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May 2023

by Oui Sun Apr 30th, 2023 at 09:30:54 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 30th, 2023 at 09:32:41 PM EST


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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 1st, 2023 at 10:02:09 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 1st, 2023 at 10:02:38 AM EST
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diezeit | Angela Merkel verteidigt ihre Russlandpolitik, 29 Apr
Die ehemalige Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) hat zentrale Entscheidungen ihrer Kanzlerschaft verteidigt - darunter auch ihre Flüchtlings- und Russlandpolitik. "Ich habe politische Situationen zu bewältigen gehabt, die zu einer Spaltung der Meinung in Deutschland geführt haben", sagte Merkel im Gespräch mit ZEIT-Chefredakteur Giovanni di Lorenzo im Rahmen der Leipziger Buchmesse.
Merkel verwies insbesondere auf ihre Entscheidung, die Grenzen für syrische Kriegsflüchtlinge in der Krise 2015 nicht zu schließen. Dass dies zu Widerspruch führe, müsse sie hinnehmen. "Deshalb kann ich aber Entscheidungen, die ich aus Gründen der Menschlichkeit getroffen habe, nicht rückgängig machen."
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background
EU Investigation: Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili blamed for starting Russian war, Sep 2009
Zelensk* vows to engage in returning Saakashvili back to Ukraine, Oct 2021
In Groundbreaking Move, EU Recommends Candidate Status For Ukraine, Moldova, June 2022
Why was Georgia not granted EU candidate status?, June 2022
Zelensk* calls on Georgia to release Saakashvili for treatment abroad, Dec 2022
EU energy and communication cable Georgia-Romania "mega deal", Dec 2022
Zelensk* Says Georgia's Former President is Being 'Slowly Killed.', Feb 2023
EU condemns Georgia's 'foreign agents' law as protest continue, Mar 2023

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@flash_news_ua
"Georgia has not been granted EU candidate status because the leadership of the republic refused to join the sanctions against russia, reports Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze."
dynamo.kiev.eu | Kakha Kaladze accuses EU of pushing Georgia to "open a second front"
"What decision will be made is not up to us. If it is, we will be glad. If not, it's not a problem either," Russian propagandists quoted Kaladze as saying."
thepressunited | Aspiring EU state denied candidate status over Russia sanctions - politician

On Monday, Kaladze - who is also mayor of Tbilisi - told the media that Georgia not only "deserved the status of a candidate for the European Union," but should have been first in line. According to the Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia party representative, his country was ahead of both Ukraine and Moldova in terms of implementing reforms and fighting corruption.
by Cat on Mon May 1st, 2023 at 07:32:21 PM EST
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From your link ...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he will personally engage in returning Georgia's former president Mikheil Saakashvili back to Ukraine from a prison in Georgia as he holds a Ukrainian passport.

Saakashvili was arrested in Georgia after the opposition politician returned to the country despite facing imprisonment and called for post-election street protests this weekend.

Saakashvili Applies for Family Reunification (EU) | Jan. 5, 2018 | [Dutch FM Halbe Zijlstra]

Gaining Ukrainian citizenship in a day ...

Ukraine: Former President of Georgia Appointed Governor of Odessa Region | OCCRP -  03 June 2015 |

Losing Ukrainian citizenship in a day ...

Saakashvili deported from Ukraine | Feb. 12, 2018 |

Polish border officials confirm they let him into the country.

Supporters of Saakashvili posted videos of what they said was his detention in Kiev, showing men dressed in camouflage storming a restaurant.

A message posted on Saakashvili's official Facebook page described the deportation as a "kidnapping" and an attempt "to get rid of a political opponent."

Biden's Ukrainian Oligarchs and Corruption | by Oui @BooMan on Aug 6, 2017 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 1st, 2023 at 08:43:26 PM EST
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Ukrinform | Georgia explains why it did not vote for Ukrainian resolution in PACE, 29 Apr
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The delegation, which flew to Strasbourg on April 24, included the chairman of the ruling party of Georgia, Irakli Kobakhidze, Deputy Speaker Archil Talakvadze, MPs from the parliamentary majority Irakli Chikovani, Khatia Tsilosani, Givi Mikanadze, and Eka Sepashvili.

The Georgian Dream party stated that they had purchased return tickets in advance, and therefore could not attend the vote.
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At the same time, Beka Davituliani, a deputy of the ruling Georgian Dream party, did not rule out that "the resolution contained something else that they do not support."

"For example, one of the previous resolutions was not only about supporting Ukraine, but also about releasing Saakashvili. Then our delegation said it would support the resolution if this clause was removed. But it was not removed, and we could not support the resolution," he said.
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archived Russia's forced transfer of Ukraine children 'genocide'
by Cat on Tue May 2nd, 2023 at 03:33:40 AM EST
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APsplainin, Scarred by war, Ukrainian children carry on after losing parents, homes[,] and innocence, 26 May re-location transfer
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The largest number of child casualties comes from [mostly "ethnic Russian"] Donetsk, the epicenter of many battles, where 462 children have been killed or wounded, according to Ukrainian officials.
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Police and volunteers evacuated them to a safer area in western Zakarpattia region, where they were cared for by government social services and a Ukrainian charity organization called SOS Children's Villages, which provided housing and counseling.

Uzhhorod to Donetsk 1,146 - 1,430.3 km; Donetsk to Lviv 1,025 - 1,255 km.
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Their story became known in and around Torske [c. Kramatorsk, Donetsk] after police released a widely seen video that showed their father's body being removed from the family home.

"We knew the village. We knew where they lived. We knew these people," said Nina Poliakova, 52, from the nearby town of Liman [Donetsk]. Although she fled last year with her family to Lviv, Poliakova continued to follow news from her native area. Then tragedy struck her life as well, when her 16-year-old foster son died suddenly from a heart condition. She also has a 16-year-old foster daughter she took in with her husband in 2016 from the occupied town of Horlivka, where [ATO] hostilities with Russian-backed separatists began, years before the 2022 invasion.
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archived ICC judges issue secret arrest warrants (17.03.23), six adopted children stranded in Mariupol (18.03.23), 19,500 or 19,514, or 100,000 (31.03.23), ATO in No Peace In Sight
by Cat on Fri May 26th, 2023 at 07:05:37 PM EST
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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on May 8, 2023
At the invitation of German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna and Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang will pay a visit to Germany, France, and Norway from May 8 to 12.
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Ukraine looms over Chinese foreign minister's European visit, 8 May
China disinvites [?] German minister last-minute, 9 May
by Cat on Tue May 9th, 2023 at 12:06:31 PM EST
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euronews AP AFP | 360° turn: Germany and China agree to disagree on Russian sanctions, 9 May
"Neutrality means taking the side of the aggressor," Baerbock said during the press conference. "Neutrality means taking the side of the aggressor, and that is why our guiding principle is to make it clear that we are on the side of the victim," she added.
by Cat on Wed May 10th, 2023 at 02:13:22 AM EST
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WaPoo AP | China says it won't seek to benefit from war in Ukraine, 9 May
Speaking after a meeting with his German counterpart in Berlin, Foreign Minister Qin Gang noted ...

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock urged China to use its clout to find a peaceful solution to the conflict but suggested that Beijing wasn't doing enough yet....

Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in a speech to the European Parliament on Tuesday ....

Qin downplayed the recent cancellation of a meeting between China and Germany's finance ministers, saying the visit was postponed for "technical" reasons and should not be over-interpreted....

GT | Chinese FM Qin Gang expresses concern over EU's de-risking allegation, 9 May
"Qin was speaking to reporters with his Germany counterpart Annalena Baerbock after their talks in Berlin, saying..."
by Cat on Wed May 10th, 2023 at 08:41:38 AM EST
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The German Confederation (1815) to Third Reich and Nazi era to the Miracle of German Reunification (1990) as NATO seized power over Europe. Never experienced long lasting peace between nations ... never sovereign, most recent protection by Anglo-Saxon nations.

Established in 221 BCE, the Chinese empire lasted for 2,132 years before being replaced by the Republic of China in 1912. During its two millennia, the empire endured internal wars, foreign incursions, alien occupations, and devastating rebellions -- yet fundamental institutional, sociopolitical, and cultural features of the empire remained intact. The Everlasting Empire traces the roots of the Chinese empire's exceptional longevity and unparalleled political durability, and shows how lessons from the imperial past are relevant for China today.

Who is Annalena Baerbock putting the contemporary Chinese FM in his place? New kid on the block wielding big stick provided by NATO?

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 10th, 2023 at 10:43:57 AM EST
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de-SWIFT-ing has entered the
de-risking
de-coupling
de-confliction
room.
by Cat on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 02:53:40 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 12th, 2023 at 08:10:47 PM EST
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Maniacal ... making no sense anymore ... choice for an enduring conflict with heavy losses ... unexpected, facing defeat and long term suffering for European people. Not our war, is US-UK-NATO proxy battle with Russia post Cold War era.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 12th, 2023 at 10:03:10 PM EST
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"no butter" and "no grain" from "de-occupied" Ukraine policy

by Cat on Tue May 16th, 2023 at 05:48:20 PM EST
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jpost | Iron Dome ready for deployment in Ukraine, says US general, 16 May
The US has an Iron Dome system ready, US Army Space and Missile Defense Commanding General Lt.-Gen. Daniel Karbler told the Senate last week when asked whether Ukraine could use one.
Jewish Virtual Library, "The Iron Dome Missile Defense System"
RAYTHEON-RAFAEL and Israel Aerospace Industries, IRON DOME® Family
Business Insider, Israel is considering sending its Iron Dome air defense system (06.02.23)
Defense of Democracies, Israel to Support Ukraine with Missile Warning System (21.04.23)
Ukraine on Monday criticized Israel for sending high-ranking Foreign Ministry diplomats to Moscow. Jerusalem is "having business as usual with the Russian war criminals," a Ukrainian senior diplomatic official said.

Last week, in a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces session about missile-defense issues, Sen. Angus King (independent-Maine) asked why Iron Dome had not been deployed in Ukraine. "We helped pay for it," he said. "We sent something like $3 billion [every year since, like, 1971] to Israel to develop it... Wouldn't this be a very important resource for the Ukrainians since their principal problem right now is missile defense?"
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Politico.eu.com | Russia, meet Ukraine's iron dome, 16 May PATRIOT missile defense
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the Kinzhal hypersonic missiles are 10 times faster than the speed of sound, making them almost impossible to shoot down. But since American PATRIOT air defense missile systems arrived in Ukraine, it has now shot down the Kinzhals on two occasions [?].
nti.org | S. Nunn and "Plutonium Pit" Hruby, "Russia's New Nuclear Weapon Delivery Systems" (2019):"The Kinzhal hypersonic system involves the MiG-31K jet carrying the Kinzhal missile
to altitudes of about 18 km (59,000 ft) at supersonic speeds"

CNN | Why did Putin use the Kinzhal missile?: "'On March 18 [2023], the Kinzhal aviation missile system with hypersonic aeroballistic missiles destroyed a large underground warehouse of missiles and aviation ammunition of Ukrainian troops in the village of Delyatin, Ivano-Frankivsk region,' Russia's Defense Ministry said at the time. US officials later confirmed to CNN that Russia launched hypersonic missiles against Ukraine and were able to track the launches in real time."

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said: "Iron Dome does not protect against cruise and ballistic missiles." The Iron Dome defends mostly against [Hezzbollah, Hamas, PI] short-range rockets and artillery shells. There are about 12 batteries in the world, including an estimated 10 in Israel—the Defense Ministry does not divulge the exact number—and two in the US.

The 10 in Israel do not actually cover the entire country and are sometimes moved to different locations that might be attacked. Ukraine is 11 times larger than Israel, meaning that one Iron Dome battery would protect very little of it.
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bloomberg | Israeli Jets Pound Gaza as Militant Rockets Aim for Tel Aviv, 10 May
aljazeera | Israel renews attacks on Gaza, Palestinians respond with rockets
VOA | Israeli Airstrikes on Gaza Continue as Hopes for a Cease-Fire Grow, 12 May
yahoo! BI | Nearly 1,000 buildings damaged in Gaza after 5 days of Israeli missiles strikes, 15 May
by Cat on Tue May 16th, 2023 at 07:54:00 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu May 18th, 2023 at 11:56:23 AM EST
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Politico, 18 May iron dome PATRIOT reality test
"We are planning for the long term, whether it looks frozen or thawed," said a U.S. official familiar with the Biden administration's [strategery for] Ukraine. The official said such planning is a growing focus of the administration, whereas in past months "it was all about the urgent and short-term [cost of doing business]."

Two other U.S. officials and a former Biden administration official confirmed that an < wipes tears > extended freeze in fighting is one possibility for which the U.S. is preparing. U.S. officials also are thinking through the long-term security ties Washington will have with Kyiv, as well as Ukraine's relationship with the NATO military alliance.

"There's a school of [mania] that says, 'Oh, the Ukrainians have to have the city of < checks watch > Mariupol and Azov Sea access.' There's others less hung up about the placement of THE LINES as long as Ukraine is insecure going into the future," the former administration official said, describing the internal [degrees of atrocity].

Such discussions remain in early stages, with the U.S. officials stressing that the war will remain hot for quite some time and that the Biden administration is intent on providing Ukraine with the weapons and [perverse incentives] it needs to push the Russians out of as much [BAKHMUT] territory as possible.
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A fifth person, a senior Biden administration official speaking on behalf of [President Biden], said AN ARRAY of contingency plans are being weighed, but the situation is FLUID and the only safe prediction is that Russia will not conquer Ukraine. Like others interviewed, [POLITICO GRANTED SEVERAL] punk-sass officials was granted ANONYMITY to describe sensitive issues incoherent homicidal ideation.

by Cat on Thu May 18th, 2023 at 03:37:15 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 19th, 2023 at 11:30:45 AM EST
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archived transcript, Rumble recording)
SOLOMON:... And so, for Vladimir Putin to say that Hiroshima and Nagasaki are precedents is an absolutely unhinged and extremely dangerous statement to make.
BOYKO: Those were the precedents of the United States using nuclear weapons, the only country in history to do that. And when you say Putin is ...
SOLOMON: No. So what does that mean?...
BOYKO: That means that the United States is on record of using nuclear weapons. What you describe as his "loose talk"--he never said, let's bomb K*v or Washington. He said that Russia, if pressed, will use nuclear weapons to defend its security interests and existence.
SOLOMON: Well, that's established doctrine. But also to say in this current crisis that Hiroshima and Nagasaki are precedents for using nuclear weapons [CROSS TALK] Do we want to say the Third Reich is a precedent? ...
17 May 2023 war games and precedence
yahoo! Independent | Biden won't apologise for US using  nuclear weapon on Hiroshima at Japan G7 ... Some Japanese politicians have called for the US to offer an official apology for the Hiroshima bombing and the bombing of Nagasaki four days later. But the first US president to visit the memorial site, Barack Obama, did not apologise for the use of nuclear weapons when he visited in 2016, and the White House says Mr Biden will not do so either....

by Cat on Fri May 19th, 2023 at 12:54:44 PM EST
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WSJ | Brutal Battle for Bakhmut Leaves Russia With an Uncertain Victory, 21 May
While Kyiv disputes Russia's claim of controlling all of Bakhmut, Ukraine's top commander in the region, Col. Gen. Oleksandr Syrskiy, has acknowledged that his forces retain a presence only in an "insignificant" part of the city, even as they push ahead on its flanks....
WSJ | 36 Hours in Bakhmut: One Unit's Desperate Battle to Hold Back the Russians, 25 May
Pvt. Oleksiy Malkovskiy, an unemployed father of three, fired a rocket-propelled grenade for the first time in his life on the front lines of the battle for Bakhmut in February [!]. Russian troops were assaulting one of the apartment blocks that his group of 16 draftees, many of whom had been enlisted days earlier and given no training, had been assigned to defend....
ksf.openukraine.org | LIVE. The 15th Annual Kyiv Security Forum "For Our Freedom And Yours / Fighting for NATO", 25-26 May Arseniy Yatsenyuk Foundation
Among the participants of the Forum are 2022 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Head of the Center for Civil Liberties Oleksandra MATVIICHUK, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy DANILOV, President of the Coordination Council of Belarus Sviatlana TSIKHANOVSKA, Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO in 1997-2000 General Wesley CLARK, United States Permanent Representative to the OSCE Amb. Michael CARPENTER, Commander of U.S Central Command in 2008-10 General David PETRAEUS, United States Ambassador to Russia in 2011-14 Amb. Michael MCFAUL.
zn.ua | US Deputy Secretary of State named three "fundamental things" on Ukraine's path to NATO and the EU (25.05.23)
Ukraine can become one of the movers of Europe, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria NULAND said at the Kiev Security Forum, addressing participants online from Washington....US Secretary of State (2005-2009) Condoleezza RICE...Former Australian Prime Minister Anthony ABBOTT... Former British Prime Minister Boris JOHSON... Former Estonian Prime Minister Taavi RIIVAS

Johns Hopkins University (25.05.23)
"surprise commencement speaker" Volodymyr ZELENSK*  awarded with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree

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The Forum partners: Atlantic Council, NATO Information and Documentation Center, National Democratic Institute, Ukrainian Women's Congress, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, "Euro-Atlantic course".
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Media partners of the Kyiv Security Forum: Espresso, Hromadske Radio, Censor.net, Gordon, Gazeta.ua, Interfax-Ukraine, Glavkom, Media Center Ukraine, UkraineWorld, Defense Express, ArmyInform, TVA, Ukraine Crisis Media Center
and TWTR @ksfopenukraine
by Cat on Thu May 25th, 2023 at 07:18:40 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 26th, 2023 at 01:24:43 PM EST
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FT | G7 leaders to discuss proposal for Ukraine peace summit, 18 May ransom notes
in an effort to promote Kyiv's proposal for how to end Russia's war against the country rather than rival plans [sic] proposed by China....and is not expected to include Russia
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on May 18, 2023
China's position on the Ukraine issue is consistent and clear....
On European security, our position is also consistent and clear....
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Zelensk*'s 10-point plan to end the conflict includes a demand for Moscow to withdraw all its troops and for Ukraine's full territorial integrity to be restored. China's [position paper] does not call for Russia's full withdrawal before peace negotiations are opened.
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An EU official said the G7 leaders, who begin their three-day summit in the Japanese port city [HIROSHIMA] on Friday, would use the talks to discuss the idea of holding a ["]conference["] this summer dedicated to Zelensk*'s [ultimatum]. Zelensk*'s spokesperson confirmed that the G7 talks would take place at the request of Kyiv, with the aim of getting as many countries as possible on board with its [ultimatum].
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Andriy Yermak, Zelensk*'s chief of staff, said Kyiv was interested "in China being involved in the implementation of the Ukrainian [ultimatum]".
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News of the G7 intervention to bolster support for Zelensk*'s [ultimatum] came as Ukraine claimed < wipes tears > its air defences had downed all but one of the Russian cruise missiles fired in the latest overnight strikes that sparked explosions in Kyiv and other regions.
archived Berlusconi's anti-Zelensk* comments
AFP: The Ukrainian foreign minister praised China's role as a mediator this week, including for a recent deal that allows shipments of grain through the Black Sea. Can the foreign ministry offer any more detail on China's role in achieving the specific deal?
Wang Wenbin: As for the Black Sea grain export agreement, we have previously expressed China's position of support. 
I am not your negro
I would like to take this opportunity to share with you Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Eurasian Affairs Li Hui's visit to Ukraine. During Special Representative Li Hui's visit to Ukraine, Ukrainian President Zelensk* met with him and the Special Representative also had meetings with Head of the Office of the President Andrii Yermak, Minister for Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba, and officials from relevant departments including the Ministry for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development, the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Defence. The two sides exchanged views on the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis and China-Ukraine relations.

The two sides agreed that the telephone call between President Xi Jinping and President Zelensk* charted the course for the development of bilateral relations. The two countries need to work together to carry on the tradition of mutual respect and sincerity and advance mutually beneficial cooperation.

archived Yer gonna need a bigger psycho-therapist, possibly more meme stocks
Special Representative Li Hui laid out China's position and proposals on the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis. He noted that the four principles, joint efforts in four areas and three observations proposed by President Xi Jinping are China's fundamental approach to the political settlement of the crisis. There is no panacea for defusing the crisis. All parties need to do their part to build up trust and create conditions for ceasefire and peace talks. China stands ready to work on the basis of the document of China's Position on the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis, seek out the broadest common ground among the international community for settling the crisis, and contribute our part to an early ceasefire and restoration of peace. China has played a constructive role in alleviating the humanitarian situation in Ukraine in our own way and will continue to provide help to Ukraine as much as possible.

The Ukraine side noted that it was a pleasure to welcome Special Representative Li Hui to Ukraine shortly after the telephone communication between the presidents of the two countries. Ukraine attaches importance to China's important role in international affairs as a permanent member of the UN Security Council. China is welcome to play a positive role in ending hostilities and restoring peace. Ukraine adheres to the one-China principle and is ready to work with China for new, greater advancement of bilateral relations.

"The Taiwan question and the Ukraine issue are different in nature and are not comparable at all."
AFP: I have a follow-up on Li Hui's visit to Ukraine. During the visit Li Hui urged Kiev to start talks with Moscow, but Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba insisted that his country's territorial integrity could not be broken as a result of any negotiations. So will China [?!] accept  Ukraine giving up parts of its territory if it would stop the fighting?
Wang Wenbin: I just shared with you China's position on the Ukraine issue. There is no panacea for defusing the crisis. All parties need to do their part to build up trust and create conditions for ceasefire and peace talks. China stands ready to work on the basis of the document of China's Position on the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis, seek out the broadest common ground among the international community for settling the crisis, and contribute our part to an early ceasefire and restoration of peace. 
by Cat on Thu May 18th, 2023 at 05:16:16 PM EST
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gov.pl | Deputy Minister Wojciech Gerwel met the ["]Special Envoy  of the Chinese Government for Eurasian Affairs["], 19 May alias Li Hui
Deputy Minister W. Gerwel referred positively to Beijing's recent dialogue with Kyiv, in particular The Telephone Conversation™ between the leaders of China and Ukraine and the current visit of the Chinese Special Envoy to Europe [sic]. He stressed that Russia's aggression against Ukraine poses a key challenge for regional and global stability and security. In this war, positions are not evenly distributed. Any attempts to equalize the status of Russia—the aggressor in this conflict, and Ukraine—the victim, are not acceptable.
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Ukraine's right to self-defense arises from Art. 51 of the United Nations Charter. ["]Support for the victim["] of an armed attack is not only a right but an obligation of all members [FALSE] of the international community.
Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defence shall be immediately reported to the Security Council and shall not in any way affect the authority and responsibility of the Security Council under the present Charter to take at any time such action as it deems necessary in order to maintain or restore international peace and security.
In this context, Deputy Minister Gerwel recognized China's responsibility as a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council, and expressed the hope that China—a promoter of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence —will condemn Russia's aggression, and exert pressure on Russia to return to compliance with the principles of international law.
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by Cat on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 04:37:06 PM EST
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    As late as November 1957, Communists were openly referring to peaceful co-existence as a "Leninist Principle." There can be no doubt that the expression is in its origins a Russian term within the framework of Marxist ideology.

As a former Communist state, Poland understands the declaration made by the envoy of the CCP. 🤥 Original dates back to 1925.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 06:39:00 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 24th, 2023 at 09:19:03 PM EST
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To those for whom the Kosovo action heralded a new era when States and groups of States can take military action outside the established mechanisms for enforcing international law, one might ask: Is there not a danger of such interventions undermining the imperfect, yet resilient, security system created after the Second World War, and of setting dangerous precedents for future interventions without a clear criterion to decide who might invoke these precedents, and in what circumstances?

Mr. President,

In response to this turbulent era of crises and interventions, there are those who have suggested that the Charter itself -- with its roots in the aftermath of global inter-State war -- is ill-suited to guide us in a world of ethnic wars and intra-State violence. I believe they are wrong.

The Charter is a living document, whose high principles still define the aspirations of peoples everywhere for lives of peace, dignity and development. Nothing in the Charter precludes a recognition that there are rights beyond borders.

Indeed, its very letter and spirit are the affirmation of those fundamental human rights. In short, it is not the deficiencies of the Charter which have brought us to this juncture, but our difficulties in applying its principles to a new era; an era when strictly traditional notions of sovereignty can no longer do justice to the aspirations of peoples everywhere to attain their fundamental freedoms.

The sovereign States who drafted the Charter over half a century ago were dedicated to peace, but experienced in war. [Source: UN-SG Annual Report - 20 Sept. 1999]



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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 06:41:43 PM EST
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25 NATO-led peacekeepers injured in Kosovo in clashes with Serbs outside municipal building | AP News - 3 hrs ago |

Polish soldiers, part of the peacekeeping mission in Kosovo KFOR, guard street after Friday's violent clashes between Kosovo police and ethnic Serbs, in the town of Zvecan, northern Kosovo, Monday, May 29, 2023.

Serbia condemned NATO-led peacekeepers stationed in neighboring Kosovo for their alleged failure to stop "brutal actions" by Kosovo police against ethnic Serbs, and said that its armed forces stationed near the border will remain on the highest state of alert until further notice.



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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 07:57:57 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 07:59:21 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 08:02:03 PM EST
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R2P and a surge in wars initiated by the United States and NATO allies ...

A Failure to Rise to the Occasion: Syria and the Future of "Responsibility to Protect" | Brandeis - March 2015 |

Adopted in 2006, the doctrine claims that sovereignty is a responsibility, not a right, and if a state fails its primary duty of protecting its citizens, the international community has an obligation to step in. It sought to replace the concept of "right to intervene," the idea which justified the NATO intervention in the Balkans in 1999, and to provide a path under international law to address human rights grievances.

Samantha Power, the Monster, and the Libyan Intervention | Sept. 8, 2011 |

I thought it might be useful to republish this diary (March 31) now that the Libyan intervention appears to be entering the end game phase of regime change. As expected "protecting civilians" morphed into regime change, but a major deployment of "boots on the ground" was avoided. We still don't know what the new Libya will look like or precisely how the transition will be accomplished. Have the interventionists like Samantha Power been vindicated by the outcome to date?

Joe Biden. America's Interventionist Hero

On Republican foreign policy, read diary on John Bolton, cut from the same textile as Joe.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 06:51:40 PM EST
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The Ukraine refugee question, 17 May pay-wall 7-day trial teaser
Ukraine's neighbors push for Zelensky to pursue peace as millions of displaced people flow into Europe
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This group is led by Poland, whose leadership no longer fears the Russian army because its performance in Ukraine has left the glow of its success at Stalingrad during the Second World War in tatters. It has been quietly urging Zelensky to find a way to end the war--even by resigning himself, if necessary--and to allow the process of rebuilding his nation to get under way. Zelensky is not budging, according to intercepts and other data known inside the Central Intelligence Agency, but he is beginning to lose the private support of his neighbors.
by Cat on Thu May 18th, 2023 at 11:22:17 PM EST
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WSJ | State Department to Speed Sales of ["]Military Gear["] to Foreign Allies, Partners, 19 May
to discourage "other [thid-]countries shopping for ['military gear'] from some of America's adversaries, like Russia and China" before the Indo-Pacific-Taiwan conflict officially starts.
by Cat on Fri May 19th, 2023 at 05:34:25 PM EST
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Jan
NY Post| Biden shuts down sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine: 'No'
"John KIRBY, US national security council coordinator for strategic communications, later defended Biden's stance on F-16s by pointing out that Washington was already providing billions of dollars worth of weapons to Ukraine."

May
CNN | US signals to allies it won't block their export of F-16 jets to Ukraine
"if that is what allies decide to do with their supply"

politico | U.S. joins major effort to train Ukrainian pilots on F-16s, other jets
"Biden's decision came overnight East Coast time amid a day of deliberations among the leaders of the G-7 nations"

archived Zelensk* condemns NATO over no-fly zone decision

by Cat on Fri May 19th, 2023 at 07:47:54 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 19th, 2023 at 08:15:15 PM EST
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In a Sharp Reversal, Biden Opens a Path for Ukraine to Get Fighter Jets| NY Times |

The president told allied leaders that he would allow Ukrainian pilots to be trained on American-made F-16s, and is prepared to approve other countries' transferring the jets to Ukraine.

European nations take the lead in further escalation ... nuclear deterrent with leading nations France and UK.

Whipping up frenzy by Michel, Borrell and Von der Leyen. Hiroshima the location for a "peace" effort by troubled leaders. Sending more weapons to Ukraine "to build peace". Madness in an echo chamber.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 19th, 2023 at 08:17:36 PM EST
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Guardian | G7 leaders lay wreaths and plant trees at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima - video, 20 May sciatica dedication
G7 leaders have laid flowers at a memorial to the victims of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima in a sombre opening to a summit overshadowed by fears of a potential nuclear conflict in Ukraine. As the heavy early morning rain began to ease, the summit's host, the Japanese prime minister, Fumio Kishida, and his wife, Yuko, welcomed leaders and their spouses at the entrance to the city's Peace Memorial Museum, where they viewed graphic reminders of the attack on the city on 6 August 1945 and its gruesome aftermath. The group emerged from the museum after about 30 minutes and, led by Kishida and the US president, Joe Biden, made the short walk to a cenotaph honouring the 333,907 people whose deaths have been attributed to the atomic bombing almost eight decades ago. The leaders also planted a cherry blossom sapling, propagated from a [hibakusha] tree that survived the atomic blast,
Operation Meetinghouse (March 9-10, 1945), and Doolittle Raid (April 18, 1942)

mainichi editorial | Action taking hopes of hibakusha to heart sought from G7 leaders in Hiroshima, 20 May

[...]
The global situation surrounding nuclear weapons is becoming increasingly severe. Russia, which invaded Ukraine, has used them as a threat, and China is also strengthening its nuclear capabilities. North Korea, meanwhile, has accelerated its development of missiles and nuclear weapons. Amid such circumstances, if nuclear weapons were used even once [?!], how catastrophic would it be? There is great significance in the fact that the leaders of nuclear powers and countries under the U.S. "nuclear umbrella" were able to see and hear about the consequences firsthand.
[...]
kyodo | U.N. chief says nuclear disarmament "possible" as G-7 meet, 20 May
[...]
The G-7 nations include three nuclear-possessing countries—the United States, Britain, and France  as well as Canada, Germany, Italy, and Japan, which are protected under nuclear umbrellas. While acknowledging the differences between G-7 nations and China about human rights and other issues, Guterres called for "active dialogue and cooperation" between them on climate change and sustainable development.

"I believe it is very important to avoid the division of the world into two, and it's very important to create bridges for serious negotiation," he said.
[...]

The Ministry of Defence Depleted Uranium Oversight Board gift that will keep giving
by Cat on Sun May 21st, 2023 at 02:48:48 AM EST
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Brazil's Lula says meeting fell through because Ukraine's Zelensk* was late
"I had an interview, a bilateral one with Ukraine here in this room at 3:15 p.m. We waited and received the information that he was late," Lula said. "Zelensk* "did not show up ... Clearly he had appointments and he couldn't come," Lula said.
"Zelensk* Is An Adult, He Knows what He's Doing", Says Lula
"We waited, we got word that they were late, and in the meantime, I met with Võ Văn Thưởng from Viet Nam. He left, and Ukraine didn't show up. That's just what happened."
Brazilian leader says 'upset' at not meeting Ukraine's Zelensk*
"I wasn't disappointed. I was upset, because I'd like to meet him and discuss the matter," Lula told a news conference before heading home from Japan.
Zelensk* Plays Down Not Meeting Brazil's Lula at G7 Summit, Blames Scheduling
Asked if he was disappointed the meeting did not happen, he told a news conference he thought it was more of a disappointment for the Brazilian leader. "I think it disappointed him," he said, smirking and drawing laughs from reporters.

euractiv
Zelensk* courts 'Global South' at G7 summit, 21 May
Flown in from an Arab League summit on a French government jet, Zelensk*, wearing his customary olive green fatigues, was warmly greeted by G7 leaders and held talks with Modi as part of a series of meetings with non-aligned countries in attendance.
[...]
Modi, whose country forms the so-called BRIC [sic] group alongside Brazil and China, has not distanced itself from Russia. Its oil deals with Russia are seen as undermining Western sanctions by allowing Russia to continue benefiting from energy revenues. India's [crude oil] purchases from Russia were not discussed in Saturday's meeting, India's foreign secretary, Vinay Kwatra, told reporters. New Delhi says it is defending its own interests in buying Russian oil.

A French presidential source told reporters Brazil's Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva would also meet Zelensk* in Hiroshima.

by Cat on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 09:34:14 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Eyes on the prize: Lula's outbursts won't deter EU from chasing Mercosur deal, 25 Apr 2023
The European Union might have been put out by the latest anti-Western antics of Brazil's maverick president, but that's not going to deter it from pushing ahead to conclude a trade deal with Latin American countries that's been in the making for decades.
Stop the EU-Mercosur trade deal and make all trade agreements work for sustainable development, 10 Nov 2019
EU's NEW! environmental demands pave way for agreement with Mercosur, 14 June 2022
EU trade deal with South America delayed by row over environmental rules, 14 Apr 2023
The EU is on a ["]charm offensive["] as Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva tours Portugal and Spain -- part of a courtship that seeks to mark progress on a deal with the Mercosur trading bloc at a major EU-Latin America summit in Brussels in July.

Lula's behavior of late has hardly helped the cause: He had been due to welcome European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen a couple of weeks back, but instead flew to China. There, he railed against the West in general and the United States in particular, calling on Washington to "stop encouraging war" in Ukraine. Lula's comments triggered a storm of criticism from Washington and Brussels amid concern that the West had lost the Brazilian leader just months after he returned to power.
[...]
Securing an accord with the Mercosur countries -- Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay -- thereby winning a market of over 260 million people would be a welcome boost for Brussels, which is ramping up so-called ["]values-based trade with like-minded partners["] around the world to cut the EU's trade dependenc[e] on countries like Russia and China.
[...]

< checks watch >
by Cat on Tue May 23rd, 2023 at 12:29:28 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Europe wants Latin America on side against Vladimir Putin. Good luck with that, 24 May smirking chimp revue
[...]
An extended ["]charm offensive["] by senior diplomats from major European nations and institutions has sought to win over neutrally-minded Latin American nations to ["our" PRICE CAP COALITION] as part of the broader geopolitical battle with Russia and China.
What battle? ibn told, Europe and US are not parties in any "not just a conflict" for more cows.
U.K. Foreign Secretary James "Not so" Cleverly is the latest to try his hand, visiting Brazil on Wednesday. [...] And speaking to POLITICO ahead of Cleverly's visit, a Brazilian official ruled out any increase in support for Kyiv. Brazil has so far condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine [and] refused to provide military aid or to sanction Moscow.
[...]
The European Union has been making similar overtures in recent months, with senior figures like European Council President Charles Michel and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visiting Latin America. [...] German Foreign Minister Annalena "360°" Baerbock is next in line.
[...]
Trading places
[...]
To that end, European Commission President Ursula "Borrell's Beard in Beijing" von der Leyen will head to Chile, Brazil[,] and Argentina in the second week of June ...
[...]
The Chilean official, however, said they were "disappointed" Cleverly had not offered more to woo [US-Eng. business trans., to proposition] his nation. "If you want to compete with China [for CRITICAL MATERIALS], you've got to pay [with ruble, rupee, yuan, dirham, real, rial, gold, or mf patent waivers]. You've got to bring something [besides LIP SERVICE] in exchange," the official said. "I would have expected more concrete commitments -- but that wasn't seen."
reference
Trading Places (1983)
by Cat on Wed May 24th, 2023 at 05:07:56 PM EST
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The United States Has Never Recovered From the Falklands War

The conflict confirmed some of South America's worst assumptions about its northern neighbor.

CELAC vs OAS

Mexican president calls for replacement of OAS

In his speech, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) put on the table a prime factor for the political situation of the continent. He made it clear that the OAS is a "lackey body" that depends on and works for the interests of the US; that the OAS does not have the continental integration the American peoples need, especially in the times of crisis that we are experiencing. AMLO proposed that in the continent there should be an integral articulation between the nations, founded in cooperative relations for the development and well-being of all the peoples of the region, respect for the non-intervention, self-determination, and peaceful settlement of disputes principles. None of this is what the OAS stands for or does. Not today, nor in its entire history. AMLO stated that progress should be made with CELAC, in accordance with our history, our reality and our identities.

Declaration of the Third Ministers' Meeting of the China-CELAC Forum | MFA People's Republic of China - Dec. 7, 2021 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 24th, 2023 at 06:53:35 PM EST
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lease? buy-to-lease? or write-off?
by Cat on Sat May 20th, 2023 at 08:26:03 PM EST
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wapoosplainin | F-18 fighter jet accident at Zaragoza airbase as pilot ejects successfully

... The American-made F-18 Hornet has formed a part of the air defenses of the United States since the 1980s and has been purchased by the air forces of several allied countries.

Spain's air force acquired its first 72 models of F-18 manufactured by McDonnell Douglas in 1983. The fighters, known for their versatility, entered service three years later. Spain's air force later purchased an unspecified number of additional F-18s....

arcchived 2022 GAO 352 pp cockroach alert
by Cat on Sat May 20th, 2023 at 11:04:53 PM EST
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GAO | F-35 Program: DOD Needs Better Accountability [!] for Global [sic] Spare Parts and Reporting [] Losses Worth Millions, 23 May responsibility for [INSERT x]
The Department of Defense anticipates spending $1.7 trillion over the life of its F-35 aircraft program.

DOD owns certain F-35 spare parts that contractors manage [sic]. But DOD doesn't account for [sic] or oversee [sic] the parts. This is in part because various DOD offices and contractors haven't agreed on whether the spare parts should be categorized [!] as ["]government-furnished property["].

This lack of agreement affects how DOD processes [sic] lost parts. For example, of about a million lost parts worth $85 million, DOD only reviewed the circumstances surrounding 2% of identified losses since 2018.

We recommended that DOD address [sic] these issues [sic].

archived The cost of doing business, problem recognition in Energy as a System, Systems as Synergy,  Classification and Its Consequences in The patterns of a pandemic

[INCONTINENCEE ALERT]

APsplainin, $3 billion accounting error means Pentagon can send more weapons to Ukraine
18 May US American GAAP

by Cat on Wed May 24th, 2023 at 11:32:57 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 03:22:04 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Record Meta fine masks Europe's privacy struggle, 22 May
Five years and almost €4 billion worth of fines stemming from tougher privacy enforcement and the European Union is still asking if it's doing enough to protect personal data.

Social media giant Meta was the latest to face a big penalty Monday when Ireland's privacy watchdog fined it a record €1.2 billion euros for privacy violations under the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
[...]
In a statement following the decision, the Irish regulator said it disagreed with the fine and measure but it had been FORCED by its European peers TO IMPOSE  them after Dublin's initial decision was challenged by four other privacy regulators.

oh
"The GDPR gave the authorities these vast powers for very serious enforcement but then in practice, we do not see that the powers are actually used by the authorities," said Max Schrems, the Austrian privacy activist [ECJ plaintiff] whose decade-old case against Facebook led to Monday's record privacy fine
[...]
uh oh
Rewriting the rules

Faced with mounting frustration that the GDPR has failed to rein in the worst data protection abuses from Big Tech companies, the European Commission is preparing a NEW! law for this summer to improve cooperation in cross-border rows over enforcement.
[...]

restricted "media operator" | Ireland Hands Meta €1.2 Billion Fine For Sending European User Data
by Cat on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 04:13:53 PM EST
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2019
DW | Interior Minister dismisses 2036 German Olympic bid
..."We would unleash an unspeakable international discussion and would thereby damage the Olympic idea," Seehofer said. "How would that be seen in the world? The Germans celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nazi Olympics? That cannot be."...
2021
gamesbid | German officials tout joint 2036 Olympic bid from Berlin and Tel Aviv to soften anniversary
...In an op/ed published by Berliner Morgenpost Saturday, German Olympic Association president Richard Meng and German athletics official Frank Kowalski proposed that the joint Games on the 100th anniversary of the infamous Berlin 1936 Nazi-hosted Games would show "a strong signal of peace and reconciliation" between the capitals....
gulfnews | Germany considers joint bid with Israel for 2036 Olympics
2023
colisium | Mexico formal bid to host 2036 Summer Olympics
kayhan.ir | India Says 'Seriously' Considering Bid for 2036 Olympics
barrons AFP | Berlin Olympics In 2036 'Imaginable', Says German Sports Minister
German Sports Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) said on Friday she could "imagine" hosting the 2036 Olympics in Berlin, 100 years since the 1936 Summer Olympics hosted by the Third Reich. Speaking with online news site 'The Pioneer', Faeser said it was "conceivable that you [sic] deal with it in a special way at the place where it happened, where exclusion and this terrible disregard for humanity took place."

"The 1936 games were terrible. The Nazis organised the games as a means of promoting themselves."

The Social Democrat said the country would have "to do a lot of work" to highlight the nature of the 1936 games while promoting human rights in Germany and across the globe. "If we demand these criteria (human rights), then I think we have to set a good example and allow a major sporting event in Germany since Munich 1972

archived World Cup 2026 joint ventures
by Cat on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 12:21:21 AM EST
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Ukrinform | Another rotation of IAEA mission at Zaporizh* NPP takes place, 1 May
The press service [24.02.23] of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine said this in a statement, Ukrinform reports.
..."The occupiers continue to pressure the ZNPP personnel, restrict access of pro-Ukrainian personnel to the site, implement illegal modifications of nuclear facilities at the ZNPP site, and completely destroy the emergency readiness and response system at the ZNPP," said [SNRIU Chairman, Chief State Inspector] Oleh Korikov, adding that the risks and direct threats caused by the operation of nuclear facilities by incompetent personnel are also significantly increasing.

"Unfortunately, the presence of a permanent IAEA mission at ZNPP does not prevent the occupiers from continuing their illegal actions that contradict all IAEA principles, requirements, rules and safety standards," said the acting SNRIU Chairman....

[...]
Update 154 - IAEA Director General Statement on Situation in Ukraine, 21 Apr
[...]
A back-up 330 kV power line that was damaged on 1 March on the other side of the Dnipro River from the Russian-controlled ZNPP has still not been repaired, with Ukraine having said military action is preventing its experts from safely accessing the location situated in territory it controls to repair the line.

The nearby Zaporizh* Thermal Power Plant (ZTPP) operates the 330 kV open switchyard, through which back-up power has in the past been provided to the ZNPP. The Russian Federation reported last month that Rosatom was working to remove damaged equipment from the open switchyard, with the aim of restoring three 330 kV lines to the grid system in currently Russian-controlled territory. The IAEA team will access the site to assess the situation.
[...]
As a result of the significant reduction of staff, the ZNPP currently does not have a systematic maintenance and in-service inspection schedule. Before restarting any of the reactor units, the site is considering obtaining advice from an engineering organization within Rosatom that will assess the status of the plant and provide recommendations for all structures, systems and components important to safety regarding their maintenance or any necessary replacement before operation. The site considers that this maintenance/replacement work may be undertaken using the services of a centralized Rosenergoatom company that is capable of performing these types of maintenance tasks.
[...]
On a more positive note, the water level in the Kakhovska Reservoir - which provides water for ZNPP reactor cooling - has gradually been increasing over the past two months and has now returned to normal level, 16.2 metres on 21 April.
[...]

Update 155 - IAEA Director General Statement on Situation in Ukraine, 28 Apr
Once again, a team from the IAEA Support and Assistance Mission to Zaporizh* (ISAMZ) crossed the front line of the armed conflict. Yesterday, the eighth IAEA team made the crossing to rotate with the previous team. The IAEA has maintained its continued presence at ZNPP for almost eight months to assess the nuclear safety and security situation at ZNPP based on the Seven Indispensable Pillars of Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Security.

The IAEA team continues to monitor the complex and challenging staffing situation at the plant. The current plant management has told the team that the total number of staff with Rosatom contracts is now slightly above 3000, with another 1000 in the process of approval. Roughly 1000 staff with Energoatom contracts still work at the plant, and others who remain in Ener*odar are occasionally called to work.
[...]
The ISAMZ team is monitoring the actions taken for restoring other sources of off-site power but has not had access to the nearby Zaporizh* Thermal Power Plant (ZTPP).[...]It is important that ISAMZ gets the necessary access to the ZTPP open switchyard given the implications on nuclear safety and security at ZNPP.

The Team observed, and following questions were subsequently informed, that a large piece of equipment being transported into the turbine hall of Unit 3 was a transformer to replace the damaged "Kakhovka" node in the ZNPP open switchyard. The Kakhovka line is one of the four 750 kV lines that were operational before the military conflict. This line is linked to the currently Russian-controlled electrical grid, to the south of the ZNPP site.

In addition, the ISAMZ team reported that on 21 April, reactor Unit 6 at ZNPP reached cold shutdown state.
[...]

archived Casualty
by Cat on Tue May 2nd, 2023 at 02:45:00 AM EST
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Wapoo | Russia blames Ukraine for drone attack on Crimea fuel depot, 30 Apr
Ukraine hasn't claimed responsibility for the strike, which comes as Kyiv is preparing for a long-anticipated spring counteroffensive to retake territory seized by Moscow.
newsqueek | Crimea Oil Depot Blast Was Preparation for Full-Scale Offensive: Ukraine, 30 Apr
On Sunday, during a 24-hour national news broadcast. Natalia Humeniuk, a spokesperson for Ukraine's Armed Forces, confirmed that the strike on the oil depot was carried out by Ukrainian forces "in preparation for the broad, full-scale offensive that everyone expects."

wionnews | Ukraine defence ministry's tweet showing Hindu Goddess Kali sparks row in India, 30 Apr
archived Zelensk* wants to hold phone talks with Prime Minister of India
by Cat on Tue May 2nd, 2023 at 03:23:17 AM EST
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Ukrinform | Ten tanks with oil products for enemy fleet destroyed in Sevastopol, 29 Apr
That's according to the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine's Ministry of Defense (GUR), Ukrinform reports.
"The explosions in Sevastopol are God's punishment for Uman!"
..."Cotton" in Sevastopol is God's punishment, in particular for the killed civilians in Uman, among whom there are five children. This punishment will be long lasting. All residents of the temporarily occupied Crimea should avoid being near military facilities and facilities providing the aggressor's army in the near future," Yusov emphasized....
Andriy Yusov, a spokesman for the GUR, noted that the destroyed oil products were intended for Russia's Black Sea fleet.
Russians suffered 100,000 casualties just over fighting in Bakhmut - White House, 1 Apr
The relevant statement was made by National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications in the White House John KIRBY during an online briefing, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"We estimate that the Russians - based on intelligence and information we've gathered - have suffered 100,000 casualties just since December, just over the fighting in Bakhmut," Kirby said. In his words, more than 20,000 Russian invaders were killed in action.

one day ago
Half of them were the Wagner Group's mercenaries who had mostly been recruited by their leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, from among CONVICTS in prisons.
Russia deploying about 25,600 soldiers in Bakhmut sector
"Serhii Cherevatyi, spokesman for the Eastern Grouping of Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said this in a comment to Ukrinform. The spokesman also clarified that the occupiers lose about 100 soldiers every day in the Bakhmut sector."
Russian military death toll in Ukraine rises to about 190,960
"The relevant statement was made by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook, an Ukrinform correspondent reports."
archived Pentagon Secrets
by Cat on Tue May 2nd, 2023 at 04:18:08 AM EST
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Ukrinform | Government launching ["]corporatization["] of Energoatom
Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said this at a government meeting, Ukrinform reports.

"With today's government decision, we are launching corporatization procedures. As a result, we will increase the efficiency of management, attract additional funds to implement new projects, and strengthen our energy independence," Shmyhal said.

Ukrinform | Russian sources complain of drone attacks on military airfield in Bryansk[, RU] region
...In particular, five drones, allegedly those of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, were involved in the attack. Two of them exploded within the area of the airfield, and two were reportedly shot down with small arms. The fifth drone is yet to be found....
Zelensk* says learned of U.S. intel leaks from media
That's according to his interview with The Washington Post, Ukrinform reports.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* has not had any conversations with the White House about a massive leak of top-secret U.S. intelligence documents, he said in a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Post on Monday, calling the disclosures damaging to both Washington and Kyiv. Zelensk* learned about the disclosures like everybody else -- in the news.
Zelensk* declined to confirm or deny the information in the leaks -- or even describe the disclosures as "sensitive" -- because that would acknowledge that the documents are real, he said.

"It is not sensitive," Zelensk* said. "If I answer you, that means it's sensitive, it means there are real documents. Please, stop playing games with me. I am the president of a country at war."
[...]

APsplainin Russia says it foiled an alleged drone attack on Kremlin
[...]
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russia's state news agency RIA Novosti
Kyiv made an attempt to strike drones on the Kremlin
Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told RIA Novosti that Putin was not in the Kremlin at the time of the attack by Ukrainian drones, today he is working in his residence near Moscow in Novo-Ogaryovo.
Kiev says they have nothing to do with the attack on the Kremlin
Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of Vladimir Zelensky's office, claims that Kyiv has nothing to do with the drone attack on the Kremlin, Agence France-Presse reports.
that Putin wasn't in the Kremlin at the time and was working from the Novo-Ogaryovo residence. The Kremlin added that Putin was safe and his schedule was unchanged.

There were no immediate comment from Ukrainian authorities. The Kremlin didn't present any evidence [?!] from the reported incident, and its statement included few details. Tass quoted the statement

The Kremlin regards the attack attempt by the Kyiv regime as a planned terrorist act and an attempt on the life of the President of the Russian Federation on the eve of Victory Day. "We regard these actions as a planned terrorist act and an attempt on the life of the President of the Russian Federation, carried out on the eve of Victory Day, the May 9 parade, at which the presence of foreign guests is also planned," the report says.
as saying that the Kremlin considered the development to be a deliberate attempt on Putin's life ahead of the Victory Day that Russia celebrates on May 9.
[...]
At the moment, RT commenters speculate that such small, low-tech drones could have been launched by PUTIN haters from within RU and worry about n-word escalation.
by Cat on Wed May 3rd, 2023 at 01:26:05 PM EST
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archived: Last year, Russia's UN ambassador presented to the UNSC Ukraine's theory of Urheimat de Gauls instill youthful passion for ascension to EU civilization at long last.

Little did I know, in 2014 research into the Turkic origin of Ukrainians had aduced genetic markers of Tatar ancestry opposed to slavic introgression, a priori genocidal impulse if you will, attributable to modern aggressors' FULL-SCALE WAR on Ukraine's sovereign border beginning in Crimea.

[...]
If you compare with Russians, for example, then anthropological data say that modern Russians are of European type, and Ukrainians are Turkic, Asian. Europeans have a long head, Asians have a wide one. The length of the skull of Russians of the Central-Eastern European type is 191 mm, the width is 154, the Ukrainians of the Central-Ukrainian type are 187 and 157, respectively, but the real difference is not in the sum of the length and width of the skull, but at the height of the skull. Russian carrying high-headed ones - 130-131 mm and higher. Ukrainians are low-headed - 125-126 mm (data from Alekseeva and Alekseeva). Russians are closer to long-faced Europeans, and Ukrainians are closer to Central Asian round-faced Turks - this is known.
archived British Journal of Phrenology
In general, Russians have 45% open eyes, Ukrainians have 35%. The difference is greater if you compare the central types: 50% among Russians, 38% among Ukrainians. There is an even more significant difference in hair pigmentation: Russians have approximately 35% blondes, Ukrainians - 5% (Dyachenko's table). All Ukrainians have light eyes - 35% (see Dyachenko's table, where ALL regions of Ukraine are written). Light hair - 5% (the same table). All Russians have light eyes - 45%. in ALL Russian blond hair - 30-35%, against 8% in the central Ukrainian type (Dyachenko)
archivedGreetings, my Neandertal and Denisovan allele-bearing cousins
Genome research:
...the results of mitochondrial DNA analysis, according to which Russians and Tatars are at the same genetic distance of 30 conventional units that separate them from Finns, but between Ukrainians from Lviv and Tatars, the genetic distance is only 10 units. And at the same time, Ukrainians from the left-bank Ukraine are genetically just as close to Russians...
"The anthropological type of Ukrainians shows complete independence compared to the Polish, Belarusian, and Great Russian type," states S. Rudnytskyi.
[...]
archived A Murky Distinction Grows Still Murkier
Indeed, the evolution of scientific racism that animates the present BATTLE FOR THE SOUL of Middle Earth is far deeper than Nord Stream lanes, yet familiar.
by Cat on Wed May 10th, 2023 at 03:40:47 AM EST
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History has cruel markers for future wars ... ancestry. In short, the claim of Türkiye  🇹🇷 for the Tatars and the Crimea peninsula and Southern border regions is legit and as heir of the Ottoman Empire should return to its Motherland ... Erdogan's Türkiye as the nation is already expanding into Northern Syria 🇸🇾 as is part of the scuffle between Armenia and Azerbaijan ... did we check out China's hostile province of Xinjiang and its Turkic population. The banned independence movement is causing horrific bomb attacks and havoc in Afghanistan.

Your are telling us in reality Türkiye and the Unite States are allies and have a common adversary: the Russian Federation. In reality, Erdogan and Biden are friends and have fooled us all along.

Establishing a new caliphate ...

Zunghar Khanate, was an Inner Asian khanate of Oirat Mongolorigin

... or simply blame Islam after all 😇

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 10th, 2023 at 04:28:23 AM EST
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'Orcs' and 'Rashists': Ukraine's new language of war, 3 May 2022
This is a line from an official report from Ukraine's defence ministry - and part of the ever-expanding wartime vocabulary used by top officials, military and media...."They're orcs because we don't consider them human," Tetiana Chursina, a sales clerk in Kyiv, whose second cousin spent weeks in her basement in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, told Al Jazeera.
tns.ua | Podolyak stated that the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine cannot be considered as one battle that will decide everything, 9 May 2023
... "When we talk about the counteroffensive - whether it will be overwhelming for Russia or, conversely, there will be no progress for Ukraine - it looks like we are in a Hollywood movie where a great battle for Middle-earth begins, and one battle for Gondor will resolve everything. But that's not how it happens," Podolyak said....
archived Tue Mar 8th 2022
by Cat on Wed May 10th, 2023 at 04:51:41 AM EST
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Ukrinform | Invaders plan to "evacuate" over 3,000 ZNPP workers, their families, 10 May De-occupation Day!
The relevant statement was made by Energoatom National Nuclear Energy Generating Company on Telegram, Ukrinform reports.

"We have received information that the Russian occupiers are preparing to "evacuate" about 3,100 people from the satellite city [52K Energodar?] of the Zaporizh* nuclear power plant. We are talking about the evacuation of 2,700 plant employees who signed a contract with the fake Zaporizh* NPP Operating Organization or another Rosatom enterprise, and their family members," the company said.

good riddance to traitors, yes?
Ener*oatom reminded that ZNPP employees had been banned [by Rada?] from leaving the city almost from the beginning of the occupation. At the same time, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, some families of Zaporizh* nuclear workers have already been [forcibly?] moved [deported?] from Ener*odar to the Rostov region of the Russian Federation.
good riddance to collaborators, yes?
"Thus, the Russian occupiers are proving their inability to ensure the operation of the Zaporizh* nuclear power plant, as there is a catastrophic lack of qualified personnel. Even those Ukrainian workers who, having signed shameful contracts, agreed to cooperate with the racists [ruscists?], will be "evacuated" soon. And this will exacerbate the already extremely urgent issue of having a sufficient number of personnel to ensure the safe operation of the nuclear power plant even in the current shutdown state," Energoatom emphasizes.
no and no.
At the same time, the company stated that it is taking all possible measures to form the necessary number of specialists capable of ensuring the safe operation of the plant in the first period after its de-occupation. The team will be formed on a rotational basis from ZNPP employees currently on the territory controlled by Ukraine [Bakhmut?], as well as specialists from other nuclear power plants. [SUNPP, RNPP, KhNPP, ChNPP, or France EDF?]
2 May IAEA ZNPP: 3K Rosatom FTES, 1K Energoatom FTEs + 1K NEW hires vetted
"As fast as possible de-occupation of Zaporizh* NPP, expulsion of the racists [sic] from Ener*odar, and transfer of control over the plant to its legitimate Ukrainian operator, Energoatom, is the only way to stop the Russian mess at ZNPP and ensure its further safety," Energoatom emphasized.
[...]
Not so fast. Count all the silver ware
Update 156 - IAEA Director General Statement on Situation in Ukraine, 6 May
(IAEA) experts present at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) have received information that the announced evacuation of residents from the nearby town of Enerhodar - where most plant staff live - has started and they are closely monitoring the situation for any potential impact on nuclear safety and security, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today.
[...]
The IAEA experts at the site are continuing to hear shelling on a regular basis, including late on Friday. ZNPP Site Director Yuri Chernichuk has publicly stated that operating staff are not being evacuated and that they are doing everything necessary to ensure nuclear safety and security at the plant, whose six reactors are all in shutdown mode.
[...]
by Cat on Wed May 10th, 2023 at 07:04:50 PM EST
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reuters | Russia says high waters threaten dam near Ukrainian nuclear plant, 5 days ago
Renat Karchaa, an adviser to the general director of nuclear energy firm Rosenergoatom, said if the Nova Kakhovka dam did rupture, the power cable line for the Zaporizhzhia plant's pumping stations would be flooded.
usnews reuters | Engineers Reduce Risk of Dam Bursting Near Russian-Held Ukraine Nuclear Plant, also 5 days ago
"As we anticipated, a technical solution to the problem has been found," [Rena] Karchaa told TASS, quoting regional officials in Kherson region, where the dam is located.

"A gate of the Kakhovka hydropower plant has been opened and repair works have begun at the Kakhovka canal. Pumps and pipes are being repaired. Water is being discharged. The risks of flooding have reduced considerably."

BBC | 'Mad panic' as Russia evacuates town near Zaporizh* plant, 3 days ago
Russia has told people to leave 18 settlements in the Zaporizhzhia region, including Enerhodar near the plant, ahead of Kyiv's anticipated offensive. [...] On Friday, the Russian-installed regional head Yevgeny Balitsky said that "in the past few days, the enemy has stepped up shelling of settlements close to the front line".

"I have therefore made a decision to evacuate first of all children and parents, elderly people, disabled people, and hospital patients," [exiled mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov] wrote on social media.
[...]
He also said hospitals were discharging patients into the street amid fears that electricity and water supplies could be suspended if Ukraine attacks the region. And he claimed that two-thirds of evacuation convoys - allegedly made up of civilians - consisted of retreating Russian troops. The BBC cannot verify this claim....

NPR | Russia is draining a massive Ukrainian reservoir, endangering a nuclear plant, today
Russia appeared to have spent several months using the Kakhovka Reservoir to refill a network of reservoirs in Crimea, according to David Helms, a retired meteorologist with decades of experience working for the U.S. federal government, most recently at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA]. "There's 23 reservoirs; they're topped off," he says....
archived Kakhovka dam
by Cat on Wed May 10th, 2023 at 07:44:31 PM EST
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Update 159 - IAEA Director General Statement on Situation in Ukraine, 22 May
[...]
The ZNPP's only remaining external 750 kilovolt (kV) power line was cut around 05:30am local time and re-connected after more than five hours, according to IAEA experts present at the plant.
[...]
The ZNPP does not have any operational back-up power lines since the last functioning 330 kV power line was damaged on the right bank of the Dnipro River on 1 March. This back-up power line has still not been repaired, meaning that when the 750 kV line is lost the plant immediately depends on its diesel generators which are its last line of defence for electricity supplies, Director General Grossi said.

"For more than two and a half months, this major nuclear power plant has only had one functioning external power line. This is an unprecedented and uniquely risky situation. Defence-in-depth—which is fundamental to nuclear safety—has been severely undermined at the ZNPP," he said
[...]
Initially after this morning's off-site power cut, all the ZNPP's 20 diesel generators started operating, but 12 of them were later switched off. This left eight running, which is sufficient to operate all systems safely. The IAEA experts at the site were informed that there is enough diesel fuel for 23 days. After the 750 kV line was restored, the diesel generators were gradually turned off.
[...]
Elsewhere in the country today, a team of IAEA experts at the South Ukraine NPP [SUMPP] said an emergency shutdown had occurred at one of its three reactor units. Plant management informed the IAEA team that the automatic shutdown took place due to grid disturbance or instability. The SUNPP still has off-site power available.

by Cat on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 03:52:23 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun May 14th, 2023 at 12:20:35 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 12:13:20 PM EST
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ibid
[...]
Q: Will there be parliamentary elections in the fall?
A: If we have martial law, we cannot have elections. The constitution prohibits any elections during martial law. If there is no martial law, then there will be. Well, the law says that according to the constitution of Ukraine, after martial law ends, I think, in 90 days, elections are held. It's something like that. I don't remember actually.
wapoo | Wagner chief offered to give Russian troop locations to Ukraine, [DISCORD] leak says
14 May: "there is no debating Prigozhin's bitter frustration with the grinding fight in Bakhmut."
archived Wed Apr 5th 2023, Tue Oct 1st 2019

UPDATE
A very important message from Wagner PMC Chief Prigozhin and his BFF Budanov
11 May, A/V (RU, EN subtitles), 00:01:15

by Cat on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 02:48:36 PM EST
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southfront | On May 13, the AFU shot down two Russian Mi-8 helicopters, a Su-34 fighter bomber and probably a Su-25 near Klintsy (Bryansk oblast, Russia)
reuters | Four Russian military aircraft shot down near Ukraine, Russian daily reports

tabloid USaToday | Ukraine intent on liberating its territory, not attacking Russia, Zelenskyy says, 14 May modesty

"We don't attack Russian territory, we liberate our own legitimate territory," Zelenskyy said Sunday at a news conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin.
[...]
"We have neither the time nor the strength (to attack Russia)," Zelenskyy said, according to an official interpreter. "And we also don't have weapons to spare with which we could do this."

oops
by Cat on Sun May 14th, 2023 at 10:35:12 PM EST
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pravda.ua | [feral] Drones attacked a warehouse of military equipment in the Bryansk region of the Russian Federation again
Source: Baza and Astra Telegram channels
Lukashenko increased the combat readiness of the troops after Russia ["]lost["] 4 aircraft
Direct speech: "Three days after the events near us. I mean in Bryansk region (RF - ed.), when four aircraft were shot down. We had to react to it. Since then, we have been on higher alert - our troops. That is why I am interested in the situation around the country. And, of course, directions and prospects for the development of this situation. Short. No intimidation. About what is happening and what we expect in the short term."
Tykhanovskaya called on the opposition to prepare in case of Lukashenka's death
The leader of the united opposition of Belarus, Svitlana Tykhanovskaya [alias Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya alias Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya], against the background of rumors about the state of health of the self-proclaimed president Alexander Lukashenko, called to prepare "for any scenario".
[...]
"There are many rumors about dictator Lukashenka's health. For us, this means only one thing: we must be well prepared for any scenario. To return Belarus to the path of democracy and prevent < wipes tears > Russian interference," said the Belarusian oppositionist [sic]. She also called on the international community to "act proactively and quickly."
archived SIDEBAR Axel Springer circular file
by Cat on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 07:40:13 PM EST
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There is a (subtle?) difference between attacking Russian territory, which Ukraine would be insane to do, and attacking specific military targets, used in the Russian attacks on Ukrainian territory, which are situated in Russian territory.

It's obvious that EU countries, and other allies of Ukraine, must absolutely take no part, nor provide weapons for, any attacks which Ukraine might perpetrate against such targets.

But if Ukrainian armed forces attack munitions depots or air force bases over the border in Russia with Ukrainian-made drones, I'm not seeing what sort of rules or laws this might offend.

Unless it's the doctrine of "it's OK if you're Russia" ?

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

by eurogreen on Tue May 16th, 2023 at 02:12:05 PM EST
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Ukranews | Enemy Shells Khmelnytskyi Region: Hit At Critical Infrastructure Recorded, There Are Injured (13.05.23)

"Unfortunately, we have a hit on critical infrastructure. The facility is located outside the settlements. Remain calm. The relevant services are working. Individual trains today will follow a modified schedule. Details later," stated the message of the leadership of the regional administration.

Ukrinform | Four enemy drones hit Khmelnytskyi region - Air Force spox, 13 May
On the night of May 13, air defense forces shot down 17 out of 21 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) used by Russia to attack Ukraine. The four drones, which could not be destroyed, hit the territory of Khmelnytskyi region.
Ukrinform | Number of injured in Russian night attack on Khmelnytskyi region rises to 21, 13 May
The number of people injured in the Russian attack on Khmelnytskyi region has risen to 21 people, two of them have been hospitalized.[...] According to his information, in populated settlements near the epicenter of the hit, powerful blast waves caused damage to civilian objects: windows and doors were broken, roofs were damaged. In particular, educational, healthcare, and cultural institutions, administrative buildings, industrial facilities, apartment blocks and private houses were damaged.
tabloid Mail | Ukrainian city of Khmelnytskyi rocked by huge explosion after Russia sends 21 drones to army missile silo causing enormous fireball which 'injured 30 people', 14 May
Vladimir Putin appears to be targeting ammunition storages in west Ukraine as Kyiv's counter-offensive approaches.
yahoo! warzone | Ukraine Ammo Storage Site Obliterated Where Huge Fireball Seen, 14 May
What exactly was stored at this site at the time of the blast also isn't clear. It likely held old dilapidated ammo and explosive material that dated back deeply into the Cold War era, but some have posited that newer ammunition used to support the war effort may have also been stored there.
pravda.ua | We are coming back with new defense packages, 15 May
Details: Zelensk* noted that in Italy he had "good talks" with Prime Minister Giorgia [Meloni] and a "rather encouraging meeting" with the pontiff, as well as a meeting with the president of Italy. In Germany, defense issues were discussed meaningfully with President Steinmeier and Chancellor Olaf Scholz. [...] Zelensk* recalled that he had a meeting with President Macron in France, "long, useful negotiations" resulting in a new "powerful military package" and new political agreements. In Great Britain, the Ukrainian president met with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, they talked about defense and British leadership in military coalitions.
Russia's military death toll in Ukraine rises to 199,460, 15 May
by Cat on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 06:53:36 PM EST
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Ukranews | Mineral Deposits Concentrated In Ukraine Included In List Of Critical For EU, U.S. And Canada, 13 May
"In Ukraine, mineral deposits are concentrated, which are included in the list of critical ones for the EU, U.S. and Canada. Among them are lithium, rare earth elements, titanium and others. Available resources and global prospects for the development of low-carbon "minerals of the future" give Ukraine the opportunity to become an element of joint supply chains with strategic North Atlantic partners, promoting the economic integration of the national economy into modern high-tech production cycles, and ensuring the EU's strategic autonomy in the green transition," said, in particular, Mykola Kolisnyk.

Speaking at the panel of the Critical Raw Materials forum, Deputy Minister of Energy Mykola Kolisnyk drew attention to the prospects for the development of this area, recalling the Memorandum on Strategic Partnerships on Critical Raw Materials concluded in July 2021 between Ukraine and the European Union.

Memorandum of Understanding between the European Union and Ukraine on a Strategic Partnership on Raw Materials [12.07.21]
[...]
Ukraine confirms its ambition and willingness to join EU efforts in the area of climate change, environmental protection, and the decarbonisation of energy and mobility systems. Furthermore, the Sides have recently initiated a focused dialogue on Ukraine's green transition within the framework of the European Green Deal. The areas of shared interest of the dialogue include energy efficiency, hydrogen, coal regions in transition, European industrial alliances (in raw materials and batteries), and climate governance architecture. The proposed Partnership would also be one of the key elements of our positive and long-term green agenda.
[...]
The Deputy Minister noted that the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved a list of subsoil plots [mines] that are of strategic importance for the sustainable development of the economy and the state's defense capability, which will be provided for use by tenders for concluding production sharing agreements.

icog.es, "The mineral resources of Ukraine" sub-plots. 17.05.22
by Cat on Tue May 16th, 2023 at 04:27:13 PM EST
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Lugano Declaration: Ukraine's PM says his country needs 750 BILLION U.S. DOLLARS
for recovery plan
by Cat on Fri May 19th, 2023 at 11:49:57 AM EST
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Let's recap
icog.es | The Mineral resources of Ukraine

"The most important structures that stand out in the platform part are: i) the Ukranian crystal Shield (Ukranian Shield), ii) Volyn-Podillya plate, iii) DiSners fold belt, iv) Dnipro-Donets depression and v) Black Sea depression"

by Cat on Sat May 20th, 2023 at 04:11:26 PM EST
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Most important ... do not forget about precious black soil ☮️



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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 21st, 2023 at 04:10:07 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed May 17th, 2023 at 07:05:35 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 5th, 2023 at 07:06:48 AM EST
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The people to decide ...

Council leadership lost to 22-year candidate 😄

Maidenhead Liberal Democrats @maidenheadLD

Congratulations to George Blundell elected as councillor in Hurley & the Walthams ward.

Conservative leader of the council falls to Lib Dem candidate George Blundell



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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 5th, 2023 at 07:08:20 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 10th, 2023 at 05:05:51 PM EST
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Finland's outgoing prime minister Sanna Marin files for divorce

Finland's outgoing prime minister, Sanna Marin, has filed for divorce jointly with her husband of three years, Markus Raikkonen, they said on Instagram on Wednesday.

"We are grateful for the 19 years together and our beloved daughter. We will remain best friends," they said in separate Instagram stories.

"We have lived our youth together, entered adulthood together and grown into parents for our dear daughter together," Marin wrote on Instagram after her August 2020 wedding to Raikkonen.



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 10th, 2023 at 08:57:51 PM EST
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Germany inks deal with China's COSCO on Hamburg port | DW News |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 11th, 2023 at 10:22:34 AM EST
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HEADLINE 2025:
Germany raids Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT) office.
Germany seizes COSCO Hamburg assets.

< wipes tears >

by Cat on Thu May 11th, 2023 at 08:48:03 PM EST
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Qin Gang Holds Talks with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna, 11 May
....Noting that President Macron had an in-depth exchange of views with President Xi Jinping during his visit to China and deepened his understanding of China, Colonna said the visit was a great success. France-China relations are of vital importance. The two heads of state have made clear the direction, and the two sides should make joint efforts to work for greater development of bilateral relations. She suggested that the two sides fully restart cooperation mechanisms in various fields and strengthen cooperation in such areas as climate change, biodiversity and energy transition. France attaches importance to its economic relations with China, believing that such relations are interdependent, mutually beneficial as well as complementary, open and transparent. France does not engage in bloc confrontation and holds that all countries should live in harmony and achieve common development. Noting that China plays an important role in the world's peace and stability, Colonna said France is willing to strengthen communication with China on Ukraine and other major international and regional issues to seek more common ground.
[...]
On the same day, Qin Gang also met with French President's Diplomatic Advisor Emmanuel Bonne, and the two sides exchanged views on China-France relations, the Ukraine crisis, and other issues.
by Cat on Fri May 12th, 2023 at 08:20:23 PM EST
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NI council elections 2023: Sinn Féin largest party in NI local government

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 20th, 2023 at 08:06:48 PM EST
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"state-controlled" ekathimerini | Focus on coalition horse-trading as election looks unlikely to deliver a strong winner, 20 May candidates feat. European Realistic Disobedience Front (MeRA25)
...A second election on July 2 seems likely. It would be held under a new electoral law giving the winner a boost of up to 50 of Parliament's 300 seats, which the current system doesn't....
Conservative party in lead but unlikely to form government outright, 21 May post-pandemic Inflation Reduction Act exit poll smoke
If confirmed by official results, Mitsotakis will have to seek coalition partners to secure a majority in the 300-seat parliament. If coalition talks fail, a second election could be held in late June or early July.

Exit polls showed Mitsotakis' main rival, former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, 48, and his left-wing Syriza party, in second place. The polls projected New Democracy [!] winning between 121 and 125 parliamentary seats, with Syriza [!] at between 86 and 89 seats, with a total of either six or seven parties making it past the threshold of 3% of the vote to enter parliament.
[...]
Greece's once-dominant socialist Pasok [!] party is likely to be at the center of any coalition talks. Overtaken by Syriza during Greece's [GLOBAL] 2009-2018 financial crisis, the party has been polling at around 10%. Its leader, Nikos Androulakis, 44, was at the center of the wiretapping scandal in which his phone was targeted for surveillance.
[...]

Politico.eu.com | insignificant significant MOE, 21 May
The New Democracy Party of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis held a significant lead over its main rival...Nonetheless, New Democracy didn't gather enough votes—45 percent—to win an outright majority
apathy! meddling! EXCESS plurality!
New Democracy was expected to get from 37.5 percent to 41.5 percent; Syriza from 23.5 percent to 27.5 percent; Socialist Pasok party 11.5 percent to 12.5 percent; Communists KKE party 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent; nationalist Greek Solution 4.3 percent to 5.3 percent; leftist DiEM 25 from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent; leftist Course of Freedom 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent; and nationalist Victory party 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent.

The participation rate was at 48.8 percent as of 4:30 p.m., the Interior Ministry reported.


by Cat on Sun May 21st, 2023 at 06:38:34 PM EST
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euronews | What next for Spain after PM Pedro Sanchez calls snap general election?, 29 May
"The move follows the success of the conservatives in Sunday's key local and regional elections, which represented a clear shift in the political map of Spain. Conservatives won in seven out of the 12 regions holding elections and succeeded in several regions previously dominated by the Socialists."
by Cat on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 05:10:45 PM EST
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AP | Latvian Parliament elects foreign minister as new president, 31 May
The 100-seat Saeima legislature elected Edgars Rinkevics, the country's top diplomat since 2011, as president to serve for a four-year term. He received 52 votes, one vote more than required to win the race. Incumbent Egils Levits, Latvia's head of state since 2019, didn't seek reelection.

Rinkevics, who announced in 2014 that he is "proudly" homosexual. will be the first openly gay president in the Baltic nations -- all former Soviet republics where attitudes to sexual minorities have been less tolerant than in western Europe.

His closest rival, businessman Uldis Pilens, got 25 votes in the third round of voting between the two remaining contenders after the third candidate, Elina Pinto, had dropped out of the contest.
[...]
Rinkevics is due to be inaugurated on July 8.

NATO Summit: Vilnius, Lithuania - 11-12 July 2023
by Cat on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 05:44:36 PM EST
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https:/www.dutchnews.nl/2023/05/360-more-teenagers-disappear-from-dutch-refugee-centres

NL is not doing much to prevent human trafficking

by Oosterbeek on Sat May 27th, 2023 at 05:47:49 AM EST
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Alle beetjes helpen



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by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 27th, 2023 at 02:44:13 PM EST
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So few and far in between ... Peace ☮️ movement

Sleurt de VS Europa mee in een oorlog met Rusland? | GeoPolitics |

A Flemish blogger Paul Lookman, supporter of NatoWatch.



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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 09:23:24 AM EST
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EU-Turkey tensions set to continue after Erdogan's victory | DW News |

The European Union NATO member states and Turkey are at odds on many issues -- and problems will likely persist following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's reelection. Turkey's EU accession (1986-...), contrary to freedom loving and democratic Ukraine, is unlikely anytime soon.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 08:52:13 AM EST
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waz.de | Weber calls for the termination of the ascension process, 29 May
Manfred Weber, head of the Europen People's Party [EPP], spoke to this editorial office in favor of ending the ascension process with Turkiye, which has been running since 2005 but has been on hold for several years. "The last few years have shown that a close partnership is important, but NOBODY WANTS full membership of Turkiye in the EU anymore—neither Turkiye nor the EU," said the CSU politician. "We have to put this proceess aside, because it blocks better relationships more than it helps."
< wipes tears >
The EU is open to "further parnership-based cooperation between < wipes tears > immediate neighbors who have many common challenges," said Weber. But the expectations are clear: Erdogan MUST BRING the country together and modernize it. "We need cooperation" especially when it comes to the goals of peace between UKRAINE and Russia, migration policy, or The Cyprus Question. Specifically, Weber also demanded: Erdogan should now IMMEDIATELY AGREE to Sweden's membership in NATO."
[...]
by Cat on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 04:13:10 PM EST
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2006 Xenophobia: a shameful face of Europe | Council of Europe |

Strasbourg 18/12/2006
Xenophobia is a serious problem in all parts of Europe today. Extreme right-wing parties promoting hatred against migrants and minorities are represented in several national parliaments. In some countries, they also influence government policies. Unfortunately, some other political parties have redefined themselves in order not to be outflanked by the extremists - with the effect that xenophobic positions have become rather "mainstream". The result is continued discrimination, inter-communal tensions and segregation.

2015 EU conservatives eye rebuke to Greece on far-right ministers

Reuters 03/02/2015
Manfred Weber, leader of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP), the biggest bloc, said he would press centre-left leaders to back a motion similar to that passed in 2000 when Joerg Haider's far-right Austrian People's Party was brought into a conservative-led coalition in Vienna.

That resolution called Haider "xenophobic and racist" and demanded EU leaders place the Austrian government under strict supervision to ensure it abided by human rights treaties.

New Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, from the left-wing Syriza party, brought in the right-wing Independent Greeks to form a majority last week to oppose EU austerity measures and made its leader, Panos Kammenos, his defence minister.

2016 Freeze EU accession talks with Turkey, urge MEPs

EP 22/11/2016
The EU Commission and member states should impose a temporary freeze on EU accession talks with Turkey, urged a majority of political group leaders and MEPs in a debate with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and neighbourhood Commissioner Johannes Hahn. But the door for dialogue should remain open, unless Turkey introduces capital punishment, some added. A resolution will be put to a vote.

MEPs strongly condemned the disproportionately repressive measures taken in Turkey since the failed military take-over in July. [Plus attempted assassination of President Erdogan]

[Months of tension between Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and her Bavarian allies over the chancellor's refugee policy.]

2019 How does Von Der Leyen's description of "European Way of Life" comply with European values?

AVIM 30/09/2019
Last year, our work regarding the far right in Europe revealed the gravity of the atmosphere for minorities in Europe. The analyses we have written regarding the political discourse of the European People's Party leader Manfred Weber (Bavaria's CSU), who has been opposed to Turkey's EU accession since long before the European Parliament elections and who has been stating that Turkey had no place in the EU, are accessible from AVİM website.

After the European Parliament elections, it became clear that, although Manfred Weber could not be chosen as the `Spitzenkandidat', Ursula von Der Leyen, a candidate decided upon behind closed doors to be the new President of the European Commission, is regretfully a perfect substitute for Manfred Weber regarding the far-right rhetoric. EPP leader Weber is one of the names who supports Leyen's "European Way of Life" rhetoric. Weber definitively backed von Der Leyen by stating; "I am proud to be European and I cannot understand why people are attacking this concept of "European Way of Life" which is in the defence of Europe."

2019 Weber Accuses Macron And Orban Of Committing An Attack On Democracy In Europe

Politico 22/12/2019
Former European Commission president nominee Manfred Weber has accused French President Emmanuel Macron of committing an "attack on democratic Europe" together with Hungary's Viktor Orbán.

Weber told the German media group Funke in an interview published Sunday that Macron's pre-election comments -- in which he suggested Weber did not have the necessary experience to become Commission president -- had been "presumptuous" and constituted "an attack on democratic Europe."

Berlin's view on blocking Nord Stream 2 | DW News - April 2019 |

German politician Manfred Weber, currently the parliamentary leader of the European People's Party (EPP), is hoping to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker after the European Parliament elections from May 23-26. At the beginning of the week he had announced that, as head of the European Commission, he would block the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

The project was not in the European Union's interest, Weber told the Polish newspaper Polska Times, saying the pipeline could increase the bloc's dependence on Russian gas.



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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 05:43:49 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 30th, 2023 at 09:33:03 PM EST
From Arab Spring stimulus to regime change in authoritarian states, social media is a friend indeed ...



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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 1st, 2023 at 02:13:47 PM EST
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lemonde | Massive turnout at French Labor Day protests marked by violent clashes
Protesters clashed with security forces across France on Monday, May 1, as hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets for Labor Day to vent their anger against President Emmanuel Macron's pension reform.
[...]
Police had been given a last-minute go-ahead to use drones as a security measure after a Paris court rejected a petition from rights groups for them not to be used. They deployed tear gas in Toulouse in southern France as tensions erupted during demonstrations, while four cars were set on fire in the southeastern city of Lyon. In the western city of Nantes, they also fired tear gas after protesters hurled projectiles. Protesters briefly occupied the luxury Intercontinental hotel in the southern city of Marseille, breaking flower pots and damaging furniture.
F24 | French police fire teargas as clashes erupt at May Day pension protests
Interior ministry figures estimated the number of protesters at 782,000 nationwide; unions put the number much higher, at 2.3 million, as is the custom.
• According to interior ministry figures, 291 people have been detained and at least 108 police officers injured.
• Macron insists the proposed changes, which include raising the retirement age from 62 to 64, were needed to reform a moribund system. But some of the government's own experts have said the pension system is in relatively good shape and would likely return to a balanced budget even without reforms.
Guardian | At least 108 police injured and 291 held in May Day protests in cities across France
[Interior minister, Gérald] Darmanin condemned protesters he described as being from the far-left, known as "black blocs", saying they numbered around 2,000 in Paris and another 1,000 in the southeastern city of Lyon. He urged that "those who attacked the police and public property be severely punished"
reuters | French police clash with black-clad anarchists during May Day rallies
[...]
A hardening of the political opposition risks complicating the rest of Macron's reform agenda, including an employment bill that would require those receiving the minimum welfare benefit to work or get training for 15-20 hours per week. Fitch cut France's sovereign credit rating on Friday by one notch to 'AA-', citing the social unrest and potential political deadlock.
archived Schrödinger candidate, Never, ever besmirch the property
by Cat on Tue May 2nd, 2023 at 07:29:37 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 2nd, 2023 at 09:12:44 PM EST
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French police fire teargas as clashes erupt at May Day pension protests | France24 |

Police fired teargas in Paris and other cities as protesters turned out for May Day rallies across France on Monday amid anger over the passage of President Emmanuel Macron's unpopular pension reform. Interior ministry figures estimated the number of protesters at 782,000 nationwide; unions put the number much higher, at 2.3 million. Read our live blog to see how all the day's events unfolded.



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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 2nd, 2023 at 09:13:56 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | EU deal to clear grain glut unravels amid acrimony, 5 May wheat, corn, Korn, maize
The problem: Millions of tons of grain stored in Eastern Europe are unfit for human consumption.
oh. Can't that imported food be produced locally?
"Polish representatives use blackmailing [sic] tactics," this diplomat said, referring to Warsaw's move to block separate agreements to finalize a long-awaited cooperation deal with African nations [EU-AfCFTA] and agree on a package of sanctions against Belarus, which has sided with Vladimir PUTIN's Russia in the war. "This episode has created a lot of bad blood and will have a psychological and political impact on the cohesion within the EU when it comes to supplying Ukraine"
Grain from Ukraine to "a hungry world"
Not of interest

An internal analysis by the [European] Commission found that the bulk of the stockpile was only suitable as animal feed -- and not for distribution by the World Food Programme [WFP] , which usually buys high-quality wheat [!] for milling and delivers it as food aid in the form of flour.

all UR "GRAINS" belong to us
"Most of the [Ukraine] grains available for export [from] the 5 [Member States] are feed grains which are not of interest for WFP," the document, seen by POLITICO, said. "Additionally, we have to be careful in our political narrative and actions, to avoid being accused of wanting to export feed-quality grains to the countries in need."
"The Ukraine-EU Association Agreement has to be THE ONLY LEGAL BASIS for finding sustainable solutions in that regard and relevant consultations will be urgently requested by the Ukrainian side," Stefanishyna said.
too late
A Polish spokesperson said some 2.5 million metric tons of the 4-million-ton surplus of grains and oilseeds were for feed. The WFP doesn't typically buy maize, of which some 8.7 million tonnes are held in the the five Eastern EU countries, the analysis also found. Rapeseed and sunflower seeds were also not normally bought by the WFP, the document stated.

A WFP spokesperson declined to comment.

archived Russian Incursion into Ukraine Disrupts Global [coarse] Grain Market MY 2021/2022, FAO report 11 Nov exports from Ukraine in 2022/23
by Cat on Sun May 7th, 2023 at 03:23:27 PM EST
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An EU diplomat, granted anonymity to allow them to speak candidly, was equally scathing of the behavior of Poland's right-wing government, which wants to shore up the farm vote ahead of a general election due this fall.

"Polish representatives use blackmailing tactics," this diplomat said, referring to Warsaw's move to block separate agreements to finalize a long-awaited cooperation deal with African nations and agree on a package of sanctions against Belarus, which has sided with Vladimir Putin's Russia in the war.

Poland's elections could be won or lost in the countryside

History's archive: Belarus orders out EU, Polish envoys over sanctions | Reuters - Feb. 28, 2012 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 7th, 2023 at 04:05:34 PM EST
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dziennik-polityczny | Zelensk*'s provocation against the Kremlin. PiS risks losing western Ukraine and destroying the whole world, 4 May
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The only right solution on the part of the Russian Federation in this situation is to send Russian strategic bombers towards western Ukraine. In this case, the Austrian-Polish city of Lviv, over which the Kaczyński gang is fighting, and several other major cities in western Ukraine, may become Russia's legitimate target. The shock wave will reach objects 100 km away from the epicenter of the explosion! And all this while the Russian side will wait for the most favorable (for itself and its main allies) weather conditions.
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However, Zelensky no longer cares about the consequences. Because it works on the basis of the immediate fulfillment of every desire. At the moment, his main task is to get rid of unnecessary buyers for Ukrainian land in order to sell it again. Realizing that Poland would not want the affected territories, Zelensky deliberately made a "provocation". In his opinion, this plan will help the Ukrainian president save face from resentful Ukrainians, who have almost become Poles, and finally free himself from the pressure of Western advisers who, starting with Poland, will deal with resolving the consequences of a nuclear strike in their countries and reassuring citizens. Because no one wants to suffer further for US geopolitical ambitions.
GŁAŚ: Changes in Kaczyński's plan? The Polish government will force Poles to commit war crimes

practice, practice, practice

Politico.eu.com | Poland to call for sanctions on Russian farm products, 6 May genius

"We believe that sanctions on Russian agricultural products should be imposed immediately," said Andrzej Sadoś, the Polish permanent representative to the EU, according to the Polish Press Agency.
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PiS screwdriver. Polish Ambassador to the EU Andrzej Sadoś unscrewed Donald Tusk, 18 Oct 2018
by Cat on Sun May 7th, 2023 at 09:49:57 PM EST
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Quite conspirational website of rightwing nationalism ... feeding on historical division and aggression between Poles and Ukrainians. Not realistic ...

EU and NATO blueprint which was bad, but fell apart before a real attempt, foiled by Biden's bullying blitzkrieg across Europe in 2021.

The Eastern Question: Recommendations for Western Policy | 2016 |

    Center for Transatlantic Relations
    Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
    Johns Hopkins University
    German Council on Foreign Relations/
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik


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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 7th, 2023 at 10:40:25 PM EST
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Ambassador Mark Brzezinski's Interview with Polish Radio | March 29, 2023 |

Wojciech Cegielski, Polish Radio:Thank you very much. Mr. Ambassador, a couple of days ago, the US Army opened its first garrison in Poland. So is it fair to say that at last - for the Polish side - at last the US Army has its first permanent base here in Poland.

Ambassador Brzezinski: As a Polish American, I could not be more proud of the decision of President Joe Biden to permanently place US troops and US military offices here in Poland: a Fifth Corps Forward Command Headquarters in Poznan, a garrison to support the troops in Poznan. And then other steps will be taken as well. But yes, this is a real breakthrough. And it is a historic moment. I have been watching Poland for my entire life. And I know well enough that Jan Nowak Jezioranski, my late father Zbigniew Brzezinski, others really hoped for this moment, really hoped for the imprimatur of the word "permanent", to be associated with the US military footprint in Poland. And now it is. And that's because, quite frankly, both sides respect each other. Both sides trust each other. And both sides will fight for each other to defend freedom, a freedom that for the first time in history we both share. Because for centuries, either it was America fighting for Polish freedom or Poles like Tadeusz Kosciuszko, Casimir Pulaski, fighting for American freedom. We live in a moment when America and Poland share the same freedom. And it's worth fighting for.

I understood Zbigniew had died ... is he not dead?

Mark Brzezinski on the Challenges and Opportunities in the Arctic

Related reading ...

Putin signs new military doctrine, declares NATO as #1 enemy of Russia | @BooMan - Dec 27, 2014 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 7th, 2023 at 10:41:03 PM EST
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MFA spokesman: President Zelensk* should apologize for Volhynia [INTERVIEW]
"when asked about the upcoming anniversary"

The Ukrainian ambassador responds to the words of the spokesman of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"Any attempt to force the president of Ukraine or Ukraine to do what we must do in relation to our common past is unacceptable and regrettable"

by Cat on Sat May 20th, 2023 at 11:27:31 PM EST
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money.pl | Abroad talks about Poland's success and threatens. "They will be richer than us", 20 May
Over the last few days, there have been several statements and articles in foreign media talking about  Poland's success since the times of transformation [1990-2015] and catching up with the largest economies in Europe. They are primarily directed at the EU countries, and the people who say them seem to take us as an example to act for their own citizens.
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Recently, an article by "The Sun" appeared in the UK, which announced another wave of our compatriots returning to Poland. Our information, however, shows that the British tabloid distorted the meaning of the conversation with a pair of Poles who came to Poland. Our compatriots return to their homeland primarily to take care of their families, and not, as the newspaper suggests, because of the economic boom and lower prices in stores. When asked by us about the "mass exodus" from the British Isles, the British Polonia distances itself from the theses contained in "The Sun".

A large article about Poland also appeared on Friday in the German "Die Welt". The editors published an interview with Rainer Zitelmann, an economist analyzing the problems of wealth. In his recently published book Advancement of the Dragon and the White Eagle, Zitelmann described the economic successes of Viet Nam and Poland since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. According to the economist, a common feature that connects the Vietnamese and Poles is a positive attitude towards getting rich.
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As the head of the National Bank of Poland said during the May conference, Poland's GDP today is nearly 28 percent higher than in the previous year, higher in real terms than at the end of 2015.

We are so much richer as a country, as a society, pointed out Prof. Gapinski. He added that this is one of the fastest growth in our region. According to the head of the National Bank of Poland, we are developing faster because we have our own currency, which gives us "a powerful booster of the growth rate and the rate at which Poles are getting richer". In Glapiński's opinion, it can now be expected that in the next 10 years we will reach the current level of GDP per capita in France and Great Britain.
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archived disposable income 2022 in Climate Deadlines
by Cat on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 08:11:47 PM EST
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The economic wonder used to be Hungary not so long ago ... oligarchy ate most of the EU funding ...

Fascism Expanded On the Coalition of the Willing

An International Monetary Fund mission visited Warsaw during March 14-24 in the context of the 2023 Article IV consultation | IMF |

As elsewhere in Europe, the Polish economy faces headwinds in the wake of Russia's war in Ukraine. While energy shortages have been avoided, growth slowed significantly in the second half of 2022 as high inflation eroded real wages, monetary tightening slowed housing activity, and external demand weakened. The slowdown will continue in early 2023, before a gradual recovery begins in the second half of the year. Growth in 2023 is projected at 0.3 percent, down from 4.9 percent in 2022.

Despite the current challenges, the medium-term economic growth outlook remains favorable. A cyclical rebound is projected in 2024 and 2025, with growth of 2.4 and 3.7 percent, respectively. Economic growth is projected to exceed 3 percent annually over the medium term, as the negative effects of population aging are offset by stronger investment financed in part by Next Generation EU grants, underscoring the importance of meeting the milestones agreed with the EU.



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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 10:23:41 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Polish opposition denounces new commission to PROBE Russian influence, 27 May
The ostensible goal is to examine the Kremlin's influence from 2007 to 2022 -- a period covering the 2007-2015 governments of the Civic Platform party led by [2007-2014 Poland PM, 2014-2019 European Council pres.] Donald Tusk as well as the current Law and Justice (PiS) party government. But the concern is that the current government, embroiled in a battle with the European Commission over accusations that it's backsliding on rule of law and democracy, will use it [to punish] political foes.
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The 10-member commission will be chosen by the parliament, where PiS holds a narrow majority, and its head will be selected by Morawiecki. It would have the power to examine past decisions and punish people found to have been acting under the influence of the Kremlin, including by banning them from jobs involving the spending of public funds -- which would block them from running for office.
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In a later [an embargoed] interview with Polska Newsweek, Tusk  said: "Delegations from the U.S. or EU countries I meet with do not believe that the authorities could have come up with the idea of setting up a committee where a couple of guys vote that their main competitor will not be allowed to participate in public life."

Janusz Kowalski, an MP with Sovereign Poland, a right-wing PiS coalition partner, said this week that the goal of the commission is to put Tusk before the Tribunal of State -- a little-used body in charge of prosecuting politicians. He added that one of his life goals is to "stick Tusk in prison." Morawiecki belittled Tusk's concerns.

"If Mr. Donald [Tusk] is so scared of this, I think he has something behind the ears," he said, using a Polish expression meaning that someone is guilty of a malfeasance.
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by Cat on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 03:11:16 PM EST
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Francisco Rodríguez, "The human consequences of sanctions," May 2023, 113 pp
by Cat on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 11:36:27 PM EST
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EU targets Central Asia in drive to stop sanctioned goods reaching Russia, 8 May
Central Asian countries such as Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are the most likely first targets of a radical new EU proposal to stop Russia busting sanctions by importing the high-tech components required to wage war through its neighbors.
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three EU diplomats said the hope was that the EU's impending proposals on sanctions circumvention would encourage Central Asian states to fall into line. The full 11th sanctions package could be unveiled as early as Tuesday [9 May], when European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visits Kyiv to mark Europe Day [!]. EU sanctions envoy David O'Sullivan has traveled to Turkey, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in recent weeks in a bid to gauge THE SCALE of [PRICE CAP COALITION] sanctions circumvention.
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While the Commission believes the threat of PUNISHING Central Asian countries will be enough of an economic STICK to change their behavior, one diplomat said Europe "should be sure we are ready to follow through" with a threat before making it. Another diplomat said Brussels needs to find a balance between CRACKING DOWN on sanction circumvention and maintaining economic ties with key trading partners such as Turkey or China.  
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by Cat on Tue May 9th, 2023 at 01:18:01 PM EST
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Forced labor. Markit county, Northwest Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. (Photo/Xinhua)

"state-controlled" GT | Dr. Adrian Zenz meets with Kazakhstan's agriculture minister to further promote cooperation, unexpectedly

The recent exchanges between China's Xinjiang region and Central Asian countries have attracted attention. In March, Ma [Xingrui, Party chief] led a delegation visiting ["mostly muslim"] Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan, which was viewed by analysts as an important preparation for the China-Central Asia Summit.

The China-Central Asia Summit will be held on May 18 and 19 in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province. Chinese President Xi Jinping will chair the summit.

During the meeting with Karashukeyev, Ma welcomed Karashukyev and his delegation to the Xinjiang region. Ma said that under the strategic guidance of the two heads of state, China-Kazakhstan relations have continued to operate at a high level, and cooperation in various fields has continued to deepen, local news outlet ts.cn reported.
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Greece, Spain, Bulgaria condemn China human rights abuses, cotton-picking bale dumping
by Cat on Wed May 10th, 2023 at 02:47:08 PM EST
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frontierindia | Norwegian Air Force's $9.3 Billion Blunder: F-35s are Too Noisy, Pilots and Mechanics Hard to Find, 15 May
In total, Norway has ordered 52 F-35 jets, constituting the largest military purchase in the annals of the Nordic nation. The arrangement stipulates that Oslo will receive six new F-35s annually from the American factory. It is anticipated that the remainder will be delivered in 2025.
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Bjorn Arild Gramme, the Minister of Defence of Norway, admitted to the local media that the Norwegian Air Force is having trouble hiring and maintaining adequate technical staff [mechanics] for the combat aircraft. He said it is not in the country's best interest to put itself in a position where flights must be halted owing to a lack of qualified technical people. He emphasised that adopting both short-term and long-term solutions is essential.

At the moment, Norway is obligated to hire technical experts for its F-35 fleet of F-35s from Lockheed Martin, a company based in the United States, but this scenario is temporary and will not last forever. According to Gramme, the strategy will remain in effect until the year 2023 draws to a close[, theoretically].
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archive cockroach alerts in The cost of doing business, You can't fix stupid, sunk cost edition
by Cat on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 10:04:38 PM EST
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bloomberg | Italy Intends to Exit China Belt and Road Pact as Relations Sour, 9 May
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni reassured US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy during a meeting in Rome last week that while a final decision hasn't been taken, her government is favoring an exit from its role in China's massive Belt and Road Initiative, according to people present at the talks.

Italy signed onto the infrastructure initiative in 2019 when Giuseppe Conte was premier, becoming the only Group of Seven country to become part of the deal. Participation will automatically renew in 2024 unless Rome actively exits the agreement.
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Meloni's ["]diplomatic["] advisers are still discussing the details and timing of a decision, fearing economic retaliation from China, and nothing will likely be made public before the start of the G-7 leaders summit in Hiroshima, Japan, on May 19, according to the people.
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Global Gateway UPDATE! Wed Mar 1st 2023, Wed Dec 21st 2022, Tue Nov 22nd 2022, Sun Jun 26th 2022, Thu Dec 2nd 2021 official denial
by Cat on Tue May 9th, 2023 at 11:12:54 PM EST
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EU to press South Korea to provide Ukraine with ammunition, 15 May racketeering
The EU is expected to pressure* Seoul to send ammunition directly to Ukraine during a visit by European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen later this month, EURACTIV has learnt.
* to suborn unlawful or illegal conduct including, but not limited to, perjury
Since "stocks are low across EU and the US, they are looking at South Korea for ammunition in the short term, not only to replenish their stocks but also to provide Ukraine directly," [Korea Chair of the Center for Security, Diplomacy, and Strategy of Brussels Free University Ramon] Pacheco Pardo said. In addition, "Korean-manufactured ammunition is compatible with NATO's standards," meaning also with a large amount of equipment used by the Ukrainian armed forces, he added. The EU's push is motivated by the fact that "we have seen South Korea reluctant to deliver ammunition to Ukraine," the senior EU official told EURACTIV.
Hankyoreh | Seoul appears to have discussed loophole for supplying lethal aid to Ukraine (10.04.23)
According to US news reports, the South Korean government internally discussed the possibility of an indirect arrangement where the US would give Ukraine artillery shells provided by South Korea. Seoul also expressed concerns that US President Joe Biden might [extort] South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol to supply munitions.
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In November, the Ministry of National Defense announced that it was in discussions with the US on the exportation of 155mm shells, which it said was meant to make up for the shortfall in the US stockpiles of shells due to the support it was providing to Ukraine.
The ministry stressed that there had been no change in the government's policy and that it would "provide shells on the understanding that the US is to be the end user." But some analysts suggested this was intended as a means of indirect aid -- and that the shells exported to the US were essentially ending up in Ukraine.
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Although Seoul's production capacities have allowed "a degree of backfilling" of  EU member states stocks depleted by their deliveries to Kyiv, member states are not allowed to then donate them to Kyiv.
Hankyoreh | US spying confirms the risks of Yoon's diplomacy (12.04.23)
The NY Yella Cake and other news outlets reported that the leaked [DISCORD] documents revealed that in early March, Lee Mun-hee, then-secretary for foreign affairs, told Kim Sung-han, the then-national security advisor, that ammunition given to the US might end up in Ukraine. Lee also stressed that South Korea "was not prepared to have a call between the heads of state without having a clear position on the issue."

Why were these authorities worried about a call between the two heads of state? If Yoon were to be consistent in South Korea's [Art. 5] position  and state that "South Korea will not supply lethal aid," there wouldn't have been a problem.

"From a legal point of view, South Korea says it is not possible for them to provide ammunition to a country involved in war," Pacheco Pardo said. Another option [same as the prohibited option] is for Seoul to sell the equipment to an EU member state, which will then donate the equipment [to Ukraine], such as Poland did for instance, according to recent US intelligence leaks.

"We spoke to South Korea about this, the weapon delivery and delivery of ammunition," Polish Prime Minister Mateusz ["Westinghouse4Me"] Morawiecki told the NY Yella Cake in April. "But I don't think that this is going to be possible without the ["]intervention["] of the United States. South Korea is fearful of Russian reaction and Chinese reaction," he added.

Yonhap | Seoul declines to comment on reported S. Korea-U.S. deal on ammunition lending (12.04.23)
The local daily, the Dong-A Ilbo, reported that the Seoul government and a local defense firm inked the contract with the Joe Biden administration, under which 500,000 rounds of 155-mm artillery ammunition will be "lent"—rather than being sold—to the United States.
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Even though selling to a country at war is forbidden, "I think if a company or the government decided to provide to Ukraine, I don't think anyone would bring either to court", Pacheco Pardo said.
Yonhap | U.S. respects 'sovereign decisions' on weapons support to Ukraine, 25 Apr
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John KIRBY, National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, was responding to a question about whether U.S. President Joe Biden will have a message for South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol regarding providing further aid to Ukraine, including ammunition, during their summit at the White House on Wednesday.
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by Cat on Tue May 16th, 2023 at 01:11:28 AM EST
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APsplainin
South Korea's president vows to expand non-lethal aid to Kyiv in meeting with Ukraine's first lady

Now, do dual-use "aid". Save the ICONIC first lady "empowerment" local story for later.

by Cat on Tue May 16th, 2023 at 12:39:46 PM EST
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25 May
yonhap | Ammunition aid to Ukraine will be considered after reviewing situation on ground: security adviser
The issue of whether to send ammunition aid to Ukraine will be considered after reviewing the situation on the ground, National Security Adviser Cho Tae-yong has said. Cho made the remark during a meeting of the parliamentary House Steering Committee on Wednesday when asked by a lawmaker whether South Korea plans to send ammunition to Ukraine.

"We've been providing humanitarian and financial assistance to Ukraine until now," Cho said. "However, Ukraine came under an illegal invasion. We plan to consider it after monitoring the situation on the ground and in light of other situations."

Cho made clear there are no plans to send ammunition as of now, either directly or via Poland. South Korea has sent various forms of nonlethal aid to Ukraine in its war against Russia's invasion but rejected Kyiv's requests for lethal weapons.

President Yoon [!] Suk Yeol met for the first time with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* on the margins of the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima, Japan, on Sunday and promised additional aid, including demining equipment and ambulances.
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wsj | South Korea Approves Export of Weapons Components to Ukraine, 26 May
South Korea said it had approved the export of its weapons components [02.02.23] to Ukraine last year, as the country faces pressure to provide military aid directly to Kyiv.

South Korea has supplied Ukraine with $100 million in humanitarian aid since the war began in February 2022, but it has said it wouldn't provide lethal aid to Kyiv. The South Korean Defense Ministry said Wednesday that policy hadn't changed, adding that it had approved the export of its components that were part of Krab howitzers made in Poland.

South Korea, one of the world's fastest-growing arms exporters, signed its largest military-export deal last year [links Biden travel to Poland 07.02.23] to supply tanks and jet fighters to Poland. Warsaw also bought artillery, ammunition and weapons components such as chassis. The chassis were part of the Krab howitzers, which also included components from Germany and the U.K., the Defense Ministry said.

South Korea's export approval was earlier reported by Reuters.

reuters | Exclusive: Seoul approved Poland's export of howitzers with S.Korean parts to Ukraine, official says (08.03.23)
South Korea sold artillery shells to the U.S. last year that were destined for Ukraine, The Wall Street Journal reported in November.
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"dual-use" shoes and restricted export license sophistry.
by Cat on Fri May 26th, 2023 at 11:43:27 AM EST
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statewatch.org | Detention of children and families for the asylum "border procedure", 11 May
As reported by EUobserver earlier this week, the Swedish Presidency of the Council has proposed removing an exception to examining asylum applications from "minors below the age of 12 and their family members" through the "border procedure" included in the forthcoming Asylum Procedure Regulation.
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Those "ghetto-like" camps have in large part been replaced by high-tech prisons built with hundreds of millions of euros in EU funds, as Refugee Support Aegean have recently documented, and as was reported by Statewatch in late 2021.

The Parliament opposes the application of the border procedure to children and their family members, but whatever form the final Regulation takes, it appears that a lot more people will be imprisoned at the EU's borders in the name of orderly "migration management".

archived 'ghetto plan' 2018
by Cat on Tue May 16th, 2023 at 01:45:57 AM EST
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Bloomberg | EU Opens Gas Buyers' Club to Blunt Price Volatility Seen in Energy Crisis, 25 Apr
The new tool for joint gas purchases, known as AggregateEU, officially opens at 9 a.m. Brussels time Tuesday. That's when companies can start submitting their gas-demand projections for the 12 months starting in June. After the data are aggregated and analyzed—and potential sellers submit their own bids—both sides can see best matches and complete deals on their own or via special agents. That's expected after May 17.
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After the [10-15 May] tender is completed, the EU expects the first contracts with suppliers—from the US to the Middle East and Africa—to be signed around June. Some non-EU countries have also been invited to participate, including UKRAINE. There is a fair amount of skepticism about how the new tool will work, however.  

"If the larger buyers can negotiate a better price directly with the sellers, why would they use the AggregateEU [app]?" said Kim Talus, director of the Tulane Center for Energy Law. That is, unless the member state&mdaash;and possibly majority owner—requires the national buyer to use the system, he added. The obligation to aggregate demand applies to EU member states, but it's not binding for companies. All contracts will also be negotiated outside the PRISMA European Capacity Platform GmbH, which handles the process.

energy.ec.europa.eu | AggregateEU - questions and answers
What is AggregatEU? AggregateEU is the name of the demand aggregation and joint purchasing service [web portal], operated by PRISMA, the Service Provider, under the EU Energy Platform in accordance with Council Regulation 2022/2576.
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Bloomberg | Gas Buyers' Club Response Exceeded Expectation, 5 May A/V (EN), 00:06:33
according to European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic: 100 new customers, more competition
by Cat on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 05:32:13 AM EST
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When you blow up a gas pipeline of the largest supplier to Europe, what elaborate measures one may invent, it will be a sellers market and the end consumer will suffer. Plenty of managers and corporations in between will pick their profits which includes the country's tax services.

The Dutch government briefly lowered it's 100% taxation on energy for consumers in the Fall of 2022. The 100% tax on energy returned on Jan 1st 2023 when a price cap was implemented for the first 1800 kWh and 1200 cubic meter gas. Above the cap the consumer pays the flex price or what the seller wants to charge as there is no competition. Pure capitalism to instill energy poverty for the less fortunate living on old housing which lack insulation ... happy landlords who refuse to invest.

Upcoming tax codes will target savings and assets for pension incomes. Persons not contributing to the free-market of capitalism by actively working at a job, making more hours per week, yes tax benefits for full 40 hours jobs ... will suffer the consequences.

All ugliness in present day society rears its head. The elderly are hit hardst as the savings are literally flying through the walls, single pane glass and floors, roofs. Reaping profits for the fossil fuel corporations dictating US policy in Washington DC.

The happy few are seen on news items about energy savings, sustainability and the benefits of green energy. Riding in an EV, parking outside their spacious home with loading station, solar power and feeding the electric appliances. Most,y of their investments heavily subsidized by Rutte & Co. to be paid for for other consumers not able to invest.

The new generation ... who cares a fuck about others ... not a level playing field.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 06:39:28 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 06:40:27 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 06:41:02 AM EST
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Google Purchases Wind Energy to Power Data Center

Through a partnership with Dutch energy provider Eneco, Google's Netherlands data center will be completely wind powered. The partnership includes the purchase of Eneco's wind farm, which is currently being built in Delfzijl, a town near Eemshaven. Google will leverage the wind farm's energy output to power the facility from its opening day - scheduled to begin initial operations in early 2016 - through the next decade. The company plans to have the facility fully completed and operational by the end of 2017.

Once constructed, the wind farm will include a total of 19 wind turbines capable of generating 62 MW of renewable, critical power. In addition to providing a sustainable energy source, the wind farm will also offer 80 new employment opportunities for the next 18 months.

NorthC datacenters: CO2-neutraal in 2030

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 12:12:57 PM EST
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Price Cap for Gas, Electricity and District Heating

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 12:14:03 PM EST
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Wind and solar account for 40% of Dutch electricity production

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 12:14:35 PM EST
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RFERL | Italy Signs $8 Billion Gas Deal With Libya As It Seeks To Cut Russian Dependence, 28 Jan
"During her visit to Libya, Meloni said Italy wasn't seeking a 'predatory' role but wants to help African nations 'grow and become richer.'"
reuters | CEO of Italy's ENI sees no major energy price upsets in 2023, 29 Apr
"'demand is not at its highest because China has not yet resumed full operations,' Descalzi said in an interview with La Stampa newspaper."
euractiv | Habeck proposes EU-backed bloc-wide industry power tariff, 5 May
"The mechanism will be tied to electricity spot prices. Should wholesale prices exceed 6 cents a kilowatt-hour, companies will receive the difference between the 6 cents and the actual trading price for 80% of their electricity consumption. "

7 May
azerbaycan24 | ENI: Italy to need another two years to ditch Russian gas

"At the moment, the replacement of Russian gas is partial, it will take two years to replace it completely," - said the Eni CEO [Claudio Descalzi]. "The work has not been completed yet, because we have replaced 30 billion cubic meters (out of almost 40 billion cubic meters - ed.). This is not so simple, because in the last eight years, domestic production has not been stimulated, we have lost the gas that we produced in Italy, and investments in the gas sector were not promoted," he noted. Claudio Descalzi explained that the rapid replacement of Russian gas was made possible thanks to Italy's historical ties with countries such as Egypt, Angola, Algeria, the Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, and Libya, where the company maintained its presence "producing 70% for the local market."
FT | Russian oil ban costs Polish oil company PKN Orlen millions a day, says boss
"I wouldn't call it [a] loss: this is a matter of not supporting Russia," [CEO Daniel Obajtek] said. "This is a market cost that applies to every company that does not import oil from Russia."
archived Sun Apr 9th 2023, Sat Feb 25th 2023
However, he said his company was still using Russian oil piped through the Druzhba network for the group's Czech refinery in Litvínov, which has not been covered so far by sanctions even as the government in Warsaw pushes for tougher EU sanctions against Moscow.
[...]
Asked whether he was concerned about countries such as Germany getting access to re-exported Russian crude oil via recent supply deals with Kazakhstan, Obajtek said "the German side should better rethink the morality of what they are doing".
FT | Brussels plans sanctions on Chinese companies aiding Russia's war machine
"The draft includes measures that would allow the EU to restrict sales of certain products to third countries if diplomatic pressure did not change their behaviour."
by Cat on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 06:50:36 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 11:39:35 AM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 11:41:49 AM EST
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EU leaders set out hopes for post-Brexit relations with Britain, 8 May
...The article is not specific about the ties, but talks about future security, and foreign policy arrangements could be high on the list of new partnership talks after the EU leaders praised the leading role the UK has played in the Ukraine-Russia conflict....
by Cat on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 11:42:52 PM EST
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Damn ... leading role in provocation and aggression on Europe's Eastern Front ... leading in America's war on terror and on Islam for a (too long) Enduring War ... leading in regime change in Iraq based on LIES and warmongering ... participating with George, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, neocon cabal to kill and maim Iraqi civilians ... the worst in partnership with America to lead with Sarkozy (bribes) and Berlusconi to overthrow Gaddafi and kill thousands. Sending weapons and munitions into northern Syria via Turkey to overthrow Bashar al Assad in Syria ... the main cause of Syrian refugee crisis into Europe from 2015 forward ... after Islamophobia we got xenophobia leading up to the UK pulling out of the EU-28 tearing the Union apart ... British warmongering leaders are heroes now in the eyes of VDL, Borrell and Michel ... we are all from Mars now ... throwing away the keys of the founding principles of a economic Union of Europe based on human rights ... no America and New Europe are not my cup of tea to state it very mildly. VDL's love for the fascist State of Israel, Borrell's despair of the Barbarians. Yes I'm breezing mad 😡

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 9th, 2023 at 04:48:46 AM EST
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To His Majesty King Charles III,

On the coronation of my liege, I thought it only fitting to extend a heartfelt invitation to you to commemorate this momentous occasion by visiting your very own kingdom within a kingdom: His Majesty's Prison Belmarsh.
[...]
Your most devoted subject,

Julian Assange

by Cat on Tue May 9th, 2023 at 01:32:02 PM EST
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APsplainin G7 finance ministers to vow support for Ukraine, seek ways to spur global economy as debt [jubilee] looms
Ukraine's ["]finance["] minister, Serhiy Marchenko, was participating online in the first session of the [PRICE CAP COALITION] talks in Niigata, a port city on the Japan Sea coast.
SEND mo' money, mo' sanctions, mo' missiles
"We have taken a wave of actions in the past few months to crack down on evasion. And my team has traveled around the world to intensify this work," [U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet] Yellen said indignantly.

The war and its toll on the global economy, debt crises in [the U.S.] and a stalemate in Washington over the national debt are topping the agenda of the three days of talks by finance ministers and central bank governors of [PRICE CAP COALITION] countries and Others® invited to attend.

value chain bankruptcy
"A default is frankly unthinkable," she told reporters. "[US] America should never default. It would rank as a catastrophe [OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS]."
[...]
Yellen also will be seeking to reassure her [PRICE CAP COALITION] over recent bank failures that have raised worries over risks for the [PRICE CAP COALITION] financial system.

She said Biden's "HISTORIC" investments in modernizing U.S. [TAX CREDIT] infrastructure were a step toward improving the resilience of an economy whose reliance on global [RACKETEERING] was sorely tested during the COVID-19 [MARKETING CAMPAIGN].

"We are taking a broad range of individual and joint actions to [INCREASE INTEREST RATES], sustain [PROFITS], and help mitigate the impact of [HUMAN MIGRATION], including to developing countries," she said. But she added that, "even as we face [CREDIT DERIVATIVE] risks, I believe that global [RACKETEERING] remains in a better place [kingdom of heaven?] than many predicted six months ago."
[...]

by Cat on Thu May 11th, 2023 at 05:27:14 PM EST
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Remarks by Under Secretary for Domestic Finance Nellie Liang at the International Swaps and Derivatives Association Annual General Meeting, 11 May
[...]
Unfortunately, as we have seen all too clearly with the recent bank failures and the March 2020 market panic, inadequate management of liquidity risks when there are significant changes in system-wide liquidity can have grave consequences for financial intermediaries and markets. If firms and markets are not able to adapt to such changes, the resulting frictions can do real and lasting harm to financial stability and macroeconomic performance. So today I'd like to talk about the notion of systemic [read: pervasive] liquidity risk - what it is, and what we can do to mitigate it. We saw a clear example of a systemic shock to demand for liquidity during the so-called "dash for cash" in early 2020. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic led to a worldwide shift in preferences away from risk assets [read: derivative contracts] and toward cash and cash-like assets. Given the magnitude of the uncertainty created by the then unfolding pandemic, a shift in risk preferences was not, in itself, an indication of systemic dysfunction. However, there were also signs of strains in some financial institutions and markets.
[...]
by Cat on Thu May 11th, 2023 at 10:18:17 PM EST
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FT | EU urged to crack down on imports of Indian fuels made with Russian oil, 16 May
Josep Borrell, the EU's high representative for foreign policy, told the Financial Times that Brussels was aware that Indian refiners were buying large volumes of Russian crude oil before processing it into fuels for sale in Europe, saying for the first time the EU should act to stop it.
APA Dictionary of Psychology
"If diesel or gasoline is entering Europe . . . coming from India and being produced with Russian oil, that is certainly a circumvention of sanctions [FALSE] and member states have to take measures," Borrell said.
exception
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The trade is legal under EU sanctions but has been criticised by those who want to see harsher sanctions imposed on Russia and argue that it has allowed Moscow to keep earning large revenues from its oil sales—the biggest component in the Kremlin's budget.

Borrell acknowledged that the G7 price capwhich aims to limit [PRICE OF] Russian crude oil sales to other countries to $60 a barrel—had helped cut Russia's oil revenues, and said it was understandable India wanted to take advantage of cheaper [UNRESTRICTED] crude. But he suggested he was uncomfortable that much of that oil was now flowing back to Europe in the form of refined fuels.

APA Dictionary of Psychology
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Adding to the ["]complexity["] is the fact that existing sanctions, including those on Iran and Venezuela, have generally accepted that once crude is refined, it is no longer designated as being from the country the crude originated in.
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archived
When does the price cap "start" and "stop"?
The price cap applies from the embarkment of maritime transport of Russian petroleum products (e.g., when the Russian petroleum products are sold by a Russian entity for maritime transport) through the first landed sale in a jurisdiction other than the Russian Federation (through customs clearance).

This means that once the Russian petroleum products have cleared customs in a jurisdiction other than the Russian Federation, the price cap does not apply to any further onshore sale.

If, however, after clearing customs, the Russian petroleum products are taken back out on the water (i.e., using maritime transport) without being substantially transformed outside of the Russian Federation, the price cap still applies. This means any covered services can only be provided by U.S. service providers if such Russian petroleum products are sold at or below the relevant price cap.

Once Russian petroleum products or Russian oil are substantially transformed (e.g., subjected to any of the refining processes listed below) in a jurisdiction other than the Russian Federation, they are no longer considered to be of Russian Federation origin, and thus the price cap no longer applies: distillation (crude - atmospheric, crude - vacuum), thermal processes (delayed coking, fluid coking including flexicoking, visbreaking), catalytic cracking (hydrocracking, fluid catalytic cracking), catalytic reforming, catalytic hydrotreating (desulfurization), alkylation, isomerization, solvent extraction (de-asphaltizing, lube solvent extraction), de-waxing, or other refinery processes involving chemical transformation, separation, conversion, or treatment.
[...]

Borrell said that any mechanism to stem the flow of Russian oil would need to be implemented "by the national authorities", suggesting the EU could target buyers of Indian refined fuels they believe are derived from Russian crude.
good luck wit dat.
by Cat on Wed May 17th, 2023 at 12:13:11 AM EST
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confederacy of dunces, "home to many best-in-class financial and professional services" who expected to "attract" the lowest prices for petroleum and natural gas that they've "embargoed".
by Cat on Wed May 17th, 2023 at 01:17:16 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed May 17th, 2023 at 07:18:02 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Knock it off! [9 heads of] G7 issues ultimatum to Russia's war enablers, 19 May HELP US HELP YOU HELP US! BUILD BACK BETTER NEW! OLD RULES-BASED ORDERS
Other countries are welcome to join talks on Ukraine's postwar future -- so long as they're willing to deter Moscow, leaders say.

The warning from the bloc of rich democracies comes as the [PRICE CAP COALITION] is considering sanctioning Chinese companies for their role in providing Russia with dual-use < wipes tears > goods that have ended up on the battlefields in Ukraine.

"We will starve Russia of G7 technology, industrial equipment[,] and services that support its war machine," the G7 countries said in the statement after high-level talks on Friday.

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7. Sanctions and other measures

i) We will further restrict Russia's access to our economies ["strategic autonomy"?]. Building on previous measures taken to prevent Russia from accessing inputs in support of sectors key to its military industrial base, we will broaden our actions to ensure that exports of all items critical to Russia's aggression including those used by Russia on the battlefield are restricted across all our jurisdictions, including exports of industrial machinery, tools, and other technology that Russia uses to rebuild [?] its war machine. We will further target those operating in these key sectors, such as manufacturing, construction, and transportation as well as business services. WE WILL STARVE RUSSIA of G7 technology, industrial equipment and services that support its war machine. We will continue to shield agricultural, medical, and humanitarian products from our restrictive measures ["embargo"?] and make every effort to avoid < wipes tears > potential spill[-]over impacts on third countries.

ii) We will further prevent the evasion and circumvention of our measures against Russia, including targeting EnTItiEs transporting material to the front [?]. We will continue to work through the Russian Elites, Proxies, and Oligarchs (REPO) < wipes tears > Task Force and the Enforcement Coordination Mechanism to enhance the effectiveness of our restrictive measures. We are engaging with third countries through which restricted G7 goods, services, or technology may be provided to Russia to strengthen third-countries' UNDERSTANDINGS of G7 [gardening?] measures. We note and encourage commitments made by these countries to ensure our measures are not circumvented and have the intended effect.

iii) We reiterate our call on third parties to IMMEDIATELY CEASE providing material support to Russia's aggression OR FACE SEVERE COSTS. We will reinforce our coordination to prevent and respond to third parties supplying weapons to Russia and continue to take ACTIONS AGAINST third country actors who materially support Russia's war.
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The G7 governments said they're willing to work with other ["vulnerable" p 1, p 6] countries so long as they agree to the need to deter Russian aggression -- a high bar for countries like China, which has put forward its own peace proposal [sic] without condemning Russia as an aggressor.
10. Support to vulnerable countries
... . In particular, we stress that Russia's WEAPONIZATION OF FOOD has compounded economic vulnerabilities, exacerbated already dire humanitarian crises, and escalated global food insecurity and malnutrition to unprecedented levels. We welcome the significant emergency FINANCING delivered by the < wipes tears> IMF through the Food Shock Window [?] approved in October 2022 and support additional efforts towards vulnerable countries. We will continue to provide rapid assistance to help affected countries and populations, including through the Global Alliance for Food Security (GAFS). We will continue to support the export of Ukrainian agri-products including through the EU-Ukraine < wipes tears > Solidarity Lanes....
"With a view to a viable post[-]war peace settlement, we remain ready to reach arrangements together with Ukraine as well as interested countries and institutions on sustained security and other commitments to help Ukraine defend itself, secure its free and democratic future, and deter future Russian aggression. We are determined to help Ukraine build a positive future for its people[. We welcome the key role that Ukraine plays in the European Political Community.]," the [PRICE CAP COALITION] said in the statement [p 2].
11. Conclusion
We hereby pledge, from Hiroshima, the "symbol of peace", that G7 members will mobilize all our policy instruments and, together with Ukraine, make every effort to bring a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine as soon as possible.
archived NEW! anti-coercion instrument
by Cat on Fri May 19th, 2023 at 02:38:30 PM EST
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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and National Security Advisor Jake Ssssullivan on the President's Trip to Japan, 20 May Hiroshima
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Q Thanks a lot, Jake. Thank you for doing this. I wanted to ask you a question about the decision to provide training for pilots to operate F-16s. President Biden, in February, did an interview with David Muir of ABC News. And in that particular interview, he said he doesn't need F-16s now. And then, when he was pressed, he said, "There's no basis upon which there is the rationale, according to our military, now to provide F-16s." Now, I realize you're not providing F-16s, but you are providing training for those F-16s. What's changed in any way?
SsssULLIVAN: Well, as President Biden said, whether in that interview or right around the same time, was we weren't moving forward then, but he also indicated that we were not taking it off the table. Nothing has changed. In fact, our approach to the provision of weapons, material, training to the Ukrainians has followed the exigencies of the conflict.
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Not pointing a gun. Not circling a date.
by Cat on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 03:33:43 PM EST
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curtis llp | New Laws Targeting Assets of Russian Oligarchs: The U.S. Announces Task Force KleptoCapture and the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Rewards Program, 21 Apr 2022 pirate license
On March 2, 2022, "Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced the launch of Task Force KleptoCapture, an interagency law enforcement task force dedicated to enforcing the sweeping sanctions, export restrictions, and economic counter-measures that the United States has imposed, along with allies and partners, in response to Russia's unprovoked military invasion of Ukraine." The task force's mission will include:

Investigating and prosecuting violations of new and future sanctions imposed in response to the Ukraine invasion, as well as sanctions imposed for prior instances of Russian aggression and corruption*;
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aljazeera | US approves first transfer of seized* Russian funds to Ukraine, 10 May 2023
In a statement on Wednesday, Garland said the money seized from Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeyev will go towards the war-torn country, which Russia invaded on February 24, 2022.

"While this represents the United States' first transfer of forfeited Russian funds for the rebuilding of Ukraine," Garland said, "it will not be the last."

Last year, the US Department of Justice charged Malofeyev with violating [G7 ] sanctions imposed on Russia. Prosecutors said he provided financing for Russians promoting separatism in Crimea, a peninsula the country annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
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FT | EU discusses plan to send profits from €196.6bn of frozen Russian assets to Ukraine, 25 May poetic license
The EU has discussed sending Ukraine the profits generated by billions of euros of Russian assets that are stuck inside the plumbing of global financial markets G7  chartered depository and investment banks.

Officials from member states and the European Commission met on Wednesday to explore options for siphoning off the interest generated by owed to Russian assets [owners] held in deposit accounts at Euroclear, the world's biggest settlement house, according to people familiar with the matter.
Such a move would < wipes tears > stop short of expropriating the assets themselves but would still amount to an escalation in the west's financial pressure on Russia, expropriating proceeds of beneficial ownership of commercial and sovereign securities with the aim of helping Kyiv defend itself from Vladimir Putin's war capitalize the state's fiscal budget.

["]Sanctions["] have frozen €196.6bn in Russian [personal- and public-owned] assets at Euroclear, according to the Belgian government, of which €180bn [?!] are Russian central bank assets. The assets are generating cash [principal and interest payments] from [debenture] coupons and redemptions, which have been stuck for up to a year.
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reference
United Nations Convention against Corruption, 31 October 2003 Y2 GWOT, by resolution 58/4
Entry into force: 14 December 2005 GWOT Y4
[...]
Article 4. Protection of sovereignty
  1. States Parties shall carry out their obligations under this Convention in a manner consistent with the principles of sovereign equality and territorial integrity of States and that of non-intervention in the domestic affairs of other States.
  2. Nothing in this Convention shall entitle a State Party to undertake in the territory of another State the exercise of jurisdiction and performance of functions that are reserved exclusively for the authorities of that other State by its domestic law.[...]
fail
by Cat on Thu May 25th, 2023 at 12:13:22 PM EST
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Chapter I. General provisions, Article 2. Use of terms (pp 1-2): "Freezing" or "seizure", "Confiscation", "Predicate offence"
reference
["]Global["] Depositary Receipts
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Depositary receipts have spread to other parts of the globe in the form of global depositary receipts (GDRs), European DRs, and international DRs. ADRs are traded on a U.S. national stock exchange, but GDRs are commonly listed on European stock exchanges such as the London Stock Exchange. Both ADRs and GDRs are usually denominated in U.S. dollars, but they can also be denominated in euros.
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["]International["] Depository Receipt (IDR)
An international depository receipt (IDR) is a negotiable certificate issued by a bank. It represents ownership of a number of shares of stock in a foreign company that the bank holds in trust.

International depository receipts are more often known in the U.S. as American depository receipts (ADRs). In Europe, they are known as Global Depository Receipts and trade on the London, Luxembourg, and Frankfurt exchanges.
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Global Registered Share (GRS) vs. International Depository Receipt (IDR) and American Depository Receipt (ADR)

archived Advantage Ukraine-NB. ADR vs. ADS

by Cat on Thu May 25th, 2023 at 12:36:19 PM EST
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For U.S. President in 2024 and leader of the "Free World" ...

Trump v Biden in a dead heat
DeSantis v Biden 1 point ahead
Trump v Harris points ahead
DeSantis v Harris edging ahead several points

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 25th, 2023 at 12:43:10 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | New sanctions against Russia stuck in limbo over Greek-Hungarian protest
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Whereas the 10 previous sanctions packages focused on measures to empty Vladimir Putin's war chest, Brussels now wants to avoid its sanctions being circumvented. In an unprecedented step for the bloc, the current package could target [third-]countries helping [themselves] dodge [EU27] trade embargo restrictions.

But Budapest and Athens have thrown a collective spanner in the works by linking their approval for the package to a separate thorny issue involving Ukraine. Kyiv has compiled a list of private companies it calls "[INTERNATIONAL SPONSORS OF WAR]," which includes a number of European companies.

The #InternationalSponsorsOfWar listing is monitored daily by the international company LSEG, owners of Refinitiv, for any possible addition of further eNtITiEs. The listed eNtITiEs will be included into the World-Check database as appropriate in order to protect financial sector from accomplices of Russian war.
dont-say-UA-transit-fees
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This sparked tensions at a meeting of EU foreign ministers earlier this week, where German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock directly criticized Hungary, according to diplomats familiar with the exchange.
Tanks, vodka and feminism: on the road with Germany's top diplomat
A visit to Saudi Arabia is not an easy assignment for Annalena Baerbock, Germany's foreign minister and a vocal champion of feminism and human rights. Der Spiegel compared the trip to a "vampire visiting a garlic shop"....
At a meeting of EU ambassadors Wednesday, Greece was very much at the forefront of the discussion, four of the diplomats said. Athens pushed back against suggestions of sanction circumvention.

"Greece reiterated that, should there be concrete evidence of violation of sanctions, these should be brought to the attention of the member states concerned, at the technical level, so that this be adequately investigated and then due action will be taken," an EU diplomat familiar with the dossier said. "In the case of the Ukrainian name-and-shame list, the Greek companies are accused as International War Sponsors even though they are not violating the restrictive measures against Russia."

Ukraine'sPeacemaker: Josep Borrell has vowed to work through the differences
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A new version of the package, sent to EU envoys Wednesday and seen by POLITICO, does not include major changes. The third draft adapts some technical language regarding the release of frozen assets and clarifies that Kazakh [substantially transformed] oil [of Russian-origin] can still be sent through the Druzhba pipeline to Europe. It also adds more than 50 additional Russian companies for which EU authorities cannot authorize ["]transfers["] of dual-use goods and technology to compared to a previous version of the sanctions draft.

At both meetings this week, Germany and others were again skeptical about naming and shaming other countries, as they are afraid it would hurt diplomatic relations or drive [third-]countries suspected of facilitating sanctions busting free trade into the arms of Russia or China.
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euractiv | Hungary 'unfit' to hold EU presidency for six (6) months
by Cat on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 03:53:04 PM EST
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rmx.news | The EU has no leadership, only NGOs and think tanks telling it what to do, says Hungarian minister, 26 May Breugel-hater
No one has the courage and aptitude to lead Europe today, meaning there is no political leadership in the European Union, especially in the European Commission, said Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga at a Budapest conference on Thursday.
[...]
Varga noted that during the coronavirus crisis, the EU made deals regarding vaccines, and yet those text messages have never been produced, referring to the murky case involving EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

"We make no secret of the fact that we want to hold the functioning of the institutions in the European Union accountable in terms of the rule of law. Let's talk about whether the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European institutions are respecting the rules, whether the rule of law is working in the institutions," said the minister.

On the issue of the Hungarian EU presidency, the European Parliament has no say in this, the minister said, stressing that more than 10 years ago, a unanimous European Council decision had established the order of the member states, which can only be changed by unanimity. The presidency is not only a right but also an obligation, and the opposition will not achieve anything by such an attempt, but it could do enormous damage. According to the minister, the European Parliament wants to block Hungary's EU presidency precisely because it fears that Hungary will take stock of the dysfunctional state of EU institutions.

by Cat on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 01:04:37 AM EST
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G20 (1999 NGO) FR, DE, IT, ES, JP, UK, US, EU-CO, EU-EC, AU, CA; RU, CN,  AR, BR, IN, ID, KR, MX, SA, ZA, TR
SCO (2001 NGO): CN, RU, IN, PK, KZ, KG, TJ, UZ, IR, AM*, AF*, AZ*, BY*, TR*, LK*, KH*, SA*, EG*, MY*, MV*, KW*, AE*
EAS (2005 East Asia Summit): CN, RU, IN, KR, ASEAN; US, AU, JP, NZ
QUAD (2007-2008 mil): US, AU, JP, IN; dissolution 2009-2017
BRICS (2009 FTA): CN, RU, BR, IN, ZA; AR*, DZ*, EG*, ID*, IR*, CM*, ML*, SN*, TH*, UZ*, FJ*, ET*, KZ*, TN*
QUAD (2019-2023 mil): US, AU, JP, IN, KR* (2022)

The search for the weakest link in advanced economies' supply chain has arrived with an offer to renounce "strategic autonomy" amid G7 war against RUSSIA and CHINA AGRESSION, forego imminent sanctions, and contribute to NATO's "age of wars" plus prestige afforded to NZ, AU, IL, JP, and KR.

by Cat on Tue May 30th, 2023 at 08:09:13 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 30th, 2023 at 09:33:26 PM EST
saylov.uz | Referendum of the Republic of Uzbekistan
• About the candidates for president
Memos for observers
Voter participation (30 Apr)
IFES | Election Guide Uzbeckistan constitutional referendum
On 30 April 2023, Uzbek citizens will vote on an extensive set of constitutional modifications. The proposed amendments would extend the presidential term from five to seven years and enable current President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to run for two more terms. Furthermore, the referendum would modify two-thirds of the constitution via seemingly sweeping changes including: the prohibition of capital punishment; support for various human and environmental rights; and changes to legislative structure and powers. Notably, earlier provisions that would have changed the autonomous status of Karakalpakstan were dropped after deadly protests.

The question on the ballot is as follows: Do you accept the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan"?


That was the question?
hankyoreh | Uzbekistan ranks No. 1 in sense of safety, S. Korea comes in at No. 50, 19 Apr
...At 72, the country has the best score on the 2023 Safety Perceptions Index, an analysis by the Australia-based global research organization Institute for Economics and Peace. The figures are based on the British charity Lloyds Register Group's 2021 World Risk Poll of 121 countries. The lower the index number, the more people replied that they feel safe.
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newscentalasia.net | Uzbekistan constitutional reform briefing document, 24 Apr
...While some of the proposed changes cover economic, judicial and governmental matters, the top priority of the reform process involves strengthening the guarantees that protect the rights and freedoms of all citizens from birth, in addition to ensuring a decent life for everyone.

There are 155 articles in the new Constitution, compared with 128 in the current document. The number of norms increases to 434 from 275. Some 65% of the Constitution has been changed. The number of provisions regarding human rights and freedoms increases 3.5 times....

kun.uz | Shavkat Mirziyoyev meets with EU Sanctions Envoy David O'Sullivan, 28 Apr
[...]
"We fully understand and respect Uzbekistan's desire to remain neutral in this situation. We really appreciate the assurances of the Uzbek authorities, who do not want their country's territory to be used to circumvent sanctions," O'Sullivan said. At the same time, he stressed that the EU does not seek to impose sanctions against Uzbekistan and harm trade relations with other partners, including Russia. "But we are seeing attempts to circumvent sanctions through third countries," the diplomat said, adding that this could lead to sanctions against economic agents that help European companies supply products to Russia.
4.7 thousand Uzbeks received Russian citizenship over three months of 2023
35,000 fewer than a year earlier
"Other countries are free to develop their relations with Russia as they see fit. Facts of illegal trade (re-export of sub-sanctioned goods to Russia) may lead to sanctions from the EU. Any legal export to Russia is an internal affair of these countries. It's none of our business," O'Sullivan said.

According to the diplomat, "sanctions will remain with us for many years", but it is important to find ways of cooperation with Uzbekistan "so as not to create a situation in which sanctions become an obstacle to the development of our relations".

kun.uz | Updated Constitution comes into force from today, 1 May
The updated Constitution was published on the CEC website.

G7 press: A president for life?
aljazeera | Uzbekistan votes on referendum to extend president's term limits, 7 days ago
OSCE | Uzbekistan's constitutional referendum seen as continuation of reforms but process weakened by lack of genuine pluralism, international observers say, 6 days ago
lemonde | Uzbekistan's constitutional referendum was tailor-made for the president, 5 days ago
VOA | New Uzbekistan Constitution: Genuine Reform or Authoritarian Makeover? 3 days ago
globalvoices | Constitutional referendum in 'New Uzbekistan' follows the old script, 1 day ago
"Here is a YouTube video that shows what exactly Uzbekistani citizens know about the new constitution."
by Cat on Sun May 7th, 2023 at 05:00:10 PM EST
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7 May Photoshop *flation? Erdoğan addresses 1.7 million in historic Istanbul rally

dailysabah | Turkish voters attacked by PKK sympathizers in Netherlands, 9 May

Police rushed to the scene and intervened with batons and dogs against the attackers, who shouted slogans in favor of the PKK and its convicted ringleader, Abdullah Öcalan. They maintained security in the area until the process of closing the ballot boxes, counting the votes and envelopes and putting them in sacks and sealing them was completed.
[...]
Meanwhile, 24 political parties and 151 independent candidates are vying for seats in the 600-member Turkish Parliament.
dailysabah | Turkish diaspora wraps up voting with high turnout
"Official figures suggest more than 1.7 million people cast their votes overseas since April 27."
by Cat on Wed May 10th, 2023 at 12:29:24 AM EST
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11 May Daily Sabah
Turkish opposition candidate Muharrem Ince drops out of election race (Iran, Syria, KSA, Sullivan)
Addressing reporters outside his party's headquarters in the capital Ankara, 59-year-old Ince said he had not "witnessed what he witnessed in the past 45 days (since he announced his candidacy) in his past 45 years."

"I am (defamed) through fake documents, cars I don't own, people I am not related to, videos I am not actually in, videos doctored through porn videos obtained from an Israeli porn website," he said.

CHP's Kılıçdaroğlu reiterates call for Ince to join coalition (Biden)
"My call still stands. Let's put aside the old resentments. We welcome Mr. Ince to Türkiye's table," Kılıçdaroğlu wrote on Twitter after Ince announced hours earlier that he had withdrawn

11 May G7
Fresh blow for Erdoğan, as rival pulls out of [Türkiye] election amid sex tape scandal (sex tape)
İnce, who is currently polling around 2 percent according to POLITICO's Poll of Polls, has been diverting votes from the main opposition candidate, Kılıçdaroğlu, who is supported by a six-party coalition uniting parties from left and right against Erdoğan.

His withdrawal from the race could allow Kılıçdaroğlu, who is currently polling at 49 percent, to win the race in the first round. Erdoğan, who is trailing in the polls with 46 percent of the vote, is facing the toughest reelection battle of his 20-year rule on Sunday, as Türkiye grapples with double-digit sanctions compliance.

Erdoğan Could Lose The Election In [Türkiye]. It Would Be A Blow To Putin. (Akkuyu NPP)
Putin's virtual participation in the grand ceremony....
Putin offered a thinly veiled hint of his preferred outcome in an election that will have repercussions for Moscow, Kyiv, Washington, and Brussels....
Putin's flattery was just the latest sign of his support for Erdogan....
Putin's investment in Erdogan could fall flat if Kılıçdaroğlu, 74, a former bureaucrat who ran the country's social security agency, comes out on top.
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'Authoritarian Bromance'
Erdogan deals a fresh blow to Turkey's economy, July 2019
Turkey's court deals Erdogan fresh blow with judiciary ruling, Apr 2014
by Cat on Thu May 11th, 2023 at 07:05:08 PM EST
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Wishful thinking by the West ...

A bundling of six opposition parties 🤣

Brawls across Europe already has taken place by early international voting.  Wait for the results on election night. Authoritarian leaders are comfortably seated independent of age ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 11th, 2023 at 07:11:10 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 11th, 2023 at 08:01:07 PM EST
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Dutch lawmakers call for EU ban on Turkish nationalist group Grey Wolves | Nov. 20, 2020 |

Dutch lawmakers have called on the government to ban a Turkish ultra-nationalist group known as the Grey Wolves, following similar moves in Germany and France, reported by BBC's Turkish service.

MPs accused the Grey Wolves, seen as a wing of Turkey's Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), of "causing a serious tension within the Dutch community and setting different factions against each other."

The MPs backed a motion asking the government to ban the group and also to pressure the European Union to undertake a similar move.

The motion was accepted with 147 votes out of a total 150 MPs in the House of Representatives. The proposal will now be sent to the Senate where a similar voting procedure will take place.

The DENK party, founded by two MPs with Turkish roots, was the only party that did not back the motion. The party's chair for Arnhem city, Yıldırım Usta, described the motion as a "witch hunt against Turks."

AKP MP faces barrage of complaints in Germany for his call to 'destroy' PKK members, Gülenists

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 11th, 2023 at 08:05:18 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu May 11th, 2023 at 10:20:46 PM EST
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F24 | Turkey's third-place, far-right[, anti-immigrant, academic, nationalist] candidate endorses Erdogan ahead of run[-]off, 22 May Mr Sinan 5.2% Oğan
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Analysts say that despite Ogan's endorsement, it is not certain that all of his supporters would go to Erdogan. Some were likely to shift to Kılıçdaroğlu while others might chose not to vote in the runoff race. Adding to the uncertainty is the fact that the anti-migrant party that had backed Ogan hasn't yet announced which of the two contenders it would endorse
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archived 'Ancestral Alliance' in Joe Biden. America's Interventionist Hero
interview
Erdogan or Kilicdaroglu? Former Turkish deputy PM, Tugrul Turkes, shares view on upcoming run[-]off, 22 May, A/V (EN), 00:24:39
by Cat on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 07:09:14 PM EST
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Muharrem İnce, a Kemalist, has claimed that the Ince Tape is a fake produced by the U.S. through the FETÖ (Gülenists) to smear him before the election. Ince withdrew from the race. This of course would benefit Kilçdaroğlu in the first round, so what does Kilçdarolğu do?

He blames Russia for creating the deep fake!! Straight out of Washington's anti-Russian neocon camp. I know at least a few people who now regard Kiliçdaroğlu as a compromised Washington puppet as result of this statement and will transfer their vote to Erdoğan.



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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 12th, 2023 at 07:19:06 PM EST
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Hürriyet Daily claims Gülenists behind opposition sex tape scandals | Daily Sabah - Jan 5, 2015 |

According to the Turkish daily, Hürriyet, MHP deputy candidates Ahmet Deniz Bölükbaşı, Bülent Didinmez and Mustafa Cihan Paçacı, who were forced to resign prior to the 2011 elections, were wiretapped under false names as members of a terror organization.

One of the conspiracies included a sex video. "This is fake," İnce said, expressing his fury and blamed the FETÖ for the release of it.

After 2018, Second shot at the presidency

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 12th, 2023 at 07:22:41 PM EST
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Turkish presidential candidate quits race after release of alleged sex tape | The Guardian - May 11, 2023 |

The polling organisation Metropoll predicted late last month that İnce voters would predominantly give their votes to Erdoğan's AKP, the CHP, with some also going to the far-right Nationalist Movement party and the nationalist İyi (Good party) in the parliamentary race.

The high-profile deployment of deepfake videos has already hit Turkey's 45-day election cycle, after Erdoğan played an alleged deepfake that claimed to show banned Kurdish militants declaring their support for Kılıçdaroğlu at a pre-election rally last weekend.



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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 12th, 2023 at 07:25:08 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 12th, 2023 at 07:48:35 PM EST
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Kılıçdaroğlu denounces Russia as rival candidate withdraws on eve of Turkish elections | WSWS |

Kılıçdaroğlu launched an unprecedented attack Russia on Twitter after İnce's withdrawal, blaming Moscow for the conspiracy to interfere in the election. He wrote:

    "Dear Russian Friends, you are behind the montages, conspiracies, Deep Fake content, tapes that were revealed in this country yesterday. If you want our friendship to continue after May 15, take your hands off the Turkish state. We are still in favor of cooperation and friendship."

This wholly unsubstantiated statement is absurd. To ascertain who is most likely behind İnce's withdrawal, one must ask, "Cui bono? Who benefits?"

Clearly, İnce's withdrawal favors Kılıçdaroğlu, not Erdoğan. According to the latest polls, İnce's vote share ranged between 1 and 3 percent. According to the Metropoll Research survey, 49.3 percent of his voters said they would support Kılıçdaroğlu and 22 percent said they would support Erdoğan if İnce withdrew from the race.

Kılıçdaroğlu is committed to serving NATO better than Erdoğan, and Washington and Berlin have made it clear that they prefer him to Erdoğan. Already in 2019, during the US presidential election campaign, Biden said that "we support opposition leadership" in Turkey.

The German political establishment, which plays a central role in the NATO war against Russia, is almost unanimously backing Kılıçdaroğlu in the election.



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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 12th, 2023 at 07:27:09 PM EST
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There's this thing about liars ....
by Cat on Fri May 12th, 2023 at 07:46:52 PM EST
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53.41%  to 46.59% @ 6:05 PM GMT+3

dailysabah: "Preliminary results were based on around 82.64% of the ballot boxes opened. The turnout was over 85% according to initial unofficial results."

by Cat on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 04:13:42 PM EST
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Quite likely the voters for rightwing third candidate stayed at home for the second round.

The Western backers for the opposition candidate likely did him in by the voters. No intervention ... please!

Erdoğan's NATO allies will be the first to congratulate him ... Stoltenberg in the wake of Joe Biden.


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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 04:57:01 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 04:59:43 PM EST
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kiss. of. death.
by Cat on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 05:07:38 PM EST
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85% turnout for a healthy democracy and "free elections" ... what is the voter turnout in the West? Taking "democracy" for granted 85% turnout for a healthy democracy and "free elections" ... what is the voter turnout in the West? Taking "democracy" for granted 🇺🇸 🇬🇧 🇫🇷

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 05:18:53 PM EST
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Erdogan said that the people have handed over responsibility for running the country to him and his administration for the next five years.

Russia's Putin congratulates Erdogan on re-election as Turkey's President

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 05:58:49 PM EST
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A Select Group of World Leaders Congratulate Erdogan

Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Venezuela, Iran, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, GCC states came by ... on TRT World no Western allies passed the revue ...

World leaders congratulate Turkish President Erdogan on reelection 'victory' | Anadolu Agency |

Of course former US president grabs the headline ...

Congratulates President Erdogan on 'his big and well deserved victory' in presidential runoff

Not as big as Trump's win of course 😂

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 07:33:17 PM EST
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1 month ago

HRW | Thailand: Upcoming Election Fundamentally Flawed
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The participation of Thai opposition parties in the upcoming elections should not be interpreted to mean that they believe the electoral process in Thailand is free and fair, Human Rights Watch said.

"As Thailand's election approaches, democratic governments around the world should be clear with the Thai leadership that violating the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Thai people will have consequences," said John Sifton, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. "An election held under a deeply flawed system and in an atmosphere of fear will not have democratic legitimacy."
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2 days ago
foreignpolicy | Thailand Prepares for Pivotal Election
... Unofficial voting numbers are expected on Sunday night, but local election authorities said it is likely the official results won't be confirmed for weeks. At that point, parties that garnered more than 25 seats in the House can put forward a candidate for prime minister, with a vote likely to be held in August. To win the top post, a candidate must secure 376 votes, which can be drawn from both the House and the Senate. Given recent polling, it's possible that the opposition parties could overcome the military's Senate advantage if they band together. This year is also likely to be the last time the Senate will vote for Thailand's prime minister, as the rule was established in 2017 as a temporary measure....
14-15 May
wion | Thailand election 2023: Preliminary result out, MFP and Pheu Thai likely to join hands
The national election in Thailand started on Sunday (May 14) with around 52 million people eligible to vote. The election is becoming a clash between army-backed establishment parties and resurgent opposition movements. It is for the 500-seat House of Representatives. Voting began at 8:00 am (0100 GMT) at the 95,000 polling stations. The election is the first since major youth-led pro-democracy protests erupted across Bangkok in 2020. ...
bangkkock Post | New generation tires of old guard, blog 23.02.23 - 15.05.23
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Wanwichit Boonprong, a political science lecturer at Rangsit University, said the latest Suan Dusit Poll findings ahead of the election showed the MFP and Pheu Thai can form a coalition without the support. But according to the Nida Poll, the PPRP and the United Thai Nation Party still have a chance, Mr Wanwichit said. "As it happens, the liberals have won a victory over the conservatives.

"I don't think the victory of the MFP will trigger any coup. But the party must compromise on certain conditions while it carries out what it can do first, such as economic policiees."
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reuters | Factbox: Preliminary results of Thailand's election, 8 party-lists
Parliamentary seats are distributed based on 400 open constituency seats and 100 'party-list' seats - or seats won by parties based on their share of national votes. Below are preliminary results of Sunday's ballot, according to the Election Commission of Thailand, with 97% of the vote counted. The tabulation of party-list seats is based on a Reuters tally of voting data made available by the election commission....
by Cat on Sun May 14th, 2023 at 11:18:20 PM EST
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aerbaycan24 | Ukraine neighbor disputes pro-Russian election result - media, 17 May ©Telegram/gagauzinfo
Moldova's autonomous region of Gagauzia has voted in a new governor.

Moldovan police raided the central election commission of Gagauzia on Tuesday [16 May], alleging irregularities after a politician championing better relations with Russia won the gubernatorial vote.

Gagauzia, an autonomous region in southern Moldova, elects its own bashkan - governor - and Sunday's run-off [14 May] saw the victory of Yevgenia Gutsul, with 52.36% of the vote. Gutsul represents the Shor party, which the government in Chisinau has tried to ban.

Navanti News |  Understanding the US-Sanctioned Shor Party in Moldova: Ilan Shor is "a dual citizen of Moldova and Israel and a current member of Moldova's Parliament. Notably, Shor has lived in exile in Israel since June 2019 when he illegally fled the country. He was detained in 2015 and in 2017 was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for orchestrating a complex international money laundering scheme known as the 'theft of a billion,' though the sentence was never finalized..."
The operation at the election office in Comrat was "part of a criminal investigation into bribing of voters," a spokesperson for the National Anti-Corruption Center (NAC) in Chisinau said in a statement. The NAC had executed search warrants for eight individuals on Saturday, just before the election, alleging that Shor had offered bribes of 15,000 lei ($3,200) each to some 30 voters. No arrests were made....
International Republican Institute | Moldova (undated)
IRI's work in Moldova promotes accountability and inclusivity in the country's political parties, with the goal of building trust between parties and voters. With IRI's partnership, political parties have built nationwide democratic structures that allow them to connect with citizens and provide policy solutions that address real needs. In addition, through IRI's programs on transparency, citizens have a greater level of knowledge about the finances of their elected officials and political parties....
archived Moldova's pro-EU government falls 3 months ago
by Cat on Wed May 17th, 2023 at 09:09:46 PM EST
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SCO Council of Foreign Ministers meeting 4-5 May concluded.
4 NEW dialogue partners: MM (Myanmar), MV (Maldives), KW (Kuwait), AE (United Arab Emirates)
Under the memorandums, the above countries are planning to interact with the SCO in the spheres of regional security and stability, trade and investment, energy, IT, agriculture, transport and communications, culture, science and technology, education, healthcare and tourism. SCO dialogue partner status allows the concerned countries to take part in specialised intra-SCO events at the invitation of the member states.

SCO Secretary-General Zhang Ming's meeting with Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, readout
by Cat on Sun May 7th, 2023 at 11:48:09 PM EST
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dawn | Imran Khan arrested from IHC premises in Al-Qadir Trust case. Again.
IHC CJ takes strong exception to arrest taking place on court premises; interior minister says Imran failed to appear before the court despite being issued several notices.

In a shocking turn of events, PTI chief Imran Khan, who was present at the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for two hearings on Tuesday afternoon, was arrested from the court's premises in the Al-Qadir Trust case.

alrighty then
Islamabad police released a statement quoting Inspector General (IG) Akbar Nasir as saying that Imran had been arrested in relation to the case which alleges that the PTI chief and his wife obtained billions of rupees from a real estate firm for legalising a laundered amount of Rs50 billion that was identified and returned to the country by the UK during the previous PTI government.
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Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said that Imran had failed to appear before the court despite being issued several notices. "The arrest has been conducted by the National Accountability Bureau for causing losses to the national treasury," he said, adding that Imran was not tortured.

Imran's arrest warrant, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, was dated May 1 and signed by NAB Chairman Lt-Gen Nazir Ahmed. It said that Imran was accused of corruption and corrupt practices under Section 9(a) of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999.
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Going Underground | Ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan: Pakistan entering the WORST FORM of fascism!, 27 Mar A/V (EN), 00:28:21
archived Imran Khan, Debt, IMF Vassal to America
by Cat on Tue May 9th, 2023 at 12:32:28 PM EST
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SC terms Imran's arrest `unlawful', directs him to appear before IHC tomorrow, 11 May
"The manner of execution of the arrest warrant issued by the Chairman, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) dated 01.05.2023 in the Al-Qadir Trust case within the premises of the Islamabad High Court against the petitioner is invalid and unlawful," the ruling said.
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In the written verdict, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, the top court said that the execution of NAB's arrest warrant violated the petitioner's right of access to justice and "the sanctity and safety of the court as he had already surrendered to the court for seeking judicial relief against the action taken by NAB in the Al-Qadir Trust case".

In this regard, it highlighted that the fundamental rights of the petitioner under Articles 4, 9, 10-A, and 14 of the Constitution had been infringed.

PK Hooman Rights LIVE Blotter
• Govt terms it 'fastest relief'
•Top PTI leadership, including Shah Mahmood Qureshi, arrested in Islamabad for 'inciting violent protests'; 7 cases filed against them
• At least 8 killed across country in clashes between police, protesters
• Mobile internet, social media shutdown continues for 3rd day
• More than 1,600 miscreants arrested in Punjab for vandalism
by Cat on Thu May 11th, 2023 at 07:16:51 PM EST
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David Miranda, campaigner and former Brazilian congressman, dies aged 37 | The Guardian |

Lula celebrates `extraordinary trajectory' of favela-born politician and Guardian columnist who played key role in Snowden leaks

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 9th, 2023 at 03:52:39 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 9th, 2023 at 03:56:13 PM EST
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thehill | OpEd | China is using the World Bank as its piggybank, 17 May
... Chinese contractors on World Bank projects have even raped local girls....


GAO | Borrower Countries' Contracts to Businesses in the U.S. and to Entities Potentially on U.S. Sanctions or Other Lists of Concern, 10 May, 64 pp
Highlights
World Bank data indicate that businesses in the U.S. were awarded a relatively small share of contract dollars, but were often successful when bidding. According to World Bank data, from World Bank fiscal years (FY) 2013 through 2022, borrower countries awarded on average around 21,000 contracts valued at $15 billion per year to domestic and international businesses. Of those contracts awarded to international businesses, businesses in the U.S. were awarded the second-highest number of contracts (about 3 percent), but the ninth-highest contract dollars, (about 2 percent). Businesses in China were awarded the third-highest number of international contracts (about 3 percent), but the most contract dollars (about 29 percent), as shown in the figure. Businesses in the U.S. bid on few contracts, but won about 70 percent of contracts when they bid, according to GAO's analysis of World Bank summary data from FY 2017 to October 2022.
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The World Bank provides financing to low- and middle-income countries for a number of purposes such as for infrastructure and social and economic development projects.
by Cat on Wed May 17th, 2023 at 08:27:56 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 05:41:54 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 30th, 2023 at 09:34:05 PM EST
by Cat on Mon May 1st, 2023 at 01:01:25 PM EST
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US House Armed Services Committee | Full committee hearing, 26 Apr, "US Military Posture and National Security Challenges in Europe" (02:10:30)

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The Honorable Celeste Wallander (throne of mayhem)
Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
opening statement: "NATO's eastern flank, and Poland in particular, is a linchpin of our work to strengthe European deterrence and defense."

General Christopher G. Cavoli, USA
Commander, U.S. European Command (Stoltenberg Strategic Concept bot)
opening statement: "USEUCOM's combat credibility in all domains is the foundation of our deterrence of Russia." (And the PRC)

by Cat on Wed May 3rd, 2023 at 04:44:25 PM EST
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US Senate Armed Services Committee | Full committee hearing, 4 May, "Hearing to receive testimony on worldwide threats" (02:32:47 segment)

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Honorable Avril D. Haines (mission creep scholar)
Director of National Intelligence
opening statement: "First, great powers [and] rising regional powers as well as an evolving array of non-state actors will vie for dominance in the global order as well as compete to set the emerging conditions and the rules that will shape that order for decades to come. Strategic competition between the United States and its allies, China, and Russia over what kind of world will emerge makes the next few years critical to determining who and what will shape the narrative perhaps most immediately in the context of Russia's actions in Ukraine, which threaten to escalate into a broader conflict between Russia and the West."

Lieutenant General Scott D. Berrier (G1, G2, G3, G4, now G5 soldier)
Director of Defense Intelligence Agency
opening statement: "our competitors are emboldened, and they are attempting to forcefully recast the rules-based international order and challenge US interests."

by Cat on Fri May 5th, 2023 at 04:09:38 PM EST
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You've been made.
China's National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center and cybersecurity company 360 jointly released an investigation report on Thursday, revealing the long-standing use of cyber attacks by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) against other countries. While this is an "eye-opener" for many people, the CIA's obsession and ability to create unrest disturb them significantly.
...Such cyberattacks can be traced back to the year 2011, and continue to this day. The targets of such espionage actions expand to fields such as countries' key information infrastructure, the aerospace sector, scientific research institutes, the petroleum industry and tech companies, as well as government agencies....
According to the report, the CIA has incited "color revolutions" around the world by adopting technological methods. This includes a non-traditional regime change technology called "swarming" that US' RAND Corporation has spent several years developing. The tool is used to help a large number of young people connected through the internet join the "one shot for another place" mobile protest movement. It shows that the CIA's techniques are constantly evolving in response to changing environments. Just imagine: How can the world be peaceful when such modern tools are in the hands of the CIA, which has a tradition of "lying, cheating, and stealing?"
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archived  A story from 2004 in Nord Stream Whodunnit UPDATE, Olympic Games in Big Tech as Guardian of US Super Power, GENERAL LICENSE D-2 in NPI Systems Design 2022, the ROC, selling zero days 2012

reference
Rand, "Swarming on the Battlefield" (2000)
Rand, "Swarming and the Future of Conflict" (2000)
Rand, "Swarming and the Future of Warfare" (2005)
Rand, "RAND's Scalable Warning and Resilience Model (SWARM), (2021)

by Cat on Fri May 5th, 2023 at 05:02:02 PM EST
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NCVERC, 'Empire of Hacking': The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency - Pt. I (EN)
CIA (DI, NCS, DS&T, DS)
by Cat on Sat May 6th, 2023 at 04:43:58 PM EST
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infrastructure: secure servers per million inhabitants, 2002 (MCS calculation)
Depending on transaction volume, a firm may also acquire leased lines (extrinsic value) and secure servers. Leased lines, a characteristic of (Controls and) Purpose, are distinct from the internet basket as they are widely accepted as a business expense. The number of secure servers in a country is an indicator of transaction value (extrinsic value) as well as the desire or compelling need for privacy (intrinsic value). A variety of organizations operate this equipment and do so to protect individual interest in anonymity. It seems appropriate to apply Hartman's condition of the singular to this standard of identity in telecommunication. Netcraft reported that a high percentage of secure servers registered to foreign TLDs (e.g. *.uk) were physically located in the US, implying a comparative advantage in service delivery. The number of secure servers per million inhabitants in the US was 3x the OECD average, 7x the EU average, and 8x that of Japan.
by Cat on Sat May 6th, 2023 at 05:23:22 PM EST
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Secure Internet servers (per 1 x106 people) | World Bank - year 2020 |

In Europe leading is Denmark ...

DK 277k
NL 137k
CH 120k
IE 115k
DE  98k

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 6th, 2023 at 06:04:06 PM EST
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Total (Q) secure servers: 89,189,073
US: 46,678,110
by Cat on Sun May 7th, 2023 at 06:59:01 PM EST
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WSJ | [SICK MAN OF ASIA] Locks Information on the Country Inside a Black Box, 30 Apr
inscrutable "malign influence"
...Prodded by President Xi Jinping's emphasis on national security, authorities in recent months have restricted or outright cut off ["]overseas["] access to various databases involving corporate-registration information, patents, procurement documents, [LOL!] academic journals and [SAFE] statistical yearbooks.
China's top financial data provider restricts offshore access due to new rules-sources (04.04.23)
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A Wind salesperson told the source in September [2022] the company had made the changes as per instructions from the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) [est'd. 2014!], which asked it to stop providing offshore users with certain data.
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Headquartered in Shanghai's financial district Lujiazui, Wind has expanded its footprint outside China to places including Hong Kong, Singapore, New York and London, and competes with [LSEG] Refinitiv and Bloomberg LP. Wind raked in 2.5 billion yuan ($361.84 million) in sales in 2021, according to Guotai Junan's estimate, almost doubling from 2016 revenue of 1.33 billion yuan.
Of extra concern in recent days: Access to one of the most crucial databases on China, Shanghai-based Wind Information Co., whose economic and financial data are widely used by analysts and investors both inside and outside the country, appears to be drying up.
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Since 2014, China has passed a series of laws aimed at safeguarding national security. For instance, a data-security law and new rules restricting shipment of data overseas, which were put in place in 2021, have made it hard for foreign companies and investors to get information such as that on supplies and corporate financial statements. Chinese databases, ranging from academic ones like China National Knowledge Infrastructure [CNKI] to corporate ones such as Tianyancha and Qichacha, have become much harder to access from overseas.
Analyzing China's PIPL and how it compares to the EU's GDPR (24.08.21)
...The goal here is to explain not just the text of the new law, but also how it is likely to be implemented going forward, so companies can form a risk-based approach towards privacy compliance in China....
China National Knowledge Infrastructure FAQ
...Who developed CNKI? The Beijing-based Tongfang Knowledge Network (TKN), an information technology company founded by Tsinghua University, is the sole developer and owner of the CNKI databases.....
China's largest academic database under antitrust probe (15.05.22)
... CNKI has been in hot water after a screenshot of an email from the CAS [Chinese Academy of Sciences] condemning the high subscription fees charged by CNKI went viral on China's social media platforms in April. ...
Business executives say they worry that the expanded anti-espionage law passed by China's legislature last week could criminalize a range of everyday business activities like gathering intelligence on local markets and business partners by sweeping them up into A WIDENED DEFINITION of espionage.
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official National Bureau of Statistics of China yearbooks: Submit a data request form
by Cat on Sun May 7th, 2023 at 06:35:36 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun May 7th, 2023 at 06:41:58 PM EST
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Refinitiv Datastream, illustrated
by Cat on Sun May 14th, 2023 at 01:01:59 PM EST
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taiwannews | Defense minister says Taiwan will not let US 'blow up TSMC' during Chinese attack
At a conference organized by the California-based [junk bond] tank Milken [!] Institute in May, [MA-6 DNC Rep. Seth] Moulton was asked what deterrence effect U.S. chip policy could have on China, to which he responded, "the U.S. should make it very clear to the Chinese that if you invade Taiwan, we're going to blow up TSMC." U.S. defense policy advisor and former government official Michele Flournoy quickly countered his remark, saying that if TSMC was destroyed, there would be a "two trillion dollar impact on the global economy within the first year" and "you'd put manufacturing around the world at a standstill."
by Cat on Thu May 11th, 2023 at 10:50:03 PM EST
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C-SPAN | Senate Committee on Appropriations, "A Review of the President's Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Request for the Department of Defense", 11 May, A/V (EN), run time 01:41:00

center of psychoville
The Honorable Lloyd J. Austin III
Secretary of Defense
opening statement: "This is a strategy-driven budget that provides the resources to continue to implement our 2022 National Defense Strategy (NDS) and the President's National Security Strategy. This budget will also enable us to strengthen our deterrent and defensive capabilities across domains, informed by our 2022 Nuclear Posture Review and our 2022 Missile Defense Review."

General Mark A. Milley
Joint Chiefs of Staff
opening statement: "War with the PRC is neither imminent nor inevitable, however the potential for armed conflict is growing. The PRC remains our #1 long-term geostrategic security challenge. Since the reforms of Deng Xiaoping in 1979, the world has witnessed the greatest geopolitical shift in economic power in over 100 years."

by Cat on Fri May 12th, 2023 at 05:11:53 PM EST
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RFERL | Humvees, Wreckage After 'Cross-Border Raid' Into Russia, 24 May Belgorod, RU photos
C-SPAN | Ukrainian Defense Contact Group press conference, 25 May
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Idris Ali, REUTERS @ 00:19;12: Chairman Milley, it's been days since the attack and incursion into Belograd—uh Belgrad [sic]. um, There have been social media images, videos, and images showing US-made military equipment and vehicles being used in it. After your conversation with the Ukrainians and your own intelligence means, were US-made vehicles used in that incursion and how did the militia get them? Did the Ukrainians provide them with those vehicles and equipment? And, Mr Secretary, this incident and other recent incidents, including the drone attack near the Kremilin, has that raised concern for you that the Russians could use incidents like these as pretext to broaden the war and have you talked to your Ukrainian counterparts about potentially limiting the attacks that they're carrying out closer to their borders, within their borders, for the time being?
MILLEY: So, I'll very briefly just let you know, I've got the staff looking at that to confirm or deny. So I don't have an answer for you right this second [00:20:04]. The rules that we've established with the Ukrainians is to not use US-supplied equipment to attack in the geographic space of Russia. Look it, they are a country at war. It's an existential threat. They're fighting for their survival. I can't say with definitive accuracy right this minute to you whether that—and I saw the same videous—whether that's US-supplied equipment or not, what was the nature of the attack, who did what to whom. I can't say  that with definitiveness right this minute, but I can say that we have asked the Ukrainians not to use US-supplied equipment for direct attacks into Russia. Why is that? Because we don't want—This is a Ukrainian war. It is not a war between the United States and Russia. It's not a war between NATO and Russia. This is a war between Ukraine and Russia, and we are supporting, supplying, and help training, advising and assisting Ukraine, but it is not a direct conflict between the United States and Russia.
AUSTIN: I can't say it any better than that, Idris, in repsonse to the question that you asked me. In terms of any kind of pretext, you know, to broaden the war that Russia would make use of, I don't want to speculate; but I will tell you that we are focused on giving Ukraine, providing Ukraine, the capabilities it needs to be successful in defending its sovereign territory. That's a conversation that we've had with our counterparts on a continual basis. We've engaged a number of times on this issue just to make sure, to the chairman's point, that we are not at war with Russia. This is Ukraine's fight. Our goal is to make sure we're doing everything that we can to make sure that Ukraine is successful.
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reuters | Ukraine shouldn't use US arms inside Russia, US general says, 25 May
euractiv | Ukraine shouldn't use US weaponry inside Russia, US general says. 26 May
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APA Dictionary of Psychology
by Cat on Fri May 26th, 2023 at 04:13:13 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 26th, 2023 at 04:19:58 PM EST
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The balloon that flew over Hawaii? US says it's not China's, 2 May "36,000 ft (11,000 meters")
possibly 10.97 km
The balloon was first detected by radar on Friday and Pacific Air Forces launched three F-22s to assess the situation and visually identified a spherical object," U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said. "We monitored the transit of the object and assessed that it posed no threat."
by Cat on Wed May 3rd, 2023 at 05:00:41 PM EST
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WSJ | Epstein's Private Calendar Reveals Prominent Names, Including CIA Chief, Goldman's Top Lawyer, 30 Apr
"First response is that it is none of your business. Or anyone's. Second is that I knew him and we met occasionally."
Carroll v TRUMP
"I was not thrown on the ground and ravished."
How the US reports COVID data is about to change. Again.
FTX influencer ghosts lawyers, gets served on Twitter
by Cat on Fri May 5th, 2023 at 05:40:37 PM EST
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NY Yella Cake editorial board
The board wrote that despite Feinstein's distinguished three-decade Senate career, her ongoing battle with shingles that has kept her away from Washington for more than two months is forcing Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to make "a painful choice."

Neera Tanden, "progressive" drop-out

Life After Default on 1 June 2023

by Cat on Fri May 5th, 2023 at 07:22:12 PM EST
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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, somewhere on Earth it's Victory Day!
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As a Pacific nation, the United States has deep, historical, and people-to-people TIES with the Pacific Islands.  And this visit -- the first time a sitting U.S. President has visited a Pacific Island country -- further reinforces this critical partnership.

This week marks, as you all know, the anniversary of the -- of the end of World War Two in Europe and the victory of the United States and [some] Allied forces over fascism and aggression on the continent.

President Putin had the -- had the rema- -- had remarks for the occasion by launching another wave of cruise missiles and armed drones at the Ukrainian people.

Since Russia launched its brutal invasion of Ukraine last year, thousands of Ukrainian civilians have been killed and millions have been driven from their homes.

The European continent now faces new aggression.
[...]

The sources of Soviet conduct By X, July 1947
...Lenin, had he lived, might have proved a great enough man to reconcile these conflicting forces to the ultimate benefit of Russian society, though this is questionable. But be that as it may, Stalin, and those whom he led in the struggle for succession to Lenin's position of leadership, were not the men to tolerate rival political forces in the sphere of power which they coveted. Their sense of insecurity was too great. Their particular brand of fanaticism, unmodified by any of the Anglo-Saxon traditions of compromise, was too fierce and too jealous to envisage any permanent sharing of power. From the Russian-Asiatic world out of which they had emerged they carried with them skepticism as to the possibilities of permanent and peaceful coexistence of rival forces. Easily persuaded of their own doctrinaire "rightness," they insisted on the submission or destruction of all competing power. Outside of the Communist Party, Russian society was to have no rigidity. There were to be no forms of collective human activity or association which would not be dominated by the Party. No other force in Russian society was to be permitted to achieve vitality or integrity. Only the Party was to have structure. All else was to be an amorphous mass....
The President is going to make himself very clear.  The President has been clear since February.  Since February, he has said over and over again: We cannot be a country that defaults.  And most recently, he has said we cannot be a deadbeat nation, something that we have never done before -- never done before.

And so they need to take action.  Congress has to do their job.  Super simple.

They are -- they are manufacturing -- manufacturing a crisis.
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Ambassador Tracy Believes it is Not About the "Anglo-Saxons", 28 Apr
"'I noticed the use of this term, but...it seems very strange to me,' Tracy told the Kommersant newspaper on Thursday. 'And it does not at all reflect the essence of the United States, which is a multinational country where people from all over the world live.'"
by Cat on Wed May 10th, 2023 at 06:38:07 AM EST
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United States, which is a multinational country ...

Multinationals are large corporations intended to profit from globalization .... making profits elsewhere and pay no or as little tax as possible ... not part of any community or dedicated social responsibility.  

The true Americans, the indigenous people referred to as "Indians" were slaughtered ... build on European faith, slavery and white supremacy ... many minorities of Asians, Jews , [Irish] Catholics were not welcome as immigrants ... building a New World [Order] .

AmericaFirst! is clear in its design ... nationalism, citizens only, others are green card aliens of plainly illegals. Even not all citizens are equal, some are more equal than others. Voting and women's rights ... raising the walls for Barbarians from the jungle.

Biden's 'Multilateralism' Amounts To AmericaFirst!! | Mar 25th, 2021

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 10th, 2023 at 08:17:23 AM EST
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US Treasury | Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Debt Limit, 15 May
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We have learned from past debt limit impasses that waiting until the last minute to suspend or increase the debt limit can cause serious harm to business and consumer confidence, raise short-term borrowing costs for taxpayers, and negatively impact the credit rating of the United States. In fact, we have already seen Treasury's borrowing costs increase substantially for securities maturing in early June. If Congress fails to increase the debt limit, it would cause severe hardship to American families, harm our global leadership position, and raise questions about our ability to defend our national security interests.
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Politico | Biden brings [US] debt [ceiling] burden with him to G-7 summit, 16 May
...There were doubts Biden would even make the trip, so precarious is the current dynamic in [US] America's capital. The latter half of the trip was cancelled on Tuesday so the president could return to Washington early in an effort to cement a deal. It would have included the first-ever visit to Papua New Guinea by a U.S. president, before participation in the Quad Summit in Australia....
KIRBY-CONTENT
"Since the president took office, revitalizing our alliances and partnerships, and reestablishing America's leadership around the world has been one of his top priorities," Kirby said while briefing reporters Tuesday [16.05.23] about the trip. "Thanks in no small part to his hard work during the G-7, you will see that our allies and partners are more united than ever."
Q: Just a scheduling question there. You mentioned the President is going to meet Quad leaders in Japan. Does that reflect a change to the back -- the back half of the trip?  Is he not going to go to Australia anymore?
ADMIRAL KIRBY: That would -- would've had the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Albanese anyway at the G7. I don't have any additional changes or additional schedule items to speak to today. We're working through, thinking through the rest of the trip right now.
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These leaders -- all leaders of democracies, they understand and they want -- they respect American leadership on the world stage.  And they know that our ability to pay our debts is a key part of U.S. credibility and leadership around the world. And so, they understand that the President also has to focus on making sure that we don't default and on having these conversations with congressional leaders. And he'll be able to do that and have his team do that while we're at the G7. But -- but these leaders of all around the world understand how important American credibility and leadership is, and that's why they understand how important it is that the President stay on top of this issue.
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etc.
CNN | Quad summit in Australia canceled after Joe Biden shortens ["]Asia trip["], 17 May
by Cat on Wed May 17th, 2023 at 07:45:31 PM EST
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the nation's borrowing cap would be suspended until Jan. 1, 2025, 27 May
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Discretionary spending caps would be imposed for six years as part of the agreement, though only enforced by across-the-board cuts during the first two years. Funding would be allowed to grow 1 percent annually.

In fiscal 2024, defense funding would see a roughly 3 percent increase above the current year, to $886 billion, matching the president's request. Veterans health care would be funded at $138 billion, a 16 percent increase after mandatory funds are included on top of the discretionary caps, also in line with Biden's request, according to a White House fact sheet.

All other nondefense discretionary programs would be held roughly flat on average from this year once "adjustments" are factored in, according to the White House, at $637 billion. As Republicans described it, however, nondefense, non-veterans health appropriations would be rolled back below fiscal 2022 levels, to $583 billion -- presumably not accounting for the unspecified adjustments.
[...]

The Hill had a late TGIF news dump over the "end of Title 42" non-veterans health appropriations
by Cat on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 09:35:04 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 01:36:56 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 08:19:58 PM EST
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Alfred E. Newman Memorial Prize Lecture: "Don't Say Perpetual War Bonds"

Bibliography

Krugman, P., "Wonking Out: International Money Madness Strikes Again" (NY, NY: Yella Cake). April 14, 2023

Krugman, P., "What's driving dollar doomsaying?" (Seattle, WA: Boeing). May 3, 2023

Hudson, M., Super Imperialism: The Origin and Fundamentals of U.S. World Dominance. (London, UK: Pluto). 2003

Beard, C. An Economic Interpretation of the United States Constitution. (NY, NY: Macmillan). 1914.


by Cat on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 10:25:47 PM EST
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MbS hosts Jake "The Snake" Sullivan Entourage
The state news report said only that the men reviewed "strategic relations" in a meeting that included other American officials.
US Amb. Michael Ratney, NSC Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Brett McGurk, State Dept. Special Presidential Coordinator Amos Hochstein, and Senior NSA Ariana Berengaut.
Later, Sullivan took part in a meeting with the crown prince and Indian national security adviser Ajit Doval and Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the national security adviser of [] United Arab Emirates.

A White House statement [...] did not elaborate. Saudi state media did not immediately publish either video or photographs of the meetings.
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arabnews | Arab League re-admits Syria after 11-year absence
after a unanimous decision
by Cat on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 12:55:38 AM EST
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Syrian Arab News Agency (sana.sy), 7 May
Arab League foreign ministers adopted a decision no.8914 on resumption participation of delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic in the Council of Arab League's meetings and all its organizations and agencies, as of May 7, 2023.

The decision was made following the Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo on Sunday.

Full text of the statement of the Council of the League of Arab held at the ministerial level:
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by Cat on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 09:52:03 PM EST
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punchline, 8 May commentary
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This geopolitical setting has driven Biden Administration into frenzy, NSA Jake Sullivan rushed to Saudi Arabia holding the hands of his Indian and Emirati counterparts for company! Wisdom lies in Washington using Saudis (and Emiratis and Indians) to open a line to Damascus. However, Assad will set the very same non-negotiable condition to Washington for normalisation that he insisted with Turkey -- vacation of US occupation. Beyond that lies, of course, Israel's annexation of Golan Heights.
by Cat on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 09:58:05 PM EST
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axios | U.S., Saudi Arabia, others to discuss railway project connecting Middle East, 6 May Vienna prep
Why it matters: The project is one of the key initiatives the White House wants to push in the Middle East as China's influence in the region grows. The Middle East is a key part of China's Belt and Road [BRI] vision.

Driving the news: White House National Security adviser Jake Ssssssullivan, who is expected to arrive in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, will meet with his Saudi, Emirati, and Indian counterparts on Sunday to discuss the project and other regional issues, the two sources said.

Behind the scenes: The idea for the new initiative came up during talks that were held over the last 18 months in another forum called I2U2, which includes the U.S., Israel, the UAE, and India, according to the two sources.

....It reinforces the [TRUMP-Kushner-]Biden-Harris Administration's goal to build on the Abraham Accords and other normalization agreements and advance Israel's economic integration into the broader region.  It further sets a standard for working together to deliver solutions to the region's most pressing challenges.  The two initial projects promote food security and clean energy in India, and they are innovative, ambitious, achievable, and commercially viable....
The Indian, Emirati, and Saudi embassies in Washington did not respond to requests for comment.
indiatimes | India To Join The US Rail Link Plan For West Asia, 10 May broken BRICS pitch
  1. China mediating Saudi Arabia and Iran diplomatic relations has "potential implications" for India's interests in west Asia energy security
  2. The US proposed the Blue Dot [Quad finance] network is one of the elements in the creation of the connectivity project that will be financially sustainable and viable.
  3. shipping routes around PK to reach west Asian ports Chabahar and Bandar-e-Abbas (Iran), Duqm (Oman), Dubai (UAE), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), and Kuwait City
With China in mind, Israel raised the idea of connecting the region through railways during the I2U2 meetings over the last year. Part of the idea was to use India's expertise on such big infrastructure projects, a former Israeli official was quoted as saying by Axios.
Siemens Mobility Awarded €3bn Indian Railways Locomotive Order (17.01.23)
The locomotives will be assembled in the Indian Railways factory in Dahod, India. Siemens Mobility will design, manufacture and commission the vehicles, with deliveries planned over an eleven-year period. The contract also includes 35 years of full service maintenance. This maintenance will take place in four Indian Railways depots located in Vishakhapatnam, Raipur, Kharagpur, and Pune.
NSA Jake Ssssullivan hinted at this initiative during his speech Thursday at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy [4 May 2023, A/V 00:48:00]. "If you remember nothing else from my speech, remember I2U2[-AIM4C], because you will be hearing more about it as we go forward," he said. Ssssullivan said the basic plan is to connect South Asia, the Middle East, and the US "in ways that advance our economic technology 31 TRILLION DEBT BURDEN and [USD] diplomacy".
SUCKERS!
reference
erd.gov.lk | China- Sri Lanka Relations in Infrastructure Development, "historical record" 2001-2015
HBS | Setting the Record Straight on China's Overseas Infrastructure Investments, May 2023 "recency bias"
OECD and the Blue Dot Network
by Cat on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 01:32:52 AM EST
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How does China build 5,000 km of high-speed rail in a year??

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 07:17:00 AM EST
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China's investment in high-speed rail is incredible 2008-2020

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 07:17:50 AM EST
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Turkiye's not-so-westward facing opposition, 12 May TRT ELECTTION 2023 world
According to Kilicdaroglu, this route will stretch over 5,500 km of terrain: Starting from Turkiye's frontier towns Gurbulak (Agri) and Kapikoy (Van), passing through Tabriz and Tehran in Iran, Ashgabat in Turkmenistan, Tashkent in Uzbekistan, and Almaty in Kazakhstan, with China as the final destination. The project aims to provide China [?!] with a connection to the Black Sea and European ports via the Gurbulak route, as well as to the Mediterranean through the Kapikoy route, and encompassing the Mersin and Iskenderun ports.

The CHP leader's proposal envisions linking the Turkic states to Turkish ports. "Turkiye will be the sea gateway of the Turkic world," he said, noting that the ambitious project may raise concerns in the west. But he also issued a warning to China on the plight of its Muslim Uyghur population, stating: "This is a project that is beneficial for China, therefore, the cessation of the oppression against ["]Turkistan["] would be one of our prerequisites. We will not abandon our compatriots there to their fate."
Kilicdaroglu has portrayed the railway as a "win-win" project in which the US could conduct trade with this region via Turkish ports, while Turkiye would facilitate easier trade between Asia and Europe. The project will resonate with domestic audiences too, especially ethno-nationalist Turks: Turkiye is going to be more integrated with the Turkic world - aligning with the aspirations of ["]pan-Turkism["].

However, Kilicdaroglu's proposal notably omitted any mention of fellow Turkic nation Azerbaijan, which has caused a significant backlash. Azerbaijani news outlets, including prominent agency Report.az, published a harsh criticism against Kilicdaroglu.

CSTO (1992 mil): AM, BY, KZ, KG, TJ, RU
SCO (2001 NGO): CN, RU, IN, PK, KZ, KG, TJ, UZ, IR, AM*, AF*, AZ*, BY*, TR*, LK*, KH*, SA*, EG*, MY*, MV*, KW*, AE*
EaEU (2012 FTA): AM, BY, KZ, KG, TJ, RU, VN*, CN*, RS*

Moscow and Tehran sign key rail deal, 17 May

...The 162-kilometer railway will connect the city of Rasht, near the Caspian Sea, to Astara on the border with Azerbaijan [uhoh !]. Once completed, it will allow the transport of cargo from the Persian Gulf to the Finnish capital, Helsinki, via the Russian city of Saint Petersburg. Putin also noted that the new rail section will make a tangible contribution to ensuring global food security....
CPEC (2015 FTA): CN, PK, MN*, RU*, KZ*, KG*, TJ*, AF*, IN*
UTLC (2018 TNC): CN, KZ, RU, BY
INSTC (2000 TNC): AM, AZ, BY, BG, IN, IR, KZ, KG, OM, RU, TJ, TR, UA, SY--Trans-Iran leg (2022)
LMC (2016 FTA): CN, CM, LA, TH, VN, MM

Russian Deputy PM Novak Reveals Details of Ambitious Eurasian Trade Route, 18 May

"The agreement signed today is bilateral because it pertains to the construction of the railway section exclusively on the territory of Iran with the participation of Russian companies and Russian financing. However, when we talk about the western route of the North-South Corridor through the territories of Russia, Iran, and Azerbaijan [!], as you may recall, we signed the corresponding memorandum in Baku on September 9, 2022, which states that the transport corridor should have a capacity of 15 million tons".
by Cat on Thu May 18th, 2023 at 02:53:47 PM EST
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ibid: "transport of cargo from the Persian Gulf to the Finnish capital, Helsinki"

Shoppers Inconvenienced By War, 18 May

[...]
Three Finnish citizens were shocked when their visas were abruptly annulled on the spot, and they had to turn around and go home. They were doubly chafed when they watched the Russians let some Estonian guy through, after the latter told the Russian border guards some lame story about visiting his dentist. They also watched enviously as some people with dual citizenship were just waved through. "We just don't know why certain people were singled out," said Jukka Lukkari, Deputy Head of Finnish Border Patrol for Southeast Finland.
[...]
Russo-Finnish relations are at an all-time low right now. Finland joined in the European sanctions after the start of the Special Military Operations. In March of 2022 the Finnish side cancelled a joint project called "Allegro" which envisioned fast-train service between St. Petersburg - Helsinki. This past August it was learned that the Finnish state railroad operator VR Group wrote off all the wagons and spare parts that had been previously purchased for the project. This capital write-off cost them 45.4 million Euros. A pity, because the train would have carried people from one city to the other in just a couple of hours. The Arbitration Court in Moscow ruled in favor of a suit brought by the Russian Railroad Company, in the amount of 10.1 million rubles. In response to the sanctions, the Russian side also stopped shipping goods into Finland.
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by Cat on Thu May 18th, 2023 at 11:46:17 PM EST
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Ryan, Deb, AllY, and Mike take a stab at LMC, instrument of CHINESE MENACE

LOOMING over the nation's recovery from Kissinger and Nixon.
by Cat on Wed May 24th, 2023 at 09:09:03 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 03:45:44 PM EST
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That hissssing sound, 8 May "significant progress"
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U.S. special envoy Tim Lenderking travelled to Oman and Saudi Arabia earlier this month to seek to advance Yemen peace efforts, the State Department said.
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A senior Israeli security official said on Friday that Israel was hoping for a breakthrough in efforts to normalize its ties with Saudi Arabia during Sullivan's visit there.
by Cat on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 11:07:47 PM EST
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dailysabah | Çavuşoğlu to discuss Türkiye-Syria ties in 4-way meeting in Russia
Çavuşoğlu will travel to Russia Wednesday to attend a four-way meeting with Russian, Iranian, and Syrian counterparts in Moscow, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. Çavuşoğlu is expected to hold his first official meeting with Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad.
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US says May vote outcome won't affect ties with Türkiye
...Although Erdoğan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is aligned at a position in the international community neither fully pro-Western nor fully supportive of other world powers, anti-American sentiment became more visible in the Turkish public, especially after Biden's remarks [ELECTION 2023 2020, F-35, S-400 2021, ISIS 2021, IRAN 2022, F-16 2023, ARMENIA 2023], which are viewed even by the Turkish opposition as an intervention in another country's domestic affairs....
A reconciliation with Syria is also supported by Erdoğan's opponents and plays an important part in Türkiye's election campaign.

Erdoğan has pledged to speed up the repatriation of nearly four million Syrian refugees and migrants who fled to Türkiye to escape poverty and war. An agreement with Damascus is seen as a prerequisite for this process.
[...]

by Cat on Wed May 10th, 2023 at 12:13:05 AM EST
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Biden unilaterally extends `national emergency' targeting Syria
On 8 May, US President Joe Biden signed a new one-year extension for the "national emergency" declared concerning Syria, just one day after the Arab League approved Damascus' reentry to the bloc despite Washington's objections.
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by Cat on Wed May 10th, 2023 at 09:02:22 AM EST
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Covered in my final diary ...

Quite likely my very last diary written here @EuroTrib, however I couldn't keep silent on a topic close to my heart and value of principles worth living for. This blog specifically has a history of bloggers where views and news on the I-P conflict were kept in balance.

Targeted Assassinations: a Bankrupt Strategy

A fascist and unlawful strategy adopted by U.S. orphan state, the Ukraine 😡 the eastern front has always been an ugly neighborhood. Welcome to Europe people.

.. keeping my Dutch readership informed through private channels.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 10th, 2023 at 09:41:48 AM EST
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And for the non-Dutch, please keep posting at MoA, by all means!!
by Oosterbeek on Thu May 11th, 2023 at 02:07:02 AM EST
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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on May 11, 2023
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Bloomberg: On Wednesday [10.04.23], US President Joe Biden said that a call with President Xi Jinping was "in the works". Can you confirm that such a call is being planned? If so, can you share more details? That's the first part of my question referring to this specific call between President Xi and President Biden. Separately but related, I would like to ask about a broader push that's been reported on the US side, whereby the US is pushing for calls and meetings with various Chinese officials and across different departments. So my question on this is, how does China view the US push for engagement? Some have described China's response as tepid. Is this a fair characterization?
Wang Wenbin: On your first question, I have nothing to share. 

On your second question, I can tell you that China and the US are in communication. What matters is that the US cannot keep raising the issue of communication on the one hand, while on the other, keep suppressing and containing China. The US cannot say one thing but do another. We urge the US to form a correct perception of China, respect China's red lines, stop undermining China's sovereignty, security and development interests, and work with China in the same direction to bring bilateral relations back on the track of sound and stable growth.
TASS: According to the Financial Times [!], China told the US that it is highly unlikely that the defence ministers of the two countries would meet at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. What is China's comment on this?
Wang Wenbin: I'd refer you to the competent authorities for your question.
[...]

whitehouse | Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Ssssssullivan's Meeting with Chinese Communist Party Politburo Member and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission Wang Yi, 11 May
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met from May 10-11 with Chinese Communist Party Politburo Member and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission Wang Yi in Vienna. The two sides had candid, substantive, and constructive discussions on key issues in the U.S.-China bilateral relationship, global and regional security issues, Russia's war against Ukraine, and cross-Strait issues, among other topics.
AP | Top Biden aide tells Chinese diplomat that US wants to `move beyond' spy balloon [?!](12.04.23)
"according to a senior Biden administration official. ...The administration official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting, said that both sides recognize that the February incident was 'unfortunate' and are now looking to 're[-]establish standard, normal channels of communications.'"
This meeting was part of ongoing efforts to maintain open lines of communication and responsibly manage competition.
"The White House in a [paranormal] statement said the meeting was part of "ongoing efforts to maintain open lines of communication and responsibly manage competition," and that Sullivan and Wang discussed key issues in the U.S.-China relationship, Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine, Taiwan, and more[, possibly the whole South China Sea?]."
The two sides agreed to maintain this important strategic channel of communication to advance these objectives, building on the engagement between President Biden and President Xi in Bali, Indonesia, in November 2022.
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U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Burns and Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang also met in Beijing this week, and Biden's special envoy for climate, John Kerry, held a call last month with his counterpart, Xie Zhenhua.
Qin Gang: Post-war International Order Must Be Preserved; China's National Re[-]unification Must Be Realized, 10 May Berlin
...Speaking of his visit to the site of the Potsdam Conference, Qin Gang said he was deeply touched by the overlap between the past and the present. The Potsdam Conference held in 1945 played an important role in laying a foundation for the post-WWII international order, and it is of special historical significance for the Chinese people. The Potsdam Proclamation issued after the conference reaffirmed the provisions of the Cairo Declaration, including that all the territories Japan had stolen from China, including Taiwan, should be restored to China. It was a great achievement of the world's anti-fascist war, and it cost the lives and blood of 35 million Chinese soldiers and civilians.

Nowadays, the United States talks a lot about upholding the rules-based international order, but it discards the Potsdam Proclamation it had drafted, and supports and connives at "Taiwan independence" separatist activities, disrupting the post-war international order and undermining China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Chinese people will never accept this....

by Cat on Fri May 12th, 2023 at 12:42:47 PM EST
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China to send special envoy to Ukraine, Russia as part of peace efforts 1 hr ago
Li Hui, who is China's Special Representative for Eurasian Affairs and a former ambassador to Moscow, will also visit Poland, France, and Germany, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on May 12, 2023
Reuters: Are you able to confirm whether China's Ambassador to France Lu Shaye will be recalled on May 15?....
Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke by phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* last month, setting the stage for < wipes tears > the diplomatic push.
archived China's Xi talks with Ukraine's Zelensk* by phone, 25 Apr in Ruble and Yuan
[...]
Wang also confirmed that the ruling Communist Party's top diplomat, Wang Yi, and U.S. national security adviser Jake Sssssullivan held talks on Wednesday and Thursday in Vienna, Austria. Wang said the two sides had "candid, in-depth, substantive, and constructive discussions" on stabilizing and improving bilateral relations.
AFP: According to official reports, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Wang Yi and US National Security Advisor Jake Sssssullivan held talks for over eight hours [!] earlier this week, but the two sides only issued two short readouts. I have two questions. First, does this mean that the two sides failed to reach any agreement on key issues? Second, have the two sides talked about the possibility to have higher-level meetings during the G7 Summit [!] to be held?...
China-U.S. relations are at a historical low and nosedived in February after the U.S. shot down a suspected CHINESE SPY BALLOON that had flown across Canada and the United States. The incident led to the ["]postponement["] of a visit by U.S. Secretary of Stalking Antony Blinken to Beijing which has yet to be rescheduled.
by Cat on Fri May 12th, 2023 at 01:27:55 PM EST
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US ambassador accuses South Africa of providing arms to Russia, 11 May
The U. S. ambassador to South Africa accused the country Thursday of providing weapons and ammunition to Russia for its war in Ukraine via a cargo ship linked to a sanctioned company that docked secretly at a naval base near the city of Cape Town in December.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said an investigation into the visit by a Russian vessel named Lady R to his nation's main naval base was already underway behind the scenes with the help of U.S. intelligence services before Ambassador Reuben Brigety went public at a news conference in the South African capital, Pretoria, that the cargo was weapons and ammunition.

archived South Africa to stage joint naval drills with Russia, China in February
Brigety said the U.S. was certain that military equipment was loaded onto the Lady R at the Simon's Town naval base between Dec. 6 and Dec. 8 and then transported to Russia. He said it brought into question South Africa's supposed neutral stance on the war in Ukraine and its calls for the conflict to end.
[...]
usni.org | Expanding Multilateral Sino-Russian Naval Exercises, Nov 2019 Mosi-1
mod.gov.cn | China, Russia, South Africa to hold 2nd joint maritime exercise, Feb 2023 Mosi-2
reuters | South Africa to try to withdraw from ICC again, 25 Apr 2023
aljazeera | Putin ICC warrant debate goes on in South Africa, 3 May 2023
by Cat on Fri May 12th, 2023 at 02:15:03 PM EST
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BBC | South Africa says US ambassador apologised for alleging country supplied arms to Russia
Published
, 13 May stooge
But John KIRBY said it was a "serious issue" and the US had consistently urged countries not to provide support for Russia's war in Ukraine.

Writing on social media after meeting the foreign ministry, Mr Brigety said he was "grateful for the opportunity to... correct any ["]misimpressions["] left by my public remarks".

mis/mal/dis information IMPACT taxonomy adjustment. pls make a note of it.
by Cat on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 12:27:51 PM EST
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operanews | According to the minister in the presidency, "The US cannot intimidate us.", 14 May
[...]
During an interview with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Friday, Ntshavheni condemned the US ambassador to South Africa, Reuben Brigety, for resorting to "megaphone diplomacy" by addressing the media in Pretoria without first communicating through official diplomatic channels. She stated that this was not the first time such an approach had been taken by the US embassy in South Africa.

Ntshavheni expressed her concerns about the US embassy issuing a terror alert [!] without consulting the South African government, particularly noting that it was released during a period when a gay pride march was scheduled. She emphasized the need for accurate information and proper communication between nations, especially considering the challenges of homophobia faced on the African continent.
[...]
Ntshavheni revealed that the South African government has decided to démarche the US ambassador to South Africa and arrange a meeting with the US Secretary of Stalking, Antony Blinken, as part of the diplomatic channels to address the matter. Additionally, she mentioned that President Cyril Ramaphosa has initiated an inquiry led by a retired judge to investigate the allegations.
[...]
Regarding trade relations with the US, Ntshavheni acknowledged that negotiations are ongoing and highlighted previous issues, such as the disagreement over ["chlorine"?] chicken imports. She emphasized the need to protect South African industries and businesses while engaging in fair trade practices. The minister also stated that the US was not the only country targeting South Africa, mentioning parts of Europe imposing requirements that negatively impact the country's citrus industry.
[...]

parity watch
Bloomberg | Rand at Record Low on Fears Russia Row Will Hit US Trade Ties, 12 May
The currency fell as much as 1.6% to 19.5148 per dollar on Friday, breaching the all-time low of 19.3508 set during the Covid-19 lockdown in April 2020. It had narrowed losses to 19.2337 by 12:51 p.m. in Johannesburg.
"megaphone diplomacy"
by Cat on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 12:59:34 PM EST
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firstpost | Germany investigating claims which say Russia received arms from South Africa; vows to 'act accordingly', 13 May Hag Watch Int'l.
Speaking to journalists during the EU foreign ministers summit in Stockholm, Sweden, Baerbock highlighted the significance of the reports and stressed her commitment to thoroughly investigating the matter. She also expressed her intention to consult with other nations regarding the allegations, recognizing the gravity of the situation. Baerbock underscored the implications of supplying weapons to an aggressor, particularly in the context of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, stating that such actions would hinder efforts to bring about peace.
by Cat on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 01:07:31 PM EST
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for an intervention (not that one, the other one)

reuters | Putin, S.Africa's Ramaphosa discussed Ukraine in phone call-Kremlin, 12 May

...Friday's call between the two leaders came at the request of the South African side, the Kremlin said. During their talks, Putin also repeated an offer to deliver Russian grain and fertilisers free of charge to African countries....

4 days later
barrons AFP | African Nations To Send Peace Mission To Ukraine, Russia: Ramaphosa
Six African leaders plan to travel to Russia and Ukraine "as soon as is possible" to help find a resolution to the war, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Tuesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* have "agreed to receive the mission and the African heads of state, in both Moscow and Kyiv," Ramaphosa said.

Ramaphosa said he had held "separate telephone calls" with Putin and Zelensk* over the weekend, where he presented an initiative drawn up by Zambia [ZM], Senegal [SN], the Republic of Congo [CG], Uganda [UG], Egypt [EG], and South Africa [ZA].... "We're hoping we will have intensive discussions," he said, speaking at a press conference in Cape Town during a state visit by Singapore [SG] Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
[...]

F24 | African nations to send peace mission to Ukraine, Russia

[...]
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the African Union (AU) have been briefed on the initiative and welcomed it, Ramaphosa added. Ramaphosa did not give a specific timeline for the visit or other details, saying only that the conflict had been "devastating" and Africa "is also suffering a great deal" from it
[...]
The announcement came a day after Ramaphosa said South Africa had been under "extraordinary pressure" to pick sides in the conflict, following accusations from the United States that Pretoria supplied weapons to Moscow, a move that would break with its professed neutrality.

- 'Cautious support' -

The mission will be the latest in a flurry of so-far unsuccessful diplomatic efforts to still the war. A Chinese special envoy China's Special Representative for Eurasian Affairs, Li Hui was expected to arrive in Kyiv for a two-day visit on Tuesday to promote Beijing-led peace negotiations.

Main task is 'learning, communicating on demands and opinions'
Last week Guterres told a Spanish newspaper [7 days ago] that peace negotiations were "not possible at this moment" with both sides "convinced that they can win."

But Ramaphosa said the African initiative had met with "cautious support" in Washington [!] and a number of European capitals [!] visited by "facilitators" tasked [sic] with presenting the plan. The effort could help Pretoria rehabilitate [?!] its image as a neutral player and mediator, following [US Amb. Brigety's "misimpression"] accusations that it has drifted towards delivered arms to Russia.

archived for the international community in Ruble and Yuan, Do you have any control over how creepy you allow yourself to get?

Task is not a verb. A position is not a plan. Domination is "gender-neutral".
Russia denounces Macron for saying Moscow is becoming a Chinese 'vassal'

archived The Pékin power grabber REPORT, Coke or Jet Lag? in Ruble and Yuan, Cooperation is not well understood

by Cat on Tue May 16th, 2023 at 03:45:55 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | OpEd | Relations with Africa, Asia are on brink of collapse -- to Russia's benefit
29 Mar
[...]
What lessons should be drawn from European courts proceeding to seize Malaysian assets and properties worth $15 billion, based on a questionable arbitration authorized by a Spanish arbitrator facing criminal prosecution? And who will really benefit given that this claim on sovereign territories, derived from a mid-19th century agreement between a long-vanished Sultanate and a colonial-era British company, is funded by unknown third-party investors?
[...]
15 May
Ukrinform | Interruptions in grain corridor affect food, social security of African countries - MFA
"If the grain corridor stops now, including deliveries under the humanitarian program Grain from Ukraine, it will be more difficult to physically export grain because we'll have to do it through the EU [?!], which will take longer. We understand that we'll not be able to transport such volumes by road and rail at once. This'll have a corresponding impact on the food and social security situation on the African continent, especially in those countries that depend on the UN World Food Program," [Olga Trofimtseva, Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs] said.
17 May
aljazeera | Russia agrees to renew Ukraine Black Sea grain deal for [additional] 60 days
While Russia's exports of food and fertiliser are not subject to Western sanctions [FALSE] due to its invasion of Ukraine, Moscow says restrictions on payments, logistics, and insurance have become a barrier to shipments. The United States has rejected Russia's claims about its difficulty exporting goods. Last week, US Ambassador to the UN Linda ["eat muh gumbo"] Thomas-Greenfield said: "It is exporting grain and fertiliser at the same levels, IF NOT HIGHER, than before the full-scale invasion."
by Cat on Thu May 18th, 2023 at 02:03:14 PM EST
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Donald Trump loses civil rape trial, ordered to pay $5 million
...To determine the battery count, jurors had to find that it was more likely than not that Trump had either raped, sexually abused[,] or forcibly touched Carroll. Defamation carried a higher bar: Rather than preponderance, Carroll was required to prove by clear and convincing evidence that Trump's October 2022 comments on his social media platform Truth Social, denying the rape and calling her story a "complete con job," were both false and made with actual malice. ...

by Cat on Tue May 9th, 2023 at 09:47:25 PM EST
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  • The Don Cheeto (R)
  • Nikki Two-Tones (R)
  • Vivek WHO? (R)
  • Perry WUT? (R)
  • not that Scott, the other one (R)
  • Asa (R)
  • Marianne (D)
  • RFK, Jr (D)
  • dont-say-Desantis (R)

archived April
by Cat on Wed May 24th, 2023 at 03:56:03 PM EST
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The Blue State Exodus Accelerates | WSJ |

New IRS data for 2021 shows voters fleeing Illinois, among others.

The IRS data shows a net 105,000 people left Illinois in 2021, taking with them some $10.9 billion in AGI. That's up from $8.5 billion in 2020 and $6 billion in 2019. New York's income loss increased to $24.5 billion in 2021 from $19.5 billion in 2020 and $9 billion in 2019. California lost $29.1 billion in 2021, more than triple what it did in 2019.

By contrast, the lowest tax states added some $100 billion of income during the pandemic. Zero-income-tax Florida gained $39.2 billion--up from $23.7 billion in 2020 and $17.7 billion in 2019.



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 5th, 2023 at 07:10:57 PM EST
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United States, Mid-term Congressional Elections, 8 November 2022: Statement of Preliminary Findings and Conclusions | OSCE Report |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 14th, 2023 at 05:42:08 PM EST
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This "report" rambles from one moronic statement to the next to demostrate that the authors haven't their faintest fucking clue about US American history much less US American federal and state constitutions as pertains to "electoral law". For example,
The November 8 mid-term congressional elections were competitive and < wipes tears > professionally managed [by volunteers], with  [unspecified] active voter participation. However, the noted efforts to undermine voters' trust in the electoral process by baselessly questioning its integrity can result in systemic [sic] challenges
systematic challenges
[...]
Many in the diverse media landscape made efforts to present accurate information, but polarization and widespread disinformation affected voters' ability to inform themselves. Election administrators enjoyed general confidence, but the politicization of the offices of chief election officials and the intimidation of election workers are of concern. Restrictions on international observers in some states are at odds with OSCE [?!!] commitments.

The electoral legal framework is complex and diverse, with states adopting and applying their own laws and regulations on most aspects. The [US] Constitution [Art.I §4, Art. II §1, 10 amdt. and U.S.C. Title 52, Subtitle I, Ch. 103, §§ 10301 - 10314in part or in whole] and a number of federal laws establish a broad ["]framework["] for federal [sic] elections and form a sound basis for the respect of fundamental civil and political rights.
[...]

rentier math: 33 + 11 = 50 states and 15 "territories" incl. the D.C. but excl. IS and UA
Following the 2020 population census, the 435 House seats were reapportioned among the states, and [many] electoral districts were redrawn. Redistricting is < wipes tears > highly political, with state legislatures responsible for delimitation [sic] in 33 states, and external commissions [appointed by governors] in the remaining 11
FF >|| painfully pretentious
The use of New Voting Technologies [?!] is extensive and varies considerably across and within states. Ballot scanners combined with automatic tabulation are used in almost all jurisdictions. Voters in jurisdictions in six states must use machines which do not provide a paper record and cannot be audited. Most states require or have the option for post-election audits (PEAs), which are a crucial in identifying possible malfunctioning of tabulating equipment. However, not all states that conduct PEAs are required to complete them before the certification of an election. Federal and [RIP lives of John R. Lewis Voting Rights (Advancement) Act of 2019, H.R.1 to H.R.4, and 52 U.S. Code § 10303">] state authorities introduced numerous initiatives to help secure election technologies
ie. voice and paper ballot of 1888, gear-and-lever machine 1889-2006, mail in 1918, punch and butterfly 1964-2000, touch screen and optical scan ballots 2000-present
and mitigate potential cybersecurity risks. Overall, ODIHR LEOM < wipes tears > interlocutors expressed confidence in the integrity of election infrastructure and positively assessed efforts to mitigate cybersecurity risks.
[...]
Anybuddy up in there claiming US-English literacy know, at least, that new voting technologies in not a proper noun? IF not, y'all need to study codification, before you err as so many have done by misinforming persons, present in the USA or not, that Title 42, for example, and legislative processes have "ended" over the past SIX YEARS.
archived What surprises me is ...
by Cat on Sun May 14th, 2023 at 10:00:58 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 08:02:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 30th, 2023 at 09:34:31 PM EST


'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 1st, 2023 at 02:30:14 PM EST
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AP | Nel Hydrogen to build in Michigan, work with GM, 3 May
The Norwegian company makes devices that take water and split it into hydrogen and oxygen, known as electrolyzers, as well as fueling stations. CEO Håkon Volldal said the company will make electrolyzers in the Detroit area to supply up to 4 gigawatts' worth of hydrogen each year, making it among the largest such [automated] factories in the world.

Nel looked at every state, but picked the longtime home of the American automotive industry 5 Great Lakes for its new "gigafactory" to be near General Motors. Michigan also offered attractive financial incentives, partnerships with universities and training programs, and strong support from the governor's office, Volldal said. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called the new Nel plant a "phenomenal opportunity." She said cleaner, alternative sources of energy improve the quality of people's lives and create [500] good-paying jobs.
[...]
It's getting large orders from the United States and Volldal expects more. The Inflation Reduction Act offers a sizeable tax credit for producing green hydrogen, as an incentive to replace fossil fuels in heavy manufacturing. There are also plans to use hydrogen in power generation and transport to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
[...]
[Former MI gov, current] Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said her agency has advanced the technology at the heart of Nel for nearly two decades. The DOE awarded over $35 million [Cheeto-Moon subsidy] to an electrolyzer developer in Wallingford that was acquired by Nel in 2017. The grants paid for research, innovation and demonstration projects to take the technology from the laboratory to megawatt-scale.
[...]

Yonhap | SK E&S, Plug Power to invest 1 tln won for hydrogen gigafactory in S. Korea, 2 May
Through the joint venture, SK Plug Hyverse—a JV of SK E&S and Plug Power
...The future Bartow County plant in northwest Georgia is strategically located near Hyundai Motor Group's existing and planned U.S. facilities. Hyundai Motor Group broke ground last year on the new Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America in southeast Georgia to make future Hyundai, Genesis and Kia EVs....
will invest 510 billion won and 490 billion won, respectively, to build a hydrogen gigafactory and a research center for hydrogen technologies, SK E&S said. The gigafactory will produce [blue] hydrogen fuel cells for vehicles and water electrolysis platform for power generation, with commercial operations set to begin in 2025.
[...]
The investment came on the occasion of President Yoon Suk Yeol's state visit to the United States last week, during which a string of new business collaborations and partnerships were announced along the sidelines. The joint venture also plans to invest in building liquefied hydrogen stations across South Korea.
[...]
S. Korea urges U.S. to resolve legal issue on nuclear reactor export to Czech Republic, 28 Apr
...In October last year, the U.S.' Westinghouse Electric Co. filed a lawsuit against South Korea's Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. (KHNP) for an alleged intellectual property infringement, claiming that South Korean firms need U.S. government consent to export an APR1400 nuclear reactor as it is created based on its technology....
archived Tue Nov 1st 2022, Thu Nov 3rd, 2022
by Cat on Wed May 3rd, 2023 at 09:13:15 PM EST
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I spent three minutes trying to work out where the electricity to run this gigawat H2 facility is coming from. All the articles about the future factory are rewrites of the Nel press release. They are (self)described as a "green hydrogen company", but that depends ENTIRELY on where the power for the electrosys comes from.

So I boobled "michigan electricity power generation by source" :

Michigan Quick Facts
In 2021, coal provided the largest share of Michigan's electricity net generation (32%), followed by nuclear energy (30%) and natural gas-fired power (27%). Renewables provided about 11% of Michigan's electricity net generation in 2021, and wind energy accounted for three-fifths of that power.

Dirty brown hydrogen.

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

by eurogreen on Fri May 5th, 2023 at 10:45:40 AM EST
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Letting European politicians take decisions while in a pressure cooker will cost the consumer a lot of money extra today and tomorrow. Large fossil fuel corporations will be biggest profiteers cashing in on subsidies for "renewables".

Volldal on Woodside contract: "It takes us to a higher league"

H2OK is Woodside's first hydrogen project in the US, this equipment will support phase 1 of the proposed project (60 tpd). Woodside will site the facility in Ardmore, Oklahoma, an area well suited for hydrogen production with good availability of water and energy. The company will utilize these resources to produce liquid hydrogen for hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial and heavy transport vehicles.

Woodside Energy is looking to expand its US footprint and is also working on two proposed hydrogen projects in Australia: H2Perth and H2Tas.

The contract with Woodside was signed only a couple of months after Nel received its record size 200 MW purchase order for another large-scale project in the US.

Related reading, formerly the Detroit Edison Company, founded in 1886 ...

Our Bold Goal for Michigan's Clean Energy Future | DTE |

Climate change is one of the defining issues of our era. That's why DTE Electric recently unveiled our 2022 CleanVision Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), our proposal to dramatically increase renewable energy and storage, hasten the retirement of our last two coal plants, and accelerate our carbon emissions reduction goals.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 5th, 2023 at 01:52:58 PM EST
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plutonium pits for Granholm

DOE and NSSA, "Fiscal Year 2023
Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan - Biennial Plan Summary
", 244 pp

US Senate Armed Services Comte, "To receive testimony on the Department of Energy [DOE] and National Nuclear Security Administration [NNSA] atomic energy defense activities...." 26 Apr (02:07:07), witnesses' opening statement: DOD nuke capability and no-nuke systems' modernization

Sen. ERNST (@ 00:59:38): Thank you, Mr Chair. Secretary Granholm, I would like to start this morning by asking about the Biden administration's energy policies and their impact on our national security. The president's been cheer-leading for green tech, and I feel that this has harmed the DOD's operational energy approach. It's enriching our adversaries and boosting harmful players on the forced labor supply chain. Last year, the president proposed to mandate the Department of Defense's non-tactical vehicle fleet in exchange for an all-electric vehicle by 2030. The senate intervened last year on a bipartisan basis to prevent the directive from becoming law, because number one, we recognize the CHINA controls mining and production for electic vehicle components; and number two, this administration has hamstrung a number of aggressive permiting reforms for mining and processing of renewables right here in the United States, domestic mining and energy. So, Secretary Granholm, you've been one of the Biden administration's leading advocates for green energy, and you've even praised CHINA's work on climate change. So, do you believe CHINA is a reliable partner in achieving and stabilizing US energy indepence and security?
Sec. GRANHOLM: First, I was comparing CHINA's investment in renewable energy to the rest of the globe, and they have invested four times as much as the US has, even as they are not a reliable partner with respect to their human rights abuses. Number two, though, I just want to respond to the elecctric vehicle issue. CHINA does control a big amount of the critical minerals, but that's exactly what the president's "Invest in America" agenda is slated to overturn. We want to see responsible extraction here. We want to see processing here. We want to see the critical minerals integrated in battery packs here and put into vehicles. In fact since the Inflation Reduction Act was passed, one-hundred fifty battery companies have announced, they are coming or expanding battery supply chain, including extraction to the United States.
ERNST: That's great, and I can't wait to see that happen. I hope that happens before 2030, because that's a very aggressive mandate. I know that the permitting process for a number of these operations will take years and years and years. So, if we don't streamline that, it's not going to happen.
GRANHOLM: I don't know anyone who would not disagree with you on that.
ERNST: So, we'll watch for that in the next year or so. I hope that this really takes on a much faster approach than we've seen in the past. I know, your department also has on-going considerations of a two-hundred million dollar grant to a CHINA-based lithium battery company. So, I don't want to see American dollars going toward CHINESE investment. I think that's really irresponsible. Let's invest in domestic energy production and mining. The administration's failure to greenlight year-around, low cost, low carbon fuel like E15 is another concern that I have, and I think that all of these things combined are negatively affecting the DOD. So, I believe, the proposed swapping of the military's non-tactical vehicles for an all-electric fleet, again, by 2030 is really putting the climate crusade ahead of our department's lethality. We need to focus on that first. Sp, do you support the military adopting the EV fleet by 2030?
GRANHOLM: I do, and I think we can get there as well. I do think that reducing our reliance on the volatility of globally traded fossil fuels where we know that global events such as THE WAR IN UKRAINE can jack up prices [OF GRAINS!] for [STARVING AFRICAN] people back home. It does not contribute to energy security. I think that energy security is achieved, when we have home-grown clean energy that is abundant like you see in Iowa. We think that we can be a leader globally in how we have become energy independent.
ERNST: When it comes to the EV fleet, I don't support it. I think we've got a ten billion price tag here on a very expensive, unreliable product. We need reliability, and I'm going to make a plug again for our home-grown energy. We have a fleet right now that can use ethanol products, that can use bio-diesel right now. We don't have to invest that ten billion dollars. Anyone of our non-tactical vehicles can pull up to a pump, fill up with bio-diesel, and we are good to go right now at no additional cost to the DOD. And at a time when we're constrained by dollars, we need to take what we have right now and utilize it.
FOX News informants
IER | Energy Secretary Granholm's Perverse and Dangerous View of Military Electrification, 3 May: "...Just imagine a son or daughter in an EV military tank operated by enormous and heavy batteries that go dead in the middle of battle with no ability to be recharged quickly or at all..."
USPS fleet progress: 236,532 vehicles
electrek | Under new postmaster general, a Trump donor, electric mail trucks get postponed again, 13 May 2020
"The Postal Service started its mail truck replacement process in 2015...Meanwhile, Amazon made a deal to purchase 100,000 Rivian electric trucks that are expected to start rolling out as early as 2021."
CBS | U.S. Postal Service starts nationwide electric vehicle fleet, buying 9,250 EVs and thousands of charging stations, 1 Mar 2023: "Ford E-Transit Battery Electric Vehicles ...The goal is to have a fleet of 66,000 electric vehicles deployed by 2028."
autobodynews | Amazon Has Tripled Its Fleet of Rivian EDVs to 3,000 Across the U.S., 3 Apr 2023
"Obviously, the 3,000 vehicles currently in Amazon's fleet represent a tiny fraction of the 100,000 units Rivian is bound to deliver by 2030."USPS "non-tactical" fleet: 236,532 vehicles
electrek | Under new postmaster general, a Trump donor, electric mail trucks get postponed again, 13 May 2020: "The Postal Service started its mail truck replacement process in 2015...Meanwhile, Amazon made a deal to purchase 100,000 Rivian electric trucks that are expected to start rolling out as early as 2021."
CBS | U.S. Postal Service starts nationwide electric vehicle fleet, buying 9,250 EVs and thousands of charging stations, 1 Mar 2023: "Ford E-Transit Battery Electric Vehicles ...The goal is to have a fleet of 66,000 electric vehicles deployed by 2028."
autobodynews | Amazon Has Tripled Its Fleet of Rivian EDVs to 3,000 Across the U.S., 3 Apr 2023: "Obviously, the 3,000 vehicles currently in Amazon's fleet represent a tiny fraction of the 100,000 units Rivian is bound to deliver by 2030."
by Cat on Sat May 6th, 2023 at 08:12:09 PM EST
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Rivian Continues To Hemorrhage Money Despite $1.5 Billion in State Incentives, 1 May
"According to a new Bloomberg report, Rivian has lost 93 percent of its market value since November 2021. The state of Georgia is still on the hook for as much as $1.5 billion in state incentives."

archived 'War of the states': EV, chip makers lavished with ["]subsidies["]

by Cat on Sat May 6th, 2023 at 08:25:13 PM EST
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UK FIRES | Absolute Zero, Cambridge 2019, 60 pp pdf, illustrated
UK demand for energy-intensive materials is growing, driving increased emissions in the UK and abroad. UK FIRES is a research programme sponsored by the UK Government, aiming to support a 20% cut in the UK's true emissions by 2050 by placing Resource Efficiency at the heart of the UK's Future Industrial Strategy.

Industry is the most challenging sector for climate mitigation—it's energy efficient and there are no substitutes available at scale for the energy-intensive bulk materials—steel, cement, plastic, paper and aluminium. UK FIRES is therefore working towards an industrial renaissance in the UK, with high-value climate-safe UK businesses delivering goods and services compatible with the UK's legal commitment to zero emissions and with much less new material production.
[...]
We can't wait for breakthrough technologies to deliver net-zero emissions by 2050. Instead, we can plan to respond to climate change using today's technologies with incremental radical change. This will reveal many opportunities for growth but requires a public discussion about future lifestyles.

stretch goals, pp 8-9
2020-2029: There are currently no freight ships operating without emissions, so shipping must contract
2030-2049: All shipping declines to zero.
by Cat on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 07:22:52 AM EST
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NEOM Obtains Funding For The World's Largest Green Hydrogen Plant
NEOM Green Hydrogen Company, which is building the world's biggest green hydrogen plant in Saudi Arabia, on Monday said it had reached the financial close on the world's largest green hydrogen production facility, which will need total investments of $8.4 billion.
[...]
NEOM Green Hydrogen Company (NGHC) is an equal joint venture by ACWA Power, Air Products, and NEOM. The company plans to build the world's largest green hydrogen plant to produce green ammonia at scale in 2026.
[...]
The hydrogen mega-plant will integrate up to 4 gigawatts (GW) of solar and wind energy to produce up to 600 tons per day of carbon-free hydrogen by the end of 2026, in the form of green ammonia. Earlier this year, ACWA Power, one of the green hydrogen facility's developers, said that it plans to build three more giant green hydrogen projects in Saudi Arabia.

NGHC has also concluded the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) agreement with Air Products as the nominated contractor and system integrator for the entire facility, the joint venture company said on Monday. Air Products, in turn, has already awarded major contracts to various technology and construction partners.

archived living on the planet
by Cat on Tue May 23rd, 2023 at 02:00:30 AM EST
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Vision Invest, (previously known as ACWA Holding), is a Saudi Arabian investment powerhouse, that was formed in 2002 as a Joint Venture between Al Muhaidib Group and Abdullah Abunayyan Group. Vision Invest is building a portfolio of companies with interests in power and water, manufacturing, utilities and services, construction and contracting, transportation and real estate development.

As hegemon America under "leadership" of George Bush and Dick Cheney were set on fighting an illegal war in Iraq to punish its people and tiran Saddam Hussein  ... other global powers were investing in South America (China) and Africa in fertile soil for agriculture and future food supply.

So too under the circumstances of finite black gold, the Arab nation was investing in green energy ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 23rd, 2023 at 04:42:00 AM EST
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thenationalnews.com.ue | UAE signs nuclear energy deals with three Chinese companies,
news to me
[...]
The deal signed with the China National Nuclear Corporation Overseas will focus on co-operation in the field of high temperature gas-cooled [!] reactors. The third agreement with the China Nuclear Energy Industry Corporation will focus on possible collaboration in nuclear fuel supply [!] and investment.

ENEC chief executive Mohamed Al Hammadi met senior officials from the organisations, who presented their business plans to discuss opportunities for future collaboration. During the visit, Mr Al Hammadi, who became President [!] of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) in October 2022, met senior staff of the WANO Shanghai branch office to meet the teams there and receive updates on their latest activities. Unit 3 of Abu Dhabi's Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant began commercial operations in February.
[...]
Dr Sultan Al Jaber, President-designate of the Cop28 [!] summit, visited China last month and said it provides a strong model for how a country can continue to grow while simultaneously tackling the green energy transition.

"Given the size of China's economy and the scale of its development of renewable energy and decarbonisation technology, China provides a good model for sustainable economic growth and the global energy transition," said Dr Al Jaber, who is also the UAE's Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology.

by Cat on Fri May 26th, 2023 at 09:12:08 PM EST
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From my diary In Search of the Wahhabi Nuclear Bomb | Mar 3rd, 2019 |

Nuclear Power in the United Arab Emirates

  • The UAE has embarked upon a nuclear power programme in close consultation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, and with huge public support.
  • It accepted a $20 billion bid from a South Korean consortium to build four commercial nuclear power reactors, total 5.6 GWe, by 2020 at Barakah.
  • Unit 1 of the country's first nuclear power plant was connected to the grid in August 2020, followed by unit 2 in September 2021 and unit 3 in October 2022.
  • UAE's nuclear plans built on strong premises

    Latest news ...

    Korea and UAE agree to expand nuclear cooperation | WNN - Jan. 16, 2023 |

    South Korea and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to "deepen and accelerate collaboration in the peaceful nuclear energy sector". Several memorandums of understanding (MoUs) were signed during a meeting between Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol and UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nayhan.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 26th, 2023 at 09:59:50 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Türkiye is in the process of expanding its nuclear sector. Four VVER-1200 reactors are currently being built by Russia at Akkuyu on its Mediterranean coast and another Russian development is being considered on the Black Sea coast.

    Other companies competing for a share of future nuclear stations include a joint venture between France's Framatome and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan, American nuclear engineer Westinghouse and China's State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation.



    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 26th, 2023 at 10:00:51 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    (not Georgia USA, NPP*, the other one)

    georgiatoday.ge | New Investment Mechanism Readies Georgian Energy Sector to SURGE, 24 May "de-risking"

    Georgia's renewable energy (RE) sector may be in for a windfall of investment. A new ["]mechanism["] to encourage interest in renewables, contracts for differences (CfDs), will seek to resolve years of disagreement between the state and private sector about who should bear the risk of project development.
    [...]
    Georgia's power consumption matrix has been looking less and less green since 2016, when renewables accounted for more than 80% of consumption, falling to a three-year average of 70% over 2020-2022, data from the country's electricity [IMP/EXP/TRAN] market operator ESCO.ge shows. The shortfall in green power is largely due to uncertainty concerning the state's stance on power purchasing agreements (PPAs), another investment support mechanism offered to investors until 2016-2017, at which point a de facto moratorium on PPAs was put in place over fears the national budget had accumulated too many liabilities on its balance sheet. CfDs are also being offered in Georgia at a time when the EU is proposing their wider use, with the European Parliament mulling over the idea of mandating that all public support for new renewables be provided in the form of CfDs.

    Exactly how the new mechanism will affect the market and what new trends might emerge in the sector will become more apparent in late May or June, when the results of the first CfD auction are revealed. Until then, the private sector has lauded the move to offer CfDs, but asks whether there is room to further refine the mechanism.
    [...]

    guaranteed income with post-FIT characteristics
    What are CfDs and what problem do they solve?

    The new mechanism differs substantially from PPAs. The latter fixed a price for a set volume of power over time (Investor.ge covered the issue with PPAs extensively in this article: bitly.ws/BFTI). CfDs do not contract for volumes, but instead fix a strike price: if the market price of power falls below the strike price, the state guarantees to bridge the gap between the market and strike price. Conversely, the developer agrees to pay back any income generated by market prices above the strike price.

    The strike price is determined by a developer's winning (i.e. lowest) bid at auction. The first of such auctions was announced in mid-February for 300 MW (150 MW of hydro, 70 MW of wind, 70 MW of solar, and 10 MW of geothermal and other sources). An auction for another 400 MW is expected to be announced later this year.
    [...]

    archived €2.3B energy and communication cable AZ-GE-RO-HU "megadeal"

    reference
    IRENA | Country Profiles | Georgia (2019-2020)
    Westinghouse cautionary tale
    "'You know you're not supposed to leave early on your last day,' the caller joked. It was Jack Welch, chairman of rival General Electric."
    General Electric cautionary tale

    by Cat on Fri May 26th, 2023 at 08:49:57 PM EST
    [ Parent ]

    sheep drink from "a raft" of measure on the Ebro River, on May 5, 2023.(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, File)

    Spain floods exceptional drought with $2.4B

    [Ecological Transition Minister Teresa] Ribera said € 1.4 billion would go toward building the infrastructure to double the use of treated wastewater in urban areas and constructing new desalination plants to increase the national supply of drinking water[, possibly green hydrogen]. More work is needed to modernize and repair Spain's water infrastructure, she added. Unattended LEAKS COST Spaniards 15% of their total water supply.

    Meanwhile Spain's Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food promised 636 million euros of direct aid and help with insurance, loans, and tax breaks for farmers, ranchers, and beekeepers. Water allowances for irrigation have been cut and vegetation has < wipes tears > dried up during the drought.


    yahoo! USAtoday | Before and after photos show California reservoirs replenished after HISTORIC rains, 11 Apr
    Last month, southern California's largest reservoir marked an incredible turnaround when officials from the Metropolitan Water District  turned on the taps once again -- releasing water transported from northern California that gushed from valves at 600 cubic feet per second into the 4.5-mile-long Diamond Valley Lake.
    [...]
    "The public is going to benefit with the water being higher. Everything is easier to get to. They can just jump on the lake and have fun," Jared Rael, who manages the Bidwell Canyon and Lime Saddle boat marinas at Lake Oroville, told the Associated Press. "We're going to have a great year."
    [...]
    Officials are preparing for flooding as a result of snowmelt when temperatures warm up. The snowpack's water content is 239% of its normal average and nearly triple in the southern Sierra, according to state data.

    "We know there will be flooding," Nemeth said.

    "This year's severe storms and flooding is the latest example that California's climate is becoming more extreme," said DWR Director Karla Nemeth.
    "There's just too much snowmelt to be accommodated in our rivers and channels and keeping things between levees."
    water.ca.gov/ | Putting Flood Waters to Work: State Expedites Efforts to Maximize Groundwater Recharge, 9 May
    by Cat on Thu May 11th, 2023 at 06:13:26 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    thehill | Early season snowmelt could bring the West summer water scarcity: study, 22 May
    "once in 100 years" GLOBAL WARMING
    From 1950 [!] to 2013, the amount of water stored in snowpack plunged in more than 25 percent of the mountainous areas of the western North America, according to the study, published on Monday in Nature Communications Earth & Environment.
    [...]
    That's going to present challenges in terms of managing the infrastructure that's allowed the Western United States to flourish over the last 100 years," he added.
    archived 3 Seasons of California, Blame Drought monitors
    Colorado River basin states reach agreement on water cutbacks
    The proposal, drafted by California, Arizona, and Nevada, would commit those three states to collective conservation of at least 3 million acre-feet of system water by the end of 2026, when the Colorado River's current operating guidelines are set to expire.
    [...]
    "I commend our partners in the seven basin states who have demonstrated leadership and unity of purpose in developing this consensus-based approach to achieve the substantial water conservation necessary to sustain the Colorado River System through 2026," Deputy Interior Secretary Tommy Beaudreau said in a statement.

    The consensus-based plan comes almost two months after the Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation issued a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) with proposed alternatives for consumption cutbacks.
    [...]
    "This proposal provides robust protection for Lake Powell and Lake Mead and will help bolster storage volumes in these two critical reservoirs," [Dir. of the Arizona Department of Water Resources Tom] Buschatzke said in a statement.

    archived Mon Feb 6th 2023, Wed Jan 4th 2023
    cnn | Italy's 'once in a century' deadly floods are linked to climate crisis, researchers say, 19 May
    archived climate-driven drought, Worst Drought In 500 Years, worst drought in 70 years
    by Cat on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 06:45:51 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Cat on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 02:46:43 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Cat on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 07:32:33 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 30th, 2023 at 09:34:53 PM EST
    Six months long, temperature stayed below 20°C (68°F)



    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 1st, 2023 at 02:32:57 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    tabloid USAToday | Scientists warn an El Niño is likely coming that could bring scorching heat to Earth, 13 May atmospheric rivers of BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS
    "What is El Niño?" Title 42 FTW.
    by Cat on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 01:42:05 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Acquittal for Heinrich Bücker!, 27 Apr
    [...]
    In the plea, the attorney warned that a conviction would violate Bücker's right to freedom of expression. The main purpose of his speech was to recall the fascist attack on the Soviet Union and against this background to warn against renewed collaboration with Ukrainian fascists.

    The verdict followed immediately afterwards: Acquittal! However, the court left no doubt about its rejection of Bücker's political stance. According to the judge, the acquittal was only because the speech at the memorial was only held in front of the "fans of Heinrich Bücker" - a depoliticization and insult to the people gathered in Treptower Park for the commemoration. Trying not to create a precedent here, it was again emphasized that the statements made by Bücker were wrong and that Russia was waging a "war of aggression contrary to international law". In the judge's view, the potential of the speech to "incite the psychological climate of the population" was not given due to the limited number of listeners. Thus, the judgment leaves a stale aftertaste.

    At this point we document the statement that Heinrich Bücker had prepared for the court for uninterrupted reading:...

    Helman
    [...]
    The Berlin judge [Marieluis Brinkmann] also broke German court precedent and judicial practice by announcing in her ruling a finding of fact and law about which she had refused to allow any evidence or argument to be presented and tested in court.  In the Ukraine, she announced, Russia is waging a "war of aggression in violation of international law."

    In her ruling the judge signalled that the German authorities want to prevent the Buecker case from becoming a rallying cause for free speech advocates across the country. "They want the issue to go away as quickly as possible," Buecker said. "They realize it's becoming too public."
    [...]

    archived German civil procedure rules
    by Cat on Tue May 2nd, 2023 at 11:47:30 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Conviction of Antiwar Organizer Heinrich Bücker

    German warmakers target antiwar organizer Heinrich Bücker

    Bücker's speech thus reported information that many historians consider factual. Since pro-fascist groups -- Bandera, the Azov battalion -- are part of the Kiev regime, his facts dispute the imperialist propaganda that describes the current Ukrainian regime as "democratic."

    Bücker writes of a "narrowing of political space" in Germany to express opinions opposing German participation in the proxy war in Ukraine against Russia. The charges brought against him for his speech, for which he can face up to three years in prison and a fine, is proof of it. This increase in repression of antiwar forces, he writes, also exists in other European Union countries.

    The U.S.-led war and sanctions against Russia, which the coalition government in Berlin has backed in full, has forced sacrifices on Germany's working class. Many won't afford to heat their homes this winter and put food on the table. Meanwhile, big capital in Germany has accelerated investments abroad, including building factories in U.S. states with union-busting conditions. 



    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 3rd, 2023 at 04:41:18 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Bücker for himself, A/V (DE), 00:02:51
    Bücker view of DE war parties' landscape, podcast interview (EN), 00:55:41
    by Cat on Wed May 3rd, 2023 at 11:44:48 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Stop re-tweeting. Stop guessing. Step away from EP "competencies". Read mf US Code.
    euractiv | NGOs warn that EU's foreign agents law could 'silence critical voices'
    [...]
    The US FARA legislation requires all third [?!] country [?!] politicians [?!] and their lobbying representatives to register and detail their work with US lawmakers [?!], including any formal contract and fees, on a publicly accessible website.
    [...]
    22 U.S.C. § 611 et seq.
    DEFINITIONS

    § 611. As used in and for the purposes of this subchapter--

    (a) The term "person" includes an individual, partnership, association, corporation, organization, or any other combination of individuals;

    (b) The term "foreign principal" includes--

    (1) a government of a foreign country and a foreign political party;

    (2) a person outside of the United States, unless it is established that such person is an individual and a citizen of and domiciled within the United States, or that such person is not an individual and is organized under or created by the laws of the United States or of any State or other place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and has its principal place of business within the United States; and

    (3) a partnership, association, corporation, organization, or other combination of persons
    [...]
    REQUIREMENTS AS TO REGISTRATION

    § 612.(a) No person shall act as an agent of a foreign principal unless he has filed with the Attorney General a true and complete registration statement and supplements thereto as required by subsections (a) and (b) of this section or unless he is exempt from registration under the provisions of this subchapter. Except as hereinafter provided, every person who becomes an agent of a foreign principal shall, within ten days thereafter, file with the Attorney General, in duplicate, a registration statement, under oath on a form prescribed by the Attorney General. The obligation of an agent of a foreign principal to file a registration statement shall, after the tenth day of his becoming such agent, continue from day to day, and termination of such status shall not relieve such agent from his obligation to file a registration statement for the period during which he was an agent of a foreign principal. The registration statement shall include the following, which shall be regarded as material for the purposes of this subchapter:
    [...]
    EXEMPTIONS

    § 613. The requirements of section 612(a) of this title shall not apply to the following agents of foreign principals:
    [...]

    US Department of Justice | US Attorney General | Browse/Search Filings

    archived EU condemns Georgia's 'foreign agents' law

    by Cat on Wed May 3rd, 2023 at 03:41:51 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    wut: New hate speech laws kick up a storm in Ireland
    [...]
    "While these repulsive acts of violence and abuse against innocent people have been extensively reported on, we know that some people go about their lives constantly in fear of abuse simply because of who they are."

    The new law will introduce specific legislation to tackle hate crimes, which it considers intentional or reckless communication and behaviour that is likely to incite violence or hatred, establishing penalties of up to five years in prison.
    [...]

    by Cat on Wed May 3rd, 2023 at 07:57:27 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Hankyoreh | Nobel-winning economist suggests care work visas as remedy for Korea's low birth rate, 3 May fertility quotient
    Michael Kremer, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and Nobel economic prize laureate, suggests immigration as a solution to South Korea's population problem. Allowing special visa programs for non-nationals to engage in care work would have a positive effect on the economy with few side effects.
    [...]
    The argument is that opening up immigration for occupations like household work and care work would help increase the overall labor force and allow women to enter the labor market free from the burden of childcare. Kremer explained that while some argue that there is a cost, if women who have had career breaks due to caregiving are able to work, it could lead to increased fiscal revenues, including tax generation.
    chosun | Provincial Universities Rely Heavily on Foreign Students
    from Viet Nam, Mongolia, and Uzbekistan
    by Cat on Wed May 3rd, 2023 at 09:24:18 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    cradle | France's Total behind greatest environmental scandal' in Yemeni, 8 May reconnaissance
    [...]
    The April report was based on an investigation by French writer Quentin Muller for the NGO Greenpeace [27.09.22].

    Titled "Total's black waters, revelations on major pollution in Yemen," Mueller documents widespread pollution caused by TotalEnergies in Shabwa, Hadhramaut, and Marib provinces, with the collaboration of the government of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

    The French investigation revealed TotalEnergies' burial of millions of liters of toxic water, oil spills, use of non-standard operating techniques, contamination of the country's largest groundwater, and the firm's failure to recycle toxic waste. The report also described the harm caused to land, animals, and people due to the leakage of chemicals, air pollution, and the impact of the French multinational's operations in surrounding areas.
    [...]
    The French oil giant's actions in Yemen came under additional scrutiny in February when the Geneva-based legal advocacy NGO MENA Rights [23.02.23] filed a lawsuit against the company, accusing it of human rights abuses committed inside a gas plant operated by one of its subsidiaries. MENA Rights alleges the Balhaf gas liquefaction plant in the southern province of Shabwah had been converted into a prison run by UAE forces. The group is seeking compensation for two men allegedly imprisoned and tortured at the plant. The French firm is the largest shareholder of Yemen LNG, the company operating the Balhaf gas plant, where both men were allegedly taken in 2018 and 2019.
    [...]

    L'OBS | Les eaux noires de Total, révélations sur des pollutions majeures au Yémen, 20 Avr
    by Cat on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 10:38:01 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Cat on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 11:22:01 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Levan Gudadze: curriculum vitae of a stateless person

    and Salome Zourabichvili
    yahoo! New Voice of Ukranine | Georgian president calls Russia's lifting visa ban for Georgian citizens 'another provocation', last week

    "Those Russians who enter the country [Georgia?] should be subject to state control," she said. "We must take steps to put it all in a civilized framework. We're a tolerant country, we accept everyone, but there are THINGS that cannot take place."
    Air traffic control "mechanisms" and How many pillars o' freedom?
    [...]
    On May 10, Russian DICTATOR Vladimir Putin unexpectedly lifted visa ban for Georgian citizens and greenlighted direct flights to the country.
    [...]
    Russia introduced a visa ban for Georgian citizens in 2000. At the same time, Russians have been able to enter Georgia without visas since 2012, following a unilateral decision by the Georgian government.
    [...]
    archived FARA acts for the perplexed, flying unfriendly skies
    by Cat on Tue May 16th, 2023 at 02:12:55 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    interfax | EU regrets Georgia's consent to allowing flights to and from Russia, 16 May
    EU High Commissioner's aviation safety measures and counter-trrrism beliefs
    "This latest decision by Georgian authorities raises concerns in terms of Georgia's EU path and Georgia's commitments to align with EU decisions in the foreign policy as foreseen in the EU-Georgia Association Agreement," [Peter] Stano said at a press briefing in Brussels on Friday.

    Georgia previously complied with around 40% of the EU's foreign policy and security decisions, which was not much, and the share stands at 31% this year, Stano said. "This is very regrettable," he said.

    Earlier this week, "the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization concerns were conveyed to the Georgian authorities regarding the over all* security of the Russian aviation sector and Russian aircraft," Stano said.


    * US-Eng. "overall" is a garment; "over all" is a prepositional phrase.
    by Cat on Wed May 17th, 2023 at 12:57:56 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Cat on Sun May 21st, 2023 at 12:10:17 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Authoritarian social credit smart city surveillance states step aside.

    2020
    James Hope assumed the duties of USAID Mission Director in Ukraine in July 2020.
    biometicupdateupdate | Ukrainian IDs go digital, biometric passports available in Diia mobile application, 16 Apr

    ...Ukraine has issued biometric travel passports to more than 950,000 Ukrainian citizens in the Russia-occupied Donbas region. Earlier this year it started issuing biometric ID cards, while in late 2019 it had issued more than 14 million biometric passports.
    2021
    restofworld | State in a smartphone: Inside Ukraine's effort to replace bureaucracy, 16 Jun
    "Zelensky is a person of the new generation and considers Diia one of his top priorities," Vladimir Fesenko, head of the Penta Center of Applied Political Studies in Kyiv told Rest of World. "Ukraine was behind many countries and now it is trying to catch up."
    kyivpost | Digital Transformation Ministry starts beta testing of COVID certificates, 18 Aug
    kyivpost | Rada introduces e-registration of residence place, 5 Nov
    kyivpost | Fake Diia applications plague Ukraine amid mounting COVID-19 death toll,  5 Nov
    2022
    Sen. C. Deacon, Canada receives "Case study report: Implementation of digital services ecosystem by the government of Ukraine," Sep, 22 pp
    2023
    UNDP | 63% of Ukrainians use state e-services, user numbers grow for third year in row, 25 Jan
    eump.org | What's Wrong with Diia? March 8 pp
    visitukraine | how Ukraine became the first digital state in the world, 12 May
    guardian | Meet Diia: the Ukrainian app used to do taxes ... and report Russian soldiers (26.05.23)

    Federov, 32, told members of the European parliament the mission began by thinking like a start-up company: to create an app that was as easy to use as WhatsApp or Booking.com. Now, the team is working to make it an open-source tool that Ukraine can give to other countries to build a digital public infrastructure.
    by Cat on Sat May 27th, 2023 at 06:57:46 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    APsplainin Border appears calm after lifting of pandemic asylum restrictions, 12 May pawns
    Less than 24 hours after
    hhs.gov | End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
    Based on current COVID-19 trends, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, declared under Section 319 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act [Title 42], to expire at the end of the day on May 11, 2023.
    the rules known as Title 42 [sic] were lifted, migrants and government officials were still assessing the effect of the change and the new regulations [Executive Order 14010] adopted by President Joe Biden's administration to stabilize the region.
    [...]
    APsplainin Asylum-seekers say joy over end of Title 42 [sic] turns to anguish induced by new US rules, 28 May "e-governance"
    [...]
    Though the government opened some new avenues for immigration, the fate of many people is largely left to a U.S. government app only used for scheduling an appointment at a port of entry and unable to decipher human suffering or weigh the vulnerability of applicants.

    The CBP One™ app is a key tool in creating a more efficient and orderly system at the border "while cutting out unscrupulous smugglers who profit from vulnerable migrants," the Department of Homeland Security said in an email to The Associated Press.

    CBP OneTM began the rollout of its features, starting with an Inspection Appointment request feature for brokers/carriers/forwarders and I-94 Entry for travelers. Since then, CBP has continued to add new capabilities to CBP OneTM. Please see the below list of currently available features for more information. As new features are released, information will be made available on our website.

    CBP OneTM is available now to schedule appointments. CBP OneTM and the Advance Submission and Appointment Scheduling process are free to use. Noncitizens located in Central or Northern Mexico who seek to travel to the United States may use the U.S. Customs and Border Protection CBP OneTM app to submit information in advance and schedule an appointment to present themselves at the below Southwest Border land ports of entry (POEs):

    • Arizona: Nogales
    • Texas: Brownsville, Eagle Pass, Hidalgo, Laredo, and El Paso
    • California: Calexico and San Ysidro
    Please see the Stats and Summaries page for official metrics related to Title 8 and Title 42 encounters.

    But since its rollout in January October 28, 2020, the app has been criticized for ["]technological problems["]. Demand has far outstripped the roughly 1,000 appointments available on the app each day.
    [...]
    archived 8 USC 1182: Inadmissible aliens, 8 CFR 235.5 Expedited Removal, litigation, Migrant Protection Protocols ("rules"), and Biden adding to 'Remain in Mexico'
    by Cat on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 09:22:51 PM EST
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    liberating the mystique of rational, self-interested actors from corporate citizenship at long last
    OECD | Global Action: Promoting Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems, funded by the European Union's Foreign Partnership Instrument
    Social economy organisations traditionally refer to the set of associations, cooperatives, mutual organisations, and foundations whose activity [the service economy] is driven by values of solidarity, the primacy of people over capital, and democratic and participative governance. The OECD has significantly contributed to the conceptual knowledge and practical understanding of the social economy since its' pioneering work on the plural economy  in the 1990's. The OECD continues to expand its knowledge base [the knowledge economy] while raising awareness of the contribution of social economy organisations to an inclusive and sustainable [GDP] growth at the local, regional, ["sub-national"], and national levels in OECD [38] member countries and beyond....
    Units of measurement
    • Legal frameworks
    • Internationalisation
    • Inclusivity and equality employment
    • Youth-led social enterprise
    • Factors

    "the family"
    usnews reuters | NATO Struggles in the Shadows to Find New Leader, 26 May

    [...]
    Though a very public role, the contest is extremely opaque, played out mainly in consultations among leaders and diplomats. Those consultations continue until all [31] NATO members agree they have reached a consensus.

    Jamie Shea, a former senior NATO official who served with the alliance for 38 years, said leaders will be looking for a highly skilled politician, [a] communicator and diplomat.

    "Keeping the family together, keeping everybody on board constantly, being in touch with all of the allies to make sure that you're addressing their concerns, is an important part of the job," said Shea, now with the Chatham House think tank.
    [...]

    by Cat on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 02:04:16 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    SARS-CoV-19 origin story just won't quit so long as "whistleblowers" creep out of the woodwork as is convenient.

    Presumably, David Martin MD, appeared for a euparl COVI committee hearing this year. I'v no idea—other than grafting vdL graft to Pfizer-BioNtech contracts—why the committee would recall Martin's decade-old testimony and cannot immediately locate either Martin's c.v. or the source material in EP (ERC) catacombs, as is the custom. However, finding Martin featured in a two-part documentary Plandemic (2020), which normally is how "conspiraciy" dies, piqued my interest in obscure H1N1 "platform" development.

    Mr Dotcom also dropped in the tread his TWTR Space interview (FKA "podcast") with a pair of well-connected, somewhat contrite career beneficiaries of NIH-NIAID, and likely USAMRIID, funding (run time 02:35:00) who also happen to be 2022-minted authors purporting subject matter expertise with computational bio, the BWC protocols, and scale of investment in current US "bio-economy" P&E. As one might expect, the discussion eventually degenerated—as prodigies of the libertarian persuasion will do—into white-board schema on future research into WMD combining coronovirus and hushed tones of ebola.
    by Cat on Sat May 27th, 2023 at 04:33:59 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 27th, 2023 at 06:24:52 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    finance Doctorate (PhD) from the University of Virginia
    by Cat on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 01:17:14 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Cat on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 04:44:33 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Cat on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 05:07:31 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 30th, 2023 at 09:35:12 PM EST
    by Cat on Tue May 2nd, 2023 at 11:06:39 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Happy Europe Day
    "Find out about Europe Day 2023 activities"

    Von der Leyen visits Kyiv to mark Europe Day
    EU in Israel cancels Europe Day event over far-right minister's participation
    Downbeat Putin slams West at low-key Victory Day parade in Russia

    by Cat on Tue May 9th, 2023 at 01:02:09 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 30th, 2023 at 09:35:35 PM EST
    Orde .. orde .. please ..



    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 12th, 2023 at 01:43:35 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Elon Musk names NBCUniversal's Linda Yaccarino as Twitter CEO
    I am excited to welcome Linda Yaccarino as the new CEO of Twitter," Musk, the current Twitter CEO, tweeted Friday. "@LindaYacc will focus primarily on business operations, while I focus on product design & new technology. Looking forward to working with Linda to transform this platform into X, the everything app."

    by Cat on Fri May 12th, 2023 at 04:39:54 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Cat on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 01:48:12 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    11:30 GMT morning edition

    A. category error

    B. substitution failure

    C. factual error

    by Cat on Thu May 18th, 2023 at 11:40:10 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    18:00 EDT. oh. Now, China fears?

    by Cat on Fri May 19th, 2023 at 11:20:50 AM EST
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    headline: If only I were possessed by Foucalt, I would readily explain the subtext of "messaging against" a menace, partner, or rival. But I am not.

    astonishing message discipline ALERT: Over night, G7 press adopted "wealthiest democracies" in lieu of "advanced economies" or "developed economies" and in contrast to featured guest appearances of "vulnerable countries" added to summit reportage.

    broad convergence simply is an oxymoron.

    by Cat on Sat May 20th, 2023 at 09:35:51 PM EST
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