 AM EST
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French Navy Escorts CMA CGM Ships While US Ships Remain Stranded, 22 Dec
UPDATE: France has agreed to remain but under the condition they do not have to follow American orders. They declined to comment on deploying more naval forces. Spain and Italy both left.
gCaptain has received reports, confirmed by Dr. Sal Mercogliano, that the French Navy has shifted their focus away from US-led Operation Prosperity Guardian after a representative allegedly stormed out of the operation's first meeting with US officials. The French have begun escorting their own cargo ships, including the containerships CMA CGM Pegasus, CMA CGM George Washington and APL Salalah, through the Red Sea. At the heart of this unfolding drama is a critical question: which ships deserve protection? While the French have shown a clear intent to prioritize their own shipping interests, the US approach has left its own American-flagged ships stranded in the region, that have been—some for a full week—waiting for escort....
by Cat on Fri Dec 22nd, 2023 at 10:28:54 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 23rd, 2023 at 11:05:10 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Dec 18th, 2023 at 09:10:04 PM EST
4 years ago ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Dec 18th, 2023 at 09:10:34 PM EST
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Expect further atrocities ... Xmas bombing more likely than a truce. 😡 I have no words, Israel has lost all credit ... the little the state had left.

Netanyahu thanks US for support, weapons | Al Jazeera - 14 Dec. 2023 |

Recently opened Israeli Karem Abu Salem crossing bombed today ...

Israeli attack kills Palestinian border crossing chief: Gaza officialsb

Bassem Ghaben, director of Israeli-controlled Karem Abu Salem crossing, was working to bring humanitarian aid into Gaza.

Bassem Ghaben, the director of the Israeli-controlled Karem Abu Salem crossing, was killed along with three other people by Israeli fire, Gaza health and border authorities said on Thursday.

He had been working to facilitate the flow of humanitarian aid into the enclave through the crossing, which opened on Friday, said Al Jazeera's Hani Mahmoud, reporting from the southern city of Rafah some 3km (1.86 miles) from the checkpoint.

Mahmoud said the attack showed that Israel's military is not only targeting infrastructure and homes, but also places that Palestinians rely on for "humanitarian aid they need for their survival".

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 21st, 2023 at 04:30:31 PM EST

Hilary Clinton tells hostages' families to push for 'Christmas deal' | I24 |

During the 8 Obama years, Israel happily destroyed the final option for a two-state solution and Middle East peace with its Arab neighbours.

Hillary and her special envoy - Dennis Ross - for Middle East and Lanny Davis - lobbyist - for Central America - Honduras.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 21st, 2023 at 06:43:53 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 21st, 2023 at 10:55:25 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Dec 22nd, 2023 at 12:07:35 AM EST
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Never ever read so much horse manure from an European "leader" ...

Beware: This Manure Will Destroy Your Garden

EU foreign policy chief fears rightwing surge in June elections | The Guardian Opinion |

Josep Borrell is concerned voters will be scared into choosing populist parties for European parliament because of nearby wars

European parliamentary elections in June could be as fateful as the US presidential race, the EU foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, has warned, saying he believes voters' fear of the unknown may lead them to back rightwing populist parties.

"I am afraid of fear, I am afraid Europeans vote because they are afraid. It's scientifically proven that fear in the face of the unknown and uncertainty generates a hormone that calls for a security response. This is a fact," Borrell told the Guardian.

Borrell was reviewing the current state of the European Union project at the turn of a year caught between two wars, one in Ukraine and another in Gaza. a lecture given at a summit organised by Le Grand Continent magazine he said both conflicts threatened the future of the bloc, and in the case of Ukraine he said he feared defeat unless there was a rapid change of course.

"Russia has never been able to become a nation. It was always
an empire with the tsar, with the Soviets, and now with Putin.
It is a constant of Russia, and its political identity, and as a
result a threat to his neighbours - and particularly to us."

On Gaza he said Hamas was not just a military force but an idea - and, as such, it could only be defeated by better ideas, not bombs alone.

Borrell's remarks come amid gains by rightwing parties across the continent, apparently driven by concerns about migration and squeezed living standards.

The EU's external affairs commissioner said: "We are invaded by a media world of threats where we learn about the daily crimes of evil or war, and it creates a hormonal activity directed by fear.

"Parties that can play on fear in human beings and offer bad responses to good questions can attract the support from the European population."

Perhaps reading some good literature will be helpful for Josep ... learn about fascism, disinformation and state propaganda. War is all about making bad choices Josep.

Will the EU-27 Survive the Biden Years?

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 24th, 2023 at 05:23:24 PM EST
Manufacturing Consent: Overlooked Dimensions of the Russo-Ukrainian Conflict | 3 March 2022 |

As tensions heighten and military buildup intensified along the Russo-Ukrainian border, the American government did not deviate from its staunch insistence that Ukraine must, at some point, be allowed to join NATO. The United States has framed the debate over Ukrainian membership as a question of sovereignty, insisting that preventing Ukraine's eventual admittance into NATO constitutes an attack upon the self-determination of the Ukrainian people. Meanwhile, critics of the West accuse the United States of hypocrisy, arguing that America is cloaking its own expansionist aims in the rhetoric of state rights while continuing to deny the sovereignty of other nations through a succession of interventions in the Middle East. 

 The American government's rhetoric has been echoed by the Western press; media companies have played into Cold War narratives about the inherent hostility of the Russian state by attributing Moscow's stance on Ukraine to "obsessive stalking" and "galloping expansionism".

Playing into stereotypes about Russian aggression serves a number of functions. First, painting the United States as a valiant defender of freedom against an expansionist Russia reinforces American influence across the European continent. In 2013, Carl Gershman, founder of the CIA-affiliated National Endowment for Democracy, referred to Ukraine as "the biggest prize," arguing that "Ukraine's choice to join Europe [would] accelerate the demise of the ideology of Russian imperialism that Putin represents." Russia functions as a counterweight to the United States in a world dominated by the Western social and economic order. If Ukraine, and by extension Russia, was subsumed by NATO, the United States would enjoy a massive boost of influence over the European continent. 

Portraying the Russo-Ukrainian conflict as a battle between an expansionist foreign power and a small state fighting for sovereignty also generates readership. In Manufacturing Consent, Noam Chomsky identifies anticommunism as America's "national religion," arguing that fears about communist expansion hold considerable sway over the American population. While Russia is no longer a communist country, the spectre of Eastern political subversion remains embedded in the collective consciousness of the American people. News headlines play upon the vestiges of American anticommunism, drawing in readers by framing the conflict as an inevitable consequence of Russia's political deviancy. War between Russia, Ukraine, and NATO is by no means inevitable. However, Western media outlets mask this reality by divorcing the conflict from the contextual factors that underpin it. 

NATO's Declaration of War on Russia - Bucharest Summit in 2008

US foreign policy Neocons or hard Wilsonianism

Leo Strauss and American Foreign Policy -- Is there a neoconservative connection? | by Thomas G. West - Summer 2004 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 24th, 2023 at 05:24:23 PM EST
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The Terror Trap Laid By Warmongers In the US and Israel | by Oui @BooMan on 24 Nov 2015 |

Nine days after the attacks on America, Netanyahu expanded his list of foes that would be prime targets in the Zionist-devised "war on terror."

In a speech before the US House of Representatives' Government Reform Committee on September 20, 2001, Netanyahu suggested that US vengeance in the face of 9/11 terrorism should be visited upon "Iran, Iraq, Syria, Taliban Afghanistan, Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority, and several other Arab regimes, such as the Sudan." Netanyahu also named "Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, Hizbullah and others in Syrian-controlled Lebanon, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the recently mobilized Fatah and Tanzim factions in the Palestinian territories, and sundry other terror organizations based in such capitals as Damascus, Baghdad, and Khartoum" as legitimate targets. Netanyahu's diatribe was no less than a declaration of war against the entire Arab/Muslim world with few exceptions.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 24th, 2023 at 05:26:36 PM EST
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17 Dec
msn LATimes | Gaza protesters shuts down L.A. freeway, angry drivers lash out: 'Just hurting working people'
"Calling for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, they chanted, sang in Hebrew and erected a 7-foot menorah in the middle of the freeway in downtown L.A. on Wednesday. Behind them, those at the vanguard of a miles-long traffic jam grew heated."

23 Dec
nationalpost | Pro-Palestinian demonstrations take place across Canada over Christmas weekend
"Jewish groups and others have raised concerns about what these protests may bring, given that organizers have openly called for "shutting down Christmas shopping."
msn nationalpost | Pro-Palestinians 'attack' counter-demonstrator, Canadian flag at Toronto protest
"An Iranian-Canadian activist says violent pro-Palestinian demonstrators dislocated his shoulder and ripped away a flag at a protest in downtown Toronto on Saturday."

yahoo! FOX | Pro-Palestinian caravan shuts down I-190, confronts lawmakers to demand ceasefire
"For the third stop, the caravan went toward O'Hare International Airport and disrupted traffic on I-190 and Manheim Road. Both sides of the roadway were temporarily shut down and traffic was at a standstill."

torygraph | Christmas shopping chaos as London shops forced to lock down amid Palestine protests
"Holding placards declaring "no shopping while bombs are dropping" and "ceasefire now", the protest made its way from Soho Square towards Oxford Circus, holding up dozens of buses and taxis."

Pro-Palestinian rallies target shopping hubs on Super Saturday: 'No business as usual'
"The rally will aim to urge New Yorkers to join the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement to demand an end to U.S. financial aid to Israel."

GT | US still making no real efforts for cease-fire; 'spillover effect of Gaza crisis to be seen in more regions'

...Biden told the media on Saturday that he "did not ask Netanyahu to negotiate a cease-fire," despite rising pressure to do so. Pro-Palestinian protesters launched a "No Christmas as usual" campaign, and took to the streets on "Super Saturday" en masse in multiple major Western cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, and Toronto....
by Cat on Sun Dec 24th, 2023 at 07:52:39 PM EST
White House on differences between war victims in Ukraine and Gaza

The White House has differentiated between the victims of Russia's [upprovoked] aggressive war in Ukraine and Israel's [special] military operation [SMO] against the terrorist group Hamas in Gaza.

Source: John Kirby, White House National Security Council Coordinator, at a briefing, as reported by European Pravda.

Explaining the difference, the US official pointed out that, unlike the actions of Russians in Ukraine, Israelis do not engage in the killing, torture, and rape of the civilian population in Gaza as "a part of the war aims". This is not part of their plans, and they do not intentionally seek to harm civilians, Kirby claimed.

Quote: "But I think Ukraine - and what Putin is doing is not an apt comparison here. Torture, rape, slaughter of civilians, the destruction of civilian infrastructure, terrorizing an entire population - all of that is baked into Putin's war plan, because he knows," Kirby said in response to a question about the violations of international law by the Israelis.

Kirby said that these actions by the Kremlin head are explained by the fact that he cannot defeat Ukraine "purely from a conventional military perspective" because Ukraine is "better armed, better command and control, better resourced".

"So what's he do? He bombs energy infrastructure and tries to kill innocent civilians and try to break the will of the Ukrainian population. And it's - we're helping the Ukrainians document these war crimes by Russian soldiers on Ukrainian soil," Kirby added.

"And that is exactly the same approach that Hamas has chosen to execute when they violated a ceasefire that was in place on the 6th of October and paraglided into a concert and started slaughtering innocent people that were there to listen to some music, and murdering parents in front of their kids and vice versa. That was deliberate," the White House representative added.

Kirby also specified that the US is calling on Israel to be as careful as possible and conduct the military operation as precisely as possible when it comes to minimising civilian casualties.


  • Earlier, more than 130 employees of the US Department of Homeland Security asked the administration of President Joe Biden to call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

Department Press Briefing - December 19, 2023 [FICTION]

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 27th, 2023 at 11:24:27 AM EST
"The same John Kirby who nearly shed tears in response to the killing of Ukrainian civilians now flippantly justifies the killing of Palestinians as "inevitable" in time of war.

John Kirby on civilian deaths Ukraine v. Israel and Gazans

Once and for all proving there is a Garden and outside of "Europe" the barbarians of the Jungle. White House depravity ... only witnessed from higher places ... something similar happened to HRC during her 2016 campaign for American leadership ... the Deplorables ...

Half of Trump supporters fit into a "basket of deplorables"

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 27th, 2023 at 11:26:46 AM EST
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Pro-Palestinian speech is now effectively banned in German universities | Mondoweiss |

The condemnation and backlash against the student actions span the German political spectrum. Articles labeled the group as composed of "pro-Hamas" students [Algemeiner rag] attempting to incite against Jewish and Israeli students. An article from the widely-circulated mainstream publication Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung described the student demonstration as "loud, aggressive, and frightening," and that those involved wanted to "overthrow the entire university system, if not the entire German state." 

Mainstream publications have even interpreted the group's decision to stain their hands red as a reference to the "October 2000 lynching" of two Israeli reservists, instead of as a symbol of German complicity in genocide, as it was clearly intended. 

An MP from the left-wing Green Party also condemned the demonstrations, saying that "Berlin universities must be places where Israelis and Jews can study safely and freely." 


The student representative of notinournameUdK informed Mondoweiss that one Sinti and Roma activist, who was involved with the group and was present at the protest, was pushed onto the train tracks that same week. The attacker allegedly targeted the activist because they were wearing a keffiyeh. "Instead of reiterating the urgency for safe dialogue, the university and the right-wing and mainstream press arrived at our action and tried to intimidate us," the group said. 

"The university's failure to condemn Israel's war crimes and international law violations even after thousands of Palestinians were killed, injured, and maimed shows that they have a very clear disregard for the value of Palestinian life," the student representative added. 

The administration did not respond to Mondoewiss's request for comment. 

Extreme censorship in German institutions

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 27th, 2023 at 08:35:24 PM EST

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